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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911467/a-systematic-investigation-of-the-charging-effect-in-scanning-electron-microscopy-for-metal-nanostructures-on-insulating-substrates
#1
R Flatabø, A Coste, M M Greve
Scanning electron microscopy is perhaps the most important method for investigating and characterizing nanostructures. A well-known challenge in scanning electron microscopy is the investigation of insulating materials. As insulating materials do not provide a path to ground they accumulate charge, evident as image drift and image distortions. In previous work, we have seen that sample charging in arrays of metal nanoparticles on glass substrates leads to a shrinkage effect, resulting in a measurement error in the nanoparticle dimension of up to 15% at 10 kV and a probe current of 80 ± 10 pA...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911083/nonlinear-growth-models-as-measurement-models-a-second-order-growth-curve-model-for-measuring-potential
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Daniel McNeish, Denis Dumas
Recent methodological work has highlighted the promise of nonlinear growth models for addressing substantive questions in the behavioral sciences. In this article, we outline a second-order nonlinear growth model in order to measure a critical notion in development and education: potential. Here, potential is conceptualized as having three components-ability, capacity, and availability-where ability is the amount of skill a student is estimated to have at a given timepoint, capacity is the maximum amount of ability a student is predicted to be able to develop asymptotically, and availability is the difference between capacity and ability at any particular timepoint...
December 2, 2016: Multivariate Behavioral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911078/laboratory-grown-subaerial-biofilms-on-granite-application-to-the-study-of-bioreceptivity
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Daniel Vázquez-Nion, Benita Silva, Federica Troiano, Beatriz Prieto
Simulated environmental colonisation of granite was induced under laboratory conditions in order to develop an experimental protocol for studying bioreceptivity. The experimental set-up proved suitable for producing subaerial biofilms by inoculating granite blocks with planktonic multi-species phototrophic cultures derived from natural biofilms. The ability of four different cultures to form biofilms was monitored over a three-month growth period via colour measurements, quantification of photosynthetic pigments and EPS, and CLSM observations...
December 2, 2016: Biofouling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910823/optimized-mlaa-for-quantitative-non-tof-pet-mr-of-the-brain
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Didier Benoit, Claes N Ladefoged, Ahmadreza Rezaei, Sune H Keller, Flemming L Andersen, Liselotte Højgaard, Adam E Hansen, Søren Holm, Johan Nuyts
For quantitative tracer distribution in positron emission tomography, attenuation correction is essential. In a hybrid PET/CT system the CT images serve as a basis for generation of the attenuation map, but in PET/MR, the MR images do not have a similarly simple relationship with the attenuation map. Hence attenuation correction in PET/MR systems is more challenging. Typically either of two MR sequences are used: the Dixon or the ultra-short time echo (UTE) techniques. However these sequences have some well-known limitations...
December 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910723/powered-mobility-intervention-understanding-the-position-of-tool-use-learning-as-part-of-implementing-the-alp-tool
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Lisbeth Nilsson, Josephine Durkin
PURPOSE: To explore the knowledge necessary for adoption and implementation of the Assessment of Learning Powered mobility use (ALP) tool in different practice settings for both adults and children. To consult with a diverse population of professionals working with adults and children, in different countries and various settings; who were learning about or using the ALP tool, as part of exploring and implementing research findings. METHOD: Classical grounded theory with a rigorous comparative analysis of data from informants together with reflections on our own rich experiences of powered mobility practice and comparisons with the literature...
December 2, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910670/alignment-and-absolute-wavelength-calibration-of-imaging-bragg-spectrometers
#6
G Bertschinger, O Marchuk, R Barnsley
In the present and the next generation of fusion devices, imaging Bragg spectrometers are key diagnostics to measure plasma parameters in the hot core, especially ion temperature and plasma rotation. The latter quantities are routinely obtained using the Doppler-width and -shift of the emitted spectral lines, respectively. Line shift measurements require absolute accuracies Δλ/λ of about 10 ppm, where λ-is the observed wavelength. For ITER and the present fusion devices, spectral lines of He-and H-like argon, iron, and krypton as well as Ne-like tungsten are foreseen for the measurements...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910612/jet-diagnostic-enhancements-in-preparation-for-dt-operations
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J Figueiredo, A Murari, C Perez Von Thun, D Marocco, M Tardocchi, F Belli, M García Muñoz, A Silva, S Soare, T Craciunescu, M Santala, P Blanchard, I Balboa, N Hawkes
In order to complete the exploitation of the JET ITER-like Wall and to take full benefit from deuterium-tritium experiments on JET, a set of diagnostic system refurbishments or upgrades is in progress. These diagnostic enhancements focus mainly on neutron, gamma, fast ions, instabilities, and operations support. These efforts intend to provide better spatial, temporal, and energy resolution while increasing measurement coverage. Also previously non-existing capabilities, such as Doppler reflectometry is now available for scientific exploitation...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910559/multi-energy-x-ray-detector-calibration-for-t-and-impurity-density-n-measurements-of-mcf-plasmas
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J Maddox, N Pablant, P Efthimion, L Delgado-Aparicio, K W Hill, M Bitter, M L Reinke, M Rissi, T Donath, B Luethi, B Stratton
Soft x-ray detection with the new "multi-energy" PILATUS3 detector systems holds promise as a magnetically confined fusion (MCF) plasma diagnostic for ITER and beyond. The measured x-ray brightness can be used to determine impurity concentrations, electron temperatures, ne(2)Zeff products, and to probe the electron energy distribution. However, in order to be effective, these detectors which are really large arrays of detectors with photon energy gating capabilities must be precisely calibrated for each pixel...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910554/a-libs-method-for-simultaneous-monitoring-of-the-impurities-and-the-hydrogenic-composition-present-in-the-wall-of-the-tj-ii-stellarator
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B López-Miranda, B Zurro, A Baciero, M Martínez
The study of plasma-wall interactions and impurity transport in the plasma fusion devices is critical for the development of future fusion reactors. An experiment to perform laser induced breakdown spectroscopy, using minor modifications of our existing laser blow-off impurity injection system, has been set up thus making both experiments compatible. The radiation produced by the laser pulse focused at the TJ-II wall evaporates a surface layer of deposited impurities and the subsequent radiation produced by the laser-produced plasma is collected by two separate lens and fiber combinations into two spectrometers...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910518/aerogel-cherenkov-detector-for-characterizing-the-intense-flash-x-ray-source-cygnus-spectrum
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Y Kim, H W Herrmann, A M McEvoy, C S Young, C Hamilton, D D Schwellenbach, R M Malone, M I Kaufman, A S Smith
An aerogel Cherenkov detector is proposed to measure the X-ray energy spectrum from the Cygnus-intense flash X-ray source operated at the Nevada National Security Site. An array of aerogels set at a variety of thresholds between 1 and 3 MeV will be adequate to map out the bremsstrahlung X-ray production of the Cygnus, where the maximum energy of the spectrum is normally around 2.5 MeV. In addition to the Cherenkov radiation from aerogels, one possible competing light-production mechanism is optical transition radiation (OTR), which may be significant in aerogels due to the large number of transitions from SiO2 clusters to vacuum voids...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910407/anisotropic-contrast-optical-microscope
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D Peev, T Hofmann, N Kananizadeh, S Beeram, E Rodriguez, S Wimer, K B Rodenhausen, C M Herzinger, T Kasputis, E Pfaunmiller, A Nguyen, R Korlacki, A Pannier, Y Li, E Schubert, D Hage, M Schubert
An optical microscope is described that reveals contrast in the Mueller matrix images of a thin, transparent, or semi-transparent specimen located within an anisotropic object plane (anisotropic filter). The specimen changes the anisotropy of the filter and thereby produces contrast within the Mueller matrix images. Here we use an anisotropic filter composed of a semi-transparent, nanostructured thin film with sub-wavelength thickness placed within the object plane. The sample is illuminated as in common optical microscopy but the light is modulated in its polarization using combinations of linear polarizers and phase plate (compensator) to control and analyze the state of polarization...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910351/calibration-of-the-ohrex-high-resolution-imaging-crystal-spectrometer-at-the-livermore-electron-beam-ion-traps
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N Hell, P Beiersdorfer, E W Magee, G V Brown
We report the calibration of the Orion High-Resolution X-ray (OHREX) imaging crystal spectrometer at the EBIT-I electron beam ion trap at Livermore. Two such instruments, dubbed OHREX-1 and OHREX-2, are fielded for plasma diagnostics at the Orion laser facility in the United Kingdom. The OHREX spectrometer can simultaneously house two spherically bent crystals with a radius of curvature of r = 67.2 cm. The focusing properties of the spectrometer allow both for larger distance to the source due to the increase in collected light and for observation of extended sources...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910350/optimization-and-application-of-cooled-avalanche-photodiodes-for-spectroscopic-fluctuation-measurements-with-ultra-fast-charge-exchange-recombination-spectroscopy
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D D Truong, R J Fonck, G R McKee
The Ultra-Fast Charge Exchange Recombination Spectroscopy (UF-CHERS) diagnostic is a highly specialized spectroscopic instrument with 2 spatial channels consisting of 8 spectral channels each and a resolution of ∼0.25 nm deployed at DIII-D to measure turbulent ion temperature fluctuations. Charge exchange emissions are obtained between 528 and 530 nm with 1 μs time resolution to study plasma instabilities. A primary challenge of extracting fluctuation measurements from raw UF-CHERS signals is photon and electronic noise...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910229/predictors-of-transformational-leadership-of-nurse-managers
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Ilia M Echevarria, Barbara J Patterson, Anne Krouse
AIM: The aim of this study was to examine the relationships among education, leadership experience, emotional intelligence and transformational leadership of nurse managers. BACKGROUND: Nursing leadership research provides limited evidence of predictors of transformational leadership style in nurse managers. METHODS: A predictive correlational design was used with a sample of nurse managers (n = 148) working in varied health care settings...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Nursing Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909827/remediation-of-blowouts-by-clonal-plants-in-maqu-degraded-alpine-grasslands-of-northwest-china
#15
JianJun Kang, WenZhi Zhao, Ming Zhao
The sand-fixation of plants is considered to be the most effective and fundamental measure in desertification control in many arid and semi-arid regions. Carex brunnescens (Carex spp) and Leymus secalinus (Leymus), two perennial clonal herbs native to the Maqu degraded alpine areas of northwest China, are dominant and constructive species in active sand dunes that have excellent adaptability to fix sand dunes found to date. In order to study the ability and mechanism of sandland blowout remediation by two clone plants C...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909052/spontaneous-unfolding-refolding-of-fibronectin-type-iii-domains-assayed-by-thiol-exchange-thermodynamic-stability-correlates-with-rates-of-unfolding-rather-than-folding
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Riddhi Shah, Tomoo Ohashi, Harold P Erickson, Terrence G Oas
Globular proteins are not permanently folded, but spontaneously unfold and refold on time scales that can span orders of magnitudes for different proteins. A long-standing debate in the protein-folding field is whether unfolding rates or folding rates correlate to the stability of a protein. In the present study we have determined the unfolding and folding kinetics of ten FNIII domains. FNIII domains are one of the most common protein folds, and are present in 2% of animal proteins. FNIII domains are ideal for this study because they have an identical 7-strand beta sandwich structure, but they vary widely in sequence and thermodynamic stability...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909007/statistical-learning-signals-in-macaque-inferior-temporal-cortex
#17
Peter Kaposvari, Susheel Kumar, Rufin Vogels
Humans are sensitive to statistical regularities in their visual environment, but the nature of the underlying neural statistical learning signals still remains to be clarified. As in human behavioral and neuroimaging studies of statistical learning, we exposed rhesus monkeys to a continuous stream of images, presented without interstimulus interval or reward association. The stimulus set consisted of 3 groups of 5 images each (quintets). The stimulus order within each quintet was fixed, but the quintets were presented repeatedly in a random order without interruption...
November 30, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908864/identification-of-candidate-genes-in-osteoporosis-by-integrated-microarray-analysis
#18
J J Li, B Q Wang, Q Fei, Y Yang, D Li
OBJECTIVES: In order to screen the altered gene expression profile in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of patients with osteoporosis, we performed an integrated analysis of the online microarray studies of osteoporosis. METHODS: We searched the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) database for microarray studies of peripheral blood mononuclear cells in patients with osteoporosis. Subsequently, we integrated gene expression data sets from multiple microarray studies to obtain differentially expressed genes (DEGs) between patients with osteoporosis and normal controls...
December 2016: Bone & Joint Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908844/quittr-the-design-of-a-video-game-to-support-smoking-cessation
#19
Ivan Bindoff, Kristy de Salas, Gregory Peterson, Tristan Ling, Ian Lewis, Lindsay Wells, Peter Gee, Stuart G Ferguson
BACKGROUND: Smoking is recognized as the largest, single, preventable cause of death and disease in the developed world. While the majority of smokers report wanting to quit, and many try each year, smokers find it difficult to maintain long-term abstinence. Behavioral support, such as education, advice, goal-setting, and encouragement, is known to be beneficial in improving the likelihood of succeeding in a quit attempt, but it remains difficult to effectively deliver this behavioral support and keep the patient engaged with the process for a sufficient duration...
December 1, 2016: JMIR Serious Games
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908606/parp1-orchestrates-epigenetic-events-setting-up-chromatin-domains
#20
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Fabio Ciccarone, Michele Zampieri, Paola Caiafa
Epigenetic events include reversible modifications of DNA and histone tails driving higher-order chromatin organization and thus transcription. The epigenetic regulation is a highly integrated process underlying the plasticity of the genomic information both in the context of complex physiological and pathological processes. The global regulatory aspects of epigenetic events are largely unknown. PARylation and PARP1 are recently emerging as multi-level regulatory effectors that modulate the topology of chromatin by orchestrating very different processes...
November 28, 2016: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
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