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Ryan B Scott, Jason Samaha, Ron Chrisley, Zoltan Dienes
While theories of consciousness differ substantially, the 'conscious access hypothesis', which aligns consciousness with the global accessibility of information across cortical regions, is present in many of the prevailing frameworks. This account holds that consciousness is necessary to integrate information arising from independent functions such as the specialist processing required by different senses. We directly tested this account by evaluating the potential for associative learning between novel pairs of subliminal stimuli presented in different sensory modalities...
March 12, 2018: Cognition
Rudolph S Wagner
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March 1, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Bruno Sommacal, Miodrag Savic, Andreas Filippi, Sebastian Kühl, Florian M Thieringer
PURPOSE: To compare the suitability of a fused filament fabrication (FFF) consumer 3D printer with a professional digital light processing (DLP) printer for the production of surgical templates for guided oral implant surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eight virtual templates were printed with two different 3D printers. These were optically scanned and the incongruences between virtual and printed templates were determined after alignment of the surface scans and the virtual data...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
Nancy A Scott, Taryn Vian, Jeanette L Kaiser, Thandiwe Ngoma, Kaluba Mataka, Elizabeth G Henry, Godfrey Biemba, Mary Nambao, Davidson H Hamer
BACKGROUND: The WHO recommends maternity waiting homes (MWH) as one intervention to improve maternal and newborn health. However, persistent structural, cultural and financial barriers in their design and implementation have resulted in mixed success in both their uptake and utilization. Guidance is needed on how to design a MWH intervention that is acceptable and sustainable. Using formative research and guided by a sustainability framework for health programs, we systematically collected data from key stakeholders and potential users in order to design a MWH intervention in Zambia that could overcome multi-dimensional barriers to accessing facility delivery, be acceptable to the community and be financially and operationally sustainable...
2018: PloS One
Plansky Hoang, Jason Wang, Bruce R Conklin, Kevin E Healy, Zhen Ma
The creation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) has provided an unprecedented opportunity to study tissue morphogenesis and organ development through 'organogenesis-in-a-dish'. Current approaches to cardiac organoid engineering rely on either direct cardiac differentiation from embryoid bodies (EBs) or generation of aligned cardiac tissues from predifferentiated cardiomyocytes from monolayer hiPSCs. To experimentally model early cardiac organogenesis in vitro, our protocol combines biomaterials-based cell patterning with stem cell organoid engineering...
April 2018: Nature Protocols
Stephen S Curran, Eric E Pulis, Michael J Andres, Robin M Oversteet
Two cryptic species of haploporid digeneans belonging in Saccocoelioides are described from Costa Rica; one from a poeciliid fish Poecilia gillii and the other from a characid fish, Astyanx aeneus. Traditional morphological features are examined and found to be largely inefficient for differentiate among new species and 20 New World congeners. Comparison of ribosomal DNA sequences among the 2 new species, 2 North American, 4 Middle American, and 3 South American species of Saccocoelioides, including the type-species Saccocoelioides nanii from Argentina and Saccocoelioides sogandaresi from Texas, is effective for differentiating among these species...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Parasitology
Dustin T Han, Mohamed Suhail, Eric D Ragan
Virtual reality often uses motion tracking to incorporate physical hand movements into interaction techniques for selection and manipulation of virtual objects. To increase realism and allow direct hand interaction, real-world physical objects can be aligned with virtual objects to provide tactile feedback and physical grasping. However, unless a physical space is custom configured to match a specific virtual reality experience, the ability to perfectly match the physical and virtual objects is limited. Our research addresses this challenge by studying methods that allow one physical object to be mapped to multiple virtual objects that can exist at different virtual locations in an egocentric reference frame...
April 2018: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
David J Collins, Richard O'Rorke, Citsabehsan Devendran, Zhichao Ma, Jongyoon Han, Adrian Neild, Ye Ai
Acoustic fields have been widely used for manipulation of particles and cells within microfluidic systems. In this Letter, we explore a novel acoustofluidic phenomenon for particle patterning and focusing, where a periodic acoustic pressure field is produced parallel to internal channel boundaries with the imposition of either a traveling or standing surface acoustic wave (SAW). This effect results from the propagation and intersection of edge waves from the channel walls according to the Huygens-Fresnel principle and classical wave fronts from the substrate-fluid interface...
February 16, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Pratibha Ramarao, Neha Bhagwani Topnani, Prutha N
Periodic orientation patterns occurring in nematic gels revealed by optical and scanning electron microscopy are found to be formed by spontaneous self assembly of fibrous aggregates of a low-molecular weight organogelator in an aligned thermotropic liquid crystal (LC). The self organization into the periodic structure is also reflected in a calorimetric study which shows the occurrence of three thermoreversible states viz. isotropic liquid, nematic and nematic gel. The segregation and self assembly of the fibrous aggregates leading to the pattern formation is attributed to the highly polar LC and the hydrogen bonding between gelator molecules as shown by x-ray diffraction and vibrational spectroscopy...
March 15, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
Keshav Shrestha, Vera Marinova, Bernd Lorenz, Paul C W Chu
We present a systematic quantum oscillations study on a metallic, <i>p</i>-type Bi<sub>2</sub>Te<sub>3</sub> topological single crystal in magnetic fields up to <i>B</i> = 7 T. The maxima/minima positions of oscillations measured at different tilt angles align to one another when plotted as a function of the normal component of magnetic field, confirming the presence of the 2D Fermi surface. Additionally, the Berry phase, β = 0...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Cathy McKay, Jung Yeon Park, Martin Block
The purpose of this study was to address contact theory as the theoretical basis of the Paralympic School Day (PSD) disability awareness program using a newly created fidelity of implementation instrument (fidelity criteria) to measure a single construct (contact theory), seeking to control and explain the manner in which PSD satisfied the four components of contact theory. Participants were 145 sixth-grade students who took part in PSD. Results determined that the PSD intervention supported the four theoretical components of contact theory, with statistically significant differences in student responses across all four indicators (p < ...
March 15, 2018: Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly: APAQ
S M Hayen, A M Ehlers, C F den Hartog Jager, J Garssen, E F Knol, A C Knulst, W Suer, L E M Willemsen, H G Otten
BACKGROUND: Screening for specific IgE against 2S albumin proteins Ara h 2 and 6 has good positive predictive value in diagnosing peanut allergy. From the third 2S member Ara h 7, three isoforms have been identified. Their allergenicity has not been elucidated. OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the allergenicity of Ara h 7 isoforms compared to Ara h 2 and 6. METHODS: Sensitization of 15 DBPCFC confirmed peanut allergic patients to recombinant Ara h 2...
March 14, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
María E Errasti, Claudia L Natalucci, Néstor O Caffini, Alejandra E Rotelli, Adriana Brullo, Bruno Maras, Sebastián A Trejo, Laura M I López
The primary structure of macrodontain I, a peptidase from Pseudananas macrodontes fruits, was determined using Edman's degradation. The enzyme is a non-glycosylated peptidase composed by 213 amino acids with a calculated molecular weight of 23,486.18 Da, pI value 6.99, and a molar extinction coefficient at 280 nm of 61,685 M-1  cm-1 . The alignment of the sequence of macrodontain I with those cysteine peptidases from species belonging to the family Bromeliaceae showed the highest identity degree (87.74%) against fruit bromelain...
March 15, 2018: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Mohammad Bagher Ghavami, Habibeh Mirzadeh, Jamshid Mohammadi, Asghar Fazaeli
The human flea is an important ectoparasite causing serious public health problems worldwide. Planning and monitoring the control programs against this vector require the knowledge of population structure and vector competence. This study was carried out to identify molecular structure of internal transcribed spacer 1 (ITS1) of ribosomal gene and its capability in the survey of Pulex irritans populations as well as to investigate Rickettsia infection in these populations. Flea samples were collected via human baits from animal farms in two districts of Zanjan Province, northwest of Iran...
March 14, 2018: Parasitology Research
Georges Hattab, Veit Wiesmann, Anke Becker, Tamara Munzner, Tim W Nattkemper
Time-lapse imaging of cell colonies in microfluidic chambers provides time series of bioimages, i.e., biomovies. They show the behavior of cells over time under controlled conditions. One of the main remaining bottlenecks in this area of research is the analysis of experimental data and the extraction of cell growth characteristics, such as lineage information. The extraction of the cell line by human observers is time-consuming and error-prone. Previously proposed methods often fail because of their reliance on the accurate detection of a single cell, which is not possible for high density, high diversity of cell shapes and numbers, and high-resolution images with high noise...
2018: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
Mohesh Moothanchery, Renzhe Bi, Jin Young Kim, Seungwan Jeon, Chulhong Kim, Malini Olivo
Photoacoustic microscopy (PAM) is a multiscale imaging technique. In optical-resolution photoacoustic microscopy (OR-PAM), a single mode (SM) fiber is normally used as the source of optical excitation to be focused into a diffraction-limited spot. Recent advances in OR-PAM have improved its imaging speed using microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Here we report for the first time the use of a multimode (MM) fiber as the optical excitation source for high resolution OR-PAM in vivo imaging. A high-speed MEMS scanner based OR-PAM system combined with the mechanical movement to provide wide area imaging was used...
March 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Bipin Balan, Ana M Ibáñez, Abhaya M Dandekar, Tiziano Caruso, Federico Martinelli
A bioinformatic analysis of previously published RNA-Seq studies on Huanglongbing (HLB) response and tolerance in leaf tissues was performed. The aim was to identify genes commonly modulated between studies and genes, pathways and gene set categories strongly associated with this devastating Citrus disease. Bioinformatic analysis of expression data of four datasets present in NCBI provided 46-68 million reads with an alignment percentage of 72.95-86.76%. Only 16 HLB-regulated genes were commonly identified between the three leaf datasets...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Bartłomiej Gardas, Jacek Dziarmaga, Wojciech H Zurek, Michael Zwolak
The shift of interest from general purpose quantum computers to adiabatic quantum computing or quantum annealing calls for a broadly applicable and easy to implement test to assess how quantum or adiabatic is a specific hardware. Here we propose such a test based on an exactly solvable many body system-the quantum Ising chain in transverse field-and implement it on the D-Wave machine. An ideal adiabatic quench of the quantum Ising chain should lead to an ordered broken symmetry ground state with all spins aligned in the same direction...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Joel Cramer, Felix Fuhrmann, Ulrike Ritzmann, Vanessa Gall, Tomohiko Niizeki, Rafael Ramos, Zhiyong Qiu, Dazhi Hou, Takashi Kikkawa, Jairo Sinova, Ulrich Nowak, Eiji Saitoh, Mathias Kläui
Information transport and processing by pure magnonic spin currents in insulators is a promising alternative to conventional charge-current-driven spintronic devices. The absence of Joule heating and reduced spin wave damping in insulating ferromagnets have been suggested for implementing efficient logic devices. After the successful demonstration of a majority gate based on the superposition of spin waves, further components are required to perform complex logic operations. Here, we report on magnetization orientation-dependent spin current detection signals in collinear magnetic multilayers inspired by the functionality of a conventional spin valve...
March 14, 2018: Nature Communications
Dilruba Sharmin, Yong Guo, Tomoyasu Nishizawa, Shoko Ohshima, Yoshinori Sato, Yusuke Takashima, Kazuhiko Narisawa, Hiroyuki Ohta
Endohyphal bacteria (EHB), dwelling within fungal hyphae, markedly affect the growth and metabolic potential of their hosts. To date, two EHB belonging to the family Burkholderiaceae have been isolated and characterized as new taxa, Burkholderia rhizoxinica (HKI 454T ) and Mycoavidus cysteinexigens (B1-EBT ), in Japan. Metagenome sequencing was recently reported for Mortierella elongata AG77 together with its endosymbiont M. cysteinexigens (Mc-AG77) from a soil/litter sample in the USA. In the present study, we elucidated the complete genome sequence of B1-EBT and compared it with those of Mc-AG77 and HKI 454T ...
March 14, 2018: Microbes and Environments
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