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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211180/slope-of-psychometric-functions-and-termination-rule-analysis-for-low-contrast-acuity-charts
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Andrew Carkeet, Ian L Bailey
PURPOSE: To assess whether the slopes of psychometric functions for measuring low contrast letter acuity were different from those for measuring high contrast letter acuity. METHODS: Ten participants, wearing their best spectacle correction, were assessed monocularly. Stimuli were logarithmic progression charts, generated on a computer monitor, with nine rows of five randomised Sloan letters generated in either high contrast format (Weber contrast 99.2%) or low contrast format (Weber contrast 18...
March 2017: Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics: the Journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183867/propulsion-in-hexapod-locomotion-how-do-desert-ants-traverse-slopes
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Toni Wöhrl, Lars Reinhardt, Reinhard Blickhan
The employment of an alternating tripod gait to traverse uneven terrains is a common characteristic shared among many hexapoda. Since this could be one specific cause for their ecological success, we examined the alternating tripod gait of the desert ant Cataglyphis fortis together with their ground reaction forces and weight-specific leg impulses for level locomotion and on moderate (±30°) and steep (±60°) slopes in order to understand mechanical functions of individual legs during inclined locomotion...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150534/evaluating-multipulse-integration-as-a-neural-health-correlate-in-human-cochlear-implant-users
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Ning Zhou, Lixue Dong
In electrical hearing, multipulse integration (MPI) describes the rate at which detection threshold decreases with increasing stimulation rate in a fixed-duration pulse train. In human subjects, MPI has been shown to be dependent on the psychophysically estimated spread of neural excitation at a high stimulation rate, with broader spread predicting greater integration. The first aim of the present study was to replicate this finding using alternative methods for measuring MPI and spread of neural excitation...
January 2017: Trends in Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148208/a-novel-risk-assessment-method-for-landfill-slope-failure-case-study-application-for-bhalswa-dumpsite-india
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Ali Jahanfar, Mohsen Amirmojahedi, Bahram Gharabaghi, Brajesh Dubey, Edward McBean, Dinesh Kumar
Rapid population growth of major urban centres in many developing countries has created massive landfills with extraordinary heights and steep side-slopes, which are frequently surrounded by illegal low-income residential settlements developed too close to landfills. These extraordinary landfills are facing high risks of catastrophic failure with potentially large numbers of fatalities. This study presents a novel method for risk assessment of landfill slope failure, using probabilistic analysis of potential failure scenarios and associated fatalities...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147610/evidence-for-apical-basal-transition-in-the-delay-of-the-reflection-components-of-otoacoustic-emissions
#5
A Moleti, D Pistilli, R Sisto
Stimulus-frequency, transient-evoked, and distortion product otoacoustic emissions (OAEs) have been measured in eight normal-hearing human ears over a wide stimulus level range, with high spectral resolution. The single-reflection component of the response was isolated using time-frequency filtering, and its average delay was measured as a function of frequency and stimulus level. The apical-basal transition was studied by fitting the average delay of the filtered single-reflection OAEs, expressed in number of cycles, to a three-slope power-law function with two knot frequencies...
January 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146574/lower-mesophotic-coral-communities-60-125-m-depth-of-the-northern-great-barrier-reef-and-coral-sea
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Norbert Englebert, Pim Bongaerts, Paul R Muir, Kyra B Hay, Michel Pichon, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg
Mesophotic coral ecosystems in the Indo-Pacific remain relatively unexplored, particularly at lower mesophotic depths (≥60 m), despite their potentially large spatial extent. Here, we used a remotely operated vehicle to conduct a qualitative assessment of the zooxanthellate coral community at lower mesophotic depths (60-125 m) at 10 different locations in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve. Lower mesophotic coral communities were present at all 10 locations, with zooxanthellate scleractinian corals extending down to ~100 metres on walls and ~125 m on steep slopes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126658/pluripotency-of-embryo-derived-stem-cells-from-rodents-lagomorphs-and-primates-slippery-slope-terrace-and-cliff
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Pierre Savatier, Pierre Osteil, Patrick P L Tam
The diverse cell states and in vitro conditions for the derivation and maintenance of the mammalian embryo-derived pluripotent stem cells raise the questions of whether there are multiple states of pluripotency of the stem cells of each species, and if there are innate species-specific variations in the pluripotency state. We will address these questions by taking a snapshot of our knowledge of the properties of the pluripotent stem cells, focusing on the maintenance of pluripotency and inter-conversion of the different types of pluripotent stem cells from rodents, lagomorphs and primates...
January 17, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092318/opening-injection-pressure-is-higher-in-intraneural-compared-with-perineural-injections-during-simulated-nerve-blocks-of-the-lower-limb-in-fresh-human-cadavers
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Kris Vermeylen, Marlies Hermans, Filiep Soetens, Evie Vereecke, Thorsten Steinfeldt, Gerbrand Groen, Admir Hadzic, Marc Van de Velde
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Needle-induced nerve trauma and intraneural injection can lead to neurologic injury during peripheral nerve blocks. In this study, we assessed the utility of opening injection pressure (OIP), time to OIP, and rate of rise to OIP in detecting needle-nerve contact and intraneural injection. METHODS: Five common ultrasound-guided blocks of the femoral, saphenous, subgluteal sciatic, tibial, and common peroneal nerves were simulated in 10 fresh cadavers...
January 13, 2017: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091741/chemical-physical-and-biological-factors-shape-littoral-invertebrate-community-structure-in-coal-mining-end-pit-lakes
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Andreas Luek, Joseph B Rasmussen
Aquatic invertebrates form the base of the consumer food web in lakes. In coal-mining end-pit lakes, invertebrates are exposed to an environment with potentially challenging physical and chemical features. We hypothesized that the physical and chemical features of end-pit lakes reduce critical littoral habitat and thus reduce invertebrate diversity, thereby limiting the potential for these lakes to be naturalized. We used a multivariate approach using principle component analysis and redundancy analysis to study relationships between invertebrate community structure, habitat features, and water quality in five end-pit lakes and five natural lakes in the Rocky Mountain foothills of west-central Alberta, Canada...
January 13, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081432/changes-in-age-patterns-of-suicide-in-australia-the-united-states-japan-and-hong-kong
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John Snowdon, Julie Phillips, Baoliang Zhong, Takashi Yamauchi, Helen F K Chiu, Yeates Conwell
The patterns of association between age and suicide rate vary by country, subpopulation and gender, and over time. To shed light on factors associated with these differences, we analysed suicide data from four populations, two 'Western' (Australia, the United States [US]) and two Asian (Japan and Hong Kong). We computed suicide rates in five-year age-groups (between 10 and 14 years and 85+ years) for men and women separately, and present graphical representations of the age patterns during selected five-year periods...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080302/the-road-to-bribery-and-corruption
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Nils C Köbis, Jan-Willem van Prooijen, Francesca Righetti, Paul A M Van Lange
Major forms of corruption constitute a strong threat to the functioning of societies. The most frequent explanation of how severe corruption emerges is the slippery-slope metaphor-the notion that corruption occurs gradually. While having widespread theoretical and intuitive appeal, this notion has barely been tested empirically. We used a recently developed paradigm to test whether severely corrupt acts happen gradually or abruptly. The results of four experimental studies revealed a higher likelihood of severe corruption when participants were directly given the opportunity to engage in it (abrupt) compared with when they had previously engaged in minor forms of corruption (gradual)...
January 1, 2017: Psychological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080038/tracking-catalyst-redox-states-and-reaction-dynamics-in-ni-fe-oxyhydroxide-oxygen-evolution-reaction-electrocatalysts-the-role-of-catalyst-support-and-electrolyte-ph
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Mikaela Görlin, Jorge Ferreira de Araújo, Henrike Schmies, Denis Bernsmeier, Sören Dresp, Manuel Gliech, Zenonas Jusys, Petko Chernev, Ralph Kraehnert, Holger Dau, Peter Strasser
Ni-Fe oxyhydroxides are the most active known electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in alkaline electrolytes and are therefore of great scientific and technological importance in the context of electrochemical energy conversion. Here we uncover, investigate, and discuss previously unaddressed effects of conductive supports and the electrolyte pH on the Ni-Fe(OOH) catalyst redox behavior and catalytic OER activity, combining in situ UV-vis spectro-electrochemistry, operando electrochemical mass spectrometry (DEMS), and in situ cryo X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS)...
January 30, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054936/silicon-and-germanium-nanowire-electronics-physics-of-conventional-and-unconventional-transistors
#13
Walter M Weber, Thomas Mikolajick
Research in the field of electronics of one-dimensional group-IV semiconductor structures has attracted increasing attention over the past 15 years. The exceptional combination of the unique one-dimensional electronic transport properties with the mature material know-how of highly integrated silicon and germanium technology holds the promise of enhancing state-of-the-art electronics. In addition of providing conduction channels that can bring conventional field effect transistors to the uttermost scaling limits, the physics of 1-D group IV nanowires endows new device principles...
January 5, 2017: Reports on Progress in Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046994/su-f-t-607-study-of-dose-falloff-slope-in-rapidarc-planning-of-lung-sbrt
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D Desai, G Narayanasamy, S Senthamizhchelvan, H Elasmar, R Zwicker, E Johnson
PURPOSE: SBRT of lung tumor results in steep dose fall-off outside the PTV to limit the normal tissue dose. RTOG report 0915 recommended metrics for plan quality measure, CI, D2cm, R50% and HDloc were evaluated. This study was aimed at ascertaining moderate to low dose spillage using 5 mm ring structures outside the PTV. METHODS: In this retrospective study, 41 clinical RapidArc lung SBRT plans (Eclipse TPS ver 8.9) previously treated at our institution in a TrueBeam STx linac were analyzed...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013090/walking-duration-and-slope-steepness-determine-the-effect-of-downslope-walking-on-the-soleus-h-reflex-pathway
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Elizabeth Arnold, Ben Farmer, Melissa Keightley, Dustin Lee, Taylor Rigel, Maruf Hoque, Manning J Sabatier
The purpose of this study was to determine if the effect of downslope walking (DSW) on spinal excitability depends on walking duration and slope steepness, and if findings from the soleus (Sol) generalize to the tibialis anterior (TA). Sol and TA Hmax and Mmax were measured before and after four DSW doses (time/slope, min/%) on separate days (10/-15, 20/-15, 10/-25, 20/-25, n=14), and one 20-min bout of level walking (LW, n=12), always at 2.5 mph. Heart rate (HR) and ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) were measured during walking...
February 3, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000516/speech-perception-in-children-with-cochlear-implants-for-continua-varying-in-formant-transition-duration
#16
Kathryn Guillot Blankenship, Ralph N Ohde, Jong Ho Won, Mark Hedrick
PURPOSE: To examine the developmental course of labial and alveolar manner of articulation contrasts, and to determine how that course may be different for typically developing (TD) children with cochlear implants (CI). METHOD: Eight young adults, eight TD 5-8 year-old children, and seven 5-8 year-old children with CIs participated. Labial /ba/-/wa/ and alveolar /da/-/ja/ continua stimuli were presented, with each continuum consisting of nine synthetic stimuli varying in F2 and F3 transition duration...
December 21, 2016: International Journal of Speech-language Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941915/fully-transparent-flexible-tin-doped-zinc-oxide-thin-film-transistors-fabricated-on-plastic-substrate
#17
Dedong Han, Yi Zhang, Yingying Cong, Wen Yu, Xing Zhang, Yi Wang
In this work, we have successfully fabricated bottom gate fully transparent tin-doped zinc oxide thin film transistors (TZO TFTs) fabricated on flexible plastic substrate at low temperature by RF magnetron sputtering. The effect of O2/Ar gas flow ratio during channel deposition on the electrical properties of TZO TFTs was investigated, and we found that the O2/Ar gas flow ratio have a great influence on the electrical properties. TZO TFTs on flexible substrate has very nice electrical characteristics with a low off-state current (Ioff) of 3 pA, a high on/off current ratio of 2 × 10(7), a high saturation mobility (μsat) of 66...
December 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939172/stable-bipedal-walking-with-a-swing-leg-protraction-strategy
#18
Pranav A Bhounsule, Ali Zamani
In bipedal locomotion, swing-leg protraction and retraction refer to the forward and backward motion, respectively, of the swing-leg before touchdown. Past studies have shown that swing-leg retraction strategy can lead to stable walking. We show that swing-leg protraction can also lead to stable walking. We use a simple 2D model of passive dynamic walking but with the addition of an actuator between the legs. We use the actuator to do full correction of the disturbance in a single step (a one-step dead-beat control)...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914377/evaluating-multipulse-integration-as-a-neural-health-correlate-in-human-cochlear-implant-users-relationship-to-spatial-selectivity
#19
Ning Zhou, Bryan E Pfingst
The decrease of psychophysical detection thresholds as a function of pulse rate for a fixed-duration electrical pulse train is referred to as multipulse integration (MPI). The MPI slopes correlate with anatomical and physiological indices of cochlear health in guinea pigs with cochlear implants. The aim of the current study was to assess whether the MPI slopes were related to the spatial spread of activation by electrical stimulation. The hypothesis was that MPI is dependent on the total number of excitable neurons at the stimulation site, with broader neural excitation producing a steeper threshold decrease as a function of stimulation rate...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902491/the-adaptation-rate-of-a-quantitative-trait-in-an-environmental-gradient
#20
R Hermsen
The spatial range of a species habitat is generally determined by the ability of the species to cope with biotic and abiotic variables that vary in space. Therefore, the species range is itself an evolvable property. Indeed, environmental gradients permit a mode of evolution in which range expansion and adaptation go hand in hand. This process can contribute to rapid evolution of drug resistant bacteria and viruses, because drug concentrations in humans and livestock treated with antibiotics are far from uniform...
November 30, 2016: Physical Biology
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