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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107634/electrolyte-gradient-based-modulation-of-molecular-transport-through-nanoporous-gold-membranes
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Daniel A McCurry, Ryan C Bailey
Nanopores, and nanoporous materials in general, are interesting for applications in chemical and biomolecular transport as pore sizes are on the same scale as the dimension of many (bio)chemical species. Many studies have focused on either single pores or small arrays of cylindrical pores, which are convenient in terms of their amenability towards computational modeling of transport phenomenon. However, the limited overall porosity may inhibit transport flux as well as the eventual implementation of these materials as active separation elements...
January 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106418/spatiotemporal-dynamics-and-reliable-computations-in-recurrent-spiking-neural-networks
#2
Ryan Pyle, Robert Rosenbaum
Randomly connected networks of excitatory and inhibitory spiking neurons provide a parsimonious model of neural variability, but are notoriously unreliable for performing computations. We show that this difficulty is overcome by incorporating the well-documented dependence of connection probability on distance. Spatially extended spiking networks exhibit symmetry-breaking bifurcations and generate spatiotemporal patterns that can be trained to perform dynamical computations under a reservoir computing framework...
January 6, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079127/functional-nanoarchitectures-for-enhanced-drug-eluting-stents
#3
Yomna E Saleh, Mohamed A Gepreel, Nageh K Allam
Different strategies have been investigated to allow for optimum duration and conditions for endothelium healing through the enhancement of coronary stents. In this study, a nanoarchitectured system is proposed as a surface modification for drug eluting stents. Highly oriented nanotubes were vertically grown on the surface of a new Ni-free biocompatible Ti-based alloy, as a potential material for self-expandable stents. The fabricated nanotubes were self-grown from the potential stent substrate, which are also proposed to enhance endothelial proliferation while acting as drug reservoir to hinder Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells (VSMC) proliferation...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069224/a-method-for-water-well-regeneration-based-on-shock-waves-and-ultrasound
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Anna V Abramova, Vladimir O Abramov, Vadim M Bayazitov, Roman V Nikonov
The regeneration of water wells is an urgent problem nowadays, when drilling of new wells becomes more and more expensive. Formation damage leads to a reduction of the formation's permeability and/or pore volume which in turn inhibits the ability of the water to flow from the reservoir formation into the wellbore. A new technology that uses high-power ultrasound to remove formation damage of water wells has been developed. The effectiveness of regeneration of wells can be enhanced if ultrasound and shockwaves are used during the same treatment...
May 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048625/tu-h-206-02-novel-linearly-filled-derenzo-pet-phantom-design
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S Graves, B Cox, M Farhoud, H Valdovinos, J Jeffery, K Eliceiri, T Barnhart, R Nickles
PURPOSE: To design a linearly-filled Derenzo positron emission tomography (PET) phantom, eliminating the extraneous radioisotope volumes in a conventional reservoir-type design. This activity reduction combined with the elimination of bubbles in smaller phantom channels would significantly reduce personnel dose, radioisotope cost, and would improve image quality by reducing out-of-slice activity scatter. METHODS: A computer-aided design (CAD) was created of a modular Derenzo phantom consisting of three phantom layers with gaskets between the layers...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042255/a-comparison-of-statistical-emulation-methodologies-for-multi-wave-calibration-of-environmental-models
#6
James M Salter, Daniel Williamson
Expensive computer codes, particularly those used for simulating environmental or geological processes, such as climate models, require calibration (sometimes called tuning). When calibrating expensive simulators using uncertainty quantification methods, it is usually necessary to use a statistical model called an emulator in place of the computer code when running the calibration algorithm. Though emulators based on Gaussian processes are typically many orders of magnitude faster to evaluate than the simulator they mimic, many applications have sought to speed up the computations by using regression-only emulators within the calculations instead, arguing that the extra sophistication brought using the Gaussian process is not worth the extra computational power...
December 2016: Environmetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993467/dissolution-kinetics-of-volatile-organic-compound-vapors-in-water-an-integrated-experimental-and-computational-study
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Mojtaba G Mahmoodlu, Elizabeth M Pontedeiro, Jesús S Pérez Guerrero, Amir Raoof, S Majid Hassanizadeh, Martinus Th van Genuchten
In this study we performed batch experiments to investigate the dissolution kinetics of trichloroethylene (TCE) and toluene vapors in water at room temperature and atmospheric pressure. The batch systems consisted of a water reservoir and a connected headspace, the latter containing a small glass cylinder filled with pure volatile organic compound (VOC). Results showed that air phase concentrations of both TCE and toluene increased relatively quickly to their maximum values and then became constant. We considered subsequent dissolution into both stirred and unstirred water reservoirs...
January 2017: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27967170/maximum-caliber-inference-and-the-stochastic-ising-model
#8
Carlo Cafaro, Sean Alan Ali
We investigate the maximum caliber variational principle as an inference algorithm used to predict dynamical properties of complex nonequilibrium, stationary, statistical systems in the presence of incomplete information. Specifically, we maximize the path entropy over discrete time step trajectories subject to normalization, stationarity, and detailed balance constraints together with a path-dependent dynamical information constraint reflecting a given average global behavior of the complex system. A general expression for the transition probability values associated with the stationary random Markov processes describing the nonequilibrium stationary system is computed...
November 2016: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925596/investigating-echo-state-networks-dynamics-by-means-of-recurrence-analysis
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Filippo Maria Bianchi, Lorenzo Livi, Cesare Alippi
In this paper, we elaborate over the well-known interpretability issue in echo-state networks (ESNs). The idea is to investigate the dynamics of reservoir neurons with time-series analysis techniques developed in complex systems research. Notably, we analyze time series of neuron activations with recurrence plots (RPs) and recurrence quantification analysis (RQA), which permit to visualize and characterize high-dimensional dynamical systems. We show that this approach is useful in a number of ways. First, the 2-D representation offered by RPs provides a visualization of the high-dimensional reservoir dynamics...
December 2, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897181/quantum-enhanced-feedback-cooling-of-a-mechanical-oscillator-using-nonclassical-light
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Clemens Schäfermeier, Hugo Kerdoncuff, Ulrich B Hoff, Hao Fu, Alexander Huck, Jan Bilek, Glen I Harris, Warwick P Bowen, Tobias Gehring, Ulrik L Andersen
Laser cooling is a fundamental technique used in primary atomic frequency standards, quantum computers, quantum condensed matter physics and tests of fundamental physics, among other areas. It has been known since the early 1990s that laser cooling can, in principle, be improved by using squeezed light as an electromagnetic reservoir; while quantum feedback control using a squeezed light probe is also predicted to allow improved cooling. Here we show the implementation of quantum feedback control of a micro-mechanical oscillator using squeezed probe light...
November 29, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887973/decommissioning-strategy-for-liquid-low-level-radioactive-waste-surface-storage-water-reservoir
#11
S S Utkin, I I Linge
The Techa Cascade of water reservoirs (TCR) is one of the most environmentally challenging facilities resulted from FSUE "PA "Mayak" operations. Its reservoirs hold over 360 mln m(3) of liquid radioactive waste with a total activity of some 5 × 10(15) Bq. A set of actions implemented under a special State program involving the development of a strategic plan aimed at complete elimination of TCR challenges (Strategic Master-Plan for the Techa Cascade of water reservoirs) resulted in considerable reduction of potential hazards associated with this facility...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858024/stable-crystalline-boron-complexes-with-mono-di-and-trianionic-formazanate-ligands
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Ranajit Mondol, Daan A Snoeken, Mu-Chieh Chang, Edwin Otten
Redox-active formazanate ligands are emerging as tunable electron-reservoirs in coordination chemistry. Here we show that boron diphenyl complexes with formazanate ligands, despite their (formal) negative charge, can be further reduced by up to two electrons. A combined crystallographic, spectroscopic and computational study establishes that formazanate ligands are stable in mono-, di- and trianionic form.
January 3, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833943/a-fundamental-analysis-of-enhanced-cross-coupling-catalytic-activity-for-palladium-clusters-on-graphene-supports
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Y Yang, C E Castano, B Frank Gupton, A C Reber, S N Khanna
Combining the recyclability of heterogeneous catalysts with the high activity of ligated homogeneous catalysts for the production of complex organic molecules is a cardinal goal of catalyst development. We have investigated the activity of ultra-fine Pd clusters bound to vacancy defective sites in graphene and found that the defective graphene both serves as a support to stabilize the recyclable catalyst, and also functions as a ligand enhancing the catalytic activity. In this paper, we report computational and experimental results that provide insights into the nature of the interfacial interactions between metal nanoparticles and defect sites on the graphene surface...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825829/metagenomics-probing-pollutant-fate-in-natural-and-engineered-ecosystems
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Emna Bouhajja, Spiros N Agathos, Isabelle F George
Polluted environments are a reservoir of microbial species able to degrade or to convert pollutants to harmless compounds. The proper management of microbial resources requires a comprehensive characterization of their genetic pool to assess the fate of contaminants and increase the efficiency of bioremediation processes. Metagenomics offers appropriate tools to describe microbial communities in their whole complexity without lab-based cultivation of individual strains. After a decade of use of metagenomics to study microbiomes, the scientific community has made significant progress in this field...
December 2016: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27819349/a-comprehensive-model-for-real-gas-transport-in-shale-formations-with-complex-non-planar-fracture-networks
#15
Ruiyue Yang, Zhongwei Huang, Wei Yu, Gensheng Li, Wenxi Ren, Lihua Zuo, Xiaosi Tan, Kamy Sepehrnoori, Shouceng Tian, Mao Sheng
A complex fracture network is generally generated during the hydraulic fracturing treatment in shale gas reservoirs. Numerous efforts have been made to model the flow behavior of such fracture networks. However, it is still challenging to predict the impacts of various gas transport mechanisms on well performance with arbitrary fracture geometry in a computationally efficient manner. We develop a robust and comprehensive model for real gas transport in shales with complex non-planar fracture network. Contributions of gas transport mechanisms and fracture complexity to well productivity and rate transient behavior are systematically analyzed...
November 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27792887/cortico-striatal-language-pathways-dynamically-adjust-for-syntactic-complexity-a-computational-study
#16
Krisztina Szalisznyó, David Silverstein, Marc Teichmann, Hugues Duffau, Anja Smits
A growing body of literature supports a key role of fronto-striatal circuits in language perception. It is now known that the striatum plays a role in engaging attentional resources and linguistic rule computation while also serving phonological short-term memory capabilities. The ventral semantic and the dorsal phonological stream dichotomy assumed for spoken language processing also seems to play a role in cortico-striatal perception. Based on recent studies that correlate deep Broca-striatal pathways with complex syntax performance, we used a previously developed computational model of frontal-striatal syntax circuits and hypothesized that different parallel language pathways may contribute to canonical and non-canonical sentence comprehension separately...
January 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783690/persistent-memory-in-single-node-delay-coupled-reservoir-computing
#17
André David Kovac, Maximilian Koall, Gordon Pipa, Hazem Toutounji
Delays are ubiquitous in biological systems, ranging from genetic regulatory networks and synaptic conductances, to predator/pray population interactions. The evidence is mounting, not only to the presence of delays as physical constraints in signal propagation speed, but also to their functional role in providing dynamical diversity to the systems that comprise them. The latter observation in biological systems inspired the recent development of a computational architecture that harnesses this dynamical diversity, by delay-coupling a single nonlinear element to itself...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777989/salt-gradient-driven-ion-transport-in-solid-state-nanopores-the-crucial-role-of-reservoir-geometry-and-size
#18
Chih-Yuan Lin, Fu Chen, Li-Hsien Yeh, Jyh-Ping Hsu
Modern applications of nanotechnology such as salinity gradient power and ionic diodes usually involve the transport of ionic species in a system comprising a nanopore connecting two large reservoirs. The charge properties on the nanopore surface plays a key role, and they need to be estimated by fitting a mathematical model for the system to measurable quantities such as ionic current or conductance. This model can also be used to simulate the system behavior under various conditions. However, the large difference between the linear size of a nanopore and that of a reservoir makes relevant analyses difficult...
October 25, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775907/calculating-the-expected-time-to-eradicate-hiv-1-using-a-markov-chain
#19
Narayanan Viswanath
In this study, the expected time required to eradicate HIV-1 completely was found as the conditional absorbing time in a finite state space continuous-time Markov chain model. The Markov chain has two absorbing states: one corresponds to HIV eradication and another representing the possible disaster. This method allowed us to calculate the expected eradication time by solving systems of linear equations. To overcome the challenge of huge dimension of the problem, we applied a novel stop and resume technique...
October 20, 2016: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27762106/the-ever-increasing-reservoirs-of-infection-in-the-health-care-environment-time-for-a-sixth-moment-of-hygiene
#20
Pallavi Surase, Gita Nataraj, Sunil Kuyare, Preeti Mehta
OBJECTIVES: The study was carried out to determine the extent and type of contamination of the hands and accessories of staff from different settings and also to determine the phenotypic similarity between the isolates recovered from the same staff. DESIGN: Prospective cross-sectional study. SETTING: Tertiary care center. PARTICIPANTS: Health care workers (HCWs') and administrative staff. METHODS: Samples were collected and processed for bacteriology from the dominant hand, mobiles, aprons, stethoscopes and computer keyboards of 280 staff working in different settings after consent...
August 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
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