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Shih-Wen Chen, Jia-Han Li
Investigated in this paper is the interaction of light and the nanospheres composed by a dielectric core with a gold-shell cladding that causes the optical vortices inside the core and the whirlpools around the shell. Different radius ratios, dimensions and the dielectric functions of nanospheres were studied using the finite-difference time-domain method. It was found that optical vortices were most likely to occur in the regions of increased absorption cross section and reduced scattering cross section. Two optical vortices of the opposite polarity, each centered in one of the particles of a dimer are created by a nanoshell dimer...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
Martin Pekař, Jeannet van Rens, Martin B van der Mark
Smart minimally invasive devices face a connectivity challenge. An example is found in intracardiac echocardiography where the signal transmission and supply of power at the distal end require many thin and fragile wires in order to keep the catheter slim and flexible. We have built a fully functional bench-top prototype to demonstrate that electrical wires may be replaced by optical fibers. The prototype is immediately scalable to catheter dimensions. The absence of conductors will provide intrinsic galvanic isolation as well as radio frequency (RF) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) compatibility...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
Annette M Bachand, Sandra I Sulsky, Geoffrey M Curtin
Researchers and those responsible for evaluating and implementing policies intended to reduce population harm must assess the potential for both intended and unintended consequences associated with those policies. Such assessments should be based on the combined dimensions of magnitude, and thus likelihood, of shifts in exposure patterns needed to produce a population benefit or harm, and magnitude of the expected population benefit or harm. In response to this assessment need, we provide a conceptual description of the dynamic population modeler, DPM(+1), as well as illustrative analyses that estimate the effects on all-cause mortality, life expectancy, and quality of life-adjusted life expectancy if exposure patterns in the population shift from a higher risk product (e...
April 24, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
Raimondas Galvelis, Yuji Sugita
The free energy calculations of complex chemical and biological systems with molecular dynamics (MD) are inefficient due to multiple local minima separated by high-energy barriers. The minima can be escaped using an enhanced sampling method such as metadynamics, which apply bias (i.e. importance sampling) along a set of collective variables (CV), but the maximum number of CVs (or dimensions) is severely limited. We propose a high-dimensional bias potential method (NN2B) based on two machine learning algorithms: the nearest neighbour density estimator (NNDE) and the artificial neural network (ANN) for the bias potential approximation...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Shinhyun Choi, Jong Hoon Shin, Jihang Lee, Patrick Sheridan, Wei D Lu
Memristors have been considered as a leading candidate for a number of critical applications ranging from non-volatile memory to non-Von Neumann computing systems. Feature extraction, which aims to transform input data from a high dimensional space to a space with fewer dimensions, is an important technique widely used in machine learning and pattern recognition applications. Here, we experimentally demonstrate that memristor arrays can be used to perform principal component analysis (PCA), one of the most commonly-used feature extraction techniques, through online, unsupervised learning...
April 24, 2017: Nano Letters
Federica Gallocchio, Giancarlo Biancotto, Veronica Cibin, Carmen Losasso, Simone Belluco, Ruud Peters, Greet van Bemmel, Claudia Cascio, Stefan Weigel, Peter Tromp, Federica Gobbo, Salvatore Catania, Antonia Ricci
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are of interest due to their antimicrobial activity and are seen as potential candidates to replace antibiotics in animal husbandry. A few studies have focused on this new application, but they lack any considerations about residual accumulation of AgNPs in edible animal tissues and animal products. In this research a 22-days in vivo study was carried out by oral administration of 20 nm spherical PVP coated AgNPs to hens. Six doses of approximately 1 mg kg-1 of AgNPs-PVP each were administered to animals throughout the experimentation...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Per-Arne Lönnqvist
The use of mortality and surrogate makers to determine outcomes after advanced medical treatment has been questioned, because often these dimensions do not agree with what both many medical staff and laypeople judge as adequate outcome measures. That is why Myles et al introduced the more adequate dimension of disability free survival (1-3). Furthermore, the suffering of other patients that is associated with one single individual having a good outcome has been discussed and the suggested term for this is the number needed to suffer (4), which reflects the similar terms of number needed to treat and number needed to harm...
April 24, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
Nicole Koulisis, Alice Y Kim, Zhongdi Chu, Anoush Shahidzadeh, Bruce Burkemper, Lisa C Olmos de Koo, Andrew A Moshfeghi, Hossein Ameri, Carmen A Puliafito, Veronica L Isozaki, Ruikang K Wang, Amir H Kashani
PURPOSE: To quantitatively evaluate the retinal microvasculature in human subjects with retinal venous occlusions (RVO) using optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA). DESIGN: Retrospective, cross-sectional, observational case series. PARTICIPANTS: Sixty subjects (84 eyes) were included (20 BRVO, 14 CRVO, 24 unaffected fellow eyes, and 26 controls). METHODS: OCTA was performed on a prototype, spectral domain-OCTA system in the 3x3mm central macular region...
2017: PloS One
Venugopal K Menon, Naveen Tahasildar, Haroon M Pillay, Anbuselvam M
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective observational study. OBJECTIVE: To study axial plane deformation of the shoulder in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) and try to correlate it with curve type and surgical correction. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: It is established that AIS is a 3-dimensional deformity. The rib hump is the most common manifestation of axial plane deformations; the least common manifestation seems to be upper trunk and shoulder rotation, which has been hitherto undescribed...
May 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
Davide Confalonieri, Margherita La Marca, Elisabeth Marianna Wilhelmina Maria van Dongen, Heike Walles, Franziska Ehlicke
The development of scaffold formulations based on extracellular matrix-inspired synthetic materials constitutes an important resource for the advance of cell-based therapies in bone tissue engineering approaches, where both cell and scaffold implantation are often needed. Culturing cells on porous microcarriers (MCs) allows cell expansion in a three-dimensional microenvironment and constitutes a possible solution for minimally invasive cell and scaffold simultaneous delivery, but the reduced pore dimension and pore interconnection diameter of several commercially available microcarriers limits de facto cell ingrowth, and ultimately their suitability for in vivo cell delivery...
March 3, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
Shuai Wang, Liyi Shi, Guorong Chen, Chaoqun Ba, Zhuyi Wang, Jiefang Zhu, Yin Zhao, Meihong Zhang, Shuai Yuan
The composite of tungsten-doped SnO2 and reduced graphene oxide was synthesized through a simple one-pot hydrothermal method. According to the structural characterization of the composite, tungsten ions were doped in the unit cells of tin dioxide rather than simply attaching to the surface. Tungsten-doped SnO2 was in-situ growing on the surface of graphene sheet to form a three-dimension conductive network which enhanced the electron transportation and lithium ion diffusion effectively, as well as the issues of SnO2 agglomeration and volume expansion could be avoided because the tungsten-doped SnO2 nanoparticles were homogeneously distributed on graphene sheet...
April 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Kim Fook Lee, Ying Tian, He Yang, Kimmo Mustonen, Amos Martinez, Qing Dai, Esko I Kauppinen, John Malowicki, Prem Kumar, Zhipei Sun
Nonlinear optics based on bulk materials is the current technique of choice for quantum-state generation and information processing. Scaling of nonlinear optical quantum devices is of significant interest to enable quantum devices with high performance. However, it is challenging to scale the nonlinear optical devices down to the nanoscale dimension due to relatively small nonlinear optical response of traditional bulk materials. Here, correlated photon pairs are generated in the nanometer scale using a nonlinear optical device for the first time...
April 24, 2017: Advanced Materials
Ya-Wen Chen, Sarah Xuelian Huang, Ana Luisa Rodrigues Toste de Carvalho, Siu-Hong Ho, Mohammad Naimul Islam, Stefano Volpi, Luigi D Notarangelo, Michael Ciancanelli, Jean-Laurent Casanova, Jahar Bhattacharya, Alice F Liang, Laura M Palermo, Matteo Porotto, Anne Moscona, Hans-Willem Snoeck
Recapitulation of lung development from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) in three dimensions (3D) would allow deeper insight into human development, as well as the development of innovative strategies for disease modelling, drug discovery and regenerative medicine. We report here the generation from hPSCs of lung bud organoids (LBOs) that contain mesoderm and pulmonary endoderm and develop into branching airway and early alveolar structures after xenotransplantation and in Matrigel 3D culture. Expression analysis and structural features indicated that the branching structures reached the second trimester of human gestation...
April 24, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
Mimma Nardelli, Alberto Greco, Juan Bolea, Gaetano Valenza, Enzo Pasquale Scilingo, Raquel Bailon
The number of studies about ultra-short cardiovascular time series is increasing because of the demand for mobile applications in telemedicine and e-health monitoring. However, the current literature still needs a proper validation of heartbeat nonlinear dynamics assessment from ultra-short time series. This paper reports on the reliability of the Lagged Poincaré Plot (LPP) parameters - calculated from ultra-short cardiovascular time series. Reliability is studied on simulated as well as on real RR series...
April 18, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
Bin Wang, Zhijian Ou, Zhiqiang Tan
To describe trans-dimensional observations in sample spaces of different dimensions, we propose a probabilistic model, called the trans-dimensional random field (TRF) by explicitly mixing a collection of random fields. In the framework of stochastic approximation (SA), we develop an effective training algorithm, called augmented SA, which jointly estimates the model parameters and normalizing constants while using trans-dimensional mixture sampling to generate observations of different dimensions. Furthermore, we introduce several statistical and computational techniques to improve the convergence of the training algorithm and reduce computational cost, which together enable us to successfully train TRF models on large datasets...
April 24, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
Shlomit Yadlin-Gadot
Freud adhered to the idea that psychoanalysis is a science and that truth is one. The transition from a realistic epistemology to an epistemology of subjective idealism in psychoanalytic thought was accompanied by the splintering of the "one" realistic truth into a multiplicity of truths: realistic-correspondent, ideal, subjective-existential, intersubjective, coherent, and pragmatic truths. The present paper, employing the concept of "truth axes," explores these truths as they relate to basic human needs, self- states, and the structuring of subjectivity...
April 2017: Psychoanalytic Review
Alyssa Ritter, Carrie Atzinger, Brandon Hays, Jeanne James, Amy Shikany, Derek Neilson, Lisa Martin, Kathryn Nicole Weaver
Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) is a common inherited connective tissue disorder characterized by joint hypermobility. The natural history of aortic root dilation (AoD), a potential complication of EDS, has not been well characterized in this population. We describe the natural history of aortic root size in a large cohort of patients with hEDS. A cohort of 325 patients with HEDS was identified at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), including 163 patients from a previous study. Medical records were reviewed and each participant's height, weight, and aortic dimensions from up to four echocardiograms were documented...
April 24, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Yi Jin, Ying Wu, Hui Li, Mengyu Zhao, Jienan Pan
Fractal behavior is scale-invariant and widely characterized by fractal dimension. However, the cor-respondence between them is that fractal behavior uniquely determines a fractal dimension while a fractal dimension can be related to many possible fractal behaviors. Therefore, fractal behavior is independent of the fractal generator and its geometries, spatial pattern, and statistical properties in addition to scale. To mathematically describe fractal behavior, we propose a novel concept of fractal topography defined by two scale-invariant parameters, scaling lacunarity (P) and scaling coverage (F)...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
Tzu-Chiao Wei, Hsin-Ping Wang, Heng-Jui Liu, Dung-Sheng Tsai, Jr-Jian Ke, Chung-Lun Wu, Yu-Peng Yin, Qian Zhan, Gong-Ru Lin, Ying-Hao Chu, Jr-Hau He
Transition metal oxides with a perovskite crystal structure exhibit a variety of physical properties associated with the lattice. Among these materials, strontium ruthenate (SrRuO3) displays unusually strong coupling of charge, spin and lattice degrees of freedom that can give rise to the photostriction, that is, changes in the dimensions of material due to the absorption of light. In this study, we observe a photon-induced strain as high as 1.12% in single domain SrRuO3, which we attribute to a nonequilibrium of phonons that are a result of the strong interaction between the crystalline lattice and electrons excited by light...
April 24, 2017: Nature Communications
Hiroki Komori, Noriaki Kawanabe, Tomoki Kataoka, Yui Kato, Atsuro Fujisawa, Takashi Yamashiro, Hiroshi Kamioka
OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the different effects of intraoral vertical ramus osteotomy (IVRO) and sagittal split ramus osteotomy (SSRO) on mandibular border movement. METHODS: The participants included 22 patients receiving IVRO and 22 patients receiving SSRO who were treated at Okayama University Hospital. Their mandibular border movement was evaluated in three dimensions with 6° of freedom using an optical recording system. RESULTS: A strong correlation between condylar and lower incisor movement was observed during maximum jaw protrusion and laterotrusion...
April 23, 2017: Cranio: the Journal of Craniomandibular Practice
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