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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334043/a-tribute-to-james-parkinson
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André Parent
Exactly 200 years ago, the London surgeon-apothecary James Parkinson (1755-1824) published a 66-page-long booklet entitled An Essay on the Shaking Palsy, which contains the first clear clinical description of the shaking palsy or paralysis agitans, which we now refer to as Parkinson's disease. However, the value of this essay was not fully recognized during Parkinson's lifetime, which spanned the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and the Napoleonic Wars. James Parkinson was one of the most singular figures of his time and place...
January 2018: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333739/nickel-based-photo-electrocatalysts-for-hydrogen-production
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REVIEW
Lvlv Ji, Cuncai Lv, Zuofeng Chen, Zhipeng Huang, Chi Zhang
Hydrogen is considered a promising energy carrier for replacing traditional fossil fuels. Electrochemical or solar-driven water splitting is a green and sustainable method of producing hydrogen. To lower the overpotential and minimize energy costs, numerous reports have focused on developing noble-metal-free catalysts for hydrogen production, with special attention paid to nickel-based materials. Herein, the current state of research on the use of Ni-based materials as electrocatalysts, cocatalysts, and photoactive materials in hydrogen production is reviewed...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331854/trade-offs-between-forest-carbon-stocks-and-harvests-in-a-steady-state-a-multi-criteria-analysis
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Kim Pingoud, Tommi Ekholm, Risto Sievänen, Saija Huuskonen, Jari Hynynen
This paper provides a perspective for comparing trade-offs between harvested wood flows and forest carbon stocks with different forest management regimes. A constant management regime applied to a forest area with an even age-class distribution leads to a steady state, in which the annual harvest and carbon stocks remain constant over time. As both are desirable - carbon stocks for mitigating climate change and harvests for the economic use of wood and displacing fossil fuels - an ideal strategy should be chosen from a set of management regimes that are Pareto-optimal in the sense of multi-criteria decision-making...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331683/appropriate-fossil-calibrations-and-tree-constraints-uphold-the-mesozoic-divergence-of-solenodons-from-other-extant-mammals
#4
Mark S Springer, William J Murphy, Alfred L Roca
The mammalian order Eulipotyphla includes four extant families of insectivorans: Solenodontidae (solenodons); Talpidae (moles); Soricidae (shrews); and Erinaceidae (hedgehogs). Of these, Solenodontidae includes only two extant species, which are endemic to the largest islands of the Greater Antilles: Cuba and Hispaniola. Most molecular studies suggest that eulipotyphlan families diverged from each other across several million years, with the basal split between Solenodontidae and other families occurring in the Late Cretaceous...
January 10, 2018: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330952/jaw-muscle-fiber-architecture-and-leverage-in-the-hard-object-feeding-sooty-mangabey-are-not-structured-to-facilitate-relatively-large-bite-forces-compared-to-other-papionins
#5
Andrea B Taylor, Claire E Terhune, Maxx Toler, Megan Holmes, Callum F Ross, Christopher J Vinyard
Numerous studies have sought to link craniofacial morphology with behavioral ecology in primates. Extant hard-object feeders have been of particular interest because of their potential to inform our understanding about the diets of early fossil hominins. Sooty mangabeys (Cercocebus atys) are hard-object feeders that frequently generate what have been described as audibly powerful bites at wide jaw gapes to process materially stiff and hard seeds. We address the hypothesis that sooty mangabeys have features of the masticatory apparatus that facilitate this feeding behavior by comparing fiber architecture and leverage of the masseter and temporalis muscles between sooty mangabeys and three papionin primates that do not specialize on hard objects...
February 2018: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330430/carbon-doped-sns2-nanostructure-as-a-high-efficiency-solar-fuel-catalyst-under-visible-light
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Indrajit Shown, Satyanarayana Samireddi, Yu-Chung Chang, Raghunath Putikam, Po-Han Chang, Amr Sabbah, Fang-Yu Fu, Wei-Fu Chen, Chih-I Wu, Tsyr-Yan Yu, Po-Wen Chung, M C Lin, Li-Chyong Chen, Kuei-Hsien Chen
Photocatalytic formation of hydrocarbons using solar energy via artificial photosynthesis is a highly desirable renewable-energy source for replacing conventional fossil fuels. Using an L-cysteine-based hydrothermal process, here we synthesize a carbon-doped SnS2 (SnS2-C) metal dichalcogenide nanostructure, which exhibits a highly active and selective photocatalytic conversion of CO2 to hydrocarbons under visible-light. The interstitial carbon doping induced microstrain in the SnS2 lattice, resulting in different photophysical properties as compared with undoped SnS2...
January 12, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326297/current-status-and-future-directions-of-l%C3%A3-vy-walk-research
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REVIEW
Andy M Reynolds
Lévy walks are a mathematical construction useful for describing random patterns of movement with bizarre fractal properties that seem to have no place in biology. Nonetheless, movement patterns resembling Lévy walks have been observed at scales ranging from the microscopic to the ecological. They have been seen in the molecular machinery operating within cells during intracellular trafficking, in the movement patterns of T cells within the brain, in DNA, in some molluscs, insects, fish, birds and mammals, in the airborne flights of spores and seeds, and in the collective movements of some animal groups...
January 11, 2018: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324979/under-pressure-epicormic-shoots-and-traumatic-growth-zones-in-high-latitude-triassic-trees-from-east-antarctica
#8
Anne-Laure Decombeix, Rudolph Serbet, Edith L Taylor
Background and Aims: Investigating the biology of trees that were growing at high latitudes during warmer geological periods is key to understanding the functioning of both past and future forest ecosystems. The aim of this study is to report the first co-occurrence of epicormic shoots and traumatic growth zones in fossil trees from the Triassic of Antarctica and to discuss their biological and environmental implications. Methods: Permineralized woods bearing scars of epicormic shoots were collected from the Triassic Fremouw Formation in Gordon Valley, Central Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica in 2010...
January 6, 2018: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324039/phylogeny-and-evolution-of-neuropterida-where-have-wings-of-lace-taken-us
#9
Michael S Engel, Shaun L Winterton, Laura C V Breitkreuz
The last 25 years of phylogenetic investigation into the three orders constituting the superorder Neuropterida-Raphidioptera, Megaloptera, and Neuroptera-have brought about a dramatic revision in our understanding of the evolution of lacewings, snakeflies, dobsonflies, and their diverse relatives. Phylogenetic estimations based on combined analyses of diverse data sources, ranging from adult and larval morphology to full mitochondrial genomic DNA, have begun to converge on similar patterns, many times in accordance with hypotheses put forth by Cyril Withycombe nearly a century ago...
January 7, 2018: Annual Review of Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323115/wet-dry-cycles-enable-the-parallel-origin-of-canonical-and-non-canonical-nucleosides-by-continuous-synthesis
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Sidney Becker, Christina Schneider, Hidenori Okamura, Antony Crisp, Tynchtyk Amatov, Milan Dejmek, Thomas Carell
The molecules of life were created by a continuous physicochemical process on an early Earth. In this hadean environment, chemical transformations were driven by fluctuations of the naturally given physical parameters established for example by wet-dry cycles. These conditions might have allowed for the formation of (self)-replicating RNA as the fundamental biopolymer during chemical evolution. The question of how a complex multistep chemical synthesis of RNA building blocks was possible in such an environment remains unanswered...
January 11, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321854/phylogenetic-relationships-and-phylogeography-of-relevant-lineages-within-the-complex-campanulaceae-family-in-macaronesia
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Tiago Menezes, Maria M Romeiras, Miguel M de Sequeira, Mónica Moura
Macaronesia has long been recognized as a natural model for studying evolutionary processes in plant diversification. Several studies have attempted to focus on single lineages, and few have covered the diversification of a family across all the archipelagos. We used a comprehensive sample to clarify the phylogenetic relationships and the biogeographic history of the Macaronesian Campanulaceae. Hypotheses related to the colonization of these archipelagos will be used to examine the diversification patterns of different lineages...
January 2018: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321811/gene-stacking-of-multiple-traits-for-high-yield-of-fermentable-sugars-in-plant-biomass
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Aude Aznar, Camille Chalvin, Patrick M Shih, Michael Maimann, Berit Ebert, Devon S Birdseye, Dominique Loqué, Henrik V Scheller
Background: Second-generation biofuels produced from biomass can help to decrease dependency on fossil fuels, bringing about many economic and environmental benefits. To make biomass more suitable for biorefinery use, we need a better understanding of plant cell wall biosynthesis. Increasing the ratio of C6 to C5 sugars in the cell wall and decreasing the lignin content are two important targets in engineering of plants that are more suitable for downstream processing for second-generation biofuel production...
2018: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321543/a-new-large-bodied-omnivorous-bat-noctilionoidea-mystacinidae-reveals-lost-morphological-and-ecological-diversity-since-the-miocene-in-new-zealand
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Suzanne J Hand, Robin M D Beck, Michael Archer, Nancy B Simmons, Gregg F Gunnell, R Paul Scofield, Alan J D Tennyson, Vanesa L De Pietri, Steven W Salisbury, Trevor H Worthy
A new genus and species of fossil bat is described from New Zealand's only pre-Pleistocene Cenozoic terrestrial fauna, the early Miocene St Bathans Fauna of Central Otago, South Island. Bayesian total evidence phylogenetic analysis places this new Southern Hemisphere taxon among the burrowing bats (mystacinids) of New Zealand and Australia, although its lower dentition also resembles Africa's endemic sucker-footed bats (myzopodids). As the first new bat genus to be added to New Zealand's fauna in more than 150 years, it provides new insight into the original diversity of chiropterans in Australasia...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321486/new-insights-on-basivenal-sclerites-using-3d-tools-and-homology-of-wing-veins-in-odonatoptera-insecta
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Lauriane Jacquelin, Laure Desutter-Grandcolas, Ioana Chintauan-Marquier, Renaud Boistel, Daran Zheng, Jakub Prokop, André Nel
Being implied in flight, mimetism, communication, and protection, the insect wings were crucial organs for the mega diversification of this clade. Despite several attempts, the problem of wing evolution remains unresolved because the basal parts of the veins essential for vein identification are hidden in the basivenal sclerites. The homologies between wing characters thus cannot be accurately verified, while they are of primary importance to solve long-standing problems, such as the monophyly of the Palaeoptera, viz...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321271/incremental-distribution-of-strontium-and-zinc-in-great-ape-and-fossil-hominin-cementum-using-synchrotron-x-ray-fluorescence-mapping
#15
Christopher Dean, Adeline Le Cabec, Kathryn Spiers, Yi Zhang, Jan Garrevoet
Cementum and the incremental markings it contains have been widely studied as a means of ageing animals and retrieving information about diet and nutrition. The distribution of trace elements in great ape and fossil hominin cementum has not been studied previously. Synchrotron X-ray fluorescence (SXRF) enables rapid scanning of large tissue areas with high resolution of elemental distributions. First, we used SXRF to map calcium, phosphorus, strontium and zinc distributions in great ape dentine and cementum...
January 2018: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320725/keratin-based-bioplastic-film-from-chicken-feathers-and-its-characterization
#16
Navina Ramakrishnan, Swati Sharma, Arun Gupta, Basma Yahya Alashwal
Plastics have been one of the highly valued materials and it plays an significant role in human's life such as in food packaging and biomedical applications. Bioplastic materials can gradually work as a substitute for various materials based on fossil oil. The issue like sustainability and environmental challenges which occur due to manufacturing and disposal of synthetic plastics can be conquering by bio-based plastics. Feathers are among the most inexpensive abundant, and renewable protein sources. Feathers disposal to the landfills leads to environmental pollutions and it results into wastage of 90% of protein raw material...
January 7, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319797/an-in-silico-comparison-of-protocols-for-dated-phylogenomics
#17
Rupert A Collins, Tomas Hrbek
In the age of genome-scale DNA sequencing, choice of molecular marker arguably remains an important decision in planning a phylogenetic study. Using published genomes from 23 primate species, we make a standardized comparison of four of the most frequently used protocols in phylogenomics, viz., targeted sequence-enrichment using ultraconserved element and exon-capture probes, and restriction-site-associated DNA sequencing (RADseq and ddRADseq). Here, we present a procedure to perform in silico extractions from genomes and create directly comparable data sets for each class of marker...
January 8, 2018: Systematic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315885/cocatalysts-in-semiconductor-based-photocatalytic-co2-reduction-achievements-challenges-and-opportunities
#18
REVIEW
Jingrun Ran, Mietek Jaroniec, Shi-Zhang Qiao
Ever-increasing fossil-fuel combustion along with massive CO2 emissions has aroused a global energy crisis and climate change. Photocatalytic CO2 reduction represents a promising strategy for clean, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly conversion of CO2 into hydrocarbon fuels by utilizing solar energy. This strategy combines the reductive half-reaction of CO2 conversion with an oxidative half reaction, e.g., H2 O oxidation, to create a carbon-neutral cycle, presenting a viable solution to global energy and environmental problems...
January 8, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314375/indaceno-based-conjugated-polymers-for-polymer-solar-cells
#19
REVIEW
Yuli Yin, Yong Zhang, Liancheng Zhao
Polymer solar cells have received considerable attention due to the advantages of low material cost, tunable band gaps, ultralight weight, and high flexible properties, and they have been a promising organic photovoltaic technology for alternative non-renewable fossil fuels for the past decade. Inspired by these merits, numerous state-of-the-art organic photovoltaic materials have been constructed. Among them, indaceno-based polymer materials have made an impact in obtaining an impressive power conversion efficiency of more than 11%, which shows the momentous potential of this class of materials for commercial applications...
January 4, 2018: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313437/mudslide-and-or-animal-attack-are-more-plausible-causes-and-circumstances-of-death-for-al-288-lucy-a-forensic-anthropology-analysis
#20
Phillippe Charlier, Yves Coppens, Anaïs Augias, Saudamini Deo, Philippe Froesch, Isabelle Huynh-Charlier
Following a global morphological and micro-CT scan examination of the original and cast of the skeleton of Australopithecus afarensis AL 288 ('Lucy'), Kappelman et al. have recently proposed a diagnosis of a fall from a significant height (a tree) as a cause of her death. According to topographical data from the discovery site, complete re-examination of a high-quality resin cast of the whole skeleton and forensic experience, we propose that the physical process of a vertical deceleration cannot be the only cause for her observed injuries...
January 1, 2018: Medico-legal Journal
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