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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779248/analysis-of-intraspecific-seeds-diversity-in-astragalus-aquilanus-fabaceae-endemic-species-of-central-apennine
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V Di Cecco, M Di Musciano, A A D'Archivio, A R Frattaroli, L Di Martino
This work aims to study the seeds of the endemic species Astragalus aquilanus from four different populations of Central Italy. We investigated the seed morpho-colorimetric features (shape and size) and chemical differences (through infrared spectroscopy) among populations and between dark and light seeds. Seed morpho-colorimetric quantitative variables, describing shape, size and colour seed traits, were measured using image analysis techniques. Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy was used to attempt seed chemical characterization...
May 20, 2018: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777438/no-evidence-of-binding-items-to-spatial-configuration-representations-in-visual-working-memory
#2
Rob Udale, Simon Farrell, Christopher Kent
When detecting changes in visual features (e.g., colour or shape), object locations, represented as points within a configuration, might also be automatically represented in working memory. If the configuration of a scene is represented automatically, the locations of individual items might form part of this representation, irrespective of their relevance to the task. Participants took part in a change-detection task in which they studied displays containing different sets of items (shapes, letters, objects), which varied in their task relevance...
May 17, 2018: Memory & Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777046/lack-of-tumour-pigmentation-in-conjunctival-melanoma-is-associated-with-light-iris-colour-and-worse-prognosis
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Niels J Brouwer, Marina Marinkovic, Gregorius P M Luyten, Carol L Shields, Martine J Jager
AIM: To investigate whether differences in iris colour, skin colour and tumour pigmentation are related to clinical outcome in conjunctival melanoma. METHODS: Data of 70 patients with conjunctival melanoma from the Leiden University Medical Center (Leiden, The Netherlands) and 374 patients from the Wills Eye Hospital (Philadephia, USA) were reviewed. The relation between iris colour, skin colour and tumour pigmentation versus clinical parameters and outcome was investigated using univariate and multivariate regression analyses...
May 18, 2018: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775177/novosphingobium-arvoryzae-sp-nov-isolated-from-a-flooded-rice-field
#4
Shih-Yi Sheu, Cheng-Wen Huang, Jhen-Ci Chen, Zih-Han Chen, Wen-Ming Chen
A bacterial strain, designated Jyi-02T , was isolated from a flooded rice field in Taiwan and characterized using the polyphasic taxonomy approach. Cells of strain Jyi-02T were aerobic, Gram-stain-negative, rod-shaped, non-motile and formed yellowish orange coloured colonies. Growth occurred at 10-40 °C (optimum, 20 °C) and pH 5.0-9.0 (optimum, pH 7.0) and in the presence of 0-1.0 % NaCl (optimum, 0 %, w/v). The major fatty acids (>10 %) of strain Jyi-02T were C18 : 1ω7c, summed feature 3 (C16 : 1ω7c and/or C16 : 1ω6c) and C14 : 0 2-OH...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772915/a-comparison-of-the-antifouling-performance-of-air-plasma-spray-aps-ceramic-and-high-velocity-oxygen-fuel-hvof-coatings-for-use-in-marine-hydraulic-applications
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Richard Piola, Andrew S M Ang, Matthew Leigh, Scott A Wade
Maritime hydraulic components are often exposed to harsh environmental conditions which can lead to accelerated deterioration, reduced function, equipment failure and costly repair. Two leading causes of maritime hydraulic failure are biofouling accumulation and corrosion. This study examined the antifouling performance of three candidate replacement high velocity oxygen fuel (HVOF) coatings relative to the performance of the current baseline air plasma spray (APS) ceramic coating for protection of hydraulic actuators...
May 18, 2018: Biofouling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772323/endovascular-treatment-for-iliofemoral-vein-thrombosis-with-composite-stents
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Liangxi Yuan, Ye Lu, Guanglang Zhu, Tianchi Hu, Xiaoyu Sun, Junmin Bao, Qingsheng Lu, Zaiping Jing
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the applicability of endovascular treatment for iliofemoral vein thrombosis with composite stents. METHODS: Between September 2013 and August 2016, 29 consecutive patients underwent endovascular therapy with composite stents for iliofemoral vein thrombosis and were followed up at our institution. All the patients with acute or chronic iliofemoral vein thrombosis enrolled in this study were evaluated by colour Doppler ultrasonography and diagnosed by venography...
May 14, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771982/idiosyncratic-representation-of-peripersonal-space-depends-on-the-success-of-one-s-own-motor-actions-but-also-the-successful-actions-of-others
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Yann Coello, François Quesque, Maria-Francesca Gigliotti, Laurent Ott, Jean-Luc Bruyelle
Peripersonal space is a multisensory representation of the environment around the body in relation to the motor system, underlying the interactions with the physical and social world. Although changing body properties and social context have been shown to alter the functional processing of space, little is known about how changing the value of objects influences the representation of peripersonal space. In two experiments, we tested the effect of modifying the spatial distribution of reward-yielding targets on manual reaching actions and peripersonal space representation...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771933/the-colours-and-contours-of-compassion-a-systematic-review-of-the-perspectives-of-compassion-among-ethnically-diverse-patients-and-healthcare-providers
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Pavneet Singh, Kathryn King-Shier, Shane Sinclair
OBJECTIVE: To identify and describe the perspectives, experiences, importance, and impact of compassionate care among ethnically diverse population groups. METHODS: A systematic search of peer-reviewed research focused on compassionate care in ethnically diverse populations published between 1946 and 2017 was conducted. RESULTS: A total of 2296 abstracts were retrieved, out of which 23 articles met the inclusion criteria. Synthesis of the literature identified the perspectives, facilitators and barriers of compassion in healthcare within ethnic groups...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770926/effect-of-mouthwashes-on-the-discolouration-of-restorative-materials-commonly-used-in-paediatric-dentistry
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N B Ulusoy, V Arikan, A Akbay Oba
AIM: This was to investigate the effects of Klorhex, Tantum Verde, Kloroben, and Listerine on the discolouration of composite resin, compomer, giomer, and resin-modified glass ionomer. METHODS: Fifty disc-shaped specimens from each restorative material (n = 50) were prepared; initial colour values were measured with a spectrophotometer. Forty specimens from each group were placed in the four different types of mouthwashes (n = 10), while the remaining 10 specimens were immersed in distilled water for 2 min, twice a day for a period of 3 weeks...
May 16, 2018: European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry: Official Journal of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770559/ethical-legal-and-social-implications-of-forensic-molecular-phenotyping-in-south-africa
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Nandi Slabbert, Laura Jane Heathfield
Conventional forensic DNA analysis involves a matching principle, which compares DNA profiles from evidential samples to those from reference samples of known origin. In casework, however, the accessibility to a reference sample is not guaranteed which limits the use of DNA as an investigative tool. This has led to the development of phenotype prediction, which uses SNP analysis to estimate the physical appearance of the sample donor. Physical traits, such as eye, hair and skin colour, have been associated with certain alleles within specific genes involved in the melanogenesis pathways...
May 17, 2018: Developing World Bioethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770407/-two-in-one-organic-inorganic-hybrid-mn-ii-complexes-exhibiting-dual-emissive-phosphorescence
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Alexey S Berezin, Denis G Samsonenko, Valery K Brel, Alexander V Artem'ev
Unprecedented organic-inorganic hybrid complexes, [Mn(L)3]MnHal4, containing both four- and hexacoordinated Mn2+ ions were synthesized by reacting MnCl2 or MnBr2 with bis(phosphine oxide) ligands (L) such as dppmO2, dppeO2, and 2,3-bis(diphenylphosphinyl)-1,3-butadiene (dppbO2). In the [Mn(L)3]2+ cation of the complexes, the Mn2+ ion features a [MnO6] octahedral coordination environment (Oh), and the [MnHal4]2- anion adopts a tetrahedral geometry (Td). These "two-in-one" complexes exhibit strong long-lived luminescence (τav = 12-15 ms at 300 K) having interesting thermochromic behavior attributed to the thermal equilibrium between two emission bands...
May 17, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770185/does-colour-filling-in-account-for-colour-perception-in-natural-images
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Christopher W Tyler, Joshua A Solomon
It is popular to attribute the appearance of extended colour fields to a process of filling-in from the differential colour signals at colour edges, where one colour transitions to another. We ask whether such a process can account for the appearance of extended colour fields in natural images. Some form of colour filling-in must underlie the equiluminant colour Craik-O'Brien-Cornsweet effect and the Watercolour Effect, but these effects are too weak to account for the appearance of extended colour fields in natural images...
May 2018: I-Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770183/colour-for-behavioural-success
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Birgitta Dresp-Langley, Adam Reeves
Colour information not only helps sustain the survival of animal species by guiding sexual selection and foraging behaviour but also is an important factor in the cultural and technological development of our own species. This is illustrated by examples from the visual arts and from state-of-the-art imaging technology, where the strategic use of colour has become a powerful tool for guiding the planning and execution of interventional procedures. The functional role of colour information in terms of its potential benefits to behavioural success across the species is addressed in the introduction here to clarify why colour perception may have evolved to generate behavioural success...
March 2018: I-Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769675/the-onset-of-star-formation-250-million-years-after-the-big-bang
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Takuya Hashimoto, Nicolas Laporte, Ken Mawatari, Richard S Ellis, Akio K Inoue, Erik Zackrisson, Guido Roberts-Borsani, Wei Zheng, Yoichi Tamura, Franz E Bauer, Thomas Fletcher, Yuichi Harikane, Bunyo Hatsukade, Natsuki H Hayatsu, Yuichi Matsuda, Hiroshi Matsuo, Takashi Okamoto, Masami Ouchi, Roser Pelló, Claes-Erik Rydberg, Ikkoh Shimizu, Yoshiaki Taniguchi, Hideki Umehata, Naoki Yoshida
A fundamental quest of modern astronomy is to locate the earliest galaxies and study how they influenced the intergalactic medium a few hundred million years after the Big Bang1-3 . The abundance of star-forming galaxies is known to decline4,5 from redshifts of about 6 to 10, but a key question is the extent of star formation at even earlier times, corresponding to the period when the first galaxies might have emerged. Here we report spectroscopic observations of MACS1149-JD1 6 , a gravitationally lensed galaxy observed when the Universe was less than four per cent of its present age...
May 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769587/explorations-on-the-ecological-role-of-toxin-secretion-and-delivery-in-jawless-predatory-polychaeta
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N Cuevas, M Martins, A P Rodrigo, C Martins, P M Costa
Motivated by biotechnological prospects, there is increasing evidence that we may just be scraping the tip of the iceberg of poisonous marine invertebrates, among which the Polychaeta are promising candidates for bioprospecting. Here we show that an inconspicuous phyllodocid uses toxins in its uncanny feeding strategy. The worm, a jawless active predator characterised by its bright green colour, preys on larger invertebrates (including conspecifics) by extracting tissue portions with its powerful proboscis through suction...
May 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769361/convergence-of-biannual-moulting-strategies-across-birds-and-mammals
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REVIEW
Roxanne S Beltran, Jennifer M Burns, Greg A Breed
Birds and mammals have developed numerous strategies for replacing worn feathers and hair. Moulting usually occurs on an annual basis; however, moults that take place twice per year (biannual moults) also occur. Here, we review the forces driving the evolution of various moult strategies, focusing on the special case of the complete biannual moult as a convergence of selection pressures across birds and mammals. Current evidence suggests that harsh environmental conditions or seasonality (e.g. larger variation in temperatures) drive evolution of a biannual moult...
May 16, 2018: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768732/the-effect-of-light-intensity-on-image-quality-in-endoscopic-ear-surgery
#17
Rhona McCallum, John McColl, Arunachalam Iyer
OBJECTIVES: Endoscopic ear surgery is a rapidly developing field with many advantages. But endoscopes can reach temperatures of over 110 C at the tip, raising safety concerns. Reducing the intensity of the light source reduces temperatures produced. However, quality of images at lower light intensities has not yet been studied. We set out to study the effect of light intensity on image quality in EES. DESIGN: Prospective study of patients undergoing EES from April to October 2016...
May 16, 2018: Clinical Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768649/selection-for-associative-learning-of-colour-stimuli-reveals-correlated-evolution-of-this-learning-ability-across-multiple-stimuli-and-rewards
#18
Maartje Liefting, Katja M Hoedjes, Cécile Le Lann, Hans M Smid, Jacintha Ellers
We are only starting to understand how variation in cognitive ability can result from local adaptations to environmental conditions. A major question in this regard is to what extent selection on cognitive ability in a specific context affects that ability in general through correlated evolution. To address this question we performed artificial selection on visual associative learning in female Nasonia vitripennis wasps. Using appetitive conditioning in which a visual stimulus was offered in association with a host reward, the ability to learn visual associations was enhanced within 10 generations of selection...
May 16, 2018: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768508/i-scan-optical-enhancement-for-the-in-vivo-prediction-of-diminutive-colorectal-polyp-histology-results-from-a-prospective-three-phased-multicentre-trial
#19
Entcho Klenske, Steffen Zopf, Clemens Neufert, Andreas Nägel, Jürgen Siebler, Jürgen Gschossmann, Steffen Mühldorfer, Lukas Pfeifer, Sarah Fischer, Francesco Vitali, Marietta Iacucci, Subrata Ghosh, Michelle G Rath, Peter Klare, Gian E Tontini, Markus F Neurath, Timo Rath
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Dye-less chromoendoscopy is an emerging technology for colorectal polyp characterization. Herein, we investigated whether the newly introduced I-scan optical enhancement (OE) can accurately predict polyp histology in vivo in real-time. METHODS: In this prospective three-phased study, 84 patients with 230 diminutive colorectal polyps were included. During the first two study phases, five endoscopists assessed whether analysis of polyp colour, surface and vascular pattern under i-scan OE can differentiate in vivo between adenomatous and hyperplastic polyps...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768238/one-pot-green-fabrication-of-metallic-silver-nanoscale-materials-using-crescentia-cujete-l-and-assessment-of-their-bactericidal-activity
#20
Seetharaman Prabukumar, Chandrasekaran Rajkuberan, Gnanasekar Sathishkumar, Mani Illaiyaraja, Sivaperumal Sivaramakrishnan
In this study, the leaf extract of an important medicinal plant Crescentia cujete L. (CC) was employed as a green reducing agent to synthesise highly-stable C. cujete silver nanoparticles (CCAgNPs). The reduction of Ag+ to Ag0 nanoparticles was initially observed by a colour change which generates an intense surface plasmon resonance peak at 417 nm using a UV-Vis spectrophotometer. Various optimisation factors such as temperature, pH, time and the stoichiometric proportion of the reaction mixture were performed, which influence the size, dispersity and synthesis rate of CCAgNPs...
June 2018: IET Nanobiotechnology
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