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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344630/flexible-reaction-norms-to-environmental-variables-along-the-migration-route-and-the-significance-of-stopover-duration-for-total-speed-of-migration-in-a-songbird-migrant
#1
Heiko Schmaljohann, Simeon Lisovski, Franz Bairlein
BACKGROUND: Predicting the consequences of continuing anthropogenic changes in the environment for migratory behaviours such as phenology remains a major challenge. Predictions remain particularly difficult, because our knowledge is based on studies from single-snapshot observations at specific stopover sites along birds' migration routes. However, a general understanding on how birds react to prevailing environmental conditions, e.g. their 'phenotypic reaction norm', throughout the annual cycle and along their entire migration routes is required to fully understand how migratory birds respond to rapid environmental change...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332484/multivariate-regression-methods-for-estimating-velocity-of-ictal-discharges-from-human-microelectrode-recordings
#2
Jyun-You Liou, Elliot Smith, Lisa Bateman, Guy McKhann, Robert Goodman, Bradley Greger, Tyler Davis, Spencer Kellis, Paul House, Catherine Schevon
OBJECTIVE: Epileptiform discharges, an electrophysiological hallmark of seizures, can propagate across cortical tissue in a manner similar to traveling waves. Recent work has focused attention on the origination and propagation patterns of these discharges, yielding important clues to their source location and mechanism of travel. However, systematic studies of methods for measuring propagation are lacking. APPROACH: We analyzed epileptiform discharges in microelectrode array recordings of human seizures...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317985/hierarchical-porous-ni-boehmite-nickel-aluminum-oxide-flakes-with-enhanced-microwave-absorption-ability
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Biao Zhao, Junwei Liu, Xiaoqin Guo, Wanyu Zhao, Luyang Liang, Chao Ma, Rui Zhang
In this article, composites consisting of porous Ni cores coated with boehmite/nickel aluminum oxide nanoflakes were successfully prepared by a versatile method. The crystal constituents and shapes of the boehmite/nickel aluminum oxide nanoflakes were strongly influenced by reaction temperature, and their microwave absorption properties were investigated in terms of complex permittivity and permeability. The results reveal that the composites comprising porous Ni cores coated with boehmite/nickel aluminum oxide synthesized at 180 °C present superior absorption properties...
March 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274245/identifying-barriers-to-and-facilitators-of-tuberculosis-contact-investigation-in-kampala-uganda-a-behavioral-approach
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Irene Ayakaka, Sara Ackerman, Joseph M Ggita, Phoebe Kajubi, David Dowdy, Jessica E Haberer, Elizabeth Fair, Philip Hopewell, Margaret A Handley, Adithya Cattamanchi, Achilles Katamba, J Lucian Davis
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization recommends routine household tuberculosis contact investigation in high-burden countries but adoption has been limited. We sought to identify barriers to and facilitators of TB contact investigation during its introduction in Kampala, Uganda. METHODS: We collected cross-sectional qualitative data through focus group discussions and interviews with stakeholders, addressing three core activities of contact investigation: arranging household screening visits through index TB patients, visiting households to screen contacts and refer them to clinics, and evaluating at-risk contacts coming to clinics...
March 9, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271409/the-effect-of-spaceflight-and-microgravity-on-the-human-brain
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Angelique Van Ombergen, Athena Demertzi, Elena Tomilovskaya, Ben Jeurissen, Jan Sijbers, Inessa B Kozlovskaya, Paul M Parizel, Paul H Van de Heyning, Stefan Sunaert, Steven Laureys, Floris L Wuyts
Microgravity, confinement, isolation, and immobilization are just some of the features astronauts have to cope with during space missions. Consequently, long-duration space travel can have detrimental effects on human physiology. Although research has focused on the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal system in particular, the exact impact of spaceflight on the human central nervous system remains to be determined. Previous studies have reported psychological problems, cephalic fluid shifts, neurovestibular problems, and cognitive alterations, but there is paucity in the knowledge of the underlying neural substrates...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264582/a-new-shunt-for-obstructive-hydrocephalus-ventricle-sylvian-fissure-shunt-a-preliminary-report
#6
Sushil Patkar
Cerbrospinal fluid (CSF) pathway studies have revealed that after egressing from the fourth ventricle reaches the basal supra sellar cistern and ultimately the sylvian cisterns from where the CSF travels over the cerebral convexity subarachnoid space to reach the superior saggital sinus and enters the blood stream. Diverting CSF from the lateral ventricle with a shunt catheter to the sylvian cistern can be an option to treat obstructive hydrocephalus. 2 patients underwent this procedure of diverting CSF from the lateral ventricle with a shunt catheter (Chabbra, India) to the sylvian cistern successfully and had immediate relief of symptoms of raised intracranial pressure...
March 6, 2017: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263676/survival-and-dna-damage-in-plant-seeds-exposed-for-558-and-682-days-outside-the-international-space-station
#7
David Tepfer, Sydney Leach
For life to survive outside the biosphere, it must be protected from UV light and other radiation by exterior shielding or through sufficient inherent resistance to survive without protection. We tested the plausibility of inherent resistance in plant seeds, reporting in a previous paper that Arabidopsis thaliana and tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) seeds exposed for 558 days outside the International Space Station (ISS) germinated and developed into fertile plants after return to Earth. We have now measured structural genetic damage in tobacco seeds from this EXPOSE-E experiment by quantitatively amplifying a segment of an antibiotic resistance gene, nptII, inserted into the chloroplast genome...
March 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242132/abducens-nerve-palsy-due-to-inferior-petrosal-sinus-thrombosis
#8
Shivam Om Mittal, Junaid Siddiqui, Bashar Katirji
Isolated unilateral abducens nerve palsy is usually due to ischemia, trauma or neoplasm. Dorello's canal is the space between the petrous apex and superolateral portion of the clivus, bound superiorly by Gruber's ligament. The abducens nerve travels with inferior petrosal sinus (IPS) though the Dorello's canal before entering the cavernous sinus. A 31-year-old man presented with neck pain, and binocular horizontal diplopia, worse looking towards left and at distance. He had a history of intravenous drug abuse but no history of hypertension or diabetes...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237743/geographic-regions-for-assessing-built-environmental-correlates-with-walking-trips-a-comparison-using-different-metrics-and-model-designs
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Calvin P Tribby, Harvey J Miller, Barbara B Brown, Ken R Smith, Carol M Werner
There is growing international evidence that supportive built environments encourage active travel such as walking. An unsettled question is the role of geographic regions for analyzing the relationship between the built environment and active travel. This paper examines the geographic region question by assessing walking trip models that use two different regions: walking activity spaces and self-defined neighborhoods. We also use two types of built environment metrics, perceived and audit data, and two types of study design, cross-sectional and longitudinal, to assess these regions...
February 23, 2017: Health & Place
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214432/degree-of-target-utilization-influences-the-location-of-movement-endpoint-distributions
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Andrew B Slifkin, Jeffrey R Eder
According to dominant theories of motor control, speed and accuracy are optimized when, on the average, movement endpoints are located at the target center and when the variability of the movement endpoint distributions is matched to the width of the target (viz., Meyer, Abrams, Kornblum, Wright, & Smith, 1988). The current study tested those predictions. According to the speed-accuracy trade-off, expanding the range of variability to the amount permitted by the limits of the target boundaries allows for maximization of movement speed while centering the distribution on the target center prevents movement errors that would have occurred had the distribution been off center...
February 16, 2017: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214132/language-evolution-a-changing-perspective
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REVIEW
Michael C Corballis
From ancient times, religion and philosophy have regarded language as a faculty bestowed uniquely and suddenly on our own species, primarily as a mode of thought with communication as a byproduct. This view persists among some scientists and linguists and is counter to the theory of evolution, which implies that the evolution of complex structures is incremental. I argue here that language derives from mental processes with gradual evolutionary trajectories, including the generative capacities to travel mentally in time and space and into the minds of others...
February 14, 2017: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198837/radially-dependent-angular-acceleration-of-twisted-light
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Jason Webster, Carmelo Rosales-Guzmán, Andrew Forbes
While photons travel in a straight line at constant velocity in free space, the intensity profile of structured light may be tailored for acceleration in any degree of freedom. Here we propose a simple approach to control the angular acceleration of light. Using Laguerre-Gaussian modes as our twisted beams carrying orbital angular momentum, we show that superpositions of opposite handedness result in a radially dependent angular acceleration as they pass through a focus (waist plane). Due to conservation of orbital angular momentum, we find that propagation dynamics are complex despite the free-space medium: the outer part of the beam (rings) rotates in an opposite direction to the inner part (petals), and while the outer part accelerates, the inner part decelerates...
February 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187874/falling-while-walking-a-hidden-contributor-to-pedestrian-injury
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Jennifer Oxley, Steve O'Hern, Duane Burtt, Ben Rossiter
Walking is a sustainable mode of transportation which is beneficial to both individuals and to the broader community, however, there are risks and it is essential that road design and operation provides safe conditions for walking. In Victoria, pedestrians represent one of the most vulnerable road user groups, accounting for approximately 12% of all road fatalities and serious injuries. These figures largely represent injuries where the pedestrian has been struck by a vehicle with the extent of pedestrian-only injuries largely un-reported...
February 7, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176829/multistable-states-in-a-system-of-coupled-phase-oscillators-with-inertia
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Di Yuan, Fang Lin, Limei Wang, Danyang Liu, Junzhong Yang, Yi Xiao
We investigate the generalized Kuramoto model of globally coupled oscillators with inertia, in which oscillators with positive coupling strength are conformists and oscillators with negative coupling strength are contrarians. We consider the correlation between the coupling strengths of oscillators and the distributions of natural frequencies. Two different types of correlations are studied. It is shown that the model supports multistable synchronized states such as different types of travelling wave states, π state and another type of nonstationary state: an oscillating π state...
February 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161726/medial-entorhinal-cortex-and-medial-septum-contribute-to-self-motion-based-linear-distance-estimation
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Pierre-Yves Jacob, Marta Gordillo-Salas, Justine Facchini, Bruno Poucet, Etienne Save, Francesca Sargolini
Path integration is a navigation strategy that requires animals to integrate self-movements during exploration to determine their position in space. The medial entorhinal cortex (MEC) has been suggested to play a pivotal role in this process. Grid cells, head-direction cells, border cells as well as speed cells within the MEC collectively provide a dynamic representation of the animal position in space based on the integration of self-movements. All these cells are strongly modulated by theta oscillations, thus suggesting that theta rhythmicity in the MEC may be essential for integrating and coordinating self-movement information during navigation...
February 4, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157917/measurement-of-straightness-without-abbe-error-using-an-enhanced-differential-plane-mirror-interferometer
#16
Tao Jin, Hudong Ji, Wenmei Hou, Yanfen Le, Lu Shen
This paper presents an enhanced differential plane mirror interferometer with high resolution for measuring straightness. Two sets of space symmetrical beams are used to travel through the measurement and reference arms of the straightness interferometer, which contains three specific optical devices: a Koster prism, a wedge prism assembly, and a wedge mirror assembly. Changes in the optical path in the interferometer arms caused by straightness are differential and converted into phase shift through a particular interferometer system...
January 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157557/elimination-of-spiral-waves-in-a-locally-connected-chaotic-neural-network-by-a-dynamic-phase-space-constraint
#17
Yang Li, Makito Oku, Guoguang He, Kazuyuki Aihara
In this study, a method is proposed that eliminates spiral waves in a locally connected chaotic neural network (CNN) under some simplified conditions, using a dynamic phase space constraint (DPSC) as a control method. In this method, a control signal is constructed from the feedback internal states of the neurons to detect phase singularities based on their amplitude reduction, before modulating a threshold value to truncate the refractory internal states of the neurons and terminate the spirals. Simulations showed that with appropriate parameter settings, the network was directed from a spiral wave state into either a plane wave (PW) state or a synchronized oscillation (SO) state, where the control vanished automatically and left the original CNN model unaltered...
January 16, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151696/survival-dna-integrity-and-ultrastructural-damage-in-antarctic-cryptoendolithic-eukaryotic-microorganisms-exposed-to-ionizing-radiation
#18
Claudia Pacelli, Laura Selbmann, Laura Zucconi, Marina Raguse, Ralf Moeller, Igor Shuryak, Silvano Onofri
Life dispersal between planets, planetary protection, and the search for biosignatures are main topics in astrobiology. Under the umbrella of the STARLIFE project, three Antarctic endolithic microorganisms, the melanized fungus Cryomyces antarcticus CCFEE 515, a hyaline strain of Umbilicaria sp. (CCFEE 6113, lichenized fungus), and a Stichococcus sp. strain (C45A, green alga), were exposed to high doses of space-relevant gamma radiation ((60)Co), up to 117.07 kGy. After irradiation survival, DNA integrity and ultrastructural damage were tested...
February 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149087/motor-cognitive-processing-speed-estimation-among-the-primary-schoolchildren-by-deriving-prediction-formula-a-cross-sectional-study
#19
Vencita Priyanka Aranha, Monika Moitra, Shikha Saxena, Kanimozhi Narkeesh, Narkeesh Arumugam, Asir John Samuel
OBJECTIVES: Motor cognitive processing speed (MCPS) is often reported in terms of reaction time. In spite of being a significant indicator of function, behavior, and performance, MCPS is rarely used in clinics and schools to identify kids with slowed motor cognitive processing. The reason behind this is the lack of availability of convenient formula to estimate MCPS. Thereby, the aim of this study is to estimate the MCPS in the primary schoolchildren. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two hundred and four primary schoolchildren, aged 6-12 years, were recruited by the cluster sampling method for this cross-sectional study...
January 2017: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147589/numerical-study-of-rayleigh-wave-propagation-along-a-horizontal-semi-infinite-crack-buried-in-half-space
#20
Sunil Kishore Chakrapani
The present article investigates the propagation of Rayleigh waves along a horizontal semi-infinite crack, and its interaction with the crack tip. Finite element analysis was used to simulate wave propagation and study the interaction. An incident Rayleigh wave diffracts as bulk waves into the half-space upon interaction with the crack tip. It was observed that the diffracted bulk modes can interact with the half-space boundary, and mode converts into a Rayleigh wave traveling along the boundary. A qualitative analysis was performed to determine the effect of crack depth using transmission, reflection, and scattering coefficients...
January 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
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