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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922829/the-threshold-of-the-state-civil-defence-the-blackout-and-the-home-in-second-world-war-britain
#1
James Greenhalgh
This article reconsiders the way that the British state extended its control of the home during the Second World War, using the implementation of air raid precautions and the blackout as a lens through which to view the state's developing attitudes to domestic space. Presented here is not the familiar story of pitch-dark, dangerous streets or altered cityscapes of fear and destruction; instead, by examining personal testimony the article inverts traditional treatments of the blackout to look at the interior of dwellings, demonstrating how the realities of total warfare impinged upon the psychological elements that constituted the home...
June 1, 2017: 20 Century British History
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922714/atmospheric-levels-and-cytotoxicity-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-and-oxygenated-pahs-in-pm2-5-in-the-beijing-tianjin-hebei-region
#2
Xinyi Niu, Steven Sai Hang Ho, Kin Fai Ho, Yu Huang, Jian Sun, Qiyuan Wang, Yaqing Zhou, Zhuzi Zhao, Junji Cao
The chemical composition of PM2.5 and cellular effects from exposure to fine aerosol extracts were studied for samples collected in Beijing, Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, and Hengshui, China in winter 2015. Effects of priority polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and their oxygenated derivatives (OPAHs) in PM2.5 on cell cultures were a major focus of the study. Total quantified PAHs and OPAHs at Shijiazhuang and Hengshui were higher than at Beijing and Tianjin, and benz(a)anthracene, chrysene and 1,8-naphthalic anhydride were the most abundant species...
September 12, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922696/does-air-gas-aesthesiometry-generate-a-true-mechanical-stimulus-for-corneal-sensitivity-measurement
#3
Daniela S Nosch, Heiko Pult, Julie Albon, Christine Purslow, Paul J Murphy
BACKGROUND: Belmonte Ocular Pain Meter (OPM) air jet aesthesiometry overcomes some of the limitations of the Cochet-Bonnet aesthesiometer. However, for true mechanical corneal sensitivity measurement, the airflow stimulus temperature of the aesthesiometer must equal ocular surface temperature (OST), to avoid additional response from temperature-sensitive nerves. The aim of this study was to determine: (A) the stimulus temperature inducing no or least change in OST; and (B) to evaluate if OST remains unchanged with different stimulus durations and airflow rates...
September 18, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922624/quantification-of-voc-emissions-from-paint-spraying-on-a-construction-site-using-solid-phase-microextraction-devices
#4
Wen-Hsi Cheng, Hsiao-Lin Huang, Kang-Shin Chen, Yu-Jen Chang
The objective of this study was to measure the emission of, and personal exposure to workers, volatile organic compound (VOC) during paint spraying on a construction site. Needle trap samplers (NTSs), which are a green solid phase microextraction sampling technology, were used to obtain air samples at a large music exhibition center. The standard active sampling method using charcoal tubes and a personal air pump, Method 1501, was simultaneously utilized at the sampling sites to assess the workers' VOC exposures...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922601/substrate-dependence-of-the-freezing-dynamics-of-supercooled-water-films-a-high-speed-optical-microscope-study
#5
Elzbieta Pach, Laura Rodríguez, Albert Verdaguer
The freezing of supercooled water films on silicon-based surfaces was investigated using a high-speed camera coupled to an optical microscope. We were able to study in detail the two phases or stages in during water freezing; the first stage, faster, when dendritic grow occurs co-planar with the cold surface of the substrate and the second stage, slower, when the ice formed on the surface grows vertically until all the film is frozen. Several differentiated processes were identified during the freezing: two dimensional dendrite growing on the substrate interface, vertical dendrite growing, formation and evolution of ice domains, trapping of air bubbles in ice and freezing of the water film surface...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922539/structural-characterization-of-a-covalent-monolayer-sheet-obtained-by-two-dimensional-polymerization-at-an-air-water-interface
#6
Vivian Müller, Feng Shao, Milos Baljozovic, Mina Moradi, Yao Zhang, Thomas Jung, William B Thompson, Benjamin T King, Renato Zenobi, A Dieter Schlüter
This work describes a two-dimensional polymerization at an air/water interface and provides, for the first time, direct spectroscopic evidence for the kind of cross-links formed and for the conversion reached in a covalently bonded monolayer sheet. This is achieved by a combination of a variety of monolayer characterization techniques before and after transfer onto solid substrates in particular by tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS) and TERS mapping after transfer of both the monomer and polymer monolayer onto Au(111)...
September 18, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922534/an-active-and-robust-bifunctional-oxygen-electrocatalyst-through-carbon-free-hierarchical-functionalization
#7
Kevin Huang
A hierarchically functionalized hybrid electrode for Zn-air batteries is discussed that requires no carbon. Instead, an oxygen evolution reaction (OER)-active, porous, conductive, and corrosion-resistant nitride Ni3 FeN is used as a support for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR)-active ordered intermetallic Fe3 Pt NPs. The porosity in the Ni3 FeN substrate is an important enabling factor for the high OER activity.
September 18, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922528/mass-production-and-pore-size-control-of-holey-carbon-microcages
#8
Lei Zhang, Xiaoxiao Liu, Yuhai Dou, Binwei Zhang, Huiling Yang, Shixue Dou, Huakun Liu, Yunhui Huang, Xianluo Hu
Architectural control of porous solids, such as porous carbon cages, has received considerable attention for versatile applications because of their attractive ability to interact with liquids and gases not only at the surface, but throughout the bulk. Here we report a scalable, facile spray-pyrolysis route to synthesize holey carbon microcages with mosquito-net-like shells. Using the surfaces of water droplets as the growth templates, styrene-butadiene rubber macromolecules are controllably cross-linked, and size-tunable holes on the carbon shells are generated...
September 18, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922479/highly-conductive-and-transparent-large-area-bilayer-graphene-realized-by-mocl5-intercalation
#9
Hiroki Kinoshita, Il Jeon, Mina Maruyama, Kenji Kawahara, Yuri Terao, Dong Ding, Rika Matsumoto, Yutaka Matsuo, Susumu Okada, Hiroki Ago
Bilayer graphene (BLG) comprises a 2D nanospace sandwiched by two parallel graphene sheets that can be used to intercalate molecules or ions for attaining novel functionalities. However, intercalation is mostly demonstrated with small, exfoliated graphene flakes. This study demonstrates intercalation of molybdenum chloride (MoCl5 ) into a large-area, uniform BLG sheet, which is grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). This study reveals that the degree of MoCl5 intercalation strongly depends on the stacking order of the graphene; twist-stacked graphene shows a much higher degree of intercalation than AB-stacked...
September 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922475/a-new-passivation-route-leading-to-over-8-efficient-pbse-quantum-dot-solar-cells-via-direct-ion-exchange-with-perovskite-nanocrystals
#10
Zhilong Zhang, Zihan Chen, Lin Yuan, Weijian Chen, Jianfeng Yang, Bo Wang, Xiaoming Wen, Jianbing Zhang, Long Hu, John A Stride, Gavin J Conibeer, Robert J Patterson, Shujuan Huang
Colloidal quantum dots (QDs) are promising candidate materials for photovoltaics (PV) owing to the tunable bandgap and low-cost solution processability. Lead selenide (PbSe) QDs are particularly attractive to PV applications due to the efficient multiple-exciton generation and carrier transportation. However, surface defects arising from the oxidation of the PbSe QDs have been the major limitation for their development in PV. Here, a new passivation method for chlorinated PbSe QDs via ion exchange with cesium lead halide (Br, I) perovskite nanocrystals is reported...
September 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922412/walker-occupancy-has-an-impact-on-changing-airborne-bacterial-communities-in-an-underground-pedestrian-space-as-small-dust-particles-increased-with-raising-both-temperature-and-humidity
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Torahiko Okubo, Takako Osaki, Eriko Nozaki, Akira Uemura, Kouhei Sakai, Mizue Matushita, Junji Matsuo, Shinji Nakamura, Shigeru Kamiya, Hiroyuki Yamaguchi
Although human occupancy is a source of airborne bacteria, the role of walkers on bacterial communities in built environments is poorly understood. Therefore, we visualized the impact of walker occupancy combined with other factors (temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, dust particles) on airborne bacterial features in the Sapporo underground pedestrian space in Sapporo, Japan. Air samples (n = 18; 4,800L/each sample) were collected at 8:00 h to 20:00 h on 3 days (regular sampling) and at early morning / late night (5:50 h to 7:50 h / 22:15 h to 24:45 h) on a day (baseline sampling), and the number of CFUs (colony forming units) OTUs (operational taxonomic units) and other factors were determined...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922269/extubation-failure-is-associated-with-increased-mortality-following-first-stage-single-ventricle-reconstruction-operation
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Thomas Scodellaro, Jane M McKenzie, Yves d'Udekem, Warwick Butt, Siva P Namachivayam
OBJECTIVES: To identify the prevalence, causes, risk factors, and outcomes associated with extubation failure following first stage single ventricle reconstruction surgery. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort analysis of neonates who underwent a first stage single ventricle reconstruction operation. Extubation failure was defined as endotracheal reintubation within 48 hours of first extubation attempt. SETTING: The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne...
September 15, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922233/endoscopic-versus-open-repair-for-craniosynostosis-in-infants-using-propensity-score-matching-to-compare-outcomes-a-multicenter-study-from-the-pediatric-craniofacial-collaborative-group
#13
Douglas R Thompson, David Zurakowski, Charles M Haberkern, Paul A Stricker, Petra M Meier
BACKGROUND: The North American Pediatric Craniofacial Collaborative Group (PCCG) established the Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery Perioperative Registry to evaluate outcomes in infants and children undergoing craniosynostosis repair. The goal of this multicenter study was to utilize this registry to assess differences in blood utilization, intensive care unit (ICU) utilization, duration of hospitalization, and perioperative complications between endoscopic-assisted (ESC) and open repair in infants with craniosynostosis...
September 14, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921952/nano-air-seeds-trapped-in-mesoporous-janus-nanoparticles-facilitate-cavitation-and-enhance-ultrasound-imaging
#14
Konstantin Tamarov, Andrey Sviridov, Wujun Xu, Markus Malo, Valery Andreev, Victor Yu Timoshenko, Vesa-Pekka Lehto
The current contrast agents utilized in ultrasound (US) imaging are based on microbubbles which, however, suffer from a short lifetime in the systemic circulation. The present study introduces a new type of contrast agents for US imaging based on bioresorbable Janus nanoparticles (NPs) that are able to generate microbubbles in situ under US radiation for extended time. The Janus NPs were fabricated from porous silicon (PSi) that was modified via a nanostopper technique. The technique was exploited to prepare PSi NPs which had hydrophobic pore walls (inner face) while the external surfaces of the NPs (outer face) were hydrophilic...
September 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921868/surface-modification-of-ultrahigh-molecular-weight-polyethylene-by-plasma-induced-in-situ-grafting-with-vinyl-triethoxysilane
#15
Chenbo Meng, Yangmei Chen, Meiju Xie, Zili Yu, Bangcheng Yang
Ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) is an excellent material with high performance, but it is very difficult to covalently introduce functional groups on its surface owing to its inherently inert structure, which constrains its further application. In this study, vinyl triethoxysilane (VTEOS) containing hydrolysable alkoxyl groups was in situ grafted on UHMWPE by air plasma treatment. The plasma treatment conditions for VTEOS grafting were optimized. The structure of the modified UHMWPE was characterized with FTIR and XPS...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921812/evaluation-of-air-samplers-and-filter-materials-for-collection-and-recovery-of-airborne-norovirus
#16
Katrine Uhrbrand, Ismo K Koponen, Anna Charlotte Schultz, Anne Mette Madsen
AIMS: The aim of this study was to identify the most efficient sampling method for quantitative PCR-based detection of airborne human norovirus (NoV). METHODS AND RESULTS: A comparative experiment was conducted in an aerosol chamber using aerosolised murine norovirus (MNV) as a surrogate for NoV. Sampling was performed using a nylon (NY) filter in conjunction with four kinds of personal samplers; Gesamtstaubprobenahme sampler (GSP), Triplex-cyclone sampler (TC), 3-piece closed-faced Millipore cassette (3P) and a 2-stage NIOSH cyclone sampler (NIO)...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921572/production-level-risk-factors-for-syncytial-hepatitis-in-farmed-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus-l
#17
R M Kabuusu, A T Aire, D F Stroup, C N L Macpherson, H W Ferguson
Syncytial hepatitis (SHT) is an emerging viral disease of tilapia characterized by significant morbidity and mortality. This study aimed to establish the production-level risk factors associated with presence and severity of SHT. Production factors were analysed during multiple outbreaks of SHT that occurred between 2011 and 2013 on a single tilapia farm in Ecuador and compared with the year 2010 before the SHT outbreaks. Relative risks, t tests, modified Poisson and forward stepwise linear regression analyses were performed using EPIINFO™...
September 17, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921521/a-paradigm-for-evaluation-and-management-of-the-maxillary-sinus-before-dental-implantation
#18
Yi-Wei Chen, Fu-Ying Lee, Po-Hung Chang, Chi-Che Huang, Chia-Hsiang Fu, Chien-Chia Huang, Ta-Jen Lee
OBJECTIVES: To determine a paradigm for evaluating and managing maxillary sinus conditions before dental implantation via preoperative sinonasal assessment. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. METHODS: Eighty-four patients who underwent dental implantation with or without sinus augmentation were included. Maxillary sinus conditions were classified into groups 1 to 6 according to cone-beam computed tomography (CT) findings: 1) nonspecific findings, 2) solitary polyp or cyst, 3) mucosal thickening, 4) air-fluid level or fluid accumulation, 5) near-total opacification of the maxillary or other paranasal sinus, and 6) calcification spots in the maxillary sinus...
September 16, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921432/demonstration-scale-high-cell-density-fermentation-of-pichia-pastoris
#19
Wan-Cang Liu, Ping Zhu
Pichia pastoris has been one of the most successful heterologous overexpression systems in generating proteins for large-scale production through high-cell-density fermentation. However, optimizing conditions of the large-scale high-cell-density fermentation for biochemistry and industrialization is usually a laborious and time-consuming process. Furthermore, it is often difficult to produce authentic proteins in large quantities, which is a major obstacle for functional and structural features analysis and industrial application...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921105/association-between-air-pollution-exposure-cognitive-and-adaptive-function-and-asd-severity-among-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#20
Tara Kerin, Heather Volk, Weiyan Li, Fred Lurmann, Sandrah Eckel, Rob McConnell, Irva Hertz-Picciotto
Prenatal exposure to air pollution has been associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) risk but no study has examined associations with ASD severity or functioning. Cognitive ability, adaptive functioning, and ASD severity were assessed in 327 children with ASD from the Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and the Environment study using the Mullen Scales of Early Learning (MSEL), the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales (VABS), and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule calibrated severity score. Estimates of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), particulate matter (PM2...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
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