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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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Jack W Harbell, Tara Morgan, Vickie A Feldstein, Garrett R Roll, Andrew Posselt, Sang-Mo Kang, Sandy Feng, Ryutaro Hirose, Chris E Freise, Peter 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 five-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
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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 20, 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
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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)...
June 23, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634488/antiherding-in-financial-decision-increases-valuation-of-return-on-investment-an-event-related-potential-study
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Cuicui Wang, Jia Jin, João Paulo Vieito, Qingguo Ma
Using event-related potentials, this study investigated how financial herding or antiherding affected the valuation of subsequent outcomes. For each trial, subjects decided whether to buy the stock according to its net money flow information which could be used to reflect the strength of buying power or selling power of the stock. The return on investment (ROI) as feedback included the increase or decrease percentage after subjects' responses. Results showed that, compared with herding, antiherding induced larger discrepancies of FRN and P300 amplitude between positive ROI and negative ROI, indicating that individuals under antiherding condition had stronger motivation and paid more attention in the evaluation process of ROI...
2017: Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549472/understanding-and-addressing-contraceptive-stockouts-to-increase-family-planning-access-and-uptake-in-senegal
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Leah Hasselback, Modibo Dicko, Claire Viadro, Soussaba Ndour, Oumy Ndao, Jennifer Wesson
BACKGROUND: Senegal's government has pledged to reduce contraceptive stockouts, which have been frequent in public sector health facilities. An innovative distribution system called the Informed Push Model (IPM) addresses supply chain obstacles through direct regional-to-facility delivery of contraceptives and use of private sector logistics operators. Following promising pilot results, Senegal's Ministry of Health and Social Action committed to a three-year (2013-2016) expansion of IPM to all public health facilities nationwide...
May 26, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542278/emerging-interdependence-between-stock-values-during-financial-crashes
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Jacopo Rocchi, Enoch Yan Lok Tsui, David Saad
To identify emerging interdependencies between traded stocks we investigate the behavior of the stocks of FTSE 100 companies in the period 2000-2015, by looking at daily stock values. Exploiting the power of information theoretical measures to extract direct influences between multiple time series, we compute the information flow across stock values to identify several different regimes. While small information flows is detected in most of the period, a dramatically different situation occurs in the proximity of global financial crises, where stock values exhibit strong and substantial interdependence for a prolonged period...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511352/emission-inventory-and-environmental-distribution-of-decabromodiphenyl-ether-in-china
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Boya Zhang, Bu Zhao, Mengqi Yu, Jianbo Zhang
Decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) is a highly brominated flame retardant that recent studies have identified as a potential persistent organic pollutant. Large amounts of decaBDE have been consumed and released in the environment in China, while no emission inventory has been available until now. In this study, a substance flow analysis was applied to establish the emission inventory of decaBDE in China from 1982 (the first year of decaBDE production in China) until 2013 based on activity data, transfer coefficients, and emission factors...
December 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501901/production-of-mycosporine-like-amino-acids-from-gracilaria-vermiculophylla-rhodophyta-cultured-through-one-year-in-an-integrated-multi-trophic-aquaculture-imta-system
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Marta Barceló-Villalobos, Félix L Figueroa, Nathalie Korbee, Félix Álvarez-Gómez, Maria H Abreu
This study evaluates the production of biomass and mycosporine-like amino acids (MAAs) throughout the year in Gracilaria vermiculophylla (Rhodophyta) collected in Ria de Aveiro (Portugal). The algae were grown in outdoor tanks in seawater with the addition of fishpond effluents under two different water flows (100 and 200 L h(-1)) in an integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) system (tanks 1200 L; 1.5 m(2)) and different algal densities (3, 5, and 7 kg m(-2)). MAA content in IMTA seaweeds was significantly affected by the interaction of time and stocking density, but not by the water flow...
May 13, 2017: Marine Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483859/wearing-graduated-compression-stockings-augments-cutaneous-vasodilation-but-not-sweating-during-exercise-in-the-heat
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Naoto Fujii, Toshiya Nikawa, Bun Tsuji, Glen P Kenny, Narihiko Kondo, Takeshi Nishiyasu
The activation of cutaneous vasodilation and sweating are essential to the regulation of core temperature during exercise in the heat. We assessed the effect of graduated compression induced by wearing stockings on cutaneous vasodilation and sweating during exercise in the heat (30°C). On two separate occasions, nine young males exercised for 45 min or until core temperature reached ~1.5°C above baseline resting while wearing either (1) stockings causing graduated compression (graduate compression stockings, GCS), or (2) loose-fitting stockings without compression (Control)...
May 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445647/how-will-copper-contamination-constrain-future-global-steel-recycling
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Katrin E Daehn, André Cabrera Serrenho, Julian M Allwood
Copper in steel causes metallurgical problems, but is pervasive in end-of-life scrap and cannot currently be removed commercially once in the melt. Contamination can be managed to an extent by globally trading scrap for use in tolerant applications and dilution with primary iron sources. However, the viability of long-term strategies can only be evaluated with a complete characterization of copper in the global steel system and this is presented in this paper. The copper concentration of flows along the 2008 steel supply chain is estimated from a survey of literature data and compared with estimates of the maximum concentration that can be tolerated in steel products...
June 6, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413846/a-carbon-balance-model-for-the-great-dismal-swamp-ecosystem
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Rachel Sleeter, Benjamin M Sleeter, Brianna Williams, Dianna Hogan, Todd Hawbaker, Zhiliang Zhu
BACKGROUND: Carbon storage potential has become an important consideration for land management and planning in the United States. The ability to assess ecosystem carbon balance can help land managers understand the benefits and tradeoffs between different management strategies. This paper demonstrates an application of the Land Use and Carbon Scenario Simulator (LUCAS) model developed for local-scale land management at the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. We estimate the net ecosystem carbon balance by considering past ecosystem disturbances resulting from storm damage, fire, and land management actions including hydrologic inundation, vegetation clearing, and replanting...
December 2017: Carbon Balance and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344928/physical-and-monetary-ecosystem-service-accounts-for-europe-a-case-study-for-in-stream-nitrogen-retention
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Alessandra La Notte, Joachim Maes, Silvana Dalmazzone, Neville D Crossman, Bruna Grizzetti, Giovanni Bidoglio
In this paper we present a case study of integrated ecosystem and economic accounting based on the System of Environmental Economic Accounting - Experimental Ecosystem Accounts (SEEA-EEA). We develop accounts, in physical and monetary terms, for the water purification ecosystem service in Europe over a 20-year time period (1985-2005). The estimation of nitrogen retention is based on the GREEN biophysical model, within which we impose a sustainability threshold to obtain the physical indicators of capacity - the ability of an ecosystem to sustainably supply ecosystem services...
February 2017: Ecosystem Services
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342844/a-system-dynamics-modelling-approach-to-assess-the-impact-of-launching-a-new-nicotine-product-on-population-health-outcomes
#19
Andrew Hill, Oscar M Camacho
In 2012 the US FDA suggested the use of mathematical models to assess the impact of releasing new nicotine or tobacco products on population health outcomes. A model based on system dynamics methodology was developed to project the potential effects of a new nicotine product at a population level. A model representing traditional smoking populations (never, current and former smokers) and calibrated using historical data was extended to a two-product model by including electronic cigarettes use statuses. Smoking mechanisms, such as product initiation, switching, transition to dual use, and cessation, were represented as flows between smoking statuses (stocks) and the potential effect of smoking renormalisation through a feedback system...
March 22, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321638/wearing-graduated-compression-stockings-augments-cutaneous-vasodilation-in-heat-stressed-resting-humans
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Naoto Fujii, Toshiya Nikawa, Bun Tsuji, Narihiko Kondo, Glen P Kenny, Takeshi Nishiyasu
PURPOSE: We investigated whether graduated compression induced by stockings enhances cutaneous vasodilation in passively heated resting humans. METHODS: Nine habitually active young men were heated at rest using water-perfusable suits, resulting in a 1.0 °C increase in body core temperature. Heating was repeated twice on separate occasions while wearing either (1) stockings that cause graduated compression (pressures of 26.4 ± 5.3, 17.5 ± 4.4, and 6...
May 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
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