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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821917/factors-determining-presence-of-passerines-breeding-within-white-stork-ciconia-ciconia-nests
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Adam Zbyryt, Dariusz Jakubas, Marcin Tobolka
Nests of White Stork Ciconia ciconia are commonly used by various passerines as nesting sites. In this study, we investigated factors determining presence and number of pairs of species breeding within White Stork nests in an extensive farmland in NE Poland. In 133 (57%) out of 233 White Stork nests, we found at least one breeding pair of passerine bird. These were from three species: House Sparrows Passer domesticus (68% of 133 nests with co-breeding), Tree Sparrows Passer montanus (65%), and Starlings Sturnus vulgaris (30%)...
August 18, 2017: Die Naturwissenschaften
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821764/helical-edge-states-and-edge-state-transport-in-strained-armchair-graphene-nanoribbons
#2
Zheng-Fang Liu, Qing-Ping Wu, Ai-Xi Chen, Xian-Bo Xiao, Nian-Hua Liu, Guo-Xing Miao
A helical type edge state, which is generally supported only on graphene with zigzag boundaries, is found to also appear in armchair graphene nanoribbons in the presence of intrinsic spin-orbit coupling and a suitable strain. At a critical strain, there appears a quantum phase transition from a quantum spin Hall state to a trivial insulator state. Further investigation shows that the armchair graphene nanoribbons with intrinsic spin-orbit coupling, Rashba spin-orbit coupling, effective exchange fields and strains also support helical-like edge states with a unique spin texture...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821737/combining-%C3%AE%C2%B5-near-zero-behavior-and-stopped-light-energy-bands-for-ultra-low-reflection-and-reduced-dispersion-of-slow-light
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Frank Bello, A Freddie Page, Andreas Pusch, Joachim M Hamm, John F Donegan, Ortwin Hess
We investigate media which exhibits epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) behavior while simultaneously sustaining stopped light energy bands which contain multiple points of zero group velocity (ZGV). This allows the merging of state-of-the-art phenomena that was hitherto attainable in media that demonstrated these traits separately. Specifically, we demonstrate the existence of Ferrell-Berreman (FB) modes within frequency bands bounded by points of ZGV with the goal to improve the coupling efficiency and localization of light in the media...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821000/simultaneous-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-analysis-of-brominated-flame-retardants-tetrabromobisphenol-a-and-hexabromocyclododecane-diastereoisomers-in-french-breast-milk
#4
Chanthadary Inthavong, Frédéric Hommet, François Bordet, Virginie Rigourd, Thierry Guérin, Sylviane Dragacci
TBBPA and HBCDs are the two classes of flame retardants that are still allowed for use by the European Commission. In May 2013, HBCDs were listed as Persistent Organic Pollutants under the Stockholm Convention, and they were banned with an exemption on EPS/XPS for cavity wall insulation. This study describes the development and optimisation of a rapid LC-ESI-MS/MS method using isotopic dilution quantification including a simplified extraction step using a mixture of solvents and sulphuric acid hydrolysis followed by the one-shot analysis of TBBPA and each of the α-, β- and γ-HBCD diastereoisomers...
August 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820739/metal-to-insulator-transition-induced-by-uv-illumination-in-a-single-sno-sub-2-sub-nanobelt
#5
Emilson Ribeiro Viana, Geraldo Mathias Ribeiro, Alfredo G de Oliveira, Juan Carlos Gonzalez Perez
An individual tin oxide (SnO<sub>2</sub>) nanobelt was connected in a back-gate field-effect transistor (FET) configuration and the conductivity of the nanobelt were measured at different temperatures from 400K to 4K, in darkness and under UV illumination. In darkness, the SnO<sub>2</sub> nanobelts show semiconductor behaviour for the whole temperature range measured. But when subject to UV illumination the photoinduced carriers was high enough that leads to a Metal-to-Insulator transition, near room temperature, at T<sub>MIT</sub> = 240 K...
August 18, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820653/fibrous-skeleton-of-the-heart-anatomic-overview-and-evaluation-of-pathologic-conditions-with-ct-and-mr-imaging
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Farhood Saremi, Damián Sánchez-Quintana, Shumpei Mori, Horia Muresian, Diane E Spicer, Cameron Hassani, Robert H Anderson
The fibrous skeleton is concentrated at the base of the ventricular mass. It provides electrical insulation at the atrioventricular level and fibrous continuity for the leaflets of the mitral, aortic, and tricuspid valves. Its components include the fibrous trigones, the fibrous area of aortic-mitral continuity, the subvalvar collar of the mitral valve, the membranous septum, the interleaflet triangles, the tendon of Todaro, and likely the conus ligament. The majority of the mitral annulus is fibrous, but the only true fibrous part of the tricuspid annulus is where the valvar leaflets are attached to the central fibrous body...
August 18, 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820466/a-dft-calculation-of-fluoride-doped-tio%C3%A2-nanotubes-for-detecting-sf%C3%A2-decomposition-components
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Xiaoxing Zhang, Jun Zhang, Xingchen Dong, Hao Cui
Gas insulated switchgear (GIS) plays an important role in the transmission and distribution of electric energy. Detecting and analyzing the decomposed components of SF₆ is one of the important methods to realize the on-line monitoring of GIS equipment. In this paper, considering the performance limits of intrinsic TiO₂ nanotube gas sensor, the adsorption process of H₂S, SO₂, SOF₂ and SO₂F₂ on fluoride-doped TiO₂ crystal plane was simulated by the first-principle method. The adsorption mechanism of these SF₆ decomposition components on fluorine-doped TiO₂ crystal plane was analyzed from a micro perspective...
August 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820444/a-novel-partial-discharge-localization-method-in-substation-based-on-a-wireless-uhf-sensor-array
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Zhen Li, Lingen Luo, Nan Zhou, Gehao Sheng, Xiuchen Jiang
Effective Partial Discharge (PD) localization can detect the insulation problems of the power equipment in a substation and improve the reliability of power systems. Typical Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) PD localization methods are mainly based on time difference information, which need a high sampling rate system. This paper proposes a novel PD localization method based on a received signal strength indicator (RSSI) fingerprint to quickly locate the power equipment with potential insulation defects. The proposed method consists of two stages...
August 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819644/hfse2-and-zrse2-two-dimensional-semiconductors-with-native-high-%C3%AE%C2%BA-oxides
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Michal J Mleczko, Chaofan Zhang, Hye Ryoung Lee, Hsueh-Hui Kuo, Blanka Magyari-Köpe, Robert G Moore, Zhi-Xun Shen, Ian R Fisher, Yoshio Nishi, Eric Pop
The success of silicon as a dominant semiconductor technology has been enabled by its moderate band gap (1.1 eV), permitting low-voltage operation at reduced leakage current, and the existence of SiO2 as a high-quality "native" insulator. In contrast, other mainstream semiconductors lack stable oxides and must rely on deposited insulators, presenting numerous compatibility challenges. We demonstrate that layered two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors HfSe2 and ZrSe2 have band gaps of 0.9 to 1.2 eV (bulk to monolayer) and technologically desirable "high-κ" native dielectrics HfO2 and ZrO2, respectively...
August 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819640/slow-dynamics-of-electrons-at-a-metal-mott-insulator-boundary-in-an-organic-system-with-disorder
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Tetsuaki Itou, Eri Watanabe, Satoru Maegawa, Akiko Tajima, Naoya Tajima, Kazuya Kubo, Reizo Kato, Kazushi Kanoda
The Mott transition-a metal-insulator transition caused by repulsive Coulomb interactions between electrons-is a central issue in condensed matter physics because it is the mother earth of various attractive phenomena. Outstanding examples are high-Tc (critical temperature) cuprates and manganites exhibiting colossal magnetoresistance. Furthermore, spin liquid states, which are quantum-fluctuation-driven disordered ground states in antiferromagnets, have recently been found in magnetic systems very near the Mott transition...
August 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819119/the-synergistic-effects-of-the-micro-and-nano-particles-in-micro-nano-composites-on-enhancing-the-resistance-to-electrical-tree-degradation
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Wenxuan Wang, Ying Yang
A new method of increasing the durability and reliability of polymer dielectrics has been proposed by designing a composite structure of the micro and nano particles. The synergistic effects of the micro particles and nano particles are found to enhance the resistance to electrical tree and extend the lifetime of polymer dielectrics for insulations. Epoxy loaded with the micro and nano SiO2 particles at different concentrations are prepared as micro-nano composites. The micro particles show the blocking effects on the electrical tree channel and the interfaces of the nano particles lead to the inhibiting effects on the tree inception and propagation...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817090/insights-on-the-optical-properties-of-poly-3-4-ethylenedioxythiophene-poly-styrenesulfonate-formulations-by-optical-metrology
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Argiris Laskarakis, Varvara Karagkiozaki, Despoina Georgiou, Christoforos Gravalidis, Stergios Logothetidis
Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) is among the most widely used polymers that are used as printed transparent electrodes for flexible Organic Electronic (OE) devices, such as Organic Photovoltaics (OPVs). The understanding of their optical properties and the correlation of the optical properties with their electronic properties and metallic-like behavior can lead to the optimization of their functionality as transparent electrodes in multilayer OE device architectures. In this work, we study the optical properties of different PEDOT:PSS formulations by non-destructive Spectroscopic Ellipsometry (SE), from the infrared to the far ultraviolet spectral regions...
August 17, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816435/fiber-based-double-sided-reduced-graphene-oxide-films-for-efficient-solar-vapor-generation
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Ankang Guo, Xin Ming, Yang Fu, Gang Wang, Xianbao Wang
Solar vapor generation is a promising and whole new branch of photothermal conversion for harvesting solar energy. Various materials and devices for solar thermal conversion were successively produced and reported for higher solar energy utilization in the past few years. Herein, a compact device of reduced graphene oxides (rGO) and paper fibers was designed and assembled for efficient solar steam generation under light illumination, and it consists of water supply pipelines (WSP), a thermal insulator (TI) and a double-sided absorbing film (DSF)...
August 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816431/carbon-nanotubes-arranged-as-smart-interfaces-in-lipid-langmuir-blodgett-films-enhancing-the-enzymatic-properties-of-penicillinase-for-biosensing-applications
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Fabio Scholl, Paulo Morais, Rayla Gabriel, Michael J Schöning, Jose Roberto Siqueira, Luciano Caseli
In this paper, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were incorporated in penicillinase-phospholipid Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films to enhance the enzyme catalytic properties. Adsorption of the penicillinase and CNTs at dimyristoylphosphatidic acid (DMPA) monolayers at the air-water interface was investigated by surface pressure-area isotherms, vibrational spectroscopy and Brewster angle microscopy. The floating monolayers were transferred to solid supports through the LB technique, forming mixed DMPA-CNTs-PEN films, which were investigated by quartz crystal microbalance, vibrational spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy...
August 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816400/silica-modified-luminescent-lapo4-eu-lapo4-sio2-core-shell-nanorods-synthesis-structural-and-luminescent-properties
#15
Anees A Ansari
Monoclinic-type tetragonal LaPO4 :Eu (core) and LaPO4 :Eu@LaPO4 (core/shell) nanorods (NRs) were successfully prepared using a urea-based co-precipitation process under ambient conditions. An amorphous silica layer was coated around the luminescent core/shell NRs via the sol-gel process to improve their solubility and colloidal stability in aqueous and non-aqueous media. The prepared nano-products were systematically characterized by X-ray diffraction pattern, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis, and FTIR, UV/Vis, and photoluminescence spectroscopy to examine their phase purity, crystal phase, surface chemistry, solubility and luminescence characteristics...
August 17, 2017: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816040/carbon-nanotube-thread-electrochemical-cell-detection-of-heavy-metals
#16
Daoli Zhao, David Siebold, Noe T Alvarez, Vesselin N Shanov, William R Heineman
In this work, all three electrodes in an electrochemical cell were fabricated based on carbon nanotube (CNT) thread. CNT thread partially insulated with a thin polystyrene coating to define the microelectrode area was used as the working electrode; bare CNT thread was used as the auxiliary electrode; and a micro quasi-reference electrode was fabricated by electroplating CNT thread with Ag and then anodizing it in chloride solution to form a layer of AgCl. The AgǀAgCl coated CNT thread electrode provided a stable potential comparable to the conventional liquid-junction type AgǀAgCl reference electrode...
August 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812868/light-and-strong-hierarchical-porous-sic-foam-for-efficient-electromagnetic-interference-shielding-and-thermal-insulation-at-elevated-temperatures
#17
Caiyun Liang, Zhenfeng Wang, Lina Wu, Xiaochen Zhang, Huan Wang, Zhijiang Wang
A novel light but strong SiC foam with hierarchical porous architecture are fabricated by using dough as raw material via carbonization and followed carbothermal reduction with silicon source. A significant synergistic effect is achieved by embedding meso and nano pores in micro-sized porous skeleton, which endows the SiC foam with high-performance electromagnetic interference shielding (EMI), thermal insulation and mechanical properties. The micro-sized skeleton withstands the high stress. The meso- and nano-sized pores enhance the multiple reflection of the incident electromagnetic waves and elongate the path of heat transfer...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812342/achieving-a-collapsible-strong-and-highly-thermally-conductive-film-based-on-oriented-functionalized-boron-nitride-nanosheets-and-cellulose-nanofiber
#18
Kai Wu, Jinchao Fang, Jinrui Ma, Rui Huang, Songgang Chai, Feng Chen, Qiang Fu
Boron nitride nanosheets (BNNS) film receives wide attention in both academia and industry due to its high thermal conductivity (TC) and good electrical insulation capability. However, the brittleness and low strength of BNNS film largely limit its application. Herein, functionalized BNNS (f-BNNS) with well-maintained in-plane crystalline structure was firstly prepared utilizing urea in the aqueous solution via ball-milling for the purpose of improving its stability in water and enhancing the interaction with polymer matrix...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811471/two-magnon-scattering-in-the-5d-all-in-all-out-pyrochlore-magnet-cd2os2o7
#19
Thi Minh Hien Nguyen, Luke J Sandilands, C H Sohn, C H Kim, Aleksander L Wysocki, In-Sang Yang, S J Moon, Jae-Hyeon Ko, J Yamaura, Z Hiroi, Tae Won Noh
5d pyrochlore oxides with all-in-all-out magnetic order are prime candidates for realizing strongly correlated, topological phases of matter. Despite significant effort, a full understanding of all-in-all-out magnetism remains elusive as the associated magnetic excitations have proven difficult to access with conventional techniques. Here we report a Raman spectroscopy study of spin dynamics in the all-in-all-out magnetic state of the 5d pyrochlore Cd2Os2O7. Through a comparison between the two-magnon scattering and spin-wave theory, we confirm the large single ion anisotropy in this material and show that the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya and exchange interactions play a significant role in the spin-wave dispersions...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810960/talk-to-the-hand-u-s-army-biophysical-testing
#20
William R Santee, Adam W Potter, Karl E Friedl
BACKGROUND: Many people are unaware of the science underlying the biophysical properties of Soldier clothing and personal protective equipment, yet there is a well-refined biomedical methodology initiated by Army physiologists in World War II. This involves a methodical progression of systematic material testing technologies, computer modeling, and human testing that enables more efficient development and rapid evaluation of new concepts for Soldier health and performance. Sophisticated manikins that sweat and move are a central part of this testing continuum...
July 2017: Military Medicine
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