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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812903/synergic-on-off-photoswitching-spin-state-and-magnetic-coupling-between-spin-crossover-centers
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Jun-Li Wang, Qiang Liu, Yin-Shan Meng, Hui Zheng, Hai-Lang Zhu, Quan Shi, Tao Liu
The existence of a correlation between spin crossover and dielectric properties is a hot topic in the field of multiresponse materials, which has potential applications in the memory devices, switches, and sensors. One formidable challenge is the simultaneous and rapid on/off switching of spin states of the spin carriers and magnetic coupling between them, which is crucial for both reversible photomagnetic behavior and variations in dielectric properties. Here, we report a dinuclear Fe(II) spin crossover complex, wherein each Fe(II) center exhibits an interconversion between Fe(II)HS (HS = high-spin) and Fe(II)LS (LS = low-spin) achieved upon heating and cooling...
August 16, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812731/cooperation-facilitates-the-colonization-of-harsh-environments
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Charlie K Cornwallis, Carlos A Botero, Dustin R Rubenstein, Philip A Downing, Stuart A West, Ashleigh S Griffin
Animals living in harsh environments, where temperatures are hot and rainfall is unpredictable, are more likely to breed in cooperative groups. As a result, harsh environmental conditions have been accepted as a key factor explaining the evolution of cooperation. However, this is based on evidence that has not investigated the order of evolutionary events, so the inferred causality could be incorrect. We resolved this problem using phylogenetic analyses of 4,707 bird species and found that causation was in the opposite direction to that previously assumed...
February 17, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812182/rheological-characterization-of-molten-polymer-drug-dispersions-as-a-predictive-tool-for-pharmaceutical-hot-melt-extrusion-processability
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Jeroen Van Renterghem, Chris Vervaet, Thomas De Beer
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate (i) the influence of drug solid-state (crystalline or dissolved in the polymer matrix) on the melt viscosity and (ii) the influence of the drug concentration, temperature and shear rate on polymer crystallization using rheological tests. METHODS: Poly (ethylene oxide) (PEO) (100.000 g/mol) and physical mixtures (PM) containing 10-20-30-40% (w/w) ketoprofen or 10% (w/w) theophylline in PEO were rheologically characterized...
August 15, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811608/large-spontaneous-exchange-bias-in-a-weak-ferromagnet-pb6ni9-teo6-5
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B Koteswararao, Tanmoy Chakrabarty, Tathamay Basu, Binoy Krishna Hazra, P V Srinivasarao, P L Paulose, S Srinath
We report the magnetic and dielectric behavior of Pb6Ni9(TeO6)5, a new compound comprising the honeycomb-like layers of S = 1 spins, through detailed structural, magnetic and dielectric investigation. An antiferromagnetic-type transition at 25 K (T N ) with weak-ferromagnetic behavior is revealed. Interestingly, a large value of coercive field of 1.32 T at 2 K is observed. The isothermal magnetization after zero-field-cooled condition, it exhibits the presence of large spontaneous exchange bias (SEB) with a magnitude of 0...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811190/how-to-quench-your-thirst-the-effect-of-water-based-products-varying-in-temperature-and-texture-flavour-and-sugar-content-on-thirst
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L van Belzen, E M Postma, S Boesveldt
The sensation of thirst plays an important role in the consumption of water or other fluids to rehydrate the body in order to keep bodily functions working properly. An increase in saliva secretion, wetting the mouth by ingestion of liquids, and cooling and sour components in products can alleviate this sensation already before absorption of fluids by the body. This study aimed to investigate the thirst-quenching ability of water-based products differing in temperature and texture (cold solids and cool liquids), flavour (flavoured and non-flavoured) and sugar content in two consecutive experiments...
August 12, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810683/evaluating-the-physiological-and-perceptual-responses-of-wearing-a-newly-designed-cooling-vest-for-construction-workers
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Yijie Zhao, Wen Yi, Albert P C Chan, Francis K W Wong, Michael C H Yam
Construction workers are subjected to heat stress because of the hot environment, physically demanding tasks, and/or personal protective equipment. A tailor-made cooling vest that protects construction workers from heat-related injuries was developed. The purpose of the study is to examine a newly designed cooling vest's effectiveness in alleviating physiological and perceptual strain in a hot and humid environment. Twelve male participants performed two trials, i.e., cooling vest (VEST) and control (CON) in a climatic chamber controlled at 37°C temperature, 60% relative humidity, 0...
August 1, 2017: Annals of Work Exposures and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809874/three-dimensional-object-visualization-and-detection-in-low-light-illumination-using-integral-imaging
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Adam Markman, Xin Shen, Bahram Javidi
Conventional two-dimensional (2D) imaging systems that operate in the visible spectrum may perform poorly in environments under low light illumination. In this work, we present the potential of passive three-dimensional (3D) integral imaging (II) to perform 3D imaging of a scene under low light conditions in the visible spectrum and without the need for a photon counting or cooled CCD camera. Using dedicated algorithms, we demonstrate that the reconstructed 3D integral image is naturally optimum in a maximum likelihood sense in low light levels and in the presence of detector noise enabling object visualization in the scene...
August 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809758/optimizing-timing-performance-of-cdte-detectors-for-pet
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Mohammad Nakhostin
Despite several attractive properties, the poor timing performance of compound semiconductor detectors such as CdTe and CdZnTe has hindered their use in commercial PET imaging systems. The standard method of pulse timing with such detectors is to employ a constant-fraction discriminator (CFD) at the output of a timing filter which is fed by the pulses from a charge-sensitive preamplifier. The method has led to a time resolution of about 10 ns at full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) with 1 mm thick CdTe detectors...
August 15, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809465/recoverable-self-polarization-in-lead-free-bismuth-sodium-titanate-piezoelectric-thin-films
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Jinyan Zhao, Wei Ren, Gang Niu, Nan Zhang, Guohua Dong, Lingyan Wang, Ming Liu, Peng Shi, Zuo-Guang Ye
Bismuth sodium titanate, Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 (BNT), is a promising lead-free ferroelectric material. However, its potential applications have not been fully explored, mainly because of the complex domain structure arising from its intricate phase transitions. A deep and thorough study of its domain structure and polarization switching behavior will greatly help with understanding the polarization nature and with promoting future applications. In this work, we demonstrate that BNT polycrystalline films possess a highly ordered out-of-plane polarization (self-polarization) and randomly oriented in-plane polarizations...
August 15, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808462/temperature-rises-in-the-pulp-chamber-with-different-techniques-of-orthodontic-adhesive-removal
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Maurício Barbieri Mezomo, Juliana Abreu, Juliana Weber, Renato Dalla Porta Garcia, José Antônio Poli Figueiredo, Eduardo Martinelli de Lima
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this in vitro study was to compare the temperature rises in the pulp chamber and time spent with different techniques for orthodontic resin adhesive removal. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Adhesive removal was performed in 20 extracted human maxillary second premolars with five techniques: high-speed tungsten carbide burs with water-cooling (BurH-cool) and without cooling (BurH), low-speed carbide burs (BurL), low-speed aluminum-oxide discs (DiscL), and low-speed fiberglass burs (BurFGL)...
2017: Iranian Endodontic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807818/novel-concentrated-water-in-oil-emulsions-based-on-a-non-ionic-silicone-surfactant-appealing-application-properties-and-tuneable-viscoelasticity
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Lisa Binder, Johannes Jatschka, Dieter Baurecht, Michael Wirth, Claudia Valenta
Silicone excipients are non-irritating ingredients that are extensively used in topical formulations. In the present study, innovative water-in-oil emulsions with a high water content stabilised by a non-ionic silicone surfactant were developed. Effects of formulation composition on its properties and stability were investigated. It was possible to prepare highly stable emulsions with a water volume fraction of up to 80%. The emulsions exhibited desirable application properties such as non-sticky and cooling qualities...
August 11, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807241/the-impact-of-radiofrequency-assisted-transection-on-local-hepatic-recurrence-after-resection-of-colorectal-liver-metastases
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R Quesada, A Moreno, I Poves, E Berjano, L Grande, F Burdío
Resection is the gold standard in the treatment of liver metastases from colorectal cancer. An internal cooled radiofrequency electrode was described to achieve tissue coagulation to a greater margin width. The aim of this study is to determinate if a RF-assisted transection device (RFAT) has any effect on local hepatic recurrence (LHER) compared to conventional technologies. A study population of 103 patients who had undergone a hepatic surgical resection was retrospectively analysed. Patients were classified into two groups according to the device used: a RF-assisted device (RFAT group; n = 45) and standard conventional devices (control group; n = 58)...
September 2017: Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806923/historical-biogeography-and-ecological-niche-modelling-of-the-asimina-disepalum-clade-annonaceae-role-of-ecological-differentiation-in-neotropical-asian-disjunctions-and-diversification-in-asia
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Pui-Sze Li, Daniel C Thomas, Richard M K Saunders
BACKGROUND: The Asimina-Disepalum clade (Annonaceae subfam. Annonoideae tribe Annoneae) includes a major Neotropical-Asian biogeographical disjunction. We evaluate whether this disjunction can be explained by the Eocene boreotropics hypothesis, which relies on the existence of extensive boreotropical forests during the Late Palaeocene-Early Eocene thermal maximum (52-50 Ma), followed by disruption of boreotropical vegetation during post-Eocene cooling. Molecular dating using an uncorrelated relaxed molecular clock (UCLD) model with two fossil calibrations, ancestral range estimation, and ecological niche modelling across evolutionary time were performed...
August 14, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805919/cows-exposed-to-heat-stress-during-fetal-life-exhibit-improved-thermal-tolerance
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B M S Ahmed, U Younas, T O Asar, S Dikmen, P J Hansen, G E Dahl
Maternal heat stress during late gestation affects calf function during postnatal life. The objective of the present study was to evaluate whether calves that experience heat stress in utero have altered thermoregulatory responses to acute heat stress later in life. Specifically, the hypothesis was that heat stress in utero would improve the response to acute heat stress at maturity. Females were born to dams exposed to heat stress or cooled during late gestation preceding their birth. All animals were raised postnatally under identical management...
August 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805901/effect-of-stocking-density-on-performance-diet-selection-total-tract-digestion-and-nitrogen-balance-among-heifers-grazing-cool-season-annual-forages
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B R Brunsvig, A J Smart, E A Bailey, C L Wright, E E Grings, D W Brake
Grazing annual cool-season forages after oat grain harvest in South Dakota may allow an opportunity to increase efficient use of tillable land. However, data are limited regarding effects of stocking density on diet selection, nutrient digestion, performance, and N retention by cattle grazing annual cool-season forage. Heifers were blocked by initial BW (261 ± 11.7 kg) and randomly assigned to 1 of 12 paddocks (1.1 ha) to graze a mixture of grass and brassica for 48 d. Each paddock contained 3, 4, or 5 heifers to achieve 4 replicates of each stocking density treatment...
August 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805861/site-dependent-effects-of-methylation-on-the-electronic-spectra-of-jet-cooled-methylated-xanthine-compounds
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Doory Kim, Key Young Yang, Hyung Min Kim, Tae-Rae Kim, Nam Joon Kim, Seokmin Shin, Seong Keun Kim
We obtained the electronic spectra of various methylated xanthine compounds including caffeine in a supersonic jet by resonant two-photon ionization spectroscopy. The methyl group in the tested methylated xanthine compounds has a distinct, site-dependent effect on the electronic spectrum. Methylation at the N3 position causes a significant red shift of the ππ* state, whereas methylation at the N1 position has only minimal effects on the electronic spectrum. The notably broad spectra of theobromine and caffeine result from methyl substitution at the N7 position, which causes a large displacement between the potential energy surfaces of the S0 and S1 states, and a strong vibronic coupling...
August 14, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805449/stallion-sperm-cryopreservation-using-various-permeating-agents-interplay-between-concentration-and-cooling-rate
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Harriëtte Oldenhof, Judith Bigalk, Christiane Hettel, Lawrence de Oliveira Barros, Bulat Sydykov, Árpád Cs Bajcsy, Harald Sieme, Willem F Wolkers
In this study, modeling and experimental approaches were used to investigate the interplay between cooling rate and protectant concentration for cryopreservation of stallion sperm. Glycerol (GLY), ethylene glycol (EG), dimethylformamide (DMF), propylene glycol (PG), and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) were tested as cryoprotective agents (CPAs), using concentrations up to 1500 mM and cooling rates ranging from 5°C to 55°C min(-1). Modeling of the extent of sperm dehydration during freezing was done using previously determined values of the sperm membrane permeability to water to predict optimal cooling rates for cryopreservation...
August 14, 2017: Biopreservation and Biobanking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804963/effect-of-housing-system-on-reproductive-behaviour-and-on-some-endocrinological-and-seminal-parameters-of-donkey-stallions
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A Rota, M Sgorbini, D Panzani, F Bonelli, P Baragli, N Ille, D Gatta, C Sighieri, L Casini, M M Maggiorelli, C Aurich, F Camillo
Reproductive management of male donkeys employed for artificial breeding has been poorly studied. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of housing system, with the animals grouped together in a paddock or kept in individual boxes, on sexual behaviour, cortisol and testosterone concentration and seminal characteristics of adult male donkeys. The study included four Amiata donkey jacks (stallions) from which ejaculates, saliva and blood were collected during two distinct 3 weeks periods, one in the group and one in the box housing system...
August 14, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803870/industrial-melanism-in-the-seasnake-emydocephalus-annulatus
#19
Claire Goiran, Paco Bustamante, Richard Shine
Although classically associated with urban environments in invertebrates, melanism in terrestrial snakes is more often linked to occupancy of cool climates [1-3]. Thermal advantages to melanism do not apply in aquatic snakes [4], but although turtle-headed seasnakes (Emydocephalus annulatus) are banded or blotched across a wide geographic range [5], most individuals are melanic in polluted inshore bays of the Pacific island of New Caledonia [4]. Why has melanism evolved in these urban sites? Because trace elements bind to melanin, darker feathers enhance a bird's ability to shed pollutants [6]...
August 8, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803340/emission-characteristics-of-pbdes-during-flame-retardant-plastics-extruding-process-field-investigation-and-laboratorial-simulation
#20
Chao Deng, Ying Li, Jinhui Li, Yuan Chen, Huafen Li
Though mechanical recycling of WEEE plastics is supposed to be a promising method, PBDEs release and the resulting contamination during its processing remain unclear yet. The distribution of PBDEs pollution in production lines was investigated from two flame-retardant plastic modification plants in Southern China. This was followed by laboratory simulation experiments to characterize the emission processes. PBDEs concentrations ranged from 37 to 31,305 ng/L in cooling water and from 40,043 to 216,653 ng/g dry wt in solid samples taken during the field investigation...
August 12, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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