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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911491/integrating-reverse-electrodialysis-stacks-with-flow-batteries-to-achieve-improved-energy-recovery-from-salinity-gradients-and-energy-storage
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Xiuping Zhu, Taeyoung Kim, Mohammad Rahimi, Christopher Gorski, Bruce Logan
Salinity gradient energy can be directly converted to electrical power using reverse electrodialysis (RED) and other technologies, but reported power densities have been too low for practical applications. Here, the RED stack performance was improved by using 2,6-dihydroxyanthraquinone and ferrocyanide as redox couples. These electrolytes were then used in a flow battery, to produce an integrated RED stack and flow battery (RED-FB) system capable of capturing, storing, and discharging salinity gradient energy...
December 1, 2016: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911395/preparation-of-primary-mixed-glial-cultures-from-adult-mouse-spinal-cord-tissue
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Jennifer T Malon, Ling Cao
It has been well-accepted that spinal cord glial responses contribute significantly to the development of neuropathic pain. Tremendous information regarding glial activities at the cellular and molecular levels has been obtained through in vitro cell culture systems. The in vitro systems utilized, mainly include primary glia derived from neonatal brain cortical tissue and immortalized cell lines. However, these systems may not reflect the characteristics of spinal cord glial cells in vivo. In order to further investigate the roles of spinal cord glial cells in the development of peripheral nerve injury-induced neuropathic pain using a culture system that better reflects the in vivo condition, our laboratory has developed a method to establish primary spinal cord mixed glial cultures from adult mice...
November 19, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911367/a-simple-fluorescence-assay-for-quantification-of-canine-neutrophil-extracellular-trap-release
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Unity Jeffery, Robert D Gray, Dana N LeVine
Neutrophil extracellular traps are networks of DNA, histones and neutrophil proteins released in response to infectious and inflammatory stimuli. Although a component of the innate immune response, NETs are implicated in a range of disease processes including autoimmunity and thrombosis. This protocol describes a simple method for canine neutrophil isolation and quantification of NETs using a microplate fluorescence assay. Blood is collected using conventional venipuncture techniques. Neutrophils are isolated using dextran sedimentation and a density gradient using conditions optimized for dog blood...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911116/finding-the-right-route-for-insulin-delivery-an-overview-of-implantable-pump-therapy
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Lia Bally, Hood Thabit, Roman Hovorka
Implantable pump therapy adopting the intraperitoneal route of insulin delivery has been available for the past three decades. The key rationale for implantable pump therapy is the restoration of the portal-peripheral insulin gradient of the normal physiology. Uptake in clinical practice is limited to specialized centers and selected patient populations. Areas covered: Implantable pump therapy is discussed, including technical aspects, rationale for its use, and glycemic and non-glycemic effects. Target populations, summaries of clinical studies and issues related to implantable pump therapy are highlighted...
December 2, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910827/an-improved-asymmetric-gradient-coil-design-for-high-resolution-mri-head-imaging
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Fangfang Tang, Feng Liu, Fabio Freschi, Yu Li, Maurizio Repetto, Luca Giaccone, Yaohui Wang, Stuart Crozier
For head magnetic resonance imaging, local gradient coils are often used to achieve high solution images. To accommodate the human head and shoulder, the head gradient coils are usually designed in an asymmetric configuration, allowing the region-of-uniformity (ROU) close to the coil's patient end. However, the asymmetric configuration leads to technical difficulties in maintaining a high gradient performance for the insertable head coil with very limited space. In this work, we present a practical design configuration of an asymmetric insertable gradient head coil offering an improved performance...
December 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910677/temperature-gradient-scale-length-measurement-a-high-accuracy-application-of-electron-cyclotron-emission-without-calibration
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S Houshmandyar, Z J Yang, P E Phillips, W L Rowan, A E Hubbard, J E Rice, J W Hughes, S M Wolfe
Calibration is a crucial procedure in electron temperature (Te) inference from a typical electron cyclotron emission (ECE) diagnostic on tokamaks. Although the calibration provides an important multiplying factor for an individual ECE channel, the parameter ΔTe/Te is independent of any calibration. Since an ECE channel measures the cyclotron emission for a particular flux surface, a non-perturbing change in toroidal magnetic field changes the view of that channel. Hence the calibration-free parameter is a measure of Te gradient...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910667/x-ray-self-emission-imaging-used-to-diagnose-3-d-nonuniformities-in-direct-drive-icf-implosions
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A K Davis, D T Michel, R S Craxton, R Epstein, M Hohenberger, T Mo, D H Froula
As hydrodynamics codes develop to increase understanding of three-dimensional (3-D) effects in inertial confinement fusion implosions, diagnostics must adapt to evaluate their predictive accuracy. A 3-D radiation postprocessor was developed to investigate the use of soft x-ray self-emission images of an imploding target to measure the size of nonuniformities on the target surface. Synthetic self-emission images calculated from 3-D simulations showed a narrow ring of emission outside the ablation surface of the target...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910620/a-novel-technique-for-real-time-estimation-of-edge-pedestal-density-gradients-via-reflectometer-time-delay-data
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L Zeng, E J Doyle, T L Rhodes, G Wang, C Sung, W A Peebles, M Bobrek
A new model-based technique for fast estimation of the pedestal electron density gradient has been developed. The technique uses ordinary mode polarization profile reflectometer time delay data and does not require direct profile inversion. Because of its simple data processing, the technique can be readily implemented via a Field-Programmable Gate Array, so as to provide a real-time density gradient estimate, suitable for use in plasma control systems such as envisioned for ITER, and possibly for DIII-D and Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910610/non-magnetic-flexible-heaters-for-spin-exchange-optical-pumping-of-3-he-and-other-applications
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T Ino, H Hayashida, H Kira, T Oku, K Sakai
Spin polarized (3)He gas is currently widely used in various scientific fields and in medical diagnosis applications. The spin polarization of (3)He nuclei can be achieved by spin-exchange optical pumping (SEOP). In SEOP, the (3)He gas is enclosed in a glass cell together with alkali metals and is then heated to maintain the alkali metal vapor pressures at the appropriate levels. However, polarized (3)He gas is highly sensitive to any inhomogeneity in its magnetic field, and any small field gradients caused by the heaters may cause degradation of the (3)He polarization...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910571/a-collimated-neutron-detector-for-rfp-plasmas-in-mst
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W J Capecchi, J K Anderson, P J Bonofiglo, J Kim, S Sears
The neutron emissivity profile in the Madison Symmetric Torus is being reconstructed through the use of a collimated neutron detector. A scintillator-photomultiplier tube (PMT) system is employed to detect the fusion neutrons with the plasma viewing volume defined by a 55 cm deep, 5 cm diameter aperture. Effective detection of neutrons from the viewing volume is achieved through neutron moderation using 1300 lbs of high density polyethylene shielding, which modeling predicts attenuates the penetrating flux by a factor of 10(4) or more...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910547/a-novel-system-of-coils-for-magnetobiology-research
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L Makinistian
A novel system of coils for testing in vitro magnetobiological effects was designed, simulated, and built. Opposite to what is usual, the system generates a controlled gradient of magnetic field. This feature is introduced to allow the assessment of multiple values of the field in a single experiment. The apparatus consists of two flattened orthogonal coils, which permit independent control of two of the spatial components of the field. Geometry of design, combined with the use of a standard multi-well microplate for cellular culture, allows for simultaneous testing of 96 different field conditions...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910493/plasma-characterization-using-ultraviolet-thomson-scattering-from-ion-acoustic-and-electron-plasma-waves-invited
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R K Follett, J A Delettrez, D H Edgell, R J Henchen, J Katz, J F Myatt, D H Froula
Collective Thomson scattering is a technique for measuring the plasma conditions in laser-plasma experiments. Simultaneous measurements of ion-acoustic and electron plasma-wave spectra were obtained using a 263.25-nm Thomson-scattering probe beam. A fully reflective collection system was used to record light scattered from electron plasma waves at electron densities greater than 10(21) cm(-3), which produced scattering peaks near 200 nm. An accurate analysis of the experimental Thomson-scattering spectra required accounting for plasma gradients, instrument sensitivity, optical effects, and background radiation...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910420/high-sensitivity-far-infrared-laser-diagnostics-for-the-c-2u-advanced-beam-driven-field-reversed-configuration-plasmas
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B H Deng, M Beall, J Schroeder, G Settles, P Feng, J S Kinley, H Gota, M C Thompson
A high sensitivity multi-channel far infrared laser diagnostics with switchable interferometry and polarimetry operation modes for the advanced neutral beam-driven C-2U field-reversed configuration (FRC) plasmas is described. The interferometer achieved superior resolution of 1 × 10(16) m(-2) at >1.5 MHz bandwidth, illustrated by measurement of small amplitude high frequency fluctuations. The polarimetry achieved 0.04° instrument resolution and 0.1° actual resolution in the challenging high density gradient environment with >0...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910369/improved-edge-charge-exchange-recombination-spectroscopy-in-diii-d
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C Chrystal, K H Burrell, B A Grierson, S R Haskey, R J Groebner, D H Kaplan, A Briesemeister
The charge exchange recombination spectroscopy diagnostic on the DIII-D tokamak has been upgraded with the addition of more high radial resolution view chords near the edge of the plasma (r/a > 0.8). The additional views are diagnosed with the same number of spectrometers by placing fiber optics side-by-side at the spectrometer entrance with a precise separation that avoids wavelength shifted crosstalk without the use of bandpass filters. The new views improve measurement of edge impurity parameters in steep gradient, H-mode plasmas with many different shapes...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910353/design-of-tangential-viewing-phase-contrast-imaging-for-turbulence-measurements-in-jt-60sa
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K Tanaka, S Coda, M Yoshida, H Sasao, Y Kawano, R Imazawa, H Kubo, Y Kamada
A tangential viewing phase contrast imaging system is being designed for the JT-60SA tokamak to investigate microturbulence. In order to obtain localized information on the turbulence, a spatial-filtering technique is applied, based on magnetic shearing. The tangential viewing geometry enhances the radial localization. The probing laser beam is injected tangentially and traverses the entire plasma region including both low and high field sides. The spatial resolution for an Internal Transport Barrier discharge is estimated at 30%-70% of the minor radius at k = 5 cm(-1), which is the typical expected wave number of ion scale turbulence such as ion temperature gradient/trapped electron mode...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910349/multi-channel-poloidal-correlation-reflectometry-on-experimental-advanced-superconducting-tokamak
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H Qu, T Zhang, X Han, H M Xiang, F Wen, K N Geng, Y M Wang, D F Kong, J Q Cai, C B Huang, Y Gao, X Gao, S Zhang
A new multi-channel poloidal correlation reflectometry is developed at Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak. Eight dielectric resonator oscillators with frequencies of 12.5 GHz, 13.5 GHz, 14.5 GHz, 15 GHz, 15.5 GHz, 16 GHz, 17 GHz, and 18 GHz are used as sources. Signals from the sources are up-converted to V band using active quadruplers and then coupled together. The output waves are launched by one single antenna after passing through a 20 dB directional coupler which can provide the reference signal...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910335/detailed-characterization-of-the-llnl-imaging-proton-spectrometer
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A M Rasmus, A U Hazi, M J-E Manuel, C C Kuranz, S R Klein, P X Belancourt, J R Fein, M J MacDonald, R P Drake, B B Pollock, J Park, G J Williams, H Chen
Ultra-intense short pulse lasers incident on solid targets (e.g., thin Au foils) produce well collimated, broad-spectrum proton beams. These proton beams can be used to characterize magnetic fields, electric fields, and density gradients in high energy-density systems. The LLNL-Imaging Proton Spectrometer (L-IPS) was designed and built [H. Chen et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 81, 10D314 (2010)] for use with such laser produced proton beams. The L-IPS has an energy range of 50 keV-40 MeV with a resolving power (E/dE) of about 275 at 1 MeV and 21 at 20 MeV, as well as a single spatial imaging axis...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910328/measurement-of-deuterium-density-profiles-in-the-h-mode-steep-gradient-region-using-charge-exchange-recombination-spectroscopy-on-diii-d
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S R Haskey, B A Grierson, K H Burrell, C Chrystal, R J Groebner, D H Kaplan, N A Pablant, L Stagner
Recent completion of a thirty two channel main-ion (deuterium) charge exchange recombination spectroscopy (CER) diagnostic on the DIII-D tokamak [J. L. Luxon, Nucl. Fusion 42, 614 (2002)] enables detailed comparisons between impurity and main-ion temperature, density, and toroidal rotation. In a H-mode DIII-D discharge, these new measurement capabilities are used to provide the deuterium density profile, demonstrate the importance of profile alignment between Thomson scattering and CER diagnostics, and aid in determining the electron temperature at the separatrix...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910245/anorectal-manometry-should-it-be-performed-in-a-seated-position
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G-J Wu, F Xu, L Lin, P J Pasricha, J D Z Chen
BACKGROUND: Anorectal manometry (ARM) is typically preformed in a lateral position. This non-physiological testing position has produced an unexpected negative rectoanal pressure gradient (RAPG, i.e. difference between rectal and anal pressure) with normal defecation. This study was designed (i) to study differences in ARM parameters between water-perfused and solid-state sensors and between lateral and seated positions and (ii) to investigate the roles of ARM parameters in predicting balloon expulsion...
December 1, 2016: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910154/interferon-free-regimens-improve-portal-hypertension-and-histological-necroinflammation-in-hiv-hcv-patients-with-advanced-liver-disease
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P Schwabl, M Mandorfer, S Steiner, B Scheiner, D Chromy, M Herac, T Bucsics, H Hayden, K Grabmeier-Pfistershammer, A Ferlitsch, G Oberhuber, M Trauner, M Peck-Radosavljevic, T Reiberger
BACKGROUND: HIV/HCV co-infected patients show accelerated fibrosis progression and higher risk for complications of portal hypertension (PHT). AIM: To assess the effects of interferon-free therapy on portal pressure, liver histology and plasma biomarkers in HIV/HCV-coinfected patients with PHT. METHODS: Twenty-two patients with paired hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) measurements prior and after successful treatment (SVR) with interferon-free regimens were included...
January 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
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