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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220851/first-evidence-of-denitrification-vis-%C3%A3-vis-monsoon-in-the-arabian-sea-since-late-miocene
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Shubham Tripathi, Manish Tiwari, Jongmin Lee, Boo-Keun Khim
In the Arabian Sea, South Asian monsoon (SAM)-induced high surface water productivity coupled with poor ventilation of intermediate water results in strong denitrification within the oxygen minimum zone (OMZ). Despite the significance of denitrification in the Arabian Sea, we have no long-term record of its evolution spanning the past several million years. Here, we present the first record of denitrification evolution since Late Miocene (~10.2 Ma) in the Eastern Arabian Sea, where the SAM generates moderate surface water productivity, based on the samples retrieved during the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 355...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211459/gravitational-body-forces-focus-north-american-intraplate-earthquakes
#2
Will Levandowski, Mark Zellman, Rich Briggs
Earthquakes far from tectonic plate boundaries generally exploit ancient faults, but not all intraplate faults are equally active. The North American Great Plains exemplify such intraplate earthquake localization, with both natural and induced seismicity generally clustered in discrete zones. Here we use seismic velocity, gravity and topography to generate a 3D lithospheric density model of the region; subsequent finite-element modelling shows that seismicity focuses in regions of high-gravity-derived deviatoric stress...
February 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199442/phylogeographic-history-of-south-american-populations-of-the-silky-anteater-cyclopes-didactylus-pilosa-cyclopedidae
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Raphael Teodoro Franciscani Coimbra, Flávia Regina Miranda, Camila Clozato Lara, Marco Antônio Alves Schetino, Fabrício Rodrigues Dos Santos
Cyclopes didactylus, commonly called silky anteater, is the smallest and least studied of the anteaters. It is an arboreal species occurring in rainforests, ranging from southern Mexico to Central and South America, with an apparently disjoint distribution between Amazon and Atlantic rainforests in Brazil. Although seven subspecies are recognized, little is known about its geographical variation. Thus, to evaluate the population dynamics and evolutionary history of the South American silky anteater, we analyzed 1542 bp sequences of the mitochondrial control region (CR), COI and Cyt-b genes of 32 individuals...
February 13, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196688/biodiversity-and-topographic-complexity-modern-and-geohistorical-perspectives
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REVIEW
Catherine Badgley, Tara M Smiley, Rebecca Terry, Edward B Davis, Larisa R G DeSantis, David L Fox, Samantha S B Hopkins, Tereza Jezkova, Marjorie D Matocq, Nick Matzke, Jenny L McGuire, Andreas Mulch, Brett R Riddle, V Louise Roth, Joshua X Samuels, Caroline A E Strömberg, Brian J Yanites
Topographically complex regions on land and in the oceans feature hotspots of biodiversity that reflect geological influences on ecological and evolutionary processes. Over geologic time, topographic diversity gradients wax and wane over millions of years, tracking tectonic or climatic history. Topographic diversity gradients from the present day and the past can result from the generation of species by vicariance or from the accumulation of species from dispersal into a region with strong environmental gradients...
February 11, 2017: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190902/constraining-the-kinematics-of-metropolitan-los-angeles-faults-with-a-slip-partitioning-model
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S Daout, S Barbot, G Peltzer, M-P Doin, Z Liu, R Jolivet
Due to the limited resolution at depth of geodetic and other geophysical data, the geometry and the loading rate of the ramp-décollement faults below the metropolitan Los Angeles are poorly understood. Here we complement these data by assuming conservation of motion across the Big Bend of the San Andreas Fault. Using a Bayesian approach, we constrain the geometry of the ramp-décollement system from the Mojave block to Los Angeles and propose a partitioning of the convergence with 25.5 ± 0.5 mm/yr and 3...
November 16, 2016: Geophysical Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182640/compression-extension-transition-of-continental-crust-in-a-subduction-zone-a-parametric-numerical-modeling-study-with-implications-on-mesozoic-cenozoic-tectonic-evolution-of-the-cathaysia-block
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Xuran Zuo, Lung Sang Chan, Jian-Feng Gao
The Cathaysia Block is located in southeastern part of South China, which situates in the west Pacific subduction zone. It is thought to have undergone a compression-extension transition of the continental crust during Mesozoic-Cenozoic during the subduction of Pacific Plate beneath Eurasia-Pacific Plate, resulting in extensive magmatism, extensional basins and reactivation of fault systems. Although some mechanisms such as the trench roll-back have been generally proposed for the compression-extension transition, the timing and progress of the transition under a convergence setting remain ambiguous due to lack of suitable geological records and overprinting by later tectonic events...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177230/synthesis-crystal-structures-and-magnetic-properties-of-two-novel-cyanido-bridged-heterotrimetallic-cu-ii-mn-ii-cr-iii-complexes
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Maria-Gabriela Alexandru, Diana Visinescu, Sergiu Shova, Marius Andruh, Francesc Lloret, Miguel Julve
The self-assembly process between the heteroleptic [Cr(III)(phen)(CN)4](-) and [Cr(III)(ampy)(CN)4](-) metalloligands and the heterobimetallic {Cu(II)(valpn)Mn(II)}(2+) tecton afforded two heterotrimetallic complexes of formula [{Cu(II)(valpn)Mn(II)(μ-NC)2Cr(III)(phen)(CN)2}2{(μ-NC)Cr(III)(phen)(CN)3}2]·2CH3CN (1) and {[Cu(II)(valpn)Mn(II)(μ-NC)2Cr(III)(ampy)(CN)2]2·2CH3CN}n (2) [phen = 1,10-phenanthroline, ampy = 2-aminomethylpyridine, and H2valpn = 1,3-propanedyilbis(2-iminomethylene-6-methoxyphenol)]...
February 20, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148950/atmospheric-oxygen-regulation-at-low-proterozoic-levels-by-incomplete-oxidative-weathering-of-sedimentary-organic-carbon
#8
Stuart J Daines, Benjamin J W Mills, Timothy M Lenton
It is unclear why atmospheric oxygen remained trapped at low levels for more than 1.5 billion years following the Paleoproterozoic Great Oxidation Event. Here, we use models for erosion, weathering and biogeochemical cycling to show that this can be explained by the tectonic recycling of previously accumulated sedimentary organic carbon, combined with the oxygen sensitivity of oxidative weathering. Our results indicate a strong negative feedback regime when atmospheric oxygen concentration is of order pO2∼0...
February 2, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134755/combining-champ-and-swarm-satellite-data-to-invert-the-lithospheric-magnetic-field-in-the-tibetan-plateau
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Yaodong Qiu, Zhengtao Wang, Weiping Jiang, Bingbing Zhang, Fupeng Li, Fei Guo
CHAMP and Swarm satellite magnetic data are combined to establish the lithospheric magnetic field over the Tibetan Plateau at satellite altitude by using zonal revised spherical cap harmonic analysis (R-SCHA). These data are integrated with geological structures data to analyze the relationship between magnetic anomaly signals and large-scale geological tectonic over the Tibetan Plateau and to explore the active tectonic region based on the angle of the magnetic anomaly. Results show that the model fitting error is small for a layer 250-500 km high, and the RMSE of the horizontal and radial geomagnetic components is better than 0...
January 26, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131677/a-randomized-clinical-trial-to-evaluate-the-usefulness-of-amniotic-membrane-transplantation-in-bacterial-keratitis-healing
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Seyed Ali Tabatabaei, Mohammad Soleimani, Mahmoud Jabbarvand Behrouz, Ali Torkashvand, Pasha Anvari, Mehdi Yaseri
PURPOSE: To determine whether early amniotic membrane transplantation improves the outcomes among patients with bacterial keratitis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this prospective randomized clinical trial 49 eyes from 49 patients with bacterial keratitis received routine antibiotic therapy followed by double-layer amniotic membrane transplantation during 2-5 days after start up of the medications and the second group of 50 eyes from 50 patients only received routine antibacterial therapy...
January 25, 2017: Ocular Surface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123172/knockdown-of-tctn1-strongly-decreases-growth-of-human-colon-cancer-cells
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Xiaoyu Dai, Mingjun Dong, Hua Yu, Yangyang Xie, Yongming Yu, Yisheng Cao, Zhenfang Kong, Baofeng Zhou, Yidong Xu, Tong Yang, Keqiang Li
BACKGROUND Tectonic family member 1 (TCTN1), a member of the tectonic family, is involved in several developmental processes and is aberrantly expressed in multiple solid tumors. However, the expression and regulation of TCTN1 in human colorectal cancer (CRC) is still not clear. MATERIAL AND METHODS The expression of TCTN1 mRNA was first explored by using Oncomine microarray datasets. TCTN1 expression was silenced in human CRC cell lines HCT116 and SW1116 via RNA interference (RNAi). Furthermore, we investigated the effect of TCTN1 depletion on CRC cell growth by MTT, colony formation, and flow cytometry in vitro...
January 26, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119548/generalized-statistical-mechanics-approaches-to-earthquakes-and-tectonics
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REVIEW
Filippos Vallianatos, Giorgos Papadakis, Georgios Michas
Despite the extreme complexity that characterizes the mechanism of the earthquake generation process, simple empirical scaling relations apply to the collective properties of earthquakes and faults in a variety of tectonic environments and scales. The physical characterization of those properties and the scaling relations that describe them attract a wide scientific interest and are incorporated in the probabilistic forecasting of seismicity in local, regional and planetary scales. Considerable progress has been made in the analysis of the statistical mechanics of earthquakes, which, based on the principle of entropy, can provide a physical rationale to the macroscopic properties frequently observed...
December 2016: Proceedings. Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112300/design-of-a-flexible-organometallic-tecton-host-guest-chemistry-with-picric-acid-and-self-assembly-of-platinum-macrocycles
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Achintya Jana, Sourav Bhowmick, Supreet Kaur, Hemant K Kashyap, Neeladri Das
The synthesis and characterization of a new pyrazine-based "flexible" and ditopic platinum(ii) organometallic molecule (3) is being reported. Flexibility in this molecule is due to the presence of ether functional groups that bridge the rigid core and periphery. Due to the presence of square planar Pt(ii) centers at the two ends, the molecule's potential to act as an acceptor building block in the construction of metallamacrocycles was tested. Upon reaction of 3 with various dicarboxylates in a 1 : 1 stoichiometric ratio, [2 + 2] self-assembled neutral metallacycles (M1-M3) were obtained in high yields...
January 23, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112150/a-cell-based-computational-model-of-early-embryogenesis-coupling-mechanical-behaviour-and-gene-regulation
#14
Julien Delile, Matthieu Herrmann, Nadine Peyriéras, René Doursat
The study of multicellular development is grounded in two complementary domains: cell biomechanics, which examines how physical forces shape the embryo, and genetic regulation and molecular signalling, which concern how cells determine their states and behaviours. Integrating both sides into a unified framework is crucial to fully understand the self-organized dynamics of morphogenesis. Here we introduce MecaGen, an integrative modelling platform enabling the hypothesis-driven simulation of these dual processes via the coupling between mechanical and chemical variables...
January 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107474/enacted-reading-comprehension-using-bodily-movement-to-aid-the-comprehension-of-abstract-text-content
#15
Michael P Kaschak, Carol M Connor, Jennifer L Dombek
We report a design study that assessed the feasibility of Enacted Reading Comprehension (ERC), an intervention designed to teach 3rd and 4th grade students (n = 40 and 25, respectively) to use gestures to understand an increasingly abstract set of texts. Students were taught to use gestures to understand the idea of "opposing forces" in a concrete setting-the forces at play as tectonic plates move past each other-and then taught to use the gestures to understand opposing forces in more abstract situations. For example, students were taught to use gestures to understand the opposing sides of an argument, and to understand the internal conflicts that arise as individuals are faced with moral dilemmas...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080168/corneal-melt-after-boston-keratoprosthesis-clinical-presentation-management-outcomes-and-risk-factor-analysis
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Soumaya Bouhout, Marie-Claude Robert, Sousans Deli, Mona Harissi-Dagher
PURPOSE: To determine the presentation, risk factors, and outcomes of keratolysis after Boston type I keratoprosthesis (B-KPro). METHODS: Retrospective chart review. RESULTS: A total of 16 (14%) of the 110 eyes (96 patients) which underwent B-KPro implantation developed keratolysis at an average 20 ± 11 months. Retroprosthetic membrane (RPM), infectious keratitis, and corneal dellen were identified in 31%, 25%, and 13% of corneal melts, respectively...
January 12, 2017: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067845/selection-of-prebiotic-molecules-in-amphiphilic-environments
#17
Christian Mayer, Ulrich Schreiber, María J Dávila
A basic problem in all postulated pathways of prebiotic chemistry is the low concentration which generally is expected for interesting reactants in fluid environments. Even though compounds, like nucleobases, sugars or peptides, principally may form spontaneously under environmental conditions, they will always be rapidly diluted in an aqueous environment. In addition, any such reaction leads to side products which often exceed the desired compound and generally hamper the first steps of a subsequent molecular evolution...
January 7, 2017: Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054561/pliocene-oceanic-seaways-and-global-climate
#18
Cyrus Karas, Dirk Nürnberg, André Bahr, Jeroen Groeneveld, Jens O Herrle, Ralf Tiedemann, Peter B deMenocal
Tectonically induced changes in oceanic seaways had profound effects on global and regional climate during the Late Neogene. The constriction of the Central American Seaway reached a critical threshold during the early Pliocene ~4.8-4 million years (Ma) ago. Model simulations indicate the strengthening of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) with a signature warming response in the Northern Hemisphere and cooling in the Southern Hemisphere. Subsequently, between ~4-3 Ma, the constriction of the Indonesian Seaway impacted regional climate and might have accelerated the Northern Hemisphere Glaciation...
January 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049039/new-insights-into-the-phylogeny-of-burasaieae-menispermaceae-with-the-recognition-of-a-new-genus-and-emphasis-on-the-southern-taiwanese-and-mainland-chinese-disjunction
#19
Wei Wang, Rosa Del C Ortiz, Frédéric M B Jacques, Shih-Wen Chung, Yang Liu, Xiao-Guo Xiang, Zhi-Duan Chen
Taiwan is a continental island lying at the boundary between the Eurasian and the Philippine tectonic plates and possesses high biodiversity. Southern Taiwan, viz. Hengchun Peninsula, is notably floristically different from northern Taiwan. The floristic origin and relationships of the Hengchun Peninsula have been rarely investigated in a phylogenetic context. In this study, data from six plastid and nuclear sequences were used to reconstruct phylogenetic relationships within Burasaieae (Menispermaceae), which mainly inhabits tropical rainforests...
December 31, 2016: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028535/kinematics-and-dynamics-of-the-east-pacific-rise-linked-to-a-stable-deep-mantle-upwelling
#20
David B Rowley, Alessandro M Forte, Christopher J Rowan, Petar Glišović, Robert Moucha, Stephen P Grand, Nathan A Simmons
Earth's tectonic plates are generally considered to be driven largely by negative buoyancy associated with subduction of oceanic lithosphere. In this context, mid-ocean ridges (MORs) are passive plate boundaries whose divergence accommodates flow driven by subduction of oceanic slabs at trenches. We show that over the past 80 million years (My), the East Pacific Rise (EPR), Earth's dominant MOR, has been characterized by limited ridge-perpendicular migration and persistent, asymmetric ridge accretion that are anomalous relative to other MORs...
December 2016: Science Advances
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