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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339807/differential-effects-of-carbohydrates-on-arabidopsis-pollen-germination
#1
Jörg Hirsche, José M García Fernández, Edith Stabentheiner, Dominik K Großkinsky, Thomas Roitsch
Pollen germination as a crucial process in plant development strongly depends on the accessibility of carbon as energy source. Carbohydrates, however, function not only as a primary energy source, but also as important signaling components. In a comprehensive study, we analyzed various aspects of the impact of 32 different sugars on in vitro germination of Arabidopsis pollen comprising about 150 variations of individual sugars and combinations. Twenty-six structurally different mono-, di- and oligosaccharides, and sugar analogs were initially tested for their ability to support pollen germination...
February 10, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338940/feasibility-study-for-identification-of-static-and-dynamic-exposure-using-ccd-imaging-technique-for-caso4-dy-tl-dosemeters
#2
Kshama Srivastava, Seepika Soin, B K Sapra, P Ratna, D Datta
The occupational exposure incurred by the radiation workers due to the external radiation is estimated using personal dosemeter placed on the human body during the monitoring period. In certain situations, it is required to determine whether the dosemeter alone was exposed accidentally/intentionally in radiation field (static exposure) or was exposed while being worn by a worker moving in his workplace (dynamic exposure). The present thermoluminscent (TL) based personnel monitoring systems are not capable of distinguishing between the above stated (static and dynamic) exposure conditions...
March 2, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338470/reducing-scan-angle-using-adaptive-prior-knowledge-for-a-limited-angle-intrafraction-verification-live-system-for-conformal-arc-radiotherapy
#3
Yawei Zhang, Fang-Fang Yin, You Zhang, Lei Ren
PURPOSE: To develop an adaptive prior knowledge guided image estimation technique to reduce the scan angle needed in the Limited-Angle Intrafraction Verification (LIVE) system for 4D-CBCT reconstruction. METHOD: The LIVE system has been previously developed to reconstruct 4D volumetric images on-the-fly during arc treatment for intrafraction target verification and dose calculation. In this study, we developed an adaptive constrained free-form deformation reconstruction technique in LIVE to further reduce the scanning angle needed to reconstruct the 4D-CBCT images for faster intrafraction verification...
March 24, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338295/insights-into-the-mechanism-of-a-covalently-linked-organic-dye-cobaloxime-catalyst-system-for-dye-sensitized-solar-fuel-devices
#4
Palas Baran Pati, Lei Zhang, Bertrand Philippe, Ricardo Fernández-Terán, Sareh Ahmadi, Lei Tian, Håkan Rensmo, Leif Hammarström, Haining Tian
A covalently-linked organic dye-cobaloxime catalyst system is developed by facile click reaction for mechanistic studies and application in dye sensitized solar fuel device based on mesoporous NiO. This system has been systematically investigated by photoelectrochemical measurements, density functional theory, time resolved fluorescence, transient absorption spectroscopy as well as photoelectron spectroscopy. The results show that irradiation of the dye-catalyst on NiO leads to ultrafast hole injection into NiO from the excited dye, followed by a fast electron transfer process to reduce the catalyst...
March 24, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338003/directional-phonon-suppression-function-as-a-tool-for-the-identification-of-ultralow-thermal-conductivity-materials
#5
Giuseppe Romano, Alexie M Kolpak
Boundary-engineering in nanostructures has the potential to dramatically impact the development of materials for high- efficiency conversion of thermal energy directly into electricity. In particular, nanostructuring of semiconductors can lead to strong suppression of heat transport with little degradation of electrical conductivity. Although this combination of material properties is promising for thermoelectric materials, it remains largely unexplored. In this work, we introduce a novel concept, the directional phonon suppression function, to unravel boundary-dominated heat transport in unprecedented detail...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337213/root-branching-is-a-leading-root-trait-of-the-plant-economics-spectrum-in-temperate-trees
#6
Rebecca Liese, Katrin Alings, Ina C Meier
Global vegetation models use conceived relationships between functional traits to simulate ecosystem responses to environmental change. In this context, the concept of the leaf economics spectrum (LES) suggests coordinated leaf trait variation, and separates species which invest resources into short-lived leaves with a high expected energy return rate from species with longer-lived leaves and slower energy return. While it has been assumed that being fast (acquisitive) or slow (conservative) is a general feature for all organ systems, the translation of the LES into a root economics spectrum (RES) for tree species has been hitherto inconclusive...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335534/a-networked-sensor-system-for-the-analysis-of-plot-scale-hydrology
#7
German Villalba, Fernando Plaza, Xiaoyang Zhong, Tyler W Davis, Miguel Navarro, Yimei Li, Thomas A Slater, Yao Liang, Xu Liang
This study presents the latest updates to the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania (ASWP) testbed, a $50,000 USD, 104-node outdoor multi-hop wireless sensor network (WSN). The network collects environmental data from over 240 sensors, including the EC-5, MPS-1 and MPS-2 soil moisture and soil water potential sensors and self-made sap flow sensors, across a heterogeneous deployment comprised of MICAz, IRIS and TelosB wireless motes. A low-cost sensor board and software driver was developed for communicating with the analog and digital sensors...
March 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335270/review-of-recent-developments-on-using-an-off-lattice-monte-carlo-approach-to-predict-the-effective-thermal-conductivity-of-composite-systems-with-complex-structures
#8
REVIEW
Feng Gong, Hai M Duong, Dimitrios V Papavassiliou
Here, we present a review of recent developments for an off-lattice Monte Carlo approach used to investigate the thermal transport properties of multiphase composites with complex structure. The thermal energy was quantified by a large number of randomly moving thermal walkers. Different modes of heat conduction were modeled in appropriate ways. The diffusive heat conduction in the polymer matrix was modeled with random Brownian motion of thermal walkers within the polymer, and the ballistic heat transfer within the carbon nanotubes (CNTs) was modeled by assigning infinite speed of thermal walkers in the CNTs...
July 30, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334282/comprehensive-assessment-of-flexible-ligand-docking-algorithms-current-effectiveness-and-challenges
#9
Sheng-You Huang
Protein-ligand docking has been playing an important role in modern drug discovery. To model drug-target binding in real systems, a number of flexible-ligand docking algorithms with different sampling strategies and scoring methods have been subsequently developed over the past three decades, while rigid-ligand docking is still being used because of its compelling computational efficiency. Here, a comprehensive assessment has been conducted to investigate the effectiveness of flexible-ligand docking versus rigid-ligand docking for three representative docking algorithms (global optimization, incremental construction and multi-conformer docking) in virtual screening and pose prediction on the Directory of Useful Decoys...
March 14, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333384/transcriptional-regulation-of-adipogenesis
#10
Paula Mota de Sá, Allison J Richard, Hardy Hang, Jacqueline M Stephens
Adipocytes are the defining cell type of adipose tissue. Once considered a passive participant in energy storage, adipose tissue is now recognized as a dynamic organ that contributes to several important physiological processes, such as lipid metabolism, systemic energy homeostasis, and whole-body insulin sensitivity. Therefore, understanding the mechanisms involved in its development and function is of great importance. Adipocyte differentiation is a highly orchestrated process which can vary between different fat depots as well as between the sexes...
March 16, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332621/evolution-analysis-of-euv-radiation-from-laser-produced-tin-plasmas-based-on-a-radiation-hydrodynamics-model
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M G Su, Q Min, S Q Cao, D X Sun, P Hayden, G O'Sullivan, C Z Dong
One of fundamental aims of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography is to maximize brightness or conversion efficiency of laser energy to radiation at specific wavelengths from laser produced plasmas (LPPs) of specific elements for matching to available multilayer optical systems. Tin LPPs have been chosen for operation at a wavelength of 13.5 nm. For an investigation of EUV radiation of laser-produced tin plasmas, it is crucial to study the related atomic processes and their evolution so as to reliably predict the optimum plasma and experimental conditions...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331782/polyanion-type-electrode-materials-for-sodium-ion-batteries
#12
REVIEW
Qiao Ni, Ying Bai, Feng Wu, Chuan Wu
Sodium-ion batteries, representative members of the post-lithium-battery club, are very attractive and promising for large-scale energy storage applications. The increasing technological improvements in sodium-ion batteries (Na-ion batteries) are being driven by the demand for Na-based electrode materials that are resource-abundant, cost-effective, and long lasting. Polyanion-type compounds are among the most promising electrode materials for Na-ion batteries due to their stability, safety, and suitable operating voltages...
March 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331490/ranking-of-sites-for-installation-of-hydropower-plant-using-mlp-neural-network-trained-with-ga-a-madm-approach
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Benjamin A Shimray, Kh Manglem Singh, Thongam Khelchandra, R K Mehta
Every energy system which we consider is an entity by itself, defined by parameters which are interrelated according to some physical laws. In recent year tremendous importance is given in research on site selection in an imprecise environment. In this context, decision making for the suitable location of power plant installation site is an issue of relevance. Environmental impact assessment is often used as a legislative requirement in site selection for decades. The purpose of this current work is to develop a model for decision makers to rank or classify various power plant projects according to multiple criteria attributes such as air quality, water quality, cost of energy delivery, ecological impact, natural hazard, and project duration...
2017: Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331119/estimation-of-biological-effects-of-tritium
#14
Toshiyuki Umata
Nuclear fusion technology is expected to create new energy in the future. However, nuclear fusion requires a large amount of tritium as a fuel, leading to concern about the exposure of radiation workers to tritium beta radiation. Furthermore, countermeasures for tritium-polluted water produced in decommissioning of the reactor at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station may potentially cause health problems in radiation workers. Although, internal exposure to tritium at a low dose/low dose rate can be assumed, biological effect of tritium exposure is not negligible, because tritiated water (HTO) intake to the body via the mouth/inhalation/skin would lead to homogeneous distribution throughout the whole body...
2017: Journal of UOEH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330175/exploration-of-the-binding-modes-of-l-asparaginase-complexed-with-its-amino-acid-substrates-by-molecular-docking-dynamics-and-simulation
#15
Erva Rajeswara Reddy, Rajulapati Satish Babu, Potla Durthi Chandrasai, Pola Madhuri
Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) is an outrageous disease worldwide. L-Asparagine (L-Asn) and L-glutamine (L-Gln) deamination plays crucial role in ALL treatment. Role of Erwinaze(®) (L-asparaginase from Erwinia chrysanthemi) in regulation of L-Asn and L-Gln has been confirmed by the experimental studies. Therapeutic research against ALL remained elusive with the lack of structural information on Erwinaze(®) enzyme. In this present study, homology model of the Erwinaze(®) was developed using MODELLER and the same was validated by various quality indexing tools...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329023/hydro-wind-and-solar-power-as-a-base-for-a-100-renewable-energy-supply-for-south-and-central-america
#16
Larissa de Souza Noel Simas Barbosa, Dmitrii Bogdanov, Pasi Vainikka, Christian Breyer
Power systems for South and Central America based on 100% renewable energy (RE) in the year 2030 were calculated for the first time using an hourly resolved energy model. The region was subdivided into 15 sub-regions. Four different scenarios were considered: three according to different high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission grid development levels (region, country, area-wide) and one integrated scenario that considers water desalination and industrial gas demand supplied by synthetic natural gas via power-to-gas (PtG)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329015/adaptive-control-paradigm-for-photovoltaic-and-solid-oxide-fuel-cell-in-a-grid-integrated-hybrid-renewable-energy-system
#17
Sidra Mumtaz, Laiq Khan
The hybrid power system (HPS) is an emerging power generation scheme due to the plentiful availability of renewable energy sources. Renewable energy sources are characterized as highly intermittent in nature due to meteorological conditions, while the domestic load also behaves in a quite uncertain manner. In this scenario, to maintain the balance between generation and load, the development of an intelligent and adaptive control algorithm has preoccupied power engineers and researchers. This paper proposes a Hermite wavelet embedded NeuroFuzzy indirect adaptive MPPT (maximum power point tracking) control of photovoltaic (PV) systems to extract maximum power and a Hermite wavelet incorporated NeuroFuzzy indirect adaptive control of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) to obtain a swift response in a grid-connected hybrid power system...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328016/a-tunable-3d-nanostructured-conductive-gel-framework-electrode-for-high-performance-lithium-ion-batteries
#18
Ye Shi, Jun Zhang, Andrea M Bruck, Yiman Zhang, Jing Li, Eric A Stach, Kenneth J Takeuchi, Amy C Marschilok, Esther S Takeuchi, Guihua Yu
This study develops a tunable 3D nanostructured conductive gel framework as both binder and conductive framework for lithium ion batteries. A 3D nanostructured gel framework with continuous electron pathways can provide hierarchical pores for ion transport and form uniform coatings on each active particle against aggregation. The hybrid gel electrodes based on a polypyrrole gel framework and Fe3 O4 nanoparticles as a model system in this study demonstrate the best rate performance, the highest achieved mass ratio of active materials, and the highest achieved specific capacities when considering total electrode mass, compared to current literature...
March 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327711/a-global-coupled-cluster-potential-energy-surface-for-hcl-oh-%C3%A2-cl-h2o
#19
Junxiang Zuo, Bin Zhao, Hua Guo, Daiqian Xie
A new and more accurate full-dimensional global potential energy surface (PES) for the ground electronic state of the ClH2O system is developed by fitting 15 777 points obtained using an explicitly correlated unrestricted coupled-cluster method with single, double, and perturbative triple excitations (UCCSD(T)-F12b). The fitting is carried out using the permutation invariant polynomial-neural network (PIP-NN) method and has an error of 6.9 meV. The new PES has a slightly lower barrier for the atmospherically important HCl + OH → Cl + H2O reaction than the previous PES based on multi-reference configuration interaction (MRCI) calculations...
March 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326843/characteristics-of-the-new-atricure-cryoform%C3%A2-cryoablation-probe-for-the-surgical-treatment-of-cardiac-arrhythmias
#20
Thomas Schroeter, Martin Misfeld
Atrial fibrillation has a significant impact on patient mortality and morbidity. In particular, stroke is a frequent complication associated with atrial fibrillation. In recent years, various treatment options have been developed that are based on the elimination of atypical electrically active atrial areas. Areas covered:This manuscript presents a new cryoablation probe from AtriCure Inc. In addition to describing the characteristics of the probe, we also discuss atrial fibrillation and its surgical therapy options as well as the basics of cryosurgery...
March 22, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
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