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Enembe O Okokon, Tarja Yli-Tuomi, Anu W Turunen, Pekka Taimisto, Arto Pennanen, Ilias Vouitsis, Zissis Samaras, Marita Voogt, Menno Keuken, Timo Lanki
BACKGROUND: In order to curb traffic-related air pollution and its impact on the physical environment, contemporary city commuters are encouraged to shift from private car use to active or public transport modes. However, personal exposures to particulate matter (PM), black carbon and noise during commuting may be substantial. Therefore, studies comparing exposures during recommended modes of transport versus car trips are needed. METHODS: We measured personal exposure to various-sized particulates, soot, and noise during commuting by bicycle, bus and car in three European cities: Helsinki in Finland, Rotterdam in the Netherlands and Thessaloniki in Greece using portable monitoring devices...
January 11, 2017: Environmental Research
Petra M Visser, Jolanda M H Verspagen, Giovanni Sandrini, Lucas J Stal, Hans C P Matthijs, Timothy W Davis, Hans W Paerl, Jef Huisman
Climate change is likely to stimulate the development of harmful cyanobacterial blooms in eutrophic waters, with negative consequences for water quality of many lakes, reservoirs and brackish ecosystems across the globe. In addition to effects of temperature and eutrophication, recent research has shed new light on the possible implications of rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations. Depletion of dissolved CO2 by dense cyanobacterial blooms creates a concentration gradient across the air-water interface. A steeper gradient at elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations will lead to a greater influx of CO2, which can be intercepted by surface-dwelling blooms, thus intensifying cyanobacterial blooms in eutrophic waters...
April 2016: Harmful Algae
Vadim G Lebedev, Nina P Kovalenko, Konstantin A Shestibratov
An alternative way to increase plant productivity through the use of nitrogen fertilizers is to improve the efficiency of nitrogen utilization via genetic engineering. The effects of overexpression of pine glutamine synthetase (GS) gene and nitrogen availability on growth and leaf pigment levels of two Betula species were studied. Untransformed and transgenic plants of downy birch (B. pubescens) and silver birch (B. pendula) were grown under open-air conditions at three nitrogen regimes (0, 1, or 10 mM) for one growing season...
January 6, 2017: Plants (Basel, Switzerland)
Rymantas J Kazys, Reimondas Sliteris, Justina Sestoke
Air-coupled ultrasonic techniques are being increasingly used for material characterization, non-destructive evaluation of composite materials using guided waves as well as for distance measurements. Application of those techniques is mainly limited by the big losses of ultrasonic signals due to attenuation and mismatch of the acoustic impedances of ultrasonic transducers and air. One of the ways to solve this problem is by application of novel more efficient piezoelectric materials like lead magnesium niobate-lead titanate (PMN-PT) type crystals...
January 6, 2017: Sensors
R Miller, E V Aksenenko, V B Fainerman
The dynamics of surfactant interfacial layers was first discussed more than a century ago. In 1946 the most important work by Ward and Tordai was published which is still the theoretical basis of all new models to describe the time dependence of interfacial properties. In addition to the diffusion controlled adsorption mechanism, many other models have been postulated in literature, however, well performed experiments with well defined surfactant systems have shown that the diffusional transport is the main process governing the entire formation of surfactant adsorption layers...
December 24, 2016: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
Noriyasu Ando, Shuhei Emoto, Ryohei Kanzaki
Robotic odor source localization has been a challenging area and one to which biological knowledge has been expected to contribute, as finding odor sources is an essential task for organism survival. Insects are well-studied organisms with regard to odor tracking, and their behavioral strategies have been applied to mobile robots for evaluation. This "bottom-up" approach is a fundamental way to develop biomimetic robots; however, the biological analyses and the modeling of behavioral mechanisms are still ongoing...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Markus Rolf Heinrich, Dagmar Hofmann, Eva Gans, Jasmin Krüll
Low concentrated nitrogen dioxide, which arises as side product from a range of industrial processes, can effectively be recycled through the diazotization of anilines. The studies reported herein now demonstrate that the removal of nitrogen dioxide from gas streams is even more effective when hydrophilic anilines are used as starting materials. The diazonium salts, which are obtained in this way in up to quantitative yields, can directly be employed in azo coupling reactions, thus opening an attractive access to the industrially important group of azo compounds...
January 5, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
Francis Théberge, Jean-François Daigle, Jean-Claude Kieffer, François Vidal, Marc Châteauneuf
Recent works on plasma channels produced during the propagation of ultrashort and intense laser pulses in air demonstrated the guiding of electric discharges along the laser path. However, the short plasma lifetime limits the length of the laser-guided discharge. In this paper, the conductivity and lifetime of long plasma channels produced by ultrashort laser pulses is enhanced efficiently over many orders of magnitude by the electric field of a hybrid AC-DC high-voltage source. The AC electric pulse from a Tesla coil allowed to stimulate and maintain the highly conductive channel during few milliseconds in order to guide a subsequent 500 times more energetic discharge from a 30-kV DC source...
January 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
Tao Li, Teresa M Waters, Erin K Kaplan, Cameron M Kaplan, Kwame A Nyarko, Karen J Derefinko, Gerald W Talcott, Robert C Klesges
OBJECTIVE: The economic burden associated with alcohol misuse, in particular early attrition or discharge associated with alcohol-related incidents (ARIs), is significant in military settings. We assessed the potential economic benefit of a brief alcohol intervention program, the Alcohol Misconduct Prevention Program (AMPP), initially implemented at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Technical Training site for the U.S. Air Force (USAF) from October 1, 2010, to December 31, 2012. METHODS: We conducted cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses of the AMPP from the perspective of the USAF...
January 2017: Military Medicine
Mathilde Farenc, Matthias Witt, Kirsten Craven, Caroline Barrère-Mangote, Carlos Afonso, Pierre Giusti
Polyolefins such as polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) are often characterized from their pyrolysis products by Py-MS. Nowadays the development of plasma-based direct probe atmospheric pressure sources allow the direct analysis of these polymers. These sources operate at atmospheric pressure, which implies a limited control of the ionization conditions. It was shown that side reactions could occur with species present in air, such as O2, which may lead to the formation of oxidized compounds. In this work, ion mobility-mass spectrometry (IM-MS) and Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTICR) were used for the exhaustive characterization of the PP and PE pyrolysis ions produced using plasma-based atmospheric pressure ion sources...
January 3, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Abhishek Savirmath, Vandita Mishra
INTRODUCTION: Close mucosal adaptation of denture base to the underlying mucosa is of prime importance for denture stability. This however can be affected by various temperature changes which the denture base undergoes during processing and also to its material properties. AIM: The aim of the present study was to compare linear dimensional change of heat cure acrylic resin with three different cooling regimens on two different commercially available acrylic denture base resins...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
Il-Ho Park, Ju-Hyung Kang, Jin Ah Kim, Jae-Min Shin, Heung-Man Lee
BACKGROUND: Diesel exhaust particles (DEPs), the major contributors to air pollution, induce inflammatory responses in the nasal epithelium. Overproduction of airway mucins is an important pathogenic finding in inflammatory airway diseases. OBJECTIVE: The aims of the present study were to determine the effect of DEPs on the expression of the mucin gene MUC4 and to investigate the underlying mechanism of DEP-induced MUC4 expression in NCI-H292 cells and primary nasal epithelial cells (PNECs)...
2016: International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
T Liu, H Lin, Y Gao, P Caracappa, G Wang, W Cong, X Xu
PURPOSE: Dynamic bowtie filter is an innovative design capable of modulating the X-ray and balancing the flux in the detectors, and it introduces a new way of patient-specific CT scan optimizations. This study demonstrates the feasibility of performing fast Monte Carlo dose calculation for a type of dynamic bowtie filter for cone-beam CT (Liu et al. 2014 9(7) PloS one) using MIC coprocessors. METHODS: The dynamic bowtie filter in question consists of a highly attenuating bowtie component (HB) and a weakly attenuating bowtie (WB)...
June 2016: Medical Physics
D Huo, M Hoerner, B Toskich, L Rill
PURPOSE: Patient table height plays an important role in estimating patient skin dose for interventional radiology (IR) procedures, because the patient's skin location is dependent on the height of table. Variation in table height can lead to as much as 150% difference in skin dose for patient exams with similar air kerma meter readings. In our facility, IR procedural workflow was recently changed to require the IR physicians to confirm the patient table height before the procedure. The patient table height data was collected before and after this workflow change to validate the implementation of this practice...
June 2016: Medical Physics
F Li, J Park, B Barraclough, B Lu, J Li, C Liu, G Yan
PURPOSE: To develop an efficient and accurate independent dose calculation algorithm with a simplified analytical source model for the quality assurance and safe delivery of Flattening Filter Free (FFF)-IMRT on an Elekta Versa HD. METHODS: The source model consisted of a point source and a 2D bivariate Gaussian source, respectively modeling the primary photons and the combined effect of head scatter, monitor chamber backscatter and collimator exchange effect. The in-air fluence was firstly calculated by back-projecting the edges of beam defining devices onto the source plane and integrating the visible source distribution...
June 2016: Medical Physics
S Miyakawa, H Tachibana, S Moriya, T Kurosawa, M Sato
PURPOSE: A validation study using human or sheep for CT pulmonary ventilation (CT-V) imaging are inefficient and partially unstable. In this study, we designed and developed non-rigid phantom ventilating air to quantitatively evaluate the CT-V image. METHODS: The phantom consisted of an acryl cylinder filled with polyurethane foam designed to pulmonic alveoli and a polyurethane membrane was attached to the inferior end of the phantom to simulate a lung diaphragm...
June 2016: Medical Physics
F H Gao, Z G Tian, Y Y Guo, Y Zhao, G J Wang
Objective: To observe the effect of early intervention and intermittent application of bi level positive air-way pressure ventilation (BiPAP) in patients with pneumoconiosis combined with chronic respiratory failure. Methods: Will meet the diagnostic criteria of pneumoconiosis in GBZ70-2009< >, the blood gas analysis in patients with chronic type II re-spiratory failure in 62 cases were randomly divided into rehabilitation treatment group 32 cases, control group of 30 cases. Pa-tients in the observation group were treated by on-invasive ventilation, while the control group were treated by the convention-al treatment...
November 20, 2016: Chinese Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases
Robert A Cheke, Stephen Young, Rolf Garms
Twenty-nine taxa of Simulium were identified amongst 527 collections of larvae and pupae from untreated rivers and streams in Liberia (362 collections in 1967-71 & 1989), Togo (125 in 1979-81), Benin (35 in 1979-81) and Ghana (5 in 1980-81). Presence or absence of associations between different taxa were used to group them into six clusters using Ward agglomerative hierarchical cluster analysis. Environmental data associated with the pre-imaginal habitats were then analysed in relation to the six clusters by one way ANOVA...
December 28, 2016: Acta Tropica
Zhaoyang Liu, Yonglong Lu, Pei Wang, Tieyu Wang, Shijie Liu, Andrew C Johnson, Andrew J Sweetman, Yvette Baninla
China has gradually become the most important manufacturing and consumption centre for perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in the world, and inadvertently become the world's major contamination hotspots. However, a systematic analysis of pollution pathways for PFOS/PFOA into the different environmental compartments and their quantification in China has yet to be carried out. This study focused on PFOS and PFOA release into the environment in the central and eastern region of China, which accounts for the vast majority of national emission...
December 28, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Manwen Zhang, Sukun Zhang, Guixian Feng, Hui Su, Fengzhi Zhu, Mingzhong Ren, Zongwei Cai
To identify the sources of PM2.5 pollutants in work environments and determine whether the air quality inside an office was affected by a change in outdoor pollution status, concurrent indoor and outdoor measurements of PM2.5 were conducted at five different office spaces in the urban center of Guangzhou on low pollution days (non-episode days, NEDs), and high pollution days (haze episode days, EDs). Indoor-outdoor relationships between the PM2.5 mass and its chemical constituents, which included water-soluble ions, carbonaceous species, and metal elements, were investigated...
December 28, 2016: Environmental Research
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