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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732991/in-situ-observation-of-ultrasonic-cavitation-induced-fragmentation-of-the-primary-crystals-formed-in-al-alloys
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Feng Wang, Iakovos Tzanakis, Dmitry Eskin, Jiawei Mi, Thomas Connolley
The cavitation-induced fragmentation of primary crystals formed in Al alloys were investigated for the first time by high-speed imaging using a novel experimental approach. Three representative primary crystal types, Al3Ti, Si and Al3V with different morphologies and mechanical properties were first extracted by deep etching of the corresponding Al alloys and then subjected to ultrasonic cavitation processing in distilled water. The dynamic interaction between the cavitation bubbles and primary crystals was imaged in situ and in real time...
November 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729842/a-gene-based-analysis-of-acoustic-startle-latency
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Alicia K Smith, Tanja Jovanovic, Varun Kilaru, Adriana Lori, Lauren Gensler, Samuel S Lee, Seth Davin Norrholm, Nicholas Massa, Bruce Cuthbert, Bekh Bradley, Kerry J Ressler, Erica Duncan
Latency of the acoustic startle response is the time required from the presentation of startling auditory stimulus until the startle response is elicited and provides an index of neural processing speed. Latency is prolonged in subjects with schizophrenia compared to controls in some but not all studies and is 68-90% heritable in baseline startle trials. In order to determine the genetic association with latency as a potential inroad into genetically based vulnerability to psychosis, we conducted a gene-based study of latency followed by an independent replication study of significant gene findings with a single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)-based analysis of schizophrenia and control subjects...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714555/evidence-that-eye-movement-profiles-do-not-explain-slow-binocular-rivalry-rate-in-bipolar-disorder-support-for-a-perceptual-endophenotype
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Phillip Cf Law, Caroline T Gurvich, Trung T Ngo, Steven M Miller
OBJECTIVES: Presenting conflicting images simultaneously, one to each eye, produces perceptual alternations known as binocular rivalry (BR). Slow BR rate has been proposed as an endophenotype for bipolar disorder (BD) for use in large-scale genome-wide association studies. However, the trait could conceivably reflect eye movement (EM) dysfunction in BD rather than anomalous perceptual processing per se. To address this question, we examined the relationship between EM profiles and BR rate for various stimulus types in BD and healthy subjects...
July 17, 2017: Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709924/training-peripheral-vision-to-read-boosting-the-speed-of-letter-processing
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Deyue Yu, Gordon E Legge, Gunther Wagoner, Susana T L Chung
Central-field loss necessitates the use of peripheral vision which makes reading slow and difficult. Slower temporal processing of letter recognition has been shown to be a limiting factor in peripheral letter recognition and reading. Previous studies showed that perceptual learning can increase the number of letters recognized on each fixation and is accompanied by an increase in reading speed. We hypothesized that improvement in temporal processing speed underlies the observed training effects. Here, we proposed an adaptive training procedure to focus on boosting the speed of letter recognition, and investigated whether peripheral reading would be enhanced by this training method...
July 19, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700954/cognitive-and-motor-reaction-times-in-obstructive-sleep-apnea-syndrome-a-study-based-on-computerized-measures
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Maria Devita, Sonia Montemurro, Andrea Zangrossi, Sara Ramponi, Maurizio Marvisi, Daniele Villani, Maria Clara Raimondi, Paola Merlo, Maria Luisa Rusconi, Sara Mondini
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS) is mainly associated with executive dysfunction. Although delayed reaction times (RTs) in patients with OSAS have been reported, sensitivity of processing speed has not been adequately assessed. This study suggests sensitive and reliable measures to clarify whether different components of information processing speed, i.e. cognitive and motor responses, are equally impaired in OSAS. Thirty-three patients with OSAS were compared with thirty healthy controls. The MoCA test was administered to assess participants' global neuropsychological profile...
July 9, 2017: Brain and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699634/scalable-variable-index-elasto-optic-metamaterials-for-macroscopic-optical-components-and-devices
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Dongheok Shin, Junhyun Kim, Changwook Kim, Kyuyoung Bae, Seunghwa Baek, Gumin Kang, Yaroslav Urzhumov, David R Smith, Kyoungsik Kim
Optical metamaterials with an artificial subwavelength structure offer new approaches to implement advanced optical devices. However, some of the biggest challenges associated with the development of metamaterials in the visible spectrum are the high costs and slow production speeds of the nanofabrication processes. Here, we demonstrate a macroscale (>35 mm) transformation-optics wave bender (293 mm(2)) and Luneburg lens (855 mm(2)) in the broadband white-light visible wavelength range using the concept of elasto-optic metamaterials that combines optics and solid mechanics...
July 12, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641172/the-impact-of-speed-and-time-on-gait-dynamics
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Kathleen S Thomas, Daniel M Russell, Bonnie L Van Lunen, Sheri R Colberg, Steven Morrison
To determine the effects of speed on gait previous studies have examined young adults walking at different speeds; however, the small number of strides may have influenced the results. The aim of this study was to investigate the immediate and long-term impact of continuous slow walking on the mean, variability and structure of stride-to-stride measures. Fourteen young adults walked at a constant pace on a treadmill at three speeds (preferred walking speed (PWS), 90% and 80% PWS) for 30 min each. Spatiotemporal gait parameters were computed over six successive 5-min intervals...
June 19, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640998/oximes-and-hydrazones-in-bioconjugation-mechanism-and-catalysis
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Dominik K Kölmel, Eric T Kool
The formation of oximes and hydrazones is employed in numerous scientific fields as a simple and versatile conjugation strategy. This imine-forming reaction is applied in fields as diverse as polymer chemistry, biomaterials and hydrogels, dynamic combinatorial chemistry, organic synthesis, and chemical biology. Here we outline chemical developments in this field, with special focus on the past ∼10 years of developments. Recent strategies for installing reactive carbonyl groups and α-nucleophiles into biomolecules are described...
June 22, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639380/bilayer-pbs-quantum-dots-for-high-performance-photodetectors
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Zhenwei Ren, Jiankun Sun, Hui Li, Peng Mao, Yuanzhi Wei, Xinhua Zhong, Jinsong Hu, Shiyong Yang, Jizheng Wang
Due to their wide tunable bandgaps, high absorption coefficients, easy solution processabilities, and high stabilities in air, lead sulfide (PbS) quantum dots (QDs) are increasingly regarded as promising material candidates for next-generation light, low-cost, and flexible photodetectors. Current single-layer PbS-QD photodetectors suffer from shortcomings of large dark currents, low on-off ratios, and slow light responses. Integration with metal nanoparticles, organics, and high-conducting graphene/nanotube to form hybrid PbS-QD devices are proved capable of enhancing photoresponsivity; but these approaches always bring in other problems that can severely hamper the improvement of the overall device performance...
June 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632427/speed-of-processing-and-executive-functions-in-adults-with-phenylketonuria-quick-in-finding-the-word-but-not-the-ladybird
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Cristina Romani, Anita MacDonald, Sara De Felice, Liana Palermo
A reduction in processing speed is widely reported in phenylketonuria (PKU), possibly due to white matter pathology. We investigated possible deficits and their relationships with executive functions in a sample of 37 early-treated adults with PKU (AwPKUs). AwPKUs were not characterized by a generalized speed deficit, but instead their performance could be explained by two more specific impairments: (a) a deficit in the allocation of visuo-spatial attention that reduced speed in visual search tasks, in some reading conditions and visuo-motor coordination tasks; and (b) a more conservative decision mechanism that slowed down returning an answer across domains...
June 20, 2017: Cognitive Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617009/-the-feasibility-of-implementing-cognitive-remediation-for-work-in-community-based-psychiatric-rehabilitation-programs-correction-to-mcgurk-et-al-2017
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Reports an error in "The feasibility of implementing cognitive remediation for work in community based psychiatric rehabilitation programs" by Susan R. McGurk, Kim T. Mueser, Melanie A. Watkins, Carline M. Dalton and Heather Deutsch (Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 2017[Mar], Vol 40[1], 79-86). In the article, the author order was incorrect due to a printer error. The online version of this article has been corrected. (The following abstract of the original article appeared in record 2017-13255-004.) Objective: Adding cognitive remediation to vocational rehabilitation services improves cognitive and work functioning in people with serious mental illness, but despite interest, the uptake of cognitive programs into community services has been slow...
June 2017: Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613315/bulk-advection-and-interfacial-flows-in-the-binary-coalescence-of-surfactant-laden-and-surfactant-free-drops
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Emilia Nowak, Zhihua Xie, Nina M Kovalchuk, Omar K Matar, Mark J H Simmons
This work focuses on the study of bulk flows accompanying the coalescence of two aqueous drops, one containing surfactant and the other surfactant-free, in silicone oils of various viscosities. It is observed that the surfactant-free drop intrudes into the surfactant-laden drop in the form of a penetrating jet whose speed increases and average radius decreases with increasing outer phase viscosity. Mixing patterns within the coalescing drops are due to the force imbalance caused by capillary pressure difference and surfactant-induced Marangoni stresses...
June 14, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611613/simultaneous-processing-of-noun-cue-and-to-be-produced-verb-in-verb-generation-task-electromagnetic-evidence
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Anna V Butorina, Anna A Pavlova, Anastasia Y Nikolaeva, Andrey O Prokofyev, Denis P Bondarev, Tatiana A Stroganova
A long-standing but implicit assumption is that words strongly associated with a presented cue are automatically activated in the memory through rapid spread of activation within brain semantic networks. The current study was aimed to provide direct evidence of such rapid access to words' semantic representations and to investigate its neural sources using magnetoencephalography (MEG) and distributed source localization technique. Thirty-three neurotypical subjects underwent the MEG recording during verb generation task, which was to produce verbs related to the presented noun cues...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600563/multivariate-classification-of-echellograms-a-new-perspective-in-laser-induced-breakdown-spectroscopy-analysis
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Pavel Pořízka, Jakub Klus, Jan Mašek, Martin Rajnoha, David Prochazka, Pavlína Modlitbová, Jan Novotný, Radim Burget, Karel Novotný, Jozef Kaiser
In this work, we proposed a new data acquisition approach that significantly improves the repetition rates of Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) experiments, where high-end echelle spectrometers and intensified detectors are commonly used. The moderate repetition rates of recent LIBS systems are caused by the utilization of intensified detectors and their slow full frame (i.e. echellogram) readout speeds with consequent necessity for echellogram-to-1D spectrum conversion (intensity vs. wavelength)...
June 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598673/entangled-dynamics-in-macroscopic-quantum-tunneling-of-bose-einstein-condensates
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Diego A Alcala, Joseph A Glick, Lincoln D Carr
Tunneling of a quasibound state is a nonsmooth process in the entangled many-body case. Using time-evolving block decimation, we show that repulsive (attractive) interactions speed up (slow down) tunneling. While the escape time scales exponentially with small interactions, the maximization time of the von Neumann entanglement entropy between the remaining quasibound and escaped atoms scales quadratically. Stronger interactions require higher-order corrections. Entanglement entropy is maximized when about half the atoms have escaped...
May 26, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598417/age-related-delay-in-visual-and-auditory-evoked-responses-is-mediated-by-white-and-grey-matter-differences
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D Price, L K Tyler, R Neto Henriques, K L Campbell, N Williams, M S Treder, J R Taylor, R N A Henson
Slowing is a common feature of ageing, yet a direct relationship between neural slowing and brain atrophy is yet to be established in healthy humans. We combine magnetoencephalographic (MEG) measures of neural processing speed with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measures of white and grey matter in a large population-derived cohort to investigate the relationship between age-related structural differences and visual evoked field (VEF) and auditory evoked field (AEF) delay across two different tasks. Here we use a novel technique to show that VEFs exhibit a constant delay, whereas AEFs exhibit delay that accumulates over time...
June 9, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598292/effects-of-primary-and-recurrent-sacral-chordoma-on-the-motor-and-nociceptive-function-of-hindlimbs-in-rats-an-orthotopic-spine-model
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Rachel Sarabia-Estrada, Alejandro Ruiz-Valls, Sagar R Shah, A Karim Ahmed, Alvaro A Ordonez, Fausto J Rodriguez, Hugo Guerrero-Cazares, Ismael Jimenez-Estrada, Esteban Velarde, Betty Tyler, Yuxin Li, Neil A Phillips, C Rory Goodwin, Rory J Petteys, Sanjay K Jain, Gary L Gallia, Ziya L Gokaslan, Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, Daniel M Sciubba
OBJECTIVE Chordoma is a slow-growing, locally aggressive cancer that is minimally responsive to conventional chemotherapy and radiotherapy and has high local recurrence rates after resection. Currently, there are no rodent models of spinal chordoma. In the present study, the authors sought to develop and characterize an orthotopic model of human chordoma in an immunocompromised rat. METHODS Thirty-four immunocompromised rats were randomly allocated to 4 study groups; 22 of the 34 rats were engrafted in the lumbar spine with human chordoma...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596532/high-throughput-analysis-of-in-vitro-lfp-electrophysiological-signals-a-validated-workflow-software-package
#18
P Tsakanikas, C Sigalas, P Rigas, I Skaliora
Synchronized brain activity in the form of alternating epochs of massive persistent network activity and periods of generalized neural silence, has been extensively studied as a fundamental form of circuit dynamics, important for many cognitive functions including short-term memory, memory consolidation, or attentional modulation. A key element in such studies is the accurate determination of the timing and duration of those network events. The local field potential (LFP) is a particularly attractive method for recording network activity, because it allows for long and stable recordings from multiple sites, allowing researchers to estimate the functional connectivity of local networks...
June 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595806/conversion-of-biowastes-to-biomaterial-an-innovative-waste-management-approach
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M Bobby Kannan, Karly Ronan
The study suggests that biowastes (eggshells and urine) can be potentially used as precursors to produce hydroxyapatite (HAp) biomaterial in a simple chemical process. A batch reactor was used in this work to produce HAp powder from eggshells and synthetic urine (SU). Fine powder of calcined eggshells was dissolved in water to produce aqueous calcium hydroxide. The solution was then mixed with concentrated SU in stoichiometric amounts corresponding to HAp (Ca/P molar ratio∼1.67). The initial pH of the solution was alkaline (pH∼8...
June 5, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592365/assisted-baseline-subtraction-in-complex-chromatograms-using-the-beads-algorithm
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J A Navarro-Huerta, J R Torres-Lapasió, S López-Ureña, M C García-Alvarez-Coque
The data processing step of complex signals in high-performance liquid chromatography may constitute a bottleneck to obtain significant information from chromatograms. Data pre-processing should be preferably done with little (or no) user supervision, for a maximal benefit and highest speed. In this work, a tool for the configuration of a state-of-the-art baseline subtraction algorithm, called BEADS (Baseline Estimation And Denoising using Sparsity) is developed and verified. A quality criterion based on the measurement of the autocorrelation level was designed to select the most suitable working parameters to obtain the best baseline...
May 29, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
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