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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777995/environmental-governance-in-china-interactions-between-the-state-and-nonstate-actors
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Dan Guttman, Oran Young, Yijia Jing, Barbara Bramble, Maoliang Bu, Carmen Chen, Kathinka Furst, Tao Hu, Yifei Li, Kate Logan, Lingxuan Liu, Lydia Price, Michael Spencer, Sangwon Suh, Xiaopu Sun, Bowen Tan, Harold Wang, Xin Wang, Juan Zhang, Xinxin Zhang, Rodrigo Zeidan
In the West, limited government capacity to solve environmental problems has triggered the rise of a variety of "nonstate actors" to supplement government efforts or provide alternative mechanisms for addressing environmental issues. How does this development - along with our efforts to understand it - map onto environmental governance processes in China? China's efforts to address environmental issues reflect institutionalized governance processes that differ from parallel western processes in ways that have major consequences for domestic environmental governance practices and the governance of China "going abroad...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777644/closing-the-gap-between-people-and-programs-lessons-from-implementation-of-social-accountability-for-family-planning-and-reproductive-health-in-uganda
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Vicky Boydell, Stella Neema, Kelsey Wright, Karen Hardee
Globally, women's access to modern contraception can be attributed to poor service conditions and care. Growing evidence from across the health sector has found that social accountability approaches have the potential to improve the quality of care and therefore the utilization of health services, little of this evidence relates to family planning and reproductive health programs. This paper therefore assessed the results of retrospective implementation research into a five-year social accountability project in Uganda that focused on family planning and reproductive health...
March 2018: African Journal of Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777386/substrate-metabolism-during-ironman-triathlon-different-horses-on-the-same-courses
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Ed Maunder, Andrew E Kilding, Daniel J Plews
Ironman triathlons are ultra-endurance events of extreme duration. The performance level of those competing varies dramatically, with elite competitors finishing in ~ 8:00:00, and lower performing amateurs finishing in ~ 14-15:00:00. When applying appropriate values for swimming, cycling and running economies to these performance times, it is demonstrated that the absolute energy cost of these events is high, and the rate of energy expenditure increases in proportion with the athlete's competitive level...
May 18, 2018: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776100/large-deviation-theory-for-diluted-wishart-random-matrices
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Isaac Pérez Castillo, Fernando L Metz
Wishart random matrices with a sparse or diluted structure are ubiquitous in the processing of large datasets, with applications in physics, biology, and economy. In this work, we develop a theory for the eigenvalue fluctuations of diluted Wishart random matrices based on the replica approach of disordered systems. We derive an analytical expression for the cumulant generating function of the number of eigenvalues I_{N}(x) smaller than x∈R^{+}, from which all cumulants of I_{N}(x) and the rate function Ψ_{x}(k) controlling its large-deviation probability Prob[I_{N}(x)=kN]≍e^{-NΨ_{x}(k)} follow...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775632/controlled-delivery-of-a-focal-adhesion-kinase-inhibitor-results-in-accelerated-wound-closure-with-decreased-scar-formation
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Kun Ma, Sun Hyung Kwon, Jagannath Padmanabhan, Dominik Duscher, Artem A Trotsyuk, Yixiao Dong, Mohammed Inayathullah, Jayakumar Rajadas, Geoffrey C Gurtner
Formation of scars following wounding or trauma represents a significant healthcare burden costing the economy billions of dollars every year. Activation of focal adhesion kinase (FAK) has been shown to play a pivotal role in transducing mechanical signals to elicit fibrotic responses and scar formation during wound repair. We have previously shown that inhibition of FAK using local injections of a small molecule FAK inhibitor (FAKI) can attenuate scar development in a hypertrophic scar model. Clinical translation of FAKI therapy has been challenging, however, due to the lack of an effective drug delivery system for extensive burn injuries, blast injuries, and large excisional injuries...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775539/from-water-use-to-water-scarcity-footprinting-in-environmentally-extended-input-output-analysis
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Bradley George Ridoutt, Michalis Hadjikakou, Martin Nolan, Brett A Bryan
Environmentally extended input-output analysis (EEIOA) supports environmental policy by quantifying how demand for goods and services leads to resource use and emissions across the economy. However, some types of resource use and emissions require spatially-explicit impact assessment for meaningful interpretation, which is not possible in conventional EEIOA. For example, water use in locations of scarcity and abundance is not environmentally equivalent. Opportunities for spatially-explicit impact assessment in conventional EEIOA are limited because official input-output tables tend to be produced at the scale of political units which are not usually well aligned with environmentally relevant spatial units...
May 18, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775061/direct-photocatalytic-s-h-bond-cyanation-with-green-cn-source
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Wei Guo, Wen Tan, Mingming Zhao, Lvyin Zheng, Kailiang Tao, Deliang Chen, XiaoLin Fan
Herein we report a novel C-S bond cleavage and reconstruction strategy for the synthesis of thiocyanates through direct photocatalytic S-H bond cyanation from thiols and inorganic thiocyanate salts. In our strategy, the unprecedented example of cutting off C-S bond of SCN- to deliver the green "CN" sources is demonstrated. This transformation features nontoxic and inexpensive "CN" sources, available starting materials, metal-/base-/ligand-/peroxide-free, high step economy and mild conditions...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774606/nitrogen-doped-cop-electrocatalysts-for-coupled-hydrogen-evolution-and-sulfur-generation-with-low-energy-consumption
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Qingwen Zhou, Zihan Shen, Chao Zhu, Jiachen Li, Zhiyuan Ding, Peng Wang, Feng Pan, Zhiyong Zhang, Haixia Ma, Shuangyin Wang, Huigang Zhang
Hydrogen production is the key step for the future hydrogen economy. As a promising H2 production route, electrolysis of water suffers from high overpotentials and high energy consumption. This study proposes an N-doped CoP as the novel and effective electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and constructs a coupled system for simultaneous hydrogen and sulfur production. Nitrogen doping lowers the d-band of CoP and weakens the H adsorption on the surface of CoP because of the strong electronegativity of nitrogen as compared to phosphorus...
May 17, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773075/does-multidisciplinary-rehabilitation-of-tortured-refugees-represent-value-for-money-a-follow-up-of-a-danish-case-study
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Line Bager, Kristian Schultz Hansen, Carit Jacques Andersen, Shr-Jie Sharlenna Wang
BACKGROUND: The recent surge of asylum seekers in the European Union (EU) is raising questions about the EU's ability to integrate newcomers into the economy and into society; particularly those who need specialized services for the treatment of severe trauma. This study investigated whether rehabilitating traumatised refugees represents 'value-for-money' (VfM) in terms of intervention cost per health gain and in a long-term and societal perspective. METHODS: The economic evaluation comprised a cost-utility analysis (CUA) and a partial cost-benefit analysis (CBA)...
May 18, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772681/global-asbestos-disaster
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Sugio Furuya, Odgerel Chimed-Ochir, Ken Takahashi, Annette David, Jukka Takala
Introduction : Asbestos has been used for thousands of years but only at a large industrial scale for about 100⁻150 years. The first identified disease was asbestosis, a type of incurable pneumoconiosis caused by asbestos dust and fibres. The latest estimate of global number of asbestosis deaths from the Global Burden of Disease estimate 2016 is 3495. Asbestos-caused cancer was identified in the late 1930's but despite today's overwhelming evidence of the strong carcinogenicity of all asbestos types, including chrysotile, it is still widely used globally...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770692/highly-sensitive-and-practical-fluorescent-sandwich-elisa-for-ciguatoxins
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Takeshi Tsumuraya, Takeshi Sato, Masahiro Hirama, Ikuo Fujii
Ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) caused by the consumption of fish that have accumulated ciguatoxins (CTXs) affects more than 50,000 people annually. The spread of CFP causes enormous damage to public health, fishery resources, and the economies of tropical and subtropical endemic regions. The difficulty in avoiding CFP arises from the lack of sensitive and reliable analytical methods for the detection and quantification of CTXs in contaminated fish, along with the normal appearance, smell, and taste of fish contaminated with the causative toxins...
May 17, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770650/-thinking-on-oncomelania-hupensis-snail-control-by-comprehensive-control-measures-combined-with-a-total-of-five-water-treatment
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Gao Lu-Lu
Oncomelania hupensis is the only intermediate host of Schistosoma japonicum , and it has a significant influence on the transmission, control and elimination of schistosomiasis. In 2016, Zhejiang Province passed the national united assessment of "maintaining the schistosomiasis elimination status"; however, there are still O. hupensis snails remained in the very complicated environments. The breeding and spread of O. hupensis snails can be controlled for a long time with the environmental modification by adapting to local circumstance and scientific development, which can reduce the potential risk of schistosomiasis transmission and promote the development of local economy and society...
March 13, 2018: Zhongguo Xue Xi Chong Bing Fang Zhi za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Schistosomiasis Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770416/synthesis-of-tetronic-acids-from-propargylic-alcohols-and-co-2
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Guo Shen, Wen-Jun Zhou, Xiao-Bo Zhang, Guang-Mei Cao, Zhen Zhang, Jian-Heng Ye, Li-Li Liao, Jing Li, Da-Gang Yu
A direct and practical synthesis of important tetronic acids from easily available propargylic alcohols and carbon dioxide is reported for the first time. This transition-metal-free transformation features high atom- and step-economy, mild reaction conditions, good functional group tolerance and high yield. Preliminary mechanistic studies suggest that the reaction proceeds via cyclization to give alkylidene cyclic carbonate, ring-opening and re-cyclization processes.
May 17, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770379/the-limits-to-biocatalysis-pushing-the-envelope
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Roger A Sheldon, Dean Brady
In the period 1985 to 1995 applications of biocatalysis, driven by the need for more sustainable manufacture of chemicals and catalytic, (enantio)selective methods for the synthesis of pharmaceutical intermediates, largely involved the available hydrolases. This was followed, in the next two decades, by revolutionary developments in protein engineering and directed evolution for the optimisation of enzyme function and performance that totally changed the biocatalysis landscape. In the same period, metabolic engineering and synthetic biology revolutionised the use of whole cell biocatalysis in the synthesis of commodity chemicals by fermentation...
May 17, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769071/informal-workers-access-to-health-care-services-findings-from-a-qualitative-study-in-the-kassena-nankana-districts-of-northern-ghana
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James Akazili, Samuel Chatio, John Ele-Ojo Ataguba, Isaiah Agorinya, Edmund Wedam Kanmiki, Osman Sankoh, Abraham Oduro
BACKGROUND: Over the past two decades, employment in the informal sector has grown rapidly in all regions including low and middle-income countries. In the developing countries, between 50 and 75% of workers are employed in the informal sector. In Ghana, more than 80% of the total working population is working in the informal sector. They are largely self-employed persons such as farmers, traders, food processors, artisans, craft-workers among others. The persistent problem in advancing efforts to address health vulnerabilities of informal workers is lack of systematic data...
May 16, 2018: BMC International Health and Human Rights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768936/nutrient-removal-and-biomass-production-advances-in-microalgal-biotechnology-for-wastewater-treatment
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Sudharsanam Abinandan, Suresh R Subashchandrabose, Kadiyala Venkateswarlu, Mallavarapu Megharaj
Owing to certain drawbacks, such as energy-intensive operations in conventional modes of wastewater treatment (WWT), there has been an extensive search for alternative strategies in treatment technology. Biological modes for treating wastewaters are one of the finest technologies in terms of economy and efficiency. An integrated biological approach with chemical flocculation is being conventionally practiced in several-sewage and effluent treatment plants around the world. Overwhelming responsiveness to treat wastewaters especially by using microalgae is due to their simplest photosynthetic mechanism and ease of acclimation to various habitats...
May 17, 2018: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767842/more-than-just-co-2-recycling-corticular-photosynthesis-as-a-mechanism-to-reduce-the-risk-of-an-energy-crisis-induced-by-low-oxygen
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Christiane Wittmann, Hardy Pfanz
Reassimilation of internal CO2 via corticular photosynthesis (PScort ) has an important effect on the carbon economy of trees. However, little is known about its role as a source of O2 supply to the stem parenchyma and its implications in consumption and movement of O2 within trees. PScort of young Populus nigra (black poplar) trees was investigated by combining optical micro-optode measurements with monitoring of stem chlorophyll fluorescence. During times of zero sap flow in spring, stem oxygen concentrations (cO2 ) exhibited large temporal changes...
May 16, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767350/inverse-relationship-between-changes-of-maximal-aerobic-capacity-and-changes-in-walking-economy-after-weight-loss
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Juliano H Borges, Stephen J Carter, Harshvardhan Singh, Gary R Hunter
PURPOSE: The aims of this study were to: (1) determine the relationships between maximum oxygen uptake ([Formula: see text]O2max ) and walking economy during non-graded and graded walking among overweight women and (2) examine potential differences in [Formula: see text]O2max and walking economy before and after weight loss. METHODS: One-hundred and twenty-four premenopausal women with a body mass index (BMI) between 27 and 30 kg/m2 were randomly assigned to one of three groups: (a) diet only; (b) diet and aerobic exercise training; and (c) diet and resistance exercise training...
May 16, 2018: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766719/application-of-cp2ticl-promoted-radical-cyclization-a-unified-strategy-for-the-syntheses-of-iridoid-monoterpenes
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Hina P A Khan, Dipendu Das, Tushar Kanti Chakraborty
An expedient approach toward the unified total syntheses of (+)-iridomyrmecin, (-)-isoiridomyrmecin, (+)-7-epi-boschnialactone, (+)-teucriumlactone and (-)-dolichodial in chirally pure forms starting from readily available (+)-β-citronellene is delineated combining step economy and simplicity. Highlights include a Ti(III)-mediated reductive epoxide opening-cyclization for the construction of the core cyclopenta[c]pyran skeleton of the iridoid lactones with complete diastereoselectivity for the newly created bridgehead stereogenic centers...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766430/solid-waste-management-of-small-island-developing-states-the-case-of-the-seychelles-a-systemic-and-collaborative-study-of-swiss-and-seychellois-students-to-support-policy
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Grégoire Meylan, Adelene Lai, John Hensley, Michael Stauffacher, Pius Krütli
Solid waste management (SWM) is a significant challenge for the Seychelles. Waste generation, fueled by economic development and tourism, increases steadily, while landfilling continues to be the main disposal path, thus exacerbating the island nation's specific weaknesses. Due to the small scale of the Seychelles economy, there is little capital available to stimulate innovations in SWM and generate the knowledge for setting priorities and guiding SWM action. Students from ETH Zurich and UniSey conducted a transdisciplinary case study (tdCS) to fill this knowledge gap and gain insights into the obstacles and opportunities related to sustainable SWM...
May 15, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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