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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231470/rapid-integration-of-artificial-sensory-feedback-during-operant-conditioning-of-motor-cortex-neurons
#1
Mario Prsa, Gregorio L Galiñanes, Daniel Huber
Neuronal motor commands, whether generating real or neuroprosthetic movements, are shaped by ongoing sensory feedback from the displacement being produced. Here we asked if cortical stimulation could provide artificial feedback during operant conditioning of cortical neurons. Simultaneous two-photon imaging and real-time optogenetic stimulation were used to train mice to activate a single neuron in motor cortex (M1), while continuous feedback of its activity level was provided by proportionally stimulating somatosensory cortex...
February 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231323/even-good-bots-fight-the-case-of-wikipedia
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Milena Tsvetkova, Ruth García-Gavilanes, Luciano Floridi, Taha Yasseri
In recent years, there has been a huge increase in the number of bots online, varying from Web crawlers for search engines, to chatbots for online customer service, spambots on social media, and content-editing bots in online collaboration communities. The online world has turned into an ecosystem of bots. However, our knowledge of how these automated agents are interacting with each other is rather poor. Bots are predictable automatons that do not have the capacity for emotions, meaning-making, creativity, and sociality and it is hence natural to expect interactions between bots to be relatively predictable and uneventful...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231301/durability-of-anti-graffiti-coatings-on-stone-natural-vs-accelerated-weathering
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Paula M Carmona-Quiroga, Robert M J Jacobs, Sagrario Martínez-Ramírez, Heather A Viles
Extending the use of novel anti-graffiti coatings to built heritage could be of particular interest providing the treatments are efficient enough in facilitating graffiti removal and long-lasting to maintain their protective properties without interfering with the durability of the substrates. However, studies of the durability of these coatings are scarce and have been mainly carried out under accelerated weathering conditions, the most common practice for assessing the durability of materials but one that does not reproduce accurately natural working conditions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231255/confidence-and-self-attribution-bias-in-an-artificial-stock-market
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Mario A Bertella, Felipe R Pires, Henio H A Rego, Jonathas N Silva, Irena Vodenska, H Eugene Stanley
Using an agent-based model we examine the dynamics of stock price fluctuations and their rates of return in an artificial financial market composed of fundamentalist and chartist agents with and without confidence. We find that chartist agents who are confident generate higher price and rate of return volatilities than those who are not. We also find that kurtosis and skewness are lower in our simulation study of agents who are not confident. We show that the stock price and confidence index-both generated by our model-are cointegrated and that stock price affects confidence index but confidence index does not affect stock price...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231010/generation-of-anisotropic-massless-dirac-fermions-and-asymmetric-klein-tunneling-in-few-layer-black-phosphorus-superlattices
#5
Zhenglu Li, Ting Cao, Meng Wu, Steven G Louie
Artificial lattices have been employed in a broad range of two-dimensional systems, including those with electrons, atoms and photons, in the quest for massless Dirac fermions with high flexibility and controllability. Establishing triangular or hexagonal symmetry, from periodically patterned molecule assembly or electrostatic gating as well as from moiré pattern induced by substrate, has produced electronic states with linear dispersions from two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) residing in semiconductors, metals and graphene...
February 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230970/the-role-of-air-electrode-structure-on-the-incorporation-of-immiscible-pfcs-in-non-aqueous-li-o2-battery
#6
Moran Balaish, Yair Ein-Eli
Perfluorocrbons (PFCs) are considered advantageous additives to non-aqueous Li-O2 battery due to their superior oxygen solubility and diffusivity compared to common battery electrolytes. Up to now, the main focus was concentrated on PFCs-electrolyte investigation, however no special attention was granted to the role of carbon structure in the PFCs- Li-O2 system. Immiscible PFCs, rather than miscible fluorinated-ethers, were added to activated-carbon class air-electrode due to their higher susceptibility towards attack and to their ability to shift the reaction from two phase to an artificial three phase reaction zone...
February 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230166/a-universal-indicator-of-critical-state-transitions-in-noisy-complex-networked-systems
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Junhao Liang, Yanqing Hu, Guanrong Chen, Tianshou Zhou
Critical transition, a phenomenon that a system shifts suddenly from one state to another, occurs in many real-world complex networks. We propose an analytical framework for exactly predicting the critical transition in a complex networked system subjected to noise effects. Our prediction is based on the characteristic return time of a simple one-dimensional system derived from the original higher-dimensional system. This characteristic time, which can be easily calculated using network data, allows us to systematically separate the respective roles of dynamics, noise and topology of the underlying networked system...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230047/electrically-tunable-artificial-gauge-potential-for-polaritons
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Hyang-Tag Lim, Emre Togan, Martin Kroner, Javier Miguel-Sanchez, Atac Imamoğlu
Neutral particles subject to artificial gauge potentials can behave as charged particles in magnetic fields. This fascinating premise has led to demonstrations of one-way waveguides, topologically protected edge states and Landau levels for photons. In ultracold neutral atoms, effective gauge fields have allowed the emulation of matter under strong magnetic fields leading to realization of Harper-Hofstadter and Haldane models. Here we show that application of perpendicular electric and magnetic fields effects a tunable artificial gauge potential for two-dimensional microcavity exciton polaritons...
February 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230036/single-lumen-tracheal-ventilation-for-minimally-invasive-esophagectomy-in-patients-with-esophageal-cancer
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Yu Bai, Yi Zhou, Xi Hua Lu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to observe the efficacy and safety of single-lumen tracheal ventilation for esophageal cancer surgery. METHODS: Thirty-eight patients with esophageal carcinoma who prepared for minimally invasive esophagectomy were included in this study. All of the included 38 patients were received single-lumen tracheal ventilation. The arterial blood gas index was monitored through the operation procedure and recorded at four-time points: before induction (T0), at the end of chest operation (T1), at the end of the abdominal operation (T2), and 30 min after extubation (T3)...
December 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229967/genetic-architecture-of-seed-longevity-in-bread-wheat-triticum-aestivum-l
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Mian Abdur Rehman Arif, Manuela Nagel, Ulrike Lohwasser, Andreas Borner
The deterioration in the quality of ex situ conserved seed over time reflects a combination of both physical and chemical changes. Intraspecific variation for longevity is, at least in part, under genetic control. Here, the grain of 183 bread wheat accessions maintained under low-temperature storage at the IPK-Gatersleben genebank over some decades have been tested for their viability, along with that of fresh grain subjected to two standard artificial ageing procedures. A phenotype-genotype association analysis, conducted to reveal the genetic basis of the observed variation between accessions, implicated many regions of the genome, underling the genetic complexity of the trait...
March 2017: Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229641/food-additives-sodium-benzoate-potassium-sorbate-azorubine-and-tartrazine-modify-the-expression-of-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-gadd45%C3%AE-and-mapk8-genes
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B Raposa, R Pónusz, G Gerencsér, F Budán, Z Gyöngyi, A Tibold, D Hegyi, I Kiss, Á Koller, T Varjas
It has been reported that some of the food additives may cause sensitization, inflammation of tissues, and potentially risk factors in the development of several chronic diseases. Thus, we hypothesized that expressions of common inflammatory molecules - known to be involved in the development of various inflammatory conditions and cancers - are affected by these food additives. We investigated the effects of commonly used food preservatives and artificial food colorants based on the expressions of NFκB, GADD45α, and MAPK8 (JNK1) from the tissues of liver...
September 2016: Physiol Int
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229617/giant-esophageal-diverticulum-as-a-new-clinical-indication-for-endoscopic-gastrostomy
#12
Gonçalo Nunes, Carla Adriana Santos, Jorge Fonseca
Persistent mechanical or functional dysphagia is the most common clinical indication for endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), however less common conditions may justify prolonged enteral feeding to avoid malnutrition and prevent aspiration. The authors report the case of a 76 year old man referred to the artificial feeding outpatient clinic presenting dysphagia, malnutrition and several episodes of aspiration pneumonia. Upper endoscopy showed a giant esophageal diverticulum, ineffective peristalsis and transient lumen narrowing...
February 23, 2017: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229193/osseointegrated-prostheses-for-rehabilitation-following-amputation-the-pioneering-swedish-model
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Yan Li, Rickard Brånemark
The direct attachment of osseointegrated (OI) prostheses to the skeleton avoids the inherent problems of socket suspension. It also provides physiological weight bearing, improved range of motion in the proximal joint, as well as osseoperceptive sensory feedback, enabling better control of the artificial limbs by amputees. The present article briefly reviews the pioneering efforts on extremity osseointegration surgeries in Sweden and the development of the OPRA (Osseointegrated Prostheses for the Rehabilitation of Amputees) program...
February 22, 2017: Der Unfallchirurg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228769/toward-an-evolved-concept-of-landrace
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Francesc Casañas, Joan Simó, Joan Casals, Jaime Prohens
The term "landrace" has generally been defined as a cultivated, genetically heterogeneous variety that has evolved in a certain ecogeographical area and is therefore adapted to the edaphic and climatic conditions and to its traditional management and uses. Despite being considered by many to be inalterable, landraces have been and are in a constant state of evolution as a result of natural and artificial selection. Many landraces have disappeared from cultivation but are preserved in gene banks. Using modern selection and breeding technology tools to shape these preserved landraces together with the ones that are still cultivated is a further step in their evolution in order to preserve their agricultural significance...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228741/perception-and-modeling-of-affective-qualities-of-musical-instrument-sounds-across-pitch-registers
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Stephen McAdams, Chelsea Douglas, Naresh N Vempala
Composers often pick specific instruments to convey a given emotional tone in their music, partly due to their expressive possibilities, but also due to their timbres in specific registers and at given dynamic markings. Of interest to both music psychology and music informatics from a computational point of view is the relation between the acoustic properties that give rise to the timbre at a given pitch and the perceived emotional quality of the tone. Musician and nonmusician listeners were presented with 137 tones produced at a fixed dynamic marking (forte) playing tones at pitch class D# across each instrument's entire pitch range and with different playing techniques for standard orchestral instruments drawn from the brass, woodwind, string, and pitched percussion families...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228539/three-dimensional-printing-spiders-back-and-forth-glue-application-yields-silk-anchorages-with-high-pull-off-resistance-under-varying-loading-situations
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Jonas O Wolff, Marie E Herberstein
The anchorage of structures is a crucial element of construction, both for humans and animals. Spiders use adhesive plaques to attach silk threads to substrates. Both biological and artificial adhesive structures usually have an optimal loading angle, and are prone to varying loading situations. Silk anchorages, however, must cope with loading in highly variable directions. Here we show that the detachment forces of thread anchorages of orb-web spiders are highly robust against pulling in different directions...
February 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228536/a-viral-satellite-dna-vector-tylccnv-for-functional-analysis-of-mirnas-and-sirnas-in-plants
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Zheng Ju, Dongyan Cao, Chao Gao, Jinhua Zuo, Baiqiang Zhai, Shan Li, Hongliang Zhu, Daqi Fu, Yunbo Luo, Benzhong Zhu
With experimental and bioinformatical methods, numerous small RNAs, including microRNAs (miRNAs) and short interfering RNAs (siRNAs), have been found in plants, and they play vital roles in various biological regulation processes. However, most of these small RNAs remain to be functionally characterized. Until now, only several viral vectors were developed to overexpress miRNAs with limited application in plants. In this study, we reported a new small RNAs overexpression system via viral satellite DNA associated with Tomato yellow leaf curl China virus (TYLCCNV) vector, which could highly overexpress not only artificial and endogenous miRNAs but also endogenous siRNAs in Nicotiana benthamiana...
February 22, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228510/non-glandular-trichomes-of-solanum-carolinense-deter-feeding-by-manduca-sexta-caterpillars-and-cause-damage-to-the-gut-peritrophic-matrix
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Rupesh R Kariyat, Jason D Smith, Andrew G Stephenson, Consuelo M De Moraes, Mark C Mescher
Plant trichomes constitute a first line of defence against insect herbivores. The pre- and post-ingestive defensive functions of glandular trichomes are well documented and include direct toxicity, adhesion, antinutrition and defence gene induction. By contrast, the defensive functions of non-glandular trichomes are less well characterized, although these structures are thought to serve as physical barriers that impede herbivore feeding and movement. We experimentally varied the density of stellate non-glandular trichomes in several ways to explore their pre- and post-ingestive effects on herbivores...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228147/artificially-designed-recombinant-protein-composed-of-multiple-epitopes-of-foot-and-mouth-disease-virus-as-a-vaccine-candidate
#19
Ho-Bin Lee, Da-Chuan Piao, Jun-Yeong Lee, Jae-Yun Choi, Jin-Duck Bok, Chong-Su Cho, Sang-Kee Kang, Yun-Jaie Choi
BACKGROUND: Concerns regarding the safety of inactivated foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccine have been raised since it is produced from cultured live FMD virus (FMDV). To overcome this issue, recombinant protein has been studied as an alternative vaccine. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: We designed a chimerical multi-epitope recombinant protein (5BT), which is comprised of tandem repeats of five B cell epitopes (residue of VP1 136-162) derived from different FMDV variants and one T-cell epitope (residue of 3A 21-35)...
February 22, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228142/change-in-anopheles-richness-and-composition-in-response-to-artificial-flooding-during-the-creation-of-the-jirau-hydroelectric-dam-in-porto-velho-brazil
#20
Moreno S Rodrigures, Elis P Batista, Alexandre A Silva, Fábio M Costa, Verissimo A S Neto, Luiz Herman S Gil
BACKGROUND: Anopheles mosquitoes are the only vectors of human malaria. Anopheles species use standing water as breeding sites. Human activities, like the creation of an artificial lake during the implementation of hydroelectric power plants, lead to changes in environmental characteristics and, therefore, may changes the species richness and composition of Anopheles mosquitoes. The aim of the present study was to verify whether or not there is an association between the artificial flooding resulting from the construction of the Jirau hydroelectric power plant, and the richness and composition of anophelines...
February 22, 2017: Malaria Journal
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