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Energy cost of running

Darragh Mullins, Derek Coburn, Louise Hannon, Edward Jones, Eoghan Clifford, Martin Glavin
Wastewater treatment facilities are continually challenged to meet both environmental regulations and reduce running costs (particularly energy and staffing costs). Improving the efficiency of operational monitoring at wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) requires the development and implementation of appropriate performance metrics; particularly those that are easily measured, strongly correlate to WWTP performance, and can be easily automated, with a minimal amount of maintenance or intervention by human operators...
March 2018: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Daniel S Lark, Jamie R Kwan, P Mason McClatchey, Merrygay N James, Freyja D James, John R B Lighton, Louise Lantier, David H Wasserman
Exercise alone is often ineffective for treating obesity despite the associated increase in metabolic requirements. Decreased nonexercise physical activity has been implicated in this resistance to weight loss, but the mechanisms responsible are unclear. We quantified the metabolic cost of nonexercise activity, or "off-wheel" activity (OWA), and voluntary wheel running (VWR) and examined whether changes in OWA during VWR altered energy balance in chow-fed C57BL/6J mice ( n = 12). Energy expenditure (EE), energy intake, and behavior (VWR and OWA) were continuously monitored for 4 days with locked running wheels followed by 9 days with unlocked running wheels...
March 6, 2018: Diabetes
Michael Macia, Emilie Pecchi, Martine Desrois, Carole Lan, Christophe Vilmen, Bernard Portha, Monique Bernard, David Bendahan, Benoît Giannesini
The functional and bioenergetics impact of regular physical activity upon type-2 diabetic skeletal muscle independently of confounding factors of overweight remains undocumented. Here, gastrocnemius muscle energy fluxes, mitochondrial capacity and mechanical performance were assessed noninvasively and longitudinally in non-obese diabetic Goto-Kakizaki rats using magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and dynamic 31-phosphorus MR spectroscopy (31 P-MRS) throughout a 6-min fatiguing bout of exercise performed before, in the middle (4-week) and at the end of an 8-week training protocol consisting in 60-min daily run on a treadmill...
February 27, 2018: Biochimie
P V Femeena, K P Sudheer, R Cibin, I Chaubey
Biofuel has emerged as a substantial source of energy in many countries. In order to avoid the 'food versus fuel competition', arising from grain-based ethanol production, the United States has passed regulations that require second generation or cellulosic biofeedstocks to be used for majority of the biofuel production by 2022. Agricultural residue, such as corn stover, is currently the largest source of cellulosic feedstock. However, increased harvesting of crops residue may lead to increased application of fertilizers in order to recover the soil nutrients lost from the residue removal...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
Faisal Faisal, Turgut Tursoy, Niyazi Berk
This study investigates the relationship between Internet usage, financial development, economic growth, capital and electricity consumption using quarterly data from 1993Q1 to 2014Q4. The integration order of the series is analysed using the structural break unit root test. The ARDL bounds test for cointegration in addition to the Bayer-Hanck (2013) combined cointegration test is applied to analyse the existence of cointegration among the variables. The study found strong evidence of a long-run relationship between the variables...
February 9, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Lorenzo Pugliese, Simone Porcelli, Alessandra Vezzoli, Antonio La Torre, Fabio R Serpiello, Gaspare Pavei, Mauro Marzorati
Purpose: The aim of this study was to compare the effects of continuous moderate-intensity and discontinuous high-intensity training on running performance in master runners. Methods: Thirty-four male master runners (47.2 ± 7.4 years) were assigned to three different groups: continuous moderate-intensity training (CMIT), discontinuous high-intensity training (DHIT), and control group (CON). CMIT and DHIT performed 8-week of supervised training (3 session·wk-1; ~35 km·wk-1) while CON maintained their normal training habits (3-4 session·wk-1; ~50 km·wk-1)...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Shivali Jindal, Sanjeev Anand, Lloyd Metzger, Jayendra Amamcharla
Flow of milk through the plate heat exchanger (PHE) results in denaturation of proteins, resulting in fouling. This also accelerates bacterial adhesion on the PHE surface, eventually leading to the development of biofilms. During prolonged processing, these biofilms result in shedding of bacteria and cross-contaminate the milk being processed, thereby limiting the duration of production runs. Altering the surface properties of PHE, such as surface energy and hydrophobicity, could be an effective approach to reduce biofouling...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
R Gimenez, M Mercuri, C L A Berli, M G Bellino
Exploiting natural phenomena is a central route for providing electricity to sustainably drive wearable electronics. Here we report a nano-scale water-driven energy generator that produces tiny electrical currents from spontaneous wetting-drying oscillations in mesoporous thin films. The system was fabricated with a wormlike mesoporous silica film, which was packed in between Cu and silicon contacts. The nanogenerator runs autonomously when a water droplet is laid over the film close to the Cu electrode, as water infiltration into the film under the electrode produces a direct-current...
January 31, 2018: Nanoscale
Richard C Blagrove, Louis P Howe, Emily J Cushion, Adam Spence, Glyn Howatson, Charles R Pedlar, Philip R Hayes
PURPOSE: Strength training activities have consistently been shown to improve running economy (RE) and neuromuscular characteristics, such as force producing ability and maximal speed, in adult distance runners. However the effects on adolescent (<18 years) runners remains elusive. This randomized control trial aimed to examine the effect of strength training on several important physiological and neuromuscular qualities associated with distance running performance. METHODS: Participants (n=25, 13 female, 17...
January 8, 2018: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Hiromasa Ueno, Tadashi Suga, Kenji Takao, Takahiro Tanaka, Jun Misaki, Yuto Miyake, Akinori Nagano, Tadao Isaka
The present study aimed to determine the relationship between passive stiffness of the plantar flexors and running performance in endurance runners. Forty-eight well-trained male endurance runners and 24 untrained male control subjects participated in this study. Plantar flexor stiffness during passive dorsiflexion was calculated from the slope of the linear portion of the torque-angle curve. Of the endurance runners included in the present study, running economy in 28 endurance runners was evaluated by measuring energy cost during three 4-min trials (14, 16, and 18 km/h) of submaximal treadmill running...
December 29, 2017: International Journal of Sports Medicine
Chao Li, Zhenjiang Zhang, Han-Chieh Chao
In wireless sensor networks, sensor nodes collect plenty of data for each time period. If all of data are transmitted to a Fusion Center (FC), the power of sensor node would run out rapidly. On the other hand, the data also needs a filter to remove the noise. Therefore, an efficient fusion estimation model, which can save the energy of the sensor nodes while maintaining higher accuracy, is needed. This paper proposes a novel mixed H₂/H∞-based energy-efficient fusion estimation model (MHEEFE) for energy-limited Wearable Body Networks...
December 27, 2017: Sensors
Souvik Sinha, Atanu Maity, Shubhra Ghosh Dastidar
Activation of the pro-apoptotic BAX protein, a BCl-2 family member, is known to trigger the apoptosis by forming pores in the mitochondrial outer membrane (MOM). While in the cytosol, release of its transmembrane C-terminal helix (called α9 helix) from a well-characterized binding pocket (BC groove) and subsequent permeabilization of MOM is understood to be the initiating events of the activation. In concern of what initiates the BAX activation, so far one plausible suggestion has been that the transient attachment of BH3-only peptide on a distal site from BC groove triggers the activation process...
December 26, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
Aldo Savoldelli, Alessandro Fornasiero, Pietro Trabucchi, Eloisa Limonta, Antonio La Torre, Francis Degache, Barbara Pellegrini, Grégoire P Millet, Gianluca Vernillo, Federico Schena
Purpose: To provide insights into the energy requirements as well as the physiological adaptations of an experienced 50-year-old ultra-marathon male athlete during the world's most challenging mountain ultra-marathon (MUM). Methods: The international race supporting the study was the Tor des Geants®, characterized by 330 km with +24,000 m D+ to be covered within 150 h. Before the MUM, we assessed the peak oxygen uptake ([Formula: see text]) by means of an incremental graded running test. During the MUM we monitored six ascents (once per race day) with a portable gas analyzer, a GPS and a finger pulse oximeter...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
Mohamad Mohsen Momeni, Yousef Ghayeb, Farzaneh Ezati
Tungsten-copper co-sensitized TiO2 nanotube films on titanium substrate, used as photoanodes in photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting to produce hydrogen, have been synthesized via anodization and chemical bath deposition (CBD) methods. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to study the morphology and elemental composition of the synthetic samples. UV-Vis diffuse reflection spectroscopy (UV-Vis DRS) was sued to investigate the optical features of the samples...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Rory M Donovan-Maiye, Christopher J Langmead, Daniel M Zuckerman
Motivated by the extremely high computing costs associated with estimates of free energies for biological systems using molecular simulations, we further the exploration of existing "belief propagation" (BP) algorithms for fixed-backbone peptide and protein systems. The precalculation of pairwise interactions among discretized libraries of side-chain conformations, along with representation of protein side chains as nodes in a graphical model, enables direct application of the BP approach, which requires only ∼1 s of single-processor run time after the precalculation stage...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Junichi Toyomura, Hisashi Mori, Kota Tayashiki, Masayoshi Yamamoto, Hiroaki Kanehisa, Sumiaki Maeo
This study investigated effects of downhill (DR) versus level (LR) running training on various muscular and aerobic performances. Eighteen healthy young males conducted either DR (DR group [DRG], n = 10: -10% slope) or LR (LR group [LRG], n = 8) training at a target heart rate (HR) associated with lactate threshold (LT) for 20 min·session<sup>-1</sup>, 3 sessions·week<sup>-1</sup>, for 5 weeks. Before and after the interventions, the following variables were measured: knee extension torque (-150, -30, 0, 30, 150°·s<sup>-1</sup>), leg extension power (simultaneous hip and knee extension: 0...
November 28, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
Lori A Burns, John C Faver, Zheng Zheng, Michael S Marshall, Daniel G A Smith, Kenno Vanommeslaeghe, Alexander D MacKerell, Kenneth M Merz, C David Sherrill
Accurate potential energy models are necessary for reliable atomistic simulations of chemical phenomena. In the realm of biomolecular modeling, large systems like proteins comprise very many noncovalent interactions (NCIs) that can contribute to the protein's stability and structure. This work presents two high-quality chemical databases of common fragment interactions in biomolecular systems as extracted from high-resolution Protein DataBank crystal structures: 3380 sidechain-sidechain interactions and 100 backbone-backbone interactions that inaugurate the BioFragment Database (BFDb)...
October 28, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
Dikshant Sharma, Liz Taylor-Edmonds, Robert C Andrews
Media type is a critical design consideration when implementing biofiltration for drinking water treatment. Granular activated carbon (GAC) has been shown to provide superior performance when compared to a wide range of media types, largely due to its higher surface area. Engineered ceramic media is an attractive alternative to GAC as it has a similar surface area but at a lower cost. This pilot-scale biofiltration study compared the performance of GAC, anthracite and two different effective sizes of ceramic (CER) media (1...
January 1, 2018: Water Research
Kei Terayama, Hiroaki Iwata, Mitsugu Araki, Yasushi Okuno, Koji Tsuda
Motivation: Fast and accurate prediction of protein-ligand binding structures is indispensable for structure-based drug design (SBDD) and accurate estimation of binding free energy of drug candidate molecules in drug discovery. Recently, accurate pose prediction methods based on short-MD simulations such as MM-PBSA and MM-GBSA among generated docking poses have been used. Since molecular structures obtained from MD simulation depends on the initial condition, taking the average over different initial conditions leads to better accuracy...
October 11, 2017: Bioinformatics
Hugo A Kerhervé, Scott McLean, Karen Birkenhead, David Parr, Colin Solomon
PURPOSE: The physiological mechanisms for alterations in oxygen utilization ([Formula: see text]) and the energy cost of running (Cr ) during prolonged running are not completely understood, and could be linked with alterations in muscle and cerebral tissue oxygenation. METHODS: Eight trained ultramarathon runners (three women; mean ± SD; age 37 ± 7 yr; maximum [Formula: see text] 60 ± 15 mL min(-1) kg(-1)) completed a 6 hr treadmill run (6TR), which consisted of four modules, including periods of moderate (3 min at 10 km h(-1), 10-CR) and heavy exercise intensities (6 min at 70% of maximum [Formula: see text], HILL), separated by three, 100 min periods of self-paced running (SP)...
2017: PeerJ
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