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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532091/design-and-fabrication-of-carbon-fibers-with-needle-like-nano-ha-coating-to-reinforce-granular-nano-ha-composites
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Xudong Wang, Xueni Zhao, Li Zhang, Wanying Wang, Jing Zhang, Fuzhen He, Jianjun Yang
Carbon fibers (CFs) with needle-like nano-hydroxyapatite (nHA) coating were first used as reinforcing materials named nHA-CFs to improve the mechanical properties of pure HA. A powder mixture containing nHA-CFs and granular nano-HA (gHA) was directly sintered by hot pressing at appropriate sintering pressure and temperature. A three-phase nHA-CFs/gHA composite was designed, fabricated, and used as an artificial bone. Results show that the bending strengths of the nHA-CFs/gHA composite are approximately 41.1% and 59...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531349/low-temperature-pm-irras-of-a-monolayer-on-au-peculiarities-in-the-spectra-of-c18d37sh
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Milan Mašát, Jin Wen, Zdenek Sofer, Josef Michl
We describe an experimental setup suitable for the measurement of photomodulated IR reflection/absorption spectra of monolayers on a flat gold substrate at temperatures from room to 14 K. Results obtained for a monolayer of C18D37SH on gold are shown and compared with IR spectra of C18D37SH in a KBr pellet at these temperatures. Band widths are reduced by only about 10%, but upon cooling below 100 - 150 K, the frequencies and intensities of νas(CD3) and νas(CD2) bands in the C-D stretching region in both types of spectra undergo dramatic reversible changes of unknown origin...
May 22, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531217/store-operated-ca2-entry-supports-contractile-function-in-hearts-of-hibernators
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Olga V Nakipova, Alexey S Averin, Edward V Evdokimovskii, Oleg Yu Pimenov, Leonid Kosarski, Dmitriy Ignat'ev, Andrey Anufriev, Yuri M Kokoz, Santiago Reyes, Andre Terzic, Alexey E Alekseev
Hibernators have a distinctive ability to adapt to seasonal changes of body temperature in a range between 37°C and near freezing, exhibiting, among other features, a unique reversibility of cardiac contractility. The adaptation of myocardial contractility in hibernation state relies on alterations of excitation contraction coupling, which becomes less-dependent from extracellular Ca2+ entry and is predominantly controlled by Ca2+ release from sarcoplasmic reticulum, replenished by the Ca2+-ATPase (SERCA)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531204/messinian-age-and-savannah-environment-of-the-possible-hominin-graecopithecus-from-europe
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Madelaine Böhme, Nikolai Spassov, Martin Ebner, Denis Geraads, Latinka Hristova, Uwe Kirscher, Sabine Kötter, Ulf Linnemann, Jérôme Prieto, Socrates Roussiakis, George Theodorou, Gregor Uhlig, Michael Winklhofer
Dating fossil hominids and reconstructing their environments is critically important for understanding human evolution. Here we date the potentially oldest hominin, Graecopithecus freybergi from Europe and constrain the environmental conditions under which it thrived. For the Graecopithecus-bearing Pikermi Formation of Attica/Greece, a saline aeolian dust deposit of North African (Sahara) provenance, we obtain an age of 7.37-7.11 Ma, which is coeval with a dramatic cooling in the Mediterranean region at the Tortonian-Messinian transition...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529728/measurements-of-rates-of-cooling-of-a-manikin-insulated-with-different-mountain-rescue-casualty-bags
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Christopher Press, Christopher Duffy, Jonathan Williams, Ben Cooper, Neil Chapman
BACKGROUND: Accidental hypothermia is common in those who sustain injuries in remote environments. This is unpleasant and associated with adverse effects on subsequent patient outcomes. To minimise further heat loss, a range of insulating systems are available to mountain rescue teams although the most effective and cost-efficient have yet to be determined. METHODS: Under ambient, still, dry, air conditions, a thermal manikin was filled with water at a temperature of 42 °C and then placed into a given insulation system...
2017: Extreme Physiology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529171/reproducibility-of-flow-mediated-skin-fluorescence-to-assess-microvascular-function
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Marcin Hellmann, Maria Tarnawska, Maria Dudziak, Karolina Dorniak, Matthieu Roustit, Jean-Luc Cracowski
OBJECTIVE: Recent technical developments enable skin fluorescence to be quantified in vivo in humans. The present study aimed at determining whether flow mediated skin fluorescence was reproducible, sensitive to changes within an individual, and if it could differ between patients with coronary artery disease and healthy volunteers. METHODS: First, forearm flow mediated skin fluorescence recorded during and after brachial artery occlusion was assessed following successive forearm occlusion periods (1, 2, 3 and 5min) and expressed as ischemic and hyperemic responses (as % of baseline)...
May 18, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528893/body-temperature-responses-to-handling-stress-in-wintering-black-capped-chickadees-poecile-atricapillus-l
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Agnès Lewden, Andreas Nord, Magali Petit, François Vézina
Body temperature variation in response to acute stress is typically characterized by peripheral vasoconstriction and a concomitant increase in core body temperature (stress-induced hyperthermia). It is poorly understood how this response differs between species and within individuals of the same species, and how it is affected by the environment. We therefore investigated stress-induced body temperature changes in a non-model species, the Black-capped Chickadee, in two environmental conditions: outdoors in low ambient temperature (mean: -6...
May 18, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528744/locked-in-the-icehouse-evolution-of-an-endemic-epimeria-amphipoda-crustacea-species-flock-on-the-antarctic-shelf
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Marie L Verheye, Thierry Backeljau, Cédric d'Udekem d'Acoz
The Antarctic shelf's marine biodiversity has been greatly influenced by the climatic and glacial history of the region. Extreme temperature changes led to the extinction of some lineages, while others adapted and flourished. The amphipod genus Epimeria is an example of the latter, being particularly diverse in the Antarctic region. By reconstructing a time-calibrated phylogeny based on mitochondrial (COI) and nuclear (28S and H3) markers and including Epimeria species from all oceans, this study provides a temporal and geographical framework for the evolution of Antarctic Epimeria...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528496/artificial-insemination-of-holstein-heifers-with-sex-sorted-semen-during-the-hot-season-in-a-subtropical-region
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Lian-Ben Chang, Chih-Jen Chou, Jia-Shian Shiu, Po-An Tu, Shi-Xuan Gao, Shao-Yu Peng, Shinn-Chih Wu
Our aim was to investigate insemination techniques in order to improve pregnancy rates of artificial insemination (AI) using sex-sorted semen (sexed AI) in cattle in tropical and subtropical (T/ST) regions. In T/ST regions, the pregnancy rates by sexed AI are reportedly the lowest in the hottest months of the year, with less than 15% in cows and 35-40% in heifers (PMID 24048822). We compared sexed AI by depositing the semen into the uterine body (UB-AI, n = 12) versus the unilateral uterine horn (UUH-AI, n = 14) of pre-ovulation heifers...
May 20, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528394/a-novel-dual-wavelength-laser-stimulator-to-elicit-transient-and-tonic-nociceptive-stimulation
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Xiaoxi Dong, Tianjun Liu, Han Wang, Jichun Yang, Zhuying Chen, Yong Hu, Yingxin Li
This study aimed to develop a new laser stimulator to elicit both transient and sustained heat stimulation with a dual-wavelength laser system as a tool for the investigation of both transient and tonic experimental models of pain. The laser stimulator used a 980-nm pulsed laser to generate transient heat stimulation and a 1940-nm continuous-wave (CW) laser to provide sustained heat stimulation. The laser with 980-nm wavelength can elicit transient pain with less thermal injury, while the 1940-nm CW laser can effectively stimulate both superficial and deep nociceptors to elicit tonic pain...
May 20, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528108/matrix-effects-on-the-crystallization-behaviour-of-butter-and-roll-in-shortening-in-laminated-bakery-products
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Kristin D Mattice, Alejandro G Marangoni
Two hydrogenated roll-in shortenings (A & B), one non-hydrogenated roll-in shortening and butter were used to prepare croissants. The impact of the laminated dough matrix on fat crystallization was then investigated using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), pulsed nuclear magnetic resonance (p-NMR) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The fat contained within a croissant matrix has never before been analyzed using these techniques. In each case, XRD revealed that the polymorphism of a roll-in fat will be different when baked within the dough matrix than when simply heated and cooled on its own...
June 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527463/sub-doppler-infrared-spectroscopy-of-ch2oh-radical-in-a-slit-supersonic-jet-vibration-rotation-tunneling-dynamics-in-the-symmetric-ch-stretch-manifold
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Michael D Schuder, Fang Wang, Chih-Hsuan Chang, David J Nesbitt
The sub-Doppler CH-symmetric stretch (ν3) infrared absorption spectrum of a hydroxymethyl (CH2OH) radical is observed and analyzed with the radical formed in a slit-jet supersonic discharge expansion (Trot = 18 K) via Cl atom mediated H atom abstraction from methanol. The high sensitivity of the spectrometer and reduced spectral congestion associated with the cooled expansion enable first infrared spectroscopic observation of hydroxymethyl transitions from both ± symmetry tunneling states resulting from large amplitude COH torsional motion...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527437/ab-initio-study-of-the-neutral-and-anionic-alkali-and-alkaline-earth-hydroxides-electronic-structure-and-prospects-for-sympathetic-cooling-of-oh
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Milaim Kas, Jérôme Loreau, Jacques Liévin, Nathalie Vaeck
We have performed a systematic ab initio study on alkali and alkaline earth hydroxide neutral (MOH) and anionic (MOH(-)) species where M = Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs or Be, Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba. The CCSD(T) method with extended basis sets and Dirac-Fock relativistic effective core potentials for the heavier atoms has been used to study their equilibrium geometries, interaction energies, electron affinities, electric dipole moment, and potential energy surfaces. All neutral and anionic species exhibit a linear shape with the exception of BeOH, BeOH(-), and MgOH(-), for which the equilibrium structure is found to be bent...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527390/on-filter-direct-amplification-of-legionella-pneumophila-for-rapid-assessment-of-its-abundance-and-viability
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Farag A Samhan, Tiffany M Stedtfeld, Hassan Waseem, Maggie R Williams, Robert D Stedtfeld, Syed A Hashsham
Guidelines and regulations to control Legionella pneumophila in cooling water systems of large buildings are evolving due to the increasing number of outbreaks. Rapid, on-site, simple, and sensitive quantification methods that are also able to assess viability may be extremely useful in monitoring and control. Culture-based methods for measuring L. pneumophila may take 4-10 days and qPCR-based methods are also slow, requiring at least a day from sample to result, albeit mainly due to the need for sample transport to a centralized laboratory...
May 13, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527334/photo-protective-mechanisms-in-reed-canary-grass-to-alleviate-photo-inhibition-of-psii-on-the-qinghai-tibet-plateau
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Chao Zhang, Da-Wei Zhang, Yan-Ni Sun, Muhammad Arfan, Da-Xu Li, Jia-Jun Yan, Ming-Hong You, Shi-Qie Bai, Hong-Hui Lin
Due to its characteristic of high biomass yield potential, there is considerable interest in cultivating Phalaris arundinacea L. cv. 'chuancaoyin No.3' (reed canary grass) on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau where there is an abundance of alpine steppe meadow and a potential large market for animal husbandry. In this study, we 1) investigate whether reed canary grass exhibits superior productive capacity to Elymus nutans 'Aba' (E. nutans), ordinary common pasture, during the long warm days of summer at high-altitude; and 2) compare the cold tolerance between reed canary grass and E...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526876/inductive-flash-annealing-of-bulk-metallic-glasses
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K Kosiba, S Pauly
We developed a temperature-controlled inductive flash-annealing device, which heats bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) at defined rates of up to 200 K/s to a given temperature. Subsequent instantaneous quenching in water allows preserving the microstructures obtained at various stages of crystallization. One Zr-based and two CuZr-based BMGs were flash-annealed at the onset of crystallization with different heating rates in order to prepare advanced BMG-matrix composites. The highly reproducible composite microstructures contain uniformly dispersed crystals and a narrow crystal size distribution...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525974/pancreas-and-gallbladder-agenesis-in-a-newborn-with-semilobar-holoprosencephaly-a-case-report
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Robert Hilbrands, Kathelijn Keymolen, Alex Michotte, Miriam Marichal, Filip Cools, Anieta Goossens, Peter In't Veld, Jean De Schepper, Andrew Hattersley, Harry Heimberg
BACKGROUND: Pancreatic agenesis is an extremely rare cause of neonatal diabetes mellitus and has enabled the discovery of several key transcription factors essential for normal pancreas and beta cell development. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of a Caucasian female with complete pancreatic agenesis occurring together with semilobar holoprosencephaly (HPE), a more common brain developmental disorder. Clinical findings were later confirmed by autopsy, which also identified agenesis of the gallbladder...
May 19, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525631/primary-leiomyosarcoma-of-inferior-vena-cava-adjacent-to-hepatic-veins-complete-off-pump-resection-and-inferior-vena-cava-graft-reconstruction-with-application-of-external-skin-surface-cooling
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Michael Malyshev, Sergey Zotov, Anton Malyshev, Andrey Rostovykh
OBJECTIVES: Resection of a leiomyosarcoma of the inferior vena cava (IVC) requires venovenous bypass, especially if IVC clamping above the hepatic veins is planned. This report describes the application of external skin surface cooling for off-pump resection of a primary IVC leiomyosarcoma adjacent to the hepatic veins with graft IVC reconstruction in conditions of suprahepatic caval clamping and uninterrupted Pringle's manoeuvre. METHODS: A 62-year-old woman presented with IVC leiomyosarcoma adjacent to the hepatic veins...
May 19, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524680/cavity-cooling-of-many-atoms
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Mahdi Hosseini, Yiheng Duan, Kristin M Beck, Yu-Ting Chen, Vladan Vuletić
We demonstrate cavity cooling of all motional degrees of freedom of an atomic ensemble using light that is far detuned from the atomic transitions by several gigahertz. The cooling is achieved by cavity-induced frequency-dependent asymmetric enhancement of the atomic emission spectrum, thereby extracting thermal kinetic energy from the atomic system. Within 100 ms, the atomic temperature is reduced from 200 to 10  μK, where the final temperature is mainly limited by the linewidth of the cavity. In principle, the technique can be applied to molecules and atoms with complex internal energy structure...
May 5, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524042/-preparation-and-application-of-cooling-bag-for-heat-stroke-in-wild-field
#20
Hailing Li, Qing Lu, Hongping Wang, Lujia Li
Cooling bag for heat stroke in wild field was invented in order to fulfill rapid cooling for heat stroke in field environment. The cooling bag is composed of the hood, the body cover (which is made up of the anterior portion, the linking, and the posterior portion), the fixed straps, the handles. The length is 200 cm, the regulative width is 60-70 cm, the folding volume is 26 cm × 20 cm × 9 cm, and the weight is 1.4 kg. There are a number of pockets for the cold sources in the hood and the body cover. Fixed straps are set in the upper, middle and lower of the bag...
May 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
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