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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105814/radical-approach-to-the-chiral-quaternary-center-in-asperaculin-a-synthesis-of-9-deoxyasperaculin-a
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Dipendu Das, Tushar Kanti Chakraborty
Diastereoselective approaches toward the synthesis of a marine-derived sesquiterpenoid fungal metabolite, asperaculin A, are delineated, combining step economy and simplicity. Two distinct lactonization sequences from a common intermediate led to the first synthesis of 9-deoxyasperaculin A, a novel dioxa[5.5.5.6]fenestrane, in 14 steps (16% overall yield) and 16 steps (18% overall yield), respectively. [2,3]-Wittig-Still rearrangement and Ti(III)-mediated epoxide opening-cyclization were employed as some of the key steps for the stereoselective generation of the vicinal all-carbon quaternary centers of the target molecule...
January 20, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104900/extremozymes-a-potential-source-for-industrial-applications
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REVIEW
Kelly Dumorné, David Camacho Córdova, Marcia Astorga-Eló, Prabhaharan Renganathan
Extremophilic microorganisms have established a diversity of molecular strategies in order to survive in extreme conditions. Biocatalysts isolated by these organisms are termed extremozymes, possess extraordinary properties are salt allowance thermostability and cold adaptivity. Extremozymes are very resistant in extreme conditions due to their great solidity and they propose new opportunities for biocatalysis and biotransformations, also for the development of the economy and new line of research through their application...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104710/protocol-of-a-feasibility-study-for-cognitive-assessment-of-an-ageing-cohort-within-the-southeast-asia-community-observatory-seaco-malaysia
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Devi Mohan, Blossom C M Stephan, Pascale Allotey, Carol Jagger, Mark Pearce, Mario Siervo, Daniel D Reidpath
INTRODUCTION: There is a growing proportion of population aged 65 years and older in low-income and middle-income countries. In Malaysia, this proportion is predicted to increase from 5.1% in 2010 to more than 15.4% by 2050. Cognitive ageing and dementia are global health priorities. However, risk factors and disease associations in a multiethnic, middle-income country like Malaysia may not be consistent with those reported in other world regions. Knowing the burden of cognitive impairment and its risk factors in Malaysia is necessary for the development of management strategies and would provide valuable information for other transitional economies...
January 19, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103064/divergent-trends-in-us-maternity-and-paternity-leave-1994-2015
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Jay L Zagorsky
OBJECTIVES: To determine the number and type of US workers taking maternity or paternity leave. METHODS: We created a publicly available ecological long-term series for measuring parental leave from 1994 to 2015 by using the Current Population Survey, which interviews about 60 000 randomly selected households monthly. RESULTS: The average month from 1994 to 2015 saw 273 000 women and 13 000 men on maternity or paternity leave. Maternity leave rates per 10 000 births showed no trend over 22 years (mean = 677...
January 19, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100621/recombinant-adenoviruses-displaying-matrix-2-ectodomain-epitopes-m2e-on-their-fiber-proteins-as-universal-influenza-vaccines
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Xinying Tang, Yong Yang, Xiaoli Xia, Chao Zhang, Xi Yang, Yufeng Song, Xinyi Dai, Min Wang, Dongming Zhou
: Influenza is a zoonotic disease that poses severe threats to public health and the global economy. Re-emerging influenza pandemics highlight the demand for universal influenza vaccines. We developed a novel virus platform, AdC68-F3M2e, by introducing three conserved M2e epitopes into the HI loop of the chimpanzee adenovirus (AdV) fiber protein. The M2e epitopes were expressed sufficiently on the AdV virion surface without affecting fiber trimerization. Additionally, one recombinant adenovirus, AdC68-F3M2e(H1-H5-H7), induced robust M2e-specific antibody responses in BALB/c mice after two sequential vaccinations and conferred efficient protection against homologous and heterologous IV challenges...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097922/cascade-use-indicators-for-selected-biopolymers-are-we-aiming-for-the-right-solutions-in-the-design-for-recycling-of-bio-based-polymers
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Jakob Hildebrandt, Alberto Bezama, Daniela Thrän
When surveying the trends and criteria for the design for recycling (DfR) of bio-based polymers, priorities appear to lie in energy recovery at the end of the product life of durable products, such as bio-based thermosets. Non-durable products made of thermoplastic polymers exhibit good properties for material recycling. The latter commonly enjoy growing material recycling quotas in countries that enforce a landfill ban. Quantitative and qualitative indicators are needed for characterizing progress in the development towards more recycling friendly bio-based polymers...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097481/financial-development-and-sectoral-co2-emissions-in-malaysia
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Ibrahim Kabiru Maji, Muzafar Shah Habibullah, Mohd Yusof Saari
The paper examines the impacts of financial development on sectoral carbon emissions (CO2) for environmental quality in Malaysia. Since the financial sector is considered as one of the sectors that will contribute to Malaysian economy to become a developed country by 2020, we utilize a cointegration method to investigate how financial development affects sectoral CO2 emissions. The long-run results reveal that financial development increases CO2 emissions from the transportation and oil and gas sector and reduces CO2 emissions from manufacturing and construction sectors...
January 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097064/phalangeal-joints-kinematics-during-ostrich-struthio-camelus-locomotion
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Rui Zhang, Qiaoli Ji, Gang Luo, Shuliang Xue, Songsong Ma, Jianqiao Li, Lei Ren
The ostrich is a highly cursorial bipedal land animal with a permanently elevated metatarsophalangeal joint supported by only two toes. Although locomotor kinematics in walking and running ostriches have been examined, these studies have been largely limited to above the metatarsophalangeal joint. In this study, kinematic data of all major toe joints were collected from gaits with double support (slow walking) to running during stance period in a semi-natural setup with two selected cooperative ostriches. Statistical analyses were conducted to investigate the effect of locomotor gait on toe joint kinematics...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096602/surface-plasmon-resonance-based-biosensor-a-new-platform-for-rapid-diagnosis-of-livestock-diseases
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REVIEW
Pravas Ranjan Sahoo, Parthasarathi Swain, Sudhanshu Mohan Nayak, Sudam Bag, Smruti Ranjan Mishra
Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) based biosensors are the most advanced and developed optical label-free biosensor technique used for powerful detection with vast applications in environmental protection, biotechnology, medical diagnostics, drug screening, food safety, and security as well in livestock sector. The livestock sector which contributes the largest economy of India, harbors many bacterial, viral, and fungal diseases impacting a great loss to the production and productive potential which is a major concern in both small and large ruminants...
December 2016: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096393/utility-value-intervention-with-parents-increases-students-stem-preparation-and-career-pursuit
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Christopher S Rozek, Ryan C Svoboda, Judith M Harackiewicz, Chris S Hulleman, Janet S Hyde
During high school, developing competence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is critically important as preparation to pursue STEM careers, yet students in the United States lag behind other countries, ranking 35th in mathematics and 27th in science achievement internationally. Given the importance of STEM careers as drivers of modern economies, this deficiency in preparation for STEM careers threatens the United States' continued economic progress. In the present study, we evaluated the long-term effects of a theory-based intervention designed to help parents convey the importance of mathematics and science courses to their high-school-aged children...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096391/network-based-integration-of-systems-genetics-data-reveals-pathways-associated-with-lignocellulosic-biomass-accumulation-and-processing
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Eshchar Mizrachi, Lieven Verbeke, Nanette Christie, Ana C Fierro, Shawn D Mansfield, Mark F Davis, Erica Gjersing, Gerald A Tuskan, Marc Van Montagu, Yves Van de Peer, Kathleen Marchal, Alexander A Myburg
As a consequence of their remarkable adaptability, fast growth, and superior wood properties, eucalypt tree plantations have emerged as key renewable feedstocks (over 20 million ha globally) for the production of pulp, paper, bioenergy, and other lignocellulosic products. However, most biomass properties such as growth, wood density, and wood chemistry are complex traits that are hard to improve in long-lived perennials. Systems genetics, a process of harnessing multiple levels of component trait information (e...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096383/fragility-of-the-provision-of-local-public-goods-to-private-and-collective-risks
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Juan-Camilo Cárdenas, Marco A Janssen, Manita Ale, Ram Bastakoti, Adriana Bernal, Juthathip Chalermphol, Yazhen Gong, Hoon Shin, Ganesh Shivakoti, Yibo Wang, John M Anderies
Smallholder agricultural systems, strongly dependent on water resources and investments in shared infrastructure, make a significant contribution to food security in developing countries. These communities are being increasingly integrated into the global economy and are exposed to new global climate-related risks that may affect their willingness to cooperate in community-level collective action problems. We performed field experiments on public goods with private and collective risks in 118 small-scale rice-producing communities in four countries...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095013/the-tipping-point-of-perceived-change-asymmetric-thresholds-in-diagnosing-improvement-versus-decline
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Ed O'Brien, Nadav Klein
Change often emerges from a series of small doses. For example, a person may conclude that a happy relationship has eroded not from 1 obvious fight but from smaller unhappy signs that at some point "add up." Everyday fluctuations therefore create ambiguity about when they reflect substantive shifts versus mere noise. Ten studies reveal an asymmetry in this first point when people conclude "official" change: people demand less evidence to diagnose lasting decline than lasting improvement, despite similar evidential quality...
February 2017: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094158/the-mass-flow-and-proposed-management-of-bisphenol-a-in-selected-norwegian-waste-streams
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Hans Peter H Arp, Nicolas A O Morin, Sarah E Hale, Gudny Okkenhaug, Knut Breivik, Magnus Sparrevik
Current initiatives for waste-handling in a circular economy favor prevention and recycling over incineration or landfilling. However, the impact of such a transition on environmental emissions of contaminants like bisphenol A (BPA) during waste-handling is not fully understood. To address this, a material flow analysis (MFA) was constructed for selected waste categories in Norway, for which the amount recycled is expected to increase in the future; glass, vehicle, electronic, plastic and combustible waste...
January 13, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094157/stabilization-of-tannery-sludge-by-co-treatment-with-aluminum-anodizing-sludge-and-phytotoxicity-of-end-products
#15
E Pantazopoulou, O Zebiliadou, M Mitrakas, A Zouboulis
A global demand for efficient re-utilization of produced solid wastes, which is based on the principles of re-use and recycling, results to a circular economy, where one industry's waste becomes another's raw material and it can be used in a more efficient and sustainable way. In this study, the influence of a by-product addition, such as aluminum anodizing sludge, on tannery waste (air-dried sludge) stabilization was examined. The chemical characterization of tannery waste leachate, using the EN 12457-2 standard leaching test, reveals that tannery waste cannot be accepted even in landfills for hazardous wastes, according to the EU Decision 2003/33/EC...
January 13, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093953/case-study-is-the-catch-all-plastics-bin-useful-in-unlocking-the-hidden-resource-potential-in-the-residual-waste-collection-system
#16
Lukas Kranzinger, Kerstin Schopf, Roland Pomberger, Elisabeth Punesch
Austria's performance in the collection of separated waste is adequate. However, the residual waste still contains substantial amounts of recyclable materials - for example, plastics, paper and board, glass and composite packaging. Plastics (lightweight packaging and similar non-packaging materials) are detected at an average mass content of 13% in residual waste. Despite this huge potential, only 3% of the total amount of residual waste (1,687,000 t y(-1)) is recycled. This implies that most of the recyclable materials contained in the residual waste are destined for thermal recovery and are lost for recycling...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092454/maintaining-us-leadership-in-emerging-biotechnologies-to-grow-the-economy-of-the-future
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January 16, 2017: Health Security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092227/the-reliability-of-the-extra-load-index-as-a-measure-of-relative-load-carriage-economy
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Sean Hudson, Carlton Cooke, Ray Lloyd
The aim of this study was to measure the reliability of the Extra Load Index (ELI) as a method for assessing relative load carriage economy. Seventeen volunteers (12 males, 5 females) performed walking trials at 3 km(.)h(-1), 6 km(.)h(-1) and a self-selected speed. Trial conditions were repeated 7 days later to assess test-retest reliability. Trials involved four, four-minute periods of walking, each separated by 5 minutes of rest. The initial stage was performed unloaded followed in a randomised order by a second unloaded period and walking with backpacks of 7kg and 20kg...
January 16, 2017: Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092072/public-sector-employment-inequality-in-the-united-states-and-the-great-recession
#19
Jennifer Laird
Historically in the United States, the public sector has served as an equalizing institution through the expansion of job opportunities for minority workers. This study examines whether the public sector continues to serve as an equalizing institution in the aftermath of the Great Recession. Using data from the Current Population Survey, I investigate changes in public sector employment between 2003 and 2013. My results point to a post-recession double disadvantage for black public sector workers: they are concentrated in a shrinking sector of the economy, and they are more likely than white and Hispanic public sector workers to experience job loss...
January 13, 2017: Demography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091593/economic-development-and-forest-cover-evidence-from-satellite-data
#20
Jesús Crespo Cuaresma, Olha Danylo, Steffen Fritz, Ian McCallum, Michael Obersteiner, Linda See, Brian Walsh
Ongoing deforestation is a pressing, global environmental issue with direct impacts on climate change, carbon emissions, and biodiversity. There is an intuitive link between economic development and overexploitation of natural resources including forests, but this relationship has proven difficult to establish empirically due to both inadequate data and convoluting geo-climactic factors. In this analysis, we use satellite data on forest cover along national borders in order to study the determinants of deforestation differences across countries...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
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