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Huifang Xu, Shiyun Jin, Bruce C Noll
Plagioclase feldspars are the most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust. Intermediate plagioclase feldspars commonly display incommensurately modulated or aperiodic structures. Z-contrast images show both Ca-Na ordering and density modulation. The local structure of lamellae domains has I1-like symmetry. The neighboring lamellae domains are in an inversion twinning relationship. With a state-of-the-art X-ray diffraction unit, second-order satellite reflections (f-reflections) are observed for the first time in andesine (An45), a Na-rich e-plagioclase...
December 1, 2016: Acta Crystallographica Section B, Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials
Merlin Pohlit, Paul Eibisch, Maryam Akbari, Fabrizio Porrati, Michael Huth, Jens Müller
Alongside the development of artificially created magnetic nanostructures, micro-Hall magnetometry has proven to be a versatile tool to obtain high-resolution hysteresis loop data and access dynamical properties. Here we explore the application of First Order Reversal Curves (FORC)-a technique well-established in the field of paleomagnetism for studying grain-size and interaction effects in magnetic rocks-to individual and dipolar-coupled arrays of magnetic nanostructures using micro-Hall sensors. A proof-of-principle experiment performed on a macroscopic piece of a floppy disk as a reference sample well known in the literature demonstrates that the FORC diagrams obtained by magnetic stray field measurements using home-built magnetometers are in good agreement with magnetization data obtained by a commercial vibrating sample magnetometer...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
S H M Verdegaal, C S van Rijswijk, H F C Brouwers, P D S Dijkstra, M A J van de Sande, P C W Hogendoorn, A H M Taminiau
AIMS: The purpose of this retrospective study was to differentiate between the MRI features of normal post-operative change and those of residual or recurrent disease after intralesional treatment of an atypical cartilage tumour (ACT)/grade I chondrosarcoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We reviewed the case notes, radiology and histology of 75 patients, who had been treated for an ACT/grade I chondrosarcoma by curettage, phenolisation and bone allografting between 1994 and 2005...
December 2016: Bone & Joint Journal
Alicia Rae Welden, Alexander A Rusakov, Dominika Zgid
Including finite-temperature effects from the electronic degrees of freedom in electronic structure calculations of semiconductors and metals is desired; however, in practice it remains exceedingly difficult when using zero-temperature methods, since these methods require an explicit evaluation of multiple excited states in order to account for any finite-temperature effects. Using a Matsubara Green's function formalism remains a viable alternative, since in this formalism it is easier to include thermal effects and to connect the dynamic quantities such as the self-energy with static thermodynamic quantities such as the Helmholtz energy, entropy, and internal energy...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Murielle Vanessa Tchakui, Paul Woafo
This work deals with the dynamics of three unidirectionally coupled Duffing oscillators and that of three coupled piezoelectric actuators, considering the special case of inchworm motors. Two configurations of the network are studied: ring configuration and chain configuration. The effects of the coupling coefficient and the time delay are analyzed through different bifurcation diagrams and phase difference variation. It is shown that varying the coupling coefficient and the time delay leads to the appearance of different dynamical behaviors: steady states, periodic and quasiperiodic oscillations, chaos, and phase synchronization...
November 2016: Chaos
Chunlei Sun, Yu Yu, Guanyu Chen, Xinliang Zhang
Great strides have been made in the optical interconnect for a mode-division multiplexing (MDM) system. The mode multiplexer/demultiplexer (MUX/DEMUX) is the crucial component for the MDM system. We propose and demonstrate a scheme that is different from the reported multiplexing schemes, mode MUX that tackles dual-path MDM signals simultaneously and avoids mode conflict. The performance is experimentally demonstrated by integrating the proposed MUX and DEMUX into a MDM link, with ∼1  dB of insertion loss and ∼18  dB extinction ratio over the C-band...
December 1, 2016: Optics Letters
Jochen Schneider, Malte Wiemann, Anna Rabe, Eckhard Bartsch
Polystyrene (PS) microgel colloids have often been used successfully to model hard sphere behaviour even though the term "gel" invokes inevitably the notion of a more or less soft, deformable object. Here we systematically study the effect of reducing the cross-link density from 1 : 10 (1 cross-link per 10 monomers) to 1 : 100 on particle interactions and "softness". We report on the synthesis and purification of 1 : 10, 1 : 25, 1 : 50, 1 : 75 and 1 : 100 cross-linked PS particles and their characterization in terms of single particle properties, as well as the behaviour of concentrated dispersions...
December 1, 2016: Soft Matter
Miguel Ramirez-Gaona, Ana Marcu, Allison Pon, An Chi Guo, Tanvir Sajed, Noah A Wishart, Naama Karu, Yannick Djoumbou Feunang, David Arndt, David S Wishart
YMDB or the Yeast Metabolome Database ( is a comprehensive database containing extensive information on the genome and metabolome of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Initially released in 2012, the YMDB has gone through a significant expansion and a number of improvements over the past 4 years. This manuscript describes the most recent version of YMDB (YMDB 2.0). More specifically, it provides an updated description of the database that was previously described in the 2012 NAR Database Issue and it details many of the additions and improvements made to the YMDB over that time...
November 28, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Bonnie M Powell, Edeltraud Gilbert, Teresa A Volsko
BACKGROUND: Unplanned extubations can lead to iatrogenic injury and have the potential to contribute to serious safety events. We adopted lean methodology to reduce the unplanned extubation rate in a Level 3b NICU. We hypothesized that the use of a rapid-cycle PDSA (plan, do, study, act) initiative would reduce the unplanned extubation rate. METHODS: Baseline unplanned extubation data were collected from November 1, 2012 to June 6, 2014. A voice of the customer survey ascertained perceptions regarding unplanned extubation causes and impact on care...
December 2016: Respiratory Care
Camyla F de Farias, Maria M F Amorim, Michel Dracoulakis, Lilian B Caetano, Ilka L Santoro, Ana L G Fernandes
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Determination of asthma phenotypes, particularly inflammatory phenotypes, helps guide treatment and management of this heterogeneous disease. Induced sputum cytology has been the gold standard for determination of inflammatory phenotypes, but sputum induction is fairly invasive and technically challenging. Blood and nasal lavage cytology have been suggested as substitutes, but have not been fully verified. The aim of this study is to determine the accuracy of blood and nasal lavage cytometry as indicators of inflammatory phenotypes in asthma...
November 29, 2016: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
M N Kiselev, D V Efremov, S L Drechsler, Jeroen van den Brink, K Kikoin
We investigate the interplay between the magnetic and the superconducting degrees of freedom in unconventional multi-band superconductors such as iron pnictides. For this purpose a dynamical mode-mode coupling theory is developed based on the coupled Bethe-Salpeter equations. In order to investigate the region of the phase diagram not too far from the tetracritical point where the magnetic spin density wave, (SDW) and superconducting (SC) transition temperatures coincide, we also construct a Ginzburg-Landau functional including both SC and SDW fluctuations in a critical region above the transition temperatures...
November 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
R Tuinier, S Ouhajji, P Linse
The phase behaviour of a colloidal dispersion mediated by weakly adhesive polymers is considered. The polymers are depleted but are weakly adhesive and hence comprise a non-zero polymer concentration at the colloid's surface, in contrast to the classical assumption in depletion theories involving a zero polymer concentration at the surface. The theory is composed of a generalized free-volume theory for colloid-polymer mixtures and a self-consistent mean-field theory for polymers at surfaces. It is found that the weak adhesion of the polymers shifts the phase stability of the colloid-polymer mixtures to higher polymer concentrations as compared to assuming a full depletion effect...
November 2016: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Steffen Brodt, Dimitri Nowack, Linda Krakow, Christoph Windisch, Georg Matziolis
INTRODUCTION: The position of the cup makes a major contribution to the success of total hip arthroplasty (THA). In conventional implantation of the prosthesis without navigation, the surgeon relies on the spatial position of the pelvis. However, iatrogenic manipulation of the pelvis during different surgical steps constantly changes the position of the pelvis during the operation. The position of the pelvis is substantial for the correct placement of the cup. The objective of this study was to investigate and visualize the course of this pelvic lift and correlate it to certain surgical steps...
November 28, 2016: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
Sally Hopewell, Isabelle Boutron, Douglas G Altman, Ginny Barbour, David Moher, Victor Montori, David Schriger, Jonathan Cook, Stephen Gerry, Omar Omar, Peter Dutton, Corran Roberts, Eleni Frangou, Lei Clifton, Virginia Chiocchia, Ines Rombach, Karolina Wartolowska, Philippe Ravaud
BACKGROUND: The CONSORT Statement is an evidence-informed guideline for reporting randomised controlled trials. A number of extensions have been developed that specify additional information to report for more complex trials. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of using a simple web-based tool (WebCONSORT, which incorporates a number of different CONSORT extensions) on the completeness of reporting of randomised trials published in biomedical publications. METHODS: We conducted a parallel group randomised trial...
November 28, 2016: BMC Medicine
Ming-Lung Chuang, I-Feng Lin, Chai-Yuan Lee
Exertional dyspnea scales (EDS) and health-related quality-of-life questionnaires (HRQoLQs) are used to assess chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The GOLD guidelines categorize patients according to either 1 of these 2 domains, the lung function and the frequency of acute exacerbations in the preceding year, however with inconsistent results. Combining EDS and HRQoLQs may yield better results; however, the best combination is unclear. Whether the EDS quantifies the exercise capacity or the dyspnea perception is also unclear...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Tim Dwyer
The transformation of data into visuals that are as effective and engaging as possible for compelling presentation is an emerging topic in information visualization research. With this goal in mind, several data-analysis system approaches offer a higher-order network visualization that map insights rather than raw data. Knowledge visualization or externalization in the form of small, focused diagrams can communicate insights as well as help analysts structure their reasoning process.
November 2016: IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications
Nina Shulumba, Olle Hellman, Zamaan Raza, Björn Alling, Jenifer Barrirero, Frank Mücklich, Igor A Abrikosov, Magnus Odén
We develop a method to accurately and efficiently determine the vibrational free energy as a function of temperature and volume for substitutional alloys from first principles. Taking Ti_{1-x}Al_{x}N alloy as a model system, we calculate the isostructural phase diagram by finding the global minimum of the free energy corresponding to the true equilibrium state of the system. We demonstrate that the vibrational contribution including anharmonicity and temperature dependence of the mixing enthalpy have a decisive impact on the calculated phase diagram of a Ti_{1-x}Al_{x}N alloy, lowering the maximum temperature for the miscibility gap from 6560 to 2860 K...
November 11, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Y Pavlyukh, A-M Uimonen, G Stefanucci, R van Leeuwen
We present a systematic study of vertex corrections in a homogeneous electron gas at metallic densities. The vertex diagrams are built using a recently proposed positive-definite diagrammatic expansion for the spectral function. The vertex function not only provides corrections to the well known plasmon and particle-hole scatterings, but also gives rise to new physical processes such as the generation of two plasmon excitations or the decay of the one-particle state into a two-particle-one-hole state. By an efficient Monte Carlo momentum integration we are able to show that the additional scattering channels are responsible for a reduction of the bandwidth, the appearance of a secondary plasmon satellite below the Fermi level, and a substantial redistribution of spectral weights...
November 11, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Kristin M Gagnier, Kinnari Atit, Carol J Ormand, Thomas F Shipley
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines commonly illustrate 3D relationships in diagrams, yet these are often challenging for students. Failing to understand diagrams can hinder success in STEM because scientific practice requires understanding and creating diagrammatic representations. We explore a new approach to improving student understanding of diagrams that convey 3D relations that is based on students generating their own predictive diagrams. Participants' comprehension of 3D spatial diagrams was measured in a pre- and post-design where students selected the correct 2D slice through 3D geologic block diagrams...
November 25, 2016: Topics in Cognitive Science
Shixun Cao, Lei Chen, Weiyao Zhao, Kai Xu, Guohua Wang, Yali Yang, Baojuan Kang, Hongjian Zhao, Peng Chen, Alessandro Stroppa, Ren-Kui Zheng, Jincang Zhang, Wei Ren, Jorge Íñiguez, L Bellaiche
RFeO3 orthoferrites, where R is a rare-earth ion of the lanthanide series, are attracting attention mostly because of their promising fast spin dynamics. The magnetic properties of these materials seem to crucially depend on whether the magnetizations of the R and Fe ions' weak ferromagnetic (WFM) components are parallel or antiparallel to each other. Here, we report an extensive investigation of a high-quality DyFeO3 single crystal in which the induced Dy(3+) magnetization (FDy) has a natural tendency to be antiparallel to Fe(3+) sublattice magnetization (FFe) within a large temperature window...
November 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
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