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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812881/predicting-microbial-fuel-cell-biofilm-communities-and-bioreactor-performance-using-artificial-neural-networks
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Keaton Larson Lesnik, Hong Liu
The complex interactions that occur in mixed-species bioelectrochemical reactors, like microbial fuel cells (MFCs), make accurate predictions of performance outcomes under untested conditions difficult. While direct correlations between any individual waste stream characteristic or microbial community structure and reactor performance have not been able to be directly established, the increase in sequencing data and readily available computational power enables the development of alternate approaches. In the current study, 33 MFCs were evaluated under a range of conditions including 8 separate substrates and 3 different wastewaters...
August 16, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811160/high-efficiency-removal-of-lead-from-wastewater-by-biochar-derived-from-anaerobic-digestion-sludge
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Shih-Hsin Ho, Yi-di Chen, Zhong-Kai Yang, Dillirani Nagarajan, Jo-Shu Chang, Nan-Qi Ren
The properties of biochar derived from waste activated sludge and anaerobic digestion sludge under pyrolysis temperature varying from 400°C to 800°C were investigated. The heavy metals adsorption efficiency of the sludge-derived biochar was also examined. Among the biochar samples tested, ADSBC600 possessing highly porous structure, special surface chemical behaviors and high thermal stability was found to remove Pb(2+) from aqueous solutions efficiently with an adsorption capacity of 51.20mg/g. The Pb(2+) adsorption kinetics and isotherm for ADSBC600 can be described using the pseudo second-order model and Langmuir isotherm, respectively...
August 7, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811147/neutralization-of-cement-asbestos-waste-by-melting-in-an-arc-resistance-furnace
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Jerzy Witek, Robert Kusiorowski
The paper presents the results of research on asbestos waste disposal by the melting process. The tests were carried out in a laboratory arc-resistance electric furnace. The obtained results showed that the fibrous structure of asbestos contained in cement-asbestos waste was completely destroyed. This led to the formation of new mineral phases without dangerous properties. The melting test was conducted on raw cement-asbestos samples without any additives and with a content of mineral compounds, the aim of which was to support the melting process...
August 12, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811144/microwave-induced-plasma-for-solid-fuels-and-waste-processing-a-review-on-affecting-factors-and-performance-criteria
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Guan Sem Ho, Hasan Mohd Faizal, Farid Nasir Ani
High temperature thermal plasma has a major drawback which consumes high energy. Therefore, non-thermal plasma which uses comparatively lower energy, for instance, microwave plasma is more attractive to be applied in gasification process. Microwave-induced plasma gasification also carries the advantages in terms of simplicity, compactness, lightweight, uniform heating and the ability to operate under atmospheric pressure that gains attention from researchers. The present paper synthesizes the current knowledge available for microwave plasma gasification on solid fuels and waste, specifically on affecting parameters and their performance...
August 12, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810220/effectiveness-of-piggery-waste-treatment-using-microbial-fuel-cells-coupled-with-elutriated-phased-acid-fermentation
#5
K Chandrasekhar, Young-Ho Ahn
The present study evaluates the feasibility of increased power generation in microbial fuel cells (MFCs) coupled with acid elutriation fermentation. Raw piggery waste (RPW) and acid elutriation effluents (AEE) of piggery waste were used to generate bioelectricity in single-chambered air-cathode MFCs. RPW-fed MFCs exhibited stable performance after 12-days of operation, generating 540mV of open circuit voltage (OCV). RPW fed-MFCs displayed peak potential and maximal power density (PDmax) of 0.364V and 192mW/m(2) with 980Ω external resistance (Rext), respectively...
August 7, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810217/porous-cellulose-as-promoter-of-oil-production-by-the-oleaginous-yeast-lipomyces-starkeyi-using-mixed-agroindustrial-wastes
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Vassilios Ganatsios, Athanasios A Koutinas, Argyro Bekatorou, Vassilios Panagopoulos, Ibrahim M Banat, Antonia Terpou, Nikolaos Kopsahelis
Enhanced single cell oil (SCO) production by the oleaginous yeast Lipomyces starkeyi DSM 70296, immobilised on delignified porous cellulose, is reported. Pure glucose media were initially used. The effects of substrate pH and treatment temperature were evaluated, showing that 30°C and pH 5.0 were the optimum conditions for SCO production by the immobilised yeast. The immobilisation technique led to increased lipid accumulation and cell growth by 44% and 8%, respectively, in the glucose media, compared to free cells in suspension...
July 29, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810215/continuous-operation-of-thermophilic-food-waste-digestion-with-side-stream-ammonia-stripping
#7
Wei Zhang, Sonia Heaven, Charles J Banks
Digesters fed on food waste (high nitrogen content) were operated successfully over an extended period using sidestream biogas stripping to control total ammonia nitrogen (TAN) below inhibitory concentrations. This is the first time biogas stripping has been used to achieve stable thermophilic operation with undiluted substrate of this type. Stripping columns operated batch-wise treated the equivalent of 1.7-4.1% of digester contents daily at pH >10 and 70°C, with no detrimental effect on digestion. TKN removal was 54%, with potential to recover 3...
August 3, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810214/evaluation-of-chemical-thermobaric-and-thermochemical-pre-treatment-on-anaerobic-digestion-of-high-fat-cattle-slaughterhouse-waste
#8
Peter W Harris, Thomas Schmidt, Bernadette K McCabe
This work aimed to enhance the anaerobic digestion of fat-rich dissolved air flotation (DAF) sludge through chemical, thermobaric, and thermochemical pre-treatment methods. Soluble chemical oxygen demand was enhanced from 16.3% in the control to 20.84% (thermobaric), 40.82% (chemical), and 50.7% (thermochemical). Pre-treatment altered volatile fatty acid concentration by -64% (thermobaric), 127% (chemical) and 228% (thermochemical). Early inhibition was reduced by 20% in the thermochemical group, and 100% in the thermobaric group...
August 3, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810152/driving-forces-and-impacts-of-food-system-nitrogen-flows-in-china-1990-to-2012
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Bing Gao, Yunfeng Huang, Wei Huang, Yalan Shi, Xuemei Bai, Shenghui Cui
Food nitrogen (N), which includes animal-food (AN) and plant-food N (PN), has been driven by population growth (PG), dietary changes associated with income growth (DC) and rural-urban migration (M) over the past three decades, and these changes combined with their N cost, have caused some effect on N use in China's food system. Although there is an increasing literature on food N and its environmental impacts in China, the relative magnitude of these driving forces are not well understood. Here we first quantify the differences in per capita AN and PN consumption in urban and rural areas and their impacts on N input to the food system during 1990-2012, and then quantify the relative contributions of DC, PG and M in the overall N change during this period...
August 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809593/water-sanitation-and-hygiene-in-jordan-s-healthcare-facilities
#10
Yousef Saleh Khader
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to determine water availability, sanitation and hygiene (WSH) services, and healthcare waste management in Jordan healthcare facilities. Design/methodology/approach In total, 19 hospitals (15 public and four private) were selected. The WSH services were assessed in hospitals using the WSH in health facilities assessment tool developed for this purpose. Findings All hospitals (100 percent) had a safe water source and most (84.2 percent) had functional water sources to provide enough water for users' needs...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809518/mir-542-promotes-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-smad-activity-and-is-raised-in-icu-acquired-weakness
#11
Roser Farre Garros, Richard Paul, Martin Connolly, Amy Lewis, Benjamin E Garfield, S Amanda Natanek, Susannah Bloch, Vincent Mouly, Mark J Griffiths, Michael I Polkey, Paul R Kemp
RATIONALE: Loss of skeletal muscle mass and function is a common consequence of critical illness and a range of chronic diseases but the mechanisms by which this occurs are unclear. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to identify miRNAs that were increased in the quadriceps of patients with muscle wasting and to determine the molecular pathways by which they contributed to muscle dysfunction. METHODS: miR-542-3p/-5p were quantified in the quadriceps of patients with COPD and intensive care unit acquired weakness (ICUAW)...
August 15, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809422/light-harvesting-synthetic-nano-and-micromotors-a-review
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REVIEW
Hamed Eskandarloo, Arkaye Kierulf, Alireza Abbaspourrad
Nano- and micromotors are machines that can be made to perform specialized tasks as they propel themselves in response to certain stimuli. While the design of these self-propelling nano- and micromotors remains challenging, they have nevertheless attracted considerable research due to their many promising applications. Most self-propelled nano- and micromotors are based on the conversion of chemical energy into mechanical movement. Recently, however, the development of motors that can be propelled by light as an external stimulus has received much attention...
August 15, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808870/chest-circumference-and-birth-weight-are-good-predictors-of-lung-function-in-preschool-children-from-an-e-waste-recycling-area
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Xiang Zeng, Xijin Xu, Yuling Zhang, Weiqiu Li, Xia Huo
The purpose of this study was to investigate the associations between birth weight, chest circumference, and lung function in preschool children from e-waste exposure area. A total of 206 preschool children from Guiyu (an e-waste recycling area) and Haojiang and Xiashan (the reference areas) in China were recruited and required to undergo physical examination, blood tests, and lung function tests during the study period. Birth outcome such as birth weight and birth height were obtained by questionnaire. Children living in the e-waste-exposed area have a lower birth weight, chest circumference, height, and lung function when compare to their peers from the reference areas (all p value <0...
August 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808853/physicochemical-and-adsorptive-characteristics-of-activated-carbons-from-waste-polyester-textiles-utilizing-mgo-template-method
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Zhihua Xu, Daofang Zhang, Zhihang Yuan, Weifang Chen, Tianqi Zhang, Danqi Tian, Haixuan Deng
Activated carbons with high specific surface areas were produced, utilizing waste polyester textiles as carbon precursor by magnesium oxide (MgO) template method. Magnesium chloride (MgCl2), magnesium citrate (MgCi), and MgO were employed as MgO precursors to prepare activated carbons (AC-MgCl2, AC-MgCi, and AC-MgO). Thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry was conducted to investigate the pore-forming mechanism, and N2 adsorption/desorption isotherms, XRD, SEM-EDS, TEM, FTIR and pHpzc were achieved to analyze physicochemical characteristics of the samples...
August 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808365/intra-and-inter-observer-reliability-of-quadriceps-muscle-thickness-measured-with-bedside-ultrasonography-by-critical-care-physicians
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Vijay Hadda, Gopi C Khilnani, Rohit Kumar, Ashesh Dhunguna, Saurabh Mittal, Maroof Ahmad Khan, Karan Madan, Anant Mohan, Randeep Guleria
BACKGROUND: Muscle wasting is common among critically ill patients with sepsis and has a significant effect on clinical outcome. However, appropriate tool for measurement of muscle loss is debatable. Ultrasonography (USG) has been used for objective assessment of quadriceps muscle thickness among these patients; however, there is limited data on its reliability. AIMS AND OBJECTIVE: This study was aimed to assess the reliability of quadriceps muscle thickness as measured by critical care physicians...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808287/rare-earth-extraction-from-ndfeb-magnet-using-a-closed-loop-acid-process
#16
Jiro Kitagawa, Ryohei Uemura
There is considerable interest in extraction of rare earth elements from NdFeB magnets to enable recycling of these elements. In practical extraction methods using wet processes, the acid waste solution discharge is a problem that must be resolved to reduce the environmental impact of the process. Here, we present an encouraging demonstration of rare earth element extraction from a NdFeB magnet using a closed-loop hydrochloric acid (HCl)-based process. The extraction method is based on corrosion of the magnet in a pretreatment stage and a subsequent ionic liquid technique for Fe extraction from the HCl solution...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808244/the-n-p-k-soil-nutrient-balance-of-portuguese-cropland-in-the-1950s-the-transition-from-organic-to-chemical-fertilization
#17
Miguel Carmo, Roberto García-Ruiz, Maria Isabel Ferreira, Tiago Domingos
Agricultural nutrient balances have been receiving increasing attention in both historical and nutrient management research. The main objectives of this study were to further develop balance methodologies and to carry out a comprehensive assessment of the functioning and nutrient cycling of 1950s agroecosystems in Portugal. Additionally, the main implications for the history of agriculture in Portugal were discussed from the standpoint of soil fertility. We used a mass balance approach that comprises virtually all nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) inputs and outputs from cropland topsoil for average conditions in the period 1951-56...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807638/food-waste-in-the-national-school-lunch-program-1978-2015-a-systematic-review
#18
Carmen Byker Shanks, Jinan Banna, Elena L Serrano
BACKGROUND: Food waste studies have been used for more than 40 years to assess nutrient intake, dietary quality, menu performance, food acceptability, cost, and effectiveness of nutrition education in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). OBJECTIVE: Describe methods used to measure food waste and respective results in the NSLP across time. METHODS: A systematic review using PubMed, Science Direct, Informaworld, and Institute of Scientific Information Web of Knowledge was conducted using the following search terms: waste, school lunch, plate waste, food waste, kitchen, half method, quarter method, weight, and photography...
August 11, 2017: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807555/improving-biogas-production-from-anaerobic-co-digestion-of-sewage-sludge-with-a-thermal-dried-mixture-of-food-waste-cheese-whey-and-olive-mill-wastewater
#19
A E Maragkaki, I Vasileiadis, M Fountoulakis, A Kyriakou, K Lasaridi, T Manios
Anaerobic co-digestion of sewage sludge and other organic wastes at a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) is a promising method for both energy and material recovery. However, transportation and storage of wastes to WWTP may be the bottleneck for the successful implementation of this technology. In case of wet wastes and wastewater it is possible to reduce their volume and as a result the transportation and storage cost by using a drying process. During this study, the optimization of biogas production from sewage sludge (SS) was attempted by co-digesting with a dried mixture of food waste, cheese whey and olive mill wastewater (FCO)...
August 11, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807463/clinical-analysis-of-matrixmandible-preformed-reconstruction-plate-design
#20
Fabian Duttenhoefer, Florian Andreas Probst, Kirstin Vach, Carl-Peter Cornelius, Martin Zens, Rainer Schmelzeisen, Marc Christian Metzger
MatrixMANDIBLE Preformed Reconstruction Plates (MMPRPs) were developed to overcome laborious bending procedures of conventional reconstruction plates. The design comprises three sizes with a nonbendable centerpiece and two bendable sections (proximal and distal). According to the surgical protocol unnecessary parts are trimmed after the last used screw hole. In the present retrospective study postoperative radiographs from 130 patients (average age 63 years) that received treatment with MMPRPs were assessed...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
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