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Enrico Tessitore, Granit Molliqaj, Karl Schaller, Oliver Pascal Gautschi
Extreme lateral interbody fusion (XLIF) is an alternative to standard posterior approaches for achieving fusion in the lumbar spine. It allows exposure of the lateral aspect of the lumbar disc through a lateral approach with the possibility to insert a wide footprint interbody cage as a stand-alone procedure or associated with a uni- or bilateral percutaneous fixation. This is a retrospective series of 20 consecutive patients operated with a XLIF procedure from 2014 to 2015. N=10 women and N=10 men with a mean age of 67...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Huong Nguyen, Jerome Vanclay, John Herbohn, Jennifer Firn
There is growing interest in multi-species tropical plantations but little information exists to guide their design and silviculture. The Rainforestation Farming system is the oldest tropical polyculture planting system in the Philippines and provides a unique opportunity to understand the underlying processes affecting tree performance within diverse plantings. Data collected from 85 plots distributed across the 18 mixed-species plantations in the Philippines was used to identify the factors influencing growth, probability of harvest, and death of trees in these complex plantings...
2016: PloS One
Benoit Gendreau-Berthiaume, S Ellen Macdonald, J John Stadt
Understanding processes driving mortality in forests is important for comprehension of natural stand dynamics and for informing natural disturbance-based ecosystem management. There has been considerable study of mortality in forests during the self-thinning phase but we know much less about processes driving mortality in stands at later successional stages. We addressed this through study of five 1-ha spatially explicit permanent plots in mature (111-186 yr old in 2012) Pinus contorta stands in the Canadian Rocky Mountains using data from repeated measurements over a 45-yr period, dendrochronological information, and point pattern analysis...
July 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
Julia A Sohn, Florian Hartig, Martin Kohler, Jürgen Huss, Jürgen Bauhus
Droughts and their negative effects on forest ecosystems are projected to increase under climate change for many regions. It has been suggested that intensive thinning could reduce drought impacts on established forests in the short-term. Most previous studies on the effect of thinning on drought impacts, however, have been confined to single forest sites. It is therefore still unclear how general and persisting the benefits of thinning are. This study assesses the potential of thinning to increase drought tolerance of the wide spread Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) in Central Europe...
October 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
Sharon M Hood, Stephen Baker, Anna Sala
Fire frequency in low-elevation coniferous forests in western North America has greatly declined since the late 1800s. In many areas, this has increased tree density and the proportion of shade-tolerant species, reduced resource availability, and increased forest susceptibility to forest insect pests and high-severity wildfire. In response, treatments are often implemented with the goal of increasing ecosystem resilience by increasing resistance to disturbance. We capitalized on an existing replicated study of fire and stand density treatments in a ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa)-Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) forest in western Montana, USA, that experienced a naturally occurring mountain pine beetle (MPB; Dendroctonus ponderosae) outbreak 5 yr after implementation of fuels treatments...
October 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
Degala Sai Krishna, Dey Soumadip
PURPOSE: The main aim of our study was to assess and evaluate the efficacy, long standing outcome and infection of porous polyethylene implants in treatment of orbital floor fractures. PATIENT AND METHODS: Twelve patients with fractures of orbital floor were included in the study. The cause of fracture was road traffic accident, self fall and cow hit respectively. They also complained of enophthalmos (n = 9), diplopia (n = 3), restricted eye movement (n = 2), impairment of infraorbital nerve (n = 3) and dystopia (n = 6)...
September 2016: Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery
Je-Hyung Kim, Christopher J K Richardson, Richard P Leavitt, Edo Waks
Interactions between solid-state quantum emitters and cavities are important for a broad range of applications in quantum communication, linear optical quantum computing, nonlinear photonics, and photonic quantum simulation. These applications often require combining many devices on a single chip with identical emission wavelengths in order to generate two-photon interference, the primary mechanism for achieving effective photon-photon interactions. Such integration remains extremely challenging due to inhomogeneous broadening and fabrication errors that randomize the resonant frequencies of both the emitters and cavities...
October 17, 2016: Nano Letters
Hsin-Yi Wang, Han-Yi Chen, Ying-Ya Hsu, Ulrich Stimming, Hao Ming Chen, Bin Liu
We report that an ultrafast kinetics of reversible metal-ion insertion can be realized in anatase titanium dioxide (TiO2). Niobium ions (Nb5+) were carefully chosen to dope and drive anatase TiO2 into very thin nanosheets standing perpendicularly onto transparent conductive electrode (TCE) and simultaneously construct TiO2 with an ion-conducting surface together with expanded ion diffusion channels, which enabled ultrafast metal ions diffusion across the electrolyte/solid interface and into the bulk of TiO2...
October 11, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Felix Vüllers, Guillaume Gomard, Jan B Preinfalk, Efthymios Klampaftis, Matthias Worgull, Bryce Richards, Hendrik Hölscher, Maryna N Kavalenka
Inspired by the transparent hair layer on water plants Salvinia and Pistia, superhydrophobic flexible thin films, applicable as transparent coatings for optoelectronic devices, are introduced. Thin polymeric nanofur films are fabricated using a highly scalable hot pulling technique, in which heated sandblasted steel plates are used to create a dense layer of nano- and microhairs surrounding microcavities on a polymer surface. The superhydrophobic nanofur surface exhibits water contact angles of 166 ± 6°, sliding angles below 6°, and is self-cleaning against various contaminants...
September 26, 2016: Small
Ahmed Hamed Kassem Abdelaal, Norio Yamamoto, Katsuhiro Hayashi, Akihiko Takeuchii, Hiroyuki Tsuchiyai
INTRODUCTION: Leiomyoma is benign smooth-muscle tumor most commonly arising in the uterus, the gastrointestinal tract, and the skin. Leiomyomata are infrequently seen in the extremities and rarely seen in the bone. It is usually presented by a gradually increasing pain with nonspecific radiological findings, and could be a differential diagnosis for wide range of bone tumors. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of a 73-year-old Japanese female patient with a painful intraosseous leiomyoma involving the proximal tibia...
April 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
Yuuka Fukui, Daiki Sakai, Keiji Fujimoto
We carried out surface-grafting from proteins and their assembling into objects with unique nanostructured materials (nano-objects). To immobilize polymer-initiating sites, amino groups of bovine serum albumin (BSA) were allowed to react with iniferter groups (BSA-i). Then, graft polymerization of N-isopropyl acrylamide (NIPAM) was performed by light-initiated living radical polymerization from immobilized iniferter moieties of BSA-i. The polymer-grafted BSA (BSA-g-PNIPAM) was assembled into nano-objects through the precipitation of PNIPAM graft chains and their sizes and morphologies were tuned by the chain length, the density and the chemical structure of graft polymers in addition to the environmental conditions such as temperature and pH...
September 23, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Shusheng Xu, Xiaolin Li, Zhi Yang, Tao Wang, Wenkai Jiang, Chao Yang, Shuai Wang, Nantao Hu, Hao Wei, Yafei Zhang
Three-dimensional free-standing film electrodes have aroused great interest for energy storage devices. However, small volumetric capacity and low operating voltage limit their practical application for large energy storage applications. Herein, a facile and novel nanofoaming process was demonstrated to boost the volumetric electrochemical capacitance of the devices via activation of Ni nanowires to form ultrathin nanosheets and porous nanostructures. The as-designed free-standing Ni@Ni(OH)2 film electrodes display a significantly enhanced volumetric capacity (462 C/cm(3) at 0...
October 10, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Maïtena Dumont, Paul Tafforeau, Thomas Bertin, Bhart-Anjan Bhullar, Daniel Field, Anne Schulp, Brandon Strilisky, Béatrice Thivichon-Prince, Laurent Viriot, Antoine Louchart
BACKGROUND: The dentitions of extinct organisms can provide pivotal information regarding their phylogenetic position, as well as paleobiology, diet, development, and growth. Extant birds are edentulous (toothless), but their closest relatives among stem birds, the Cretaceous Hesperornithiformes and Ichthyornithiformes, retained teeth. Despite their significant phylogenetic position immediately outside the avian crown group, the dentitions of these taxa have never been studied in detail...
2016: BMC Evolutionary Biology
T J Weijs, L Goense, P S N van Rossum, G J Meijer, A L H M W van Lier, F J Wessels, M N G Braat, I M Lips, J P Ruurda, M A Cuesta, R van Hillegersberg, R L A W Bleys
An organized layer of connective tissue coursing from aorta to esophagus was recently discovered in the mediastinum. The relations with other peri-esophageal fascias have not been described and it is unclear whether this layer can be visualized by non-invasive imaging. This study aimed to provide a comprehensive description of the peri-esophageal fascias and determine whether the connective tissue layer between aorta and esophagus can be visualized by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). First, T2-weighted MRI scanning of the thoracic region of a human cadaver was performed, followed by histological examination of transverse sections of the peri-esophageal tissue between the thyroid gland and the diaphragm...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Anatomy
Lili Zhou, Liping Cai, Zongming He, Rongwei Wang, Pengfei Wu, Xiangqing Ma
Sustainable forestry requires adopting more ecosystem-informed perspectives. Tree thinning improves forest productivity by encouraging the development of the understory, which in turn improves species diversity and nutrient cycling, thereby altering the ecophysiological environment of the stand. This study aimed to quantify tree growth, understory vegetation, and soil quality of 9- and 16-year-old Chinese fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata (Lamb.) Hook.) plantations in South China, 1-7 years after pre-commercial thinning...
September 17, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
F Mackenroth, A Gonoskov, M Marklund
We propose a novel mechanism for ion acceleration based on the guided motion of electrons from a thin layer. The electron motion is locked to the moving nodes of a standing wave formed by a chirped laser pulse reflected from a mirror behind the layer. This provides a stable longitudinal field of charge separation, thus giving rise to chirped-standing-wave acceleration of the residual ions of the layer. We demonstrate, both analytically and numerically, that stable proton beams, with energy spectra peaked around 100 MeV, are feasible for pulse energies at the level of 10 J...
September 2, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Yuri Gorodetski, Cyriaque Genet, Thomas W Ebbesen
A thin free-standing gold membrane with complex plasmonic structures engraved on both sides is shown to perform as an ultrathin phase plate. Specifically, we demonstrate the generation of a far-field vortex beam propagating at a desired angle. The angular momentum of the beam is generated by the groove helicity, together with the geometric phase arising from a plasmonic spin-orbit interaction. The radial chirp of the back-side structure is used to modify the emission angle via a specific momentum matching condition...
September 15, 2016: Optics Letters
Ruining Wang, Davide Campi, Marco Bernasconi, Jamo Momand, Bart J Kooi, Marcel A Verheijen, Matthias Wuttig, Raffaella Calarco
Using reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED), the growth onset of molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) deposited germanium telluride (GeTe) film on Si(111)-(√3 × √3)R30°-Sb surfaces is investigated, and a larger than expected in-plane lattice spacing is observed during the deposition of the first two molecular layers. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) confirms that the growth proceeds via closed layers, and that those are stable after growth. The comparison of the experimental Raman spectra with theoretical calculated ones allows assessing the shift of the phonon modes for a quasi-free-standing ultra-thin GeTe layer with larger in-plane lattice spacing...
2016: Scientific Reports
Neeta Malviya, Alexander Marzuka, Mokhtar Maamed-Tayeb, Lu Le, Travis Vandergriff
We report the case of a patient with a long-standing history of extranodal, sinus histiocytosis with massive lymphadenopathy (Rosai-Dorfman disease) and no evidence of original cutaneous involvement as well as a history of herpes zoster of the left flank with post-herpetic neuralgia who went on to develop multiple, round-to-oval, red-brown, atrophic macules and thin papules at the sites of herpes zoster scars on the left flank. Histopathology showed a dense nodular infiltrate of lymphocytes with some plasma cells and numerous large pale-staining histiocytes (S100+/CD68+), consistent with Rosai-Dorfman disease...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
W Li, M Claassen, Cui-Zu Chang, B Moritz, T Jia, C Zhang, S Rebec, J J Lee, M Hashimoto, D-H Lu, R G Moore, J S Moodera, T P Devereaux, Z-X Shen
The experimental realization of the quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect in magnetically-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 films stands out as a landmark of modern condensed matter physics. However, ultra-low temperatures down to few tens of mK are needed to reach the quantization of Hall resistance, which is two orders of magnitude lower than the ferromagnetic phase transition temperature of the films. Here, we systematically study the band structure of V-doped (Bi, Sb)2Te3 thin films by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and show unambiguously that the bulk valence band (BVB) maximum lies higher in energy than the surface state Dirac point...
2016: Scientific Reports
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