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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448918/erosion-of-the-alberta-badlands-produces-highly-variable-and-elevated-heavy-metal-concentrations-in-the-red-deer-river-alberta
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Jason G Kerr, Colin A Cooke
Erosion is important in the transport of heavy metals from terrestrial to fluvial environments. In this study, we investigated riverine heavy metal (Cd, Cu, Hg and Pb) dynamics in the Red Deer River (RDR) watershed at sites upstream (n=2) and downstream (n=7) of the Alberta badlands, an area of naturally high erosion. At sites draining the badlands, total water column Cd, Cu, Hg and Pb concentrations frequently exceeded guidelines for the protection of freshwater biota. Furthermore, peak concentrations of total Cd (9...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448589/morpho-physiological-analysis-of-tolerance-to-aluminum-toxicity-in-rice-varieties-of-north-east-india
#2
Jay Prakash Awasthi, Bedabrata Saha, Preetom Regon, Smita Sahoo, Umakanta Chowra, Amit Pradhan, Anupam Roy, Sanjib Kumar Panda
Aluminum (Al) is the third most abundant metal in earth crust, whose chemical form is mainly dependent on soil pH. The most toxic form of Al with respect to plants is Al3+, which exists in soil pH <5. Acidic soil significantly limits crop production mainly due to Al3+ toxicity worldwide, impacting approximately 50% of the world's arable land (in North-Eastern India 80% soil are acidic). Al3+ toxicity in plants ensues root growth inhibition leading to less nutrient and water uptake impacting crop productivity as a whole...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448007/a-novel-biaxial-testing-apparatus-for-the-determination-of-forming-limit-under-hot-stamping-conditions
#3
Zhutao Shao, Nan Li
The hot stamping and cold die quenching process is increasingly used to form complex shaped structural components of sheet metals. Conventional experimental approaches, such as out-of-plane and in-plane tests, are not applicable to the determination of forming limits when heating and rapid cooling processes are introduced prior to forming for tests conducted under hot stamping conditions. A novel in-plane biaxial testing system was designed and used for the determination of forming limits of sheet metals at various strain paths, temperatures, and strain rates after heating and cooling processes in a resistance heating uniaxial testing machine...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447189/potentiometric-determination-of-fluoride-concentration-in-beers
#4
Juan Ramón Jaudenes, Arturo Hardisson, Soraya Paz, Carmen Rubio, Angel José Gutiérrez, Antonio Burgos, Consuelo Revert
Beer is a widely consumed drink throughout the world, and because its manufacture involves the use of water, beer can be, in some cases, a source of fluorides. For this reason, the objective of this study was to determine the concentration of fluorides in 50 samples of beers from different sources sold in two different types of container (aluminum can and glass bottle). The possible significant differences between the different types of packaging and the intake of fluoride from the consumption of these beers were evaluated...
April 26, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446794/up-scalable-full-colour-plasmonic-pixels-with-controllable-hue-brightness-and-saturation
#5
Renilkumar Mudachathi, Takuo Tanaka
It has long been the interests of scientists to develop ink free colour printing technique using nano structured materials inspired by brilliant colours found in many creatures like butterflies and peacocks. Recently isolated metal nano structures exhibiting preferential light absorption and scattering have been explored as a promising candidate for this emerging field. Applying such structures in practical use, however, demands the production of individual colours with distinct reflective peaks, tunable across the visible wavelength region combined with controllable colour attributes and economically feasible fabrication...
April 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445635/synthesis-and-enhanced-corrosion-protection-performance-of-reduced-graphene-oxide-nanosheet-znal-layered-double-hydroxides-composite-film-by-hydrothermal-continuous-flow-method
#6
Xiaohu Luo, Song Yuan, Xinyu Pan, Caixia Zhang, Shuo Du, Yali Liu
Effective prevention of the water, oxygen, and chloride ions held in the hydrotalcite interlayer from diffusing through the layered double hydroxides ( LDH ) layer is crucial importance for its further practical application in the corrosion protection. In this study, a hybrid reduced graphene oxide ( RGO ) nanosheet /Zn2+/Al3+ layered double hydroxides ( RGO/ZnAl-LDH ) composite film with an excellent corrosion protection property on the 6N01 aluminum alloy surface was synthesized by a newly and facile hydrothermal continuous flow method,which can enable direct growth on the substrate...
April 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444217/direct-and-indirect-effects-of-pesticides-on-the-insidious-flower-bug-hemiptera-anthocoridae-under-laboratory-conditions
#7
Nathan J Herrick, Raymond A Cloyd
Greenhouse producers are interested in integrating natural enemies along with pesticides to suppress western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande), populations. The insidious flower bug, Orius insidiosus (Say), is a commercially available natural enemy of western flower thrips. We conducted a series of laboratory experiments to determine the direct and indirect effects of 28 pesticides (insecticides, miticides, and fungicides), 4 pesticide mixtures, and 4 surfactants (36 total treatments plus a water control) on the adult O...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440903/triple-doped-monolayer-graphene-with-boron-nitrogen-aluminum-silicon-phosphorus-and-sulfur
#8
Pablo Andres Denis, Saif Ullah, Fernando Sato
We have investigated the structure, stability, electronic properties and chemical reactivity of X/B/N triple doped graphene systems, X= Al, Si, P and S, by means of density functional periodic calculations. For the triple doped graphene (TDG) systems studied the dopants prefer to be bonded instead of separated. In general, the XNB pattern is preferred, with the exception of sulfur which favors the SBN motif. The introduction of a third dopant results in a negligible decrease of the cohesive energies with respect to their dual doped graphene (DDG) counterparts...
April 25, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440823/quantitative-nmr-of-quadrupolar-nucleus-as-a-novel-analytical-method-hydrolysis-behaviour-analysis-of-aluminum-ion
#9
Hideshi Maki, Genki Sakata, Minoru Mizuhata
In this study, quantitative nuclear magnetic resonance (qNMR) spectroscopy of quadrupolar nuclei has been established. The complicated hydrolysis behavior of the Al(3+) ion, which causes fish poisoning and inhibits the growth of plants in environmental water, was clarified by (27)Al qNMR spectroscopy. Highly accurate simultaneous multicomponent quantitative analysis of various hydrolyzed forms of the Al ion was achieved in a non-destructive manner. The calibration curve of the external standard aqueous Al(NO3)3 solution showed excellent linearity over a very wide concentration range from 1 × 10(-4) to 1 mol L(-1) (an increase in concentration of 10 000 times), with a simple experimental and analytical procedure...
April 25, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439024/nip1-2-is-a-plasma-membrane-localized-transporter-mediating-aluminum-uptake-translocation-and-tolerance-in-arabidopsis
#10
Yuqi Wang, Ruihong Li, Demou Li, Xiaomin Jia, Dangwei Zhou, Jianyong Li, Sangbom M Lyi, Siyu Hou, Yulan Huang, Leon V Kochian, Jiping Liu
Members of the aquaporin (AQP) family have been suggested to transport aluminum (Al) in plants; however, the Al form transported by AQPs and the roles of AQPs in Al tolerance remain elusive. Here we report that NIP1;2, a plasma membrane-localized member of the Arabidopsis nodulin 26-like intrinsic protein (NIP) subfamily of the AQP family, facilitates Al-malate transport from the root cell wall into the root symplasm, with subsequent Al xylem loading and root-to-shoot translocation, which are critical steps in an internal Al tolerance mechanism in Arabidopsis We found that NIP1;2 transcripts are expressed mainly in the root tips, and that this expression is enhanced by Al but not by other metal stresses...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438825/beyond-use-dating-of-lidocaine-alone-and-in-two-magic-mouthwash-preparations
#11
Loren Madden Kirk, Stacy D Brown, Yao Luu, Amanda Ogle, Jessica Huffman, Paul O Lewis
PURPOSE: Beyond-use dating (BUD) of lidocaine alone and in two "magic mouthwash" preparations stored in amber oral syringes at room temperature was determined. METHODS: Two formulations of mouthwash containing oral topical lidocaine 2% (viscous), diphenhydramine 2.5 mg/mL, and aluminum hydroxide-magnesium hydroxide-simethicone were prepared in 1:1:1 and 1:2.5:2.5 ratios, divided into 3-mL samples, and stored in unit-dose oral amber syringes. Unit-dose single-product lidocaine samples were also prepared to serve as controls and stored in oral amber syringes...
May 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438010/study-on-crystallographic-orientation-effect-on-surface-generation-of-aluminum-in-nano-cutting
#12
Feifei Xu, Fengzhou Fang, Yuanqing Zhu, Xiaodong Zhang
The material characteristics such as size effect are one of the most important factors that could not be neglected in cutting the material at nanoscale. The effects of anisotropic nature of single crystal materials in nano-cutting are investigated employing the molecular dynamics simulation. Results show that the size effect of the plastic deformation is based on different plastic carriers, such as the twin, stacking faults, and dislocations. The minimum uncut chip thickness is dependent on cutting direction, where even a negative value is obtained when the cutting direction is {110}<001>...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437735/detective-quantum-efficiency-dqe-in-pet-scanners-a-simulation-study
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George E Karpetas, Christos M Michail, George P Fountos, Nektarios I Kalyvas, Ioannis G Valais, Ioannis S Kandarakis, George S Panayiotakis
The aim of the present study is to introduce the detective quantum efficiency (DQE) for the image quality assessment of positron emission tomography (PET) scanners. For this purpose, a thin layer chromatography (TLC) plane source was simulated using a previously validated, scanner and source geometry, Monte Carlo (MC) model. The model was developed with the Geant4 application for tomographic emission (GATE) MC package and reconstructed images obtained with the software for tomographic image reconstruction (STIR), with cluster computing...
April 12, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436858/a-spectral-ct-method-to-directly-estimate-basis-material-maps-from-experimental-photon-counting-data
#14
Taly Schmidt, Rina Barber, Emil Sidky
The proposed spectral CT method solves the constrained one-step spectral CT reconstruction (cOSSCIR) optimization problem to estimate basis material maps while modeling the nonlinear X-ray detection process and enforcing convex constraints on the basis map images. In order to apply the optimization-based reconstruction approach to experimental data, the presented method empirically estimates the effective energy-window spectra using a calibration procedure. The amplitudes of the estimated spectra were further optimized as part of the reconstruction process to reduce ring artifacts...
April 24, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436516/a-non-catalytic-vapor-growth-regime-for-organohalide-perovskite-nanowires-using-anodic-aluminum-oxide-templates
#15
Mohammad Mahdi Tavakoli, Aashir Waleed, Leilei Gu, Daquan Zhang, Rouhollah Tavakoli, Bingbing Lei, Wenjun Su, Fang Fang, Zhiyong Fan
In this work, a novel and facile synthesis process to fabricate single crystalline organometal halide perovskite nanowires has been successfully developed. Nanowires were grown in a high density ordered array from metal nanoclusters inside anodic aluminum oxide templates using a non-catalytic chemical vapor deposition method. Specifically, perovskite NWs were grown as a result of the reaction between methylammonium iodide (MAI) and the Pb/Sn (Pb or Sn) metal in anodic aluminum oxide templates under optimal conditions...
April 24, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436383/influence-of-point-defects-and-impurities-on-the-dynamical-stability-of-delta-plutonium
#16
Boris Dorado, Jordan Bieder, Marc Torrent
We use first-principles calculations to provide direct evidence of the effect of aluminum, gallium, iron, and uranium on the dynamical stability of delta-plutonium. We first show that the delta phase is dynamically unstable at low temperature, as seen in experiments, and that this stability directly depends on the plutonium 5f orbital occupancies. Then, we demonstrate that both aluminum and gallium stabilize the delta phase, contrary to iron. As for uranium, which is created during self-irradiation and whose effect on plutonium has yet to be understood, we show that it leaves a few unstable vibrational modes and that higher concentrations lead to an almost complete stabilization...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433942/synthesis-and-characterization-of-poly-propylene-imine-dendrimer-grafted-gold-nanoparticles-as-nanocarriers-of-doxorubicin
#17
Marzieh Golshan, Mehdi Salami-Kalajahi, Mina Mirshekarpour, Hossein Roghani-Mamaqani, Maryam Mohammadi
The aim of current work is synthesis 4th-generation-poly(propylene imine) (PPI)-dendrimer modified gold nanoparticles (Au-G4A) as nanocarriers for doxorubicin (DOX) and studying in vitro drug release kinetics from nanocarriers into different media. Accordingly, AuNPs were synthesized by reduction of chloroauric acid (HAuCl4) aqueous solution with trisodium citrate and modified with cysteamine to obtain amine-functionalized (Au-NH2) nanoparticles. Au-NH2 nanoparticles were used as multifunctional cores and participated in Michael addition of acrylonitrile and reduction process by lithium aluminum hydride (LAH) to synthesize Au-G4A nanoparticles...
April 13, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432891/modification-of-an-existing-in%C3%A2-vitro-method-to-predict-relative-bioavailable-arsenic-in-soils
#18
Shane Whitacre, Nicholas Basta, Brooke Stevens, Valerie Hanley, Richard Anderson, Kirk Scheckel
The soil matrix can sequester arsenic (As) and reduces its exposure by soil ingestion. In vivo dosing studies and in vitro gastrointestinal (IVG) methods have been used to predict relative bioavailable (RBA) As. Originally, the Ohio State University (OSU-IVG) method predicted RBA As for soils exclusively from mining and smelting sites with a median of 5,636 mg As kg(-1). The objectives of the current study were to (i) evaluate the ability of the OSU-IVG method to predict RBA As for As contaminated soils with a wider range of As content and As contaminant sources, and (ii) evaluate a modified extraction procedure's ability to improve prediction of RBA As...
April 3, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432698/quantitative-evaluation-of-metal-artifacts-using-different-cbct-devices-high-density-materials-and-field-of-views
#19
Marina Codari, Karla de Faria Vasconcelos, Laura Ferreira Pinheiro Nicolielo, Francisco Haiter Neto, Reinhilde Jacobs
OBJECTIVE: To objectively compare the influence of different cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) devices, high-density materials and field of views (FOVs) on metal artifact expression. MATERIAL AND METHODS: For this in vitro study, three customized acrylic resin phantoms containing high-density materials cylinders: titanium, copper-aluminum alloy and amalgam were scanned on three CBCT devices using high-resolution protocols, same voxel size (0.2 mm) and different FOVs...
April 22, 2017: Clinical Oral Implants Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432686/high-level-of-reduced-glutathione-contributes-to-detoxification-of-lipid-peroxide-derived-reactive-carbonyl-species-in-transgenic-arabidopsis-overexpressing-glutathione-reductase-under-aluminum-stress
#20
Lina Yin, Jun'ichi Mano, Kiyoshi Tanaka, Shiwen Wang, Meijuan Zhang, Xiping Deng, Suiqi Zhang
Lipid peroxide-derived reactive carbonyl species (RCS), generated downstream of reactive oxygen species (ROS), are critical damage-inducing species in plant aluminum (Al) toxicity. In mammals, RCS are scavenged primarily by glutathione (GSH), but in plant Al stress, contribution of GSH to RCS detoxification has not been evaluated. In this study, Arabidopsis plants overexpressing the gene AtGR1 (accession code At3g24170), encoding glutathione reductase (GR), were generated, and their performance under Al stress was examined...
April 21, 2017: Physiologia Plantarum
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