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Kristina Pickl, Jayant Pande, Harald Köstler, Ulrich Rüde, Ana-Suncana Smith
Propulsion at low Reynolds numbers is often studied by defining artificial microswimmers which exhibit a particular stroke. The disadvantage of such an approach is that the stroke does not adjust to the environment, in particular the fluid flow, which can diminish the effect of hydrodynamic interactions. To overcome this limitation, we simulate a microswimmer consisting of three beads connected by springs and dampers, using the self-developed waLBerla and <i>pe</i> framework based on the lattice Boltzmann method and the discrete element method...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Gregory R Medders, Ethan C Alguire, Amber Jain, Joseph E Subotnik
We employ surface hopping trajectories to model the short-time dynamics of gas phase and partially solvated 4-(N,N-dimethylamino)benzonitrile (DMABN), a dual fluorescent molecule that is known to undergo a nonadiabatic transition through a conical intersection. To compare theory vs. time-resolved fluorescence measurements, we calculate the mixed quantum-classical density matrix and the ensemble averaged transition dipole moment. We introduce a diabatization scheme based on the oscillator strength to convert the TDDFT adiabatic states into diabatic states of La and Lb character...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
José Ignacio García-Plazaola, Beatriz Fernández-Marín, Juan Pedro Ferrio, Josu G Alday, Günter Hoch, Damien Landais, Alexandru Milcu, David T Tissue, Jordi Voltas, Arthur Gessler, Jacques Roy, Víctor Resco de Dios
There is increasing evidence that the circadian clock is a significant driver of photosynthesis that becomes apparent when environmental cues are experimentally held constant. We studied whether the composition of photosynthetic pigments is under circadian regulation, and whether pigment oscillations lead to rhythmic changes in photochemical efficiency. To address these questions, canopies of bean and cotton were maintained, after an entrainment phase, under constant (light or darkness) conditions for 30-48 h...
January 18, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
Yotam Zait, Or Shapira, Amnon Schwartz
Stomatal oscillations are cyclic opening and closing of stomata, presumed to initiate from hydraulic mismatch between leaf water supply and transpiration rate. To test this assumption, mismatches between water supply and transpiration were induced using manipulations of VPD (vapor pressure deficit) and light spectrum in banana (Musa acuminata). Simultaneous measurements of gas exchange with changes in leaf turgor pressure were used to describe the hydraulic mismatches. An increase of VPD above a certain threshold, caused stomatal oscillations with variable amplitudes...
January 18, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
Raman Sankar, G Peramaiyan, I Panneer Muthuselvam, Christopher J Butler, Klauss Dimitri, Madhab Neupane, G Narsinga Rao, M-T Lin, F C Chou
High quality single crystal ZrSiS as a theoretically predicted Dirac semimetal has been grown successfully using a vapor phase transport method. The single crystals of tetragonal structure are easy to cleave into perfect square-shaped pieces due to the van der Waals bonding between the sulfur atoms of the quintuple layers. Physical property measurement results including resistivity, Hall coefficient (RH), and specific heat are reported. The transport and thermodynamic properties suggest a Fermi liquid behavior with two Fermi pockets at low temperatures...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
Ivica Vilibić, Jadranka Šepić
Present investigations of sea level extremes are based on hourly data measured at coastal tide gauges. The use of hourly data restricts existing global and regional analyses to periods larger than 2 h. However, a number of processes occur at minute timescales, of which the most ruinous are tsunamis. Meteotsunamis, hazardous nonseismic waves that occur at tsunami timescales over limited regions, may also locally dominate sea level extremes. Here, we show that nonseismic sea level oscillations at tsunami timescales (<2 h) may substantially contribute to global sea level extremes, up to 50% in low-tidal basins...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
Yoshikazu Ohno, Akira Iguchi, Chuya Shinzato, Mayuri Inoue, Atsushi Suzuki, Kazuhiko Sakai, Takashi Nakamura
Corals build their skeletons using extracellular calcifying fluid located in the tissue-skeleton interface. However, the mechanism by which corals control the transport of calcium and other ions from seawater and the mechanism of constant alkalization of calcifying fluid are largely unknown. To address these questions, we performed direct pH imaging at calcification sites (subcalicoblastic medium, SCM) to visualize active pH upregulation in live aposymbiotic primary coral polyps treated with HCl-acidified seawater...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
M Hyla
Network-forming As2(S/Se)m nanoclusters are employed to recognize expected variations in a vicinity of some remarkable compositions in binary As-Se/S glassy systems accepted as signatures of optimally constrained intermediate topological phases in earlier temperature-modulated differential scanning calorimetry experiments. The ab initio quantum chemical calculations performed using the cation-interlinking network cluster approach show similar oscillating character in tendency to local chemical decomposition but obvious step-like behavior in preference to global phase separation on boundary chemical compounds (pure chalcogen and stoichiometric arsenic chalcogenides)...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
Zongmin Zhu, Joshua M Feinberg, Shucheng Xie, Mark D Bourne, Chunju Huang, Chaoyong Hu, Hai Cheng
Extreme hydrologic events such as storms and floods have the potential to severely impact modern human society. However, the frequency of storms and their underlying mechanisms are limited by a paucity of suitable proxies, especially in inland areas. Here we present a record of speleothem magnetic minerals to reconstruct paleoprecipitation, including storms, in the eastern Asian monsoon area over the last 8.6 ky. The geophysical parameter IRMsoft-flux represents the flux of soil-derived magnetic minerals preserved in stalagmite HS4, which we correlate with rainfall amount and intensity...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Verónica Eisner, Ryan R Cupo, Erhe Gao, György Csordás, William S Slovinsky, Melanie Paillard, Lan Cheng, Jessica Ibetti, S R Wayne Chen, J Kurt Chuprun, Jan B Hoek, Walter J Koch, György Hajnóczky
Mitochondrial fusion is thought to be important for supporting cardiac contractility, but is hardly detectable in cultured cardiomyocytes and is difficult to directly evaluate in the heart. We overcame this obstacle through in vivo adenoviral transduction with matrix-targeted photoactivatable GFP and confocal microscopy. Imaging in whole rat hearts indicated mitochondrial network formation and fusion activity in ventricular cardiomyocytes. Promptly after isolation, cardiomyocytes showed extensive mitochondrial connectivity and fusion, which decayed in culture (at 24-48 h)...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Ramazan Tekin, Mehmet Emin Tagluk
Physiological rhythms play a critical role in the functional development of living beings. Many biological functions are executed with an interaction of rhythms produced by internal characteristics of scores of cells. While synchronized oscillations may be associated with normal brain functions, anomalies in these oscillations may cause or relate the emergence of some neurological or neuropsychological pathologies. This study was designed to investigate the effects of topological structure and synaptic conductivity noise on the spatial synchronization and temporal rhythmicity of the waves generated by cells in the network...
January 17, 2017: Neural Computation
Khanh Thieu Ngo, Erika L Varner, Adrian Charles Michael, Stephen G Weber
Recently, our laboratory has demonstrated the technical feasibility of monitoring dopamine at one-min temporal resolution with microdialysis and online liquid chromatography. Here, we monitor dopamine in the rat striatum during local delivery of potassium ion and nomifensine in awake-behaving rats. Microdialysis probes were implanted and dopamine was monitored one or four Days later under basal conditions, during 10-min applications of 60 mM or 100 mM K+, and during 15-min applications of 10 µM nomifensine: K+ and nomifensine were delivered locally by adding them to the microdialysis perfusion fluid...
January 17, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
Dongshi Guan, Chloé Barraud, Elisabeth Charlaix, Penger Tong
We report noncontact measurement of the viscoelastic property of polymer thin films in a liquid medium using frequency-modulation atomic force microscopy (FM-AFM) with a newly developed long-needle probe. The probe contains a long vertical glass fiber with one end adhered to a cantilever beam and the other end with a sharp tip placed near the liquid-film interface. The nanoscale flow generated by the resonant oscillation of the needle tip provides a precise hydrodynamic force acting on the soft surface of the thin film...
January 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Seyed Amir Hossein Banuazizi, Sohrab R Sani, Anders Eklund, Maziar M Naiini, Seyed Majid Mohseni, Sunjae Chung, Philipp Dürrenfeld, B Gunnar Malm, Johan Åkerman
Spin torque nano-oscillators (STNO) represent a unique class of nano-scale microwave signal generators and offer a combination of intriguing properties, such as nano sized footprint, ultrafast modulation rates, and highly tunable microwave frequencies from 100 MHz to close to 100 GHz. However, their low output power and relatively high threshold current still limit their applicability and must be improved. In this study, we investigate the influence of the bottom Cu electrode thickness (tCu) in nano-contact STNOs based on Co/Cu/NiFe GMR stacks and with nano-contact diameters ranging from 60 to 500 nm...
January 17, 2017: Nanoscale
Zhitao Shen, Haitao Ma, Chunfang Zhang, Mingkai Fu, Yanan Wu, Wensheng Bian, Jianwei Cao
Encouraged by recent advances in revealing significant effects of van der Waals wells on reaction dynamics, many people assume that van der Waals wells are inevitable in chemical reactions. Here we find that the weak long-range forces cause van der Waals saddles in the prototypical C((1)D)+D2 complex-forming reaction that have very different dynamical effects from van der Waals wells at low collision energies. Accurate quantum dynamics calculations on our highly accurate ab initio potential energy surfaces with van der Waals saddles yield cross-sections in close agreement with crossed-beam experiments, whereas the same calculations on an earlier surface with van der Waals wells produce much smaller cross-sections at low energies...
January 17, 2017: Nature Communications
Yu Yi-Hao
Body weight is neither stationary nor changing unidirectionally. It usually oscillates up and down around a set-point. Two types of forces determine the direction of weight changes. Forces that push body weight away from the set-point are defined as non-homeostatic and are governed by multiple mechanisms, including but not limited to hedonic regulation of food intake. Forces that restore the set-point weight are defined as homeostatic, and they operate through the mechanisms that regulate short-term energy balance driven by hunger and satiation and long-term energy balance driven by changes in adiposity...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Diabetes
Enrico Amico, Olivier Bodart, Mario Rosanova, Olivia Gosseries, Lizette Heine, Pieter Van Mierlo, Charlotte Martial, Marcello Massimini, Daniele Marinazzo, Steven Laureys
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in combination with neuroimaging techniques allows to measure the effects of a direct perturbation of the brain. When coupled to high density electroencephalography (TMS/hd-EEG), TMS pulses revealed electrophysiological signatures of different cortical modules in health and disease. However, the neural underpinnings of these signatures remain unclear. Here, by applying multimodal analyses of cortical response to TMS recordings and diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) tractography, we investigated the relationship between functional and structural features of different cortical modules in a cohort of awake healthy volunteers...
January 16, 2017: Brain Connectivity
H Chu, L Zhao, A de la Torre, T Hogan, S D Wilson, D Hsieh
Layered perovskite iridates realize a rare class of Mott insulators that are predicted to be strongly spin-orbit coupled analogues of the parent state of cuprate high-temperature superconductors. Recent discoveries of pseudogap, magnetic multipolar ordered and possible d-wave superconducting phases in doped Sr2IrO4 have reinforced this analogy among the single layer variants. However, unlike the bilayer cuprates, no electronic instabilities have been reported in the doped bilayer iridate Sr3Ir2O7. Here we show that Sr3Ir2O7 realizes a weak Mott state with no cuprate analogue by using ultrafast time-resolved optical reflectivity to uncover an intimate connection between its insulating gap and antiferromagnetism...
January 16, 2017: Nature Materials
Wei Liu, Jie Huang
This paper studies the cooperative global robust output regulation problem for a class of heterogeneous second-order nonlinear uncertain multiagent systems with jointly connected switching networks. The main contributions consist of the following three aspects. First, we generalize the result of the adaptive distributed observer from undirected jointly connected switching networks to directed jointly connected switching networks. Second, by performing a new coordinate and input transformation, we convert our problem into the cooperative global robust stabilization problem of a more complex augmented system via the distributed internal model principle...
January 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
V V Aleksandrin, A A Kubatiev
Hypovolemic shock leads to severe cerebral ischemia and increases spectral amplitudes of cerebral blood flow oscillations in respiratory frequency range.
January 14, 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
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