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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920437/developing-a-scalable-artificial-photosynthesis-technology-through-nanomaterials-by-design
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Nathan S Lewis
An artificial photosynthetic system that directly produces fuels from sunlight could provide an approach to scalable energy storage and a technology for the carbon-neutral production of high-energy-density transportation fuels. A variety of designs are currently being explored to create a viable artificial photosynthetic system, and the most technologically advanced systems are based on semiconducting photoelectrodes. Here, I discuss the development of an approach that is based on an architecture, first conceived around a decade ago, that combines arrays of semiconducting microwires with flexible polymeric membranes...
December 6, 2016: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918775/association-between-myopia-ultraviolet-b-radiation-exposure-serum-vitamin-d-concentrations-and-genetic-polymorphisms-in-vitamin-d-metabolic-pathways-in-a-multicountry-european-study
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Katie M Williams, Graham C G Bentham, Ian S Young, Ann McGinty, Gareth J McKay, Ruth Hogg, Christopher J Hammond, Usha Chakravarthy, Mati Rahu, Johan Seland, Gisele Soubrane, Laura Tomazzoli, Fotis Topouzis, Astrid E Fletcher
Importance: Myopia is becoming increasingly common globally and is associated with potentially sight-threatening complications. Spending time outdoors is protective, but the mechanism underlying this association is poorly understood. Objective: To examine the association of myopia with ultraviolet B radiation (UVB; directly associated with time outdoors and sunlight exposure), serum vitamin D concentrations, and vitamin D pathway genetic variants, adjusting for years in education...
December 1, 2016: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915103/ammonia-modified-graphene-sheets-decorated-with-magnetic-fe3o4-nanoparticles-for-the-photocatalytic-and-photo-fenton-degradation-of-phenolic-compounds-under-sunlight-irradiation
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Purna K Boruah, Bhagyasmeeta Sharma, Indrapal Karbhal, Manjusha V Shelke, Manash R Das
Synthesis of easily separable and eco-friendly efficient catalyst with both photocatalytic and photo-Fenton degradation properties is of great importance for environment remediation application. Herein, ammonia-modified graphene (AG) sheets decorated with Fe3O4 nanoparticles (AG/Fe3O4) as a magnetically recoverable photocatalyst by a simple in situ solution chemistry approach. First, we have functionalized graphene oxide (GO) sheets by amide functional group and then Fe3O4 nanoparticles (NPs) are doped onto the functionalized GO surface...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914443/converting-sunlight-into-audible-sound-by-means-of-the-photoacoustic-effect-the-heliophone
#4
N B Roozen, C Glorieux, L Liu, M Rychtáriková, T Van der Donck, A Jacobs
One hundred and thirty-five years after Alexander Graham Bell and his assistant Charles Sumner Tainter explored the photoacoustic effect, and about 40 years after Rosencwaig and Gersho modeled the effect in a photoacoustic cell configuration, the phenomenon is revisited in a "Heliophone" device that converts sunlight into sound. The light is focused on a carbon blackened copper coated Kapton foil in an acoustic cell by means of a compound parabolic collimator, and its intensity is modulated by a mechanical chopper...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914337/restrain-recombination-by-spraying-pyrolysis-tio2-on-nio-film-for-quinoxaline-based-p-type-dye-sensitized-solar-cells
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Ying Yu, Xing Li, Zhongjin Shen, Xiaoyu Zhang, Peng Liu, Yuting Gao, Tao Jiang, Jianli Hua
In this work, we reported two new quinoxaline-based sensitizers (BQI and BQII) for p-type dye-sensitized solar cells (p-DSSCs) featuring carboxylic acid and pyridine as anchoring groups, respectively, in combination with triphenylamine donor. The optical, electrochemical and photovoltaic properties of BQI and BQII were investigated. Results showed that BQI-based p-DSSC with carboxylic acid anchoring group obtained higher photoelectric conversion efficiency (PCE) of 0.140%. To further optimize the device performance, we added a layer of TiO2 on the surface of NiO film as a barrier layer, which contributed to the improvement of the photocurrent density from 3...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911923/morphology-and-hydraulic-architecture-of-vitis-vinifera-l-cv-syrah-and-torront%C3%A3-s-riojano-plants-are-unaffected-by-variations-in-red-to-far-red-ratio
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Carina Verónica González, María Florencia Jofré, Hernán F Vila, Markus Stoffel, Rubén Bottini, Carla Valeria Giordano
Plants have evolved an array of specific photoreceptors to acclimate to the light environment. By sensing light signals, photoreceptors modulate plant morphology, carbon- and water-physiology, crop yield and quality of harvestable organs, among other responses. Many cultural practices and crop management decisions alter light quantity and quality perceived by plants cultivated in the field. Under full sunlight, phytochromes perceive high red to far red ratios (R:FR; 1.1), whereas overhead or lateral low R:FR (below 1...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910985/uvb-radiation-vitamin-d-and-multiple-sclerosis
#7
H F DeLuca, L Plum
Acheson et al. (1960) observed an inverse relationship between sunlight exposure and the incidence of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). This led to the suggestion that increased levels of vitamin D caused by sunlight in some way suppresses MS. Further, super physiological doses of the metabolically active metabolite of vitamin D, i.e. 1α,25 dihydroxy vitamin D suppresses the animal model of MS i.e. experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). However, this response was accompanied by hypercalcemia. Hypercalcemia itself can suppress EAE...
December 2, 2016: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910157/asymmetric-synthesis-using-natural-sunlight-under-absolute-achiral-conditions
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Masami Sakamoto, Koh Shiratsuki, Naohiro Uemura, Hiroki Ishikawa, Yasushi Yoshida, Yoshio Kasashima, Takashi Mino
Irradiation of prochiral (E)-aroylacrylamide with sunlight gave single-handed pyrrolinone quantitatively and with an ee of over 99% under absolutely achiral conditions. The phenomenon was explained by photoisomerization and reversible cyclization followed by dynamic crystallization involving deracemization.
December 2, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907880/release-of-1-3-5-trinitroperhydro-1-3-5-triazine-rdx-from-polymer-bonded-explosives-pbxn-109-into-water-by-artificial-weathering
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M Kumar, M K Ladyman, N Mai, T Temple, F Coulon
Polymer-bonded explosives (PBX) fulfil the need for insensitive munitions. However, the environmental impacts of PBX are unclear, even though it is likely that PBX residues from low-order detonations and unexploded ordnance are deposited on military training ranges. The release of high explosives from the polymer matrix into the environment has not been studied in detail, although as polymers degrade slowly in the environment we anticipate high explosives to be released into the environment. In this study, PBXN-109 (nominally 64% RDX) samples were exposed to variable UK climatic conditions reproduced in the laboratory to determine the effects of temperature, UV irradiation and rainfall on the release of RDX from the polymer binder...
November 28, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907844/oxidation-of-atrazine-in-aqueous-media-by-solar-enhanced-fenton-like-process-involving-persulfate-and-ferrous-ion
#10
Marina Khandarkhaeva, Agniya Batoeva, Denis Aseev, Marina Sizykh, Oyuna Tsydenova
The oxidation of s-triazines (using atrazine (ATZ) as a model compound) by a solar-enhanced Fenton-like process involving persulfate and ferrous ion was studied. A flow-through tubular photoreactor was employed for the experiments. The solar-enhanced oxidative system involving ferrous ion and persulfate (Solar/S2O8(2-)/Fe(2+)) showed the highest ATZ degradation efficiency when compared with other treatments (unactivated S2O8(2-), Solar - sunlight only, S2O8(2-)/Fe(2+), Solar/S2O8(2-)). Complete degradation of ATZ and 20% reduction in total organic carbon (TOC) content were observed after 30min of the treatment...
November 28, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905394/uvr2-ensures-transgenerational-genome-stability-under-simulated-natural-uv-b-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Eva-Maria Willing, Thomas Piofczyk, Andreas Albert, J Barbro Winkler, Korbinian Schneeberger, Ales Pecinka
Ground levels of solar UV-B radiation induce DNA damage. Sessile phototrophic organisms such as vascular plants are recurrently exposed to sunlight and require UV-B photoreception, flavonols shielding, direct reversal of pyrimidine dimers and nucleotide excision repair for resistance against UV-B radiation. However, the frequency of UV-B-induced mutations is unknown in plants. Here we quantify the amount and types of mutations in the offspring of Arabidopsis thaliana wild-type and UV-B-hypersensitive mutants exposed to simulated natural UV-B over their entire life cycle...
December 1, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902966/photo-induced-toxicity-and-oxidative-stress-responses-in-tigriopus-japonicus-exposed-to-nitro-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-and-artificial-light
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Toshimitsu Onduka, Daisuke Ojima, Katsutoshi Ito, Kazuhiko Mochida, Mana Ito, Jiro Koyama, Kazunori Fujii
Photo-induced toxicity is an important phenomenon in ecotoxicology because sunlight reaches many organisms in their natural habitats. To elucidate whether sunlight enhances the toxicity of nitro-polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (nitro-PAHs), the acute toxicities of 10 nitro-PAHs and the related compound 1-nitropyrene (1-NP) to Tigriopus japonicus were assessed in darkness or under light conditions. In addition, the relationships among the toxicity of 1-NP to T. japonicus, lighting condition, and the concentration of reactive oxygen species (ROS) formed were investigated in the presence or absence of the ROS scavenger ascorbic acid in the test solutions...
November 27, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901105/photodegradation-of-organic-pollutants-rhb-dye-using-uv-simulated-sunlight-on-ceria-based-tio2-nanomaterials-for-antibacterial-applications
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Kaviyarasu Kasinathan, John Kennedy, Manikandan Elayaperumal, Mohamed Henini, Maaza Malik
To photo-catalytically degrade RhB dye using solar irradiation, CeO2 doped TiO2 nanocomposites were synthesized hydrothermally at 700 °C for 9 hrs. All emission spectra showed a prominent band centered at 442 nm that was attributed to oxygen related defects in the CeO2-TiO2 nanocrystals. Two sharp absorption bands at 1418 cm(-1) and 3323 cm(-1) were attributed to the deformation and stretching vibration, and bending vibration of the OH group of water physisorbed to TiO2, respectively. The photocatalytic activities of Ce-TiO2 nanocrystals were investigated through the degradation of RhB under UV and UV+ visible light over a period of 8 hrs...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898328/fate-of-new-three-anti-influenza-drugs-and-one-prodrug-in-the-water-environment
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Takashi Azuma, Mao Ishida, Kanae Hisamatsu, Ayami Yunoki, Kana Otomo, Mari Kunitou, Mai Shimizu, Kaori Hosomaru, Shiori Mikata, Yoshiki Mino
We evaluated the environmental fate of new three anti-influenza drugs, favipiravir (FAV), peramivir (PER), and laninamivir (LAN), and an active prodrug of LAN, laninamivir octanoate (LANO), in comparison with four conventional drugs, oseltamivir (OS), oseltamivir carboxylate (OC), amantadine (AMN), and zanamivir (ZAN) by photodegradation, biodegradation, and sorption to river sediments. In addition, we conducted 9-month survey of urban rivers in the Yodo River basin from 2015 to 2016 (including the influenza season) to investigate the current status of occurrence of these drugs in the river environment...
November 26, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895654/a-comprehensive-phylogeny-reveals-functional-conservation-of-the-uv-b-photoreceptor-uvr8-from-green-algae-to-higher-plants
#15
María B Fernández, Vanesa Tossi, Lorenzo Lamattina, Raúl Cassia
Ultraviolet-B (UV-B) is present in sunlight (280-315 nm) and has diverse effects on living organisms. Low fluence rate of exposure induces a specific photomorphogenic response regulated by the UV-B response locus 8 (UVR8) receptor. UVR8 was first described in Arabidopsis thaliana. In the absence of stimuli it is located in the cytoplasm as a homodimer. However, upon UV-B irradiation, it switches to a monomer and interacts with the ubiquitin ligase E3 COP1 via the UVR8 β-propeller domain and the VP core. This induces the expression of the transcription factor HY5 leading to changes in the expression of genes associated with UV-B acclimation and stress tolerance...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892590/near-infrared-selective-dynamic-windows-controlled-by-charge-transfer-impedance-at-the-counter-electrode
#16
Praveen Pattathil, Riccardo Scarfiello, Roberto Giannuzzi, Giulia Veramonti, Teresa Sibillano, Antonio Qualtieri, Cinzia Giannini, P Davide Cozzoli, Michele Manca
Recent developments in the exploitation of transparent conductive oxide nanocrystals paved the way to the realization of a new class of electrochemical systems capable of selectively shielding the infrared heat loads carried by sunlight and prospected the blooming of a key enabling technology to be implemented in the next generation of "zero-energy" building envelopes. Here we report the fabrication of a set of electrochromic devices embodying an engineered nanostructured electrode made by high aspect-ratio tungsten oxide nanorods, which allow for selectively and dynamically controlling sunlight transmission over the near-infrared to visible range...
November 28, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892584/a-short-history-of-phototherapy-vitamin-d-and-skin-disease
#17
Paul Jarrett, Robert Scragg
The earliest record between sun exposure and skin disease goes back five millennia to the ancient Egyptians. The modern scientific era of medical light therapy and skin diseases started in 1877 when Downs and Blunt reported that exposure to light inhibited fungal growth in test tubes. Continuing research generated a growing medical interest in the potential the effects of light to treat and cure skin diseases considered as parasitic. This culminated in the awarding of the 1903 Nobel Prize in Medicine to Niels Finsen for his pioneering work showing that light could successfully treat cutaneous mycobacterium tuberculosis (lupus vulgaris), a disfiguring disorder common at the time...
November 28, 2016: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890643/coordination-of-dna-single-strand-break-repair
#18
Rachel Abbotts, David M Wilson
The genetic material of all organisms is susceptible to modification. In some instances, these changes are programmed, such as the formation of DNA double strand breaks during meiotic recombination to generate gamete variety or class switch recombination to create antibody diversity. However, in most cases, genomic damage is potentially harmful to the health of the organism, contributing to disease and aging by promoting deleterious cellular outcomes. A proportion of DNA modifications are caused by exogenous agents, both physical (namely ultraviolet sunlight and ionizing radiation) and chemical (such as benzopyrene, alkylating agents, platinum compounds and psoralens), which can produce numerous forms of DNA damage, including a range of "simple" and helix-distorting base lesions, abasic sites, crosslinks and various types of phosphodiester strand breaks...
November 24, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889263/shade-promotes-phototropism-through-phytochrome-b-controlled-auxin-production
#19
Anupama Goyal, Elizabeth Karayekov, Vinicius Costa Galvão, Hong Ren, Jorge J Casal, Christian Fankhauser
Phototropism is an asymmetric growth response enabling plants to optimally position their organs. In flowering plants, the phototropin (phot) blue light receptors are essential to detect light gradients. In etiolated seedlings, the phototropic response is enhanced by the red/far-red (R/FR)-sensing phytochromes (phy) with a predominant function of phyA. In this study, we analyzed the influence of the phytochromes on phototropism in green (de-etiolated) Arabidopsis seedlings. Our experiments in the laboratory and outdoors revealed that, in open environments (high R/FR ratio), phyB inhibits phototropism...
November 22, 2016: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885004/circadian-time-signatures-of-fitness-and-disease
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Joseph Bass, Mitchell A Lazar
Biological clocks are autonomous anticipatory oscillators that play a critical role in the organization and information processing from genome to whole organisms. Transformative advances into the clock system have opened insight into fundamental mechanisms through which clocks program energy transfer from sunlight into organic matter and potential energy, in addition to cell development and genotoxic stress response. The identification of clocks in nearly every single cell of the body raises questions as to how this gives rise to rhythmic physiology in multicellular organisms and how environmental signals entrain clocks to geophysical time...
November 25, 2016: Science
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