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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440793/wavelength-dependent-plasmon-mediated-coalescence-of-two-gold-nanorods
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Jiunn-Woei Liaw, Wu-Chun Lin, Mao-Kuen Kuo
Plasmon-mediated coalescence of two nearby gold nanorods (NRs) suspended in water induced by the illumination of a linearly polarized (LP) light was studied theoretically. We analyzed the coupled optical forces and torques in terms of Maxwell's stress tensor upon two identical NRs irradiated by a LP plane wave using the multiple multipole method to estimate the optomechanical outcome. Numerical results show that the light-matter interaction can perform attraction or repulsion, depending on their initial configurations...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439562/anomalous-spin-orbit-torque-switching-due-to-field-like-torque-assisted-domain-wall-reflection
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Jungbum Yoon, Seo-Won Lee, Jae Hyun Kwon, Jong Min Lee, Jaesung Son, Xuepeng Qiu, Kyung-Jin Lee, Hyunsoo Yang
Spin-orbit torques (SOTs) allow the electrical control of magnetic states. Current-induced SOT switching of the perpendicular magnetization is of particular technological importance. The SOT consists of damping-like and field-like torques, and understanding the combined effects of these two torque components is required for efficient SOT switching. Previous quasi-static measurements have reported an increased switching probability with the width of current pulses, as predicted considering the damping-like torque alone...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437841/characterizing-the-evolution-of-wide-gauge-features-in-stylopodial-limb-elements-of-titanosauriform-sauropods-via-geometric-morphometrics
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Paul V Ullmann, Matthew F Bonnan, Kenneth J Lacovara
Wide-gauge posture of titanosauriform sauropods remains an enigmatic peculiarity among terrestrial vertebrates. Here, two-dimensional geometric morphometrics and thin plate splines analyses were used to quantitatively analyze shape differences among sauropodomorph humeri and femora to identify how these elements may differ according to body gauge. Results demonstrate that titanosauriforms generally possess proportionately gracile humeri in comparison to other sauropods, with relatively more medially oriented humeral heads and proximally located deltopectoral crests...
April 24, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437684/fibrillar-disruption-by-ac-electric-field-induced-oscillation-a-case-study-with-human-serum-albumin
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Shubhatam Sen, Monojit Chakraborty, Snigdha Goley, Swagata Dasgupta, Sunando DasGupta
The effect of oscillation induced by a frequency-dependent alternating current (AC) electric field to dissociate preformed amyloid fibrils has been investigated. An electrowetting-on-dielectric type setup has been used to apply the AC field of varying frequencies on preformed fibrils of human serum albumin (HSA). The disintegration potency has been monitored by a combination of spectroscopic and microscopic techniques. The experimental results suggest that the frequency of the applied AC field plays a crucial role in the disruption of preformed HSA fibrils...
April 13, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437504/effect-of-plate-in-close-proximity-to-empty-external-fixation-pin-site-on-long-bone-torsional-strength
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Fred L Speck, Randal P Morris, Ronald W Lindsey
Complex tibia fractures are often provisionally stabilized with external fixation prior to definitive fracture fixation. Bicortical defects, such as those left after removal of a fixator pin, can decrease the torsional strength of long bone. Evaluating the effect of subsequent plate fixation in close proximity to a defect on the torsional strength of the tibia is the purpose of this study. Eight groups of 5 fourth-generation left composite tibias were tested to failure in torsion. The experimental plated groups consisted of bicortical defects at 3 cm, 2 cm, and 1 cm distal to the plate end, with 1 plated group without a defect...
March 2017: American Journal of Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437331/do-the-position-and-orientation-of-the-crosslink-influence-the-stiffness-of-spinal-instrumentation
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Zhuo Wang, Toshihiko Sakakibara, Takamasa Yoshikawa, Tadashi Inaba, Yuichi Kasai
STUDY DESIGN: Biomechanical study of double-level pedicle screw constructs with or without crosslinks (CL) in an unstable model. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to investigate the optimal position and orientation of the CL. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Several reports have described biomechanical research on such CL, but no definite consensus has been reached regarding the effects. Very few studies have examined the position and orientation of the CL...
May 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435618/comparative-study-of-abutment-screw-loosening-with-or-without-adhesive-material
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Mahnaz Arshad, Gholamreza Shirani, Sina Refoua, Mohammadreza Rahimi Yeganeh
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to achieve more retention and stability and to delay or prevent screw loosening. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty implants (Implantium 3.4 mm, Dentium, Seoul, Korea) were divided into 2 groups (n = 20). In the first group, an adhesive material was applied around the screw of the abutments (test group). In the second group, the screws are soaked in saliva (control group). All the screws were torqued under 30 N/cm, Then, the samples were gone through a cyclic fatigue loading process...
April 2017: Journal of Advanced Prosthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435207/simultaneous-feedback-control-of-plasma-rotation-and-stored-energy-on-nstx-u-using-neoclassical-toroidal-viscosity-and-neutral-beam-injection
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I R Goumiri, C W Rowley, S A Sabbagh, D A Gates, M D Boyer, S P Gerhardt, E Kolemen, J E Menard
A model-based feedback system is presented enabling the simultaneous control of the stored energy through βn and the toroidal rotation profile of the plasma in National Spherical Torus eXperiment Upgrade device. Actuation is obtained using the momentum from six injected neutral beams and the neoclassical toroidal viscosity generated by applying three-dimensional magnetic fields. Based on a model of the momentum diffusion and torque balance, a feedback controller is designed and tested in closed-loop simulations using TRANSP, a time dependent transport analysis code, in predictive mode...
May 2017: Physics of Plasmas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434802/active-touch-and-self-motion-encoding-by-merkel-cell-associated-afferents
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Kyle S Severson, Duo Xu, Margaret Van de Loo, Ling Bai, David D Ginty, Daniel H O'Connor
Touch perception depends on integrating signals from multiple types of peripheral mechanoreceptors. Merkel-cell associated afferents are thought to play a major role in form perception by encoding surface features of touched objects. However, activity of Merkel afferents during active touch has not been directly measured. Here, we show that Merkel and unidentified slowly adapting afferents in the whisker system of behaving mice respond to both self-motion and active touch. Touch responses were dominated by sensitivity to bending moment (torque) at the base of the whisker and its rate of change and largely explained by a simple mechanical model...
April 13, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432420/sex-differences-in-neuromuscular-function-after-repeated-eccentric-contractions-of-the-knee-extensor-muscles
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Andrea Lee, Jake Baxter, Claire Eischer, Matt Gage, Sandra Hunter, Tejin Yoon
PURPOSE: This study examined the mechanisms for force and power reduction during and up to 48 h after maximal eccentric contractions of the knee extensor muscles in young men and women. METHODS: 13 men (22.8 ± 2.6 years) and 13 women (21.6 ± 2.2 years) performed 150 maximal effort eccentric contractions (5 sets of 30) with the knee extensor muscles at 60° s(-1). Maximal voluntary isometric contractions (MVIC) and maximal voluntary concentric contractions (MVCC) were performed before and after the 150 eccentric contractions...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429109/associations-of-maximal-voluntary-isometric-hip-extension-torque-with-muscle-size-of-hamstring-and-gluteus-maximus-and-intra-abdominal-pressure
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Kota Tayashiki, Kosuke Hirata, Kiraku Ishida, Hiroaki Kanehisa, Naokazu Miyamoto
PURPOSE: Muscle size of the hamstring and gluteus maximus (GM) as well as intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) are considered as factors affecting the torque development during hip extension. This study examined the associations of torque development during maximal voluntary isometric hip extension with IAP and muscle size of the hamstring and GM. METHODS: Anatomical cross-sectional area (ACSA) of the hamstring and thickness of GM were determined in 20 healthy young males using an ultrasonography apparatus (Experiment 1)...
April 20, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428836/muscle-function-and-fatigability-of-trunk-flexors-in-males-and-females
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Rita E Deering, Jonathon W Senefeld, Tatyana Pashibin, Donald A Neumann, Sandra K Hunter
BACKGROUND: Optimal function of the abdominal muscles is necessary for several life functions including lifting and carrying tasks. Sex differences in strength and fatigability are established for many limb muscles and back extensor muscles, but it is unknown if sex differences exist for the abdominal muscles despite their functional importance. METHODS: Eighteen females (24.3 ± 4.8 years) and 15 males (24.1 ± 6.6 years) performed (1) isometric trunk flexion maximal voluntary contractions (MVCs) in a range of trunk positions to establish a torque-angle curve and (2) submaximal (50% MVC), intermittent isometric contraction (6 s on, 4 s off) until task failure to determine fatigability of the trunk flexor muscles...
2017: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428617/deterministic-spin-orbit-torque-induced-magnetization-reversal-in-pt-co-ni-n-co-ta-multilayer-hall-bars
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Sihua Li, Sarjoosing Goolaup, Jaesuk Kwon, Feilong Luo, Weiliang Gan, Wen Siang Lew
Spin-orbit torque (SOT) induced by electric current has attracted extensive attention as an efficient method of controlling the magnetization in nanomagnetic structures. SOT-induced magnetization reversal is usually achieved with the aid of an in-plane bias magnetic field. In this paper, we show that by selecting a film stack with weak out-of-plane magnetic anisotropy, field-free SOT-induced switching can be achieved in micron sized multilayers. Using direct current, deterministic bipolar magnetization reversal is obtained in Pt/[Co/Ni]2/Co/Ta structures...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428546/influence-of-intermixing-at-the-ta-cofeb-interface-on-spin-hall-angle-in-ta-cofeb-mgo-heterostructures
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Monika Cecot, Łukasz Karwacki, Witold Skowroński, Jarosław Kanak, Jerzy Wrona, Antoni Żywczak, Lide Yao, Sebastiaan Dijken, Józef Barnaś, Tomasz Stobiecki
When a current is passed through a non-magnetic metal with strong spin-orbit coupling, an orthogonal spin current is generated. This spin current can be used to switch the magnetization of an adjacent ferromagnetic layer or drive its magnetization into continuous precession. The interface, which is not necessarily sharp, and the crystallographic structure of the nonmagnetic metal can both affect the strength of current-induced spin-orbit torques. Here, we investigate the effects of interface intermixing and film microstructure on spin-orbit torques in perpendicularly magnetized Ta/Co40Fe40B20/MgO trilayers with different Ta layer thickness (5 nm, 10 nm, 15 nm), greater than the spin diffusion length...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424860/influence-of-tibial-hybrid-fixation-on-graft-tension-and-stability-in-acl-double-bundle-reconstruction
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B H Drews, A Seitz, J Huth, G Bauer, A Ignatius, L Dürselen
PURPOSE: Initial graft tension in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction affects stability and tension loss at follow-up. This study investigated the influence of hybrid tibial fixation in 3-tunnel double-bundle ACL reconstruction on initial graft tension and tension change and stability under anterior and combined rotatory loads. METHODS: Eleven fresh-frozen cadaveric knees were reconstructed with an ACL double bundle using a 3-tunnel technique. Grafts were tightened to 80 N in 60° (AM bundle) and 15° (PL bundle) of flexion...
April 19, 2017: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424741/catalytic-robustness-and-torque-generation-of-the-f1-atpase
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Hiroyuki Noji, Hiroshi Ueno, Duncan G G McMillan
The F1-ATPase is the catalytic portion of the FoF1 ATP synthase and acts as a rotary molecular motor when it hydrolyzes ATP. Two decades have passed since the single-molecule rotation assay of F1-ATPase was established. Although several fundamental issues remain elusive, basic properties of F-type ATPases as motor proteins have been well characterized, and a large part of the reaction scheme has been revealed by the combination of extensive structural, biochemical, biophysical, and theoretical studies. This review is intended to provide a concise summary of the fundamental features of F1-ATPases, by use of the well-described model F1 from the thermophilic Bacillus PS3 (TF1)...
April 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424483/magnetic-moment-of-inertia-within-the-torque-torque-correlation-model
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Danny Thonig, Olle Eriksson, Manuel Pereiro
An essential property of magnetic devices is the relaxation rate in magnetic switching which strongly depends on the energy dissipation. This is described by the Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation and the well known damping parameter, which has been shown to be reproduced from quantum mechanical calculations. Recently the importance of inertia phenomena have been discussed for magnetisation dynamics. This magnetic counterpart to the well-known inertia of Newtonian mechanics, represents a research field that so far has received only limited attention...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423017/auxotonic-to-isometric-contraction-transitioning-in-a-beating-heart-causes-myosin-step-size-to-down-shift
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Thomas P Burghardt, Xiaojing Sun, Yihua Wang, Katalin Ajtai
Myosin motors in cardiac ventriculum convert ATP free energy to the work of moving blood volume under pressure. The actin bound motor cyclically rotates its lever-arm/light-chain complex linking motor generated torque to the myosin filament backbone and translating actin against resisting force. Previous research showed that the unloaded in vitro motor is described with high precision by single molecule mechanical characteristics including unitary step-sizes of approximately 3, 5, and 8 nm and their relative step-frequencies of approximately 13, 50, and 37%...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422662/use-of-accelerometers-in-the-control-of-practical-prosthetic-arms
#19
Peter Kyberd, Adrian Poulton
Accelerometers can be used to augment the control of powered prosthetic arms. They can detect the orientation of the joint and limb and the controller can correct for the amount of torque required to move the limb. They can also be used to create a platform, with a fixed orientation relative to gravity for the object held in the hand. This paper describes three applications for this technology, in a powered wrist and powered arm. By adding sensors to the arm making these data available to the controller, the input from the user can be made simpler...
April 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421821/modeling-and-dynamic-simulation-of-astronaut-s-upper-limb-motions-considering-counter-torques-generated-by-the-space-suit
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Jingwen Li, Qing Ye, Li Ding, Qianfang Liao
Extravehicular activity (EVA) is an inevitable task for astronauts to maintain proper functions of both the spacecraft and the space station. Both experimental research in a microgravity simulator (e.g. neutral buoyancy tank, zero-g aircraft or a drop tower/tube) and mathematical modeling were used to study EVA to provide guidance for the training on Earth and task design in space. Modeling has become more and more promising because of its efficiency. Based on the task analysis, almost 90% of EVA activity is accomplished through upper limb motions...
April 19, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
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