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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343123/estimation-of-red-light-running-frequency-using-high-resolution-traffic-and-signal-data
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Peng Chen, Guizhen Yu, Xinkai Wu, Yilong Ren, Yueguang Li
Red-light-running (RLR) emerges as a major cause that may lead to intersection-related crashes and endanger intersection safety. To reduce RLR violations, it's critical to identify the influential factors associated with RLR and estimate RLR frequency. Without resorting to video camera recordings, this study investigates this important issue by utilizing high-resolution traffic and signal event data collected from loop detectors at five intersections on Trunk Highway 55, Minneapolis, MN. First, a simple method is proposed to identify RLR by fully utilizing the information obtained from stop bar detectors, downstream entrance detectors and advance detectors...
March 23, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343059/internal-cycling-not-external-loading-decides-the-nutrient-limitation-in-eutrophic-lake-a-dynamic-model-with-temporal-bayesian-hierarchical-inference
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Zhen Wu, Yong Liu, Zhongyao Liang, Sifeng Wu, Huaicheng Guo
Lake eutrophication is associated with excessive anthropogenic nutrients (mainly nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P)) and unobserved internal nutrient cycling. Despite the advances in understanding the role of external loadings, the contribution of internal nutrient cycling is still an open question. A dynamic mass-balance model was developed to simulate and measure the contributions of internal cycling and external loading. It was based on the temporal Bayesian Hierarchical Framework (BHM), where we explored the seasonal patterns in the dynamics of nutrient cycling processes and the limitation of N and P on phytoplankton growth in hyper-eutrophic Lake Dianchi, China...
March 19, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342651/from-classical-to-nonparametric-growth-models-towards-comprehensive-modelling-of-mussel-growth-patterns
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Isabel Fuentes-Santos, Uxío Labarta, Kristina Arranz, Mª José Fernández-Reiriz
Understanding biological processes, such as growth, is crucial to development management and sustainability plans for bivalve populations. Von Bertalanffy and Gompertz models have been commonly used to fit bivalve growth. These models assume that individual growth is only determined by size, overlooking the effects of environmental and intrinsic conditions on growth patterns. The comparison between classical models and nonparametric GAM (generalized additive models) fits conducted in this work shows that the latter provide a more realistic approach of mussel growth measured in terms of shell length, and dry weight of hard and soft tissues...
March 18, 2017: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340454/pea-cultivar-and-wheat-residues-affect-carbon-nitrogen-dynamics-in-pea-triticale-intercropping-a-microcosms-approach
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Antonella Scalise, Valentini A Pappa, Antonio Gelsomino, Robert M Rees
The underlying mechanisms by which legume cultivars contribute to nitrous oxide (N2O) generation are poorly understood. The aim of the present study was to explore the effects of two pea cultivars (Zero4 and Nitouche) intercropped with triticale, with or without wheat (Triticum aestivum) residues incorporation, on soil C and N dynamics, on bacterial community structure and their links with N2O emissions. Monocrops and bare soil (no plant) treatments were used as an additional control in order to account for the level of mineralisation between treatments...
March 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340270/genetic-progress-estimation-strategy-for-upright-common-bean-plants-using-recurrent-selection
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L A Pereira, A F B Abreu, I C Vieira Júnior, L P M Pires, M A P Ramalho
Common bean producers in Brazil tend to grow plants as upright as possible. Because the control of this trait involves a large number of genes, recurrent selection (RS) is the best approach for successful plant improvement. Because plant architecture (PA) is evaluated using scores and usually has high heritability, RS for PA is performed through visual selection in generation S0. The aim of the present study was to evaluate selection progress and investigate whether this progress varies with the number of selected progenies or the generation evaluated...
March 22, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339750/downstream-overdrive-pacing-and-intracardiac-concealed-fusion-to-guide-rapid-identification-of-atrial-tachycardia-after-atrial-fibrillation-ablation
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Chirag R Barbhaiya, Samuel H Baldinger, Saurabh Kumar, Jason S Chinitz, Alan D Enriquez, Roy John, William G Stevenson, Gregory F Michaud
Aims: Atrial tachycardia (AT) related to atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation frequently poses a diagnostic challenge. Downstream overdrive pacing (DOP) can be used to rapidly detect reentry and assess proximity of a pacing site to an AT circuit or focus. We hypothesized that systematic DOP using multielectrode catheters would facilitate AT mapping. Methods and results: DOP identified constant fusion when the post-pacing interval (PPI)-tachycardia cycle length (TCL) <40 ms and stimulus to adjacent upstream atrial electrogram interval >75% of TCL...
February 17, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339559/using-a-stakeholder-engaged-approach-to-develop-and-validate-electronic-clinical-quality-measures
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Jill Boylston Herndon, Krishna Aravamudhan, Ronald L Stephenson, Ryan Brandon, Jesley Ruff, Frank Catalanotto, Huong Le
Objective: To describe the stakeholder-engaged processes used to develop, specify, and validate 2 oral health care electronic clinical quality measures. Materials and Methods: A broad range of stakeholders were engaged from conception through testing to develop measures and test feasibility, reliability, and validity following National Quality Forum guidance. We assessed data element feasibility through semistructured interviews with key stakeholders using a National Quality Forum-recommended scorecard...
October 7, 2016: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339110/a-fast-non-iterative-approach-for-accelerated-high-temporal-resolution-cine-cmr-using-dynamically-interleaved-streak-removal-in-the-power-spectral-encoded-domain-with-low-pass-filtering-dispel-and-modulo-prime-spokes-mops
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Keigo Kawaji, Mita B Patel, Charles G Cantrell, Akiko Tanaka, Marco Marino, Satoshi Tamura, Hui Wang, Yi Wang, Timothy J Carroll, Takeyoshi Ota, Amit R Patel
PURPOSE: To introduce a pair of accelerated non-Cartesian acquisition principles that when combined, exploit the periodicity of k-space acquisition, and thereby enable acquisition of high-temporal cine-Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (CMR). METHODS: The mathematical formulation of a non-iterative, undersampled non-Cartesian cine acquisition and reconstruction is presented. First, a low-pass-filtering step that exploits streaking artifact redundancy is provided; (i.e...
March 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338970/woody-plant-ecosystems-under-climate-change-and-air-pollution-response-consistencies-across-zonobiomes
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R Matyssek, A R Kozovits, G Wieser, J King, H Rennenberg
Forests store the largest terrestrial pools of carbon (C), helping to stabilize the global climate system, yet are threatened by climate change (CC) and associated air pollution (AP, highlighting ozone (O3) and nitrogen oxides (NOx)). We adopt the perspective that CC-AP drivers and physiological impacts are universal, resulting in consistent stress responses of forest ecosystems across zonobiomes. Evidence supporting this viewpoint is presented from the literature on ecosystem gross/net primary productivity and water cycling...
March 14, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338690/a-viscous-solvent-enables-information-transfer-from-gene-length-nucleic-acids-in-a-model-prebiotic-replication-cycle
#10
Christine He, Isaac Gállego, Brandon Laughlin, Martha A Grover, Nicholas V Hud
Many hypotheses concerning the nature of early life assume that genetic information was once transferred through the template-directed synthesis of RNA, before the emergence of coded enzymes. However, attempts to demonstrate enzyme-free, template-directed synthesis of nucleic acids have been limited by 'strand inhibition', whereby transferring information from a template strand in the presence of its complementary strand is inhibited by the stability of the template duplex. Here, we use solvent viscosity to circumvent strand inhibition, demonstrating information transfer from a gene-length template (>300 nt) within a longer (545 bp or 3 kb) duplex...
April 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338328/polysulfide-breathing-dual-conductive-heterolayered-battery-separator-membranes-based-on-0d-1d-mingled-nanomaterial-composite-mats
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Jeong-Hoon Kim, Gwan Yeong Jung, Yong-Hyeok Lee, Jung-Hwan Kim, Sun-Young Lee, Sang Kyu Kwak, Sang-Young Lee
Facile/sustainable utilization of sulfur active materials is an ultimate challenge in high-performance lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries. Here, as a membrane-driven approach to address this issue, we demonstrate a new class of polysulfide-breathing (capable of reversibly adsorbing and desorbing polysulfides)/dual (electron and ion)-conductive, heterolayered battery separator membranes (denoted as "MEC-AA separators") based on 0D (nanoparticles)/1D (nanofibers) composite mats. The MEC-AA separator is fabricated through an in-series, concurrent electrospraying/electrospinning process...
March 24, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338314/surface-layer-evolution-on-graphite-during-electrochemical-sodium-tetraglyme-co-intercalation
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Julia Maibach, Fabian Jeschull, Daniel Brandell, Kristina Edstrom, Mario Valvo
One obstacle in sodium ion batteries is the lack of suitable anode materials. As recently shown, the most common anode material of the state of the art lithium ion batteries, graphite, can be used for sodium ion storage as well, if ether-based electrolyte solvents are used. These solvents co-intercalate with the sodium ions leading to the highly reversible formation of ternary graphite intercalation compounds (t-GIC). In order for the solvent co-intercalation to work efficiently, it is expected that only a very thin surface layer forms during electrochemical cycling...
March 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338086/halo-free-phase-contrast-microscopy
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Tan H Nguyen, Mikhail Kandel, Haadi M Shakir, Catherine Best-Popescu, Jyothi Arikkath, Minh N Do, Gabriel Popescu
We present a new approach for retrieving halo-free phase contrast microscopy (hfPC) images by upgrading the conventional PC microscope with an external interferometric module, which generates sufficient data for reversing the halo artifact. Acquiring four independent intensity images, our approach first measures haloed phase maps of the sample. We solve for the halo-free sample transmission function by using a physical model of the image formation under partial spatial coherence. Using this halo-free sample transmission, we can numerically generate artifact-free PC images...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338067/ultrathin-nickel-hydroxide-nanosheet-arrays-grafted-biomass-derived-honeycomb-like-porous-carbon-with-improved-electrochemical-performance-as-a-supercapacitive-material
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Goli Nagaraju, Sung Min Cha, Jae Su Yu
Three-dimensional hierarchical honeycomb-like activated porous carbon pillared ultrathin Ni(OH)2 nanosheets (Ni(OH)2 NSs@HAPC) for use as supercapacitor materials were facilely synthesized. With an aid of pine cone flowers as a biomass source, HAPC conducting scaffolds were prepared by the alkali treatment and pyrolysis methods under an inert gas atmosphere. Subsequently, the Ni(OH)2 NSs were synthesized evenly on the surface of HAPC via a solvothermal method. The resulting HAPC and Ni(OH)2 NSs@HAPC composite materials offered free pathways for effective diffusion of electrolyte ions and fast transportation of electrons when employed as an electrode material...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337554/successive-relaxation-cycles-during-long-time-cell-aggregate-rounding-after-uni-axial-compression
#15
Ivana Pajic-Lijakovic, Milan Milivojevic
The mean features of cell surface rearrangement during cell aggregate rounding after uni-axial compression between parallel plates are considered. This is based on long-time rheological modeling approaches in order to shed further light on collective cell migration. Many aspects of cell migration at the supra-cellular level, such as the coordination between surrounding migrating cell groups that leads to uncorrelated motility, have remained unclear. Aggregate shape changes during rounding are considered depending on the size and homogeneity of 2-D and 3-D cell aggregates...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Biological Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337249/cellular-homeostasis-and-antioxidant-response-in-epithelial-ht29-cells-on-titania-nanotube-arrays-surface
#16
Rabiatul Basria Smn Mydin, Srimala Sreekantan, Roshasnorlyza Hazan, Mustafa Fadzil Farid Wajidi, Ishak Mat
Cell growth and proliferative activities on titania nanotube arrays (TNA) have raised alerts on genotoxicity risk. Present toxicogenomic approach focused on epithelial HT29 cells with TNA surface. Fledgling cell-TNA interaction has triggered G0/G1 cell cycle arrests and initiates DNA damage surveillance checkpoint, which possibly indicated the cellular stress stimuli. A profound gene regulation was observed to be involved in cellular growth and survival signals such as p53 and AKT expressions. Interestingly, the activation of redox regulator pathways (antioxidant defense) was observed through the cascade interactions of GADD45, MYC, CHECK1, and ATR genes...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336878/ag-nanoparticles-modified-3d-graphene-foam-for-binder-free-electrodes-of-electrochemical-sensors
#17
Tao Han, Jianli Jin, Congxu Wang, Youyi Sun, Yinghe Zhang, Yaqing Liu
Ag nanoparticles-modified 3D graphene foam was synthesized through a one-step in-situ approach and then directly applied as the electrode of an electrochemical sensor. The composite foam electrode exhibited electrocatalytic activity towards Hg(II) oxidation with high limit of detection and sensitivity of 0.11 μM and 8.0 μA/μM, respectively. Moreover, the composite foam electrode for the sensor exhibited high cycling stability, long-term durability and reproducibility. These results were attributed to the unique porous structure of the composite foam electrode, which enabled the surface of Ag nanoparticles modified reduced graphene oxide (Ag NPs modified rGO) foam to become highly accessible to the metal ion and provided more void volume for the reaction with metal ion...
February 16, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335471/mobile-phonocardiogram-diagnosis-in-newborns-using-support-vector-machine
#18
Amir Mohammad Amiri, Mohammadreza Abtahi, Nick Constant, Kunal Mankodiya
Phonocardiogram (PCG) monitoring on newborns is one of the most important and challenging tasks in the heart assessment in the early ages of life. In this paper, we present a novel approach for cardiac monitoring applied in PCG data. This basic system coupled with denoising, segmentation, cardiac cycle selection and classification of heart sound can be used widely for a large number of the data. This paper describes the problems and additional advantages of the PCG method including the possibility of recording heart sound at home, removing unwanted noises and data reduction on a mobile device, and an intelligent system to diagnose heart diseases on the cloud server...
March 18, 2017: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335418/food-insecurity-poor-diet-quality-and-suboptimal-intakes-of-folate-and-iron-are-independently-associated-with-perceived-mental-health-in-canadian-adults
#19
Karen M Davison, Lovedeep Gondara, Bonnie J Kaplan
BACKGROUND: To address nutrition-related population mental health data gaps, we examined relationships among food insecurity, diet quality, and perceived mental health. METHODS: Stratified and logistic regression analyses of respondents aged 19-70 years from the Canadian Community Health Survey, Cycle 2.2 were conducted (n = 15,546). Measures included the Household Food Security Survey Module, diet quality (i.e., comparisons to the Dietary Reference Intakes, Healthy Eating Index), perceived mental health (poor versus good), sociodemographics, and smoking...
March 14, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335023/qbd-driven-development-and-validation-of-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometric-method-for-the-quantitation-of-sildenafil-in-human-plasma
#20
M Saquib Hasnain, Shaukat Ali Ansari, Shireen Rao, Mohammad Tabish, Mukul Singh, Mohammad Syafiq Abdullah, Mohammed Tahir Ansari
The present work was employing the Quality by Design approach for the development and validation of a LC-MS-MS method to support the clinical advancement in determination of sildenafil in human plasma using lorazepam as an internal standard. Sample preparation involved solid phase extraction and calibration range observed between 3 and 1,700 ng/mL. The method was systematically optimized by employing Box-Behnken design and used mobile phase flow rate, pH and composition of mobile phase as the critical factors, and assessing the design for retention time and peak area as the responses...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Chromatographic Science
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