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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445417/ins-gnss-integration-for-aerobatic-flight-applications-and-aircraft-motion-surveying
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Edgar L V Hinüber, Christian Reimer, Tim Schneider, Michael Stock
This paper presents field tests of challenging flight applications obtained with a new family of lightweight low-power INS/GNSS (inertial navigation system/global satellite navigation system) solutions based on MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical- sensor) machined sensors, being used for UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) navigation and control as well as for aircraft motion dynamics analysis and trajectory surveying. One key is a 42+ state extended Kalman-filter-based powerful data fusion, which also allows the estimation and correction of parameters that are typically affected by sensor aging, especially when applying MEMS-based inertial sensors, and which is not yet deeply considered in the literature...
April 26, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442997/high-spatiotemporal-resolution-ecog-recording-of-somatosensory-evoked-potentials-with-flexible-micro-electrode-arrays
#2
Taro Kaiju, Keiichi Doi, Masashi Yokota, Kei Watanabe, Masato Inoue, Hiroshi Ando, Kazutaka Takahashi, Fumiaki Yoshida, Masayuki Hirata, Takafumi Suzuki
Electrocorticogram (ECoG) has great potential as a source signal, especially for clinical BMI. Until recently, ECoG electrodes were commonly used for identifying epileptogenic foci in clinical situations, and such electrodes were low-density and large. Increasing the number and density of recording channels could enable the collection of richer motor/sensory information, and may enhance the precision of decoding and increase opportunities for controlling external devices. Several reports have aimed to increase the number and density of channels...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442477/nobel-laureate-a-v-hill-and-the-refugee-scholars-1933-1945
#3
Jack A Rall
A. V. Hill shared the 1922 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his investigation of the energetics of muscular contraction. His scientific work has been well chronicled over many years (Rall JA. Mechanism of Muscular Contraction, 2014). There is the natural tendency to focus solely on an investigator's scientific achievements. But in the case of Hill, it has been said (Katz B. Biogr Mem Fellows R Soc 24: 71-149, 1978) that "it was his devotion to such wider issues, outside the boundaries of his own research, through which he exerted his most important influence on other people's lives and on the course of events...
June 1, 2017: Advances in Physiology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441728/imaging-of-the-finger-vein-and-blood-flow-for-anti-spoofing-authentication-using-a-laser-and-a-mems-scanner
#4
Jaekwon Lee, Seunghwan Moon, Juhun Lim, Min-Joo Gwak, Jae Gwan Kim, Euiheon Chung, Jong-Hyun Lee
A new authentication method employing a laser and a scanner is proposed to improve image contrast of the finger vein and to extract blood flow pattern for liveness detection. A micromirror reflects a laser beam and performs a uniform raster scan. Transmissive vein images were obtained, and compared with those of an LED. Blood flow patterns were also obtained based on speckle images in perfusion and occlusion. Curvature ratios of the finger vein and blood flow intensities were found to be nearly constant, regardless of the vein size, which validated the high repeatability of this scheme for identity authentication with anti-spoofing...
April 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436909/pulse-transit-time-measurement-using-seismocardiogram-photoplethysmogram-and-acoustic-recordings-evaluation-and-comparison
#5
Chenxi Yang, Negar Tavassolian
This work proposes a novel method of pulse transit time measurement. The proximal arterial location data is collected from seismocardiogram (SCG) recordings by placing a MEMS accelerometer on the chest wall. The distal arterial location data is recorded using an acoustic sensor placed inside the ear. The performance of distal location recordings is evaluated by comparing SCG-acoustic and SCG-Photoplethysmogram (PPG) measurements. PPG and acoustic performances under motion noise are also compared. Experimental results suggest comparable performances for the acoustic-based and PPG-based devices...
April 24, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436838/electromechanical-coupling-factor-of-breast-tissue-as-a-biomarker-for-breast-cancer
#6
Kihan Park, Wenjin Chen, Marina Chekmareva, David Foran, Jaydev Desai
GOAL: This research aims to validate a new biomarker of breast cancer by introducing electromechanical coupling factor of breast tissue samples as a possible additional indicator of breast cancer. Since collagen fibril exhibits a structural organization that gives rise to a piezoelectric effect, the difference in collagen density between normal and cancerous tissue can be captured by identifying the corresponding electromechanical coupling factor. METHODS: The design of a portable diagnostic tool and a microelectromechanical systems(MEMS)- based biochip, which is integrated with a piezoresistive sensing layer for measuring the reaction force as well as a microheater for temperature control, is introduced...
April 19, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432471/differentiating-middle-ear-and-medial-olivocochlear-effects-on-transient-evoked-otoacoustic-emissions
#7
Kendra L Marks, Jonathan H Siegel
The response of the inner ear is modulated by the middle ear muscle (MEM) and olivocochlear (OC) efferent systems. Both systems can be activated reflexively by acoustic stimuli delivered to one or both ears. The acoustic middle ear muscle reflex (MEMR) controls the transmission of acoustic signals through the middle ear, while reflex activation of the medial component of the olivocochlear system (the MOCR) modulates cochlear mechanics. The relative prominence of the two efferent systems varies widely between species...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430230/compact-multichannel-high-resolution-micro-electro-mechanical-systems-based-interrogator-for-fiber-bragg-grating-sensing
#8
D Ganziy, B Rose, O Bang
We propose a novel type of compact high-resolution multichannel micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS)-based interrogator, where we replace the linear detector with a digital micromirror device (DMD). The DMD is typically cheaper and has better pixel sampling than an InGaAs detector used in the 1550 nm range, which leads to cost reduction and better performance. Moreover, the DMD is a 2D array, which means that multichannel systems can be implemented without any additional optical components in the interrogator...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429793/attogram-mass-sensing-based-on-silicon-microbeam-resonators
#9
In-Bok Baek, Sangwon Byun, Bong Kuk Lee, Jin-Hwa Ryu, Yarkyeon Kim, Yong Sun Yoon, Won Ik Jang, Seongjae Lee, Han Young Yu
Using doubly-clamped silicon (Si) microbeam resonators, we demonstrate sub-attogram per Hertz (ag/Hz) mass sensitivity, which is extremely high sensitivity achieved by micro-scale MEMS mass sensors. We also characterize unusual buckling phenomena of the resonators. The thin-film based resonator is composed of a Si microbeam surrounded by silicon nitride (SiN) anchors, which significantly improve performance by providing fixation on the microbeam and stabilizing oscillating motion. Here, we introduce two fabrication techniques to further improve the mass sensitivity...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412325/designing-metal-contained-enzyme-mimics-for-prodrug-activation
#10
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Baoji Du, Dan Li, Jin Wang, Erkang Wang
Enzyme-activated prodrug therapy (EAPT) is a widely-used and effective treatment method for cancer by converting the prodrugs into the drugs at the demanded time and space, whose key step is prodrug activation. Traditional prodrug activations are mostly dependent on the natural enzymes, which are unstable, expensive and hard to be functionalized. The emerging enzyme mimics, especially the metal-contained enzyme mimics (MEMs), provide a potential chance for improving the traditional EAPT because of their high stability, low cost and easiness of preparation and functionalization...
April 12, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411141/formulation-of-carbapenems-loaded-gold-nanoparticles-to-combat-multi-antibiotic-bacterial-resistance-in-vitro-antibacterial-study
#11
Mohamed A Shaker, Mona I Shaaban
Despite the fact that carbapenems (powerful β-lactams antibiotics) were able to fight serious infectious diseases, nowadays the spread of carbapenems-resistant bacteria is considered the main challenge in antibacterial therapy. In this study, we focused on evaluating the surface conjugation of carbapenems (imipenem and meropenem) with gold nanoparticles as a delivering strategy to specifically and safely maximize their therapeutic efficacy while destroying the developing resistance of the pathogens. Different particle size formulae (35, 70 and 200nm) were prepared by citrate reduction method...
April 11, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407084/comparative-analysis-of-de-novo-assemblers-for-variation-discovery-in-personal-genomes
#12
Shulan Tian, Huihuang Yan, Eric W Klee, Michael Kalmbach, Susan L Slager
Current variant discovery approaches often rely on an initial read mapping to the reference sequence. Their effectiveness is limited by the presence of gaps, potential misassemblies, regions of duplicates with a high-sequence similarity and regions of high-sequence divergence in the reference. Also, mapping-based approaches are less sensitive to large INDELs and complex variations and provide little phase information in personal genomes. A few de novo assemblers have been developed to identify variants through direct variant calling from the assembly graph, micro-assembly and whole-genome assembly, but mainly for whole-genome sequencing (WGS) data...
April 11, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406633/probing-the-conformationally-excited-states-of-membrane-proteins-via-1-h-detected-mas-solid-state-nmr-spectroscopy
#13
T Gopinath, Sarah E D Nelson, Kailey J Soller, Gianluigi Veglia
Proteins exist in ensembles of conformational states that interconvert on various motional time scales. High-energy states of proteins, often referred to as conformationally excited states, are sparsely populated and have been found to play an essential role in many biological functions. However, detecting these states is quite difficult for conventional structural techniques. Recent progress in solution NMR spectroscopy made it possible to detect conformationally excited states in soluble proteins and characterize them at high resolution...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398232/use-of-the-magnetic-field-for-improving-gyroscopes-biases-estimation
#14
Estefania Munoz Diaz, Fabian de Ponte Müller, Juan Jesús García Domínguez
An accurate orientation is crucial to a satisfactory position in pedestrian navigation. The orientation estimation, however, is greatly affected by errors like the biases of gyroscopes. In order to minimize the error in the orientation, the biases of gyroscopes must be estimated and subtracted. In the state of the art it has been proposed, but not proved, that the estimation of the biases can be accomplished using magnetic field measurements. The objective of this work is to evaluate the effectiveness of using magnetic field measurements to estimate the biases of medium-cost micro-electromechanical sensors (MEMS) gyroscopes...
April 11, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396081/work-function-mapping-of-moox-thin-films-for-application-in-electronic-devices
#15
André L F Cauduro, Roberto Dos Reis, Gong Chen, Andreas K Schmid, Horst-Günter Rubahn, Morten Madsen
The knowledge of the structural and electronic surface morphology is imperative to fully understand the charge transfer at interfaces of electronic devices, such as in photovoltaic (PV) cells. To this aim, here, we use low-energy electron microscopy to probe the unoccupied states of post-annealed MoOx thin-films grown in oxygen excess (x∼3.16) and deficient (x∼2.57) environments. 2D work function maps are correlated with the surface topography extracted by mirror electron microscopy (MEM) mode, which show homogenous surface morphology and electronic levels for the specimen with x∼2...
March 23, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394173/sheep-isolated-secondary-follicles-are-able-to-produce-metaphase-ii-oocytes-after-vitrification-and-long-term-in-vitro-growth
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Franciele Osmarini Lunardi, Francisco Leo Nascimento de Aguiar, Livia Brunetti Apolloni, Ana Beatriz Graça Duarte, Naiza Arcângela Ribeiro de Sá, Érica Suzanne Soares Leal, Antonia Debora Sales, Carlos Henrique Lobo, Cláudio Cabral Campello, Johan Smitz, Gary Allen Apgar, José Ricardo de Figueiredo, Ana Paula Ribeiro Rodrigues
The vitrification of preantral follicles followed by in vitro growth (IVG) could be valuable to produce fertilizable oocytes. However, the meiotic resumption rates of oocytes cultured from vitrified secondary follicles (SF) have been reported as suboptimal. This study aimed to verify two base media (alpha modification of minimum essential medium, α-MEM, and tissue culture medium 199, TCM199) on vitrified SF regarding different requirements during IVG. Sheep ovarian fragments were divided in six groups: (1) Fresh groups (Control α-MEM and TCM199): SF without vitrification; (2) Follicle-Vitrified (Follicle-Vit α-MEM and TCM199): SF vitrified after isolation; and (3) Tissue-Vitrified (Tissue-Vit α-MEM and TCM199): SF vitrified enclosed in ovarian fragments and, subsequently, isolated...
April 10, 2017: Biopreservation and Biobanking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391213/integration-of-low-power-asic-and-mems-sensors-for-monitoring-gastrointestinal-tract-using-a-wireless-capsule-system
#17
Md Shamsul Arefin, Jean-Michel Redoute, Mehmet Yuce
This paper presents a wireless capsule microsystem to detect and monitor pH, pressure, and temperature of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract in real-time. This research contributes to the integration of sensors (microfabricated capacitive pH, capacitive pressure, and resistive temperature sensors), frequency modulation and pulse-width modulation based interface IC circuits, microcontroller, and transceiver with meandered conformal antenna for the development of a capsule system. The challenges associated with the system miniaturization, higher sensitivity and resolution of sensors, and lower power consumption of interface circuits are addressed...
April 4, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382432/reliability-improvement-for-predicting-acid-forming-potential-of-rock-samples-using-static-tests
#18
Chamteut Oh, Sangwoo Ji, Chul-Min Chon, Giljae Yim, Youngwook Cheong
In predicting the acid-forming potential of rock samples, a combination of acid-base accounting (ABA) and net acid generation (NAG) tests has been commonly used. While simple and economical, this method sometimes shows low reliability such as categorizing certain samples as uncertain (UC). ABA and NAG tests were modified to selectively recover valid minerals in nature and substituted for the original tests. ABA test overestimated acid-producing capacity (in the case of weathered samples) and acid-neutralizing capacity (in the case of plagioclase-including samples) compared to the modified ABA test...
May 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379165/performance-assessment-of-a-humidity-measurement-system-and-its-use-to-evaluate-moisture-characteristics-of-wheelchair-cushions-at-the-user-seat-interface
#19
Zhuofu Liu, Haifeng Cheng, Zhongming Luo, Vincenzo Cascioli, Andrew I Heusch, Nadia R Nair, Peter W McCarthy
Little is known about the changes in moisture that occur at the body-seat interface during sitting. However, as increased moisture can add to the risk of skin damage, we have developed an array of MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical System) humidity sensors to measure at this interface. Sensors were first evaluated against traceable standards, followed by use in a cross-over field test (n = 11; 20 min duration) using different wheelchair cushions (foam and gel). Relative humidity (RH) was measured at the left mid-thigh, right mid-thigh and coccyx...
April 5, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378775/evidence-of-an-application-of-a-variable-mems-capacitive-sensor-for-detecting-shunt-occlusions
#20
David J Apigo, Philip L Bartholomew, Thomas Russell, Alokik Kanwal, Reginald C Farrow, Gordon A Thomas
A sensor was tested subdural and in vitro, simulating a supine infant with a ventricular-peritoneal shunt and controlled occlusions. The variable MEMS capacitive device is able to detect and forecast blockages, similar to early detection procedures in cancer patients. For example, with gradual occlusion development over a year, the method forecasts a danger over one month ahead of blockage. The method also distinguishes between ventricular and peritoneal occlusions. Because the sensor provides quantitative data on the dynamics of the cerebrospinal fluid, it can help test new therapies and work toward understanding hydrocephalus as well as idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus...
April 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
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