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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092561/realistic-data-driven-traffic-flow-animation-using-texture-synthesis
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Qianwen Chao, Zhigang Deng, Jiaping Ren, Qianqian Ye, Xiaogang Jin
We present a novel data-driven approach to populate virtual road networks with realistic traffic flows. Specifically, given a limited set of vehicle trajectories as the input samples, our approach first synthesizes a large set of vehicle trajectories. By taking the spatio-temporal information of traffic flows as a 2D texture, the generation of new traffic flows can be formulated as a texture synthesis process, which is solved by minimizing a newly developed traffic texture energy. The synthesized output captures the spatio-temporal dynamics of the input traffic flows, and the vehicle interactions in it strictly follow traffic rules...
January 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092549/learning-short-binary-codes-for-large-scale-image-retrieval
#2
Li Liu, Mengyang Yu, Ling Shao
Large-scale visual information retrieval has become an active research area in this big data era. Recently, hashing/ binary coding algorithms prove to be effective for scalable retrieval applications. Most existing hashing methods require relatively long binary codes (i.e., over hundreds of bits, sometimes even thousands of bits) to achieve reasonable retrieval accuracies. However, for some realistic and unique applications such as on wearable or mobile devices, only short binary codes can be used for efficient image retrieval due to the limitation of computational resources or bandwidth on these devices...
January 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092504/wall-shear-rate-measurement-validation-of-a-new-method-through-multiphysics-simulations
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Stefano Ricci, Abigail Swillens, Alessandro Ramalli, Patrick Segers, Piero Tortoli
Wall shear stress is known to affect the vessel endothelial function and to be related to important pathologies like the development of atherosclerosis. It is defined as the product of the blood viscosity by the blood velocity gradient at the wall position, i.e., the wall shear rate (WSR). The WSR measurement is particularly challenging in important cardiovascular sites, like the carotid bifurcation, because of the related complex flow configurations characterized by high spatial and temporal gradients, wall movement, and clutter noise...
January 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092464/expectations-for-treatment-in-pediatric-weight-management-and-relationship-to-attrition
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Erinn T Rhodes, Richard E Boles, Kimberly Chin, Amy Christison, Elizabeth Getzoff Testa, Kimberly Guion, Mary Jane Hawkins, Carter R Petty, Bethany Sallinen Gaffka, Melissa Santos, Laura Shaffer, Jared Tucker, Sarah E Hampl
BACKGROUND: Attrition in pediatric weight management negatively impacts treatment outcomes. A potentially modifiable contributor to attrition is unmet family expectations. This study aimed to evaluate the association between adolescent and parent/guardian treatment expectations and attrition. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A prospective, nonrandomized, uncontrolled, single-arm pilot trial was conducted among 12 pediatric weight management programs in the Children's Hospital Association's FOCUS on a Fitter Future collaborative...
January 16, 2017: Childhood Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092003/validated-electrochemical-and-chromatographic-quantifications-of-some-antibiotic-residues-in-pharmaceutical-industrial-waste-water
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Heba K Ibrahim, Mona M Abdel-Moety, Sherif A Abdel-Gawad, Medhat A Al-Ghobashy, Mohamed Abdel Kawy
Realistic implementation of ion selective electrodes (ISEs) into environmental monitoring programs has always been a challenging task. This could be largely attributed to difficulties in validation of ISE assay results. In this study, the electrochemical response of amoxicillin trihydrate (AMX), ciprofloxacin hydrochloride (CPLX), trimethoprim (TMP), and norfloxacin (NFLX) was studied by the fabrication of sensitive membrane electrodes belonging to two types of ISEs, which are polyvinyl chloride (PVC) membrane electrodes and glassy carbon (GC) electrodes...
January 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091971/mate-limitation-in-fungal-plant-parasites-can-lead-to-cyclic-epidemics-in-perennial-host-populations
#6
Virginie Ravigné, Valérie Lemesle, Alicia Walter, Ludovic Mailleret, Frédéric M Hamelin
Fungal plant parasites represent a growing concern for biodiversity and food security. Most ascomycete species are capable of producing different types of infectious spores both asexually and sexually. Yet the contributions of both types of spores to epidemiological dynamics have still to been fully researched. Here we studied the effect of mate limitation in parasites which perform both sexual and asexual reproduction in the same host. Since mate limitation implies positive density dependence at low population density, we modeled the dynamics of such species with both density-dependent (sexual) and density-independent (asexual) transmission rates...
January 13, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091721/influence-of-tooth-dimension-on-the-initial-mobility-based-on-plaster-casts-and-x-ray-images-a-numerical-study
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Martin Hartmann, Cornelius Dirk, Susanne Reimann, Ludger Keilig, Anna Konermann, Andreas Jäger, Christoph Bourauel
AIMS: The goal was to determine the influence of different geometric parameters of the tooth on the initial tooth mobility and the position of the center of resistance employing numerical models based on scaled X-ray images and plaster casts. METHODS: The dimensions of tooth 21 were measured in 21 patients, using radiographs and dental casts. Length and mesiodistal width of the tooth were obtained from the X-ray image and the orovestibular diameter from the plaster cast...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Orofacial Orthopedics, Fortschritte der Kieferorthopädie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089582/a-model-for-screening-and-prioritizing-consumer-nanoproduct-risks-a-case-study-from-south-africa
#8
Ndeke Musee
The potential risks of the increasing variety and volume of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) entering into the ecosystem remain poorly quantified. In recent years, information essential to evaluate the ecological risks of ENMs has increased. However, the data are highly fragmented, limited, or severely lacking. This limits the usefulness of the information to support holistic screening and prioritization of potentially harmful ENMs. To screen and prioritize ENMs risks, we adopted a two-phased approach. First, a holistic framework model was developed to integrate a diverse set of factors aimed to assess the potential hazard, exposure, and in turn, risk to the ecosystem of ENMs from a given consumer nanoproduct...
January 12, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089562/sequential-multiple-assignment-randomized-trials-an-opportunity-for-improved-design-of-stroke-reperfusion-trials
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William J Meurer, Nicholas J Seewald, Kelley Kidwell
BACKGROUND: Modern clinical trials in stroke reperfusion fall into 2 categories: alternative systemic pharmacological regimens to alteplase and "rescue" endovascular approaches using targeted thrombectomy devices and/or medications delivered directly for persistently occluded vessels. Clinical trials in stroke have not evaluated how initial pharmacological thrombolytic management might influence subsequent rescue strategy. A sequential multiple assignment randomized trial (SMART) is a novel trial design that can test these dynamic treatment regimens and lead to treatment guidelines that more closely mimic practice...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089211/toxicity-effects-of-an-environmental-realistic-herbicide-mixture-on-the-seagrass-zostera-noltei
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Noël J Diepens, Evelyne Buffan-Dubau, Hélène Budzinski, Jean Kallerhoff, Georges Merlina, Jérome Silvestre, Isabelle Auby, Nathalie Tapie, Arnaud Elger
Worldwide seagrass declines have been observed due to multiple stressors. One of them is the mixture of pesticides used in intensive agriculture and boat antifouling paints in coastal areas. Effects of mixture toxicity are complex and poorly understood. However, consideration of mixture toxicity is more realistic and ecologically relevant for environmental risk assessment (ERA). The first aim of this study was to determine short-term effects of realistic herbicide mixture exposure on physiological endpoints of Zostera noltei...
January 11, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088170/application-of-a-bayesian-dominance-model-improves-power-in-quantitative-trait-genome-wide-association-analysis
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Jörn Bennewitz, Christian Edel, Ruedi Fries, Theo H E Meuwissen, Robin Wellmann
BACKGROUND: Multi-marker methods, which fit all markers simultaneously, were originally tailored for genomic selection purposes, but have proven to be useful also in association analyses, especially the so-called BayesC Bayesian methods. In a recent study, BayesD extended BayesC towards accounting for dominance effects and improved prediction accuracy and persistence in genomic selection. The current study investigated the power and precision of BayesC and BayesD in genome-wide association studies by means of stochastic simulations and applied these methods to a dairy cattle dataset...
January 14, 2017: Genetics, Selection, Evolution: GSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088094/organ-on-a-chip-for-assessing-environmental-toxicants
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REVIEW
Soohee Cho, Jeong-Yeol Yoon
Man-made xenobiotics, whose potential toxicological effects are not fully understood, are oversaturating the already-contaminated environment. Due to the rate of toxicant accumulation, unmanaged disposal, and unknown adverse effects to the environment and the human population, there is a crucial need to screen for environmental toxicants. Animal models and in vitro models are ineffective models in predicting in vivo responses due to inter-species difference and/or lack of physiologically-relevant 3D tissue environment...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087070/can-evolution-supply-what-ecology-demands
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REVIEW
Hanna Kokko, Anurag Chaturvedi, Daniel Croll, Martin C Fischer, Frédéric Guillaume, Sophie Karrenberg, Ben Kerr, Gregor Rolshausen, Jessica Stapley
A simplistic view of the adaptive process pictures a hillside along which a population can climb: when ecological 'demands' change, evolution 'supplies' the variation needed for the population to climb to a new peak. Evolutionary ecologists point out that this simplistic view can be incomplete because the fitness landscape changes dynamically as the population evolves. Geneticists meanwhile have identified complexities relating to the nature of genetic variation and its architecture, and the importance of epigenetic variation is under debate...
January 10, 2017: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086905/reduction-of-eddy-current-losses-in-inductive-transmission-systems-with-ferrite-sheets
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Matthias Maaß, Andreas Griessner, Viktor Steixner, Clemens Zierhofer
BACKGROUND: Improvements in eddy current suppression are necessary to meet the demand for increasing miniaturization of inductively driven transmission systems in industrial and biomedical applications. The high magnetic permeability and the simultaneously low electrical conductivity of ferrite materials make them ideal candidates for shielding metallic surfaces. For systems like cochlear implants the transmission of data as well as energy over an inductive link is conducted within a well-defined parameter set...
January 5, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086823/a-realist-review-of-the-partograph-when-and-how-does-it-work-for-labour-monitoring
#15
Carol Bedwell, Karen Levin, Celia Pett, Dame Tina Lavender
BACKGROUND: The partograph (or partogram) is recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), for monitoring labour wellbeing and progress. Concerns about limitations in the way the partograph is used in the clinical context and the potential impact on its effectiveness have led to this realist systematic review of partograph use. METHODS: This review aimed to answer two key questions, 1) What is it about the partograph that works (or does not work); for whom does it work; and in what circumstances? 2) What are the essential inputs required for the partograph to work? A comprehensive search strategy encompassed key databases; including papers of varying methodologies...
January 13, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081273/assessing-the-impact-of-retreat-mechanisms-in-a-simple-antarctic-ice-sheet-model-using-bayesian-calibration
#16
Kelsey L Ruckert, Gary Shaffer, David Pollard, Yawen Guan, Tony E Wong, Chris E Forest, Klaus Keller
The response of the Antarctic ice sheet (AIS) to changing climate forcings is an important driver of sea-level changes. Anthropogenic climate change may drive a sizeable AIS tipping point response with subsequent increases in coastal flooding risks. Many studies analyzing flood risks use simple models to project the future responses of AIS and its sea-level contributions. These analyses have provided important new insights, but they are often silent on the effects of potentially important processes such as Marine Ice Sheet Instability (MISI) or Marine Ice Cliff Instability (MICI)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081196/how-social-ties-influence-consumer-evidence-from-event-related-potentials
#17
Jing Luan, Zhong Yao, Yan Bai
A considerable amount of marketing research has reported that consumers are more saliently influenced by friends (strong social ties) than by acquaintances and strangers (weak social ties). To shed light on the neural and psychological processes underlying such phenomenon, in this study we designed an amended S1-S2 paradigm (product-[reviewer-review]) that is based on realistic consumer purchase experiences. After incoming all given information (product, reviewer, review), participants were required to state their purchase intentions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081106/broad-bandwidth-reversible-and-high-contrast-ratio-optical-diode
#18
Chao Li, Min Wang, Jun-Fang Wu
Fano resonance is widely used to realize high-contrast nonreciprocal transmission. However, resonance-enhanced all-optical diodes (AOD) are bandwidth-limited, and their transmission rates are normally low, which restricts realistic application. In this Letter, we analytically and numerically demonstrate that this limitation can be overcome once multistability of cascaded nonlinear cavities is appropriately excited. By precisely molding the transiting of the signal light between multistable states, a high-contrast-ratio, high-unidirectional-transmission-rate, and reversal-controllable AOD is achieved with a bandwidth over 2...
January 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081103/robust-processing-of-phase-dislocations-based-on-combined-unwrapping-and-inpainting-approaches
#19
Haiting Xia, Silvio Montresor, Rongxin Guo, Junchang Li, François Olchewsky, Jean-Michel Desse, Pascal Picart
This Letter proposes a robust processing of phase dislocations to recover continuous phase maps. The approach is based on combined unwrapping and inpainting methods. Phase dislocations are determined using an estimator based on the second order phase gradient. The algorithm is validated using a realistic simulation of phase dislocations, and the phase restoration exhibits only weak errors. A comparison with other inpainting algorithms is also provided, demonstrating the suitability of the approach. The approach is applied to experimental data from off-axis digital holographic interferometry...
January 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079455/emergence-of-resistance-to-fungicides-the-role-of-fungicide-dose
#20
Alexey Mikaberidze, Neil Paveley, Sebastian Bonhoeffer, Frank van den Bosch
Resistance to antimicrobial drugs allows pathogens to survive drug treatment. The time taken for a new resistant mutant to reach a population size which is unlikely to die out by chance is called "emergence time". Prolonging emergence time would delay loss of control. We investigate the effect of fungicide dose on the emergence time in fungal plant pathogens. A population dynamical model is combined with dose-response data for Zymoseptoria tritici, an important wheat pathogen. Fungicides suppress sensitive pathogen population...
January 12, 2017: Phytopathology
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