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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821111/a-facile-sodium-alginate-based-approach-to-improve-the-mechanical-properties-of-recycled-fibers
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Yuan-Yuan Bai, Yan-Hao Lei, Xiao-Jun Shen, Jing Luo, Chun-Li Yao, Run-Cang Sun
The application of recycled fibers is steadily increasing in various paper products recently. It is necessary to improve the mechanical properties of paper products made from these fibers. An eco-friendly polymeric additive, sodium alginate (SA), was prepared from waste seaweeds and developed as functional additives. The properties of SA were characterized by proton nuclear magnetic resonance, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermal gravity analysis, gel permeation chromatography, and compared with the commercial SA...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821044/removal-of-heavy-metal-ions-by-magnetic-chitosan-nanoparticles-prepared-continuously-via-high-gravity-reactive-precipitation-method
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Hong-Lei Fan, Shao-Feng Zhou, Wei-Zhou Jiao, Gui-Sheng Qi, You-Zhi Liu
This study aimed to provide a continuous method for the preparation of magnetic Fe3O4/Chitosan nanoparticles (Fe3O4/CS NPs) that can be applied to efficient removal of heavy metal ions from aqueous solution. Using a novel impinging stream-rotating packed bed, the continuous preparation of Fe3O4/CS NPs reached a theoretical production rate of 3.43kg/h. The as-prepared Fe3O4/CS NPs were quasi-spherical with average diameter of about 18nm and saturation magnetization of 33.5emu/g. Owing to the strong metal chelating ability of chitosan, the Fe3O4/CS NPs exhibited better adsorption capacity and faster adsorption rates for Pb(II) and Cd(II) than those of pure Fe3O4...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819695/theoretical-modeling-of-mechanical-homeostasis-of-a-mammalian-cell-under-gravity-directed-vector
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Lüwen Zhou, Chen Zhang, Fan Zhang, Shouqin Lü, Shujin Sun, Dongyuan Lü, Mian Long
Translocation of dense nucleus along gravity vector initiates mechanical remodeling of a eukaryotic cell. In our previous experiments, we quantified the impact of gravity vector on cell remodeling by placing an MC3T3-E1 cell onto upward (U)-, downward (D)-, or edge-on (E)- orientated substrate. Our experimental data demonstrate that orientation dependence of nucleus longitudinal translocation is positively correlated with cytoskeletal (CSK) remodeling of their expressions and structures and also is associated with rearrangement of focal adhesion complex (FAC)...
August 17, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818141/autonomic-cardiovascular-responses-to-orthostatic-stress-after-a-short-artificial-gravity-exposure
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Qingguang Zhang, Joyce M Evans, Michael B Stenger, Fritz B Moore, Charles F Knapp
BACKGROUND: Intermittent artificial gravity (AG) training over days and weeks has been shown to improve the human orthostatic tolerance limit (OTL) and improve cardiovascular regulation in response to orthostatic stress. Effects of a single AG exposure are currently unknown. METHODS: We tested cardiovascular responses to orthostatic stress in 16 hypovolemic subjects (9 men and 7 women), once following a single, short (∼90 min) bout of AG and once following a similar period of head-down bed rest (HDBR)...
September 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818139/bed-rest-and-intermittent-centrifugation-effects-on-human-balance-and-neuromotor-reflexes
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William H Paloski, Millard F Reschke, Alan H Feiveson
INTRODUCTION: The effects of repeated centrifugation in association with head-down tilt (HDT) bed rest (BR) on the mediation of basic reflexes associated with the major postural muscles was investigated as a potential countermeasure for maintaining balance control and neuromotor reflex function. METHODS: There were 15 male volunteers who were exposed to 21 d of 6° HDT-BR. Eight were treated with daily 1-h artificial gravity (AG) exposures aboard a short radius centrifuge that provided 1-g footward loading at heart level...
September 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814811/the-3-d-structure-of-the-somma-vesuvius-volcanic-complex-italy-inferred-from-new-and-historic-gravimetric-data
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Niklas Linde, Tullio Ricci, Ludovic Baron, Alexis Shakas, Giovanna Berrino
Existing 3-D density models of the Somma-Vesuvius volcanic complex (SVVC), Italy, largely disagree. Despite the scientific and socioeconomic importance of Vesuvius, there is no reliable 3-D density model of the SVVC. A considerable uncertainty prevails concerning the presence (or absence) of a dense body underlying the Vesuvius crater (1944 eruption) that is implied from extensive seismic investigations. We have acquired relative gravity measurements at 297 stations, including measurements in difficult-to-access areas (e...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814635/perception-of-the-dynamic-visual-vertical-during-sinusoidal-linear-motion
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Antonella Pomante, Luc P J Selen, W Pieter Medendorp
The vestibular system provides information for spatial orientation. However, this information is ambiguous: because the otoliths sense the gravito-inertial force, they cannot distinguish gravitational and inertial components. As a consequence, prolonged linear acceleration of the head can be interpreted as tilt, referred to as the somatogravic effect. Previous modeling work suggests that the brain disambiguates the otolith signal according to the rules of Bayesian inference, combining noisy canal cues with the a priori assumption that prolonged linear accelerations are unlikely...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814012/quantitative-measures-with-wrex-usage
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Tracy M Shank, Jinyong Wee, Jennifer Ty, Tariq Rahman
This paper presents the results of two surveys conducted with users of a functional upper extremity orthosis called the Wilmington Robotic EXoskeleton (WREX). The WREX is a passive anti-gravity arm orthosis that allows people with neuromuscular disabilities to move their arms in three dimensions. An online user survey with 55 patients was conducted to determine the benefits of the WREX. The survey asked 10 questions related to upper extremity function with and without the WREX as well as subjective impressions of the device...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813913/emu-a-transparent-3d-robotic-manipulandum-for-upper-limb-rehabilitation
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Justin Fong, Vincent Crocher, Ying Tan, Denny Oetomo, Iven Mareels
This paper introduces the EMU, a three-dimensional robotic manipulandum for rehabilitation of the upper extremity for patients with neurological injury. The device has been designed to be highly transparent, have a large workspace, and allow the use of the hand for interaction with real-world objects to provide additional contextual cues during exercises. The transparency is achieved through the use of a capstan transmission for the drive joints; a hybrid serial parallel kinematics minimising moving inertia; and lightweight materials...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813883/development-of-a-series-wrapping-cam-mechanism-for-energy-transfer-in-wearable-arm-support-applications
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Jeremiah S Schroeder, Joel C Perry
An estimated 17 million individuals suffer a stroke each year with over 5 million resulting in permanent disability. For many of these, the provision of gravity support to the impaired upper limb can provide significant and immediate improvement in arm mobility. This added mobility has the potential to improve arm function and user independence overall, but, so far, wearable arm supports have found only limited uptake by end-users. The reasons are unclear, but it is hypothesized that device uptake is strongly affected by aspects of arm support implementation such as added weight and volume and the effectiveness of the support provided...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813867/therapeutic-effects-of-anti-gravity-treadmill-alterg-training-on-reflex-hyper-excitability-corticospinal-tract-activities-and-muscle-stiffness-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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Sh Parvin, A Taghiloo, A Irani, M Mehdi Mirbagheri
We aimed to study therapeutic effects of antigravity treadmill (AlterG) training on reflex hyper-excitability, muscle stiffness, and corticospinal tract (CST) function in children with spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy (CP). Three children received AlterG training 3 days per week for 8 weeks as experimental group. Each session lasted 45 minutes. One child as control group received typical occupational therapy for the same amount of time. We evaluated hyper-excitability of lower limb muscles by H-reflex response...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813828/active-lower-limb-orthosis-with-one-degree-of-freedom-for-people-with-paraplegia
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Michal Gloger, Goro Obinata, Eiichi Genda, Jan Babjak, Yanling Pei
The main challenges of designing devices for paraplegic walking can be summarized into three groups, stability and comfort, high efficiency or low energy consumption, dimensions and weight. A new economical device for people with paraplegia which tackles all problems of the three groups is introduced in this paper. The main idea of this device is based on HALO mechanism. HALO is compact passive medial hip joint orthosis with contralateral hip and ankle linkage, which keeps the feet always parallel to the ground and assists swinging the leg...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813813/therapeutic-effects-of-an-anti-gravity-treadmill-alterg-training-on-gait-and-lower-limbs-kinematics-and-kinetics-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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M Lotfian, M R Kharazi, A Mirbagheri, F Dadashi, R Nourian, M M Mirbagheri
We aimed to investigate the effects of the lower body weight support treadmill (AlterG) training on kinetics and kinematics of the lower extremities in children with cerebral palsy (CP). We provided a 45-minute training program, 3 times a week for 8 weeks. AlterG can support the subject's weight up to 70% so that the subject will be able to walk more comfortably to reach a more correct walking pattern. The kinematics and kinetics were evaluated using an isokinetic dynamometer. The locomotion parameters were assessed in the gait laboratory...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813801/therapeutic-effects-of-an-anti-gravity-locomotor-training-alterg-on-postural-balance-and-cerebellum-structure-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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A H Rasooli, P M Birgani, Sh Azizi, A Shahrokhi, M M Mirbagheri
We evaluated the therapeutic effects of anti-gravity locomotor treadmill (AlterG) training on postural stability in children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) and spasticity, particularly in the lower extremity. AlterG can facilitate walking by reducing the weight of CP children by up to 80%; it can also help subjects maintain an appropriate posture during the locomotor AlterG training. Thus, we hypothesized that AlterG training, for a sufficient period of time, has a potential to produce cerebellum neuroplasticity, and consequently result in an effective permanent postural stability...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813793/the-combined-action-of-a-passive-exoskeleton-and-an-emg-controlled-neuroprosthesis-for-upper-limb-stroke-rehabilitation-first-results-of-the-retrainer-project
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E Ambrosini, S Ferrante, J Zajc, M Bulgheroni, W Baccinelli, E d'Amico, T Schauer, C Wiesener, M Russold, M Gfoehler, M Puchinger, M Weber, S Becker, K Krakow, M Rossini, D Proserpio, G Gasperini, F Molteni, G Ferrigno, A Pedrocchi
The combined use of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) and robotic technologies is advocated to improve rehabilitation outcomes after stroke. This work describes an arm rehabilitation system developed within the European project RETRAINER. The system consists of a passive 4-degrees-of-freedom exoskeleton equipped with springs to provide gravity compensation and electromagnetic brakes to hold target positions. FES is integrated in the system to provide additional support to the most impaired muscles. FES is triggered based on the volitional EMG signal of the same stimulated muscle; in order to encourage the active involvement of the patient the volitional EMG is also monitored throughout the task execution and based on it a happy or sad emoji is visualized at the end of each task...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813621/improvement-of-an-in-vitro-model-to-assess-delivered-dose-and-particle-size-for-a-vibrating-mesh-nebulizer-during-mechanical-ventilation
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Nani Kadrichu, Derek Daniher
BACKGROUND: In an in vitro model of mechanical ventilation with gravity-dependent filter position we observed artificially high delivered doses resulting from liquid droplet collection and precipitation of aerosolized drug. We sequentially modified the model to obtain accurate reproducible measurements of delivered dose and particle size at endotracheal tube exit. METHODS: Stepwise changes in the model included (1) altering the endotracheal tube position to a gravity-independent position, (2) adding fluid traps, (3) humidifying air near the test lung, and (4) simplifying test lung and filters...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813416/large-turbulent-reservoirs-of-cold-molecular-gas-around-high-redshift-starburst-galaxies
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E Falgarone, M A Zwaan, B Godard, E Bergin, R J Ivison, P M Andreani, F Bournaud, R S Bussmann, D Elbaz, A Omont, I Oteo, F Walter
Starburst galaxies at the peak of cosmic star formation are among the most extreme star-forming engines in the Universe, producing stars over about 100 million years (ref. 2). The star-formation rates of these galaxies, which exceed 100 solar masses per year, require large reservoirs of cold molecular gas to be delivered to their cores, despite strong feedback from stars or active galactic nuclei. Consequently, starburst galaxies are ideal for studying the interplay between this feedback and the growth of a galaxy...
August 14, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813026/breath-figure-self-assembly-a-versatile-method-of-manufacturing-membranes-and-porous-structures-physical-chemical-and-technological-aspects
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REVIEW
Edward Bormashenko
The review is devoted to the physical, chemical, and technological aspects of the breath-figure self-assembly process. The main stages of the process and impact of the polymer architecture and physical parameters of breath-figure self-assembly on the eventual pattern are covered. The review is focused on the hierarchy of spatial and temporal scales inherent to breath-figure self-assembly. Multi-scale patterns arising from the process are addressed. The characteristic spatial lateral scales of patterns vary from nanometers to dozens of micrometers...
August 16, 2017: Membranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812943/tear-osmolarity-is-sensitive-to-exercise-induced-fluid-loss-but-is-not-associated-with-common-hydration-measures-in-a-field-setting
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Justin J Holland, Michelle Ray, Christopher Irwin, Tina L Skinner, Michael Leveritt, Ben Desbrow
This investigation (i) examined changes in tear osmolarity in response to fluid loss that occurs with exercise in a field setting, and (ii) compared tear osmolarity with common field and laboratory hydration measures.  Sixty-three participants [age 27.8 ± 8.4 years, body mass 72.15 ± 10.61 kg] completed a self-paced 10 km run outside on a predetermined course. Body mass, tear fluid, venous blood and urine samples were collected immediately before and after exercise.  Significant (p < 0.001) reductions in body mass (1...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811562/loop-quantum-cosmology-and-singularities
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Ward Struyve
Loop quantum gravity is believed to eliminate singularities such as the big bang and big crunch singularity. This belief is based on studies of so-called loop quantum cosmology which concerns symmetry-reduced models of quantum gravity. In this paper, the problem of singularities is analysed in the context of the Bohmian formulation of loop quantum cosmology. In this formulation there is an actual metric in addition to the wave function, which evolves stochastically (rather than deterministically as the case of the particle evolution in non-relativistic Bohmian mechanics)...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
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