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Ala Khazendar, Eric Rignot, Dustin M Schroeder, Helene Seroussi, Michael P Schodlok, Bernd Scheuchl, Jeremie Mouginot, Tyler C Sutterley, Isabella Velicogna
Enhanced submarine ice-shelf melting strongly controls ice loss in the Amundsen Sea embayment (ASE) of West Antarctica, but its magnitude is not well known in the critical grounding zones of the ASE's major glaciers. Here we directly quantify bottom ice losses along tens of kilometres with airborne radar sounding of the Dotson and Crosson ice shelves, which buttress the rapidly changing Smith, Pope and Kohler glaciers. Melting in the grounding zones is found to be much higher than steady-state levels, removing 300-490 m of solid ice between 2002 and 2009 beneath the retreating Smith Glacier...
October 25, 2016: Nature Communications
K E Hargan, N Michelutti, K Coleman, C Grooms, J M Blais, L E Kimpe, G Gilchrist, M Mallory, J P Smol
Seabirds that congregate in large numbers during the breeding season concentrate marine-derived nutrients to their terrestrial nesting sites, and these nutrients disperse and enhance production in nearby terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems. In the Canadian Arctic, large seabird colonies (>100,000 breeding pairs) nest on cliff faces that drain directly in the ocean, ultimately returning the nutrients back to the marine environment from which they were derived. However, strong winds blowing up cliff faces could transport nutrients up in elevation and onto surrounding terrestrial and aquatic environments...
October 22, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Qiong Lu, Monika D Jürgens, Andrew C Johnson, Carola Graf, Andy Sweetman, John Crosse, Paul Whitehead
Some organic pollutants including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs) and hexachlorobenzene (HCB) have been banned from production and use in the UK for >30years but due to their toxicity and persistence are still of concern. However, due to their hydrophobicity they are present at very low concentrations and are difficult to measure in water, and so other matrices need to be sampled in order to best assess contamination. This study measured concentrations of ΣICES 7 PCBs (PCB congeners 28, 52, 101, 118, 138, 153 and 180) and Σ6 PBDEs (PBDE congeners 28, 47, 99, 100, 153, 154) and HCB in both bed-sediments and wild roach (a common pelagic fish) in the Thames Basin...
October 22, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Allison P Anderson, Abigail M Fellows, Kim A Binsted, Mark T Hegel, Jay C Buckey
INTRODUCTION: Living in an isolated, confined environment (ICE) can induce conflict, stress, and depression. Computer-based behavioral health countermeasures are appealing for training and treatment in ICEs because they provide confidentiality and do not require communication with the outside environment. We evaluated the Virtual Space Station (VSS), a suite of interactive computer-delivered psychological training and treatment programs, at the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) III expedition...
2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
Yoon Soo Park, Matthew Lineberry, Abbas Hyderi, Georges Bordage, Kuan Xing, Rachel Yudkowsky
PURPOSE: Medical schools administer locally developed graduation competency examinations (GCEs) following the structure of the United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 2 Clinical Skills that combine standardized patient (SP)-based physical examination and the patient note (PN) to create integrated clinical encounter (ICE) scores. This study examines how different subcomponent scoring weights in a locally developed GCE affect composite score reliability and pass-fail decisions for ICE scores, contributing to internal structure and consequential validity evidence...
November 2016: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
Anupam P Vedurmudi, Bruce A Young, J Leo van Hemmen
In internally coupled ears (ICE), the displacement of one eardrum creates pressure waves that propagate through air-filled passages in the skull, causing a displacement of the opposing eardrum and vice versa. In this review, a thorough mathematical analysis of the membranes, passages, and propagating pressure waves reveals how internally coupled ears generate unique amplitude and temporal cues for sound localization. The magnitudes of both of these cues are directionally dependent. On the basis of the geometry of the interaural cavity and the elastic properties of the two eardrums confining it at both ends, the present paper reviews the mathematical theory underlying hearing through ICE and derives analytical expressions for eardrum vibrations as well as the pressures inside the internal passages, which ultimately lead to the emergence of highly directional hearing cues...
October 25, 2016: Biological Cybernetics
James W N Steenberg, Andrew A Millward, David J Nowak, Pamela J Robinson, Alexis Ellis
The benefits derived from urban forest ecosystems are garnering increasing attention in ecological research and municipal planning. However, because of their location in heterogeneous and highly-altered urban landscapes, urban forests are vulnerable and commonly suffer disproportionate and varying levels of stress and disturbance. The objective of this study is to assess and analyze the spatial and temporal changes, and potential vulnerability, of the urban forest resource in Toronto, Canada. This research was conducted using a spatially-explicit, indicator-based assessment of vulnerability and i-Tree Forecast modeling of temporal changes in forest structure and function...
October 24, 2016: Environmental Management
Claude R Joiris, Karin Boos, Diederik D'Hert, Dominik A Nachtsheim
The at-sea distribution of top predators, seabirds and marine mammals, was determined in the high Arctic pack ice on board the icebreaker RV Polarstern in July to September 2014. In total, 1,620 transect counts were realised, lasting 30 min each. The five most numerous seabird species represented 74% of the total of 15,150 individuals registered: kittiwake Rissa tridactyla, fulmar Fulmarus glacialis, puffin Fratercula arctica, Ross's gull Rhodostethia rosea, and little auk Alle alle. Eight cetacean species were tallied for a total of 330 individuals, mainly white-beaked dolphin Lagenorhynchus albirostris and fin whale Balaenoptera physalus...
2016: Scientifica
Shane Virani, Colin Russell, Megan L Bruschetta, Kevin Ngoc Hua, Brigitte M Potvin, David Cox, Stephen N Robinovitch
INTRODUCTION: Shoulder-to-head contact is the most common cause of concussions in ice hockey, accounting for 42% of cases in the National Hockey League (NHL). The goal of this project was to determine how shoulder pad stiffness, modified by adding foam padding over the shoulder cap of existing shoulder pads, affected head impact severity when participants delivered checks to an instrumented dummy. METHODS: Fifteen participants administered "the hardest shoulder checks they were comfortable delivering" to the head of a dummy equipped with tri-axial accelerometers and gyros mounted in its helmet...
October 21, 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Demian Marchione, Martin R S McCoustra
Desorption of benzene (C6H6) from thick methanol (CH3OH) and diethyl ether (CH3CH2OCH2CH3) ices during irradiation with 250 eV electrons is reported and compared with our previous work on C6H6 desorption from water (H2O) ice systems. C6H6 electron-promoted desorption (EPD) is seen to be sensitive to the chemical nature of the substrate reflecting both the importance of the excitations localised around the O-atom versus those involving the C-atom; and the role of hydrogen bonding interactions in transporting non-dissociative electronic excitation to the substrate/C6H6 interfaces during the electron irradiation...
October 24, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Jinhu Huang, Jiale Ma, Kexin Shang, Xiao Hu, Yuan Liang, Daiwei Li, Zuowei Wu, Lei Dai, Li Chen, Liping Wang
Streptococcus suis is a previously neglected, newly emerging multidrug-resistant zoonotic pathogen. Mobile genetic elements (MGEs) play a key role in intra- and interspecies horizontal transfer of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) determinants. Although, previous studies showed the presence of several MGEs, a comprehensive analysis of AMR-associated mobilome as well as their interaction and evolution has not been performed. In this study, we presented the AMR-associated mobilome and their insertion hotspots in S...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Lauren J Gregoire, Bette Otto-Bliesner, Paul J Valdes, Ruza Ivanovic
Elucidating the source(s) of Meltwater Pulse 1a, the largest rapid sea level rise caused by ice melt (14-18 m in less than 340 years, 14,600 years ago), is important for understanding mechanisms of rapid ice melt and the links with abrupt climate change. Here we quantify how much and by what mechanisms the North American ice sheet could have contributed to Meltwater Pulse 1a, by driving an ice sheet model with two transient climate simulations of the last 21,000 years. Ice sheet perturbed physics ensembles were run to account for model uncertainties, constraining ice extent and volume with reconstructions of 21,000 years ago to present...
September 16, 2016: Geophysical Research Letters
Yujin Han, HyoJin Song, Chang Woo Lee, Nguyễn Hoàng Ly, Sang-Woo Joo, Jun Hyuck Lee, Soon-Jong Kim, SangYoun Park
Ice nucleation protein (INP) with its functional domain consisting of multiple 48-residue repeat units effectively induces super-cooled water into ice. Circular dichroism and infrared deconvolution analyses on a soluble 240-residue fragment of Pseudomonas syringae InaZ (InaZ240) containing five 48-residue repeat units indicated that it is mostly composed of β-sheet and random coil. Analytical ultracentrifugation suggested that InaZ240 behaves as a monomer of an elongated ellipsoid. However, InaZ240 showed only minimum ice binding compared to anti-freeze proteins...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Zijian Zhang, Liuyi Meng, Congjian Ni, Lanqiu Yao, Fengyu Zhang, Yuji Jin, Xuelang Mu, Shiyu Zhu, Xiaoyu Lu, Shiyu Liu, Congyu Yu, Chenggong Wang, Pu Zheng, Jie Wu, Li Kang, Haoqian M Zhang, Qi Ouyang
We engineered Escherichia coli cells to bind to cyanobacteria by heterologously producing and displaying lectins of the target cyanobacteria on their surface. To prove the efficacy of our approach, we tested this design on Microcystis aeruginosa with microvirin (Mvn), the lectin endogenously produced by this cyanobacterium. The coding sequence of Mvn was C-terminally fused to the ice nucleation protein NC (INPNC) gene and expressed in E. coli. Results showed that E. coli cells expressing the INPNC::Mvn fusion protein were able to bind to M...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
Lu Hu, Huazi Wang, Heng Qian, Chaoran Liu, Runhua Lu, Sanbing Zhang, Wenfeng Zhou, Haixiang Gao, Donghui Xu
An on-site dispersive liquid liquid microextraction base on the solidification of switchable solvent has been developed as a simple, rapid and eco-friendly sample extraction method for the fast determination of pyrethroid insecticides in aqueous samples using high-performance liquid chromatography with ultraviolet detection. In this extraction method, medium-chain saturated fatty acids (n≥10), which can rapidly solidify at low temperatures (<20°C), were investigated as switchable hydrophilic solvents...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
Fitsum Abadi, Christophe Barbraud, Olivier Gimenez
Early-life demographic traits are poorly known, impeding our understanding of population processes and sensitivity to climate change. Survival of immature individuals is a critical component of population dynamics and recruitment in particular. However, obtaining reliable estimates of juvenile survival (i.e., from independence to first year) remains challenging, as immatures are often difficult to observe and to monitor individually in the field. This is particularly acute for seabirds, in which juveniles stay at sea and remain undetectable for several years...
October 22, 2016: Global Change Biology
Matthew S Palmer, George Jf Heigenhauser, MyLinh Duong, Lawrence L Spriet
This study determined whether mild dehydration influenced skeletal muscle glycogen use, core temperature or performance during high-intensity, intermittent cycle-based exercise in ice hockey players vs. staying hydrated with water. Eight males (21.6 ± 0.4 yr, 183.5 ± 1.6 cm, 83.9 ± 3.7 kg, 50.2 ± 1.9 mL·kg(-1)·min(-1)) performed two trials separated by 7 days. The protocol consisted of 3 periods (P) containing 10 x 45-second cycling bouts at ~133% VO2max, followed by 135 seconds of passive rest. Subjects drank no fluid and dehydrated during the protocol (NF), or maintained body mass by drinking WATER...
October 21, 2016: International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
Erwann Le Gendre, Erwan Martin, Benoit Villemant, Pierre Cartigny, Nelly Assayag
RATIONALE: The O- and S- isotope compositions of sulfates can be used as key tracers of the fate and sink of sulfate in both terrestrial and extra-terrestrial environments. However, their application remains limited in those geological systems where sulfate occurs in low concentrations. Here we present a simple and reliable method to extract, purify and concentrate sulfate from natural samples. The method allows us to take into account the separation of nitrate, which is known to be an issue in O-isotope analysis...
October 21, 2016: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
Ruth Jakobs, Banafsheh Ahmadi, Sarah Houben, Tara D Gariepy, Brent J Sinclair
Drosophila suzukii is an emerging global pest of soft fruit; although it likely overwinters as an adult, larval cold tolerance is important both for determining performance during spring and autumn, and for the development of temperature-based control methods aimed at larvae. We examined the low temperature biology of third instar feeding and wandering larvae in and out of food. We induced phenotypic plasticity of thermal biology by rearing under short days and fluctuating temperatures (5.5-19 °C). Rearing under fluctuating temperatures led to much slower development (42...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Insect Physiology
Hiroyoshi Hagiwara, Takashi Ajiki, Suguru Hagiwara, Naoya Sugimoto, Katsushi Takeshita
We present a case of simultaneous ipsilateral fractures at the intra-articular second metacarpal head, intra-articular fourth metacarpal base, and ulnar styloid. These fractures were caused by the peculiar condition of a blow to the fist during an ice hockey game; the hand was struck while it was gripping a stick. The specific combination of these fractures has not been previously reported in the literature. In this incident, axial compression force was transmitted from the second and fourth metacarpal heads while skipping the third metacarpal head to the ulnar side of the wrist via the carpometacarpal joints and carpal bones...
July 27, 2016: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
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