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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636826/degradation-mechanisms-of-magnesium-metal-anodes-in-electrolytes-based-on-cf3so2-2n-at-high-current-densities
#1
Hyun Deog Yoo, Sang-Don Han, Igor L Bolotin, Gene M Nolis, Ryan D Bayliss, Anthony K Burrell, John T Vaughey, Jordi Cabana
The energy density of rechargeable batteries utilizing metals as anodes surpasses Li-ion batteries, which employ carbon instead. Among possible metals, magnesium represents a potential alternative to the conventional choice, lithium, in terms of storage density, safety, stability, and cost. However, a major obstacle for metal-based batteries is the identification of electrolytes that show reversible deposition/dissolution of the metal anode and support reversible intercalation of ions into a cathode. Traditional Grignard-based Mg electrolytes are excellent toward reversible deposition of Mg, but their limited anodic stability and compatibility with oxide cathodes hinder their applicability in Mg batteries with higher voltage...
June 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636273/long-term-belowground-effects-of-grassland-management-the-key-role-of-liming
#2
Jemma Heyburn, Paul McKenzie, Michael J Crawley, Dario A Fornara
The functioning of human-managed grassland ecosystems strongly depends on how common management practices will affect grassland 'belowground compartment' including soil biogeochemistry and plant roots. Key questions remain about how animal grazing, liming (e.g. the addition of CaCO3 to soils), and nutrient fertilization might affect, in the long-term, soil nutrient cycling and multiple root traits. Here we focus on a mesotrophic grassland located in Berkshire, UK, where contrasting levels of rabbit grazing, liming and different inorganic fertilizers have been applied since 1991...
June 21, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636183/ordination-with-any-dissimilarity-measure-a-weighted-euclidean-solution
#3
Michael Greenacre
The classical approach to ordination is to use variants of the Euclidean distance to measure differences between samples (e.g. sites in a community study) based on their observation vectors (e.g. abundance counts for a set of species). Examples are: Euclidean distance on standardized or log-transformed data, on which principal component analysis and redundancy analysis are based; chi-square distance, on which (canonical) correspondence analysis is based; and Hellinger distance, using square roots of relative values in each multivariate vector...
June 21, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636012/does-h4so5-exist
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Fernando Murillo, Alba Vargas-Caamal, Sudip Pan, José Luis Cabellos, Miguel J Mora-Fonz, Alvaro Muñoz-Castro, Albeiro Restrepo, Gabriel Merino
The possible existence of H4SO5 in aqueous sulfuric acid is analyzed in detail. For bare H4SO5, the computed free energy barrier for the exergonic transformation of H4SO5 into the H2SO4H2O complex is only 3.8 kcal mol(-1). The presence of water or sulfuric acid catalyzes the dehydration to such an extent that it becomes almost a barrierless process. In the gas phase, dehydration of H4SO5 is an autocatalytic reaction as the water molecule produced by the decomposition of one H4SO5 molecule induces further dissociation...
June 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634367/proteomic-analysis-reveals-large-amounts-of-decomposition-enzymes-and-major-metabolic-pathways-involved-in-algicidal-process-of-trametes-versicolor-f21a
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Xueyan Gao, Congyan Wang, Wei Dai, Shenrong Ren, Fang Tao, Xingbing He, Guomin Han, Wei Wang
A recent algicidal mode indicates that fungal mycelia can wrap and eliminate almost all co-cultivated algal cells within a short time span. However, the underlying molecular mechanism is rarely understood. We applied proteomic analysis to investigate the algicidal process of Trametes versicolor F21a and identified 3,754 fungal proteins. Of these, 30 fungal enzymes with endo- or exoglycosidase activities such as β-1,3-glucanase, α-galactosidase, α-glucosidase, alginate lyase and chondroitin lyase were significantly up-regulated...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633514/metagenomic-smrt-sequencing-based-exploration-of-novel-lignocellulose-degrading-capability-in-wood-detritus-from-torreya-nucifera-in-bija-forest-on-jeju-island
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Han Na Oh, Tae Kwon Lee, Jae Wan Park, Jee Hyun No, Dockyu Kim, Woo Jun Sul
Lignocellulose, mostly composed of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin generated through secondary growth of woody plant, is considered as promising resources for bio-fuel. In order to use lignocellulose as a biofuel, the biodegradation besides high-cost chemical treatments were applied, but its knowledge on decomposition of lignocellulose occurring in a natural environment were insufficient. We analyzed 16S rRNA gene and metagenome to understand how the lignocellulose are decomposed naturally in decayed Torreya nucifera (L) of Bija forest (Bijarim) in Gotjawal, an ecologically distinct environment...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632397/decomposition-algorithms-for-a-multi-hard-problem
#7
M R Przybylek, A Wierzbicki, Z Michalewicz
Real-world optimization problems have been studied in the past, but the work resulted in approaches tailored to individual problems that could not be easily generalized. The reason for this limitation was the lack of appropriate models for the systematic study of salient aspects of real-world problems. The aim of this paper is to study one of such aspects: multi-hardness. We propose a variety of decomposition-based algorithms for an abstract multi-hard problem and compare them against the most promising heuristics...
June 20, 2017: Evolutionary Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632325/nickelocene-precursor-facilitated-fast-growth-of-graphene-h-bn-vertical-heterostructures-and-its-applications-in-oleds
#8
Qiucheng Li, Zifeng Zhao, Baoming Yan, Xiuju Song, Zhepeng Zhang, Jia Li, Xiaosong Wu, Zuqiang Bian, Xiaolong Zou, Yanfeng Zhang, Zhongfan Liu
The direct growth of high-quality, large-area, uniform, vertically stacked Gr/h-BN heterostructures is of vital importance for applications in electronics and optoelectronics. However, the main challenge lies in the catalytically inert nature of the hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) substrates, which usually afford a rather low decomposition rate of carbon precursors, and thus relatively low growth rate of graphene. Herein, a nickelocene-precursor-facilitated route is developed for the fast growth of Gr/h-BN vertical heterostructures on Cu foils, which shows much improved synthesis efficiency (8-10 times faster) and crystalline quality of graphene (large single-crystalline domain up to ≈20 µm)...
June 20, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631411/function-of-bacterial-community-dynamics-in-the-formation-of-cadaveric-semiochemicals-during-in-situ-carcass-decomposition
#9
Javier Pascual, Christian von Hoermann, Ann-Marie Rottler-Hoermann, Omer Nevo, Alicia Geppert, Johannes Sikorski, Katharina J Huber, Sandra Steiger, Manfred Ayasse, Jörg Overmann
The decomposition of dead mammalian tissue involves a complex temporal succession of epinecrotic bacteria. Microbial activity may release different cadaveric volatile organic compounds which in turn attract other key players of carcass decomposition such as scavenger insects. To elucidate the dynamics and potential functions of epinecrotic bacteria on carcasses, we monitored bacterial communities developing on still-born piglets incubated in different forest ecosystems by combining high-throughput Illumina 16S rRNA sequencing with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry of volatiles...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631384/nmr-study-of-the-reductive-decomposition-of-bmim-ntf2-at-gold-electrodes-and-indirect-electrochemical-conversion-of-co2
#10
Roman Michez, Thomas Doneux, Claudine Buess-Herman, Michel Luhmer
Potential controlled electrolyses of [BMIm][NTf2 ] ionic liquid were performed at a gold cathode under nitrogen atmosphere. The structures of the major conversion products of the BMIm(+) cation were elucidated on the basis of 1D and 2D nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) analyses and gas chromatography (GC) analysis of the volatile compounds. Recombination of the imidazol-2-yl radicals, generated at the electrode by single electron transfer, leads to neutral diastereomeric dimers in equal proportions, with a faradaic efficiency of 80 %, while disproportionation of these radicals and/or reaction with hydrogen atoms adsorbed at the electrode generates a neutral monomer with 20 % faradaic efficiency...
June 20, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630928/novel-phase-diagram-behavior-and-materials-design-in-heterostructural-semiconductor-alloys
#11
Aaron M Holder, Sebastian Siol, Paul F Ndione, Haowei Peng, Ann M Deml, Bethany E Matthews, Laura T Schelhas, Michael F Toney, Roy G Gordon, William Tumas, John D Perkins, David S Ginley, Brian P Gorman, Janet Tate, Andriy Zakutayev, Stephan Lany
Structure and composition control the behavior of materials. Isostructural alloying is historically an extremely successful approach for tuning materials properties, but it is often limited by binodal and spinodal decomposition, which correspond to the thermodynamic solubility limit and the stability against composition fluctuations, respectively. We show that heterostructural alloys can exhibit a markedly increased range of metastable alloy compositions between the binodal and spinodal lines, thereby opening up a vast phase space for novel homogeneous single-phase alloys...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630330/annual-mass-drownings-of-the-serengeti-wildebeest-migration-influence-nutrient-cycling-and-storage-in-the-mara-river
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Amanda L Subalusky, Christopher L Dutton, Emma J Rosi, David M Post
The annual migration of ∼1.2 million wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) through the Serengeti Mara Ecosystem is the largest remaining overland migration in the world. One of the most iconic portions of their migration is crossing of the Mara River, during which thousands drown annually. These mass drownings have been noted, but their frequency, size, and impact on aquatic ecosystems have not been quantified. Here, we estimate the frequency and size of mass drownings in the Mara River and model the fate of carcass nutrients through the river ecosystem...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630130/how-a-genetically-stable-extremophile-evolves-modes-of-genome-diversification-in-the-archaeon-sulfolobus-acidocaldarius
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Dominic Mao, Dennis W Grogan
In order to analyze in molecular terms how Sulfolobus genomes diverge, damage-induced mutations and natural polymorphisms (PMs) were identified in laboratory constructs and wild-type isolates, respectively, of Sulfolobus acidocaldarius Among wild-type isolates drawn from one local population, pairwise nucleotide divergence averaged 4 x 10(-6), which is about 0.15% of the corresponding divergence reported for Sulfolobus islandicus The most variable features of wild-type S. acidocaldarius genomes were homopolymer (mononucleotide) tracts and longer tandem repeats, consistent with the spontaneous mutations that occur under laboratory conditions...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630126/a-key-enzyme-of-the-nad-salvage-pathway-in-thermus-thermophilus-characterization-of-nicotinamidase-and-the-impact-of-its-gene-deletion-at-high-temperatures
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Hironori Taniguchi, Sathidaphorn Sungwallek, Phatcharin Chotchuang, Kenji Okano, Kohsuke Honda
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD(+)) is a cofactor related to many cellular processes. This cofactor is known to be unstable, especially at high temperatures, where it chemically decomposes to nicotinamide and ADP-ribose. Bacteria, yeast, and higher organisms possess the salvage pathway for reconstructing NAD(+) from these decomposition products; however, the importance of the salvage pathway for survival is not well elucidated, except for in pathogens lacking the NAD(+)de novo synthesis pathway. Herein, we report the importance of the NAD(+) salvage pathway in the thermophilic bacterium Thermus thermophilus HB8 at high temperatures...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629356/lifestyle-and-income-related-inequality-in-health-in-south-africa
#15
Alfred Kechia Mukong, Corne Van Walbeek, Hana Ross
BACKGROUND: Many low- and middle-income countries are experiencing an epidemiological transition from communicable to non-communicable diseases. This has negative consequences for their human capital development, and imposes a growing economic burden on their societies. While the prevalence of such diseases varies with socioeconomic status, the inequalities can be exacerbated by adopted lifestyles of individuals. Evidence suggests that lifestyle factors may explain the income-related inequality in self-reported health...
June 19, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628630/bird-sound-spectrogram-decomposition-through-non-negative-matrix-factorization-for-the-acoustic-classification-of-bird-species
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Jimmy Ludeña-Choez, Raisa Quispe-Soncco, Ascensión Gallardo-Antolín
Feature extraction for Acoustic Bird Species Classification (ABSC) tasks has traditionally been based on parametric representations that were specifically developed for speech signals, such as Mel Frequency Cepstral Coefficients (MFCC). However, the discrimination capabilities of these features for ABSC could be enhanced by accounting for the vocal production mechanisms of birds, and, in particular, the spectro-temporal structure of bird sounds. In this paper, a new front-end for ABSC is proposed that incorporates this specific information through the non-negative decomposition of bird sound spectrograms...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628198/pulse-frequency-and-soil-litter-mixing-alter-the-control-of-cumulative-precipitation-over-litter-decomposition
#17
François-Xavier Joly, Kelsey L Kurupas, Heather L Throop
Macroclimate has traditionally been considered the predominant driver of litter decomposition. However, in drylands, cumulative monthly or annual precipitation typically fails to predict decomposition. In these systems, the windows of opportunity for decomposer activity may rather depend on the precipitation frequency and local factors affecting litter desiccation, such as soil-litter mixing. We used a full-factorial microcosm experiment to disentangle the relative importance of cumulative precipitation, pulse frequency, and soil-litter mixing on litter decomposition...
June 19, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627878/tilted-two-dimensional-array-multi-focus-confocal-raman-microspectroscopy
#18
Sohshi Yabumoto, Hiro-O Hamaguchi
A simple and efficient two-dimensional multi-focus confocal Raman microspectroscopy featuring the tilted-array technique is demonstrated. Raman scattering from a 4×4 square foci array passing through a 4×4 confocal pinhole array is tilted with a periscope. The tilted array of Raman scattering signals is dispersed by an imaging spectrograph onto a CCD detector, giving 16 independent Raman spectra formed as 16 bands with different heights on the sensor. Use of a state-of-the-art imaging spectrograph enables high-precision wavenumber duplicability of the 16 spectra...
June 19, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627715/transition-and-alkali-metal-complex-ternary-amides-for-ammonia-synthesis-and-decomposition
#19
Hujun Cao, Jianping Guo, Fei Chang, Claudio Pistidda, Wei Zhou, Xilun Zhang, Antonio Santoru, Hui Wu, Norbert Schnell, Rainer Niewa, Ping Chen, Thomas Klassen, Martin Dornheim
A new complex ternary amide Rb2[Mn(NH2)4], which contains both transition and alkali metal catalytic sites, is synthesized by mechanochemical reaction. It exhibits two temperature-dependent polymorphs i.e. low-temperature orthorhombic and high-temperature monoclinic structures. Rb2[Mn(NH2)4] decomposes to N2, H2, NH3, Mn3N2, and RbNH2 under inert atmosphere; whereas releases NH3 at 80 °C under H2 atmosphere. Those unique behaviors enable Rb2[Mn(NH2)4] and K2[Mn(NH2)4] as excellent materials for NH3 decomposition and synthesis...
June 19, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627549/self-assembly-of-silver-i-based-high-energy-metal-organic-frameworks-he-mofs-at-ambient-temperature-and-pressure-synthesis-structure-and-superior-explosive-performance
#20
Cheng Shen, Yang Liu, Zhong-Qin Zhu, Yuan-Gang Xu, Ming Lu
Two new high-energy metal-organic frameworks (HE-MOFs), {Ag2(DNMAF)(H2O)2}n (1) and {Ag2(DNMAF)}n (2) were prepared using potassium 4,4'-bis(dinitromethyl)-3,3'-azofurazanate (K2DNMAF) in a self-assembly strategy. Compound 1 exhibits a 3D HE-MOF structure with coordinated water molecules. Compound 2 exhibits compact solvent-free 3D HE-MOFs. Both compounds show good thermostability (decomposition temperature (Td) of 211 and 218 °C) and superior detonation velocities (D) of 9673 m s(-1) and 10 242 m s(-1), detonation pressures (P) of 50...
June 19, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
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