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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719187/exploring-the-role-of-habitat-on-the-wettability-of-cicada-wings
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Junho Oh, Catherine Dana, Sungmin Hong, Jessica K Roman, Kyoo D Jo, Je W Hong, Jonah Nguyen, Donald M Cropek, Marianne Alleyne, Nenad Miljkovic
Evolutionary pressure has pushed the wings of many insect species to develop micro/nanostructures that can significantly affect wettability and enable functionalities such as droplet jumping, self-cleaning, anti-fogging, anti-microbial, and anti-reflectivity. Significant effort is underway to understand the wing surface structure to establish rational design tools for the development of novel engineered materials. Most studies, however, have focused on superhydrophobic wings obtained from a single insect species, in particular, the Psaltoda claripennis cicada...
July 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717619/comparison-of-dynamic-postural-stability-scores-between-athletes-with-and-without-chronic-ankle-instability-during-lateral-jump-landing
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Zeinab Shiravi, Azadeh Shadmehr, Saeed Talebian Moghadam, Behrouz Attarbashi Moghadam
BACKGROUNDS: Many ankle injuries occur while participating in sports that require jumping and landing such as basketball, volleyball and soccer. Most recent studies have investigated dynamic postural stability of patients with chronic ankle instability after landing from a forward jump. The present study aimed to investigate the dynamic postural stability of the athletes who suffer from chronic ankle sprain while landing from a lateral jump. METHODS: Twelve athletes with self-reported unilateral chronic ankle instability (4 females and 8 males) and 12 matched controls (3 females and 9 males) voluntarily participated in the study...
January 2017: Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716970/prolonged-force-depression-after-mechanically-demanding-contractions-is-largely-independent-of-ca-2-and-reactive-oxygen-species
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Sigitas Kamandulis, Felipe de Souza Leite, Andres Hernández, Abram Katz, Marius Brazaitis, Joseph D Bruton, Tomas Venckunas, Nerijus Masiulis, Dalia Mickeviciene, Nerijus Eimantas, Andrejus Subocius, Dilson E Rassier, Albertas Skurvydas, Niklas Ivarsson, Håkan Westerblad
Increased production of reactive oxygen/nitrogen species (ROS) and impaired cellular Ca(2+) handling are implicated in the prolonged low-frequency force depression (PLFFD) observed in skeletal muscle after both metabolically and mechanically demanding exercise. Metabolically demanding high-intensity exercise can induce PLFFD accompanied by ROS-dependent fragmentation of the sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) release channels, the ryanodine receptor (RyR)-1. We tested whether similar changes occur after mechanically demanding eccentric contractions...
July 17, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714858/hybridization-effects-on-wave-packet-dynamics-in-topological-insulator-thin-films
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Abdullah Yar, Muhammad Naeem, Safi Ullah Khan, Kashif Sabeeh
Theoretical study of electron wave packet dynamics in Topological Insulator (TI) thin films is presented. We have investigated real space trajectories and spin dynamics of electron wave packets in TI thin films. Our focus is on the role of hybridization between the electronic states of the two surfaces. This allows us to access the crossover regime of a thick film with no hybridization to a thin film with finite hybridization. We show that the electron wave packet undergoes side-jump motion in addition to zitterbewegung...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714767/comparison-of-methods-of-calculating-dynamic-strength-index
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Paul Comfort, Christopher Thomas, Thomas Dos'Santos, Paul A Jones, Timothy J Suchomel, John J McMahon
PURPOSE: To determine the reliability and variability of dynamic strength index (DSI) calculated from squat jump (SJ) (DSI-SJ) versus countermovement jump (CMJ) (DSI-CMJ) peak force (PF) and to compare DSI values between methods. METHODS: Male youth soccer and rugby league players (n = 27; age = 17.2 ± 0.7 years; height = 173.9 ± 5.7 cm; body mass = 71.1 ± 7.2 kg) performed 3 trials of the SJ, CMJ and isometric mid-thigh pull (IMTP), on two separate days. DSI was calculated by dividing the PF during each jump by the IMTP PF...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714230/wet-spun-superelastic-graphene-aerogel-millispheres-with-group-effect
#6
Xiaoli Zhao, Weiquan Yao, Weiwei Gao, Hao Chen, Chao Gao
Graphene aerogel has attracted great attention due to its unique properties, such as ultralow density, superelasticity, and high specific surface area. It shows huge potential in energy devices, high-performance pressure sensors, contaminates adsorbents, and electromagnetic wave absorbing materials. However, there still remain some challenges to further promote the development and real application of graphene aerogel including cost-effective scalable fabrication and miniaturization with group effect. This study shows millimeter-scale superelastic graphene aerogel spheres (GSs) with group effect and multifunctionality...
July 17, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713536/neuromuscular-taping-application-in-counter-movement-jump-biomechanical-insight-in-a-group-of-healthy-basketball-players
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Giuseppe Marcolin, Alessandro Buriani, Andrea Giacomelli, David Blow, Davide Grigoletto, Marco Gesi
Kinesiologic elastic tape is widely used for both clinical and sport applications although its efficacy in enhancing agonistic performance is still controversial. Aim of the study was to verify in a group of healthy basketball players whether a neuromuscular taping application (NMT) on ankle and knee joints could affect the kinematic and the kinetic parameters of the jump, either by enhancing or inhibiting the functional performance. Fourteen healthy male basketball players without any ongoing pathologies at upper limbs, lower limbs and trunk volunteered in the study...
June 24, 2017: European Journal of Translational Myology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713281/effectiveness-of-traditional-strength-vs-power-training-on-muscle-strength-power-and-speed-with-youth-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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David G Behm, James D Young, Joseph H D Whitten, Jonathan C Reid, Patrick J Quigley, Jonathan Low, Yimeng Li, Camila D Lima, Daniel D Hodgson, Anis Chaouachi, Olaf Prieske, Urs Granacher
Numerous national associations and multiple reviews have documented the safety and efficacy of strength training for children and adolescents. The literature highlights the significant training-induced increases in strength associated with youth strength training. However, the effectiveness of youth strength training programs to improve power measures is not as clear. This discrepancy may be related to training and testing specificity. Most prior youth strength training programs emphasized lower intensity resistance with relatively slow movements...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712031/human-skeletal-muscle-type-1-fibre-distribution-and-response-of-stress-sensing-proteins-along-the-titin-molecule-after-submaximal-exhaustive-exercise
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Satu O A Koskinen, Heikki Kyröläinen, Riina Flink, Harri P Selänne, Sheila S Gagnon, Juha P Ahtiainen, Bradley C Nindl, Maarit Lehti
Early responses of stress-sensing proteins, muscle LIM protein (MLP), ankyrin repeat proteins (Ankrd1/CARP and Ankrd2/Arpp) and muscle-specific RING finger proteins (MuRF1 and MuRF2), along the titin molecule were investigated in the present experiment after submaximal exhaustive exercise. Ten healthy men performed continuous drop jumping unilaterally on a sledge apparatus with a submaximal height until complete exhaustion. Five stress-sensing proteins were analysed by mRNA measurements from biopsies obtained immediately and 3 h after the exercise from exercised vastus lateralis muscle while control biopsies were obtained from non-exercised legs before the exercise...
July 15, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711162/actin-cytoskeleton-stiffness-grades-metastatic-potential-of-ovarian-carcinoma-hey-a8-cells-via-nanoindentation-mapping
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Z L Zhou, X X Sun, J Ma, M H Tong, S K Y To, A S T Wong, A H W Ngan
Recent studies have indicated that the nanoindentation measured stiffness of carcinoma adherent cells is in general lower than normal cells, thus suggesting that cell stiffness may serve as a bio-marker for carcinoma. However, the proper establishment of such a conclusion would require biophysical understanding of the underlying mechanism of the cell stiffness. In this work, we compared the elastic moduli of the actin cytoskeletons of Hey A8 ovarian carcinoma cells with and without metastasis (HM and NM), as measured by 2D atomic force microscopy (AFM) with low-depth nanoindentation via a rate-jump method...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704316/effects-of-a-tapering-period-on-physical-condition-in-soccer-players
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Maria Reyes Beltran-Valls, Guillermo Camarero-López, José Vicente Beltran-Garrido, Pau Cecilia-Gallego
The aim of this research was to analyze the effects of a two-week step tapering period on lower-limb muscle power, change of direction (COD) and acceleration capacities, and on the stress-recovery state in an amateur soccer team. Twenty-two male players were included in the study. Following a six-week progressive training, the sample was divided into: experimental group (n = 11), who did a two-week period of taper in which training volume was 50% reduced (intensity was kept high) and control group (n = 11), which kept on with the training...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704309/effect-of-three-different-muscle-action-training-protocols-on-knee-strength-ratios-and-performance
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Cassio V Ruas, Lee E Brown, Camila D Lima, Pablo B Costa, Ronei S Pinto
Hamstring to quadriceps (H:Q) ratios are often used to assess strength imbalances. The aims of this study were to compare three different muscle action training protocols on H:Q strength balance and functional performance. Forty untrained males (age: 22.87 ± 2.28 y, mass: 70.66 ± 11.049 kg, ht: 174.29 ± 6.90 cm) performed 6 weeks of training on an isokinetic dynamometer. They were randomly assigned to one of 4 groups; concentric quadriceps and concentric hamstring (CON/CON), eccentric quadriceps and eccentric hamstring (ECC/ECC), concentric quadriceps and eccentric hamstring (CON/ECC), or no training (CNTRL)...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701699/dynamics-of-snap-off-and-pore-filling-events-during-two-phase-fluid-flow-in-permeable-media
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Kamaljit Singh, Hannah Menke, Matthew Andrew, Qingyang Lin, Christoph Rau, Martin J Blunt, Branko Bijeljic
Understanding the pore-scale dynamics of two-phase fluid flow in permeable media is important in many processes such as water infiltration in soils, oil recovery, and geo-sequestration of CO2. The two most important processes that compete during the displacement of a non-wetting fluid by a wetting fluid are pore-filling or piston-like displacement and snap-off; this latter process can lead to trapping of the non-wetting phase. We present a three-dimensional dynamic visualization study using fast synchrotron X-ray micro-tomography to provide new insights into these processes by conducting a time-resolved pore-by-pore analysis of the local curvature and capillary pressure...
July 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699620/aerodynamics-and-flow-features-of-a-damselfly-in-takeoff-flight
#14
Ayodeji Toluwanimi Bode-Oke, Samane Zeyghami, Haibo Dong
Flight initiation is fundamental for survival, escape from predators and lifting payload from one place to another in biological fliers and can be broadly classified into jumping and non-jumping takeoffs. During jumping takeoffs, the legs generate most of the initial impulse. Whereas the wings generate most of the forces in non-jumping takeoffs, which are usually voluntary, slow, and stable. It is of great interest to understand how these non-jumping takeoffs occur and what strategies insects use to generate large amount of forces required for this highly demanding flight initiation mode...
July 12, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698987/the-effects-of-traditional-superset-and-tri-set-resistance-training-structures-on-perceived-intensity-and-physiological-responses
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Jonathon J S Weakley, Kevin Till, Dale B Read, Gregory A B Roe, Joshua Darrall-Jones, Padraic J Phibbs, Ben Jones
PURPOSE: Investigate the acute and short-term (i.e., 24 h) effects of traditional (TRAD), superset (SS), and tri-set (TRI) resistance training protocols on perceptions of intensity and physiological responses. METHODS: Fourteen male participants completed a familiarisation session and three resistance training protocols (i.e., TRAD, SS, and TRI) in a randomised-crossover design. Rating of perceived exertion, lactate concentration ([Lac]), creatine kinase concentration ([CK]), countermovement jump (CMJ), testosterone, and cortisol concentrations was measured pre, immediately, and 24-h post the resistance training sessions with magnitude-based inferences assessing changes/differences within/between protocols...
July 11, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696733/controlling-the-topological-sector-of-magnetic-solitons-in-exfoliated-cr_-1-3-nbs_-2-crystals
#16
L Wang, N Chepiga, D-K Ki, L Li, F Li, W Zhu, Y Kato, O S Ovchinnikova, F Mila, I Martin, D Mandrus, A F Morpurgo
We investigate manifestations of topological order in monoaxial helimagnet Cr_{1/3}NbS_{2} by performing transport measurements on ultrathin crystals. Upon sweeping the magnetic field perpendicularly to the helical axis, crystals thicker than one helix pitch (48 nm) but much thinner than the magnetic domain size (∼1  μm) are found to exhibit sharp and hysteretic resistance jumps. We show that these phenomena originate from transitions between topological sectors with a different number of magnetic solitons...
June 23, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692785/can-a-time-fractional-derivative-model-capture-scale-dependent-dispersion-in-saturated-soils
#17
Rhiannon M Garrard, Yong Zhang, Song Wei, HongGuang Sun, Jiazhong Qian
Time nonlocal transport models such as the time fractional advection-dispersion equation (t-fADE) were proposed to capture well-documented non-Fickian dynamics for conservative solutes transport in heterogeneous media, with the underlying assumption that the time nonlocality (which means that the current concentration change is affected by previous concentration load) embedded in the physical models can release the effective dispersion coefficient from scale dependency. This assumption, however, has never been systematically examined using real data...
July 10, 2017: Ground Water
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690370/unbiased-bayesian-inference-for-population-markov-jump-processes-via-random-truncations
#18
Anastasis Georgoulas, Jane Hillston, Guido Sanguinetti
We consider continuous time Markovian processes where populations of individual agents interact stochastically according to kinetic rules. Despite the increasing prominence of such models in fields ranging from biology to smart cities, Bayesian inference for such systems remains challenging, as these are continuous time, discrete state systems with potentially infinite state-space. Here we propose a novel efficient algorithm for joint state/parameter posterior sampling in population Markov Jump processes. We introduce a class of pseudo-marginal sampling algorithms based on a random truncation method which enables a principled treatment of infinite state spaces...
2017: Statistics and Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686021/effect-of-the-thermocouple-on-measuring-the-temperature-discontinuity-at-a-liquid-vapor-interface
#19
Mohammad Amin Kazemi, David S Nobes, Janet A W Elliott
The coupled heat and mass transfer that occurs in evaporation is of interest in a large number of fields such as evaporative cooling, distillation, drying, coating, printing, crystallization, welding, atmospheric processes, and pool fires. The temperature jump that occurs at an evaporating interface is of central importance to understanding this complex process. Over the past three decades, thermocouples have been widely used to measure the interfacial temperature jumps at a liquid-vapor interface during evaporation...
July 7, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685862/sprint-mechanics-evaluation-using-inertial-sensor-based-technology-a-laboratory-validation-study
#20
Igor Setuain, Pablo Lecumberri, Juha P Ahtiainen, Antti A Mero, Keijo Häkkinen, Mikel Izquierdo
Advances in micro-electromechanical systems have turned magnetic inertial measurement units (MIMUs) into a suitable tool for vertical jumping biomechanical evaluation. Thus, the presented study aimed to determine if appropriate reliability and agreement reports could also be obtained when analysing 20m sprint mechanics. Four bouts of 20 m sprints were evaluated to determine if the data provided by a MIMU placed at the lumbar spine could reliably assess sprint mechanics and to examine the validity of the MIMU sensor compared to force plate recordings...
July 7, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
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