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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732402/characteristics-of-black-carbon-in-snow-from-laohugou-no-12-glacier-on-the-northern-tibetan-plateau
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Yulan Zhang, Shichang Kang, Chaoliu Li, Tanguang Gao, Zhiyuan Cong, Michael Sprenger, Yajun Liu, Xiaofei Li, Junming Guo, Mika Sillanpää, Kun Wang, Jizu Chen, Yang Li, Shiwei Sun
Black carbon (BC) emitted from the incomplete combustion of biomass and fossil fuel impacts the climate system, cryospheric change, and human health. This study documents black carbon deposition in snow from a benchmark glacier on the northern Tibetan Plateau. Significant seasonality of BC concentrations indicates different input or post-depositional processes. BC particles deposited in snow had a mass volume median diameter slightly larger than that of black carbon particles typically found in the atmosphere...
July 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730654/extensive-wildfires-climate-change-and-an-abrupt-state-change-in-subalpine-ribbon-forests-colorado
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W John Calder, Bryan Shuman
Ecosystems may shift abruptly when the effects of climate change and disturbance interact, and landscapes with regularly patterned vegetation may be especially vulnerable to abrupt shifts. Here we use a fossil pollen record from a regularly patterned ribbon forest (alternating bands of forests and meadows) in Colorado to examine whether past changes in wildfire and climate produced abrupt vegetation shifts. Comparing the percentages of conifer pollen with sedimentary δ(18) O data (interpreted as an indicator of temperature or snow accumulation) indicates a first-order linear relationship between vegetation composition and climate change with no detectable lags over the past 2500 years (r = 0...
July 21, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729753/gesture-and-intonation-are-sister-systems-of-infant-communication-evidence-from-regression-patterns-of-language-development
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David P Snow
This study investigates infants' transition from nonverbal to verbal communication using evidence from regression patterns. As an example of regressions, prelinguistic infants learning American Sign Language (ASL) use pointing gestures to communicate. At the onset of single signs, however, these gestures disappear. Petitto (1987) attributed the regression to the children's discovery that pointing has two functions, namely, deixis and linguistic pronouns. The 1:2 relation (1 form, 2 functions) violates the simple 1:1 pattern that infants are believed to expect...
January 2017: Language Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726696/a-novel-freeze-protection-strategy-for-shallow-buried-sewer-pipes-temperature-modelling-and-field-investigation
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Youen Pericault, Mikael Risberg, Mattias Vesterlund, Maria Viklander, Annelie Hedström
The burial of sewer and water pipes below the maximum ground frost depth can be very costly and laborious in regions with cold winters. If a freeze protection measure is applied, the utility lines can be installed in a shallower trench to reduce the excavation needs. One freeze protection measure, so called heat tracing, consists of supplying heat along the pipes. In this work, the use of 4th generation district heating as a heat tracing solution was investigated at a pilot site in Kiruna, Sweden. The influence of the system on sewer and water pipe temperatures was studied at a snow-free and snow-covered cross section...
July 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725374/snowbeds-are-more-affected-than-other-subalpine-alpine-plant-communities-by-climate-change-in-the-swiss-alps
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Magalì Matteodo, Klaus Ammann, Eric Pascal Verrecchia, Pascal Vittoz
While the upward shift of plant species has been observed on many alpine and nival summits, the reaction of the subalpine and lower alpine plant communities to the current warming and lower snow precipitation has been little investigated so far. To this aim, 63 old, exhaustive plant inventories, distributed along a subalpine-alpine elevation gradient of the Swiss Alps and covering different plant community types (acidic and calcareous grasslands; windy ridges; snowbeds), were revisited after 25-50 years. Old and recent inventories were compared in terms of species diversity with Simpson diversity and Bray-Curtis dissimilarity indices, and in terms of community composition with principal component analysis...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725047/warming-effects-on-the-urban-hydrology-in-cold-climate-regions
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L Järvi, C S B Grimmond, J P McFadden, A Christen, I B Strachan, M Taka, L Warsta, M Heimann
While approximately 338 million people in the Northern hemisphere live in regions that are regularly snow covered in winter, there is little hydro-climatologic knowledge in the cities impacted by snow. Using observations and modelling we have evaluated the energy and water exchanges of four cities that are exposed to wintertime snow. We show that the presence of snow critically changes the impact that city design has on the local-scale hydrology and climate. After snow melt, the cities return to being strongly controlled by the proportion of built and vegetated surfaces...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724343/vero-cell-technology-for-rapid-development-of-inactivated-whole-virus-vaccines-for-emerging-viral-diseases
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P Noel Barrett, Sara J Terpening, Doris Snow, Ronald R Cobb, Otfried Kistner
Rapid development and production of vaccines against emerging diseases requires well established, validated, robust technologies to allow industrial scale production and accelerated licensure of products. Areas covered: A versatile Vero cell platform has been developed and utilized to deliver a wide range of candidate and licensed vaccines against emerging viral diseases. This platform builds on the 35 years' experience and safety record with inactivated whole virus vaccines such as polio vaccine. The current platform has been optimized to include a novel double inactivation procedure in order to ensure a highly robust inactivation procedure for novel emerging viruses...
July 20, 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723960/a-validation-of-11-body-condition-indices-in-a-giant-snake-species-that-exhibits-positive-allometry
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Bryan G Falk, Ray W Snow, Robert N Reed
Body condition is a gauge of the energy stores of an animal, and though it has important implications for fitness, survival, competition, and disease, it is difficult to measure directly. Instead, body condition is frequently estimated as a body condition index (BCI) using length and mass measurements. A desirable BCI should accurately reflect true body condition and be unbiased with respect to size (i.e., mean BCI estimates should not change across different length or mass ranges), and choosing the most-appropriate BCI is not straightforward...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723606/visual-snow-syndrome-and-its-relationship-to-tinnitus
#9
Matthew Renze
Visual snow is a symptom described as the continuous perception of tiny flickering dots in the entire field of vision, similar to static of an analog television. Visual snow syndrome is a cluster of symptoms found highly prevalent in patients that present with visual snow. While most of these symptoms appear to be visual in nature, approximately 63% of patients studied also report continuous bilateral tinnitus. The high correlation of visual-snow-syndrome patients presenting with tinnitus suggests that they may share a common underlying pathophysiology...
June 1, 2017: International Tinnitus Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721506/interaction-between-a-bacterivorous-ciliate-aspidisca-cicada-and-a-rotifer-lecane-inermis-doozers-and-fraggles-in-aquatic-flocs
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Aleksandra Walczyńska, Mateusz Sobczyk, Edyta Fiałkowska, Agnieszka Pajdak-Stós, Janusz Fyda, Krzysztof Wiąckowski
Activated sludge is a semi-natural habitat composed of macroaggregates made by flocculating bacteria and inhabited by numerous protozoans and metazoans, creating a complicated interactome. The activated sludge resembles the biological formation of naturally occurring floc habitats, such as "marine snow." So far, these two types of habitat have been analyzed separately, despite their similarities. We examined the effect of a bacterivorous ciliate, Aspidisca cicada, on the quality of the macroaggregate ecosystem by estimating (i) the floc characteristics, (ii) the proliferation of other bacterivores (rotifers), and (iii) the chemical processes...
July 19, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715890/spring-melt-and-the-redistribution-of-organochlorine-pesticides-in-the-sea-ice-environment-a-comparative-study-between-arctic-and-antarctic-regions
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Marie Bigot, Darryl W Hawker, Roger Cropp, Derek C G Muir, Bjarne Jensen, Rossana Bossi, Susan Bengtson Nash
Complementary sampling of air, snow, sea-ice and seawater for a range of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) was undertaken through the early stages of respective spring sea-ice melting at coastal sites in northeast Greenland and eastern Antarctica to investigate OCP concentrations and redistribution during this time. Mean concentrations in seawater, sea-ice and snow were generally greater at the Arctic site. For example, α-HCH was found to have the largest concentrations of all analytes in Arctic seawater and sea-ice meltwater samples (224 to 253 and 34...
July 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715602/winter-storm-intensity-hazards-and-property-losses-in-the-new-york-tristate-area
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Cari E Shimkus, Mingfang Ting, James F Booth, Susana B Adamo, Malgosia Madajewicz, Yochanan Kushnir, Harald E Rieder
Winter storms pose numerous hazards to the Northeast United States, including rain, snow, strong wind, and flooding. These hazards can cause millions of dollars in damages from one storm alone. This study investigates meteorological intensity and impacts of winter storms from 2001 to 2014 on coastal counties in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York and underscores the consequences of winter storms. The study selected 70 winter storms on the basis of station observations of surface wind strength, heavy precipitation, high storm tide, and snow extremes...
July 17, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714685/adsorption-coupled-diffusion-of-gold-nanoclusters-within-a-large-pore-protein-crystal-scaffold
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Luke F Hartje, Brian E Munsky, Thomas W Ni, Christopher J Ackerson, Christopher D Snow
Large-pore protein crystals (LPCs) are ordered biologically-derived nanoporous materials exhibiting pore diameters greater than 8 nm. These substantial pores distinguish LPCs from typical nanoporous scaffolds; enabling engineered LPC materials to readily uptake, immobilize, and release macromolecular guests. In this study, macromolecular transport within an LPC environment has been experimentally and computationally investigated by studying adsorption-coupled diffusion of Au25(glutathione)18 nanoclusters within a crosslinked LPC scaffold via time-lapse confocal microscopy, bulk equilibrium adsorption, and hindered diffusion simulation...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713003/reassessing-the-utility-of-routine-urine-culture-with-urodynamics-uti-incidence-and-risk-factors
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Devon C Snow-Lisy, Christopher Halline, Emilie K Johnson, Dawn Diaz-Saldano, Theresa Meyer, Elizabeth B Yerkes
INTRODUCTION: There is no consensus regarding use of periprocedural antibiotics or routine urine cultures during urodynamics study (UDS) in children. At our hospital, we historically have obtained urine cultures during UDS. However, even with positive cultures, few patients require treatment. Most are successfully managed with increased hydration and frequent bladder emptying. PURPOSE: To evaluate clinical characteristics, antibiotic treatment, and outcomes in patients undergoing UDS to identify (1) risk factors for urinary tract infection (UTI) after UDS, and (2) patients who may benefit from routine urine culture...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711841/free-amino-acids-in-the-arctic-snow-and-ice-core-samples-potential-markers-for-paleoclimatic-studies
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Elena Barbaro, Andrea Spolaor, Ornela Karroca, Ki-Tae Park, Tõnu Martma, Elisabeth Isaksson, Jack Kohler, Jean Charles Gallet, Mats P Bjorkman, David Cappelletti, Gunnar Spreen, Roberta Zangrando, Carlo Barbante, Andrea Gambaro
The role of oceanic primary production on climate variability has long been debated. Defining changes in past oceanic primary production can help understanding of the important role that marine algae have in climate variability. In ice core research methanesulfonic acid is the chemical marker commonly used for assessing changes in past primary production. However, other organic compounds such as amino acids, can be produced and emitted into the atmosphere during a phytoplankton bloom. These species can be transported and deposited onto the ice cap in polar regions...
July 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710939/evaluation-of-bait-traps-as-a-means-to-predict-initial-blow-fly-diptera-calliphoridae-communities-associated-with-decomposing-swine-remains-in-new-jersey-usa
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Lauren M Weidner, M Denise Gemmellaro, Jeffery K Tomberlin, George C Hamilton
Information about blow fly (Diptera: Calliphoridae) species distributions can be valuable for criminal investigations, with regards to determining movement of remains from one location to another and time of colonization estimates, making these data extremely useful. Past work has been conducted on initial species community structure across New Jersey, USA using traps baited with beef liver; however, if these same species frequent vertebrate carrion remains unclear. In order to evaluate these data, piglet carcasses were placed out once every two weeks for a year in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA...
June 19, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708127/an-active-bacterial-community-linked-to-high-chl-a-concentrations-in-antarctic-winter-pack-ice-and-evidence-for-the-development-of-an-anaerobic-sea-ice-bacterial-community
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Eeva Eronen-Rasimus, Anne-Mari Luhtanen, Janne-Markus Rintala, Bruno Delille, Gerhard Dieckmann, Antti Karkman, Jean-Louis Tison
Antarctic sea-ice bacterial community composition and dynamics in various developmental stages were investigated during the austral winter in 2013. Thick snow cover likely insulated the ice, leading to high (<4 μg l(-1)) chlorophyll-a (chl-a) concentrations and consequent bacterial production. Typical sea-ice bacterial genera, for example, Octadecabacter, Polaribacter and Glaciecola, often abundant in spring and summer during the sea-ice algal bloom, predominated in the communities. The variability in bacterial community composition in the different ice types was mainly explained by the chl-a concentrations, suggesting that as in spring and summer sea ice, the sea-ice bacteria and algae may also be coupled during the Antarctic winter...
July 14, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707228/snow-white
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H Lameijer, M Kwant, M Doff-Holman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 13, 2017: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707227/snow-white
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H Lameijer, M Kwant, M Doff-Holman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 13, 2017: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704670/cryo-conditioned-rocky-coast-systems-a-case-study-from-wilczekodden-svalbard
#20
M C Strzelecki, M Kasprzak, M Lim, Z M Swirad, M Jaskólski, Ł Pawłowski, P Modzel
This paper presents the results of an investigation into the processes controlling development of a cryo-conditioned rock coast system in Hornsund, Svalbard. A suite of nested geomorphological and geophysical methods have been applied to characterise the functioning of rock cliffs and shore platforms influenced by lithological control and geomorphic processes driven by polar coast environments. Electrical resistivity tomosgraphy (ERT) surveys have been used to investigate permafrost control on rock coast dynamics and reveal the strong interaction with marine processes in High Arctic coastal settings...
July 10, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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