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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926811/towards-better-monitoring-of-technology-critical-elements-in-europe-coupling-of-natural-and-anthropogenic-cycles
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Philip Nuss, Gian Andrea Blengini
The characterization of elemental cycles has a rich history in biogeochemistry. Well known examples include the global carbon cycle, or the cycles of the 'grand nutrients' nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur. More recently, efforts have increased to better understand the natural cycling of technology critical elements (TCEs), i.e. elements with a high supply risk and economic importance in the EU. On the other hand, tools such as material-flow analysis (MFA) can help to understand how substances and goods are transported and accumulated in man-made technological systems ('anthroposphere')...
September 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920902/a-visual-analytics-framework-for-identifying-topic-drivers-in-media-events
#2
Yafeng Lu, Hong Wang, Steven Landis, Ross Maciejewski
Media data has been the subject of large scale analysis with applications of text mining being used to provide overviews of media themes and information flows. Such information extracted from media articles has also shown its contextual value of being integrated with other data, such as criminal records and stock market pricing. In this work, we explore linking textual media data with curated secondary textual data sources through user-guided semantic lexical matching for identifying relationships and data links...
September 14, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892851/a-phosphorous-flow-analysis-in-spain
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Jesús Álvarez, Marc Roca, Cesar Valderrama, José Luis Cortina
Phosphorus (P) is a vital macronutrient required to improve the agricultural yields but its excessive use as a fertilizer has resulted in pollution of water bodies leading to eutrophication. With no reserves of phosphorus source in Spain, increased dependence on phosphorus in agriculture have not only increased dependence on imports but also has raised concerns on its future availability as a resource. A Phosphorous Flow Analysis (PFA) was conducted for Spain for the year 2012 focusing on the food production and consumption systems...
September 6, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861219/disentangling-the-genetic-and-morphological-structure-of-patella-candei-complex-in-macaronesia-ne-atlantic
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Joao Faria, Gustavo M Martins, Alfonso Pita, Pedro A Ribeiro, Stephen J Hawkins, Pablo Presa, Ana I Neto
The uptake of natural living resources for human consumption has triggered serious changes in the balance of ecosystems. In the archipelagos of Macaronesia (NE Atlantic), limpets have been extensively exploited probably since islands were first colonized. This has led to profound consequences in the dynamics of rocky shore communities. The Patella candei complex includes various subspecies of limpets that are ascribed to a particular archipelago and has been the focus of several taxonomic surveys without much agreement...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28842974/economics-of-inhaled-oxygen-use-as-an-acute-therapy-for-cluster-headache-in-the-united-states-of-america
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Megan O'Brien, Janet H Ford, Sheena K Aurora, Sriram Govindan, Deborah E Tepper, Stewart J Tepper
BACKGROUND: Cluster headache (CH) is a primary headache disorder associated with low levels of diagnosis and high unmet medical need. The pain attacks, associated anxiety, and fear in anticipation of the attacks are extremely debilitating to a patient with CH. For acute therapy, treatment guidelines recommend inhalation of high flow oxygen during the period of an attack. However, the use of oxygen for treatment of CH remains largely underutilized. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of the study, which covered each of the US states, were to map the current market landscape of medical grade oxygen for use in CH and to develop a cost simulator based on a patient's needs and geography...
August 26, 2017: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28836769/elaborating-the-history-of-our-cementing-societies-an-in-use-stock-perspective
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Zhi Cao, Lei Shen, Amund N Løvik, Daniel B Müller, Gang Liu
Modern cities and societies are built fundamentally based on cement and concrete. The global cement production has risen sharply in the past decades due largely to urbanization and construction. Here we deployed a top-down dynamic material flow analysis (MFA) model to quantify the historical development of cement in-use stocks in residential, nonresidential, and civil engineering sectors of all world countries. We found that global cement production spreads unevenly among 184 countries, with China dominating the global production and consumption after the 1990s...
September 12, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831947/an-inter-regional-us-blood-supply-simulation-model-to-evaluate-blood-availability-to-support-planning-for-emergency-preparedness-and-medical-countermeasures
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Arianna Simonetti, Hussein Ezzeldin, Mark Walderhaug, Steven A Anderson, Richard A Forshee
OBJECTIVES: Planning for a response to threats like pandemics or mass casualty events is a national priority. The US blood supply system can be particularly vulnerable to such events. It is important to understand the impacts of emergency situations on blood availability and the resiliency of the US blood supply system. METHODS: On the basis of the Stock-and-Flow simulation model of the US blood supply system, we developed an inter-regional blood transfer system representing the action of multiple blood collectors and distributors to enable effective planning of strategies to minimize collection and donation disruptions to the blood supply system in the event of a national emergency...
August 23, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792964/turtle-soup-prohibition-and-the-population-genetic-structure-of-diamondback-terrapins-malaclemys-terrapin
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Paul E Converse, Shawn R Kuchta, J Susanne Hauswaldt, Willem M Roosenburg
Diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) were a popular food item in early twentieth century America, and were consumed in soup with sherry. Intense market demand for terrapin meat resulted in population declines, notably along the Atlantic seaboard. Efforts to supply terrapins to markets resulted in translocation events, as individuals were moved about to stock terrapin farms. However, in 1920 the market for turtle soup buckled with the enactment of the eighteenth amendment to the United States' Constitution-which initiated the prohibition of alcoholic drinks-and many terrapin fisheries dumped their stocks into local waters...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771197/the-susceptibilities-of-respiratory-syncytial-virus-to-nucleolin-receptor-blocking-and-antibody-neutralization-are-dependent-upon-the-method-of-virus-purification
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Leanne M Bilawchuk, Cameron D Griffiths, Lionel D Jensen, Farah Elawar, David J Marchant
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) that is propagated in cell culture is purified from cellular contaminants that can confound experimental results. A number of different purification methods have been described, including methods that utilize fast protein liquid chromatography (FPLC) and gradient ultracentrifugation. Thus, the constituents and experimental responses of RSV stocks purified by ultracentrifugation in sucrose and by FPLC were analyzed and compared by infectivity assay, Coomassie stain, Western blot, mass spectrometry, immuno-transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and ImageStream flow cytometry...
August 3, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750285/modelling-food-web-mediated-effects-of-hydrological-variability-and-environmental-flows
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REVIEW
Barbara J Robson, Rebecca E Lester, Darren S Baldwin, Nicholas R Bond, Romain Drouart, Robert J Rolls, Darren S Ryder, Ross M Thompson
Environmental flows are designed to enhance aquatic ecosystems through a variety of mechanisms; however, to date most attention has been paid to the effects on habitat quality and life-history triggers, especially for fish and vegetation. The effects of environmental flows on food webs have so far received little attention, despite food-web thinking being fundamental to understanding of river ecosystems. Understanding environmental flows in a food-web context can help scientists and policy-makers better understand and manage outcomes of flow alteration and restoration...
July 17, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745013/moving-alcohol-prevention-research-forward-part-ii-new-directions-grounded-in-community-based-system-dynamics-modeling
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Yorghos Apostolopoulos, Michael K Lemke, Adam E Barry, Kristen Hassmiller Lich
BACKGROUNDS AND AIMS: Given the complexity of factors contributing to alcohol misuse, appropriate epistemologies and methodologies are needed to understand and intervene meaningfully. We aimed to (1) provide an overview of computational modeling methodologies, with an emphasis on system dynamics modeling; (2) explain how community-based system dynamics modeling can forge new directions in alcohol prevention research; and (3) present a primer on how to build alcohol misuse simulation models using system dynamics modeling, with an emphasis on stakeholder involvement, data sources, and model validation...
July 25, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738622/a-flow-based-procedure-exploiting-the-lab-in-syringe-approach-for-the-determination-of-ester-content-in-biodiesel-and-diesel-biodiesel-blends
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Samara Soares, Wanessa R Melchert, Fábio R P Rocha
The ester content is an important parameter to be monitored in biodiesel for evaluation of the transesterification reaction yield and for assessing the purity of the final product. This is also a relevant quality parameter in diesel/biodiesel blends to avoid frauds, because legislation establishes a minimum amount of biodiesel to be added to diesel. The official method EN14103 requires the addition of an alternative internal standard (methyl nonadecanoate) for analysis of biodiesel from bovine tallow because the methyl heptadecanoate is found in high amounts in this product...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732941/comments-on-the-use-of-loop-reactors-in-sonochemical-processes
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M Vinatoru, Timothy Mason
For sonochemical processing on an industrial scale the traditional choice is either a batch or flow system. The former is straightforward in concept but it requires large scale powerful ultrasonic transducers capable of delivering high intensity ultrasound to large volumes of liquid. Unfortunately at the moment the cost and problems involved in building very large sonication devices for batch processes cannot justify the replacement of existing industrial processes. For this reason most sonochemists prefer some form of flow system where small quantities of reagents can be treated as they are pumped from a large vat of reagents through a smaller sonochemical reactor where high intensity ultrasound can be applied...
November 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707821/splenic-vein-thrombosis-following-pancreas-transplantation-identification-of-factors-that-support-conservative-management
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J W Harbell, T Morgan, V A Feldstein, G R Roll, A Posselt, S-M Kang, S Feng, R Hirose, C E Freise, P Stock
Prophylaxis for graft portal/splenic venous thrombosis following pancreas transplant varies between institutions. Similarly, treatment of venous thrombosis ranges from early re-exploration to conservative management with anticoagulation. We wished to determine the prevalence of graft splenic vein (SV) thrombosis, as well as the clinical significance of non-occlusive thrombus observed on routine imaging. Records of 112 pancreas transplant recipients over a 5-year period at a single center were reviewed. Venous thrombosis was defined as absence of flow or presence of thrombus identified in any part of the graft SV on ultrasound...
July 14, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707260/historical-effects-of-dissolved-organic-carbon-export-and-land-management-decisions-on-the-watershed-scale-forest-carbon-budget-of-a-coastal-british-columbia-douglas-fir-dominated-landscape
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B P Smiley, J A Trofymow
BACKGROUND: To address how natural disturbance, forest harvest, and deforestation from reservoir creation affect landscape-level carbon (C) budgets, a retrospective C budget for the 8500 ha Sooke Lake Watershed (SLW) from 1911 to 2012 was developed using historical spatial inventory and disturbance data. To simulate forest C dynamics, data was input into a spatially-explicit version of the Carbon Budget Model-Canadian Forest Sector (CBM-CFS3). Transfers of terrestrial C to inland aquatic environments need to be considered to better capture the watershed scale C balance...
December 2017: Carbon Balance and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674463/degrowth-taking-stock-and-reviewing-an-emerging-academic-paradigm
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REVIEW
Martin Weiss, Claudio Cattaneo
Degrowth has evolved within a decade from an activist movement into a multi-disciplinary academic paradigm. However, an overview taking stock of the peer-refereed degrowth literature is yet missing. Here, we review 91 articles that were published between 2006 and 2015. We find that the academic degrowth discourse occupies a small but expanding niche at the intersection of social and applied environmental sciences. The discourse is shaped by authors from high-income, mainly Mediterranean, countries. Until 2012, articles largely constitute conceptual essays endorsed by normative claims...
July 2017: Ecological Economics: the Journal of the International Society for Ecological Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664999/abrupt-changes-in-the-composition-and-function-of-fungal-communities-along-an-environmental-gradient-in-the-high-arctic
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Grau Oriol, József Geml, Aaron Pérez-Haase, Josep M Ninot, Tatiana A Semenova-Nelsen, Josep Peñuelas
Fungi play a key role in soil-plant interactions, nutrient cycling, and carbon flow and are essential for the functioning of arctic terrestrial ecosystems. Some studies have shown that the composition of fungal communities is highly sensitive to variations in environmental conditions, but little is known about how the conditions control the role of fungal communities (i.e. their ecosystem function). We used DNA metabarcoding to compare taxonomic and functional composition of fungal communities along a gradient of environmental severity in Northeast Greenland...
June 30, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654644/net-profit-flow-per-country-from-1980-to-2009-the-long-term-effects-of-foreign-direct-investment
#18
Dirk H M Akkermans
AIM OF THE PAPER: The paper aims at describing and explaining net profit flows per country for the period 1980-2009. Net profit flows result from Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) stock and profit repatriation: inward stock creating a profit outflow and outward FDI stock a profit inflow. Profit flows, especially 'normal' ones are not commonly researched. THEORETICAL BACKGROUND: According to world-system theory, countries are part of a system characterised by a core, semi-periphery and periphery, as shown by network analyses of trade relations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646647/successful-maintenance-of-key-physiological-parameters-in-preterm-lambs-treated-with-ex%C3%A2-vivo-uterine-environment-therapy-for-a-period-of-1-week
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Haruo Usuda, Shimpei Watanabe, Yuichiro Miura, Masatoshi Saito, Gabrielle C Musk, Judith Rittenschober-Böhm, Hideyuki Ikeda, Shinichi Sato, Takushi Hanita, Tadashi Matsuda, Alan H Jobe, John P Newnham, Sarah J Stock, Matthew W Kemp
BACKGROUND: Extremely preterm infants born at the border of viability (22-24 weeks' gestation) have high rates of death and lasting disability. Ex vivo uterine environment therapy is an experimental neonatal intensive care strategy that provides gas exchange using parallel membranous oxygenators connected to the umbilical vessels, sparing the extremely preterm cardiopulmonary system from ventilation-derived injury. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we aimed to refine our ex vivo uterine environment therapy platform to eliminate fetal infection and inflammation, while simultaneously extending the duration of hemodynamically stable ex vivo uterine environment therapy to 1 week...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646302/t-regulatory-cells-exhibit-a-biphasic-response-to-prolonged-endurance-exercise-in-humans
#20
Tom Clifford, Matthew J Wood, Philip Stocks, Glyn Howatson, Emma J Stevenson, Catharien M U Hilkens
PURPOSE: T-regulatory cells (Tregs) are a sub-population of lymphocytes that act to suppress aberrant immune responses. We investigated changes in the numbers of naïve and terminally differentiated Tregs in the peripheral blood to establish their role in the immuno-suppressive response to prolonged exercise. METHODS: Blood was drawn from seventeen experienced runners (age 40 ± 12 years; height 1.75 ± 0.08 m; mass 71.4 ± 10.8 kg) before, ~1 h after (POST-1h), and on the day following the marathon (POST-1d)...
August 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
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