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Confined Spaces

Pedro Pereira Rizzato, Maria Elina Bichuette
The laterosensory system is a mechanosensory modality involved in many aspects of fish biology and behavior. Laterosensory perception may be crucial for individual survival, especially in habitats where other sensory modalities are generally useless, such as the permanently aphotic subterranean environment. In the present study, we describe the laterosensory canal system of epigean and subterranean species of the genus Ituglanis (Siluriformes: Trichomycteridae). With seven independent colonizations of the subterranean environment in a limited geographical range coupled with a high diversity of epigean forms, the genus is an excellent model for the study of morphological specialization to hypogean life...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Morphology
Sheryl de Lacey
Perspectives on the status of human embryos and whether they should be discarded differ globally. Some countries protect embryos in law while in other countries embryos 'die' or 'succumb' in assisted reproductive technology clinics on a daily basis. This study analyses interview data drawn from a larger qualitative study conducted in South Australia from 2004-2007. 21 women and 12 of 21 partners were interviewed about the decision they made to discard their embryos. The analysis reported here sought to examine the ways in which women constructed and experienced the decision to discard embryos...
October 22, 2016: Sociology of Health & Illness
Gil Henkin, Daniel Berard, Francis Stabile, Marjan Shayegan, Jason S Leith, Sabrina R Leslie
We present a dynamically adjustable nanofluidic platform for formatting the conformations of and visualizing the interaction kinetics between biomolecules in solution, offering new time resolution and control of the reaction processes. This platform extends Convex Lens-induced Confinement (CLiC), a technique for imaging molecules under confinement, by introducing a system for in-situ modification of the chemical environment; this system uses a deep microchannel to diffusively exchange reagents within the nanoscale imaging region, whose height is fixed by a nanopost array...
October 21, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Martin Leder, Christopher Grossert, Lukas Sitta, Maximilian Genske, Achim Rosch, Martin Weitz
To describe a mobile defect in polyacetylene chains, Su, Schrieffer and Heeger formulated a model assuming two degenerate energy configurations that are characterized by two different topological phases. An immediate consequence was the emergence of a soliton-type edge state located at the boundary between two regions of different configurations. Besides giving first insights in the electrical properties of polyacetylene materials, interest in this effect also stems from its close connection to states with fractional charge from relativistic field theory...
October 21, 2016: Nature Communications
Wenmei Ming, Mina Yoon, Mao-Hua Du, Kimoon Lee, Sung Wng Kim
Two-dimensional (2D) electrides, emerging as a new type of layered material whose electrons are confined in interlayer spaces instead of at atomic proximities, are receiving interest for their high performance in various (opto)electronics and catalytic applications. Experimentally, however, 2D electrides have been only found in a couple of layered nitrides and carbides. Here, we report new thermodynamically stable alkaline-earth based 2D electrides by using a first-principles global structure optimization method, phonon spectrum analysis, and molecular dynamics simulation...
October 21, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Wang I Wong
Spatial abilities are pertinent to mathematical competence, but evidence of the space-math link has largely been confined to older samples and intrinsic spatial abilities (e.g., mental transformation). The roles of gender and affective factors are also unclear. This study examined the correlations between counting ability, mental transformation, and targeting accuracy in 182 Hong Kong preschoolers, and whether these relationships were weaker at higher spatial anxiety levels. Both spatial abilities related with counting similarly for boys and girls...
October 20, 2016: British Journal of Developmental Psychology
Lucia Botti, Emilio Ferrari, Cristina Mora
Work in confined spaces poses a significant risk to workers and rescuers involved in the emergency response when an accident occurs. Despite several standards and regulations define the safety requirements for such activities, injuries and fatalities still occur. Furthermore, the on-site inspections after accidents often reveal that both employers and employees fail to implement safe entry procedures. Removing the risk is possible by avoiding the worker entry, but many activities require the presence of the operator inside the confined space to perform manual tasks...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Bobbi Xayarath, Nancy E Freitag
A number of bacterial pathogens are capable of detecting the presence of other bacteria located within their surrounding niche through a process of bacterial signaling and cell-to-cell communication commonly referred to as quorum sensing (QS). QS systems are commonly now described in the context of collective behaviors exhibited by groups of bacteria coordinating diverse arrays of physiological functions to enhance survival of the community. However, QS systems have also been implicated in a variety of processes distinct from the measure of bacterial cell density...
October 18, 2016: Future Microbiology
Huimin Bai, Dongyan Cao, Fang Yuan, Guihua Sha, Jiaxin Yang, Jie Chen, Yue Wang, Zhenyu Zhang, Keng Shen
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the prognostic value of endometriosis in patients with stage I ovarian clear cell carcinoma (OCCC). METHODS: The medical records of patients with stage I OCCC who had undergone complete staging surgery followed by systemic chemotherapy were retrospectively reviewed. RESULTS: A total of 237 women were included in this study. Univariate analysis revealed that the patients with endometriosis-associated ovarian carcinoma (EAOC) had significantly improved recurrence-free survival (RFS) and overall survival (OS) than those without EAOC (5-year RFS: 91...
October 13, 2016: Gynecologic Oncology
T Struffert
Many important structures are located in the confined space within the posterior cranial fossa. This article describes the main aspects of the anatomy. As a uniform classification of malformations of the posterior cranial fossa does not exist the main syndromes, such as Chiari malformations, zerebellar hypoplasia and dysplasia are discussed separately.
October 13, 2016: Der Radiologe
Qingmei Wang, Siguo Chen, Feng Shi, Ke Chen, Yao Nie, Yao Wang, Rui Wu, Jia Li, Yun Zhang, Wei Ding, Yang Li, Li Li, Zidong Wei
A space-confined interfacial conversion approach is developed to directly transform 3 nm solid Pt nanoparticles into a 5 nm hollow PtFe alloy featuring a Pt-skin surface. The approach presented for the structural evolution from solid Pt NPs to hollow PtFe alloy with controlled size, structure, and composition can be applied to other multimetallic electrocatalysts.
October 13, 2016: Advanced Materials
Matthew B Pinson, Thomas A Witten
We examine the 'transmissibility' of a simulated two-dimensional pack of frictionless disks formed by confining dilute disks in a shrinking, periodic box to the point of mechanical stability. Two opposite boundaries are then removed, thus allowing a set of free motions. Small free displacements on one boundary then induce proportional displacements on the opposite boundary. Transmissibility is the ability to distinguish different perturbations by their distant responses. We assess transmissibility by successively identifying free orthonormal modes of motion that have the smallest distant responses...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Emre Bukusoglu, Xiaoguang Wang, Ye Zhou, José A Martínez-González, Mohammad Rahimi, Qi Wang, Juan J de Pablo, Nicholas L Abbott
We report on the internal configurations of aqueous dispersions of droplets of cholesteric liquid crystals (LCs; 5-50 μm-in-diameter; comprised of 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl and 4-(1-methylheptyloxycarbonyl)phenyl-4-hexyloxybenzoate) and their influence on the positioning of surface-adsorbed colloids (0.2 or 1 μm-in-diameter polystyrene (PS)). When N = 2D/P was less than 4, where D is the droplet diameter and P is the cholesteric pitch, the droplets adopted a twisted bipolar structure (TBS) and colloids were observed to assume positions at either the poles or equator of the droplets...
October 5, 2016: Soft Matter
Qiang Fu, Xinhe Bao
Two-dimensional (2D) materials are characterised by their strong intraplanar bonding but weak interplanar interaction. Interfaces between neighboring 2D layers or between 2D overlayers and substrate surfaces provide intriguing confined spaces for chemical processes, which have stimulated a new area of "chemistry under 2D cover". In particular, well-defined 2D material overlayers such as graphene, hexagonal boron nitride, and transition metal dichalcogenides have been deposited on solid surfaces, which can be used as model systems to understand the new chemistry...
October 7, 2016: Chemical Society Reviews
Felix Eckstein, Robert Buck, Wolfgang Wirth
OBJECTIVE: The metric accepted by regulatory bodies for determining structural progression in clinical trials of knee osteoarthritis (OA) remains change in radiographic joint space width in the medial femorotibial compartment. However, magnetic resonance imaging has revealed that cartilage loss is spatially heterogeneous, and that it is enigmatic which knee will lose cartilage at which location. Whereas previous reviews have focused on imaging in general, the purpose of this particular perspective is to highlight availability and applications of location-independent analysis methodology in measuring structural progression in epidemiological and interventional clinical trials, and to highlight its specific advantages over existing methodologies...
August 26, 2016: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Liulin Deng, Yehia M Ibrahim, Sandilya V B Garimella, Ian K Webb, Ahmed M Hamid, Randolph V Norheim, Spencer A Prost, Jeremy A Sandoval, Erin S Baker, Richard D Smith
The initial use of traveling waves (TW) for ion mobility (IM) separations using structures for lossless ion manipulations (SLIM) employed an ion funnel trap (IFT) to accumulate ions from a continuous electrospray ionization source and was limited to injected ion populations of ∼10(6) charges due to the onset of space charge effects in the trapping region. Additional limitations arise due to the loss of resolution for the injection of ions over longer periods, such as in extended pulses. In this work a new SLIM "flat funnel" (FF) module has been developed and demonstrated to enable the accumulation of much larger ion populations and their injection for IM separations...
October 7, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Nairhita Samanta, Rajarshi Chakrabarti
We use molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the tracer diffusion in a sea of polymers with specific binding zones for the tracer. These binding zones act as traps. Our simulations show that the tracer can undergo normal yet non-Gaussian diffusion under certain circumstances, e.g., when the polymers with traps are frozen in space and the volume fraction and the binding strength of the traps are moderate. In this case, as the tracer moves, it experiences a heterogeneous environment and exhibits confined continuous time random walk (CTRW) like motion resulting in a non-Gaussian behavior...
September 28, 2016: Soft Matter
Quan Li, Longqing Cong, Ranjan Singh, Ningning Xu, Wei Cao, Xueqian Zhang, Zhen Tian, Liangliang Du, Jiaguang Han, Weili Zhang
Recent advances in graphene photonics reveal promising applications in the technologically important terahertz spectrum, where graphene-based active terahertz metamaterial modulators have been experimentally demonstrated. However, the sensitivity of the atomically thin graphene monolayer towards sharp Fano resonant terahertz metasurfaces remains unexplored. Here, we demonstrate thin-film sensing of the graphene monolayer with a high quality factor terahertz Fano resonance in metasurfaces consisting of a two-dimensional array of asymmetric resonators...
October 6, 2016: Nanoscale
Kaiyu Fu, Donghoon Han, Chaoxiong Ma, Paul W Bohn
Electrochemical reactions at nanoscale structures possess unique characteristics, e.g. fast mass transport, high signal-to-noise ratio at low concentration, and insignificant ohmic losses even at low electrolyte concentrations. These properties motivate the fabrication of high density, laterally ordered arrays of nanopores, embedding vertically stacked metal-insulator-metal electrode structures and exhibiting precisely controlled pore size and interpore spacing for use in redox cycling. These nanoscale recessed ring-disk electrode (RRDE) arrays exhibit current amplification factors, AFRC, as large as 55-fold with Ru(NH3)6(2/3+), indicative of capture efficiencies at the top and bottom electrodes, Φt,b, exceeding 99%...
September 22, 2016: Faraday Discussions
Tao Li, Weikang Wu, Hui Li
Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are performed to investigate the coalescence of the liquid Al and Pb drops in the graphene (G) walls and pillared-graphene (PG) walls. The confining walls can affect the coalescence dynamics of two adjacent films by restricting the movement of one of the metal drops; however, the coalescence behavior is different in the G-walls and the PG-walls. Two un-contacted films can still merge into one bigger drop because of the restricting effect of the walls, in which the movement of the Pb drop plays a predominant role...
October 5, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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