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R Salazar, G Téllez
Using the approach of a Vandermonde determinant to the power Γ=Q^{2}/k_{B}T expansion on monomial functions, a way to find the excess energy U_{exc} of the two-dimensional one-component plasma (2DOCP) on hard and soft disks (or a Dyson gas) for odd values of Γ/2 is provided. At Γ=2, the present study not only corroborates the result for the particle-particle energy contribution of the Dyson gas found by Shakirov [Shakirov, Phys. Lett. A 375, 984 (2011)10.1016/j.physleta.2011.01.004] by using an alternative approach, but also provides the exact N-finite expansion of the excess energy of the 2DOCP on the hard disk...
December 2017: Physical Review. E
Gabriele Perfetto, Andrea Gambassi
We consider two semi-infinite quantum Ising chains initially at thermal equilibrium at two different temperatures and subsequently joined by an interaction between their end points. Transport properties such as the heat current are determined by the dynamics of the left- and right-moving fermionic quasiparticles which characterize the ensuing unitary dynamics. Within the so-called semiclassical space-time scaling limit we extend known results by determining the full space and time dependence of the density and current of energy and of fermionic quasiparticles...
July 2017: Physical Review. E
L Mountrakis, E Lorenz, A G Hoekstra
The immersed-boundary lattice-Boltzmann method (IB-LBM) is increasingly being used in simulations of dense suspensions. These systems are computationally very expensive and can strongly benefit from lower resolutions that still maintain the desired accuracy for the quantities of interest. IB-LBM has a number of free parameters that have to be defined, often without exact knowledge of the tradeoffs, since their behavior in low resolutions is not well understood. Such parameters are the lattice constant Δx, the number of vertices N_{v}, the interpolation kernel ϕ, and the LBM relaxation time τ...
July 2017: Physical Review. E
Piotr Garbaczewski
We address diffusion processes in a bounded domain, while focusing on somewhat unexplored affinities between the presence of absorbing and/or inaccessible boundaries. For the Brownian motion (Lévy-stable cases are briefly mentioned) model-independent features are established of the dynamical law that underlies the short-time behavior of these random paths, whose overall lifetime is predefined to be long. As a by-product, the limiting regime of a permanent trapping in a domain is obtained. We demonstrate that the adopted conditioning method, involving the so-called Bernstein transition function, works properly also in an unbounded domain, for stochastic processes with killing (Feynman-Kac kernels play the role of transition densities), provided the spectrum of the related semigroup operator is discrete...
September 2017: Physical Review. E
Robert M Mallery, Pieter Poolman, Matthew J Thurtell, Jan M Full, Johannes Ledolter, Dorlan Kimbrough, Elliot M Frohman, Teresa C Frohman, Randy H Kardon
Purpose: Precise measurements of visual fixation and its instability were recorded during optical coherence tomography (OCT) as a marker of neural network dysfunction in multiple sclerosis (MS), which could be used to monitor disease progression or response to treatment. Methods: A total of 16 MS patients and 26 normal subjects underwent 30 seconds of scanning laser ophthalmoscope (SLO)-based eye tracking during OCT scanning of retinal layer thickness. Study groups consisted of normal eyes, MS eyes without prior optic neuritis (MS wo ON), and MS eyes with prior optic neuritis (MS + ON)...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Drielle Rezende Pavanitto, Renata Armani de Moura Menezes, Luiz Fernando Costa Nascimento
CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE: Traffic accidents have gained prominence as one of the modern epidemics that plague the world. The objective of this study was to identify the spatial distribution of potential years of life lost (PYLL) due to accidents involving motorcycles in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. DESIGN AND SETTING: Ecological and exploratory study conducted in São Paulo. METHODS: Data on deaths among individuals aged 20-39 years due to motorcycle accidents (V20-V29 in the International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision) in the state of São Paulo in the years 2007-2011 were obtained from DATASUS...
January 15, 2018: São Paulo Medical Journal, Revista Paulista de Medicina
Guangcai Tan, Hongyuan Wang, Nan Xu, Hongbin Liu, Limei Zhai
Biochar application to soil is currently widely advocated for a variety of reasons related to sustainability. However, the synergistic effects of biochar combined with mineral or organic fertilizer on soil N2O emissions, NH3 volatilization, and plant N uptake are poorly documented. Field plot experiments planted with peanut were conducted under the application of biochar (derived from rice husk and cottonseed husk, 50 t ha-1) with organic or mineral fertilizer. It was found that biochar increased soil nutrient availability and decreased surface soil bulk density, demonstrating that biochar could improve the soil quality especially in the 0-20-cm profile...
January 12, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Jianping Sun, Karim Oualkacha, Vincenzo Forgetta, Hou-Feng Zheng, J Brent Richards, Daniel S Evans, Eric Orwoll, Celia M T Greenwood
Performance of a recently developed test for association between multivariate phenotypes and sets of genetic variants (MURAT) is demonstrated using measures of bone mineral density (BMD). By combining individual-level whole genome sequenced data from the UK10K study, and imputed genome-wide genetic data on individuals from the Study of Osteoporotic Fractures (SOF) and the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men Study (MrOS), a data set of 8810 individuals was assembled; tests of association were performed between autosomal gene-sets of genetic variants and BMD measured at lumbar spine and femoral neck...
January 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Juan Ignacio Cagnola, Gonzalo Javier Dumont de Chassart, Silvia Elizabeth Ibarra, Claudio Chimenti, Martiniano María Ricardi, Brent Delzer, Hernán Ghiglione, Tong Zhu, María Elena Otegui, José Manuel Estevez, Jorge José Casal
Abortion of fertilised ovaries at the tip of the ear can generate significant yield losses in maize crops. To investigate the mechanisms involved in this process, two maize hybrids were grown in field crops at two sowing densities and under three irrigation regimes (well-watered control, drought before pollination and drought during pollination), in all possible combinations. Samples of ear tips were taken 2-6 days after synchronous hand pollination and used for the analysis of gene expression and sugars. Glucose and fructose levels increased in kernels with high abortion risk...
January 5, 2018: Plant, Cell & Environment
Sriram Raju Dandu, Matthew M Engelhard, Asma Qureshi, Jiaqi Gong, John C Lach, Maite Brandt-Pearce, Myla D Goldman
Gait impairment in multiple sclerosis (MS) can result from muscle weakness, physical fatigue, lack of coordination, and other symptoms. Walking speed, as measured by a number of clinician-administered walking tests, is the primary measure of gait impairment used by clinical researchers, but inertial gait features from body-worn sensors have been proven to add clinical value. This paper seeks to understand and differentiate the physiological significance of four such features with proven value in MS to facilitate adoption by clinical researchers and incorporation in gait monitoring and analysis systems...
January 2018: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
Carolyn A Eckrich, Elizabeth A Flaherty, Merav Ben-David
For decades, ecologists have debated the importance of biotic interactions (e.g., competition) and abiotic factors in regulating populations. Competition can influence patterns of distribution, abundance, and resource use in many systems but remains difficult to measure. We quantified competition between two sympatric small mammals, Keen's mice (Peromyscus keeni) and dusky shrews (Sorex monticolus), in four habitat types on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska. We related shrew density to that of mice using standardized regression models while accounting for habitat variables in each year from 2010-2012, during which mice populations peaked (2011) and then crashed (2012)...
2018: PloS One
Bibhas Chakraborty, Michael J Widener, Sedigheh Mirzaei Salehabadi, Mary E Northridge, Susan S Kum, Zhu Jin, Carol Kunzel, Harvey D Palmer, Sara S Metcalf
BACKGROUND: As part of a long-standing line of research regarding how peer density affects health, researchers have sought to understand the multifaceted ways that the density of contemporaries living and interacting in proximity to one another influence social networks and knowledge diffusion, and subsequently health and well-being. This study examined peer density effects on oral health for racial/ethnic minority older adults living in northern Manhattan and the Bronx, New York, NY...
December 29, 2017: BMC Oral Health
Glaucia Del-Rio, Marco Antonio Rêgo, Luís Fábio Silveira, Akira Itoh
During the past 100 years in densely populated south-eastern Brazil, wetlands have been severely transformed due to urbanization, agriculture and mining. The recently discovered São Paulo Marsh Antwren (Formicivora paludicola) is endemic to these wetlands, and is listed as "Critically Endangered" by the IUCN. The species is only found in an area of 1.42 km2, it has a sparse and fragmented distribution, low dispersal capacity, and has probably lost around 300 km2 of habitat in the past 100 years. Furthermore, very little is known about F...
2017: PloS One
Gladys Mosomtai, Magnus Evander, Charles Mundia, Per Sandström, Clas Ahlm, Osama Ahmed Hassan, Olivia Wesula Lwande, Moses K Gachari, Tobias Landmann, Rosemary Sang
Rift Valley fever (RVF) is a zoonotic disease affecting humans and animals. It is caused by RVF virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes. The data presented in this article propose environmental layers suitable for mapping RVF vector habitat zones and livestock migratory routes. Using species distribution modelling, we used RVF vector occurrence data sampled along livestock migratory routes to identify suitable vector habitats within the study region which is located in the central and the north-eastern part of Kenya...
February 2018: Data in Brief
Min Sun Lee, Joong Hyun Kim, Jin Chul Paeng, Keon Wook Kang, Jae Min Jeong, Dong Soo Lee, Jae Sung Lee
Personalized dosimetry with high accuracy is becoming more important because of the growing interests in personalized medicine and targeted radionuclide therapy. Voxel-based dosimetry using dose point kernel or voxel S-value (VSV) convolution is available. However, these approaches do not consider medium heterogeneity. Here, we propose a new method for whole-body voxel-based personalized dosimetry for heterogeneous media with non-uniform activity distributions, which is referred to as the multiple VSV approach...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Tilman M Davies, Jonathan C Marshall, Martin L Hazelton
Kernel smoothing is a highly flexible and popular approach for estimation of probability density and intensity functions of continuous spatial data. In this role, it also forms an integral part of estimation of functionals such as the density-ratio or "relative risk" surface. Originally developed with the epidemiological motivation of examining fluctuations in disease risk based on samples of cases and controls collected over a given geographical region, such functions have also been successfully used across a diverse range of disciplines where a relative comparison of spatial density functions has been of interest...
December 11, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
Ghaneshwar Gautam, Christian G Parigger, Christopher M Helstern, Kyle A Drake
Microplasma is generated in an ultra-high-pure H2 and N2 gas mixture with a Nd:YAG laser device that is operated at the fundamental wavelength of 1064 nm. The gas mixture ratio of H2 and N2 is 9 to 1 at a pressure of 1.21 ± 0.03 105 Pa inside a chamber. A Czerny-Turner-type spectrometer and an intensified charge-coupled device are utilized for the recording of plasma emission spectra. The line-of-sight measurements are Abel inverted to determine the radial distributions of electron number density and temperature...
November 20, 2017: Applied Optics
Shriprakash Sinha
BACKGROUND: Ever since the accidental discovery of Wingless [Sharma R.P., Drosophila information service, 1973, 50, p 134], research in the field of Wnt signaling pathway has taken significant strides in wet lab experiments and various cancer clinical trials, augmented by recent developments in advanced computational modeling of the pathway. Information rich gene expression profiles reveal various aspects of the signaling pathway and help in studying different issues simultaneously. Hitherto, not many computational studies exist which incorporate the simultaneous study of these issues...
December 4, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
Darren Boss, Trisalyn Nelson, Meghan Winters
Many cities are making significant financial investments in cycling infrastructure with the aim of making cycling safer for riders of all ages and abilities. Methods for evaluating cycling safety tend to summarize average change for a city or emphasize change on a single road segment. Few spatially explicit approaches are available to evaluate how patterns of safety change throughout a city due to cycling infrastructure investments or other changes. Our goal is to demonstrate a method for monitoring changes in the spatial-temporal distribution of cycling incidents across a city...
November 28, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
Rocío Tarjuelo, Manuel B Morales, Beatriz Arroyo, Santiago Mañosa, Gerard Bota, Fabián Casas, Juan Traba
Interspecific competition is a dominant force in animal communities that induces niche shifts in ecological and evolutionary time. If competition occurs, niche expansion can be expected when the competitor disappears because resources previously inaccessible due to competitive constraints can then be exploited (i.e., ecological release). Here, we aimed to determine the potential effects of interspecific competition between the little bustard (Tetrax tetrax) and the great bustard (Otis tarda) using a multidimensional niche approach with habitat distribution data...
November 2017: Ecology and Evolution
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