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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806756/generic-scalable-and-decentralized-fault-detection-for-robot-swarms
#1
Danesh Tarapore, Anders Lyhne Christensen, Jon Timmis
Robot swarms are large-scale multirobot systems with decentralized control which means that each robot acts based only on local perception and on local coordination with neighboring robots. The decentralized approach to control confers number of potential benefits. In particular, inherent scalability and robustness are often highlighted as key distinguishing features of robot swarms compared with systems that rely on traditional approaches to multirobot coordination. It has, however, been shown that swarm robotics systems are not always fault tolerant...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806727/formation-of-friable-embryogenic-callus-in-cassava-is-enhanced-under-conditions-of-reduced-nitrate-potassium-and-phosphate
#2
Yoshinori Utsumi, Chikako Utsumi, Maho Tanaka, Vu The Ha, Akihiro Matsui, Satoshi Takahashi, Motoaki Seki
Agrobacterium-mediated transformation is an important research tool for the genetic improvement of cassava. The induction of friable embryogenic callus (FEC) is considered as a key step in cassava transformation. In the present study, the media composition was optimized for enhancing the FEC induction, and the effect of the optimized medium on gene expression was evaluated. In relative comparison to MS medium, results demonstrated that using a medium with reducing nutrition (a 10-fold less concentration of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphate), the increased amount of vitamin B1 (10 mg/L) and the use of picrolam led to reprogram non-FEC to FEC...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806721/the-effect-of-visual-perturbation-upon-femoral-acceleration-during-the-single-and-bilateral-squat
#3
R Barry Dale, Ravi P Gollapalli, Taylor Price, Katie Megahee, Morgan Duncan, Nick Tolstick, Luke Ford
OBJECTIVES: Record femoral accelerations using a smartphone accelerometer attached to the distal thigh during single-legged (SLS) and bilateral squats, and each squat condition occurred under two visual conditions: 1) normal vision and 2) visual perturbation with stroboscopic glasses. DESIGN: Repeated-measures cross-over with counter-balanced order for four total conditions. SETTING: Laboratory. PARTICIPANTS: 22 females and 16 males without lower extremity pathologies...
June 20, 2017: Physical Therapy in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806704/chiral-pharmaceuticals-a-review-on-their-environmental-occurrence-and-fate-processes
#4
REVIEW
Edmond Sanganyado, Zhijiang Lu, Qiuguo Fu, Daniel Schlenk, Jay Gan
More than 50% of pharmaceuticals in current use are chiral compounds. Enantiomers of the same pharmaceutical have identical physicochemical properties, but may exhibit differences in pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and toxicity. The advancement in separation and detection methods has made it possible to analyze trace amounts of chiral compounds in environmental media. As a result, interest on chiral analysis and evaluation of stereoselectivity in environmental occurrence, phase distribution and degradation of chiral pharmaceuticals has grown substantially in recent years...
August 5, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806693/persistence-of-urban-organic-aerosols-composition-decoding-their-structural-complexity-and-seasonal-variability
#5
João T V Matos, Regina M B O Duarte, Sónia P Lopes, Artur M S Silva, Armando C Duarte
Organic Aerosols (OAs) are typically defined as highly complex matrices whose composition changes in time and space. Focusing on time vector, this work uses two-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance (2D NMR) techniques to examine the structural features of water-soluble (WSOM) and alkaline-soluble organic matter (ASOM) sequentially extracted from fine atmospheric aerosols collected in an urban setting during cold and warm seasons. This study reveals molecular signatures not previously decoded in NMR-related studies of OAs as meaningful source markers...
August 11, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806658/hierarchically-structured-tio2-pan-nanofibrous-membranes-for-high-efficiency-air-filtration-and-toluene-degradation
#6
Jiafei Su, Guohong Yang, Cuilian Cheng, Chen Huang, He Xu, Qinfei Ke
Hierarchically structured, nanoparticle-on-nanofiber composite membranes were successfully prepared by electrospray of titanium dioxide (TiO2) suspensions and electrospinning of polyacrylonitrile (PAN) solution simultaneously. The results showed that the TiO2 nanoparticles were highly dispersed on the surface of PAN nanofibers to construct hierarchical nanostructures, which could not only endow the composite membrane with high photocatalytic activity but also further improve the filter efficiency of the composite membrane...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806655/magnetic-reduced-graphene-oxide-loaded-hydrogels-highly-versatile-and-efficient-adsorbents-for-dyes-and-selective-cr-vi-ions-removal
#7
Fatima Halouane, Yavuz Oz, Dalila Meziane, Alexandre Barras, Jean Juraszek, Santosh K Singh, Sreekumar Kurungot, Pankaj K Shaw, Rana Sanyal, Rabah Boukherroub, Amitav Sanyal, Sabine Szunerits
The formation of composites of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) and magnetic nanoparticles (MP) has flourished in recent years as they combine the advantages of both nanomaterials. Most of these composite materials are prepared by in situ formation of MP onto rGO or by the post-adsorption onto rGO. We report here on a simple and highly controlled method for the fabrication of different magnetic 3D rGO-loaded hydrogels. Cellulose bound magnetic nanoparticles (MP@cellulose) were synthesized by chemical co-precipitation and loaded together with rGO into poly(ethylene glycol) dimethacrylate based hydrogels during their fabrication using photo-polymerization...
July 28, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806654/magnetic-separable-chitosan-microcapsules-decorated-with-silver-nanoparticles-for-catalytic-reduction-of-4-nitrophenol
#8
Peng Xu, Xuguang Liang, Nannan Chen, Jingen Tang, Wei Shao, Qinwei Gao, Zhaogang Teng
In the work, we have synthesized silver (Ag) nanoparticles deposited chitosan (CS) microcapsules with magnetic multiple Fe3O4 cores (denoted as Fe3O4/CS-Ag) as efficient catalysts for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol. The Fe3O4/CS-Ag catalysts are prepared by coating hydrophobic Fe3O4 nanoparticles with chitosan via a multiple emulsion-chemical crosslinking method and following in situ deposition of Ag nanoparticles onto the surfaces. The morphology and composition of the Fe3O4/CS-Ag microcapsules are characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806653/novel-microemulsion-based-gels-for-topical-delivery-of-indomethacin-formulation-physicochemical-properties-and-in-vitro-drug-release-studies
#9
Anna Froelich, Tomasz Osmałek, Agnieszka Snela, Paweł Kunstman, Barbara Jadach, Marta Olejniczak, Grzegorz Roszak, Wojciech Białas
HYPOTHESIS: Microemulsion-based semisolid systems may be considered as an interesting alternative to the traditional dosage forms applied in topical drug delivery. Mechanical properties of topical products are important both in terms of application and dosage form effectiveness. In this study we designed and evaluated novel microemulsion-based gels with indomethacin and analyzed the factors affecting their mechanical characteristics and drug release. EXPERIMENTS: The impact of the microemulsion composition on the extent of isotropic region was investigated with the use of pseudoternary phase diagrams...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806650/floating-rice-culture-system-for-nutrient-remediation-and-feed-production-in-a-eutrophic-lake
#10
Ankita Srivastava, Seong-Jun Chun, So-Ra Ko, Junhwan Kim, Chi-Yong Ahn, Hee-Mock Oh
The increased inputs of nutrients have been demonstrated to be a major contributing factor to the eutrophication of lakes and reservoirs which can lead to the production of harmful algal/cyanobacterial blooms and deleteriously affect the aesthetics of water-bodies. Floating plant-culture systems have been widely used for the ecological remediation of eutrophic water in a cost-effective manner. We investigated the applicability of Korean japonica rice variety 'Nampyeong' in a floating-culture system in a eutrophic lake for nutrient uptake and biomass production...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806640/the-importance-of-nutrition-in-aiding-recovery-from-substance-use-disorders-a-review
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REVIEW
Kendall D Jeynes, E Leigh Gibson
BACKGROUND: Nutrition is a prerequisite for health; yet, there is no special nutritional assessment or guidance for drug and alcohol dependent individuals, despite the fact that their food consumption is often very limited, risking malnutrition. Further, the premise is examined that malnutrition may promote drug seeking and impede recovery from substance use disorders (SUD). METHOD: A narrative review addressed the relationship between substance use disorders and nutrition, including evidence for malnutrition, as well as their impact on metabolism and appetite regulation...
August 4, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806615/graphene-gold-based-nanocomposites-applications-in-cancer-diseases-efficient-detection-and-therapeutic-tools
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REVIEW
Lina A Al-Ani, Mohammed A AlSaadi, Farkaad A Kadir, Najihah M Hashim, Nurhidayatullaili M Julkapli, Wageeh A Yehye
Early detection and efficient treatment of cancer disease remains a drastic challenge in 21st century. Throughout the bulk of funds, studies, and current therapeutics, cancer seems to aggressively advance with drug resistance strains and recurrence rates. Nevertheless, nanotechnologies have indeed given hope to be the next generation for oncology applications. According to US National cancer institute, it is anticipated to revolutionize the perspectives of cancer diagnosis and therapy. With such success, nano-hybrid strategy creates a marvelous preference...
July 28, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806605/phytochemistry-of-european-primula-species
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REVIEW
Paola S Colombo, Guido Flamini, Graziella Rodondi, Claudia Giuliani, Laura Santagostini, Gelsomina Fico
The genus Primula is the largest among the Primulaceae and is widespread mainly in the cold and temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Since the beginning of the Twentieth century, several studies on the phytochemical composition of different species of Primula have been carried out. The main constituents examined were tissue and epicuticular flavonoids and saponins, which are of therapeutic significance. Only in recent years studies of the volatiles emitted by leaves and flowers have been carried out as well, but they are restricted to a small number of species...
August 11, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806560/tio2-porous-adsorbents-recent-advances-and-novel-applications
#14
REVIEW
Shayan MiarAlipour, Donia Friedmann, Jason Scott, Rose Amal
This article reviews two interrelated areas of research: the first is the use of TiO2-supported adsorbent materials as enhanced heterogeneous photocatalysts and their application to various reactions for organic pollutant removal from air and water; the second is the combination of adsorbent materials with TiO2 photocatalysts which aims to efficiently regenerate adsorbent materials using illumination. By reviewing both areas of research, the following topics are covered; (i) photocatalytic activation of TiO2; (ii) related properties of photocatalytic TiO2; (iii) shortcomings of photocatalytic processes; (iv) preparation methods of composite TiO2/adsorbent materials and their photocatalytic performance; (v) properties of common adsorbents and their applications for pollutant removal from air and water; (vi) adsorbent regeneration methods and their economic and operational issues; (vii) conclusions and future outlooks...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806553/thiacloprid-adsorption-and-leaching-in-soil-effect-of-the-composition-of-irrigation-solutions
#15
José Antonio Rodríguez-Liébana, M Dolores Mingorance, Aránzazu Peña
Pressure on groundwater resources has increased during the last decades due to the growing demand, especially in arid and semiarid regions, such as the Mediterranean basin, with frequent drought periods. In order to partially remediate this environmental problem of world concern, irrigation of agricultural lands with adequately treated wastewaters (TWW) is becoming a common management practice. The complex composition of these low-quality waters may influence the behavior of organic contaminants in soils. A calcareous soil with low organic carbon content was selected for the assessment of the adsorption and leaching of the neonicotinoid insecticide thiacloprid (THC)...
August 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806552/exposure-of-engineered-nanoparticles-to-alexandrium-tamarense-dinophyceae-healthy-impacts-of-nanoparticles-via-toxin-producing-dinoflagellate
#16
Manlu Li, Daoyi Chen, Yang Liu, Chia Ying Chuang, Fanzhou Kong, Paul J Harrison, Xiaoshan Zhu, Yuelu Jiang
Human activities can enhance the frequency, intensity and occurrence of harmful algal blooms (HABs). Engineered nanoparticles (ENPs), contained in many materials, will inevitably enter coastal waters and thus cause unpredictable impacts on aquatic organisms. However, knowledge of the influence of ENPs on HAB species is still lacking. In this study, we examined the effects of titanium dioxide nanoparticles (nTiO2), zinc oxide nanoparticles (nZnO) and aluminum oxide nanoparticles (nAl2O3) on physiological changes and paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins (PSTs) production of Alexandrium tamarense...
August 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806548/seasonal-variation-characteristic-of-inhalable-microbial-communities-in-pm2-5-in-beijing-city-china
#17
Pengrui Du, Rui Du, Weishan Ren, Zedong Lu, Pingqing Fu
Bacteria and fungi are primary constituents of airborne microbes in fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and significantly impact human health. However, hitherto, seasonal variation and effect of air pollution on microbial community composition and structure are poorly understood. This study analyzed the bacterial and fungal composition of PM2.5 under different air pollution levels during different seasons in Beijing. We altogether collected 75PM2.5 samples during four seasons from April 2014 to January 2015, under different air pollution levels and employed high-throughput sequencing methods to analyze microbial composition...
August 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806527/a-2d-substitutional-solid-solution-through-hydrogen-bonding-of-molecular-building-blocks
#18
Jennifer M Macleod, Josh Lipton-Duffin, Chaoying Fu, Tyler Taerum, Dmitrii F Perepichka, Federico Rosei
Two-dimensional (2D) molecular self-assembly allows for the formation of well-defined supramolecular layers with tailored geometrical, compositional and chemical properties. To date, random intermixing and entropic effects in these systems have largely been associated with crystalline disorder and glassy phases. Here we describe a 2D crystalline self-assembled molecular system that exhibits random incorporation of substitutional molecules. The lattice is formed from a mixture of trimesic acid (TMA) and terthienobenzenetricarboxylic acid (TTBTA), C3-symmetric hydrogen-bonding units of very different sizes (0...
August 14, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806517/from-non-luminescent-cs4pbx6-x-cl-br-i-nanocrystals-to-highly-luminescent-cspbx3-nanocrystals-water-triggered-transformation-through-a-csx-stripping-mechanism
#19
Linzhong Wu, Huicheng Hu, Yong Xu, Shu Jiang, Min Chen, Qixuan Zhong, Di Yang, Qipeng Liu, Yun Zhao, Baoquan Sun, Qiao Zhang, Yadong Yin
We report a novel CsX-stripping mechanism which enables efficient chemical transformation of non-luminescent Cs4PbX6 (X = Cl, Br, I) nanocrystals (NCs) to highly luminescent CsPbX3 NCs. During the transformation, Cs4PbX6 NCs dispersed in a nonpolar solvent are converted into CsPbX3 NCs by stripping CsX through an interfacial reaction with water in a different phase. This process takes advantage of the high solubility of CsX in water as well as the ionic nature and high ion diffusion property of Cs4PbX6 NCs, and produces monodisperse and air-stable CsPbX3 NCs with controllable halide composition, tunable emission wavelength covering the full visible range, narrow emission width, and high photoluminescent quantum yield (up to 75%)...
August 14, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806506/quantifying-recycling-and-losses-of-cr-and-ni-in-steel-throughout-multiple-life-cycles-using-matrace-alloy
#20
Shinichiro Nakamura, Yasushi Kondo, Kenichi Nakajima, Hajime Ohno, Stefan Pauliuk
Alloying metals are indispensable ingredients of high quality alloy steel such as austenitic stainless steel, the cyclical use of which is vital for sustainable resource management. Under the current practice of recycling, however, different metals are likely to be mixed in an uncontrolled manner, resulting in function losses and dissipation of metals with distinctive functions, and in the contamination of recycled steels. The latter could result in dilution loss, if metal scrap needed dilution with virgin iron to reduce the contamination below critical levels...
August 14, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
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