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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431479/pneumatic-jigging-influence-of-operating-parameters-on-separation-efficiency-of-solid-waste-materials
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Mohd Aizudin Abd Aziz, Khairuddin Md Isa, Radzuwan Ab Rashid
This article aims to provide insights into the factors that contribute to the separation efficiency of solid particles. In this study, a pneumatic jigging technique was used to assess the separation of solid waste materials that consisted of copper, glass and rubber insulator. Several initial experiments were carried out to evaluate the strengths and limitations of the technique. It is found that despite some limitations of the technique, all the samples prepared for the experiments were successfully separated...
April 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430476/generalized-pseudopotentials-for-the-anisotropic-fractional-quantum-hall-effect
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Bo Yang, Zi-Xiang Hu, Ching Hua Lee, Z Papić
We generalize the notion of Haldane pseudopotentials to anisotropic fractional quantum Hall (FQH) systems that are physically realized, e.g., in tilted magnetic field experiments or anisotropic band structures. This formalism allows us to expand any translation-invariant interaction over a complete basis, and directly reveals the intrinsic metric of incompressible FQH fluids. We show that purely anisotropic pseudopotentials give rise to new types of bound states for small particle clusters in the infinite plane, and can be used as a diagnostic of FQH nematic order...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430465/elemental-topological-dirac-semimetal-%C3%AE-sn-on-insb-111
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Cai-Zhi Xu, Yang-Hao Chan, Yige Chen, Peng Chen, Xiaoxiong Wang, Catherine Dejoie, Man-Hong Wong, Joseph Andrew Hlevyack, Hyejin Ryu, Hae-Young Kee, Nobumichi Tamura, Mei-Yin Chou, Zahid Hussain, Sung-Kwan Mo, Tai-Chang Chiang
Three-dimensional (3D) topological Dirac semimetals (TDSs) are rare but important as a versatile platform for exploring exotic electronic properties and topological phase transitions. A quintessential feature of TDSs is 3D Dirac fermions associated with bulk electronic states near the Fermi level. Using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, we have observed such bulk Dirac cones in epitaxially grown α-Sn films on InSb(111), the first such TDS system realized in an elemental form. First-principles calculations confirm that epitaxial strain is key to the formation of the TDS phase...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430463/electromagnetic-response-of-three-dimensional-topological-crystalline-insulators
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Srinidhi T Ramamurthy, Yuxuan Wang, Taylor L Hughes
Topological crystalline insulators are a new class of materials that have metallic surface states on select surfaces due to point group crystalline symmetries. In this Letter, we consider a model for a three-dimensional topological crystalline insulator with Dirac nodes occurring on a surface that are protected by the mirror symmetry. We demonstrate that the electromagnetic response for such a system is characterized by a 1-form b_{μ}. The value of b_{μ} can be inferred from the locations of the surface Dirac nodes in energy-momentum space...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430457/classical-spin-liquid-instability-driven-by-off-diagonal-exchange-in-strong-spin-orbit-magnets
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Ioannis Rousochatzakis, Natalia B Perkins
We show that the off-diagonal exchange anisotropy drives Mott insulators with strong spin-orbit coupling to a classical spin liquid regime, characterized by an infinite number of ground states and Ising variables living on closed or open strings. Depending on the sign of the anisotropy, quantum fluctuations either fail to lift the degeneracy down to very low temperatures, or select noncoplanar magnetic states with unconventional spin correlations. The results apply to all 2D and 3D tricoordinated materials with bond-directional anisotropy and provide a consistent interpretation of the suppression of the x-ray magnetic circular dichroism signal reported recently for β-Li_{2}IrO_{3} under pressure...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430413/bioimaging-with-macromolecular-probes-incorporating-multiple-bodipy-fluorophores
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Ek Raj Thapaliya, Yang Zhang, Pravat Dhakal, Adrienne S Brown, James N Wilson, Kevin Collins, Françisco M Raymo
Seven macromolecular constructs incorporating multiple borondipyrromethene (BODIPY) fluorophores along a common poly(methacrylate) backbone with decyl and oligo(ethylene glycol) side chains were synthesized. The hydrophilic oligo(ethylene glycol) components impose solubility in aqueous environment on the overall assembly. The hydrophobic decyl chains insulate effectively the fluorophores from each other to prevent detrimental interchromophoric interactions and preserve their photophysical properties. As a result, the brightness of these multicomponent assemblies is approximately three times greater than that of a model BODIPY monomer...
April 21, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430195/a-stable-compound-of-helium-and-sodium-at-high-pressure
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Xiao Dong, Artem R Oganov, Alexander F Goncharov, Elissaios Stavrou, Sergey Lobanov, Gabriele Saleh, Guang-Rui Qian, Qiang Zhu, Carlo Gatti, Volker L Deringer, Richard Dronskowski, Xiang-Feng Zhou, Vitali B Prakapenka, Zuzana Konôpková, Ivan A Popov, Alexander I Boldyrev, Hui-Tian Wang
Helium is generally understood to be chemically inert and this is due to its extremely stable closed-shell electronic configuration, zero electron affinity and an unsurpassed ionization potential. It is not known to form thermodynamically stable compounds, except a few inclusion compounds. Here, using the ab initio evolutionary algorithm USPEX and subsequent high-pressure synthesis in a diamond anvil cell, we report the discovery of a thermodynamically stable compound of helium and sodium, Na2He, which has a fluorite-type structure and is stable at pressures >113 GPa...
May 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430121/synthesis-characterization-and-enhanced-sensing-properties-of-a-nio-zno-p-n-junctions-sensor-for-the-sf%C3%A2-decomposition-byproducts-so%C3%A2-so%C3%A2-f%C3%A2-and-sof%C3%A2
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Hongcheng Liu, Qu Zhou, Qingyan Zhang, Changxiang Hong, Lingna Xu, Lingfeng Jin, Weigen Chen
The detection of partial discharge and analysis of the composition and content of sulfur hexafluoride SF₆ gas components are important to evaluate the operating state and insulation level of gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) equipment. This paper reported a novel sensing material made of pure ZnO and NiO-decorated ZnO nanoflowers which were synthesized by a facile and environment friendly hydrothermal process for the detection of SF₆ decomposition byproducts. X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to characterize the structural and morphological properties of the prepared gas-sensitive materials...
April 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429708/bi1te1-is-a-dual-topological-insulator
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Markus Eschbach, Martin Lanius, Chengwang Niu, Ewa Młyńczak, Pika Gospodarič, Jens Kellner, Peter Schüffelgen, Mathias Gehlmann, Sven Döring, Elmar Neumann, Martina Luysberg, Gregor Mussler, Lukasz Plucinski, Markus Morgenstern, Detlev Grützmacher, Gustav Bihlmayer, Stefan Blügel, Claus M Schneider
New three-dimensional (3D) topological phases can emerge in superlattices containing constituents of known two-dimensional topologies. Here we demonstrate that stoichiometric Bi1Te1, which is a natural superlattice of alternating two Bi2Te3 quintuple layers and one Bi bilayer, is a dual 3D topological insulator where a weak topological insulator phase and topological crystalline insulator phase appear simultaneously. By density functional theory, we find indices (0;001) and a non-zero mirror Chern number. We have synthesized Bi1Te1 by molecular beam epitaxy and found evidence for its topological crystalline and weak topological character by spin- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy...
April 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429491/bringing-the-human-pancreas-into-focus-new-paradigms-for-the-understanding-of-type-1-diabetes
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REVIEW
N G Morgan
Type 1 diabetes affects increasingly large numbers of people globally (including at least half a million children under the age of 14 years) and it remains an illness with life-long and often devastating consequences. It is surprising, therefore, that the underlying aetiology of Type 1 diabetes remains poorly understood. This is largely because the cellular and molecular processes leading to the loss of β cells in the pancreas have rarely been studied at, or soon after, the onset of disease. Where such studies have been undertaken, a number of surprises have emerged which serve to challenge conventional wisdom...
April 20, 2017: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428625/recovery-of-alumina-nanocapacitors-after-high-voltage-breakdown
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A Belkin, A Bezryadin, L Hendren, A Hubler
Breakdown of a dielectric material at high electric fields significantly limits the applicability of metal-dielectric-metal capacitors for energy storage applications. Here we demonstrate that the insulating properties of atomic-layer-deposited Al2O3 thin films in Al/Al2O3/Al trilayers can recover after the breakdown. The recovery has been observed in samples with the dielectric thickness spanning from 4 to 9 nm. This phenomenon holds promise for a new generation of capacitors capable of restoring their properties after the dielectric breakdown...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428323/insulitis-in-autoantibody-positive-pancreatic-donor-with-history-of-gestational-diabetes-mellitus
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Jessica Jackson, Amanda Posgai, Martha Campbell-Thompson, Irina Kusmartseva
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426659/three-distinct-mechanisms-of-long-distance-modulation-of-gene-expression-in-yeast
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Manyu Du, Qian Zhang, Lu Bai
Recent Hi-C measurements have revealed numerous intra- and inter-chromosomal interactions in various eukaryotic cells. To what extent these interactions regulate gene expression is not clear. This question is particularly intriguing in budding yeast because it has extensive long-distance chromosomal interactions but few cases of gene regulation over-a-distance. Here, we developed a medium-throughput assay to screen for functional long-distance interactions that affect the average expression level of a reporter gene as well as its cell-to-cell variability (noise)...
April 20, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425999/three-dimensional-printing-of-transparent-fused-silica-glass
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Frederik Kotz, Karl Arnold, Werner Bauer, Dieter Schild, Nico Keller, Kai Sachsenheimer, Tobias M Nargang, Christiane Richter, Dorothea Helmer, Bastian E Rapp
Glass is one of the most important high-performance materials used for scientific research, in industry and in society, mainly owing to its unmatched optical transparency, outstanding mechanical, chemical and thermal resistance as well as its thermal and electrical insulating properties. However, glasses and especially high-purity glasses such as fused silica glass are notoriously difficult to shape, requiring high-temperature melting and casting processes for macroscopic objects or hazardous chemicals for microscopic features...
April 19, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424681/the-spontaneous-autoimmune-neuromyopathy-in-icosl-nod-mice-is-cd4-t-cell-and-interferon-%C3%AE-dependent
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Claire Briet, Gwladys Bourdenet, Ute C Rogner, Chantal Becourt, Isabelle Tardivel, Laurent Drouot, Christophe Arnoult, Jean-Claude do Rego, Nicolas Prevot, Charbel Massaad, Olivier Boyer, Christian Boitard
Abrogation of ICOS/ICOS ligand (ICOSL) costimulation prevents the onset of diabetes in the non-obese diabetic (NOD) mouse but, remarkably, yields to the development of a spontaneous autoimmune neuromyopathy. At the pathological level, ICOSL(-/-) NOD mice show stronger protection from insulitis than their ICOS(-/-) counterparts. Also, the ICOSL(-/-) NOD model carries a limited C57BL/6 region containing the Icosl nul mutation, but, in contrast to ICOS(-/-) NOD mice, no gene variant previously reported as associated to NOD diabetes...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424457/vertex-coloring-of-graphs-via-phase-dynamics-of-coupled-oscillatory-networks
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Abhinav Parihar, Nikhil Shukla, Matthew Jerry, Suman Datta, Arijit Raychowdhury
While Boolean logic has been the backbone of digital information processing, there exist classes of computationally hard problems wherein this paradigm is fundamentally inefficient. Vertex coloring of graphs, belonging to the class of combinatorial optimization, represents one such problem. It is well studied for its applications in data sciences, life sciences, social sciences and technology, and hence, motivates alternate, more efficient non-Boolean pathways towards its solution. Here we demonstrate a coupled relaxation oscillator based dynamical system that exploits insulator-metal transition in Vanadium Dioxide (VO2) to efficiently solve vertex coloring of graphs...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422998/reducing-dna-context-dependence-in-bacterial-promoters
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Swati B Carr, Jacob Beal, Douglas M Densmore
Variation in the DNA sequence upstream of bacterial promoters is known to affect the expression levels of the products they regulate, sometimes dramatically. While neutral synthetic insulator sequences have been found to buffer promoters from upstream DNA context, there are no established methods for designing effective insulator sequences with predictable effects on expression levels. We address this problem with Degenerate Insulation Screening (DIS), a novel method based on a randomized 36-nucleotide insulator library and a simple, high-throughput, flow-cytometry-based screen that randomly samples from a library of 436 potential insulated promoters...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422160/efficient-electrical-control-of-thin-film-black-phosphorus-bandgap
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Bingchen Deng, Vy Tran, Yujun Xie, Hao Jiang, Cheng Li, Qiushi Guo, Xiaomu Wang, He Tian, Steven J Koester, Han Wang, Judy J Cha, Qiangfei Xia, Li Yang, Fengnian Xia
Recently rediscovered black phosphorus is a layered semiconductor with promising electronic and photonic properties. Dynamic control of its bandgap can allow for the exploration of new physical phenomena. However, theoretical investigations and photoemission spectroscopy experiments indicate that in its few-layer form, an exceedingly large electric field in the order of several volts per nanometre is required to effectively tune its bandgap, making the direct electrical control unfeasible. Here we reveal the unique thickness-dependent bandgap tuning properties in intrinsic black phosphorus, arising from the strong interlayer electronic-state coupling...
April 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418265/global-health-resource-utilization-associated-with-pacemaker-complications
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Catherine Waweru, Anna Steenrod, Claudia Wolff, Simon Eggington, David Jay Wright, Kathleen W Wyrwich
AIM: To estimate health resource utilization (HRU) associated with the management of pacemaker complications in various healthcare systems. METHODS: Electrophysiologists (EPs) from four geographical regions (Western Europe, Australia, Japan, and North America) were invited to participate. Survey questions focused on HRU in the management of three chronic pacemaker complications (i.e., pacemaker infections requiring extraction, lead fractures/insulation breaches requiring replacement, and upper extremity deep venous thrombosis [DVT])...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418042/selective-orbital-reconstruction-in-tetragonal-fes-a-density-functional-dynamical-mean-field-theory-study
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Luis Craco, Stefano Leoni
Transport properties of tetragonal iron monosulfide, mackinawite, show a range of complex features. Semiconductive behavior and proximity to metallic states with nodal superconductivity mark this d-band system as unconventional quantum material. Here, we use the density functional dynamical mean-field theory (DFDMFT) scheme to comprehensively explain why tetragonal FeS shows both semiconducting and metallic responses in contrast to tetragonal FeSe which is a pseudogaped metal above the superconducting transition temperature...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
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