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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145595/synchrony-weather-and-cycles-in-southern-pine-beetle-coleoptera-curculionidae
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John D Reeve
Spatial synchrony and cycles are common features of forest insect pests, but are often studied as separate phenomenon. Using time series of timber damage caused by Dendroctonus frontalis Zimmermann (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) (southern pine beetle) in 10 states within the southern United States, this study examines synchrony in D. frontalis abundance, the synchronizing effects of temperature extremes, and the evidence for shared cycles among state populations. Cross-correlation and cluster analyses are used to quantify synchrony across a range of geographic distances and to identify groups of states with synchronous dynamics...
November 14, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145492/3d-multi-view-convolutional-neural-networks-for-lung-nodule-classification
#2
Guixia Kang, Kui Liu, Beibei Hou, Ningbo Zhang
The 3D convolutional neural network (CNN) is able to make full use of the spatial 3D context information of lung nodules, and the multi-view strategy has been shown to be useful for improving the performance of 2D CNN in classifying lung nodules. In this paper, we explore the classification of lung nodules using the 3D multi-view convolutional neural networks (MV-CNN) with both chain architecture and directed acyclic graph architecture, including 3D Inception and 3D Inception-ResNet. All networks employ the multi-view-one-network strategy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145486/geography-of-current-and-future-global-mammal-extinction-risk
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Ana D Davidson, Kevin T Shoemaker, Ben Weinstein, Gabriel C Costa, Thomas M Brooks, Gerardo Ceballos, Volker C Radeloff, Carlo Rondinini, Catherine H Graham
Identifying which species are at greatest risk, what makes them vulnerable, and where they are distributed are central goals for conservation science. While knowledge of which factors influence extinction risk is increasingly available for some taxonomic groups, a deeper understanding of extinction correlates and the geography of risk remains lacking. Here, we develop a predictive random forest model using both geospatial and mammalian species' trait data to uncover the statistical and geographic distributions of extinction correlates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145452/behavioral-climatic-and-environmental-risk-factors-for-zika-and-chikungunya-virus-infections-in-rio-de-janeiro-brazil-2015-16
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Trevon L Fuller, Guilherme Calvet, Camila Genaro Estevam, Jussara Rafael Angelo, Gbenga J Abiodun, Umme-Aiman Halai, Bianca De Santis, Patricia Carvalho Sequeira, Eliane Machado Araujo, Simone Alves Sampaio, Marco Cesar Lima de Mendonça, Allison Fabri, Rita Maria Ribeiro, Ryan Harrigan, Thomas B Smith, Claudia Raja Gabaglia, Patrícia Brasil, Ana Maria Bispo de Filippis, Karin Nielsen-Saines
The burden of arboviruses in the Americas is high and may result in long-term sequelae with infants disabled by Zika virus infection (ZIKV) and arthritis caused by infection with Chikungunya virus (CHIKV). We aimed to identify environmental drivers of arbovirus epidemics to predict where the next epidemics will occur and prioritize municipalities for vector control and eventual vaccination. We screened sera and urine samples (n = 10,459) from residents of 48 municipalities in the state of Rio de Janeiro for CHIKV, dengue virus (DENV), and ZIKV by molecular PCR diagnostics...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145432/evaluating-the-intensity-of-fire-at-the-acheulian-site-of-gesher-benot-ya-aqov-spatial-and-thermoluminescence-analyses
#5
Nira Alperson-Afil, Daniel Richter, Naama Goren-Inbar
This manuscript presents an attempt to evaluate the intensity of fire through spatial patterning and thermoluminescence methodology. Previous studies of Layer II-6 Level 2 at the Acheulian site of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov suggested that hominins differentiated their activities across space, including multiple activities around a hearth reconstructed on the basis of the distribution of burned flint artifacts. A transect of ~4 m was extended from the center of the reconstructed hearth of Level 2 to its periphery in order to examine the intensity of fire...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145413/diffusion-based-neuromodulation-can-eliminate-catastrophic-forgetting-in-simple-neural-networks
#6
Roby Velez, Jeff Clune
A long-term goal of AI is to produce agents that can learn a diversity of skills throughout their lifetimes and continuously improve those skills via experience. A longstanding obstacle towards that goal is catastrophic forgetting, which is when learning new information erases previously learned information. Catastrophic forgetting occurs in artificial neural networks (ANNs), which have fueled most recent advances in AI. A recent paper proposed that catastrophic forgetting in ANNs can be reduced by promoting modularity, which can limit forgetting by isolating task information to specific clusters of nodes and connections (functional modules)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145393/estimating-the-probabilities-of-rare-arrhythmic-events-in-multiscale-computational-models-of-cardiac-cells-and-tissue
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Mark A Walker, Viatcheslav Gurev, John J Rice, Joseph L Greenstein, Raimond L Winslow
Ectopic heartbeats can trigger reentrant arrhythmias, leading to ventricular fibrillation and sudden cardiac death. Such events have been attributed to perturbed Ca2+ handling in cardiac myocytes leading to spontaneous Ca2+ release and delayed afterdepolarizations (DADs). However, the ways in which perturbation of specific molecular mechanisms alters the probability of ectopic beats is not understood. We present a multiscale model of cardiac tissue incorporating a biophysically detailed three-dimensional model of the ventricular myocyte...
November 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145250/consort-independent-prognostic-value-of-asphericity-of-pretherapeutic-f-18-fdg-uptake-by-primary-tumors-in-patients-with-breast-cancer
#8
Ji-Hoon Jung, Seung Hyun Son, Do-Hoon Kim, Jeeyeon Lee, Shin Young Jeong, Sang-Woo Lee, Ho Yong Park, Jaetae Lee, Byeong-Cheol Ahn
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the prognostic implication of asphericity (ASP); spatial irregularity; of pretherapeutic F 2-deoxy-2-fluoro-D-glucose (F FDG) tumor uptake in patients with invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) of the breast. METHODS: One hundred thirty-one female IDC patients (mean age = 48.1 ± 10.4 years), with pathological tumor size greater than 2 cm were retrospectively evaluated using F FDG positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT)...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145178/minor-hemisphere-major-syndromes
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Antonio Carota, Julien Bogousslavsky
A right "minor hemisphere" does not exist as the right hemisphere is dominant for awareness (nosognosia), spatial attention, emotional regulation, facial and voice expressions, visual recognition, and topographical orientation. Without the right hemisphere, the world would be flat, deprived of general and spatial attentions, pointing preferentially to the right side of the space, lacking visual experiences and emotions, exhibiting diminished awareness of the self and environment. Clinical-related syndromes of the right hemisphere are unilateral spatial neglect, object and face visual agnosia, the anosognosia for hemiparesis and/or hemianopia, misidentification syndromes, mania, and other obsessions for the food and the body...
2018: Frontiers of Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145137/uncertainty-in-positive-matrix-factorization-solutions-for-pahs-in-surface-sediments-of-the-yangtze-river-estuary-in-different-seasons
#10
Ruimin Liu, Cong Men, Wenwen Yu, Fei Xu, Qingrui Wang, Zhenyao Shen
To examine the variabilities of source contributions in the Yangtze River Estuary (YRE), the uncertainty based on the positive matrix factorization (PMF) was applied to the source apportionment of the 16 priority PAHs in 120 surface sediment samples from four seasons. Based on the signal-to-noise ratios, the PAHs categorized as "Bad" might drop out of the estimation of bootstrap. Next, the spatial variability of residuals was applied to determine which species with non-normal curves should be excluded. The median values from the bootstrapped solutions were chosen as the best estimate of the true factor contributions, and the intervals from 5th to 95th percentile represent the variability in each sample factor contribution...
October 13, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145113/denitrification-behavior-and-microbial-community-spatial-distribution-inside-woodchip-based-solid-phase-denitrification-w-spd-bioreactor-for-nitrate-contaminated-water-treatment
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Jiamin Zhao, Chuanping Feng, Shuang Tong, Nan Chen, Shanshan Dong, Tong Peng, Shunlong Jin
The NO3(-) removal pathway and microorganisms change along with the height of an up-flow W-SPD bioreactor was investigated in this study. Modeling and microbial community analysis were used to analyze the denitrification behavior in W-SPD bioreactor. The results showed that NO3(-) removal rate matched for zero-order (R(2) > 0.97) and first-order (R(2) > 0.94) combination Michaelis-Menten kinetics, whereas microbial reaction rate suited for modified logistic model (R(2) > 0.99). The excellent denitrification performance (92...
November 6, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145101/the-distribution-and-trends-of-persistent-organic-pollutants-and-mercury-in-marine-mammals-from-canada-s-eastern-arctic
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Tanya M Brown, Robie W Macdonald, Derek C G Muir, Robert J Letcher
Arctic contaminant research in the marine environment has focused on organohalogen compounds and mercury mainly because they are bioaccumulative, persistent and toxic. This review summarizes and discusses the patterns and trends of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and mercury in ringed seals (Pusa hispida) and polar bears (Ursus maritimus) in the Eastern Canadian Arctic relative to the rest of the Canadian Arctic. The review provides explanations for these trends and looks at the implications of climate-related changes on contaminants in these marine mammals in a region that has been reviewed little...
November 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145057/bioerosive-and-bioprotective-role-of-barnacles-on-rocky-shores
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Marta Pappalardo, Elena Maggi, Chiara Geppini, Federica Pannacciulli
Bioerosion and bioprotection (bio-remodeling) is the action exerted by biota colonizing rocky shores. It represents an important component among processes responsible for shaping coastal landforms, and a clear evidence of interaction between the biosphere and the solid earth. Barnacles extensively colonize the midlittoral belt of rocky shores in the Mediterranean Basin. Previous research, mostly based on laboratory evidence, suggests that barnacles are bioprotectors, in that they protect the rock surface from different types of physical and chemical weathering...
November 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145048/development-of-a-microscale-land-use-regression-model-for-predicting-no2-concentrations-at-a-heavy-trafficked-suburban-area-in-auckland-nz
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L F Weissert, J A Salmond, G Miskell, M Alavi-Shoshtari, D E Williams
Land use regression (LUR) analysis has become a key method to explain air pollutant concentrations at unmeasured sites at city or country scales, but little is known about the applicability of LUR at microscales. We present a microscale LUR model developed for a heavy trafficked section of road in Auckland, New Zealand. We also test the within-city transferability of LUR models developed at different spatial scales (local scale and city scale). Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) was measured during summer at 40 sites and a LUR model was developed based on standard criteria...
November 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145014/ecotracer-analyzing-concentration-of-contaminants-and-radioisotopes-in-an-aquatic-spatial-dynamic-food-web-model
#15
William J Walters, Villy Christensen
Ecotracer is a tool in the Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE) software package used to simulate and analyze the transport of contaminants such as methylmercury or radiocesium through aquatic food webs. Ecotracer solves the contaminant dynamic equations simultaneously with the biomass dynamic equations in Ecosim/Ecospace. In this paper, we give a detailed description of the Ecotracer module and analyze the performance on two problems of differing complexity. Ecotracer was modified from previous versions to more accurately model contaminant excretion, and new numerical integration algorithms were implemented to increase accuracy and robustness...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144983/albumin-coordinated-assembly-of-clearable-platinum-nanodots-for-photo-induced-cancer-theranostics
#16
Yong'an Tang, Tao Yang, Qiaoli Wang, Xiaoyan Lv, Xue Song, Hengte Ke, Zhengqing Guo, Xiaoqing Huang, Jun Hu, Zifu Li, Peng Yang, Xiangliang Yang, Huabing Chen
Photoactive noble metal nanoparticles are of increasing importance toward personalized cancer therapy in the field of precision nanomedicine. A critical challenge remains in the exploration of clinically potential noble metal nanoparticles for highly efficient cancer theranostics. Here, we introduce albumin-coordinated assembly of clearable Pt nanodots (Pt-NDs) with monodisperse nanostructure as high-performance theranostic agents for imaging-guided photothermal tumor ablation. We precisely manipulate the reduction and growth of tetravalent Pt ions into ultrasmall nanodots through albumin-directed growth kinetics, thereby leading to the synthesis of monodisperse 6...
October 20, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144755/holographic-plasmonic-nano-tweezers-for-dynamic-trapping-and-manipulation
#17
Preston R Huft, Joshua D Kolbow, Jonathan T Thweatt, Nathan C Lindquist
We demonstrate dynamic trapping and manipulation of nanoparticles with plasmonic holograms. By tailoring the illumination pattern of an incident light beam with a computer-controlled spatial light modulator, constructive and destructive interference of plasmon waves create a focused hotspot that can be moved across a surface. Specifically, a computer-generated hologram illuminating the perimeter of a silver Bull's Eye nanostructure generates surface plasmons that propagate towards the center. Shifting the phase of the plasmon waves as a function of space gives complete control over the location of the focus...
November 16, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144734/physically-unclonable-cryptographic-primitives-by-chemical-vapor-deposition-of-layered-mos2
#18
Abdullah Alharbi, Darren Armstrong, Somayah Alharbi, Davood Shahrjerdi
Physically unclonable cryptographic primitives are promising for securing the rapidly growing number of electronic devices. Here, we introduce a new class of physically unclonable primitives from layered molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) by leveraging the natural randomness of their island growth during chemical vapor deposition (CVD). We synthesize a MoS2 monolayer film covered with speckles of multilayer islands, where the growth process is engineered for an optimal speckle density. Using the Clark-Evans test, we confirm that the distribution of islands on the film exhibits complete spatial randomness, hence indicating the growth of multilayer speckles is a spatial Poisson process...
November 16, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144730/cancer-protrusions-on-a-tightrope-nanofiber-curvature-contrast-quantitates-single-protrusion-dynamics
#19
Brian Koons, Puja Sharma, Zhou Ye, Apratim Mukherjee, Meng Horng Lee, Denis Wirtz, Bahareh Behkam, Amrinder Singh Nain
Cell migration is studied with the traditional focus on protrusion driven cell body displacement, while less is known on morphodynamics of individual protrusions themselves, especially in fibrous environments mimicking extracellular matrix. Here, using suspended fibers, we report integrative and multiscale abilities to study protrusive behavior independent of cell body migration. By manipulating the diameter of fibers in orthogonal directions, we constrain cell migration along large diameter (2 µm) base fibers, while solely allowing cells to sense, initiate, and mature protrusions on orthogonally deposited high curvature-low diameter (~100, 200 and 600 nm) protrusive fibers and low-curvature (~300 and 600 nm width) protrusive flat ribbons...
November 16, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144609/internalization-kinetics-and-cytoplasmic-localization-of-functionalized-diatomite-nanoparticles-in-cancer-cells-by-raman-imaging
#20
Stefano Managò, Nunzia Migliaccio, Monica Terracciano, Michela Napolitano, Nicola M Martucci, Luca De Stefano, Ivo Rendina, Anna Chiara De Luca, Annalisa Lamberti, Ilaria Rea
Porous biosilica nanoparticles obtained from diatomites (DNPs) have been recently demonstrated to be non-toxic nanovectors of therapeutic agents in cancer cells. In this work, the internalization kinetics and intracellular spatial distribution of functionalized DNPs incubated with human lung epidermoid carcinoma cell line (H1355) up to 72 h are investigated by Raman imaging. The label-free Raman results are compared with confocal fluorescence microscopy and photoluminescence (PL) data. Raman bands specifically assigned to DNPs and cellular components provide evidence that the nanovectors are internalized and co-localize with lipid environments...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
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