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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922645/graphene-as-a-photothermal-actuator-for-control-of-lipid-mesophase-structure
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Matthew D J Quinn, Tao Wang, Joanne D Du, Ben J Boyd, Adrian Hawley, Shannon M Notley
The optical density of pristine graphene is high and broad in the near infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum positioning this material as a highly efficient photothermal agent for in vivo applications. In this study, surfactant assisted exfoliated graphene was incorporated within bulk lipid samples of varying lipid types: glyceryl monoether, glyceryl monooleate and phytantriol. The pristine graphene sheets did not disrupt the packing of the liquid crystals while being in sufficiently intimate contact to provide localized heating and induce phase transitions...
December 6, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922101/social-determinants-of-eyeblinks-in-adult-male-macaques
#2
Sébastien Ballesta, Clayton P Mosher, Jeno Szep, Kate D Fischl, Katalin M Gothard
Videos with rich social and emotional content elicit natural social behaviors in primates. Indeed, while watching videos of conspecifics, monkeys engage in eye contact, gaze follow, and reciprocate facial expressions. We hypothesized that the frequency and timing of eyeblinks also depends on the social signals contained in videos. We monitored the eyeblinks of four male adult macaques while they watched videos of conspecifics displaying facial expressions with direct or averted gaze. The instantaneous blink rate of all four animals decreased during videos...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916666/rhythmic-entrainment-source-separation-optimizing-analyses-of-neural-responses-to-rhythmic-sensory-stimulation
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Michael X Cohen, Rasa Gulbinaite
Steady-state evoked potentials (SSEPs) are rhythmic brain responses to rhythmic sensory stimulation, and are often used to study perceptual and attentional processes. We present a data analysis method for maximizing the signal-to-noise ratio of the narrow-band steady-state response in the frequency and time-frequency domains. The method, termed rhythmic entrainment source separation (RESS), is based on denoising source separation approaches that take advantage of the simultaneous but differential projection of neural activity to multiple electrodes or sensors...
December 1, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915027/tonotopic-representation-of-loudness-in-the-human-cortex
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Andrew Thwaites, Josef Schlittenlacher, Ian Nimmo-Smith, William D Marslen-Wilson, Brian C J Moore
A prominent feature of the auditory system is that neurons show tuning to audio frequency; each neuron has a characteristic frequency (CF) to which it is most sensitive. Furthermore, there is an orderly mapping of CF to position, which is called tonotopic organization and which is observed at many levels of the auditory system. In a previous study (Thwaites et al., 2016) we examined cortical entrainment to two auditory transforms predicted by a model of loudness, instantaneous loudness and short-term loudness, using speech as the input signal...
November 30, 2016: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913399/development-of-time-and-voltage-domain-mapping-v-t-mapping-to-localize-ventricular-tachycardia-channels-during-sinus-rhythm
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Sachin Nayyar, Pawel Kuklik, Anand N Ganesan, Thomas R Sullivan, Lauren Wilson, Glenn D Young, Prashanthan Sanders, Kurt C Roberts-Thomson
BACKGROUND: In ventricular scar, impulse spread is slow because it traverses split and zigzag channels of surviving muscle. We aimed to evaluate scar electrograms to determine their local delay (activation time) and inequality in voltage splitting (entropy), and their relationship to channels. We reasoned that unlike innocuous channels, which are often short with multiple side branches, ventricular tachycardia (VT) supporting channels have very slow impulse spread and possess low entropy because of their longer protected length and relative lack of side-branching...
December 2016: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906156/biomimetic-sniffing-improves-the-detection-performance-of-a-3d-printed-nose-of-a-dog-and-a-commercial-trace-vapor-detector
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Matthew E Staymates, William A MacCrehan, Jessica L Staymates, Roderick R Kunz, Thomas Mendum, Ta-Hsuan Ong, Geoffrey Geurtsen, Greg J Gillen, Brent A Craven
Unlike current chemical trace detection technology, dogs actively sniff to acquire an odor sample. Flow visualization experiments with an anatomically-similar 3D printed dog's nose revealed the external aerodynamics during canine sniffing, where ventral-laterally expired air jets entrain odorant-laden air toward the nose, thereby extending the "aerodynamic reach" for inspiration of otherwise inaccessible odors. Chemical sampling and detection experiments quantified two modes of operation with the artificial nose-active sniffing and continuous inspiration-and demonstrated an increase in odorant detection by a factor of up to 18 for active sniffing...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904984/parenting-behaviors-parent-heart-rate-variability-and-their-associations-with-adolescent-heart-rate-variability
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Rebecca A Graham, Brandon G Scott, Carl F Weems
Adolescence is a potentially important time in the development of emotion regulation and parenting behaviors may play a role. We examined associations among parenting behaviors, parent resting heart rate variability, adolescent resting heart rate variability and parenting behaviors as moderators of the association between parent and adolescent resting heart rate variability. Ninety-seven youth (11-17 years; 49.5 % female; 34 % African American, 37.1 % Euro-American, 22.6 % other/mixed ethnic background, and 7...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Youth and Adolescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903440/auditory-cortical-delta-entrainment-interacts-with-oscillatory-power-in-multiple-fronto-parietal-networks
#8
Anne Keitel, Robin A A Ince, Joachim Gross, Christoph Kayser
The timing of slow auditory cortical activity aligns to the rhythmic fluctuations in speech. This entrainment is considered to be a marker of the prosodic and syllabic encoding of speech, and has been shown to correlate with intelligibility. Yet, whether and how auditory cortical entrainment is influenced by the activity in other speech-relevant areas remains unknown. Using source-localized MEG data, we quantified the dependency of auditory entrainment on the state of oscillatory activity in fronto-parietal regions...
November 26, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899311/seasonal-biotic-and-abiotic-factors-affecting-hunting-strategy-in-free-living-saharan-sand-vipers-cerastes-vipera
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Sefi J A Horesh, Jaim Sivan, Avi Rosenstrauch, Itay Tesler, A Allan Degen, Michael Kam
Sit-and-wait ambushing and active hunting are two strategies used by predators to capture prey. In snakes, hunting strategy is conserved phylogenetically; most species employ only one strategy. Active hunters encounter and capture more prey but invest more energy in hunting and have higher risks of being predated. This trade-off is important to small predators. The small Cerastes vipera employs both modes of hunting, which is unlike most viperids which use only sit-and wait ambushing. This species hibernates in October and emerges in April...
November 27, 2016: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898601/fontan-fenestration-closure-prior-to-posterior-spinal-fusion-in-patients-with-single-ventricle-heart-disease
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Matthew C Schwartz, David Nykanen, Craig Fleishman, Hamish M Munro, Jonathan Phillips, Raymond D Knapp, Donald Felix
STUDY DESIGN: Case series. OBJECTIVE: To describe transcatheter closure of the Fontan fenestration prior to posterior spinal fusion in two children to prevent paradoxical venous air embolism during the operation. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Scoliosis is common among patients with single-ventricle congenital heart disease who have undergone Fontan operation and spinal surgery can offer physiologic benefits. Venous air embolism is a rare, but important reported complication during spinal surgery performed in the prone position...
December 1, 2016: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894927/the-dynamics-of-gaba-signaling-revelations-from-the-circadian-pacemaker-in-the-suprachiasmatic-nucleus
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REVIEW
H Elliott Albers, James C Walton, Karen L Gamble, John K McNeill, Daniel L Hummer
Virtually every neuron within the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) communicates via GABAergic signaling. The extra-cellular levels of GABA within the SCN are determined by a complex interaction of synthesis and transport, as well as synaptic and non-synaptic release. The response to GABA is mediated by GABAA receptors that respond to both phasic and tonic GABA release and that can produce excitatory as well as inhibitory cellular responses. GABA also influences circadian control through the exclusively inhibitory effects of GABAB receptors...
November 25, 2016: Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892582/lubrication-of-chocolate-during-oral-processing
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S A Rodrigues, N Selway, M P Morgenstern, L Motoi, J R Stokes, B J James
The structure of chocolate is drastically transformed during oral processing from a composite solid to an oil/water fluid emulsion. Using two commercial dark chocolates varying in cocoa solids content, this study develops a method to identify the factors that govern lubrication in molten chocolate and saliva's contribution to lubrication following oral processing. In addition to chocolate and its individual components, simulated boluses (molten chocolate and phosphate buffered saline), in vitro boluses (molten chocolate and whole human saliva) and ex vivo boluses (chocolate expectorated after chewing till the point of swallow) were tested...
November 28, 2016: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890738/ventricular-arrhythmias-associated-with-left-ventricular-non-compaction-electrophysiological-characteristics-mapping-and-ablation
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Daniele Muser, Jackson J Liang, Walter R T Witschey, Rajeev K Pathak, Simon Castro, Silvia Magnani, Erica S Zado, Fermin C Garcia, Benoit Desjardins, David J Callans, David S Frankel, Francis E Marchlinski, Pasquale Santangeli
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular non-compaction (LVNC) is a primary cardiomyopathy that can present with recurrent ventricular arrhythmias (VAs). Data on the benefit of catheter ablation (CA) of VAs in LVNC are lacking. OBJECTIVES: To describe the electrophysiologic features and outcomes of CA of VAs in LVNC. METHODS: The cohort consisted of 9 patients (age 42±15 years) with diagnosis of LVNC based upon established criteria and VA (VT in 3 and frequent PVCs in 6) despite treatment with a mean of 2±1 antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs)...
November 23, 2016: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890476/spatial-and-temporal-dynamics-of-macrophyte-cover-in-a-large-regulated-river
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A Tena, D Vericat, L E Gonzalo, R J Batalla
The River Ebro basin is extensively dammed. Dams alter the geomorphological functioning of the river by altering its flow regime (e.g. reducing mean and maximum discharges), increasing bed stability (armouring) and decreasing turbidity (water clarity). These effects, together with an increase in nutrient concentrations and water temperature, have generated optimal conditions for the proliferation of aquatic macrophytes. In this paper, we analyse the temporal and spatial changes of macrophyte cover in the lowermost Ebro through a series of field campaigns carried out between 2009 and 2010...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885004/circadian-time-signatures-of-fitness-and-disease
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REVIEW
Joseph Bass, Mitchell A Lazar
Biological clocks are autonomous anticipatory oscillators that play a critical role in the organization and information processing from genome to whole organisms. Transformative advances into the clock system have opened insight into fundamental mechanisms through which clocks program energy transfer from sunlight into organic matter and potential energy, in addition to cell development and genotoxic stress response. The identification of clocks in nearly every single cell of the body raises questions as to how this gives rise to rhythmic physiology in multicellular organisms and how environmental signals entrain clocks to geophysical time...
November 25, 2016: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883065/cycles-of-circadian-illuminance-are-sufficient-to-entrain-and-maintain-circadian-locomotor-rhythms-in-drosophila
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Eunjoo Cho, Ji Hye Oh, Euna Lee, Young Rag Do, Eun Young Kim
Light at night disrupts the circadian clock and causes serious health problems in the modern world. Here, we show that newly developed four-package light-emitting diodes (LEDs) can provide harmless lighting at night. To quantify the effects of light on the circadian clock, we employed the concept of circadian illuminance (CIL). CIL represents the amount of light weighted toward the wavelengths to which the circadian clock is most sensitive, whereas visual illuminance (VIL) represents the total amount of visible light...
November 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881788/brain-network-mechanisms-underlying-motor-enhancement-by-transcranial-entrainment-of-gamma-oscillations
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Marius Moisa, Rafael Polania, Marcus Grueschow, Christian C Ruff
: Gamma and beta oscillations are routinely observed in motor-related brain circuits during movement preparation and execution. Entrainment of gamma or beta oscillations via transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) over primary motor cortex (M1) has opposite effects on motor performance, suggesting a causal role of these brain rhythms for motor control. However, it is largely unknown which brain mechanisms characterize these changes in motor performance brought about by tACS...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880762/unexpected-diversity-in-socially-synchronized-rhythms-of-shorebirds
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Martin Bulla, Mihai Valcu, Adriaan M Dokter, Alexei G Dondua, András Kosztolányi, Anne L Rutten, Barbara Helm, Brett K Sandercock, Bruce Casler, Bruno J Ens, Caleb S Spiegel, Chris J Hassell, Clemens Küpper, Clive Minton, Daniel Burgas, David B Lank, David C Payer, Egor Y Loktionov, Erica Nol, Eunbi Kwon, Fletcher Smith, H River Gates, Hana Vitnerová, Hanna Prüter, James A Johnson, James J H St Clair, Jean-François Lamarre, Jennie Rausch, Jeroen Reneerkens, Jesse R Conklin, Joanna Burger, Joe Liebezeit, Joël Bêty, Jonathan T Coleman, Jordi Figuerola, Jos C E W Hooijmeijer, José A Alves, Joseph A M Smith, Karel Weidinger, Kari Koivula, Ken Gosbell, Klaus-Michael Exo, Larry Niles, Laura Koloski, Laura McKinnon, Libor Praus, Marcel Klaassen, Marie-Andrée Giroux, Martin Sládeček, Megan L Boldenow, Michael I Goldstein, Miroslav Šálek, Nathan Senner, Nelli Rönkä, Nicolas Lecomte, Olivier Gilg, Orsolya Vincze, Oscar W Johnson, Paul A Smith, Paul F Woodard, Pavel S Tomkovich, Phil F Battley, Rebecca Bentzen, Richard B Lanctot, Ron Porter, Sarah T Saalfeld, Scott Freeman, Stephen C Brown, Stephen Yezerinac, Tamás Székely, Tomás Montalvo, Theunis Piersma, Vanessa Loverti, Veli-Matti Pakanen, Wim Tijsen, Bart Kempenaers
The behavioural rhythms of organisms are thought to be under strong selection, influenced by the rhythmicity of the environment. Such behavioural rhythms are well studied in isolated individuals under laboratory conditions, but free-living individuals have to temporally synchronize their activities with those of others, including potential mates, competitors, prey and predators. Individuals can temporally segregate their daily activities (for example, prey avoiding predators, subordinates avoiding dominants) or synchronize their activities (for example, group foraging, communal defence, pairs reproducing or caring for offspring)...
December 1, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875928/combining-mechanical-foaming-and-thermally-induced-phase-separation-to-generate-chitosan-scaffolds-for-soft-tissue-engineering
#19
D P Biswas, P A Tran, C Tallon, A J O'Connor
In this paper, a novel foaming methodology consisting of turbulent mixing and thermally induced phase separation (TIPS) was used to generate scaffolds for tissue engineering. Air bubbles were mechanically introduced into a chitosan solution which forms the continuous polymer/liquid phase in the foam created. The air bubbles entrained in the foam act as a template for the macroporous architecture of the final scaffolds. Wet foams were crosslinked via glutaraldehyde and frozen at -20 °C to induce TIPS in order to limit film drainage, bubble coalescence and Ostwald ripening...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869182/the-effects-of-non-self-sustained-oscillators-on-the-en-trainment-ability-of-the-suprachiasmatic-nucleus
#20
Changgui Gu, Ming Tang, Jos H T Rohling, Huijie Yang
In mammals, the circadian rhythms of behavioral and physiological activities are regulated by an endogenous clock located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). The SCN is composed of ~20,000 neurons, of which some are capable of self-sustained oscillations, while the others do not oscillate in a self-sustainable manner, but show arrhythmic patterns or damped oscillations. Thus far, the effects of these non-self-sustained oscillatory neurons are not fully explored. Here, we examined how the proportion of the non-self-sustained oscillators affects the free running period under constant darkness and the ability to entrain to the light-dark cycle...
November 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
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