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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339181/oxidative-polyoxometalates-modified-graphitic-carbon-nitride-for-visible-light-co2-reduction
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Jie Zhou, Weichao Chen, Chunyi Sun, Lu Han, Chao Qin, Mengmeng Chen, Xinlong Wang, Enbo Wang, Zhongmin Su
Developing a photocatalysis system for converting CO2 to valuable fuels or chemicals is a promising strategy to address global warming and fossil fuel consumption. Exploring photocatalysts with high-performance and low-cost has been two ultimate goals toward photoreduction of CO2. Herein, noble-metal-free polyoxometalates (Co4) with oxidative ability was first introduced into g-C3N4 resulted in inexpensive hybrid materials (Co4@g-C3N4) with staggered band alignment. The staggered composited materials show a higher activity of CO2 reduction than bare g-C3N4...
March 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339039/the-effects-of-air-pollutants-on-the-mortality-rate-of-lung-cancer-and-leukemia
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Mansooreh Dehghani, Laila Keshtgar, Mohammad Reza Javaheri, Zahra Derakhshan, Gea Oliveri Conti, Pietro Zuccarello, Margherita Ferrante
World Health Organization classifies air pollution as the first cause of human cancer. The present study investigated impact of air pollutants on the mortality rates of lung cancer and leukemia in Shiraz, one of the largests cities of Iran. This cross‑sectional (longitudinal) study was carried out in Shiraz. Data on six main pollutants, CO, SO2, O3, NO2, PM10 and PM2.5, were collected from Fars Environmental Protection Agency for 3,001 days starting from 1 January, 2005. Also, measures of climatic factors (temperature, humidity, and air pressure) were obtained from Shiraz Meteorological Organization...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338095/the-effect-of-microbial-mats-in-the-decay-of-anurans-with-implications-for-understanding-taphonomic-processes-in-the-fossil-record
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M Iniesto, I Villalba, A D Buscalioni, M C Guerrero, A I López-Archilla
The pattern and sequence of the decomposition of the Pipidae African dwarf frog (Hymenochirus boettgeri) is tracked in an experiment with microbial mats in order to explore soft tissue preservation over three years. Frog decay in microbial mats is preceded by rapid entombment (25-30 days) and mediated by the formation of a sarcophagus, which is built by a complex microbial community. The frog carcasses maintained a variety of soft tissues for years. Labile organic structures show greater durability within the mat, cells maintain their general shape (bone marrow cells and adipocytes), and muscles and connective tissues (adipose and fibrous tendons) exhibit their original organic structures...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337822/unieuk-time-to-speak-a-common-language-in-protistology
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REVIEW
Cédric Berney, Andreea Ciuprina, Sara Bender, Juliet Brodie, Virginia Edgcomb, Eunsoo Kim, Jeena Rajan, Laura Wegener Parfrey, Sina Adl, Stéphane Audic, David Bass, David A Caron, Guy Cochrane, Lucas Czech, Micah Dunthorn, Stefan Geisen, Frank Oliver Glöckner, Frédéric Mahé, Christian Quast, Jonathan Z Kaye, Alastair G B Simpson, Alexandros Stamatakis, Javier Del Campo, Pelin Yilmaz, Colomban de Vargas
THE bewildering organismal and functional complexity of microbial eukaryotes has long fascinated protistologists but exceeded the capacity of this research community to comprehensively study it. Lacking the critical mass for a strong scientific discipline, protistologists remain largely divided into various sub-communities (protozoology versus phycology, aquatic versus terrestrial systems, fossil versus extant organisms, etc.), many of which are adjuncts of other larger fields that may speak different technical languages or use different taxonomic systems...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336787/probabilistic-divergence-time-estimation-without-branch-lengths-dating-the-origins-of-dinosaurs-avian-flight-and-crown-birds
#5
G T Lloyd, D W Bapst, M Friedman, K E Davis
Branch lengths-measured in character changes-are an essential requirement of clock-based divergence estimation, regardless of whether the fossil calibrations used represent nodes or tips. However, a separate set of divergence time approaches are typically used to date palaeontological trees, which may lack such branch lengths. Among these methods, sophisticated probabilistic approaches have recently emerged, in contrast with simpler algorithms relying on minimum node ages. Here, using a novel phylogenetic hypothesis for Mesozoic dinosaurs, we apply two such approaches to estimate divergence times for: (i) Dinosauria, (ii) Avialae (the earliest birds) and (iii) Neornithes (crown birds)...
November 2016: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335483/land-use-for-edible-protein-of-animal-origin-a-review
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REVIEW
Gerhard Flachowsky, Ulrich Meyer, Karl-Heinz Südekum
The present period is characterized by a growing world population and a higher demand for more and better quality food, as well as other products for an improved standard of living. In the future, there will be increasingly strong competition for arable land and non-renewable resources such as fossil carbon-sources, water, and some minerals, as well as between food, feed, fuel, fiber, flowers, and fun (6 F's). Proteins of animal origin like milk, meat, fish, eggs and, probably, insects are very valuable sources of essential amino acids, minerals and vitamins, but their production consumes some non-renewable resources including arable land and causes considerable emissions...
March 18, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335256/electrospinning-of-nanofibers-for-energy-applications
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REVIEW
Guiru Sun, Liqun Sun, Haiming Xie, Jia Liu
With global concerns about the shortage of fossil fuels and environmental issues, the development of efficient and clean energy storage devices has been drastically accelerated. Nanofibers are used widely for energy storage devices due to their high surface areas and porosities. Electrospinning is a versatile and efficient fabrication method for nanofibers. In this review, we mainly focus on the application of electrospun nanofibers on energy storage, such as lithium batteries, fuel cells, dye-sensitized solar cells and supercapacitors...
July 2, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334100/an-organismal-concept-for-sengelia-radicans-gen-et-sp-nov-morphology-and-natural-history-of-an-early-devonian-lycophyte
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Kelly K S Matsunaga, Alexandru M F Tomescu
Background and Aims: Fossil plants are found as fragmentary remains and understanding them as natural species requires assembly of whole-organism concepts that integrate different plant parts. Such concepts are essential for incorporating fossils in hypotheses of plant evolution and phylogeny. Plants of the Early Devonian are crucial to reconstructing the initial radiation of tracheophytes, yet few are understood as whole organisms. Methods: This study assembles a whole-plant concept for the Early Devonian lycophyte Sengelia radicans gen...
February 20, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333389/the-cochlea-of-the-enigmatic-pygmy-right-whale-caperea-marginata-informs-mysticete-phylogeny
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Travis Park, Felix G Marx, Erich M G Fitzgerald, Alistair R Evans
The pygmy right whale, Caperea marginata, is the least understood extant baleen whale (Cetacea, Mysticeti). Knowledge on its basic anatomy, ecology, and fossil record is limited, even though its singular position outside both balaenids (right whales) and balaenopteroids (rorquals + grey whales) gives Caperea a pivotal role in mysticete evolution. Recent investigations of the cetacean cochlea have provided new insights into sensory capabilities and phylogeny. Here, we extend this advance to Caperea by describing, for the first time, the inner ear of this enigmatic species...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333233/contrasting-rates-of-molecular-evolution-and-patterns-of-selection-among-gymnosperms-and-flowering-plants
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Amanda R De La Torre, Zhen Li, Yves Van de Peer, Pär K Ingvarsson
The majority of variation in rates of molecular evolution among seed plants remains both unexplored and unexplained. Although some attention has been given to flowering plants, reports of molecular evolutionary rates for their sister plant clade (gymnosperms) are scarce, and to our knowledge differences in molecular evolution among seed plant clades have never been tested in a phylogenetic framework. Angiosperms and gymnosperms differ in a number of features, of which contrasting reproductive biology, life spans, and population sizes are the most prominent...
February 25, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332819/a-path-to-impact-for-autonomous-field-deployable-chemical-sensors-a-case-study-of-in-situ-nitrite-sensors
#11
Tim M Schierenbeck, Matthew C Smith
Natural freshwater systems have been severely affected by excess loading of macronutrients (e.g., nitrogen and phosphorous) from fertilizers, fossil fuels, and human and livestock waste. In the USA, impacts to drinking water quality, biogeochemical cycles, and aquatic ecosystems are estimated to cost US$210 billion annually. Field-deployable nutrient sensors (FDS) offer potential to support research and resource management efforts by acquiring higher resolution data than are currently supported by expensive conventional sampling methods...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332570/iron-minerals-within-specific-microfossil-morphospecies-of-the-1-88%C3%A2-ga-gunflint-formation
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Kevin Lepot, Ahmed Addad, Andrew H Knoll, Jian Wang, David Troadec, Armand Béché, Emmanuelle J Javaux
Problematic microfossils dominate the palaeontological record between the Great Oxidation Event 2.4 billion years ago (Ga) and the last Palaeoproterozoic iron formations, deposited 500-600 million years later. These fossils are often associated with iron-rich sedimentary rocks, but their affinities, metabolism, and, hence, their contributions to Earth surface oxidation and Fe deposition remain unknown. Here we show that specific microfossil populations of the 1.88 Ga Gunflint Iron Formation contain Fe-silicate and Fe-carbonate nanocrystal concentrations in cell interiors...
March 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332521/evolution-oldest-algal-fossils-found
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March 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331552/bioenergy-production-and-sustainable-development-science-base-for-policymaking-remains-limited
#14
REVIEW
Carmenza Robledo-Abad, Hans-Jörg Althaus, Göran Berndes, Simon Bolwig, Esteve Corbera, Felix Creutzig, John Garcia-Ulloa, Anna Geddes, Jay S Gregg, Helmut Haberl, Susanne Hanger, Richard J Harper, Carol Hunsberger, Rasmus K Larsen, Christian Lauk, Stefan Leitner, Johan Lilliestam, Hermann Lotze-Campen, Bart Muys, Maria Nordborg, Maria Ölund, Boris Orlowsky, Alexander Popp, Joana Portugal-Pereira, Jürgen Reinhard, Lena Scheiffle, Pete Smith
The possibility of using bioenergy as a climate change mitigation measure has sparked a discussion of whether and how bioenergy production contributes to sustainable development. We undertook a systematic review of the scientific literature to illuminate this relationship and found a limited scientific basis for policymaking. Our results indicate that knowledge on the sustainable development impacts of bioenergy production is concentrated in a few well-studied countries, focuses on environmental and economic impacts, and mostly relates to dedicated agricultural biomass plantations...
March 2017: Global Change Biology. Bioenergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331551/environmental-costs-and-benefits-of-growing-miscanthus-for-bioenergy-in-the-uk
#15
REVIEW
Jon P McCalmont, Astley Hastings, Niall P McNamara, Goetz M Richter, Paul Robson, Iain S Donnison, John Clifton-Brown
Planting the perennial biomass crop Miscanthus in the UK could offset 2-13 Mt oil eq. yr(-1), contributing up to 10% of current energy use. Policymakers need assurance that upscaling Miscanthus production can be performed sustainably without negatively impacting essential food production or the wider environment. This study reviews a large body of Miscanthus relevant literature into concise summary statements. Perennial Miscanthus has energy output/input ratios 10 times higher (47.3 ± 2.2) than annual crops used for energy (4...
March 2017: Global Change Biology. Bioenergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331396/catalog-of-the-neotropical-trichoptera-caddisflies
#16
Ralph W Holzenthal, Adolfo R Calor
The Neotropical caddisfly (Trichoptera) fauna is cataloged from a review of over 1,000 literature citations through 2015 (partial 2016) to include 3,262 currently recognized, valid species-group names in 25 families and 155 extant genera. Fourteen subspecies are included in the total as well as 35 fossil species and 1 fossil genus. The region covered includes all of Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. Genus-group and species-group synonyms are listed. For each nominal species, information on the type locality, type depository, sex of type, distribution by country, and other pertinent taxonomic or biological information is included...
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330978/editor-s-note-on-putting-fossils-in-trees-special-issue
#17
April M Wright
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330977/correction-to-experimental-maturation-of-feathers-implications-for-reconstructions-of-fossil-feather-colour
#18
Maria E McNamara, Derek E G Briggs, Patrick J Orr, Daniel J Field, Zhengrong Wang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330926/a-new-crustacean-from-the-herefordshire-silurian-lagerst%C3%A3-tte-uk-and-its-significance-in-malacostracan-evolution
#19
David J Siveter, Derek E G Briggs, Derek J Siveter, Mark D Sutton, David Legg
Cascolus ravitis gen. et sp. nov. is a three-dimensionally preserved fossil crustacean with soft parts from the Herefordshire (Silurian) Lagerstätte, UK. It is characterized by a head with a head shield and five limb pairs, and a thorax (pereon) with nine appendage-bearing segments followed by an apodous abdomen (pleon). All the appendages except the first are biramous and have a gnathobase. The post-mandibular appendages are similar one to another, and bear petal-shaped epipods that probably functioned as a part of the respiratory-circulatory system...
March 29, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330922/joint-histology-in-alligator-mississippiensis-challenges-the-identification-of-synovial-joints-in-fossil-archosaurs-and-inferences-of-cranial-kinesis
#20
Alida M Bailleul, Casey M Holliday
Archosaurs, like all vertebrates, have different types of joints that allow or restrict cranial kinesis, such as synovial joints and fibrous joints. In general, synovial joints are more kinetic than fibrous joints, because the former possess a fluid-filled cavity and articular cartilage that facilitate movement. Even though there is a considerable lack of data on the microstructure and the structure-function relationships in the joints of extant archosaurs, many functional inferences of cranial kinesis in fossil archosaurs have hinged on the assumption that elongated condylar joints are (i) synovial and/or (ii) kinetic...
March 29, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
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