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  1. Electron swarm parameters of the hydrofluoroolefine HFO1234ze

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    Chachereau, A.; Rabie, M.; Franck, C. M.

    2016-08-01

    In this contribution, the electron swarm parameters of the hydrofluoroolefine HFO1234ze (systematic name trans-1,3,3,3-tetrafluoro-1-propene) are experimentally investigated. The analysis of the electron avalanche current measured in a pulsed Townsend experiment yields the effective ionization rate coefficient, the electron drift velocity and the longitudinal electron diffusion coefficient. The subsequent ion current is analyzed as well, to obtain separately the ionization and attachment rate coefficients. Measurements in pure HFO1234ze at different pressures show that the effective ionization rate is strongly influenced by three-body attachment and the three-body attachment rate coefficient is derived.

  2. Reengineering University Information Services: Yuan Ze University's Experience.

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    Liang, Chaucer Chaoyun; Cheng, Frank; Wang, Eunice Hsaio-Hui

    1998-01-01

    Describes an ongoing reengineering project at Yuan Ze University (Taiwan) that has brought about significant change by providing integrated information services to the campus community. Discusses the change process, obstacles encountered, and strategies used to overcome them. Obstacles to the change process were not predominantly technological,…

  3. The Russian Particle-Connective "Ze": Its Use and Origin

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    Van Valin, Robert D., Jr.

    1977-01-01

    In modern Russian, the particle-connective "Ze" has two general and distinct functions: (1) intensification-emphasis and (2) conjunction-opposition. As these functions are actually performed by two different particles, this article accounts for their development and etymology. (CHK)

  4. CT dual-energy decomposition into x-ray signatures ρe and Ze

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    Martz, Harry E.; Seetho, Issac M.; Champley, Kyle E.; Smith, Jerel A.; Azevedo, Stephen G.

    2016-05-01

    In a recent journal article [IEEE Trans. Nuc. Sci., 63(1), 341-350, 2016], we introduced a novel method that decomposes dual-energy X-ray CT (DECT) data into electron density (ρe) and a new effective-atomic-number called Ze in pursuit of system-independent characterization of materials. The Ze of a material, unlike the traditional Zeff, is defined relative to the actual X-ray absorption properties of the constituent atoms in the material, which are based on published X-ray cross sections. Our DECT method, called SIRZ (System-Independent ρe, Ze), uses a set of well-known reference materials and an understanding of the system spectral response to produce accurate and precise estimates of the X-ray-relevant basis variables (ρe, Ze) regardless of scanner or spectra in diagnostic energy ranges (30 to 200 keV). Potentially, SIRZ can account for and correct spectral changes in a scanner over time and, because the system spectral response is included in the technique, additional beam-hardening correction is not needed. Results show accuracy (<3%) and precision (<2%) values that are much better than prior methods on a wide range of spectra. In this paper, we will describe how to convert DECT system output into (ρe, Ze) features and we present our latest SIRZ results compared with ground truth for a set of materials.

  5. [Jean Chièze (1898-1975), medical engraver and illustrator].

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    Bouday, Etienne

    2010-01-01

    As an imaginative and sensitive woodcutter Jean Chièze illustrated more than 130 books and realised many draws, paintings and lithographs and about 2000 engravings. He took part in some editions about Rabelais, Hippocrates, Galen and Ambroise Paré.

  6. Biotransformation of trans-1,1,1,3-tetrafluoropropene (HFO-1234ze)

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    Schuster, Paul; Bertermann, Ruediger; Rusch, George M.; Dekant, Wolfgang

    2009-09-15

    trans-1,1,1,3-Tetrafluoropropene (HFO-1234ze) is a non-ozone-depleting fluorocarbon replacement with a low global warming potential and is developed as foam blowing agent. The biotransformation of HFO-1234ze was investigated after inhalation exposure. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to air containing 2000; 10,000; or 50,000 ppm (n = 5/concentration) HFO-1234ze. Male B6C3F1 mice were only exposed to 50,000 ppm HFO-1234ze. All inhalation exposures were conducted for 6 h in a dynamic exposure chamber. After the end of the exposures, animals were individually housed in metabolic cages and urines were collected at 6 or 12 h intervals for 48 h. For metabolite identification, urine samples were analyzed by {sup 1}H-coupled and {sup 1}H-decoupled {sup 19}F-NMR and by LC/MS-MS or GC/MS. Metabolites were identified by {sup 19}F-NMR chemical shifts, signal multiplicity, {sup 1}H-{sup 19}F coupling constants and by comparison with synthetic reference compounds. In urine samples of rats exposed to 50,000 ppm HFO-1234ze, the predominant metabolite was S-(3,3,3-trifluoro-trans-propenyl)-mercaptolactic acid and accounted for 66% of all integrated {sup 19}F-NMR signals in urines. No {sup 19}F-NMR signals were found in spectra of rat urine samples collected after inhalation exposure to 2000 or 10,000 ppm HFO-1234ze likely due to insufficient sensitivity. S-(3,3,3-Trifluoro-trans-propenyl)-L-cysteine, N-acetyl-S-(3,3,3-trifluoro-trans-propenyl)-L-cysteine and 3,3,3-trifluoropropionic acid were also present as metabolites in urine samples of rats and mice. A presumed amino acid conjugate of 3,3,3-trifluoropropionic acid was the major metabolite of HFO-1234ze in urine samples of mice exposed to 50,000 ppm and related to 18% of total integrated {sup 19}F-NMR signals. Quantification of three metabolites in urines of rats and mice was performed, using LC/MS-MS and GC/MS. The quantified amounts of the metabolites excreted with urine in both mice and rats, suggest only a low extent

  7. Racism, the Left and Twenty-First-Century Socialism: Some Observations on the Gur-Ze'ev/McLaren Interchange

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    Cole, Mike

    2013-01-01

    The Gur-Ze'ev/McLaren interchange covered a wide range of issues that are important for twenty-first century socialists. In this article, the author concentrates on two of them: first, Gur-Ze'ev's charge that critical pedagogy is part of the "new anti-Semitism"; second, his critique of McLaren's support for Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian model of…

  8. Reversible Z-E isomerism and pharmaceutical implications for SU5416.

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    Sistla, Anand; Shenoy, Narmada

    2005-12-01

    SU5416 (Z-isomer), the first in its class of angiogenesis inhibitors, in solution converts to the E-isomer following light exposure and reverts to the Z-isomer in the dark. Kinetics of this Z-E isomerism in pharmaceutical media is reported. Analytical solutions need light protection at 5 degrees C to maintain integrity. While E-isomer in light-exposed product increased to 0.9% in 24 hours, light-protected product showed no change (25 degrees C, 18 months). Infusate studies indicated that < 1.9% E-isomer will be dosed to patients and would likely convert to the Z-isomer, following administration. This report implies Z-E isomerism in SU5416 is controllable with no limitations towards ensuring pharmaceutical product quality.

  9. Astrophysical ZeV acceleration in the relativistic jet from an accreting supermassive blackhole

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    Ebisuzaki, Toshikazu; Tajima, Toshiki

    2014-04-01

    An accreting supermassive blackhole, the central engine of active galactic nucleus (AGN), is capable of exciting extreme amplitude Alfven waves whose wavelength (wave packet) size is characterized by its clumpiness. The pondermotive force and wakefield are driven by these Alfven waves propagating in the AGN (blazar) jet, and accelerate protons/nuclei to extreme energies beyond Zetta-electron volt (ZeV=1021 eV). Such acceleration is prompt, localized, and does not suffer from the multiple scattering/bending enveloped in the Fermi acceleration that causes excessive synchrotron radiation loss beyond 1019 eV. The production rate of ZeV cosmic rays is found to be consistent with the observed gamma-ray luminosity function of blazars and their time variabilities.

  10. Potentiostatic control of ionic liquid surface film formation on ZE41 magnesium alloy.

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    Efthimiadis, Jim; Neil, Wayne C; Bunter, Andrew; Howlett, Patrick C; Hinton, Bruce R W; MacFarlane, Douglas R; Forsyth, Maria

    2010-05-01

    The generation of potentially corrosion-resistant films on light metal alloys of magnesium have been investigated. Magnesium alloy, ZE41 [Mg-Zn-Rare Earth (RE)-Zr, nominal composition approximately 4 wt % Zn, approximately 1.7 wt % RE (Ce), approximately 0.6 wt % Zr, remaining balance, Mg], was exposed under potentiostatic control to the ionic liquid trihexyl(tetradecyl)phosphonium diphenylphosphate, denoted [P(6,6,6,14)][DPP]. During exposure to this IL, a bias potential, shifted from open circuit, was applied to the ZE41 surface. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and chronoamperometry (CA) were used to monitor the evolution of film formation on the metal surface during exposure. The EIS data indicate that, of the four bias potentials examined, applying a potential of -200 mV versus OCP during the exposure period resulted in surface films of greatest resistance. Both EIS measurements and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) imaging indicate that these surfaces are substantially different to those formed without potential bias. Time of flight-secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) elemental mapping of the films was utilized to ascertain the distribution of the ionic liquid cationic and anionic species relative to the microstructural surface features of ZE41 and indicated a more uniform distribution compared with the surface following exposure in the absence of a bias potential. Immersion of the treated ZE41 specimens in a chloride contaminated salt solution clearly indicated that the ionic liquid generated surface films offered significant protection against pitting corrosion, although the intermetallics were still insufficiently protected by the IL and hence favored intergranular corrosion processes.

  11. Understanding solvation in the low global warming hydrofluoroolefin HFO-1234ze propellant.

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    Yang, Lin; da Rocha, Sandro R P

    2014-09-11

    Hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs), with zero ozone-depleting effect and very low global warming potential, are considered to be the next-generation high-pressure working fluids. They have industrial relevance in areas including refrigeration and medical aerosols. One major challenge expected in the replacement of existing working fluids with HFOs is the solubility and solvation of additives in such hydrophobic and oleophobic low dielectric semifluorinated solvents. The study of the solvation of chemistries that represent those additives by HFOs is, therefore, of great relevance. In this work, we systematically investigate how the polarity and structure of fragments (the tail, t) that represent those additives affect their binding energy (Eb) with HFO-1234ze (1,1,1,3-tetrafluoropropene) (the solvent, s; Eb(st)). We also compare and contrast those results with those for the working fluids that are most widely used in the industry, the hydrofluoroalkanes (HFAs) HFA-134a and HFA-227. Three main chemistries were investigated: alkanes, ethers, and esters. It was found that HFO-1234ze interacts quite favorably with ethers and esters, as indicated by their Eb(st), while Eb(st) with alkanes was much lower. While ether and ester groups showed little difference in Eb(st), the much lower self-interaction energy between ether tail-tail fragments (Eb(tt)) is expected to result in improved solubility/solvation of those groups in HFO-1234ze when compared with the more polar ester groups. The ratio Eb(st)/Eb(tt) is defined as the enhancement factor (Eenh) and is expected to be a better predictor of solubility/solvation of the tail fragments. The branching of the tail groups upon the addition of pendant CH3 groups did not significantly affect the solvation by the propellant. At low branching density (one CH3 pendant group), it did not affect tail-tail self-interaction either. However, at high enough branching (two CH3 groups), steric hindrance caused a significant decrease in Eb(tt) and

  12. Microstructural Aspects in FSW and TIG Welding of Cast ZE41A Magnesium Alloy

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    Carlone, Pierpaolo; Astarita, Antonello; Rubino, Felice; Pasquino, Nicola

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, magnesium ZE41A alloy plates were butt joined through friction stir welding (FSW) and Tungsten Inert Gas welding processes. Process-induced microstructures were investigated by optical and SEM observations, EDX microanalysis and microhardness measurements. The effect of a post-welded T5 heat treatment on FSW joints was also assessed. Sound joints were produced by means of both techniques. Different elemental distributions and grain sizes were found, whereas microhardness profiles reflect microstructural changes. Post-welding heat treatment did not induce significant alterations in elemental distribution. The FSW-treated joint showed a more homogeneous hardness profile than the as-welded FSW joint.

  13. Understanding solvation in the low global warming hydrofluoroolefin HFO-1234ze propellant.

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    Yang, Lin; da Rocha, Sandro R P

    2014-09-11

    Hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs), with zero ozone-depleting effect and very low global warming potential, are considered to be the next-generation high-pressure working fluids. They have industrial relevance in areas including refrigeration and medical aerosols. One major challenge expected in the replacement of existing working fluids with HFOs is the solubility and solvation of additives in such hydrophobic and oleophobic low dielectric semifluorinated solvents. The study of the solvation of chemistries that represent those additives by HFOs is, therefore, of great relevance. In this work, we systematically investigate how the polarity and structure of fragments (the tail, t) that represent those additives affect their binding energy (Eb) with HFO-1234ze (1,1,1,3-tetrafluoropropene) (the solvent, s; Eb(st)). We also compare and contrast those results with those for the working fluids that are most widely used in the industry, the hydrofluoroalkanes (HFAs) HFA-134a and HFA-227. Three main chemistries were investigated: alkanes, ethers, and esters. It was found that HFO-1234ze interacts quite favorably with ethers and esters, as indicated by their Eb(st), while Eb(st) with alkanes was much lower. While ether and ester groups showed little difference in Eb(st), the much lower self-interaction energy between ether tail-tail fragments (Eb(tt)) is expected to result in improved solubility/solvation of those groups in HFO-1234ze when compared with the more polar ester groups. The ratio Eb(st)/Eb(tt) is defined as the enhancement factor (Eenh) and is expected to be a better predictor of solubility/solvation of the tail fragments. The branching of the tail groups upon the addition of pendant CH3 groups did not significantly affect the solvation by the propellant. At low branching density (one CH3 pendant group), it did not affect tail-tail self-interaction either. However, at high enough branching (two CH3 groups), steric hindrance caused a significant decrease in Eb(tt) and

  14. Design of the Fusion Z-Pinch Experiment - FuZE

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    Shumlak, U.; McLean, H. S.; Nelson, B. A.; Golingo, R. P.; Schmidt, A.; Claveau, E. L.

    2015-11-01

    Based on the successful results of the sheared flow stabilized (SFS) Z-pinch from ZaP and ZaP-HD, a new experiment FuZE is designed to scale the plasma performance to fusion conditions. The SFS Z-pinch is immune to the instabilities that plague the conventional Z-pinch yet maintains the same favorable radial scaling. The plasma density and temperature increase rapidly with decreasing plasma radius, which naturally leads to a compact configuration at fusion conditions. The SFS Z-pinch is being investigated as a novel approach to a compact fusion device in a new collaborative ARPA-E ALPHA project with the University of Washington and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The project includes an experimental effort coupled with high-fidelity physics modeling using kinetic and fluid simulations. Along with scaling law analysis, computational and experimental results that have informed the design and development of the FuZE apparatus are presented. This work is supported by an award from US ARPA-E.

  15. The Italian cross-sectional survey of the management of bone metastasis: ZeTa study

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    Santini, Daniele; Bertoldo, Francesco; Dell'Aquila, Emanuela; Cecchini, Isabella; Fregosi, Stefania; Bortolussi, Paolo

    2012-01-01

    Background Several studies have emphasized the importance of the maintenance of bone health in a comprehensive cancer care. However, no survey about approach to bone metastasis care is currently available. The ZeTa study provides a picture of the Italian oncologists' therapeutics habits in this area, in a real clinical-practice scenario. Design This study was based on online questionnaire-based interviews to Italian oncologists that included 145 questions. The aim was to collect information on the treatment of bone metastasis, the current use of bisphosphonates, the awareness of guidelines and the concerns about ONJ, the use of vitamin D supplementation. Results 445 oncologists were contacted, 283 agreed to participate. The results show that the current management of bone metastasis is still sub-optimal, as the recommendations from current clinical guidelines are not completely followed by all specialists. Conclusions This survey highlights the urgent need to improve management of bone metastasis in cancer patients. PMID:26909253

  16. Ze Cabra-Macho does it safely: building an AIDS awareness campaign among Brazil's construction workers.

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    Hughes, H

    1988-09-01

    Rio de Janeiro's 350,000 construction workers are considered to be at high risk of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection because of their isolation and poverty. Most of these men are immigrants from agricultural areas and are separated from their wives for months at a time. Both encounters with prostitutes or homosexual relationships with other workers in the on-site dormitories are widespread practices. The Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (ABIA) is presently working with 20 construction companies in Rio to plan AIDS educational programs and materials. Employer and employee representatives meet weekly with ABIA to consider various strategies for reaching the largely illiterate labor force. A logo of the campaign is a small, clay figure of a construction worker called Ze Cabra-Macho (brave heroic man). Audiovisuals about occupational safety are already in use on construction sites, so this medium is being selected for an educational presentation on how AIDS is and is not transmitted. Since the construction workers live together, and some are already infected with HIV, it is important to dispel panic and discrimination. an effective theme of the campaign has been that construction workers must protect themselves during sex with a condom just as they do on the work-site with safety helmets. This illustrates the importance of socially and culturally appropriate AIDS prevention messages, which are most likely achieved through the direct participation of members of the target audience.

  17. Joining of Cast ZE41A Mg to Wrought 6061 Al by the Cold Spray Process and Friction Stir Welding

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    Champagne, Victor Kenneth; West, Michael K.; Reza Rokni, M.; Curtis, Todd; Champagne, Victor; McNally, Baillie

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents a novel method for joining cast ZE41A-T5 Mg to wrought 6061-T6 Al, without forming deleterious, coarse intermetallic compounds, which is not currently possible with conventional technologies. The novel aspect of the process includes the development of a joint design using cold spray (CS) as the enabling technology, to produce a transitional layer onto which a conventional welding technique can be employed to join the two dissimilar materials. The emphasis in this study will be on the CS transitional layer (T-layer) which enables the joining of cast ZE41A-T5 magnesium (Mg) and wrought 6061-T6 aluminum (Al) by friction-stir welding and the subsequent materials characterization to show the structural integrity of the entire joint. In order to join Mg and Al plates by this method, a transitional layer of CS Al is first deposited along the edge of cast ZE41A Mg plate. The CS Al T-layer enables the Mg to be friction stir welded to a plate of wrought 6061 Al, thereby completing the Mg plate to Al plate joint. Friction stir welding was chosen in this study to join the CS Al T-layer to the wrought Al plate; however, other conventional welding techniques could also be employed for joining Mg to Al in this manner. The CS Al T-layer is compatible to the wrought 6061 Al plate and serves as an insulating layer that prevents heat generated during the friction stir welding process from extending into the magnesium, thus preventing the formation of intermetallics. In this study, two sets of samples were produced joining cast ZE41A-T5 magnesium (Mg) and wrought 6061-T6 aluminum: one set using CS 6061 Al as the transition material between the ZE41A Mg plate and 6061 Al plate and the other set using CS 5056 Al as the transition material. Microstructural analysis by scanning and transmission electron microscopy and optical microscopy, along with mechanical test results including triple lug shear, tension, and micro hardness will be presented. Comparisons will be

  18. Experimental Performance of R-1234yf and R-1234ze as Drop-in Replacements for R-134a in Domestic Refrigerators

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    Karber, Kyle M; Abdelaziz, Omar; Vineyard, Edward Allan

    2012-01-01

    Concerns about anthropogenic climate change have generated an interest in low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants and have spawned policies and regulations that encourage the transition to low GWP refrigerants. Recent research has largely focused on hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs), including R-1234yf (GWP = 4) as a replacement for R-134a (GWP = 1430) in automotive air-conditioning applications. While R-1234yf and R-1234ze (GWP = 6) have been investigated theoretically as a replacements for R-134a in domestic refrigeration, there is a lack of experimental evidence. This paper gives experimental performance data for R-1234yf and R-1234ze as drop-in replacements for R134a in two household refrigerators one baseline and one advanced technology. An experiment was conducted to evaluate and compare the performance of R-134a to R-1234yf and R-1234ze, using AHAM standard HRF-1 to evaluate energy consumption. These refrigerants were tested as drop-in replacements, with no performance enhancing modifications to the refrigerators. In Refrigerator 1 and 2, R-1234yf had 2.7% and 1.3% higher energy consumption than R-134a, respectively. This indicates that R-1234yf is a suitable drop-in replacement for R-134a in domestic refrigeration applications. In Refrigerator 1 and 2, R-1234ze had 16% and 5.4% lower energy consumption than R-134a, respectively. In order to replace R-134a with R-1234ze in domestic refrigerators the lower capacity would need to be addressed, thus R-1234ze might not be suitable for drop-in replacement.

  19. Unintended consequences of Ze Ren Zhi reforms in China: interplay of agricultural reform and population control policy.

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    Yen, W; Carter, L F

    1993-01-01

    The aim of the discussion of unintended consequences of Ze Ren Zhi policy reforms in China is to show how isolating problems and developing solutions in isolation can lead to serious consequences. The Ze Ren Zhi reforms in 1978 were intended to increase agricultural productivity by changing from the collective system to an individual responsibility system, but the unintended and undesirable consequences were a growth in family size and discouragement of some environmentally sound land use practices. The prior system gave an equal share of collective income for an equal number of days worked. Under the new reform, "Baochan Daohu," each household had responsibility for a contracted quantity of grain production. Within 2-4 years, economic conditions improved considerably. A discussion is provided of the transition from rights and duties of the collectives to the new responsibility system and the experimentation with different systems. Specific attention is directed to land reforms, mutual aid teams, cooperatives, communes, variations of Ze Ren Zhi, contracting output to individual laborers, contracting jobs to households, and contracting output quotas to households. During the reforms, beginning in the 1950s and lasting until 1978, other changes were taking place. Death rates were declining and birth rates were increasing, such that in 1971 a campaign was established to promote the Late, Sparse, and Few policy for marrying and giving birth later, increasing birth intervals, and having fewer children. This voluntary program eventually took on a more universally mandatory nature. The 1950 Marriage Law stipulated 20 years as the legal age for marriage (18 years for females), and family planning (FP) workers during the 1970s were encouraging even later marriage, and by 1980 a system of rewards and penalties was established to reinforce small family size. After 1978 and a period of birth declines, the crude birth rate increased to 3.06 in 1983. The new responsibility

  20. Use of 2D-video disdrometer to derive mean density-size and Ze-SR relations: Four snow cases from the light precipitation validation experiment

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    Huang, Gwo-Jong; Bringi, V. N.; Moisseev, Dmitri; Petersen, W. A.; Bliven, L.; Hudak, David

    2015-02-01

    The application of the 2D-video disdrometer to measure fall speed and snow size distribution and to derive liquid equivalent snow rate, mean density-size and reflectivity-snow rate power law is described. Inversion of the methodology proposed by Böhm provides the pathway to use measured fall speed, area ratio and '3D' size measurement to estimate the mass of each particle. Four snow cases from the Light Precipitation Validation Experiment are analyzed with supporting data from other instruments such as the Precipitation Occurrence Sensor System (POSS), Snow Video Imager (SVI), a network of seven snow gauges and three scanning C-band radars. The radar-based snow accumulations using the 2DVD-derived Ze-SR relation are in good agreement with a network of seven snow gauges and outperform the accumulations derived from a climatological Ze-SR relation used by the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI). The normalized bias between radar-derived and gauge accumulation is reduced from 96% when using the fixed FMI relation to 28% when using the Ze-SR relations based on 2DVD data. The normalized standard error is also reduced significantly from 66% to 31%. For two of the days with widely different coefficients of the Ze-SR power law, the reflectivity structure showed significant differences in spatial variability. Liquid water path estimates from radiometric data also showed significant differences between the two cases. Examination of SVI particle images at the measurement site corroborated these differences in terms of unrimed versus rimed snow particles. The findings reported herein support the application of Böhm's methodology for deriving the mean density-size and Ze-SR power laws using data from 2D-video disdrometer.

  1. Use of 2d-video Disdrometer to Derive Mean Density-size and Ze-SR Relations: Four Snow Cases from the Light Precipitation Validation Experiment

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    Huang, Gwo-Jong; Bringi, V. N.; Moisseev, Dmitri; Petersen, Walter A.; Bliven, Francis L.; Hudak, David

    2014-01-01

    The application of the 2D-video disdrometer to measure fall speed and snow size distribution and to derive liquid equivalent snow rate, mean density-size and reflectivity-snow rate power law is described. Inversion of the methodology proposed by Böhm provides the pathway to use measured fall speed, area ratio and '3D' size measurement to estimate the mass of each particle. Four snow cases from the Light Precipitation Validation Experiment are analyzed with supporting data from other instruments such as Precipitation Occurrence Sensor System (POSS), Snow Video Imager (SVI), a network of seven snow gauges and three scanning C9 band radars. The radar-based snow accumulations using the 2DVD-derived Ze-SR relation are in good agreement with a network of seven snow gauges and outperform the accumulations derived from a climatological Ze-SR relation used by the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI). The normalized bias between radar-derived and gauge accumulation is reduced from 96% when using the fixed FMI relation to 28% when using the Ze-SR relations based on 2DVD data. The normalized standard error is also reduced significantly from 66% to 31%. For two of the days with widely different coefficients of the Ze-SR power law, the reflectivity structure showed significant differences in spatial variability. Liquid water path estimates from radiometric data also showed significant differences between the two cases. Examination of SVI particle images at the measurement site corroborated these differences in terms of unrimed versus rimed snow particles. The findings reported herein support the application of Böhm's methodology for deriving the mean density-size and Ze-SR power laws using data from 2D-video disdrometer.

  2. Advanced characterization study of commercial conversion and electrocoating structures on magnesium alloys AZ31B and ZE10A

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    Brady, Michael P.; Leonard, Donovan N.; Meyer, III, Harry M.; Song, Guang -Ling; Kitchen, Kris; Davis, Bruce; Thompson, J. K.; Unocic, K. A.; Elsentriecy, H. H.

    2016-03-31

    The local metal-coating interface microstructure and chemistry formed on commercial magnesium alloys Mg–3Al–1Zn (AZ31B) and Mg–1Zn–0.25Zr–<0.5Nd (ZE10A, ZEK100 type) were analyzed as-chemical conversion coated with a commercial hexafluoro-titanate/zirconate type + organic polymer based treatment (Bonderite® 5200) and a commercial hexafluoro-zirconate type + trivalent chromium Cr3 + type treatment (Surtec® 650), and after the same conversion coatings followed by electrocoating with an epoxy based coating, Cathoguard® 525. Characterization techniques included scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and cross-section scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). Corrosion behavior was assessed in room temperature saturated aqueous Mg(OH)2 solution with 1 wt.% NaCl. Themore » goal of the effort was to assess the degree to which substrate alloy additions become enriched in the conversion coating, and how the conversion coating was impacted by subsequent electrocoating. Key findings included the enrichment of Al from AZ31B and Zr from ZE10A, respectively, into the conversion coating, with moderate corrosion resistance benefits for AZ31B when Al was incorporated. Varying degrees of increased porosity and modification of the initial conversion coating chemistry at the metal-coating interface were observed after electrocoating. These changes were postulated to result in degraded electrocoating protectiveness. As a result, these observations highlight the challenges of coating Mg, and the need to tailor electrocoating in light of potential degradation of the initial as-conversion coated Mg alloy surface.« less

  3. Equation of State for the Thermodynamic Properties of trans-1,3,3,3-Tetrafluoropropene [R-1234ze(E)

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    Thol, Monika; Lemmon, Eric W.

    2016-03-01

    An equation of state for the calculation of the thermodynamic properties of the hydrofluoroolefin refrigerant R-1234ze(E) is presented. The equation of state (EOS) is expressed in terms of the Helmholtz energy as a function of temperature and density. The formulation can be used for the calculation of all thermodynamic properties through the use of derivatives of the Helmholtz energy. Comparisons to experimental data are given to establish the uncertainty of the EOS. The equation of state is valid from the triple point (169 K) to 420 K, with pressures to 100 MPa. The uncertainty in density in the liquid and vapor phases is 0.1 % from 200 K to 420 K at all pressures. The uncertainty increases outside of this temperature region and in the critical region. In the gaseous phase, speeds of sound can be calculated with an uncertainty of 0.05 %. In the liquid phase, the uncertainty in speed of sound increases to 0.1 %. The estimated uncertainty for liquid heat capacities is 5 %. The uncertainty in vapor pressure is 0.1 %.

  4. Fixed herbal drug combination with and without butterbur (Ze 185) for the treatment of patients with somatoform disorders: randomized, placebo-controlled pharmaco-clinical trial.

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    Melzer, Jörg; Schrader, Ewald; Brattström, Axel; Schellenberg, Rüdiger; Saller, Reinhard

    2009-09-01

    Herbal drugs are often used in patients with somatoform disorders yet, the available evidence is limited. The aim of the present short-term study was to evaluate in a pharmaco-clinical trial the additional benefit of butterbur in a fixed herbal drug combination (Ze 185 = 4-combination versus 3-combination without butterbur and placebo) in patients with somatoform disorders.For a 2-week treatment in patients with somatization disorder (F45.0) and undifferentiated somatoform disorder (F45.1), 182 patients were randomized for a 3-arm trial (butterbur root, valerian root, passionflower herb, lemon balm leaf versus valerian root, passionflower herb, lemon balm leaf versus placebo). Anxiety (visual analogue scale - VAS) and depression (Beck's Depression Inventory - BDI) served as primary parameters, Clinical Global Impression (CGI) was a secondary parameter.The 4-combination was significantly superior to the 3-combination and placebo (4-combination > 3-combination > placebo) in all the primary and secondary parameters (PP-population). Analysis of the ITT population confirmed these results. As to safety, no serious adverse events occurred. In total 9 non-serious adverse events were documented but the distribution did not differ significantly between the treatment groups.This herbal preparation (Ze185) showed to be an efficacious and safe short-term treatment in patients with somatoform disorders. PMID:19274698

  5. Fixed herbal drug combination with and without butterbur (Ze 185) for the treatment of patients with somatoform disorders: randomized, placebo-controlled pharmaco-clinical trial.

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    Melzer, Jörg; Schrader, Ewald; Brattström, Axel; Schellenberg, Rüdiger; Saller, Reinhard

    2009-09-01

    Herbal drugs are often used in patients with somatoform disorders yet, the available evidence is limited. The aim of the present short-term study was to evaluate in a pharmaco-clinical trial the additional benefit of butterbur in a fixed herbal drug combination (Ze 185 = 4-combination versus 3-combination without butterbur and placebo) in patients with somatoform disorders.For a 2-week treatment in patients with somatization disorder (F45.0) and undifferentiated somatoform disorder (F45.1), 182 patients were randomized for a 3-arm trial (butterbur root, valerian root, passionflower herb, lemon balm leaf versus valerian root, passionflower herb, lemon balm leaf versus placebo). Anxiety (visual analogue scale - VAS) and depression (Beck's Depression Inventory - BDI) served as primary parameters, Clinical Global Impression (CGI) was a secondary parameter.The 4-combination was significantly superior to the 3-combination and placebo (4-combination > 3-combination > placebo) in all the primary and secondary parameters (PP-population). Analysis of the ITT population confirmed these results. As to safety, no serious adverse events occurred. In total 9 non-serious adverse events were documented but the distribution did not differ significantly between the treatment groups.This herbal preparation (Ze185) showed to be an efficacious and safe short-term treatment in patients with somatoform disorders.

  6. Behavioral and electrophysiological activity of (Z,E)-7,9,11-dodecatrienyl formate, a mimic of the major sex pheromone component of carob moth,Ectomyelois ceratoniae.

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    Todd, J L; Millar, J G; Vetter, R S; Baker, T C

    1992-12-01

    The behavioral and electrophysiological activity of a mimic [(Z,E)7,9,11-dodecatrienyl formate] of the major sex pheromone component [(Z,E) 9,11,13-tetradecatrienal] of carob moth was assessed. Wind-tunnel bioassays demonstrated that the formate was as effective as natural gland extracts, and significantly more effective than the trienal alone or than the trienal blended with two minor pheromone components, in evoking source contact. Dispensers containing the formate were as effective as trienal-containing blend lures in attracting males when placed at the same dosage in traps in date gardens. Single-cell recordings showed that at least two olfactory neurons, differentiated by spike amplitude, are located in the long trichoid hairs on male carob moth antennae. Dose-response relationships indicated that puffs from cartridges loaded with at least 0.1 μg of the formate or of the trienal were necessary to elicit spiking by either the small or the large-spiking cell within a sensillum. Cross-adaptation studies demonstrated that both compounds stimulated the same large-spiking cell. The frequencies of spikes evoked from the large cell when stimulated by emissions from 0.1-μg, 1-μg, or 10-μg cartridges of either the formate or the trienal were not significantly different, suggesting that the formate is an effective mimic of the trienal at the antennal receptor cell level.

  7. [Comrade Mao Ze-dong's contribution to Marxist theory on population--in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the birth of the Chinese Communist Party].

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    Wen, T Z

    1981-07-01

    Is it good or bad to have a large population in China? Comrade Mao Ze-dong said "it is good and it is also bad." Our population is an asset, and we should use this asset and wisdom in our nation's "Four Modernizations" program. On the other hand we should control the population growth and reduce the resulting burden. Marxism recognizes 2 types of production, material production and human production. Both are interrelated, mutually dependent, and beneficial. Comrade Mao criticized concepts and practices that disregard the interrelationship of these 2 types of production. According to Comrade Mao both types of production should be included in the national economic plan, and the proportions of material production and human production should be the basic proportions of our socialistic economic development. Comrade Mao mentioned that population growth should be planned to fit and benefit social development. He suggested establishment of a series of family planning offices or committees to study and implement the family planning program, to develop a longterm plan, to consider the people's wishes in family planning, to meet the people's requirements and desires, to educate people about family planning, and to recommend government funds for the program. PMID:12264239

  8. [Comrade Mao Ze-dong's contribution to Marxist theory on population--in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the birth of the Chinese Communist Party].

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    Wen, T Z

    1981-07-01

    Is it good or bad to have a large population in China? Comrade Mao Ze-dong said "it is good and it is also bad." Our population is an asset, and we should use this asset and wisdom in our nation's "Four Modernizations" program. On the other hand we should control the population growth and reduce the resulting burden. Marxism recognizes 2 types of production, material production and human production. Both are interrelated, mutually dependent, and beneficial. Comrade Mao criticized concepts and practices that disregard the interrelationship of these 2 types of production. According to Comrade Mao both types of production should be included in the national economic plan, and the proportions of material production and human production should be the basic proportions of our socialistic economic development. Comrade Mao mentioned that population growth should be planned to fit and benefit social development. He suggested establishment of a series of family planning offices or committees to study and implement the family planning program, to develop a longterm plan, to consider the people's wishes in family planning, to meet the people's requirements and desires, to educate people about family planning, and to recommend government funds for the program.

  9. Electrical resistivity and Seismic Refraction Tomography to Detect Heavy Metals Pathways in the Tailings of the Abandoned Mine of Zeïda, Morocco

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    Dekayir, A.; Lachhab, A.; Rouai, M.; Benyassine, E. M.; Boujamaoui, M.; Parisot, J. C.

    2015-12-01

    The abandoned mine Zeïda (Pb) located at the center of the High Moulouya watershed is believed to have produced a total of 640,000 tons of concentrated Pb within 14 years of activities (1972-1985). Today, the mine has been abandoned with one of the largest tailings pits in Morocco without supervision and concern of environmental impacts. Several studies have shown the existence of high levels of heavy metals (Pb, Zn, Cu, Cr, Co, Cd and Ni) in samples (water and soil) taken from and around the tailings (Laghlimi et al, 2014, Benyassine et al, 2013, Iavarzzo, 2012, Makhoukh et al, 2011, Baghdad et al, 2008, Bouabdli et al, 2005). In this study, several electrical and seismic tomography profiles were taken to explore the thickness of the tailings and the potential pathways of contaminants to the aquifer. Because heavy metals were found in the surrounding areas of the tailings, there are concerns about their seepage into the groundwater aquifer. A total of 6 electric resistivity profiles together with another 16 seismic refraction profiles were completed over the 3 major mining waste piles to study this contamination. Analysis of both electric and seismic tomography profiles showed: 1) the thickness of tailings range from few cm to above 20m depending on where the survey was performed, 2) the contamination pathways of heavy metal pollutants occur predominantly right above the thickest areas of sandstone formation, and 3) water ponds at the surface of the tailing piles forms directly above the thickest part of the sandstone layer

  10. Pattern Drill. ZE-Diskussion. (Pattern Drill. ZE [Zielsprache Englisch

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    Zielsprache Englisch, 1976

    1976-01-01

    This "Zielsprache Englisch" Discussion consists of 8 articles on pattern drill. They will be found under the authors' names: Freudenstein, R.; Gutschow, H.; Hill, L. A.; Mugglestone, P.; Piepho, H-E; Raasch, A.; Schmitz, A.; Schrand, H. (Text is in German.) (IFS/WGA)

  11. Assessment of heavy metals and arsenic contamination in the sediments of the Moulouya River and the Hassan II Dam downstream of the abandoned mine Zeïda (High Moulouya, Morocco)

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    El Azhari, Abdellah; Rhoujjati, Ali; EL Hachimi, Moulay Laârabi

    2016-07-01

    To evaluate the sediment contamination level near the abandoned (PbZn) mine Zeïda, heavy metal concentrations were determined in sediment samples from the Moulouya River, the Ansegmir tributary and the Hassan II Dam located downstream of the abandoned mine. These samples were analysed for their geochemical properties: mineralogy by XRD, carbonate content, pH, particle size and the total concentrations of Pb, Zn, As and Cu elements by ICP-AES. The assessment of the sediment pollution extent was performed by using the multiple pollution indices: contamination factor (CF), pollution load index (PLI) and the geoaccumulation index (Igeo). The Highest CF values (>6) of Pb that have been observed downstream of the tailings promote a high Pb contamination in that specific area. The PLIs results showed that all stations, except for those upstream of the tailings and on the Hassan II Dam, have been found moderately to highly contaminated. The Igeo results confirmed the Pb high contamination but also the extreme As contamination. The potential ecological risk factor results and the comparison with the sediment quality guidelines revealed that the Pb and As levels are potentially toxic to the sediment-dwelling organisms. Based on the multivariate statistical analysis results and the spatial distribution of the sediment contamination level, the pollution of Pb and As have different sources. Pb contamination is located exclusively near and downstream of the tailings. These latter's may be considered as an important point source of Pb into the Moulouya River. The As contamination is derived from a larger scale input sources which can be related to anthropogenic and/or lithogenic effects.

  12. Properties of Waste from Coal Gasification in Entrained Flow Reactors in the Aspect of Their Use in Mining Technology / Właściwości odpadów ze zgazowania węgla w reaktorach dyspersyjnych w aspekcie ich wykorzystania w technologiach górniczych

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    Pomykała, Radosław

    2013-06-01

    Most of the coal gasification plants based of one of the three main types of reactors: fixed bed, fluidized bed or entrained flow. In recent years, the last ones, which works as "slagging" reactors (due to the form of generated waste), are very popular among commercial installations. The article discusses the characteristics of the waste from coal gasification in entrained flow reactors, obtained from three foreign installations. The studies was conducted in terms of the possibilities of use these wastes in mining technologies, characteristic for Polish underground coal mines. The results were compared with the requirements of Polish Standards for the materials used in hydraulic backfill as well as suspension technology: solidification backfill and mixtures for gob caulking. Większość przemysłowych instalacji zgazowania węgla pracuje w oparciu o jeden z trzech głównych typów reaktorów: ze złożem stałym, dyspersyjny lub fluidalny. W zależności od rodzaju reaktora oraz szczegółowych rozwiązań instalacji, powstające uboczne produkty zgazowania mogą mieć różną postać. Zależy ona w dużej mierze od stosunku temperatury pracy reaktora do temperatury topnienia części mineralnych zawartych w paliwie, czyli do temperatury mięknienia i topnienia popiołu. W ostatnich latach bardzo dużą popularność wśród instalacji komercyjnych zdobywają reaktory dyspersyjne "żużlujące". W takich instalacjach żużel jest wychwytywany i studzony po wypłynięciu z reaktora. W niektórych przypadkach oprócz żużla powstaje jeszcze popiół lotny, wychwytywany w systemach odprowadzania spalin. Może być on pozyskiwany oddzielnie lub też zawracany do komory reaktora, gdzie ulega stopieniu. Wszystkie z analizowanych odpadów - trzy żużle oraz popiół pochodzą właśnie z tego typu instalacji. Tylko z jednej z nich pozyskano zarówno żużel jak i popiół, z pozostałych dwóch jedynie żużel. Odpady te powstały, jako uboczny produkt zgazowania w

  13. Kommunikation ja, aber auf welcher Basis? ZE-Diskussion. Pattern Drill (Communication, Yes, but on What Basis? ZE Discussion. Pattern Drill)

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    Schmitz, Albert

    1976-01-01

    Argues for pattern drill as an indispensable link in the learning process: presentation, explanation, practice, performance. Opponents of pattern practice are suspected of confusing goal (communication) with means (drill phase). (Text is in German.) (IFS/WGA)

  14. Enantiodifferentiating Z-E photoisomerization of cyclooctene sensitized by DNA and RNA.

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    Sugahara, N; Kawano, M; Wada, T; Inoue, Y

    2000-01-01

    DNA and RNA have been shown for the first time to function as chiral photosensitizers in aqueous solution, to effect the enantiodifferentiating photoisomerization of (Z)-cyclooctene (1Z), giving the chiral (E)-isomer in enantiomeric excesses (ee's) of up to 15%. In order to elucidate the effect of nucleotide sequence, enantiodifferentiating photoisomerization of 1Z was also performed using oligo and homopolynucleotides as chiral sensitizer. The -18.8% ee was observed by using d(T)15.d(A)15 as sensitizer, whereas sensitization by the poly(U).poly(A) duplex gave only racemic (E)-cyclooctene. From these results, oligothymidine sequence is essential for efficient enantioselective photoisomerization of 1Z.

  15. Transgressive Local Act: Tackling Domestic Violence with Forum and Popular Theatre in "Sisterhood Bound as Yuan Ze Flowers"

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    Wang, Wan-Jung

    2010-01-01

    This paper examines a community theatre project in Kaohsiung County, Taiwan that aimed to tackle domestic violence through a collaboration between local community female elders and the facilitator. The paper investigates how an outside facilitator could unfix the assumed community identities which tend to exclude outsiders or sub-groups, in this…

  16. A simple HPLC method for the comprehensive analysis of cis/trans (Z/E) geometrical isomers of carotenoids for nutritional studies

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    Geometrical isomers of carotenoids behave differently in aspects like stability towards oxidants, bioavailability, vitamin A activity and specificity for enzymes. The availability of HPLC methods for their detailed profiling is therefore advisable to expand our knowledge on their metabolism and biol...

  17. Regioselective Synthesis of a Stereodefined Heterocyclic Push-Pull Alkene (Super 1)H NMR Studies and Two-Dimensional TLC Illustrating Z/E Isomerization

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    Markovic, Rade; Baranac, Marija; Jovanovic, Vesna; Dzambaski, Zdravko

    2004-01-01

    The experiment describes the regioselective synthesis of a stereodefined push-pull alkene from inexpensive chemicals. Important concepts in organic chemistry, such as resonance theory and role of solvent polarity on formation of intra- and intermolecular hydrogen bonds, which affect the configuration of the double bond in predictable way are…

  18. Entropy-controlled supramolecular photochirogenesis: enantiodifferentiating Z-E photoisomerization of cyclooctene included and sensitized by permethylated 6-O-benzoyl-beta-cyclodextrin.

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    Fukuhara, Gaku; Mori, Tadashi; Wada, Takehiko; Inoue, Yoshihisa

    2005-09-01

    In contrast to the photosensitization with a non-methylated analogue, supramolecular photochirogenesis with a novel permethylated mono(6-O-benzoyl)-beta-cyclodextrin exhibited a critical dependence of the product's enantiomeric excess upon temperature, and possessed a large differential entropy of activation (-11 J K(-1) mol(-1)) for which the flexible host skeleton is likely to be responsible.

  19. Entropy-controlled supramolecular photochirogenesis: enantiodifferentiating Z-E photoisomerization of cyclooctene included and sensitized by permethylated 6-O-modified beta-cyclodextrins.

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    Fukuhara, Gaku; Mori, Tadashi; Wada, Takehiko; Inoue, Yoshihisa

    2006-10-13

    Permethylated 6-O-modified beta-cyclodextrins 2a-2d were synthesized as novel photosensitizing hosts with a flexible skeleton. Circular dichroism (CD) and 2D NMR spectral examinations of benzoate 2a revealed that the benzoate moiety is deeply included into its own cavity in aqueous solution. Upon addition of (Z)-cyclooctene (1Z) to a 50% aqueous methanol solution of 2a at 25 degrees C, the benzoate moiety of 2a was gradually excluded from the cavity as indicated by the CD spectral changes; the Job's plot revealed the formation of a 1:1 complex of 2a with 1Z. The binding constants for the complexation of 1Z by 2a were determined by CD spectral titration in 50% aqueous methanol at various temperatures. The van't Hoff analysis of the obtained data afforded the thermodynamic parameters (DeltaH degrees = -3.1 kJ mol(-1), DeltaS degrees = 48.5 J mol(-1) K(-1)), demonstrating the entropy-driven complexation by the permethylated cyclodextrin. This is in sharp contrast to the complexation of 1Z by nonmethylated beta-cyclodextrin benzoate that is driven by enthalpy (DeltaH degrees = -31.8 kJ mol(-1) and DeltaS degrees = -51.1 J mol(-1) K(-1)). Upon supramolecular photosensitization with 2a-2d, 1Z isomerized to the (E)-isomer (1E) in moderate enantiomeric excesses (ee's), which however displayed significant temperature dependence with accompanying switching of the product's chirality in an extreme case. Such dynamic behavior of ee is very different from that reported for the photosensitization with nonmethylated cyclodextrin benzoate, where the product's ee is controlled by host occupancy. Eyring treatment of the ee obtained at various temperatures (<0 degrees C) gave the differential activation parameters for the enantiodifferentiation process occurring in the supramolecular exciplex, revealing the crucial role of entropy, as indicated by the DeltaDeltaS(++) value changing dynamically from +4 to -24 J K(-1) mol(-1). The origin of the contrasting behavior of permethylated versus nonmethylated cyclodextrin hosts is inferred to be the conformational flexibility of the former host, which enables the entropy-driven guest complexation in the ground state and the entropy-controlled enantiodifferentiation in the excited state.

  20. 76 FR 72405 - Notice of Receipt of Requests to Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations

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    2011-11-23

    ...-(Thiocyanomethylthio) benzothiazole Methylene bis (thiocyanate). 065092-00001 ZE LIN Chen Chalk Tralomethrin. 074965...-Fast Insecticide Chalk Tralomethrin. 080697-00009 Chlorpyrifos Technical Chlorpyrifos....

  1. Immunocytochemical localization of polygalacturonase during tracheary element differentiation in Zinnia elegans.

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    Nakashima, Jin; Endo, Satoshi; Fukuda, Hiroo

    2004-03-01

    Polygalacturonase (PG) is a cell wall-associated protein that degrades pectin. A ZePG1 cDNA encoding a putative PG was isolated from Zinnia elegens L. and a rabbit antibody specific to the ZePG1 protein was generated. The level of the ZePG1 protein was up-regulated when tracheary element differentiation was initiated. Using gold-labeled secondary antibodies for light and electron microscopy, ZePG1 protein was localized in cultured Zinnia cells. This protein was preferentially distributed on tracheary elements (TEs). At the subcellular level, the protein was localized on secondary wall thickenings, primary walls, Golgi bodies and vesicles. Thus, the putative role of the ZePG1 protein might be the degradation of pectic substances before lignification. Some non-TE cells also accumulated ZePG1 protein on primary walls, Golgi bodies and vesicles. The accumulation of ZePG1 protein on primary walls seems to be at the elongating tips of non-TE cells. In plants, ZePG1 protein was localized on the secondary wall thickenings of differentiating TEs and phloem regions. These results suggest that the expression of the ZePG1 protein is highly regulated both spatially and temporally during in vitro and in situ TE differentiation.

  2. 78 FR 70516 - Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Illinois

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    2013-11-26

    ... by updating the definition of ``Volatile organic material (VOM) or Volatile organic compound (VOC)'' to add trans- 1,3,3,3-tetra-flouropropene (HFO-1234ze) to the list of compounds excluded from the definition of VOM or VOC. This revision is based on EPA's 2012 rulemaking which added HFO-1234ze to the...

  3. Martin Buber's Myth of Zion: National Education or Counter-Education?

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    Breslauer, S. Daniel

    2016-01-01

    If national education is, as Ilan Gur-Ze'ev thinks, inevitably a matter of agents for and victims of a national system, only a "counter-education" can correct it. Martin Buber shared many of Gur-Ze'ev's concerns, but advocated a more positive view of national education. This essay examines Buber's development of his pedagogical theory in…

  4. Analysis of usefulness of airborne laser scanning for preparation of 3D buildings model consistent with inspire specification. (Polish Title: Analiza przydatności lotniczego skaningu laserowego do opracowania modelu budynków 3D zgodnego ze specyfikacją INSPIRE)

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    Cisło-Lesicka, U.; Borowiec, N.; Marmol, U.; Pyka, K.

    2014-12-01

    The inspiration to undertake the subject was the announcement of preparations for project Poland 3D+. First the presentation of background analysis of modelling methods was sketched. Then the principles of buildings modelling, imposed by INSPIRE specification, were recalled. Next the conditions of conversion of 2D spatial database to 3D ones, on the basis of experience acquired thanks to the research project performed in AGH in the years 2009 - 2012, was discussed. The research indicated airborne scanning as the best data source but at the same time indicated that highly detailed models considered for large areas may turn out to be poorly efficient for the GIS technology. Then t he systematization of modelling methods of airborne scanning, with emphasis on advantages and disadvantages of the approach model driven and date driven, was presented. The thesis is concluded with a suggestion of modelling strategy in the context of condition of geo - reference databases in Poland, prospects of their development and demand for spatial data from the social and economic point of view. A gradual solution was suggested, in which, firstly, attempts are made to apply the model driven method and in case of failure, the data driven method is applied, which enables modelling the buildings of complex shapes but doe s not guarantee full automation. Such a procedure, in the opinion of the authors, would be optimal at implementation of project Poland 3D+.

  5. Characterization of a novel potyvirus isolated from maize in Israel.

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    Seifers, D L; Salomon, R; Marie-Jeanne, V; Alliot, B; Signoret, P; Haber, S; Loboda, A; Ens, W; She, Y M; Standing, K G

    2000-05-01

    A potyvirus (proposed name of Zea mosaic virus [ZeMV]) isolated from maize in Israel was analyzed by serology, sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) of capsid proteins, symptomatology, and sequencing. Parts of the nuclear inclusion b, coat protein, and 3' regions were sequenced; the amino acid sequence of ZeMV capsid was determined by time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TOFMS). The results of these analyses were compared with those of similar analyses of the following potyviruses: Maize dwarf mosaic virus (MDMV), Sugarcane mosaic virus strain MDB (SCMV-MDB), Johnsongrass mosaic virus(JGMV), Sorghum mosaic virus (SrMV), and an isolate of MDMV from Israel. Indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay using ZeMV antiserum detected only ZeMV, and reciprocal tests using MDMV, JGMV, or SrMV antisera failed to detect ZeMV. ZeMV cross-reacted weakly when SCMV-MDB antiserum was used. The mass of ZeMV capsid was determined to be 36,810 Da by SDS-PAGE and 34,216 Da by TOFMS. The ZeMV systemically infected johnsongrass (Sorghum halepense), but did not infect oat (Avena sativa), pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum), barley (Hordeum vulgare), or rye (Secale cereale). Necrosis was caused in 19 sorghum lines by SrMV, in 15 by ZeMV, in 14 by MDMV, and in 5 by JGMV and SCMV-MDB. The nucleic acid and amino acid sequences of ZeMV clearly showed that it is not a strain of JGMV, MDMV, SCMV, or SrMV.

  6. Antimicrobial Activity of Glass lonomer Cement Incorporated with Chlorhexidine-Loaded Zeolite Nanoparticles.

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    Kim, Hyun-Jin; Son, Jun Sik; Kim, Kyo-Han; Kwon, Tae-Yub

    2016-02-01

    A functional dental restorative system with antimicrobial properties was developed using zeolite (ZE) nanoparticles (NPs) as a drug delivery carrier. ZE NPs loaded with chlorhexidine (CHX) were prepared using the ionic immobilization method. The resulting CHX-loaded ZE NPs were then incorporated into commercial dental glass ionomer cement (GIC). The average size of the CHX-loaded ZE NPs was about 100 to 200 nm, and the NPs were dispersed homogeneously in the GIC. The in vitro release profile of encapsulated GIC containing CHX showed an early release burst of approximately 30% of the total CHX by day 7, whereas GIC containing CHX-loaded ZE NPs showed a sustained release of CHX without the early release burst in a 4-week immersion study. The agar diffusion test results showed that the GIC incorporated with CHX-loaded ZE NPs showed a larger growth inhibition zone of Streptococcus mutans than GIC alone, indicating that this innovative delivery platform potently imparted antimicrobial activity to the GIC. Moreover, these findings suggest that a range of antimicrobial drugs that inhibit the growth of oral bacteria can be incorporated efficiently into dental GIC using CHX-loaded ZE NPs.

  7. Antimicrobial Activity of Glass lonomer Cement Incorporated with Chlorhexidine-Loaded Zeolite Nanoparticles.

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    Kim, Hyun-Jin; Son, Jun Sik; Kim, Kyo-Han; Kwon, Tae-Yub

    2016-02-01

    A functional dental restorative system with antimicrobial properties was developed using zeolite (ZE) nanoparticles (NPs) as a drug delivery carrier. ZE NPs loaded with chlorhexidine (CHX) were prepared using the ionic immobilization method. The resulting CHX-loaded ZE NPs were then incorporated into commercial dental glass ionomer cement (GIC). The average size of the CHX-loaded ZE NPs was about 100 to 200 nm, and the NPs were dispersed homogeneously in the GIC. The in vitro release profile of encapsulated GIC containing CHX showed an early release burst of approximately 30% of the total CHX by day 7, whereas GIC containing CHX-loaded ZE NPs showed a sustained release of CHX without the early release burst in a 4-week immersion study. The agar diffusion test results showed that the GIC incorporated with CHX-loaded ZE NPs showed a larger growth inhibition zone of Streptococcus mutans than GIC alone, indicating that this innovative delivery platform potently imparted antimicrobial activity to the GIC. Moreover, these findings suggest that a range of antimicrobial drugs that inhibit the growth of oral bacteria can be incorporated efficiently into dental GIC using CHX-loaded ZE NPs. PMID:27433603

  8. USING ZERO-VALENT METAL NANOPARTICLES TO REMEDIATE ORGANIC CONTAMINANTS

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    The transport of organic contaminants down the soil profile constitutes a serious threat to the quality of ground water. Zero-valent metals are considered innocuous abiotic agents capable of mediating decontamination processes in terrestrial systems. In this investigation, ze...

  9. Getting ready for the next millenium

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    Molloy, L.T.

    1997-07-01

    Traditional pollution control firms need to get ready for the next generation of environmental management - industrial ecology with the tools of pollution prevention, waste minimization, and new designs. One tool offering substantial business opportunities is zero emissions (ZE), particularly the conversion processes needed to change wastes from one industry into viable material inputs for other industries. This article discusses ZE, its future, and the steps needed to use it.

  10. Evaluation of Cloud Microphysics Simulated using a Meso-Scale Model Coupled with a Spectral Bin Microphysical Scheme through Comparison with Observation Data by Ship-Borne Doppler and Space-Borne W-Band Radars

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    Iguchi, T.; Nakajima, T.; Khain, A. P.; Saito, K.; Takemura, T.; Okamoto, H.; Nishizawa, T.; Tao, W.-K.

    2012-01-01

    Equivalent radar reflectivity factors (Ze) measured by W-band radars are directly compared with the corresponding values calculated from a three-dimensional non-hydrostatic meso-scale model coupled with a spectral-bin-microphysical (SBM) scheme for cloud. Three case studies are the objects of this research: one targets a part of ship-borne observation using 95 GHz Doppler radar over the Pacific Ocean near Japan in May 2001; other two are aimed at two short segments of space-borne observation by the cloud profiling radar on CloudSat in November 2006. The numerical weather prediction (NWP) simulations reproduce general features of vertical structures of Ze and Doppler velocity. A main problem in the reproducibility is an overestimation of Ze in ice cloud layers. A frequency analysis shows a strong correlation between ice water contents (IWC) and Ze in the simulation; this characteristic is similar to those shown in prior on-site studies. From comparing with the empirical correlations by the prior studies, the simulated Ze is overestimated than the corresponding values in the studies at the same IWC. Whereas the comparison of Doppler velocities suggests that large-size snowflakes are necessary for producing large velocities under the freezing level and hence rules out the possibility that an overestimation of snow size causes the overestimation of Ze. Based on the results of several sensitivity tests, we conclude that the source of the overestimation is a bias in the microphysical calculation of Ze or an overestimation of IWC. To identify the source of the problems needs further validation research with other follow-up observations.

  11. Infrared emission features: probing the interstellar PAH population and circumstellar environment of Herbig Ae/Be stars

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    Boersma, Christiaan

    2009-12-01

    AKs zijn alom vertegenwoordigd en bieden een uitstekend middel om de veelheid aan objecten verspreid over het heelal te bestuderen. Met name in gebieden waar zich sterren en planeten vormen, helpen ze bij het ontwarren van de grootschalige structuur. PAKs staat voor polycyclische aromatische koolwaterstoffen en ze vormen een familie van grote kippengaasvormige moleculen opgebouwd uit koolstof en waterstof. Op aarde worden ze onderander aangetroffen in de verbrandingsproducten van fossiele brandstoffen. PAKs vormen het overgangsgebied van stofdeeltjes ter grote van een micron naar moleculair "gas". PAKs zijn uniek op twee manieren. Allereerst, PAKs fluoresceren na de absorptie van een enkel ultraviolet foton, waardoor ze te zien zijn in zeer koude gebieden, ver weg van de aanstralende bron. In de tweede plaats, gegeven de complexiteit van deze moleculen, kunnen ze een belangrijke rol hebben gespeeld in het ontstaan van leven. Met behulp van topklasse ruimte- en grond gestationeerde observatoria, zoals bijvoorbeeld Spitzer en de 10-meter klasse telescopen in Chili, is de PAK-emissie afkomstig van middelzware, zich vormende, sterren onderzocht. Door gebruik van zowel beeldvorming als spectroscopie, zijn morfologische en evolutionaire aspecten van de PAK-emissie vastgesteld. De NASA Ames PAK IR Spectroscopische Database is een verzameling van meer dan 600 berekend en ongeveer 200 experimenteel bepaalde spectra. Deze unieke database gaat eind 2009 publiek. Gebruikmakend van deze database is een systematische zoektocht gedaan naar kandidaten die verantwoordelijk kunnen worden gehouden voor de emissie in twee, tot op heden, niet goed bestudeerde regio's van het PAKs-spectra.

  12. Graphical method for deriving an effective interaction with a new vertex function

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    Suzuki, K.; Okamoto, R.; Kumagai, H.; Fujii, S.

    2011-02-15

    Introducing a new vertex function, Z(E), of an energy variable E, we derive a new equation for the effective interaction. The equation is obtained by replacing the Q box in the Krenciglowa-Kuo (KK) method with Z(E). This new approach can be viewed as an extension of the KK method. We show that this equation can be solved both in iterative and noniterative ways. We observe that the iteration procedure with Z(E) brings about fast convergence compared to the usual KK method. It is shown that, as in the KK approach, the procedure of calculating the effective interaction can be reduced to determining the true eigenvalues of the original Hamiltonian H and they can be obtained as the positions of intersections of graphs generated from Z(E). We find that this graphical method yields always precise results and reproduces any of the true eigenvalues of H. The calculation in the present approach can be made regardless of overlaps with the model space and energy differences between unperturbed energies and the eigenvalues of H. We find also that Z(E) is a well-behaved function of E and has no singularity. These characteristics of the present approach ensure stability in actual calculations and would be helpful to resolve some difficulties due to the presence of poles in the Q box. Performing test calculations, we verify numerically theoretical predictions made in the present approach.

  13. Hydrogen-oxygen driven Zero Emissions bus drives around KSC Visitor Complex

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    1999-01-01

    The Zero Emissions (ZE) transit bus passes a mock-up orbiter named Explorer on a trek through the KSC Visitor Complex. Provided by dbb fuel cell engines inc. of Vancouver, Canada, the ZE bus was brought to KSC as part of the Center's Alternative Fuel Initiatives Program. The bus uses a Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cell in which hydrogen and oxygen, from atmospheric air, react to produce electricity that powers an electric motor drive system. The by-product 'exhaust' from the fuel cell is water vapor, thus zero harmful emissions. A typical diesel-powered bus emits more than a ton of harmful pollutants from its exhaust every year. The ZE bus is being used on tour routes at the KSC Visitor Complex for two days to introduce the public to the concept.

  14. Hydrogen-oxygen driven Zero Emissions bus drives around KSC Visitor Complex

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    1999-01-01

    The Zero Emissions (ZE) transit bus tours the KSC Visitor Complex for a test ride. In the background are a mock-up orbiter named Explorer (left) and a stack of solid rocket boosters and external tank (right), typically used on Shuttle launches. Provided by dbb fuel cell engines inc. of Vancouver, Canada, the ZE bus was brought to KSC as part of the Center's Alternative Fuel Initiatives Program. The bus uses a Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cell in which hydrogen and oxygen, from atmospheric air, react to produce electricity that powers an electric motor drive system. The by-product 'exhaust' from the fuel cell is water vapor, thus zero harmful emissions. A typical diesel-powered bus emits more than a ton of harmful pollutants from its exhaust every year. The ZE bus is being used on tour routes at the KSC Visitor Complex for two days to introduce the public to the concept.

  15. Theoretical and experimental separation dynamics in capillary zone electrophoresis

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    Thormann, Wolfgang; Michaud, Jon-Pierre; Mosher, Richard A.

    1986-01-01

    The mathematical model of Bier et al. (1983) is used in a computer aided analysis of the conditions in capillary zone electrophoresis (ZE) under which sample zones migrate noninteractively with the carrier electrolyte. The monitoring of sample zones with a capillary analyzer that features both on-line conductivity and UV detection at the end of the separation trough is discussed. Data from a ZE analysis of a 5-component mixture are presented, and it is noted that all five components can be monitored via their conductivity change if enough sample is present. It is suggested from the results that the concentration ratio of background buffer to sample should be a minimum of 100:1 to effectively apply the plate concept to ZE.

  16. Hydrogen-oxygen driven Zero Emissions bus draws attention at KSC

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    1999-01-01

    KSC employees, along with Center Director Roy Bridges (second from left), view the hydrogen-oxygen driven engine powering a Zero Emissions (ZE) transit bus. Provided by dbb fuel cell engines inc. of Vancouver, Canada, the ZE bus was brought to KSC as part of the Center's Alternative Fuel Initiatives Program. The bus uses a Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cell in which hydrogen and oxygen, from atmospheric air, react to produce electricity that powers an electric motor drive system. The by-product 'exhaust' from the fuel cell is water vapor, thus zero harmful emissions. A typical diesel-powered bus emits more than a ton of harmful pollutants from its exhaust every year. Available for viewing by employees, the ZE bus is also being used on tour routes at the KSC Visitor Complex Oct. 26-27.

  17. Hydrogen-oxygen driven Zero Emissions bus draws attention at KSC

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1999-01-01

    In front of the Headquarters Building at KSC, Center Director Roy Bridges (left) looks at the hydrogen-oxygen driven engine powering a Zero Emissions (ZE) transit bus. Provided by dbb fuel cell engines inc. of Vancouver, Canada, the ZE bus was brought to KSC as part of the Center's Alternative Fuel Initiatives Program. The bus uses a Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cell in which hydrogen and oxygen, from atmospheric air, react to produce electricity that powers an electric motor drive system. The by- product 'exhaust' from the fuel cell is water vapor, thus zero harmful emissions. A typical diesel-powered bus emits more than a ton of harmful pollutants from its exhaust every year. Available for viewing by employees, the ZE bus is also being used on tour routes at the KSC Visitor Complex Oct. 26-27.

  18. Hydrogen-oxygen driven Zero Emissions bus draws attention at KSC

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    1999-01-01

    KSC workers, with Center Director Roy Bridges (at right next to bus), head for the open door of the Zero Emissions (ZE) transit bus and a ride around the center. Provided by dbb fuel cell engines inc. of Vancouver, Canada, the ZE bus was brought to KSC as part of the Center's Alternative Fuel Initiatives Program. The bus uses a Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cell in which hydrogen and oxygen, from atmospheric air, react to produce electricity that powers an electric motor drive system. The by-product 'exhaust' from the fuel cell is water vapor, thus zero harmful emissions. A typical diesel-powered bus emits more than a ton of harmful pollutants from its exhaust every year. Available to employees for viewing and a ride, the ZE bus is also being used on tour routes at the KSC Visitor Complex Oct. 26-27.

  19. Hydrogen-oxygen driven Zero Emissions bus draws attention at KSC

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1999-01-01

    On view in front of the Headquarters Building, the Zero Emissions (ZE) transit bus attracts an interested group of employees, including Center Director Roy Bridges (second from left in foreground). Provided by dbb fuel cell engines inc. of Vancouver, Canada, the ZE bus was brought to KSC as part of the Center's Alternative Fuel Initiatives Program. The bus uses a Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cell in which hydrogen and oxygen, from atmospheric air, react to produce electricity that powers an electric motor drive system. The by-product 'exhaust' from the fuel cell is water vapor, thus zero harmful emissions. A typical diesel-powered bus emits more than a ton of harmful pollutants from its exhaust every year. Available for viewing by employees, the ZE bus is also being used on tour routes at the KSC Visitor Complex Oct. 26-27.

  20. Looking for Arabidopsis thaliana peroxidases involved in lignin biosynthesis.

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    Herrero, Joaquín; Esteban-Carrasco, Alberto; Zapata, José Miguel

    2013-06-01

    Monolignol polymerization into lignin is catalyzed by peroxidases or laccases. Recently, a Zinnia elegans peroxidase (ZePrx) that is considered responsible for monolignol polymerization in this plant has been molecularly and functionally characterized. Nevertheless, Arabidopsis thaliana has become an alternative model plant for studies of lignification, filling the gaps that may occur with Z. elegans. The arabidopsis genome offers the possibility of performing bioinformatic analyses and data mining that are not yet feasible with other plant species, in order to obtain preliminary evidence on the role of genes and proteins. In our search for arabidopsis homologs to the ZePrx, we performed an exhaustive in silico characterization of everything from the protein to the transcript of Arabidopsis thaliana peroxidases (AtPrxs) homologous to ZePrx, with the aim of identifying one or more peroxidases that may be involved in monolignol polymerization. Nine peroxidases (AtPrx 4, 5, 52, 68, 67, 36, 14, 49 and 72) with an E-value greater than 1e-80 with ZePrx were selected for this study. The results demonstrate that a high level of 1D, 2D and 3D homology between these AtPrxs and ZePrx are not always accompanied by the presence of the same electrostatic and mRNA properties that indicate a peroxidase is involved in lignin biosynthesis. In summary, we can confirm that the peroxidases involved in lignification are among AtPrx 4, 52, 49 and 72. Their structural and mRNA features indicate that exert their action in the cell wall similar to ZePrx.

  1. (Z,Z)-6,9-heneicosadien-11-one, labile sex pheromone of the whitemarked tussock moth, Orgyia leucostigma.

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    Grant, Gary G; Slessor, Keith N; Liu, Wei; Abou-Zaid, Mamdouh M

    2003-03-01

    The whitemarked tussock moth (WMTM), Orgyia leucostigma (J. E. Smith), is a major pest of coniferous and deciduous trees in eastern Canada. Chemical identification of its sex pheromone depended primarily on GC-EAD and HPLC analysis, with confirmation of behavioral activity by wind tunnel and field tests. We identified (Z,Z)-6,9-heneicosadien-11-one (Z,Z-6,9-ket) at 4-5 ng/female as the only essential sex pheromone component. Also detected in female extracts were (Z)-6-heneicosen-11-one (Z6-ket) at 2.5 ng/female, (Z,E)-6,8-heneicosadien-11-one (Z,E-6.8-ket) at about 0.5 ng/female, and a trace amount of (Z,E)-6,9-heneicosadien-11-one. Traps containing as little as 1 microg of Z,Z-6,9-ket attracted males at low population levels, indicating it is a potent sex attractant. Traps baited with Z6-ket attracted few males, and in windtunnel bioassays it was at least 100-fold less attractive to males than Z,Z-6,9-ket. No improvement in trap catch occurred with the addition of Z6-ket in various binary mixtures with Z,Z-6,9-ket, including the female ratio, and a ternary mixture of Z,Z-6.9-ket, Z6-ket, and Z,E-6,8-ket in the 9:5:1 ratio detected in females was no better than Z,Z-6,9-ket alone. We attribute the presence of Z,E-6,8-ket and Z,E-6,9-ket in female extracts to the spontaneous and rapid stereospecific isomerization of Z,Z-6,9-ket at room temperature. Male flight began at sunset but peaked during the second half of the night.

  2. Simulation of electrophoretic separations by the flux-corrected transport method.

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    Sounart, T L; Baygents, J C

    2000-08-25

    Electrophoretic separations at typical experimental electric field strengths have been simulated by applying the flux-corrected transport (FCT) finite difference method to the transient, one-dimensional electrophoresis model. The performance of FCT on simulations of zone electrophoresis (ZE), isotachophoresis (ITP), and isoelectric focusing (IEF) has been evaluated. An FCT algorithm, with a three-point, central spatial discretization, yields numerical solutions without numerical oscillations or spurious peaks, which have plagued previously-published second-order solutions to benchmark ZE and ITP problems. Moreover, the FCT technique captures sharp zone boundaries and IEF peaks more accurately than previously-published, first-order upwind schemes.

  3. Identification and bioassay of sex pheromone components of carob moth,Ectomyelois ceratoniae (Zeller).

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    Baker, T C; Francke, W; Millar, J G; Löfstedt, C; Hansson, B; Du, J W; Phelan, P L; Vetter, R S; Youngman, R; Todd, J L

    1991-10-01

    Three sex pheromone components of the carob moth were isolated and identified from the extract of female pheromone glands, using a variety of techniques including coupled gas chromatographic-electroantennographic recordings, coupled gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric analysis, microozonolysis, electroantennographic assays of monounsaturated standards, wind-tunnel bioassays, and field trials. The major component was identified as (Z,E)-9,11,13-tetradecatrienal, a novel lepidopterous pheromone component structure. Two minor components, either one of which improves the upwind flight response of males when blended with the major component, were identified as (Z,E)-9,11-tetradecadienal, and (Z)-9-tetra-decenal.

  4. Tracer study of oxygen and hydrogen uptake by Mg alloys in air with water vapor

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    Brady, M. P.; Fayek, M.; Meyer, H. M.; Leonard, D. N.; Elsentriecy, H. H.; Unocic, K. A.; Anovitz, L. M.; Cakmak, E.; Keiser, J. R.; Song, G. L.; et al

    2015-05-15

    We studied the pure oxidation of Mg, Mg–3Al–1Zn (AZ31B), and Mg–1Zn–0.25Zr–<0.5Nd (ZE10A) at 85 °C in humid air using sequential exposures with H218O and D216O for water vapor. Incorporation of 18O in the hydroxide/oxide films indicated that oxygen from water vapor participated in the reaction. Moreover, penetration of hydrogen into the underlying metal was observed, particularly for the Zr- and Nd-containing ZE10A. Isotopic tracer profiles suggested a complex mixed inward/outward film growth mechanism.

  5. Fosmid Cre-LoxP Inverse PCR Paired-End (Fosmid CLIP-PE), a Novel Method for Constructing Fosmid Pair-End Library (Seventh Annual Sequencing, Finishing, Analysis in the Future (SFAF) Meeting 2012)

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    Peng, Ze

    2012-06-01

    Ze Peng from DOE JGI presents "Fosmid Cre-LoxP Inverse PCR Paired-End (Fosmid CLIP-PE), a Novel Method for Constructing Fosmid Pair-End Library" at the 7th Annual Sequencing, Finishing, Analysis in the Future (SFAF) Meeting held in June, 2012 in Santa Fe, NM.

  6. 77 FR 8863 - Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations

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    2012-02-15

    ... published for comment in the Federal Register issue of November 23, 2011 (76 FR 72405) (FRL-9327-2). The...) benzothiazole, Preservative. Methylene bis (thiocyanate). 065092-00001 ZE LIN Chen Chalk Tralomethrin. 074965...-Fast Insecticide Chalk Tralomethrin. 080697-00009 Chlorpyrifos Technical..... Chlorpyrifos....

  7. Fosmid Cre-LoxP Inverse PCR Paired-End (Fosmid CLIP-PE), a Novel Method for Constructing Fosmid Pair-End Library (Seventh Annual Sequencing, Finishing, Analysis in the Future (SFAF) Meeting 2012)

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    Peng, Ze [DOE JGI

    2016-07-12

    Ze Peng from DOE JGI presents "Fosmid Cre-LoxP Inverse PCR Paired-End (Fosmid CLIP-PE), a Novel Method for Constructing Fosmid Pair-End Library" at the 7th Annual Sequencing, Finishing, Analysis in the Future (SFAF) Meeting held in June, 2012 in Santa Fe, NM.

  8. [Home automation for elderly people in the process of losing their autonomy].

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    Muller, Philippe

    2012-01-01

    The safety of elderly people, particularly dependent at night, is a major factor in preventingthem from remaining in their own home. An experiment in Corrèze using domotics and advanced remote assistance services and involving around one hundred elderly people living at home, took place from summer 2009 to autumn 2010.

  9. Molecular dynamics studies on liquid-phase dynamics and structures of four different fluoropropenes and their binary mixtures with R-32 and CO2.

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    Raabe, Gabriele

    2014-01-01

    Fluoropropenes such as R-1234yf or R-1234ze(E) have attracted attention as low GWP (global warming potential) refrigerants, both as pure compounds but also to an increasing extent as components in refrigerant blends. In our earlier work [Raabe, G.; Maginn, E. J. J. Phys. Chem. B 2010, 114, 10133-10142 and Raabe, G. J. Phys. Chem. B 2012, 116, 5744-5751], we have introduced a transferable force field for different fluoropropene compounds. This molecular model has already been applied for predictive molecular simulation studies on the vapor-liquid phase equilibria in binary mixtures of the tetrafluoropropenes R-1234yf or R-1234ze(E) with the difluoromethane R-32 and CO2. In this work we present molecular dynamics simulations on the liquid phase properties of the pure fluoropropenes R-1234yf, R-1234ze, R-1234ze(E), and R-1216 and their binary mixtures with CO2 and R-32. Our study covers temperatures from 273 to 313 K, pressures up to 3.5 MPa, and different mixture compositions. We provide predictions on the densities and transport properties of the pure compounds and the binary mixtures to complement experimental data. Additionally, we have analyzed radial and spatial distribution functions in the systems to gain insight into their microscopic structures and preferred interaction sites.

  10. A Canon, a Norm and an Attitude--Ideological Dimensions in Foreign Language Education in China.

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    Feng, Anwei

    An examination of China's policy, "making the ancient serve the present and foreign things serve China," introduced by Mao Ze-dong, is intended to provoke further discussion of the ideological dimension of foreign language education (FLE) in China. Some observers suggest that this has been an important guiding doctrine in FLE since 1949, both…

  11. A man of universal interests

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    Sakharov, Andrei

    1988-02-01

    The death of Ya. B. Zel'dovich robs physics of one of its guiding lights of the twentieth century. Here Andrei Sakharov reflects on his life and his science, while on p. 673 appears a report of two meetings written by ZeVdovich, in collaboration with A. A. Starobinskii, shortly before his death.

  12. The Common Core Math Standards

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    Wurman, Ze'ev; Wilson, W. Stephen

    2012-01-01

    More than 40 states have now signed onto the Common Core standards in English language arts and math, which have been both celebrated as a tremendous advance and criticized as misguided and for bearing the heavy thumbprint of the federal government. This article presents an interview with Ze'ev Wurman and W. Stephen Wilson. Wurman, who was a U.S.…

  13. Effect of catnip oil and its major components on the Formosan subterranean termites

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    Various semiochemical properties are key attributes of ZE (4aS, 7S, 7aR) and EZ (4aS, 7S, 7aS)-nepetalactone isomers quantitatively separated from commercially available catnip oil. When evaluated against Formosan subterranean termites, these environment friendly and commercially viable monoterpenoi...

  14. Removal of indoor pollutants under UV irradiation by a composite TiO2-zeolite sheet prepared using a papermaking technique.

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    Ichiura, H; Kitaoka, T; Tanaka, H

    2003-01-01

    Toluene and formaldehyde are malodorous and cause indoor pollution. These materials have received much attention as hazardous and malodorous substances. It is well known that long-term exposure to even fairly low levels of toluene and formaldehyde brings about the risk of asthma and eczema. In this study, a composite TiO2-zeolite (ZE) sheet prepared using a papermaking technique was applied to remove toluene and formaldehyde under UV irradiation. The optimum composition of the TiO2 (Ti)-ZE sheet was studied in detail with regard to the effective removal of various indoor pollutants. Gaseous toluene and formaldehyde were removed by a composite TiO2-ZE sheet with different efficiencies depending upon the ratio of Ti/ZE in the composite sheet. The composite sheets could decompose formaldehyde and toluene repeatedly after being recharged. It was shown that the sheets are potentially applicable as highly functional materials to be placed on walls and ceilings of houses for the removal of various indoor pollutants.

  15. Photoresponsive Cyanostilbene Bent-Core Liquid Crystals as New Materials with Light-Driven Modulated Polarization.

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    Martínez-Abadía, Marta; Robles-Hernández, Beatriz; de la Fuente, María Rosario; Giménez, Raquel; Ros, Maria Blanca

    2016-08-01

    Two isomeric cyanostilbene photoswitchable bent-core mesogens with polar liquid crystal phases in which macroscopic polarization and luminescence can be light-modulated are introduced. Z/E isomerization or [2+2] cycloaddition photochemical processes occur depending on the chemical structure, which make the compounds very innovative multifunctional advanced materials.

  16. Engaging Undergraduates in an Interdisciplinary Program: Developing a Biomaterial Technology Program

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    Liang, Jia-chi; Kung, Shieh-shiuh; Sun, Yi-ming

    2009-01-01

    Yuan Ze University targeted Biomaterials Science and developed a curriculum related to Biotechnology, Biochemical Engineering, and Biomaterials for engineering students to cultivate talents for both engineering and biotechnology. After several years of operation, recruiting students has succeeded, and students are satisfied with the course design…

  17. A New Click Beetle Genus from Southern Chile: Llanquihue (Coleoptera, Elateridae, Elaterinae, Pomachiliini)

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    Arias, Elizabeth T.

    2008-01-01

    Llanquihue, a new genus of Elateridae from Southern Chile, is here described and illustrated with 2 species: Llanquihue vittipennis (Candèze) new comb., and L. carlota sp. nov. The genus Llanquihue belongs to the subfamily Elaterinae and to the tribe Pomachiliini. PMID:20233094

  18. Shigaraki middle and upper atmosphere radar meteor-head-echo database

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    Kero, J.; Nakamura, T.; Szasz, C.; Kastinen, D.; Watanabe, J.; Yamamoto, M.; Fujiwara, Y.; Abo, M.; Tanaka, Y.; Abe, S.

    2014-07-01

    Introduction: Mass infux from space into the terrestrial atmosphere is mainly caused by meteors. Meteors deliver various elements into the atmosphere and the meteoric dust particles are of great importance in the terrestrial atmosphere. For example, they act as nucleus for condensation and clouds and affect various atmospheric phenomena both in physical and chemical aspects. Thus, to investigate the meteor flux, orbits and their interactions in the upper atmosphere is very important but at the same time the method of investigation is limited, especially for precise measurements. High-power large-aperture (HPLA) radar observation is a recent technique to provide useful information on meteor infux and orbits, as well as interactions with the atmosphere. Since 2009 orbital data of about 120,000 meteors [2] have been collected using a novel head-echo analysis algorithm for the lower VHF band [1]. The data was collected using the middle and upper atmosphere radar (MU radar) of Kyoto University at Shigaraki (34.9N, 136.1S). The MU radar is a large atmospheric VHF radar with 46.5 MHz frequency, 1 MW output transmission power and 8330 m^2 aperture array antenna. An open database (MU radar meteor head echo database: MURMHED) for research and education is now being created. Database: The database currently holds 53 different parameters for each event and a number of associated time series consisting of range, height, radar cross section, signal to noise ratio, radial velocity and meteorid velocity. The database parameters are MJD, Year [UT], Month [UT], Day [UT], Hour [UT], Minute [UT], Second [UT], Duration [s], RA [deg], Dec [deg], Az [deg], Ze [deg], Az uncorr [deg], Ze uncorr [deg], Ze correction [deg], Obs initial vel [km/s], Geocentric vel [km/s], RCS [dBsm], SNR [dB], Start hgt [km], End hgt [km], Az of start point [deg], Ze of start point [deg], Az of end point [deg], Ze of end point [deg], Semimajor axis [au], Eccentricity, Perihelion dist [au], Lon of asc node [deg

  19. Systematic Variation of Observed Radar Reflectivity-Rainfall Rate Relations in the Tropics.

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    Amitai, Eyal

    2000-12-01

    The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission Global Validation Program provides a unique opportunity to compare radar datasets from different sites, because they are analyzed in a relatively uniform procedure. Monthly observed radar reflectivity-rainfall rate (Ze-R) relations for four different sites that are surrounded by tipping bucket gauge networks (Melbourne, Florida; Houston, Texas; Darwin, Australia; and Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of Marshall Islands) were derived. The radar and gauge data from all sites are controlled for quality using the same algorithms, which also include an automated procedure to filter unreliable rain gauge data upon comparison with radar data. The relations are generated by two different methods. The first method is based on using a power law Ze-R with a fixed exponent of 1.4, and the second is based on matching unconditional probabilities of rain rates as measured by the gauge to radar-observed reflectivities and is known as the window probability matching method (WPMM). Both methods tune the radar observations to a network of quality-controlled gauges to adjust the total monthly rainfall to match the gauges. Separate relations are generated for convective and stratiform rain, as classified by the horizontal reflectivity structure.In the WPMM-based Ze-R relations, a given Ze was matched to a much lower R in convective rainfall than in stratiform rainfall. These relations were found to be curved lines in log-log space rather than a straight-line power law. The WPMM-based Ze-R curves demonstrated systematic variation between the convective and stratiform rain, but the power law-based Ze-R curves showed no systematic trend. The systematic variation in the relations shown here contradicts previous findings in which the classification is based only on the existence or nonexistence of brightband signature. The latter indicates a higher reflectivity in stratiform rain as compared with that in convective rain, for a given rain rate. Recent studies

  20. Tracer study of oxygen and hydrogen uptake by Mg alloys in air with water vapor

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    Brady, M. P.; Fayek, M.; Meyer, H. M.; Leonard, D. N.; Elsentriecy, H. H.; Unocic, K. A.; Anovitz, L. M.; Cakmak, E.; Keiser, J. R.; Song, G. L.; Davis, B.

    2015-05-15

    We studied the pure oxidation of Mg, Mg–3Al–1Zn (AZ31B), and Mg–1Zn–0.25Zr–<0.5Nd (ZE10A) at 85 °C in humid air using sequential exposures with H218O and D216O for water vapor. Incorporation of 18O in the hydroxide/oxide films indicated that oxygen from water vapor participated in the reaction. Moreover, penetration of hydrogen into the underlying metal was observed, particularly for the Zr- and Nd-containing ZE10A. Isotopic tracer profiles suggested a complex mixed inward/outward film growth mechanism.

  1. Unexpected Strong Decay Mode of Superheavy Nuclei

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    Poenaru, D. N.; Gherghescu, R. A.; Greiner, W.

    Calculations of half-lives of superheavy nuclei (SH) show an unexpected result: for some of them heavy particle radioactivity (HPR) dominates over alpha decay—the main decay mode of the majority of recently discovered SHs. The result is important for theory and future experiments producing heavier SHs with a substantial amount of funding. The standard identification technique by alpha decay chains will be impossible for these cases. HPR had been predicted in 1980 four years before the first experiment. The daughter is mainly the doubly magic ^{208}Pb. We changed the concept of HPR to allow emitted particles with Z_e > 28from parents with Z > 110 (daughter around ^{208}Pb). We find a trend toward shorter half-lives and larger branching ratios relative to alpha decay for heavier SHs. A new table of measured masses AME11 and the theoretical LiMaZe01, KTUY05 and FRDM95 tables are used to determine Q-values.

  2. Ultrafast deactivation of bilirubin: dark intermediates and two-photon isomerization.

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    Carreira-Blanco, Carlos; Singer, Patrick; Diller, Rolf; Luis Pérez Lustres, J

    2016-03-14

    Bilirubin is a neurotoxic product responsible for neonatal jaundice, which is generally treated by phototherapy. The photoreaction involves ultrafast internal conversion via an elusive intermediate and Z-E isomerization with minor yield (less than 3% in solution). The structure of the intermediate remains unclear. Here, the combination of UV-vis and mid-IR ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy reports a comprehensive picture of the mechanism and provides essential structural information about the intermediate species. Thus, spectral dynamics during the earliest ps unveils a wavepacket travelling from the Franck-Condon region to the crossing point with a dark state. The latter shows a tighter molecular skeleton than the ground state and decays with 15 ps time constant. Remarkably, the relative contribution of a non-decaying component increases linearly with pump energy, suggesting that Z-E isomerization could also be triggered by two-photon excitation. Implications for the photochemistry of protein-bound open tetrapyrroles are discussed. PMID:26887629

  3. "That matter which ought not to be heard of": homophobic slurs in Renaissance cultural politics.

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    Schleiner, W

    1994-01-01

    Starting with a poem for which the Reformed theologian Théodore de Bèze was attacked as a sodomite, this essay studies the nature of homophobic slurs leveled by Catholics against Protestants and by Protestants against Catholics in the period following the Reformation. More than just incidental attacks, slurs by such writers as Henri Estienne, John Bale, and John Jewel are found to be an integral part of a mythology that validated Protestantism in general and the English church in particular. But occasionally they are also used by Catholics as, for instance, by Jérôme Bolsec against Bèze and Gaspar Schoppe against King James I. Largely ignored by church historians, such slurs are shown to be part of an archaeology of homophobia. PMID:8006421

  4. Eco-friendly gas mixtures for Resistive Plate Chambers based on tetrafluoropropene and Helium

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    Abbrescia, M.; Benussi, L.; Piccolo, D.; Bianco, S.; Ferrini, M.; Muhammad, S.; Passamonti, L.; Pierluigi, D.; Piccolo, D.; Primavera, F.; Russo, A.; Saviano, G.

    2016-08-01

    Due to the recent restrictions deriving from the application of the Kyoto protocol, the main components of the gas mixtures presently used in the Resistive Plate Chambers systems of the LHC experiments will be most probably phased out of production in the coming years. Identifying possible replacements with the adequate characteristics requires an intense R&D activity, which was recently started, in collaborations with various experiments. Possible new gases have been proposed and are thoroughly investigated. Some tests on one of the most promising candidate—HFO-1234ze, an allotropic form of tetrafluoropropane—have already been reported. Here an innovative approach, based on the use of Helium, to solve the problem related to the high operating voltage needed to operate the chambers with HFO-1234ze based gas mixtures, is discussed and the first results are shown.

  5. Mimicking Insect Communication: Release and Detection of Pheromone, Biosynthesized by an Alcohol Acetyl Transferase Immobilized in a Microreactor

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    Muñoz, Lourdes; Dimov, Nikolay; Carot-Sans, Gerard; Bula, Wojciech P.; Guerrero, Angel; Gardeniers, Han J. G. E.

    2012-01-01

    Infochemical production, release and detection of (Z,E)-9,11-tetradecadienyl acetate, the major component of the pheromone of the moth Spodoptera littoralis, is achieved in a novel microfluidic system designed to mimic the final step of the pheromone biosynthesis by immobilized recombinant alcohol acetyl transferase. The microfluidic system is part of an “artificial gland”, i.e., a chemoemitter that comprises a microreactor connected to a microevaporator and is able to produce and release a pre-defined amount of the major component of the pheromone from the corresponding (Z,E)-9,11-tetradecadienol. Performance of the entire chemoemitter has been assessed in electrophysiological and behavioral experiments. Electroantennographic depolarizations of the pheromone produced by the chemoemitter were ca. 40% relative to that evoked by the synthetic pheromone. In a wind tunnel, the pheromone released from the evaporator elicited on males a similar attraction behavior as 3 virgin females in most of the parameters considered. PMID:23155372

  6. Palladium-Zeolite nanofiber as an effective recyclable catalyst membrane for water treatment.

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    Choi, Jungsu; Chan, Sophia; Yip, Garriott; Joo, Hyunjong; Yang, Heejae; Ko, Frank K

    2016-09-15

    Zeolite is an exciting natural material due to its unique capability of ammonium nitrogen (NH3N) adsorption in water. In this study, multifunctional hybrid composites of zeolite/palladium (Ze/Pd) on polymer nanofiber membranes were fabricated and explored for sustainable contaminant removal. SEM and XRD demonstrated that zeolite and palladium nanoparticles were uniformly distributed and deposited on the nanofibers. NH3N recovery rate was increased from 23 to 92% when palladium coated zeolite was embedded on the nanofiber. Multifunctional nanofibers of Ze/Pd membranes were able to adsorb NH3N on the zeolites placed on the surface of fibers and palladium catalysts were capable of selective oxidation of NH3N to N2 gas. The cycling of NH3N adsorption-oxidation, high flux, hydrophilicity, and flexibility of the membrane makes it a strong candidate for water treatment. PMID:27253639

  7. "That matter which ought not to be heard of": homophobic slurs in Renaissance cultural politics.

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    Schleiner, W

    1994-01-01

    Starting with a poem for which the Reformed theologian Théodore de Bèze was attacked as a sodomite, this essay studies the nature of homophobic slurs leveled by Catholics against Protestants and by Protestants against Catholics in the period following the Reformation. More than just incidental attacks, slurs by such writers as Henri Estienne, John Bale, and John Jewel are found to be an integral part of a mythology that validated Protestantism in general and the English church in particular. But occasionally they are also used by Catholics as, for instance, by Jérôme Bolsec against Bèze and Gaspar Schoppe against King James I. Largely ignored by church historians, such slurs are shown to be part of an archaeology of homophobia.

  8. The influenced of PAC, zeolite, and Moringa oleifera as biofouling reducer (BFR) on hybrid membrane bioreactor of palm oil mill effluent (POME).

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    Damayanti, A; Ujang, Z; Salim, M R

    2011-03-01

    The main objective of this work was to determine the effectiveness of various biofouling reducers (BFRs) to operational condition in hybrid membrane bioreactor (MBR) of palm oil mill effluent (POME). A series of tests involving three bench scale (100 L) hybrid MBR were operated at sludge retention times (SRTs) of 30 days with biofouling reducer (BFR). Three different biofouling reducers (BFRs) were powdered actived carbon (PAC), zeolite (Ze), and Moringa oleifera (Mo) with doses of 4, 8 and 12 g L(-1) respectively were used. Short-term filtration trials and critical flux tests were conducted. Results showed that, all BFRs successfully removed soluble microbial products (SMP), for PAC, Ze, and Mo at 58%, 42%, and 48%, respectively. At their optimum dosages, PAC provided above 70% reductions and 85% in fouling rates during the short-term filtration and critical flux tests. PMID:21251818

  9. Molecular modeling of fluoropropene refrigerants.

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    Raabe, Gabriele

    2012-05-17

    Different fluoropropenes are currently considered as refrigerants, either as pure compounds or as components in low GWP (global warming potential) refrigerant mixtures. Due to their limited commercial production, experimental data for the thermophysical properties of fluoropropenes and their mixtures are in general rare, which hampers the exploration of their performance in technical applications. In principle, molecular simulation can be used to predict the relevant properties of refrigerants and refrigerant blends, provided that adequate intermolecular potential functions ("force fields") are available. In our earlier work (Raabe, G.; Maginn, E. J., J. Phys. Chem. B2010, 114, 10133-10142), we introduced a transferable force field for fluoropropenes comprising the compounds 3,3,3-trifluoro-1-propene (HFO-1243zf), 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoro-1-propene (HFO-1234yf), and hexafluoro-1-propene (HFO-1216). In this paper, we provide an extension of the force field model to the trans- and cis-1,3,3,3-tetrafluoro-1-propene (HFO-1234ze(E), HFO-1234ze) and the cis-1,2,3,3,3-pentafluoro-1-propene (HFO-1225ye(Z)) as well as revised simulation results for HFO-1216. We present Gibbs ensemble simulation results on the vapor pressures, saturated densities, and heats of vaporization of these compounds in comparison with experimental results. The simulation results show that the force field model enables reliable predictions of the properties of the different fluoropropenes and also reproduces well the differing vapor-liquid coexistence and vapor pressure curve of the cis- and trans-isomers of 1,3,3,3-tetrafluoro-1-propene, HFO-1234ze and HFO-1234ze(E). For these two isomers, we also present molecular dynamics simulation studies on their local structure.

  10. Genetic Analysis of the Electrophysiological Response to Salicin, a Bitter Substance, in a Polyphagous Strain of the Silkworm Bombyx mori

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    Iizuka, Tetsuya; Tamura, Toshiki; Sezutsu, Hideki; Mase, Keisuke; Okada, Eiji; Asaoka, Kiyoshi

    2012-01-01

    Sawa-J is a polyphagous silkworm (Bombyx mori L.) strain that eats various plant leaves that normal silkworms do not. The feeding preference behavior of Sawa-J is controlled by one major recessive gene(s) on the polyphagous (pph) locus, and several minor genes; moreover, its deterrent cells possess low sensitivity to some bitter substances including salicin. To clarify whether taste sensitivity is controlled by the pph locus, we conducted a genetic analysis of the electrophysiological characteristics of the taste response using the polyphagous strain Sawa-J·lem, in which pph is linked to the visible larval marker lemon (lem) on the third chromosome, and the normal strain Daiankyo, in which the wild-type gene of pph (+pph) is marked with Zebra (Ze). Maxillary taste neurons of the two strains had similar dose–response relationships for sucrose, inositol, and strychnine nitrate, but the deterrent cell of Sawa-J·lem showed a remarkably low sensitivity to salicin. The F1 generation of the two strains had characteristics similar to the Daiankyo strain, consistent with the idea that pph is recessive. In the BF1 progeny between F1 females and Sawa-J·lem males where no crossing-over occurs, the lem and Ze phenotypes corresponded to different electrophysiological reactions to 25 mM salicin, indicating that the gene responsible for taste sensitivity to salicin is located on the same chromosome as the lem and Ze genes. The normal and weak reactions to 25 mM salicin were segregated in crossover-type larvae of the BF1 progeny produced by a reciprocal cross, and the recombination frequency agreed well with the theoretical ratio for the loci of lem, pph, and Ze on the standard linkage map. These results indicate that taste sensitivity to salicin is controlled by the gene(s) on the pph locus. PMID:22649537

  11. Genetic analysis of the electrophysiological response to salicin, a bitter substance, in a polyphagous strain of the silkworm Bombyx mori.

    PubMed

    Iizuka, Tetsuya; Tamura, Toshiki; Sezutsu, Hideki; Mase, Keisuke; Okada, Eiji; Asaoka, Kiyoshi

    2012-01-01

    Sawa-J is a polyphagous silkworm (Bombyx mori L.) strain that eats various plant leaves that normal silkworms do not. The feeding preference behavior of Sawa-J is controlled by one major recessive gene(s) on the polyphagous (pph) locus, and several minor genes; moreover, its deterrent cells possess low sensitivity to some bitter substances including salicin. To clarify whether taste sensitivity is controlled by the pph locus, we conducted a genetic analysis of the electrophysiological characteristics of the taste response using the polyphagous strain Sawa-J·lem, in which pph is linked to the visible larval marker lemon (lem) on the third chromosome, and the normal strain Daiankyo, in which the wild-type gene of pph (+(pph)) is marked with Zebra (Ze). Maxillary taste neurons of the two strains had similar dose-response relationships for sucrose, inositol, and strychnine nitrate, but the deterrent cell of Sawa-J·lem showed a remarkably low sensitivity to salicin. The F(1) generation of the two strains had characteristics similar to the Daiankyo strain, consistent with the idea that pph is recessive. In the BF(1) progeny between F(1) females and Sawa-J·lem males where no crossing-over occurs, the lem and Ze phenotypes corresponded to different electrophysiological reactions to 25 mM salicin, indicating that the gene responsible for taste sensitivity to salicin is located on the same chromosome as the lem and Ze genes. The normal and weak reactions to 25 mM salicin were segregated in crossover-type larvae of the BF(1) progeny produced by a reciprocal cross, and the recombination frequency agreed well with the theoretical ratio for the loci of lem, pph, and Ze on the standard linkage map. These results indicate that taste sensitivity to salicin is controlled by the gene(s) on the pph locus. PMID:22649537

  12. Z-Selective Synthesis of γ,δ-Unsaturated Ketones via Pd-Catalyzed Ring Opening of 2-Alkylenecyclobutanones with Arylboronic Acids.

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    Zhou, Yao; Rao, Changqing; Song, Qiuling

    2016-08-19

    Pd-catalyzed 1,2-addition (instead of 1,4-addition) of arylboronic acids to 2-alkylenecyclobutanones followed by β-carbon elimination from the resulting palladium cyclobutanolates to afford γ,δ-unsaturated ketones was developed. The desired γ,δ-unsaturated ketones were obtained in good to excellent yields with Z/E selectivities of up to >99:1 and a broad spectrum of functional group tolerability. PMID:27479861

  13. Novel stilbene-based Fischer base analog of leuco-TAM - (2E,2'Z)-{2-(4-(E)-styrylphenyl)propane-1,3-diylidene}bis(1,3,3-trimethylindoline) - derivatives: synthesis and structural consideration by 1D NMR and 2D NMR spectroscopy.

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    Keum, Sam-Rok; Lim, Hyun-Woo

    2016-02-01

    We report the synthesis of a series of novel stilbene-based (St) Fischer base analogs of leuco-triarylmethane (LTAM) dyes by treating Fischer base with (E)-4-styrylbenzaldehyde derivatives. All St-LTAM molecules examined herein are characterized by 1D and 2D NMR. They were found to exhibit ZE configuration and isomerize to their diastereomers EE and ZZ in 2-3 h. They exhibit type I behavior of diastereomeric isomerization. PMID:26448377

  14. Geminal bis(silane)-controlled regio- and stereoselective oxidative Heck reaction of enol ethers with terminal alkenes to give push-pull 1,3-dienes.

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    Li, Linjie; Chu, Yang; Gao, Lu; Song, Zhenlei

    2015-11-01

    A geminal bis(silane)-controlled regio- and stereoselective oxidative Heck reaction of enol ethers with terminal alkenes has been developed. The reaction proceeds with α,β-coupling regioselectivity to give push-pull Z,E-1,3-dienes in good yields. The product showed valuable utility in Sakurai homoallylation with acetals to generate α-substituted-γ-keto esters with good anti-selectivity.

  15. [MORPHOLOGICAL FEATURES OF NEUTROPHILS AND EOSINOPHILS GRANULES IN SAPPHIRE MINKS].

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    Uzenbaeva, L B; Kizhina, A G; Ilyukha, V A

    2015-01-01

    It has been established that sapphire minks have abnormality of subcellular structure of blood and bone marrow neutrophils and eosinophils. The abnormality consists in forming of abnormal "giant" granules. The si- ze and the number of abnormal granules significantly change during maturation of leucocytes in bone marrow. We have found differences between abnormal granules forming in neutrophils and eosinophils that depend on the maturing stage and the cells life cycle duration as well as morphofunctional features of these granulocytes. PMID:26863773

  16. Design, Synthesis and Characterization of 3-(Benzylidene)indolin-2-one Derivatives as Ligands for α-Synuclein Fibrils

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    Chu, Wenhua; Zhou, Dong; Gaba, Vrinda; Liu, Jialu; Li, Shihong; Peng, Xin; Xu, Jinbin; Dhavale, Dhruva; Bagchi, Devika P.; d’Avignon, André; Shakerdge, Naomi B.; Bacskai, Brian J.; Tu, Zhude; Kotzbauer, Paul T.; Mach, Robert H.

    2015-01-01

    A series of 3-(benzilidine)indolin-2-one derivatives were synthesized and evaluated for their in vitro binding to alpha synuclein (α-syn), beta amyloid (Aβ), and tau fibrils. Compounds with a single double bond in the 3-position had only a modest affinity for α-syn and no selectivity for α-syn versus Aβ or tau fibrils. Homologation to the corresponding diene analogs yielded a mixture of Z,E and E,E isomers; substitution of the indoline nitrogen with an N-benzyl group resulted in increased binding to α-syn and reasonable selectivity for α-syn versus Aβ and tau. Introduction of a para-nitro group into the benzene ring of the diene enabled separation of the Z,E and E,E isomers and led to the identification of the Z,E configuration as the more active regioisomer. The data described here provide key structural information in the design of probes which bind preferentially to α-syn versus Aβ or tau fibrils. PMID:26177091

  17. Preference of Ruthenium-Based Metathesis Catalysts toward Z- and E-Alkenes as a Guide for Selective Reactions to Alkene Stereoisomers.

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    Lee, Jihong; Kim, Kyung Hwan; Lee, Ok Suk; Choi, Tae-Lim; Lee, Hee-Seung; Ihee, Hyotcherl; Sohn, Jeong-Hun

    2016-09-01

    As a guide for selective reactions toward either Z- or E-alkene in a metathesis reaction, the relative preference of metathesis Ru catalysts for each stereoisomer was determined by a method using time-dependent fluorescence quenching. We found that Ru-1 prefers the Z-isomer over the E-isomer, whereas Ru-2 prefers the E-isomer over the Z-isomer. The Z/E-alkene preference of the catalysts precisely predicted the Z/E isomeric selectivity in the metathesis reactions of diene substrates possessing combinations of Z/E-alkenes. For the diene substrates, the rate order of the reactions using Ru-1 was Z,Z-1,6-diene > Z,E-1,6-diene > E,E-1,6-diene, while the completely opposite order of E,E-1,6-diene > Z,E-1,6-diene > Z,Z-1,6-diene was exhibited in the case of Ru-2.

  18. Validation of GPM Ka-Radar Algorithm Using a Ground-based Ka-Radar System

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    Nakamura, Kenji; Kaneko, Yuki; Nakagawa, Katsuhiro; Furukawa, Kinji; Suzuki, Kenji

    2016-04-01

    GPM led by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of US (NASA) aims to observe global precipitation. The core satellite is equipped with a microwave radiometer (GMI) and a dual-frequency radar (DPR) which is the first spaceborne Ku/Ka-band dual-wavelength radar dedicated for precipitation measurement. In the DPR algorithm, measured radar reflectivity is converted to effective radar reflectivity by estimating the rain attenuation. Here, the scattering/attenuation characteristics of Ka-band radiowaves are crucial, particularly for wet snow. A melting layer observation using a dual Ka-band radar system developed by JAXA was conducted along the slope of Mt. Zao in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. The dual Ka-band radar system consists of two nearly identical Ka-band FM-CW radars, and the precipitation systems between two radars were observed in opposite directions. From this experiment, equivalent radar reflectivity (Ze) and specific attenuation (k) were obtained. The experiments were conducted for two winter seasons. During the data analyses, it was found that k estimate easily fluctuates because the estimate is based on double difference calculation. With much temporal and spatial averaging, k-Ze relationship was obtained for melting layers. One of the results is that the height of the peak of k seems slightly higher than that of Ze. The results are compared with in-situ precipitation particle measurements.

  19. Interaction between organic vapors and clinoptilolite-mordenite rich tuffs in parent, decationized, and lead exchanged forms.

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    Elizalde-González, M P; Pérez-Cruz, M A

    2007-08-15

    Scientific interest in adsorption phenomena of organic vapors has concentrated on synthetic zeolites. Solid-vapor systems containing natural zeolites deserve special attention due to their abundance and environmental applications. Adsorption thermodynamic characteristics for benzene, toluene, n-hexane, and CCl(4) were measured on clinoptilolite-rich zeolitic tuffs from Mexico (ZE) and Hungary (ZH) on parent, decationized, dealuminated, and lead-exchanged samples. The clinoptilolite structure released Na(+) and Ca(2+) by acid treatment and this was accompanied by dealumination to a greater extent on ZE than on ZH. The exchange isotherm of Pb(2+) on ZE exhibited a concave type "a" form and accomplished 95% exchange and the tuff was selective at X(i(s))<0.25. The pattern of adsorption isotherms was the same on all tuffs: benzene>toluene>n-hexane>carbon tetrachloride. The -DeltaH values were higher for toluene than for the other adsorbates. Curves of q(isost) vs coverage decreased with the increment of the adsorbed amount in practically all studied systems. The contributions to the solid-vapor interaction potential were examined using inverse gas chromatography. The specific interaction energy G(sp) was primarily due to adsorbate-framework and adsorbate-cation interactions at low adsorbate pressures producing low surface coverage. PMID:17467725

  20. Long-length, long-lived flow-shear stabilized Z-pinches: Background and Experimental plans for scaling studies

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    Nelson, B. A.; Shumlak, U.; Golingo, R. P.; Claveau, E. L.; McLean, H. S.; Schmidt, A. E.

    2015-11-01

    The ZaP experiment produces long-lived sheared-flow-stabilized Z-pinch plasmas up to 126 cm in length for several flow-through times, and up to thousands of Alfvén times. Experimental measurements of the magnetic structure along the full length of the plasma column show an axially uniform Z-pinch plasma during the observed quiescent period. Interferometry, fast-framing images, and Rogowskii coils corroborate the existence of a pinched plasma during this quiescent period of time. Detailed two-dimensional non-linear magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) calculations have been performed showing the formation and assembly of long-length, long-lived Z-pinches. Experimentally-observed plasma lifetimes and velocity-shear profiles are shown to be consistent with calculations of viscous-damping timescales based on the measured plasma parameters. A newly-funded ARPA-E ALPHA project, the Fusion Z-pinch Experiment ``FuZE'' is being constructed at the University of Washington, in collaboration with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. FuZE will study scaling and stability of the successful ZaP experiment to higher pinch currents. The FuZE experimental design, goals, and plans, based on ZaP experimental results, will be presented.

  1. Two types of Zollinger-Ellison syndrome: immunofluorescent, cytochemical and ultrastructural studies of the antral and pancreatic gastrin cells in different clinical states

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    Polak, Julia M.; Stagg, B.; Pearse, A. G. E.

    1972-01-01

    In this survey the antral, pancreatic and, where present, the neoplastic gastrin cells, were studied in eight cases of the Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. The antral G cells alone were studied in one case of Z-E syndrome, seven cases of simple duodenal ulcer, and five cases of pernicious anaemia. The Z-E cases were divided into two numerically equal groups. The first group had `short' histories, high serum gastrin levels, and profound antral G cell hyperplasia. The second group had `long' histories, relatively lower serum gastrin levels, normal antral G cells, and either pancreatic D cell hyperplasia or gastrinoma. Antral G cell hyperplasia, with maximal gastrin storage and normal serum gastrin levels, was found in the duodenal ulcer cases. Antral G cell hyperplasia with minimal storage and high serum gastrin levels was observed in the cases of pernicious anaemia. On the basis of our findings we propose that there exist at least two distinct types (or perhaps stages) of the Z-E syndrome. Suggestions for their pathogenesis are offered. ImagesFig. 1Fig. 2Fig. 3Fig. 4Fig. 5Fig. 6Fig. 7Fig. 8Fig. 9Fig. 10Fig. 11 PMID:4560738

  2. Prediction of condensation heat transfer of low GWP refrigerants inside smooth horizontal tube

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    Hossain, Md. Anowar; Afroz, Hasan M. M.; Talukder, Shaon; Miyara, Akio

    2016-07-01

    The present research work observed the experimental and analytical results of two phase condensation heat transfer of the refrigerants R1234ze(E), R32, R410A, and R1234ze(E)/R32 mixtures inside a smooth horizontal tube. A water heated double tube horizontal heat exchanger with effective length of 3.6m and inner diameter of 4.35mm is used to take place the experiment. Mass flux and the saturation temperature are the design variables under which the experiment is carried out whose values varying from the range 160 to 400 Kg m-2s-1 and 30°C to 45°C, respectively. A new correlation for pure refrigerant has been proposed to predict the heat transfer inside a smooth horizontal tube by investigating the experimental data. The newly proposed correlation and some other existing correlations of condensation heat transfer for pure refrigerant have been used to predict the condensation heat transfer of R1234ze(E), R32, R410A and dimethyl ether (DME) and compared the results. The comparison allows that the proposed model of pure refrigerant offered a better performance for all the refrigerants. All the experimental data can be predicted within a 10.2% mean deviation by using the proposed correlation.

  3. Preference of Ruthenium-Based Metathesis Catalysts toward Z- and E-Alkenes as a Guide for Selective Reactions to Alkene Stereoisomers.

    PubMed

    Lee, Jihong; Kim, Kyung Hwan; Lee, Ok Suk; Choi, Tae-Lim; Lee, Hee-Seung; Ihee, Hyotcherl; Sohn, Jeong-Hun

    2016-09-01

    As a guide for selective reactions toward either Z- or E-alkene in a metathesis reaction, the relative preference of metathesis Ru catalysts for each stereoisomer was determined by a method using time-dependent fluorescence quenching. We found that Ru-1 prefers the Z-isomer over the E-isomer, whereas Ru-2 prefers the E-isomer over the Z-isomer. The Z/E-alkene preference of the catalysts precisely predicted the Z/E isomeric selectivity in the metathesis reactions of diene substrates possessing combinations of Z/E-alkenes. For the diene substrates, the rate order of the reactions using Ru-1 was Z,Z-1,6-diene > Z,E-1,6-diene > E,E-1,6-diene, while the completely opposite order of E,E-1,6-diene > Z,E-1,6-diene > Z,Z-1,6-diene was exhibited in the case of Ru-2. PMID:27463964

  4. Spectral evolution of weakly nonlinear random waves: kinetic description vs direct numerical simulations

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    Annenkov, Sergei; Shrira, Victor

    2016-04-01

    We study numerically the long-term evolution of water wave spectra without wind forcing, using three different models, aiming at understanding the role of different sets of assumptions. The first model is the classical Hasselmann kinetic equation (KE). We employ the WRT code kindly provided by G. van Vledder. Two other models are new. As the second model, we use the generalised kinetic equation (gKE), derived without the assumption of quasi-stationarity. Thus, unlike the KE, the gKE is valid in the cases when a wave spectrum is changing rapidly (e.g. at the initial stage of evolution of a narrow spectrum). However, the gKE employs the same statistical closure as the KE. The third model is based on the Zakharov integrodifferential equation for water waves and does not depend on any statistical assumptions. Since the Zakharov equation plays the role of the primitive equation of the theory of wave turbulence, we refer to this model as direct numerical simulation of spectral evolution (DNS-ZE). For initial conditions, we choose two narrow-banded spectra with the same frequency distribution (a JONSWAP spectrum with high peakedness γ = 6) and different degrees of directionality. These spectra are from the set of observations collected in a directional wave tank by Onorato et al (2009). Spectrum A is very narrow in angle (corresponding to N = 840 in the cosN directional model). Spectrum B is initially wider in angle (corresponds to N = 24). Short-term evolution of both spectra (O(102) wave periods) has been studied numerically by Xiao et al (2013) using two other approaches (broad-band modified nonlinear Schrödinger equation and direct numerical simulation based on the high-order spectral method). We use these results to verify the initial stage of our DNS-ZE simulations. However, the advantage of the DNS-ZE method is that it allows to study long-term spectral evolution (up to O(104) periods), which was previously possible only with the KE. In the short-term evolution

  5. Observed and modeled multi-year evaporation from three field-scale experiments using water balance and Penman-Monteith methods: Profound effect of material type and wind exposure

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    Peterson, H. E.; Fretz, N.; Bay, D.; Mayer, K. U.; Smith, L.; Beckie, R. D.

    2013-12-01

    2, and greatly overestimated observed evaporation for Pile 3. The depth of the soil layer which is susceptible to evaporation, Ze, was calibrated from the base-case value of Ze= 0.10 m to values of Ze= 0.27 m (Pile 1), Ze= 0.05 m (Pile 2), and Ze= 0.02 m (Pile 3) to provide a good fit with observed evaporation. It is hypothesized that the Pile 3 calibration of Ze = 0.02 m is less physically realistic than accounting for preferential flow directly. A possible approach would be to modify the FAO-PM formulation by including a coefficient of preferential flow, KPF, on days that exceed a specified threshold daily precipitation, Pi,TH. The results highlight the profound effect of material type on evaporation from waste rock. Fine-grained, relatively homogeneous materials tend to follow traditional evaporation patterns both on the crowns and slopes of waste rock piles. Coarser-grained and more heterogeneous waste rock can have higher or lower evaporation than expected.

  6. Within-breath respiratory impedance and airway obstruction in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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    da Silva, Karla Kristine Dames; Faria, Alvaro Camilo Dias; Lopes, Agnaldo José; de Melo, Pedro Lopes

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Recent work has suggested that within-breath respiratory impedance measurements performed using the forced oscillation technique may help to noninvasively evaluate respiratory mechanics. We investigated the influence of airway obstruction on the within-breath forced oscillation technique in smokers and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients and evaluated the contribution of this analysis to the diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. METHODS: Twenty healthy individuals and 20 smokers were assessed. The study also included 74 patients with stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. We evaluated the mean respiratory impedance (Zm) as well as values for the inspiration (Zi) and expiration cycles (Ze) at the beginning of inspiration (Zbi) and expiration (Zbe), respectively. The peak-to-peak impedance (Zpp=Zbe-Zbi) and the respiratory cycle dependence (ΔZrs=Ze-Zi) were also analyzed. The diagnostic utility was evaluated by investigating the sensitivity, the specificity and the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve. ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT01888705. RESULTS: Airway obstruction increased the within-breath respiratory impedance parameters that were significantly correlated with the spirometric indices of airway obstruction (R=−0.65, p<0.0001). In contrast to the control subjects and the smokers, the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients presented significant expiratory-inspiratory differences (p<0.002). The adverse effects of moderate airway obstruction were detected based on the Zpp with an accuracy of 83%. Additionally, abnormal effects in severe and very severe patients were detected based on the Zm, Zi, Ze, Zbe, Zpp and ΔZrs with a high degree of accuracy (>90%). CONCLUSIONS: We conclude the following: (1) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease introduces higher respiratory cycle dependence, (2) this increase is proportional to airway obstruction, and (3) the within-breath forced oscillation technique may

  7. Analysis of pulsating spray flames propagating in lean two-phase mixtures with unity Lewis number

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    Nicoli, C.; Haldenwang, P.; Suard, S.

    2005-11-01

    Pulsating (or oscillatory) spray flames have recently been observed in experiments on two-phase combustion. Numerical studies have pointed out that such front oscillations can be obtained even with very simple models of homogeneous two-phase mixtures, including elementary vaporization schemes. The paper presents an analytical approach within the simple framework of the thermal-diffusive model, which is complemented by a vaporization rate independent of gas temperature, as soon as the latter reaches a certain thermal threshold ({theta}{sub v} in reduced form). The study involves the Damkoehler number (Da), the ratio of chemical reaction rate to vaporization rate, and the Zeldovich number (Ze) as essential parameters. We use the standard asymptotic method based on matched expansions in terms of 1/Ze. Linear analysis of two-phase flame stability is performed by studying, in the absence of differential diffusive effects (unity Lewis number), the linear growth rate of 2-D perturbations added to steady plane solutions and characterized by wavenumber k in the direction transverse to spreading. A domain of existence is found for the pulsating regime. It corresponds to mixture characteristics often met in air-fuel two-phase systems: low boiling temperature ({theta}{sub v} << 1), reaction rate not higher than vaporization rate (Da < 1, i.e., small droplets), and activation temperature assumed to be high compared with flame temperature (Ze {>=} 10). Satisfactory comparison with numerical simulations confirms the validity of the analytical approach; in particular, positive growth rates have been found for planar perturbations (k = 0) and for wrinkled fronts (k {ne} 0). Finally, comparison between predicted frequencies and experimental measurements is discussed.

  8. Arabidopsis thaliana peroxidases involved in lignin biosynthesis: in silico promoter analysis and hormonal regulation.

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    Herrero, Joaquín; Esteban Carrasco, Alberto; Zapata, José Miguel

    2014-07-01

    Phytohormones such as auxins, cytokinins, and brassinosteroids, act by means of a signaling cascade of transcription factors of the families NAC, MYB, AP2 (APETALA2), MADS and class III HD (homeodomain) Zip, regulating secondary growth. When the hormonal regulation of Zinnia elegans peroxidase (ZePrx), an enzyme involved in lignin biosynthesis, was studied, it was found that this peroxidase is sensitive to a plethora of hormones which control xylem lignification. In a previous study we sought Arabidopsis thaliana homologues to ZePrx. Peroxidases 4, 52, 49 and 72 are the four peroxidases that fulfill the restrictive conditions that a peroxidase involved in lignification must have. In the present study, we focus our attention on hormonal regulation in order to establish the minimal structural and regulatory elements contained in the promoter region which an AtPrx involved in lignification must have. The results indicate that of the four peroxidases selected in our previous study, the one most likely to be homologous to ZePrx is AtPrx52. The results suggest that hormones such as auxins, cytokinins and BRs directly regulate AtPrx52, and that the AtPrx52 promoter may be the target of the set of transcription factors (NAC, MYB, AP2 and class I and III HD Zip) which are up-regulated by these hormones during secondary growth. In addition, the AtPrx52 promoter contains multiple copies of all the putative cis-elements (the ACGT box, the OCS box, the OPAQ box, the L1BX, the MYCL box and the W box) known to confer regulation by NO and H2O2.

  9. Bioinformatic and functional characterization of the basic peroxidase 72 from Arabidopsis thaliana involved in lignin biosynthesis.

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    Herrero, Joaquín; Fernández-Pérez, Francisco; Yebra, Tatiana; Novo-Uzal, Esther; Pomar, Federico; Pedreño, Ma Ángeles; Cuello, Juan; Guéra, Alfredo; Esteban-Carrasco, Alberto; Zapata, José Miguel

    2013-06-01

    Lignins result from the oxidative polymerization of three hydroxycinnamyl (p-coumaryl, coniferyl, and sinapyl) alcohols in a reaction mediated by peroxidases. The most important of these is the cationic peroxidase from Zinnia elegans (ZePrx), an enzyme considered to be responsible for the last step of lignification in this plant. Bibliographical evidence indicates that the arabidopsis peroxidase 72 (AtPrx72), which is homolog to ZePrx, could have an important role in lignification. For this reason, we performed a bioinformatic, histochemical, photosynthetic, and phenotypical and lignin composition analysis of an arabidopsis knock-out mutant of AtPrx72 with the aim of characterizing the effects that occurred due to the absence of expression of this peroxidase from the aspects of plant physiology such as vascular development, lignification, and photosynthesis. In silico analyses indicated a high homology between AtPrx72 and ZePrx, cell wall localization and probably optimal levels of translation of AtPrx72. The histochemical study revealed a low content in syringyl units and a decrease in the amount of lignin in the atprx72 mutant plants compared to WT. The atprx72 mutant plants grew more slowly than WT plants, with both smaller rosette and principal stem, and with fewer branches and siliques than the WT plants. Lastly, chlorophyll a fluorescence revealed a significant decrease in ΦPSII and q L in atprx72 mutant plants that could be related to changes in carbon partitioning and/or utilization of redox equivalents in arabidopsis metabolism. The results suggest an important role of AtPrx72 in lignin biosynthesis. In addition, knock-out plants were able to respond and adapt to an insufficiency of lignification.

  10. Stereospecificity of (1) H, (13) C and (15) N shielding constants in the isomers of methylglyoxal bisdimethylhydrazone: problem with configurational assignment based on (1) H chemical shifts.

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    Afonin, Andrei V; Pavlov, Dmitry V; Ushakov, Igor A; Keiko, Natalia A

    2012-07-01

    In the (13) C NMR spectra of methylglyoxal bisdimethylhydrazone, the (13) C-5 signal is shifted to higher frequencies, while the (13) C-6 signal is shifted to lower frequencies on going from the EE to ZE isomer following the trend found previously. Surprisingly, the (1) H-6 chemical shift and (1) J(C-6,H-6) coupling constant are noticeably larger in the ZE isomer than in the EE isomer, although the configuration around the -CH═N- bond does not change. This paradox can be rationalized by the C-H⋯N intramolecular hydrogen bond in the ZE isomer, which is found from the quantum-chemical calculations including Bader's quantum theory of atoms in molecules analysis. This hydrogen bond results in the increase of δ((1) H-6) and (1) J(C-6,H-6) parameters. The effect of the C-H⋯N hydrogen bond on the (1) H shielding and one-bond (13) C-(1) H coupling complicates the configurational assignment of the considered compound because of these spectral parameters. The (1) H, (13) C and (15) N chemical shifts of the 2- and 8-(CH(3) )(2) N groups attached to the -C(CH(3) )═N- and -CH═N- moieties, respectively, reveal pronounced difference. The ab initio calculations show that the 8-(CH(3) )(2) N group conjugate effectively with the π-framework, and the 2-(CH(3) )(2) N group twisted out from the plane of the backbone and loses conjugation. As a result, the degree of charge transfer from the N-2- and N-8- nitrogen lone pairs to the π-framework varies, which affects the (1) H, (13) C and (15) N shieldings. PMID:22615146

  11. High ice water content at low radar reflectivity near deep convection - Part 1: Consistency of in situ and remote-sensing observations with stratiform rain column simulations

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    Fridlind, A. M.; Ackerman, A. S.; Grandin, A.; Dezitter, F.; Weber, M.; Strapp, J. W.; Korolev, A. V.; Williams, C. R.

    2015-06-01

    Occurrences of jet engine power loss and damage have been associated with flight through fully glaciated deep convection at -10 to -50 °C. Power loss events commonly occur during flight through radar reflectivity (Ze) less than 20-30 dBZ and no more than moderate turbulence, often overlying moderate to heavy rain near the surface. During 2010-2012 Airbus carried out flight tests seeking to characterize the highest ice water content (IWC) in such low-Ze regions of large, cold-topped storm systems in the vicinity of Cayenne, Darwin, and Santiago. Within the highest IWC regions encountered, at typical sampling elevations circa 11 km, the measured ice size distributions exhibit a notably narrow concentration of mass over area-equivalent diameters of 100-500 μm. Given substantial and poorly quantified measurement uncertainties, here we evaluate the consistency of the Airbus in situ measurements with ground-based profiling radar observations obtained under quasi-steady, heavy stratiform rain conditions in one of the Airbus-sampled locations. We find that profiler-observed radar reflectivities and mean Doppler velocities at Airbus sampling temperatures are generally consistent with those calculated from in situ size distribution measurements. We also find that column simulations using the in situ size distributions as an upper boundary condition are generally consistent with observed profiles of Ze, mean Doppler velocity, and retrieved rain rate. The results of these consistency checks motivate an examination of the microphysical pathways that could be responsible for the observed size distribution features in Part 2.

  12. High ice water content at low radar reflectivity near deep convection - Part 1: Consistency of in situ and remote-sensing observations with stratiform rain column simulations

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    Fridlind, A. M.; Ackerman, A. S.; Grandin, A.; Dezitter, F.; Weber, M.; Strapp, J. W.; Korolev, A. V.; Williams, C. R.

    2015-10-01

    Occurrences of jet engine power loss and damage have been associated with flight through fully glaciated deep convection at -10 to -50 °C. Power loss events commonly occur during flight through radar reflectivity (Ze) less than 20-30 dBZ and no more than moderate turbulence, often overlying moderate to heavy rain near the surface. During 2010-2012, Airbus carried out flight tests seeking to characterize the highest ice water content (IWC) in such low-Ze regions of large, cold-topped storm systems in the vicinity of Cayenne, Darwin, and Santiago. Within the highest IWC regions encountered, at typical sampling elevations (circa 11 km), the measured ice size distributions exhibit a notably narrow concentration of mass over area-equivalent diameters of 100-500 μm. Given substantial and poorly quantified measurement uncertainties, here we evaluate the consistency of the Airbus in situ measurements with ground-based profiling radar observations obtained under quasi-steady, heavy stratiform rain conditions in one of the Airbus-sampled locations. We find that profiler-observed radar reflectivities and mean Doppler velocities at Airbus sampling temperatures are generally consistent with those calculated from in situ size-distribution measurements. We also find that column simulations using the in situ size distributions as an upper boundary condition are generally consistent with observed profiles of Ze, mean Doppler velocity (MDV), and retrieved rain rate. The results of these consistency checks motivate an examination of the microphysical pathways that could be responsible for the observed size-distribution features in Ackerman et al. (2015).

  13. Effective charge on acetylcholinesterase active sites determined from the ionic strength dependence of association rate constants with cationic ligands.

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    Nolte, H J; Rosenberry, T L; Neumann, E

    1980-08-01

    The reaction of the specific fluorescent cationic ligand N-methylacridinium with the active site of 11S acetylcholinesterase from electric eel was monitored by temperature-jump relaxation kinetics at a variety of ionic strengths. The ionic strength dependence of the bimolecular association rate constant is analyzed with a Brønsted-Debye-Hückel expression and leads to estimates of the association rate constant at zero ionic strength of K120 = 1.1 X 10(10) M-1 S-1 at 25 degrees C and the net charge number of the enzyme active site of ZE = -6.3. The ionic strength dependence of the second-order hydrolysis rate constant kcat/Kapp for acetylthiocholine under steady-state conditions is also very pronounced and indicates a value of ZE = -9. Thus, a large effective negative charge on the enzyme active site appears to be a general characteristic of its interaction with cationic ligands. The ionic strength dependence of Kcat/Kapp is identical with that of sodium chloride, sodium phosphate, and sodium citrate, thus ruling out any possibility that the phenomena arise from a specific, partially competitive binding of Na+ to the enzyme active site. Substitution of the calculated electrostatic parameters into theoretical equations indicates that the most significant effect of these ZE values is a 2-3 order of magnitude reduction in the rate constant for dissociation of the initial ligand-enzyme encounter complex; this decrease renders the bimolecular reaction diffusion controlled. The high value of k120 and the space requirements of six to nine charged groups suggest that regions of the enzyme surface area larger than the catalytic sites themselves are effective in trapping cationic ligands.

  14. Wave Function of the Dirac Equation for an Electron in the Field of a Nucleus Expressed in Terms of an Eigenfunction of the Spin Projection Operator and a Wave Function of the Schrödinger Equation. Radiative Processes of a Hydrogen-Like Atom and Selection Rules

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    Skobelev, V. V.

    2016-05-01

    A solution of the Dirac equation for an electron in the field of a point nucleus (Ze), expressed in terms of an eigenfunction of the operator of the spin projection onto the third axis and the corresponding solution of the Schrödinger equation is derived. This solution is suitable for practical calculations. On the basis of this solution, using ordinary methods of QED and field theory, general principles for the emission of photons, axions, and neutrinos {(Ze)}^{*}to (Ze)+γ, a, voverline{v} by a hydrogen-like atom are formulated which take into account the spin state of the electron and, in the case of photons, their polarization. This range of questions pertaining to a comparative characteristic of processes of emission of massless or almost massless particles has, to this day, not been discussed from this point of view in the literature. Selection rules for γ, a,voverline{v} emission processes are also obtained, where for axions and neutrinos they coincide with the existing selection rules in the literature ∆m = 0,±1; with ∆l = ±1 pertaining to photons, but for photon emission a few of them do in fact differ from them with the hypothesis of odd values of ∆l, not established by us and additional to the usual values ∆l = ±1 of variation of the azimuthal quantum number l due to the appearance of "new" integrals over the spherical angle θ for ∆m = ±1, where for ∆m = 0, as before, ∆l = ±1. Moreover, the dependence of the amplitude of the photon emission process on the quantum numbers is in principle different than in the previously adopted approach to the problem although the lifetime in the excited state for small values of the quantum numbers coincides in order of magnitude with the accepted value 10-9 s.

  15. [Experimental silicosis. I. Fibrogenic effect of synthetic amorphous silica].

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    Woźniak, H; Gościcki, J; Szendzikowski, S; Bielichowska, G; Kołakowski, J; Wojtczak, J; Lao, I

    1978-01-01

    Fibrogenic properties of two dusts of synthetic hydrated amorphous silicas, Ze-O-Sil (French production) and Arsil (Polish production) were studied. Experimental silicosis was induced by intratracheal administration to rats of a single dust dose (50 mg in 0.6 ml NaCl). Fibrogenic properties were tested 3, 6, 9 months after administration of the dust. X-ray diffraction and chemical tests did not reveal any form of crystalline. Si02 in the composition of the investigated dusts. The dusts tested as compared with quartz, were characterized by a great solubility up to 211 mg/l, which made the dust excretion from the lungs easy; after 6 month-experiment approximately 1.2 mg of Arsil dust and about 28 mg of quartz dust residue was found. Fibrogenic properties of Arsil dust, represented by wet lungs weight increase and hydroxyproline content in lungs, were more pronounced than those of Ze-O-Sil. Hydroxyproline content 3 months after administration of Arsil, Ze-O-Sil, TiO2 and weak quartz amounted to 7.3 mg, 5.1 mg, 3.8 mg and 6.0 mg, respectively. Histological and ultrastructural investigations demonstrated that disseminated, multifocal granulomas were the basic reaction to both dusts; no clear histological signs of cytolytic action on the cells of dust granulomas were found. In the lungs no silicotic nodules or degeneration of changes were revealed. Neither biochemical tests nor histological examinations revealed a progressive development of fibrous connective tissue. In result of the studies the authors suggest 2 mg/m3 as a MAC value for Arsil dust instead of 10 mg/m3--the value which has been hitherto used.

  16. Selective Recombination System in Bombyx mori. I. Chromosome Specificity of the Modification Effect

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    Ebinuma, Hiroyasu

    1987-01-01

    The effect of modifiers on recombination frequency between Ze and lem loci on chromosome 3 to elucidate the chromosome specificity of modification and the distribution of modifiers using Bombyx mori lines selected for high (H) and low (L) recombination rates between the pS and Y loci in chromosome 2 was investigated. By crossing to the Z (Ze lem/++) line, the recombination rate between the pS and Y loci in chromosome 2 was decreased from 28.18 to 23.33 in the H line and was increased from 4.92 to 16.05 in the L line. On the other hand, the recombination rate between the Ze and lem loci in chromosome 3 was increased from 16.21 to 20.21 in the Z line by crossing to the H line, but also increased to 19.02 by crossing to the L line. The significant correlation observed between the transformed recombination rates of chromosomes 2 and 3 in the (Z x L) x L backcross indicated that there were common factors modifying recombination frequency in chromosomes 2 and 3 or different factors linked to the same chromosomes. In the family of L x [(Z x L) x L] backcross, the distribution of transformed recombination rates indicated that there were several factors in the remaining chromosomes which were modifying recombination frequency in chromosome 2 but not in chromosome 3. It was also indicated that these factors were linked to different chromosomes than are the factors modifying recombination frequency in chromosome 3. In order to interpret these results, one genetic system model controlling recombination that consists of general and local recombination modifiers was proposed. The evolution of dynamic genetic systems that would effectively reduce recombinational load without reducing the advantage of recombination was discussed. PMID:17246408

  17. Self-accelerated development of salt karst during flash floods along the Dead Sea Coast, Israel

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    Avni, Yoav; Lensky, Nadav; Dente, Elad; Shviro, Maayan; Arav, Reuma; Gavrieli, Ittai; Yechieli, Yoseph; Abelson, Meir; Lutzky, Hallel; Filin, Sagi; Haviv, Itai; Baer, Gidon

    2016-01-01

    We document and analyze the rapid development of a real-time karst system within the subsurface salt layers of the Ze'elim Fan, Dead Sea, Israel by a multidisciplinary study that combines interferometric synthetic aperture radar and light detection and ranging measurements, sinkhole mapping, time-lapse camera monitoring, groundwater level measurements and chemical and isotopic analyses of surface runoff and groundwater. The >1 m/yr drop of Dead Sea water level and the subsequent change in the adjacent groundwater system since the 1960s resulted in flushing of the coastal aquifer by fresh groundwater, subsurface salt dissolution, gradual land subsidence and formation of sinkholes. Since 2010 this process accelerated dramatically as flash floods at the Ze'elim Fan were drained by newly formed sinkholes. During and immediately after these flood events the dissolution rates of the subsurface salt layer increased dramatically, the overlying ground surface subsided, a large number of sinkholes developed over short time periods (hours to days), and salt-saturated water resurged downstream. Groundwater flow velocities increased by more than 2 orders of magnitudes compared to previously measured velocities along the Dead Sea. The process is self-accelerating as salt dissolution enhances subsidence and sinkhole formation, which in turn increase the ponding areas of flood water and generate additional draining conduits to the subsurface. The rapid terrain response is predominantly due to the highly soluble salt. It is enhanced by the shallow depth of the salt layer, the low competence of the newly exposed unconsolidated overburden and the moderate topographic gradients of the Ze'elim Fan.

  18. Preparation of Macrocyclic Z-Enoates and (E,Z)- or (Z,E)-Dienoates through Catalytic Stereoselective Ring-Closing Metathesis

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    2015-01-01

    The first examples of catalyst-controlled stereoselective macrocyclic ring-closing metathesis reactions that generate Z-enoates as well as (E,Z)- or (Z,E)-dienoates are disclosed. Reactions promoted by 3.0–10 mol % of a Mo-based monoaryloxide pyrrolide complex proceed to completion within 2–6 h at room temperature. The desired macrocycles are formed in 79:21 to >98:2 Z/E selectivity; stereoisomerically pure products can be obtained in 43–75% yield after chromatography. Utility is demonstrated by application to a concise formal synthesis of the natural product (+)-aspicilin. PMID:25402822

  19. Effective impedance for predicting the existence of surface states

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    Xiao, Meng; Huang, Xueqin; Fang, Anan; Chan, C. T.

    2016-03-01

    We build an effective impedance for two-dimensional (2D) photonic crystals (PCs) comprising a rectangular lattice of dielectric cylinders with the incident electric field polarized along the axis of the cylinders. In particular, we discuss the feasibility of constructing an effective impedance for the case where the Bloch wave vector is far away from the center of Brillouin zone, where the optical response of the PC is necessarily anisotropic, and hence the effective description becomes inevitably angle dependent. We employ the scattering theory and treat the 2D system as a stack of 1D arrays. We consider only the zero-order interlayer diffraction, and all the higher order diffraction terms of interlayer scattering are ignored. This approximation works well when the higher order diffraction terms are all evanescent waves and the interlayer distance is far enough for them to decay out. Scattering theory enables the calculation of transmission and reflection coefficients of a finite-sized slab, and we extract the effective parameters such as the effective impedance (Ze) and the effective refractive index (ne) using a parameter retrieval method. We note that ne is uniquely defined only in a very limited region of the reciprocal space. (nek0a ≪1 , where k0 is the wave vector inside the vacuum and a is thickness of the slab for retrieval), but Ze is uniquely defined and has a well-defined meaning inside a much larger domain in the reciprocal space. For a lossless system, the effective impedance Ze is purely real for the pass band and purely imaginary in the band gaps. Using the sign of the imaginary part of Ze, we can classify the band gaps into two groups, and this classification explains why there is usually no surface state on the boundary of typical fully gapped PCs composed of a lattice of dielectric cylinders. This effective medium approach also allows us to predict the dispersion of surface states even when the surface wave vectors are well beyond the zone

  20. Dependence of Z-R Relations on the Rain Type Classification Scheme

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    Amitai, Eyal

    1999-01-01

    The TRMM Global Validation Program is giving us a unique opportunity to compare radar datasets from different sites since they are analyzed in a relatively uniform procedure. Monthly Ze-R relations for four different sites (i.e, Melbourne Florida, Houston Texas, Darwin Australia and Kwajalein Atoll) were derived. The relations were obtained using the Window Probability Matching Method (WPMM). This version of the PMM relies on matching unconditional probabilities of rain rates, R, and radar reflectivity, Ze, using rain gauge and radar data, respectively. This procedure was done separately for convective and stratiform rain type using the Steiner classification procedure. The radar and gauge data from all sites were quality controlled using the same algorithms, which include also an automatic procedure to filter unreliable rain gauge data upon comparison to radar data. An adjusted power law Z-R for each rain type was also derived by comparing the radar-gauge coincident pairs in order to adjust the total monthly rainfall to match the gauges. The obtained PMM based Ze-R relations are found to be curved lines in log-log space rather than any straight line power law. While the PMM based Ze-R curves were always distinctly different between the convective and stratiform rain, the power law based Z-R, in few cases, was found to be the same for both types. In general, a given reflectivity was matched to a much lower rain intensity in the convective rainfall as compared to that in stratiform rainfall. These findings are inherently contradictory to previous findings based on disdrometer data and suggest some precaution for using the latter Z-R relations on radar data when the partition of stratiform and convective rainfall amount is in concern. The inverse trends in the relations might be caused by effects such as partial beam fillings, the use of different classification schemes, as well as having a distinct difference in the Z-R relations between the initial convective and

  1. Conformational and structural studies of N-methylacetohydroxamic acid and of its mono- and bis-chelated uranium(VI) complexes.

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    Brandès, Stéphane; Sornosa-Ten, Alejandra; Rousselin, Yoann; Lagrelette, Mickael; Stern, Christine; Moncomble, Aurélien; Cornard, Jean-Paul; Meyer, Michel

    2015-10-01

    The thermodynamics and kinetics of the cis/trans isomerism of N-methylacetohydroxamic acid (NMAH) and its conjugated base (NMA(-)) have been reinvestigated in aqueous media by (1)H NMR spectroscopy. Hindered rotation around the central C-N bond due to electronic delocalization becomes slow enough on the NMR time scale to observe both rotamers in equilibrium in D2O at room temperature. By properly assigning the methyl group resonances, evidence for the prevalence of the E over the Z form is unambiguously provided [K300=[E]/[Z]=2.86(2) and 9.63(5) for NMAH and NMA(-), respectively], closing thereby a long-lasting dispute about the most stable conformer. To that end, calculations of the chemical shifts by density functional theory (DFT), which accurately reproduced the experimental data, turned out to be a much more reliable method than the direct computation of the relative energy for each conformer. The Z ⇌ E interconversion dynamics was probed at 300 K in D2O by 2D exchange-correlated spectroscopy (EXSY), affording the associated rate constants [kZE=9.0(2) s(-1) and kEZ=3.14(5) s(-1) for NMAH, kZE=0.96(3) s(-1) and kEZ=0.10(2) s(-1) for NMA(-)] and activation barriers at 300 K [ΔG(≠)ZE=68.0 kJ mol(-1) and ΔG(≠)EZ=70.6 kJ mol(-1) for NMAH, ΔG(≠)ZE=73.6 kJ mol(-1) and ΔG(≠)EZ=79.2 kJ mol(-1) for NMA(-)]. For the first time, mono- and bis-chelated uranium(VI) complexes of NMA(-) have been isolated. Crystals of [UO2(NMA)(NO3)(H2O)2] and [UO2(NMA)2(H2O)] have been characterized by X-ray diffractometry, infrared and Raman spectroscopies.

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  3. [The Lafarge affair: a judgment in which toxicology didn't win fame!].

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    Anger, J P; Goullé, J P

    2006-01-01

    The famous Lafarge affair which took place in Tulle (Corrèze, France) in 1840, has never ceased to interest the general public because some doubts have remained even after the pronunciation of the judgment. Another hypothesis than arsenicum poisoning has been formulated in 1980 by Professor P. Lepine who believes in a paratyphoid fever occuring after food poisoning. This assumption and the discovery of exceptional family documents in 2004 by Edouard de Lamaze, a distant cousin of Emma Pontier, the confidante of Marie Lafarge, sheds a new light on this mysterious affair.

  4. 13C NMR spectra of 1,3-dipyridyl- and pyridylphenylthioureas. Chemical shift assignments and conformational implications

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    Sudha, L. V.; Sathyanarayana, D. N.; Manogaran, S.

    The 13C NMR spectra of a series of 1,3-dipyridyl- and pyridylphenylthioureas have been obtained. Complete analyses of the experimental spectra have provided the chemical shifts and coupling constants. The spectra of dipyridylthioureas over a temperature range showed important changes which could be attributed to an intramolecular conversion between the two equivalent E,Z and Z,E conformations. The coalescence temperature of the 13C signals leads to a Δ G* of ˜ 58.0 kJ mol -1 for the dynamic process involved. The results show that pyridylphenyl thioureas exist in a single conformation at ambient temperature.

  5. To beta block or not to beta block; that is the question.

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    Ince, Can

    2015-01-01

    The fast-acting β-1 blocker esmolol has been the center of attention since the landmark article by Morrelli and colleagues suggesting that, in patients with sepsis, reducing heart rate by administering esmolol can result in a survival benefit. However, the use of esmolol for the treatment of sepsis and the underlying mechanism responsible for this benefit remain controversial. This commentary discusses the study by Jacquet-Lagrèze and colleagues, who in a pig model of sepsis tested the hypothesis that administration of esmolol to reduce heart rate may correct sepsis-induced sublingual and gut microcirculatory alterations which are known to be associated with adverse outcome. PMID:26400614

  6. A Ruthenium Catalyst for Olefin Metathesis Featuring an Anti-Bredt N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligand

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    Martin, David; Marx, Vanessa M.

    2016-01-01

    A ruthenium complex bearing an “anti-Bredt” N-heterocyclic carbene was synthesized, characterized and evaluated as a catalyst for olefin metathesis. Good conversions were observed at room temperature for the formation of di- and tri-substituted olefins by ring-closing metathesis. It also allowed for the ring-opening metathesis polymerization of cyclooctadiene, as well as for the cross-metathesis of cis-1,4-diacetoxy-2-butene with allyl-benzene, with enhanced Z/E kinetic selectivity over classical NHC-based catalysts. PMID:27594819

  7. Genome-wide analysis reveals divergent patterns of gene expression during zygotic and somatic embryo maturation of Theobroma cacao L., the chocolate tree

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    2014-01-01

    Background Theobroma cacao L. is a tropical fruit tree, the seeds of which are used to create chocolate. In vitro somatic embryogenesis (SE) of cacao is a propagation system useful for rapid mass-multiplication to accelerate breeding programs and to provide plants directly to farmers. Two major limitations of cacao SE remain: the efficiency of embryo production is highly genotype dependent and the lack of full cotyledon development results in low embryo to plant conversion rates. With the goal to better understand SE development and to improve the efficiency of SE conversion we examined gene expression differences between zygotic and somatic embryos using a whole genome microarray. Results The expression of 28,752 genes was determined at 4 developmental time points during zygotic embryogenesis (ZE) and 2 time points during cacao somatic embryogenesis (SE). Within the ZE time course, 10,288 differentially expressed genes were enriched for functions related to responses to abiotic and biotic stimulus, metabolic and cellular processes. A comparison ZE and SE expression profiles identified 10,175 differentially expressed genes. Many TF genes, putatively involved in ethylene metabolism and response, were more strongly expressed in SEs as compared to ZEs. Expression levels of genes involved in fatty acid metabolism, flavonoid biosynthesis and seed storage protein genes were also differentially expressed in the two types of embryos. Conclusions Large numbers of genes were differentially regulated during various stages of both ZE and SE development in cacao. The relatively higher expression of ethylene and flavonoid related genes during SE suggests that the developing tissues may be experiencing high levels of stress during SE maturation caused by the in vitro environment. The expression of genes involved in the synthesis of auxin, polyunsaturated fatty acids and secondary metabolites was higher in SEs relative to ZEs despite lack of lipid and metabolite accumulation

  8. Retrieve Optically Thick Ice Cloud Microphysical Properties by Using Airborne Dual-Wavelength Radar Measurements

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    Wang, Zhien; Heymsfield, Gerald M.; Li, Lihua; Heymsfield, Andrew J.

    2005-01-01

    An algorithm to retrieve optically thick ice cloud microphysical property profiles is developed by using the GSFC 9.6 GHz ER-2 Doppler Radar (EDOP) and the 94 GHz Cloud Radar System (CRS) measurements aboard the high-altitude ER-2 aircraft. In situ size distribution and total water content data from the CRYSTAL-FACE field campaign are used for the algorithm development. To reduce uncertainty in calculated radar reflectivity factors (Ze) at these wavelengths, coincident radar measurements and size distribution data are used to guide the selection of mass-length relationships and to deal with the density and non-spherical effects of ice crystals on the Ze calculations. The algorithm is able to retrieve microphysical property profiles of optically thick ice clouds, such as, deep convective and anvil clouds, which are very challenging for single frequency radar and lidar. Examples of retrieved microphysical properties for a deep convective clouds are presented, which show that EDOP and CRS measurements provide rich information to study cloud structure and evolution. Good agreement between IWPs derived from an independent submillimeter-wave radiometer, CoSSIR, and dual-wavelength radar measurements indicates accuracy of the IWC retrieved from the two-frequency radar algorithm.

  9. Atmospheric chemistry of short-chain haloolefins: photochemical ozone creation potentials (POCPs), global warming potentials (GWPs), and ozone depletion potentials (ODPs).

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    Wallington, T J; Sulbaek Andersen, M P; Nielsen, O J

    2015-06-01

    Short-chain haloolefins are being introduced as replacements for saturated halocarbons. The unifying chemical feature of haloolefins is the presence of a CC double bond which causes the atmospheric lifetimes to be significantly shorter than for the analogous saturated compounds. We discuss the atmospheric lifetimes, photochemical ozone creation potentials (POCPs), global warming potentials (GWPs), and ozone depletion potentials (ODPs) of haloolefins. The commercially relevant short-chain haloolefins CF3CFCH2 (1234yf), trans-CF3CHCHF (1234ze(Z)), CF3CFCF2 (1216), cis-CF3CHCHCl (1233zd(Z)), and trans-CF3CHCHCl (1233zd(E)) have short atmospheric lifetimes (days to weeks), negligible POCPs, negligible GWPs, and ODPs which do not differ materially from zero. In the concentrations expected in the environment their atmospheric degradation products will have a negligible impact on ecosystems. CF3CFCH2 (1234yf), trans-CF3CHCHF (1234ze(Z)), CF3CFCF2 (1216), cis-CF3CHCHCl (1233zd(Z)), and trans-CF3CHCHCl (1233zd(E)) are environmentally acceptable.

  10. Peroxidase 4 is involved in syringyl lignin formation in Arabidopsis thaliana.

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    Fernández-Pérez, Francisco; Vivar, Tamara; Pomar, Federico; Pedreño, María A; Novo-Uzal, Esther

    2015-03-01

    Syringyl lignins result from the oxidative polymerization of sinapyl alcohol in a reaction mediated by syringyl (basic) peroxidases. Several peroxidases have been identified in the genome of Arabidopsis thaliana as close homologues to ZePrx, the best characterized basic peroxidase so far, but none of these has been directly involved in lignification. We have used a knock-out mutant of AtPrx4, the closest homologue to ZePrx, to study the involvement of this basic peroxidase in the physiology of the plant under both long- and short-day light conditions. Our results suggest that AtPrx4 is involved in cell wall lignification, especially in syringyl monomer formation. The disruption of AtPrx4 causes a decrease in syringyl units proportion, but only when light conditions are optimal. Moreover, the effect of AtPrx4 disruption is age-dependent, and it is only significant when the elongation process of the stem has ceased and lignification becomes active. In conclusion, AtPrx4 emerges as a basic peroxidase regulated by day length with an important role in lignification.

  11. IMPROVEMENT OF THE DUAL-FREQUENCY PRECIPITATION RETRIEVAL METHOD FOR A GLOBAL ESTIMATION OF THE Z-R RELATIONSHIP

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    Seto, Shinta; Iguchi, Toshio

    The Z-R relationship (Z=aRb) between radar reflectivity factor Z and precipitation rate R has been used for operational radar measurements, but its coefficients (a, b) are known to be highly variable in time and space and also dependent on precipitation types. The Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR) is expected to instantaneously estimate the 2-moment drop size distribution (DSD) function and to finally derive global maps of (a, b). For this big goal, it is necessary to improve the accuracy of the instantaneous dual-frequency retrieval method. In this study, Mardiana’s method (MA04) is tested with a simulated DPR measurement dataset, and it is found that MA04 has negative bias which corresponds to 40% of the true precipitation rate. While the true equivalent radar reflectivity factor Ze does not change largely along the range, the estimates of Ze by MA04 tend to be smaller at lower range bins. MA04 is modified into three new methods. In the best method, the bias is limited to 18% of the truth.

  12. Heritable variation of sex pheromone composition and the potential for evolution of resistance to pheromone-based control of the Indian meal moth, Plodia interpunctella.

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    Svensson, Glenn P; Ryne, Camilla; Löfstedt, Christer

    2002-07-01

    The short-term evolutionary effect of pheromone-based mating disruption on the mating ability of the Indian meal moth, Plodia interpunctella, was investigated. Three independent selection lines were established, and the mating ability of moths in plastic tents treated with high doses of pheromone and in control tents was compared for two consecutive generations. In addition, the heritability of the sex pheromone blend, measured as the ratio of two major pheromone components (Z,E)-9,12-tetradecadienyl acetate and (Z,E)-9,12-tetradecadienol, was estimated. Based on a mother-daughter regression analysis including 21 families, the heritability of the pheromone blend was 0.65 +/- 0.14, indicating a potential for evolutionary change of the character. However, no increase in mating ability of females in pheromone-treated tents or alteration of the pheromone blend was observed in any selection line when compared with control lines, indicating no or weak selection on the pheromone blend as well as other traits influencing mating ability of this species under the created mating disruption conditions. Factors contributing to the lack of selection effects are discussed.

  13. The interaction with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi or Trichoderma harzianum alters the shoot hormonal profile in melon plants.

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    Martínez-Medina, Ainhoa; Roldán, Antonio; Albacete, Alfonso; Pascual, Jose A

    2011-02-01

    Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) and Trichoderma harzianum are known to affect plant growth and disease resistance through interaction with phytohormone synthesis or transport in the plant. Cross-talk between these microorganisms and their host plants normally occurs in nature and may affect plant resistance. Simultaneous quantification in the shoots of melon plants revealed significant changes in the levels of several hormones in response to inoculation with T. harzianum and two different AMF (Glomus intraradices and Glomus mosseae). Analysis of zeatin (Ze), indole-3-acetic acid (IAA), 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid (ACC), salicylic acid (SA), jasmonic acid (JA) and abscisic acid (ABA) in the shoot showed common and divergent responses of melon plants to G. intraradices and G. mosseae. T. harzianum effected systemic increases in Ze, IAA, ACC, SA, JA and ABA. The interaction of T. harzianum and the AMF with the plant produced a characteristic hormonal profile, which differed from that produced by inoculation with each microorganism singly, suggesting an attenuation of the plant response, related to the hormones SA, JA and ethylene. These results are discussed in relation to their involvement in biomass allocation and basal resistance against Fusarium wilt. PMID:21145086

  14. Peroxidase 4 is involved in syringyl lignin formation in Arabidopsis thaliana.

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    Fernández-Pérez, Francisco; Vivar, Tamara; Pomar, Federico; Pedreño, María A; Novo-Uzal, Esther

    2015-03-01

    Syringyl lignins result from the oxidative polymerization of sinapyl alcohol in a reaction mediated by syringyl (basic) peroxidases. Several peroxidases have been identified in the genome of Arabidopsis thaliana as close homologues to ZePrx, the best characterized basic peroxidase so far, but none of these has been directly involved in lignification. We have used a knock-out mutant of AtPrx4, the closest homologue to ZePrx, to study the involvement of this basic peroxidase in the physiology of the plant under both long- and short-day light conditions. Our results suggest that AtPrx4 is involved in cell wall lignification, especially in syringyl monomer formation. The disruption of AtPrx4 causes a decrease in syringyl units proportion, but only when light conditions are optimal. Moreover, the effect of AtPrx4 disruption is age-dependent, and it is only significant when the elongation process of the stem has ceased and lignification becomes active. In conclusion, AtPrx4 emerges as a basic peroxidase regulated by day length with an important role in lignification. PMID:25506770

  15. The chemotaxonomic significance of two bioactive caffeic acid esters, nepetoidins A and B, in the Lamiaceae.

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    Grayer, Renée J; Eckert, Maria R; Veitch, Nigel C; Kite, Geoffrey C; Marin, Petar D; Kokubun, Tetsuo; Simmonds, Monique S J; Paton, Alan J

    2003-09-01

    A survey of leaf surface constituents in the family Lamiaceae using HPLC with diode array detection revealed the presence of two characteristic phenolic compounds in many species. The distribution of these phenolics in the Lamiaceae was found to be of taxonomic significance, as they were present in the great majority of species investigated for the subfamily Nepetoideae, including representatives of the well-known genera of culinary herbs, mint, rosemary, sage, thyme and basil. In contrast, they were absent from species of the other subfamilies of Lamiaceae studied and from the related families Verbenaceae, Scrophulariaceae, Acanthaceae and Buddlejaceae. The compounds were isolated from Plectranthus crassus and identified by NMR spectroscopy as the known caffeic acid esters (Z,E)-[2-(3,5-dihydroxyphenyl)ethenyl] 3-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)-2-propenoate and (Z,E)-[2-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)ethenyl] 3-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)-2-propenoate, for which the trivial names nepetoidins A and B are proposed. The presence of this pair of caffeic acid esters adds another character to the chemical, palynological and embryological features distinguishing the Nepetoideae from the other subfamilies of Lamiaceae and related families, and supports the view that the Nepetoideae are a specialised and monophyletic group within the family. Nepetoidin B was shown to have a greater antioxidant activity than gallic, rosmarinic and caffeic acids, and showed activity as an insect phagostimulant. Both compounds were antifungal.

  16. Ice Concentration Retrieval in Stratiform Mixed-phase Clouds Using Cloud Radar Reflectivity Measurements and 1D Ice Growth Model Simulations

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    Zhang, Damao; Wang, Zhien; Heymsfield, Andrew J.; Fan, Jiwen; Luo, Tao

    2014-10-01

    Measurement of ice number concentration in clouds is important but still challenging. Stratiform mixed-phase clouds (SMCs) provide a simple scenario for retrieving ice number concentration from remote sensing measurements. The simple ice generation and growth pattern in SMCs offers opportunities to use cloud radar reflectivity (Ze) measurements and other cloud properties to infer ice number concentration quantitatively. To understand the strong temperature dependency of ice habit and growth rate quantitatively, we develop a 1-D ice growth model to calculate the ice diffusional growth along its falling trajectory in SMCs. The radar reflectivity and fall velocity profiles of ice crystals calculated from the 1-D ice growth model are evaluated with the Atmospheric Radiation Measurements (ARM) Climate Research Facility (ACRF) ground-based high vertical resolution radar measurements. Combining Ze measurements and 1-D ice growth model simulations, we develop a method to retrieve the ice number concentrations in SMCs at given cloud top temperature (CTT) and liquid water path (LWP). The retrieved ice concentrations in SMCs are evaluated with in situ measurements and with a three-dimensional cloud-resolving model simulation with a bin microphysical scheme. These comparisons show that the retrieved ice number concentrations are within an uncertainty of a factor of 2, statistically.

  17. Chemical protection of pheromones containing an internal conjugated diene system from isomerization and oxidation.

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    Ideses, R; Shani, A

    1988-08-01

    Conjugated diene systems are common in natural products, including pheromones. The systems are sensitive to heat, light, and oxygen, among other things. They can be protected by antioxidants and UV absorbers, which slow downcis-trans isomerization and oxidation. Three sex pheromones (one as an analog) containingZ,E, E,Z, andE,E units were studied: (Z,E)-9,11-C14OAc, (E,Z)-7,9-C12OAc, and (E,E)-10,12-C16OAc. The UV absorber 2-hydroxy-4-methoxybenzophenone and the antioxidants BHT and BHA were found to be effective in solution. The protective effect of the UV absorber against photoisomerization on paper carriers was not as good as that in solution. Preliminary studies on the utilization of formulations containing these compounds and (Z,E)-9,11-C14OAc in the mass trapping of Egyptian cotton leafworm male in cotton fields showed the new combinations to be as good as a previously used formulation with UOP 688, a compound which is unpleasant to handle.

  18. Failure of subtotal arytenoidectomy to improve upper airway flow mechanics in exercising standardbreds with induced laryngeal hemiplegia.

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    Belknap, J K; Derksen, F J; Nickels, F A; Stick, J A; Robinson, N E

    1990-09-01

    Upper airway flow mechanics and arterial blood gas measurements were used to assess the efficacy of subtotal arytenoidectomy for treatment of induced left laryngeal hemiplegia in horses. Measurements were collected with the horses at rest, and trotting or pacing on a treadmill (6.38 degrees incline) at speeds of 4.2 and 7.0 m/s. Experimental protocols were performed after right common carotid artery exteriorization (baseline), after left recurrent laryngeal neurectomy (LRLN), and after left subtotal arytenoidectomy. At baseline, increasing treadmill speed progressively increased peak inspiratory and expiratory flow (VImax and VEmax, respectively), peak inspiratory and expiratory transupper airway pressure (PuI and PuE, respectively), respiratory frequency (f), tidal volume (VT), minute volume (VE), and heart rate. Inspiratory and expiratory times (TI and TE, respectively) and arterial oxygen tension (PaO2) decreased with increased treadmill speed; inspiratory and expiratory impedance (ZI and ZE, respectively) did not change. After LRLN, VImax, f, and PaO2 significantly (P less than 0.05) decreased at exercise, whereas PuI, TI, and ZI significantly increased. Minute volume decreased at exercise after LRLN, but the changes were not significant; LRLN had no effect on VEmax, PuE, ZE, heart rate, arterial carbon dioxide tension (PaCO2), or VT. Subtotal arytenoidectomy did not improve upper airway flow mechanics or blood gas measurements impaired by laryngeal hemiplegia.

  19. Environmental materials for remediation of soils contaminated with lead and cadmium using maize (Zea mays L.) growth as a bioindicator.

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    Shi, Yu; Huang, Zhanbin; Liu, Xiujie; Imran, Suheryani; Peng, Licheng; Dai, Rongji; Deng, Yulin

    2016-04-01

    Heavy metal pollution is a severe environmental problem. Remediation of contaminated soils can be accomplished using environmental materials that are low cost and environmentally friendly. We evaluated the individual and combination effects of humic acid (HA), super absorbent polymer (SAP), zeolite (ZE), and fly ash composites (FC) on immobilization of lead (Pb) and cadmium (Cd) in contaminated soils. We also investigated long-term practical approaches for remediation of heavy metal pollution in soil. The biochemical and morphological properties of maize (Zea mays L.) were selected as biomarkers to assess the effects of environmental materials on heavy metal immobilization. The results showed that addition of test materials to soil effectively reduced heavy metal accumulation in maize foliage, improving chlorophyll levels, plant growth, and antioxidant enzyme activity. The test materials reduced heavy metal injury to maize throughout the growth period. A synergistic effect from combinations of different materials on immobilization of Pb and Cd was determined based on the reduction of morphological and biochemical injuries to maize. The combination of zeolite and humic acid was especially effective. Treatment with a combination of HA + SAP + ZE + FC was superior for remediation of soils contaminated with high levels of Pb and Cd. PMID:26604199

  20. Polarimetric spectra analysis for tokamak pitch angle measurements

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    Ko, J.; Chung, J.; Lange, A. G. G.; de Bock, M. F. M.

    2013-10-01

    Measurements of the internal magnetic field structures using conventional polarimetric approaches are considered extremely challenging in fusion-reactor environments whereas the information on current density profiles is essential to establish steady-state and advance operation scenarios in such reactor-relevant devices. Therefore, on ITER a hybrid system is proposed for the current density measurements that uses both polarimetry and spectral measurements. The spectrum-based approaches have been tested in the Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) during the past two plasma campaigns. As such, KSTAR is a test-bed for the proposed ITER hybrid system. Measurements in the plasma core are based on the motional Stark effect (MSE) spectrum of the neutral beam emission. For the edge profiles, the Zeeman effect (ZE) acting on the lithium emission spectrum of the newly installed (2013) Lithium-beam-diagnostic is exploited. The neutral beam emission spectra, complicated by the multi-ion-source beam injection, are successfully fitted making use of the data provided by the Atomic Data and Analysis Structure (ADAS) database package. This way pitch angle profiles could be retrieved from the beam emission spectra. With the same spectrometer/CCD hardware as on MSE, but with a different wavelength range and different lines of sight, the first ZE spectrum measurements have been made. The Zeeman splitting comparable to and greater than the instrumental broadening has been routinely detected at high toroidal field operations ( ~ 3 Tesla).

  1. Evaluation of Cloud Microphysics in JMA-NHM Simulations Using Bin or Bulk Microphysical Schemes through Comparison with Cloud Radar Observations

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    Iguchi, Takamichi; Nakajima, Teruyuki; Khain, Alexander P.; Saito, Kazuo; Takemura, Toshihiko; Okamoto, Hajime; Nishizawa, Tomoaki; Tao, Wei-Kuo

    2012-01-01

    Numerical weather prediction (NWP) simulations using the Japan Meteorological Agency NonhydrostaticModel (JMA-NHM) are conducted for three precipitation events observed by shipborne or spaceborneW-band cloud radars. Spectral bin and single-moment bulk cloud microphysics schemes are employed separatelyfor an intercomparative study. A radar product simulator that is compatible with both microphysicsschemes is developed to enable a direct comparison between simulation and observation with respect to theequivalent radar reflectivity factor Ze, Doppler velocity (DV), and path-integrated attenuation (PIA). Ingeneral, the bin model simulation shows better agreement with the observed data than the bulk modelsimulation. The correction of the terminal fall velocities of snowflakes using those of hail further improves theresult of the bin model simulation. The results indicate that there are substantial uncertainties in the masssizeand sizeterminal fall velocity relations of snowflakes or in the calculation of terminal fall velocity of snowaloft. For the bulk microphysics, the overestimation of Ze is observed as a result of a significant predominanceof snow over cloud ice due to substantial deposition growth directly to snow. The DV comparison shows thata correction for the fall velocity of hydrometeors considering a change of particle size should be introducedeven in single-moment bulk cloud microphysics.

  2. [Study on trace component in sex pheromones of Dendrolimus spp].

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    Kong, Xiangbo; Zhang, Zhen; Wang, Hongbin; Zhao, Chenghua

    2005-07-01

    Two compounds were isolated, as sex pheromone components, from the abdominal tips of the female pine caterpillar moth, Dendrolimus kikuchii. The major component was identified as (Z,E)-5,7-dodecadien-1-yl acetate by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. There are some difficulties to elucidate the structure of the minor component due to its trace and coelution with other components. The derivatives of alkaline methanolysis and reacetylation of pheromone gland extracts of D. kikuchii were analyzed by high-resolution gas chromatography, which was performed to verify the functional group and stereo isomers of the trace component in the pheromone gland extracts. The trace component was characterized as (Z,E) -5,7-dodecadienol via microchemical reaction. The advantages of the conversion of acetates to corresponding alcohols or of alcohols to the corresponding acetates in identifying the trace component of pheromone gland extracts of D. kikuchii were discussed. The importance of identifying the trace component in pheromone chemical communication system of insects is emphasized.

  3. Lithium modified zeolite synthesis for conversion of biodiesel-derived glycerol to polyglycerol

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    Ayoub, Muhammad; Abdullah, Ahmad Zuhairi; Inayat, Abrar

    2014-10-24

    Basic zeolite has received significant attention in the catalysis community. These zeolites modified with alkaline are the potential replacement for existing zeolite catalysts due to its unique features with added advantages. The present paper covers the preparation of lithium modified zeolite Y (Li-ZeY) and its activity for solvent free conversion of biodiesel-derived glycerol to polyglycerol via etherification process. The modified zeolite was well characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and Nitrogen Adsorption. The SEM images showed that there was no change in morphology of modified zeolite structure after lithium modification. XRD patterns showed that the structure of zeolite was sustained after lithium modification. The surface properties of parent and modified zeolite was also observed N{sub 2} adsortion-desorption technique and found some changes in surface area and pore size. In addition, the basic strength of prepared materials was measured by Hammet indicators and found that basic strength of Li-ZeY was highly improved. This modified zeolite was found highly thermal stable and active heterogamous basic catalyst for conversion of solvent free glycerol to polyglycerol. This reaction was conducted at different temperatures and 260 °C was found most active temperature for this process for reaction time from 6 to 12 h over this basic catalyst in the absence of solvent.

  4. System-independent characterization of materials using dual-energy computed tomography

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    Azevedo, Stephen G.; Martz, Jr., Harry E.; Aufderheide, III, Maurice B.; Brown, William D.; Champley, Kyle M.; Kallman, Jeffrey S.; Roberson, G. Patrick; Schneberk, Daniel; Seetho, Isaac M.; Smith, Jerel A.

    2016-02-01

    In this study, we present a new decomposition approach for dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) called SIRZ that provides precise and accurate material description, independent of the scanner, over diagnostic energy ranges (30 to 200 keV). System independence is achieved by explicitly including a scanner-specific spectral description in the decomposition method, and a new X-ray-relevant feature space. The feature space consists of electron density, ρe, and a new effective atomic number, Ze, which is based on published X-ray cross sections. Reference materials are used in conjunction with the system spectral response so that additional beam-hardening correction is not necessary. The techniquemore » is tested against other methods on DECT data of known specimens scanned by diverse spectra and systems. Uncertainties in accuracy and precision are less than 3% and 2% respectively for the (ρe, Ze) results compared to prior methods that are inaccurate and imprecise (over 9%).« less

  5. Study on the role of active radicals on plasma sterilization inside small diameter flexible polymeric tubes

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    Mstsuura, Hiroto; Fujiyama, Takatomo; Okuno, Yasuki; Furuta, Masakazu; Okuda, Shuichi; Takemura, Yuichiro

    2015-09-01

    Recently, atmospheric pressure discharge plasma has gathered attention in various fields. Among them, plasma sterilization with many types of plasma source has studied for decades and its mechanism is still an open question. If active radicals produced in plasma has main contribution of killing bacterias, direct contact of the so-called plasma flame might not be necessary. To confirm this, sterilization inside small diameter flexible polymeric tubes is studied in present work. DBD type plasma jet is produce by flowing helium gas in a glass tube. A long polymeric tube is connected and plasma jet is introduced into it. Plasma flame length depends on helium gas flow rate, but limited to about 10 cm in our experimental condition. E.colis set at the exit plasma source is easily killed during 10 min irradiation. At the tube end (about 20 cm away from plasma source exit), sterilization is possible with 30 min operation. This result shows that active radical is produced with helium plasma and mist contained in sample, and it can be transferred more than 20 cm during it life time. More plasma diagnostic data will also be shown at the conference. This work was partially supported by the ''ZE Research Program, IAE(ZE27B-4).

  6. Photochemical properties of multi-azobenzene compounds.

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    Bahrenburg, Julia; Sievers, Claudia M; Schönborn, Jan Boyke; Hartke, Bernd; Renth, Falk; Temps, Friedrich; Näther, Christian; Sönnichsen, Frank D

    2013-03-01

    A systematic study is reported of the photochemical properties of the multi-azobenzene compounds bis[4-(phenylazo)phenyl]amine (BPAPA) and tris[4-(phenylazo)phenyl]amine (TPAPA) compared to the parent molecule 4-aminoazobenzene (AAB). The bis- and tris-azobenzenes were synthesised by a variant of the Ullmann reaction and exist in their stable all-E forms at room temperature. Striking changes in the spectral positions and intensities of their first ππ* absorption bands compared to AAB reveal strong electronic coupling between the AB units. The nature of the excited states was explored by quantum chemical calculations at the approximate coupled-cluster (CC2) level. Upon UV/VIS irradiation, the molecules isomerise to the Z-isomer (AAB), ZE- and ZZ-isomers (BPAPA), and ZEE-, ZZE- and ZZZ-isomers (TPAPA), respectively. The photoswitching behaviours were investigated by UV/VIS and NMR spectroscopies. All individual isomers were detected by one-dimensional (1D) (1)H NMR spectroscopy (BPAPA) and two-dimensional (2D) HSQC NMR spectroscopy (TPAPA). A kinetic analysis provided the isomer-specific thermal lifetimes. The variance of the thermal lifetimes demonstrates a dependence of the Z-E isomerisation on the chromophore size and number of AB units. PMID:23224342

  7. Pheromone synthesis in a biomicroreactor coated with anti-adsorption polyelectrolyte multilayer

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    Dimov, Nikolay; Muñoz, Lourdes; Carot-Sans, Gerard; Verhoeven, Michel L. P. M.; Bula, Wojciech P.; Kocer, Gülistan; Guerrero, Angel; Gardeniers, Han J. G. E.

    2011-01-01

    To prepare a biosynthetic module in an infochemical communication project, we designed a silicon/glass microreactor with anti-adsorption polyelectrolyte multilayer coating and immobilized alcohol acetyl transferase (atf), one of the key biosynthetic enzymes of the pheromone of Spodoptera littoralis, on agarose beads inside. The system reproduces the last step of the biosynthesis in which the precursor diene alcohol (Z,E)-9,11-tetradecadienol is transformed into the major component (Z,E)-9,11-tetradecadienyl acetate. The scope of this study was to analyze and implement a multilayer, anti-adsorption coating based on layer-by-layer deposition of polyethylenimine/dextransulfate sodium salt (PEI/DSS). The multilayers were composed of two PEI with molecular weights 750 and 1.2 kDa at pH 9.2 or 6.0. Growth, morphology, and stability of the layers were analyzed by ellipsometry and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The anti-adsorption functionality of the multilayer inside the microreactor was validated. The activity of His6-(atf) was measured by gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometer (GC-MS). PMID:22662033

  8. Atmospheric chemistry of short-chain haloolefins: photochemical ozone creation potentials (POCPs), global warming potentials (GWPs), and ozone depletion potentials (ODPs).

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    Wallington, T J; Sulbaek Andersen, M P; Nielsen, O J

    2015-06-01

    Short-chain haloolefins are being introduced as replacements for saturated halocarbons. The unifying chemical feature of haloolefins is the presence of a CC double bond which causes the atmospheric lifetimes to be significantly shorter than for the analogous saturated compounds. We discuss the atmospheric lifetimes, photochemical ozone creation potentials (POCPs), global warming potentials (GWPs), and ozone depletion potentials (ODPs) of haloolefins. The commercially relevant short-chain haloolefins CF3CFCH2 (1234yf), trans-CF3CHCHF (1234ze(Z)), CF3CFCF2 (1216), cis-CF3CHCHCl (1233zd(Z)), and trans-CF3CHCHCl (1233zd(E)) have short atmospheric lifetimes (days to weeks), negligible POCPs, negligible GWPs, and ODPs which do not differ materially from zero. In the concentrations expected in the environment their atmospheric degradation products will have a negligible impact on ecosystems. CF3CFCH2 (1234yf), trans-CF3CHCHF (1234ze(Z)), CF3CFCF2 (1216), cis-CF3CHCHCl (1233zd(Z)), and trans-CF3CHCHCl (1233zd(E)) are environmentally acceptable. PMID:25070769

  9. A multiplex PCR method of detecting recombinant DNAs from five lines of genetically modified maize.

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    Matsuoka, T; Kuribara, H; Akiyama, H; Miura, H; Goda, Y; Kusakabe, Y; Isshiki, K; Toyoda, M; Hino, A

    2001-02-01

    Seven lines of genetically modified (GM) maize have been authorized in Japan as foods and feeds imported from the USA. We improved a multiplex PCR method described in the previous report in order to distinguish the five lines of GM maize. Genomic DNA was extracted from GM maize with a silica spin column kit, which could reduce experimental time and improve safety in the laboratory and potentially in the environment. We sequenced recombinant DNA (r-DNA) introduced into GM maize, and re-designed new primer pairs to increase the specificity of PCR to distinguish five lines of GM maize by multiplex PCR. A primer pair for the maize intrinsic zein gene (Ze1) was also designed to confirm the presence of amplifiable maize DNA. The lengths of PCR products using these six primer pairs were different. The Ze1 and the r-DNAs from the five lines of GM maize were qualitatively detected in one tube. The specific PCR bands were distinguishable from each other on the basis of the expected length. The r-DNA could be detected from maize samples containing 0.5% of each of the five lines of GM maize. The sensitivity would be acceptable to secure the verification of non-GMO materials and to monitor the reliability of the labeling system.

  10. Roots, storms and soil pores: Incorporating key ecohydrological processes into Budyko's hydrological model

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    Donohue, Randall J.; Roderick, Michael L.; McVicar, Tim R.

    2012-05-01

    SummaryDue to its role in intercepting and evaporating water, vegetation is a key medium through which catchment water yields can be manipulated and may prove to be an important tool available to managers for mitigating the effects of climatic changes on yields. Understanding of the effects of vegetation on long-term catchment flows is growing, yet incorporation of these effects into hydrological models has typically been empirical and qualitative, or deterministic and quantitative - but at the cost of simplicity. Here we present a new ecohydrological model (the Budyko-Choudhury-Porporato, or BCP, model) that is the combination of two pre-existing models. It is simple, quantitative and process-based. As well as accounting for the well established roles played by average precipitation (P) and potential evaporation (Ep) on long-term catchment flows (R), the BCP model also provides estimates of n - a catchment-specific model parameter that alters the partitioning of P between R and evaporation - which is estimated as a function of plant-available soil water holding capacity (κ), mean storm depth (α) and effective rooting depth (Ze). After developing this model and testing results at several spatial scales across Australia, we used the model to analyse the sensitivity of R to changes in Ze and α (as well as P and Ep) in the high yield zones of the Murray-Darling Basin. The model performed well overall at both the coarse spatial scale (i.e., the Basin) and at the finer scales of sub-basin regions and of catchments, capturing ˜90% of the observed variability in R. At the regional scale, BCP-modelled R was more or less the same as when a default (constant) value of n was used to model R (that is, n = 1.8). This is due to the general aridity of these regions (under such conditions R is insensitive to small variations in n). However, at the catchment scale, use of the BCP model in 'wet' catchments (i.e., R > 500 mm y-1) increased the accuracy of predictions by

  11. Three dimensional characteristics of precipitating cloud systems observed during Indian summer monsoon

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    Kumar, Shailendra

    2016-09-01

    Ten year of TRMM PR data is used to study the properties of the precipitating cloud systems over Indian land and ocean areas. TRMM PR reflectivity information is often displayed in three dimensions, making it excellent for study the three dimensional characteristics of precipitating cloud systems. A cloud system (CS) is defined by connecting pixels of more than 17 dBZ, with at least one pixel must be higher than 40 dBZ. Within the CSs two types of cloud cells are defined, namely most vigorous cell (MVC) and reflectivity profile for cloud (RPC) for informing the vertical structure of precipitation. Most vigorous cell contains the maximum Ze at each altitude from the CSs, whereas the RPC consists of the vertical extension of Ze ⩾ 40 dBZ at any altitude. Area covered by different reflectivity thresholds (30, 35 and 40 dBZ), and analysis of three dimensional cloud vertical structure show the evolution characteristics of cloud systems. Vertical structure of precipitation shows higher regional differences compared to cloud area and evolution of clouds. Head of Bay consists higher number of precipitating cloud systems. Land areas show the intense cloud systems compared to oceanic areas and on an average, precipitation intensity is least over Arabian Sea and highest over central India. Probability of warm rain is higher over Western Ghats and Arabian Sea. Between 5 and 10 km altitude, reflectivity values show 5 dBZ difference in MVC and RPC. Western Ghats shows higher reflectivity value above 12 km altitude and matches with land dominated areas. Land dominated area shows higher fraction of deep clouds. Almost 50% MVCs cross 10 km altitude over land dominated areas whereas only 20% MVCs are crossing the 10 km altitude over Arabian Sea. Maximum height of 30 and 40 dBZ consist the lower mode over Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal compared to land dominated areas. Small cloud systems consist higher area of intense precipitation (higher values of Ze) and as the area of cloud

  12. Dependence of the drizzle growth process on the cloud top height and its relevance to the aerosol vertical profile

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    Kawamoto, K.; Suzuki, K.

    2013-12-01

    Transitional processes among cloud droplets, drizzle and raindrops are still uncertain and more efforts are required for the better understanding. In this situation, difference in the drizzle growth process was examined according to the cloud top height using the CloudSat and MODIS synergetic datasets. From the CloudSat products such as 2B-GEOPROF, 2B-TAU, ECMWF-AUX, only one-layered water clouds whose top temperatures were warmer than 273K were extracted over China (a circular area having a diameter of 1800km of the center at 35°N and 120°E) and over ocean (a circular area having a diameter of 1500km of the center at 35°N and 150°E). Then a threshold of 3km of the cloud top height was adopted to divide the extracted clouds into upper and lower cases. First, the probability distribution functions (PDF) of the cloud droplet number density (Nc) and the effective particle radius (Re) were calculated for these four cases (land/ocean/upper/lower). Nc was obtained assuming the adiabatic liquid water content from MODIS-derived cloud optical depth and Re. Oceanic clouds had fewer Nc than land clouds, and almost the same for upper and lower cases. Land clouds had more Nc for the lower case than for the higher case. On the other hand, oceanic clouds had larger Re than land clouds, and almost the same for upper and lower cases. Land clouds had smaller Re for the lower case than for the higher case. These results quite agreed with our existing knowledge on the vertical profile of the aerosol number concentration over ocean (pristine) and land (polluted). Although the number of aerosol particles is fewer and almost the same regardless of the height over the ocean, it is more near the surface and it rapidly decreases according to the height over the land. Next, examining PDF of the radar reflectivity (Ze), we found that although PDFs of Ze were almost the same for oceanic clouds regardless of the cloud top height, PDF of land lower clouds were less frequent at around from

  13. Observation of the spectral-invariant properties of clouds in transition zones during MAGIC, A case study

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    Yang, W.; Marshak, A.; McBride, P. J.; Chiu, J. Y. C.; Knyazikhin, Y.; Schmidt, S.; Flynn, C. J.; Lewis, E. R.; Eloranta, E. W.

    2015-12-01

    The time-resolved hyper spectral measurements during MAGIC provide a unique opportunity to study both clouds and aerosols in transition zones between cloudy and clear skies. This presentation presents the spectral-invariant properties of cloud transition zones observed on two cases of July, 2013 using the measurements from the Shortwave Array Spectroradiometer-Zenith (SAS-Ze) and the Solar Spectral Flux Radiometer (SSFR). Though radiance measurements from the two instruments can be different possibly due to the calibration drifting, the spectral-invariant properties observed on the two instruments show some common features. These features indicate that the overall cloud effective particle size likely decreases during the transition from cloudy to clear skies in the two cases.

  14. Simulations of Keratoconus Patient Vision with Optical Eye Modeling

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    Tan, Bo; Chen, Ying-Ling; Lewis, J. W. L.; Shi, Lei; Wang, Ming

    2007-11-01

    Keratoconus (KC) is an eye condition that involves progressive corneal thinning. Pushed by the intraocular pressure, the weakened cornea bulges outward and creates an irregular surface shape. The result is degraded vision that is difficult to correct with regular eye glasses or contact lens. In this study we use the optical lens design software, ZeMax, and patient data including cornea topography and refraction prescription to construct KC eye models. The variation of KC ``cone height'' on the cornea is used to simulate KC progression. The consequent patients' night vision and Snellen letter chart vision at 20 feet are simulated using these anatomically accurate 3-dimensional models. 100 million rays are traced for each image simulation. Animated results illustrate the change of KC visual acuity with the progression of disease. This simulation technique provides a comprehensive tool for medical training and patient consultation/education.

  15. Simulation of High Velocity Impact on Composite Structures - Model Implementation and Validation

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    Schueler, Dominik; Toso-Pentecôte, Nathalie; Voggenreiter, Heinz

    2016-08-01

    High velocity impact on composite aircraft structures leads to the formation of flexural waves that can cause severe damage to the structure. Damage and failure can occur within the plies and/or in the resin rich interface layers between adjacent plies. In the present paper a modelling methodology is documented that captures intra- and inter-laminar damage and their interrelations by use of shell element layers representing sub-laminates that are connected with cohesive interface layers to simulate delamination. This approach allows the simulation of large structures while still capturing the governing damage mechanisms and their interactions. The paper describes numerical algorithms for the implementation of a Ladevèze continuum damage model for the ply and methods to derive input parameters for the cohesive zone model. By comparison with experimental results from gas gun impact tests the potential and limitations of the modelling approach are discussed.

  16. Assessment of Environmentally Friendly Refrigerants for Window Air Conditioners

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    Bansal, Pradeep; Shen, Bo

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents technical assessment of environmentally friendly refrigerants for window air conditioners that currently use refrigerant R410A for residential and commercial applications. The alternative refrigerants that are studied for its replacement include R32, R600a, R290, R1234yf, R1234ze and a mixture of R32 (90% molar concentration) and R125 (10% molar concentration). Baseline experiments were performed on a window unit charged with R410A. The ORNL Heat Pump Design Model was calibrated with the baseline data and was used to assess the comparative performance of the WAC with alternative refrigerants. The paper discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each refrigerants and their suitability for window air conditioners.

  17. Analysis of Environmentally Friendly Refrigerant Options for Window Air Conditioners

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    Bansal, Pradeep; Shen, Bo

    2015-03-12

    This paper presents a technical assessment of environmentally friendly refrigerants as alternatives to R410A for window air conditioners. The alternative refrigerants that are studied for its replacement include R32, a mixture of R32/R125 with 90%/10% molar concentration, R600a, R290, R1234yf, R1234ze and R134a. Baseline experiments were performed on a window unit charged with R410A. The heat pump design model (HPDM) was modified and calibrated with the baseline data and was used to evaluate the comparative performance of the WAC with alternative refrigerants. The paper discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each refrigerants and their suitability for window air conditioners. Amongmore » all the refrigerants studied, R32 offers the best efficiency and the lowest Global Warming Potential (GWP), and hence its use will result in the overall environmental friendliness.« less

  18. Analysis of Environmentally Friendly Refrigerant Options for Window Air Conditioners

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    Bansal, Pradeep; Shen, Bo

    2015-03-12

    This paper presents a technical assessment of environmentally friendly refrigerants as alternatives to R410A for window air conditioners. The alternative refrigerants that are studied for its replacement include R32, a mixture of R32/R125 with 90%/10% molar concentration, R600a, R290, R1234yf, R1234ze and R134a. Baseline experiments were performed on a window unit charged with R410A. The heat pump design model (HPDM) was modified and calibrated with the baseline data and was used to evaluate the comparative performance of the WAC with alternative refrigerants. The paper discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each refrigerants and their suitability for window air conditioners. Among all the refrigerants studied, R32 offers the best efficiency and the lowest Global Warming Potential (GWP), and hence its use will result in the overall environmental friendliness.

  19. Variation in relative quantities of airborne sex pheromone components from individual femaleEphestia cautella (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae).

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    Barrer, P M; Lacey, M J; Shani, A

    1987-03-01

    The airborne sex pheromone components (Z,E)-9,12-tetradeca-dien-1-yl acetate and (Z)-9-tetradecen-1-y1 acetate from single calling females ofEphestia cautella (Walker) were trapped within glass capillary tubes and were measured by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Broad and similar distributions of relative quantities were found for a laboratory strain and three Australian field strains, and means differed strongly from those reported previously for this species. The overall mean proportion of the two components found for Australian females was 88∶12. The composition in individuals ranged from 63∶27 to 97∶3. The proportions for individuals appeared to vary slightly in a random fashion from day to day, and proportions for first-generation progeny were influenced by the maternal blend.

  20. Thermodynamical and excess thermoacoustical study on some monosaccharide (glucose) with enzyme amylase in aqueous media at 298.15 K

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    Nithiyanantham, S.; Palaniappan, L.

    2011-03-01

    Ultrasonic velocity (U), density (ρ) and viscosity (η) measurements have been carried out in three ternary mixtures of glucose with amylase in aqueous medium at 298.15 K. The experimental data have been used to calculate some derived parameters such as acoustical impedance (Z), relative association (RA), Rao's constant (R), Wada's constant (W), relaxation time (τ), relaxation amplitude (α/f2), relaxation strength (r), and some excess thermodynamical properties like excess adiabatic compressibility (βE), excess free length (LfE) excess free volume (VfE), excess internal pressure (πiE) and excess acoustical impedance (ZE). The above parameters have been evaluated and discussed in light of molecular interactions in the mixture.

  1. The Biostack experiment on Apollo 16.

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    Bucker, H; Horneck, G; Allkofer, O C; Bartholoma, K P; Beaujean, R; Cuer, P; Enge, W; Facius, R; Francois, H; Graul, E H; Henig, G; Heinrich, W; Kaiser, R; Kuhn, H; Massue, J P; Planel, H; Portal, G; Reinholz, E; Ruther, W; Scheuermann, W; Schmitt, R; Schopper, E; Schott, J U; Soleilhavoup, J P; Wollenhaupt, H

    1973-01-01

    The object of the Biostack experiment is to study the biological effects of high ZE particles of cosmic radiation in order to obtain information on the mechanism of these particles in biological matter. For this purpose individual local evaluation methods have been developed which allow one to identify each biologically effective particle and to correlate the individual hitting particle with the biological effect produced. The Biostack experimental package contains a series of monolayers of selected biological objects (Bacillus subtilis spores, Arabidopsis thaliana seeds, Vicia faba radiculae, Artemia salina eggs) with each layer sandwiched between several different cosmic ion track detectors (nuclear emulsions, cellulose nitrate, polycarbonate). By this arrangement a variety of biological effects due to a single penetrating particle can be analysed. Influence on cellular and tissue development, nuclear damages, and mutation induction are the main investigated effects. These space flight findings will be completed by results of balloon flight and accelerator experiments.

  2. A systematic investigation of the geometrical structures of four oxygen/nitric oxide coadsorbate layers on Ru(001)

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    Stichler, Markus; Menzel, Dietrich

    1999-01-01

    LEED IV analysis has been used to determine the detailed geometries of four well-defined ordered coadsorbate structures which can be formed by the interaction of NO with (2×1)-O and (2×2)-O layers on Ru(001), and which have been characterized previously by various surface spectroscopies in this laboratory. New high-resolution XPS measurements are also reported which provide exact information on the coverages and chemical types of the species concerned, information which is helpful for the selection of model structures. Post-adsorbing NO below 150 K onto the well-developed (2×1)-O row structure leads to a layer with equal amounts of O and NO consisting of alternating rows of oxygen atoms and NO molecules, i.e. a (2×1)-(O+NO) structure. All adsorbates sit in hcp sites. In terms of geometry as well as electronic and bonding properties, the NO (upright orientation, NO bond length re=1.20 Å, Ru-N vertical layer distance ze=1.32 Å) is essentially identical to the electronegative v 1 NO species sitting in hcp and fcc sites in the pure NO layer reported previously [M. Stichler, D. Menzel, Surf. Sci. 391 (1997) 47]. The first-to-second Ru layer distance is considerably expanded ( d12=2.22 Å), while that from the second to the third layer contracted ( d23=2.08 Å). The oxygen parameters are virtually unchanged from those of the (2×1)-O layer. Heating this layer to 300-450 K leads to the desorption of half the NO and restructuring of the residual coverage. The resulting well-ordered (2×2)-(2O+NO) layer contains a honeycomb layer of O atoms, half of them having switched to fcc sites. The remaining NO molecules sit upright on the top sites surrounded by the O honeycombs, and have properties ( re=1.12 Å, ze=1.76 Å) which are very similar to the electropositive v 2 species of the pure NO layer. There is a clear difference between the hcp and fcc Os ( ze=1.20 Å and 1.39 Å, respectively); they can also be distinguished in XPS. The average distances d12 and d23 are less

  3. Space charge and screening in bilayer graphene.

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    Kolomeisky, Eugene B; Straley, Joseph P; Abrams, Daniel L

    2016-11-30

    Undoped bilayer graphene is a two-dimensional semimetal with a low-energy excitation spectrum that is parabolic in the momentum. As a result, the screening of an arbitrary external charge Ze is accompanied by a reconstruction of the ground state: valence band electrons (for Z  >  0) are promoted to form a space charge around the charge while the holes leave the physical picture. The outcome is a flat neutral object resembling the regular atom except that for [Formula: see text] it is described by a strictly linear Thomas-Fermi theory. This theory also predicts that the bilayer's static dielectric constant is the same as that of a two-dimensional electron gas in the long-wavelength limit. PMID:27636158

  4. Testing quantum gravity via cosmogenic neutrino oscillations

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    Christian, Joy

    2005-01-15

    Implications of some proposed theories of quantum gravity for neutrino flavor oscillations are explored within the context of modified dispersion relations of special relativity. In particular, approximate expressions for Planck scale-induced deviations from the standard oscillation length are obtained as functions of neutrino mass, energy, and propagation distance. Grounding on these expressions, it is pointed out that, in general, even those deviations that are suppressed by the second power of the Planck energy may be observable for ultra-high-energy neutrinos, provided they originate at cosmological distances. In fact, for neutrinos in the highest energy range of EeV to ZeV, deviations that are suppressed by as much as the seventh power of the Planck energy may become observable. Accordingly, realistic possibilities of experimentally verifying these deviations by means of the next generation neutrino detectors--such as IceCube and ANITA--are investigated.

  5. Preliminary results of Resistive Plate Chambers operated with eco-friendly gas mixtures for application in the CMS experiment

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    Abbrescia, M.; Van Auwegem, P.; Benussi, L.; Bianco, S.; Cauwenbergh, S.; Ferrini, M.; Muhammad, S.; Passamonti, L.; Pierluigi, D.; Piccolo, D.; Primavera, F.; Russo, A.; Saviano, G.; Tytgat, M.

    2016-09-01

    The operations of Resistive Plate Chambers in LHC experiments require Fluorine based (F-based) gases for optimal performance. Recent European regulations demand the use of environmentally unfriendly F-based gases to be limited or banned. In view of the CMS experiment upgrade, several tests are ongoing to measure the performance of the detector with these new ecological gas mixtures, in terms of efficiency, streamer probability, induced charge and time resolution. Prototype chambers with readout pads and with the standard CMS electronic setup are under test. In this paper preliminary results on performance of RPCs operated with a potential eco-friendly gas candidate 1,3,3,3-Tetrafluoropropene, commercially known as HFO-1234ze, with CO2 and CF3I based gas mixtures are presented and discussed for the possible application in the CMS experiment.

  6. Status of motional Stark effect and Zeeman effect diagnostics for KSTAR

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    Ko, Jinseok; Chung, Jinil; de Bock, Maarten; KSTAR Team

    2014-10-01

    The motional Stark effect (MSE) diagnostic system is under development aiming at commissioning in 2015. The design and fabrication of the polarization preserving front optics has been complete, including the multi-layer dielectric coated mirror and beam splitter, the latter being required to split the incident light into that above 600 nm for MSE and that below 600 nm for the Charge Exchange Spectroscopy (CES) that shares the front optics with MSE. The bandpass filters with a sharp transmission function and a minimum distortion against tilting have been procured. Both the analog lock-in and the post-processing numerical Fourier transform will be exploited. The Li-beam based Zeeman effect (ZE) diagnostic system is under conceptual design. Its details on the design are introduced in this work including the radial resolution and sensitivity to the change of the magnetic field pitch near the pedestal region. Work supported by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Korea.

  7. Extracting partial decay rates of helium from complex rotation: autoionizing resonances of the one-dimensional configurations

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    Zimmermann, Klaus; Lugan, Pierre; Jörder, Felix; Heitz, Nicolai; Schmidt, Maximilian; Bouri, Celsus; Rodriguez, Alberto; Buchleitner, Andreas

    2015-01-01

    Partial autoionization rates of doubly excited one-dimensional helium in the collinear Zee and eZe configuration are obtained by means of the complex rotation method. The approach presented here relies on a projection of back-rotated resonance wave functions onto singly ionized H{{e}+} channel wave functions and the computation of the corresponding particle fluxes. In spite of the long-range nature of the Coulomb potential between the electrons and the nucleus, an asymptotic region where the fluxes are stationary is clearly observed. Low-lying doubly excited states are found to decay predomintantly into the nearest single-ionization continuum. This approach paves the way for a systematic analysis of the decay rates observed in higher-dimensional models, and of the role of electronic correlations and atomic structure in recent photoionization experiments.

  8. Space charge and screening in bilayer graphene

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    Kolomeisky, Eugene B.; Straley, Joseph P.; Abrams, Daniel L.

    2016-11-01

    Undoped bilayer graphene is a two-dimensional semimetal with a low-energy excitation spectrum that is parabolic in the momentum. As a result, the screening of an arbitrary external charge Ze is accompanied by a reconstruction of the ground state: valence band electrons (for Z  >  0) are promoted to form a space charge around the charge while the holes leave the physical picture. The outcome is a flat neutral object resembling the regular atom except that for Z\\gg 1 it is described by a strictly linear Thomas-Fermi theory. This theory also predicts that the bilayer’s static dielectric constant is the same as that of a two-dimensional electron gas in the long-wavelength limit.

  9. Two new labdane diterpenoids from the rhizomes of Isodon yuennanensis.

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    Huang, Zhen-Yuan; Huang, Bo; Xiao, Chao-Jiang; Dong, Xiang; Jiang, Bei

    2015-01-01

    Two new labdane diterpenoids, s-trans-8(17),12E,14-labdatrien-20-oic acid (1), s-trans-12E,14-labdadien-20,8β-olide (2), along with 10 known compounds, hinokiol (3), ursonic acid (4), 2α,3α-dihydroxyolean-12-en-28-oic acid (5), 2α,3β,23-trihydroxyolean-12-en-28-oic acid (6), ethyl 3-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)lactate (7), ethyl rosmarinate (8), (Z,E)-2-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)ethenyl caffeic ester (9), tridecanoic acid (10), β-sitosterol (11) and daucosterol (12), were isolated from the 70% acetone extract of the rhizomes of Isodon yuennanensis. Their structures were elucidated based on the analyses of extensive spectroscopic data and physicochemical properties. PMID:25420949

  10. Microstructural Features in Corroded Celtic Iron Age Sword Blades

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    Ghiara, G.; Piccardo, P.; Campodonico, S.; Carnasciali, M. M.

    2014-05-01

    Archaeological artefacts made from iron and steel are often of critical importance for archaeometallurgical studies, which aim to understand the process of manufacturing, as the nearly complete alloy mineralization does not allow for any type of metallographic interpretation. In this study, three Iron Age sword blades dated from the second century BC (LaTène B2/D1) found in the archaeological site of Tintignac (Commune de Naves, Corrèze, France), were investigated. A multianalytical approach was employed to acquire a complete range of data from the partially or totally corroded objects. Analyses were carried out with the use of light optical microscopy, micro Raman spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDXS). Remnants of metallographic features—ghost microstructure—in the corrosion layers of the blades were observed, allowing for a partial reconstruction of the manufacturing process.

  11. Quenching of A 2Sigma(+) OH at 300 K by several colliders

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    Wysong, Ingrid J.; Jeffries, Jay B.; Crosley, David R.

    1990-01-01

    Quenching cross sections, sigma(Q), were measured for A 2Sigma(+) OH for a variety of colliders, using the pressure dependence of time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence to obtain quenching cross sections. The OH radicals, produced in a discharge or by photolysis, were maintained in the excited state at 300 K by an Ar buffer bath. It was found that quenching by CF4 and C2F6 the cross sections are very small. For Kr and Ze, the sigma(Q) values were found to be 8 and 27 sq A, respectively. For O2, sigma(Q) was 18 sq A, and for H2O, sigma(Q) was 80 sq A.

  12. Health in China. From Mao to market reform.

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    Hesketh, T; Wei, X Z

    1997-05-24

    After the Liberation by Mao Ze Dong's Communist army in 1949, China experienced massive social and economic change. The dramatic reductions in mortality and morbidity of the next two decades were brought about through improvements in socioeconomic conditions, an emphasis on prevention, and almost universal access to basic health care. The economic mismanagement of the Great Leap Forward brought about a temporary reversal in these positive trends. During the Cultural Revolution there was a sustained attack on the privileged position of the medical profession. Most city doctors were sent to work in the countryside, where they trained over a million barefoot doctors. Deng Xiao Ping's radical economic reforms of the late 1970s replaced the socialist system with a market economy. Although average incomes have increased, the gap between rich and poor has widened. PMID:9183206

  13. Effects of high pressure on unsaturated fatty acids

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    Povedano, Isabel; Guignon, Bérengère; Montoro, Óscar R.; Sanz, Pedro D.; Taravillo, Mercedes; Baonza, Valentín G.

    2014-10-01

    The objective of this study is to investigate the effects of high pressure processing on the molecular structure of some unsaturated fatty acids. Samples of elaidic acid, linoleic acid, ZE and EE conjugated linoleic acid are treated at 293 or 333 K at pressures up to 700 MPa. It is observed that the adiabatic heat generated from compression is able to bring the sample temperature above 373 K after 700 MPa. These relatively extreme conditions are of great interest for food sterilization, but they may induce undesirable change in fatty acid quality characteristics. To check for structural changes, Raman spectra of the samples are analysed after treatments. The comparison with Raman spectra of samples kept at atmospheric pressure shows that pressure induces some conformational changes at the hydrocarbon skeleton in solid samples, while the liquid ones remain unchanged. No cis/trans isomerization occurs, but gauche conformers are likely to be present.

  14. Temperature investigations of E/Z isomers in ketimines based of p-dibenzoylobenzene with aniline and 2,6-dimethylaniline by infrared spectroscopy.

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    Kaczmarczyk, Bozena; Iwan, Agnieszka; Sek, Danuta

    2007-10-01

    The reaction of aniline with p-dibenzoylobenzene (K1) can lead to Z/Z, Z/E and E/E isomers however the only Z/Z and E/E were formed. At room temperature these isomers may be separated, thus the corresponding FTIR spectra could be recorded. The observed bands were assigned and temperature investigations were lead to monitor the structural changes during heating Z and E forms of K1 from 20 to 240 degrees C. FTIR spectroscopy showed that the bigger changes of the Z form was observed with an increase of temperature. Similar experience was lead with the ketimine synthesized from 2,6-dimethylaniline and p-dibenzoylobenzene (K2) investigated as a mixture of isomers. PMID:17331796

  15. Synthesis and X-ray crystal structure of isomeric pyridine-based leuco-TAM dyes, 2,2-(2-(pyridinyl)propane-1,3-diylidene)bis(5-chloro-1,3,3-trimethyl indoline) derivatives and unusual stability of 4-pyridinyl compound

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    Ma, So-Young; Keum, Sam-Rok

    2013-09-01

    The solid-state structures and unequivocal stereochemistries of isomeric pyridine-based leuco-triarylmethane (LTAM) dyes 2,2‧-(2-(pyridin-4 or 3-yl)propane-1,3-diylidene)bis(5-chloro-1,3,3-trimethylindoline) derivatives were established by X-ray crystallography. Surprisingly, the EE isomer was formed for the 4-pyridinyl compound, whereas the 3-pyridinyl compound formed ZE isomers. In addition, the latter have a so-called three-bladed propeller conformation, whereas the former possess a Y-shaped conformation. These pyridine-based LTAM compounds stack to form a dimer, adopting either an orthorhombic, with Pcmn space group, or monoclinic crystal system with P21/n space group in the crystal unit cell.

  16. Health in China. From Mao to market reform.

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    Hesketh, T.; Wei, X. Z.

    1997-01-01

    After the Liberation by Mao Ze Dong's Communist army in 1949, China experienced massive social and economic change. The dramatic reductions in mortality and morbidity of the next two decades were brought about through improvements in socioeconomic conditions, an emphasis on prevention, and almost universal access to basic health care. The economic mismanagement of the Great Leap Forward brought about a temporary reversal in these positive trends. During the Cultural Revolution there was a sustained attack on the privileged position of the medical profession. Most city doctors were sent to work in the countryside, where they trained over a million barefoot doctors. Deng Xiao Ping's radical economic reforms of the late 1970s replaced the socialist system with a market economy. Although average incomes have increased, the gap between rich and poor has widened. PMID:9183206

  17. Magnetowave Induced Plasma Wakefield Acceleration for Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays

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    Chang, Feng-Yin; Chen, Pisin; Lin, Guey-Lin; Noble, Robert; Sydora, Richard; /Alberta U.

    2009-10-17

    Magnetowave induced plasma wakefield acceleration (MPWA) in a relativistic astrophysical outflow has been proposed as a viable mechanism for the acceleration of cosmic particles to ultrahigh energies. Here we present simulation results that clearly demonstrate the viability of this mechanism for the first time. We invoke the high frequency and high speed whistler mode for the driving pulse. The plasma wakefield obtained in the simulations compares favorably with our newly developed relativistic theory of the MPWA. We show that, under appropriate conditions, the plasma wakefield maintains very high coherence and can sustain high-gradient acceleration over hundreds of plasma skin depths. Invoking active galactic nuclei as the site, we show that MPWA production of ultrahigh energy cosmic rays beyond ZeV (10{sup 21} eV) is possible.

  18. Cosmic Ray Origins: An Introduction

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    Blandford, Roger; Simeon, Paul; Yuan, Yajie

    2014-11-01

    Physicists have pondered the origin of cosmic rays for over a hundred years. However the last few years have seen an upsurge in the observation, progress in the theory and a genuine increase in the importance attached to the topic due to its intimate connection to the indirect detection of evidence for dark matter. The intent of this talk is to set the stage for the meeting by reviewing some of the basic features of the entire cosmic ray spectrum from GeV to ZeV energy and some of the models that have been developed. The connection will also be made to recent developments in understanding general astrophysical particle acceleration in pulsar wind nebulae, relativistic jets and gamma ray bursts. The prospects for future discoveries, which may elucidate the origin of cosmic rays, are bright.

  19. Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Spontaneous regression of advanced intra-abdominal metastases with 20 year survival.

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    Davis, C E; Vansant, J H

    1979-01-01

    A 35-year-old man with the Zollinger-Ellison syndrome who is alive and well 20 years following diagnosis at age 15, is represented. At the initial operation for a bleeding duodenal ulcer a ZE tumor of the pancreas also was excised. After two additional ineffective ulcer operations, total gastrectomy was performed. At that time, retroperitoneal and peripancreatic metastases were noted, and several were removed. Three years later at laparotomy, extensive hepatic metastases were biopsied as well. Spontaneous remission occurred and when re-explored at age 34, after 14 years, no metastases were identifiable in any area. The serum gastrin level has remained elevated, casting doubt upon its value as a criterion for evaluation of tumor recurrence or activity. Other additional interesting aspects are discussed. The importance of elimination of the acid-secreting cells by total gastrectomy is emphasized. The patient remains well. Images Fig. 1. Fig. 3. Fig. 4. PMID:443914

  20. Neutrino Astronomy from an Antarctic long duration balloon

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    Gorham, P.

    The future of high energy astronomy beyond the photon cutoff at ˜ 10 TeV rests in our ability to identify and exploit new messenger particles. Neutrinos are the best candidate for a neutral, highly penetrating probe of cosmic sources in the PeV to ZeV energy regime, where sources are known to exist but remain as yet completely unidentified. Neutrinos of these energies can be readily detected via coherent radio Cherenkov emission, through the Askaryan process, if a large enough mass can be monitored. A long-duration balloon payload, observing the Antarctic ice sheet from 35-40km altitude, can simultaneously view more than 10^6 km^3 of ice, making this by far the most sensitive high energy neutrino detection technique proposed to date. We present plans and prospects for a newly funded NASA program, the Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna (ANITA), to launch the first such payload in 2006.

  1. Analysis and optimization of process parameters in Al-SiCp laser cladding

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    Riquelme, Ainhoa; Rodrigo, Pilar; Escalera-Rodríguez, María Dolores; Rams, Joaquín

    2016-03-01

    The laser cladding process parameters have great effect on the clad geometry and on dilution in the single and multi-pass aluminum matrix composite reinforced with SiC particles (Al/SiCp) coatings on ZE41 magnesium alloys deposited using a high-power diode laser (HPLD). The influence of the laser power (500-700 W), scan speed (3-17 mm/s) and laser beam focal position (focus, positive and negative defocus) on the shape factor, cladding-bead geometry, cladding-bead microstructure (including the presence of pores and cracks), and hardness has been evaluated. The correlation of these process parameters and their influence on the properties and ultimately, on the feasibility of the cladding process, is demonstrated. The importance of focal position is demonstrated. The different energy distribution of the laser beam cross section in focus plane or in positive and negative defocus plane affect on the cladding-bead properties.

  2. [Author and time of writing of Shanghanlun Jujie].

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    Li, Liu-Ji; Zhang, Jian; Xiao, Hong-Yan; Ding, Jie

    2013-01-01

    Li Wenjin (courtesy name of Xiangyi, the styled names as Zhian and Shujingtang Zhuren), lived in Xu Village, south of Tianyin Mountain, Jinling. He was born on the 47(th) year of the Kangxi Period (1708) and died approximately at the end of the Qianlong Period. Bold and generous, he liked making friends and practising medicine, divination, astrology, and also writing poetry and painting. Later he devoted himself to medicine and wrote Shanghanlun Jujie and Yijia 24 ze. Shanghanlun Jujie included Shanghanzabinglun Shujingtangqinjie (14 volumes) and Siwenji (7 volumes). The former one was written in 1768 and was his annotation of Shanghanlun. Siwenji included Shujingtang Gaidingzhushi Hanrewenpingyaoxingfu (4 volumes), Shujingtang Shenyizazhu (1 volume), Yiyao Zhenyan (1 volume) and Shujingtang Yiyaojian (1 volume) and was finished in 1765. PMID:23879985

  3. Inverse algorithms for 2D shallow water equations in presence of wet dry fronts: Application to flood plain dynamics

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    Monnier, J.; Couderc, F.; Dartus, D.; Larnier, K.; Madec, R.; Vila, J.-P.

    2016-11-01

    The 2D shallow water equations adequately model some geophysical flows with wet-dry fronts (e.g. flood plain or tidal flows); nevertheless deriving accurate, robust and conservative numerical schemes for dynamic wet-dry fronts over complex topographies remains a challenge. Furthermore for these flows, data are generally complex, multi-scale and uncertain. Robust variational inverse algorithms, providing sensitivity maps and data assimilation processes may contribute to breakthrough shallow wet-dry front dynamics modelling. The present study aims at deriving an accurate, positive and stable finite volume scheme in presence of dynamic wet-dry fronts, and some corresponding inverse computational algorithms (variational approach). The schemes and algorithms are assessed on classical and original benchmarks plus a real flood plain test case (Lèze river, France). Original sensitivity maps with respect to the (friction, topography) pair are performed and discussed. The identification of inflow discharges (time series) or friction coefficients (spatially distributed parameters) demonstrate the algorithms efficiency.

  4. Classical Coulomb three-body problem: one dimensional and two dimensional

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    Sano, Mitsuada M.

    McGehee's blow up technique is applied to classical Coulomb three-body problem. The dynamics of a series of atom and ions, i.e., H-, He, Li+, Be2+,... are examined. First the two dimensional case with infinite nucleus mass is considered (i.e., Born-Oppenheimer approximation). A set of regularized equations of motion is derived and the triple collision manifold (TCM) is constructed. Compared with the case of celestial mechanics, the TCM for the Coulomb system differs from that for celestial mechanics. In the collinear configuration, both TCMs are topologically equivalent. But in the isosceles configuration, they are different drastically. This difference is due to the repulsive interaction between electrons. Second the collinear eZe configuration with finite masses is considered.

  5. Estimation of raindrop size distribution parameters from a dual-parameter spaceborne radar measurement

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    Kozu, Toshiaki; Nakamura, Kenji; Meneghini, Robert

    1991-01-01

    A method to estimate raindrop size distribution (DSD) parameters from a combined Zm profile and path-integrated attenuation is shown, and a test result of the method using the data from an aircraft experiment is presented. The 'semi' dual-parameter (SDP) measurement is employed to estimate DSD parameters using the data obtained from an aircraft experiment conducted by Communications Research Laboratory, Tokyo, in conjunction with NASA. The validity of estimated DSD parameters is examined using measured Ka-band radar reflectivities. The estimated path-averaged N(0) is consistent with the Ka/X Ze ratio, and the use of estimated DSD shows excellent agreement between the rain rates estimated from the X-band and K-band Zes. The feasibility of estimating DSD parameters from space is confirmed.

  6. Gu's function scale of ion hydration force and charge size

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    Gu, Hong-Kan

    1997-06-01

    “Water Vapor Chemistry” as a new science was discovered and established from trace analysis in Gu's laboratory(Gu, 1991; Gu et al., 1991). Gu's Function shows that the trace metal ion concentration in water vapor has positive correlation to “specific electron affinity constant” last ionization potential I z/ion valence Z and negative correlation to ion volume V and coordination number N(Gu, 1994). Gu's Function C=f[(Iz/Z)/VN] of the bond parameter in water vapor chemistry corresponds to the potential energy function Z'e 2/r in the Schrodinger Equation of quantum chemistry. In, different ions with the same 2+ charge, the ion concentration of water—water vapor transfer may be much different. This shows that the 2+ charge of different ions has different attractive force (hydration force). This different attractive force of the charge can be scaled with the relative energy or charge size from Gu's Function.

  7. Selection for increased pheromone response in the male pink bollworm, Pectinophora gossypiella (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae).

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    Collins, R D; Cardé, R T

    1990-03-01

    The genetic basis of the duration and incidence of male wing fanning to pheromone in the pink bollworm moth, Pectinophora gossypiella (Saunders), was examined by artificial selection. Using a still-air bioassay, males from a laboratory colony were selected for increased duration of wing fanning when exposed to a 65:35 blend of (Z,E)- and (Z,Z)-7,11-hexadecadienyl acetates. The mean (+/- SE) duration of wing fanning in the selected line increased from 5.4 +/- 1.4 to 17.4 +/- 2.7 s after six generations. The increase in wing fanning duration was the result of an increase in response duration among responders and not the percentage of males that responded. Realized heritability of wing-fanning duration was 0.16 +/- 0.02. The amount and ratio of pheromone produced by females in the male-selected line did not change. PMID:2353914

  8. Effects of substituting fuel spray for fuel gas on flame stability in lean premixtures

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    Nicoli, C.; Haldenwang, P.; Suard, S.

    2007-05-15

    We analyze flame propagation through a homogeneous three-component premixture composed of fuel gas, small fuel droplets, and air. This analytical study is carried out within the framework of a diffusional-thermal model with the simplifying assumption that both fuels - the fuel in the gaseous phase and the gaseous fuel evaporating from the droplets - have the same Lewis number. The parameter that expresses the degree of substitution of spray for gas is {delta}, the liquid loading, i.e., the ratio of liquid fuel mass fraction to overall fuel mass fraction in the fresh premixture. In this substitution of liquid fuel for gaseous fuel, the overall equivalence ratio is lean and is kept identical. We hence obtain a partially prevaporized spray, for which we analytically study the dynamics of the plane spray-flame front. The investigated model assumes the averaged distance between droplets to be small compared with the premixed flame thickness (i.e., small droplets and moderate pressure). Le, the Lewis number, Ze, the Zeldovich number, and {delta} are the main parameters of the study. Our stability analysis supplies the stability diagram in the plane {l_brace}Le,{delta}{r_brace} for various Ze values and shows that, for all Le, the plane front becomes unstable for high liquid loading. At large or moderate Lewis number, we show that the presence of droplets substantially diminishes the onset threshold of the oscillatory instability, making the appearance of oscillatory propagation easier. Oscillations can even occur for Le<1 when sufficient spray substitution is operated. The pulsation frequency occurring in this regime is a tunable function of {delta}. At low Lewis number, substitution of spray for gas leads to a more complex situation for which two branches can coexist: the first one still corresponding to the pulsating regime, the other one being related to the diffusive-thermal cellular instability. (author)

  9. Inhibition of DNA topoisomerase I activity and induction of apoptosis by thiazacridine derivatives

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    Barros, Francisco W.A.; Bezerra, Daniel P.; Ferreira, Paulo M.P.; Cavalcanti, Bruno C.; Silva, Teresinha G.; Pitta, Marina G.R.; Lima, Maria do C.A. de; Galdino, Suely L.; Pitta, Ivan da R.; Costa-Lotufo, Letícia V.; Moraes, Manoel O.; Burbano, Rommel R.; Guecheva, Temenouga N.; Henriques, João A.P.; Pessoa, Cláudia

    2013-04-01

    Thiazacridine derivatives (ATZD) are a novel class of cytotoxic agents that combine an acridine and thiazolidine nucleus. In this study, the cytotoxic action of four ATZD were tested in human colon carcinoma HCT-8 cells: (5Z)-5-acridin-9-ylmethylene-3-(4-methylbenzyl)-thiazolidine-2,4-dione — AC-4; (5ZE)-5-acridin-9-ylmethylene-3-(4-bromo-benzyl)-thiazolidine-2,4-dione — AC-7; (5Z)-5-(acridin-9-ylmethylene)-3-(4-chloro-benzyl) -1,3-thiazolidine-2,4-dione — AC-10; and (5ZE)-5-(acridin-9-ylmethylene)-3-(4-fluoro-benzyl)-1,3-thiazolidine-2, 4-dione — AC-23. All of the ATZD tested reduced the proliferation of HCT-8 cells in a concentration- and time-dependent manner. There were significant increases in internucleosomal DNA fragmentation without affecting membrane integrity. For morphological analyses, hematoxylin–eosin and acridine orange/ethidium bromide were used to stain HCT-8 cells treated with ATZD, which presented the typical hallmarks of apoptosis. ATZD also induced mitochondrial depolarisation and phosphatidylserine exposure and increased the activation of caspases 3/7 in HCT-8 cells, suggesting that this apoptotic cell death was caspase-dependent. In an assay using Saccharomyces cerevisiae mutants with defects in DNA topoisomerases 1 and 3, the ATZD showed enhanced activity, suggesting an interaction between ATZD and DNA topoisomerase enzyme activity. In addition, ATZD inhibited DNA topoisomerase I action in a cell-free system. Interestingly, these ATZD did not cause genotoxicity or inhibit the telomerase activity in human lymphocyte cultures at the experimental levels tested. In conclusion, the ATZD inhibited the DNA topoisomerase I activity and induced tumour cell death through apoptotic pathways. - Highlights: ► Thiazacridine derivatives induce mitochondrial-dependent apoptotic cell death. ► Thiazacridine derivatives inhibit DNA topoisomerase I action. ► Thiazacridine derivatives failed to cause genotoxicity on human lymphocytes.

  10. Using palynology to re-assess the Dead Sea laminated sediments - Indeed varves?

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    López-Merino, Lourdes; Leroy, Suzanne A. G.; Eshel, Amram; Epshtein, Valentina; Belmaker, Reuven; Bookman, Revital

    2016-05-01

    Lacustrine laminated sediments are often varves representing annual rhythmic deposition. The Dead Sea high-stand laminated sections consist of mm-scale alternating detrital and authigenic aragonite laminae. Previous studies assumed these laminae were varves deposited seasonally. However, this assumption has never been robustly validated. Here we report an examination of the seasonal deposition of detrital-aragonite couplets from two well-known Late Holocene laminated sections at the Ze'elim fan-delta using palynology and grain-size distribution analyses. These analyses are complemented by the study of contemporary flash-flood samples and multivariate statistical analysis. Because transport affects the pollen preservation state, well-preserved (mostly) air-borne transported pollen was analysed separately from badly-preserved pollen and fungal spores, which are more indicative of water transport and reworking from soils. Our results indicate that (i) both detrital and aragonite laminae were deposited during the rainy season; (ii) aragonite laminae have significantly lower reworked and fungal spore concentrations than detrital and flash-flood samples; and (iii) detrital laminae are composed of recycling of local and distal sources, with coarser particles that were initially deposited in the Dead Sea watershed and later transported via run-off to the lake. This is in line with previous carbon balance studies that showed that aragonite precipitation occurs after the massive input of TCO2 associated with run-off episodes. Consequently, at least for the Holocene Ze'elim Formation, laminated sediments cannot be considered as varves. Older Quaternary laminated sequences should be re-evaluated.

  11. Sealed Gravitational Capillary Viscometry of Dimethyl Ether and Two Next-Generation Alternative Refrigerants

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    Cousins, Dylan S.; Laesecke, Arno

    2012-01-01

    The viscosities of dimethyl ether (DME, C2H6O) and of the fluorinated propene isomers 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoroprop-1-ene (R1234yf, C3H2F4) and trans-1,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene (R1234ze(E)) were measured in a combined temperature range from 242 K to 350 K at saturated liquid conditions. The instrument was a sealed gravitational capillary viscometer developed at NIST for volatile liquids. Calibration and adjustment of the instrument constant were conducted with n-pentane. The repeatability of the measurements was found to be approximately 1.5 %, leading to a temperature-dependent estimated combined standard uncertainty of the experimental data between 5.7 % at 242 K for dimethyl ether and 2.6 % at 340 K for R1234yf. The measurements were supplemented by ab initio calculations of the molecular size, shape, and charge distributions of the measured compounds. The viscosity results for dimethyl ether were compared with literature data. One other data set measured with a sealed capillary viscometer and exceeding the present results by up to 7 % could be reconciled by applying the vapor buoyancy correction. Then, all data agreed within the estimated uncertainty of the present results. Viscosities for the fluorinated propene isomers deviate up to 4 % from values predicted with the NIST extended corresponding-states model. The viscosities of the two isomers do not scale with their dipole moments. While the measured viscosity of R1234ze(E) with the lower dipole moment is close to that of R134a, the refrigerant to be replaced, that of R1234yf with the higher dipole moment is up to 25 % lower. The viscosity of dimethyl ether is compared with those of water and methanol. PMID:26900526

  12. Financial Quality Control of In-Patient Chemotherapy in Germany: Are Additional Payments Cost-Covering for Pharmaco-Oncological Expenses?

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    Jacobs, Volker R.; Mallmann, Peter

    2011-01-01

    Summary Background Cost-covering in-patient care is increasingly important for hospital providers in Germany, especially with regard to expensive oncological pharmaceuticals. Additional payments (Zusatzentgelte; ZE) on top of flat rate diagnose-related group (DRG) reimbursement can be claimed by hospitals for in-patient use of selected medications. To verify cost coverage of in-patient chemotherapies, the costs of medication were compared to their revenues. Method From January to June 2010, a retrospective cost-revenue study was performed at a German obstetrics/gynecology university clinic. The hospital's pharmacy list of inpatient oncological therapies for breast and gynecological cancer was checked for accuracy and compared with the documented ZEs and the costs and revenues for each oncological application. Results N = 45 in-patient oncological therapies were identified in n = 18 patients, as well as n = 7 bisphosphonate applications; n = 11 ZEs were documented. Costs for oncological medication were € 33,752. The corresponding ZE revenues amounted to only € 13,980, resulting in a loss of € 19,772. All in-patient oncological therapies performed were not cost-covering. Data discrepancy, incorrect documentation and cost attribution, and process aborts were identified. Conclusions Routine financial quality control at the medicine-pharmacy administration interface is implemented, with monthly comparison of costs and revenues, as well as admission status. Non-cost-covering therapies for in-patients should be converted to out-patient therapies. Necessary adjustments of clinic processes are made according to these results, to avoid future losses. PMID:21673822

  13. Toward Improving Ice Water Content and Snow Rate Retrievals from Spaceborne Radars, Emphasizing Ku and Ka-Bands

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    Heymsfield, A.; Bansemer, A.; Tanelli, S.; Poellot, M.

    2015-12-01

    This study uses a data set from either overflying aircraft or ground-based radars operating at Ku and Ka bands, combined with in-situ microphysical measurements to develop radar reflectivity (Ze)-ice water content (IWC) and Ze-snowfall rate (S) relationships that are suited for retrieval of snowfall rate from the GPM radars. During GCPEX, the NASA DC-8 aircraft, carrying the JPL APR-2 KU and KA band radars overflew the UND Citation aircraft, making microphysical measurements in the ice clouds below. On two days, 19 and 28 January 2011, there are a total of almost 7000 1-sec colocations of the aircraft, where a collocation was defined as having a combination of a spatial separation of less than 3 km and a time separation of less than 10 minutes. During the NASA GPM Mid-latitude Continental Convective Cloud Experiment (MC3E), the Citation aircraft made in-situ observations over Oklahoma in 2011. We evaluated the data from two types of collocations. First, there were two Citation spirals on 27 April 2011, over the NPOL radar. At the same time, the UHF-band KUZR radar was collecting data in a vertically-pointing mode. Also, the Ka band KAZR Doppler radar was operating in a zenith orientation. Reflectivities and Doppler velocities, without and with appreciable Mie-scattering effects of the hydrometers (for KUZR and KAZR, respectively), are thus available during the spirals. Also during MC3E, six deep convective clouds with a total of more than 5000 5-sec samples and a range of temperatures from -40 to 0C were sampled by the Citation at the same time that NEXRAD reflectivities were measured at about the same position. These data allows us to evaluate various backscatter models and to develop multi-wavelength Z-IWC and Z-S relationships. We will present the results of this study.

  14. Predicting galvanic corrosion rates for SiC monofilament/magnesium metal-matrix composites in chloride, sulfate, and nitrate solutions

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    Hihara, L.H.; Kondepudi, P.K.

    1993-12-31

    The galvanic-corrosion behavior of SiC monofilament (MF) coupled to pure Mg and ZE41A Mg alloy was studied using the potentiodynamic polarization technique in concert with the mixed-potential theory. Local-corrosion penetration rates of pure Mg and ZE41A Mg were approximately equal to 1 cm/y in deaerated and oxygenated 3.15 wt % NaCl, 0.5 M Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4}, and 0.5 M NaNO{sub 3} (with the exception of pure Mg in the NaCl solution where the local-corrosion rate was approximately 6 to 7 cm/y). Galvanic corrosion between Mg and SiC MFs was under cathodic control. Galvanic-corrosion penetration rates varied from 0.046 to 7.3 cm/y depending on whether solutions were oxygenated and whether the cross section or circumferential surface of the SiC MFs was exposed. Generally, there were no strong correlations between galvanic-corrosion rates and type of electrolyte. The effect of NaF on galvanic-corrosion rates between pure Mg and SiC MF (cross section exposed) was investigated to explore the possibility of inhibiting galvanic corrosion. NaF (in a 5-g/L concentration) was very effective in reducing galvanic corrosion rates in deaerated 0.5 M Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} and 0.5 M NaNO{sub 3}, and modestly effective in oxygenated 0.5 M Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} and 0.5 M NaNO{sub 3}. NaF was relatively ineffective in 3.15 wt % NaCl.

  15. Energy Carriers Use in the World: Natural Gas - Conventional and Unconventional Gas Resources / Wykorzystanie Nośników Energii w Świecie: Zasoby Gazu Ziemnego w Złożach Konwencjonalnych i Niekonwencjonalnych

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    Siemek, Jakub; Nagy, Stanisław

    2012-11-01

    This paper discusses forecasts of energy carrier use with particular emphasis on the changing position of natural gas due to global climatic conditions and the increasing role of unconventional natural gas reservoirs. Allocation of natural gas resources in the world are discussed as well as global gas consumption and conditions for development of transport infrastructure and storage. The most important indicators of the energy security of countries are presented. The basic properties of unconventional deposits, and differences in the production/extraction of gas from the conventional and unconventional fields are given. In the paper are also discussed natural gas reserves in Poland, including possible non-conventional resources in the fields and issues of increasing the role of gas as an energy carrier in Poland in the background of the energy changes in Europe and the world. W pracy omówiono prognozy energetyczne wykorzystania energii ze szczególnym uwzględnieniem zmieniającej się pozycji gazu ziemnego z uwagi na uwarunkowania klimatyczne oraz wzrastającą role niekonwencjonalnych złóż gazu ziemnego. Omówiono alokację zasobów gazu ziemnego w świecie, zużycie gazu w regionach oraz warunki rozbudowy infrastruktury transportu i magazynowania. Przedstawiono najważniejsze wskaźniki dotyczące bezpieczeństwa energetycznego krajów. Omówiono podstawowe własności złóż niekonwencjonalnych oraz różnice w charakterze wydobycia gazu ze złóż konwencjonalnych i niekonwencjonalnych. Omówiono zasoby gazu w Polsce, w tym możliwe zasoby w złożach niekonwencjonalnych oraz zagadnienia zwiększenia roli gazu jako nośnika energii w Polsce w tle energetycznych zmian Europy i świata.

  16. Growth and energy budget of juvenile lenok Brachymystax lenok in relation to ration level

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    Liu, Yang; Li, Zhongjie; Zhang, Tanglin; Yuan, Jing; Mou, Zhenbo; Liu, Jiashou

    2015-03-01

    We evaluated the effect of ration level (RL) on the growth and energy budget of lenok Brachymystax lenok. Juvenile lenok (initial mean body weight 3.06±0.13 g) were fed for 21 d at five different ration levels: starvation, 2%, 3%, 4% bwd (body weight per day, based on initial mean values), and apparent satiation. Feed consumption, apparent digestibility, and growth were directly measured. Specific growth rates in terms of wet weight, dry weight, protein, and energy increased logarithmically with an increase in ration levels. The relationship between specific growth rate in terms of wet weight (SGRw, %/d) and RL (%) was characterized by a decelerating curve: SGRw=-1.417+3.166ln(RL+1). The apparent digestibility coefficients of energy exhibited a decreasing pattern with increasing ration level, and there was a significant difference among different RLs. Body composition was significantly affected by ration size. The relationship between feed efficiency rate in terms of energy (FERe) and RL was: FERe=-14.167+23.793RL-3.367(RL)2, and the maximum FERe was observed at a 3.53% ration. The maintenance requirement for energy of juvenile lenok was 105.39 kJ BW (kg)-0.80/d, the utilization efficiency of DE for growth was 0.496. The energy budget equation at satiation was: 100IE=29.03FE+5.78(ZE+UE)+39.56 HE+25.63 RE, where IE is feed energy, FE is fecal energy, ZE+UE is excretory energy, HE is heat production, and RE is recovered energy. Our results suggest that the most suitable feeding rate for juvenile lenok aquaculture for wet weight growth is 2.89% bwd, whereas for energy growth, the suggested rate is 3.53% bwd at this growth stage.

  17. Co-Infection by Chytrid Fungus and Ranaviruses in Wild and Harvested Frogs in the Tropical Andes.

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    Warne, Robin W; LaBumbard, Brandon; LaGrange, Seth; Vredenburg, Vance T; Catenazzi, Alessandro

    2016-01-01

    While global amphibian declines are associated with the spread of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), undetected concurrent co-infection by other pathogens may be little recognized threats to amphibians. Emerging viruses in the genus Ranavirus (Rv) also cause die-offs of amphibians and other ectotherms, but the extent of their distribution globally, or how co-infections with Bd impact amphibians are poorly understood. We provide the first report of Bd and Rv co-infection in South America, and the first report of Rv infections in the amphibian biodiversity hotspot of the Peruvian Andes, where Bd is associated with extinctions. Using these data, we tested the hypothesis that Bd or Rv parasites facilitate co-infection, as assessed by parasite abundance or infection intensity within individual adult frogs. Co-infection occurred in 30% of stream-dwelling frogs; 65% were infected by Bd and 40% by Rv. Among terrestrial, direct-developing Pristimantis frogs 40% were infected by Bd, 35% by Rv, and 20% co-infected. In Telmatobius frogs harvested for the live-trade 49% were co-infected, 92% were infected by Bd, and 53% by Rv. Median Bd and Rv loads were similar in both wild (Bd = 101.2 Ze, Rv = 102.3 viral copies) and harvested frogs (Bd = 103.1 Ze, Rv = 102.7 viral copies). While neither parasite abundance nor infection intensity were associated with co-infection patterns in adults, these data did not include the most susceptible larval and metamorphic life stages. These findings suggest Rv distribution is global and that co-infection among these parasites may be common. These results raise conservation concerns, but greater testing is necessary to determine if parasite interactions increase amphibian vulnerability to secondary infections across differing life stages, and constitute a previously undetected threat to declining populations. Greater surveillance of parasite interactions may increase our capacity to contain and mitigate the impacts of these and other wildlife

  18. Co-Infection by Chytrid Fungus and Ranaviruses in Wild and Harvested Frogs in the Tropical Andes.

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    Warne, Robin W; LaBumbard, Brandon; LaGrange, Seth; Vredenburg, Vance T; Catenazzi, Alessandro

    2016-01-01

    While global amphibian declines are associated with the spread of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), undetected concurrent co-infection by other pathogens may be little recognized threats to amphibians. Emerging viruses in the genus Ranavirus (Rv) also cause die-offs of amphibians and other ectotherms, but the extent of their distribution globally, or how co-infections with Bd impact amphibians are poorly understood. We provide the first report of Bd and Rv co-infection in South America, and the first report of Rv infections in the amphibian biodiversity hotspot of the Peruvian Andes, where Bd is associated with extinctions. Using these data, we tested the hypothesis that Bd or Rv parasites facilitate co-infection, as assessed by parasite abundance or infection intensity within individual adult frogs. Co-infection occurred in 30% of stream-dwelling frogs; 65% were infected by Bd and 40% by Rv. Among terrestrial, direct-developing Pristimantis frogs 40% were infected by Bd, 35% by Rv, and 20% co-infected. In Telmatobius frogs harvested for the live-trade 49% were co-infected, 92% were infected by Bd, and 53% by Rv. Median Bd and Rv loads were similar in both wild (Bd = 101.2 Ze, Rv = 102.3 viral copies) and harvested frogs (Bd = 103.1 Ze, Rv = 102.7 viral copies). While neither parasite abundance nor infection intensity were associated with co-infection patterns in adults, these data did not include the most susceptible larval and metamorphic life stages. These findings suggest Rv distribution is global and that co-infection among these parasites may be common. These results raise conservation concerns, but greater testing is necessary to determine if parasite interactions increase amphibian vulnerability to secondary infections across differing life stages, and constitute a previously undetected threat to declining populations. Greater surveillance of parasite interactions may increase our capacity to contain and mitigate the impacts of these and other wildlife

  19. Trimming and procrastination as inversion techniques

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    Backus, George E.

    1996-12-01

    By examining the processes of truncating and approximating the model space (trimming it), and by committing to neither the objectivist nor the subjectivist interpretation of probability (procrastinating), we construct a formal scheme for solving linear and non-linear geophysical inverse problems. The necessary prior information about the correct model xE can be either a collection of inequalities or a probability measure describing where xE was likely to be in the model space X before the data vector y0 was measured. The results of the inversion are (1) a vector z0 that estimates some numerical properties zE of xE; (2) an estimate of the error δz = z0 - zE. As y0 is finite dimensional, so is z0, and hence in principle inversion cannot describe all of xE. The error δz is studied under successively more specialized assumptions about the inverse problem, culminating in a complete analysis of the linear inverse problem with a prior quadratic bound on xE. Our formalism appears to encompass and provide error estimates for many of the inversion schemes current in geomagnetism, and would be equally applicable in geodesy and seismology if adequate prior information were available there. As an idealized example we study the magnetic field at the core-mantle boundary, using satellite measurements of field elements at sites assumed to be almost uniformly distributed on a single spherical surface. Magnetospheric currents are neglected and the crustal field is idealized as a random process with rotationally invariant statistics. We find that an appropriate data compression diagonalizes the variance matrix of the crustal signal and permits an analytic trimming of the idealized problem.

  20. Co-Infection by Chytrid Fungus and Ranaviruses in Wild and Harvested Frogs in the Tropical Andes

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    Warne, Robin W.; LaBumbard, Brandon; LaGrange, Seth; Vredenburg, Vance T.; Catenazzi, Alessandro

    2016-01-01

    While global amphibian declines are associated with the spread of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), undetected concurrent co-infection by other pathogens may be little recognized threats to amphibians. Emerging viruses in the genus Ranavirus (Rv) also cause die-offs of amphibians and other ectotherms, but the extent of their distribution globally, or how co-infections with Bd impact amphibians are poorly understood. We provide the first report of Bd and Rv co-infection in South America, and the first report of Rv infections in the amphibian biodiversity hotspot of the Peruvian Andes, where Bd is associated with extinctions. Using these data, we tested the hypothesis that Bd or Rv parasites facilitate co-infection, as assessed by parasite abundance or infection intensity within individual adult frogs. Co-infection occurred in 30% of stream-dwelling frogs; 65% were infected by Bd and 40% by Rv. Among terrestrial, direct-developing Pristimantis frogs 40% were infected by Bd, 35% by Rv, and 20% co-infected. In Telmatobius frogs harvested for the live-trade 49% were co-infected, 92% were infected by Bd, and 53% by Rv. Median Bd and Rv loads were similar in both wild (Bd = 101.2 Ze, Rv = 102.3 viral copies) and harvested frogs (Bd = 103.1 Ze, Rv = 102.7 viral copies). While neither parasite abundance nor infection intensity were associated with co-infection patterns in adults, these data did not include the most susceptible larval and metamorphic life stages. These findings suggest Rv distribution is global and that co-infection among these parasites may be common. These results raise conservation concerns, but greater testing is necessary to determine if parasite interactions increase amphibian vulnerability to secondary infections across differing life stages, and constitute a previously undetected threat to declining populations. Greater surveillance of parasite interactions may increase our capacity to contain and mitigate the impacts of these and other wildlife

  1. Interlobular arteries from two-kidney, one-clip Goldblatt hypertensive rats exhibit impaired vasodilator response to epoxyeicosatrienoic acids

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    Sporková, Alexandra; Reddy, N. Rami; Falck, John R.; Imig, John D.; Kopkan, Libor; Sadowski, Janusz; Červenka, Luděk

    2016-01-01

    Background Small renal arteries have a significant role in regulation of renal hemodynamics and blood pressure (BP). To study potential changes in regulation of vascular function in hypertension, we examined renal vasodilatory responses of small arteries from nonclipped kidneys of the two-kidney, one-clip (2K1C) Goldblatt hypertensive rats to native epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) which are believed to be involved in regulation of renal vascular function and BP. Two newly synthesized EET analogs were also examined. Methods Renal interlobular arteries isolated from the nonclipped kidneys on day 28 after clipping were preconstricted with phenylephrine (PE), pressurized, and the effects of a 14,15-EET analog, native 14,15-EET, and 11,12-ether-EET-8ZE, an analog of 11,12-EET, on the vascular diameter were determined and compared to the responses of arteries from the kidneys of sham-operated rats. Results In the arteries from non-clipped kidneys isolated in the maintenance phase of Goldblatt hypertension the maximal vasodilatory response to 14,15-EET analog was 30.1 ± 2.8% versus 49.8 ± 7.2% in sham-operated rats; the respective values for 11,12-ther-EET-8ZE were 31.4± 6.4% versus 80.4±6%, and for native EETs they were 41.7 ± 6.6 % versus 62.8 ± 4.4 % (P ≤ 0.05 for each difference). Conclusions We propose that reduced vasodilatory action and decreased intrarenal bioavailability of EETs combined with intrarenal ANG II levels that are inappropriately high for hypertensive rats underlie functional derangements of the nonclipped kidneys of 2K1C Goldblatt hypertensive rats. These derangements could play an important role in pathophysiology of sustained BP elevation observed in this animal model of human renovascular hypertension. PMID:27140711

  2. Electronic density fluctuation associated to coherent plasmon excitations

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    Gervasoni, Juana; Segui, Silvina; Arista, Nestor

    2011-10-01

    In this work we analyze, in the frame of the coherent states, the fluctuation of the electronic collective modes associated with the wake potential generated by an external particle of charge Ze. This perturbation is described as coherent states of plasmons spatially localized in an average distance of the order of the velocity of the projectile divided by the plasmon frequency of the material. One of the most important features is that in all the cases, for different trajectories of the external particle, and for different structures of the material, the fluctuations are not negligible. In particular, we observe that due to the importance of the surface in nanostructured materials, the fluctuation of density is very sensitive to their geometry and composition, fact that must have taken into account for the nanodevices designs. In this work we analyze, in the frame of the coherent states, the fluctuation of the electronic collective modes associated with the wake potential generated by an external particle of charge Ze. This perturbation is described as coherent states of plasmons spatially localized in an average distance of the order of the velocity of the projectile divided by the plasmon frequency of the material. One of the most important features is that in all the cases, for different trajectories of the external particle, and for different structures of the material, the fluctuations are not negligible. In particular, we observe that due to the importance of the surface in nanostructured materials, the fluctuation of density is very sensitive to their geometry and composition, fact that must have taken into account for the nanodevices designs. Acknowledgements to CNEA and CONICET, Argentina.

  3. Magnetostructural correlations for Fe2+ ions at orthorhombic sites in FeCl2·4H2O and FeF2·4H2O crystals modeled by microscopic spin Hamiltonian approach

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    Zając, Magdalena; Lipiński, Ignacy Eryk; Rudowicz, Czesław

    2016-03-01

    The microscopic spin Hamiltonian (MSH) theory developed up to the fourth-order perturbation theory for 3d4 and 3d6 ions with spin S=2 within the 5D approximation is employed to predict the zero field splitting (ZFS) parameters and the Zeeman electronic (Ze) ones. The SH parameters, measurable by electron magnetic resonance (EMR), are expressed in terms of the microscopic parameters, i.e. the spin-orbit (λ), spin-spin (ρ) coupling constants, and the crystal-field (ligands-field) energy levels (∆i) within the 5D multiplet. The energies, ∆i, are indirectly related with structural data, thus enabling investigation of magnetostructural correlations. As a case study Fe2+ (3d6; S=2) ions at orthorhombic sites in FeCl2·4H2O and FeF2·4H2O crystals are considered. Calculations of the ZFS and Ze parameters are carried out for wide ranges of values of the microscopic parameters using the package MSH/VBA. Dependence of the theoretically determined ZFS parameters bkq (in the Stevens notation) and the Zeeman factors gi on λ, ρ, and ∆i is examined and suitable graphs are presented. The absolute value of dominant ZFS parameter |b20| is predicted to be in the range from nearly 8.5 to 1.4 cm-1. Matching the theoretical SH parameters and the experimental ones enables determination of the suitable values of λ, ρ, and ∆i. The fourth-rank ZFS parameters and the ρ(spin-spin)-related contributions, considered for the first time here, are found important. The MSH predictions may be verified and fine-tuned by high-magnetic field and high-frequency EMR measurements. The method employed here and the present results may be also useful for other structurally related systems.

  4. Activation of violaxanthin cycle in darkness is a common response to different abiotic stresses: a case study in Pelvetia canaliculata

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    2011-01-01

    Background In the violaxanthin (V) cycle, V is de-epoxidized to zeaxanthin (Z) when strong light or light combined with other stressors lead to an overexcitation of photosystems. However, plants can also suffer stress in darkness and recent reports have shown that dehydration triggers V-de-epoxidation in the absence of light. In this study, we used the highly stress-tolerant brown alga Pelvetia canaliculata as a model organism, due to its lack of lutein and its non-photochemical quenching independent of the transthylakoidal-ΔpH, to study the triggering of the V-cycle in darkness induced by abiotic stressors. Results We have shown that besides desiccation, other factors such as immersion, anoxia and high temperature also induced V-de-epoxidation in darkness. This process was reversible once the treatments had ceased (with the exception of heat, which caused lethal damage). Irrespective of the stressor applied, the resulting de-epoxidised xanthophylls correlated with a decrease in Fv/Fm, suggesting a common function in the down-regulation of photosynthetical efficiency. The implication of the redox-state of the plastoquinone-pool and of the differential activity of V-cycle enzymes on V-de-epoxidation in darkness was also examined. Current results suggest that both violaxanthin de-epoxidase (VDE) and zeaxanthin-epoxidase (ZE) have a basal constitutive activity even in darkness, being ZE inhibited under stress. This inhibition leads to Z accumulation. Conclusion This study demonstrates that V-cycle activity is triggered by several abiotic stressors even when they occur in an absolute absence of light, leading to a decrease in Fv/Fm. This finding provides new insights into an understanding of the regulation mechanism of the V-cycle and of its ecophysiological roles. PMID:22269024

  5. Galaxy emission line classification using three-dimensional line ratio diagrams

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    Vogt, Frédéric P. A.; Dopita, Michael A.; Kewley, Lisa J.; Sutherland, Ralph S.; Scharwächter, Julia; Basurah, Hassan M.; Ali, Alaa; Amer, Morsi A.

    2014-10-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) line ratio diagnostic diagrams have become a key tool in understanding the excitation mechanisms of galaxies. The curves used to separate the different regions—H II-like or excited by an active galactic nucleus (AGN)—have been refined over time but the core technique has not evolved significantly. However, the classification of galaxies based on their emission line ratios really is a multi-dimensional problem. Here we exploit recent software developments to explore the potential of three-dimensional (3D) line ratio diagnostic diagrams. We introduce the ZQE diagrams, which are a specific set of 3D diagrams that separate the oxygen abundance and the ionization parameter of H II region-like spectra and also enable us to probe the excitation mechanism of the gas. By examining these new 3D spaces interactively, we define the ZE diagnostics, a new set of 2D diagnostics that can provide the metallicity of objects excited by hot young stars and that cleanly separate H II region-like objects from the different classes of AGNs. We show that these ZE diagnostics are consistent with the key log [N II]/Hα versus log [O III]/Hβ diagnostic currently used by the community. They also have the advantage of attaching a probability that a given object belongs to one class or the other. Finally, we discuss briefly why ZQE diagrams can provide a new way to differentiate and study the different classes of AGNs in anticipation of a dedicated follow-up study.

  6. Propagation and stability of expanding spherical flames

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    Jomaas, Grunde

    High-fidelity experiments were conducted to determine the laminar flame speeds of various fuels, to define the transition boundaries of both cellular and spiral flame front instabilities that develop over the flame surface, and to determine the cellular flame acceleration constants for outwardly propagating spherical flames in a near-constant pressure environment up to 60 atmospheres. The flame front movement was monitored using schlieren cinematography and recorded with a high-speed digital camera. Experiments were conducted for a wide range of pressures and equivalence ratios to yield flame speed data for acetylene, ethylene, ethane, propylene, propane, dimethyl ether, and hydrogen/carbon monoxide in air. These data were post-processed in order to account for stretch effects, yielding laminar, unstretched flame speeds and Markstein lengths. The results were compared with existing chemical kinetics mechanisms and used to suggest improvements. The instant of transition to cellularity was experimentally determined for various fuels and fuel mixtures and subsequently interpreted on the basis of hydrodynamic and diffusional-thermal instabilities. Experimental results show that the transition Peclet number, Pec = Rc/ℓL, assumes an almost constant value for the near-equidiffusive acetylene and ethylene flames with wide ranges in the mixture stoichiometry, oxygen concentration, and pressure, where Rc is the flame radius at transition and ℓL the laminar flame thickness. However, for the non-equidiffusive hydrogen and propane flames, Pec respectively increases and decreases somewhat linearly with the mixture equivalence ratio. Evaluation of Pec using the theory of Bechtold and Matalon show complete qualitative agreement and satisfactory quantitative agreement, demonstrating the insensitivity of Pec to all system parameters for equidiffusive mixtures, and the dominance of the Markstein number, Ze(Le-1), in destabilization for non-equidiffusive mixtures, where Ze is the

  7. Czynniki ryzyka, czynniki chroniące i indeksy tych czynników w badaniach nad zachowaniami problemowymi nastolatków:

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    Okulicz-Kozaryn, Katarzyna; Bobrowski, Krzysztof

    2009-01-01

    Streszczenie Opis i wyjaśnianie zachowań problemowych młodzieży jest w dużej mierze oparte na analizie czynników zwiększających ryzyko wystąpienia zaburzeń i czynników chroniących. Badania nad tymi czynnikami dostarczają wiele cennych danych, jednak ze względu na dużą liczbę i różnorodność analizowanych w badaniach zmiennych, często trudno jest uogólniać ich wyniki. Jednym ze sposobów radzenia sobie z tym problemem jest konstruowanie złożonych indeksów zmiennych, które określają ekspozycję jednostki na sumę czynników ryzyka i czynników chroniących. W niniejszym opracowaniu omówiono osiem badań, w których wyjaśniano zachowania problemowe młodzieży (głównie: używanie substancji psychoaktywnych) na podstawie analizy tworzonych indeksów czynników ryzyka i chroniących. Wyniki przeglądu pokazują, że na uzyskane w badaniach wyniki znaczący wpływ mają arbitralne decyzje autorów, dotyczące definiowania czynników ryzyka/chroniących, wyjściowej puli analizowanych zmiennych, sposobu ustalania istotnego natężenia danego czynnika. Najbardziej jednoznaczne są wyniki mówiące tym, że każdy z indeksów (ryzyka i ochrony), niezależnie od innych czynników, pozwala wyjaśnić aktualnie występujące zachowania problemowe nastolatków, co jest ważnym argumentem za wzmacnianiem czynników chroniących w działaniach profilaktycznych. Natomiast najpoważniejszym minusem badań, wykorzystujących indeksy, jest „uśrednianie” znaczenia poszczególnych czynników, przypisywanie im a priori identycznej wagi w wyjaśnianiu zachowań, co stoi w sprzeczności z wynikami badań, pokazujących duże zróżnicowanie znaczenia poszczególnych czynników. PMID:19390638

  8. High ice water content at low radar reflectivity near deep convection - Part 2: Evaluation of microphysical pathways in updraft parcel simulations

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    Ackerman, A. S.; Fridlind, A. M.; Grandin, A.; Dezitter, F.; Weber, M.; Strapp, J. W.; Korolev, A. V.

    2015-10-01

    The aeronautics industry has established that a threat to aircraft is posed by atmospheric conditions of substantial ice water content (IWC) where equivalent radar reflectivity (Ze) does not exceed 20-30 dBZ and supercooled water is not present; these conditions are encountered almost exclusively in the vicinity of deep convection. Part 1 (Fridlind et al., 2015) of this two-part study presents in situ measurements of such conditions sampled by Airbus in three tropical regions, commonly near 11 km and -43 °C, and concludes that the measured ice particle size distributions are broadly consistent with past literature with profiling radar measurements of Ze and mean Doppler velocity obtained within monsoonal deep convection in one of the regions sampled. In all three regions, the Airbus measurements generally indicate variable IWC that often exceeds 2 g m-3 with relatively uniform mass median area-equivalent diameter (MMDeq) of 200-300 μm. Here we use a parcel model with size-resolved microphysics to investigate microphysical pathways that could lead to such conditions. Our simulations indicate that homogeneous freezing of water drops produces a much smaller ice MMDeq than observed, and occurs only in the absence of hydrometeor gravitational collection for the conditions considered. Development of a mass mode of ice aloft that overlaps with the measurements requires a substantial source of small ice particles at temperatures of about -10 °C or warmer, which subsequently grow from water vapor. One conceivable source in our simulation framework is Hallett-Mossop ice production; another is abundant concentrations of heterogeneous ice freezing nuclei acting together with copious shattering of water drops upon freezing. Regardless of the production mechanism, the dominant mass modal diameter of vapor-grown ice is reduced as the ice-multiplication source strength increases and as competition for water vapor increases. Both mass and modal diameter are reduced by

  9. High ice water content at low radar reflectivity near deep convection - Part 2: Evaluation of microphysical pathways in updraft parcel simulations

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    Ackerman, A. S.; Fridlind, A. M.; Grandin, A.; Dezitter, F.; Weber, M.; Strapp, J. W.; Korolev, A. V.

    2015-06-01

    The aeronautics industry has established that a threat to aircraft is posed by atmospheric conditions of substantial ice water content (IWC) where equivalent radar reflectivity (Ze) does not exceed 20-30 dBZ and supercooled water is not present, encountered almost exclusively in the vicinity of deep convection. Part 1 of this two-part study presents in situ measurements of such conditions sampled by Airbus in three tropical regions, commonly near 11 km and -43 °C, and concludes that the measured ice particle size distributions are broadly consistent with past literature and with profiling radar measurements of Ze and mean Doppler velocity obtained within monsoonal deep convection in one of the regions sampled. In all three regions the Airbus measurements generally indicate variable IWC that often exceeds 2 g m-3 with relatively uniform mass median area-equivalent diameter (MMDeq) of 200-300 μm. Here we use a parcel model with size-resolved microphysics to investigate microphysical pathways that could lead to such conditions. Our simulations indicate that homogeneous freezing of water drops produces a much smaller ice MMDeq than observed, and occurs only in the absence of hydrometeor gravitational collection for the conditions considered. Development of a mass mode of ice aloft that overlaps with the measurements requires a substantial source of small ice particles at temperatures of about -10 °C or warmer, which subsequently grow from water vapor. One conceivable source in our simulation framework is Hallett-Mossop ice production; another is abundant concentrations of heterogeneous ice freezing nuclei acting together with copious shattering of water drops upon freezing. Regardless of production mechanism, the dominant mass modal diameter of vapor-grown ice is reduced as the ice multiplication source strength increases and as competition for water vapor increases. Both mass and modal diameter are reduced by entrainment and by increasing aerosol concentrations

  10. Electrical characteristics of mammalian cells on porous supports

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    Chen, Guo

    2003-10-01

    The quantification of epithelial barrier functions by measuring the trans-epithelial electrical resistance (TER) and using the Electric Cell-substrate Impedance Sensing (ECIS) has been complicated by the current flowing inside the narrow space underneath cells. This thesis work, by examining the electrical characteristics of epithelial cells on porous supports, is aimed to tackle this problem. A mathematical model has been constructed to quantify the impedance from the various sources within a cell/electrode system. This model presents three cell-related parameters, alpha, Rb and Cm: alpha stands for the impedance contribution from the above-mentioned current underneath cells, Rb is an equivalent representation of epithelial barrier functions and Cm denotes the capacitive impedance of cell membranes. Analysis of the three parameters as well as the electrode impedance (Z e) has revealed two experimental approaches to reduce or eliminate the complication of alpha to the deduction of Rb: lowering alpha down to zero or lowering both Ze and alpha. The experimental realization of the first approach has been studied by examining the electrical characteristics of the African green monkey kidney (BS-C-1) and Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK-II) cells on porous filters of mixed esters of cellulose or nitrocellulose. A unique setup featuring a plastic/filter/plastic triple-layer structure was constructed to measure the impedance of cells on filters. With the extremely low alpha, all the electrical characteristics can be explained by using an equivalent circuit and Rb can be directly obtained from the resistance difference in the low frequency range. The second approach has been experimentally investigated by examining the electrical characteristics of BS-C-1 cells on porous/rough electrodes, i.e. the gold ECIS electrodes electrochemically coated with conducting polypyrrole/heparin composites or platinum black. Ze and alpha, especially the former, were found to be significantly

  11. Design of Current Source Dc/Dc Converter for Interfacing a 5 Kw Pem Fuel Cell / Paaugstinošā Strāvas Avota Līdzsprieguma Pārveidotāja Izstrāde 5 Kw Ūdeņraža Degvielas Elementam

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    Andreičiks, A.; Steiks, I.; Krievs, O.

    2013-08-01

    In domestic applications the low DC output voltage of a hydrogen fuel cell used as the main power supply or a backup power source has to be matched to the level and frequency of the AC voltage of utility grid. The interfacing power converter system usually consists of a DC/DC converter and an inverter. In this work, a DC/DC step-up converter stage is designed for interfacing a 5kW proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell. The losses of DC/DC conversion are estimated and, basing on the relevant analysis, the most appropriate configuration of converter modules is selected for a DC/DC converter stage of increased efficiency. The authors present the results of experimental analysis and simulation for the selected configuration of four double inductor step-up push-pull converter modules Ūdeņraža degvielas elementa invertoru sistēmas mājsaimniecības pielietojumiem parasti sastāv no līdzsprieguma paaugstināšanas un invertēšanas mezgliem. Šis raksts ir veltīts paaugstinošā līdzsprieguma pārveidotāja izstrādei 5 kW protonu apmaiņas membrānas degvielas elementam. Rakstā izpētīts divu induktoru divtaktu strāvas avota paaugstinošais līdzsprieguma pārveidotājs, aplūkojot gan datormodelēšanas, gan eksperimentālos rezultātus. Lai palielinātu DC/DC pārveidotāja efektivitāti var izmantot vairākus pārveidotāja moduļus, kam ieejas savienotas paralēli un izejās - virkne. Analīze Šajā raksta ir veikta analīze, balstoties uz kuras var izvēlieties skaitu pārveidotāj moduļu skaitu, kuri nodrošina vislabāko efektivitāti DC/DC pārveidotāja posmā. Kopējais eksperimentāli noteiktais izstrādātās degvielas elementa pārveidotāju sistēmas fizikālā modeļa lietderības koeficients ir 93%

  12. Investigation of ice cloud microphysical properties of DCSs using aircraft in situ measurements during MC3E over the ARM SGP site

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    Wang, Jingyu; Dong, Xiquan; Xi, Baike

    2015-04-01

    Six deep convective systems (DCSs) with a total of 5589 five-second samples and a range of temperatures from -41°C to 0°C during the Midlatitude Continental Convective Clouds Experiment (MC3E) were selected to investigate the ice cloud microphysical properties of DCSs over the Department of Energy Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Southern Great Plains (SGP) site. The ice cloud measurements of the DCS cases were made by the University of North Dakota Citation II research aircraft, and the ice cloud properties were derived through the following processes. First, the instances of supercooled liquid water in the ice-dominated cloud layers of DCSs have been eliminated using multisensor detection, including the Rosemount Icing Detector, King and Cloud Droplet Probes, as well as 2DC and Cloud Imaging Probe images. Then the Nevzorov-measured ice water contents (IWCs) at maximum diameter Dmax < 4000 µm are used as the best estimation to determine a new mass-dimensional relationship. Finally, the newly derived mass-dimensional relationship (a = 0.00365, b = 2.1) has been applied to a full spectrum of particle size distributions (PSDs, 120-30,000 µm) constructed from both 2DC and High-Volume Precipitation Spectrometer measurements to calculate the best-estimated IWCs of DCSs during MC3E. The averages of the total number concentrations (Nt), median mass diameter (Dm), maximum diameter (Dmax), and IWC from six selected cases are 0.035 cm-3, 1666 µm, 8841 µm, and 0.45 g m-3, respectively. The gamma-type-size distributions are then generated matching the observed PSDs (120-30,000 µm), and the fitted gamma parameters are compared with the observed PSDs through multimoment assessments including first moment (Dm), third moment (IWC), and sixth moment (equivalent radar reflectivity, Ze). For application of observed PSDs to the remote sensing community, a series of empirical relationships between fitted parameters and Ze values has been derived, and the bullet rosette

  13. Astrophysics of Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays, Photons, and Neutrinos

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    Mészáros, Peter; Watson, Alan; Waxman, Eli

    2005-05-01

    This miniworkshop concentrates on the astrophysics of GeV to ZeV cosmic rays, photons and neutrinos from active galaxies, gamma ray bursts and other compact or diffuse sources, as well as the transport processes and the physics of acceleration mechanisms that determine their observed fluxes and spectra. SCIENCE and MOTIVATION There are a number of major issues which this workshop is aimed at: * What is the origin of the ultra-high energy(PeV to ZeV) cosmic rays? Independently of whether there are super-GZK events or not, the CR flux levels near 1E20 eV from AGASA and HIRES are within 3 sigma of each other, and there is an intense debate about the possible astrophysical sources. What is the contribution to these from gamma-ray bursts, active galaxies, galactic core sources? Can we reconcile the AGASA and HIRES discrepancies? Can Fermi acceleration explain particles at the GZK limit, and can we test shock acceleration? How strong is the case for alternative astrophysical acceleration mechanisms? What are the implications of Auger's accumulating data, as the array progresses towards completion? What can be learned about intergalactic matter from cosmic ray propagation effects? * What is the origin of GeV-TeV photons from AGN, GRB, SNRs? Are the jets in AGN and GRB hadronic or leptonic? What constraints can be imposed on these from TeV and correlated lower energy spectra and variability? What is the origin of the GeV-TeV emission from pulsars and possibly magnetars(polar cap or outer gap emittors?) Are there smoking gun signatures of Fermi(diffusive) or other, e.g. linear(wakefield, etc) acceleration of leptons? For scattering off magnetic turbulence, reconnection, etc? Is there strong evidence for proton acceleration and hadronic cascades? How realistic is it to detect gamma-ray signatures of the quantum-gravity energy scale, vacuum dispersion, etc., with GLAST, SWIFT, etc? * What is the TeV to EeV neutrino emission of AGN, GRB, micro- quasars and other sources? How

  14. The Effectiveness of Organic Pollutants Removal in Constructed Wetland with Horizontal Sub-Surface Flow / Efektywność Usuwania Zanieczyszczeń Organicznych W Oczyszczalni Hydrofitowej

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    Jakubaszek, Anita; Sadecka, Zofia

    2015-03-01

    This paper presents the results of the research work related to the removal efficiency from wastewater organic pollutants and suspended solids at HSSF (horizontal subsurface flow) constructed wetland. The average effectiveness defined as loss of value COD in wastewater has reached 77%, for BOD5 - 80% and TOC - 82%. The effect of seasonal temperature changes and the period of plant vegetation and rest on the effectiveness of wastewater treatment were also analyzed. The results of the presented research showed a decrease in the efficiency of removing organic pollutants from wastewater and suspended solids in the autumn and winter. During the vegetation the object in Małyszyn has been characterized by the effectiveness of wastewater treatment at the level of 78% for COD, 82% for BOD5, and in the non-vegetation period the effectiveness has decreased up to 75% for COD and 74% for BOD5. During the plants growth the total suspension was removed in 88%, whereas during the plants rest efficiency of removing lowered to 69%. W pracy przedstawiono wyniki badań dotyczące efektywności usuwania ze ścieków zanieczyszczeń organicznych w oczyszczalni hydrofitowej. Średnia skuteczność oczyszczania wyrażona jako obniżenie wartości ChZT w ściekach była na poziomie 77%, dla BZT5 80%, a dla OWO 82%. Analizowano również wpływ sezonowych zmian temperatury oraz okresu wegetacji i spoczynku roślin na skuteczność oczyszczania ścieków. Wyniki badań wykazały obniżenie efektywności usuwania zanieczyszczeń organicznych ze ścieków wyrażonych przez ChZT i BZT5 oraz zawiesiny ogólnej w okresie jesienno-zimowym. W okresie wegetacyjnym obiekt w Małyszynie charakteryzował się efektywnością oczyszczania ścieków na poziomie: 78% dla ChZT, 82% dla BZT5, a w sezonie pozawegetacyjnym skuteczność uległa obniżeniu do 75% w przypadku ChZT oraz 74% dla BZT5. Zawiesina ogólna w okresie wegetacji trzciny usuwana była w 88%, a w okresie powegetacyjnym w 69%.

  15. The Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT): Beam Profiles and First SZ Cluster Maps

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    Hincks, A. D.; Acquaviva, V.; Ade, P. A.; Aguirre, P.; Amiri, M.; Appel, J. W.; Barrientos, L. F.; Battistelli, E. S.; Bond, J. R.; Brown, B.; Burger, B.; Chervenak, J.; Das, S.; Devlin, M. J.; Dicker, S. R.; Doriese, W. B.; Dunkley, J.; Duenner, R.; Essinger-Hileman, T.; Fisher, R. P.; Fowler, J. W.; Hajian, A.; Halpern, M.; Hasselfield, M.; Wollack, Ed

    2010-01-01

    The Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) is currently observing the cosmic microwave background with arcminute resolution at 148 GHz, 218 GHz, and 277 GHz, In this paper, we present ACT's first results. Data have been analyzed using a maximum-likelihood map-making method which uses B-splines to model and remove the atmospheric signal. It has been used to make high-precision beam maps from which we determine the experiment's window functions, This beam information directly impacts all subsequent analyses of the data. We also used the method to map a sample of galaxy clusters via the Sunyaev-Ze1'dovich (SZ) effect, and show five clusters previously detected with X-ray or SZ observations, We provide integrated Compton-y measurements for each cluster. Of particular interest is our detection of the z = 0.44 component of A3128 and our current non-detection of the low-redshift part, providing strong evidence that the further cluster is more massive as suggested by X-ray measurements. This is a compelling example of the redshift-independent mass selection of the SZ effect.

  16. Samson's suicide: psychopathology (Grossman) vs. heroism (Jabotinsky).

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    Shoenfeld, Netta; Strous, Rael D

    2008-03-01

    The biblical story of Samson may be understood at various levels and from different perspectives. Since the story of Samson in the Bible is sketchily drawn, the interpretations of the narrative are numerous. One version, according to David Grossman, a contemporary writer and liberal Israeli political activist, regards Samson critically, viewing him as a tormented individual who opts to end his life in order to end his suffering. Another version is that of Ze'ev Jabotinsky, a twentieth century author and nationalistic Jewish political activist, who regards Samson as a heroic figure exemplifying the ultimate Jewish hero who killed himself to help his people. While suicide is considered a tragic event, viewed as the outcome of an unstable state of mind from a psychopathological point of view, and a controversial issue in Judaism (as in other religions), there is value in examining how each of these authors explains the act. Since the personal and political opinions of the authors influenced their interpretations, the discussion will briefly expound on their biographies. A comparison between their two versions of the narrative will be made. A word of caution is introduced regarding the merits and demerits of artistic and creative analysis of the biblical narrative.

  17. Physical And Technical Energy Problems. Factors of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction in the Road Transport of Latvia / Siltumnīcefekta Gāzu Emisiju Samazināšanas Faktori Autotransportā Latvijā

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    Grackova, L.; Klavs, G.

    2013-02-01

    The admissible scenarios are considered as related to reduction in the greenhouse gas emissions from the road transport in Latvia by 2020. All of the scenarios are analysed, and the proofs are presented for the possibility to reduce such emissions as well as the energy consumption through a more extensive use of efficient cars and biofuel. Izmantojot scenāriju modelēšanas pieeju un COPERT IV modeli, novērtēts siltumnīcefekta gāzu emisiju samazināšanas potenciāls autotransportā Latvijā līdz 2020. gadam. Modelēšanas rezultāti un analīze ļauj secināt, ka neskatoties uz sagaidāmo automašīnu skaita palielināšanos, jaunu energoefektīvu automašīnu ar augstākiem izmešu standartiem izmantošana un biodegvielas piemaisījuma palielināšana autotransportā izmantojamā degvielā ļauj ierobežot siltumnīcefekta gāzu emisiju pieaugumu.

  18. New insights into the fundamental chemical nature of ionic liquid film formation on magnesium alloy surfaces.

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    Forsyth, Maria; Neil, Wayne C; Howlett, Patrick C; Macfarlane, Douglas R; Hinton, Bruce R W; Rocher, Nathalie; Kemp, Thomas F; Smith, Mark E

    2009-05-01

    Ionic liquids (ILs) based on trihexyltetradecylphosphonium coupled with either diphenylphosphate or bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)amide have been shown to react with magnesium alloy surfaces, leading to the formation a surface film that can improve the corrosion resistance of the alloy. The morphology and microstructure of the magnesium surface seems critical in determining the nature of the interphase, with grain boundary phases and intermetallics within the grain, rich in zirconium and zinc, showing almost no interaction with the IL and thereby resulting in a heterogeneous surface film. This has been explained, on the basis of solid-state NMR evidence, as being due to the extremely low reactivity of the native oxide films on the intermetallics (ZrO2 and ZnO) with the IL as compared with the magnesium-rich matrix where a magnesium hydroxide and/or carbonate inorganic surface is likely. Solid-state NMR characterization of the ZE41 alloy surface treated with the IL based on (Tf)2N(-) indicates that this anion reacts to form a metal fluoride rich surface in addition to an organic component. The diphenylphosphate anion also seems to undergo an additional chemical process on the metal surface, indicating that film formation on the metal is not a simple chemical interaction between the components of the IL and the substrate but may involve electrochemical processes. PMID:20355890

  19. A Bio-Inspired, Catalytic E → Z Isomerization of Activated Olefins.

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    Metternich, Jan B; Gilmour, Ryan

    2015-09-01

    Herein, Nature's flavin-mediated activation of complex (poly)enes has been translated to a small molecule paradigm culminating in a highly (Z)-selective, catalytic isomerization of activated olefins using (-)-riboflavin (up to 99:1 Z/E). In contrast to the prominent Z → E isomerization of the natural system, it was possible to invert the directionality of the isomerization (E → Z) by simultaneously truncating the retinal scaffold, and introducing a third olefin substituent to augment A1,3-strain upon isomerization. Consequently, conjugation is reduced in the product chromophore leading to a substrate/product combination with discrete photophysical signatures. The operationally simple isomerization protocol has been applied to a variety of enone-derived substrates and showcased in the preparation of the medically relevant 4-substituted coumarin scaffold. A correlation of sensitizer triplet energy (ET) and reaction efficiency, together with the study of additive effects and mechanistic probes, is consistent with a triplet energy transfer mechanism.

  20. The Biological Effects of Bilirubin Photoisomers.

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    Jasprova, Jana; Dal Ben, Matteo; Vianello, Eleonora; Goncharova, Iryna; Urbanova, Marie; Vyroubalova, Karolina; Gazzin, Silvia; Tiribelli, Claudio; Sticha, Martin; Cerna, Marcela; Vitek, Libor

    2016-01-01

    Although phototherapy was introduced as early as 1950's, the potential biological effects of bilirubin photoisomers (PI) generated during phototherapy remain unclear. The aim of our study was to isolate bilirubin PI in their pure forms and to assess their biological effects in vitro. The three major bilirubin PI (ZE- and EZ-bilirubin and Z-lumirubin) were prepared by photo-irradiation of unconjugated bilirubin. The individual photoproducts were chromatographically separated (TLC, HPLC), and their identities verified by mass spectrometry. The role of Z-lumirubin (the principle bilirubin PI) on the dissociation of bilirubin from albumin was tested by several methods: peroxidase, fluorescence quenching, and circular dichroism. The biological effects of major bilirubin PI (cell viability, expression of selected genes, cell cycle progression) were tested on the SH-SY5Y human neuroblastoma cell line. Lumirubin was found to have a binding site on human serum albumin, in the subdomain IB (or at a close distance to it); and thus, different from that of bilirubin. Its binding constant to albumin was much lower when compared with bilirubin, and lumirubin did not affect the level of unbound bilirubin (Bf). Compared to unconjugated bilirubin, bilirubin PI did not have any effect on either SH-SY5Y cell viability, the expression of genes involved in bilirubin metabolism or cell cycle progression, nor in modulation of the cell cycle phase. The principle bilirubin PI do not interfere with bilirubin albumin binding, and do not exert any toxic effect on human neuroblastoma cells. PMID:26829016

  1. Annona squamosa Linn: cytotoxic activity found in leaf extract against human tumor cell lines.

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    Wang, De-Shen; Rizwani, Ghazala H; Guo, Huiqin; Ahmed, Mansoor; Ahmed, Maryam; Hassan, Syed Zeeshan; Hassan, Amir; Chen, Zhe-Sheng; Xu, Rui-Hua

    2014-09-01

    Cancer is a common cause of death in human populations. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy still remain the corner stone of treatment. However, herbal medicines are gaining popularity on account of their lesser harmful side effects on non-targeted human cells and biological environment. Annona squamosa Linn is a common delicious edible fruit and its leaf have been used for the treatment in various types of diseases. The objective of present study is to determine the anticancer potential of the organic and aqueous extracts of leaf of Annona squamosa L. MTT (3-(4, 5-dimethylthiazole-2yl)-2, 5-biphenyl tetrazolium bromide) assay against hepatocellular carcinoma cell line BEL-7404, lung cancer line H460, human epidermoid carcinoma cell line KB-3-1, prostatic cancer cell line DU145, breast carcinoma cell line MDA-MB-435, and colon cancer cell line HCT-116 Human primary embryonic kidney cell line HEK293 as control were used for the study. The crude extract (Zcd) and Ethyl acetate extract (ZE) were found significant anticancer activity only on human epidermoid carcinoma cell line KB-3-1 and colon cancer cell line HCT-116. PMID:25176251

  2. [The influence of music on pictorial expression of young women--a comparative study of different music styles].

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    Schiltz, L; Maugendre, M; Brytek-Matera, A

    2010-01-01

    Questing one's personal identity and developing a coherent representation of oneself, the other and the world are major tasks in adolescence. Research showed that a satisfactory resolution of the crisis of adolescence can be favoured by psychological counselling based on artistic mediations. The objective of this study consisted in exploring the effect of music on the pictorial expression of a non clinical sample of female adolescents (N=157) aged from 17 to 28 years. We analysed free drawings realised by the test group with the help of a rating scale constructed in a phenomenological and structural perspective (Schiltz, 2006). The adolescents painted under musical induction. We proposed three different styles of music, i.e. baroque music (Georg Friedrich Händel and Johann Sebastian Bach), classical music (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven) and polish ethnical music (Kapela ze Wsi Warszawa-Warsaw Village Band). By using non parametric inferential and multi dimensional statistics, we could show that structural characteristics of music styles lead to differences in formal and content variables on the rating scales for the pictures. The results of our exploratory study open some tracks for future research. It would be pertinent to enlarge the population to other categories of age and to investigate the influence of gender.

  3. Monte Carlo Analysis of Pion Contribution to Absorbed Dose from Galactic Cosmic Rays

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    Aghara, S.K.; Battnig, S.R.; Norbury, J.W.; Singleterry, R.C.

    2009-01-01

    Accurate knowledge of the physics of interaction, particle production and transport is necessary to estimate the radiation damage to equipment used on spacecraft and the biological effects of space radiation. For long duration astronaut missions, both on the International Space Station and the planned manned missions to Moon and Mars, the shielding strategy must include a comprehensive knowledge of the secondary radiation environment. The distribution of absorbed dose and dose equivalent is a function of the type, energy and population of these secondary products. Galactic cosmic rays (GCR) comprised of protons and heavier nuclei have energies from a few MeV per nucleon to the ZeV region, with the spectra reaching flux maxima in the hundreds of MeV range. Therefore, the MeV - GeV region is most important for space radiation. Coincidentally, the pion production energy threshold is about 280 MeV. The question naturally arises as to how important these particles are with respect to space radiation problems. The space radiation transport code, HZETRN (High charge (Z) and Energy TRaNsport), currently used by NASA, performs neutron, proton and heavy ion transport explicitly, but it does not take into account the production and transport of mesons, photons and leptons. In this paper, we present results from the Monte Carlo code MCNPX (Monte Carlo N-Particle eXtended), showing the effect of leptons and mesons when they are produced and transported in a GCR environment.

  4. Parametric and working fluid analysis of a combined organic Rankine-vapor compression refrigeration system activated by low-grade thermal energy.

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    Saleh, B

    2016-09-01

    The potential use of many common hydrofluorocarbons and hydrocarbons as well as new hydrofluoroolefins, i.e. R1234yf and R1234ze(E) working fluids for a combined organic Rankine cycle and vapor compression refrigeration (ORC-VCR) system activated by low-grade thermal energy is evaluated. The basic ORC operates between 80 and 40 °C typical for low-grade thermal energy power plants while the basic VCR cycle operates between 5 and 40 °C. The system performance is characterized by the overall system coefficient of performance (COPS) and the total mass flow rate of the working fluid for each kW cooling capacity ([Formula: see text]). The effects of different working parameters such as the evaporator, condenser, and boiler temperatures on the system performance are examined. The results illustrate that the maximum COPS values are attained using the highest boiling candidates with overhanging T-s diagram, i.e. R245fa and R600, while R600 has the lowest [Formula: see text] under the considered operating conditions. Among the proposed candidates, R600 is the best candidate for the ORC-VCR system from the perspectives of environmental issues and system performance. Nevertheless, its flammability should attract enough attention. The maximum COPS using R600 is found to reach up to 0.718 at a condenser temperature of 30 °C and the basic values for the remaining parameters. PMID:27489732

  5. [The influence of music on pictorial expression of young women--a comparative study of different music styles].

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    Schiltz, L; Maugendre, M; Brytek-Matera, A

    2010-01-01

    Questing one's personal identity and developing a coherent representation of oneself, the other and the world are major tasks in adolescence. Research showed that a satisfactory resolution of the crisis of adolescence can be favoured by psychological counselling based on artistic mediations. The objective of this study consisted in exploring the effect of music on the pictorial expression of a non clinical sample of female adolescents (N=157) aged from 17 to 28 years. We analysed free drawings realised by the test group with the help of a rating scale constructed in a phenomenological and structural perspective (Schiltz, 2006). The adolescents painted under musical induction. We proposed three different styles of music, i.e. baroque music (Georg Friedrich Händel and Johann Sebastian Bach), classical music (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven) and polish ethnical music (Kapela ze Wsi Warszawa-Warsaw Village Band). By using non parametric inferential and multi dimensional statistics, we could show that structural characteristics of music styles lead to differences in formal and content variables on the rating scales for the pictures. The results of our exploratory study open some tracks for future research. It would be pertinent to enlarge the population to other categories of age and to investigate the influence of gender. PMID:20653187

  6. The State Policy for Natural Gas Sector / Sektor Gazu Ziemnego W Polityce Państwa

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    Szurlej, Adam

    2013-09-01

    This article reviews the state policy for natural gas sector. A particular attention has been given to how the assumptions of gas demand, import volumes and gas production from domestic reserves have developed in strategic documents. The restructuring of natural gas sector has been brought closer on the example of PGNiG S.A. (Polish Oil and Gas Company), and changes in the domestic gas market resulting from the implementation of EU law have been discussed as well. Major changes in the domestic gas market in the period of 1990-2011 have been presented along with the cooperation between Poland and Russia regarding the natural gas supply for the Polish market. W artykule dokonano przeglądu polityki państwa wobec sektora gazu ziemnego. W sposób szczególny przeanalizowano jak kształtowały się w dokumentach strategicznych prognozy w zakresie zapotrzebowania na gaz, wielkości importu i wydobycia gazu ze złóż krajowych. Przybliżono także restrukturyzację sektora gazu ziemnego na przykładzie PGNiG oraz zmiany na krajowym rynku gazu wynikające z implementacji prawa UE. Wskazano najważniejsze zmiany na krajowym rynku gazu ziemnego w latach 1990-2011 oraz scharakteryzowano współpracę polsko - rosyjską w zakresie dostaw gazu do Polski.

  7. Gandhi and Mao on manual labour in the school: A retrospective analysis

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    Zachariah, Mathew; Hoffman, Arlene

    1985-12-01

    Mahatma Gandhi's views on relating the world of formal education to the world of work were developed first in his experimental `Tolstoy Farm' in South Africa. On his return to India, Gandhi insisted that a required manual labour component in the curriculum would help regenerate India's village economy, develop in India's children a deeper understanding of India's cultural roots, motivate children to relate `book learning' to life in society, and destroy invidious caste distinctions. The major proposals and suggestions in Gandhi's writing will be discussed in the context of his hopes for using schooling as an agent of progress in India. Mao Ze-Dong's views, on the other hand, were developed in the context of his Yenan experience in the 1930s, i.e. the decision to consolidate a power base in the interior of China before waging a class war against the landlords and capitalists of China. Mao's views were also, to some extent, rooted in the Chinese reality of stagnant, poverty-stricken rural areas. But, Mao's writings indicate that Marxist hopes to relate theory and practice (as understood in dialectical materialism) and to ensure that everyone participated in mental as well as manual labour in a socialist society had led him to formulate his proposals. Both Gandhi's and Mao's views and proposals have been more or less abandoned in India and China respectively. The similar and dissimilar reasons which led to such a fate are examined in this retrospective analysis.

  8. Identification of novel inhibitors of calling and in vitro [14C]acetate incorporation by pheromone glands of Plodia interpunctella.

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    Hirashima, A; Eiraku, T; Watanabe, Y; Kuwano, E; Taniguchi, E; Eto, M

    2001-08-01

    Some octopamine agonists were found to suppress in vitro biosynthesis of the calling pheromone of the Indian meal moth, Plodia interpunctella. Isolated pheromone-gland preparations incorporated sodium [14C]acetate at a linear rate for 3 h when incubated with the pheromone biosynthesis activating neuropeptide (PBAN). This incorporation was dependent on the dose of PBAN (up to 0.5 microM). Thin-layer chromatography of a pheromone-gland extract revealed quantitative incorporation of radioactivity into a product exhibiting the same mobility as (Z,E)-9,12-tetradecadienyl acetate, the main component of the calling pheromone of P interpunctella. Twenty-seven octopamine agonists were initially screened using a calling behaviour bioassay of female P interpunctella. Four derivatives with activity in the nanomolar range were identified which were, in order of decreasing pheromonostatic activity: 2-(2,6-diethylphenylimino)thiazolidine > 2-(2,6-diethylphenylimino)oxazolidine > 2-(2,6-dimethylphenylimino)thiazolidine > 2-(2-ethylphenylimino)oxazolidine. These compounds also showed in vitro inhibitory activity in intracellular de novo pheromone biosynthesis. The results of the present study indicate that these derivatives could provide useful information in the characterization and differentiation of octopaminergic receptor types and subtypes.

  9. Predicted number of lung cancer cases in Germany among former uranium miners of the Wismut

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    Brueske-Hohlfeld, I.; Moehner, M.; Wichmann, H.E.

    1997-01-01

    Between 1946-1990, the Wismut-Company in the former German Democratic Republic was the leading producer of uranium for the Soviet union. After the German reunification, a central welfare system for uranium miners of the Wismut Zentrale Betreuung Wismut (ZeBWiS) was initiated by the Hauptverband der Berufsgenossenschaften in 1992, and a data base of exposed employees was established. In spring 1993, data regarding 95,000 exposed persons were available from Saxony, but none from Thuringia. A sample of 3,654 persons was drawn. For 3,128 of them the working history at the Wismut could be reconstructed. Having established the age distribution and taking into account mortality of other causes, the expected age-specific mortality rates of lung cancer were calculated. Statistical risk models were applied. Assuming that for Saxony about 156,000 workers were exposed in underground mining and/or uranium processing, a total (past and future) of about 7,000-25,000 excess lung cancer cases are estimated to be due to exposure to radon and its progeny. From 1995 onwards about 1,300-4,800 additional cases are predicted in the population of exposed former Wismut workers in Saxony. The peak incidence was reached between 1985-1991. No prognosis for Thuringia can be given so far.

  10. Lewis acid catalysis of photochemical reactions. 4. Selective isomerization of cinnamic esters

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    Lewis, F.D.; Oxman, J.D.; Gibson, L.L.; Hampsch, H.L.; Quillen, S.L.

    1986-05-28

    The spectroscopic properties and photoisomerization reactions of several (E)- and (Z)-cinnamic esters, bis cinnamic esters, and model esters and lactones in the presence and absence of Lewis acids have been investigated. The use of Lewis acids such as BF/sub 3/ or EtAlCl/sub 2/ results in enhanced photoisomerization efficiency and a shift in the photoequilibrium toward the thermodynamically less stable Z isomer. Enhanced E ..-->.. Z photoisomerization results from selective excitation of ground-state ester-Lewis acid complexes. These complexes have been characterized by /sup 1/H NMR, ultraviolet, and fluorescence spectroscopies. The equilibrium constants for complexation are dependent upon both the electron donor strength of the ester and its conformational mobility. These factors also determine the magnitude of the red shifts in the electronic absorption spectra observed upon complexation. Enhanced E ..-->.. Z photoisomerization upon complex formation is a consequence of selective excitation of the E vs. Z complex, more efficient isomerization of the excited E vs. Z complex, and larger equilibrium constants for complexation of E vs. Z esters. The photoequilibria obtained for bis cinnamic esters are highly enriched in the Z,Z and Z,E isomers in accord with independent isomerization of the two cinnamate groups; however, in the case of 1,3-trimethylenebis(cinnamate), two-bond isomerization of the E,E to Z,Z isomer is observed at low conversions.

  11. Canada-France Redshift Survey - X. The quasar sample

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    Schade, David; Crampton, David; Hammer, F.; Le Fevre, O.; Lilly, S. J.

    1996-01-01

    Six objects with broad emission lines and redshifts from 0.48 to 2.07 were discovered among 736 extragalactic objects in the Canada-France Redshift Survey (CFRS). Although the luminosities of half of the objects are such that they are in the Seyfert regime (M_B<~-23), all would be designated as quasars in traditional surveys. Since the only selection criterion was that 17.5<=I_AB<=22.5, or approximately B<23 (assuming a continuum power-law slope alpha=-0.5), these quasars represent an unbiased, flux-limited sample. Although uncertain, the implied surface density, 200^-120-80 deg^-2, is the highest yet measured, and is in good agreement with extrapolations from other faint surveys and the evolving luminosity function models of Boyle. The distributions of the continuum properties, emission-line strengths, etc. of the quasars do not differ significantly from those of quasars selected by other means, and therefore they would have been detected in most traditional surveys. Three of the quasars may be associated with clusters or large structures of galaxies at z<~1>1.

  12. Molecular Structure and Photoinduced Intramolecular Hydrogen Bonding in 2-Pyrrolylmethylidene Cycloalkanones.

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    Sigalov, Mark; Shainyan, Bagrat; Chipanina, Nina; Oznobikhina, Larisa; Strashnikova, Natalia; Sterkhova, Irina

    2015-11-01

    The structures of pyrrolylmethylidene derivatives of 2,3-dihydro-1H-inden-1-one (3), 3,4-dihydro-naphthalen-1(2H)-one (4), and cycloalkanones (5-7) were studied for the first time in the solid state and solution by NMR, IR, and UV spectroscopies supported by DFT quantum mechanical calculations. It was shown that all studied compounds except cycloheptanone derivative 7 both in crystal and in solution exist in the form of dimers where single E or E,E configuration with respect to the exocyclic C═C bond is stabilized by intermolecular hydrogen bonds N-H···O═C. UV irradiation at a wavelength of 365 nm of MeCN or DMSO solutions of 3-6 results, depending on the exposition time and solvent, partial to complete isomerization to the Z or Z,E isomers (in the case of 6, also the Z,Z isomer). The NMR and IR spectroscopy data show the existence of a strong intramolecular hydrogen bond N-H···O═C in the Z moieties of isomerized compounds. The studied compounds are protonated by trifluoroacetic acid at the carbonyl oxygen, in spite of the reverse order of basicity and nucleophilicity of the carbonyl group and the pyrrole ring. Investigation of the behavior of compound 6 with respect to acetate and fluoride anions allows one to consider it as a potential fluoride sensor. PMID:26457975

  13. [Mind-body connection, parapsychological phenomena and spiritual healing. A review].

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    Bonilla, Ernesto

    2010-06-01

    Evidence regarding the influence of the mind on the body is abundant. Several mind-body healing procedures are currently being used, among them hypnosis, biofeedback, meditation, visualizations, management of emotions and prayer. Since the Big Bang, we are entangled with everything. This interaction would let individuals to communicate with the minds and bodies of others. The field of parapsychological research has provided a lot of information about significant events, including apparitions, communications with the dead, near-death experiences and out of the body experiences. It looks apparently evident, that consciousness can persist in the absence of brain function. According to the model that assumes that it is consciousness and not matter, the base of everything that exists, what survives after death is the "quantum monad" or spirit. It is said that spiritual cures are practiced by discarnate physicians who diagnose and prescribe conventional treatments, but very often they use unknown procedures based on the management of energy fields that are currently being studied by many physicists. Representative examples of the practice of spiritual medicine were the mediums Ze Arigo, George Chapman, Barbara Guerrero (Pachita) and presently the Brazilian medium John of God. Case reports of paranormal phenomena observed and studied by honest and serious scientists are very important for the advancement of parapsychology, because it has not been clearly established which approach, the qualitative or the quantitative, is more useful for the development of this field.

  14. Automated rain rate estimates using the Ka-band ARM Zenith Radar (KAZR)

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    Chandra, A.; Zhang, C.; Kollias, P.; Matrosov, S.; Szyrmer, W.

    2014-02-01

    The use of millimeter wavelength radars for probing precipitation has recently gained interest. However, estimation of precipitation variables is not straightforward due to strong attenuation, radar receiver saturation, antenna wet radome effects and natural microphysical variability. Here, an automated algorithm is developed for routinely retrieving rain rates from profiling Ka-band (35-GHz) ARM zenith radars (KAZR). A 1-D simple, steady state microphysical model is used to estimate the impact of microphysical processes and attenuation on the profiles of the radar observables at 35-GHz and thus provide criteria for identifying when attenuation or microphysical processes dominate KAZR observations. KAZR observations are also screened for saturation and wet radome effects. The proposed algorithm is implemented in two steps: high rain rates are retrieved by using the amount of attenuation in rain layers, while lower rain rates by the Ze-R (reflectivity-rain rate) relation is implemented. Observations collected by the KAZR, disdrometer and scanning weather radars during the DYNAMO/AMIE field campaign at Gan Island of the tropical Indian Ocean are used to validate the proposed approach. The results indicate that the proposed algorithm can be used to derive robust statistics of rain rates in the tropics from KAZR observations.

  15. Automated rain rate estimates using the Ka-band ARM zenith radar (KAZR)

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    Chandra, A.; Zhang, C.; Kollias, P.; Matrosov, S.; Szyrmer, W.

    2015-09-01

    The use of millimeter wavelength radars for probing precipitation has recently gained interest. However, estimation of precipitation variables is not straightforward due to strong signal attenuation, radar receiver saturation, antenna wet radome effects and natural microphysical variability. Here, an automated algorithm is developed for routinely retrieving rain rates from the profiling Ka-band (35-GHz) ARM (Atmospheric Radiation Measurement) zenith radars (KAZR). A 1-dimensional, simple, steady state microphysical model is used to estimate impacts of microphysical processes and attenuation on the profiles of radar observables at 35-GHz and thus provide criteria for identifying situations when attenuation or microphysical processes dominate KAZR observations. KAZR observations are also screened for signal saturation and wet radome effects. The algorithm is implemented in two steps: high rain rates are retrieved by using the amount of attenuation in rain layers, while low rain rates are retrieved from the reflectivity-rain rate (Ze-R) relation. Observations collected by the KAZR, rain gauge, disdrometer and scanning precipitating radars during the DYNAMO/AMIE field campaign at the Gan Island of the tropical Indian Ocean are used to validate the proposed approach. The differences in the rain accumulation from the proposed algorithm are quantified. The results indicate that the proposed algorithm has a potential for deriving continuous rain rate statistics in the tropics.

  16. Thermoelectric generator placed on the human body: system modeling and energy conversion improvements

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    Lossec, M.; Multon, B.; Ben Ahmed, H.; Goupil, C.

    2010-10-01

    This paper focuses on the production of electricity using a thermoelectric generator placed on the human body connected to a dc-dc converter. The small difference in temperature between the hot heat source (e.g. the human body, Tb = 37 °C) and the cold heat source (e.g. ambient air, Ta = 22 °C), associated with a poor quality thermal coupling (mainly with the cold source), leads to a very low temperature gradient at the thermoelectric generator terminals and hence low productivity. Under these use conditions, the present article proposes an analysis of various ways to improve productivity given a surface capture system. Furthermore, we demonstrated, in this particular context, that maximizing the recovered electric power proves to be a different problem from that of maximizing efficiency, e.g. the figure of merit Z. We therefore define a new factor ZE, depending on the physical characteristics of thermoelectric materials, that maximizes electric power in the particular case where the thermal coupling is poor. Finally, this study highlights the benefit of sub-optimization of the power extracted from the thermoelectric generator to further improve efficiency of the overall system. We show that, given the conversion efficiency of the dc-dc converter, the maximum power point of the overall system is no more reached when the output voltage of the thermoelectric generator is equal to half of its electromotive force.

  17. Functional genomics to discover antibiotic resistance genes: The paradigm of resistance to colistin mediated by ethanolamine phosphotransferase in Shewanella algae MARS 14.

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    Telke, Amar A; Rolain, Jean-Marc

    2015-12-01

    Shewanella algae MARS 14 is a colistin-resistant clinical isolate retrieved from bronchoalveolar lavage of a hospitalised patient. A functional genomics strategy was employed to discover the molecular support for colistin resistance in S. algae MARS 14. A pZE21 MCS-1 plasmid-based genomic expression library was constructed in Escherichia coli TOP10. The estimated library size was 1.30×10(8) bp. Functional screening of colistin-resistant clones was carried out on Luria-Bertani agar containing 8 mg/L colistin. Five colistin-resistant clones were obtained after complete screening of the genomic expression library. Analysis of DNA sequencing results found a unique gene in all selected clones. Amino acid sequence analysis of this unique gene using the Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG) and KEGG databases revealed that this gene encodes ethanolamine phosphotransferase (EptA, or so-called PmrC). Reverse transcription PCR analysis indicated that resistance to colistin in S. algae MARS 14 was associated with overexpression of EptA (27-fold increase), which plays a crucial role in the arrangement of outer membrane lipopolysaccharide.

  18. Explicit values of multi-dimensional Kloosterman sums for prime powers, II

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    Gurak, S.

    2008-03-01

    For any integer m>1 fix zeta_{m}Dexp(2 pi i/m) , and let Z_{m}^{*} denote the group of reduced residues modulo m . Let qDp^{alpha} , a power of a prime p . The hyper-Kloosterman sums of dimension n>0 are defined for q by displaylines{ R(d,q)D sum_{x_{1}, ..., x_{n} in Z_{q}^{*}} ze... ...ots +x_{n} +d(x_{1} \\cdots x_{n})^{-1}} ;;;;;; (d in Z_{q}^{*}), } where x^{-1} denotes the multiplicative inverse of x modulo q . Salie evaluated R(d,q) in the classical setting nD1 for even q , and for odd qDp^{alpha} with alpha >1 . Later, Smith provided formulas that simplified the computation of R(d,q) in these cases for n>1 . Recently, Cochrane, Liu and Zheng computed upper bounds for R(d,q) in the general case n >0 , stopping short of their explicit evaluation. Here I complete the computation they initiated to obtain explicit values for the Kloosterman sums for alpha >1 , relying on basic properties of some simple specialized exponential sums. The treatment here is more elementary than the author's previous determination of these Kloosterman sums using character theory and p -adic methods. At the least, it provides an alternative, independent evaluation of the Kloosterman sums.

  19. Ginzburg-Landau theory for the solid-liquid interface of bcc elements. II - Application to the classical one-component plasma, the Wigner crystal, and He-4

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    Zeng, X. C.; Stroud, D.

    1989-01-01

    The previously developed Ginzburg-Landau theory for calculating the crystal-melt interfacial tension of bcc elements to treat the classical one-component plasma (OCP), the charged fermion system, and the Bose crystal. For the OCP, a direct application of the theory of Shih et al. (1987) yields for the surface tension 0.0012(Z-squared e-squared/a-cubed), where Ze is the ionic charge and a is the radius of the ionic sphere. Bose crystal-melt interface is treated by a quantum extension of the classical density-functional theory, using the Feynman formalism to estimate the relevant correlation functions. The theory is applied to the metastable He-4 solid-superfluid interface at T = 0, with a resulting surface tension of 0.085 erg/sq cm, in reasonable agreement with the value extrapolated from the measured surface tension of the bcc solid in the range 1.46-1.76 K. These results suggest that the density-functional approach is a satisfactory mean-field theory for estimating the equilibrium properties of liquid-solid interfaces, given knowledge of the uniform phases.

  20. Characterization of RPC operation with new environmental friendly mixtures for LHC application and beyond

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    Guida, R.; Capeans, M.; Mandelli, B.

    2016-07-01

    The large muon trigger systems based on Resistive Plate Chambers (RPC) at the LHC experiments are currently operated with R134a based mixture. Unfortunately R134a is considered a greenhouse gas with high impact on the enviroment and therefore will be subject to regulations aiming in strongly reducing the available quantity on the market. The immediat effects might be instability on the price and incertitude in the product availability. Alternative gases (HFO-1234yf and HFO-1234ze) have been already identified by industry for specific applications as replacement of R134a. Moreover, HFCs similar to the R134a but with lower global warming potential (GWP) are already available (HFC-245fa, HFC-32, HFC-152a). The present contribution describes the results obtained with RPCs operated with new enviromemtal friendly gases. A particular attention has been addressed to the possibility of maintening the current operation conditions (i.e. currently used applied voltage and front-end electronics) in order to be able to use a new mixture for RPC systems even where the common infrastructure (i.e. high voltage and detector components) cannot be replaced for operation at higher applied voltages.

  1. Malignant pleural mesothelioma treated in Clinic for Pulmonary Diseases and Tuberculosis "Podhrastovi" in ten-year period (from 1998 to 2007).

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    Cukić, Vesna; Ustamujić, Aida; Lovre, Vladimir; Zutić, Hasan; Genjac, Sadika; Masić-Zecević, Mina

    2008-11-01

    Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is the most common primary malign tumour of pleura. The aim of this study was to evaluate cases of MPM diagnosed and treated in Clinic for Pulmonary Diseases and Tuberculosis "Podhrastovi" during ten-year period (1998-2007). Study is retrospective. The patients were analysed according to age, sex, histopathologic type of the tumour, cantonal distribution in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and regimen of treatment. MPM presented 0,72% (0-1,56% per year) of all hospitalised malignant patients, and the greatest number of registered cases was in the year of 2007. The series included 16 male (57,14%) and 12 female (42,86%). Cases over 64 years old were the most frequent (14-50%) than 45-54 years (7- not 25%). Histopathology types of hospitalised cases of MPM: epitheloid form (8- 28,57%); sarcomatoid form (2- 7,14 %); other forms (18-64,29%). The most patients came from Canton Sarajevo (12-42,86%); ZE-DO canton (8-28,57%) and the UNA-SANA canton (5-17,86%). The therapy applied: chemotherapy (11-39,29%); radiotherapy (3-10,71%); chemotherapy + radiotherapy (4-14,29%); symptomatic therapy (10-35,71 %).

  2. Induction of autophagy by amino acid starvation in fish cells.

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    Yabu, Takeshi; Imamura, Shintaro; Mizusawa, Nanami; Touhata, Ken; Yamashita, Michiaki

    2012-08-01

    Autophagy is well established as a starvation-induced process in yeast and mammalian cells and tissues. To elucidate the cellular mechanisms induced by starvation in fish, we characterized the induction of autophagy in cultured zebrafish cells under starvation conditions. As an autophagic marker protein, the microtubule-associated protein 1-light chain 3B protein (MAP1-LC3B) was cloned from the fish cells, and its expression and localization were characterized. In zebrafish embryonic (ZE) cells, posttranslational modifications produced two distinct forms of MAP1-LC3B, i.e., a cytosolic form and a membrane-bound form (types I and II, respectively). Immunofluorescence microscopy revealed fluorescently labeled autophagosomes in cells stably transfected with a green fluorescent protein (GFP)–MAP1-LC3B fusion protein and showed that this protein accumulated in punctate dots in a time-dependent manner in response to amino acid starvation. Starvation also induced the degradation of long-lived proteins. Treatment with 3-methyladenine and wortmannin, two class-III inhibitors of phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K), repressed autophagy under starvation conditions, indicating that the PI3K class-III pathway regulates starvation-induced autophagy in fish.

  3. What Would Have Happened to the Ozone Layer if Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) had not been Regulated?

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    Newman, Paul A.; Oman, L. D.; Douglass, A. R.; Fleming, E. L.; Frith, S. M.; Hurwitz, M. M.; Kawa, S. R.; Jackman, C. H.; Krotkov, N. A.; Nash, E. R.; Nielsen, J. E.; Pawson, S.; Stolarski, R. S.; Velders, G. J. M.

    2008-01-01

    Ozone depletion by chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) was first proposed by Molina and Rowland in their 1974 Nature paper. Since that time, the sci entific connection between ozone losses and CFCs and other ozone depl eting substances (ODSs) has been firmly established with laboratory m easurements, atmospheric observations, and modeling research. This science research led to the implementation of international agreements t hat largely stopped the production of ODSs. In this study we use a fu lly-coupled radiation-chemical-dynamical model to simulate a future world where ODSs were never regulated and ODS production grew at an ann ual rate of 3%. In this "world avoided" simulation 1.7 % of the globa lly-average column ozone is destroyed by 2020, and 67% is destroyed b y 2065 in comparison to 1980. Large ozone depletions in the polar region become year-round rather than just seasonal as is currently observ ed in the Antarctic ozone hole. Very large temperature decreases are observed in response to circulation changes and decreased shortwave radiation absorption by ozone. Ozone levels in the tropical lower strat osphere remain constant until about 2053 and then collapse to near ze ro by 2058 as a result of heterogeneous chemical processes (as curren tly observed in the Antarctic ozone hole). The tropical cooling that triggers the ozone collapse is caused by an increase of the tropical upwelling. In response to ozone changes, ultraviolet radiation increa ses, more than doubling the erythemal radiation in the northern summer midlatitudes by 2060.

  4. A Framework for Automating Cost Estimates in Assembly Processes

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    Calton, T.L.; Peters, R.R.

    1998-12-09

    When a product concept emerges, the manufacturing engineer is asked to sketch out a production strategy and estimate its cost. The engineer is given an initial product design, along with a schedule of expected production volumes. The engineer then determines the best approach to manufacturing the product, comparing a variey of alternative production strategies. The engineer must consider capital cost, operating cost, lead-time, and other issues in an attempt to maximize pro$ts. After making these basic choices and sketching the design of overall production, the engineer produces estimates of the required capital, operating costs, and production capacity. 177is process may iterate as the product design is refined in order to improve its pe~ormance or manufacturability. The focus of this paper is on the development of computer tools to aid manufacturing engineers in their decision-making processes. This computer sof~are tool provides aj?amework in which accurate cost estimates can be seamlessly derivedfiom design requirements at the start of any engineering project. Z+e result is faster cycle times through first-pass success; lower ll~e cycie cost due to requirements-driven design and accurate cost estimates derived early in the process.

  5. Monte Carlo analysis of pion contribution to absorbed dose from Galactic cosmic rays

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    Aghara, S. K.; Blattnig, S. R.; Norbury, J. W.; Singleterry, R. C.

    2009-04-01

    Accurate knowledge of the physics of interaction, particle production and transport is necessary to estimate the radiation damage to equipment used on spacecraft and the biological effects of space radiation. For long duration astronaut missions, both on the International Space Station and the planned manned missions to Moon and Mars, the shielding strategy must include a comprehensive knowledge of the secondary radiation environment. The distribution of absorbed dose and dose equivalent is a function of the type, energy and population of these secondary products. Galactic cosmic rays (GCR) comprised of protons and heavier nuclei have energies from a few MeV per nucleon to the ZeV region, with the spectra reaching flux maxima in the hundreds of MeV range. Therefore, the MeV-GeV region is most important for space radiation. Coincidentally, the pion production energy threshold is about 280 MeV. The question naturally arises as to how important these particles are with respect to space radiation problems. The space radiation transport code, HZETRN (High charge (Z) and Energy TRaNsport), currently used by NASA, performs neutron, proton and heavy ion transport explicitly, but it does not take into account the production and transport of mesons, photons and leptons. In this paper, we present results from the Monte Carlo code MCNPX (Monte Carlo N-Particle eXtended), showing the effect of leptons and mesons when they are produced and transported in a GCR environment.

  6. A quantitative solid-state Raman spectroscopic method for control of fungicides.

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    Ivanova, Bojidarka; Spiteller, Michael

    2012-07-21

    A new analytical procedure using solid-state Raman spectroscopy within the THz-region for the quantitative determination of mixtures of different conformations of trifloxystrobin (EE, EZ, ZE and ZZ), tebuconazole (1), and propiconazole (2) as an effective method for the fungicide product quality monitoring programmes and control has been developed and validated. The obtained quantities were controlled independently by the validated hybrid HPLC electrospray ionization (ESI) tandem mass spectrometric (MS) and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) MS methods in the condensed phase. The quantitative dependences were obtained on the twenty binary mixtures of the analytes and were further tested on the three trade fungicide products, containing mixtures of trifloxystrobin-tebuconazole and trifloxystrobin-propiconazole, as an emissive concentrate or water soluble granules of the active ingredients. The present methods provided sufficient sensitivity as reflected by the metrologic quantities, evaluating the concentration limit of detection (LOD) and quantification (LOQ), linear limit (LL), measurement accuracy and precision, true quantity value, trueness of measurement and more. PMID:22679621

  7. Feasibility of drying system using waste heat as the heating source

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    Xie, M. N.; Shi, Y. L.; Chen, L. X.

    2016-08-01

    In this study, a wastewater heat pump system was proposed and its thermal performance was analyzed. The proposed system includes two evaporators: an air-source evaporator and a water-source evaporator. The air-source evaporator absorbs heat from the moist hot air which exhaust from the drying oven. The water-source evaporator absorbs heat from the waste water, while the waste water recovers heat from the mechanical energy, which was produced by cutting and polishing in stone production. The thermodynamic model was developed to evaluate the performance of the proposed system. The energetic analysis was carried out to investigate the influences of the temperature of fresh air. The results show significantly higher energy efficiency, compact-sized and energy-saving compared with the system which uses air as the heat source. Among the seven of alternative refrigerants (R152a, R123, R1234yf, R1234ze, R600a, R22 and R600) investigated, R123 was suggested to be used in this heat pump for its high heating efficiency, inflammable, very low ODP(Ozone Depletion Potential) and GWP(Global warming potential).

  8. Free-flow isotachophoresis under micro-gravity.

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    Hirokawa, T; Ikuta, N; Ishikawa, M; Murakami, R; Hayakawa, S

    2000-10-01

    When free flow electrophoresis (FFE) is applied to the separation and purification process under microgravity, higher separability is expected than that under usual 1 G environment, because sedimentation of samples and heat convection can be neglected. Although FFE under micro-gravity is a very important technique for efficient separation of macromolecules because of the above merits, FFE unit (FFEU) should be more sophisticated to give stable operation, high separability, high through-put and high separation efficiency. In this study, fundamental research to achieve FFE with such high performance was done by using a commercial FFEU. The research contains (1) the quantitative study on the separation mode of FFE and separation efficiency, (2) the feasibility analysis of free-flow bidirectional isotachophoresis (FFBITP) which enables separation of cations anions simultaneously by isotachophoresis (ITP) and zone electrophoresis (ZE), (3) the optimization of hardware factors such as thickness of the separation chamber which may cause deterioration of separation due to heat convection, and (4) the analysis of hardware factors depending on the long-time operation. The ultimate goal of this study is to obtain fundamental data for the development of FFE for the international space station. In this paper, the experimental results obtained in a reduced-gravity aircraft was mainly.

  9. Towards Validation of a New Computerised Test of Goal Neglect: Preliminary Evidence from Clinical and Neuroimaging Pilot Studies

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    Cullen, Breda; Brennan, David; Manly, Tom; Evans, Jonathan J.

    2016-01-01

    Objective Goal neglect is a significant problem following brain injury, and is a target for rehabilitation. It is not yet known how neural activation might change to reflect rehabilitation gains. We developed a computerised multiple elements test (CMET), suitable for use in neuroimaging paradigms. Design Pilot correlational study and event-related fMRI study. Methods In Study 1, 18 adults with acquired brain injury were assessed using the CMET, other tests of goal neglect (Hotel Test; Modified Six Elements Test) and tests of reasoning. In Study 2, 12 healthy adults underwent fMRI, during which the CMET was administered under two conditions: self-generated switching and experimenter-prompted switching. Results Among the clinical sample, CMET performance was positively correlated with both the Hotel Test (r = 0.675, p = 0.003) and the Modified Six Elements Test (r = 0.568, p = 0.014), but not with other clinical or demographic measures. In the healthy sample, fMRI demonstrated significant activation in rostro-lateral prefrontal cortex in the self-generated condition compared with the prompted condition (peak 40, 44, 4; ZE = 4.25, p(FWEcorr) = 0.026). Conclusions These pilot studies provide preliminary evidence towards the validation of the CMET as a measure of goal neglect. Future studies will aim to further establish its psychometric properties, and determine optimum pre- and post-rehabilitation fMRI paradigms. PMID:26824704

  10. Robust scatter correction method for cone-beam CT using an interlacing-slit plate

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    Huang, Kui-Dong; Xu, Zhe; Zhang, Ding-Hua; Zhang, Hua; Shi, Wen-Long

    2016-06-01

    Cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) has been widely used in medical imaging and industrial nondestructive testing, but the presence of scattered radiation will cause significant reduction of image quality. In this article, a robust scatter correction method for CBCT using an interlacing-slit plate (ISP) is carried out for convenient practice. Firstly, a Gaussian filtering method is proposed to compensate the missing data of the inner scatter image, and simultaneously avoid too-large values of calculated inner scatter and smooth the inner scatter field. Secondly, an interlacing-slit scan without detector gain correction is carried out to enhance the practicality and convenience of the scatter correction method. Finally, a denoising step for scatter-corrected projection images is added in the process flow to control the noise amplification The experimental results show that the improved method can not only make the scatter correction more robust and convenient, but also achieve a good quality of scatter-corrected slice images. Supported by National Science and Technology Major Project of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China (2012ZX04007021), Aeronautical Science Fund of China (2014ZE53059), and Fundamental Research Funds for Central Universities of China (3102014KYJD022)

  11. [Gene polymorphism and dyslipidemias].

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    Czajka, Magdalena; Rachubik, Patrycja; Rzeszutek, Justyna; Matysiak, Magdalena; Kruszewski, Marcin; Kapka-Skrzypczak, Lucyna

    2015-12-15

    Dyslipidemie to szerokie spektrum zaburzeń, charakteryzujące się nieprawidłowym stężeniem i/lub składem lipoprotein w surowicy krwi. Objawy te mogą towarzyszyć wtórnie innym chorobom, ale najczęściej mamy do czynienia z dyslipidemiami pierwotnymi, będącymi wynikiem interakcji czynników środowiskowych oraz predyspozycji genetycznych. W opracowaniu dokonano podsumowania stanu wiedzy na temat genetycznego podłoża dyslipidemii. Dotychczas polimorfizmy genowe skutkujące zaburzeniami lipidowymi opisano dla genów kodujących apolipoproteiny, białka receptorowe odpowiedzialne za transport lipoprotein do komórek, białka transportujące cholesterol z komórek obwodowych, białka transportujące estry cholesterolu i enzymy szlaku syntezy cholesterolu. W pracy przedstawiona została krótka charakterystyka tych genów i kodowanych przez nie białek oraz ich związek ze stężeniem lipidów we krwi.

  12. High-value alcohols and higher-oxidation-state compounds by catalytic Z-selective cross-metathesis

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    Koh, Ming Joo; Khan, R. Kashif M.; Torker, Sebastian; Yu, Miao; Mikus, Malte S.; Hoveyda, Amir H.

    2015-01-01

    Olefin metathesis catalysts provide access to molecules that are indispensable to physicians and researchers in the life sciences. A persisting problem, however, is the dearth of chemical transformations that directly generate acyclic Z allylic alcohols, including products that contain a hindered neighbouring substituent or reactive functional units such as a phenol, an aldehyde, or a carboxylic acid. Here we present an electronically modified ruthenium-disulfide catalyst that is effective in generating such high-value compounds by cross-metathesis. The ruthenium complex is prepared from a commercially available precursor and an easily generated air-stable zinc catechothiolate. Transformations typically proceed with 5.0 mole per cent of the complex and an inexpensive reaction partner in 4-8 hours under ambient conditions; products are obtained in up to 80 per cent yield and 98:2 Z:E diastereoselectivity. The use of this catalyst is demonstrated in the synthesis of the naturally occurring anti-tumour agent neopeltolide and in a single-step stereoselective gram-scale conversion of a renewable feedstock (oleic acid) to an anti-fungal agent. In this conversion, the new catalyst promotes cross-metathesis more efficiently than the commonly used dichloro-ruthenium complexes, indicating that its utility may extend beyond Z-selective processes.

  13. Effects of PEF and heat pasteurization on PME activity in orange juice with regard to a new inactivation kinetic model.

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    Agcam, E; Akyıldız, A; Evrendilek, G Akdemir

    2014-12-15

    The inactivation kinetics of pectin methyl esterase (PME) during the shelf life (4°C-180 days) of freshly squeezed orange juice samples processed by both pulsed electric fields (PEF) and heat pasteurization (HP) was evaluated in the study. The PME inactivation level after the PEF (25.26 kV/cm-1206.2 μs) and HP (90°C-20s) treatments were 93.8% and 95.2%, respectively. The PME activity of PEF-processed samples decreased or did not change, while that of HP samples increased during storage (p<0.01). A kinetic model was developed expressing PME inactivation as a function of the PEF treatment conditions, and this enabled the estimation of the reaction rate constant (587.8-2375.4s(-1)), and the time required for a 90% reduction (De, 3917.7-969.5s). Quantification of the increase in PEF energy to ensure a ten-fold reduction in De (ze, 63.7 J), activation electric fields (-921.2 kV cm(-1)mol(-1)), and electrical activation energy (12.9 kJ mol(-1)) was also carried out. Consequently, PEF processing was very effective for the inactivation of PME and for providing stability of orange juice during storage.

  14. Repellency of a wax-based catnip-oil formulation against stable flies.

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    Zhu, Junwei J; Dunlap, Christopher A; Behle, Robert W; Berkebile, Dennis R; Wienhold, Brian

    2010-12-01

    Stable flies, Stomoxys calcitrans (L.), are one of the most serious livestock pests, which cause significant economic loss in the cattle industry. Current practices for managing stable flies are limited to costly sanitation techniques and unsustainable insecticide applications. The present study reports the initial efforts using catnip essential oil as a spatial repellent and the results of field trials using a wax-based formulation to repel stable flies in the cattle feedlot. Electroantennograms showed that catnip oil and its ingredient compounds elicit significant antennal responses from both sexes of stable flies. Catnip oil and ZE- and EZ-nepetalactone showed repellent activity in a single cage olfactormeter study. No behavioral activity was observed from another ingredient compound, caryophyllene. A laboratory dispersal bioassay also showed that stable flies avoided areas treated with catnip oil. Using a solid phase microextraction (SPME) method, the atmospheric concentration of catnip active ingredient compounds (nepetalactones) absorbed by SPME fiber in treated areas was detected at 4 times higher than those in control areas. Application of wax-based catnip pellets in cattle feedlots resulted in >99% repellency of stable flies in treated areas, compared with that in nontreated areas. However, the repellent efficacy of the formulation only lasted 3 h. This is the first study demonstrating the potential application of a plant-based repellent formulation that may be used as an alternative method against stable flies.

  15. Quantification of nepetalactones in catnip (Nepeta cataria L.) by HPLC coupled with ultraviolet and mass spectrometric detection.

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    Wang, Mingfu; Cheng, Ka-Wing; Wu, Qingli; Simon, James E

    2007-01-01

    Nepetalactones, the major chemical components of catnip (Nepeta cataria L.), were analysed by reversed-phase HPLC coupled with UV and MS detection. Two major nepetalactones, Z,E-nepetalactone and E,Z-nepetalactone, were successfully identified and quantified. The linearity range for Z,E-nepetalactone was determined as 0.00655-0.655 mg/mL with a correlation coefficient of 0.9999, and the linearity range of E,Z-nepetalactone was found to be 0.00228-0.456 mg/mL with a correlation coefficient of 0.9999, under UV detection at 228 nm. The linearity ranges were from 0.00164 to 0.0328 mg/mL, with a correlation coefficient of 0.9999, for ZE-nepetalactone and 0.00114-0.0228 mg/mL, with a correlation coefficient of 0.9999, for E,Z-nepetalactone by MS detection with selected ion monitoring of ion peak m/z 167. The MS detection was found to be more sensitive than UV detection and this method was validated as simple, reliable and sensitive for catnip nepetalactone analysis. This method can be used for identification and fingerprinting of catnip products.

  16. Parametric and working fluid analysis of a combined organic Rankine-vapor compression refrigeration system activated by low-grade thermal energy.

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    Saleh, B

    2016-09-01

    The potential use of many common hydrofluorocarbons and hydrocarbons as well as new hydrofluoroolefins, i.e. R1234yf and R1234ze(E) working fluids for a combined organic Rankine cycle and vapor compression refrigeration (ORC-VCR) system activated by low-grade thermal energy is evaluated. The basic ORC operates between 80 and 40 °C typical for low-grade thermal energy power plants while the basic VCR cycle operates between 5 and 40 °C. The system performance is characterized by the overall system coefficient of performance (COPS) and the total mass flow rate of the working fluid for each kW cooling capacity ([Formula: see text]). The effects of different working parameters such as the evaporator, condenser, and boiler temperatures on the system performance are examined. The results illustrate that the maximum COPS values are attained using the highest boiling candidates with overhanging T-s diagram, i.e. R245fa and R600, while R600 has the lowest [Formula: see text] under the considered operating conditions. Among the proposed candidates, R600 is the best candidate for the ORC-VCR system from the perspectives of environmental issues and system performance. Nevertheless, its flammability should attract enough attention. The maximum COPS using R600 is found to reach up to 0.718 at a condenser temperature of 30 °C and the basic values for the remaining parameters.

  17. A second conserved GAF domain cysteine is required for the blue/green photoreversibility of cyanobacteriochrome Tlr0924 from Thermosynechococcus elongatus.

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    Rockwell, Nathan C.; Njuguna, Stephanie Lane; Roberts, Laurel; Castillo, Elenor; Parson, Victoria L.; Dwojak, Sunshine; Lagarias, J. Clark; Spiller, Susan C.

    2008-01-01

    Phytochromes are widely occurring red/far-red photoreceptors that utilize a linear tetrapyrrole (bilin) chromophore covalently bound within a knotted PAS-GAF domain pair. Cyanobacteria also contain more distant relatives of phytochromes that lack this knot, such as the phytochrome-related cyanobacteriochromes implicated to function as blue/green switchable photoreceptors. In this study, we characterize the cyanobacteriochrome Tlr0924 from the thermophilic cyanobacterium Thermosynechococcus elongatus. Full-length Tlr0924 exhibits blue/green photoconversion across a broad range of temperatures, including physiologically relevant temperatures for this organism. Spectroscopic characterization of Tlr0924 demonstrates that its green-absorbing state is in equilibrium with a labile, spectrally distinct blue-absorbing species. The photochemically generated blue-absorbing state is in equilibrium with another species absorbing at longer wavelengths, giving a total of 4 states. Cys499 is essential for this behavior, because mutagenesis of this residue results in red-absorbing mutant biliproteins. Characterization of the C499D mutant protein by absorbance and CD spectroscopy supports the conclusion that its bilin chromophore adopts a similar conformation to the red-light-absorbing Pr form of phytochrome. We propose a model photocycle in which Z/E photoisomerization of the 15/16 bond modulates formation of a reversible thioether linkage between Cys499 and C10 of the chromophore, providing the basis for the blue/green switching of cyanobacteriochromes. PMID:18549244

  18. Repellency of a wax-based catnip-oil formulation against stable flies.

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    Zhu, Junwei J; Dunlap, Christopher A; Behle, Robert W; Berkebile, Dennis R; Wienhold, Brian

    2010-12-01

    Stable flies, Stomoxys calcitrans (L.), are one of the most serious livestock pests, which cause significant economic loss in the cattle industry. Current practices for managing stable flies are limited to costly sanitation techniques and unsustainable insecticide applications. The present study reports the initial efforts using catnip essential oil as a spatial repellent and the results of field trials using a wax-based formulation to repel stable flies in the cattle feedlot. Electroantennograms showed that catnip oil and its ingredient compounds elicit significant antennal responses from both sexes of stable flies. Catnip oil and ZE- and EZ-nepetalactone showed repellent activity in a single cage olfactormeter study. No behavioral activity was observed from another ingredient compound, caryophyllene. A laboratory dispersal bioassay also showed that stable flies avoided areas treated with catnip oil. Using a solid phase microextraction (SPME) method, the atmospheric concentration of catnip active ingredient compounds (nepetalactones) absorbed by SPME fiber in treated areas was detected at 4 times higher than those in control areas. Application of wax-based catnip pellets in cattle feedlots resulted in >99% repellency of stable flies in treated areas, compared with that in nontreated areas. However, the repellent efficacy of the formulation only lasted 3 h. This is the first study demonstrating the potential application of a plant-based repellent formulation that may be used as an alternative method against stable flies. PMID:21058736

  19. Collapse of electrons to a donor cluster in SrTiO3

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    Fu, Han; Reich, Konstantin; Shklovskii, Boris

    It is known that when a nucleus has charge Ze where Z > 137 , electrons collapse onto the nucleus resulting in a net charge Zn < Z . This effect is due to the relativistic dispersion law. Here a similar effect is found for a donor cluster in SrTiO3 (STO), but with a different origin (see Phys. Rev. B 92, 035204 (2015)). At low temperatures, STO has an enormously large dielectric constant and the nonlinear dielectric response becomes dominant when the electric field is still small. This leads to the collapse of electrons into a charged spherical donor cluster with radius R when its total charge number Z exceeds a critical value Zc ~= R / a where a is the lattice constant. The net charge Zn e grows with Z until Z exceeds Z* ~=(R / a) 9 / 7 . After this point, the charge of the compact core Zn remains ~=Z* , while the rest Z* electrons form a sparse Thomas-Fermi electron atmosphere around it. We show that the thermal ionization of such two-scale atoms easily strips the outer atmosphere while the inner core remains preserved. We extend our results to the case of long cylindrical clusters. We discuss how our predictions can be tested by measuring conductivity of chain of discs of charge on the STO surface.

  20. [Mind-body connection, parapsychological phenomena and spiritual healing. A review].

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    Bonilla, Ernesto

    2010-06-01

    Evidence regarding the influence of the mind on the body is abundant. Several mind-body healing procedures are currently being used, among them hypnosis, biofeedback, meditation, visualizations, management of emotions and prayer. Since the Big Bang, we are entangled with everything. This interaction would let individuals to communicate with the minds and bodies of others. The field of parapsychological research has provided a lot of information about significant events, including apparitions, communications with the dead, near-death experiences and out of the body experiences. It looks apparently evident, that consciousness can persist in the absence of brain function. According to the model that assumes that it is consciousness and not matter, the base of everything that exists, what survives after death is the "quantum monad" or spirit. It is said that spiritual cures are practiced by discarnate physicians who diagnose and prescribe conventional treatments, but very often they use unknown procedures based on the management of energy fields that are currently being studied by many physicists. Representative examples of the practice of spiritual medicine were the mediums Ze Arigo, George Chapman, Barbara Guerrero (Pachita) and presently the Brazilian medium John of God. Case reports of paranormal phenomena observed and studied by honest and serious scientists are very important for the advancement of parapsychology, because it has not been clearly established which approach, the qualitative or the quantitative, is more useful for the development of this field. PMID:20928979

  1. Functional genomics to discover antibiotic resistance genes: The paradigm of resistance to colistin mediated by ethanolamine phosphotransferase in Shewanella algae MARS 14.

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    Telke, Amar A; Rolain, Jean-Marc

    2015-12-01

    Shewanella algae MARS 14 is a colistin-resistant clinical isolate retrieved from bronchoalveolar lavage of a hospitalised patient. A functional genomics strategy was employed to discover the molecular support for colistin resistance in S. algae MARS 14. A pZE21 MCS-1 plasmid-based genomic expression library was constructed in Escherichia coli TOP10. The estimated library size was 1.30×10(8) bp. Functional screening of colistin-resistant clones was carried out on Luria-Bertani agar containing 8 mg/L colistin. Five colistin-resistant clones were obtained after complete screening of the genomic expression library. Analysis of DNA sequencing results found a unique gene in all selected clones. Amino acid sequence analysis of this unique gene using the Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG) and KEGG databases revealed that this gene encodes ethanolamine phosphotransferase (EptA, or so-called PmrC). Reverse transcription PCR analysis indicated that resistance to colistin in S. algae MARS 14 was associated with overexpression of EptA (27-fold increase), which plays a crucial role in the arrangement of outer membrane lipopolysaccharide. PMID:26498987

  2. Ion Acoustic Wave Broadening Observations in Moderately Coupled, Moderately Collisional Plasmas

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    Tierney, T. E.; Benage, J. F.; Montgomery, D. S.; Murillo, M. S.; Wysocki, F. J.; Johnson, R. P.

    2002-11-01

    Weakly coupled scattering theory breaks down as the ratio of Coulomb interaction energy to thermal kinetic energy, Γ _ii =(Ze)^2/a _iikT, approaches unity and/or as collisions become more frequent. Accurate modeling is required in order to fit collective Thomson scattering features from ion acoustic waves and determine plasma parameters Z, Te and Ti. The Trident Laser was used to produce Al, CH, CH2 laser-plasmas, where ne ˜ 10^20 cm-3, T_e ˜ 75-150 eV, Γ _ii ˜ 0.1-0.75 and N _D ˜ 100-500. A separate 351-nm beam was used as a low intensity probe for Thomson scattering. The scattered light was recorded by an imaging spectrograph to provide temporally and spatially -resolved spectral profiles of thermal ion acoustic waves and Langmuir waves. Ion acoustic waves are observed to be broadened to near the frequency shift, dω _ia/ω _ia ˜ 0.75-1.25. Using a collisionless model, we show that plasma inhomogeneities and instruments produce only ˜50% of the broadening. We conclude that collisions and/or coupling cannot be ignored in modeling of collective modes in warm dense plasmas.

  3. Convergence of valence bands for high thermoelectric performance for p-type InN

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    Li, Hai-Zhu; Li, Ruo-Ping; Liu, Jun-Hui; Huang, Ming-Ju

    2015-12-01

    Band engineering to converge the bands to achieve high valley degeneracy is one of effective approaches for designing ideal thermoelectric materials. Convergence of many valleys in the valence band may lead to a high Seebeck coefficient, and induce promising thermoelectric performance of p-type InN. In the current work, we have systematically investigated the electronic structure and thermoelectric performance of wurtzite InN by using the density functional theory combined with semiclassical Boltzmann transport theory. Form the results, it can be found that intrinsic InN has a large Seebeck coefficient (254 μV/K) and the largest value of ZeT is 0.77. The transport properties of p-type InN are better than that of n-type one at the optimum carrier concentration, which mainly due to the large Seebeck coefficient for p-type InN, although the electrical conductivity of n-type InN is larger than that of p-type one. We found that the larger Seebeck coefficient for p-type InN may originate from the large valley degeneracy in the valence band. Moreover, the low minimum lattice thermal conductivity for InN is one key factor to become a good thermoelectric material. Therefore, p-type InN could be a potential material for further applications in the thermoelectric area.

  4. Atomic alchemy: Weak decays of muonic and pionic atoms into other atoms

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    Greub, C.; Wyler, D.; Brodsky, S.J.; Munger, C.T.

    1995-10-01

    The rates of weak transitions between electromagnetic bound states, for example, ({pi}{sup +}{ital e}{sup {minus}}){r_arrow}({mu}{sup +}{ital e}{sup {minus}}){nu}{sub {mu}}, and the exclusive weak decay of a muonic atom into an electronic atom, ({ital Z}{mu}{sup {minus}}){r_arrow}({ital Ze}{sup {minus}}){nu}{sub {mu}}{bar {nu}}{sub {ital e}}, are calculated. For {ital Z}=80, relativistic effects are shown to increase the latter rate by a factor of 50 compared to the results of a nonrelativistic calculation. It is argued that the conditions for producing the muonic decay in neon gas ({ital Z}=10), where the branching ratio for the decay per captured muon is 1.7{times}10{sup {minus}9}, can be realized using cyclotron traps, though the prospect for a practical experiment seems remote. In lead the same ratio would be approximately {similar_to}1{times}10{sup {minus}6}. In addition to providing detailed information on the high momentum tail of the wave functions in atomic physics, these decays of QED bound states provide a simple toy model for investigating kinematically analogous situations in exclusive heavy hadronic decays in quantum chromodynamics, such as {ital B}{r_arrow}{ital K}{sup *}{gamma} or {ital B}{r_arrow}{pi}{ital e}{nu}.

  5. Rapid screening natural-origin lipase inhibitors from hypolipidemic decoctions by ultrafiltration combined with liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry.

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    Xiao, Shun; Yu, Runru; Ai, Ni; Fan, Xiaohui

    2015-02-01

    Lipase inhibitors generate hypolipidemic effect that is helpful to control or treat some obesity diseases by inactivating catalytic activity of human pancreatic lipase, a key enzyme involved in triglyceride hydrolysis in vivo. Many traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) formulae have been effectively used to treat obesity and other fat related diseases for centuries and modern biological experiments demonstrate therapeutic effect of these formulae can be linked to their lipid-lowering capability in blood. These observations suggest that these hypolipidemic decoctions (HDs) could be a promising resource of natural-origin lipase inhibitors. This work described a rapid approach for screening lipase inhibitors from four widely used HDs, including Wu-Ling-San (WLS), Ze-Xie decoction (ZX), Xiao-Xian-Xiong decoction (XXX) and Xiao-Chai-Hu decoction (XCH), by ultrafiltration combing with high performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS). Our results showed sixteen natural-origin lipase inhibitors were discovered and identified by high resolution and multistage mass spectrometry. Inhibitory activities of two compounds were confirmed by a functional assay of lipase, which validated the reliability of our approach. Molecular docking simulation was then performed to investigate potential mechanism of action for these compounds. Together we present an efficient method for rapid screening lipase inhibitors from complex natural products, which can be easily accommodated to other important enzymatic system with therapeutic values.

  6. Search for the standard model Higgs boson produced in association with a standard W or a Z boson and decaying to bottom quarks

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    Chatrchyan, Serguei; et al.,

    2014-01-21

    A search for the standard model Higgs boson (H) decaying to b b-bar when produced in association with a weak vector boson (V) is reported for the following channels: W(mu nu)H, W(e nu)H, W(tau nu)H, Z(mu mu)H, Z(e e)H, and Z(nu nu)H. The search is performed in data samples corresponding to integrated luminosities of up to 5.1 inverse femtobarns at sqrt(s) = 7 TeV and up to 18.9 inverse femtobarns at sqrt(s) = 8 TeV, recorded by the CMS experiment at the LHC. An excess of events is observed above the expected background with a local significance of 2.1 standard deviations for a Higgs boson mass of 125 GeV, consistent with the expectation from the production of the standard model Higgs boson. The signal strength corresponding to this excess, relative to that of the standard model Higgs boson, is 1.0 +/- 0.5.

  7. Annona squamosa Linn: cytotoxic activity found in leaf extract against human tumor cell lines.

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    Wang, De-Shen; Rizwani, Ghazala H; Guo, Huiqin; Ahmed, Mansoor; Ahmed, Maryam; Hassan, Syed Zeeshan; Hassan, Amir; Chen, Zhe-Sheng; Xu, Rui-Hua

    2014-09-01

    Cancer is a common cause of death in human populations. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy still remain the corner stone of treatment. However, herbal medicines are gaining popularity on account of their lesser harmful side effects on non-targeted human cells and biological environment. Annona squamosa Linn is a common delicious edible fruit and its leaf have been used for the treatment in various types of diseases. The objective of present study is to determine the anticancer potential of the organic and aqueous extracts of leaf of Annona squamosa L. MTT (3-(4, 5-dimethylthiazole-2yl)-2, 5-biphenyl tetrazolium bromide) assay against hepatocellular carcinoma cell line BEL-7404, lung cancer line H460, human epidermoid carcinoma cell line KB-3-1, prostatic cancer cell line DU145, breast carcinoma cell line MDA-MB-435, and colon cancer cell line HCT-116 Human primary embryonic kidney cell line HEK293 as control were used for the study. The crude extract (Zcd) and Ethyl acetate extract (ZE) were found significant anticancer activity only on human epidermoid carcinoma cell line KB-3-1 and colon cancer cell line HCT-116.

  8. The Local Group in LCDM - Shapes and masses of dark halos

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    Vera-Ciro, Carlos Andrés

    2013-01-01

    In dit proefschrift bestuderen we de eigenschappen van donkere materie halo's in het LCDM paradigma. Het eerste deel richt zich op de vorm van de massadistributie van dergelijke objecten. We hebben gevonden dat de vorm van ge"isoleerde Melkweg-achtige donkere materie halo's significant afwijkt van bolsymmetrie. De lokale omgeving heeft invloed op de halo's en deze worden daarbij sterk be"invloed door de manier waarop massa aangroeit. We hebben ook de structuur en de baanstructuur van de satellieten van dergelijke halo's in detail onderzocht. In het algemeen zijn deze objecten sferischer dan de halo's zelf. Ze vertonen ook duidelijke afdrukken van getijdenwerking in zowel hun geometrische vorm als in de baanstructuur. Daarna gebruiken we het aantal massieve objecten rond de Melkweg om limieten te zetten op de totale massa van de donkere materie halo van de Melkweg. De eigenschappen van de massaverdeling van de Melkweg worden verder onderzocht in het laatste hoofdstuk. Daar maken we gebruik van de Sagittarius sterstroom om de vorm van de galactische potentiaal beter te bepalen. We komen met een nieuw model dat rekening houdt met de galactische schijf en de invloed van satellietstelsels en die bovendien consistent is met het LCDM paradigma.

  9. The effect of strain induced by Ag underlayer on saturation magnetization of partially ordered Fe16N2 thin films

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    Yang, Meiyin; Allard, Lawrence F.; Ji, Nian; Zhang, Xiaowei; Yu, Guang-Hua; Wang, Jian -Ping

    2013-12-12

    Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) were used to study film formation by magnesium alloys AZ31B (Mg-3Al-1Zn base) and ZE10A (Elektron®717, E717: Mg-1Zn + Nd, Zr) in H2O and D2O with and without 1 or 5 wt.% NaCl. No SANS scattering changes were observed after 24 h D2O or H2O exposures compared with as received (unreacted) alloy, consistent with relatively dense MgO-base film formation. However, exposure to 5 wt.% NaCl resulted in accelerated corrosion, with resultant SANS scattering changes detected. The SANS data indicated both particle and rough surface (internal and external) scattering, but withmore » no preferential size features. The films formed in 5 wt.% NaCl consisted of a thin, inner MgO-base layer, and a nano-porous and filamentous Mg(OH)2 outer region tens of microns thick. Chlorine was detected extending to the inner MgO-base film region, with segregation of select alloying elements also observed in the inner MgO, but not the outer Mg(OH)2. Modeling of the SANS data suggested that the outer Mg(OH)2 films had very high surface areas, consistent with loss of film protectiveness. Here, implications for the NaCl corrosion mechanism, and the potential utility of SANS for Mg corrosion, are discussed.« less

  10. Broadband enhanced transmission of acoustic waves through serrated metal gratings

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    Qi, Dong-Xiang; Fan, Ren-Hao; Deng, Yu-Qiang; Peng, Ru-Wen; Wang, Mu; Jiangnan University Collaboration

    In this talk, we present our studies on broadband properties of acoustic waves through metal gratings. We have demonstrated that serrated metal gratings, which introduce gradient coatings, can give rise to broadband transmission enhancement of acoustic waves. Here, we have experimentally and theoretically studied the acoustic transmission properties of metal gratings with or without serrated boundaries. The average transmission is obviously enhanced for serrated metal gratings within a wide frequency range, while the Fabry-Perot resonance is significantly suppressed. An effective medium hypothesis with varying acoustic impedance is proposed to analyze the mechanism, which was verified through comparison with finite-element simulation. The serrated boundary supplies gradient mass distribution and gradient normal acoustic impedance, which could efficiently reduce the boundary reflection. Further, by increasing the region of the serrated boundary, we present a broadband high-transmission grating for wide range of incident angle. Our results may have potential applications to broadband acoustic imaging, acoustic sensing and new acoustic devices. References: [1] Dong-Xiang Qi, Yu-Qiang Deng, Di-Hu Xu, Ren-Hao Fan, Ru-Wen Peng, Ze-Guo Chen, Ming-Hui Lu, X. R. Huang and Mu Wang, Appl. Phys. Lett. 106, 011906 (2015); [2] Dong-Xiang Qi, Ren-Hao Fan, Ru-Wen Peng, Xian-Rong Huang, Ming-Hui Lu, Xu Ni, Qing Hu, and Mu Wang, Applied Physics Letters 101, 061912 (2012).

  11. Comparison of chlorophyll a concentration detected by remote sensors and other chlorophyll indices in inhomogeneous turbid waters.

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    Sokoletsky, Leonid G; Yacobi, Yosef Z

    2011-10-20

    A new analytical approach for retrieval of the vertically weighted chlorophyll a concentration (Chl(rs)) detected by remote sensors is presented. Model calculations were carried out for the turbid waters of Lake Kinneret, Israel, and showed that Chl(rs) may be replaced by the average chlorophyll a concentration (Chl(p)) within the upper "penetration layer" 0-Z(p). The study also showed a high correlation between Chl(rs) and Chl concentration averaged in the other depth layers, namely, the 0-1 m layer, the euphotic layer (0-Z(e)), and the production layer (0-Z(pr)). Our findings are closely related to models developed for the world ocean, with the exception of periods when the dinoflagellate Peridinium gatunense blooms in the lake. We showed the effect of the pattern of vertical Chl distributions within the penetration layer on the difference between Chl(rs) and other Chl indices was conspicuous when the Chl maximum was in the uppermost 0- m layer of the water column. We assume that the presented approaches are instrumental for further development of optimal, locally adapted algorithms for remote sensing of Chl in any type of natural waters.

  12. Fate of maize intrinsic and recombinant genes in calves fed genetically modified maize Bt11.

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    Chowdhury, Emdadull H; Mikami, Osamu; Murata, Hideo; Sultana, Parvin; Shimada, Nobuaki; Yoshioka, Miyako; Guruge, Keerthi S; Yamamoto, Sachiko; Miyazaki, Shigeru; Yamanaka, Noriko; Nakajima, Yasuyuki

    2004-02-01

    The presence of maize intrinsic and recombinant cry1Ab genes in the gastrointestinal (GI) contents, peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC), and visceral organs of calves fed genetically modified Bt11 maize was examined by PCR in a subchronic 90-day performance study. Samples were collected from six Japanese Black/Holstein calves fed Bt11 maize and from six calves fed non-Bt maize. Fragments of maize zein (Ze1), invertase, chloroplast, and cry1Ab were detected inconsistently in the rumen fluid and rectal contents 5 and 18 h after feeding. The chloroplast DNA fragments of ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase and tRNA were detected inconsistently in the PBMC, the visceral organs, and the longissimus muscle, while the cry1Ab gene was never detected in PBMC or in the visceral organs. These results suggest that feed-derived maize DNA was mostly degraded in the GI tract but that fragmented DNA was detectable in the GI contents as a possible source of transfer to calf tissues. These results also suggest that the recombinant cry1Ab genes were not transferred to the PBMC and tissues of calves fed Bt11 maize.

  13. CENTAURUS A: THE EXTRAGALACTIC SOURCE OF COSMIC RAYS WITH ENERGIES ABOVE THE KNEE

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    Biermann, Peter L.; De Souza, Vitor E-mail: vitor@ifsc.usp.br

    2012-02-10

    The origin of cosmic rays at all energies is still uncertain. In this paper, we present and explore an astrophysical scenario to produce cosmic rays with energy ranging from below 10{sup 15} to 3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 20} eV. We show here that just our Galaxy and the radio galaxy Cen A, each with their own galactic cosmic-ray particles but with those from the radio galaxy pushed up in energy by a relativistic shock in the jet emanating from the active black hole, are sufficient to describe the most recent data in the PeV to near ZeV energy range. Data are available over this entire energy range from the KASCADE, KASCADE-Grande, and Pierre Auger Observatory experiments. The energy spectrum calculated here correctly reproduces the measured spectrum beyond the knee and, contrary to widely held expectations, no other extragalactic source population is required to explain the data even at energies far below the general cutoff expected at 6 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 19} eV, the Greisen-Zatsepin-Kuz'min turnoff due to interaction with the cosmological microwave background. We present several predictions for the source population, the cosmic-ray composition, and the propagation to Earth which can be tested in the near future.

  14. Isomerism of Cyanomethanimine: Accurate Structural, Energetic, and Spectroscopic Characterization.

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    Puzzarini, Cristina

    2015-11-25

    The structures, relative stabilities, and rotational and vibrational parameters of the Z-C-, E-C-, and N-cyanomethanimine isomers have been evaluated using state-of-the-art quantum-chemical approaches. Equilibrium geometries have been calculated by means of a composite scheme based on coupled-cluster calculations that accounts for the extrapolation to the complete basis set limit and core-correlation effects. The latter approach is proved to provide molecular structures with an accuracy of 0.001-0.002 Å and 0.05-0.1° for bond lengths and angles, respectively. Systematically extrapolated ab initio energies, accounting for electron correlation through coupled-cluster theory, including up to single, double, triple, and quadruple excitations, and corrected for core-electron correlation and anharmonic zero-point vibrational energy, have been used to accurately determine relative energies and the Z-E isomerization barrier with an accuracy of about 1 kJ/mol. Vibrational and rotational spectroscopic parameters have been investigated by means of hybrid schemes that allow us to obtain rotational constants accurate to about a few megahertz and vibrational frequencies with a mean absolute error of ∼1%. Where available, for all properties considered, a very good agreement with experimental data has been observed.

  15. Basic Performance of the Standard Retrieval Algorithm for the Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar

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    Seto, S.; Iguchi, T.; Kubota, T.

    2013-12-01

    The core satellite of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission, which is scheduled to be launched in 2014, will carry the Dual-frequency Precipitation Radar (DPR). DPR is a successor of the single-frequency Precipitation Radar (PR) currently working on the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite. The authors are developing a precipitation retrieval algorithm for the DPR based on the standard algorithm of PR. Precipitation radar measurement depends on drop size distribution (DSD) rather than precipitation rates. Generally, DSD is assumed to follow an exponential or a Gamma distribution with two unknown parameters. Here, DSD can be represented on a 2-dimensional plane. For a single-frequency radar measurement, as two parameters cannot be determined, an empirical power law between radar reflectivity factor Z and rain rate R (Z-R relationship) is used. Assuming Z-R relationship is equivalent to constraining DSD on a 1-dimenisonal curve. In the standard algorithm of PR, an empirical power law between specific attenuation k and Z (k-Z relationship) is given to correct attenuation (Hitschfeld-Bordan method; HB method). Assuming k-Z relationship is also equivalent to constraining DSD on another 1-dimensional curve. Fortunately, space-borne or air-borne radars such as PR can measure surface backscattering cross section and surface reference technique (SRT) is applied to estimate path integrated attenuation (PIA). By referring to PIA estimates, k-Z relationship can be adjusted. In a developing algorithm for DPR, k-Z relation is assumed and the HB method is applied for each frequency. Once attenuation-corrected radar reflectivity factor Ze is given at both frequencies, the dual-frequency ratio (DFR) of Ze's is calculated, and DSD parameters are retrieved easily from the DFR (DFR method). However, the retrieved DSD generally does not agree with assumed k-Z relations. Then, k-Z relations are adjusted to fit the DSD. The HB method and DFR method can be

  16. [Neighbourhood characteristic as risk-protective factor related to substance use by youth Review of the contemporary research.

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    Pisarska, Agnieszka

    2009-01-01

    Przedmiotem artykułu jest przegląd prac badawczych dotyczących związku między cechami środowiska sąsiedzkiego a używaniem przez młodzież substancji psychoaktywnych. W pierwszej części pracy opisano sposoby definiowania obszaru środowiska sąsiedzkiego, w drugiej scharakteryzowano podstawy teoretyczne badań, w trzeciej - metody pomiaru cech środowiska sąsiedzkiego, a w czwartej przedstawiono wynik badań. Najczęściej przywoływanymi w badaniach teoriami, wyjaśniającymi związek między środowiskiem sąsiedzkim a zachowaniem młodzieży były teoria społecznej dezorganizacji oraz teoria kapitału społecznego. Odwoływano się ponadto do mechanizmów wpływu środowiska sąsiedzkiego na młodzież, takich jak: mechanizm norm i kolektywnej skuteczności, mechanizm zasobów instytucjonalnych, mechanizm relacji rodzinnych, mechanizm poczucia wspólnoty ze społeczności lokalną oraz model kolektywnego stylu życia. Najpowszechniej wykorzystywanym źródłem informacji o cechach środowiska były dane ze spisu powszechnego dotyczące społecznej i demograficznej charakterystyki mieszkańców. Stosowano również takie metody pomiaru, jak obserwacje w terenie, analiza dokumentacji oraz ankiety i wywiady z osobami badanymi, młodzieżą i rodzicami młodych ludzi. Wyniki badań potwierdziły, że cechy środowiska sąsiedzkiego mają bezpośredni i pośredni wpływ na sięganie przez młodzież po papierosy, alkohol i narkotyki. Stwierdzono, że znaczącym czynnikiem ryzyka jest charakterystyczna dla niekorzystnych środowisk łatwa dostępność substancji psychoaktywnych. Czynnikami chroniącymi są bezpieczeństwo w sąsiedztwie, kontrola społeczna oraz dostępność zasobów instytucjonalnych. Zaproponowane przez badaczy modele teoretyczne, odnoszące się do wpływu środowiska sąsiedzkiego na zachowanie młodzieży, wyznaczają obiecujące obszary badań. Zebrane dotychczas wyniki wskazują, że w działaniach profilaktycznych i

  17. Właściwości środowiska sąsiedzkiego jako czynnik chroniący/ryzyka używania przez młodzież substancji psychoaktywnych. Przegląd badań

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    Pisarska, Agnieszka

    2009-01-01

    Streszczenie Przedmiotem artykułu jest przegląd prac badawczych dotyczących związku między cechami środowiska sąsiedzkiego a używaniem przez młodzież substancji psychoaktywnych. W pierwszej części pracy opisano sposoby definiowania obszaru środowiska sąsiedzkiego, w drugiej scharakteryzowano podstawy teoretyczne badań, w trzeciej – metody pomiaru cech środowiska sąsiedzkiego, a w czwartej przedstawiono wynik badań. Najczęściej przywoływanymi w badaniach teoriami, wyjaśniającymi związek między środowiskiem sąsiedzkim a zachowaniem młodzieży były teoria społecznej dezorganizacji oraz teoria kapitału społecznego. Odwoływano się ponadto do mechanizmów wpływu środowiska sąsiedzkiego na młodzież, takich jak: mechanizm norm i kolektywnej skuteczności, mechanizm zasobów instytucjonalnych, mechanizm relacji rodzinnych, mechanizm poczucia wspólnoty ze społeczności lokalną oraz model kolektywnego stylu życia. Najpowszechniej wykorzystywanym źródłem informacji o cechach środowiska były dane ze spisu powszechnego dotyczące społecznej i demograficznej charakterystyki mieszkańców. Stosowano również takie metody pomiaru, jak obserwacje w terenie, analiza dokumentacji oraz ankiety i wywiady z osobami badanymi, młodzieżą i rodzicami młodych ludzi. Wyniki badań potwierdziły, że cechy środowiska sąsiedzkiego mają bezpośredni i pośredni wpływ na sięganie przez młodzież po papierosy, alkohol i narkotyki. Stwierdzono, że znaczącym czynnikiem ryzyka jest charakterystyczna dla niekorzystnych środowisk łatwa dostępność substancji psychoaktywnych. Czynnikami chroniącymi są bezpieczeństwo w sąsiedztwie, kontrola społeczna oraz dostępność zasobów instytucjonalnych. Zaproponowane przez badaczy modele teoretyczne, odnoszące się do wpływu środowiska sąsiedzkiego na zachowanie młodzieży, wyznaczają obiecujące obszary badań. Zebrane dotychczas wyniki wskazują, że w działaniach profilaktycznych

  18. An Exploratory Study to Determine the Relationship between Cervical Dysfunction and Perimenstrual Migraines.

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    Horwitz, Simone; Stewart, Aimee

    2015-01-01

    Objectif : Cette étude visait à déterminer s'il y a un lien entre la dysfonction cervicale et les migraines périmenstruelles. Méthodes : On a comparé 40 femmes souffrant de migraines périmenstruelles à 46 témoins. On a réuni de l'information sur l'âge des participantes et les perceptions de la douleur et de la raideur dans le cou. L'examen médical à l'insu de la région cervicale a consisté à évaluer la posture, l'amplitude du mouvement, la force musculaire, la longueur des muscles, le point de déclenchement, la mobilité neurale et le mouvement de l'articulation cervicale segmentaire. Résultats : Les patientes souffrant de migraines avaient une perception accrue de la douleur et de la raideur dans le cou (p<0,001), une rotation bilatérale réduite (p=0,013); elles présentaient une diminution de la longueur musculaire au niveau des deux trapèzes, du sternocléidomastoïdien gauche et des occipitaux droits (p=0,045); ressentaient plus de douleur à l'étirement musculaire au niveau des deux muscles élévateurs de la scapula, des deux trapèzes, du sternocléidomastoïdien gauche et des deux occipitaux (p=0,013); une élévation des points de déclenchement des deux côtés dans le trapèze gauche (p=0,021), le trapèze droit (p=0,023), le sternocléidomastoïdien gauche (p=0,0004) et le sternocléidomastoïdien droit (p=0,021); une réduction de la mobilité neurale avec latence du coude des deux côtés (p=0,043); douleur plus grande au niveau C4-C6 (p=0,045) et une raideur accrue de la colonne cervicale au niveau C5-C7 (p=0,023). Il n'y avait pas de différences aux niveaux de la posture et de la force musculaire. La diminution de la longueur des muscles accroissait le risque de migraine périmenstruelle d'un facteur de 2,4 à 6,7; réduisait la mobilité neurale d'un facteur de 5,8-10,7; augmentait la raideur au niveau C7 d'un facteur de 17,0. Conclusion : Les résultats indiquent qu'il faudrait étudier plus à fond l'existence d

  19. Study Into Combustion of Sewage Sludge as Energetic Fuel / Badania Spalania OSADÓW ŚCIEKOWYCH Jako Paliwa Energetycznego

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    Kijo-Kleczkowska, Agnieszka; Środa, Katarzyna; Otwinowski, Henryk

    2013-12-01

    ściami płynącymi z termicznej obróbki tych odpadów. W pracy przedstawiono przegląd sposobów unieszkodliwiania osadów ściekowych ze szczególnym uwzględnieniem metod termicznych, głównie spalania i współspalania jako drogi do ich sukcesywnej utylizacji. W części badawczej pracy zaprezentowano wyniki badań mechanizmu i kinetyki spalania osadów ściekowych w różnych warunkach procesu prowadzonego w strumieniu powietrza. Spalanie osadów ściekowych porównano ze spalaniem węgla oraz biomasy.

  20. How Do Electric Charges Fix the Architecture of Diatomic Molecules?

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    Yarman, Tolga

    2002-03-01

    Previously, we had established an elegant relationship for the vibrational period T, of a diatomic molecule, in terms of its internuclear distance R, and its "clock mass", M_clock, which can be expressed as f_Mm_e, where me is the electron mass, and f_M= [M_red/m_e]^1/2; M_red is the nuclei reduced mass [1, 2]. Thus we had formerly discovered the relationship T_Mm_eR^2, for any diatomic molecule. More specifically we ended up with the relationship T=4π^2/[h(n_in_j)^1/2][gM_redm_e]^1/2R^2; here g is a dimensionless coefficient; ni and nj are the principal quantum numbers of the electrons making up the bond of the molecule of concern. In this work we relate T and R in terms of the electric charges of the molecule to arrive at T_MR/[(f_Zm_e)^(2)], where fZ is an appropriate coefficient, remaining nearly constant for diatomic molecules belonging to a given chemical family; e is the charge of the electron. One can derive an other interesting relationship for T, still based on the electrical charges; this is T_M/[(f_Ze^(2))^(2)m_e]. Note that the elimination of f_Ze^(2) from the last two period relationships leads to the original compact relationship T_Mm_eR^2, and that all of the relationships in question, are Lorentz invariant. In other terms, we can further state the following: Because matter is built as indicated by the above relationships that, the findings of the special theory of relativity occur, i.e. this is for instance how, say the vibrational frequency of a diatomic molecule, brought to a uniform, translational motion is retarded, just as much as an associated "light clock". Note furthermore that the occurances, such as "clock retardation" in a gravitational field, coming into play, within the frame of the general theory of relativity too, can be derived from the above relationships, without having to use the classical principle of equivalence [3, 4]. The proportionality coefficients in question are found to be around unity. Our approach can be extended to

  1. Laser based spot weld characterization

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    Jonietz, Florian; Myrach, Philipp; Rethmeier, Michael; Suwala, Hubert; Ziegler, Mathias

    2016-02-01

    Spot welding is one of the most important joining technologies, especially in the automotive industry. Hitherto, the quality of spot welded joints is tested mainly by random destructive tests. A nondestructive testing technique offers the benefit of cost reduction of the testing procedure and optimization of the fabrication process, because every joint could be examined. This would lead to a reduced number of spot welded joints, as redundancies could be avoided. In the procedure described here, the spot welded joint between two zinc-coated steel sheets (HX340LAD+Z100MB or HC340LA+ZE 50/50) is heated optically on one side. Laser radiation and flash light are used as heat sources. The melted zone, the so called "weld nugget" provides the mechanical stability of the connection, but also constitutes a thermal bridge between the sheets. Due to the better thermal contact, the spot welded joint reveals a thermal behavior different from the surrounding material, where the heat transfer between the two sheets is much lower. The difference in the transient thermal behavior is measured with time resolved thermography. Hence, the size of the thermal contact between the two sheets is determined, which is directly correlated to the size of the weld nugget, indicating the quality of the spot weld. The method performs well in transmission with laser radiation and flash light. With laser radiation, it works even in reflection geometry, thus offering the possibility of testing with just one-sided accessibility. By using heating with collimated laser radiation, not only contact-free, but also remote testing is feasible. A further convenience compared to similar thermographic approaches is the applicability on bare steel sheets without any optical coating for emissivity correction. For this purpose, a proper way of emissivity correction was established.

  2. Constraints on the Energy Content of the Universe from a Combination of Galaxy Cluster Observables

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    Molnar, Sandor M.; Haiman, Zoltan; Birkinshaw, Mark; Mushotzky, Richard F.

    2003-01-01

    We demonstrate that constraints on cosmological parameters from the distribution of clusters as a function of redshift (dN/dz) are complementary to accurate angular diameter distance (D(sub A)) measurements to clusters, and their combination significantly tightens constraints on the energy density content of the Universe. The number counts can be obtained from X-ray and/or SZ (Sunyaev-Ze'dovich effect) surveys, and the angular diameter distances can be determined from deep observations of the intra-cluster gas using their thermal bremsstrahlung X-ray emission and the SZ effect. We combine constraints from simulated cluster number counts expected from a 12 deg(sup 2) SZ cluster survey and constraints from simulated angular diameter distance measurements based on the X-ray/SZ method assuming a statistical accuracy of 10% in the angular diameter distance determination of 100 clusters with redshifts less than 1.5. We find that Omega(sub m), can be determined within about 25%, Omega(sub lambda) within 20% and w within 16%. We show that combined dN/dz+(sub lambda) constraints can be used to constrain the different energy densities in the Universe even in the presence of a few percent redshift dependent systematic error in D(sub lambda). We also address the question of how best to select clusters of galaxies for accurate diameter distance determinations. We show that the joint dN/dz+ D(lambda) constraints on cosmological parameters for a fixed target accuracy in the energy density parameters are optimized by selecting clusters with redshift upper cut-offs in the range 0.55 approx. less than 1. Subject headings: cosmological parameters - cosmology: theory - galaxies:clusters: general

  3. The Biological Effects of Bilirubin Photoisomers

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    Jasprova, Jana; Dal Ben, Matteo; Vianello, Eleonora; Goncharova, Iryna; Urbanova, Marie; Vyroubalova, Karolina; Gazzin, Silvia; Tiribelli, Claudio; Sticha, Martin; Cerna, Marcela; Vitek, Libor

    2016-01-01

    Although phototherapy was introduced as early as 1950’s, the potential biological effects of bilirubin photoisomers (PI) generated during phototherapy remain unclear. The aim of our study was to isolate bilirubin PI in their pure forms and to assess their biological effects in vitro. The three major bilirubin PI (ZE- and EZ-bilirubin and Z-lumirubin) were prepared by photo-irradiation of unconjugated bilirubin. The individual photoproducts were chromatographically separated (TLC, HPLC), and their identities verified by mass spectrometry. The role of Z-lumirubin (the principle bilirubin PI) on the dissociation of bilirubin from albumin was tested by several methods: peroxidase, fluorescence quenching, and circular dichroism. The biological effects of major bilirubin PI (cell viability, expression of selected genes, cell cycle progression) were tested on the SH-SY5Y human neuroblastoma cell line. Lumirubin was found to have a binding site on human serum albumin, in the subdomain IB (or at a close distance to it); and thus, different from that of bilirubin. Its binding constant to albumin was much lower when compared with bilirubin, and lumirubin did not affect the level of unbound bilirubin (Bf). Compared to unconjugated bilirubin, bilirubin PI did not have any effect on either SH-SY5Y cell viability, the expression of genes involved in bilirubin metabolism or cell cycle progression, nor in modulation of the cell cycle phase. The principle bilirubin PI do not interfere with bilirubin albumin binding, and do not exert any toxic effect on human neuroblastoma cells. PMID:26829016

  4. Molecular characterization of Mycobacterium bovis isolates from patients with tuberculosis in Baja California, Mexico.

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    Laniado-Laborín, Rafael; Muñiz-Salazar, Raquel; García-Ortiz, Rosa Alejandra; Vargas-Ojeda, Adriana Carolina; Villa-Rosas, Cecilia; Oceguera-Palao, Lorena

    2014-10-01

    The incidence of tuberculosis (TB) from Mycobacterium bovis in humans is likely to be underestimated and in some cases even ignored in most developing countries. This may be due to the difficulty of differentiating TB caused by either Mycobacteriumtuberculosis or M. bovis. Our objectives were to determine the prevalence of M. bovis human disease among the patients referred for study to the Tuberculosis Laboratory of the Tijuana General Hospital in Baja California, Mexico and to characterize molecularly the clinical isolates using 8 loci of MIRU-VNTR. A cross-sectional analysis of all culture-proven cases of tuberculosis was conducted during the period from January 1, 2011 through June 30, 2013. Clinical isolates that exhibited resistance to pyrazinamide (Z) were submitted for molecular analysis. A total of 2699 clinical samples were cultured during the study period and 600 (22%) that tested positive were processed for drug susceptibility for first line drugs. Sixty-four (10.7%) of the tested isolates tested were resistant to Z, and 27 (4.5%) of those were subsequently identified molecularly as M. bovis. Three of the M. bovis isolates were polyresistant to Z, isoniazid (H), ethambutol (E) and rifampicin (R) (Z+H+E, Z+E and Z+R); the rest were only resistant only to Z. VNTR typing, based on the 8 VNTR loci commonly tested for M.bovis, detected 12 allelic profiles (genotypes). The real burden of M. bovis cases among the total reported human tuberculosis cases can only be known from especially designed studies in which, during a specific period, all specimens submitted to tuberculosis diagnosis in one or more laboratories are cultured on the appropriate media and the isolated mycobacteria are analyzed to differentiate M. bovis from M. tuberculosis and other Mycobacterium species.

  5. [Cultural hegemony of medicine in modern China].

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    Lee, Jong-Chan

    2003-06-01

    The paper is to explore into how cultural hegemony had been established in modern China, focused on ideological debates and political conflicts between modernists and traditionalists. Relying upon historical, anthropological, and medico-historical researches respectively by Paul Cohen, Judith Farquhar and Paul Unschuld, I criticize free research paradigms that had prevailed in modern Chinese History: (i)the 'Chinese response to Western impact' perspective fails to explain how Chinese Western medical practitioners founded their own independent organization; (ii) a dichotomy of 'tradition versus modernity' is, from an epistemological viewpoint, incompatible with an ontological view of illness shared between traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine; and (iii) while those Weberian social scientists tend to consider culture as the system of meanings and symbols, separated from their temporal and spatial matrix, they neglect political and historical spheres that are inevitably represented in cultural hegemony. My arguments are divided into two parts. The first part investigates that whereas Chinese modernists aggressively supported an immediate institutionalization of Western medicine for getting adapted to social Darwinian world, neo- traditionalists tried to maintain medical identity through national essence backed up by Chinese civilization. In the second part, the paper illuminates how having emerged as a conceptual idea for moving beyond 'tradition versus modernity', 'state medicine' became popularized to solve public health problems in 1930s' rural China. In conclusion, cultural hegemony-oriented debates that were seriously staged in the 1920s and 1930s between modernists and neo-traditionalists were transformed to "scientification of traditional Chinese medicine and popularization of Western medicine" a slogan proposed by Mao Ze-Dong.

  6. Synthesis, crystal structure and biological activities of a novel amidrazone derivative and its copper(II) complex--a potential antitumor drug.

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    Mazur, Liliana; Modzelewska-Banachiewicz, Bożena; Paprocka, Renata; Zimecki, Michał; Wawrzyniak, Urszula E; Kutkowska, Jolanta; Ziółkowska, Grażyna

    2012-09-01

    A new linear amidrazone derivative, 6-acetyl-cyclohex-3-enecarboxylic acid [1-pyridin-2-yl-1-(pyridyn-2-yloamin)meth-(Z)-ylidene] hydrazide, H(2)L (2) and its Cu(II) complex, [Cu(2)L(2)]·4H(2)O (3) were synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, IR and (1)H NMR spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry. Compound 2 was synthesized in the equimolar reaction of N(3)-substituted amidrazone with cis-1,2,3,6-tetrahydrophthalic anhydride. The Cu complex of 2 was obtained in the reaction with copper(II) acetate. The molecular structures of 2 and 3 were determined by X-ray crystallography. The parent ligand exists in its amide-hydrazone form in the solid state. The central amidrazone moiety has a Z configuration with respect to the double C=N bond. Coordination to the metal center promotes Z/E isomerization of the hydrazone group of the ligand. Compound 3 is a dinuclear four-coordinated Cu(II) complex with the amidrazone ligand behaving as a tetradentate double deprotonated chelating one. Several biological activities of 2 and 3 were examined in vitro; they were: antimicrobial properties against selected bacterial and fungal strains, suppression of phytohemagglutinin A (PHA)-induced proliferation of human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) and their effects on tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and interleukin 6 (IL-6) production. The cytotoxic activity of Cu(II) complex was determined with respect to the four carcinoma cell lines (SW 984, CX-1, L-1210, A-431). The studied complex exhibited significant cytotoxic effects (particularly against CX-1 colon carcinoma), comparable to those reported for cisplatin. Both compounds have shown a relatively low antibacterial activity and were devoid of antifungal properties.

  7. Elastic Anisotropy and Anisotropic Transport Properties of Cu3SbSe4 and Cu3SbS4

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    Xu, Bin; Zhang, Xiangdan; Sun, Yunzhou; Zhang, Jing; Wang, Yusheng; Yi, Lin

    2014-09-01

    Copper-based ternary chalcogenide semiconductors with zincblende-related crystal structures have recently emerged as some of the best performing p-type thermoelectric materials. Here, first-principles calculations are used to investigate the structural, elastic, and thermoelectric properties of Cu3SbSe4 and Cu3SbS4. The calculated lattice constants and atomic coordinates are in good agreement with those obtained in the previous experiments, which shows that our method is reliable. We found that the hybridization among atoms forms [SbSe4] and [CuSe4] tetrahedral structures. The spin-orbit (SO) interaction is included in the calculations for electronic structures and thermoelectric properties. It is predicted that Cu3SbSe4 and Cu3SbS4 are mechanically stable, relatively soft materials with high compressibility, and are low small-hardness ionic materials, and with more anisotropy in shear than in compressibility. The results also show that the mechanical stability of these materials is limited by the shear modulus G. Furthermore, Cu3SbSe4 can be classified as a brittle material, whereas Cu3SbS4 can be classified as a ductile material. The semiclassical Boltzmann transport theory was used to calculate the Seebeck coefficients, electrical conductivities, electronic thermal conductivities, power factors, and thermoelectric figures of merit ZeT of Cu3SbSe4 and Cu3SbS4 along two crystallographic directions, and the optimal doping concentrations were estimated on the basis of the predicted thermoelectric properties. The temperature dependences of the thermoelectric transport properties of Cu3SbSe4 and Cu3SbS4 were also estimated and compared with experimental data, with good agreement observed.

  8. Color Tuning in Red/Green Cyanobacteriochrome AnPixJ: Photoisomerization at C15 Causes an Excited-State Destabilization.

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    Song, Chen; Narikawa, Rei; Ikeuchi, Masahiko; Gärtner, Wolfgang; Matysik, Jörg

    2015-07-30

    Cyanobacteriochromes (CBCRs) are cyanobacterial phytochrome-like photoreceptors that carry a single or several GAF (cGMP phosphodiesterase/adenylyl cyclase/FhlA) domains in a repetitive manner. Unlike phytochromes that photoswitch between red-absorbing 15Z Pr and far-red-absorbing 15E Pfr states, CBCRs exhibit a much wider spectral activity. One of the best-characterized CBCRs, the phototaxis regulator PixJ of Anabaena sp. PCC 7120, AnPixJ can adopt two thermally stable photoreversible states, a red-absorbing dark state (Pr) and a green-absorbing photoproduct (Pg). Cross-polarization magic-angle spinning (CP/MAS) NMR spectroscopy on AnPixJ assembled in vitro with uniformly (13)C- and (15)N-labeled phycocyanobilin (PCB) chromophore identifies changes of the electronic structure of the chromophore between the two states. Results are compared with the data from red- and far-red-absorbing forms of the complete sensory module of cyanobacterial phytochrome Cph1 aiming at a conceptual understanding of the distinct photoproduct (Pg vs Pfr) absorbances upon Pr photoconversion. The PCB chromophore in the Pr state of both photosensors exhibits very similar spectral features. The photoconversion of Cph1 and the red/green switching AnPixJ C15-Z/E photoisomerization result in a very similar chemical-shift difference (Δδ) pattern having, however, opposite sign. The persistence of this pattern confirms the identity of the photochemical isomerization process, while the difference in its sign demonstrates that the same electronic factors drive into opposite direction. It is proposed that the LUMO energy of the 15E photoproduct is stabilized in Cph1 but destabilized in AnPixJ leading to opposite color shifts upon phototransformation. PMID:26115331

  9. Transcriptional regulation of the cpr gene cluster in ortho-chlorophenol-respiring Desulfitobacterium dehalogenans.

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    Smidt, H; van Leest, M; van der Oost, J; de Vos, W M

    2000-10-01

    To characterize the expression and possible regulation of reductive dehalogenation in halorespiring bacteria, a 11.5-kb genomic fragment containing the o-chlorophenol reductive dehalogenase-encoding cprBA genes of the gram-positive bacterium Desulfitobacterium dehalogenans was subjected to detailed molecular characterization. Sequence analysis revealed the presence of eight designated genes with the order cprTKZEBACD and with the same polarity except for cprT. The deduced cprC and cprK gene products belong to the NirI/NosR and CRP-FNR families of transcription regulatory proteins, respectively. CprD and CprE are predicted to be molecular chaperones of the GroEL type, whereas cprT may encode a homologue of the trigger factor folding catalysts. Northern blot analysis, reverse transcriptase PCR, and primer extension analysis were used to elucidate the transcriptional organization and regulation of the cpr gene cluster. Results indicated halorespiration-specific transcriptional induction of the monocistronic cprT gene and the biscistronic cprBA and cprZE genes. Occasional read-through at cprC gives rise to a tetracistronic cprBACD transcript. Transcription of cprBA was induced 15-fold upon addition of the o-chlorophenolic substrate 3-chloro-4-hydroxyphenylacetic acid within 30 min with concomitant induction of dehalogenation activity. Putative regulatory protein binding motifs that to some extent resemble the FNR box were identified in the cprT-cprK and cprK-cprZ intergenic regions and the promoter at cprB, suggesting a role for FNR-like CprK in the control of expression of the cprTKZEBACD genes. PMID:11004165

  10. Attractancy and toxicity of an attracticide for Indianmeal moth, Plodia interpunctella (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae).

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    Nansen, Christian; Phillips, Thomas W

    2004-04-01

    Plodia interpunctella (Hübner) is a serious and widespread postharvest pest on cereal products, dried fruits, candy, and pet food. Due to the strong positive anemotactic flight response of P. interpunctella males to the main component of the female-produced pheromone [(Z,E)-9,12-tetradecadienyl acetate, herein referred to as ZETA], we evaluated the potential of an attracticide for this pest, in which ZETA as attractant was combined with permethrin as the killing agent. Two concentrations of ZETA [0.16 and 0.32% (wt:wt)] and five concentrations of permethrin [0, 3, 6, 12, and 18% (wt:wt)] were incorporated into Last Call gel (10 different permethrin:ZETA combinations). All attracticide gels were evaluated in a toxicity test, in which either the tip of a leg or an antenna of a virgin P. interpunctella male was touched < 3 s into a dot of attracticide gel. These males were subsequently transferred to jars with virgin females. The toxicity test showed that a brief and gentle contact of P. interpunctella males with attracticide gel containing 3-18% permethrin caused a significant reduction in mating and killed males moths within 24 h. A wind tunnel test was conducted to evaluate the flight responses of P. interpunctella males to the same 10 attracticide gels. Male moths displayed significantly higher levels of positive anemotactic flight and more males made contact with the attracticide gel when the ZETA concentration was 0.16% compared with 0.32%. P. interpunctella males showed no signs of repellency to permethrin concentrations within a range of 0-18% in the attracticide gel. Three densities of P. interpunctella pairs were released into small warehouse rooms, and we found that the attracticide gel suppressed oviposition when the moth density was at a low level, but it was ineffective when the moth density exceeded one male-female pair per 11.3 m3.

  11. Evaluation of long-term mating disruption of Ephestia kuehniella and Plodia interpunctella (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) in indoor storage facilities by pheromone traps and monitoring of relative aerial concentrations of pheromone.

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    Ryne, Camilla; Svensson, Glenn P; Anderbrant, Olle; Löfstedt, Christer

    2007-06-01

    The potential for pheromone-based mating disruption (MD) of Ephestia kuehniella (Walker) and Plodia interpunctella (Hübner) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) was investigated in two flour mills and a pet food distributor. Plastic sachets emitting 2-3 mg per d (Z,E)-9,12-tetradecadienyl acetate, the major pheromone component of both moth species, were used as MD dispensers, which were applied in grid systems resulting in one dispenser per 100 m(3) of air volume. Pheromone traps with sticky inserts were used to monitor moth population fluctuations. To monitor pheromone levels in the air before, during, and after the treatment, electroantennographic (EAG) measurements were performed using a portable device. All localities showed decreased trap catches after application of MD. In two localities with low initial population densities, trap catches were reduced immediately after application of MD and remained very low, even several months after the MD treatment was terminated. In contrast, in a locality with a higher initial population density the reduction in trap catches was slower, and trap catches increased again soon after the termination of the MD treatment. Electrophysiological data showed not only increased aerial levels of pheromone during the treatment period but also levels that were higher than during pretreatment, even 12 mo after removal of MD dispensers. The localities had good ventilation, and the memory effect observed indicates that the pheromone adhered to surfaces that subsequently functioned as secondary dispensers. Customer complaints registered by one of the mills were 49% less in 2004, after 2 yr of MD compared with 2002, the year before the treatments began.

  12. Photophysical diversity of two novel cyanobacteriochromes with phycocyanobilin chromophores: photochemistry and dark reversion kinetics.

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    Chen, Yu; Zhang, Juan; Luo, Juan; Tu, Jun-Ming; Zeng, Xiao-Li; Xie, Jie; Zhou, Ming; Zhao, Jing-Quan; Scheer, Hugo; Zhao, Kai-Hong

    2012-01-01

    Cyanobacteriochromes are phytochrome homologues in cyanobacteria that act as sensory photoreceptors. We compare two cyanobacteriochromes, RGS (coded by slr1393) from Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 and AphC (coded by all2699) from Nostoc sp. PCC 7120. Both contain three GAF (cGMP phosphodiesterase, adenylyl cyclase and FhlA protein) domains (GAF1, GAF2 and GAF3). The respective full-length, truncated and cysteine point-mutated genes were expressed in Escherichia coli together with genes for chromophore biosynthesis. The resulting chromoproteins were analyzed by UV-visible absorption, fluorescence and circular dichroism spectroscopy as well as by mass spectrometry. RGS shows a red-green photochromism (λ(max) = 650 and 535 nm) that is assigned to the reversible 15Z/E isomerization of a single phycocyanobilin-chromophore (PCB) binding to Cys528 of GAF3. Of the three GAF domains, only GAF3 binds a chromophore and the binding is autocatalytic. RGS autophosphorylates in vitro; this reaction is photoregulated: the 535 nm state containing E-PCB was more active than the 650 nm state containing Z-PCB. AphC from Nostoc could be chromophorylated at two GAF domains, namely GAF1 and GAF3. PCB-GAF1 is photochromic, with the proposed 15E state (λ(max) = 685 nm) reverting slowly thermally to the thermostable 15Z state (λ(max)  = 635 nm). PCB-GAF3 showed a novel red-orange photochromism; the unstable state (putative 15E, λ(max) = 595 nm) reverts very rapidly (τ ~ 20 s) back to the thermostable Z state (λ(max) = 645 nm). The photochemistry of doubly chromophorylated AphC is accordingly complex, as is the autophosphorylation: E-GAF1/E-GAF3 shows the highest rate of autophosphorylation activity, while E-GAF1/Z-GAF3 has intermediate activity, and Z-GAF1/Z-GAF3 is the least active state.

  13. Fertilization of sea urchin eggs and sperm motility are negatively impacted under low hypergravitational forces significant to space flight

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    Tash, J. S.; Kim, S.; Schuber, M.; Seibt, D.; Kinsey, W. H.

    2001-01-01

    Sperm and other flagellates swim faster in microgravity (microG) than in 1 G, raising the question of whether fertilization is altered under conditions of space travel. Such alterations have implications for reproduction of plant and animal food and for long-term space habitation by man. We previously demonstrated that microG accelerates protein phosphorylation during initiation of sperm motility but delays the sperm response to the egg chemotactic factor, speract. Thus sperm are sensitive to changes in gravitational force. New experiments using the NiZeMi centrifugal microscope examined whether low hypergravity (hyperG) causes effects opposite to microG on sperm motility, signal transduction, and fertilization. Sperm % motility and straight-line velocity were significantly inhibited by as little as 1.3 G. The phosphorylation states of FP130, an axonemal phosphoprotein, and FP160, a cAMP-dependent salt-extractable flagellar protein, both coupled to motility activation, showed a more rapid decline in hyperG. Most critically, hyperG caused an approximately 50% reduction in both the rate of sperm-egg binding and fertilization. The similar extent of inhibition of both fertilization parameters in hyperG suggests that the primary effect is on sperm rather than eggs. These results not only support our earlier microG data demonstrating that sperm are sensitive to small changes in gravitational forces but more importantly now show that this sensitivity affects the ability of sperm to fertilize eggs. Thus, more detailed studies on the impact of space flight on development should include studies of sperm function and fertilization.

  14. Electron gas induced in SrTiO3

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    Fu, Han; Reich, K. V.; Shklovskii, B. I.

    2016-03-01

    This mini-review is dedicated to the 85th birthday of Prof. L.V. Keldysh, from whom we have learned so much. In this paper, we study the potential and electron density depth profiles in surface accumulation layers in crystals with a large and nonlinear dielectric response such as SrTiO3 (STO) in the cases of planar, spherical, and cylindrical geometries. The electron gas can be created by applying an induction D 0 to the STO surface. We describe the lattice dielectric response of STO using the Landau-Ginzburg free energy expansion and employ the Thomas-Fermi (TF) approximation for the electron gas. For the planar geometry, we arrive at the electron density profile n( x) ∝ ( x + d)-12/7, where d ∝ D 0 -12/7 . We extend our results to overlapping electron gases in GTO/STO/GTO heterojunctions and electron gases created by spill-out from NSTO (heavily n-type doped STO) layers into STO. Generalization of our approach to a spherical donor cluster creating a big TF atom with electrons in STO brings us to the problem of supercharged nuclei. It is known that for an atom with a nuclear charge Ze where Z > 170, electrons collapse onto the nucleus, resulting in a net charge Zn < Z. Here, instead of relativistic physics, the collapse is caused by the nonlinear dielectric response. Electrons collapse into the charged spherical donor cluster with radius R when its total charge number Z exceeds the critical value Z c ≈ R/ a, where a is the lattice constant. The net charge e Z n grows with Z until Z exceeds Z* ≈ ( R/ a)9/7. After this point, the charge number of the compact core Z n remains ≈ Z*, with the rest Z* electrons forming a sparse TF atom with it. We extend our studies of collapse to the case of long cylindrical clusters as well.

  15. From Surface Chlorophyll a to Phytoplankton Community Composition in Oceanic Waters

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    Uitz, Julia; Claustre, Herve; Morel, Andre; Hooker, Stanford B.

    2004-01-01

    The objective of the present study is to examine the potential of using the near-surface total chlorophyll a concentration (C(sub surf)), as it can be derived from ocean color observation, to infer the column-integrated and the vertical distribution of the phytoplanktonic biomass, both in a quantitative way and in a qualitative way (z.e., in terms of community structure). Within this context, a large HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography) pigment database has been analyzed. It includes 2419 vertical pigment profiles, all sampled in Case-1 waters with various trophic states. The relationshps between C(sub surf) and the total chlorophyll alpha vertical distribution, as previously derived by Morel and Berthon, are fully confirmed, as the present results coincide with the previous ones. This agreement allows to go further, namely to examine the possibility of extracting relationships between C(sub surf) and the vertical composition of the algal assemblages. Thanks to the detailed pigment composition available from HPLC measurements, the contribution of three size classes (micro-, nano-, and pico-phytoplankton) to the local total chlorophyll a concentration can be assessed. Corroborating previous findings (e.g., large species dominate in eutrophc environments, whereas tiny phytoplankton prevail in oligotrophic zones), the results lead to a statistically based parameterization. The predictive skill of this parameterization is successfully tested on a separate data set. With such a tool, the vertical total chlorophyll a profiles associated with each size class can be inferred from the sole knowledge of C(sub surf). By combining this tool with satellite ocean color data, it becomes conceivable to quantify on a global scale the phytoplankton biomass associated with each of the three size classes.

  16. Celestial Treasury

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    Lachièze-Rey, Marc; Luminet, Jean-Pierre

    2001-07-01

    Throughout history, the mysterious dark skies have inspired our imaginations in countless ways, influencing our endeavors in science and philosophy, religion, literature, and art. Filled with 380 full-color illustrations, Celestial Treasury shows the influence of astronomical theories and the richness of illustrations in Western civilization through the ages. The authors explore the evolution of our understanding of astronomy and weave together ancient and modern theories in a fascinating narrative. They incorporate a wealth of detail from Greek verse, medieval manuscripts and Victorian poetry with contemporary spacecraft photographs and computer-generated star charts. Celestial Treasury is more than a beautiful book: it answers a variety of questions that have intrigued scientists and laymen for centuries. -- How did philosophers and scientists try to explain the order that governs celestial motion? -- How did geometers and artists measure and map the skies? -- How many different answers have been proposed for the most fundamental of all questions: When and how did Earth come about? -- Who inhabits the heavens--gods, angels or extraterrestrials? No other book recounts humankind's fascination with the heavens as compellingly as Celestial Treasury. Marc Lachièze-Rey is a director of research at the Centre National pour la Récherche Scientifique and astrophysicist at the Centre d'Etudes de Saclay. He is the author of The Cosmic Background Radiation (Cambridge, 1999), and and The Quest for Unity, (Oxford, 1999 ), as well as many books in French. Jean-Pierre Luminet is a research director of the Centre National pour la Rechérche Scientifique, based at the Paris-Meudon observatory. He is the author of Black Holes, (Cambridge 1992), as well as science documentaries for television.

  17. Energetics of discrete selectivity bands and mutation-induced transitions in the calcium-sodium ion channels family

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    Kaufman, I.; Luchinsky, D. G.; Tindjong, R.; McClintock, P. V. E.; Eisenberg, R. S.

    2013-11-01

    We use Brownian dynamics (BD) simulations to study the ionic conduction and valence selectivity of a generic electrostatic model of a biological ion channel as functions of the fixed charge Qf at its selectivity filter. We are thus able to reconcile the discrete calcium conduction bands recently revealed in our BD simulations, M0 (Qf=1e), M1 (3e), M2 (5e), with a set of sodium conduction bands L0 (0.5e), L1 (1.5e), thereby obtaining a completed pattern of conduction and selectivity bands vs Qf for the sodium-calcium channels family. An increase of Qf leads to an increase of calcium selectivity: L0 (sodium-selective, nonblocking channel) → M0 (nonselective channel) → L1 (sodium-selective channel with divalent block) → M1 (calcium-selective channel exhibiting the anomalous mole fraction effect). We create a consistent identification scheme where the L0 band is putatively identified with the eukaryotic sodium channel The scheme created is able to account for the experimentally observed mutation-induced transformations between nonselective channels, sodium-selective channels, and calcium-selective channels, which we interpret as transitions between different rows of the identification table. By considering the potential energy changes during permeation, we show explicitly that the multi-ion conduction bands of calcium and sodium channels arise as the result of resonant barrierless conduction. The pattern of periodic conduction bands is explained on the basis of sequential neutralization taking account of self-energy, as Qf(z,i)=ze(1/2+i), where i is the order of the band and z is the valence of the ion. Our results confirm the crucial influence of electrostatic interactions on conduction and on the Ca2+/Na+ valence selectivity of calcium and sodium ion channels. The model and results could be also applicable to biomimetic nanopores with charged walls.

  18. Confined Phase Envelope of Gas-Condensate Systems in Shale Rocks

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    Nagy, Stanislaw; Siemek, Jakub

    2014-12-01

    Natural gas from shales (NGS) and from tight rocks are one of the most important fossil energy resource in this and next decade. Significant increase in gas consumption, in all world regions, will be marked in the energy sector. The exploration of unconventional natural gas & oil reservoirs has been discussed recently in many conferences. This paper describes the complex phenomena related to the impact of adsorption and capillary condensation of gas-condensate systems in nanopores. New two phase saturation model and new algorithm for search capillary condensation area is discussed. The algorithm is based on the Modified Tangent Plane Criterion for Capillary Condensation (MTPCCC) is presented. The examples of shift of phase envelopes are presented for selected composition of gas-condensate systems. Gaz ziemny z łupków (NGS) oraz z ze złóż niskoprzepuszczalnych (typu `tight') staje się jednym z najważniejszych zasobów paliw kopalnych, w tym i następnym dziesięcioleciu. Znaczący wzrost zużycia gazu we wszystkich regionach świata zaznacza się głównie w sektorze energetycznym. Rozpoznawanie niekonwencjonalnych złóż gazu ziemnego i ropy naftowej w ostatnim czasie jest omawiane w wielu konferencjach. Niniejszy artykuł opisuje złożone zjawiska związane z wpływem adsorpcji i kapilarnej kondensacji w nanoporach w złożach gazowo-kondensatowych. Pokazano nowy dwufazowy model równowagowy dwufazowy i nowy algorytm wyznaczania krzywej nasycenia w obszarze kondensacji kapilarnej. Algorytm bazuje na kryterium zmodyfikowanym płaszczyzny stycznej dla kapilarnej kondensacji (MTPCCC). Przykłady zmiany krzywych nasycenia są przedstawiane w wybranym składzie systemów gazowo- kondensatowych

  19. Evaluation of partial arytenoidectomy as a treatment for equine laryngeal hemiplegia.

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    Lumsden, J M; Derksen, F J; Stick, J A; Robinson, N E; Nickels, F A

    1994-03-01

    The efficacy of partial arytenoidectomy was assessed in 6 Standardbred horses, with surgically induced laryngeal hemiplegia, at rest (Period A) and during exercise at speeds corresponding to maximum heart rate (Period C) and 75% of maximum heart rate (Period B). Peak expiratory and inspiratory airflow rate (PEF and PIF), and expiratory and inspiratory transupper airway pressure (PUE and PUI) were measured and expiratory and inspiratory impedance (ZE and ZI) were calculated. Simultaneously, tidal breathing flow-volume loops (TBFVL) were acquired using a respiratory function computer. Indices derived from TBFVL included airflow rates at 50 and 25% of tidal volume (EF50, IF50, EF25, and IF25) and the ratios of expiratory to inspiratory flows. Measurements were made before left recurrent laryngeal neurectomy (baseline), 2 weeks after left recurrent laryngeal neurectomy (LRLN) and 16 weeks after left partial arytenoidectomy coupled with bilateral ventriculectomy (ARYT). After LRLN, during exercise Periods B and C, Z1 and the ratio of EF50/IF50 significantly increased and PIF, IF50 and IF25 significantly decreased from baseline values. At 16 weeks after ARYT, Z1 returned to baseline values during Periods B and C. Although PIF, IF50, IF25, PEF/PIF, and EF50/IF50 returned to baseline values during Period B, these indices remained significantly different from baseline measurements during Period C. After ARYT, TBFVL shapes from horses during Period C approached that seen at the baseline evaluation. Partial arytenoidectomy improved upper airway function in exercising horses with surgically induced left laryngeal hemiplegia, although qualitative and quantitative evaluation of TBFVLs suggested that some flow limitation remains at near maximal airflow rates. These results indicate that, although the procedure does not completely restore the upper airway to normal, partial arytenoidectomy is a viable treatment option for failed laryngoplasty and arytenoid chondropathy in the

  20. Estimating Rain Rates from Tipping-Bucket Rain Gauge Measurements

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    Wang, Jianxin; Fisher, Brad L.; Wolff, David B.

    2007-01-01

    This paper describes the cubic spline based operational system for the generation of the TRMM one-minute rain rate product 2A-56 from Tipping Bucket (TB) gauge measurements. Methodological issues associated with applying the cubic spline to the TB gauge rain rate estimation are closely examined. A simulated TB gauge from a Joss-Waldvogel (JW) disdrometer is employed to evaluate effects of time scales and rain event definitions on errors of the rain rate estimation. The comparison between rain rates measured from the JW disdrometer and those estimated from the simulated TB gauge shows good overall agreement; however, the TB gauge suffers sampling problems, resulting in errors in the rain rate estimation. These errors are very sensitive to the time scale of rain rates. One-minute rain rates suffer substantial errors, especially at low rain rates. When one minute rain rates are averaged to 4-7 minute or longer time scales, the errors dramatically reduce. The rain event duration is very sensitive to the event definition but the event rain total is rather insensitive, provided that the events with less than 1 millimeter rain totals are excluded. Estimated lower rain rates are sensitive to the event definition whereas the higher rates are not. The median relative absolute errors are about 22% and 32% for 1-minute TB rain rates higher and lower than 3 mm per hour, respectively. These errors decrease to 5% and 14% when TB rain rates are used at 7-minute scale. The radar reflectivity-rainrate (Ze-R) distributions drawn from large amount of 7-minute TB rain rates and radar reflectivity data are mostly insensitive to the event definition.

  1. Renovation of Large-Panel Buildings in Context of Urban Renewal/ Remonty Budynków Wielkopłytowych, Jako Element Rewitalizacji Miast

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    Ligęza, Wiesław

    2015-06-01

    The article presents issues connected with renovating multi-storey precast concrete buildings, resulting from the consequences of construction defects occurring over the course of the building process and use of the buildings, as well as design flaws and construction defects when insulating external partitions. Analyses and conclusions which stem from them cover issues of renovation in the light of: damage in the vertical and horizontal joints, damage to the connection of layers in three-layer load-bearing and curtain walls, the effect of the damage on the possibilities of carrying out functional modernization of residential units, the effect of the damage on the effectiveness of thermo-modernization - new problems related to faulty insulation W artykule przedstawiono zagadnienia remontowe w budynkach wielkopłytowych wynikające ze skutków wad budowlanych powstałych w czasie budowy i eksploatacji oraz wad projektowych i wykonawczych przy realizacji docieplenia przegród zewnętrznych. Analizy i wynikające z nich wnioski obejmują zagadnienia remontowe w świetle: uszkodzeń w złączach pionowych i poziomych, uszkodzeń połączenia warstw w ścianach trójwarstwowych nośnych i osłonowych, wpływu uszkodzeń na możliwości modernizacji funkcjonalnej lokali mieszkalnych, wpływu uszkodzeń na skuteczność termomodernizacji - nowe problemy w aspekcie źle wykonanego ocieplenia.

  2. Stratiform and Convective Precipitation Observed by Multiple Radars during the DYNAMO/AMIE Experiment

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    Deng, Min; Kollias, Pavlos; Feng, Zhe; Zhang, Chidong; Long, Charles N.; Kalesse, Heike; Chandra, Arunchandra; Kumar, Vickal; Protat, Alain

    2014-11-01

    The motivation for this research is to develop a precipitation classification and rain rate estimation method using cloud radar-only measurements for Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) long-term cloud observation analysis, which are crucial and unique for studying cloud lifecycle and precipitation features under different weather and climate regimes. Based on simultaneous and collocated observations of the Ka-band ARM zenith radar (KAZR), two precipitation radars (NCAR S-PolKa and Texas A&M University SMART-R), and surface precipitation during the DYNAMO/AMIE field campaign, a new cloud radar-only based precipitation classification and rain rate estimation method has been developed and evaluated. The resulting precipitation classification is equivalent to those collocated SMART-R and S-PolKa observations. Both cloud and precipitation radars detected about 5% precipitation occurrence during this period. The convective (stratiform) precipitation fraction is about 18% (82%). The 2-day collocated disdrometer observations show an increased number concentration of large raindrops in convective rain compared to dominant concentration of small raindrops in stratiform rain. The composite distributions of KAZR reflectivity and Doppler velocity also show two distinct structures for convective and stratiform rain. These indicate that the method produces physically consistent results for two types of rain. The cloud radar-only rainfall estimation is developed based on the gradient of accumulative radar reflectivity below 1 km, near-surface Ze, and collocated surface rainfall (R) measurement. The parameterization is compared with the Z-R exponential relation. The relative difference between estimated and surface measured rainfall rate shows that the two-parameter relation can improve rainfall estimation.

  3. Two-port network analysis and modeling of a balanced armature receiver.

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    Kim, Noori; Allen, Jont B

    2013-07-01

    Models for acoustic transducers, such as loudspeakers, mastoid bone-drivers, hearing-aid receivers, etc., are critical elements in many acoustic applications. Acoustic transducers employ two-port models to convert between acoustic and electromagnetic signals. This study analyzes a widely-used commercial hearing-aid receiver ED series, manufactured by Knowles Electronics, Inc. Electromagnetic transducer modeling must consider two key elements: a semi-inductor and a gyrator. The semi-inductor accounts for electromagnetic eddy-currents, the 'skin effect' of a conductor (Vanderkooy, 1989), while the gyrator (McMillan, 1946; Tellegen, 1948) accounts for the anti-reciprocity characteristic [Lenz's law (Hunt, 1954, p. 113)]. Aside from Hunt (1954), no publications we know of have included the gyrator element in their electromagnetic transducer models. The most prevalent method of transducer modeling evokes the mobility method, an ideal transformer instead of a gyrator followed by the dual of the mechanical circuit (Beranek, 1954). The mobility approach greatly complicates the analysis. The present study proposes a novel, simplified and rigorous receiver model. Hunt's two-port parameters, the electrical impedance Ze(s), acoustic impedance Za(s) and electro-acoustic transduction coefficient Ta(s), are calculated using ABCD and impedance matrix methods (Van Valkenburg, 1964). The results from electrical input impedance measurements Zin(s), which vary with given acoustical loads, are used in the calculation (Weece and Allen, 2010). The hearing-aid receiver transducer model is designed based on energy transformation flow [electric→ mechanic→ acoustic]. The model has been verified with electrical input impedance, diaphragm velocity in vacuo, and output pressure measurements. This receiver model is suitable for designing most electromagnetic transducers and it can ultimately improve the design of hearing-aid devices by providing a simplified yet accurate, physically

  4. Ground Clutter as a Monitor of Radar Stability at Kwajalein,RMI

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    Silberstein, David S.; Wolff, David B.; Marks, David A.; Atlas, David; Pippitt, Jason L.

    2007-01-01

    There are many applications in which the absolute and day-to-day calibration of radar sensitivity is necessary. This is particularly so in the case of quantitative radar measurements of precipitation. While absolute calibrations can be done periodically using solar radiation, variations that occur between such absolute checks are required to maintain the accuracy of the data. The authors have developed a method for h s purpose using the radar on Kwajalein Atoll, which has been used to provide a baseline calibration for control of measurements of rainfall made by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission 0T.he method u ses echoes from a multiplicity of ground targets. The average clutter echoes at the lowest elevation scan have been found to be remarkably stable from hour to hour, day to day, and month to month within better than +1 dB. They vary significantly only after either deliberate system modifications, equipment failure or unknown causes. A cumulative probability distribution of echo reflectivities (Ze in dBZ) is obtained on a daily basis. This CDF includes both the precipitation and clutter echoes. Because the precipitation echoes at Kwajalein rarely exceed 45 dBZ, selecting an upper percentile of the CDF associated with intense clutter reflectivities permits monitoring of radar stability. The reflectivity level at which the CDF attains 95% is our reference. Daily measurements of the CDFs have been made since August 1999 and have been used to correct the 7 M years of measurements and thus enhance the integrity of the global record of precipitation observed by TRMM. The method also has potential applicability to other pound radar sites.

  5. On the Solar Origin of the 220.7 μHz Signal

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    Jiménez, A.; García, R. A.

    2009-12-01

    Gravity modes in the Sun have been long searched for during the past decades. Using their asymptotic properties García et al. (2007) found the signature of the dipole g modes analyzing an spectral window between 25 and 140 μHz of velocity power spectrum obtained from the Global Oscillations at Low Frequencies (GOLF)/SoHO instrument. Using this result it has been possible to check some properties of the structure of the solar interior (García, Mathur & Ballot 2008) as well as some indications of the dynamics of the core. However, the individual detection of such modes remains evasive and they are needed to really improve our knowledge of the deepest layers in the Sun (Mathur et al. 2008). In this work we study the signal at 220.7 μHz which is present in most of the helioseismic instruments during the last 10 years. This signal has been previously identified as part of a g-mode candidate in the GOLF data (Turck-Chièze et al. 2004; Mathur et al. 2007) and in SPM/Variability of solar IRradiance and Gravity Oscillations (VIRGO) (García et al. 2008) with more than 90% confidence level. It could be labeled as the l=2 n=-3 g mode as it is in the region were this mode is expected. We have checked the possibility that the 220.7 μHz signal could have an instrumental origin without success by analyzing all available housekeeping data as well as information on the roll, pitch and yaw of the SoHO spacecraft. In consequence, we are confident that this signal has a solar origin.

  6. Flight Tunnel Response of Male European Corn Borer Moths to Cross-Specific Mixtures of European and Asian Corn Borer Sex Pheromones: Evidence Supporting a Critical Stage in Evolution of a New Communication System.

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    Martin, Nathan; Moore, Kevin; Musto, Callie J; Linn, Charles E

    2016-01-01

    Previous flight tunnel studies showed that 3-5 % of male European corn borer (ECB) moths, Ostrinia nubilalis, could fly upwind and make contact with sources releasing the sex pheromone of the closely related Asian corn borer (ACB), Ostrina furnacalis, [2:1 (Z)-12-tetradecenyl acetate (Z12-14:OAc) : (E)-12-teradecenyl acetate (E12-14:OAc)] and that 2-4 % of ACB males could similarly fly upwind to the sex pheromone blends of the ECB Z- [97:3 (Z)-tetradecenyl acetate (Z11-14:OAc) : (E)-tetradecenyl acetate (E11-14:Ac)] and E-strains (1:99 Z/E11-14:OAc) pheromones. The results supported the hypothesis that the evolution of the ACB pheromone system from an ECB-like ancestor included a stage in which males could be attracted to the unusual females emitting Z12- and E12-14:OAc while retaining their responsiveness to the ancestral pheromone blend of Z11- and E11-14:OAc. Here, we showed further that ECB E-strain males exhibited upwind oriented flight and source contacts to sources containing all combinations of ECB and ACB components. Maximal response levels were observed with the E-strain 99:1 E11/Z11-14:OAc blend, and high response levels also were observed with two other blends containing E11-14:OAc as the major component (E11:E12 and E11:Z12). Upwind flight and source contact also occurred at lower levels with the remaining blend combinations in which Z11-, E12-, or Z12-14:OAc was the major component. Our current results support the hypothesis concerning the evolution of ACB from an ECB-like ancester by showing that males were able to respond to females producing either the 12-14:Ac isomers, 11-14:Ac isomers, or even mixtures of all four components.

  7. A variable P v broad absorption line and quasar outflow energetics

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    Capellupo, D. M.; Hamann, F.; Barlow, T. A.

    2014-10-01

    Broad absorption lines (BALs) in quasar spectra identify high-velocity outflows that might exist in all quasars and could play a major role in feedback to galaxy evolution. The viability of BAL outflows as a feedback mechanism depends on their kinetic energies, as derived from the outflow velocities, column densities, and distances from the central quasar. We estimate these quantities for the quasar, Q1413+1143 (redshift ze = 2.56), aided by the first detection of P V λλ1118, 1128 BAL variability in a quasar. In particular, P V absorption at velocities where the C IV trough does not reach zero intensity implies that the C IV BAL is saturated and the absorber only partially covers the background continuum source (with characteristic size <0.01 pc). With the assumption of solar abundances, we estimate that the total column density in the BAL outflow is log NH ≳ 22.3 cm-2. Variability in the P V and saturated C IV BALs strongly disfavours changes in the ionization as the cause of the BAL variability, but supports models with high column density BAL clouds moving across our lines of sight. The observed variability time of 1.6 yr in the quasar rest frame indicates crossing speeds >750 km s-1 and a radial distance from the central black hole of ≲ 3.5 pc, if the crossing speeds are Keplerian. The total outflow mass is ˜4100 M⊙, the kinetic energy ˜4 × 1054 erg, and the ratio of the outflow kinetic energy luminosity to the quasar bolometric luminosity is ˜0.02 (at the minimum column density and maximum distance), which might be sufficient for important feedback to the quasar's host galaxy.

  8. Hygiene Condition of Water Use and Sanitation Facilities at Urban Slums: Analysis of Port City Chittagong, Bangladesh / Wyposażenie Sanitarne W Slamsach Miejskich - Analiza Na Podstawie Miasta Portowego Chittagong, Bangladesh

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    Muhit, I. B.; Chowdhury, S. Tasneem; Nahid, Nurangir; Zaman, M. F.

    2015-03-01

    Low income community development is the prerequisite for the overall development of a society. There are different kinds of parameters to widen community development, such as health, economic, social, a living pattern, etc. Sanitation condition is the crucial aspect that is directly or indirectly inter bond with all the parameters. To see the exact reasons behind brutal unhygienic sanitation conditions of water supply and latrine system in a low cost community, the Chittagong City Corporation area has been picked. Relevant data have been collected from field survey, consultancy with inhabitants, Chittagong City Corporation, Power Development Board, and WASA. To know the possible reasons behind the water supply and germ-infested sanitation, state of a low cost community, this paper attempts to shed some light on the tribulations behind the scarcity of safe drinking water, dirt free as well as sustainable latrine and drainage system and offensive water management. Obszary takie jak rozwój gospodarczy, bariery społeczne, standard życia i zdrowie, ściśle związane są ze stanem wyposażenia sanitarnego. W artykule dokonano analizy warunków sanitarnych związanych z zaopatrzeniem w wodę i odprowadzeniem ścieków dla społeczności o niskich dochodach w obszarze Chittagong City Corporation. Dane zostały zebrane podczas ankietowych badań terenowych, rozmów z mieszkańcami, z bazy Chittagong City Corporation, Power Development Board i WASA.

  9. Synthesis and characterization of (E)- and (Z)-3-mercapto-2-propenenitrile. Microwave spectrum of the Z-isomer.

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    Cole, George C; Møllendal, Harald; Khater, Brahim; Guillemin, Jean-Claude

    2007-02-22

    The kinetically unstable compound 3-mercapto-2-propenenitrile (HS-CH=CH-C[triple bond]N) has been prepared for the first time by flash vacuum pyrolysis at 800 degrees C of 3-(tert-butylthio)-2-propenenitrile with a yield of 77% and a Z:E ratio of 8:1. Several deuterium and 15N isotopologues were also prepared using isotopically enriched compounds. Quantum chemical calculations of the structural and conformational properties of the Z- and E-isomers were undertaken at the B3LYP/6-311++G(3df,2pd), MP2/6-311++G(3df,2pd), MP2/aug-cc-pVTZ, and G3 levels of theory. These methods all predict that the Z- and the E-forms each have two "stable" planar rotameric forms with the H-S-C=C link of atoms in either a synperiplanar or an antiperiplanar conformation, with the synperiplanar form of the Z-isomer as the global minimum. The Z-isomer has been investigated by means of Stark-modulation microwave spectroscopy. Spectra attributable to the parent and three deuterium-substituted isotopologues of a single conformer were recorded and assigned. Additionally, the spectrum belonging to the first excited state of the lowest bending vibration was assigned. The ground-state rotational constants obtained by the least-squares analysis of these transitions were found to be in excellent agreement with the corresponding approximate equilibrium values generated by the MP2/aug-cc-pVTZ calculations. The preferred conformer of this molecule was found to have a synperiplanar arrangement of the H-S-C=C chain of atoms and a planar or nearly planar geometry, with a stabilizing intramolecular hydrogen bond formed between the H atom of the thiol group and pi-electron density associated with the C[triple bond]N triple bond. The possible astrochemical/astrobiological significance of this compound is discussed.

  10. Infrared spectra of a species of astrochemical interest: aminoacrylonitrile (3-amino-2-propenenitrile).

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    Benidar, Abdessamad; Guillemin, Jean-Claude; Mó, Otilia; Yañez, Manuel

    2005-06-01

    Ammonia easily reacts on cyanoacetylene in the gas phase or in a solvent to form the Z- and E-isomers of aminoacrylonitrile (3-amino-2-propenenitrile, 2). This kinetically stable enamine presents interest for its possible presence in the interstellar medium, the comets, the atmospheres of Planets including the Primitive Earth, and from a theoretical point of view. B3LYP/6-311+G(3df,2p) and G2 calculations indicate that the imine isomer is significantly less stable than the enamine 2. DFT and G2 calculations indicate that the Z-isomer of compound 2 lies ca. 8.0 kJ mol(-1) lower in energy than the E-isomer. The infrared spectra of the aminoacrylonitrile, in both the gas and condensed phases were recorded in the range 500-4000 cm(-1). Consistent with the theoretical calculations, the imine and the E-isomer of the enamine have never been detected in the infrared spectrum of a gaseous sample and only the Z-isomer has been observed. With a neat sample in the condensed phase, IR spectra of a 1:1 and 20:1/Z:E mixtures were recorded. The comparison of these data with the spectrum of the Z-isomer in the gas phase allowed us to deduce the IR spectrum of the E-isomer. The E-Z isomerization takes place through a torsion around the C=C bond. A possible mechanism involving a previous enamine-imine tautomerism must be discarded because it implies a much larger barrier than the direct isomerization process. Consistently, the presence of a deuterium atom has not been observed on the sp2 carbon of the products of distillation of a 1:1/E:Z mixture of the NCCH=CHND2.

  11. Film breakdown and nano-porous Mg(OH)2 formation from corrosion of magnesium alloys in salt solutions

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    Brady, M. P.; Rother, G.; L. M. Anovitz; Littrell, K. C.; Unocic, K. A.; Elsentriecy, H. H.; Song, G. -L.; Thomson, J. K.; Gallego, N. C.; Davis, B.

    2015-01-21

    In this paper, small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) were used to study film formation by magnesium alloys AZ31B (Mg-3Al-1Zn base) and ZE10A (Elektron 717, E717: Mg-1Zn + Nd, Zr) in H2O and D2O with and without 1 or 5 wt% NaCl. No SANS scattering changes were observed after 24 h D2O or H2O exposures compared with as-received (unreacted) alloy, consistent with relatively dense MgO-base film formation. However, exposure to 5 wt% NaCl resulted in accelerated corrosion, with resultant SANS scattering changes detected. The SANS data indicated both particle and rough surface (internal and external)more » scattering, but with no preferential size features. The films formed in 5 wt% NaCl consisted of a thin, inner MgO-base layer, and a nano-porous and filamentous Mg(OH)2 outer region tens of microns thick. Chlorine was detected extending to the inner MgO-base film region, with segregation of select alloying elements also observed in the inner MgO, but not the outer Mg(OH)2. Modeling of the SANS data suggested that the outer Mg(OH)2 films had very high surface areas, consistent with loss of film protectiveness. Finally, implications for the NaCl corrosion mechanism, and the potential utility of SANS for Mg corrosion, are discussed.« less

  12. Fertilization of sea urchin eggs and sperm motility are negatively impacted under low hypergravitational forces significant to space flight.

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    Tash, J S; Kim, S; Schuber, M; Seibt, D; Kinsey, W H

    2001-10-01

    Sperm and other flagellates swim faster in microgravity (microG) than in 1 G, raising the question of whether fertilization is altered under conditions of space travel. Such alterations have implications for reproduction of plant and animal food and for long-term space habitation by man. We previously demonstrated that microG accelerates protein phosphorylation during initiation of sperm motility but delays the sperm response to the egg chemotactic factor, speract. Thus sperm are sensitive to changes in gravitational force. New experiments using the NiZeMi centrifugal microscope examined whether low hypergravity (hyperG) causes effects opposite to microG on sperm motility, signal transduction, and fertilization. Sperm % motility and straight-line velocity were significantly inhibited by as little as 1.3 G. The phosphorylation states of FP130, an axonemal phosphoprotein, and FP160, a cAMP-dependent salt-extractable flagellar protein, both coupled to motility activation, showed a more rapid decline in hyperG. Most critically, hyperG caused an approximately 50% reduction in both the rate of sperm-egg binding and fertilization. The similar extent of inhibition of both fertilization parameters in hyperG suggests that the primary effect is on sperm rather than eggs. These results not only support our earlier microG data demonstrating that sperm are sensitive to small changes in gravitational forces but more importantly now show that this sensitivity affects the ability of sperm to fertilize eggs. Thus, more detailed studies on the impact of space flight on development should include studies of sperm function and fertilization.

  13. External Responsiveness and Intrasession Reliability of the Rope-Climbing Test.

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    Dhahbi, Wissem; Chamari, Karim; Chèze, Laurence; Behm, David G; Chaouachi, Anis

    2016-10-01

    Dhahbi, W, Chamari, K, Chèze, L, Behm, DG, and Chaouachi, A. External responsiveness and intrasession reliability of the rope-climbing test. J Strength Cond Res 30(10): 2952-2958, 2016-Although the rope-climbing test (RCT) has been validated for upper-body power assessment of Commando soldiers, the external responsiveness and intrasession reliability of the RCT have not been reported. To examine RCT external responsiveness and intrasession reliability, this study consisted of 2 separate phases. Forty male soldiers belonging to the special units of the National Guard, selected on the basis of their training and specialty operations levels, participated in the first phase of the study to identify the discriminant ability of RCT. This group was then divided into anti-terrorism Commandos (21 soldiers) and Intervention-Brigade (19 soldiers). Only the anti-terrorism Commandos participated in the intrasession reliability study. The Commandos were significantly better than the Intervention-Brigade soldiers on execution time (ET), absolute power output (APO), and relative power output (RPO; p < 0.001). The areas under the receiver operator characteristics curves were all higher than 0.70: 0.91, 0.85, and 0.90 for ET, APO, and RPO, respectively. The RCT provided good external responsiveness; thus, RCT was considered to indicate "good" discriminative ability. No significant difference was found between groups in posttest rating of perceived exertion. The intrasession reliability coefficients were excellent for ET, APO, and RPO (intraclass correlation coefficient [3,1] > 0.90). The standard errors of measurement values for the ET, APO, and RPO were all less than 5% (range: 1.29-1.47%). The main findings of this study suggest that RCT is a tool with both high sensitivity and intrasession reliability, allowing the consistent detection of differences in upper-limb power performance between the 2 military groups of different operational capacity levels.

  14. Fundamental basis and implementation of shell and tube heat exchanger project design: condenser and evaporator study

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    Dalkilic, A. S.; Acikgoz, O.; Tapan, S.; Wongwises, S.

    2016-03-01

    A shell and tube heat exchanger is used as a condenser and an evaporator in this theoretical study. Parametric performance analyses for various actual refrigerants were performed using well-known correlations in open sources. Condensation and evaporation were occurred in the shell side while the water was flowing in the tube side of heat exchanger. Heat transfer rate from tube side was kept constant for condenser and evaporator design. Condensing temperatures were varied from 35 to 60 °C whereas evaporating temperatures were ranging from -15 to 10 °C for the refrigerants of R12, R22, R134a, R32, R507A, R404A, R502, R407C, R152A, R410A and R1234ZE. Variation of convective heat transfer coefficients of refrigerants, total heat transfer coefficients with Reynolds numbers and saturation temperatures were given as validation process considering not only fouling resistance and omission of it but also staggered (triangular) and line (square) arrangements. The minimum tube lengths and necessary pumping powers were calculated and given as case studies for the investigated refrigerants considering validation criteria. It was understood that refrigerant type, fouling resistance and arrangement type are one of the crucial issues regarding the determination of heat exchanger's size and energy consumption. Consequently, R32 and R152a were found to require the shortest tube length and lowest pumping power in the condenser, whereas R507 and R407C have the same advantages in the evaporator. Their heat transfer coefficients were also determined larger than others as expectedly.

  15. On the physical nature of the source of ultraluminous X-ray pulsations

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    Ter-Kazarian, G.

    2016-01-01

    To reconcile the observed unusual high luminosity of NuSTAR X-ray pulsations from M82X-2 with the most extreme violation of the Eddington limit, and in view that the persistent X-ray radiation from M82X-2 almost precludes the possibility of common pulsars, we tackle the problem by the implications of microscopic theory of black hole (MTBH). The preceding developments of MTBH are proved to be quite fruitful for the physics of ultra-high energy (UHE) cosmic-rays. Namely, replacing a central singularity by the infrastructures inside event horizon, subject to certain rules, MTBH explains the origin of ZeV-neutrinos which are of vital interest for the source of UHE-particles. The M82X-2 is assumed to be a spinning intermediate mass black hole resided in final stage of growth. Then, the thermal blackbody X-ray emission, arisen due to the rotational kinetic energy of black hole, escapes from event horizon through the vista to outside world, which is detected as ultraluminous X-ray pulsations. The M82X-2 indeed releases ˜99.6 % of its pulsed radiative energy predominantly in the X-ray bandpass 0.3-30 keV. We derive a pulse profile and give a quantitative account of energetics and orbital parameters of the semi-detached X-ray binary containing a primary accretor M82X-2 of inferred mass M≃138.5-226 M_{⊙} and secondary massive, M2> 48.3-64.9 M_{⊙}, O/B-type donor star with radius of R> 22.1-25.7 R_{⊙}, respectively. We compute the torque added to M82X-2 per unit mass of accreted matter which yields the measured spin-up rate.

  16. Energetics of discrete selectivity bands and mutation-induced transitions in the calcium-sodium ion channels family.

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    Kaufman, I; Luchinsky, D G; Tindjong, R; McClintock, P V E; Eisenberg, R S

    2013-11-01

    We use Brownian dynamics (BD) simulations to study the ionic conduction and valence selectivity of a generic electrostatic model of a biological ion channel as functions of the fixed charge Q(f) at its selectivity filter. We are thus able to reconcile the discrete calcium conduction bands recently revealed in our BD simulations, M0 (Q(f)=1e), M1 (3e), M2 (5e), with a set of sodium conduction bands L0 (0.5e), L1 (1.5e), thereby obtaining a completed pattern of conduction and selectivity bands vs Q(f) for the sodium-calcium channels family. An increase of Q(f) leads to an increase of calcium selectivity: L0 (sodium-selective, nonblocking channel) → M0 (nonselective channel) → L1 (sodium-selective channel with divalent block) → M1 (calcium-selective channel exhibiting the anomalous mole fraction effect). We create a consistent identification scheme where the L0 band is putatively identified with the eukaryotic sodium channel The scheme created is able to account for the experimentally observed mutation-induced transformations between nonselective channels, sodium-selective channels, and calcium-selective channels, which we interpret as transitions between different rows of the identification table. By considering the potential energy changes during permeation, we show explicitly that the multi-ion conduction bands of calcium and sodium channels arise as the result of resonant barrierless conduction. The pattern of periodic conduction bands is explained on the basis of sequential neutralization taking account of self-energy, as Q(f)(z,i)=ze(1/2+i), where i is the order of the band and z is the valence of the ion. Our results confirm the crucial influence of electrostatic interactions on conduction and on the Ca(2+)/Na(+) valence selectivity of calcium and sodium ion channels. The model and results could be also applicable to biomimetic nanopores with charged walls. PMID:24329301

  17. Extrusion foaming of thermoplastic cellulose acetate from renewable resources using a two-component physical blowing agent system

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    Hopmann, Ch.; Windeck, C.; Hendriks, S.; Zepnik, S.; Wodke, T.

    2014-05-01

    Thermoplastic cellulose acetate (CA) is a bio-based polymer with optical, mechanical and thermal properties comparable to those of polystyrene (PS). The substitution of the predominant petrol-based PS in applications like foamed food trays can lead to a more sustainable economic practice. However, CA is also suitable for more durable applications as the biodegradability rate can be controlled by adjusting the degree of substitutions. The extrusion foaming of CA still has to overcome certain challenges. CA is highly hydrophilic and can suffer from hydrolytic degradation if not dried properly. Therefore, the influence of residual moisture on the melt viscosity is rather high. Beyond, the surface quality of foam CA sheets is below those of PS due to the particular foaming behaviour. This paper presents results of a recent study on extrusion foamed CA, using a two-component physical blowing agent system compromising HFO 1234ze as blowing agent and organic solvents as co-propellant. Samples with different co-propellants are processed on a laboratory single screw extruder at IKV. Morphology and surface topography are investigated with respect to the blowing agent composition and the die pressure. In addition, relationships between foam density, foam morphology and the propellants are analysed. The choice of the co-propellant has a significant influence on melt-strength, foaming behaviour and the possible blow-up ratio of the sheet. Furthermore, a positive influence of the co-propellant on the surface quality can be observed. In addition, the focus is laid on the effect of external contact cooling of the foamed sheets after the die exit.

  18. Stress-induced ceramide generation and apoptosis via the phosphorylation and activation of nSMase1 by JNK signaling.

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    Yabu, T; Shiba, H; Shibasaki, Y; Nakanishi, T; Imamura, S; Touhata, K; Yamashita, M

    2015-02-01

    Neutral sphingomyelinase (nSMase) activation in response to environmental stress or inflammatory cytokine stimuli generates the second messenger ceramide, which mediates the stress-induced apoptosis. However, the signaling pathways and activation mechanism underlying this process have yet to be elucidated. Here we show that the phosphorylation of nSMase1 (sphingomyelin phosphodiesterase 2, SMPD2) by c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) signaling stimulates ceramide generation and apoptosis and provide evidence for a signaling mechanism that integrates stress- and cytokine-activated apoptosis in vertebrate cells. An nSMase1 was identified as a JNK substrate, and the phosphorylation site responsible for its effects on stress and cytokine induction was Ser-270. In zebrafish cells, the substitution of Ser-270 for alanine blocked the phosphorylation and activation of nSMase1, whereas the substitution of Ser-270 for negatively charged glutamic acid mimicked the effect of phosphorylation. The JNK inhibitor SP600125 blocked the phosphorylation and activation of nSMase1, which in turn blocked ceramide signaling and apoptosis. A variety of stress conditions, including heat shock, UV exposure, hydrogen peroxide treatment, and anti-Fas antibody stimulation, led to the phosphorylation of nSMase1, activated nSMase1, and induced ceramide generation and apoptosis in zebrafish embryonic ZE and human Jurkat T cells. In addition, the depletion of MAPK8/9 or SMPD2 by RNAi knockdown decreased ceramide generation and stress- and cytokine-induced apoptosis in Jurkat cells. Therefore the phosphorylation of nSMase1 is a pivotal step in JNK signaling, which leads to ceramide generation and apoptosis under stress conditions and in response to cytokine stimulation. nSMase1 has a common central role in ceramide signaling during the stress and cytokine responses and apoptosis.

  19. Color Tuning in Red/Green Cyanobacteriochrome AnPixJ: Photoisomerization at C15 Causes an Excited-State Destabilization.

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    Song, Chen; Narikawa, Rei; Ikeuchi, Masahiko; Gärtner, Wolfgang; Matysik, Jörg

    2015-07-30

    Cyanobacteriochromes (CBCRs) are cyanobacterial phytochrome-like photoreceptors that carry a single or several GAF (cGMP phosphodiesterase/adenylyl cyclase/FhlA) domains in a repetitive manner. Unlike phytochromes that photoswitch between red-absorbing 15Z Pr and far-red-absorbing 15E Pfr states, CBCRs exhibit a much wider spectral activity. One of the best-characterized CBCRs, the phototaxis regulator PixJ of Anabaena sp. PCC 7120, AnPixJ can adopt two thermally stable photoreversible states, a red-absorbing dark state (Pr) and a green-absorbing photoproduct (Pg). Cross-polarization magic-angle spinning (CP/MAS) NMR spectroscopy on AnPixJ assembled in vitro with uniformly (13)C- and (15)N-labeled phycocyanobilin (PCB) chromophore identifies changes of the electronic structure of the chromophore between the two states. Results are compared with the data from red- and far-red-absorbing forms of the complete sensory module of cyanobacterial phytochrome Cph1 aiming at a conceptual understanding of the distinct photoproduct (Pg vs Pfr) absorbances upon Pr photoconversion. The PCB chromophore in the Pr state of both photosensors exhibits very similar spectral features. The photoconversion of Cph1 and the red/green switching AnPixJ C15-Z/E photoisomerization result in a very similar chemical-shift difference (Δδ) pattern having, however, opposite sign. The persistence of this pattern confirms the identity of the photochemical isomerization process, while the difference in its sign demonstrates that the same electronic factors drive into opposite direction. It is proposed that the LUMO energy of the 15E photoproduct is stabilized in Cph1 but destabilized in AnPixJ leading to opposite color shifts upon phototransformation.

  20. On the Involvement of Single-Bond Rotation in the Primary Photochemistry of Photoactive Yellow Protein

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    Stahl, Andreas D.; Hospes, Marijke; Singhal, Kushagra; van Stokkum, Ivo; van Grondelle, Rienk; Groot, Marie Louise; Hellingwerf, Klaas J.

    2011-01-01

    Prior experimental observations, as well as theoretical considerations, have led to the proposal that C4-C7 single-bond rotation may play an important role in the primary photochemistry of photoactive yellow protein (PYP). We therefore synthesized an analog of this protein's 4-hydroxy-cinnamic acid chromophore, (5-hydroxy indan-(1E)-ylidene)acetic acid, in which rotation across the C4-C7 single bond has been locked with an ethane bridge, and we reconstituted the apo form of the wild-type protein and its R52A derivative with this chromophore analog. In PYP reconstituted with the rotation-locked chromophore, 1), absorption spectra of ground and intermediate states are slightly blue-shifted; 2), the quantum yield of photochemistry is ∼60% reduced; 3), the excited-state dynamics of the chromophore are accelerated; and 4), dynamics of the thermal recovery reaction of the protein are accelerated. A significant finding was that the yield of the transient ground-state intermediate in the early phase of the photocycle was considerably higher in the rotation-locked samples than in the corresponding samples reconstituted with p-coumaric acid. In contrast to theoretical predictions, the initial photocycle dynamics of PYP were observed to be not affected by the charge of the amino acid residue at position 52, which was varied by 1), varying the pH of the sample between 5 and 10; and 2), site-directed mutagenesis to construct R52A. These results imply that C4-C7 single-bond rotation in PYP is not an alternative to C7=C8 double-bond rotation, in case the nearby positive charge of R52 is absent, but rather facilitates, presumably with a compensatory movement, the physiological Z/E isomerization of the blue-light-absorbing chromophore. PMID:21889456

  1. The effect of strain induced by Ag underlayer on saturation magnetization of partially ordered Fe16N2 thin films

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    Yang, Meiyin; Allard, Lawrence F.; Ji, Nian; Zhang, Xiaowei; Yu, Guang-Hua; Wang, Jian -Ping

    2013-12-12

    Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) were used to study film formation by magnesium alloys AZ31B (Mg-3Al-1Zn base) and ZE10A (Elektron®717, E717: Mg-1Zn + Nd, Zr) in H2O and D2O with and without 1 or 5 wt.% NaCl. No SANS scattering changes were observed after 24 h D2O or H2O exposures compared with as received (unreacted) alloy, consistent with relatively dense MgO-base film formation. However, exposure to 5 wt.% NaCl resulted in accelerated corrosion, with resultant SANS scattering changes detected. The SANS data indicated both particle and rough surface (internal and external) scattering, but with no preferential size features. The films formed in 5 wt.% NaCl consisted of a thin, inner MgO-base layer, and a nano-porous and filamentous Mg(OH)2 outer region tens of microns thick. Chlorine was detected extending to the inner MgO-base film region, with segregation of select alloying elements also observed in the inner MgO, but not the outer Mg(OH)2. Modeling of the SANS data suggested that the outer Mg(OH)2 films had very high surface areas, consistent with loss of film protectiveness. Here, implications for the NaCl corrosion mechanism, and the potential utility of SANS for Mg corrosion, are discussed.

  2. Film breakdown and nano-porous Mg(OH)2 formation from corrosion of magnesium alloys in salt solutions

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    Brady, M. P.; Rother, G.; L. M. Anovitz; Littrell, K. C.; Unocic, K. A.; Elsentriecy, H. H.; Song, G. -L.; Thomson, J. K.; Gallego, N. C.; Davis, B.

    2015-01-21

    In this paper, small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) were used to study film formation by magnesium alloys AZ31B (Mg-3Al-1Zn base) and ZE10A (Elektron 717, E717: Mg-1Zn + Nd, Zr) in H2O and D2O with and without 1 or 5 wt% NaCl. No SANS scattering changes were observed after 24 h D2O or H2O exposures compared with as-received (unreacted) alloy, consistent with relatively dense MgO-base film formation. However, exposure to 5 wt% NaCl resulted in accelerated corrosion, with resultant SANS scattering changes detected. The SANS data indicated both particle and rough surface (internal and external) scattering, but with no preferential size features. The films formed in 5 wt% NaCl consisted of a thin, inner MgO-base layer, and a nano-porous and filamentous Mg(OH)2 outer region tens of microns thick. Chlorine was detected extending to the inner MgO-base film region, with segregation of select alloying elements also observed in the inner MgO, but not the outer Mg(OH)2. Modeling of the SANS data suggested that the outer Mg(OH)2 films had very high surface areas, consistent with loss of film protectiveness. Finally, implications for the NaCl corrosion mechanism, and the potential utility of SANS for Mg corrosion, are discussed.

  3. DHA concentration of red blood cells is inversely associated with markers of lipid peroxidation in men taking DHA supplement

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    Shichiri, Mototada; Adkins, Yuriko; Ishida, Noriko; Umeno, Aya; Shigeri, Yasushi; Yoshida, Yasukazu; Fedor, Dawn M.; Mackey, Bruce E.; Kelley, Darshan S.

    2014-01-01

    An increase in the proportion of fatty acids with higher numbers of double bonds is believed to increase lipid peroxidation, which augments the risk for many chronic diseases. (n-3) Polyunsaturated fatty acids provide various health benefits, but there is a concern that they might increase lipid peroxidation. We examined the effects of docosahexaenoic acid [22:6 (n-3)] supplementation on lipid peroxidation markers in plasma and red blood cells (RBC) and their associations with red blood cell and plasma fatty acids. Hypertriglyceridemic men (n = 17 per group) aged 39–66 years participated in a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, parallel study. They received no supplements for the first 8 days and then received 7.5 g/day docosahexaenoic acid oil (3 g/day docosahexaenoic acid) or olive oil (placebo) for 90 days. Fasting blood samples were collected 0, 45, and 91 days after supplementation. Docosahexaenoic acid supplementation did not change plasma or RBC concentrations of lipid peroxidation markers (total hydroxyoctadecadienoic acid, total hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid, total 8-isoprostaglandin F2α, 7α-hydroxycholesterol, 7β-hydroxycholesterol) when pre- and post-supplement values were compared. However, the post-supplement docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) concentration was inversely associated with RBC concentrations of ZE-HODE, EE-HODE, t-HODE, and total 8-isoprostaglandin F2α, (p<0.05). RBC concentration of hydroxycholesterol was also inversely associated with DHA but it did not attain significance (p = 0.07). Our results suggest that increased concentration of DHA in RBC lipids reduced lipid peroxidation. This may be another health benefit of DHA in addition to its many other health promoting effects. PMID:25411526

  4. High Ice Water Content at Low Radar Reflectivity near Deep Convection. Part I ; Consistency of In Situ and Remote-Sensing Observations with Stratiform Rain Column Simulations

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    Fridlind, A. M.; Ackerman, A. S.; Grandin, A.; Dezitter, F.; Weber, M.; Strapp, J. W.; Korolev, A. V.; Williams, C. R.

    2015-01-01

    Occurrences of jet engine power loss and damage have been associated with flight through fully glaciated deep convection at -10 to -50 degrees Centigrade. Power loss events commonly occur during flight through radar reflectivity (Zeta (sub e)) less than 20-30 decibels relative to Zeta (dBZ - radar returns) and no more than moderate turbulence, often overlying moderate to heavy rain near the surface. During 2010-2012, Airbus carried out flight tests seeking to characterize the highest ice water content (IWC) in such low-radar-reflectivity regions of large, cold-topped storm systems in the vicinity of Cayenne, Darwin, and Santiago. Within the highest IWC regions encountered, at typical sampling elevations (circa 11 kilometers), the measured ice size distributions exhibit a notably narrow concentration of mass over area-equivalent diameters of 100-500 micrometers. Given substantial and poorly quantified measurement uncertainties, here we evaluate the consistency of the Airbus in situ measurements with ground-based profiling radar observations obtained under quasi-steady, heavy stratiform rain conditions in one of the Airbus-sampled locations. We find that profiler-observed radar reflectivities and mean Doppler velocities at Airbus sampling temperatures are generally consistent with those calculated from in situ size-distribution measurements. We also find that column simulations using the in situ size distributions as an upper boundary condition are generally consistent with observed profiles of radar reflectivity (Ze), mean Doppler velocity (MDV), and retrieved rain rate. The results of these consistency checks motivate an examination of the microphysical pathways that could be responsible for the observed size-distribution features in Ackerman et al. (2015).

  5. Simulation of elution profiles for two-dimensional dynamic gas chromatographic experiments.

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    Trapp, Oliver; Shellie, Robert; Marriott, Philip; Schurig, Volker

    2003-09-01

    The interconversion of E and Z isomers of acetaldoxime 1 and butyraldoxime 2 have been investigated by comprehensive two-dimensional dynamic gas chromatography (DGCxDGC) and computer simulation. Time-resolved cryogenic modulation is capable of revealing the precise isomeric ratio as a fine structure under the dynamic elution profile, which is characterized in one-dimensional experiments by a plateau formation or peak coalescence caused by interconversion of the isomers during the separation process. The chromatographic theoretical plate model has been extended for the computer simulation of comprehensive two-dimensional dynamic chromatographic experiments. A novel program, ChromWin 2D, based on the new algorithm has been developed for computer simulation to evaluate and predict the elution profiles of DGCxDGC experiments. ChromWin 2D allows the determination of rate constants and barriers of isomerization, epimerization, and enantiomerization processes occurring during chromatographic separations. The Eyring activation parameters of the E/Z and Z/E isomerization barriers in the presence of the stationary phase BP21 (poly(ethylene glycol) terephthalate terminated) were determined by temperature-dependent experiments between 80 and 90 degrees C for 1 and 70 and 130 degrees C for 2. The thermodynamic Gibbs free energy of the E/Z equilibrium of the isomers has been determined from the time-resolved chromatograms by cryogenic modulation. The method described here constitutes a new and important tool for the determination of isomerization barriers, which are of great interest, for example, for the quantitative determination of derivatized aldehydes, such as dinitrophenylhydrazine derivatives, in trace analysis.

  6. Singlet Oxygen Induced Products of Linoleates, 10- and 12-(Z,E)-Hydroxyoctadecadienoic Acids (HODE), Can Be Potential Biomarkers for Early Detection of Type 2 Diabetes

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    Umeno, Aya; Shichiri, Mototada; Ishida, Noriko; Hashimoto, Yoshiko; Abe, Kaori; Kataoka, Masatoshi; Yoshino, Kohzoh; Hagihara, Yoshihisa; Aki, Nanako; Funaki, Makoto; Asada, Yasuhiko; Yoshida, Yasukazu

    2013-01-01

    Current diagnostic tests such as glycemic indicators have limitations for early detection of impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), which leads to diabetes. Oxidative stress induced by various oxidants in a random and destructive manner is considered to play an important role in the pathophysiology of a number of human disorders and diseases such as impaired glucose tolerance. We have developed an improved method for the measurement of in vivo lipid peroxidation, where the presence of 8-iso-prostaglandin F2α (8-iso-PGF2α), hydroxyoctadecadienoic acids (HODEs), hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acids (HETEs), and 7-hydroxycholesterol (7-OHCh), as well as their parent molecules, linoleic acid (LA) and cholesterol (Ch), was determined by performing LC-MS/MS (for 8-iso-PGF2α, HODE, and HETE) and GC-MS (for 7-OHCh, LA, and Ch) after reduction with triphenyl phosphine and saponification by potassium hydroxide. We then applied this method to volunteers (n = 57), including normal type (n = 43), “high-normal” (fasting plasma glucose, 100–109 mg/dL, n = 7), pre-diabetic type (IGT, n = 5), and diabetic type (n = 2) subjects who are diagnosed by performing oral glucose tolerance tests (OGTTs). Several biomarkers in plasma, such as insulin, leptin, adiponectin, interleukin-6, tumor necrosis factor-α, high sensitivity-C-reactive protein, HbA1c, and glucose levels were measured during OGTT. We found that the fasting levels of (10- and 12-(Z,E)- HODE)/LA increased significantly with increasing levels of HbA1c and glucose during OGTT and with insulin secretion and resistance index. In conclusion, 10- and 12-(Z,E)-HODE may be prominent biomarkers for the early detection of IGT and “high-normal” type without OGTT. PMID:23691063

  7. Applying Active Thermography in the Non-Destructive Investigation of Historical Objects/ Zastosowanie Termowizji Aktywnej Do Badań Nieniszczących Obiektów Zabytkowych

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    Nowak, Henryk; Noszczyk, Paweł

    2015-06-01

    The paper pertains to the problem of historic building envelope investigation with the use of active thermography. Mainly emphasized is its application in the detection of different material inclusions in historic walls. Examples of active thermography in the reflective mode application and a description of the experimental investigation has been shown on a wall model with the inclusion of materials with significantly different thermal conductivity and heat capacity, i.e. styrofoam, steel and granite. Thermograms received for every kind of envelope are compared and analyzed. Finally, the summary and conclusion is shown along with the prospects of development and practical application of this kind of investigation in historic construction. Artykuł porusza zagadnienie wykorzystania termografii aktywnej w nieniszczących badaniach przegród budowlanych w obiektach zabytkowych. Opisane zostały potencjalne możliwości stosowania badań, takie jak: lokalizacja rodzaju zbrojenia w elementach żelbetowych, detekcja pustek powietrznych i przemurowań w przegrodach, określanie rodzaju struktury materiałowej zabytkowej przegrody lub identyfikacja ukrytych pod wartwą tynku lub farby malowideł ściennych. W pracy opisano przebieg doświadczenia z wykorzystaniem termografii aktywnej w trybie odbiciowym. W badanych modelach przegród, wewnętrzne wtrącenia materiałowe zostały wykonane ze styropianu XPS, stali oraz granitu. Otrzymane wyniki opisano za pomocą kontrastów temperaturowych (absolutny i standardowy) oraz zinterptretowano otrzymane termogramy. W podsumowaniu przedstawiono wnioski z przeprowadzonego doświadczenia. W artykule potwierdzono przydatność nieniszczących badań za pomocą termowizji aktywnej do detekcji przypowierzchniowych wtrąceń materiałowych.

  8. Ultrafast dynamics of phytochrome from the cyanobacterium synechocystis, reconstituted with phycocyanobilin and phycoerythrobilin.

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    Heyne, Karsten; Herbst, Johannes; Stehlik, Dietmar; Esteban, Berta; Lamparter, Tilman; Hughes, Jon; Diller, Rolf

    2002-01-01

    Femtosecond time-resolved transient absorption spectroscopy was employed to characterize for the first time the primary photoisomerization dynamics of a bacterial phytochrome system in the two thermally stable states of the photocycle. The 85-kDa phytochrome Cph1 from the cyanobacterium Synechocystis PCC 6803 expressed in Escherichia coli was reconstituted with phycocyanobilin (Cph1-PCB) and phycoerythrobilin (Cph1-PEB). The red-light-absorbing form Pr of Cph1-PCB shows an approximately 150 fs relaxation in the S(1) state after photoexcitation at 650 nm. The subsequent Z-E isomerization between rings C and D of the linear tetrapyrrole-chromophore is best described by a distribution of rate constants with the first moment at (16 ps)(-1). Excitation at 615 nm leads to a slightly broadened distribution. The reverse E-Z isomerization, starting from the far-red-absorbing form Pfr, is characterized by two shorter time constants of 0.54 and 3.2 ps. In the case of Cph1-PEB, double-bond isomerization does not take place, and the excited-state lifetime extends into the nanosecond regime. Besides a stimulated emission rise time between 40 and 150 fs, no fast relaxation processes are observed. This suggests that the chromophore-protein interaction along rings A, B, and C does not contribute much to the picosecond dynamics observed in Cph1-PCB but rather the region around ring D near the isomerizing C(15) [double bond] C(16) double bond. The primary reaction dynamics of Cph1-PCB at ambient temperature is found to exhibit very similar features as those described for plant type A phytochrome, i.e., a relatively slow Pr, and a fast Pfr, photoreaction. This suggests that the initial reactions were established already before evolution of plant phytochromes began. PMID:11806940

  9. Analysis of Perilla nankinensis decne essential oil using gas chromatography coupled with time-of-flight mass spectrometry.

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    Shashiashvili, N; Jokhadze, M; Tushurashvili, P; Bakuridze, A; Berashvili, D

    2014-04-01

    Perilla is the genus of herbaceous plants of Lamiaceae family. The essential oil of Perilla is believed to be essential part of the herb. It was claimed to have anti-inflammatory, anti-hyperlipidemia, antioxidative and antimicrobial activities. Apart from pharmaceutical and nutrition purposes, It is an edible plant frequently used as a fresh vegetable. It was also applied to produce perfume and cosmetics. Due to the importance of the essential oil from the P. nanakinensis and the lack of detailed studies of them, our work aimed investigation of contents of essential compositions by GC- TOF/MS method. The materials of the study were the aerial parts of P. nankinesis collected at full flowering stage, Guria Region, Georgia. A qualitative analysis of the individual compounds in P. nankinensis essential oil performed by gas chromatography (GC) coupled with time-of-flight mass spectrometer (TOF/MS) for the identification of the resolved peaks. 28 components, which accounted for 77,7% of the oil, were identified. The main components of this essential oil were 1,3,6,10-Dodecatetraene, 3,7,11-trimethyl-, (Z,E)- (α-Farnesene) (34.3%), Caryophyllene oxide (10.2%), 1,6-Octadien-3-ol, 3,7-dimethyl- (linalool) (10.2%). Essential oil also contained humulene (3.9%),caryophyllene (1.9%), methyl salicilate (1.15%), 2-hexanoylfuran (1.0%), gernacrene (1.1%). Based on the results of our experimental data and literature reviews, Perilla essential oil can represent special interest and can be used as an important natural substance for obtaining medicinal and preventive products with the several biological activities.

  10. Feasibility Analysis of Groundwater Abstraction for Gas Shale Fracturing in the Lublin Basin (Eastern Poland) / Ocena Możliwości Poboru Wód Podziemnych Do Szczelinowania Łupków Gazonośnych W Basenie Lubelskim (Wschodnia Polska)

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    Duda, Robert; Macuda, Jan

    2015-03-01

    Natural gas extraction from shale rock necessitates hydraulic fracturing of rocks, which involves large amounts of fracture fluids made of 90.5% of water. The authors focus on feasibility of groundwater abstraction for the purpose of applying fracture fluids in wells of the Lublin Basin - area of perspective unconventional gas exploitation from the Ordovician and the Silurian shales. These data refer to the expected specific capacity of wells abstracting groundwater from main useful aquifers. Specific capacity of a well (q) belongs to high-certainty empirical parameters, characterizing water-bearing capacity of rocks at a regional scale. The spatial evaluation of q was based on respective data coming from 7 sheets of the Hydrogeological Map of Poland (scale 1:200,000) covering research area. Specific capacity q was calculated for wells abstracting water from the Upper Cretaceous, Tertiary and Quaternary aquifers in areas presented on particular sheets of the map. Authors determined the variability distribution and the cumulative probability plots of q values, indicating a range which corresponded to a sum of standard deviation (SD) above and below median (X¯), i.e. X¯ ± 1SD. On the total the interval included 68.2% of data. The results reveal that 0.6 ≤ q ≤ 40 m3h-1 per 1 meter of drawdown for the Upper Cretaceous rocks in the eastern part of the area, and 1.1 ≤ q ≤ 110 m3h-1 per 1 meter in the western part, being a result of more intense fracturing and fissuring. Owing to the scarcity of data, q values of wells screened at the Tertiary and Quaternary aquifers are given jointly for the whole area: 0.8 ≤ q ≤ 20 and 1.0 ≤ q ≤ 10 m3h-1 per 1 meter, respectively. The obtained specific capacities are high. When the wells are properly designed, their discharges may reach about ca. 100 m3h-1. Eksploatacja gazu ziemnego ze skał łupkowych wiąże się z wykonaniem w każdym poziomym odcinku otworu wielu zabiegów hydraulicznego

  11. Analytic electrical-conductivity tensor of a nondegenerate Lorentz plasma

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    Stygar, W. A.; Gerdin, G. A.; Fehl, D. L.

    2002-10-01

    We have developed explicit quantum-mechanical expressions for the conductivity and resistivity tensors of a Lorentz plasma in a magnetic field. The expressions are based on a solution to the Boltzmann equation that is exact when the electric field is weak, the electron-Fermi-degeneracy parameter Θ>>1, and the electron-ion Coulomb-coupling parameter Γ/Z<<1. (Γ is the ion-ion coupling parameter and Z is the ion charge state.) Assuming a screened 1/r electron-ion scattering potential, we calculate the Coulomb logarithm in the second Born approximation. The ratio of the term obtained in the second approximation to that obtained in the first is used to define the parameter regime over which the calculation is valid. We find that the accuracy of the approximation is determined by Γ/Z and not simply the temperature, and that a quantum-mechanical description can be required at temperatures orders of magnitude less than assumed by Spitzer [Physics of Fully Ionized Gases (Wiley, New York, 1962)]. When the magnetic field B=0, the conductivity is identical to the Spitzer result except the Coulomb logarithm ln Λ1=(ln χ1- 1/2)+[(2Ze2/λmev2e1)(ln χ1-ln 24/3)], where χ1≡2meve1λ/ħ, me is the electron mass, ve1≡(7kBT/me)1/2, kB is the Boltzmann constant, T is the temperature, λ is the screening length, ħ is Planck's constant divided by 2π, and e is the absolute value of the electron charge. When the plasma Debye length λD is greater than the ion-sphere radius a, we assume λ=λD otherwise we set λ=a. The B=0 conductivity is consistent with measurements when Z>~1, Θ>~2, and Γ/Z<~1, and in this parameter regime appears to be more accurate than previous analytic models. The minimum value of ln Λ1 when Z>=1, Θ>=2, and Γ/Z<=1 is 1.9. The expression obtained for the resistivity tensor (B≠0) predicts that η⊥/η∥ (where η⊥ and η∥ are the resistivities perpendicular and parallel to the magnetic field) can be as much as 40% less than previous analytic

  12. Growth hormone therapy in a girl with Turner syndrome and diabetes type 1 - case report.

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    Obara-Moszynska, Monika; Banaszak, Magdalena; Niedziela, Marek

    2015-01-01

    Wstęp. Badania wskazują na złożoną etiologię nieprawidłowego metabolizmu węglowodanów w zespole Turnera (ZT). W związku z tymi zaburzeniami leczenie rekombinowanym hormonem wzrostu (rGH ) w ZT może być związane z powikłaniami, szczególnie że hormon wzrostu ma działanie diabetogenne. Opis przypadku. Wywiad okołoporodowy jest nieznany (pacjent adoptowany w wieku 4 lat). W wieku 11 lat ze względu na typowy fenotyp rozpoznano ZT. Kariotyp: 45,X[43]/46,X,i(X)(q10)[7]. W tym samym wieku rozpoznano cukrzycę insulinozależną na podstawie wyników laboratoryjnych. Rozpoczęto konwencjonalną insulinoterapię. W trakcie hospitalizacji, w wieku 12 lat, wzrost wynosił 123,5 cm (- 4,4 SD), W tym samym wieku rozpoczęto leczenie rGH w dawce 0,045 mg/kg mc/dobę. Po 3 miesiącach tempo wzrastania zwiększyło się do 8,2 cm/rok. W wieku 13 lat zainicjowano terapię preparatem 17β-estradiolu. Po upływie 3 lat i 4 miesięcy leczenie rGH przerwano z powodu niskiego tempa wzrastania. Wzrost dziewczynki wynosił 140 cm (-4SD). Dwa lata po zakończeniu leczenia rGH wzrost wynosił 141,2 cm. Po zakończeniu leczenia rGH zapotrzebowanie dzienne na insulinę zmniejszyło się z 50–60 jm./dobę do 38–44 jm./dobę. Wnioski. Decyzja włączenia terapii rGH w ZTz cukrzycą jest z pewnością trudna. W momencie rozpoczęcia lecze­nia rGH klinicysta musi mieć na uwadze ryzyko powikłań metabolicznych, ale także świadomość, że daje pacjen­towi szansę na poprawę wzrostu końcowego. Z punktu widzenia prawidłowego rozwoju psychoemocjonalnego zmniejszenie deficytu wzrostu jest bardzo ważne.

  13. Weak Linkage between the Heaviest Rainfall and Tallest Storms

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    Hamada, A.; Takayabu, Y. N.; Liu, C.; Zipser, E. J.

    2015-12-01

    Eleven years measurements from the Precipitation Radar (PR) onboard the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite reveals robust differences in rainfall characteristics between extreme rainfall and convection events, irrespective of region. After accumulating `rainfall events' defined as a set of contiguous rainy pixels of TRMM PR measurements for each 2.5 x 2.5 degree grid cell, three different types of regional extreme rainfall events are defined in each grid cell, using the maximum values of near-surface rainfall rate (NSR) and 40-dBZ echo top height (ETH40) in rainfall events; R-only (H-only) extreme events are defined as rainfall events of which the maximum NSR (ETH40) is within top 0.1% but the ETH40 (NSR) is not; RH extreme events are defined as those of which both the maxima of NSR and ETH40 are within top 0.1%. Only a small fraction of rainfall extreme events are found to be related to convective extremes. The results demonstrate that, even in regions where severe convective storms are representative extreme weather events, the heaviest rainfall events are mostly associated with less intense convection. There are robust differences in echo profiles, rainfall characteristics, and local environments between extreme rainfall and convection events, irrespective of region. Extreme rainfall events exhibit lower echo-top height and downward increase of radar reflectivity (Ze) below the freezing level, whereas extreme convection events exhibit more vertically aligned echo structure. The echo and environmental characteristics of extreme rainfall events imply the importance of warm-rain processes in producing extreme rainfall. An important concern regarding the PR measurements in Ku band is significant attenuation by severe hailstorms. We performed a statistical evaluation of the PR measurements using 5-yr measurements obtained during the Baiu season (May-June) using a ground-based C-band radar in Okinawa, Japan, and confirmed that the attenuation

  14. Particle formation above natural and simulated salt lakes

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    Kamilli, Katharina; Ofner, Johannes; Sattler, Tobias; Krause, Torsten; Zetzsch, Cornelius; Held, Andreas

    2013-04-01

    formation above Australian salt lakes. This work was funded by German Research Foundation (DFG) under grants HE 5214/5-1 and ZE792/5-2. References: Buxmann, J., Balzer, N., Bleicher, S., Platt, U., and Zetzsch, C.: Observations of bromine explosions in smog chamber experiments above a model salt pan, Int. J. Chem. Kinet., 44, 312-326, 2012. Junkermann, W., Hacker, J., Lyons, T., and Nair, U.: Land use change suppresses precipitation, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 6531-6539, 2009. Ofner, J., Balzer, N., Buxmann, J., Grothe, H., Schmitt-Kopplin, Ph., Platt, U., and Zetzsch, C.: Halogenation processes of secondary organic aerosol and implications on halogen release mechanisms, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 5787-5806, 2012.

  15. Pump-dump-probe and pump-repump-probe ultrafast spectroscopy resolves cross section of an early ground state intermediate and stimulated emission in the photoreactions of the Pr ground state of the cyanobacterial phytochrome Cph1.

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    Fitzpatrick, Ann E; Lincoln, Craig N; van Wilderen, Luuk J G W; van Thor, Jasper J

    2012-01-26

    The primary photoreactions of the red absorbing ground state (Pr) of the cyanobacterial phytochrome Cph1 from Synechocystis PCC 6803 involve C15═C16 Z-E photoisomerization of its phycocyanobilin chromophore. The first observable product intermediate in pump-probe measurements of the photocycle, "Lumi-R", is formed with picosecond kinetics and involves excited state decay reactions that have 3 and 14 ps time constants. Here, we have studied the photochemical formation of the Lumi-R intermediate using multipulse picosecond visible spectroscopy. Pump-dump-probe (PDP) and pump-repump-probe (PRP) experiments were carried out by employing two femtosecond visible pulses with 1, 14, and 160 ps delays, together with a broadband dispersive visible probe. The time delays between the two excitation pulses have been selected to allow interaction with the dominant (3 and 14 ps) kinetic phases of Lumi-R formation. The frequency dependence of the PDP and PRP amplitudes was investigated at 620, 640, 660, and 680 nm, covering excited state absorption (λ(max) = 620 nm), ground state absorption (λ(max) = 660 nm), and stimulated emission (λ(max) = 680 nm) cross sections. Experimental double difference transient absorbance signals (ΔΔOD), from the PDP and PRP measurements, required corrections to remove contributions from ground state repumping. The sensitivity of the resulting ΔΔOD signals was systematically investigated for possible connectivity schemes and photochemical parameters. When applying a homogeneous (sequentially decaying) connectivity scheme in both the 3 and 14 ps kinetic phases, evidence for repumping of an intermediate that has an electronic ground state configuration (GSI) is taken from the dump-induced S1 formation with 620, 640, and 660 nm wavelengths and 1 and 14 ps repump delays. Evidence for repumping a GSI is also seen, for the same excitation wavelengths, when imposing a target connectivity scheme proposed in the literature for the 1 ps repump delay. In

  16. Photophysical diversity of two novel cyanobacteriochromes with phycocyanobilin chromophores: photochemistry and dark reversion kinetics.

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    Chen, Yu; Zhang, Juan; Luo, Juan; Tu, Jun-Ming; Zeng, Xiao-Li; Xie, Jie; Zhou, Ming; Zhao, Jing-Quan; Scheer, Hugo; Zhao, Kai-Hong

    2012-01-01

    Cyanobacteriochromes are phytochrome homologues in cyanobacteria that act as sensory photoreceptors. We compare two cyanobacteriochromes, RGS (coded by slr1393) from Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 and AphC (coded by all2699) from Nostoc sp. PCC 7120. Both contain three GAF (cGMP phosphodiesterase, adenylyl cyclase and FhlA protein) domains (GAF1, GAF2 and GAF3). The respective full-length, truncated and cysteine point-mutated genes were expressed in Escherichia coli together with genes for chromophore biosynthesis. The resulting chromoproteins were analyzed by UV-visible absorption, fluorescence and circular dichroism spectroscopy as well as by mass spectrometry. RGS shows a red-green photochromism (λ(max) = 650 and 535 nm) that is assigned to the reversible 15Z/E isomerization of a single phycocyanobilin-chromophore (PCB) binding to Cys528 of GAF3. Of the three GAF domains, only GAF3 binds a chromophore and the binding is autocatalytic. RGS autophosphorylates in vitro; this reaction is photoregulated: the 535 nm state containing E-PCB was more active than the 650 nm state containing Z-PCB. AphC from Nostoc could be chromophorylated at two GAF domains, namely GAF1 and GAF3. PCB-GAF1 is photochromic, with the proposed 15E state (λ(max) = 685 nm) reverting slowly thermally to the thermostable 15Z state (λ(max)  = 635 nm). PCB-GAF3 showed a novel red-orange photochromism; the unstable state (putative 15E, λ(max) = 595 nm) reverts very rapidly (τ ~ 20 s) back to the thermostable Z state (λ(max) = 645 nm). The photochemistry of doubly chromophorylated AphC is accordingly complex, as is the autophosphorylation: E-GAF1/E-GAF3 shows the highest rate of autophosphorylation activity, while E-GAF1/Z-GAF3 has intermediate activity, and Z-GAF1/Z-GAF3 is the least active state. PMID:22008418

  17. Numerical Strength Analysis of a Complex, Steel Shell Structure/ Numeryczna Analiza Wytrzymałosciowa Pewnej Złożonej, Stalowej Konstrukcji Powłokowej

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    Burczynski, Grzegorz; Marcinowski, Jakub

    2014-09-01

    The paper deals with the numerical modelling of a complex, steel shell structure. The part under analysis is the upper segment of a steel pylon, which consists of several cylindrical shells and one conical segment. Particular parts of the structure are welded together. Geometrical and loading data calculations were performed for the particular material for both an ideally elastic case and an elasto-plastic case. The conclusion that the structural member analysed required strengthening were drawn on the basis of these results. The structural modification was proposed and additional calculations for this modified structure were also performed. Introduced additional shell elements locked the mechanism of plastic flow. The proposed modification can be treated as a possible strengthening concept. The whole analysis was performed by means of the ABAQUS system but some stages of calculations were also verified by the COSMOS/M system. Przedmiotem pracy jest numeryczne modelowanie pewnej bardzo złożonej, stalowej konstrukcji powłokowej. Analizowana szczegółowo czesc jest górnym fragmentem stalowego pylonu, na który składa sie kilka odcinków powłok cylindrycznych oraz jeden segment stożkowy. Te poszczególne fragmenty konstrukcji były ze soba połaczone spawaniem. Dla znanych parametrów materiałowych, geometrycznych i obciażeniowych wykonano obliczenia w zakresie idealnie spreżystym oraz w zakresie spreżystoplastycznym. Na podstawie tych obliczen wyciagnieto wniosek o koniecznosci wzmocnienia tej czesci pylonu. Zaproponowano istotna modyfikacje istniejacej konstrukcji i wykonano dla niej ponownie obliczenia. Wprowadzone dodatkowe elementy powłokowe zablokowały mechanizm plastycznego płyniecia. Zaproponowana modyfikacje można potraktowac jako jedna z możliwych koncepcji wzmocnienia konstrukcji. Wszystkie analizy numeryczne zostały wykonane za pomoca systemu ABAQUS. Pewne wybrane fragmenty obliczen były weryfikowane także z pomoca systemu COSMOS/M.

  18. Underground Lead-Zinc Mine Production Planning Using Fuzzy Stochastic Inventory Policy / Planowanie Wydobycia Cynku I Ołowiu W Kopalniach Podziemnych Z Wykorzystaniem Podejścia Stochastycznego Z Elementami Logiki Rozmytej Do Określania Niezbędnego Poziomu Zapasów

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    Gligoric, Zoran; Beljic, Cedomir; Gluscevic, Branko; Cvijovic, Cedomir

    2015-03-01

    Methodology for long-term underground lead-zinc mine planning based on fuzzy inventory theory is presented in this paper. We developed a fuzzy stochastic model of inventory control problem for planning lead-zinc ore production under uncertainty. The final purpose of this article is to find the optimal quantity of mined ore that should be stockpiled, in order to enable "feeding" of mineral processing plant in cases when the production in underground mine is interrupted, by using Possibilistic mean value of fuzzy number for defuzzing the fuzzy total annual inventory costs, and by using Extension of the Lagrangean method for solving inequality constrain problem. The different types of costs involved in mined ore inventory problems affect the efficiency of production scheduling. Dynamic nature of lead and zinc metal price is described by Ornstein-Uhlenbeck stochastic mean reverting process. The model is illustrated with a numerical example. W pracy przedstawiono metodologię długoterminowego wydobycia cynku i ołowiu w kopalniach podziemnych z wykorzystaniem podejścia stochastycznego z elementami logiki rozmytej do określania wymaganego poziomu zapasów. Opracowaliśmy model stochastyczny z wykorzystaniem elementów logiki rozmytej do kontroli zapasów w planowaniu wydobycia cynku i ołowiu w warunkach niepewności. Celem końcowym pracy jest określenie optymalnej ilości wydobywanej rudy, którą należy zachować jako zapas tak aby zapewnić odpowiednie jej dostawy do zakładu przeróbczego nawet w przypadku przerwania wydobycia w kopalni podziemnej, opierając się na posybilistycznej wartości średniej liczby rozmytej i wyostrzeniu całkowitych rocznych kosztów zapasów. Wykorzystano także rozszerzenie metody Lagrange'a do rozwiązywania problemu więzów w nierówności. Różnorakie koszty związane ze składowaniem zapasów wydobywanej rudy mają wpływ na wydajność planowanej produkcji. Dynamiczne zmiany cen cynku i o

  19. Analysis of Suitability for Development of New Mining Field in Northern Part of Kosovo Lignite Basin - Sibovc / Analiza Możliwości Udostępnienia Nowego Obszaru Wybierania W Północnej Części Zagłębia Węgla Brunatnego Sibovc W Kosowie

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    Cehlár, Michal; Rybár, Radim; Pinka, Ján; Haxhiu, Lorik; Beer, Martin

    2013-06-01

    This review describes the possibility of development a new lignite deposit in northern Kosovo lignite basin - Sibovc. Analysis of the initial state briefly evaluates Kosovo energy sector, geomorphological conditions and quality of lignite from Sibovc deposit. With using Dataminesoft it was created geological model and approximate calculation of lignite reserves in the deposit. The data obtained from Dataminesoft were used as starting points of the financial analysis of project. The result of the analysis is exactly describe the qualitative and quantitative characteristics of deposit Sibovc compared to other deposits in the area and creating of geological model with productive horizons deposit of lignite. Based on these data lignite deposit Sibovc was classified, according to the classification of deposits the UN, as economical. W pracy tej omówiono możliwości udostępnienia nowego obszaru wybierania złoża węgla brunatnego (lignitu) w północnej części zagłębia węgla brunatnego Sibovc w Kosowie. W analizie stanu początkowego krótko scharakteryzowano sektor energetyczny Kosowa, warunki geo-morfologiczne oraz parametry jakościowe węgla brunatnego z zagłębia Sibovc. Przy pomocy pakietu Dataminesoft stworzono model geologiczny i przeprowadzono przybliżone obliczenia zasobów węgla brunatnego w złożu. Dane uzyskane przy zastosowaniu pakietu Dataminesoft zostały następnie wykorzystane jako dane wejściowe do analizy finansowej przedsięwzięcia. Na podstawie wyników analizy uzyskuje się jakościową i ilościową charakterystykę złoża w odniesieniu do pozostałych złóż w regionie. Opracowano model geologiczny ze szczegółowym wskazaniem poziomów wybierania lignitu. W oparciu o te dane dokonano klasyfikacji złoża węgla brunatnego (lignitu) w Sibovc zgodnie z międzynarodowymi zasadami klasyfikacji wykazując, że złoże będzie ekonomiczne.

  20. Hypothesis of a daemon kernel of the Earth

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    Drobyshevski, E. M.

    2004-01-01

    The paper considers the fate of the electrically charged (Ze 10e) Planckian elementary black holes, namely, daemons, making up the dark matter of the Galactic disc, which, as follows from our measurements, were trapped by the Earth during 4.5 Gyears in an amount equal to approximately 1024. Owing to their huge mass (about 2 x 10 kg), these particles settle down to the Earth's centre to form a kernel. Assuming that the excess flux of 10-20 TW over the heat flux level produced by known sources, which is quoted by many researchers, is due to the energy liberated in the outer kernel layers in daemon-stimulated proton decay of Fe nuclei, we have come to the conclusion that the Earth's kernel is at present a fraction of a metre in size. The observed mantle flux of 3He (and the limiting 3He to 4He ratio of about 10 4 itself) can be provided if at least one 3He (or 3T) nucleus is emitted in a daemon-stimulated decay of 102-103 Fe nuclei. This could actually remove the only objection to the hot origin of the Earth and to its original melting. The high energy liberation at the centre of the Earth drives two-phase two-dimensional convection in its inner core (IC), with rolls oriented along the rotation axis. This provides an explanation for the numerous features in the IC structure revealed in recent years (anisotropy in the seismic wave propagation, the existence of small irregularities, the strong damping of the P and S waves, ambiguities in the measurements of the IC rotation rate, etc.). The energy release in the kernel grows continuously as the number of daemons in it increases. Therefore the global tectonic activity, which had died out after the initial differentiation and cooling off of the Earth was reanimated 2 Gyears ago by the rearrangement and enhancement of convection in the mantle as a result of the increasing outward energy flow. It is pointed out that, as the kernel continues to grow, the tectonic activity will become intensified rather than die out, as was

  1. Modulation of spectrokinetic properties of o-quinonoid reactive intermediates by electronic factors: time-resolved laser flash and steady-state photolysis investigations of photochromic 6- and 7-arylchromenes.

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    Moorthy, Jarugu Narasimha; Koner, Apurba L; Samanta, Subhas; Roy, Ankur; Nau, Werner M

    2009-01-01

    A ready synthetic accessibility of a series of 6- and 7-arylchromenes via Pd(0)-catalyzed Suzuki coupling protocol has permitted a comprehensive investigation of the thermal decay behavior of a broad set of photogenerated o-quinonoid reactive intermediates. It is shown that substantial mesomeric effect between the benzopyran nucleus and the aryl ring at C6 or C7 position of the former renders significant absorption beyond 350 nm such that they are readily photoactivated to yield colored o-quinonoid intermediates. The absorption spectra of the latter are found to be strongly influenced by the substituents on C2-, C6- and C7-aryl rings; indeed the colored absorptions can be conveniently tuned by appropriate choice of substituents. The thermal decay (bleaching phenomenon), which is important from the point of view of their application in ophthalmic lenses, was investigated in each case by micros-ms as well as real-time absorption spectroscopy. By careful experimentation, we have extracted the decay rate constants for Z,E and E,E o-quinonoid isomers of all 6- and 7-arylchromenes in an attempt to establish a correlation between the electronic attributes with their thermokinetic behavior. From a combined analysis of micros-ms (laser flash) and real-time kinetic data, it is shown that the colored o-quinonoid intermediates decay faster when the C2-aryl and C6-/C7-aryl rings contain electron-donating and electron-accepting groups, respectively. In the same vein, the decay was found to occur slowly for the reversed scenario, while intermediate decay rates are observed when both substituents are electron-donating. Thus, any substituent on the C2-aryl ring that contributes mesomerically to the development of charge on the quinonoid oxygen, and any substituent on the C6-/C7-aryl ring that exerts -I effect appear to expedite thermal decay. Furthermore, evidence is obtained for the first time from mus time-resolved laser-flash spectroscopy for the formation and characterization

  2. Time variations of narrow absorption lines in high resolution quasar spectra

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    Boissé, P.; Bergeron, J.; Prochaska, J. X.; Péroux, C.; York, D. G.

    2015-09-01

    Aims: We have searched for temporal variations of narrow absorption lines in high resolution quasar spectra. A sample of five distant sources were assembled, for which two spectra are available, either VLT/UVES or Keck/HIRES, which were taken several years apart. Methods: We first investigate under which conditions variations in absorption line profiles can be detected reliably from high resolution spectra and discuss the implications of changes in terms of small-scale structure within the intervening gas or intrinsic origin. The targets selected allow us to investigate the time behaviour of a broad variety of absorption line systems by sampling diverse environments: the vicinity of active nuclei, galaxy halos, molecular-rich galaxy disks associated with damped Lyα systems, as well as neutral gas within our own Galaxy. Results: Intervening absorption lines from Mg ii, Fe ii, or proxy species with lines of lower opacity tracing the same kind of (moderately ionised) gas appear in general to be remarkably stable (1σ upper limits as low as 10% for some components on scales in the range 10-100 au), even for systems at zabs ≈ ze. Marginal variations are observed for Mg ii lines towards PKS 1229-021 at zabs = 0.83032; however, we detect no systems that display any change as large as those reported in low resolution SDSS spectra. The lack of clear variations for low β Mg ii systems does not support the existence of a specific population of absorbers made of swept-up gas towards blazars. In neutral or diffuse molecular media, clear changes are seen for Galactic Na i lines towards PKS 1229-02 (decrease in N by a factor of four for one of the five components over 9.7 yr), corresponding to structure on a scale of about 35 au, in good agreement with known properties of the Galactic interstellar medium. Tentative variations are detected for H2J = 3 lines towards FBQS J2340-0053 at zabs = 2.05454 (≃35% change in column density, N, over 0.7 yr in the rest frame), suggesting

  3. Acceleration of lipid peroxidation in alpha-tocopherol transfer protein-knockout mice following the consumption of drinking water containing a radical initiator.

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    Yoshida, Yasukazu; Hayakawa, Mieko; Cynshi, Osamu; Jishage, Kou-ichi; Niki, Etsuo

    2008-01-01

    To assess the antioxidative role of vitamin E (VE) in a mouse model of severe VE deficiency by using biomarkers, alpha-tocopherol transfer protein (alpha-TTP(-/-))-knockout mice were maintained on a VE-deficient diet for 28 weeks [KO group, n = 6]. Wild-type C57BL/6 mice were maintained on a diet containing 0.002% alpha-tocopherol [WT group, n = 6]. The animals were housed individually in a metabolic cage from the age of 9 weeks (Week 0) to 27 weeks. Urine was collected every week, and the levels of total hydroxyoctadecadienoic acid (tHODE), 7-hydroxycholesterol (t7-OHCh), and 8-iso-prostaglandin F(2alpha)(t8-isoPGF(2alpha)), which are biomarkers for lipid peroxidation, were measured by gas chromatography (GC)-mass spectrometry. From the age of 21 weeks (Week 12), three mice in each group were provided drinking water containing the water-soluble radical initiator 2,2'-azobis[2-(2-imidazolin-2-yl)propane] dihydrochloride (AIPH) until the end of the study (Week 19). Blood and tissue samples were collected, and the levels of the abovementioned biomarkers therein were assessed. AIPH consumption clearly elevated the plasma and erythrocyte levels of tHODE and t8-isoPGF(2alpha) in both the WT and KO groups except for the erythrocyte level of tHODE in the WT group. Furthermore, this elevation was more prominent in the KO group than in the WT group. Interestingly, AIPH consumption reduced the stereoisomer ratio of HODE (ZE/EE), which is reflective of the efficacy of a compound as an antioxidant in vivo; this suggests that free radical-mediated oxidation reduces the antioxidant capacity in vivo. The urine levels of tHODE, t7-OHCh, and t8-isoPGF(2alpha) tended to increase with AIPH consumption, but these individual levels fluctuated. It was clearly demonstrated by the proposed biomarkers that maintaining alpha-TTP(-/-) mice on a VE-deficient diet results in a severe VE deficiency and promotes lipid peroxidation.

  4. Comparative analysis of intermuscular bones in fish of different ploidies.

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    Li, Ling; Zhong, Zezhou; Zeng, Ming; Liu, Shaojun; Zhou, Yi; Xiao, Jun; Wang, Jun; Liu, Yun

    2013-04-01

    We documented the number, morphology, and distribution of intermuscular bones in five fishes of different ploidy: Carassius auratus (Abbr.WCC, 2n=100), Carassius auratus variety PengZe (Abbr.PZCC, 3n=150), improved triploid crucian carp (Abbr.ITCC, 3n=150), improved red crucian carp (Carassius auratus red var., Abbr.IRCC, ♀, 2n=100), and improved allotetraploids (Abbr.G×AT, ♂, 4n=200). The number of intermuscular bones in WCC, PZCC, and G×AT ranged from 78 to 83 ([Formula: see text]=81), 80 to 86 ([Formula: see text]=84), and 77 to 84 ([Formula: see text]=82), respectively. The numbers in ITCC and IRCC were significantly lower, ranging from 77 to 82 ([Formula: see text]=79) and 58 to 77 ([Formula: see text]=71), respectively. The average number of intermuscular bones in each sarcomere, ranked in order from highest to lowest, was 0.721 (WCC), 0.673 (PZCC), 0.653 (G×AT), 0.633 (ITCC), and 0.608 (IRCC). There was no difference between ITCC and G×AT or between G×AT and PZCC. However, the average number of intermuscular bones in the sarcomeres of ITCC, WCC, and PZCC differed significantly, as did that of IRCC and the four other kinds of fish. The intermuscular bone of these five fishes was divided into seven shape categories, non-forked (), one-end-unequal-bi-fork (), one-end-equal-bi-fork (Y), one-end-multi-fork, two-end-bi-fork, two-end-multi-fork, and tree-branch types. Generally, the morphological complexity was higher in the anterior intermuscular bones than in the posterior body. The number of intermuscular bones was similar but not equal between the left and right sides of the body. ITCC had significantly fewer intermuscular bones than either WCC or PZCC, making it of greater commercial value. Additionally, IRCC and ITCC had fewer intermuscular bones than WCC. Our observations are significant in both fish bone developmental biology and genetic breeding.

  5. Formation of halogen-induced secondary organic aerosol (XOA)

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    Kamilli, Katharina; Ofner, Johannes; Zetzsch, Cornelius; Held, Andreas

    2013-04-01

    bromine with α-pinene. This work was funded by German Research Foundation (DFG) under grants HE 5214/5-1 and ZE792/5-2. References: Cai, X., and Griffin, R. J.: Secondary aerosol formation from the oxidation of biogenic hydrocarbons by chlorine atoms, J. Geophys. Res., 111, D14206/14201-D14206/14214, 2006. Ofner, J. Balzer, N., Buxmann, J., Grothe, H., Schmitt-Kopplin, Ph., Platt, U., and Zetzsch, C., Halogenation processes of secondary organic aerosol and implications on halogen release mechanisms, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss. 12, 2975-3017, 2012.

  6. High Ice Water Content at Low Radar Reflectivity near Deep Convection: Part II. Evaluation of Microphysical Pathways in Updraft Parcel Simulations

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    Ackerman, A. S.; Fridlind, A. M.; Grandin, A.; Dezitter, F.; Weber, M.; Strapp, J. W.; Korolev, A. V.

    2015-01-01

    The aeronautics industry has established that a threat to aircraft is posed by atmospheric conditions of substantial ice water content (IWC) where equivalent radar reflectivity (Ze) does not exceed 20-30 dBZ and supercooled water is not present; these conditions are encountered almost exclusively in the vicinity of deep convection. Part 1 (Fridlind et al., 2015) of this two-part study presents in situ measurements of such conditions sampled by Airbus in three tropical regions, commonly near 11 km and -43 C, and concludes that the measured ice particle size distributions are broadly consistent with past literature with profiling radar measurements of Z(sub e) and mean Doppler velocity obtained within monsoonal deep convection in one of the regions sampled. In all three regions, the Airbus measurements generally indicate variable IWC that often exceeds 2 gm (exp -3) with relatively uniform mass median area-equivalent diameter (MMD(sub eq) of 200-300 micrometers. Here we use a parcel model with size-resolved microphysics to investigate microphysical pathways that could lead to such conditions. Our simulations indicate that homogeneous freezing of water drops produces a much smaller ice MMD(sub eq) than observed, and occurs only in the absence of hydrometeor gravitational collection for the conditions considered. Development of a mass mode of ice aloft that overlaps with the measurements requires a substantial source of small ice particles at temperatures of about -10 C or warmer, which subsequently grow from water vapor. One conceivable source in our simulation framework is Hallett-Mossop ice production; another is abundant concentrations of heterogeneous ice freezing nuclei acting together with copious shattering of water drops upon freezing. Regardless of the production mechanism, the dominant mass modal diameter of vapor-grown ice is reduced as the ice-multiplication source strength increases and as competition for water vapor increases. Both mass and modal

  7. Outreach geology with the "balades géologiques" project based on smartphone technology

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    Egoroff, Grégoire; de Wever, Patrick; Cornee, Annie

    2014-05-01

    ., Bonnefoy B., Houssaye A., De Wever P. & Merle D. (2008) - Promenade géologique à Etampes. Coll. balades géologiques, SGF-MNHN-BRGM, 30 pages. Egoroff G., De Wever P., Merle D. & Métivier B. (2011) - Promenade géologique à Dourdan. Biotope, Mèze - MNHN, Paris - BRGM, Orléans (Collection Balades géologiques), 38 pages. Nouvellet S., Egoroff G. & De Wever P. (2013) - Virtual Milly-la-Forêt Geological stroll, online. Android app Wikitude, « ID Bio-Balades géologiques » project "Milly-la-Forêt".

  8. Magnetic field-induced phase transformation and variant reorientation in nickel-manganese-gallium and nickel-manganese-cobalt-indium magnetic shape memory alloys

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    Karaca, Haluk Ersin

    The purpose of this work is to reveal the governing mechanisms responsible for the magnetic field-induced (i) martensite reorientation in Ni 2MnGa single crystals, (ii) stress-assisted phase transformation in Ni2MnGa single crystals and (iii) phase transformation in NiMnCoIn alloys. The ultimate goal of utilizing these mechanisms is to increase the actuation stress levels in magnetic shape memory alloys (MSMAs). Extensive experimental work on magneto-thermo-mechanical (MTM) characterization of these materials enabled us to (i) better understand the ways to increase the actuation stress and strain and decrease the required magnetic field for actuation in MSMAs, (ii) determine the effects of main MTM parameters on reversible magnetic field induced phase transformation, such as magnetocrystalline anisotropy energy (MAE), Zeeman energy (ZE), stress hysteresis, thermal hysteresis, critical stress for the stress induced phase transformation and crystal orientation, (iii) find out the feasibility of employing polycrystal MSMAs, and (iv) formulate a thermodynamical framework to capture the energetics of magnetic field-induced phase transformations in MSMAs. Magnetic shape memory properties of Ni2MnGa single crystals were characterized by monitoring magnetic field-induced strain (MFIS) as a function of compressive stress and stress-induced strain as a function of magnetic field. It is revealed that the selection of the operating temperature with respect to martensite start and Curie temperatures is critical in optimizing actuator performance. The actuation stress of 5 MPa and work output of 157 kJm-3 are obtained by the field-induced variant reorientation in NiMnGa alloys. Reversible and one-way stress-assisted field-induced phase transformations are observed in Ni2MnGa single crystals under low field magnitudes (<0.7T) and resulted in at least an order of magnitude higher actuation stress levels. It is very promising to provide higher work output levels and operating

  9. Heavy Particle Mode as the Signature of the I-Regime*

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    Zhou, T.; Coppi, B.

    2010-11-01

    Key features [1] of the I-Regime investigated by the Alcator C-Mod can be explained by the excitation of a new heavy particle (e.g. impurity) mode [2] at the plasma edge. This mode involves both density and magnetic fluctuations. The impurity is treated as collisional. Considering a plane geometry, the dispersion relation has a unstable root for ηi≡(dTi/dr) ni/(Tidni/dr)>2/3 and dnI/dr>0. The marginal stability point is reached for a maximum d nI/dr such that Î**=φIA=φ, where Î**≡c kyTI(dnI/dr)/(Ze B nI) and φIA≡(5/3) k^2 TI/mI. The instability condition is Î**<φIA. Re,/Î**>0 indicates that the mode phase velocity(vph)is in the electron diamagnetic direction, a feature consistent[3]with the observation that the plasma spontaneous rotation is in the ion diamagnetic direction. This predicted direction of vph has been confirmed by the experiments. The impurity flux evaluated from the quasi-linear theory is =ni/(Z Ti) ˜-ni(dTi/dr)/(Z Tik^2 vth iλi) [1-2/(3ηi)] .<|vEx|^2>>0 for ηi>2/3, where λi is the effective main ion mean free path. This shows that both the main ion thermal energy and the impurity are transported outwards. These features are consistent with a mode with frequency ˜200,Hz observed in the I- Regime and with the fact that impurities are confined at the edge in this regime. *Sponsored by the DOE. [1] E. Marmar, B. Lipschultz, A. Dominguez, et al., Bull. Am. Phys. Soc. 54 (2009) 97 [2] B. Coppi, H. Furth, M. Rosenbluth and R. Sagdeev, Phys. Rev. Lett. 17 (1966) 377-379 [3] B. Coppi, Nucl. Fusion 42 (2002) 1-4

  10. Flight Tunnel Response of Male European Corn Borer Moths to Cross-Specific Mixtures of European and Asian Corn Borer Sex Pheromones: Evidence Supporting a Critical Stage in Evolution of a New Communication System.

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    Martin, Nathan; Moore, Kevin; Musto, Callie J; Linn, Charles E

    2016-01-01

    Previous flight tunnel studies showed that 3-5 % of male European corn borer (ECB) moths, Ostrinia nubilalis, could fly upwind and make contact with sources releasing the sex pheromone of the closely related Asian corn borer (ACB), Ostrina furnacalis, [2:1 (Z)-12-tetradecenyl acetate (Z12-14:OAc) : (E)-12-teradecenyl acetate (E12-14:OAc)] and that 2-4 % of ACB males could similarly fly upwind to the sex pheromone blends of the ECB Z- [97:3 (Z)-tetradecenyl acetate (Z11-14:OAc) : (E)-tetradecenyl acetate (E11-14:Ac)] and E-strains (1:99 Z/E11-14:OAc) pheromones. The results supported the hypothesis that the evolution of the ACB pheromone system from an ECB-like ancestor included a stage in which males could be attracted to the unusual females emitting Z12- and E12-14:OAc while retaining their responsiveness to the ancestral pheromone blend of Z11- and E11-14:OAc. Here, we showed further that ECB E-strain males exhibited upwind oriented flight and source contacts to sources containing all combinations of ECB and ACB components. Maximal response levels were observed with the E-strain 99:1 E11/Z11-14:OAc blend, and high response levels also were observed with two other blends containing E11-14:OAc as the major component (E11:E12 and E11:Z12). Upwind flight and source contact also occurred at lower levels with the remaining blend combinations in which Z11-, E12-, or Z12-14:OAc was the major component. Our current results support the hypothesis concerning the evolution of ACB from an ECB-like ancester by showing that males were able to respond to females producing either the 12-14:Ac isomers, 11-14:Ac isomers, or even mixtures of all four components. PMID:26631407

  11. Testing stellar opacities with laser facilities

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    Le Pennec, Maëlle; TURCK-CHIEZE, Sylvaine; RIBEYRE, Xavier; DUCRET, Jean-Eric; SALMON, Sébastien; BLANCARD, Christophe; COSSE, Philippe; MONDET, Guillaume; FAUSSURIER, Gérald; CONSORTIUM, OPAC

    2015-08-01

    Helio and asteroseismology (SoHo, KEPLER...) have produced observed acoustic oscillations of thousands of stars which characteristics are deeply linked to the transport of radiation inside the stars. However, the comparisons of seismic data with model predictions have led to significant discrepancies, which could be due to a bad knowledge of production and transport of energy.β-Cephei are pulsating stars, progenitor of supernovae and thus deeply linked to our understanding of stellar medium enrichment. Their study has shown some difficulty to predict the observed oscillation modes, which are directly linked to an opacity bump of the elements of the iron group (Cr, Fe, Ni) at log T=5.25 (κ-mechanism). We will show that several parameters of the stars (mass, age, metallicity) have a great influence on the amplitude of the bump, which impact their structure. We will then present the final results of an experiment conducted at LULI 2000 in 2011 on Cr, Fe and Ni compared to several opacity codes. We will show how to improve the opacity in the range of temperature around log T= 5.3.The Sun is a privilege place to test and validate physics. Since the recent update of the solar composition, there is a well established large discrepancy (Turck-Chièze et al. 2001) between solar models and seismic data, visible on the solar sound speed profile comparison.An explanation could be that the calculations of energy transport are not correctly taken into account.Unfortunately, there are very few experiments to validate these calculations (Bailey et al. 2014). That's why we are proposing an opacity experiment on a high-energy laser like LMJ, in the conditions of the radiative zone. We are exploiting in that purpose an approach called the Double Ablation Front to reach these high temperatures and densities at LTE and validate or not plasma effects and line widths. We will show the principle of this technique and the results of our simulations on several elements.In the mean time

  12. Mutations of the tyrosinase gene produce autosomal recessive ocular albinism

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    King, R.A.; Summers, C.G.; Oetting, W.S.

    1994-09-01

    Albinism has historically been divided into ocular (OA) and oculocutaneous (OCA) types based on the presence or absence of clinically apparent skin and hair involvement in an individual with the ocular features of albinism. The major genes for OCA include the tyrosinase gene in OCA1 and the P gene in OCA2. X-linked and autosomal recessive OA have been described and the responsible genes have not been identified. We now present six Caucasian individuals who have the phenotype of autosomal recessive OA but who have OCA1 as shown by the presence of mutations of the tyrosinase. They had white or very light hair and white skin at birth, and cutaneous pigment developed in the first decade of life. At ages ranging from 1.5-23 years, hair color was dark blond to light brown. The skin had generalized pigment and well developed tan was present on the exposed arm and face skin of four. Iris pigment was present and iris translucency varied. Molecular analysis of the tyrosinase gene, using PCR amplification and direct di-deoxy sequencing showed the following mutations: E398Z/E398Q, P406S/g346a, R402E/T373K, ?/D383N, and H211N/T373K. The homozygous individual was not from a known consanguineous mating. T373K is the most common tyrosinase gene mutation in our laboratory. Three of these mutations are associated with a total loss of tyrosinase activity (g346a splice-site, T373K, and D383N), while four are associated with residual enzyme activity (H211N, R402E, E398Q, and P406S). These studies show that mutations of the tyrosinase gene can produce the phenotype of autosomal recessive OA in an individual who has normal amounts of cutaneous pigment and the ability to tan after birth. This extends the phenotypic range of OCA1 to normal cutaneous pigment after early childhood, and suggest that mutations of the tyrosinase gene account for a significant number of individuals with autosomal recessive OA.

  13. Diel variability of heterotrophic bacterial production and UV doses in the South East Pacific

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    van Wambeke, F.; Tedetti, M.; Duhamel, S.; Sempéré, R.

    2008-01-01

    Diel variability of heterotrophic bacterial production (BP) was investigated in the South East Pacific from October to December 2004 during the BIOSOPE cruise. Three sites differing by their trophic status were studied: Marquesas Islands (MAR; 08° S, 141° W), the centre of the South Pacific Gyre (SPG) (GYR; 26° S, 114° W) and the eastern part of the SPG (EGY; 32° S, 91° W). At the three sites, diel variability of BP ranged from 17 to 40% and from 13 to 22% for volumetric surface (5 m) and integrated (to Ze and Zm) data, respectively. The main feature we observed was at 5 m, an abrupt increase (×2 to ×4) in leucine activity during the afternoon-sunset period (12:00-18:00 at the site MAR and 15:00-21:00 at the site GYR) and lowest activities recorded between 10:00 and 14:00. To assess the potential influence of solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR: 280-400 nm) on this BP diel variability, we determined, from in situ optical measurements, the mean tri-hourly ultraviolet B (UVB, 305 nm) and ultraviolet A (UVA, 380 nm) doses (irradiances integrated over time) within the mixed layer (Hm(UVB) and Hm(UVA), respectively). The wavelengths 305 nm and 380 nm were used as biologically effective wavelengths for the induction of DNA damages (cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers: CPDs) and photoenzymatic repairs (PERs), respectively. In the SPG, daily Hm(UVB) and Hm(UVA) were 0.6 and 14 kJ m-2 nm-1, respectively. The latter were probably the highest daily doses ever measured in the marine environment. The Hm(UVB)/Hm(UVA) ratio (Q) increased by 58, 117 and 46% from 06:00-09:00 to 12:00-15:00, and decreased by 36, 26 and 16% from 12:00-15:00 to 15:00-18:00 at the sites MAR, GYR and EGY, respectively. The relationship between Q and BP suggested a significant influence of UVR on the diel variability of BP (BP decreased when Q increased) at the site GYR from the surface waters to Zm, likely in relation with its hyper-oligotrophic status. Therefore, possible alternance of CPD and PER

  14. Carotenoid pixels characterization under color space tests and RGB formulas for mesocarp of mango's fruits cultivars

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    Hammad, Ahmed Yahya; Kassim, Farid Saad Eid Saad

    2010-01-01

    This study experimented the pulp (mesocarp) of fourteen cultivars were healthy ripe of Mango fruits (Mangifera indica L.) selected after picking from Mango Spp. namely Taimour [Ta], Dabsha [Da], Aromanis [Ar], Zebda [Ze], Fagri Kelan [Fa], Alphonse [Al], Bulbek heart [Bu], Hindi- Sinnara [Hi], Compania [Co], Langra [La], Mestikawi [Me], Ewais [Ew], Montakhab El Kanater [Mo] and Mabroka [Ma] . Under seven color space tests included (RGB: Red, Green and Blue), (CMY: Cyan, Magenta and Yellow), (CMY: Cyan, Magenta and Yellow), (HSL: Hue, Saturation and Lightness), (CMYK%: Cyan%, Magenta%, Yellow% and Black%), (HSV: Hue, Saturation and Value), (HºSB%: Hueº, Saturation% and Brightness%) and (Lab). (CMY: Cyan, Magenta and Yellow), (HSL: Hue, Saturation and Lightness), (CMYK%: Cyan%, Magenta%, Yellow% and Black%), (HSV: Hue, Saturation and Value), (HºSB%: Hueº, Saturation% and Brightness%) and (Lab). Addition, nine formula of color space tests included (sRGB 0÷1, CMY, CMYK, XYZ, CIE-L*ab, CIE-L*CH, CIE-L*uv, Yxy and Hunter-Lab) and (RGB 0÷FF/hex triplet) and Carotenoid Pixels Scale. Utilizing digital color photographs as tool for obtainment the natural color information for each cultivar then the result expounded with chemical pigment estimations. Our location study in the visual yellow to orange color degrees from the visible color of electromagnetic spectrum in wavelength between (~570 to 620) nm and frequency between (~480 to 530) THz. The results found carotene very strong influence in band Red while chlorophyll (a & b) was very lower subsequently, the values in band Green was depressed. Meanwhile, the general ratios percentage for carotenoid pixels in bands Red, Green and Blue were 50%, 39% and 11% as orderliness opposite the ratios percentage for carotene, chlorophyll a and chlorophyll b which were 63%, 22% and 16% approximately. According to that the pigments influence in all color space tests and RGB formulas. Band Yellow% in color test (CMYK%) as signature

  15. Validating solar and solar-like star opacities

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    Le Pennec, Maëlle; TURCK-CHIEZE, Sylvaine; RIBEYRE, Xavier; DUCRET, Jean-Eric; BLANCARD, Christophe; COSSE, Philippe; MONDET, Guillaume; FAUSSURIER, Gérald

    2015-08-01

    The Sun is, as being our closest star, a privilege place to test and validate physics. However, the solar physics is not yet completely understood. Indeed, since the recent update of the solar composition, there are differences between solar models and seismic data, visible on the solar sound speed profile comparison. This well established large discrepancy (Turck-Chièze et al. 2001, 2004, 2011, Christensen-Dalsgaard et al. 2009, Basu et al. 2015) could be linked to radiative transfer issue.Two directions of investigation are proposed. One possibility to explain this gap could be that the Sun produces slightly more energy that it liberates on its surface (around 5%). This energy could be transformed into macroscopic motions in the radiative zone, which are not taken into account in the solar standard model. Another explanation could be that the calculations of energy transport are not correctly taken into account either on the calculation of the Rosseland mean values or in the treatment of the radiative acceleration. This could have an impact on the determination of the internal solar abundances.Unfortunately, there are very few experiments to validate these calculations (Bailey et al. 2014). That's why we are proposing an opacity experiment on a high-energy laser like LMJ, in the conditions of the radiative zone (T=[2 - 15.106 K] and ρ=[0.2 - 150 g/cm3]). The aim is to measure the opacity of the most important contributors to the global opacity in this solar area : iron, oxygen and silicon. We are exploiting in that purpose a technical approach called the Double Ablation Front. During the laser-plasma interaction, the plasma radiative effects allow to reach these high temperatures and densities at LTE and validate or not plasma effects and line widths. We will show the principle of this technique and the results of our simulations on several elements.In the mean time, we are also exploiting new opacity calculations thanks to the OPAS code (Blancard et al. 2012

  16. Ground Based Investigation of Electrostatic Accelerometer in HUST

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    Bai, Y.; Zhou, Z.

    2013-12-01

    High-precision electrostatic accelerometers with six degrees of freedom (DOF) acceleration measurement were successfully used in CHAMP, GRACE and GOCE missions which to measure the Earth's gravity field. In our group, space inertial sensor based on the capacitance transducer and electrostatic control technique has been investigated for test of equivalence principle (TEPO), searching non-Newtonian force in micrometer range, and satellite Earth's field recovery. The significant techniques of capacitive position sensor with the noise level at 2×10-7pF/Hz1/2 and the μV/Hz1/2 level electrostatic actuator are carried out and all the six servo loop controls by using a discrete PID algorithm are realized in a FPGA device. For testing on ground, in order to compensate one g earth's gravity, the fiber torsion pendulum facility is adopt to measure the parameters of the electrostatic controlled inertial sensor such as the resolution, and the electrostatic stiffness, the cross couple between different DOFs. A short distance and a simple double capsule equipment the valid duration about 0.5 second is set up in our lab for the free fall tests of the engineering model which can directly verify the function of six DOF control. Meanwhile, high voltage suspension method is also realized and preliminary results show that the horizontal axis of acceleration noise is about 10-8m/s2/Hz1/2 level which limited mainly by the seismic noise. Reference: [1] Fen Gao, Ze-Bing Zhou, Jun Luo, Feasibility for Testing the Equivalence Principle with Optical Readout in Space, Chin. Phys. Lett. 28(8) (2011) 080401. [2] Z. Zhu, Z. B. Zhou, L. Cai, Y. Z. Bai, J. Luo, Electrostatic gravity gradiometer design for the advanced GOCE mission, Adv. Sp. Res. 51 (2013) 2269-2276. [3] Z B Zhou, L Liu, H B Tu, Y Z Bai, J Luo, Seismic noise limit for ground-based performance measurements of an inertial sensor using a torsion balance, Class. Quantum Grav. 27 (2010) 175012. [4] H B Tu, Y Z Bai, Z B Zhou, L Liu, L

  17. Empirical tests of performance of some M - estimators

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    Banaś, Marek; Ligas, Marcin

    2014-12-01

    The paper presents an empirical comparison of performance of three well known M - estimators (i.e. Huber, Tukey and Hampel's M - estimators) and also some new ones. The new M - estimators were motivated by weighting functions applied in orthogonal polynomials theory, kernel density estimation as well as one derived from Wigner semicircle probability distribution. M - estimators were used to detect outlying observations in contaminated datasets. Calculations were performed using iteratively reweighted least-squares (IRLS). Since the residual variance (used in covariance matrices construction) is not a robust measure of scale the tests employed also robust measures i.e. interquartile range and normalized median absolute deviation. The methods were tested on a simple leveling network in a large number of variants showing bad and good sides of M - estimation. The new M - estimators have been equipped with theoretical tuning constants to obtain 95% efficiency with respect to the standard normal distribution. The need for data - dependent tuning constants rather than those established theoretically is also pointed out. W artykule przedstawiono empiryczne porównanie trzech dobrze znanych M - estymatorów (Huber'a, Tukey'a oraz Hampel'a) jak również kilku nowych. Nowe estymatory motywowane były funkcjami wagowymi wykorzystywanymi w teorii wielomianów ortogonalnych, estymacji jądrowej oraz jeden motywowany przez funkcję gęstości "półokręgu" Wigner'a. Każdy z estymatorów został użyty do wykrywania obserwacji odstających w skażonych zbiorach danych. Obliczenia wykonano za pomocą "reważonej" metody najmniejszych kwadratów. Ze względu na fakt, iż wariancja resztowa (używana w konstrukcji macierzy kowariancyjnych) nie jest odpornym estymatorem skali, w testach wykorzystano również odporne miary takie jak: rozstęp ćwiartkowy oraz znormalizowane odchylenie medianowe. Testy wykonano na prostej sieci niwelacyjnej w dużej ilości wariantów ukazuj

  18. Sorption of Cd2+ Ions From Aqueous Solutions on Organic Wastes / Sorpcja Jonów Cd2+ Z Roztworów Wodnych Na Odpadach Organicznych

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    Bożęcka, Agnieszka; Sanak-Rydlewska, Stanisława

    2015-09-01

    This article presents the results of research on the Cd2+ ions sorption from model aqueous solutions on sunflower hulls, walnut shells and plum stones. The effect of various factors, such as mass of the natural sorbent, the pH, the time and the temperature was studied. The process of Cd2+ ions sorption on studied sorbents was described by the Langmuir model. The best sorption capacity has been achieved for sunflower hulls. The maximum sorption capacity for this material was 19.93 mg/g. W artykule przedstawiono wyniki badań, które dotyczyły usuwania jonów Cd2+ z modelowych roztworów wodnych za pomocą odpadów organicznych, takich jak: łuski słonecznika, łupiny orzecha włoskiego i pestki śliwek. Wykazano, iż badane materiały mogą być skutecznie wykorzystywane do usuwania jonów Cd2+ z modelowych roztworów wodnych w układach jednoskładnikowych. Dla badanego zakresu stężeń i przyjętych warunków procesu sorpcji w układach jednoskładnikowych, największą wydajność sorpcji jonów Cd2+, osiągnięto dla łuszczyn słonecznika. Wyniosła ona 81,75-93,02%. Dla pozostałych materiałów sorpcja jest nieco niższa, ale również zadowalająca. W pracy podano interpretację otrzymanych wyników w oparciu o jeden z najpopularniejszych modeli izoterm adsorpcji - Langmuira, który potwierdził, iż najlepszym sorbentem jonów Cd2+, spośród badanych, są łuszczyny słonecznika. Materiał ten cechuje się największą wartością parametrów qmax i b izotermy Langmuira. W tym przypadku stała qmax, wyrażająca pojemność monowarstwy, przyjęła wartość 19,93 mg/g, a parametr b, określający powinowactwo do usuwanych jonów wynosi 0,2264 dm3/mg (Rys. 5, Tab. 1). Udowodniono również, że proces sorpcji jonów Cd2+ na badanych sorbentach organicznych zależy od masy sorbentu. Dla wszystkich materiałów stopień usunięcia jonów Cd2+ z roztworów wodnych rośnie ze wzrostem masy sorbentu, aż do uzyskania maksimum przy naważce 0,5 g (Rys. 1

  19. Binary Linear Programming in the Management of Mine Receivables / Binarne Programowanie Liniowe W Zarządzaniu Należnościami Kopalni

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    Trzaskuś-Żak, Beata; Żak, Andrzej

    2013-09-01

    model of linear programming, in which the objective function should minimise the anticipated value of the cost of rebates: where: pj - denotes the probability of use of the rebate by customer j. The paper presents two mathematical models. One is a determinist model which can be used under certainty conditions, whereas the other considers the risk of the rebates not being used by the customers. The paper also describes some random experiments with the Monte Carlo method. W artykule zastosowano metodę binarnego programowania liniowego w celu wyboru odbiorców, którym zostanie zaproponowany rabat. W zamian za proponowany rabat, dany odbiorca zobowiązuje się spłacać w założonym terminie należność kopalni. W ten sposób przedsiębiorstwo ma osiągnąć odpowiedni poziom ściągalności należności terminowych. Stanie się to oczywiście kosztem zmniejszenia przychodów, które można zrekompensować poprzez zwiększenie sprzedaży. Wybór odbiorców dokonany został w taki sposób aby sumaryczny koszt zaproponowanego rabatu był dla kopalni jak najmniejszy, czyli: gdzie: KcR - całkowity koszt udzielonych rabatów przez kopalnię kj - koszt udzielenia rabatu j-temu odbiorcy, xj - zmienne decyzyjne, j = 1, …, n - poszczególni odbiorcy. Do obliczeń wykorzystano narzędzie Solver (program Exel). Koszty rabatów wyliczono ze wzoru: kj = ΔPj - Kk(j) gdzie ΔPj - różnica w przychodach od odbiorcy j, Kk(j) - koszt tak zwanego kredytu kupieckiego ponoszonego względem odbiorcy j. Koszt kredytu kupieckiego wyznaczono ze wzoru: gdzie r - stopa procentowa zaciągniętego kredytu bankowego, %, ts - okres ściągania należności, dni (np. t1 = 30, t2 = 45,…, t12 = 360), Ns - wartość należności o terminie ściągalności ts. W artykule zaprezentowano ogólny model binarnego programowania liniowego do zarządzania należnościami, z wykorzystaniem rabatu. Model ten w ogólnej postaci ma: - zminimalizować funkcję celu: przy ograniczeniach: oraz: xjɛ (0,1) gdzie

  20. Mathematical Model of Forecasting the Formation of Sinkhole Using Salustowicz's Theory / Model Matematyczny Prognozowania Zapadlisk Przy Wykorzystaniu Teorii Sklepienia Ciśnień Sałustowicza

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    Strzałkowski, Piotr

    2015-03-01

    In area affected by old, shallow extraction in some cases sinkholes are formed, causing security issues in urbanized areas. Problem of working out deterministic forecast of this threat seems to be important and up-to-date. Mathematical model presented in this work let us predict the possibility of sinkhole formation. That prediction is essential for analyzing possibility of investments in such areas. Basing on presented work, it is also possible to determine dimensions of sinkhole. Considerations are based on known from literature Sałustowicz's theory, which is utilises Huber's solution of equation describing the stress state around elliptic void made in flat plate Początki eksploatacji górniczej na Górnym Śląsku sięgają XVIII stulecia. Dawna eksploatacja prowadzona na głębokościach nie przekraczających 80 m, do dziś generuje zagrożenia bezpieczeństwa powszechnego z uwagi na możliwość wystąpienia zapadlisk. Jak to wynika z pracy (Chudek i in., 2013), obszary pod którymi prowadzono w minionych latach płytką eksploatację zajmują znaczną powierzchnię śląskich miast, które w dalszym ciągu się rozbudowują. Dlatego problem występowania zapadlisk należy w dalszym ciągu uznać za ważny i aktualny. Duża liczba zapadlisk, ze zrozumiałych względów, jest wynikiem utraty stateczności płytkich wyrobisk korytarzowych. Istniejące metody prognozowania zapadlisk pozwalają głównie określać prawdopodobieństwo wystąpienia zapadliska. Jeśli wartość prawdopodobieństwa wystąpienia zapadliska jest większa od 0, wówczas należy się liczyć z zagrożeniem bezpieczeństwa terenu i co istotniejsze ludności. Taki sposób prognozowania wystąpienia zapadlisk nie daje jednoznacznej odpowiedzi na pytanie, czy teren objęty analizą jest rzeczywiście zagrożony. Dlatego istotnym jest stworzenie możliwości deterministycznego prognozowania tego typu deformacji. W tym kierunku zmierza propozycja autora pracy, w kt

  1. Visualization of Multidimensional Data in Purpose of Qualitative Classification of Various Types of Coal / Wizualizacja Wielowymiarowych Danych W Celu Klasyfikacji JAKOŚCIOWEJ RÓŻNYCH TYPÓW WĘGLA

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    Niedoba, Tomasz; Jamróz, Dariusz

    2013-12-01

    . Surowce mineralne, które podlegają wzbogacaniu w celu ich lepszego wykorzystania mogą być (charakteryzują się) charakteryzowane wieloma wskaźnikami opisującymi ich, interesujące przeróbkarza, cechy. Podstawowymi cechami są wielkość ziaren oraz ich gęstość, które decydują o przebiegu rozdziału zbiorów ziaren (nadaw) i efektach takiego rozdziału. Rozdział prowadzi się z reguły, w celu uzyskania produktów o zróżnicowanych wartościach średnich wybranej cechy, która zwykle charakteryzowana jest zawartością określonego składnika surowca wyznaczoną na drodze analiz chemicznych. Takie podejście do surowca mineralnego prowadzi do potraktowania go jako wielowymiarowego wektora X = [X1, …, Xn]. Zasadniczym problemem jest także wybór jednostki populacji generalnej (ziarno, jednostka objętości lub masy), co może decydować o kierunkach charakteryzowania wielowymiarowych powiązań cech wektora X. Takimi kierunkami charakteryzowania mogą być: - wielowymiarowe rozkłady wektora losowego X wraz ze wszystkimi konsekwencjami metody (Lyman, 1993; Niedoba, 2009; 2011; Olejnik et al., 2010; Niedoba & Surowiak, 2012); - wielowymiarowe równania regresji wraz z analizą macierzy współczynników korelacji liniowej oraz korelacji cząstkowej (Niedoba, 2013); - analiza czynnikowa (Tumidajski & Saramak, 2009); - inne metody, w tym wizualizacja metodą tuneli obserwacyjnych (Jamróz, 2001), osi równoległych oraz wizualizacja zależności pomiędzy wielowymiarowymi bryłami (Jamróz, 2009). Wielowymiarowe rozkłady wektora X traktowanego jako wektor losowy, mają już swoją bogatą literaturę i praktyczne ich zastosowanie i nie będą przedmiotem tej publikacji. Pozostałe metody są ze sobą w pewien sposób powiązane, co skrótowo zostało przedstawione w artykule. Macierze współczynników korelacji liniowej i współczynników korelacji cząstkowej są związane, z reguły, z istniejącymi modelami liniowymi zależności występujących mi

  2. Dynamics of Non-Uniformity Loads of Afc Drives

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    Dolipski, Marian; Remiorz, Eryk; Sobota, Piotr

    2014-03-01

    óry tworzą dwa środkowe łańcuchy ogniwowe ze zgrzebłami przymocowanymi do ogniw poziomych łańcuchów. Ze względu na znaczne wydłużenia sprężyste łańcucha zgrzebłowego obciążonego urobkiem węglowym, konieczne jest jego wstępne napinanie. W zależności od wartości napięcia wstępnego łańcucha zgrzebłowego, oporów ruchu w gałęzi górnej i dolnej przenośnika oraz występujących drgań wzdłużnych, łańcuch może się znajdować w jednym z trzech stanów dynamicznych: w stanie stałego luzowania, w stanie okresowego luzowania lub w stanie nieluzowania. W przenośnikach ścianowych obserwuje się nierównomierny rozdział obciążeń na poszczególne napędy. Jego liczbową miarą jest współczynnik rozdziału obciążenia napędu. Jest on definiowany, jako stosunek obciążenia silnika elektrycznego zainstalowanego w danym napędzie do całkowitego obciążenia przenośnika (wzory 1 i 2). W praktyce niemożliwa staje się eliminacja wszystkich przyczyn nierównomiernego obciążenia napędu głównego i pomocniczego w przenośniku ścianowym. Wobec tego podejmuje się działania mające na celu wyrównywanie obciążeń napędów poprzez sterowanie wybranymi parametrami techniczno-ruchowymi przenośnika ścianowego. Badania komputerowe za pomocą własnego modelu dynamicznego wykazały, że jest to możliwe. Tymi parametrami są częstotliwości napięcia zasilania silników asynchronicznych, które powodują zmiany prędkości kątowych bębnów łańcuchowych. W artykule przedstawiono model fizyczny ścianowego przenośnika zgrzebłowego przeznaczony do badania zjawisk dynamicznych wpływających na nierównomierność obciążenia napędów (rys. 1). Opis ruchu w tym modelu fizycznym tworzy układ (4 · j + 5) nieliniowych równań różniczkowych zwyczajnych drugiego rzędu. Dokładając do tego funkcje opisujące współdziałanie bębnów łańcuchowych z łańcuchami oraz funkcje aproksymujące charakterystyki mechaniczne silnik

  3. Application of Relevance Maps in Multidimensional Classification of Coal Types / Zastosowanie Map Odniesienia W Wielowymiarowej Klasyfikacji Typów Węgla

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    Niedoba, Tomasz

    2015-03-01

    potraktowania go jako wielowymiarowego wektora X = [X1,..., Xn]. Zasadniczym problemem jest także wybór jednostki populacji generalnej (ziarno, jednostka objętości lub masy), co może decydować o kierunkach charakteryzowania wielowymiarowych powiązań cech wektora X. Takimi kierunkami charakteryzowania mogą być: - wielowymiarowe rozkłady wektora losowego X wraz ze wszystkimi konsekwencjami metody (Lyman, 1993; Niedoba, 2009; 2011; Olejnik et al., 2010; Niedoba i Surowiak, 2012); - wielowymiarowe równania regresji wraz z analizą macierzy współczynników korelacji liniowej oraz korelacji cząstkowej (Niedoba, 2013b); - analiza czynnikowa (Tumidajski, 1997; Tumidajski and Saramak, 2009); - metody wielowymiarowej wizualizacji danych. W artykule zastosowano nowoczesną metodę wizualizacji wielowymiarowych danych - metodę tzw. map odniesienia (z ang. relevance maps). Aby zastosować ww. metodę przeprowadzono doświadczenia na trzech typach węgla, pobranych z trzech kopalni węgla kamiennego, zlokalizowanych w Górnośląskim Okręgu Przemysłowym. Były to węgle typu 31, 34.2 i 35, według polskiej klasyfikacji węgli. Każdą z pobranych prób poddano rozdziałowi na klasy ziarnowe a następnie każdą z klas ziarnowych rozdzielono na frakcje densymetryczne za pomocą rozdziału w roztworze chlorku cynku. Tak otrzymane klaso-frakcje przebadano chemiczne ze względu na wybrane parametry jakościowe węgla. Były to takie cechy jak: ciepło spalania, zawartość popiołu, zawartość siarki, zawartość substancji lotnych oraz miąższość materiału. Otrzymano w ten sposób zestaw siedmiu danych dla każdej klasy ziarnowej i każdego typu węgla. Stanowił on swoisty siedmiowymiarowy zbiór, który postanowiono zobrazować za pomocą techniki wizualizacji bazującej na tzw. mapach odniesienia. W metodzie map odniesienia na płaszczyźnie służącej do wizualizacji danych zostają rozmieszczone specjalne punkty zwane punktami odniesienia, reprezentujące poszczeg

  4. Evaluation and Management of the Gas and Rock Outburst Hazard in the Light of International Legal Regulations

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    Skoczylas, Norbert; Wierzbicki, Mirosław

    2014-12-01

    As part of the present article, the Authors analyzed relevant legal rules that are in force in countries where the gas and coal outburst hazard occurs (Australia, the Czech Republic, China, Germany, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine). Similarities and differences between particular solutions were highlighted. As the subject of the analysis were the original legal standards, the article incorporates the parameter symbols and units adopted in the discussed regulations. W ramach niniejszej pracy poddano analizie obowiązujące rozwiązania prawne z krajów, gdzie występuje zagrożenie wyrzutami gazu i węgla (Australia, Czechy, Chiny, Niemcy, Polska, Rosja, Ukraina). Zwrócono uwagę na podobieństwa i różnice w poszczególnych rozwiązaniach. Ze względu na analizę oryginalnych rozwiązań legislacyjnych w opracowaniu pozostawione zostały stosowane w odpowiednich przepisach oznaczenia parametrów oraz ich jednostki. Istnieje duże podobieństwo w obrębie przepisów w krajach europejskich. Podobieństwo to dotyczy zarówno ogólnej koncepcji przepisów, w których dąży się do maksymalnego sformalizowania nakładanych wymogów, łącznie ze wskazaniem konkretnych parametrów górniczych oraz ich wartości kryterialnych, na bazie których klasyfikowane są pokłady węglowe, bądź ich części, do poszczególnych klas zagrożenia wyrzutowego. Podobne podejście w ustawodawstwie w zakresie bezpieczeństwa w górnictwie reprezentują Chiny. W całkowitej opozycji do przepisów europejskich i chińskich znajdują się przepisy amerykańskie i australijskie. W przepisach tych wyraźnie zaakcentowany jest fakt, iż charakter ryzyka wyrzutowego jest bardzo lokalny, więc trudno go uogólniać nie tylko między kopalniami, ale również w poszczególnych wyrobiskach. Jedno, niezmienne podejście do zarządzania ryzykiem, zgodnie z przepisami australijskimi, jest więc niewłaściwe. Przepisy te nie podają szczegółowego opisu, w jaki sposób prowadzić zarz

  5. BOOK REVIEW: Time, Quantum and Information

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    Turner, Leaf

    2004-04-01

    and build up a `theory of everything' based on his `ur' hypothesis. As stated by the mathematician G G Emch in this book, `Philosophers and physicists often fail to understand each other because they are speaking different languages which often happen to have the same words.' These articles will have value to readers interested in these areas. The inclusion of an index would have made the book much more useful. There are numerous minor typographical errors, the most amusing of which is the sign of the Coulomb energy of a uniform density sphere in the article by K v Meyenn. (The expression stated is -6(Ze)2/5R rather than the correct expression, 3(Ze)2/5R.) Another example is in the same article: when one looks for a reference to Jackson, #66, one finds instead a 1928 reference to Fermi! Despite such inconvenient quirks, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in Weizsäcker and his research, in twentieth-century physics and physicists, and in unique insights into German science during and immediately following World War II.

  6. Limit Analysis of Geometrically Hardening Composite Steel-Concrete Systems / Stany Graniczne Geometrycznie Wzmacniających Się Konstrukcji Zespolonych

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    Alawdin, Piotr; Urbańska, Krystyna

    2015-03-01

    The paper considers some results of creating load-carrying composite systems that have uprated strength, rigidity and safety, and therefore are called geometrically (self-) hardening systems. The optimization mathematic models of structures as discrete mechanical systems withstanding dead load, monotonic or low cyclic static and kinematic actions are proposed. To find limit parameters of these actions the extreme energetic principle is suggested what result in the bilevel mathematic programming problem statement. The limit parameters of load actions are found on the first level of optimization. On the second level the power of the constant load with equilibrium preloading is maximized and/or system cost is minimized. The examples of using the proposed methods are presented and geometrically hardening composite steel-concrete system are taken into account. W pracy przedstawiono sposoby projektowania konstrukcji, które ze względu na swoją geometrię oraz topologię posiadają podwyższoną nośność, sztywność i bezpieczeństwo. Systemy takie nazwano geometrycznie (samo-) wzmacniającymi się. Zaproponowano optymalizacyjne modele matematyczne konstrukcji jako dyskretne systemy mechaniczne będące pod obciążeniem stałym, zmiennym monotoniczne lub niskocyklowym, statycznym lub kinematycznym. Dla znalezienia granicznych parametrów obciążeń wprowadzona została ekstremalna zasada energetyczna, przedstawiona jako problem dwupoziomowego programowania matematycznego. Graniczne parametry obciążeń szukane są na pierwszym poziomie optymalizacji. Na drugim poziomie minimalizowany jest koszt systemu i/lub maksymalizowana jest moc stałego równoważącego obciążenia z dociążeniem. Ponadto w pracy przeanalizowano numerycznie i analitycznie zachowanie konstrukcji geometrycznie wzmacniających się na przykładzie konstrukcji zespolonych stalowobetonowych. Pierwszy przykład dotyczy konstrukcji belkowo-prętowej z podciągiem, belkę stanowi stalowy dwuteownik

  7. Analytical Method of Designing and Selecting Take-Up Systems for Mining Belt Conveyors / Analityczna Metoda Projektowania i Doboru UKŁADÓW Napinania Dla GÓRNICZYCH PRZENOŚNIKÓW TAŚMOWYCH

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    Kulinowski, Piotr

    2013-12-01

    ężystości taśmy uwzględnianego w obliczeniach drogi napinania jest korygowana na podstawie zależności przedstawionej w niniejszym artykule. Zastępczy moduł sprężystości taśmy powinien być uwzględniony w algorytmie obliczania długości skokuwózka napinającego, szczególnie dla przenośników, których złożony profil trasy może przyczynić się do lokalnego zmniejszenia sił w taśmie. W kolejnej części artykułu przedstawiono metodę konstruowania charakterystyk statycznych urządzeń napinających taśmę (Jabłoński, 1988), które wykorzystano do opisu stosowanych układów napinania taśmy. Spośród stosowanych urządzeń napinających przedstawiono rozwiązania ze stałym położeniem bębna napinającego podczas pracy przenośnika - tzw. sztywne urządzenia napinające oraz ze zmiennym położeniem bębna napinającego w czasie pracy przenośnika - grawitacyjne, hydrauliczne, automatyczne i nadążne. Na diagramach opisujących charakterystykę napinania, poza wymaganą wartością siły w taśmie zbiegającej z bębna napędowego, przedstawiono spodziewany przebieg jej zmiany w funkcji momentu napędowego, charakterystyczny dla danego typu urządzenia napinającego taśmę (Kulinowski, 2012). Podsumowanie artykułu stanowi przedstawienie propozycji wykorzystania charakterystyk statycznych urządzeń napinających do oceny pracy ciernego, bębnowego układu napędowego przenośnika taśmowego. Przedstawiona w artykule metoda obliczeniowa została weryfikowana poprzez badania przemysłowe i realizacje wielu złożonych projektów przenośników taśmowych uzupełnionych analizą wyników badań symulacyjnych dynamiki pracy modeli urządzeń napinających taśmę (Kulinowski, 2012).

  8. Interpolation and Sampling Errors of the Ash and Sulphur Contents in Selected Polish Bituminous Coal Deposit (Upper Silesian Coal Basin - USCB) / Błędy Interpolacji I Opróbowania Zawartości Popiołu I Siarki W Wytypowanych Polskich Złożach Węgla Kamiennego (Górnośląskie Zagłębie Węglowe)

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    Mucha, Jacek; Wasilewska-Błaszczyk, Monika

    2015-09-01

    coal seams by means of contour maps is unreasonable if they are based on drill core sampling. Prawo geologiczne i górnicze a w szczególności Rozporządzenie Ministra Środowiska w sprawie dokumentacji geologicznej złoża kopaliny z dnia 22 grudnia 2011 r. nakłada na dokumentatora złoża obowiązek ilustrowania zmienności jakości kopaliny za pomocą map. W odniesieniu do złóż węgla kamiennego rozmieszczenie wartości parametrów charakteryzujących jego jakość najczęściej wizualizuje się za pomocą map izoliniowych zawartości siarki, zawartości popiołu lub wartości opałowej konstruowanych w oparciu o wyniki ich interpolacji w regularnej sieci interpolacyjnej znacznie zagęszczonej w stosunku do sieci rozpoznania złoża. Podstawowymi źródłami informacji o wartościach tych parametrów w warunkach złóż Górnośląskiego Zagłębia Węglowego są wyniki opróbowania rdzeni z otworów wiertniczych (we wczesnych fazach rozpoznania złoża) i wyniki opróbowania bruzdowego pokładów w wyrobiskach górniczych (w zaawansowanych fazach rozpoznania złoża). Otwory wiertnicze są wykonywane w nieregularnej sieci ale z reguły zapewniają jednolite pokrycie złoża. Próby bruzdowe w wyrobiskach górniczych pobierane są na ogół ze stałym rozstawem ale charakteryzują jedynie części złóż rozciętych wyrobiskami. W artykule przestawiono wyniki badań nad wielkością błędów interpolacji zawartości siarki i popiołu oraz na ich tle przedstawiono oszacowania błędów opróbowania wykonane dla dwóch pokładów kopalni Murcki (330 i 334/2) oraz jednego pokładu kopalni Brzeszcze (405/1) (Fig. 1 i 2). Metodyczną podstawę badań stanowiła statystyczna i geostatystyczna analiza zmienności wyników opróbowań, geostatystyczna procedura interpolacji tych parametrów za pomocą zwyczajnego krigingu punktowego oraz dla określenia błędów przygotowania próbki do analizy chemicznej elementy teorii opróbowania Gy (Mucha i Wasilewska, 2006

  9. Plug-In Hybrid Urban Delivery Truck Technology Demonstration

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    Miyasato, Matt; Impllitti, Joseph; Pascal, Amar

    2015-07-31

    technologies included in the demonstrator is presented in this report. The project was completed in July 2015 with a final demonstration of the concept vehicle on a simulated drayage route around Volvo’s North American headquarters in Greensboro, NC. The route included all traffic conditions typical of drayage operation in Southern California as well as geofences defined to showcase the zero emission capabilities of the truck. The demonstrator successfully completed four consecutive trips with a gross combined vehicle weight of 44,000 lb., covering approximately 2 miles out of a total distance of 9 miles per trip in the Zero Emission (ZE) geofence. This vehicle is expected to use approximately 30% less fuel than a typical drayage truck in daily operation, and it is designed to allow full electric operation whenever operating in a marine terminal in the ports of Los Angeles / Long Beach. A paper study on the feasibility of expanding the capabilities of the plug-in hybrid concept developed as part of this project was also delivered as an addendum to the regular progress reports.

  10. Spatial and temporal variation in dissolved organic carbon composition in a peaty catchment draining a windfarm

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    Zheng, Ying; Waldron, Susan; Flowers, Hugh

    2015-04-01

    had high [DOC] in summer and autumn compared to spring. While E2/E4 ratios were steady in both streams, a more variable E4/E6 ratio in the mainstem may suggest DOC composition changed more over time than in the tributary which had a relatively stable E4/E6 ratio. [DOC] fell in both streams during the summer drought period but a corresponding fall in SUVA254 in the mainstem but not the tributary is further evidence of differences in DOC composition between the two streams. Such spatial and temporal understanding is needed to understand if, and how, land use influences the composition of the DOC exported. References: Graham M. C. et al. 2012. Processes controlling manganese distributions and associations in organic-rich freshwater aquatic systems: The example of Loch Bradan, Scotland. Science of the Total Environment, 424, 239-250. Monteith D. et al. 2007. Dissolved organic carbon trends resulting from changes in atmospheric chemistry. Nature,450, 537-540. Spencer R.G.M, Bolton L. and Baker A. 2007. Freeze/thaw and pH effects on freshwater dissolved organic matter fluorescence and absorbance properties from a number of UK locations.Water Research, 41 (13):2941-2950. Wallage Z.E., Holden, J. and McDonald, A.T. 2006. Drain blocking: An effective treatment for reducing dissolved organic carbon loss and water discolouration in a drained peatland. Science of the total environment, 367, 811-821. Weishaar J.L. et al. 2003. Evaluation of specific ultraviolet absorbance as an indicator of the chemical composition and reactivity of dissolved organic carbon. Environmental Science & Technology 37(20): 4702-4708.

  11. Estimating Volume of Roof Fall in the Face of Longwall Mining by Using Numerical Methods / Estymacja Objętości Zawału Stropu W Rejonie Przodka Ścianowego W Oparciu O Metody Numeryczne

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    Saeedi, Gholamreza; Shahriar, Korosh; Rezai, Bahram

    2013-09-01

    Dilution is one of many challenges confronting professionals in mining and milling, and is perhaps one of the oldest. Longwall mining is one of the mining methods that is often affected by out-of-seam dilution (OSD). In this method, roof falls play a significant role in increasing OSD in the prop-free front of the face area. Thus, estimating the volume of roof fall can be extremely helpful to assess dilution of the run of mine coal without a sampling process. This paper presents the effect of exposed area geometry on potential roof falls using the 2D numerical modelling program FLAC. In this respect, a half-prolate ellipsoid was considered as the low stress level or plasticity zone under yield tension which roof material fall. Since FLAC software does not show roof falls in prop-free front of the face, a series of two-dimensional numerical models are developed using UDEC software. The comparison of the results of two numerical models clearly indicates that volumes of roof fall obtained by means of these methods are in good agreement with each other. Ścienianie warstw jest jednym z najpoważniejszych wyzwań stojących przed inżynierami górnikami i specjalistami z zakresu obróbki - jest to też jeden z najstarszych problemów. Wybieranie ścianowe jest metodą urabiania, w której często mamy do czynienia ze ścienianiem warstwy złoża. W metodzie tej strop odgrywa kluczową rolę w zapewnieniu stabilności w tych rejonach przodka, gdzie nie zastosowano obudów. Dlatego też estymacja objętości zawału stropu może być pomocna przy obliczaniu ścieniania warstwy węgla bez konieczności próbkowania. W artykule tym przeanalizowano wpływ geometrii powierzchni odkrytych na potencjalny zawał stropu przy użyciu metod modelowania numerycznego z wykorzystaniem oprogramowania FLAC. Uzyskano wydłużoną elipsoidę jako model strefy niskich naprężeń lub strefę plastyczności przed zawałem stropu. Ponieważ oprogramowanie FLAC nie pokazuje zawałów stropu w

  12. Calibration of commercial microwave link derived- rainfall and its relevance to flash flood occurrence in the Dead Sea area

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    Eshel, Adam; Alpert, Pinhas; Raich, Roi; Laronne, Jonathan; Merz, Ralf; Geyer, Stefan; Corsmeier, Ulrich

    2016-04-01

    Flash floods are a common phenomenon in arid and semi-arid areas such as the Dead Sea. These floods are generated due to a combination of short lasting, yet intense rainfall and typical low infiltration rates. The rare flow events in ephemeral rivers have significant importance in the replenishment of groundwater via transmission losses and in sustaining the vivid ecology of drylands. In some cases, flash floods cause severe damage to infrastructure as well as to private property, constituting a threat to human life. The temporal variation of rainfall intensity is the main driver generating the majority of flash floods in the Judean Desert, hence its monitoring is crucial in this area as in other remote arid areas worldwide. Cellular communication towers are profusely located. Commercial Microwave Links (CML) attenuation data obtained by cellular companies can be used for environmental monitoring. Rain is one of the most effective meteorological phenomena to attenuate a CML signal which, unlike radar backscatter, relates to near-surface conditions and is, therefore, suitable for surface hydrology. A 16 km CML crosses the Wadi Ze'elim drainage basin (~250 square kilometers), at the outlet of which the discharge is calculated using the Manning formula. The hydrometric data include accurate longitudinal and cross sectional measurements, water level and importantly mean water surface velocity when present during a flash flood. The latter is first-ever obtained in desert flash floods by portable, radar-based surface velocimetry. Acquisition of water velocity data is essential to avoid assuming a constant roughness coefficient, thereby more accurately calculating water discharge. Calibrating the CML-rain intensity, derived from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)'s power law, is necessary to correlate the surface hydrologic response to the link. Our calibration approach is as follows: all the Israel Meteorological Service C-band radar cells over the CML

  13. Strong effect of copper(II) coordination on antiproliferative activity of thiosemicarbazone-piperazine and thiosemicarbazone-morpholine hybrids.

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    Bacher, Felix; Dömötör, Orsolya; Chugunova, Anastasia; Nagy, Nóra V; Filipović, Lana; Radulović, Siniša; Enyedy, Éva A; Arion, Vladimir B

    2015-05-21

    In this study, 2-formylpyridine thiosemicarbazones and three different heterocyclic pharmacophores were combined to prepare thiosemicarbazone–piperazine mPip-FTSC (HL1) and mPip-dm-FTSC (HL2), thiosemicarbazone–morpholine Morph-FTSC (HL3) and Morph-dm-FTSC (HL4), thiosemicarbazone–methylpyrrole-2-carboxylate hybrids mPyrr-FTSC (HL5) and mPyrr-dm-FTSC (HL6) as well as their copper(II) complexes [CuCl(mPipH-FTSC-H)]Cl (1 + H)Cl, [CuCl(mPipH-dm-FTSC-H)]Cl (2 + H)Cl, [CuCl(Morph-FTSC-H)] (3), [CuCl(Morph-dm-FTSC-H)] (4), [CuCl(mPyrr-FTSC-H)(H2O)] (5) and [CuCl(mPyrr-dm-FTSC-H)(H2O)] (6). The substances were characterized by elemental analysis, one- and two-dimensional NMR spectroscopy (HL1–HL6), ESI mass spectrometry, IR and UV–vis spectroscopy and single crystal X-ray diffraction (1–5). All compounds were prepared in an effort to generate potential antitumor agents with an improved therapeutic index. In addition, the effect of structural alterations with organic hybrids on aqueous solubility and copper(II) coordination ability was investigated. Complexation of ligands HL2 and HL4 with copper(II) was studied in aqueous solution by pH-potentiometry, UV–vis spectrophotometry and EPR spectroscopy. Proton dissociation processes of HL2 and HL4 were also characterized in detail and microscopic constants for the Z/E isomers were determined. While the hybrids HL5, HL6 and their copper(II) complexes 5 and 6 proved to be insoluble in aqueous solution, precluding antiproliferative activity studies, the thiosemicarbazone–piperazine and thiosemicarbazone–morpholine hybrids HL1–HL4, as well as copper(II) complexes 1–4 were soluble in water enabling cytotoxicity assays. Interestingly, the metal-free hybrids showed very low or even a lack of cytotoxicity (IC50 values > 300 μM) in two human cancer cell lines HeLa (cervical carcinoma) and A549 (alveolar basal adenocarcinoma), whereas their copper(II) complexes were cytotoxic showing IC50 values from 25.5 to 65.1

  14. Assessment of Wind Shear and Wind Energy Potential in the Baltic Sea Region of Latvia

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    Bezrukovs, V.; Bezrukovs, Vl.; Zacepins, A.; Komashilovs, V.

    2015-04-01

    The paper is devoted to the investigation into the wind energy potential based on long-term observations of the wind speed and energy density fluctuations at heights from 10 to 160 m on the Baltic Sea coast of Latvia. During the observations (2004 - 2013), the wind speed and direction values were measured, and the statistical database was accumulated using a LOGGER 9200 Symphonie measuring systems mounted on 60 m masts - one on the western coast and another on the north-east of Latvia. From June 2011 to May 2012, these measurements were complemented with the data for the heights from 40 to 160 m obtained by means of a ZephIR lidar and with the metrological data provided by "Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre" for the same period. The graphs of seasonal fluctuations in the wind speed were obtained for the heights up to 160 m by measurements over the period of 2007 - 2013. The results of the research on the wind speed distribution up to 200 m are promising for evaluation of the wind energy potential of Latvia and will be helpful in assessment of prospective sites for construction of WPPs. Zinātniskais raksts ir veltīts pētījumam par vēja enerģijas potenciālu Latvijas teritorijā, Baltijas jūras piekrastē, balstoties uz ilgtermiņa vēja ātruma un vēja enerģijas blīvuma svārstību novērojumiem no 10 līdz 160 metriem augstumā. Vēja ātruma un vēja virziena mērījumu dati tika iegūti un apkopoti statistiskajā datubāzē laika periodā no 2004 līdz 2013. gadam, izmantojot mērīšanas sistēmu LOGGER 9200 Symphonie, kas bija ierīkotā uz 60 metru augsta masta - viena rietumu piekrastē un otra Latvijas ziemeļu-austrumos. No 2011. gada jūnija līdz 2012. gada maijam mērījumu datubāze tika papildināta ar datiem, kas tika iegūti ar lidaruZephIR augstumos no 40 līdz 160 metriem, un datiem no "Latvijas Vides, ģeoloģijas un meteoroloģijas centra" tam pašam laika periodam. Analizējot mērījumus 2007. g.-2013. g., grafiki ar

  15. [Are children from resort spa healthy? The overweight and obesity in children from Kudowa-Zdrój].

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    Połubok, Joanna; Gonera, Aleksandra; Ubysz, Jakub; Wójcik, Maria; Kozicka, Marta; Barg, Ewa

    2015-12-15

    Nadwaga i otyłość jest coraz częstszym problemem również wśród dzieci i młodzieży. Cel pracy. Celem pracy jest ocena rozwoju dzieci i młodzieży z Kudowy-Zdroju oraz ocena częstości występowania nadwagi i otyłości w badanej populacji w zależności od zastosowanego wskaźnika. Materiały i metody. Grupę badaną stanowiło 545 osób w wieku 5–16 lat (śr. 10,06±2,68), uczniów Szkoły Podstawowej oraz Gimnazjum w Kudowie Zdrój. Oceniono następujące parametry antropometryczne: masę i wysokość ciała, BMI, wskaźnik Queteleta, wskaźnik Rohrera, obwód talii, obwód bioder, wskaźnik talia/wysokość (WHtR). Badane parametry przedstawiono w wartościach SDS ze względu na rozpiętość wieku. Wyniki. Nadwagę lub otyłość na podstawie BMI SDS ( wartość >1,6) stwierdzono u 26,7% dzieci z klas 0–3, 22,02% dzieci z klas 4–6 oraz 22,52% gimnazjalistów. Średnie wyższe wartości BMI SDS wykazywali uczniowie klas 0–3 (śr. 0,95±2,17) w porównaniu do uczniów klas 4–6 (śr. 0,37±1,71) oraz gimnazjalistów (śr.0,65±1,61),(p=0,023). Wartości wskaźnika Rohrera SDS wskazujące na nadwagę lub otyłość stwierdzono u 22,84% dzieci, natomiast dla wskaźnika Queteleta SDS u 17,13% dzieci. Podwyższone wartości dla obwodu bioder SDS stwierdzono u 19,48% dzieci, a dla obwodu talii SDS u 17,5% dzieci. W grupie dzieci z nadwagą i otyłością u 59,4% stwierdzono podwyższone wartości obwodu talii SDS oraz u 53,4% podwyższone wartości obwodu bioder SDS. Wskaźnik WHtR był podwyższony u 8,3% dzieci, częściej u chłopców (p<0,001), odpowiednio u 3,1% dziewczynek oraz u 13,07% chłopców. Wnioski. BMI jest najczulszym wskaźnikiem określającym nadwagę i otyłość. Nadwaga i otyłość jest częstym zaburzeniem wśród dzieci z Kudowy Zdroju. Zalecana jest edukacja uczniów i ich rodzin w zakresie zdrowego stylu życia w celu zredukowania występowania nadwagi i otyłości.

  16. CO2 laser welding of magnesium alloys

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    Dhahri, Mohammed; Masse, Jean Eric; Mathieu, J. F.; Barreau, Gerard; Autric, Michel L.

    2000-02-01

    Metallic alloys with a low mass density can be considered to be basic materials in aeronautic and automotive industry. Magnesium alloys have better properties than aluminum alloys in respect of their low density and high resistance to traction. The main problems of magnesium alloy welding are the inflammability, the crack formation and the appearance of porosity during the solidification. The laser tool is efficient to overcome the difficulties of manufacturing by conventional processing. Besides, the laser processing mainly using shielding gases allows an effective protection of the metal against the action of oxygen and a small heat affected zone. In this paper, we present experimental results about 5 kW CO2 laser welding of 4 mm-thick magnesium alloy plates provided by Eurocopter France. The focused laser beam has about 0.15 mm of diameter. We have investigated the following sample: WE43, alloy recommended in aeronautic and space applications, is constituted with Mg, Y, Zr, rare earth. More ductile, it can be used at high temperatures until 250 degrees Celsius for times longer than 5000 hours without effects on its mechanical properties. A sample of RZ5 (French Norm: GZ4TR, United States Norm ZE41) is composed of Mg, Zn, Zr, La, rare earth. This alloy has excellent properties of foundry and it allows to the realization of components with complex form. Also, it has a good resistance and important properties of tightness. The parameters of the process were optimized in the following fields: laser power: 2 to 5 kW, welding speed: 1 to 4.5 m/min, focal position: -3 mm to +3 mm below or on the top of the metal surface, shielding gas: helium with a flow of 10 to 60 l/min at 4 bars. Metallurgical analyses and mechanical control are made (macroscopic structure, microscopic structure, interpretations of the structures and localization of possible defects, analyse phases, chemical composition, hardness, tensile test etc.) to understand the parameters influence of welding

  17. Jahn-Teller effect in van der Waals complexes; Ar-C6H6+ and Ar-C6D6+

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    van der Avoird, Ad; Lotrich, Victor F.

    2004-06-01

    The two asymptotically degenerate potential energy surfaces of argon interacting with the X˜ 2E1g ground state benzene+ cation were calculated ab initio from the interaction energy of the neutral Ar-benzene complex given by Koch et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 111, 198 (1999)] and the difference of the geometry-dependent ionization energies of the complex and the benzene monomer computed by the outer valence Green's function method. Coinciding minima in the two potential surfaces of the ionic complex occur for Ar on the C6v symmetry axis of benzene+ (the z axis) at ze=3.506 Å. The binding energy De of 520 cm-1 is only 34% larger than the value for the neutral Ar-benzene complex. The higher one of the two surfaces is similar in shape to the neutral Ar-benzene potential, the lower potential is much flatter in the (x,y) bend direction. Nonadiabatic (Jahn-Teller) coupling was taken into account by transformation of the two adiabatic potentials to a two-by-two matrix of diabatic potentials. This transformation is based on the assumption that the adiabatic states of the Ar-benzene+ complex geometrically follow the Ar atom. Ab initio calculations of the nonadiabatic coupling matrix element between the adiabatic states with the two-state-averaged CAS-SCF(5,6) method confirmed the validity of this assumption. The bound vibronic states of both Ar-C6H6+ and Ar-C6D6+ were computed with this two-state diabatic model in a basis of three-dimensional harmonic oscillator functions for the van der Waals modes. The binding energy D0=480 cm-1 of the perdeuterated complex agrees well with the experimental upper bound of 485 cm-1. The ground and excited vibronic levels and wave functions were used, with a simple model dipole function, to generate a theoretical far-infrared spectrum. Strong absorption lines were found at 10.1 cm-1 (bend) and 47.9 cm-1 (stretch) that agree well with measurements. The unusually low bend frequency is related to the flatness of the lower adiabatic potential in the

  18. Jahn-Teller effect in van der Waals complexes; Ar-C6H6 + and Ar-C6D6 +.

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    van der Avoird, Ad; Lotrich, Victor F

    2004-06-01

    The two asymptotically degenerate potential energy surfaces of argon interacting with the X (2)E(1g) ground state benzene(+) cation were calculated ab initio from the interaction energy of the neutral Ar-benzene complex given by Koch et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 111, 198 (1999)] and the difference of the geometry-dependent ionization energies of the complex and the benzene monomer computed by the outer valence Green's function method. Coinciding minima in the two potential surfaces of the ionic complex occur for Ar on the C(6v) symmetry axis of benzene(+) (the z axis) at z(e)=3.506 A. The binding energy D(e) of 520 cm(-1) is only 34% larger than the value for the neutral Ar-benzene complex. The higher one of the two surfaces is similar in shape to the neutral Ar-benzene potential, the lower potential is much flatter in the (x,y) bend direction. Nonadiabatic (Jahn-Teller) coupling was taken into account by transformation of the two adiabatic potentials to a two-by-two matrix of diabatic potentials. This transformation is based on the assumption that the adiabatic states of the Ar-benzene(+) complex geometrically follow the Ar atom. Ab initio calculations of the nonadiabatic coupling matrix element between the adiabatic states with the two-state-averaged CAS-SCF(5,6) method confirmed the validity of this assumption. The bound vibronic states of both Ar-C(6)H(6) (+) and Ar-C(6)D(6) (+) were computed with this two-state diabatic model in a basis of three-dimensional harmonic oscillator functions for the van der Waals modes. The binding energy D(0)=480 cm(-1) of the perdeuterated complex agrees well with the experimental upper bound of 485 cm(-1). The ground and excited vibronic levels and wave functions were used, with a simple model dipole function, to generate a theoretical far-infrared spectrum. Strong absorption lines were found at 10.1 cm(-1) (bend) and 47.9 cm(-1) (stretch) that agree well with measurements. The unusually low bend frequency is related to the flatness

  19. Predicting the Relationship Between System Vibration with Rock Brittleness Indexes in Rock Sawing Process

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    Mikaeil, Reza; Ataei, Mohammad; Ghadernejad, Saleh; Sadegheslam, Golsa

    2014-03-01

    statystycznym pakiecie oprogramowania dla nauk społecznych (SPSS) a wyniki podano w postaci wyznaczonych współczynników. W drugiej części pracy przedstawiono wykres pokazujący, ze punkt leżący na linii oznacza dokładne oszacowanie. W wykresie wykonanym dla modelu punkty rozrzucone są równomiernie wokół linii przekątnej, co sugeruje że modele są właściwe. Określenie poziomu drgań urządzenia jest niezwykle korzystnym zabiegiem pozwalającym na dobór parametrów pracy urządzenia jedynie w oparciu o mechaniczne właściwości skał.

  20. How to teach geocomplexity at two opposite levels? The 'Klippen of Cabrières' case study (Hérault, France).

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    Giusti, Christian

    2014-05-01

    specialties required: inorganic chemistry, paleontology, structural geology, geomorphology. For the public of motivated adults, it may be helpful to remember the key milestones of one century of regional geology: first detailed geological mapping by Paul Gervais de Rouville in the 1870s, Jules Bergeron's "nappe de recouvrement" inspired by the work of Marcel Bertrand in Provence and Switzerland, Bernard Gèze's "nappe-pli couché" derived on Pierre Termier's "nappe du premier genre" in the Alps, the widespread use of sedimentological and micro-tectonic criteria after Second World War (though formerly implemented by André Demay in the Cévennes before 1939), with the studies of Lamoraal Ulbo Sitter, Rodolphe Trümpy and John Rodgers in the 1950s up to those of Maurice Mattauer, François Proust and François Arthaud in the early 1970s. Regarding the teaching of geological time, the issue will be addressed ex situ with the help of the clock model defined above, and could be completed by fieldwork with the observation in situ of one of the real "bars" of the stratigraphic "ladder", i.e. the GSSP's of La Serre section. Two other points are situated nearby: the Coumiac quarry near Cessenon (base of the Famennian Stage) and the Col du Puech de la Suque (base of the Frasnian Stage and Upper Devonian Sub-System). Fieldwork is aimed to link the study of geodiversity to that of biodiversity, in addition to paleontology, paleogeography and the reconstruction of palaeoenvironments.

  1. Non-Steroid Anti-Infflamatory Drugs in Municipal Wastewater and Surface Waters/ Niesteroidowe Leki Przeciwzaplane W Ściekach Mieskich I Wodach Powierzchniowych

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    Płuciennik-Koropczuk, Ewelina

    2014-09-01

    Increased production and consumption of drugs influences the pollution pharmaceuticals. Recent years have seen a significant increase in the consumption of non-prescription medicines, among which, are a large group of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Research conducted in Poland and abroad showed the presence of NSAIDs, both in treated wastewater in surface waters and drinking waters. One of the most frequently detected drugs in the environment is diclofenac, belongs to NSAID. Its concentration in surface waters range from 9 to 3363 ng/L. Traditional wastewater treatment plants are not specialized enough in removing the pharmaceuticals and their metabolites, and with purified wastewater are introduced into surface waters. Diclofenac concentrations in treated wastewater range from 0.29 to 2.5 μg/L, the average removal efficiency is about 40%. Wzrost produkcji i spożycia leków wpływa na zanieczyszczenie środowiska farmaceutykami. W ostatnich latach zaobserwowano zdecydowany wzrost spożycia leków dostępnych bez recepty, wśród których znaczną grupę stanowią niesteroidowe leki przeciwzapalne (NLPZ). Badania prowadzone na świecie i w Polsce wykazały obecność niesteroidowych leków przeciwzapalnych zarówno w ściekach oczyszczonych, w wodach powierzchniowych oraz w wodach pitnych. Jednym z najczęściej wykrywanych leków w środowisku jest diklofenak należący NLPZ. Jego stężenia w wodach powierzchniowych wynoszą od 9 do 3633 ng/dm3. Tradycyjne układy technologiczne oczyszczania nie eliminują zupełnie farmaceutyków i ich metabolitów i wraz ze ściekami oczyszczonymi są one wprowadzane do wód powierzchniowych. Stężenia diklofenaku w ściekach oczyszczonych wynoszą od 0,29 do 2,5 μg/dm3, a średnia skuteczność usuwania jest na poziomie ok 40%. Należy zaznaczyć, że dane te nie odzwierciedlają stanu rzeczywistego, gdyż badania są prowadzone wyrywkowo. W 2013 r. Komisja Europejska w dyrektywie Parlamentu Europejskiego i

  2. Micro-grid for on-site wind-and-hydrogen powered generation

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    Suskis, P.; Andreiciks, A.; Steiks, I.; Krievs, O.; Kleperis, J.

    2014-02-01

    The authors propose a micro-grid for autonomous wind-and-hydrogen power generation thus replacing such traditional fossil-fuelled equipment as domestic diesel generators, gas micro-turbines, etc. In the proposed microgrid the excess of electrical energy from a wind turbine is spent on electrolytic production of hydrogen which is then stored under low-pressure in absorbing composite material. The electrolyser has a non-traditional feeding unit and electrode coatings. The proposed DC/DC conversion topologies for different micro-grid nodes are shown to be well-designed. The prototypes elaborated for the converters and hydrogen storage media were tested and have demonstrated a good performance. Rakstā piedāvātā mikrotīkla izpēte ir veikta ar mērķi izstrādāt autonomu, uz vēja un ūdeņraža enerģiju balstītu elektroapgādes sistēmu, kas varētu aizvietot tradicionālās fosilā kurināmā sistēmas, piemēram, mājsaimniecību dīzeļa ģeneratorus, gāzes mikroturbīnas u.c. Mikrotīkla elektroapgādes sistēmā vēja agregāta saražotā elektroenerģija tiek pārveidota atbilstoši standarta maiņsprieguma elektroapgādes parametriem un piegādāta slodzei. Pārpalikusī enerģija tiek pārveidota un uzkrāta ūdeņraža formā, izmantojot elektrolīzes iekārtu un kompozītmateriālu uzkrājēju. Ja pieejamā vēja enerģija nenosedz slodzes enerģijas patēriņu, elektroenerģijas padeves funkciju ar atbilstoša energoelektronikas pārveidotāja palīdzību pārņem ūdeņraža degvielas elements. Ja, savukārt, slodzei nav nepieciešama enerģija, no vēja saražoto enerģiju izmanto elektrolīzes iekārta un tā tiek uzkrāta ūdeņraža formā, atbilstoši uzkrājēja ietilpībai. Piedāvātajā mikrotīklā ir izmantota elektrolīzes iekārta ar netradicionāliem elektrodu pārklājumiem un barošanas bloku, kā arī zemspiediena kompozītmateriālu ūdeņraža uzkrājējs. Galvenie mikrotīkla elektriskās enerģijas pārveidošanas mezgli ir

  3. Prospection for Copper Mineralization with Contribution of Remote Sensing, Geochemical and Mineralographical Data in Abhar 1:100,000 Sheet, NW Iran / Poszukiwania ZASOBÓW Rud Miedzi Z Zastosowaniem Zdalnych Technik WYKORZYSTUJĄCYCH Dane Geochemiczne i Mineralogiczne W POKŁADZIE Geologicznym Abhar 1:100,000 W PÓŁNOCNO-ZACHODNIM Iranie

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    Nouri, Reza; Jafari, Mohammadreza; Arian, Mehran; Feizi, Faranak; Afzal, Peyman

    2013-12-01

    Abhar 1:100,000 sheet is located within the Cenozoic Tarom volcano-plutonic belt, NW Iran. The present study is based on the integration of remote sensing techniques on Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER), geochemical data analysis consisting of stream sediment and lithogeochemical samples, within geological field observations and mineralographical studies to identify Cu prospect. On ASTER data; using a number of selected methods including band ratio, Least Square Fit (LS-Fit) and Minimum Noise Fraction (MNF) distinguished alternation zones. These methods revealed that three types of alterations: argillic, phyllic, and iron oxide zones occurring at the NE and SE of Abhar sheet, while the propylitic and silica zones are developed in NW and SW of the studied area. Lineaments were identified by aid of false color composite, high pass filters and hill-shade DEM techniques that two NW-SE and NE-SW major trends were determined. Geochemical anomalies were separated by number-size (N-S) method. Interpretation of N-S log-log plots of Cu in the area may be a result of the three steps of enrichment, i.e., mineralization and later dispersions. Field checks and Mineralgraphical studies also confirm the existence of suitable copper mineralization. Pokład geologiczny Abhar 1:100,100 zlokalizowany jest w obrębie kenozoicznego pasa skał magmowych pochodzenia wulkanicznego Tarom w północno-zachodnim Iranie. W pracy przedstawiono połączenie zastosowań metod zdalnych wykorzystujących technologię ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Refelection Radiometer), analizę danych geochemicznych zebranych na podstawie osadów dennych ze strumieni oraz próbek skał w obrębie pola obserwacji a także danych mineralogicznych w celu rozpoznania skupisk rud miedzi. Na podstawie danych uzyskanych przy użyciu technologiiASTER i poddanych obróbce przy użyciu różnorodnych technik: badanie układu pasm, dopasowanie metodę najmniejszych

  4. Multiple sources of selenium in ancient seafloor hydrothermal systems: Compositional and Se, S, and Pb isotopic evidence from volcanic-hosted and volcanic-sediment-hosted massive sulfide deposits of the Finlayson Lake District, Yukon, Canada

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    Layton-Matthews, Daniel; Leybourne, Matthew I.; Peter, Jan M.; Scott, Steven D.; Cousens, Brian; Eglington, Bruce M.

    2013-09-01

    Volcanic-hosted massive sulfide (VHMS) and volcanic-sediment-hosted massive sulfide (VSHMS; i.e., hosted by both volcanic and sedimentary rocks) deposits in the Finlayson Lake District, Yukon, Canada, provide a unique opportunity to study the influence of seafloor and sub-seafloor hydrothermal processes on the formation of Se-poor (GP4F VHMS deposit; 7 ppm Se average), intermediate (Kudz Ze Kayah—KZK VHMS deposit; 200 ppm Se average), and Se-enriched (Wolverine VSHMS deposit; 1100 ppm Se average) mineralization. All three deposits are hosted by mid-Paleozoic (˜360-346 Ma) felsic volcanic rocks, but only the Wolverine deposit has voluminous coeval carbonaceous argillites (black shales) in the host rock package. Here we report the first application of Se isotope analyses to ancient seafloor mineralization and use these data, in conjunction with Pb and S isotope analyses, to better understand the source(s) and depositional process(es) of Se within VHMS and VSHMS systems. The wide range of δ82Se (-10.2‰ to 1.3‰, relative to NIST 3149), δ34S (+2.0‰ to +12.8‰ CDT), and elevated Se contents (up to 5865 ppm) within the Wolverine deposit contrast with the narrower range of δ82Se (-3.8‰ to -0.5‰), δ34S (9.8‰ to 13.0‰), and lower Se contents (200 ppm average) of the KZK deposit. The Wolverine and KZK deposits have similar sulfide depositional histories (i.e., deposition at the seafloor, with concomitant zone refining). The Se in the KZK deposit is magmatic (leaching or degassing) in origin, whereas the Wolverine deposit requires an additional large isotopically negative Se source (i.e. ˜-15‰ δ82Se). The negative δ82Se values for the Wolverine deposit are at the extreme light end for measured terrestrial samples, and the lightest observed for hypogene sulfide minerals, but are within calculated equilibrium values of δ82Se relative to NIST 3149 (˜30‰ at 25 °C between SeO4 and Se2-). We propose that the most negative Se isotope values at the

  5. Fullerene carbon-70 derivatives dampen anaphylaxis and allergic asthma pathogenesis in mice

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    Norton, Sarah Brooke

    C70-TGA inhibition. Further experiments utilizing an inhibitor of 11,12-EET formation (6-(2-Propargyloxyphenyl)hexanoic acid) and a structural analog of 14,15-EET (14,15-EE-5(Z)-E) in vivo indicate that these mediators are closely associated with C70-TGA mediated inhibition as their inhibition reverses the anti-inflammatory effects of C70-TGA. Importantly, mice did not exhibit any acute toxicity following C70-TGA treatment and liver and kidney function were normal. Collectively, these results show that the fullerene C70 derivative C70-TGA is capable of dampening severe allergic responses including systemic anaphylaxis, airway inflammation, and bronchoconstriction. The mechanism of inhibition is through the upregulation of the anti-inflammatory EETs, which may dampen mast cell degranulation in vivo, thus contributing to the inhibitory effect of C70-TGA on allergic disease

  6. Family-group names in Coleoptera (Insecta)

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    Bouchard, Patrice; Bousquet, Yves; Davies, Anthony E.; Alonso-Zarazaga, Miguel A.; Lawrence, John F.; Lyal, Chris H. C.; Newton, Alfred F.; Reid, Chris A. M.; Schmitt, Michael; Ślipiński, S. Adam; Smith, Andrew B. T.

    2011-01-01

    Gistel, 1856 (type species Ptilinus costatus Gyllenhal, 1827, designated herein) syn. nov. of Ptilinus Geoffroy, 1762 (Ptinidae), Paniscus Gistel, 1848 (type species Scarabaeus fasciatus Linnaeus, 1758, designated herein) syn. nov. of Trichius Fabricius, 1775 (Scarabaeidae), Phibalus Gistel, 1856 (type species Chrysomela pubescens Linnaeus, 1758, by monotypy) syn. nov. of Omophlus Dejean, 1834 (Tenebrionidae). The following new replacement name is proposed: Gompeliina Bouchard, 2011 nom. nov. for Olotelina Báguena Corella, 1948 (Aderidae). Reversal of Precedence (Article 23.9) is used to conserve usage of the following names (family-group names followed by genus-group names): Perigonini Horn, 1881 nom. protectum over Trechicini Bates, 1873 nom. oblitum (Carabidae), Anisodactylina Lacordaire, 1854 nom. protectum over Eurytrichina LeConte, 1848 nom. oblitum (Carabidae), Smicronychini Seidlitz, 1891 nom. protectum over Desmorini LeConte, 1876 nom. oblitum (Curculionidae), Bagoinae Thomson, 1859 nom. protectum over Lyprinae Gistel 1848 nom. oblitum (Curculionidae), Aterpina Lacordaire, 1863 nom. protectum over Heliomenina Gistel, 1848 nom. oblitum (Curculionidae), Naupactini Gistel, 1848 nom. protectum over Iphiini Schönherr, 1823 nom. oblitum (Curculionidae), Cleonini Schönherr, 1826 nom. protectum over Geomorini Schönherr, 1823 nom. oblitum (Curculionidae), Magdalidini Pascoe, 1870 nom. protectum over Scardamyctini Gistel, 1848 nom. oblitum (Curculionidae), Agrypninae/-ini Candèze, 1857 nom. protecta over Adelocerinae/-ini Gistel, 1848 nom. oblita and Pangaurinae/-ini Gistel, 1856 nom. oblita (Elateridae), Prosternini Gistel, 1856 nom. protectum over Diacanthini Gistel, 1848 nom. oblitum (Elateridae), Calopodinae Costa, 1852 nom. protectum over Sparedrinae Gistel, 1848 nom. oblitum (Oedemeridae), Adesmiini Lacordaire, 1859 nom. protectum over Macropodini Agassiz, 1846 nom. oblitum (Tenebrionidae), Bolitophagini Kirby, 1837 nom. protectum over Eledonini Billberg, 1820

  7. Renovation of Shaft Mining Building No. 2 in Kłodawa Salt Mine/ Renowacja Budynku Nadszybia Nr 2 Na Terenie Kopalni Soli "Kłodawa" S.A.

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    Błaszczyński, Tomasz; Wielentejczyk, Przemysław

    2015-06-01

    The paper presents the renovation process of the shaft mining building No. 2 situated in the Kłodawa Salt Mine. A technical state of the facility required immediate reinforcement of structural elements, which was confirmed by expertise carried out by the authors. A lack of repairs could be the cause of building damage. The progress of corrosion in some steel profiles of columns or floors was very advanced. The state of the building was rapidly worsening due to the very high salinity of the indoor environment, moisture (building not insulated) and vibrating engines of machinery operating on different floors felt throughout the facility. After carrying out the technical expertise, working plans and specifications, and relevant numerical analysis, the modernization process was realized by the reinforcement or rebuilding of structural elements. Referat przedstawia sposób remontu i naprawy konstrukcji nośnej i obudowy budynku nadszybia nr 2 na terenie Kopalni Soli "Kłodawa". Elementy konstrukcyjne budynku wymagały natychmiastowego wzmocnienia, co potwierdziła ekspertyza wykonana przez autorów. Zaniechanie prac remontowych groziło awarią budowlaną pomimo przeprowadzonej wcześniej w 2002 r. naprawy. Postęp korozji w niektórych profilach stalowych słupów czy stropów był bardzo zaawansowany. Stan obiektu pogarszał się szybko ze względu na bardzo duże zasolenie środowiska, wilgoć (budynek nieocieplony) oraz pracujące na poszczególnych poziomach maszyny wytwarzające duże drgania wyczuwalne w każdym miejscu obiektu. Wykonano ekspertyzę i projekt wykonawczy przed przystąpieniem do prac renowacyjnych. Przeprowadzono stosowną analizę numeryczną budynku uwzględniając w obliczeniach osłabione korozją elementy pomniejszając odpowiednio w modelu ich parametry wytrzymałościowe. Na tej podstawie zaproponowano stosowne wzmocnienia. Zastosowano technologie wzmocnień stosując wymianę profili stalowych, wspawywanie dodatkowych profili lub blach

  8. Application of Concentration-Number and Concentration-Volume Fractal Models to Recognize Mineralized Zones in North Anomaly Iron Ore Deposit, Central Iran / Zastosowanie Modeli Fraktalnych Typu K-L (Koncentracja-Liczba), Oraz K-O (Koncentracja Objętość) Do Rozpoznawania Stref Występowania Surowców Mineralnych W Regionie Złóż Rud Żelaza North Anomaly, W Środkowym Iranie

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    Afzal, Peyman; Ghasempour, Reza; Mokhtari, Ahmad Reza; Haroni, Hooshang Asadi

    2015-09-01

    ści surowca w środkowej i zachodniej części złoża. Wyniki walidacji modeli fraktalnych przy użyciu modeli geologicznych wskazują, ze model fraktalny koncentracja-liczba lepiej odwzorowuje obecność stref o wysokiej zawartości rud niż model fraktalny typu koncentracja-objętość.

  9. Stability and Load Bearing Capacity of a Bars with Built up Cross Section and Elastic Supports / Badania Stateczności I Nosności Prętów Złożonych Z Podporami Sprężystymi

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    Krajewski, Marcin

    2015-03-01

    ążenia krytycznego dla modelu prętowego i powłokowego konstrukcji. Podano wartości obciążenia granicznego zależnego od długości zastosowanych przewiązek dla modeli konstrukcji ze wstępnymi imperfekcjami geometrycznymi. Zaprezentowane zostały rezultaty badań doświadczalnych osiowo ściskanych prętów złożonych z podporą sprężystą.

  10. Binary Linear Programming in the Management of Mine Receivables / Binarne Programowanie Liniowe W Zarządzaniu Należnościami Kopalni

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    Trzaskuś-Żak, Beata; Żak, Andrzej

    2013-09-01

    model of linear programming, in which the objective function should minimise the anticipated value of the cost of rebates: where: pj - denotes the probability of use of the rebate by customer j. The paper presents two mathematical models. One is a determinist model which can be used under certainty conditions, whereas the other considers the risk of the rebates not being used by the customers. The paper also describes some random experiments with the Monte Carlo method. W artykule zastosowano metodę binarnego programowania liniowego w celu wyboru odbiorców, którym zostanie zaproponowany rabat. W zamian za proponowany rabat, dany odbiorca zobowiązuje się spłacać w założonym terminie należność kopalni. W ten sposób przedsiębiorstwo ma osiągnąć odpowiedni poziom ściągalności należności terminowych. Stanie się to oczywiście kosztem zmniejszenia przychodów, które można zrekompensować poprzez zwiększenie sprzedaży. Wybór odbiorców dokonany został w taki sposób aby sumaryczny koszt zaproponowanego rabatu był dla kopalni jak najmniejszy, czyli: gdzie: KcR - całkowity koszt udzielonych rabatów przez kopalnię kj - koszt udzielenia rabatu j-temu odbiorcy, xj - zmienne decyzyjne, j = 1, …, n - poszczególni odbiorcy. Do obliczeń wykorzystano narzędzie Solver (program Exel). Koszty rabatów wyliczono ze wzoru: kj = ΔPj - Kk(j) gdzie ΔPj - różnica w przychodach od odbiorcy j, Kk(j) - koszt tak zwanego kredytu kupieckiego ponoszonego względem odbiorcy j. Koszt kredytu kupieckiego wyznaczono ze wzoru: gdzie r - stopa procentowa zaciągniętego kredytu bankowego, %, ts - okres ściągania należności, dni (np. t1 = 30, t2 = 45,…, t12 = 360), Ns - wartość należności o terminie ściągalności ts. W artykule zaprezentowano ogólny model binarnego programowania liniowego do zarządzania należnościami, z wykorzystaniem rabatu. Model ten w ogólnej postaci ma: - zminimalizować funkcję celu: przy ograniczeniach: oraz: xjɛ (0,1) gdzie

  11. Development of Load Exerted on the Lining of the Shaft After its Liquidation / Kształtowanie Się Obciążeń Obudowy Szybu Po Jego Likwidacji

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    Konior, Janusz

    2015-03-01

    This article applies to forecasting of the shaft stability after its liquidation on the basis of the probable, current load of its lining. The stability of the shaft after its liquidation is affected by many factors: that have occurred in the past, during its operation, e.g.: the degree of technical wear and liquidation method, that presently exist such as: changes in the parameters of backfill and the level of shaft backfilling, or may occur in the future: changes of hydrogeological conditions, the influences of present mining extraction, the effect of vibrations, etc. The variability of these conditions over time may consequently lead to arising of discontinuous deformations in the area surrounding the shaft and, as an consequence, to construction disaster. Likwidacja szybu górniczego w sposób trwały poprzez wypełnienie go za pomocą materiałów sypkich winna zapewniać jego stateczność w okresie czasu mierzonym setkami lat, szczególnie w obszarach nie w pełni wykorzystanego złoża. Bowiem te szyby mogą być w przyszłości wykorzystane przy przywracaniu do dalszej eksploatacji przedmiotowego złoża. W sytuacji koniunktury na węgiel czy inne surowce mineralne stateczność szybów zlokalizowanych w terenie zurbanizowanym ma także zapobiec katastrofom budowlanym. Autorowi niniejszego artykułu znane są przypadki świadczące o braku kontroli zachowania się podsadzki w zlikwidowanym szybie oraz projektowaniu i realizacji nowych obiektów w strefie ochronnej wyznaczonej wokół zlikwidowanego szybu. W pracy w oparciu o założenia metody Janssena dla schematu obliczeniowego (Rys. 1) przedstawiono wyprowadzenie wzorów na wielkość pionowego i poziomego obciążenia działającego wewnątrz zlikwidowanego szybu. Z analizy wzorów (10) i (11) jednoznacznie wynika, że wielkości te wraz ze zmianą głębokości dążą do maksimum określonego asymptotami The Modernization of the Energy Sector in Denmark / Modernizacja Sektora Energii W Danii

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    Frączek, Paweł

    2015-03-01

    Denmark is among the leaders who change their energy policy to guarantee its stable and sustainable character. The consistent pursuit of an energy policy enabled the country to lower both the level of its energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, while providing grounds for economic development. The study demonstrates that the main factors which led to the transition of Danish energy policy were the oil crisis of the 1970s as well as public expectations regarding their energy policy which was to be based on the concept of stability and sustainability. Dania jest jednym z liderów zmian w polityce energetycznej, zmierzających do stosowania koncepcji rozwoju zrównoważonego i trwałego. W wyniku konsekwentnie realizowanej polityki energetycznej w Danii udało się ograniczyć poziom zużycia energii i emisji gazów cieplarnianych, jednocześnie zapewniając warunki do rozwoju gospodarczego. W opracowaniu wskazano, że głównym czynnikiem, który doprowadził do zmian w polityce energetycznej Danii, był kryzys naftowy lat 70. XX wieku. Przed jego wybuchem dominujący udział w strukturze źródeł energii pierwotnej Danii miała importowana ropa naftowa, która w 1972 r. zaspokajała ponad 90% zapotrzebowania na energię pierwotną w tym kraju. Cechą duńskiego sektora energii była także jego niewielka efektywność oraz wysoki poziom zanieczyszczeń atmosfery związany ze spalaniem paliw kopalnych. Kryzys naftowy wymusił podjęcie działań modernizacyjnych, których celami było m.in. zmniejszenie zużycia energii pierwotnej, zdywersyfikowanie struktury jej źródeł oraz poprawa efektywności sektora energii. Istotnym czynnikiem wymuszającym modernizację duńskiego sektora energii była także kwestia zmiany nastawienia społecznego do prowadzonej polityki energetycznej w Danii. Obecnie w społeczeństwie dominuje pogląd, że podstawą polityki energetycznej powinna być koncepcja rozwoju zrównoważonego i trwa

  12. Geotechnical Aspects of Revitalisation of Post-Mining Areas - An Example of the Adaptation of Katowice Hard Coal Mine for the New Silesian Museum / Geotechniczne aspekty rewitalizacji terenów pogórniczych - przykład adaptacji KWK "KATOWICE" na nowe muzeum śląskie

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    Cała, Marek; Ostręga, Anna

    2013-06-01

    celu: - wzmocnienie posadowienia zabytkowych obiektów i przeniesienie obciążeń na grunt poniżej dna wykopu; - umożliwienie wykonania wewnętrznego poziomu -1 poprzez pogłębienie części budynku maszynowni (MS-8) o jeden poziom; - zabezpieczenie geotechniczne ścian wykopu w rejonie historycznych budynków, - zapewnienie bezpieczeństwa pracy przez okres realizacji podziemnych części Nowego Muzeum Śląskiego jak również funkcjonowania obiektu po zakończeniu procesu rewitalizacji - konstrukcje oporowe przy budynku magazynu odzieży MS-15 i wieży wyciągowej MS-79 będą pełniły rolę docelowych ścian segmentów podziemnych. W artykule zwrócono uwagę na zróżnicowaną budowę geologiczną w rejonie inwestycji, różne obciążenie naziomu, a przede wszystkim na niepewność podłoża i masywu ze względu na wcześniej prowadzone roboty górnicze. Prowadzona przez 176 lat podziemna eksploatacja złóż węgla kamiennego spowodowała osłabienie masywu poprzez m.in. występowanie wkładek węgla kamiennego i stref uskokowych oraz prawdopodobnie starych zrobów. W zależności od rodzaju obiektu będącego przedmiotem zabezpieczenia, jak również konieczności dostosowania technologii zabezpieczenia do zastanych warunków zastosowano kilka rodzajów konstrukcji takich jak palisady czy też bariery mikropalowe stabilizowane kotwiami lub gwoździami. Z uwagi na charakter prac zabezpieczających, dokładność rozpoznania geologiczno-inżynierskiego oraz skalę zadania, projekt zabezpieczeń geotechnicznych miał charakter aktywny. Oznacza to, że rozwiązanie projektowe dostosowywano na bieżąco do faktycznie napotkanych warunków geologicznych. Ponadto podczas realizacji wszystkich prac zabezpieczających wykonywany był monitoring geotechniczny. Ze względu na zabytkowy charakter obiektów sąsiadujących z wykopem konieczny był również monitoring ich konstrukcji. Przedsięwzięcie realizowane jest przy wparciu Europejskiego Funduszu Rozwoju

  13. Laboratory Method for Evaluating the Characteristics of Expansion Rock Bolts Subjected to Axial Tension / Laboratoryjna Metoda Badania Charakterystyk Kotew Rozprężnych Poddanych Rozciąganiu Osiowemu

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    Korzeniowski, Waldemar; Skrzypkowski, Krzysztof; Herezy, Łukasz

    2015-03-01

    statycznym jak i dynamicznym. W podziemnych wyrobiskach górniczych wykonywanych na dużych głębokościach, szczególnie przy eksploatacji złóż rud miedzi w kopalniach LGOM, w których stosuje się samodzielną obudową kotwową istnieje niebezpieczeństwo nieprzewidzianego odpadania bloków skalnych do przestrzeni roboczej. Podstawowym zadaniem kotwienia wyrobisk górniczych jest zapewnienie ich stateczności, jako zasadniczy warunek bezpieczeństwa pracy. Powstają nowe konstrukcje przeznaczone do bardziej ekstremalnych warunków funkcjonowania, w szczególności w warunkach górniczych, ale również w tunelarstwie. Podstawowym rodzajem obudowy wyrobisk przygotowawczych i eksploatacyjnych w podziemnych kopalniach LGOM jest obudowa kotwowa rozprężna lub wklejana. Wybór sposobu utwierdzenia obudowy kotwowej zależy miedzy innymi od: czasu użytkowania, klasy stropu, wymiarów oraz przeznaczenia wyrobiska. W polach eksploatacyjnych, gdzie okres od wykonania wyrobiska do jego likwidacji jest stosunkowo krótki, częściej stosuje się kotwy rozprężne, które ze względu na mniejszą czasochłonność zabudowy, pozwalają na większą wydajność kotwienia. Doceniając rolę i znaczenie obudowy kotwowej oraz jej zużycie sięgające w warunkach polskich milionów sztuk rocznie, w niniejszym artykule opisano nowe stanowisko laboratoryjne umożliwiające badanie rzeczywistej obudowy kotwowej w warunkach obciążeń statycznych. Stanowisko laboratoryjne do badania wytrzymałości na rozciąganie obudowy kotwowej zbudowane w Katedrze Górnictwa Podziemnego AGH umożliwia badania obudów kotwowych przy różnych warunkach obciążeń. Składa się ono z kilku współpracujących ze sobą podzespołów: Hydraulicznego Układu Obciążającego Kotew (HUK), pulpitu sterującego I, pulpitu sterującego II, pulpitu rejestrującego oraz zespołu agregatu hydraulicznego (Rys. 1). W artykule scharakteryzowano zastosowaną aparaturę pomiarową oraz możliwości badawcze

  14. Sorption of Pb2+ Ions from Aqueous Solutions on Organic Wastes (part i) / Sorpcja JONÓW Pb2+ Z ROZTWORÓW Wodnych NA Odpadach Organicznych (CZĘŚĆ I)

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    Bożęcka, Agnieszka; Sanak-Rydlewska, Stanisława

    2013-12-01

    This article presents the results of the research on the Pb2+ ions sorption from model aqueous solutions on walnut shells, plum stones and sunflower hulls. The effect of various factors, such as the concentration of natural sorbent, the pH, and the temperature was studied. The process of Pb2+ ions sorption on studied sorbents was described by the Langmuir model. The best sorption capacity has been revealed for sunflower hulls. The maximum sorption capacity for this material was 36.9 mg/g. W artykule przedstawiono wyniki badań, które dotyczyły usuwania jonów Pb2+ z modelowych roztworów wodnych za pomocą odpadów organicznych, takich jak: łuski słonecznika, łupiny orzecha włoskiego i pestki śliwek. Dla badanego zakresu stężeń od 6,0-110 mg/dm3 i warunków procesu największą wydajność sorpcji, będącą w zakresie (89,4-96,3)% uzyskano dla łusek słonecznika. W przypadku łupin orzecha włoskiego i pestek śliwek sorpcja jonów Pb2+ jest znacznie niższa a jej wydajność wynosi odpowiednio (60,8-78,7)% i (62,3-81,3)%. Zbadano także wpływ stężenia sorbentu, pH roztworu i temperatury na badany proces sorpcji. Dla wszystkich materiałów optymalne stężenie sorbentu wyniosło 5 g/dm3. Powyżej tej wartości nie obserwowano istotnych zmian w stopniu redukcji jonów Pb2+ (rys.2). We wszystkich przypadkach maksima sorpcji osiągnięto przy pH równym 4,0±0,1 co obrazuje rysunek 3. Obniżenie sorpcji, występujące przy pH poniżej i powyżej wartości 4,0 prawdopodobnie związane jest to z ładunkiem gromadzącym się na powierzchni sorbentu (elektrostatyczne odpychanie i przyciąganie badanych jonów). Wartość pH roztworu determinuje także formę oraz stężenie badanego jonu w roztworze. W roztworach silnie kwaśnych ołów występuje głównie w postaci kationów. Stopniowy wzrost pH prowadzi do tworzenia jonów kompleksowych i strącania go w postaci wodorotlenku. Wykazano również, że ze wzrostem temperatury w zakresie (293-313)K nast

  15. Study of Ground Response Curve (GRC) Based on a Damage Model / Badanie Krzywej Odpowiedzi Gruntu (Grc) W Oparciu O Model Pękania Skał

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    Molladavoodi, H.

    2013-09-01

    , wokół otworu podziemnego powstaje strefa naruszona działalnością górniczą wskutek oddziaływania wysokich naprężeń, nawet w przypadku gdy nie są prowadzone prace strzałowe. Reakcja materiału skalnego znajdującego się w otoczeniu wyrobisk podziemnych jest zazwyczaj procesem nieliniowym i nieodwracalnym, zwłaszcza w stanach wysokich naprężeń in situ. Główną przyczyną nieodwracalnych odkształceń skał kruchych jest pękanie. Jedną z najczęściej stosowanych metod w projektowaniu tuneli (wyrobisk podziemnych) jest metoda konwergencji i zamknięcia, popularna ze względu na zakres zastosowań. Metoda ta zazwyczaj wykorzystuje modele sprężysto- plastyczne, jako konstytutywne modele zachowania skał. Modele plastyczne wykorzystywane dotychczas do symulacji zachowania skał nie uwzględniają pewnych kluczowych aspektów, takich jak obniżenie sztywności czy rozmiękczanie. Dlatego też zastosowanie konstytutywnych modeli w metodzie konwergencji i zamknięcia jest sprawą kluczową przy projektach obejmujących struktury skalne. W pracy tej omówiono podstawowe założenia modelu continuum uszkodzeń i spękań. Zaimplementowano wielostopniową procedurę do badania tunelu o przekroju kolistym znajdującego się pod polem naprężeń hydrostatycznych, przy wykorzystaniu modelu pękania górotworu. Krzywą odpowiedzi gruntu oraz promień strefy naruszonej wybieraniem obliczono przy wykorzystaniu izotropowego modelu uszkodzeń. Metoda konwergencji i zamykania oparta na tym modelu uwzględnia zachowanie skał po wystąpieniu szczytowych naprężeń i powstaniu strefy naruszonej wybieraniem. Analiza wyników wykazała znaczny wpływ parametrów związanych z kruchością na konwergencję ścian wyrobiska, kształt krzywej odpowiedzi gruntu oraz promień strefy naruszonej wybieraniem.

  16. Enhanced vector borne disease surveillance of California Culex mosquito populations reveals spatial and species-specific barriers of infection.

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    VanderNoot, Victoria A.; Curtis, Deanna Joy; Koh, Chung-Yan; Brodsky, Benjamin H; Lane, Todd

    2014-08-01

    Monitor i ng in f ectio n s in v ect o rs su c h as m osquit o es, s a nd fl i es, tsetse fl i es, a nd ticks to i denti f y hu m a n path o gens m a y s e r v e as a n ear l y w arn i ng det e ction system t o dir e ct loc a l g o v er n ment dise a se pr e v en t i v e m easu r e s . One major hurdle i n de t ection is the abi l i t y to scre e n l arge n u mbers of v e c t ors for h uman patho g ens w i thout t h e u s e of ge n o t y pe - s p ecific m o lecu l ar tec h nique s . N e x t genera t ion s equ e nc i ng (NG S ) pr o v i des a n unbi a sed p latfo r m capab l e of identi f y i ng k n o w n a n d unk n o w n p ath o ge n s circula t ing w i thin a v e ctor p opul a tion, but utili z ing t h is te c h nolo g y i s tim e - con s u ming a n d cos t l y for v ecto r -b o rne disease su r v e illan c e pr o gra m s. T o addr e s s this w e d e v e lop e d cos t -eff e ct i v e Ilumina(r) R NA- S eq l i bra r y p r epara t ion m e thodol o gies i n con j u n ction w i t h an automa t ed c ompu t at i onal a n a l y sis pipel i n e to ch a racter i ze t h e microbial popula t ions c ircula t i n g in Cu l e x m o squit o e s (Cul e x qui n quef a s c iatu s , C ul e x quinq u efasc i atus / pip i ens co m pl e x h y bri d s, and C u l e x ta r salis ) t hroug h out Californ i a. W e assembled 2 0 n o vel a n d w e l l -do c ume n ted a r b o v i ruses repres e nting mem b e rs of B u n y a v ir i da e , F l a v i virid a e, If a virida e , Meson i v i rida e , Nid o v iri d ae, O rtho m y x o virid a e, Pa r v o v iri d ae, Re o virid a e, R h a b d o v i rid a e, T y m o v iri d ae, a s w ell as s e v e r al u n assi g n e d v irus e s . In addit i o n, w e m app e d mRNA s pecies to d i vergent s peci e s of t r y panos o ma a nd pl a s modium eu k a r yotic parasit e s and cha r a c terized t he p r oka r yot i c microb i al c o mposit i on to i d enti f y bacteri a l tran s c r ipts der i v ed from wolba c hia, clo s tridi u m, m y c oplas m a, fusoba c

  17. Methodology of the Efficiency Factors of Fine Grained Clayish Suspensions Separation in Multileveled Hydrocyclone Systems / Metodyka Oceny DOKŁADNOŚCI ROZDZIAŁU Drobno Uziarnionych Zawiesin Ilastych W Wielostopniowych UKŁADACH HYDROCYKLONÓW

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    Nowak, Alicja; Surowiak, Agnieszka

    2013-12-01

    ę (I) oraz ziarna charakterystyczne (d25, d50 i d75). Wyliczono uzyski klasy < 20 μm i klasy < 2 μm w przelewach hydrocyklonów. Stwierdzono, że nie jest możliwe otrzymanie bardzo wysokiej (np. > 80%) zawartości klasy bardzo drobnej < 2 mm w przelewie n - tego stopnia rozdziału, - nawet przy wysokich uzyskach tej klasy w kolejnych przelewach i wysokiej dokładności rozdziału - jeżeli zawartość tej klasy w nadawie I-go stopnia klasyfikacji jest bardzo mała. Korzystając ze wzoru Hancocka (1) wyliczono technologiczną skuteczność wydzielenia klasy < 20 μm i < 2 μm w przelewach hydrocyklonów.

  18. Simulation-Assisted Evaluation of Grinding Circuit Flowsheet Design Alternatives: Aghdarreh Gold Ore Processing Plant / Ocena Alternatywnych Schematów Technologicznych Procesu Rozdrabniania W Zakładach Przeróbki Rud Złota W Aghdarreh, Z Wykorzystaniem Metod Symulacji

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    Farzanegan, A.; Ghalaei, A. Ebtedaei

    2015-03-01

    zastosowanym do hydrocyklonów. Wykazano, że rozmiar cząstek zmniejszony został odpowiednio do 40 μm i 42 μm dla pierwszego i drugiego analizowanego obiegu. Uwzględniając nakłady kapitałowe oraz koszty operacyjne, wyciągnąć można więc wniosek, ze drugi proponowany układ jest korzystniejszą opcją modyfikacji istniejącego ciągu technologicznego rozdrabniania.

  19. Methodology of Calculation the Terminal Settling Velocity Distribution of Spherical Particles for High Values of the Reynold's Number

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    Surowiak, Agnieszka; Brożek, Marian

    2014-03-01

    The particle settling velocity is the feature of separation in such processes as flowing classification and jigging. It characterizes material forwarded to the separation process and belongs to the so-called complex features because it is the function of particle density and size. i.e. the function of two simple features. The affiliation to a given subset is determined by the values of two properties and the distribution of such feature in a sample is the function of distributions of particle density and size. The knowledge about distribution of particle settling velocity in jigging process is as much important factor as knowledge about particle size distribution in screening or particle density distribution in dense media beneficiation. The paper will present a method of determining the distribution of settling velocity in the sample of spherical particles for the turbulent particle motion in which the settling velocity is expressed by the Newton formula. Because it depends on density and size of particle which are random variable of certain distributions, the settling velocity is a random variable. Applying theorems of probability, concerning distributions function of random variables, the authors present general formula of probability density function of settling velocity for the turbulent motion and particularly calculate probability density function for Weibull's forms of frequency functions of particle size and density. Distribution of settling velocity will calculate numerically and perform in graphical form. The paper presents the simulation of calculation of settling velocity distribution on the basis of real distributions of density and projective diameter of particles assuming that particles are spherical. Prędkość opadania ziarna jest cechą rozdziału w takich procesach przeróbki surowców jak klasyfikacja czy wzbogacanie w osadzarce. Cecha ta opisuje materiał kierowany do procesu rozdziału i należy do tzw. cech złożonych, ze względu na to,

  1. New gravity control in Poland - needs, the concept and the design

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    Krynski, Jan; Olszak, Tomasz; Barlik, Marcin; Dykowski, Przemyslaw

    2013-06-01

    transformation to a new system (as 2nd order network) as well as a definition of gravity system as "zero-tide" system. Seasonal variability of gravity has been discussed indicating that the effects of environmental changes when establishing modern gravity control with absolute gravity survey cannot be totally neglected. Założona w Polsce w ostatniej dekadzie XX wieku zgodnie z obowiązującymi standardami międzynarodowymi Podstawowa Osnowa Grawimetryczna Kraju (POGK), składająca się z około 350 punktów, została oparta na 12 absolutnych punktach grawimetrycznych, na których przyspieszenie siły ciężkości wyznaczono przy użyciu czterech różnych typów grawimetrów absolutnych. Względne pomiary grawimetryczne na punktach tej osnowy, z jednoczesnym dowiązaniem jej do przyspieszenia siły ciężkości na 12 absolutnych punktach grawimetrycznych, wykonały różne grupy pomiarowe przy wykorzystaniu grawimetrów LaCoste&Romberg (LCR). Konstrukcja powstałej sieci grawimetrycznej, w szczególności ograniczona liczba nierównomiernie rozłożonych punktów absolutnych na terenie kraju, na których w dodatku przyspieszenie siły ciężkości wyznaczono różnymi instrumentami w różnych epokach, spowodowały wystąpienie błędów systematycznych w wartościach g na punktach POGK. W niniejszej pracy, przy wykorzystaniu pomiarów grawimetrycznych wykonanych w latach 2007-2008 dokonano oceny tych błędów oraz przeprowadzono dyskusję ich możliwych źródeł. Rozwój technologii absolutnych pomiarów grawimetrycznych, w szczególności instrumentów przeznaczonych do precyzyjnych absolutnych pomiarów grawimetrycznych w warunkach polowych, stwarza możliwość założenia nowego typu osnowy grawimetrycznej, składającej się ze stacji, na których przyspieszenie siły ciężkości jest pomierzone grawimetrami absolutnymi. Nowa osnowa grawimetryczna Polski, która będzie zakładana w latach 2012-2014, będzie się składała z 28 punktów fundamentalnych (mierzonych

  2. Permeability Changes of Coal Cores and Briquettes under Tri-Axial Stress Conditions

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    Wierzbicki, Mirosław; Konečný, Pavel; Kožušníková, Alena

    2014-12-01

    The paper is dealing with the permeability of coal in triaxial state of stress. The permeability of coal, besides coal's methane capacity, is the main parameter determining the quantity of methane inflow into underground excavations. The stress in a coal seam is one of the most important factors influencing coal permeability therefore the permeability measurements were performed in tri-axial state of stress. The hydrostatic three-axial state of stress was gradually increased from 5 MPa with steps of 5 MPa up to a maximum of 30 MPa. Nitrogen was applied as a gas medium in all experiments. The results of the permeability measurements of coal cores from the "Zofiówka" mine, Poland, and three mines from the Czech Republic are presented in this paper. As a "reference", permeability measurements were also taken for coal briquettes prepared from coal dust with defined porosity. It was confirmed that the decreasing porosity of coal briquettes affects the decreasing permeability. The advantage of experimentation on coal briquettes is its good repeatability. From the experimental results, an empirical relation between gas permeability and confining pressure has also been identified. The empirical relation for coal briquettes is in good correspondence with published results. However, for coal cores, the character of change differs. The influence of confining pressure has a different character and the decrease in permeability is stronger due to the increasing confining pressure Przepuszczalność węgla, oprócz pojemności sorpcyjnej względem metanu jest głównym parametrem określającym dopływ metanu do podziemnych wyrobiskach górniczych. W warunkach naturalnych wartość przepuszczalności jest ściśle związana ze stanem naprężenia w pokładzie węgla. W pracy przedstawiono wyniki pomiarów przepuszczalności wykonanych w trójosiowym stanie naprężenia. Hydrostatyczny trójosiowy stan naprężenia stopniowo zwiększano od 5 MPa do maksymalnie 30 MPa z krokiem

  3. Family-group names in Coleoptera (Insecta)

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    Bouchard, Patrice; Bousquet, Yves; Davies, Anthony E.; Alonso-Zarazaga, Miguel A.; Lawrence, John F.; Lyal, Chris H. C.; Newton, Alfred F.; Reid, Chris A. M.; Schmitt, Michael; Ślipiński, S. Adam; Smith, Andrew B. T.

    2011-01-01

    Gistel, 1856 (type species Ptilinus costatus Gyllenhal, 1827, designated herein) syn. nov. of Ptilinus Geoffroy, 1762 (Ptinidae), Paniscus Gistel, 1848 (type species Scarabaeus fasciatus Linnaeus, 1758, designated herein) syn. nov. of Trichius Fabricius, 1775 (Scarabaeidae), Phibalus Gistel, 1856 (type species Chrysomela pubescens Linnaeus, 1758, by monotypy) syn. nov. of Omophlus Dejean, 1834 (Tenebrionidae). The following new replacement name is proposed: Gompeliina Bouchard, 2011 nom. nov. for Olotelina Báguena Corella, 1948 (Aderidae). Reversal of Precedence (Article 23.9) is used to conserve usage of the following names (family-group names followed by genus-group names): Perigonini Horn, 1881 nom. protectum over Trechicini Bates, 1873 nom. oblitum (Carabidae), Anisodactylina Lacordaire, 1854 nom. protectum over Eurytrichina LeConte, 1848 nom. oblitum (Carabidae), Smicronychini Seidlitz, 1891 nom. protectum over Desmorini LeConte, 1876 nom. oblitum (Curculionidae), Bagoinae Thomson, 1859 nom. protectum over Lyprinae Gistel 1848 nom. oblitum (Curculionidae), Aterpina Lacordaire, 1863 nom. protectum over Heliomenina Gistel, 1848 nom. oblitum (Curculionidae), Naupactini Gistel, 1848 nom. protectum over Iphiini Schönherr, 1823 nom. oblitum (Curculionidae), Cleonini Schönherr, 1826 nom. protectum over Geomorini Schönherr, 1823 nom. oblitum (Curculionidae), Magdalidini Pascoe, 1870 nom. protectum over Scardamyctini Gistel, 1848 nom. oblitum (Curculionidae), Agrypninae/-ini Candèze, 1857 nom. protecta over Adelocerinae/-ini Gistel, 1848 nom. oblita and Pangaurinae/-ini Gistel, 1856 nom. oblita (Elateridae), Prosternini Gistel, 1856 nom. protectum over Diacanthini Gistel, 1848 nom. oblitum (Elateridae), Calopodinae Costa, 1852 nom. protectum over Sparedrinae Gistel, 1848 nom. oblitum (Oedemeridae), Adesmiini Lacordaire, 1859 nom. protectum over Macropodini Agassiz, 1846 nom. oblitum (Tenebrionidae), Bolitophagini Kirby, 1837 nom. protectum over Eledonini Billberg, 1820

  4. Optimisation of Receivables Management in a Mine, Using Linear Programming / Optymalizacja zarządzania należnościami w kopalni z wykorzystaniem programowania liniowego

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    Czopek, Kazimierz; Trzaskuś-Żak, Beata

    2013-06-01

    ograniczeniach brzegowych przyjęto górne dopuszczalne wartości należności dla każdego z przyjętych cykli ściągania należności. Kolejność cykli ściągania należności oraz przypisane im wartości należności przyjęto według rosnącego prawdopodobieństwa powstawania należności przeterminowanych i utraconych. Przeanalizowano dwa przypadki optymalizacji zarządzania należnościami, w których funkcją celu jest maksymalizacja wartości sprzedaży (przychodów) kopalni. Pierwszy przypadek wzięty pod uwagę do modelu to wykorzystanie skonta do obniżenia ceny produktu, w przypadku kopalni posiadającej niewykorzystaną zdolność wydobywczą. Aby poprawić trudności z płynnością, kopalnia proponuje swoim odbiorcom skrócenie cyklu ściągania należności, w zamian za obniżenie ceny i wzrost zakupów do wartości zdolności wydobywczej. W celu ustalenia tego obniżenia ceny wykorzystuje się rachunek kosztów stałych i zmiennych, W drugim analizowanym przypadku kopalnia, sprzedaje tyle samo co wynosi jej aktualna zdolność wydobywcza, a mimo to jest zmuszona obniżyć cenę swoich produktów. Wykorzystanie w takim przypadku skonta (obniżenia ceny produktu) musi równocześnie być związane ze skróceniem cyklu ściągania należności i obniżeniem kosztów finansowania kredytu kupieckiego.

  5. Atmospheric deposition of nitrogen over Czech forests: refinement of estimation of dry deposition for unmeasured nitrogen species

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    Hunova, Iva; Stoklasova, Petra; Kurfurst, Pavel; Vlcek, Ondrej; Schovankova, Jana

    2014-05-01

    + with 0.003 g.m-2.year-1, were negligible. If we summarized all nitrogen species considered, the dry deposition over most part of the CR was as high as 3.1 g.m-2.year-1, indicating six-fold higher deposition as compared to the value reported by Ostatnická (2009). Preliminary verification comparing measured and modeled wet deposition (particularly N/NO3- and N/NH4+) indicated that modeled values were two times lower for N/NO3-, and three times lower for N/NH4+ as compared to measured values. Substitution of unmeasured nitrogen species by modeled values seems to be a plausible way for approximation of total nitrogen deposition, and getting more realistic spatial pattern for further studies of likely nitrogen impacts on ecosystems. Acknowledgements: We would like acknowledge the grant NAZV QI112A168 (ForSoil) of the Czech Ministry for Agriculture for partial support of this contribution. The input data used for the analysis were provided by the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute. References: ESSS (2011): AirWare On-line Reference Manual. Simulation Models: CAMx (25.4.2013). http://www.ess.co.at/MANUALS/AIRWARE/PDF/CAMx.pdf. Flechard C.R., Nemitz E., Smith R I., Fowler D., Vermeulen A.T., Bleeker A., Erisman J.W., Simpson D., Zhang L., Tang Y.S., Sutton M.A. (2011): Dry deposition of reactive nitrogen to European ecosystems: a comparison of inferential models across the Nitro-Europe network. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 11, 2703-2728. Hůnová I. (2001): Spatial Interpretation of ambient air quality for the territory of the Czech Republic. Environmental Pollution 112/2, 107-119. Hůnová I., Maznová J., Kurfurst P. (2014): Trends in atmospheric deposition fluxes of sulphur and nitrogen in Czech forests. Environmental Pollution 184, 668-675. Ostatnická J., ed. (2009): Air Pollution in the Czech Republic in 2012. Prague, Czech Hydrometeorological Institute. Vlček O., Corbet L. (2011): Porovnání výstupů Eulerovského modelu CAMx s měřeními ze staniční s

  6. Cuttings Transport with Foam in Highly Inclined Wells at Simulated Downhole Conditions / Transport urobku wiertniczego przy użyciu piany w silnie nachylonych otworach w symulowanych warunkach w otworze

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    Xu, Jiafu; Ozbayoglu, Evren; Miska, Stefan Z.; Yu, Mengjiao; Takach, Nicholas

    2013-06-01

    of this paper will help designers with the choice of optimal drilling fluid for drilling horizontal wells in unconventional (shale) gas/oil reservoirs. Równolegle ze stale rosnącym zapotrzebowaniem na prowadzenia prac udostępniających w złożach niekonwencjonalnych notuje się wzrost świadomości społecznej odnośnie zagadnień ochrony środowiska. Piana jako alternatywa dla tradycyjnej płuczki wiertniczej nabiera coraz większego znaczenia w górnictwie otworowym. Wiercenie przy użyciu piany pomogą ograniczać zniszczenia formacji geologicznych, redukuje zużycie wody, pozwala na zminimalizowanie oporów ruchu i momentów obrotowych silników. Ponadto, koszty piany są niższe a jej oddziaływanie na środowisko naturalne jest mniej znaczne niż w przypadku typowych płuczek opartych na olejach syntetycznych używanych w trakcie udostępniania trudnych w eksploatacji złóż, np. gazu łupkowego. Wiercenia odcinków poziomych lub prawie poziomych są już szeroko stosowane a zapotrzebowanie na takie odcinki wrasta, ważnym jest właściwe rozpoznanie problemów związanych z transportem urobku wiertniczego i czyszczeniem otworu w trakcie prowadzenia prac wiertniczych na tych odcinkach przy użyciu piany. Zespól badaczy z uniwersytetu w Tulsa zaangażowanych w projekt badawczy w dziedzinie wiertnictwa (TUDRP) przeprowadził serię eksperymentów mających na celu zbadanie wpływu zmiany kąta nachylenia otworu z 90 na 70 stopni na przebieg transportu urobku wiertniczego z wykorzystanie piany w warunkach podwyższonego ciśnienia i podwyższonych temperatur. Badania eksperymentalne i teoretyczne obejmowały także analizę pozostałych parametrów procesu: jakość piany, natężenie przepływu piany, stężenie polimerów, prędkość obrotowa przewodu wiertniczego. Nie stwierdzono znacznych różnic w stężeniu zwiercin ani utraty ciśnienia wskutek tarcia w trakcie zmiany kąta nachylenia z 90 na 70 stopni. Ponadto, dodatkowy wzrost prędkości ruchu

  7. Influence of Polycarboxylate Superplasticizers on Rheological Properties of Cement Slurries Used in Drilling Technologies / Wpływ Superplastyfikatorów Z Grupy Polikarboksylanów Na Właściwości Reologiczne Zaczynów Cementowych Stosowanych W Technologiach Wiertniczych

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    Stryczek, Stanisław; Wiśniowski, Rafał; Gonet, Andrzej; Złotkowski, Albert; Ziaja, Jan

    2013-09-01

    domieszki modyfikujące właściwości technologiczne świeżych i stwardniałych zaczynów, • złożony chemicznie mechanizm reakcje hydratacji zachodzące w zaczynie w funkcji czasu. Na szczególną uwagę ze względu na zapewnienie skuteczność uszczelniania kolumn rur okładzinowych w otworach wiertniczych zasługują domieszki uplastyczniające (plastyfikatory PL) i upłynniające (superplastyfikatory SP typu tradycyjnego oraz nowej generacji) wpływające na modyfikację oraz optymalizację cech reologicznych świeżych zaczynów uszczelniających. Przeprowadzone badania laboratoryjne miały na celu udowodnianie następującej tezy: odpowiednio dobrany rodzaj superplastyfikatorów [firmy BASF Polska Sp.z o.o. ( The Chemical Company) - Dział Domieszek do Betonu], wpływa korzystnie na parametry reologiczne zaczynu uszczelniającego sporządzanego na osnowie cementu hutniczego CEM III /A 32,5. W przeprowadzanych badaniach zmiennymi były: • rodzaj superplastyfikatora, • rodzaj cieczy zarobowej. W badaniach laboratoryjnych zastosowano następujące superplastyfikatory firmy BASF: • SKY 501, • SKY 503, • SKY 591, • ACE 430, • Glenium 115. Koncentracja superplastyfikatora w zaczynie wynosiła: 0,5% wagowo (w stosunku do masy suchego cementu). Współczynnik wodno-cementowy dla badanych zaczynów uszczelniających wynosił: 0,5. Do sporządzania zaczynów uszczelniających stosowano cement hutniczy klasy CEM III/A 32,5 N-LH/ HSR/NA - Cementownia Małogoszcz, Grupa Lafarge Cement S.A. w Małogoszczy.

  8. Spatial pattern of nitrogen deposition flux over Czech forests: a novel approach accounting for unmeasured nitrogen species

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    Hůnová, Iva; Stoklasová, Petra; Kurfürst, Pavel; Vlček, Ondřej; Schovánková, Jana; Stráník, Vojtěch

    2015-04-01

    4, 9-23. Fowler D., Pyle J.A., Raven J.A., Sutton M.A. (2014): The global nitrogen cycle in the twenty-first century: introduction. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 368: 20130165. ESSS (2011): AirWare On-line Reference Manual. Simulation Models: CAMx (25.4.2013). http://www.ess.co.at/MANUALS/AIRWARE/PDF/CAMx.pdf. Hůnová I., Maznová J., Kurfürst P. (2014): Trends in atmospheric deposition fluxes of sulphur and nitrogen in Czech forests. Environmental Pollution 184, 668-675. Townsend A.R., ed. (1999): New Perspectives on Nitrogen Cycling in the Temperate and Tropical Americas. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht. Vlček O., Corbet L. (2011): Porovnání výstupů Eulerovského modelu CAMx s měřeními ze staniční sítě ČR - část 1: Aerosoly. Meteorologické zprávy 64, 142-151.

  9. Cuttings Transport with Foam in Highly Inclined Wells at Simulated Downhole Conditions / Transport urobku wiertniczego przy użyciu piany w silnie nachylonych otworach w symulowanych warunkach w otworze

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    Xu, Jiafu; Ozbayoglu, Evren; Miska, Stefan Z.; Yu, Mengjiao; Takach, Nicholas

    2013-06-01

    of this paper will help designers with the choice of optimal drilling fluid for drilling horizontal wells in unconventional (shale) gas/oil reservoirs. Równolegle ze stale rosnącym zapotrzebowaniem na prowadzenia prac udostępniających w złożach niekonwencjonalnych notuje się wzrost świadomości społecznej odnośnie zagadnień ochrony środowiska. Piana jako alternatywa dla tradycyjnej płuczki wiertniczej nabiera coraz większego znaczenia w górnictwie otworowym. Wiercenie przy użyciu piany pomogą ograniczać zniszczenia formacji geologicznych, redukuje zużycie wody, pozwala na zminimalizowanie oporów ruchu i momentów obrotowych silników. Ponadto, koszty piany są niższe a jej oddziaływanie na środowisko naturalne jest mniej znaczne niż w przypadku typowych płuczek opartych na olejach syntetycznych używanych w trakcie udostępniania trudnych w eksploatacji złóż, np. gazu łupkowego. Wiercenia odcinków poziomych lub prawie poziomych są już szeroko stosowane a zapotrzebowanie na takie odcinki wrasta, ważnym jest właściwe rozpoznanie problemów związanych z transportem urobku wiertniczego i czyszczeniem otworu w trakcie prowadzenia prac wiertniczych na tych odcinkach przy użyciu piany. Zespól badaczy z uniwersytetu w Tulsa zaangażowanych w projekt badawczy w dziedzinie wiertnictwa (TUDRP) przeprowadził serię eksperymentów mających na celu zbadanie wpływu zmiany kąta nachylenia otworu z 90 na 70 stopni na przebieg transportu urobku wiertniczego z wykorzystanie piany w warunkach podwyższonego ciśnienia i podwyższonych temperatur. Badania eksperymentalne i teoretyczne obejmowały także analizę pozostałych parametrów procesu: jakość piany, natężenie przepływu piany, stężenie polimerów, prędkość obrotowa przewodu wiertniczego. Nie stwierdzono znacznych różnic w stężeniu zwiercin ani utraty ciśnienia wskutek tarcia w trakcie zmiany kąta nachylenia z 90 na 70 stopni. Ponadto, dodatkowy wzrost prędkości ruchu

  10. Investigating the links of internal and external reliability with the system conditionality in Gauss-Markov models with uncorrelated observations

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    Prószyński, Witold

    2013-12-01

    przy użyciu rozkładu macierzy ze względu na wartości szczególne (SVD) wskazują wyraźnie, że te dwa badane pojęcia są wzajemnie niezależne. Przedstawione są metody konstruowania dla danej macierzy projektu macierzy równoważnych pod względem niezawodności wewnętrznej oraz macierzy równoważnych pod względem uwarunkowania. Aby umożliwić analizę uwarunkowania modeli GM stanowiących w ogólności układy sprzeczne, wyprowadzono pseudo-wskaźnik zastępujący wskaźnik uwarunkowania układu powszechnie stosowany w numerycznej algebrze liniowej. Także na podstawie rozkładu SVD zaproponowano wzór określający niezawodność zewnętrzną bazujący na 2-giej normie wektora zniekształceń parametrów indukowanych przez minimalny wykrywalny błąd w danej obserwacji. Dla układów z jednakowymi niezerowymi wartościami szczególnymi wzór ten może być wyrażony poprzez wskaźnik niezawodności wewnętrznej oraz pseudo-wskaźnik uwarunkowania. Z tymi miarami występującymi w postaci jawnej, wzór ukazuje, chociaż jedynie dla powyższych specyficznych układów, charakter wpływu niezawodności wewnętrznej i uwarunkowania modelu na jego niezawodność zewnętrzną. Dowody uzupełniających własności dotyczących pseudo-wskaźnika uwarunkowania oraz 2-giej normy wektora zniekształceń parametrów w układach z minimalnymi ograniczeniami, zamieszczone są w Dodatkach. Teoria ilustrowana jest na przykładach numerycznych.

  11. [Development of integrated traditional Chinese and western medicine and change of medical policy in China].

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    Shin, S S

    1999-01-01

    People's Republic of China. Mao Ze-dong (1893-1976), a powerful politician, and Li Ding-ming (1881-1947) who had many experiences and insight for TCM and WM played important roles at this stage. The period from the New China to the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-1975) is the term for the establishment of the shape of ITCWM. "The effort of research and development on TCM-WM integration" was adapted as one of hygienic policies for curing of epidemic disease and succession and development of the heritage of TCM to establish new medical area. TCM class for western medical doctors was opened and mass media was used to spread out ITCWM throughout China. During the period of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, ITCWM had to be stepped back and stagnant. Only the TCM class of western medical doctors and some clinical applications were barely kept moving on and alive. From the period of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution to the end of the 1980s, there are the movement of re-preparation of ITCWM, education of successors, and the establishment of the Institute of ITCWM. Hospitals began to establish department of ITCWM. Furthermore, it was clearly indicated in the constitutional law that "We not only have to develop modern medicine but also traditional medicine". The equality of TCM and WM was legally established in this time. From the 1990s, "equality of TCM and WM" was adapted as one of the hygienic policies, and department of ITCWM was opened in traditional Chinese medical school and western medical school. ITCWM has been settled down as a new academic field through education, training, research, academic activity, and publishing text books. In conclusion, the motive of the development of ITCWM was the policy such as "the effort of research and development on TCM-WM integration" abd "equality of TCM and WM" aimed at the development of Chinese medical area. It is no doubt helpful to organize systems and policy-making for the cooperation o

  12. [Transient elastography as a predictor of oesophageal varices in patients with liver cirrhosis].

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    Pár, Gabriella; Trosits, Andrea; Pakodi, Ferenc; Szabó, Imre; Czimmer, József; Illés, Anita; Gódi, Szilárd; Bajor, Judit; Sarlós, Patrícia; Kenyeres, Péter; Miseta, Attila; Vincze, Aron; Pár, Alajos

    2014-02-16

    Bevezetés: A májcirrhosis egyik legsúlyosabb szövődményének, a nyelőcsővarix-vérzésnek a prevenciójában a varixok korai felismerése és kezelése alapvető fontosságú. A vérzés kockázata függ a fibrosis/cirrhosis előrehaladásával súlyosbodó portalis hypertoniától és a varixok nagyságától. A varixdiagnosztika eszköze az endoszkópia, amire a kórlefolyás alatt ismételten szükség lehet a varixméret alakulásának követésére. Mivel az ismételt endoszkópos vizsgálatok nemcsak költségesek, hanem gyakran a betegek ellenállásába is ütközhetnek, felvetődött, hogy nem invazív eljárással lehetne-e kiszűrni a vérzés veszélyének különösen kitett, nagy varixokat hordozó betegeket, illetve csökkenteni a feleslegesnek tartható endoszkópiák számát. Célkitűzés: A varixvérzés kockázatának felmérésére a fibrosisstádium megítélésére használt tranziens elasztográfiát is ajánlották, ezért a szerzők célul tűzték ki e módszer prediktív szerepének vizsgálatát oesophagogastrobulboscopiával vizsgált májbetegekben. Módszer: 27 krónikus hepatitises és 47 cirrhosisos beteget vizsgáltak, akik etiológia szerint hepatitis B-vírus- (n = 4), illetve C-vírus-fertőzésben (n = 24), primer biliaris cirrhosisban (n = 12), nem alkoholos steatohepatitisben (n = 12), alkoholos (n = 11), autoimmun hepatitis (n = 9) és cryptogen cirrhosis (n = 2) eredetű kórképekben szenvedtek. Felső endoszkópiával megállapították a nyelőcső-varicositas Paquet szerinti súlyosságát (P0–IV), és párhuzamosan tranziens elasztográfiával a fibrosist jelző májtömöttséget. Vizsgálták a varicositasnak a vérkép, a szérumtranszamináz, gamma-glutamiltranszferáz, albumin és protombin, valamint a fibrosist jelző aszpartát-aminotranszferáz/thrombocyta hányados indexértékekkel való összefüggését is. Eredmények: A májtömöttség korrelált a Paquet-súlyossággal (r = 0,67, p<0

  13. The Effect of Temperature on the Sorption Properties of Coal from Upper Silesian Coal Basin, Poland / WPŁYW Zmian Temperatury NA WŁASNOŚCI Sorpcyjne NA Podstawie BADAŃ Wybranych WĘGLI Z GÓRNOŚLĄSKIEGO ZAGŁĘBIA WĘGLOWEGO

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    Wierzbicki, Mirosław

    2013-12-01

    prostych dopasowanych do wyników pomiaru mają bardzo zbliżone wartości. Analizując względne zmiany pojemności sorpcyjnej w procesach sorpcji i desorpcji można, że największe różnice pomiędzy wartościami sorpcji i desorpcji występują przy niskich wartościach ciśnień. Przy ciśnieniu 0.1 MPawynoszą one od ok. 16% do ok. 20%. Przy ciśnieniu powyżej 0.5 MPa wielkość histerezy nie przekracza 5%. W pracy przedstawiono również rozważania dotyczące wpływu zmian temperatury złożowej, wywołanego gradientem geotermicznym na zmiany ciśnienia równowagowego metanu w pokładzie. Do obliczenia wykonano dla przykładowych głębokości od od 600 m do 1400 m. Wyniki pokazują, że waz ze wzrostem metanonośności i głębokości gwałtownie może wzrastać ciśnienie równowagowe metanu w pokładach węgla. Ciśnienie metanu jest jednym z najważniejszych parametrów wpływających na możliwość występowania wyrzutów metanu i skał w kopalniach. Należy przypuszczać, że zagrożenie wyrzutami metanu i skał będzie wzrastało wraz z głębokością prowadzenia robót górniczych.

  14. Determining Acceptable Explosive Charge Mass Under Different Geological Conditions / Problematyka Wyznaczania Dopuszczalnych Ładunków Mw W Zróżnicowanych Warunkach Geologicznych

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    Pyra, Józef; Sołtys, Anna; Winzer, Jan; Dworzak, Michał; Biessikirski, Andrzej

    2015-09-01

    ę ograniczenie całkowitej masy ładunków materiału wybuchowego odpalanego w całej serii oraz mas przypadających na pojedynczy stopień opóźnienia. Podejście takie stanowi w ostateczności jeden ze sposobów minimalizowania niekorzystnego oddziaływania drgań na obiekty budowlane znajdujące się w bezpośrednim otoczeniu kopalni. Metodyka wyznaczania dopuszczalnych mas ładunków MW dla danych warunków górniczo-geologicznych, mimo że w sposób szczegółowy opisana w literaturze fachowej oraz znajdująca szerokie zastosowanie, niekiedy musi zostać zmodyfikowana w zależności od odmiennej struktury masywu skalnego, warunków topograficznych oraz urbanizacyjnych. Zróżnicowana budowa geologiczna złoża oraz struktur geologicznych na których posadowione zostały chronione obiekty budowlane determinuje strukturę częstotliwościową i sposób propagowanych drgań. Istotą w takim przypadkach staje się określenie progu szkodliwości drgań, który pozwoli na bezpieczne prowadzenie robót bez możliwości wystąpienia uszkodzeń na obiektach chronionych zlokalizowanych w otoczeniu kopalń. Dodatkowo jak przedstawiono w artykule może dochodzić do sytuacji gdzie wykonywanie robót strzałowych w jednym miejscu wyrobiska może powodować zupełnie odmienną propagację drgań w różnych kierunkach. Rozpatrując powyższe względy oraz uwzględniając, że często ma się do czynienia z bardzo bliską zabudowę znajdującą się w otoczeniu kopalni niekiedy zachodzi konieczność wyznaczenia dwóch lub więcej równań propagacji drgań parasejsmicznych. Postępowanie takie prowadzi w konsekwencji do wyznaczenia różnych, często odmiennych, dopuszczalnych mas ładunków MW, których detonacja nie powinna powodować niekorzystnego wpływu na obiekty budowlane. Zależności te są zmienne w funkcji miejsca wykonywania robót strzałowych, a tym samym kwestia ta stanowi ważne zagadnienie z punktu widzenia przedsiębiorcy, którego głównym celem jest maksymalizacja

  15. Determination of Critical Conditions of Spontaneous Combustion of Coal in Longwall Gob Areas / Wyznaczanie Warunków Krytycznych Samozapalania Węgla W Zrobach Ścian

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    Cygankiewicz, Janusz

    2015-09-01

    pożaru niektórych warunków panujących w danym miejscu kopalni, takich jak: - skłonność węgla do samozapalania - zawartość tlenu w powietrzu dopływającym do zagrzewającego się węgla. W pracy przedstawiono numeryczną metodę wyznaczania warunków krytycznych samozapalania węgla w zrobach ścian, czyli takich po spełnieniu których może dojść do samozapalenia. Przyjęto, że znajdujący się w zrobach rozkruszony węgiel ma kształt płaskiej warstwy, sąsiadującej od stropu i spągu ze skałami. Rozważania ograniczono do węgli charakteryzujących się niską zawartością wilgoci. Przyjęto prosty model kinetyki utleniania na powierzchni węgla wyrażony równaniem Arrheniusa. Model ten zakłada niezależność szybkości utleniania od ilości tlenu pochłoniętego przez węgiel. Szybkość reakcji zależy jedynie od temperatury , przy czym występujące w równaniu parametry zmieniają się po osiągnięciu przez węgiel temperatury krytycznej. W artykule przedstawiono matematyczny model samozagrzewania warstwy węgla w zrobach opisujący bilans ciepła w węglu oraz bilans tlenu i bilans ciepła w przepływających gazach. Tworzące model układy równań różniczkowych cząstkowych rozwiązywane są metodami numerycznymi. Opracowany program komputerowy umożliwia wykonywanie stosownych obliczeń. W pracy, na przykładzie węgla z pokładu 405 , przedstawiono sposób wyznaczania warunków krytycznych warstwy rozkruszonego węgla: grubości warstwy, zawartości tlenu w przepływających przez warstwę gazach oraz przewodności cieplnej otaczających skał.

  16. Stability Assessment of the High Safety Pillars in Slovenian Natural Stone Mines / Ocena Stabilności Wysokich Filarów Bezpieczeństwa W Kopalniach Kamieni Naturalnych W Słowenii

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    Kortnik, Jože

    2015-03-01

    For the first time in Slovenia, the underground excavation of natural stone blocks was introduced on a trial basis at the Hotavlje I colourful limestone quarry in 1993, in 2002 at the Lipica II limestone quarry, in 2008 at the Lipica I limestone quarry and in 2009 also at the Doline limestone quarry. This was primarily because of the geological structure of the site, the quarry's condition, the potentially large amounts of the overburden in the event of an expansion of the surface part of the quarry, and the increasing needs for this raw material, i.e. natural stone. The underground excavation of natural stone in all locations are done using a modified room-and-pillar excavation method that is adjusted to each site's characteristics, with regularly or irregularly distributed high safety pillars. Since the underground excavation of natural stone blocks is performed at a relatively shallow level under the surface, i.e., at a depth of only 10-40 m, the value of the primary vertical stress state is also relatively low (less than 1.0 MPa). This significantly increases the risk of wedge-shaped pieces or blocks falling out of the ceiling in open underground spaces. In previous years, special attention was paid to the installation of stress-strain systems for controlling the planned dimensions (width and height) of large, open, underground spaces (rooms) and the dimensions of the high safety pillars, along with continual monitoring and identification of the instability phenomena in the ceiling and sides of the large open spaces (rooms). The paper presents the methods and devices used for the optimization and the safety monitoring of high safety pillars for the underground excavation of natural stone blocks in Slovenian natural stone mines. Wydobycie naturalnych bloków skalnych ze złóż podziemnych rozpoczęło się w Słowenii w roku 1993 w kamieniołomach wapieni kolorowych w Hotavlje I (etap próbny). W 2002 uruchomiono kamieniołom Lipica II

  17. Acid Mine Drainage Treatment by Perlite Nanomineral, Batch and Continuous Systems

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    Shabani, Kumars Seifpanahi; Ardejani, Faramarz Doulati; Badii, Khshayar; Olya, Mohammad Ebrahim

    2014-03-01

    In this paper the adsorption activity of perlite nanoparticles for removal of Cu2+, Fe2+ and Mn2+ ions at Iran Sarcheshmeh copper acid mine drainage was discussed. Thus, raw perlite that provided from internal resource was modified and prepared via particles size reduction to nano scale and characterized by X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transforms infrared and BET specific surface area analysis. The results of acid mine drainage show that pH of acid mine drainage is 5.1 and Cu2+, Fe2+ and Mn2+ ions are 10.5, 4.1 and 8.3 ppm, respectively. Firstly in the batch system the influence of adsorbent dose and temperature parameters were considered and then isothermal and kinetic models were investigated. According to the results the Langmuir isotherm and pseudo-second order kinetic model showed better correlation with the experimental data than other isotherm and kinetic models. Obtained thermodynamic parameters such as ΔG°, ΔH° and ΔS° show that the Cu2+, Fe2+ and Mn2+ ions adsorption from acid mine drainage is spontaneous and endothermic. Finally, perlite nanoparticles adsorbent was packed inside a glass column and used for the removal of heavy metals in 1, 3, 5 ml/min acid mine drainage flow rates, the breakthrough curves show that the column was saturated at 180, 240 and 315 min for different flow rates, respectively. According to the obtained results, this abundant, locally available and cheap silicate mineral showed a great efficiency for the removal of heavy metal pollutants from acid mine drainage and can be utilized for much volume of acid mine drainage or industrial scale. W pracy omówiono zdolności adsorpcyjne nano-cząsteczek perlitu wykorzystywanych o usuwania jonów Cu2+, Fe2+ i Mn2+ z kwaśnych wód kopalniach w kopalni miedzi w Sarcheshmeh w Iranie. Surowy perlit pozyskiwany ze źródeł własnych został zmodyfikowany i odpowiednio spreparowany poprzez zre-dukowanie cz

  18. The Change of Structural and Thermal Properties of Rocks Exposed to High Temperatures in the Vicinity of Designed Geo-Reactor / Zmiany właściwości strukturalnych i cieplnych skał poddanych wysokim temperaturom w rejonie projektowanego georeaktora

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    Małkowski, Piotr; Niedbalski, Zbigniew; Hydzik-Wiśniewska, Joanna

    2013-06-01

    Among the main directions of works on energy acquisition, there is the development and application of the technology of underground gasification of coal deposits (UCG). During the process of deposit burning and oxidation, there is also impact of temperatures exceeding 1000°C on rocks surrounding the deposit. As a result of subjecting carboniferous rocks to high temperatures for a prolonged period of time, their structure will change, which in turn will result in the change of their physical properties. Due to the project of underground coal gasification, as performed in Poland, laboratory tests are currently under way to a broad extent, including physical properties of carboniferous rocks subjected to high temperatures. The article presents results of laboratory tests of rocks surrounding the designed geo-reactor: changes to bulk density, specific density and porosity due to high temperature, and confronts the above results with the results of tests of thermal conductivity, specific heat and heat diffusivity (temperature conductivity) of the rocks. The mineralogical investigations were presented too. Jednym z głównych kierunków prac nad pozyskiwaniem energii jest opracowanie i zastosowanie technologii podziemnej gazyfikacji pokładów węgla. W czasie procesu spalania i utleniania pokładu dochodzi również do oddziaływania temperatur przekraczających 1000°C na skały otaczające pokład. W wyniku poddania skał karbońskich wysokim temperaturom przez dłuższy okres czasu będzie dochodzić do zmian ich struktury, co z kolei spowoduje zmiany ich właściwości fizycznych. Ze względu na realizowany w Polsce projekt podziemnego zgazowania węgla prowadzone są obecnie badania laboratoryjne w szerokim zakresie, m.in. właściwości fizycznych skał karbońskich poddanych wysokim temperaturom. W artykule przedstawiono wyniki badań laboratoryjnych skał otaczających projektowany georeaktor: zmian gęstości objętościowej, gęstości właściwej i porowato

  19. Value of Geological Information in Exploitation Management: the Case of Exploitation Units of the Polkowice-Sieroszowice Mine

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    Krzak, Mariusz; Panajew, Paweł

    2014-03-01

    informacji. Informacja, adekwatna do problemu, dla którego jest pozyskiwana, zwiększa zasób wiedzy podmiotu gospodarującego, jednak rosnąca jej ilość stwarza możliwość dezinformacji. Instrumentów analizy posiadanej przez decydenta informacji dostarczają m.in. narzędzia teoria gier. W teorii gier informacja modelowana jest zazwyczaj z wykorzystaniem koncepcji zbiorów informacyjnych (rys. 2). Zwykle uczestnicy gry nie dysponują pełną informacją, co implikuje fakt, ze sytuacja decyzyjna rozgrywa się w warunkach niepewności. Działalność operacyjna kopalni zmierzająca do udostępnienia i eksploatacji poszczególnych części złoża realizowana jest etapami. Nieodzownym staje się zatem podejmowanie decyzji i wybór optymalnej strategii na każdym z nich. Dążeniem kopalni może być uzyskanie najkorzystniejszych wypłat, niezależnie od zaistniałych warunków otoczenia. Działanie takowe zaprezentowano na przykładzie trzech parcel eksploatacyjnych A, B i C uruchamianych w obrębie ZG Polkowice-Sieroszowice. Charakterystykę parcel zestawiono w tabelach 1, 2 i 3, a schematyczne przekroje zmienności zobrazowano na figurach 3, 4 oraz 5. Na podstawie formuły NSR (3) obliczono ceny rudy w parcelach. Bazując na analogii określono prawdopodobieństwa napotkania konkretnych układów wskaźników jakościowych rudy w parcelach. Zestawiając oczekiwane przychody w odniesieniu do możliwych dwóch stanów natury zdefiniowano macierz gry (4). Wygenerowany problem decyzyjny sprowadzony został do modelu gry koordynacji, a rozstrzygano w nim, które z parcel należy poddać eksploatacji. Opierając się na zakresie informacji o parametrach złoża we wszystkich parcelach będącej w posiadaniu geologa nadzorującego postęp frontu eksploatacyjnego, przeanalizowano dostępne struktury informacyjne, wskazując te optymalne. Oczekiwane średnie wielkości przychodów dla poddawanych ocenie struktur zestawiono w tabelach 4, 5 oraz 6.

  20. Waterproof Anti-Explosive Powders for Coal Mines

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    Buczek, Bronisław; Vogt, Elżbieta

    2014-03-01

    , dla badanych pyłów wyznaczono izotermy adsorpcji pary wodnej (Rys. 1). Uzyskane niższe wartości adsorpcji dla materiałów po modyfikacji niż dla proszku surowego potwierdzają, że materiały posiadają charakter hydrofobowy, co pozwala stwierdzić, że obie proponowane metody hydrofobizacji są użyteczne do produkcji wodoodpornego pyłu wapiennego. Analizę termiczną pyłów wapiennych wykonano w celu porównania efektu cieplnego przemian zachodzących podczas ogrzewania pyłów modyfikowanych z efektem cieplnym zachodzącym podczas ogrzewania surowego pyłu wapiennego. W trakcie badań użyto termowagę firmy TA Instruments 2960 SDT ze sprzężonym spektrometrem masowym firmy Balzers TermoStar 300. Otrzymane wynikiprzedstawiono na Rys. 2. Linie ciągłe na Rys. 2a i 2b przedstawiają przebieg krzywych TG, DTG oraz DTA dla pyłu surowego. Linie przerywane zostały otrzymane dla pyłu modyfikowanego kwasem stearynowym (Rys. 2a) oraz preparatem SARSIL® H-15 (Rys. 2b). Na Rys. 3 zobrazowano wyniki analizy zawartości tlenku węgla IV w składzie gazów otrzymywanych podczas rozkładu termicznego pyłu wapiennego (EGA). Krzywa otrzymana dla pyłu modyfikowanego kwasem stearynowym w zasadzie pokrywa się z krzywą otrzymaną dla pyłu surowego. Parametry uzyskane z użyciem aparatu Powder Characteristics Tester umożliwiły scharakteryzowanie pyłów wapiennych nie tylko pod kątem ich właściwości hydrofobowych, ale także właściwości kohezyjnych i przepływowych.

  1. Unique Project of Single-Cutting Head Longwall Shearer Used for Thin Coal Seams Exploitation / Projekt Jednoorganowego Kombajnu ŚCIANOWEGO O Specjalnej Konstrukcji Przeznaczonego do Eksploatacji POKŁADÓW Cienkich

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    Bołoz, Łukasz

    2013-12-01

    Problem of thin hard coal seams exploitation, including chosen data related with their resources in Poland, has been discussed in the introduction of the present study. On the basis of actually operated machines the assumptions, which should be satisfied by the longwall shearer used for exploitation of thin hard coal seams, have been made. A project of such longwall shearer combined with band conveyor and mechanized longwall support, including description of the machine operation technology and analysis of possible day output achievement, have been presented. Polska dysponuje stosunkowo dużymi zasobami surowców energetycznych, a ciągle rosnące zapotrzebowanie na energię skłania do ich racjonalnego wykorzystywania. Jedną z możliwości takiego racjonalnego gospodarowania zasobami naturalnymi jest eksploatacja węgla kamiennego z pokładów cienkich. W związku z wybieraniem coraz cieńszych pokładów węgla, zalegających bardzo głęboko, w trudnych warunkach górniczo-geologicznych napotyka się na duże problemy związane z uzyskaniem wymaganej wydajności wydobycia przy użyciu stosowanych aktualnie metod. Przyjmuje się, ze pokłady cienkie to takie o miąższości od 1.0 m do 1.5 m i właśnie ta niewielka wysokość wyrobiska ścianowego powoduje szereg ograniczeń związanych z efektywną eksploatacją węgla. Na podstawie dostępnych danych określono, że ilości węgla kamiennego w cienkich pokładach wynosi około 600 mln Mg. Znaczna część pokładów cienkich w ostatnich latach została przeklasyfikowana na nieprzemysłowe, co pozwala stwierdzić, że rzeczywista ilość węgla w pokładach cienkich jest znacznie większa. Na podstawie analizy wad i zalet jak i danych technicznych produkowanych obecnie maszyn, określono wytyczne i założenia do nowego rozwiązania maszyny urabiającej przeznaczonej do wydobywania węgla w ścianach niskich. Kombajn do eksploatacji cienkich pokładów powinien spełniać następujące wymagania (Bołoz, 2012

  2. The Influence of Shale Rock Fracturing Equipment Operation on Atmospheric Air Quality

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    Bogacki, Marek; Macuda, Jan

    2014-12-01

    . Zaadoptowano na potrzeby obliczeń modelowych wskaźniki emisji opracowane między innymi przez Amerykańską Agencję ds. Środowiska, czy Europejską Agencję ds. Środowiska. Obliczenia propagacji w powietrzu zanieczyszczeń pochodzących z analizowanych silników wykonano metodą modelowania matematycznego wykorzystując w tym celu model smugi Gaussa. Wyniki obliczeń pozwoliły na ocenę rozkładu przestrzennego stężeń maksymalnych 1-godzinnych (S1), częstości przekroczeń wartości dopuszczalnej stężeń 1-godzinnych (P(D1)), percentyla 99,8 lub 99,726 ze stężeń 1-godzinnych oraz stężeń średniorocznych (Sa) dla wybranych, najbardziej istotnych z punktu widzenia wpływu na jakość powietrza zanieczyszczeń tj.: NOx (jako NO2), SO2, CO, PM10, benzo(a) pirenu, benzenu, toluenu, ksylenu, formaldehydu, aldehydu octowego oraz akroleiny. Wyniki obliczeń stężeń wybranych substancji w powietrzu na granicy wiertni zestawiono w tabeli 9, natomiast rozkłady przestrzenne stężeń NOx oraz PM10 przedstawiono na rysunkach 3-8. Analiza wyników obliczeń nie wykazała wprawdzie dla analizowanego przypadku występowania przekroczeń obowiązujących w Polsce standardów imisyjnych, ale w przypadku takich zanieczyszczeń jak tlenki azotu (NOx) czy pył PM10 istnieje realne zagrożenie wystąpienia takich przekroczeń, między innymi w sytuacji, gdy łączna moc zainstalowana w silnikach napędzających urządzenia technologiczne w czasie procesu szczelinowania będzie wyraźnie większa niż przyjęta w opisanych badaniach. Wnioski z przeprowadzonych obliczeń wskazują na istotny wpływ na jakość powietrza emisji tlenków azotu (NOx) i pyłu PM10. Ryzyko wystąpienia przekroczeń obowiązujących standardów imisyjnych poza granicą wiertni jest uwarunkowane zarówno czynnikami technologicznymi (łączna moc pracujących silników, parametry spalanego paliwa, zastosowane w silnikach techniki ograniczenia emisji, czas trwania szczelinowania itp.) jak i szeregiem

  3. New Criteria to Assess Seismic and Rock Burst Hazard in Coal Mines / Nowe Kryteria Dla Oceny Zagrożenia Sejsmicznego I Tąpaniami W Kopalniach Węgla Kamiennego

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    Mutke, Grzegorz; Dubiński, Józef; Lurka, Adam

    2015-09-01

    ąpnięciem - tabela 1 (Barański i in., 2007), stosowane aktualnie przez większość kopalń w polskim górnictwie węglowym. Kryteria te w części przypadków nie prowadziły do zadawalających i w pełni wiarygodnych wskazań, ze względu na małą liczbę analizowanych parametrów sejsmologicznych oraz brak sekwencyjnej analizy ich zmian w czasie prowadzonej eksploatacji. Wady te uwzględnia nowe podejście metodyczne do oceny stanu zagrożenia. Nowe kryteria oceny stanu zagrożenia sejsmicznego i zagrożenia tąpnięciem przedstawiono w tabeli 2. Zakwalifikowanie do określonego stanu zagrożenia wymaga spełnienia wartości kryterialnych przez więcej niż połowę parametrów sejsmicznych, przypisanych do określonego stanu zagrożenia i rodzaju wyrobiska. Skuteczność przedstawionych nowych kryteriów oceny stanu sejsmicznego i zagrożenia tąpnięciem, opartych o sekwencyjną analizę wybranych parametrów kryterialnych w przemieszczających się co dobę oknach czasowych, została pokazana na przykładach obliczeniowych rzeczywistych sytuacji pomiarowych uzyskanych podczas eksploatacji pokładu węgla 510 ścianą nr. 6 oraz pokładu 503 ścianą nr. 3 w KWK Bobrek-Centrum. Przeprowadzono dyskusję opracowanych kryteriów dowodząc, że stosowanie do oceny stanu zagrożenia tąpaniami różnych parametrów wstrząsów jest niezbędne, aby na bieżąco obserwować to zagrożenie w zależności od różnych mechanizmów wstrząsów i dla różnych sytuacji górniczo-geologicznych. Analiza jednego parametru kryterialnego może często doprowadzić do błędnych wniosków i niskiej wiarygodności wykonanej oceny stanu zagrożenia. Z tej przyczyny w najnowszej wersji metody sejsmologicznej zaproponowanej do stosowania w polskich kopalniach węgla kamiennego, uwzględniono pięć niezależnych parametrów sejsmologicznych opisanych w tabeli 2.

  4. The Application of Coreless Inductors for Displacement Measurements in Laboratory Investigations of Rock Properties

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    Nurkowski, Janusz

    2014-12-01

    ści termicznej (rys. 7). Zmiany częstotliwości z czujnika referencyjnego są poprawkami do wskazań czujnika pomiarowego. Oba czujniki są naprzemiennie podłączane do tego samego generatora poprzez elektroniczny przełącznik (rys. 5). Zastosowanie jednego generatora powoduje, że poprawki te umożliwiają również praktycznie całkowitą eliminację błędu pomiaru ze względu na zmiany temperatury otoczenia i napięcia zasilania na generator i częstościomierz. Charakterystyka przetwornika długość-częstotliwość jest nieliniowa (rys. 3), co wynika z zależności między długością cewki czujnika, więc jej indukcyjnością, a częstotliwością rezonansową obwodu LC (1). Najdokładniej charakterystykę czujnika otrzymać można przez wzorcowanie. Uwzględnione są wtedy głównie pasożytnicze indukcyjności i pojemności połączeń, których wartości trudno obliczyć lub zmierzyć. W pomiarach należy dążyć, na ile to możliwe, do montowania krótkiego czujnika do długich próbek, w ten sposób zmiany długości badanego materiału będą większe, a krótszy czujnik dozna większego odkształcenia, więc czułość pomiaru będzie duża. Jednak zbyt krótki czujnik ma małą indukcyjność i wtedy jego czułość ograniczy indukcyjność połączeń (2). Opracowano dwa podstawowe typy takiego czujnika. Pierwszy, do pomiaru odkształceń liniowych, np. do pomiaru ściśliwości (rys. 2 i 6), o prostej cewce, który jest mocowany do próbki za pośrednictwem zaczepów przytwierdzonych do niej. W ten sposób czujnik nie kontaktuje się bezpośrednio z powierzchnią próbki, i odkształca się bez tarcia, co umożliwia precyzyjny pomiar, szczególnie przy obciążaniu cyklicznym. Bazę pomiarową można dostosowywać do długości próbki, mocując czujnik do zaczepów poprzez łączniki, uzyskując globalny pomiar odkształceń. Czujnik mierzy zmiany długości z rozdzielczością poniżej 1 μm, przy maksymalnych odkształceniach czujnika o kilkadziesi