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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922829/the-threshold-of-the-state-civil-defence-the-blackout-and-the-home-in-second-world-war-britain
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James Greenhalgh
This article reconsiders the way that the British state extended its control of the home during the Second World War, using the implementation of air raid precautions and the blackout as a lens through which to view the state's developing attitudes to domestic space. Presented here is not the familiar story of pitch-dark, dangerous streets or altered cityscapes of fear and destruction; instead, by examining personal testimony the article inverts traditional treatments of the blackout to look at the interior of dwellings, demonstrating how the realities of total warfare impinged upon the psychological elements that constituted the home...
June 1, 2017: 20 Century British History
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922139/3d-printed-multiplexed-electrospinning-sources-for-large-scale-production-of-aligned-nanofiber-mats-with-small-diameter-spread
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Erika García-López, Daniel Olvera-Trejo, Luis F Velásquez-García
We report the design, fabrication, and characterization of novel, low-cost, and modular miniaturized nanofiber electrospinning sources for the scalable production of non-woven aligned nanofiber mats with low diameter variation. The devices are monolithic arrays of electrospinning emitters made via stereolithography; the emitters are arranged so each element has an independent line of sight to a rotating collector surface. Linear and zigzag emitter packing were evaluated using a PEO solution with the aim of maximizing the throughput of nanofibers with the smallest diameter and narrowest distribution...
September 18, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919878/postural-control-in-bilateral-vestibular-failure-its-relation-to-visual-proprioceptive-vestibular-and-cognitive-input
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Andreas Sprenger, Jann F Wojak, Nico M Jandl, Christoph Helmchen
Patients with bilateral vestibular failure (BVF) suffer from postural and gait unsteadiness with an increased risk of falls. The aim of this study was to elucidate the differential role of otolith, semicircular canal (SSC), visual, proprioceptive, and cognitive influences on the postural stability of BVF patients. Center-of-pressure displacements were recorded by posturography under six conditions: target visibility; tonic head positions in the pitch plane; horizontal head shaking; sensory deprivation; dual task; and tandem stance...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915784/the-role-of-fundamental-frequency-and-temporal-envelope-in-processing-sentences-with-temporary-syntactic-ambiguities
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Victoria Sharpe, Daniel Fogerty, Dirk-Bart den Ouden
Previous experiments have demonstrated the impact of speech prosody on syntactic processing. The present study was designed to examine how listeners use specific acoustic properties of prosody for grammatical interpretation. We investigated the independent contributions of two acoustic properties associated with the pitch and rhythmic properties of speech; the fundamental frequency and temporal envelope, respectively. The effect of degrading these prosodic components was examined by testing listeners' ability to parse early-closure garden-path sentences...
September 2017: Language and Speech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915778/prosodic-variation-and-segmental-reduction-and-their-roles-in-cuing-turn-transition-in-swedish
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Margaret Zellers
Prosody has often been identified alongside syntax as a cue to turn hold or turn transition in conversational interaction. However, evidence for which prosodic cues are most relevant, and how strong those cues are, has been somewhat scattered. The current study addresses prosodic cues to turn transition in Swedish. A perception study looking closely at turn changes and holds in cases where the syntax does not lead inevitably to a particular outcome shows that Swedish listeners are sensitive to duration variations, even in the very short space of the final unstressed syllable of a turn, and that they may use pitch cues to a lesser extent...
September 2017: Language and Speech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915607/coal-tar-pitch-extract-could-induce-chromosomal-instability-of-human-bronchial-epithelial-cells-mediated-by-spindle-checkpoint-related-proteins
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Peng Zhang, Zhitao Li, Na Wang, Guangcai Duan, Wei Wang, Yanming Feng, Yong Zhao, Lixia Wang, Hansong Zhu, Qiao Zhang, Xiaozhuan Liu, Weidong Wu, Yongjun Wu, Wu Yao, Jing Wang, Yiming Wu, Feifei Feng
Coal tar pitch (CTP) is a byproduct of coal tar distillation. The workers working with coal tar or in aluminum smelters, potrooms and carbon plants have the opportunities of exposing to coal tar pitch volatiles. Coal tar pitches from which polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) originate have been shown to exhibit lung carcinogenicity in humans. Chromosomal instability (CIN) is a mechanism in carcinogenesis, however, whether CIN is involved in coal tar pitch-induced lung cancer remains elusive. In this present study, human bronchial epithelial cells (BEAS-2B) were first exposed to coal tar pitch extracts (CTPE) to induce a malignant transformation model...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915513/the-influence-of-executive-functions-on-phonemic-processing-in-children-who-do-and-do-not-stutter
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Jayanthi Sasisekaran, Shriya Basu
Purpose: The aim of the present study was to investigate dual-task performance in children who stutter (CWS) and those who do not to investigate if the groups differed in the ability to attend and allocate cognitive resources effectively during task performance. Method: Participants were 24 children (12 CWS) in both groups matched for age and sex. For the primary task, participants performed a phoneme monitoring in a picture-written word interference task. For the secondary task, participants made pitch judgments on tones presented at varying (short, long) stimulus onset asynchrony (SOA) from the onset of the picture...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914951/plasmonic-color-metasurfaces-fabricated-by-a-high-speed-roll-to-roll-method
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Swathi Murthy, Henrik Pranov, Nikolaj A Feidenhans'l, Jonas S Madsen, Poul Erik Hansen, Henrik C Pedersen, Rafael Taboryski
Lab-scale plasmonic color printing using nano-structured and subsequently metallized surfaces have been demonstrated to provide vivid colors. However, upscaling these structures for large area manufacturing is extremely challenging due to the requirement of nanometer precision of metal thickness. In this study, we have investigated a plasmonic color meta-surface design that can be easily upscaled. We have demonstrated the feasibility of fabrication of these plasmonic color surfaces by a high-speed roll-to-roll method, comprising roll-to-roll extrusion coating at 10 m min(-1) creating a polymer foil having 100 nm deep pits of varying sub-wavelength diameter and pitch length...
September 15, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914779/simultaneous-recognition-and-relative-pose-estimation-of-3d-objects-using-4d-orthonormal-moments
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Sergio Dominguez
Both three-dimensional (3D) object recognition and pose estimation are open topics in the research community. These tasks are required for a wide range of applications, sometimes separately, sometimes concurrently. Many different algorithms have been presented in the literature to solve these problems separately, and some to solve them jointly. In this paper, an algorithm to solve them simultaneously is introduced. It is based on the definition of a four-dimensional (4D) tensor that gathers and organizes the projections of a 3D object from different points of view...
September 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912437/voice-selectivity-in-the-temporal-voice-area-despite-matched-low-level-acoustic-cues
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Trevor R Agus, Sébastien Paquette, Clara Suied, Daniel Pressnitzer, Pascal Belin
In human listeners, the temporal voice areas (TVAs) are regions of the superior temporal gyrus and sulcus that respond more to vocal sounds than a range of nonvocal control sounds, including scrambled voices, environmental noises, and animal cries. One interpretation of the TVA's selectivity is based on low-level acoustic cues: compared to control sounds, vocal sounds may have stronger harmonic content or greater spectrotemporal complexity. Here, we show that the right TVA remains selective to the human voice even when accounting for a variety of acoustical cues...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912147/performance-of-a-pet-insert-for-high-resolution-small-animal-pet-mr-imaging-at-7t
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Greg Stortz, Jonathan D Thiessen, Daryl Bishop, Muhammad S Khan, Piotr Kozlowski, Fabrice Retière, Graham Schellenberg, Ehsan Shams, Xuezhu Zhang, Christopher J Thompson, Andrew Goertzen, Vesna Sossi
We present the characterization of a compact magnetic resonance (MR) compatible positron emission tomography (PET) insert for simultaneous pre-clinical PET/MR imaging. While specifically designed with the strict size constraint to fit inside the 114 mm inner diameter of the BGA-12S gradient coil used in the Bruker 70/20 and 94/20 series of small animal MR imaging (MRI) systems, the insert can be easily installed in any appropriate MRI scanner or used as a stand-alone PET system. Methods: The insert is made from a ring of 16 detector-blocks each made from depth-of-interaction capable dual-layer-offset arrays of cerium-doped lutetium-yttrium oxyorthosilicate crystals read out by silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) arrays...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910264/estimation-and-comparison-of-the-radiation-effective-dose-during-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-examinations-on-single-source-64-mdct-and-dual-source-128-mdct
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Daryoush Khoramian, Soroush Sistani
GOAL: To estimate and compare the radiation dose associated with coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) examinations on two multi-detector CT scanners (MDCT), 64-MDCT and 128-MDCT, in daily practice. METHODS: Scan parameters of 90 patients undergoing retrospective electrocardiographic gating spiral CCTA exam were recorded during a period on a single-source 64-MDCT and a dual-source 128-MDCT, and average scan parameters were derived that were used for dosimetry...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906245/potential-audiological-and-mri-markers-of-tinnitus
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Kamakshi V Gopal, Binu P Thomas, Rajesh Nandy, Deng Mao, Hanzhang Lu
BACKGROUND: Subjective tinnitus, or ringing sensation in the ear, is a common disorder with no accepted objective diagnostic markers. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to identify possible objective markers of tinnitus by combining audiological and imaging-based techniques. RESEARCH DESIGN: Case-control studies. STUDY SAMPLE: Twenty adults drawn from our audiology clinic served as participants. The tinnitus group consisted of ten participants with chronic bilateral constant tinnitus, and the control group consisted of ten participants with no history of tinnitus...
September 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902149/highly-portable-sensor-based-system-for-human-fall-monitoring
#14
Aihua Mao, Xuedong Ma, Yinan He, Jie Luo
Falls are a very dangerous situation especially among elderly people, because they may lead to fractures, concussion, and other injuries. Without timely rescue, falls may even endanger their lives. The existing optical sensor-based fall monitoring systems have some disadvantages, such as limited monitoring range and inconvenience to carry for users. Furthermore, the fall detection system based only on an accelerometer often mistakenly determines some activities of daily living (ADL) as falls, leading to low accuracy in fall detection...
September 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901574/using-a-multi-feature-paradigm-to-measure-mismatch-responses-to-minimal-sound-contrasts-in-children-with-cochlear-implants-and-hearing-aids
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Inger Uhlén, Elisabet Engström, Petter Kallioinen, Cecilia Nakeva von Mentzer, Björn Lyxell, Birgitta Sahlén, Magnus Lindgren, Marianne Ors
Our aim was to explore whether a multi-feature paradigm (Optimum-1) for eliciting mismatch negativity (MMN) would objectively capture difficulties in perceiving small sound contrasts in children with hearing impairment (HI) listening through their hearing aids (HAs) and/or cochlear implants (CIs). Children aged 5-7 years with HAs, CIs and children with normal hearing (NH) were tested in a free-field setting using a multi-feature paradigm with deviations in pitch, intensity, gap, duration, and location. There were significant mismatch responses across all subjects that were positive (p-MMR) for the gap and pitch deviants (F(1,43) = 5...
October 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901292/control-of-gliding-in-a-flying-snake-inspired-n-chain-model
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Farid Jafari, Sevak Tahmasian, Shane Ross, Jake Socha
Flying snakes of genus Chrysopelea possess a highly dynamic gliding behavior, which is dominated by an undulation in the form of lateral waves sent posteriorly down the body. The resulting high-amplitude periodic variations in the distribution of mass and aerodynamic forces have been hypothesized to contribute to the stability of the snake's gliding trajectory. However, a previous two-dimensional analysis in the longitudinal plane failed to reveal a significant effect of undulation on the stability in the pitch direction...
September 13, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900151/in-situ-vocal-fold-properties-and-pitch-prediction-by-dynamic-actuation-of-the-songbird-syrinx
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Daniel N Düring, Benjamin J Knörlein, Coen P H Elemans
The biomechanics of sound production forms an integral part of the neuromechanical control loop of avian vocal motor control. However, we critically lack quantification of basic biomechanical parameters describing the vocal organ, the syrinx, such as material properties of syringeal elements, forces and torques exerted on, and motion of the syringeal skeleton during song. Here, we present a novel marker-based 3D stereoscopic imaging technique to reconstruct 3D motion of servo-controlled actuation of syringeal muscle insertions sites in vitro and focus on two muscles controlling sound pitch...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898358/relevance-of-the-implementation-of-teeth-in-three-dimensional-vocal-tract-models
#18
Louisa Traser, Peter Birkholz, Tabea Viktoria Flügge, Robert Kamberger, Michael Burdumy, Bernhard Richter, Jan Gerrit Korvink, Matthias Echternach
Purpose: Recently, efforts have been made to investigate the vocal tract using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Due to technical limitations, teeth were omitted in many previous studies on vocal tract acoustics. However, the knowledge of how teeth influence vocal tract acoustics might be important in order to estimate the necessity of implementing teeth in vocal tract models. The aim of this study was therefore to estimate the effect of teeth on vocal tract acoustics. Method: The acoustic properties of 18 solid (3-dimensional printed) vocal tract models without teeth were compared to the same 18 models including teeth in terms of resonance frequencies (fRn)...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895924/artificial-turf-contested-terrains-for-precautionary-public-health-with-particular-reference-to-europe
#19
Andrew Watterson
Millions of adults, children and teenagers use artificial sports pitches and playgrounds globally. Pitches are artificial grass and bases may be made up of crumb rubber from recycled tires or new rubber and sand. Player injury on pitches was a major concern. Now, debates about health focus on possible exposure and uptake of chemicals within pitch and base materials. Research has looked at potential risks to users from hazardous substances such as metals, volatile organic compounds, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons including benzo (a) (e) pyrenes and phthalates: some are carcinogens and others may be endocrine disruptors and have developmental reproductive effects...
September 12, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894831/assessment-and-improvement-of-sound-quality-in-cochlear-implant-users
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REVIEW
Meredith T Caldwell, Nicole T Jiam, Charles J Limb
OBJECTIVES: Cochlear implants (CIs) have successfully provided speech perception to individuals with sensorineural hearing loss. Recent research has focused on more challenging acoustic stimuli such as music and voice emotion. The purpose of this review is to evaluate and describe sound quality in CI users with the purposes of summarizing novel findings and crucial information about how CI users experience complex sounds. DATA SOURCES: Here we review the existing literature on PubMed and Scopus to present what is known about perceptual sound quality in CI users, discuss existing measures of sound quality, explore how sound quality may be effectively studied, and examine potential strategies of improving sound quality in the CI population...
June 2017: Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology
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