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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097222/early-formation-of-the-moon-4-51-billion-years-ago
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Melanie Barboni, Patrick Boehnke, Brenhin Keller, Issaku E Kohl, Blair Schoene, Edward D Young, Kevin D McKeegan
Establishing the age of the Moon is critical to understanding solar system evolution and the formation of rocky planets, including Earth. However, despite its importance, the age of the Moon has never been accurately determined. We present uranium-lead dating of Apollo 14 zircon fragments that yield highly precise, concordant ages, demonstrating that they are robust against postcrystallization isotopic disturbances. Hafnium isotopic analyses of the same fragments show extremely low initial (176)Hf/(177)Hf ratios corrected for cosmic ray exposure that are near the solar system initial value...
January 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097221/electrospun-core-shell-microfiber-separator-with-thermal-triggered-flame-retardant-properties-for-lithium-ion-batteries
#2
Kai Liu, Wei Liu, Yongcai Qiu, Biao Kong, Yongming Sun, Zheng Chen, Denys Zhuo, Dingchang Lin, Yi Cui
Although the energy densities of batteries continue to increase, safety problems (for example, fires and explosions) associated with the use of highly flammable liquid organic electrolytes remain a big issue, significantly hindering further practical applications of the next generation of high-energy batteries. We have fabricated a novel "smart" nonwoven electrospun separator with thermal-triggered flame-retardant properties for lithium-ion batteries. The encapsulation of a flame retardant inside a protective polymer shell has prevented direct dissolution of the retardant agent into the electrolyte, which would otherwise have negative effects on battery performance...
January 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097220/slab-temperature-controls-on-the-tonga-double-seismic-zone-and-slab-mantle-dehydration
#3
S Shawn Wei, Douglas A Wiens, Peter E van Keken, Chen Cai
Double seismic zones are two-layered distributions of intermediate-depth earthquakes that provide insight into the thermomechanical state of subducting slabs. We present new precise hypocenters of intermediate-depth earthquakes in the Tonga subduction zone obtained using data from local island-based, ocean-bottom, and global seismographs. The results show a downdip compressional upper plane and a downdip tensional lower plane with a separation of about 30 km. The double seismic zone in Tonga extends to a depth of about 300 km, deeper than in any other subduction system...
January 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097219/key-role-of-the-dopamine-d4-receptor-in-the-modulation-of-corticostriatal-glutamatergic-neurotransmission
#4
Jordi Bonaventura, César Quiroz, Ning-Sheng Cai, Marcelo Rubinstein, Gianluigi Tanda, Sergi Ferré
Polymorphic variants of the dopamine D4 receptor gene (DRD4) have been repeatedly associated with numerous neuropsychiatric disorders. Yet, the functional role of the D4 receptor and the functional differences of the products of DRD4 polymorphic variants remained enigmatic. Immunohistochemical and optogenetic-microdialysis experiments were performed in knock-in mice expressing a D4 receptor with the long intracellular domain of a human DRD4 polymorphic variant associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)...
January 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097218/energy-penetration-into-arrays-of-aligned-nanowires-irradiated-with-relativistic-intensities-scaling-to-terabar-pressures
#5
Clayton Bargsten, Reed Hollinger, Maria Gabriela Capeluto, Vural Kaymak, Alexander Pukhov, Shoujun Wang, Alex Rockwood, Yong Wang, David Keiss, Riccardo Tommasini, Richard London, Jaebum Park, Michel Busquet, Marcel Klapisch, Vyacheslav N Shlyaptsev, Jorge J Rocca
Ultrahigh-energy density (UHED) matter, characterized by energy densities >1 × 10(8) J cm(-3) and pressures greater than a gigabar, is encountered in the center of stars and inertial confinement fusion capsules driven by the world's largest lasers. Similar conditions can be obtained with compact, ultrahigh contrast, femtosecond lasers focused to relativistic intensities onto targets composed of aligned nanowire arrays. We report the measurement of the key physical process in determining the energy density deposited in high-aspect-ratio nanowire array plasmas: the energy penetration...
January 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097217/amylose-recognition-and-ring-size-determination-of-amylomaltase
#6
Christian Roth, Nicole Weizenmann, Nicola Bexten, Wolfram Saenger, Wolfgang Zimmermann, Timm Maier, Norbert Sträter
Starch is a major carbon and energy source throughout all kingdoms of life. It consists of two carbohydrate polymers, branched amylopectin and linear amylose, which are sparingly soluble in water. Hence, the enzymatic breakdown by glycoside hydrolases (GHs) is of great biological and societal importance. Amylomaltases (AMs) are GHs specialized in the hydrolysis of α-1,4-linked sugar chains such as amylose. They are able to catalyze an intramolecular transglycosylation of a bound sugar chain yielding polymeric sugar rings, the cycloamyloses (CAs), consisting of 20 to 100 glucose units...
January 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097216/the-last-frontiers-of-wilderness-tracking-loss-of-intact-forest-landscapes-from-2000-to-2013
#7
Peter Potapov, Matthew C Hansen, Lars Laestadius, Svetlana Turubanova, Alexey Yaroshenko, Christoph Thies, Wynet Smith, Ilona Zhuravleva, Anna Komarova, Susan Minnemeyer, Elena Esipova
An intact forest landscape (IFL) is a seamless mosaic of forest and naturally treeless ecosystems with no remotely detected signs of human activity and a minimum area of 500 km(2). IFLs are critical for stabilizing terrestrial carbon storage, harboring biodiversity, regulating hydrological regimes, and providing other ecosystem functions. Although the remaining IFLs comprise only 20% of tropical forest area, they account for 40% of the total aboveground tropical forest carbon. We show that global IFL extent has been reduced by 7...
January 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097215/an-ambiguity-principle-for-assigning-protein-structural-domains
#8
Guillaume Postic, Yassine Ghouzam, Romain Chebrek, Jean-Christophe Gelly
Ambiguity is the quality of being open to several interpretations. For an image, it arises when the contained elements can be delimited in two or more distinct ways, which may cause confusion. We postulate that it also applies to the analysis of protein three-dimensional structure, which consists in dividing the molecule into subunits called domains. Because different definitions of what constitutes a domain can be used to partition a given structure, the same protein may have different but equally valid domain annotations...
January 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070561/the-discovery-of-a-conjugate-system-of-faults-in-the-wharton-basin-intraplate-deformation-zone
#9
Satish C Singh, Nugroho Hananto, Yanfang Qin, Frederique Leclerc, Praditya Avianto, Paul E Tapponnier, Helene Carton, Shengji Wei, Adam B Nugroho, Wishnu A Gemilang, Kerry Sieh, Sylvain Barbot
The deformation at well-defined, narrow plate boundaries depends on the relative plate motion, but how the deformation takes place within a distributed plate boundary zone remains a conundrum. This was confirmed by the seismological analyses of the 2012 great Wharton Basin earthquakes [moment magnitude (Mw) 8.6], which suggested the rupture of several faults at high angles to one another. Using high-resolution bathymetry and seismic reflection data, we report the discovery of new N294°E-striking shear zones, oblique to the plate fabric...
January 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070560/overlooked-possibility-of-a-collapsed-atlantic-meridional-overturning-circulation-in-warming-climate
#10
Wei Liu, Shang-Ping Xie, Zhengyu Liu, Jiang Zhu
Changes in the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) are moderate in most climate model projections under increasing greenhouse gas forcing. This intermodel consensus may be an artifact of common model biases that favor a stable AMOC. Observationally based freshwater budget analyses suggest that the AMOC is in an unstable regime susceptible for large changes in response to perturbations. By correcting the model biases, we show that the AMOC collapses 300 years after the atmospheric CO2 concentration is abruptly doubled from the 1990 level...
January 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070559/the-mechanics-and-design-of-a-lightweight-three-dimensional-graphene-assembly
#11
Zhao Qin, Gang Seob Jung, Min Jeong Kang, Markus J Buehler
Recent advances in three-dimensional (3D) graphene assembly have shown how we can make solid porous materials that are lighter than air. It is plausible that these solid materials can be mechanically strong enough for applications under extreme conditions, such as being a substitute for helium in filling up an unpowered flight balloon. However, knowledge of the elastic modulus and strength of the porous graphene assembly as functions of its structure has not been available, preventing evaluation of its feasibility...
January 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070558/interlayer-couplings-moir%C3%A3-patterns-and-2d-electronic-superlattices-in-mos2-wse2-hetero-bilayers
#12
Chendong Zhang, Chih-Piao Chuu, Xibiao Ren, Ming-Yang Li, Lain-Jong Li, Chuanhong Jin, Mei-Yin Chou, Chih-Kang Shih
By using direct growth, we create a rotationally aligned MoS2/WSe2 hetero-bilayer as a designer van der Waals heterostructure. With rotational alignment, the lattice mismatch leads to a periodic variation of atomic registry between individual van der Waals layers, exhibiting a Moiré pattern with a well-defined periodicity. By combining scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and first-principles calculations, we investigate interlayer coupling as a function of atomic registry...
January 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070557/resource-tracking-within-and-across-continents-in-long-distance-bird-migrants
#13
Kasper Thorup, Anders P Tøttrup, Mikkel Willemoes, Raymond H G Klaassen, Roine Strandberg, Marta Lomas Vega, Hari P Dasari, Miguel B Araújo, Martin Wikelski, Carsten Rahbek
Migratory birds track seasonal resources across and between continents. We propose a general strategy of tracking the broad seasonal abundance of resources throughout the annual cycle in the longest-distance migrating land birds as an alternative to tracking a certain climatic niche or shorter-term resource surplus occurring, for example, during spring foliation. Whether and how this is possible for complex annual spatiotemporal schedules is not known. New tracking technology enables unprecedented spatial and temporal mapping of long-distance movement of birds...
January 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070556/assessing-recent-warming-using-instrumentally-homogeneous-sea-surface-temperature-records
#14
Zeke Hausfather, Kevin Cowtan, David C Clarke, Peter Jacobs, Mark Richardson, Robert Rohde
Sea surface temperature (SST) records are subject to potential biases due to changing instrumentation and measurement practices. Significant differences exist between commonly used composite SST reconstructions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Extended Reconstruction Sea Surface Temperature (ERSST), the Hadley Centre SST data set (HadSST3), and the Japanese Meteorological Agency's Centennial Observation-Based Estimates of SSTs (COBE-SST) from 2003 to the present. The update from ERSST version 3b to version 4 resulted in an increase in the operational SST trend estimate during the last 19 years from 0...
January 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070555/molecular-ligand-modulation-of-palladium-nanocatalysts-for-highly-efficient-and-robust-heterogeneous-oxidation-of-cyclohexenone-to-phenol
#15
Teng Xue, Zhaoyang Lin, Chin-Yi Chiu, Yongjia Li, Lingyan Ruan, Gongming Wang, Zipeng Zhao, Chain Lee, Xiangfeng Duan, Yu Huang
Metallic nanoparticles are emerging as an exciting class of heterogeneous catalysts with the potential advantages of exceptional activity, stability, recyclability, and easier separation than homogeneous catalysts. The traditional colloid nanoparticle syntheses usually involve strong surface binding ligands that could passivate the surface active sites and result in poor catalytic activity. The subsequent removal of surface ligands could reactivate the surface but often leads to metal ion leaching and/or severe Ostwald ripening with diminished catalytic activity or poor stability...
January 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070554/marrow-inspired-matrix-cues-rapidly-affect-early-fate-decisions-of-hematopoietic-stem-and-progenitor-cells
#16
Ji Sun Choi, Brendan A C Harley
Hematopoiesis is the physiological process where hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) continuously generate the body's complement of blood and immune cells within unique regions of the bone marrow termed niches. Although previous investigations have revealed gradients in cellular and extracellular matrix (ECM) content across the marrow, and matrix elasticity and ligand type are believed to be strong regulators of stem cell fate, the impact of biophysical signals on HSC response is poorly understood. Using marrow-inspired ECM ligand-coated polyacrylamide substrates that present defined stiffness and matrix ligand cues, we demonstrate that the interplay between integrin engagement and myosin II activation processes affects the morphology, proliferation, and myeloid lineage specification of primary murine HSCs within 24 hours ex vivo...
January 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028544/general-and-programmable-synthesis-of-hybrid-liposome-metal-nanoparticles
#17
Jin-Ho Lee, Yonghee Shin, Wooju Lee, Keumrai Whang, Dongchoul Kim, Luke P Lee, Jeong-Woo Choi, Taewook Kang
Hybrid liposome/metal nanoparticles are promising candidate materials for biomedical applications. However, the poor selectivity and low yield of the desired hybrid during synthesis pose a challenge. We designed a programmable liposome by selective encoding of a reducing agent, which allows self-crystallization of metal nanoparticles within the liposome to produce stable liposome/metal nanoparticles alone. We synthesized seven types of liposome/monometallic and more complex liposome/bimetallic hybrids. The resulting nanoparticles are tunable in size and metal composition, and their surface plasmon resonance bands are controllable in visible and near infrared...
December 2016: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028543/solute-segregation-and-deviation-from-bulk-thermodynamics-at-nanoscale-crystalline-defects
#18
Michael S Titus, Robert K Rhein, Peter B Wells, Philip C Dodge, Gopal Babu Viswanathan, Michael J Mills, Anton Van der Ven, Tresa M Pollock
It has long been known that solute segregation at crystalline defects can have profound effects on material properties. Nevertheless, quantifying the extent of solute segregation at nanoscale defects has proven challenging due to experimental limitations. A combined experimental and first-principles approach has been used to study solute segregation at extended intermetallic phases ranging from 4 to 35 atomic layers in thickness. Chemical mapping by both atom probe tomography and high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy demonstrates a markedly different composition for the 4-atomic-layer-thick phase, where segregation has occurred, compared to the approximately 35-atomic-layer-thick bulk phase of the same crystal structure...
December 2016: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028542/syrosingopine-sensitizes-cancer-cells-to-killing-by-metformin
#19
Don Benjamin, Marco Colombi, Sravanth K Hindupur, Charles Betz, Heidi A Lane, Mahmoud Y M El-Shemerly, Min Lu, Luca Quagliata, Luigi Terracciano, Suzette Moes, Timothy Sharpe, Aleksandra Wodnar-Filipowicz, Christoph Moroni, Michael N Hall
We report that the anticancer activity of the widely used diabetic drug metformin is strongly potentiated by syrosingopine. Synthetic lethality elicited by combining the two drugs is synergistic and specific to transformed cells. This effect is unrelated to syrosingopine's known role as an inhibitor of the vesicular monoamine transporters. Syrosingopine binds to the glycolytic enzyme α-enolase in vitro, and the expression of the γ-enolase isoform correlates with nonresponsiveness to the drug combination. Syrosingopine sensitized cancer cells to metformin and its more potent derivative phenformin far below the individual toxic threshold of each compound...
December 2016: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028541/butterfly-magnetoresistance-quasi-2d-dirac-fermi-surface-and-topological-phase-transition-in-zrsis
#20
Mazhar N Ali, Leslie M Schoop, Chirag Garg, Judith M Lippmann, Erik Lara, Bettina Lotsch, Stuart S P Parkin
Magnetoresistance (MR), the change of a material's electrical resistance in response to an applied magnetic field, is a technologically important property that has been the topic of intense study for more than a quarter century. We report the observation of an unusual "butterfly"-shaped titanic angular magnetoresistance (AMR) in the nonmagnetic Dirac material, ZrSiS, which we find to be the most conducting sulfide known, with a 2-K resistivity as low as 48(4) nΩ⋅cm. The MR in ZrSiS is large and positive, reaching nearly 1...
December 2016: Science Advances
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