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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441768/probabilistic-fatigue-life-updating-for-railway-bridges-based-on-local-inspection-and-repair
#1
Young-Joo Lee, Robin E Kim, Wonho Suh, Kiwon Park
Railway bridges are exposed to repeated train loads, which may cause fatigue failure. As critical links in a transportation network, railway bridges are expected to survive for a target period of time, but sometimes they fail earlier than expected. To guarantee the target bridge life, bridge maintenance activities such as local inspection and repair should be undertaken properly. However, this is a challenging task because there are various sources of uncertainty associated with aging bridges, train loads, environmental conditions, and maintenance work...
April 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441764/altered-adipogenesis-in-zebrafish-larvae-following-high-fat-diet-and-chemical-exposure-is-visualised-by-stimulated-raman-scattering-microscopy
#2
Marjo J den Broeder, Miriam J B Moester, Jorke H Kamstra, Peter H Cenijn, Valentina Davidoiu, Leonie M Kamminga, Freek Ariese, Johannes F de Boer, Juliette Legler
Early life stage exposure to environmental chemicals may play a role in obesity by altering adipogenesis; however, robust in vivo methods to quantify these effects are lacking. The goal of this study was to analyze the effects of developmental exposure to chemicals on adipogenesis in the zebrafish (Danio rerio). We used label-free Stimulated Raman Scattering (SRS) microscopy for the first time to image zebrafish adipogenesis at 15 days post fertilization (dpf) and compared standard feed conditions (StF) to a high fat diet (HFD) or high glucose diet (HGD)...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441751/implementation-issues-of-adaptive-energy-detection-in-heterogeneous-wireless-networks
#3
Iker Sobron, Iñaki Eizmendi, Wallace A Martins, Paulo S R Diniz, Juan Luis Ordiales, Manuel Velez
Spectrum sensing (SS) enables the coexistence of non-coordinated heterogeneous wireless systems operating in the same band. Due to its computational simplicity, energy detection (ED) technique has been widespread employed in SS applications; nonetheless, the conventional ED may be unreliable under environmental impairments, justifying the use of ED-based variants. Assessing ED algorithms from theoretical and simulation viewpoints relies on several assumptions and simplifications which, eventually, lead to conclusions that do not necessarily meet the requirements imposed by real propagation environments...
April 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441744/production-of-laccase-by-a-new-myrothecium-verrucaria-md-r-16-isolated-from-pigeon-pea-cajanus-cajan-l-millsp-and-its-application-on-dye-decolorization
#4
Jiao Sun, Na Guo, Li-Li Niu, Qing-Fang Wang, Yu-Ping Zang, Yuan-Gang Zu, Yu-Jie Fu
The present study was conducted to screen a laccase-producing fungal endophyte, optimize fermentation conditions, and evaluate the decolorization ability of the laccase. A new fungal endophyte capable of laccase-producing was firstly isolated from pigeon pea and identified as Myrothecium verrucaria based on a ITS-rRNA sequences analysis. Meanwhile, various fermentation parameters on the laccase production were optimized via response surface methodology (RSM). The optimal fermentation conditions were a fermentation time of five days, temperature 30 °C and pH 6...
April 23, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441624/various-soil-amendments-and-environmental-wastes-affect-the-im-mobilization-and-phytoavailability-of-potentially-toxic-elements-in-a-sewage-effluent-irrigated-sandy-soil
#5
Sabry M Shaheen, Mohamed S Shams, Mohamed R Khalifa, Mohamed A El-Dali, Jörg Rinklebe
Contamination of long-term sewage effluent irrigated soils by potentially toxic elements (PTEs) is a serious concern due to its high environmental and health risk. Our scientific hypothesis is that soil amendments can cause contradictory effects on the element mobilization and phytoavailability depending on the type of element and amendment. Therefore, we aimed to assess the impact of the application (1%) of several low cost amendments and environmental wastes on the (im)mobilization, availability, and uptake of Al, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, and Zn by sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) in a long term sewage effluent irrigated sandy soils collected from Egypt...
April 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441612/mass-loading-and-removal-of-benzotriazoles-benzothiazoles-benzophenones-and-bisphenols-in-indian-sewage-treatment-plants
#6
Rajendiran Karthikraj, Kurunthachalam Kannan
Little is known about the occurrence of emerging environmental contaminants, such as benzotriazoles (BTRs), benzothiazoles (BTHs), benzophenones (BzPs), and bisphenol analogues (BPs) in India. In this study, we determined the occurrence and removal of BTRs, BTHs, BzPs, and BPs in five Indian sewage treatment plants (STPs). The respective measured mean concentrations (N = 5) in influents and effluents were 370 and 57.4 ng L(-1) for BTRs, 50800 and 20200 ng L(-1) for BTHs, 351 and 163 ng L(-1) for BzPs, and 98...
April 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441608/phylogenetic-signals-in-detoxification-pathways-in-cyprinid-and-centrarchid-species-in-relation-to-sensitivity-to-environmental-pollutants
#7
Peter van den Hurk, Lindsay E Gerzel, Peter Calomiris, Dennis C Haney
Observations in a previous study on biomarker responses in fish collected from urban creeks in Greenville, SC, indicated that there might be considerable differences in the expression of biotransformation enzymes in chub and sunfish species. To further investigate these species differences a dosing experiment was performed in which bluehead and creek chub (Nocomis leptocephalus and Semotilus atromaculatus), and redbreast sunfish, pumpkinseed, and bluegill (Lepomis auritus, L. gibbosus, and L. macrochirus) were injected with benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) as a model compound for common pollutants in urban creeks...
April 13, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441607/toxicity-assessment-of-zno-decorated-au-nanoparticles-in-the-mediterranean-clam-ruditapes-decussatus
#8
Badreddine Sellami, Amine Mezni, Abdelhafidh Khazri, Imen Bouzidi, Wiem Saidani, David Sheehan, Hamouda Beyrem
The synthesis of hybrid nanomaterials has greatly increased in recent years due to their special physical and chemical properties. However, information regarding the environmental toxicity associated with these chemicals is limited, in particular in the aquatic environment. In the present study, an experiment was performed in which the marine bivalve (Ruditapes decussatus) was exposed for 14days to 2 concentrations of zinc oxide-decorated Au nanoparticles (Au-ZnONPs: Au-ZnONP50=50μg/L; Au-ZnONP100=100μg/L)...
April 15, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441593/a-comprehensive-evaluation-of-the-environmental-quality-of-a-coastal-lagoon-ravenna-italy-integrating-chemical-and-physiological-analyses-in-mussels-as-a-biomonitoring-strategy
#9
Marco Capolupo, Silvia Franzellitti, Alisar Kiwan, Paola Valbonesi, Enrico Dinelli, Emanuela Pignotti, Manfred Birke, Elena Fabbri
This study aimed at evaluating the environmental quality of a coastal lagoon (Pialassa Piomboni, NW-Adriatic, Italy) by combining analyses of biomarkers of environmental stress and bioaccumulation of contaminants in marine mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) transplanted for 28days to six selected sites. Assessed biomarkers encompassed lysosomal endpoints, oxidative stress and detoxification parameters, specific responses to metals, neuro- and genotoxic substances; chemical analyses focused on PAHs, metals, pesticide and pharmaceuticals...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441576/fate-and-redistribution-of-perfluoroalkyl-acids-through-afff-impacted-groundwater
#10
Jennifer Bräunig, Christine Baduel, Amy Heffernan, Anna Rotander, Eric Donaldson, Jochen F Mueller
Leaching of perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) from a local point source, a fire-fighting training area, has led to extensive contamination of a groundwater aquifer which has spread underneath part of a nearby town, Oakey, situated in the State of Queensland, Australia. Groundwater is extracted by residents from privately owned wells for daily activities such as watering livestock and garden beds. The concentration of 10 PFAAs in environmental and biological samples (water, soil, grass, chicken egg yolk, serum of horses, cattle and sheep), as well as human serum was investigated to determine the extent of contamination in the town and discuss fate and redistribution of PFAAs...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441574/surface-sediment-quality-relative-to-port-activities-a-contaminant-spectrum-assessment
#11
Shen Yu, Bing Hong, Jun Ma, Yongshan Chen, Xiuping Xi, Jingbo Gao, Xiuqin Hu, Xiangrong Xu, Yuxin Sun
Ports are facing increasing environmental concerns with their importance to the global economy. Numerous studies indicated sediment quality deterioration in ports; however, the deterioration is not discriminated for each port activity. This study investigated a spectrum of contaminants (metals and organic pollutants) in surface sediments at 20 sampling points in Port Ningbo, China, one of the top five world ports by volume. The spectrum of contaminants (metals and organic pollutants) was quantified following marine sediment quality guidelines of China and USA and surface sediment quality was assessed according to thresholds of the two guidelines...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441547/phthalate-exposure-even-below-us-epa-reference-doses-was-associated-with-semen-quality-and-reproductive-hormones-prospective-marhcs-study-in-general-population
#12
Qing Chen, Huan Yang, Niya Zhou, Lei Sun, Huaqiong Bao, Lu Tan, Hongqiang Chen, Xi Ling, Guowei Zhang, Linping Huang, Lianbing Li, Mingfu Ma, Hao Yang, Xiaogang Wang, Peng Zou, Kaige Peng, Taixiu Liu, Xiefei Shi, Dejian Feng, Ziyuan Zhou, Lin Ao, Zhihong Cui, Jia Cao
BACKGROUND: Environment-Protection-Agency Reference Doses (EPA RfDs) for phthalate intakes are based on limited evidence, especially regarding low-dose male-reproductive toxicity. This study investigates the association between phthalate exposure and semen parameters and reproductive hormones in a general population with low phthalate exposure compared to the EPA RfDs. METHODS: The MARHCS (Male-Reproductive-Health-in-Chongqing-College-Students) cohort recruited 796 male students, who experienced a relocation of campuses and shifting environmental exposure...
April 22, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441534/managing-the-plant-microbiome-for-biocontrol-fungi-examples-from-hypocreales
#13
REVIEW
Ryan M Kepler, Jude E Maul, Stephen A Rehner
Feeding an increasing global population requires continued improvements in agricultural efficiency and productivity. Meeting estimated future production levels requires the adoption of practices that increase output without environmental degradation associated with external inputs to supplement nutrition or control pests. Enriching the community of microbes associated with plants in agricultural systems for those providing ecosystem services such as pest control is one possible component towards achieving sustainable productivity increases...
April 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441504/paradoxical-long-timespan-opening-of-the-hole-in-self-supported-water-films-of-nanometrical-thickness
#14
Zahava Barkay, Edward Bormashenko
Opening of holes in self-supported thin (nano-scaled) water films has been in situ investigated with the environmental scanning electron microscope. Opening of a hole occurs within a two-stage process. At the first stage the rim surrounding a hole is formed, resembling the process which is observed under puncturing of soap bubbles. At the second stage the exponential growth of the hole is observed, with a characteristic time of a dozen of seconds. We explain the exponential kinetics of holes' growth by the balance between inertia (gravity) and viscous dissipation...
April 25, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441488/formaldehyde-hcho-as-a-hazardous-air-pollutant-mapping-surface-air-concentrations-from-satellite-and-inferring-cancer-risks-in-the-united-states
#15
Lei Zhu, Daniel J Jacob, Frank N Keutsch, Loretta J Mickley, Richard D Scheffe, Madeleine Strum, Gonzalo González Abad, Kelly Chance, Kai Yang, Bernhard Rappenglueck, Dylan B Millet, Munkhbayar Baasandorj, Lyatt Jaeglé, Viral Pinakin Shah
Formaldehyde (HCHO) is the most important carcinogen in outdoor air among the 187 hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) identified by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), not including ozone and particulate matter. However, surface observations of HCHO are sparse and the EPA monitoring network could be prone to positive interferences. Here we use 2005-2016 summertime HCHO column data from the OMI satellite instrument, validated with high-quality aircraft data and oversampled on a 5 × 5 km(2) grid, to map surface air HCHO concentrations across the contiguous US...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441466/biomonitoring-of-marine-vertebrates-in-monterey-bay-using-edna-metabarcoding
#16
Elizabeth A Andruszkiewicz, Hilary A Starks, Francisco P Chavez, Lauren M Sassoubre, Barbara A Block, Alexandria B Boehm
Molecular analysis of environmental DNA (eDNA) can be used to assess vertebrate biodiversity in aquatic systems, but limited work has applied eDNA technologies to marine waters. Further, there is limited understanding of the spatial distribution of vertebrate eDNA in marine waters. Here, we use an eDNA metabarcoding approach to target and amplify a hypervariable region of the mitochondrial 12S rRNA gene to characterize vertebrate communities at 10 oceanographic stations spanning 45 km within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441444/contexts-of-occurrence-of-child-malnutrition-in-the-district-of-villaguay-entre-r%C3%A3-os-argentina-a-multivariate-analysis
#17
María Laura Bergel Sanchís, María Florencia Cesani, Evelia Edith Oyhenart
The analysis of nutritional status is anthropologically important to address the complex interaction of biological, social, political, economic and cultural factors. To deepen the knowledge about contexts of occurrence of child malnutrition, we analyzed nutritional status in relation to socio-environmental conditions of residence in children between three and six years from Villaguay, Entre Ríos, Argentina. We performed a cross-sectional study of 1,435 school children of both sexes. Body weight and height were measured and prevalence of low height/age (LH/A), low weight/age (LW/A), low BMI/age (LBMI/A), overweight (Ow) and obesity (Ob) was calculated using World Health Organization reference charts...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441436/environmental-dna-assays-for-the-sister-taxa-sauger-sander-canadensis-and-walleye-sander-vitreus
#18
Joseph C Dysthe, Kellie J Carim, Michael Ruggles, Kevin S McKelvey, Michael K Young, Michael K Schwartz
Sauger (Sander canadensis) and walleye (S. vitreus) are percid fishes that naturally co-occur throughout much of the eastern United States. The native range of sauger extends into the upper Missouri River drainage where walleye did not historically occur, but have been stocked as a sport fish. Sauger populations have been declining due to habitat loss, fragmentation, and competition with non-native species, such as walleye. To effectively manage sauger populations, it is necessary to identify areas where sauger occur, and particularly where they co-occur with walleye...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441416/ethanol-itself-is-a-holoprosencephaly-inducing-teratogen
#19
Mingi Hong, Robert S Krauss
Ethanol is a teratogen, inducing a variety of structural defects in developing humans and animals that are exposed in utero. Mechanisms of ethanol teratogenicity in specific defects are not well understood. Oxidative metabolism of ethanol by alcohol dehydrogenase or cytochrome P450 2E1 has been implicated in some of ethanol's teratogenic effects, either via production of acetaldehyde or competitive inhibition of retinoic acid synthesis. Generalized oxidative stress in response to ethanol may also play a role in its teratogenicity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441412/the-role-of-climate-and-environmental-variables-in-structuring-bird-assemblages-in-the-seasonally-dry-tropical-forests-sdtfs
#20
Gabriela Silva Ribeiro Gonçalves, Pablo Vieira Cerqueira, Leandro Schlemmer Brasil, Marcos Pérsio Dantas Santos
Understanding the processes that influence species diversity is still a challenge in ecological studies. However, there are two main theories to discuss this topic, the niche theory and the neutral theory. Our objective was to understand the importance of environmental and spatial processes in structuring bird communities within the hydrological seasons in dry forest areas in northeastern Brazil. The study was conducted in two National Parks, the Serra da Capivara and Serra das Confusões National Parks, where 36 areas were sampled in different seasons (dry, dry/rainy transition, rainy, rainy/dry transition), in 2012 and 2013...
2017: PloS One
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