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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641257/fast-segmentation-from-blurred-data-in-3d-fluorescence-microscopy
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Martin Storath, Dennis Rickert, Michael Unser, Andreas Weinmann
We develop a fast algorithm for segmenting 3D images from linear measurements based on the Potts model (or piecewise constant Mumford-Shah model). To that end, we first derive suitable space discretizations of the 3D Potts model which are capable of dealing with 3D images defined on non-cubic grids. Our discretization allows us to utilize a specific splitting approach which results in decoupled subproblems of moderate size. The crucial point in the 3D setup is that the number of independent subproblems is so large that we can reasonably exploit the parallel processing capabilities of the graphics processing units (GPU)...
June 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636821/insight-into-electronic-and-structural-reorganizations-for-defect-induced-vo2-metal-insulator-transition
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Xijun Wang, Zhaowu Wang, Guozhen Zhang, Jun Jiang
Oxygen vacancy defect in monoclinic VO2 has been shown to modulate the metal-insulator transition (MIT) at room temperature. However, as the electronic and structural reorganizations occur simultaneously, the origin of MIT is still unclear. Here we performed first-principles calculations to examine electronic variations separately from structural reorganizations during MIT. It is found that oxygen defect induces electronic reorganization by creating polarized 3d-orbitial electrons, while structure reorganization makes the conduction band edge states available for occupation...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636811/performance-evaluation-of-gpu-parallelization-space-time-adaptive-algorithms-and-their-combination-for-simulating-cardiac-electrophysiology
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Rafael S Oliveira, Bernardo M Rocha, Denise Burgarelli, Wagner Meira, Christakis Constantinides, Rodrigo Weber Dos Santos
The use of computer models as a tool for the study and understanding of the complex phenomena of cardiac electrophysiology has attained increased importance nowadays. At the same time, the increased complexity of the biophysical processes translates into complex computational and mathematical models. In order to speed up cardiac simulations and to allow more precise and realistic uses, two different techniques have been traditionally exploited: parallel computing and sophisticated numerical methods. In this work, we combine a modern parallel computing technique based on multicore and graphics processing units (GPUs), and a sophisticated numerical method based on a new space-time adaptive algorithm...
June 21, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636359/relativistic-approximations-to-paramagnetic-nmr-chemical-shift-and-shielding-anisotropy-in-transition-metal-systems
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Syed Awais Rouf, Jiří Mareš, Juha Vaara
We apply approximate relativistic methods to calculate the magnetic property tensors, i.e., the g-tensor, zero-field splitting (ZFS) tensor (D), and hyperfine coupling (HFC) tensors, for the purpose of constructing paramagnetic nuclear magnetic resonance (pNMR) shielding tensors. The chemical shift and shielding anisotropy are calculated by applying a modern implementation of the classic Kurland-McGarvey theory (J. Magn. Reson. 1970, 2, 286), which formulates the shielding tensor in terms of the g- and HFC tensors obtained for the ground multiplet, in the case of higher than doublet multiplicity defined by the ZFS interaction...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636340/three-dimensional-modeling-of-quasicrystal-structures-from-x-ray-diffraction-an-icosahedral-al-cu-fe-alloy
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Seung-Tae Hong
Quasicrystals (QCs) are well-ordered but aperiodic crystals with classically forbidden symmetries (such as 5-fold). High-dimensional (HD) crystallography is a standard method to locate atom positions explicitly. However, in practice, it is still challenging because of its complexity. Here, we report a new simple approach to three-dimensional (3D) atomic modeling derived from X-ray diffraction data, and apply it to the icosahedral QC Al0.63Cu0.25Fe0.12. Electron density maps were calculated directly from 3D diffraction data indexed with noninteger (fractional) numbers as measured, with proper phases; each of 2(5) = 32 possible phase assignments for the five strongest reflections was used for Fourier synthesis...
June 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635964/elastically-driven-intermittent-microscopic-dynamics-in-soft-solids
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Mehdi Bouzid, Jader Colombo, Lucas Vieira Barbosa, Emanuela Del Gado
Soft solids with tunable mechanical response are at the core of new material technologies, but a crucial limit for applications is their progressive aging over time, which dramatically affects their functionalities. The generally accepted paradigm is that such aging is gradual and its origin is in slower than exponential microscopic dynamics, akin to the ones in supercooled liquids or glasses. Nevertheless, time- and space-resolved measurements have provided contrasting evidence: dynamics faster than exponential, intermittency and abrupt structural changes...
June 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632498/can-early-ultrasonography-explain-the-lower-miscarriage-rates-in-twin-as-compared-to-singleton-pregnancies-following-assisted-reproduction
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Ana Póvoa, Alexandra Matias, Pedro Xavier, Isaac Blickstein
OBJECTIVE: To compare first trimester 2D conventional and 3D power Doppler angiography measures in twins and singletons following assisted reproduction. METHODS: We prospectively evaluated 50 singleton and 47 twin pregnancies that eventually ended in live births. Patients were recruited from a single assisted reproductive technology (ART) center with standard treatment protocols. Obstetric ultrasound was performed at 8-9 weeks +6 days. Intervillous flow, uteroplacental circulation and uterine artery pulsatility (PI) and resistance index (RI) using two-dimensional (2D) ultrasound examination were evaluated...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630927/welding-of-3d-printed-carbon-nanotube-polymer-composites-by-locally-induced-microwave-heating
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Charles B Sweeney, Blake A Lackey, Martin J Pospisil, Thomas C Achee, Victoria K Hicks, Aaron G Moran, Blake R Teipel, Mohammad A Saed, Micah J Green
Additive manufacturing through material extrusion, often termed three-dimensional (3D) printing, is a burgeoning method for manufacturing thermoplastic components. However, a key obstacle facing 3D-printed plastic parts in engineering applications is the weak weld between successive filament traces, which often leads to delamination and mechanical failure. This is the chief obstacle to the use of thermoplastic additive manufacturing. We report a novel concept for welding 3D-printed thermoplastic interfaces using intense localized heating of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) by microwave irradiation...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623886/epsilon-cp-using-deep-learning-to-combine-information-from-multiple-sources-for-protein-contact-prediction
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Kolja Stahl, Michael Schneider, Oliver Brock
BACKGROUND: Accurately predicted contacts allow to compute the 3D structure of a protein. Since the solution space of native residue-residue contact pairs is very large, it is necessary to leverage information to identify relevant regions of the solution space, i.e. correct contacts. Every additional source of information can contribute to narrowing down candidate regions. Therefore, recent methods combined evolutionary and sequence-based information as well as evolutionary and physicochemical information...
June 17, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619921/helping-a-cell-to-migrate-in-3d-space
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Stella M Hurtley
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June 16, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615709/programmable-deployment-of-tensegrity-structures-by-stimulus-responsive-polymers
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Ke Liu, Jiangtao Wu, Glaucio H Paulino, H Jerry Qi
Tensegrity structures with detached struts are naturally suitable for deployable applications, both in terrestrial and outer-space structures, as well as morphing devices. Composed of discontinuous struts and continuous cables, such systems are only structurally stable when self-stress is induced; otherwise, they lose the original geometrical configuration (while keeping the topology) and thus can be tightly packed. We exploit this feature by using stimulus responsive polymers to introduce a paradigm for creating actively deployable 3D structures with complex shapes...
June 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613813/pillared-layer-metal-organic-frameworks-for-improved-lithium-ion-storage-performance
#12
Teng Gong, Xiaobing Lou, En-Qing Gao, Bingwen Hu
Recently, more and more metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have been directly used as anodic materials in lithium-ion batteries, but judicious design or choice of MOFs are still challenging for lack of structural-property knowledge. We proposed a pillared-layer strategy to achieve improved Li-storage performance. Four Mn(II) and Co(II) MOFs with mixed azide and carboxylate ligands were studied to illustrate the strategy. In these 3D MOFs, layers (1, 3 and 4) or chains (2) with short bridges are linked by long organic spacers...
June 14, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613054/-quantitative-evaluation-of-printing-accuracy-and-tissue-surface-adaptation-of-mandibular-complete-denture-polylactic-acid-pattern-fabricated-by-fused-deposition-modeling-technology
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K H Deng, Y Wang, H Chen, Y J Zhao, Y S Zhou, Y C Sun
Objective: To quantitatively evaluate the adaptation of polylactic acid (PLA) pattern of mandibular complete denture fabricated by fused deposition modeling (FDM) technology. Methods: A mandibular complete denture digital model was designed through a complete denture design software based on a pair of standard maxillomandibular edentulous plaster model and their occlusion bases. Ten PLA mandibular complete dentures were printed with a FDM machine. The dentures were scanned with and without the plaster model using a three-dimensional (3D) scanner...
June 9, 2017: Zhonghua Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609301/a-light-weight-compact-proton-gantry-design-with-a-novel-dose-delivery-system-for-broad-energetic-laser-accelerated-beams
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U Masood, T E Cowan, W Enghardt, K M Hofmann, L Karsch, F Kroll, U Schramm, J J Wilkens, J Pawelke
Proton beams may provide superior dose-conformity in radiation therapy. However, the large sizes and costs limit the widespread use of proton therapy (PT). The recent progress in proton acceleration via high-power laser systems has made it a compelling alternative to conventional accelerators, as it could potentially reduce the overall size and cost of the PT facilities. However, the laser-accelerated beams exhibit different characteristics than conventionally accelerated beams, i.e. very intense proton bunches with large divergences and broad-energy spectra...
July 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608825/crop-classification-in-satellite-images-through-probabilistic-segmentation-based-on-multiple-sources
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Oscar S Dalmau, Teresa E Alarcón, Francisco E Oliva
Classification methods based on Gaussian Markov Measure Field Models and other probabilistic approaches have to face the problem of construction of the likelihood. Typically, in these methods, the likelihood is computed from 1D or 3D histograms. However, when the number of information sources grows, as in the case of satellite images, the histogram construction becomes more difficult due to the high dimensionality of the feature space. In this work, we propose a generalization of Gaussian Markov Measure Field Models and provide a probabilistic segmentation scheme, which fuses multiple information sources for image segmentation...
June 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608547/computational-modeling-of-the-bat-hku4-coronavirus-3cl-pro-inhibitors-as-a-tool-for-the-development-of-antivirals-against-the-emerging-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-mers-coronavirus
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Areej Abuhammad, Rua'a A Al-Aqtash, Brandon J Anson, Andrew D Mesecar, Mutasem O Taha
The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is an emerging virus that poses a major challenge to clinical management. The 3C-like protease (3CL(pro) ) is essential for viral replication and thus represents a potential target for antiviral drug development. Presently, very few data are available on MERS-CoV 3CL(pro) inhibition by small molecules. We conducted extensive exploration of the pharmacophoric space of a recently identified set of peptidomimetic inhibitors of the bat HKU4-CoV 3CL(pro) ...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607416/neural-correlates-underlying-size-constancy-in-virtual-three-dimensional-space
#17
Jing Xia, Pengfei Wang, Qi Chen
The perceived size of an object remains relatively constant although its retinal size keeps decreasing as the object moves away along the depth dimension of the 3D space, i.e. size constancy. Neural mechanisms generating size constancy in virtual 3D space, however, remain poorly understood. By constructing a virtual 3D world in the MR scanner, we positioned the same 3D objects either near or far from the observers so that the near and far objects were perceived as having the same physical size despite their differences in retinal size...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606179/modifying-upper-limb-inter-joint-coordination-in-healthy-subjects-by-training-with-a-robotic-exoskeleton
#18
Tommaso Proietti, Emmanuel Guigon, Agnès Roby-Brami, Nathanaël Jarrassé
BACKGROUND: The possibility to modify the usually pathological patterns of coordination of the upper-limb in stroke survivors remains a central issue and an open question for neurorehabilitation. Despite robot-led physical training could potentially improve the motor recovery of hemiparetic patients, most of the state-of-the-art studies addressing motor control learning, with artificial virtual force fields, only focused on the end-effector kinematic adaptation, by using planar devices...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605946/design-and-characterization-of-a-phased-antenna-array-for-intact-breast-hyperthermia
#19
Sergio Curto, Aleix Garcia-Miquel, Minyoung Suh, Neus Vidal, Jose M Lopez-Villegas, Punit Prakash
PURPOSE: Currently available hyperthermia technology is not well suited to treating cancer malignancies in the intact breast. This study investigates a microwave applicator incorporating multiple patch antennas, with the goal of facilitating controllable power deposition profiles for treating lesions at diverse locations within the intact breast. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 3D-computational model was implemented to assess power deposition profiles with 915 MHz applicators incorporating a hemispheric groundplane and configurations of 2, 4, 8, 12, 16 and 20 antennas...
June 12, 2017: International Journal of Hyperthermia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605918/chemical-disorder-in-topological-insulators-a-route-to-magnetism-tolerant-topological-surface-states
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M Carmen Martínez-Velarte, Bernhard Kretz, María Moro-Lagares, Myriam H Aguirre, Trevor M Riedemann, Thomas A Lograsso, Luis Morellón, M Ricardo Ibarra, Arán Garcia-Lekue, David Serrate
We show that the chemical inhomogeneity in ternary three-dimensional topological insulators preserves the topological spin texture of their surface states against a net surface magnetization. The spin texture is that of a Dirac cone with helical spin structure in the reciprocal space, which gives rise to spin-polarized and dissipation-less charge currents. Thanks to the nontrivial topology of the bulk electronic structure, this spin texture is robust against most types of surface defects. However, magnetic perturbations break the time-reversal symmetry, enabling magnetic scattering and loss of spin coherence of the charge carriers...
June 20, 2017: Nano Letters
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