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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444396/integrating-silicon-solar-cell-with-triboelectric-nanogenerator-via-a-mutual-electrode-for-harvesting-energy-from-sunlight-and-raindrop
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Yuqiang Liu, Na Sun, Jiawei Liu, Zhen Wen, Xuhui Sun, Shuit-Tong Lee, Baoquan Sun
Solar cells, as promising devices for converting light into electricity, dramatically reduce its performance in rainy day. Here, an energy harvesting structure that integrates a solar cell and a triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) device is built to realize power generation from both sunlight and raindrop. A heterojunction silicon (Si) solar cell is integrated with a TENG by a mutual electrode of a poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene): poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) film. Regarding to the solar cell, imprinted PEDOT:PSS is used to reduce the light reflection, which leads to an enhanced short current density...
February 14, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29421212/understanding-the-venus-flytrap-through-mathematical-modelling
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Sami Lehtinen
Among carnivorous plants, the Venus flytrap is of particular interest for the rapid movement of its snap-traps and hypothesised prey selection, where small prey are allowed to escape from the traps. In this paper, we provide the first mathematical cost-benefit model for carnivory in the Venus flytrap. Specifically, we analyse the dynamics of prey capture; the costs and benefits of capturing and digesting its prey; and optimisation of trap size and prey selection. We fit the model to available data, making predictions regarding trap behaviour...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332951/soil-seal-development-under-simulated-rainfall-structural-physical-and-hydrological-dynamics
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Elena Armenise, Robert W Simmons, Sujung Ahn, Amin Garbout, Stefan H Doerr, Sacha J Mooney, Craig J Sturrock, Karl Ritz
This study delivers new insights into rainfall-induced seal formation through a novel approach in the use of X-ray Computed Tomography (CT). Up to now seal and crust thickness have been directly quantified mainly through visual examination of sealed/crusted surfaces, and there has been no quantitative method to estimate this important property. X-ray CT images were quantitatively analysed to derive formal measures of seal and crust thickness. A factorial experiment was established in the laboratory using open-topped microcosms packed with soil...
January 2018: Journal of Hydrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315840/ballistic-jumping-drops-on-superhydrophobic-surfaces-via-electrostatic-manipulation
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Ning Li, Lei Wu, Cunlong Yu, Haoyu Dai, Ting Wang, Zhichao Dong, Lei Jiang
The ballistic ejection of liquid drops by electrostatic manipulating has both fundamental and practical implications, from raindrops in thunderclouds to self-cleaning, anti-icing, condensation, and heat transfer enhancements. In this paper, the ballistic jumping behavior of liquid drops from a superhydrophobic surface is investigated. Powered by the repulsion of the same kind of charges, water drops can jump from the surface. The electrostatic acting time for the jumping of a microliter supercooled drop only takes several milliseconds, even shorter than the time for icing...
January 9, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223234/corneal-remodeling-after-implantation-of-a-shape-changing-inlay-concurrent-with-myopic-or-hyperopic-laser-in%C3%A2-situ-keratomileusis
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Roger F Steinert, Douglas D Koch, Beatrice Cochener, Alan Lang, Enrique Barragán-Garza, Arturo Chayet, Luis G Vargas
PURPOSE: To compare the induced addition (add)-power profile and epithelial remodeling between patients receiving hyperopic and myopic laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) concurrently with implantation of a corneal shape-changing inlay. SETTING: Specialty clinics in Monterrey and Tijuana, Mexico. DESIGN: Retrospective case series. METHODS: Preoperative hyperopic patients (mean spherical equivalent [SE] treatment +1...
November 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196846/the-availability-of-water-associated-with-glycogen-during-dehydration-a-reservoir-or-raindrop
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Roderick F G J King, Ben Jones, John P O'Hara
PURPOSE: This study evaluated whether glycogen-associated water is a protected entity not subject to normal osmotic homeostasis. An investigation into practical and theoretical aspects of the functionality of this water as a determinant of osmolality, dehydration, and glycogen concentration was undertaken. METHODS: In vitro experiments were conducted to determine the intrinsic osmolality of glycogen-potassium phosphate mixtures as would be found intra-cellularly at glycogen concentrations of 2% for muscle and 5 and 10% for liver...
December 1, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141311/-study-on-mosaicism-of-scn1a-gene-mutation-in-parents-of-children-with-dravet-syndrome
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A J Liu, X X Yang, X J Xu, Q X Wu, X J Tian, X L Yang, X R Wu, L P Wei, Y H Zhang
Objective: To investigate the clinical phenotypes and the mutant allele proportion of parents with SCN1A gene mutation mosaicism of Dravet syndrome (DS) children, thus to provide guidance for family reproduction and prenatal diagnosis. Method: The clinical data and peripheral blood DNA samples of DS patients with a SCN1A gene mutation proved by Sanger sequencing were collected prospectively from February 2005 to November 2016 in Department of Pediatrics, Peking University First Hospital. The same mutation was searched in parents and other available relatives...
November 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29090543/-study-on-effect-elements-of-anthers-opening-closing-movement-and-its-cell-morphology-regulatory-mechanism-of-paris-polyphylla-var-yunnanensis
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Yan-Fang Wang, Ge Li, Ling Tang, Chun-Yong Yang, Rong-Ying Li
In order to study the effect elements of anthers opening-closing movement of Paris polyphylla var. yunnanensis, and its cell morphology regulatory mechanism. Anthers daily opening in the morning and closing in the evening and its corresponding ecological elements changes were recorded. Different light, temperature, humidity experiment and artificial rainfall experiment were designed to observe the effect on anthers opening-closing movement, paraffin sections were made to observe the cell morphology change when the anthers daily opening and closing...
May 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29070444/linking-crop-structure-throughfall-soil-surface-conditions-runoff-and-soil-detachment-10-land-uses-analyzed-in-northern-laos
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Guillaume Lacombe, Christian Valentin, Phabvilay Sounyafong, Anneke de Rouw, Bounsamai Soulileuth, Norbert Silvera, Alain Pierret, Oloth Sengtaheuanghoung, Olivier Ribolzi
In Montane Southeast Asia, deforestation and unsuitable combinations of crops and agricultural practices degrade soils at an unprecedented rate. Typically, smallholder farmers gain income from "available" land by replacing fallow or secondary forest by perennial crops. We aimed to understand how these practices increase or reduce soil erosion. Ten land uses were monitored in Northern Laos during the 2015 monsoon, using local farmers' fields. Experiments included plots of the conventional system (food crops and fallow), and land uses corresponding to new market opportunities (e...
October 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054119/pollinator-independent-orchid-attracts-biotic-pollinators-due-the-production-of-lipoidal-substances
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E R Pansarin, P J Bergamo, M J Ferreira-Caliman
● Flowering plants often depend on the attraction of biotic pollinators for sexual reproduction. Consequently, the emergence and maintenance of selected floral attributes related to pollinator attraction and rewarding are driven by pollinators pressures. ● In this paper we explore the effect of pollinators, rainfall, and temperature and air humidity on the reproduction of a Brazilian terrestrial orchid, Cranichis candida based on data of phenology, flower resources, olfactory and visual attraction cues, pollinators and breeding system...
October 20, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047479/light-scattering-from-sessile-water-drops-and-raindrop-shaped-glass-beads-as-a-validation-tool-for-rainbow-simulations
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Alexander Haußmann
The shape deviation of falling raindrops from exact spheres is known to affect the appearance of natural rainbows, e.g., by enhancing the visibility of supernumerary arcs around the top or by creating branching effects known as "twinned rainbows." To check the accuracy of numerical optical models for rainbow scattering from such nonspherical drops, two simple and low-cost experiments are presented in this paper: (1) sessile, i.e., sitting, drops on ultrahydrophobic surfaces, and (2) glass beads in the shape of falling raindrops...
July 1, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047473/supernumerary-arcs-of-rainbows-young-s-theory-of-interference
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Philip Laven
Supernumerary arcs on rainbows are historically important because in the early 1800s they provided evidence in favor of the wave theory of light. The success of Airy's rainbow integral has overshadowed the earlier contribution from Young, who proposed that supernumerary arcs were caused by interference between two geometrical rays that emerge from the raindrop at the same scattering angle. Airy dismissed Young's idea as "the imperfect theory of interference" because it predicted supernumerary arcs at the wrong angles...
July 1, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033538/comparison-of-a-hydrogel-corneal-inlay-and-monovision-laser-in-situ-keratomileusis-in-presbyopic-patients-focus-on-visual-performance-and-optical-quality
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Cornelis Verdoorn
PURPOSE: To compare the visual performance and optical quality after Raindrop Near Vision Inlay implantation or monovision LASIK for the correction of presbyopia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this retrospective case-series study, patients previously treated in the nondominant eye with monovision LASIK were compared with patients previously implanted with Raindrop Near Vision Inlay. The study enrolled 16 inlay and 15 monovision LASIK patients. Uncorrected near visual acuity, uncorrected distance visual acuity, binocular stereopsis, patient satisfaction, and patient task performance were assessed...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28955600/analysis-of-remotely-sensed-and-surface-data-of-aerosols-and-meteorology-for-the-mexico-megalopolis-area-between-2003-and-2015
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Marco Mora, Rachel A Braun, Taylor Shingler, Armin Sorooshian
This paper presents an aerosol characterization study from 2003 to 2015 for the Mexico City Metropolitan Area using remotely sensed aerosol data, ground-based measurements, air mass trajectory modeling, aerosol chemical composition modeling, and reanalysis data for the broader Megalopolis of Central Mexico region. The most extensive biomass burning emissions occur between March and May concurrent with the highest aerosol optical depth, ultraviolet aerosol index, and surface particulate matter (PM) mass concentration values...
August 27, 2017: Journal of Geophysical Research. Atmospheres: JGR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944206/comparison-of-fda-safety-and-efficacy-data-for-kamra-and-raindrop-corneal-inlays
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Majid Moshirfar, Jordan D Desautels, Ryan T Wallace, Nicholas Koen, Phillip C Hoopes
AIM: To provide a side-by-side analysis of the summary of safety and effectiveness data (SSED) submitted to the FDA for the KAMRA and Raindrop corneal inlays for the correction of presbyopia. METHODS: SSED reports submitted to the FDA for KAMRA and Raindrop were compared with respect to loss of corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), adverse event rates, induction of astigmatism, retention of contrast sensitivity, stability of manifest refractive spherical equivalent (MRSE), and achieved monocular uncorrected near visual acuity (UNVA) at 24mo...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754904/robust-and-accurate-digital-measurement-for-her2-amplification-in-her2-equivocal-breast-cancer-diagnosis
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Yuefeng Wang, Julia Y S Tsang, Yongmei Cui, Ji Cui, Ying Lin, Songli Zhao, Patrick T W Law, Sai Yin Cheung, Enders K O Ng, Gary M K Tse, Zunfu Ke
Currently, there are no recommended alternative assays for HER2 cases deemed equivocal by immunohistochemistry and fluorescent in situ hybridization. Digital PCR (ddPCR), a highly accurate method to determine DNA copy number, could be a robust alternative for clinical HER2 diagnostics. HER2 and CEP17 copy numbers were quantified using two ddPCR platforms (QX200 and RainDrop) in 102 samples of invasive breast cancers. Compared to routine assays, ddPCR gave a sensitivity and specificity of 82.8% and 97.3% respectively, with a kappa value of 0...
July 28, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638092/from-shifting-cultivation-to-teak-plantation-effect-on-overland-flow-and-sediment-yield-in-a-montane-tropical-catchment
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Olivier Ribolzi, Olivier Evrard, Sylvain Huon, Anneke de Rouw, Norbert Silvera, Keo Oudone Latsachack, Bounsamai Soulileuth, Irène Lefèvre, Alain Pierret, Guillaume Lacombe, Oloth Sengtaheuanghoung, Christian Valentin
Soil erosion supplies large quantities of sediments to rivers of Southeastern Asia. It reduces soil fertility of agro-ecosystems located on hillslopes, and it degrades, downstream, water resource quality and leads to the siltation of reservoirs. An increase in the surface area covered with commercial perennial monocultures such as teak plantations is currently observed at the expanse of traditional slash-and-burn cultivation systems in steep montane environments of these regions. The impacts of land-use change on the hydrological response and sediment yields have been investigated in a representative catchment of Laos monitored for 13 years...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625062/bioinspired-hand-operating-smart-wetting-systems-using-smooth-liquid-coatings
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Mizuki Tenjimbayashi, Takeshi Matsubayashi, Takeo Moriya, Seimei Shiratori
Manually controllable 'hand-operating' smart systems have been developed in many fields, including smart wetting materials, electronic devices, molecular machines, and drug delivery systems. Because complex morphological or chemical control are generally required, versatile strategies for constructing the system are technologically important. Inspired by the natural phenomenon of raindrops rarely bouncing and usually spreading on a puddle, we introduce a droplet-impact-triggering smart-wetting system using "non-smart" smooth liquid coating materials...
June 19, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605128/tiny-insects-against-the-weather-flight-and-foraging-patterns-of-frankliniella-schultzei-thripidae-not-altered-by-onset-of-rainfall
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Lachlan C Jones, Brodie J Foster, Michelle A Rafter, Gimme H Walter
To survive in nature, organisms may need to take direct action to mitigate specific dangers from their environmental surroundings. Tiny flying insects are thought to be at particular risk from rainfall that would be of negligible concern to larger animals. The study species Frankliniella schultzei is a thrips that inhabits flowers and feeds mostly on petal tissue and pollen. While found to respond in the laboratory to decreases in atmospheric pressure associated with cyclonic conditions (rather than merely heavy rainfall), their responses to conditions preceding rainfall have not been tested in the field...
June 12, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505774/crater-formation-during-raindrop-impact-on-sand
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Rianne de Jong, Song-Chuan Zhao, Devaraj van der Meer
After a raindrop impacts on a granular bed, a crater is formed as both drop and target deform. After an initial, transient, phase in which the maximum crater depth is reached, the crater broadens outwards until a final steady shape is attained. By varying the impact velocity of the drop and the packing density of the bed, we find that avalanches of grains are important in the second phase and hence affect the final crater shape. In a previous paper, we introduced an estimate of the impact energy going solely into sand deformation and here we show that both the transient and final crater diameter collapse with this quantity for various packing densities...
April 2017: Physical Review. E
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