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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102900/metabolic-theory-predicts-animal-self-thinning
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Tomas Jonsson
1.The Metabolic Theory of Ecology (MTE) predicts observed patterns in ecology based on metabolic rates of individuals. The theory is influential but also criticized for a lack of firm empirical evidence confirming MTE's quantitative predictions of processes, e.g. outcome of competition, at population or community level. 2.Self-thinning is a well-known population level phenomenon among plants, but a much less studied phenomenon in animal populations and no consensus exists on what a universal thinning slope for animal populations might be, or if it exists...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102401/the-effect-of-substituents-on-the-stability-of-triply-bonded-gallium-triple-bond-length-as-m-dash-antimony-molecules-a-new-target-for-synthesis
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Jia-Syun Lu, Ming-Chung Yang, Ming-Der Su
The effect of substitution on the potential energy surfaces of RGa(-)[triple bond, length as m-dash]Sb(+)R (R = F, OH, H, CH3, SiH3, SiMe(SitBu3)2, SiiPrDis2 and NHC) is studied using density functional theory (M06-2X/Def2-TZVP, B3PW91/Def2-TZVP and B3LYP/LANL2DZ + dp). The computational results show that all of the triply bonded RGa(-)[triple bond, length as m-dash]Sb(+)R molecules have a preference for a bent geometry (i.e., ∠RGaSb ≈ 180° and ∠GaSbR ≈ 90°), which can be described using a valence bond model...
January 19, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101878/bootstrapping-disaster-the-challenge-of-growing-and-maintaining-a-cross-sector-collaborative-network
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Aaron Wachhaus
This article examines the interaction of nonprofit and private actors with the traditional bureaucratic structures of government in central Pennsylvania&s recovery from hurricane Irene and tropical storm Lee. That effort relied heavily on private and nonprofit organizations as drivers of the response and recovery. The author maps the organizations involved in the recovery effort and explores the impact of the recovery effort on those organizations. A social network analysis was conducted and complemented with follow-up interviews with key actors...
November 2016: Journal of Emergency Management: JEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100591/dynamics-and-fate-of-beneficial-mutations-under-lineage-contamination-by-linked-deleterious-mutations
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Sophie Pénisson, Tanya Singh, Paul Sniegowski, Philip Gerrish
Beneficial mutations drive adaptive evolution, yet their selective advantage does not ensure their fixation. Haldane's application of single-type branching process theory showed that genetic drift alone could cause the extinction of newly-arising beneficial mutations with high probability. With linkage, deleterious mutations will affect the dynamics of beneficial mutations and might further increase their extinction probability. Here, we model the lineage dynamics of a newly-arising beneficial mutation as a multitype branching process...
January 18, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100374/-study-of-disease-burden-of-chronic-hepatitis-b-and-c-patients-in-shanghai-based-on-bronfenbrenner-s-ecological-systems-theory-a-community-based-survey
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H Ren, Y Shi, W Meng, J Y Hu, Y H Chen, Q C Pan
Objective: To systemically analyze family burden, quality of life of chronic hepatitis B and C patients in Shanghai and related influencing factors. Methods: A representative sample of chronic hepatitis patients (n=1 478) and their family members (n=1 478) was randomly selected through a multi-stage cluster sampling from 30 communities in 10 districts of Shanghai. One patient and one family member of each family were interviewed using different questionnaires to collect related information. Based on Bronfenbrenner' s ecological systems, psychological measurement, two-level random intercept model and multivariable structural equation model were applied to determine the effects and directions of the factors between life quality of chronic hepatitis patients and family burden...
January 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099875/sustained-attention-and-heart-rate-variability-in-children-and-adolescents-with-adhd
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Kristi R Griffiths, Daniel S Quintana, Daniel F Hermens, Chris Spooner, Tracey W Tsang, Simon Clarke, Michael R Kohn
The autonomic nervous system (ANS) plays an important role in attention and self-regulation by modulating physiological arousal to meet environmental demands. Core symptoms of ADHD such as inattention and behavioral disinhibition may be related to dysregulation of the ANS, however previous findings have been equivocal. We examined autonomic activity and reactivity by assessing heart rate variability (HRV) in a large sample of un-medicated children and adolescents (6-19 years) with ADHD (n=229) compared to typically-developing controls (n=244) during rest and sustained attention...
January 15, 2017: Biological Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099009/thickness-controlled-quasi-two-dimensional-colloidal-pbse-nanoplatelets
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Weon-Kyu Koh, Naveen Kumar Dandu, Andrew F Fidler, Victor I Klimov, Jeffrey M Pietryga, Svetlana V Kilina
We demonstrate controlled synthesis of discrete two-dimensional (2D) PbSe nanoplatelets (NPLs), with measureable photoluminescence, via oriented attachment directed by quantum dot (QD) surface chemistry. Halide passivation is critical to the growth of these (100) face-dominated NPLs, as corroborated by density functional theory studies. PbCl2 moieties attached to the (111) and (110) of small nanocrystals form interparticle bridges, aligning the QDs and leading to attachment. We find that a 2D bridging network is energetically favored over a 3D network, driving the formation of NPLs...
January 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097604/theory-based-explanation-as-intervention
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Kara Weisman, Ellen M Markman
Cogent explanations are an indispensable means of providing new information and an essential component of effective education. Beyond this, we argue that there is tremendous untapped potential in using explanations to motivate behavior change. In this article we focus on health interventions. We review four case studies that used carefully tailored explanations to address gaps and misconceptions in people's intuitive theories, providing participants with a conceptual framework for understanding how and why some recommended behavior is an effective way of achieving a health goal...
January 17, 2017: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095000/the-challenge-of-abstract-concepts
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Anna M Borghi, Ferdinand Binkofski, Cristiano Castelfranchi, Felice Cimatti, Claudia Scorolli, Luca Tummolini
concepts ("freedom") differ from concrete ones ("cat"), as they do not have a bounded, identifiable, and clearly perceivable referent. The way in which abstract concepts are represented has recently become a topic of intense debate, especially because of the spread of the embodied approach to cognition. Within this framework concepts derive their meaning from the same perception, motor, and emotional systems that are involved in online interaction with the world. Most of the evidence in favor of this view, however, has been gathered with regard to concrete concepts...
January 16, 2017: Psychological Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094968/computational-studies-on-reaction-mechanism-and-origins-of-selectivities-in-nickel-catalyzed-2-2-2-cycloadditions-and-alkenylative-cyclizations-of-1-6-ene-allenes-and-alkenes
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Tao Yang, Masahiro Ehara
The reaction mechanism and origins of ligand-controlled selectivity, regioselectivity, and stereoselectivity of Ni-catalyzed (2 + 2 + 2) cycloadditions and alkenylative cyclizations of 1,6-ene-allenes and alkenes were studied by using density functional theory. The catalytic cycle involves intermolecular oxidative coupling and intramolecular concerted 1,4-addition step to afford a stable metallacycloheptane intermediate; these steps determine both the regioselectivity and stereoselectivity. Subsequent C-C reductive elimination leads to the cyclohexane product, whereas the β-hydride elimination leads to the trans-diene product...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094853/high-dose-per-pulse-electron-beam-dosimetry-a-model-to-correct-for-the-ion-recombination-in-the-advanced-markus-ionization-chamber
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Kristoffer Petersson, Maud Jaccard, Jean-François Germond, Thierry Buchillier, François Bochud, Jean Bourhis, Marie-Catherine Vozenin, Claude Bailat
PURPOSE: The purpose of this work was to establish an empirical model of the ion recombination in the Advanced Markus ionization chamber for measurements in high dose rate/dose-per-pulse electron beams. In addition, we compared the observed ion recombination to calculations using the standard Boag two-voltage-analysis method, the more general theoretical Boag models, and the semi-empirical general equation presented by Burns and McEwen. METHODS: Two independent methods were used to investigate the ion recombination: 1) Varying the grid tension of the linear accelerator (linac) gun (controls the linac output) and measuring the relative effect the grid tension has on the chamber response at different source-to-surface distances (SSD)...
January 17, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093833/cracking-the-code-residents-interpretations-of-written-assessment-comments
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Shiphra Ginsburg, Cees Pm van der Vleuten, Kevin W Eva, Lorelei Lingard
CONTEXT: Interest is growing in the use of qualitative data for assessment. Written comments on residents' in-training evaluation reports (ITERs) can be reliably rank-ordered by faculty attendings, who are adept at interpreting these narratives. However, if residents do not interpret assessment comments in the same way, a valuable educational opportunity may be lost. OBJECTIVES: Our purpose was to explore residents' interpretations of written assessment comments using mixed methods...
January 16, 2017: Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092712/-global-bioethics-and-biocultural-ethics
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Ricardo Rozzi
The biocultural ethic recovers an understanding of the vital links between the life habits of the coinhabitants (humans and other-than-human) that share a habitat. The ″3Hs″ formal framework of the biocultural ethics provides a conceptual and methodological tool to understand and to better manage complex eco-social or biocultural systems in heterogeneous regions of the planet. From the global bioethics originally proposed by V.R. Potter, the integration of theory and praxis promoted by Alfredo Pradenas in the Bioethics Society of Chile, and the conceptual framework of biocultural ethics (including traditions of philosophical thought, scientific and Amerindians), I develop a comparative analysis of: 1...
September 2016: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092632/the-tilt-dependent-potential-of-mean-force-of-a-pair-of-dna-oligomers-from-all-atom-molecular-dynamics-simulations
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Ruggero Cortini, Xiaolin Cheng, Jeremy C Smith
Electrostatic interactions between DNA molecules have been extensively studied experimentally and theoretically, but several aspects (e.g. its role in determining the pitch of the cholesteric DNA phase) still remain unclear. Here, we performed large-scale all-atom molecular dynamics simulations in explicit water and 150 mM sodium chloride, to reconstruct the potential of mean force (PMF) of two DNA oligomers 24 base pairs long as a function of their interaxial angle and intermolecular distance. We find that the potential of mean force is dominated by total DNA charge, and not by the helical geometry of its charged groups...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092516/single-camera-based-method-for-step-length-symmetry-measurement-in-unconstrained-elderly-home-monitoring
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Xi Cai, Guang Han, Xin Song, Jinkuan Wang
OBJECTIVE: Single-camera-based gait monitoring is unobtrusive, inexpensive and easy-to-use to monitor daily gait of seniors in their homes. However, most studies require subjects to walk perpendicularly to camera's optical axis or along some specified routes, which limits its application in elderly home monitoring. To build unconstrained monitoring environments, we propose a method to measure step length symmetry ratio (a useful gait parameter representing gait symmetry without significant relationship with age) from unconstrained straight walking using a single camera, without strict restrictions on walking directions or routes...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092379/structure-fragmentation-patterns-and-magnetic-properties-of-small-nickel-oxide-clusters
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R H Aguilera-Del-Toro, F Aguilera-Granja, L C Balbás, A Vega
We report a comprehensive theoretical study of the structural and electronic properties of neutral and charged nickel oxide clusters, NinOm(0/±) (n = 3-8 and m = 1-10), in the context of recent experiments of photodissociation and Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry. By means of density functional theory calculations in the generalized gradient approximation for exchange and correlation, we determined the putative ground states as well as the low-energy structural- and spin-isomers which were then used to explore the favorable fragmentation channels of the nickel oxide cationic clusters, and the resulting most abundant products, in good qualitative agreement with photodissociation measurements...
January 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090239/the-screening-and-ranking-algorithm-for-change-points-detection-in-multiple-samples
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Chi Song, Xiaoyi Min, Heping Zhang
The chromosome copy number variation (CNV) is the deviation of genomic regions from their normal copy number states, which may associate with many human diseases. Current genetic studies usually collect hundreds to thousands of samples to study the association between CNV and diseases. CNVs can be called by detecting the change-points in mean for sequences of array-based intensity measurements. Although multiple samples are of interest, the majority of the available CNV calling methods are single sample based...
December 2016: Annals of Applied Statistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089255/characterization-of-the-walch-b3-glenoid-in-primary-osteoarthritis
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Kevin Chan, Nikolas K Knowles, Jean Chaoui, Marc-Olivier Gauci, Louis M Ferreira, Gilles Walch, George S Athwal
BACKGROUND: The type B3 glenoid is an addition to the Walch classification. A potential etiologic theory is that it is a progression of the B2. It is characterized by uniconcavity, absent paleoglenoid, medialization, retroversion, and subluxation. The purpose of this study was to describe the morphology of B3 glenoids. METHODS: Fifty-two patients with B3 glenoids underwent 3-dimensional analysis of computed tomography data. Glenoid measurements (retroversion, inclination, medialization) and humeral head subluxation according to the scapular and glenoid planes were determined...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088845/-%C3%A2-it-shows-that-there-s-no-limits-the-psychological-impact-of-co-production-for-experts-by-experience-working-in-youth-mental-health
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Claire Mayer, Karen McKenzie
Co-production is commonly conceptualised as a more equal sharing of power and decision-making between a dichotomy of service user and service provider, each bringing valuable and different assets to the process. 'Experts by experience' lie in the overlap between this conceptually created duality, providing the services they now do by virtue of having once used services themselves. Previous related studies suggest that their involvement in co-production could impact positively on their social capital, self-esteem, self-efficacy and life skills...
January 15, 2017: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088438/a-snapshot-of-urban-adolescent-women-s-contraceptive-knowledge-at-the-onset-of-a-community-larc-promotion-initiative
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K B Greenberg, S C Jenks, N G Piazza, B R Malibiran, C A Aligne
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To contextualize young women's knowledge and attitudes regarding contraception at the outset of an intervention promoting long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC) for teen pregnancy prevention. DESIGN: and Setting: Our intervention is based on diffusion of innovation theory, and at the outset we were interested in likely early adopters' existing knowledge and attitudes towards contraception. This mixed methods study consists of focus groups within positive youth development programs in Rochester, New York; we discussed young women's knowledge and sources of information for all FDA-approved contraceptive methods...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
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