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#1
Adrien Depeursinge, Zsuzsanna Puspoki, John Paul Ward, Michael Unser
We present texture operators encoding classspecific local organizations of image directions (LOID) in a rotation-invariant fashion. The LOIDs are key for visual understanding, and are at the origin of the success of the popular approaches such as local binary patterns (LBP) and the scaleinvariant feature transform (SIFT). Whereas LBPs and SIFT yield handcrafted image representations, we propose to learn dataspecific representations of the LOIDs in a rotation-invariant fashion. The image operators are based on steerable circular harmonic wavelets (CHW), offering a rich and yet compact initial representation for characterizing natural textures...
January 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
#2
Vincent Drouard, Radu Horaud, Antoine Deleforge, Sileye Ba, Georgios Evangelidis
Head-pose estimation has many applications, such as social event analysis, human-robot and human-computer interaction, driving assistance, and so forth. Head-pose estimation is challenging because it must cope with changing illumination conditions, variabilities in face orientation and in appearance, partial occlusions of facial landmarks, as well as bounding-box-to- face alignment errors. We propose tu use a mixture of linear regressions with partially-latent output. This regression method learns to map high-dimensional feature vectors (extracted from bounding boxes of faces) onto the joint space of head-pose angles and bounding-box shifts, such that they are robustly predicted in the presence of unobservable phenomena...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
#3
Dana D Medina, Michiel L Petrus, Askhat N Jumabekov, Johannes T Margraf, Simon Weinberger, Julian M Rotter, Timothy Clark, Thomas Bein
Charge carrier transport in oriented COF thin films is an important factor for realizing COF-based optoelectronic devices. We describe how highly oriented electron-donating BDT-COF thin films serve as a model system for a directed charge transport study. Oriented BDT-COF films were deposited on different electrodes with excellent control over film roughness and topology, allowing for high quality electrode-COF interfaces suitable for device fabrication. Hole-only devices were constructed to study the columnar hole-mobility of the BDT-COF films...
January 19, 2017: ACS Nano
#4
Sidney F Gouveia, João Pedro Souza-Alves, Bruno B de Souza, Raone Beltrão-Mendes, Leandro Jerusalinsky, Stephen F Ferrari
Conservation practices in the tropics often rely on the data available for a few, better-known species and the adoption of an appropriate spatial scale. By defining a set of landscape units that account for critical aspects of the focal species, the information available on these conservation targets can support regional conservation policies. Here, we define and classify adjacent landscapes, termed planning units, to orientate management decisions within and among these landscapes, which are occupied by an endangered flagship primate species (Coimbra-Filho's titi monkey, Callicebus coimbrai) from eastern Brazil...
January 19, 2017: American Journal of Primatology
#5
Małgorzata Witoń, Dominik Strapagiel, Joanna Gleńska-Olender, Anna Chróścicka, Katarzyna Ferdyn, Jarosław Skokowski, Leszek Kalinowski, Jakub Pawlikowski, Błażej Marciniak, Markus Pasterk, Agnieszka Matera-Witkiewicz, Łukasz Kozera
In Poland storage of human biological samples takes place at most universities and scientific institutions conducting research projects in the field of biomedicine. The First International Biobanking Conference organized by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in 2014 shed a light on the situation of Polish biobanking infrastructures. The country has around 40 large biorepositories, which store unique biological material such as whole brains, muscle fibers from patients with rare diseases, as well as thousands of samples from patients with lifestyle diseases...
January 19, 2017: Biopreservation and Biobanking
#6
Damien Salomon, Agnès Messanvi, Joel Eymery, Gema Martínez-Criado
Noncentrosymmetric one dimensional structures are key driving forces behind advanced nanodevices. Owing to the critical role of silane injection in creating nanosized architectures, it has become a challenge to investigate the induced local lattice polarity in single GaN wires. Thus, if axial and radial structures are well-grown by a silane-mediated approach, an ideal model to study their polar orientations is formed. By combining synchrotron X-ray fluorescence and X-ray excited optical luminescence, we show here experimental evidence of the role of silane to promote the N-polarity, light emission and elemental incorporation within single wires...
January 19, 2017: Nano Letters
#7
Mariko Miyachi, Shu Ikehira, Daiki Nishiori, Yoshinori Yamanoi, Masato Yamada, Masako Iwai, Tatsuya Tomo, Suleyman I Allakhverdiev, Hiroshi Nishihara
Photosystem II (PSII) modified gold electrodes were prepared by the deposition of PSII reconstituted with platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) on Au electrodes. PtNPs modified with 1-[15-(3,5,6-trimethyl-1,4-benzoquinone-2-yl)]pentadecyl disulfide ((TMQ(CH2)15S)2) were incorporated into the QB site of PSII isolated from the thermophilic cyanobacterium, Thermosynechococcus elongatus. The reconstitution was confirmed by QA-reoxidation measurements. PSII reconstituted with PtNPs was deposited and integrated on a Au(111) surface modified with 4,4'-biphenyldithiol...
January 19, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
#8
Peter John Cherry, Syed Awais Rouf, Juha Vaara
We present a derivation and computations of the paramagnetic enhancement of the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spin-spin coupling, which may be expressed in terms of the hyperfine coupling (HFC) and (for systems with multiple unpaired electrons) zero-field splitting (ZFS) tensors. This enhancement is formally analogous to the hyperfine contributions to the NMR shielding tensor as formulated by Kurland and McGarvey. The significance of the spin-spin coupling enhancement is demonstrated by using a combination of density-functional theory and correlated ab initio calculations, to determine the HFC and ZFS tensors, respectively, for two paramagnetic 3d metallocenes, a Cr(II)(acac) 2 complex, a Co(II) pyrazolylborate complex, and a lanthanide system, Gd-DOTA...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
#9
Hao Gong, Hao Yan, Xun Jia, Bin Li, Ge Wang, Guohua Cao
PURPOSE: The schemes of multi-source interior computed tomography (CT) have shown promise for ultra-fast, organ-oriented, and low-dose dynamic imaging. Besides forward scattering, x-ray cross scattering from multiple x-ray sources activated simultaneously can further degrade image quality. Here, we investigate the overall x-ray scattering artifact in a recently proposed multi-source interior CT architecture, and present two methods for scatter correction. METHODS: Compared to single-source global CT, scattering in multi-source interior CT architecture is affected by two new factors: cross scattering from simultaneously activated multiple x-ray sources and region-of-interest (ROI) oriented interior CT mode...
January 2017: Medical Physics
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Alex C Faesen, Maria Thanasoula, Stefano Maffini, Claudia Breit, Franziska Müller, Suzan van Gerwen, Tanja Bange, Andrea Musacchio
Accurate genome inheritance by daughter cells requires that sister chromatids in the mother attach to microtubules emanating from opposite poles of the mitotic spindle (bi-orientation). A surveillance mechanism named the spindle assembly checkpoint (SAC) monitors the microtubule attachment process, temporarily halting sister chromatid separation and mitotic exit until completion of bi-orientation1. SAC failure results in abnormal chromosome numbers (aneuploidy), a hallmark of many tumours. The HORMA domain protein MAD2 is a subunit of the SAC effector mitotic checkpoint complex (MCC)...
January 19, 2017: Nature
#11
Shimin Cao, Jiaojiao Zhou, Xuan Wei, Shu-Guang Cheng
Massless charge carriers in gate potential modulate graphene quantum well transport in a same way that electromagnetic wave propagates in optical fibers. Recent experiment by Kim {\it et al} (Nat. Phys. 12 1022) reports the valley symmetry preserved transport in graphene carrier guider. Based on a tight-binding model, the valley resolved transport coefficients are calculated with the method of scattering matrix theory. For a straight potential well, valley resolved conductance is quantized with value $2n+1$ multiply $2e^2/h$ with integer $n$...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
#12
Anke E E G Gudde, Simon J van Heeringen, Amanda I de Oude, Ingeborg D G van Kessel, Joseph Estabrook, Eric T Wang, Bé Wieringa, Derick G Wansink
The unstable (CTG·CAG)n trinucleotide repeat in the myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) locus is bidirectionally transcribed from genes with terminal overlap. By transcription in the sense direction, the DMPK gene produces various alternatively spliced mRNAs with a (CUG)n repeat in their 3' UTR. Expression in opposite orientation reportedly yields (CAG)n-repeat containing RNA, but both structure and biological significance of this antisense gene (DM1-AS) are largely unknown. Via a combinatorial approach of computational and experimental analyses of RNA from unaffected individuals and DM1 patients we discovered that DM1-AS spans >6 kb, contains alternative transcription start sites and uses alternative polyadenylation sites up- and downstream of the (CAG)n repeat...
January 19, 2017: RNA Biology
#13
Fisun Vural, Birol Vural
BACKGROUND: Despite the benefits of breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) rates remain low globally. Breastfeeding support has increased the initiation and duration of breastfeeding, but the optimal timing, support, and roles of antenatal and postnatal interventions are unclear. This prospective study aimed to investigate whether the addition of individual postnatal support to antenatal group counseling improved the rates of EBF until six months postpartum. METHODS: A total of 240 women who attended antenatal breastfeeding education sessions offered for postnatal support in the second and sixth weeks after delivery...
February 2017: Minerva Pediatrica
#14
Dhananjay Bhattacharyya, Sukanya Halder, Sankar Basu, Debasish Mukherjee, Prasun Kumar, Manju Bansal
Comprehensive analyses of structural features of non-canonical base pairs within a nucleic acid double helix are limited by the availability of a small number of three dimensional structures. Therefore, a procedure for model building of double helices containing any given nucleotide sequence and base pairing information, either canonical or non-canonical, is seriously needed. Here we describe a program RNAHelix, which is an updated version of our widely used software, NUCGEN. The program can regenerate duplexes using the dinucleotide step and base pair orientation parameters for a given double helical DNA or RNA sequence with defined Watson-Crick or non-Watson-Crick base pairs...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Computer-aided Molecular Design
#15
Henry Eberle, Slawomir J Nasuto, Yoshikatsu Hayashi
A new dynamics-driven control law was developed for a robot arm, based on the feedback control law which uses the linear transformation directly from work space to joint space. This was validated using a simulation of a two-joint planar robot arm and an optimisation algorithm was used to find the optimum matrix to generate straight trajectories of the end-effector in the work space. We found that this linear matrix can be decomposed into the rotation matrix representing the orientation of the goal direction and the joint relation matrix (MJRM) representing the joint response to errors in the Cartesian work space...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
#16
Sergej Flach, Ramaz Khomeriki
We consider the dynamics of noninteracting quantum particles on a square lattice in the presence of a magnetic flux α and a dc electric field E oriented along the lattice diagonal. In general, the adiabatic dynamics will be characterized by Bloch oscillations in the electrical field direction and dispersive ballistic transport in the perpendicular direction. For rational values of α and a corresponding discrete set of values of E(α) vanishing gaps in the spectrum induce a fractionalization of the charge in the perpendicular direction - while left movers are still performing dispersive ballistic transport, the complementary fraction of right movers is propagating in a dispersionless relativistic manner in the opposite direction...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
#17
Bartosz Musielak, Michał Rychlik, Marek Jóźwiak
BACKGROUND: The study aimed to compare sex differences in the morphology and spatial orientation of pelvic acetabula to advance the understanding of hip anatomy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study was based on three-dimensional reconstructions of computed tomography images of 50 female and 50 male acetabula. The images were used for spatial analysis of hip acetabula relative to the base of the sacral bone as the plane of reference. Statistical analysis was performed to compare angles relevant to the actual axis of the acetabulum (inclination angle, anteversion angle, tilt angle) as well as the volume and inner surface area of the acetabulum...
October 28, 2016: Ortopedia, Traumatologia, Rehabilitacja
#18
Jerry Godfrey Makama, Istifanus Anekoson Joshua, Elizabeth Jerry Makama
BACKGROUND: There has been an increase in the incidence of disasters in many parts of the world. Similarly, Nigeria has witnessed a recent increase of man-made disaster events such as plane crash, fire incidents, flood, and building collapse, including bomb blast orchestrated by terrorists that often create emergency situations. Therefore, the aim of the study was to evaluate family emergency plan and preparedness among medical practitioners in Zaria. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional descriptive study (May-July, 2013) of medical practitioners in Zaria, Nigeria...
November 2016: Journal of Emergency Management: JEM
#19
Gregor Lang, Heike Herold, Thomas Scheibel
Silk is a protein-based material which is predominantly produced by insects and spiders. Hundreds of millions of years of evolution have enabled these animals to utilize different, highly adapted silk types in a broad variety of applications. Silk occurs in several morphologies, such as sticky glue or in the shape of fibers and can, depending on the application by the respective animal, dissipate a high mechanical energy, resist heat and radiation, maintain functionality when submerged in water and withstand microbial settling...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
#20
John W Weisel, Rustem I Litvinov
Fibrinogen and fibrin are essential for hemostasis and are major factors in thrombosis, wound healing, and several other biological functions and pathological conditions. The X-ray crystallographic structure of major parts of fibrin(ogen), together with computational reconstructions of missing portions and numerous biochemical and biophysical studies, have provided a wealth of data to interpret molecular mechanisms of fibrin formation, its organization, and properties. On cleavage of fibrinopeptides by thrombin, fibrinogen is converted to fibrin monomers, which interact via knobs exposed by fibrinopeptide removal in the central region, with holes always exposed at the ends of the molecules...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
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