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Jesse Verschuere, Tom Decroo, Dara Lim, Jean-Marie Kindermans, Chea Nguon, Rekol Huy, Yasmine Alkourdi, Koen Peeters Grietens, Charlotte Gryseels
BACKGROUND: Despite emerging drug resistance in Cambodia, artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) is still the most efficacious therapy. ACT is available free of charge in the Cambodian public sector and at a subsidized rate in the private sector. However, un- and mistreated cases in combination with population movements may lead to the further spread of resistant parasites, stressing the importance of understanding how the perceived aetiology of malaria and associated health-seeking behaviour may delay access to appropriate treatment...
February 17, 2017: Malaria Journal
T Kawabata, Y Fujikawa, T Furuno, T Goto, T Hashimoto, M Ichikawa, M Itoh, N Iwasa, Y Kanada-En'yo, A Koshikawa, S Kubono, E Miyawaki, M Mizuno, K Mizutani, T Morimoto, M Murata, T Nanamura, S Nishimura, S Okamoto, Y Sakaguchi, I Sakata, A Sakaue, R Sawada, Y Shikata, Y Takahashi, D Takechi, T Takeda, C Takimoto, M Tsumura, K Watanabe, S Yoshida
The cross sections of the ^{7}Be(n,α)^{4}He reaction for p-wave neutrons were experimentally determined at E_{c.m.}=0.20-0.81  MeV slightly above the big bang nucleosynthesis (BBN) energy window for the first time on the basis of the detailed balance principle by measuring the time-reverse reaction. The obtained cross sections are much larger than the cross sections for s-wave neutrons inferred from the recent measurement at the n_TOF facility in CERN, but significantly smaller than the theoretical estimation widely used in the BBN calculations...
February 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
J-D Debus, M Mendoza, S Succi, H J Herrmann
Fluid dynamics in intrinsically curved geometries is encountered in many physical systems in nature, ranging from microscopic bio-membranes all the way up to general relativity at cosmological scales. Despite the diversity of applications, all of these systems share a common feature: the free motion of particles is affected by inertial forces originating from the curvature of the embedding space. Here we reveal a fundamental process underlying fluid dynamics in curved spaces: the free motion of fluids, in the complete absence of solid walls or obstacles, exhibits loss of energy due exclusively to the intrinsic curvature of space...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
Niayesh Afshordi, Claudio Corianò, Luigi Delle Rose, Elizabeth Gould, Kostas Skenderis
We test a class of holographic models for the very early Universe against cosmological observations and find that they are competitive to the standard cold dark matter model with a cosmological constant (ΛCDM) of cosmology. These models are based on three-dimensional perturbative superrenormalizable quantum field theory (QFT), and, while they predict a different power spectrum from the standard power law used in ΛCDM, they still provide an excellent fit to the data (within their regime of validity). By comparing the Bayesian evidence for the models, we find that ΛCDM does a better job globally, while the holographic models provide a (marginally) better fit to the data without very low multipoles (i...
January 27, 2017: Physical Review Letters
Ingo Dierking, Nicholas Fowler
Symmetry breaking phase transitions are often accompanied by the formation of topological defects, like in cosmological theories of the early universe, superfluids, liquid crystals or solid state systems. This scenario is described by the Kibble-Zurek mechanism, which predicts respective scaling laws for the defect density ρ. One such scaling law suggests a relation ρ~tQ-1/2 with tQ the change of rate of a control parameter. In contrast to the scaling of the defect density during annihilation with ρ~t-1, which is governed by the attraction of defects of the same strength but opposite sign, the defect formation process, which depends on the rate of change of a physical quantity initiating the transition, is only very scarcely investigated...
February 10, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
Vincent Vennin, Hooshyar Assadullahi, Hassan Firouzjahi, Mahdiyar Noorbala, David Wands
Stochastic effects in generic scenarios of inflation with multiple fields are investigated. First passage time techniques are employed to calculate the statistical moments of the number of inflationary e-folds, which give rise to all correlation functions of primordial curvature perturbations through the stochastic δN formalism. The number of fields is a critical parameter. The probability of exploring arbitrarily large-field regions of the potential becomes nonvanishing when more than two fields are driving inflation...
January 20, 2017: Physical Review Letters
W Tecumseh Fitch
The study of language evolution, and human cognitive evolution more generally, has often been ridiculed as unscientific, but in fact it differs little from many other disciplines that investigate past events, such as geology or cosmology. Well-crafted models of language evolution make numerous testable hypotheses, and if the principles of strong inference (simultaneous testing of multiple plausible hypotheses) are adopted, there is an increasing amount of relevant data allowing empirical evaluation of such models...
February 1, 2017: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
Thibaut Josset, Alejandro Perez, Daniel Sudarsky
In this Letter, we consider the possibility of reconciling metric theories of gravitation with a violation of the conservation of energy-momentum. Under some circumstances, this can be achieved in the context of unimodular gravity, and it leads to the emergence of an effective cosmological constant in Einstein's equation. We specifically investigate two potential sources of energy nonconservation-nonunitary modifications of quantum mechanics and phenomenological models motivated by quantum gravity theories with spacetime discreteness at the Planck scale-and show that such locally negligible phenomena can nevertheless become relevant at the cosmological scale...
January 13, 2017: Physical Review Letters
M C David Marsh
Future cosmological surveys will probe the expansion history of the Universe and constrain phenomenological models of dark energy. Such models do not address the fine-tuning problem of the vacuum energy, i.e., the cosmological constant problem (CCP), but can make it spectacularly worse. We show that this is the case for "interacting dark energy" models in which the masses of the dark matter states depend on the dark energy sector. If realized in nature, these models have far-reaching implications for proposed solutions to the CCP that require the number of vacua to exceed the fine-tuning of the vacuum energy density...
January 6, 2017: Physical Review Letters
D G Levkov, A G Panin, I I Tkachev
The substructures of light bosonic (axionlike) dark matter may condense into compact Bose stars. We study the collapse of critical-mass stars caused by attractive self-interaction of the axionlike particles and find that these processes proceed in an unexpected universal way. First, nonlinear self-similar evolution (called "wave collapse" in condensed matter physics) forces the particles to fall into the star center. Second, interactions in the dense center create an outgoing stream of mildly relativistic particles which carries away an essential part of the star mass...
January 6, 2017: Physical Review Letters
H Nagahama, C Smorra, S Sellner, J Harrington, T Higuchi, M J Borchert, T Tanaka, M Besirli, A Mooser, G Schneider, K Blaum, Y Matsuda, C Ospelkaus, W Quint, J Walz, Y Yamazaki, S Ulmer
Our current understanding of the Universe comes, among others, from particle physics and cosmology. In particle physics an almost perfect symmetry between matter and antimatter exists. On cosmological scales, however, a striking matter/antimatter imbalance is observed. This contradiction inspires comparisons of the fundamental properties of particles and antiparticles with high precision. Here we report on a measurement of the g-factor of the antiproton with a fractional precision of 0.8 parts per million at 95% confidence level...
January 18, 2017: Nature Communications
Joe Cambray
The complexity associated with deep interconnectedness in nature is beginning to be articulated and elaborated in the field of ecological studies. While some parallels to the psyche have been made and the field of Eco-psychology has been developing, Jung's explicit contribution by way of the image of rhizomes has not been considered in detail. Philosopher Gilles Deleuze acknowledges borrowing the term from Jung, though he disagreed with Jung's Empedoclean use of the term. The paper presents some fundamental properties of rhizomes along with contemporary scientific research on mycorrhizal (fungal) networks...
February 2017: Journal of Analytical Psychology
Andrei Linde
The theory of the inflationary multiverse changes the way we think about our place in the world. According to its most popular version, our world may consist of infinitely many exponentially large parts, exhibiting different sets of low-energy laws of physics. Since these parts are extremely large, the interior of each of them behaves as if it were a separate universe, practically unaffected by the rest of the world. This picture, combined with the theory of eternal inflation and anthropic considerations, may help to solve many difficult problems of modern physics, including the cosmological constant problem...
February 2017: Reports on Progress in Physics
Samuel R Hinton, Eyal Kazin, Tamara M Davis, Chris Blake, Sarah Brough, Matthew Colless, Warrick J Couch, Michael J Drinkwater, Karl Glazebrook, Russell J Jurek, David Parkinson, Kevin A Pimbblet, Gregory B Poole, Michael Pracy, David Woods
We present results from the 2D anisotropic baryon acoustic oscillation (BAO) signal present in the final data set from the WiggleZ Dark Energy Survey. We analyse the WiggleZ data in two ways: first using the full shape of the 2D correlation function and secondly focusing only on the position of the BAO peak in the reconstructed data set. When fitting for the full shape of the 2D correlation function we use a multipole expansion to compare with theory. When we use the reconstructed data we marginalize over the shape and just measure the position of the BAO peak, analysing the data in wedges separating the signal along the line of sight from that parallel to the line of sight...
February 1, 2017: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Nima Arkani-Hamed, Timothy Cohen, Raffaele Tito D'Agnolo, Anson Hook, Hyung Do Kim, David Pinner
We present a new solution to the electroweak hierarchy problem. We introduce N copies of the standard model with varying values of the Higgs mass parameter. This generically yields a sector whose weak scale is parametrically removed from the cutoff by a factor of 1/sqrt[N]. Ensuring that reheating deposits a majority of the total energy density into this lightest sector requires a modification of the standard cosmological history, providing a powerful probe of the mechanism. Current and near-future experiments can explore much of the natural parameter space...
December 16, 2016: Physical Review Letters
M G Aartsen, K Abraham, M Ackermann, J Adams, J A Aguilar, M Ahlers, M Ahrens, D Altmann, K Andeen, T Anderson, I Ansseau, G Anton, M Archinger, C Argüelles, J Auffenberg, S Axani, X Bai, S W Barwick, V Baum, R Bay, J J Beatty, J Becker Tjus, K-H Becker, S BenZvi, P Berghaus, D Berley, E Bernardini, A Bernhard, D Z Besson, G Binder, D Bindig, M Bissok, E Blaufuss, S Blot, C Bohm, M Börner, F Bos, D Bose, S Böser, O Botner, J Braun, L Brayeur, H-P Bretz, A Burgman, T Carver, M Casier, E Cheung, D Chirkin, A Christov, K Clark, L Classen, S Coenders, G H Collin, J M Conrad, D F Cowen, R Cross, M Day, J P A M de André, C De Clercq, E Del Pino Rosendo, H Dembinski, S De Ridder, P Desiati, K D de Vries, G de Wasseige, M de With, T DeYoung, J C Díaz-Vélez, V di Lorenzo, H Dujmovic, J P Dumm, M Dunkman, B Eberhardt, T Ehrhardt, B Eichmann, P Eller, S Euler, P A Evenson, S Fahey, A R Fazely, J Feintzeig, J Felde, K Filimonov, C Finley, S Flis, C-C Fösig, A Franckowiak, E Friedman, T Fuchs, T K Gaisser, J Gallagher, L Gerhardt, K Ghorbani, W Giang, L Gladstone, M Glagla, T Glüsenkamp, A Goldschmidt, G Golup, J G Gonzalez, D Grant, Z Griffith, C Haack, A Haj Ismail, A Hallgren, F Halzen, E Hansen, B Hansmann, T Hansmann, K Hanson, D Hebecker, D Heereman, K Helbing, R Hellauer, S Hickford, J Hignight, G C Hill, K D Hoffman, R Hoffmann, K Holzapfel, K Hoshina, F Huang, M Huber, K Hultqvist, S In, A Ishihara, E Jacobi, G S Japaridze, M Jeong, K Jero, B J P Jones, M Jurkovic, A Kappes, T Karg, A Karle, U Katz, M Kauer, A Keivani, J L Kelley, J Kemp, A Kheirandish, M Kim, T Kintscher, J Kiryluk, T Kittler, S R Klein, G Kohnen, R Koirala, H Kolanoski, R Konietz, L Köpke, C Kopper, S Kopper, D J Koskinen, M Kowalski, K Krings, M Kroll, G Krückl, C Krüger, J Kunnen, S Kunwar, N Kurahashi, T Kuwabara, M Labare, J L Lanfranchi, M J Larson, F Lauber, D Lennarz, M Lesiak-Bzdak, M Leuermann, J Leuner, L Lu, J Lünemann, J Madsen, G Maggi, K B M Mahn, S Mancina, M Mandelartz, R Maruyama, K Mase, R Maunu, F McNally, K Meagher, M Medici, M Meier, A Meli, T Menne, G Merino, T Meures, S Miarecki, L Mohrmann, T Montaruli, M Moulai, R Nahnhauer, U Naumann, G Neer, H Niederhausen, S C Nowicki, D R Nygren, A Obertacke Pollmann, A Olivas, A O'Murchadha, T Palczewski, H Pandya, D V Pankova, Ö Penek, J A Pepper, C Pérez de Los Heros, D Pieloth, E Pinat, P B Price, G T Przybylski, M Quinnan, C Raab, L Rädel, M Rameez, K Rawlins, R Reimann, B Relethford, M Relich, E Resconi, W Rhode, M Richman, B Riedel, S Robertson, M Rongen, C Rott, T Ruhe, D Ryckbosch, D Rysewyk, L Sabbatini, S E Sanchez Herrera, A Sandrock, J Sandroos, S Sarkar, K Satalecka, M Schimp, P Schlunder, T Schmidt, S Schoenen, S Schöneberg, L Schumacher, D Seckel, S Seunarine, D Soldin, M Song, G M Spiczak, C Spiering, M Stahlberg, T Stanev, A Stasik, A Steuer, T Stezelberger, R G Stokstad, A Stößl, R Ström, N L Strotjohann, G W Sullivan, M Sutherland, H Taavola, I Taboada, J Tatar, F Tenholt, S Ter-Antonyan, A Terliuk, G Tešić, S Tilav, P A Toale, M N Tobin, S Toscano, D Tosi, M Tselengidou, A Turcati, E Unger, M Usner, J Vandenbroucke, N van Eijndhoven, S Vanheule, M van Rossem, J van Santen, J Veenkamp, M Vehring, M Voge, M Vraeghe, C Walck, A Wallace, M Wallraff, N Wandkowsky, Ch Weaver, M J Weiss, C Wendt, S Westerhoff, B J Whelan, S Wickmann, K Wiebe, C H Wiebusch, L Wille, D R Williams, L Wills, M Wolf, T R Wood, E Woolsey, K Woschnagg, D L Xu, X W Xu, Y Xu, J P Yanez, G Yodh, S Yoshida, M Zoll
We report constraints on the sources of ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays (UHECRs) above 10^{9}  GeV, based on an analysis of seven years of IceCube data. This analysis efficiently selects very high- energy neutrino-induced events which have deposited energies from 5×10^{5}  GeV to above 10^{11}  GeV. Two neutrino-induced events with an estimated deposited energy of (2.6±0.3)×10^{6}  GeV, the highest neutrino energy observed so far, and (7.7±2.0)×10^{5}  GeV were detected. The atmospheric background-only hypothesis of detecting these events is rejected at 3...
December 9, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Paul J Ackerman, Ivan I Smalyukh
Three-dimensional (3D) topological solitons are continuous but topologically nontrivial field configurations localized in 3D space and embedded in a uniform far-field background, that behave like particles and cannot be transformed to a uniform state through smooth deformations. Many topologically nontrivial 3D solitonic fields have been proposed. Yet, according to the Hobart-Derrick theorem, physical systems cannot host them, except for nonlinear theories with higher-order derivatives such as the Skyrme-Faddeev model...
December 19, 2016: Nature Materials
Juana Aigo, Ana Ladio
BACKGROUND: Understanding how people interpret environmental change and develop practices in response to such change is essential to comprehend human resource use. In the cosmology of the American indigenous peoples, as among the Mapuche people, freshwater systems are considered a living entity, where animals have an enormous role to play in the universe of meaning. However, human adaptive responses to freshwater system dynamics are scarcely examined. In this work a survey is carried out in three Mapuche communities of Argentine Patagonia to assess their traditional knowledge of the fishes and other non-human living beings that inhabit lakes and rivers...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
Jian-Hua He, Baojiu Li, Carlton M Baugh
Using the liminality N-body simulations of Shi et al., we present the first predictions for galaxy clustering in f(R) gravity using subhalo abundance matching. We find that, for a given galaxy density, even for an f(R) model with f_{R0}=-10^{-6}, for which the cold dark matter clustering is very similar to the cold dark matter model with a cosmological constant (ΛCDM), the predicted clustering of galaxies in the f(R) model is very different from ΛCDM. The deviation can be as large as 40% for samples with mean densities close to that of L_{*} galaxies...
November 25, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Salvatore Capozziello, Mariafelicia De Laurentis, Konstantinos F Dialektopoulos
A generalized teleparallel cosmological model, [Formula: see text], containing the torsion scalar T and the teleparallel counterpart of the Gauss-Bonnet topological invariant [Formula: see text], is studied in the framework of the Noether symmetry approach. As [Formula: see text] gravity, where [Formula: see text] is the Gauss-Bonnet topological invariant and R is the Ricci curvature scalar, exhausts all the curvature information that one can construct from the Riemann tensor, in the same way, [Formula: see text] contains all the possible information directly related to the torsion tensor...
2016: European Physical Journal. C, Particles and Fields
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