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  1. The power of virtual integration: an interview with Dell Computer's Michael Dell. Interview by Joan Magretta.

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    Dell, M

    1998-01-01

    Michael Dell started his computer company in 1984 with a simple business insight. He could bypass the dealer channel through which personal computers were then being sold and sell directly to customers, building products to order. Dell's direct model eliminated the dealer's markup and the risks associated with carrying large inventories of finished goods. In this interview, Michael Dell provides a detailed description of how his company is pushing that business model one step further, toward what he calls virtual integration. Dell is using technology and information to blur the traditional boundaries in the value chain between suppliers, manufacturers, and customers. The individual pieces of Dell's strategy--customer focus, supplier partnerships, mass customization, just-in-time manufacturing--may be all be familiar. But Michael Dell's business insight into how to combine them is highly innovative. Direct relationships with customers create valuable information, which in turn allows the company to coordinate its entire value chain back through manufacturing to product design. Dell describes how his company has come to achieve this tight coordination without the "drag effect" of ownership. Dell reaps the advantages of being vertically integrated without incurring the costs, all the while achieving the focus, agility, and speed of a virtual organization. As envisioned by Michael Dell, virtual integration may well become a new organizational model for the information age. PMID:10177868

  2. The power of virtual integration: an interview with Dell Computer's Michael Dell. Interview by Joan Magretta.

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    Dell, M

    1998-01-01

    Michael Dell started his computer company in 1984 with a simple business insight. He could bypass the dealer channel through which personal computers were then being sold and sell directly to customers, building products to order. Dell's direct model eliminated the dealer's markup and the risks associated with carrying large inventories of finished goods. In this interview, Michael Dell provides a detailed description of how his company is pushing that business model one step further, toward what he calls virtual integration. Dell is using technology and information to blur the traditional boundaries in the value chain between suppliers, manufacturers, and customers. The individual pieces of Dell's strategy--customer focus, supplier partnerships, mass customization, just-in-time manufacturing--may be all be familiar. But Michael Dell's business insight into how to combine them is highly innovative. Direct relationships with customers create valuable information, which in turn allows the company to coordinate its entire value chain back through manufacturing to product design. Dell describes how his company has come to achieve this tight coordination without the "drag effect" of ownership. Dell reaps the advantages of being vertically integrated without incurring the costs, all the while achieving the focus, agility, and speed of a virtual organization. As envisioned by Michael Dell, virtual integration may well become a new organizational model for the information age.

  3. Streaking into Middle School Science: The Dell Streak Pilot Project

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    Austin, Susan Eudy

    2012-01-01

    A case study is conducted implementing the Dell Streak seven-inch android device into eighth grade science classes of one teacher in a rural middle school in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. The purpose of the study is to determine if the use of the Dell Streaks would increase student achievement on standardized subject testing, if the…

  4. Liven up Your Student Dramatics with Commedia dell' Arte.

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    Potter, Jonathan

    1980-01-01

    Suggests using the ancient Commedia dell' Arte technique of establishing characters and a plot and then allowing the actors to create their own play. Indicates that this improves student performances even in more traditional plays. (TJ)

  5. The Sinkholes at "Piano dell'Acqua

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    Iovine, G. G. R.; Parise, M.; Caloiero, T.; Lanza, G.; Suriano, S.

    2012-04-01

    Five sinkholes have recently been identified in the territory of San Basile (Northern Calabria, Southern Italy), in locality "Piano dell'Acqua". The sinkholes are located in a hilly setting, where the main landform is represented by a slight valley draining toward the east. The sinkholes are limited in size, with maximum diameter of 10 m, and maximum depth of 2.5 m. Two of them are elongated, whilst the remaining three are circular. The area where the sinkholes develop is characterized by Pliocene conglomerate and sand, likely dislocated by tectonic lines. The sinkholes were initially examined by means of multi-temporal aerial photos, and the outcomes from this analysis were checked in the field through geological, structural and geomorphological surveys. At the same time, an historical analysis was started in order to collect and critically evaluate the existing information and testimonies about age of occurrence of the phenomena. At this aim, several interviews with local inhabitants were performed, and a number of archives scrutinized. As a result, the study allowed to hypothesize that two sinkholes developed during the winter 2000-2001, with likely rapid formation. Two other cases probably originated during the 70's, as also suggested by the age of the vegetation hosted within the sinkholes. The last sinkhole, eventually, opened sometime between February 2001 and November 2007. According to the collected testimonies, a further phase of sinkhole development might have occurred in the first half of the past Century, but no field evidence of this older phase has been found so far. Analysis of the seismic catalogues showed that no earthquake can be identified as possible trigger of any of the sinkholes at Piano dell'Acqua. Therefore, the origin of the studied phenomena should be related to sub-cutaneous erosion, within an area that is rich in groundwater (as also shown by the site name, meaning "Water Plain"). Local changes in the water table, both related to

  6. The AQUA-FONTIS study: protocol of a multidisciplinary, cross-sectional and prospective longitudinal study for developing standardized diagnostics and classification of non-thyroidal illness syndrome

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    Dietrich, Johannes W; Stachon, Axel; Antic, Biljana; Klein, Harald H; Hering, Steffen

    2008-01-01

    Background Non-thyroidal illness syndrome (NTIS) is a characteristic functional constellation of thyrotropic feedback control that frequently occurs in critically ill patients. Although this condition is associated with significantly increased morbidity and mortality, there is still controversy on whether NTIS is caused by artefacts, is a form of beneficial adaptation, or is a disorder requiring treatment. Trials investigating substitution therapy of NTIS revealed contradictory results. The comparison of heterogeneous patient cohorts may be the cause for those inconsistencies. Objectives Primary objective of this study is the identification and differentiation of different functional states of thyrotropic feedback control in order to define relevant evaluation criteria for the prognosis of affected patients. Furthermore, we intend to assess the significance of an innovative physiological index approach (SPINA) in differential diagnosis between NTIS and latent (so-called "sub-clinical") thyrotoxicosis. Secondary objective is observation of variables that quantify distinct components of NTIS in the context of independent predictors of evolution, survival or pathophysiological condition and influencing or disturbing factors like medication. Design The approach to a quantitative follow-up of non-thyroidal illness syndrome (AQUA FONTIS study) is designed as both a cross-sectional and prospective longitudinal observation trial in critically ill patients. Patients are observed in at least two evaluation points with consecutive assessments of thyroid status, physiological and clinical data in additional weekly observations up to discharge. A second part of the study investigates the neuropsychological impact of NTIS and medium-term outcomes. The study design incorporates a two-module structure that covers a reduced protocol in form of an observation trial before patients give informed consent. Additional investigations are performed if and after patients agree in

  7. Playing Funny: An Introduction to "Commedia dell' Arte."

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    Grantham, Barry

    2001-01-01

    Discusses the use of "Commedia," a way of performing inspired by the historical "Commedia dell' Arte." Notes that it has proved a fertile source of inspiration for all types of physical and stylized theatre and a useful training tool for performers in many fields. Presents a series of exercises designed to introduce the student to Commedia…

  8. 75 FR 28657 - Dell Products LP-Parmer North Location, a Subsidiary of Dell, Inc., Including On-Site Leased...

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    2010-05-21

    ...., Including On-Site Leased Workers From Belcan Services Group, Hawkins Associates, Inc., Integrated Human Capital, MagRabbit, Manpower and Spherion Corporation; Round Rock, TX; Dell Products LP--Parmer North One... in the Federal Register on March 5, 2010 (75 FR 10321). The workers are engaged in employment...

  9. When Poetry became Ethnography and Other Flying Pig Tales in Honor of Dell Hymes

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    Cahnmann-Taylor, Melisa

    2011-01-01

    Cahnmann-Taylor remembers her first encounter with Dell Hymes at an open mic event at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association. She puzzles his complex stance on the role ethnographic poems might play in one's ethnographic project. In Dell Hymes's honor, she shares a poetic rendering of a speech event from her bilingual…

  10. Enabling Customization through Web Development: An Iterative Study of the Dell Computer Corporation Website

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    Liu, Chang; Mackie, Brian G.

    2008-01-01

    Throughout the last decade, companies have increased their investment in electronic commerce (EC) by developing and implementing Web-based applications on the Internet. This paper describes a class project to develop a customized computer website which is similar to Dell Computer Corporation's (Dell) website. The objective of this project is to…

  11. Streaking into middle school science: The Dell Streak pilot project

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Austin, Susan Eudy

    A case study is conducted implementing the Dell Streak seven-inch android device into eighth grade science classes of one teacher in a rural middle school in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. The purpose of the study is to determine if the use of the Dell Streaks would increase student achievement on standardized subject testing, if the Streak could be used as an effective instructional tool, and if it could be considered an effective instructional resource for reviewing and preparing for the science assessments. A mixed method research design was used for the study to analyze both quantitative and qualitative results to determine if the Dell Streaks' utilization could achieve the following: 1. instructional strategies would change, 2. it would be an effective instructional tool, and 3. a comparison of the students' test scores and benchmark assessments' scores would provide statistically significant difference. Through the use of an ANOVA it was determined a statistically significant difference had occurred. A Post Hoc analysis was conducted to identify where the difference occurred. Finally a T-test determined was there was no statistically significance difference between the mean End-of-Grade tests and four quarterly benchmark scores of the control and the experimental groups. Qualitative research methods were used to gather results to determine if the Streaks were an effective instructional tool. Classroom observations identified that the teacher's teaching styles and new instructional strategies were implemented throughout the pilot project. Students had an opportunity to complete a questionnaire three times during the pilot project. Results revealed what the students liked about using the devices and the challenges they were facing. The teacher completed a reflective questionnaire throughout the pilot project and offered valuable reflections about the use of the devices in an educational setting. The reflection data supporting the case study was drawn

  12. Surviving Rescue: A Feminist Reading of Scott O'Dell's "Island of the Blue Dolphins"

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    Baecker, Diann L.

    2007-01-01

    Scott O'Dell's "Island of the Blue Dolphins" tells the archetypal story of the young, virgin, orphan girl who is vulnerable to either debauchery or rescue. That such a girl must succumb to either one or the other is a necessary element of the archetype. In O'Dell's work--one intended, after all, for children--the heroine is rescued by a…

  13. An Unintentional System of Gaps: A Phenomenological Reading of Scott O'Dell's "Island of the Blue Dolphins."

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    Tarr, C. Anita

    1997-01-01

    Argues that, in "Island of the Blue Dolphins," Scott O'Dell offers a skeleton main character (Karana). Contends that O'Dell has sketched Karana as a stereotype and that readers complete her characterization, filling out the skeleton by perpetuating the stereotypes. Points out this trading of stereotype for true character development in his other…

  14. 75 FR 38128 - Ceva Freight, LLC, Dell Logistics Division, Including On-Site Leased Workers From Prologistix and...

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    2010-07-01

    ..., LLC, Dell Logistics Division, including on-site leased workers from Prologistix, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The notice was published in the Federal Register on April 23, 2010 (75 FR 21357). At the request... Employment and Training Administration Ceva Freight, LLC, Dell Logistics Division, Including On-Site...

  15. Dell H. Hymes: His Scholarship and Legacy in Anthropology and Education

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    Hornberger, Nancy H., Ed.

    2011-01-01

    Dell Hathaway Hymes, linguistic anthropologist and educational visionary extraordinaire, passed away in November 2009, leaving behind a voluminous scholarship and inspirational legacy in the study of language and inequality, ethnography, sociolinguistics, Native American ethnopoetics, and education. This essay provides a brief account of Hymes's…

  16. Dell Hymes and the New Language Policy Studies: Update from an Underdeveloped Country

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    McCarty, Teresa L.; Collins, James; Hopson, Rodney K.

    2011-01-01

    This essay updates Dell Hymes's "Report from an Underdeveloped Country" (the USA), positioning our analysis in the New Language Policy Studies. Taking up Hymes's call for comparative, critical studies of language use, we examine three cases, organizing our analysis around Hymes's questions: What "counts" as a language, a language problem, and…

  17. Seismic refraction studies at the Painter Street bridge site, Rio Dell, California

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    Heuze, F.E.; Swift, R.P.

    1991-09-01

    This report summarizes the results of seismic refraction P- and S-wave measurements, at the site of the Painter Street bridge, in Rio Dell, California. The bridge is spanning highway US 101, 4 miles south of Fortuna, in northwestern California. This study was performed to provide an estimate of material properties for the foundation of the bridge, in support of a seismic stability analysis of the bridge performed at LLNL by D. McCallen. The Rio Dell region is seismically active and the Painter Street bridge is one of only 2 bridges of its type in California, instrumented for strong motion recordings. Measurements were made using a 12-channel Geometric/Nimbus ES 1210 Signal Enhancement Seismograph. 3 refs., 21 figs., 1 tab.

  18. [Valutazione delle guardie di sicurezza privata attraverso la Suicide Probability Scale e la Brief Symptom Inventory].

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    Dogan, Bulent; Canturk, Gurol; Canturk, Nergis; Guney, Sevgi; Özcan, Ebru

    2016-01-01

    RIASSUNTO. Scopo. Lo scopo di questo studio è stato quello di investigare l'influenza della probabilità di suicidio, con le sue caratteristiche sociodemografiche, e di procurare i dati per la prevenzione del suicidio tra le guardie di sicurezza privata che lavorano in condizioni di stress, essendo a contatto ininterrottamente con eventi negativi e traumatici di vita durante il loro lavoro. Metodi. Hanno partecipato allo studio 200 guardie di sicurezza privata e 200 persone dell'Università di Ankara. Per raccogliere i dati sono stati utilizzati un questionario riguardante le condizioni sociodemografiche dei partecipanti, la Suicide Probability Scale (SPS) e la Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI). Risultati. Genere, stato civile, stipendio, credenze religiose, vivere una situazione di pericolo di vita, passato di tentativi di suicidio, fumare e non avere una malattia cronica hanno causato statisticamente una differenza significativa sui punteggi di SPS tra il gruppo di guardie di sicurezza privata e quello di controllo. In aggiunta, c'è stata una correlazione positiva statisticamente significativa tra i punteggi totali delle sottoscale di SPS e quelli di BSI. Conclusioni. Allo stesso modo degli agenti di polizia e dei gendarmi, le guardie di sicurezza privata sono ad alto rischio di commettere e tentare il suicidio trovandosi in condizioni stressanti di lavoro e anche soffrendo del trauma secondario. È necessario che essi siano consapevoli della propria tendenza al suicidio e avere controlli psichiatrici regolari.

  19. [Valutazione delle guardie di sicurezza privata attraverso la Suicide Probability Scale e la Brief Symptom Inventory].

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    Dogan, Bulent; Canturk, Gurol; Canturk, Nergis; Guney, Sevgi; Özcan, Ebru

    2016-01-01

    RIASSUNTO. Scopo. Lo scopo di questo studio è stato quello di investigare l'influenza della probabilità di suicidio, con le sue caratteristiche sociodemografiche, e di procurare i dati per la prevenzione del suicidio tra le guardie di sicurezza privata che lavorano in condizioni di stress, essendo a contatto ininterrottamente con eventi negativi e traumatici di vita durante il loro lavoro. Metodi. Hanno partecipato allo studio 200 guardie di sicurezza privata e 200 persone dell'Università di Ankara. Per raccogliere i dati sono stati utilizzati un questionario riguardante le condizioni sociodemografiche dei partecipanti, la Suicide Probability Scale (SPS) e la Brief Symptom Inventory (BSI). Risultati. Genere, stato civile, stipendio, credenze religiose, vivere una situazione di pericolo di vita, passato di tentativi di suicidio, fumare e non avere una malattia cronica hanno causato statisticamente una differenza significativa sui punteggi di SPS tra il gruppo di guardie di sicurezza privata e quello di controllo. In aggiunta, c'è stata una correlazione positiva statisticamente significativa tra i punteggi totali delle sottoscale di SPS e quelli di BSI. Conclusioni. Allo stesso modo degli agenti di polizia e dei gendarmi, le guardie di sicurezza privata sono ad alto rischio di commettere e tentare il suicidio trovandosi in condizioni stressanti di lavoro e anche soffrendo del trauma secondario. È necessario che essi siano consapevoli della propria tendenza al suicidio e avere controlli psichiatrici regolari. PMID:27183512

  20. Reach a New Threshold of Freedom and Control with Dell's Flexible Computing Solution: On-Demand Desktop Streaming

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    Technology & Learning, 2008

    2008-01-01

    When it comes to IT, there has always been an important link between data center control and client flexibility. As computing power increases, so do the potentially crippling threats to security, productivity and financial stability. This article talks about Dell's On-Demand Desktop Streaming solution which is designed to centralize complete…

  1. Viewing Indians: Native Encounters with Power, Tourism, and the Camera in the Wisconsin Dells, 1866-1907

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    Hoelscher, Steven

    2003-01-01

    In the winter of 1883, the photographer H. H. Bennett decided to spice up his descriptive catalogue of stereo views with something new. Several years earlier, a simple listing of his photographs--mostly landscape views of the area surrounding the Wisconsin River Dells--brought the small-town studio photographer considerable renown and enhanced…

  2. 76 FR 27366 - CEVA Freight, LLC, Dell Logistics Division, Including On-Site Leased Workers From Prologistix...

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    2011-05-11

    ... Carolina. The notice was published in the Federal Register on April 23, 2010 (75 FR 21357). The notice was... notice was published in the Federal Register on July 1, 2010 (75 FR 38128-38129). At the request of the... Employment and Training Administration CEVA Freight, LLC, Dell Logistics Division, Including On-Site...

  3. Electron spin resonance (ESR) dating of hominid-bearing deposits in the Caverna delle Fate, Ligure, Italy

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    Falgueres, Christophe; Yokoyama, Yuji; Bibron, Roland

    1990-07-01

    Stalagmitic floors interstratified with Mousterian deposits from the Caverna delle Fate (Italy) have been dated by the electron spin resonance (ESR) method. Three samples dated fall between 60,000 and 74,000 yr and indicate the age of the Mousterian deposits. They are in good agreement with ages determined by nondestructive γ-ray spectrometry of the human remains from 231Pa/ 235U and 230Th /234U ratios, which are, respectively, 75,000 -14,000+21,000 and 82,000 -25,000+36,000 yr. These dates are consistent with the morphological characteristics of the bones as Neanderthal remains.

  4. Stable isotope variations in the Quaternary epithermal calcite-fluorite deposit at Monte delle Fate near Cerveteri (Latium, central Italy)

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    Masi, U.; O'Neil, J.R.

    1980-01-01

    Carbon, oxygen and hydrogen isotope variations have been measured in samples from the epithermal fluorite vein deposit at Monte delle Fate, Latium. The ranges in ?? 13C and ??18O of calcite are -1.3 to 3.4 and 9.5 to 17.3, respectively. ??D values of water extracted from fluid inclusions are -49 to -39 for calcite and -41 to -34 for fluorite. Fluid inclusion filling temperatures (225??-240??C) and salinites (3.75) are nearly the same for both fluorite and sparry calcite. An elongated form of calcite, of minor abundance, precipitated at lower temperatures. The data indicate that (1) the CO2 involved in the mineralization was provided by the local marine limestones, (2) the waters were meteoric in origin and underwent an 18O shift of ??? 10 permil by exchange with marine country rocks, and (3) all geochemical features can be explained by the action of two hydrothermal fluids. Hot brines recently discovered in the Cesano geothermal area, 30 km to the east, have temperatures and some chemical characteristics similar to the hydrothermal fluids at Monte delle Fate. ?? 1980 Springer-Verlag.

  5. Geophysical investigations at the Paleolitic site Grotta delle Veneri near Parabita (Lecce, Italy)

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    Carrozzo, M. T.; Leucci, G.; Negri, S.; Nuzzo, L.

    2003-04-01

    The human presence in Apulia (southern Italy) is documented since 80.000 years before present. In 1966 near Parabita (Lecce, Italy) in a cave subsequently named "Grotta delle Veneri" human remains belonging to Homo Sapiens Neanderthalensis (Neanderthal) and Homo Sapiens-Sapiens (Cro-Magnon) were recovered together with two small statues of pregnant women ("Veneri") referable to 12.000--10.000 b.C. The local Archaeological Superintendence was interested in assessing the possibility to reconstruct by means of geophysical methods the planimetric position of the cave and further development of its burrows beyond those accessible to speleologists and reported in the underground topographic survey. Both electromagnetic (EM) and electric methods were tested using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) with 200 and 500 MHz antennas, GEM300 multi-frequency EM induction device and 2D Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT). Despite the rough surface and the presence of numerous obstacles (trees, stone walls and stone piles) limiting the accessible survey area and often preventing a good ground-coupling, the GPR survey successfully located the top of the karstic cave and identified zones of high density of diffraction hyperbolas, interpreted as highly fractured and karstified limestone, in a layer ranging from about 2 m to 6 m below ground. Zones characterised by high density of diffractions due to presence of voids were found also outside the known development of the cave. By means of the GEM 300, both in-phase and quadrature components of the induced EM signal were simultaneously collected at 8 frequencies, from 2025 to 19975 Hz, respectively related to the magnetic susceptibility and apparent conductivity of the soil down to a depth decreasing as the frequency increase. A presumable low contrast in the sought parameter between the highly fractured rock and karstic voids or refilled cavities as well as the presence of metallic debris on the ground allowed a difficult identification

  6. [Funzioni esecutive metacognitive ed emozionali/motivazionali nel disturbo dello spettro dell'autismo e nel disturbo da deficit di attenzione con iperattività: risultati preliminari].

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    Panerai, Simonetta; Tasca, Domenica; Ferri, Raffaele; Catania, Valentina; Genitori D'Arrigo, Valentina; Di Giorgio, Rosa; Zingale, Marinella; Trubia, Grazia; Torrisi, Anna; Elia, Maurizio

    2016-01-01

    RIASSUNTO. Scopo. I deficit delle funzioni esecutive (FE) sono frequentemente osservati nei disturbi dello spettro dell'autismo (ASD) e nel disturbo da deficit di attenzione con iperattività (ADHD). Lo scopo di questo studio è quello di valutare e confrontare le funzioni esecutive metacognitive ed emozionali/motivazionali di bambini con ASD e ADHD, sia fra di loro che con un gruppo di controllo. Metodi. Il campione è costituito da un totale di 58 soggetti, di cui 17 con ASD senza disabilità intellettiva, 18 con ADHD-manifestazione combinata e 23 con sviluppo tipico, abbinati per genere, età cronologica e livello intellettivo. Le valutazioni hanno riguardato alcune aree del funzionamento esecutivo, nello specifico pianificazione, flessibilità mentale, generatività e inibizione della risposta, che rappresentano sia le funzioni esecutive metacognitive sia quelle emozionali/motivazionali. Risultati. I risultati hanno rilevato un'ampia sovrapposizione delle disfunzioni esecutive nei due gruppi clinici con ASD e ADHD, e non sono stati indicativi della presenza di due profili realmente distinti del funzionamento esecutivo. Tuttavia, nell'ADHD è stato trovato un deficit più severo nell'inibizione della risposta prepotente (funzione emozionale/motivazionale). Conclusioni. I risultati del nostro studio sono parzialmente in accordo con quelli della letteratura. Ulteriori ricerche con gruppi più numerosi potranno chiarire più approfonditamente quali punti di forza e debolezza, nell'ampio spettro delle funzioni esecutive, differenzino fra loro le prestazioni di persone con ASD e ADHD. PMID:27362821

  7. [Funzioni esecutive metacognitive ed emozionali/motivazionali nel disturbo dello spettro dell'autismo e nel disturbo da deficit di attenzione con iperattività: risultati preliminari].

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    Panerai, Simonetta; Tasca, Domenica; Ferri, Raffaele; Catania, Valentina; Genitori D'Arrigo, Valentina; Di Giorgio, Rosa; Zingale, Marinella; Trubia, Grazia; Torrisi, Anna; Elia, Maurizio

    2016-01-01

    RIASSUNTO. Scopo. I deficit delle funzioni esecutive (FE) sono frequentemente osservati nei disturbi dello spettro dell'autismo (ASD) e nel disturbo da deficit di attenzione con iperattività (ADHD). Lo scopo di questo studio è quello di valutare e confrontare le funzioni esecutive metacognitive ed emozionali/motivazionali di bambini con ASD e ADHD, sia fra di loro che con un gruppo di controllo. Metodi. Il campione è costituito da un totale di 58 soggetti, di cui 17 con ASD senza disabilità intellettiva, 18 con ADHD-manifestazione combinata e 23 con sviluppo tipico, abbinati per genere, età cronologica e livello intellettivo. Le valutazioni hanno riguardato alcune aree del funzionamento esecutivo, nello specifico pianificazione, flessibilità mentale, generatività e inibizione della risposta, che rappresentano sia le funzioni esecutive metacognitive sia quelle emozionali/motivazionali. Risultati. I risultati hanno rilevato un'ampia sovrapposizione delle disfunzioni esecutive nei due gruppi clinici con ASD e ADHD, e non sono stati indicativi della presenza di due profili realmente distinti del funzionamento esecutivo. Tuttavia, nell'ADHD è stato trovato un deficit più severo nell'inibizione della risposta prepotente (funzione emozionale/motivazionale). Conclusioni. I risultati del nostro studio sono parzialmente in accordo con quelli della letteratura. Ulteriori ricerche con gruppi più numerosi potranno chiarire più approfonditamente quali punti di forza e debolezza, nell'ampio spettro delle funzioni esecutive, differenzino fra loro le prestazioni di persone con ASD e ADHD.

  8. Interconnect Performance Evaluation of SGI Altix 3700 BX2, Cray X1, Cray Opteron Cluster, and Dell PowerEdge

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    Fatoohi, Rod; Saini, Subbash; Ciotti, Robert

    2006-01-01

    We study the performance of inter-process communication on four high-speed multiprocessor systems using a set of communication benchmarks. The goal is to identify certain limiting factors and bottlenecks with the interconnect of these systems as well as to compare these interconnects. We measured network bandwidth using different number of communicating processors and communication patterns, such as point-to-point communication, collective communication, and dense communication patterns. The four platforms are: a 512-processor SGI Altix 3700 BX2 shared-memory machine with 3.2 GB/s links; a 64-processor (single-streaming) Cray XI shared-memory machine with 32 1.6 GB/s links; a 128-processor Cray Opteron cluster using a Myrinet network; and a 1280-node Dell PowerEdge cluster with an InfiniBand network. Our, results show the impact of the network bandwidth and topology on the overall performance of each interconnect.

  9. Cantico Delle Creature: A microtonal original composition for soprano and string quartet to a text by St. Francis of Assisi, including analytical commentary

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    Sabol, Jason A.

    Cantico delle Creature is an original piece of music for soprano and string quartet composed in 72 tone per octave equal temperament, dividing each semitone into six equal parts called twelfth-tones. This system of tuning makes it possible to combine just intonation and spectral principles based on the harmonic series with real imitation, modulation, and polyphony. Supplemental text discusses several aspects of microtonal structure and pedagogy, including the representation of the first 64 partials of the harmonic series in 72 tone equal temperament, performance of natural string harmonics, the relationship between interval size and vibration ratio, pitch to frequency conversion, and analysis of several passages in the musical score.

  10. [Modello di Management (Mo.Ma) del paziente affetto da schizofrenia: controllo della crisi, mantenimento, prevenzione delle ricadute e recovery con gli antipsicotici LAI].

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    Brugnoli, Roberto; Rapinesi, Chiara; Kotzalidis, Georgios D; Marcellusi, Andrea; Mennini, Francesco S; De Filippis, Sergio; Carrus, Dario; Ballerini, Andrea; Francomano, Antonio; Ducci, Giuseppe; Del Casale, Antonio; Girardi, Paolo

    2016-01-01

    RIASSUNTO. La schizofrenia colpisce circa l'1% della popolazione e rappresenta un grave disturbo mentale con un notevole impatto anche sul funzionamento sociale, lavorativo e sulle attività della vita quotidiana. Le persone con schizofrenia hanno un tasso di mortalità superiore di 2-2,5 rispetto a quello della popolazione generale. La non aderenza ai farmaci antipsicotici è uno dei più importanti fattori di rischio per le ricadute e le ospedalizzazioni, sia nei pazienti con disturbo cronico sia al primo episodio, e conseguentemente contribuisce all'aumento dei costi sanitari. Gli antipsicotici atipici LAI possono migliorare l'aderenza al trattamento contribuendo a diminuire i tassi di ricaduta nei pazienti affetti da schizofrenia fin dall'esordio. Gli obiettivi primari nella gestione dei pazienti schizofrenici sono diretti, non solo alla riduzione dei sintomi nel breve termine, ma anche al mantenimento fisico e della funzionalità mentale, migliorando la qualità della vita e promuovendo il recupero del paziente. Scopo. Proporre un modello integrato, basato sulle evidenze, che fornisca un algoritmo efficace per il recupero del paziente schizofrenico e indagare l'efficacia e la sicurezza degli antipsicotici LAI nel trattamento, nel mantenimento, nella prevenzione delle ricadute e nella recovery dei pazienti affetti da schizofrenia. Metodi. Dopo un'accurata analisi di letteratura abbiamo identificato, raccolto e analizzato gli elementi qualificanti per un'ottimale gestione del paziente schizofrenico, definendo un modello di gestione e selezione delle alternative terapeutiche. Conclusioni. Il modello di gestione della schizofrenia proposto potrebbe consentire un migliore recupero funzionale del paziente grazie alla scelta di iniziare il percorso terapeutico, fin dalle prime fasi del disturbo soprattutto se in giovane età e al primo episodio, con un farmaco atipico LAI. All'interno dei farmaci antipsicotici atipici la formulazione LAI rappresenta una scelta

  11. Teorie Dinamiche Dell' Ala

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    Finzi, Bruno

    Non è facile rendersi conto del birzarro comportamento dei fluidi poco viscosi, quali l'aria e l'acqua, deducendolo logicamente e matematicamente, come è nello spirito della fisica matematica, da poche proposizioni generali tratte dall'esperienza. Ciò perchè le schematizzazioni più semplici suggerite dal senso comune, in virtù del quale piccole cause non possono produrre che piccoli effetti, e facenti capo a campi cinetici ovunque regolari, portano a risultati paradossali sconcertanti, quali il paradosso di d'Alembert.

  12. The Oweniidae (Annelida; Polychaeta) from Lizard Island (Great Barrier Reef, Australia) with the description of two new species of Owenia Delle Chiaje, 1844.

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    Parapar, Julio; Moreira, Juan

    2015-01-01

    Study of the Oweniidae specimens (Annelida; Polychaeta) from Lizard Island (Great Barrier Reef, Australia) stored at the Australian Museum, Sydney and newly collected in August 2013 revealed the presence of three species, namely Galathowenia quelis Capa et al., 2012 and two new species belonging to the genus Owenia Delle Chiaje, 1844. Owenia dichotoma n. sp. is characterised by a very short branchial crown of about 1/3 of thoracic length which bears short, dichotomously-branched tentacles provided with the major division close to the base of the crown. Owenia picta n. sp. is characterised by a long branchial crown of about 4/5 of thoracic length provided with no major divisions, ventral pigmentation on thorax and the presence of deep ventro-lateral groove on the first thoracic chaetiger. A key of Owenia species hitherto described or reported in South East Asia and Australasia regions is provided based on characters of the branchial crown. PMID:26624080

  13. The Oweniidae (Annelida; Polychaeta) from Lizard Island (Great Barrier Reef, Australia) with the description of two new species of Owenia Delle Chiaje, 1844.

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    Parapar, Julio; Moreira, Juan

    2015-09-18

    Study of the Oweniidae specimens (Annelida; Polychaeta) from Lizard Island (Great Barrier Reef, Australia) stored at the Australian Museum, Sydney and newly collected in August 2013 revealed the presence of three species, namely Galathowenia quelis Capa et al., 2012 and two new species belonging to the genus Owenia Delle Chiaje, 1844. Owenia dichotoma n. sp. is characterised by a very short branchial crown of about 1/3 of thoracic length which bears short, dichotomously-branched tentacles provided with the major division close to the base of the crown. Owenia picta n. sp. is characterised by a long branchial crown of about 4/5 of thoracic length provided with no major divisions, ventral pigmentation on thorax and the presence of deep ventro-lateral groove on the first thoracic chaetiger. A key of Owenia species hitherto described or reported in South East Asia and Australasia regions is provided based on characters of the branchial crown.

  14. Investigating fossil hydrothermal systems by means of fluid inclusions and stable isotopes in banded travertine: an example from Castelnuovo dell'Abate (southern Tuscany, Italy)

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    Rimondi, Valentina; Costagliola, Pilario; Ruggieri, Giovanni; Benvenuti, Marco; Boschi, Chiara; Brogi, Andrea; Capezzuoli, Enrico; Morelli, Guia; Gasparon, Massimo; Liotta, Domenico

    2016-03-01

    Southern Tuscany (Italy) hosts geothermal anomalies with associated widespread CO2 gas-rich manifestations and active travertine-deposing thermal springs. Geothermal anomalies have been active since the Late Miocene and have led to the formation of widespread Late Miocene-Pleistocene travertine deposits and meso- and epithermal mineralizations. This study investigates the travertine deposit exposed in the Castelnuovo dell'Abate area of southern Tuscany. Here, a fissure-ridge type travertine deposit and its feeding conduits, currently filled with banded calcite veins (i.e. banded travertine), represent a spectacular example of fossil hydrothermal circulation in the peripheral area of the exploited Monte Amiata geothermal field. The Castelnuovo dell'Abate travertine deposit and associated calcite veins were analysed to establish the characteristics of the parent hydrothermal fluids, and the age of this circulation. The focus of the study was on fluid inclusions, rarely considered in travertine studies, but able to provide direct information on the physico-chemical characteristics of the original fluid. Uranium-thorium geochronological data provided further constraints on the: (1) age of tectonic activity; (2) age of the hydrothermal circulation; and (3) evolution of the Monte Amiata geothermal anomaly. Results indicate that brittle deformation (NW- and SE-trending normal to oblique-slip faults) was active during at least the Middle Pleistocene and controlled a hydrothermal circulation mainly characterized by fluids of meteoric origin, and as old as 300-350 ka. This is the oldest circulation documented to date in the Monte Amiata area. The fluid chemical composition is comparable to that of fluids currently exploited in the shallow reservoir of the Monte Amiata geothermal field, therefore suggesting that fluid composition has not changed substantially over time. These fluids, however, have cooled by about 70 °C in the last 300-350 ka, corresponding to a cooling rate

  15. Origin and evolution of sinkholes in an alluvial setting: the case study of Piano dell'Acqua (San Basile, Northern Calabria, Italia)

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    Iovine, Giulio G. R.; Parise, Mario; Caloiero, Tommaso; Ferraro, Giuseppe; Lanza, Giuseppe; Nicolino, Nicola; Suriano, Stefania

    2010-05-01

    Five sinkholes have recently been identified at "Piano dell'Acqua", in the territory of San Basile (Northern Calabria, Southern Italy). They are located in a hilly setting, where the main landform is represented by a slight valley draining toward the east. The sinkholes are limited in size, with maximum diameter of 10 m, and maximum depth of 2.5 m. Two of them present elongated shapes, whilst the remaining three are circular. The area where the sinkholes developed is characterized by Pliocene conglomerate and sand, dislocated by tectonic lines. Sinkhole phenomena were initially investigated in the whole territory by means of multi-temporal aerial photos; the outcomes from this analysis were checked in the field through geological, structural and geomorphological surveys. Historical analysis was started in order to collect and critically evaluate the existing information and testimonies about the age of occurrence of the surveyed phenomena; several interviews with local inhabitants were performed, and a number of archives scrutinized. As a result, it may be assumed that two out of the five identified sinkholes developed during the winter 2000-2001 (period "a"), with likely rapid formation; two of the other cases probably originated during the 70's (period "b"), as also suggested by the age of the vegetation hosted within the sinkholes; c) the last sinkhole opened sometime between February 2001 and November 2007 (period "c"). According to the collected testimonies, a further phase of sinkhole development might have occurred in the first half of the past Centruty, but no field evidence of this older phase has been found. Analysis of the seismic catalogues showed that no earthquake can be identified as possible trigger of any of the sinkholes at Piano dell'Acqua. Therefore, the origin of the studied phenomena may be related to sub-cutaneous erosion, within an area that is rich in groundwater. Local changes in the water table, both related to climate and man

  16. Comparative analysis of fruit aroma patterns in the domesticated wild strawberries "Profumata di Tortona" (F. moschata) and "Regina delle Valli" (F. vesca).

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    Negri, Alfredo S; Allegra, Domenico; Simoni, Laura; Rusconi, Fabio; Tonelli, Chiara; Espen, Luca; Galbiati, Massimo

    2015-01-01

    Strawberry is one of the most valued fruit worldwide. Modern cultivated varieties (Fragaria × ananassa) exhibit large fruits, with intense color and prolonged shell life. Yet, these valuable traits were attained at the cost of the intensity and the variety of the aroma of the berry, two characteristics highly appreciated by consumers. Wild species display smaller fruits and reduced yield compared with cultivated varieties but they accumulate broader and augmented blends of volatile compounds. Because of the large diversity and strength of aromas occurring in natural and domesticated populations, plant breeders regard wild strawberries as important donors of novel scented molecules. Here we report a comprehensive metabolic map of the aroma of the wild strawberry Profumata di Tortona (PdT), an ancient clone of F. moschata, considered as one of the most fragrant strawberry types of all. Comparison with the more renowned woodland strawberry Regina delle Valli (RdV), an aromatic cultivar of F. vesca, revealed a significant enrichment in the total level of esters, alcohols and furanones and a reduction in the content of ketones in in the aroma of PdT berries. Among esters, particularly relevant was the enhanced accumulation of methyl anthranilate, responsible for the intensive sweetish impression of wild strawberries. Interestingly, increased ester accumulation in PdT fruits correlated with enhanced expression of the Strawberry Alcohol Acyltransferase (SAAT) gene, a key regulator of flavor biogenesis in ripening berries. We also detected a remarkable 900-fold increase in the level of mesifurane, the furanone conferring the typical caramel notes to most wild species. PMID:25717332

  17. New insights about the presence of celestite into fossil bones from Molí del Baró 1 site (Isona i Conca Dellá, Lleida, Spain)

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    Piga, Giampaolo; Brunetti, Antonio; Lasio, Barbara; Malfatti, Luca; Galobart, Àngel; Dalla Vecchia, Fabio M.; Enzo, Stefano

    2015-02-01

    We have addressed an X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) on a collection of thirteen fossil bone belonging to the Molí del Baró 1 paleontological site located near Sant Romà d'Abella (Isona i Conca Dellà Municipality, Lleida Province, Spain, dated to about 66.5 Ma, to investigate the fossilization occurred in this site in terms of physico-chemical properties. As a general behaviour, the XRD patterns showed the bioapatite mineral at a varying level of percentage, and accordingly, the correspondent XRF spectra turned out to be mainly dominated by the presence of Ca, obviously accompanied by phosphorus. Simultaneously, other elements such as Sr, Fe, Ba and Zn were found at non-negligible concentration levels and helped to assign the phase components in the XRD spectra. In three specimens, it was observed by XRD the rather unusual case where the original bioapatite bone mineral was completely substituted for by other mineralogical phases. In addition to this, celestite was also found as an important phase in ten specimens out of the thirteen examined. The occurrence of celestite in the bone structure appears a rather unusual observation within the literature of bones diagenesis. Its provenance is generally ascribed to marine vertebrate organisms, but the presence in the fossil bones of this site, where no evidence of marine environment exists, can be reconciled with occurrence of refluxing processes involving diagenetically altered fluids which were discharged into beds containing strontium sulphate-rich waters.

  18. Comparative analysis of fruit aroma patterns in the domesticated wild strawberries “Profumata di Tortona” (F. moschata) and “Regina delle Valli” (F. vesca)

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    Negri, Alfredo S.; Allegra, Domenico; Simoni, Laura; Rusconi, Fabio; Tonelli, Chiara; Espen, Luca; Galbiati, Massimo

    2015-01-01

    Strawberry is one of the most valued fruit worldwide. Modern cultivated varieties (Fragaria × ananassa) exhibit large fruits, with intense color and prolonged shell life. Yet, these valuable traits were attained at the cost of the intensity and the variety of the aroma of the berry, two characteristics highly appreciated by consumers. Wild species display smaller fruits and reduced yield compared with cultivated varieties but they accumulate broader and augmented blends of volatile compounds. Because of the large diversity and strength of aromas occurring in natural and domesticated populations, plant breeders regard wild strawberries as important donors of novel scented molecules. Here we report a comprehensive metabolic map of the aroma of the wild strawberry Profumata di Tortona (PdT), an ancient clone of F. moschata, considered as one of the most fragrant strawberry types of all. Comparison with the more renowned woodland strawberry Regina delle Valli (RdV), an aromatic cultivar of F. vesca, revealed a significant enrichment in the total level of esters, alcohols and furanones and a reduction in the content of ketones in in the aroma of PdT berries. Among esters, particularly relevant was the enhanced accumulation of methyl anthranilate, responsible for the intensive sweetish impression of wild strawberries. Interestingly, increased ester accumulation in PdT fruits correlated with enhanced expression of the Strawberry Alcohol Acyltransferase (SAAT) gene, a key regulator of flavor biogenesis in ripening berries. We also detected a remarkable 900-fold increase in the level of mesifurane, the furanone conferring the typical caramel notes to most wild species. PMID:25717332

  19. Fan sedimentation on continental margins: A comparison of Miocene Gulf Coast systems with the Middle Eocene Cozy Dell Formation of southern California

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    Riese, W.C.R. ); Clark, M.S. )

    1990-05-01

    Recent seismic and subsurface stratigraphic studies of the Miocene System, offshore Texas resulted in the development of a depositional model that documents and explains the deposition of sand-prone fans on the outer shelf during times when these areas were still covered by several hundred feet of water. This model suggests that sediment transport was by turbid flow and that sedimentation resulted in the development of leveed channel systems. The geometries and scales of these fan systems have been documented by three-dimensional seismic analysis and field-wide well penetrations in the Matagorda 668 field. It further advances the hypothesis that global eustatic levels were generally higher and basin water budgets greater during the Miocene than during later times in at least the Gulf Coast area. Translation of this model to outcrop areas is hampered in the Gulf Coast, and detail verification and refinement of the model has been restricted to subsurface work alone. This has also hampered the authors attempt to carry this model to non-Miocene-age systems. Work on the middle Eocene Cozy Dell Formation exposures in the Topatopa and Santa Ynez Mountains of southern California has revealed that this formation has a depositional history which may not be different than that interpreted for the Gulf Coast Miocene. This formation was deposited by turbidity currents in what has been interpreted to be an upper slope setting. The fans deposited by these currents have well-developed channel-levee complexes and display scales of geometry similar to those seen in the Gulf Coast Miocene. This formation displays seismic-sequence scale stratal geometries that suggest that it was deposited during lowstands of sea level.

  20. Commedia Dell'arte Academica

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    Ewald, Laura A.

    2005-01-01

    There is a clear analogy between the improvisational actor and the teacher. Teaching in the college classroom has that same mix of premeditation and improvisation that effectively communicates with the audience. The theater metaphor is particularly useful for a teacher's development of presentational communication skills. A teacher's "performance"…

  1. AIDA (all-trans retinoic acid + idarubicin) in newly diagnosed acute promyelocytic leukemia: a Gruppo Italiano Malattie Ematologiche Maligne dell'Adulto (GIMEMA) pilot study.

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    Avvisati, G; Lo Coco, F; Diverio, D; Falda, M; Ferrara, F; Lazzarino, M; Russo, D; Petti, M C; Mandelli, F

    1996-08-15

    at successive testing performed 2 months later. As of September 30, 1995, after a median follow-up period from diagnosis of 27 months (range, 24 to 31 months), the overall survival and event-free survival durations are 85% and 69%, respectively; moreover, 14 of 18 (78%) patients who achieved CR are still alive and in first molecular and hematologic CR. Of the 4 relapsed patients, 3 achieved a second CR with ATRA and, after further treatment, are now in molecular and hematologic CR after 4+, 16+, and 17+ months from the second CR. These results indicate that (1) the AIDA protocol is highly effective in treating APL; (2) after 3 consolidation courses, the majority of patients who achieved CR are RT-PCR- for the hybrid gene PML-RAR alpha; (3) the persistence of an RT-PCR positivity for the PML-RAR alpha hybrid gene after 3 consolidation courses is indicative of early relapse, thus these patients still require additional treatment. These results have prompted the Gruppo Italiano Malattie Ematologiche Maligne dell'Adulto (GIMEMA) to initiate, in cooperation with the Associazione Italiana di Ematologia ed Oncologia Pediatrica and some European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) centers, a new multicentric clinical trial named AIDA LAP 0493 for the treatment of adult and pediatric APL patients. All patients are considered eligible if APL diagnosis is confirmed with molecular or cytogenetic studies for PML-RAR alpha hybrid gene or t(15;17) and are enrolled to receive the same induction and consolidation therapy of this pilot study. After consolidation, patients who are RT-PCR- for PML-RAR alpha hybrid gene are randomized to four arms, whereas patients who are RT-PCR+ after consolidation undergo, if eligible, an allogenic transplantation procedure.

  2. Osservazioni dell'eclissi penombrale di Luna

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    Sigismondi, Costantino

    2016-05-01

    The penumbral lunar eclipses equilibrate the probability of occurrence of solar and lunar eclipses over several years, but they are often neglected in the media and in the observations because of the difficulty of their identification due to the high luminosity of the full Moon. Three methods are presented to reduce this luminosity and to detect the penumbral phase of the lunar eclipse: the reflection on glass and water, the double polarizer and the short exposure photographs with 400 and 800 ISO and 1/500s of pose.

  3. Comportamento stagionale delle calote polari di Marte

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    di Giovanni, Giovanni

    2004-08-01

    The rhythms of progression and retraction of the polar ice caps on Mars have been studied to establish possible variations in polar meteorology over the course of the last centuries. The applied theoretical procedure offers a mathematical function that contains some significant physical parameters, for example the length and the beginning of spring and another parameter which depends on temperature. The numerical data for the South Polar Cap during the grand oppositions of the last 130 years has been studied with the suggested theory. Evident correlations emerge between parameters and form of the diagram of cap amplitude versus time.

  4. Dell Hymes's Construct of "Communicative Competence"

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    Cazden, Courtney B.

    2011-01-01

    Cazden reflects on theoretical and sociopolitical origins of Hymes's construct of communicative competence in events occurring just before and after 1960 in the U.S. She comments on Hymes's emphasis on competence not as abstract systemic potential of a language, but as capability located in individual persons; and she explores competence as both…

  5. [Psychiatric institutions in the regno delle due Sicilie].

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    Leoni, F

    1993-01-01

    Before 1510 there wasn't a single hospital in Southern Italy which took in mental patients, with the possible exception of L'ospedale degli Incurabili, which in any case dealt with other kinds of illnesses as well. Finally, in 1813 the decision was taken to found an institution in the city of Aversa which would deal exclusively with mental patients. This institution was put under the control of Giovanni Maria Linguiti. He took care of all patients using his therapeutic methods, with such excellent results that his reputation spread outside the kingdom. In 1816 in Sicily, an attempt was made to repeat the success of Aversa, but not until 1824 was it decided that L'ospizio di Santa Teresa should care for mental patients. Don Pietro Pisani was delegated to coordinate that hospital and, in 1827, he published a number of theories and guidelines concerning mental healthcare similar to those of Linguiti. In December 1864 a Royal Decree forced through parliament a statute which laid down the rules for the reorganization of these hospitals. Finally in August 1874, after numerous financial difficulties and struggles between political bodies and health service management, a Royal Decree was established and a new guiding statute was passed.

  6. Attività attuale dell'Osservatorio "P. Pizzinato"

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    Baldinelli, Luigi; Maitan, Alessandro

    2004-08-01

    In this short presentation we would like to outline the improvements to the instrumentation of the "P. Pizzinato" Observatory. In particular the drives of the telescope have been changed with a new computerized system and a new remotely controlled filter wheel has been added. The filters selected are Johnson-Cousins BVRcIc. This setup will allow the determination of EB star light curves in BVRI colour bands. The reduction of the observational data is carried out using the IRAF software package.

  7. Overview On Alternative Asbestos Control Method Research - Wisconsin Dells

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    The alternative asbestos control method (AACM) is an experimental approach to building demolition. Unlike the NESHAP method, the AACM allows some regulated asbestos containing material to remain in the building and a surfactant-water solution is used to suppress asbestos fibers ...

  8. "Miracolo dell'arte" Chi ha inventato il telescopio?

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    Sodi, Francesca

    2006-02-01

    Who did invent the telescope? It seems a simple-answering question but this is untrue. The article recall the fundamental steps of the first phase in the telescope history between 16th and 17th century, from the first experiences with the lenses made by the Italian opticians to the Della Porta's theories, from the vicissitudes of the Dutch spectacle-makers to the spreading of the new instrument through the European squares. At last we meet the work of Galileo Galilei, the first man to use the telescope for scientific purposes, understanding all its potentialities.

  9. [Regarding the Manuscript D " Dell' occhio " of Leonardo da Vinci].

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    Heitz, Robert F

    2009-01-01

    Leonardo da Vinci's Manuscript D consists of five double pages sheets, which, folded in two, comprise ten folios. This document, in the old Tuscan dialect and mirror writing, reveals the ideas of Leonardo on the anatomy of the eye in relation to the formation of images and visual perception. Leonardo explains in particular the behavior of the rays in the eye in terms of refraction and reflection, and is very mechanistic in his conception of the eye and of the visual process. The most significant innovations found in these folios are the concept of the eye as a camera obscura and the intersection of light rays in the interior of the eye. His texts nevertheless show hesitation, doubts and a troubled confusion, reflecting the ideas and uncertainties of his era. He did not share his results in his lifetime, despite both printing and etching being readily available to him.

  10. Fotogrammetria dell'Obelisco Vaticano con il Sole

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    Sigismondi, Costantino

    2016-05-01

    The Vatican Obelisk has been moved to St Peter's square by Domenico Fontana in 1586. The measurement of its height using the shadow on the floor is compared with Fontana's original data and with digital photo, corrected by perspective. A pincushion deformation is found in the camera.

  11. Algoritmi per il calcolo dell'epatta della Luna

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    Sigismondi, Costantino

    2016-05-01

    On the sides of the chair of St. Hyppolitus in the Vatican Libray there is a series of 112 epacts, used for calculating the date of Christian Easter valid for 112 years from 222 AD. The algorithm of octaëteris or 8 civil (julian) years=99 lunar months and a correction of three days each 16 years or one day each 5, 5, 6 years are discussed. Four complete solar cycles (28 years), after which the sequence of the day of the week are repeating, are included in 112 years as well as 7 groups of 16 years; 112 is the minimum common multiple between the double octaëteris (16 years) and the solar cycle (28).

  12. La numerazione digitale delle fasi lunari tra gli Indiani Lakota

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    Marino, Cesare; Sigismondi, Costantino

    2016-05-01

    Lakota Indians (Pine Ridge, South Dakota, USA) count the phases of a lunar month using both hands and counting the folds of the phalaxes (14 per hand) starting from right hand; the full Moon is the central fold of the palm and is joined with the left hand, where the last 14 days are counted. Finally a lunar month is 29 days. This algorithm requires a correction of 1 day each 2 months, to recover the 29.5 synodic month used in western astronomy after alexandrinian Greeks.

  13. Misura dell'azimut della Piramide Cestia col Sole

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    Sigismondi, Costantino

    2016-05-01

    The Pyramid of Caius Cestius in Rome has been built in 330 days in 12 b.C. The instants when the Sun rays are grazing to the East face of the Pyramid have been observed in different days, writing a table of solar azimut and altitudes. Extrapolating for zero altitude, the azimut 201.8°±1.4° of the Pyramid is obtained; it corresponds to the azimut 204.27° of the Sun when the shadow of the lightning rod divides in two equal parts the North face.

  14. Sull'Integrazione delle Strutture Numeriche nella Scuola dell'Obbligo (Integrating Numerical Structures in Mandatory School).

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    Bonotto, C.

    1995-01-01

    Attempted to verify knowledge regarding decimal and rational numbers in children ages 10-14. Discusses how pupils can receive and assimilate extensions of the number system from natural numbers to decimals and fractions and later can integrate this extension into a single and coherent numerical structure. (Author/MKR)

  15. [Musculoskeletal diseases among musicians of the "teatro dell'Opera" of Rome].

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    Monaco, Edoardo; Vicaro, Vincenzo; Catarinozzi, Elena; Rossi, Marina; Prestigiacomo, Claudio

    2012-01-01

    Musculo-skeletal injuries represent a significant medical problem in professional musicians for which was coined the following acronym PRMDs (that stands for Playing Related Musculoskeletal disorders). A little osteo-articular problem in the professional musicians can impact on a real decreasing performance activity. The purpose of this study is to quantify prevalence of PRMDs syntoms among the professional musicians and to verify their relative impact on quality lives. This study has investigated the orchestral staff of the principal lyric theatre of Rome to which it was distributed DASH OUTCOME and SF-36 questionnaires to identify the presence of musculoskeletal complaints for cervical brachial syndrome and the general quality of life respectively. The employment of the above methodology furnish statistically significant results, pointing out that the musicians quality life suffering from musculo-skeletal symptomatology (DASH SF > or = 15) was lower than ones without a clinical symptomatology. Subsequently these results were compared with the Italian population benchmarking values. PMID:22888726

  16. RIVER DELL CENTER FOR THE PROMOTION OF THE HUMANITIES, ORADELL, NEW JERSEY.

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    River Dell Regional Schools, Oradell, NJ.

    A PROGRAM BEING DEVELOPED FOR THE PROMOTION OF THE HUMANITIES IS DESCRIBED. THE PROGRAM GREW OUT OF THE NEED TO GATHER AND DISSEMINATE INFORMATION ABOUT THE GREAT IDEAS OF MAN--THE PHILOSOPHY, RELIGION, ART, ARCHITECTURE, AND MUSIC OF PEOPLES IN EUROPE, ASIA, AFRICA, AND THE AMERICAS. THE PROGRAM WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN FOUR STAGES--(1) CREATION OF…

  17. Sociologia del linguaggio ed insegnamento delle lingue (Language Sociology and Language Teaching).

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    Braga, Giorgio

    1980-01-01

    Discusses the fundamental aspects of verbal communication and analyzes its functions in terms of social needs. Takes an historical perspective to distinguish different levels of social development characterized by different communication requirements and stages of language evolution. From these premises, it argues for a sociocultural approach to…

  18. Commedia dell'Arte as a Metaphor for the Art of Teaching

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    Morse, Robert A.

    2015-10-01

    With my background in acting, stagecraft, and some knowledge of theatre history from high school and college, it was natural for me as a novice teacher to think about theatre as a metaphor for teaching. In this article I will discuss how over my career I conceived of teaching in terms of theatrical metaphors, and make a comparison with a common metaphor of teaching as coaching.

  19. "Commedia Dell'Arte" as a Metaphor for the Art of Teaching

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    Morse, Robert A.

    2015-01-01

    With my background in acting, stagecraft, and some knowledge of theatre history from high school and college, it was natural for me as a novice teacher to think about theatre as a metaphor for teaching. In this article I will discuss how over my career I conceived of teaching in terms of theatrical metaphors, and make a comparison with a common…

  20. Measurements of the Semileptonic Decays \\Bb\\to D\\ell\

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    Aubert, Bernard; Bona, M.; Karyotakis, Y.; Lees, J.P.; Poireau, V.; Prencipe, E.; Prudent, X.; Tisserand, Vincent; Garra Tico, J.; Grauges, E.; Lopez, L.; Palano, Antimo; Pappagallo, M.; Eigen, G.; Stugu, Bjarne; Sun, L.; Abrams, G.S.; Battaglia, M.; Brown, D.N.; Cahn, Robert N.; Jacobsen, R.G.; /LBL, Berkeley /Birmingham U. /Ruhr U., Bochum /Bristol U. /British Columbia U. /Brunel U. /Novosibirsk, IYF /UC, Irvine /UCLA /UC, Riverside /UC, San Diego /UC, Santa Barbara /UC, Santa Cruz /Caltech /Cincinnati U. /Colorado U. /Colorado State U. /Dortmund U. /Dresden, Tech. U. /Ecole Polytechnique /Edinburgh U. /Ferrara U. /INFN, Ferrara /Frascati /Genoa U. /INFN, Genoa /Harvard U. /Heidelberg U. /Humboldt U., Berlin /Imperial Coll., London /Iowa U. /Iowa State U. /Johns Hopkins U. /Karlsruhe U. /Orsay, LAL /LLNL, Livermore /Liverpool U. /Queen Mary, U. of London /Royal Holloway, U. of London /Louisville U. /Manchester U., Comp. Sci. Dept. /Maryland U. /Massachusetts U., Amherst /MIT /McGill U. /Consorzio Milano Ricerche /INFN, Milan /Mississippi U. /Montreal U. /Mt. Holyoke Coll. /Napoli Seconda U. /INFN, Naples /NIKHEF, Amsterdam /Notre Dame U. /Ohio State U. /Oregon U. /Padua U. /INFN, Padua /Paris U., VI-VII /Pennsylvania U. /Perugia U. /INFN, Perugia /INFN, Pisa /Princeton U. /Banca di Roma /Frascati /Rostock U. /Rutherford /DSM, DAPNIA, Saclay /South Carolina U. /SLAC /Stanford U., Phys. Dept. /SUNY, Albany /Tennessee U. /Texas U. /Texas U., Dallas /Turin U. /INFN, Turin /Trieste U. /INFN, Trieste /Valencia U., IFIC /Victoria U. /Warwick U. /Wisconsin U., Madison

    2008-08-28

    Semileptonic {bar B} decays to DX{ell}{bar {nu}} ({ell} = e or {mu}) are selected by reconstructing D{sup 0}{ell} and D{sup +}{ell} combinations from a sample of 230 million {Upsilon}(4S) {yields} B{bar B} decays recorded with the BABAR detector at the PEP-II e{sup +}e{sup -} collider at SLAC. A global fit to these samples in a 3-dimensional space of kinematic variables is used to determine the branching fractions {Beta}(B{sup -} {yields} D{sup 0}{ell}{bar {nu}}) = 2.36 {+-} 0.03 {+-} 0.12% and {Beta}(B{sup -} {yields} D*{sup 0}{ell}{bar {nu}}) = (5.37 {+-} 0.02 {+-} 0.21)% where the errors are statistical and systematic, respectively. The fit also determines form factor parameters in a HQET-based parameterization, resulting in {rho}{sub D}{sup 2} = 1.22 {+-} 0.04 {+-} 0.07 for {bar B} {yields} D{ell}{bar {nu}} and {rho}{sub D*}{sup 2} = 1.21 {+-} 0.02 {+-} 0.07 for {bar B} {yields} D*{ell}{bar {nu}}. These values are used to obtain the product of the CKM matrix element |V{sub cb}| times the form factor at the zero recoil point for both {bar B} {yields} D{ell}{bar {nu}} decays, G(1)|V{sub cb}| = (43.8 {+-} 0.8 {+-} 2.3) x 10{sup -3}, and for {bar B} {yields} D*{ell}{bar {nu}} decays, F(1)|V{sub cb}| = (35.7 {+-} 0.2 {+-} 1.2) x 10{sup -3}.

  1. Declinazione magnetica: storia delle prime misure e misura con l'azimut del Sole

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    Sigismondi, Costantino

    2016-05-01

    The magnetic declination is the compass deviation from astronomical North. Georg Hartmann in 1510 in Rome firstly measured it as 6° East. Using accurate solar ephemerides and a UTC synchronized watch, the shadow of a vertical pole is astronomically referenced. The angles of a 10m size triangle including the direction of this shadow, the solar azimuth, and the magnetic North give the magnetic declination with an accuracy of 2 arcmin.

  2. Giornalismo Matematico "A Carattere Elementare" Nella Seconda Meta Dell'Ottocento.

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    Furinghetti, Fulvia; Somaglia, Annamaria

    1992-01-01

    Considers the Italian mathematical journals of the second half of the nineteenth century oriented to the teaching of mathematics at different school levels. Focuses on three journals: "Rivista di matematica elementare,""Periodico di matematica," and "Rivista di Matematica." Analyzes elements that help outline their cultural orientation, in…

  3. Galileo, Keplero e la "nuova scienza" sul finire dellíumanesimo

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    Pani, Giancarlo

    At the end of the 16th century, Humanism seems to be an out of place working hypothesis. Nevertheless, it was a strong presence in philology and in rhetoric, but also in the new science, particularly in Galileo and in Kepler. Both of them were mathematicians, astronomers, and Copernicans, but they also were bound by delicate religious questions. Kepler, a Protestant, was excommunicated by the Lutheran Church because of his Calvinist ideas; Galileo, a Catholic, was excommunicated by the Holy Office, since he promoted heliocentrism. Their relationship was difficult, and marked by a reciprocal lack of understanding, the history of which is studied here. Still, Galileo and Kepler were highly creative scholars, founders of astronomy, and played a leading role in scientific progress.

  4. La linguistica, la glottodidattica e l'elaboratore elettronico: Note sull'introduzione dell'informatica nell'insegnamento delle lingue (Linguistics, Language Pedagogy, and Computers: Notes on the Introduction of Computer Science in the Teaching of Languages).

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    Colmayer, Ciro

    1991-01-01

    Attempts to show that the use of computers in the classroom should not be limited to the teaching of math but that the language classroom is an even more appropriate place for the introduction and use of computers. (CFM)

  5. Azimut e altezza della Piramide Cestia in una sola osservazione del Sole e dell'ombra proiettata

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    Sigismondi, Costantino

    2016-07-01

    The astronomical azimut and heigth of the Cestia Pyramid in Rome have been measured as 205° and 36 m by observing the alignment of the Sun with the axis and the grazing shadow of the Pyramid on July 22nd.

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  9. Giochi, scommesse sulla vita, tabelle di mortalità, nascita del calcolo probabilistico, statistica e teoria delle popolazioni.

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    Fenaroli, G; Garibaldi, U; Penco, M A

    1981-01-01

    The authors review the work of Huygens, de Witt, Graunt, and others concerning the effects of chance on human life events. Topics considered include duration of life and annuity income, mortality wagering, population theories, and gambling theory.

  10. Révision systématique des chitinoïdelles tithoniennes des Carpathes méridionales (Roumanie)

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    Pop, Grigore

    1997-06-01

    The Tithonian chitinoidellids, up to now assigned to the single genus Chitinoidella, are regrouped into six genera of which five are new ones: Dobeniella n. gen., Cubanella n. gen., Longicollaria n. gen., Borziella n. gen., and Cylindrella n. gen. Thus they are added to the revised genus Chitinoidella, containing only two species: Ch. boneti and Ch. elongata n. sp.

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  12. Nota didattica sulle forme pronominali toniche dell'italiano (Pedagogical Note on the Disjunctive Pronoun Forms in Italian)

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    Stefanini, Ruggero

    1976-01-01

    Presents a scheme directed towards Italian language Teaching Assistants teaching subject and object pronouns, and discusses the etymology and diachronic development of these forms. (Text is in Italian.) (AM)

  13. Subclinical arteriosclerosis screening. The PAP/PEA study. Prevalenza dell'Arteriosclerosi Precoce (Prevalence of Early Arteriosclerosis).

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    Belcaro, G; Geroulakos, G; Laurora, G; Cesarone, M R; de Sanctis, M T; Incandela, L; Barsotti, A; Nicolaides, A N

    1994-04-01

    Noninvasive screening of subclinical atherosclerosis is possible with ultrasonic biopsy (UB) performed with high resolution ultrasound scanning. Five UB classes have been identified, each class corresponding to a different incidence of cardiovascular events (CVE) in 4 years and silent coronary ischemia (SCI). In a study including 2230 asymptomatic subjects 3 risk groups were defined. In the low risk group (class I and II; 82.01% of the population sample) the incidence of CVE and SCI was zero. These subjects may be seen again after 3 years. In the moderate risk group (class II and IV; 13.3%) monitoring and early intervention may be needed. In the high risk group (class V; 4.6%) prophylaxis or treatment may be necessary. The screening is effective, simple and may be organised at very low cost--i.e. 30.000 asymptomatic subjects may be scanned at the cost of 100.000 ECU. Each scan, including carotid and femoral bifurcations, may be performed in 15 minutes. In our communities this cost is equivalent to the average cost of a single major stroke or major coronary ischemic event in a working adult aging between 45 and 60. Organization problems and the fragmentation of competences has prevented the evolution of atherosclerosis screening. The problem can be solved organising a network including epidemiologists, angiologists and cardiovascular surgical centres where all phases of atherosclerosis may be studied and detected, progression prevented and complications treated with a global vision of the disease. PMID:8195271

  14. Framing land abandonment and its consequences on soil and vegetation changes

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    José Marqués Pérez, María; Sanz, Verónica; Kasparinskis, Raimonds; Nikodemus, Olgerts; Kukuls, Imants; Sultana, Daniel; Zdruli, Pandi; Fiori, Valeria; Zucca, Claudio

    2014-05-01

    A significant increase in forest areas has been observed in the last decades in Europe due to the abandonment of agricultural activities but also thanks to the implementation of reforestation/afforestation projects. These changes in land use have consequences in soil processes (e.g. erosion rates, accumulation of organic matter, humification, leaching, podzolisation), water and nutrient cycle, or productivity, amongst others. This new situation deserves an analysis of the causes and consequences in different scenarios, as the advantages and disadvantages of land abandonment can be different according to particular circumstances. In ordinary local soil surveys, some of the most widely used indicators to evaluate soil changes are organic carbon, nutrients and pH. Variations of these key soil properties can also be used to evaluate the consequences of land abandonment. On the landscape scale, changes in vegetation cover provide valuable information to analyse and evaluate the extent of land abandonment and its impacts on ecosystem functions and services. The re-establishment of natural vegetation can be seen as an invasive process by shrubs or trees, but it also can be considered as a process of natural restoration of these abandoned lands. This study will cover different soils from different study areas in Soria (Spain; 500 mm annual rainfall and 11ºC of average temperature); in Pula, Sardinia (Italy, 500 mm and 17ºC); in Acquaviva delle Fonti in Bari (Italy, 560 mm and 15.3ºC); in Malta (600 mm and 18ºC) and in the Vidzeme upland, central part of Latvia (Latvia, 703 mm and 5.8 ºC). The variations of the abovementioned indicators will be considered in these different scenarios after several decades of abandonment of the agricultural activities. The analysis will also address the diversity of driving forces related to land productivity, population structure, socio economic conditions and/or policy measures which are leading to land abandonment with different

  15. Analisi dell'Interazione Verbale Nella Discussione Matematica: Un Approccio Vygotskiano (A Verbal Analysis of Interaction in Mathematics Discussion: The Vygotskiano Approach).

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    Bussi, Maria G. Bartolini; Boni, Mara

    1995-01-01

    Presents a methodology for analyzing verbal interaction in mathematical discussion which is both a product and an instrument of a research project in grades one through eight. Analyzes an example of discussion from a first-grade classroom about point of view. (Author/MKR)

  16. Posizione dell'aggettivo nel nominale: Alcune recenti analisi (The Position of the Adjective in the Noun Phrase: Some Recent Analyses).

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    Francesconi, Consuelo

    1979-01-01

    Discusses recent analyses of the adjective in Italian and stresses the importance of the position of the Italian adjective for second language learners of Italian and for Italians learning foreign languages. (CFM)

  17. L'organizzazione di una lezione di traduzione basata sull'approccio dell'analisi testuale (The Organization of a Translation Lesson Based on a Textual Analysis Approach).

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    Horrakh, Livio

    1988-01-01

    Describes a three-phase approach to teaching translation: (1) decoding the "macro" (beyond sentence level) and the "micro" (sentence or phrase level) elements of the passage; (2) coordinating the elements of the original language text with the target language text; and (3) producing the text in the target language. (CFM)

  18. La Verifica della Qualita' dell' Apprendimento della Lingua Straniera nella Scuola Elementare (Verification of the Quality of Learning of Foreign Languages in the Elementary School).

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    Braccini, Fabrizio; Gemignani, Chiara

    1995-01-01

    This article reports research with 80 children in 4 English-as-a-Foreign-Language classes in an elementary school in Lucca, Italy, discusses the teaching methods, and analyzes the results of the teaching. (CFM)

  19. Localization of S1- and S2-like immunoreactivity in the nervous system of the brittle star Amphipholis squamata (Delle Chiaje 1828).

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    de Bremaeker, N; Deheyn, D; Thorndyke, M C; Baguet, F; Mallefet, J

    1997-01-01

    The recent isolation and characterization of the SALMFanide neuropeptides S1 GFNSALMFamide; and S2 (SGPYSFNSGLTFamide) from the sea stars. Asterias rubens and Asterias forbesi have initiated numerous studies on their morphological localization and distribution within the phylum Echinodermata. It has been shown by immunocytochemistry and radioimmunoassay that these peptides are widely distributed in the nervous system of some asteroids, echinoids and ophiuroids. A physiological approach has also shown that S1 and S2 potentiate the luminescence of the small ophiuroid Amphipholis squamata. In the present study. S1- and S2-like immunoreactivity have been localized in A. squamata by immunocytochemistry on both wholemount preparation and histological sections. The results reveal a widespread neuronal distribution of S1-like immunoreactivity in the circumoral ring, radial nerve cord, and tube feet. S1-like immunoreactivity was found to be associated with axons and cell bodies in both the ectoneural and hyponeural components of the nervous. S2-like immunoreactivity was detected only in the ectoneural plenus of the circumoral ring and radial nerve cord. PMID:9178539

  20. Finite case series or infinite single-case studies? Comments on "Case series investigations in cognitive neuropsychology" by Schwartz and Dell (2010).

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    Lambon Ralph, Matthew A; Patterson, Karalyn; Plaut, David C

    2011-10-01

    In this commentary, though acknowledging that a case-series approach in neuropsychology is not always possible, we set out a series of considerations that in our view make this approach generally superior to single-case study. We argue that case-series designs are crucial for theory-testing, assessment of computational models, evaluation of inter-patient variation (including selection criteria, patient homogeneity/heterogeneity, premorbid individual differences, etc.) and to establish solid foundations for the interpretation of behavioural dissociations and associations. We conclude by suggesting that, alongside other neuroscience techniques, case-series cognitive neuropsychology provides a crucial contribution to the future of clinical and cognitive neuroscience.

  1. Prime osservazioni astrometriche fotografiche della cometa periodica di Halley (1982i) fatte dagli astrofili dell'Osservatorio S. Vittore aBologna.

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    Colombini, E.

    The author reports the results of the first photographic astrometric observations of periodic comet Halley (1982i) made by amateur astronomers of Osservatorio S. Vittore at Bologna (Italy) during the international program of observations organized by the Astrometry Net of the International Halley Watch.

  2. L'influenza dell'ambiente linguistico nel processo di acquisizione di un lessico bilingue (Influence of the Linguistic Environment on the Process of Acquiring a Bilingual Vocabulary).

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    Cavosi, Ricciarda; Taeschner, Traute

    1987-01-01

    Addresses two questions: (1) When do children who are bilingual from birth become aware that they speak two languages? and (2) What are the factors that lead to this awareness? The subjects in the study described here were Italian/German bilingual children living in the Italian region of Alto Adige. (CFM)

  3. Genetic diversity and connectivity remain high in Holothuria polii (Delle Chiaje 1823) across a coastal lagoon-open sea environmental gradient.

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    Vergara-Chen, Carlos; González-Wangüemert, Mercedes; Marcos, Concepción; Pérez-Ruzafa, Angel

    2010-08-01

    Coastal lagoons represent habitats with widely heterogeneous environmental conditions, particularly as regards salinity and temperature, which fluctuate in both space and time. These characteristics suggest that physical and ecological factors could contribute to the genetic divergence among populations occurring in coastal lagoon and open-coast environments. This study investigates the genetic structure of Holothuria polii at a micro-geographic scale across the Mar Menor coastal lagoon and nearby marine areas, estimating the mitochondrial DNA variation in two gene fragments, cytochrome oxidase I (COI) and 16S rRNA (16S). Dataset of mitochondrial sequences was also used to test the influence of environmental differences between coastal lagoon and marine waters on population genetic structure. All sampled locations exhibited high levels of haplotype diversity and low values of nucleotide diversity. Both genes showed contrasting signals of genetic differentiation (non-significant differences using COI and slight differences using 16S, which could due to different mutation rates or to differential number of exclusive haplotypes. We detected an excess of recent mutations and exclusive haplotypes, which can be generated as a result of population growth. However, selective processes can be also acting on the gene markers used; highly significant generalized additive models have been obtained considering genetic data from 16S gene and independent variables such as temperature and salinity.

  4. Critical Friendship as a Contribution to Master's-Level Work in an International Programme of Study

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    van Swet, Jacqueline; Smit, Ben H. J.; Corvers, Louise; van Dijk, Ineke

    2009-01-01

    This article reports on an action research project in which the value of critical friendship for students doing research and writing their dissertations within an international master's course has been explored. This course is run jointly by Roehampton University (London, UK), Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic) together with Fontys OSO…

  5. Reciprocal Learning by Experienced Teachers and Their Educators on a Master's Degree Programme in the Netherlands

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    van Swet, Jacqueline; Ponte, Petra

    2007-01-01

    This article reports findings from a case study into reciprocal learning in tutor groups in a research-based master's programme, run jointly by Roehampton University, London, UK and Fontys OSO, The Netherlands. The research was designed to investigate to what extent, and how, forms of reciprocal learning arose in tutor groups for experienced…

  6. Action Research and Teacher Leadership

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    Smeets, Karel; Ponte, Petra

    2009-01-01

    The present article reports on a case study into the influence and impact of action research carried out by teachers in a special school. The action research was an important component of the two-year, post-initial, in-service course in special educational needs, provided by Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Department of Inclusive and…

  7. A hematology consensus agreement on antifungal strategies for neutropenic patients with hematological malignancies and stem cell transplant recipients. Gruppo Italiano Malattie Ematologiche dell'Adulto, Gruppo Italiano Trapianto di Midollo Osseo, Associazione Italiana Ematologia ed Oncologia Pediatrica, Invasive Fungal Infections Cooperative Group of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer and Sorveglianza Epidemiologica delle Infezioni Fungine nelle Emopatie Maligne.

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    Girmenia, Corrado; Aversa, Franco; Busca, Alessandro; Candoni, Anna; Cesaro, Simone; Luppi, Mario; Pagano, Livio; Rossi, Giuseppe; Venditti, Adriano; Nosari, Anna Maria

    2013-09-01

    In the attempt to establish key therapy definitions and provide shared approaches to invasive fungal diseases in neutropenic patients, trials of empiric, preeemptive and targeted antifungal therapy (EAT, PAT and TAT) were reviewed, and a Consensus Development Conference Project was convened. The Expert-Panel concurred that all antifungal treatments, including EAT, should always follow an adequate diagnostic strategy and that the standard definition of PAT may be misleading: being PAT guided by the results of a diagnostic work-up, it should better be termed diagnostic-driven antifungal therapy (DDAT). The Expert-Panel agreed that radiological findings alone are insufficient for the choice of a TAT and that the identification of the etiologic pathogen is needed. The Consensus Agreement proceeded identifying which clinical and microbiological findings were sufficient to start a DDAT and which were not. Finally, an algorithm to rationalize the choice of antifungal drugs on the basis of clinical manifestations, antifungal prophylaxis, instrumental and laboratory findings was drawn up.

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  10. La teoria dell'attivita verbale nella fase attuale e il suo significato nell'insegnamento della lingua russa agli stranieri (The Theory of Verbal Activity in its Present Stage and its Significance in the Teaching of Russian to Foreigners)

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    Leont'ev, A. A.

    1977-01-01

    Traces the evolution of thought in the field of psycholinguistics ("theory of verbal activity" in Russia) and discusses current research being done in the United States, Europe, and the Soviet Union. A valid method of teaching language cannot be developed without a theory of language acquisition. (Text is in Italian.) (CFM)

  11. Bilinguismo e immigrazione: una nota sociolinguistica al piano europeo di mantenimento delle lingue nazionali nelle comunita di emigrati (Bilingualism and Immigration: A Sociolinguistic View of the European Plan for the Maintainance of National Languages in Immigrant Communities).

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    Tosi, Arturo

    1979-01-01

    Outlines the European Economic Community's (EEC) plan for the maintainance of national languages among immigrants. Describes the variety of objectives behind the EEC's linguistic policy as incompatible with the creation of a unified instructional approach. Emphasizes that dialects spoken within immigrant families create additional problems in…

  12. Prima Stesura di Tre Test Oggettivi di Lingua Inglese: Analisi delle Risposte e Osservazioni (First Draft of Three Objective Tests of English: An Analysis of the Answers and Observations)

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    Pranzo, Antonio L.

    1977-01-01

    This article discusses the first draft of three objective tests given to students of English as a foreign language in a high school in Rome, Italy. Students' answers on the tests (Listening Comprehension, Reading Comprehension, Grammatical Structures) are analyzed. The tests will be rewritten, based on these observations. (Text is in Italian.)…

  13. Note sull'analisi delle preposizioni italiane in un modello semantico generativo (Notes on the Analysis of Italian Prepositions Within a Generative Semantic Model). Acts of the Colloquium of the Swiss Interuniversity Commission for Applied Linguistics. CILA Bulletin, No. 25.

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    Berretta, Monica

    A generative semantic model for a componential analysis of prepositions in Italian sentences is described and critiqued. According to the model, a sentence is analyzed in terms of a "predicate" plus one or more "arguments." The model emphasizes the semantic role of prepositions and regards this role as the basis for a syntactic analysis of…

  14. Treatment of primary refractory and relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in children and adults: the GIMEMA/AIEOP experience. Gruppo Italiano Malattie Ematologiche Maligne dell'Adulto. Associazione Italiana Ematologìa ed Ocologia Pediatrica.

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    Giona, F; Testi, A M; Annino, L; Amadori, S; Arcese, W; Camera, A; Di Montezemolo, L C; Ladogana, S; Liso, V; Meloni, G

    1994-01-01

    One hundred and forty-seven patients aged < 55 years with advanced acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) were enrolled in an Italian cooperative study (ALL R-87). This protocol consists of an induction phase with idarubicin (IDA) plus intermediate-dose cytarabine (IDARA-C), followed by a consolidation phase and bone marrow transplant (BMT). Complete remission (CR) was achieved in 97/147 patients (66%) with a CR rate of 77% in children versus 51% in adults (P < 0.01). 48 responders (50%) underwent BMT. Probability of event-free survival (EFS +/- SE) was 10.2 +/- 3.1% at 56 months. EFS was 14.3 +/- 4.51% at 56 months for children versus 3.8 +/- 3.41% at 37 months for adults (P < 0.0001). Among patients treated in first relapse, EFS was 14.2 +/-7.79% for patients with CR > 18 months verus 6.6 +/- 3.17% for those with CR < 18 months (P < 0.0001). Projected disease-free survival (DFS +/- SE) was 15.4 +/- 4.61% at 55 months for all responders and 43.3 +/- 14.34% at 52 months for allografted patients. Projected overall probability of survival +/- SE for all patients was 18.8 +/- 4.13% at 56 months. This study confirms the efficacy of IDA plus IDARA-C in poor-risk. ALL patients. A more intensive post-remission therapy or alternative approach must be designed to improve long-term results.

  15. Frequency of consumption of selected indicator foods and serum cholesterol. GISSI-EFRIM investigators. Gruppo Italiano per lo Studio della Sopravvivenza nell'Infarto--Epidemiologia dei Fattori di Rischio dell'Infarto Miocardico.

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    D'Avanzo, B; Negri, E; Nobili, A; La Vecchia, C

    1995-06-01

    The relationship between frequency of consumption of eleven indicator foods (milk, meat, liver, carrots, green vegetables, fruit, eggs, ham, fish, cheese and alcohol) and serum cholesterol was investigated in the comparison group of a case-control study of acute myocardial infarction conducted in Italy. Data were collected on 792 subjects from various Italian regions, admitted to hospital for acute conditions unrelated to any known or potential risk factor for myocardial infarction or to long-term modifications in diet. No statistically or epidemiologically meaningful relationship emerged between serum cholesterol level and frequency of consumption of any of these foods. Cholesterol levels rose according to increasing consumption tertiles for most of the indicator foods considered. Higher values for the higher tertile of consumption were observed for meat, ham and eggs, but also for fruit, carrots and green vegetables. However, correlation coefficients between frequency of consumption of various food items and serum cholesterol level were uniformly low for all food items considered, ranging between -0.09 (for milk) and 0.19 (for ham). Although a more comprehensive diet history may lead to different indications, the present data are not suggestive of any major influence of long-term frequency of consumption of a few selected indicator foods on serum cholesterol levels.

  16. Physical activity and the risk of acute myocardial infarction. GISSI-EFRIM Investigators. Gruppo Italiano per lo Studio della Sopravvivenza nell'Infarto-Epidemiologia dei Fattori di Rischio dell'Infarto Miocardico.

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    D'Avanzo, B; Santoro, L; La Vecchia, C; Maggioni, A; Nobili, A; Iacuitti, G; Franceschi, S

    1993-11-01

    The relationship between physical activity and acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was examined in a case-control study conducted in Italy in 1988 to 1989 within the framework of the GISSI-2 trial of streptokinase versus alteplase and heparin versus no heparin in the treatment of AMI. A total of 916 case patients admitted to coronary care units from various Italian regions for AMI were interviewed. Control subjects were 1106 patients admitted to the same network of hospitals for a broad spectrum of acute diseases not related to known or potential risk factors for myocardial infarction. Among various types of physical activity (occupational activity, walking, stair climbing, and sport and leisure-time physical activity), occupational physical exercise emerged as the most protective. Multivariate odds ratios (ORs) were 1.4 (95% confidence interval (CI), 1.0 to 2.0) and 1.6 (95% CI, 1.2 to 2.1) for the two lowest levels of occupational physical activity. The trends of increasing risk with decreasing activity were consistent, although less strong, when other types of activity were considered. The protection conveyed by occupational physical activity was similar across various strata of sex, age, education, smoking habits, and diabetes, and was not explained by serum cholesterol, body weight, or hypertension. This study therefore confirms that low physical activity is an indicator of subsequent risk of AMI.

  17. Cigarette smoking and acute myocardial infarction. A case-control study from the GISSI-2 trial. GISSI-EFRIM Investigators. Gruppo Italiano per lo Studio della Sopravvivenza nell'Infarto--Epidemiologia dei Fattori di Rischio dell'infarto Miocardioco.

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    Negri, E; La Vecchia, C; Nobili, A; D'Avanzo, B; Bechi, S

    1994-08-01

    To make a further quantitative assessment of the relationship between cigarette smoking and the risk of myocardial infarction, a multicentric case-control study was conducted in Italy between September 1988 and June 1989 within the framework of the GISSI-2 trial. Ninety hospitals in various Italian Regions participated. 916 cases of acute myocardial infarction with no history of ischaemic heart disease and 1106 controls admitted to hospital for acute conditions not related to known or suspected risk factors for ischaemic heart disease were studied. Relative risks (RR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) of myocardial infarction according to various measures of tobacco smoking, were adjusted for identified potential confounding factors using multiple logistic regression. Compared to lifelong non-smokers, the RR was 1.3 (95% CI 1.0 to 1.9) for ex-smokers, 2.0 (95% CI 1.4 to 2.9) for current smokers of less than 15 cigarettes per day, 3.1 (95% CI 2.2 to 4.2) for 15-24 cigarettes per day and 4.9 (95% CI 3.4 to 7.1) for 25 or more cigarettes per day. No trend in risk was evident for the duration, the RR being around 3 for subsequent categories. There was a significant interaction between smoking and age. Below the age 45, smokers of 25 or more cigarettes per day had a 33 times higher risk than non-smokers, compared to 7.5 at in the age group 45-54, 4.4 between the ages 55-64 and 2.5 at the age of 65 or over. The risk estimates were higher in women (RR for > or = 25 cigarettes per day = 10.1), in subjects in the lowest cholesterol tertile (RR = 11.9), with no history of diabetes (RR = 6.8), hypertension (RR = 9.5), no family history ischaemic heart disease (RR = 9.1) and low body mass index (RR = 9.3). The importance of smoking is confirmed as a cause of acute myocardial infarction: about 50% of all nonfatal infarctions in this Italian population could be attributable to cigarette smoking.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  18. I1 Bilinguismo nella Scuola Dell'Infanzia: Motivazioni Psico-linguistiche e Glottodidattiche. Appunti su Alcuni Presupposti. (Bilingualism in the Preschool: Psycholinguistic and Glottodidactic Reasons. Notes on Some Assumptions).

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    Titone, Renzo

    1982-01-01

    Discusses the results of recent research concerning the effects of bilingualism on the development of preschool children and explains how early bilingual education greatly enriches a child's personality cognitively, linguistically, affectively, socially, and morally. Claims it is possible and beneficial to offer young children the opportunity to…

  19. Pikes Peak, Colorado

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    Brunstein, Craig; Quesenberry, Carol; Davis, John; Jackson, Gene; Scott, Glenn R.; D'Erchia, Terry D.; Swibas, Ed; Carter, Lorna; McKinney, Kevin; Cole, Jim

    2006-01-01

    For 200 years, Pikes Peak has been a symbol of America's Western Frontier--a beacon that drew prospectors during the great 1859-60 Gold Rush to the 'Pikes Peak country,' the scenic destination for hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, and an enduring source of pride for cities in the region, the State of Colorado, and the Nation. November 2006 marks the 200th anniversary of the Zebulon M. Pike expedition's first sighting of what has become one of the world's most famous mountains--Pikes Peak. In the decades following that sighting, Pikes Peak became symbolic of America's Western Frontier, embodying the spirit of Native Americans, early explorers, trappers, and traders who traversed the vast uncharted wilderness of the Western Great Plains and the Southern Rocky Mountains. High-quality printed paper copies of this poster are available at no cost from Information Services, U.S. Geological Survey (1-888-ASK-USGS).

  20. Setting new standards for customer advocacy.

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    McDonald, L

    1993-01-01

    Dell Computer Corporation pioneered the direct marketing of personal computers in 1984 and became the first company in the PC industry to offer manufacturer-direct technical support. According to surveys of corporate buyers, the company provides the best after-sale service and support of any computer maker. Here's how Dell has institutionalized the delivery of customer satisfaction. PMID:10123419

  1. Making everyday tasks easier - arthritis

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    ... Gabriel SE, McInnes IB, O'Dell JR, eds. Kelly's Textbook of Rheumatology . 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier ... Gabriel SE, McInnes IB, O'Dell JR, eds. Kelly's Textbook of Rheumatology . 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier ...

  2. The Functional Unit of Japanese Word Naming: Evidence from Masked Priming

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    Verdonschot, Rinus G.; Kiyama, Sachiko; Tamaoka, Katsuo; Kinoshita, Sachiko; La Heij, Wido; Schiller, Niels O.

    2011-01-01

    Theories of language production generally describe the segment as the basic unit in phonological encoding (e.g., Dell, 1988; Levelt, Roelofs, & Meyer, 1999). However, there is also evidence that such a unit might be language specific. Chen, Chen, and Dell (2002), for instance, found no effect of single segments when using a preparation paradigm.…

  3. Nuclear Astrophysics

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    Drago, Alessandro

    2005-04-01

    The activity of the Italian nuclear physicists community in the field of Nuclear Astrophysics is reported. The researches here described have been performed within the project "Fisica teorica del nucleo e dei sistemi a multi corpi", supported by the Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca.

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    ...), 71 FR 58460, 58461 (October 3, 2006) (SR-PCX- 2005-53). Currently, MPL Orders that provide liquidity.... \\9\\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 67180 (June 11, 2012), 77 FR 36027 (June 15, 2012) (SR... Dell Inc DELL Facebook, Inc FB Intel Corporation INTC Microsoft Corporation MSFT Micron Technology...

  6. Law & psychiatry: Does the constitution require an insanity defense?

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    Appelbaum, Paul S

    2013-10-01

    Idaho is one of four states that have abolished the insanity defense. Hence, John Delling, on trial for two murders in Idaho, was unable to plead insanity or to argue that he lacked intent to kill, the only available option under Idaho law. After being sentenced to life in prison without parole, Delling challenged the constitutionality of Idaho's law. The state's supreme court rejected his appeal, holding that--despite the long history of the insanity defense and its widespread acceptance--there was no constitutional right to an insanity defense. Delling's petition to the U.S. Supreme Court was turned away, leaving the constitutional status of the insanity defense uncertain.

  7. L'influenza dell'attenzione, della memoria e della discriminazione fonetica nell'apprendimento della seconda lingua nella scuola elementare: Risultati di alcuni test (Influence of Attention, Memory, and Phonetic Discrimination in Second Language Learning in Elementary School: Results of Several Tests).

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    Colonna-Preti, Paola; Taeschner, Traute

    1987-01-01

    Using a new method, 48 children in an elementary school in Rome, Italy, were taught a foreign language (26 English, 22 German) and tested after three years. The authors attempt to explain the variation in test results in terms of the students' attention, memory, and phonetic discrimination. (CFM)

  8. [The consultation with the candidate couple for intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) using microsurgical epididymal sperm aspiration (MESA) or testicular sperm aspiration (TESA). The experience of the MATRIS (Medici Associati per la Terapia e la Ricerca dell'Infertilità e Sterilità) center of Milan].

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    Magro, B; Magro, S

    1998-04-01

    The authors examine the relationship between doctor and patient during the consultation for the therapeutic decision for those couples who have to undergo a medical procreation, especially the ICSI by MESA and TESA. The couple's psycho-emotional involvement and the medical terminology hinder the real possibility of communication between doctor and patient. The data relating to a study of 80 couples done by the authors are presented. They show the need to improve the quality of communication between doctor and patient during the consultation. For this purpose, on the basis of the research conducted, modification of the language used and the support of audio-visual media are suggested during the consultation in order to reduce the percentage of the couple's doubts and uncertainties.

  9. Molecular remission in PML/RAR alpha-positive acute promyelocytic leukemia by combined all-trans retinoic acid and idarubicin (AIDA) therapy. Gruppo Italiano-Malattie Ematologiche Maligne dell'Adulto and Associazione Italiana di Ematologia ed Oncologia Pediatrica Cooperative Groups.

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    Mandelli, F; Diverio, D; Avvisati, G; Luciano, A; Barbui, T; Bernasconi, C; Broccia, G; Cerri, R; Falda, M; Fioritoni, G; Leoni, F; Liso, V; Petti, M C; Rodeghiero, F; Saglio, G; Vegna, M L; Visani, G; Jehn, U; Willemze, R; Muus, P; Pelicci, P G; Biondi, A; Lo Coco, F

    1997-08-01

    Two hundred fifty-three patients with newly diagnosed acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) were eligible to enter the multicentric GIMEMA-AIEOP "AIDA" trial during the period July 1993 to February 1996. As a mandatory prerequisite for eligibility, all patients had genetic evidence of the specific t(15;17) lesion in their leukemic cells confirmed by karyotyping or by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) of the PML/RAR alpha fusion gene (the latter available in 247 cases). Median age was 37.8 years (range, 2.2 to 73.9). Induction treatment consisted of oral all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA), 45 mg/m2/d until complete remission (CR), given with intravenous Idarubicin, 12 mg/m2/d on days 2, 4, 6, and 8. Three polychemotherapy cycles were given as consolidation. Hematologic and molecular response by RT-PCR was assessed after induction and after consolidation. At the time of analysis, 240 of the 253 eligible patients were evaluable for induction. Of these, 11 (5%) died of early complications and 229 (95%) achieved hematologic remission. No cases of resistant leukemia were observed. Of 139 cases studied by RT-PCR after induction, 84 (60.5%) were PCR-negative and 55 (39.5%) PCR-positive. One hundred sixty-two patients were evaluable by RT-PCR at the end of consolidation. Of these, 159 (98%) tested PCR-negative and 3 (2%), PCR-positive. After a median follow up of 12 months (range, 0 to 33), the estimated actuarial event-free survival for the whole series of 253 eligible patients was 83% +/- 2.6% and 79% +/- 3.2% at 1 and 2 years, respectively. This study indicates that the AIDA protocol is a well-tolerated regimen that induces molecular remission in almost all patients with PML/RAR alpha-positive APL. Preliminary survival data suggest that a remarkable cure rate can be obtained with this treatment.

  10. Synovial fluid analysis

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    Joint fluid analysis; Joint fluid aspiration ... El-Gabalawy HS. Synovial fluid analysis, synovial biopsy, and synovial pathology. In: Firestein GS, Budd RC, Gabriel SE, McInnes IB, O'Dell JR, eds. Kelly's Textbook of ...

  11. A Second Look: "Sing Down the Moon."

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    Nodelman, Perry

    1984-01-01

    Reexamines Scott O'Dell's novel based on the "Long Walk" of the Navajo Indians from their home territory to Fort Sumner, New Mexico, after they had been evicted by the United States Army in 1863. (FL)

  12. Life After Residency.

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    Sorrel, Amy Lynn

    2016-04-01

    Many residents don't receive any formal business training. The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School created a crash course to teach residents some of the business and job-hunting basics they'll need.

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  14. L'eliosismologia: onde sismiche per studiare l'interno del Sole

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    Di Mauro, M. P.

    2014-12-01

    Negli ultimi cinquanta anni siamo stati testimoni di una straordinaria rivoluzione della conoscenza e comprensione della nostra stella grazie alla nascita dell'Eliosismologia, lo studio delle oscillazioni solari. Analogamente a ciò che accade nella Terra durante i terremoti, anche l'interno del Sole è pervaso continuamente da onde sismiche che provocano piccole oscillazioni, ovvero deformazioni della fotosfera. Le oscillazioni sono la manifestazione di diversi processi che avvengono all'interno della struttura del Sole e le frequenze sismiche dei modi osservati e misurati sulla superficie sono legate direttamente ai parametri fisici degli strati interni attraversati dalle onde sismiche. Lo studio delle oscillazioni rappresenta, quindi, l'unico metodo diretto per studiare la struttura e la dinamica interna del Sole. In questo articolo verranno illustrate le caratteristiche generali delle oscillazioni solari e verranno presentati i risultati importanti e i progressi notevoli raggiunti grazie all'Eliosismologia.

  15. Kepler Corn Maze

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    The Dell'Osso Family Farm, located on the outskirts of Lathrop, California held the grand opening of their corn maze that was designed with a NASA theme. The maze is part of a nation-wide group of ...

  16. Spatial patterns in optical parametric oscillators with spherical mirrors: classical and quantum effects: errata

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    Marte, M.; Ritsch, H.; Petsas, K. I.; Gatti, A.; Lugiato, L. A.; Fabre, C.; Leduc, D.

    1998-11-01

    The correct author affiliation for K. I. Petsas, A. Gatti and L. A. Lugiato is: Dipartimento di Fisica dell'Universita di Milano, Istituto Nazionale per la Fisica della Materia, Via Celoria 16, Milano 20133, Italy.

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  18. [Waiting time between acute event and rehabilitation: continuity of nursing care and rehabilitation. Analysis and suggestions for a Service of Protected Discharge].

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    D'Ilio, Ilaria; Raimondi, Anna Maria; Radice, Laura; Di Mauro, Stefania

    2014-01-01

    INTRODUZIONE. In Italia negli ultimi anni l’aumento della sopravvivenza della popolazione ha comportato il cambiamento dello stato di salute, che vede l’incremento nella prevalenza delle patologie croniche (Osservatorio, 2011). L’ospedale, riservato alla fase acuta delle patologie, si integra necessariamente con le cure primarie. La continuità assume particolare rilevanza per la cura, assistenza e riabilitazione della persona assistita, così come l’appropriato utilizzo delle diverse tipologie di offerta socio sanitaria assistenziale e riabilitativa. OBIETTIVO. Al San Gerardo di Monza, nell’ambito della riabilitazione del paziente post-acuto, si analizza la fase che intercorre tra la dimissione prevista dall’ospedale e la data di accettazione presso gli istituti di riabilitazione. E’ possibile quantificare i tempi di attesa? L’ allocazione delle persone assistite è appropriata? Scopo dello studio osservazionale descrittivo è accertare la distribuzione dei giorni di attesa. Inoltre si ipotizza il ricorso all’Assistenza Domiciliare Integrata e a soluzioni innovative. Obiettivi sono la diminuzione delle giornate di degenza inappropriate e l’utilizzo delle risorse in modo congruo. RISULTATI. Delle 1083 persone in attesa di riabilitazione il 55% (652), a cui sono associate 4505 giornate “inappropriate”, è stato dimesso dall’ospedale oltre i tempi previsti. CONCLUSIONI. L’utilizzo dell’assistenza domiciliare, vantaggiosa per l’ospedale, può essere utilizzata solo per una minoranza di pazienti e in modo diseconomico. Per abbattere la totalità delle giornate, una soluzione innovativa può essere l’istituzione di posti letto a basso costo. E dato che la maggioranza dei casi sono solo ad alta complessità assistenziale ma a bassa intensità clinica potrebbero essere letti gestiti da infermieri.

  19. Discussing the confidence in the identification of Martian CH4 using TES data .

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    Fonti, S.; Mancarella, F.; Liuzzi, G.; Roush, T.; Blanco, A.

    In their work of 2010, Fonti and Marzo analyzed, using a statistical clustering technique, about three million of Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES) spectra, spanning three Martian Years. They found that the methane content in the Martian atmosphere exhibits a seasonal variability cycle and a recurrent spatial distribution. The temporal variability seemed to have interesting correlations with the annual cycle of other atmospherical components, such as water vapor and dust load, but the temporal sampling of TES data required a substantial increase to characterize the temporal behavior of CH4 in sufficient detail. This, in turn, required a deep revision of the TES clustering done by \\citet{fon10}, which evidenced that their analyses may be ambiguous in associating the clusters with CH4. To reduce this ambiguity, we developed several pre-processing steps that have been applied to the TES data, but unfortunately they did not succeed in removing from the dataset all the possible source of error \\citep{fonti2015}. The results of applying the pre-processing procedures to the dataset Ls = 180° ± 5° of MY24 have been compared to synthetic spectral calculations for a Martian atmosphere containing 0 and 33 ppbv of CH4 \\citep{liuzzi2015}. This comparison suggests that the variability in the TES spectra, in the region where the CH_4 feature occurs, remains greater than the spectral feature associated with 33 ppbv CH4, preventing the possibility to successfully address the issue of Martian CH4 abundances, reaching an higher confidence in the variability of Martian methane.

  20. La meridiana di Egnazio Danti nella Torre dei Venti in Vaticano: un'icona della riforma Gregoriana del calendario

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    Sigismondi, Costantino

    2014-05-01

    La Torre dei Venti domina l’angolo Sud Ovest del cortile della Pigna (nell'area dei Musei Vaticani), ed è inclusa negli ambienti dell'Archivio Segreto Vaticano. Non è aperta al pubblico, ma è universalmente nota per la fama che da oltre quattrocento anni la circonda, legata alle vicende della riforma Gregoriana del calendario. La meridiana tracciata da padre Egnazio Danti (1536-1586) nella torre dei Venti, fu visitata anche da Gregorio XIII, probabilmente il 21 marzo 1581 come suppone il padre Stein, per convincersi dell'anticipo ormai arrivato a dieci giorni dell'equinozio di primavera sulla data che il concilio di Nicea aveva fissato al 21 marzo per il computo pasquale. La ricognizione astrometrica del febbraio-marzo 2009 fatta dall'autore viene qui presentata.

  1. Spigelian Hernias Treatment and Diagnosis in Our Experience.

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    Citgez, Bulent; Yetkin, Gurkan; Uludag, Mehmet; Akgun, Ismail; Karakoc, Sinan

    2014-10-25

    L’ernia di Spiegel (SH) è un’ernia rara della parete addominale con elevato rischio di incercerazione ed occusione intestinale. In questo studio viene presentata l’esperienza degli autori in termine di diagnosi e relativo trattamento riguardante l’esame retrospettivo di 17 pazienti osservati tra il 2000 ed il 2010, con descrizione delle caratteristiche demografiche, i messi diagnositici e le tecniche chirurgiche adottate. Tutti i pazienti mostravano una tumefazione accompagnata da dolore, e tutti sono stati sottoposti ad una riparazione protesica, senza mortalità nè morbilità postoperatoria. Nel periodo in media di media di 73 mesi (da 13 a 115) del follow-up non è stata osservata nessuna recidiva. Questo tipo di rara ernia presenta varibili motivi di difficoltà diagnostica in fase preoperatoria. La riparazione protesica sembra ridurre l’incidenza delle complicanze e delle recidive.

  2. Real-time elastography in the diagnosis of prostate tumor.

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    Ferrari, F S; Scorzelli, A; Megliola, A; Drudi, F M; Trovarelli, S; Ponchietti, R

    2009-03-01

    Sommario SCOPO: Verificare il guadagno diagnostico dell'elastosonografia transrettale real-time (RTE) rispetto alla ecografia transrettale B-mode nel rilievo del tumore prostatico in una popolazione di pazienti con sospetto di neoplasia. MATERIALI E METODI: Ottantaquattro pazienti con sospetto clinico-laboratoristico di tumore prostatico sono stati valutati mediante ecografia transrettale, elastosonografia e biopsia transperineale. RISULTATI: L'esame bioptico è stato considerato lo standard di riferimento. Nella valutazione per paziente, la sensibilità dell'ecografia B-mode è stata del 56%; la specificità dell'80%; il valore predittivo positivo (VPP) del 70%, il valore predittivo negativo (VPN) del 67%. Nella valutazione sul totale dei prelievi bioptici la sensibilità è stata del 33%, la specificità del 92%, il VPP del 69%, il VPN del 73%. La RTE ha ottenuto i seguenti risultati nella valutazione per paziente: sensibilità 51%, specificità 75%, VPP 64% e VPN 64%. Nella valutazione sul totale dei prelievi bioptici: sensibilità 36%, specificità 93%, VPP 72%, VPN 74%. Confrontando i valori di accuratezza dell'ecografia B-mode e della RTE per i tumori della zona periferica, è stata trovata una differenza significativa. Nella valutazione sul totale dei prelievi bioptici della zona periferica la sensibilità dell'ecografia B-mode è stata del 48%, la specificità dell'81%, il VPP del 75%, il VPN del 58%. La RTE ha ottenuto i seguenti valori: sensibilità 66%, specificità 78%, VPP 77%, VPN 67%. CONCLUSIONI: La RTE rappresenta un valore aggiunto all'ecografia B-mode. Ha presentato un'accuratezza superiore rispetto all'esame B-mode nella valutazione della prostata periferica e nella possibilità di indirizzare i prelievi bioptici.

  3. Execution without excuses. Interview by Thomas A. Stewart and Louise O'Brien.

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    Dell, Michael; Rollins, Kevin

    2005-03-01

    The success of Dell--it provides extraordinary rewards to shareholders, it can turn on a dime, and it has demonstrated impeccable timing in entering new markets--is based on more than its famous business model. High expectations and disciplined, consistent execution are embedded in the company's DNA. "We don't tolerate businesses that don't make money," founder Michael Dell tells HBR. "We used to hear all sorts of excuses for why a business didn't make money, but to us they all sounded like 'The dog ate my homework.' We just don't accept that." In order to double its revenues in a five-year period, the company had to adapt its execution-obsessed culture to new demands. In fact, Michael Dell and CEO Kevin Rollins realized they had a crisis on their hands."We had a very visible group of employees who'd gotten rich from stock options," Rollins says. "You can't build a great company on employees who say, 'If you pay me enough, I'll stay.'" Dell and Rollins knew they had to reignite the spirit of the company. They implemented an employee survey, whose results led to the creation of the Winning Culture initiative, now a top operating priority at Dell. They also defined the Soul of Dell: Focus on the customer, be open and direct in communications, be a good global citizen, have fun in winning. It turned outto be a huge motivator. And they increased the focus on developing people within the company. "We've changed as individuals and as an organization," Rollins says. "We want the world to see not just a great financial record and operational performance but a great company. We want to have leaders that other companies covet. We want a culture that makes people stick around for reasons other than money."

  4. Sonographic evaluation of the temporomandibular joints in juvenile idiopathic arthritis().

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    Melchiorre, D; Falcini, F; Kaloudi, O; Bandinelli, F; Nacci, F; Matucci Cerinic, M

    2010-03-01

    Sommario INTRODUZIONE: L'artrite Idiopatica giovanile (AIG) determina alterazioni a carico della testa condilare dell'articolazione temporomandibolare (ATM). Nell'esordio oligo-articolare (OA) l'interessamento dell'ATM viene spesso trascurato perchè può essere asintomatico. Lo scopo di questo studio è quello di valutare la presenza di versamento intrarticolare (V) dell'ATM, mediante esame ecografico (US), nelle fasi precoci di malattia. MATERIALE E METODI: Sono stati studiati 68 bambini (57 bambine e 11 bambini, di età compresa tra 9,1 e 16, anni, età media: 11,02 ± 4,2 mesi) con AIG ad esordio OA. I pazienti (pz) erano sintomatici quando uno dei quattro sintomi seguenti era presente: 1) dolore ricorrente (a riposo o durante il movimento di apertura della bocca); 2) presenza di scrosci articolari; 3) presenza di limitazione nell'apertura della bocca; 4) locking intermittente. US è stato eseguito su entrambe le ATM sia in fase statica che dinamica, mediante ecografo General Electric (LOGIQ7) con sonda lineare (8,5 MHz) posizionata lungo l'asse maggiore del ramo condilare. Il V era presente quando lo spessore della capsula articolare era ≥1,5 mm. RISULTATI: 46/68 (68%) hanno presentato V a carico delle ATM; in 16 (35%) il V era bilaterale. 2/46 con V erano sintomatici, mentre in 44 non erano presenti sintomi. CONCLUSIONI: Questi dati suggeriscono che un'alta percentuale di bambini e giovani adulti con AIG ad esordio OA, nella fase iniziale della malattia, presenta un interessamento flogistico delle ATM anche in assenza di sintomi. L'US, non invasivo e facilmente ripetibile, ci offre importanti informazioni sul coinvolgimento articolare delle ATM ed è risultato utile nella diagnosi all'esordio.

  5. Execution without excuses. Interview by Thomas A. Stewart and Louise O'Brien.

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    Dell, Michael; Rollins, Kevin

    2005-03-01

    The success of Dell--it provides extraordinary rewards to shareholders, it can turn on a dime, and it has demonstrated impeccable timing in entering new markets--is based on more than its famous business model. High expectations and disciplined, consistent execution are embedded in the company's DNA. "We don't tolerate businesses that don't make money," founder Michael Dell tells HBR. "We used to hear all sorts of excuses for why a business didn't make money, but to us they all sounded like 'The dog ate my homework.' We just don't accept that." In order to double its revenues in a five-year period, the company had to adapt its execution-obsessed culture to new demands. In fact, Michael Dell and CEO Kevin Rollins realized they had a crisis on their hands."We had a very visible group of employees who'd gotten rich from stock options," Rollins says. "You can't build a great company on employees who say, 'If you pay me enough, I'll stay.'" Dell and Rollins knew they had to reignite the spirit of the company. They implemented an employee survey, whose results led to the creation of the Winning Culture initiative, now a top operating priority at Dell. They also defined the Soul of Dell: Focus on the customer, be open and direct in communications, be a good global citizen, have fun in winning. It turned outto be a huge motivator. And they increased the focus on developing people within the company. "We've changed as individuals and as an organization," Rollins says. "We want the world to see not just a great financial record and operational performance but a great company. We want to have leaders that other companies covet. We want a culture that makes people stick around for reasons other than money." PMID:15768680

  6. Nuclear Astrophysics

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    Bombaci, Ignazio

    2003-04-01

    In this report I will try to illustrate some of the main research themes and "hot topics" in nuclear astrophysics. The particular aim of the present report is to briefly illustrate the research activities, in the field of nuclear astrophysics, performed by the Italian nuclear physicist community within the "Programma di Interesse Nazionale su Fisica Teorica del Nucleo e dei Sistemi a Molti Corpi" (National Research Program on Theoretical Physics of Nuclei and Many Body Systems) supported by the "Ministero dell'Istruzione dell'Università e della Ricerca".

  7. Speech Errors across the Lifespan

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    Vousden, Janet I.; Maylor, Elizabeth A.

    2006-01-01

    Dell, Burger, and Svec (1997) proposed that the proportion of speech errors classified as anticipations (e.g., "moot and mouth") can be predicted solely from the overall error rate, such that the greater the error rate, the lower the anticipatory proportion (AP) of errors. We report a study examining whether this effect applies to changes in error…

  8. A multifaceted approach to prioritize and design bank stabilization measures along the Big Sioux River, South Dakota, USA

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    A multifaceted approach was used to manage fine-grained sediment loadings from river bank erosion along the Big Sioux River between Dell Rapids and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA. Simulations with the RVR Meander and CONCEPTS river-morphodynamics computer models were conducted to identify stream-ban...

  9. Natural Bioactive Compounds: The Way Shown by Professor Maurizio Battino and His Group in an Italian Cutting-Edge Laboratory.

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    Editorial Office, International Journal Of Molecular Sciences

    2016-07-05

    Maurizio Battino, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biochemistry in the Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Università Politecnica delle Marche (Italy), is the Director of the Centre for Health and Nutrition, Universidad Europea del Atlantico (Santander, Spain) and Director of Nutrition and Health projects and Master courses at FUNIBER on-line platform (Barcelona, Spain).[...].

  10. Personal Computer Price and Performance.

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    Crawford, Walt

    1993-01-01

    Discusses personal computer price trends since 1986; describes offerings and prices for four direct-market suppliers, i.e., Dell CompuAdd, PC Brand, and Gateway 2000; and discusses overall value and price/performance ratios. Tables and graphs chart value over time. (EA)

  11. Does Verb Bias Modulate Syntactic Priming?

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    Bernolet, Sarah; Hartsuiker, Robert J.

    2010-01-01

    In a corpus analysis of spontaneous speech Jaeger and Snider (2007) found that the strength of structural priming is correlated with verb alternation bias. This finding is consistent with an implicit learning account of syntactic priming: because the implicit learning model implemented by Chang (2002), Chang, Dell, and Bock (2006), and Chang,…

  12. Being Young In Early California.

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    McLean-Balderston, Suzie

    1986-01-01

    Describes the use of Scott O'Dell's two novels, ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHIN (1960) and ZIA (1976) to enhance the study of local history in a teacher's third and fourth grade class. Provides ideas for activities which extend this use of historical fiction. (JDH)

  13. A Stepping Stone to Melville.

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    Johnson, Walter H.

    1984-01-01

    States that reading Scott O'Dell's popular juvenile book, "The Island of the Blue Dolphins," can increase high school students' comprehension and appreciation of Herman Melville's "The Encantadas," as both works are fictional treatments of the same historic event. (MM)

  14. Virtualize Me!

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    Waters, John K.

    2009-01-01

    John Abdelmalak, director of technology for the School District of the Chathams, was pretty sure it was time to jump on the virtualization bandwagon last year when he invited Dell to conduct a readiness assessment of his district's servers. When he saw just how little of their capacity was being used, he lost all doubt. Abdelmalak is one of many…

  15. The role of plastic surgeon in complex cephalic malformations. Our experience.

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    Chiumariello, Stefano; Del Torto, Giuseppe; Guarro, Giuseppe; Alfano, Carmine

    2014-01-01

    Le malformazioni complesse del distretto cefalico comprendono tutta una serie di anomalie di sviluppo che oltre a presentare una notevole difficoltà classificativa e di inquadramento, comprendono forme che sono talora di stretta pertinenza specialistica. La correzione delle malformazioni craniofacciali fa ricorso ad una disciplina chirurgica particolarmente esigente, che deve associare una formazione chirurgica di base con un apprendimento delle tecniche specifiche per il territorio craniofacciale e una conoscenza della patologia malformativa. L’eziologia malformativa pone il chirurgo davanti a problemi specifici, dominati dallo sviluppo della tecnica chirurgica. Si stabilisce dunque un protocollo terapeutico dopo aver identificato la malformazione, stimato la gravità delle alterazioni tissutali e valutato la capacità di crescita dei territori interessati. E’ fondamentale, oltre che il rimodellamento della morfologia, il recupero delle funzioni ed il trattamento rieducativo. E’ quindi evidente che si tratta di una chirurgia di equipe che può portare risultati positivi solo se realizzata con fiducia reciproca tra i vari operatori.

  16. 75 FR 20346 - Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records

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    ... on January 28, 2005 (70 FR 4112-4115), a number of changes are needed to update the current system of... paper documents for documents that are held for more than 12 months.) Virtual Data Center (VDC), Dell... compromise there is a risk of harm to economic or property interests, identity theft or fraud, or harm to...

  17. A half-century after the molecular clock: new dimensions of molecular evolution

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    Koonin, Eugene V

    2012-01-01

    The EMBO workshop on ‘Evolution in the Time of Genomics' took place in May 2012 in the magnificent sixteenth century Palazzo Franchetti near Ponte dell'Accademia in Venice. The meeting focused on phenomena that are not part of the traditional narrative of molecular evolution and which might signal a paradigm shift in the field. PMID:22791022

  18. Life After Residency.

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    Sorrel, Amy Lynn

    2016-04-01

    Many residents don't receive any formal business training. The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School created a crash course to teach residents some of the business and job-hunting basics they'll need. PMID:27049910

  19. The Technology Refresh Program: Affording State-of-the Art Personal Computing.

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    Spiwak, Rand

    2000-01-01

    Describes the Florida Community College Technology Refresh Program in which 28 Florida community colleges refresh their personal computer technology on a three-year cyclical basis through negotiation of a contract with Dell Computer Corporation. Discusses the contract highlights (such as a 22.5 percent discount on personal computers and on-site…

  20. Sociolinguistics: The Essential Readings. Linguistics: The Essential Readings.

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    Paulston, Christina Bratt, Ed.; Tucker, G. Richard, Ed.

    This collection of papers includes the following: (1) "A Brief History of American Sociolinguistics 1949-1989" (Roger W. Shuy); (2) "Reflections on the Origins of Sociolinguistics in Europe" (Louis-Jean Calvet); (3) "Models of the Interaction of Language and Social Life" (Dell Hymes); (4) "I Came to Sing: Negotiating Identities and Places in the…

  1. On the stability of cauchy horizons in a black hole's nucleus

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    Balbinot, Roberto

    1989-08-01

    The stability of the Cauchy horizons of a black hole with interior de Sitter region is analyzed. I show that these surfaces can be made quantum mechanically stable. On leave of absence from Istituto di Fisica dell'Universita di Palermo, I-90133 Palermo, Italy.

  2. Precursor of pion condensation: The softening of the quasi-elastic peak

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    Alberico, W. M.; Ericson, M.; Molinari, A.

    1980-05-01

    The phase transition of pion condensation is heralded in the disordered phase by an increase in the life time of the fluctuations for the staggered magnetization. This precursor phenomenon entails, in ordinary nuclei, a showing down of the nuclear quasi-elastic response when observed with spin-sensitive probes. Permanent address: Istituto di Fisica Teorica dell'Università di Torino, Turin, Italy.

  3. Science Centers in the Electronic Age: Are We Doomed?

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    Russell, Robert L., Ed.; West, Robert M., Ed.

    1996-01-01

    This issue is a debate-discussion concerning science centers in the electronic age. The articles are based on presentations made at the Science Center World Congress (1st, Heureka, Finland, June 13-17, 1996). The four articles are: (1) "Lessons from Laboratorio dell'Immaginario Scientifico" (Andrea Bandelli); (2) "The Doom-Shaped Thing in the…

  4. Testing Predictions of the Interactive Activation Model in Recovery from Aphasia after Treatment

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    Jokel, Regina; Rochon, Elizabeth; Leonard, Carol

    2004-01-01

    This paper presents preliminary results of pre- and post-treatment error analysis from an aphasic patient with anomia. The Interactive Activation (IA) model of word production (Dell, Schwartz, Martin, Saffran, & Gagnon, 1997) is utilized to make predictions about the anticipated changes on a picture naming task and to explain emerging patterns.…

  5. Effects of Homophony on Reading Aloud: Implications for Models of Speech Production

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    Biedermann, Britta; Coltheart, Max; Nickels, Lyndsey; Saunders, Steve

    2009-01-01

    In this paper we investigate whether homophones have "shared" (e.g., Dell, 1990; Levelt, Roelofs, & Meyer, 1999) or "independent" (e.g., Caramazza, Costa, Miozzo, & Bi, 2001) phonological representations. We carried out a homophone reading aloud task with low frequency irregular homophones and matched low frequency irregular non-homophonic…

  6. Developing Recreation, Leisure, and Sport Professional Competencies through Practitioner/Academic Service Engagement Partnerships

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    VanSickle, Jennifer; Schaumleffel, Nathan A.

    2016-01-01

    The goal of many universities is to prepare students for professional careers, especially in the applied field of recreation, leisure, and sport (Smith, O'Dell, & Schaumleffel, 2002). While some universities continue to use traditional knowledge-transfer methods to accomplish this goal, others have developed service engagement projects that…

  7. [Uniform and ornaments of hands of Healthcare workers: a point prevalence survey in Ausl of Rimini].

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    Santullo, Antonietta; Fabbri, Lorella; Curzi, Giovanni

    2016-01-01

    Introduzione: Il dibattito sulla divisa e gli ornamenti indossati dal personale infermieristico, tecnico e di supporto ruota intorno a due temi chiave: il rischio infettivo e l'impatto sull'immagine percepita dall’utente. Obiettivo: Obiettivo primario: descrivere i comportamenti del personale sanitario non medico sulla tenuta della divisa. Obiettivo secondario: descrivere l’uso di ornamenti delle mani durante il turno di lavoro. Metodo: l'indagine, su campo condotta da 7 rilevatori, si è svolta in 67 contesti lavorativi nell’arco di 14 giornate su un campione di 503 operatori. Lo strumento di rilevazione è composto da 5 item che descrivono i comportamenti sulla tenuta della divisa (item 1-2) e sulla presenza di ornamenti delle mani (item 3-5). Risultati: Il 17.3% degli operatori non indossa la divisa completa o il cartellino identificativo; il 16.1% indossa ornamenti delle mani. Discussione: Nonostante i rappresentanti dei pazienti, attraverso i Comitati Consultivi Misti, segnalino la necessità di individuare gli operatori attraverso la divisa ed il cartellino, il livello di adesione a queste indicazioni non è ritenuto soddisfacente dalla Direzione Aziendale. La presenza di ornamenti che interferiscono con l’igiene delle mani e aumentano il rischio di contamina- zione rappresenta un fattore critico che dovrà essere periodicamente monitorato.

  8. Case series in cognitive neuropsychology: promise, perils, and proper perspective.

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    Rapp, Brenda

    2011-10-01

    Schwartz and Dell (2010) advocated for a major role for case series investigations in cognitive neuropsychology. They defined the key features of this approach and presented a number of arguments and examples illustrating the benefits of case series studies and their contribution to computational cognitive neuropsychology. In the Special Issue on "Case Series in Cognitive Neuropsychology" there are six commentaries on Schwartz and Dell as well as a response to the six commentaries by Dell and Schwartz (2011 this issue). In this paper, I provide a brief summary of the key points made in Schwartz and Dell, and I review the promise and perils of case series design as revealed by the six commentaries. I conclude by placing the set of papers within a broader perspective, providing some clarification of the historical record on case series and single-case approaches, raising some cautionary notes for case series studies and situating both case series and single-case approaches within the larger context of theory development in the cognitive sciences.

  9. Short communication: casein haplotype variability in sicilian dairy goat breeds.

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    Gigli, I; Maizon, D O; Riggio, V; Sardina, M T; Portolano, B

    2008-09-01

    In the Mediterranean region, goat milk production is an important economic activity. In the present study, 4 casein genes were genotyped in 5 Sicilian goat breeds to 1) identify casein haplotypes present in the Argentata dell'Etna, Girgentana, Messinese, Derivata di Siria, and Maltese goat breeds; and 2) describe the structure of the Sicilian goat breeds based on casein haplotypes and allele frequencies. In a sample of 540 dairy goats, 67 different haplotypes with frequency >or=0.01 and 27 with frequency >or=0.03 were observed. The most common CSN1S1-CSN2-CSN1S2-CSN3 haplotype for Derivata di Siria and Maltese was FCFB (0.17 and 0.22, respectively), whereas for Argentata dell'Etna, Girgentana and Messinese was ACAB (0.06, 0.23, and 0.10, respectively). According to the haplotype reconstruction, Argentata dell'Etna, Girgentana, and Messinese breeds presented the most favorable haplotype for cheese production, because the casein concentration in milk of these breeds might be greater than that in Derivata di Siria and Maltese breeds. Based on a cluster analysis, the breeds formed 2 main groups: Derivata di Siria, and Maltese in one group, and Argentata dell'Etna and Messinese in the other; the Girgentana breed was between these groups but closer to the latter.

  10. Higher Education: Open for Business

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    Gilde, Christian, Ed.

    2007-01-01

    This book addresses a problem in higher learning, which is newly recognized in the academic spotlight: the overcommercialization of higher education. The book asks that you, the reader, think about the following: Did you go to a Coke or Pepsi school? Do your children attend a Nike or Adidas school? Is the college in your town a Dell or Gateway…

  11. Proximate Units in Word Production: Phonological Encoding Begins with Syllables in Mandarin Chinese but with Segments in English

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    O'Seaghdha, Padraig G.; Chen, Jenn-Yeu; Chen, Train-Min

    2010-01-01

    In Mandarin Chinese, speakers benefit from fore-knowledge of what the first syllable but not of what the first phonemic segment of a disyllabic word will be (Chen, Chen, & Dell, 2002), contrasting with findings in English, Dutch, and other Indo-European languages, and challenging the generality of current theories of word production. In this…

  12. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (83rd, Phoenix, Arizona, August 9-12, 2000). Mass Communication and Society Division.

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    Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

    The Mass Communication and Society Division section of the proceedings contains the following 12 papers: "Retreads: Recycling American Prime Time Television for Fun and Profit" (Chad Dell); "Partisan and Structural Balance of Election Stories on the 1998 Governor's Race in Michigan" (Frederick Fico and William Cote); "Newspaper Letters and…

  13. Working Memory Encoding Delays Top-Down Attention to Visual Cortex

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    Scalf, Paige E.; Dux, Paul E.; Marois, Rene

    2011-01-01

    The encoding of information from one event into working memory can delay high-level, central decision-making processes for subsequent events [e.g., Jolicoeur, P., & Dell'Acqua, R. The demonstration of short-term consolidation. "Cognitive Psychology, 36", 138-202, 1998, doi:10.1006/cogp.1998.0684]. Working memory, however, is also believed to…

  14. Mechanisms of Interaction in Speech Production

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    Baese-Berk, Melissa; Goldrick, Matthew

    2009-01-01

    Many theories predict the presence of interactive effects involving information represented by distinct cognitive processes in speech production. There is considerably less agreement regarding the precise cognitive mechanisms that underlie these interactive effects. For example, are they driven by purely production-internal mechanisms (e.g., Dell,…

  15. Early Signs of Entrepreneurial Giftedness

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    Shavinina, Larisa V.

    2008-01-01

    Although successful entrepreneurship is important for the economic prosperity of any society, one should acknowledge that entrepreneurial giftedness is terra incognita from a research viewpoint. This article analyzes early manifestations of entrepreneurial giftedness in the cases of Richard Branson, Michael Dell, and Bill Gates and thus opens a…

  16. Studies in Southwestern Ethnolinguistics; Meaning and History in the Languages of the American Southwest.

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    Hymes, Dell H., Ed.; Bittle, William E., Ed.

    The present festschrift honoring Harry Hoijer is prefaced by the editor, Dell Hymes, and introduced by Stanley Newman. Papers are grouped according to the following content areas and authors: (1) "Meaning in Cultural Forms": D.F. Aberle, F. Eggan, R.A. Black, and D.L. Olmsted; (2) "Meaning in Lexical Systems": S. Ervin-Tripp, H. Landar, O. Werner,…

  17. 78 FR 39776 - Notice of Determinations Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance

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    ... Employment, Extra Resources, Snelling. 82,666 Siaburges Automotive Springfield, TN....... April 17, 2012..., 2012. Inc., Environmental Combustion & Controls, Engineering Document Control, Manpower. 82,700 Dell..., Aibonito, PR May 7, 2012. Kelly Services. 82,735 Kongsberg Automotive, Inc., Benton, LA May 3, 2012....

  18. Not so Complex: Iteration in the Complex Plane

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    O'Dell, Robin S.

    2014-01-01

    The simple process of iteration can produce complex and beautiful figures. In this article, Robin O'Dell presents a set of tasks requiring students to use the geometric interpretation of complex number multiplication to construct linear iteration rules. When the outputs are plotted in the complex plane, the graphs trace pleasing designs…

  19. Error Biases in Inner and Overt Speech: Evidence from Tongue Twisters

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    Corley, Martin; Brocklehurst, Paul H.; Moat, H. Susannah

    2011-01-01

    To compare the properties of inner and overt speech, Oppenheim and Dell (2008) counted participants' self-reported speech errors when reciting tongue twisters either overtly or silently and found a bias toward substituting phonemes that resulted in words in both conditions, but a bias toward substituting similar phonemes only when speech was…

  20. Putting the School Interoperability Framework to the Test

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    Mercurius, Neil; Burton, Glenn; Hopkins, Bill; Larsen, Hans

    2004-01-01

    The Jurupa Unified School District in Southern California recently partnered with Microsoft, Dell and the Zone Integration Group for the implementation of a School Interoperability Framework (SIF) database repository model throughout the district (Magner 2002). A two-week project--the Integrated District Education Applications System, better known…

  1. School Counselor Supervisors' Perceptions of the Discrimination Model of Supervision

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    Luke, Melissa; Ellis, Michael V.; Bernard, Janine M.

    2011-01-01

    The authors examined 38 school counselor supervisors' perceptions of the Discrimination Model (DM; Bernard, 1979, 1997) of supervision, replicating and extending Ellis and Dell's (1986) investigation of the DM with mental health counselor supervisors. Participants judged the dissimilarity of each unique combination of roles and foci of the DM. The…

  2. A Formal Explication of the Concept of Family Homeostasis.

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    Ariel, Shlomo; And Others

    1984-01-01

    Presents three articles discussing the concept of family homeostasis and the related concepts of family rules and family feedback. Includes a reply by Paul Dell citing the need for family therapy to go beyond homeostasis and further comments by Ariel, Carel, and Tyano. (JAC)

  3. Collection Analysis in Research Libraries. Minutes of the Meeting (91st, Annapolis, Maryland, October 26-27, 1977).

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    Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC.

    The minutes of the October 26-27, 1977 meeting of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) include the texts of the following presentations on collection development and analysis in research libraries: "A Faculty View of Library Collection Development," Harry J. Dell; "Issues Encountered in the Collection Analysis Project," Jeffrey J. Gardner;…

  4. Language and Literacy in Social Practice.

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    Maybin, Janet, Ed.

    Readings on language and literacy within their social context include: "The Problem of Meaning in Primitive Languages" (Bronislaw Malinowski); "Toward Ethnographies of Communication" (Dell Hymes); "Language as Social Semiotic" (M. A. K. Halliday); "Language and Ideology" (V. N. Volosinov); "Family Literacy: Conservation and Change in the…

  5. 75 FR 49510 - Credit Watch Termination Initiative

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    ...'s mortgagee approval regulations at 24 CFR 202.3. On May 17, 1999 HUD published a notice (64 FR..., Farmington Hills, MI 48334. Dell Franklin Financial, LLC. 8334 Veterans Baltimore 4/9/2010 Philadelphia.... Turnpike, Suite 400, Jericho, NY 11753-1030. Premium Capital Funding, LLC 125 Jericho Baltimore...

  6. A half-century after the molecular clock: new dimensions of molecular evolution.

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    Koonin, Eugene V

    2012-08-01

    The EMBO workshop on 'Evolution in the Time of Genomics' took place in May 2012 in the magnificent sixteenth century Palazzo Franchetti near Ponte dell'Accademia in Venice. The meeting focused on phenomena that are not part of the traditional narrative of molecular evolution and which might signal a paradigm shift in the field.

  7. 17. Photocopy of a photograph (original in the Collection of ...

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    17. Photocopy of a photograph (original in the Collection of the Salt Lake City Engineer's Office)--ca. 1925--GENERAL VIEW OF DOWNSTREAM SIDE OF DAM FOLLOWING COMPLETION OF CONSTRUCTION - Mountain Dell Dam, Parley's Canyon, Northwest side of I-80, West of State Route 39, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, UT

  8. 18. Photocopy of a photograph (original in the Collection of ...

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    18. Photocopy of a photograph (original in the Collection of the Salt lake City Engineer's Office)--ca. 1925--GENERAL VIEW OF THE UPSTREAM SIDE OF THE DAM FOLLOWING COMPLETION OF CONSTRUCTION. THERE IS ESSENTIALLY NO WATER IN THE RESERVOIR - Mountain Dell Dam, Parley's Canyon, Northwest side of I-80, West of State Route 39, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, UT

  9. 16. Photocopy of a photograph (original in the Collection of ...

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    16. Photocopy of a photograph (original in the Collection of the Salt Lake City Engineer's Office)--ca. 1924--GENERAL VIEW OF DOWNSTREAM SIDE OF DAM JUST PRIOR TO CONSTRUCTION OF THE TOP FORTY FEET OF THE DAM - Mountain Dell Dam, Parley's Canyon, Northwest side of I-80, West of State Route 39, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, UT

  10. 76 FR 55907 - Environmental Impacts Statements; Notice of Availability

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    .... Tammany Parish, LA, Comment Period Ends: 10/ 24/2011, Contact: James A. Barlow, Jr., PhD 504-862-2250. EIS... Morgan Peninsula, Baldwin County, AL, Comment Period Ends: 10/24/2011, Contact: David Dell 404-679-7313... U.S. Army COE Section 10 and 404 Permits, Baldwin County, AL, Review Period Ends:...

  11. Self-consistency correlations between QCD parameters from e+e- annihilation

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    Verzegnassi, Claudio

    1983-08-01

    I propose a method to generate correlations between QCD parameters using the available e+e- data. The method reproduces ``standard'' results, but needs a rather large strange quark ``mass'' mS >~ 250 MeV assuming ``standard'' values for the non perturbative parameters. On leave of absence from Istituto di Fisica teorica dell'Universitá, Trieste, Italy.

  12. Diffusion and practice of ultrasound in emergency medicine departments in Italy.

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    Sofia, S; Angelini, F; Cianci, V; Copetti, R; Farina, R; Scuderi, M

    2009-09-01

    Sommario INTRODUZIONE: Riportiamo i dati di un'indagine conoscitiva sulla diffusione, pratica e organizzazione dell'ecografia (US) nei dipartimenti di emergenza (EMDs) in Italia. Questo studio è stato condotto dalla Sezione di Ecografia di Urgenza Emergenza della Società Italiana di Ecografia in Medicina e Biologia (SIUMB) in collaborazione con la Società Italiana di Medicina di Emergenza e Urgenza (SIMEU). METODI: Abbiamo creato un questionario con 10 campi, relativi a 4 aree tematiche. I questionari sono stati somministrati nel periodo settembre 2007-febbraio 2008, via e-mail, telefono o posta ordinaria. I dati sono stati analizzati con metodi statistici non parametrici nell'Agosto 2008. RISULTATI: Abbiamo analizzato 170 questionari provenienti dagli EMDs di tutte le regioni italiane. Un ecografo è presente nel 64,7% dei Pronto Soccorso, l'ecografia d'emergenza (E-US) è praticata solo nel 47,6% dei Pronto Soccorso, e solo nel 24% di questi più del 60% dei membri dell'èquipe è formata in ecografia. La diffusione degli US in altre Unità Operative degli EMDs va dall'8,2% al 26,5%. DISCUSSIONE: La presenza di un ecografo in Pronto Soccorso è essenziale per la pratica e la formazione e è correlata al livello del Dipartimento di Emergenza (I o II). L'uso dell'Ecografia sembra essere minore negli ospedali meno attrezzati, indipendentemente dalla grandezza del Pronto Soccorso e dalla disponibilità di Servizi di Radiologia. Si auspica una maggiore diffusione dell'ecografia e una maggiore integrazione con altri servizi quanto all'allocazione delle risorse richieste.

  13. Knowledge of the bio-effects of ultrasound among physicians performing clinical ultrasonography: Results of a survey conducted by the Italian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (SIUMB).

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    Piscaglia, F; Tewelde, A G; Righini, R; Gianstefani, A; Calliada, F; Bolondi, L

    2009-03-01

    Sommario INTRODUZIONE: La sicurezza nell'uso degli ultrasuoni va sempre considerata in campo ecografico, in quanto gli ultrasuoni sono in grado di indurre effetti biologici potenzialmente dannosi, soprattutto con l'introduzione di nuove tecnologie. SCOPO DELLO STUDIO: Valutare il livello di consapevolezza e di conoscenza dei medici italiani soci SIUMB sulla sicurezza nell'uso dell'ecografia nella pratica clinica. MATERIALI E METODI: Un questionario contenente 11 domande a risposta multipla è stato inviato per e-mail a soci SIUMB (Società Italiana di Ultrasonologia in Medicina e Biologia). Le risposte sono state inserite in un database elettronico ed analizzate statisticamente. RISULTATI: Sono tornati questionari da 105 soci, di età media di 44 anni i cui esami ecografici più frequentemente eseguiti, in aggiunta all'ecografia B-mode standard, erano l'ecoDoppler (74%), l'ecografia con mezzo di contrasto (43%) e l'ecografia pediatrica (43%). Solo il 50–60% conosceva la definizione corretta dell'Indice Meccanico e dell'Indice Termico. Quasi tutti i partecipanti comprendevano gli effetti biologici espressi con Indice Termico, nonostante che solo una minoranza sapesse in quale organo gli effetti biologici, in relazione all'Indice Meccanico, potevano, con più probabilità, verificarsi; analogamente solo una minoranza conosceva l'unità di grandezza per l'Indice Termico. La maggioranza era a conoscenza di come i tessuti del feto siano più suscettibili ai potenziali effetti di quelli adulti. Pochi partecipanti conoscevano le raccomandazioni delle Società Internazionali di Ultrasonologia in campo di sicurezza. CONCLUSIONI: Lo studio ha fatto emergere come sia necessaria una maggior diffusione delle conoscenze sugli effetti biologici degli ultrasuoni tra gli ecografisti italiani.

  14. Role of adipose-derived stem cells in chronic cutaneous wound healing.

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    Caruana, Giorgia; Bertozzi, Nicolò; Boschi, Elena; Pio Grieco, Michele; Grignaffini, Eugenio; Raposio, Edoardo

    2015-01-01

    Le ulcere cutanee croniche colpiscono circa l’1% della popolazione adulta e il 3.6% della popolazione con più di sessantacinque anni di età. Per quanto riguarda l’impegno finanziario per la terapia delle ulcere cutanee, questo è pari a sette miliardi di euro annui a livello mondiale. Le cellule staminali mesenchimali prelevate da lipoaspirato (ASCs) rappresentano una delle frontiere più promettenti della medicina rigenerativa. Diversi studi hanno, infatti, dimostrato l’efficacia terapeutica di questa popolazione di cellule staminali nel trattamento delle ulcere cutanee croniche. Le ASCs hanno caratteristiche morfologiche e funzionali paragonabili alle cellule staminali del midollo osseo (BMSCs), tuttavia se ne differenziano per la maggiore facilità di prelievo e isolamento, e per il loro più cospicuo numero. È, infatti, sufficiente eseguire una liposuzione tradizionale e in seguito utilizzare metodiche d’isolamento appropriate per ottenere un pellet di ASCs pronte per essere innestate nel fondo e nel margine dell’ulcera cutanea, al fine di promuoverne la guarigione. Diversi sono i protocolli d’isolamento; i più diffusi prevedono complicati e lunghi procedimenti, caratterizzati dal susseguirsi di differenti prodotti sia chimici sia biologici, i quali sono non solo costosi ma anche potenzialmente pericolosi. Il nostro protocollo d’isolamento richiede solo 15’ e prevede che il lipoaspirato sia prima sistemato in uno shaker cellulare e successivamente in una centrifuga così da ottenere le ASCs richieste per la terapia. L’uso delle ASCs si è rivelato una risorsa preziosa per la terapia delle ulcere cutanee croniche, accelerando significativamente il processo di guarigione e la rigenerazione dei tessuti; con protocolli d’isolamento efficaci e semplificati, il loro utilizzo routinario risulta essere facilitato.

  15. Investigation of the Destruction Lifetime of Martian Atmospheric Methane

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    Chizek, Malynda; Murphy, J. R.; Haberle, R. M.; Kahre, M. A.

    2010-10-01

    The announcement of recent detections of Martian methane [1,2,3,4] resulted in many questions, including "how is it being destroyed so quickly?" The expected destruction mechanism, photochemistry, has a lifetime of 350 Earth years in the Martian atmosphere [3,5] which is about 600 times longer than the 0.6 Earth year lifetime estimated from the observations [1]. No mechanism has yet been identified to answer this question, but a few possibilities have been proposed including surface reactions with peroxide or perchlorate [1]. The sparse number of methane detections provide little constraint on the destruction mechanism. NASA Ames GCM [6] simulations provide a tool to investigate the gas abundance as well as the destruction lifetime needed to produce the observations. Previous work simulating the gas abundance has shown that the source magnitude required to produce the observed abundance is at least an order of magnitude larger than estimated by [1],[5,7]. Destruction lifetime will be investigated considering the availability of the gas within the boundary layer for an interaction with a chemical on the surface. As the destruction mechanism may be dependent on the temperature or dust column abundance, sensitivity to these quantities will be investigated. This work is funded by New Mexico Space Grant. [1] Mumma, et al., Science, 2009 [2] Krasnopolsky, et al., Icarus, 2004 [3] Formisano, et al., Science, 2004 [4] Fonti and Marzo, A&A, 2010 [5] Lefevre and Forget, Nature, 2009 [6] Kahre et al., JGR, 2006 [7] Chizek et al., DPS, 2009

  16. Surface release of methane into the atmosphere of Mars: A new model study

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    Viscardy, Sébastien; Daerden, Frank; Neary, Lori; García Muñoz, Antonio; Carine Vandaele, Ann

    2015-04-01

    In the past decade, the detection of methane (CH4) in the atmosphere of Mars has been reported several times (Krasnopolsky et al., Icarus, 2004, Formisano et al., Science, 2004, Mumma et al., Science, 2009, Fonti and Marzo, A&A, 2010 , Webster et al., Science, 2014). These observations have strongly drawn the attention of the scientific community and triggered a renewed interest in Mars as their implications for the geochemical or biological activities are remarkable. However, given that methane is expected to have a photochemical lifetime of several centuries, the relatively fast loss rates of methane estimated from Earth-based measurements remain unexplained (Lefèvre and Forget, Nature, 2009). Although this gave rise to objections against the validity of those observations (Zahnle et al., Icarus, 2011), recent in situ measurements (Webster et al., Science, 2014) confirmed that methane is being occasionally released into the atmosphere from an unknown source (possibly from the ground). In this context, we aim to investigate the time and space evolution of methane after different surface release scenarios using a 3D Global Circulation Model (GCM) for the atmosphere of Mars (Daerden et al., 2015). This work continues on that of Mischna et al. (PSS, 2011). We specifically focus on the vertical distribution of methane in order to provide useful information for the highly sensitive NOMAD solar occultation channel (Drummond et al., PSS, 2011) on the future ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter mission.

  17. Ultrasound examination using contrast agent and elastosonography in the evaluation of single thyroid nodules: Preliminary results.

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    Ferrari, F S; Megliola, A; Scorzelli, A; Guarino, E; Pacini, F

    2008-06-01

    Sommario SCOPO: Valutare l'utilità dell'ecografia con ecoamplificatore e dell'elastosonografia nella caratterizzazione del nodulo tiroideo. MATERIALI E METODI: Periodo novembre 2006–luglio 2007, studiati 23 pazienti con nodulo solitario tiroideo, sottoposti a ecografia B-mode e power Doppler, ecografia con mezzo di contrasto, elastosonografia e FNAC (Fine Needle Aspiration Citology). Sedici pazienti sono stati sottoposti a tiroidectomia. RISULTATI: I 23 noduli studiati comprendevano 14 lesioni benigne e 9 maligne. Alla valutazione delle curve intensità/tempo le lesioni maligne presentavano un tempo di wash-in (8,8 ± 1,3 vs 12,1 ± 2,6 secondi; p = 0,002, t-test) e un tempo di picco (15,3 ± 4,6 vs 22,2 ± 3,9 secondi; p = 0,001, t-test) significativamente più precoci rispetto alle lesioni benigne. La fase di wash-out presentava andamento monofasico nel 70% dei noduli benigni e in nessuno dei maligni; polifasico nel 30% dei noduli benigni e nel 100% dei maligni. L'andamento polifasico è associato in maniera statisticamente significativa (p = 0,0007, χ) alla malignità. L'andamento polifasico ha mostrato sensibilità del 100%, specificità del 71%, VPP (valore predittivo positivo) del 69%, VPN (valore predittivo negativo) del 100% e accuratezza diagnostica dell'83%. Nel 78% (11/14) dei noduli benigni sono stati rilevati i pattern elastosonografici 1–2 (maggiore elasticità), nel 88% (8/9) dei noduli maligni i pattern 3–4 (minore elasticità). L'elastosonografia ha mostrato sensibilità dell'88%, specificità del 78%, VPP dell'72%, VPN del 91% e accuratezza diagnostica del 82%. Il pattern elastosonografico 3–4 è associato (p = 0,001, χ) alla malignità. CONCLUSIONI: L'ecografia con ecoamplificatore e l'elastosonografia possono rappresentare ausili diagnostici nella valutazione del nodulo tiroideo solitario, soprattutto quando la FNAC è non diagnostica, quando indica lesione follicolare e nei noduli <1 cm.

  18. Ultrasound in the evaluation of interstitial pneumonia.

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    Lo Giudice, V; Bruni, A; Corcioni, E; Corcioni, B

    2008-03-01

    Sommario PREMESSA: L'ecografia del torace soltanto di recente ha assunto una sua completa dignità di metodica diagnostica: esperti ecografisti, con esperienza pneumologica, hanno, infatti, dimostrato la possibilità di una applicazione degli ultrasuoni in ambito toraco-polmonare, soprattutto in situazioni critiche, quali quelle emergenti in urgenza, in terapia intensiva o in ambito pediatrico o in corso di gravidanze. SCOPO: Da queste premesse si origina il lavoro, che si propone di individuare, se esistenti, gli aspetti ultrasonografici delle polmoniti interstiziali a genesi infettiva, e il ruolo di supporto (alla radiologia) degli ultrasuoni anche in questo ambito. MATERIALI E METODI: Sono stati studiati 55 soggetti afferiti, nel quinqennio 2001–2006, alla UOS di Ecografia toracica (UOC Pneumologia I) dell'Ospedale M. Santo e dell'UOS di Ecografia Internistica (UOC di Medicina Generale) dell'Ospedale di Rogliano dell'AO di Cosenza, perché affetti da sospetta patologia infettiva respiratoria virale o simil-virale. Tali pazienti sono stati valutati con indagini clinico-funzionali e strumentali (anamnesi + es. obiettivo + esami ematochimici + prove di funzionalità respiratoria + broncoscopia + Rx e HRTC del torace) e con esame ecografico, in cieco, del torace. RISULTATI: Dalla valutazione comparativa tra dati clinico-laboratoristico-strumentali e dati ecografici è emerso che i 55 soggetti studiati sono risultati affetti da polmonite interstiziale. In tali soggetti la diagnosi è stata formulata con l'ausilio delle comuni tecniche di studio, ma anche l'esame US ha permesso la individuazione di segni considerati diagnostici (Lichtenstein) di patologia interstiziale. Dei soggetti esaminati, infatti, 31 (56,36%) hanno mostrato all'ecografia la presenza di artefatti a coda di cometa (>5 per lato) nelle regioni anteriore e laterale del polmone (dato patognomico di patologia interstiziale) e 24 (46,64%) di “quadri misti” (aree di addensamento

  19. Kinetic Friction of Non-Coalescing and Non- Wetting Drops

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    Neitzel, G. paul

    2004-01-01

    This project has focused on the experimental determination of the frictional forces associated with noncoalescing and nonwetting systems. In particular, the focus has been on friction associated with an isothermal nonwetting droplet sliding on a solid surface. The nonwetting phenomenon is driven by the establishment of a thin (of order microns in thickness) layer of lubricating gas that is swept by viscous action into the space between the liquid and solid, preventing them from coming into contact. The mechanism has been described in the review article by Neitzel & Dell'Aversana (2002). The work performed under this NASA GSRP sponsorship extends work done by Dell'Aversana & Neitzel (2004) on the load-carrying capacities of thermocapillary nonwetting droplets for a given relative displacement of the two surfaces in question.

  20. Deep burn of hand and forearm treated by abdominal wall flap. A case report.

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    Chiummariello, Stefano; Del Torto, Giuseppe; Maffia, Romano; Pataia, Elisabetta; Alfano, Carmine

    2015-06-24

    Le ustioni della mano sono sempre state uno dei maggiori problemi per i chirurghi ricostruttori a causa della sua particolare anatomia e delle sue complesse funzioni. Una guarigione spontanea di lesioni profonde in queste aree può portare a risultati catastrofici: una copertura cutanea adeguata è fondamentale per tutte le funzioni. La copertura precoce dei tessuti molli residuanti è fondamentale al fine di evitare la formazione di contratture disabilitanti che con il tempo potrebbero determinare anchilosi articolare e retrazione tendinea. Escissione precoce e innesti cutanei rappresentano la terapia standard per le ustioni della mano; in alcuni casi quest’approccio è inapplicabile e, pertanto, il ricorso ai lembi diventa inevitabile. In questo articolo riportiamo un caso di ustione complessa del dorso della mano trattata in prima istanza con innesti cutanei e, quindi, con un lembo addominale, riuscendo ad ottenere un’ottima copertura ed un buon recupero delle funzioni.

  1. The Book of the Sick of Santa Maria della Morte in Bologna and the Medical Organization of a Hospital in the Sixteenth-Century.

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    Savoia, Paolo

    2016-01-01

    In 2012 a manuscript was rediscovered in the Biblioteca dell'Archiginnasio of Bologna, titled Libro degli infermi dell'Arciconfraternita di S. Maria della Morte. It is the record of incoming patients of one for the main hospitals of the city, devoted exclusively to the sick poor and not just to the poor, called Santa Maria della Morte, compiled by a young student assistant (astante) for the period 1558-1564. I publish here a transcription of a portion of this Libro pertaining to the year 1560. My introduction situates the manuscript within the context of the history of early modern Italian hospitals, describes the organization of the hospital of Santa Maria della Morte based on archival sources of the period, and finally highlights the connections between surgical and anatomical education and the internal organization of the hospital. PMID:27071302

  2. [Cross-sectional study on the determinants of work stress for nurses and intention of leaving the profession].

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    Romano, Marina; Festini, Filippo; Bronner, Leonardo

    2015-01-01

    INTRODUZIONE. Lo stress occupazionale è una delle principali cause di malattie professionali e di assenze da lavoro e genera costi sanitari e sociali molto elevati; la comprensione del problema è stata l'obiet- tivo di numerosi studi. Monitorare lo stress negli infermieri può essere uno strumento per chi ha la responsabilità della gestione delle risorse umane nel sistema sanitario. La ricerca infermieristica italiana si è occupata solo marginalmente di stress lavorativo infermieristico. Gli obiettivi di questo studio sono dunque: stimare la prevalenza di stress tra gli infermieri di tre ospedali, in modo da disporre di dati epidemiologici per valutare la necessità di interventi di prevenzione e di trattamento del fenomeno; analizzare eventuali fattori di rischio e fattori protettivi in modo da progettare interventi preventivi mirati.

  3. The Book of the Sick of Santa Maria della Morte in Bologna and the Medical Organization of a Hospital in the Sixteenth-Century.

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    Savoia, Paolo

    2016-01-01

    In 2012 a manuscript was rediscovered in the Biblioteca dell'Archiginnasio of Bologna, titled Libro degli infermi dell'Arciconfraternita di S. Maria della Morte. It is the record of incoming patients of one for the main hospitals of the city, devoted exclusively to the sick poor and not just to the poor, called Santa Maria della Morte, compiled by a young student assistant (astante) for the period 1558-1564. I publish here a transcription of a portion of this Libro pertaining to the year 1560. My introduction situates the manuscript within the context of the history of early modern Italian hospitals, describes the organization of the hospital of Santa Maria della Morte based on archival sources of the period, and finally highlights the connections between surgical and anatomical education and the internal organization of the hospital.

  4. CORRIGENDUM: On the exact solutions of the Lipkin-Meshkov-Glick modelOn the exact solutions of the Lipkin-Meshkov-Glick model

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    Debergh, N.; Stancu, Fl

    2001-05-01

    The address details of Fl Stancu are incomplete in the printed edition of the journal. Her main address should read as University of Liège, Institute of Physics B5, Sart Tilman, B-4000 Liège 1, Belgium, and her second address as ECT*, Strada delle Tabarelle, 286, I-38050 Villazzano, Trento, Italy. Her main address was omitted from the paper edition. This error has already been corrected in the online edition.

  5. Introduzione al Laboratorio di Fisica

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    Ciullo, Giuseppe

    La Fisica (dal greco τὰ ϕυσικὰ: le cose naturali) si pone l'obiettivo di descrivere e prevedere il comportamento dei fenomeni naturali, nonché degli apparati e degli strumenti, che hanno reso e rendono la nostra vita più comoda ed efficiente. Tale obiettivo viene perseguito mediante un'attenta osservazione dei fenomeni, con una conseguente schematizzazione dell'osservazione, per fornire una conoscenza della realtà oggettiva, affidabile, verificabile e condivisibile.

  6. Portable Powerhouses.

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    Myslewski, Rik; Garcia, Nathan

    1998-01-01

    Reviews and compares the following nine laptop computers, focusing on their capabilities for multimedia presentations: Apple Macintosh PowerBook G3, Chem USA ChemBook 9780, Compaq Armada 7792DMT, Dell Inspiron 3000 mZ66xT, Hewlett-Packard OmniBook 3000CTX, IBM ThinkPad 770, Micro Express NP8233MMX, NEC Versa 6260, and Panasonic CF-63. Evaluation…

  7. Why American business demands twenty-first century skills: an industry perspective.

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    Bruett, Karen

    2006-01-01

    Public education is the key to individual and business prosperity. With a vested stake in education, educators, employers, parents, policymakers, and the public should question how this nation's public education system is faring. Knowing that recent international assessments have shown little or no gains in American students' achievement, the author asserts the clear need for change. As both a large American corporate employer and a provider of technology for schools, Dell is concerned with ensuring that youth will thrive in their adult lives. Changing workplace expectations lead to a new list of skills students will need to acquire before completing their schooling. Through technology, Dell supports schools in meeting educational goals, striving to supply students with the necessary skills, referred to as twenty-first century skills. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, of which Dell is a member, has led an initiative to define what twenty-first century learning should entail. Through extensive research, the partnership has built a framework outlining twenty-first century skills: analytical thinking, communication, collaboration, global awareness, and technological and economic literacy. Dell and the partnership are working state by state to promote the integration of these skills into curricula, professional development for teachers, and classroom environments. The authors describe two current initiatives, one in Virginia, the other in Texas, which both use technology to help student learning. All stakeholders can take part in preparing young people to compete in the global economy. Educators and administrators, legislators, parents, and employers must play their role in helping students be ready for what the workforce and the world has in store for them.

  8. The ISS National Inventory of Chemical Substances (INSC).

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    Binetti, Roberto; Costamagna, Francesca Marina; Ceccarelli, Federica; D'angiolini, Antonella; Fabri, Alessandra; Riva, Giovanni; Satalia, Susanna; Marcello, Ida

    2008-01-01

    The INSC (Inventario Nazionale delle Sostanze Chimiche), a factual data bank, produced by Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS), consists of an electronic tool on chemical information developed for routine and emergency purposes. Historical background, current status and future perspectives of INSC are discussed. The structure and the feature of INSC are briefly examined. Aspects of information retrieval and the criteria for inclusion of data and priority selection are also considered.

  9. Redescription of two European species of Acerentomidae (Protura) belonging to the Italian fauna.

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    Galli, Loris; Capurro, Matteo; Costa, Fabio; Stadio, Gabriele Di; Sarà, Antonio; Zinni, Matteo

    2016-01-01

    Acerentulus apuliacus Rusek & Stumpp, 1988 is redescribed based on new specimens collected in Apulia and Basilicata (S-Italy) and deposited in the collection of Geneva Natural History Museum. Podolinella ruseki (Nosek, 1967) new combination is redescribed, based on the holotype from Austria and additional specimens collected in Liguria, NW Italy. The new material is deposited in the collection of the Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, dell'Ambiente e della Vita, University of Genoa. PMID:27615841

  10. Commentary: the insanity defense and youths in juvenile court.

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    Rogers, Jamison E; Myers, Wade C

    2013-01-01

    Juveniles, like adults, should be afforded the right to raise an insanity defense. In this commentary on the article by Morse and Bonnie on the abolition of the insanity defense, we explain why so few juveniles across the United States are granted access to the insanity defense and the reasons that they should have that option. We also consider whether the Delling case was the best suited vehicle to argue for extending constitutional protection to the insanity defense nationwide.

  11. Antiself-dual gravity and supergravity from a pure connection formulation

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    Rosales-Quintero, J. E.

    2016-04-01

    We consider a pure connection action plus additional algebraic constraints that are suitable for a straightforward supergroup extension. By taking as an internal group SU(2), the action reduces to the Capovilla, Dell and Jacobson approach. By taking as an internal symmetry the supergroup OSp(2|1), and by means of the Bianchi identity and integrability conditions, the equations of motion are those that could be found from antiself-dual supergravity N = 1 with cosmological constant sector.

  12. Thanks-a-Latte, Seniors: The Library Hosts an Election Day Event

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    Repp, Anne

    2009-01-01

    This article presents the Louisa County High School Library's annual Thanks-a-Latte Day, an event that introduces the American political process to LCHS seniors in a real way. Thanks-a-Latte Day was born from an idea found in a "School Library Journal" article by Charli O'Dell published in 1999. Her basic idea was to promote the school library by…

  13. Choledochal cysts in pregnancy A case report and literature review.

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    Panebianco, Annunziata; Carbotta, Giuseppe; Prestera, Antonio; Laforgia, Rita; Volpi, Annalisa; Sallustio, Pierluca

    2016-04-19

    La paziente, 30 anni, primipara (36 settimane), giunge alla nostra osservazione per algie addominali localizzate maggiormente a livello epigastrico e subittero. Anamnesi remota negativa. Per l’accentuarsi della addominalgia, si decide per parto cesareo. In seconda giornata post-partum, mostra ittero franco ed incremento di transaminasi e gGT aumentate, pertanto esegue RMN che descrive notevole dilatazione delle VBE e VBI e formazione cistica della VBP delle dimensioni di 10 x 7 cm. Dopo valutazione mediante ERCP e per il persistere di ittero elevato, si sottopone la paziente ad intervento chirurgico con resezione della via biliare contenente il coledococele, colecistectomia, confezionamento di poliduttodigiunostomia su ansa defunzionalizzata. Si esegue follow-up mediante controlli ecografici ed ematochimici e RMN ogni 3 mesi. A distanza di 6 mesi, la RMN evidenzia dilatazione delle VB soprattutto dell’emisistema sinistro e difetti di riempimento riferibili a presenza di aerobilia. Alla luce del quadro radiologico e scintigrafico e, dopo ricorrenti angiocoliti, si decide per re-intervento con coledocoscopia e colangiografia, dilatazione pneumatica dell’anastomosi biliodigestiva e conseguente clearance biliare. Il decorso post-operatorio è stato buono senza complicanze. Nell’arco di 2 anni il follow up è sempre risultato negativo. Ultima RM documenta riduzione della dilatazione delle VB dell’emisistema di sinistra. Questo caso dimostra le difficoltà nella gestione e nel trattamento del coledococele in una paziente gravida e soprattutto nella valutazione del rischio di insorgenza di colangiti ricorrenti e di un’eventuale degenerazione maligna. Per prevenire queste condizioni, è importante effettuare una diagnosi differenziale e soprattutto attuare una strategia chirurgica che porti ad una completa resezione della dilatazione, ristabilendo un corretto sistema biliare.

  14. Quantum Fields Obtained from Convoluted Generalized White Noise Never Have Positive Metric

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    Albeverio, Sergio; Gottschalk, Hanno

    2016-05-01

    It is proven that the relativistic quantum fields obtained from analytic continuation of convoluted generalized (Lévy type) noise fields have positive metric, if and only if the noise is Gaussian. This follows as an easy observation from a criterion by Baumann, based on the Dell'Antonio-Robinson-Greenberg theorem, for a relativistic quantum field in positive metric to be a free field.

  15. Geology of Tompkins Hill gas field, Humboldt County, California

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    Parker, J.

    1988-03-01

    The Tompkins Hill gas field, located in Humboldt County, California, is the only producing field in the Eel River basin. The field is an anticlinal flexure on the north limb of the Eel River syncline in the central onshore portion of the basin. The Tompkins Hill anticline is doubly plunging and trends east-west. Stratigraphic units present in the field include the Yager, Eel River, and Rio Dell Formations and Scotia Bluffs Sandstone. The Yager occurs below a major unconformity, and forms economic basement. Strata overlying the Eel River, Rio Dell, and Scotia Bluffs represent a progradational basin-fill sequence, including submarine fan, slope, shelf, and littoral deposits. The primary productive interval in the field is within the middle of the Rio Dell and consists of interbedded fine sandstone and mudrock. Portions of the Eel River and upper Rio Dell Formations are also productive. The Tompkins Hill gas field was discovered by the Texas Company in 1937 with the drilling of Eureka 2 in Sec. 22, T3N, R1W. The play was probably based on outcrop mapping and the presence of gas seeps in the area. The primary trapping mechanism in the field is structural, although stratigraphy may have been a factor in constraining gas. To date, 39 producing wells have been drilled and 87.4 bcf of gas, consisting of 98% methane, has been produced. Very minor amounts of condensate are also produced. The source rocks for the gas are uncertain, but both the Yager Formation and strata of the lower Wildcat Group may have contributed.

  16. The Rare Book Collection of Capodimonte Astronomical Observatory Will be on the Web: Ancient Science Available to Everyone

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    Cirella, E. O.; Caprio, G.

    2015-04-01

    This paper describes a project for the preservation, promotion, and creation of a website for the rare book collection of Capodimonte Astronomical Observatory. The project, promoted by INAF—Capodimonte Astronomical Observatory, was supported by the Campania Region through European funds. The final component of the project was the publication of a bibliographical catalog, Le Cinquecentine dell'Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte, which was addressed to specialized users, including historians of science and bibliophiles.

  17. A Service Value Model for Continued Use of Online Services: Conceptual Development and Empirical Examination

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    Hu, Tao

    2009-01-01

    Online services (OLS) provide billions of Internet users with a variety of opportunities to exchange goods, share information, and develop or maintain relationships. Popular examples of OLS web sites include eBay.com, Amazon.com, Dell.com, Craigslist.com, MSN.com, Yahoo.com, LinkedIn.com, Zillow.com, Facebook.com, Wikipedia.com, and Twitter.com.…

  18. Six Week Slavery Novel Unit.

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    Jones, Darolyn Lyn

    Developed in conjunction with a graduate course and used in classrooms with all types of learners, this paper presents a 6-week unit of study on slavery based on two adolescent novels--"NIGHTJOHN" by Gary Paulson and "My Name Is not Angelica" by Scott O'Dell. After a brief introduction to the unit, the paper presents the 14 activities of the unit:…

  19. High Speed White Dwarf Asteroseismology with the Herty Hall Cluster

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    Gray, Aaron; Kim, A.

    2012-01-01

    Asteroseismology is the process of using observed oscillations of stars to infer their interior structure. In high speed asteroseismology, we complete that by quickly computing hundreds of thousands of models to match the observed period spectra. Each model on a single processor takes five to ten seconds to run. Therefore, we use a cluster of sixteen Dell Workstations with dual-core processors. The computers use the Ubuntu operating system and Apache Hadoop software to manage workloads.

  20. Commentary: the insanity defense and youths in juvenile court.

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    Rogers, Jamison E; Myers, Wade C

    2013-01-01

    Juveniles, like adults, should be afforded the right to raise an insanity defense. In this commentary on the article by Morse and Bonnie on the abolition of the insanity defense, we explain why so few juveniles across the United States are granted access to the insanity defense and the reasons that they should have that option. We also consider whether the Delling case was the best suited vehicle to argue for extending constitutional protection to the insanity defense nationwide. PMID:24335320

  1. What strategic planning can do for you.

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    Valenzuela, Peter

    2007-01-01

    Whether it's playing chess or planning for retirement, we all have strategies for different situations in our lives. So why not apply, strategies in our practice ? Companies such as Dell, Wal-Mart, and Home Depot have depended on strategic plans to generatel millions of dollars and guide their organizations into the future. Although most of our practices are not nearly as large as these companies (except maybe Kaiser Permanente), formulating strategies for our practice is vital for future growth. PMID:17494484

  2. Scienza dei servizi

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    Cavenago, Dario; Mezzanzanica, Mario

    I servizi sono oramai centrali nella vita sociale di ogni Paese. L'aspettativa di ogni attore sociale, sia esso cittadino/utente e/o istituzione, è quella di ricevere da uno scambio che ha alla base un servizio un contributo che si caratterizza per una qualità intrinseca. Il mantenimento di tale promessa richiede all'azienda erogatrice un forte coinvolgimento, nel disegno del servizio, degli utenti ed una capacità di gestione della conoscenza; ciò è particolarmente significativo per quei servizi che si caratterizzano per una forte personalizzazione o complessità progettuale. Disegnare un servizio, metterlo in produzione e gestirne l'erogazione ha una complessità variabile in base al grado di coinvolgimento dei destinati ed alle dimensioni critiche che esprimono le condizioni di fattibilità di un servizio di qualità appropriato alle attese degli utilizzatori. Ugualmente la globalizzazione dell'economia e la scarsità delle risorse ha portato l'attenzione, ai fini della sostenibilità delle condizioni sopra richiamate, di una ricerca di modelli e strumenti che permettano una valutazione e una standardizzazione dei processi di produzione ed erogazione secondo condizioni di economicità. Tali primi e sintetici elementi hanno condotto diversi attori istituzionali, grandi imprese ed università attraverso i loro centri di ricerca, ad una azione di riflessione sul grado di "ingegnerizzazione" dei processi sottesi alla erogazione dei servizi ed in particolare ai servizi che attuano le politiche dei grandi settori di base dell'economia di una Nazione: educazione, sanità, sociale, sviluppo infrastrutture ecc.

  3. Planckian vertices on high genus Riemann surfaces

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    Bellini, Alessandro

    1993-04-01

    We suggest a method to compute subleading contributions at planckian energies for superstring scattering amplitudes of any genus. In particular, we test the method at one-loop level by comparison with previous results for the Regge trajectory renormalization. Modular invariance of these asymptotic terms is also discussed. Permanent address: Dipartimento di Fisica dell'Università, Firenze and INFN, Sezione di Firenze, Largo E. Fermi 2, I-50125 Florence, Italy.

  4. Research contributions on childhood obesity from a public-private partnership

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    2015-01-01

    Background Childhood obesity remains a significant global problem with immediate and long-term individual health and societal consequences. Targets for change should include the most potent and predictive factors for obesity at all levels of the personal, social and physical environments. The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living (‘the Center’) is a public-private partnership that was developed to address child health issues through research, service, and education. This overview paper introduces a special issue of seven articles on childhood obesity from the Center, and the implications of this research for obesity prevention. Methods and results A review of the literature on public-private partnerships was undertaken and key components of the partnership between the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the Center were compared for compatibility. The conceptual framework for Center research, based on social cognitive theory and the social-ecological model, is explained. An overview of papers in this special issue, relative to the conceptual framework, and the implications of this research for childhood obesity prevention, are provided. Conclusions The public-private partnership that created the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living has been instrumental in motivating the Center’s academic faculty to focus their research on improvements in child, family and community health through etiologic, epidemiologic, methodologic and intervention research. This special issue extends this work and places particular emphasis on socioeconomic inequalities in addressing the obesity problem in the U.S. and worldwide. PMID:26222489

  5. Towards an integrated model of nursing competence: an overview of the literature reviews and concept analysis.

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    Caruso, Roberto; Fida, Roberta; Sili, Alessandro; Arrigoni, Cristina

    2016-01-01

    Introduzione: La competenza è un elemento fondamentale quando si misura la capacità di infer- mieri o studenti di fornire assistenza infermieristica, ma non vi è consenso su ciò che realmente sia la competenza. Questo studio si propone di indagare i significati e i modelli di competenza infermieristica. Metodo: L’overview delle revisioni della letteratura e delle concept analysis è stata effettuata attraverso una ricerca su Pubmed, Cinahl e PsychINFO dal gennaio 2005 a settembre 2014, che includeva parole chiave come: Modello di competenza; Competenza professionale; Competenza infermieristica; Competenza. Risultati: Sono stati inclusi un totale di 14 articoli, provenienti dalla letteratura infermieristica sia in ambito formativo che clinico. È stato possibile individuare alcuni temi comuni negli arti- coli inclusi: la descrizione dei determinanti di competenza; la confusione intorno al concetto di competenza; la carenza nella valutazione delle competenze; la carenza nell’operazionalizzare il concetto di competenza. Conclusioni: I risultati forniscono una panoramica che, arricchita dalla letteratura proveniente dagli studi organizzativi, costituiscono la base concettuale di un modello integrato di compe- tenza infermieristica. Ulteriore ricerca empirica è necessaria per verificare le assunzioni teoriche.

  6. Multiscale Simulations of Polymers Close to (Metal) Surfaces

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    Kremer, Kurt

    2004-03-01

    We present a multi scale coarse-graining scheme for efficient molecular dynamics simulations of polymers. The approach is applied to a model system of bisphenol-A-polycarbonate (BPA-PC) liquids in contact with a (111) nickel surface. For bulk properties a suitably coarse grained bead spring model is simulated by molecular dynamics (MD) methods with model parameters directly derived from quantum chemical calculations. The surface interactions are parameterized and incorporated by extensive quantum mechanical density functional calculations using the Car-Parrinello approach. We find selective adsorption of different constituents of the PC monomer. Close to the surface this leads to a strong variation of the melt structure due to different end groups. Extensions to other systems and to surfaces with defects will shortly be discussed as well. This work was supported by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research), grant No.03 N 6015 on materials simulations. References: Abrams CF, Delle Site L, Kremer K, PHYS REV E 67, 021807 (2003); Delle Site L, Abrams CF, Alavi A, Kremer K, PHYS REV LETT 89, 156103 (2002); Delle Site L, Leon S, Kremer K, preprint (2003)

  7. High-resolution, three-dimensional, and contrast-enhanced ultrasonographic findings in diseases of the eye().

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    Sconfienza, L M; Lacelli, F; Ardemagni, A; Perrone, N; Bertolotto, M; Padolecchia, R; Serafini, G

    2010-12-01

    Sommario OBIETTIVI: Illustrare i reperti ecocontrastografici (CEUS) e di ecografia in tre dimensioni (3D) di un ampio spettro di patologie del globo oculare, confrontandole con l’ecografia ad alta risoluzione (HRUS). INTRODUZIONE: La CEUS è un valido strumento nella valutazione di numerosi distretti corporei. Nella patologia del bulbo oculare esistono una serie di situazioni in cui la CEUS può essere dirimente o molto utile. IMAGING: In questo lavoro presentiamo uno spettro di lesioni traumatiche (distacchi di retina e della coroide) e di patologia maligna del bulbo oculare (melanoma della coroide, tumori intra- ed extra conali) valutate con CEUS ed ecografia 3D. I risultati sono stati confrontati con HRUS. L’orbitopatiadistiroidea è stata esclusa dal presente studio. CONCLUSIONE: CEUS gioca un ruolo centrale nella diagnosi differenziale tra distacchi di retina (vascolari) e membrane vitreali (avascolari). Inoltre CEUS è molto utile nella valutazione dei tumori bulbari, nel percorso terapeutico del melanoma della coroide e nella valutazione della neovascolarizzazione delle lesioni orbitarie. HRUS è molto efficace nel riconoscimento di lesioni traumatiche e non traumatiche, ma non è utile nella valutazione delle lesioni della parete dell’orbita. L’utilizzo delle ricostruzioni 3D ha aumentato la confidenza diagnostica della CEUS. Infine, CEUS ha un ottimo rapporto costo-beneficio e può essere utilizzata quando la TC e la RM non possono essere eseguite.

  8. Prospective evaluation of interobserver diagnostic agreement for focal urinary bladder wall abnormalities detected by ultrasound.

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    Francica, G; Scarano, F; Bellini, S A; Miragliuolo, A

    2011-03-01

    Sommario INTRODUZIONE: È stata valutata prospetticamente la variabilità interosservatore relativamente alla diagnosi di alterazioni focali della parete vescicale tra due operatori con diverso livello di esperienza. MATERIALI E METODI: Due operatori con diverso livello di esperienza in ecografia hanno esaminato indipendentemente nella stessa sessione 87 pazienti consecutivi (età media 68 anni; range 33–80; 75 maschi; 15 donne) sottoposti successivamente a cistoscopia entro 1–2 giorni. Prima dell’inizio dello studio la metodologia di studio è stata standardizzata. Il grado di accordo sulla presenza, sede, dimensioni e numero delle alterazioni parietali della vescica è stato calcolato con il metodo della Kw. RISULTATI: Il grado più elevato di accordo (k = 1) è stato raggiunto relativamente alla presenza delle alterazioni parietali, mentre un accordo sostanziale è stato ottenuto per le dimensioni (k = 0.78), numero (k = 0.72) e sede (k = 0.62). CONCLUSIONI: In questo studio la differenza di esperienza tra due operatori non è emersa nella diagnostica delle alterazioni parietali della vescica anche in ragione di una metodologia standardizzata di studio.

  9. Continuing developments in the search for Martian atmospheric methane

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    Fonti, S.; Roush, T. L.; Chizek, M. R.; Liuzzi, G.; Mancarella, F.; Murphy, J. R.; Blanco, A.

    2012-12-01

    In recent years, the possible presence of a tiny, but meaningful, quantity of methane in the Martian atmosphere has been suggested [1-6] and widely debated [7] within the community, due to the important consequences it may have on our understanding of the planet's evolution. In this framework, and looking forward to the results of the planned search by the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument on-board the recently landed Mars Science Laboratory, the work of Fonti and Marzo [5] is particularly interesting. Using a statistical clustering technique, they analysed ~3x106 Thermal Emission Spectrometer spectra, spanning three Martian years. The results for principal Ls values (0, 90, 180, 270) suggest a temporal variation of the gas content with an annual cycle and a recurrent spatial distribution. In addition a preliminary temporal comparison with the well-known water vapour cycle and dust aerosol opacity has suggested interesting temporal phase correlations among the three atmospheric components. The possible implications of such findings have not been fully explored yet, due to the time and effort necessary to improve the temporal resolution of the data beyond the original four Ls values per year. Before undertaking such demanding effort, we have decided to improve our confidence in the results, currently affected by uncertainty of about 30 % on the derived methane abundance, focusing on the effects of the inhomogeneity in the original dataset that is linked to the presence of some anomalous spectra. Additionally, to better understand how the statistical procedure is affecting the clustering of the spectra, we have applied it to a set of synthetic Martian spectra that were generated by varying a relevant number of atmosphere and surface parameters. The clustering results for the artificial data set have then been compared to the known properties used to create it. [1] Krasnopolsky, V.A., Maillard, J.P., and Owen, T.C. 2004. Detection of methane in the martian atmosphere

  10. MIMA: Mars Infrared MApper - The Fourier spectrometer for the ESA Pasteur/ExoMars rover mission

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    Marzo, G. A.; Bellucci, G.; Fonti, S.; Saggin, B.; Alberti, E.; Altieri, F.; Politi, R.; Zasova, L.; Mima Team

    The MIMA team is developing a FT-IR miniaturized spectrometer to be mounted on the mast of the ExoMars rover Such instrument shall make remote measurements typically a few tens of meters away searching for evidence of water and of water-related processes e g carbonates sulfates clay minerals and if possible organics A survey instrument of this type will be extremely important for any rover mission on Mars especially for the Pasteur payload on the ExoMars mission whose scientific objective is to search for life and or hazards to humans Survey instruments on rover mast could provide necessary guidance if they can identify water evidence of long standing-water clay minerals carbonates sulfates so that detailed studies and drilling can be conducted at the right location The MIMA design is based on the peculiar pendulum optical design already successfully used on ESA PFS for Mars Express and Venus Express missions The wide spectral range 2-25 micron is not covered by means of a double channel as in PFS but using an innovative architecture two different detectors on the same focal plane sharing the same optical path in order to strongly reduce mass and size In this work MIMA technical and scientific issues will be discussed The MIMA team is Giancarlo Bellucci Team Coordinator Francesca Altieri Maria Blecka Roberto Bonsignori Sergio Fonti Giuseppe A Marzo Sandro Meli Jose Juan Lopez Moreno Boris Moshkin GianGabriele Ori Vincenzo Orofino Romolo Politi Giampaolo Preti Andrea Romoli Ted L Roush Bortolino Saggin Maria

  11. Simultaneous physical retrieval of atmospheric and surface state from Martian spectra: the phi MARS algorithm and application to TES

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    Liuzzi, G.; Masiello, G.; Serio, C.; Mancarella, F.; Fonti, S.; Roush, T.

    The problem of fully simultaneous retrieval of surface and atmosphere has been satisfactorily addressed as far as Earth is concerned in many works \\citep{masACP09,carENSO05}, especially for high-resolution instruments. However, such retrieval know-how has been not completely implemented in other planetary contexts. In this perspective, we present a new methodology for the simultaneous retrieval of surface and atmospheric parameters of Mars. The methodology, fully explained in \\cite{liuzzi2015} is based on a non-linear, iterative optimal estimation scheme, supported by a statistical retrieval procedure used to initialize the physical retrieval algorithm with a reliable first guess of the atmospheric parameters. The forward module \\cite{liuzzi2014} is fully integrated with the inverse one, and it is a monochromatic radiative transfer model with the capability to calculate genuine analytical Jacobians of any desired geophysical parameter. We describe both the mathematical framework of the methodology and, as a proof of concept, its application to a large sample of data acquired by the Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES). Results are drawn for the case of surface temperature and emissivity, atmospheric temperature profile, water vapour, dust and ice mixing ratios. Some work has also been done for revisiting the claims of methane detection with TES data \\citep{fon10,fonti2015}. Comparison with climate models and other TES data analyses show a very good agreement and consistency. Moreover, we will show how the methodology can be applied to other instruments looking at Mars, simply customizing part of the forward and reverse modules.

  12. Rosetta/VIRTIS-M spectral data: Comet 67P/CG compared to other primitive small bodies.

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    De Sanctis, M. C.; Capaccioni, F.; Filacchione, G.; Erard, S.; Tosi, F.; Ciarniello, M.; Raponi, A.; Piccioni, G.; Leyrat, C.; Bockelée-Morvan, D.; Drossart, P.; Fornasier, S.

    2014-12-01

    VIRTIS-M, the Visible InfraRed Thermal Imaging Spectrometer, onboard the Rosetta Mission orbiter (Coradini et al., 2007) acquired data of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in the 0.25-5.1 µm spectral range. The initial data, obtained during the first mission phases to the comet, allow us to derive albedo and global spectral properties of the comet nucleus as well as spectra of different areas on the nucleus. The characterization of cometary nuclei surfaces and their comparison with those of related populations such as extinct comet candidates, Centaurs, near-Earth asteroids (NEAs), trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs), and primitive asteroids is critical to understanding the origin and evolution of small solar system bodies. The acquired VIRTIS data are used to compare the global spectral properties of comet 67P/CG to published spectra of other cometary nuclei observed from ground or visited by space mission. Moreover, the spectra of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko are also compared to those of primitive asteroids and centaurs. The comparison can give us clues on the possible common formation and evolutionary environment for primitive asteroids, centaurs and Jupiter-family comets. Authors acknowledge the funding from Italian and French Space Agencies. References: Coradini, A., Capaccioni, F., Drossart, P., Arnold, G., Ammannito, E., Angrilli, F., Barucci, A., Bellucci, G., Benkhoff, J., Bianchini, G., Bibring, J. P., Blecka, M., Bockelee-Morvan, D., Capria, M. T., Carlson, R., Carsenty, U., Cerroni, P., Colangeli, L., Combes, M., Combi, M., Crovisier, J., De Sanctis, M. C., Encrenaz, E. T., Erard, S., Federico, C., Filacchione, G., Fink, U., Fonti, S., Formisano, V., Ip, W. H., Jaumann, R., Kuehrt, E., Langevin, Y., Magni, G., McCord, T., Mennella, V., Mottola, S., Neukum, G., Palumbo, P., Piccioni, G., Rauer, H., Saggin, B., Schmitt, B., Tiphene, D., Tozzi, G., Space Science Reviews, Volume 128, Issue 1-4, 529-559, 2007.

  13. Update on the surgical management of breast cancer.

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    Franceschini, Gianluca; Sanchez, Alejandro Martin; Di Leone, Alba; Magno, Stefano; Moschella, Francesca; Accetta, Cristina; Natale, Maria; Di Giorgio, Danilo; Scaldaferri, Assunta; D'Archi, Sabatino; Scardina, Lorenzo; Masetti, Riccardo

    2015-02-20

    Il trattamento chirurgico dei tumori della mammella ha subito continui e profondi cambiamenti negli ultimi 30 anni. La chirurgia conservativa ha progressivamente e definitivamente sostituito la mastectomia nel trattamento dei tumori in stadio iniziale; associata alla radioterapia, essa è in grado di garantire alle pazienti le stesse percentuali di sopravvivenza globale e migliori risultati estetici con un accettabile rischio di recidiva locale. Grazie alla diffusione dei programmi di screening ed al perfezionamento delle indagini diagnostiche si è assistito ad un progressivo incremento della diagnosi dei tumori infraclinici ed all’elaborazione di sempre più accurate tecniche di localizzazione e trattamento mini-invasivo dei tumori non palpabili. Nell’ambito della chirurgia conservativa, l’introduzione della chirurgia oncoplastica, coniugando tecniche di chirurgia generale con quelle proprie della chirurgia plastica, ha consentito di superare il conflitto tra estensione della resezione chirurgica e risultato estetico finale, contribuendo in maniera importante a migliorare la qualità di vita delle pazienti. La mastectomia resta una valida alternativa chirurgica in casi selezionati ed è associata preferibilmente a procedure ricostruttive immediate che minimizzano l’impatto psicologico negativo dell’atto demolitivo. La tecnica del linfonodo sentinella per i tumori in stadio iniziale ha permesso di evitare in casi selezionati la dissezione ascellare di principio senza rinunciare alle importanti informazioni prognostiche dei linfonodi locoregionali. L’obiettivo di questo lavoro è di riassumere le recenti evoluzioni nella terapia chirurgica dei tumori della mammella e di mettere in evidenza i vantaggi e le questioni irrisolte delle diverse opzioni chirurgiche di trattamento.

  14. Demographic characteristics and seasonal variations of acute appendicitis.

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    Bal, Ahmet; Ozkececi, Ziya Taner; Turkoglu, Ozgur; Ozsoy, Mustafa; Celep, Ruchan Bahadir; Yilmaz, Sezgin; Arikan, Yüksel

    2015-01-01

    L’appendicite è la patologia che più comunemente richiede un intervento chirurgico in emergenza, e l’appendicectomia è il procedimento chirurgico più commune in tutto il mondo, importante in quanto rappresenta un trattamento efficace. Il nostro scopo è stato quello di determinare le variazioni stagionali dell’appendicite nella nostra regione e di indentificare le differenze demografiche e regionali, e per questo abbiamo analizzato retrospettivamente I dati dei pazienti ricoverati nell’ospedale universitario Afyon Kocatepe e nell’ospedale statale Sivrihisar State tra il 2003 ed il 2012, cioè 839 pazienti. L’età media di tutti i pazienti era di 33 ± 14.7 anni, e la maggior frequenza dell’appendicite acuta è risultata in autunno e nella primavera (P > 0.05). Non si sono osservate differenze sigfnificative stagionali nell’ospedale universitario Afyon Kocatepe, mentre l’appendicite si è manifestata più frequentemente in autunno che non in inverno nell’ospedale statale Sivrihisar (P < 0.05). non c’è stata nessuna relazione con la temperatura media mensile, l’umidità, l’entità delle precipitazioni e la frequenza dell’appendicite (P > 0.05). In conclusion, sebbene l’appendicite presenta una variazione stagionale, altri fattori embientali e l’impatto delle abitudini alimentari non vanno ignorate. L’etiologia dell’appendicite è comunque.multifattoriale, e nei futuri studi multiparametrici nell’intero territorio nazionale potrebbero evidenziarsi delle etiologie territorio-specifiche di questa patologia.

  15. Three-dimensional sonohysterography for examination of the uterine cavity in women with abnormal uterine bleeding: Preliminary findings.

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    Sconfienza, L M; Lacelli, F; Caldiera, V; Perrone, N; Piscopo, F; Gandolfo, N; Serafini, G

    2010-03-01

    Sommario INTRODUZIONE: Valutare l'impatto diagnostico della Isterosonografia Tridimensionale (ISG 3D) nello studio della cavità uterina in donne con sanguinamento anomalo (SUA) rispetto all'ecografia transvaginale (ETV) e all'isterosonografia bidimensionale (ISG 2D), particolarmente per l'identificazione di neoformazioni a sviluppo endocavitario della superficie endometriale e della parete uterina. MATERIALI E METODI: Ventiquattro pazienti affette da SUA sono state incluse nello studio. Ciascuna di esse é stata sottoposta ad ETV, ISG e ISG 3D durante la medesima seduta. Le acquisizioni 3D sono state ottenute con tecnica free-hand in fase di massima replezione idrica della cavità. Tutte le pazienti sono state valutate con isteroscopia entro 10 giorni dall'ecografia. Considerando l'esame isteroscopico come reference standard, sono stati calcolati i valori di sensibilità, specificità, valore predittivo positivo (VPP), valore predittivo negativo (VPN) ed accuratezza delle tre metodiche. RISULTATI: L'isteroscopia ha dimostrato la presenza di lesioni endocavitarie in 21/24 pazienti (87,5%). Nelle restanti pazienti l'esame isteroscopico è risultato negativo. ETV, ISG 2D ed ISG 3D hanno mostrato rispettivamente sensibilità del 76% (16/21), 90% (19/21), 100% (21/21); specificità del 100% (3/3), 100% (19/19), 100% (21/21); VPP del 100%, 100%, 100%; VPN del 37%, 60%, 100%; accuratezza 76%, 90%, 100%. L'ISG 3D ha consentito una completa identificazione dei rapporti delle lesioni con la cavità uterina e con la parete endometriale. CONCLUSIONI: L'ISG 3D è una metodica con maggiore sensibilità nella definizione delle lesioni della cavità uterina rispetto all'ISG 2D ed all'ETV. Se questi dati preliminari saranno confermati da studi piú ampi, ISG 3D potrebbe essere proposta come alternativa all'isteroscopia eseguita a soli fini diagnostici.

  16. Meningococco B: controllo di due focolai epidemici mediante vaccinazione

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    2014-01-01

    Riassunto La problematica di un efficace approccio vaccinale nei confronti del Meningococco B (MenB) è stata superata identificando con la metodica della "reverse vaccinology" alcuni antigeni capaci di indurre una risposta verso la maggior parte dei ceppi di MenB circolanti nel mondo. Il nuovo vaccino MenB a 4 componenti (4CMenB) è stato autorizzato in Europa, Australia e Canada, ed è entrato nei calendari di immunizzazione pediatrica internazionali: Australia, Canada, UK. In Italia, le prime regioni che hanno raccomandato la vaccinazione contro il MenB sono state Basilicata e Puglia. La gestione di epidemie/focolai epidemici richiede la messa in atto di una risposta rapida da parte delle autorità sanitarie nei confronti di una emergenza sanitaria ad elevato impatto, anche emotivo, sulla popolazione, come recentemente dimostrato in due università americane. Alla dichiarazione di focolaio epidemico in atto, in entrambi i contesti si è attivata una procedura per l'uso del vaccino 4CMenB non ancora autorizzato negli USA. È stato così possibile organizzare gli interventi di profilassi attiva nei due campus universitari, adottando il primo impiego su larga scala del nuovo vaccino 4CMenB e conseguendo, in tempi relativamente brevi, elevati tassi di copertura vaccinale. A fronte di circa 14000 studenti immunizzati con almeno una dose, non è stata segnalata alcuna problematica di eventi avversi conseguenti all'immunizzazione; ad oggi non si sono verificati casi nei soggetti che hanno ricevuto il vaccino. Come conseguenza dei due focolai descritti, è oggi in corso la valutazione da parte dell'FDA per l'estensione dell'uso del vaccino 4CMenB negli Stati Uniti negli adolescenti e giovani adulti. PMID:25916017

  17. Duplex Doppler ultrasound study of the temporomandibular joint.

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    Stagnitti, A; Marini, A; Impara, L; Drudi, F M; Lo Mele, L; Lillo Odoardi, G

    2012-06-01

    Sommario INTRODUZIONE: La fisiologia articolare dell’articolazione temporo-mandibolare (ATM) può essere esaminata sia dal punto di vista clinico che strumentale. La diagnostica per immagini ha da tempo contribuito con la risonanza magnetica (RM) e anche con la radiografia (Rx) e la tomografia computerizzata (TC) all’analisi della morfologia dei capi articolari e della cinetica condilare. L’esame duplex-ecodoppler è una metodica di largo impiego nello studio delle strutture in movimento in particolar modo a livello delle strutture del sistema vascolare. MATERIALI E METODI: È stata utilizzata un’apparecchiatura Toshiba APLIO SSA-770A, con l’uso di tecnica duplex-ecodoppler multi display, che consente la visualizzazione contemporanea dell’immagine ecografica e dei segnali Doppler utilizzando una sonda lineare del tipo phased array con cristalli trasduttori funzionanti ad una frequenza fondamentale di 6 MHz per gli spettri Doppler pulsati e 7.5 MHz per l’imaging ecografico. Sono stati esaminati nel Dipartimento di Scienze Radiologiche, Oncologiche e Anatomo-patologiche dell’Università “Sapienza” di Roma, 30 pazienti del reparto di Ortognatodonzia dell’Istituto di Odontoiatria della stessa Università. RISULTATI: Nei pazienti normali si è ottenuta un’alternanza regolare degli spettri Doppler, mentre nei soggetti con disfunzioni del complesso condilo-meniscale, si è persa la regolarità della sommatoria degli spettri di Fourier, con altezze incostanti in relazione a spostamenti irregolari del complesso condilo-meniscale. CONCLUSIONI: L’esame ecodoppler si è dimostrato, in tutti i pazienti, capace di discriminare quelli normali dai patologici e tra questi ultimi ha permesso di identificare gli aspetti più significativi delle patologie disfunzionali.

  18. Iba Techniques to Study Renaissance Pottery Techniques

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    Bouquillon, A.; Castaing, J.; Salomon, J.; Zucchiatti, A.; Lucarelli, F.; Mando, P. A.; Prati, P.; Lanterna, G.; Vaccari, M. G.

    2001-09-01

    The application of Ion Beam Analysis, associated to Scanning Electron Microscopy is examined in connection with an extensive program on structural and chemical analyses of glazed terracotta's from the Italian Renaissance, launched by a French-Italian collaboration in the framework of the European COST-G1 scientific action. The objectives of the collaboration are reviewed. The compatibility of data from different specimen and various laboratories are discussed. Examples of the PIXE and statistical analyses on some artefacts of the "Robbiesche" type, supplied by the Louvre Museum of Paris and the Opificio delle Pietre Dure of Florence, are given to illustrate the performances of IBA in this particular field.

  19. Performance Evaluation of Supercomputers using HPCC and IMB Benchmarks

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    Saini, Subhash; Ciotti, Robert; Gunney, Brian T. N.; Spelce, Thomas E.; Koniges, Alice; Dossa, Don; Adamidis, Panagiotis; Rabenseifner, Rolf; Tiyyagura, Sunil R.; Mueller, Matthias; Fatoohi, Rod

    2006-01-01

    The HPC Challenge (HPCC) benchmark suite and the Intel MPI Benchmark (IMB) are used to compare and evaluate the combined performance of processor, memory subsystem and interconnect fabric of five leading supercomputers - SGI Altix BX2, Cray XI, Cray Opteron Cluster, Dell Xeon cluster, and NEC SX-8. These five systems use five different networks (SGI NUMALINK4, Cray network, Myrinet, InfiniBand, and NEC IXS). The complete set of HPCC benchmarks are run on each of these systems. Additionally, we present Intel MPI Benchmarks (IMB) results to study the performance of 11 MPI communication functions on these systems.

  20. Texas facility's world-first 'green' milestone.

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    Anderson, Bruce

    2011-02-01

    Healthcare facilities use nearly twice as much energy per square foot as office buildings, according to American HVAC and air handling equipment manufacturer Temtrol (citing statistics from the country's Green Building Council). As Bruce Anderson, vice-president, Marketing, CES Group LLC (of which Temtrol is a Group company), explains, when America's Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, a paediatric facility built to field-leading environmental performance standards, expanded recently, the hospital's project team selected Temtrol's FANWALL technology for the air handlers used for a new MRI surgical unit "to provide energy-efficient, critical ventilation". PMID:21425713

  1. [Social determinants and risk of acute viral hepatitis].

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    Malvasio, P; Russo, R; Zotti, C; Vigna, I; Ruggenini Moiraghi, A

    1998-01-01

    The authors examined the relationship between viral hepatitis risk and social determinants in Piedmont region population surveyed by SEIEVA (sistema epidemiologico integrato dell'epatite virale acuta). The education and the working position showed different correlation with incidence rates of different types of viral hepatitis A, B, non-A non-B. The hepatitis A risk is proportional to education and the probability of hepatitis B and non-A non-B is higher in low social classes. This situation is only apparently a balanced risk: the clinical seriousness and the strong probability of complications of hepatitis B and non-A non-B make the risks deeply unequal.

  2. Trasforiiazioni Termoelastiche Finite di Solidi Incomprimibili

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    Signorini, A.

    Queste lezlioni hanno come direttiva una sintesi di quanto si trova sistematicamente sviluppato in una mia Memoria sulle trasformazioni termoelastiche finite di solidi incomprimibili, in corso di stampa negli Annali di Matematica pura e applicata t. XXXIX ( 1955) pp. 147-201 , Verranno anche esposti, come necessaria premessa, alcuni d ei risultati di due precedenti Memorie degli stessi Annali. Invece, per motivo di brevità, non potrò dare neppure un cenno delle ulteriori ricerche svilup pate dal prof. T. Manacorda in tre recentissimi suoi lavori:

  3. Features of the Italian National Inventory of Chemical Substances.

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    Binetti, R; Marcello, I

    1994-01-01

    The Italian National Inventory of Chemical Substances (Inventario nazionale delle sostanze chimiche, INSC), a factual data bank on chemical toxicology produced by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS), consists of a computerized system on existing chemicals developed for routinary and emergency needs. Historical background, current status and future direction of INSC are discussed. The structure and the feature of INSC are briefly examined. Aspects of retrieval of information and the criteria for the inclusion of data and priority selection are also considered.

  4. Streamflow model of Wisconsin River for estimating flood frequency and volume

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    Krug, William R.; House, Leo B.

    1980-01-01

    The 100-year flood peak at Wisconsin Dells, computed from the simulated, regulated streamflow data for the period 1915-76, is 82,000 cubic feet per second, including the effects of all the reservoirs in the river system, as they are currently operated. It also includes the effects of Lakes Du Bay, Petenwell, and Castle Rock which are significant for spring floods but are insignificant for summer or fall floods because they are normally maintained nearly full in the summer and fall and have very little storage for floodwaters. (USGS)

  5. Theoretical basis of the linear nodal and linear characteristic methods in the TORT computer code

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    Childs, R.L.; Rhoades, W.A.

    1993-01-01

    Novel numerical procedures for solving the Boltzmann equation have been added to the Three Dimensional Oak Ridge Discrete Ordinates Transport Code (TORT). These procedures produce much more accuracy in theflux solutions for a given mesh size, or allow a smaller mesh to be used in order to reduce costs. The first method is a special adaptation of the linear nodal method proposed by Walters and O'Dell. The basic method has been extensively adapted in order to avoid numerical distortions that may occur in shielding problems. The second method is a characteristic procedure with linear expansion of sources and boundary flows. These methods are in widespread use in the TORT code.

  6. Theoretical basis of the linear nodal and linear characteristic methods in the TORT computer code

    SciTech Connect

    Childs, R.L.; Rhoades, W.A.

    1993-01-01

    Novel numerical procedures for solving the Boltzmann equation have been added to the Three Dimensional Oak Ridge Discrete Ordinates Transport Code (TORT). These procedures produce much more accuracy in theflux solutions for a given mesh size, or allow a smaller mesh to be used in order to reduce costs. The first method is a special adaptation of the linear nodal method proposed by Walters and O`Dell. The basic method has been extensively adapted in order to avoid numerical distortions that may occur in shielding problems. The second method is a characteristic procedure with linear expansion of sources and boundary flows. These methods are in widespread use in the TORT code.

  7. Hypoparathyroidism after total thyroidectomy: prospective evaluation and relation with early hypocalcemia.

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    D'Alessandro, Nicola; Tramutola, Giuseppe; Fasano, Giovanni Michele; Gilio, Francesco; Iside, Giovanni; Izzo, Maria Lucia; Loffredo, Andrea; Pici, Mariano; Pinto, Margherita; Tramontano, Salvatore; Citro, Giuseppe

    2016-01-01

    L’ipoparatiroidismo definitivo (ipo-PTH) rappresenta una delle complicanze più pericoloso dopo tiroidectomia totale. La lsione parziale o totale o l’eliminazione accidentale delle ghiandole paratiroidi è un evento avverso imprevedibile, anche se la sua reale incidenza non è ben definita, come pure il trattamento di questa problematica. Abbiamo dunque programmato una valutazione prospettica dei nostri pazienti trattati con tiroidectomia totale nel nostro centro, per identificare l’incidenza di ipoparatiroidismo, sintomatico o asintomatico, in relazione all’incidenza dell’ipocalcemia postoperatoria precoce nella nostra esperienza. Lo studio è stato di tipo prospettico su 177 pazienti operati alla tiroide per patologia benigna e maligna, dosando il calcio ematico subito prima dell’intervento chirurgico e del calcio e del PTH almeno tre mesi dopo l’intervento. L’ipocalcemia postoperatoria è stata osservata nel 37,3% dei casi. Otto pazienti (4,5% di coorte) hanno presentato bassi livelli di PTH in un follow-up medio di 9,1 mesi. Valore predittivo positivo dell’ipocalcemia postoperatoria è stata del 12,1%, mentre predittivo negativo era del 95,4, confermando alta sensibilità (100%) e bassa specificità (65,4%) per rilevare un ipo-PTH. Tutti i pazienti con ipo-PTH tardivo presentavano ipocalcemia all’analisi precoce, mentre nessun caso con normale calcemia postoperatori ha sviluppato un ipo-PTH: questo dato potrebbe suggerire la calcemia postoperatoria come valido fattore prognostico del funzionamento delle paratiroidi quando si presenta nell’intervallo normale. Peraltro il suo dosaggio isolato è troppo limitato per costituire una reale prevedibilità. In conclusione la standardizzazione della tecnica chirurgica rappresenta il metodo migliore per la prevenzione dell’ipo-PTH. La ipocalcemia precoce postoperatoria rappresenta un fattore prognostico, anche se con bassa specificità, di un deficit di produzione del PTH. Questa osservazione deve

  8. Multi-residue determination of eleven anticoagulant rodenticides by high-performance liquid chromatography with diode array/fluorimetric detection: investigation of suspected animal poisoning in the period 2012-2013 in north-eastern Italy.

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    Gallocchio, Federica; Basilicata, Lara; Benetti, Cristiana; Angeletti, Roberto; Binato, Giovanni

    2014-11-01

    Misuse or deliberate abuse of anticoagulant rodenticides (AR) may often result in incidental or malicious non-target animal poisoning. This study presents preliminary results of the analysis of 561 real suspected samples, ranging from baits to livers and stomach contents, collected at the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (official referral laboratory for the regions of north-eastern Italy), in the period 2012-2013. Samples were analyzed by a method based on a combination of liquid chromatography with diode array/fluorescence detection (HPLC-DAD/F) able to identify 11 different AR (brodifacoum, bromadiolone, chloropahacinone, coumachlor, coumafuryl, coumatetralyl, difenacoum, diphacinone, flocoumafen, pindone, warfarin). PMID:25195128

  9. A panchromatic view of the evolution of Supermassive Black Holes

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    Lusso, E.; Brusa, M.; Comastri, A.; Vignali, C.; Gilli, R.

    2008-10-01

    Verranno presentati i risultati preliminari di uno studio sistematico delle distribuzioni di energia spettrale (SED) di un campione statisticamente significativo di alcune centinaia di AGN (sia di tipo 1 che di tipo 2) selezionati dalla survey XMM-COSMOS. La vasta mole di dati disponibili sull'intero spettro elettromagnetico permette di calcolare le SED medie per diversi intervalli di redshift e luminosita'. Una stima affidabile della SED e' di fondamentale importanza per il calcolo della luminosita' bolometrica e quindi per lo studio della fisica dei processi di accrescimento su SMBH, per la loro evoluzione con il tempo cosmico.

  10. Finiteness and supersymmetry breaking due to θ

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    Ohta, Nobuyoshi

    1983-07-01

    It is shown on the basis of 1/n expansion that supersymmetry is spontaneously broken by the ``θ-parameter'' in a two-dimensional N = 2 supersymmetric model with U(n) symmetry. It is pointed out that this breakdown of supersymmetry is largely due to the finiteness of the theory and that N = 4 supersymmetry in four dimensions will also be broken by the θ-term. Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Address after May 10, 1983: Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Piazzale delle Science 5, I-00185 Rome, Italy.

  11. Oracle Log Buffer Queueing

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    Rivenes, A S

    2004-12-08

    The purpose of this document is to investigate Oracle database log buffer queuing and its affect on the ability to load data using a specialized data loading system. Experiments were carried out on a Linux system using an Oracle 9.2 database. Previous experiments on a Sun 4800 running Solaris had shown that 100,000 entities per minute was an achievable rate. The question was then asked, can we do this on Linux, and where are the bottlenecks? A secondary question was also lurking, how can the loading be further scaled to handle even higher throughput requirements? Testing was conducted using a Dell PowerEdge 6650 server with four CPUs and a Dell PowerVault 220s RAID array with 14 36GB drives and 128 MB of cache. Oracle Enterprise Edition 9.2.0.4 was used for the database and Red Hat Linux Advanced Server 2.1 was used for the operating system. This document will detail the maximum observed throughputs using the same test suite that was used for the Sun tests. A detailed description of the testing performed along with an analysis of bottlenecks encountered will be made. Issues related to Oracle and Linux will also be detailed and some recommendations based on the findings.

  12. [Valutare le esperienze positive e negative: la validazione di una nuova misura del benessere in una popolazione italiana].

    PubMed

    Corno, Giulia; Molinari, Guadalupe; Baños, Rosa Maria

    2016-01-01

    RIASSUNTO. Lo scopo del presente studio è quello di esplorare le proprietà psicometriche di uno strumento di misurazione dell'affetto, la Scala di Esperienze Positive e Negative (SPANE), all'interno di una popolazione italiana. Gli esiti dell'analisi fattoriale confermativa comprovano l'attesa struttura a due fattori, sentimenti positivi e negativi. Le correlazioni con altre dimensioni (per es., ansia, depressione, affetto, aspettative future) confermano i risultati ottenuti con le precedenti versioni della scala: affetto negativo, ansia, depressione e aspettative future negative correlano positivamente con la subscala di esperienze negative e negativamente con la subscala di esperienze positive dello SPANE. In conclusione, i risultati del nostro studio dimostrano che la versione italiana dello SPANE presenta caratteristiche psicometriche simili a quelle mostrate dalla versione orginale e da successive validazioni dello strumento in altre lingue. La scala presenta, inoltre, affidabilità e validità fattoriale. Lo SPANE è un indice utile dal punto di vista clinico che può fornire informazioni rilevanti circa l'esperienza emotiva e il benessere della persona. Nonostante ulteriori studi siano necessari per confermare le caratteristiche psicometriche della scala, la presente validazione della versione italiana dello SPANE può contribuire ad ampliare la ricerca nell'ambito del benessere in una popolazione Italiana. PMID:27362822

  13. A primary subcutaneous hydatid cyst in the thigh A case report.

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    Salamone, Giuseppe; Licari, Leo; Randisi, Brenda; Di Carlo, Paola; Tutino, Roberta; Falco, Nicolò; Augello, Giuseppe; Raspanti, Cristina; Cocorullo, Gianfranco; Gulotta, Gaspare

    2016-04-08

    L’Echinococcus spp. rappresenta il movente eziopatogenetico della malattia idatidea, patologia a carattere endemico in diverse parti del mondo, con tipica localizzazione della cisti da echinococco, prodotto del ciclo vitale del parassita, in sede polmonare od epatica. Ciononostante le localizzazioni atipiche della malattia esistono e rappresentano circa il 1,6% dei casi, la più comune delle quali certamente quella sottocutanea. I dati a disposizione circa la diagnosi ed il trattamento delle rare forme a localizzazione atipica risultano disomogenei e pochi dirimenti circa uno standard diagnostico-terapeutico da adottare. Si è voluto presentare dunque il caso di una donna di 68 anni che lamentava la comparsa di una tumefazione al terzo prossimale della coscia dx che tendeva ad incrementarsi volumetricamente nel tempo. Dopo diverse indagini cliniche, oltre che una accurata anamnesi, il sospetto di cisti idatidea è stato confermato. La patologia è stata trattata secondo uno schema terapeutico chirurgico e farmacologico ben dettagliato. La raccolta di questi dati si prefigge lo scopo di pianificare, in accordo con la letteratura scientifica e la review dei case-report esistenti, linee guida nel percorso assistenziale di questa rara manifestazione di una comune malattia.

  14. Comparison among GPR measurements and ultrasonic tomographies with different inversion strategies applied to the basement of an ancient egyptian sculpture.

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    Sambuelli, Luigi; Bohm, Gualtiero; Capizzi, Patrizia; Cardarelli, Ettore; Cosentino, Pietro; D'Onofrio, Laurent; Marchisio, Mario

    2010-05-01

    By the late 2008 one of the most important pieces of the "Museo delle Antichità Egizie" in Turin, the sculpture of the Pharaoh with god Amun, was planned to be one of the masterpieces of a travelling exhibition in Japan. The "Fondazione Museo delle Antichità Egizie di Torino", managing the museum, was concerned with the integrity of the basement of the statue which actually presents visible signs of restorations dating back to the early IXX century. The questions put by the museum managers were to estimate the internal extension of some visible fractures, to search for unknown internal ones and to provide information about the overall mechanical strength of the basement. In order to tackle the first and second questions a GPR reflection survey of the basement along three sides was performed and the results were assembled in a 3D rendering. As far as the third question is concerned, two parallel, horizontal ultrasonic 2D tomographies across the basement were made with a source-receiver layout able to acquire, for each section, 723 ultrasonic signals correspondent to different transmitter and receiver positions. The ultrasonic tomographic data were inverted using different software based upon different algorithms. The obtained velocity images were then compared with the GPR results and with the visible joints on the basement. A critical analysis of the comparisons is finally presented.

  15. Comparison between GPR measurements and ultrasonic tomography with different inversion algorithms: an application to the base of an ancient Egyptian sculpture

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    Sambuelli, L.; Bohm, G.; Capizzi, P.; Cardarelli, E.; Cosentino, P.

    2011-09-01

    By late 2008 one of the most important pieces of the 'Museo delle Antichità Egizie' of Turin, the sculpture of the Pharaoh with god Amun, was planned to be one of the masterpieces of a travelling exhibition in Japan. The 'Fondazione Museo delle Antichità Egizie di Torino', who manages the museum, was concerned with the integrity of the base of the statue which actually presents visible signs of restoration dating back to the early 19th century. It was required to estimate the persistence of the visible fractures, to search for unknown ones and to provide information about the overall mechanical strength of the base. To tackle the first question a GPR reflection survey along three sides of the base was performed and the results were assembled in a 3D rendering. As far as the second question is concerned, two parallel, horizontal ultrasonic 2D tomograms across the base were made. We acquired, for each section, 723 ultrasonic signals corresponding to different transmitter and receiver positions. The tomographic data were inverted using four different software packages based upon different algorithms. The obtained velocity images were then compared each other, with the GPR results and with the visible fractures in the base. A critical analysis of the comparisons is finally presented.

  16. The functional unit of Japanese word naming: evidence from masked priming.

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    Verdonschot, Rinus G; Kiyama, Sachiko; Tamaoka, Katsuo; Kinoshita, Sachiko; Heij, Wido La; Schiller, Niels O

    2011-11-01

    Theories of language production generally describe the segment as the basic unit in phonological encoding (e.g., Dell, 1988; Levelt, Roelofs, & Meyer, 1999). However, there is also evidence that such a unit might be language specific. Chen, Chen, and Dell (2002), for instance, found no effect of single segments when using a preparation paradigm. To shed more light on the functional unit of phonological encoding in Japanese, a language often described as being mora based, we report the results of 4 experiments using word reading tasks and masked priming. Experiment 1 demonstrated using Japanese kana script that primes, which overlapped in the whole mora with target words, sped up word reading latencies but not when just the onset overlapped. Experiments 2 and 3 investigated a possible role of script by using combinations of romaji (Romanized Japanese) and hiragana; again, facilitation effects were found only when the whole mora and not the onset segment overlapped. Experiment 4 distinguished mora priming from syllable priming and revealed that the mora priming effects obtained in the first 3 experiments are also obtained when a mora is part of a syllable. Again, no priming effect was found for single segments. Our findings suggest that the mora and not the segment (phoneme) is the basic functional phonological unit in Japanese language production planning.

  17. Teleportation of squeezing: Optimization using non-Gaussian resources

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    Dell'Anno, Fabio; De Siena, Silvio; Illuminati, Fabrizio; Adesso, Gerardo

    2010-12-15

    We study the continuous-variable quantum teleportation of states, statistical moments of observables, and scale parameters such as squeezing. We investigate the problem both in ideal and imperfect Vaidman-Braunstein-Kimble protocol setups. We show how the teleportation fidelity is maximized and the difference between output and input variances is minimized by using suitably optimized entangled resources. Specifically, we consider the teleportation of coherent squeezed states, exploiting squeezed Bell states as entangled resources. This class of non-Gaussian states, introduced by Illuminati and co-workers [F. Dell'Anno, S. De Siena, L. Albano, and F. Illuminati, Phys. Rev. A 76, 022301 (2007); F. Dell'Anno, S. De Siena, and F. Illuminati, ibid. 81, 012333 (2010)], includes photon-added and photon-subtracted squeezed states as special cases. At variance with the case of entangled Gaussian resources, the use of entangled non-Gaussian squeezed Bell resources allows one to choose different optimization procedures that lead to inequivalent results. Performing two independent optimization procedures, one can either maximize the state teleportation fidelity, or minimize the difference between input and output quadrature variances. The two different procedures are compared depending on the degrees of displacement and squeezing of the input states and on the working conditions in ideal and nonideal setups.

  18. [Valutare le esperienze positive e negative: la validazione di una nuova misura del benessere in una popolazione italiana].

    PubMed

    Corno, Giulia; Molinari, Guadalupe; Baños, Rosa Maria

    2016-01-01

    RIASSUNTO. Lo scopo del presente studio è quello di esplorare le proprietà psicometriche di uno strumento di misurazione dell'affetto, la Scala di Esperienze Positive e Negative (SPANE), all'interno di una popolazione italiana. Gli esiti dell'analisi fattoriale confermativa comprovano l'attesa struttura a due fattori, sentimenti positivi e negativi. Le correlazioni con altre dimensioni (per es., ansia, depressione, affetto, aspettative future) confermano i risultati ottenuti con le precedenti versioni della scala: affetto negativo, ansia, depressione e aspettative future negative correlano positivamente con la subscala di esperienze negative e negativamente con la subscala di esperienze positive dello SPANE. In conclusione, i risultati del nostro studio dimostrano che la versione italiana dello SPANE presenta caratteristiche psicometriche simili a quelle mostrate dalla versione orginale e da successive validazioni dello strumento in altre lingue. La scala presenta, inoltre, affidabilità e validità fattoriale. Lo SPANE è un indice utile dal punto di vista clinico che può fornire informazioni rilevanti circa l'esperienza emotiva e il benessere della persona. Nonostante ulteriori studi siano necessari per confermare le caratteristiche psicometriche della scala, la presente validazione della versione italiana dello SPANE può contribuire ad ampliare la ricerca nell'ambito del benessere in una popolazione Italiana.

  19. Round-robin pretest analyses of a 1:6-scale reinforced concrete containment model subject to static internal pressurization

    SciTech Connect

    Clauss, D.B.

    1987-05-01

    Analyses of a 1:6-scale reinforced concrete containment model that will be tested to failure at Sandia National Laboratories in the spring of 1987 were conducted by the following organizations in the United States and Europe: Sandia National Laboratories (USA), Argonne National Laboratory (USA), Electric Power Research Institute (USA), Commissariat a L'Energie Atomique (France), HM Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (UK), Comitato Nazionale per la ricerca e per lo sviluppo dell'Energia Nucleare e delle Energie Alternative (Italy), UK Atomic Energy Authority, Safety and Reliability Directorate (UK), Gesellschaft fuer Reaktorsicherheit (FRG), Brookhaven National Laboratory (USA), and Central Electricity Generating Board (UK). Each organization was supplied with a standard information package, which included construction drawings and actual material properties for most of the materials used in the model. Each organization worked independently using their own analytical methods. This report includes descriptions of the various analytical approaches and pretest predictions submitted by each organization. Significant milestones that occur with increasing pressure, such as damage to the concrete (cracking and crushing) and yielding of the steel components, and the failure pressure (capacity) and failure mechanism are described. Analytical predictions for pressure histories of strain in the liner and rebar and displacements are compared at locations where experimental results will be available after the test. Thus, these predictions can be compared to one another and to experimental results after the test.

  20. The role of strong earthquakes and tsunami in the Late Holocene evolution of the Fortore River coastal plain (Apulia, Italy): A synthesis

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    Mastronuzzi, Giuseppe; Sansò, Paolo

    2012-02-01

    Morphological analysis of the Fortore River coastal plain and the Lesina Lake coastal barrier integrated with radiocarbon age data indicates that the evolution of the coastal landscape has been strongly affected by a number of strong earthquakes and related tsunamis which occurred during the last 3000 years. The first seismic event struck this coastal area in the V century BC. It produced strong erosion of the Fortore River coastal plain and significant emersion of Punta delle Pietre Nere, as well as the large tsunami responsible for the development of the Sant'Andrea washover fan. The second event occurred in 493 AD; it induced severe erosion of the Fortore River coastal plain and triggered the large tsunami that hit the Lesina Lake coastal barrier, producing the Foce Cauto washover fan. Then later in 1627, an earthquake was responsible for the further coseismic uplift of Punta delle Pietre Nere, the subsidence of Lesina village area and the development of a tsunami which produced two washover fans. Morphological analysis points out that seismic events strong enough to control the morphological evolution of local coastal landscapes show a statistical return period of about 1000 years. These major events produced important coseismic vertical movements and large tsunamis. However, the correct identification of the tectonic structure responsible for the generation of these strong earthquakes is still an unsolved problem.

  1. Preliminary display comparison for dental diagnostic applications

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Odlum, Nicholas; Spalla, Guillaume; van Assche, Nele; Vandenberghe, Bart; Jacobs, Reinhilde; Quirynen, Marc; Marchessoux, Cédric

    2012-02-01

    The aim of this study is to predict the clinical performance and image quality of a display system for viewing dental images. At present, the use of dedicated medical displays is not uniform among dentists - many still view images on ordinary consumer displays. This work investigated whether the use of a medical display improved the perception of dental images by a clinician, compared to a consumer display. Display systems were simulated using the MEdical Virtual Imaging Chain (MEVIC). Images derived from two carefully performed studies on periodontal bone lesion detection and endodontic file length determination, were used. Three displays were selected: a medical grade one and two consumer displays (Barco MDRC-2120, Dell 1907FP and Dell 2007FPb). Some typical characteristics of the displays are evaluated by measurements and simulations like the Modulation Function (MTF), the Noise Power Spectrum (NPS), backlight stability or calibration. For the MTF, the display with the largest pixel pitch has logically the worst MTF. Moreover, the medical grade display has a slightly better MTF and the displays have similar NPS. The study shows the instability effect for the emitted intensity of the consumer displays compared to the medical grade one. Finally the study on the calibration methodology of the display shows that the signal in the dental images will be always more perceivable on the DICOM GSDF display than a gamma 2,2 display.

  2. Three models intercomparison for Quantitative Precipitation Forecast over Calabria

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    Federico, S.; Avolio, E.; Bellecci, C.; Colacino, M.; Lavagnini, A.; Accadia, C.; Mariani, S.; Casaioli, M.

    2004-11-01

    In the framework of the National Project “Sviluppo di distretti industriali per le Osservazioni della Terra” (Development of Industrial Districts for Earth Observations) funded by MIUR (Ministero dell'Università e della Ricerca Scientifica --Italian Ministry of the University and Scientific Research) two operational mesoscale models were set-up for Calabria, the southernmost tip of the Italian peninsula. Models are RAMS (Regional Atmospheric Modeling System) and MM5 (Mesoscale Modeling 5) that are run every day at Crati scrl to produce weather forecast over Calabria (http://www.crati.it). This paper reports model intercomparison for Quantitative Precipitation Forecast evaluated for a 20 month period from 1th October 2000 to 31th May 2002. In addition to RAMS and MM5 outputs, QBOLAM rainfall fields are available for the period selected and included in the comparison. This model runs operationally at “Agenzia per la Protezione dell'Ambiente e per i Servizi Tecnici”. Forecasts are verified comparing models outputs with raingauge data recorded by the regional meteorological network, which has 75 raingauges. Large-scale forcing is the same for all models considered and differences are due to physical/numerical parameterizations and horizontal resolutions. QPFs show differences between models. Largest differences are for BIA compared to the other considered scores. Performances decrease with increasing forecast time for RAMS and MM5, whilst QBOLAM scores better for second day forecast.

  3. The Milky Way and the Local Group

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    Rampazzo, Roberto; D'Onofrio, Mauro; Zaggia, Simone; Lattis, James M.; van der Kruit, Pieter C.; Vallenari, Antonella; Calzetti, Daniela; Madore, Barry F.; Karachentseva, Valentina; Ibata, Rodrigo; Gallart, Carme; Lake, George; Tully, Brent R.; Gilmore, Gerald F.

    The beauty and the charm of the Milky May (MW) The Galaxy - Milky Way have been celebrated by countless poets and writers of many Countries along the centuries (see e.g. the beautiful anthology of Piero Boitani 2012 ). The stellar nature of the MW was firstly observed by Galileo. Galilei Galileo In 1610 in the Sidereus Nuncius ( Galilei 1993 ) Galileo wrote that the MW is "nient'altro che una congerie di innumerevoli Stelle, disseminate a mucchi; chè in qualunque regione di essa si diriga il cannocchiale, subito una ingente folla di Stelle si presenta alla vista, delle quali parecchi si vedono abbastanza grandi e molto distinte; ma la moltitudine delle piccole è del tutto inesplorabile". In the same paragraph, Galileo remarked that observations with his telescope, for the first time, wipe out centuries of philosophical discussions about the nature of the MW. Three more centuries have been necessary to complete a second radical Copernican Revolution that displaces the solar system from being roughly at the center of the MW and project this latter in the vast Universe populated by billions of similar spiral galaxies (see Chap. 1).

  4. [The female world in the Necropolis in Castellaccio (Rome, IV cent. B.C., IV A.C.)].

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    Buccellato, Anna; Catalano, Paola; Coletti, Fulvio; Pantano, Walter

    2011-01-01

    The archaeological investigation carried out from 2003 in the Castellaccio locality, undertaken to realize the "Europarco" town planning, brought to light a part ofa road dated to the roman age, identified as the ancient via Laurentina. The road is oriented N/NE-S/SW, is 400 metres long and cross with a bridge the Fosso dell'Acqua Acetosa. Two buildings run alongside this trait of the ancient Laurentina: one can be interpreted as a rural structure, the other one as a mansio. A sidestreet starts from the final edge of the recovered road and run toward East, along the original route of the Fosso dell'Acqua Acetosa Ostiense: the historians recognized it as a boundary of the Ager Romanus Antiquus nearby the VI mile, place of the god Terminus sanctuary. A necropolis made up ofmore than 130 graves, mainly inhumations, was found in the southern part of the crossroads, near the oriental side of the Laurentina. The stratigraphical analysis and the examination of the grave goods allowed the characterization of three period of funerary use of the necropolis, between the middle republican age and the first two century of the Empire. In all three period stand out graves of infants and women, of extreme interest from the ritual point of view and supplied with rich grave goods.

  5. INFEZIONI VIRALI CONGENITE, PERINATALI E NEONATALI VIRAL INFECTIONS OF THE FETUS AND NEWBORN INFANT

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    Tremolada, Sara; Delbue, Serena; Ferrante, Pasquale

    2009-01-01

    Riassunto Alcuni virus possono essere trasmessi verticalmente da madre a figlio in seguito allo sviluppo, da parte della madre, di un’infezione primaria, ricorrente o cronica. La trasmissione materno-fetale dei virus, che può avvenire in utero (infezione congenita), durante il travaglio del parto (infezione perinatale), oppure attraverso l’allattamento (infezione postnatale), può causare aborto spontaneo, morte fetale, ritardo di crescita intrauterino, anomalie congenite e patologie neonatali o postnatali di diversa entità. Alcuni fattori di rischio sembrano influenzare l’incidenza di trasmissione materno-fetale dei virus, come ad esempio la presenza di altre infezioni virali, la carica virale materna, il tipo di infezione (primaria o ricorrente), la durata della rottura delle membrane, la modalità con cui avviene il parto, le condizioni socio-economiche e l’allattamento. Oggi è possibile prevenire la trasmissione materno-fetale di molti virus grazie all’utilizzo di vaccini, immunizzazione passiva e farmaci antivirali. Il rischio di trasmissione delle infezioni perinatali e postnatali, inoltre, può essere diminuito evitando l’allattamento o ricorrendo ad un parto cesareo. PMID:19216201

  6. Innovative technique for large septal perforation repair and radiological evaluation.

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    Mocella, S; Muia, F; Giacomini, P G; Bertossi, D; Residori, E; Sgroi, S

    2013-06-01

    La perforazione del setto nasale ha cause molteplici: traumatiche, iatrogene, infettive, degenerative, da abuso di vasocostrittori, da uso di cocaina e di recente anche da chemioterapici antineoplastici. Le perforazioni sono altresì classificate in funzione delle dimensioni e della tipologia del deficit cartilagineo o osteocartilagineo e della sede anteriore, mediana e posteriore. Molteplici tecniche di riparazione chirurgica del danno sono state proposte nel tempo e vengono riassunte nel presente lavoro per tipologia di approccio; i risultati conseguiti, sono soddisfacenti per le perforazioni di piccole e medie dimensioni, ma nelle grandi perforazioni non garantiscono sempre la permanente obliterazione del difetto. Spesso si rende necessario l'utilizzo di tessuti prelevati all'interno delle fosse nasali come i turbinati o il prelievo di cartilagine da altre sedi donatrici come l'orecchio o la costa; le varie tecniche vengono illustrate alla luce della più recente letteratura. Gli Autori hanno valutato i pazienti osservati negli ultimi 8 anni e i risultati chirurgici conseguiti in particolare considerando, gli approcci chirurgici effettuati in approccio aperto o chiuso, endoscopico ed i materiali impiegati. Gli autori propongono tra le varie tecniche impiegate in questa serie di pazienti, una tecnica innovativa utilizzabile con successo in molti dei casi considerati di perforazione settale iatrogena che prevede l'utilizzo del gibbo osteocartilagineo quale sede donatrice, nonché la rinosettoplastica riduttiva quale scelta mirata per ottenere agevolmente lembi di scorrimento mucopericondrale e talora produrre anche un miglioramento estetico morfologico.

  7. The multidimensional inventory of dissociation (MID): A comprehensive measure of pathological dissociation.

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    Dell, Paul F

    2006-01-01

    This article describes the development and validation of the Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation (MID). The MID is a 218-item, self-administered, multiscale instrument that comprehensively assesses the phenomenological domain of pathological dissociation and diagnoses the dissociative disorders. The MID measures 14 major facets of pathological dissociation; it has 23 dissociation diagnostic scales that simultaneously operationalize (1) the subjective/ phenomenological domain of pathological dissociation and (2) the hypothesized dissociative symptoms of dissociative identity disorder (Dell, 2001a). The MID was designed for clinical research and for diagnostic assessment of patients who present with a mixture of dissociative, posttraumatic, and borderline symptoms. The MID demonstrated internal reliability, temporal stability, convergent validity, discriminant validity, and construct validity. The MID also exhibited incremental validity over the Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES) by predicting an additional 18% of the variance in weighted abuse scores on the Traumatic Experiences Questionnaire (TEQ). Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) did not support a one-factor model of the MID's clinical scales (i.e., the 14 facets and the 23 diagnostic symptoms). In contrast, however, CFA of the MID's factor scales (Dell & Lawson, 2005) has strongly supported a one-factor model. It was concluded that both the MID's 168 dissociation items and the construct of pathological dissociation have a second-order, unifactorial structure.

  8. Introduzione Nuove tecnologie in urologia.

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    Bianchi, Giampaolo

    2011-03-30

    emergenti (LESS e NOTES), poco è riportato in letteratura. Altri robot esistono nel mondo urologico che si stanno sviluppando e miniaturizzando (nanotecnologia), questi avranno una maggiore indipendenza nell'esecuzione di alcune manovre chirurgiche. Chirurgia computer assistita Il primo realizzato è stato PAKY, da allora il laboratorio di "urobotica", diretto dall'Ing. Dan Stoianovici, ha sviluppato nuovi prototipi di robot controllati mediante TAC o risonanza magnetica. Con questa tecnologia si programma l'intervento sulla base dell'"imaging" preoperatorio ed il robot esegue autonomamente biopsie ed altri interventi. Oggi sono molti i laboratori di ingegneria-urologica che lavorano nella realizzazione di altri robot (Probot, Acubot, Mr-Bot, Pneu-Step) dedicati all'Image-Guided System (IGS). Realtà virtuale Avanzati sistemi di computer grafica affiancati alle nuove ricostruzioni tridimensionali di TAC e RM, riescono a creare filmati dell'anatomia interna dei pazienti, in particolare degli organi cavi. Con la realtà virtuale si possono assistere tutte le manovre endoscopiche, migliorando notevolmente l'accuratezza della diagnosi delle patologie urologiche. A questo punto il passaggio al "Tissue Navigation System" è automatico, usato da alcuni anni con successo da neurochirurghi e cardiochirurghi. Alcuni recenti studi vengono dalla Cleveland Clinic Fondation (I. Gill), che lo utilizza per assistere interventi di laparoscopia ed endoscopia urologica. I risultati sono entusiasmanti: precisione millimetrica nel rispetto dei margini oncologici, delle strutture neuro-vascolari e linfonodali. Questi sistemi di navigazione abbattono la lunga "learning curve" delle metodiche endoscopiche, riducendo il tempo operatorio ed il rischio di complicanze chirurgiche.

  9. Martian Low albedo regions: views from PFS-MEX long wavelenght channel

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    Palomba, E.; D'Amore, M.; Zinzi, A.; Maturilli, A.; Formisano, V.

    Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES, onboard the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft) observations allowed the global characterization of the surface of Mars (Bandfield et al, 2003) . The dark regions (low albedo) on Mars were divided in two main different classes: the type 1 or basalt rich units and the type 2 or weathered basalt units. About five years later, the ESA mission Mars Express approached Mars acquiring new data. Here we show the result of the analysis we performed onto the Planetary Fourier Spectrometer Long wavelength channel spectra (Formisano et al., 2004). This data are centered in the thermal spectral interval where only the Mars thermal emitted radiation measured (5-45 µm). After the atmospheric (dust and water ice) extraction procedure (D'Amore et al, 2006), a deconvolution technique is applied to the IR surface spectra in order to obtain the mineral composition of the observed Martian regions (Bandfield and Smith., 2003). The spectral shape due to the surface is a residual product of the observed spectra, as the main feature in this spectral interval is produced by aerosols. Therefore, a large S/N ratio is necessary to obtain reliable results. To enhance it, we degraded the PFS spectral resolution from 1 cm-1 to the typical TES one (10 cm-1 ) and we selected the spectra with the higher surface temperatures only (T> 260 K). References Bandfield, J. L., Hamilton, V. E., Christensen, P. R., A global view of Martian surface composition from MGS-TES, 2003, Science, 301, 1084-1087. Bandfield, J., L. and Smith, M., D., 2003, Multiple emission angle surface-atmosphere separations of thermal emission spectrometer data, Icarus, Volume 161, Issue 1, p. 47-65 D'Amore et al, 2006, Extracting the aerosol spectral features on Mars from PFS-MEX data,COSPAR Conf. Formisano, V., Angrilli, F., Arnold, G., Atreya, S., Bianchini, G., Biondi, D., Blanco, A., Blecka, M. I., Coradini, A., Colangeli, L., Ekonomov, A., Esposito, F., Fonti, S., Giuranna, M., Grassi, D

  10. Lysyl Oxidase as a Serum Biomarker of Liver Fibrosis in Patients with Severe Obesity and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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    Mesarwi, Omar A.; Shin, Mi-Kyung; Drager, Luciano F.; Bevans-Fonti, Shannon; Jun, Jonathan C.; Putcha, Nirupama; Torbenson, Michael S.; Pedrosa, Rodrigo P.; Lorenzi-Filho, Geraldo; Steele, Kimberley E.; Schweitzer, Michael A.; Magnuson, Thomas H.; Lidor, Anne O.; Schwartz, Alan R.; Polotsky, Vsevolod Y.

    2015-01-01

    Study Objectives: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with the progression of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). We hypothesized that the hypoxia of OSA increases hepatic production of lysyl oxidase (LOX), an enzyme that cross-links collagen, and that LOX may serve as a biomarker of hepatic fibrosis. Design: Thirty-five patients with severe obesity underwent liver biopsy, polysomnography, and serum LOX testing. A separate group with severe OSA had serum LOX measured before and after 3 mo of CPAP or no therapy, as did age-matched controls. LOX expression and secretion were measured in mouse hepatocytes following exposure to hypoxia. Setting: The Johns Hopkins Bayview Sleep Disorders Center, and the Hypertension Unit of the Heart Institute at the University of São Paulo Medical School. Measurements and Results: In the bariatric cohort, the apnea-hypopnea index was higher in patients with hepatic fibrosis than in those without fibrosis (42.7 ± 30.2 events/h, versus 16.2 ± 15.5 events/h; P = 0.002), as was serum LOX (84.64 ± 29.71 ng/mL, versus 45.46 ± 17.16 ng/mL; P < 0.001). In the sleep clinic sample, patients with severe OSA had higher baseline LOX than healthy controls (70.75 ng/mL versus 52.36 ng/mL, P = 0.046), and serum LOX decreased in patients with OSA on CPAP (mean decrease 20.49 ng/mL) but not in untreated patients (mean decrease 0.19 ng/mL). Hypoxic mouse hepatocytes demonstrated 5.9-fold increased LOX transcription (P = 0.046), and enhanced LOX protein secretion. Conclusions: The hypoxic stress of obstructive sleep apnea may increase circulating lysyl oxidase (LOX) levels. LOX may serve as a biomarker of liver fibrosis in patients with severe obesity and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Citation: Mesarwi OA, Shin MK, Drager LF, Bevans-Fonti S, Jun JC, Putcha N, Torbenson MS, Pedrosa RP, Lorenzi-Filho G, Steele KE, Schweitzer MA, Magnuson TH, Lidor AO, Schwartz AR, Polotsky VY. Lysyl oxidase as a serum biomarker of liver fibrosis in

  11. Detections and Sensitive Upper Limits for Methane and Related Trace Gases on Mars during 2003-2014, and planned extensions in 2016

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    Mumma, Michael J.; Villanueva, Geronimo L.; Novak, Robert E.

    2015-11-01

    ; [2] Formisano et al. Sci04; [3] Krasnopolsky et al. Icar04; [4] Fonti and Marzo A&A10 [5] Krasnopolsky, Icar12; [6] Webster et al. Sci13; [7] Webster et al. Sci15; [8] Zahnle et al. Icar11; [9] Villanueva et al. Icar13; [10] Villanueva et al. Sci15.

  12. HUBBLE FINDS THOUSANDS OF GASEOUS FRAGMENTS SURROUNDING DYING STAR

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    2002-01-01

    Resembling a bizarre setting from a science fiction movie, dramatic images sent back by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have surprised astronomers by uncovering thousands of gigantic tadpole-shaped objects surrounding a dying star. Dubbed 'cometary knots' because their glowing heads and gossamer tails superficially resemble comets, they are probably the result of a dying star's final outbursts. Though ground-based telescopic observations have hinted at such objects, they have not previously been seen in such abundance, say researchers. The knots were detected by Hubble astronomer C. Robert O'Dell and graduate student Kerry P. Handron of Rice University in Houston, Texas, while exploring the Helix nebula, a ring of glowing gases blown off the surface of a sunlike star late in its life. O'Dell expects the gaseous knots, which are each several billion miles across, will eventually dissipate and vanish into the cold emptiness of interstellar space. However, he speculates that if the objects contract to form permanent solid bodies, they may contribute to a fraction (less than ten percent) of the missing mass of our galaxy, simply because of their sheer abundance around a typical dying star. (This so-called dark matter is a known source of gravity that affects the motions of stars in the galaxy). The mysterious 'space pods' came into view as O'Dell used Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 to survey the Helix nebula, located 450 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius and the closest planetary nebula to Earth -- so close that its angular size is almost half that of the full Moon. The most visible cometary knots all lie along the inner edge of the ring, at a distance of trillions of miles from the central star. Their comet-like tails, each stretching a hundred billion miles, form a radial pattern around the star like the spokes on a wagon wheel. Though previous ground-based observations show a spoke pattern in the Helix, and some structure, O'Dell emphasizes that

  13. A literature review on self-care of chronic illness: definition, assessment and related outcomes.

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    Ausili, Davide; Masotto, Matteo; Dall'Ora, Chiara; Salvini, Lorena; Di Mauro, Stefania

    2014-01-01

    INTRODUZIONE. L’assistenza alle persone con malattie croniche rappresenta una sfida per il benessere della popolazione e per la futura sostenibilità dei sistemi sanitari. La promozione del self-care è considerata un aspetto chiave dell’assistenza ai malati cronici. Lo scopo di questa revisione della letteratura è stato quello di esplorare: come il self-care nelle malattie croniche è stato definito dal punto di vista teorico; come il self-care può essere valutato nella pratica clinica e nella ricerca; quali associazioni esistono tra il livello di self-care e i risultati di salute dei pazienti con malattie croniche. RISULTATI. In letteratura si è riscontrata un’ampia gamma di definizioni e terminologie connesse con il self-care nelle malattie croniche. Sebbene nei diversi approcci siano stati identificati alcuni elementi comuni utili a spiegare il concetto di self-care, le variabili fisiche, cognitive, emotive e socioculturali sottese al self-care nelle malattie croniche risultano controverse e scarsamente definite. Un crescente numero di studi ha sviluppato o impiegato strumenti di valutazione del self-care validi ed affidabili per una specifica malattia cronica; tuttavia molti autori riportano la mancanza di utilizzo di strumenti di valutazione nella pratica clinica standard. Un numero limitato di studi ha mostrato delle correlazioni significative tra il self-care nelle malattie croniche e alcune misure di risultato come lo stato generale di salute, la qualità di vita e i costi dell’assistenza sanitaria. CONCLUSIONI. Favorire lo sviluppo del self-care è riconosciuto come un aspetto cruciale dell’assistenza ai malati cronici. Un’analisi più approfondita delle variabili e dei processi che influenzano il self-care potrebbe contribuire ad una più completa descrizione di questo fenomeno. La valutazione sistematica del self-care nella pratica clinica dei professionisti sanitari è fortemente raccomandata. Lo sviluppo di strumenti generali e non

  14. Long waiting lists and health care spending: the example of cholecystectomy.

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    Palmisano, Silvia; Benvenuto, Chiara; Casagranda, Biagio; Dobrinja, Chiara; Piccinni, Giuseppe; de Manzini, Nicolò

    2014-03-28

    Lo scopo dello studio è stato valutare l’incidenza di complicanze correlate alla calcolosi della colecisti in pazienti in lista d’attesa per l’intervento di colecistectomia e quantificare le implicazioni economiche di quest’attesa in termini di costi sanitari relativi agli esami ematochimici, strumentali, alla degenza, all’intervento chirurgico e alle terapie somministrate. La popolazione oggetto dello studio è stata di 86 pazienti, 39 uomini e 47 donne, inseriti in lista d’attesa per intervento chirurgico di colecistectomia in un periodo compreso fra aprile 2007 e aprile 2010. Di tali pazienti sono stati raccolti dati anagrafici, la durata del tempo d’attesa, dettagli sugli accessi in PS ed eventuali ricoveri durante l’attesa, esami e terapie eseguite, il tipo di intervento chirurgico effettuato e i giorni di degenza. È stato fatto uno studio comparativo di natura economica tra tre gruppi di pazienti: A: asintomatici durante l’attesa, B: complicati ma non operati in urgenza, C: complicati e operati in regime d’urgenza. Utilizzando il tariffario regionale delle prestazioni di assistenza specialistica ambulatoriale e quello delle prestazioni di assistenza ospedaliera per acuti erogate in regime di ricovero diurno abbiamo stimato che un singolo paziente complicato ma non operato in regime d’urgenza abbia determinato un ingente spesa per il sistema sanitario ( gruppo B: circa 3513,2 €) circa 1.9 volte in più se paragonata a un paziente che durante l’attesa non abbia sviluppato complicanze ( gruppo A: circa 1.849,4 €) o 1.36 volte in più di un paziente precocemente operato in regime d’urgenza (gruppo c: circa 2.584,6 €). Nel nostro limitato, ma a nostro parere esplicativo, campione abbiamo stimato i costi specifici legati alla lunghezza delle liste d’attesa pari a circa 26.112 €. In questo periodo di crisi economica, che ha portato numerosi tagli anche al sistema sanitario, questo significativo ammontare di denaro, a nostro

  15. Long waiting lists and health care spending The example of cholecystectomy.

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    Palmisano, Silvia; Benvenuto, Chiara; Casagranda, Biagio; Dobrinja, Chiara; Piccinni, Giuseppe; de Manzini, Nicolò

    2015-01-01

    Lo scopo dello studio è stato valutare l’incidenza di complicanze correlate alla calcolosi della colecisti in pazienti in lista d’attesa per l’intervento di colecistectomia e quantificare le implicazioni economiche di quest’attesa in termini di costi sanitari relativi agli esami ematochimici, strumentali, alla degenza, all’intervento chirurgico e alle terapie somministrate. La popolazione oggetto dello studio è stata di 86 pazienti, 39 uomini e 47 donne, inseriti in lista d’attesa per intervento chirurgico di colecistectomia in un periodo compreso fra aprile 2007 e aprile 2010. Di tali pazienti sono stati raccolti dati anagrafici, la durata del tempo d’attesa, dettagli sugli accessi in PS ed eventuali ricoveri durante l’attesa, esami e terapie eseguite, il tipo di intervento chirurgico effettuato e i giorni di degenza. È stato fatto uno studio comparativo di natura economica tra tre gruppi di pazienti: A: asintomatici durante l’attesa, B: complicati ma non operati in urgenza, C: complicati e operati in regime d’urgenza. Utilizzando il tariffario regionale delle prestazioni di assistenza specialistica ambulatoriale e quello delle prestazioni di assistenza ospedaliera per acuti erogate in regime di ricovero diurno abbiamo stimato che un singolo paziente complicato ma non operato in regime d’urgenza abbia determinato un ingente spesa per il sistema sanitario ( gruppo B: circa 3513,2 €) circa 1.9 volte in più se paragonata a un paziente che durante l’attesa non abbia sviluppato complicanze ( gruppo A: circa 1.849,4 €) o 1.36 volte in più di un paziente precocemente operato in regime d’urgenza (gruppo c: circa 2.584,6 €). Nel nostro limitato, ma a nostro parere esplicativo, campione abbiamo stimato i costi specifici legati alla lunghezza delle liste d’attesa pari a circa 26.112 €. In questo periodo di crisi economica, che ha portato numerosi tagli anche al sistema sanitario, questo significativo ammontare di denaro, a nostro

  16. Long waiting lists and health care spending The example of cholecystectomy.

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    Palmisano, Silvia; Benvenuto, Chiara; Casagranda, Biagio; Dobrinja, Chiara; Piccinni, Giuseppe; de Manzini, Nicolò

    2014-05-01

    Lo scopo dello studio è stato valutare l’incidenza di complicanze correlate alla calcolosi della colecisti in pazienti in lista d’attesa per l’intervento di colecistectomia e quantificare le implicazioni economiche di quest’attesa in termini di costi sanitari relativi agli esami ematochimici, strumentali, alla degenza, all’intervento chirurgico e alle terapie somministrate. La popolazione oggetto dello studio è stata di 86 pazienti, 39 uomini e 47 donne, inseriti in lista d’attesa per intervento chirurgico di colecistectomia in un periodo compreso fra aprile 2007 e aprile 2010. Di tali pazienti sono stati raccolti dati anagrafici, la durata del tempo d’attesa, dettagli sugli accessi in PS ed eventuali ricoveri durante l’attesa, esami e terapie eseguite, il tipo di intervento chirurgico effettuato e i giorni di degenza. È stato fatto uno studio comparativo di natura economica tra tre gruppi di pazienti: A: asintomatici durante l’attesa, B: complicati ma non operati in urgenza, C: complicati e operati in regime d’urgenza. Utilizzando il tariffario regionale delle prestazioni di assistenza specialistica ambulatoriale e quello delle prestazioni di assistenza ospedaliera per acuti erogate in regime di ricovero diurno abbiamo stimato che un singolo paziente complicato ma non operato in regime d’urgenza abbia determinato un ingente spesa per il sistema sanitario ( gruppo B: circa 3513,2 €) circa 1.9 volte in più se paragonata a un paziente che durante l’attesa non abbia sviluppato complicanze ( gruppo A: circa 1.849,4 €) o 1.36 volte in più di un paziente precocemente operato in regime d’urgenza (gruppo c: circa 2.584,6 €). Nel nostro limitato, ma a nostro parere esplicativo, campione abbiamo stimato i costi specifici legati alla lunghezza delle liste d’attesa pari a circa 26.112 €. In questo periodo di crisi economica, che ha portato numerosi tagli anche al sistema sanitario, questo significativo ammontare di denaro, a nostro

  17. Varicose veins: new trends in treatment in a Vascular Surgery Unit.

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    Mazzaccaro, Daniela P; Stegher, Silvia; Occhiuto, Maria Teresa; Muzzarelli, Lorenzo; Malacrida, Giovanni; Nano, Giovanni

    2016-01-01

    La recente introduzione di tecniche meno invasive in alternativa al tradizionale stripping safenico ha rivoluzionato il trattamento delle vene varicose (VV), soprattutto nelle Unità Operative a prevalente indirizzo flebologico, ove la scleroterapia con mousse, il laser o la termoablazione con radiofrequenza (RFA) vengono applicate sempre più frequentemente con parallela riduzione del ricorso alle tecniche di chirurgia open. Nella nostra Unità Operativa Complessa di Chirurgia Vascolare, la patologia venosa viene affrontata da sempre, parallelamente a quella arteriosa; in particolare dal 2013, superata la prima fase di apprendimento, anche nella nostra Unità Operativa è stato introdotto l’uso sistematico della RFA per il trattamento dell’incontinenza della vena grande safena (VGS). Abbiamo dunque retrospettivamente esaminato la nostra esperienza nel trattamento delle VV con particolare analisi del modo in cui il nostro approccio terapeutico è cambiato nel corso degli ultimi anni. I dati di tutti i pazienti trattati consecutivamente dal 1 settembre 2013 al 31 Luglio 2015 per VV essenziali e recidive sono stati pertanto retrospettivamente raccolti e analizzati. L’analisi statistica è stata effettuata utilizzando il software JMP 5.1.2 (SAS Institute). Sono state trattate in totale 409 gambe in 378 pazienti. La percentuale di stripping della VGS per VV essenziali è diminuita nel corso degli anni (67% nel 2013 contro il 15.2% nel 2015), a differenza di quello che è successo alla percentuale della RFA della VGS (14.3% vs. 31.5% rispettivamente nel 2013 e nel 2015) e alla percentuale di gambe trattate con la tecnica ASVAL (8.7% vs 31.5%, rispettivamente, nel 2013 e nel 2015). Analogamente, nel 2013 la maggior parte delle procedure è stata eseguita utilizzando l’anestesia spinale (77.5%), mentre nel 2015 le tecniche anestesiologiche più utilizzate sono state l’anestesia locale e l’anestesia locale con sedazione (rispettivamente 35.9% e 29.3%). Il

  18. Galileo's Lens

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    Manos, Harry

    2003-05-01

    Most visitors to Florence, Italy, know about the Galleria dell'Accademia, housing Michelangelo's famous statue of David, or the Galleria degli Uffizi with the famous Medici collection. Few visitors know that only two blocks from the Uffizi on the Arno River is one of the world's finest museums featuring historic scientific instruments, the Museo di Storia della Scienza. In the February issue of TPT, Nickell states that the Museo di Storia della Scienza ``is perhaps the best museum on the history of science in the world.''1 This fact is likely true, and the museum is a must for physics teachers visiting Florence. It features a vast collection of authentic ``cutting-edge'' scientific instruments, including one of Galileo's lenses in a magnificent ebony and ivory frame. One of the tragedies is that this museum goes unmarked on many tourist maps and unmentioned in many guidebooks.

  19. A SOUTHERN ATLAS OF GALACTIC HYDROGEN (THE REGION 0 degrees \\< Q \\< 12 degrees, -3 degrees >/ B -17 degrees)

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    Franco, M. L.; Poppel, W. G. L.; Vieira, E. R.

    1987-05-01

    RESUMEN Se presentan datos observacionales en la lfnea de 21-cm del hidr6geno neutro obtenidos con el radiotelescopio de 30-rn del lAR. Las observaciones cubren la regi6n 00 < Q 120, 30 > b - 170 en intervalos dell0 tanto en Q como en b. El intervalo de velocidades radiales se extiende desde -100 km 1 hasta + 100 km 1 con una resolucj6n cinematica de 2km 1 ABSTRACT We present observational data in the 21-rn line of neutral hydrogen, which have been obtained with the 30-rn dish of the lAR. The observations cover 00 < Q 120, 30 > b > 170 at intervals of 10 in both Qand b. The radial velocity interval extends from -100 to + 100km 1 with a kinematical resolution of 2 km s- . Key words: GALAXY-STRUCTURE - RADIO LINES-21-cm

  20. A study of the relationship between micropulsations and solar wind properties

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    Yedidia, B. A.; Lazarus, A. J.; Vellante, M.; Villante, U.

    1991-01-01

    A year-long comparison between daily averages of solar wind parameters obtained from the MIT experiment on IMP-8 and micropulsation measurements made by the Universita dell'Aquila has shown a correlation between solar wind speed and micropulsation power with peaks of the correlation coefficient greater than 0.8 in the period range from 20 to 40 s. Different behavior observed for different period bands suggests that the shorter period activity tends to precede the highest values of the solar wind speed while the longer period activity tends to persist for longer intervals within high velocity solar wind streams. A comparison with simultaneous interplanetary magnetic field measurements supports the upstream origin of the observed ground pulsations.

  1. VII Workshop Italiano sulla fisica pp a LHC

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    LHCpp2016 è la settima edizione dell'incontro nazionale sulla fisica p-p a LHC. Questa serie di incontri è nata a Pisa nel 2003 con lo scopo di stimolare lo scambio di idee tra le comunità sperimentali di ATLAS, CMS e LHCB e la comunità teorica. Caratteristica fondamentale di questi incontri è la preparazione di larga parte dei talk in collaborazione tra i vari esperimenti e la comunità teorica. Largo spazio nella preparazione e presentazione dei talk viene dato ai giovani ricercatori. In questa settima edizione, che si tiene di nuovo a Pisa, vogliamo concentrare l'attenzione sulle potenzialità di scoperta offerte dai dati raccolti durante il runII di LHC.

  2. Environmental radioactivity in four national parks of the Abruzzo region (central Italy).

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    Barbizzi, S; Calvarese, S; Fico, R; Belli, M; Sansone, U

    2004-01-01

    Since 1998, the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell'Abruzzo e Molise 'G. Caporale' in Teramo is conducting radioecological surveys in the Abruzzo region (Central Italy), to acquire knowledge on the geochemical and biological mobility of radionuclides derived from the Chernobyl accident. To this end, samples of grasses, fungi, mosses and soils were collected in four national parks (Sirente-Velino, Abruzzo Lazio and Molise, the Gran Sasso and the park of Monti della Laga and Maiella). The results show that the Chernobyl fallout is still detectable in the samples collected in the four parks but the (137)Cs concentrations are present in the semi-natural environments in quantities that do not create concerns from a radiological point of view.

  3. Beyond my wildest expectations.

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    Nester, Eugene

    2014-01-01

    With support from my parents, I fulfilled their and my expectations of graduating from college and becoming a scientist. My scientific career has focused on two organisms, Bacillus subtilis and Agrobacterium tumefaciens, and two experimental systems, aromatic amino acid synthesis and DNA transfer in bacteria and plants. Studies on B. subtilis emphasized the genetics and biochemistry of aromatic amino acid synthesis and the characterization of competence in DNA transformation. I carried out both as a postdoc at Stanford with Josh Lederberg. At the University of Washington, I continued these studies and then investigated how Agrobacterium transforms plant cells. In collaboration, Milt Gordon, Mary-Dell Chilton, and I found that this bacterium could transfer a piece of its plasmid into plant cells and thereby modify their properties. This discovery opened up a host of intriguing questions that we have tried to answer over the last 35 years. PMID:25208299

  4. Changes to Idaho's statewide surface-water quality monitoring program since 1995

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    O'Dell, Ivalou; Maret, Terry R.; Moore, Susan E.

    1998-01-01

    The program design included chemical analyses of water samples collected at 56 sites on the Bear, Clearwater, Kootenai, Pend Oreille, Salmon, Snake, and Spokane Rivers and their tributaries (fig. 1). Samples were collected every year (1990 through 1995) at 5 sites (annual sites), every other year at 19 sites (biennial sites), and every third year at 32 sites (triennial sites). Each year, 25 of the 56 sites were sampled. During water years 1990–95 (October 1, 1989, to September 30, 1995), samples were collected bimonthly. Onsite analyses consisted of discharge, specific conductance, pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, bacteria (fecal coliform and fecal streptococci), and alkalinity. Laboratory analyses consisted of major ions, nutrients, trace elements, turbidity, and suspended sediment. Analytical results from the five annual sites sampled during water years 1990–93 are presented in a report by O’Dell and Berenbrock (1994).

  5. Multidisciplinary study of sediments deposited in the Ross Sea (Antarctica) during the last 50 ka: information on changes of ice extent during the glacial-interglacial transition

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    Del Carlo, Paola; Baneschi, Ilaria; Bertagnini, Antonella; Boschi, Chiara; Cascella, Antonio; Colizza, Ester; Di Roberto, Alessio; Di Vincenzo, Gianfranco; Finocchiaro, Furio; Landi, Patrizia; Lirer, Fabrizio; Pompilio, Massimo; Sagnotti, Leonardo; Sangiorgi, Francesca; Sprovieri, Mario; Wrinkler, Aldo

    2013-04-01

    In the Ross Sea (Antarctica), sedimentation is controlled by the dynamics of the ice shelves, fluctuations of the ice sheets extensions (Eastern and Western) and volcanic activity from several volcanic complex of the Victoria Land. Marine sediments consisting of alternated glacigenic, biogenic and volcanic deposits can be interpreted in terms of changes in paleoclimate and paleoenvironment conditions. In this project we present a multidisciplinary study (comprising tephrostratigraphy, petrology, paleomagnetism, rock magnetism, TIC/TOC geochemistry, Ar/Ar dating, palinology and integrated biostratigraphy of forams and calcareous nannoplankton) of the sediments recovered in selected cores from Ross Sea during 1999 and 2000 cruises and stored in the Italian archive at Museo Nazionale dell'Antartide (Trieste). Results provide new data on local and/or global changes of paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental conditions over the past 50 Ka. Furthermore, the study of the recovered volcanic deposits adds new information about the poorly known, recent volcanic activity in the Victoria Land area.

  6. [Pinocchio and the unattained identity: Jervis' contribution to child clinical psychology].

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    Meacci, Stefano

    2012-01-01

    Giovanni Jervis is mainly known as a psychiatrist, but he also worked on psychological methodology and tackled important issues in clinical psychology. This essay describes the concept of personal identity elaborated by Jervis and its importance in Child Clinical Psychology. The problems related to personal identity appear very early in Jervis' work, influenced by the ethnologist Ernesto De Martino. His first considerations are found in his Preface to The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (1968), in which Jervis describes the unhappy upbringing, the anti-social behaviour, and the unattained identity of the wooden puppet. Subsequently, in Presenza e identith (1984), Fondamenti di Psicologia Dinamica (1993) and La conquista dell'identith (1997), Jervis dealt with the theme of identity from a Dynamic Psychology perspective, showing that the formation of personal identity is a basic aspect of the development of the individual that starts in early childhood.

  7. Turbulence in HII regions: New results

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    Joncas, Gilles

    HII regions were the first interstellar objects where scale dependant brightness and velocity fluctuations were indentified (von Hoerner 1951, Courtes 1955, Munch 1958). The study of turbulent motions in HII regions was then forgotten for many years until the work of Joncas and O'Dell which started in 1985. I will present my deductions stemming from the analysis of the velocity fields of 6 HII regions (Sh 142, M17, Sh 158, Sh 170 and Sh 212). New data from the radial velocity AND density fields of the HII region Sh 269 will also be shown. The analysis was done using the well known two-point correlation functions. However I innovated by using the higher order structure functions. PDF calculations were also done hinting at the presence of intermittency in Sh 269.

  8. Involvement of users and relatives in mental health service evaluation.

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    Barbato, Angelo; D'Avanzo, Barbara; D'Anza, Vito; Montorfano, Emanuele; Savio, Monica; Corbascio, Caterina G

    2014-06-01

    Although Italian mental health (MH) services are community based, user and relative participation in service evaluation lagged behind until lately. We here review three recent studies involving stakeholder participation in service evaluation: two were quantitative studies, one on 204 users in an MH service in Pistoia (Central Italy) and the other on 2259 relatives, conducted with the National Union of Associations for Mental Health. The third (supported by The Centro per il Controllo delle Malattie, the ministerial Center for Disease Control) was a qualitative study in seven MH services, involving users, relatives, and professionals together, which collected interviews from 136 users, 119 relatives, and 79 professionals. In the quantitative studies, positive evaluations outnumbered negative ones. The qualitative study explored negative aspects in greater depth. Common findings were insufficient information, underinvolvement of users-relatives in planning, no choice of clinician, psychiatrist domination, and limited helpfulness of interventions. With stakeholder participation in service evaluation, the present medical framework will need reshaping.

  9. How Ca2+-permeable AMPA receptors, the kinase PKA, and the phosphatase PP2B are intertwined in synaptic LTP and LTD.

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    Hell, Johannes W

    2016-01-01

    Both synaptic long-term potentiation (LTP) and long-term depression (LTD) are thought to be critical for memory formation. Dell'Acqua and co-workers now demonstrate that transient postsynaptic incorporation of Ca(2+)-permeable (CP) α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptors (AMPARs) is required for LTD in the exemplary hippocampal CA1 region in 2-week-old mice. Mechanistically, LTD depends on AKAP150-anchored protein kinase A (PKA) to promote the initial functional recruitment of CP-AMPARs during LTD induction and on AKAP150-anchored protein phosphatase 2B (PP2B) to trigger their subsequent removal as part of the lasting depression of synaptic transmission. PMID:27117250

  10. Computation of morphological texture features for medical imaging applications

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    Patel, Manish J.; Kehtarnavaz, Nasser; Dougherty, Edward R.; Batman, Sinan; Sivakumar, Krishnamoorthy; Popov, Antony T.

    1998-06-01

    Texture is an important attribute which is widely used in various image analysis applications. Among texture features, morphological texture features are least utilized in medical image analysis. From a computational standpoint, extracting morphological texture features from an image is a challenging task. The computational problem is made even greater in medical imaging applications where large images such as mammograms are to be analyzed. This paper discusses an efficient method to compute morphological texture features for any geometry of a structuring element corresponding to a texture type. A benchmarking of the code on three machines (Sun SPARC 20, Pentium II based Dell 400 workstation, and SGI Power Challenge 10000XL) as well as a parallel processing implementation was performed to obtain an optimum processing configuration. A sample processed mammogram is shown to illustrate the code outcome.

  11. New records of ribbon worms (Nemertea) from Ceará, Northeast Brazil.

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    Mendes, Cecili B; Matthews-Cascon, Helena; Norenburg, Jon L

    2016-01-05

    Of 45 species of nemerteans reported for the Brazilian coast, only two were recorded from Brazil's Northeast coast. Here we report seven new records for the state of Ceará, in Northeast Brazil: Tubulanus rhabdotus Côrrea, 1954, Carinomella cf. lactea Coe, 1905, Baseodiscus delineatus (Delle-Chiaje 1825), Cerebratulus cf. lineolatus Coe, 1905, Cerebratulus sp. 1, Cerebratulus sp. 2 and Lineidae sp. 1. Specimens were collected at the following beaches: Praia dos Dois Coqueiros, Praia do Pacheco, Pecém harbor, Praia da Pedra Rachada and Praia do Guajiru. T. rhabdotus is a new record for Northeast Brazil, Carinomella cf. lactea and Cerebratulus cf. lineolatus are new records for the South Atlantic Ocean and both genera are new records for Brazil.

  12. How changes in nutrition have influenced the development of allergic diseases in childhood

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    2012-01-01

    The increasing prevalence of allergic diseases in childhood in the last decades could be linked to concomitant dietary changes, especially with the modified and lower consumption of fruit, vegetables and minerals. The consumption of these foods by pregnant women and children in the first years of life seems to be associated with a reduced risk of asthma and related symptoms. Foods that can prevent the development of wheezing through their antioxidant effects contain vitamin C and selenium; blood levels of these elements correlate negatively with the risk of wheezing. Intake of vitamin E during pregnancy also appears to be correlated with a reduced risk of wheezing for the unborn child. Similarly, low intake of zinc and carotenoids by pregnant women is associated with an increased risk of wheezing and asthma in childhood. Fiber also has anti-inflammatory properties and protective effects against allergic diseases such as atopic dermatitis and asthma. The consumption of fat influences the development of the airways. Populations in Western countries have increased their consumption of n-6 PUFAs and, in parallel, reduced n-3 PUFAs. This has led to decreased production of PGE2, which is believed to have a protective effect against inflammation of the airways. Conflicting hypotheses also concern vitamin D; both an excess and a deficiency of vitamin D, in fact, have been associated with an increased risk of asthma. Further studies on the role of these substances are necessary before any conclusions can be drawn on a clinical level. Astratto La crescente prevalenza negli ultimi decenni delle malattie allergiche in età pediatrica potrebbe essere legata a concomitanti cambiamenti nella dieta, in particolare alla minore e modificata introduzione di frutta, verdura e minerali. Il consumo di questi alimenti da parte delle donne in gravidanza e dei bambini nei primi anni di vita sembra essere associato ad un ridotto rischio di asma e di sintomi correlati. Gli alimenti che

  13. New Acotylea (Polycladida, Platyhelminthes) from the east coast of the North Atlantic Ocean with special mention of the Iberian littoral.

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    Noreña, Carolina; Rodríguez, Jorge; Pérez, Jacinto; Almon, Bruno

    2015-11-03

    Polyclad species diversity, although generally well known for European North Atlantic waters, is nearly unknown for the Iberian Peninsula. The "Ría de Arousa", located on the Atlantic coast of Galicia (Spain), is a place where many positive biological factors for species biodiversity converge. Therefore, it is an ideal location to study polyclad diversity. This research, which describes new records and new species, contributes to the knowledge of the distribution of Polycladida (Platyhelminthes), particularly of the suborder Acotylea, in the Atlantic waters of the Iberian Peninsula. The new records include the re-descriptions of Cryptocelis compacta Lang, 1884, Stylochus neapolitanus (Delle Chiaje, 1841-1844) and Discocelis tigrina (Blanchard, 1847), while the two newly described species are Hoploplana elisabelloi n. sp. and Armatoplana celta n. sp.

  14. IL TRAPIANTO ORTOTOPICO DEL FEGATO

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    STARZL, THOMAS E.

    2010-01-01

    E’ormai noto che esiste la possibilità rivoluzionaria di utilizzare il fegato per il trattamento della stadio terminale delle epatopatie. Nel gennaio 1980 si celebra il decimo anna di sopravvivenza con fegato trapiantato (la più lunga della letteratura) di un paziente da noi trattato. Si tratta di uno dei 12 malati sottoposti a trapianto e seguiti per più di 5 anni. La nota positiva di questa tipo di trattamento è rappresentata dall’eccellente tenore di vita che i pazienti conducono e dalla riabilitazione sociale e professionale. La nota negativa è data, invece, dal fatto che i buoni risultati non vengono raggiunti con regolarità e non possono essere previsti con esattezza. In questa breve rassegna considereremo la esperienza da noi fatta presso l’Università di Denver nel Colorado, mettendo in risalto le cause dell’elevata mortalità precoce e le prospettive future di questa mezzo terapeutico. PMID:21572898

  15. The AstroBID: Searching through the Italian Astronomical Heritage

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    Cirella, E. O.; Gargano, M.; Gasperini, A.; Mandrino, A.; Randazzo, D.; Zanini, V.

    2015-04-01

    The scientific heritage held in the National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), made up of rare and modern books, instruments, and archival documents spanning from the 15th to the early 20th century, marks the milestones in the history of astronomy in Italy. To promote this history of this historical collection, the Libraries and Historical Archives Service and the Museums Service of INAF have developed a project aimed at creating a single web portal: Polvere di stelle. I beni culturali dell'astronomia italiana (Stardust. The cultural heritage of the Italian astronomy). This portal searches for data coming from the libraries, the instruments collections and the historical archives, regarding the heritage of the Italian Observatories. The BID (Books, Instruments, Documents) of the project is the creation of a multimedia web facility, which allows the public to make simultaneous searches on the three different types of materials.

  16. Influence of a burrowing, metal-tolerant polychaete on benthic metabolism, denitrification and nitrogen regeneration in contaminated estuarine sediments.

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    Banks, Joanne L; Ross, D Jeff; Keough, Michael J; Macleod, Catriona K; Keane, John; Eyre, Bradley D

    2013-03-15

    We investigated the effects of the burrowing cirratulid polychaete Cirriformia filigera (Delle Chiaje, 1828) on benthic respiration and nitrogen regeneration in metal-contaminated estuarine sediments using laboratory mesocosms. C. filigera is a dominant component of assemblages in the most severely contaminated sediments within the Derwent estuary, southern Australia. In the presence of C. filigera sediment O2 consumption doubled, with approximately 55% of this increase due to their respiration and the remaining 45% attributable to oxidation reactions and increased microbial respiration associated with burrow walls. Combined NO3 and NO2 fluxes were unaffected. The addition of labile organic matter did not affect benthic fluxes, in the presence or absence of C. filigera, presumably due to the short timeframe of the experiment and naturally enriched test sediments. The results suggest that a combination of tolerance and burrowing activity enables this species to provide an ecosystem service in the removal of N from contaminated sites. PMID:23398743

  17. 2D and 3D seismic measurements to evaluate the collapse risk of an important prehistoric cave in soft carbonate rock

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    Leucci, Giovanni; De Giorgi, Lara

    2015-02-01

    The southern part of the Apulia region (the Salento peninsula) has been the site of at least fifteen collapse events due to sinkholes in the last twenty years. The majority of these occurred in "soft" carbonate rocks (calcarenites). Man-made and/or natural cavities are sometimes assets of historical and archaeological significance. This paper provides a methodology for the evaluation of sinkhole hazard in "soft" carbonate rocks, combining seismic and mine engineering methods.Acase study of a natural cavity which is called Grotta delle Veneri is illustrated. For this example the approach was: i) 2D and 3D seismic methods to study the physical-mechanical characteristics of the rock mass that constitutes the roof of the cave; and ii) scaled span empirical analysis in order to evaluate the instability of the crown pillar's caves.

  18. A classification of perceptual corrections of perspective distortions in renaissance painting.

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    Verstegen, Ian

    2010-01-01

    In an attempt to address major debates in perspective studies, this study brings perceptual research to bear on the problem of the status of perspective in the Renaissance. Between one school that sees perspective as mathematically rigorous but imperfectly applied and another that regards perspective as an incoherent discipline, this study argues that errors in the use of perspective are consistent and can be classified into two tendencies: first, the tendency to normalize a foreshortened form towards frontality and, second, the tendency to flatten a three-dimensional object to reveal its hidden sides. These tendencies find confirmation both in the Renaissance doctrine of the judgment of the eye (giudizio dell'occhio) as well as in Gestalt-oriented perceptual research. Numerous examples of their application are given with regard to the representation of human figures, architecture, and the relation of figures to space.

  19. Detecting and Characterizing Semantic Inconsistencies in Ported Code

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    Ray, Baishakhi; Kim, Miryung; Person, Suzette J.; Rungta, Neha

    2013-01-01

    Adding similar features and bug fixes often requires porting program patches from reference implementations and adapting them to target implementations. Porting errors may result from faulty adaptations or inconsistent updates. This paper investigates (I) the types of porting errors found in practice, and (2) how to detect and characterize potential porting errors. Analyzing version histories, we define five categories of porting errors, including incorrect control- and data-flow, code redundancy, inconsistent identifier renamings, etc. Leveraging this categorization, we design a static control- and data-dependence analysis technique, SPA, to detect and characterize porting inconsistencies. Our evaluation on code from four open-source projects shows thai SPA can dell-oct porting inconsistencies with 65% to 73% precision and 90% recall, and identify inconsistency types with 58% to 63% precision and 92% to 100% recall. In a comparison with two existing error detection tools, SPA improves precision by 14 to 17 percentage points

  20. Ctenostomatous Bryozoa from São Paulo, Brazil, with descriptions of twelve new species.

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    Vieira, Leandro M; Migotto, Alvaro E; Winston, Judith E

    2014-12-02

    This paper describes 21 ctenostomatous bryozoans from the state of São Paulo, Brazil, based on specimens observed in vivo. A new family, Jebramellidae n. fam., is erected for a newly described genus and species, Jebramella angusta n. gen. et sp. Eleven other species are described as new: Alcyonidium exiguum n. sp., Alcyonidium pulvinatum n. sp., Alcyonidium torquatum n. sp., Alcyonidium vitreum n. sp., Bowerbankia ernsti n. sp., Bowerbankia evelinae n. sp., Bowerbankia mobilis n. sp., Nolella elizae n. sp., Panolicella brasiliensis n. sp., Sundanella rosea n. sp., Victorella araceae n. sp. Taxonomic and ecological notes are also included for nine previously described species: Aeverrillia setigera (Hincks, 1887), Alcyonidium hauffi Marcus, 1939, Alcyonidium polypylum Marcus, 1941, Anguinella palmata van Beneden, 1845, Arachnoidella evelinae (Marcus, 1937), Bantariella firmata (Marcus, 1938) n. comb., Nolella sawayai Marcus, 1938, Nolella stipata Gosse, 1855 and Zoobotryon verticillatum (delle Chiaje, 1822).

  1. What have we been priming all these years? On the development, mechanisms, and ecology of nonconscious social behavior

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    BARGH, JOHN A.

    2009-01-01

    Priming or nonconscious activation of social knowledge structures has produced a plethora of rather amazing findings over the past 25 years: priming a single social concept such as aggressive can have multiple effects across a wide array of psychological systems, such as perception, motivation, behavior, and evaluation. But we may have reached childhood’s end, so to speak, and need now to move on to research questions such as how these multiple effects of single primes occur (the generation problem); next, how these multiple simultaneous priming influences in the environment get distilled into nonconscious social action that has to happen serially, in real time (the reduction problem). It is suggested that models of complex conceptual structures (Lakoff & Johnson, 1980), language use in real-life conversational settings (Clark, 1996), and speech production (Dell, 1986) might hold the key for solving these two important ‘second-generation’ research problems. PMID:19844598

  2. Irradiated Shellfish: Identification by Photostimulated Luminescence

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    Di Schiavi, Maria Teresa; Falconi, Grazia; Verità, Francesca Della; Cavallina, Roberta

    2014-01-01

    The irradiation of food is a technology used in the industry to prevent the deterioration of foodstuff in some countries. The European Community legislation states that each Member State must carry out annual checks on the products during commercialisation. The Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle regioni Lazio e Toscana (Rome, Italy) has developed and validated the screening method of photostimulated luminescence UNI EN 13751:2009 to identify irradiated shellfish. A total of 30 tests of shellfish samples, consisting of 22 certified as irradiated and 8 not-irradiated samples, were performed. The validation procedure was based on sensitivity and specificity; the compatibility between the screening method and the reference standard EN 13751:2009 was evaluated. Data were processed: 100% sensitivity and 100% specificity were obtained. Results obtained in our laboratory were perfectly compatible with the reference standard. For this reason, the method has been validated and proved to be suitable for its intended use. PMID:27800335

  3. [A case of human dirofilariasis (D. repens) of the spermatic cord].

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    Fini, M; Perrone, A; Vagliani, G; Andreini, C; Salvi, G; Misuriello, G; Di Silverio, A

    1992-01-01

    A 52 year old man, living in the province of Trapani (Sicily), presented with right hydrocele and slight orchialgia. The patient underwent epididymectomy and resection of T. vaginalis. The "tunica" was involved by a granulomatous process, containing a parasite of genus Dirofilaria (D. repens). Dirofilaria repens is a filarial nematode. Dogs, foxes and cats are the definitive hosts and principal reservoirs of the parasite. In humans the parasite dies before reaching sexual maturity and the result is an inconspicuous granulomatous reaction in the subcutaneous tissue. S. Pampiglione et al. (Cattedra di Parassitologia Veterinaria dell'Università di Bologna-Italy) reported from 1971 more than 30 cases of human Dirofilariasis in Italy, suggesting that the parasite is able to migrate from the inoculation site to other districts (lung, eye etc.). The case is exceptional for the localization of the parasite (never reported) and can contribute to a better knowledge of the disease.

  4. KEY COMPARISON Comparison of the standards of air kerma of the ENEA-INMRI and the BIPM for 137Cs gamma rays

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    Allisy-Roberts, P. J.; Kessler, C.; Toni, M.; Bovi, M.

    2010-01-01

    A comparison of the standards of air kerma of the Istituto Nazionale di Metrologia delle Radiazioni Ionizzanti of the Ente per le Nuove Tecnologie, l'Energia e l'Ambiente, Italy (ENEA-INMRI) and of the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) was carried out in 137Cs radiation in 1998. The comparison result, updated for changes in the standards in 2003 and 2009, is 0.9927 (0.0067) and demonstrates that the ENEA-INMRI and BIPM standards are in agreement within the uncertainties. Main text. To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. Note that this text is that which appears in Appendix B of the BIPM key comparison database kcdb.bipm.org/. The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by the CCRI Section I, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA).

  5. High-speed flows in the vicinity of the Trapezium stars

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    Meaburn, J.; Massey, R. M.

    1994-06-01

    The (OIII) 5007 A line profiles at high spectral and spatial resolution have been obtained at a single slit position near the Trapezium cluster in the Orion Nebula (M42, NGC1976) using the Manchester Echelle Spectrometer (MES). The very long integration time at this position confirms the earlier tentative identification of a shell on the nearside of the Trapezium cluster with a relative velocity of -100 km/s and a radius of 1 arcminute. No receding counterpart is found. We believe this is the first detection of this feature at optical wavelengths, previous spectroscopic work (O'Dell et al., 1993), (Baldwin et al., 1991), (Castaneda, 1988) having concentrated on the main nebular material at relatively low velocities.

  6. New records of ribbon worms (Nemertea) from Ceará, Northeast Brazil.

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    Mendes, Cecili B; Matthews-Cascon, Helena; Norenburg, Jon L

    2016-01-01

    Of 45 species of nemerteans reported for the Brazilian coast, only two were recorded from Brazil's Northeast coast. Here we report seven new records for the state of Ceará, in Northeast Brazil: Tubulanus rhabdotus Côrrea, 1954, Carinomella cf. lactea Coe, 1905, Baseodiscus delineatus (Delle-Chiaje 1825), Cerebratulus cf. lineolatus Coe, 1905, Cerebratulus sp. 1, Cerebratulus sp. 2 and Lineidae sp. 1. Specimens were collected at the following beaches: Praia dos Dois Coqueiros, Praia do Pacheco, Pecém harbor, Praia da Pedra Rachada and Praia do Guajiru. T. rhabdotus is a new record for Northeast Brazil, Carinomella cf. lactea and Cerebratulus cf. lineolatus are new records for the South Atlantic Ocean and both genera are new records for Brazil. PMID:27395488

  7. How Ca2+-permeable AMPA receptors, the kinase PKA, and the phosphatase PP2B are intertwined in synaptic LTP and LTD.

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    Hell, Johannes W

    2016-04-26

    Both synaptic long-term potentiation (LTP) and long-term depression (LTD) are thought to be critical for memory formation. Dell'Acqua and co-workers now demonstrate that transient postsynaptic incorporation of Ca(2+)-permeable (CP) α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptors (AMPARs) is required for LTD in the exemplary hippocampal CA1 region in 2-week-old mice. Mechanistically, LTD depends on AKAP150-anchored protein kinase A (PKA) to promote the initial functional recruitment of CP-AMPARs during LTD induction and on AKAP150-anchored protein phosphatase 2B (PP2B) to trigger their subsequent removal as part of the lasting depression of synaptic transmission.

  8. Ctenostomatous Bryozoa from São Paulo, Brazil, with descriptions of twelve new species.

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    Vieira, Leandro M; Migotto, Alvaro E; Winston, Judith E

    2014-01-01

    This paper describes 21 ctenostomatous bryozoans from the state of São Paulo, Brazil, based on specimens observed in vivo. A new family, Jebramellidae n. fam., is erected for a newly described genus and species, Jebramella angusta n. gen. et sp. Eleven other species are described as new: Alcyonidium exiguum n. sp., Alcyonidium pulvinatum n. sp., Alcyonidium torquatum n. sp., Alcyonidium vitreum n. sp., Bowerbankia ernsti n. sp., Bowerbankia evelinae n. sp., Bowerbankia mobilis n. sp., Nolella elizae n. sp., Panolicella brasiliensis n. sp., Sundanella rosea n. sp., Victorella araceae n. sp. Taxonomic and ecological notes are also included for nine previously described species: Aeverrillia setigera (Hincks, 1887), Alcyonidium hauffi Marcus, 1939, Alcyonidium polypylum Marcus, 1941, Anguinella palmata van Beneden, 1845, Arachnoidella evelinae (Marcus, 1937), Bantariella firmata (Marcus, 1938) n. comb., Nolella sawayai Marcus, 1938, Nolella stipata Gosse, 1855 and Zoobotryon verticillatum (delle Chiaje, 1822). PMID:25544281

  9. An ITK implementation of a physics-based non-rigid registration method for brain deformation in image-guided neurosurgery.

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    Liu, Yixun; Kot, Andriy; Drakopoulos, Fotis; Yao, Chengjun; Fedorov, Andriy; Enquobahrie, Andinet; Clatz, Olivier; Chrisochoides, Nikos P

    2014-01-01

    As part of the ITK v4 project efforts, we have developed ITK filters for physics-based non-rigid registration (PBNRR), which satisfies the following requirements: account for tissue properties in the registration, improve accuracy compared to rigid registration, and reduce execution time using GPU and multi-core accelerators. The implementation has three main components: (1) Feature Point Selection, (2) Block Matching (mapped to both multi-core and GPU processors), and (3) a Robust Finite Element Solver. The use of multi-core and GPU accelerators in ITK v4 provides substantial performance improvements. For example, for the non-rigid registration of brain MRIs, the performance of the block matching filter on average is about 10 times faster when 12 hyperthreaded multi-cores are used and about 83 times faster when the NVIDIA Tesla GPU is used in Dell Workstation.

  10. Chemical potential of liquids and mixtures via adaptive resolution simulation

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    Agarwal, Animesh; Wang, Han Site, Luigi Delle; Schütte, Christof

    2014-07-21

    We employ the adaptive resolution approach AdResS, in its recently developed Grand Canonical-like version (GC-AdResS) [H. Wang, C. Hartmann, C. Schütte, and L. Delle Site, Phys. Rev. X 3, 011018 (2013)], to calculate the excess chemical potential, μ{sup ex}, of various liquids and mixtures. We compare our results with those obtained from full atomistic simulations using the technique of thermodynamic integration and show a satisfactory agreement. In GC-AdResS, the procedure to calculate μ{sup ex} corresponds to the process of standard initial equilibration of the system; this implies that, independently of the specific aim of the study, μ{sup ex}, for each molecular species, is automatically calculated every time a GC-AdResS simulation is performed.

  11. CONFERENCE NOTE: International Workshop on the Avogadro Constant and the Representation of a Silicon Mole, Torino, Italy, 9 11 March 1994

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    1993-01-01

    The workshop is organized by two Italian institutions, the Istituto di Metrologia "G Colonnetti" (IMGC) of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, and the Institute of General Physics "A Avogadro" of the University of Torino. It will be held in Torino from 9 to 11 March 1994 at Villa Gualino, where accommodation for participants is available. The programme of the workshop includes plenary sessions of invited lectures and a final round table. The main subject of the workshop will be the determination of the Avogadro constant through the measurement of the molar and atomic volume of single crystal silicon, but other methods will be analysed and discussed and experimental results compared with estimates obtained from the adjustment of the fundamental constants. The aims of the workshop are: state-of-the-art assessment improved coordination of research work definition of expected progress discussion of the possibility of a new definition of the unit of mass. The lecturers are eminent experts in their fields, which include X-ray and optical interferometry, measurement of density, molar mass and impurity content of silicon crystals. The workshop Proceedings will be published in a special issue of Metrologia. Participation is free but the number of places is limited. Registration forms (to be returned no later than 20 December 1993) and requests for the detailed programme should be addressed to G Mana, Istituto di Metrologia "G Colonnetti", Strada delle Cacce 73, 1-10135 Torino, Italy. Tel. (011) 39771; Fax (011) 346 761; E-mail LIDIA at IMGC.TO.CNR.IT.

  12. DUSTER: collection of meteoric CaO and carbon smoke particles in the upper stratosphere .

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    Della Corte, V.; Rietmeijer, F. J. M.; Rotundi, A.; Ferrari, M.; Palumbo, P.

    Nanometer- to micrometer-size particles present in the upper stratosphere are a mixture of terrestrial and extra-terrestrial origins. They can be extraterrestrial particles condensed after meteor ablation. Meteoric dust in bolides is occasionally deposited into the lower stratosphere around 20 km altitude. Nanometer CaO and pure carbon smoke particles were collected at 38 km altitude in the upper stratosphere in the Arctic during June 2008 using DUSTER (Dust in the Upper Stratosphere Tracking Experiment and Retrieval), a balloon-borne instrument for the non-destructive collection of solid particles between 200 nm to 40 microns. We report the collection of micron sized CaCO_3 (calcite) grains. Their morphologies show evidence of melting and condensation after vaporization suggest at temperatures of approximately 3500 K. The formation environment of the collected grains was probably a dense dust cloud formed by the disintegration of a carbonaceous meteoroid during deceleration in the Earth� atmosphere. For the first time, DUSTER collected meteor ablation products that were presumably associated with the disintegration of a bolide crossing the Earth's atmosphere. The collected mostly CaO and pure carbon nanoparticles from the debris cloud of a fireball, included: 1) intact fragments; 2) quenched melted grains; and 3) vapor phase condensation products. The DUSTER project was funded by the Italian Space Agency (ASI), PRIN2008/MIUR (Ministero dell'Istruzione dell'Universitá e della Ricerca), PNRA 2013(Piano Nazionale Ricerca Antartide). CNES graciously provided this flight opportunity. We thank E. Zona and S. Inarta at the Laboratorio di Fisica Cosmica INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte-Universitá di Napoli Parthenope. F.J.M.R. was supported by grant NNX07AI39G from the NASA Cosmochemistry Program. We thank three anonymous reviewers who assisted us in introducing our new instrument.

  13. Palynology as an age-control tool for ice cores. First results of PAMOGIS - Pollen Analyses of the Mt. Ortles Glacier Ice Samples

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    Festi, Daniela; Kofler, Werner; Gabrielli, Paolo; Oeggl, Klaus

    2014-05-01

    Glacier ice cores from the mid latitude are capable of retaining essential information on past climate, environmental and human activities on a seasonal/annual time resolution. However, for a correct interpretation of the ice record a good chronological control is essential. Absolute time markers such as 3H peaks and Sahara dust horizons, together with radiometric methods such as 210Pb, radiocarbon from carbonaceous aerosol particles and AMS-dating are commonly used to obtain the age depth model of ice cores. In this frame we present the first pollen-based chronology from the Eastern Alps. Results of pollen analyses performed on a 10 m firn core taken on the top of Alto dell'Ortles Glacier (3905 m a.s.l.) will be discussed. Palynological data are compared and complemented with stable isotopes, major ions and trace elements analyses. Based on the single species flowering periods, our results show that the pollen spectrum presents seasonal and inter-annual variability that enables to distinguish snow accumulated in the three different flowering seasons and winter snow. According to these four components a seasonal and annual chronology was established, proving that the 10 m firn core encompasses four years of snow accumulation and presents a clear seasonal palynological signal. These first results reveal the potential of pollen content of glacier snow and ice as a chronological tool that can contribute to the construction of a robust chronological model with a seasonal to annual resolution. This study is the first step and the base for future research on deeper ice cores on the Alto dell'Ortles Glacier (Ortles project: www.ortles.org).

  14. Diffuse malignant biphasic peritoneal mesothelioma with cystic areas.

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    Cabibi, Daniela; Tutino, Roberta; Salamone, Giuseppe; Cocorullo, Gianfranco; Agrusa, Antonino; Gulotta, Gaspare

    2016-06-20

    Il mesotelioma peritoneale maligno è una patologia rara la cui diagnosi è resa particolarmente difficile dalla molteplicità delle possibili presentazioni cliniche e morfologiche. A differenza della patologia pleurica, questa sembra avere una minore correlazione con l’esposizione all’asbesto. La prognosi è sfavorevole con una sopravvivenza media di 5.4 mesi. Riportiamo un caso di mesotelioma peritoneale in un paziente di 73 anni con esposizione professionale all’asbesto. La diagnosi è verosimilmente avvenuta dopo diversi inquadramenti clinici, che hanno compreso addominalgie attribuite ad IBD, poi non accertate istologicamente, e ad un’appendicite acuta. Per ultimo il paziente è giunto alla nostra osservazione con un quadro subocclusivo che l’indagine TC attribuiva ad una verosimile carcinosi peritoneale a primitivo sconosciuto. La laparoscopia esplorativa, poi convertita in approccio laparotomico, ha mostrato un quadro di peritonite incapsulante che coinvolgeva estesamente l’intestino tenue. È stata eseguita una resezione intestinale del tenue coinvolto ed una asportazione di un’area nodulare peri-splenica. L’esame istologico con l’integrazione di indagini immunoistochimiche ha permesso la diagnosi di mesotelioma peritoneale cistico maligno con istotipo bifasico che risulta essere il primo descritto in letteratura. Le aree cistiche avevano inizialmente fatto propendere per una diagnosi di mesotelioma multicistico benigno o di mesotelioma cistico con secondaria proliferazione miofibroblastica pseudosarcomatosa. Negli ultimi anni la prognosi di questa patologia ha trovato nell’utilizzo della chirurgia citoriduttiva e della chemioterapia intraperitoneale un miglioramento prognostico, queste nuove tecniche sono disponibili in centri di riferimento e trovano ad oggi indicazione solo in casi selezionati e in istotipi poco aggressivi. Il nostro paziente a causa dell’estensione della malattia, dell’istotipo non favorevole e dell

  15. A nondestructive stratigraphic and radiographic neutron study of Lorenzo Ghiberti's reliefs from paradise and north doors of Florence baptistery

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    Festa, G.; Andreani, C.; de Pascale, M. P.; Senesi, R.; Vitali, G.; Porcinai, S.; Giusti, A. M.; Schulze, R.; Canella, L.; Kudejova, P.; Mühlbauer, M.; Schillinger, B.; Ancient Charm Collaboration

    2009-10-01

    A neutron study on two gilded bronze reliefs by Lorenzo Ghiberti is presented. The two reliefs, representing heads of prophets, come from the north and east doors of the Baptistery of Florence. The east door will be permanently located at the Museo dell'Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore museum at the end of its restoration, which is still in progress at the Metals Conservation Department of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence. The north door is kept in the original site, on the north facade of the Florentine Baptistery. Both reliefs exhibit critical aspects regarding their state of conservation in particular the stability of the gold layer on the bronze surface. Moreover the east head presents a remelting of which extension and composition are still unknown. The present work describes a non-destructive study of the subgilding area and bulk. The two main objectives of such analyses are: (1) to study the manufacturing technique and state of conservation of the reliefs; and (2) to assess the two cleaning techniques (laser cleaning and Rochelle salts chemical cleaning) used by the conservators during the restoration process of the east door. The experiment was carried out using prompt gamma-ray activation imaging combined with neutron radiography and conventional neutron radiography. The former method was applied to map the elemental composition of the two reliefs, while neutron radiography was used to investigate the bulk. The results provide significant information about subsuperficial areas, elemental composition of the objects from the surface down to a depth of 1 mm below gilding, and bulk structure of the remelting. Such information will guide the curators in the selection of the most suitable microclimatic conditions for the exhibition of the east door and for future conservation work on the north door.

  16. Numerical identification procedure between a micro-Cauchy model and a macro-second gradient model for planar pantographic structures

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    Giorgio, Ivan

    2016-08-01

    In order to design the microstructure of metamaterials showing high toughness in extension (property to be shared with muscles), it has been recently proposed (Dell'Isola et al. in Z Angew Math Phys 66(6):3473-3498, 2015) to consider pantographic structures. It is possible to model such structures at a suitably small length scale (resolving in detail the interconnecting pivots/cylinders) using a standard Cauchy first gradient theory. However, the computational costs for such modelling choice are not allowing for the study of more complex mechanical systems including for instance many pantographic substructures. The microscopic model considered here is a quadratic isotropic Saint-Venant first gradient continuum including geometric nonlinearities and characterized by two Lamé parameters. The introduced macroscopic two-dimensional model for pantographic sheets is characterized by a deformation energy quadratic both in the first and second gradient of placement. However, as underlined in Dell'Isola et al. (Proc R Soc Lond A 472(2185):20150790, 2016), it is needed that the second gradient stiffness depends on the first gradient of placement if large deformations and large displacements configurations must be described. The numerical identification procedure presented in this paper consists in fitting the macro-constitutive parameters using several numerical simulations performed with the micro-model. The parameters obtained by the best fit identification in few deformation problems fit very well also in many others, showing that the reduced proposed model is suitable to get an effective model at relevantly lower computational effort. The presented numerical evidences suggest that a rigorous mathematical homogenization result most likely holds.

  17. [Final results from four clinical studies in the field of cardiovascular diseases integrated in the "Mattoni del SSN - Mattone Outcome" Project].

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    D'Errigo, Paola; Seccareccia, Fulvia; Rosato, Stefano; Maraschini, Alice; Badoni, Gabriella; Perucci, Carlo Alberto; Fusco, Danilo; D'Ovidio, Mariangela; Stafoggia, Massimo; Barone, Anna Patrizia

    2011-12-01

    Observational outcome studies represent a valid approach to evaluating comparative treatment effectiveness in real populations. The main objective of outcome research is to underline what works and what does not work in the field of health assistance. In 2004 the Italian Ministry of Health launched the Project "Mattone Misura dell'Outcome" aimed at assessing the introduction of procedures and methods for the systematic evaluation of outcomes in the national health system. A new experience, the PROGRESSI program (PROGRamma ESiti per SIVeAS e LEA), started in 2008 with the aim to further develop the methodologies for outcome evaluation. In this Supplement the final results from four clinical studies named "Sperimentazioni dell'area cardiovascolare del Progetto Mattoni" are presented. These studies started between 2005 and 2007 and their main objectives were to evaluate: --the contribution of information from current informative systems and clinical studies in risk-adjustment methodologies; --the advisability of introducing some clinical items in current informative systems to improve outcome estimates; --the goodness of follow-up procedures from current informative systems; and --the role of disease registries in the validation of comparative evaluation measures. The four studies were designed as voluntary prospective multicentre studies. Results concerning the characteristics of the enrolled populations as well as the risk-adjustment models built using information from current informative systems and/or clinical information are presented. As expected, each study produced specific remarks both in terms of clinical findings and contribution of different informative systems to the risk-adjustment models. In general, models built with information from both current informative systems and clinical information show the best performance. Findings from these analyses will provide the public health system with suitable indications to improve statistical methodologies for

  18. Comparison study of five different display modalities for whole slide images in surgical pathology and cytopathology in Europe

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    D'Haene, Nicky; Maris, Calliope; Rorive, Sandrine; Moles Lopez, Xavier; Rostang, Johan; Marchessoux, Cédric; Pantanowitz, Liron; Parwani, Anil V.; Salmon, Isabelle

    2013-03-01

    User experience with viewing images in pathology is crucial for accurate interpretation and diagnosis. With digital pathology, images are being read on a display system, and this poses new types of questions: such as what is the difference in terms of pixelation, refresh lag or obscured features compared to an optical microscope. Is there a resultant change in user performance in terms of speed of slide review, perception of adequacy and quality or in diagnostic confidence? A prior psychophysical study was carried out comparing various display modalities on whole slide imaging (WSI) in pathology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in the USA. This prior study compared professional and non-professional grade display modalities and highlighted the importance of using a medical grade display to view pathological digital images. This study was duplicated in Europe at the Department of Pathology in Erasme Hospital (Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)) in an attempt to corroborate these findings. Digital WSI with corresponding glass slides of 58 cases including surgical pathology and cytopathology slides of varying difficulty were employed. Similar non-professional and professional grade display modalities were compared to an optical microscope (Olympus BX51). Displays ranged from a laptop (DELL Latitude D620), to a consumer grade display (DELL E248WFPb), to two professional grade monitors (Eizo CG245W and Barco MDCC-6130). Three pathologists were selected from the Department of Pathology in Erasme Hospital (ULB) in Belgium to view and interpret the pathological images on these different displays. The results show that non-professional grade displays (laptop and consumer) have inferior user experience compared to professional grade monitors and the optical microscope.

  19. The pedagogic evolution in Surgery: the University at the centre of a training which becomes territorialized The model of the region Marche.

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    Patrizi, Andrea; Tranà, Cristian; Baldoni, Andrea; Coletta, Pietro; Marmorale, Cristina

    2014-01-01

    La formazione in Chirurgia è un tema di grande interesse in un’epoca di crisi, ma anche di grandi cambiamenti mossi dalla spinta della Comunità Europea di uniformare i Percorsi Formativi di tutti i suoi Stati Membri. I punti principali delle riforme attuate per uniformarci al contesto Comunitario, vertevano sulla riduzione dei tempi e sulla implementazione della multidisciplinarietà della formazione specialistica, con il rischio di adombrare quelli che sono i punti di forza del nostro Sistema Sanitario, tra cui l’alto livello assistenziale dei nostri ospedali territoriali. La Scuola di Specializzazione di Chirurgia Generale dell’UNIVPM da alcuni anni punta su un progetto che vede la Clinica Universitaria al Centro di una Formazione Specialistica che si sviluppa sempre più sul territorio, avvicinando il mondo Ospedaliero a quello Universitario. Questo nuovo modello organizzativo prevede una prima fase all’interno della Clinica Universitaria ed una seconda nella Rete Formativa, nella quale rientrano Centri a differente impatto specialistico, all’interno di Strutture Ospedaliere Italiane ed Estere, e la possibilità di poter collaborare con l’Organizzazione di Emergency. Per testare questa nuova organizzazione del Corso Specialistico, abbiamo preso in analisi l’attività chirurgica svolta dagli specializzandi del nostro Ateneo, che hanno terminato il loro percorso formativo in Chirurgia Generale a Marzo 2014, essendo loro i primi ad aver beneficiato di questo modello. L’attività operatoria è stata, per ciascuno, mediamente di 400 interventi da primo operatore (237-476) distribuiti in chirurgia maggiore 44 (13-80), media 172 (129-268) e minore 209 (70-378), rapportando i loro risultati con gli standard complessivi di addestramento professionalizzante previsti dallo Statuto Nazionale si osserva il buon rendimento di questo sistema, che vede i suoi punti di forza nell’EQUITA dell’offerta, in quanto standardizzabile; nel concetto di RETE

  20. Three-dimensional instabilities of pantographic sheets with parabolic lattices: numerical investigations

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    Scerrato, Daria; Giorgio, Ivan; Rizzi, Nicola Luigi

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, we determine numerically a large class of equilibrium configurations of an elastic two-dimensional continuous pantographic sheet in three-dimensional deformation consisting of two families of fibers which are parabolic prior to deformation. The fibers are assumed (1) to be continuously distributed over the sample, (2) to be endowed of bending and torsional stiffnesses, and (3) tied together at their points of intersection to avoid relative slipping by means of internal (elastic) pivots. This last condition characterizes the system as a pantographic lattice (Alibert and Della Corte in Zeitschrift für angewandte Mathematik und Physik 66(5):2855-2870, 2015; Alibert et al. in Math Mech Solids 8(1):51-73, 2003; dell'Isola et al. in Int J Non-Linear Mech 80:200-208, 2016; Int J Solids Struct 81:1-12, 2016). The model that we employ here, developed by Steigmann and dell'Isola (Acta Mech Sin 31(3):373-382, 2015) and first investigated in Giorgio et al. (Comptes rendus Mecanique 2016, doi: 10.1016/j.crme.2016.02.009), is applicable to fiber lattices in which three-dimensional bending, twisting, and stretching are significant as well as a resistance to shear distortion, i.e., to the angle change between the fibers. Some relevant numerical examples are exhibited in order to highlight the main features of the model adopted: In particular, buckling and post-buckling behaviors of pantographic parabolic lattices are investigated. The fabric of the metamaterial presented in this paper has been conceived to resist more effectively in the extensional bias tests by storing more elastic bending energy and less energy in the deformation of elastic pivots: A comparison with a fabric constituted by beams which are straight in the reference configuration shows that the proposed concept is promising.

  1. Analytical applications and effective properties of a second gradient isotropic elastic material model

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    Enakoutsa, Koffi

    2015-06-01

    Recently, the works by Toupin, Mindlin, Sokolowski and Germain have been developed following two research streams. In the first one, higher-order gradient continuum models were developed based on the Cauchy tetrahedron argument (see, e.g., dell'Isola and Seppecher in Comptes Rendus de l Academie de Sciences 17 Serie IIb: Mecanique, Physique, Chimie, Astronomie 321:303-308, 1995, Meccanica 32:33-52 1997, Zeitschrift fr Angewandte Mathematik und Physik 63(6):1119-1141, 2012). In the second one, the structure of higher-order gradient models is developed with a view to the applications. In particular in the model of linear isotropic solids proposed by Dell'Isola, Sciarra and Vidoli (DSV), the main constitutive equation is obtained for the case of second gradient models. This model introduces in addition to the two well-known Lame's elastic constants five constitutive constants. The practical applications of this model remain in its infancy since the issue of determining the new moduli it introduces is not yet completely addressed. Also, analytical solutions of simple boundary value problems that can be helpful to grasp some of the physical foundations of this model are missing. This paper aims to address these two issues by providing the analytical solutions for two model problems, a spherical shell subjected to axisymmetric loading conditions and the circular bending of a beam in plane strain, both the beam and the shell obeying the DSV second gradient isotropic elastic model. The solution of the circular bending of a beam has served to grasp some of the physical soundness of the model. A framework based on homogenization under inhomogeneous boundary conditions is also suggested to determine the unknown constitutive constants, which are provided in the particular case of elastic porous heterogeneous materials.

  2. Analytical applications and effective properties of a second gradient isotropic elastic material model

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    Enakoutsa, Koffi

    2014-09-01

    Recently, the works by Toupin, Mindlin, Sokolowski and Germain have been developed following two research streams. In the first one, higher-order gradient continuum models were developed based on the Cauchy tetrahedron argument (see, e.g., dell'Isola and Seppecher in Comptes Rendus de l Academie de Sciences 17 Serie IIb: Mecanique, Physique, Chimie, Astronomie 321:303-308, 1995, Meccanica 32:33-52 1997, Zeitschrift fr Angewandte Mathematik und Physik 63(6):1119-1141, 2012). In the second one, the structure of higher-order gradient models is developed with a view to the applications. In particular in the model of linear isotropic solids proposed by Dell'Isola, Sciarra and Vidoli (DSV), the main constitutive equation is obtained for the case of second gradient models. This model introduces in addition to the two well-known Lame's elastic constants five constitutive constants. The practical applications of this model remain in its infancy since the issue of determining the new moduli it introduces is not yet completely addressed. Also, analytical solutions of simple boundary value problems that can be helpful to grasp some of the physical foundations of this model are missing. This paper aims to address these two issues by providing the analytical solutions for two model problems, a spherical shell subjected to axisymmetric loading conditions and the circular bending of a beam in plane strain, both the beam and the shell obeying the DSV second gradient isotropic elastic model. The solution of the circular bending of a beam has served to grasp some of the physical soundness of the model. A framework based on homogenization under inhomogeneous boundary conditions is also suggested to determine the unknown constitutive constants, which are provided in the particular case of elastic porous heterogeneous materials.

  3. Percutaneous ultrasound-guided treatment of shoulder tendon calcifications: Clinical and radiological follow-up at 6 months().

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    De Conti, G; Marchioro, U; Dorigo, A; Boscolo, N; Vio, S; Trevisan, M; Meneghini, A; Baldo, V; Angelini, F

    2010-12-01

    Sommario INTRODUZIONE: La tendinopatia calcifica di spalla è una condizione relativamente frequente caratterizzata, quando sintomatica, da dolore cronico e da fasi di dolore acuto molto intenso. MATERIALI E METODI: Da ottobre 2006 a marzo 2008 abbiamo trattato 126 spalle di 125 pazienti consecutivi. Tutti hanno eseguito Rx ed ecografia prima del trattamento ed il test di Constant prima del trattamento e a 6 mesi di distanza. 55 pazienti su 123 (42%) sono stati trattati due o più volte con infiltrazione intrabursale di corticosteroide. Tre pazienti hanno rifiutato altri trattamenti dopo il primo. Sono stati quindi raccolti i dati complessivamente di 123 spalle. È stata eseguita RM di controllo a sei mesi. RISULTATI: Incremento del Constant Score dopo la procedura in tutti i pazienti trattati una sola volta ed in quasi tutti i pazienti trattati due volte; i pazienti sono stati divisi in due classi, rispettivamente trattati una o due (o più) volte. In ciascuna delle due classi c’è stato un significativo incremento (p < 0,0001)delle medie dei Cs pre e post trattamento; nella classe dei pazienti trattati due volte significatività statistica (p < 0,0001) tra le medie dei Cs rispettivamente prima del trattamento iniziale e dopo il primo trattamento, e tra la media Cs di quest’ultimo e quella dopo 6 mesi dal primo trattamento. Il Cs dopo il trattamento è significativamente diverso nei pazienti con impingement (p < 0,001). CONCLUSION: Incremento del Cs, in più del 95% dei pazienti. Non lesioni tendinee ai controlli ecografici/RM. L’impingement è risultato un fattore di rischio per il risultato finale.

  4. Effects of drought and irrigation on ecosystem functioning in a mature Scots pine forest

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    Dobbertin, Matthias; Brunner, Ivano; Egli, Simon; Eilmann, Britta; Graf Pannatier, Eisabeth; Schleppi, Patrick; Zingg, Andreas; Rigling, Andreas

    2010-05-01

    . Soil water content was significantly reduced during irrigation periods. Irrigation doubled tree stem growth, increased shoot growth and thus increased volume growth and crown dimensions. Annual tree mortality rates were reduced by 50% in irrigated plots. The growing period for stem growth was extended in pines as a result of irrigation. Altogether, increased growth and reduced mortality significantly increased tree stem basal area at breast height per ha. As irrigation also increased needle length, estimated mean foliage amount per tree and stand leaf area index significantly increased. However, the number of needle generations was not altered or even reduced due to irrigation. Root growth, was less affected by irrigation and only resulted in increased fine root length. Species richness and fruit body numbers of mycorrhizal fungi were several times higher on the irrigated plots. Overall, it can be concluded that water availability was the main ecosystem limiting factor and that any changes in water availability will result in changes in ecosystem functioning. References Brunner I, Graf-Pannatier E, Frey B, Rigling A, Landolt W, Dobbertin M (2009) Morphological and physiological responses of Scots pine fine roots to water supply in a climatic dry area in Switzerland. Tree Physiology 29:541-550. Dobbertin M, Eilmann B, Bleuler P, Giuggiola A, Graf Pannatier E, Landolt W, Schleppi P, Rigling A (2010) Effect of irrigation on needle, shoot and stem growth in natural drought-exposed Pinus sylvestris forests, Tree Physiology, doi:10.1093/treephys/tpp123. Eilmann B, Zweifel R, Buchmann N, Fonti P, Rigling A (2009) Drought induced adaptation of the xylem in Pinus sylvestris and Quercus pubescens. Tree Physiology 29:1011-1020.

  5. Salix polaris growth responses to active layer detachment and solifluction processes in High Arctic.

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    Siekacz, Liliana

    2015-04-01

    participation of missing and partially missing rings. Share of missing rings in shrubs growing within an active layer detachment on the valley slope reached 16,22% and 15,36%. Even higher variation is observed in partially missing rings which account for 31,07% within detachment and 23,39% on surrounding slope. Those values are more than twice higher comparing to the valley floor. There is also noticeable difference between detachment and surrounding slope indicating that wedging rings are an effect of mechanical stress that is higher within the detachment. Comparing growth patterns in aboveground and belowground plant parts different growth allocation is noticed. Years of detachment event growth rings were present only in aboveground parts. It is supposed that mechanical stress delays the onset of the growing season similarly to low temperatures (Buchwał et al., 2013), resulting in not enough time to fully allocate resources for growth in the belowground parts. Growth pattern is extremely irregular, indicating that the slope is in constant movement, which disrupts growth conditions. Analyzed shrubs showed two possible event years: 2006 and 2008, with the highest participation of missing and partially missing rings. Air and ground temperature data were also analyzed and confirmed that active layer detachment happened in 2006. REFERENCES Buchwał A, Rachlewicz G, Fonti P, Cherubini P, Gärtner H, (2013) Temperature modulates intra-plant growth of Salix Polaris from a high Arctic site (Svalbard). Polar Biol 36:1305-1318. Hagen J O, Liestøl O, Roland E, Jørgensen T, (1993) Glacier atlas of Svalbard and Jan Mayen. Norsk Polarinstitutt Meddelelser 129: 160. Rachlewicz G, (2009) Contemporary sediment fluxes and relief changes in high Arctic glacierized valley systems (Billefjorden, Central Spitsbergen). Wyd. Nauk. UAM Poznań, seria Geografia 87:204. Schweingruber FH, Poschlod P, (2005) Growth rings in herbs and shrubs: life span, age determination and stem anatomy. For Snow

  6. Venus Atmospheric Circulation from Digital Tracking of VMC Images

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    Limaye, S.; Moissl, R.; Markiewicz, W.; Titov, D.

    2008-09-01

    the core region of the Venus vortex. References [1] Limaye, S. S. Venus atmospheric circulation: Known and unknown, J. Geophys. Res., 112, E04S09, doi:10.1029/2006JE002814 (2007). [2] Piccioni, G, Drossart, P., Sanchez-Lavega, A., Hueso, R., Taylor, F., Wilson, C., Grassi, D., Zasova, L., Moriconi, M., Adriani, A., Lebonnois, S., Coradini, A., Bézard, B., Angrilli, F., Arnold, G., Baines, K. H., Bellucci, G., Benkhoff, J., Bibring, J. P., Blanco, A., Blecka, M. I., Carlson, R. W., Di Lellis, A., Encrenaz, T., Erard, S., Fonti1, S., Formisano, V., Fouchet, T., Garcia1, R., Haus, R., J. Helbert, J., Ignatiev, N. I., Irwin, P., Langevin,Y.,Lopez-Valverde, M. A., Luz, D., Marinangeli, L., Orofino, V., Rodin, A. V., Roos-Serote, M. C., Saggin, B., ,Stam, D. M., Titov, D., Visconti, G., and Zambelli M. South-polar features on Venus similar to those near the north, Nature, 450, 637-640, doi:10.1038/nature06209 (2007).

  7. Geographical epidemiology of antibacterials in the preschool age

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    2012-01-01

    activities. Moreover, the competent authorities should increasing their efforts to limit unnecessary prescriptions and increase appropriateness of prescribing. Riassunto Introduzione Le mappe tematiche consentono una più rapida ed immediata lettura delle differenze geografiche nella distribuzione di dati riferiti ad un territorio specifico. Lo scopo dello studio è mostrare, per la prima volta, l’applicazione di alcuni strumenti statistici e cartografici, nell’analisi dell’uso dei farmaci nella popolazione pediatrica di una regione italiana e valutare le differenze intra-regionali. Metodi Per valutare il tipo di distribuzione geografica delle prescrizioni, sono stati calcolati i tassi di prevalenza standardizzati (punteggi-z) a livello di ASL, Distretti Sanitari e Comuni. Per valutare la correlazione con le ospedalizzazioni è stato usato il coefficiente di correlazione di Pearson; per valutare l’esistenza di autocorrelazione spaziale è stato usato l’indice I di Moran. Tramite l’uso della statistica G di Getis-Ord sono stati identificati cluster di aree ad alto e basso livello di prevalenza. Infine con un modello di regressione logistica è stata stimata la probabilità di ricevere almeno una prescrizione nel corso dell’anno per tutti i pazienti inclusi nello studio. Risultati Con l’uso delle mappe è possibile vedere che le prescrizioni non sono correlate con lo stato di salute della popolazione, ma sono correlate con l’attitudine prescrittiva del pediatra. Questo è confermato anche dal modello di regressione logistica costruito per stimare la probabilità di ricevere almeno una prescrizione considerando come variabili indipendenti l’età, il sesso, la prevalenza di ricoveri nel distretto di residenza, l’attitudine prescrittiva del pediatra, la classe di età del pediatra e la durata della convenzione del pediatra con l’Azienda Sanitaria Locale (ASL). Conclusioni Gli interventi primari per razionalizzare l’uso degli antibiotici in et

  8. Calibrazioni a terra e prestazioni in volo di spettrometri ad immagine nel visibile e nel vicino infrarosso per l'esplorazione planetaria

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    Filacchione, Gianrico

    2006-10-01

    Nel corso dell’ultimo decennio l’esplorazione planetaria ha potuto beneficiare dei dati prodotti dagli spettrometri ad immagine: grazie a questa nuova classe di strumenti, realizzati per l’osservazione in remoto di superfici ed atmosfere planetarie, è possibile acquisire dati iperspettrali con elevati poteri risolutivi spaziali e spettrali. Il principale vantaggio offerto dagli spettrometri ad immagine, rispetto alle camere ed agli spettrometri puntuali, è rappresentato dalla capacità di misurare, identificare e mappare le unità composizionali delle superfici planetarie; queste informazioni permettono di investigare sia l’evoluzione geochimica delle superfici sia la dinamica e la composizione delle atmosfere. Sebbene i primi spettrometri ad immagine siano stati francesi (Phobos/ISM, Imaging Spectrometer for Mars) e statunitensi (Galileo/NIMS, Near Infrared Mapping Spectrometer), il nostro paese nel corso degli ultimi anni è stato in grado di proporre alla com unità spaziale internazionale degli strumenti dalle elevate prestazioni che sono stati infatti accettati come payload scientifici su diverse missioni interplanetarie: dai canali visibili di VIMS (Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer) su Cassini (Nasa, JPL, ESA, ASI) e di OMEGA (Observatoire pour la Minéralogie, l’Eau, les Glacies et l’Activitè de Mars) su MarsExpress (ESA) ai due VIRTIS (Visible and Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectrometer) su Rosetta (ESA) e VenusExpress (ESA) fino a VIR-MS (Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer) su Dawn (Nasa). In questo momento inoltre altri due spettrometri sono in avanzata fase di studio: JIRAM (Jovian InfraRed Auroral Mapper) su Juno (missione New Discovery Nasa) e VIHI (Visible and Infrared Hyperspectral Imager) integrato nel payload italiano di remote sensing SIMBIO-SYS di BepiColombo (missione cornerstone ESA). La realizzazione di uno spettrometro ad immagini da utilizzare su una missione interplanetaria richiede un’accurata analisi in fase

  9. A high altitude paleoclimate record from an ice core retrieved at the northern margin of the Mediterranean basin

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    Gabrielli, P.; Barbante, C.; Carturan, L.; Davis, M. E.; Dalla Fontana, G.; Dreossi, G.; Dinale, R.; Draga, G.; Gabrieli, J.; Kehrwald, N. M.; Mair, V.; Mikhalenko, V.; Oeggl, K.; Schotterer, U.; Seppi, R.; Spolaor, A.; Stenni, B.; Thompson, L. G.; Tonidandel, D.

    2013-12-01

    Atmospheric temperatures in the Alps are increasing at twice the global rate and this change may be amplified at the highest elevations. There is a scarcity of paleo-climate information from high altitudes to place this current rapid climate change in a paleo-perspective. The 'Ortles Project' is an international scientific effort gathering institutes from six nations with the primary goal of obtaining a high altitude paleo-climate record in the Mediterranean area. In 2011 four ice cores were extracted from Alto dell'Ortles (3859 m, South Tyrol, Italy) the highest glacier in the eastern Alps. This site is located ~30 km away from where the famous ~5.2 kyr old Tyrolean Ice Man was discovered emerging from an ablating ice field (Hauslabjoch, 3210 m) in 1991. The good state of conservation of this mummy suggested that the current warming trend is unprecedented in South Tyrol during the late Holocene and that unique prehistoric ice was still present in this region. During the ice core drilling operations we found that the glacier Alto dell'Ortles shows a very unusual thermic behavior as it is transitioning from a cold to a temperate state. In fact, below a 30 meter thick temperate firn portion, we observed cold ice layers sitting on a frozen bedrock (-2.8 C). These represent remnants of the colder climate before ~1980 AD, when an instrumental record indicates a ~2 C lower temperature in this area during the period 1864-1980 AD. By analyzing one of the Ortles cores for stable isotopes, dust and major ions, we found an annually preserved climatic signal embedded in the deep cold ice of this glacier. Alto dell'Ortles is therefore the first low-accumulation (850 mm w.e. per year) alpine drilling site where both winter and summer layers can be identified. Preliminary annual layer counting and two absolute time markers suggest that the time period covered by the Ortles ice cores spans from several centuries to a few millennia. In particular, a Larix (larch) leaf discovered at

  10. Sediment yield estimation in mountain catchments of the Camastra reservoir, southern Italy: a comparison among different empirical methods

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    Lazzari, Maurizio; Danese, Maria; Gioia, Dario; Piccarreta, Marco

    2013-04-01

    using sediment storage in reservoirs provides a good opportunity: i) to test the reliability of the empirical methods used to estimate the sediment yield; ii) to investigate the catchment dynamics and its spatial and temporal evolution in terms of erosion, transport and deposition. References Ciccacci S., Fredi F., Lupia Palmieri E., Pugliese F., 1980. Contributo dell'analisi geomorfica quantitativa alla valutazione dell'entita dell'erosione nei bacini fluviali. Bollettino della Società Geologica Italiana 99: 455-516. Mitasova H, Hofierka J, Zlocha M, Iverson LR. 1996. Modeling topographic potential for erosion and deposition using GIS. International Journal of Geographical Information Systems 10: 629-641. Renard K.G., Foster G.R., Weesies G.A., McCool D.K., Yoder D.C., 1997. Predicting soil erosion by water: a guide to conservation planning with the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE), USDA-ARS, Agricultural Handbook No. 703.

  11. The search for a source rock for the giant Tar Sand triangle accumulation, southeastern Utah

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    Huntoon, J.E.; Hansley, P.L.; Naeser, N.D.

    1999-01-01

    for the White Rim oil. The most attractive potential sources for White Rim oil include beds within one or more of the following formations: the Proterozoic Chuar Group, which is present in the subsurface southwest of the Tar Sand triangle; the Mississippian Delle Phosphatic Member of the Deseret Limestone and equivalent formations, the Permian Kaibab Limestone, the Sinbad Limestone Member of the Triassic Moenkopi Formation, and the Jurassic Arapien Shale, Twin Creek Limestone, and Carmel Formation, which are present west of the Tar Sand triangle; the Pennsylvanian Paradox Formation in the Paradox basin east of the Tar Sand triangle; and the Permian Park City Formation northwest of the Tar Sand triangle. Each formation has a high total organic carbon content and is distributed over a wide enough geographic area to have provided a huge volume of oil. Source beds in all of the formations reached thermal maturity at times prior to or during the time that migration into the White Rim is interpreted to have occurred. Based on all available data, the most likely source for the Tar Sand triangle appears to be the Mississippian Delle Phosphatic Member of the Deseret Limestone. Secondary migration out of the Delle is interpreted to have occurred during the Cretaceous, during Sevier thrusting. Subsequent tertiary migration into the Tar Sand triangle reservoir is interpreted to have occurred later, during middle Tertiary Laramide deformation.

  12. Connecting Metabolic Potential with Thermodynamic Reality: Lithotrophic Microbial Communities of the Frasassi Cave System

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    McCauley, R. L.; Macalady, J. L.; Schaperdoth, I.

    2013-12-01

    If Martian life evolved during the Noachian period, it likely would have retreated to liquid water refuges where redox chemistry provided metabolically viable substrates. Present-day Mars appears to have such a refuge with data suggesting that liquid water may persist in the subsurface, however limited data is available with regards to subsurface Martian geochemistry and hydrogeology. On Earth, we find microbial communities thriving in subsurface environments utilizing a multitude of lithoautotrophic metabolisms. The Frasassi cave system in Italy hosts many such lithotrophic microbial communities, which are isolated from surface carbon, sunlight, and oxygen similar to possible Martian microbial populations. By studying the community structure, geochemistry and thermodynamics of the system, as well as the metabolic capabilities using metagenomics, we hope to discover microbes are capable of thriving in so-called 'energy-limited' environments and inform the search for life in the solar system. Two subsurface cave lakes in the Frasassi cave system, Lago Infinito and Lago dell'Orsa, have anoxic waters that host rope-like biofilm communities dominated by Deltaproteobacteria, Chloroflexi, and Planctomycetes clades. Thermodynamic calculations based on in situ geochemistry of waters surrounding the biofilms suggest very few metabolisms are energetically-feasible including: 1) anaerobic oxidation of methane (AOM) coupled with sulfate reduction 2) anaerobic ammonia oxidation (anammox) coupled with sulfate reduction 3) methanogenesis (Lago dell'Orsa only) 4) chemotrophic sulfate reduction AOM and anammox were only recently discovered and appear to have low energy yields associated with slow growth rates. AOM coupled with sulfate reduction has been shown to occur in a syntrophy between sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) and methanotrophic Archaea. However, these rope-like biofilms have a small (<10%) Archaeal population, which are not closely related to the syntrophic

  13. Metal mobility in river and sea sediments affected by mine drainage (Sestri Levante, Italy)

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    Consani, Sirio; Capello, Marco; Cutroneo, Laura; Vagge, Greta; Zuccarelli, Andrea; Carbone, Cristina

    2016-04-01

    The Gromolo Torrent is a metal-polluted Apennine streamflow located near Sestri Levante (Liguria, Italy). It springs from the Monte Rocca Grande (850 m a.s.l.), and flows for 11.5 km through the Gromolo Valley before flowing into the Ligurian Sea. Inside the Gromolo basin is located the abandoned Fe-Cu mine of Libiola, which was the most important sulfide deposit of the Ligurian Apennines. In this mining site, extensive Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) processes are active, both inside the mine tunnels and in the sulfide rich waste-rock dumps; the solutions generated are characterised by low pH values and high amounts of dissolved SO42-, Fe, and other chemical elements such as Cu, Zn, Pb, Al, Co, and Ni. Moreover, exstensively precipitation of Fe and Cu-rich secondary minerals occurs both as soft crusts inside the mine adits and as loose suspensions associated with overland flow of mine drainage. AMD waters flowed into the uncontaminated Gromolo Torrent where abundant precipitation of amorphous Fe(III)-oxy-hydroxides occurred. The marine study area is characterised by the presence of the headland of Sestri Levante with two bays, the western one named "Baia delle Favole". The dynamics of the area is dominated by a permanent north-westward off-shore current flowing approximately along isobath, and an eastward counter-current along the north coast with a resulting drift of the coastal materials from the West to Est towards "Baia delle Favole". The bottom sediment are principally characterised by coarse materials, mostly consisting of fine sand, with a percentage of the fine sediment increasing inside the bay, where the dynamics is low. The aims of this work are to 1) evaluate the metal mobility of colloidal river precipitates for about 7 km up to its mouth in the Ligurian Sea; 2) verify the contamination state of the marine bottom sediments off the mouth of the Gromolo Torrent ("Baia delle Favole" of Sestri Levante), and 3) identify the main sources and diffusion ways of

  14. A GIANT STAR FACTORY IN NEIGHBORING GALAXY NGC 6822

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    2002-01-01

    Resembling curling flames from a campfire, this magnificent nebula in a neighboring galaxy is giving astronomers new insight into the fierce birth of stars as it may have more commonly happened in the early universe. The glowing gas cloud, called Hubble-V, has a diameter of about 200 light-years. A faint tail of nebulosity trailing off the top of the image sits opposite a dense cluster of bright stars at the bottom of the irregularly shaped nebula. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope's resolution and ultraviolet sensitivity reveals a dense knot of dozens of ultra-hot stars nestled in the nebula, each glowing 100,000 times brighter than our Sun. These youthful 4-million-year-old stars are too distant and crowded together to be resolved from ground-based telescopes. The small, irregular host galaxy, called NGC 6822, is one of the Milky Way's closest neighbors and is considered prototypical of the earliest fragmentary galaxies that inhabited the young universe. The galaxy is 1.6 million light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius. The Hubble-V image data was taken with Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) by two science teams: C. Robert O'Dell of Vanderbilt University and collaborators, and Luciana Bianchi of Johns Hopkins University and Osservatorio Astronomico, Torinese, Italy, and collaborators. This color image was produced by The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI). A Hubble image of Hubble-X, another intense star-forming region in NGC 6822, was released by The Heritage Team in January 2001. Credits: NASA, ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) Acknowledgment: C. R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt University) and L. Bianchi (Johns Hopkins University and Osservatorio Astronomico, Torinese, Italy) NOTE TO EDITORS: For additional information, please contact C. R. O'Dell, Vanderbilt University, Physics and Astronomy Dept., Box 1807 Station B, Nashville, TN 37235, (phone) 615-343-1779, (fax) 615-343-7263, (e-mail) cr.odell@vanderbilt.edu or Luciana Bianchi, Johns Hopkins

  15. FOREWORD: International Workshop on the Avogadro Constant and the Representation of the Silicon Mole

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    Basile, Giuseppe; Garfagnini, Raffaello; Mana, Giovanni; Peuto, Anna; Zosi, Gianfranco

    1994-01-01

    This special issue of Metrologia brings together contributions to the International Workshop on the Avogadro Constant and the Representation of the Silicon Mole, held in Turin, Italy, from 9 to 10 March 1994. It was organized by the Istituto di Metrologia "G Colonnetti" (IMGC) del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) and the Istituto di Fisica Generale "A Avogadro" (IFG) dell'Università di Tonno. It was sponsored by the CNR, the University of Turin, the Regione Piemonte, and the Commission of the European Communities DG XII. The workshop was a follow-up to previous international meetings held in Turin to commemorate Amedeo Avogadro, one in 1911 (the centenary of the publication of his hypothesis) and another in 1957 (the centenary of his death). On this occasion the workshop was motivated by the requirements of researchers engaged in the international project on the determination of the Avogadro constant by the x-ray crystal density method. Sixty-four participants representing eight countries attended the workshop. Doctoral students in metrology from Turin University and researchers working in adjacent fields were also present. The lectures were chosen so as to review the different aspects of this project, to illustrate progress in research, and to indicate future developments to scientists working in different fields of physics, metrology and technology. Complementary approaches to the NA determination based on electrical measurements were also reported and analysed. During the workshop, a number of specialist meetings allowed experts to discuss specific topics, to exchange information on results and techniques, and to improve the coordination of their activities. In their opening addresses, Prof. C Castagnoli (Director of the IFG) and Prof. L Crovini (Director of the IMGC) welcomed the participants and introduced the work in progress with a view to making a more precise determination of the Avogadro constant. They mentioned the expected influence of this

  16. Remote sensing and GIS for the modeling of persistent organic pollutant in the marine environment

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    Costanzini, S.; Teggi, S.; Bigi, A.; Ghermandi, G.

    2014-10-01

    The characterization of the marine environment plays an important role in the understanding of the dynamics affecting the transport, fate and persistence (TFP) of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). This work is part of a project funded by the Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca. The aim of the project is the assessment of the TFP of POPs in the Mediterranean sea. The analysis will be carried out at regionalmesoscale (central Mediterranean), and at local spatial scale considering different Italian test sites (the Delta of the Po River, the Venice Lagoon and the estuary of the Rio Nocella). The first step of this work involves the implementation of GIS geodatabases for the definition of the input dataset. The geodatabases were populated with MERIS and MODIS level 2 and level 3 products of Chlorophyll-a (CHL-a), Chromophoric Dissolved Organic Matter (CDOM), Aerosol Optical Thickness (AOT), Diffuse Attenuation Coefficient (DAC), Particulate Inorganic Carbon (PIC), Particulate Organic Carbon (POC) and Sea Surface Temperature (SST). The spatial scale (central Mediterranean sea) and the reference system (Plate Carrée projection) have been imposed as a constraint for the geodatabases. Four geodatabases have been implemented, two for MODIS and two for MERIS products with a monthly, seasonal and climatological temporal scale (2002 -2013). Here, we present a first application of a methodology aimed to identify vulnerable areas to POPs accumulation and persistence. The methodology allowed to assess the spatial distribution of the CHL-a in the central Mediterranean sea. The chlorophyll concentration is related to the amount of nutrients in the water and therefore provides an indicator of the potential presence of POPs. A pilot area of 300 x 200 km located in the North Adriatic sea has been initially considered. The seasonal and climatological MODIS and MERIS CHL-a variability were retrieved and compared with in-situ forcing parameters, i.e. Po River

  17. Oncoplastic breast-conserving surgery in breast cancer treatment Systematic review of the literature.

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    Papanikolaou, Joannis G

    2016-01-01

    mostrato delle debolezze significative, tra cui l’assenza di un disegno robusto e limiti metodologici, che influenzano negativamente la generalizzabilità dei risultati. Le attuali evidenze a sostegno dell’efficacia di chirurgia oncoplastica si basano su studi mal progettati e etodologicamente indeboliti. Ulteriori studi e in particolare studi randomizzati controllati, sono tenuti a valutare la sicurezza oncologica e i risultati estetici di chirurgia oncoplastica della mammella, riportando elementi sui risultati oncologici a lungo termine, i risultati estetici e tassi di sopravvivenza delle pazienti trattate con questa tecnica.

  18. A geological-acoustical framework for an integrated environmental evaluation in Mediterranean marine protected areas. Marettimo Island, a case study

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    Agate, M.; Catalano, R.; Chemello, R.; Lo Iacono, C.; Riggio, S.

    2003-04-01

    A GEOLOGICAL-ACOUSTICAL FRAMEWORK FOR AN INTEGRATED ENVIRONMENTAL EVALUATION IN MEDITERRANEAN MARINE PROTECTED AREAS. MARETTIMO ISLAND, A CASE STUDY. M. Agate (1), R. Catalano (1), R. Chemello (2), C. Lo Iacono (1) &S. Riggio (2) (1)Dipartimento di Geologia e Geodesia dell'Università di Palermo, via Archirafi 26, 90123 Palermo, clageo@katamail.com, rcatal@unipa.it (2)Dipartimento di Biologia animale dell'Università di Palermo, via Archirafi 18, 90123 Palermo,rchemello@unipa.it New analytical methods have been designed to support an objective quantitative evaluation of geological components whose results dictate the lines for a sustainable use of the natural resources. We tried to adopt the fundaments of the seascape concept, based on the thematic elements of landscape ecology and translated into terms fitting with the principles of coastal ecology. The seascape concept is central to our view of the environment and is referred to as an integrated unit (Environmental Unit) resulting from a long multidisciplinary approach, carried out in both the field and the laboratory by an interdisciplinary team of experts. Side Scan Sonar and Multi Beam acoustical data collected in the Marettimo and Ustica Islands (south-western Tyrrhenian Sea))inner shelves, make possible to sketch geomorphological and sedimentological maps, whose details have been tested as deep as 45 m in diving surveys. On the basis of the collected data sets, the inner shelf (0-60 m) has been subdivided into different portions, following the concept of the Environmental Unit (E.U). Every E.U. presents constant morphological and sedimentological features that, probably, can be associated to specified biological communities. In order to find the relationships between physical settings and communities, geological thematic maps are eventually overlaid and fitted to macrobenthic and fishery spatial distribution maps. The result, based on the rule of the Environmental Impact Assessment, puts into evidence the

  19. Cellular and humoral inflammatory response after laparoscopic and conventional colorectal surgery. Preliminary report.

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    Laforgia, Rita; D'Elia, Giovanna; Lattarulo, Serafina; Mestice, Anna; Volpi, Annalisa

    La laparoscopia rappresenta un approccio ormai noto per trattare chirurgicamente le patologie benigne e maligne colorettali e numerosi autori hanno riportato una risposta immunologica migliore nei pazienti sottoposti a chirurgia laparoscopica eseguendo un confronto con la chirurgia colorettale tradizionale. Il trauma chirurgico determina una risposta immunitaria locale che può diventare una risposta sistemica in seguito agli stimoli infiammatori e ciò porta ad attivazione del sistema immunitario in difesa dal trauma chirurgico e contemporaneamente una modulazione negativa con immunosoppressione circa l’eventuale difesa dalle infezioni e la diffusione di cellule neoplastiche. Lo scopo del nostro studio è valutare la differente risposta bioumorale al trauma chirurgico in pazienti sottoposti a resezione colica per via videolaparoscopica ed in pazienti sottoposti ad analogo intervento per via laparotomica convenzionale. Sono stati arruolati quattordici pazienti, con patologia maligna colorettale, di cui 7 sottoposti a chirurgia laparoscopica e 7 a chirurgia tradizionale, selezionati in base all’anamnesi negativa per pregressa patologia neoplastica e/o per patologie particolarmente invalidanti ed in base alla stadiazione del tumore, per cui non vi era evidenza di metastasi a distanza. Tutti i campioni sono stati collezionati prima dell’intervento e dopo di esso, alle 24 ore e a 7 giorni e sottoposti ad analisi di laboratorio: analisi ELISA, determinazione PCR tramite dosaggio immunoturbidimetrico quantitativo, fenotipizzazione delle cellule immunitarie. Abbiamo osservato un incremento significativo dei livelli circolanti di Proteina CReattiva (PCR) alle 24h dall’intervento nel gruppo convenzionale. Il valore dell’Interleuchina-6 (IL-6) ha subito un aumento nell’immediato postoperatorio dopo approccio laparoscopico. I livelli delle sottopopolazioni linfocitarie subiscono minor elevazione nel gruppo laparoscopico. In conclusione, la produzione di mediatori

  20. A multi-disciplinary approach for the structural monitoring of Cultural Heritages in a seismic area

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    Fabrizia Buongiorno, Maria; Musacchio, Massimo; Guerra, Ignazio; Porco, Giacinto; Stramondo, Salvatore; Casula, Giuseppe; Caserta, Arrigo; Speranza, Fabio; Doumaz, Fawzi; Giovanna Bianchi, Maria; Luzi, Guido; Ilaria Pannaccione Apa, Maria; Montuori, Antonio; Gaudiosi, Iolanda; Vecchio, Antonio; Gervasi, Anna; Bonali, Elena; Romano, Dolores; Falcone, Sergio; La Piana, Carmelo

    2014-05-01

    , synthetic aperture radar, optical, multispectral and panchromatic measurements), static and dynamic structural health monitoring analysis (e.g. screening tests with georadar, sonic instruments, sclerometers and optic fibers). The final purpose of the proposed approach is the development of an investigation methodology for short- and long-term Cultural Heritages preservation in response to seismic stress, which has specific features of scalability, modularity and exportability for every possible monitoring configuration. Moreover, it allows gathering useful information to furnish guidelines for Institution and local Administration to plan consolidation actions and therefore prevention activity. Some preliminary results will be presented for the test site of Calabria Region, where some architectural heritages have been properly selected as case studies for monitoring purposes. *The present work is supported and funded by Ministero dell'Università, dell'Istruzione e della Ricerca (MIUR) under the research project PON01-02710 "MASSIMO" - "Monitoraggio in Area Sismica di Sistemi Monumentali".

  1. {Use of isotopic tracers for the study of the interaction of surface water and groundwater in a karst environment.}

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    Cuomo, A.

    2009-04-01

    Domenico Guida1, Michele Guida2, Albina Cuomo1, Davide Guadagnuolo2, Antonia Longobardi1, Vincenzo Siervo3 1 Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile dell'Università di Salerno 2 Dipartimento di Fisica dell'Università di Salerno 3 C.U.G. RI., Salerno Groundwater and surface water resources management represents a present key issue, both in the hydrogeological and the hydrological fields. An integrated approach, accounting for hydrogeological, hydrological, geochemical and biological features can be a valuable tool, being fundamental in karstic landscape because of the great system variability and because of the frequently complex anthropic interaction. In this study we focus on a particular case study, the Bussento river basin, located in the Campania region, Southern Italy, which is well known to hydrogeology and geomorphology scientists for its karstic features, as summit highland with dolines and poljes, lowland with blind valleys, disappearing streams into sinkholes and cave systems. The catchment groundwater circulation is very complex and frequently groundwater inflows from the outside of the hydrological watershed and groundwater outflows toward surrounding drainage systems occur. We aim at propose a validation of a conceptual hydro-geological model (Guida D. et al., 1980; Iaccarino G., et al., 1986; e Guida D. et al.,1988, Guida D. et al., 2005) and to this purpose a measurements campaign, of about one year, has been undertaken along the Bussento for the acquisition of data about the Rn222 concentration in the waters, using a Rad7 water probe and a Rad7H2O (Durridge Inc., South Australia). Besides radon concentration, more chemical and physical variables have been measured, such as pH, water temperature, dissolved oxygen, atmospheric pressure, water conductivity, water resistivity. The preliminary results enable us to consider this as an useful methodology for the localization of the contributions of the groundwaters, diffused along the riverbed, and for their

  2. Impact of nutrition since early life on cardiovascular prevention

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    2012-01-01

    preventivo fondamentale sin dall’epoca prenatale e nelle diverse età della crescita. La condizione metabolica e neuro-endocrino cui è sottoposto il feto è rilevante per la “programmazione metabolica”. E’ dimostrata inoltre l’importanza delle modalità di allattamento e divezzamento con particolare interesse per l’assunzione di proteine nel controllo dei fattori di rischio cardiovascolari. La corretta distribuzione di macronutrienti (lipidi, proteine e carboidrati) dall’infanzia all’adolescenza favorisce una crescita corretta e risulta utile a prevenire l’insorgenza dei determinanti di rischio di malattia cardiovascolare in età adulta. Nella presente review verrà esaminato l’impatto della nutrizione dalle più precoci fasi delle vita sul rischio cardiovascolare. PMID:23259704

  3. Distribution of some organic components in two forest soils profiles with evidence of soil organic matter leaching.

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    Álvarez-Romero, Marta; Papa, Stefania; Lozano-García, Beatriz; Parras-Alcántara, Luis; Coppola, Elio

    2015-04-01

    Soil stores organic carbon more often than we can find in living vegetation and atmosphere together. This reservoir is not inert, but it is constantly in a dynamic phase of inputs and losses. Soil organic carbon mainly depends on land cover, environment conditions and soil properties. After soil deposition, the organic residues of different origin and nature, the Soil Organic Matter (SOM) can be seen involved in two different processes during the pedogenesis: mineralization and humification. The transport process along profile happens under certain conditions such as deposition of high organic residues amount on the top soil, high porosity of the soil caused by sand or skeleton particles, that determine a water strong infiltrating capacity, also, extreme temperatures can slow or stop the mineralization and/or humification process in one intermediate step of the degradation process releasing organic metabolites with high or medium solubility and high loads of water percolating in relation to intense rainfall. The transport process along soil profile can take many forms that can end in the formation of Bh horizons (h means accumulation of SOM in depth). The forest cover nature influence to the quantity and quality of the organic materials deposited with marked differences between coniferous and deciduous especially in relation to resistance to degradation. Two soils in the Campania region, located in Lago Laceno (Avellino - Italy) with different forest cover (Pinus sp. and Fagus sp.) and that meets the requirements of the place and pedological formation suitable for the formation and accumulation of SOM in depth (Bh horizon) were studied. The different soil C fractions were determinated and were assessed (Ciavatta C. et al. 1990; Dell'Abate M.T. et al. 2002) for each soil profile the Total Extractable Lipids (TEL). Furthermore, the lignin were considered as a major component of soil organic matter (SOM), influencing its pool-size and its turnover, due to the high

  4. Assessing Glacier Hazards At Ghiacciaio Del Belvedere, Macugnaga, Italian Alps

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    Haeberli, W.; Chiarle, M.; Mortara, G.; Mazza, A.

    The uppermost section of the Valle Anzasca behind and above the community of Macugnaga in the Italian Alps is one of the most spectacular high-mountain land- scapes in Europe, with gigantic rock walls and numerous steep hanging glaciers. Its main glacier, Ghiacciaio del Belvedere at the foot of the huge Monte Rosa east face, is a heavily debris-covered glacier flowing on a thick sediment bed. Problems with floods, avalanches and debris flows from this ice body have been known for extended time periods. Most recently, however, the evolution of this highly dynamic environ- ment has become more dramatic. An outburst of Lago delle Locce, an ice-dammed lake at the confluenec of the tributary Ghiacciaio delle Locce with Ghiacciaio del Belvedere, caused heavy damage in 1979 and necessitated site investigation and con- struction work to be done for flood protection. The intermittent glacier growth ten- dency in the 1970es induced strong bulging of the glacier surface and, in places, caused the glacier tongue to override historical morains and to destroy newly-grown forest stands. A surge-type flow acceleration started in the lower parts of the Monte- Rosa east face during summer 2000, leading to strong crevassing and deformation of Ghiacciaio del Belvedere and extreme bulging of its orographic right margin. High water pressure and accelerated movement lasted into winter 2001/2002: the ice now started overriding the LIA moraine near Rifugio Zamboni of the CAI. In addition but rather independently, a most active detachment zone for rock falls and debris flows developed for several years now in the east face of Monte Rosa, somewhat more to the south of the accelerated glacier movement and at an altitude where relatively warm permafrost must be expected. Besides the scientific interest in these phenomena, the growing hazard potential to the local infrastructure must be considered seriously. Es- pecially potentials for the destabilization of large rock and ice masses in the

  5. BEAUTY IN THE EYE OF HUBBLE

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    2002-01-01

    or simply dissipate? This image is a composite of data taken by Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 in June 2001 by Bob O'Dell (Vanderbilt University) and collaborators and in January 2002 by The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI). Filters used to create this color image show oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen gas glowing in this object. Image Credit: NASA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) Acknowledgment: C.R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt University)

  6. A comparative study of laparoscopic and open Nissen fundoplication for GERD in Georgia.

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    A Kiladze, Merab; T Giuashvili, Shalva; M Kiladze, Merab; V Elgandashvili, David

    2014-01-01

    Lo studio paragona ed analizza l’efficacia ed i risultati della fundoplicatio di Nissen in laparotomia secondo la modifica di Chernousov (CMNF) e la fundoplicatio totale laparoscopica eseguite in Georgia per la malattia da reflusso gastroesofageo (GERD), prendendo in considerazione la tecnica operatoria, le complicanze postoperatorie, i vantaggi per la sintomatologia, le recidive e la necessità di successivi reinterventi. Si tratta di uno studio prospettico randomizzato eseguito su 243 pazienti: 123 sottoposti alla procedura laparotomica CMNF e 120 pazienti trattati con la fundoplicatio totale laparoscopica. Gli esami pre- e postoperatori comprendono l’endoscopia, lo studio radiologico, un questionario da sottoporre al paziente (secondo lo schema GERD-HQRL) e lo studio clinico. Tutti i paziente sono stati controllati per un follow-up di 10 anni. Questo trial prospettico randomizzato ha mostrato risultati a lungo termine rispettivamente buoni ed eccellenti dopo chirurgia laparotomica e laparoscopica per GERD (92,7% vs 88,5% rispettivamente) (p=0,03). Dopo CMNF laparotomica si sono verificati tre casi di laparocele e 9 casi di modica disfagia. In nessun caso di è registrata una recidiva. Dopo approccio laparoscopico si sono osservati 7 casi di disfagia transitoria per i solidi, 3 casi di stenosi grave a livello cardiaco in rapporto alla plicatura. Vi sono stati due casi di recidiva, 3 casi di reflusso ed 1 caso di ernia epigastrica a livello del foro del trocar. Come nel resto del mondo, attualmente in Georgia la fundoplicatio totale per via laparoscopica rappresenta il metodo preferito di scelta per il trattamento della GERD. Esso presenta i migliori risultati estetici, il minor dolore ed i minori problemi a livello delle ferite, un più breve ricovero e un più precoce ritorno all’attività. Anche la procedura CMNF laparotomica è efficace e sicura. In essa si previene la sindrome da scivolamento ed è caratterizzata da un migliore controllo del reflusso ed

  7. Laparoscopic drainage of a recurrent psoas abscess.

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    Neola, Benedetto; D'Ambra, Michele; Capasso, Stefano; Russo, Milena; Ferulano, Giuseppe Paolo

    2014-03-28

    Negli ultimi anni, gli ascessi del muscolo ileopsoas sono stati riportati in letteratura con crescente frequenza, probabilmente a causa del largo impiego della TC nella diagnostica differenziale delle algie lombari. Qui presentiamo il caso di una paziente che ha sviluppato un ascesso dell’ileopsoas post-traumatico. Una donna di 43 anni riferiva febbre da 4 settimane, anoressia, dolore al fianco destro e alla regione lombare e difficoltà alla deambulazione. Tale sintomatologia, insorta per la prima volta 20 anni prima in seguito ad una caduta da cavallo, si ripresentava ciclicamente. Per il controllo della febbre e del dolore, la paziente assumeva una terapia antibiotica empirica. Al momento del ricovero gli esami ematochimici mostravano una moderata leucocitosi. La TC dell’addome evidenziava un grosso ascesso multiloculato dello psoas destro ed una lesione ipodensa del sesto segmento epatico. Considerando la lunga storia di infezioni ricorrenti e l’indicazione ad investigare ulteriormente la lesione epatica, si optava per il drenaggio laparoscopico della lesione: aperta completamente la parete dell’ascesso, venivano drenati 550ml di liquido purulento la cui coltura evidenziava la presenza di Stafilococco aureo. Una ecografia del fegato intraoperatoria con sonda laparoscopica escludeva la presenza di una lesione resecabile del sesto segmento epatico e ne confermava la natura infiammatoria. La paziente veniva dimessa in terza giornata operatoria con terapia antibiotica mirata sull’antibiogramma. Nè febbre, nè dolore sono stati più riferiti ai successivi controlli a 1, 6, 12 e 24 mesi dall’intervento. Molti Autori ritengono che gli ascessi dell’ileopsoas possano essere controllati con terapia antibiotica ed eventualmente attraverso il drenaggio percutaneo, riservando il drenaggio chirurgico ai casi complessi o recidivanti. Tuttavia la letteratura non chiarisce se sia da preferire il drenaggio chirurgico con accesso open o laparoscopico. Nella nostra

  8. Minilaparoscopic cholecystectomy a one year record.

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    Di Bartolomeo, Nicola; Mascioli, Federico; Ciampaglia, Franco

    2015-01-01

    Negli ultimi anni, alcuni chirurghi hanno cercato di rendere sempre meno invasiva la procedura della colecistectomia videolaparoscopica, riducendo il calibro degli strumenti. Nel nostro studio si vogliono dimostrare i vantaggi nell’utilizzo di strumenti miniaturizzati (con diametro di 3mm), comparandoli con la colecistectomia laparoscopica realizzata con strumenti da 5mm. I parametri analizzati nello studio sono: la durata dell’intervento, la durata della degenza, il dolore postoperatorio, le complicanze ed il risultato estetico. Lo studio si basa su una casistica personale di 114 pazienti trattati in un periodo di 12 mesi. Tutti i pazienti sono stati trattati per calcolosi sintomatica della colecisti o per poliposi della colecisti. In 102 pazienti si è trattato di colecistectomia minilaparoscopica e in 12 colecistectomia laparoscopica con strumenti da 5mm o perchè presentavano un eccessivo spessore delle pareti della colecisti che rendeva difficoltosa la presa sull’organo con strumenti di 3mm, o perchè presentavano calcoli lungo la via biliare principale e si rendeva quindi necessario eseguire una colangiografia intraoperatoria. L’esecuzione della tecnica minilaparoscopica richiede particolari accorgimenti per superare piccole difficoltà tecniche in rapporto alla maggiore flessibilità degli stumenti di ridotto calibro e all’impossibilità di applicare clips metalliche con i trocars da 3mm. E’ necessario legare con filo di sutura il dotto cistico mediante nodi intracorporei e coagulare l’arteria cistica con corrente monopolare. La durata dell’intervento risulta in media di 47 minuti per la colecistectomia con strumenti da 5mm e di 50 minuti per la colecistectomia minilaparoscopica. La degenza media è stata di 49 ore per la colecistectomia con strumenti da 5mm e di 18 ore per la colecistectomia minilaparoscopica; 73 pazienti sono stati dimessi lo stesso giorno dell’intervento. Il dolore post operatorio è risultato inferiore nei pazienti

  9. Documenting Architectural Heritage in Bahia, Brazil, Using Spherical Photogrammetry

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    De Amorim, A. L.; Fangi, G.; Malinverni, E. S.

    2013-07-01

    The Cultural Heritage disappears at a rate higher than we are able, not only, to restore but also to document: human and natural factors, negligence or worst, deliberate demolitions put in danger the collective Architectural Heritage (AH). According to CIPA statements, the recording is important and has to follow some guidelines. The Architectural and Urban Heritage data have to be historically related, critically assessed and analyzed, before to be organized according to a thematic structure and become available for further uses. This paper shows the experiences developed by the Laboratory of Computer Graphics applied to Architecture and Design (LCAD), at the Architecture School of the Federal University of Bahia (FAUFBA), Brazil, in cooperation with the Università Politecnica delle Marche (UNIVPM, DICEA Department), Italy, in documenting architectural heritage. The research set up now has been carried out in the historical sites of Bahia, as Pelourinho neighborhood, a World Heritage by UNESCO. Other historical sites are in the plan of this survey, like the cities of Lençóis and Mucugê in Chapada Diamantina region. The aim is to build a technological platform based on low cost digital technologies and open source tools, such as Panoramic Spherical Photogrammetry, Spatial Database, Geographic Information Systems, Three-dimensional Geometric Modeling, CAD technology, for the collection, validation and dissemination of AH.

  10. Elettrodinamica classica

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    Lechner, Kurt

    Nella scoperta della Relatività Ristretta l'Elettrodinamica, rappresentando una teoria relativistica per eccellenza, ha giocato un ruolo fondamentale. Il principio di relativit` a einsteiniana, che afferma che tutte le leggi della fisica devono avere la stessa forma in tutti i sistemi di riferimento inerziali, è emerso con forza da questa teoria ed è andato consolidandosi sempre di più, man mano che le nostre conoscenze del mondo microscopico sono diventate più complete: tutte le interazioni fondamentali rispettano infatti tale principio. Il modo più semplice ed elegante per implementarlo — difatti l'unico di un'utilità concreta — è rappresentato dal paradigma della covarianza a vista nell'ambito del calcolo tensoriale. Questo paradigma è stato applicato con successo a tutte le teorie di carattere fondamentale, come le teorie che descrivono le quattro interazioni fondamentali e le più speculative teorie di superstringa, e mantiene la sua piena efficacia anche in teoria quantistica. La nostra esposizione dell'Elettrodinamica classica si baserà dunque a ragione su questo paradigma.

  11. ISO Guest Observer Data Analysis and LWS Instrument Team Activities

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    Smith, Howard

    2001-01-01

    The following is an interim annual report. Dr. Smith is currently on an extended TDY to the Istituto di Fisica dello Spazio Interplanetario (IFSI) at the Consilio Nazionale delle Richerche (CNR) in Rome, Italy, where he has been working on a related NASA grant in support of analysis of Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) data on star formation in Ultra Luminous Infrared Galaxies and our galaxy. Work emphasizes development of metal mesh grids for use in spacecraft, and the design and fabrication of test elements by the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington D.C. Work has progressed well, but slowly, on that program due to the departure of a key engineer. NASA has been advised of the delay, and granted a no-cost extension, whereby SAO has authorized a delay in the final report from NRL. Nevertheless NRL has continued to make progress. Two papers have been submitted to refereed journals related to this program, and a new design for mesh operating in the 20-40 micron region has been developed. Meetings continue through the summer on these items. A new technical scientist has been made a job offer and hopefully will be on board NRL shortly, although most of the present grant work is already completed. A more complete report, with copies of the submitted papers, designs, and other measures of progress, will be submitted to NASA in September when Dr. Smith returns from his current TDY.

  12. Taming parallel I/O complexity with auto-tuning

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    Behzad, Babak; Luu, Huong Vu Thanh; Huchette, Joseph; Byna, Surendra; Prabhat, -; Aydt, Ruth; Koziol, Quincey; Snir, Marc

    2013-11-17

    We present an auto-tuning system for optimizing I/O performance of HDF5 applications and demonstrate its value across platforms, applications, and at scale. The system uses a genetic algorithm to search a large space of tunable parameters and to identify effective settings at all layers of the parallel I/O stack. The parameter settings are applied transparently by the auto-tuning system via dynamically intercepted HDF5 calls. To validate our auto-tuning system, we applied it to three I/O benchmarks (VPIC, VORPAL, and GCRM) that replicate the I/O activity of their respective applications. We tested the system with different weak-scaling configurations (128, 2048, andmore » 4096 CPU cores) that generate 30 GB to 1 TB of data, and executed these configurations on diverse HPC platforms (Cray XE6, IBM BG/P, and Dell Cluster). In all cases, the auto-tuning framework identified tunable parameters that substantially improved write performance over default system settings. In conclusion, we consistently demonstrate I/O write speedups between 2x and 100x for test configurations.« less

  13. Quadrantectomy with oxidized regenerated cellulose ("QUORC"): an innovative oncoplastic technique in breast conserving surgery.

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    Franceschini, Gianluca; Sanchez, Alejandro Martin; Visconti, Giuseppe; Di Leone, Alba; Salgarello, Marzia; Masetti, Riccardo

    2015-01-01

    La chirurgia oncoplastica della mammella ha generato grande entusiasmo negli ultimi anni ed è diventata una componente integrante ed essenziale del trattamento chirurgico dei tumori del seno. Le tecniche oncoplastiche associano i migliori principi della chirurgia oncologica con i migliori principi della chirurgia plastica per ottenere margini indenni da malattia ed al tempo stesso ottimizzare i risultati estetici. Grazie a queste procedure, il trattamento conservativo della mammella è stato esteso ad includere un gruppo di pazienti che altrimenti richiederebbero una mastectomia per ottenere radicalità oncologica. Tuttavia, anche con l’uso delle procedure oncoplastiche, gli esiti cosmetici possono risultare insoddisfacenti nei tumori di voluminose dimensioni in cui è necessario eseguire ampie exeresi parenchimali in particolare in seni di medio-piccole dimensioni. Recentemente, è stato quindi proposto l’uso di Cellulosa Ossidata Rigenerata come biomateriale ricostruttivo per ottimizzare i risultati estetici dopo chirurgia oncoplastica. Lo scopo di questo articolo è quello di descrivere il modello standard di una innovativa tecnica oncoplastica con cellulose ossidata, che abbiamo denominato “QUORC“ (QUadrantectomy with Oxidized Regenerated Cellulose), grazie alla quale sembra possibile migliorare i risultati estetici e ridurre al minimo le possibili complicanze post-operatorie.

  14. Reduction mammoplasty using oxidized regenerated cellulose as a filler in breast conservation surgery.

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    Franceschini, Gianluca; Sanchez, Alejandro Martin; Visconti, Giuseppe; Di Leone, Alba; D'Archi, Sabatino; Mulè, Antonino; Santoro, Angela; Salgarello, Marzia; Masetti, Riccardo

    La chirurgia oncoplastica della mammella ha suscitato grande interesse negli ultimi anni ed è progressivamente divenuta una componente integrante ed essenziale del trattamento chirurgico conservativo dei tumori del seno. Le tecniche di chirurgia oncoplastica combinano i migliori principi della chirurgia oncologica con in migliori principi della chirurgia plastica con lo scopo di ottenere margini indenni da malattia ed al tempo stesso ottimizzare i risultati estetici. In particolare le tecniche di mastoplastica riduttiva sono state applicate in pazienti con seni medio-grandi e ptosici per ottimizzare i risultati oncologici ed estetici. Grazie a queste procedure il trattamento conservativo della mammella è stato esteso ad includere un gruppo di pazienti che altrimenti avrebbero richiesto una mastectomia associata a complessi interventi di ricostruzione mammaria. Tuttavia anche con l’applicazione delle tecniche di mastoplastica riduttiva gli esiti cosmetici possono risultare insoddisfacenti, in particolar modo in pazienti con seni medi che richiedono ampie resezioni parenchimali per tumori di voluminose dimensioni, localizzati nei quadranti supero-interni o inferiori. Recentemente è stato quindi proposto l’utilizzo della cellulosa ossidata rigenerata come biomateriale ricostruttivo per ottimizzare i risultati estetici nella chirurgia oncoplastica. Lo scopo di questo articolo è quello di descrivere il modello standard di una innovativa tecnica oncoplastica con cellulosa ossidata rigenerata che abbiamo denominato “QUORC” (QUadrantectomy with Oxidized Regenerated Cellulose) grazie alla quale sembra possibile migliorare i risultati estetici e ridurre al minimo le possibile complicanze post-operatorie, come infezioni ed ematomi, nella chirurgia oncoplastica con tecnica di mastoplastica riduttiva.

  15. Geology and ground shaking: The April 25--26, 1992 Cape Mendocino earthquake sequence

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    Moley, K.; Dengler, L. . Dept. of Geology)

    1993-04-01

    The authors present a simplified geologic map of Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, California and compare it to Modified Mercalli Intensities (MMI) produced by the April 25, 1992 M[sub S] = 7.1, and April 26 Ms = 6.6, and Ms = 6.7 Cape Mendocino earthquakes. The generalized geology was compiled from California Division of Mines and Geology Regional Geology Maps, and area geologic mapping by the USGS and Humboldt State University. Six rock/sediment groups are distinguished by considering lithology, consolidation, compaction, bedding orientation and degree of shearing: (1) landslides and glacial deposits; (2) bay muds and fill, alluvium, lake deposits and beach sand; (3) quaternary marine and non-marine deposits; (4) unstable bedrock; (5) moderately stable bedrock; (6) intrusions. Intensity values for the Saturday earthquake were calculated from over 2,000 surveys to individuals and businesses in the northcoast area by an algorithm based on a weighted sum of survey responses. Numerical data was compiled for over 100 locations in the region. The intensity VIII and greater zone encompassed an area of about 500 km[sup 2] including the communities of Petrolia, Ferndale and Rio Dell. Ground motion generally decays with distance in a roughly radial pattern. A different approach was taken to estimate the pattern of shaking in the two Sunday earthquakes. These earthquakes occurred when most respondents were sleeping and their perception of ground motion was likely to be affected.

  16. Glucose Levels in Culture Medium Determine Cell Death Mode in MPP+-treated Dopaminergic Neuronal Cells

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    Yoon, So-Young

    2015-01-01

    We previously demonstrated that 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP+) causes caspase-independent, non-apoptotic death of dopaminergic (DA) neuronal cells. Here, we specifically examined whether change of glucose concentration in culture medium may play a role for determining cell death modes of DA neurons following MPP+ treatment. By incubating MN9D cells in medium containing varying concentrations of glucose (5~35 mM), we found that cells underwent a distinct cell death as determined by morphological and biochemical criteria. At 5~10 mM glucose concentration (low glucose levels), MPP+ induced typical of the apoptotic dell death accompanied with caspase activation and DNA fragmentation as well as cell shrinkage. In contrast, MN9D cells cultivated in medium containing more than 17.5 mM (high glucose levels) did not demonstrate any of these changes. Subsequently, we observed that MPP+ at low glucose levels but not high glucose levels led to ROS generation and subsequent JNK activation. Therefore, MPP+-induced cell death only at low glucose levels was significantly ameliorated following co-treatment with ROS scavenger, caspase inhibitor or JNK inhibitor. We basically confirmed the quite similar pattern of cell death in primary cultures of DA neurons. Taken together, our results suggest that a biochemically distinct cell death mode is recruited by MPP+ depending on extracellular glucose levels. PMID:26412968

  17. Immunohistochemistry predicts nucleophosmin (NPM) mutations in acute myeloid leukemia.

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    Falini, Brunangelo; Martelli, Maria Paola; Bolli, Niccolò; Bonasso, Rossella; Ghia, Emanuela; Pallotta, Maria Teresa; Diverio, Daniela; Nicoletti, Ildo; Pacini, Roberta; Tabarrini, Alessia; Galletti, Barbara Verducci; Mannucci, Roberta; Roti, Giovanni; Rosati, Roberto; Specchia, Giorgina; Liso, Arcangelo; Tiacci, Enrico; Alcalay, Myriam; Luzi, Lucilla; Volorio, Sara; Bernard, Loris; Guarini, Anna; Amadori, Sergio; Mandelli, Franco; Pane, Fabrizio; Lo-Coco, Francesco; Saglio, Giuseppe; Pelicci, Pier-Giuseppe; Martelli, Massimo F; Mecucci, Cristina

    2006-09-15

    Nucleophosmin (NPM) exon-12 mutations occur in 50% to 60% of adult acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with normal karyotype and are predictors of favorable prognosis. We evaluated bone marrow or peripheral blood samples from 450 adult patients with AML of the GIMEMA (Gruppo Italiano Malattie Ematologiche Maligne dell'Adulto)/AML12 EORTC (European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer) trial to (1) search for new exon-12 NPM mutations; (2) determine whether NPM immunostaining on paraffin-embedded biopsies predicts NPM mutations; and (3) investigate altered nucleocytoplasmic NPM traffic in primary AML cells. Fourteen NPM mutations, including 8 new variants, were identified. All 200 AML cases expressing cytoplasmic NPM (NPMc(+) AML) carried NPM mutations. None of the 250 cases with nucleus-restricted NPM (NPMc(-) AML) was mutated. At the C-terminus, NPM leukemic mutants carried mutations of only tryptophan 290 or of both tryptophans 288 and 290 and a new nuclear export signal (NES) motif, which appear to underlie their nuclear export. The specific Crm1/exportin-1 inhibitor leptomycin-B relocated NPM mutants from cytoplasm to nucleus of primary NPMc(+) AML cells, demonstrating that nuclear export is NES dependent. NPM mutants bound and recruited wild-type NPM into leukemic cell cytoplasm. Because alterations at C-terminus of leukemic NPM mutants are similar, immunohistochemistry detects all exon-12 NPM mutations and is a valuable, inexpensive tool in the diagnostic-prognostic work-up of patients with AML with normal karyotype.

  18. Wide-band IR imaging in the NIR-MIR-FIR regions for in situ analysis of frescoes

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    Daffara, C.; Pezzati, L.; Ambrosini, D.; Paoletti, D.; Di Biase, R.; Mariotti, P. I.; Frosinini, C.

    2011-06-01

    Imaging methods offer several advantages in the field of conservation allowing to perform non-invasive inspection of works of art. In particular, non-invasive techniques based on imaging in different infrared (IR) regions are widely used for the investigation of paintings. Using radiation beyond the visible range, different characteristics of the inspected artwork may be revealed according to the bandwidth acquired. In this paper we present the recent results of a joint project among the two research institutes DIMEG and CNR-INO, and the restoration facility Opificio delle Pietre Dure, concerning the wide-band integration of IR imaging techniques, in the spectral ranges NIR 0.8-2.5 μm, MIR 3-5 μm, and FIR 8-12 μm, for in situ analysis of artworks. A joint, multi-mode use of reflection and thermal bands is proposed for the diagnostics of mural paintings, and it is demonstrated to be an effective tool in inspecting the layered structure. High resolution IR reflectography and, to a greater extent, IR imaging in the 3-5 μm band, are effectively used to characterize the superficial layer of the fresco and to analyze the stratigraphy of different pictorial layers. IR thermography in the 8-12 μm band is used to characterize the support deep structure. The integration of all the data provides a multi- layered and multi-spectral representation of the fresco that yields a comprehensive analysis.

  19. Old italian reference systems and their applications

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    Baiocchi, Valerio; Lelo, Keti

    2010-05-01

    The history of geodetic systems used in Italy from the end of the XIX century to the beginning of the XXth century is complex and, in the past, this has led some researcher to misinterpretations. For this reason an explanation of geodetic systems used in Italy in this period is reported in this paper. Towards the end of the XIXth century, the " Ufficio Tecnico del Corpo di Stato Maggiore" (first nucleus of the future IGM) was entrusted to unify the geodetic reference systems of the Italian pre-union states to produce a unique Italian Datum for the whole national territory. At the same time, the "Ufficio del Catasto" (National Cadastre Office), for its purposes, began the production of a cartography in projection Cassini-Soldner representing only the thematic layer of its interest: the delimitations of properties. Although officially the Datums used in those years are the same both for cadastre and IGM (Genoa, Monte Mario, Castanea delle Furie), in many cases temporary orientations were used on cadastral maps and the values of first, second and third order vertexes do not coincide with those definitive ones used by the IGM. This ambiguity led frequently to misinterpretation and errors to georeferenciation of present and historic Italian cartography

  20. Pescara benchmark: overview of modelling, testing and identification

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    Bellino, A.; Brancaleoni, F.; Bregant, L.; Carminelli, A.; Catania, G.; Di Evangelista, A.; Gabriele, S.; Garibaldi, L.; Marchesiello, S.; Sorrentino, S.; Spina, D.; Valente, C.; Zuccarino, L.

    2011-07-01

    The `Pescara benchmark' is part of the national research project `BriViDi' (BRIdge VIbrations and DIagnosis) supported by the Italian Ministero dell'Universitá e Ricerca. The project is aimed at developing an integrated methodology for the structural health evaluation of railway r/c, p/c bridges. The methodology should provide for applicability in operating conditions, easy data acquisition through common industrial instrumentation, robustness and reliability against structural and environmental uncertainties. The Pescara benchmark consisted in lab tests to get a consistent and large experimental data base and subsequent data processing. Special tests were devised to simulate the train transit effects in actual field conditions. Prestressed concrete beams of current industrial production both sound and damaged at various severity corrosion levels were tested. The results were collected either in a deterministic setting and in a form suitable to deal with experimental uncertainties. Damage identification was split in two approaches: with or without a reference model. In the first case f.e. models were used in conjunction with non conventional updating techniques. In the second case, specialized output-only identification techniques capable to deal with time-variant and possibly non linear systems were developed. The lab tests allowed validating the above approaches and the performances of classical modal based damage indicators.

  1. Rare case of isolated osteochondroma of the zygomatic bone: an endoscopic-assisted approach.

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    Romano, Antonio; Dell'Aversana, Giovanni; Corvino, Raffaele; Abbate, Vincenzo; Iaconetta, Giorgio; Califano, Luigi

    2015-11-03

    L’osteocondroma è una neoplasia benigna che nel distretto cranio-facciale colpisce spesso il corpo ed il ramo mandibolare e soltanto di rado può interessare il processo coronoide e l’arco zygomatico. In questo articolo descriviamo un raro caso di osteocondroma isolato dell’osso zygomatico trattato mediante approccio chirurgico intraorale endoscopicamente assistito ed in letteratura non sono riportati altri casi di questa patologia trattati con procedure endoscopicamente assistite. Una donna caucasica di cinquantadue anni, è stata osservata nel nostro reparto nel mese di marzo del 2012, la paziente lamentava dolore in regione zygomatica destra. La tomografia computerizzata (TC) del distretto osseo interessato mostrava una lesione sessile non definita. Il sospetto diagnostico è stato di osteocondroma. L’intervento è stato realizzato in anestesia generale mediante approccio intraorale endoscopicamente assistito. All’esame istologico del campione operatorio è stata confermata la diagnosi di osteocondroma. Nell’immediato post operatorio la paziente non ha presentato edema, dolore o febbre. L’uso dell’endoscopia nel trattamento chirurgico di questa patologia quindi ha consentito di ottenere una maggiore precisione e una maggiore rispetto delle strutture anatomiche. L’approccio intraorale ci garantisce l’assenza di cicatrici visibili e l’ausilio dell’endoscopia ci consente di avere una migliore visione di tutte le strutture anatomiche, una buona gestione della patologia riducendo quindi il rischio di complicanze intraoperatorie quali: fratture patologiche e lesioni del VII nervo cranico.

  2. Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy as palliative treatment for malignant ascites A single-center experience and a review of the literature.

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    Graziosi, Luigina; Marino, Elisabetta; De Angelis, Verena; Rebonato, Alberto; Donini, Annibale

    L’ascite maligna rappresenta il quadro avanzato di anormale accumulo di liquido intraperitoneale in pazienti con carcinosi peritoneale. Questa condizione clinica può rappresentare la condizione terminale di questa patologia a pessima prognosi inficiando inoltre la qualità di vita dei pazienti. Le opzioni terapeutiche includono differenti procedure che hanno tuttavia una limitata efficacia e alcune criticità; diuretici, paracentesi, shunt veno-peritoneali, inibitori delle metallo proteasi, immunomodulatori e agenti biologici rappresentano alcuni esempi di queste procedure. Nessuno di questi approcci terapeutici rappresenta a oggi lo standard of care per questa patologia data la scarsa efficienza e l’alto grado di effetti collaterali. L’introduzione della chirurgia citoriduttiva e della chemio terapia ipertermica intraperitoneale sembra essere un approccio terapeutico valido nel trattamento dell’ascite maligna refrattaria, introdotto nelle ultime due decadi e che tutt’ora necessita di validazione scientifica. In questo lavoro condividiamo la nostra esperienza di tre casi affetti da ascite maligna refrattaria trattati con HIPEC; facciamo inoltre una revisione della letteratura.

  3. Problems Caused by Microbes and Treatment Strategies Downstream Petroleum Microbiology - An Industry Perspective

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    McFarlane, Elaine

    In the mid 1800's it was discovered that crude oil could be extracted and exploited to produce energy. However, it was the invention of the first four-stroke internal combustion engine in 1876 that transformed the petroleum industry from a localised to a global business (Dell and Rand, 2004). Crude oil is made into useable products at the refinery via separation, conversion and treatment processes. Separation starts with distillation where the crude is evaporated and condensed into fractions based on their boiling ranges (Fig. 19.1). As well as carbon and hydrogen, the fractions consist of sulphur, nitrogen and oxygen (present in low concentrations) and metals like copper and iron (in trace amounts). After separation, heavy fractions are converted into lighter ones using intense heat, pressure and a catalyst to speed up chemical reactions. Molecules like sulphur can then be stripped out by heat treatment under pressure with hydrogen. Injection of refinery additives makes a finished fuel. For example, static dissipator is added to Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) to reduce the risk of spark and explosion during fuel movements; middle distillate flow improver to improve low temperature operability and lubricity improver to lubricate engine components. Finally, fuel quality measurements are made to ensure that the finished fuel meets the relevant specification.

  4. Electromagnetic and ultrasonic investigations on a roman marble slab

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    Capizzi, Patrizia; Cosentino, Pietro L.

    2010-05-01

    The archaeological Museum of Rome (Museo delle Terme di Diocleziano) asked our group about the physical consistency of a marble slab (II - III century AD) that has recently fallen down during the transportation for an exhibition. In fact, due to insurance conflict, it was necessary to control the new fractures due to the recent accident and distinguish them from the ancient ones. The sculptured slab (today's size is 1280 x 70 x 9 cm), cut at the ends for a re-use as an inscription in the rear face, was restored (assemblage of different broken parts and cleaning) in contemporary times. We used different methodologies to investigate the slab: namely a pacometer (Protovale Elcometer) to individuate internal coupling pins, GPR (2000 MHz) and Ultrasonic (55 kHz) tomographic high-density surveys to investigate the internal extension of all the visible fractures and to search for the unknown internal ones. For every methodology used the quality of the acquired data was relatively high. They have been processed and compared to give a set of information useful for the bureaucratic problems of the Museum. Later on, the data have been processed in depth, for studying how to improve the data processing and for extracting all the information contained in the whole set of experimental data. Finally, the results of such a study in depth are exposed in detail.

  5. The Metric Documentation of Cham Towers in Vietnam by Spherical Photogrammetry

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    Fangi, G.; Malinverni, E. S.; Tassetti, A. N.

    2013-07-01

    The Università Politecnica delle Marche is charged of the study, survey and documentation of the Chan towers in Vietnam. The towers are spread near the coastline from latitude 16° 30', to latitude of 10° 56'. The Champa civilization flourished from 8th century till 17th century produced the Cham towers, places of religious worship. The ancient Cham people created a developed culture expressed in the architecture in the towers, which were Buddhist temples. Roughly there are six different architectonic styles and two different layouts in plan. One lay-out is that one main tower is surrounded by smaller service buildings, like walls, doors, gates; the other layout is a set of three aligned towers. We carried out the documentation with three different techniques, laser scanning, dense point clouds generation with SfM (Structure from Motion) algorithm, and mainly by Panoramic Spherical Photogrammetry (PSP). Laser scanning is indeed the best instrument but sometimes its availability is very limited for different practical and logistic reasons. The point cloud generation produced good results, but it has some problems and limitations of management too. On the other hand PSP is very quick technique in the taking phase, but the restitution is rather slow. PSP is suitable for a good metric documentation, making the Cham tower project the main project of documentation executed with spherical photogrammetry.

  6. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid from extruded linseed influences the fatty acid composition and sensory characteristics of dry-cured ham from heavy pigs.

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    Musella, M; Cannata, S; Rossi, R; Mourot, J; Baldini, P; Corino, C

    2009-11-01

    Twenty-four barrows (78.1 +/- 1.7 kg of initial BW) were fed a control diet (2.5% sunflower oil) or an experimental diet containing 5% whole extruded linseed. Both diets were supplemented with 170 mg of vitamin E/kg of feed. At slaughter (160 +/- 9.2 kg of BW), 6 hams were collected per group and delivered to Stazione Sperimentale per l'Industria delle Conserve Alimentari of Parma for seasoning. There was no effect (P > 0.05) of diet on the physicochemical characteristics of dry-cured ham. The linseed diet increased (P < 0.05) the content of n-3 PUFA in trimmed fat (green ham), semimembranosus muscle, subcutaneous adipose tissue, and the whole slice (dry-cured ham). Moreover, there was a decrease in the n-6:n-3 PUFA ratio from 12 to 3 in all of those tissues. In contrast, the greater alpha-linolenic acid content in linseed caused an increase in the iodine value of green hams to a value that is not accepted by the Parma Ham Consortium. A sensory consumer test indicated that linseed-enriched dry-cured ham had the least acceptance score for odor, taste, and overall acceptability descriptors. These data suggest that the use of extruded linseed for pig feed is an acceptable way to improve the nutritional quality of long-cured pork products but could be limited by negative effects on the sensory characteristics of dry-cured ham.

  7. Parallelization of GeoClaw code for modeling geophysical flows with adaptive mesh refinement on many-core systems

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    Zhang, S.; Yuen, D.A.; Zhu, A.; Song, S.; George, D.L.

    2011-01-01

    We parallelized the GeoClaw code on one-level grid using OpenMP in March, 2011 to meet the urgent need of simulating tsunami waves at near-shore from Tohoku 2011 and achieved over 75% of the potential speed-up on an eight core Dell Precision T7500 workstation [1]. After submitting that work to SC11 - the International Conference for High Performance Computing, we obtained an unreleased OpenMP version of GeoClaw from David George, who developed the GeoClaw code as part of his PH.D thesis. In this paper, we will show the complementary characteristics of the two approaches used in parallelizing GeoClaw and the speed-up obtained by combining the advantage of each of the two individual approaches with adaptive mesh refinement (AMR), demonstrating the capabilities of running GeoClaw efficiently on many-core systems. We will also show a novel simulation of the Tohoku 2011 Tsunami waves inundating the Sendai airport and Fukushima Nuclear Power Plants, over which the finest grid distance of 20 meters is achieved through a 4-level AMR. This simulation yields quite good predictions about the wave-heights and travel time of the tsunami waves. ?? 2011 IEEE.

  8. The Hyperion Project: Partnership for an Advaned Technology Cluster Testbed

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    Seager, M; Leininger, M

    2008-04-28

    The Hyperion project offers a unique opportunity to participate in a community-driven testing and development resource at a scale beyond what can be accomplished by one entity alone. Hyperion is a new strategic technology partnership intended to support the member-driven development and testing at scale. This partnership will allow commodity clusters to scale up to meet the growing demands of customers multi-core petascale simulation environments. Hyperion will tightly couple together the outstanding research and development capabilities of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory with leading technology companies, including Cisco, Data Direct Networks, Dell, Intel, LSI, Mellanox, Qlogic, RedHat, SuperMicro and Sun. The end goal of this project is to revolutionize cluster computing in fundamental ways by providing the critical software and hardware components for a highly scalable simulation environment. This environment will include support for high performance networking, parallel file systems, operating system, and cluster management. This goal will be achieved by building a scalable technology cluster testbed that will be fully dedicated to the partners and provide: (1) A scalable development testing and benchmarking environment for critical enabling Linux cluster technologies; (2) An evaluation testbed for new hardware and software technologies; and (3) A vehicle for forming long term collaborations.

  9. Taming parallel I/O complexity with auto-tuning

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    Behzad, Babak; Luu, Huong Vu Thanh; Huchette, Joseph; Byna, Surendra; Prabhat, -; Aydt, Ruth; Koziol, Quincey; Snir, Marc

    2013-11-17

    We present an auto-tuning system for optimizing I/O performance of HDF5 applications and demonstrate its value across platforms, applications, and at scale. The system uses a genetic algorithm to search a large space of tunable parameters and to identify effective settings at all layers of the parallel I/O stack. The parameter settings are applied transparently by the auto-tuning system via dynamically intercepted HDF5 calls. To validate our auto-tuning system, we applied it to three I/O benchmarks (VPIC, VORPAL, and GCRM) that replicate the I/O activity of their respective applications. We tested the system with different weak-scaling configurations (128, 2048, and 4096 CPU cores) that generate 30 GB to 1 TB of data, and executed these configurations on diverse HPC platforms (Cray XE6, IBM BG/P, and Dell Cluster). In all cases, the auto-tuning framework identified tunable parameters that substantially improved write performance over default system settings. In conclusion, we consistently demonstrate I/O write speedups between 2x and 100x for test configurations.

  10. GB-InSAR monitoring and observational method for landslide emergency management: the Montaguto earthflow (AV, Italy)

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    Ferrigno, F.; Gigli, G.; Fanti, R.; Casagli, N.

    2015-12-01

    On 10 March 2010, due to the heavy rainfall that occurred on the previous days, the Montaguto earthflow reactivated, involving the road SS 90 "Delle Puglie", as had happened previously in May 2005 and in September 2009, and reaching the Roma-Bari railway. This determined a special attention of the National Civil Protection Department and a widespread monitoring and analysis program was initiated. A monitoring activity using GB-InSAR (Ground Based Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) system began, in order to investigate the landslide kinematics, to plan urgent safety measures for risk mitigation and to design long term stabilization work. In this paper the GB-InSAR monitoring system results and its applications in the Observational Method (OM) approach are presented. The paper also highlights how the OM based on the GB-InSAR technique can produce savings in cost and time on engineering projects, without compromising safety, and how it can also benefit the geotechnical community by increasing scientific knowledge. This study focuses on the very much active role played by the monitoring activities, in both the design and plan modifications; with a special consideration for the emergency phase.

  11. Climate-driven environmental changes around 8,200 years ago favoured increases in cetacean strandings and Mediterranean hunter-gatherers exploited them.

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    Mannino, Marcello A; Talamo, Sahra; Tagliacozzo, Antonio; Fiore, Ivana; Nehlich, Olaf; Piperno, Marcello; Tusa, Sebastiano; Collina, Carmine; Di Salvo, Rosaria; Schimmenti, Vittoria; Richards, Michael P

    2015-01-01

    Cetacean mass strandings occur regularly worldwide, yet the compounded effects of natural and anthropogenic factors often complicate our understanding of these phenomena. Evidence of past stranding episodes may, thus, be essential to establish the potential influence of climate change. Investigations on bones from the site of Grotta dell'Uzzo in North West Sicily (Italy) show that the rapid climate change around 8,200 years ago coincided with increased strandings in the Mediterranean Sea. Stable isotope analyses on collagen from a large sample of remains recovered at this cave indicate that Mesolithic hunter-gatherers relied little on marine resources. A human and a red fox dating to the 8.2-kyr-BP climatic event, however, acquired at least one third of their protein from cetaceans. Numerous carcasses should have been available annually, for at least a decade, to obtain these proportions of meat. Our findings imply that climate-driven environmental changes, caused by global warming, may represent a serious threat to cetaceans in the near future.

  12. [Clinical and radiologic evaluation of a polylactic acid interposition arthroplasty after trapezectomy].

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    Guinet, V; Mure, J-P; Vimont, E

    2013-06-01

    Surgical management of trapeziometacarpal osteoarthritis does not obey to strict rules. The use of interposition implants made of different materials leads to enrichment of surgeon's resources. This prospective study reports the radiological and clinical results of 45 patients treated by total trapeziectomy with polylactic acid interposition implant, with an average follow-up of 31 months. Thirty-seven surgical treatments were carried out after ineffective medical treatment. According to Dell classification, there were five stages II, 30 stages III and two stages IV. Mean age was 66 years. Dominant side was involved in 60%. Thumbs were pain free at 5 months in average and 81% of the patients reported good results (Alnot stages 0 and 1). The average opposition was 9.1/10, the average M1M2 angle was 40°, and the average key pinch strength was 4.4 kg. Six patients suffered from sympathetic dystrophy but neither infection nor local inflammatory reaction was observed. Collapse of the trapezium space was constant and the trapezium space ratio was 76% at the follow-up. Seventy-five per cent of patients returned back to their occupation. The satisfaction rate was 89%. The radioclinical results were very good in our series. The interposition of polylactic acid implant permits to avoid the presumed complications of tendon harvesting, and those of other types of material used in the same indication. Its safety seems excellent.

  13. Spectral imaging using consumer-level devices and kernel-based regression.

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    Heikkinen, Ville; Cámara, Clara; Hirvonen, Tapani; Penttinen, Niko

    2016-06-01

    Hyperspectral reflectance factor image estimations were performed in the 400-700 nm wavelength range using a portable consumer-level laptop display as an adjustable light source for a trichromatic camera. Targets of interest were ColorChecker Classic samples, Munsell Matte samples, geometrically challenging tempera icon paintings from the turn of the 20th century, and human hands. Measurements and simulations were performed using Nikon D80 RGB camera and Dell Vostro 2520 laptop screen as a light source. Estimations were performed without spectral characteristics of the devices and by emphasizing simplicity for training sets and estimation model optimization. Spectral and color error images are shown for the estimations using line-scanned hyperspectral images as the ground truth. Estimations were performed using kernel-based regression models via a first-degree inhomogeneous polynomial kernel and a Matérn kernel, where in the latter case the median heuristic approach for model optimization and link function for bounded estimation were evaluated. Results suggest modest requirements for a training set and show that all estimation models have markedly improved accuracy with respect to the DE00 color distance (up to 99% for paintings and hands) and the Pearson distance (up to 98% for paintings and 99% for hands) from a weak training set (Digital ColorChecker SG) case when small representative training data were used in the estimation. PMID:27409436

  14. The MAGIC-5 CAD for nodule detection in low dose and thin slice lung CTs

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    Cerello, Piergiorgio; MAGIC-5 Collaboration

    2010-11-01

    Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related mortality in developed countries. Only 10-15% of all men and women diagnosed with lung cancer live 5 years after the diagnosis. However, the 5-year survival rate for patients diagnosed in the early asymptomatic stage of the disease can reach 70%. Early-stage lung cancers can be diagnosed by detecting non-calcified small pulmonary nodules with computed tomography (CT). Computer-aided detection (CAD) could support radiologists in the analysis of the large amount of noisy images generated in screening programs, where low-dose and thin-slice settings are used. The MAGIC-5 project, funded by the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN, Italy) and Ministero dell'Università e della Ricerca (MUR, Italy), developed a multi-method approach based on three CAD algorithms to be used in parallel with a merging of their results: the Channeler Ant Model (CAM), based on Virtual Ant Colonies, the Dot-Enhancement/Pleura Surface Normals/VBNA (DE-PSN-VBNA), and the Region Growing Volume Plateau (RGVP). Preliminary results show quite good performances, to be improved with the refining of the single algorithm and the added value of the results merging.

  15. Computation Directorate 2008 Annual Report

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    Crawford, D L

    2009-03-25

    Whether a computer is simulating the aging and performance of a nuclear weapon, the folding of a protein, or the probability of rainfall over a particular mountain range, the necessary calculations can be enormous. Our computers help researchers answer these and other complex problems, and each new generation of system hardware and software widens the realm of possibilities. Building on Livermore's historical excellence and leadership in high-performance computing, Computation added more than 331 trillion floating-point operations per second (teraFLOPS) of power to LLNL's computer room floors in 2008. In addition, Livermore's next big supercomputer, Sequoia, advanced ever closer to its 2011-2012 delivery date, as architecture plans and the procurement contract were finalized. Hyperion, an advanced technology cluster test bed that teams Livermore with 10 industry leaders, made a big splash when it was announced during Michael Dell's keynote speech at the 2008 Supercomputing Conference. The Wall Street Journal touted Hyperion as a 'bright spot amid turmoil' in the computer industry. Computation continues to measure and improve the costs of operating LLNL's high-performance computing systems by moving hardware support in-house, by measuring causes of outages to apply resources asymmetrically, and by automating most of the account and access authorization and management processes. These improvements enable more dollars to go toward fielding the best supercomputers for science, while operating them at less cost and greater responsiveness to the customers.

  16. Structure of multiphoton quantum optics. II. Bipartite systems, physical processes, and heterodyne squeezed states

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    Dell'Anno, Fabio; De Siena, Silvio; Illuminati, Fabrizio

    2004-03-01

    Extending the scheme developed for a single mode of the electromagnetic field in the preceding paper [F. Dell'Anno, S. De Siena, and F. Illuminati, Phys. Rev. A 69, 033812 (2004)], we introduce two-mode nonlinear canonical transformations depending on two heterodyne mixing angles. They are defined in terms of Hermitian nonlinear functions that realize heterodyne superpositions of conjugate quadratures of bipartite systems. The canonical transformations diagonalize a class of Hamiltonians describing nondegenerate and degenerate multiphoton processes. We determine the coherent states associated with the canonical transformations, which generalize the nondegenerate two-photon squeezed states. Such heterodyne multiphoton squeezed states are defined as the simultaneous eigenstates of the transformed, coupled annihilation operators. They are generated by nonlinear unitary evolutions acting on two-mode squeezed states. They are non-Gaussian, highly nonclassical, entangled states. For a quadratic nonlinearity the heterodyne multiphoton squeezed states define two-mode cubic phase states. The statistical properties of these states can be widely adjusted by tuning the heterodyne mixing angles, the phases of the nonlinear couplings, as well as the strength of the nonlinearity. For quadratic nonlinearity, we study the higher-order contributions to the susceptibility in nonlinear media and we suggest possible experimental realizations of multiphoton conversion processes generating the cubic-phase heterodyne squeezed states.

  17. Structure of multiphoton quantum optics. I. Canonical formalism and homodyne squeezed states

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    Dell'Anno, Fabio; De Siena, Silvio; Illuminati, Fabrizio

    2004-03-01

    We introduce a formalism of nonlinear canonical transformations for general systems of multiphoton quantum optics. For single-mode systems the transformations depend on a tunable free parameter, the homodyne local-oscillator angle; for n-mode systems they depend on n heterodyne mixing angles. The canonical formalism realizes nontrivial mixing of pairs of conjugate quadratures of the electromagnetic field in terms of homodyne variables for single-mode systems, and in terms of heterodyne variables for multimode systems. In the first instance the transformations yield nonquadratic model Hamiltonians of degenerate multiphoton processes and define a class of non-Gaussian, nonclassical multiphoton states that exhibit properties of coherence and squeezing. We show that such homodyne multiphoton squeezed states are generated by unitary operators with a nonlinear time evolution that realizes the homodyne mixing of a pair of conjugate quadratures. Tuning of the local-oscillator angle allows us to vary at will the statistical properties of such states. We discuss the relevance of the formalism for the study of degenerate (up-)down-conversion processes. In a companion paper [F. Dell'Anno, S. De Siena, and F. Illuminati, 69, 033813 (2004)], we provide the extension of the nonlinear canonical formalism to multimode systems, we introduce the associated heterodyne multiphoton squeezed states, and we discuss their possible experimental realization.

  18. Extra-anatomic iliac to superior mesenteric artery bypass after bridge endovascular treatment for chronic mesenteric ischemia. A case report.

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    Bajardi, Guido; Pakeliani, David; Dinoto, Ettore; Bracale, Umberto M; Pecoraro, Felice

    2015-07-03

    Un uomo di 60 anni con ischemia mesenterica cronica (CMI) è stato trattato con una terapia ‘bridge’ verso una terapia di chirurgia open tradizionale, mediante stenting dell’arteria mesenterica superiore (SMA). Al follow-up a 5 mesi lo stent della SMA è andato incontro ad occlusione. Durante questo periodo ‘bridge’ il paziente ha migliorato le sue condizioni generali e il suo indice di massa corporea (BMI) è incrementato da 18 a 22. Il paziente è stato sottoposto successivamente ad intervento chirurgico di bypass iliaco-SMA in configurazione ‘Cloop’. Al follow-up a 6 mesi il bypass è pervio, il paziente non riferisce sintomatologia di CMI ed il suo BMI è di 25. Il trattamento endovascolare non ha precluso una successiva riparazione chirurgica e può essere impiegato in maniera sicura come terapia ‘bridge’. Un miglioramento delle condizioni cliniche, anche durante un limitato periodo ‘bridge’, può migliorare i risultati della terapia chirurgica tradizionale.

  19. Padus, Sandalus, Gens Fadiena. Underwater Surveys in Palaeo-Watercourses (ferrara District - Italy)

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    Bucci, G.

    2015-04-01

    In the ambit of our program of researches on ancient rivers in Ferrara hinterland (Italy), we have been joining a Scientific - Didactic Project between Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell'Emilia Romagna, Comune di Portomaggiore Assessorato alla Cultura, CMAS A.CDCI. - Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques Federation ITA F07 - Associazione CMAS Diving Center Italia. The Project is focused on underwater archaeological surveys in ex quarry lakes, following the Rivers Padus and Sandalus between Voghiera, Gambulaga and Portomaggiore (Ferrara District). Here we are going to introduce our most recent results, after the last immersions and a 3D bathymetrical survey completed by echo-side scan sonar in Tramonto Lake at Gambulaga, explaining the connection with remote sensing investigations and direct surveys applied to underwater archaeology of the inland water. The main submerged structure individuated is a part of wooden dock on the left side of Padus, in front of the Necropolis of Fadieni (1st-3rd cent. A.D.). Thanks to the study of 183 finds coming from the lake, involving students and young collaborators of the Archaeological National Museum of Ferrara, we are reconstructing the ancient landscape between Proto-Imperial Age and Late Antique.

  20. Radiation Failures in Intel 14nm Microprocessors

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    Bossev, Dobrin P.; Duncan, Adam R.; Gadlage, Matthew J.; Roach, Austin H.; Kay, Matthew J.; Szabo, Carl; Berger, Tammy J.; York, Darin A.; Williams, Aaron; LaBel, K.; Ingalls, James D.

    2016-01-01

    In this study the 14 nm Intel Broadwell 5th generation core series 5005U-i3 and 5200U-i5 was mounted on Dell Inspiron laptops, MSI Cubi and Gigabyte Brix barebones and tested with Windows 8 and CentOS7 at idle. Heavy-ion-induced hard- and catastrophic failures do not appear to be related to the Intel 14nm Tri-Gate FinFET process. They originate from a small (9 m 140 m) area on the 32nm planar PCH die (not the CPU) as initially speculated. The hard failures seem to be due to a SEE but the exact physical mechanism has yet to be identified. Some possibilities include latch-ups, charge ion trapping or implantation, ion channels, or a combination of those (in biased conditions). The mechanism of the catastrophic failures seems related to the presence of electric power (1.05V core voltage). The 1064 nm laser mimics ionization radiation and induces soft- and hard failures as a direct result of electron-hole pair production, not heat. The 14nm FinFET processes continue to look promising for space radiation environments.

  1. The History of Italian Volcanoes Revised by Archeomagnetism

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    Tanguy, Jean-Claude; LeGoff, Maxime; Arrighi, Simone; Principe, Claudia; LaDelfa, Santo; Patanè, Giuseppe

    2009-10-01

    The volcanoes Etna and Vesuvius are famous for their historical record, which goes back to Greek and Roman times. The name “Etna” first appears in one of Pindar's Pythian odes (475 B.C.E), and the Vesuvius outburst in 79 C.E. was reported in detail by Pliny the Younger. Other written accounts mention Stromboli and Vulcano (located on the Aeolian Islands), so it might seem that the eruptive history of these Italian volcanoes for the past few millennia is well known. This is not the case, however, because of many limitations in the historical data. There are enormous gaps due to social events such as wars, barbarian invasions, and the Dark Ages. In particular, the historical record has no valuable account at Etna from 252 to 1062 C.E. Furthermore, the preserved documents are too imprecise to identify the lavas and eruptive systems. Most of the ages prior to 1700 C.E. displayed in the present research catalogs were attributed by pioneering geologists in the 1800s on the mere basis of the morphology of flows. These estimates remained unchanged for nearly a century—for example, the Atlas de L'Etna by Sartorius von Waltershausen [1845] was used unaltered for age attribution of “historical lavas” in much more recent geological maps [e.g., Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), 1979].

  2. Semantic Knowledge Use in Discourse Produced by Individuals with Anomic Aphasia

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    Kintz, Stephen; Wright, Heather Harris; Fergadiotis, Gerasimos

    2015-01-01

    Background Researchers have demonstrated that people with aphasia (PWA) have preserved semantic knowledge (Dell et al., 1997; Jefferies & Lambon Ralph, 2006). However, Antonucci (2014) demonstrated that some PWA have impaired access to certain types of knowledge more than others. Yet, all these studies used single concepts. It has not been demonstrated whether PWA have difficulty accessing certain types of features within a discourse sample. Aims The main goals of this study were to determine if semantic knowledge and two category types were used differently within discourse produced by participants with anomic aphasia and healthy controls. Method & Procedures Participants with anomic aphasia (n=19) and healthy controls (n=19) told stories that were transcribed and coded for 10 types of semantic knowledge and two category types, living and nonliving things. Outcomes & Results A Poisson regression model was conducted. The results indicated a significant difference between the groups for the semantic knowledge types, sound and internal state, but no difference was found for category types. Yet the distribution of semantic knowledge and category types produced within the discourse samples were similar between the groups. Conclusion PWA might have differential access to certain types of semantic knowledge within discourse production, but it does not rise to the level of categorical deficits. These findings extend single-concept research into the realm of discourse. PMID:27429506

  3. [Blood lead levels during pregnancy in th the newborn period. Study of the population of Bari].

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    Carbone, R; Laforgia, N; Crollo, E; Mautone, A; Iolascon, A

    1998-01-01

    Blood lead levels during pregnancy and in neonates immediately after birth have been evaluated, showing higher values in mothers compared to neonates (5.81 +/- 3.05 vs 4.87 +/- 3.60 micrograms/100 ml) and a positive correlation between maternal and neonatal levels (r = 0.82). On the basis of the results derived from the population examined, it has been observed that 6% of newborns have blood lead levels higher than 10 micrograms/100 ml a value recently identified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC, Atlanta, USA) as a limit for toxicity in children. Moreover, neonatal Pb levels were higher than those found in infants from 6 to 12 months (4.87 +/- 3.60 vs 2.24 +/- 0.54 micrograms/100 ml). During the first week of life there is a steady decrease of blood lead levels, together with increasing renal lead excretion. This study was carried out at the "Dipartimento di Biomedicina dell'Età Evolutiva" University of Bari, southern Italy.

  4. Constraining Disk Survival Times using the Statistical Properties of Proplyds in the Orion Nebula

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    Kretke, K. A.; Bally, J.

    2003-12-01

    The Orion Nebula, one of the closest and richest star forming regions, is an ideal laboratory for observing young stars. We perform a statistical study of the stars in this region, comparing photometric and spectroscopic data collected by Hillenbrand (1997) with images obtained using the Hubble Space Telescope collected by O'Dell and Wong (1996), Bally et. al. (2000), and new velocity-resolved Fabry-Perot data cubes that trace jets and outflows. We explore the relationships between stellar age and proplyd characteristics such as externally ionized structure and size and the presence or absence of outflows. Theoretical models predict that external photoevaporation will disperse minimum solar nebula circumstellar disks within 105 years. However, we identify objects that challenge this model as the central stars embedded in several proplyds have ages greater than half a million years. We place new constraints on the survival times of circumstellar disks in the Orion nebula based on the ages of their central stars. This research is supported by NASA grants GO8324, GO9125, and NCC2-1052 (Astrobiology).

  5. Practice guidelines on the use of esophageal manometry - A GISMAD-SIGE-AIGO medical position statement.

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    Savarino, Edoardo; de Bortoli, Nicola; Bellini, Massimo; Galeazzi, Francesca; Ribolsi, Mentore; Salvador, Renato; Savarino, Vincenzo; Penagini, Roberto

    2016-10-01

    Patients with esophageal symptoms potentially associated to esophageal motor disorders such as dysphagia, chest pain, heartburn and regurgitation, represent one of the most frequent reasons for referral to gastroenterological evaluation. The utility of esophageal manometry in clinical practice is: (1) to accurately define esophageal motor function, (2) to identify abnormal motor function, and (3) to establish a treatment plan based on motor abnormalities. With this in mind, in the last decade, investigations and technical advances, with the introduction of high-resolution esophageal manometry, have enhanced our understanding and management of esophageal motility disorders. The following recommendations were developed to assist physicians in the appropriate use of esophageal manometry in modern patient care. They were discussed and approved after a comprehensive review of the medical literature pertaining to manometric techniques and their recent application. This position statement created under the auspices of the Gruppo Italiano di Studio per la Motilità dell'Apparato Digerente (GISMAD), Società Italiana di Gastroenterologia ed Endoscopia Digestiva (SIGE) and Associazione Italiana Gastroenterologi ed Endoscopisti Digestivi Ospedalieri (AIGO) is intended to help clinicians in applying manometric studies in the most fruitful manner within the context of their patients with esophageal symptoms. PMID:27443492

  6. [Risk of hemolysis in blood sampling from peripheral intravenous catheter: a literature review].

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    Danielis, Matteo

    2014-01-01

    SCOPO. L’emolisi è uno dei fattori principali in grado di compromettere un campione di sangue. La disponibilità di un accesso venoso già posizionato spinge molti infermieri ad utilizzare questa via per il prelievo ematico, anche se è noto come questa tecnica sia associata a maggior incidenza di emolisi rispetto al prelievo con ago diretto. L’intento di questo lavoro è individuare gli interventi che prevengono il rischio di emolisi qualora il campione di sangue provenga da un ago cannula periferico. METODO. E’ stata condotta una revisione della letteratura attraverso la consultazione delle banche dati MEDLINE, CINAHL e Cochrane database of Systematic Reviews. RISULTATI. Sono stati selezionati 15 articoli. Fattori quali il materiale e il calibro del catetere venoso periferico (CVP), la presenza di ostruzioni, la sede anatomica, la permanenza del laccio emostatico, la difficoltà di posizionamento dell’ago cannula, il volume della provetta utilizzata e le abilità dell’operatore sono determinanti nel rischio di emolisi del campione di sangue ottenuto dalla cannula periferica. In termine di costi e di preferenze del paziente, la tecnica del prelievo ematico da CVP è da preferirsi. CONCLUSIONI. I prelievi di sangue ottenuti da cannula periferica sono associati a maggiore rischio di emolisi. Tuttavia, prelevare un campione di sangue da CVP per effettuare un’analisi e, nel contempo, ridurre il rischio di emolisi è possibile se vengono seguiti alcuni accorgimenti.

  7. Cercyon hungaricus, a new junior subjective synonym of C. bononiensis (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae).

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    Fikáček, Martin; Rocchi, Saverio

    2013-02-18

    Cercyon bononiensis Chiesa, 1964 was described from two specimens collected in northern Italy in 1924-1925. For some time, these specimens were identified as C. inquinatus Wollaston, 1854. Only 40 years later, having examined the type of the latter species, Chiesa (1964) realized that the two specimens belonged to an undescribed species that he then described as Cercyon bononiensis. Based on the chagrined elytra mentioned in the original description, C. bononiensis has been placed in the Cercyon tristis group by subsequent authors. Recently, we examined a small number of Cercyon specimens from northern Italy and surprisingly found two specimens of C. hungaricus Endrödy-Younga, 1967, an easily recognizable member of the C. tristis group which was previously considered a Pannonian endemic by Fikáček et al. (2009) but was recently also found in northern Germany (Bäse 2010). The presence of this unusual species led us to question whether C. hungaricus might be conspecific with C. bononiensis. This was subsequently confirmed by the study of the types of both species. Here, we provide a summary of our studies and synonymize C. hungaricus with C. bononiensis. Examined specimens are deposited in the following collections: Hungarian Natural History Museum, Budapest, Hungary (HNHM), Museo Civico di Storia Naturale Milano, Italy (MSNM), collection of S. Rocchi at the Museo di Storia Naturale dell'Università di Firenze, Sezione di Zoologia "La Specola" (CRO).

  8. Nurses: advocating, leading, caring!

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    Ferguson, Stephanie L

    2013-01-01

    This speech was delivered on 27 October at the 2012 Conference and general meeting of the Italian Nurses Association CNAI (Consociazione nazionale delle Associazioni infermiere/i) held in Rome from 25 to 27 October 2012. The theme of the conference was "No Nurses No Future". The "No Nurses No Future" is a national campaign developed by the nurses of the Italian Nurses Association to fight for the rights of the profession to sustain not only the practice of the nurse, strong nursing education, research and regulation, but more importantly to ensure that in the future there will be enough nurses in the healthcare workforce to advocate, lead and care for the citizens of Italy.Italian nurses took advantage of the presence of prof. Ferguson and, before travelling to Rome, the Region Lombardy IPASVI Colleges (Coordinamento dei Collegi IPASVI della regione Lombardia) invited her to talk on the same topic during a jointed Conference with CNAI at Circolo della Stampa of Milan on 23rd October.

  9. Status of the CMS Detector Control System

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    Bauer, Gerry; Behrens, Ulf; Bowen, Matthew; Branson, James; Bukowiec, Sebastian; Cittolin, Sergio; Coarasa, Jose Antonio; Deldicque, Christian; Dobson, Marc; Dupont, Aymeric; Erhan, Samim; Flossdorf, Alexander; Gigi, Dominique; Glege, Frank; Gomez-Reino, Robert; Hartl, Christian; Hegeman, Jeroen; Holzner, Andre; Hwong, Yi Ling; Masetti, Lorenzo; Meijers, Frans; Meschi, Emilio; Mommsen, Remigius K.; O'Dell, Vivian; Orsini, Luciano; Paus, Christoph; Petrucci, Andrea; Pieri, Marco; Polese, Giovanni; Racz, Attila; Raginel, Olivier; Sakulin, Hannes; Sani, Matteo; Schwick, Christoph; Shpakov, Dennis; Simon, Michal; Cristian Spataru, Andrei; Sumorok, Konstanty

    2012-12-01

    The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) is a CERN multi-purpose experiment that exploits the physics of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The Detector Control System (DCS) is responsible for ensuring the safe, correct and efficient operation of the experiment, and has contributed to the recording of high quality physics data. The DCS is programmed to automatically react to the LHC operational mode. CMS sub-detectors’ bias voltages are set depending on the machine mode and particle beam conditions. An operator provided with a small set of screens supervises the system status summarized from the approximately 6M monitored parameters. Using the experience of nearly two years of operation with beam the DCS automation software has been enhanced to increase the system efficiency by minimizing the time required by sub-detectors to prepare for physics data taking. From the infrastructure point of view the DCS will be subject to extensive modifications in 2012. The current rack mounted control PCs will be replaced by a redundant pair of DELL Blade systems. These blade servers are a high-density modular solution that incorporates servers and networking into a single chassis that provides shared power, cooling and management. This infrastructure modification associated with the migration to blade servers will challenge the DCS software and hardware factorization capabilities. The on-going studies for this migration together with the latest modifications are discussed in the paper.

  10. Upper Cretaceous and lower Eocene conglomerates of Western Transverse Ranges: evidence for tectonic rotation

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    Reed, W.E.; Krause, R.G.F.

    1989-04-01

    Stratigraphic and paleomagnetic studies have suggested that the western Transverse Ranges (WTR) microplate is allochthonous, and may have experienced translational and rotational motions. Present paleocurrent directions from the Upper Cretaceous Jalama Formation of the Santa Ynez Mountains are north-directed; these forearc sediments (Great Valley sequence) contain magmatic arc-derived conglomerate clasts from the Peninsular Ranges in southern California. Paleocurrents in the lower Eocene Juncal and Cozy Dell Formations are south-directed. This juxtaposition is best explained by 90/degrees/ or more of clockwise rotation of the WTR microplate, so that Upper Cretaceous forearc sediments sourced from the Peninsular Ranges magmatic arc were deposited by west-directed currents. Eocene sediments were derived from an uplifted portion of the western basin margin and deposited by east-directed currents. Franciscan olistoliths in the Upper Cretaceous sediments indicate deposition adjacent to an accretionary wedge; conglomeratic clasts recycled from the Upper Cretaceous sequence, and radiolarian cherts and ophiolitic boulders in the Eocene strata indicate derivation from an outer accretionary ridge.

  11. Serological surveillance of Leptospirosis in Italy: two‑year national data (2010‑2011).

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    Tagliabue, Silvia; Figarolli, Bianca Maria; D'Incau, Mario; Foschi, Giovanni; Gennero, Maria Silvia; Giordani, Roberta; Giordani, Roberta; Natale, Alda; Papa, Paola; Ponti, Nicoletta; Scaltrito, Domenico; Spadari, Luisa; Vesco, Gesualdo; Ruocco, Luigi

    2016-06-30

    Nowadays, leptospirosis is a re‑emerging widespread infectious disease often underestimate worldwide. The National Reference Centre for Leptospirosis (NRCL), at the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia e dell'Emilia Romagna, Brescia (Italy), with the cooperation of all the other Istituti Zooprofilattici Sperimentali (IIZZSS), evaluated the distribution of such important zoonosis in Italy. Serological data obtained between 2010‑2011 by each laboratory were collected by the NRCL and discussed. Serum samples collected from 43,935 animal specimens were analysed by the Microscopic Agglutination Test (MAT), using a panel of 8 serogroups as antigens (Australis, Ballum, Canicola, Grippotyphosa, Icterohaemorrhagiae, Pomona, Sejroe, Tarassovi). A MAT cut‑off of 1:100 was used to identify the serological positivities, 6,279 sera showed positive titers. Bovine (46.9%), swine (27.5%), ovine and goat (7.4%), dog (6.9%), and wild boar (4.5%) samples were delivered to the Laboratories more frequently than equine and other species sera. Data analysis showed that the most common serogroups in Italy are: Australis present in dogs, wild boars, horses, hares, swine, foxes, and rodents; Sejroe detected in cattle, sheep, goats, and buffaloes; Icterohaemorrhagiae present in dogs, goats, and foxes; Pomona detected in swine, cattle, and wild species; Grippotyphosa reported in hares. PMID:27393874

  12. Opera and neuroscience.

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    Lorusso, Lorenzo; Franchini, Antonia Francesca; Porro, Alessandro

    2015-01-01

    Opera is the most complete form of theatrical representation, characterized by musical accompaniment, both instrumental and vocal. It has played an important role in sociocultural spheres, affecting the various social strata and reflecting customs and ideas in different centuries. Composers have created pieces that have also shown the development of medicine. Since the birth of opera in seventeenth century in Italy, neuroscience has played an important role in influencing the representation of madness and neurological aspects. From the Folly of the Renaissance, a path toward a representation of madness was developed, initially linked to the myths of classical antiquity. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, madness was represented as comical or funny, of a loving nature and influenced by the spread of the Commedia dell'Arte (Comedy of Art). In the nineteenth century, with the rise of the first scientific theories of the mind, insanity took more precise connotations and was separated from other psychiatric and neurological diseases. The operas of the twentieth century depicted psychiatric and neurological diseases, taking into account newer medical and scientific discoveries.

  13. Stable and Radiogenic Isotope Evidence Relating to Regional Groundwater Flow Ssystems Originating in the High Sacramento Mountains, New Mexico

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    Eastoe, C. J.; Hibbs, B. J.

    2005-12-01

    Groundwater from the Sacramento Mountains and adjacent basin-fill sediments near Tularosa and Alamogordo has values of δ D , δ18O that plot in δ D vs. δ18O space on a linear trend of slope 5. Tritium is detectable in most samples. Carbon-14 content generally decreases downgradient from 80-90 pMC in the high mountains to 20-40 pMC in basin fill. Precipitation from areas above 2000 m elevation is the dominant water source. The O and H stable isotope data are best explained by mixing of non-evaporated water transmitted slowly through rock fractures with evaporated water of the same source transmitted rapidly as runoff to the point of recharge. Evaporation of surface water occurs from canyon-bottom sediment. Sacramento Mountains water replenishes the Tularosa basin aquifer by a combination of mountain-front and mountain-block recharge. It also replenishes a limestone-hosted aquifer extending 100 km southeast of Cloudcroft, New Mexico. Groundwater in basin fill at Dell City, Texas appears to have distinctive values of δ D, δ18O that are better explained by recharge of precipitation from high areas of the Diablo Plateau. Regional groundwater flow from the Sacramento Mountains to the Hueco Bolson aquifer is likely; however, O and H stable isotope data do not distinguish Sacramento Mountains water from other inputs to the Hueco Bolson.

  14. Climate-driven environmental changes around 8,200 years ago favoured increases in cetacean strandings and Mediterranean hunter-gatherers exploited them.

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    Mannino, Marcello A; Talamo, Sahra; Tagliacozzo, Antonio; Fiore, Ivana; Nehlich, Olaf; Piperno, Marcello; Tusa, Sebastiano; Collina, Carmine; Di Salvo, Rosaria; Schimmenti, Vittoria; Richards, Michael P

    2015-01-01

    Cetacean mass strandings occur regularly worldwide, yet the compounded effects of natural and anthropogenic factors often complicate our understanding of these phenomena. Evidence of past stranding episodes may, thus, be essential to establish the potential influence of climate change. Investigations on bones from the site of Grotta dell'Uzzo in North West Sicily (Italy) show that the rapid climate change around 8,200 years ago coincided with increased strandings in the Mediterranean Sea. Stable isotope analyses on collagen from a large sample of remains recovered at this cave indicate that Mesolithic hunter-gatherers relied little on marine resources. A human and a red fox dating to the 8.2-kyr-BP climatic event, however, acquired at least one third of their protein from cetaceans. Numerous carcasses should have been available annually, for at least a decade, to obtain these proportions of meat. Our findings imply that climate-driven environmental changes, caused by global warming, may represent a serious threat to cetaceans in the near future. PMID:26573384

  15. Early maternal relational traumatic experiences and psychopathological symptoms: a longitudinal study on mother-infant and father-infant interactions.

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    Tambelli, Renata; Cimino, Silvia; Cerniglia, Luca; Ballarotto, Giulia

    2015-01-01

    Early maternal relational traumas and psychopathological risk can have an impact on mother-infant interactions. Research has suggested the study of fathers and of their psychological profiles as protection or risk factors. The aim of the paper is to assess the quality of parental interactions during feeding in families with mothers with early traumatic experiences. One hundred thirty-six (N = 136) families were recruited in gynecological clinics: Group A included families with mothers who experienced early sexual/physical abuse; Group B was composed of families with mothers who experienced early emotional abuse or neglect; and Group C comprised healthy controls. The subjects participated in a 10-month longitudinal protocol [at the fourth month of pregnancy (T0), 3 months after child birth (T1), and 6 months after child birth (T2)] that included an observation of mother-infant and father-infant interactions during feeding (Scala di Valutazione dell'Interazione Alimentare [SVIA]) and a self-reporting 90-item Symptom Checklist-Revised (SCL-90-R). Maternal higher rates of depression and early traumatic experiences of neglect and emotional abuse predicted more maladaptive scores on the affective state of the dyad SVIA subscale. Paternal anxiety predicted more severe levels of food refusal in the child during feeding. PMID:26354733

  16. Measurements of E-Mode Polarization and Temperature-E-Mode Correlation in the Cosmic Microwave Background from 100 Square Degrees of SPTpol Data

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    Crites, A.T.; et al.

    2015-05-18

    We present measurements of E-mode polarization and temperature-E-mode correlation in the cosmic microwave background using data from the first season of observations with SPTpol, the polarization-sensitive receiver currently installed on the South Pole Telescope (SPT). The observations used in this work cover 100 ${{{\\rm deg} }^{2}}$ of sky with arcminute resolution at 150 GHz. We report the E-mode angular auto-power spectrum (EE) and the temperature-E-mode angular cross-power spectrum (TE) over the multipole range 500 < ℓ ≤ 5000. These power spectra improve on previous measurements in the high-ℓ (small-scale) regime. We fit the combination of the SPTpol power spectra, data from Planck, and previous SPT measurements with a six-parameter ΛCDM cosmological model. We find that the best-fit parameters are consistent with previous results. The improvement in high-ℓ sensitivity over previous measurements leads to a significant improvement in the limit on polarized point-source power: after masking sources brighter than 50 mJy in unpolarized flux at 150 GHz, we find a 95% confidence upper limit on unclustered point-source power in the EE spectrum of ${{D}_{\\ell }}=\\ell (\\ell +1){{C}_{\\ell }}/2\\pi \\lt 0.40\\ \\mu {{{\\rm K}}^{2}}$ at $\\ell =3000$, indicating that future EE measurements will not be limited by power from unclustered point sources in the multipole range $\\ell \\lt 3600$, and possibly much higher in $\\ell .$

  17. Acrylamide in potato crisps prepared from 20 UK-grown varieties: Effects of variety and tuber storage time

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    Elmore, J. Stephen; Briddon, Adrian; Dodson, Andrew T.; Muttucumaru, Nira; Halford, Nigel G.; Mottram, Donald S.

    2015-01-01

    Twenty varieties of field-grown potato were stored for 2 months and 6 months at 8 °C. Mean acrylamide contents in crisps prepared from all varieties at both storage times ranged from 131 μg/kg in Verdi to 5360 μg/kg in Pentland Dell. In contrast to previous studies, the longer storage period did not affect acrylamide formation significantly for most varieties, the exceptions being Innovator, where acrylamide formation increased, and Saturna, where it decreased. Four of the five varieties designated as suitable for crisping produced crisps with acrylamide levels below the European Commission indicative value of 1000 μg/kg (Saturna, Lady Rosetta, Lady Claire, and Verdi); the exception was Hermes. Two varieties more often used for French fries, Markies and Fontane, also produced crisps with less than 1000 μg/kg acrylamide. Correlations between acrylamide, its precursors and crisp colour are described, and the implications of the results for production of potato crisps are discussed. PMID:25842300

  18. Practice guidelines on the use of esophageal manometry - A GISMAD-SIGE-AIGO medical position statement.

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    Savarino, Edoardo; de Bortoli, Nicola; Bellini, Massimo; Galeazzi, Francesca; Ribolsi, Mentore; Salvador, Renato; Savarino, Vincenzo; Penagini, Roberto

    2016-10-01

    Patients with esophageal symptoms potentially associated to esophageal motor disorders such as dysphagia, chest pain, heartburn and regurgitation, represent one of the most frequent reasons for referral to gastroenterological evaluation. The utility of esophageal manometry in clinical practice is: (1) to accurately define esophageal motor function, (2) to identify abnormal motor function, and (3) to establish a treatment plan based on motor abnormalities. With this in mind, in the last decade, investigations and technical advances, with the introduction of high-resolution esophageal manometry, have enhanced our understanding and management of esophageal motility disorders. The following recommendations were developed to assist physicians in the appropriate use of esophageal manometry in modern patient care. They were discussed and approved after a comprehensive review of the medical literature pertaining to manometric techniques and their recent application. This position statement created under the auspices of the Gruppo Italiano di Studio per la Motilità dell'Apparato Digerente (GISMAD), Società Italiana di Gastroenterologia ed Endoscopia Digestiva (SIGE) and Associazione Italiana Gastroenterologi ed Endoscopisti Digestivi Ospedalieri (AIGO) is intended to help clinicians in applying manometric studies in the most fruitful manner within the context of their patients with esophageal symptoms.

  19. Reading aloud: the cumulative lexical interference effect.

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    Mulatti, Claudio; Peressotti, Francesca; Job, Remo; Saunders, Steven; Coltheart, Max

    2012-08-01

    Picture naming shows a cumulative semantic interference effect: Latency for naming a target picture increases as a function of the number of pictures semantically similar to the target that have previously been named (Howard, Nickels, Coltheart, & Cole-Virtue, Cognition 100:464-482, 2006). Howard and colleagues, and also Oppenheim, Dell, and Schwartz (Cognition 114:227-252, 2010), argued that this occurs because of the joint presence in the picture-naming system of three critical properties: shared activation, priming, and competition. They also discussed the possibility that whenever any cognitive system possesses these three properties, a cumulative similarity-based interference effect from repeated use of that cognitive system will occur. We investigated this possibility by looking for a cumulative lexical interference effect when the task is reading aloud: Will the latency of reading a target word aloud increase as a function of the number of words orthographically/phonologically similar to the target that have previously been read aloud? We found that this was so. This supports the general idea that cumulative similarity-based interference effects will arise whenever any cognitive system that possesses the three key properties of shared activation, priming, and competition is repeatedly used. PMID:22623265

  20. State of knowledge of the Acotylea (Polycladida, Platyhelminthes) from the Mediterranean coasts of Spain: new records and new species.

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    Marquina, Daniel; Osca, David; Rodríguez, Jorge; Fernández-Despiau, Estrella; Noreña, Carolina

    2014-03-20

    Along the Mediterranean coast of the Iberian Peninsula, great species diversity is thought to exist, but our knowledge of Iberian polyclads is, in fact, very limited. This study contributes to the Polycladida (Platyhelminthes) of the Iberian Peninsula, in particular those of the Mediterranean coast. Nine species, mainly new species or new records, are described. Imogine stellae sp. nov. from Mar Menor (Murcia, Spain) is described, while I. mediterranea Galleni, 1976 is recorded for the first time in Spain. The genus Planocera Blainville, 1828 within the Mediterranean basin is reviewed: Planocera graffi Lang, 1879 is redescribed, and its synonymisation with Planocera pellucida (Mertens, 1833) considered. Also, the genus Notoplanella Bock, 1931 is represented by two species in Spain, N. inarmata Bock, 1931 type species, from Formentera Island and N. estelae sp. nov., from Mar Menor. Trigonoporus cephalophtalmus Lang, 1884 is rediscovered after the description of Lang (1884). Stylochus neapolitanus (Delle Chiaje, 1841-1844) Lang, 1884 is recorded and S. pilidium (Goette, 1881) is also redescribed, and Leptoplana mediterranea (Bock, 1913) is newly recorded for the Iberian Peninsula.

  1. Interplay between Self-Assembled Structures and Energy Level Alignment of Benzenediamine on Au(111) Surfaces

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    Li, Guo; Neaton, Jeffrey

    2015-03-01

    Using van der Waals-corrected density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we study the adsorption of benzene-diamine (BDA) molecules on Au(111) surfaces. We find that at low surface coverage, the adsorbed molecules prefer to stay isolated from each other in a monomer phase, due to the inter-molecular dipole-dipole repulsions. However, when the coverage rises above a critical value of 0.9nm-2, the adsorbed molecules aggregate into linear structures via hydrogen bonding between amine groups, consistent with recent experiments [Haxton, Zhou, Tamblyn, et al, Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 265701 (2013)]. Moreover, we find that these linear structures at high density considerably reduces the Au work function (relative to a monomer phase). Due to reduced surface polarization effects, we estimate that the resonance energy of the highest occupied molecular orbital of the adsorbed BDA molecule relative to the Au Fermi level is significantly lower than the monomer phase by more than 0.5 eV, consistent with the experimental measurements [DellAngela, Kladnik, and Cossaro, et al., Nano Lett. 10, 2470 (2010)]. This work supported by DOE (the JCAP under Award Number DE-SC000499 and the Molecular Foundry of LBNL), and computational resources provided by NERSC.

  2. The experimental optical burst switching system

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    Li, Xinwan; Chen, Jian-Ping; Wu, Guiling; Wang, Hui; Lu, Jialin; Ye, Ailun

    2005-02-01

    The first optical burst switching (OBS) system has been demonstrated in China, which includes three edge routers and one core-node. A kind of fast wavelength selective optical switching was used in the system. The core OBS node consists of a kind of wavelength selective optical switch we developed. It consists of two SOA switches and one wavelength selective thin film filter with centre wavelength at one wavelength. There are one input optical fiber and two output fibers, each fiber carries two wavelengths. The Dell PE2650 servers act as the edge OBS routers. The wavelength of each data channel is located in C-band and the bit rate is at 1.25Gbps. The control channel uses bit rate of 100Mbps at wavelength of 1310 nm. A novel effective scheme for Just-In-Time (JIT) protocol was proposed and implemented. OBS services, such as Video on Demand (VOD) and file transfer protocol (FTP), have been demonstrated. Assembling and scheduling methods that are capable to guarantee the QoS (quality of service) of the transported service are studied.

  3. Contralateral botulinum injections in patients with residual facial asymmetry and contralateral hyperkinesis after primary facial palsy surgery.

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    Bartoli, Davina; Battisti, Andrea; Cassoni, Andrea; Terenzi, Valentina; Della Monaca, Marco; Pagnoni, Mario; Valentini, Valentino; Priore, Paolo

    2015-01-01

    Ogni trattamento, medico e chirurgico, della paralisi facciale è finalizzato al recupero della simmetria facciale statica e dinamica. La tossina botulinica di tipo A può essere utilizzata nei pazienti affetti da paralisi del nervo facciale, sottoposti in precedenza a chirurgia primaria, al fine di ridurre la residua asimmetria facciale e le progressive ipercinesie controlaterali al lato affetto, che caratterizzano tali soggetti. Sono stati inclusi nel nostro studio sei pazienti (1 maschio e 5 femmine) affetti da paralisi del nervo facciale monolaterale secondaria a diverse cause, classificata secondo la scala di House-Brackmann in grado III e IV. I pazienti inclusi nello studio sono stati sottoposti in precedenza a trattamento chirurgico riabilitativo specifico per la paralisi facciale stessa; successivamente ciascuno di essi è stato trattato con 50 unità di tossina botulinica di tipo A a livello del lato non affetto del volto, al fine di ridurre le ipercinesie muscolari ed aumentare l’asimmetria e l’abilità muscolare del volto. L’età media dei soggetti era di 44,5 anni. I pazienti sono stati esaminati a 7, 14, 30, 60, 90 e 120 giorni dopo il trattamento con tossina botulinica. Lo studio dimostra la riduzione delle ipercinesie controlaterali alla paralisi facciale ed il miglioramento della simmetria del volto nei pazienti sottoposti precedentemente a trattamento chirurgico primario per la riabilitazione del nervo facciale stesso. Tutti i pazienti si sono dimostrati soddisfatti del trattamento con tossina botulinica di tipo A.

  4. Teen dating abuse: recognition and interventions.

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    Freeman, Sally Ann; Rosenbluth, Barri; Cotton, Laura

    2013-03-01

    Teen dating abuse, also known as teen dating violence, is a significant public health issue. Adolescents with a history of dating abuse may struggle academically and experience increased risk for serious injury or even death. They may engage in risky sexual behavior, substance abuse, and unhealthy dieting and exhibit suicidal behaviors. School nurses may be the first adults that teens confide in when experiencing dating abuse and may lack the knowledge and skills to intervene with teens involved in unhealthy dating relationships. Beginning in 2008, Dell Children s Medical Center in Austin, Texas, partnered with SafePlace (a local nonprofit that serves survivors of sexual and domestic violence) to address dating abuse. This collaboration is part of Start Strong Austin, one of 11 communities nationwide participating in the Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships Initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Start Strong model employs innovative strategies in education, community engagement, policy change, and social marketing to prevent dating abuse before it starts.

  5. Non-standard coupled extensional and bending bias tests for planar pantographic lattices. Part II: comparison with experimental evidence

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    Turco, Emilio; Barcz, Katarzyna; Rizzi, Nicola Luigi

    2016-10-01

    In dell'Isola et al. (Zeitschrift für Angewandte Math und Physik 66(6):3473-3498, 2015, Proc R Soc Lond A Math Phys Eng Sci 472(2185):1-23, 2016) pantographic sheets are proposed as a basic constituent for a novel metamaterial. In Part I, see Turco et al. (Zeitschrift für Angewandte Math und Physik, doi: 10.1007/s00033-016-0713-4, 2016), two different numerical models are applied in order to design an experimental setup aimed to prove the effectiveness of introduced concept. The aim of this paper is to prove that the Hencky-type model introduced for planar pantographic sheets allows for the correct prediction, in a large range of imposed displacements, of the experimental measurements concerning specimens undergoing coupled bending and extensional deformations. The four-parameter numerical model introduced is shown to have a large range of applicability: Indeed without changing the values of the material parameters previously attributed in simple extensional tests to a specific specimen by a best-fit procedure, it is possible to forecast its behavior in all the considered type of imposed deformations. The measurements performed include the determination of reactive forces exerted by used hard devices, and the numerical modeling is able to predict very carefully quantitatively and qualitatively also this complex aspect of phenomenology, where previously attempted models seem to have failed.

  6. Evolution of the Vesuvius magmatic-hydrothermal system before the 16 December 1631 eruption

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    Principe, Claudia; Marini, Luigi

    2008-04-01

    In a recently published manuscript [Guidoboni, E., Boschi, E., 2006. Vesuvius before the 1631 eruption, EOS, 87(40), 417 and 423]; [Guidoboni, E. (Ed.), 2006. Pirro Ligorio, Libro di diversi terremoti (1571), volume 28, codex Ja II 15, Archivio di Stato di Torino, Edizione Nazionale delle Opere di Pirro Ligorio, Roma, De Luca, 261 pp], Pirro Ligorio gives a detailed description of the phenomena occurring in the crater area of Vesuvius volcano, in 1570-1571 and previous years. Here, these phenomena are interpreted as the first clearly documented signals of unrest of this volcanic system caused by the shallow emplacement of a magma batch and leading to the 1631 eruption. Our interpretation is mainly based on the present understanding of the fluid geochemistry of magmatic-hydrothermal systems. In this way, it is possible to conclude that: (i) incandescent rocks were present at the surface, with temperatures > 500 °C approximately and (ii) either a magmatic-dominated or a magmatic-hydrothermal-type of conceptual geochemical model applies to Vesuvius in 1570-1571 and preceding years. The Ligorio's picture represents the first clear evidence that the magma involved in the 1631 eruption was present under the volcano more than sixty years before the eruption. Moreover, its emplacement produced a series of phenomena which were clearly observed although not understood at that time. A similar phenomenological pattern should be easily detected and correctly interpreted at present or in the future.

  7. Suspended solid material (SSM) monitoring in coastal areas by satellite data

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    Di Polito, Carmine; Lacava, Teodosio; Ciancia, Emanuele; Coviello, Irina; Faruolo, Mariapia; Paciello, Rossana; Pergola, Nicola; Satriano, Valeria; Tramutoli, Valerio

    2015-04-01

    The variation in Suspended Solid Material (SSM) concentration influences the penetration of light in the water column and therefore water quality, especially in terms of phytoplankton and benthic algae productivity. Remote sensing data have already demonstrated their potential for monitoring SSM in coastal areas. Anyway, an integration of satellite data/products with in situ measurements may further improve the accuracy of the techniques used for SSM retrieval. Such an approach has been used in this work. The studied area was the Ionian sea Basilicata coastal area (South of Italy), where five rivers have their mouths: Bradano, Basento, Cavone, Agri and Sinni. In particular, in this work we integrated in situ measurement carried out in the framework of IOSMOS (IOnian Sea water quality MOnitoring by Satellite data, OP ERDF Basilicata) and MOMEDAS (MOnitoraggio delle acque del mar MEditerraneo mediante DAti Satellitari, OP Basilicata ERF) projects, with historical series of satellite data. Three in situ measurement campaign were carried out on: 18-19 April 2013, 15-16 July 2013 and 1-2 July 2014, collecting SSM information and Spectroradiometers measurements in the Visible - Near InfraRed (VNIR) spectral region. We compared these in situ data with MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) data. In detail MODIS data acquired in band 1 (red) and 2 (near infrared) from 2002 to 2014 were analyzed by a specific methodology, the Robust Satellite techniques (RST). In this paper, preliminarily results achieved by such a comparison will be shown.

  8. The Italian Cloud-based brokering Infrastructure to sustain Interoperability for Operative Hydrology

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    Boldrini, E.; Pecora, S.; Bussettini, M.; Bordini, F.; Nativi, S.

    2015-12-01

    This work presents the informatics platform carried out to implement the National Hydrological Operative Information System of Italy. In particular, the presentation will focus on the governing aspects of the cloud infrastructure and brokering software that make possible to sustain the hydrology data flow between heterogeneous user clients and data providers.The Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, ISPRA (Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale) in collaboration with the Regional Agency for Environmental Protection in the Emilia-Romagna region, ARPA-ER (Agenzia Regionale per la Prevenzione e l´Ambiente dell´Emilia-Romagna) and CNR-IIA (National Research Council of Italy) designed and developed an innovative platform for the discovery and access of hydrological data coming from 19 Italian administrative regions and 2 Italian autonomous provinces, in near real time. ISPRA has deployed and governs such a system. The presentation will introduce and discuss the technological barriers for interoperability as well as social and policy ones. The adopted solutions will be described outlining the sustainability challenges and benefits.

  9. The impact of meteorology on modelling storm surges in the Adriatic Sea

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    Wakelin, S. L.; Proctor, R.

    2002-09-01

    A 1/12° by 1/12° two-dimensional, hydrodynamic tide-surge model for the Mediterranean Sea is used to model two storm surge events in the Adriatic Sea. The impact of meteorological forcing on the model results is investigated using three different sources of data: observations obtained from the UK Meteorological Office, operational analysis model data from the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting and a local area model for the Adriatic region obtained from Agenzia Regionale Prevenzione e Ambiente dell'Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Two surge events are studied, one under conditions of bora wind (December 1995) and the other for a sirocco wind (November 1997). The model results are compared to hourly data from tide gauges in the northern Adriatic Sea. The three meteorological forcing fields produce storm surge elevations with generally similar behaviour but which differ from each other by up to 60 cm in height. The results obtained by using the UK Meteorological Office data were generally better than those obtained by using either of the two sets of meteorological model data. The model results give periods of 21.3, 11.6, 7.3 and 5.6 h for the Adriatic Sea seiches that are produced by the excitation of the fundamental longitudinal oscillation.

  10. Completing the gaps in Kilauea's Father's Day InSAR displacement signature with ScanSAR

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    Bertran Ortiz, A.; Pepe, A.; Lanari, R.; Lundgren, P.; Rosen, P. A.

    2009-12-01

    Currently there are gaps in the known displacement signature obtained with InSAR at Kilauea between 2002 and 2009. InSAR data can be richer than GPS because of denser spatial cover. However, to better model rapidly varying and non-steady geophysical events InSAR is limited because of its less dense time observations of the area under study. The ScanSAR mode currently available in several satellites mitigates this effect because the satellite may illuminate a given area more than once within an orbit cycle. The Kilauea displacement graph below from Instituto per Il Rilevamento Electromagnetico dell'Ambiente (IREA) is a cut in space of the displacement signature obtained from a time series of several stripmap-to-stripmap interferograms. It shows that critical information is missing, especially between 2006 and 2007. The displacement is expected to be non-linear judging from the 2007-2008 displacement signature, thus simple interpolation would not suffice. The gap can be filled by incorporating Envisat stripmap-to-ScanSAR interferograms available during that time period. We propose leveraging JPL's new ROI-PAC ScanSAR module to create stripmap-to-ScanSAR interferograms. The new interferograms will be added to the stripmap ones in order to extend the existing stripmap time series generated by using the Small BAseline Subset (SBAS) technique. At AGU we will present denser graphs that better capture Kilauea's displacement between 2003 and 2009.

  11. KEY COMPARISON: Comparison of the standards for absorbed dose to water of the ENEA-INMRI (Italy) and the BIPM for 60Co γ rays

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    Kessler, C.; Allisy-Roberts, P. J.; Burns, D. T.; Guerra, A. S.; Laitano, R. F.; Pimpinella, M.

    2010-01-01

    A comparison of the standards for absorbed dose to water of the Istituto Nazionale di Metrologia delle Radiazioni Ionizzanti of the Ente per le Nuove Tecnologie, l'Energia e l'Ambiente, Italy (ENEA-INMRI), and of the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) has been made in 60Co gamma radiation under the auspices of the key comparison BIPM.RI(I)-K4. The comparison result, based on the calibration coefficients for three transfer standards and expressed as a ratio of the ENEA and the BIPM standards for absorbed dose to water, is 0.9999 (0.0044). The present 2007 result replaces the earlier ENEA value in this key comparison. The degrees of equivalence between the ENEA and the other participants in this comparison have been calculated and the results are given in the form of a matrix for the ten national metrology institutes (NMIs) that have published results in this ongoing comparison for absorbed dose to water. A graphical presentation is also given. Main text. To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. Note that this text is that which appears in Appendix B of the BIPM key comparison database kcdb.bipm.org/. The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by the CCRI Section I, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA).

  12. Central radio galaxies in groups: cavities, bubbles and the history of AGN heating

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    Giacintucci, S.; Venturi, T.; Raychaudhury, S.; Vrtilek, J.

    2008-10-01

    E' noto che le regioni centrali degli ammassi e gruppi di galassie costituiscono un ambiente in cui gas caldo e plasma radioemittente proveniente dalle galassie dominanti interagiscono tra loro. In particolare, si pensa che la radioemissione dell'AGN centrale ed i suoi possibili cicli di attivita', siano strettamente legati alla presenza di cavita' e "bubbles" nel gas intergalattico. Si presentera' lo status di un progetto osservativo effettuato con il Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT, India) su di un campione di 18 gruppi di galassie, osservati a tre frequenze radio (235 MHz, 325 MHz e 610 MHz). Lo studio della morfologia radio degli AGN centrali e la relativa analisi spettrale permettono di ottenere stime sull'eta' di questi oggetti, e sulla loro energia totale, che a loro volta sono in relazione con le proprieta' X dei gruppi stessi. Per tutti gli oggetti del campione sono disponibili osservazioni Chandra di proprieta'. Per due oggetti del campione, 4C+24.36 (al centro di AWM04) e NGC741 (al centro di RSOG17) verra' presentato uno studio dettagliato.

  13. Preliminary raptor surveys in western Mongolia

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    Ellis, D.H.; Ellis, M.H.; Tsengeg, P.

    1995-01-01

    Raptors were observed on a 5200 km expedition from Ulaan Baatar through the Hangay Mountains to the Russian Altay Mountains with return through the Gobi Altay Mountains. The focus of the expedition was on nesting ecology of the Saker (Falco cherrug) and Altay falcons (F. altaicus) (25 eyries were located), but nests were also found for seven other species including more than 30 nests found of the upland buzzard (Buteo hemilasius). We conducted 21 day-long counts and 10 more formal raptor road counts. Raptors were concentrated in areas where perches were common and where food was most abundant. Western Mongolia remains a vast undeveloped land where camel trains and yak carts are normal. No developed highway network exists. Raptor work in the interior must be supported by four-wheel drive vehicles traveling cross country. Food and fuel for a research team are difficult to procure, but raptor populations are largely unexploited. Raptors frequently nest on the ground or on very low cliffs and tress, and often nest in close proximity of pairs of their own and other species. Several areas of special significance to raptors are discussed including the Taleen Ulaan (Red Steppe) areas of granite dells which we recommend for status as an international reserve.

  14. A study of surface optical properties for characterizing the cleaning process of paintings

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    Fontana, R.; Barucci, M.; Pampaloni, E.; Pezzati, L.; Daffara, C.

    2013-05-01

    "Cleaning" is a process of carefully identifying the cause of any deterioration or discolouration and then removing or treating these layers. The skill of the restorer is not only to understand the techniques and media used by the artist, but also to recognize what beauty lies beneath the veils of many years of neglect or adverse conditions. Surface cleaning is then one of the most important and sometimes controversial stages of the conservation process: it is an irreversible process that generally results in substantial physical changes of the object surface, raising thus a series of questions regarding aesthetics, the potential loss of historical information, and the ability to control the cleaning process adequately. Decisions have to be made regarding partial or complete removal of varnish: technical considerations include selection of a method that allows a great deal of control in the cleaning process, so that undesired layers can be removed without damaging the underlying ones by means of traditional cleaning methods, including mechanical or chemical removal. In this work we present a study of the optical properties of painting surfaces for the characterization of the cleaning process. Analyses were carried out by means of laser micro-profilometry and confocal microscopy. Measurements were carried out on a few paintings which are under repair at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence. Selected areas were surveyed with the two above mentioned techniques and results were correlated.

  15. Concept of healing of recurrent shoulder dislocation.

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    D'Angelo, Donato

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents the main surgical techniques applied in the treatment of anterior recurrent shoulder dislocation, aiming the achievement of the normality of articulate movements. This was obtained by combining distinct surgical procedures, which allowed the recovery of a complete functional capacity of the shoulder, without jeopardizing the normality of movement, something that has not been recorded in the case of the tense sutures of the surgical procedures of Putti-Platt, Bankart, Latarjet, Dickson-O'Dell and others. The careful review of the methods applied supports the conclusion that recurrent shoulder dislocation can be cured, since cure has been obtained in 97% of the treated cases. However, some degree of limitation in the shoulder movement has been observed in most of the treated cases. Our main goal was to achieve a complete shoulder functional recovery, by treating simultaneously all of the anatomical-pathological lesions, without considering the so-called essential lesions. The period of post-operatory immobilization only last for the healing of soft parts; this takes place in a position of neutral shoulder rotation, since the use of vascular bone graft eliminates the need for long time immobilization, due to the shoulder stabilization provided by rigid fixation of the coracoid at the glenoid edge, as in the Latarjet's technique. Our procedure, used since 1959, comprises the association of several techniques, which has permitted shoulder healing without movement limitation. That was because of the tension reduction in the sutures of the subescapularis, capsule, and coracobraquialis muscles.

  16. Gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric characterisation of plant gums in samples from painted works of art.

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    Bonaduce, Ilaria; Brecoulaki, Hariclia; Colombini, Maria Perla; Lluveras, Anna; Restivo, Vincenzo; Ribechini, Erika

    2007-12-21

    This paper presents an analytical GC-MS procedure to study the chemical composition of plant gums, determining aldoses and uronic acids in one step. The procedure is based on the silylation of aldoses and uronic acids, released from plant gums by microwave assisted hydrolysis, and previously converted into the corresponding diethyl-dithioacetals and diethyl-dithioacetal lactones. Using this method only one peak for each compound is obtained, thus providing simple and highly reproducible chromatograms. The analytical procedure was optimised using reference samples of raw plant gums (arabic, karaya, ghatti, guar, locust bean and tragacanth, cherry, plum and peach gums), commercial watercolours and paint layers prepared according to ancient recipes at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure of Florence (Italy). To identify gum media in samples of unknown composition, a decisional schema for the gum identification and the principal component analysis of the relative sugar percentage contents were employed. The procedure was used to study samples collected from wall paintings from Macedonian tombs (4th-3rd centuries bc) and from the Mycenaean "Palace of Nestor" (13th century bc) in Pylos, Greece. The presence of carbohydrates was ascertained and plant gum binders (fruit and a mixture of tragacanth and fruit tree gums) were identified in some of the samples. PMID:18023451

  17. Identification of echinoderms (Echinodermata) from an anchialine cave in Cozumel Island, Mexico, using DNA barcodes.

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    Bribiesca-Contreras, Guadalupe; Solís-Marín, Francisco A; Laguarda-Figueras, Alfredo; Zaldívar-Riverón, Alejandro

    2013-11-01

    The echinoderm species richness of the Aerolito de Paraiso anchialine cave, on Cozumel Island, in the Mexican Caribbean, is assessed on the basis of morphological and DNA barcoding data. We included specimens from this cave system and from different open sea areas, and employed two different approaches for species delineation based on DNA barcoding data: a 2% cox1 divergence and the general mixed Yule-coalescent (GMYC) approaches. We subsequently compared the results derived from these approaches with our morphospecies discrimination. A total of 188 cox1 sequences belonging to specimens of four echinoderm classes were examined. The 2% cox1 divergence and GMYC approaches recovered 78 and 70 putative species, respectively, 24 and 22 of which corresponded to specimens from the anchialine system. Of 26 echinoderm species identified in the cave system, seven appear to be endemic to it. Among these are Copidaster carvenicola Solís-Marín & Laguarda-Figueras, 2010, two morphologically distinctive, undescribed species belonging to Asterinides and Ophionereis and four probably cryptic undescribed species originally assigned to Amphipholis squamata (Delle Chiaje, 1839), Astropecten duplicatus Gray, 1840, Copidaster lymani (AH Clark, 1948) and Ophiothrix angulata (Say, 1825). Further research and protection of this particularly fragile ecosystem becomes urgent because construction of tourism developments is planned nearby.

  18. Concept of healing of recurrent shoulder dislocation☆

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    D’Angelo, Donato

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents the main surgical techniques applied in the treatment of anterior recurrent shoulder dislocation, aiming the achievement of the normality of articulate movements. This was obtained by combining distinct surgical procedures, which allowed the recovery of a complete functional capacity of the shoulder, without jeopardizing the normality of movement, something that has not been recorded in the case of the tense sutures of the surgical procedures of Putti-Platt, Bankart, Latarjet, Dickson-O’Dell and others. The careful review of the methods applied supports the conclusion that recurrent shoulder dislocation can be cured, since cure has been obtained in 97% of the treated cases. However, some degree of limitation in the shoulder movement has been observed in most of the treated cases. Our main goal was to achieve a complete shoulder functional recovery, by treating simultaneously all of the anatomical–pathological lesions, without considering the so-called essential lesions. The period of post-operatory immobilization only last for the healing of soft parts; this takes place in a position of neutral shoulder rotation, since the use of vascular bone graft eliminates the need for long time immobilization, due to the shoulder stabilization provided by rigid fixation of the coracoid at the glenoid edge, as in the Latarjet's technique. Our procedure, used since 1959, comprises the association of several techniques, which has permitted shoulder healing without movement limitation. That was because of the tension reduction in the sutures of the subescapularis, capsule, and coracobraquialis muscles. PMID:26229839

  19. [Colorimetric characterization of LCD based on wavelength partition spectral model].

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    Liu, Hao-Xue; Cui, Gui-Hua; Huang, Min; Wu, Bing; Xu, Yan-Fang; Luo, Ming

    2013-10-01

    To establish a colorimetrical characterization model of LCDs, an experiment with EIZO CG19, IBM 19, DELL 19 and HP 19 LCDs was designed and carried out to test the interaction between RGB channels, and then to test the spectral additive property of LCDs. The RGB digital values of single channel and two channels were given and the corresponding tristimulus values were measured, then a chart was plotted and calculations were made to test the independency of RGB channels. The results showed that the interaction between channels was reasonably weak and spectral additivity property was held well. We also found that the relations between radiations and digital values at different wavelengths varied, that is, they were the functions of wavelength. A new calculation method based on piecewise spectral model, in which the relation between radiations and digital values was fitted by a cubic polynomial in each piece of wavelength with measured spectral radiation curves, was proposed and tested. The spectral radiation curves of RGB primaries with any digital values can be found out with only a few measurements and fitted cubic polynomial in this way and then any displayed color can be turned out by the spectral additivity property of primaries at given digital values. The algorithm of this method was discussed in detail in this paper. The computations showed that the proposed method was simple and the number of measurements needed was reduced greatly while keeping a very high computation precision. This method can be used as a colorimetrical characterization model. PMID:24409730

  20. Technical and social challenges of laparoscopic appendectomy performed in a rural setting.

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    Kucuk, Gultekin Ozan

    2015-01-01

    Lo studio illustra i dettagli tecnici e sociali delle difficoltà da affrontare nell’adozione dell’appendicectomia laparoscopica in un ospedale periferico in ambiente rurale, e suggerisce le soluzioni, includendo la casistica nell’intervallo tra aprile 2009 e dicembre 2010, di cui sono analizzati le caratteristiche demografiche, i reperti operatori ed i risultati. La casistica si riferisce a 51 pazienti (28 uomini e 23 donne) sottoposti ad appendicectomia laparoscopica, di età media di 23 anni (tra 13 e 74 anni). In media l’intervento ha richiesto 45 minuti (tra 20 e 75 minuti). La base appendicolare è stata trattata con endoloop in 4 casi (7,8%) o per nodo intracorporeo in 46 casi (90,2%); in un caso la base è stata suturata. In 20 casi (39,2%) si sono dovute fronteggiare difficoltà tecniche, ed in un paziente (2%) si è fatto ricorso alla conversione al trattamento laparotomico. La degenza postoperatoria è stata di 2.4 ± 0.8 giorni, ed in un paziente (2%) si è sviluppato un ascesso intra-addominale. In conclusione la appendicectomia laparoscopica può essere adottata con sicurezza in ambiente rurale, anche se si tratta di casi complicati. Si discutono alcune difficoltà tecniche e sociali da affrontare, e le soluzioni adottate.

  1. A comparative analysis between laparoscopy and open colectomy: assessment of perioperative and oncological outcomes.

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    Farinetti, Alberto; Bonetti, Luca Reggiani; Migaldi, Mario; Mattioli, Anna Vittoria; Pennella, Sonia; Muratori, Simone; Rossi, Aldo

    2015-01-01

    Il presente studio raffronta due gruppi di pazienti affetti da adenocarcinoma dolo-rettale, sottoposti rispettivamente a colectomia con tecnica open e a videolaparoscopia, mettendone in luce benefici e svantaggi. Si tratta di un’analisi retrospettiva: dal gennaio 2003 e il dicembre 2006 sono stati reclutati 54 pazienti; di questi 26 operati in laparotomia e 28 in laparoscopia. Per la chirurgia laparotomica la durata media dell’intervento è stata di 177.9 minuti (tempo chirurgico) e di 280.4 minuti (tempo di sala operatoria con un minimo di 110 ed un massimo di 360 minuti, con significative differenze in rapporto al tipo di chirurgia effettuata e la storia clinica del paziente. Per la chirurgia laparoscopica la durata media è stata di 293 minuti (range 135-520), con significative differenze dipendenti dalla porzione di intestino asportata. Il raffronto delle due tecniche chirurgiche, laparotomica versus lapsroscopica, ha rivelato alcune differenze. La durata della resezione è stata maggiore per la laparoscopia se confrontata con la tecnica tradizionale. Entrambi gli approcci rappresentano tecniche convenienti, sicure ed oncologicamente corrette. La laparoscopia mostra maggiori vantaggi in termini di controllo del dolore, assenza di estese cicatrici, riscontro di laparoceli e di degenza post operatoria comparata con la tecnica laparotomica.

  2. Evaluation of intrinsic groundwater vulnerability to pollution: COP method for pilot area of Carrara hydrogeological system (Northern Tuscany, Italy)

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    Baldi, B.; Guastaldi, E.; Rossetto, R.

    2009-04-01

    . Such vulnerability map highlights higher vulnerability areas than those showed in previous studies, demonstrating that relying on just one methodology may lead to underestimation of groundwater protection level, especially in karst systems where anthropogenic contexts are developed. References Baldi, B., 2004. Studio idrogeologico dei bacini marmiferi carraresi mediante l'utilizzo di spore di Lycopodium clavatum. Rapporto Finale. Università degli studi di Pisa, Comune di Carrara (rapporto interno). Regione Toscana, 2007. Rapporto sull'attività svolta per la Convenzione tra la Regione Toscana ed il Centro di GeoTecnologie dell'Università degli Studi di Siena. "Studio idrogeologico prototipale del corpo idrico sotterraneo significativo dell'acquifero carbonatico delle Alpi Apuane, Monti d'Oltre Serchio e Santa Maria del Giudice". 10 Settembre 2007. Doveri, M., 2005. Studio idrogeologico e idrogeochimico dei sistemi acquiferi del Bacino del Torrente Carrione e dell'antistante piana costiera. Tesi di dottorato, Università degli Studi di Pisa. Zwalhlen, F., 2003. Vulnerability and risk mapping for the protection of carbonate (karst) aquifers, final report COST Action 620. European Commission, Directorate-General for Research, EUR 20912: p. 183-200.

  3. Modeling of Radiative Transfer in Protostellar Disks

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    VonAllmen, Paul; Turner, Neal

    2007-01-01

    This program implements a spectral line, radiative transfer tool for interpreting Spitzer Space Telescope observations by matching them with models of protostellar disks for improved understanding of planet and star formation. The Spitzer Space Telescope detects gas phase molecules in the infrared spectra of protostellar disks, with spectral lines carrying information on the chemical composition of the material from which planets form. Input to the software includes chemical models developed at JPL. The products are synthetic images and spectra for comparison with Spitzer measurements. Radiative transfer in a protostellar disk is primarily affected by absorption and emission processes in the dust and in molecular gases such as H2, CO, and HCO. The magnitude of the optical absorption and emission is determined by the population of the electronic, vibrational, and rotational energy levels. The population of the molecular level is in turn determined by the intensity of the radiation field. Therefore, the intensity of the radiation field and the population of the molecular levels are inter-dependent quantities. To meet the computational challenges of solving for the coupled radiation field and electronic level populations in disks having wide ranges of optical depths and spatial scales, the tool runs in parallel on the JPL Dell Cluster supercomputer with C++ and Fortran compiler with a Message Passing Interface. Because this software has been developed on a distributed computing platform, the modeling of systems previously beyond the reach of available computational resources is possible.

  4. Opera and neuroscience.

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    Lorusso, Lorenzo; Franchini, Antonia Francesca; Porro, Alessandro

    2015-01-01

    Opera is the most complete form of theatrical representation, characterized by musical accompaniment, both instrumental and vocal. It has played an important role in sociocultural spheres, affecting the various social strata and reflecting customs and ideas in different centuries. Composers have created pieces that have also shown the development of medicine. Since the birth of opera in seventeenth century in Italy, neuroscience has played an important role in influencing the representation of madness and neurological aspects. From the Folly of the Renaissance, a path toward a representation of madness was developed, initially linked to the myths of classical antiquity. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, madness was represented as comical or funny, of a loving nature and influenced by the spread of the Commedia dell'Arte (Comedy of Art). In the nineteenth century, with the rise of the first scientific theories of the mind, insanity took more precise connotations and was separated from other psychiatric and neurological diseases. The operas of the twentieth century depicted psychiatric and neurological diseases, taking into account newer medical and scientific discoveries. PMID:25684301

  5. Clinical and diagnostic problems of desmoid-type fibromatosis of the mesentery: case report and review of the literature.

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    La Greca, Gaetano; Santangelo, Antonio; Primo, Stefano; Sofia, Maria; Latteri, Saverio; Russello, Domenico; Magro, Gaetano

    2014-12-12

    In accordo con la “World Health Organization”, il tumore desmoide viene definito come una “proliferazione di tipo clonale dei fibroblasti che origina dai tessuti molli posti più in profondità e che risulta essere caratterizzata da una crescita infiltrante con la tendenza a dare delle recidive locali ma con l’incapacità di metastatizzare”. Noi riportiamo il caso di una giovane donna di 33 anni che presentava una sintomatologia aspecifica, con la presenza di una massa palpabile in sede addominale. La prima diagnosi, eseguita in altra Unità Operativa con US, evidenziava una neoformazione classificata come Leiomioma uterino. Il reperto intraoperatorio durante intervento di isterectomia evidenziava, invece, una neoformazione a partenza dal mesentere. L’esecuzione di due esami bioptici estemporanei non ha portato a nessuna diagnosi di certezza. Veniva quindi eseguita una resezione “en bloc”, allargata con criteri oncologici, della massa, comprendendo digiuno, ileo e colon destro. La diagnosi istologica definitiva è stata poi di Tumore Desmoide. La revisione della letteratura condotta con 25 casi di tumore desmoide del mesentere, ha confermato definitivamente come la diagnosi è molto difficile e quasi mai disponibile prima o durante l’intervento chirurgico. Appare quindi chiaro che la prima scelta di trattamento di questa neoplasia rimane quella chirurgica con margini di resezione R0, pur esistendo la possibilità di un trattamento conservativo farmacologico o radioterapico. Il trattamento del Tumore Desmoide rimane comunque difficile e richiede esperienza ed collaborazione interdisciplinare.

  6. The effect of fluid streams in porous media on acoustic compression wave propagation, transmission, and reflection

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    Madeo, A.; Djeran-Maigre, I.; Rosi, G.; Silvani, C.

    2013-03-01

    In geomechanics, a relevant role is played by coupling phenomena between compressible fluid seepage flow and deformation of the solid matrix. The behavior of complex porous materials can be greatly influenced by such coupling phenomena. A satisfactorily theoretical framework for their description is not yet completely attained. In this paper, we discuss how the model developed in dell'Isola et al. (Int J Solids Struct 46:3150-3164, 2009) can describe how underground flows or, more generally, confined streams of fluid in deformable porous matrices affect compression wave propagation and their reflection and transmission at a solid-material discontinuity surface. Further work will investigate the effect of stream flow in porous media on shear waves, generalizing what done in Djeran Maigre and Kuznetsov (Comptes Rendus Mécanique 336(1-2):102-107, 2008) for shear waves in one-constituent orthotropic two-layered plates. The presented treatment shows that the presence of fluid streams considerably affect reflection and transmission phenomena in porous media.

  7. Two new Horaiclavus (Horaiclavidae, Conoidea) species from the Indo-Pacific region.

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    Bonfitto, Antonio; Morassi, Mauro

    2014-01-01

    The genus Horaiclavus includes eight Holocene Indo-Pacific species (Appeltans et al. 2012). Herein, we describe two new species that resemble members of this genus in some aspects of shell morphology, but otherwise show features that suggest that they differ from "typical" Horaiclavus species. Descriptions and measurements were based on shells oriented spire up with the aperture facing the viewer and made using a Leica MS 5 Stereomicroscope for incident light and a 10× ocular micrometer. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) micrographs were taken using a Hitachi S-2400. The classification adopted here follows Bouchet et al. (2011). The following abbreviations are used in the text: MZB = Museo di Zoologia dell'Università di Bologna; MNHN = Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France; NHMUK = The Natural History Museum of United Kingdom [formerly British Museum (Natural History)], London, United Kingdom; ZMA = Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, the Netherlands; ZRC = Zoological Reference Collection, Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, Singapore; a = aperture length; b = shell width; l = length; a/l = ratio of aperture length to total shell length; b/l = ratio of shell breadth to total length; dd= dead collected specimen(s); stn. = station. PMID:24989734

  8. Development of the Hebrew-Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation (H-MID): a valid and reliable measure of pathological dissociation.

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    Somer, Eli; Dell, Paul F

    2005-01-01

    The Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation (MID; Dell, 2004b) has 168 dissociation items and 50 validity items. The MID assesses 14 major facets of dissociation, 23 symptoms of dissociation, and has 5 validity scales. The MID operationalizes (a) the subjective/ phenomenological domain of dissociation, and (b) 23 hypothesized symptoms of dissociative identity disorder (DID). This article describes the development of a Hebrew version of the MID (H-MID). In a sample of clinical and nonclinical research participants, the H-MID had strong internal consistency, temporal stability, and strong structural, convergent, discriminant, and construct validity. In addition, mean H-MID scores demonstrated incremental validity over the Hebrew Dissociative Experiences Scale (H-DES) by predicting an additional 17% of the variance in weighted trauma scores on the Traumatic Experiences Questionnaire (TEQ). Factor analysis of the H-MID extracted a single factor: dissociation. Both the MID and the subjective/phenomenological concept of pathological dissociation appear to have applicability not only in North America, but also in a heterogeneous Middle Eastern culture.

  9. The Reflection Nebula in Orion

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    2000-01-01

    Just weeks after NASA astronauts repaired the Hubble Space Telescope in December 1999, the Hubble Heritage Project snapped this picture of NGC 1999, a nebula in the constellation Orion. The Heritage astronomers, in collaboration with scientists in Texas and Ireland, used Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) to obtain the color image. NGC 1999 is an example of a reflection nebula. Like fog around a street lamp, a reflection nebula shines only because the light from an imbedded source illuminates its dust; the nebula does not emit any visible light of its own. NGC 1999 lies close to the famous Orion Nebula, about 1,500 light-years from Earth, in a region of our Milky Way galaxy where new stars are being formed actively. NGC 1999 was discovered some two centuries ago by Sir William Herschel and his sister Caroline, and was cataloged later in the 19th century as object 1999 in the New General Catalogue. This data was collected in January 2000 by the Hubble Heritage Team with the collaboration of star-formation experts C. Robert O'Dell (Rice University), Thomas P. Ray (Dublin Institute for Advanced Study), and David Corcoran (University of Limerick).

  10. Proximate Units in Word Production: Phonological Encoding Begins with Syllables in Mandarin Chinese but with Segments in English

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    O'Seaghdha, Padraig G.; Chen, Jenn-Yeu; Chen, Train-Min

    2010-01-01

    In Mandarin Chinese, speakers benefit from fore-knowledge of what the first syllable but not of what the first phonemic segment of a disyllabic word will be (Chen, J.-Y., Chen, T.-M. & Dell, 2002), contrasting with findings in English, Dutch, and other Indo-European languages, and challenging the generality of current theories of word production. In this article, we extend the evidence for the language difference by showing that failure to prepare onsets in Mandarin (Experiment 1) applies even to simple monosyllables (Experiments 2-4), and confirm the contrast with English for comparable materials (Experiments 5, 6). We also provide new evidence that Mandarin speakers do reliably prepare tonally unspecified phonological syllables (Experiment 7). To account for these patterns, we propose a language general proximate units principle whereby intentional preparation for speech as well as phonological-lexical coordination are grounded at the first phonological level below the word at which explicit unit selection occurs. The language difference arises because syllables are proximate units in Mandarin Chinese, whereas segments are proximate in English and other Indo-European languages. The proximate units perspective reconciles the aspiration toward a language general account of word production with the reality of substantial cross-linguistic differences. PMID:20149354

  11. Acrylamide in potato crisps prepared from 20 UK-grown varieties: effects of variety and tuber storage time.

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    Elmore, J Stephen; Briddon, Adrian; Dodson, Andrew T; Muttucumaru, Nira; Halford, Nigel G; Mottram, Donald S

    2015-09-01

    Twenty varieties of field-grown potato were stored for 2 months and 6 months at 8 °C. Mean acrylamide contents in crisps prepared from all varieties at both storage times ranged from 131 μg/kg in Verdi to 5360 μg/kg in Pentland Dell. In contrast to previous studies, the longer storage period did not affect acrylamide formation significantly for most varieties, the exceptions being Innovator, where acrylamide formation increased, and Saturna, where it decreased. Four of the five varieties designated as suitable for crisping produced crisps with acrylamide levels below the European Commission indicative value of 1000 μg/kg (Saturna, Lady Rosetta, Lady Claire, and Verdi); the exception was Hermes. Two varieties more often used for French fries, Markies and Fontane, also produced crisps with less than 1000 μg/kg acrylamide. Correlations between acrylamide, its precursors and crisp colour are described, and the implications of the results for production of potato crisps are discussed.

  12. VerdEE: a new tool for the adoption of life-cycle assessment in small- and medium-sized enterprises

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    Masoni, Paolo; Scimia, Emanuela; Sara, Balazs

    2001-02-01

    Data and time requirements and complex methodological problems of a detailed Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) are well-known and discussed. Its application has specific difficulties in Italian Small- and Medium- sized Enterprises (SMEs) where environmental information is generally dispersed, a short-term problem-oriented environmental management approach is common and dedicated human resources are usually missing. As a consequence, a new procedure specifically designed for SMEs, VerdEE (Verifica dell'Eco-Efficienza - Verification of Eco-Efficiency), was developed and implemented on an interactive CD-ROM. It is based on the following criteria: relying on a life cycle approach; aimed at evaluating the environmental profile of a product and at identifying improvement opportunities; sufficiently simple to be applied in a limited time; containing as much quantitative information as possible to make it usable by a non-expert user. The VerdEE procedure includes four main steps: "Goal and Scope definition" semi-quantitative "Inventory" "Check-list" visualisation of results in "Matrix" and "Target-plot" form. The procedure is supported by an interconnected informative part about advantages of the life cycle approach for SMEs, principles of eco-design and environmental concerns.

  13. New "all-in-one" device for mesh plug hernioplasty: the Trabucco repair.

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    Gossetti, Francesco; Massa, Salvatore; Abbonante, Francesco; Calabria, Michele; Ceci, Francesca; Viarengo, Maria Antonietta; Manzi, Emy; D'Amore, Linda; Negro, Paolo

    2015-01-01

    Sebbene la tecnica Mesh Plug rappresenti una procedura di indubbia efficacia nel trattamento dell’ernia inguinale, tuttora permangono dubbi in relazione alla storia naturale del plug. In particolare, il plug può andare incontro a coartazione (shrinkage) con formazione di un “meshoma” responsabile di una sintomatologia dolorosa cronica. Più raramente, il plug può migrare e provocare erosione delle strutture anatomiche circostanti. Nel passato sono stati proposti alcuni devices per cercare di risolvere il problema della migrazione; nessuno di questi, tuttavia, ha raggiunto la popolarità dei plug conici o a forma di fiore. Il presente lavoro riporta i risultati di uno studio pilota condotto con l’impiego di un nuovo device tridimensionale, il NeT Plug & Patch. I risultati dopo 12 mesi di follow-up, hanno dimostrato una ridotta incidenza di dolore postoperatorio e cronico, senza rischio di migrazione. Inoltre è stata registrata una compliance soddisfacente sia dei pazienti che degli operatori. La protesi NeT Plug & Patch ha dimostrato di poter realizzare un’ernioplastica semplice ed efficace per la riparazione dell’ernia inguinale.

  14. [Trends in infective endocarditis in a medium-sized University Hospital in Italy: analysis of 232 cases].

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    Pallotto, Carlo; Martinelli, Laura; Baldelli, Franco; Bucaneve, Gianpaolo; Cecchini, Enisia; Malincarne, Lisa; Pasticci, Maria Bruna

    2014-06-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the epidemiological and clinical characteristics of 232 cases of infective endocarditis (IE), admitted to the Clinica delle Malattie Infettive of Perugia Italy from 1973 to 2012. The analysis was retrospective until 2004. After this year, all the consecutive IE cases were included by utilizing the same prospective observational protocol of the Italian Study on Endocarditis (SEI). Out of 232 EI cases, 200 (86.2 %) were definite. Over the 40-year period, a statistically significant increase was observed in the patients' age, the rate of IE admissions and prosthetic device IEs. The rate of healthcare-associated IEs also increased in the last 10 years (p=NS). Diabetes mellitus was the most frequent comorbidity. There were no variations in the rate of S. aureus and streptococcal IEs. Central nervous system complications and surgery were reported in 19.4 percent and 29.3 percent of the cases, respectively. The in-hospital mortality was 18.9 percent. In conclusion, the epidemiological and clinical trends of this study are in agreement with the literature. The difference in S. aureus endocarditis, neurological complications and surgery rates may be due to the fact that this was a single centre and, for its first part, a retrospective study. A shared, multidisciplinary protocol may be useful to improve the outcome of patients with IE and its epidemiology.

  15. Radiosounding: Possible change in aerological data due to instrument change

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    Malaspina, F.; Foti, F.; Vuerich, E.; Casu, G.

    2004-09-01

    A radiosounding system allows to measure the profile of some meteorological quantities (temperature, humidity, pressure) from the ground up to a certain altitude. Such systems are continuously used by meteorological services in order to perform periodical measurements during the day, at pre-determined times. The evolution of instrumentation technology leads to a fast obsolescence of equipment through time, so that, inevitably, new instrumentation replaces the old one. The new VAISALA Radiosound RS92 has been recently introduced to substitute previous model RS90. The RS90 is currently used by many national and international institutes, including the Italian Air Force Meteorological Service (Servizio Meteorologico dell'Aeronautica Militare). In order to assess the way in which the substitution of RS90s with the new RS92s would affect measures performed by the altitude observation network with regard also to the historical series, several comparative measurements have been conducted by the “Reparto Sperimentazioni di Meteorologia Aeronautica” at Vigna di Valle (Rome). During this testing series, Company VAISALA has given a remarkable level of cooperation by a continuous presence of technicians. The entire test has been performed according to WMO (World Meteorological Organization) protocols.

  16. Non-standard coupled extensional and bending bias tests for planar pantographic lattices. Part I: numerical simulations

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    Turco, Emilio; Barcz, Katarzyna; Pawlikowski, Marek; Rizzi, Nicola Luigi

    2016-10-01

    In dell'Isola et al. (Zeitschrift für Angewandte Math und Physik 66(6):3473-3498, 2015, Proc R Soc Lond A Math Phys Eng Sci 472(2185), 2016), the concept of pantographic sheet is proposed. The aim is to design a metamaterial showing: (i) a large range of elastic response; (ii) an extreme toughness in extensional deformation; (iii) a convenient ratio between toughness and weight. However, these required properties must coexist with non-detrimental mechanical characteristics in the presence of other kinds of imposed displacements. The aim of this paper is to prove via numerical simulations that pantographic sheets may effectively resist to coupled bending and extensional deformations. The four-parameter model introduced shows its versatility as it is able to encompass all the considered types of (large) deformations. The numerical integration scheme which we use is based on the same concepts exploited in Turco et al. (Zeitschrift für Angewandte Math und Physik 67(4):1-28, 2016): They prove that the Hencky-type discretization is very efficient also in nonlinear large deformations and large displacements regimes. In Part II of this paper, we will show that the used models are very effective to describe experimental evidence.

  17. Two new Horaiclavus (Horaiclavidae, Conoidea) species from the Indo-Pacific region.

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    Bonfitto, Antonio; Morassi, Mauro

    2014-06-19

    The genus Horaiclavus includes eight Holocene Indo-Pacific species (Appeltans et al. 2012). Herein, we describe two new species that resemble members of this genus in some aspects of shell morphology, but otherwise show features that suggest that they differ from "typical" Horaiclavus species. Descriptions and measurements were based on shells oriented spire up with the aperture facing the viewer and made using a Leica MS 5 Stereomicroscope for incident light and a 10× ocular micrometer. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) micrographs were taken using a Hitachi S-2400. The classification adopted here follows Bouchet et al. (2011). The following abbreviations are used in the text: MZB = Museo di Zoologia dell'Università di Bologna; MNHN = Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France; NHMUK = The Natural History Museum of United Kingdom [formerly British Museum (Natural History)], London, United Kingdom; ZMA = Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, the Netherlands; ZRC = Zoological Reference Collection, Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, Singapore; a = aperture length; b = shell width; l = length; a/l = ratio of aperture length to total shell length; b/l = ratio of shell breadth to total length; dd= dead collected specimen(s); stn. = station.

  18. Martian equatorial CO2 clouds: a complementary OMEGA and HRSC data analysis

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    Määttänen, A.; Montmessin, F.; Gondet, B.; Hoffmann, H.; Scholten, F.; Hauber, E.; Bibring, J.-P.; Neukum, G.

    2009-04-01

    are thick with near-infrared opacities (at 1 micron) between 0.2--0.7, they are at around 80 km altitude in the atmosphere and the mean particle effective radius is mainly 1-2microns, although submicronic particles are also observed. HRSC images have also been analysed and the presence of these high-altitude clouds in them has been confirmed. The HRSC observes through a set of colour filters, which allows for the determination of the cloud altitude through photogrammetry analysis and westward wind speeds at cloud altitude through relative cloud movement between images taken through two filters at different times. HRSC observations provide also a higher spatial resolution, as well as a wider image, providing more context for mapping the cloud morphology. Preliminary analysis of the HRSC orbits have revealed CO2 cloud altitudes ranging from 59 km to 83 km, each with an altitude accuracy of +/- 1-2 km and cloud (wind) speeds of 15-107 m/s (+/-15m/s). One cloud, observed far from the equator, shows a varying altitude of 53-67 km in a latitude bin of 46-53 S. We will present the datasets and cloud characteristics acquired so far in the analysis. Bibring, J.-P., Soufflot,A., Berthe,M., Langevin, Y., Gondet, B., Drossart, P., Bouye, M., Combes, M., Puget, P., Semery, A., Bellucci, G., Formisano, V., Moroz, V., Kottsov, V., the OMEGA Co-I team, Bonello, G., Erard, S., Forni, O., Gendrin, A., Manaud, N., Poulet, F., Poulleau, G., Encrenaz, T., Fouchet, T., Melchiorri, R., Altieri, F., Ignatiev, N., Titov, D., Zasova, L., Coradini, A., Capacionni, F., Cerroni, P., Fonti, S., Mangold, N., Pinet, P., Schmitt, B., Sotin, C., Hauber, E., Hoffmann, H., Jaumann, R., Keller, U., Arvidson, R., Mustard, J. and Forget, F.: OMEGA: Observatoire pour la minéralogie, l'eau, les glaces et l'activité. ESA SP-1240: Mars Express: the scientific payload, pp. 37-49, 2004. R. Jaumann, G. Neukum, T. Behnke, T. C. Duxbury, J. Flohrer, S. V. Gasselt, B. Giese, K. Gwinner, E. Hauber, H. Hoffmann, A

  19. Probing General Relativity and New Physics with Lunar Laser Ranging

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    Dell'Agnello, S.; Maiello, M.; Currie, D. G.; Boni, A.; Berardi, S.; Cantone, C.; Delle Monache, G. O.; Intaglietta, N.; Lops, C.; Garattini, M.; Martini, M.; Patrizi, G.; Porcelli, L.; Tibuzzi, M.; Vittori, R.; Bianco, G.; Coradini, A.; Dionisio, C.; March, R.; Bellettini, G.; Tauraso, R.; Chandler, J.

    2012-11-01

    Over the past 40 years, Lunar Laser Ranging (LLR, developed by the Univ. of Maryland (PI) and INFN-LNF (Co-PI)) to the Apollo Cube Corner Retroreflector (CCR) arrays have supplied almost all the significant tests of General Relativity (Currie et al., 2009 [12]). LLR can evaluate the PPN (Post Newtonian Parameters), addressing this way both the possible changes in the gravitational constant and the self-energy properties of the gravitational field. In addition, the LLR has provided significant information on the composition and origin of the Moon. This is the only Apollo experiment that is still in operation. Initially the Apollo LLR arrays contributed a negligible fraction of the ranging error budget. Over the decades, the ranging capabilities of the ground stations have improved by more than two orders of magnitude. Now, because of the lunar librations, the existing Apollo retroreflector arrays contribute a significant fraction of the limiting errors in the range measurements. We built a new experimental apparatus (the ‘Satellite/Lunar Laser Ranging Characterization Facility', SCF) and created a new test procedure (the SCF-Test) to characterize and model the detailed thermal behavior and the optical performance of cube corner laser retroreflectors in space for industrial and scientific applications (Dell'Agnello et al., 2011 [13]). Our key experimental innovation is the concurrent measurement and modeling of the optical Far Field Diffraction Pattern (FFDP) and the temperature distribution of the SLR retroreflector payload under thermal conditions produced with a close-match solar simulator. The apparatus includes infrared cameras for non-invasive thermometry, thermal control and real-time movement of the payload to experimentally simulate satellite orientation on orbit with respect to both solar illumination and laser interrogation beams. These unique capabilities provide experimental validation of the space segment for SLR and Lunar Laser Ranging (LLR). The

  20. Predictive value of time-intensity curves obtained with contrast-enhanced ultrasonography (CEUS) in the follow-up of 30 patients with Crohn's disease.

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    Giangregorio, F; Bertone, A; Fanigliulo, L; Comparato, G; Aragona, G; Marinone, M G; Sbolli, G; Tansini, P; Fornari, F

    2009-12-01

    Sommario OBIETTIVI: La CEUS è in grado di quantificare accuratamente la microvascolarizzazione della parete intestinale nel Crohn. IPOTESI: L'infiammazione della parete intestinale non è correlata con la quantità di parete vascolarizzata (studi di pattern di vascolarizzazione - SPV), ma con il grado di flusso di parete durante un periodo di tempo (studi di intensità-tempo - SIT). Obiettivo è stato capire se gli studi SPV o quelli SIT con CEUS fossero espressione dell'infiammazione vascolare della parete intestinale e fossero correlabili con l'attività clinica di malattia (T0) o nel follow-up (tre e sei mesi: T3, T6). MATERIALI E METODI: 30 Crohn (M: 12; F: 18; età media: 41,96; terapia: 8 Pts 5-ASA; 13 steroide; 7 ANTI-TNF; 2 azatioprina) sono stati seguiti per almeno sei mesi e studiati con CEUS SPV e con CEUS SIT. È stato utilizzato come mezzo di contrasto il SonoVue (BR1, Bracco) e un ecografo dedicato (TECHNOS MPX, Esaote) con software per curve di time intensity. Quattro pattern vascolari (1: tutta la parete vascolarizzata; 2: più del 50% di parete con vascolarizzazione; 3: flusso solo all'interno della sottomucosa; 4: nessun segnale). Un'analisi semiquantitativa è stata ottenuta misurando l'area sotto la curva - AUC (cut-off tra attività ed inattività = 15), l'intensità media - MI (cut off = 10). Tutti gli esami sono stati eseguiti per 150 secondi, registrati e analizzati in modo digitale. RISULTATI: T0: cDAI <150 in 22 pts; cDAI > 150 in 8; T3: 22 pts con cDAI <150, 8 con cDAI >150. A T0 sia la CEUS SPV che la SIT hanno ottenuto bassa specificità, accuratezza diagnostica e valore predittivo negativo (p = ns); la CEUS SPV ha dato a T0: 8 VP, 15 VN, 8 FP, 0 FN (sens: 100%; spec: 68,2%; acc diagn: 69,5%; VPP: 100%; VPN: 53,3%); la CEUS SIT ha conseguito a T0: 6 VP, 18 VN, 4 FP, 2 FN (sens: 75%; spec: 81,8%; acc diagn: 75%; VPP: 60%; VPN: 90%). La CEUS SPV ha raggiunto a T3: 8 VP, 12 VN, 7 FP, 3 FN (sens: 72,7%; spec: 63,2%; acc diagn: 50%; VPP

  1. Wild 2 grains characterized combining MIR/FIR/Raman micro-spectroscopy and FE-SEM/EDS analyses

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    Ferrari, M.; Rotundi, A.; Rietmeijer, F. J. M.; Della Corte, V.; Baratta, G. A.; Brunetto, R.; Dartois, E.; Djouadi, Z.; Merouane, S.; Borg, J.; Brucato, J. R.; Le Sergeant d'Hendecourt, L.; Mennella, V.; Palumbo, M. E.; Palumbo, P.

    and, if so, which fraction of the dust in these comets is truly represented by non-processed silicates and organic material. The work done for Stardust samples is important to understand the similarities and differences among comets. In fact, the results of this study are relevant also for the ROSETTA mission that encountered the Jupiter-Family (J-F) comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August, 2014. At the time this mission was launched, our ideas of comet dust were biased by the findings of the Halley missions. The Stardust mission showed an unexpected richness of dust that originated from the inner solar system. Rosetta is confirming these results but also adding information, in particular on the presence of a primitive and unprocessed dust component \\cite{Fulle15}. The work was supported by PRIN2008/MIUR (Ministero dell'Istruzione dell'Università e della Ricerca), the Italian Space Agency (ASI), and MAE (Ministero degli Affari Esteri). The IAS team is grateful to the French space agency CNES for funding and supporting this work as well as to the CNRS PNP planetology program. FJMR was supported by grant NNX11AC36G through the NASA LARS Program. We thank the NASA Johnson Space Center/Astromaterials Curation laboratory for providing the samples.

  2. Mapping PetaSHA Applications to TeraGrid Architectures

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    Cui, Y.; Moore, R.; Olsen, K.; Zhu, J.; Dalguer, L. A.; Day, S.; Cruz-Atienza, V.; Maechling, P.; Jordan, T.

    2007-12-01

    The Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) has a science program in developing an integrated cyberfacility - PetaSHA - for executing physics-based seismic hazard analysis (SHA) computations. The NSF has awarded PetaSHA 15 million allocation service units this year on the fastest supercomputers available within the NSF TeraGrid. However, one size does not fit all, a range of systems are needed to support this effort at different stages of the simulations. Enabling PetaSHA simulations on those TeraGrid architectures to solve both dynamic rupture and seismic wave propagation have been a challenge from both hardware and software levels. This is an adaptation procedure to meet specific requirements of each architecture. It is important to determine how fundamental system attributes affect application performance. We present an adaptive approach in our PetaSHA application that enables the simultaneous optimization of both computation and communication at run-time using flexible settings. These techniques optimize initialization, source/media partition and MPI-IO output in different ways to achieve optimal performance on the target machines. The resulting code is a factor of four faster than the orignial version. New MPI-I/O capabilities have been added for the accurate Staggered-Grid Split-Node (SGSN) method for dynamic rupture propagation in the velocity-stress staggered-grid finite difference scheme (Dalguer and Day, JGR, 2007), We use execution workflow across TeraGrid sites for managing the resulting data volumes. Our lessons learned indicate that minimizing time to solution is most critical, in particular when scheduling large scale simulations across supercomputer sites. The TeraShake platform has been ported to multiple architectures including TACC Dell lonestar and Abe, Cray XT3 Bigben and Blue Gene/L. Parallel efficiency of 96% with the PetaSHA application Olsen-AWM has been demonstrated on 40,960 Blue Gene/L processors at IBM TJ Watson Center. Notable

  3. Project Seacleaner: from cooperation among ISMAR-CNR researchers, high school students and the Ligurian Cluster for Marine Technologies to an application for environmental monitoring and scientific research.

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    Merlino, Silvia; Marini, Claudio; Tosi, Daniela; Caselli, Lorena; Marini, Davide; Lucchinelli, Paolo; Vatteroni, Davide; Lunardelli, Francesco; Agrusa, Astrid; Lombardi, Davide; Stroobant, Mascha

    2014-05-01

    is easy to spread and distribute among non-technical end-users. This app will help final users to carry out a standard monitoring procedure, in a quick way. All data (photographs, site characteristics, kind of debris, waypoints) will be properly captured and semi-automatically registered on a separate electronic spreadsheet. SeaCleaner app can be provided to environmental associations, marine parks, volunteers and its easy approach will allow us to obtain standardized and safe data, upcoming from an increasing number of points, which will be acquired in situ and then saved on a dedicated remote database. Citizen participation in scientific programs, already experienced in the field of astronomy [9] has been effective also in other scientific fields, both from the scientific and social point of view, since it brings people closer to science and fills the gap between who produces science and technology and who benefits from it ("citizen science") [10, 11]. SeaCleaner is ready to be used during the school year 2013/2014 to test its validity and usefulness. Further internships and collaborations between ISMAR and educational institutions, will allow us by the end of April 2014 to show the first dataset processed in this experimental phase. It is worth to highlight the active involvement of young people in this project and its effectiveness as a tool for raising awareness on environmental issues and orientating young people towards scientific careers. The project has been awarded in November 2013 as the best regional work-related learning project. [1] DLTM: Distretto Ligure per le tecnologie Marine: www.dltm.it. [2] Italian Law on general rules for work-related learning: D.Lgs 15/04/2005 n. 77 sulla "Definizione delle norme generali relative all'alternanza scuola-lavoro, a norma dell'articolo 4 della legge 28 marzo 2003, n. 53". [3] UNEP/MAP/MED POL (2004). Guidelines on Management of coastal litter for the Mediterranean region (MED POL). MAP Technical Reports Series No

  4. A program for confidence interval calculations for a Poisson process with background including systematic uncertainties: POLE 1.0

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    Conrad, Jan

    2004-04-01

    A Fortran 77 routine has been developed to calculate confidence intervals with and without systematic uncertainties using a frequentist confidence interval construction with a Bayesian treatment of the systematic uncertainties. The routine can account for systematic uncertainties in the background prediction and signal/background efficiencies. The uncertainties may be separately parametrized by a Gauss, log-normal or flat probability density function (PDF), though since a Monte Carlo approach is chosen to perform the necessary integrals a generalization to other parameterizations is particularly simple. Full correlation between signal and background efficiency is optional. The ordering schemes for frequentist construction currently supported are the likelihood ratio ordering (also known as Feldman-Cousins) and Neyman ordering. Optionally, both schemes can be used with conditioning, meaning the probability density function is conditioned on the fact that the actual outcome of the background process can not have been larger than the number of observed events. Program summaryTitle of program: POLE version 1.0 Catalogue identifier: ADTA Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/ADTA Program available from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University of Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: None Computer for which the program is designed: DELL PC 1 GB 2.0 Ghz Pentium IV Operating system under which the program has been tested: RH Linux 7.2 Kernel 2.4.7-10 Programming language used: Fortran 77 Memory required to execute with typical data: ˜1.6 Mbytes No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 373745 No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 2700 Distribution format: tar gzip file Keywords: Confidence interval calculation, Systematic uncertainties Nature of the physical problem: The problem is to calculate a frequentist confidence interval on the parameter of a Poisson process with known background in presence of

  5. Pollen Forecast and Dispersion Modelling

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    Costantini, Monica; Di Giuseppe, Fabio; Medaglia, Carlo Maria; Travaglini, Alessandro; Tocci, Raffaella; Brighetti, M. Antonia; Petitta, Marcello

    2014-05-01

    The aim of this study is monitoring, mapping and forecast of pollen distribution for the city of Rome using in-situ measurements of 10 species of common allergenic pollens and measurements of PM10. The production of daily concentration maps, associated to a mobile phone app, are innovative compared to existing dedicated services to people who suffer from respiratory allergies. The dispersal pollen is one of the most well-known causes of allergic disease that is manifested by disorders of the respiratory functions. Allergies are the third leading cause of chronic disease and it is estimated that tens millions of people in Italy suffer from it. Recent works reveal that during the last few years there was a progressive increase of affected subjects, especially in urban areas. This situation may depend: on the ability to transport of pollutants, on the ability to react between pollutants and pollen and from a combination of other irritants, existing in densely populated and polluted urban areas. The methodology used to produce maps is based on in-situ measurements time series relative to 2012, obtained from networks of air quality and pollen stations in the metropolitan area of Rome. The monitoring station aerobiological of University of Rome "Tor Vergata" is located at the Department of Biology. The instrument used to pollen monitoring is a volumetric sampler type Hirst (Hirst 1952), Model 2000 VPPS Lanzoni; the data acquisition is carried out as reported in Standard UNI 11008:2004 - "Qualità dell'aria - Metodo di campionamento e conteggio dei granuli pollinici e delle spore fungine aerodisperse" - the protocol that describes the procedure for measuring of the concentration of pollen grains and fungal spores dispersed into the atmosphere, and reported in the "Manuale di gestione e qualità della R.I.M.A" (Travaglini et. al. 2009). All 10 allergenic pollen are monitored since 1996. At Tor Vergata university is also operating a meteorological station (SP2000, CAE

  6. CALL FOR PAPERS: Special Issue on `Singular Interactions in Quantum Mechanics: Solvable Models'

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    Dell'Antonio, G.; Exner, P.; Geyler, V.

    2004-07-01

    This is a call for contributions to a special issue of Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General entitled `Singular Interactions in Quantum Mechanics: Solvable Models'. This issue should be a repository for high quality original work. We are interested in having the topic interpreted broadly, that is, to include contributions dealing with point-interaction models, one- and many-body, quantum graphs, including graph-like structures coupling different dimensions, interactions supported by curves, manifolds, and more complicated sets, random and nonlinear couplings, etc., as well as approximations helping us to understand the meaning of singular couplings and applications of such models on different parts of quantum mechanics. We believe that when the second printing of the `bible' of the field, the book Solvable Models in Quantum Mechanics by S Albeverio, F Gesztesy, the late R Høegh-Krohn and H Holden, appears it is the right moment to review new developments in this area, with the hope of stimulating further development of these extremely useful techniques. The Editorial Board has invited G Dell'Antonio, P Exner and V Geyler to serve as Guest Editors for the special issue. Their criteria for acceptance of contributions are as follows: bullet The subject of the paper should relate to singular interactions in quantum mechanics in the sense described above. bullet Contributions will be refereed and processed according to the usual procedure of the journal. bullet Papers should be original; reviews of a work published elsewhere will not be accepted. The guidelines for the preparation of contributions are as follows: bullet The DEADLINE for submission of contributions is 31 October 2004. This deadline will allow the special issue to appear in about April 2005. bullet There is a nominal page limit of 15 printed pages (approximately 9000 words) per contribution. Papers exceeding these limits may be accepted at the discretion of the Guest Editors. Further advice on

  7. A S.M.A.R.T. system for the seismic vulnerability mitigation of Cultural Heritages

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    Montuori, Antonio; Costanzo, Antonio; Gaudiosi, Iolanda; Vecchio, Antonio; Minasi, Mario; Falcone, Sergio; La Piana, Carmelo; Stramondo, Salvatore; Casula, Giuseppe; Giovanna Bianchi, Maria; Fabrizia Buongiorno, Maria; Musacchio, Massimo; Doumaz, Fawzi; Ilaria Pannaccione Apa, Maria

    2016-04-01

    enable assessing the site seismic effects, the built-up structural features and the surface deformation processes of the local-scale area on a monthly temporal span; c) the real- to near-real-time and building scale analysis of the heritage through proximal remotely sensing tools (e.g. terrestrial laser scanning, infrared thermal cameras and real aperture radar), combined with ambient vibration tests. They allow analyzing geometric, structural and material properties / anomalies of buildings as well as the state of conservation of structures on a real-time temporal span. The proposed approach is: Specific (it targets the cultural heritages monitoring for seismic mitigation purposes); Measurable (it provides synthetic descriptors or maps able to quantify structural and the environmental properties / anomalies / trends); Action-oriented (it provides information to plan consolidation and restoration actions for prevention activity); Relevant (it allows achieving consolidated results for cultural heritage monitoring); Time-related (it specifies when the results can be achieved). Meaningful results, obtained for the Saint Augustine Complex (XVI century) located in the historic center of the Calabrian chief town of Cosenza, are presented in terms of a web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) platform and a 3-dimensional (3D) visual software for the monitoring of environmental/urban landscapes and buildings. These tools represent the added-value products of the proposed SMART system, which allow integrating and combining multi-sensors analyses in order to support end-users involved into a cultural heritage monitoring. * The present work is supported and funded by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca (MIUR) under the research project PON01-02710 "MASSIMO" - "Monitoraggio in Area Sismica di Sistemi Monumentali".

  8. Influence of climate variability and urban areas on the flood events in Bari (Apulia, southern Italy)

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    Lonigro, Teresa; Polemio, Maurizio

    2014-05-01

    rainfall intensity and an increasing trend of wet days and temperatures) does not show favourable conditions for the increase of the annual number of damaging floods, its trend is increasing. The role of anthropogenic modifications and the mismanagement of risk-prone areas should be considered to justify the increasing occurrences of floods. A validation of this hypothesis comes from the study of land use modifications, carried out comparing different temporal levels of land use (from 1959 to 2006). The analysis shows, starting from 1959 to 2006, a significant increase in urban areas (of about 50%) on the entire regional territory. The municipality of Bari, the regional main town, has undergone a remarkable development of its urban areas, from 12.45 Km2 in 1959 to 58.82 Km2 in 2006. The consequent increased vulnerability of this area has been highlighted during the recent flood event occurred in 2005, which caused six casualties, numerous injuries and damages to roads, buildings, industries, agriculture, livestock and services. More details on previous results of this research activity were recently published (Polemio, 2010; Polemio and Lonigro, 2012). References Polemio M. (2010): Historical floods and a recent extreme rainfall event in the Murgia karstic environment (Southern Italy). Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, 54(2): 195-219. Polemio M., Lonigro T. (2012): Variabilità climatica e ricorrenza delle calamità idrogeologiche in Puglia. Geologia dell'Ambiente, 2/2012: 262-266.

  9. Runoff generation through ephemeral streams in south-east Italy

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    Doglioni, A.; Simeone, V.; Giustolisi, O.

    2012-04-01

    , in a partially urbanized catchment located in Apulia (south east of Italy). The analysis is based on full 2D simulation of the behaviour of a network of ephemeral streams. A full 2D approach integrates the hydrological and hydraulic models, in order to account first for the dynamic of catchment response to rainfall and activation of the streams, and then for the hydraulic behaviour of the streams. This analysis entails the simulation of extreme events corresponding to low, medium and high return periods, in order to identify which event presumably activate the ephemeral streams. Camarasa, A.M. and Tilford, K.A. (2002). "Rainfall-runoff modelling of ephemeral streams in the Valencia region (eastern Spain)". Hydrological Processes, 16: 3329-3344. Camarasa Belmonte, A.M, and Segura Beltran, F. (2001). "Flood events in Mediterranean ephemeral stream (ramblas) in Valencia Region, Spain". Catena, 45: 229-249. Cotecchia, V. (2006). "Il disordine idraulico evidenziato in Bari dall'evento pluviometrico dell'Ottobre 2005 e il caso dell' ex cava di Maso". Continuità - Rassegna Tecnica Pugliese, 1-2.2006: 25-76. De Vera M. (1984). "Rainfall-Runoff relationship of some catchments with karstic geomorphology under arid to semi-arid conditions". Journal of Hydrology, 68(1-4): 85-93. Polemio, M., (2010). "Historical floods and a recent extreme rainfall event in the Murgia karstic environment (Southern Italy)". Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, 54(2): 195-219.

  10. A Lunar Laser Retroreflector for the FOR the 21ST Century (LLRRA-21): Selenodesy, Science and Status

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    Currie, D. G.; Delle Monache, G.; Dell'Agnello, S.

    2010-12-01

    new LLRRA-21 can provide will be described. In the initial design of the new array, there are three major challenges: 1) Validate the ability to fabricate the required CCR; 2) Address the thermal and optical effects of the absorption of solar radiation within the CCR; 3) Validate an emplacement technique for the CCR package on the lunar surface to remain stable over the lunar day/night cycle and the long term. References: [1] C. O. Alley 1, R. F. Chang 1, D. G. Currie 1, Apollo 11 Laser Ranging Retro-Reflector: Initial Measurements from the McDonald Observatory Science 23 January 1970: Vol. 167. no. 3917, pp. 368 - 370 [2] P. L. Bender, D. G. Currie, S. K. Poultney The Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment Science 19 October 1973: Vol. 182. no. 4109, pp. 229 - 238 [3] D. G. Currie; S. Dell-Agnello; G. Delle Monache. A LUNAR LASER REFLECTOR FOR THE 21ST CENTURY Acta Astronatica to be published

  11. Evaluation of panoramic digital images using Panoptiq for frozen section diagnosis

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    Pradhan, Dinesh; Monaco, Sara E.; Parwani, Anil V.; Ahmed, Ishtiaque; Duboy, Jon; Pantanowitz, Liron

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: Whole slide imaging (WSI) permits intraoperative consultations (frozen sections) to be performed remotely. However, WSI files are large and can be problematic if there are tissue artifacts (e.g., tissue folds) or when slides are scanned without multiplanes (Z-stacks) to permit focusing. The Panoptiq dynamic imaging system allows users to create their own digital files that combine low power panoramic digital images with regions of interest that can be imaged using high power Z-stacks. The aim of this study was to determine the utility of the Panoptiq dynamic imaging system for frozen section telepathology. Materials and Methods: Twenty archival randomly selected genitourinary surgical pathology frozen sectional cases were evaluated using conventional light microscopy (glass slides), panoramic images, and whole slide images. To create panoramic images glass slides were digitized using a Prosilica GT camera (model GT1920C, Allied Vision Technologies) attached to an Olympus B × 45 microscope and Dell Precision Tower 810 computer (Dell). Panoptiq 3 version 3.1.2 software was used for image acquisition and Panoptiq View version 3.1.2 to view images (ViewsIQ, Richmond, BC, Canada). Image acquisition using Panoptiq software involved a pathology resident, who manually created digital maps (×4 objective) and then selected representative regions of interest to generate Z-stacks at higher magnification (×40 objective). Whole slide images were generated using an Aperio XT Scanscope (Leica) and viewed using ImageScope Software (Aperio ePathology, Leica). Three pathologists were asked to render diagnoses and rate image quality (1–10) and their diagnostic confidence (1–10) for each modality. Results: The diagnostic concordance with glass slides was 98.3% for panoramic images and 100% for WSI. Panoptiq images were comparable to the glass slide viewing experience in terms of image quality and diagnostic confidence. Complaints regarding WSI included poor focus

  12. Combining very-long-range terrestrial laser scanner data and thermal imagery for analysis of active lava flow fields

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    James, Mike; Pinkerton, Harry; Applegarth, Jane

    2010-05-01

    In order to increase our understanding of the processes involved in the evolution of lava flow fields, detailed and frequent assessments of the activity and the topographic change involved are required. Although topographic data of sufficient accuracy and resolution can be acquired by airborne lidar, the cost and logistics generally prohibit repeats at the daily (or more frequent) intervals necessary to assess flow processes. More frequent surveys can be carried out using ground-based terrestrial laser scanners (TLSs) but on volcanic terrain such instruments generally have ranges of only several hundreds of metres, with long range variants extending to ~1100 m. Here, we report preliminary results from the use of a new, ground-based Riegl LPM-321 instrument with a quoted maximum range of 6000 m. The LPM-321 was deployed at Mount Etna, Sicily during July 2009. At this time, active lava flows from the waning 2008-9 eruption were restricted to the upper region of a lava delta that had accumulated over the course of the eruption. Relatively small (a few hundreds of metres in length) and short lived (of order a few days) flows were being effused from a region of tumuli at the head of the delta. The instrument was used from three locations, Schiena dell' Àsino, the head of the Valle del Bove and Pizzi Deneri. From Schiena dell' Àsino, most of the 2008-9 lava flows could be observed, but, due to low reflectivities and viewing distances of ~4500 m, the active regions of the flows were out of range. The longest return was acquired from a range of 3978 m, but successful returns at this range were sparse; for dense topographic data, data were best acquired over distances of less than ~3500 m. The active flows were successfully imaged from the head of the Valle del Bove (9 and 12 July, 2009) and Pizzi Deneri (6 July, 2009). Despite low effusion rates (~1 m3s-1), topographic change associated with the emplacement and inflation of new flows and the inflation of a tumulus was

  13. Management of blunt splenic injuries Retrospective cohort study of early experiences in an Acute Care Surgery Service recently established.

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    Occhionorelli, Savino; Morganti, Lucia; Andreotti, Dario; Cappellari, Lorenzo; Stano, Rocco; Portinari, Mattia; Vasquez, Giorgio

    2015-01-01

    Il trattamento conservativo dei trauma splenici è ormai il “gold standard” per i bassi gradi di lesione splenica (III grado), mentre è ancora dibattuta la gestione dei traumi splenici severi (IV-V grado). Controversa rimane la gestione dei traumi splenici di III grado, che potrebbero beneficiare del trattamento conservativo, associato o meno ad angioembolizzazione dell’arteria splenica, in centri specializzati ed idonei alla gestione conservativa dei traumi degli organi parenchimatosi. Le ultime linee guida pubblicate dalla “Eastern Association of Surgery of Trauma” risalgono al 2012 e provvedono a dare solo delle raccomandazioni di livello II-III sulla gestioni dei traumi splenici. Il fattore che maggiormente influenza il successo del trattamento conservativo è la selezione dei pazienti che potrebbero beneficiare di tale gestione. Alla luce di ciò, l’obiettivo primario del nostro studio è di identificare i pazienti con lesioni spleniche post-traumatiche, che dovrebbero essere sottoposti a trattamento conservativo; l’obiettivo secondario è di confrontare il decorso clinico e la durata della degenza nei pazienti trattati conservativamente e in quelli sottoposti a splenectomia. Tutti i pazienti con trauma splenico, ricoverati presso l’U.O. di Chirurgia d’Urgenza dell’Azienda Ospedaliera- Universitaria Sant’Anna, Ferrara (Italia) tra Novembre 2010 (anno in cui è stata istituita l’U.O.) e Dicembre 2014, sono stati inclusi nello studio, per un totale di 54 pazienti. Di questi 54 pazienti, 29 (53.7%) sono stati immediatamente sottoposti ad intervento chirurgico di laparotomia esplorativa e splenectomia, mentre 25 (46.3%) sono stati sottoposti a trattamento conservativo. I pazienti sottoposti ad angioembolizzazione sono stati 9 su 25 (36%). Sono stati raccolti dati epidemiologici, dati riguardanti il decorso clinico e le indagini laboratoristiche e radiologiche a cui i pazienti sono stati sottoposti al momento dell’accesso in Pronto

  14. Children with low motor ability have lower visual-motor integration ability but unaffected perceptual skills.

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    Bonifacci, Paola

    2004-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine perceptual, visual-motor abilities and intellectual skills in children with low, average and above average motor abilities. The participants were 144 children (aged 6-10 years) attending elementary school. Three groups of children were identified on the basis of their performance at the TGMD (Test of Gross Motor Development; [Ulrich, D.A. (1985). TGMD, Test of Gross Motor Development. Austin, Texas: PRO-ED. Edizione Italiana a cura di D. Ianes, TEST TGM. Test di valutazione delle abilita grosso-motorie. 1994, Trento: Edizioni Centro Studi Erickson]). Each child received an intelligence test (K-BIT; [Kaufman, A.S., & Kaufman, N.L. (1990). K-BIT. Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test. Circle Pines, MN: American Guidance Service]) and was evaluated for perceptual and visual-motor integration abilities (DTVP; [Hammill, D.D., Pearson, N.A., & Voress, J.K. (1993). Developmental Test of Visual Perception (2nd ed.). Austin, Texas: PRO-ED. Edizione Italiana a cura di D. Ianes, TEST TPV. Test di percezione visiva e integrazione visuo-motoria. Trento: Edizioni Centro Studi Erickson]). Results highlight a significant difference in visual-motor integration between children with high and low gross-motor abilities, in the absence of significant differences in perceptual skills or intellectual ability. The findings are discussed with reference to the concept of atypical brain development [Gilger, J.W., & Kaplan, B.J. (2001). Atypical brain development: A conceptual framework for understanding developmental learning disabilities. Developmental Neuropsychology, 20, 465]. PMID:15474175

  15. D Webgis and Visualization Issues for Architectures and Large Sites

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    De Amicis, R.; Conti, G.; Girardi, G.; Andreolli, M.

    2011-09-01

    Traditionally, within the field of archaeology and, more generally, within the cultural heritage domain, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) have been mostly used as support to cataloguing activities, essentially operating as gateways to large geo-referenced archives of specialised cultural heritage information. Additionally GIS have proved to be essential to help cultural heritage institutions improve management of their historical information, providing the means for detection of otherwise hard-to-discover spatial patterns, supporting with computation tools necessary to perform spatial clustering, proximity and orientation analysis. This paper presents a platform developed to answer to both the aforementioned issues, by allowing geo-referenced cataloguing of multi-media resources of cultural relevance as well as access, in a user-friendly manner, through an interactive 3D geobrowser which operates as single point of access to the available digital repositories. The solution has been showcased in the context of "Festival dell'economia" (the Fair of Economics) a major event recently occurred in Trento, Italy and it has allowed visitors of the event to interactively access an extremely large repository of information, as well as their metadata, available across the area of the Autonomous Province of Trento, in Italy. Within the event, an extremely large repository was made accessible, via the network, through web-services, from a 3D interactive geobrowser developed by the authors. The 3D scene was enriched with a number of Points of Interest (POIs) linking to information available within various databases. The software package was deployed with a complex hardware set-up composed of a large composite panoramic screen covering a horizontal field of view of 240 degrees.

  16. Comparative study of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy in transmission, attenuated total reflection, and total reflection modes for the analysis of plastics in the cultural heritage field.

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    Picollo, Marcello; Bartolozzi, Giovanni; Cucci, Costanza; Galeotti, Monica; Marchiafava, Veronica; Pizzo, Benedetto

    2014-01-01

    This study was completed within the framework of two research projects dealing with the conservation of contemporary artworks. The first is the Seventh Framework Project (FP7) of the European Union, Preservation of Plastic ARTefacts in Museum Collections (POPART), spanning years 2008-2012, and the second is the Italian project funded by the Tuscan Region, Preventive Conservation of Contemporary Art (Conservazione Preventiva dell'Arte Contemporanea (COPAC)), spanning 2011-2013. Both of these programs pointed out the great importance of having noninvasive and portable analytical techniques that can be used to investigate and characterize modern and contemporary artworks, especially those consisting of synthetic polymers. Indeed, despite the extensive presence of plastics in museum collections, there is still a lack of analytical tools for identifying, characterizing, and setting up adequate conservation strategies for these materials. In this work, the potentials of in situ and noninvasive Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, implemented by means of portable devices that operate in reflection mode, are investigated with a view to applying the results in large-scale surveys of plastic objects in museums. To this end, an essential prerequisite are the reliability of spectral data acquired in situ and the availability of spectral databases acquired from reference materials. A collection of polymeric samples, which are available commercially as ResinKit, was analyzed to create a reference spectral archive. All the spectra were recorded using three FT-IR configurations: transmission (trans), attenuated total reflection (ATR), and total reflection (TR). A comparative evaluation of the data acquired using the three instrumental configurations is presented, together with an evaluation of the similarity percentages and a discussion of the critical cases.

  17. Prévalence de l'utilisation des anti-inflammatoires non stéroïdiens chez les femmes enceintes à Lubumbashi (République Démocratique du Congo)

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    Kabamba, Arsène Tshikongo; Shamashanga, Laurent Kwete; Mwaba, Jean-Jacques Mulubwa; Kasongo, Christian Busambwa; Longanga, Albert Otshudi; Lukumwena, Zet Kalala

    2014-01-01

    Malgré l'importance de leurs effets secondaires sur la femme enceinte et le fœtus, les anti-inflammatoires non stéroïdiens (AINS) continuent à être largement utilisés par les femmes enceintes. Leur rapport bénéfice-risque n'est pas toujours bien évalué en pratique courante. L'objectif de ce travail est d’évaluer l'usage des AINS chez la femme enceinte, de discuter les risques potentiels encourus aussi bien par la mère que par le fœtus, et enfin d'en tirer des recommandations éventuelles à la femme enceinte. Du 22 août au 11 septembre 2012, une enquête a été menée auprès de 145 femmes enceintes suivies en consultation prénatale à l'Hôpital Sendwe. Un formulaire reprenant les informations sur les AINS consommés a été remis à chacune d'elle. Les résultats montrent que 75% des femmes interrogées reconnaissent avoir consommé des AINS surtout en automédication et principalement pendant les deux derniers trimestres de la grossesse pour soulager des douleurs d'origines diverses. Cette étude montre que des efforts restent encore à déployer à Lubumbashi afin de combattre l'utilisation des AINS surtout en automédication chez la femme enceinte. PMID:25419270

  18. Severe breathing and swallowing difficulties during routine restorative dentistry.

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    Lococo, Filippo; Trabucco, Laura; Leuzzi, Giovanni; Salvo, Fulvio; Paci, Massimiliano; Sgarbi, Giorgio; Ferrari, Anna Maria

    2015-04-30

    Una donna di 57 anni si sottoponeva ad trattamento odontoiatrico per una carie del secondo molare superiore di destra. Durante la visita odontoiatrica veniva utilizzato uno strumento ad aria compressa, secondo lo standard di cura. Improvvisamente, la paziente accusava deglutizione e difficoltà respiratorie ed un notevole gonfiore del viso che coinvolgeva il collo e parzialmente il volto. La paziente veniva pertanto trasportata d’urgenza al Pronto Soccorso con il sospetto di reazione allergica. L’esame clinico rivelava un crepitio palpabile a livello dei tessuti sottocutanei del volto, del collo e della regione pre- sternale senza però rilevare nessun segno di infiammazione, trisma o raccolta di liquidi. Una radiografia del torace prima ed una tomografia computerizzata successivamente confermavano la presenza d’aria nei tessuti molli delle regioni profonde dagli spazi peri-mandibolare e retro-mandibolari e nella zona sub-mascellare e latero –cervicale estendendosi lungo il solco vascolare e nello spazio retrofaringeo discendente fino a livello del mediastino. La paziente veniva quindi sottoposta ad osservazione clinica e monitoraggio respiratorio, e si cominciava la somministrazione endovenosa di antibiotici ad ampio spettro ed analgesici. Il successivo decorso ospedaliero risultava regolare e la paziente veniva dimessa in 5° giornata di ricovero dopo miglioramento del quadro clinico e radiologico. Tre mesi dopo la dimissione, la paziente risultava in buone condizioni cliniche in assenza di recidiva. Come risulta nel caso sopra riportato, l’enfisema sottocutaneo e lo pneumomediastino, sebbene raramente possono essere legati ad alcune manovre odontoiatriche che utilizzano sistemi ad immissione di aria ad alta pressione. Nonostante l’esordio acuto ed la sintomatologia spesso allarmante (al punto da poter essere erroneamente scambiata per una reazione allergica), si tratta di una condizione benigna e sostanzialmente ad auto-risoluzione pur necessitando

  19. Directions in General Relativity

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    Hu, B. L.; Ryan, M. P., Jr.; Vishveshwara, C. V.

    2005-10-01

    Preface; Dieter Brill: a spacetime perspective; 1. Thawing the frozen formalism: the difference between observables and what we observe A. Anderson; 2. Jacobi's action and the density of states J. D. Brown and J. W. York; 3. Decoherence of correlation histories E. Calzetta and B. L. Hu; 4. The initial value problem in light of Ashtekar's variables R. Capovilla, J. Dell and T. Jacobson; 5. Status report on an axiomatic basis for functional integration P. Cartier and C. DeWitt-Morette; 6. Solution of the coupled Einstein constraints on asymptotically Euclidean manifolds Y. Choquet-Bruhat; 7. Compact Cauchy horizons and Cauchy surfaces P. Chrusciel and J. Isenberg; 8. The classical electron J. M. Cohen and E. Mustafa; 9. Gauge (in)variance, mass and parity in D=3 revisited S. Deser; 10. Triality, exceptional Lie groups and Dirac operators F. Flaherty; 11. The reduction of the state vector and limitations on measurement in the quantum mechanics of closed systems J. B. Hartle; 12 Quantum linearization instabilities of de Sitter spacetime A. Higuchi; 13. What is the true description of charged black holes? G. T. Horowitz; 14. Limits on the adiabatic index in static stellar models L. Lindblom and A. K. M. Masood-ul-Alam; 15. On the relativity of rotation B. Mashhoon; 16. Recent progress and open problems in linearization stability V. E. Moncrief; 17. Brill waves N. Ó Murchadha; 18. You can't get there from here: constraints on topology change K. Schleich and D. M. Witt; 19. Time, measurement and information loss in quantum cosmology L. Smolin; 20. Impossible measurements on quantum fields R. Sorkin; 21. A new condition implying the existence of a constant mean curvature foliation F. J. Tipler; 22. Maximal slices in stationary spacetimes with ergoregions R. M. Wald; 23. (1 + 1) - Dimensional methods for general relativity J. H. Yoon; 24. Coalescence of primal gravity waves to make cosmological mass without matter D. E. Holz, W. A. Miller, M. Wakano and J. A. Wheeler.

  20. Directions in General Relativity, Vol. 2

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    Hu, B. L.; Jacobson, T. A.

    2005-10-01

    Preface; Dieter Brill: a spacetime perspective; 1. Thawing the frozen formalism: the difference between observables and what we observe A. Anderson; 2. Jacobi's action and the density of states J. D. Brown and J. W. York; 3. Decoherence of correlation histories E. Calzetta and B. L. Hu; 4. The initial value problem in light of Ashtekar's variables R. Capovilla, J. Dell and T. Jacobson; 5. Status report on an axiomatic basis for functional integration P. Cartier and C. DeWitt-Morette; 6. Solution of the coupled Einstein constraints on asymptotically Euclidean manifolds Y. Choquet-Bruhat; 7. Compact Cauchy horizons and Cauchy surfaces P. Chrusciel and J. Isenberg; 8. The classical electron J. M. Cohen and E. Mustafa; 9. Gauge (in)variance, mass and parity in D=3 revisited S. Deser; 10. Triality, exceptional Lie groups and Dirac operators F. Flaherty; 11. The reduction of the state vector and limitations on measurement in the quantum mechanics of closed systems J. B. Hartle; 12 Quantum linearization instabilities of de Sitter spacetime A. Higuchi; 13. What is the true description of charged black holes? G. T. Horowitz; 14. Limits on the adiabatic index in static stellar models L. Lindblom and A. K. M. Masood-ul-Alam; 15. On the relativity of rotation B. Mashhoon; 16. Recent progress and open problems in linearization stability V. E. Moncrief; 17. Brill waves N. Murchadha; 18. You can't get there from here: constraints on topology change K. Schleich and D. M. Witt; 19. Time, measurement and information loss in quantum cosmology L. Smolin; 20. Impossible measurements on quantum fields R. Sorkin; 21. A new condition implying the existence of a constant mean curvature foliation F. J. Tipler; 22. Maximal slices in stationary spacetimes with ergoregions R. M. Wald; 23. (1 + 1) - Dimensional methods for general relativity J. H. Yoon; 24. Coalescence of primal gravity waves to make cosmological mass without matter D. E. Holz, W. A. Miller, M. Wakano and J. A. Wheeler

  1. Multispectral hypercolorimetry and automatic guided pigment identification: some masterpieces case studies

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    Melis, Marcello; Miccoli, Matteo; Quarta, Donato

    2013-05-01

    A couple of years ago we proposed, in this same session, an extension to the standard colorimetry (CIE '31) that we called Hypercolorimetry. It was based on an even sampling of the 300-1000nm wavelength range, with the definition of 7 hypercolor matching functions optimally shaped to minimize the methamerism. Since then we consolidated the approach through a large number of multispectral analysis and specialized the system to the non invasive diagnosis for paintings and frescos. In this paper we describe the whole process, from the multispectral image acquisition to the final 7 bands computation and we show the results on paintings from Masters of the colour. We describe and propose in this paper a systematic approach to the non invasive diagnosis that is able to change a subjective analysis into a repeatable measure indipendent from the specific lighting conditions and from the specific acquisition system. Along with the Hypercolorimetry and its consolidation in the field of non invasive diagnosis, we developed also a standard spectral reflectance database of pure pigments and pigments painted with different bindings. As we will see, this database could be compared to the reflectances of the painting to help the diagnostician in identifing the proper matter. We used a Nikon D800FR (Full Range) camera. This is a 36megapixel reflex camera modified under a Nikon/Profilocolore common project, to achieve a 300-1000nm range sensitivity. The large amount of data allowed us to perform very accurate pixels comparisions, based on their spectral reflectance. All the original pigments and their binding have been provided by the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Firenze, Italy, while the analyzed masterpieces belong to the collection of the Pinacoteca Nazionale of Bologna, Italy.

  2. Nepheline crystallization in boron-rich alumino-silicate glasses as investigated by multi-nuclear NMR, Raman, & Mössbauer spectroscopies

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    Mccloy, John S.; Washton, Nancy M.; Gassman, Paul L.; Marcial, Jose; Weaver, Jamie L.; Kukkadapu, Ravi K.

    2015-02-01

    A spectroscopic study was conducted on 6 complex simulant nuclear waste glasses using multi-nuclear NMR, Raman and Mössbauer spectroscopies to explore the role of glass-forming elements Si, Al, B, along with Na and Fe and to understand their connectivity with the goal of understanding melt structure precursors to deleterious feldspathoid nepheline-like crystals formation. NMR showed the appearance of two sites for Al, Si, and Na in the samples which crystallized significant amounts of nepheline, and B speciation changed, typically resulting in more B(IV) after nepheline crystallization. Raman spectroscopy suggested a major part of the glass structure is composed of metaborate chains or rings, thus significant numbers of non-bridging oxygens and a separation of the borate from the alumino-silicate network. Mössbauer combined with Fe redox chemical measurements showed that Fe plays a minor role in these glasses, mostly as Fe3+, but that iron oxide spinel forms with nepheline in all cases. Models of the glass network, speciation of B, and allocation of non-bridging oxygens were computed. The Yun-Dell-Bray model failed to predict the observed high concentration of NBO necessary to explain the metaborate features in the Raman spectra, and it largely over-estimated B(IV) fraction. The model assuming Na-Al-Si moieties and using experimental B(IV) fraction predicted a large amount of NBO consistent with Raman spectra. An alternative notation for appreciating the glass network is suggested and then used to investigate the changes the glass due to crystallization of sodium nepheline and the residual glass network. From a theoretical standpoint, it may be preferred to picture nuclear waste glasses by the Lebedev theory of glass structure where “microcrystallites” of ordered nuclei (or embryos) exist in the matrix of more disordered glass.

  3. Interventional three-year longitudinal study of melanocytic naevus development in pre-school children in Dresden, Saxony.

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    Wollina, Uwe; Helm, Catherine; Bennewitz, Annett; Koch, Rainer; Schaff, Kathrin; Burroni, Marco

    2014-01-01

    Acquired melanocytic naevi (MN) are considered a risk factor for melanoma. Exposure to ultraviolet light (UV) is the major environmental factor for MN. UV protection is most critical in pre-school children. This 3-year interventional longitudinal study examined 395 3-year-old children attending daycare centres (DCC) in Dresden, Germany. Photo-skin type, eye and hair colour were recorded. DCC were randomly assigned to a control group and a behavioural intervention group. All children had a regular naevus check-up, including digital objective analysis with Dell'Eva-Burroni Dermoscopy Melanoma Image Processing Software (DB-MIPS) technology. Parents of children in the intervention group received additional guidance for sun-protection. The mean total MN counts of both groups at the start of the study period were 7.19 ± 4.55 (intervention) and 6.84 ± 4.63 (control), respectively. There was a significant increase in MN counts for both groups (mean 12.5 and 13.8). Subgroup analysis for skin type, eye colour, and hair colour did not demonstrate a significant influence on MN counts. The DB-MIPS integrated classifier revealed no risky lesions while analysing their patterns. Intervention did not reduce the number of newly acquired MN. MN counts in pre-school children were approximately 5 times higher than expected from previous large studies in Germany. This is the first study in pre-school children using objective digital image analysis of pigmented lesions. No atypical lesions were observed. New approaches to UV protection in pre-school children are now required. PMID:23975119

  4. Preliminary experiences with 222Rn gas in Arizona homes.

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    Kearfott, K J

    1989-02-01

    Results of a survey of 222Rn gas using four-day charcoal canister tests in 759 Arizona homes are reported. Although the study was not random with respect to population or land area, it was useful in identifying areas at risk and locating several homes having elevated indoor 222Rn air concentrations. Approximately 18% of the homes tested exceeded 150 Bq m-3 (4 pCi L-1), with 7% exceeding 300 Bq m-3 (8 pCi L-1). Several Arizona cities had larger fractions of homes exceeding 150 Bq m-3 (4 pCi L-1), such as Carefree and Cave Creek (23%), Paradise Valley (30%), Payson (33%), and Prescott (31%). The Granite Dells and Groom Creek areas of Prescott had in excess of 40-60% of the houses tested exceeding 150 Bq m-3 (4 pCi L-1). Elevated 222Rn concentrations were measured for a variety of home types having different construction materials. Private well water was identified as a potentially significant source of 222Rn gas in Prescott homes, with water from one well testing over 3.5 MBq m-3 (94,000 pCi L-1). A 222Rn concentration in air exceeding 410,000 Bq m-3 (11,000 pCi L-1) was measured using a four-day charcoal canister test in a house in Prescott which had a well opening into a living space. Additional measurements in this 150-m3 dwelling revealed a strikingly heterogeneous 222Rn concentration. The excessive 222Rn level in the dwelling was reduced to less than 190 Bq m-3 (5.2 pCi L-1) by sealing the well head with caulking and providing passive ventilation through a pipe.

  5. Large-scale automated image analysis for computational profiling of brain tissue surrounding implanted neuroprosthetic devices using Python

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    Rey-Villamizar, Nicolas; Somasundar, Vinay; Megjhani, Murad; Xu, Yan; Lu, Yanbin; Padmanabhan, Raghav; Trett, Kristen; Shain, William; Roysam, Badri

    2014-01-01

    In this article, we describe the use of Python for large-scale automated server-based bio-image analysis in FARSIGHT, a free and open-source toolkit of image analysis methods for quantitative studies of complex and dynamic tissue microenvironments imaged by modern optical microscopes, including confocal, multi-spectral, multi-photon, and time-lapse systems. The core FARSIGHT modules for image segmentation, feature extraction, tracking, and machine learning are written in C++, leveraging widely used libraries including ITK, VTK, Boost, and Qt. For solving complex image analysis tasks, these modules must be combined into scripts using Python. As a concrete example, we consider the problem of analyzing 3-D multi-spectral images of brain tissue surrounding implanted neuroprosthetic devices, acquired using high-throughput multi-spectral spinning disk step-and-repeat confocal microscopy. The resulting images typically contain 5 fluorescent channels. Each channel consists of 6000 × 10,000 × 500 voxels with 16 bits/voxel, implying image sizes exceeding 250 GB. These images must be mosaicked, pre-processed to overcome imaging artifacts, and segmented to enable cellular-scale feature extraction. The features are used to identify cell types, and perform large-scale analysis for identifying spatial distributions of specific cell types relative to the device. Python was used to build a server-based script (Dell 910 PowerEdge servers with 4 sockets/server with 10 cores each, 2 threads per core and 1TB of RAM running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux linked to a RAID 5 SAN) capable of routinely handling image datasets at this scale and performing all these processing steps in a collaborative multi-user multi-platform environment. Our Python script enables efficient data storage and movement between computers and storage servers, logs all the processing steps, and performs full multi-threaded execution of all codes, including open and closed-source third party libraries. PMID:24808857

  6. Onomatopoeias: a new perspective around space, image schemas and phoneme clusters.

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    Catricalà, Maria; Guidi, Annarita

    2015-09-01

    Onomatopoeias (dell'incanto. FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2002; Catricalà 2011). This article proposes a classification model based on spatial cognition criteria. The hypothesis (Catricalà 2011) is that onomatopoeias are related to image schemas (Johnson in The body in the mind. University Press, Chicago, 1987), i.e. to the visual mapping of a movement. We also refer to force dynamic (Talmy in Language typology and lexical description, pp 36-149, 1985; Jackendoff in Semantic structures. MIT Press, Cambridge, 1990) as a basic model of conceptual maps (Langacker in Grammar and conceptualization. Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, 1999). Categories are related to the presence of specific phonemes and phoneme clusters, while visual patterns correspond to different image schemas. The association between specific categories of pseudo-onomatopoeias and specific spatial/movement patterns is also the object of an experiment focused on onomatopoeia interpretation. Most part of data confirms a correlation between image schemas as CONTAINER/CONTAINMENT (crunch, plop) or SOURCE-PATH-GOAL (tattarrattat 'shots') and an occlusive consonant, while liquid

  7. A giant inguinoscrotal hernia associated with other abdominal wall defects A case report.

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    Iovino, Francesco; Auriemma, Pasquale Pio; Dani, Luca; Giordano, Giovanni; Barbarisi, Alfonso

    2016-04-29

    Le ernie giganti sono rare nei Paesi sviluppati ed ancora più raramente sono associate ad altre ernie della parete addominale, come un’ernia inguinale controlaterale o un’ernia ombelicale. La presenza di più difetti di parete facilità il riposizionamento in addome del contenuto di una voluminosa ernia inguinale senza compromettere la funzionalità cardiorespiratoria, ma il rischio di intasamento o strozzamento intestinale negli altri orifizi erniari aumenta. In letteratura non esistono opinioni convergenti se riparare simultaneamente o in maniera sequenziale, cioè in maniera distanziata nel tempo, le diverse ernie di parete, quando sono associate ad un’ernia gigante. Riportiamo in questo lavoro il caso clinico di un uomo di 60 anni, italiano, che si recò nel nostro ambulatorio di chirurgia lamentando da molti anni la presenza di un’ernia inguinale gigante associata ad un’ernia inguinale controlaterale ed un’ernia ombelicale. Il paziente alla visita presentava difficoltà di deambulazione, ma non riferiva disturbi di canalizzazione. Aveva diverse comorbidità e tra queste quella più importante era una insufficienza respiratoria severa. Dopo un accurato studio cardiologico, respiratorio e metabolico il paziente fu sottoposto a riparazione delle ernie a partire da quella gigante, in maniera sequenziale ed in anestesia spinale secondo la tecnica di Lichtenstein. L’ernia ombelicale fu riparata per ultima con tecnica diretta, senza protesi, ed anch’essa in anestesia spinale. Il decorso operatorio fu regolare dopo i tre interventi e non si ebbe alcuna complicanza respiratoria, cardiologica né di canalizzazione. In conclusione riteniamo che nei pazienti con importanti comorbidità la riparazione di un’ernia gigante associata ad altre ernie di parete debba avvenire in maniera sequenziale, monitorando con attenzione la canalizzazione e soprattutto il progressivo adattamento dei visceri in addome attraverso la palpazione degli orifizi erniari. I dati

  8. The RITMARE coastal radar network and applications to monitor marine transport infrastructures

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    Carrara, Paola; Corgnati, Lorenzo; Cosoli, Simone; Griffa, Annalisa; Kalampokis, Alkiviadis; Mantovani, Carlo; Oggioni, Alessandro; Pepe, Monica; Raffa, Francesco; Serafino, Francesco; Uttieri, Marco; Zambianchi, Enrico

    2014-05-01

    Coastal radars provide information on the environmental state of oceans, namely maps of surface currents at time intervals of the order of one hour with spatial coverage of the order of several km, depending on the transmission frequency. The observations are of crucial importance for monitoring ports and ship tracks close to the coast, providing support for safe navigation in densely operated areas and fast response in case of accidents at sea, such as oil spill or search and rescue. Besides these applications, coastal radar observations provide fundamental support in MPAs surveillance, connectivity and marine population circulation. In the framework of the Italian RITMARE flagship project coordinated by CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche), a coastal radar network has been designed and implemented with a number of innovative characteristics. The network includes both HF and X-band radars, allowing coverage of wide areas with different spatial and temporal resolutions. HF radars cover up to 80 km with a spatial resolution ranging between 1 and 5 km, while X-band radars provide 5 km coverage with a spatial resolution of 10 m. Joining these two capabilities, the RITMARE coastal radar network enables both a highly effective coverage of wide coastal areas and integrated monitoring of different phenomena, thus allowing the collection of current and wave parameters and detection of bathymetries of both open sea and coastal areas. A dedicated action to foster interoperability among data providers has been undertaken within RITMARE; an IT framework is under development to provide software tools for data collection and data sharing. It suggests standard, data format definitions, Quality Control strategies, data management and dissemination policies. In particular, the implementation of tools exploits both standards of OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) and web services offered to manage, access and deliver geospatial data. Radar data produced in RITMARE by the coastal

  9. Onomatopoeias: a new perspective around space, image schemas and phoneme clusters.

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    Catricalà, Maria; Guidi, Annarita

    2015-09-01

    Onomatopoeias (dell'incanto. FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2002; Catricalà 2011). This article proposes a classification model based on spatial cognition criteria. The hypothesis (Catricalà 2011) is that onomatopoeias are related to image schemas (Johnson in The body in the mind. University Press, Chicago, 1987), i.e. to the visual mapping of a movement. We also refer to force dynamic (Talmy in Language typology and lexical description, pp 36-149, 1985; Jackendoff in Semantic structures. MIT Press, Cambridge, 1990) as a basic model of conceptual maps (Langacker in Grammar and conceptualization. Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, 1999). Categories are related to the presence of specific phonemes and phoneme clusters, while visual patterns correspond to different image schemas. The association between specific categories of pseudo-onomatopoeias and specific spatial/movement patterns is also the object of an experiment focused on onomatopoeia interpretation. Most part of data confirms a correlation between image schemas as CONTAINER/CONTAINMENT (crunch, plop) or SOURCE-PATH-GOAL (tattarrattat 'shots') and an occlusive consonant, while liquid

  10. Breaking the trade-off between efficiency and service.

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    Frei, Frances X

    2006-11-01

    For manufacturers, customers are the open wallets at the end of the supply chain. But for most service businesses, they are key inputs to the production process. Customers introduce tremendous variability to that process, but they also complain about any lack of consistency and don't care about the company's profit agenda. Managing customer-introduced variability, the author argues, is a central challenge for service companies. The first step is to diagnose which type of variability is causing mischief: Customers may arrive at different times, request different kinds of service, possess different capabilities, make varying degrees of effort, and have different personal preferences. Should companies accommodate variability or reduce it? Accommodation often involves asking employees to compensate for the variations among customers--a potentially costly solution. Reduction often means offering a limited menu of options, which may drive customers away. Some companies have learned to deal with customer-introduced variability without damaging either their operating environments or customers' service experiences. Starbucks, for example, handles capability variability among its customers by teaching them the correct ordering protocol. Dell deals with arrival and request variability in its high-end server business by outsourcing customer service while staying in close touch with customers to discuss their needs and assess their experiences with third-party providers. The effective management of variability often requires a company to influence customers' behavior. Managers attempting that kind of intervention can follow a three-step process: diagnosing the behavioral problem, designing an operating role for customers that creates new value for both parties, and testing and refining approaches for influencing behavior. PMID:17131566

  11. iCOLT: Seasonal prediction of water irrigation need in Emilia-Romagna (Italy)

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    Pavan, Valentina; Villani, Giulia; Spisni, Andrea; Pratizzoli, William; Tomei, Fausto; Botarelli, Lucio; Marletto, Vittorio

    2015-04-01

    Mediterranean regions are frequently exposed to water scarcity and an early assessment of the potential water requirements from summer crops is very important for water management at regional and Reclamation Consortia level. Since 2007, ARPA-SIMC has developed the operational climate service iColt (irrigazione e Classificazione delle cOLture in atto tramite Telerilevamento - irrigation and classification of crops by remote sensing), in order to monitor and predict potential water needs for crop irrigation at different geographical scales. iColt has three components: a) a classification of crops through a set of satellite images acquired at different phenological stages; b) calibrated multi-model ensemble seasonal predictions of climate indices, using as input the EUROSIP products; c) a crop water balance prediction by the model CRITERIA. The climate indices are predicted as input for a weather generator to produce an ensemble of daily meteorological time-series. The meteorological series together with the regional distribution of crops, classified by remote sensing, are used by the water balance and crop development model CRITERIA to assess the crop potential water requirement at geographical level during the following summer. CRITERIA includes an empirical model for computing the shallow water table through spring (observed ) and summer (predicted) meteorological data. The water requirements predictions are verified at the end of summer by forcing the water balance model using the observed meteorological data. The results obtained from 2011 to 2014 are described and show that the operational service has a better skill than the seasonal ensemble prediction products used as input. In all the years, the sign of the irrigation water requirements anomaly has been correctly forecasted. Furthermore, the system has shown to be able to capture the spatial variability of the predicted field. These encouraging results are thought to be due partly to the correct

  12. Laparoscopic surgery in pregnant patients with acute abdomen.

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    Kocael, Pinar Cigdem; Simsek, Osman; Saribeyoglu, Kaya; Pekmezci, Salih; Goksoy, Ertugrul

    2015-01-01

    Nonostante i significativi vantaggi della chirurgia laparoscopica rispetto a quella laparotomica, essa era considerata controindicata per le donne gestanti. Attualmente si confrontano opinioni contrastanti riguardo alla sicurezza durante la gestazione della chirurgia laparoscopica, specie se nell’ultimo trimestre. Lo scopo di questo studio è quello di valutare la fattibilità della chirurgia laparoscopica in donne gestanti in caso di addome acuto analizzando retrospettivamente la casistica della pazienti ricoverate tra il gennaio 1995 ed il gennaio 2013 presso l’Emergency Department della Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty. Sono stati pertanto analizzati tutti i dati clinici riguardanti le gestanti sottoposte a chirurgia laparoscopica, comprese le cartelle cliniche, gli interventi eseguiti, i reperti anatomopatologici, e le informazioni riguardanti il parto. Nella casistica sono rientrate 14 donne gravide (in media alla 19,2° settimana di gestazione, distribuite tra 9 e 33 settimane), di cui 11 sottoposte ad appendicectomia laparoscopica, 2 a colecistectomia laparoscopica ed 1 per scopi diagnostici. In media il parto si è espletato alla 37,4° settimana di gestazione (tra la 35° e la 40° settimana). Due pazienti hanno avuto un parto prematuro, ma in nessune dei casi si sono verificate complicazioni durante le manovre laparoscopiche, e cioè danni all’utero, morti fetali o mortalità materna. Si conclude che la chirurgia laparoscopica può essere effettuata nel corso di tutti i trimestri della gravidanza, con il possibile vantaggio di una utile diagnosi differenziale in caso di dolori addominali acuti durante la gravidanza, e diminuzioni delle morti fetali dovute a ritardi diagnostici, e che tempi chirurgici più brevi riducono gli effetti negativi sulla madre e sul feto.

  13. Multilevel fast multipole algorithm for elastic wave scattering by large three-dimensional objects

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    Tong, Mei Song; Chew, Weng Cho

    2009-02-01

    Multilevel fast multipole algorithm (MLFMA) is developed for solving elastic wave scattering by large three-dimensional (3D) objects. Since the governing set of boundary integral equations (BIE) for the problem includes both compressional and shear waves with different wave numbers in one medium, the double-tree structure for each medium is used in the MLFMA implementation. When both the object and surrounding media are elastic, four wave numbers in total and thus four FMA trees are involved. We employ Nyström method to discretize the BIE and generate the corresponding matrix equation. The MLFMA is used to accelerate the solution process by reducing the complexity of matrix-vector product from O(N2) to O(NlogN) in iterative solvers. The multiple-tree structure differs from the single-tree frame in electromagnetics (EM) and acoustics, and greatly complicates the MLFMA implementation due to the different definitions for well-separated groups in different FMA trees. Our Nyström method has made use of the cancellation of leading terms in the series expansion of integral kernels to handle hyper singularities in near terms. This feature is kept in the MLFMA by seeking the common near patches in different FMA trees and treating the involved near terms synergistically. Due to the high cost of the multiple-tree structure, our numerical examples show that we can only solve the elastic wave scattering problems with 0.3-0.4 millions of unknowns on our Dell Precision 690 workstation using one core.

  14. Quantum Dynamics of a d-wave Josephson Junction

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    Bauch, Thilo

    2007-03-01

    Thilo Bauch ^1, Floriana Lombardi ^1, Tobias Lindstr"om ^2, Francesco Tafuri ^3, Giacomo Rotoli ^4, Per Delsing ^1, Tord Claeson ^1 1 Quantum Device Physics Laboratory, Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, MC2, Chalmers University of Technology, S-412 96 G"oteborg, Sweden. 2 National Physical Laboratory, Queens Road, Teddington, Middlesex TW11 0LW, UK. 3 Istituto Nazionale per la Fisica della Materia-Dipartimento Ingegneria dell'Informazione, Seconda Universita di Napoli, Aversa (CE), Italy. 4 Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica, Energetica e Gestionale, Universita of L'Aquila, Localita Monteluco, L'Aquila, Italy. We present direct observation of macroscopic quantum properties in an all high critical temperature superconductor d-wave Josephson junction. Although dissipation caused by low energy excitations is expected to strongly suppress quantum effects we demonstrate macroscopic quantum tunneling [1] and energy level quantization [2] in our d-wave Josephson junction. The results clearly indicate that the role of dissipation mechanisms in high temperature superconductors has to be revised, and may also have consequences for a new class of solid state ``quiet'' quantum bit with superior coherence time. We show that the dynamics of the YBCO grain boundary Josephson junctions fabricated on a STO substrate are strongly affected by their environment. As a first approximation we model the environment by the stray capacitance and stray inductance of the junction electrodes. The total system consisting of the junction and stray elements has two degrees of freedom resulting in two characteristic resonance frequencies. Both frequencies have to be considered to describe the quantum mechanical behavior of the Josephson circuit. [1] T. Bauch et al, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 087003 (2005). [2] T. Bauch et al, Science 311, 57 (2006).

  15. [The nursing image in Italy: an analysis of the historic archive of national newspaper].

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    Dignani, Lucia; Montanari, Paola; Dante, Angelo; Guarinoni, Milena Giovanna; Petrucci, Cristina; Lancia, Loreto

    2014-01-01

    Scopo. Descrivere l'immagine dell'infermiere delineata da uno dei principali quotidiani nazionali. Metodo. Studio retrospettivo condotto attraverso l'analisi degli articoli pubblicati nel periodo compreso tra il 1906 e il 2005 sul quotidiano nazionale “La Stampa”. Risultati.Dall'analisi dei 2017 articoli sono emerse 11 categorie tematiche. Gli articoli a maggior occorrenza sono stati quelli relativi alla tematica “cronaca”, che hanno registrato un importante incremento a partire dalla seconda metà degli anni '80, seguiti da “condizioni di lavoro”, che hanno mostrato massima diffusione a partire dagli anni '90. Gli articoli a minore occorrenza, invece, sono stati quelli riguardanti “estetica” e “concorsi”. Oltre la metà degli articoli inerenti la “carenza infermieristica” riferivano di disservizi da essa provocati. La quasi totalità degli articoli relativi a casi di “malasanità” evidenziava l'inadeguata assistenza erogata dagli infermieri con un trend di pubblicazione omogeneo a partire dagli anni '50. Gli articoli categorizzati nella tematica “carenza infermieristica”, “innovazione”, e “formazione”, hanno avuto la loro massima diffusione a partire dagli anni '90. Conclusioni. L'analisi condotta attraverso gli articoli apparsi sul quotidiano “La Stampa” ha consentito di leggere la storia della professione infermieristica come travagliata, fatta di conquiste professionali ottenute con lotte, rivendicazioni e innumerevoli cambiamenti, sia di tipo organizzativo che in ambito formativo, anche se gli articoli esaminati non sempre hanno contribuito a far apprezzare la professione per i suoi reali contenuti e contributi forniti al miglioramento della salute nella popolazione.

  16. 3D Simulations of the Beehive Proplyd

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    Feitosa, J. A.; Vasconcelos, M. J.; Cerqueira, A. H.

    2014-10-01

    Some star formation regions, like the Orion nebula, have stars of different masses, from massive stars, responsible for strong ionizing winds and HII regions, to low-mass stars, which spend a long time in the protostellar phase, and are frequently associated with protostellar disks and jets. Massive O or B stars emit a great deal of UV radiation, able to dissociate the hydrogen molecule (FUV radiation, energies between 6-13 eV), to ionize the atomic hydrogen (EUV radiation, energies greater than 13.6 eV) and heat the gas. Around these stars, a large and hot (10^{4}K) region is formed, known as HII region. T-Tauri stars inside HII regions produce a type of young stellar object, a proplyd, described with accuracy in O'Dell et al. (1993). Proplyds exhibit a cometary shape from which we can distinguish a central low-mass star with an accretion disk, an ionization front, a photodissociation region and, sometimes, an external bow shock and a protostellar jet. Its morphological characteristics depends on the distance between the low-mass star and the source of the ionizing radiation. The Beehive, a giant proplyd in Orion Nebula, has attracted attention due to its exotic system of rings coaxial to the HH540 jet's axis. Bally et al. (2005) suggested that the rings are perturbations due to the crossing of the ionization front by the jet. In this work, we test this hypothesis making 3D hydrodynamic numerical simulations over an adaptive grid, using the Yguazú-A code (Raga et al., 2000), properly adapted for the Beehive conditions. Our results show that the jet causes a perturbation in the ionization front of the proplyd, but is necessary to adjust carefully some parameters of the jet like its velocity and ejection frequency in order to have the results matching the observations.

  17. An application of LOH analysis for detecting the genetic influences of space environmental radiation

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    Yatagai, F.; Umebayashi, Y.; Honma, M.; Abe, T.; Suzuki, H.; Shimazu, T.; Ishioka, N.; Iwaki, M.

    To detect the genetic influence of space environmental radiation at the chromosome level we proposed an application of loss of heterozygosity LOH analysis system for the mutations induced in human lymphoblastoid TK6 cells Surprisingly we succeeded the mutation detection in the frozen dells which were exposed to a low-dose 10 cGy of carbon-ion beam irradiation Mutation assays were performed within a few days or after about one month preservation at --80 r C following irradiation The results showed an increase in mutation frequency at the thymidine kinase TK gene locus 1 6-fold 2 5 X 10 -6 to 3 9 X 10 -6 and 2 1-fold 2 5 X 10 -6 to 5 3 X 10 -6 respectively Although the relative distributions of mutation classes were not changed by the radiation exposure in either assay an interesting characteristic was detected using this LOH analysis system two TK locus markers and eleven microsatellite loci spanning chromosome 17 The radiation-specific patterns of interstitial deletions were observed in the hemizygous LOH mutants which were considered as a result of end-joining repair of carbon ion-induced DNA double-strand breaks These results clearly demonstrate that this analysis can be used for the detection of low-dose ionizing radiation effects in the frozen cells In addition we performed so called adaptive response experiments in which TK6 cells were pre-irradiated with low-dose 2 5 sim 10 cGy of X-ray and then exposed to challenging dose 2Gy of X-rays Interestingly the

  18. Growth outside the core.

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    Zook, Chris; Allen, James

    2003-12-01

    Growth in an adjacent market is tougher than it looks; three-quarters of the time, the effort fails. But companies can change those odds dramatically. Results from a five-year study of corporate growth conducted by Bain & Company reveal that adjacency expansion succeeds only when built around strong core businesses that have the potential to become market leaders. And the best place to look for adjacency opportunities is inside a company's strongest customers. The study also found that the most successful companies were able to consistently, profitably outgrow their rivals by developing a formula for pushing out the boundaries of their core businesses in predictable, repeatable ways. Companies use their repeatability formulas to expand into any number of adjacencies. Some companies make repeated geographic moves, as Vodafone has done in expanding from one geographic market to another over the past 13 years, building revenues from $1 billion in 1990 to $48 billion in 2003. Others apply a superior business model to new segments. Dell, for example, has repeatedly adapted its direct-to-customer model to new customer segments and new product categories. In other cases, companies develop hybrid approaches. Nike executed a series of different types of adjacency moves: it expanded into adjacent customer segments, introduced new products, developed new distribution channels, and then moved into adjacent geographic markets. The successful repeaters in the study had two common characteristics. First, they were extraordinarily disciplined, applying rigorous screens before they made an adjacency move. This discipline paid off in the form of learning curve benefits, increased speed, and lower complexity. And second, in almost all cases, they developed their repeatable formulas by studying their customers and their customers' economics very, very carefully.

  19. Cometary Knots Around A Dying Star

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    1994-01-01

    These gigantic, tadpole-shaped objects are probably the result of a dying star's last gasps. Dubbed 'cometary knots' because their glowing heads and gossamer tails resemble comets, the gaseous objects probably were formed during a star's final stages of life. Hubble astronomer C. Robert O'Dell and graduate student Kerry P. Handron of Rice University in Houston, Texas discovered thousands of these knots with the Hubble Space Telescope while exploring the Helix nebula, the closest planetary nebula to Earth at 450 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius. Although ground-based telescopes have revealed such objects, astronomers have never seen so many of them. The most visible knots all lie along the inner edge of the doomed star's ring, trillions of miles away from the star's nucleus. Although these gaseous knots appear small, they're actually huge. Each gaseous head is at least twice the size of our solar system; each tail stretches for 100 billion miles, about 1,000 times the distance between the Earth and the Sun. Astronomers theorize that the doomed star spews hot, lower-density gas from its surface, which collides with cooler, higher-density gas that had been ejected 10,000 years before. The crash fragments the smooth cloud surrounding the star into smaller, denser finger-like droplets, like dripping paint. This image was taken in August, 1994 with Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. The red light depicts nitrogen emission ([NII] 6584A); green, hydrogen (H-alpha, 6563A); and blue, oxygen (5007A).

  20. Comparison between conventional and automated software-guided ultrasound assessment of bilateral common carotids intima-media thickness in patients with rheumatic diseases.

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    Di Geso, Luca; Zardi, Enrico M; Afeltra, Antonella; Salaffi, Fausto; Carotti, Marina; Gutierrez, Marwin; Filippucci, Emilio; Grassi, Walter

    2012-05-01

    Over the last decade, a growing number of studies have been published supporting the high prevalence of atherosclerosis in rheumatic patients with chronic inflammatory diseases. Ultrasound (US) represents the imaging technique of choice for revealing early atherosclerotic changes at carotids level. New US software, mainly developed to rectify its operator dependence, requires a comparison with conventional technique. The main aim of the present study was to compare conventional and software-guided US in the assessment of intima-media thickness (IMT) of common carotids. Thirty-two consecutive patients with chronic inflammatory rheumatic conditions, presenting at the outpatient clinics of the Rheumatology Department--Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy--were enrolled in the present study. The patients underwent a US assessment of the IMT of the posterior wall of common carotids using a My Lab 70 XVG system (Esaote SpA, Genoa, Italy) equipped with a 4-13 MHz linear probe. The US examinations were performed by two sonographers. One of them used the conventional manual approach and the second sonographer adopted a software-guided technique (named RF-QIMT technology). Inter-observer reliability was determined using intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC) and the Bland-Altman plot. Agreement between the two methods was high with ICC value of 0.74 (0.69 and 0.77 for the right and left common carotid, respectively). The Bland-Altman plot showed minimal proportional error and high limits of agreement. Substantial inter-observer agreement rates for the assessment of the IMT were achieved. Further studies are encouraged to confirm these results in a larger cohort of patients.

  1. Crisis communication. Lessons from 9/11.

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    Argenti, Paul

    2002-12-01

    The sheer enormity of last year's terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon gave new meaning to the term "crisis management." Suddenly, companies near Ground Zero, as well as those more than a thousand miles away, needed a plan. Because the disasters disrupted established channels not only between businesses and customers but between businesses and employees, internal crisis-communications strategies that could be quickly implemented became a key responsibility of top management. Without these strategies, employees' trauma and confusion might have immobilized their firms and set their customers adrift. In this article, executives from a range of industries talk about how their companies, including Morgan Stanley, Oppenheimer Funds, American Airlines, Verizon, the New York Times, Dell, and Starbucks, went about restoring operations and morale. From his interviews with these individuals, author and management professor Paul Argenti was able to distill a number of lessons, each of which, he says, may "serve as guideposts for any company facing a crisis that undermines its employees' composure, confidence, or concentration." His advice to senior executives includes: Maintain high levels of visibility, so that employees are certain of top management's command of the situation and concern; establish contingency communication channels and work sites; strive to keep employees focused on the business itself, because a sense of usefulness enhances morale and good morale enhances usefulness; and ensure that employees have absorbed the firm's values, which will guide them as they cope with the unpredictable. The most forward-thinking leaders realize that managing a crisis-communications program requires the same dedication and resources they give to other dimensions of their business. More important, they realize that their employees always come first.

  2. Hubble Space Telescope Image: Planetary Nebula IC 4406

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    2001-01-01

    This Hubble Space Telescope image reveals a rainbow of colors in this dying star, called IC 446. Like many other so-called planetary nebulae, IC 4406 exhibits a high degree of symmetry. The nebula's left and right halves are nearly mirror images of the other. If we could fly around IC 446 in a spaceship, we would see that the gas and dust form a vast donut of material streaming outward from the dying star. We do not see the donut shape in this photograph because we are viewing IC 4406 from the Earth-orbiting HST. From this vantage point, we are seeing the side of the donut. This side view allows us to see the intricate tendrils of material that have been compared to the eye's retina. In fact, IC 4406 is dubbed the 'Retina Nebula.' The donut of material confines the intense radiation coming from the remnant of the dying star. Gas on the inside of the donut is ionized by light from the central star and glows. Light from oxygen atoms is rendered blue in this image; hydrogen is shown as green, and nitrogen as red. The range of color in the final image shows the differences in concentration of these three gases in the nebula. This image is a composite of data taken by HST's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 in June 2001 and in January 2002 by Bob O'Dell (Vanderbilt University) and collaborators, and in January by the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI). Filters used to create this color image show oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen gas glowing in this object.

  3. The Forced Surrender of Infants Born to Unwed Mothers in Southern Italy. A Case Study of Late Nineteenth Century Practices in the Town of Forio d'Ischia.

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    Imperato, Pascal James

    2015-10-01

    For many centuries, unwed mothers in southern Italy were forced to surrender their infants because of a number of social, religious, economic, and political pressures. This study focuses on the policies and practices that were in place in southern Italy regarding illegitimate infants in the late nineteenth century. A detailed analysis of the policies and practices present in the town of Forio d'Ischia during the 20-year period 1880-1899 is also presented. During these two decades, there were 37 illegitimate live births representing 0.70% of the 5249 live births recorded in this town. Although small in number, these illegitimate births, referred to as spuri in Italian, from the Latin spurius, meaning bastard, were managed by standard predetermined procedures. These included anonymity for the parents, the transfer of such infants to an official town receiver of foundlings, and their transport to Naples' orphanage, the Real Casa Santa dell'Annunziata. This orphanage maintained fairly detailed records about the children who were delivered to it. After a few days at the orphanage, infants were often entrusted to the care of external wet nurses, preferably outside of Naples. This was done in the belief that infant survival was better assured in more rural environments. The case of an illegitimate infant, Antonino Spinalbese, is presented in detail. Born on 14 February 1882 in the town of Forio d'Ischia, he was brought to the orphanage 4 days later. Following a two-day stay at the orphanage, he was entrusted to an external wet nurse, Michele Mondella, and her husband, Ciro Fiscale di Felice, a mariner in the town of Torre del Greco. The available evidence indicates that Antonino Spinalbese became a mariner like his stepfather. As a crew member of the passenger ship, Vulcano, he made three trips from Naples to New York City in 1922 and 1923. PMID:26233712

  4. Experiences of Uav Surveys Applied to Environmental Risk Management

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    Caprioli, M.; Trizzino, R.; Mazzone, F.; Scarano, M.

    2016-06-01

    In this paper the results of some surveys carried out in an area of Apulian territory affected by serious environmental hazard are presented. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) are emerging as a key engineering tool for future environmental survey tasks. UAVs are increasingly seen as an attractive low-cost alternative or supplement to aerial and terrestrial photogrammetry due to their low cost, flexibility, availability and readiness for duty. In addition, UAVs can be operated in hazardous or temporarily inaccessible locations, that makes them very suitable for the assessment and management of environmental risk conditions. In order to verify the reliability of these technologies an UAV survey and A LIDAR survey have been carried outalong about 1 km of coast in the Salento peninsula, near the towns of San Foca, Torre dellOrso and SantAndrea( Lecce, Southern Italy). This area is affected by serious environmental risks due to the presence of dangerous rocky cliffs named falesie. The UAV platform was equipped with a photogrammetric measurement system that allowed us to obtain a mobile mapping of the fractured fronts of dangerous rocky cliffs. UAV-images data have been processed using dedicated software (AgisoftPhotoscan). The point clouds obtained from both the UAV and LIDAR surveys have been processed using Cloud Compare software, with the aim of testing the UAV results with respect to the LIDAR ones. The total error obtained was of centimeter-order that is a very satisfactory result. The environmental information has been arranged in an ArcGIS platform in order to assess the risk levels. The possibility to repeat the survey at time intervals more or less close together depending on the measured levels of risk and to compare the output allows following the trend of the dangerous phenomena. In conclusion, for inaccessible locations of dangerous rocky bodies the UAV survey coupled with GIS methodology proved to be a key engineering tool for the management of environmental

  5. Working memory encoding delays top-down attention to visual cortex.

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    Scalf, Paige E; Dux, Paul E; Marois, René

    2011-09-01

    The encoding of information from one event into working memory can delay high-level, central decision-making processes for subsequent events [e.g., Jolicoeur, P., & Dell'Acqua, R. The demonstration of short-term consolidation. Cognitive Psychology, 36, 138-202, 1998, doi:10.1006/cogp.1998.0684]. Working memory, however, is also believed to interfere with the deployment of top-down attention [de Fockert, J. W., Rees, G., Frith, C. D., & Lavie, N. The role of working memory in visual selective attention. Science, 291, 1803-1806, 2001, doi:10.1126/science.1056496]. It is, therefore, possible that, in addition to delaying central processes, the engagement of working memory encoding (WME) also postpones perceptual processing as well. Here, we tested this hypothesis with time-resolved fMRI by assessing whether WME serially postpones the action of top-down attention on low-level sensory signals. In three experiments, participants viewed a skeletal rapid serial visual presentation sequence that contained two target items (T1 and T2) separated by either a short (550 msec) or long (1450 msec) SOA. During single-target runs, participants attended and responded only to T1, whereas in dual-target runs, participants attended and responded to both targets. To determine whether T1 processing delayed top-down attentional enhancement of T2, we examined T2 BOLD response in visual cortex by subtracting the single-task waveforms from the dual-task waveforms for each SOA. When the WME demands of T1 were high (Experiments 1 and 3), T2 BOLD response was delayed at the short SOA relative to the long SOA. This was not the case when T1 encoding demands were low (Experiment 2). We conclude that encoding of a stimulus into working memory delays the deployment of attention to subsequent target representations in visual cortex.

  6. Hydrogeological characterization of peculiar Apenninic springs

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    Cervi, F.; Marcaccio, M.; Petronici, F.; Borgatti, L.

    2014-09-01

    In the northern Apennines of Italy, springs are quite widespread over the slopes. Due to the outcropping of low-permeability geologic units, they are generally characterized by low-yield capacities and high discharge variability during the hydrologic year. In addition, low-flow periods (discharge lower than 1 Ls-1) reflect rainfall and snowmelt distribution and generally occur in summer seasons. These features strongly condition the management for water-supply purposes, making it particularly complex. The "Mulino delle Vene" springs (420 m a.s.l., Reggio Emilia Province, Italy) are one of the largest in the Apennines for mean annual discharge and dynamic storage and are considered as the main water resource in the area. They flow out from several joints and fractures at the bottom of an arenite rock mass outcrop in the vicinity of the Tresinaro River. To date, these springs have not yet been exploited, as the knowledge about the hydrogeological characteristics of the aquifer and their hydrological behaviour is not fully achieved. This study aims to describe the recharge processes and to define the hydrogeological boundaries of the aquifer. It is based on river and spring discharge monitoring and groundwater balance assessment carried out during the period 2012-2013. Results confirm the effectiveness of the approach, as it allowed the total aliquot of discharge of the springs to be assessed. Moreover, by comparing the observed discharge volume with the one calculated with the groundwater balance, the aquifer has been identified with the arenite slab (mean altitude of 580 m a.s.l.), extended about 5.5 km2 and located 1 km west of the monitored springs.

  7. Hydrodynamic parameters estimation from self-potential data in a controlled full scale site

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    Chidichimo, Francesco; De Biase, Michele; Rizzo, Enzo; Masi, Salvatore; Straface, Salvatore

    2015-03-01

    A multi-physical approach developed for the hydrodynamic characterization of porous media using hydrogeophysical information is presented. Several pumping tests were performed in the Hydrogeosite Laboratory, a controlled full-scale site designed and constructed at the CNR-IMAA (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Istituto di Metodologia per l'Analisi Ambientale), in Marsico Nuovo (Basilicata Region, Southern Italy), in order to obtain an intermediate stage between laboratory experiments and field survey. The facility consists of a pool, used to study water infiltration processes, to simulate the space and time dynamics of subsurface contamination phenomena, to improve and to find new relationship between geophysical and hydrogeological parameters, to test and to calibrate new geophysical techniques and instruments. Therefore, the Hydrogeosite Laboratory has the advantage of carrying out controlled experiments, like in a flow cell or sandbox, but at field comparable scale. The data collected during the experiments have been used to estimate the saturated hydraulic conductivity ks [ms-1] using a coupled inversion model working in transient conditions, made up of the modified Richards equation describing the water flow in a variably saturated porous medium and the Poisson equation providing the self-potential ϕ [V], which naturally occurs at points of the soil surface owing to the presence of an electric field produced by the motion of underground electrolytic fluids through porous systems. The result obtained by this multi-physical numerical approach, which removes all the approximations adopted in previous works, makes a useful instrument for real heterogeneous aquifer characterization and for predictive analysis of its behavior.

  8. Copy number variation and missense mutations of the agouti signaling protein (ASIP) gene in goat breeds with different coat colors.

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    Fontanesi, L; Beretti, F; Riggio, V; Gómez González, E; Dall'Olio, S; Davoli, R; Russo, V; Portolano, B

    2009-01-01

    In goats, classical genetic studies reported a large number of alleles at the Agouti locus with effects on coat color and pattern distribution. From these early studies, the dominant A(Wt) (white/tan) allele was suggested to cause the white color of the Saanen breed. Here, we sequenced the coding region of the goat ASIP gene in 6 goat breeds (Girgentana, Maltese, Derivata di Siria, Murciano-Granadina, Camosciata delle Alpi, and Saanen), with different coat colors and patterns. Five single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were identified, 3 of which caused missense mutations in conserved positions of the cysteine-rich carboxy-terminal domain of the protein (p.Ala96Gly, p.Cys126Gly, and p.Val128Gly). Allele and genotype frequencies suggested that these mutations are not associated or not completely associated with coat color in the investigated goat breeds. Moreover, genotyping and sequencing results, deviation from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, as well as allele copy number evaluation from semiquantitative fluorescent multiplex PCR, indicated the presence of copy number variation (CNV) in all investigated breeds. To confirm the presence of CNV and evaluate its extension, we applied a bovine-goat cross-species array comparative genome hybridization (aCGH) experiment using a custom tiling array based on bovine chromosome 13. aCGH results obtained for 8 goat DNA samples confirmed the presence of CNV affecting a region of less that 100 kb including the ASIP and AHCY genes. In Girgentana and Saanen breeds, this CNV might cause the A(Wt) allele, as already suggested for a similar structural mutation in sheep affecting the ASIP and AHCY genes, providing evidence for a recurrent interspecies CNV. However, other mechanisms may also be involved in determining coat color in these 2 breeds.

  9. NOTCH1, SF3B1, BIRC3 and TP53 mutations in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia undergoing first-line treatment: correlation with biological parameters and response to treatment.

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    Chiaretti, Sabina; Marinelli, Marilisa; Del Giudice, Ilaria; Bonina, Silvia; Piciocchi, Alfonso; Messina, Monica; Vignetti, Marco; Rossi, Davide; Di Maio, Valeria; Mauro, Francesca Romana; Guarini, Anna; Gaidano, Gianluca; Foà, Robin

    2014-12-01

    In chronic lymphocytic leukemia, NOTCH1, SF3B1, BIRC3 and TP53 disruptions are recurrent and affect survival. To define their incidence and clinical impact in patients undergoing first-line treatment, we evaluated 163 cases enrolled in the GIMEMA (Gruppo Italiano Malattie EMatologiche dell'Adulto) LLC0405 protocol (fludarabine plus alemtuzumab or fludarabine plus cyclophosphamide), for young patients, or in the ML21445 protocol (chlorambucil plus rituximab), for elderly patients. NOTCH1, SF3B1, BIRC3 and TP53 disruptions were detected in 15.9%, 12.2%, 8.6% and 10.4% of cases. NOTCH1 mutations correlated with a shorter treatment-free interval (p = 0.058), an unmutated immunoglobulin heavy variable gene (IGHV) status (p < 0.0001), CD38 and ZAP-70 expression (p = 0.0025 and 0.026, respectively) and trisomy 12 (p = 0.0028), SF3B1 mutations with an unmutated IGHV status (p = 0.02), and BIRC3 disruptions with an unmutated IGHV configuration (p = 0.01) and 11q deletion (p < 0.0001). NOTCH1 and SF3B1 did not appear to impact on overall response, while an inferior response was observed for BIRC3- and TP53-disrupted cases in the LLC0405 and ML21445 protocols, respectively. Progression-free survival, evaluable in the LLC0405 protocol - not affected by NOTCH1, SF3B1 and TP53 - appeared inferior for BIRC3 disruption. NOTCH1 and SF3B1 mutations may be overcome by aggressive regimens, while BIRC3 might impact on outcome also in intensive regimens.

  10. The island of Elba (Tuscany, Italy) at the crossroads of ancient trade routes: an archaeometric investigation of dolia defossa from the archaeological site of San Giovanni

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    Manca, Rosarosa; Pagliantini, Laura; Pecchioni, Elena; Santo, Alba P.; Cambi, Franco; Chiarantini, Laura; Corretti, Alessandro; Costagliola, Pilario; Orlando, Andrea; Benvenuti, Marco

    2016-03-01

    Dolia are large pottery containers used in Roman times for the storage and fermentation of wine. They were produced in specialized pottery workshops (figlinae) and were typically marked with specific epigraphical stamps, which represent a major tool to unravel their provenance and trade. In this work we present the preliminary results of a study of two dolia defossa, recently found at San Giovanni (Portoferraio, island of Elba, Italy) during 2012-2014 archaeological excavations in a Roman farm (late 2nd cent. BC-1st cent. AD), devoted to wine production and probably constituting the antecedent archaeological phase of the adjacent "Villa delle Grotte". Based on archaeological (epigraphic) evidence, five different production areas have been hypothesized: 1) Elba island, where the dolia have been found; 2) the municipal figlinae in the Pisa territory; 3) the middle catchment of the Tiber river (central Latium) where "urban" figlinae occurred; 4) the figlinae of Minturno (southern Latium), a locality known both for wine production and exportation and for the presence of ancient figlinae; 5) the municipal figlinae in the Volterra territory. Archaeometric analysis of tempering agents intentionally added to the clay for the manufacturing of the dolia, particularly magmatic lithic fragments and clinopyroxene crystals, allowed us to suggest that the watershed of the central Tiber Valley - including different volcanic centres belonging to both Tuscany Magmatic Province (Monti Cimini) and Roman Magmatic Province (Monti Vulsini and Vico volcano) - could have been the most likely sites of production of the dolia found at San Giovanni. Alternatively, the site of Minturno (southern Latium) could be proposed.

  11. Why business models matter.

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    Magretta, Joan

    2002-05-01

    "Business model" was one of the great buzz-words of the Internet boom. A company didn't need a strategy, a special competence, or even any customers--all it needed was a Web-based business model that promised wild profits in some distant, ill-defined future. Many people--investors, entrepreneurs, and executives alike--fell for the fantasy and got burned. And as the inevitable counterreaction played out, the concept of the business model fell out of fashion nearly as quickly as the .com appendage itself. That's a shame. As Joan Magretta explains, a good business model remains essential to every successful organization, whether it's a new venture or an established player. To help managers apply the concept successfully, she defines what a business model is and how it complements a smart competitive strategy. Business models are, at heart, stories that explain how enterprises work. Like a good story, a robust business model contains precisely delineated characters, plausible motivations, and a plot that turns on an insight about value. It answers certain questions: Who is the customer? How do we make money? What underlying economic logic explains how we can deliver value to customers at an appropriate cost? Every viable organization is built on a sound business model, but a business model isn't a strategy, even though many people use the terms interchangeably. Business models describe, as a system, how the pieces of a business fit together. But they don't factor in one critical dimension of performance: competition. That's the job of strategy. Illustrated with examples from companies like American Express, EuroDisney, WalMart, and Dell Computer, this article clarifies the concepts of business models and strategy, which are fundamental to every company's performance.

  12. Large-scale automated image analysis for computational profiling of brain tissue surrounding implanted neuroprosthetic devices using Python.

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    Rey-Villamizar, Nicolas; Somasundar, Vinay; Megjhani, Murad; Xu, Yan; Lu, Yanbin; Padmanabhan, Raghav; Trett, Kristen; Shain, William; Roysam, Badri

    2014-01-01

    In this article, we describe the use of Python for large-scale automated server-based bio-image analysis in FARSIGHT, a free and open-source toolkit of image analysis methods for quantitative studies of complex and dynamic tissue microenvironments imaged by modern optical microscopes, including confocal, multi-spectral, multi-photon, and time-lapse systems. The core FARSIGHT modules for image segmentation, feature extraction, tracking, and machine learning are written in C++, leveraging widely used libraries including ITK, VTK, Boost, and Qt. For solving complex image analysis tasks, these modules must be combined into scripts using Python. As a concrete example, we consider the problem of analyzing 3-D multi-spectral images of brain tissue surrounding implanted neuroprosthetic devices, acquired using high-throughput multi-spectral spinning disk step-and-repeat confocal microscopy. The resulting images typically contain 5 fluorescent channels. Each channel consists of 6000 × 10,000 × 500 voxels with 16 bits/voxel, implying image sizes exceeding 250 GB. These images must be mosaicked, pre-processed to overcome imaging artifacts, and segmented to enable cellular-scale feature extraction. The features are used to identify cell types, and perform large-scale analysis for identifying spatial distributions of specific cell types relative to the device. Python was used to build a server-based script (Dell 910 PowerEdge servers with 4 sockets/server with 10 cores each, 2 threads per core and 1TB of RAM running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux linked to a RAID 5 SAN) capable of routinely handling image datasets at this scale and performing all these processing steps in a collaborative multi-user multi-platform environment. Our Python script enables efficient data storage and movement between computers and storage servers, logs all the processing steps, and performs full multi-threaded execution of all codes, including open and closed-source third party libraries.

  13. See your brands through your customers' eyes.

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    Lederer, C; Hill, S

    2001-06-01

    Subaru markets an L.L. Bean Outback station wagon. Dell stamps Microsoft and Intel logos on its computers. Such inter-weaving of different companies' brands is now commonplace. But one of the central tools of brand management-portfolio mapping--has not kept pace with changes in the marketplace. Most conventional brand maps include only those brands owned by a company, arranged along organizational lines with little regard for how the brands influence customer perceptions. In this article, the authors present a new mapping tool--the brand portfolio molecule--that reveals the way brands appear to customers. The brand portfolio molecule includes all the brands that factor into a consumer's decision to buy, whether or not the company owns them. The first step in creating a brand portfolio molecule is to determine which brands should or should not be included. The second step is to classify each brand by asking five key questions: 1) How important is this brand to customers' purchase decisions about the brand you're mapping? 2) Is its influence positive or negative? 3) What market position does this brand occupy relative to the other brands in the portfolio? 4) How does this brand connect to the other brands in the portfolio? 5) How much control do you have over this brand? The last step is to map the molecule using a 3-D modeling program or by hand with pen and paper. Individual brands take the form of atoms, and they're clustered in ways that reflect how customers see them. The usefulness of the tool lies in its ability to show the many forces that influence a customer's buying decision--and to provide a powerful new way to think about brand strategy. PMID:11408973

  14. Hubble Watches Planetary Nurseries Being Torched by Radiation from Hot Star

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    2002-01-01

    Planet formation is a hazardous process. These four snapshots, taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, show dust disks around embryonic stars in the Orion Nebula being 'blowtorched' by a blistering flood of ultraviolet radiation from the region's brightest star. Within these disks are the seeds of planets. The doomed systems look like hapless comets, with wayward tails of gas boiling off the withering, pancake-shaped disks. The Frisbee-shaped disks, called protoplanetary disks, are wider than our solar system and reside in the centers of the cocoons of gas. These cocoons were formed from material evaporating off the surface of the disks. Evidence from Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 suggests that dust grains in the disk are already forming larger particles, which range in size from snowflakes to gravel. But these particles may not have time to grow into full-fledged planets because of the relentless 'hurricane' of radiation from the nebula's hottest star, called Theta 1 Orionis C. In the picture at top left, the disk is the green-colored oval near the center. Radiation from the hot star is heating up the disk, causing matter to dissipate, like steam evaporating from the surface of boiling water. A strong 'stellar wind,' a stream of particles moving at 4,500 to 8,900 miles per hour (7,200 to 14,400 kilometers per hour), is propelling the material away from the disk. The material is glowing because it is being energized by radiation from the hot star. Located 1,500 light-years away, the Orion Nebula is the nearest 'star factory' to Earth. The Hubble pictures were taken Feb. 26, 1998 and Jan. 11, 1999. Credits: NASA, J. Bally (University of Colorado, Boulder, CO), H. Throop (Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, CO), C.R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN)

  15. The challenge of developing academic language in Spanish and English through science: The case of two teachers' strategic teaching practices

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    Mercuri, Sandra Patricia

    This case study examines the practice of two bilingual education teachers in an attempt to understand the planning and instructional activities occurring in their classrooms by focusing on students' academic language development during science instruction. This site was selected as an 'instrumental' case to examine for several reasons. This school is among the few in the district that is teaching science. Despite the political climate related to bilingual education, the teachers at this school offer an articulated dual immersion program from K to grade six. This site has experienced success in beginning to close the achievement gap between English learners and their native English speaking peers on standardized test measures. Using a qualitative approach, data was collected from two unique cases through detailed observations of classroom practice, audio-taped lessons, an initial and a follow up interview, artifacts and an initial survey. Scarcella's (2003) framework on academic language was used to analyze the different components of academic language of the science instruction. A theoretical framework from Stoddart et al. on levels of integrated planning expertise and Dell' Alba & Sandberg's concept of embodied understanding of practice also informed the study. Three main findings were drawn from this study: (a) academic language can be effectively taught through science instruction when teachers have the expertise to integrate language learning with science inquiry; (b) the teaching of and planning for academic language development through content is shaped over time by teachers' teaching and personal experiences with the content and their ability to integrate both; (c) While a theoretical model of academic language can be used to analyze teachers' instructional strategies during a science lesson, this model has limitations. Teachers' understanding of their own practice developed overtime shaped the way they manipulated the curriculum for their particular grade

  16. Breaking the trade-off between efficiency and service.

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    Frei, Frances X

    2006-11-01

    For manufacturers, customers are the open wallets at the end of the supply chain. But for most service businesses, they are key inputs to the production process. Customers introduce tremendous variability to that process, but they also complain about any lack of consistency and don't care about the company's profit agenda. Managing customer-introduced variability, the author argues, is a central challenge for service companies. The first step is to diagnose which type of variability is causing mischief: Customers may arrive at different times, request different kinds of service, possess different capabilities, make varying degrees of effort, and have different personal preferences. Should companies accommodate variability or reduce it? Accommodation often involves asking employees to compensate for the variations among customers--a potentially costly solution. Reduction often means offering a limited menu of options, which may drive customers away. Some companies have learned to deal with customer-introduced variability without damaging either their operating environments or customers' service experiences. Starbucks, for example, handles capability variability among its customers by teaching them the correct ordering protocol. Dell deals with arrival and request variability in its high-end server business by outsourcing customer service while staying in close touch with customers to discuss their needs and assess their experiences with third-party providers. The effective management of variability often requires a company to influence customers' behavior. Managers attempting that kind of intervention can follow a three-step process: diagnosing the behavioral problem, designing an operating role for customers that creates new value for both parties, and testing and refining approaches for influencing behavior.

  17. Deep change. How operational innovation can transform your company.

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    Hammer, Michael

    2004-04-01

    Breakthrough innovations--not just steady improvements--in operations can destroy competitors and shake up entire industries. Just look at Dell, Toyota, and Wal-Mart. But fewer than 10% of large companies have made serious attempts to achieve operational innovation. Why? One reason, contends the author, is that business culture undervalues operations--they're not as sexy as deals or acquisitions. In addition, many executives who rose through the ranks of finance or sales aren't familiar with operations--and they aren't interested in learning more. Finally, because no one holds the title Vice President of Operational Innovation, it doesn't have a natural home in the organization, so it's easily overlooked. Fortunately, all of these barriers can be overcome. This article offers practical advice on how to develop operational innovations, such as looking for role models outside your industry to emulate and identifying--and then defying--constraining assumptions about how work should be done. The author also discusses the best way to implement operational innovations. For instance, because they are disruptive by nature, projects should be concentrated in those activities with the greatest impact on enterprise strategic goals. Operational innovation may feel unglamorous or unfamiliar to many executives, but it is the only lasting basis for superior performance. Executives who understand how operational innovation happens--and who understand the barriers that prevent it from happening--can add to their strategic arsenal one of the most powerful competitive weapons in existence. In an economy that has overdosed on hype and in which customers rule as never before, operational innovation offers a meaningful and sustainable way to get ahead--and stay ahead--of the pack. PMID:15077369

  18. Sonographic examination of epiaortic vessels in patients with peripheral vertigo.

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    Salvaggio, G; Gargano, R; Campisi, A; Cantisani, V; Ricci, P; Gallina, S; Midiri, M; Caruso, G

    2010-09-01

    Sommario INTRODUZIONE: Valutare l’utilità dell’eco-color Doppler (CDU) dei vasi epiaortici nei pazienti con vertigine periferica da causa sconosciuta. MATERAILI E METODI: Centocinquantasei pazienti (gruppo studio; 42 uomini e 114 donne; età media 61,86 ± 14,14) e 161 pazienti (gruppo controllo; 80 uomini e 81 donne; età media 62,31 ± 13,69) sono stati sottoposti a CDU dei vasi epiaortici. Sono stati valutati i seguenti parametri: presenza di placche ateromasiche a livello dell’arteria carotide (CA) comune e/o interna; spessore medio intimale (IMT) della CA comune; picco di velocità sistolica (PSV) e indice di resistenza (RI) a livello delle arterie vertebrali (VA).Sono stati utilizzati test parametrici (T-test) e non parametrici (Mann–Whitney U-test e Kolmogorov–Smirnov test). È stata eseguita un’analisi di regressione logistica per fornire un odds ratio indice di grandezza del rischio di vertigine. Sono state considerate variabili indipendenti (età, sesso), fattori di rischio vascolare (ipercolesterolemia, diabete, ipertensione) e variabili CDU (IMT, placche, PSV e RI). RISULTATI: Placche ed IMT > 1 mm sono stati trovati in 31 (19,8%) e 98 (62,8%) pazienti del gruppo di studio e in 43 (26,7%) e 125 (77,6%) pazienti del gruppo controllo. I test statistici, applicati a PSV e RI, non hanno dimostrato differenze significative (p-valore > 0,05). Alla regressione logistica le vertigini sono risultate associate ad età, sesso, ipercolesterolemia, diabete, ipertensione e IMT (p < 0,01), mentre placche, PSV ed RI non erano fattori significativi (p > 0,05). DISCUSSIONE: IMT è la sola variabile CDU significativamente associata alla vertigine, specialmente nelle classi di età inferiore (35-45 e 45-55) del gruppo studio.

  19. The history of avian influenza.

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    Lupiani, Blanca; Reddy, Sanjay M

    2009-07-01

    The first description of avian influenza (AI) dates back to 1878 in northern Italy, when Perroncito [Perroncito E. Epizoozia tifoide nei gallinacei. Annali Accad Agri Torino 1878;21:87-126] described a contagious disease of poultry associated with high mortality. The disease, termed "fowl plague", was initially confused with the acute septicemic form of fowl cholera. However, in 1880, soon after its first description, Rivolta and Delprato [as reported by Stubs EL. Fowl pest, In: Biester HE, Devries L, editors. Diseases of poultry. 1st ed. Ames, IO: Iowa State College Press; 1943. p. 493-502] showed it to be different from fowl cholera, based on clinical and pathological properties, and called it Typhus exudatious gallinarum. In 1901, Centanni and Savunzzi [Centanni E, Savonuzzi E, La peste aviaria I & II, Communicazione fatta all'accademia delle scienze mediche e naturali de Ferrara, 1901] determined that fowl plague was caused by a filterable virus; however, it was not until 1955 that the classical fowl plague virus was shown to be a type A influenza virus based on the presence of type A influenza virus type-specific ribonucleoprotein [Schäfer W. Vergleichender sero-immunologische Untersuchungen über die Viren der Influenza und klassischen Geflügelpest. Z Naturf 1955;10b:81-91]. The term fowl plague was substituted by the more appropriate term highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) at the First International Symposium on Avian Influenza [Proceedings of the First International Symposium on Avian Influenza. Beltsville, MD. 1981, Avian Dis 47 (Special Issue) 2003.] and will be used throughout this review when referring to any previously described fowl plague virus.

  20. Unusual persistence of DDT in some western USA soils

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    Hitch, R.K.; Day, H.R. )

    1992-02-01

    Agricultural use of DDT (1,1,1-trichloro-2,2,2-bis (p-chlorophenyl) ethane) was canceled in 1972. By the late 1970's and early 1980's, the National Soils Monitoring Program of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was consistently finding higher soil residues of the degradate DDE (1,1-dichloro 2,2-bis (p-chlorophenyl) ethylene) than of parent DDT. Similarly, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) had been finding during the late 1970's that DDT and related compounds had been decreasing in birds throughout the US. During 1984 and 1985, the EPA and the agriculture departments of Texas and New Mexico, in response to the FWS, conducted soil sampling in 13 areas where contaminated birds had been collected. It was agreed that soil samples containing higher levels of DDT than DDE would serve as a possible indicator of illegal DDT use. This was an intensive soil sampling program; over 236 fields were sampled. A controversy developed as to whether high ratios of DDT and DDE might corroborate the accusations of recent illegal use of DDT products. Dell City area soils containing higher levels of DDT than of DDE became classified as suspicious soils. Soils bearing the expected higher level of DDE were dubbed as normal. To resolve the controversy, the authors, in 1989, conducted a DDT soil metabolism study with representative samples of the suspicious and normal soils. It was felt that a soil metabolism study could, once and for all, determine if there was, indeed, something unusual about the rate at which the suspicious soils degrade DDT.

  1. The Object-analogue approach for probabilistic forecasting

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    Frediani, M. E.; Hopson, T. M.; Anagnostou, E. N.; Hacker, J.

    2015-12-01

    The object-analogue is a new method to estimate forecast uncertainty and to derive probabilistic predictions of gridded forecast fields over larger regions rather than point locations. The method has been developed for improving the forecast of 10-meter wind speed over the northeast US, and it can be extended to other forecast variables, vertical levels, and other regions. The object-analogue approach combines the analog post-processing technique (Hopson 2005; Hamill 2006; Delle Monache 2011) with the Method for Object-based Diagnostic Evaluation (MODE) for forecast verification (Davis et al 2006a, b). Originally, MODE is used to verify mainly precipitation forecasts using features of a forecast region represented by an object. The analog technique is used to reduce the NWP systematic and random errors of a gridded forecast field. In this study we use MODE-derived objects to characterize the wind fields forecasts into attributes such as object area, centroid location, and intensity percentiles, and apply the analogue concept to these objects. The object-analogue method uses a database of objects derived from reforecasts and their respective reanalysis. Given a real-time forecast field, it searches the database and selects the top-ranked objects with the most similar set of attributes using the MODE fuzzy logic algorithm for object matching. The attribute probabilities obtained with the set of selected object-analogues are used to derive a multi-layer probabilistic prediction. The attribute probabilities are combined into three uncertainty layers that address the main concerns of most applications: location, area, and magnitude. The multi-layer uncertainty can be weighted and combined or used independently in such that it provides a more accurate prediction, adjusted according to the application interest. In this study we present preliminary results of the object-analogue method. Using a database with one hundred storms we perform a leave-one-out cross-validation to

  2. Management of Environmental Risks in Coastal Areas

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    Caprioli, M.; Trizzino, R.; Pagliarulo, R.; Scarano, M.; Mazzone, F.; Scognamiglio, A.

    2015-08-01

    The present work deals with the assessment and management of environmental risk conditions in a typical costal area of Southern Italy. This area, located in the Salento peninsula, is subject to recurrent widespread instability phenomena due to the presence of steep rocky cliffs. Along the coast there are numerous beach resorts that are very crowded in the summer season. The environmental hazard deriving from the possible rock falls is unacceptably high for the people safety. Moreover, the land-based mapping of the dangerous natural structures is very difficult and time and resources expending. In this context, we carried out an UAV survey along about 1 km of coast, near the towns of San Foca, Torre dell'Orso and Sant' Andrea ( Lecce, Southern Italy). The UAV platform was equipped with a photogrammetric measurement system that allowed us to obtain a mobile mapping of the fractured fronts of dangerous rocky cliffs. UAV-images data have been processed using dedicated software (Agisoft Photoscan). The total error obtained was of centimeter-order that is a very satisfactory result. The environmental information has been arranged in an ArcGIS platform in order to assess the risk levels. The possibility to repeat the survey at time intervals more or less close together depending on the measured levels of risk and to compare the output allows following the trend of the dangerous phenomena. In conclusion, for inaccessible locations of dangerous rocky bodies the UAV survey coupled with a GIS methodology proved to be a key engineering tool for the management of environmental risks.

  3. Emil Godlewski, Jr. (1875-1944) pioneer of embryology at the Jagiellonian University of Krakow (Poland).

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    Sliwa, Leopold

    2008-01-01

    Emil Godlewski, Jr. (1875-1944) lived and worked in Krakow. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the Jagiellonian University with the title of Doctor of Medical Science. He worked at the Faculty of Medicine, first in the Institute of Descriptive Anatomy and later as Professor of Biology and Embryology in the Department of Biology and Embryology, which he founded and led for many years. After early research on the development and histogenesis of muscles, professor Godlewski's scientific interests focused on regeneration and mechanisms regulating the process of fertilization, as well as early embryo development, blastulation and gastrulation. He was also interested in the origin of the primary differentiating cells in regenerates. He postulated the importance of epithelial tissue in this process and was the first to point out the change in the function, organization and role of the cells under the influence of external stimuli. Investigating fertilization and early development, he focused on the cooperation between the nucleus and the cytoplasm in the regulation of the early stages of development. Godlewski was also the author of the theory of migration of the inherited substances from the nucleus to the cytoplasm and, after their processing, from the cytoplasm to the nucleus. His works were never fragmentary, but always synthetical attempts at explaining important issues relating to the mechanisms of development. In 1936 Professor Godlewski was awarded the title of Member of the Pontifica Accademia delle Scienze. Apart from doing research and teaching, Emil Godlewski devoted a lot of time to social issues, especially those connected to medicine. When Poland regained independence after World War I, he actively participated in the reopening of the Jagiellonian University.

  4. Large-scale automated image analysis for computational profiling of brain tissue surrounding implanted neuroprosthetic devices using Python.

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    Rey-Villamizar, Nicolas; Somasundar, Vinay; Megjhani, Murad; Xu, Yan; Lu, Yanbin; Padmanabhan, Raghav; Trett, Kristen; Shain, William; Roysam, Badri

    2014-01-01

    In this article, we describe the use of Python for large-scale automated server-based bio-image analysis in FARSIGHT, a free and open-source toolkit of image analysis methods for quantitative studies of complex and dynamic tissue microenvironments imaged by modern optical microscopes, including confocal, multi-spectral, multi-photon, and time-lapse systems. The core FARSIGHT modules for image segmentation, feature extraction, tracking, and machine learning are written in C++, leveraging widely used libraries including ITK, VTK, Boost, and Qt. For solving complex image analysis tasks, these modules must be combined into scripts using Python. As a concrete example, we consider the problem of analyzing 3-D multi-spectral images of brain tissue surrounding implanted neuroprosthetic devices, acquired using high-throughput multi-spectral spinning disk step-and-repeat confocal microscopy. The resulting images typically contain 5 fluorescent channels. Each channel consists of 6000 × 10,000 × 500 voxels with 16 bits/voxel, implying image sizes exceeding 250 GB. These images must be mosaicked, pre-processed to overcome imaging artifacts, and segmented to enable cellular-scale feature extraction. The features are used to identify cell types, and perform large-scale analysis for identifying spatial distributions of specific cell types relative to the device. Python was used to build a server-based script (Dell 910 PowerEdge servers with 4 sockets/server with 10 cores each, 2 threads per core and 1TB of RAM running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux linked to a RAID 5 SAN) capable of routinely handling image datasets at this scale and performing all these processing steps in a collaborative multi-user multi-platform environment. Our Python script enables efficient data storage and movement between computers and storage servers, logs all the processing steps, and performs full multi-threaded execution of all codes, including open and closed-source third party libraries. PMID:24808857

  5. Emerico Luna, an anatomist and a fervid intellectual.

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    Gerbino, Aldo

    2004-01-01

    On 11 March 2004, the Section of Human Anatomy of Palermo was dedicated and registered to the anatomist Emerico Luna (Palermo 1882-1963) with a ceremony (moderated by Giovanni Zummo) with the participation of institutional personalities and Italian anatomists. Luna, who was an acute morphologist and a scholar of Riccardo Versari (1865-1943), was the continuator of Francesco Todaro's Anatomical School and occupied the Chair at the University of Palermo that had belonged to Levi since 1919. His wide histo-anatomical culture culminates in the collaboration to the "Trattato di Neurologia", the richly composed treatise by Bertelli (1931). Then his studies and his teaching reached to the Anatomia Clinica Regionale (1951). In charge of Histology and Normal Human Anatomy in 1920-21, he became a full professor and a master till 1952. He had so many students: among them Ignazio Fàzzari (1889-1986) who had the chair in the University of Florence, Alberto Monroy who had the charge of Compared Anatomy in the University of Palermo and Arcangelo Pasqualino from Marineo. Luna was co-founder and leader of the "Italian Society of Anatomy". He developed an intense research above all on the nervous system, the connective tissues, the arteries of the brain, and the experimental embryology, developing the radiological and clinical anatomy. He also dedicated himself to literature writing in 1953, among the scientific and literary works, a booklet titled Alla Fiera Delle Fantasie where he discuss the fantasy in a style that recall the literary evasion of the last period of crepuscolarism.

  6. Family relations and eating disorders. The effectiveness of an integrated approach in the treatment of anorexia and bulimia in teenagers: results of a case-control systemic research.

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    Onnis, L; Barbara, E; Bernardini, M; Caggese, A; Di Giacomo, S; Giambartolomei, A; Leonelli, A; Mule', A M; Nicoletti, P G; Vietri, A

    2012-03-01

    This article presents the results of a broader clinical research into the effectiveness of integrated treatments in teenage eating disorders, carried out at the Complex Operative Unit of Psychotherapy (Unità Operativa Complessa or U.O.C.) of the Department of Psychiatric Sciences and Psychological Medicine in collaboration with the Department of Neuropsychiatric Science for Child Development (Dipartimento di Scienze Neuropsichiatriche dell'Età Evolutiva), both at the "La Sapienza" University of Rome. The hypothesis of this research project is that in diagnosticable situations such as anorexia or bulimia, an integrated and multidisciplinary treatment, which combines medical-nutritional interventions and family psychotherapy, allows better results than a single kind of treatment, which is the usual medical- nutritional intervention supported by psychiatric counselling. Twenty-eight cases (16 of bulimia and 12 of anorexia) were selected and then subdivided, with a randomized distribution, into two (experimental and control) homogeneous groups of 14 patients. The grouping variables were the diagnosis, the disorder's seriousness and duration, BMI, gender, age, family composition and social status. The variables which have been examined in this article are the clinical parameters, which were valuated in accordance with the DSM IV-TR criteria, and relational parameters which were explored through the use of the W.F.T. Test (Wiltwyck Family Tasks). These parameters were tested at beginning as well as at the end of the therapies, in both the experimental group and the control group. Statistical analysis has shown that the experimental group, which was followed with the integrated treatment, experienced a significant improvement of the parameters as related to dysfunctional family interaction modalities, and that this improvement was correlated to the positive evolution of the clinical parameters. This improvement was not present or not of the same degree in the control

  7. Dosimetric calibration of solid state detectors with low energy β sources

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    Fidanzio, Andrea; Pia Toni, Maria; Capote, Roberto; Pena, Juan; Pasciuti, Katia; Bovi, Maurizio; Perrone, Franco; Azario, Luigi; Lazzeri, Mauro; Gaudino, Diego; Piermattei, Angelo

    2008-01-01

    A PTW Optidos plastic scintillation and a PTW natural diamond detectors were calibrated in terms of absorbed dose to water with β fields produced by 90Sr + 90Y and 85Kr reference sources. Each source was characterized at the Italian National Metrological Institute - the Istituto Nazionale di Metrologia delle Radiazioni Ionizzanti of ENEA (ENEA-INMRI) - for two different series, 1 and 2, of ISO reference β-particle radiation fields. Beam flattening filters were used for the series 1 β fields to give uniform absorbed dose rates over a large area at a source-to-reference plane distance of 30 cm. The series 2 β fields were produced at source-to-reference plane distance of 10 cm, without the beam flattening filters, in order to obtain higher absorbed dose rates. The reference absorbed dose rate values were directly determined by the Italian national standard for β-particle dosimetry (a PTW extrapolation ionization chamber) for the series 1 β fields and by a calibrated transfer standard chamber, (a Capintec thin fixed-volume parallel plate ionization chamber) for the series 2 β fields. Finally the two solid state detectors were calibrated in terms of absorbed dose to water with the series 2 β field. The expanded uncertainties of the calibration coefficients obtained for the plastic scintillation dosimeter were 10% and 12% (2SD) for the 90Sr + 90Y and the 85Kr sources, respectively. The expanded uncertainties obtained for the diamond dosimeter were 10% (2SD) and 16% (2SD) for the 90Sr + 90Y and the 85Kr sources, respectively. The good results obtained with the 90Sr + 90Y and the 85Kr β sources encourage to implement this procedure to calibrate this type of detectors at shorter distances and with other β sources of interest in brachytherapy, for example the 106Ru source.

  8. Profit pools: a fresh look at strategy.

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    Gadiesh, O; Gilbert, J L

    1998-01-01

    In charting strategy, many managers focus on revenue growth, assuming that profits will follow. But that approach is dangerous: today's deep revenue pool may become tomorrow's dry hole. To create strategies that result in profitable growth, managers need to look beyond revenues to see the shape of their industry's profit pool. The authors define an industry's profit pool as the total profits earned at all points along the industry's value chain. Although the concept is simple, the structure of a profit pool is usually quite complex. The pool will be deeper in some segments of the value chain than in others, and depths will vary within an individual segment as well. Segment profitability may, for example, vary widely by customer group, product category, geographic market, and distribution channel. Moreover, the pattern of profit concentration in an industry will often be very different from the pattern of revenue concentration. The authors describe how successful companies have gained competitive advantage by developing sophisticated profit-pool strategies. They explain how U-Haul identified new sources of profit in the consumer-truck-rental industry; how Merck reached beyond its traditional value-chain role to protect its profits in the pharmaceuticals industry; how Dell rebounded from a misguided channel decision by refocusing on its traditional source of profit; and how Anheuser-Busch made a series of astute product, pricing, and operating decisions to dominate the beer industry's profit pool. The companies with the best understanding of their industry's profit pool, the authors argue, will be in the best position to thrive over the long term.

  9. Screen-imaging guidance using a modified portable video macroscope for middle cerebral artery occlusion.

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    Zhu, Xingbao; Luo, Junli; Liu, Yun; Chen, Guolong; Liu, Song; Ruan, Qiangjin; Deng, Xunding; Wang, Dianchun; Fan, Quanshui; Pan, Xinghua

    2012-04-25

    The use of operating microscopes is limited by the focal length. Surgeons using these instruments cannot simultaneously view and access the surgical field and must choose one or the other. The longer focal length (more than 1 000 mm) of an operating telescope permits a position away from the operating field, above the surgeon and out of the field of view. This gives the telescope an advantage over an operating microscope. We developed a telescopic system using screen-imaging guidance and a modified portable video macroscope constructed from a Computar MLH-10 × macro lens, a DFK-21AU04 USB CCD Camera and a Dell laptop computer as monitor screen. This system was used to establish a middle cerebral artery occlusion model in rats. Results showed that magnification of the modified portable video macroscope was appropriate (5-20 ×) even though the Computar MLH-10 × macro lens was placed 800 mm away from the operating field rather than at the specified working distance of 152.4 mm with a zoom of 1-40 ×. The screen-imaging telescopic technique was clear, life-like, stereoscopic and matched the actual operation. Screen-imaging guidance led to an accurate, smooth, minimally invasive and comparatively easy surgical procedure. Success rate of the model establishment evaluated by neurological function using the modified neurological score system was 74.07%. There was no significant difference in model establishment time, sensorimotor deficit and infarct volume percentage. Our findings indicate that the telescopic lens is effective in the screen surgical operation mode referred to as "long distance observation and short distance operation" and that screen-imaging guidance using an modified portable video macroscope can be utilized for the establishment of a middle cerebral artery occlusion model and micro-neurosurgery. PMID:25722675

  10. On the taxonomic status of the European Scolelepis (Scolelepis) squamata

    (Polychaeta: Spionidae), with description of a new species from southern Europe

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    Surugiu, Victor

    2016-01-01

    In order to clarify taxonomic problems relating to the identity of Scolelepis (Scolelepis) specimens from the Black Sea, the identified material was compared with specimens of Scolelepis cirratulus (Delle Chiaje, 1829) from the Mediterranean, of S. squamata (Abildgaard, in O.F. Müller, 1806) from the North Sea and the Atlantic coast of Spain, and with the syntypes of S. mesnili (Bellan & Lagardère, 1971) from the Atlantic coast of France. The examination of a large number of specimens (both juveniles and adults) reveals that the currently accepted morphological differences distinguishing all species show size-related patterns, suggesting that they all belong to one species. Therefore, this study supports the view that Scolelepis cirratulus and Scolelepis mesnili are junior synonyms of Scolelepis (Scolelepis) squamata. As a result of the re-assessment of the species limits of Scolelepis (Scolelepis) squamata, a new species, Scolelepis (Scolelepis) neglecta sp. nov., is distinguished and described from the Cantabrian coast of Spain. It inhabits shallow sublittoral fine sands and was earlier misidentified and reported from the Atlantic coast of Europe and the Mediterranean Sea as Scolelepis squamata, Scolelepis mesnili, Scolelepis cantabra (Rioja, 1918), or Dispio uncinata Hartman, 1951. The new species is characterized by having a trilobate prostomium with an acuminate medial portion, a short peristomium with well-developed dorso-lateral wings, short palps with two longitudinal bands of elevated lobes, neuropodial postchaetal lamellae notched from chaetigers 14-41, and strongly curved bidentate neuropodial hooded hooks with a slight constriction on the shaft starting from chaetigers 19-49. The morphology, diagnostic characters and ecology of both Scolelepis (Scolelepis) squamata and Scolelepis (Scolelepis) neglecta sp. nov. are discussed. PMID:27615921

  11. Endoscopic forehead surgery for migraine therapy Personal technique.

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    Caruana, Giorgia; Bertozzi, Nicolò; Boschi, Elena; Pio Grieco, Michele; Grignaffini, Eugenio; Raposio, Edoardo

    2014-01-01

    Da recenti studi volti ad investigare la patogenesi dell’emicrania, è emerso come questa possa essere secondaria ad un meccanismo di ipereccitabilità e infiammazione neuronale conseguente alla compressione di alcuni nervi periferici cranio-facciali, i quali, agendo come “trigger point”, possono essere decompressi mediante terapia chirurgica. Scopo di questo studio è stato da un lato quello di valutare i risultati ottenuti, confrontandoli con quelli della letteratura, dall’altro di proporre un approccio personale, endoscopico, mini-invasivo. In base alla localizzazione della cefalea, la tecnica chirurgica è stata differente. In caso di cefalea frontale, la decompressione dei nervi sopraorbitario e sovraclaveare è stata effettuata mediante una personale procedura endoscopica modificata di miotomie selettive frontali del muscolo corrugatore del sopracciglio, depressore del sopracciglio e del muscolo procero. Per quanto riguarda invece l’emicrania occipitale, la decompressione dei nervi piccolo e grande occipitale è ottenuta attraverso miotomie selettive dei muscoli occipitale, trapezio, semispinale della testa e sternocleidomastoideo. Venti pazienti sono stati inclusi nello studio e sottoposti ad almeno una delle precedenti procedure. In seguito al follow-up a 6 mesi si è osservato che: 9 hanno percepito una sensibile riduzione nella frequenza e/o severità degli attacchi (45%), 8 sono guariti completamente (40%) e 3 non hanno tratto alcun beneficio (15%), per un totale di 85% di pazienti che hanno beneficiato dell’intervento. I dati ottenuti evidenziano l’efficacia dell’approccio chirurgico nella terapia dell’emicrania; inoltre si sottolinea come la tecnica endoscopica permetta di acquisire gli stessi risultati, rispetto alle metodiche tradizionali, con una procedura a minor invasività e a minor rischio di effetti collaterali.

  12. Stratigraphic sequence analysis of the Antler foreland

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    Silberling, N.J.; Nichols, K.M.; Macke, D.L. )

    1993-04-01

    Mid-Upper Devonian to Upper Mississippian strata in western Utah were deposited in the distal Antler foreland. They record lateral and vertical changes in depositional environments that define five successive stratigraphic sequences, each representing a third-order transgressive-regressive cycle. In ascending order, these sequences are informally named the Langenheim (LA) of late Frasnian to mid-Famennian age, the Gutschick (GU) of late Famennian to early Kinderhookian age, the Morris (MO) of late Kinderhookian age; the Sadlick (SA) of Osagean to early Meramecian age, and the Maughan (MA) of mid-Meramecian to Chesterian age. MO is widespread and recognized within carbonate rocks of the Fitchville Formation and Joana Limestone. SA formed in concert with and to the east and south of the Wendover foreland high; the Delle phosphatic event marks maximum marine flooding during SA deposition. The transgressive systems tract of MA includes rhythmic-bedded limestone in the upper part of the Deseret Limestone in west-central Utah and, farther west, the hypoxic limestone and black shale of the Skunk Spring Limestone Bed and part of the overlying Chainman Shale. Traced westward into Nevada, MA first oversteps SA and then MO. Lithostratigraphic correlation of these sequences still farther west into the Eureka thrust belt (ETB) could mean that the youngest strata truncated by the Roberts Mountains thrust belong to the MA and that this thrust is simply part of the post-Mississippian ETB. However, some strata in central Nevada that lithically resemble those of the MA are paleontologically dated as Early Mississippian, the age of sequences overstepped by MA not far to the east. Thus, at least some imbricates of the ETB may contain a sequence stratigraphy which reflects local tectonic control.

  13. Deep change. How operational innovation can transform your company.

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    Hammer, Michael

    2004-04-01

    Breakthrough innovations--not just steady improvements--in operations can destroy competitors and shake up entire industries. Just look at Dell, Toyota, and Wal-Mart. But fewer than 10% of large companies have made serious attempts to achieve operational innovation. Why? One reason, contends the author, is that business culture undervalues operations--they're not as sexy as deals or acquisitions. In addition, many executives who rose through the ranks of finance or sales aren't familiar with operations--and they aren't interested in learning more. Finally, because no one holds the title Vice President of Operational Innovation, it doesn't have a natural home in the organization, so it's easily overlooked. Fortunately, all of these barriers can be overcome. This article offers practical advice on how to develop operational innovations, such as looking for role models outside your industry to emulate and identifying--and then defying--constraining assumptions about how work should be done. The author also discusses the best way to implement operational innovations. For instance, because they are disruptive by nature, projects should be concentrated in those activities with the greatest impact on enterprise strategic goals. Operational innovation may feel unglamorous or unfamiliar to many executives, but it is the only lasting basis for superior performance. Executives who understand how operational innovation happens--and who understand the barriers that prevent it from happening--can add to their strategic arsenal one of the most powerful competitive weapons in existence. In an economy that has overdosed on hype and in which customers rule as never before, operational innovation offers a meaningful and sustainable way to get ahead--and stay ahead--of the pack.

  14. Intraoperative neuromonitoring in thyroidectomy: the learning curve.

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    Del Rio, Paolo; Nisi, Piercosimo; Benedicenti, Sara; Bertocchi, Elisa; Luzietti, Enrico; Sianesi, Mario

    Lo scopo di questo studio è valutare la curva di apprendimento nell’utilizzo del neuro-monitoraggio intra-operatorio in chirurgia tiroidea. Abbiamo analizzato 140 pazienti consecutivamente sottoposti a chirurgia tiroidea. Tutti i pazienti sono stati sottoposti a neuro-monitoraggio intra-operatorio del nervo laringeo ricorrente e del nervo vago. Abbiamo suddiviso i pazienti in 7 gruppi per analizzare gli eventi avversi della nostra curva di apprendimento. Abbiamo monitorizzato consecutivamente 271 nervi: l’incidenza di paralisi transitoria è stata 0,73%. Nei gruppi analizzati non abbiamo riscontrato alcuna differenza del valore del calcio e del tempo medio operatorio. La sensibilità della metodica è risultata pari al 100%, la specificità al 99%, il valore predittivo positivo al 33% e quello negativo al 100%. Nel nostro lavoro abbiamo riscontrato i seguenti vantaggi legati all’utilizzo del neuro-monitoraggio intraoperatorio: evitare danni da eccessiva trazione sulla ghiandola tiroidea, precoce identificazione del nervo laringeo ricorrente e di branche extra-laringee; identificazione e salvaguardia delle ghiandole paratiroidi. Abbiamo concluso che il neuro-monitoraggio intra-operatorio in corso di tiroidectomia aiuta il chirurgo nella precoce localizzazione, identificazione, visualizzazione e dissezione del nervo laringeo ricorrente. È importante sottolineare che per il chirurgo, soprattutto per quello meno esperto, risulta importante la possibilità di verificare precocemente ed in modo sicuro l’assenza o la presenza del nervo laringeo ricorrente. In questo lavoro abbiamo da ultimo confermato la necessità di trattare in modo consecutivo almeno 60 pazienti per avere una reale curva di apprendimento, dato già riportato in letteratura.

  15. [The Vitruvian Man: an anatomical drawing for proportions by Leonardo Da Vinci].

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    Le Floch-Prigent, P

    2008-12-01

    The aim of the study was to find out and to analyse the text by Vitruvius which inspired the famous drawing by Leonardo da Vinci (circa 1490) kept in the Galleria dell'Accademia, in Venezia, Italy: the man inscribed in one circle and in one square. The book "de Architectura" by Vitruvius Marcus Pollio was printed several times since the Renaissance when both the roman architecture of antiquity and this text became very popular. From a French translation by Claude Perrault in 1864, it became easy to find a French translation with the original text in Latin (Paris, 2003, Les Belles Lettres, French text by Pierre Gros). The drawing by Leonardo da Vinci illustrates with great accuracy and fidelity the quotation of Vitruvius (with the exception of two of the 12 main relationships). The genius of Leonardo da Vinci was to keep only one trunk, head and neck for two pairs of limbs: scapular and pelvic; to make the circle tangent to the lower edge of the square; to adjust a few features of the quotation for the equilibrium of the whole figure; and of course to bring his incredible skill as a drawer (one of the best of his century). The drawing was made on a sheet of paper 344x245mm, in black ink which became dark brown with time; several lines complete the figure above and below; a short caption and a horizontal scale appear just under the drawing. The celebrity of the drawing, a symbol of the Renaissance, of the equilibrium of man and mankind, of the universality of the artists and intellectuals of the time (Humanism) made it iconic and it has been constantly reproduced and adapted especially for advertisement and logos, not only in the medical field.

  16. Perceptual uniformity of commonly used color spaces

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    Avanaki, Ali; Espig, Kathryn; Kimpe, Tom; Xthona, Albert; Marchessoux, Cedric; Rostang, Johan; Piepers, Bastian

    2014-03-01

    Use of color images in medical imaging has increased significantly the last few years. Color information is essential for applications such as ophthalmology, dermatology and clinical photography. Use of color at least brings benefits for other applications such as endoscopy, laparoscopy and digital pathology. Remarkably, as of today, there is no agreed standard on how color information needs to be visualized for medical applications. This lack of standardization results in large variability of how color images are visualized and it makes quality assurance a challenge. For this reason FDA and ICC recently organized a joint summit on color in medical imaging (CMI). At this summit, one of the suggestions was that modalities such as digital pathology could benefit from using a perceptually uniform color space (T. Kimpe, "Color Behavior of Medical Displays," CMI presentation, May 2013). Perceptually uniform spaces have already been used for many years in the radiology community where the DICOM GSDF standard provides linearity in luminance but not in color behavior. In this paper we quantify perceptual uniformity, using CIE's ΔE2000 as a color distance metric, of several color spaces that are typically used for medical applications. We applied our method to theoretical color spaces Gamma 1.8, 2.0, & 2.2, standard sRGB, and DICOM (correction LUT for gray applied to all primaries). In addition, we also measured color spaces (i.e., native behavior) of a high-end medical display (Barco Coronis Fusion 6MP DL, MDCC-6130), and a consumer display (Dell 1907FP). Our results indicate that sRGB & the native color space on the Barco Coronis Fusion exhibit the least non-uniformity within their group. However, the remaining degree of perceptual non-uniformity is still significant and there is room for improvement.

  17. Straddle injury with anal sphincter and rectal rupture in a young girl Case report.

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    Pietroletti, Renato; Delreno, Federica; D'Orsi, Amalia; Caoci, Stefano; Carlei, Francesco

    2015-07-29

    Negli incidenti stradali o sportivi è possibile l’eventualità di lesioni traumatiche indicate come “straddle injury”, “trauma a cavalcioni”, per caduta o urto del perineo su un corpo solido a gambe divaricate. Per lo più si tratta di traumi chiusi di lieve-moderata entità, esitanti in ematomi ecchimosi o abrasioni. Il caso descritto riguarda una quattordicenne vittima in un incidente stradale di un trauma chiuso “a cavalcioni”. Alla presentazione lamentava dolore e sanguinamento perineale e all’esame obiettivo una ferita lacero contusa in sede perianale anteriore. La TC non risultava diagnostica. L’esame in anestesia documentava la rottura completa dello sfintere esterno a livello della commissura anale anteriore, in continuità con una rottura a tutto spessore del retto per un’estensione prossimale di circa 15 cm. Dopo lavaggio e sutura delle lesioni, la laparoscopia verificava assenza di lesioni nella pelvi e nella cavità addominale, e consentiva il confezionamento di una colostomia su bacchetta mediante allargamento dell’accesso laparoscopico. Decorso post-operatorio regolare e dimissione in VIII giornata. A sei mesi chiusura della colostomia previa verifica di normalità dei parametri di fisiologia anorettale. Al follow up recente assenti incontinenza o soiling. I traumi chiusi “a cavalcioni” coinvolgono per lo più il settore uro genitale, ma il coinvolgimento anorettale si riscontra in quelli di maggiore gravità e/o con meccanismo penetrante. Il caso descritto aveva comportato un’importante lesione anorettale pur trattandosi di un trauma chiuso perineale, verosimilmente per la dinamica dell’incidente e lo stato di sovrappeso. Essenziale è l’esame in anestesia generale, di valore superiore alla diagnostica per immagini, che è utile per escludere lesioni viscerali o ossee. L’approccio laparoscopico è utile anche per l’eventuale confezionamento di una colostomia di protezione.

  18. Hospital-based register of stroke in the Molise Region: focus on main subtypes of stroke. Years 2009-2013.

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    Iacoviello, Licia; Costanzo, Simona; Persichillo, Mariarosaria; Sparano, Antonio; Bartolo, Michelangelo; Polizzi, Bianca Maria; Donati, Maria Benedetta; de Gaetano, Giovanni

    2016-02-01

    We determined incidence and intra-hospital mortality rate of stroke in Molise, Italy, to provide information for planning regional healthcare facilities and to ameliorate stroke management in this region. This study is part of the "Rete Molisana dell'Ictus Cerebrale (REMOLIC)" study, a population-based Cerebrovascular Registry in Molise, from 2009 to 2013, with a cold pursuit approach. The crude annual incidence rates for total stroke per 100,000 inhabitants, notified by hospital discharge records, were 198 for 2009, 185 for 2010, 169 for 2011, and 176 for both 2012 and 2013. There was a significant decrease in risk in the years 2011-2013 [RR2011 vs. 2009: 0.85 (0.76-0.98), RR2012 vs. 2009: 0.89 (0.79-0.99), RR2013 vs. 2009: 0.89 (0.79-0.99)] as compared with 2009. For the year 2010, after adjustment to the Italian, European, and world populations, the overall incidence rates were 165, 134, and 67 per 100,000/year, respectively. Similar trends were found when men and women were analyzed separately. In the average, 20.8 % of subjects admitted for a cerebrovascular accident died during the hospitalization, among these 93.5 % in the first 28 days. The duration of hospital stay was constant in the years (2009-2012), except during 2013, where there was a significant decrease in the average (p < 0.001). Our study shows incidence rates decreasing from 2009 to 2013, while mortality rates were stable during the same years. This study underlines the need to plan better stroke management in Italy, in order to obtain outcomes more similar to those of the best performing countries.

  19. Strategies for surviving a shakeout.

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    Day, G S

    1997-01-01

    Shakeouts are a fact of life in almost every industry-witness the shrinking number of players in areas as diverse as banking, software, and hospital supply distribution. The key to survival is sensing your industry's shakeout before the competition does. And the first hurdle for managers to overcome is the belief that it can't happen to them. It can and it probably will. George Day describes two shakeout syndromes that affect different types of industries. A boom-and-bust shakeout afflicts hot emerging markets or highly cyclical businesses. A glut of competitors enter the market during boom times, but many of them fail when growth slows or a dominant design emerges. A seismic-shift shakeout strikes mature industries that have enjoyed years of protected prosperity as a result of, for example, local regulations or import barriers. But deregulation, globalization, or technological change can pull the rug out from under them. Day outlines how companies can detect the early warning signs of a shakeout. He explains how adaptive survivors, such as Dell Computer, successfully adjust their businesses in the midst of a bust, and how aggressive amalgamators, such as Arrow Electronics, cut costs and acquire smaller rivals in order to remain standing after a seismic shift. But the fact remains that most companies will get squeezed out during a consolidation. Although it is enormously difficult for executives to come to terms with the grim news, the sooner they do so, the better. And, as Day points out, all is not necessarily lost: with the right timing, also-rans can make a profitable exit from an industry. PMID:10165451

  20. The prognostic value of sentinel lymph node micrometastases in patients with invasive breast carcinoma.

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    Cipolla, Calogero; Graceffa, Giuseppa; La Mendola, Roberta; Fricano, Salvatore; Fricano, Martina; Vieni, Salvatore

    2015-01-01

    Il significato prognostico delle micrometastasi nel linfonodo sentinella nelle pazienti affette da carcinoma della mammella è ancora ampiamente dibattuto. Anche se, in assenza di univoche linee guida, nella pratica clinica la linfadenectomia ascellare in queste pazienti non viene più eseguita di routine. Abbiamo condotto uno studio retrospettivo su 746 patienti affette da carcinoma invasivo della mammella con linfonodi ascellari negativi, sottoposte a chirurgia conservativa o a mastectomia totale con biopsia del linfonodo sentinella. Le pazienti in cui è stata diagnostica la presenza di micrometastasi del linfonodo sentinella sono state considerate in due diversi gruppi. In un primo gruppo, trattato con linfadenectomia ascellare totale è stata valutata l’incidenza di metastasi a carico dei rimanenti linfonodi ascellari. Un secondo gruppo non ha ricevuto alcun trattamento aggiuntivo dell’ascella e le pazienti sono state seguite con controlli periodici clinico strumentali. In entrambi i gruppi è stata valutata l’incidenza di eventuali recidive ascellari. All’esame istologico estemporaneo ed al successivo esame istologico definitivo del linfonodo sentinella, in 51 pazienti (6,83%) sono state evidenziate micrometastasi, in 8 pazienti (1,07%) erano presenti cellule tumorali isolate. Quindici di queste pazienti sono state sottoposte a linfadenectomia ascellare totale. Solo in 2 casi (13,33%) sono state ritrovate metastasi a carico dei rimanenti linfonodi ascellari. Quarantaquattro pazienti non hanno ricevuto alcun trattamento aggiuntivo dell’ascella. In queste pazienti nessuna recidiva ascellare è stata registrata durante un follow-up medio di 65,3±9,65 mesi (range 42-78 mesi). Sulla base dei risultati ottenuti in questo studio ed in linea con alcuni recenti trials randomizzati si ci sentiamo di concludere che la linfadenectomia ascellare può essere evitata nei casi con micrometastasi nel linfonodo sentinella. Una sua eventuale indicazione può essere