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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102938/low-energy-catalytic-electrolysis-for-simultaneously-hydrogen-evolution-and-lignin-depolymerization
#1
Xu Du, Wei Liu, Zhe Zhang, Arie Mulyadi, Alex Brittain, Jian Gong, Yulin Deng
Hereby we present a novel proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysis process in which lignin was used as the hydrogen source at anode for hydrogen production. Either polyoxometalate (POM) or FeCl3 was used as the catalysts and charge transfer agents in anode. Over 90% Faraday efficiency was achieved. In a thermal insulation reactor, the heat energy can be maintained at a very low stage for continuous operation. Compared to the best alkaline water electrolysis reported in literature, the electrical energy consumption could be 40% lower with novel lignin electrolysis method...
January 19, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102897/controls-on-methane-occurrences-in-shallow-aquifers-overlying-the-haynesville-shale-gas-field-east-texas
#2
Jean-Philippe Nicot, Toti Larson, Roxana Darvari, Patrick Mickler, Michael Slotten, Jordan Aldridge, Kristine Uhlman, Ruth Costley
Understanding the source of dissolved methane in drinking-water aquifers is critical for assessing potential contributions from hydraulic fracturing in shale plays. Shallow groundwater in the Texas portion of the Haynesville Shale area (13,000 km(2) ) was sampled (70 samples) for methane and other dissolved light alkanes. Most samples were derived from the fresh water bearing Wilcox formations and show little methane except in a localized cluster of 12 water wells (17% of total) in a approximately 30 × 30 km(2) area in Southern Panola County with dissolved methane concentrations less than 10 mg/L...
January 19, 2017: Ground Water
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102551/foliar-uptake-of-radiocaesium-from-irrigation-water-by-paddy-rice%C3%A2-oryza-sativa-an-overlooked-pathway-in-contaminated-environments
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Shinichiro Uematsu, Hildegarde Vandenhove, Lieve Sweeck, May Van Hees, Jean Wannijn, Erik Smolders
Flooded (paddy) rice (Oryza sativa) can take up ions from the irrigation water by foliar uptake via the exposed stem base. We hypothesised that the stem base uptake of radiocaesium (RCs) is a pathway for rice grown in RCs-contaminated environments. We developed a bi-compartmental device which discriminates the stem base from root RCs uptake from solutions, thereby using RCs isotopes ((137) Cs and (134) Cs) with < 2% solution leak between the compartments. Radiocaesium uptake was linear over time (0-24 h)...
January 19, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102524/heat-transfer-capability-of-ethylene-glycol-water-based-nanofluids-containing-graphene-nanoplatelets-design-and-thermophysical-profile
#4
D Cabaleiro, L Colla, S Barison, L Lugo, L Fedele, S Bobbo
This research aims at studying the stability and thermophysical properties of nanofluids designed as dispersions of sulfonic acid-functionalized graphene nanoplatelets in an (ethylene glycol + water) mixture at (10:90)% mass ratio. Nanofluid preparation conditions were defined through a stability analysis based on zeta potential and dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements. Thermal conductivity, dynamic viscosity, and density were experimentally measured in the temperature range from 283.15 to 343.15 K and nanoparticle mass concentrations of up to 0...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101717/trace-metals-accumulation-in-soil-irrigated-with-polluted-water-and-assessment-of-human-health-risk-from-vegetable-consumption-in-bangladesh
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Md Atikul Islam, Davor Romić, Md Ali Akber, Marija Romić
Trace metals accumulation in soil irrigated with polluted water and human health risk from vegetable consumption was assessed based on the data available in the literature on metals pollution of water, soil, sediment and vegetables from the cites of Bangladesh. The quantitative data on metal concentrations, their contamination levels and their pollution sources have not been systematically gathered and studied so far. The data on metal concentrations, sources, contamination levels, sample collection and analytical tools used were collected, compared and discussed...
January 18, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100417/long-range-and-regional-transported-size-resolved-atmospheric-aerosols-during-summertime-in-urban-shanghai
#6
Xiaoxiao Ding, Lingdong Kong, Chengtian Du, Assiya Zhanzakova, Lin Wang, Hongbo Fu, Jianmin Chen, Xin Yang, Tiantao Cheng
In this study, the concentrations of water soluble ions (WSI), organic carbon (OC), and elemental carbon (EC) of size-resolved (0.056-18μm) atmospheric aerosols were measured in July and August 2015 in Shanghai, China. Backward trajectory model and potential source contribution function (PSCF) model were used to identify the potential source distributions of size-resolved particles and PM1.8-associated atmospheric inorganic and carbonaceous aerosols. The results showed that the average mass concentrations of PM0...
January 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100194/interspecies-transfer-of-vancomycin-erythromycin-and-tetracycline-resistance-among-enterococcus-species-recovered-from-agrarian-sources
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M Conwell, V Daniels, P J Naughton, J S G Dooley
BACKGROUND: Enterococci are now well recognised for their ability to transfer antibiotic resistance and for their association with nosocomial infections, but less is known regarding their relevance in the wider environment. Enterococcus faecalis and Enterococcus faecium were isolated from a range of agrarian associated sources (low-flow water, septic tank, poultry litter, high flow water, slurry/soil) and were assessed for latent ability to transfer antimicrobial resistance. RESULTS: The isolates were tested for phenotypic clumping in the presence of cell-free supernatant from other isolates...
January 18, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098987/predicting-copper-speciation-in-estuarine-waters-is-dissolved-organic-carbon-a-good-proxy-for-the-presence-of-organic-ligands
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Holly Beverley Clare Pearson, Sean David W Comber, Charlotte Braungardt, Paul J Worsfold
A new generation of speciation-based aquatic environmental quality standards (EQS) for metals have been developed using models to predict the free metal ion concentration, the most ecologically relevant form, to set site-specific values. Some countries such as the UK have moved towards this approach by setting a new estuarine and marine water EQS for copper, based on an empirical relationship between copper toxicity to mussels (Mytilus sp.) and ambient dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentrations. This assumes an inverse relationship between DOC and free copper ion concentration owing to complexation by predominantly organic ligands...
January 18, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098819/low-cost-and-flexible-uav-deployment-of-sensors
#9
Lars Yndal Sørensen, Lars Toft Jacobsen, John Paulin Hansen
This paper presents a platform for airborne sensor applications using low-cost, open-source components carried by an easy-to-fly unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV). The system, available in open-source , is designed for researchers, students and makers for a broad range of exploration and data-collection needs. The main contribution is the extensible architecture for modularized airborne sensor deployment and real-time data visualisation. Our open-source Android application provides data collection, flight path definition and map tools...
January 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098448/new-insights-into-trihalomethane-and-haloacetic-acid-formation-potentials-correlation-with-the-molecular-composition-of-natural-organic-matter-in-source-water
#10
Xin Wang, Haifeng Zhang, Yahe Zhang, Quan Shi, Juan Wang, Jianwei Yu, Min Yang
Natural organic matter (NOM) represents the major source of precursors for disinfection byproducts (DBPs), such as trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs), formed during disinfection of drinking water, but the molecular composition and reactivity of NOM remain not well understood. In this study, electrospray ionization coupled to Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FT-ICR MS) was used to characterize the molecular composition of NOM of twenty source waters taken across China for the purpose of determining the major precursors of THMs and HAAs at molecular level...
January 18, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098228/unique-bacteria-community-composition-and-co-occurrence-in-the-milk-of-different-ruminants
#11
Zhipeng Li, André-Denis G Wright, Yifeng Yang, Huazhe Si, Guangyu Li
Lactation provides the singular source of nourishment to the offspring of mammals. This nutrition source also contains a diverse microbiota affecting the development and health of the newborn. Here, we examined the milk microbiota in water deer (Hydropotes inermis, the most primitive member of the family Cervidae), reindeer (Rangifer tarandus, the oldest semi-domesticated cervid), and the dairy goat (Capra aegagrus, member of the family Bovidae), to determine if common milk microbiota species were present across all three ruminant species...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097907/the-lignicolous-fungus-trametes-versicolor-l-lloyd-1920-a-promising-natural-source-of-antiradical-and-ache-inhibitory-agents
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Ljiljana Janjušević, Maja Karaman, Filip Šibul, Giuseppina Tommonaro, Carmine Iodice, Dragica Jakovljević, Boris Pejin
This study aimed to determine antiradical (DPPH(•) and (•)OH) and acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitory activities along with chemical composition of autochtonous fungal species Trametes versicolor (Serbia). A total of 38 phenolic compounds with notable presence of phenolic acids were identified using HPLC/MS-MS. Its water extract exhibited the highest antiradical activity against (•)OH (3.21 μg/mL), among the rest due to the presence of gallic, p-coumaric and caffeic acids. At the concentration of 100 μg/mL, the same extract displayed a profound AChE inhibitory activity (60...
December 2017: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097217/amylose-recognition-and-ring-size-determination-of-amylomaltase
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Christian Roth, Nicole Weizenmann, Nicola Bexten, Wolfram Saenger, Wolfgang Zimmermann, Timm Maier, Norbert Sträter
Starch is a major carbon and energy source throughout all kingdoms of life. It consists of two carbohydrate polymers, branched amylopectin and linear amylose, which are sparingly soluble in water. Hence, the enzymatic breakdown by glycoside hydrolases (GHs) is of great biological and societal importance. Amylomaltases (AMs) are GHs specialized in the hydrolysis of α-1,4-linked sugar chains such as amylose. They are able to catalyze an intramolecular transglycosylation of a bound sugar chain yielding polymeric sugar rings, the cycloamyloses (CAs), consisting of 20 to 100 glucose units...
January 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097050/microbial-communities-mediating-algal-detritus-turnover-under-anaerobic-conditions
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Jessica M Morrison, Chelsea L Murphy, Kristina Baker, Richard M Zamor, Steve J Nikolai, Shawn Wilder, Mostafa S Elshahed, Noha H Youssef
BACKGROUND: Algae encompass a wide array of photosynthetic organisms that are ubiquitously distributed in aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Algal species often bloom in aquatic ecosystems, providing a significant autochthonous carbon input to the deeper anoxic layers in stratified water bodies. In addition, various algal species have been touted as promising candidates for anaerobic biogas production from biomass. Surprisingly, in spite of its ecological and economic relevance, the microbial community involved in algal detritus turnover under anaerobic conditions remains largely unexplored...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096858/prevalence-of-intestinal-parasitic-infections-in-jiroft-kerman-province-iran
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Maryam Barkhori Mahni, Mostafa Rezaeian, Eshrat Beigom Kia, Ahmad Raeisi, Khadijeh Khanaliha, Fatemeh Tarighi, Bahare Kamranrashani
BACKGROUND: Intestinal parasitic infections have a worldwide distribution. High prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections in individuals with low socioeconomic status and environmental conditions was found. No study has ever been conducted on the prevalence of these infections in Jiroft. Therefore, in this study prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections was evaluated in Jiroft, Kerman Province, Iran. METHODS: A total of 1060 individuals from rural and urban areas of Jiroft were sampled accidentally, during 2013-2014...
April 2016: Iranian Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096589/water-cooled-radiofrequency-neuroablation-for-sacroiliac-joint-dysfunctional-pain
#16
Binay Kumar Biswas, Samarjit Dey, Saumya Biswas, Varinder Kumar Mohan
Sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction is a common source of chronic low-back pain. Recent evidences from different parts of the world suggest that cooled radiofrequency (RF) neuroablation of sacral nerves supplying SI joints has superior pain alleviating properties than available existing treatment options for SI joint dysfunctional pain. A 35-year-old male had intractable bilateral SI joint pain (numeric rating scale [NRS] - 9/10) with poor treatment response to intra-articular steroid therapy. Bilateral water cooled = RF was applied for neuroablation of nerves supplying both SI joints...
October 2016: Journal of Anaesthesiology, Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096366/iron-isotopes-reveal-distinct-dissolved-iron-sources-and-pathways-in-the-intermediate-versus-deep-southern-ocean
#17
Cyril Abadie, Francois Lacan, Amandine Radic, Catherine Pradoux, Franck Poitrasson
As an essential micronutrient, iron plays a key role in oceanic biogeochemistry. It is therefore linked to the global carbon cycle and climate. Here, we report a dissolved iron (DFe) isotope section in the South Atlantic and Southern Ocean. Throughout the section, a striking DFe isotope minimum (light iron) is observed at intermediate depths (200-1,300 m), contrasting with heavier isotopic composition in deep waters. This unambiguously demonstrates distinct DFe sources and processes dominating the iron cycle in the intermediate and deep layers, a feature impossible to see with only iron concentration data largely used thus far in chemical oceanography...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095835/antimicrobial-activity-of-some-plant-materials-used-in-armenian-traditional-medicine
#18
Mikayel Ginovyan, Margarit Petrosyan, Armen Trchounian
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic resistance has become one of the major problems facing humanity. The need for new antimicrobials has been increased dramatically. Plants are considered as one of the most promising sources for new antimicrobials discovery. Despite relatively small area, Armenia has large diversity of flora with many endemic species. In Armenian folk medicine plant materials have been used to treat various microbial diseases since ancient times. The goal of our research was to evaluate antimicrobial efficiency of different parts of five wild plants species which are commonly used in Armenian traditional medicine...
January 17, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095683/colorimetric-detection-of-staphylococcus-aureus-contaminated-solutions-without-purification
#19
Pamela Tiet, Karen C Clark, James O McNamara, Jacob M Berlin
Current water quality monitoring methods rely on growth-based measurements to detect fecal indicator bacteria, such as Escherichia coli and enterococci, and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus). These growth-based measurements, however, can take days to complete. This is a significant limitation in the evaluation of contaminated food and water sources. Various methods for selective in vitro detection of S. aureus have also been reported; however, these strategies, such as ELISA, agar-diffusion, PCR, or liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry, all require overnight culturing or sophisticated instrumentation...
January 18, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095422/high-throughput-carbon-substrate-profiling-of-mycobacterium-ulcerans-suggests-potential-environmental-reservoirs
#20
Dezemon Zingue, Amar Bouam, Muriel Militello, Michel Drancourt
BACKGROUND: Mycobacterium ulcerans is a close derivative of Mycobacterium marinum and the agent of Buruli ulcer in some tropical countries. Epidemiological and environmental studies pointed towards stagnant water ecosystems as potential sources of M. ulcerans, yet the ultimate reservoirs remain elusive. We hypothesized that carbon substrate determination may help elucidating the spectrum of potential reservoirs. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In a first step, high-throughput phenotype microarray Biolog was used to profile carbon substrates in one M...
January 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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