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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104408/adding-simultaneous-stimulating-channels-to-reduce-power-consumption-in-cochlear-implants
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Florian Langner, Aniket Saoji, Andreas Büchner, Waldo Nogueira
Sound coding strategies for Cochlear Implant (CI) listeners can be used to control the trade-off between speech performance and power consumption. Most commercial CI strategies use non-simultaneous channel stimulation, stimulating only one electrode at a time. One could add parallel simultaneous stimulating channels such that the electrical interaction between channels is increased. This would produce spectral smearing, because the electrical fields of the simultaneous stimulated channels interact, but also power savings...
January 16, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099246/paradoxical-emergence-administration-of-subanesthetic-ketamine-during-isoflurane-anesthesia-induces-burst-suppression-but-accelerates-recovery
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Viviane S Hambrecht-Wiedbusch, Duan Li, George A Mashour
BACKGROUND: Promoting arousal by manipulating certain brain regions and/or neurotransmitters has been a recent research focus, with the goal of trying to improve recovery from general anesthesia. The current study tested the hypothesis that a single subanesthetic dose of ketamine during isoflurane anesthesia would increase cholinergic tone in the prefrontal cortex and accelerate recovery. METHODS: Adult male rats were implanted with electroencephalography electrodes (frontal, parietal, and occipital cortex) and a microdialysis guide cannula targeted for the prefrontal cortex...
January 18, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093955/anatomically-realistic-simulations-of-liver-ablation-by-irreversible-electroporation
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Radwan Qasrawi, Louis Silve, Fernando Burdío, Ziad Abdeen, Antoni Ivorra
Irreversible electroporation is a novel tissue ablation technique which entails delivering intense electrical pulses to target tissue, hence producing fatal defects in the cell membrane. The present study numerically analyzes the potential impact of liver blood vessels on ablation by irreversible electroporation because of their influence on the electric field distribution. An anatomically realistic computer model of the liver and its vasculature within an abdominal section was employed, and blood vessels down to 0...
January 1, 2017: Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087822/amygdala-and-hippocampus-are-symptomatogenic-zones-for-central-apneic-seizures
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Nuria Lacuey, Bilal Zonjy, Luisa Londono, Samden D Lhatoo
OBJECTIVE: To identify limbic sites of respiratory control in the human brain, and by extension, the symptomatogenic zone for central apnea. METHODS: We used direct stimulation of anatomically, precisely placed stereotactic EEG electrodes to analyze breathing responses. We prospectively studied 3 patients who were explored with stereotactically implanted depth electrodes. The amygdala and hippocampus, as well as extralimbic sites (orbitofrontal, temporal tip, and temporal neocortex), were investigated...
January 13, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080022/single-wall-carbon-nanotubes-doping-in-lead-acid-batteries-a-new-horizon
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Anjan Banerjee, Baruch Ziv, Yuliya Shilina, Elena Levi, Shalom Luski, Doron Aurbach
The addition of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) to lead-acid battery electrodes is the most efficient suppresser of uncontrolled sulfation processes. Due to the cost of SWCNT, we studied the optimization loading of SWCNT in lead-acid batteries electrodes. We optimized the SWCNT loading concentrations in both the positive and negative plates, separately. Loadings of 0.01% and 0.001% in the positive and negative active masses were studied, respectively. Two volts of lead-acid laboratory cells with sulfuric acid, containing silica gel-type electrolytes, were cycled in a 25% and 50% depth-of-discharge (DOD) cycling with a charging rate of C and 2C, respectively, and discharge rates of C/2 and C, respectively...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075553/double-layer-graphene-outperforming-monolayer-as-catalyst-on-silicon-photocathode-for-hydrogen-production
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Uk Sim, Joonhee Moon, Joohee Lee, JungHyun An, Hyo-Yong Ahn, Dong Jin Kim, Insu Jo, Cheolho Jeon, Seungwu Han, Byung Hee Hong, Ki Tae Nam
Photoelectrochemical cells are used to split hydrogen and oxygen from water molecules to generate chemical fuels to satisfy our ever-increasing energy demands. However, it is a major challenge to design efficient catalysts to use in the photoelectochemical process. Recently, research has focused on carbon-based catalysts, as they are non-precious and environmentally benign. Interesting advances have also been made in controlling nanostructure interfaces and in introducing new materials as catalysts in the photoelectrochemical cell...
January 11, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074368/evaluation-of-2d-resistivity-imaging-technique-for-delineating-subsurface-seepage-of-hydrocarbon-contaminated-water-southeast-of-karbala-city-iraq
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Firas H Al-Menshed, Jassim M Thabit
2D imaging technique was applied in (8) transects near a pit of contaminated water near contaminated well southeast of Karbala city, Iraq. Each transect was 30 m long with 1 m electrode spacing. Data acquisition was fulfilled by using Wenner electrode array. The resistivity of water-contaminated zone is found less than 3Ω.m and the top dry zone recorded relatively high resistivity (more than 170Ω.m). It is found that the greatest amount of seepage was found moving towards northeast direction coincided with groundwater movement direction, whereas there was no movement towards northwest and southeast directions and restricted on the closest areas to the pit location...
January 10, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072913/chemical-analysis-of-the-interface-in-bulk-heterojunction-solar-cells-by-x-ray-photoelectron-spectroscopy-depth-profiling
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Yan Busby, Emil J W List-Kratochvil, Jean-Jacques Pireaux
Despite the wide use of blends combining an organic p-type polymer and molecular fullerene-based electron acceptor, the proper characterization of such bulk heterojunction materials is still challenging. To highlight structure-to-function relations and improve the device performance, advanced tools and strategies need to be developed to characterize composition and interfaces with sufficient accuracy. In this work, high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is combined with very low energy argon ion beam sputtering to perform a nondestructive depth profile chemical analysis on full Al/P3HT:PCBM/PEDOT:PSS/ITO (P3HT, poly(3-hexylthiophene); PCBM, [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester; PEDOT, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene; PSS, polystyrenesulfonate; ITO, indium tin oxide) bulk-heterojunction solar cell device stacks...
January 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060294/manipulation-of-epileptiform-electrocorticograms-ecogs-and-sleep-in-rats-and-mice-by-acupuncture
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Pei-Lu Yi, Shuo-Bin Jou, Yi-Jou Wu, Fang-Chia Chang
Ancient Chinese literature has documented that acupuncture possesses efficient therapeutic effects on epilepsy and insomnia. There is, however, little research to reveal the possible mechanisms behind these effects. To investigate the effect of acupuncture on epilepsy and sleep, several issues need to be addressed. The first is to identify the acupoints, which correspond between humans, rats, and mice. Furthermore, the depth of insertion of the acupuncture needle, the degree of needle twist in manual needle acupuncture, and the stimulation parameters for electroacupuncture (EA) need to be determined...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054387/in-situ-engineering-of-the-electrode-electrolyte-interface-for-stabilized-overlithiated-cathodes
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Tyler Evans, Daniela Molina Piper, Huaxing Sun, Timothy Porcelli, Seul Cham Kim, Sang Sub Han, Yong Seok Choi, Chixia Tian, Dennis Nordlund, Marca M Doeff, Chunmei Ban, Sung-Jin Cho, Kyu Hwan Oh, Se-Hee Lee
The first-ever demonstration of stabilized Si/lithium-manganese-rich full cells, capable of retaining >90% energy over early cycling and >90% capacity over more than 750 cycles at the 1C rate (100% depth-of-discharge), is made through the utilization of a modified ionic liquid electrolyte capable of forming a favorable cathode-electrolyte interface.
January 5, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050973/behavioral-state-classification-in-epileptic-brain-using-intracranial-electrophysiology
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Vaclav Kremen, Juliano J Duque, Benjamin H Brinkmann, Brent M Berry, Michal T Kucewicz, Fatemeh Khadjevand, Jamie Van Gompel, Matt Stead, Erik K St Louis, Gregory A Worrell
OBJECTIVE: Automated behavioral state classification can benefit next generation implantable epilepsy devices. In this study we explored the feasibility of automated awake (AW) and slow wave sleep (SWS) classification using wide bandwidth intracranial EEG (iEEG) in patients undergoing evaluation for epilepsy surgery. APPROACH: Data from seven patients (age [Formula: see text], 4 women) who underwent intracranial depth electrode implantation for iEEG monitoring were included...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047792/su-c-206-01-impact-of-charge-sharing-effect-on-sub-pitch-resolution-for-czt-based-photon-counting-ct-systems
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X Zheng, Z Cheng, J Deen, H Peng, L Xing
PURPOSES: Photon counting CT is a new imaging technology that can provide tissue composition information such as calcium/iodine content quantification. Cadmium zinc telluride CZT is considered a good candidate the photon counting CT due to its relatively high atomic number and band gap. One potential challenge is the degradation of both spatial and energy resolution as the fine electrode pitch is deployed (<50 µm). We investigated the extent of charge sharing effect as functions of gap width, bias voltage and depth-of-interaction (DOI)...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047188/su-f-t-461-dosimetric-evaluation-of-indigenous-farmer-type-chamber-far65-gb-for-reference-dosimetry-of-fff-mv-photon-beam
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P Patwe, V Mhatre, P Dandekar
PURPOSE: Indigenous Farmer type chamber FAR 65 GB is a reference class 0.6 cc ion chamber. It can be used for dosimetric evaluation of photon and high energy electron beams. We studied dosimetric characteristics of the chamber for 6MV and 10MV Flattening filter free FFF photon beams available on trueBEAM STx Linac. METHODS: The study was carried out on trueBEAM STx Linac having 6 and 10 MV FFF photon beam with maximum dose rate 1400 and 2400 MU per min respectively...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046894/su-f-t-64-an-alternative-approach-to-determining-the-reference-air-kerma-rate-from-extrapolation-chamber-measurements
#14
T Schneider
PURPOSE: Since 2008 the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) has been offering the calibration of (125) I-brachytherapy sources in terms of the reference air-kerma rate (RAKR). The primary standard is a large air-filled parallel-plate extrapolation chamber. The measurement principle is based on the fact that the air-kerma rate is proportional to the increment of ionization per increment of chamber volume at chamber depths greater than the range of secondary electrons originating from the electrode x0 ...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036184/discovering-a-first-order-phase-transition-in-li-ceo2-system
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Kaikai Li, Xiaoye Zhou, Anmin Nie, Sheng Sun, Yan-Bing He, Wei Ren, Baohua Li, Feiyu Kang, Jang-Kyo Kim, Tong-Yi Zhang
An in-depth understanding of (de)lithiation induced phase transition in electrode materials is crucial to grasp their structure-property relationships and provide guidance to the design of more desirable electrodes. By operando synchrotron XRD (SXRD) measurement and Density Functional Theory (DFT) based calculations, we discover a reversible first-order phase transition for the first time during (de)lithiation of CeO2 nanoparticles. The LixCeO2 compound phase is identified to possess the same fluorite crystal structure with FM3M space group as that of the pristine CeO2 nanoparticles...
December 30, 2016: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029108/a-zno-nanowire-bio-hybrid-solar-cell
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Houman Yaghoubi, Michael Schaefer, Shayan Yaghoubi, Daniel Jun, Rudy Schlaf, J Thomas Beatty, Arash Takshi
Harvesting solar energy as a carbon free source can be a promising solution to the energy crisis and environmental pollution. Biophotovoltaics seek to mimic photosynthesis to harvest solar energy and to take advantage of the low material costs, negative carbon footprint, and material abundance. In the current study, we report on a combination of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires with monolayers of photosynthetic reaction centers which are self-assembled, via a cytochrome c linker, as photoactive electrode. In a three-probe biophotovoltaics cell, a photocurrent density of 5...
February 3, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024328/high-capacitance-mechanism-for-ti3c2tx-mxene-by-in-situ-electrochemical-raman-spectroscopy-investigation
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Minmin Hu, Zhaojin Li, Tao Hu, Shihao Zhu, Chao Zhang, Xiaohui Wang
MXenes represent an emerging family of conductive two-dimensional materials. Their representative, Ti3C2Tx, has been recognized as an outstanding member in the field of electrochemical energy storage. However, an in-depth understanding of fundamental processes responsible for the superior capacitance of Ti3C2Tx MXene in acidic electrolytes is lacking. Here, to understand the mechanism of capacitance in Ti3C2Tx MXene, we studied electrochemically the charge/discharge processes of Ti3C2Tx electrodes in sulfate ion-containing aqueous electrolytes with three different cations, coupled with in situ Raman spectroscopy...
December 27, 2016: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012852/mapping-effective-connectivity-in-the-human-brain-with-concurrent-intracranial-electrical-stimulation-and-bold-fmri
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Hiroyuki Oya, Matthew A Howard, Vincent A Magnotta, Anton Kruger, Timothy D Griffiths, Louis Lemieux, David W Carmichael, Christopher I Petkov, Hiroto Kawasaki, Christopher K Kovach, Matthew J Sutterer, Ralph Adolphs
BACKGROUND: Understanding brain function requires knowledge of how one brain region causally influences another. This information is difficult to obtain directly in the human brain, and is instead typically inferred from resting-state fMRI. NEW METHOD: Here, we demonstrate the safety and scientific promise of a novel and complementary approach: concurrent electrical stimulation and fMRI (es-fMRI) at 3T in awake neurosurgical patients with implanted depth electrodes...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009845/improvement-of-depth-profiling-into-biotissues-using-micro-electrical-impedance-spectroscopy-on-a-needle-with-selective-passivation
#19
Joho Yun, Hyeon Woo Kim, Jong-Hyun Lee
A micro electrical impedance spectroscopy (EIS)-on-a-needle for depth profiling (μEoN-DP) with a selective passivation layer (SPL) on a hypodermic needle was recently fabricated to measure the electrical impedance of biotissues along with the penetration depths. The SPL of the μEoN-DP enabled the sensing interdigitated electrodes (IDEs) to contribute predominantly to the measurement by reducing the relative influence of the connection lines on the sensor output. The discrimination capability of the μEoN-DP was verified using phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) at various concentration levels...
December 21, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000371/morphology-directed-selective-production-of-ethylene-or-ethane-from-co2-on-a-cu-mesopore-electrode
#20
Ki Dong Yang, Woo Ri Ko, Jun Ho Lee, Sung Jae Kim, Hyomin Lee, Min Hyung Lee, Ki Tae Nam
The electrocatalytic conversion of CO2 to value-added hydrocarbons is receiving significant attention as a promising way to close the broken carbon-cycle. While most metal catalysts produce C1 species, such as carbon monoxide and formate, the production of various hydrocarbons and alcohols comprising more than two carbons has been achieved using copper (Cu)-based catalysts only. Methods for producing specific C2 reduction outcomes with high selectivity, however, are not available thus far. Herein, the morphological effect of a Cu mesopore electrode on the selective production of C2 products, ethylene or ethane, is presented...
December 21, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
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