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December 26, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Wei Wang, Hao Wang, Chen Zhang, Yang Gao
Learning an appropriate distance metric plays a substantial role in the success of many learning machines. Conventional metric learning algorithms have limited utility when the training and test samples are drawn from related but different domains (i.e., source domain and target domain). In this letter, we propose two novel metric learning algorithms for domain adaptation in an information-theoretic setting, allowing for discriminating power transfer and standard learning machine propagation across two domains...
January 17, 2018: Neural Computation
Max M Hansmann, Mohand Melaimi, Guy Bertrand
Readily available room temperature stable organic mixed valence compounds are prepared by one-electron reduction of cyclic bis(iminium) salts [derived from cyclic (alkyl)(amino)carbenes] bridged by various spacers. These compounds show characteristic intervalence charge transfer (IV-CT) bands in the near-infrared (NIR). Cyclic voltammetry, EPR, IR, UV-VIS and X-ray studies, as well as DFT calculations, show that depending on the nature of the spacer, these mixed valence compounds range from class III to borderline class I/II...
January 17, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Folashade Otegbeye, Evelyn Ojo, Stephen Moreton, Nathan Mackowski, Dean A Lee, Marcos de Lima, David N Wald
Natural killer cells harnessed from healthy individuals can be expanded ex vivo using various platforms to produce large doses for adoptive transfer into cancer patients. During such expansion, NK cells are increasingly activated and more efficient at killing cancer cells. Adoptive transfer however introduces these activated cells into a highly immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment mediated in part by excessive transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) from both cancer cells and their surrounding stroma...
2018: PloS One
Carlo De Santi, Matteo Meneghini, Alessandro Caria, Ezgi Dogmus, Malek Zegaoui, Farid Medjdoub, Boris Kalinic, Tiziana Cesca, Gaudenzio Meneghesso, Enrico Zanoni
The aim of this work is to present a potential application of gallium nitride-based optoelectronic devices. By using a laser diode and a photodetector, we designed and demonstrated a free-space compact and lightweight wireless power transfer system, whose efficiency is limited by the efficiency of the receiver. We analyzed the effect of the electrical load, temperature, partial absorption and optical excitation distribution on the efficiency, by identifying heating and band-filling as the most impactful processes...
January 17, 2018: Materials
Jan Kokert, Tobias Beckedahl, Leonhard M Reindl
In self-powered microsystems, a power management is essential to extract, transfer and regulate power from energy harvesting sources to loads such as sensors. The challenge is to consider all of the different structures and components available and build the optimal power management on a microscale. The purpose of this paper is to streamline the design process by creating a novel reconfigurable testbed called Medlay. First, we propose a uniform interface for management functions e.g., power conversion, energy storing and power routing...
January 17, 2018: Sensors
Sun-Il Chang, Sung-Yun Park, Euisik Yoon
This paper presents a minimally-invasive neural interface for distributed wireless electrocorticogram (ECoG) recording systems. The proposed interface equips all necessary components for ECoG recording, such as the high performance front-end integrated circuits, a fabricated flexible microelectrode array, and wireless communication inside a miniaturized custom-made platform. The multiple units of the interface systems can be deployed to cover a broad range of the target brain region and transmit signals via a built-in intra-skin communication (ISCOM) module...
January 17, 2018: Sensors
Giuseppe Dionisio, Mohammad Nasir Uddin, Eva Vincze
Background: Zinc accumulates in the embryo, aleurone, and subaleurone layers at different amounts in cereal grains. Our hypothesis is that zinc could be stored bound, not only to low MW metabolites/proteins, but also to high MW proteins as well. Methods: In order to identify the most abundant zinc binding proteins in different grain tissues, we microdissected barley grains into (1) seed coats; (2) aleurone/subaleurone; (3) embryo; and (4) endosperm. Initial screening for putative zinc binding proteins from the different tissue types was performed by fractionating proteins according to solubility (Osborne fractionation), and resolving those via Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) followed by polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membrane blotting and dithizone staining...
January 17, 2018: Proteomes
Bing Wang, Gerard Bredael, Piero M Armenante
The hydrodynamics characteristics of a mini vessel and a USP 2 dissolution testing system were obtained and compared to predict the tablet-liquid mass transfer coefficient from velocity distributions near the tablet and establish the dynamic operating conditions under which dissolution in mini vessels could be conducted to generate concentration profiles similar to those in the USP 2. Velocity profiles were obtained experimentally using Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV). Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) was used to predict the velocity distribution and strain rate around a model tablet...
January 13, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Kulamakan Kulasegaram, Patangi K Rangachari
Formative assessments can enhance and enrich student learning. Typically, these have been used to provide feedback against end-of-course standards and prepare students for summative assessments of performance or measurement of competence. Here, we present the case for using assessments for learning to encompass a wider range of important outcomes. We discuss 1) the rationale for using assessment for learning; 2) guiding theories of expertise that inform assessment for learning; 3) theoretical and empirical evidence; 4) approaches to rigor and validation; and 5) approaches to implementation at multiple levels of the curriculum...
March 1, 2018: Advances in Physiology Education
Se Kwon Kim, Yaroslav Tserkovnyak
A domain wall in a magnet with easy-axis anisotropy is shown to harbor spin superfluid associated with its spontaneous breaking of the U(1) spin-rotational symmetry. The spin superfluid is shown to have several topological properties, which are absent in conventional superfluids. First, the associated phase slips create and destroy Skyrmions to obey the conservation of the total Skyrmion charge, which allows us to use a domain wall as a generator and detector of Skyrmions. Second, the domain wall engenders the emergent magnetic flux for magnons along its length, which are proportional to the spin supercurrent flowing through it, and thereby provides a way to manipulate magnons...
July 28, 2017: Physical Review Letters
L Yang, C J Lin, H M Jia, D X Wang, N R Ma, L J Sun, F Yang, X X Xu, Z D Wu, H Q Zhang, Z H Liu
The threshold anomaly of the phenomenological potential has been known for a long time in nuclear reactions at energies around the Coulomb barrier, where the connection between the real and imaginary potentials is well described by the dispersion relation. However, this connection is not clear yet for some weakly bound nuclear systems, especially for reactions induced by exotic radioactive nuclei. In this study, precise optical potentials of the halo nuclear system ^{6}He+^{209}Bi were extracted via ^{208}Pb(^{7}Li,^{6}He) transfer reactions with energies measured downward to the extremely sub-barrier region...
July 28, 2017: Physical Review Letters
William E East, Frans Pretorius
We study the growth and saturation of the superradiant instability of a complex, massive vector (Proca) field as it extracts energy and angular momentum from a spinning black hole, using numerical solutions of the full Einstein-Proca equations. We concentrate on a rapidly spinning black hole (a=0.99) and the dominant m=1 azimuthal mode of the Proca field, with real and imaginary components of the field chosen to yield an axisymmetric stress-energy tensor and, hence, spacetime. We find that in excess of 9% of the black hole's mass can be transferred into the field...
July 28, 2017: Physical Review Letters
Wenxia Lin, Jianbing Ma, Daguan Nong, Chunhua Xu, Bo Zhang, Jinghua Li, Qi Jia, Shuoxing Dou, Fangfu Ye, Xuguang Xi, Ying Lu, Ming Li
Single-molecule Förster resonance energy transfer is widely applied to study helicases by detecting distance changes between a pair of dyes anchored to overhangs of a forked DNA. However, it has been lacking single-base pair (1-bp) resolution required for revealing stepping kinetics of helicases. We designed a nanotensioner in which a short DNA is bent to exert force on the overhangs, just as in optical or magnetic tweezers. The strategy improved the resolution of Förster resonance energy transfer to 0.5 bp, high enough to uncover differences in DNA unwinding by yeast Pif1 and E...
September 29, 2017: Physical Review Letters
Sebastian Maehrlein, Alexander Paarmann, Martin Wolf, Tobias Kampfrath
In stimulated Raman scattering, two incident optical waves induce a force oscillating at the difference of the two light frequencies. This process has enabled important applications such as the excitation and coherent control of phonons and magnons by femtosecond laser pulses. Here, we experimentally and theoretically demonstrate the so far neglected up-conversion counterpart of this process: THz sum-frequency excitation of a Raman-active phonon mode, which is tantamount to two-photon absorption by an optical transition between two adjacent vibrational levels...
September 22, 2017: Physical Review Letters
Tyson C Davis, Jae Jin Bang, Jacob T Brooks, David G McMillan, Shelley A Claridge
Noncovalent monolayer chemistries are often used to functionalize 2D materials. Nanoscopic ligand ordering has been widely demonstrated (e.g., lying-down lamellar phases of functional alkanes); however, combining this control with micro- and macroscopic patterning for practical applications remains a significant challenge. A few reports have demonstrated that standing phase Langmuir films on water can be converted into nanoscopic lying-down molecular domains on 2D substrates (e.g., graphite), using horizontal dipping (Langmuir-Schaefer, LS, transfer)...
January 17, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Jose Navarrete, Chris Siefe, Samuel Alcantar, Michael Belt, Galen D Stucky, Martin Moskovits
Metallic nanostructures exhibit a strong plasmon resonance at a wavelength whose value is sensitive to the charge density in the nanostructure, its size, shape, interparticle coupling and the dielectric properties of its surrounding medium. Here we use UV-Visible transmission and reflectance spectroscopy to track the shifts of the plasmon resonance in an array of gold nanoparticles buried under metal-oxide layers of varying thickness produced using atomic layer deposition (ALD), then coated with bulk layers of one of three metals: aluminum, silver, and gold...
January 17, 2018: Nano Letters
Prasanth C P, Ebbin Joseph, Abhijith A, Nair D S, Ibrahim Ibnusaud, Jevgenij Raskatov, Bakthan Singaram
Rapid reaction of NaBH4 with MeOH precludes its use as a solvent for large-scale ester reductions. We have now learned that a catalytic amount of NaOMe (5 mol %) stabilizes NaBH4 solutions in methanol at 25 °C and permits the use of these solutions for the reduction of esters to alcohols. The generality of this reduction method was demonstrated using 22 esters including esters of naturally occurring chiral γ-butyrolactone containing dicarboxylic acids. This method permits the chemoselective reductions of esters in the presence of cyano and nitro groups and the reductive cyclization of a pyrrolidinedione ester to a fused five-membered furo[2,3-b]pyrrole and a (-)-crispine A analogue in high optical and chemical yields...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Yuan Pan, Kaian Sun, Shoujie Liu, Xing Cao, Konglin Wu, Weng-Chon Cheong, Zheng Chen, Yu Wang, Yang Li, Yunqi Liu, Dingsheng Wang, Qing Peng, Chen Chen, Yadong Li
The construction of highly active and stable non-noble metal electrocatalysts for hydrogen and oxygen evolution reactions electrocatalysts is a major challenge for overall water splitting. Herein, we report a novel hybrid nanostructure with CoP na-noparticles (NPs) embedded in N-doped carbon nanotube hollow polyhedron (NCNHP) through a pyrolysis-oxidation-phosphidation strategy derived from core-shell ZIF-8@ZIF-67. Benefiting from the synergistic effects between highly active CoP NPs and NCNHP, the CoP/NCNHP hybrid exhibited outstanding bifunctional electrocatalytic performances...
January 17, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Dong-Hyun Lee, Wonhee Jo, Seongmin Yuk, Jaeho Choi, Sungyu Choi, Gisu Doo, Dong Wook Lee, Hee-Tak Kim
In this study, we present a novel catalyst layer (CL) with in-plane flow channels to enhance the mass transports in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). The CL with in-plane channels on its surface is fabricated by coating a CL slurry onto a surface-treated substrate with the inverse line pattern and transferring the dried CL from the substrate to a membrane. The membrane electrode assembly (MEA) with the in-plane channel-patterned CL (IC-CL) has superior power performances in high current densities compared with an un-patterned, flat CL (FCL), demonstrating a significant enhancement of the mass transport property by the in-plane channels carved in the CL...
January 17, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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