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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231539/a-new-model-to-predict-diffusive-self-heating-during-composting-incorporating-the-reaction-engineering-approach-rea-framework
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Aditya Putranto, Xiao Dong Chen
During composting, self-heating may occur due to the exothermicities of the chemical and biological reactions. An accurate model for predicting maximum temperature is useful in predicting whether the phenomena would occur and to what extent it would have undergone. Elevated temperatures would lead to undesirable situations such as the release of large amount of toxic gases or sometimes would even lead to spontaneous combustion. In this paper, we report a new model for predicting the profiles of temperature, concentration of oxygen, moisture content and concentration of water vapor during composting...
February 1, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231487/detecting-changes-in-ultrasound-backscattered-statistics-by-using-nakagami-parameters-comparisons-of-moment-based-and-maximum-likelihood-estimators
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Jen-Jen Lin, Jung-Yu Cheng, Li-Fei Huang, Ying-Hsiu Lin, Yung-Liang Wan, Po-Hsiang Tsui
The Nakagami distribution is an approximation useful to the statistics of ultrasound backscattered signals for tissue characterization. Various estimators may affect the Nakagami parameter in the detection of changes in backscattered statistics. In particular, the moment-based estimator (MBE) and maximum likelihood estimator (MLE) are two primary methods used to estimate the Nakagami parameters of ultrasound signals. This study explored the effects of the MBE and different MLE approximations on Nakagami parameter estimations...
February 9, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231346/in-vitro-three-dimensional-accuracy-of-digital-implant-impressions-the-effect-of-implant-angulation
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Vanessa A Chia, Roxanna J Esguerra, Khim Hean Teoh, Juin Wei Teo, Keng Mun Wong, Keson B Tan
PURPOSE: To compare the three-dimensional (3D) accuracy of conventional impressions (CIs) with digital scans (DSs) using an intraoral scanner (IOS) with intraoral scan bodies (SBs) and varying buccolingual interimplant angulations. A secondary aim was to measure the SB machining tolerance and height with and without application of torque. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Three master models (MMs) with two implants simulating an implant-supported three-unit fixed partial denture for bone-level implants were used...
February 23, 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231328/integrating-the-sd-clue-s-and-invest-models-into-assessment-of-oasis-carbon-storage-in-northwestern-china
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Youjia Liang, Lijun Liu, Jiejun Huang
Spatio-temporal integrated assessment of land-use change impacts on carbon storage services is a new and important research field in land science and landscape ecology. The objective of this paper is to use an integrated SD-CLUE-S and InVEST model to simulate and predict land-use changes impacts during 2000-2018 on carbon storage at pixel and regional scales in the Zhangye oasis, Northwest China. The SD-CLUE-S model was used to simulate land-use change, and three land-use scenarios (current trend, moderate protection, and strict protection) were defined in collaboration with oasis socioeconomic development and ecological environment conservation by local government...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231324/a-framework-for-analyzing-contagion-in-assortative-banking-networks
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Thomas R Hurd, James P Gleeson, Sergey Melnik
We introduce a probabilistic framework that represents stylized banking networks with the aim of predicting the size of contagion events. Most previous work on random financial networks assumes independent connections between banks, whereas our framework explicitly allows for (dis)assortative edge probabilities (i.e., a tendency for small banks to link to large banks). We analyze default cascades triggered by shocking the network and find that the cascade can be understood as an explicit iterated mapping on a set of edge probabilities that converges to a fixed point...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231313/a-stochastic-hybrid-systems-based-framework-for-modeling-dependent-failure-processes
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Mengfei Fan, Zhiguo Zeng, Enrico Zio, Rui Kang, Ying Chen
In this paper, we develop a framework to model and analyze systems that are subject to dependent, competing degradation processes and random shocks. The degradation processes are described by stochastic differential equations, whereas transitions between the system discrete states are triggered by random shocks. The modeling is, then, based on Stochastic Hybrid Systems (SHS), whose state space is comprised of a continuous state determined by stochastic differential equations and a discrete state driven by stochastic transitions and reset maps...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231311/handwashing-and-ebola-virus-disease-outbreaks-a-randomized-comparison-of-soap-hand-sanitizer-and-0-05-chlorine-solutions-on-the-inactivation-and-removal-of-model-organisms-phi6-and-e-coli-from-hands-and-persistence-in-rinse-water
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Marlene K Wolfe, Karin Gallandat, Kyle Daniels, Anne Marie Desmarais, Pamela Scheinman, Daniele Lantagne
To prevent Ebola transmission, frequent handwashing is recommended in Ebola Treatment Units and communities. However, little is known about which handwashing protocol is most efficacious. We evaluated six handwashing protocols (soap and water, alcohol-based hand sanitizer (ABHS), and 0.05% sodium dichloroisocyanurate, high-test hypochlorite, and stabilized and non-stabilized sodium hypochlorite solutions) for 1) efficacy of handwashing on the removal and inactivation of non-pathogenic model organisms and, 2) persistence of organisms in rinse water...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231255/confidence-and-self-attribution-bias-in-an-artificial-stock-market
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Mario A Bertella, Felipe R Pires, Henio H A Rego, Jonathas N Silva, Irena Vodenska, H Eugene Stanley
Using an agent-based model we examine the dynamics of stock price fluctuations and their rates of return in an artificial financial market composed of fundamentalist and chartist agents with and without confidence. We find that chartist agents who are confident generate higher price and rate of return volatilities than those who are not. We also find that kurtosis and skewness are lower in our simulation study of agents who are not confident. We show that the stock price and confidence index-both generated by our model-are cointegrated and that stock price affects confidence index but confidence index does not affect stock price...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231157/breads-fortified-with-freeze-dried-vegetables-quality-and-nutritional-attributes-part-ii-breads-not-containing-oil-as-an-ingredient
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Viren Ranawana, Fiona Campbell, Charles Bestwick, Phyllis Nicol, Lesley Milne, Garry Duthie, Vassilios Raikos
The present article describes the second part of a study investigating the effect of adding vegetables on the nutritional, physico-chemical, and oxidative properties of wheat bread, and specifically focuses on bread that does not contain oil as an added ingredient. Wheat flour breads fortified with freeze-dried carrot, tomato, beetroot or broccoli were developed and assessed for their nutritional composition, antioxidant potential, oxidative stability, and storage properties. Using a simulated in vitro model, the study also examined the impact of vegetable addition on the oxidative stability of macronutrients during gastro-intestinal digestion...
September 8, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231042/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-four-simulated-colorectal-cancer-screening-interventions-north-carolina
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Kristen Hassmiller Lich, David A Cornejo, Maria E Mayorga, Michael Pignone, Florence K L Tangka, Lisa C Richardson, Tzy-Mey Kuo, Anne-Marie Meyer, Ingrid J Hall, Judith Lee Smith, Todd A Durham, Steven A Chall, Trisha M Crutchfield, Stephanie B Wheeler
INTRODUCTION: Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates are suboptimal, particularly among the uninsured and the under-insured and among rural and African American populations. Little guidance is available for state-level decision makers to use to prioritize investment in evidence-based interventions to improve their population's health. The objective of this study was to demonstrate use of a simulation model that incorporates synthetic census data and claims-based statistical models to project screening behavior in North Carolina...
February 23, 2017: Preventing Chronic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231003/utilization-of-gastrointestinal-simulator-gis-an-in-vivo-predictive-dissolution-methodology-coupled-with-computational-approach-to-forecast-oral-absorption-of-dipyridamole
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Kazuki Matsui, Yasuhiro Tsume, Susumu Takeuchi, Amanda Searls, Gordon L Amidon
Weakly basic drugs exhibit a pH-dependent dissolution profile in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, making it difficult to predict their oral absorption profile. The aim of this study was to investigate the utility of the Gastrointestinal Simulator (GIS), a novel in vivo predictive dissolution (iPD) methodology, in predicting the in vivo behavior of the weakly basic drug, dipyridamole, when coupled with in silico analysis. The GIS is a multi-compartmental dissolution apparatus, which represents physiological gastric emptying in the fasted state...
February 23, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230969/anatase-101-like-structural-model-revealed-for-metastable-rutile-tio2-011-surface
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Meiling Xu, Sen Shao, Bo Gao, Jian Lv, Quan Li, Yanchao Wang, Hui Wang, Lijun Zhang, Yanming Ma
Titanium dioxide has been widely used as efficient transition metal oxide photocatalyst. However, its photocatalytic activity is limited to ultraviolet spectrum range due to the deficient large bandgap beyond 3 eV. Efforts towards to reduce the bandgap for achieving a broader spectrum range of light absorption are attempted with a success on the experimental synthesis of dopant-free metastable surface structure of rutile-type TiO2 (011) 21. This new surface phase possesses a much reduced bandgap of ~2.1 eV, showing a great potential for an excellent photocatalyst covering a wide range of visible light...
February 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230763/an-improved-azimuth-angle-estimation-method-with-a-single-acoustic-vector-sensor-based-on-an-active-sonar-detection-system
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Anbang Zhao, Lin Ma, Xuefei Ma, Juan Hui
In this paper, an improved azimuth angle estimation method with a single acoustic vector sensor (AVS) is proposed based on matched filtering theory. The proposed method is mainly applied in an active sonar detection system. According to the conventional passive method based on complex acoustic intensity measurement, the mathematical and physical model of this proposed method is described in detail. The computer simulation and lake experiments results indicate that this method can realize the azimuth angle estimation with high precision by using only a single AVS...
February 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230641/peritransplant-energy-changes-and-their-correlation-to-outcome-after-human-liver-transplantation
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Bote G Bruinsma, James H Avruch, Gautham V Sridharan, Pepijn D Weeder, Marie Louise Jacobs, Kerry Crisalli, Beth Amundsen, Robert J Porte, James F Markmann, Korkut Uygun, Heidi Yeh
BACKGROUND: The ongoing shortage of donor livers for transplantation and the increased use of marginal livers necessitate the development of accurate pretransplant tests of viability. Considering the importance energy status during transplantation, we aimed to correlate peritransplant energy cofactors to posttransplant outcome and subsequently model this in an ex vivo setting. METHODS: Sequential biopsies were taken from 19 donor livers postpreservation, as well as 30 min after portal venous (PVR) and hepatic arterial reperfusion (HAR) and analyzed by LC-MS for energetic cofactors (ATP/ADP/AMP, NADH/NAD, NADPH/NADP, FAD, GSSG/GSH)...
February 23, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230619/population-pharmacokinetics-of-topiramate-in-japanese-pediatric-and-adult-patients-with-epilepsy-using-routinely-monitored-data
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Masato Takeuchi, Ikuko Yano, Satoko Ito, Mitsuhiro Sugimoto, Shota Yamamoto, Atsushi Yonezawa, Akio Ikeda, Kazuo Matsubara
BACKGROUND: Topiramate is a second-generation antiepileptic drug used as monotherapy and adjunctive therapy in adults and children with partial seizures. A population pharmacokinetic analysis was performed to improve the topiramate dosage adjustment for individualized treatment. METHODS: Patients whose steady-state serum concentration of topiramate was routinely monitored at Kyoto University Hospital from April 2012 to March 2013 were included in the model-building data...
February 20, 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230539/polyenergetic-known-component-ct-reconstruction-with-unknown-material-compositions-and-unknown-x-ray-spectra
#16
Shiyu Xu, Ali Uneri, Akhil Khanna, Jeffrey Siewerdsen, Joseph Webster Stayman
Metal artifacts can cause substantial image quality issues in computed tomography. This is particularly true in interventional imaging where surgical tools or metal implants are in the field-of-view. Moreover, the region-of-interest is often near such devices which is exactly where image quality degradations are largest. Previous work on known-component reconstruction (KCR) has shown the incorporation of a physical model (e.g. shape, material composition, etc.) of the metal component into the reconstruction algorithm can significantly reduce artifacts even near the edge of a metal component...
February 23, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230285/modeling-lung-surfactant-interactions-with-benzo-a-pyrene
#17
Jacek Korchowiec, Anna Stachowicz-Kusnierz, Sonia Trojan, Lukasz Cwiklik, Beata Korchowiec
By reducing surface tension of the air-water interface in alveoli, lung surfactant (LS) is crucial for proper functioning of the lungs. It also forms the first barrier against inhaled pathogens. In this study we inspect the interactions of LS models with a dangerous air pollutant, benzo[a]pyrene (BaP). DPPC, POPC and their 1:1 mixture are used as LS models. Pressure-area isotherms are employed to study macroscopic properties of the monolayers. We find that addition of BaP has a condensing effect, manifested by lowering the values of surface pressure and shifting the isotherms to smaller areas...
February 23, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230170/modeling-continuous-admixture-using-admixture-induced-linkage-disequilibrium
#18
Ying Zhou, Hongxiang Qiu, Shuhua Xu
Recent migrations and inter-ethnic mating of long isolated populations have resulted in genetically admixed populations. To understand the complex population admixture process, which is critical to both evolutionary and medical studies, here we used admixture induced linkage disequilibrium (LD) to infer continuous admixture events, which is common for most existing admixed populations. Unlike previous studies, we expanded the typical continuous admixture model to a more general scenario with isolation after a certain duration of continuous gene flow...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230046/gel-phase-formation-in-dilute-triblock-copolyelectrolyte-complexes
#19
Samanvaya Srivastava, Marat Andreev, Adam E Levi, David J Goldfeld, Jun Mao, William T Heller, Vivek M Prabhu, Juan J de Pablo, Matthew V Tirrell
Assembly of oppositely charged triblock copolyelectrolytes into phase-separated gels at low polymer concentrations (<1% by mass) has been observed in scattering experiments and molecular dynamics simulations. Here we show that in contrast to uncharged, amphiphilic block copolymers that form discrete micelles at low concentrations and enter a phase of strongly interacting micelles in a gradual manner with increasing concentration, the formation of a dilute phase of individual micelles is prevented in polyelectrolyte complexation-driven assembly of triblock copolyelectrolytes...
February 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229955/three-dimensional-colloidal-lithography
#20
Hironori Nagai, Austen Poteet, Xu A Zhang, Chih-Hao Chang
Light interactions with colloidal particles can generate a variety of complex three-dimensional (3D) intensity patterns, which can be utilized for nanolithography. The study of particle-light interactions can add more types of intensity patterns by manipulating key factors. Here we investigate a novel 3D nanolithography technique using colloidal particles under two-beam coherent illuminations. The fabricated 3D nanostructures are hollow, nested within periodic structures, and possess multiple chamber geometry...
February 23, 2017: Nanotechnology
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