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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528503/a-flux-enhancing-forward-osmosis-nanofiltration-integrated-treatment-system-for-the-tannery-wastewater-reclamation
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Parimal Pal, Sankha Chakrabortty, Jayato Nayak, Suman Senapati
Effective treatment of tannery wastewater prior to discharge to the environment as per environmental regulations remains a big challenge despite efforts to bring down the concentrations of the pollutants which are often quite high as measured in terms of chemical oxygen demand (7800 mg/L), total dissolved solids (5400 mg/L), chloride (4260 mg/L), sulphides (250 mg/L) and chromium. A pilot-scale forward osmosis and nanofiltration integrated closed loop system was developed for continuous reclamation of clean water from tannery wastewater at a rate of 52-55 L/m(2)/h at 1...
May 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528426/building-a-bio-based-industry-in-the-middle-east-through-harnessing-the-potential-of-the-red-sea-biodiversity
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Jens Nielsen, John Archer, Magbubah Essack, Vladimir B Bajic, Takashi Gojobori, Ivan Mijakovic
The incentive for developing microbial cell factories for production of fuels and chemicals comes from the ability of microbes to deliver these valuable compounds at a reduced cost and with a smaller environmental impact compared to the analogous chemical synthesis. Another crucial advantage of microbes is their great biological diversity, which offers a much larger "catalog" of molecules than the one obtainable by chemical synthesis. Adaptation to different environments is one of the important drives behind microbial diversity...
May 20, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527978/enhanced-antimony-v-removal-using-synergistic-effects-of-fe-hydrolytic-flocs-and-ultrafiltration-membrane-with-sludge-discharge-evaluation
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Baiwen Ma, Xing Wang, Ruiping Liu, Zenglu Qi, William A Jefferson, Huachun Lan, Huijuan Liu, Jiuhui Qu
The integration of adsorbents with ultrafiltration (UF) membranes is a promising method for alleviating membrane fouling and reducing land use. However, a number of problems have become apparent concerning the granular adsorbents used currently, such as high running cost, high chance of causing membrane surface damage, low in situ chemical cleaning efficiency, etc. Herein, to overcome these disadvantages, loose in situ hydrolyzed flocs were directly injected into the membrane tank, providing strong adsorption ability at low cost...
May 13, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527862/production-of-ethanol-from-a-mixture-of-waste-paper-and-kitchen-waste-via-a-process-of-successive-liquefaction-presaccharification-and-simultaneous-saccharification-and-fermentation
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Hiroto Nishimura, Li Tan, Noriko Kira, Shigeo Tomiyama, Kazuo Yamada, Zhao-Yong Sun, Yue-Qin Tang, Shigeru Morimura, Kenji Kida
Efficient ethanol production from waste paper requires the addition of expensive nutrients. To reduce the production cost of ethanol from waste paper, a study on how to produce ethanol efficiently by adding kitchen waste (potentially as a carbon source, nutrient source, and acidity regulator) to waste paper was performed and a process of successive liquefaction, presaccharification, and simultaneous saccharification and fermentation (L+PSSF) was developed. The individual saccharification performances of waste paper and kitchen waste were not influenced by their mixture...
May 17, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527803/using-brown-midrib-6-dwarf-forage-sorghum-silage-and-fall-grown-oat-silage-in-lactating-dairy-cow-rations
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M T Harper, J Oh, F Giallongo, J C Lopes, G W Roth, A N Hristov
Double cropping and increasing crop diversity could improve dairy farm economic and environmental sustainability. In this experiment, corn silage was partially replaced with 2 alternative forages, brown midrib-6 brachytic dwarf forage sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) or fall-grown oat (Avena sativa) silage, in the diet of lactating dairy cows. We investigated the effect on dry matter (DM) intake, milk yield (MY), milk components and fatty acid profile, apparent total-tract nutrient digestibility, N utilization, enteric methane emissions, and income over feed cost...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527453/reduced-cost-linear-response-cc2-method-based-on-natural-orbitals-and-natural-auxiliary-functions
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Dávid Mester, Péter R Nagy, Mihály Kállay
A reduced-cost density fitting (DF) linear-response second-order coupled-cluster (CC2) method has been developed for the evaluation of excitation energies. The method is based on the simultaneous truncation of the molecular orbital (MO) basis and the auxiliary basis set used for the DF approximation. For the reduction of the size of the MO basis, state-specific natural orbitals (NOs) are constructed for each excited state using the average of the second-order Møller-Plesset (MP2) and the corresponding configuration interaction singles with perturbative doubles [CIS(D)] density matrices...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526841/organic-carbon-prediction-in-soil-cores-using-vnir-and-mir-techniques-in-an-alpine-landscape
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Xiaolin Jia, Songchao Chen, Yuanyuan Yang, Lianqing Zhou, Wu Yu, Zhou Shi
Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), including visible and near-infrared (VNIR) and mid-infrared (MIR) radiation, is a rapid, accurate and cost-effective technique for estimating soil organic carbon (SOC). We examined 24 soil cores (0-100 cm) from the Sygera Mountains on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, considering field-moist intact VNIR, air-dried ground VNIR and air-dried ground MIR spectra at 5-cm intervals. Preprocessed spectra were used to predict the SOC in the soil cores using partial least squares regression (PLSR) and a support vector machine (SVM)...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526795/exploring-a-possible-link-between-the-intestinal-microbiota-and-feed-efficiency-in-pigs
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Ursula M McCormack, Tânia Curião, Stefan G Buzoianu, Maria L Prieto, Tomas Ryan, Patrick Varley, Fiona Crispie, Elizabeth Magowan, Barbara U Metzler-Zebeli, Donagh Berry, Orla O'Sullivan, Paul D Cotter, Gillian E Gardiner, Peadar G Lawlor
Feed efficiency (FE) is critical in pig production for both economic and environmental reasons. As the intestinal microbiota plays an important role in energy harvest, it is likely to influence FE. Our aim was therefore to characterize the intestinal microbiota of pigs ranked as low, medium and high residual feed intake (RFI; a metric for FE), where genetic, nutritional and management effects were minimized, in order to explore a possible link between the intestinal microbiota and FE. Eighty one pigs were ranked on RFI between weaning and day 126 post-weaning, and 32 were selected as the extremes in RFI (12 low, 10 medium, 10 high)...
May 19, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526655/digital-morphometrics-a-new-upper-airway-phenotyping-paradigm-in-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Richard J Schwab, Sarah E Leinwand, Cary B Bearn, Greg Maislin, Ramya Bhat Rao, Adithya Nagaraja, Stephen Wang, Brendan T Keenan
BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with changes in pharyngeal anatomy. The goal of this study was to objectively and reproducibly quantify pharyngeal anatomy using digital morphometrics based on a laser ruler, and to assess differences between apneics and controls and associations with AHI (apnea-hypopnea index). This is the first study to use digital morphometrics to quantify intraoral risk factors for OSA. METHODS: Digital photographs were obtained using an intraoral laser ruler and digital camera in 311 controls (mean AHI=4...
May 16, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525870/effective-swine-wastewater-treatment-by-combining-microbial-fuel-cells-with-flocculation
#10
Weijun Ding, Shaoan Cheng, Liliang Yu, Haobin Huang
Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) provide a cost-effective method for treating swine wastewater treatment and simultaneously producing electricity, yet they need to be combined with other wastewater treatment processes to improve the effluent water quality. In this paper, we constructed single-chamber air-cathode MFCs with a compact configuration for nitrogen and COD removal and high electricity production and combined them with a low-cost flocculation process to discharge higher quality wastewater. We show that MFCs could remove ammonia at a rate of 269...
May 16, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525809/one-step-preparation-of-nanostructured-martite-catalyst-and-graphite-electrode-by-glow-discharge-plasma-for-heterogeneous-electro-fenton-like-process
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Alireza Khataee, Saeed Sajjadi, Aliyeh Hasanzadeh, Behrouz Vahid, Sang Woo Joo
Natural Martite ore particles and graphite were modified by alternating current (AC) glow discharge plasma to form nanostructured catalyst and cathode electrode for using in the heterogeneous-electro Fenton-like (Het-EF-like) process. The performance of the plasma-treated martite (PTM) and graphite electrode (PTGE) was studied for the treatment of paraquat herbicide in a batch system. 85.78% degradation efficiency for 20 mg L(-1) paraquat was achieved in the modified process under desired operational conditions (i...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525784/sodium-hypochlorite-as-an-alternative-to-hydrogen-peroxide-in-fenton-process-for-industrial-scale
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Jamshid Behin, Abbas Akbari, Mohsen Mahmoudi, Mehdi Khajeh
In present work, the treatment of aromatic compounds of simulated wastewater was performed by Fenton and NaOCl/Fe(2+) processes. The model solution was prepared based on the wastewater composition of Diisocyanate unit of Karoon Petrochemical Company/Iran containing Diamino-toluenes, Nitro-phenol, Mononitro-toluene, Nitro-cresol, and Dinitro-toluene. Experiments were conducted in a batch mode to examine the effects of operating variables such as pH, oxidant dosages, ferrous ion concentration and numbers of feeding on COD removal...
May 9, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525630/laboratory-integration-and-consolidation-in-a-regional-health-system
#13
Jim Cook
Health systems face intense pressure to decrease costs and improve services as the health care delivery system in the United States undergoes tremendous change due to health care reform. As health systems grow, like any business, they are forced to explore standardization to realize and maintain efficient practices. Clinical services, such as laboratory medicine, are more difficult to integrate due to wider variation in acceptable practice and culture, compared with other services. However, changes to laboratory service are imperative if health care professionals expect to survive and thrive in the new business environment...
May 19, 2017: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525516/magic-mirror-on-the-wall-which-is-the-right-study-design-of-them-all-part-i
#14
Thomas R Vetter
The assessment of a new or existing treatment or intervention typically answers 1 of 3 research-related questions: (1) "Can it work?" (efficacy); (2) "Does it work?" (effectiveness); and (3) "Is it worth it?" (efficiency or cost-effectiveness). There are a number of study designs that on a situational basis are appropriate to apply in conducting research. These study designs are classified as experimental, quasi-experimental, or observational, with observational studies being further divided into descriptive and analytic categories...
June 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525347/sustainable-farming-of-the-mealworm-tenebrio-molitor-for-the-production-of-food-and-feed
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Thorben Grau, Andreas Vilcinskas, Gerrit Joop
The farming of edible insects is an alternative strategy for the production of protein-rich food and feed with a low ecological footprint. The industrial production of insect-derived protein is more cost-effective and energy-efficient than livestock farming or aquaculture. The mealworm Tenebrio molitor is economically among the most important species used for the large-scale conversion of plant biomass into protein. Here, we review the mass rearing of this species and its conversion into food and feed, focusing on challenges such as the contamination of food/feed products with bacteria from the insect gut and the risk of rapidly spreading pathogens and parasites...
May 17, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525261/methods-utilizing-first-row-transition-metals-in-natural-product-total-synthesis
#16
Joshua E Zweig, Daria E Kim, Timothy R Newhouse
First-row transition-metal-mediated reactions constitute an important and growing area of research due to the low cost, low toxicity, and exceptional synthetic versatility of these metals. Currently, there is considerable effort to replace existing precious-metal-catalyzed reactions with first-row analogs. More importantly, there are a plethora of unique transformations mediated by first-row metals, which have no classical second- or third-row counterpart. Herein, the application of first-row metal-mediated methods to the total synthesis of natural products is discussed...
May 19, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524249/telomere-attrition-and-growth-a-life-history-framework-and-case-study-in-common-terns
#17
Oscar Vedder, Simon Verhulst, Christina Bauch, Sandra Bouwhuis
The relationship between growth and age-specific telomere length, as a proxy of somatic state, is increasingly investigated, but observed patterns vary and a predictive framework is lacking. We outline expectations based on the assumption that telomere maintenance is costly and argue that individual heterogeneity in resource acquisition is predicted to lead to positive covariance between growth and telomere length. However, canalization of resource allocation to the trait with a larger effect on fitness, rendering that trait relatively invariant, can cause the absence of covariance...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524193/high-ph-instability-of-quaternary-ammonium-surfactant-coatings-in-capillary-electrophoresis
#18
Lisa Shulman, Lei Pei, Mahmoud F Bahnasy, Charles A Lucy
The two-tailed cationic surfactant dioctadecyldimethyl ammonium bromide (DODAB) produces semi-permanent coatings that yield strongly reversed electroosmotic flow (EOF), for example -0.31 ± 0.01 cm(2) kV(-1) s(-1) at pH 3.5. Moreover, these coatings are easy to prepare, regenerable, cost effective, and yield high efficiency (520 000-900 000 plates per m) separations of cationic proteins over many runs under acidic (pH 3.5) conditions. Given the quaternary amine functionality of DODAB, we were surprised to observe that DODAB coatings become unstable at pH > 7...
May 19, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524088/a-hybrid-generalized-hidden-markov-model-based-condition-monitoring-approach-for-rolling-bearings
#19
Jie Liu, Youmin Hu, Bo Wu, Yan Wang, Fengyun Xie
The operating condition of rolling bearings affects productivity and quality in the rotating machine process. Developing an effective rolling bearing condition monitoring approach is critical to accurately identify the operating condition. In this paper, a hybrid generalized hidden Markov model-based condition monitoring approach for rolling bearings is proposed, where interval valued features are used to efficiently recognize and classify machine states in the machine process. In the proposed method, vibration signals are decomposed into multiple modes with variational mode decomposition (VMD)...
May 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522870/the-rice-production-practices-of-high-yield-and-high-nitrogen-use-efficiency-in-jiangsu-china
#20
Jiuxin Guo, Xiangyu Hu, Limin Gao, Kailiu Xie, Ning Ling, Qirong Shen, Shuijin Hu, Shiwei Guo
To face the great challenges of ensuring food security and environmental sustainability, agricultural production must be improved by high yield and high resource utilization efficiency (HYHE). We recently addressed this challenge and evaluated yield potential by surveying 735 farmers in 2008-2012 and then conducting 6 rice field experiments in 2008-2013 with large demonstration areas in 2010-2013 aimed to actualize the HYHE in Jiangsu Province, China. The survey result showed that the averaged N rate, grain yield and N partial factor productivity (PFPN) of the farmers were 336...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
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