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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545245/multimodal-bio-inspired-tactile-sensing-module-for-surface-characterization
#1
Thiago Eustaquio Alves de Oliveira, Ana-Maria Cretu, Emil M Petriu
Robots are expected to recognize the properties of objects in order to handle them safely and efficiently in a variety of applications, such as health and elder care, manufacturing, or high-risk environments. This paper explores the issue of surface characterization by monitoring the signals acquired by a novel bio-inspired tactile probe in contact with ridged surfaces. The tactile module comprises a nine Degree of Freedom Microelectromechanical Magnetic, Angular Rate, and Gravity system (9-DOF MEMS MARG) and a deep MEMS pressure sensor embedded in a compliant structure that mimics the function and the organization of mechanoreceptors in human skin as well as the hardness of the human skin...
May 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545236/thermal-characterization-of-dynamic-silicon-cantilever-array-sensors-by-digital-holographic-microscopy
#2
Marjan Zakerin, Antonin Novak, Masaya Toda, Yves Emery, Filipe Natalio, Hans-Jürgen Butt, Rüdiger Berger
In this paper, we apply a digital holographic microscope (DHM) in conjunction with stroboscopic acquisition synchronization. Here, the temperature-dependent decrease of the first resonance frequency (S₁(T)) and Young's elastic modulus (E₁(T)) of silicon micromechanical cantilever sensors (MCSs) are measured. To perform these measurements, the MCSs are uniformly heated from T₀ = 298 K to T = 450 K while being externally actuated with a piezo-actuator in a certain frequency range close to their first resonance frequencies...
May 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545235/a-high-sensitive-pressure-sensor-using-a-single-mode-fiber-embedded-microbubble-with-thin-film-characteristics
#3
Guanjun Wang, Xinglin Liu, Zhiguo Gui, Yongquan An, Jinyu Gu, Meiqin Zhang, Lu Yan, Gao Wang, Zhibin Wang
A new fiber pressure sensor is proposed and analyzed in this paper. A commercial arc fusion splicer and pressure-assisted arc discharge technology are used here to fabricate a silica hollow microbubble from a common glass tube with the characteristics of a thin film. Then the single mode fiber is embedded into the microbubble to form a fiber Fabry-Perot interferometer by measuring the reflected interference spectrum from the fiber tip and microbubble end. As the wall thickness of the micro-bubble can reach up to several micrometers, it can then be used for measuring the outer pressure with high sensitivity...
May 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545232/sensors-and-actuators-on-determining-parameters-for-being-considered-in-selection-of-elastomers-for-biomimetic-hands
#4
Vlad Cârlescu, Dumitru N Olaru, Gheorghe Prisăcaru, Cezar Oprişan, José Machado
In this paper, the authors present a new methodology to study the viscoelastic behaviour of the human finger. The methodology is based on experimental research consisting of a finger's indentation with a small steel cylindrical object for various indentation speeds. The tests were realized on a CETR UMT-2 Tribometer for indentation speed between 0.02 mm/s and 4 mm/s with a normal load of up to 22 N. Using the force-deformation diagrams recorded at the smallest indentation speed determined the elastic modulus of the human finger according to an adapted Hertzian model...
May 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545077/the-regional-hydrologic-extremes-assessment-system-a-software-framework-for-hydrologic-modeling-and-data-assimilation
#5
Konstantinos M Andreadis, Narendra Das, Dimitrios Stampoulis, Amor Ines, Joshua B Fisher, Stephanie Granger, Jessie Kawata, Eunjin Han, Ali Behrangi
The Regional Hydrologic Extremes Assessment System (RHEAS) is a prototype software framework for hydrologic modeling and data assimilation that automates the deployment of water resources nowcasting and forecasting applications. A spatially-enabled database is a key component of the software that can ingest a suite of satellite and model datasets while facilitating the interfacing with Geographic Information System (GIS) applications. The datasets ingested are obtained from numerous space-borne sensors and represent multiple components of the water cycle...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545064/transcriptomic-analysis-of-the-response-of-pseudomonas-fluorescens-to-epigallocatechin-gallate-by-rna-seq
#6
Xiaoxiang Liu, Bimiao Shen, Peng Du, Nan Wang, Jiaxue Wang, Jianrong Li, Aihua Sun
Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is a main constituent of green tea polyphenols that are widely used as food preservatives and are considered to be safe for consumption. However, the underlying antimicrobial mechanism of EGCG and the bacterial response to EGCG are not clearly understood. In the present study, a genome-wide transcriptional analysis of a typical spoilage bacterium, Pseudomonas fluorescens that responded to EGCG was performed using RNA-seq technology. A total of 26,365,414 and 23,287,092 clean reads were generated from P...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544921/in-situ-formed-copper-nanoparticles-templated-by-tdt-mediated-dna-for-enhanced-spr-sensor-based-dna-assay
#7
Pei-Xin Yuan, Sheng-Yuan Deng, Chen-Yu Zheng, Serge Cosnier, Dan Shan
For the efficient surface plasmon resonance (SPR)-based DNA assay researching, signal amplification tactics were absolutely necessary. In this work, a sensitive SPR-DNA sensor was developed by employing in situ synthesis of copper nanoparticles (CuNPs) templated by poly-T sequences DNA from terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase (TdT)-mediated extension, and synergistically with nano-effect deposition as the mass relay. The objective of this strategy was manifold: firstly, tDNA hybridized with the optimal designed probes to active the TdT-mediated DNA extension onto the surface of SPR chip, resulted a long poly-T sequences ssDNA chain in dsDNA terminal onto surface of gold chip and characterized by SPR signal amplitudes...
May 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544916/electro-oxidative-determination-of-aromatic-amine-o-phenylenediamine-using-organic-inorganic-hybrid-composite
#8
Ragu Sasikumar, Palraj Ranganathan, Shen-Ming Chen, Syang-Peng Rwei, Muthukrishnan
A highly sensitive o-phenylenediamine (OPD) sensor based on a Fe3O4 doped with functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (Fe3O4@f-MWCNTs) composite fabricated glassy carbon electrode (GCE) was developed. The modified Fe3O4@f-MWCNTs/GCE showed an enhanced current (Ipa) response toward OPD relative to that of a Fe3O4/GCE, f-MWCNTs/GCE, and a bare GCE. Under optimum conditions, the Fe3O4@f-MWCNTs/GCE showed a wide linear range remove at OPD concentrations of 0.6-80µM. The limit of detection and sensitivity of the f-MWCNTs/GCE, Fe3O4/GCE sensor were found to be 50µM, and 2...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544845/self-assembling-zwitterionic-copolymers-as-membrane-selective-layers-with-excellent-fouling-resistance-effect-of-zwitterion-chemistry
#9
Prity Bengani-Lutz, Elisha Converse, Peggy Cebe, Ayse Asatekin
Membranes with high flux, ~1 nm pore size and unprecedented protein fouling resistance were prepared by forming selective layers of self-assembling zwitterionic amphiphilic random copolymers on porous supports by a simple coating method. Random copolymers were prepared from the hydrophobic monomer 2,2,2-trifluoroethyl methacrylate (TFEMA) and four zwitterionic monomers (sulfobetaine methacrylate, sulfobetaine 2-vinylpyridine, sulfobutylbetaine 2-vinylpyridine and 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine) by free radical polymerization...
May 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544754/heterogeneous-integration-of-carbon-nanotube-graphene-for-high-performance-flexible-and-transparent-photodetectors
#10
Soonjae Pyo, Wondo Kim, Han-Il Jung, Jungwook Choi, Jongbaeg Kim
Low-dimensional carbon materials, such as semiconducting carbon nanotubes (CNTs), conducting graphene, and their hybrids, are of great interest as promising candidates for flexible, foldable, and transparent electronics. However, the development of highly photoresponsive, flexible, and transparent optoelectronics still remains limited due to their low absorbance and fast recombination rate of photoexcited charges, despite the considerable potential of photodetectors for future wearable and foldable devices...
May 24, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544611/detection-of-nitric-oxide-from-living-cells-using-polymeric-zinc-organic-framework-derived-zinc-oxide-composite-with-conducting-polymer
#11
Min-Yeong Kim, Malenahalli Halappa Naveen, Nanjanagudu Ganesh Gurudatt, Yoon-Bo Shim
Sensitive and selective detection of nitric oxide (NO) in the human body is crucial since it has the vital roles in the physiological and pathological processes. This study reports a new type of electrochemical NO biosensor based on zinc-dithiooxamide framework derived porous ZnO nanoparticles and polyterthiophene-rGO composite. By taking advantage of the synergetic effect between ZnO and poly(TTBA-rGO) (TTBA = 3'-(p-benzoic acid)-2,2':5',2″-terthiophene, rGO = reduced graphene oxide) nanocomposite layer, the poly(TTBA-rGO)/ZnO sensor probe displays excellent electrocatalytic activity and explores to detect NO released from normal and cancer cell lines...
May 22, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544598/from-extended-nano-fluidics-to-an-autonomous-solar-light-driven-micro-fuel-cell-device
#12
Yuriy Pihosh, Jin Uemura, Ivan Turkevych, Kazuma Mawatari, Yutaka Kazoe, Adelina Smirnova, Takehiko Kitamori
Autonomous micro/nano mechanical, chemical and biomedical sensors require persistent power sources scaled to their size. Realization of autonomous micro-power sources is a challenging task, as it requires combination of wireless energy supply, conversion, storage and delivery to the sensor. In this work, we realized solar light driven power source that consists of a micro fuel cell (μFC) and a photocatalytic micro fuel generator (μFG) integrated on a single microfluidic chip. The μFG produces hydrogen by photocatalytic water splitting under solar light...
May 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544583/improving-the-occupational-skills-of-students-with-intellectual-disability-by-applying-video-prompting-combined-with-dance-pads
#13
Mei-Lan Lin, Ming-Shan Chiang, Ching-Hsiang Shih, Meng-Fang Li
BACKGROUND: Individuals with intellectual disability (ID) are prone to inattention, are slow in learning and reaction, and have deficits in memory skills. Providing proper vocational education and training for individuals with intellectual disability is able to enhance their occupational skills. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study applied video prompting to provide instructional prompts to help participants accurately perform an assigned occupational activity. A control system installed with developed software was used to turn a standard dance pad into a sensor to detect the participants' standing position and to automatically trigger video prompting...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities: JARID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544454/flexible-nanowire-cluster-as-a-wearable-colorimetric-humidity-sensor
#14
Zhiqiang Wei, Zhang-Kai Zhou, Qiuyu Li, Jiancai Xue, Andrea Di Falco, Zhongjian Yang, Jianhua Zhou, Xuehua Wang
Wearable plasmonic devices combine the advantages of high flexibility, ultrathinness, light weight, and excellent integration with the optical benefits mediated by plasmon-enhanced electric fields. However, two obstacles severely hinder further developments and applications of a wearable plasmonic device. One is the lack of efficient approach to obtaining devices with robust antimotion-interference property, i.e., the devices can work independently on the morphology changes of their working structures caused by arbitrary wearing conditions...
May 22, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544266/pcr-incorporation-of-polyoxometalate-modified-deoxynucleotide-triphosphates-and-their-application-in-molecular-electrochemical-sensing-of-yersinia-pestis
#15
Ciara K O'Sullivan, Mayreli Ortiz, Ahmed Debela Mehdi, Marketa Svobodova, Serge Thorimbert, Denis Lasage, Richard Cole, Bernold Hasenknopf
Redox-labeled nucleotides are of increasing interest for the fabrication of next generation molecular tools and should meet requirements of being thermally stable, sensitive, and compatible with polymerase-mediated incorporation whilst also being electrochemically discriminable. The synthesis and characterization of Keggin and Dawson polyoxometalate-deoxynucleotide (POM-dNTP) bioconjugates linked through 7-deaza-modified purines is described. The modified POM-dNTPs were used for polymerase based amplification of a DNA sequence specific for Yersinia pestis and the amplified DNA detected via an electrochemical DNA sensor...
May 22, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544264/ampk-%C3%AE-1-reduces-tumor-progression-and-improves-survival-in-p53-null-mice
#16
Vanessa P Houde, Sara Donzelli, Andrea Sacconi, Sandra Galic, Joanne A Hammill, Jonathan L Bramson, Robert A Foster, Theodoros Tsakiridis, Bruce E Kemp, Giuseppe Grasso, Giovanni Blandino, Paola Muti, Gregory R Steinberg
The AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a heterotrimeric protein complex that is an important sensor of cellular energy status. Reduced expression of the AMPK β1 isoform has been linked to reduced survival in different cancers but whether this accelerates tumor progression and the potential mechanism mediating these effects is not known. Further, it is unknown whether AMPK β1 is implicated in tumorigenesis and if so what tissues may be most sensitive. In the current study we find that in the absence of the tumor suppressor p53, germline genetic deletion of AMPK β1 accelerates the appearance of a T cell lymphoma that reduces lifespan compared to p53 deficiency alone...
May 24, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544098/crystal-structure-of-the-sensor-domain-of-baes-from-serratia-marcescens-fs14
#17
Ya Zhang, Shenshen Qiu, Shanshan Jia, Dongqing Xu, Tingting Ran, Weiwu Wang
The sensor histidine kinases of two-component signal-transduction systems (TCSs) are essential for bacteria to adapt to variable environmental conditions. The two-component regulatory system BaeS/R increases multidrug and metal resistance in Salmonella and Escherichia coli. In this study, we report the X-ray structure of the periplasmic sensor domain of BaeS from Serratia marcescens FS14. The BaeS sensor domain (34-160) adopts a mixed α/β-fold containing a central four-stranded antiparallel β-sheet flanked by a long N-terminal α-helix and additional loops and a short C-terminal α-helix on each side...
May 24, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544097/multiple-hydrogen-bonding-enables-the-self-healing-of-sensors-for-human-machine-interaction
#18
Jie Cao, Canhui Lu, Jian Zhuang, Manxiao Liu, Xinxing Zhang, Yanmei Yu, Qingchuan Tao
Despite its widespread use in signal collection, flexible sensor has been rarely used in human-machine interaction due to its indistinguishable signal, poor reliability and stability when suffered from unavoidable scratches and/or mechanical cuts. Here, we demonstrate a highly sensitive and self-healing sensor enabled by multiple hydrogen bonding network and nanostructured conductive network. The nanostructured supramolecular sensor displays extremely fast (~15 s) and repeatable self-healing ability with high healing efficiency (93% after the 3rd healing process)...
May 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543935/neurodegeneration-in-ataxia-telangiectasia-multiple-roles-of-atm-kinase-in-cellular-homeostasis
#19
REVIEW
Kay Rui Choy, Dianne J Watters
Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T) is characterized by neuronal degeneration, cancer, diabetes, immune deficiency and increased sensitivity to ionizing radiation. A-T is attributed to the deficiency of the protein kinase coded by the ATM (Ataxia-Telangiectasia Mutated) gene. ATM is a sensor of DNA Double Strand Breaks and signals to cell cycle checkpoints and the DNA repair machinery. ATM phosphorylates numerous substrates and activates many cell-signalling pathways. There has been considerable debate about whether a defective DNA damage response is causative of the neurological aspects of the disease...
May 22, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543389/coexistence-of-a-permanent-form-of-a-junctional-reciprocating-tachycardia-and-coronary-sinus-aneurysm-a-case-report
#20
Yuki Shimizu, Osamu Inaba, Masahiko Goya, Kenzo Hirao
A 58-year-old man with a long R-P' narrow QRS tachycardia underwent an electrophysiological study. The tachycardia was diagnosed as permanent form of junctional reciprocating tachycardia (PJRT), and the earliest atrial activation site during tachycardia was coronary sinus (CS) ostium. Radiofrequency ablation at the site was initially not successful because the tip impedance and temperature were unstable. After changing of the ablation catheter to that with contact force sensor, the accessory pathway was immediately ablated and the PJRT was no longer induced...
May 24, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
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