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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438002/hot-luminescence-from-gold-nanoflowers-and-its-application-in-high-density-optical-data-storage
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Yunbao Zheng, Haiying Liu, Jin Xiang, Qiaofeng Dai, Min Ouyang, Shaolong Tie, Sheng Lan
Gold nanoflowers with feature sizes ranging from several tenths to several hundred nanometers were synthesized by using the one-pot method. They were formed by the self-organization of gold nanoparticles of several nanometers and exhibited broad extinction spectra in the near infrared spectral range. Randomly distributed hot spots originating from the strongly localized modes were generated in gold nanoflowers and their appearances exhibited strong dependences on both the polarization and wavelength of the excitation light...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437998/specific-distribution-of-the-light-captured-by-silver-nanowire
#2
Yingfeng Li, Younan Luo, Wenjian Liu, Mengqi Cui, Jerry Kumar, Bing Jiang, Lihua Chu, Meicheng Li
The silver nanowire (AgNW) has excellent light capture ability, showing great prospects in many fields. Based on discrete dipole approximation simulations, it is found that the captured light can be subdivided into three parts: the near-field light occupies ~27.3%, mainly confined around the nanowire with a distance <20nm; the far-field part occupies ~59.6%, showing a dramatic conical distribution; and ~13.1% is ohmically absorbed. These insights are helpful to estimate the limited performance of AgNW-based device utilizing each subdivision, and locate the functional zone...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437944/calibrating-high-intensity-absorption-imaging-of-ultracold-atoms
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Klaus Hueck, Niclas Luick, Lennart Sobirey, Jonas Siegl, Thomas Lompe, Henning Moritz, Logan W Clark, Cheng Chin
Absorption imaging of ultracold atoms is the foundation for quantitative extraction of information from experiments with ultracold atoms. Due to the limited exposure time available in these systems, the signal-to-noise ratio is largest for high intensity absorption imaging where the intensity of the imaging light is on the order of the saturation intensity. In this case, the absolute value of the intensity of the imaging light enters as an additional parameter making it more sensitive to systematic errors. Here, we present a novel and robust technique to determine the imaging beam intensity in units of the effective saturation intensity to better than 5%...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437940/rydberg-atom-based-radio-frequency-electrometry-using-frequency-modulation-spectroscopy-in-room-temperature-vapor-cells
#4
Santosh Kumar, Haoquan Fan, Harald Kübler, Akbar J Jahangiri, James P Shaffer
Rydberg atom-based electrometry enables traceable electric field measurements with high sensitivity over a large frequency range, from gigahertz to terahertz. Such measurements are particularly useful for the calibration of radio frequency and terahertz devices, as well as other applications like near field imaging of electric fields. We utilize frequency modulated spectroscopy with active control of residual amplitude modulation to improve the signal to noise ratio of the optical readout of Rydberg atom-based radio frequency electrometry...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437932/electrifying-catheters-with-light
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Martin Pekař, Jeannet van Rens, Martin B van der Mark
Smart minimally invasive devices face a connectivity challenge. An example is found in intracardiac echocardiography where the signal transmission and supply of power at the distal end require many thin and fragile wires in order to keep the catheter slim and flexible. We have built a fully functional bench-top prototype to demonstrate that electrical wires may be replaced by optical fibers. The prototype is immediately scalable to catheter dimensions. The absence of conductors will provide intrinsic galvanic isolation as well as radio frequency (RF) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) compatibility...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437912/switchable-reflection-transmission-utilizing-polarization-on-a-plasmonic-structure-consisting-of-self-assembly-polystyrene-spheres-with-silver-patches
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Rong-Yuan Zou, Jun-Xian Shi, Hong-Kai Dai, Hong-Feng Wang, Lin-Yong Qian, Xing-Hai Wang, Cai-Qin Han, Chang-Chun Yan
We report a plasmonic structure for switchable reflection and transmission by polarization. The structure is composed of a hexagonal-packed polystyrene sphere array with silver patches on them. Simulations and experiments demonstrated that the conversions between reflected beams and transmitted ones can be performed when the polarization directions of incident beams vary from 0° to 90°. A switchable reflection and transmission at a given wavelength can be obtained, as long as sizes of PS spheres and azimuthal angles are properly chosen...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437905/amplitude-modulation-of-femtosecond-laser-pulses-in-the-megahertz-range-for-frequency-multiplexed-two-photon-imaging
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Dmitri Tsyboulski, Natalia Orlova, Peter Saggau
We present a frequency-multiplexed multi-site two-photon imaging method utilizing amplitude modulation of femtosecond laser pulses in the MHz range to tag each excitation beam and the corresponding fluorescence signals with specific frequencies. The frequency tags are generated with an interferometric scheme employing acousto-optic deflectors (AODs) to achieve precise spatial overlap of femtosecond laser pulses with periodically varying phase shift. Creating matching excitation beam patterns in each interferometer arm using multiple AOD driving frequencies, and subsequently overlapping these matching patterns, results in multiple encoded excitation beams with unique beat frequencies available for scanning...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437855/mild-fetal-cerebral-ventriculomegaly-prevalence-characteristics-and-utility-of-ancillary-testing-in-cases-presenting-to-a-tertiary-referral-center
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Alison J Mehlhorn, Cara E Morin, Jade J Wong-You-Cheong, Stephen A Contag
OBJECTIVE: Ventriculomegaly is the most common fetal brain anomaly identified during prenatal anatomy ultrasound. The aim of our study was to characterize cases of mild ventriculomegaly and investigate the utility of ancillary tests. METHOD: We reviewed 121 cases of mild ventriculomegaly, defined as lateral ventricle diameter of 10-15 mm. Characteristics of the ventricular dilation as well as each pregnancy were investigated. Ancillary tests performed included follow-up MRI, chromosomal abnormality testing, and maternal serologic infection screening...
April 24, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437790/utility-in-treating-kidney-failure-in-end-stage-liver-disease-with-simultaneous-liver-kidney-transplantation
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Xingxing S Cheng, Margaret R Stedman, Glenn M Chertow, W Ray Kim, Jane C Tan
BACKGROUND: Simultaneous liver-kidney (SLK) transplantation plays an important role in treating kidney failure in patients with end-stage liver disease. It used 5% of deceased donor kidney transplanted in 2015. We evaluated the utility, defined as posttransplant kidney allograft lifespan, of this practice. METHODS: Using data from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, we compared outcomes for all SLK transplants between January 1, 1995, and December 3, 2014, to their donor-matched kidney used in kidney-alone (Ki) or simultaneous pancreas kidney (SPK) transplants...
May 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437772/shifts-in-soil-microbial-metabolic-activities-and-community-structures-along-a-salinity-gradient-of-irrigation-water-in-a-typical-arid-region-of-china
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Lijuan Chen, Changsheng Li, Qi Feng, Yongping Wei, Hang Zheng, Yan Zhao, Yongjiu Feng, Huiya Li
Saline water irrigation can change soil environment, which thereby influence soil microbial process. Based on a field experiment, the shifts in soil microbial metabolic activities and community structures under five irrigation salinities were studied using Biolog and metagenomic methods in this study. The results demonstrated that microbial metabolic activities were greatly restrained in saline water irrigated soils, as average well color development (AWCD) reduced under all saline water irrigation treatments...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437741/use-of-nuclear-receptor-luciferase-based-bioassays-to-detect-endocrine-active-chemicals-in-a-biosolids-biochar-amended-soil
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Carolyn G Anderson, Geetika Joshi, Daniel A Bair, Charlotte Oriol, Guochun He, Sanjai J Parikh, Michael S Denison, Kate M Scow
Biosolids are a potentially valuable source of carbon and nutrients for agricultural soils; however, potential unintended impacts on human health and the environment must be considered. Virtually all biosolids contain trace amounts endocrine-disrupting chemicals derived from human use of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs). One potential way to reduce the bioavailability of PPCPs is to co-apply biosolids with biochar to soil, because biochar's chemical (e.g., aromaticity) and physical properties (e...
April 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437693/an-assessment-of-the-social-cognitive-predictors-of-exclusive-breastfeeding-behavior-using-the-health-action-process-approach
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J L Martinez-Brockman, F M Shebl, N Harari, R Pérez-Escamilla
RATIONALE: In the United States rates of exclusive breastfeeding duration remain exceedingly low. Exclusive breastfeeding is a complex learned behavior that is influenced by social cognitive, interpersonal, and structural factors. Interventions are needed that address factors at multiple levels of the social-ecological model. This study was designed to examine the social cognitive predictors of exclusive breastfeeding behavior in a sample of low-income women attending the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) breastfeeding peer counseling program and enrolled in the Lactation Advice Through Texting Can Help (LATCH) study...
April 12, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437686/synthesis-optical-properties-and-application-of-a-set-of-novel-pyrazole-nopinone-derivatives
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Jinlai Yang, Xu Xu, Jian Rui, Zhonglong Wang, Yan Zhang, Shifa Wang, Liangru Wu
Pyrazole derivatives (4-6) were directly synthesized from β-pinene derivative nopinone, and they were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectoscope, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and mass spectrometry. Their optical properties were investigated by ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy and fluorescence spectroscopy. The three compounds emitted strong blue fluorescence in ethanol. Using a fluorescence quenching method, compound 4 could be used to detect the content (100.57%) of copper sulfate pentahydrate (≥99%) with a RSD of 1...
April 20, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437678/efficacy-safety-tolerability-and-price-of-newly-approved-drugs-in-solid-tumors
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Tristan A Barnes, Eitan Amir, Arnoud J Templeton, Susana Gomez-Garcia, Beatriz Navarro, Bostjan Seruga, Alberto Ocana
BACKGROUND: New anti-cancer drugs utilize diverse mechanisms of action. Here we evaluate their differential efficacy, safety, tolerability and price. METHODS: Drugs approved for solid tumor treatment between 2000 and 2015 were identified and analyzed in subgroups: agents targeting oncogenes (group 1), anti-angiogenics (group 2), immunotherapy (group 3), and chemotherapy (group 4). Hazard ratios (HRs) were extracted from the registration trials and pooled in a meta-analysis...
April 9, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437634/convolutional-neural-network-regression-for-short-axis-left-ventricle-segmentation-in-cardiac-cine-mr-sequences
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Li Kuo Tan, Yih Miin Liew, Einly Lim, Robert A McLaughlin
Automated left ventricular (LV) segmentation is crucial for efficient quantification of cardiac function and morphology to aid subsequent management of cardiac pathologies. In this paper, we parameterize the complete (all short axis slices and phases) LV segmentation task in terms of the radial distances between the LV centerpoint and the endo- and epicardial contours in polar space. We then utilize convolutional neural network regression to infer these parameters. Utilizing parameter regression, as opposed to conventional pixel classification, allows the network to inherently reflect domain-specific physical constraints...
April 12, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437630/modified-natural-cycle-for-embryo-transfer-using-frozen-thawed-blastocysts-a-satisfactory-option
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Quoc V Le, Sina Abhari, Omar M Abuzeid, Jennifer DeAnna, Mohamed A Satti, Tarek Abozaid, Iqbal Khan, Mostafa I Abuzeid
OBJECTIVE: To describe pregnancy outcomes of frozen-thawed blastocysts cycles using modified natural cycle frozen embryo transfers (NC-FET) and down-regulated hormonally controlled frozen embryo transfers (HC-FET) protocols. STUDY DESIGN: This retrospective cohort study included all patients undergoing either modified NC-FET or down-regulated HC-FET using frozen-thawed day 5 embryos. Cycles with donor blastocysts were excluded. Four hundred twenty eight patients underwent a total of 493 FET cycles...
April 6, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437619/management-of-posterior-cruciate-ligament-tibial-avulsion-injuries-a-systematic-review
#17
Perry O Hooper, Chris Silko, Tennison L Malcolm, Lutul D Farrow
BACKGROUND: Tibial-sided avulsion injuries of the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) generally require surgical intervention. No consensus exists concerning the optimal surgical treatment approach for these injuries. PURPOSE: To perform a systematic review investigating the open and arthroscopic surgical treatment modalities, outcomes, and complications of PCL tibial-sided bony avulsions. STUDY DESIGN: Systematic review; Level of evidence, 4...
April 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437604/antiplasmodial-mode-of-action-of-pantothenamides-pantothenate-kinase-serves-as-a-metabolic-activator-not-as-a-target
#18
Marianne de Villiers, Christina Spry, Cristiano Joao Macuamule, Leanne Barnard, Gordon Wells, Kevin J Saliba, Erick Strauss
N-substituted pantothenamides (PanAms) are pantothenate analogues with up to nanomolar potency against blood-stage Plasmodium falciparum (the most virulent species responsible for malaria). Although these compounds are known to target coenzyme A (CoA) biosynthesis and/or utilization, their exact mode of action (MoA) is still unknown. Importantly, PanAms that retain the natural β-alanine moiety are more potent than other variants, consistent with the involvement of processes that are selective for pantothenate (the precursor of CoA) or its derivatives...
April 24, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437594/a-mesoamerican-origin-of-cherimoya-annona-cherimola-mill-implications-for-the-conservation-of-plant-genetic-resources
#19
N Larranaga, F J Albertazzi, G Fontecha, M Palmieri, H Rainer, M van Zonneveld, J I Hormaza
Knowledge on the structure and distribution of genetic diversity is a key aspect in order to plan and execute an efficient conservation and utilization of the genetic resources of any crop as well as for determining historical demographic inferences. In this work, a large data set of 1765 accessions of cherimoya (Annona cherimola Mill, Annonaceae), an underutilized fruit tree crop native to the neotropics and used as a food source by pre-Columbian cultures, was collected from 6 different countries across the American continent and amplified with 9 highly informative microsatellite markers...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437575/the-24-segment-sphericity-index-a-new-technique-to-evaluate-fetal-cardiac-diastolic-shape
#20
Greggory R DeVore, Berthold Klas, Gary Satou, Mark Sklansky
INTRODUCTION: Because of parallel circulation in the fetus and the differential effect various disease states may have on the shape of the right and left ventricles, this study was conducted to evaluate the Sphericity Index (SI) of 24 transverse segments distributed from the base to the apex of the ventricular chambers. METHODS: Two hundred control fetuses were examined between 20 and 40 weeks of gestation. The displacement of the ventricular endocardium during the cardiac cycle was computed using offline software...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
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