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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531350/embedded-metal-electrode-for-organic-inorganic-hybrid-nanowire-solar-cells
#1
Han-Don Um, Deokjae Choi, Ahreum Choi, Ji Hoon Seo, Kwanyong Seo
We demonstrate here an embedded metal electrode for highly efficient organic-inorganic hybrid nanowire solar cells. The electrode proposed here is an effective alternative to the conventional bus and finger electrode which leads to a localized short circuit at a direct Si/metal contact and has a poor collection efficiency due to a nonoptimized electrode design. In our design, an Ag/SiO2 electrode is embedded into a Si substrate while being positioned between Si nanowire (SiNW) arrays underneath poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS), facilitating suppressed recombination at the Si/Ag interface and notable improvements in the fabrication reproducibility...
May 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530748/photomultiplication-type-narrowband-organic-photodetectors-working-at-forward-and-reverse-bias
#2
Jianli Miao, Fujun Zhang, Mingde Du, Wenbin Wang, Ying Fang
It is a great challenge to obtain narrowband and photomultiplication (PM) type organic photodetectors (OPDs) without optical filters due to the broad absorption range and large exciton binding energy of organic materials. Narrowband OPDs with the special structure of ITO/PFN-OX/P3HT : PC61BM (100 : 1,wt/wt)/Al were successfully fabricated with different active layer thicknesses, exhibiting a tunable response window and PM phenomenon under bi-directional bias. The OPDs exhibit U-shaped EQE spectra with two narrowband response windows under forward bias and a single narrowband response window under reverse bias...
May 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530664/flexible-information-routing-by-transient-synchrony
#3
Agostina Palmigiano, Theo Geisel, Fred Wolf, Demian Battaglia
Perception, cognition and behavior rely on flexible communication between microcircuits in distinct cortical regions. The mechanisms underlying rapid information rerouting between such microcircuits are still unknown. It has been proposed that changing patterns of coherence between local gamma rhythms support flexible information rerouting. The stochastic and transient nature of gamma oscillations in vivo, however, is hard to reconcile with such a function. Here we show that models of cortical circuits near the onset of oscillatory synchrony selectively route input signals despite the short duration of gamma bursts and the irregularity of neuronal firing...
May 22, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530663/a-cerebellum-like-circuit-in-the-auditory-system-cancels-responses-to-self-generated-sounds
#4
Shobhit Singla, Conor Dempsey, Richard Warren, Armen G Enikolopov, Nathaniel B Sawtell
The dorsal cochlear nucleus (DCN) integrates auditory nerve input with a diverse array of sensory and motor signals processed in circuitry similar to that of the cerebellum. Yet how the DCN contributes to early auditory processing has been a longstanding puzzle. Using electrophysiological recordings in mice during licking behavior, we show that DCN neurons are largely unaffected by self-generated sounds while remaining sensitive to external acoustic stimuli. Recordings in deafened mice, together with neural activity manipulations, indicate that self-generated sounds are cancelled by non-auditory signals conveyed by mossy fibers...
May 22, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530551/angular-velocity-integration-in-a-fly-heading-circuit
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Daniel Turner-Evans, Stephanie Wegener, Hervé Rouault, Romain Franconville, Tanya Wolff, Johannes D Seelig, Shaul Druckmann, Vivek Jayaraman
Many animals maintain an internal representation of their heading as they move through their surroundings. Such a compass representation was recently discovered in a neural population in the Drosophila melanogaster central complex, a brain region implicated in spatial navigation. Here, we use two-photon calcium imaging and electrophysiology in head-fixed walking flies to identify a different neural population that conjunctively encodes heading and angular velocity, and is excited selectively by turns in either the clockwise or counterclockwise direction...
May 22, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530503/comparison-of-self-selected-walking-speeds-and-walking-speed-variability-when-data-are-collected-during-repeated-discrete-trials-and-during-continuous-walking
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Marcus J Brown, Laura A Hutchinson, Michael J Rainbow, Kevin J Deluzio, Alan R De Asha
A typical gait analysis data collection consists of a series of discrete trials, where a participant initiates gait, walks through a motion capture volume, and then terminates gait. This is not a normal 'everyday' gait pattern, yet measurements are considered representative of normal walking. However, walking speed, a global descriptor of gait quality that can affect joint kinematics and kinetics, may be different during discrete trials, compared to continuous walking. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of continuous walking versus discrete trials on walking speed and walking speed variability...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530404/role-of-crystallization-in-the-morphology-of-polymer-non-fullerene-acceptor-bulk-heterojunctions
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Kathryn A O'Hara, David P Ostrowski, Unsal Koldemir, Christopher J Takacs, Sean E Shaheen, Alan Sellinger, Michael L Chabinyc
Many high efficiency organic photovoltaics use fullerene-based acceptors despite their high production cost, weak optical absorption in the visible range, and limited synthetic variability of electronic and optical properties. To circumvent this deficiency, non-fullerene small-molecule acceptors have been developed that have good synthetic flexibility, allowing for precise tuning of optoelectronic properties, leading to enhanced absorption of the solar spectrum and increased open-circuit voltages (VOC). We examined the detailed morphology of bulk heterojunctions of poly(3-hexylthiophene) and the small-molecule acceptor HPI-BT to reveal structural changes that lead to improvements in the fill factor of solar cells upon thermal annealing...
May 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530392/a-hexafluoroquinoxaline-based-polymer-for-nonfullerene-solar-cells-reaching-9-4-efficiency
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Shutao Xu, Liuliu Feng, Jun Yuan, Zhi-Guo Zhang, Yongfang Li, Hongjian Peng, Yingping Zou
hrough introducing six fluorine atoms onto quinoxaline (Qx), a new electron acceptor unit-hexafluoroquinoxaline (HFQx) is firstly synthesized. Based on this unit, we synthesize a new donor-acceptor (D-A) copolymer (HFQx-T), which is composed of benzodithiophene (BDT) derivative donor block and an HFQx accepting block. The strong electron-withdrawing properties of fluorine atoms increase significantly the voltage open-circuit (Voc) by tuning the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) energy level. In addition, fluorine atoms enhance the absorption coefficient of the conjugated copolymer and change the film morphology, which implies an increase of the short-circuit current density (Jsc) and fill factor (FF)...
May 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530235/hit-and-go-cas9-delivered-through-a-lentiviral-based-self-limiting-circuit
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Gianluca Petris, Antonio Casini, Claudia Montagna, Francesca Lorenzin, Davide Prandi, Alessandro Romanel, Jacopo Zasso, Luciano Conti, Francesca Demichelis, Anna Cereseto
In vivo application of the CRISPR-Cas9 technology is still limited by unwanted Cas9 genomic cleavages. Long-term expression of Cas9 increases the number of genomic loci non-specifically cleaved by the nuclease. Here we develop a Self-Limiting Cas9 circuit for Enhanced Safety and specificity (SLiCES) which consists of an expression unit for Streptococcus pyogenes Cas9 (SpCas9), a self-targeting sgRNA and a second sgRNA targeting a chosen genomic locus. The self-limiting circuit results in increased genome editing specificity by controlling Cas9 levels...
May 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530225/a-canonical-neural-mechanism-for-behavioral-variability
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Ran Darshan, William E Wood, Susan Peters, Arthur Leblois, David Hansel
The ability to generate variable movements is essential for learning and adjusting complex behaviours. This variability has been linked to the temporal irregularity of neuronal activity in the central nervous system. However, how neuronal irregularity actually translates into behavioural variability is unclear. Here we combine modelling, electrophysiological and behavioural studies to address this issue. We demonstrate that a model circuit comprising topographically organized and strongly recurrent neural networks can autonomously generate irregular motor behaviours...
May 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530132/development-of-a-high-fidelity-pressurized-porcine-beating-heart-simulator-for-cardiac-surgery-training
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Igo B Ribeiro, Janet M C Ngu, Gurinder Gill, Fraser D Rubens
BACKGROUND: Development of a high-fidelity cardiac surgery simulator (CSS) requires integration of a heart model with a mock cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) circuit that can provide feedback to mimic the pathophysiology of cardiac surgery. However, the cost of commercially available simulators precludes regular use. We describe steps in the construction of a high-fidelity CSS that integrates a pulsatile paracorporeal ventricular-assist device (Pulse-VAD) and a commercially available CPB simulator...
May 1, 2017: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529765/signals-of-vagal-circuits-engaging-with-akt1-in-%C3%AE-7-nachr-cd11b-cells-lessen-e-coli-and-lps-induced-acute-inflammatory-injury
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Caiqi Zhao, Xi Yang, Emily M Su, Yuanyuan Huang, Ling Li, Michael A Matthay, Xiao Su
Vagal circuits-α7 nAChR (α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, coded by Chrna7) signaling utilizes spleen as a hub to dampen systemic inflammatory responses. Vagal innervations also extend to the distal airways and alveoli. Vagotomy and deficiency of α7 nAChR deteriorate E. coli and lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced acute lung inflammatory responses; however, the underlying mechanisms remain elusive. Here, we hypothesized that vagal circuits would limit splenic release and lung recruitment of α7 nAChR(+)CD11b(+) cells (CD11b is coded by Itgam, a surface marker of monocytes and neutrophils) via phosphorylation of AKT1 and that this process would define the severity of lung injury...
2017: Cell Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529699/evolution-immunity-and-the-emergence-of-brain-superautoantigens
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Serge Nataf
While some autoimmune disorders remain extremely rare, others largely predominate the epidemiology of human autoimmunity. Notably, these include psoriasis, diabetes, vitiligo, thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Thus, despite the quasi-infinite number of "self" antigens that could theoretically trigger autoimmune responses, only a limited set of antigens, referred here as superautoantigens, induce pathogenic adaptive responses. Several lines of evidence reviewed in this paper indicate that, irrespective of the targeted organ (e...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529464/trap-design-and-construction-for-high-power-multinuclear-magnetic-resonance-experiments
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Joseph V Rispoli, Ivan E Dimitrov, Sergey Cheshkov, Craig Malloy, Steven M Wright, Mary P McDougall
Performing multinuclear experiments requires one or more radiofrequency (RF) coils operating at both the proton and second-nucleus frequencies; however, inductive coupling between coils must be mitigated to retain proton sensitivity and coil tuning stability. The inclusion of trap circuits simplifies placement of multinuclear RF coils while maintaining inter-element isolation. Of the commonly investigated non-proton nuclei, perhaps the most technically demanding is carbon-13, particularly when applying a proton decoupling scheme to improve the resulting spectra...
October 2016: Concepts in Magnetic Resonance. Part B, Magnetic Resonance Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529379/separating-or-sum-and-xor-circuits
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Magnus Find, Mika Göös, Matti Järvisalo, Petteri Kaski, Mikko Koivisto, Janne H Korhonen
Given a boolean n × n matrix A we consider arithmetic circuits for computing the transformation x ↦ Ax over different semirings. Namely, we study three circuit models: monotone OR-circuits, monotone SUM-circuits (addition of non-negative integers), and non-monotone XOR-circuits (addition modulo 2). Our focus is on separating OR-circuits from the two other models in terms of circuit complexity: We show how to obtain matrices that admit OR-circuits of size O(n), but require SUM-circuits of size Ω(n(3/2)/log(2)n)...
August 2016: Journal of Computer and System Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529069/cholinergic-modulation-of-the-immune-system-presents-new-approaches-for-treating-inflammation
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REVIEW
Donald B Hoover
The nervous system and immune system have broad and overlapping distributions in the body, and interactions of these ubiquitous systems are central to the field of neuroimmunology. Over the past two decades, there has been explosive growth in our understanding of neuroanatomical, cellular, and molecular mechanisms that mediate central modulation of immune functions through the autonomic nervous system. A major catalyst for growth in this field was the discovery that vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) caused a prominent attenuation of the systemic inflammatory response evoked by endotoxin in experimental animals...
May 18, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528989/infections-during-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-epidemiology-risk-factors-pathogenesis-and-prevention
#17
REVIEW
Stefano Biffi, Stefano Di Bella, Vittorio Scaravilli, Anna Maria Peri, Giacomo Grasselli, Laura Alagna, Antonio Pesenti, Andrea Gori
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a life support technique used in patients with respiratory and/or cardiac failure. The ECMO circuit consists of vascular cannulae, a pump and an artificial lung. Infections are among the most common complications associated with ECMO and have a significant impact on the mortality rate. Here we present a narrative literature review regarding the epidemiology, risk factors, pathogenesis and prevention of infectious complications during ECMO support. The prevalence of hospital-acquired infections during ECMO is 10-12% and their occurrence is likely to be more frequent compared with other critically ill patients...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528965/probing-the-timing-network-a-continuous-theta-burst-stimulation-study-of-temporal-categorization
#18
Juan Carlos Méndez, Lorenzo Rocchi, Marjan Jahanshahi, John Rothwell, Hugo Merchant
Time perception in the milliseconds and seconds ranges is thought to be processed by different neural mechanisms. However, whether there is a sharp boundary between these ranges and whether they are implemented in the same, overlapped or separate brain areas is still not certain. To probe the role of the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC), the right supplementary motor area (SMA), and the cerebellum on time perception, we temporarily altered their activity on healthy volunteers on separate sessions using transcranial magnetic stimulation with the continuous Theta Burst Stimulation (cTBS) protocol...
May 18, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528964/inhibitory-interneurons-and-their-circuit-motifs-in-the-many-layers-of-the-barrel-cortex
#19
Dirk Feldmeyer, Guanxiao Qi, Vishalini Emmenegger, Jochen F Staiger
Recent years have seen substantial progress in studying the structural and function properties of GABAergic interneurons and their roles in the neuronal networks of barrel cortex. Although GABAergic interneurons represent only about 12% of the total number of neocortical neurons, they are extremely diverse with respect to their structural and functional properties. It has become clear that barrel cortex interneurons not only serve the maintenance of an appropriate excitation/inhibition balance but also are directly involved in sensory processing...
May 18, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528380/the-rat-corticospinal-system-is-functionally-and-anatomically-segregated
#20
Rafael Olivares-Moreno, Yunuen Moreno-Lopez, Luis Concha, Guadalupe Martínez-Lorenzana, Miguel Condés-Lara, Matilde Cordero-Erausquin, Gerardo Rojas-Piloni
The descending corticospinal (CS) projection has been considered a key element for motor control, which results from direct and indirect modulation of spinal cord pre-motor interneurons in the intermediate gray matter of the spinal cord, which, in turn, influences motoneurons in the ventral horn. The CS tract (CST) is also involved in a selective and complex modulation of sensory information in the dorsal horn. However, little is known about the spinal network engaged by the CST and the organization of CS projections that may encode different cortical outputs to the spinal cord...
May 20, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
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