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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335459/estimation-of-image-sensor-fill-factor-using-a-single-arbitrary-image
#1
Wei Wen, Siamak Khatibi
Achieving a high fill factor is a bottleneck problem for capturing high-quality images. There are hardware and software solutions to overcome this problem. In the solutions, the fill factor is known. However, this is an industrial secrecy by most image sensor manufacturers due to its direct effect on the assessment of the sensor quality. In this paper, we propose a method to estimate the fill factor of a camera sensor from an arbitrary single image. The virtual response function of the imaging process and sensor irradiance are estimated from the generation of virtual images...
March 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335347/the-dispersion-state-of-tangled-multi-walled-carbon-nanotubes-affects-their-cytotoxicity
#2
Chika Kuroda, Hisao Haniu, Kumiko Ajima, Manabu Tanaka, Atsushi Sobajima, Haruka Ishida, Tamotsu Tsukahara, Yoshikazu Matsuda, Kaoru Aoki, Hiroyuki Kato, Naoto Saito
The medical applications of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have garnered much attention. However, evaluating the safety of CNTs remains difficult, and no consensus has been reached. Moreover, assessing the biosafety of multi-walled CNTs (MWCNTs), which can become tangled during manufacturing, is challenging because they do not readily disperse. We studied how the dispersion state of tangled MWCNTs affects their cytotoxicity, using three sonicators. Flotube 9110 (FT9110), tangled MWCNTs, were dispersed in two dispersants (fetal bovine serum and polysorbate 80) using a new type of sonicator (PR-1) and two conventional sonicators...
November 19, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335323/morphology-controlled-fabrication-of-inn-nanowires-on-brass-substrates
#3
Huijie Li, Guijuan Zhao, Lianshan Wang, Zhen Chen, Shaoyan Yang
Growth of semiconductor nanowires on cheap metal substrates could pave the way to the large-scale manufacture of low-cost nanowire-based devices. In this work, we demonstrated that high density InN nanowires can be directly grown on brass substrates by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. It was found that Zn from the brass substrates is the key factor in the formation of nanowires by restricting the lateral growth of InN. The nanowire morphology is highly dependent on the growth temperature. While at a lower growth temperature, the nanowires and the In droplets have large diameters...
October 29, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335263/enhanced-deposition-uniformity-via-an-auxiliary-electrode-in-massive-electrospinning
#4
Dezhi Wu, Zhiming Xiao, Lei Deng, Yu Sun, Qiulin Tan, Linxi Dong, Shaohua Huang, Rui Zhu, Yifang Liu, Wanxi Zheng, Yang Zhao, Lingyun Wang, Daoheng Sun
Uniform deposition of nanofibers in the massive electrospinning process is critical in the industrial applications of nanofibers. Tip-Induced Electrospinning (TIE) is a cost-effective large-scale nanofiber-manufacturing method, but it has poor deposition uniformity. An auxiliary conductive electrode connected to the emitting electrode was introduced to improve the deposition uniformity of the nanofibers. The effects of the auxiliary electrode shape, the tilted angles and the position of the boat-like electrode on the electric field distribution, the diameter of the nanofibers, the jet control and the deposition uniformity were explored by using finite element analysis of the electric field and experiments...
July 22, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335223/ultraviolet-plasmonic-aluminium-nanoparticles-for-highly-efficient-light-incoupling-on-silicon-solar-cells
#5
Yinan Zhang, Boyuan Cai, Baohua Jia
Plasmonic metal nanoparticles supporting localized surface plasmon resonances have attracted a great deal of interest in boosting the light absorption in solar cells. Among the various plasmonic materials, the aluminium nanoparticles recently have become a rising star due to their unique ultraviolet plasmonic resonances, low cost, earth-abundance and high compatibility with the complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) manufacturing process. Here, we report some key factors that determine the light incoupling of aluminium nanoparticles located on the front side of silicon solar cells...
May 24, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335017/the-medical-battery-in-the-united-states-1870-1920-electrotherapy-at-home-and-in-the-clinic
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Anna Wexler
This paper focuses on the history of a portable shock-producing electrotherapeutic device known as the medical battery (1870-1920), which provided both direct and alternating current and was thought to cure a wide variety of ailments. The product occupied a unique space at the nexus of medicine, consumerism and quackery: it was simultaneously considered a legitimate device by medical professionals who practiced electrotherapeutics, yet identical versions were sold directly to consumers, often via newspaper advertisements and with cure-all marketing language...
March 16, 2017: Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334679/multi-sectorial-convergence-in-greenhouse-gas-emissions
#7
Guilherme de Oliveira, Deise Maria Bourscheidt
This paper uses the World Input-Output Database (WIOD) to test the hypothesis of per capita convergence in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for a multi-sectorial panel of countries. The empirical strategy applies conventional estimators of random and fixed effects and Arellano and Bond's (1991) GMM to the main pollutants related to the greenhouse effect. For reasonable empirical specifications, the model revealed robust evidence of per capita convergence in CH4 emissions in the agriculture, food, and services sectors...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334427/capnography-versus-standard-monitoring-for-emergency-department-procedural-sedation-and-analgesia
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Brian F Wall, Kirk Magee, Samuel G Campbell, Peter J Zed
BACKGROUND: Procedural sedation and analgesia (PSA) is used frequently in the emergency department (ED) to facilitate painful procedures and interventions. Capnography, a monitoring modality widely used in operating room and endoscopy suite settings, is being used more frequently in the ED setting with the goal of reducing cardiopulmonary adverse events. As opposed to settings outside the ED, there is currently no consensus on whether the addition of capnography to standard monitoring modalities reduces adverse events in the ED setting...
March 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334055/the-effect-of-coded-healing-abutments-on-treatment-duration-and-clinical-outcome-a-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial-comparing-encode-and-conventional-impression-protocols
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Jaafar Abduo, Chen Chen, Eugene Le Breton, Alexandra Radu, Josephine Szeto, Roy Judge, Ivan Darby
PURPOSE: To compare the Encode impression protocol (Biomet 3i) with the conventional impression protocol in terms of treatment duration, clinical accuracy, and outcome up to the first postplacement review of single-implant crowns. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 45 implants were included in this study. The implants were randomly allocated to the Encode group (23 implants) or the conventional group (22 implants). At the time of surgery, all implants received two-piece Encode healing abutments...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333673/choosing-a-vial-processing-line-for-aseptic-compounding-part-1
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Shaun Noorian, Navid Vahedi
Equipment systems that enable compliance with stringent state and federal compounding requirements are a topic of increasing interest to U.S. pharmacists. Of those equipment types, an aseptic vial processing line offers unique benefits (especially to 503B compounding pharmacies and small contract manufacturers of aseptic pilot-size batches) if the volume of sterile preparations dispensed offsets the cost of purchase, installation, and maintenance. In this article, the reasons for and the process of selecting an aseptic vial processing line for use in 2 independent 503B compounding pharmacies are presented, the operation of our choice of equipment is described, and specifications for the components of that line are listed...
July 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333573/new-approaches-for-characterization-of-the-genetic-stability-of-vaccine-cell-lines
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Siemon Ng, Lucy Gisonni-Lex, Ali Azizi
The genetic stability of cell lines is a critical analytical attribute required to demonstrate the quality of cells over time. During cell passage, mutations can arise in the genomic DNA, potentially leading to changes in the final vaccine product. The identity and integrity of master cell banks, extended cell banks, complementing cell lines or recombinant cell lines expressing transgenes has to be tested throughout the production process by the vaccine manufacturer. Over the past few years, the traditional methods for evaluation of genetic stability have been replaced with molecular approaches including quantitative PCR, digital PCR and high throughput sequencing...
February 23, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333440/high-packing-density-unidirectional-arrays-of-vertically-aligned-graphene-with-enhanced-areal-capacitance-for-high-power-micro-supercapacitors
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Shuanghao Zheng, Zhilin Li, Zhong-Shuai Wu, Yanfeng Dong, Feng Zhou, Sen Wang, Qiang Fu, Chenglin Sun, Liwei Guo, Xinhe Bao
Interfacial integration of the shape-engineered electrode with strongly bonded current collector is the key for minimizing both ionic and electronic resistance, and then developing high-power supercapacitors. Herein, we demonstrated the construction of high-power micro-supercapacitors (VG-MSCs) based on high-density unidirectional arrays of vertically aligned graphene (VG) nanosheets, derived from thermally decomposed SiC substrate. The as-grown VG arrays showed a standing basal plane orientation grown on (0001(-)) SiC substrate, tailored thickness (3...
March 23, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333185/randomized-open-trial-comparing-a-modified-double-lumen-needle-follicular-flushing-system-with-a-single-lumen-aspiration-needle-in-ivf-patients-with-poor-ovarian-response
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Kyra von Horn, Marion Depenbusch, Askan Schultze-Mosgau, Georg Griesinger
STUDY QUESTION: Is a modified double-lumen aspiration needle system with follicular flushing able to increase the mean oocyte yield by at least one in poor response IVF patients as compared to single-lumen needle aspiration without flushing? SUMMARY ANSWER: Follicular flushing with the modified flushing system did not increase the number of oocytes, but increased the procedure duration. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Most studies on follicular flushing were performed with conventional double-lumen needles in patients who were normal responders...
February 9, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332863/male-and-female-worldsid-and-post-mortem-human-subject-responses-in-full-scale-vehicle-tests
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Narayan Yoganandan, John Humm, Frank Pintar, Heather Rhule, Kevin Moorhouse, Brian Suntay, Jim Stricklin, Rodney Rudd, Matthew Craig
Structured ABSTRACT Objective: To compare the responses of male and female WorldSID dummies with post mortem human subject (PMHS) responses in full-scale vehicle tests. METHODS: Tests were conducted according to the FMVSS-214 protocols and using the United States Side impact New Car Assessment Program change in velocity to match PMHS experiments, published earlier. Moving deformable barrier (MDB) tests were conducted with the male and female surrogates in the left front and left rear seats...
March 23, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332721/rapid-detection-and-quantification-of-ebola-zaire-virus-by-one-step-real-time-quantitative-reverse-transcription-polymerase-chain-reaction
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Young-Tae Ro, Anysha Ticer, Ricardo Carrion, Jean L Patterson
Since Ebola virus causes a severe hemorrhagic fever in humans with mortality rates as high as 90%, the rapid and accurate detection of the virus is essential both for controlling the infection and for preventing further transmission. Here, we introduce one-step real-time quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) assays for the rapid and quantitative detection of an Ebola Zaire strain using GP, VP24 or VP40 gene as a target. Routine assay conditions for hydrolysis probe detection were established by the manufacturer's protocol used in the assays...
March 23, 2017: Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332656/thermal-inactivation-of-foot-and-mouth-disease-virus-in-extruded-pet-food
#16
S Gubbins, J Forster, S Clive, D Schley, S Zuber, J Schaaff, D Corley
The risk of importing foot and mouth disease, a highly contagious viral disease of livestock, severely restricts trade and investment opportunities in many developing countries where the virus is present. This study was designed to investigate the inactivation of foot and mouth disease virus (FMDV) by heat treatments used in extruded commercial pet food manufacture. If extrusion could be shown to reliably inactivate the virus, this could potentially facilitate trade for FMDV-endemic countries. The authors found that there was no detectable virus following: i) treatment of FMDVspiked meat slurry at 68°C for 300 s; ii) treatment of FMDV-spiked slurry and meal mix at 79°C for 10 or 30 s, or iii) treatment of homogenised bovine tongue epithelium, taken from an FMDV-infected animal, at 79°C for 10 s...
December 2016: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332449/estimated-daily-intake-and-safety-of-fd-c-food-colour-additives-in-the-us-population
#17
Maria Bastaki, Thomas Farrell, Sachin Bhusari, Xiaoyu Bi, Carolyn Scrafford
A refined exposure assessment was undertaken to calculate the Estimated Daily Intake (EDI) of the seven FD&C straight colour additives and five FD&C colour lakes ("synthetic" food colours) approved in the United States (US). The EDIs were calculated for the US population as a whole and specific age groups, including children 2-5 y, children 6-12 y, adolescents 13-18 y, and adults 19+ y. Actual use data were collected from an industry survey of companies who are users of these colour additives in a variety of products, with additional input from food colour manufacturers...
March 23, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332376/pathological-significance-of-tissue-trapped-in-retrieved-optease-vena-cava-filter-at-18th-day-after-installation-in-patient-with-deep-vein-thrombosis
#18
Sang Min Park, Jung Woo Son, Kyung Soon Hong, Kyung Chan Choi
The retrievable type of inferior vena cava filter has been widely used to prevent pulmonary thromboembolism in patients with deep vein thrombosis and contraindication of anticoagulation. Physicians make considerable efforts to remove the filter according to the manufacturer and US Food and Drug Administration safety advisory recommendation. However, forced filter retrieval might cause vascular injury within 3 weeks. Herein, we report pathologic and angiographic findings to suggest filter associated vascular injury during forced retrieval just within recommended period in a patient with deep vein thrombosis...
May 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331286/neutralizing-activities-against-seasonal-influenza-viruses-in-human-intravenous-immunoglobulin
#19
Hiroyuki Onodera, Takeru Urayama, Kazue Hirota, Kazuhiro Maeda, Ritsuko Kubota-Koketsu, Kazuo Takahashi, Katsuro Hagiwara, Yoshinobu Okuno, Kazuyoshi Ikuta, Mikihiro Yunoki
Influenza viruses A/H1N1, A/H3N2, and B are known seasonal viruses that undergo annual mutation. Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) contains anti-seasonal influenza virus globulins. Although the virus-neutralizing (VN) titer is an indicator of protective antibodies, changes in this titer over extended time periods have yet to be examined. In this study, variations in hemagglutination inhibition (HI) and VN titers against seasonal influenza viruses in IVIG lots over extended time periods were examined. In addition, the importance of monitoring the reactivity of IVIG against seasonal influenza viruses with varying antigenicity was evaluated...
2017: Biologics: Targets & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330893/analysis-of-mic-and-disk-diffusion-testing-variables-for-gepotidacin-and-comparator-agents-against-select-bacterial-pathogens
#20
L K Koeth, J M DiFranco-Fisher, N E Scangarella-Oman, L A Miller
This study was conducted to determine the effect of testing parameters on the in vitro activity of gepotidacin, a new triazaacenaphthylene antibacterial agent for the treatment of conventional and biothreat pathogens. CLSI methods, and variations of these methods were used to test 10 Staphylococcus aureus, 10 Streptococcus pneumoniae, 10 Haemophilus influenzae, and 5 Escherichia coli by MIC and 30 S. aureus, 15 S. pneumoniae and 15 S. pyogenes by disk diffusion (DD) methods. Levofloxacin and linezolid were tested as comparator agents for MIC and DD methods, respectively...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
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