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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345754/second-to-fourth-digit-ratio-2d-4d-is-unrelated-to-measures-of-somatic-reproductive-effort-among-young-men-from-cebu-the-philippines
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Alexander V Georgiev, Calen P Ryan, Lee T Gettler, Thomas W McDade, Christopher W Kuzawa
OBJECTIVES: A low second-to-fourth (2D:4D) digit ratio, a retrospective marker of high prenatal androgens, predicts increased investment in costly sexually dimorphic traits in men in some studies, although results are mixed. Here we test the hypothesis that the association of low 2D:4D ratios with increased muscularity and decreased adiposity depends on current testosterone (T) levels, such that digit ratio will be a particularly strong predictor of outcomes among men exhibiting a mating-effort-oriented endocrinological profile (high T)...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344458/the-effects-of-non-contingent-feedback-on-the-incidence-of-plateau-at-v%C3%AC-o2max
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Dan Gordon, Marie Gernigon, James Baker, Viviane Merzbach, Adrian Scruton
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of non-contingent feedback in the form of heart rate (HR) on the incidence of plateau at V̇O2max. Ten physically active males (age 24.8 yrs ± 4.2; mass 81.4 ± 9.0 kg; stature 1.80 ± 0.11 m, V̇O2max 53.2 ± 5.8 ml·kg(-1.)min(-1)) who were V̇O2max testing naïve but were cognisant as to the heart rate responses to exercise completed four incremental tests to volitional exhaustion, separated by ~72 h for the determination of V̇O2max and gas exchange threshold...
March 2017: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343779/antigenic-and-immunogenic-spectrum-of-foot-and-mouth-disease-vaccine-strain-o1-campos-against-representative-viruses-of-topotypes-that-circulated-in-asia-over-the-past-decade
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S Galdo Novo, V Malirat, E D Maradei, A M Espinoza, E Smitsaart, A R Pedemonte, N Mattion, I E Bergmann
Identifying vaccine strains to control outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease virus that could spread to new regions is essential for contingency plans. This is the first report on the antigenic/immunogenic relationships of the South American O1/Campos vaccine strain with representative isolates of the three currently active Asian type O topotypes. Virus neutralization tests using O1/Campos post-vaccination sera derived from cattle and pigs predicted for both species acceptable cross-protection, even after single vaccination, established by r1 values and by expectancy of protection using monovalent or polyvalent vaccines...
March 23, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342283/effects-of-predatory-ants-within-and-across-ecosystems-in-bromeliad-food-webs
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Ana Z Gonçalves, Diane S Srivastava, Paulo S Oliveira, Gustavo Q Romero
Predation is one of the most fundamental ecological processes affecting biotic communities. Terrestrial predators that live at ecosystem boundaries may alter the diversity of terrestrial organisms, but they may also have cross-ecosystem cascading effects when they feed on organisms with complex life cycles (i.e., organisms that shift from aquatic juvenile stages to terrestrial adult stages) or inhibit female oviposition in the aquatic environment. The predatory ant Odontomachus hastatus establishes its colonies among roots of Vriesea procera, an epiphytic bromeliad species with water-filled tanks that shelters many terrestrial and aquatic organisms...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342277/climatic-variation-modulates-the-indirect-effects-of-large-herbivores-on-small-mammal-habitat-use
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Ryan A Long, Alois Wambua, Jacob R Goheen, Todd M Palmer, Robert M Pringle
Large mammalian herbivores (LMH) strongly shape the composition and architecture of plant communities. A growing literature shows that negative direct effects of LMH on vegetation frequently propagate to suppress the abundance of smaller consumers. Indirect effects of LMH on the behaviour of these consumers, however, have received comparatively little attention despite their potential ecological significance. We sought to understand (i) how LMH indirectly shape small-mammal habitat use by altering the density and distribution of understory plants; (ii) how these effects vary with climatic context (here, seasonality in rainfall); and (iii) the extent to which behavioural responses of small mammals are contingent upon small-mammal density...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341933/masturbation-and-partnered-sex-substitutes-or-complements
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Mark Regnerus, Joseph Price, David Gordon
Drawing upon a large, recent probability sample of American adults ages 18-60 (7648 men and 8090 women), we explored the association between sexual frequency and masturbation, evaluating the evidence for whether masturbation compensates for unavailable sex, complements (or augments) existing paired sexual activity, or bears little association with it. We found evidence supporting a compensatory relationship between masturbation and sexual frequency for men, and a complementary one among women, but each association was both modest and contingent on how content participants were with their self-reported frequency of sex...
March 24, 2017: Archives of Sexual Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341268/social-is-special-a-normative-framework-for-teaching-with-and-learning-from-evaluative-feedback
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Mark K Ho, James MacGlashan, Michael L Littman, Fiery Cushman
Humans often attempt to influence one another's behavior using rewards and punishments. How does this work? Psychologists have often assumed that "evaluative feedback" influences behavior via standard learning mechanisms that learn from environmental contingencies. On this view, teaching with evaluative feedback involves leveraging learning systems designed to maximize an organism's positive outcomes. Yet, despite its parsimony, programs of research predicated on this assumption, such as ones in developmental psychology, animal behavior, and human-robot interaction, have had limited success...
March 21, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336794/the-ethics-of-smart-cities-and-urban-science
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Rob Kitchin
Software-enabled technologies and urban big data have become essential to the functioning of cities. Consequently, urban operational governance and city services are becoming highly responsive to a form of data-driven urbanism that is the key mode of production for smart cities. At the heart of data-driven urbanism is a computational understanding of city systems that reduces urban life to logic and calculative rules and procedures, which is underpinned by an instrumental rationality and realist epistemology...
December 28, 2016: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334768/repair-of-uv-induced-dna-lesions-in-natural-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-telomeres-is-moderated-by-sir2-and-sir3-and-inhibited-by-yku-sir4-interaction
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Laetitia Guintini, Maxime Tremblay, Martin Toussaint, Annie D'Amours, Ralf E Wellinger, Raymund J Wellinger, Antonio Conconi
Ultraviolet light (UV) causes DNA damage that is removed by nucleotide excision repair (NER). UV-induced DNA lesions must be recognized and repaired in nucleosomal DNA, higher order structures of chromatin and within different nuclear sub-compartments. Telomeric DNA is made of short tandem repeats located at the ends of chromosomes and their maintenance is critical to prevent genome instability. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae the chromatin structure of natural telomeres is distinctive and contingent to telomeric DNA sequences...
February 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330487/a-qualitative-study-of-participants-views-on-re-consent-in-a-longitudinal-biobank
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Mary Dixon-Woods, David Kocman, Liz Brewster, Janet Willars, Graeme Laurie, Carolyn Tarrant
BACKGROUND: Biomedical research increasingly relies on long-term studies involving use and re-use of biological samples and data stored in large repositories or "biobanks" over lengthy periods, often raising questions about whether and when a re-consenting process should be activated. We sought to investigate the views on re-consent of participants in a longitudinal biobank. METHODS: We conducted a qualitative study involving interviews with 24 people who were participating in a longitudinal biobank...
March 23, 2017: BMC Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328932/comparing-internal-migration-across-the-countries-of-latin-america-a-multidimensional-approach
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Aude Bernard, Francisco Rowe, Martin Bell, Philipp Ueffing, Elin Charles-Edwards
While considerable progress has been made in understanding the way particular aspects of internal migration, such as its intensity, age profile and spatial impact, vary between countries around the world, little attention to date has been given to establishing how these dimensions of migration interact in different national settings. We use recently developed measures of internal migration that are scale-independent to compare the overall intensity, age composition, spatial impact, and distance profile of internal migration in 19 Latin American countries...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326914/so-you-think-you-ve-designed-an-effective-recruitment-protocol
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Cara Green, Virginia Vandall-Walker
Background Recruiting acutely ill patients to participate in research can be challenging. This paper outlines the difficulties the first author encountered in a study and the steps she took to overcome problems with research ethics, gain access to participants and implement a recruitment protocol in multiple hospitals. It also compares these steps with literature related to recruitment. Aim To inform and inspire neophyte researchers about the need for planning and resilience when dealing with recruitment challenges in multiple hospitals...
March 22, 2017: Nurse Researcher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326593/allocation-of-speech-in-conversation
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Carsta Simon, William M Baum
In a replication and extension of Conger and Killeen's (1974) widely cited demonstration of matching in conversations, we evaluated nine participants' allocation of speech and gaze to two conversational partners. German speakers participated in two 90-min sessions in which confederates uttered approval on independent variable-interval schedules. In one of the sessions, confederates uttered approval contingent upon and contiguous with eye contact whereas in the other session approval was uttered independent of the participant's gaze...
March 2017: Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324900/infant-guided-co-regulated-feeding-in-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-part-ii-interventions-to-promote-neuroprotection-and-safety
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Catherine S Shaker
Feeding skills of preterm neonates in a neonatal intensive care unit are in an emergent phase of development and require careful support to minimize stress. The underpinnings that influence and enhance both neuroprotection and safety were discussed in Part I. An infant-guided, co-regulated approach to feeding can protect the vulnerable neonate's neurologic development, support the parent-infant relationship, and prevent feeding problems that may endure. Contingent interventions are used to maintain subsystem stability and enhance self-regulation, development, and coping skills...
April 2017: Seminars in Speech and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324169/roles-of-centromedian-parafascicular-nuclei-of-thalamus-and-cholinergic-interneurons-in-the-dorsal-striatum-in-associative-learning-of-environmental-events
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Ko Yamanaka, Yukiko Hori, Takafumi Minamimoto, Hiroshi Yamada, Naoyuki Matsumoto, Kazuki Enomoto, Toshihiko Aosaki, Ann M Graybiel, Minoru Kimura
The thalamus provides a massive input to the striatum, but despite accumulating evidence, the functions of this system remain unclear. It is known, however, that the centromedian (CM) and parafascicular (Pf) nuclei of the thalamus can strongly influence particular striatal neuron subtypes, notably including the cholinergic interneurons of the striatum (CINs), key regulators of striatal function. Here, we highlight the thalamostriatal system through the CM-Pf to striatal CINs. We consider how, by virtue of the direct synaptic connections of the CM and PF, their neural activity contributes to the activity of CINs and striatal projection neurons (SPNs)...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323885/towards-sustainable-sanitation-management-establishing-the-costs-and-willingness-to-pay-for-emptying-and-transporting-sludge-in-rural-districts-with-high-rates-of-access-to-latrines
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Soumya Balasubramanya, Barbara Evans, Richard Hardy, Rizwan Ahmed, Ahasan Habib, N S M Asad, Mominur Rahman, M Hasan, Digbijoy Dey, Louise Fletcher, Miller Alonso Camargo-Valero, Krishna Chaitanya Rao, Sudarshana Fernando
MOTIVATION: Proper management of fecal sludge has significant positive health and environmental externalities. Most research on managing onsite sanitation so far either simulates the costs of, or the welfare effects from, managing sludge in situ in pit latrines. Thus, designing management strategies for onsite rural sanitation is challenging, because the actual costs of transporting sludge for treatment, and sources for financing these transport costs, are not well understood. METHODS: In this paper we calculate the actual cost of sludge management from onsite latrines, and identify the contributions that latrine owners are willing to make to finance the costs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322986/differentiating-motivational-from-affective-influence-of-performance-contingent-reward-on-cognitive-control-the-wanting-component-enhances-both-proactive-and-reactive-control
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Anne-Clémence Chaillou, Anne Giersch, Marc Hoonakker, Rémi L Capa, Anne Bonnefond
Positive affect strongly modulates goal-directed behaviors and cognitive control mechanisms. It often results from the presence of a pleasant stimulus in the environment, whether that stimulus appears unpredictably or as a consequence of a particular behavior. The influence of positive affect linked to a random pleasant stimulus differs from the influence of positive affect resulting from performance-contingent pleasant stimuli. However, the mechanisms by which the performance contingency of pleasant stimuli modulates the influence of positive affect on cognitive control mechanisms have not been elucidated...
March 18, 2017: Biological Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322930/engineered-domain-swapping-indicates-context-dependent-functional-role-of-rna-g-quadruplexes
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Debmalya Bhattacharyya, Mark J Morris, Prakash Kharel, Gayan Mirihana Arachchilage, Katy M Fedeli, Soumitra Basu
RNA domain swapping typically demonstrates conservation of the native function of the domain in a non-native context. In contrast, we employed RNA engineering to demonstrate deviation of G-quadruplex (GQ) function that is contingent upon its context dependent location, which is opposite to their native functional role. Known translation repressing RNA GQs were engineered into human VEGF IRES A replacing the endogenous GQ domain essential for translation. Alternatively, the translation inhibitory GQ motif within the 5'-UTR of MT3-MMP mRNA was replaced with two known GQ motifs that are essential for translation...
March 16, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317296/how-to-make-more-out-of-community-data-a-conceptual-framework-and-its-implementation-as-models-and-software
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Otso Ovaskainen, Gleb Tikhonov, Anna Norberg, F Guillaume Blanchet, Leo Duan, David Dunson, Tomas Roslin, Nerea Abrego
Community ecology aims to understand what factors determine the assembly and dynamics of species assemblages at different spatiotemporal scales. To facilitate the integration between conceptual and statistical approaches in community ecology, we propose Hierarchical Modelling of Species Communities (HMSC) as a general, flexible framework for modern analysis of community data. While non-manipulative data allow for only correlative and not causal inference, this framework facilitates the formulation of data-driven hypotheses regarding the processes that structure communities...
March 20, 2017: Ecology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315309/effects-of-task-demands-on-the-early-neural-processing-of-fearful-and-happy-facial-expressions
#20
Roxane J Itier, Karly N Neath-Tavares
Task demands shape how we process environmental stimuli but their impact on the early neural processing of facial expressions remains unclear. In a within-subject design, ERPs were recorded to the same fearful, happy and neutral facial expressions presented during a gender discrimination, an explicit emotion discrimination and an oddball detection tasks, the most studied tasks in the field. Using an eye tracker, fixation on the face nose was enforced using a gaze-contingent presentation. Task demands modulated amplitudes from 200-350ms at occipito-temporal sites spanning the EPN component...
March 14, 2017: Brain Research
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