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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644494/feco-nanoparticles-embedded-carbon-nanofibers-as-robust-peroxidase-mimics-for-sensitive-colorimetric-detection-of-l-cysteine
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Zezhou Yang, Yun Zhu, Guangdi Nie, Meixuan Li, Ce Wang, Xiaofeng Lu
A simple and low cost detection of l-cysteine is essential in the fields of biosensors and medical diagnosis. In this study, we have developed a simple electrospinning, followed by calcination process to prepare FeCo nanoparticles embedded in carbon nanofibers (FeCo-CNFs) as an efficient peroxidase-like mimic for the detection of l-cysteine. FeCo nanoparticles are uniformly dispersed within CNFs, and their diameters are highly influenced by the calcination temperature. The calcination temperature also influences the peroxidase-like catalytic activity, and the maximum activity is achieved at a calcination temperature of 550 °C...
June 23, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644397/relationship-between-remote-sensing-data-plant-biomass-and-soil-nitrogen-dynamics-in-intensively-managed-grasslands-under-controlled-conditions
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Christoph Knoblauch, Conor Watson, Clara Berendonk, Rolf Becker, Nicole Wrage-Mönnig, Florian Wichern
The sustainable use of grasslands in intensive farming systems aims to optimize nitrogen (N) inputs to increase crop yields and decrease harmful losses to the environment at the same time. To achieve this, simple optical sensors may provide a non-destructive, time- and cost-effective tool for estimating plant biomass in the field, considering spatial and temporal variability. However, the plant growth and related N uptake is affected by the available N in the soil, and therefore, N mineralization and N losses...
June 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644377/an-operational-in-situ-soil-moisture-soil-temperature-monitoring-network-for-west-wales-uk-the-wsmn-network
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George P Petropoulos, Jon P McCalmont
This paper describes a soil moisture dataset that has been collecting ground measurements of soil moisture, soil temperature and related parameters for west Wales, United Kingdom. Already acquired in situ data have been archived to the autonomous Wales Soil Moisture Network (WSMN) since its foundation in July 2011. The sites from which measurements are being collected represent a range of conditions typical of the Welsh environment, with climate ranging from oceanic to temperate and a range of the most typical land use/cover types found in Wales...
June 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642472/ambient-effects-on-electrical-characteristics-of-cvd-grown-monolayer-mos2-field-effect-transistors
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Jae-Hyuk Ahn, William M Parkin, Carl H Naylor, A T Charlie Johnson, Marija Drndić
Monolayer materials are sensitive to their environment because all of the atoms are at their surface. We investigate how exposure to the environment affects the electrical properties of CVD-grown monolayer MoS2 by monitoring electrical parameters of MoS2 field-effect transistors as their environment is changed from atmosphere to high vacuum. The mobility increases and contact resistance decreases simultaneously as either the pressure is reduced or the sample is annealed in vacuum. We see a previously unobserved, non-monotonic change in threshold voltage with decreasing pressure...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640773/salivary-mitochondrial-dna-copy-number-is-associated-with-exercise-ventilatory-efficiency
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Yang Chen, Helene Z Hill, Gudrun Lange, Michael J Falvo
Chen, Y, Hill, HZ, Lange, G, and Falvo, MJ. Salivary mitochondrial DNA copy number is associated with exercise ventilatory efficiency. J Strength Cond Res 31(7): 2000-2004, 2017-Mitochondrial DNA copy number (mtDNAcn) is an index of mitochondrial content and is responsive to changes in exercise training volume. Therefore, assessment of mtDNAcn may help to optimize exercise prescription and aid in athlete monitoring. Although previous work has assessed mtDNAcn derived from skeletal muscle and blood using invasive approaches, no study has examined salivary mtDNAcn and its relationship with sport performance...
July 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640188/novel-concrete-temperature-monitoring-method-based-on-an-embedded-passive-rfid-sensor-tag
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Yongsheng Liu, Fangming Deng, Yigang He, Bing Li, Zhen Liang, Shuangxi Zhou
This paper firstly introduces the importance of temperature control in concrete measurement, then a passive radio frequency identification (RFID) sensor tag embedded for concrete temperature monitoring is presented. In order to reduce the influences of concrete electromagnetic parameters during the drying process, a T-type antenna is proposed to measure the concrete temperature at the required depth. The proposed RFID sensor tag is based on the EPC generation-2 ultra-high frequency (UHF) communication protocol and operates in passive mode...
June 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637495/diurnal-variation-in-the-core-interthreshold-zone-and-its-relation-to-cutaneous-sensation-threshold-zone
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Naoshi Kakitsuba, Igor B Mekjavic
BACKGROUND: The core interthreshold zone (CIZ) is defined as the range between temperatures at the onset of shivering and sweating. Its circadian or diurnal variation has not been extensively studied. The present study examined whether the CIZ is subject to a diurnal rhythm. In addition, according to the previous finding that the CIZ was proportionally correlated with peripheral interthreshold zone (PIZ), it was also examined whether cutaneous sensation threshold zone (CSZ), a determinant of the PIZ, is correlated with the CIZ...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Physiological Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636919/monitoring-quantitative-ultrasound-parameter-changes-in-a-cell-pellet-model-of-cell-starvation
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Lauren A Wirtzfeld, Elizabeth S L Berndl, Gregory J Czarnota, Michael C Kolios
Although it has previously been shown that the spectral analysis of ultrasound backscatter data is sensitive to the cellular changes caused by apoptosis, the sensitivity of spectral analysis to oncosis or ischemic cell death had not previously been studied. Whereas many anticancer treatments induce apoptosis, others induce cell starvation, or oncosis. HT-29 colon adenocarcinoma cells were formed into pellets and covered in phosphate-buffered saline at room temperature for 56 h. The pellets were imaged every 8 h with high-frequency (55 MHz) ultrasound and the raw radio-frequency data processed...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636681/thermally-induced-conformational-changes-and-protein-protein-interactions-of-bovine-serum-albumin-in-aqueous-solution-under-different-ph-and-ionic-strengths-as-revealed-by-saxs-measurements
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Dmitry Molodenskiy, Evgeny Shirshin, Tatiana Tikhonova, Andrey Gruzinov, Georgy Peters, Francesco Spinozzi
Thermal-induced conformational changes and protein-protein interactions of bovine serum albumin (BSA) in aqueous solution are assessed by small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) at two pH values (7.4 and 9.0) and two ionic strengths (0.1 and 0.5). We demonstrate that Guinier analysis in two ranges of the modulus of the scattering vector allows protein melting and aggregation to be monitored simultaneously, thus providing insights into the mechanism of thermal-induced BSA aggregation. Results of the analysis suggest that at room temperature monomeric and dimeric BSA fractions are present in solution...
June 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636376/on-the-mechanism-of-the-iodide-triiodide-exchange-reaction-in-a-solid-state-ionic-liquid
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Joás Grossi, Jorge J Kohanoff, Niall J English, Eduardo M Bringa, Mario G Del Pópolo
Efficient charge transport has been observed in iodide-based room-temperature ionic liquids when doped with iodine. To investigate preferred pathways for the iodide (I(-))-to-triiodide (I3(-)) exchange reaction and to clarify the origin of this high ionic conductivity, we have conducted electronic structure calculations in the crystal state of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium iodide ([BMIM][I]). Energy barriers for the different stages of the iodine-swapping process, including the reorientation of the I(-)···I3(-) moiety, were determined from minimum energy paths as a function of a reaction coordinate...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636165/a-feasibility-and-safety-study-of-intracoronary-hemodilution-during-primary-coronary-angioplasty-in-order-to-reduce-reperfusion-injury-in-myocardial-infarction
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Michael McGarvey, Omar Ali, M Bilal Iqbal, Charles Ilsley, Joyce Wong, Carlo Di Mario, Simon Redwood, Tiffany Patterson, Dudley J Pennell, Paula Rogers, Miles Dalby
OBJECTIVES: We designed a pilot study to evaluate safety and feasibility of an inexpensive and simple approach to intracoronary hemodilution during primary angioplasty (PPCI) to reduce reperfusion injury. INTRODUCTION: Early revascularization in acute myocardial infarction decreases infarct size and improves outcomes. However, abrupt restoration of coronary flow results in myocardial reperfusion injury and increased final infarct size. Dilution of coronary blood during revascularization may help reduce this damage...
June 21, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635282/fining-of-red-wine-monitored-by-multiple-light-scattering
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Giovanna Ferrentino, Mohsen Ramezani, Ksenia Morozova, Daniela Hafner, Ulrich Pedri, Konrad Pixner, Matteo Scampicchio
This work describes a new approach based on multiple light scattering to study red wine clarification processes. The whole spectral signal (1933 backscattering points along the length of each sample vial) were fitted by a multivariate kinetic model that was built with a three-step mechanism, implying: 1) adsorption of wine colloids to fining agents; 2) aggregation into larger particles; 3) sedimentation. Each step is characterized by a reaction rate constant. According to the first reaction, the results showed that gelatin was the most efficient fining agent, concerning the main objective, which was the clarification of the wine, and consequently the increase in its limpidity...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633613/thermal-effects-on-cognition-a-new-quantitative-synthesis
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José Ignacio López-Sánchez, P A Hancock
There is little doubt that increases in thermal load beyond the thermo-neutral state prove progressively stressful to all living organisms. Increasing temperatures across the globe represent in some locales, and especially for outdoors workers, a significant source of such chronic load increase. However, increases in thermal load affect cognition as well as physical work activities. Such human cognition has perennially been viewed as the primary conduit through which to solve many of the iatrogenic challenges we now face...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Hyperthermia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633569/thermal-and-chemical-denaturation-of-colocasia-esculenta-tuber-agglutinin-from-%C3%AE-2%C3%AE-2-to-unfolded-state
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Himadri Biswas, Rajagopal Chattopadhyaya
The major tuber storage protein of Colocasia esculenta, is a monocot mannose-binding, widely used dietary lectin, containing two polypeptides of 12.0 and 12.4 kDa. By both gel filtration and dynamic light scattering at pH 7.2, the lectin has a α2β2 form of apparent molecular mass of 48.2 kDa and a hydrodynamic radius of 6.1±0.2 nm; however, at pH 3, it migrates as αβ and has a reduced hydrodynamic radius of 4.6±0.3 nm. Our circular dichroism spectroscopy studies show that the lectin retains approximately 100% of its secondary structure between pH 2-8, going down to ~90% for extreme acidic / alkaline conditions...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633538/relationship-between-emergency-care-utilization-ambient-temperature-and-the-pollution-standard-index-in-taiwan
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Ching-Hui Tseng, Li-Chin Lu, Shao-Hwan Lan, Yen-Ping Hsieh, Shou-Jen Lan
This study applied a vector error correction model to investigate the effects of ambient temperature (AT) and air quality index values on emergency care utilization (ECU). The Pollution Standards Index (PSI) and total suspended particulates (TSP) were used for analysis. Data were obtained from the National Health Insurance Research Database of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications and Ministry Environmental of Protection Administration of Taiwan. Data from January of 1998 to December of 2012 (180 months) were analyzed...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Health Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633442/continuous-glucose-monitoring-in-female-nod-mice-reveals-daily-rhythms-and-a-negative-correlation-with-body-temperature
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Ron Korstanje, Jennifer L Ryan, Holly S Savage, Bonnie L Lyons, Kevin G Kane, Stacey J Sukoff Rizzo
Previous studies with continuous glucose monitoring in mice have been limited to several days or weeks, with the mouse's physical attachment to the equipment impacting behavior and measurements. In the current study we measured blood glucose and body temperature at 10-second intervals for 12 weeks in a cohort of NOD/ShiLtJ female mice using wireless telemetry. This allowed us, for the first time, to obtain a high-resolution profile of the circadian rhythm of these two parameters and the onset of hyperglycemic development in real time...
June 19, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633110/emerging-contaminants-related-to-the-occurrence-of-forest-fires-in-the-spanish-mediterranean
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Julian Campo, María Lorenzo, Erik L H Cammeraat, Yolanda Picó, Vicente Andreu
Forest fires can be a source of contamination because, among others, of the use of chemicals to their extinction (flame retardants, FRs), or by the production of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) derived from high temperature alteration of organic matter. Up to our knowledge, this study is the first to assess the direct (PAHs 16 on the USA EPA's priority list), and indirect [tri- to hepta- brominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), organophosphorus flame retardants (PFRs) and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)] contamination related to forest fires...
June 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631474/a-flexible-dual-mode-tactile-sensor-derived-from-three-dimensional-porous-carbon-architecture
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Zifeng Wang, Ruijuan Jiang, Guangming Li, Yiyan Chen, Zijie Tang, Yukun Wang, Zhuoxin Liu, Hongbo Jiang, Chunyi Zhi
Detecting and monitoring varieties of human activities is one of the most essential functions and design purposes of different kinds of wearable sensors. Apart from excellent sensitivity and durability, limited by the materials, most of the sensors reported in the literatures are only capable of detecting signals based on sole mechanism. In this work, a dual-mode flexible sensor derived from high temperature pyrolysized 3D carbon sponge (C-Sponge) was proposed as peculiar sensor materials that are able to detect human activities based on fundamentally different mechanisms, either by triboelectric effect or by piezoresistive effect...
June 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630705/physiological-effects-of-stress-related-to-helicopter-travel-in-federal-emergency-management-agency-search-and-rescue-canines
#19
E Perry, N Gulson, T-W Liu Cross, K S Swanson
Working canines are deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as part of a National Disaster Response Plan. Stress associated with helicopter flight and the resulting physical effects on the dog are unknown. Our objective was to test the hypotheses that (1) helicopter travel affects the physiology and faecal microbiota of working canines, but that (2) physiological consequences of helicopter travel will not negatively affect their work performance. A total of nine FEMA canines were loaded onto helicopters and flown for 30 min in July 2015...
2017: Journal of Nutritional Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628274/new-technology-of-using-meteorological-information-in-forest-insect-pest-forecast-and-warning-systems
#20
Jiang-Lin Qin, Xiu-Hao Yang, Zhong-Wu Yang, Ji-Tong Luo, Xiu-Feng Lei
BACKGROUND: Near surface air temperature and rainfall are major weather factors affecting forest insect dynamics. The recent development in remote sensing retrieval and GIS spatial analysis techniques enable the utilization of weather factors to significantly enhance forest pest forecasting and warning systems. The current study focused on building forest pest digital data structures as a platform of correlation analysis between weather conditions and forest pest dynamics for better pest forecasting and warning systems using the new technologies...
June 19, 2017: Pest Management Science
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