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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221757/cooperative-electron-phonon-coupling-and-buckled-structure-in-germanene-on-au-111
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Jincheng Zhuang, Nan Gao, Zhi Li, Xun Xu, Jiaou Wang, Jijun Zhao, Shi Xue Dou, Yi Du
Germanene, single-atom-thick germanium nanosheet in a honeycomb lattice, was proposed to be a Dirac-fermion material beyond graphene. We performed scanning tunneling microscopy and in-situ Raman spectroscopy studies combined with first-principles calculations on the atomic structures, and the electronic and phonon properties of germanene on Au(111). The low-buckled 1×1 germanene honeycomb lattice was determined to exist in an unexpected rectangular √7×√7 superstructure. Through in-situ Raman measurements, distinctive vibrational phonon modes were discovered in √7×√7 germanene, revealing the special coupling between Dirac fermion and lattice vibrations, namely, electron-phonon coupling (EPC)...
February 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221258/endoillumination-assisted-modified-scleral-buckling
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Alexandre Assi, Youssef Abdelmassih, Sylvain El-Khoury
PURPOSE: To assess the anatomical and functional outcomes in addition to complications for endoillumination-assisted modified scleral buckling surgery using a noncontact Oculus BIOM wide-angle viewing system in patients with primary rhegmatogenous retinal detachment. METHODS: This is an interventional prospective noncomparative case series. Consecutive patients listed for scleral buckle surgery for primary rhegmatogenous retinal detachment were enrolled over an 18-month period and followed up for 1 year...
February 17, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221255/royal-college-of-ophthalmologists-national-database-study-of-vitreoretinal-surgery-report-7-intersurgeon-variations-in-primary-rhegmatogenous-retinal-detachment-failure
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Ahmed B Sallam, Paul H J Donachie, David Yorston, David H W Steel, Tom H Williamson, Timothy L Jackson, John M Sparrow, Robert L Johnston
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: To audit variations in primary rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RD) anatomical failure rates between surgeons, grades of surgeons, and techniques of RD surgery. METHODS: Clinical data of a total of 5,857 eyes undergoing primary RD surgery, from 2000 to 2013 were retrospectively extracted from 15 centers using the same commercially available electronic medical record system, from three vitreoretinal units using an in-house electronic medical record, and from the British and Eire Association of Vitreoretinal Surgeons online registry...
February 17, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220705/comparison-of-methods-for-determining-the-mechanical-properties-of-semiconducting-polymer-films-for-stretchable-electronics
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Daniel Rodriquez, Jae-Han Kim, Samuel E Root, Zhuping Fei, Pierre Boufflet, Martin Heeney, Taek-Soo Kim, Darren J Lipomi
This paper describes a comparison of two characterization techniques for determining the mechanical properties of thin-film organic semiconductors for applications in soft electronics. In the first method, the film is supported by water (film-on-water, FOW), and a stress-strain curve is obtained using a direct tensile test. In the second method, the film is supported by an elastomer (film-on-elastomer, FOE), and is subjected to three tests to reconstruct the key features of the stress-strain curve: the buckling test (tensile modulus), the onset of buckling (yield point), and the crack-onset strain (strain at fracture)...
February 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219850/the-effect-of-aging-on-the-mechanical-behaviour-of-cuticle-in-the-locust-schistocerca-gregaria
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Eoin Parle, David Taylor
Despite some previous work on the morphology and mechanical properties of parts of the insect exoskeleton, there is very little known about how these properties change over time during the life of the insect. We examined the hind tibia of the adult desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria) as a function of time up to 63 days following the final moult, a much longer period that previously studied. We identified an initial growth phase, lasting on average 21 days, in which leg thickness increased rapidly (averaging 1...
February 8, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218297/new-type-of-quantum-spin-hall-insulators-in-hydrogenated-pbsn-thin-films
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Liang Liu, Hongwei Qin, Jifan Hu
The realization of a quantum spin Hall (QSH) insulator working at high temperature is of both scientific and technical interest since it supports spin-polarized and dssipationless edge states. Based on first-principle calculations, we predicted that the two-dimensional (2D) binary compound of lead and tin (PbSn) in a buckled honeycomb framework can be tuned into a topological insulator with huge a band gap and structural stability via hydrogenation or growth on special substrates. This heavy-element-based structure is sufficiently ductile to survive the 18 ps molecular dynamics (MD) annealing to 400 K, and the band gap opened by strong spin-orbital-coupling (SOC) is as large as 0...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216319/two-levels-of-waviness-are-necessary-to-package-the-highly-extensible-nerves-in-rorqual-whales
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Margo A Lillie, A Wayne Vogl, Kelsey N Gil, John M Gosline, Robert E Shadwick
Peripheral nerves are susceptible to stretch injury [1-4] and incorporate structural waviness at the level of the axons, fascicles, and nerve trunk to accommodate physiological increases in length [5, 6]. It is unknown whether there are limits to the amount of deformation that waviness can accommodate. In rorqual whales, a sub-group of baleen whales, nerves running through the ventral groove blubber (VGB) associated with the floor of the mouth routinely experience dramatically large deformations. In fact, some of these nerves more than double their length during lunge feeding and then recoil to a short, compressed state after each lunge [7-9]...
February 12, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214478/accuracy-of-64-section-mdct-in-the-diagnosis-of-cruciate-ligament-tears
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E J Heffernan, D E Moran, J F Gerstenmaier, C J McCarthy, C Hegarty, C J McMahon
AIM: To evaluate the accuracy of non-arthrographic 64-section multidetector computed tomography (CT) in the assessment of cruciate ligament tears. A secondary goal was to determine its accuracy in the diagnosis of additional soft-tissue injuries around the knee. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty consecutive outpatients underwent same-day magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and 64-slice multidetector CT (MDCT) of the knee in this prospective study. MDCT images were independently evaluated for integrity of the anterior (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligaments (PCL), medial and lateral menisci, and medial and lateral collateral ligaments...
February 15, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209412/injectable-chondroplasty-enzymatic-reshaping-of-cartilage-grafts
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J R Gandy, A Foulad, K K Chao, B J F Wong
OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: To develop an injection-based enzymatic technique that selectively softens cartilage tissue for reshaping cartilaginous structures in the head and neck. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two groups were formed using fresh rabbit ears: (1) whole rabbit ear group; (2) composite graft group (2.5mm×3.0cm specimens sectioned from the central region of the pinna). Subperichondrial injections using three enzymes (hyaluronidase, pronase, and collagenase II) in sequence were performed for the experimental specimens from both groups...
February 10, 2017: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208345/mechanical-stability-of-particle-stabilized-droplets-under-micropipette-aspiration
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Niveditha Samudrala, Jin Nam, Raphaël Sarfati, Robert W Style, Eric R Dufresne
We investigate the mechanical behavior of particle-stabilized droplets using micropipette aspiration. We observe that droplets stabilized with amphiphilic dumbbell-shaped particles exhibit a two-stage response to increasing suction pressure. Droplets first drip, then wrinkle and buckle like an elastic shell. While particles have a dramatic impact on the mechanism of failure, the mechanical strength of the droplets is only modestly increased. On the other hand, droplets coated with the molecular surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate are even weaker than bare droplets...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207420/temperature-dependent-collective-effects-for-silicene-and-germanene
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Andrii Iurov, Godfrey Gumbs, Danhong Huang
We have numerically calculated electron exchange and correlation energies and dynamical polarization functions for recently discovered silicene, germanene and other buckled honeycomb lattices at various temperatures. We have compared the dependence of these energies on the chemical potential, field-induced gap and temperature and we have concluded that in many cases they behave qualitatively in a similar way, i.e. increasing with the doping, decreasing significantly at elevated temperatures, and displaying different dependences on the asymmetry gap at various temperatures...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193855/bmp-singling-controls-buckling-forces-to-modulate-looping-morphogenesis-of-the-gut
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Nandan L Nerurkar, L Mahadevan, Clifford J Tabin
Looping of the initially straight embryonic gut tube is an essential aspect of intestinal morphogenesis, permitting proper placement of the lengthy small intestine within the confines of the body cavity. The formation of intestinal loops is highly stereotyped within a given species and results from differential-growth-driven mechanical buckling of the gut tube as it elongates against the constraint of a thin, elastic membranous tissue, the dorsal mesentery. Although the physics of this process has been studied, the underlying biology has not...
February 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192482/characterization-of-the-disruption-of-neural-control-strategies-for-dynamic-fingertip-forces-from-attractor-reconstruction
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Lorenzo Peppoloni, Emily L Lawrence, Emanuele Ruffaldi, Francisco J Valero-Cuevas
The Strength-Dexterity (SD) test measures the ability of the pulps of the thumb and index finger to compress a compliant and slender spring prone to buckling at low forces (<3N). We know that factors such as aging and neurodegenerative conditions bring deteriorating physiological changes (e.g., at the level of motor cortex, cerebellum, and basal ganglia), which lead to an overall loss of dexterous ability. However, little is known about how these changes reflect upon the dynamics of the underlying biological system...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186860/traumatic-rib-injury-patterns-imaging-pitfalls-complications-and-treatment
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Brett S Talbot, Christopher P Gange, Apeksha Chaturvedi, Nina Klionsky, Susan K Hobbs, Abhishek Chaturvedi
The ribs are frequently affected by blunt or penetrating injury to the thorax. In the emergency department setting, it is vital for the interpreting radiologist to not only identify the presence of rib injuries but also alert the clinician about organ-specific injury, specific traumatic patterns, and acute rib trauma complications that require emergent attention. Rib injuries can be separated into specific morphologic fracture patterns that include stress, buckle, nondisplaced, displaced, segmental, and pathologic fractures...
February 10, 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186795/geometry-driven-folding-of-a-floating-annular-sheet
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Joseph D Paulsen, Vincent Démery, K Buğra Toga, Zhanlong Qiu, Thomas P Russell, Benny Davidovitch, Narayanan Menon
Predicting the large-amplitude deformations of thin elastic sheets is difficult due to the complications of self contact, geometric nonlinearities, and a multitude of low-lying energy states. We study a simple two-dimensional setting where an annular polymer sheet floating on an air-water interface is subjected to different tensions on the inner and outer rims. The sheet folds and wrinkles into many distinct morphologies that break axisymmetry. These states can be understood within a recent geometric approach for determining the gross shape of extremely bendable yet inextensible sheets by extremizing an appropriate area functional...
January 27, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186522/effect-of-internal-architecture-on-microgel-deformation-in-microfluidic-constrictions
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Lynna Chen, Kai Xi Wang, Patrick S Doyle
The study of how soft particles deform to pass through narrow openings is important for understanding the transit of biological cells, as well as for designing deformable drug delivery carriers. In this work, we systematically explore how soft microparticles with various internal architectures deform during passage through microfluidic constrictions. We synthesize hydrogel particles with well-defined internal structure using lithography-based UV polymerization in microfluidic channels (stop-flow lithography)...
February 10, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182594/modified-direct-type-septal-extension-grafts-their-stability-and-usefulness-in-asian-rhinoplasty
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So-Eun Han, Kihwan Han, Jaehoon Choi, Tae Bin Yun
BACKGROUND: In Asian rhinoplasty, many autogenous cartilage grafts are required for correction of the nasal tip and columella, but the amount has limitations. A modified direct-type septal extension graft, in continuity with the entire caudal border of the septal cartilage with an edge-to-edge coaptation, can effectively and concomitantly correct the nasal tip and columella deformities using a limited amount of septal cartilage graft. The purpose of this study was to evaluate long-term cosmetic outcomes and stability from the modified direct extension grafts...
March 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181798/shape-morphing-materials-from-stimuli-responsive-hydrogel-hybrids
#18
Seog-Jin Jeon, Adam W Hauser, Ryan C Hayward
The formation of well-defined and functional three-dimensional (3D) structures by buckling of thin sheets subjected to spatially nonuniform stresses is common in biological morphogenesis and has become a subject of great interest in synthetic systems, as such programmable shape-morphing materials hold promise in areas including drug delivery, biomedical devices, soft robotics, and biomimetic systems. Given their ability to undergo large changes in swelling in response to a wide variety of stimuli, hydrogels have naturally emerged as a key type of material in this field...
February 9, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181795/water-responsive-shape-recovery-induced-buckling-in-biodegradable-photo-cross-linked-poly-ethylene-glycol-peg-hydrogel
#19
Abhijit Vijay Salvekar, Wei Min Huang, Rui Xiao, Yee Shan Wong, Subbu S Venkatraman, Kiang Hiong Tay, Ze Xiang Shen
The phenomenon of recovering the permanent shape from a severely deformed temporary shape, but only in the presence of the right stimulus, is known as the shape memory effect (SME). Materials with such an interesting effect are known as shape memory materials (SMMs). Typical stimuli to trigger shape recovery include temperature (heating or cooling), chemical (including water/moisture and pH value), and light. As a SMM is able not only to maintain the temporary shape but also to respond to the right stimulus when it is applied, via shape-shifting, a seamless integration of sensing and actuation functions is achieved within one single piece of material...
February 9, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181426/site-specific-difference-of-bone-geometry-indices-in-hypoparathyroid-patients
#20
Hye Sun Park, Da Hea Seo, Yumie Rhee, Sung Kil Lim
BACKGROUND: Hypoparathyroid patients often have a higher bone mineral density (BMD) than the general population. However, an increase in BMD does not necessarily correlate with a solid bone microstructure. This study aimed to evaluate the bone microstructure of hypoparathyroid patients by using hip structure analysis (HSA). METHODS: Ninety-five hypoparathyroid patients >20 years old were enrolled and 31 of them had eligible data for analyzing bone geometry parameters using HSA...
February 8, 2017: Endocrinology and Metabolism
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