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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535305/preservation-of-domesticated-honey-bee-hymenoptera-apidae-drone-semen
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M Paillard, A Rousseau, P Giovenazzo, J L Bailey
Preservation of honey bee (Apis mellifera L., Hymenoptera: Apidae) sperm, coupled with instrumental insemination, is an effective strategy to protect the species and their genetic diversity. Our overall objective is to develop a method of drone semen preservation; therefore, two experiments were conducted. Hypothesis 1 was that cryopreservation (-196 °C) of drone semen is more effective for long-term storage than at 16 °C. Our results show that after 1 yr of storage, frozen sperm viability was higher than at 16 °C, showing that cryopreservation is necessary to conserve semen...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531141/eyes-of-things
#2
Oscar Deniz, Noelia Vallez, Jose L Espinosa-Aranda, Jose M Rico-Saavedra, Javier Parra-Patino, Gloria Bueno, David Moloney, Alireza Dehghani, Aubrey Dunne, Alain Pagani, Stephan Krauss, Ruben Reiser, Martin Waeny, Matteo Sorci, Tim Llewellynn, Christian Fedorczak, Thierry Larmoire, Marco Herbst, Andre Seirafi, Kasra Seirafi
Embedded systems control and monitor a great deal of our reality. While some "classic" features are intrinsically necessary, such as low power consumption, rugged operating ranges, fast response and low cost, these systems have evolved in the last few years to emphasize connectivity functions, thus contributing to the Internet of Things paradigm. A myriad of sensing/computing devices are being attached to everyday objects, each able to send and receive data and to act as a unique node in the Internet. Apart from the obvious necessity to process at least some data at the edge (to increase security and reduce power consumption and latency), a major breakthrough will arguably come when such devices are endowed with some level of autonomous "intelligence"...
May 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487253/the-drone-ambulance-a-uas-golden-bullet-or-just-a-blank
#3
P Van de Voorde, S Gautama, A Momont, C M Ionescu, P De Paepe, N Fraeyman
Defibrillation within the first minutes after sudden cardiac arrest can save many quality-adjusted life years. Yet, despite enormous investments, 'healthcare' is still unable to provide this for the majority of patients. Emergency Medical Services often have a too long mean response time and many issues surround Public Access Defibrillation programs. In this article we argument that AED-equipped drones could be the 'magic bullet'. They are easily deployed and fast, and have a relatively low operational cost...
May 6, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484488/progress-in-eeg-based-brain-robot-interaction-systems
#4
REVIEW
Xiaoqian Mao, Mengfan Li, Wei Li, Linwei Niu, Bin Xian, Ming Zeng, Genshe Chen
The most popular noninvasive Brain Robot Interaction (BRI) technology uses the electroencephalogram- (EEG-) based Brain Computer Interface (BCI), to serve as an additional communication channel, for robot control via brainwaves. This technology is promising for elderly or disabled patient assistance with daily life. The key issue of a BRI system is to identify human mental activities, by decoding brainwaves, acquired with an EEG device. Compared with other BCI applications, such as word speller, the development of these applications may be more challenging since control of robot systems via brainwaves must consider surrounding environment feedback in real-time, robot mechanical kinematics, and dynamics, as well as robot control architecture and behavior...
2017: Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468813/the-cues-of-colony-size-how-honey-bees-sense-that-their-colony-is-large-enough-to-begin-to-invest-in-reproduction
#5
Michael L Smith, Phoebe A Koenig, Jacob M Peters
As organisms develop, they first invest resources in survival and growth, but after reaching a certain condition they start to also invest in reproduction. Likewise, superorganisms, such as honey bee colonies, first invest in survival and growth, and later commit resources to reproduction once the number of workers in the colony surpasses a reproductive threshold. The first form of reproductive investment for a honey bee colony is the building of beeswax comb made of special large cells used for rearing males (drones)...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467390/cooperative-spatial-retreat-for-resilient-drone-networks
#6
Jin-Hyeok Kang, Young-Min Kwon, Kyung-Joon Park
Drones are broadening their scope to various applications such as networking, package delivery, agriculture, rescue, and many more. For proper operation of drones, reliable communication should be guaranteed because drones are remotely controlled. When drones experience communication failure due to bad channel condition, interference, or jamming in a certain area, one existing solution is to exploit mobility or so-called spatial retreat to evacuate them from the communication failure area. However, the conventional spatial retreat scheme moves drones in random directions, which results in inefficient movement with significant evacuation time and waste of battery lifetime...
May 3, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456343/reconsidering-drone-warfare
#7
REVIEW
Roger Connor
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 26, 2017: Endeavour
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426426/pseudopecoelus-mccauleyi-n-sp-and-podocotyle-sp-digenea-opecoelidae-from-the-deep-waters-off-oregon-and-british-columbia-with-an-updated-key-to-the-species-of-pseudopecoelus-von-wicklen-1946-and-checklist-of-parasites-from-lycodes-cortezianus-perciformes-zoarcidae
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REVIEW
Charles K Blend, Norman O Dronen, Gabor R Racz, Scott L Gardner
Pseudopecoelus mccauleyi n. sp. (Opecoelidae: Opecoelinae) is described from the intestine of the bigfin eelpout, Lycodes cortezianus (Gilbert, 1890) (Perciformes: Zoarcidae), collected at 200-800 m depths in the Northeastern Pacific Ocean off Oregon and Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The new species is distinguished by possessing a unique combination of the following diagnostic characters: vitelline fields that extend to the posterior margin of the ventral sucker; a slender, tubular and sinuous seminal vesicle that extends some distance into the hindbody; an unspecialized, protuberant ventral sucker; a genital pore at pharynx level; lobed to deeply multilobed testes; a lobed ovary; and an egg size of 68-80 μm × 30-46 μm...
June 1, 2017: Acta Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425222/class-iii-antiarrhythmic-drugs-amiodarone-and-dronedarone-impair-kir-2-1-backward-trafficking
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Yuan Ji, Hiroki Takanari, Muge Qile, Lukas Nalos, Marien J C Houtman, Fee L Romunde, Raimond Heukers, Paul M P van Bergen En Henegouwen, Marc A Vos, Marcel A G van der Heyden
Drug-induced ion channel trafficking disturbance can cause cardiac arrhythmias. The subcellular level at which drugs interfere in trafficking pathways is largely unknown. KIR 2.1 inward rectifier channels, largely responsible for the cardiac inward rectifier current (IK1 ), are degraded in lysosomes. Amiodarone and dronedarone are class III antiarrhythmics. Chronic use of amiodarone, and to a lesser extent dronedarone, causes serious adverse effects to several organs and tissue types, including the heart. Both drugs have been described to interfere in the late-endosome/lysosome system...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421566/precision-global-health-in-the-digital-age
#10
Antoine Flahault, Antoine Geissbuhler, Idris Guessous, Philippe Guérin, Isabelle Bolon, Marcel Salathé, Gérard Escher
Precision global health is an approach similar to precision medicine, which facilitates, through innovation and technology, better targeting of public health interventions on a global scale, for the purpose of maximising their effectiveness and relevance. Illustrative examples include: the use of remote sensing data to fight vector-borne diseases; large databases of genomic sequences of foodborne pathogens helping to identify origins of outbreaks; social networks and internet search engines for tracking communicable diseases; cell phone data in humanitarian actions; drones to deliver healthcare services in remote and secluded areas...
April 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381818/dronedarone-attenuates-the-duration-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-a-dog-model-of-sustained-atrial-fibrillation
#11
Nakkawee Saengklub, Vudhiporn Limprasutr, Suwanakiet Sawangkoon, Robert L Hamlin, Anusak Kijtawornrat
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a supraventricular arrhythmia that leads to a decrease in cardiac output and impairs cardiac function and quality of life. Dronedarone has an atrial-selective property and has been used for management of AF in humans, but limited information is available in dogs. This study was designed to evaluate efficacy of dronedarone in attenuating the duration of AF in dog model of sustained AF. Six beagle dogs were anesthetized with isoflurane and instrumented to measure atrial action potential duration (aAPD) and atrial effective refractory period (AERP)...
April 4, 2017: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318989/first-report-of-using-portable-unmanned-aircraft-systems-drones-for-search-and-rescue
#12
Christopher Van Tilburg
Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), colloquially called drones, are used commonly for military, government, and civilian purposes, including both commercial and consumer applications. During a search and rescue mission in Oregon, a UAS was used to confirm a fatality in a slot canyon; this eliminated the need for a dangerous rappel at night by rescue personnel. A second search mission in Oregon used several UAS to clear terrain. This allowed search of areas that were not accessible or were difficult to clear by ground personnel...
March 16, 2017: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277512/technology-insects-inspire-crash-proof-drone
#13
(no author information available yet)
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 8, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272421/eeg-frequency-tagging-dissociates-between-neural-processing-of-motion-synchrony-and-human-quality-of-multiple-point-light-dancers
#14
Nihan Alp, Andrey R Nikolaev, Johan Wagemans, Naoki Kogo
Do we perceive a group of dancers moving in synchrony differently from a group of drones flying in-sync? The brain has dedicated networks for perception of coherent motion and interacting human bodies. However, it is unclear to what extent the underlying neural mechanisms overlap. Here we delineate these mechanisms by independently manipulating the degree of motion synchrony and the humanoid quality of multiple point-light displays (PLDs). Four PLDs moving within a group were changing contrast in cycles of fixed frequencies, which permits the identification of the neural processes that are tagged by these frequencies...
March 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254836/optimizing-a-drone-network-to-deliver-automated-external-defibrillators
#15
Justin J Boutilier, Steven C Brooks, Alyf Janmohamed, Adam Byers, Jason E Buick, Cathy Zhan, Angela P Schoellig, Sheldon Cheskes, Laurie J Morrison, Timothy C Y Chan
Background -Public access defibrillation programs can improve survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), but automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are rarely available for bystander use at the scene. Drones are an emerging technology that can deliver an AED to the scene of an OHCA for bystander use. We hypothesize that a drone network designed with the aid of a mathematical model combining both optimization and queuing can reduce the time to AED arrival. Methods -We applied our model to 53,702 OHCAs that occurred in the eight regions of the Toronto Regional RescuNET between January 1st 2006 and December 31st 2014...
March 2, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246646/3d-printed-eagle-eye-compound-microlens-system-for-foveated-imaging
#16
Simon Thiele, Kathrin Arzenbacher, Timo Gissibl, Harald Giessen, Alois M Herkommer
We present a highly miniaturized camera, mimicking the natural vision of predators, by 3D-printing different multilens objectives directly onto a complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor. Our system combines four printed doublet lenses with different focal lengths (equivalent to f = 31 to 123 mm for a 35-mm film) in a 2 × 2 arrangement to achieve a full field of view of 70° with an increasing angular resolution of up to 2 cycles/deg field of view in the center of the image. The footprint of the optics on the chip is below 300 μm × 300 μm, whereas their height is <200 μm...
February 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238947/identification-of-novel-mrp3-inhibitors-based-on-computational-models-and-validation-using-an-in-vitro-membrane-vesicle-assay
#17
Izna Ali, Matthew A Welch, Yang Lu, Peter W Swaan, Kim L R Brouwer
INTRODUCTION: Multidrug resistance-associated protein 3 (MRP3), an efflux transporter on the hepatic basolateral membrane, may function as a compensatory mechanism to prevent the accumulation of anionic substrates (e.g., bile acids) in hepatocytes. Inhibition of MRP3 may disrupt bile acid homeostasis and is one hypothesized risk factor for the development of drug-induced liver injury (DILI). Therefore, identifying potential MRP3 inhibitors could help mitigate the occurrence of DILI. METHODS: Bayesian models were developed using MRP3 transporter inhibition data for 86 structurally diverse drugs...
May 30, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229261/revision-of-neolebouria-gibson-1976-digenea-opecoelidae-with-trilobovarium-n-g-for-species-infecting-tropical-and-subtropical-shallow-water-fishes
#18
Storm B Martin, Scott C Cutmore, Thomas H Cribb
A new opecoelid trematode is reported from fishes of the Lethrinidae, Lutjanidae and Nemipteridae off Lizard Island on the northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia. The new species keys to Neolebouria Gibson, 1976 and shows strong similarity to several species of that genus, but is not consistent with the type-species, N. georgiensis Gibson, 1976, or others known from temperate/polar and/or deep-sea fishes. The new species is also phylogenetically distant from N. lanceolata (Price, 1934) Reimer, 1987, the only representative of the genus for which molecular data are available...
March 2017: Systematic Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224659/assessment-of-the-toxicity-of-pesticides-on-honey-bee-drone-fertility-using-laboratory-and-semi-field-approaches-a-case-study-of-fipronil
#19
Guillaume Kairo, Yannick Poquet, Haïthem Haji, Sylvie Tchamitchian, Marianne Cousin, Marc Bonnet, Michel Pelissier, André Kretzschmar, Luc P Belzunces, Jean-Luc Brunet
Concern about the reproductive toxicity of plant protection products (PPPs) in honey bee reproducers is increasing. Because the reproductive capacity of honey bees is not currently considered during the risk assessment procedures performed during PPP registration, it is important to provide methods to assess such potential impairments. To achieve this aim, we used two different approaches that involved semi-field (SF) and laboratory (Lab) conditions to study the impact of Fipronil on drone fertility. For each approach, the drones were reared for 20 days, from emergence to sexual maturity, and exposed to Fipronil via a contaminated sugar solution...
February 22, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163882/bioinspired-morphing-wings-for-extended-flight-envelope-and-roll-control-of-small-drones
#20
M Di Luca, S Mintchev, G Heitz, F Noca, D Floreano
Small-winged drones can face highly varied aerodynamic requirements, such as high manoeuvrability for flight among obstacles and high wind resistance for constant ground speed against strong headwinds that cannot all be optimally addressed by a single aerodynamic profile. Several bird species solve this problem by changing the shape of their wings to adapt to the different aerodynamic requirements. Here, we describe a novel morphing wing design composed of artificial feathers that can rapidly modify its geometry to fulfil different aerodynamic requirements...
February 6, 2017: Interface Focus
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