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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231112/a-comparison-of-carbon-footprint-and-production-cost-of-different-pasta-products-based-on-whole-egg-and-pea-flour
#1
Antonia Nette, Patricia Wolf, Oliver Schlüter, Andreas Meyer-Aurich
Feed and food production are inter alia reasons for high greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by the replacement of animal components with plant components in processed food products, such as pasta. The main components currently used for pasta are semolina, and water, as well as additional egg. The hypothesis of this paper is that the substitution of whole egg with plant-based ingredients, for example from peas, in such a product might lead to reduced greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and thus a reduced carbon footprint at economically reasonable costs...
March 4, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230267/the-economic-impact-of-space-weather-where-do-we-stand
#2
J P Eastwood, E Biffis, M A Hapgood, L Green, M M Bisi, R D Bentley, R Wicks, L-A McKinnell, M Gibbs, C Burnett
Space weather describes the way in which the Sun, and conditions in space more generally, impact human activity and technology both in space and on the ground. It is now well understood that space weather represents a significant threat to infrastructure resilience, and is a source of risk that is wide-ranging in its impact and the pathways by which this impact may occur. Although space weather is growing rapidly as a field, work rigorously assessing the overall economic cost of space weather appears to be in its infancy...
February 23, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227274/towards-real-time-qrs-feature-extraction-for-wearable-monitors
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Lukas Smital, Clifton Haider, Pavel Leinveber, Pavel Jurak, Barry Gilbert, David Holmes, Lukas Smital, Clifton Haider, Pavel Leinveber, Pavel Jurak, Barry Gilbert, David Holmes, Pavel Leinveber, Pavel Jurak, Lukas Smital, Clifton Haider, David Holmes, Barry Gilbert
The ability to generate computationally compact ECG analysis algorithms is of interest in the field of wearable physiologic monitors. Such remote monitors necessarily have limited on-board energy storage and therefore lack the computational power and physical memory often required for academic study of physiologic waveforms. Herein we evaluate a set of algorithms with markedly different computation and memory footprints useful in extracting QRS complexes from synthetically generated noisy and measured ECG signals...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226937/design-of-a-bio-inspired-pneumatic-artificial-muscle-with-self-contained-sensing
#4
Onder Erin, Nishant Pol, Luis Valle, Yong-Lae Park, Onder Erin, Nishant Pol, Luis Valle, Yong-Lae Park, Nishant Pol, Luis Valle, Onder Erin, Yong-Lae Park
Pneumatic artificial muscles (PAMs) are one of the most famous linear actuators in bio-inspired robotics. They can generate relatively high linear force considering their form factors and weights. Furthermore, PAMs are inexpensive compared with traditional electromagnetic actuators (e.g. DC motors) and also inherently light and compliant. In robotics applications, however, they typically require external sensing mechanisms due to their nonlinear behaviors, which may make the entire mechanical system bulky and complicated, limiting their use in simple systems...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226899/nanoporous-membrane-robustness-stability-in-small-form-factor-microfluidic-filtration-system
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Dean G Johnson, Sabrina Pan, Andrew Hayden, James L McGrath, Dean G Johnson, Sabrina Pan, Andrew Hayden, James L McGrath, Andrew Hayden, Sabrina Pan, Dean G Johnson, James L McGrath
The development of wearable hemodialysis (HD) devices that replace center-based HD holds the promise to improve both outcomes and quality-of-life for patients with end-stage-renal disease (ERD). A prerequisite for these devices is the development of highly efficient membranes that can achieve high toxin clearance in small footprints. The ultrathin nanoporous membrane material developed by our group is orders of magnitude more permeable than conventional HD membranes. We report on our progress making a prototype wearable dialysis unit...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226455/the-effect-of-multiple-thin-film-coatings-of-protein-loaded-sol-gel-on-total-multi-electrode-array-thickness
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Matthew D McDermott, Kevin J Otto, Matthew D McDermott, Kevin J Otto, Matthew D McDermott, Kevin J Otto
Tetramethyl orthosilicate shows promise as a thin-film delivery vehicle for multi-electrode arrays for drug release and electrical performance; however, its effect upon device footprint has yet to be assessed. Using a previously established silicon wafer chip model, the thickness of one, two, and four protein doped coatings of sol-gel were analyzed via profilometry. Coating thickness was found to be 0.4μm, 1.1μm and 2.2μm on each side of the device. This addition to a native MEA is minimal when compared to other drug delivery paradigms currently associated with neural implants...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224787/non-radiation-cellular-thermometry-based-on-interfacial-thermally-induced-phase-transformation-in-polymer-coating-of-optical-microfiber
#7
Yunyun Huang, Tuan Guo, Zhuang Tian, Bo Yu, Mingfei Ding, Xiangping Li, BaiOu Guan
A non-radiation based approach based on thermoresponsive polyer coated silica microfibers has been developed. A highly thermoresponsive and bio-compatible pNIPAM was surface functionlized to conjugate to the tapered silica microfiber with waist diameter of 7.5 μm. The interfacial phase transtition of coating triggered by the LCST cause a drastic molecular morphological change in body temperature range of 35-42 oC. This surface morphological change strongly modulates optical path difference between the high order and fundamental mode propagating in the microfiber due to the evanescent-field interaction, and therefore shifts the intermodal interference fringe...
February 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222925/linking-national-wood-consumption-with-global-biodiversity-and-ecosystem-service-losses
#8
Abhishek Chaudhary, L Roman Carrasco, Thomas Kastner
Identifying the global hotspots of forestry driven species, ecosystem services losses and informing the consuming nations of their environmental footprint domestically and abroad is essential to design demand side interventions and induce sustainable production methods. Here we first use countryside species area relationship model to project species extinctions of four vertebrate taxa (mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles) due to forest land use in 174 countries. We combine the projected extinctions with a global database on the monetary value of ecosystem services provided by different biomes and with bilateral trade data of wood products to calculate species extinctions and ecosystem services losses inflicted by national wood consumption and international wood trade...
February 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222261/enhanced-release-of-molecules-upon-uv-light-irradiation-from-photoresponsive-hydrogels-prepared-from-bifunctional-azobenzene-and-four-arm-poly-ethylene-glycol
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Shiva Kumar Rastogi, Hailee E Anderson, Joseph Lamas, Scott L Barrett, Travis Cantu, Stefan Zauscher, William J Brittain, Tania Betancourt
Advances in biosensors and drug delivery depend on hydrogels that respond to external stimuli. In this work we de-scribe the preparation and characterization of photoresponsive hydrogels prepared by crosslinking of di-NHS ester of azobenzoic acid and four-armed, amine-terminated poly(ethylene glycol). The porous structure and composition of the hydrogels were confirmed by scanning electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The reversible photoisomerization of the azobenzene-containing hydrogel crosslinkers in the gels was confirmed by ab-sorption spectroscopy...
February 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222005/a-modular-low-complexity-ecg-delineation-algorithm-for-real-time-embedded-systems
#10
Jose Manuel Bote, Joaquin Recas, Francisco Rincon, David Atienza, Roman Hermida
This work presents a new modular and lowcomplexity algorithm for the delineation of the different ECG waves (QRS, P and T peaks, onsets and end). Involving a reduced number of operations per second and having a small memory footprint, this algorithm is intended to perform realtime delineation on resource-constrained embedded systems. The modular design allows the algorithm to automatically adjust the delineation quality in run time to a wide range of modes and sampling rates, from a Ultra-low power mode when no arrhythmia is detected, in which the ECG is sampled at low frequency, to a complete High-accuracy delineation mode in which the ECG is sampled at high frequency and all the ECG fiducial points are detected, in case of arrhythmia...
February 17, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218915/one-step-optogenetics-with-multifunctional-flexible-polymer-fibers
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Seongjun Park, Yuanyuan Guo, Xiaoting Jia, Han Kyoung Choe, Benjamin Grena, Jeewoo Kang, Jiyeon Park, Chi Lu, Andres Canales, Ritchie Chen, Yeong Shin Yim, Gloria B Choi, Yoel Fink, Polina Anikeeva
Optogenetic interrogation of neural pathways relies on delivery of light-sensitive opsins into tissue and subsequent optical illumination and electrical recording from the regions of interest. Despite the recent development of multifunctional neural probes, integration of these modalities in a single biocompatible platform remains a challenge. We developed a device composed of an optical waveguide, six electrodes and two microfluidic channels produced via fiber drawing. Our probes facilitated injections of viral vectors carrying opsin genes while providing collocated neural recording and optical stimulation...
February 20, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218056/regulation-of-the-escherichia-coli-ydhy-t-operon-in-the-presence-of-alternative-electron-acceptors
#12
Naji Al Ibrahim, Jeffrey Green
The Escherichia coli K-12 ydhY-T operon, coding for a predicted oxidoreductase complex, is activated under anaerobic conditions and repressed in the presence of nitrate or nitrite. Anaerobic activation is mediated by the transcription factor FNR and nitrate/nitrite repression is mediated by NarXL and NarQP. In vitro transcription reactions revealed that the DNA upstream of ydhY-T contains sufficient information for RNA polymerase alone to initiate transcription from five locations. FNR severely inhibited synthesis of two of these transcripts (located upstream of, and within, the FNR binding site) and activated the FNR-dependent promoter previously identified in vivo...
February 3, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217216/repair-of-double-head-pectoralis-major-tendon-avulsion-into-its-native-footprint-using-bi-cortical-endobuttons-and-tendon-sliding-technique
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Jagadish Prabhu, Mohammed Khalid Faqi, Fahad Alkhalifa, Bader Kamal Tayara, Rashad Khamis Awad
Injuries to the pectoralis major muscle are relatively infrequent. The mechanism of injury is usually an eccentric shortening of the pectoralis major under heavy load, such as when performing a bench press exercise. We report a case that presented to us with a history of sudden pain in the left pectoral region while doing heavy bench press exercise. The patient sustained a type III D pectoralis muscle -tendon avulsion. Surgical repair was done through a bi-cortical tendon sliding technique using two cortical buttons...
2017: Open Orthopaedics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215793/the-water-use-of-indian-diets-and-socio-demographic-factors-related-to-dietary-blue-water-footprint
#14
Francesca Harris, Rosemary F Green, Edward J M Joy, Benjamin Kayatz, Andy Haines, Alan D Dangour
Agriculture accounts for ~90% of India's fresh water use, and there are concerns that future food production will be threatened by insufficient water supply of adequate quality. This study aimed to quantify the water required in the production of diets in India using the water footprint (WF) assessment method. The socio-demographic associations of dietary WFs were explored using mixed effects regression models with a particular focus on blue (irrigation) WF given the importance for Indian agriculture. Dietary data from ~7000 adults living in India were matched to India-specific WF data for food groups to quantify the blue and green (rainfall) WF of typical diets...
February 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214111/remediation-of-contaminated-lands-in-the-niger-delta-nigeria-prospects-and-challenges
#15
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Nenibarini Zabbey, Kabari Sam, Adaugo Trinitas Onyebuchi
Contamination of the total environment (air, soil, water and biota) by crude oil has become a paramount interest in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Studies have revealed variable impacts of oil toxicity on the environment and exposed populations. The revelation gained much international attention in 2011 with the release of Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This has up scaled local and international pressures for urgent clean-up and restoration of degraded bio-resource rich environments of the Niger Delta, starting from Ogoniland...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213953/the-effects-of-acl-graft-placement-on-in-vivo-knee-function-and-cartilage-thickness-distributions
#16
REVIEW
Louis E DeFrate
Injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) frequently lead to early-onset osteoarthritis. Despite advancement in surgical techniques, ACL reconstruction has a limited ability to prevent these degenerative changes. While previous studies have investigated knee function after ACL reconstruction, in vivo investigations of the effects of graft placement on in vivo joint function and cartilage health are limited. This review presents a series of studies that used novel imaging and 3D modeling techniques to determine the in vivo placement of the ACL graft on the femur using two different ACL reconstruction techniques...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212832/motor-dysfunction-and-alterations-in-glutathione-concentration-cholinesterase-activity-and-bdnf-expression-in-substantia-nigra-pars-compacta-in-rats-with-pedunculopontine-lesion
#17
Lisette Blanco-Lezcano, Javier Jimenez-Martin, Mei-Li Díaz-Hung, Esteban Alberti-Amador, Maylin Wong-Guerra, Ma Elena González-Fraguela, Bárbara Estupiñán-Díaz, Teresa Serrano-Sánchez, Liliana Francis-Turner, Susana Delgado-Ocaña, Yanier Núñez-Figueredo, Yamilé Vega-Hurtado, Isabel Fernández-Jiménez
Pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN) has been considered a critically important region in the regulation of some of the physiological functions that fail during the progression of Parkinson's disease (PD). In this paper, the effects of unilateral neurotoxic lesion of the PPN [through the injection of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) solution (concentration: 0.1 M; volume: 0.5 µL)] in motor execution and gait disorders and the changes in cellular and molecular indicators in rat nigral tissue were evaluated. The motor execution was assessed using the beam test (BT) and the gait disorders by footprint test...
February 14, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209407/life-cycle-assessment-of-facile-microwave-assisted-zinc-oxide-zno-nanostructures
#18
D Papadaki, S Foteinis, G H Mhlongo, S S Nkosi, D E Motaung, S S Ray, T Tsoutsos, G Kiriakidis
The life cycle assessment of several zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures, fabricated by a facile microwave technique, is presented. Key synthesis parameters such as annealing temperature, varied from 90°C to 220°C, and microwave power, varied from 110W to 710W, are assessed. The effect of these parameters on both the structural characteristics and the environmental sustainability of the nanostructures is examined. The nanostructures were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM), ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis), Photoluminescence (PL) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) analysis...
February 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208623/fluorescence-lectin-bar-coding-of-glycoconjugates-in-the-extracellular-matrix-of-biofilm-and-bioaggregate-forming-microorganisms
#19
Thomas R Neu, Ute Kuhlicke
Microbial biofilm systems are defined as interface-associated microorganisms embedded into a self-produced matrix. The extracellular matrix represents a continuous challenge in terms of characterization and analysis. The tools applied in more detailed studies comprise extraction/chemical analysis, molecular characterization, and visualisation using various techniques. Imaging by laser microscopy became a standard tool for biofilm analysis, and, in combination with fluorescently labelled lectins, the glycoconjugates of the matrix can be assessed...
February 10, 2017: Microorganisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207338/nutritional-economic-and-environmental-costs-of-milk-waste-in-a-classroom-school-breakfast-program
#20
Stacy A Blondin, Sean B Cash, Jeanne P Goldberg, Timothy S Griffin, Christina D Economos
OBJECTIVES: To measure fluid milk waste in a US School Breakfast in the Classroom Program and estimate its nutritional, economic, and environmental effects. METHODS: Fluid milk waste was directly measured on 60 elementary school classroom days in a medium-sized, urban district. The US Department of Agriculture nutrition database, district cost data, and carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions and water footprint estimates for fluid milk were used to calculate the associated nutritional, economic, and environmental costs...
February 16, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
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