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  1. Integrated geophysical interpretation of the Valhall 4C OBS survey

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    Thomsen, Leon A.; Barkved, Olav I; Mueller, Michael C.; Haggard, Bill W.; Kommedal, Jan H.; Rosland, Boerge O.

    1998-12-31

    This presentation gives a brief classic example of a North Sea reservoir which cannot be imaged by conventional P-wave techniques. In two-dimensional P-wave sections, extending across the crest of the structure, the top of the chalk reservoir is depressed in time, and has low amplitude and coherency so that even its identification is uncertain. The classical interpretation of these effects is that, over geologic time, gas has leaked from the reservoir into the overburden, in the zone above the reservoir. This gas, while present in uneconomic concentrations, has the effect of lowering seismic velocities and increasing seismic attenuation. Efficient methods of seismic surveying were used for oil prediction in the reservoir. 6 refs.

  2. The B Fields in OB Stars (BOB) Survey

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    Kholtygin, A.F.; Castro, N.; Fossati, L.; Hubrig, S.; Langer, N.; Morel, T.; Przybilla, N.; Schöller, M.; Carroll, T.; Ilyin, I.; Irrgang, A.; Oskinova, L.; Schneider, F.R.N.; Simon Díaz, S.; Briquet, M.; González, J.F.; Kharchenko, N.; Nieva, M.-F.; Scholz, R.-D.; de Koter, A.; Hamann, W.-R.; Herrero, A.; Maíz Apellániz, J.; Sana, H.; Arlt, R.; Barbá, R.; Dufton, P.; Mathys, G.; Piskunov, A.; Reisenegger, A.; Spruit, H.; Yoon, S. -C

    2015-01-01

    The B fields in OB stars (BOB) survey is an ESO large program collecting spectropolarimetric observations for a large number of early-type stars in order to study the occurrence rate, properties, and ultimately the origin of magnetic fields in massive stars. As of July 2014, a total of 98 objects we

  3. The B Fields in OB Stars (BOB) Survey

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    Morel, T.; Castro, N.; Fossati, L.; Hubrig, S.; Langer, N.; Przybilla, N.; Schöller, M.; Carroll, T.; Ilyin, I.; Irrgang, A.; Oskinova, L.; Schneider, F.R.N.; Simon Díaz, S.; Briquet, M.; González, J.F.; Kharchenko, N.; Nieva, M.-F.; Scholz, R.-D.; de Koter, A.; Hamann, W.-R.; Herrero, A.; Maíz Apellániz, J.; Sana, H.; Arlt, R.; Barbá, R.; Dufton, P.; Kholtygin, A.; Mathys, G.; Piskunov, A.; Reisenegger, A.; Spruit, H.; Yoon, S. -C

    2015-01-01

    The B fields in OB stars (BOB) survey is an ESO large programme collecting spectropolarimetric observations for a large number of early-type stars in order to study the occurrence rate, properties, and ultimately the origin of magnetic fields in massive stars. As of July 2014, a total of 98 objects

  4. The B Fields in OB Stars (BOB) Survey

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    Morel, T; Fossati, L; Hubrig, S; Langer, N; Przybilla, N; Scholler, M; Carroll, T; Ilyin, I; Irrgang, A; Oskinova, L; Schneider, F R N; Diaz, S Simon; Briquet, M; Gonzalez, J F; Kharchenko, N; Nieva, M -F; Scholz, R -D; de Koter, A; Hamann, W -R; Herrero, A; Apellaniz, J Maiz; Sana, H; Arlt, R; Barba, R; Dufton, P; Kholtygin, A; Mathys, G; Piskunov, A; Reisenegger, A; Spruit, H; Yoon, S -C

    2014-01-01

    The B fields in OB stars (BOB) survey is an ESO large programme collecting spectropolarimetric observations for a large number of early-type stars in order to study the occurrence rate, properties, and ultimately the origin of magnetic fields in massive stars. As of July 2014, a total of 98 objects were observed over 20 nights with FORS2 and HARPSpol. Our preliminary results indicate that the fraction of magnetic OB stars with an organised, detectable field is low. This conclusion, now independently reached by two different surveys, has profound implications for any theoretical model attempting to explain the field formation in these objects. We discuss in this contribution some important issues addressed by our observations (e.g., the lower bound of the field strength) and the discovery of some remarkable objects.

  5. Variability survey of brightest stars in selected OB associations

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    Laur, Jaan; Eenmäe, Tõnis; Tuvikene, Taavi; Leedjärv, Laurits

    2016-01-01

    The stellar evolution theory of massive stars remains uncalibrated with high-precision photometric observational data mainly due to a small number of luminous stars that are monitored from space. Automated all-sky surveys have revealed numerous variable stars but most of the luminous stars are often overexposed. Targeted campaigns can improve the time base of photometric data for those objects. The aim of this investigation is to study the variability of luminous stars at different timescales in young open clusters and OB associations. We monitored 22 open clusters and associations from 2011 to 2013 using a 0.25-m telescope. Variable stars were detected by comparing the overall light-curve scatter with measurement uncertainties. Variability was analysed by the light curve feature extraction tool FATS. Periods of pulsating stars were determined using the discrete Fourier transform code SigSpec. We then classified the variable stars based on their pulsation periods and available spectral information. We obtaine...

  6. A Photometric Survey of Ori OB1b

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    Merritt, Allison T.; Sherry, W.

    2011-01-01

    Several mechanisms have been suggested to describe the formation of sub-stellar mass objects (SSMOs), specifically brown dwarfs. Each proposed mechanism predicts a unique spatial distribution of the brown dwarfs relative to the O and B stars of the association. We have 9 square degrees of optical (VRI) data and 7 square degrees of NIR (JHK) data of Orion OB1b. The purpose of the survey is to obtain the photometric data that will allow us to determine the spatial distribution of brown dwarfs in this region and constrain the various formation theories. We present an overview of the survey, with an emphasis on the NIR data, as well as color-magnitude diagrams. This research was supported by the NOAO/KPNO Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program which is funded by the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program and the Department of Defense ASSURE program through Scientific Program Order No. 13 (AST-0754223) of the Cooperative Agreement No. AST-0132798 between the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) and the NSF.

  7. Variability survey of brightest stars in selected OB associations

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    Laur, Jaan; Kolka, Indrek; Eenmäe, Tõnis; Tuvikene, Taavi; Leedjärv, Laurits

    2017-02-01

    Context. The stellar evolution theory of massive stars remains uncalibrated with high-precision photometric observational data mainly due to a small number of luminous stars that are monitored from space. Automated all-sky surveys have revealed numerous variable stars but most of the luminous stars are often overexposed. Targeted campaigns can improve the time base of photometric data for those objects. Aims: The aim of this investigation is to study the variability of luminous stars at different timescales in young open clusters and OB associations. Methods: We monitored 22 open clusters and associations from 2011 to 2013 using a 0.25-m telescope. Variable stars were detected by comparing the overall light-curve scatter with measurement uncertainties. Variability was analysed by the light curve feature extraction tool FATS. Periods of pulsating stars were determined using the discrete Fourier transform code SigSpec. We then classified the variable stars based on their pulsation periods and available spectral information. Results: We obtained light curves for more than 20 000 sources of which 354 were found to be variable. Amongst them we find 80 eclipsing binaries, 31 α Cyg, 13 β Cep, 62 Be, 16 slowly pulsating B, 7 Cepheid, 1 γ Doradus, 3 Wolf-Rayet and 63 late-type variable stars. Up to 55% of these stars are potential new discoveries as they are not present in the Variable Star Index (VSX) database. We find the cluster membership fraction for variable stars to be 13% with an upper limit of 35%. Variable star catalogue (Tables A.1-A.10) and light curves are only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (http://130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/598/A108

  8. THE CIDA-VISTA SURVEY IN ORION OB1

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    C. Briceño

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Presentamos los resultados preliminares de un sondeo óptico-infrarrojo sobre un área de -30 grados2 en la asociación Orión OB1, en las regiones extra-nube, donde las poblaciones estelares jóvenes son más evolucionadas. La combinación de un sondeo óptico multi-época con un mapeo profundo en el cercano infrarrojo, abre una ventana a lo que podemos esperar de la nueva generación de sondeos a gran escala como VISTA y LSST.

  9. Photometric Survey of Intermediate Mass Members of the Orion OB1 Association

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    Sherry, William; Walter, Frederick; Brittain, Sean; Kim, Jinyoung Serena

    2009-08-01

    We propose to survey 15 deg^2 of the OB1a and OB1b groups of the Orion OB1 association to measure UBVRI photometry of high and intermediate mass members of the association. This survey will address two goals. First, it will extend the photometric coverage of association members to cover the full spectrum of masses between 0.01 M_⊙ and 40 M_⊙ - extant photometry misses most stars in the range 1 M_⊙ to 3 M_⊙ (10B stars of the association (7B-V color-magnitude diagram made from published UBV photometry has association members distributed over a 2 magnitude wide swath. This surprisingly wide distribution suggests that there may be some problems with the published photometry. Few of these stars have measured Cousins R and I photometry, and the photoelectric UBV photometry comes from a variety of sources incorporating work spanning 2 or more decades.

  10. The Chandra Cygnus OB2 Legacy Survey: Design and X-ray Point Source Catalog

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    Wright, Nicholas J; Guarcello, Mario G; Aldcroft, Tom L; Kashyap, Vinay L; Damiani, Francesco; DePasquale, Joe; Fruscione, Antonella

    2014-01-01

    The Cygnus OB2 association is the largest concentration of young and massive stars within 2 kpc of the Sun, including an estimated 65 O-type stars and hundreds of OB stars. The Chandra Cygnus OB2 Legacy Survey is a large imaging program undertaken with the Advanced CCD Imaging Spectrometer onboard the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The survey has imaged the central 0.5 deg^2 of the Cyg OB2 association with an effective exposure of 120ks and an outer 0.35 deg^2 area with an exposure of 60ks. Here we describe the survey design and observations, the data reduction and source detection, and present a catalog of 8,000 X-ray point sources. The survey design employs a grid of 36 heavily (~50%) overlapping pointings, a method that overcomes Chandra's low off-axis sensitivity and produces a highly uniform exposure over the inner 0.5 deg^2. The full X-ray catalog is described here and is made available online.

  11. Large Scale Variability Surveys from Venezuela: Orion OB1 and beyond

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    Briceño, C.; Calvet, N.; Vivas, A. K.; Hartmann, L.

    We present our scheme and initial results for variability surveys spanning hundreds of square degrees near the celestial equator, carried out with an 8k x 8k CCD Mosaic Camera optimized for drift-scanning, installed on the 1m Schmidt telescope at the Venezuela National Astronomical Observatory. In the Orion OB1 association, one of the nearest and most active regions of star formation, we are conducting a 120 sqr.deg. VRIHalpha survey to map the low mass young stellar population in this region. The absence of dust and gas around the young stars in the ˜ 10 Myr Ori OB 1a sub-association suggests that star formation is a rapid process, and that molecular clouds do not last more than a few million years after the first stars are born. The lack of accretion indicators or near IR emission from inner dusty disks among stars in Ori OB 1a suggests that significant disk dissipation has occurred in a few Myr, possibly due to the coagulation/agglomeration of dust particles into larger bodies like planetesimals or planets. The results of our variability surveys will be made available through a massive database equipped with web-based data mining tools, as part of the effort leading to the International Virtual Observatory.

  12. The deep OB star population in Carina from the VST Photometric Hα Survey (VPHAS+)

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    Mohr-Smith, M.; Drew, J. E.; Napiwotzki, R.; Simón-Díaz, S.; Wright, N. J.; Barentsen, G.; Eislöffel, J.; Farnhill, H. J.; Greimel, R.; Monguió, M.; Kalari, V.; Parker, Q. A.; Vink, J. S.

    2017-02-01

    Massive OB stars are critical to the ecology of galaxies and yet our knowledge of OB stars in the Milky Way, fainter than V ∼ 12, remains patchy. Data from the VST Photometric Hα Survey (VPHAS+) permit the construction of the first deep catalogues of blue excess-selected OB stars, without neglecting the stellar field. A total of 14 900 candidates with 2MASS cross-matches are blue-selected from a 42 deg2 region in the Galactic plane, capturing the Carina Arm over the Galactic longitude range 282° ≲ ℓ ≲ 293°. Spectral energy distribution fitting is performed on these candidates' combined VPHAS+ u, g, r, i and 2MASS J, H, K magnitudes. This delivers effective temperature constraints, statistically separating O from early-B stars and high-quality extinction parameters, A0 and RV (random errors typically ∼0.1). The high-confidence O-B2 candidates number 5915 and a further 5170 fit to later B spectral type. Spectroscopy of 276 of the former confirms 97 per cent of them. The fraction of emission-line stars among all candidate B stars is 7-8 per cent. Greyer (RV > 3.5) extinction laws are ubiquitous in the region, over the distance range 2.5-3 to ∼10 kpc. Near prominent massive clusters, RV tends to rise, with particularly large and chaotic excursions to RV ∼ 5 seen in the Carina Nebula. The data reveal a hitherto unnoticed association of 108 O-B2 stars around the O5If+ star LSS 2063 (ℓ = 289.77°, b = -1.22°). Treating the OB star scaleheight as a constant within the thin disc, we find an orderly mean relation between extinction (A0) and distance in the Galactic longitude range, 287.6° < ℓ < 293.5°, and infer the subtle onset of thin-disc warping. A halo around NGC 3603, roughly a degree in diameter, of ∼500 O-B2 stars with 4 < A0(mag) < 7 is noted.

  13. The deep OB star population in Carina from the VST Photometric H$\\alpha$ Survey (VPHAS+)

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    Mohr-Smith, M; Napiwotzki, R; Simón-Díaz, S; Wright, N J; Barentsen, G; Eislöffel, J; Farnhill, H J; Greimel, R; Monguió, M; Kalari, V; Parker, Q A; Vink, J S

    2016-01-01

    Massive OB stars are critical to the ecology of galaxies, and yet our knowledge of OB stars in the Milky Way, fainter than $V \\sim 12$, remains patchy. Data from the VST Photometric H$\\alpha$ Survey (VPHAS+) permit the construction of the first deep catalogues of blue excess-selected OB stars, without neglecting the stellar field. A total of 14900 candidates with 2MASS cross-matches are blue-selected from a 42 square-degree region in the Galactic Plane, capturing the Carina Arm over the Galactic longitude range $282^{\\circ} \\lesssim \\ell \\lesssim 293^{\\circ}$. Spectral energy distribution fitting is performed on these candidates' combined VPHAS+ $u,g,r,i$ and 2MASS $J,H,K$ magnitudes. This delivers: effective temperature constraints, statistically separating O from early-B stars; high-quality extinction parameters, $A_0$ and $R_V$ (random errors typically $ 3.5$) extinction laws are ubiquitous in the region, over the distance range 2.5--3 kpc to $\\sim$10~kpc. Near prominent massive clusters, $R_V$ tends to ri...

  14. Optical and infrared counterparts of the X-ray sources detected in the Chandra Cygnus OB2 Legacy Survey

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    Guarcello, M G; Wright, N J; Naylor, T; Flaccomio, E; Kashyap, V L; Garcia-Alvarez, D

    2015-01-01

    The young massive OB association Cygnus OB2, in the Cygnus X complex, is the closest (1400 pc) star forming region to the Sun hosting thousands of young low mass stars and up to 1000 OB stars, among which are some of the most massive stars known in our Galaxy. This region holds great importance for several fields of modern astrophysics, such as the study of the physical properties of massive and young low-mass stars and the feedback provided by massive stars on star and planet formation process. Cygnus OB2 has been recently observed with Chandra/ACIS-I as part of the 1.08Msec Chandra Cygnus OB2 Legacy Project. This survey detected 7924 X-ray sources in a square degree area centered on Cyg OB2. Since a proper classification and study of the observed X-ray sources also requires the analysis of their optical and infrared counterparts, we combined a large and deep set of optical and infrared catalogs available for this region with our new X-ray catalog. In this paper we describe the matching procedure and present...

  15. Massive open star clusters using the VVV survey V. Young clusters with an OB stellar population

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    Alegría, S Ramírez; Chené, A -N; Bonatto, C; Kurtev, R; Amigo, P; Kuhn, M; Gromadzki, M; Carballo-Bello, J A

    2016-01-01

    The ESO public survey VISTA Variables in the V\\'ia L\\'actea (VVV) has contributed with deep multi-epoch photometry of the Galactic bulge and the adjacent part of the disk over 526 square degrees. More than a hundred cluster candidates have been reported thanks to this survey. We present the fifth article in a series of papers focused on young and massive clusters discovered in the VVV survey. In this paper, we present the physical characterization of five clusters with a spectroscopically confirmed OB-type stellar population. To characterize the clusters, we used near-infrared photometry ($J$, $H,$ and $K_S$) from the VVV survey and near-infrared $K$-band spectroscopy from ISAAC at VLT, following the methodology presented in the previous articles of the series. All clusters in our sample are very young (ages between 1-20 Myr), and their total mass are between $(1.07^{+0.40}_{-0.30})\\cdot10^2$ $M_{\\odot}$ and $(4.17^{+4.15}_{-2.08})\\cdot10^3$ $M_{\\odot}$. We observed a relation between the clusters total mass ...

  16. A Deuteration Survey of the Clump Population in the Gemini OB1 Molecular Cloud

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    Henrici, Andrew Scott; Shirley, Yancy L.; Svoboda, Brian E.

    2017-01-01

    Recent maps of dust continuum emission from entire molecular clouds at submillimeter wavelengths have made it possible to survey and study the chemistry of entire core and clump populations within a single cloud. One very strong chemical process in star-forming regions is the fractionation of deuterium in molecules, which results in an increase in the deuterium ratio many orders of magnitude over the ISM [D]/[H] ratio and provides a chemical probe of cold, dense regions. We present a survey of DCO+ 3-2 and N2D+ 3-2 toward the clump population in the high-mass, star-forming Gemini OB1 Molecular Cloud identified from 1.1 mm continuum imaging by the Bolocam Galactic Plane Survey. The peak 1.1 mm continuum positions of 52 clumps in the range 188°≤ l ≤194° were observed with the 10m Heinrich Hertz Submillimeter Telescope. We find that DCO+ emission is detected toward 90% of the clumps with a median deuterium ratio of 0.01 while N2D+ emission is detected toward only 25% of the clumps. The DCO+ fractionation anti-correlates with gas kinetic temperature and linewidth, a measure of the amount of turbulence within the clumps. We compare the deuteration ratios of with physical properties of the clumps and their evolutionary stage.

  17. The CIDA-QUEST Large Scale Variability Survey in the Orion OB Association initial results

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    Briceño, C; Calvet, N; Hartmann, L; Briceno, Cesar; Calvet, Nuria; Hartmann, Lee

    1999-01-01

    Using the 8k x 8k CCD Mosaic Camera on the 1m Schmidt telescope in Venezuela, we are conducting a large-scale, deep optical, multiepoch, photometric (BVRIHa) survey over 120 sq.deg. in the Orion OB association, aimed at identifying the low mass stellar populations with ages less than about 10 Myr. We present initial results for a 34 sq.deg. area spanning Orion 1b, 1a and the B Cloud. Using variability as our main selection criterion we derive much cleaner samples than with the usual single-epoch photometric selection, allowing us to attain a much higher efficiency in follow up spectroscopy and resulting in an preliminary list of 74 new low-mass (~ 0.4 Msun) pre-main sequence stars. Though preliminary, this list of new T Tauri stars already suggests that the fraction of accreting young stars in 1a is much lower than in 1b, which would be expected if 1a is indeed older than 1b. We are analyzing in detail the light curves of these new stars, and spectroscopy of further candidates is under way.

  18. A High Angular Resolution Survey of Massive Stars in Cygnus OB2: Results from the Hubble Space Telescope Fine Guidance Sensors

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    2014-02-01

    Printed in the U.S.A. A HIGH ANGULAR RESOLUTION SURVEY OF MASSIVE STARS IN CYGNUS OB2: RESULTS FROM THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE FINE GUIDANCE SENSORS...angular resolution survey of massive OB stars in the Cygnus OB2 association that we conducted with the fine guidance sensor 1R (FGS1r) on the Hubble Space...al. 2009) and imaging observations (Maı́z Apellániz 2010). The fine guidance sensors (FGSs) aboard the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) provide us with

  19. A High Angular Resolution Survey of Massive Stars in Cygnus OB2: Results from the Hubble Space Telescope Fine Guidance Sensors

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    Caballero-Nieves, Saida M; Gies, Douglas R; Wallace, Debra J; DeGioia-Eastwood, Katherine; Herrero, Artemio; Jao, Wei-Chun; Mason, Brian D; Massey, Philip; Moffat, Anthony F J; Walborn, Nolan R

    2013-01-01

    We present results of a high angular resolution survey of massive OB stars in the Cygnus OB2 association that we conducted with the Fine Guidance Sensor 1R (FGS1r) on the Hubble Space Telescope. FGS1r is able to resolve binary systems with a magnitude difference delta-V 60%. One of the new discoveries is a companion to the hypergiant star MT 304 = Cyg OB2-12, and future measurements of orbital motion should provide mass estimates for this very luminous star.

  20. Toward Complete Statistics of Massive Binary Stars: Penultimate Results from the Cygnus OB2 Radial Velocity Survey

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    Kobulnicky, Henry A; Lundquist, Michael J; Burke, Jamison; Chapman, James; Keller, Erica; Lester, Kathryn; Rolen, Emily K; Topel, Eric; Bhattacharjee, Anirban; Smullen, Rachel A; Alvarez, Carlos A Vargas; Runnoe, Jessie C; Dale, Daniel A; Brotherton, Michael M

    2014-01-01

    We analyze orbital solutions for 48 massive multiple-star systems in the Cygnus OB2 Association, 23 of which are newly presented here, to find that the observed distribution of orbital periods is approximately uniform in log P for P 45 d, even after correction for completeness, indicating either a lower binary fraction or a shift toward low-mass companions. A high degree of similarity (91% likelihood) between the Cyg OB2 period distribution and that of other surveys suggests that the binary properties at P<25 d are determined by local physics of disk/clump fragmentation and are relatively insensitive to environmental and evolutionary factors. Fully 30% of the unbiased parent sample is a binary with period P < 45 d. Completeness corrections imply a binary fraction near 55% for P < 5000 d. The observed distribution of mass ratios 0.2

  1. Toward Complete Statistics of Massive Binary Stars: Penultimate Results from the Cygnus OB2 Radial Velocity Survey

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    Kobulnicky, Henry A.; Kiminki, Daniel C.; Lundquist, Michael J.; Burke, Jamison; Chapman, James; Keller, Erica; Lester, Kathryn; Rolen, Emily K.; Topel, Eric; Bhattacharjee, Anirban; Smullen, Rachel A.; Vargas Álvarez, Carlos A.; Runnoe, Jessie C.; Dale, Daniel A.; Brotherton, Michael M.

    2014-08-01

    We analyze orbital solutions for 48 massive multiple-star systems in the Cygnus OB2 association, 23 of which are newly presented here, to find that the observed distribution of orbital periods is approximately uniform in log P for P power law provides a statistically compelling prescription, but if features are ignored, a power law with exponent β ~= -0.22 provides a crude approximation over P = 1.4-2000 days, as does a piece-wise linear function with a break near 45 days. The cumulative period distribution flattens at P > 45 days, even after correction for completeness, indicating either a lower binary fraction or a shift toward low-mass companions. A high degree of similarity (91% likelihood) between the Cyg OB2 period distribution and that of other surveys suggests that the binary properties at P period P < 45 days. Completeness corrections imply a binary fraction near 55% for P < 5000 days. The observed distribution of mass ratios 0.2 < q < 1 is consistent with uniform, while the observed distribution of eccentricities 0.1 < e < 0.6 is consistent with uniform plus an excess of e ~= 0 systems. We identify six stars, all supergiants, that exhibit aperiodic velocity variations of ~30 km s-1 attributed to atmospheric fluctuations.

  2. An ALMA Continuum Survey of Circumstellar Disks in the Upper Scorpius OB Association

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    Carpenter, John M; Isella, Andrea

    2014-01-01

    We present ALMA 880 micron continuum observations of 20 K and M-type stars in the Upper Scorpius OB association that are surrounded by protoplanetary disks. These data are used to measure the dust content in disks around low mass stars (0.1-1.6 Msun) at a stellar age of 5-11 Myr. Thirteen sources were detected in the 880 micron dust continuum at >3 sigma with inferred dust masses between 0.3 and 52 Mearth. The dust masses tend to be higher around the more massive stars, but the significance is marginal in that the probability of no correlation is p ~ 0.03. The evolution in the dust content in disks was assessed by comparing the Upper Sco observations with published continuum measurements of disks around ~ 1-2 Myr stars in the Class II stage in the Taurus molecular cloud. While the dust masses in the Upper Sco disks are on average lower than in Taurus, any difference in the dust mass distributions is significant at less than 3sigma. For stellar masses between 0.49 Msun and 1.6 Msun, the mean dust mass in disks...

  3. The CIDA-QUEST large-scale survey of Orion OB1: evidence for rapid disk dissipation in a dispersed stellar population.

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    Briceño, C; Vivas, A K; Calvet, N; Hartmann, L; Pacheco, R; Herrera, D; Romero, L; Berlind, P; Sánchez, G; Snyder, J A; Andrews, P

    2001-01-05

    We are conducting a large-scale, multiepoch, optical photometric survey [Centro de Investigaciones de Astronomia-Quasar Equatorial Survey Team (CIDA-QUEST)] covering about 120 square degrees to identify the young low-mass stars in the Orion OB1 association. We present results for an area of 34 square degrees. Using photometric variability as our main selection criterion, as well as follow-up spectroscopy, we confirmed 168 previously unidentified pre-main sequence stars that are about 0.6 to 0.9 times the mass of the sun (Mo), with ages of about 1 million to 3 million years (Ori OB1b) and about 3 million to 10 million years (Ori OB1a). The low-mass stars are spatially coincident with the high-mass (at least 3 Mo) members of the associations. Indicators of disk accretion such as Halpha emission and near-infrared emission from dusty disks fall sharply from Ori OB1b to Ori OB1a, indicating that the time scale for disk dissipation and possibly the onset of planet formation is a few million years.

  4. The Gaia-ESO Survey: Discovery of a spatially extended low-mass population in the Vela OB2 association

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    Sacco, G G; Randich, S; Franciosini, E; Jackson, R J; Cottaar, M; Spina, L; Palla, F; Mapelli, M; Alfaro, E J; Bonito, R; Damiani, F; Frasca, A; Klutsch, A; Lanzafame, A; Bayo, A; Barrado, D; Jimenez-Esteban, F; Gilmore, G; Micela, G; Vallenari, A; Prieto, C Allende; Flaccomio, E; Carraro, G; Costado, M T; Jofre, P; Lardo, C; Magrini, L; Morbidelli, L; Prisinzano, L; Sbordone, L

    2015-01-01

    The nearby (distance~350-400 pc), rich Vela OB2 association, includes $\\gamma^2$ Velorum, one of the most massive binaries in the solar neighbourhood and an excellent laboratory for investigating the formation and early evolution of young clusters. Recent Gaia-ESO survey observations have led to the discovery of two kinematically distinct populations in the young (10-15 Myr) cluster immediately surrounding $\\gamma^2$ Velorum. Here we analyse the results of Gaia-ESO survey observations of NGC 2547, a 35 Myr cluster located two degrees south of $\\gamma^2$ Velorum. The radial velocity distribution of lithium-rich pre-main sequence stars shows a secondary population that is kinematically distinct from and younger than NGC 2547. The radial velocities, lithium absorption lines, and the positions in a colour-magnitude diagram of this secondary population are consistent with those of one of the components discovered around $\\gamma^2$ Velorum. This result shows that there is a young, low-mass stellar population spread...

  5. VizieR Online Data Catalog: RIOTS4: spectroscopic survey of SMC field OB stars (Lamb+, 2016)

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    Lamb, J. B.; Oey, M. S.; Segura-Cox, D. M.; Graus, A. S.; Kiminki, D. C.; Golden-Marx, J. B.; Parker, J. W.

    2016-04-01

    Runaways and Isolated O-Type Star Spectroscopic Survey of the SMC (RIOTS4) targets a spatially complete sample of 374 uniformly selected candidate field OB stars in the SMC. Our targets are identified by Oey et al. (2004, J/AJ/127/1632). We observed the RIOTS4 survey targets over a five-year period from 2006 September to 2011 October using spectrographs on the Magellan telescopes at Las Campanas Observatory. The majority of our observations were obtained with the Inamori-Magellan Areal Camera and Spectrograph (IMACS) in the f/4 multi-slit mode on the Magellan Baade telescope (slit widths of either 0.7" or 1.0", yielding spectral resolutions of R~3700 and R~2600, respectively). With IMACS f/4 out of commission during our 2011 observations, we also operated IMACS in f/2 mode (we used either a 0.5" or 0.7" slit width, which yield spectral resolutions of R~1000 and R~1300, respectively). The remaining targets were observed using the Magellan Inamori Kyocera Echelle (MIKE) Spectrograph on the Magellan Clay telescope (R~28000). All MIKE observations occurred in 2010 November. (2 data files).

  6. Long-Baseline Interferometric Multiplicity Survey of the Sco-Cen OB Association

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    Rizzuto, A C; Robertson, J G; Kok, Y; Tuthill, P G; Warrington, B A; Haubois, X; Tango, W J; Norris, B; Brummelaar, T ten; Kraus, A L; Jacob, A; Laliberte-Houdeville, C

    2013-01-01

    We present the first multiplicity-dedicated long baseline optical interferometric survey of the Scorpius-Centaurus-Lupus-Crux association. We used the Sydney University Stellar Interferometer to undertake a survey for new companions to 58 Sco-Cen B- type stars and have detected 24 companions at separations ranging from 7-130mas, 14 of which are new detections. Furthermore, we use a Bayesian analysis and all available information in the literature to determine the multiplicity distribution of the 58 stars in our sample, showing that the companion frequency is F = 1.35 and the mass ratio distribution is best described as a power law with exponent equal to -0.46, agreeing with previous Sco-Cen high mass work and differing significantly from lower-mass stars in Tau-Aur. Based on our analysis, we estimate that among young B-type stars in moving groups, up to 23% are apparently single stars. This has strong implications for the understanding of high-mass star formation, which requires angular momentum dispersal thr...

  7. The Primordial Binary Population in OB Associations

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    Kouwenhoven, M.B.N.; Brown, A.G.A.; Gualandris, A.; Kaper, L.; Portegies Zwart, S.F.; Zinnecker, H.; Allen, C.; Scarfe, C.

    2004-01-01

    We present the first results of our adaptive optics survey of 200 (mainly) A-type stars in the nearby OB association Sco OB2, which we will use, together with literature data and detailed simulations of young star clusters, to determine the primordial binary population.

  8. The Primordial Binary Population in OB Associations

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    Kouwenhoven, M.B.N.; Brown, A.G.A.; Gualandris, A.; Kaper, L.; Portegies Zwart, S.F.; Zinnecker, H.; Allen, C.; Scarfe, C.

    2004-01-01

    We present the first results of our adaptive optics survey of 200 (mainly) A-type stars in the nearby OB association Sco OB2, which we will use, together with literature data and detailed simulations of young star clusters, to determine the primordial binary population.

  9. The VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey XVI. The optical+NIR extinction laws in 30 Doradus and the photometric determination of the effective temperatures of OB stars

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    Apellániz, J Maíz; Barbá, R H; Gräfener, G; Bestenlehner, J M; Crowther, P A; García, M; Herrero, A; Sana, H; Simón-Díaz, S; Taylor, W D; van Loon, J Th; Vink, J S; Walborn, N R

    2014-01-01

    Context: The commonly used extinction laws of Cardelli et al. (1989) have limitations that, among other issues, hamper the determination of the effective temperatures of O and early B stars from optical+NIR photometry. Aims: We aim to develop a new family of extinction laws for 30 Doradus, check their general applicability within that region and elsewhere, and apply them to test the feasibility of using optical+NIR photometry to determine the effective temperature of OB stars. Methods: We use spectroscopy and NIR photometry from the VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey and optical photometry from HST/WFC3 of 30 Doradus and we analyze them with the software code CHORIZOS using different assumptions such as the family of extinction laws. Results: We derive a new family of optical+NIR extinction laws for 30 Doradus and confirm its applicability to extinguished Galactic O-type systems. We conclude that by using the new extinction laws it is possible to measure the effective temperatures of OB stars with moderate uncertain...

  10. A Hectochelle Radial Velocity Survey of Cep OB3b: An ONC like cluster at late gas dispersal phase

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    Karnath, Nicole; Allen, Thomas; Prchlik, Jakub; Gutermuth, Robert A.; Megeath, Samuel Thomas; Pipher, Judith; Wolk, Scott J.

    2016-01-01

    Cep OB3b is a young (~3-5 Myr), late gas dispersal cluster of roughly 3000 members broken into two sub-clusters (Eastern and Western) at a distance of 700pc; it is a rare example of nearby cluster in the late stages of gas dispersal and appears to be a more evolved analog to the Orion Nebular Cluster. As part of an ongoing multi wavelength study, we focus on Hectochelle data from the MMT to measure the radial velocities of 499 stars. After removing binaries, outliers, and imposing a minimum R value to the cross correlation, we obtain radial velocities of 57 previously identified members, with an average error of 1.7 km/s. There is no observed variation in radial velocity across the cluster in right ascension or declination. The preferred mechanism for this type of kinematic evolution is that any initial kinematic structure from formation may have been erased and that minimal or no rotation is present in the cluster. However, the Eastern sub-cluster, containing the most massive star in the field, an O7 star, has a higher velocity dispersion than the Western sub-cluster, which contains several B stars. We will compare these results to CO maps of the residual gas in the cluster and discuss possible reasons for this difference. Finally, we will assess whether the cluster is bound or in a state of expansion.

  11. in ob/ob and db/db mice

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    Jane

    2011-03-28

    Mar 28, 2011 ... plant extract induced hypoglycaemic effects of long duration in the ob/ob mice, while its effects were ... dependent diabetes) or relative insulin deficiency (type 2 .... skeletal muscles and adipose tissue (Cusi and DeFronzo,.

  12. Peripheral nervous system insulin resistance in ob/ob mice

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    Background A reduction in peripheral nervous system (PNS) insulin signaling is a proposed mechanism that may contribute to sensory neuron dysfunction and diabetic neuropathy. Neuronal insulin resistance is associated with several neurological disorders and recent evidence has indicated that dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons in primary culture display altered insulin signaling, yet in vivo results are lacking. Here, experiments were performed to test the hypothesis that the PNS of insulin-resistant mice displays altered insulin signal transduction in vivo. For these studies, nondiabetic control and type 2 diabetic ob/ob mice were challenged with an intrathecal injection of insulin or insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) and downstream signaling was evaluated in the DRG and sciatic nerve using Western blot analysis. Results The results indicate that insulin signaling abnormalities documented in other “insulin sensitive” tissues (i.e. muscle, fat, liver) of ob/ob mice are also present in the PNS. A robust increase in Akt activation was observed with insulin and IGF-1 stimulation in nondiabetic mice in both the sciatic nerve and DRG; however this response was blunted in both tissues from ob/ob mice. The results also suggest that upregulated JNK activation and reduced insulin receptor expression could be contributory mechanisms of PNS insulin resistance within sensory neurons. Conclusions These findings contribute to the growing body of evidence that alterations in insulin signaling occur in the PNS and may be a key factor in the pathogenesis of diabetic neuropathy. PMID:24252636

  13. Balanced {C_4, C_5}-Quatrefoil Systems

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    USHIO, Kazuhiko

    2004-01-01

    In graph theory, the decomposition problems of graphs are very important topics. Various types of decompositions of many graphs can be seen in the literature of gaph theory. We give the necessary and sufficient condition for the existence of a balanced {C_4, C_5}-quatrefoil decomposition of K_n for each of (C_4, C_4, C_4, C_4)-quatrefoil, (C_4, C_4, C_4, C_5)-quatrefoil, (C_4, C_4, C_5, C_5)-quatrefoil, (C_4, C_5, C_5, C_5)-quatrefoil, and (C_5, C_5, C_5, C_5)-quatrefoil. These decompositions...

  14. e-MERLIN 21 cm constraints on the mass-loss rates of OB stars in Cyg OB2

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    Morford, J. C.; Fenech, D. M.; Prinja, R. K.; Blomme, R.; Yates, J. A.

    2016-11-01

    We present e-MERLIN 21 cm (L-band) observations of single luminous OB stars in the Cygnus OB2 association, from the Cyg OB2 Radio Survey Legacy programme. The radio observations potentially offer the most straightforward, least model-dependent, determinations of mass-loss rates, and can be used to help resolve current discrepancies in mass-loss rates via clumped and structured hot star winds. We report here that the 21 cm flux densities of O3 to O6 supergiant and giant stars are less than ˜70 μJy. These fluxes may be translated to `smooth' wind mass-loss upper limits of ˜4.4-4.8 × 10-6 M⊙ yr -1 for O3 supergiants and ≲2.9 × 10-6 M⊙ yr -1 for B0 to B1 supergiants. The first ever resolved 21 cm detections of the hypergiant (and luminous blue variable candidate) Cyg OB2 #12 are discussed; for multiple observations separated by 14 d, we detect an ˜69 per cent increase in its flux density. Our constraints on the upper limits for the mass-loss rates of evolved OB stars in Cyg OB2 support the model that the inner wind region close to the stellar surface (where Hα forms) is more clumped than the very extended geometric region sampled by our radio observations.

  15. Ice Jams the Ob River

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    2007-01-01

    Russia's Ob River flows from south to north, and each summer, it thaws in the same direction. The result is that an ice jam sits downstream from thawed portions of the river, which is laden with heavy runoff from melted snow. On June 29, 2007, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) flying on NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of the almost completely thawed Ob River. The scene is typical for early summer. South of the ice jam, the Gulf of Ob is swollen with pent-up run-off, and upstream from that, the river is widened as well. Unable to carve through frozen land, the river has little choice but to overflow its banks. For a comparison of early summer and autumn conditions, see Flooding on the Ob River in the Earth Observatory's Natural Hazards section. Besides the annual overflow, this image captures other circumstances of early summer. Sea ice is retreating from the Kara Sea. A lingering line of snow cover snakes its way along the Ob River, to the west. And while the land is lush and green in the south, it appears barren and brown in the north. Near the mouth of the river and the Kara Sea, the land is cold-adapted tundra, with diminutive plants and a short growing season. Just as the ice plugging the river had yet to thaw in the Far North's short summer, the tundra had not yet to greened up either. In this image it still appears lifeless beige. NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center

  16. The Low-mass Populations in OB Associations

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    Briceño, C; Sherry, W; Mamajek, E; Mathieu, R; Walter, F; Zinnecker, H; Briceno, Cesar; Preibisch, Thomas; Sherry, William; Mamajek, Eric; Mathieu, Robert; Walter, Frederick; Zinnecker, Hans

    2006-01-01

    Low-mass stars 0.1 ~< M ~< 1 Msun) in OB associations are key to addressing some of the most fundamental problems in star formation. The low-mass stellar populations of OB associations provide a snapshot of the fossil star-formation record of giant molecular cloud complexes. Large scale surveys have identified hundreds of members of nearby OB associations, and revealed that low-mass stars exist wherever high-mass stars have recently formed. The spatial distribution of low-mass members of OB associations demonstrate the existence of significant substructure ("subgroups"). This "discretized" sequence of stellar groups is consistent with an origin in short-lived parent molecular clouds within a Giant Molecular Cloud Complex. The low-mass population in each subgroup within an OB association exhibits little evidence for significant age spreads on time scales of ~10 Myr or greater, in agreement with a scenario of rapid star formation and cloud dissipation. The Initial Mass Function (IMF) of the stellar popula...

  17. No evidence of disk destruction by OB stars

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    Richert, Alexander J. W.; Feigelson, Eric

    2015-01-01

    It has been suggested that the hostile environments observed in massive star forming regions are inhospitable to protoplanetary disks and therefore to the formation of planets. The Orion Proplyds show disk evaporation by extreme ultraviolet (EUV) photons from Theta1 Orionis C (spectral type O6). In this work, we examine the spatial distributions of disk-bearing and non-disk bearing young stellar objects (YSOs) relative to OB stars in 17 massive star forming regions in the MYStIX (Massive Young Star-Forming Complex Study in Infrared and X-ray) survey. Any tendency of disky YSOs, identified by their infrared excess, to avoid OB stars would reveal complete disk destruction.We consider a sample of MYStIX that includes 78 O3-O9 stars, 256 B stars, 5,606 disky YSOs, and 5,794 non-disky YSOs. For each OB star, we compare the cumulative distribution functions of distances to disky and non-disky YSOs. We find no significant avoidance of OB stars by disky YSOs. This result indicates that OB stars are not sufficiently EUV-luminous and long-lived to completely destroy a disk within its ordinary lifetime. We therefore conclude that massive star forming regions are not clearly hostile to the formation of planets.

  18. Chandra observations of Cygnus OB2

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    Wright, Nicholas J; Drew, Janet E; Vink, Jorick S

    2011-01-01

    Cygnus OB2 is the nearest example of a massive star forming region, containing over 50 O-type stars and hundreds of B-type stars. We have analyzed two Chandra pointings in Cyg OB2, detecting ~1700 X-ray sources, of which ~1450 are thought to be members of the association. Optical and near-IR photometry has been obtained for ~90% of these sources from recent deep Galactic plane surveys. We have performed isochrone fits to the near-IR color-magnitude diagram, deriving ages of 3.5(+0.75,-1.0) and 5.25(+1.5,-1.0) Myrs for sources in the two fields, both with considerable spreads around the pre-MS isochrones. The presence of a second population in the region, somewhat older than the present-day O-type stars, has been suggested by other authors and fits with the ages derived here. The fraction of sources with inner circumstellar disks (as traced by the K-band excess) is found to be very low, but appropriate for a population of age ~5 Myrs. We measure the stellar mass functions and find a power-law slope of Gamma = ...

  19. Role of estrogen receptor signaling in skeletal response to leptin in female ob/ob mice.

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    Turner, Russell T; Philbrick, Kenneth A; Kuah, Amida F; Branscum, Adam J; Iwaniec, Urszula T

    2017-06-01

    Leptin, critical in regulation of energy metabolism, is also important for normal bone growth, maturation and turnover. Compared to wild type (WT) mice, bone mass is lower in leptin-deficient ob/ob mice. Osteopenia in growing ob/ob mice is due to decreased bone accrual, and is associated with reduced longitudinal bone growth, impaired cancellous bone maturation and increased marrow adipose tissue (MAT). However, leptin deficiency also results in gonadal dysfunction, disrupting production of gonadal hormones which regulate bone growth and turnover. The present study evaluated the role of increased estrogen in mediating the effects of leptin on bone in ob/ob mice. Three-month-old female ob/ob mice were randomized into one of the 3 groups: (1) ob/ob + vehicle (veh), (2) ob/ob + leptin (leptin) or (3) ob/ob + leptin and the potent estrogen receptor antagonist ICI 182,780 (leptin + ICI). Age-matched WT mice received vehicle. Leptin (40 µg/mouse, daily) and ICI (10 µg/mouse, 2×/week) were administered by subcutaneous injection for 1 month and bone analyzed by X-ray absorptiometry, microcomputed tomography and static and dynamic histomorphometry. Uterine weight did not differ between ob/ob mice and ob/ob mice receiving leptin + ICI, indicating that ICI successfully blocked the uterine response to leptin-induced increases in estrogen levels. Compared to leptin-treated ob/ob mice, ob/ob mice receiving leptin + ICI had lower uterine weight; did not differ in weight loss, MAT or bone formation rate; and had higher longitudinal bone growth rate and cancellous bone volume fraction. We conclude that increased estrogen signaling following leptin treatment is dispensable for the positive actions of leptin on bone and may attenuate leptin-induced bone growth. © 2017 Society for Endocrinology.

  20. The Nearest OB Association: Scorpius-Centaurus (Sco OB2)

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    Preibisch, Thomas

    2008-01-01

    We summarize observational results on the stellar population and star formation history of the Scorpius-Centaurus OB Association (Sco OB2), the nearest region of recent massive star formation. It consists of three subgroups, Upper Scorpius (US), Upper Centaurus-Lupus (UCL), and Lower Centaurus-Crux (LCC) which have ages of about 5, 17, and 16 Myr. In Upper Scorpius, numerous studies have recently revealed hundreds of low-mass association members, including dozens of brown dwarfs. The empirical mass function could be established over the full stellar mass range from 0.1 M_sun up to 20 M_sun, and was found to be consistent with recent determinations of the field initial mass function. A narrow range of ages around 5 Myr was found for the low-mass stars, the same age as had previously (and independently) been derived for the high-mass members. This supports earlier indications that the star formation process in US was triggered, and agrees with previous conjectures that the triggering event was a supernova- and ...

  1. The Puppis region and the last crusade for faint OB stars

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    Orsatti, Ana M.

    1992-08-01

    UBV photoelectric and photographic measurements of OB stars from a list of 397 OB stars and 5 early-type supergiants and from the Luminous Stars Survey are presented. The galactic distribution of the OB stars in the region shows concentrations around the open clusters Ruprecht 44 and Ruprecht 55, and the presence of an important grouping of young stars located far below the plane. The distribution in latitude shows that young stars in the region are not restricted to a thin sheet around the plane but are spread over negative latitudes reaching at least b = -5 deg. In longitude, the OB distribution exhibits a concentration of Ob stars in the interval 244-251 deg; this is argued to be due to the presence of the local arm extension.

  2. The Dynamics of an Expanding OB Association

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    Wright, Nicholas J; Drake, Jeremy J; Drew, Janet E; Guarcello, Mario; Navacues, David Barrado y

    2012-01-01

    We present 3-dimensional kinematical observations of the massive OB association Cygnus OB2 to identify the mechanisms responsible for disrupting young star clusters. The picture revealed by these observations is of a highly-substructured, dynamically unmixed OB association that does not exhibit the position-velocity correlations predicted by the theories of infant mortality or tidal stripping. These observations would appear to support a picture of hierarchical star formation.

  3. Were All Massive Stars Born in OB Associations and Clusters?

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    Chu, You-Hua

    2007-01-01

    It has been commonly conjectured that all massive >10 Msun stars are born in OB associations or clusters. Many O and B stars in the Galaxy or the Magellanic Clouds appear to exist in isolation, however. While some of these field OB stars have been ejected from their birthplaces, some are too far away from massive star forming regions to be runaways. Can massive stars form in isolation? The Spitzer survey of the Large Magellanic Cloud (aka SAGE) provides a unique opportunity for us to investigate and characterize the formation sites of massive stars for an entire galaxy. We have identified all massive young stellar objects (YSOs) in the Large Magellanic Cloud. We find that ~85% of the massive YSOs are in giant molecular clouds and ~65% are in OB associations. Only ~7% of the massive YSOs are neither in OB associations nor in giant molecular clouds. This fraction of isolated massive stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud is comparable to the 5-10% found in the Galaxy.

  4. MULTIWAVELENGTH SYSTEMATICS OF OB SPECTRA

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    Nolan R. Walborn

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available La sistematica de los espectros OB es resumida, en el rango optico dominado por líneas fotosféricas, y en el lejano ultravioleta (tanto de IUE como de FUSE donde dominan perfiles de los vientos estelares. Primero, las tendencias bidimensionales (temperatura, luminosidad en los espectros normales son examinadas. Luego, establecida la estructura de referencia normal, se pueden reconocer relativo a ésta varias categorías de objetos peculiares, las cuales revelan sendos fenómenos de importancia estructural y/o evolutiva. Se incluyen anomalías de CNO en tipos O tempranos y tardíos, tres variedades de rotadores rápidos, objetos de transición Of/WN de alta y baja temperatura, y la recientemente descubierta segunda estrella magnética de tipo O conocida. Aunque se han adelantado y se siguen adelantando las interpretaciones físicas de estas tendencias y anomalías, mayor atención al modelaje de la sistemática aceleraría el progreso a futuro en la opinión de este autor. Finalmente, se presentan resultados preliminares de un estudio con Chandra en alta resolución de los espectros OB en el rangode rayos X. Éstos proveen evidencias de que, tal como sucedió anteriormente en el UV, tendencias morfológicas sistemáticas existen en el dominio de rayos X, las cuales son correlacionadas con los tipos espectrales ´opticos, y de allá con los parámetros estelares fundamentales, al contrario de la opinión especialista prevaleciente.

  5. The primordial binary population in ob associations

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    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Presentamos los primeros resultados de nuestro sondeo con optica adaptativa de 200 estrellas principalmente de tipo A en la asociaci on OB cercana Sco OB2. Estos resultados, junto con datos de la literatura y simulaciones detalladas de c umulos j ovenes, ser an utilizados para determinar la poblaci on primordial de binarias.

  6. Open Clusters and OB Associations: a Review

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    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available In this review on open clusters and OB associations I discuss some recent developments to which Latin American astronomers have contributed. Subsequently, results from the Hipparcos mission concerning OB associations, the Hyades and other nearby open clusters will be discussed. I end with a brief discussion of current theories of star cluster formation and prospects for future research.

  7. Efforts to Improve Immunization Coverage during Pregnancy among Ob-Gyns

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    Katherine M. Jones

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Influenza and Tdap vaccines are vital factors for improving maternal and neonatal health outcomes. Methods. A prospective, longitudinal study was conducted to determine whether the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ (ACOG’s efforts to increase ob-gyn use of their immunization toolkits and vaccination administration were successful. Pre- and postintervention questionnaires were mailed to a random sample of 1,500 ACOG members between August 2012 and July 2015. Results. Significantly more postintervention survey ob-gyns reported that they received the immunization toolkits than preintervention survey ob-gyns (84.5% versus 67.0%, p<.001. The large majority of ob-gyns from both surveys (76.9% versus 78.9% reported that they offered or planned to offer influenza vaccinations to their patients for the 2012-2013 and 2014-2015 flu seasons. Postintervention survey respondents were significantly more likely than preintervention survey participants to report that they routinely offer Tdap vaccinations to all patients during pregnancy (76.8% versus 59.3%, p<.001. Conclusion. ACOG’s efforts to improve ob-gyn use of immunization toolkits and vaccine administration appear to have been successful in several ways. ACOG’s toolkits are an example of an effective intervention to overcome barriers to offering vaccines and help improve influenza and Tdap immunization coverage for pregnant women.

  8. Impaired Muscle Regeneration in Ob/ob and Db/db Mice

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    Mai-Huong Nguyen

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available In obesity and type 2 diabetes, efficient skeletal muscle repair following injury may be required, not only for restoring muscle structure and function, but also for maintaining exercise capacity and insulin sensitivity. The hypothesis of this study was that muscle regeneration would be impaired in ob/ob and db/db mice, which are common mouse models of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Muscle injury was produced by cardiotoxin injection, and regeneration was assessed by morphological and immunostaining techniques. Muscle regeneration was delayed in ob/ob and db/db mice, but not in a less severe model of insulin resistance – feeding a high-fat diet to wild-type mice. Angiogenesis, cell proliferation, and myoblast accumulation were also impaired in ob/ob and db/db mice, but not the high-fat diet mice. The impairments in muscle regeneration were associated with impaired macrophage accumulation; macrophages have been shown previously to be required for efficient muscle regeneration. Impaired regeneration in ob/ob and db/db mice could be due partly to the lack of leptin signaling, since leptin is expressed both in damaged muscle and in cultured muscle cells. In summary, impaired muscle regeneration in ob/ob and db/db mice was associated with reduced macrophage accumulation, angiogenesis, and myoblast activity, and could have implications for insulin sensitivity in the skeletal muscle of obese and type 2 diabetic patients.

  9. HSL Attenuates the Follicular Oxidative Stress and Enhances the Hair Growth in ob/ob Mice

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    Takeo Minematsu, PhD

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Summary: We demonstrated enhanced hair regeneration following topical administration of N-(3-oxododecanoyl-L-homoserine lactone (HSL in ob/ob mice. The ob/ob mice showed delayed hair regeneration (more than 6 wk after depilation, which rapidly induced transition to anagen in the hair cycle in wild-type mice. Vehicle and HSL solutions were applied to the depilated dorsal skin of ob/ob mice. The depilated skin of the HSL-treated mice was fully covered with hair, whereas no macroscopic alteration was observed in vehicle-treated group by the fourth week after depilation. Oxidative stress was drastically decreased and the expression of the antioxidative enzymes PON1 and PON3 was increased in the HSL-treated skin with highly proliferative anagen follicles. These results suggest that HSL is a candidate therapeutic agent for alopecia in metabolic syndrome.

  10. OBS development and data analysis in Taiwan

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    Lin, C.; Wang, C.; Chen, P.; Chang, H.; Jang, J.; Kuo, B.

    2012-12-01

    Since 1991 there have been various types of ocean bottom seismometers (OBS) deployed in the waters around Taiwan with different scientific goals. A few years of experiences taught us that many aspects of the instruments can be improved without too much effort. These include extension of deployment time, extension of the recording bandwidth of a short period OBS, and more flexibly to accommodate scientific demands without instrumental overhaul. Scientists will not burden themselves by these tasks, and sending back the instrument to original manufactory for modifications is usually impractical budget-wise, in timeline, and for mission goals. It is thus necessary to develop a sustainable OBS program in Taiwan. Academia Sinica has been collaborating with Taiwan Ocean Research Institute (TORI) and National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU) to build a new short-period OBS which has passed a series of tests and have been deployed in the Okinawa trough, Bashi channel, east Korea offshore and on service in Huatung basin. This paper describes the design goal of this OBS, component specification, and reports the preliminary analyses of data and the future directions of instrument development. Keywords: Ocean bottom seismometer, OBS

  11. PHOTOEVAPORATING PROPLYD-LIKE OBJECTS IN CYGNUS OB2

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    Wright, Nicholas J.; Drake, Jeremy J.; Guarcello, Mario G.; Hora, Joseph L. [Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States); Drew, Janet E. [Centre for Astronomy Research, Science and Technology Research Institute, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield AL10 9AB (United Kingdom); Gutermuth, Robert A. [Department of Astronomy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (United States); Kraemer, Kathleen E., E-mail: nwright@cfa.harvard.edu [Boston College, Institute for Scientific Research, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 (United States)

    2012-02-20

    We report the discovery of 10 proplyd-like objects in the vicinity of the massive OB association Cygnus OB2. They were discovered in IPHAS H{alpha} images and are clearly resolved in broadband Hubble Space Telescope/Advanced Camera for Surveys, near-IR, and Spitzer mid-IR images. All exhibit the familiar tadpole shape seen in photoevaporating objects such as the Orion proplyds, with a bright ionization front at the head facing the central cluster of massive stars and a tail stretching in the opposite direction. Many also show secondary ionization fronts, complex tail morphologies, or multiple heads. We consider the evidence that these are either proplyds or 'evaporating gaseous globules' (EGGs) left over from a fragmenting molecular cloud, but find that neither scenario fully explains the observations. Typical sizes are 50,000-100,000 AU, larger than the Orion proplyds, but in agreement with the theoretical scaling of proplyd size with distance from the ionizing source. These objects are located at projected separations of {approx}6-14 pc from the OB association, compared to {approx}0.1 pc for the Orion proplyds, but are clearly being photoionized by the {approx}65 O-type stars in Cyg OB2. Central star candidates are identified in near- and mid-IR images, supporting the proplyd scenario, though their large sizes and notable asymmetries are more consistent with the EGG scenario. A third possibility is therefore considered that these are a unique class of photoevaporating partially embedded young stellar objects that have survived the destruction of their natal molecular cloud. This has implications for the properties of stars that form in the vicinity of massive stars.

  12. Neural Network Pruning Algorithm with Penalty OBS Process

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    MENG Jiang; WANG Yao-cai; LIU Tao

    2005-01-01

    Aimed at the great computing complexity of optimal brain surgeon (OBS) process, a pruning algorithm with penalty OBS process is presented. Compared with sensitive and regularized methods, the penalty OBS algorithm not only avoids time-consuming defect and low pruning efficiency in OBS process, but also keeps higher generalization and pruning accuracy than Levenberg-Marquardt method.

  13. Ablation of ghrelin receptor in leptin-deficient ob/ob mice has paradoxical effects on glucose homeostasis when compared with ablation of ghrelin in ob/ob mice

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    The orexigenic hormone ghrelin is important in diabetes because it has an inhibitory effect on insulin secretion. Ghrelin ablation in leptin-deficient ob/ob (Ghrelin(-/-):ob/ob) mice increases insulin secretion and improves hyperglycemia. The physiologically relevant ghrelin receptor is the growth ...

  14. Post-T Tauri Stars in the Nearest OB Association

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    Mamajek, E E; Liebert, J; Mamajek, Eric E.; Meyer, Michael R.; Liebert, James

    2002-01-01

    We present results of a spectroscopic survey of X-ray- and proper motion-selected samples of late-type stars in the Lower Cen-Cru (LCC) and Upper Cen-Lup (UCL) subgroups of the nearest OB association: Sco-Cen. The primary goals of the survey are to determine the star-formation history of the OB subgroups, and to assess the frequency of accreting stars in a sample dominated by ``post-T Tauri'' pre-MS stars. We investigate two samples: (1) ACT and TRC proper motion candidates with X-ray counterparts in the ROSAT All-Sky Survey BSC, and (2) G and K-type Hipparcos candidate members (de Zeeuw et al. 1999). We obtained optical spectra of 130 candidates with the MSSSO 2.3-m DBS. Pre-MS stars were identified by (1) strong Li 6707A absorption, (2) subgiant surface gravities, (3) proper motions consistent with Sco-Cen membership, and (4) HRD positions consistent with being pre-MS. We demonstrate that measuring the gravity-sensitive band-ratio of Sr II 4077A to Fe I 4071A is a valuable means of discriminating pre-MS and...

  15. Leptin differentially regulates STAT3 activation in the ob/ob mice adipose mesenchymal stem cells

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    Leptin-deficient genetically obese ob/ob mice exhibit adipocyte hypertrophy and hyperplasia as well as elevated adipose tissue and systemic inflammation. Studies have shown that multipotent stem cells isolated from adult adipose tissue can differentiate into adipocytes ex vivo and thereby contribute...

  16. Adipose tissue gene expression profiles in ob/ob mice treated with leptin.

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    Zhang, Wei; Della-Fera, Mary Anne; Hartzell, Diane L; Hausman, Dorothy; Baile, Clifton A

    2008-07-04

    Leptin plays a critical role in regulating body weight, lipid metabolism, apoptosis and microvasculature of adipose tissue. To explore multiple signaling pathways of leptin action on adipose tissue, real-time PCR utilizing TaqMan low-density arrays was performed to compare mRNA expression in adipose tissue of ob/ob mice treated with vehicle or leptin (2.5 microg/d or 10 microg/d) for 14 days via subcutaneous osmotic minipumps. Of the 24 target genes selected for characterization, many were differentially expressed between control ob/ob mice and leptin-treated ob/ob mice. Increases in mRNA expression were found for hormone sensitive lipase (HSL), uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2), adrenergic receptor 3 (ADR3), mitofusin 2 (Mfn2), sirtuin 3 (Sirt3), transcription factor sterol regulatory element binding factor 1 (SREBF1), Bcl-2, Bax, Caspase 3, tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFalpha), adiponectin and angiopoietin 2 (Ang-2). Decreases in expression were found for stearoyl-coenzyme A desaturase 1 (SCD1), fatty acid synthase (FAS), and retinol binding protein 4 (RBP4). There were no changes in expression of transcription factors involved in adipocyte differentiation (C/EBPalpha, PPARalpha, and PPARgamma). These results confirm that alterations in the expression of specific adipose tissue genes including those associated with the promotion of lipid mobilization, energy dissipation, and apoptosis may mediate leptin-induced fat loss in ob/ob mice.

  17. Chromosome Conformation Capture on Chip (4C)

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    Leblanc, Benjamin Olivier; Comet, Itys; Bantignies, Frédéric

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    4C methods are useful to investigate dependencies between regulatory mechanisms and chromatin structures by revealing the frequency of chromatin contacts between a locus of interest and remote sequences on the chromosome. In this chapter we describe a protocol for the data analysis of microarray...

  18. The MicrOBS study around Taiwan

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    Liang, C.; Lee, C.

    2007-12-01

    Since 2005, we have managed 16 MicrOBS, designed by the French IFREMER, to study the earthquake and crustal structute around Taiwan. The instrument itself is very light (20 kgs) and easy to operate. This OBS has a measuring period up to 2 weeks in the seafloor. We have conducted the works, aiming to get a better understanding of the ¡§marine¡¨ earthquakes, from the in situ small event to the big earthquake. For example, a study of the seismic gaps in the offshore region becomes workable as compare with the time when we only have the land seismological instruments. We have also used this instrument to obtain a detail study of the gas hydrate and free gas zone. Whenever a large seismic source is available, we then conduct the local and regional crustal studies, such as in the Philippine Sea and South China Sea. In the last 3 years, we have directed 285 deployments of MicrOBS around Taiwan. More than 80 per cent of the natural earthquakes in Taiwan (in an average of about 15,000 events of Mm greater than 2 events per year) were occurred in offshore area. Big earthquakes (i.e. Mm greater than 6) are more often happen in the offshore area than that in the onshore region. Therefore, the tools (MicrOBS and OBS) to measure these ¡§marine¡¨ earthquakes become essential to understand the character and origin of crustal dynamics, particularly in the seismogenic zone.

  19. Leptin differentially regulate STAT3 activation in ob/ob mouse adipose mesenchymal stem cells

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    Zhou Zhou

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Leptin-deficient ob/ob mice exhibit adipocyte hypertrophy and hyperplasia as well as elevated adipose tissue and systemic inflammation. Multipotent stem cells isolated from adult adipose tissue can differentiate into adipocytes ex vivo and thereby contribute toward increased adipocyte cell numbers, obesity, and inflamm ation. Currently, information is lacking regarding regulation of adipose stem cell numbers as well as leptin-induced inflammation and its signaling pathway in ob/ob mice. Methods Using leptin deficient ob/ob mice, we investigated whether leptin injection into ob/ob mice increases adipose stem cell numbers and adipose tissue inflammatory marker MCP-1 mRNA and secretion levels. We also determined leptin mediated signaling pathways in the adipose stem cells. Results We report here that adipose stem cell number is significantly increased following leptin injection in ob/ob mice and with treatment of isolated stem cells with leptin in vitro. Leptin also up-regulated MCP-1 secretion in a dose- and time-dependent manner. We further showed that increased MCP-1 mRNA levels were due to increased phosphorylation of Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3 (STAT3 Ser727 but not STAT3 Tyr705 phosphorylation, suggesting differential regulation of MCP-1 gene expression under basal and leptin-stimulated conditions in adipose stem cells. Conclusions Taken together, these studies demonstrate that leptin increases adipose stem cell number and differentially activates STAT3 protein resulting in up-regulation of MCP-1 gene expression. Further studies of mechanisms mediating adipose stem cell hyperplasia and leptin signaling in obesity are warranted and may help identify novel anti-obesity target strategies.

  20. The anti-angiogenic herbal composition Ob-X from Morus alba, Melissa officinalis, and Artemisia capillaris regulates obesity in genetically obese ob/ob mice.

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    Yoon, Michung; Kim, Min-Young

    2011-06-01

    The growth and development of adipose tissue leading to obesity is suggested to depend on angiogenesis. Our previous study showed that Melissa officinalis L. (Labiatae), Morus alba L. (Moraceae), and Artemisia capillaris Thunb. (Compositae) are involved in the regulation of angiogenesis. We hypothesized that Ob-X, a mixture of three herbs, M. alba, M. officinalis, and A. capillaris, can regulate obesity. To investigate the inhibitory effect of Ob-X on obesity in genetically obese ob/ob mice. The effect of Ob-X on angiogenesis was measured using a mouse Matrigel plug assay. The effects of Ob-X on obesity were investigated in ob/ob mice. Ob-X inhibited angiogenesis in a dose-dependent manner, as evidenced by decreased blood vessel density in a mouse matrigel plug assay. Administration of Ob-X to ob/ob mice for 5 weeks produced a significant reduction in body weight gain by 27% compared with control (12.1 ± 3.01 vs. 16.6 ± 2.24 g, respectively). Ob-X also significantly decreased visceral adipose tissue mass by 15% (0.87 ± 0.12 vs. 1.02 ± 0.15 g, respectively). The size of adipocytes in visceral adipose tissue was reduced by 46% in Ob-X-treated mice. Ob-X treatment inhibited hepatic lipid accumulation and significantly decreased circulating glucose levels compared with controls (197 ± 56.5 vs. 365 ± 115 mg/dL, respectively). These results suggest that Ob-X, which has an anti-angiogenic activity, reduces body weight gain and visceral adipose tissue mass in genetically obese mice, providing evidence that obesity can be prevented by angiogenesis inhibitors.

  1. Very Low Mass Objects in Orion OB1a and b

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    Walter, Frederick M.; Faherty, Jacqueline K.; Sherry, William H.; Brittain, Sean

    2009-02-01

    We present initial results of a search for the substellar mass population of the Orion OB1 a and b associations, based on a deep optical/near-IR survey. We are complete to about 1 magnitude fainter than the 2MASS survey at K. Global comparison of the K vs. J-K color-magnitude diagram shows an excess of objects with K>14.4 (the substellar limit in Orion OB1b) and 0.8Orion OB1b. Near-IR spectra confirm spectral types near M7, and show the triangular H-band continuum shape associated with young (low gravity) objects. Space densities of these objects exceed a few hundred/deg2 near δ Orionis.

  2. Spectroscopy of Intermediate Mass Members of the Orion OB1a and b associations

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    Walter, Frederick M.; Sherry, William; Kim, Serena; Brittain, Sean

    2010-08-01

    OB associations are ideal sites for probing the formation of low mass stars. There has been little systematic study of the low mass stars in the largest nearby OB association, Orion OB1, aside from the Orion Nebula and σ Ori clusters. In an attempt to map the mass function and its spatial variation from 40 to below 0.01 M_⊙, we have completed a near-IR (JHK) survey of about 18 square degrees in the Orion OB1a and OB1b associations using the CPAPIR camera on the SMARTS/CTIO 1.5m telescope, supplemented by a VRI survey using the Steward Observatory Bok/90Prime and the KPNO 4m/MOSAIC cameras, as well as deep 4m/NEWFIRM images. The photometry reveals thousands of candidate association members. We request time with HYDRA to obtain spectra of the brighter candidate members (V<19), in order to confirm youth and membership from Li abundances, chromospheric activity, and radial velocities.

  3. Captopril Normalizes Insulin Signaling and Insulin-Regulated Substrate Metabolism in Obese (ob/ob) Mouse Hearts

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    Tabbi-Anneni, Imene; Buchanan, Jonathan; Cooksey, Robert C.; Abel, E. Dale

    2008-01-01

    The goal of this study was to determine whether inhibiting the renin-angiotensin system would restore insulin signaling and normalize substrate use in hearts from obese ob/ob mice. Mice were treated for 4 wk with Captopril (4 mg/kg·d). Circulating levels of free fatty acids, triglycerides, and insulin were measured and glucose tolerance tests performed. Rates of palmitate oxidation and glycolysis, oxygen consumption, and cardiac power were determined in isolated working hearts in the presence and absence of insulin, along with levels of phosphorylation of Akt and AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK). Captopril treatment did not correct the hyperinsulinemia or impaired glucose tolerance in ob/ob mice. Rates of fatty acid oxidation were increased and glycolysis decreased in ob/ob hearts, and insulin did not modulate substrate use in hearts of ob/ob mice and did not increase Akt phosphorylation. Captopril restored the ability of insulin to regulate fatty acid oxidation and glycolysis in hearts of ob/ob mice, possibly by increasing Akt phosphorylation. Moreover, AMPK phosphorylation, which was increased in hearts of ob/ob mice, was normalized by Captopril treatment, suggesting that in addition to restoring insulin sensitivity, Captopril treatment improved myocardial energetics. Thus, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors restore the responsiveness of ob/ob mouse hearts to insulin and normalizes AMPK activity independently of effects on systemic metabolic homeostasis. PMID:18450963

  4. Structure and Evolution of Nearby OB Associations

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    Brown, A. G. A.; Bruijne, J. H. J. de; Hoogerwerf, R.; Lub, J.; Le Poole, R. S.; Blaauw, A.

    1997-01-01

    Abstract: We present the first results of a comprehensive census of the stellar content of the nearby OB associations based on Hipparcos positions, proper motions and parallaxes for 12842 candidate member stars distributed over 21 fields on the sky. We use a new method to identify moving groups in t

  5. Effects of AMPK activation on insulin sensitivity and metabolism in leptin-deficient ob/ob mice

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    Zachariah Tom, Robby; Garcia-Roves, Pablo M; Sjögren, Rasmus J O

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    AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a heterotrimeric complex, composed of a catalytic subunit (α) and two regulatory subunits (β and γ), which act as a metabolic sensor to regulate glucose and lipid metabolism. A mutation in the γ3 subunit (AMPKγ3(R225Q)) increases basal AMPK phosphorylation......-deficient ob/ob (ob/ob-γ3(R225Q)) mice. Glycogen content was increased, triglyceride content was decreased, and diacylglycerol and ceramide content were unaltered in gastrocnemius muscle from ob/ob-γ3(R225Q) mice, whereas glucose tolerance was unaltered. Insulin-stimulated glucose uptake in extensor digitorum...

  6. MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (MQ-4C Triton)

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    10% of the total production quantity due to the establishment of an initial production base for the system and an orderly and efficient increase in...Selected Acquisition Report (SAR) RCS: DD-A&T(Q&A)823-373 MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (MQ-4C Triton) As of FY 2017 President’s Budget...12 Cost and Funding 14 Low Rate Initial Production 24 Foreign Military Sales 25 Nuclear Costs 25 Unit Cost 26 Cost Variance

  7. Synergistic Impairment of Glucose Homeostasis in ob/ob Mice Lacking Functional Serotonin 2C Receptors

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    Wade, Jennifer M.; Juneja, Punita; Mackay, Adrienne W.; Graham, James; Havel, Peter J.; Tecott, Laurence H.; Goulding, Evan H.

    2007-01-01

    To investigate how serotonin and leptin interact in the regulation of energy balance and glucose homeostasis, we generated a genetic mouse model, the OB2C mouse, which lacks functional serotonin 2C receptors and the adipocyte hormone leptin. The OB2C mice exhibited a dramatic diabetes phenotype, evidenced by a synergistic increase in serum glucose levels and water intake. The severity of the animals’ diabetes phenotype would not have been predicted from the phenotypic characterization of mice...

  8. Cordyceps militaris alleviates non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in ob/ob mice

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    Choi, Ha-Neul; Jang, Yang-Hee; Kim, Min-Joo; Seo, Min Jeong; Kang, Byoung Won; Jeong, Yong Kee

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is becoming an important public health problem as metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes have become epidemic. In this study we investigated the protective effect of Cordyceps militaris (C. militaris) against NAFLD in an obese mouse model. MATERIALS/METHODS Four-week-old male ob/ob mice were fed an AIN-93G diet or a diet containing 1% C. militaris water extract for 10 weeks after 1 week of adaptation. Serum glucose, insulin, free fatty acid (FFA), alanine transaminase (ALT), and proinflammatory cytokines were measured. Hepatic levels of lipids, glutathione (GSH), and lipid peroxide were determined. RESULTS Consumption of C. militaris significantly decreased serum glucose, as well as homeostasis model assessment for insulin resistance (HOMA-IR), in ob/ob mice. In addition to lowering serum FFA levels, C. militaris also significantly decreased hepatic total lipids and triglyceride contents. Serum ALT activities and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) levels were reduced by C. militaris. Consumption of C. militaris increased hepatic GSH and reduced lipid peroxide levels. CONCLUSIONS These results indicate that C. militaris can exert protective effects against development of NAFLD, partly by reducing inflammatory cytokines and improving hepatic antioxidant status in ob/ob mice. PMID:24741401

  9. Young Stars in the Cygnus OB2 Association

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    Hartigan, Patrick; Cleeves, Ilse

    2009-08-01

    Cygnus OB2 is by far the dominant region of massive star formation within 2-3 kpc of the Sun, but its stellar content is almost completely unknown owing to large amounts of visual extinction. Using NEWFIRM last fall we surveyed a large area of over two square degrees centered on the main cluster of O and B stars, and found the central part of the cluster to be teeming with at least several hundred, and probably over a thousand stars with near-IR excesses typical of circumstellar disks. With this proposal we aim to begin the process of acquiring spectral types for the entire sample of IR-excess and X-ray bright stars. This census will lead to masses, ages, and accretion rates for each object. With over 100 O stars, Cyg OB2 dwarfs the young clusters in Orion, and promises to provide a truly unique large sample of young stars that can address many of the major outstanding questions of star formation, such as IMF variations, binarity, triggering, mass segregation, accretion history, and disk evolution in a statistically significant way.

  10. Short-term lenalidomide (Revlimid) administration ameliorates cardiomyocyte contractile dysfunction in ob/ob obese mice.

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    Li, Linlin; Hua, Yinan; Dong, Maolong; Li, Quan; Smith, Derek T; Yuan, Ming; Jones, Kyla R; Ren, Jun

    2012-11-01

    Lenalidomide is a potent immunomodulatory agent capable of downregulating proinflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and upregulating anti-inflammatory cytokines. Lenalidomide has been shown to elicit cardiovascular effects, although its impact on cardiac function remains obscure. This study was designed to examine the effect of lenalidomide on cardiac contractile function in ob/ob obese mice. C57BL lean and ob/ob obese mice were given lenalidomide (50 mg/kg/day, p.o.) for 3 days. Body fat composition was assessed by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. Cardiomyocyte contractile and intracellular Ca(2+) properties were evaluated. Expression of TNF-α, interleukin-6 (IL-6), Fas, Fas ligand (FasL), the short-chain fatty acid receptor GPR41, the NFκB regulator IκB, endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, the apoptotic protein markers Bax, Bcl-2, caspase-8, tBid, cytosolic cytochrome C, and caspase-12; and the stress signaling molecules p38 and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) were evaluated by western blot. ob/ob mice displayed elevated serum TNF-α and IL-6 levels, fat composition and glucose intolerance, the effects of which except glucose intolerance and fat composition were attenuated by lenalidomide. Cardiomyocytes from ob/ob mice exhibited depressed peak shortening (PS) and maximal velocity of shortening/relengthening, prolonged time-to-PS and time-to-90% relengthening as well as intracellular Ca(2+) mishandling, which were ablated by lenalidomide. Western blot analysis revealed elevated levels of TNF-α, IL-6, Fas, Bip, Bax, caspase-8, tBid, cleaved caspase-3 caspase-12, cytochrome C, phosphorylation of p38, and ERK in ob/ob mouse hearts, the effects of which with the exception of Bip, Bax, and caspase-12 were alleviated by lenalidomide. Taken together, these data suggest that lenalidomide is protective against obesity-induced cardiomyopathy possibly through antagonism of cytokine/Fas-induced activation of stress signaling and

  11. Sustained activation of PPARα by endogenous ligands increases hepatic fatty acid oxidation and prevents obesity in ob/ob mice.

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    Huang, Jiansheng; Jia, Yuzhi; Fu, Tao; Viswakarma, Navin; Bai, Liang; Rao, M Sambasiva; Zhu, Yijun; Borensztajn, Jayme; Reddy, Janardan K

    2012-02-01

    Obesity, a major health concern, results from an imbalance between energy intake and expenditure. Leptin-deficient ob/ob mice are paradigmatic of obesity, resulting from excess energy intake and storage. Mice lacking acyl-CoA oxidase 1 (Acox1), the first enzyme of the peroxisomal fatty acid β-oxidation system, are characterized by increased energy expenditure and a lean body phenotype caused by sustained activation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α (PPARα) by endogenous ligands in liver that remain unmetabolized in the absence of Acox1. We generated ob/ob mice deficient in Acox1 (Acox1(-/-)) to determine how the activation of PPARα by endogenous ligands might affect the obesity of ob/ob mice. In contrast to Acox1(-/-) (14.3±1.2 g at 6 mo) and the Acox1-deficient (ob/ob) double-mutant mice (23.8±4.6 g at 6 mo), the ob/ob mice are severely obese (54.3±3.2 g at 6 mo) and had significantly more (Pobesity is due to increased PPARα-mediated up-regulation of genes involved in fatty acid oxidation in liver. Activation of PPARα in Acox1-deficient ob/ob mice also reduces serum glucose and insulin (Phepatic steatosis and increases hepatocellular regenerative response in Acox1(-/-)/ob/ob mice at a more accelerated pace than in mice lacking only Acox1. However, Acox1(-/-)/ob/ob mice manifest hepatic endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and also develop hepatocellular carcinomas (8 of 8 mice) similar to those observed in Acox1(-/-) mice (10 of 10 mice), but unlike in ob/ob (0 of 14 mice) and OB/OB (0 of 6 mice) mice, suggesting that superimposed ER stress and PPARα activation contribute to carcinogenesis in a fatty liver. Finally, absence of Acox1 in ob/ob mice can impart resistance to high-fat diet (60% fat)-induced obesity, and their liver had significantly (Pobesity and restores glucose homeostasis by ameliorating insulin resistance but increases the risk for liver cancer development, in part related to excess energy combustion.

  12. Views of American OB/GYNs on the ethics of prenatal whole-genome sequencing.

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    Bayefsky, Michelle J; White, Amina; Wakim, Paul; Hull, Sara Chandros; Wasserman, David; Chen, Stephanie; Berkman, Benjamin E

    2016-12-01

    Given public demand for genetic information, the potential to perform prenatal whole-genome sequencing (PWGS) non-invasively in the future, and decreasing costs of whole-genome sequencing, it is likely that OB/GYN practice will include PWGS. The goal of this project was to explore OB/GYNs' views on the ethical issues surrounding PWGS and their preparedness for counseling patients on its use. A national survey was administered to 2500 members of American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. A total of 1114 respondents completed the survey (response rate = 45%). OB/GYNs are most concerned with ordering non-medical fetal genetic information, are worried about increasing parental anxiety, and feel it is appropriate to be directive when counseling parents about PWGS. Furthermore, most OB/GYNs have limited knowledge of genetics, rely heavily on genetic counselors and would like more guidance regarding the clinical adoption of PWGS. OB/GYNs do not completely accept or reject PWGS, but a substantial number have significant ethical and practical concerns. They are most concerned with issues that will directly affect their practices and interactions with patients, such as increasing parental anxiety and costs of care. Professional guidance would be instrumental in directing the adoption of PWGS and alleviating the ethical burden posed by PWGS on individual OB/GYNs. Published 2016. This article is a U.S. Government work and is in the public domain in the USA. Published 2016. This article is a U.S. Government work and is in the public domain in the USA.

  13. Bown dwarf and very low mass stars search in orion ob1a and ob1b asociations

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    Full Text Available Se presentan los resultados iniciales de la primera b usqueda optica e infrarroja a gran escala de enanas marrones en la regi on de formaci on estelar de Ori on. Las observaciones opticas fueron hechas con el telescopio Schmidt Jurgen Stock y la c amara QUEST-1 del Observatorio Astron omico Nacional de Venezuela y cubren un area de 180 grad2 de los cuales 32grad2, que incluyen una porci on de la subregi on OB1a y la casi totalidad de OB1b, se estudian en este trabajo. Las observaciones en las bandas R e I fueron procesadas mediante una t ecnica de suma de im agenes incrementando las magnitudes l mite a I = 20.5 y R = 21.5 con completitud hasta I = 19.0 y R = 20.0. La fotometr a infrarroja en las bandas J, H and K se obtuvo de la base de datos del sondeo Two Micron All Sky Survey. Observaciones espectrosc opicas de una primera muestra de candidatas, realizadas con HECTOSPEC, permitieron la con rmaci on de 15 estrellas de muy baja masa y 9 enanas marrones.

  14. Analysis list: Kdm4c [Chip-atlas[Archive

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  15. Antidiabetic effect of a novel non-thiazolidinedione PPAR γ/α agonist on ob/ob mice

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    Xi HU; Ying FENG; Yu SHEN; Xiao-feng ZHAO; Juan-hong YU; Yu-she YANG; Ying LENG

    2006-01-01

    Aim: To study whether T33, a new synthesized non-thiazolidinedione (TZD) peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) γ/α dual agonist has an antidiabetic effect on ob/ob mice. Methods: Ob/ob mice were treated with 4 mg/kg or 8 mg/kg T33 by gavage for 20 d. Blood glucose levels were measured regularly. An oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) and an insulin tolerance test (ITT) were preformed on d 8 and d 12, respectively. The levels of insulin, triglyceride and free fatty acid (FFA) in the serum were measured at the end of administration. The intramuscular and liver triglyceride content was also determined. Results: T33 reduced the hyperglycemia, hyperinsulinemia and hyperlipidemia of the ob/ob mice. The OGTT and ITT showed that the insulin resistance state of the ob/ob mice was obviously ameliorated after T33 treatment. After 20 d treatment with 8 mg/kg T33, the triglyceride content in the gastrocnemius muscle decreased significantly. T33 did not have any effect on triglyceride content in the liver, whereas rosiglitazone significantly increased the hepatocyte lipid deposition. Conclusion: The PPARγ/α dual agonist T33 has antidiabetic and insulin-sensitizing effects in ob/ob mice. It has the potential to be a new therapeutic candidate for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

  16. Hormone-sensitive lipase deficiency suppresses insulin secretion from pancreatic islets of Lep{sup ob/ob} mice

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    Sekiya, Motohiro [Department of Metabolic Diseases, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8655 (Japan); Yahagi, Naoya, E-mail: nyahagi-tky@umin.ac.jp [Department of Metabolic Diseases, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8655 (Japan); Laboratory of Molecular Physiology on Energy Metabolism, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8655 (Japan); Tamura, Yoshiaki; Okazaki, Hiroaki; Igarashi, Masaki; Ohta, Keisuke; Takanashi, Mikio; Kumagai, Masayoshi; Takase, Satoru; Nishi, Makiko; Takeuchi, Yoshinori; Izumida, Yoshihiko; Kubota, Midori; Ohashi, Ken; Iizuka, Yoko [Department of Metabolic Diseases, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8655 (Japan); Yagyu, Hiroaki [Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, Jichi Medical University, Tochigi 329-0498 (Japan); Gotoda, Takanari [Department of Nephrology and Endocrinology, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8655 (Japan); Nagai, Ryozo [Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8655 (Japan); Shimano, Hitoshi; Yamada, Nobuhiro [Advanced Biomedical Applications, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Ibaragi 305-8575 (Japan); and others

    2009-09-25

    It has long been a matter of debate whether the hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL)-mediated lipolysis in pancreatic {beta}-cells can affect insulin secretion through the alteration of lipotoxicity. We generated mice lacking both leptin and HSL (Lep{sup ob/ob}/HSL{sup -/-}) and explored the role of HSL in pancreatic {beta}-cells in the setting of obesity. Lep{sup ob/ob}/HSL{sup -/-} developed elevated blood glucose levels and reduced plasma insulin levels compared with Lep{sup ob/ob}/HSL{sup +/+} in a fed state, while the deficiency of HSL did not affect glucose homeostasis in Lep{sup +/+} background. The deficiency of HSL exacerbated the accumulation of triglycerides in Lep{sup ob/ob} islets, leading to reduced glucose-stimulated insulin secretion. The deficiency of HSL also diminished the islet mass in Lep{sup ob/ob} mice due to decreased cell proliferation. In conclusion, HSL affects insulin secretary capacity especially in the setting of obesity.

  17. Unimpaired thermogenic response to noradrenaline in genetic (ob/ob) and hypothalamic (MSG) obese mice.

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    Duloo, A G; Miller, D S

    1984-04-01

    The thermogenic response to noradrenaline administration was investigated at 25 degrees C in two models of obese mice (genetic ob/ob obesity of the ' QEC ' strain and monosodium-glutamate-induced obesity) and in their respective lean littermates. Subcutaneous injections of a low dose of noradrenaline (100 micrograms/kg body wt.) elevated metabolic rate by about 30% in both obese models but not in their respective lean counterparts. In contrast, the increase in metabolic rate after injections of a high dose of noradrenaline (600 micrograms/kg body wt.) was of a similar magnitude in both lean and obese animals: metabolic rate was increased by 70-80%. These results indicate that the overall whole body thermogenic capacity is unimpaired at room temperature in this ' QEC ' strain of ob/ob mice and in the hypothalamic damaged obese mice. Obesity in these models is therefore not associated with a reduced ability to respond to noradrenaline but could rather be due to a failure to release noradrenaline.

  18. Leptin modulated changes in adipose tissue protein expression in ob/ob mice.

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    Zhang, Wei; Ambati, Suresh; Della-Fera, Mary Anne; Choi, Yang-Ho; Baile, Clifton A; Andacht, Tracy M

    2011-02-01

    Comparative proteomic analyses were performed in adipose tissue of leptin-deficient ob/ob mice treated with leptin or control buffer in order to identify the protein expression changes as the potential targets of leptin. Mice were treated with either phosphate-buffered saline (control) or 10 µg/day leptin for 14 days via subcutaneous osmotic minipumps. Total protein from white adipose tissue was extracted and labeled with different fluorescent cyanine dyes for analysis by two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis (DIGE). Spots that were differentially expressed and appeared to have sufficient material for mass spectrometry analysis were picked and digested with trypsin and subjected to MALDI-TOF MS for protein identification. Twelve functional protein groups were found differentially expressed in adipose tissue of leptin-treated vs. control ob/ob mice, including molecular chaperones and redox proteins such as calreticulin (CALR), protein disulfide isomerase-associated 3 (PDIA3), prohibitin (PHB), and peroxiredoxin-6 (PRDX6); cytoskeleton proteins such as β actin, desmin, and α-tubulin; and some other proteins. The mRNA levels of CALR, PDIA3, and PHB were measured by real-time reverse transcription-PCR and found to be upregulated (P leptin's effects on lipid metabolism and apoptosis may be mediated in part by alterations in expression of molecular chaperones and redox proteins for regulating endoplasmic reticulum stress and cytoskeleton proteins for regulating mitochondrial morphology.

  19. New style OBS to the abyss

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    Shiobara, H.; Ito, A.; Sugioka, H.; Shinohara, M.

    2013-12-01

    Generally, we have been trying to widen observation ranges at the seafloor in multi dimensions, such as term of observation, period, area and strength of signal. One of them is a development of the ocean bottom seismometer (OBS) usable even at the bottom of the trench, which has been a target since 1989. Several trials encountered some troubles that would come from the mechanical design and parts used in our standard OBS. To clear this problem, we developed the New design Ultra Deep OBS (NUDOBS) and have started test observations. This OBS is a completely new concept design that can be deployed up to 10000 m depth without using any underwater cables and the traditional anchor releasing system. Its maximum observation term is about one year. The NUDOBS equips 3-component omni-directional geophones (15 Hz) with no gimbal and the 3-axis MEMS accelerometer. The 6-ch data recorder for OBS (LS9100-T6, Hakusan), 21 DD size Li-cells are installed in the titanium pressure case (Ø200×H490) with these sensors. The main point of the NUDOBS lies at the 3-stage mechanical action, the deployment stage, the observation stage and the recovery stage. The newly developed acoustic transponder that enables the two-step action controls transitions between stages twice. To reduce the noise by the bottom current, there is no mechanical coupling of the pressure case with other parts except a thin umbilical rope during the observation stage. The whole system of the NUDOBS is like as a small mooring buoy using 6 glass-sphere floats for the deep water (~12000 m). The deployment was performed to release these floats, the 20-m rope and the main unit of the NUDOBS at last. The descending speed is about 80 m/min. The NUDOBS, although it is still a prototype, has been tested twice. The first one was at the Philippine Sea site (4900 m depth) with other instruments those requires the ROV from Nov. 2012 until Feb. 2013. In this observation, we could watch two transitions of the NUDOBS by video

  20. Leptin Administration Downregulates the Increased Expression Levels of Genes Related to Oxidative Stress and Inflammation in the Skeletal Muscle of ob/ob Mice

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    Sáinz, Neira; Rodríguez, Amaia; Catalán, Victoria; Becerril, Sara; Ramírez, Beatriz; Gómez-Ambrosi, Javier; Frühbeck, Gema

    2010-01-01

    Obese leptin-deficient ob/ob mice exhibit a low-grade chronic inflammation together with a low muscle mass. Our aim was to analyze the changes in muscle expression levels of genes related to oxidative stress and inflammatory responses in leptin deficiency and to identify the effect of in vivo leptin administration. Ob/ob mice were divided in three groups as follows: control ob/ob, leptin-treated ob/ob (1 mg/kg/d) and leptin pair-fed ob/ob mice. Gastrocnemius weight was lower in control ob/ob than in wild type mice (P < .01) exhibiting an increase after leptin treatment compared to control and pair-fed (P < .01) ob/ob animals. Thiobarbituric acid reactive substances, markers of oxidative stress, were higher in serum (P < .01) and gastrocnemius (P = .05) of control ob/ob than in wild type mice and were significantly decreased (P < .01) by leptin treatment. Leptin deficiency altered the expression of 1,546 genes, while leptin treatment modified the regulation of 1,127 genes with 86 of them being involved in oxidative stress, immune defense and inflammatory response. Leptin administration decreased the high expression of Crybb1, Hspb3, Hspb7, Mt4, Cat, Rbm9, Serpinc1 and Serpinb1a observed in control ob/ob mice, indicating that it improves inflammation and muscle loss. PMID:20671928

  1. A Fresh Catch of Massive Binaries in the Cygnus OB2 Association

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    Kobulnicky, Henry A; Kiminki, Daniel C; Runnoe, Jessie C; Wood, Earl S; Long, Garrett; Alexander, Michael J; Lundquist, Michael J; Vargas-Alvarez, Carlos A

    2012-01-01

    Massive binary stars may constitute a substantial fraction of progenitors to supernovae and gamma-ray bursts, and the distribution of their orbital characteristics holds clues to the formation process of massive stars. As a contribution to securing statistics on OB-type binaries, we report the discovery and orbital parameters for five new systems as part of the Cygnus OB2 Radial Velocity Survey. Four of the new systems (MT070, MT174, MT267, and MT734 (a.k.a. VI Cygni #11) are single-lined spectroscopic binaries while one (MT103) is a double-lined system (B1V+B2V). MT070 is noteworthy as the longest period system yet measured in Cyg OB2, with P=6.2 yr. The other four systems have periods ranging between 4 and 73 days. MT174 is noteworthy for having a probable mass ratio q<0.1, making it a candidate progenitor to a low-mass X-ray binary. These measurements bring the total number of massive binaries in Cyg OB2 to 25, the most currently known in any single cluster or association.

  2. Localization of the human OB gene (OBS) to chromosome 7q32 by fluorescence in situ hybridization

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    Geffroy, S.; Duban, B.; Martinville, B. de [Universitaire de Lille (France)] [and others

    1995-08-10

    An important gene involved in the pathogenesis of obesity is the product of the human homologue of the murine obese gene (gene symbol OBS). Using fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), we have localized the human OB gene to human chromosome 7, specifically to region 7q32.1. The FISH data of human OBS provide a gene-associated marker for genetic mapping. 8 refs., 1 fig.

  3. TNF-alpha is required for the attraction of mesenchymal precursors to white adipose tissue in Ob/ob mice.

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    Beatriz G Gálvez

    Full Text Available Most adult tissues harbour a stem cell subpopulation (Mesenchymal Precursors or MPs that represent a small proportion of the total cell number and have the potential to differentiate into several cell types within the mesenchymal lineage. In adipose tissue, adipocytes account for two-thirds of the total cell number. The remaining cells include blood and endothelial cells, along with adipocyte precursors (adipose MPs. Obesity is defined as an excess of body fat that frequently results in a significant impairment of health. The ob/ob mice bear a mutation in the ob gene that causes a deficiency in the hormone leptin and hence obesity. Here, we present evidence that ob/ob mice have a dramatic decrease in the resident MP pool of several tissues, including squeletal muscle, heart, lung and adipose tissue. Moreover, we show that that there is a migration of MP cells from distant organs, as well as homing of these cells to the adipose tissue mass of the ob/ob mice. We call this process adipotaxis. Once in the adipose tissue, migrant MPs undergoe adipose differentiation, giving rise to new differentiated adipocytes within the adipose mass. Finally, we provide evidence that adipotaxis is largely explained by the production of high levels of Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha (TNF-alpha within the ob/ob adipose tissue. The therapeutic implications for human obesity as well as for regenerative medicine are further discussed in this paper.

  4. Open clusters in Auriga OB2

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    Marco, Amparo; Negueruela, Ignacio

    2016-06-01

    We study the area around the H II region Sh 2-234, including the young open cluster Stock 8, to investigate the extent and definition of the association Aur OB2 and the possible role of triggering in massive cluster formation. We obtained Strömgren and J, H, KS photometry for Stock 8 and Strömgren photometry for two other cluster candidates in the area, which we confirm as young open clusters and name Alicante 11 and Alicante 12. We took spectroscopy of ˜33 early-type stars in the area, including the brightest cluster members. We calculate a common distance of 2.80^{+0.27}_{-0.24} kpc for the three open clusters and surrounding association. We derive an age 4-6 Ma for Stock 8, and do not find a significantly different age for the other clusters or the association. The star LS V +34°23, with spectral type O8 II(f), is likely the main source of ionization of Sh 2-234. We observe an important population of pre-main-sequence stars, some of them with discs, associated with the B-type members lying on the main sequence. We interpret the region as an area of recent star formation with some residual and very localized ongoing star formation. We do not find evidence for sequential star formation on a large scale. The classical definition of Aur OB2 has to be reconsidered, because its two main open clusters, Stock 8 and NGC 1893, are not at the same distance. Stock 8 is probably located in the Perseus arm, but other nearby H II regions whose distances also place them in this arm show quite different distances and radial velocities and, therefore, are not connected.

  5. Odor-Induced Neuronal Rhythms in the Olfactory Bulb Are Profoundly Modified in ob/ob Obese Mice

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    Chelminski, Yan; Magnan, Christophe; Luquet, Serge H.; Everard, Amandine; Meunier, Nicolas; Gurden, Hirac; Martin, Claire

    2017-01-01

    Leptin, the product of the Ob(Lep) gene, is a peptide hormone that plays a major role in maintaining the balance between food intake and energy expenditure. In the brain, leptin receptors are expressed by hypothalamic cells but also in the olfactory bulb, the first central structure coding for odors, suggesting a precise function of this hormone in odor-evoked activities. Although olfaction plays a key role in feeding behavior, the ability of the olfactory bulb to integrate the energy-related signal leptin is still missing. Therefore, we studied the fate of odor-induced activity in the olfactory bulb in the genetic context of leptin deficiency using the obese ob/ob mice. By means of an odor discrimination task with concomitant local field potential recordings, we showed that ob/ob mice perform better than wild-type (WT) mice in the early stage of the task. This behavioral gain of function was associated in parallel with profound changes in neuronal oscillations in the olfactory bulb. The distribution of the peaks in the gamma frequency range was shifted toward higher frequencies in ob/ob mice compared to WT mice before learning. More notably, beta oscillatory activity, which has been shown previously to be correlated with olfactory discrimination learning, was longer and stronger in expert ob/ob mice after learning. Since oscillations in the olfactory bulb emerge from mitral to granule cell interactions, our results suggest that cellular dynamics in the olfactory bulb are deeply modified in ob/ob mice in the context of olfactory learning.

  6. Enhanced glucose cycling and suppressed de novo synthesis of glucose-6-phosphate result in a net unchanged hepatic glucose output in ob/ob mice

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    Bandsma, RHJ; Grefhorst, A; van Dijk, TH; van der Sluijs, FH; Hammer, A; Reijngoud, DJ; Kuipers, F

    2004-01-01

    Aims/hypothesis. Leptin-deficient ob/ob mice are hyperinsulinaemic and hyperglycaemic; however, the cause of hyperglycaemia remains largely unknown. Methods. Glucose metabolism in vivo in 9-h fasted ob/ob mice and lean littermates was studied by infusing [U-C-13]-glucose, [2-C-13]-glycerol, [1-H-2]-

  7. Leptin Increases Striatal Dopamine D2 Receptor Binding in Leptin-Deficient Obese (ob/ob) Mice

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    Pfaffly, J.; Michaelides, M.; Wang, G-J.; Pessin, J.E.; Volkow, N.D.; Thanos, P.K.

    2010-06-01

    Peripheral and central leptin administration have been shown to mediate central dopamine (DA) signaling. Leptin-receptor deficient rodents show decreased DA D2 receptor (D2R) binding in striatum and unique DA profiles compared to controls. Leptin-deficient mice show increased DA activity in reward-related brain regions. The objective of this study was to examine whether basal D2R-binding differences contribute to the phenotypic behaviors of leptin-deficient ob/ob mice, and whether D2R binding is altered in response to peripheral leptin treatment in these mice. Leptin decreased body weight, food intake, and plasma insulin concentration in ob/ob mice but not in wild-type mice. Basal striatal D2R binding (measured with autoradiography [{sup 3}H] spiperone) did not differ between ob/ob and wild-type mice but the response to leptin did. In wild-type mice, leptin decreased striatal D2R binding, whereas, in ob/ob mice, leptin increased D2R binding. Our findings provide further evidence that leptin modulates D2R expression in striatum and that these effects are genotype/phenotype dependent.

  8. OB protein binds specifically to the choroid plexus of mice and rats.

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    Devos, R; Richards, J G; Campfield, L A; Tartaglia, L A; Guisez, Y; van der Heyden, J; Travernier, J; Plaetinck, G; Burn, P

    1996-05-28

    Binding studies were conducted to identify the anatomical location of brain target sites for OB protein, the ob gene product. 125I-labeled recombinant mouse OB protein or alkaline phosphatase-OB fusion proteins were used for in vitro and in vivo binding studies. Coronal brain sections or fresh tissue from lean, obese ob/ob, and obese db/db mice as well as lean and obese Zucker rats were probed to identify potential central OB protein-binding sites. We report here that recombinant OB protein binds specifically to the choroid plexus. The binding of OB protein (either radiolabeled or the alkaline phosphatase-OB fusion protein) and its displacement by unlabeled OB protein was similar in lean, obese ob/ob, and obese db/db mice as well as lean and obese Zucker rats. These findings suggest that OB protein binds with high affinity to a specific receptor in the choroid plexus. After binding to the choroid plexus receptor, OB protein may then be transported across the blood-brain barrier into the cerebrospinal fluid. Alternatively, binding of OB protein to a specific receptor in the choroid plexus may activate afferent neural inputs to the neural network that regulates feeding behavior and energy balance or may result in the clearance or degradation of OB protein. The identification of the choroid plexus as a brain binding site for OB protein will provide the basis for the construction of expression libraries and facilitate the rapid cloning of the choroid plexus OB receptor.

  9. PPARα-Deficient ob/ob Obese Mice Become More Obese and Manifest Severe Hepatic Steatosis Due to Decreased Fatty Acid Oxidation.

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    Gao, Qian; Jia, Yuzhi; Yang, Gongshe; Zhang, Xiaohong; Boddu, Prajwal C; Petersen, Bryon; Narsingam, Saiprasad; Zhu, Yi-Jun; Thimmapaya, Bayar; Kanwar, Yashpal S; Reddy, Janardan K

    2015-05-01

    Obesity poses an increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome and closely associated nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, including liver cancer. Satiety hormone leptin-deficient (ob/ob) mice, considered paradigmatic of nutritional obesity, develop hepatic steatosis but are less prone to developing liver tumors. Sustained activation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α (PPARα) in ob/ob mouse liver increases fatty acid oxidation (FAO), which contributes to attenuation of obesity but enhances liver cancer risk. To further evaluate the role of PPARα-regulated hepatic FAO and energy burning in the progression of fatty liver disease, we generated PPARα-deficient ob/ob (PPARα(Δ)ob/ob) mice. These mice become strikingly more obese compared to ob/ob littermates, with increased white and brown adipose tissue content and severe hepatic steatosis. Hepatic steatosis becomes more severe in fasted PPARα(Δ)ob/ob mice as they fail to up-regulate FAO systems. PPARα(Δ)ob/ob mice also do not respond to peroxisome proliferative and mitogenic effects of PPARα agonist Wy-14,643. Although PPARα(Δ)ob/ob mice are severely obese, there was no significant increase in liver tumor incidence, even when maintained on a diet containing Wy-14,643. We conclude that sustained PPARα activation-related increase in FAO in fatty livers of obese ob/ob mice increases liver cancer risk, whereas deletion of PPARα in ob/ob mice aggravates obesity and hepatic steatosis. However, it does not lead to liver tumor development because of reduction in FAO and energy burning. Copyright © 2015 American Society for Investigative Pathology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Spatial Distribution and Kinematics of OB Stars

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    Gontcharov, George

    2016-01-01

    The sample of 37 485 suspected OB stars selected by Gontcharov (2008) from the Tycho-2 catalogue has been cleaned of the stars that are not of spectral types OV--A0V. For this purpose, the apparent magnitude $V_T$ from Tycho-2, the absolute magnitude $M_{V_T}$ calibrated as a function of the dereddened color index $(B_T-V_T)_0$, the interstellar extinction $A_{V_T}$ calculated from the 3D analytical model by Gontcharov (2009) as a function of the Galactic coordinates, and the photometric distance $r_{ph}$ calculated as a function of $V_T$, $M_{V_T}$, and $A_{V_T}$ have been reconciled in an iterative process. The 20 514 stars that passed the iterations have $(B_T-V_T)_0-5$ and are considered as a sample of OV--A0V stars complete within 350 pc of the Sun. Based on the theoretical relation between the dereddened color and age of the stars, the derived sample has been divided into three subsamples: $(B_T-V_T)_0<-0.2^m$, $-0.2^m<(B_T-V_T)_0<-0.1^m$, and $-0.1^m<(B_T-V_T)_0<0^m$, younger than 100, $...

  11. Open clusters in AurOB2

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    Marco, A

    2016-01-01

    We study the area around the HII region Sh 2-234, including the young open cluster Stock 8, to investigate the extent and definition of the association Aur OB2 and the possible role of triggering in massive cluster formation. We obtained Str\\"omgren and J,H,Ks photometry for Stock 8 and Str\\"omgren photometry for two other cluster candidates in the area, which we confirm as young open clusters and name Alicante 11 and Alicante 12. We took spectroscopy of 33 early-type stars in the area, including the brightest cluster members. We calculate a common distance of $2.80^{+0.27}_{-0.24}$ kpc for the three open clusters and surrounding association. We derive an age 4-6 Ma for Stock 8, and do not find a significantly different age for the other clusters or the association. The star LSV +34 23, with spectral type O8 II(f), is likely the main source of ionization of Sh 2-234. We observe an important population of pre-main sequence stars, some of them with disks, associated with the B-type members lying on the main-seq...

  12. Strömgren and Hß photometry of O and B type stars in star-forming regions. II. Moneceros OB2, Canis Major OB1 and Collinder 121

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    Kaltcheva, N.T.; Olsen, Erik Heyn; Clausen, J.V.

    1999-01-01

    Stars: Early-type - Galaxy: Open clusters and associations: Individual: Mon OB2, CMa OB1, Col 121......Stars: Early-type - Galaxy: Open clusters and associations: Individual: Mon OB2, CMa OB1, Col 121...

  13. Mass loss rate determinations of southern OB stars

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    Benaglia, P; Koribalski, B S

    2001-01-01

    A sample of OB stars (eleven Of, one O and one B supergiant) has been surveyed with the Australia Telescope Compact Array at 4.8 and 8.64 GHz with a resolution of 2'' -- 4''. Five stars were detected; three of them have negative spectral indices, consistent with non-thermal emission, and two have positive indices. The thermal radiation from HD 150135 and HD 163181 can be explained as coming from an optically thick ionized stellar wind. The non-thermal radiation from CD-47 4551, HD 124314 and HD 150136 possibly comes from strong shocks in the wind itself and/or in the wind colliding region if the stars have a massive early-type companion. The percentage of non-thermal emitters among detected O stars has increased up to ~50%. The Of star HD 124314 clearly shows flux density variations. Mass loss rates (or upper limits) were derived for all the observed stars and the results compared with non-radio measurements and theoretical predictions.

  14. Coordinated regulation of the ESCRT-III component CHMP4C by the chromosomal passenger complex and centralspindlin during cytokinesis

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    Capalbo, Luisa; Mela, Ioanna; Abad, Maria Alba; Jeyaprakash, A. Arockia; Edwardson, J. Michael

    2016-01-01

    The chromosomal passenger complex (CPC)—composed of Aurora B kinase, Borealin, Survivin and INCENP—surveys the fidelity of genome segregation throughout cell division. The CPC has been proposed to prevent polyploidy by controlling the final separation (known as abscission) of the two daughter cells via regulation of the ESCRT-III CHMP4C component. The molecular details are, however, still unclear. Using atomic force microscopy, we show that CHMP4C binds to and remodels membranes in vitro. Borealin prevents the association of CHMP4C with membranes, whereas Aurora B interferes with CHMP4C's membrane remodelling activity. Moreover, we show that CHMP4C phosphorylation is not required for its assembly into spiral filaments at the abscission site and that two distinctly localized pools of phosphorylated CHMP4C exist during cytokinesis. We also characterized the CHMP4C interactome in telophase cells and show that the centralspindlin complex associates preferentially with unphosphorylated CHMP4C in cytokinesis. Our findings indicate that gradual dephosphorylation of CHMP4C triggers a ‘relay’ mechanism between the CPC and centralspindlin that regulates the timely distribution and activation of CHMP4C for the execution of abscission. PMID:27784789

  15. 4C-ker: A Method to Reproducibly Identify Genome-Wide Interactions Captured by 4C-Seq Experiments.

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    Raviram, Ramya; Rocha, Pedro P; Müller, Christian L; Miraldi, Emily R; Badri, Sana; Fu, Yi; Swanzey, Emily; Proudhon, Charlotte; Snetkova, Valentina; Bonneau, Richard; Skok, Jane A

    2016-03-01

    4C-Seq has proven to be a powerful technique to identify genome-wide interactions with a single locus of interest (or "bait") that can be important for gene regulation. However, analysis of 4C-Seq data is complicated by the many biases inherent to the technique. An important consideration when dealing with 4C-Seq data is the differences in resolution of signal across the genome that result from differences in 3D distance separation from the bait. This leads to the highest signal in the region immediately surrounding the bait and increasingly lower signals in far-cis and trans. Another important aspect of 4C-Seq experiments is the resolution, which is greatly influenced by the choice of restriction enzyme and the frequency at which it can cut the genome. Thus, it is important that a 4C-Seq analysis method is flexible enough to analyze data generated using different enzymes and to identify interactions across the entire genome. Current methods for 4C-Seq analysis only identify interactions in regions near the bait or in regions located in far-cis and trans, but no method comprehensively analyzes 4C signals of different length scales. In addition, some methods also fail in experiments where chromatin fragments are generated using frequent cutter restriction enzymes. Here, we describe 4C-ker, a Hidden-Markov Model based pipeline that identifies regions throughout the genome that interact with the 4C bait locus. In addition, we incorporate methods for the identification of differential interactions in multiple 4C-seq datasets collected from different genotypes or experimental conditions. Adaptive window sizes are used to correct for differences in signal coverage in near-bait regions, far-cis and trans chromosomes. Using several datasets, we demonstrate that 4C-ker outperforms all existing 4C-Seq pipelines in its ability to reproducibly identify interaction domains at all genomic ranges with different resolution enzymes.

  16. Reverse time migration of multiples for OBS data

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    Zhang, Dongliang

    2014-08-05

    Reverse time migration of multiples (RTMM) is applied to OBS data with sparse receiver spacing. RTMM for OBS data unlike a marine streamer acquisition is implemented in the common receiver gathers (CRG) and provides a wider and denser illumination for each CRG than the conventional RTM of primaries. Hence, while the the conventional RTM image contains strong aliasing artifacts due to a sparser receiver interval, the RTMM image suffers from this artifacts less. This benefit of RTMM is demonstrated with numerical test on the Marmousi model for sparsely sampled OBS data.

  17. Variability monitoring of OB stars during the Mons campaign

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    Morel, T; Eversberg, T; Alves, F; Arnold, W; Bergmann, T; Viegas, N G Correia; Fahed, R; Fernando, A; Carreira, L F Gouveia; Hunger, T; Knapen, J H; Leadbeater, R; Dias, F Marques; Moffat, A F J; Reinecke, N; Ribeiro, J; Romeo, N; Gallego, J Sanchez; Santos, E M dos; Schanne, L; Stahl, O; Stober, Ba; Stober, Be; Vollmann, K; Corcoran, M F; Dougherty, S M; Hamaguchi, K; Pittard, J M; Pollock, A M T; Williams, P M

    2010-01-01

    We present preliminary results of a 3-month campaign carried out in the framework of the Mons project, where time-resolved Halpha observations are used to study the wind and circumstellar properties of a number of OB stars.

  18. Brown Adipose Tissue Transplantation Reverses Obesity in Ob/Ob Mice.

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    Liu, Xiaomeng; Wang, Siping; You, Yilin; Meng, Minghui; Zheng, Zongji; Dong, Meng; Lin, Jun; Zhao, Qianwei; Zhang, Chuanhai; Yuan, Xiaoxue; Hu, Tao; Liu, Lieqin; Huang, Yuanyuan; Zhang, Lei; Wang, Dehua; Zhan, Jicheng; Jong Lee, Hyuek; Speakman, John R; Jin, Wanzhu

    2015-07-01

    Increasing evidence indicates that brown adipose tissue (BAT) transplantation enhances whole-body energy metabolism in a mouse model of diet-induced obesity. However, it remains unclear whether BAT also has such beneficial effects on genetically obese mice. To address this issue, we transplanted BAT from C57/BL6 mice into the dorsal subcutaneous region of age- and sex-matched leptin deficient Ob/Ob mice. Interestingly, BAT transplantation led to a significant reduction of body weight gain with increased oxygen consumption and decreased total body fat mass, resulting in improvement of insulin resistance and liver steatosis. In addition, BAT transplantation increased the level of circulating adiponectin, whereas it reduced the levels of circulating free T3 and T4, which regulate thyroid hormone sensitivity in peripheral tissues. BAT transplantation also increased β3-adrenergic receptor and fatty acid oxidation related gene expression in subcutaneous and epididymal (EP) white adipose tissue. Accordingly, BAT transplantation increased whole-body thermogenesis. Taken together our results demonstrate that BAT transplantation may reduce obesity and its related diseases by activating endogenous BAT.

  19. IPHAS discoveries of young stars towards Cyg OB2 and its southern periphery

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    Vink, Jorick S; Steeghs, Danny; Wright, Nick J; Martin, Eduardo L; Gaensicke, Boris T; Greimel, Robert; Drake, Jeremy

    2008-01-01

    We report on the discovery of over 50 strong Halpha emitting objects towards the large OB association Cyg OB2 and the HII region DR 15 on its southern periphery. This was achieved using the INT Photometric Halpha Survey of the Northern Galactic Plane (IPHAS), combined with follow-up spectroscopy using the MMT multi-object spectrometer HectoSpec. We present optical spectra, supplemented with optical r', i' and Halpha photometry from IPHAS, and near-infrared J, H, and K photometry from 2MASS. The position of the objects in the (J - H) versus (H - K) diagram strongly suggests most of them are young. Many show CaII IR triplet emission indicating that they are in a pre-main sequence phase of evolution of T Tauri and Herbig Ae nature. Among these, we have uncovered pronounced clustering of T Tauri stars roughly a degree south of the centre of Cyg OB2, in an arc close to the HII region DR 15, and the radio ring nebula G79.29+0.46, for which we discuss its candidacy as a luminous blue variable (LBV). The emission lin...

  20. Preliminary performance report of the RHUM-RUM OBS network

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    Stähler, Simon C.; Crawford, Wayne; Barruol, Guilhem; Sigloch, Karin; Mechita, Schmidt-Aursch

    2015-04-01

    RHUM-RUM is a German-French seismological experiment based on the seafloor surrounding the hotspot of La Réunion, western Indian Ocean. Its primary objective is to clarify the presence or absence of a mantle plume beneath the Reunion hotspot. RHUM-RUM's central component is a one-year deployment (Oct 2012 - Nov 2013) of 57 broadband ocean-bottom seismometers (OBS) and hydrophones on an area of 2000x2000 km2 surrounding the hotspot. The OBS pool contained 48 instruments from the German DEPAS pool and 9 French stations from INSU. All OBS have been successfully recovered. Preliminary analysis of the seismometer recordings show large differences in long-period (>10s) noise levels between the German and the French OBS. These differences are strongest on the horizontal components and can be probably explained by dynamic tilt of the instrument itself. The noise level of the German instruments is >20dB higher in this period range compared to the French ones. A reason could be that for the German OBS, the seismometer is integrated into the OBS frame and therefore affected by its movement due to currents. The high noise level on the horizontal components will have to be considered in future experiment design, when using this instrument type for three-component waveform tomography.

  1. Isomerisation of c4-c6 aldoses with zeolites

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    2014-01-01

    The present invention relates to isomerization of C4-C6 aldoses to their corresponding C4-C6 ketoses. In particular, the invention concerns isomerization of C4-C6 aldoses over solid zeolite catalysts free of any metals other than aluminum, in the presence of suitable solvent(s) at suitable elevated...... temperatures. C6 and C5 aldose sugars such as glucose and xylose, which are available in large amounts from biomass precursors, are isomerized to fructose and xylulose respectively, in a one or two-step process over inexpensive commercially available zeolite catalysts, containing aluminum as the only metal...

  2. Important role of alkali atoms in A4C60

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    Gunnarsson, O.; Erwin, S. C.; Koch, E.; Martin, R. M.

    1997-01-01

    We show that hopping via the alkali atoms plays an important role for the t1u band of A4C60 (A=K, Rb), in strong contrast to A3C60. Thus the t1u band is broadened by more than 40 % by the presence of the alkali atoms. The difference between A4C60 and A3C60 is in particular due to the less symmetric location of the alkali atoms in A4C60.

  3. Hot stars observed by XMM-Newton. I. The catalog and the properties of OB stars

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    Nazé, Y.

    2009-11-01

    Aims: Following the advent of increasingly sensitive X-ray observatories, deep observations of early-type stars became possible. However, the results for only a few objects or clusters have until now been reported and there has been no large survey comparable to that based upon the ROSAT All-Sky Survey (RASS). Methods: A limited survey of X-ray sources, consisting of all public XMM-Newton observations (2XMMi) and slew survey data (XMMSL1), is now available. The X-ray counterparts to hot, massive stars have been searched for in these catalogs. Results: About 300 OB stars were detected with XMM-Newton. Half of them were bright enough for a spectral analysis to be possible, and we make available the detailed spectral properties that were derived. The X-ray spectra of O stars are represented well by low (FNRS. Visiting astronomer, UNAM-Morelos (Mexico).

  4. The large scale view of the young stellar populations in the Orion OB1 Association

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    Briceno, Cesar; Calvet, Nuria

    2016-06-01

    The Orion OB1 association, at ~400 pc and with a wide range of ages (~1-10 Myr) and environmental conditions, is an ideal place to look at how stars form, first evolve and disperse among the general population of field stars. Also to study disk dispersal and the duration of the planet formation phase.However, despite spanning nearly 200 deg2 on the sky, almost all we know about Orion comes from studies of a limited fraction of the entire region, mostly of the youngest objects (~B molecular clouds and the ~3 Myr old sigma Ori cluster.We will present here the results of our 180 sq deg photometric multi-epoch survey across the Orion OB1 association, using the known variability of T Tauri stars to pick them among the general field population, and following with spectroscopy to confirm members and characterize them.The ~2000 newly identified young low-mass stars are mostly located away from the molecular clouds, across tens of sq. deg. in the Orion OB1a and OB1b sub-associations, with ages in the range ~4-10 Myr. But within this general population we identify a significant fraction concentrated in distinct overdensities, most notably the ~7 Myr old 25 Orionis cluster. These stellar aggregates point to a previously unknown degree of substructure that has survived the dissipation of the parent molecular clouds. We also find that the Orion Nebula Cluster is surrounded by a few sq.deg. halo of young stars, as has been suggested by recent sudies.

  5. Signals embedded in the OBS records, in light of Gabor Spectral Analysis

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    Chang, T.; Wang, Y.; Chang, C.; Lee, C.

    2005-12-01

    Since the last decades, seismological survey has been expanded to marine area, with goal of making up the deficiency of seismogenic study outside the land. Although teleseismic data can resolve plate boundaries location and certain seismic parameters for great earthquake, local seismogenic frame can be merely emerged by the seismic network in situ. The Ocean Bottom Seismometer (OBS), therefore, is developing for this kind of purpose and becoming an important facility for seismological study. This work introduces a synthesized spectral method to analyze the seismograms recorded by 15 OBS deployed at the Okinawa trough in 14 days (Nov. 19 ~Dec. 2, 2003). Geological background of Okinawa trough is well known to correspond with the back-arc spreading in the regime of the Philippine Sea plate subducting northward beneath the Eurasia plate. As the complex affections at sea bottom, for instance, strong current, slope slumping, turbidite flow, and even sea animal attack, the OBS seismogram show a rather noisy sequence in comparison with the record on land. However, hundreds of tectonic earthquake can be extracted from such noisy records (done by Drs. Lin and Sibuet). Our job is to sort out the signals with the distinguishable sources by means of a systematically spectral analysis. The continuous wavelet transform and short-term Fourier transform, both taking Gaussian function as kernel, are synthesized as the Gabor transform in data process. The use of a limited Gaussian window along time axis with negligible low frequency error can largely enhance the stability of discrete Fourier spectrum. With a proper window factor selection, the Gabor transform can improve the resolution of spectrogram in time domain. We have converted the OBS records into spectrograms to detect the variation of signal causes. Up-to-date, some tremors signals and strong current oscillations have been told apart from these continuous records with varied frequency composing. We anticipate the further

  6. Tumour necrosis factor-α inhibition with lenalidomide alleviates tissue oxidative injury and apoptosis in ob/ob obese mice.

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    Zhu, Xiaoling; Jiang, Shasha; Hu, Nan; Luo, Fuling; Dong, Hailong; Kang, Yu-Ming; Jones, Kyla R; Zou, Yunzeng; Xiong, Lize; Ren, Jun

    2014-07-01

    Lenalidomide (Revlimid; Selleck Chemicals, Houston, TX, USA), an analogue of thalidomide, possesses potent cytokine modulatory capacity through inhibition of cytokines such as tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α, a cytokine pivotal for the onset and development of complications in obesity and diabetes mellitus. The present study was designed to evaluate the effect of lenalidomide on oxidative stress, protein and DNA damage in multiple organs in an ob/ob murine model of obesity. To this end, C57BL/6 lean and ob/ob obese mice were administered lenalidomide (50 mg/kg per day, p.o.) for 5 days. Oxidative stress, protein and DNA damage were assessed using the conversion of reduced glutathione (GSH) to oxidized glutathione (GSSG), carbonyl formation and Comet assay, respectively. Apoptosis was evaluated using caspase 3 activity, and levels of Bax, Bcl-2, Bip, caspase 8, caspase 9 and TNF-α were assessed using western blot analysis. Lenalidomide treatment did not affect glucose clearance in lean or ob/ob mice. Obese mice exhibited a reduced GSH/GSSG ratio in the liver, gastrocnemius skeletal muscle and small intestine, as well as enhanced protein carbonyl formation, DNA damage and caspase 3 activity in the liver, kidney, skeletal muscle and intestine; these effects were alleviated by lenalidomide, with the exception of obesity-associated DNA damage in the liver and kidney. Western blot analysis revealed elevated TNF-α, Bax, Bcl-2, Bip, caspase 8 and caspase 9 in ob/ob mice with various degrees of reversal by lenalidomide treatment. Together, these data indicate that lenalidomide protects against obesity-induced tissue injury and protein damage, possibly in association with antagonism of cytokine production and cytokine-induced apoptosis and oxidative stress.

  7. Boron carbide (B4C) coating. Deposition and testing

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    Azizov, E.; Barsuk, V.; Begrambekov, L.; Buzhinsky, O.; Evsin, A.; Gordeev, A.; Grunin, A.; Klimov, N.; Kurnaev, V.; Mazul, I.; Otroshchenko, V.; Putric, A.; Sadovskiy, Ya.; Shigin, P.; Vergazov, S.; Zakharov, A.

    2015-08-01

    Boron carbide was proposed as a material of in-situ protecting coating for tungsten tiles of ITER divertor. To prove this concept the project including investigation of regimes of plasma deposition of B4C coating on tungsten and tests of boron carbide layer in ITER-like is started recently. The paper contends the first results of the project. The results of B4C coating irradiation by the plasma pulses of QSPU-T plasma accelerator are presented. The new device capable of B4C film deposition on tungsten and testing of the films and materials with ITER-like heat loads and ion- and electron irradiation is described. The results of B4C coating deposition and testing of both tungsten substrate and coating are shown and discussed.

  8. Carnosine Attenuates the Development of both Type 2 Diabetes and Diabetic Nephropathy in BTBR ob/ob Mice

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    Albrecht, Thomas; Schilperoort, Maaike; Zhang, Shiqi; Braun, Jana D.; Qiu, Jiedong; Rodriguez, Angelica; Pastene, Diego O.; Krämer, Bernhard K.; Köppel, Hannes; Baelde, Hans; de Heer, Emile; Anna Altomare, Alessandra; Regazzoni, Luca; Denisi, Alessandra; Aldini, Giancarlo; van den Born, Jacob; Yard, Benito A.; Hauske, Sibylle J.

    2017-01-01

    We previously demonstrated that polymorphisms in the carnosinase-1 gene (CNDP1) determine the risk of nephropathy in type 2 diabetic patients. Carnosine, the substrate of the enzyme encoded by this gene, is considered renoprotective and could possibly be used to treat diabetic nephropathy (DN). In this study, we examined the effect of carnosine treatment in vivo in BTBR (Black and Tan, BRachyuric) ob/ob mice, a type 2 diabetes model which develops a phenotype that closely resembles advanced human DN. Treatment of BTBR ob/ob mice with 4 mM carnosine for 18 weeks reduced plasma glucose and HbA1c, concomitant with elevated insulin and C-peptide levels. Also, albuminuria and kidney weights were reduced in carnosine-treated mice, which showed less glomerular hypertrophy due to a decrease in the surface area of Bowman’s capsule and space. Carnosine treatment restored the glomerular ultrastructure without affecting podocyte number, resulted in a modified molecular composition of the expanded mesangial matrix and led to the formation of carnosine-acrolein adducts. Our results demonstrate that treatment with carnosine improves glucose metabolism, albuminuria and pathology in BTBR ob/ob mice. Hence, carnosine could be a novel therapeutic strategy to treat patients with DN and/or be used to prevent DN in patients with diabetes. PMID:28281693

  9. Kefir improves fatty liver syndrome by inhibiting the lipogenesis pathway in leptin-deficient ob/ob knockout mice.

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    Chen, H-L; Tung, Y-T; Tsai, C-L; Lai, C-W; Lai, Z-L; Tsai, H-C; Lin, Y-L; Wang, C-H; Chen, C-M

    2014-09-01

    Fatty liver disease is commonly associated with obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes. Severe fatty liver is sometimes accompanied by steatohepatitis and may lead to the development of hepatocellular carcinoma. At present, there is no effective treatment for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD); thus, recent investigations have focused on developing effective therapeutics to treat this condition. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of kefir on the hepatic lipid metabolism of ob/ob mice, which are commonly used to model fatty liver disease. In this study, we used leptin receptor-deficient ob/ob mice as an animal disease model of NAFLD. Six-week-old ob/ob mice were orally administered the dairy product kefir (140 mg kg(-1) of body weight (BW) per day) for 4 weeks. The data demonstrated that kefir improved fatty liver syndrome on BW, energy expenditure and basal metabolic rate by inhibiting serum glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase (GOT) and glutamate pyruvate transaminase (GPT) activities (Pkefir administration also significantly reduced the macrovesicular fat quantity in liver tissue. In addition, kefir markedly decreased the expression of the genes sterol regulatory element-binding protein 1 (SREBP1), fatty acid synthase (FAS) and acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC) (Pkefir improves NAFLD on BW, energy expenditure and basal metabolic rate by inhibiting the lipogenesis pathway and that kefir may have the potential for clinical application to the prevention or treatment of NAFLD.

  10. The Orion OB1 Association II. The Orion-Eridanus Bubble

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    Brown, A. G. A.; Hartmann, D; Burton, W. B.

    1995-01-01

    Observations of the interstellar medium in the vicinity of the Orion OB1 association show a cavity filled with hot ionized gas, surrounded by an expanding shell of neutral hydrogen (the Orion-Eridanus Bubble). In this paper we examine this cavity and the surrounding bubble with the aid of data from the Leiden/Dwingeloo HI survey. We present neutral-hydrogen maps for the Orion-Eridanus region which allow identification of the HI filaments and arcs delineating the Bubble and derivation of its e...

  11. Hypothalamic Leptin Gene Therapy Reduces Bone Marrow Adiposity in ob/ob Mice Fed Regular and High-Fat Diets

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    Lindenmaier, Laurence B.; Philbrick, Kenneth A.; Branscum, Adam J.; Kalra, Satya P.; Turner, Russell T.; Iwaniec, Urszula T.

    2016-01-01

    Low bone mass is often associated with elevated bone marrow adiposity. Since osteoblasts and adipocytes are derived from the same mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) progenitor, adipocyte formation may increase at the expense of osteoblast formation. Leptin is an adipocyte-derived hormone known to regulate energy and bone metabolism. Leptin deficiency and high-fat diet-induced obesity are associated with increased marrow adipose tissue (MAT) and reduced bone formation. Short-duration studies suggest that leptin treatment reduces MAT and increases bone formation in leptin-deficient ob/ob mice fed a regular diet. Here, we determined the long-duration impact of increased hypothalamic leptin on marrow adipocytes and osteoblasts in ob/ob mice following recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) gene therapy. Eight- to 10-week-old male ob/ob mice were randomized into four groups: (1) untreated, (2) rAAV-Lep, (3) rAAV-green fluorescent protein (rAAV-GFP), or (4) pair-fed to rAAV-Lep. For vector administration, mice were injected intracerebroventricularly with either rAAV-leptin gene therapy (rAAV-Lep) or rAAV-GFP (9 × 107 particles) and maintained for 30 weeks. In a second study, the impact of increased hypothalamic leptin levels on MAT was determined in mice fed high-fat diets; ob/ob mice were randomized into two groups and treated with either rAAV-Lep or rAAV-GFP. At 7 weeks post-vector administration, half the mice in each group were switched to a high-fat diet for 8 weeks. Wild-type (WT) controls included age-matched mice fed regular or high-fat diet. High-fat diet resulted in a threefold increase in MAT in WT mice, whereas MAT was increased by leptin deficiency up to 50-fold. Hypothalamic leptin gene therapy increased osteoblast perimeter and osteoclast perimeter with minor change in cancellous bone architecture. The gene therapy decreased MAT levels in ob/ob mice fed regular or high-fat diet to values similar to WT mice fed regular diet. These findings suggest

  12. PPARα-Deficient ob/ob Obese Mice Become More Obese and Manifest Severe Hepatic Steatosis Due to Decreased Fatty Acid Oxidation

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    Gao, Qian; Jia, Yuzhi; Yang, Gongshe; Zhang, Xiaohong; Boddu, Prajwal C.; Petersen, Bryon; Narsingam, Saiprasad; Zhu, Yi-Jun; Thimmapaya, Bayar; Kanwar, Yashpal S.; Reddy, Janardan K

    2015-01-01

    Obesity poses an increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome and closely associated nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, including liver cancer. Satiety hormone leptin-deficient (ob/ob) mice, considered paradigmatic of nutritional obesity, develop hepatic steatosis but are less prone to developing liver tumors. Sustained activation of peroxisome proliferator–activated receptor α (PPARα) in ob/ob mouse liver increases fatty acid oxidation (FAO), which contributes to attenuation of obesity but...

  13. Wind collisions in three massive stars of Cyg OB2

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    Cazorla, Constantin; Rauw, Gregor

    2013-01-01

    Aims: We wish to study the origin of the X-ray emission of three massive stars in the Cyg OB2 association: Cyg OB2 #5, #8A, #12. Methods: To this aim, dedicated X-ray observations from XMM and Swift are used, as well as archival ROSAT and Suzaku data. Results: Our results on Cyg OB2 #8A improve the phase coverage of the orbit and confirm previous studies: the signature of a wind-wind collision is conspicuous. In addition, signatures of a wind-wind collision are also detected in Cyg OB2 #5, but the X-ray emission appears to be associated with the collision between the inner binary and the tertiary component orbiting it with a 6.7yr period, without a putative collision inside the binary. The X-ray properties strongly constrain the orbital parameters, notably allowing us to discard some proposed orbital solutions. To improve the knowledge of the orbit, we revisit the light curves and radial velocity of the inner binary, looking for reflex motion induced by the third star. Finally, the X-ray emission of Cyg OB2 #...

  14. Calorimetric measurements on Li{sub 4}C{sub 60} and Na{sub 4}C{sub 60}

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    Inaba, Akira; Miyazaki, Yuji [Research Center for Structural Thermodynamics, Graduate School of Science, Osaka University, Toyonaka, Osaka 560-0043 (Japan); Michałowski, Paweł P.; Gracia-Espino, Eduardo; Wågberg, Thomas, E-mail: Thomas.wagberg@physics.umu.se [Department of Physics, Umeå University, S-90187 Umeå (Sweden); Sundqvist, Bertil [Department of Physics, Umeå University, S-90187 Umeå (Sweden); State Key Laboratory for Superhard Materials, Jilin University, Changchun 130012 (China)

    2015-04-28

    We show specific heat data for Na{sub 4}C{sub 60} and Li{sub 4}C{sub 60} in the range 0.4-350 K for samples characterized by Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. At high temperatures, the two different polymer structures have very similar specific heats both in absolute values and in general trend. The specific heat data are compared with data for undoped polymeric and pristine C{sub 60}. At high temperatures, a difference in specific heat between the intercalated and undoped C{sub 60} polymers of 100 J K{sup −1} mol{sup −1} is observed, in agreement with the Dulong-Petit law. At low temperatures, the specific heat data for Li{sub 4}C{sub 60} and Na{sub 4}C{sub 60} are modified by the stiffening of vibrational and librational molecular motion induced by the polymer bonds. The covalent twin bonds in Li{sub 4}C{sub 60} affect these motions to a somewhat higher degree than the single intermolecular bonds in Na{sub 4}C{sub 60}. Below 1 K, the specific heats of both materials become linear in temperature, as expected from the effective dimensionality of the structure. The contribution to the total specific heat from the inserted metal ions can be well described by Einstein functions with T{sub E} = 386 K for Li{sub 4}C{sub 60} and T{sub E} = 120 K for Na{sub 4}C{sub 60}, but for both materials we also observe a Schottky-type contribution corresponding to a first approximation to a two-level system with ΔE = 9.3 meV for Li{sub 4}C{sub 60} and 3.1 meV for Na{sub 4}C{sub 60}, probably associated with jumps between closely spaced energy levels inside “octahedral-type” ionic sites. Static magnetic fields up to 9 T had very small effects on the specific heat below 10 K.

  15. Obs4MIPS: Satellite Observations for Model Evaluation

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    Ferraro, R.; Waliser, D. E.; Gleckler, P. J.

    2015-12-01

    This poster will review the current status of the obs4MIPs project, whose purpose is to provide a limited collection of well-established and documented datasets for comparison with Earth system models (https://www.earthsystemcog.org/projects/obs4mips/). These datasets have been reformatted to correspond with the CMIP5 model output requirements, and include technical documentation specifically targeted for their use in model output evaluation. There are currently over 50 datasets containing observations that directly correspond to CMIP5 model output variables. We will review recent additions to the obs4MIPs collection, and provide updated download statistics. We will also provide an update on changes to submission and documentation guidelines, the work of the WCRP Data Advisory Council (WDAC) Observations for Model Evaluation Task Team, and engagement with the CMIP6 MIP experiments.

  16. e-MERLIN 21cm constraints on the mass-loss rates of OB stars in Cyg OB2

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    Morford, Jack; Prinja, Raman; Blomme, Ronnie; Yates, Jeremy

    2016-01-01

    We present e-MERLIN 21 cm (L-band) observations of single luminous OB stars in the Cygnus OB2 association, from the COBRaS Legacy programme. The radio observations potentially offer the most straightforward, least model-dependent, determinations of mass-loss rates, and can be used to help resolve current discrepancies in mass-loss rates via clumped and structured hot star winds. We report here that the 21 cm flux densities of O3 to O6 supergiant and giant stars are less than ~ 70 microJy. These fluxes may be translated to `smooth' wind mass-loss upper limits of ~ 4.4 - 4.8 x 10^(-6) M_sol/yr for O3 supergiants and < 2.9 x 10^(-6) M_sol/yr for B0 to B1 supergiants. The first ever resolved 21 cm detections of the hypergiant (and LBV candidate) Cyg OB2 #12 are discussed; for multiple observations separated by 14 days, we detect a ~ 69% increase in its flux density. Our constraints on the upper limits for the mass-loss rates of evolved OB stars in Cyg OB2 support the model that the inner wind region close to t...

  17. Increasing the number and signal-to-noise ratio of OBS traces with supervirtual refraction interferometry and free-surface multiples

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    Bharadwaj, P.

    2013-01-10

    The theory of supervirtual interferometry is modified so that free-surface related multiple refractions can be used to enhance the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of primary refraction events by a factor proportional to√Ns, where Ns is the number of post-critical sources for a specified refraction multiple. We also show that refraction multiples can be transformed into primary refraction events recorded at virtual hydrophones located between the actual hydrophones. Thus, data recorded by a coarse sampling of ocean bottom seismic (OBS) stations can be transformed, in principle, into a virtual survey with P times more OBS stations, where P is the order of the visible free-surface related multiple refractions. The key assumption is that the refraction arrivals are those of head waves, not pure diving waves. The effectiveness of this method is validated with both synthetic OBS data and an OBS data set recorded offshore from Taiwan. Results show the successful reconstruction of far-offset traces out to a source-receiver offset of 120 km. The primary supervirtual traces increase the number of pickable first arrivals from approximately 1600 to more than 3100 for a subset of the OBS data set where the source is only on one side of the recording stations. In addition, the head waves associated with the first-order free-surface refraction multiples allow for the creation of six new common receiver gathers recorded at virtual OBS station located about half way between the actual OBS stations. This doubles the number of OBS stations compared to the original survey and increases the total number of pickable traces from approximately 1600 to more than 6200. In summary, our results with the OBS data demonstrate that refraction interferometry can sometimes more than quadruple the number of usable traces, increase the source-receiver offsets, fill in the receiver line with a denser distribution of OBS stations, and provide more reliable picking of first arrivals. Apotential liability

  18. LiFePO_4/C via fluoride doping

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    2012-01-01

    Non-stoichiometric compound fluoride-doped LiFePO4/C cathode materials were synthesized via solid-state reaction using MgF2 and AlF3 as dopant. The fluoride-doped LiFePO4/C samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and electrochemical testing. The results show that the materials are well crystallized and fluoride doping cannot change the space structure of LiFePO4. Slight amounts of Fe2O3 with no fluoride impurity were ...

  19. Variable time-period optical switching: a novel OBS implementation

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    Jinsong Zhang(张劲松); Mingcui Cao(曹明翠); Fengguang Luo(罗风光); Tao Chen(陈涛)

    2003-01-01

    In this paper, we proposed a novel optical switching method based on optical burst switching (OBS), we call it variable time-period optical switching (VTPOS). It can both support circuit services and other immerged packet services. It has better usability of bandwidth, shorter offset and latency time than others of unidirectional transport signaling mechanisms for OBS. It supports deflection switching for improve blocking performance without the need of schedule buffer. It introduces a time pointer and phase indicator that made synchronous more precisely and requires less guard time, it also classifies the different services classes with a relative QoS model.

  20. Radial system of dark globules in Ser OB2

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    Gyulbudaghian, A. L.

    2012-09-01

    A radial system illuminated by bright, central OB stars is discussed. 12CO(1-0) observations are made of three globules from this system. Three molecular clouds are detected which are dark globules of a radial system in Ser OB2. A group of IR stars near the boundary of a globule with a rim is studied. One of the IR stars with bright filaments is a YSO (young stellar object). The radial system contains two bright, Mshaped fronts located at the tip of a jet, which may have emerged from the Wolf-Rayet star WR113. Similar M-shaped fronts are also located near the object SNO 85.

  1. A zero burst loss architecture for star OBS networks

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    Mountrouidou, Xenia; Puttasubbappa, Vishwas; Perros, Harry

    2006-01-01

    Performance studies point to the fact that in an OBS network, the link utilization has to be kept very low in order for the burst loss probability to be within an acceptable level. Various congestion control schemes have been proposed, such as the use of converters, fiber delay lines, and deflection routing. However, these schemes do not alleviate this problem. It is our position that in order for OBS to become commercially viable, new schemes have to be devised that will either guarantee zer...

  2. O2CC6H4C6H4CO2(SnPh32∙4H2O AND HO2CC6H4C6H4CO2SnBu2Cl: SYNTHESIS AND INFRARED STUDY

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    ABDOU MBAYE

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available When the diphenic acid HO2CC6H4C6H4CO2H is allowed to react with SnBu2Cl2 or SnPh3OH, HO2CC6H4C6H4CO2. SnBu2Cl (A and O2CC6H4C6H4CO2(SnPh32∙4H2O(B were obtained and characterized by infrared spectroscopy. The structures are an infinite chain or an oligomer, the diphenic anion being a monodentate or a monochelating ligand. The environment around the tin centers is trigonal bipyramidal or octahedral.

  3. Syntheses of DNA Duplexes That Contain a N4C-alkyl-N4C Interstrand Cross-Link

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    Miller, Paul S.

    2011-01-01

    A simple procedure is described for preparing short DNA duplexes that contain a single N4C-alkyl-N4C interstrand cross-link. The synthesis is carried out on an automated DNA synthesizer using standard phosphoramidite chemistry. The cross-link is introduced during the synthesis of the duplex. The method can be used to prepare mg quantities of cross-linked duplexes suitable for physical studies and for the preparation of larger DNA molecules that can be used as substrates to study DNA repair in whole cell extracts and in living cells in culture. PMID:21400705

  4. IFN-γ secretion in gut of Ob/Ob mice after vertical sleeve gastrectomy and its function in weight loss mechanism.

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    Du, Jin-Peng; Wang, Geng; Hu, Chao-Jie; Wang, Qing-Bo; Li, Hui-Qing; Xia, Wen-Fang; Shuai, Xiao-Ming; Tao, Kai-Xiong; Wang, Guo-Bin; Xia, Ze-Feng

    2016-06-01

    Vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) is becoming more and more popular among the world. Despite its dramatic efficacy, however, the mechanism of VSG remains largely undetermined. This study aimed to test interferon (IFN)-γ secretion n of mesenteric lymph nodes in obese mice (ob/ob mice), a model of VSG, and its relationship with farnesoid X receptor (FXR) expression in the liver and small intestine, and to investigate the weight loss mechanism of VSG. The wild type (WT) mice and ob/ob mice were divided into four groups: A (WT+Sham), B (WT+VSG), C (ob/ob+Sham), and D (ob/ob+VSG). Body weight values were monitored. The IFN-γ expression in mesenteric lymph nodes of ob/ob mice pre- and post-operation was detected by flow cytometry (FCM). The FXR expression in the liver and small intestine was detected by Western blotting. The mouse AML-12 liver cells were stimulated with IFN-γ at different concentrations in vitro. The changes of FXR expression were also examined. The results showed that the body weight of ob/ob mice was significantly declined from (40.6±2.7) g to (27.5±3.8) g on the 30th day after VSG (Psecretion of IFN-γ in mesenteric lymph nodes of ob/ob mice than that pre-operation (Psmall intestine after VSG were respectively 0.97±0.07 and 0.84±0.07 fold of GAPDH, which were significantly higher than pre-operative levels of 0.50±0.06 and 0.48±0.06 respectively (Psecretion of mesenteric lymph nodes, which then increases the FXR expression of the liver and small intestine.

  5. Hepatic VLDL production in ob/ob mice is not stimulated by massive de novo lipogenesis but is less sensitive to the suppressive effects of insulin.

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    Wiegman, Coen H; Bandsma, Robert H J; Ouwens, Margriet; van der Sluijs, Fjodor H; Havinga, Rick; Boer, Theo; Reijngoud, Dirk-Jan; Romijn, Johannes A; Kuipers, Folkert

    2003-05-01

    Type 2 diabetes in humans is associated with increased de novo lipogenesis (DNL), increased fatty acid (FA) fluxes, decreased FA oxidation, and hepatic steatosis. In this condition, VLDL production is increased and resistant to suppressive effects of insulin. The relationships between hepatic FA metabolism, steatosis, and VLDL production are incompletely understood. We investigated VLDL-triglyceride and -apolipoprotein (apo)-B production in relation to DNL and insulin sensitivity in female ob/ob mice. Hepatic triglyceride (5-fold) and cholesteryl ester (15-fold) contents were increased in ob/ob mice compared with lean controls. Hepatic DNL was increased approximately 10-fold in ob/ob mice, whereas hepatic cholesterol synthesis was not affected. Basal rates of hepatic VLDL-triglyceride and -apoB100 production were similar between the groups. Hyperinsulinemic clamping reduced VLDL-triglyceride and -apoB100 production rates by approximately 60% and approximately 75%, respectively, in lean mice but only by approximately 20% and approximately 20%, respectively, in ob/ob mice. No differences in hepatic expression of genes encoding apoB and microsomal triglyceride transfer protein were found. Hepatic expression and protein phosphorylation of insulin receptor and insulin receptor substrate isoforms were reduced in ob/ob mice. Thus, strongly induced hepatic DNL is not associated with increased VLDL production in ob/ob mice, possibly related to differential hepatic zonation of apoB synthesis (periportal) and lipid accumulation (perivenous) and/or relatively low rates of cholesterogenesis. Insulin is unable to effectively suppress VLDL-triglyceride production in ob/ob mice, presumably because of impaired insulin signaling.

  6. Secure Optical Internet: A Novel Attack Prevention Mechanism for an OBS node in TCP/OBS Networks

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Optical Internet has become a strong development and its commercial use is growing rapidly. Due to transparency and virtual sharing infrastructure, they provide ultra-fast data rates with the help of optical burst switching technology, which transmits data in the form of bursts. From the security perspective, one of the OBS nodes in the optical network is compromised, causes the vulnerability. This paper is dealt to identify the vulnerabilities and named as burst hijacking attack and provide the prevention mechanism for the same. The NSFnet 14 nodes and the ns2 simulator with modified nOBS patch is used to simulate and verify the security parameters.

  7. Deflection routing scheme for GMPLS-based OBS networks

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    Eid, Arafat; Mahmood, Waqar; Alomar, Anwar

    2010-01-01

    is not applicable in such an integrated solution. This is due to the existence of already established Label Switched Paths (LSPs) between edge nodes in a GMPLS-based OBS network which guide the Data Burst Headers (DBHs) through the network. In this paper we propose a novel deflection routing scheme which can...

  8. Nonspherical supernova remnants. IV - Sequential explosions in OB associations

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    Tenorio-Tagle, G.; Bodenheimer, P.; Rozyczka, M.

    1987-01-01

    Multisupernova remnants, driven by sequential supernova explosions in OB associations, are modelled by means of two-dimensional hydrodynamical calculations. It is shown that due to the Rayleigh-Taylor instability the remnants quickly evolve into highly irregular structures. A critical evaluation of the multisupernova model as an explanation for supershells is given.

  9. A Hipparcos census of the nearby OB associations

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    Zeeuw, P. T.; Hoogerwerf, R. D; Bruijne, J. H. J. de; Brown, A. G. A.; Blaauw, A.

    1999-01-01

    Published in: Astron. J. 117 (1999) 354 citations recorded in [Science Citation Index] Abstract: A comprehensive census of the stellar content of the nearby OB associations is presented, based on Hipparcos positions, proper motions, and parallaxes. Moving groups are identified by combining de Bruijn

  10. ObsPy: A Python Toolbox for Seismology

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    Wassermann, J. M.; Krischer, L.; Megies, T.; Barsch, R.; Beyreuther, M.

    2013-12-01

    Python combines the power of a full-blown programming language with the flexibility and accessibility of an interactive scripting language. Its extensive standard library and large variety of freely available high quality scientific modules cover most needs in developing scientific processing workflows. ObsPy is a community-driven, open-source project extending Python's capabilities to fit the specific needs that arise when working with seismological data. It a) comes with a continuously growing signal processing toolbox that covers most tasks common in seismological analysis, b) provides read and write support for many common waveform, station and event metadata formats and c) enables access to various data centers, webservices and databases to retrieve waveform data and station/event metadata. In combination with mature and free Python packages like NumPy, SciPy, Matplotlib, IPython, Pandas, lxml, and PyQt, ObsPy makes it possible to develop complete workflows in Python, ranging from reading locally stored data or requesting data from one or more different data centers via signal analysis and data processing to visualization in GUI and web applications, output of modified/derived data and the creation of publication-quality figures. All functionality is extensively documented and the ObsPy Tutorial and Gallery give a good impression of the wide range of possible use cases. ObsPy is tested and running on Linux, OS X and Windows and comes with installation routines for these systems. ObsPy is developed in a test-driven approach and is available under the LGPLv3 open source licence. Users are welcome to request help, report bugs, propose enhancements or contribute code via either the user mailing list or the project page on GitHub.

  11. MUG-OBS - Multiparameter Geophysical Ocean Bottom System : a new instrumental approach to monitor earthquakes.

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    hello, yann; Charvis, Philippe; Yegikyan, Manuk; verfaillie, Romain; Rivet, Diane

    2016-04-01

    Real time monitoring of seismic activity is a major issue for early warning of earthquakes and tsunamis. It can be done using regional scale wired nodes, such as Neptune in Canada and in the U.S, or DONET in Japan. Another approach to monitor seismic activity at sea is to deploying repeatedly OBS array like during the amphibious Cascadia Initiative (four time 1-year deployments), the Japanese Pacific Array (broadband OBSs "ocean-bottom broadband dispersion survey" with 2-years autonomy), the Obsismer program in the French Lesser Antilles (eight time 6-months deployments) and the Osisec program in Ecuador (four time 6-months deployments). These autonomous OBSs are self-recovered or recovered using an ROV. These systems are costly including ship time, and require to recover the OBS before to start working on data. Among the most recent alternative we developed a 3/4 years autonomy ocean bottom system with 9 channels (?) allowing the acquisition of different seismic or environmental parameters. MUG-OBS is a free falling instrument rated down to 6000 m. The installation of the sensor is monitored by acoustic commands from the surface and a health bulletin with data checking is recovered by acoustic during the installation. The major innovation is that it is possible to recover the data any time on demand (regularly every 6-months or after a crisis) using one of the 6 data-shuttles released from the surface by acoustic command using a one day fast cruise boat of opportunity. Since sensors stayed at the same location for 3 years, it is a perfect tool to monitor large seismic events, background seismic activity and aftershock distribution. Clock, drift measurement and GPS localization is automatic when the shuttle reaches the surface. For remote areas, shuttles released automatically and a seismic events bulletin is transmitted. Selected data can be recovered by two-way Iridium satellite communication. After a period of 3 years the main station is self-recovered by

  12. A Multi-Fiber Spectroscopic Search for Low-mass Young Stars in Orion OB1

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    Loerincs, Jacqueline; Briceno, Cesar; Calvet, Nuria; Mateo, Mario L.; Hernandez, Jesus

    2017-01-01

    We present here results of a low resolution spectroscopic followup of candidate low-mass pre-main sequence stars in the Orion OB1 association. Our targets were selected from the CIDA Variability Survey of Orion (CVSO), and we used the Michigan/Magellan Fiber Spectrograph (M2FS) on the Magellan Clay 6.5m telescope to obtain spectra of 500 candidate T Tauri stars distributed in seven 0.5 deg diameter fields, adding to a total area of ~5.5 deg2. We identify young stars by looking at the distinctive Hα 6563 Å emission and Lithium Li I 6707 Å absorption features characteristic of young low mass pre-main sequence stars. Furthermore, by measuring the strength of their Hα emission lines, confirmed T Tauri stars can be classified as either Classical T Tauris (CTTS) or Weak-line T Tauris (WTTS), which give indication of whether the star is actively accreting material from a gas and dust disk surrounding the star, which may be the precursor of a planetary system. We confirm a total of 90 T Tauri stars, of which 50% are newly identified young members of Orion; out of the 49 new detections,15 are accreting CTTS, and of these all but one are found in the OB1b sub-region. This result is in line with our previous findings that this region is much younger than the more extended Orion OB1a sub-association. The M2FS results add to our growing census of young stars in Orion, that is allowing us to characterize in a systematic and consistent way the distribution of stellar ages across the entire complex, in order to building a complete picture of star formation in this, one of nearest most active sites of star birth.

  13. A Spitzer view of the giant molecular cloud Mon OB1 East/NGC 2264

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    Rapson, V. A. [School of Physics and Astronomy, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY 14623 (United States); Pipher, J. L. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627 (United States); Gutermuth, R. A. [Five College Astronomy Department, Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063 (United States); Megeath, S. T.; Allen, T. S. [Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (United States); Myers, P. C. [Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States); Allen, L. E., E-mail: var5998@rit.edu [National Optical Astronomy Observatories, Tucson, AZ 85719 (United States)

    2014-10-20

    We present Spitzer 3.6, 4.5, 5.8, 8.0, and 24 μm images of the Mon OB1 East giant molecular cloud, which contains the young star forming region NGC 2264, as well as more extended star formation. With Spitzer data and Two Micron All Sky Survey photometry, we identify and classify young stellar objects (YSOs) with dusty circumstellar disks and/or envelopes in Mon OB1 East by their infrared-excess emission and study their distribution with respect to cloud material. We find a correlation between the local surface density of YSOs and column density of molecular gas as traced by dust extinction that is roughly described as a power law in these quantities. NGC 2264 follows a power-law index of ∼2.7, exhibiting a large YSO surface density for a given gas column density. Outside of NGC 2264 where the surface density of YSOs is lower, the power law is shallower and the region exhibits a larger gas column density for a YSO surface density, suggesting the star formation is more recent. In order to measure the fraction of cloud members with circumstellar disks/envelopes, we estimate the number of diskless pre-main-sequence stars by statistical removal of background star detections. We find that the disk fraction of the NGC 2264 region is 45%, while the surrounding, more distributed regions show a disk fraction of 19%. This may be explained by the presence of an older, more dispersed population of stars. In total, the Spitzer observations provide evidence for heterogenous, non-coeval star formation throughout the Mon OB1 cloud.

  14. Proper Motion of Components in 4C 39.25

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    Guirado, J. C.; Marcaide, J. M.; Alberdi, A.; Elosegui, P.; Ratner, M. I.; Shapiro, I. I.; Kilger, R.; Mantovani, F.; Venturi, T.; Rius, A.; hide

    1995-01-01

    From a series of simultaneous 8.4 and 2.3 GHz VLBI observations of the quasar 4C 39.25 phase referenced to the radio source 0920+390, carried out in 1990-1992, we have measured the proper motion of component b in 4C 39.25: mu(sub alpha) = 90 +/- 43 (mu)as/yr, mu(sub beta) = 7 +/- 68 (mu)as/yr, where the quoted uncertainties account for the contribution of the statistical standard deviation and the errors assumed for the parameters related to the geometry of the interferometric array, the atmosphere, and the source structure. This proper motion is consistent with earlier interpretations of VLBI hybrid mapping results, which showed an internal motion of this component with respect to other structural components. Our differential astrometry analyses show component b to be the one in motion. Our results thus further constrain models of this quasar.

  15. Diminished Chondrogenesis and Enhanced Osteoclastogenesis in Leptin-Deficient Diabetic Mice (ob/ob) Impair Pathologic, Trauma-Induced Heterotopic Ossification

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    Agarwal, Shailesh; Loder, Shawn; Li, John; Brownley, Cameron; Peterson, Jonathan R.; Oluwatobi, Eboda; Drake, James; Cholok, David; Ranganathan, Kavitha; Sung, Hsiao Hsin; Goulet, James; Li, Shuli

    2015-01-01

    Diabetic trauma patients exhibit delayed postsurgical wound, bony healing, and dysregulated bone development. However, the impact of diabetes on the pathologic development of ectopic bone or heterotopic ossification (HO) following trauma is unknown. In this study, we use leptin-deficient mice as a model for type 2 diabetes to understand how post-traumatic HO development may be affected by this disease process. Male leptin-deficient (ob/ob) or wild-type (C57BL/6 background) mice aged 6–8 weeks underwent 30% total body surface area burn injury with left hind limb Achilles tenotomy. Micro-CT (μCT) imaging showed significantly lower HO volumes in diabetic mice compared with wild-type controls (0.70 vs. 7.02 mm3, P < 0.01) 9 weeks after trauma. Ob/ob mice showed evidence of HO resorption between weeks 5 and 9. Quantitative real time PCR (qRT-PCR) demonstrated high Vegfa levels in ob/ob mice, which was followed by disorganized vessel growth at 7 weeks. We noted diminished chondrogenic gene expression (SOX9) and diminished cartilage formation at 5 days and 3 weeks, respectively. Tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase stain showed increased osteoclast presence in normal native bone and pathologic ectopic bone in ob/ob mice. Our findings suggest that early diminished HO in ob/ob mice is related to diminished chondrogenic differentiation, while later bone resorption is related to osteoclast presence. PMID:26413838

  16. Navy Officials Justified the MQ-4C Triton Procurement Quantity

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    2015-09-16

    Naval Air Systems Command internal controls over Triton quantity requirements were effective as they applied to the audit objectives, because Navy...Visit us at www.dodig.mil September 16, 2015 Objective This is the first in a series of audits on the Navy MQ-4C Triton (Triton) Unmanned Aircraft...System (UAS) Program. Our overall objective for the series of audits was to determine whether the Navy effectively managed the Triton UAS

  17. An anomalous extinction law in the Cep OB3b young cluster: Evidence for dust processing during gas dispersal

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    Allen, Thomas S.; Prchlik, Jakub J.; Megeath, S. Thomas [University of Toledo, Ritter Astrophysical Observatory, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Toledo, OH 43606 (United States); Gutermuth, Robert A. [Five College Astronomy Department, Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063 (United States); Pipher, Judith L. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627 (United States); Naylor, Tim [School of Physics, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK EX4 4QL (United Kingdom); Jeffries, R. D. [Astrophysics Group, School of Physical and Geographical Sciences, Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire, UK ST5 5BG (United Kingdom)

    2014-05-10

    We determine the extinction law through Cep OB3b, a young cluster of 3000 stars undergoing gas dispersal. The extinction is measured toward 76 background K giants identified with MMT/Hectospec spectra. Color excess ratios were determined toward each of the giants using V and R photometry from the literature, g, r, i, and z photometry from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and J, H, and K{sub s} photometry from the Two Micron All Sky Survey. These color excess ratios were then used to construct the extinction law through the dusty material associated with Cep OB3b. The extinction law through Cep OB3b is intermediate between the R{sub V} = 3.1 and R{sub V} = 5 laws commonly used for the diffuse atomic interstellar medium and dense molecular clouds, respectively. The dependence of the extinction law on line-of-sight A{sub V} is investigated and we find the extinction law becomes shallower for regions with A{sub V} > 2.5 mag. We speculate that the intermediate dust law results from dust processing during the dispersal of the molecular cloud by the cluster.

  18. Photometric Identification of the low-Mass Population of Orion OB1b I: The sigma Ori Cluster

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    Sherry, W H; Wolk, S J

    2004-01-01

    We report an optical photometric survey of 0.89 sq. degrees of the Orion OB1b association centered on sigma Ori. This region includes most of the sigma Ori cluster, the highest density region within Orion OB1b. We have developed a statistical procedure to identify the young, low-mass pre-main sequence population of the association. We estimate that the cluster has ~160 members in the mass range (0.2

  19. The Orion OB1 association; 2, the Orion-Eridanus bubble

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    Brown, A G A; Burton, W B; Brown, Anthony G A; Hartmann, D; Burton, W B

    1995-01-01

    Observations of the interstellar medium in the vicinity of the Orion OB1 association show a cavity filled with hot ionized gas, surrounded by an expanding shell of neutral hydrogen (the Orion-Eridanus Bubble). In this paper we examine this cavity and the surrounding bubble with the aid of data from the Leiden/Dwingeloo HI survey. We present neutral-hydrogen maps for the Orion-Eridanus region which allow identification of the HI filaments and arcs delineating the Bubble and derivation of its expansion velocity. The HI data are compared to X-ray, CO and IRAS 100 micron data. Using models of wind blown bubbles that take the density stratification of the Galactic HI layer into account we show that the stellar winds and supernovae from stars in Orion OB1 can account for the size as well as the expansion velocity of the HI shell. However, density inhomogeneities in the ambient interstellar medium cause significant discrepancies between our model and the observed shell.

  20. iPLA2β deficiency attenuates obesity and hepatic steatosis in ob/ob mice through hepatic fatty-acyl phospholipid remodeling.

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    Deng, Xiuling; Wang, Jiliang; Jiao, Li; Utaipan, Tanyarath; Tuma-Kellner, Sabine; Schmitz, Gerd; Liebisch, Gerhard; Stremmel, Wolfgang; Chamulitrat, Walee

    2016-05-01

    PLA2G6 or GVIA calcium-independent PLA2 (iPLA2β) is identified as one of the NAFLD modifier genes in humans, and thought to be a target for NAFLD therapy. iPLA2β is known to play a house-keeping role in phospholipid metabolism and remodeling. However, its role in NAFLD pathogenesis has not been supported by results obtained from high-fat feeding of iPLA2β-null (PKO) mice. Unlike livers of human NAFLD and genetically obese rodents, fatty liver induced by high-fat diet is not associated with depletion of hepatic phospholipids. We therefore tested whether iPLA2β could regulate obesity and hepatic steatosis in leptin-deficient mice by cross-breeding PKO with ob/ob mice to generate ob/ob-PKO mice. Here we observed an improvement in ob/ob-PKO mice with significant reduction in serum enzymes, lipids, glucose, insulin as well as improved glucose tolerance, and reduction in islet hyperplasia. The improvement in hepatic steatosis measured by liver triglycerides, fatty acids and cholesterol esters was associated with decreased expression of PPARγ and de novo lipogenesis genes, and the reversal of β-oxidation gene expression. Notably, ob/ob livers contained depleted levels of lysophospholipids and phospholipids, and iPLA2β deficiency in ob/ob-PKO livers lowers the former, but replenished the latter particularly phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) and phosphatidylcholine (PC) that contained arachidonic (AA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA) acids. Compared with WT livers, PKO livers also contained increased PE and PC containing AA and DHA. Thus, iPLA2β deficiency protected against obesity and ob/ob fatty liver which was associated with hepatic fatty-acyl phospholipid remodeling. Our results support the deleterious role of iPLA2β in severe obesity associated NAFLD.

  1. Velocity Space of Galactic O-B Stars

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    Zi Zhu

    2006-01-01

    Based on the Hipparcos proper motions and available radial velocity data of O-B stars, we have re-examined the local kinematical structure of the young disk population of ~ 1500 O-B stars not including the Gould-belt stars. A systematic warping motion of the stars about the direction to the Galactic center has been reconfirmed. A negative K-term implying a systematic contraction of stars in the solar vicinity has been detected. Two different distance scales are used in order to find out their impact on the kinematical parameters, and we conclude that the adopted distance scale plays an important role in characterizing the kinematical parameters at the present level of the measurement uncertainty.

  2. OB stars in the Leading Arm of the Magellanic Stream

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    Bidin, C Moni; Mendez, R A; Girard, T M; Vieira, K; Korchagin, V I; van Altena, W F

    2013-01-01

    We present our spectroscopic program aimed to study some new interesting features recently discovered in the Magellanic Cloud System. These were revealed by the spatial distribution of OB-type candidate stars, selected based on UV, optical and IR photometry and proper motions from existing large-area catalogs. As a pilot study of our project, we are studying OB-star candidates in the Leading Arm (LA) of the Magellanic Stream, a gaseous tidal structure with no stellar counterpart known so far. Our targets group in three clumps near regions of high HI density in the LA. If confirmed, these young stars would evidence recent star formation in the LA, and they would help better understand and constrain the formation of the LA and its interactions with the Milky Way.

  3. Photoevaporating Proplyd-like objects in Cygnus OB2

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    Wright, Nicholas J; Drew, Janet E; Guarcello, Mario G; Gutermuth, Robert A; Hora, Joseph L; Kraemer, Kathleen E

    2012-01-01

    We report the discovery of ten proplyd-like objects in the vicinity of the massive OB association Cygnus OB2. They were discovered in IPHAS H-Alpha images and are clearly resolved in broad-band HST/ACS, near-IR and Spitzer mid-IR images. All exhibit the familiar tadpole shape seen in photoevaporating objects such as the Orion proplyds, with a bright ionization front at the head facing the central cluster of massive stars, and a tail stretching in the opposite direction. Many also show secondary ionization fronts, complex tail morphologies or multiple heads. We consider the evidence that these are either proplyds or `evaporating gaseous globules' (EGGs) left over from a fragmenting molecular cloud, but find that neither scenario fully explains the observations. Typical sizes are 50,000--100,000 AU, larger than the Orion proplyds, but in agreement with the theoretical scaling of proplyd size with distance from the ionizing source. These objects are located at projected separations of 6-14pc from the OB associat...

  4. ObsPy: A Python Toolbox for Seismology

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    Krischer, Lion; Megies, Tobias; Sales de Andrade, Elliott; Barsch, Robert; MacCarthy, Jonathan

    2017-04-01

    In recent years the Python ecosystem evolved into one of the most powerful and productive scientific environments across disciplines. ObsPy (https://www.obspy.org) is a fully community-driven, open-source project dedicated to providing a bridge for seismology into that ecosystem. It does so by offering Read and write support for essentially every commonly used data format in seismology with a unified interface and automatic format detection. This includes waveform data (MiniSEED, SAC, SEG-Y, Reftek, …) as well as station (SEED, StationXML, …) and event meta information (QuakeML, ZMAP, …). Integrated access to the largest data centers, web services, and real-time data streams (FDSNWS, ArcLink, SeedLink, ...). A powerful signal processing toolbox tuned to the specific needs of seismologists. Utility functionality like travel time calculations with the TauP method, geodetic functions, and data visualizations. ObsPy has been in constant development for more than seven years and is developed and used by scientists around the world with successful applications in all branches of seismology. Additionally it nowadays serves as the foundation for a large number of more specialized packages. This presentation will give a short overview of the capabilities of ObsPy and point out several representative or new use cases. Additionally we will discuss the road ahead as well as the long-term sustainability of open-source scientific software.

  5. Leptin Reduces the Expression and Increases the Phosphorylation of the Negative Regulators of GLUT4 Traffic TBC1D1 and TBC1D4 in Muscle of ob/ob Mice

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    Sáinz, Neira; Rodríguez, Amaia; Catalán, Victoria; Becerril, Sara; Ramírez, Beatriz; Lancha, Andoni; Burgos-Ramos, Emma; Gómez-Ambrosi, Javier; Frühbeck, Gema

    2012-01-01

    Leptin improves insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle. Our goal was to determine whether proteins controlling GLUT4 traffic are altered by leptin deficiency and in vivo leptin administration in skeletal muscle of wild type and ob/ob mice. Leptin-deficient ob/ob mice were divided in three groups: control, leptin-treated (1 mg/kg/d) and leptin pair-fed ob/ob mice. Microarray analysis revealed that 1,546 and 1,127 genes were regulated by leptin deficiency and leptin treatment, respectively. Among these, we identified 24 genes involved in intracellular vesicle-mediated transport in ob/ob mice. TBC1 domain family, member 1 (Tbc1d1), a negative regulator of GLUT4 translocation, was up-regulated (P = 0.001) in ob/ob mice as compared to wild types. Importantly, leptin treatment reduced the transcript levels of Tbc1d1 (P<0.001) and Tbc1d4 (P = 0.004) in the leptin-treated ob/ob as compared to pair-fed ob/ob animals. In addition, phosphorylation levels of TBC1D1 and TBC1D4 were enhanced in leptin-treated ob/ob as compared to control ob/ob (P = 0.015 and P = 0.023, respectively) and pair-fed ob/ob (P = 0.036 and P = 0.034, respectively) mice. Despite similar GLUT4 protein expression in wild type and ob/ob groups a different immunolocalization of this protein was evidenced in muscle sections. Leptin treatment increased GLUT4 immunoreactivity in gastrocnemius and extensor digitorum longus sections of leptin-treated ob/ob mice. Moreover, GLUT4 protein detected in immunoprecipitates from TBC1D4 was reduced by leptin replacement compared to control ob/ob (P = 0.013) and pair-fed ob/ob (P = 0.037) mice. Our findings suggest that leptin enhances the intracellular GLUT4 transport in skeletal muscle of ob/ob animals by reducing the expression and activity of the negative regulators of GLUT4 traffic TBC1D1 and TBC1D4. PMID:22253718

  6. Leptin reduces the expression and increases the phosphorylation of the negative regulators of GLUT4 traffic TBC1D1 and TBC1D4 in muscle of ob/ob mice.

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    Full Text Available Leptin improves insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle. Our goal was to determine whether proteins controlling GLUT4 traffic are altered by leptin deficiency and in vivo leptin administration in skeletal muscle of wild type and ob/ob mice. Leptin-deficient ob/ob mice were divided in three groups: control, leptin-treated (1 mg/kg/d and leptin pair-fed ob/ob mice. Microarray analysis revealed that 1,546 and 1,127 genes were regulated by leptin deficiency and leptin treatment, respectively. Among these, we identified 24 genes involved in intracellular vesicle-mediated transport in ob/ob mice. TBC1 domain family, member 1 (Tbc1d1, a negative regulator of GLUT4 translocation, was up-regulated (P = 0.001 in ob/ob mice as compared to wild types. Importantly, leptin treatment reduced the transcript levels of Tbc1d1 (P<0.001 and Tbc1d4 (P = 0.004 in the leptin-treated ob/ob as compared to pair-fed ob/ob animals. In addition, phosphorylation levels of TBC1D1 and TBC1D4 were enhanced in leptin-treated ob/ob as compared to control ob/ob (P = 0.015 and P = 0.023, respectively and pair-fed ob/ob (P = 0.036 and P = 0.034, respectively mice. Despite similar GLUT4 protein expression in wild type and ob/ob groups a different immunolocalization of this protein was evidenced in muscle sections. Leptin treatment increased GLUT4 immunoreactivity in gastrocnemius and extensor digitorum longus sections of leptin-treated ob/ob mice. Moreover, GLUT4 protein detected in immunoprecipitates from TBC1D4 was reduced by leptin replacement compared to control ob/ob (P = 0.013 and pair-fed ob/ob (P = 0.037 mice. Our findings suggest that leptin enhances the intracellular GLUT4 transport in skeletal muscle of ob/ob animals by reducing the expression and activity of the negative regulators of GLUT4 traffic TBC1D1 and TBC1D4.

  7. Leptin reduces the expression and increases the phosphorylation of the negative regulators of GLUT4 traffic TBC1D1 and TBC1D4 in muscle of ob/ob mice.

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    Sáinz, Neira; Rodríguez, Amaia; Catalán, Victoria; Becerril, Sara; Ramírez, Beatriz; Lancha, Andoni; Burgos-Ramos, Emma; Gómez-Ambrosi, Javier; Frühbeck, Gema

    2012-01-01

    Leptin improves insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle. Our goal was to determine whether proteins controlling GLUT4 traffic are altered by leptin deficiency and in vivo leptin administration in skeletal muscle of wild type and ob/ob mice. Leptin-deficient ob/ob mice were divided in three groups: control, leptin-treated (1 mg/kg/d) and leptin pair-fed ob/ob mice. Microarray analysis revealed that 1,546 and 1,127 genes were regulated by leptin deficiency and leptin treatment, respectively. Among these, we identified 24 genes involved in intracellular vesicle-mediated transport in ob/ob mice. TBC1 domain family, member 1 (Tbc1d1), a negative regulator of GLUT4 translocation, was up-regulated (P = 0.001) in ob/ob mice as compared to wild types. Importantly, leptin treatment reduced the transcript levels of Tbc1d1 (P<0.001) and Tbc1d4 (P = 0.004) in the leptin-treated ob/ob as compared to pair-fed ob/ob animals. In addition, phosphorylation levels of TBC1D1 and TBC1D4 were enhanced in leptin-treated ob/ob as compared to control ob/ob (P = 0.015 and P = 0.023, respectively) and pair-fed ob/ob (P = 0.036 and P = 0.034, respectively) mice. Despite similar GLUT4 protein expression in wild type and ob/ob groups a different immunolocalization of this protein was evidenced in muscle sections. Leptin treatment increased GLUT4 immunoreactivity in gastrocnemius and extensor digitorum longus sections of leptin-treated ob/ob mice. Moreover, GLUT4 protein detected in immunoprecipitates from TBC1D4 was reduced by leptin replacement compared to control ob/ob (P = 0.013) and pair-fed ob/ob (P = 0.037) mice. Our findings suggest that leptin enhances the intracellular GLUT4 transport in skeletal muscle of ob/ob animals by reducing the expression and activity of the negative regulators of GLUT4 traffic TBC1D1 and TBC1D4.

  8. Heat-processed Gynostemma pentaphyllum extract improves obesity in ob/ob mice by activating AMP-activated protein kinase.

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    Gauhar, Rehman; Hwang, Seung-Lark; Jeong, Si-Sung; Kim, Ji-Eun; Song, Hebok; Park, Dong Chan; Song, Kyung-Sik; Kim, Tae Young; Oh, Won Keun; Huh, Tae-Lin

    2012-09-01

    Gynostemma pentaphyllum is widely used in Asian countries as a herbal medicine to treat dyslipidemia, type 2 diabetes and inflammation. An ethanol extract of G. pentaphyllum lessened obesity by activating AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK). The levels of damulins A and B, components responsible for AMPK activation in the extract, were increased by autoclaving in a time-dependent manner. Heat-processed G. pentaphyllum extract, actiponin containing damulins A (0.93 %, w/w) and B (0.68 %, w/w), significantly stimulated fat oxidation and glucose uptake via AMPK activation in L6 myotube cells. Oral administration of actiponin to ob/ob mice for 8 weeks decreased body weight gain, liver weight, and blood cholesterol levels with AMPK activation in the soleus muscle. Our results demonstrate the beneficial effect of G. pentaphyllum on improving obesity and have elucidated the underlying molecular mechanisms.

  9. The effect of leptin replacement on sleep-disordered breathing in the leptin-deficient ob/ob mouse.

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    Pho, H; Hernandez, A B; Arias, R S; Leitner, E B; Van Kooten, S; Kirkness, J P; Schneider, H; Smith, P L; Polotsky, V Y; Schwartz, A R

    2016-01-01

    Obese leptin-deficient (ob/ob) mice demonstrate defects in upper airway structural and neuromuscular control. We hypothesized that these defects predispose to upper airway obstruction during sleep, and improve with leptin administration. High-fidelity polysomnographic recordings were conducted to characterize sleep and breathing patterns in conscious, unrestrained ob/ob mice (23 wk, 67.2 ± 4.1 g, n = 13). In a parallel-arm crossover study, we compared responses to subcutaneous leptin (1 μg/h) vs. vehicle on respiratory parameters during NREM and REM sleep. Upper airway obstruction was defined by the presence of inspiratory airflow limitation (IFL), as characterized by an early inspiratory plateau in airflow at a maximum level (V̇Imax) with increasing effort. The severity of upper airway obstruction (V̇Imax) was assessed along with minute ventilation (V̇E), tidal volume (VT), respiratory rate (RR), inspiratory duty cycle, and mean inspiratory flow at each time point. IFL occurred more frequently in REM sleep (37.6 ± 0.2% vs. 1.1 ± 0.0% in NREM sleep, P leptin did not alter its frequency. V̇Imax (3.7 ± 1.1 vs. 2.7 ± 0.8 ml/s, P leptin vs. vehicle administration. The increase in V̇E was due to a significant increase in VT (0.20 ± 0.06 vs. 0.16 ± 0.05 ml, P leptin stabilized pharyngeal patency and increased drive to both the upper airway and diaphragm during sleep.

  10. SURVEY

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    SURVEY er en udbredt metode og benyttes inden for bl.a. samfundsvidenskab, humaniora, psykologi og sundhedsforskning. Også uden for forskningsverdenen er der mange organisationer som f.eks. konsulentfirmaer og offentlige institutioner samt marketingsafdelinger i private virksomheder, der arbejder...... med surveys. Denne bog gennemgår alle surveyarbejdets faser og giver en praktisk indføring i: • design af undersøgelsen og udvælgelse af stikprøver, • formulering af spørgeskemaer samt indsamling og kodning af data, • metoder til at analysere resultaterne...

  11. An assessment of the MCNP4C weight window

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    Christopher N. Culbertson; John S. Hendricks

    1999-12-01

    A new, enhanced weight window generator suite has been developed for MCNP version 4C. The new generator correctly estimates importances in either a user-specified, geometry-independent, orthogonal grid or in MCNP geometric cells. The geometry-independent option alleviates the need to subdivide the MCNP cell geometry for variance reduction purposes. In addition, the new suite corrects several pathologies in the existing MCNP weight window generator. The new generator is applied in a set of five variance reduction problems. The improved generator is compared with the weight window generator applied in MCNP4B. The benefits of the new methodology are highlighted, along with a description of its limitations. The authors also provide recommendations for utilization of the weight window generator.

  12. Optimization of Al Matrix Reinforced with B4C Particles

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    Shabani, Mohsen Ostad; Mazahery, Ali

    2013-02-01

    In the current study, abrasive wear resistance and mechanical properties of A356 composite reinforced with B4C particulates were investigated. A center particle swarm optimization algorithm (CenterPSO) is proposed to predict the optimal process conditions in fabrication of aluminum matrix composites. Unlike other ordinary particles, the center particle has no explicit velocity and is set to the center of the swarm at every iteration. Other aspects of the center particle are the same as that of the ordinary particle, such as fitness evaluation and competition for the best particle of the swarm. Because the center of the swarm is a promising position, the center particle generally gets good fitness value. More importantly, due to frequent appearance as the best particle of swarm, it often attracts other particles and guides the search direction of the whole swarm.

  13. Differential effects of pharmacological liver X receptor activation on hepatic and peripheral insulin sensitivity in lean and ob/ob mice

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    Grefhorst, A; van Dijk, TH; Hammer, A; van der Sluijs, FH; Havinga, R; Havekes, LM; Romijn, JA; Groot, PH; Reijngoud, DJ; Kuipers, F

    2005-01-01

    Liver X receptor (LXR) agonists have been proposed to act as anti-diabetic drugs. However, pharmacological LXR activation leads to severe hepatic steatosis, a condition usually associated with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes mellitus. To address this apparent contradiction, lean and ob/ob mic

  14. Hepatic Macrosteatosis Is Partially Converted to Microsteatosis by Melatonin Supplementation in ob/ob Mice Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.

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    Full Text Available Obesity is a common risk factor for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD. Currently, there are no specific treatments against NAFLD. Thus, examining any molecule with potential benefits against this condition emerged melatonin as a molecule that influences metabolic dysfunctions. The aim of this study was to determine whether melatonin would function against NAFDL, studying morphological, ultrastuctural and metabolic markers that characterize the liver of ob/ob mice.Lean and ob/ob mice were supplemented with melatonin in the drinking water for 8 weeks. Histology and stereology were performed to assess hepatic steatosis and glycogen deposition. Ultrastructural features of mitochondria, endoplasmic reticulum (ER and their juxtapositions were evaluated in livers of all experimental groups. Furthermore, hepatic distribution and expression of markers of ER and mitochondria (calnexin, ATP sintase β, GRP78 and CHOP and metabolic dysfunction (RPB4, β-catenin and cellular longevity (SIRT1 were analyzed.Melatonin significantly reduced glycemia, identified also by a decrease of hepatic RBP4 expression, reversed macrosteatosis in microsteatosis at the hepatic pericentral zone, enlarged ER-mitochondrial distance and ameliorated the morphology and organization of these organelles in ob/ob mouse liver. Furthermore, in ob/ob mice, calnexin and ATP synthase β were partially restored, GRP78 and CHOP decreased in periportal and midzonal hepatocytes and β-catenin expression was, in part, restored in peripheral membranes of hepatocytes. Melatonin supplementation to ob/ob mice improves hepatic morphological, ultrastructural and metabolic damage that occurs as a result of NAFLD.Melatonin may be a potential adjuvant treatment to limit NAFLD and its progression into irreversible complications.

  15. Determining OBS Instrument Orientations: A Comparison of Algorithms

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    Doran, A. K.; Laske, G.

    2015-12-01

    The alignment of the orientation of the horizontal seismometer components with the geographical coordinate system is critical for a wide variety of seismic analyses, but the traditional deployment method of ocean bottom seismometers (OBS) precludes knowledge of this parameter. Current techniques for determining the orientation predominantly rely on body and surface wave data recorded from teleseismic events with sufficiently large magnitudes. Both wave types experience lateral refraction between the source and receiver as a result of heterogeneity and anisotropy, and therefore the arrival angle of any one phase can significantly deviate from the great circle minor arc. We systematically compare the results and uncertainties obtained through current determination methods, as well as describe a new algorithm that uses body wave, surface wave, and differential pressure gauge data (where available) to invert for horizontal orientation. To start with, our method is based on the easily transportable computer code of Stachnik et al. (2012) that is publicly available through IRIS. A major addition is that we utilize updated global dispersion maps to account for lateral refraction, as was done by Laske (1995). We also make measurements in a wide range of frequencies, and analyze surface wave trains of repeat orbits. Our method has the advantage of requiring fewer total events to achieve high precision estimates, which is beneficial for OBS deployments that can be as short as weeks. Although the program is designed for the purpose of use with OBS instruments, it also works with standard land installations. We intend to provide the community with a program that is easy to use, requires minimal user input, and is optimized to work with data cataloged at the IRIS DMC.

  16. The distance to the Galactic center determined by OB stars

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    Branham, Richard L.

    2014-09-01

    The OB stars are concentrated near the Galactic plane and should permit a determination of the distance to the Galactic center. van Leeuwen's new reduction of the Hipparcos catalog provides, after 824 Gould belt stars have been excluded, 6288 OB stars out to 1 kpc and Westin's compilation an additional 112 stars between 1 kpc and 3 kpc. The reduction model involves 14 unknowns: the Oort A and B constants, the distance to the Galactic center R 0, 2 second-order partial derivatives, the 3 components of solar motion, a K term, a first order partial derivative for motion perpendicular to the Galactic plane, a second-order partial for acceleration perpendicular to the plane, two terms for a possible expansion of the OB stars, and a C constant. The model is nonlinear, and the unknowns are calculated by use the simplex algorithm for nonlinear adjustment applied to 14313 equations of condition, 12694 in proper motion and 1619 in radial velocity. Various solutions were tried: an L1 solution, a least squares solution with modest (2.7 %) trim of the data, and two robust least squares solutions (biweight and Welsch weighting) with more extreme trimming. The Welsch solution seems to give the best results and calculates a distance to the Galactic center 6.72±0.39 kpc. Statistical tests show that the data are homogeneous, that the reduction model seems adequate and conforms with the assumptions used in its derivation, and that the post-fit residuals are random. Inclusion of more terms, such as streaming motion induced by Galactic density waves, degrades the solution.

  17. OBS FOMAR POOL: Gibraltar and ALERTES-RIM experiments.

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    Pazos, Antonio; Martín Davila, Jose; Buforn, Elisa; Cabieces, Roberto; Santos, Jose; Sandoval, Nicolas; Roca, Antoni; Dahm, Torsten

    2016-04-01

    The Eurasian-African plate boundary crosses the called "Ibero-Maghrebian" region from the San Vicente Cape (SW Portugal) to Tunisia including the south Iberia, Alboran Sea, and northern of Morocco and Algeria. The low convergence rate at this plate boundary produces a continuous moderate seismic activity of low magnitude and shallow depth, where the occurrence of large earthquakes is separated by long time intervals, even with associated tsunamis, like the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. In this region, there are also intermediate and very deep earthquakes. Due to the fact that part of the seismic activity is located at marine areas, and also because of the poor geographic azimuthal coverage at some zones provided by the land stations (specially in the SW of the San Vicente Cape area), Royal Spanish Navy Observatory (ROA) acquired three "LOSTERN" broad band (CMG-40T sensors) OBS, manufactured by KUM (Kiel, Germany), and, more recently (2014), the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) acquired another three with Trillium 120 sensors. All of them conform the OBS FOMAR pool. Since January to November 2014, the FOMAR pool has been deployed along the Gibraltar strait (Gibraltar experiment), in collaboration with SECEGSA (Spanish society to study the fix communication through the Gibraltar Strait), to study the local microseismicity in the Gibraltar strait area. Also, since September 2015, the FOMAR pool has been deployed for 8 months in SW of the San Vicente Cape with an hexagonal array configuration as a part of ALERTES-RIM project. In this work the some preliminary results of the Gibraltar strait and ALERTES-RIM OBS experiment are shown.

  18. Effects of the switching time in OPS/OBS networks

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    Harald (φ)verby; Norvald Stol

    2004-01-01

    In this paper we present an analytical model, which considers the effects of the switching time on the network performance in service differentiated optical packet/burst switching (OPS/OBS) networks. Our results indicate that the switching time must be less than 10 % of the packet/burst duration in order to avoid any significant reductions in the network performance. Furthermore, regarding a network with full wavelength conversion, we show that the benefits of statistical resource sharing are almost non-existent for low priority traffic when the switching time is large.

  19. NEAR-IR Spectroscopy of Young Stars in the Braid Nebula Star Formation Region in Cygnus Ob7

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    Aspin, Colin; Beck, Tracy L.; Pyo, Tae-Soo; Davis, Chris J.; Schieven, G. M.; Khanzadyan, Tigran; Magakian, Tigran; Movsessian, Tigran; NIkogossian, Elena G.; Mitchison, Sharon; Smith, Michael D.

    2008-01-01

    We present 1.4 to 2.5 um integral field spectroscopy of 16 stars in the Braid Nebula star formation region in Cygnus OB7. These data forms one aspect of a large-scale multi-wavelength survey aimed at determining an unbiased estimate of the number, mass distribution, and evolutionary state of the young stars within this one square degree area of the previously poorly studied Lynds 1003 molecular cloud. Our new spectroscopic data, when combined with 2MASS near-IR photometry, provide evidence of...

  20. Dietary Capsaicin Improves Glucose Homeostasis and Alters the Gut Microbiota in Obese Diabetic ob/ob Mice

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    Jun-Xian Song

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available Background: The effects of capsaicin on obesity and glucose homeostasis are still controversial and the mechanisms underlying these effects remain largely unknown. This study aimed to investigate the potential relationship between the regulation of obesity and glucose homeostasis by dietary capsaicin and the alterations of gut microbiota in obese diabetic ob/ob mice.Methods: The ob/ob mice were subjected to a normal, low-capsaicin (0.01%, or high-capsaicin (0.02% diet for 6 weeks, respectively. Obesity phenotypes, glucose homeostasis, the gut microbiota structure and composition, short-chain fatty acids, gastrointestinal hormones, and pro-inflammatory cytokines were measured.Results: Both the low- and high-capsaicin diets failed to prevent the increase in body weight, adiposity index, and Lee's obesity index. However, dietary capsaicin at both the low and high doses significantly inhibited the increase of fasting blood glucose and insulin levels. These inhibitory effects were comparable between the two groups. Similarly, dietary capsaicin resulted in remarkable improvement in glucose and insulin tolerance. In addition, neither the low- nor high-capsaicin diet could alter the α-diversity and β-diversity of the gut microbiota. Taxonomy-based analysis showed that both the low- and high-capsaicin diets, acting in similar ways, significantly increased the Firmicutes/Bacteroidetes ratio at the phylum level as well as increased the Roseburia abundance and decreased the Bacteroides and Parabacteroides abundances at the genus level. Spearman's correlation analysis revealed that the Roseburia abundance was negatively while the Bacteroides and Parabacteroides abundances were positively correlated to the fasting blood glucose level and area under the curve by the oral glucose tolerance test. Finally, the low- and high-capsaicin diets significantly increased the fecal butyrate and plasma total GLP-1 levels, but decreased plasma total ghrelin, TNF-α, IL-1

  1. The Seismic Broad Band Western Mediterranean (wm) Network and the Obs Fomar Pool: Current state and Obs activities.

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    Pazos, Antonio; Davila, Jose Martin; Buforn, Elisa; Bezzeghoud, Mourad; Harnafi, Mimoun; Mattesini, Mauricio; Caldeira, Bento; Hanka, Winfried; El Moudnib, Lahcen; Strollo, Angelo; Roca, Antoni; Lopez de Mesa, Mireya; Dahm, Torsten; Cabieces, Roberto

    2016-04-01

    The Western Mediterranean (WM) seismic network started in 1996 as an initiative of the Royal Spanish Navy Observatory (ROA) and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), with the collaboration of the GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ) of Potsdam. A first broad band seismic station (SFUC) was installed close to Cádiz (South Spain). Since then, additional stations have been installed in the Ibero-Moghrebian region. In 2005, the "WM" code was assigned by the FDSN and new partners were jointed: Evora University (UEVO, Portugal), the Scientifique Institute of Rabat (ISRABAT, Morocco), and GFZ. Now days, the WM network is composed by 15 BB stations, all of them with Streckaisen STS-2 or STS-2.5 sensors, Quanterra or Earthdata digitizers and SeiscomP. Most them have co-installed a permanent geodetic GPS stations, and some them also have an accelerometer. There are 10 stations deployed in Spanish territory (5 in the Iberian peninsula, 1 in Balearic islands and 4 in North Africa Spanish places) with VSAT or Internet communications, 2 in Portugal (one of them without real time), and 3 in Morocco (2 VSAT and 1 ADSL). Additionally, 2 more stations (one in South Spain and one in Morocco) will be installed along this year. Additionally ROA has deployed a permanent real time VBB (CMG-3T: 360s) station at the Alboran Island. Due to the fact that part of the seismic activity is located at marine areas, and also because of the poor geographic azimuthal coverage at some zones provided by the land stations (specially in the SW of the San Vicente Cape area), ROA and UCM have acquired six broad band "LOBSTERN" OBS, manufactured by KUM (Kiel, Germany), conforming the OBS FOMAR pool. Three of them with CMG-40T sensor and the other with Trillium 120. These OBS were deployed along the Gibraltar strait since January to November 2014 to study the microseismicity in the Gibraltar strait area. In September 2015 FOMAR network has been deployed in SW of the San Vicente Cape for 8 months as a part of

  2. Ccontrolling the Transition Between "Higher" and "Lower" State of OB in Coherent Atomic Mediumntrolling the Transition Between "Higher" and "Lower" State of OB in Coherent Atomic Medium

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    WANG Hai; CHANG Hong; WU Haibin; XIE Chande

    2004-01-01

    @@ We present a new experimental demonstration that the threshold points and shape of OB hysteresis curve in a four-level Rb atomic system inside an optical cavity were controllably changed by optical signals.Tuning the triggering optical signal to two different transitions of the atomic system we found that the OB threshold points shift toward different direction and at the same time the shape of the OB curve is also changed.For a given intensity of probe laser the OB system can be reliably inversed from its lower stable state to upper state under the triggering of a suitably tuned optical pulse signal (we named it up-controlling signal).More interesting, the inversed OB state does not drop to its initial lower stable state after the triggering pulse signal has passed, but moves to the upper branch of the initial OB curve and stably stays there until another optical signal tuned on other atomic transition (named down-controlling signal) coming.The result shows that there is the ability of information storage in the OB system.The experiments are reasonably explained with the change of cavity resonant condition resulting from the enhanced third-order nonlinearity in multilevel atomic system owing to atomic coherence.

  3. Reduction of obesity, as induced by leptin, reverses endothelial dysfunction in obese (Lep(ob)) mice

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    Winters, B.; Mo, Z.; Brooks-Asplund, E.; Kim, S.; Shoukas, A.; Li, D.; Nyhan, D.; Berkowitz, D. E.

    2000-01-01

    Obesity is a major health care problem and is associated with significant cardiovascular morbidity. Leptin, a neuroendocrine hormone released by adipose tissue, is important in modulating obesity by signaling satiety and increasing metabolism. Moreover, leptin receptors are expressed on vascular endothelial cells (ECs) and mediate angiogenesis. We hypothesized that leptin may also play an important role in vasoregulation. We investigated vasoregulatory mechanisms in the leptin-deficient obese (ob/ob) mouse model and determined the influence of leptin replacement on endothelial-dependent vasorelaxant responses. The direct effect of leptin on EC nitric oxide (NO) production was also tested by using 4, 5-diaminofluorescein-2 diacetate staining and measurement of nitrate and nitrite concentrations. Vasoconstrictor responses to phenylephrine, norepinephrine, and U-46619 were markedly enhanced in aortic rings from ob/ob mice and were modulated by NO synthase inhibition. Vasorelaxant responses to ACh were markedly attenuated in mesenteric microvessels from ob/ob mice. Leptin replacement resulted in significant weight loss and reversal of the impaired endothelial-dependent vasorelaxant responses observed in ob/ob mice. Preincubation of ECs with leptin enhanced the release of NO production. Thus leptin-deficient ob/ob mice demonstrate marked abnormalities in vasoregulation, including impaired endothelial-dependent vasodilation, which is reversed by leptin replacement. These findings may be partially explained by the direct effect of leptin on endothelial NO production. These vascular abnormalities are similar to those observed in obese, diabetic, leptin-resistant humans. The ob/ob mouse may, therefore, be an excellent new model for the study of the cardiovascular effects of obesity.

  4. Expression pattern of leptin and leptin receptor (OB-R) in human gastric cancer

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    Makoto Ishikawa; Joji Kitayama; Hirokazu Nagawa

    2006-01-01

    AIM: To examine the expression of leptin and its receptor, OB-R, in normal gastric mucosa and neoplasia.METHODS: By immunohistochemical staining using specific antibodies, we evaluated the expression of leptin and OB-R in 207 gastric carcinomas (100 early and 107 advanced carcinomas) and analyzed their relationship with clinicopathological features.RESULTS: Both normal gastric epithelium and carcinoma cells expressed a significant level of leptin. In cases with OB-R staining, carcinoma cells showed OB-Rpositive expression, but the intensity was weaker than that in normal mucosa. The expression of OB-R showed a significant correlation with the level of leptin expression. The expression levels of both leptin and OB-R tend ed to increase as the depth of tumor invasion or TMN stage increased (P < 0.01). Lymph node metastasis was detected in 49.5% (47/95) of leptin-strong cases and in 50.5% (48/95) of OB-R-positive cases, and the rate was 33% (37/112) in leptin-weak cases and 17% (19/112) in OB-R-negative cases. Both venous and lymphatic invasion also tended to be observed frequently in positive tumors as compared with negative tumors. Interestingly,in the 96 leptin- or OB-R-positive tumors, hematogenous metastasis was detected preoperatively in 3 (3.1%) patients. In contrast, none of the carcinomas that lacked expression of leptin and OB-R showed hematogenous metastasis.CONCLUSION: Overexpression of leptin and expression of OB-R may play a positive role in the process of progression in gastric cancer. Functional upregulation of leptin/OB-R may have a positive role in the development and initial phase of progression in gastric cancer.

  5. Reduction of obesity, as induced by leptin, reverses endothelial dysfunction in obese (Lep(ob)) mice

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    Winters, B.; Mo, Z.; Brooks-Asplund, E.; Kim, S.; Shoukas, A.; Li, D.; Nyhan, D.; Berkowitz, D. E.

    2000-01-01

    Obesity is a major health care problem and is associated with significant cardiovascular morbidity. Leptin, a neuroendocrine hormone released by adipose tissue, is important in modulating obesity by signaling satiety and increasing metabolism. Moreover, leptin receptors are expressed on vascular endothelial cells (ECs) and mediate angiogenesis. We hypothesized that leptin may also play an important role in vasoregulation. We investigated vasoregulatory mechanisms in the leptin-deficient obese (ob/ob) mouse model and determined the influence of leptin replacement on endothelial-dependent vasorelaxant responses. The direct effect of leptin on EC nitric oxide (NO) production was also tested by using 4, 5-diaminofluorescein-2 diacetate staining and measurement of nitrate and nitrite concentrations. Vasoconstrictor responses to phenylephrine, norepinephrine, and U-46619 were markedly enhanced in aortic rings from ob/ob mice and were modulated by NO synthase inhibition. Vasorelaxant responses to ACh were markedly attenuated in mesenteric microvessels from ob/ob mice. Leptin replacement resulted in significant weight loss and reversal of the impaired endothelial-dependent vasorelaxant responses observed in ob/ob mice. Preincubation of ECs with leptin enhanced the release of NO production. Thus leptin-deficient ob/ob mice demonstrate marked abnormalities in vasoregulation, including impaired endothelial-dependent vasodilation, which is reversed by leptin replacement. These findings may be partially explained by the direct effect of leptin on endothelial NO production. These vascular abnormalities are similar to those observed in obese, diabetic, leptin-resistant humans. The ob/ob mouse may, therefore, be an excellent new model for the study of the cardiovascular effects of obesity.

  6. On the observability of bow shocks of Galactic runaway OB stars

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    Meyer, D. M.-A.; van Marle, A.-J.; Kuiper, R.; Kley, W.

    2016-06-01

    Massive stars that have been ejected from their parent cluster and supersonically sailing away through the interstellar medium (ISM) are classified as exiled. They generate circumstellar bow-shock nebulae that can be observed. We present two-dimensional, axisymmetric hydrodynamical simulations of a representative sample of stellar wind bow shocks from Galactic OB stars in an ambient medium of densities ranging from nISM = 0.01 up to 10.0 cm- 3. Independently of their location in the Galaxy, we confirm that the infrared is the most appropriated waveband to search for bow shocks from massive stars. Their spectral energy distribution is the convenient tool to analyse them since their emission does not depend on the temporary effects which could affect unstable, thin-shelled bow shocks. Our numerical models of Galactic bow shocks generated by high-mass ( ≈ 40 M⊙) runaway stars yield H α fluxes which could be observed by facilities such as the SuperCOSMOS H-Alpha Survey. The brightest bow-shock nebulae are produced in the denser regions of the ISM. We predict that bow shocks in the field observed at H α by means of Rayleigh-sensitive facilities are formed around stars of initial mass larger than about 20 M⊙. Our models of bow shocks from OB stars have the emission maximum in the wavelength range 3 ≤ λ ≤ 50 μm which can be up to several orders of magnitude brighter than the runaway stars themselves, particularly for stars of initial mass larger than 20 M⊙.

  7. Study of Eclipsing Binary and Multiple Systems in OB Associations IV: Cas OB6 Member DN Cas

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    Bakis, V; Bilir, S; Eker, Z

    2016-01-01

    An early-type, massive, short-period ($P_{\\rm orb}=2^{\\rm d}.310951$) eclipsing spectroscopic binary DN Cas has been re-visited with new spectral and photometric data. The masses and radii of the components have been obtained as $M_1=19.04\\pm0.07 M_\\odot$, $M_2=13.73\\pm 0.05M_\\odot$ and $R_1=7.22\\pm0.06 R_\\odot$, $R_2=5.79\\pm0.06R_\\odot$, respectively. Both components present synchronous rotation ($V_{\\rm rot1}=160\\,$km s$^{-1}$, $V_{\\rm rot2}=130\\,$km s$^{-1}$) with their orbit. Orbital period analysis yielded a physically bound additional component in the system with a minimum mass of $M_3=0.88 M_\\odot$ orbiting in an eccentric orbit ($e=0.37\\pm0.2$) with an orbital period of $P_{12}=42\\pm9$ yrs. High precision absolute parameters of the system allowed us to derive a distance to DN Cas as 1.7$\\pm$0.2 kpc which locates the system within the borders of the Cas OB6 association (d=1.8 kpc; Mel'nik & Dambis, 2009). The space velocities and the age of DN Cas are in agreement with those of Cas OB6. The age of ...

  8. X-ray properties and interface study of B4C/Mo and B4C/Mo2C periodic multilayers

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    Choueikani, F.; Bridou, F.; Lagarde, B.; Meltchakov, E.; Polack, F.; Mercere, P.; Delmotte, F.

    2013-04-01

    We present a comparative study of B4C/Mo and B4C/Mo2C periodic multilayer structures deposited by magnetron sputtering. The characterization was performed by grazing incidence X-ray reflectometry at two different energies and high resolution transmission electron microscopy. The experimental results indicate the existence of an interdiffusion layer at the B4C-on-Mo interface in the B4C/Mo system. Thus, the B4C/Mo multilayers were modeled by an asymmetric structure with three layers in each period. The thickness of B4C-on-Mo interfacial layer was estimated about 1.1 nm. The B4C/Mo2C multilayers present less interdiffusion and are well modeled by a symmetric structure without interfacial layers. This study shows that B4C/Mo2C structure is an interesting alternative to B4C/Mo multilayer for X-ray optic applications.

  9. Cosmography of OB stars in the solar neighbourhood

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    Bouy, H.; Alves, J.

    2015-12-01

    We construct a 3D map of the spatial density of OB stars within 500 pc from the Sun using the Hipparcos catalogue and find three large-scale stream-like structures that allow a new view on the solar neighbourhood. The spatial coherence of these blue streams and the monotonic age sequence over hundreds of parsecs suggest that they are made of young stars, similar to the young streams that are conspicuous in nearby spiral galaxies. The three streams are 1) the Scorpius to Canis Majoris stream, covering 350 pc and 65 Myr of star formation history; 2) the Vela stream, encompassing at least 150 pc and 25 Myr of star formation history; and 3) the Orion stream, including not only the well-known Orion OB1abcd associations, but also a large previously unreported foreground stellar group lying only 200 pc from the Sun. The map also reveals a remarkable and previously unknown nearby OB association, between the Orion stream and the Taurus molecular clouds, which might be responsible for the observed structure and star formation activity in this cloud complex. This new association also appears to be the birthplace of Betelgeuse, as indicated by the proximity and velocity of the red giant. If this is confirmed, it would solve the long-standing puzzle of the origin of Betelgeuse. The well-known nearby star-forming low-mass clouds, including the nearby T and R associations Lupus, Cha, Oph, CrA, Taurus, Vela R1, and various low-mass cometary clouds in Vela and Orion, appear in this new view of the local neighbourhood to be secondary star formation episodes that most likely were triggered by the feedback from the massive stars in the streams. We also recover well-known star clusters of various ages that are currently cruising through the solar neighbourhood. Finally, we find no evidence of an elliptical structure such as the Gould belt, a structure we suggest is a 2D projection effect, and not a physical ring. Table 3 is available in elctronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  10. The Ob Estuary (Kara Sea) Coastal Dynamics Interannual Variability Assessment

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    Kopa-Ovdienko, N.; Volobueva, N.; Ogorodov, S.

    2012-04-01

    There are several promising gas fields in the Ob Estuary. For their development comprehensive research, including coastal dynamics assessment, is required. To estimate current and speak about future coastal dynamics rates we need to investigate its interannual variability connecting it with variability of major coastal dynamics factors. It is known that in this region one of the main coastal dynamics factors is wave action, which, in turn, depends on wind velocity and direction. Wind data for ice-free period were derived from nearby hydro-meteorological stations. The research was conducted for two sections of the Ob Estuary coast. One section is located on the eastern coast of the estuary (Taz peninsula); the other is located on the western one (Yamal peninsula). Each of these sections is 10 km length. For key-sites of the coast wave-dangerous rhumbs were determined. For ice-free period of each year accumulated summer storm duration (ASSD) - number of hours with strong winds (≥10 m/s) from wave-dangerous directions - was calculated for both sections of coast. Supposing that coast retreat rate is proportional to number of hours with strong winds from wave-dangerous rhumbs, we can approximately assess interannual variability of coast retreat rate. Our research revealed that: 1)There are significant (from hours to a few hundreds of hours) differences in ASSD from year to year due to short ice-free period and high variability of wind velocity and direction. So, we can expect sharp interannual differences in coastal retreat rate. 2)The duration of strong winds from wave-dangerous rhumbs during ice-free period is more on the eastern coast of the estuary than on the western. This goes from the predominance of northern and northwestern winds during ice-free period. These winds cause waves leading to coastal erosion on the eastern coast of estuary and don't cause such waves on the western one. However, we can't draw conclusions about the comparative rates of coastal

  11. New Low-Mass Wide Companions to Members of the Sco-Cen OB Association

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    Finn, Molly; Mamajek, Eric E.; Luhman, Kevin; Murphy, Simon

    2017-01-01

    We have conducted a survey for wide common proper motion companions to 512 members of the Upper Cen-Lup (UCL) and Lower Cen-Cru (LCC) subgroups of the Sco-Cen OB association using astrometry and photometry from the SPM4 catalog. Companion candidates were selected within 3 arcminutes (23 kau = 0.11 pc at d = 130 pc). We find that 12% of the Sco-Cen members have stellar companions in the separation range 3-20 kau. Optical spectra of 16 candidate companions were taken with the new COSMOS spectrograph on the Blanco 4-m telescope and the Wide Field Spectrograph on the Australian National University 2.3-m telescope. The spectroscopic survey yielded 14 M-type stars with Na I surface gravity index indicative of pre-MS status, of which half were Li-rich (along with two background giant interlopers). Seven stars in the range M1-M4.5 appear to be Li depleted, but otherwise seem to be pre-MS due to their chromospheric activity, low surface gravity via the Na I index, and their co- movement with other young stars in Sco-Cen. We suggest that these stars represent the Li depletion boundary for UCL and LCC. We acknowledge support from NSF award AST-1313029 and the REU Site in Physics and Astrophysics at the University of Rochester supported by NSF award PHY-1156339.

  12. Dropping Probability Reduction in OBS Networks: A Simple Approach

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    Elrasad, Amr

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, we propose and derive a slotted-time model for analyzing the burst blocking probability in Optical Burst Switched (OBS) networks. We evaluated the immediate and delayed signaling reservation schemes. The proposed model compares the performance of both just-in-time (JIT) and just-enough-time (JET) signaling protocols associated with of void/non-void filling link scheduling schemes. It also considers none and limited range wavelength conversions scenarios. Our model is distinguished by being adaptable to different offset-time and burst length distributions. We observed that applying a limited range of wavelength conversion, burst blocking probability is reduced by several orders of magnitudes and yields a better burst delivery ratio compared with full wavelength conversion.

  13. 3D MHD simulations of subsurface convection in OB stars

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    Cantiello, Matteo; Brandenburg, Axel; Del Sordo, Fabio; Käpylä, Petri; Langer, Norbert

    2010-01-01

    During their main sequence evolution, massive stars can develop convective regions very close to their surface. These regions are caused by an opacity peak associated with iron ionization. Cantiello et al. (2009) found a possible connection between the presence of sub-photospheric convective motions and small scale stochastic velocities in the photosphere of early-type stars. This supports a physical mechanism where microturbulence is caused by waves that are triggered by subsurface convection zones. They further suggest that clumping in the inner parts of the winds of OB stars could be related to subsurface convection, and that the convective layers may also be responsible for stochastic excitation of non-radial pulsations. Furthermore, magnetic fields produced in the iron convection zone could appear at the surface of such massive stars. Therefore subsurface convection could be responsible for the occurrence of observable phenomena such as line profile variability and discrete absorption components. These p...

  14. 9 cenas, algumas obs-cenas, da rua

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    Robert Moses Pechman

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Importa aqui tomar o acontecimento urbano como sintoma da cidade. Mas de que sofre a cidade? De excesso de individualismo e do escasseamento da vida pública na rua. Mas se o que caracteriza a cidade é o acolhimento do Outro, que se desdobra em convivialidades e em sociabilidades, como podemos pensar numa cidade sem que a questão da hospitalidade venha à tona? À propósito dessa contradição entre cidade e individualismo e privativismo e hospitalidade, me ponho a observar nossas ruas e a divisar certas cenas urbanas, depreendendo daí o que essas cenas podem nos contar de um ethos citadino. E, sim, elas nos contam muitas coisas de uma nova paisagem urbana/humana que insiste em desmanchar a imagem do acolhimento como a cena primordial da cidade, impondo sua obscena verdade, sua cena obs-cena.

  15. Effects of CP-900691, a novel peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α, agonist on diabetic nephropathy in the BTBR ob/ob mouse.

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    Askari, Bardia; Wietecha, Tomasz; Hudkins, Kelly L; Fox, Edward J; O'Brien, Kevin D; Kim, Jinkyu; Nguyen, Tri Q; Alpers, Charles E

    2014-08-01

    Piperidine-based peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-α agonists are agents that are efficacious in improving lipid, glycemic, and inflammatory indicators in diabetes and obesity. This study sought to determine whether CP-900691 ((S)-3-[3-(1-carboxy-1-methyl-ethoxy)-phenyl]-piperidine-1-carboxylic acid 4-trifluoromethyl-benzyl ester; CP), a member of this novel class of agents, by decreasing plasma triglycerides, could prevent diabetic nephropathy in the Black and Tan, BRachyuric (BTBR) ob/ob mouse model of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Four-week old female BTBR WT and BTBR ob/ob mice received either regular chow or one containing CP (3 mg/kg per day) for 14 weeks. CP elevated plasma high-density lipoprotein, albuminuria, and urinary excretion of 8-epi PGF(2α), a product of the nonenzymatic metabolism of arachidonic acid and whose production is elevated in oxidative stress, in BTBR WT mice. In BTBR ob/ob mice, CP reduced plasma triglycerides and non-esterified fatty acids, fasting blood glucose, body weight, and plasma interleukin-6, while concomitantly improving insulin resistance. Despite these beneficial metabolic effects, CP had no effect on elevated plasma insulin, 8-epi PGF(2α) excretion, and albuminuria, and surprisingly, did not ameliorate the development of diabetic nephropathy, having no effect on the accumulation of renal macrophages, glomerular hypertrophy, and increased mesangial matrix expansion. In addition, CP did not increase plasma high-density lipoprotein in BTBR ob/ob mice, while paradoxically increasing total cholesterol levels. These findings indicate that 8-epi PGF(2α), possibly along with hyperinsulinemia and inflammatory and dysfunctional lipoproteins, is integral to the development of diabetic nephropathy and should be considered as a potential target of therapy in the treatment of diabetic nephropathy.

  16. Performance analysis of signaling protocols on OBS switches

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    Kirci, Pinar; Zaim, A. Halim

    2005-10-01

    In this paper, Just-In-Time (JIT), Just-Enough-Time (JET) and Horizon signalling schemes for Optical Burst Switched Networks (OBS) are presented. These signaling schemes run over a core dWDM network and a network architecture based on Optical Burst Switches (OBS) is proposed to support IP, ATM and Burst traffic. In IP and ATM traffic several packets are assembled in a single packet called burst and the burst contention is handled by burst dropping. The burst length distribution in IP traffic is arbitrary between 0 and 1, and is fixed in ATM traffic at 0,5. Burst traffic on the other hand is arbitrary between 1 and 5. The Setup and Setup ack length distributions are arbitrary. We apply the Poisson model with rate λ and Self-Similar model with pareto distribution rate α to identify inter-arrival times in these protocols. We consider a communication between a source client node and a destination client node over an ingress and one or more multiple intermediate switches.We use buffering only in the ingress node. The communication is based on single burst connections in which, the connection is set up just before sending a burst and then closed as soon as the burst is sent. Our analysis accounts for several important parameters, including the burst setup, burst setup ack, keepalive messages and the optical switching protocol. We compare the performance of the three signalling schemes on the network under as burst dropping probability under a range of network scenarios.

  17. Leptin administration restores the altered adipose and hepatic expression of aquaglyceroporins improving the non-alcoholic fatty liver of ob/ob mice.

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    Rodríguez, Amaia; Moreno, Natalia R; Balaguer, Inmaculada; Méndez-Giménez, Leire; Becerril, Sara; Catalán, Victoria; Gómez-Ambrosi, Javier; Portincasa, Piero; Calamita, Giuseppe; Soveral, Graça; Malagón, María M; Frühbeck, Gema

    2015-07-10

    Glycerol is an important metabolite for the control of lipid accumulation in white adipose tissue (WAT) and liver. We aimed to investigate whether exogenous administration of leptin improves features of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in leptin-deficient ob/ob mice via the regulation of AQP3 and AQP7 (glycerol channels mediating glycerol efflux in adipocytes) and AQP9 (aquaglyceroporin facilitating glycerol influx in hepatocytes). Twelve-week-old male wild type and ob/ob mice were divided in three groups as follows: control, leptin-treated (1 mg/kg/d) and pair-fed. Leptin deficiency was associated with obesity and NAFLD exhibiting an AQP3 and AQP7 increase in WAT, without changes in hepatic AQP9. Adipose Aqp3 and hepatic Aqp9 transcripts positively correlated with markers of adiposity and hepatic steatosis. Chronic leptin administration (4-weeks) was associated with improved body weight, whole-body adiposity, and hepatosteatosis of ob/ob mice and to a down-regulation of AQP3, AQP7 in WAT and an up-regulation of hepatic AQP9. Acute leptin stimulation in vitro (4-h) induced the mobilization of aquaglyceroporins towards lipid droplets (AQP3) and the plasma membrane (AQP7) in murine adipocytes. Our results show that leptin restores the coordinated regulation of fat-specific AQP7 and liver-specific AQP9, a step which might prevent lipid overaccumulation in WAT and liver in obesity.

  18. Leptin administration favors muscle mass accretion by decreasing FoxO3a and increasing PGC-1alpha in ob/ob mice.

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    Full Text Available Absence of leptin has been associated with reduced skeletal muscle mass in leptin-deficient ob/ob mice. The aim of our study was to examine the effect of leptin on the catabolic and anabolic pathways regulating muscle mass. Gastrocnemius, extensor digitorum longus and soleus muscle mass as well as fiber size were significantly lower in ob/ob mice compared to wild type littermates, being significantly increased by leptin administration (P<0.001. This effect was associated with an inactivation of the muscle atrophy-related transcription factor forkhead box class O3 (FoxO3a (P<0.05, and with a decrease in the protein expression levels of the E3 ubiquitin-ligases muscle atrophy F-box (MAFbx (P<0.05 and muscle RING finger 1 (MuRF1 (P<0.05. Moreover, leptin increased (P<0.01 protein expression levels of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator-1alpha (PGC-1alpha, a regulator of muscle fiber type, and decreased (P<0.05 myostatin protein, a negative regulator of muscle growth. Leptin administration also activated (P<0.01 the regulators of cell cycle progression proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA and cyclin D1, and increased (P<0.01 myofibrillar protein troponin T. The present study provides evidence that leptin treatment may increase muscle mass of ob/ob mice by inhibiting myofibrillar protein degradation as well as enhancing muscle cell proliferation.

  19. Oral Administration of Apple Procyanidins Ameliorates Insulin Resistance via Suppression of Pro-Inflammatory Cytokine Expression in Liver of Diabetic ob/ob Mice.

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    Ogura, Kasane; Ogura, Masahito; Shoji, Toshihiko; Sato, Yuichi; Tahara, Yumiko; Yamano, Gen; Sato, Hiroki; Sugizaki, Kazu; Fujita, Naotaka; Tatsuoka, Hisato; Usui, Ryota; Mukai, Eri; Fujimoto, Shimpei; Inagaki, Nobuya; Nagashima, Kazuaki

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    Procyanidins, the main ingredient of apple polyphenols, are known to possess antioxidative and anti-inflammatory effects associated closely with the pathophysiology of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. We investigated the effects of orally administered apple procyanidins (APCs) on glucose metabolism using diabetic ob/ob mice. We found no difference in body weight or body composition between mice treated with APCs and untreated mice. A 4 week oral administration of APCs containing water [0.5% (w/v)] ameliorated glucose tolerance, insulin resistance, and hepatic gluconeogenesis in ob/ob mice. APCs also suppressed the increase in the level of the pancreatic β-cell. Insulin-stimulated Akt phosphorylation was significantly enhanced; pro-inflammatory cytokine expression levels were significantly decreased, and c-Jun N-terminal kinase phosphorylation was downregulated in the liver of those mice treated with APCs. In conclusion, APCs ameliorate insulin resistance by improving hepatic insulin signaling through suppression of hepatic inflammation in ob/ob mice, which may be a mechanism with possible beneficial health effects of APCs in disturbed glucose metabolism.

  20. Leptin Administration Favors Muscle Mass Accretion by Decreasing FoxO3a and Increasing PGC-1α in ob/ob Mice

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    Sáinz, Neira; Rodríguez, Amaia; Catalán, Victoria; Becerril, Sara; Ramírez, Beatriz; Gómez-Ambrosi, Javier; Frühbeck, Gema

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    Absence of leptin has been associated with reduced skeletal muscle mass in leptin-deficient ob/ob mice. The aim of our study was to examine the effect of leptin on the catabolic and anabolic pathways regulating muscle mass. Gastrocnemius, extensor digitorum longus and soleus muscle mass as well as fiber size were significantly lower in ob/ob mice compared to wild type littermates, being significantly increased by leptin administration (P<0.001). This effect was associated with an inactivation of the muscle atrophy-related transcription factor forkhead box class O3 (FoxO3a) (P<0.05), and with a decrease in the protein expression levels of the E3 ubiquitin-ligases muscle atrophy F-box (MAFbx) (P<0.05) and muscle RING finger 1 (MuRF1) (P<0.05). Moreover, leptin increased (P<0.01) protein expression levels of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ coactivator-1α (PGC-1α), a regulator of muscle fiber type, and decreased (P<0.05) myostatin protein, a negative regulator of muscle growth. Leptin administration also activated (P<0.01) the regulators of cell cycle progression proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) and cyclin D1, and increased (P<0.01) myofibrillar protein troponin T. The present study provides evidence that leptin treatment may increase muscle mass of ob/ob mice by inhibiting myofibrillar protein degradation as well as enhancing muscle cell proliferation. PMID:19730740

  1. Augmenting the Stability of OB Dump by Using Fly Ash: A Geo Technical Approach to Sustainably Manage OB Dump at Jharia Coal Field, India

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    Anup Kumar Gupta*

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper is mainly focused over the possible utilization of fly ash along with OB dump to enhance the stability of OB dump and thus provide a sustainable approach for better waste management of both these materials simultaneously. Instability of coal mine overburden (OB dumps is an important problem in most of the coal mines like Jharia coalfields in India. This is mainly occurring due to sliding nature of the rock material, lack of vegetation etc. Numbers of Environmental and health issues are associated with these unstable OB dumps. As it may easily flow with running water can contaminate the nearby water resource as well as carbonaceous content of the dump causes air pollution due to simultaneous combustion. On the other hand management of coal ash that is produced from thermal plants is also an important task. Dumping of fly ash in open may cause number of environmental problems. Various geotechnical and physical parameters such as particle size analysis, specific gravity, density, and friction angle/cohesion test have been performed to check the stability of OB dump and to analyze impacts of fly ash utilization to stabilize the OB dump.

  2. Performance and cost analysis of all-optical switching: OBS and OCS

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    Ekularn Dhavarudha

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    Full Text Available This paper presents a study of performance and cost analysis of optical circuit switching (OCS and optical burstswitching (OBS by proposing the clear images of their node architectures and cost formulations. Then, we apply servicelevel agreement (SLA of the high quality of service application in the terms of network blocking probability and averagenetwork delay to demonstrate OCS and OBS performances, their investment costs, and network dimensioning methodology.Applying SLA to our studies can illustrate the impact of contention resolution and blocking resolution schemes to theperformances and costs of OBS and OCS, accordingly. The simulations illustrate that OBS applying WC gives the bestperformance among all architectures deploying the same offered bandwidth. The investigations also show that WC is a majortechnique contributing high performance gain to both OCS and OBS. Especially for OBS, WC is an important scheme allowingOBS high data grooming property as its performance gain contributing to OBS is much higher than those of OCS. For thecost analysis, OCS is the most economic among all architectures. BA provides the most cost effectiveness among all OBScontention resolution schemes. Lastly, FDL is the least cost effective scheme as it gives little performance enhancement butadds more cost to the network.

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  4. Transcriptional activation of the mouse obese (ob) gene by CCAAT/enhancer binding protein alpha

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    Hwang, C S; Mandrup, S; MacDougald, O A

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    Like other adipocyte genes that are transcriptionally activated by CCAAT/enhancer binding protein alpha (C/EBP alpha) during preadipocyte differentiation, expression of the mouse obese (ob) gene is immediately preceded by the expression of C/EBP alpha. While the 5' flanking region of the mouse ob...

  5. MW-OBS: An Improved Pruning Method for Topology Design of Neural Networks

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    ZHU Yan; LU Yingrong; LI Qian

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    Topology design of artificial neural networks (ANNs) is an important problem for large scale applications. This paper describes a new efficient pruning method, the multi-weight optimal brain surgeon (MW-OBS) method, to optimize neural network topologies. The advantages and disadvantages of the OBS and unit-OBS were analyzed to develop the method. Actually, optimized topologies are difficult to get within reasonable times for complex problems. Motivating by the mechanism of natural neurons, the MW-OBS method balances the accuracy and the time complexity to achieve better neural network performance. The method will delete multiple connections among neurons according to the second derivative of the error function, so the arithmetic converges rapidly while the accuracy of the neural network remains high. The stability and generalization ability of the method are illustrated in a Java program. The results show that the MW-OBS method has the same accuracy as OBS, but time is similar to that of unit-OBS. Therefore, the MW-OBS method can be used to efficiently optimize structures of neural networks for large scale applications.

  6. Technical Memorandum: A Training Evaluation Framework for PSTC MilObs Course

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    une situation de violation des droits de la personne. Dans ce scénario, les stagiaires non armés rencontrent des policiers armés (un sergent et un...Manage a MilObs team • Ability to organize team site • Ability to operate communications equipment • Managing diversity Direct a MilObs team

  7. Analysis of the kinematic structure in the Cygnus OB1 association

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    Costado, M. T.; Alfaro, E. J.; González, M.; Sampedro, L.

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    The Cygnus OB1 association is part of a larger star-forming complex located in the direction of Cygnus, but whose main sub-systems may be distributed at different distances from the sun. We have collected radial velocity (RV) data for more than 300 stars in an area of 5 x 5 squared degrees centered in the Cygnus OB1 association from the literature. This area also covers part of the Cygnus OB3 and OB9 associations, because of the diffuse limits between them. In this poster, we present the results of a clustering analysis in the subspace of the phase space formed by angular coordinates and RV in the field of the Cygnus OB1 association using the current available data. Three main groups have been detected corresponding to different RV and distances.

  8. Irradiated Interfaces in the Ara OB1, Carina, Eagle Nebula, and Cyg OB2 Massive Star Formation Regions

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    Regions of massive star formation offer some of the best and most easily-observed examples of radiation hydrodynamics. Boundaries where fully-ionized H II regions transition to neutral/molecular photodissociation regions (PDRs) are of particular interest because marked temperature and density contrasts across the boundaries lead to evaporative flows and fluid dynamical instabilities that can evolve into spectacular pillar-like structures. When detached from their parent clouds, pillars become ionized globules that often harbor one or more young stars. H2 molecules at the interface between a PDR and an H II region absorb ultraviolet light from massive stars, and the resulting fluoresced infrared emission lines are an ideal way to trace this boundary independent of obscuring dust. This paper presents H2 images of four regions of massive star formation that illustrate different types of PDR boundaries. The Ara OB1 star formation region contains a striking long wall that has several wavy structures which are pres...

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  18. Selective activation of FGFR4 by an FGF19 variant does not improve glucose metabolism in ob/ob mice.

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    Wu, Xinle; Ge, Hongfei; Lemon, Bryan; Weiszmann, Jennifer; Gupte, Jamila; Hawkins, Nessa; Li, Xiaofan; Tang, Jie; Lindberg, Richard; Li, Yang

    2009-08-25

    FGF19 is a hormone that regulates bile acid and glucose homeostasis. Progress has been made in identifying cofactors for receptor activation. However, several functions of FGF19 have not yet been fully defined, including the actions of FGF19 on target tissues, its FGF receptor specificity, and the contributions of other cofactors, such as heparin. Here, we explore the requirements for FGF19-FGFR/co-receptor interactions and signaling in detail. We show that betaKlotho was essential for FGF19 interaction with FGFRs 1c, 2c, and 3c, but FGF19 was able to interact directly with FGFR4 in the absence of betaKlotho in a heparin-dependent manner. Further, FGF19 activated FGFR4 signaling in the presence or absence of betaKlotho, but activation of FGFRs 1c, 2c, or 3c was completely betaKlotho dependent. We then generated an FGF19 molecule, FGF19dCTD, which has a deletion of the C-terminal region responsible for betaKlotho interaction. We determined that betaKlotho-dependent FGFR1c, 2c, and 3c interactions and activation were abolished, and betaKlotho-independent FGFR4 activation was preserved; therefore, FGF19dCTD is an FGFR4-specific activator. This unique FGF19 molecule specifically activated FGFR4-dependent signaling in liver and suppressed CYP7A1 expression in vivo, but was unable to activate signaling in adipose where FGFR4 expression is very low. Interestingly, unlike FGF19, treatment of ob/ob mice with FGF19dCTD failed to improve glucose levels and insulin sensitivity. These results suggest that FGF19-regulated liver bile acid metabolism could be independent of its glucose-lowering effect, and direct FGFR activation in adipose tissue may play an important role in the regulation of glucose homeostasis.

  19. Insulin resistance, steatohepatitis, and hepatocellular carcinoma in a new congenic strain of Fatty Liver Shionogi (FLS) mice with the Lep(ob) gene.

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    Soga, Masahiko; Hashimoto, Setsuko; Kishimoto, Yoshio; Hirasawa, Tsutomu; Makino, Susumu; Inagaki, Shuichiro

    2010-01-01

    In order to examine the influence of obesity on metabolic disorder and liver pathogenesis of the Fatty Liver Shionogi (FLS) mouse, which develops hereditary fatty liver and spontaneous liver tumors, we established a new congenic strain named FLS-Lep(ob). The Lep(ob) gene of the C57BL/6JWakShi (B6)-Lep(ob)/Lep(ob) mouse was transferred into the genome of the FLS mouse, by backcross mating. FLS-Lep(ob)/Lep(ob) mice were maintained by intercrossing between Lep(ob)-heterozygous littermates. The FLS-Lep(ob)/Lep(ob) mice of both sexes developed remarkable hyperphagia, obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus. At 12 weeks of age, glucosuria was detected in all male and female FLS-Lep(ob)/Lep(ob) mice. Biochemical examination demonstrated that the FLS-Lep(ob)/Lep(ob) mice have severe hyperlipidemia and hyperinsulinemia. The livers of FLS-Lep(ob)/Lep(ob) mice showed microvesicular steatosis and deposition of large lipid droplets in hepatocytes throughout the lobules. The steatohepatitis-like lesions including the multifocal mononuclear cell infiltration and clusters of foamy cells were observed earlier in FLS-Lep(ob)/ Lep(ob) mice than in FLS mice. B6-Lep(ob)/Lep(ob) mice did not show hepatic inflammatory change. Furthermore, FLS-Lep(ob)/Lep(ob) mice developed multiple hepatic tumors including hepatocellular adenomas and carcinomas following steatohepatitis. In conclusion, the FLS-Lep(ob)/Lep(ob) mice developed steatohepatitis and hepatic tumors following hepatic steatosis. The FLS-Lep(ob)/Lep(ob) mouse with obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus might be a useful animal model for human non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).

  20. LiFePO4/C nanocomposites for lithium-ion batteries

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    Eftekhari, Ali

    2017-03-01

    LiFePO4, as the most famous member of the family of olivine-type lithium transition metal phosphates, is one of the promising candidates for the cathodes of lithium-ion batteries. However, its battery performance is limited by its low electrical conductivity and slow Li solid-state diffusion. Various methods have been attempted to improve the battery performance of lithium iron phosphate. Among them, compositing the LiFePO4 with carbon nanomaterials seems to be the most promising, as it is facile and efficient. Carbon nanomaterials usually serve as a conductive agent to improve the electrical conductivity while increasing the material porosity in which the solid-state diffusion distances are significantly shortened. Owing to the popularity of various carbonaceous nanomaterials, there is no straightforward line of research for comparing the LiFePO4/C nanocomposites. This review aims to provide a general perspective based on the research achievements reported in the literature. While surveying the research findings reported in the literature, controversial issues are also discussed. The possible contribution of pseudocapacitance as a result of functionalized carbon or LiFePO4 lattice defects is described, since from a practical perspective, a LiFePO4/C electrode can be considered as a supercapacitor at high C rates (with a specific capacitance as large as 200 F g-1). The Li diffusion in LiFePO4 has not been well understood yet; while the Li diffusion within the LiFePO4 lattice seems to be quite fast, the peculiar interfacial electrochemistry of LiFePO4 slows down the diffusion within the entire electrode by a few orders of magnitude.

  1. Elastic and magnetic properties of cubic Fe$_{4}$C from first-principles

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    Rahman, Gul; Jan, Haseen Ullah

    2014-01-01

    First-principles based on density functional theory is used to study the phase stability, elastic, magnetic, and electronic properties of cubic (c)-Fe$_4$C. Our results show that c-Fe$_{4}$C has a ferromagnetic (FM) ground state structure compared with antiferromagnetic (AFM) and nonmagnetic (NM)states. To study the phase stability of c-Fe$_4$C, BCC Fe$_4$C, FCC Fe$_4$C, and BCC Fe$_{16}$C, where C is considered at tetrahedral and octahedral interstitial sites, are also considered. Although, ...

  2. Search for OB stars running away from young star clusters. II. The NGC 6357 star-forming region

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    Gvaramadze, V. V.; Kniazev, A. Y.; Kroupa, P.; Oh, S.

    2011-11-01

    Dynamical few-body encounters in the dense cores of young massive star clusters are responsible for the loss of a significant fraction of their massive stellar content. Some of the escaping (runaway) stars move through the ambient medium supersonically and can be revealed via detection of their bow shocks (visible in the infrared, optical or radio). In this paper, which is the second of a series of papers devoted to the search for OB stars running away from young ( ≲ several Myr) Galactic clusters and OB associations, we present the results of the search for bow shocks around the star-forming region NGC 6357. Using the archival data of the Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX) satellite and the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the preliminary data release of the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), we discovered seven bow shocks, whose geometry is consistent with the possibility that they are generated by stars expelled from the young (~1-2 Myr) star clusters, Pismis 24 and AH03 J1725-34.4, associated with NGC 6357. Two of the seven bow shocks are driven by the already known OB stars, HD 319881 and [N78] 34. Follow-up spectroscopy of three other bow-shock-producing stars showed that they are massive (O-type) stars as well, while the 2MASS photometry of the remaining two stars suggests that they could be B0 V stars, provided that both are located at the same distance as NGC 6357. Detection of numerous massive stars ejected from the very young clusters is consistent with the theoretical expectation that star clusters can effectively lose massive stars at the very beginning of their dynamical evolution (long before the second mechanism for production of runaway stars, based on a supernova explosion in a massive tight binary system, begins to operate) and lends strong support to the idea that probably all field OB stars have been dynamically ejected from their birth clusters. A by-product of our search for bow shocks around NGC 6357 is the detection of three circular

  3. Constraints on Massive Star Formation: Cygnus OB2 was always an Association

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    Wright, Nicholas J; Goodwin, Simon P; Drake, Jeremy J

    2013-01-01

    We examine substructure and mass segregation in the massive OB association Cygnus OB2 to better understand its initial conditions. Using a well understood Chandra X-ray selected sample of young stars we find that Cyg OB2 exhibits considerable physical substructure and has no evidence for mass segregation, both indications that the association is not dynamically evolved. Combined with previous kinematical studies we conclude that Cyg OB2 is dynamically very young, and what we observe now is very close to its initial conditions: Cyg OB2 formed as a highly substructured, unbound association with a low volume density (< 100 stars/pc^3). This is inconsistent with the idea that all stars form in dense, compact clusters. The massive stars in Cyg OB2 show no evidence for having formed particularly close to one another, nor in regions of higher than average density. Since Cyg OB2 contains stars as massive as ~100 Mo this result suggests that very massive stars can be born in relatively low-density environments. Thi...

  4. The interstellar medium towards the Ara OB1 region

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    Henderson, Christopher D; Hearnshaw, John B

    2008-01-01

    We present high resolution (R ~ 4 km/s) absorption measurements of the interstellar NaI and CaII lines measured towards 14 early-type stars of distance 123 pc - 1650 pc, located in the direction of the Ara OB1 stellar cluster. The line profiles can broadly be split into four distinct groupings of absorption component velocity, and we have attempted to identify an origin and distance to each of these interstellar features. For gas with absorption covering the velocity range -10 km/s < V_helio < +10 km/s, we can identify the absorbing medium with local gas belonging to the Lupus-Norma interstellar cavity located between 100 and 485 pc in this galactic direction. Gas with velocities spanning the range -20 km/s < V_helio < +20 km/s is detected towards stars with distances of 570-800 pc. We identify a wide-spread interstellar feature at V_helio ~ -15 km/s with the expanding HI shell called GSH 337+00-05, which is now placed at a distance of ~530 pc.

  5. D Recording of a 19-CENTURY OB River Ship

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    Pushkarev, A. A.; Zaytceva, O. V.; Vavulin, M. V.; Skorobogatova, A. Y.

    2016-06-01

    A 3D recording of a 19-century wooden ship discovered on the bank of the river Ob (Western Siberia) was performed in autumn 2015. The archaeologized ship was partly under water, partly lying ashore, buried under fluvial deposits. The 3D recording was performed in October, when the water level was at its lowest after clearing the area around the ship. A 3D recording at the place of discovery was required as part of the ship museumification and reconstruction project. The works performed were primarily aimed at preserving as much information about the object as possible. Given the location and peculiar features of the object, a combination of close-range photogrammetry and aerial photography was considered to be the best possible solution for creating a high-quality 3D model. The dismantled ship was delivered to Nizhnevartovsk Museum of Local History in October 2015. The ship is going to be reassembled using the created 3D model to be exhibited in the museum. The resulting models are also going to be used to make a virtual 3D reconstruction of the ship in the future. We shot a stereoscopic video for Nizhnevartovsk Museum of Local History to let visitors see the place of discovery and explore the ship in greater details. Besides, 3D printing allowed for creating a miniature of the ship, which is also going to be included in the exposition devoted to this unique discovery.

  6. 3D RECORDING OF A 19-CENTURY OB RIVER SHIP

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    A. A. Pushkarev

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available A 3D recording of a 19-century wooden ship discovered on the bank of the river Ob (Western Siberia was performed in autumn 2015. The archaeologized ship was partly under water, partly lying ashore, buried under fluvial deposits. The 3D recording was performed in October, when the water level was at its lowest after clearing the area around the ship. A 3D recording at the place of discovery was required as part of the ship museumification and reconstruction project. The works performed were primarily aimed at preserving as much information about the object as possible. Given the location and peculiar features of the object, a combination of close-range photogrammetry and aerial photography was considered to be the best possible solution for creating a high-quality 3D model. The dismantled ship was delivered to Nizhnevartovsk Museum of Local History in October 2015. The ship is going to be reassembled using the created 3D model to be exhibited in the museum. The resulting models are also going to be used to make a virtual 3D reconstruction of the ship in the future. We shot a stereoscopic video for Nizhnevartovsk Museum of Local History to let visitors see the place of discovery and explore the ship in greater details. Besides, 3D printing allowed for creating a miniature of the ship, which is also going to be included in the exposition devoted to this unique discovery.

  7. A Novel Congestion Detection Scheme in TCP Over OBS Networks

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    Shihada, Basem

    2009-02-01

    This paper introduces a novel congestion detection scheme for high-bandwidth TCP flows over optical burst switching (OBS) networks, called statistical additive increase multiplicative decrease (SAIMD). SAIMD maintains and analyzes a number of previous round-trip time (RTTs) at the TCP senders in order to identify the confidence with which a packet loss event is due to network congestion. The confidence is derived by positioning short-term RTT in the spectrum of long-term historical RTTs. The derived confidence corresponding to the packet loss is then taken in the developed policy for TCP congestion window adjustment. We will show through extensive simulation that the proposed scheme can effectively solve the false congestion detection problem and significantly outperform the conventional TCP counterparts without losing fairness. The advantages gained in our scheme are at the expense of introducing more overhead in the SAIMD TCP senders. Based on the proposed congestion control algorithm, a throughput model is formulated, and is further verified by simulation results.

  8. No evidence for protoplanetary disk destruction by OB stars in the MYStIX sample

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    Richert, Alexander J W; Getman, Konstantin V; Kuhn, Michael A

    2015-01-01

    HST images of proplyds in the Orion Nebula, as well as submillimeter/radio measurements, show that the dominant O7 star Theta1 Ori C photoevaporates nearby disks around pre-main sequence stars. Theory predicts that massive stars photoevaporate disks within distances of order 0.1 pc. These findings suggest that young, OB-dominated massive H II regions are inhospitable to the survival of protoplanetary disks, and subsequently to the formation and evolution of planets. In the current work, we test this hypothesis using large samples of pre-main sequence stars in 20 massive star-forming regions selected with X-ray and infrared photometry in the MYStIX survey. Complete disk destruction would lead to a deficit of cluster members with excess in JHKs and Spitzer/IRAC bands in the vicinity of O stars. In four MYStIX regions containing O stars and a sufficient surface density of disk-bearing sources to reliably test for spatial avoidance, we find no evidence for the depletion of inner disks around pre-main sequence sta...

  9. On the observability of bow shocks of Galactic runaway OB stars

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    Meyer, D M -A; Kuiper, R; Kley, W

    2016-01-01

    Massive stars that have been ejected from their parent cluster and supersonically sailing away through the interstellar medium (ISM) are classified as exiled. They generate circumstellar bow shock nebulae that can be observed. We present two-dimensional, axisymmetric hydrodynamical simulations of a representative sample of stellar wind bow shocks from Galactic OB stars in an ambient medium of densities ranging from n_ISM=0.01 up to 10.0/cm3. Independently of their location in the Galaxy, we confirm that the infrared is the most appropriated waveband to search for bow shocks from massive stars. Their spectral energy distribution is the convenient tool to analyze them since their emission does not depend on the temporary effects which could affect unstable, thin-shelled bow shocks. Our numerical models of Galactic bow shocks generated by high-mass (~40 Mo) runaway stars yield H$\\alpha$ fluxes which could be observed by facilities such as the SuperCOSMOS H-Alpha Survey. The brightest bow shock nebulae are produc...

  10. Central stars of planetary nebulae. II. New OB-type and emission-line stars

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    Weidmann, W. A.; Gamen, R.

    2011-07-01

    Context. There are more than 3000 confirmed and probably known Galactic planetary nebulae (PNe), but central star spectroscopic information is available for only 13% of them. Aims: We have undertaken a spectroscopic survey of the central stars in PNe to identify their spectral types. Methods: We performed spectroscopic observations at low resolution with the 2-m telescope at CASLEO, Argentina. Results: We present the spectra of 46 central stars of PNe, most of them are OB-type and emission-line stars. Based on data collected at the Complejo Astronómico El Leoncito (CASLEO), which is operated under agreement between the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de la República Argentina y Universidades Nacionales de La Plata, Córdoba y San Juan, Argentina.The reduced spectra (FITS files) are available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/531/A172

  11. A photometric variability study of massive stars in Cygnus OB2

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    Salas, J; Barbá, R H

    2014-01-01

    We have conducted a 1.5 year-long variability study of the stars in the Cygnus OB2 association, the region in the northern hemisphere with the highest density of optically visible massive stars. The survey was conducted using four pointings in the Johnson $R$ and $I$ bands with a 35 cm Meade LX200-ACF telescope equipped with a 3.2 Mpixel SBIG ST10-XME CCD camera and includes 300+ epochs in each filter. A total of 1425 objects were observed with limiting magnitudes of 15 in $R$ and 14 in $I$. The photometry was calibrated using reference stars with existing $UBVJHK$ photometry. Bright stars have precisions better than 0.01 magnitudes, allowing us to detect 52 confirmed and 19 candidate variables, many of them massive stars without previous detections as variables. Variables are classified as eclipsing, pulsating, irregular/long period, and Be. We derive the phased light curves for the eclipsing binaries, with periods ranging from 1.3 to 8.5 days.

  12. Angular Momentum Evolution of Young Stars in the nearby Scorpius-Centaurus OB Association

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    Mellon, Samuel N.; Mamajek, Eric E.; Oberst, Thomas E.; Pecaut, Mark J.

    2017-07-01

    We report the results of a study of archival SuperWASP light curves for stars in Scorpius-Centaurus (Sco-Cen), the nearest OB association. We use SuperWASP time-series photometry to extract rotation periods for 189 candidate members of the Sco-Cen complex and verify that 162 of those are members of the classic Sco-Cen subgroups of Upper Scorpius (US), Upper Centaurus-Lupus (UCL), and Lower Centaurus-Crux (LCC). This study provides the first measurements of rotation periods explicitly for large samples of pre-main-sequence (pre-MS) stars spanning the UCL and LCC subgroups. Our final sample of 157 well-characterized pre-MS stars spans ages of ˜10-20 Myr, spectral types of ˜F3-M0, and masses of M ≃ 0.3-1.5 {{ M }}⊙ {{N}}. For this sample, we find a distribution of stellar rotation periods with a median of P rot ≃ 2.4 days, an overall range of 0.2 analogous to 1SWASP J140747.93-394542.6 (J1407), but find none. Our survey yielded five eclipsing binaries, but only one appears to be physically associated with the Sco-Cen complex. V2394 Oph is a heavily reddened (A V ≃ 5 mag) massive contact binary in the LDN 1689 cloud whose Gaia astrometry is clearly consistent with kinematic membership with the Ophiuchus star-forming region.

  13. Microstructural analyses of B{sub 4}C-CeO{sub 2} and B{sub 4}C-La{sub 2}O{sub 3} ceramics

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    Sakamoto, Tatsuaki, E-mail: sakamoto.tatsuaki@eng.ehime-u.ac.jp [Department of Materials Science and Biotechnology, Ehime University, 3 Bunkyo-cho, Matsuyama 790-8577 (Japan); Sun, Shu-Chen [School of Materials and Metallurgy, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110004 (China); Furuno, Tomoya; Kajioka, Michio [Graduate Student of Ehime Univerisity, 3 Bunkyo-cho, Matsuyama 790-8577 (Japan); Nakai, Kiyomichi [Department of Materials Science and Biotechnology, Ehime University, 3 Bunkyo-cho, Matsuyama 790-8577 (Japan); Kurishita, Hiroaki [International Research Center for Nuclear Materials Science, Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Oarai, Ibaraki 311-1313 (Japan); Kobayashi, Sengo [Department of Materials Science and Biotechnology, Ehime University, 3 Bunkyo-cho, Matsuyama 790-8577 (Japan); Wu, Wen-Yuan; Tu, Gan-Feng [School of Materials and Metallurgy, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110004 (China); Matsuda, Seiji [Department of Anatomy and Embryology, Ehime University, Shizugawa, Toon 791-0295 (Japan)

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    Effects of additions of CeO{sub 2} and La{sub 2}O{sub 3} on microstructure and mechanical properties of B{sub 4}C fabricated under and without hot press have been investigated. Vickers hardness and fracture strength are increased by hot press due to the reduction of porosity because the sintering rate is enhanced. Hardness is increased by the reduction of porosity because crack probably occurs when the hardness is measured due to pore as an initiation point of crack. Hardness increases with increasing additions of CeO{sub 2} and La{sub 2}O{sub 3} because porosity decreases due to the formation of CeB{sub 6} and LaB{sub 6} on the grain boundary of B{sub 4}C, respectively. The borides are formed through reaction between solid phases, which might induce coherent boundary between boride and B{sub 4}C. Such coherency also contributes to strengthening the grain boundary of B{sub 4}C. The addition of CeO{sub 2} enhances the sintering rate more than that of La{sub 2}O{sub 3}, resulting in higher hardness of B{sub 4}C-CeO{sub 2} than that of B{sub 4}C-La{sub 2}O{sub 3}.

  14. BALETNA VZGOJA IN IZOBRAŽEVANJE V GLASBENI ŠOLI RADLJE OB DRAVI

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    Langeršek, Duška

    2009-01-01

    Diplomsko delo obravnava baletno problematiko. V njem je najprej predstavljena zgodovina baleta, v nadaljevanju pa baletno poučevanje otrok. V kraju Radlje ob Dravi se kulturna društva povezujejo in dopolnjujejo. S tem namenom je v diplomskem delu predstavljeno Kulturno društvo Radlje ob Dravi, ki že dolgo sodeluje z Glasbeno šolo Radlje ob Dravi, kjer poleg poučevanja instrumentov in petja omogočajo otrokom tudi plesno izobraževanje na področju baleta. Poučevanje poteka po izobraževalnem pro...

  15. Performance Study of OBS Combined Node via Mixed Loss Delay Queueing Systems

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    Muhammad Faisal Hayat

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we present a performance study of OBS (Optical Burst Switched combined node via mixed loss delay queueing models. In an OBS network, a node combining both edge and core switching functions multiplex the local traffic with the transit traffic on the output wavelengths channels. To control the channel sharing, strategies are proposed and analyzed in this study by extending the basic mixed loss delay queueing models. The presented models are solved by Markov chain techniques and the results are compared, and where necessary also supported, by the simulations of an OBS node implemented in detail

  16. Attenuated pain response of obese mice (B6.Cg-lep(ob)) is affected by aging and leptin but not sex.

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    Rodgers, Helen M; Liban, Suadi; Wilson, Linda M

    2014-01-17

    Genetically obese mice (B6.Cg-lep(ob)) manifest decreased responses to noxious thermal stimuli (hotplate test) suggesting endogenous analgesia (Roy et al., 1981). To examine further the analgesic response of these mice, we conducted 4 experiments. Experiment 1 assessed the response of ob/ob mice to tail flick, another noxious thermal test. Tail-flick testing was performed on B6.Cg-lep(ob) mice (n=14) and B6.Cg-lep(OB/?) (n=12) across a range of temperatures. Ob/ob mice exhibited longer latencies than control mice at all temperatures tested. In Experiment 2, potential sex differences were examined. Tail-flick latencies in male and female ob/ob mice (n=6/group) did not differ. The final 2 experiments examined factors that could modulate endogenous analgesia. Experiment 3 assessed the effects of aging in ob/ob mice (n=10/group). Older mice displayed longer tail-flick latencies than did younger mice. Experiment 4 examined the effect of leptin administration in the leptin-deficient ob/ob mice. Two groups (n=10/group) of ob/ob mice received osmotic pump implants filled with either leptin or vehicle, and were tail-flick tested at days 7 and 14 post-implantation. Ob/ob mice receiving leptin showed shorter latencies than did vehicle-receiving ob/ob mice. Taken together, these results support earlier reports of heightened analgesia in ob/ob mice and suggest that aging further reduces the already impaired pain response. Furthermore, leptin deficiency partially contributes to decreased pain sensation of ob/ob mice.

  17. Expression of the P2X2 receptor in different classes of ileum myenteric neurons in the female obese ob/ob mouse

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    Márcia Sanae Mizuno; Amanda Rabello Crisma; Primavera Borelli; Patricia Castelucci

    2012-01-01

    AIM:To examine whether the ob/ob mouse model of obesity is accompanied by enteric nervous system abnormalities such as altered motility.METHODS:The study examined the distribution of the P2X2 receptor (P2X2R) in myenteric neurons of female ob/ob mice.Specifically,we used immunohistochemistry to analyze the co-expression of the P2X2R with neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS),choline acetyltransferase (ChAT),and calretinin (CalR) in neurons of the small intestine myenteric plexus in ob/ob and control female mice.In these sections,we used scanning confocal microscopy to analyze the co-localization of these markers as well as the neuronal density (cm2) and area profile (μm2) of P2X2R-positive neurons.In addition,enteric neurons were labeled using the nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) diaphorase method and analyzed with light microscopy as an alternate means by which to analyze neuronal density and area.RESULTS:In the present study,we observed a 29.6% increase in the body weight of the ob/ob animals (OG)compared to the control group (CG).In addition,the average small intestine area was increased by approximately 29.6% in the OG compared to the CG.Immunoreactivity (IR) for the P2X2R,nNOS,ChAT and CalR was detectable in the myenteric plexus,as well as in the smooth muscle,in both groups.This IR appeared to be mainly cytoplasmic and was also associated with the cell membrane of the myenteric plexus neurons,where it outlined the neuronal cell bodies and their processes.P2X2R-IR was observed to co-localize 100% with that for nNOS,ChAT and CalR in neurons of both groups.In the ob/ob group,however,we observed that the neuronal density (neuron/cm2) of P2X2R-IR cells was increased by 62% compared to CG,while that of NOS-IR and ChAT-IR neurons was reduced by 49% and 57%,respectively,compared to control mice.The neuronal density of CalR-IR neurons was not different between the groups.Morphometric studies further demonstrated that the cell body profile area (

  18. Divergent effects of a CLA-enriched beef diet on metabolic health in ApoE-/- and ob/ob mice.

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    Reynolds, Clare M; Toomey, Sinead; McBride, Rachael; McMonagle, Jolene; Morine, Melissa J; Belton, Orina; Moloney, Aidan P; Roche, Helen M

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    Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is found naturally in meat and dairy products, and represents a potential therapeutic functional nutrient. However, given the discrepancies in isomer composition and concentration, controversy surrounds its proposed antidiabetic, antiobesity effects. This study focused on the effects of CLA-enriched beef (composed predominantly of c9, t11-CLA) in two separate models of metabolic disease: proatherosclerotic ApoE(-/-) mice and diabetic, leptin-deficient ob/ob mice. Animals were fed CLA-enriched beef for 28 days, and markers of the metabolic syndrome and atherosclerosis were assessed. Comprehensive hepatic transcriptomic analysis was completed to understand divergent metabolic effects of CLA. CLA-enriched beef significantly reduced plasma glucose, insulin, nonesterified fatty acid and triacylglycerol and increased adiponectin levels in ob/ob mice. In contrast, plasma lipid profiles and glucose homeostasis deteriorated and promoted atherosclerosis following the CLA-enriched beef diet in ApoE(-/-) mice. Hepatic transcriptomic profiling revealed divergent effects of CLA-enriched beef on insulin signaling and lipogenic pathways, which were adversely affected in ApoE(-/-) mice. This study demonstrated clear divergence in the effects of CLA. CLA-enriched beef improved metabolic flexibility in ob/ob mice, resulting in enhanced insulin sensitivity. However, CLA-enriched diet increased expression of lipogenic genes, resulting in inefficient fatty acid storage which increases lipotoxicity in peripheral organs, and led to profound metabolic dysfunction in ApoE(-/-) mice. While CLA may have potential health effects, in some circumstances, caution must be exercised in presenting this bioactive lipid as a potential functional food for the treatment of metabolic disease.

  19. Arctigenin, a natural compound, activates AMP-activated protein kinase via inhibition of mitochondria complex I and ameliorates metabolic disorders in ob/ob mice.

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    Huang, S-L; Yu, R-T; Gong, J; Feng, Y; Dai, Y-L; Hu, F; Hu, Y-H; Tao, Y-D; Leng, Y

    2012-05-01

    Arctigenin is a natural compound that had never been previously demonstrated to have a glucose-lowering effect. Here it was found to activate AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), and the mechanism by which this occurred, as well as the effects on glucose and lipid metabolism were investigated. 2-Deoxyglucose uptake and AMPK phosphorylation were examined in L6 myotubes and isolated skeletal muscle. Gluconeogenesis and lipid synthesis were evaluated in rat primary hepatocytes. The acute and chronic effects of arctigenin on metabolic abnormalities were observed in C57BL/6J and ob/ob mice. Changes in mitochondrial membrane potential were measured using the J-aggregate-forming dye, JC-1. Analysis of respiration of L6 myotubes or isolated mitochondria was conducted in a channel oxygen system. Arctigenin increased AMPK phosphorylation and stimulated glucose uptake in L6 myotubes and isolated skeletal muscles. In primary hepatocytes, it decreased gluconeogenesis and lipid synthesis. The enhancement of glucose uptake and suppression of hepatic gluconeogenesis and lipid synthesis by arctigenin were prevented by blockade of AMPK activation. The respiration of L6 myotubes or isolated mitochondria was inhibited by arctigenin with a specific effect on respiratory complex I. A single oral dose of arctigenin reduced gluconeogenesis in C57BL/6J mice. Chronic oral administration of arctigenin lowered blood glucose and improved lipid metabolism in ob/ob mice. This study demonstrates a new role for arctigenin as a potent indirect activator of AMPK via inhibition of respiratory complex I, with beneficial effects on metabolic disorders in ob/ob mice. This highlights the potential value of arctigenin as a possible treatment of type 2 diabetes.

  20. The role of eIF-4C in protein synthesis initiation complex formation

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    Goumans, H.; Thomas, A.; Verhoeven, H.; Voorma, H.O.; Benne, R.

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    eIF-4C has a pronounced stimulatory effect on initiation complex formation with native 80-S ribosomes (80-Sn) as the only source of ribosomal subunits, but only a small effect when washed 40-S subunits are used. eIF-4C is accessary to eIF-3 in dissociating 80-Sn ribosomes. eIF-4C is present on 40-

  1. 32 CFR 1630.42 - Class 4-C: Alien or dual national.

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    ... 32 National Defense 6 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Class 4-C: Alien or dual national. 1630.42... CLASSIFICATION RULES § 1630.42 Class 4-C: Alien or dual national. In Class 4-C shall be placed any registrant who... service in the United States. (b) Is an alien and who has departed from the United States prior to...

  2. Emodin, an 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 inhibitor, regulates adipocyte function in vitro and exerts anti-diabetic effect in ob/ob mice

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    Yue-jing WANG; Su-ling HUANG; Ying FENG; Meng-meng NING; Ying LENG

    2012-01-01

    Aim:Emodin (1,3,8-trihydroxy 6-methylanthraquinone) is a potent and selective inhibitor of 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 (11β-HSD1) with the ability to ameliorate metabolic disorders in diet-induced obese mice.In the present study,we investigated the effects of emodin on adipocyte function and the underlying mechanisms in vitro,and its anti-diabetic effects in ob/ob mice.Methods:3T3-L1 adipocytes were used for in vitro studies.11β-HSD1A activity was evaluated with a scintillation proximity assay.The adipogenesis,glucose uptake,lipolysis and adiponectin secretion were investigated in 3T3-L1 adipocytes treated with emodin in the presence of active (corticosterone) or inactive glucocorticoid (11-dehydrocorticosterone).For in vivo studies,ob/ob mice were administered emodin (25 and 50 mg.kg-1·d-1,ip) for 26 d.On the last day of administration,the serum was collected and the mesenteric and perirenal fat were dissected for analyses.Results:Emodin inhibited the 11β-HSD1 activity in 3T3-L1 adipocytes in concentration- and time dependent manners (the IC50 values were 7,237 and 4.204 μmol/L,respectively,after 1 and 24 h treatment,in 3T3-L1 adipocytes,emodin (30 μmol/L) suppressed 11-dehydrocorticosterone-induced adipogenesis without affecting corticosterone-induced adipogenesis; emodin (3 μmol/L) reduced 11-dehydrocorticosterone-stimulated lipolysis,but had no effect on corticosterone-induced lipolysis.Moreover,emodin (3 μmol/L)partly reversed the impaired insulin-stimulated glucose uptake and adiponectin secretion induced by 11-dehydrocorticosterone but not those induced by corticosterone.In ob/ob mice,long-term emodin administration decreased 11β-HSD1 activity in mesenteric adipose tissues,lowered non-fasting and fasting blood glucose levels,and improved glucose tolerance.Conclusion:Emodin improves the inactive glucocorticoid-induced adipose tissue dysfunction by selective inhibition on 11β-HSD1 in adipocyte in vitro and improves glycemic control in ob/ob

  3. Using B4C Nanoparticles to Enhance Thermal and Mechanical Response of Aluminum

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    Fareeha Ubaid

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available In this work, Al-B4C nanocomposites were produced by microwave sintering and followed by hot extrusion processes. The influence of ceramic reinforcement (B4C nanoparticles on the physical, microstructural, mechanical, and thermal characteristics of the extruded Al-B4C nanocomposites was investigated. It was observed that the density decreased and porosity increased with an increase in B4C content in aluminum matrix. The porosity of the composites increased whereas density decreased with increasing B4C content. Electron microscopy analysis reveals the uniform distribution of B4C nanoparticles in the Al matrix. Mechanical characterization results revealed that hardness, elastic modulus, compression, and tensile strengths increased whereas ductility decreases with increasing B4C content. Al-1.0 vol. % B4C nanocomposite exhibited best hardness (135.56 Hv, Young’s modulus (88.63 GPa, and compression/tensile strength (524.67/194.41 MPa among the materials investigated. Further, coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE of composites gradually decreased with an increase in B4C content.

  4. Determination of OB/OD/SF Emission Factors using Unmanned Aerial Systems

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    Instrumented, unmanned aerial systems (UASs) have been used successfully in eight campaigns since 2010 to determine emission factors from open burning (OB), open detonation (OD), and static firing (SF) demilitarization activities. These systems have sampled directly from the plu...

  5. Abortion training to be required in standard Ob / Gyn curriculum.

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    On February 15, (1995) the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education announced that it will now require medical schools seeking accreditation to provide abortion training for all residents in obstetrics and gynecology. The new "Program Requirements for Residency Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology," approved unanimously, will take effect on January 1, 1996. According to the Council, the newly issued standards are the first to refer specifically to abortion. The language states, "Experience with induced abortion must be part of residency training, except for residents with moral or religious objections .... Experience with management of complications of abortion must be provided to all residents." The Council also mandates that if a medical school itself has "a religious, moral or legal" objection to teaching the procedure, it must "ensure that residents ... who do not have a religious or moral objection receive education and experience in performing abortion at another institution." Other revisions provide for expanded resident education in "primary and preventive care," due to the fact that many women rely on their obstetricians and gynecologists as their primary care physicians, as well as additional training experience in family planning, including "all reversible methods of contraception" and sterilization. In order to be certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, ob/gyns must graduate from an accredited residency program. In addition, teaching hospitals must be accredited to secure federal reimbursements for the medical services patients receive from residents. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education operates under the aegis of the American Medical Association, the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Council of Medical Specialty Societies. Both the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American College of

  6. Comparative Precise Parameters for OB Stars in Three Galaxies

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    Walborn, Nolan

    2014-10-01

    The chemical abundances, wind terminal velocities, and mass-loss rates of OB stars in the Small and Large Magellanic Clouds will be determined homogeneously from high-resolution spectroscopic data in the Mikulski Archive; and they will be further compared with analogous determinations in the Solar Neighborhood. As is well known, the three systems offer a metallicity sequence with values in solar units generally given as 0.2, 0.5, and 1, respectively, which should have corresponding effects on the metallic-line-driven winds. However, the quantitative basis for that general result can and should be improved for various reasons. For instance, it is based on heterogeneous analyses, some dated, of data with varying quality. Moreover, there is not a single metallicity but different relative values for different elements, seldom available for individual stars, with CNO significantly affected by internal evolutionary processes. We propose advances with state-of-the-art analyses of the best data, primarily from STIS and COS in the UV, but also incorporating FUSE observations of the same stars, and IUE high-resolution of a few. We shall also analyze correlative groundbased optical data. J-CB and collaborators have already published recent results for Galactic supergiants and SMC dwarfs, while work on the SMC giants/supergiants is in progress. We shall build upon that work with further Galactic and SMC data, and especially with the still relatively small but significant LMC UV sample, with detailed spectral-type matching insofar as possible. We shall also produce an atlas of all spectra analyzed, to be placed in the Archive as a high-level product to guide future work.

  7. PARTICLE SIZE-DEPENDENT PULVERIZATION OF B4C AND GENERATION OF B4C/STS NANOPARTICLES USED FOR NEUTRON ABSORBING COMPOSITES

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    JAEWOO KIM

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Pulverization of two different sized micro-B4C particles (∼10 μm and ∼150 μm was investigated using a STS based high energy ball milling system. Shapes, generation of the impurities, and reduction of the particle size dependent on milling time and initial particle size were investigated using various analytic tools including SEM-EDX, XRD, and ICP-MS. Most of impurity was produced during the early stage of milling, and impurity content became independent on the milling time after the saturation. The degree of particle size reduction was also dependent on the initial B4C size. It was found that the STS nanoparticles produced from milling is strongly bounded with the B4C particles forming the B4C/STS composite particles that can be used as a neutron absorbing nanocomposite. Based on the morphological evolution of the milled particles, a schematic pulverization model for the B4C particles was constructed.

  8. OB-RL silencing inhibits the thermoregulatory ability of Great Roundleaf Bats (Hipposideros armiger).

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    Zhu, Tengteng; Yuan, Lihong; Jones, Gareth; Hua, Panyu; He, Guimei; Chen, Jinping; Zhang, Shuyi

    2014-08-01

    Previous studies have shown that the hormone Leptin has an important role in mammalian heterothermy by regulating metabolism and food intake via lipolysis, as well as adaptive evolution of Leptin in heterothermic bats driven by selected pressure. However, the mechanism of Leptin in heterothermic regulation in mammals is unknown. By combining previous results, we speculated that the Leptin signaling pathway mediated by OB-RL (Leptin receptor long form) in the hypothalamus is important. OB-RL is one of the products of db gene and mainly distributed in the hypothalamus. In this study, we used OB-RL as a molecular marker, combining with the RNA interference technology and physiological/molecular analyses with Hipposideros armiger (a hibernating bat species) as an animal model, to explore the mechanism of Leptin in heterothermic regulation. Our data showed that all of four anti-OB-RL shRNA lentivirus significantly inhibited OB-RL expression (>90%), and the interference efficiency of PSC1742 lentivirus reached the highest value. In situ hybridization proved that PSC1742 lentivirus significantly decreased the OB-RL expression in the hypothalamus, especially in the ventromedial hypothalamic nucleus (VHM, 86.6%). Physiological analysis demonstrated that the thermoregulatory ability of bats (e.g., reducing core body temperature and heart rate) was significantly depressed after OB-RL silencing in the hypothalamus, and animals could not enter torpor state. Our study for the first time proved that the knock-down of OB-RL expression in hypothalamus inhibits heterothermic regulation of bats, and also provided the clues for further analyzing the mechanism of Leptin in the heterothermic regulation of mammals.

  9. 某医院护士专业自我概念与职业倦怠和离职意愿的相关性调查%A survey on thecorrelation of nurses professional self-concept on j ob burnout and turnover intention in a hospital

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    2016-01-01

    目的探讨护士的专业自我概念对护士职业倦怠、离职意愿的影响。方法2014年10月,选取某医院护士492名,采用专业自我概念量表、职业倦怠问卷量表和离职意愿量表进行匿名问卷调查。结果护士中出现职业倦怠的比例高达77.64%,职业倦怠护士在情感耗竭(27.15±7.18)、去人格化(9.32±4.07)、职业效能(18.76±7.61)3个维度方面与无职业倦怠护士对比差异有统计学意义(P<0.05),且护士的护龄越长、学历越高、加班时间越久,职业倦怠情况越严重(P<0.05)。护士中具有离职意愿的比例达80%,且离职意愿随着学历、加班时间呈上升趋势(P<0.05),随着护龄呈下降趋势(P<0.05)。具有职业倦怠和离职意愿的护士的专业自我概念与无职业倦怠、无离职意愿比较,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05)。结论护士的专业自我概念与职业倦怠、离职意愿均呈高度相关,可对护士的职业倦怠、离职意愿采取针对性的干预措施,增强护士的专业自我评分。%Objective To explore the impact of nurses�professional self-concept on occupational burnout and turnover intention.Methods 492 nurses were chosen in a hospital in October 2014,and anonymous questionnaire survey of the nurses� professional self-concept,job burnout and turnover intention were conducted.Results The prevalence of the job burnout among the nurses were 77.64% and the score of the emotional exhaustion(27.15±7.18),depersonalization(9.32±4.07)and professional efficacy(18.76±7.61) in 3 articles of job burnout questionnaire were significantly worse than the score of nurse with no job burnout (P<0.05).The longer of working year and working overtime,the higher educational attainment,the more serious situation of the job burnout(P<0.05).The will of turnover in the nurses was almost 80%,and increased with higher educational attainment and longer working overtime were (P<0.05),while declined with longer

  10. A Catalog of New Spectroscopically Confirmed Massive OB Stars in Carina

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    Alexander, Michael J; Povich, Matthew S; McSwain, M Virginia

    2016-01-01

    The Carina star-forming region is one of the largest in the Galaxy, and its massive star population is still being unveiled. The large number of stars combined with high, and highly variable, interstellar extinction makes it inherently difficult to find OB stars in this type of young region. We present the results of a spectroscopic campaign to study the massive star population of the Carina Nebula, with the primary goal to confirm or reject previously identified Carina OB star candidates. A total of 141 known O- and B-type stars and 94 candidates were observed, of which 73 candidates had a high enough signal-to-noise ratio to classify. We find 23 new OB stars within the Carina Nebula, a 32% confirmation rate. One of the new OB stars has blended spectra and is suspected to be a double-lined spectroscopic binary (SB2). We also reclassify the spectral types of the known OB stars and discover nine new SB2s among this population. Finally, we discuss the spatial distribution of these new OB stars relative to known...

  11. Osteoarthitis of Leptin-Deficient ob/ob Mice in Response to Biomechanical Loading in Micro-CT

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    Hansjoerg Heep, Gero Hilken, Sebastian Hofmeister, Christian Wedemeyer

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Mechanotransduction is the mechanism that due to reacting chondrocytes on biomechanical loading of body mass. Higher biomechanical loading lead to increased degeneration of chondrocytes, whereas moderate loading is protecting. This suggests that body fat regulates bone metabolism first by means of hormonal factors and second that the effects of muscle and loading are signaling factors in mechanotransduction. Leptin, a peptide hormone produced predominantly by white fat cells, is one of these hormonal factors. The aim of this study was to investigate and measure the different effects of weight-bearing on trabecular bone formation in mice without the stimulation of leptin and with or without osteoarthritis. Materials and methods: 40 C57BL/ 6J ob/ob-mice in the age of 20 weeks have been devided into two groups with an ad-libitum-diet and with reduced diet. The hip- and knee-joints have been examinated in micro-CT-scan and histomorphologically. Results: Animals with an ad-libitum-diet were found to increase body weight significantly at the age of six weeks in comparison with lean mice. At the age of twenty weeks the obese mice were almost twice as heavy as the lean mice. Significant statistical differences are shown between the two groups for body weight and bone mineral density. Examination of trabecular bone in micro-CT revealed that the only statistically significant difference between the two groups was the trabecular number for the proximal femur. High weight-bearing insignificantly improved all trabecular bone parameters in the obese mice. Correlation was found between trabecular number and bone mineral density on the one hand and body weight on the other hand. The correlation between body weight and osteoarthritis shows a significant increase in grade of osteoarthritis as body weight increases in hip-joint and knee-joint but not in osteoarthritis-positive (OP versus osteoarthritis-negative (ON mices. The correlation of the hip

  12. Synthesis and Electrochemical Properties of LiFePO4/C for Lithium Ion Batteries.

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    Gao, Hong; Wang, Jiazhao; Yin, Shengyu; Zheng, Hao; Wang, Shengfu; Feng, Chuanqi; Wang, Shiquan

    2015-03-01

    LiFePO4/C was prepared through a facile rheological phase reaction method by using Fe3(PO4)2, Li3PO4 · 8H2O, and glucose as reactants. The LiFePO4/C samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis. The electrochemical properties of the samples were investigated. The results show that the LiFePO4/C samples have single-phase olivine-type structure, and their particles feature a spherical shape. The carbon coating on the particles of LiFePO4 is about 1.8% of the LiFePO4/C by weight. The particle size was distributed from 0.2 to 1 µm. The initial discharge capacity of LiFePO4/C reached 154 mA h/g at 0.1 C. The retained discharge capacity of LiFePO4/C was 152.9 mA h g(-1) after 50 cycles. The LiFePO4/C also showed better cycling performance than that of the bare LiPeO4 at a higher charge/discharge rate (1 C). The LIFePO4/C prepared in this way could be a promising cathode material for lithium ion battery application.

  13. Enzyme kinetic studies of histone demethylases KDM4C and KDM6A

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    Kristensen, Jan B L; Nielsen, Anders L; Jørgensen, Lars

    2011-01-01

    To investigate ligand selectivity between the oncogenic KDM4C and tumor repressor protein KDM6A histone demethylases, KDM4C and KDM6A were enzymatically characterized, and subsequently, four compounds were tested for inhibitory effects. 2,4-dicarboxypyridine and (R)-N-oxalyl-O-benzyltyrosine (3) ...

  14. Microstructures and mechanical properties in B{sub 4}C-CeO{sub 2} ceramics

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    Sun Shuchen, E-mail: sunsc@smm.neu.edu.cn [School of Materials and Metallurgy, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110004 (China); Sakamoto, Tatsuaki; Nakai, Kiyomichi [Department of Materials Science and Biotechnology, Ehime University, 3Bunkyo-cho, Matsuyama 790-8577 (Japan); Kurishita, Hiroaki [International Research Center for Nuclear Materials Science, Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Oarai, Ibaraki 311-1313 (Japan); Kobayashi, Sengo [Department of Materials Science and Biotechnology, Ehime University, 3Bunkyo-cho, Matsuyama 790-8577 (Japan); Xu Jingyu; Cao Hui; Gao Bo; Bianxue; Wu Wenyuan; Tu Ganfeng [School of Materials and Metallurgy, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110004 (China); Matsuda, Seiji [Department of Anatomy and Embryology, Ehime University, Shizugawa, Toon 791-0295 (Japan)

    2011-10-01

    B{sub 4}C-CeO{sub 2} composite ceramics with various concentrations of CeO{sub 2} were fabricated by hot press. The effects of CeO{sub 2} on the microstructures and mechanical properties of the B{sub 4}C-CeO{sub 2} ceramics have been investigated. During hot press, CeB{sub 6} was formed by the reaction between CeO{sub 2} and B{sub 4}C. The B{sub 4}C-CeO{sub 2} ceramics had higher levels of density, fracture toughness, flexural strength and Vickers hardness than those in monolithic B{sub 4}C. The microstructures of the B{sub 4}C-CeO{sub 2} ceramics were observed and analyzed by transmission electron microscopy. In-situ synthesized CeB{sub 6} indicated whisker-like shape and grew along the interface with B{sub 4}C, and different boron carbides with different content of C existed at/around the interface of CeB{sub 6} with B{sub 4}C in the composite ceramics. It made mechanical properties greatly improved.

  15. Integration and communication for the continuity of cardiac care (I4C)

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    Bemmel, J.H. van; Ginneken, A.M. van; Stam, H.; Assanelli, D.; Macfarlane, P.W.; Maglaveras, N.; Rubel, P.; Zeelenberg, C.; Zywietz, Chr.

    1998-01-01

    The project I4C (Integration and Communication for the Continuity of Cardiac Care) is carried out for the advancement of cardiac care, from prevention to follow-up. The goals of I4C are: (1) integrated access to patient data, wherever they are stored; (2) support of evidence-based care; (3) consiste

  16. ALASKA1964_OBS - Alaska 1964 Tsunami Observations at Seaside, Oregon

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This data set is a point shapefile representing observations of inundation and water levels from the Alaska 1964 event obtained by Tom Horning (1997). The geospatial...

  17. ALASKA1964_OBS - Alaska 1964 Tsunami Observations at Seaside, Oregon

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This data set is a point shapefile representing observations of inundation and water levels from the Alaska 1964 event obtained by Tom Horning (1997). The geospatial...

  18. Pycnogenol supplementation promotes lipolysis via activation of cAMP-dependent PKA in ob/ob mice and primary-cultured adipocytes.

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    Ho, Jin-Nyoung; Kim, Ok-Kyung; Nam, Da-Eun; Jun, Woojin; Lee, Jeongmin

    2014-01-01

    This study investigated the PKA-dependent inhibitory effect of pycnogenol (Pyc) on lipolysis using ob/ob mice and primary mouse adipocytes. Supplementation of Pyc at 30 mg/kg significantly reduced body weight gain and visceral fat mass. The serum and hepatic triglyceride (TG) and total cholesterol (TC) levels were reduced by Pyc supplementation, and high density lipoprotein (HDL)-cholesterol level significantly increased. In addition, hormone sensitive lipase (HSL) and adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL) mRNA levels increased with Pyc supplementation in adipose tissue of ob/ob mice. The treatment of primary cultured adipocytes with Pyc at 100 μg/mL significantly increased glycerol release, cAMP level by reduction of phosphodiestersae-3B (PDE3B), and HSL levels, but decreased protein levels of perilipin A and fatty acid synthetase (FAS). The PKA inhibitor (H89) clearly blocked the cellular levels of perilipin A and HSL, suggesting that Pyc promotes lipolysis of adipocytes through activation of cAMP-dependent PKA, resulting in induction of HSL and reduction of perilipin A. Therefore, this study may elucidate the possible mechanism of Pyc, which is a candidate for weight loss through stimulation of lipolysis.

  19. (CH4)-C-14 Measurements in Greenland Ice: Investigating Last Glacial Termination CH4 Sources

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    Petrenko, V. V.; Smith, A. M.; Brook, E. J.;

    2009-01-01

    The cause of a large increase of atmospheric methane concentration during the Younger Dryas-Preboreal abrupt climatic transition (similar to 11,600 years ago) has been the subject of much debate. The carbon-14 (C-14) content of methane ((CH4)-C-14) should distinguish between wetland and clathrate...... contributions to this increase. We present measurements of (CH4)-C-14 in glacial ice, targeting this transition, performed by using ice samples obtained from an ablation site in west Greenland. Measured (CH4)-C-14 values were higher than predicted under any scenario. Sample (CH4)-C-14 appears to be elevated...... by direct cosmogenic C-14 production in ice. C-14 of CO was measured to better understand this process and correct the sample (CH4)-C-14. Corrected results suggest that wetland sources were likely responsible for the majority of the Younger Dryas-Preboreal CH4 rise....

  20. Comparative Study on the Marketing Theories of 4P and 4C%4P 与4C 营销理论的比较研究

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    尹坤; 李欣

    2015-01-01

    The marketing theories of 4P and 4C can’t be replaced by each other from the perspectives of the theories and the application related with the origination and development of marketing mix.They are origi-nated in different marketing environment and are not contradicted in essence.Hence,it is claimed that the theories of 4P and 4C should be mixed in application according to the industry peculiarities,market compe-tition condition and the different stages of the products.%从营销组合的产生与发展以及理论和应用层面分析认为,4P 和4C 营销理论之间不存在谁取代谁的关系,它们产生于不同的营销环境,没有本质的矛盾。在此基础上提出应该根据具体的行业特征、市场竞争状况和产品所处的不同的生命周期阶段来对4P 和4C 进行组合运用。

  1. Oscillations control of a transmission belt by Excitation Clipping using Clutch Clamping Control (E4C)

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    Temporelli, Robin; Micheau, Philippe

    2017-04-01

    A transmission belt deals with non-linear phenomena such as parametric excitations that can bring the belt in an instability region resulting in large transverse oscillations. These oscillations can cause belt life deflection, noise and unexpected vibration on its environment. The present study proposes a new strategy to control oscillations of a transmission belt subject to periodic tension fluctuations. Indeed, for a transmission belt, periodic torque fluctuations cause periodic belt tension fluctuations which can be a source of excitation for the belt and resulting in belt oscillations under certain conditions. The presence of a clutch between the belt end-point and the source of torque fluctuations offers a means to clip torque fluctuations and thus to clip belt excitation. In keeping with this notion, belt oscillations can be controlled by an Excitation Clipping using Clutch Clamping Control (E4C) strategy. Through an example of a transmission belt subject to periodic tension fluctuations, the E4C strategy is presented and a new analytical model of belt behavior with its E4C strategy is constructed. Free belt oscillations (E4C is not activated) and controlled belt oscillations (E4C is activated) are observed through an experimental setup and predicted owing to the new analytical model. Finally, the E4C strategy leads to frequency unlocking that successfully removes belt oscillations. This new analytical model furthermore provides an accurate prediction of belt behavior with its E4C strategy.

  2. Fabrication and Characterization of AL-AL4C3 Nanocomposite by Mechanical Alloying

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    Mohammad Sharifi, E.; Enayati, M. H.; Karimzadeh, F.

    Aluminum carbide (Al4C3) seems to be an ideal reinforcement for producing aluminum matrix composites. Al4C3 has high hardness and shear strength as well as a high melting point. The dispersion of Al4C3 particles in the matrix produces a pinning effect that reduces aluminum grain growth, which improves the mechanical properties. In this study, aluminum powders were mixed with 4.5 wt.% graphite and mechanically alloyed using a high-energy ball mill in order to produce Al-Al4C3 nanocomposite. The structural evaluation of powder particles after different milling times was studied by X-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy and microhardness measurements. The aluminum crystallite size estimated with broadening of XRD peaks by Williamson-Hall formula. XRD results suggested that the grain size of aluminum decreased to nanometer range (30 nm) during ball milling. No Al4C3 formed during the mechanical alloying process. Milled powders were then annealed at 300-600 °C for 1 h under argon atmosphere. Annealing at temperatures higher than 300 °C led to formation of Al4C3 phase which increased as annealing temperature increased. Aluminum grain size remained in nanometer range after annealing process. The microhardness of powder particles increased after annealing. Both effects are due to the formation of nanosized Al4C3 particles.

  3. Preparedness of Ob/Gyn residents for fellowship training in gynecologic oncology

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    David W. Doo

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Residency training in obstetrics and gynecology is being challenged by increasingly stringent regulations and decreased operative experience. We sought to determine the perception of preparedness of incoming gynecologic oncology fellows for advanced surgical training in gynecologic oncology. An online survey was sent to gynecologic oncologists involved in fellowship training in the United States. They were asked to evaluate their most recent incoming clinical fellows in the domains of professionalism, level of independence/graduated responsibility, psychomotor ability, clinical evaluation and management, and academia and scholarship using a standard Likert-style scale. The response rate among attending physicians was 40% (n = 105/260 and 61% (n = 28/46 for program directors. Of those who participated, 49% reported that their incoming fellows could not independently perform a hysterectomy, 59% reported that they could not independently perform 30 min of a major procedure, 40% reported that they could not control bleeding, 40% reported that they could not recognize anatomy and tissue planes, and 58% reported that they could not dissect tissue planes. Fellows lacked an understanding of pathophysiology, treatment recommendations, and the ability to identify and treat critically ill patients. In the academic domain, respondents agreed that fellows were deficient in the areas of protocol design (54%, statistical analysis (54%, and manuscript writing (65%. These results suggest that general Ob/Gyn residency is ineffective in preparing fellows for advanced training in gynecologic oncology and should prompt a revision of the goals and objectives of resident education to correct these deficiencies.

  4. NEAR-INFRARED VARIABILITY AMONG YOUNG STELLAR OBJECTS IN THE STAR FORMATION REGION CYGNUS OB7

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    Wolk, Scott J.; Rice, Thomas S. [Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States); Aspin, Colin [Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 640 North Aohoku Place, Hilo, HI 96720 (United States)

    2013-08-20

    We present an analysis of near-infrared time-series photometry in J, H, and K bands for about 100 epochs of a 1 Degree-Sign Multiplication-Sign 1 Degree-Sign region of the Lynds 1003/1004 dark cloud in the Cygnus OB7 region. Augmented by data from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, we identify 96 candidate disk bearing young stellar objects (YSOs) in the region. Of these, 30 are clearly Class I or earlier. Using the Wide-Field Imaging Camera on the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope, we were able to obtain photometry over three observing seasons, with photometric uncertainty better than 0.05 mag down to J Almost-Equal-To 17. We study detailed light curves and color trajectories of {approx}50 of the YSOs in the monitored field. We investigate the variability and periodicity of the YSOs and find the data are consistent with all YSOs being variable in these wavelengths on timescales of a few years. We divide the variability into four observational classes: (1) stars with periodic variability stable over long timescales, (2) variables which exhibit short-lived cyclic behavior, (3) long-duration variables, and (4) stochastic variables. Some YSO variability defies simple classification. We can explain much of the observed variability as being due to dynamic and rotational changes in the disk, including an asymmetric or changing blocking fraction, changes to the inner disk hole size, as well as changes to the accretion rate. Overall, we find that the Class I:Class II ratio of the cluster is consistent with an age of <1 Myr, with at least one individual, wildly varying source {approx}100, 000 yr old. We have also discovered a Class II eclipsing binary system with a period of 17.87 days.

  5. Discovering Massive Runaway Stars with Infrared Bow Shock Nebulae: Four OB Stars Found in WISE

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    Wernke, Heather N.; Kobulnicky, Henry A.; Dale, Daniel A.; Povich, Matthew S.; Andrews, Julian E.; Chick, William T.; Munari, Stephan; Olivier, Grace M.; Schurhammer, Danielle; Sorber, Rebecca L.

    2016-01-01

    Supernovae, pulsars, and gamma-ray bursts are examples of the result of the death of massive (late-O and early-B type) stars. Determining stellar mass loss rates can help us predict the type of death the star will endure. We focus on stars that are located at the center of an infrared bow shock nebula, indicating that the star was flung from its birthplace at supersonic speed. Observing these massive, high-velocity, runaway stars with bow shock nebulae to determine their spectral type will help in the measurements of their stellar mass loss rates. The spectra of four OB stars driving bow shock candidates are presented. These four candidates were found by searching through the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) All-Sky Data Release and were the most visible in the WISE 21µm band. The spectrum for each star was obtained with the Longslit Spectrograph at the Wyoming Infrared Observatory (WIRO). The spectral types of G077.3617+01.16 (HD 229159), G079.8219+00.096 ([CPR2002]A10), G092.7265+00.18, and G076.0752-02.2044 (TYC 2697-1046-1) were found to be B1.0I, O9.0V, B0.0V, and B0.0V respectively. As predicted, the candidates are all either late-O or early-B type stars. Now that the spectral types of these stars are known, further analysis can be done to determine the velocities, temperatures, masses, and stellar mass loss rates.This work is supported by the National Science Foundation under grants AST-1063146 (REU), AST-1411851 (RUI), and AST-1412845.

  6. Synthesis and characterisation of substrate-based peptides as inhibitors of histone demethylase KDM4C

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    Nielsen, Simon D; Leurs, Ulrike; Bergner, Magnus;

    2016-01-01

    The design and synthesis of modified pentapeptides based on a truncated version of the substrate for KDM4C, a histone lysine demethylase (KDM), and investigation of their inhibitory activity at KDM4C is reported. By modifying the lysine residue corresponding to lysine 9 at histone 3 (H3K9), three...... containing deprotected pentapeptide, thus demonstrating a highly facile and convergent synthetic strategy for making substrate-based inhibitors. One of the 14 peptides showed inhibitory activity at KDM4C demonstrating the need for an iron chelator in the pentapeptide series....

  7. Ocean Battlespace Sensing (OBS) S&T Department Annual Report

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    2014-09-30

    survey relative to a propagating background internal wave field. In the case of the Bay of Bengal, an energetic internal tide, apparently generated at the...Geophysical Union, 95(30), 269270. doi:10.1002/2014EO300001 6 Figure 4: Six days of along-drift variability in mixing and bio -optical quantities from the

  8. Spitzer observations of the Orion OB1 association: disk census in the low mass stars

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    Hernandez, Jesus; Briceño, C; Hartmann, L; Vivas, A K; Muzerolle, J; Downes, J; Allen, L; Gutermuth, R

    2007-01-01

    We present new Spitzer Space Telescope observations of two fields in the Orion OB1 association. We report here IRAC/MIPS observations for 115 confirmed members and 41 photometric candidates of the ~10 Myr 25 Orionis aggregate in the OB1a subassociation, and 106 confirmed members and 65 photometric candidates of the 5 Myr region located in the OB1b subassociation. The 25 Orionis aggregate shows a disk frequency of 6% while the field in the OB1b subassociation shows a disk frequency of 13%. Combining IRAC, MIPS and 2MASS photometry we place stars bearing disks in several classes: stars with optically thick disks (class II systems), stars with an inner transitional disks (transitional disk candidates) and stars with "evolved disks"; the last exhibit smaller IRAC/MIPS excesses than class II systems. In all, we identify 1 transitional disk candidate in the 25 Orionis aggregate and 3 in the OB1b field; this represents ~10% of the disk bearing stars, indicating that the transitional disk phase can be relatively fast...

  9. Early and late stimulation of ob mRNA expression in meal-fed and overfed rats.

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    Harris, R B; Ramsay, T G; Smith, S. R.; Bruch, R C

    1996-01-01

    ob protein is hypothesized to be a circulating feedback signal in the regulation of energy balance. Obese, overfed rats have high levels of ob mRNA expression and suppressed voluntary food intake, indicating the presence of a potent satiety factor. The objectives of this experiment were to determine whether feeding rats their normal daily intake in three meals, compared with ad libitum feeding, increased ob mRNA expression and to determine the degree of obesity required to stimulate expressio...

  10. Microstructure and Tensile Behaviour of B4C Reinforced ZA43 Alloy Composites

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    Adaveesh, B.; Halesh, G. M.; Nagaral, Madeva; Mohan Kumar, T. S.

    2016-09-01

    The work is carried out to investigate and study the mechanical properties of B4C reinforced ZA43 alloy metal matrix composites. In the present work ZA43 alloy is taken as the base matrix and B4C particulates as reinforcement material to prepare metal matrix composites by stir casting method. For metal matrix composites the reinforcement material was varied from 0 to 6 wt.% in steps of 3 wt.%. For each composite, the reinforcement particulates were preheated to a temperature of 300°C and dispersed into a vortex of molten ZA43 alloy. The microstructural characterization was done using scanning electron microscope. Mechanical properties like hardness, ultimate tensile strength and yield strength were evaluated as per ASTM standards. Further, scanning electron microphotographs revealed that there was uniform distribution of B4C particulates in ZA43 alloy matrix. Hardness, ultimate tensile strength and yield strength increased as wt.% of B4C increased in the base matrix.

  11. B4C/Mo/Si high reflectivity multilayer mirror at 30.4 nm

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    Zhanshan Wang; Lingyan Chen; Hongjun Zhou; Tonglin Huo; Shumin Zhang; Wenjuan Wu; Jingtao Zhu; Hongchang Wang; Cunxia Li; Yao Xu; Fengli Wang; Zhong Zhang

    2006-01-01

    The B4C/Mo/Si high reflectivity multilayer mirror was designed for He-Ⅱ radiation (30.4 nm) using the layer-by-layer method. The theoretical peak reflectivity was up to 38.2% at the incident angle of 5°. The B4C/Mo/Si multilayer was fabricated by direct current magnetron sputtering and measured at the National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (NSRL) of China. The experimental reflectivity of the B4C/Mo/Si multilayer at 30.4 nm was about 32.5%. The promising performances of the B4C/Mo/Si multilayer mirror could be used for the construction of solar physics instrumentation.

  12. Boron carbide (B{sub 4}C) coating. Deposition and testing

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    Azizov, E.; Barsuk, V. [Troitsk Institute for Innovation and Fusion Research (TRINITI), Moscow Region (Russian Federation); Begrambekov, L., E-mail: lbb@plasma.mephi.ru [National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), Moscow (Russian Federation); Buzhinsky, O. [Troitsk Institute for Innovation and Fusion Research (TRINITI), Moscow Region (Russian Federation); Evsin, A.; Gordeev, A.; Grunin, A. [National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), Moscow (Russian Federation); Klimov, N. [Troitsk Institute for Innovation and Fusion Research (TRINITI), Moscow Region (Russian Federation); Kurnaev, V. [National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), Moscow (Russian Federation); Mazul, I. [Federal State Unitary Interprise Efremov Scientific Research Institute of Electrophysical Apparatus (NIIEFA Efremov), St-Peterburg (Russian Federation); Otroshchenko, V.; Putric, A. [Troitsk Institute for Innovation and Fusion Research (TRINITI), Moscow Region (Russian Federation); Sadovskiy, Ya.; Shigin, P.; Vergazov, S.; Zakharov, A. [National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2015-08-15

    Boron carbide was proposed as a material of in-situ protecting coating for tungsten tiles of ITER divertor. To prove this concept the project including investigation of regimes of plasma deposition of B{sub 4}C coating on tungsten and tests of boron carbide layer in ITER-like is started recently. The paper contends the first results of the project. The results of B{sub 4}C coating irradiation by the plasma pulses of QSPU-T plasma accelerator are presented. The new device capable of B{sub 4}C film deposition on tungsten and testing of the films and materials with ITER-like heat loads and ion- and electron irradiation is described. The results of B{sub 4}C coating deposition and testing of both tungsten substrate and coating are shown and discussed.

  13. The Top 10 Things I LOVE about p4c Hawai'i

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    Ikeda, Jolyn

    2012-01-01

    In 2001, Dr. Thomas Jackson, or Dr. J as the author and her colleagues affectionately call him, spoke to the faculty at Waikiki Elementary. He described philosophy for children (p4c) Hawai'i and encouraged them to try P4C if something about it "resonated" with them. In the beginning, Dr. J held a p4t (philosophy for teachers)…

  14. TL and OSL studies of carbon doped magnesium aluminate (MgAl2O4:C)

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    Raj, Sanu S.; Mishra, D. R.; Soni, Anuj; Grover, V.; Polymeris, G. S.; Muthe, K. P.; Jha, S. K.; Tyagi, A. K.

    2016-10-01

    The MgAl2O4:C has been synthesized by using two different methods by electron gun and vacuum assisted melting of MgAl2O4 in presence of graphite. The MgAl2O4:C phosphor thus developed by these two different methods have similar types of the TL/OSL defects with multiple overlapping TL glow peaks from 100 °C to 400 °C. The Computerized Curve De-convolution Analysis (CCDA) has been used to measure TL parameters such as thermal trap depth, frequency factor and order of kinetic associated with charge transfer process in TL phenomenon. The investigated TL/OSL results show that these two methods of incorporating carbon in MgAl2O4 have generated closely resemble the defects of similar types in MgAl2O4:C lattice. However, the MgAl2O4:C synthesized by electron gun shows relatively larger concentration of the TL/OSL defects as compared to MgAl2O4:C synthesized using vacuum assisted melting method. The photo-ionization cross-section (PIC) associated with fastest OSL component of MgAl2O4: C is found to be ∼ 0.5 times than that of fastest OSL component of commercially available dosimetric grade α-Al2O3:C. The MgAl2O4:C thus developed shows good dynamic OSL dose linearity from few mGy to 1 Gy. This work reveals that MgAl2O4:C could be developed as potential tissue equivalent OSL / TL material.

  15. A multi-epoch XMM-Newton campaign on the core of the massive Cyg OB2 association

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    Rauw, Gregor

    2011-01-01

    Cyg OB2 is one of the most massive associations of O-type stars in our Galaxy. Despite the large interstellar reddening towards Cyg OB2, many studies, spanning a wide range of wavelengths, have been conducted to more clearly understand this association. X-ray observations provide a powerful tool to overcome the effect of interstellar absorption and study the most energetic processes associated with the stars in Cyg OB2. We analyse XMM-Newton data to investigate the X-ray and UV properties of massive O-type stars as well as low-mass pre-main sequence stars in Cyg OB2. We obtained six XMM-Newton observations of the core of Cyg OB2. In our analysis, we pay particular attention to the variability of the X-ray bright OB stars, especially the luminous blue variable candidate Cyg OB2 #12. We find that X-ray variability is quite common among the stars in Cyg OB2. Whilst short-term variations are restricted mostly to low-mass pre-main sequence stars, one third of the OB stars display long-term variations. The X-ray fl...

  16. The superluminal radio source 4c 39. 25 as relativistic jet prototype. El cuasar superluminal 4C 93. 25 como prototipo de jet relativistia

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    Alberdi, A.; Gomez, J.L.; Marcaide, J.M.

    1993-01-01

    We have developed a numerical code which solves the synchrotron radiation transfer equations to compute the total and polarized emission of bent shocked relativistic jets, and we have applied it to reproduce the compact structure, kinematic evolution of the superluminal radio source 4C 39.25 contains a bent relativistic jet which is misaligned relative to the observer near the core region, leading to a relatively low core brightness. (Author) 12 refs.

  17. Simulation of a nuclear densimeter using the Monte Carlo MCNP-4C code; Simulacao de um densimetro nuclear utilizando o codigo Monte Carlo MCNP-4C

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    Penna, Rodrigo [UNI-BH, Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Dept. de Ciencias Biologicas, Ambientais e da Saude (DCBAS/DCET); Silva, Clemente Jose Gusmao Carneiro da [Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz, UESC, Ilheus, BA (Brazil); Gomes, Paulo Mauricio Costa [Universidade FUMEC, Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

    2008-07-01

    Viability of building a nuclear wood densimeter based on low energy photons Compton scattering was done using Monte Carlo code (MCNP- 4C). It is simulated a collimated 60 keV beam of gamma rays emitted by {sup 241}Am source reaching wood blocks. Backscattered radiation by these blocks was calculated. Photons scattered were correlated with blocks of different wood densities. Results showed a linear relationship on wood density and scattered photons, therefore the viability of this wood densimeter. (author)

  18. Characterization of NCAM expression and function in BT4C and BT4Cn glioma cells

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    The neural cell adhesion molecule, NCAM, plays an important role in cell-cell adhesion. Therefore, we have studied NCAM expression in the glioma cell lines BT4C and BT4Cn. We demonstrate that the 2 cell lines differ in their metastatic ability; while BT4C cells have a very low capacity...... for producing experimental metastases, that of BT4Cn cells is high. In BT4C cells NCAM is synthesized as 4 polypeptides with Mr's of 190,000, 140,000, 115,000 and 97,000. The 140,000, 115,000 and 97,000 polypeptides are glycosylated and for the 140,000 and 115,000 polypeptides sulfatation is observed......-substratum binding assay in which the binding of BT4C and BT4Cn cells to NCAM immobilized to glass was assessed. We found that BT4C cells adhere specifically to NCAM, and that adhesion is inhibited by anti-NCAM Fab'-fragments, while no specific binding of BT4Cn cells to NCAM was observed. The BT4C and BT4Cn cell...

  19. The performance study of oxide by-passed(OB) lateral double diffused MOSFET

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    Tang, Pan-pan

    2016-10-01

    An SOI LDMOS device structure with Oxide By-passed(OB) was investigated and its breakdown mechanism and characteristic of structure was analyzed. Its performance was verified by 3D numerical simulation with SILVACO TCAD software. The simulated results show that the electrical field element of the device is modulated by the concept of similar Superjunction(SJ) structure. Compared with the SJ LDMOS device, OB LDMOS obtains the same breakdown voltage, simultaneously the specific on-resistance of the OB LDMOS reduces from 3.81mΩ·cm2 to 1.96mΩ·cm2, except for achieving comparable performance and overcoming the high aspect ratio of fabrication structure and the difficulty of accurate concentration match of SJ LDMOS.

  20. ESTIMATION OF BURSTS LENGTH AND DESIGN OF A FIBER DELAY LINE BASED OBS ROUTER

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    RICHA AWASTHI

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    Full Text Available The demand for higher bandwidth is increasing day by day and this ever growing demand cannot be catered to with current electronic technology. Thus new communication technology like optical communication needs to be used. In the similar context OBS (optical burst switching is considered as next generation data transfer technology. In OBS information is transmitted in forms of optical bursts of variable lengths. However, contention among the bursts is a major problem in OBS system, and for contention resolution defection routing is mostly preferred. However, deflection routing increases delay. In this paper, it is shown that the arrival of very large bursts is rare event, and for moderate burst length the buffering of contending burst can provide very effective solution. However, in case of arrival of large bursts deflection can be used.

  1. Jean-Pierre Poulain, Sociologie de l’obésité

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    Séguy, Laure

    2015-01-01

    L'ambition du présent ouvrage est de formuler la question de l'obésité du point de vue des sciences sociales. Il ne se réduit pas à la recherche de réponses à des hypothèses formulées par l'épidémiologie, mais se donne pour objectif de re-problématiser la question de l'obésité d'un point de vue sociologique et anthropologique. Les dimensions sociales de la question sont donc investies dans une triple perspective ; il s'agit pour Jean-Pierre Poulain de proposer une sociologie de l'obésité, une...

  2. Carnosic acid attenuates obesity-induced glucose intolerance and hepatic fat accumulation by modulating genes of lipid metabolism in C57BL/6J-ob/ob mice.

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    Park, Mi-Young; Sung, Mi-Kyung

    2015-03-15

    Carnosic acid (CA), a major bioactive component of rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) leaves, is known to possess antioxidant and anti-adipogenic activities. In this study it was hypothesized that CA would ameliorate obesity-induced glucose intolerence and hepatic fat accumulation, and possible mechanisms are suggested. It was observed that a 0.02% (w/w) CA diet effectively decreased body weight, liver weight and blood triglyceride (TG) and total cholesterol levels (P gene (L-FABP, SCD1 and FAS) expression decreased whereas lipolysis-related gene (CPT1) expression increased in animals fed the 0.02% CA diet (P obese control group (P obesity agent that regulates fatty acid metabolism in C57BL/6J-ob/ob mice. © 2014 Society of Chemical Industry.

  3. Long-Acting PASylated Leptin Ameliorates Obesity by Promoting Satiety and Preventing Hypometabolism in Leptin-Deficient Lep(ob/ob) Mice.

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    Bolze, Florian; Morath, Volker; Bast, Andrea; Rink, Nadine; Schlapschy, Martin; Mocek, Sabine; Skerra, Arne; Klingenspor, Martin

    2016-01-01

    Body weight loss of Lep(ob/ob) mice in response to leptin is larger than expected from the reduction in energy intake alone, suggesting a thermogenic action of unknown magnitude. We exploited the superior pharmacological properties of a novel long-acting leptin prepared via PASylation to study the contribution of its anorexigenic and thermogenic effects. PASylation, the genetic fusion of leptin with a conformationally disordered polypeptide comprising 600 Pro/Ala/Ser (PAS) residues, provides a superior way to increase the hydrodynamic volume of the fusion protein, thus retarding kidney filtration and extending plasma half-life. Here a single PAS(600)-leptin injection (300 pmol/g) resulted in a maximal weight reduction of 21% 6 days after application. The negative energy balance of 300 kJ/(4 d) was driven by a decrease in energy intake, whereas energy expenditure remained stable. Mice that were food restricted to the same extent showed an energy deficit of only 220 kJ/(4 d) owing to recurring torpor bouts. Therefore, the anorexigenic effect of PAS(600)-leptin contributes 75% to weight loss, whereas the thermogenic action accounts for 25% by preventing hypometabolism. In a second experiment, just four injections of PAS(600)-leptin (100 pmol/g) administered in 5- to 6-day intervals rectified the Lep(ob/ob) phenotype. In total, 16 nmol of PAS(600)-leptin per mouse triggered a weight loss of 43% within 20 days and normalized hypothermia and glucose homeostasis as well as hepatic steatosis. The beneficial properties of PAS(600)-leptin are substantiated by a comparison with previous studies in which approximately 400 nmol (∼25-fold) unmodified leptin was mandatory to achieve similar improvements.

  4. Reconstruction of Ob River, Russia, discharge from ring widths of floodplain trees

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    Agafonov, Leonid I.; Meko, David M.; Panyushkina, Irina P.

    2016-12-01

    The Ob is the third largest Eurasian river supplying heat and freshwater to the Arctic Ocean. These inputs influence water salinity, ice coverage, ocean temperatures and ocean circulation, and ultimately the global climate system. Variability of Ob River flow on long time scales is poorly understood, however, because gaged flow records are short. Eleven tree-ring width chronologies of Pinus sibirica and Larix sibirica are developed from the floodplain of the Lower Ob River, analyzed for hydroclimatic signal and applied as predictors in a regression model to reconstruct 8-month average (December-July) discharge of the Ob River at Salekhard over the interval 1705-2012 (308 yrs). Correlation analysis suggests the signal for discharge comes through air temperature: high discharge and floodplain water levels favor cool growing-season air temperature, which limits tree growth for the sampled species at these high latitudes. The reconstruction model (R2 = 0.31, 1937-2009 calibration period) is strongly supported by cross-validation and analysis of residuals. Correlation of observed with reconstructed discharge improves with smoothing. The long-term reconstruction correlates significantly with a previous Ob River reconstruction from ring widths of trees outside the Ob River floodplain and extends that record by another century. Results suggest that large multi-decadal swings in discharge have occurred at irregular intervals, that variations in the 20th and 21st centuries have been within the envelope of natural variability of the past 3 centuries, and that discharge data for 1937-2009 underestimate both the variability and persistence of discharge in the last 3 centuries. The reconstruction gives ecologists, climatologists and water resource planners a long-term context for assessment of climate change impacts.

  5. NEAR INFRARED DIFFUSE INTERSTELLAR BANDS TOWARD THE CYGNUS OB2 ASSOCIATION

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    Hamano, Satoshi; Kondo, Sohei; Sameshima, Hiroaki; Nakanishi, Kenshi; Kawakita, Hideyo [Laboratory of Infrared High-resolution Spectroscopy, Koyama Astronomical Observatory, Kyoto Sangyo University, Motoyama, Kamigamo, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8555 (Japan); Kobayashi, Naoto [Institute of Astronomy, School of Science, University of Tokyo, 2-21-1 Osawa, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-0015 (Japan); Ikeda, Yuji [Photocoding, 460-102 Iwakura-Nakamachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-0025 (Japan); Yasui, Chikako; Mizumoto, Misaki; Matsunaga, Noriyuki; Fukue, Kei; Yamamoto, Ryo; Izumi, Natsuko [Department of Astronomy, Graduate School of Science, University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan); Mito, Hiroyuki [Kiso Observatory, Institute of Astronomy, School of Science, The University of Tokyo, 10762-30 Mitake, Kiso-machi, Kiso-gun, Nagano, 397-0101 (Japan); Nakaoka, Tetsuya; Kawanishi, Takafumi; Kitano, Ayaka; Otsubo, Shogo [Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, Kyoto Sangyo University, Motoyama, Kamigamo, Kita-ku, Kyoto 603-8555 (Japan); Kinoshita, Masaomi, E-mail: hamano@cc.kyoto-su.ac.jp [Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, Aichi, 464-8601 (Japan)

    2016-04-10

    We obtained the near-infrared (NIR) high-resolution (R ≡ λ/Δλ ∼ 20,000) spectra of the seven brightest early-type stars in the Cygnus OB2 association for investigating the environmental dependence of diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs). The WINERED spectrograph mounted on the Araki 1.3 m telescope in Japan was used to collect data. All 20 of the known DIBs within the wavelength coverage of WINERED (0.91 < λ < 1.36 μm) were clearly detected along all lines of sight because of their high flux density in the NIR wavelength range and the large extinction. The equivalent widths (EWs) of DIBs were not correlated with the column densities of C{sub 2} molecules, which trace the patchy dense component, suggesting that the NIR DIB carriers are distributed mainly in the diffuse component. On the basis of the correlations among the NIR DIBs both for stars in Cyg OB2 and stars observed previously, λλ10780, 10792, 11797, 12623, and 13175 are found to constitute a “family,” in which the DIBs are correlated well over the wide EW range. In contrast, the EW of λ10504 is found to remain almost constant over the stars in Cyg OB2. The extinction estimated from the average EW of λ10504 (A{sub V} ∼ 3.6 mag) roughly corresponds to the lower limit of the extinction distribution of OB stars in Cyg OB2. This suggests that λ10504 is absorbed only by the foreground clouds, implying that the carrier of λ10504 is completely destroyed in Cyg OB2, probably by the strong UV radiation field. The different behaviors of the DIBs may be caused by different properties of the DIB carriers.

  6. Nov način simuliranja občutka vožnje

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    ZAJC, MATIC

    2015-01-01

    To diplomsko delo predstavlja nov način simuliranja občutka vožnje. V ta namen na trgu obstajajo različni simulatorji. Tem je skupno, da za generiranje sile uporabljajo gravitacijo, kar za seboj prinese številne omejitve, predvsem pri simuliranju dolgotrajnih pospeškov. Naš način simuliranja občutka vožnje pa deluje na principu generiranje sile na glavo uporabnika s pomočjo aktuatorjev. V prvem delu si bomo na kratko ogledali zgodovino razvoja simulatorjev. Simulatorji so bili v zadnjih de...

  7. Analyzing the Effects of Nitrogen Deficiency on the PHB Production of Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b

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    Kyauk, E.

    2011-12-01

    Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) is a biodegradable thermoplastic that is produced by various microorganisms. Because of its potential to replace conventional plastics, it has been closely researched in the past few years. Methanotrophic bacteria, bacteria that consume methane, produce this bioplastic when it lacks certain nutrients. The utilization of methane to produce PHB shows much promise as methane is a cheap, plentiful gas. In this study, we observed the methanotroph, Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b , and its yield of PHB in the absence of nitrogen. The optical density of Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b was measured in order to observe cell growth and PHB production patterns over a 48 hour period.

  8. 促红细胞生成素改善ob/ob小鼠肝脏脂质沉积%Protective effects of erythropoietin on lipid metabolism in the liver of ob/ob mice

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    洪汀; 毕艳; 葛智娟; 汤孙寅焱; 汤文娟; 朱大龙

    2016-01-01

    目的:研究促红细胞生成素(EPO)对肝脏脂质沉积的影响及可能的分子机制。方法12只雄性8周龄遗传型肥胖小鼠(ob/ob)随机数字表法分为2组:一组腹腔注射EPO(3000 U/kg),即EPO组(ob/ob+EPO,n=6);另一组注射等量磷酸盐缓冲液(PBS),即PBS组(ob/ob+PBS,n=6);同窝野生型C57BL/6小鼠作为正常对照组(C57BL/6,n=6),药物干预5周。以棕榈酸(PA,0.5 mmol/L)及不同浓度EPO处理人肝癌细胞株HepG2,分为对照组(不处理)、PA组、PA+EPO (5 U/ml)组及PA+EPO (10 U/ml)组。油红O染色观察各组小鼠肝组织及HepG2细胞内脂质沉积。Western blotting法检测各组小鼠肝脏及HepG2细胞中EPO受体(EPOR)、固醇调节元件结合蛋白1c(SREBP-1c)、脂肪酸合酶(FAS)、乙酰辅酶A羧化酶(ACC)及肉毒碱棕榈酰基转移酶1a(CPT-1a)的蛋白表达。多组间数据比较采用单因素方差分析,两两比较采用最小显著差异法。结果油红O染色显示EPO干预的小鼠肝脏组织及HepG2细胞内脂质沉积均较各自对照组减少。与PBS组相比,EPO组小鼠肝脏SREBP-1c、FAS、ACC蛋白水平显著下降(分别为0.78±0.08比1.23±0.03、1.03±0.08比1.16±0.01、1.10±0.33比1.69±0.02,t=-6.906、-2.756、-8.794,均P<0.05),EPOR和CPT-1a蛋白水平明显升高(分别为1.28±0.14比0.97±0.06、0.77±0.06比0.60±0.12,t=2.749、2.655,均P<0.05)。在HepG2细胞中,与PA组相比,PA+EPO(10 U/ml)组中SREBP-1c、FAS、ACC蛋白水平显著下降(t=-10.731、-2.760、-9.618,均P<0.05), EPOR和CPT-1a蛋白水平升高(t=7.556、2.674,均P<0.05)。结论 EPO可能通过抑制肝脏脂质合成,促进脂肪酸氧化,从而减少肝脏脂质过度沉积。%Objective To investigate the effects of erythropoietin (EPO) on hepatic lipid metabolism and explore the underlying mechanism. Methods Twelve eight-week female ob/ob mice were randomly divided

  9. Al4C3 Hydration Thermochemical Analysis for Burned Carbon-containing Refractories with Al

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    YANG Ding'ao; YU Zhiming; FAN Liuwu

    2003-01-01

    In this paper, X-ray diffractogram analysis and SEM observation of Al4 C3 formed at high temperature from carbon-containing refractories with Al have been carried out.Aluminum added to carbon-containing refractories reacts with C(s)to form Al4 C3(s) gradually during heating from 600 ℃ to 1200℃.It is considered that the interlocked structure of Al4 C3 plate crystals promotes the outstanding increase of hot modulus of rupture of carbon-containing refractories with Al. The HMOR of carbon-containing refractories added with Al additive from 0 to 5wt% increases by 2.8 times being from 6.5MPa to 18.2MPa.After a thermochemical calculation for hydration reaction processes of Al4 C3 and H2O(g), the equilibrium partial pressure chart of H2O(g)in H2O-Al4C3-Al(OH)3 system vs various temperatures has been attained . The H2O (g) partial pressure in the air needed for the Al4 C3 hydration reaction is no more than 10~18 atm at the temperature below 120℃.It is considered that the burned carbon-containing refractories with Al is extremely easy to hydrate and the cracking of burned carbon-containing refractories is generated because that the hydration expansion is 2.11 times during transforming from Al4 C3 to Al(OH)3.The fundamental measure against hydration of the refractories is to insulate the refractories from H2O(g)by various means such as pitch impregnation or other sealing materials.

  10. Advective transport observations with MODPATH-OBS--documentation of the MODPATH observation process

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    Hanson, R.T.; Kauffman, L.K.; Hill, M.C.; Dickinson, J.E.; Mehl, S.W.

    2013-01-01

    The MODPATH-OBS computer program described in this report is designed to calculate simulated equivalents for observations related to advective groundwater transport that can be represented in a quantitative way by using simulated particle-tracking data. The simulated equivalents supported by MODPATH-OBS are (1) distance from a source location at a defined time, or proximity to an observed location; (2) time of travel from an initial location to defined locations, areas, or volumes of the simulated system; (3) concentrations used to simulate groundwater age; and (4) percentages of water derived from contributing source areas. Although particle tracking only simulates the advective component of conservative transport, effects of non-conservative processes such as retardation can be approximated through manipulation of the effective-porosity value used to calculate velocity based on the properties of selected conservative tracers. This program can also account for simple decay or production, but it cannot account for diffusion. Dispersion can be represented through direct simulation of subsurface heterogeneity and the use of many particles. MODPATH-OBS acts as a postprocessor to MODPATH, so that the sequence of model runs generally required is MODFLOW, MODPATH, and MODPATH-OBS. The version of MODFLOW and MODPATH that support the version of MODPATH-OBS presented in this report are MODFLOW-2005 or MODFLOW-LGR, and MODPATH-LGR. MODFLOW-LGR is derived from MODFLOW-2005, MODPATH 5, and MODPATH 6 and supports local grid refinement. MODPATH-LGR is derived from MODPATH 5. It supports the forward and backward tracking of particles through locally refined grids and provides the output needed for MODPATH_OBS. For a single grid and no observations, MODPATH-LGR results are equivalent to MODPATH 5. MODPATH-LGR and MODPATH-OBS simulations can use nearly all of the capabilities of MODFLOW-2005 and MODFLOW-LGR; for example, simulations may be steady-state, transient, or a combination

  11. Homologous Transcription Factors DUX4 and DUX4c Associate with Cytoplasmic Proteins during Muscle Differentiation.

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    Full Text Available Hundreds of double homeobox (DUX genes map within 3.3-kb repeated elements dispersed in the human genome and encode DNA-binding proteins. Among these, we identified DUX4, a potent transcription factor that causes facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD. In the present study, we performed yeast two-hybrid screens and protein co-purifications with HaloTag-DUX fusions or GST-DUX4 pull-down to identify protein partners of DUX4, DUX4c (which is identical to DUX4 except for the end of the carboxyl terminal domain and DUX1 (which is limited to the double homeodomain. Unexpectedly, we identified and validated (by co-immunoprecipitation, GST pull-down, co-immunofluorescence and in situ Proximal Ligation Assay the interaction of DUX4, DUX4c and DUX1 with type III intermediate filament protein desmin in the cytoplasm and at the nuclear periphery. Desmin filaments link adjacent sarcomere at the Z-discs, connect them to sarcolemma proteins and interact with mitochondria. These intermediate filament also contact the nuclear lamina and contribute to positioning of the nuclei. Another Z-disc protein, LMCD1 that contains a LIM domain was also validated as a DUX4 partner. The functionality of DUX4 or DUX4c interactions with cytoplasmic proteins is underscored by the cytoplasmic detection of DUX4/DUX4c upon myoblast fusion. In addition, we identified and validated (by co-immunoprecipitation, co-immunofluorescence and in situ Proximal Ligation Assay as DUX4/4c partners several RNA-binding proteins such as C1QBP, SRSF9, RBM3, FUS/TLS and SFPQ that are involved in mRNA splicing and translation. FUS and SFPQ are nuclear proteins, however their cytoplasmic translocation was reported in neuronal cells where they associated with ribonucleoparticles (RNPs. Several other validated or identified DUX4/DUX4c partners are also contained in mRNP granules, and the co-localizations with cytoplasmic DAPI-positive spots is in keeping with such an association. Large muscle RNPs

  12. Cytolipotoxicity-induced involution of the female reproductive tract following expression of obese (ob/ob) and diabetes (db/db) genotype mutations: progressive, hyperlipidemic transformation into adipocytic tissues.

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    Garris, David R; Garris, Bryan L

    2004-01-01

    Both diabetes (db/db) and obese (ob/ob) single gene mutations induce a progressive, hyperglycemic-hyperinsulinemic endometabolic environment which promotes hypercytolipidemic, utero-ovarian involution in C57BL/KsJ mice. The progressive expression of the induced diabetes-obesity syndrome (DOS) results in female reproductive sterility and eventual organoatrophy. In order to define the intra-cytoplasmic alterations induced by the progressive cytolipidemia on cellular vitality, utero-ovarian tissue samples were collected from both control (+/?) and littermate-matched ob/ob or db/db C57BL/KsJ mice at either 4 weeks (initial-onset DOS phase), 8 weeks (progressive, overt DOS phase), or 16 weeks (chronic-DOS phase) of age for cytolipid distribution analysis. All db/db and ob/ob mutant groups exhibited phenotypic obesity and systemic hyperglycemia-hyperinsulinemia relative to age-matched littermate +/? groups. In all db/db and ob/ob age groups, a progressive hypercytolipidemia was noted relative to +/? groups. When analyzed for lipid channeling, a progressive perinuclear mapping pattern of cytolipid distribution was noted. The primary locus of initial db/db and ob/ob cytolipid deposition was localized to the baso-polar regions in endometrial epithelia samples, or to the interstitium-thecal layer border of ovarian follicular compartments, during the initial-onset DOS phase. Progressively, intra-cytoplasmic lipid mobilization promoted a consistent perinuclear channeling of lipid vacuoles, ultimately isolating nuclear loci from the peripherally displaced cytoplasmic organelles within uterine epithelial layers. In db/db and ob/ob ovarian tissue samples, a progressive, gradient-related lipid infiltration of interstitial, thecal and, ultimately, granulosa cell layers promoted an enhanced rate of follicular-lipidemic atresia relative to +/? groups. In each tissue layer, the cytolipidemia promoted a dramatic perinuclear lipid-isolation barrier from intra-cytoplasmic organelle

  13. Wetting of B{sub 4}C, TiC and graphite substrates by molten Mg

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    Zhang Dan [Key Laboratory of Automobile Materials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Jilin University, No. 5988 Renmin Street, Changchun 130025 (China); Shen Ping, E-mail: shenping@jlu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Automobile Materials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Jilin University, No. 5988 Renmin Street, Changchun 130025 (China); Shi Laixin; Jiang Qichuan [Key Laboratory of Automobile Materials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Jilin University, No. 5988 Renmin Street, Changchun 130025 (China)

    2011-10-17

    Highlights: {yields} The wettability of TiC, B4C and C by molten Mg was determined using an improved sessile drop method. {yields} A new method to evaluate the wetting behavior coupled with evaporation and reaction was proposed. {yields} The bonding characteristics in the Mg/B4C, Mg/TiC and Mg/graphite systems were evaluated. - Abstract: The isotherm wetting of B{sub 4}C, TiC and graphite substrates by molten Mg was studied in a flowing Ar atmosphere at 973-1173 K using an improved sessile drop method. The initial contact angles are in the ranges of 95-87 deg., 74-60 deg. and 142-124 deg., respectively, moderately depending on the temperature. All the systems are non-reactive in nature; however, the presence of impurity of free boron at the B{sub 4}C surface gave rise to the chemical reaction with molten Mg and thus promoted the wettability to a certain degree. A new method was proposed to evaluate the wetting behavior coupled with evaporation and chemical reaction. Furthermore, based on the comparison of the work of adhesion and cohesion, the bonding in the Mg/B{sub 4}C and Mg/TiC systems is presumably mainly chemical while that in the Mg/graphite system is physical.

  14. Audiological Findings in Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease Type 4C.

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    Sivera, Rafael; Cavalle, Laura; Vílchez, Juan J; Espinós, Carmen; Pérez Garrigues, Herminio; Sevilla, Teresa

    2017-04-01

    Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 4C (CMT4C) is a hereditary demyelinating early onset neuropathy with prominent unsteadiness and occasional cranial nerve involvement. Vestibulopathy caused by the dysfunction of cranial nerve VIII has been demonstrated in a high percentage of these patients, but the presence and degree of auditory neuropathy are unknown. The aim of the study was to characterize the hearing abnormalities of a series of patients with CMT4C and to determine the presence and severity of auditory neuropathy (AN) in these patients. Ten patients with genetically confirmed CMT4C underwent comprehensive clinical and audiological testing. The results were compared among patients in different age groups and also to the results of vestibular testing that had already been performed. Only 3 patients had hearing problems, but 9 had hearing abnormalities on ancillary testing that were compatible with different degrees of auditory nerve dysfunction. In the mildest cases, only the abnormality of the stapedial reflex and distortion of wave I in auditory brainstem responses could be detected. In the more severe cases, tonal audiometry revealed asymmetric hearing loss. These findings were more severe in older patients, even after correcting for age-related hypoacusia. In these patients, vestibular dysfunction could also be detected and seemed to be more profound and symmetric than hearing loss. This report confirms and defines the presence of different degrees of auditory neuropathy in all patients with CMT4C, being detectable, usually unilaterally, during infancy, and worsening with disease progression.

  15. Tribomechanical behavior of B{sub 4}C{sub p} reinforced Al 359 composites

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    Ramasamy, Deivasigamani; Rathanasamy, Rajasekar [Kongu Engineering College, Tamil Nadu (India). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; Subramanian, Mohan Kumar; Kaliyannan, Gobinath Velu [PAAVAI Engineering College, Tamil Nadu (India). Dept. of Mechatronics Engineering; Palaniappan, Sathish Kumar [Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal (India); Durairaj, Jayanth

    2017-03-01

    n the present investigation, the influence of B{sub 4}C{sub p} particles on the mechanical and tribological behavior of Al 359 composites has been studied. B{sub 4}C{sub p} particle reinforced Al 359 composite samples were prepared by stir casting process. Hardness, tensile strength and wear behavior of the composites were studied and compared with a control specimen. Hardness of B{sub 4}C{sub p} particles reinforced Al 359 matrix increases compared to base matrix due to the presence of the ceramic phase. Coefficient of friction considerably increases with up to 20 wt.-% addition of B{sub 4}C{sub p} in base matrix. Specimens were subjected to wear tests under different load conditions and the following five different wear mechanisms such as wear groove, abrasion, delamination, oxidation and plastic deformation were evaluated. The abrasion results prove the increase in wear resistance of B{sub 4}C{sub p} reinforced composites compared to a control specimen.

  16. Characterization of NCAM expression and function in BT4C and BT4Cn glioma cells

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    1991-01-01

    The neural cell adhesion molecule, NCAM, plays an important role in cell-cell adhesion. Therefore, we have studied NCAM expression in the glioma cell lines BT4C and BT4Cn. We demonstrate that the 2 cell lines differ in their metastatic ability; while BT4C cells have a very low capacity for produc...... lines thus constitute an important new model system for the study of tumor invasion and metastasis and of the role of cell adhesion molecules in these processes.......The neural cell adhesion molecule, NCAM, plays an important role in cell-cell adhesion. Therefore, we have studied NCAM expression in the glioma cell lines BT4C and BT4Cn. We demonstrate that the 2 cell lines differ in their metastatic ability; while BT4C cells have a very low capacity...... for producing experimental metastases, that of BT4Cn cells is high. In BT4C cells NCAM is synthesized as 4 polypeptides with Mr's of 190,000, 140,000, 115,000 and 97,000. The 140,000, 115,000 and 97,000 polypeptides are glycosylated and for the 140,000 and 115,000 polypeptides sulfatation is observed...

  17. Mitochondrial haplogroup C4c: a rare lineage entering America through the ice-free corridor?

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    Hooshiar Kashani, Baharak; Perego, Ugo A; Olivieri, Anna; Angerhofer, Norman; Gandini, Francesca; Carossa, Valeria; Lancioni, Hovirag; Semino, Ornella; Woodward, Scott R; Achilli, Alessandro; Torroni, Antonio

    2012-01-01

    Recent analyses of mitochondrial genomes from Native Americans have brought the overall number of recognized maternal founding lineages from just four to a current count of 15. However, because of their relative low frequency, almost nothing is known for some of these lineages. This leaves a considerable void in understanding the events that led to the colonization of the Americas following the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM). In this study, we identified and completely sequenced 14 mitochondrial DNAs belonging to one extremely rare Native American lineage known as haplogroup C4c. Its age and geographical distribution raise the possibility that C4c marked the Paleo-Indian group(s) that entered North America from Beringia through the ice-free corridor between the Laurentide and Cordilleran ice sheets. The similarities in ages andgeographical distributions for C4c and the previously analyzed X2a lineage provide support to the scenario of a dual origin for Paleo-Indians. Taking into account that C4c is deeply rooted in the Asian portion of the mtDNA phylogeny and is indubitably of Asian origin, the finding that C4c and X2a are characterized by parallel genetic histories definitively dismisses the controversial hypothesis of an Atlantic glacial entry route into North America.

  18. WSRT 1.4 and 5-GHz light curves for WR 147 (AS 431, WN8(h)+OB)

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    Gunawan, DYAS; de Bruyn, AG; van der Hucht, KA; Williams, PM

    2001-01-01

    The results of more than 8-yr monitoring (1988-1997) of the Wolf-Rayet binary WR 147 (WN8(h)-OB) with the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT) are presented. When the strong winds of the Wolf-Rayet (WR) and OB binary components collide. they produce non-thermal excess radiation in the region

  19. Hot pressing of B{sub 4}C/SiC composites

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    Sahin, F.C.; Turhan, E.; Yesilcubuk, S.A.; Addemir, O. [Ystanbul Technical University, Faculty of Chemistry and Metallurgy, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering Dept., Maslak-Ystanbul (Turkey)

    2005-07-01

    B{sub 4}C/SiC ceramic composites containing 10-20-30 vol % SiC were prepared by hot pressing method. The effect of SiC addition and hot pressing temperature on sintering behaviour and mechanical properties of hot pressed composites were investigated. Microstructures of hot pressed samples were examined by SEM technique. Three different temperatures (2100 deg. C, 2200 deg. C and 2250 deg. C) were used to optimize hot pressing temperature applying 100 MPa pressure under argon atmosphere during the sintering procedure. The highest relative density of 98.44 % was obtained by hot pressing at 2250 deg. C. However, bending strengths of B{sub 4}C/SiC composite samples were lower than monolithic B{sub 4}C in all experimental conditions. (authors)

  20. Neutron absorption of Al-Si-Mg-B{sub 4}C composite

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    Abdullah, Yusof, E-mail: yusofabd@nuclearmalaysia.gov.my; Yusof, Mohd Reusmaazran [Malaysian Nuclear Agency, 43000, Bangi Selangor (Malaysia); Ibrahim, Anis Syukriah; Daud, Abdul Razak [Department of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science & Technology, National University of Malaysia, 43600, Bangi Selangor (Malaysia)

    2016-01-22

    Al-Si-Mg-B{sub 4}C composites containing 2-8 wt% of B{sub 4}C were prepared by stir casting technique. Homogenization treatment was carried out at temperatures of 540°C for 4 houra and followed by ageing at 180°C for 2 houra. Microstructure and phase identification were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) respectively. Neutron absorption study was investigated using neutron source Am/Be{sup 241}. The result indicated that higher B{sub 4}C content improved the neutron absorption property. Meanwhile homogeneity of the composite was increased by ageing processes. This composite is potential to be used as neutron shielding material especially for nuclear reactor application.

  1. In situ carbon coated LiFePO4/C microrods with improved lithium intercalation behavior.

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    Bhuvaneswari, D; Kalaiselvi, N

    2014-01-28

    LiFePO4/C microrods consisting of building blocks of interconnected nanoparticles surrounded by a thin and amorphous coating of carbon have been prepared by a customized hydrothermal method. Appreciable discharge capacity values of 168 mA h g(-1) at 0.1 C and 130 mA h g(-1) at 5 C rates have been exhibited by the currently synthesized LiFePO4/C cathode. The study enumerates the feasibility of exploiting the hydrothermal method to prepare an in situ carbon coated LiFePO4/C compound with tunable morphological properties and desirable electrochemical properties observed for up to 100 cycles at a 5 C rate.

  2. Spin Evolution of Neutron Stars in OB/X-ray Binaries

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    Fan Zhang; Xiang-Dong Li; Zhen-Ru Wang

    2004-01-01

    We have investigated the relation between the orbital period Porb and the spin period Ps of neutron stars in OB/X-ray binaries.By simulating the timedevelopment of the mass loss rate and radius expansion of a 20M(◎)donor star,we have calculated the detailed spin evolution of the neutron star before steady wind accretion occurs(that is,when the break spin period is reached),or when the OB star begins evolving off the main sequence or has filled its Roche lobe.Our results are compatible with the observations of OB/X-ray binaries.We find that in relatively narrow systems with orbital periods less than tens of days,neutron stars with initial magnetic field B0 stronger than about 3 × 1012 G can reach the break spin period to allow steady wind accretion in the main sequence time,whereas neutron stars with B0 < 3 × 1012 G and/or in wide systems would still be in one of the pulsar,rapid rotator or propeller phases when the companion evolves off the main sequence or fills its Roche lobe.Our results may help understand the various characteristics of the observed OB/neutron star binaries along with their distributions in the Ps -Porb diagram.

  3. The Galaxy Kinematics from OB Stars with Proper Motions from the Gaia DR1 Catalog

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    Bobylev, V V

    2016-01-01

    We consider two previously studied samples of OB stars with different distance scales. The first one consists of 98 massive spectroscopic binary stars with photometric distances, and the second one consists on 140 OB stars with the distances determined along the lines of interstellar calcium. The OB stars are located at distances up to 7 kpc from the Sun. They are identified with the Gaia DR1 catalog. It is shown that the use of the proper motions, taken from the Gaia DR1 catalog, allows to reduce random errors of determination of the Galactic rotation parameters in comparison with the previously known ones. From the analysis of 208 OB stars from the Gaia DR1 catalog with proper motions and parallaxes with relative errors less than 200% we found the Galactic kinematic parameters. In addition the Galactic rotation parameters were obtained from only line-of-sight velocities of the same stars. From the comparison of the two values of \\Omega^{'}_0 a distance scale of the Gaia DR1 catalog was determined as a value...

  4. Kinetics of Chlorinated Hydrocarbon Degradation by Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b and Toxicity of Trichloroethylene

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    Oldenhuis, Roelof; Oedzes, Johannes Y.; Waarde, Jacob J. van der; Janssen, Dick B.

    1991-01-01

    The kinetics of the degradation of trichloroethylene (TCE) and seven other chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbons by Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b were studied. All experiments were performed with cells grown under copper stress and thus expressing soluble methane monooxygenase. Compounds that were re

  5. Degradation of Chlorinated Aliphatic Hydrocarbons by Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b Expressing Soluble Methane Monooxygenase

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    Oldenhuis, Roelof; Vink, Ruud L.J.M.; Janssen, Dick B.; Witholt, Bernard

    1989-01-01

    Degradation of trichloroethylene (TCE) by the methanotrophic bacterium Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b was studied by using cells grown in continuous culture. TCE degradation was a strictly cometabolic process, requiring the presence of a cosubstrate, preferably formate, and oxygen. M. trichosporium

  6. High-mass X-ray binaries and OB runaway stars

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    Kaper, L.; van der Meer, A.; Tijani, A.H.; Allen, C.; Scarfe, C.

    2004-01-01

    High-mass X-ray binaries (HMXBs) represent an important phase in the evolution of massive binary systems and provide fundamental information on the properties of the OB-star primaries and their compact secondaries (neutron star, black hole). Recent observations indicate that the neutron stars in som

  7. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Cosmography of OB stars in the solar neighbourhood (Bouy+, 2015)

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    Bouy, H.; Alves, J.

    2016-01-01

    We use the Hipparcos catalogue to revisit the cosmography of OB stars in the solar neighbourhood. Because of the drawbacks mentioned above, we focus on the 3D spatial distribution using modern full 3D data analysis and interactive visualization techniques instead of 2D projections, and refrain from using velocities as a discovery criterion for stellar groups. (1 data file).

  8. ObsPack: a framework for the preparation, delivery, and attribution of atmospheric greenhouse gas data

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    Masarie, K. A.; Peters, W.; Jacobson, A. R.; Tans, P. P.

    2014-01-01

    Observation Package (ObsPack) is a framework designed to bring together atmospheric greenhouse gas observations from a variety of sampling platforms, prepare them with specific applications in mind, and package and distribute them in a self-consistent and well-documented product. Data products creat

  9. ObsPack: a framework for the preparation, delivery, and attribution of atmospheric greenhouse gas measurements

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    Masarie, K. A.; Peters, W.; Jacobson, A. R.; Tans, P. P.

    2014-01-01

    Observation Package (ObsPack) is a framework designed to bring together atmospheric greenhouse gas observations from a variety of sampling platforms, prepare them with specific applications in mind, and package and distribute them in a self-consistent and well-documented product. Data products creat

  10. The protoplanetary disks in the nearby massive star forming region Cygnus OB2

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    Guarcello, M G; Wright, N J; Drew, J E; Gutermuth, R A; Hora, J L; Naylor, T; Aldcroft, T; Fruscione, A; Garcia-Alvarez, D; Kashyap, V L; King, R

    2013-01-01

    The formation of stars in massive clusters is one of the main modes of the star formation process. However, the study of massive star forming regions is hampered by their typically large distances to the Sun. One exception to this is the massive star forming region Cygnus OB2 in the Cygnus X region, at the distance of about 1400 pc. Cygnus OB2 hosts very rich populations of massive and low-mass stars, being the best target in our Galaxy to study the formation of stars, circumstellar disks, and planets in presence of massive stars. In this paper we combine a wide and deep set of photometric data, from the r band to 24 micron, in order to select the disk bearing population of stars in Cygnus OB2 and identify the class I, class II, and stars with transition and pre-transition disks. We selected 1843 sources with infrared excesses in an area of 1 degree x 1 degree centered on Cyg OB2 in several evolutionary stages: 8.4% class I, 13.1% flat-spectrum sources, 72.9% class II, 2.3% pre-transition disks, and 3.3% tran...

  11. OB Associations, Wolf-Rayet Stars, and the Origin of Galactic Cosmic Rays

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    Binns, W R; Arnould, M; Cummings, A C; De Nolfo, G A; Goriely, S; Israel, M H; Leske, R A; Mewaldt, R A; Meynet, G; Scott, L M; Stone, E C; Von Rosenvinge, T T

    2007-01-01

    We have measured the isotopic abundances of neon and a number of other species in the galactic cosmic rays (GCRs) using the Cosmic Ray Isotope Spectrometer (CRIS) aboard the ACE spacecraft. Our data are compared to recent results from two-component Wolf-Rayet (WR) models. The three largest deviations of galactic cosmic ray isotope ratios from solar-system ratios predicted by these models, 12C/16O, 22Ne/20Ne, and 58Fe/56Fe, are very close to those observed. All of the isotopic ratios that we have measured are consistent with a GCR source consisting of ~20% of WR material mixed with ~80% material with solar-system composition. Since WR stars are evolutionary products of OB stars, and most OB stars exist in OB associations that form superbubbles, the good agreement of our data with WR models suggests that OB associations within superbubbles are the likely source of at least a substantial fraction of GCRs. In previous work it has been shown that the primary 59Ni (which decays only by electron-capture) in GCRs has...

  12. Unified study of Quality of Service (QoS) in OPS/OBS networks

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    Hailu, Dawit Hadush; Lema, Gebrehiwet Gebrekrstos; Yekun, Ephrem Admasu; Kebede, Samrawit Haylu

    2017-07-01

    With the growth of Internet traffic, an inevitable use of optical networks provide a large bandwidth, fast data transmission rates and Quality of Service (QoS) support. Currently, Optical Burst Switched (OBS)/Optical Packet Switched (OPS) networks are under study as future solutions for addressing the increase demand of Internet traffic. However, due to their high blocking probability in the intermediate nodes they have been delayed in the industries. Packet loss in OBS/OPS networks is mainly occur due to contention. Hence, the contribution of this study is to analyze the file loss ratio (FLR), packet overhead and number of disjoint paths, and processing delay over Coded Packet Transport (CPT) scheme for OBS/OPS network using simulation. The simulations show that CPT scheme reduces the FLR in OBS/OPS network for the evaluated scenarios since the data packets are chopped off into blocks of the data packet for transmission over a network. Simulation results for secrecy and survivability are verified with the help of the analytical model to define the operational range of CPT scheme.

  13. Epidémie d’obésité : comment lutter

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    2003-03-01

    Full Text Available L’obésité peut être l’objet d’un double regard sociologique. Le premier, adoptant la posture de recherche empiriste, positiviste et déterministe de l’épidémiologie médicale, accepte l’idée que l’obésité est un problème de santé publique et prend en charge l’identification des dimensions sociales associées à cette morbidité. Il s’intéresse à la distribution sociale de l’obésité, repère le rôle de la stigmatisation des obèses dans les sociétés développées. Il s’attache à identifier les fonctions de l’alimentation dans la transition épidémiologique et cherche à comprendre l’impact de la modernité alimentaire sur le développement de cette pathologie. Mais le regard sociologique peut aussi prendre l’obésité comme une construction sociale. Il met alors l’accent sur le relativisme historique et culturel des représentations qui s’agrégent sur cet état. Il cherche à décrire l’émergence, la diffusion et l’acceptation de l’idée que l’obésité est un problème de santé publique. Il montre comment la médicalisation de l’obésité déborde aujourd’hui sur l’alimentation en général et déconstruit les hypothèses implicites des campagnes nutritionnelles de prévention. De cette confrontation, un champ de recherche nouveau émerge, à l’interface des sciences de la nutrition et de la socio‐anthropologie de l’alimentation, dont l’objet est de mettre au jour la complexité des décisions alimentaires

  14. Purification and characterization of oligonucleotide binding (OB)-fold protein from medicinal plant Tinospora cordifolia.

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    Amir, Mohd; Haque, Md Anzarul; Wahiduzzaman; Dar, Mohammad Aasif; Islam, Asimul; Ahmad, Faizan; Hassan, Md Imtaiyaz

    2016-01-01

    The oligonucleotide binding fold (OB-fold) is a small structural motif present in many proteins. It is originally named for its oligonucleotide or oligosaccharide binding properties. These proteins have been identified as essential for replication, recombination and repair of DNA. We have successfully purified a protein contains OB-fold from the stem of Tinospora cordifolia, a medicinal plants of north India. Stems were crushed and centrifuged, and fraction obtained at 60% ammonium sulphate was extensively dialyzed and applied to the weak anion exchange chromatography on Hi-Trap DEAE-FF in 50mM Tris-HCl buffer at pH 8.0. Eluted fractions were concentrated and applied to gel filtration column to get pure protein. We observed a single band of 20-kDa on SDS-PAGE. Finally, the protein was identified as OB-fold by MALDI-TOF. The purified OB-fold protein was characterized for its secondary structural elements using circular dichroism (CD) in the far-UV region. Generally the OB-fold has a characteristic feature as five-stranded beta-sheet coiled to form a closed beta- barrel. To estimate its chemical stability, guanidinium chloride-induced denaturation curve was followed by observing changes in the far-UV CD as a function of the denaturant concentration. Analysis of this denaturation curve gave values of 8.90±0.25kcalmol(-1) and 3.78±0.18M for ΔGD° (Gibbs free energy change at 25°C) and Cm (midpoint of denaturation), respectively. To determine heat stability parameters of OB-fold protein, differential scanning calorimetry was performed. Calorimetric values of ΔGD°, Tm (midpoint of denaturation), ΔHm (enthalpy change at Tm), and ΔCp (constant-pressure heat capacity change) are 9.05±0.27kcalmol(-1), 85.2±0,3°C, 105±4kcalmol(-1) and 1.6±0.08kcalmol(-1)K(-1). This is the first report on the isolation, purification and characterization of OB-fold protein from a medicinal plant T. cordifolia.

  15. Formation of a 4c tetraquark in J/{psi}-meson pair production at LHC

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    Berezhnoy, A. V., E-mail: Alexander.Berezhnoy@cern.ch [Moscow State University, Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics (Russian Federation); Likhoded, A. K., E-mail: Anatolii.Likhoded@ihep.ru; Luchinsky, A. V., E-mail: Alexey.Luchinsky@ihep.ru; Novoselov, A. A., E-mail: Alexey.Novoselov@cern.ch [Institute for High Energy Physics (Russian Federation)

    2012-08-15

    Cross sections for J{psi}-meson pair production in proton-proton interaction at the c.m. collision energy of {radical}a = 7 TeV were theoretically predicted under conditions of various kinematical cuts. The possible contribution to this process from the decays of 4c tetraquarks, new hypothetic particles consisting of two valence c quarks and two valence c-bar antiquarks, was studied. It is shown that at least one such state (tensor 4c tetraquark) can in principle be observed experimentally under conditions of the LNCb experiment.

  16. RECENT INTERVIEWS WITH PHILOSOPHY FOR CHILDREN (P4C) SCHOLARS AND PRACTITIONERS

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    naji, saeed

    2013-01-01

    In these two long-distance interviews, Iranian Saeed Naji, founder of the Philosophy for Children (P4C) movement in Iran, questions two veteran practitioners of philosophy for children/community of philosophical inquiry (CPI). He raises issues related to P4C/CPI as representative of a larger educational paradigm, which he calls “reflective education,” and weighs its prospects for replacing what he calls the “traditional paradigm” worldwide. He also queries the two scholars on i...

  17. sup 1 sup 4 C dating of the Niya site in the Tarim Basin

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    Yonenobu, H

    2000-01-01

    The sup 1 sup 4 C ages were determined for wood samples collected from the Niya site in the Tarim Basin, China. The calendar sup 1 sup 4 C ages are the oldest in the northern part (800-100 cal BC) and the youngest (140-620 cal AD) in the southern part. The results suggest that ancient Niya had moved southward during the period of ca. 2300-1600 BP. The ages in the middle and the southern parts are consistent with the previous studies of old documents.

  18. Synthesis, Characterization and Properties of LiFePO4/C Cathode Material

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    ZHOU Xin-wen; ZHAN Dan; WANG Li-na; LIU Qiao-yun; ZONG Hong-xing; ZHANG Ke-li

    2005-01-01

    Lithium iron phosphate coated with carbon(LiFePO4/C) was synthesized by improved solid-state reaction using comparatively lower temperature and fewer sintering time. The carbon came from citric acid, which acted as a new carbon source. It was characterized by thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis (TG/DTA), X ray diffractometer (XRD), Element Analysis (EA) and Scanning electron microscope (SEM). We also studied the electrochemical properties of the material. The first discharge capacity of the and retained 95 % of the initial capacity after 100 cycles. The LiFePO4/C obtained shows a good electrochemical capacity and cycle ability at a large current density.

  19. ObsPy: A Python Toolbox for Seismology and Seismological Observatories

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    Krischer, Lion; Megies, Tobias; Barsch, Robert; Beyreuther, Moritz; Wassermann, Joachim

    2013-04-01

    Python combines the power of a full-blown programming language with the flexibility and accessibility of an interactive scripting language. Its extensive standard library and large variety of freely available high quality scientific modules cover most needs in developing scientific processing workflows. ObsPy extends Python's capabilities to fit the specific needs that arise when working with seismological data. It a) comes with a continuously growing signal processing toolbox that covers most tasks common in seismological analysis, b) provides read and write support for many common waveform, station and event metadata formats and c) enables access to various data centers, webservices and databases to retrieve waveform data and station/event metadata. In combination with mature and free Python packages like NumPy, SciPy, Matplotlib, IPython and PyQt, ObsPy makes it possible to develop complete workflows in Python, ranging from reading locally stored data or requesting data from one or more different data centers via signal analysis and data processing to visualization in GUI and web applications, output of modified/derived data and the creation of publication-quality figures. All functionality is extensively documented and the ObsPy Tutorial and Gallery give a good impression of the wide range of possible use cases. ObsPy is tested and running on Linux, OS X and Windows and comes with installation routines for these systems. ObsPy is developed in a test-driven approach and is available under the GPL/LGPLv3 open source licences. Users are welcome to request help, report bugs, propose enhancements or contribute code via either the user mailing list or the project page on GitHub.

  20. ObsPy: A Python Toolbox for Seismologists, Seismological Observatories and Data Centers

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    Megies, T.; Barsch, R.; Beyreuther, M.; Krischer, L.; Wassermann, J.

    2012-04-01

    Python combines the possibilities of a full-blown programming language with the flexibility of an interactive scripting language. Its extensive standard library and many freely available high quality scientific modules cover most needs in developing scientific processing workflows. ObsPy extends Python's capabilities to fit the specific needs that arise when working with seismological data. It a) comes with a continuously growing signal processing toolbox that covers the most common tasks in seismological analysis, b) provides read and write support for many common waveform and metadata file formats and c) enables access to various data centers, webservices and databases to retrieve waveform data and station/event metadata. In combination with widely used, free Python packages like NumPy, SciPy, Matplotlib, IPython and PyQt, ObsPy makes it possible to develop complete workflows in Python, ranging from reading locally stored data or requesting data from one or more different data centers via signal analysis and data processing to visualization in GUI applications, output of modified/derived data and creating publication-quality figures. All functionality is extensively documented and the ObsPy Gallery/Tutorial give a good impression of the wide range of use cases. ObsPy is tested and running on Linux, MacOSX and Windows XP/Vista/7 and comes with installation routines for these systems. ObsPy is developed in a test-driven approach and is available under the GPL/LGPLv3 licences. Users are welcome to request help, report bugs or propose enhancements via the user mailing list or the Trac ticket system.

  1. ObsPy: A Python Toolbox for Seismology - Recent Developments and Applications

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    Megies, T.; Krischer, L.; Barsch, R.; Sales de Andrade, E.; Beyreuther, M.

    2014-12-01

    ObsPy (http://www.obspy.org) is a community-driven, open-source project dedicated to building a bridge for seismology into the scientific Python ecosystem. It offersa) read and write support for essentially all commonly used waveform, station, and event metadata file formats with a unified interface,b) a comprehensive signal processing toolbox tuned to the needs of seismologists,c) integrated access to all large data centers, web services and databases, andd) convenient wrappers to legacy codes like libtau and evalresp.Python, currently the most popular language for teaching introductory computer science courses at top-ranked U.S. departments, is a full-blown programming language with the flexibility of an interactive scripting language. Its extensive standard library and large variety of freely available high quality scientific modules cover most needs in developing scientific processing workflows. Together with packages like NumPy, SciPy, Matplotlib, IPython, Pandas, lxml, and PyQt, ObsPy enables the construction of complete workflows in Python. These vary from reading locally stored data or requesting data from one or more different data centers through to signal analysis and data processing and on to visualizations in GUI and web applications, output of modified/derived data and the creation of publication-quality figures.ObsPy enjoys a large world-wide rate of adoption in the community. Applications successfully using it include time-dependent and rotational seismology, big data processing, event relocations, and synthetic studies about attenuation kernels and full-waveform inversions to name a few examples. All functionality is extensively documented and the ObsPy tutorial and gallery give a good impression of the wide range of possible use cases.We will present the basic features of ObsPy, new developments and applications, and a roadmap for the near future and discuss the sustainability of our open-source development model.

  2. New OB star candidates in the Carina Arm around Westerlund 2 from VPHAS+

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    Mohr-Smith, M.; Drew, J. E.; Barentsen, G.; Wright, N. J.; Napiwotzki, R.; Corradi, R. L. M.; Eislöffel, J.; Groot, P.; Kalari, V.; Parker, Q. A.; Raddi, R.; Sale, S. E.; Unruh, Y. C.; Vink, J. S.; Wesson, R.

    2015-07-01

    O and early B stars are at the apex of galactic ecology, but in the Milky Way, only a minority of them may yet have been identified. We present the results of a pilot study to select and parametrize OB star candidates in the Southern Galactic plane, down to a limiting magnitude of g = 20. A 2 deg2 field capturing the Carina Arm around the young massive star cluster, Westerlund 2, is examined. The confirmed OB stars in this cluster are used to validate our identification method, based on selection from the (u - g, g - r) diagram for the region. Our Markov Chain Monte Carlo fitting method combines VPHAS+ u, g, r, i with published J, H, K photometry in order to derive posterior probability distributions of the stellar parameters log (Teff) and distance modulus, together with the reddening parameters A0 and RV. The stellar parameters are sufficient to confirm OB status while the reddening parameters are determined to a precision of σ(A0) ˜ 0.09 and σ(RV) ˜ 0.08. There are 489 objects that fit well as new OB candidates, earlier than ˜B2. This total includes 74 probable massive O stars, 5 likely blue supergiants and 32 reddened subdwarfs. This increases the number of previously known and candidate OB stars in the region by nearly a factor of 10. Most of the new objects are likely to be at distances between 3 and 6 kpc. We have confirmed the results of previous studies that, at these longer distances, these sight lines require non-standard reddening laws with 3.5 < RV < 4.

  3. Alterations in oral [1-(14C] 18:1n-9 distribution in lean wild-type and genetically obese (ob/ob mice.

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    Full Text Available Obesity may result from altered fatty acid (FA disposal. Altered FA distribution in obese individuals is poorly understood. Lean wild-type C57BL/6J and obese C57BL/6Job/ob mice received an oral dose of [1-(14C]18:1n-9 (oleic acid, and the radioactivity in tissues was evaluated at various time points. The (14C concentration decreased rapidly in gastrointestinal tract but gradually increased and peaked at 96 h in adipose tissue, muscle and skin in lean mice. The (14C concentration was constant in adipose tissue and muscle of obese mice from 4 h to 168 h. (14C-label content in adipose tissue was significantly affected by genotype, whereas muscle (14C-label content was affected by genotype, time and the interaction between genotype and time. There was higher total (14C retention (47.7% in obese mice than in lean mice (9.0% at 168 h (P<0.05. The (14C concentrations in the soleus and gastrocnemius muscle were higher in obese mice than in lean mice (P<0.05. Perirenal adipose tissue contained the highest (14C content in lean mice, whereas subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT had the highest (14C content and accounted for the largest proportion of total radioactivity among fat depots in obese mice. More lipid radioactivity was recovered as TAG in SAT from obese mice than from lean mice (P<0.05. Gene expression suggested acyl CoA binding protein and fatty acid binding protein are important for FA distribution in adipose tissue and muscle. The FA distribution in major tissues was altered in ob/ob mice, perhaps contributing to obesity. Understanding the disparity in FA disposal between lean and obese mice may reveal novel targets for the treatment and prevention of obesity.

  4. Evaluation plan for a cardiological multi-media workstation (I4C project)

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    J.W. van der Hofstede (J.); A.B.W.M. Quak (A. B W M); A.M. van Ginneken (Astrid); P.W. MacFarlane (Peter); J. Watson (J.); P.R.H. Hendriks (P. R H); C. Zeelenberg

    1997-01-01

    textabstractThe goal of the I4C project (Integration and Communication for the Continuity of Cardiac Care) is to build a multi-media workstation for cardiac care and to assess its impact in the clinical setting. This paper describes the technical evaluation plan for the prototype.

  5. Evaluation plan for a cardiological multi-media workstation (I4C project)

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    Hofstede, J.W. van der; Quak, A.B.; Ginneken, A.M. van; Macfarlane, P.W.; Watson, J.; Hendriks, P.R.; Zeelenberg, C.

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    The goal of the I4C project (Integration and Communication for the Continuity of Cardiac Care) is to build a multi-media workstation for cardiac care and to assess its impact in the clinical setting. This paper describes the technical evaluation plan for the prototype.

  6. Verification of the predictive capabilities of the 4C code cryogenic circuit model

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    Zanino, R.; Bonifetto, R.; Hoa, C.; Richard, L. Savoldi

    2014-01-01

    The 4C code was developed to model thermal-hydraulics in superconducting magnet systems and related cryogenic circuits. It consists of three coupled modules: a quasi-3D thermal-hydraulic model of the winding; a quasi-3D model of heat conduction in the magnet structures; an object-oriented a-causal model of the cryogenic circuit. In the last couple of years the code and its different modules have undergone a series of validation exercises against experimental data, including also data coming from the supercritical He loop HELIOS at CEA Grenoble. However, all this analysis work was done each time after the experiments had been performed. In this paper a first demonstration is given of the predictive capabilities of the 4C code cryogenic circuit module. To do that, a set of ad-hoc experimental scenarios have been designed, including different heating and control strategies. Simulations with the cryogenic circuit module of 4C have then been performed before the experiment. The comparison presented here between the code predictions and the results of the HELIOS measurements gives the first proof of the excellent predictive capability of the 4C code cryogenic circuit module.

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    ... contract of a wage determination based on the predecessor contractor's collective bargaining agreement...) Collective bargaining agreement must be applicable to work performed on the predecessor contract. Section 4(c... the Secretary of Labor LABOR STANDARDS FOR FEDERAL SERVICE CONTRACTS Compensation Standards § 4.163...

  8. w4CSeq: software and web application to analyze 4C-seq data.

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    Cai, Mingyang; Gao, Fan; Lu, Wange; Wang, Kai

    2016-11-01

    Circularized Chromosome Conformation Capture followed by deep sequencing (4C-Seq) is a powerful technique to identify genome-wide partners interacting with a pre-specified genomic locus. Here, we present a computational and statistical approach to analyze 4C-Seq data generated from both enzyme digestion and sonication fragmentation-based methods. We implemented a command line software tool and a web interface called w4CSeq, which takes in the raw 4C sequencing data (FASTQ files) as input, performs automated statistical analysis and presents results in a user-friendly manner. Besides providing users with the list of candidate interacting sites/regions, w4CSeq generates figures showing genome-wide distribution of interacting regions, and sketches the enrichment of key features such as TSSs, TTSs, CpG sites and DNA replication timing around 4C sites. Users can establish their own web server by downloading source codes at https://github.com/WGLab/w4CSeq Additionally, a demo web server is available at http://w4cseq.wglab.org CONTACT: kaiwang@usc.edu or wangelu@usc.eduSupplementary information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online. © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  9. Tribological behavior of liquid metallurgy-processed AA 6061-B4C composites

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    Monikandan, V. V.; Joseph, M. A.; Rajendrakumar, P. K.; Sreejith, M.

    2015-01-01

    Aluminum metal matrix composites (AMMCs) possess improved properties compared to their monolithic counterparts and serve as a reliable alternative to replace them for applications that are considered as their niche. In the present investigation, 6061 Al alloy-10 wt% B4C composite is fabricated through liquid metallurgy stir casting technique and analyzed for its tribological characteristics. The uniform distribution of B4C reinforcement particles in the composite is achieved by the above route and is characterized using microstructure analysis and x-ray diffraction spectrum. The dry wear tests have been conducted under ambient conditions using a pin-on-disc tribometer. The worn surface and debris of the composite are also characterized using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS). It is found that the combination of adhesion, delamination and abrasion constitute the predominant wear mechanism and this is influenced by the B4C particles, applied load, sliding distance and speed. The wear and friction coefficient increase with increase in applied load for all the load conditions studied. While the sliding speed fosters the engendering of a mechanically mixed layer (MML) to reduce the wear and friction coefficient, in contrast, the increase in sliding distance scuttles the MML formation owing to abrasion induced by the hard B4C particles.

  10. Thermally induced decomposition of B4C barrier layers in Mo/Si multilayer structures

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    Bruijn, S.; van de Kruijs, R. W. E.; Yakshin, A. E.; Zoethout, E.; F. Bijkerk,

    2010-01-01

    We investigate the influence of the Mo crystalline state (quasi-amorphous or crystalline) on the thermal stability of Mo/Si thin film multilayers with B4C diffusion barrier layers at either of the two interfaces. We find that multilayers containing amorphous Mo layers are more stable than those cont

  11. Synthesis and cytotoxic activity of 2,5-disubstituted pyrimido [5,4-c] quinoline derivatives

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    Fan Zhang; Xin Zhai; Li Juan Chen; Jian Guo Qi; Bo Cui; Yu Cheng Gu; Ping Gong

    2011-01-01

    A series of 2,5-disubstituted pyrimido[5,4-c]quinoline derivatives were synthesized and their cytotoxic activity against H460, HT-29 and MDA-MB-231 cell lines was evaluated in vitro. It was found that most of the tested compounds especially compound 17, shown stronger activity to the selected three cell lines than ZM447439.

  12. Electrochemical Behavior of Al-B4C Metal Matrix Composites in NaCl Solution

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    Full Text Available Aluminum based metal matrix composites (MMCs have received considerable attention in the automotive, aerospace and nuclear industries. One of the main challenges using Al-based MMCs is the influence of the reinforcement particles on the corrosion resistance. In the present study, the corrosion behavior of Al-B4C MMCs in a 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution were investigated using potentiodynamic polarization (PDP and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS techniques. Results indicated that the corrosion resistance of the composites decreased when increasing the B4C volume fraction. Al-B4C composite was susceptible to pitting corrosion and two types of pits were observed on the composite surface. The corrosion mechanism of the composite in the NaCl solution was primarily controlled by oxygen diffusion in the solution. In addition, the galvanic couples that formed between Al matrix and B4C particles could also be responsible for the lower corrosion resistance of the composites.

  13. Anti-oxidation mechanism of SiC-B4C-C composites

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    LIU Qi-cheng; XU Xie-wen; HUANG Qi-zhong; HUANG Bai-yun

    2005-01-01

    Mixture of green petroleum coke, B4C and SiC together with short carbon fiber were employed as starting materials, the mixture was press-formed without any binder after grinding, dense and homogeneous binderless SiC-B4C-C(carbon/ceramic) composites were then obtained after sintering. Composites thus prepared possess excellent anti-oxidation property, that is, mass loss less than 1% within the temperature range from 900 to 1100℃ for 10h. Anti-oxidation mechanism was also discussed from the viewpoint of thermodynamics, excellent anti-oxidation property of materials thus prepared can be discribed to 1) solid SiO2 formed from SiC, which restrains the filtering of oxygen and simultaneously, its volume expansion brought about by the reaction takes roles both walling up the original pores and making the material more compact; 2) liquid B2O3 from the reaction of B4C not only makes the combination with C, B4C and SiC tighter through forming solid solution, but also effect of reaction SiC(s)+2CO(g)=SiO2(s)+3C(s) is an expansive process, which improves the microstructure of the material.

  14. IMPROVEMENT ON SYNTHETIC TECHNOLOGY OF FLUORESCENT BRIGHTENER OB-1%荧光增白剂OB-1合成新工艺

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    以对甲苯甲腈为原料,经氯化、环化和缩合三步反应合成了荧光增白剂OB-1,通过对化合物进行元素分析、红外光谱以及在DMF中紫外吸收光谱的测定,确定了目标分子.经HPLC测定,产品纯度大于99%.同时,对影响反应的主要工艺条件进行了探讨 .

  15. Soil Moisture Active Passive Mission L4_C Data Product Assessment (Version 2 Validated Release)

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    Kimball, John S.; Jones, Lucas A.; Glassy, Joseph; Stavros, E. Natasha; Madani, Nima; Reichle, Rolf H.; Jackson, Thomas; Colliander, Andreas

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    The SMAP satellite was successfully launched January 31st 2015, and began acquiring Earth observation data following in-orbit sensor calibration. Global data products derived from the SMAP L-band microwave measurements include Level 1 calibrated and geolocated radiometric brightness temperatures, Level 23 surface soil moisture and freezethaw geophysical retrievals mapped to a fixed Earth grid, and model enhanced Level 4 data products for surface to root zone soil moisture and terrestrial carbon (CO2) fluxes. The post-launch SMAP mission CalVal Phase had two primary objectives for each science product team: 1) calibrate, verify, and improve the performance of the science algorithms, and 2) validate accuracies of the science data products as specified in the L1 science requirements. This report provides analysis and assessment of the SMAP Level 4 Carbon (L4_C) product pertaining to the validated release. The L4_C validated product release effectively replaces an earlier L4_C beta-product release (Kimball et al. 2015). The validated release described in this report incorporates a longer data record and benefits from algorithm and CalVal refinements acquired during the SMAP post-launch CalVal intensive period. The SMAP L4_C algorithms utilize a terrestrial carbon flux model informed by SMAP soil moisture inputs along with optical remote sensing (e.g. MODIS) vegetation indices and other ancillary biophysical data to estimate global daily net ecosystem CO2 exchange (NEE) and component carbon fluxes for vegetation gross primary production (GPP) and ecosystem respiration (Reco). Other L4_C product elements include surface (10 cm depth) soil organic carbon (SOC) stocks and associated environmental constraints to these processes, including soil moisture and landscape freeze/thaw (FT) controls on GPP and respiration (Kimball et al. 2012). The L4_C product encapsulates SMAP carbon cycle science objectives by: 1) providing a direct link between terrestrial carbon fluxes and

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  20. Adult Workplace Learning Based on 4C Marketing Theory%基于营销学4C 理论的成人工作场所学习

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    徐君; 邵庆

    2015-01-01

    Compared with other forms of learning approach , workplace learning has various advantages ,such as clear goals , various forms , obvious effects and so on . It has been one of the important methods of adult learning ,and is being paid attention to increasingly . The 4C marketing theory includes 4 parts :customer ,cost ,convenience ,communication .It has theoretical guidance and practical value to open up the new field - adult workplace learning ,and promote the development of workplace learning theory . On the basics of the 4C marketing theory , we should promote adult workplace learning by the means of meeting consumers’ requirements , reducing cost , providing convenience and effective communication .%工作场所学习相对于其他成人学习方式而言具有目标明确、形式多样、效果明显等优势,已成为成人学习的一种重要方式并日益受到重视。营销学的4C理论由消费者、成本、便利和沟通四个基本要素构成,对于开辟成人工作场所这一“新疆域”,促进工作场所学习的大力发展具有理论指导和实践操作价值。基于此,应从满足双方需求、降低物质和精神成本、提供各种便利条件以及有效沟通四个方面促进成人工作场所学习。

  1. Influence of synthesis parameters on the properties of LiFePO4/C cathode material☆

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    Zhengwei Xiao; Yingjie Zhang; Guorong Hu

    2016-01-01

    The influence of sintering temperature, carbon content and dispersive agent in bal-milling was investigated on the properties of LiFePO4/C prepared using Fe2O3, NH4H2PO4, Li2CO3 and glucose via solid state reaction. X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and charge–discharge test were applied to the characterization of the LiFePO4/C samples synthesized under different conditions. Sintering temperature affects the crystallite/particle size and degree of crystal inity of LiFePO4, formation of Fe2P and maintenance of carbon in LiFePO4/C. Car-bon maintenance is favored by low sintering temperature, and 700 °C is optimum for synthesis of LiFePO4/C with superior electrochemical performance. A higher carbon content in the range of 4.48%–11.03%results in a better rate capability for LiFePO4/C. The dispersive agent used in ball-milling impacts the existent state of carbon in the final product which subsequently determines its charge–discharge behavior. The sample prepared at 700 °C by using acetone as the dispersive agent in bal-milling exhibits an excellent rate capability and capacity retention without any fade at 0.1C, 1C and 2C, with corresponding average discharge capacities of 153.8, 128.3 and 121.0 mA·h·g−1, respectively, in the first 50 cycles.

  2. Continuous flow microcalorimetric measurement of heat production in white adipose tissue from obese (ob/ob) mice and their lean littermates.

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    Hansen, E S; Knudsen, J

    1982-12-30

    Heat production, free fatty acid and glycerol release from white adipose tissue fat pads from obese (ob/ob) mice and their lean littermates are determined. Heat production was significantly lower in obese mice compared to lean mice when expressed on wet weight basis but not when expressed on DNA basis. Noradrenaline significantly increased the heat production in fat pads from both groups of animals. However, the increase in heat production due to noradrenaline addition in fat pads from lean mice was significantly higher than in fat pads from obese mice. The release of free fatty acids and glycerol before incubation with noradrenaline was similar from fat pads from both groups of animals. Addition of noradrenaline to the fat pads increased the release of free fatty acids and glycerol in both groups of animals, but the increase was significantly larger from fat pads from lean mice. In the absence of noradrenaline the free fatty acid/glycerol ratio (mol/mol) in the effluent was 7.9:1 and 4.8:1 for lean mice and obese mice, respectively. In the presence of noradrenaline the ratio decreased to 3:1 for both groups of animals.

  3. Disc Frequencies for Brown Dwarfs in the Upper Scorpius OB Association: Implications for Brown Dwarf Formation Theories

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    Riaz, B; Goodwin, S; Stamatellos, D; Thompson, M

    2011-01-01

    We have investigated the brown dwarf (BD) and stellar disc fractions in the Upper Scorpius OB Association (USco) and compared them with several other young regions. We have compiled the most complete sample of of all spectroscopically confirmed BDs in USco, and have made use of the WISE catalog to identify the disc candidates. We report on the discovery of 12 new BD discs in USco, with spectral type (SpT) between M6 and M8.5. The WISE colors for the new discs are similar to the primordial (transition) discs earlier detected in USco. Combining with previous surveys, we find the lowest inner disc fractions (~20-25%) for a wide range in stellar masses (~0.01-4.0 Msun) in the USco association. The low disc fractions for high-mass stars in USco (and the other clusters) are consistent with an evolutionary decline in inner disc frequency with age. However, BD disc fractions are higher than those for the stars in 1-3 Myr clusters, but very low in the ~5 Myr old USco. Also, primordial BD discs are still visible in the...

  4. Constraints on the Magellanic Clouds' Interaction from the Distribution of OB Stars and the Kinematics of Giants

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    Casetti-Dinescu, Dana I; Girard, Terrence M; van Altena, William F

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    Young, OB-type candidates are identified in a ~7900 sq-deg. region encompassing the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds (LMC/SMC) periphery, the Bridge, part of the Magellanic Stream (MS) and Leading Arm (LA). Selection is based on UV, optical and IR photometry from existing large-area surveys and proper motions from the Southern Proper Motion 4 catalog (SPM4). The spatial distribution of these young star candidates shows: 1) a well-populated SMC wing which continues westward with two branches partially surrounding the SMC, 2) a rather narrow path from the SMC wing eastward toward the LMC which is offset by 1 to 2 deg. from the high-density H I ridge in the Bridge, 3) a well-populated periphery of the LMC dominated by clumps of stars at the ends of the LMC bar and 4) a few scattered candidates in the MS and two overdensities in the LA regions above and below the Galactic plane. Additionally, a proper-motion analysis is made of a radial-velocity selected sample of red giants and supergiants in the LMC, previousl...

  5. An eclipsing double-line spectroscopic binary at the stellar/substellar boundary in the Upper Scorpius OB association

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    Lodieu, N; Hernandez, J I Gonzalez; Sanchis-Ojeda, R; Narita, N; Kawashima, Y; Kawauchi, K; Mascareño, A Suarez; Deeg, H; Arranz, J Prieto; Rebolo, R; Palle, E; Bejar, V J S; Ferragamo, A; Rubiño-Martin, J A

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    We aim at constraining evolutionary models at low mass and young ages by identifying interesting transiting system members of the nearest OB association to the Sun, Upper Scorpius, targeted by the Kepler mission. We produced light curves for M dwarf members of the USco region surveyed during the second campaign of the Kepler K2 mission. We identified 'by eye' a transiting system, UScoJ161630.68-251220.1 (=EPIC203710387) with a combined spectral type of M5.25 whose photometric, astrometric, and spectroscopic properties makes it a member of USco. We conducted an extensive photometric and spectroscopic follow-up of this transiting system with a suite of telescopes and instruments to characterise the properties of each component of the system. We calculated a transit duration of about 2.42 hours occuring every 2.88 days with a slight difference in transit depth and phase between the two components. We estimated a mass ratio of 0.922+/-0.015 from the semi-amplitudes of the radial velocity curves for each component...

  6. Multifunctional Bi2ZnOB2O6 single crystals for second and third order nonlinear optical applications

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    Iliopoulos, K.; Kasprowicz, D.; Majchrowski, A.; Michalski, E.; Gindre, D.; Sahraoui, B.

    2013-12-01

    Bi2ZnOB2O6 nonlinear optical single crystals were grown by means of the Kyropoulos method from stoichiometric melt. The second and third harmonic generation (SHG/THG) of Bi2ZnOB2O6 crystals were investigated by the SHG/THG Maker fringes technique. Moreover, SHG microscopy studies were carried out providing two-dimensional SHG images as a function of the incident laser polarization. The high nonlinear optical efficiency combined with the possibility to grow high quality crystals make Bi2ZnOB2O6 an excellent candidate for photonic applications.

  7. A Business Case Analysis (BCA) of the One Box - One Wire (OB1) Joint Combined Technology Demonstration (JCTD)

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  8. Evaluation of leptin level and Ob gene polymorphism in patients with Behcet's disease.

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    Okudan, Nilsel; Acar, Hasan; Gökbel, Hakki; Mevlitoğlu, Inci; Sari, Fatih

    2006-08-01

    The present study was aimed to evaluate serum leptin level and the frequency of oligopolymorphic codon 25 (CAA/CAG) of Ob gene in Behcet's disease. Eighty-seven patients with Behcet's disease and 85 healthy controls with matched age, gender and body mass index were included in the study. Serum leptin level was determined and genotype of codon 25 of Ob gene was performed by using the PCR amplification after DNA extraction. Serum leptin concentration of the patients with Behcet's disease (23.8 +/- 22.8 ng/ml) was higher than that of the control groups (17.1 +/- 14.7 ng/ml). The patients with Behcet's disease and control subjects showed CAA/CAA genotype, indicating the presence of no polymorphism. Neither Behcet's disease nor serum leptin level was found to be related to codon 25 polymorphism. We concluded that leptin 25CAG polymorphism is not associated with Behcet's disease and serum leptin level.

  9. High-mass x-ray binaries and ob runaway stars

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    L. Kaper

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Las binarias masivas de rayos X (HMXBs representan una fase evolutiva importante, y proporcionan infor- maci on sobre las propiedades de las primarias OB y de las secundarias compactas (estrellas de neutrones, agujeros negros. Observaciones recientes indican que las estrellas de neutrones en algunos sistemas (Vela X-1, 4U 1700-37 tienen masas mayores que la masa can onica 1.35 M . Estas observaciones tienen consecuencias importantes para la ecuaci on de estado a densidades supranucleares y para la formaci on de estrellas de neu- trones y agujeros negros (supernovas y estallidos de rayos gama. A consecuencia de la explosi on de supernova que produjo el objeto compacto, las HMXBs tienen velocidades espaciales altas, y son desbocadas. Alter- nativamente, las desbocadas OB pueden ser expelidas de un c umulo mediante interacciones din amicas. Las observaciones del Hipparcos indican que ambos mecanismos entran en juego.

  10. Wavelength assignment algorithm considering the state of neighborhood links for OBS networks

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    Tanaka, Yu; Hirota, Yusuke; Tode, Hideki; Murakami, Koso

    2005-10-01

    Recently, Optical WDM technology is introduced into backbone networks. On the other hand, as the future optical switching scheme, Optical Burst Switching (OBS) systems become a realistic solution. OBS systems do not consider buffering in intermediate nodes. Thus, it is an important issue to avoid overlapping wavelength reservation between partially interfered paths. To solve this problem, so far, the wavelength assignment scheme which has priority management tables has been proposed. This method achieves the reduction of burst blocking probability. However, this priority management table requires huge memory space. In this paper, we propose a wavelength assignment algorithm that reduces both the number of priority management tables and burst blocking probability. To reduce priority management tables, we allocate and manage them for each link. To reduce burst blocking probability, our method announces information about the change of their priorities to intermediate nodes. We evaluate its performance in terms of the burst blocking probability and the reduction rate of priority management tables.

  11. Mathematical Simulation of Flow Phenomena in CAS-OB Refining Ladle

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    ZHOU Yun; DONG Yuan-chi; WANG Hai-chuan; WANG Shi-jun; LIU Yong-bing

    2003-01-01

    A mathematical model which describes the fluid flow in a gas stirred original ladle and CAS-OB ladle was introduced. The fluid field analysis was obtained through mathematical simulation. In order to decrease the ladle refractory wearing and increase the heating speed of liquid steel, some measures should be adopted. The result shows that the flow fields in CAS-OB ladle and original ladle are different. With a fixed gas flow rate, the flow field is related to the plug position and the snorkel depth. When the nozzle is located at 0.45 r, where r is the radius of ladle bottom, the fluid field predicted by water modeling is quite satisfactory for improving the quality of liquid steel.

  12. Batch conversion of methane to methanol using Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b as biocatalyst.

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    Hwang, In Yeub; Hur, Dong Hoon; Lee, Jae Hoon; Park, Chang-Ho; Chang, In Seop; Lee, Jin Won; Lee, Eun Yeol

    2015-03-01

    Recently, methane has attracted much attention as an alternative carbon feedstock since it is the major component of abundant shale and natural gas. In this work, we produced methanol from methane using whole cells of Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b as the biocatalyst. M. trichosporium OB3b was cultured on NMS medium with a supply of 7:3 air/methane ratio at 30°C. The optimal concentrations of various methanol dehydrogenase inhibitors such as potassium phosphate and EDTA were determined to be 100 and 0.5 mM, respectively, for an efficient production of methanol. Sodium formate (40 mM) as a reducing power source was added to enhance the conversion efficiency. A productivity of 49.0 mg/l·h, titer of 0.393 g methanol/l, and conversion of 73.8% (mol methanol/mol methane) were obtained under the optimized batch condition.

  13. BOREAS TGB-8 Photosynthetic Rate Data over the SSA-OBS and the SSA-OJP

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    Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Conrad, Sara K. (Editor); Lerdau, Manuel

    2000-01-01

    The BOREAS TGB-8 team collected data to investigate the controls over NMHC fluxes from boreal forest tree species. This data set includes measurements of photosynthetic rates at mature jack pine and black spruce sites. The data were collected at the OJP and OBS tower flux locations in the BOREAS SSA. These areas contained mature stands of jack pine and black spruce and were the focal sites in the BOREAS program for studies of biosphere/atmosphere exchange from these two habitat types. The OBS site is situated in a black spruce/sphagnum bog with the largest trees 155 years old and 10-15 m tall. The OJP site is in a jack pine forest, 80 to 120 years old, which lies on a sandy bench of glacial outwash with the largest tree standing 15 m tall. Temporally, the data cover the period of 24-May-1994 to 19-Sep-1994. The data are stored in tabular ASCII files.

  14. A binary signature in the non-thermal radio-emitter Cyg OB2 #9

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    Naze, Y; Rauw, G; Barbieri, C

    2008-01-01

    Aims: Non-thermal radio emission associated with massive stars is believed to arise from a wind-wind collision in a binary system. However, the evidence of binarity is still lacking in some cases, notably Cyg OB2 #9 Methods: For several years, we have been monitoring this heavily-reddened star from various observatories. This campaign allowed us to probe variations both on short and long timescales and constitutes the first in-depth study of the visible spectrum of this object. Results: Our observations provide the very first direct evidence of a companion in Cyg OB2 #9, confirming the theoretical wind-wind collision scenario. These data suggest a highly eccentric orbit with a period of a few years, compatible with the 2yr-timescale measured in the radio range. In addition, the signature of the wind-wind collision is very likely reflected in the behaviour of some emission lines.

  15. Determination of Optimum Cutting Parameters for Surface Roughness in Turning AL-B4C Composites

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    Channabasavaraja, H. K.; Nagaraj, P. M.; Srinivasan, D.

    2016-09-01

    Many materials such as alloys, composites find their applications on the basis of machinability, cost and availability. In the present work, machinability of Aluminium 1100 and Boron carbide (AL+ B4C) composite material is examined by using lathe tool dynometers (BANKA Lathe) by varying the cutting parameters like spindle speed, Depth of cut and Feed rate in 3 levels. Also, surface roughness is measured against the weight % of reinforcement in the composite (0, 4 and 8 %). From the study it is observed that the hardness of a composite material increases with increase in weight % of reinforcement material (B4C) by 26.27 and 66.7 % respectively. The addition of reinforcement materials influences the machinability. The cutting force in both X and Z direction were also found increment with the reinforcement percentage.

  16. Cr/B4C multilayer mirrors: Study of interfaces and X-ray reflectance

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    Burcklen, C.; Soufli, R.; Dennetiere, D.; Polack, F.; Capitanio, B.; Gullikson, E.; Meltchakov, E.; Thomasset, M.; Jérome, A.; de Rossi, S.; Delmotte, F.

    2016-03-01

    We present an experimental study of the effect of layer interfaces on the x-ray reflectance in Cr/B4C multilayer interference coatings with layer thicknesses ranging from 0.7 nm to 5.4 nm. The multilayers were deposited by magnetron sputtering and by ion beam sputtering. Grazing incidence x-ray reflectometry, soft x-ray reflectometry, and transmission electron microscopy reveal asymmetric multilayer structures with a larger B4C-on-Cr interface, which we modeled with a 1-1.5 nm thick interfacial layer. Reflectance measurements in the vicinity of the Cr L2,3 absorption edge demonstrate fine structure that is not predicted by simulations using the currently tabulated refractive index (optical constants) values for Cr.

  17. Modeling of wear behavior of Al/B{sub 4}C composites produced by powder metallurgy

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    Sahin, Ismail; Bektas, Asli [Gazi Univ., Ankara (Turkey). Dept. of Industrial Design Engineering; Guel, Ferhat; Cinci, Hanifi [Gazi Univ., Ankara (Turkey). Dept. of Materials and Metallurgy Engineering

    2017-06-01

    Wear characteristics of composites, Al matrix reinforced with B{sub 4}C particles percentages of 5, 10,15 and 20 produced by the powder metallurgy method were studied in this study. For this purpose, a mixture of Al and B{sub 4}C powders were pressed under 650 MPa pressure and then sintered at 635 C. The analysis of hardness, density and microstructure was performed. The produced samples were worn using a pin-on-disk abrasion device under 10, 20 and 30 N load through 500, 800 and 1200 mesh SiC abrasive papers. The obtained wear values were implemented in an artificial neural network (ANN) model having three inputs and one output using feed forward backpropagation Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm. Thus, the optimum wear conditions and hardness values were determined.

  18. Synthesis and characterization of LiFePO4/C composite used as lithium storage electrodes

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    胡国荣; 张新龙; 彭忠东; 廖刚; 禹筱元

    2004-01-01

    LiFePO4/C composites with good rate capability and high energy density were prepared by adding sugar to the synthetic precursor. A significant improvement in electrode performance was achieved. The resulting carbon contents in the sample 1 and sample 2 are 3.06% and 4.95% (mass fraction), respectively. It is believed that the synthesis of LiFePO4 with sugar added before heating is a good method because the synthesized particles having uniform small size are covered by carbon. The performance of the cathodes was evaluated using coin cells. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope observation. The addition of carbon limits the particles size growth and enables high electron conductivity. The LiFePO4/C composites show very good electrochemical performance delivering about 142 mAh/g specific capacity when being cycled at the C/10 rate. The capacity fade upon cycling is very small.

  19. The complete mitochondrial genome of the acid-tolerant fungus Penicillium ShG4C

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    Andrey V. Mardanov

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Complete mitochondrial genome of the acid-tolerant fungus Penicillium ShG4C, isolated from oxidized sediments of an abandoned polymetallic mine site, has been sequenced using high-throughput sequencing approach. The mitochondrial genome represents a circular DNA molecule with size of 26,725 bp. It encodes a usual set of mitochondrial genes, including 15 protein coding genes, large and small ribosomal RNAs and 27 tRNA genes. All genes are located on H-strand DNA and transcribed in one direction. Taxonomic analysis based on concatenated sequences of mitochondrial proteins confirmed taxonomic position of this fungus within the genus Penicillium. The sequence of the complete mitochondrial genome of Penicillium ShG4C was deposited in DBBJ/EMBL/GenBank under accession number KX931017.

  20. B4C protective coating under irradiation by QSPA-T intensive plasma fluxes

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    Buzhinskij, O. I.; Barsuk, V. A.; Begrambekov, L. B.; Klimov, N. S.; Otroshchenko, V. G.; Putric, A. B.

    2016-12-01

    The effect of the QSPA-T pulsed plasma irradiation on the crystalline boron carbide B4C coating was examined. The duration of the rectangular plasma pulses was 0.5 ms with an interval of 5-10 min between pulses. The maximum power density in the central part of plasma stream was 1 GW/m2. The coating thickness varied from 20 to 40 μm on different surface areas. Modification of the surface layers and transformation of the coating at elevated temperature under plasma pulse irradiation during four successive series of impulses are described. It is shown that the boron carbide coating withstood the full cycle of tests under irradiation with 100 plasma pulses with peak power density of 1GW/m2. Constitutive surface deterioration was not detected and the boron carbide coating kept crystal structure B4C throughout the irradiation zone at the surface depth no less 2 μm.

  1. Reaction behavior between B4C, 304 grade of stainless steel and Zircaloy at 1473 K

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    Sasaki, Ryosuke; Ueda, Shigeru; Kim, Sun-Joong; Gao, Xu; Kitamura, Shin-ya

    2016-08-01

    For a better understanding of the decommissioning of the Fukushima-daiichi nuclear power plant, the melting behavior of the control blade and the channel box should be clarified. In Fukushima nuclear reactor, the channel box was made of Zircaloy-4, and the control rode is made of B4C together with stainless steel cladding and sheath. In the study, the interaction among B4C, stainless steel (SUS), and Zircaloy-4 was investigated at 1473 K in either argon or air atmosphere. In argon, Zircaloy is melted by the diffusion of elements from SUS, and SUS was melted at 1473 K by the diffusion of C and B. In air, SUS reacted with B2O3 and formed an oxides melt firstly. Then, the oxidized Zircaloy contacted with this melt and fused. Moreover, the progress of core melting process during severe accident under different atmospheres was firstly discussed.

  2. FY-3A Launched Atop A LM-4C Launch Vehicle

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    Rain.L

    2008-01-01

    @@ FY-3A,the first satellite of China's new generation of polar-orbiting meteorological satellites,was launched into space atop a modified LM-4C launch vehicle.The satellite separated from the rocket 19 minutes after the takeoff.Flying at an altitude of 807km with an inclination of 98.8 degrees,the satellite circles in polar orbit 14 times everyday,covering the whole globe twice a day.

  3. Grazing incidence Fe-line telescopes using W/B4C multilayers

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    Joensen, K. D.; Gorenstein, P.; Christensen, Finn Erland;

    1995-01-01

    The loss of throughput observed at higher energies for traditional grazing-incidence X-ray telescopes coated with high-Z elements can be partly countered by employing multilayers on the outermost reflectors. Using 8-keV reflectivity data from a periodic W/B4C multilayer, the expected performance ...... reflectors required by the Kirkpatrick-Baez telescope exists, so that an Fe-line multilayer telescope could be built today...

  4. AGILE detection of enhanced gamma-ray emission from the FSRQ 4C +01.02

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    Verrecchia, F.; Lucarelli, F.; Pittori, C.; Bulgarelli, A.; Tavani, M.; Fioretti, V.; Zoli, A.; Piano, G.; Striani, E.; Vercellone, S.; Donnarumma, I.; Cardillo, M.; Gianotti, F.; Trifoglio, M.; Giuliani, A.; Mereghetti, S.; Caraveo, P.; Perotti, F.; Chen, A.; Argan, A.; Costa, E.; Del Monte, E.; Evangelista, Y.; Feroci, M.; Lazzarotto, F.; Lapshov, I.; Pacciani, L.; Soffitta, P.; Sabatini, S.; Vittorini, V.; Pucella, G.; Rapisarda, M.; Di Cocco, G.; Fuschino, F.; Galli, M.; Labanti, C.; Marisaldi, M.; Pellizzoni, A.; Pilia, M.; Trois, A.; Barbiellini, G.; Vallazza, E.; Longo, F.; Morselli, A.; Picozza, P.; Prest, M.; Lipari, P.; Zanello, D.; Cattaneo, P. W.; Rappoldi, A.; Colafrancesco, S.; Parmiggiani, N.; Ferrari, A.; Antonelli, A.; Giommi, P.; Salotti, L.; Valentini, G.; D'Amico, F.

    2016-07-01

    AGILE is detecting increased gamma-ray emission above 100 MeV from a position consistent with the flat spectrum radio quasar 4C +01.02 (also known as 5BZQ J0108+0135, PKS 0106+01 and 3FGL J0108.7+0134), recently reported in flaring activity also by Fermi/LAT during the week Jun 6-12 (http://fermisky.blogspot.it).

  5. M4C9 +(M = Ti, V): New gas phase clusters

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    R Selvan; L Gowrishankar; T Pradeep

    2001-10-01

    New metal-carbon clusters, M4C9 +(M = Ti, V), generated using a combined thermal arc discharge evaporation set-up, have been studied with quadrupole mass spectrometry. Reactivities of these clusters have been investigated by means of association reactions with H2O. Metal-carbon clusters of other compositions have also been studied. We speculate on the mechanism of formation of larger metal-carbon clusters.

  6. The 4C framework for making reasonable adjustments for people with learning disabilities.

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    Marsden, Daniel; Giles, Rachel

    2017-01-18

    Background People with learning disabilities experience significant inequalities in accessing healthcare. Legal frameworks, such as the Equality Act 2010, are intended to reduce such disparities in care, and require organisations to make 'reasonable adjustments' for people with disabilities, including learning disabilities. However, reasonable adjustments are often not clearly defined or adequately implemented in clinical practice. Aim To examine and synthesise the challenges in caring for people with learning disabilities to develop a framework for making reasonable adjustments for people with learning disabilities in hospital. This framework would assist ward staff in identifying and managing the challenges of delivering person-centred, safe and effective healthcare to people with learning disabilities in this setting. Method Fourth-generation evaluation, collaborative thematic analysis, reflection and a secondary analysis were used to develop a framework for making reasonable adjustments in the hospital setting. The authors attended ward manager and matron group meetings to collect their claims, concerns and issues, then conducted a collaborative thematic analysis with the group members to identify the main themes. Findings Four main themes were identified from the ward manager and matron group meetings: communication, choice-making, collaboration and coordination. These were used to develop the 4C framework for making reasonable adjustments for people with learning disabilities in hospital. Discussion The 4C framework has provided a basis for delivering person-centred care for people with learning disabilities. It has been used to inform training needs analyses, develop audit tools to review delivery of care that is adjusted appropriately to the individual patient; and to develop competencies for learning disability champions. The most significant benefit of the 4C framework has been in helping to evaluate and resolve practice-based scenarios. Conclusion Use of

  7. 美的营销战略转向4C'S

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    文武

    2003-01-01

    @@ 在世人关注伊拉克战争、石油价格浮动、欧元对美元不断攀升之时,一场革命已悄悄来临--营销理念的转换席卷中外大企业,4P'S被逐渐抛弃,4C'S大行其道.

  8. Mechanical Properties of Squeeze-Cast A356 Composites Reinforced With B4C Particulates

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    Mazahery, Ali; Ostad Shabani, Mohsen

    2012-02-01

    In this study, different volume fractions of B4C particles were incorporated into the aluminum alloy by a mechanical stirrer, and squeeze-cast A356 matrix composites reinforced with B4C particles were fabricated. Microstructural characterization revealed that the B4C particles were distributed among the dendrite branches, leaving the dendrite branches as particle-free regions in the material. It also showed that the grain size of aluminum composite is smaller than that of monolithic aluminum. X-ray diffraction studies also confirmed the existence of boron carbide and some other reaction products such as AlB2 and Al3BC in the composite samples. It was observed that the amount of porosity increases with increasing volume fraction of composites. The porosity level increased, since the contact surface area was increased. Tensile behavior and the hardness values of the unreinforced alloy and composites were evaluated. The strain-hardening behavior and elongation to fracture of the composite materials appeared very different from those of the unreinforced Al alloy. It was noted that the elastic constant, strain-hardening and the ultimate tensile strength (UTS) of the MMCs are higher than those of the unreinforced Al alloy and increase with increasing B4C content. The elongation to fracture of the composite materials was found very low, and no necking phenomenon was observed before fracture. The tensile fracture surface of the composite samples was indicative of particle cracking, interface debonding, and deformation constraint in the matrix and revealed the brittle mode of fracture.

  9. Characterization of Al–Al{sub 4}C{sub 3} nanocomposites produced by mechanical milling

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    Santos-Beltrán, A., E-mail: asantos@utchsur.edu.mx [Universidad Tecnológica de Chihuahua Sur, Carr. Chihuahua a Aldama km. 3 S/N, Col. Colinas del León, CP. 31313 Chihuahua, Chih. (Mexico); Goytia-Reyes, R. [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados (CIMAV), Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnología, Miguel de Cervantes No. 120, C.P. 31109 Chihuahua, Chih. (Mexico); Morales-Rodriguez, H.; Gallegos-Orozco, V. [Universidad Tecnológica de Chihuahua Sur, Carr. Chihuahua a Aldama km. 3 S/N, Col. Colinas del León, CP. 31313 Chihuahua, Chih. (Mexico); Santos-Beltrán, M. [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados (CIMAV), Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnología, Miguel de Cervantes No. 120, C.P. 31109 Chihuahua, Chih. (Mexico); Baldenebro-Lopez, F. [Universidad Tecnológica de Chihuahua Sur, Carr. Chihuahua a Aldama km. 3 S/N, Col. Colinas del León, CP. 31313 Chihuahua, Chih. (Mexico); Martínez-Sánchez, R. [Centro de Investigación en Materiales Avanzados (CIMAV), Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnología, Miguel de Cervantes No. 120, C.P. 31109 Chihuahua, Chih. (Mexico)

    2015-08-15

    In this work, a mixture of Al–C–Al{sub 4}C{sub 3} nanopowder previously synthesized by mechanical milling and subsequent thermal treatment was used to reinforce the Al matrix. The nanocomposites were fabricated via high-energy ball milling and subsequent sintering process for different periods of time at 550 °C. Hardness and compression tests were performed to evaluate the mechanical properties of the nanocomposites in the as-milled and sintered conditions. According to the results the reinforcement located in the grain boundaries is responsible for the brittle behavior observed in the nanocomposites during the compression test. The combined effect of sintering and precipitation mechanisms produced an evident increase of the strength of the Al matrix at a relatively short sintering time. By using the Rietveld method the crystallite size and microstrain measurements were determined and correlated with the microhardness values. For the proper characterization of the nanoparticles present in the Al matrix, atomic force microscopy and high resolution electron microscopy were used. - Highlights: • Nanostructured Al{sub 4}C{sub 3} reinforcement was fabricated via mechanical milling and heat treatment. • We found a significant increase of the mechanical properties at short sintering times. • The formation of Al{sub 4}C{sub 3} with during sintering time restricted the excessive growth of the crystallite. • Al{sub 4}C{sub 3} located in the grain boundaries causes brittle fracture observed in compression tests. • There is a correlation between, crystallite size and microstrain values with microhardness.

  10. ObStruct: a method to objectively analyse factors driving population structure using Bayesian ancestry profiles.

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    Velimir Gayevskiy

    Full Text Available Bayesian inference methods are extensively used to detect the presence of population structure given genetic data. The primary output of software implementing these methods are ancestry profiles of sampled individuals. While these profiles robustly partition the data into subgroups, currently there is no objective method to determine whether the fixed factor of interest (e.g. geographic origin correlates with inferred subgroups or not, and if so, which populations are driving this correlation. We present ObStruct, a novel tool to objectively analyse the nature of structure revealed in Bayesian ancestry profiles using established statistical methods. ObStruct evaluates the extent of structural similarity between sampled and inferred populations, tests the significance of population differentiation, provides information on the contribution of sampled and inferred populations to the observed structure and crucially determines whether the predetermined factor of interest correlates with inferred population structure. Analyses of simulated and experimental data highlight ObStruct's ability to objectively assess the nature of structure in populations. We show the method is capable of capturing an increase in the level of structure with increasing time since divergence between simulated populations. Further, we applied the method to a highly structured dataset of 1,484 humans from seven continents and a less structured dataset of 179 Saccharomyces cerevisiae from three regions in New Zealand. Our results show that ObStruct provides an objective metric to classify the degree, drivers and significance of inferred structure, as well as providing novel insights into the relationships between sampled populations, and adds a final step to the pipeline for population structure analyses.

  11. High-mass x-ray binaries and ob runaway stars

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    Kaper, L.; van der Meer, A.; A. H. Tijani

    2004-01-01

    Las binarias masivas de rayos X (HMXBs) representan una fase evolutiva importante, y proporcionan infor- maci on sobre las propiedades de las primarias OB y de las secundarias compactas (estrellas de neutrones, agujeros negros). Observaciones recientes indican que las estrellas de neutrones en algunos sistemas (Vela X-1, 4U 1700-37) tienen masas mayores que la masa can onica 1.35 M . Estas observaciones tienen consecuencias importantes para la ecuaci on de estado a densidades supr...

  12. Communities of bacteria and viruses in waters of the Gulf of Ob and Taz Estuary.

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    Pavlova, M A; Makarevich, P R; Shirokolobova, T I

    2016-11-01

    The study of the most abundant components in freshwater plankton in the Gulf of Ob and Taz Estuary in the summer-autumn season has demonstrated that the abundance and biomass of bacteria are stable and typical for mesotrophic waters during active microalgae vegetation. The abundance of viral particles varies in the range which is reported for unproductive or medium-productive water bodies. The environmental factors affecting affect the development and patterns of bacterio- and virioplankton distribution are considered.

  13. Evaluation of drilling Al/B4C composites with carbide drills

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    Ali Rıza Motorcu

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available In this study, cutting forces and torque was evaluated through Taguchi Method (TM in the drilling of the high density B4C particle reinforced composites, which were produced through powder metallurgy-hot pressing method, with coated and uncoated carbide drills. Cutting speed (18, 25 and 35 m/min, feed rate (0.08, 0.112 and 0.16 mm/rev, coating properties (coated and uncoated and the amounts of particle reinforcement (5%, 10% and 15% B4C were used as the control factors. It was observed that the increased feed rate and particle reinforcement increased the axial force and torque, and decreased the cutting speed. The uncoated drills had a better performance than the coated drills. The amount of B4C reinforcement was observed to be the most effective parameter on the axial force and torque with the contribution ratios of 96.6% and 49.1%, respectively. Moreover, the correlation coefficients (R2 of the first order predictive equations developed for the axial force and torque were calculated as 0.895 and 0.854, respectively.

  14. Wetting of B{sub 4}C by molten Ni–Ti alloys at 1753 K

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    Lin, Qiaoli, E-mail: lqllinqiaoli@163.com [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Non-ferrous Metal Materials, Lanzhou University of Technology, Lanzhou 730050 (China); Key Laboratory of Automobile Materials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Jilin University, Changchun 130025 (China); Sui, Ran [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Non-ferrous Metal Materials, Lanzhou University of Technology, Lanzhou 730050 (China)

    2013-11-15

    Highlights: •The wettability of Ni−B{sub 4}C was significantly improved by Ti addition. •Interfacial microstructures was varied with the increasing of Ti addition. •A bimodal interface was formed by dissolution and reaction at interface. -- Abstract: We investigated the wetting of B{sub 4}C by molten Ni–Ti alloys at 1753 K using a modified sessile drop method. The improved final wettability and the interface microstructure evolution were observed with the increasing of Ti addition. The mechanism of improvement can be mainly ascribed to the formation and distribution of reaction product TiB{sub 2} at liquid–solid interface. Generally, the spreading was driven by the reaction at liquid–solid interface. For Ni–10 at.% Ti/B{sub 4}C, with the dissolution of substrate (i.e., the accumulation of B in liquid) at first, the system then breaking through the thermodynamic conditions for the precipitation of a continuous reaction product layer, and a distinctive bimodal interface was observed finally. The addition of Ti, as a surface-active element, reduced the initial contact angle, and the dissolved B also segregate at surface, and then reduced the final contact angle.

  15. Outcomes of US BI-RADS 4A, 4B, and 4C Lesions

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    Shin, Jae Wang; Ko, Eun Young; Han, Boo Kyung; Shin, Jung Hee; Kang, Seok Seon; Hahn, Soo Yeon [Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-12-15

    The aim of our study was to evaluate the outcomes of sonographic (US) BIRADS category 4 lesions according to subcategories 4A, 4B, and 4C and palpability. We retrospectively reviewed the pathology results of 512 US BI-RADS category 4 lesions in 460 patients after ultrasound-guided percutaneous biopsy (n = 435) and surgical biopsy (n = 77). We analyzed the results according to subcategories 4A, 4B, 4C, and palpability, and compared outcomes of five breast radiologists. In BI-RADS 4A lesions (n = 302), biopsy results indicated 48 malignancies(15.9%). In BI-RADS 4B lesions (n = 113), biopsy revealed 69 malignancies (61.1%). Among BI-RADS 4C lesions (n = 97), 87 lesions were malignancies (89.7 %). Palpability had no correlation with the rate of malignancy in BI-RADS category 4 lesions, and the rate of malignancy for category 4A ranged widely from 8.1% - 26.4%. The outcomes of US BI-RADS category 4 lesions according to subcategories varied widely between radiologists, especially for 4A lesions. The US finding itself warrants a BI-RADS 4 subcategory. In category 4 lesions, the malignant rate was the same between palpable and nonpalpable lesions

  16. Preparation and investigation of Al–4 wt% B4C nanocomposite powders using mechanical milling

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    A Alizadeh; E Taheri-Nassaj; H R Baharvandi

    2011-08-01

    Boron carbide nanoparticles were produced using commercially available boron carbide powder (0.8 m).Mechanical milling was used to synthesize Al nanostructured powder in a planetary ball-mill under argon atmosphere up to 20 h. The same process was applied for Al–4 wt% B4C nanocomposite powders to explore the role of nanosize reinforcements on mechanical milling stages. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis as well as apparent density measurements were used to optimize the milling time needed for completion of the mechanical milling process. The results show that the addition of boron carbide particles accelerate the milling process, leading to a faster work hardening rate and fracture of aluminum matrix. FE-SEM images show that distribution of boron carbide particles in aluminum matrix reaches a full homogeneity when steady state takes place. The better distribution of reinforcement throughout the matrix would increase hardness of the powder. To study the compressibility of milled powder, modified heckel equation was used to consider the pressure effect on yield strength as well as reinforcing role of B4C particles. For better distribution of reinforcement throughout the matrix, , modified heckel equation was used to consider the pressure effect on yield strength as well as reinforcing role of B4C particles.

  17. Sintering of B{sub 4}C by pressureless liquid phase sintering

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    Rocha, Rosa Maria da; Melo, Francisco Cristovao Lourenco de, E-mail: rosarocha@iae.cta.br, E-mail: frapi@iae.cta.br [Instituto de Aeronautica e Espaco (IAE/CTA/IAE), Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil). Comando-Geral de Tecnologia Aeroespacial. Divisao de Materiais

    2009-07-01

    The effect of three different sintering additive systems on densification of boron carbide powder was investigated. The sintering additives were Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}, AlN:Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} and BN:Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} compositions. Powder mixtures were prepared with 10 vol% of sintering aids following conventional powder technology processes. Samples were sintered by pressureless sintering at 2050 deg C/30min in argon atmosphere. Sintered samples were compared to a sintered B{sub 4}C without sintering additive. Samples were characterized by XRD to analyze the crystalline phases after sintering and SEM to observe the microstructure and the second phase distribution. YB{sub 4} and YB{sub 2}C{sub 2} were identified in all samples, indicating a reaction between Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}, B{sub 4}C and B{sub 2}O{sub 3} present at the B{sub 4}C particle surface. The best densification result was achieved with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} additive system, showing 92.0 % of theoretical density, low porosity and 15.2 % of linear shrinkage. But this sample showed the highest weight loss. (author)

  18. Structural modifications induced by ion irradiation and temperature in boron carbide B{sub 4}C

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    Victor, G., E-mail: g.victor@ipnl.in2p3.fr [Institut de Physique Nucléaire de Lyon (IPNL), Université Lyon 1, CNRS/IN2P3, 4 rue Enrico Fermi, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Pipon, Y.; Bérerd, N. [Institut de Physique Nucléaire de Lyon (IPNL), Université Lyon 1, CNRS/IN2P3, 4 rue Enrico Fermi, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Institut Universitaire de Technologie (IUT) Lyon-1, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Toulhoat, N. [Institut de Physique Nucléaire de Lyon (IPNL), Université Lyon 1, CNRS/IN2P3, 4 rue Enrico Fermi, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); CEA-DEN, Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Moncoffre, N. [Institut de Physique Nucléaire de Lyon (IPNL), Université Lyon 1, CNRS/IN2P3, 4 rue Enrico Fermi, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Djourelov, N. [Institute for Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 72 Tzarigradsko chaussee blvd, BG-1784 Sofia (Bulgaria); ELI-NP, IFIN-HH, 30 Reactorului Str, MG-6 Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Miro, S. [CEA-DEN, Service de Recherches de Métallurgie Physique, Laboratoire JANNUS, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Baillet, J. [Institut de Physique Nucléaire de Lyon (IPNL), Université Lyon 1, CNRS/IN2P3, 4 rue Enrico Fermi, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Pradeilles, N.; Rapaud, O.; Maître, A. [SPCTS, UMR CNRS 7315, Centre Européen de la céramique, University of Limoges (France); Gosset, D. [CEA, Saclay, DMN-SRMA-LA2M, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France)

    2015-12-15

    Already used as neutron absorber in the current French nuclear reactors, boron carbide (B{sub 4}C) is also considered in the future Sodium Fast Reactors of the next generation (Gen IV). Due to severe irradiation conditions occurring in these reactors, it is of primary importance that this material presents a high structural resistance under irradiation, both in the ballistic and electronic damage regimes. Previous works have shown an important structural resistance of boron carbide even at high neutron fluences. Nevertheless, the structural modification mechanisms due to irradiation are not well understood. Therefore the aim of this paper is to study structural modifications induced in B{sub 4}C samples in different damage regimes. The boron carbide pellets were shaped and sintered by using spark plasma sintering method. They were then irradiated in several conditions at room temperature or 800 °C, either by favoring the creation of ballistic damage (between 1 and 3 dpa), or by favoring the electronic excitations using 100 MeV swift iodine ions (S{sub e} ≈ 15 keV/nm). Ex situ micro-Raman spectroscopy and Doppler broadening of annihilation radiation technique with variable energy slow positrons were coupled to follow the evolution of the B{sub 4}C structure under irradiation.

  19. Location of gamma-ray flaring region in quasar 4C +21.35

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    Lei, Maichang

    2015-01-01

    4C +21.35 is a flat-spectrum-radio-quasar-type blazar, in which the rapid variability of very high energy (VHE, $E_{\\gamma}\\gtrsim 100$\\,GeV) emission as short as $\\sim$ 10 minutes was observed by MAGIC Cherenkov telescopes, and the VHE spectrum extends up to at least 400\\,GeV. In this paper, by using a flat broad-line region (BLR) structure, we study the location and properties of $\\gamma$-ray emitting region of 4C +21.35 under the constraints of multiwavelength data. We fit three quasi-simultaneous spectral energy distributions (SEDs) using homogeneous one-zone leptonic model, in which the flat BLR with the aperture angle of $\\alpha=25^{\\circ}$ and a spherically symmetric hot dusty torus with the temperature of $T_{\\rm sub}=1200$\\,K, are assumed. The results show that the jet structure of 4C +21.35 is nearly conical with a half-opening angle of $\\theta_{\\rm j}\\simeq 0.29^{\\circ}-0.6^{\\circ}$. Furthermore, the emitting region is located within the BLR clouds and approaches to outer radius of the BLR during t...

  20. Structural modifications induced by ion irradiation and temperature in boron carbide B4C

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    Victor, G.; Pipon, Y.; Bérerd, N.; Toulhoat, N.; Moncoffre, N.; Djourelov, N.; Miro, S.; Baillet, J.; Pradeilles, N.; Rapaud, O.; Maître, A.; Gosset, D.

    2015-12-01

    Already used as neutron absorber in the current French nuclear reactors, boron carbide (B4C) is also considered in the future Sodium Fast Reactors of the next generation (Gen IV). Due to severe irradiation conditions occurring in these reactors, it is of primary importance that this material presents a high structural resistance under irradiation, both in the ballistic and electronic damage regimes. Previous works have shown an important structural resistance of boron carbide even at high neutron fluences. Nevertheless, the structural modification mechanisms due to irradiation are not well understood. Therefore the aim of this paper is to study structural modifications induced in B4C samples in different damage regimes. The boron carbide pellets were shaped and sintered by using spark plasma sintering method. They were then irradiated in several conditions at room temperature or 800 °C, either by favoring the creation of ballistic damage (between 1 and 3 dpa), or by favoring the electronic excitations using 100 MeV swift iodine ions (Se ≈ 15 keV/nm). Ex situ micro-Raman spectroscopy and Doppler broadening of annihilation radiation technique with variable energy slow positrons were coupled to follow the evolution of the B4C structure under irradiation.

  1. AGN feedback and iron enrichment in the powerful radio galaxy, 4C+55.16

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    Hlavacek-Larrondo, J; Sanders, J S; Taylor, G B

    2011-01-01

    We present a detailed X-ray analysis of 4C+55.16, an unusual and interesting radio galaxy, located at the centre of a cool core cluster of galaxies. 4C+55.16 is X-ray bright (~10^45 erg/s), radio powerful, and shows clear signs of interaction with the surrounding intracluster medium. By combining deep Chandra (100 ks) with 1.4 GHz VLA observations, we find evidence of multiple outbursts from the central AGN, providing enough energy to offset cooling of the ICM (P_bubbles=6.7x10^44 erg/s). Furthermore, 4C+55.16 has an unusual intracluster iron distribution showing a plume-like feature rich in Fe L emission that seems to run along one of the X-ray cavities. The excess of Fe associated with the plume is around 10^7M_sol. The metal abundances are consistent with being Solar-like, indicating that both SNIa and SNII contribute to the enrichment. The plume and southern cavity form a region of cool metal-rich gas. At the edge of this region, there is a clear discontinuity in temperature (from kT~2.5 keV to kT~5.0 keV...

  2. Effect of different carbon precursors on properties of LiFePO4/C

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    肖政伟; 张英杰; 胡国荣

    2015-01-01

    The anoxic decomposition and influence of carbon precursors on the properties of LiFePO4/C prepared by using Fe2O3 were investigated. X-ray powder diffractometry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and carbon content and charge–discharge tests were applied to the characterization of the as-synthesized cathodes. Partial carbon is lost in the anaerobic decomposition of organic precursors and a high hydrogen content leads to a high residual carbon rate. Pyromellitic anhydride and citric acid participate in reactions before and in ball-milling. All the chosen carbon precursors are capable of producing LiFePO4 with high degree of crystallinity and purity. The carbon derived fromα-D-glucose, pyromellitic anhydride, soluble starch, citric acid and polyacrylamide has a loose and porous texture in LiFePO4/C which forms conduction on and between LiFePO4 particles. LiFePO4/C prepared by usingα-D-glucose, pyromellitic anhydride, citric acid and sucrose exhibits appreciable electrochemical performance. Graphite alone is able to enhance the electrochemical performance of LiFePO4 to a limited extent but incapable of preparing practical cathode.

  3. On the nature of high reddening of Cygnus OB2 #12 hypergiant

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    Maryeva, O V; Goranskij, V P; Dyachenko, V V; Karpov, S V; Malogolovets, E V; Rastegaev, D A

    2016-01-01

    To explain the nature of the high reddening (Av~10 mag) towards one of the most luminous stars in the Galaxy - Cyg OB2 #12 (B5 Ia-0), also known as MT304, we carried out spectro-photometric observations of 24 stars located in its vicinity. We included five new B-stars among the members of Cygnus OB2, and for five more photometrically selected stars we spectroscopically confirmed their membership. We constructed the map of interstellar extinction within 2.5 arcmin radius and found that interstellar extinction increases towards MT304. According to our results the most reddened OB-stars in the association after MT304 are J203240.35+411420.1 and J203239.90+411436.2, located about 15 arcsec away from it. Interstellar extinction towards these stars is about 9 mag. The increase of reddening towards MT304 suggests that the reddening excess may be caused by the circumstellar shell ejected by the star during its evolution. This shell absorbs 1 mag, but its chemical composition and temperature are unclear. We also repor...

  4. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Deep OB star population in Carina (Mohr-Smith+, 2017)

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    Mohr-Smith, M.; Drew, J. E.; Napiwotzki, R.; Simon-Diaz, S.; Wright, N. J.; Barentsen, G.; Eisloeffel, J.; Farnhill, H. J.; Greimel, R.; Monguio, M.; Kalari, V.; Parker, Q. A.; Vink, J. S.

    2016-11-01

    The sky positions and photometric measurements from VPHAS+ (and 2MASS) for 14900 candidate OB stars blue-selected from the Carina region of the Galactic plane are set out in the first 24 columns. The optical magnitudes are expressed in the Vega system. These are followed by the parameters and their error estimates obtained from main-sequence fits to the optical/NIR magnitudes, along with the chi-squared measure of goodness of fit (columns 25 to 33). For the 3 degrees of freedom involved, chi-squared values up to 7.82 may be regarded as 'good fits': 5915 objects are good fits in this sense and have estimated effective temperatures high enough to place them into the O-B2 range. The fitting process delivers effective temperatures, (highly uncertain) distance moduli, and the extinction parameters, A0 and RV. Subsequent columns (34 to 37) identify which candidates are: good O-B2 fits; likely to be emission line stars (based on r-Halpha excess); candidate sub-luminous stars; candidate higher-luminosity evolved objects. The 'Notes' in column 38 provide information on cross-identifications to known objects, where these exist. Columns 39 to 49 present spectroscopically-derived parameters and associated errors for the subset of 276 stars with spectra. (1 data file).

  5. RMI, a new OB-fold complex essential for Bloom syndrome protein to maintain genome stability.

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    Xu, Dongyi; Guo, Rong; Sobeck, Alexandra; Bachrati, Csanad Z; Yang, Jay; Enomoto, Takemi; Brown, Grant W; Hoatlin, Maureen E; Hickson, Ian D; Wang, Weidong

    2008-10-15

    BLM, the helicase mutated in Bloom syndrome, associates with topoisomerase 3alpha, RMI1 (RecQ-mediated genome instability), and RPA, to form a complex essential for the maintenance of genome stability. Here we report a novel component of the BLM complex, RMI2, which interacts with RMI1 through two oligonucleotide-binding (OB)-fold domains similar to those in RPA. The resulting complex, named RMI, differs from RPA in that it lacks obvious DNA-binding activity. Nevertheless, RMI stimulates the dissolution of a homologous recombination intermediate in vitro and is essential for the stability, localization, and function of the BLM complex in vivo. Notably, inactivation of RMI2 in chicken DT40 cells results in an increased level of sister chromatid exchange (SCE)--the hallmark feature of Bloom syndrome cells. Epistasis analysis revealed that RMI2 and BLM suppress SCE within the same pathway. A point mutation in the OB domain of RMI2 disrupts the association between BLM and the rest of the complex, and abrogates the ability of RMI2 to suppress elevated SCE. Our data suggest that multi-OB-fold complexes mediate two modes of BLM action: via RPA-mediated protein-DNA interaction, and via RMI-mediated protein-protein interactions.

  6. B fields in OB stars (BOB): Concluding the FORS2 observing campaign

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    Schoeller, M; Fossati, L; Carroll, T A; Briquet, M; Oskinova, L M; Jarvinen, S; Ilyin, I; Castro, N; Morel, T; Langer, N; Przybilla, N; Nieva, M F; Kholtygin, A F; Sana, H; Herrero, A; Barba, R H; de Koter, A

    2016-01-01

    The "B fields in OB stars" (BOB) collaboration is based on an ESO Large Programme, to study the occurrence rate, properties, and ultimately the origin of magnetic fields in massive stars. In the framework of this programme, we carried out low-resolution spectropolarimetric observations of a large sample of massive stars using FORS2 installed at the ESO VLT 8-m telescope. We determined the magnetic field values with two completely independent reduction and analysis pipelines. Our in-depth study of the magnetic field measurements shows that differences between our two pipelines are usually well within 3sigma errors. From the 32 observations of 28 OB stars, we were able to monitor the magnetic fields in CPD-57 3509 and HD164492C, confirm the magnetic field in HD54879, and detect a magnetic field in CPD-62 2124. We obtain a magnetic field detection rate of 6+-3% for the full sample of 69 OB stars observed with FORS2 within the BOB programme. For the pre-selected objects with a v sin i below 60 km/s, we obtain a m...

  7. Human obesity reduces the number of hepatic leptin receptor (ob-R) expressing NK cells.

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    Lautenbach, Anne; Breitmeier, Dirk; Kuhlmann, Susanne; Nave, Heike

    2011-01-01

    In the industrialized world, obesity is an increasing socioeconomic health problem. Obese subjects have a higher risk of developing several types of cancer. NK cells are an integral component of the innate immune system, able to destruct tumor cells. The adipokine leptin plays a crucial role in the development of obesity and its related diseases. Peripheral leptin signaling is modulated by the liver. The aim of this study was to evaluate the number of hepatic NK cells (CD56+) and the number of leptin-receptor positive (Ob-R+) cells in the livers of five normal-weight and five obese humans. Livers were removed during autopsy and accurately defined sections were stained immunohistochemically and CD56+, Ob-R+, and double-positive cells were quantified. Results revealed a dramatic reduction of NK cells and Ob-R-expressing NK cells in the livers of obese individuals. The present study demonstrates, for the first time, body-weight-dependent numbers of hepatic NK cells. This supports the hypothesis of obesity-associated alterations of immune cell numbers in different human organs.

  8. Relative Stabilities of Conserved and Non-Conserved Structures in the OB-Fold Superfamily

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    Andrei T. Alexandrescu

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available The OB-fold is a diverse structure superfamily based on a β-barrel motif that is often supplemented with additional non-conserved secondary structures. Previous deletion mutagenesis and NMR hydrogen exchange studies of three OB-fold proteins showed that the structural stabilities of sites within the conserved β-barrels were larger than sites in non-conserved segments. In this work we examined a database of 80 representative domain structures currently classified as OB-folds, to establish the basis of this effect. Residue-specific values were obtained for the number of Cα-Cα distance contacts, sequence hydrophobicities, crystallographic B-factors, and theoretical B-factors calculated from a Gaussian Network Model. All four parameters point to a larger average flexibility for the non-conserved structures compared to the conserved β-barrels. The theoretical B-factors and contact densities show the highest sensitivity.Our results suggest a model of protein structure evolution in which novel structural features develop at the periphery of conserved motifs. Core residues are more resistant to structural changes during evolution since their substitution would disrupt a larger number of interactions. Similar factors are likely to account for the differences in stability to unfolding between conserved and non-conserved structures.

  9. ObsPy – What can it do for data centers and observatories?

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    Joachim Wassermann

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Data acquisition by seismic centers relies on real-time systems, like SeisComP3, Antelope and Earthworm. However, these are complex systems that are designed for fast and precisely defined standard real-time analyses. Therefore, it is not a simple task to access or modify internal routines, and to integrate them into custom-processing workflows or to perform in-depth data analyses. Often a library is necessary that provides convenient access to data and allows easy control over all of the operations that are to be performed on the data. ObsPy is such a library, which is designed to access and process seismological waveform data and metadata. We use short and simple examples here to demonstrate how effective it is to use Python for seismological data analysis. Then, we illustrate the general capabilities of ObsPy, and highlight some of its specific aspects that are relevant for seismological data centers and observatories, through presentation of real-world examples. Finally, we demonstrate how the ObsPy library can be used to develop custom graphical user interface applications.

  10. Cloud Structure of Galactic OB Cluster Forming Regions from Combining Ground and Space Based Bolometric Observations

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    Lin, Yuxin; Li, Di; Zhang, Zhiyu; Ginsburg, Adam; Pineda, Jaime E; Qian, Lei; Galván-Madrid, Roberto; McLeod, Anna Faye; Rosolowsky, Erik; Dale, James E; Immer, Katharina; Koch, Eric; Longmore, Steve; Walker, Daniel; Testi, Leonardo

    2016-01-01

    We have developed an iterative procedure to systematically combine the millimeter and submillimeter images of OB cluster-forming molecular clouds, which were taken by ground based (CSO, JCMT, APEX, IRAM-30m) and space telescopes (Herschel, Planck). For the seven luminous ($L$$>$10$^{6}$ $L_{\\odot}$) Galactic OB cluster-forming molecular clouds selected for our analyses, namely W49A, W43-Main, W43-South, W33, G10.6-0.4, G10.2-0.3, G10.3-0.1, we have performed single-component, modified black-body fits to each pixel of the combined (sub)millimeter images, and the Herschel PACS and SPIRE images at shorter wavelengths. The $\\sim$10$"$ resolution dust column density and temperature maps of these sources revealed dramatically different morphologies, indicating very different modes of OB cluster-formation, or parent molecular cloud structures in different evolutionary stages. The molecular clouds W49A, W33, and G10.6-0.4 show centrally concentrated massive molecular clumps that are connected with approximately radia...

  11. El cúmulo abierto NGC 6167 en la Asociación Ara OB1

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    Folatelli, G.; Morrell, N. I.; Barbá, R. H.

    We have carried out a spectrophotometric study of the central region of the open cluster NGC 6167. We were motivated to do so by the fact that this cluster could have had a main role in the star formation history of Ara OB1 Association (Arnal et al., 1987, A&A 174, 78), though it had not been thoroughly studied. Particularly, there was no previous research based on CCD data, and even the existence of the cluster itself had been discussed by some authors. By means of CCD photometry and intermediate resolution spectroscopy on images obtained at the Complejo Astronómico El Leoncito (CASLEO, San Juan) we have obtained B and V magnitudes down to V=19 in the central region of the cluster, along with spectral types and radial velocities for 85 stars. This information allowed us to determine for NGC 6167 a distance modulus of 10.5 ± 0.3 and a mean radial velocity of -39 ± 14 km s-1, which are in agreement with the values corresponding to the open cluster NGC 6193 and with the Ara OB1 Association as a whole. We discuss the role of NGC 6167 in the context of Ara OB1.

  12. Cosmic Ray Acceleration by Stellar Associations? The Case of Cygnus OB2

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    Butt, Y; Combi, J; Corcoran, M; Dame, T M; Drake, J; Bernado, M M K; Milne, P; Miniati, F; Pohl, M; Reimer, O; Romero, G; Rupen, M P; Butt, Yousaf; Benaglia, Paula; Combi, Jorge; Corcoran, Michael; Dame, Thomas; Drake, Jeremy; Bernado, Marina Kaufman; Milne, Peter; Miniati, Francesco; Pohl, Martin; Reimer, Olaf; Romero, Gustavo; Rupen, Michael

    2003-01-01

    The origins of all extra-solar cosmic rays -- both the ultra high-energy and lower energy Galactic variety -- remain unclear. It has been argued that the large scale shocks and turbulence induced by the multiple interacting supersonic winds from the many hot stars in young stellar associations may play a role in accelerating Galactic cosmic rays -- with or without the associated multiple supernova remnants (eg. Cesarsky & Montmerle, 1983; Bykov 2001). In this context, the report by the HEGRA Cherenkov telescope group of a steady and extended unidentified TeV gamma-ray source lying at the outskirts of Cygnus OB2 is particularly significant. This is the most massive stellar association known in the Galaxy, estimated to contain ~2600 OB type members alone indeed, Cyg OB2 also coincides with the non-variable MeV-GeV range unidentified EGRET source, 3EG 2033+4118. We summarise here the near-simultaneous follow-up observations of the extended TeV source region with the CHANDRA X-ray Observatory and the Very Lar...

  13. RGB-D Hand-Held Ob ject Recognition Based on Heterogeneous Feature Fusion

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    吕雄; 蒋树强; 王双

    2015-01-01

    Ob ject recognition has many applications in human-machine interaction and multimedia retrieval. However, due to large intra-class variability and inter-class similarity, accurate recognition relying only on RGB data is still a big challenge. Recently, with the emergence of inexpensive RGB-D devices, this challenge can be better addressed by leveraging additional depth information. A very special yet important case of object recognition is hand-held object recognition, as manipulating objects with hands is common and intuitive in human-human and human-machine interactions. In this paper, we study this problem and introduce an effective framework to address it. This framework first detects and segments the hand-held ob ject by exploiting skeleton information combined with depth information. In the ob ject recognition stage, this work exploits heterogeneous features extracted from different modalities and fuses them to improve the recognition accuracy. In particular, we incorporate handcrafted and deep learned features and study several multi-step fusion variants. Experimental evaluations validate the effectiveness of the proposed method.

  14. B fields in OB stars (BOB): Concluding the FORS 2 observing campaign

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    Schöller, M.; Hubrig, S.; Fossati, L.; Carroll, T. A.; Briquet, M.; Oskinova, L. M.; Järvinen, S.; Ilyin, I.; Castro, N.; Morel, T.; Langer, N.; Przybilla, N.; Nieva, M.-F.; Kholtygin, A. F.; Sana, H.; Herrero, A.; Barbá, R. H.; de Koter, A.; BOB Collaboration

    2017-03-01

    Aims: The B fields in OB stars (BOB) Collaboration is based on an ESO Large Programme to study the occurrence rate, properties, and ultimately the origin of magnetic fields in massive stars. Methods: In the framework of this program, we carried out low-resolution spectropolarimetric observations of a large sample of massive stars using FORS 2 installed at the ESO VLT 8 m telescope. Results: We determined the magnetic field values with two completely independent reduction and analysis pipelines. Our in-depth study of the magnetic field measurements shows that differences between our two pipelines are usually well within 3σ errors. From the 32 observations of 28 OB stars, we were able to monitor the magnetic fields in CPD -57° 3509 and HD 164492C, confirm the magnetic field in HD 54879, and detect a magnetic field in CPD -62° 2124. We obtain a magnetic field detection rate of 6 ± 3% for the full sample of 69 OB stars observed with FORS 2 within the BOB program. For the preselected objects with a v sin i below 60 km s-1, we obtain a magnetic field detection rate of 5 ± 5%. We also discuss X-ray properties and multiplicity of the objects in our FORS 2 sample with respect to the magnetic field detections. Based on observations made with ESO Telescopes at the La Silla Paranal Observatory under program ID 191.D-0255(E,G).

  15. New OB star candidates in the Carina Arm around Westerlund 2 from VPHAS+

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    Mohr-Smith, M; Barentsen, G; Wright, N J; Napiwotzki, R; Corradi, R L M; Eislöffel, J; Groot, P; Kalari, V; Parker, Q A; Raddi, R; Sale, S E; Unruh, Y C; Vink, J S; Wesson, R

    2015-01-01

    O and early B stars are at the apex of galactic ecology, but in the Milky Way, only a minority of them may yet have been identified. We present the results of a pilot study to select and parametrise OB star candidates in the Southern Galactic plane, down to a limiting magnitude of $g=20$. A 2 square-degree field capturing the Carina Arm around the young massive star cluster, Westerlund 2, is examined. The confirmed OB stars in this cluster are used to validate our identification method, based on selection from the $(u-g, g-r)$ diagram for the region. Our Markov Chain Monte Carlo fitting method combines VPHAS+ $u, g, r, i$ with published $J, H, K$ photometry in order to derive posterior probability distributions of the stellar parameters $\\log(\\rm T_{\\rm eff})$ and distance modulus, together with the reddening parameters $A_0$ and $R_V$. The stellar parameters are sufficient to confirm OB status while the reddening parameters are determined to a precision of $\\sigma(A_0)\\sim0.09$ and $\\sigma(R_V)\\sim0.08$. The...

  16. OB stars at the lowest Local Group metallicity: GTC-OSIRIS observations of Sextans A

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    Camacho, I; Herrero, A; Simón-Díaz, S

    2016-01-01

    Our aim is to find and classify OB stars in Sextans A, to later determine accurate stellar parameters of these blue massive stars in this low metallicity region $(Z \\sim 0.1 \\rm Z_{\\odot})$. Using UBV photometry, the reddening-free index Q and GALEX imaging, we built a list of blue massive star candidates in Sextans A. We obtained low resolution (R $\\sim$ 1000) GTC-OSIRIS spectra for a fraction of them and carried out spectral classification. For the confirmed O-stars we derive preliminary stellar parameters. The target selection criteria and observations were successful and have produced the first spectroscopic atlas of OB-type stars in Sextans A. From the whole sample of 18 observed stars, 12 were classified as early OB-types, including 5 O-stars. The radial velocities of all target stars are in agreement with their Sextans A membership, although three of them show significant deviations. We determined the stellar parameters of the O-type stars using the stellar atmosphere code FASTWIND, and revisited the s...

  17. Preparation and characterization of B4C coatings for advanced research light sources.

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    Störmer, Michael; Siewert, Frank; Sinn, Harald

    2016-01-01

    X-ray optical elements are required for beam transport at the current and upcoming free-electron lasers and synchrotron sources. An X-ray mirror is a combination of a substrate and a coating. The demand for large mirrors with single layers consisting of light or heavy elements has increased during the last few decades; surface finishing technology is currently able to process mirror lengths up to 1 m with microroughness at the sub-nanometre level. Additionally, thin-film fabrication is able to deposit a suitable single-layer material, such as boron carbide (B4C), some tens of nanometres thick. After deposition, the mirror should provide excellent X-ray optical properties with respect to coating thickness errors, microroughness values and slope errors; thereby enabling the mirror to transport the X-ray beam with high reflectivity, high beam flux and an undistorted wavefront to an experimental station. At the European XFEL, the technical specifications of the future mirrors are extraordinarily challenging. The acceptable shape error of the mirrors is below 2 nm along the whole length of 1 m. At the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG), amorphous layers of boron carbide with thicknesses in the range 30-60 nm were fabricated using the HZG sputtering facility, which is able to cover areas up to 1500 mm long by 120 mm wide in one step using rectangular B4C sputtering targets. The available deposition area is suitable for the specified X-ray mirror dimensions of upcoming advanced research light sources such as the European XFEL. The coatings produced were investigated by means of X-ray reflectometry and interference microscopy. The experimental results for the B4C layers are discussed according to thickness uniformity, density, microroughness and thermal stability. The variation of layer thickness in the tangential and sagittal directions was investigated in order to estimate the achieved level of uniformity over the whole deposition area, which is considerably

  18. Preparation and characterization of B4C coatings for advanced research light sources

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    Störmer, Michael; Siewert, Frank; Sinn, Harald

    2016-01-01

    X-ray optical elements are required for beam transport at the current and upcoming free-electron lasers and synchrotron sources. An X-ray mirror is a combination of a substrate and a coating. The demand for large mirrors with single layers consisting of light or heavy elements has increased during the last few decades; surface finishing technology is currently able to process mirror lengths up to 1 m with microroughness at the sub-nanometre level. Additionally, thin-film fabrication is able to deposit a suitable single-layer material, such as boron carbide (B4C), some tens of nanometres thick. After deposition, the mirror should provide excellent X-ray optical properties with respect to coating thickness errors, microroughness values and slope errors; thereby enabling the mirror to transport the X-ray beam with high reflectivity, high beam flux and an undistorted wavefront to an experimental station. At the European XFEL, the technical specifications of the future mirrors are extraordinarily challenging. The acceptable shape error of the mirrors is below 2 nm along the whole length of 1 m. At the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG), amorphous layers of boron carbide with thicknesses in the range 30–60 nm were fabricated using the HZG sputtering facility, which is able to cover areas up to 1500 mm long by 120 mm wide in one step using rectangular B4C sputtering targets. The available deposition area is suitable for the specified X-ray mirror dimensions of upcoming advanced research light sources such as the European XFEL. The coatings produced were investigated by means of X-ray reflectometry and interference microscopy. The experimental results for the B4C layers are discussed according to thickness uniformity, density, microroughness and thermal stability. The variation of layer thickness in the tangential and sagittal directions was investigated in order to estimate the achieved level of uniformity over the whole deposition area, which is

  19. Characterization of the Young Open Cluster G144.9+0.4 in the Camelopardalis OB1 Association

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    Lin, Chien-Cheng; Panwar, Neelam

    2013-01-01

    Our star-count analysis of the 2MASS point sources resulted in an identification of the star cluster G144.9+0.4. The cluster was found, but not characterized, by \\citet{glu10}. We show that the cluster is physically associated with the Cam\\,OB1 association at a distance of about 1 kpc and with an age of 1--2 Myr. Pre-main sequence stars are identified, on the basis of photometric and proper motion data. A total of 91 additional OB star candidates were found in the subgroup 1A and 1B, a significant increase from the currently known 43 OB stars. The OB members show an age spread that indicates a sustained star formation for at least the last 10--15 years. The young cluster G144.9+0.4 represents the latest episode of sequence star formation in this cloud complex.

  20. ObsPy: A Python Toolbox for Seismology/Seismological Observatories

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    Megies, T.; Barsch, R.; Beyreuther, M.; Krischer, L.; Wassermann, J. M.; ObsPy Development Team

    2011-12-01

    Python enables the user to combine the possibilities of a full-blown programming language with the flexibility of an interactive scripting language. Its extensive standard library and many freely available high quality scientific modules cover most needs in developing scientific processing workflows. The goal of the ObsPy project (http://www.obspy.org) is to facilitate rapid application development for seismology by extending Python's capabilities to fit the specific needs that arise when working with seismological data. It provides read and write support for many common waveform file formats (e.g. MiniSEED, SAC, GSE2, SEISAN, ...) and metadata formats (e.g. SEED, Dataless SEED, XML-SEED, RESP, ...). Several available client modules make it possible to directly acquire waveform data and metadata as well as earthquake event data from data centers communicating with ArcLink (http://www.webdc.eu), Fissures (http://www.iris.edu/dhi) and SeisHub servers (http://www.seishub.org) and by connecting to webservices provided by IRIS (http://www.iris.edu/ws/) and NERIES (http://www.seismicportal.eu/). Finally there is a growing signal processing toolbox that covers many often needed routines for filtering, triggering, instrument correction/simulation, complex trace analysis, array analysis and many more. Recent additions to ObsPy include calculation of probabilistic power spectral densities, relative instrument calibration and wrappers for the IASPEI-tau traveltime package and IRIS's evalresp. In combination with well developed, free Python packages like NumPy (http://numpy.scipy.org), SciPy (http://scipy.org), IPython (http://ipython.scipy.org), Matplotlib (http://matplotlib.sourceforge.net) and PyQt (http://www.riverbankcomputing.co.uk/software/pyqt), ObsPy makes it possible to develop complete workflows in Python, ranging from reading/requesting data via signal analysis and data processing to visualization in GUI applications and output of modified or derived data. ObsPy is

  1. A multi-epoch XMM-Newton campaign on the core of the massive Cygnus OB2 association

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    Rauw, G.

    2011-12-01

    Context. Cyg OB2 is one of the most massive associations of O-type stars in our Galaxy. Despite the large interstellar reddening towards Cyg OB2, many studies, spanning a wide range of wavelengths, have been conducted to more clearly understand this association. X-ray observations provide a powerful tool to overcome the effect of interstellar absorption and study the most energetic processes associated with the stars in Cyg OB2. Aims: We analyse XMM-Newton data to investigate the X-ray and UV properties of massive O-type stars as well as low-mass pre-main sequence stars in Cyg OB2. Methods: We obtained six XMM-Newton observations of the core of Cyg OB2. In our analysis, we pay particular attention to the variability of the X-ray bright OB stars, especially the luminous blue variable candidate Cyg OB2 #12. Results: We find that X-ray variability is quite common among the stars in Cyg OB2. Whilst short-term variations are restricted mostly to low-mass pre-main sequence stars, one third of the OB stars display long-term variations. The X-ray flux of Cyg OB2 #12 varies by 37%, over timescales from days to years, whilst its mean log LX/Lbol amounts to - 6.10. Conclusions: These properties suggest that Cyg OB2 #12 is either an interacting-wind system or displays a magnetically confined wind. Two other X-ray bright O-type stars (MT91 516 and CPR2002 A11) display variations that suggest they are interacting wind binary systems. Based on observations collected with XMM-Newton, an ESA Science Mission with instruments and contributions directly funded by ESA Member States and the USA (NASA).Full Table 2 and Table 4 are only available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/536/A31

  2. Optical outburst of 4C 38.41 (1633+382) observed by the GASP

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    Raiteri, C. M.; Villata, M.; Ehgamberdiev, Sh. A.; Mirzaqulov, D. O.; Holikov, Sh.

    2011-07-01

    The GLAST-AGILE Support Program (GASP) of the Whole Earth Blazar Telescope (WEBT) reports on the recent observation of a strong optical brightening of the gamma-loud quasar 4C 38.41. This is one of the 28 blazars for which the GASP performs a long-term, multiwavelength monitoring. In the current optical observing season, the source has shown multiwavelength activity (see also ATels #3238, #3333, #3335, #3360), so that the GASP has intensified the observations with a dedicated campaign (contact person: C.

  3. Preparation of AlB sub 4 C composites for image analysis

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    Kelly, A.M.; Reiswig, R.D.; Hill, M.A.; Blumenthal, W.R.

    1990-01-01

    Composites made by infiltrating B{sub 4}C networks with aluminium, or its alloys are of interest for lightweight armor applications. Image analysis plays an important part in correlating the microstructures of such composites with their mechanical properties. Accurate image analysis requires a high degree of perfection in the metallographic preparation, which is particularly difficult where the phases present have such disparate hardness and reactivities. Two preparation procedures have been developed that produce adequate contrast and definition for analysis of key microstructural features. 8 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab.

  4. PARTICLE ACCELERATION AND MAGNETIC FIELD AMPLIFICATION IN THE JETS OF 4C74.26

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    Araudo, A. T.; Blundell, K. M. [University of Oxford, Astrophysics, Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3RH (United Kingdom); Bell, A. R. [University of Oxford, Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PU (United Kingdom)

    2015-06-20

    We model the multi-wavelength emission in the southern hotspot of the radio quasar 4C74.26. The synchrotron radio emission is resolved near the shock with the MERLIN radio-interferometer, and the rapid decay of this emission behind the shock is interpreted as the decay of the amplified downstream magnetic field as expected for small scale turbulence. Electrons are accelerated to only 0.3 TeV, consistent with a diffusion coefficient many orders of magnitude greater than in the Bohm regime. If the same diffusion coefficient applies to the protons, their maximum energy is only ∼100 TeV.

  5. CT image digital measurement and clinical significance of C4 -C6 anterior fixed parameter

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    LI Xiaohe; LI Zhijun; GAO Shang

    2015-01-01

    Objective:To measure C3-C5 anterior fixed parametersment for the segmental anterior fixation surgery. Methods:The examination of the cervical spine in patients with CT imaging data were randomly selected from January 2009 - December 2012 , C4 - C6 cervical no lesions in 35 cases of imaging data were selected (20 males and 5 females , 25 to 50 years old, average 41. 2 years) ,The image data were rebuilded and measured di-ameter by Mimics 16. 01 software, vertebral body height, vertebrae transverse process hole diameter and diameter around, the left and right sides of the horizontal distance between the flange hole inside, left and right sides of the axis of the pedicle and sagittal axis and the horizontal axis angle and length were measured. Results and conclu-sion:the vertebral body diameter of C4-C6, (26. 67±0. 25) mm gradually increased to (32. 89±0. 12) mm, an-terior and posterior diameter of C4 -C6 ,(6. 89±0. 12) mm gradually increased to (8. 85±0. 44) mm, comparing differences between different segments were statistical significance;Vertebral body midline sagittal anterior, middle and posterior height from C4 [anterior was (7. 99 ±0. 51) mm, middle was(7. 09±0. 42) mm, posterior was (7. 76±0. 49) mm]. To C6 [anterior was (9. 89±0. 45 mm, middle was (8. 42±0. 75) mm, posterior was (8. 84±0. 26) mm], vertebral bodies were significant difference (P<0. 05); the vertebrae transverse process hole diameter and diameter around anterior and posterior were gradually increased with the increase of the sequence; on both sides of C4~C6 were by transverse process hole inside edge distance ( 25 . 10 ± 0 . 45 ) mm gradually increased to (28. 89±0. 56) mm, comparing differences between different segments were statistical significance;Pedicle axis , the sagittal axis and horizontal axis angle and length were gradually increasing with the increase of the cervical spine ordinal, difference is statistically significant.

  6. Synthetic LiFePO4/C without using inert gas

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    Guo Rong Hu; Xu Guang Gao; Zhong Dong Peng; Ke Du; Yan Jun Liu

    2007-01-01

    LiFePO4/C was synthesized by high temperature solid-state method with cheap Fe2O3, LiH2PO4 and glucose as raw materials in absence of inert gas. The sample had ordered olivine-type structure other impurities characterized by the test of X-ray diffraction(XRD). The charge-discharge test showed the sample could demonstrate 120.5 mAh/g at 0.2C rate with good cyclic capability. The powder microelectrode cyclic voltammetry test indicated that the redox process of the sample had good reversibility.

  7. Fermi LAT and Swift flare of the FSRQ 4C +40.25

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    Carpenter, Bryce; Ojha, Roopesh; Pivato, Giovanna; Fermi Large Area Telescope Collaboration

    2015-11-01

    The Large Area Telescope (LAT) on board the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has observed a gamma-ray flare from a source positionally consistent with the flat spectrum radio quasar (FSRQ) 4C +40.25 (also known as B2 1020+40 and 3FGL J1023.1+3952, Acero et al. 2015, ApJS 218, 23) with coordinates RA: 10h 23m 11.5661s, Dec: 39d 48m 15.378s, J2000, (Helmboldt et al. 2007, ApJ, 658, 203) and a redshift of 1.254 (Xu et al. 1994, AJ, 108, 395).

  8. On the Merging Cluster Abell 578 and Its Central Radio Galaxy 4C +67.13

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    Hagino, K; Siemiginowska, A; Cheung, C C; Koziel-Wierzbowska, D; Szostek, A; Madejski, G; Harris, D E; Simionescu, A; Takahashi, T

    2015-01-01

    Here we analyze radio, optical, and X-ray data for a peculiar cluster Abell 578. This cluster is not fully relaxed and consists of two merging sub-systems. The brightest cluster galaxy, CGPG 0719.8+6704, is a pair of interacting ellipticals with projected separation $\\sim$10 kpc, the brighter of which hosts the radio source 4C +67.13. The Fanaroff-Riley type-II radio morphology of 4C +67.13 is unusual for central radio galaxies in local Abell clusters. Our new optical spectroscopy revealed that both nuclei of the CGPG 0719.8+6704 pair are active, albeit at low accretion rates corresponding to the Eddington ratio $\\sim10^{-4}$ (for the estimated black hole masses of $\\sim 3 \\times 10^8\\,M_\\odot$ and $\\sim 10^9 \\, M_\\odot$). The gathered X-ray ({\\it Chandra}) data allowed us to confirm and to quantify robustly the previously noted elongation of the gaseous atmosphere in the dominant sub-cluster, as well as a large spatial offset ($\\sim 60$\\,kpc projected) between the position of the brightest cluster galaxy and...

  9. Synthesis of LiFePO4/C composite electrode with enhanced electrochemical performance

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    HU Guo-rong; GAO Xu-guang; PENG Zhong-dong; CHEN Zhao-yong; TAN Xian-yan; YU Xiao-yuan

    2005-01-01

    LiFePO4/C composite was synthesized by high temperature solid-state reaction using iron( Ⅱ ) oxalate,ammonium di-hydrogen phosphate and lithium carbonate with a kind of carbohydrate dissolved in the dispersant(ethanol) as carbon sources added to the synthetic precursor. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy observations(SEM), charge/discharge test, cyclic voltammetry(CV) and carbon analysis. The results show that the synthesis of LiFePO4/C has ordered olivine structure. The carbon has two advantages: optimizing particle size of LiFePO4 and increasing the electronic conductivity and high Li+ diffusivity.The cathode material can demonstrate a charge/discharge flat voltage of 3.4 V(vs Li+/Li). Especially the active material with 15 % and 20% carbohydrate added according to the final product of lithium iron phosphate shows very respectively at 0. 1 C rate and the carbon contents in the final production are only 5.17% and 5.29%, respectively.

  10. Consolidation of B4C-TaB2 eutectic composites by spark plasma sintering

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    Dmytro Demirskyi

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The in situ synthesis/consolidation of B4C-TaB2 eutectic composites by spark plasma sintering (SPS is reported. The microstructure–property relations were determined for composites with the B4C-TaB2 eutectic composition as functions of TaB2 content, and TaB2-TaB2 interlamellar spacing. A clear maximum in fracture toughness was identified (∼4.5 MPa m1/2 for eutectic composites with interlamellar spacing between 0.9 and 1.1 μm. The composites with the hypereutectic composition of 40 mol.% TaB2 obtained by SPS exhibited lower Vickers hardness (25–26 GPa but higher indentation fracture toughness (up to 4.9 MPa m1/2 than eutectic composites with 30–35 mol.% of TaB2.

  11. AGN Spectral Energy Distribution of GLAST Telescope Network Program Object 4C 29.45

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    Adkins, J.; Stefaniak, L.; Rapp, S.; Hinckley, B.; Lacy, M.

    2006-06-01

    The Gamma-Ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) to be launched in 2006 has a proposed observing list that includes AGNs and Polars bright enough to be observed optically by amateurs and students. This observing list is maintained by the GLAST Telescope Network (GTN) and includes a number of objects that have yet to be observed by the Spitzer Space Telescope. Our project observed one of these objects, 4C 29.45, with the Spitzer MIPS and the IRAC instruments and also using ground based telescopes. Observations were made in seven infrared bands with Spitzer. Additional observations made from the ground by students, amateur astronomers, and small college observatories in R,V, and I were nearly simultaneous with the Spitzer observations. We have used this data to construct the Spectral Energy Distribution (SED) of 4C 29.45. We compare these data to models of the dust emission from the torus, sychrotron emission from the radio core, and thermal emission from the accretion disk to determine the relative importance of the different emission mechanisms in this object as a function of wavelength.

  12. Multifrequency Studies of the Peculiar Quasar 4C +21.35 During the 2010 Flaring Activity

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    Ackermann, M; Allafort, A; Antolini, E; Barbiellini, G; Bastieri, D; Bellazzini, R; Bissaldi, E; Bonamente, E; Bregeon, J; Brigida, M; Bruel, P; Buehler, R; Buson, S; Caliandro, G A; Cameron, R A; Caraveo, P A; Cavazzuti, E; Cecchi, C; Chaves, R C G; Chekhtman, A; Chiang, J; Chiaro, G; Ciprini, S; Claus, R; Cohen-Tanugi, J; Conrad, J; Cutini, S; D'Ammando, F; de Palma, F; Dermer, C D; Silva, E do Couto e; Donato, D; Drell, P S; Favuzzi, C; Finke, J; Focke, W B; Franckowiak, A; Fukazawa, Y; Fusco, P; Gargano, F; Gasparrini, D; Gehrels, N; Giglietto, N; Giordano, F; Giroletti, M; Godfrey, G; Grenier, I A; Guiriec, S; Hayashida, M; Hewitt, J W; Horan, D; Hughes, R E; Iafrate, G; Johnson, A S; Knodlseder, J; Kuss, M; Lande, J; Larsson, S; Latronico, L; Longo, F; Loparco, F; Lovellette, M N; Lubrano, P; Mayer, M; Mazziotta, M N; McEnery, J E; Michelson, P F; Mizuno, T; Monzani, M E; Morselli, A; Moskalenko, I V; Murgia, S; Nemmen, R; Nuss, E; Ohsugi, T; Orienti, M; Orlando, E; Perkins, J S; Pesce-Rollins, M; Piron, F; Pivato, G; Porter, T A; Rainò, S; Razzano, M; Reimer, A; Reimer, O; Sanchez, D A; Schulz, A; Sgrò, C; Siskind, E J; Spandre, G; Spinelli, P; Stawarz, L; Takahashi, H; Takahashi, T; Thayer, J G; Thayer, J B; Thompson, D J; Tinivella, M; Torres, D F; Tosti, G; Troja, E; Usher, T L; Vandenbroucke, J; Vasileiou, V; Vianello, G; Vitale, V; Werner, M; Winer, B L; Wood, D L; Wood, K S; Aleksic, J; Ansoldi, S; Antonelli, L A; Antoranz, P; Babic, A; Bangale, P; de Almeida, U Barres; Barrio, J A; Gonzalez, J Becerra; Bednarek, W; Berger, K; Bernardini, E; Biland, A; Blanch, O; Bock, R K; Bonnefoy, S; Bonnoli, G; Borracci, F; Bretz, T; Carmona, E; Carosi, A; Fidalgo, D Carreto; Colin, P; Colombo, E; Contreras, J L; Cortina, J; Covino, S; Da Vela, P; Dazzi, F; De Angelis, A; De Caneva, G; De Lotto, B; Mendez, C Delgado; Doert, M; Dominguez, A; Prester, D Dominis; Dorner, D; Doro, M; Einecke, S; Eisenacher, D; Elsaesser, D; Farina, E; Ferenc, D; Fonseca, M V; Font, L; Frantzen, K; Fruck, C; Lopez, R J Garcia; Garczarczyk, M; Terrats, D Garrido; Gaug, M; Giavitto, G; Godinovic, N; Munoz, A Gonzalez; Gozzini, S R; Hadasch, D; Herrero, A; Hildebrand, D; Hose, J; Hrupec, D; Idec, W; Kadenius, V; Kellermann, H; Knoetig, M L; Kodani, K; Konno, Y; Krause, J; Kubo, H; Kushida, J; La Barbera, A; Lelas, D; Lewandowska, N; Lindfors, E; Lombardi, S; Lopez, M; Lopez-Coto, R; Lopez-Oramas, A; Lorenz, E; Lozano, I; Makariev, M; Mallot, K; Maneva, G; Mankuzhiyil, N; Mannheim, K; Maraschi, L; Marcote, B; Mariotti, M; Martinez, M; Mazin, D; Menzel, U; Meucci, M; Miranda, J M; Mirzoyan, R; Moralejo, A; Munar-Adrover, P; Nakajima, D; Niedzwiecki, A; Nishijima, K; Nilsson, K; Nowak, N; Orito, R; Overkemping, A; Paiano, S; Palatiello, M; Paneque, D; Paoletti, R; Paredes, J M; Paredes-Fortuny, X; Partini, S; Persic, M; Prada, F; Moroni, P G Prada; Prandini, E; Preziuso, S; Puljak, I; Reinthal, R; Rhode, W; Ribo, M; Rico, J; Garcia, J Rodriguez; Rugamer, S; Saggion, A; Saito, T; Saito, K; Salvati, M; Satalecka, K; Scalzotto, V; Scapin, V; Schultz, C; Schweizer, T; Shore, S N; Sillanpaa, A; Sitarek, J; Snidaric, I; Sobczynska, D; Spanier, F; Stamatescu, V; Stamerra, A; Steinbring, T; Storz, J; Sun, S; Suric, T; Takalo, L; Takami, H; Tavecchio, F; Temnikov, P; Terzic, T; Tescaro, D; Teshima, M; Thaele, J; Tibolla, O; Toyama, T; Treves, A; Vogler, P; Wagner, R M; Zandanel, F; Zanin, R; Aller, M F; Angelakis, E; Blinov, D A; Djorgovski, S G; Drake, A J; Efimova, N V; Gurwell, M A; Homan, D C; Jordan, B; Kopatskaya, E N; Kovalev, Y Y; Kurtanidze, O M; Lahteenmaki, A; Larionov, V M; Lister, M L; Nieppola, E; Nikolashvili, M G; Ros, E; Savolainen, T; Sigua, L A; Tornikoski, M; .,

    2014-01-01

    The discovery of rapidly variable Very High Energy (VHE; E > 100 GeV) gamma-ray emission from 4C +21.35 (PKS 1222+216) by MAGIC on 2010 June 17, triggered by the high activity detected by the Fermi Large Area Telescope (LAT) in high energy (HE; E > 100 MeV) gamma-rays, poses intriguing questions on the location of the gamma-ray emitting region in this flat spectrum radio quasar (FSRQ). We present multifrequency data of 4C +21.35 collected from centimeter to VHE during 2010 to investigate the properties of this source and discuss a possible emission model. The first hint of detection at VHE was observed by MAGIC on 2010 May 3, soon after a gamma-ray flare detected by Fermi-LAT that peaked on April 29. The same emission mechanism may therefore be responsible for both the HE and VHE emission during the 2010 flaring episodes. Two optical peaks were detected on 2010 April 20 and June 30, close in time but not simultaneous with the two gamma-ray peaks, while no clear connection was observed between the X-ray an gam...

  13. Proteomic analysis of male 4C germ cell proteins involved in mouse meiosis.

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    Guo, Xuejiang; Zhang, Ping; Qi, Yujuan; Chen, Wen; Chen, Xiangxiang; Zhou, Zuomin; Sha, Jiahao

    2011-01-01

    Male meiosis is a specialized type of cell division that gives rise to sperm. Errors in this process can result in the generation of aneuploid gametes, which are associated with birth defects and infertility in humans. Until now, there has been a lack of a large-scale identification of proteins involved in male meiosis in mammals. In this study, we report the high-confidence identification of 3625 proteins in mouse male germ cells with 4C DNA content undergoing meiosis I. Of these, 397 were found to be testis specific. Bioinformatics analysis of the proteome led to the identification of 28 proteins known to be essential for male meiosis in mice. We also found 172 proteins that had yeast orthologs known to be essential for meiosis. Chromosome distribution analysis of the proteome showed underrepresentation of the identified proteins on the X chromosome, which may be due to meiotic sex chromosome inactivation. Characterization of the proteome of 4C germ cells from mouse testis provides an inventory of proteins, which is useful for understanding meiosis and the mechanisms of male infertility.

  14. Synthesis and electrochemical performance of nano-metastructured LiFePO4/C cathode material.

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    Zhi, Xiaoke; Liang, Guangchuan; Wang, Li; Cui, Junyan; Yang, Limei

    2010-11-01

    The nano-metastructured LiFePO4/C composites were synthesized by carbothermal reduction method using starch gel as carbon source and dispersing media to obtain high tap density LiFePO4 with excellent electrochemical performance. The raw materials were coated by starch gel as compact precursors, which was sintered at 750 degrees C for 8 h to obtain high-density LiFePO4/C composite aggregated with nano-sized particles. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations showed that the primary particles had an average size of about 50-80 nm and the aggregates had a homogeneous particle size distribution of about 400 nm. The asprepared samples had a shortened lithium-ion diffusion length but with higher tap density, thus leading to the excellent electrochemical performance of the cathode materials. Electrochemical results showed that the samples delivered high discharge capacities of 155.6 and 120.7 mAh/g at 0.2C and 5C rates, respectively, with excellent cycling performance.

  15. 4C 的(r1,r2,r3,r4)−冠的优美性%The gracefulness of the (r1, r2, r3, r4)−corona of the cycle 4C

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    吴跃生

    2012-01-01

      讨论了圈4C 的( r r 21,,, r r 43)−冠的优美性,用构造性的方法给出了圈4C 的( r r 21,,, r r 43)−冠的优美标号。证明了圈4C 的( r r 21,,, r r 43)−冠都是交错图。%  Discussed the gracefulness of the( r r 2 1 , , , r r 4 3 )−corona of the cycle 4C .The graceful labeling was given.Proved that the( r r 2 1 , , , r r 4 3 )−corona of the cycle 4C are graceful graph.

  16. Preparation and characterization of B{sub 4}C coatings for advanced research light sources

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    Störmer, Michael, E-mail: michael.stoermer@hzg.de [Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Max-Planck-Strasse 1, D-21502 Geesthacht (Germany); Siewert, Frank [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Albert-Einstein-Strasse 15, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Sinn, Harald [European XFEL GmbH, Albert-Einstein-Ring 19, 22761 Hamburg (Germany)

    2016-01-01

    The challenging specifications for long X-ray mirrors for upcoming free-electron lasers can be achieved, especially for maintaining below 2 nm peak-to-valley shape error along the optical aperture of approximately 1 m-long mirrors. X-ray optical elements are required for beam transport at the current and upcoming free-electron lasers and synchrotron sources. An X-ray mirror is a combination of a substrate and a coating. The demand for large mirrors with single layers consisting of light or heavy elements has increased during the last few decades; surface finishing technology is currently able to process mirror lengths up to 1 m with microroughness at the sub-nanometre level. Additionally, thin-film fabrication is able to deposit a suitable single-layer material, such as boron carbide (B{sub 4}C), some tens of nanometres thick. After deposition, the mirror should provide excellent X-ray optical properties with respect to coating thickness errors, microroughness values and slope errors; thereby enabling the mirror to transport the X-ray beam with high reflectivity, high beam flux and an undistorted wavefront to an experimental station. At the European XFEL, the technical specifications of the future mirrors are extraordinarily challenging. The acceptable shape error of the mirrors is below 2 nm along the whole length of 1 m. At the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG), amorphous layers of boron carbide with thicknesses in the range 30–60 nm were fabricated using the HZG sputtering facility, which is able to cover areas up to 1500 mm long by 120 mm wide in one step using rectangular B{sub 4}C sputtering targets. The available deposition area is suitable for the specified X-ray mirror dimensions of upcoming advanced research light sources such as the European XFEL. The coatings produced were investigated by means of X-ray reflectometry and interference microscopy. The experimental results for the B{sub 4}C layers are discussed according to thickness uniformity, density

  17. ObsPy: A Python toolbox for seismology - Current state, applications, and ecosystem around it

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    Lecocq, Thomas; Megies, Tobias; Krischer, Lion; Sales de Andrade, Elliott; Barsch, Robert; Beyreuther, Moritz

    2016-04-01

    ObsPy (http://www.obspy.org) is a community-driven, open-source project offering a bridge for seismology into the scientific Python ecosystem. It provides * read and write support for essentially all commonly used waveform, station, and event metadata formats with a unified interface, * a comprehensive signal processing toolbox tuned to the needs of seismologists, * integrated access to all large data centers, web services and databases, and * convenient wrappers to third party codes like libmseed and evalresp. Python, in contrast to many other languages and tools, is simple enough to enable an exploratory and interactive coding style desired by many scientists. At the same time it is a full-fledged programming language usable by software engineers to build complex and large programs. This combination makes it very suitable for use in seismology where research code often has to be translated to stable and production ready environments. It furthermore offers many freely available high quality scientific modules covering most needs in developing scientific software. ObsPy has been in constant development for more than 5 years and nowadays enjoys a large rate of adoption in the community with thousands of users. Successful applications include time-dependent and rotational seismology, big data processing, event relocations, and synthetic studies about attenuation kernels and full-waveform inversions to name a few examples. Additionally it sparked the development of several more specialized packages slowly building a modern seismological ecosystem around it. This contribution will give a short introduction and overview of ObsPy and highlight a number of use cases and software built around it. We will furthermore discuss the issue of sustainability of scientific software.

  18. SPITZER IMAGING OF THE NEARBY RICH YOUNG CLUSTER, Cep OB3b

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    Allen, Thomas S.; Kryukova, Erin; Thomas Megeath, S. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606 (United States); Gutermuth, Robert A. [Department of Astronomy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003 (United States); Pipher, Judith L. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627 (United States); Naylor, Tim [School of Physics, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4QL (United Kingdom); Jeffries, R. D. [Astrophysics Group, School of Physical and Geographical Sciences, Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire ST5 5BG (United Kingdom); Wolk, Scott J.; Spitzbart, Brad [Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Mail Stop 42, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States); Muzerolle, James [Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD 21218 (United States)

    2012-05-10

    We map the full extent of a rich massive young cluster in the Cep OB3b association with the Infrared Array Camera and Multi-band Imaging Photometer System instruments aboard the Spitzer Space Telescope and the ACIS instrument aboard the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. At 700 pc, it is revealed to be the second nearest large (>1000 member), young (<5 Myr) cluster known. In contrast to the nearest large cluster, the Orion Nebula Cluster, Cep OB3b is only lightly obscured and is mostly located in a large cavity carved out of the surrounding molecular cloud. Our infrared and X-ray data sets, as well as visible photometry from the literature, are used to take a census of the young stars in Cep OB3b. We find that the young stars within the cluster are concentrated in two sub-clusters; an eastern sub-cluster, near the Cep B molecular clump, and a western sub-cluster, near the Cep F molecular clump. Using our census of young stars, we examine the fraction of young stars with infrared excesses indicative of circumstellar disks. We create a map of the disk fraction throughout the cluster and find that it is spatially variable. Due to these spatial variations, the two sub-clusters exhibit substantially different average disk fractions from each other: 32% {+-} 4% and 50% {+-} 6%. We discuss whether the discrepant disk fractions are due to the photodestruction of disks by the high mass members of the cluster or whether they result from differences in the ages of the sub-clusters. We conclude that the discrepant disk fractions are most likely due to differences in the ages.

  19. The INGV's new OBS/H: Analysis of the signals recorded at the Marsili submarine volcano

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    D'Alessandro, Antonino; D'Anna, Giuseppe; Luzio, Dario; Mangano, Giorgio

    2009-05-01

    The ocean bottom seismometer with hydrophone deployed on the flat top of the Marsili submarine volcano (790 m deep) by the Gibilmanna OBS Lab (CNT-INGV) from 12th to 21st July, 2006, recorded more than 1000 transient seismic signals. Nineteen of these signals were associated with tectonic earthquakes: 1 teleseismic, 8 regional (located by INGV) and 10 small local seismic events (non located earthquakes). The regional events were used to determine sensor orientation. By comparing the signals recorded with typical volcanic seismic activity, we were able to group all the other signals into three categories: 817 volcano-tectonic type B (VT-B) events, 159 occurrences of high frequency tremor (HFT) and 32 short duration events (SDE). Small-magnitude VT-B swarms, having a frequency band of 2-6 Hz and a mean length of about 30 s, were almost all recorded during the first 7 days. During the last 2 days, the OBS/H mainly recorded HFT events with frequencies of over 40 Hz and of a few minutes in length. Signals that have similar features in frequency and time domain are generally associated with hydrothermal activity. During the last two days a signal was recorded that had a frequency content similar to that of VT-B events was recorded. It will be referred to as continuous volcanic tremor (CVT). The SDE signals, characterized by a quasi-monochromatic waveform and having an exponential decaying envelope, may have been generated by oscillations of resonant bodies excited by magmatic or hydrothermal activity. By applying polarization and parametric spectral analyses, we inferred that the VT-B were probably multi P-phase events having shallow sources that were situated in narrow azimuthal windows in relation to the positions of the OBS/H. The parametric spectral analysis of the SDE signals allowed us to determine their dominant complex frequencies with high accuracy; these frequencies are distributed in two distinct clusters on the complex plane.

  20. Perception oro-sensorielle des lipides alimentaires et obésité

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    Besnard Philippe

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available La gustation est un système dynamique capable d’une adaptation physiologique rapide en réponse aux changements environnementaux permanents qui caractérisent notre alimentation (rythme, qualité, quantité. Basé sur la modulation des seuils de sensibilité gustative, ce système homéostatique contribue à la construction du comportement alimentaire en orientant les choix de consommation. On peut donc penser qu’un dysfonctionnement de ce système régulateur peut avoir un impact sur les habitudes alimentaires et donc, à terme, sur la santé. La mise en évidence récente chez le rongeur (rat, souris qu’une obésité induite par le régime non seulement entraîne une détérioration de la détection orale des lipides mais se traduit également par une préférence accrue pour le «gras», plaide en faveur de cette thèse. Chez l’homme, nos travaux indiquent que les sujets obèses, dont la détection oro-sensorielle des lipides est défectueuse, surconsomment des aliments riches en graisse. Ces données murines et humaines suscitent une question fondamentale : quel est le lien entre lipides, obésité et désordres gustatifs? Cette mini-revue se propose de faire le point des connaissances actuelles sur ce sujet.

  1. L’obésité : aspects physiologiques, cellulaires et moléculaires

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    Ferre Pascal

    2003-03-01

    Full Text Available L’obésité est devenu un problème majeur de santé publique avec une prévalence qui dépasse les 30 % dans certaines sociétés occidentales. L’obésité est un reflet du développement excessif du tissu adipeux lié à un stockage massif de lipides sous forme de triglycérides (hypertrophie et hyperplasie adipocytaires et due à un déséquilibre de la balance énergétique (apport\\\\dépenses caloriques. Pour perdre du poids, il faut alors augmenter les dépenses ou diminuer les apports énergétiques. Bien qu’il existe des mécanismes de régulation de la prise alimentaire, leur efficacité dans le sens du stockage est bien plus grande que dans le sens du déstockage. Chez l’homme une régulation de la dépense énergétique qui permettrait de brûler les calories en excès ne semble pas développée. En résumé, nous sommes programmés pour stocker et non pour dépenser, ce qui aurait pu représenter un avantage évolutif important en cas de périodes de famines, seuls survivant alors les plus « gras ». A l’heure actuelle, il n’existe pas de traitement pharmacologique efficace de l’obésité et il paraît donc plus raisonnable d’essayer de prévenir que de guérir.

  2. Winds of low-metallicity OB-type stars: HST-COS spectroscopy in IC 1613

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    Garcia, Miriam; Najarro, Francisco [Centro de Astrobiología, CSIC-INTA. Ctra. Torrejón a Ajalvir km.4, E-28850 Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid (Spain); Herrero, Artemio [Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias. Vía Láctea s/n, E-38200 La Laguna (S. C. Tenerife) (Spain); Lennon, Daniel J. [European Space Astronomy Centre, Camino Bajo del Castillo, E-28692 Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid (Spain); Urbaneja, Miguel Alejandro [Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics, University of Innsbruck, Technikerstr. 25/8, A-6020 Innsbruck (Austria)

    2014-06-10

    We present the first quantitative ultraviolet spectroscopic analysis of resolved OB stars in IC 1613. Because of its alleged very low metallicity (≲1/10 Z {sub ☉}, from H II regions), studies in this Local Group dwarf galaxy could become a significant step forward from the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) toward the extremely metal-poor massive stars of the early universe. We present HST-COS data covering the ∼1150-1800 Å wavelength range with resolution R ∼ 2500. We find that the targets do exhibit wind features, and these are similar in strength to SMC stars. Wind terminal velocities were derived from the observed P Cygni profiles with the Sobolev plus Exact Integration method. The v {sub ∞}-Z relationship has been revisited. The terminal velocity of IC 1613 O stars is clearly lower than Milky Way counterparts, but there is no clear difference between IC 1613 and SMC or LMC analog stars. We find no clear segregation with host galaxy in the terminal velocities of B-supergiants, nor in the v {sub ∞}/v {sub esc} ratio of the whole OB star sample in any of the studied galaxies. Finally, we present the first evidence that the Fe-abundance of IC 1613 OB stars is similar to the SMC, which is in agreement with previous results on red supergiants. With the confirmed ∼1/10 solar oxygen abundances of B-supergiants, our results indicate that IC 1613's α/Fe ratio is sub-solar.

  3. OPTICAL PHOTOMETRIC GTC/OSIRIS OBSERVATIONS OF THE YOUNG MASSIVE ASSOCIATION CYGNUS OB2

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    Guarcello, M. G.; Wright, N. J.; Drake, J. J.; Aldcroft, T.; Kashyap, V. L. [Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, MS-67, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States); Garcia-Alvarez, D. [Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, E-38205 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Drew, J. E. [CAR/STRI, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield, AL10 9AB (United Kingdom)

    2012-10-15

    In order to fully understand the gravitational collapse of molecular clouds, the star formation process, and the evolution of circumstellar disks, these phenomena must be studied in different Galactic environments with a range of stellar contents and positions in the Galaxy. The young massive association Cygnus OB2, in the Cygnus-X region, is a unique target to study how star formation and the evolution of circumstellar disks proceed in the presence of a large number of massive stars. We present a catalog obtained with recent optical observations in the r, i, z filters with OSIRIS, mounted on the 10.4 m Gran Telescopio CANARIAS telescope, which is the deepest optical catalog of Cyg OB2 to date. The catalog consists of 64,157 sources down to M = 0.15 M{sub Sun} at the adopted distance and age of Cyg OB2. A total of 38,300 sources have good photometry in all three bands. We combined the optical catalog with existing X-ray data of this region, in order to define the cluster locus in the optical diagrams. The cluster locus in the r - i versus i - z diagram is compatible with an extinction of the optically selected cluster members in the 2.64{sup m} < A{sub V} < 5.57{sup m} range. We derive an extinction map of the region, finding a median value of A{sub V} = 4.33{sup m} in the center of the association, decreasing toward the northwest. In the color-magnitude diagrams, the shape of the distribution of main-sequence stars is compatible with the presence of an obscuring cloud in the foreground {approx}850 {+-} 25 pc from the Sun.

  4. The design, microstructure and tensile properties of B{sub 4}C particulate reinforced 6061Al neutron absorber composites

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    Chen, H.S. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024 (China); Wang, W.X., E-mail: Wangwenxian@tyut.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024 (China); Li, Y.L.; Zhang, P. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024 (China); Nie, H.H. [Shanxi Coal-Mining Administrators College, Taiyuan 030024 (China); Wu, Q.C. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024 (China)

    2015-05-25

    Highlights: • B{sub 4}C/Al composites for neutron shielding were designed by MCNP program. • B{sub 4}C/Al composite were fabricated by vacuum hot pressing followed by hot rolling. • The properties can be enhanced by vacuum hot pressing followed by hot rolling. - Abstract: Based on the Monte Carlo Particle transport program MCNP, a novel boron carbide particulate reinforced 6061Al composite for neutron shielding (B{sub 4}C/6061Al NACs) with high strength and low density was designed. The NACs with four volume fractions (10%, 20%, 30% and 40%) were successfully fabricated by vacuum hot pressing followed by hot rolling (VPHR) in atmospheric environments. The calculation results indicated that the neutron transmission ratio decreased with the increasing of B{sub 4}C content and the thickness of plates. B{sub 4}C particle is uniformly distributed in the matrix, exhibiting the good bonding in interface. The phases of neutron absorbers were mainly B{sub 4}C and Al, and a spot of AlB{sub 2} and Al{sub 3}BC. The grain of the matrix was refined and the dislocation was formed around the particles. With increasing the B{sub 4}C content, the particles gathered, breakage appeared, and the tensile strength of composite first increased and then decreased. The failure mode of B{sub 4}C/6061Al NACs included: the interfacial debonding and the cleavage fracture of particles.

  5. 75 FR 34983 - Order (1) Pursuant to Section 4(c) of the Commodity Exchange Act, Permitting the Kansas City...

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    ... COMMISSION Order (1) Pursuant to Section 4(c) of the Commodity Exchange Act, Permitting the Kansas City Board... Section 4d of the Commodity Exchange Act, Permitting Customer Positions in Such Cleared-Only Swaps and.... Authority for granting this request is found in section 4(c) of the Commodity Exchange Act (Act).\\1\\ The...

  6. Nature vs. Nurture: The influence of OB star environments on proto-planetary disk evolution

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    Bouwman, Jeroen

    2006-09-01

    We propose a combined IRAC/IRS study of a large, well-defined and unbiased X-ray selected sample of pre-main-sequence stars in three OB associations: Pismis 24 in NGC 6357, NGC 2244 in the Rosette Nebula, and IC 1795 in the W3 complex. The samples are based on recent Chandra X-ray Observatory studies which reliably identify hundreds of cluster members and were carefully chosen to avoid high infrared nebular background. A new Chandra exposure of IC 1795 is requested, and an optical followup to characterise the host stars is planned.

  7. Stagnant Shells in the Vicinity of the Dusty Wolf-Rayet-OB Binary WR 112

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    Lau, R. M.; Hankins, M. J.; Schödel, R.; Sanchez-Bermudez, J.; A. F. J. Moffat; Ressler, M. E.

    2016-01-01

    We present high spatial resolution mid-infrared images of the nebula around the late-type carbon-rich Wolf-Rayet (WC)-OB binary system WR~112 taken by the recently upgraded VLT spectrometer and imager for the mid-infrared (VISIR) with the PAH1, NeII\\_2, and Q3 filters. The observations reveal a morphology resembling a series of arc-like filaments and broken shells. Dust temperatures and masses are derived for each of the identified filamentary structures, which exhibit temperatures ranging fr...

  8. Formation of Al/B4C Surface Nano-composite Layers on 7075 Al Alloy Employing Friction Stir Processing

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    Kashani-Bozorg, S. F.; Jazayeri, K.

    2009-06-01

    Al/B4C surface nano-composite layers was achieved on commercial 7075 Al substrate employing friction stir processing technique. Agglomeration of B4C particles was occurred after a single pass. The dispersion of B4C particles was found to be affected by the number of FSP passes. A distribution of nano-size B4C particle was achieved after four passes. Moreover, the increasing in number of FSP passes causes a decreasing in matrix grain size of the surface nano-composite layer. The micro hardness of the surface nano-composite layer improves by almost two times as compared to that of the as-received substrate; this is attributed to the finer matrix grains and dispersion of nano-sized B4C particles.

  9. Laser surface modification treatment of aluminum bronze with B{sub 4}C

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    Yilbas, B.S., E-mail: bsyilbas@kfupm.edu.sa [Mechanical Engineering Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran (Saudi Arabia); Matthews, A. [Mechanical Engineering Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran (Saudi Arabia); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sheffield University (United Kingdom); Leyland, A. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sheffield University (United Kingdom); Karatas, C. [Engineering Faculty, Hacettepe University (Turkey); Akhtar, S.S.; Abdul Aleem, B.J. [Mechanical Engineering Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)

    2012-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fine grains and dense layer were formed in the surface vicinity; in which Cu{sub 3}N compound was present. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Due to volume shrinkage of the dense layer, a few locally scattered voids were formed below the surface. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Formation of Cu{sub 3}N compound in the surface region enhanced microhardness at the surface. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In-plane residual stress was compressive at surface and it was on the order of -400 MPa. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Self-annealing effect of lately formed laser scanning tracks reduced residual stress at the surface. - Abstract: One technique to improve tribological properties of aluminum bronze surfaces is to introduce laser controlled melting at the surface in the presence of a composition-modifying film. In this work, a 40 {mu}m thick organic film, containing B{sub 4}C particles, was formed at the workpiece surface prior to laser treatment. The organic coating provides enhanced absorption of the incident laser radiation and distributes the B{sub 4}C particles uniformly across the surface. Morphological and microstructural changes in the laser treated layer were examined using scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction. The microhardness of the laser treated layer was measured and the residual stress formed at the treated surface was evaluated by X-ray diffraction using the sin{sup 2} {psi} technique. It was found that the laser treated surface produced is relatively free from defects and asperities with a microhardness that is notably higher than that of the as-received bronze substrate. This hardening effect can be attributed to the development of a dense layer consisting of fine grains, partially dissolved B{sub 4}C particles, and formation of Cu{sub 3}N compounds. The residual compressive stress obtained from X-ray diffraction peak evaluation is of the order of -400 MPa.

  10. CONSTRAINTS ON THE MAGELLANIC CLOUDS' INTERACTION FROM THE DISTRIBUTION OF OB STARS AND THE KINEMATICS OF GIANTS

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    Casetti-Dinescu, Dana I.; Girard, Terrence M.; Van Altena, William F. [Astronomy Department, Yale University, P.O. Box 208101, New Haven, CT 06520-8101 (United States); Vieira, Katherine, E-mail: dana.casetti@yale.edu, E-mail: terry.girard@yale.edu, E-mail: william.vanaltena@yale.edu, E-mail: kvieira@cida.ve [Centro de Investigaciones de Astronomia, Apartado Postal 264, Merida 5101-A (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of)

    2012-07-10

    Young, OB-type candidates are identified in a {approx}7900 deg{sup 2} region encompassing the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds (LMC/SMC) periphery, the Bridge, part of the Magellanic Stream (MS), and Leading Arm (LA). Selection is based on UV, optical, and IR photometry from existing large-area surveys and proper motions from the Southern Proper Motion 4 (SPM4) catalog. The spatial distribution of these young star candidates shows (1) a well-populated SMC wing which continues westward with two branches partially surrounding the SMC, (2) a rather narrow path from the SMC wing eastward toward the LMC which is offset by 1 Degree-Sign -2 Degree-Sign from the high-density H I ridge in the Bridge, (3) a well-populated periphery of the LMC dominated by clumps of stars at the ends of the LMC bar, and (4) a few scattered candidates in the MS and two overdensities in the LA regions above and below the Galactic plane. Additionally, a proper-motion analysis is made of a radial-velocity-selected sample of red giants and supergiants in the LMC, previously shown to be a kinematically and chemically distinct subgroup, most likely captured from the SMC. SPM4 proper motions of these stars also indicate they are distinct from the LMC population. The observational results presented here, combined with the known orbits of the Clouds and other aspects of the LMC morphology, suggest an off-center, moderate to highly inclined collision between the SMC and the LMC's disk that took place between 100 and 200 Myr ago.

  11. Characterization of LiFePO4/C Composite Thin Films Using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

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    Bajars, G.; Kucinskis, G.; Smits, J.; Kleperis, J.; Lusis, A.

    2012-08-01

    The composite LiFePO4/C thin films were prepared on steel substrate by radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering. Electrochemical properties of the obtained thin films were investigated by cyclic voltammetry charge-discharge measurements and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The films annealed at 550 °C exhibited a couple of redox peaks at 3.45 V vs. Li/Li+ characteristic for the electrochemical lithium insertion/extraction in LiFePO4. At low current rate such composite thin film showed a discharge capacity of over 110 mAh g-1. The dependence of charge transfer resistance, double layer capacitance and lithium diffusion coefficients on applied electrode potential were calculated from EIS data. Determined values of lithium diffusion coefficient were in the range from 8.3-10-13 cm2 s1 to 1.2-10-13 cm2 s-1 at 3.4 V and 3.7 V, respectively.

  12. Substrate- and Cofactor-independent Inhibition of Histone Demethylase KDM4C

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    Leurs, Ulrike; Lohse, Brian; Rand, Kasper Dyrberg

    2014-01-01

    Inhibition of histone demethylases has within recent years advanced into a new strategy for treating cancer and other diseases. Targeting specific histone demethylases can be challenging as the active sites of KDM1A-B and KDM-4A-D histone demethylases, respectively, are highly conserved. Most...... inhibitors developed up-to-date target either the cofactor- or substrate-binding sites of these enzymes, resulting in a lack of selectivity and off-target effects. This study describes the discovery of the first peptide-based inhibitors of KDM4 histone demethylases that do not share the histone peptide...... sequence, or inhibit through substrate competition. Through screening of DNA-encoded peptide libraries against KDM1 and -4 histone demethylases by phage display, two cyclic peptides targeting the histone demethylase KDM4C were identified and developed as inhibitors by amino acid replacement, truncation...

  13. A polyethylene-B4C based concrete for enhanced neutron shielding at neutron research facilities

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    DiJulio, D. D.; Cooper-Jensen, C. P.; Perrey, H.; Fissum, K.; Rofors, E.; Scherzinger, J.; Bentley, P. M.

    2017-07-01

    We present the development of a specialized concrete for neutron shielding at neutron research facilities, based on the addition of hydrogen atoms in the form of polyethylene and also B4C for enhancing the neutron capture properties of the concrete. We show information on the mechanical properties of the concrete and the neutronics, in particular its relevance to modern spallation neutron sources, such as the European Spallation Source (ESS), currently under construction in Lund, Sweden. The new concrete exhibits a 15% lower mass density, a compressible strength of 50% relative to a standard concrete and a significant increase in performance of shielding against MeV neutrons and lower energies. The concrete could find application at the ESS in for example common shielding components, individual beamline shielding and instrument caves. Initial neutronic tests of the concrete, carried out at Lund University, have also verified the performance in the MeV neutron energy range and the results are presented.

  14. Dry Sliding Tribological Studies of AA6061-B4C-Gr Hybrid Composites

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    Monikandan, V. V.; Joseph, M. A.; Rajendrakumar, P. K.

    2016-10-01

    The dry sliding behavior of stir-cast AA6061-10 wt.% B4C composites containing 2.5, 5 and 7.5 wt.% graphite particles was studied as a function of applied load, sliding speed and sliding distance on a pin-on-disk tribotester. The wear rate and friction coefficient increased with increase in applied load and sliding distance. The increase in graphite addition reduced the increase in wear rate and friction coefficient in the sliding speed range 2-2.5 m/s. Scanning electron microscopy of the worn pin revealed a graphite tribolayer, and transmission electron microscopy revealed overlapping deformation bands under 30 N applied load. Upon increasing the applied load to 40 N, welded region with fine crystalline structure was formed due to dynamic recrystallization of AA6061 alloy matrix.

  15. Revisiting the electrochemical impedance behaviour of the LiFePO4/C cathode

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    Hua Ju; Jun Wu; Yanhui Xu

    2013-05-01

    In the present work, the electrochemical behaviour of LiFePO4/C electrode has been reported. Specially, the electrochemical impedance spectroscopies (EIS) have been studied in detail. The discharge capacity is more than 120 mAh/g. There are two semicircles being found in the Nyquist plot for the cycled electrode and one semicircle for the as-prepared electrode. It is found that the interface capacitance is in an order of magnitude of 10 F/cm2 for the high-frequency semicircle, while for the second semicircle the interface capacitance is 5.3 ∼ 45.4 × 103 F/cm2. It could be concluded that the high-frequency semicircle is to correspond to the charge transfer process. The function of the carbon layer is also briefly discussed.

  16. Englerin A Agonizes the TRPC4/C5 Cation Channels to Inhibit Tumor Cell Line Proliferation.

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    Cheryl Carson

    Full Text Available Englerin A is a structurally unique natural product reported to selectively inhibit growth of renal cell carcinoma cell lines. A large scale phenotypic cell profiling experiment (CLiP of englerin A on ¬over 500 well characterized cancer cell lines showed that englerin A inhibits growth of a subset of tumor cell lines from many lineages, not just renal cell carcinomas. Expression of the TRPC4 cation channel was the cell line feature that best correlated with sensitivity to englerin A, suggesting the hypothesis that TRPC4 is the efficacy target for englerin A. Genetic experiments demonstrate that TRPC4 expression is both necessary and sufficient for englerin A induced growth inhibition. Englerin A induces calcium influx and membrane depolarization in cells expressing high levels of TRPC4 or its close ortholog TRPC5. Electrophysiology experiments confirmed that englerin A is a TRPC4 agonist. Both the englerin A induced current and the englerin A induced growth inhibition can be blocked by the TRPC4/C5 inhibitor ML204. These experiments confirm that activation of TRPC4/C5 channels inhibits tumor cell line proliferation and confirms the TRPC4 target hypothesis generated by the cell line profiling. In selectivity assays englerin A weakly inhibits TRPA1, TRPV3/V4, and TRPM8 which suggests that englerin A may bind a common feature of TRP ion channels. In vivo experiments show that englerin A is lethal in rodents near doses needed to activate the TRPC4 channel. This toxicity suggests that englerin A itself is probably unsuitable for further drug development. However, since englerin A can be synthesized in the laboratory, it may be a useful chemical starting point to identify novel modulators of other TRP family channels.

  17. Solubility of alkali metal halides in the ionic liquid [C4C1im][OTf].

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    Kuzmina, O; Bordes, E; Schmauck, J; Hunt, P A; Hallett, J P; Welton, T

    2016-06-28

    The solubilities of the metal halides LiF, LiCl, LiBr, LiI, NaF, NaCl, NaBr, NaI, KF, KCl, KBr, KI, RbCl, CsCl, CsI, were measured at temperatures ranging from 298.15 to 378.15 K in the ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethanesulfonate ([C4C1im][OTf]). Li(+), Na(+) and K(+) salts with anions matching the ionic liquid have also been investigated to determine how well these cations dissolve in [C4C1im][OTf]. This study compares the influence of metal cation and halide anion on the solubility of salts within this ionic liquid. The highest solubility found was for iodide salts, and the lowest solubility for the three fluoride salts. There is no outstanding difference in the solubility of salts with matching anions in comparison to halide salts. The experimental data were correlated employing several phase equilibria models, including ideal mixtures, van't Hoff, the λh (Buchowski) equation, the modified Apelblat equation, and the non-random two-liquid model (NRTL). It was found that the van't Hoff model gave the best correlation results. On the basis of the experimental data the thermodynamic dissolution parameters (ΔH, ΔS, and ΔG) were determined for the studied systems together with computed gas phase metathesis parameters. Dissolution depends on the energy difference between enthalpies of fusion and dissolution of the solute salt. This demonstrates that overcoming the lattice energy of the solid matrix is the key to the solubility of inorganic salts in ionic liquids.

  18. Study of improved electrochemical performance of LiFePO4/C electrode for LIB

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    HU; Guo-rong; GAO; Xu-guang; PENG; Zhong-dong

    2005-01-01

    Lithium iron phosphate is a most promising cathode material for Li-ion batteries(LIB).But the key barrier limiting its application is extremely low electronic conductivity. Meanwhile the low electron conductivity can be improved by preparing LiFePO4 with carbon modified. LiFePO4/C was synthesized by high temperature solid-state reaction using iron (Ⅱ) oxalate, ammonium di-hydrogen phosphate and lithium carbonate with a kind of organic compound (CR) that can be dissolved in the dispersant (ethanol) as carbon sources added to the synthetic precursor in this paper.The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope observations,charge/discharge test, cyclic voltammetry and carbon analysis. It was believed that the synthesized LiFePO4/C with perfect olivine structure by X-ray diffraction. The carbon brought about two advantages: (i) an optimized particle size of LiFePO4, and (ii) increasing the electronic conductivity and Li+ diffusivity. The cathode material could demonstrate a charge/discharge flat voltage of 3.4V (Vs Li+/Li). Especially the active material with 20% organic added according to the final product of LiFePO4 showed very good electrochemical performance reaching about initial 162.0 mAh/g specific capacity at 0. 1C rate and could also keep excellent discharge capacity even at 3C rate (510 mA/g) current and good cycle performance. The carbon content in the final production was only 5.29%(mass fraction).

  19. Sema4C-Plexin B2 signalling modulates ureteric branching in developing kidney.

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    Perälä, Nina; Jakobson, Madis; Ola, Roxana; Fazzari, Pietro; Penachioni, Junia Y; Nymark, Mariann; Tanninen, Tiina; Immonen, Tiina; Tamagnone, Luca; Sariola, Hannu

    2011-02-01

    Semaphorins, originally identified as axon guidance molecules, have also been implicated in angiogenesis, function of the immune system and cancerous growth. Here we show that deletion of Plexin B2 (Plxnb2), a semaphorin receptor that is expressed both in the pretubular aggregates and the ureteric epithelium in the developing kidney, results in renal hypoplasia and occasional double ureters. The rate of cell proliferation in the ureteric epithelium and consequently the number of ureteric tips are reduced in the kidneys lacking Plexin B2 (Plxnb2-/-). Semaphorin 4C, a ligand for Plexin B2, stimulates branching of the ureteric epithelium in wild type and Plxnb2+/- kidney explants, but not in Plxnb2-/- explants. As shown by co-immunoprecipitation Plexin B2 interacts with the Ret receptor tyrosine kinase, the receptor of Glial-cell-line-derived neurotrophic factor (Gdnf), in embryonic kidneys. Isolated Plxnb2-/- ureteric buds fail to respond to Gdnf by branching, but this response is rescued by Fibroblast growth factor 7 and Follistatin as well as by the metanephric mesenchyme. The differentiation of the nephrogenic mesenchyme, its morphology and the rate of apoptosis in the Plxnb2-/- kidneys are normal. Plexin B2 is co-expressed with Plexin B1 (Plxnb1) in the kidney. The double homozygous Plxnb1-Plxnb2-deficient mice show high embryonic lethality prior to onset of nephrogenesis. The only double homozygous embryo surviving to E12 showed hypoplastic kidneys with ureteric branches and differentiating mesenchyme. Taken together, our results show that Sema4C-Plexin B2 signalling regulates ureteric branching, possibly through modulation of Gdnf signalling by interaction with Ret, and suggest non-redundant roles for Plexin B1 and Plexin B2 in kidney development. Copyright © 2010 International Society of Differentiation. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Mechanisms of action of otilonium bromide (OB) in human cultured smooth muscle cells and rat colonic strips.

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    Martínez-Cutillas, M; Gil, V; Gallego, D; Mañé, N; Martín, M T; Jiménez, M

    2013-12-01

    The pharmacological properties of otilonium bromide (OB) have been investigated using different experimental models, techniques, and conditions, and consequently, the results are not always easy to compare. The aim of the present work was to investigate the pharmacological properties of OB in human cultured colonic smooth muscle cells (HCSMCs), which is the main target of the drug 'in vivo'. Rat colonic strips were used to confirm the pharmacological properties. Human cultured colonic smooth muscle cells were studied using the calcium imaging technique. Microelectrodes and muscle bath experiments were performed in rat colonic strips. Otilonium bromide (OB) concentration dependently inhibited nifedipine-sensitive calcium transients induced by KCl (EC50  = 3.6 μM) and BayK8644 (EC50  = 4.0 μM). All the following experiments were performed in the presence of nifedipine. In HCSMC, carbachol-induced calcium transients were inhibited by OB (EC50  = 8.4 μM). Carbachol evoked 1-a smooth muscle depolarization (10 mV) that was antagonized by 100 μM OB; and 2-a contraction that was inhibited by OB (EC50  = 13.0 μM). 'Non-nitrergic (L-NNA 1 mM) non-purinergic (MRS2500 1 μM)' conditions were used to elicit endogenous excitatory responses. Electrical field stimulation caused 1-an atropine-sensitive excitatory junction potential that was inhibited by OB (EC50  = 8.9 μM) and 2-an atropine-sensitive contraction that was inhibited by OB (EC50  = 7.3 μM). In HCSMC, neurokinin A (NKA) and CaCl2 induced calcium transients that were inhibited by OB (NKA: EC50  = 11.7 μM; CaCl2 : EC50  = 17.5 μM). Otilonium bromide causes inhibition of L-/T-type calcium channels, muscarinic, and tachykininergic responses that acting together explain the pharmacological properties of the compound. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  1. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Periods of 4-10 Myr old T Tauri members of Orion OB1 (Karim+, 2016)

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    Karim, M. T.; Stassun, K. G.; Briceno, C.; Vivas, A. K.; Raetz, S.; Mateu, C.; Downes, J. J.; Calvet, N.; Hernandez, J.; Neuhauser, R.; Mugrauer, M.; Takahashi, H.; Tachihara, K.; Chini, R.; Cruz-Dias, G. A.; Aarnio, A.; James, D. J.; Hackstein, M.

    2017-02-01

    The Astronomia Variability Survey of Orion (CVSO) was carried out at the Llano del Hato National Astronomical Observatory in Venezuela, with the QUEST CCD mosaic camera (8000*8000pixels) on the 1m (clear aperture) Schmidt telescope, with a plate scale of 1.02''/pixel and field of view of 5.4 deg2. This V-, RC-, and IC-band multi-epoch survey, covering ~180deg2 of the Orion OB1 association, spans a time baseline of 12yr, from 1998 December to 2011 February. The 25 Ori cluster was observed by the 0.6/0.9m Schmidt-type telescope at Jena Observatory (Germany), the two 5.9'' telescopes at Observatorio Cerro Armazones (OCA, Chile), and the 1.5m reflector at the Gunma Astronomical Observatory in Japan, over four observing campaigns during the years 2010-2013. The Jena Schmidt-type telescope was equipped with the optical Schmidt Telescope Camera (STK), with an e2v 42-10 2048*2048 detector, yielding a plate scale of 1.55''/pixel and a field of view of 53'*53', thus encompassing most of the cluster. The Jena 50s exposures, all taken through the R filter, were centered on 25 Ori. A total of 8506 individual exposures were obtained in 108 nights. The Gunma 1.5m reflector observations were carried out by obtaining 60s integrations in R with the Gunma Low-resolution Spectrograph and Imager (GLOWS), which has an e2v CCD55-30 1250*1152 pixel detector with a 0.6''/pixel scale, covering a field of view of 12.5'*11.5'. Observations were obtained during four nights in year 2010. The Observatorio Cerro Armazones observations were done in the R band using the RoBoTT (Robotic Bochum TWin Telescope), which consists of twin Takahashi 150mm aperture apochromatic astrographs, each equipped with an Apogee U16M camera with a KAF-16803 4096*4096 pixel CCD, providing a 2.7°*2.7° field of view with 2.37''/pixel scale. The 60s exposures were centered on 25 Ori, spanning an area much larger than the cluster. OCA data were obtained during all YETI seasons. During the nights of 2006 January 8-15, we

  2. La binaria LSS 3074 y su entorno: ?`una nueva asociación OB?

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    Niemela, V.; Morrell, N.; Corti, M.

    En este trabajo presentamos un nuevo análisis orbital de LSS~3074, junto con tipos espectrales y velocidades radiales de estrellas que podrían constituir con ella una nueva asociación OB. La estrella O4f LSS3074 fue descubierta como binaria espectroscópica de corto período y líneas dobles por Morrell & Niemela (1990, ASP Conf. Ser. 7, 57). Posteriormente, Haefner et~al.(1994, IBVS 3969) encontraron variaciones fotométricas, estimando una inclinación orbital entre 50o y 55o. Teniendo en cuenta la importancia de obtener valores empíricos para las masas de estrellas O tempranas, y considerando la gran dispersión existente entre los valores observados y su discrepancia con los predichos por los modelos teóricos, hemos obtenido nuevas observaciones espectroscópicas de este sistema, con el propósito de mejorar los elementos orbitales derivados en la solución preliminar. Además, como las estrellas O tempranas suelen formar parte de cúmulos y asociaciones OB, hemos llevado a cabo una investigación espectroscópica de varias estrellas tempranas que podrían estar físicamente relacionadas con LSS~3074.

  3. Near infrared diffuse interstellar bands toward the Cygnus OB2 association

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    Hamano, Satoshi; Kondo, Sohei; Sameshima, Hiroaki; Nakanishi, Kenshi; Ikeda, Yuji; Yasui, Chikako; Mizumoto, Misaki; Matsunaga, Noriyuki; Fukue, Kei; Yamamoto, Ryo; Izumi, Natsuko; Mito, Hiroyuki; Nakaoka, Tetsuya; Kawanishi, Takafumi; Kitano, Ayaka; Otsubo, Shogo; Kinoshita, Masaomi; Kawakita, Hideyo

    2016-01-01

    We obtained the near-infrared (NIR) high-resolution ($R\\equiv\\lambda/\\Delta\\lambda\\sim20,000$) spectra of the seven brightest early-type stars in the Cygnus OB2 association for investigating the environmental dependence of diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs). The WINERED spectrograph mounted on the Araki 1.3m telescope in Japan was used to collect data. All 20 of the known DIBs within the wavelength coverage of WINERED ($0.91<\\lambda<1.36\\mu$m) were clearly detected along all lines of sight because of their high flux density in the NIR wavelength range and the large extinction. The equivalent widths (EWs) of DIBs were not correlated with the column densities of C$_2$ molecules, which trace the patchy dense component, suggesting that the NIR DIB carriers are distributed mainly in the diffuse component. On the basis of the correlations among the NIR DIBs both for stars in Cyg OB2 and stars observed previously, $\\lambda\\lambda$10780, 10792, 11797, 12623, and 13175 are found to constitute a "family", in which...

  4. The 2.35 year itch of Cyg OB2 #9. II. Radio monitoring

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    Blomme, R; Volpi, D; De Becker, M; Prinja, R K; Pittard, J M; Parkin, E R; Absil, O

    2012-01-01

    Cyg OB2 #9 is one of a small set of non-thermal radio emitting massive O-star binaries. The non-thermal radiation is due to synchrotron emission in the colliding-wind region. Cyg OB2 #9 was only recently discovered to be a binary system and a multi-wavelength campaign was organized to study its 2011 periastron passage. We report here on the results of the radio observations obtained in this monitoring campaign. We used the Expanded Very Large Array (EVLA) radio interferometer to obtain 6 and 20 cm continuum fluxes. The observed radio light curve shows a steep drop in flux sometime before periastron. The fluxes drop to a level that is comparable to the expected free-free emission from the stellar winds, suggesting that the non-thermal emitting region is completely hidden at that time. After periastron passage, the fluxes slowly increase. We introduce a simple model to solve the radiative transfer in the stellar winds and the colliding-wind region, and thus determine the expected behaviour of the radio light cu...

  5. A quantitative study of O stars in NGC2244 and the Mon OB2 association

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    Martins, F; Rauw, G; Hillier, D J

    2011-01-01

    Our goal is to determine the stellar and wind properties of seven O stars in the cluster NGC2244 and three O stars in the OB association MonOB2. These properties give us insight into the mass loss rates of O stars, allow us to check the validity of rotational mixing in massive stars, and to better understand the effects of the ionizing flux and wind mechanical energy release on the surrounding interstellar medium and its influence on triggered star formation. We collect optical and UV spectra of the target stars which are analyzed by means of atmosphere models computed with the code CMFGEN. The spectra of binary stars are disentangled and the components are studied separately. All stars have an evolutionary age less than 5 million years, with the most massive stars being among the youngest. Nitrogen surface abundances show no clear relation with projected rotational velocities. Binaries and single stars show the same range of enrichment. This is attributed to the youth and/or wide separation of the binary sys...

  6. Stellar Parameters of A- and B-type Members of the Scorpius-Centaurus OB Association

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    Eckelkamp, Grant; Smith, Skylar; Pecaut, Mark; Mamajek, Eric E.

    2017-01-01

    Advances in high-contrast imaging and radio interferometry are allowing new avenues for circumstellar disk studies as well as direct imaging exoplanet searches. The most promising targets in these studies are intermediate mass B/A/F type members of the Scorpius-Centaurus OB association at a distance of ~100-200 pc and an age of 10-20 Myr old. However, many of the most interesting stellar members of Sco-Cen have poorly constrained stellar properties, including luminosities, distances and masses. In order to address this, we have obtained low resolution spectra from the SMARTS 1.5 m telescope and have obtained new spectral classifications for 106 stars. Using these new spectral classifications along with visual and near-infrared photometry from GAIA, Hipparcos, Tycho2, APASS and 2MASS, we obtained new reddening and extinction estimates. We then placed the stars on a Hertzsprung-Russell diagram and compared with stellar evolutionary tracks to obtain individual masses and ages. These improved stellar parameters will provide essential data for improving our understanding of high contrast imaging targets of B/A/F type members within the nearest OB association. We acknowledge support from NSF awards AST-1008908 and AST-1313029.

  7. Observations of SNR CTA 1 and the Cyg OB1 region with VERITAS

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    Aliu, Ester

    2011-01-01

    The Cygnus region is a nearby very active star forming region, containing several OB associations, considered as tracers of young pulsars. Above 12 TeV, the Milagro Collaboration has reported the discovery of a very large source, MGRO J2019+37, lying towards the Cyg OB1 association, at the edge of the Cygnus region. The young and energetic pulsar PSR J2021+3651 has been proposed to power this emission. We present here the result of deep VERITAS observations of this region at energies above 650 GeV. These observations unveil extended and complex TeV emission compatible with MGRO J2019+37, likely made of multiple sources, and a clearly separated point source emission from the direction of CTB 87, a pulsar wind nebula candidate. We will also report on the detection of TeV emission from the young Galactic SNR CTA 1, likely powered by the first pulsar discovered through its gamma-ray radiation.

  8. Accretion and outflow in the proplyd-like objects near Cygnus OB2

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    Guarcello, M. G. [INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo, Piazza del Parlamento 1, I-90134 Palermo (Italy); Drake, J. J.; Wright, N. J. [Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, MS-67, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States); García-Alvarez, D. [Dpto. de Astrofísica, Universidad de La Laguna, E-38206 E-La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Kraemer, K. E. [Institute for Scientific Research, Boston College, Kenny Cottle L106B, Newton, MA 02459-1161 (United States)

    2014-09-20

    Cygnus OB2 is the most massive association within 2 kpc from the Sun, hosting hundreds of massive stars, thousands of young low mass members, and some sights of active star formation in the surrounding cloud. Recently, 10 photoevaporating proplyd-like objects with tadpole-shaped morphology were discovered in the outskirts of the OB association, approximately 6-14 pc away from its center. The classification of these objects is ambiguous, being either evaporating residuals of the parental cloud that are hosting a protostar inside or disk-bearing stars with an evaporating disk, such as the evaporating proplyds observed in the Trapezium Cluster in Orion. In this paper, we present a study based on low-resolution optical spectroscopic observations made with the Optical System for Imaging and low Resolution Integrated Spectroscopy, mounted on the 10.4 m Gran Telescopio CANARIAS, of two of these protostars. The spectrum of one of the objects shows evidence of accretion but not of outflows. In the latter object, the spectra show several emission lines indicating the presence of an actively accreting disk with outflow. We present estimates of the mass loss rate and the accretion rate from the disk, showing that the former exceeds the latter as observed in other known objects with evaporating disks. We also show evidence of a strong variability in the integrated flux observed in these objects as well as in the accretion and outflow diagnostics.

  9. ObsPy: a bridge for seismology into the scientific Python ecosystem

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    Krischer, Lion; Megies, Tobias; Barsch, Robert; Beyreuther, Moritz; Lecocq, Thomas; Caudron, Corentin; Wassermann, Joachim

    2015-01-01

    The Python libraries NumPy and SciPy are extremely powerful tools for numerical processing and analysis well suited to a large variety of applications. We developed ObsPy (http://obspy.org), a Python library for seismology intended to facilitate the development of seismological software packages and workflows, to utilize these abilities and provide a bridge for seismology into the larger scientific Python ecosystem. Scientists in many domains who wish to convert their existing tools and applications to take advantage of a platform like the one Python provides are confronted with several hurdles such as special file formats, unknown terminology, and no suitable replacement for a non-trivial piece of software. We present an approach to implement a domain-specific time series library on top of the scientific NumPy stack. In so doing, we show a realization of an abstract internal representation of time series data permitting I/O support for a diverse collection of file formats. Then we detail the integration and repurposing of well established legacy codes, enabling them to be used in modern workflows composed in Python. Finally we present a case study on how to integrate research code into ObsPy, opening it to the broader community. While the implementations presented in this work are specific to seismology, many of the described concepts and abstractions are directly applicable to other sciences, especially to those with an emphasis on time series analysis.

  10. Analysis of the Kinematic Structure of the Cygnus OB1 association

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    Costado, M T; Gonzalez, M; Sampedro, L

    2016-01-01

    The main objective of this study is the characterization of the velocity field in the Cygnus OB1 association using the radial velocity data currently available in the literature. This association is part of a larger star-forming complex located in the direction of the Cygnus region, but whose main subsystems may be distributed at different distances from the sun. We have collected radial velocity data for more than 300 stars in the area of 5 x 5 square degrees centred on the Cygnus OB1 association. We present the results of a kinematic clustering analysis in the subspace of the phase space formed by angular coordinates and radial velocity using two independent methodologies. We have found evidence of structure in the phase space with the detection of two main groups, corresponding to different radial velocity and distance values, belonging to the association, and associated with two main shells defined by the Halpha emission. A third grouping well separated from the other two in velocity appears to occupy the...

  11. Investigation of CygOB2 #11 (O5 Ifc) by modeling its atmosphere

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    Maryeva, Olga; Malogolovets, Eugene

    2014-01-01

    We continue the study of O-supergiants belonging to the association Cyg OB2 using moderate-resolution spectra. In this paper we present results of the modeling of the stellar atmosphere of Cyg OB2 #11. This object belongs to the spectral class Ofc, which was recently introduced and yet small in numbers. Ofc class consists of stars with normal spectra with CIII {\\lambda}{\\lambda}4647,4650,4652 emission lines of comparable intensity to those of the Of-defining lines NIII {\\lambda}{\\lambda}4634,4640,4642. We combined new spectral data obtained by the 1.5-m Russian-Turkish telescope with spectra from MAST and CASU archives and determined physical parameters of the wind and chemical composition of the stellar atmosphere using CMFGEN code. The estimated nitrogen abundance is lower than one in atmospheres of normal O-supergiants (i.e. O4-6 supergiants without additional spectral index "n" or "c") and carbon abundance is solar. Also we find an excess in silicon. We present an illustrative comparison of our modeling r...

  12. The population of OB supergiants in the starburst cluster Westerlund 1

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    Negueruela, Ignacio; Ritchie, Ben W

    2010-01-01

    After leaving the main sequence, massive stars undergo complex evolution, still poorly understood. With a population of 100s OB stars, the starburst cluster Westerlund~1 offers an unparallelled environment to study their evolutionary tracks. We used the VLT/FORS2 to obtain intermediate-resolution spectroscopy over the range 5800-9000A of ~ 100 likely members. We developed criteria for their spectral classification using only spectral features in the range observed. We discuss these criteria, useful for spectral classification of early-type stars in the GAIA spectral region, in the appendix. Using these criteria, we obtain spectral classifications, probably accurate to one subtype, for 57 objects, most of which had no previous classification or a generic classification. We identify more than 50 objects as OB supergiants. We find almost 30 luminous early-B supergiants and a number of less luminous late-O supergiants. In addition, we find a few mid B supergiants with very high luminosity, some of them displaying...

  13. BOREAS TGB-8 Starch Concentration Data Over the SSA-OBS and the SSA-OJP

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    Lerdau, Manuel; Hall, Forrest G. (Editor); Conrad, Sara K. (Editor)

    2000-01-01

    The BOREAS TGB-8 team collected data to investigate the controls over NMHC fluxes from boreal forest tree species. This data set includes measurements of starch concentrations in foliar samples at mature jack pine and black spruce sites. The data were collected at the OJP and OBS tower flux locations in the BOREAS SSA. These areas contained mature stands of jack pine and black spruce and were the focal sites in the BOREAS program for studies of biosphere/atmosphere exchange from these two habitat types. The OBS site is situated in a black spruce/sphagnum bog with the largest trees 155 years old and 10-15 m tall. The OJP site is in a jack pine forest, 80 to 120 years old, which lies on a sandy bench of glacial outwash with the largest tree standing 15 m tall. Temporally, the data cover the period of 24-May-1994 to 19-Sep-1994. The data are stored in tabular ASCII files.

  14. A Spitzer View of Mon OB1 East/NGC 2264

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    Rapson, Valerie A; Gutermuth, Robert A; Megeath, S Thomas; Allen, Thomas S; Myers, Philip C; Allen, Lori E

    2014-01-01

    We present Spitzer 3.6, 4.5, 5.8, 8.0, and 24 micron images of the Mon OB1 East giant molecular cloud, which contains the young star forming region NGC 2264, as well as more extended star formation. With Spitzer data and 2MASS photometry, we identify and classify young stellar objects (YSOs) with dusty circumstellar disks and/or envelopes in Mon OB1 East by their infrared-excess emission and study their distribution with respect to cloud material. We find a correlation between the local surface density of YSOs and column density of molecular gas as traced by dust extinction that is roughly described as a power law in these quantities. NGC 2264 follows a power law index of ~2.7, exhibiting a large YSO surface density for a given gas column density. Outside of NGC 2264 where the surface density of YSOs is lower, the power law is shallower and the region exhibits a larger gas column density for a YSO surface density, suggesting the star formation is more recent. In order to measure the fraction of cloud members ...

  15. Magnetic field measurements and wind-line variability of OB-type stars

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    Schnerr, R S; Neiner, C; Verdugo, E; de Jong, J; Geers, V C; Wiersema, K; van Dalen, B; Tijani, A; Plaggenborg, B; Rygl, K L J

    2010-01-01

    Context. The first magnetic fields in O- and B-type stars that do not belong to the Bp-star class, have been discovered. The cyclic UV wind-line variability, which has been observed in a significant fraction of early-type stars, is likely to be related to such magnetic fields. Aims. We attempt to improve our understanding of massive-star magnetic fields, and observe twenty-five carefully-selected, OB-type stars. Methods. Of these stars we obtain 136 magnetic field strength measurements. We present the UV wind-line variability of all selected targets and summarise spectropolarimetric observations acquired using the MUSICOS spectropolarimeter, mounted at the TBL, Pic du Midi, between December 1998 and November 2004. From the average Stokes I and V line profiles, derived using the LSD method, we measure the magnetic field strengths, radial velocities, and first moment of the line profiles. Results. No significant magnetic field is detected in any OB-type star that we observed. Typical 1{\\sigma} errors are betwee...

  16. The Adult Ventricular-Subventricular Zone (V-SVZ) and Olfactory Bulb (OB) Neurogenesis.

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    Lim, Daniel A; Alvarez-Buylla, Arturo

    2016-05-02

    A large population of neural stem/precursor cells (NSCs) persists in the ventricular-subventricular zone (V-SVZ) located in the walls of the lateral brain ventricles. V-SVZ NSCs produce large numbers of neuroblasts that migrate a long distance into the olfactory bulb (OB) where they differentiate into local circuit interneurons. Here, we review a broad range of discoveries that have emerged from studies of postnatal V-SVZ neurogenesis: the identification of NSCs as a subpopulation of astroglial cells, the neurogenic lineage, new mechanisms of neuronal migration, and molecular regulators of precursor cell proliferation and migration. It has also become evident that V-SVZ NSCs are regionally heterogeneous, with NSCs located in different regions of the ventricle wall generating distinct OB interneuron subtypes. Insights into the developmental origins and molecular mechanisms that underlie the regional specification of V-SVZ NSCs have also begun to emerge. Other recent studies have revealed new cell-intrinsic molecular mechanisms that enable lifelong neurogenesis in the V-SVZ. Finally, we discuss intriguing differences between the rodent V-SVZ and the corresponding human brain region. The rapidly expanding cellular and molecular knowledge of V-SVZ NSC biology provides key insights into postnatal neural development, the origin of brain tumors, and may inform the development regenerative therapies from cultured and endogenous human neural precursors.

  17. Accretion and outflow in the proplyd-like objects near Cygnus OB2

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    Guarcello, M G; Wright, N J; Garcìa-Alvarez, D; Kraemer, K E

    2014-01-01

    Cygnus OB2 is the most massive association within 2kpc from the Sun, hosting hundreds of massive stars, thousands of young low mass members, and some sights of active star formation in the surrounding cloud. Recently, 10 photoevaporating proplyd-like objects with tadpole-shaped morphology were discovered in the outskirts of the OB association, approximately 6-14pc away from its center. The classification of these objects is ambiguous, being either evaporating residuals of the parental cloud which are hosting a protostar inside, or disk-bearing stars with an evaporating disk, such as the evaporating proplyds observed in the Trapezium Cluster in Orion. In this paper we present a study based on low resolution optical spectroscopic observations made with the Optical System for Imaging and low Resolution Integrated Spectroscopy (OSIRIS), mounted on the 10.4m Gran Telescopio CANARIAS (GTC), of two of these protostars. The spectrum of one of the objects shows evidence of accretion but not of outflows. In the latter ...

  18. 25 Orionis: A Kinematically Distinct 10 Myr Old Group in Orion OB1a

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    Briceño, C; Hernández, J; Calvet, N; Vivas, A K; Furesz, G; Szentgyorgyi, A; Briceno, Cesar; Hartmann, Lee; Hernandez, Jesus; Calvet, Nuria; Furesz, Gabor; Szentgyorgyi, Andrew

    2007-01-01

    We report here on the photometric and kinematic properties of a well defined group of nearly 200 low-mass pre-main sequence stars, concentrated within ~ 1 deg of the early-B star 25 Ori, in the Orion OB1a sub-association. We refer to this stellar aggregate as the 25 Orionis group. The group also harbors the Herbig Ae/Be star V346 Ori and a dozen other early type stars with photometry, parallaxes, and some with IR excess emission, consistent with group membership. The number of high and low-mass stars is in agreement with expectations from a standard Initial Mass Function. The velocity distribution for the young stars in 25 Ori shows a narrow peak centered at 19.7 km/s, very close to the velocity of the star 25 Ori. Our results provide new and compelling evidence that the 25 Ori group is a distinct kinematic entity, and that considerable space and velocity structure is present in the Ori OB1a sub-association. The low-mass members follow a well defined band in the color-magnitude diagram, consistent with an iso...

  19. Massive Variability Surveys from Venezuela

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    Briceno, Cesar

    2003-01-01

    At the Venezuela National Astronomical Observatory we are carrying out variability surveys spanning many hundreds of square degrees near the celestial equator, using an 8k x 8k CCD Mosaic Camera optimized for drift-scanning on a 1m Schmidt telescope. Among the initial efforts was a project to obtain the first moderately deep, homogeneous sample of young stars over an area of ~180sqr.deg. encompassing the entire Orion OB1 association, one of the nearest and most active regions of star formatio...

  20. Central (ICV) leptin injection increases bone formation, bone mineral density, muscle mass, serum IGF-1, and the expression of osteogenic genes in leptin-deficient ob/ob mice.

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    Bartell, Shoshana M; Rayalam, Srujana; Ambati, Suresh; Gaddam, Dhanunjaya R; Hartzell, Diane L; Hamrick, Mark; She, Jin-Xiong; Della-Fera, Mary Anne; Baile, Clifton A

    2011-08-01

    Both central and peripheral leptin administrations reduce body weight, food intake, and adiposity in ob/ob mice. In this study we compared effects of intracerebroventricular (ICV) and subcutaneous (SC) administration of leptin on bone metabolism in the appendicular and axial skeleton and adipose tissue gene expression and determined the effects of ICV leptin on bone marrow gene expression in ob/ob mice. In experiment 1, leptin (1.5 or 0.38 µg/d) or control was continuously injected ICV for 12 days. Gene expression analysis of femoral bone marrow stromal cells showed that expression of genes associated with osteogenesis was increased after ICV injection, whereas those associated with osteoclastogenesis, adipogenesis, and adipocyte lipid storage were decreased. In experiment 2, leptin was injected continuously ICV (0.0 or 1.5 µg/d) or SC (0.0 or 10 µg/d) for 12 days. In both experiments, regardless of mode of administration, leptin decreased body weight, food intake, and body fat and increased muscle mass, bone mineral density, bone mineral content, bone area, marrow adipocyte number, and mineral apposition rate. Serum insulin was decreased, whereas serum osteocalcin, insulin-like growth factor 1, osteoprotegerin, pyridinoline, and receptor activator of nuclear factor κB ligand concentrations were increased. In experiment 2, expression of genes in adipose tissue associated with apoptosis, lipid mobilization, insulin sensitivity, and thermogenesis was increased, whereas expression of genes associated with cell differentiation and maturation was decreased regardless of mode of administration. Thus ICV injection of leptin promotes expression of pro-osteogenic factors in bone marrow, leading to enhanced bone formation in ob/ob mice.

  1. Ocena jakości obsługi klienta w procesie kształtowania jego satysfakcji

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    2012-01-01

    Celem pracy jest analiza wybranych sposobów oceny jakości obsługi klienta w procesie kształtowania jego satysfakcji. W pracy skupiono się na istocie i zastosowaniu mystery shopping. W części teoretycznej pracy zostały przedstawione wybrane zagadnienia z zakresu marketingu usług, satysfakcji klienta, standardów obsługi klienta, a także metodologia badań satysfakcji klienta. W części praktycznej pracy znajduje się opis badania jakości obsługi klientów ING Banku Śląskiego, kt...

  2. Leptin and the obesity receptor (OB-R) in the small intestine and colon: a colocalization study

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    Hansen, Gert H; Niels-Christiansen, Lise-Lotte; Danielsen, E Michael

    2008-01-01

    Leptin is a hormone that plays an important role in overall body energy homeostasis, and the obesity receptor, OB-R, is widely distributed in the organism. In the intestine, a multitude of leptin actions have been reported, but it is currently unclear to what extent the hormone affects...... the intestinal epithelial cells by an endocrine or exocrine signaling pathway. To elucidate this, the localization of endogenous porcine leptin and OB-R in enterocytes and colonocytes was studied. By immunofluorescence microscopy, both leptin and OB-R were mainly observed in the basolateral membrane...... of enterocytes and colonocytes but also in the apical microvillar membrane of the cells. By electron microscopy, coclustering of hormone and receptor in the plasma membrane and localization in endosomes was frequently detected at the basolateral surface of the epithelial cells, indicative of leptin signaling...

  3. Cloning and expression analysis of human reticulon 4c cDNA

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    2000-01-01

    RTNs (reticulons) is a gene family related to the growth and differentiation of neuroendocrine cell. This family is composed of several members such as RTN1, RTN2 and RTN3. RTN1 and RTN2 have been proved to have 3 transcripts with different length. Because the RTN1c cDNA was involved in the sologenesis of small cell lung carcinoma (SCLC), it was selected as a bioinformatic probe to clone novel members of RTN family with the electric hybridization assistant new-gene cloning method (EHAC). A 1677-bp cDNA was identified from human brain cDNA library. The cDNA contains an intact open reading frame (ORF) which encodes a protein of 199 amino acids. This deduced protein is highly homologous to RTN1c, RTN2c and RTN3 with identities of 64.4%, 45.8% and 50.0% respectively. This new gene was named RTN4c (GenBank accession number: AF087901). Northern hybridization showed that the full length of RTN4c transcript is about 1.8 kb. It is hardly expressed in heart, placenta, lung, spleen, thymus, testis, ovary, small intestine and peripheral blood white cells; but it is highly expressed in the tissues of skeletal muscle, brain, liver and kidney, and less expressed in the pancreas, prostate and colon. Furthermore, Northern results also showed that there is a 2.3 kb transcript expressed in 14 tissues except liver and skeletal muscle; while another 5.0 kb transcript in brain, skeletal muscle and testis. By the electric hybridization walking, we obtained two full-length contigs with a length of 4632 and 2235 bp respectively. The former encodes a protein with 1192 amino acids and was defined as RTN4a; the latter encodes another protein with 373 amino acids, and was named RTN4b. The RTN4 gene was mapped to human chromosome 2p14-p13 region by the radiation hybridization (RH).

  4. Ocean Basalt Simulator version 1 (OBS1): Trace element mass balance in adiabatic melting of a pyroxenite-bearing peridotite

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    Kimura, Jun-Ichi; Kawabata, Hiroshi

    2015-01-01

    present a new numerical trace element mass balance model for adiabatic melting of a pyroxenite-bearing peridotite for estimating mantle potential temperature, depth of melting column, and pyroxenite fraction in the source mantle for a primary ocean basalt/picrite. The Ocean Basalt Simulator version 1 (OBS1) uses a thermodynamic model of adiabatic melting of a pyroxenite-bearing peridotite with experimentally/thermodynamically parameterized liquidus-solidus intervals and source mineralogy. OBS1 can be used to calculate a sequence of adiabatic melting with two melting models, including (1) melting of peridotite and pyroxenite sources with simple mixing of their fractional melts (melt-melt mixing model), and (2) pyroxenite melting, melt metasomatism in the host peridotite, and melting of the metasomatized peridotite (source-metasomatism model). OBS1 can be used to explore (1) the fractions of peridotite and pyroxenite, (2) mantle potential temperature, (3) pressure of termination of melting, (4) degree of melting, and (5) residual mode of the sources. In order to constrain these parameters, the model calculates a mass balance for 26 incompatible trace elements in the sources and in the generated basalt/picrite. OBS1 is coded in an Excel spreadsheet and runs with VBA macros. Using OBS1, we examine the source compositions and conditions of the mid-oceanic ridge basalts, Loihi-Koolau basalts in the Hawaiian hot spot, and Jurassic Shatsky Rise and Mikabu oceanic plateau basalts and picrites. The OBS1 model shows the physical conditions, chemical mass balance, and amount of pyroxenite in the source peridotite, which are keys to global mantle recycling.

  5. The oligonucleotide binding (OB-fold domain of KREPA4 is essential for stable incorporation into editosomes.

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    Full Text Available Most mitochondrial mRNAs in trypanosomatid parasites require uridine insertion/deletion RNA editing, a process mediated by guide RNA (gRNA and catalyzed by multi-protein complexes called editosomes. The six oligonucleotide/oligosaccharide binding (OB-fold proteins (KREPA1-A6, are a part of the common core of editosomes. They form a network of interactions among themselves as well as with the insertion and deletion sub-complexes and are essential for the stability of the editosomes. KREPA4 and KREPA6 proteins bind gRNA in vitro and are known to interact directly in yeast two-hybrid analysis. In this study, using several approaches we show a minimal interaction surface of the KREPA4 protein that is required for this interaction. By screening a series of N- and C-terminally truncated KREPA4 fragments, we show that a predicted α-helix of KREPA4 OB-fold is required for its interaction with KREPA6. An antibody against the KREPA4 α-helix or mutations of this region can eliminate association with KREPA6; while a peptide fragment corresponding to the α-helix can independently interact with KREPA6, thereby supporting the identification of KREPA4-KREPA6 interface. We also show that the predicted OB-fold of KREPA4; independent of its interaction with gRNA, is responsible for the stable integration of KREPA4 in the editosomes, and editing complexes co-purified with the tagged OB-fold can catalyze RNA editing. Therefore, we conclude that while KREPA4 interacts with KREPA6 through the α-helix region of its OB-fold, the entire OB-fold is required for its integration in the functional editosome, through additional protein-protein interactions.

  6. VizieR Online Data Catalog: Cep OB2 Herschel/PACS view (Sicilia-Aguilar+, 2015)

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    Sicilia-Aguilar, A.; Roccatagliata, V.; Getman, K.; Riviere-Marichalar, P.; Birnstiel, T.; Merin, B.; Fang, M.; Henning, T.; Eiroa, C.; Currie, T.

    2015-02-01

    The Cep OB2 clusters, Tr 37 (centered at 21:38:09, +57:26:48, J2000) and NGC 7160 (centered at 21:53:40, 62:36:10, J2000), were observed with the ESA Herschel Space Observatory using the Photodetector Array Camera and Spectrometer (PACS), as part of the open time (OT) program "Disk dispersal in Cep OB2" (PI A. Sicilia-Aguilar). We obtained a total of 23h observing time in parallel mode at 70 and 160um. Observations took place between November 2012 and January 2013. (4 data files).

  7. Electronic structure and electrical transport characteristics of C60, 2C60 and 4C60 fullerene molecules

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    SHEN Haijun; MU Xiancai

    2007-01-01

    The extended Hückel method and the Green's function method were used to calculate the electronic struc-ture and electrical transport of Au electrode-C60,2C60 or 4C60 fullerene-Au electrode systems.Furthermore,their electronic structure and electrical transport characteristics were com-pared and analyzed.The results show that (I) owing to the contact with the Au electrodes,the C60,2C60 and 4C60 mole-cules change in their electronic structures ignificantly,and their energy gaps between LUMO and HOMO are narrow;(ii) the bonding between C60,2C60 or 4C60 fullerene and Au electrodes is partially covalent and partially electrovalent;and (iii) the conductance of the three fullerenes conforms to the order of C60>2C60>4C60.

  8. Processing and characterization of B4C/Cu graded composite as plasma facing component for fusion reactors

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    2003-01-01

    A new approach for fabricating B4C/Cu graded composite by rapid self-resistance sintering under ultra-high pressure was presented, by which a near dense B4C/Cu graded composite with a compositional spectrum of 0-100% was successfully fabricated. Plasma relevant performances ofsintered B4C/Cu composite were preliminarily characterized, it is found that its chemical sputtering yield is 70% lower than that of SMF800 nuclear graphite under 2.7 keV D+ irradiation, and almost no damages after 66 shots of in situ plasma discharge in HL-1 Tokamak facility, which indicates B4C/Cu plasma facing component has a good physical and chemical sputtering resistance performance compared with nuclear graphite.

  9. Earth's crust model of the South-Okhotsk Basin by wide-angle OBS data

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    Kashubin, Sergey N.; Petrov, Oleg V.; Rybalka, Alexander V.; Milshtein, Evgenia D.; Shokalsky, Sergey P.; Verba, Mark L.; Petrov, Evgeniy O.

    2017-07-01

    Deep seismic studies of the Sea of Okhotsk region started in late 1950s. Since that time, wide-angle reflection and refraction data on more than two dozen profiles were acquired. Only five of those profiles either crossed or entered the deep-water area of the South-Okhotsk Basin (also known as the Kuril Basin or the South-Okhotsk Deep-Water Trough). Only P-waves were used to develop velocity-interface models in all the early research. Thus, all seismic and geodynamic models of the Okhotsk region were based only on the information on compressional waves. Nevertheless, the use of Vp/Vs ratio in addition to P-wave velocity allows discriminating felsic and mafic crustal layers with similar Vp values. In 2007 the Russian seismic service company Sevmorgeo acquired multi-component data with ocean bottom seismometers (OBS) along the 1700-km-long north-south 2-DV-M Profile. Only P-wave information was used previously to develop models for the entire profile. In this study, a multi-wave processing, analysis, and interpretation of the OBS data are presented for the 550-km-long southern segment of this Profile that crosses the deep-water South-Okhotsk Basin. Within this segment 50 seismometers were deployed with nominal OBS station spacing of 10-12 km. Shot point spacing was 250 m. Not only primary P-waves and S-waves but also multiples and P-S, S-P converted waves were analyzed in this study to constrain velocity-interface models by means of travel time forward modeling. In offshore deep seismic studies, thick water layer hinders an estimation of velocities in the sedimentary cover and in the upper consolidated crust. Primarily, this is due to the fact that refracted waves propagating in low-velocity solid upper layers interfere with high-amplitude direct water wave. However, in multi-component measurements with ocean bottom seismometers, it is possible to use converted and multiple waves for velocity estimations in these layers. Consequently, one can obtain P- and S

  10. Performance of the MTR core with MOX fuel using the MCNP4C2 code.

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    Shaaban, Ismail; Albarhoum, Mohamad

    2016-08-01

    The MCNP4C2 code was used to simulate the MTR-22 MW research reactor and perform the neutronic analysis for a new fuel namely: a MOX (U3O8&PuO2) fuel dispersed in an Al matrix for One Neutronic Trap (ONT) and Three Neutronic Traps (TNTs) in its core. Its new characteristics were compared to its original characteristics based on the U3O8-Al fuel. Experimental data for the neutronic parameters including criticality relative to the MTR-22 MW reactor for the original U3O8-Al fuel at nominal power were used to validate the calculated values and were found acceptable. The achieved results seem to confirm that the use of MOX fuel in the MTR-22 MW will not degrade the safe operational conditions of the reactor. In addition, the use of MOX fuel in the MTR-22 MW core leads to reduce the uranium fuel enrichment with (235)U and the amount of loaded (235)U in the core by about 34.84% and 15.21% for the ONT and TNTs cases, respectively.

  11. Investigation of defects in sputtered W/B{sub 4}C multilayers

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    Jiang, Hui, E-mail: jianghui@sinap.ac.cn [Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Zhangheng Road 239, Pudong District, Shanghai 201204 (China); Yan, Shuai [Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Zhangheng Road 239, Pudong District, Shanghai 201204 (China); Zhu, Jingtao [Key Laboratory of Advanced Microstructure Materials, Ministry of Education, Institute of Precision Optical Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092 (China); Dong, Zhaohui; Zheng, Yi; He, Yumei; Li, Aiguo [Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Zhangheng Road 239, Pudong District, Shanghai 201204 (China)

    2015-12-01

    Highlights: • Three sputtered multilayer samples were stored into a dry cabinet for four months. • It was revealed that serious oxidation existed in interior layers for the multilayer with the surface turning white. • The bands at ∼689 and ∼802 cm{sup −1} appearing at the blister, pit or buckling defects can be interpreted as W-O stretching modes. • The oxide-induced microvoids led to strong oxidation, expanded volume and produced compressive stress. • The spot reflected from the multilayer with serious buckling defects had more intensity fluctuation and became narrow. - Abstract: Sputtered W/B{sub 4}C multilayers were determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman scattering spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy synthetically. Two defect modes were observed in multilayers: buckle delamination and oxidation. This paper compares the chemical composition varies along multilayer depth and at different regions and tries to interpret the mechanism of defect evolution. The X-ray grazing incidence reflection profiles were compared to the theoretical value to estimate the influences from different defects.

  12. The peculiar radio galaxy 4C 35.06: a case for recurrent AGN activity?

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    Shulevski, A; Barthel, P D; Murgia, M; van Weeren, R J; White, G J; Brüggen, M; Kunert-Bajraszewska, M; Jamrozy, M; Best, P N; Röttgering, H J A; Chyzy, K T; de Gasperin, F; Bîrzan, L; Brunetti, G; Brienza, M; Rafferty, D A; Anderson, J; Beck, R; Deller, A; Zarka, P; Schwarz, D; Mahony, E; Orrú, E; Bell, M E; Bentum, M J; Bernardi, G; Bonafede, A; Breitling, F; Broderick, J W; Butcher, H R; Carbone, D; Ciardi, B; de Geus, E; Duscha, S; Eislöffel, J; Engels, D; Falcke, H; Fallows, R A; Fender, R; Ferrari, C; Frieswijk, W; Garrett, M A; Grießmeier, J; Gunst, A W; Heald, G; Hoeft, M; Hörandel, J; Horneffer, A; van der Horst, A J; Intema, H; Juette, E; Karastergiou, A; Kondratiev, V I; Kramer, M; Kuniyoshi, M; Kuper, G; Maat, P; Mann, G; McFadden, R; McKay-Bukowski, D; McKean, J P; Meulman, H; Mulcahy, D D; Munk, H; Norden, M J; Paas, H; Pandey-Pommier, M; Pizzo, R; Polatidis, A G; Reich, W; Rowlinson, A; Scaife, A M M; Serylak, M; Sluman, J; Smirnov, O; Steinmetz, M; Swinbank, J; Tagger, M; Tang, Y; Tasse, C; Thoudam, S; Toribio, M C; Vermeulen, R; Vocks, C; Wijers, R A M J; Wise, M W; Wucknitz, O

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    Using observations obtained with the LOw Fequency ARray (LOFAR), the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT) and archival Very Large Array (VLA) data, we have traced the radio emission to large scales in the complex source 4C 35.06 located in the core of the galaxy cluster Abell 407. At higher spatial resolution (~4"), the source was known to have two inner radio lobes spanning 31 kpc and a diffuse, low-brightness extension running parallel to them, offset by about 11 kpc (in projection). At 62 MHz, we detect the radio emission of this structure extending out to 210 kpc. At 1.4 GHz and intermediate spatial resolution (~30"), the structure appears to have a helical morphology. We have derived the characteristics of the radio spectral index across the source. We show that the source morphology is most likely the result of at least two episodes of AGN activity separated by a dormant period of around 35 Myr. The AGN is hosted by one of the galaxies located in the cluster core of Abell 407. We propose that it ...

  13. REVERSIBLE HYDROGEN STORAGE IN A LiBH{sub 4}-C{sub 60} NANOCOMPOSITE

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    Teprovich, J.; Zidan, R.; Peters, B.; Wheeler, J.

    2013-08-06

    Reversible hydrogen storage in a LiBH{sub 4}:C{sub 60} nanocomposite (70:30 wt. %) synthesized by solvent-assisted mixing has been demonstrated. During the solvent-assisted mixing and nanocomposite formation, a chemical reaction occurs in which the C{sub 60} cages are significantly modified by polymerization as well as by hydrogenation (fullerane formation) in the presence of LiBH{sub 4}. We have determined that two distinct hydrogen desorption events are observed upon rehydrogenation of the material, which are attributed to the reversible formation of a fullerane (C{sub 60}H{sub x}) as well as a LiBH4 species. This system is unique in that the carbon species (C{sub 60}) actively participates in the hydrogen storage process which differs from the common practice of melt infiltration of high surface area carbon materials with LiBH{sub 4} (nanoconfinment effect). This nanocomposite demonstrated good reversible hydrogen storage properties as well as the ability to absorb hydrogen under mild conditions (pressures as low as 10 bar H{sub 2} or temperatures as low as 150°C). The nanocomposite was characterized by TGA-RGA, DSC, XRD, LDI-TOF-MS, FTIR, 1H NMR, and APPI MS.

  14. Intermittent Jet Activity in the Radio Galaxy 4C29.30?

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    Jamrozy, M.; /Jagiellonian U., Astron. Observ.; Konar, C.; Saikia, D.J.; /NCRA, Ganeshkhind; Stawarz, L.; /Jagiellonian U., Astron. Observ. /KIPAC, Menlo Park /SLAC; Mack,; /Bologna, Ist. Radioastronomia; Siemiginowska, A.; /Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. Astrophys.

    2007-04-02

    We present radio observations at frequencies ranging from 240 to 8460 MHz of the radio galaxy 4C29.30 (J0840+2949) using the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT), the Very Large Array (VLA) and the Effelsberg telescope. We report the existence of weak extended emission with an angular size of {approx} 520 arcsec (639 kpc) within which a compact edge-brightened double-lobed source with a size of 29 arcsec (36 kpc) is embedded. We determine the spectrum of the inner double from 240 to 8460 MHz and show that it has a single power-law spectrum with a spectral index is {approx} 0.8. Its spectral age is estimated to be 33 Myr. The extended diffuse emission has a steep spectrum with a spectral index of {approx} 1.3 and a break frequency 240 MHz. The spectral age is {approx}>200 Myr, suggesting that the extended diffuse emission is due to an earlier cycle of activity. We reanalyze archival x-ray data from Chandra and suggest that the x-ray emission from the hotspots consists of a mixture of nonthermal and thermal components, the latter being possibly due to gas which is shock heated by the jets from the host galaxy.

  15. High energy properties of the flat spectrum radio quasar 4C 50.11

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    Zhou, Jianeng; Liang, Chen; Wang, Zhongxiang

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the $\\gamma$-ray and X-ray properties of the flat spectrum radio quasar (FSRQ) \\4c50 at redshift $z= 1.517$. The {\\it Fermi} Large Area Telescope (LAT) data indicate that this source was in an active state since 2013 July. During the active period, the $\\gamma$-ray flux increased by more than a factor of three and two distinct flares were detected with the variability timescale as short as several hours. The $\\gamma$-ray spectra can be well fitted by a log-parabola. From the fitting, we find a correlation between the peak energy and spectral curvature for the $\\gamma$-ray spectra, which is the first time seen in $\\gamma$-ray emission from a blazar. The {\\it Swift} X-ray Telescope (XRT) data show that the source was variable at X-ray energies, but no evidence shows flux or spectral changes related to the $\\gamma$-ray activity. The broad-band X-ray spectrum obtained with {\\it Swift} XRT and {\\it NuSTAR} is well described by a broken PL model, with an extremely hard spectrum ($\\Gamma_{1} \\sim 0.1$...

  16. A Multi-band Study of the Remarkable Jet in Quasar 4C+19.44

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    Harris, D. E.; Lee, N. P.; Schwartz, D. A.; Siemiginowska, A.; Massaro, F.; Birkinshaw, M.; Worrall, D. M.; Cheung, C. C.; Gelbord, J. M.; Jorstad, Svetlana G.; Marscher, Alan P.; Landt, H.; Marshall, H.; Perlman, E. S.; Stawarz, L.; Uchiyama, Y.; Urry, C. M.

    2017-09-01

    We present arcsecond-resolution data in the radio, IR, optical, and X-ray for 4C+19.44 (=PKS 1354+195), the longest and straightest quasar jet with deep X-ray observations. We report results from radio images with half to one arcsecond angular resolution at three frequencies, plus Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer data. The Chandra data allow us to measure the X-ray spectral index in 10 distinct regions along the 18″ jet and compare with the radio index. The radio and X-ray spectral indices of the jet regions are consistent with a value of α =0.80 throughout the jet, to within 2σ uncertainties. The X-ray jet structure to the south extends beyond the prominent radio jet and connects to the southern radio lobe, and there is extended X-ray emission, both in the direction of the unseen counter-jet, and also coincident with the northern radio lobe. This jet is remarkable because its straight appearance over a large distance allows the geometry factors to be taken as fixed along the jet. Using the model of inverse Compton scattering of the cosmic microwave background (iC/CMB) by relativistic electrons, we find that the magnetic field strengths and Doppler factors are relatively constant along the jet. If instead the X-rays are synchrotron emission, they must arise from a population of electrons distinct from the particles producing the radio synchrotron spectrum.

  17. Degradation and oxidation of B 4C control rod segments at high temperatures

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    Steinbrück, M.

    2010-05-01

    Extensive series of test were performed of the degradation of boron carbide absorber rods and the oxidation of the resultant absorber melts. Various types of control rod segments made of commercial materials used in French 1300 MW PWRs were investigated in the temperature range between 800 °C and 1700 °C in a steam atmosphere. The gaseous reaction products were analyzed quantitatively by mass spectroscopy for evaluation of the oxidation rates. Extensive post-test examinations were performed by light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy as well as EDX and Auger spectroscopy. Rapid melt formation due to eutectic interactions of stainless steel (cladding tube) and B 4C, on the one hand, and steel and Zircaloy-4 (guide tube), on the other hand, was observed at temperatures above 1250 °C. Complex multi-component, multi-phase melts were produced. ZrO 2 oxide scale on the outside kept the melt within the guide tube, thus preventing its early relocation and oxidation. Rapid oxidation of the absorber melts and remaining boron carbide pellets took place after failure of the protective oxide shell above 1450 °C. Only very little methane was produced in these tests which is of interest in fission product gas chemistry because of the production of organic iodine.

  18. Sintering of B{sub 4}C powder obtained by a modified carbo-thermal reaction

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    Rocha, R.M.; Kazumi, M.H.; Goncalves, D.P.; Melo, F.C.L. [Centro Tecnico Aeroespacial (CTA) - Instituto de Aeronautica e Espaco, Praca Marechal Eduardo Gomes, 50 Campus do CTA - Vila das Acacias, 12228-904 Sao Jose dos Campos-SP (Brazil)

    2005-07-01

    Boron carbide is one of the hardest materials and a highly refractory material that is of great interest for structural, electronic and nuclear applications. B{sub 4}C is commercially manufactured by the carbo-thermal reduction of a mixture of boron oxide (B{sub 2}O{sub 3}) in an batch electric arc furnace process. However the carbo-thermal reaction on the stoichiometric starting composition results an excess carbon residue because of the boron loss in the form of B{sub 2}O{sub 2}. Thus, a modified carbo-thermal reaction is applied with an excess B{sub 2}O{sub 3} to compensate the loss and to obtain stoichiometric powders. The aim of this work is to study the sinterability of this powder with the lower carbon residue acting as sintering additive. Pressureless sintering in the temperatures of 1900 deg. C/30 min and 2100 deg. C/30 min in argon atmosphere were applied. The synthesized powders were analysed by XRD and SEM. Density of 94% of theoretical density was achieved for sample prepared with the powder obtained with 50% B{sub 2}O{sub 3} excess synthesized at 1700 deg. C/15 min. (authors)

  19. The unfriendly ISM in the radio galaxy 4C12.50 (PKS 1345+12)

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    Morganti, R

    2004-01-01

    The radio source 4C12.50 has often been suggested to be a prime candidate for the link between ultraluminous infrared galaxies and young radio galaxies. A VLBI study of the neutral hydrogen in the nuclear regions of this object shows that most of the gas detected close to the systemic velocity is associated with an off-nuclear cloud (~50 to 100 pc from the radio core) with a column density of ~10^22 T_spin/100 K) cm^(-2) and an HI mass of a few times 10^5 to 10^6 M_sun. We consider a number of possibilities to explain the results. In particular, we discus the possibility that this cloud indicates the presence of a rich and clumpy interstellar medium in the centre, likely left over from the merger that triggered the activity and that this medium influences the growth of the radio source. The location of the cloud -- at the edge of the northern radio jet/lobe -- suggests that the radio jet might be interacting with a gas cloud. This interaction could be responsible for bending the young radio jet. The velocity ...

  20. Degradation and oxidation of B{sub 4}C control rod segments at high temperatures

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    Steinbrueck, M., E-mail: martin.steinbrueck@kit.ed [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Materials Research I, Postfach 3640, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2010-05-15

    Extensive series of test were performed of the degradation of boron carbide absorber rods and the oxidation of the resultant absorber melts. Various types of control rod segments made of commercial materials used in French 1300 MW PWRs were investigated in the temperature range between 800 deg. C and 1700 deg. C in a steam atmosphere. The gaseous reaction products were analyzed quantitatively by mass spectroscopy for evaluation of the oxidation rates. Extensive post-test examinations were performed by light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy as well as EDX and Auger spectroscopy. Rapid melt formation due to eutectic interactions of stainless steel (cladding tube) and B{sub 4}C, on the one hand, and steel and Zircaloy-4 (guide tube), on the other hand, was observed at temperatures above 1250 deg. C. Complex multi-component, multi-phase melts were produced. ZrO{sub 2} oxide scale on the outside kept the melt within the guide tube, thus preventing its early relocation and oxidation. Rapid oxidation of the absorber melts and remaining boron carbide pellets took place after failure of the protective oxide shell above 1450 deg. C. Only very little methane was produced in these tests which is of interest in fission product gas chemistry because of the production of organic iodine.

  1. A simulation of a pebble bed reactor core by the MCNP-4C computer code

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    Bakhshayesh Moshkbar Khalil

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Lack of energy is a major crisis of our century; the irregular increase of fossil fuel costs has forced us to search for novel, cheaper, and safer sources of energy. Pebble bed reactors - an advanced new generation of reactors with specific advantages in safety and cost - might turn out to be the desired candidate for the role. The calculation of the critical height of a pebble bed reactor at room temperature, while using the MCNP-4C computer code, is the main goal of this paper. In order to reduce the MCNP computing time compared to the previously proposed schemes, we have devised a new simulation scheme. Different arrangements of kernels in fuel pebble simulations were investigated and the best arrangement to decrease the MCNP execution time (while keeping the accuracy of the results, chosen. The neutron flux distribution and control rods worth, as well as their shadowing effects, have also been considered in this paper. All calculations done for the HTR-10 reactor core are in good agreement with experimental results.

  2. The warm absorber in the radio-loud quasar 4C +74.26

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    Di Gesu, L

    2016-01-01

    Outflows of photoionized gas are commonly detected in the X-ray spectra of Seyfert 1 galaxies. However, the evidence for this phenomenon in broad line radio galaxies, which are analogous to Seyfert 1 galaxies in the radio-loud regime, has so far been scarce. Here, we present the analysis of the X-ray absorption in the radio-loud quasar 4C +74.26. With the aim of characterizing the kinetic and the ionization conditions of the absorbing material, we fitted jointly the XMM-Newton Reflection Grating Spectrometer (RGS) and the Chandra High Energy Transmission Grating Spectrometer (HETGS) spectra, which were taken 4 months apart. The intrinsic continuum flux did not vary significantly during this time lapse. The spectrum shows the absorption signatures (e.g., Fe-UTA, \\ion{O}{vii}, and \\ion{Ne}{vii}--\\ion{Ne}{x}) of a photoionized gas outflow ($N_{\\rm H} \\sim 3.5 \\times 10^{21} \\rm cm^{-2}$, $\\log \\xi \\sim 2.6$, $v_{\\rm out}\\sim 3600 \\, \\rm km \\, s^{-1}$) located at the redshift of source. We estimate that the gas i...

  3. Kinetic Behavior of LiFePO4/C Thin Film Cathode Material for Lithium-Ion Batteries

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    Kucinskis, G; Bajārs, G; Kleperis, J.; Smits, J.

    2010-01-01

    LiFePO4 was prepared in a solid state synthesis with various levels of carbon content. LiFePO4/C thin films were obtained via magnetron sputtering. The surface morphology and structure was examined. Electrochemical properties of LiFePO4/C were studied, by using cyclic voltammetry, chronopotentiometry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Thin films acquired show a potential use as a cathode in lithium ion batteries, displaying charge capacity up to 34 mAh g-1.

  4. Modulation of murine bone marrow-derived CFU-F and CFU-OB by in vivo bisphosphonate and fluoride treatments.

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    Chou, M-Y; Yan, D; Jafarov, T; Everett, E T

    2009-05-01

    Bisphosphonates (BPN) have actions on a variety of cell types including: osteoclasts, osteoblasts, osteocytes, and endothelial cells. The objectives of this report are to review the current state of understanding of the effects of BPNs on orthodontic tooth movement and to provide evidence on BPN's in vivo effects on bone marrow-derived osteoprogenitor cells. Mice from the C3H/HeJ (C3H), C57BL/6J (B6), FVB/NJ (FVB), and BALB/cByJ (BALB) strains were treated for 3 weeks with 0, 3, 30, or 150 mcg/kg/week alendronate (ALN) administered subcutaneous alone or in combination with 50 ppm fluoride (F). Bone marrow cells were harvested and subjected to in vitro colony-forming unit fibroblast (CFU-F) and colony-forming unit osteoblasts (CFU-OB) assays. Baseline differences in CFU-F, CFU-OB/ALP+, and CFU-OB/total were observed among the four strains. Strain-specific responses to ALN and F treatments were observed for CFU-F, CFU-OB/ALP+, and CFU-OB/total. F treatment alone resulted in decreases in CFU-F (p = 0.013), CFU-OB/ALP+ (p = 0.005), and CFU-OB/total (p = 0.003) in the C3H strain. CFU-F (p = 0.036) were decreased by F in the B6 strain. No significant (NS) effects of F were observed for FVB and BALB. ALN treatment resulted in a significant decrease in CFU-F (p = 0.0014) and CFU-OB/total (p = 0.028) in C3H only. ALN treatment had NS effect on CFU-OB/ALP+ in all four strains. Genetic factors appear to play a role in ALN's effects on CFU-F and CFU-OB/total but not on CFU-OB/ALP+.

  5. Microstructure and Dry-Sliding Wear Behavior of B4C Ceramic Particulate Reinforced Al 5083 Matrix Composite

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    Qian Zhao

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available B4C ceramic particulate–reinforced Al 5083 matrix composite with various B4C content was fabricated successfully via hot-press sintering under Argon atmosphere. B4C particles presented relative high wettability, bonding strength and symmetrical distribution in the Al 5083 matrix. The hardness value, friction coefficient and wear resistance of the composite were higher than those of the Al 5083 matrix. The augment of the B4C content resulted in the increase of the friction coefficient and decrease of the wear mass loss, respectively. The 30 wt % B4C/Al 5083 composite exhibited the highest wear resistance. At a low load of 50 N, the dominant wear mechanisms of the B4C/Al 5083 composite were micro-cutting and abrasive wear. At a high load of 200 N, the dominant wear mechanisms were micro-cutting and adhesion wear associated with the formation of the delamination layer which protected the composite from further wear and enhanced the wear resistance under the condition of high load.

  6. ACCURATE QUANTITATIVE SPECTROSCOPY OF OB STARS: C AND N ABUNDANCES NEAR THE MAIN SEQUENCE

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a state-of-the-art analysis technique able to simultaneously reproduce the entire H and He spectra of OB-type stars in the visual and the near-IR and to derive highly accurate metal abundances (so far C and N. The spectrum synthesis relies on a hybrid non-LTE approach involving our most recent model atoms. Accurate atmospheric parameters, practically free of systematic errors, are derived spectroscopically (from Stark-broadened H lines and ionization equilibria of He i/ii and Cii-iv for a sample of randomly distributed stars in the solar vicinity. Highly consistent abundances are found in contrast to previous reports indicating broad scatter and large uncertainties. The improvements result from avoidance of systematic errors in the parameter determination, which may be larger than expected in previous work, and a critical evaluation of atomic data for the model atom construction

  7. A formation scenario of young stellar groups in the region of the Scorpio Centaurus OB association

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    Ortega, V G; De la Reza, R; Bazzanella, B

    2009-01-01

    The main objective of this work is to investigate the role played by Lower Centaurus Crux (LCC) and Upper Centaurus Lupus (UCL), both subcomponents of the Scorpio Centaurus OB association (Sco-Cen), in the formation of the groups beta Pictoris, TW Hydrae and the eta Chamaeleontis cluster. The dynamical evolution of all the stellar groups involved and of the bubbles and shells blown by LCC and UCL are calculated and followed from the past to the present. This leads to a formation scenario in which (1) the groups beta Pictoris, TW Hydrae were formed in the wake of the shells created by LCC and UCL, (2) the young cluster eta Chamaeleontis was born as a consequence of the collision of the shells of LCC and UCL, and (3) the formation of Upper Scorpius (US), the other main subcomponent of the Sco-Cen association, may have been started by the same process that created eta Chamaeleontis.

  8. First OB-stars in the iron-poor Local Group galaxy sextans A

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    Camacho, Ines

    2015-01-01

    The study of the early Universe relies on our ability to check our models by analyzing the behaviour of astrophysical objects at conditions close to those of the first epochs. Low-metallicity nearby galaxies with young massive stars may be used as laboratories to study these objects that have been proposed as active agents of the reionization of the Universe and dominate the energy budget of galaxies.We present observations and analyses of individual OB stars in the sub-SMC metallicity galaxy Sextans A (which the lowest confirmed Fe abundance in the Local Group, kaufer et al. 2004 & Hosek et al. 2014), obtained with OSIRIS@GTC. This work extends the limits of this kind of studies to unprecedented low metallicities.

  9. A new composite assembly mechanism for supporting QoS in OBS networks

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    Guan, Ai-hong; Hu, Fang; Li, Wan-chong

    2014-01-01

    To provide the differential quality of service (QoS) for different classes of packets and reduce the packet loss probability (PLP), a novel priority-based composite assembly scheme for optical burst switching (OBS) networks is proposed. The low and high packet classes are aggregated into a single burst simultaneously, and the highest-priority packets are placed in the middle, while the low-priority packets are at the tail and head of the burst. The priority is lowered gradually from the middle to the ends. Simulation results demonstrate that the proposed assembly strategy not only guarantees the integrity of the high-priority bursts, but also significantly reduces the average end-to-end delay of the bursts and the PLP of network. So it can adapt to the flexible network with QoS requirement.

  10. Distributed Reservation Protocol and QoS Method in WR-OBS System

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    LAN Zhou; GUO Hong-xiang; WU Jian; LIN Jin-tong

    2005-01-01

    Starting from centralized control model used in wavelength routed optical burst switching network, a distributed control model and correspondent wavelength resource reservation protocol are proposed in this paper. Two Quality-of-Service (QoS) methods, Based on the resource reservation protocol, are discussed. Also, computer simulation is implemented to investigate the performance of the newly proposed reservation protocol and QoS methods. Simulation results demonstrate that the QoS methods can efficiently provide different level service quality to traffic with different priorities. Furthermore, performances of the two QoS methods are compared concerning the QoS distinguished level, burst lost probability and implementation difficulty. It has been shown that the newly propose reservation protocol and QoS methods is a high qualified candidate for the future OBS networks.

  11. STN1 OB Fold Mutation Alters DNA Binding and Affects Selective Aspects of CST Function

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    Bhattacharjee, Anukana; Stewart, Jason; Chaiken, Mary; Price, Carolyn M.

    2016-01-01

    Mammalian CST (CTC1-STN1-TEN1) participates in multiple aspects of telomere replication and genome-wide recovery from replication stress. CST resembles Replication Protein A (RPA) in that it binds ssDNA and STN1 and TEN1 are structurally similar to RPA2 and RPA3. Conservation between CTC1 and RPA1 is less apparent. Currently the mechanism underlying CST action is largely unknown. Here we address CST mechanism by using a DNA-binding mutant, (STN1 OB-fold mutant, STN1-OBM) to examine the relationship between DNA binding and CST function. In vivo, STN1-OBM affects resolution of endogenous replication stress and telomere duplex replication but telomeric C-strand fill-in and new origin firing after exogenous replication stress are unaffected. These selective effects indicate mechanistic differences in CST action during resolution of different replication problems. In vitro binding studies show that STN1 directly engages both short and long ssDNA oligonucleotides, however STN1-OBM preferentially destabilizes binding to short substrates. The finding that STN1-OBM affects binding to only certain substrates starts to explain the in vivo separation of function observed in STN1-OBM expressing cells. CST is expected to engage DNA substrates of varied length and structure as it acts to resolve different replication problems. Since STN1-OBM will alter CST binding to only some of these substrates, the mutant should affect resolution of only a subset of replication problems, as was observed in the STN1-OBM cells. The in vitro studies also provide insight into CST binding mechanism. Like RPA, CST likely contacts DNA via multiple OB folds. However, the importance of STN1 for binding short substrates indicates differences in the architecture of CST and RPA DNA-protein complexes. Based on our results, we propose a dynamic DNA binding model that provides a general mechanism for CST action at diverse forms of replication stress. PMID:27690379

  12. Stagnant Shells in the Vicinity of the Dusty Wolf–Rayet–OB Binary WR 112

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    Lau, R. M.; Hankins, M. J.; Schödel, R.; Sanchez-Bermudez, J.; Moffat, A. F. J.; Ressler, M. E.

    2017-02-01

    We present high spatial resolution mid-infrared images of the nebula around the late-type carbon-rich Wolf–Rayet (WC)–OB binary system WR 112 taken by the recently upgraded VLT spectrometer and imager for the mid-infrared (VISIR) with the PAH1, Ne ii_2, and Q3 filters. The observations reveal a morphology resembling a series of arc-like filaments and broken shells. Dust temperatures and masses are derived for each of the identified filamentary structures, which exhibit temperatures ranging from {179}-6+8 K at the exterior W2 filament to {355}-25+37 K in the central 3″. The total dust mass summed over the features is 2.6 ± 0.4 × 10‑5 M⊙. A multi-epoch analysis of mid-IR photometry of WR 112 over the past ∼20 years reveals no significant variability in the observed dust temperature and mass. The morphology of the mid-IR dust emission from WR 112 also exhibits no significant expansion from imaging data taken in 2001, 2007, and 2016, which disputes the current interpretation of the nebula as a high expansion velocity (∼1200 km s‑1) “pinwheel”-shaped outflow driven by the central WC–OB colliding-wind binary. An upper limit of ≲120 km s‑1 is derived for the expansion velocity assuming a distance of 4.15 kpc. The upper limit on the average total mass-loss rate from the central 3″ of WR 112 is estimated to be ≲8 × 10‑6 M⊙ year‑1. We leave its true nature as an open question, but propose that the WR 112 nebula may have formed in the outflow during a previous red or yellow supergiant phase of the central Wolf–Rayet star.

  13. Distribution of global fallouts cesium-137 in taiga and tundra catenae at the Ob River basin

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    Semenkov, I. N.; Usacheva, A. A.; Miroshnikov, A. Yu.

    2015-03-01

    The classification of soil catenae at the Ob River basin is developed and applied. This classification reflects the diverse geochemical conditions that led to the formation of certain soil bodies, their combinations and the migration fields of chemical elements. The soil and geochemical diversity of the Ob River basin catenae was analyzed. The vertical and lateral distribution of global fallouts cesium-137 was studied using the example of the four most common catenae types in Western Siberia tundra and taiga. In landscapes of dwarf birches and dark coniferous forests on gleysols, cryosols, podzols, and cryic-stagnosols, the highest 137Cs activity density and specific activity are characteristic of the upper soil layer of over 30% ash, while the moss-grass-shrub cover is characterized by low 137Cs activity density and specific activity. In landscapes of dwarf birches and pine woods on podzols, the maximum specific activity of cesium-137 is typical for moss-grass-shrub cover, while the maximum reserves are concentrated in the upper soil layer of over 30% ash. Bog landscapes and moss-grass-shrub cover are characterized by a minimum activity of 137Cs, and its reserves in soil generally decrease exponentially with depth. The cesium-137 penetration depth increases in oligotrophic histosols from northern to middle taiga landscapes from 10-15 to 40 cm. 137Cs is accumulated in oligotrophic histosols for increases in pH from 3.3 to 4.0 and in concretionary interlayers of pisoplinthic-cryic-histic-stagnosols. Cryogenic movement, on the one hand, leads to burying organic layers enriched in 137Cs and, on the other hand, to deducing specific activity when mixed with low-active material from lower soil layers.

  14. Metabolic profiling of ob/ob mouse fatty liver using HR-MAS (1)H-NMR combined with gene expression analysis reveals alterations in betaine metabolism and the transsulfuration pathway.

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    Gogiashvili, Mikheil; Edlund, Karolina; Gianmoena, Kathrin; Marchan, Rosemarie; Brik, Alexander; Andersson, Jan T; Lambert, Jörg; Madjar, Katrin; Hellwig, Birte; Rahnenführer, Jörg; Hengstler, Jan G; Hergenröder, Roland; Cadenas, Cristina

    2017-02-01

    Metabolic perturbations resulting from excessive hepatic fat accumulation are poorly understood. Thus, in this study, leptin-deficient ob/ob mice, a mouse model of fatty liver disease, were used to investigate metabolic alterations in more detail. Metabolites were quantified in intact liver tissues of ob/ob (n = 8) and control (n = 8) mice using high-resolution magic angle spinning (HR-MAS) (1)H-NMR. In addition, after demonstrating that HR-MAS (1)H-NMR does not affect RNA integrity, transcriptional changes were measured by quantitative real-time PCR on RNA extracted from the same specimens after HR-MAS (1)H-NMR measurements. Importantly, the gene expression changes obtained agreed with those observed by Affymetrix microarray analysis performed on RNA isolated directly from fresh-frozen tissue. In total, 40 metabolites could be assigned in the spectra and subsequently quantified. Quantification of lactate was also possible after applying a lactate-editing pulse sequence that suppresses the lipid signal, which superimposes the lactate methyl resonance at 1.3 ppm. Significant differences were detected for creatinine, glutamate, glycine, glycolate, trimethylamine-N-oxide, dimethylglycine, ADP, AMP, betaine, phenylalanine, and uridine. Furthermore, alterations in one-carbon metabolism, supported by both metabolic and transcriptional changes, were observed. These included reduced demethylation of betaine to dimethylglycine and the reduced expression of genes coding for transsulfuration pathway enzymes, which appears to preserve methionine levels, but may limit glutathione synthesis. Overall, the combined approach is advantageous as it identifies changes not only at the single gene or metabolite level but also deregulated pathways, thus providing critical insight into changes accompanying fatty liver disease. Graphical abstract A Evaluation of RNA integrity before and after HR-MAS (1)H-NMR of intact mouse liver tissue. B Metabolite concentrations and gene

  15. 4C code analysis of thermal-hydraulic transients in the KSTAR PF1 superconducting coil

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    Savoldi Richard, L.; Bonifetto, R.; Chu, Y.; Kholia, A.; Park, S. H.; Lee, H. J.; Zanino, R.

    2013-01-01

    The KSTAR tokamak, in operation since 2008 at the National Fusion Research Institute in Korea, is equipped with a full superconducting magnet system including the central solenoid (CS), which is made of four symmetric pairs of coils PF1L/U-PF4L/U. Each of the CS coils is pancake wound using Nb3Sn cable-in-conduit conductors with a square Incoloy jacket. The coils are cooled with supercritical He in forced circulation at nominal 4.5 K and 5.5 bar inlet conditions. During different test campaigns the measured temperature increase due to AC losses turned out to be higher than expected, which motivates the present study. The 4C code, already validated against and applied to different types of thermal-hydraulic transients in different superconducting coils, is applied here to the thermal-hydraulic analysis of a full set of trapezoidal current pulses in the PF1 coils, with different ramp rates. We find the value of the coupling time constant nτ that best fits, at each current ramp rate, the temperature increase up to the end of the heating at the coil outlet. The agreement between computed results and the whole set of measured data, including temperatures, pressures and mass flow rates, is then shown to be very good both at the inlet and at the outlet of the coil. The nτ values needed to explain the experimental results decrease at increasing current ramp rates, consistently with the results found in the literature.

  16. The warm absorber in the radio-loud quasar 4C +74.26

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    Di Gesu, L.; Costantini, E.

    2016-10-01

    Outflows of photoionized gas are commonly detected in the X-ray spectra of Seyfert 1 galaxies. However, the evidence for this phenomenon in broad line radio galaxies, which are analogous to Seyfert 1 galaxies in the radio-loud regime, has so far been scarce. Here, we present the analysis of the X-ray absorption in the radio-loud quasar 4C +74.26. With the aim of characterizing the kinetic and the ionization conditions of the absorbing material, we fitted jointly the XMM-Newton Reflection Grating Spectrometer (RGS) and the Chandra High Energy Transmission Grating Spectrometer (HETGS) spectra, which were taken 4 months apart. The intrinsic continuum flux did not vary significantly during this time lapse. The spectrum shows the absorption signatures (e.g., Fe-UTA, O vii, and Ne vii-Ne x) of a photoionized gas outflow (NH ~ 3.5 × 1021 cm-2, log ξ ~ 2.6, vout ~ 3600 km s-1) located at the redshift of source. We estimate that the gas is located outside the broad line region but within the boundaries of the putative torus. This ionized absorber is consistent with the X-ray counterpart of a polar scattering outflow reported in the optical band for this source. The kinetic luminosity carried by the outflow is insufficient to produce a significant feedback is this quasar. Finally, we show that the heavy soft X-ray absorption that was noticed in the past for this source arises mostly in the Galactic interstellar medium.

  17. A Facile Route for Synthesis of LiFePO4/C Cathode Material with Nano-sized Primary Particles

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    肖政伟; 胡国荣; 杜柯; 彭忠东

    2014-01-01

    A facile and practical route was introduced to prepare LiFePO4/C cathode material with nano-sized primary particles and excellent electrochemical performance. LiH2PO4 was synthesized by using H3PO4 and LiOH as raw materials. Then, as-prepared LiH2PO4, reduced iron powder andα-D-glucose were ball-milled, dried and sin-tered to prepare LiFePO4/C. X-ray diffractometry was used to characterize LiH2PO4, ball-milled product and LiFePO4/C. Differential scanning calorimeter-thermo gravimetric analysis was applied to investigate possible reac-tions in sintering and find suitable temperature for LiFePO4 formation. Scanning electron microscopy was em-ployed for the morphology of LiFePO4/C. As-prepared LiH2PO4 is characterized to be in P21cn(33) space group, which reacts with reduced iron powder to form Li3PO4, Fe3(PO4)2 and H2 in ball-milling and sintering. The appro-priate temperature for LiFePO4/C synthesis is 541.3-976.7 °C. LiFePO4/C prepared at 700 °C presents nano-sized primary particles forming aggregates. Charge-discharge examination indicates that as-prepared LiFePO4/C displays appreciable discharge capacities of 145 and 131 mA·h·g-1 at 0.1 and 1 C respectively and excellent discharge ca-pacity retention.

  18. Crystal Structures of RMI1 and RMI2, Two OB-Fold Regulatory Subunits of the BLM Complex

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    Wang, Feng; Yang, Yuting; Singh, Thiyam Ramsing; Busygina, Valeria; Guo, Rong; Wan, Ke; Wang, Weidong; Sung, Patrick; Meetei, Amom Ruhikanta; Lei, Ming (Yale-MED); (NIH); (Michigan-Med); (UCIN-MED)

    2010-11-05

    Mutations in BLM, a RecQ-like helicase, are linked to the autosomal recessive cancer-prone disorder Bloom's syndrome. BLM associates with topoisomerase (Topo) III{alpha}, RMI1, and RMI2 to form the BLM complex that is essential for genome stability. The RMI1-RMI2 heterodimer stimulates the dissolution of double Holliday junction into non-crossover recombinants mediated by BLM-Topo III{alpha} and is essential for stabilizing the BLM complex. However, the molecular basis of these functions of RMI1 and RMI2 remains unclear. Here we report the crystal structures of multiple domains of RMI1-RMI2, providing direct confirmation of the existence of three oligonucleotide/oligosaccharide binding (OB)-folds in RMI1-RMI2. Our structural and biochemical analyses revealed an unexpected insertion motif in RMI1N-OB, which is important for stimulating the dHJ dissolution. We also revealed the structural basis of the interaction between RMI1C-OB and RMI2-OB and demonstrated the functional importance of the RMI1-RMI2 interaction in genome stability maintenance.

  19. Canal d’essais de Brest. Tests de sismomètres de fond de mer MicrObs

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    Chalony, Sebastien; Ohana, Jeremy; Priour, Daniel

    2016-01-01

    Ces tests font partie de la recette de sismomètres MicrObs fournis par Sercel (Photo 1). Le but est de tester le fonctionnement en immersion pendant quelques jours ainsi que le largage. L’opération est répétée 3 fois pour chaque appareil.

  20. Obésité: aube hésitée, et quoi pour moi demain

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    Battisti, Oreste

    2006-01-01

    cette journée aborde le cocnept familial, l'aspect communautaire, l'épidémiologie, l'aspect nutritionnel, l'aspect somatique et l'aspect psychologique de l'obésité de l'enfant dans le cadre familial. Peer reviewed

  1. The gas-dust complex NGC 7822 + S 171 (W1) linked to the CEP OB4 association

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    Lozinskaya, T. A.; Sitnik, T. G.; Toropova, M. S.

    1987-10-01

    The results of investigations of the gas-and-dust complex connected with the young association Cep OB4 and the cluster Be 59 are presented. Monochromatic photographs of the bright emission nebulae S 171 (W1) and NGC 7822 are obtained. The expansion velocity of a faint extended shell around W1 and Cep OB4 is confirmed to be equal to 30 - 40 km s-1. IR observations are presented. A second "inner" shell is revealed. The numerous molecular and dust clouds, emission nebulae and two faint extended shells in this region lead to the conclusion that they form a single complex associated with Cep OB4 and the young cluster Be 59. The shell-type morphology of the complex seems to be created by the stellar wind of Cep OB4 and Be 59. The expansion velocity could be explained by a supernova explosion about 3×105years ago or by a short-lived (or invisible) source of a strong stellar wind.

  2. g4c2c: A Model for Citizen Engagement at Arms’ Length from Government

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    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Normal 0 false false false EN-AU X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} The recognition that Web 2.0 applications and social media sites will strengthen and improve interaction between governments and citizens has resulted in a global push into new e-democracy or Government 2.0 spaces. These typically follow government-to-citizen (g2c or citizen-to-citizen (c2c models, but both these approaches are problematic: g2c is often concerned more with service delivery to citizens as clients, or exists to make a show of ‘listening to the public’ rather than to genuinely source citizen ideas for government policy, while c2c often takes place without direct government participation and therefore cannot ensure that the outcomes of citizen deliberations are accepted into the government policy-making process. Building on recent examples of Australian Government 2.0 initiatives, we suggest a new approach based on government support for citizen-to-citizen engagement, or g4c2c, as a workable compromise, and suggest that public service broadcasters should play a key role in facilitating this model of citizen engagement.

  3. Primate-specific evolution of noncoding element insertion into PLA2G4C and human preterm birth

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    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The onset of birth in humans, like other apes, differs from non-primate mammals in its endocrine physiology. We hypothesize that higher primate-specific gene evolution may lead to these differences and target genes involved in human preterm birth, an area of global health significance. Methods We performed a comparative genomics screen of highly conserved noncoding elements and identified PLA2G4C, a phospholipase A isoform involved in prostaglandin biosynthesis as human accelerated. To examine whether this gene demonstrating primate-specific evolution was associated with birth timing, we genotyped and analyzed 8 common single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs in PLA2G4C in US Hispanic (n = 73 preterm, 292 control, US White (n = 147 preterm, 157 control and US Black (n = 79 preterm, 166 control mothers. Results Detailed structural and phylogenic analysis of PLA2G4C suggested a short genomic element within the gene duplicated from a paralogous highly conserved element on chromosome 1 specifically in primates. SNPs rs8110925 and rs2307276 in US Hispanics and rs11564620 in US Whites were significant after correcting for multiple tests (p PLA2G4C activity. Conclusions Our findings suggest that variation in PLA2G4C may influence preterm birth risk by increasing levels of prostaglandins, which are known to regulate labor.

  4. Histone Demethylases KDM4A and KDM4C Regulate Differentiation of Embryonic Stem Cells to Endothelial Cells

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    Liangtang Wu

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Understanding epigenetic mechanisms regulating embryonic stem cell (ESC differentiation to endothelial cells may lead to increased efficiency of generation of vessel wall endothelial cells needed for vascular engineering. Here we demonstrated that the histone demethylases KDM4A and KDM4C played an indispensable but independent role in mediating the expression of fetal liver kinase (Flk1 and VE-cadherin, respectively, and thereby the transition of mouse ESCs (mESCs to endothelial cells. KDM4A was shown to bind to histones associated with the Flk1 promoter and KDM4C to bind to histones associated with the VE-cadherin promoter. KDM4A and KDM4C were also both required for capillary tube formation and vasculogenesis in mice. We observed in zebrafish that KDM4A depletion induced more severe vasculogenesis defects than KDM4C depletion, reflecting the early involvement of KDM4A in specifying endothelial cell fate. These findings together demonstrate the essential role of KDM4A and KDM4C in orchestrating mESC differentiation to endothelial cells through the activation of Flk1 and VE-cadherin promoters, respectively.

  5. Facile synthesis of Fe3O4@C hollow nanospheres and their application in polluted water treatment

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    Zhang, Yuanguang; Xu, Shihao; Xia, Hongyu; Zheng, Fangcai

    2016-11-01

    Nanostructured carbon-based materials, such as carbon nanotube arrays have shown respectable removal ability for heavy metal ions and organic dyes in aqueous solution. Although the carbon-based materials exhibited excellent removal ability, the separation of them from the aqueous solution is difficult and time-consuming. Here we demonstrated a novel and facile route for the large-scale fabrication of Fe3O4@C hollow nanospheres, with using ferrocene as a single reagent and SiO2 as a template. The as-prepared Fe3O4@C hollow nanospheres exhibited adsorption ability for heavy metal ions and organic dyes from aqueous solution, and can be easily separated by an external magnet. When the as-prepared Fe3O4@C hollow nanospheres were mixed with the aqueous solution of Hg2+ within 15 min, the removal efficiency was 90.3%. The as-prepared Fe3O4@C hollow nanospheres were also exhibited a high adsorption capacity (100%) as the adsorbent for methylene blue (MB). In addition, the as-prepared Fe3O4@C hollow nanospheres can be used as the recyclable sorbent for water treatment via a simple magnetic separation.

  6. Structure-guided mutational analysis of the OB, HhH, and BRCT domains of Escherichia coli DNA ligase.

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    Wang, Li Kai; Nair, Pravin A; Shuman, Stewart

    2008-08-22

    NAD(+)-dependent DNA ligases (LigAs) are ubiquitous in bacteria and essential for growth. LigA enzymes have a modular structure in which a central catalytic core composed of nucleotidyltransferase and oligonucleotide-binding (OB) domains is linked via a tetracysteine zinc finger to distal helix-hairpin-helix (HhH) and BRCT (BRCA1-like C-terminal) domains. The OB and HhH domains contribute prominently to the protein clamp formed by LigA around nicked duplex DNA. Here we conducted a structure-function analysis of the OB and HhH domains of Escherichia coli LigA by alanine scanning and conservative substitutions, entailing 43 mutations at 22 amino acids. We thereby identified essential functional groups in the OB domain that engage the DNA phosphodiester backbone flanking the nick (Arg(333)); penetrate the minor grove and distort the nick (Val(383) and Ile(384)); or stabilize the OB fold (Arg(379)). The essential constituents of the HhH domain include: four glycines (Gly(455), Gly(489), Gly(521), Gly(553)), which bind the phosphate backbone across the minor groove at the outer margins of the LigA-DNA interface; Arg(487), which penetrates the minor groove at the outer margin on the 3 (R)-OH side of the nick; and Arg(446), which promotes protein clamp formation via contacts to the nucleotidyltransferase domain. We find that the BRCT domain is required in its entirety for effective nick sealing and AMP-dependent supercoil relaxation.

  7. The anti-angiogenic herbal extracts Ob-X from Morus alba, Melissa officinalis, and Artemisia capillaris suppresses adipogenesis in 3T3-L1 adipocytes.

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    Hong, Yeonhee; Kim, Min-Young; Yoon, Michung

    2011-08-01

    Growing adipose tissue is thought to require adipogenesis, angiogenesis, and extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling. Close examination of developing adipose tissue microvasculature reveals that angiogenesis often precedes adipogenesis. Since our previous study demonstrated that Ob-X, the anti-angiogenic herbal composition composed of Melissa officinalis L. (Labiatae), Morus alba L. (Moraceae), and Artemisia capillaris Thunb. (Compositae), reduced adipose tissue mass in obese mice, we hypothesized that adipogenesis can be inhibited by Ob-X. To investigate the effects of the anti-angiogenic herbal extracts Ob-X on adipogenesis in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. After differentiated 3T3-L1 adipocytes were treated with Ob-X, we studied the effects of Ob-X on triglyceride accumulation and expression of genes involved in adipogenesis, angiogenesis, and ECM remodeling. Treatment of cells with Ob-X inhibited lipid accumulation and adipocyte-specific gene expression caused by troglitazone or monocyte differentiation-inducing (MDI) mix. Ob-X reduced mRNA levels of angiogenic factors (vascular endothelial growth factor-A, -B, -C, -D, and fibroblast growth factor-2) and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs; MMP-2 and MMP-9), whereas it increased mRNA levels of angiogenic inhibitors [(thrombospondin-1, tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1), and TIMP-2)] in differentiated cells. MMP-2 and MMP-9 activities were also decreased in Ob-X-treated cells. These results suggest that the anti-angiogenic herbal composition Ob-X inhibits differentiation of preadipocytes into adipocytes. These events may be mediated by changes in the expression of genes involved in lipogenesis, angiogenesis, and the MMP system. Thus, by reducing adipogenesis, anti-angiogenic Ob-X provides a possible therapeutic approach for the prevention and treatment of human obesity and its related disorders.

  8. Lifetime Estimation of the Nanophosphate LiFePO4/C Battery Chemistry Used in Fully Electric Vehicles

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    Swierczynski, Maciej Jozef; Stroe, Daniel Loan; Stroe, Ana-Irina

    2015-01-01

    is performed considering a semiempirical calendar and cycle lifetime model, which was developed based on extended accelerated lifetime tests. Both capacity and power capability degradations during calendar and cycle life aging are considered and quantified. Finally, the developed battery cell lifetime model...... is used to study the capacity and power capability degradation behavior of the tested nanophosphate LiFePO4/C battery for two EV operational scenarios......., and intrinsic safety of the nanophosphate LiFePO4/C Li-ion chemistry make it possible to consider this chemistry for electric vehicle (EV) applications. This paper investigates the lifetime of the nanophosphate LiFePO4/C battery chemistry when it is used for full electrical vehicles. The investigation...

  9. Phase Constitution in Mixed Gd2O3 and B4C by Sintering at High Temperature

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    Wu Wenyuan; Xu Jingyu; Bian Xue; Hu Guangyong; Sun Shuchen; Tu Ganfeng

    2005-01-01

    The phase constitution in mixed Gd2O3 and B4C by sintering in graphite tube furnace at the temperature of 100~1489 ℃ in argon atmosphere was studied by means of XRD and TG-DTA. The results show that the impurity C reacts with O in the B4C at the temperature of 367~458 ℃. When the temperature is 800 ℃, Gd2O3 reacts with B4C, and the reaction products include GdB6, GdB4, GdBO3, GdBC and B. GdBC changes into GdB4 at 1200 ℃. When the temperature is 1470 ℃, GdB6 is obtained by the reaction of GdB4 with elemental B. The content of GdB6 is increasing with the prolonging time.

  10. Fabrication and Properties of SiB6-B4C with Phenolic Resin as a Carbon Source

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    2008-01-01

    Si-B-C ceramic composites were synthesized using SiB6, B4C, and phenolic resin as a carbon source by pressureless sintering in an Ar atmosphere. Then, the Si-B-C ceramic composites were fabricated to determine their potential for applications as high hardness and high temperature composites. The X-ray diffraction patterns of sintered bodies of SiB6-B4C with carbonized phenolic resin can be seen that SiB6 and C changed to B4C and SiC. In this study, it is obtained that carbonized phenolic resin is good addition material as a reaction material comparing to carbon powder at 1683 K for 1 h by pressureless sintering in an Ar atmosphere.

  11. [Continuous cell subline A4C2/9K and its application to the african swine fever virus study].

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    Balysheva, V I; Prudnikova, E Yu; Galnbek, T V; Balyshev, V M

    2015-01-01

    A new continuous cell subline A4C2/9K highly sensitive to the african swine fever virus (ASFV) was prepared. All the tested ASFV strains isolated in the Russian Federation in 2008-2013 proliferated in this cell culture exhibiting hemadsorption and accumulated at a titer of up to 6.5 Ig HAU50/cm3. The cell culture A4C2/9K can be used for ASFV isolation or determination of its infectious activity and serotype identity. The culture versions of the ASFV strain Stavropol 01/08 at passages 24 and 33 in the cell culture A4C2/9K lost their pathogenicity for pigs.

  12. Suitability of the Nanophosphate LiFePO4/C Battery Chemistry for the Fully Electric Vehicle

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    Swierczynski, Maciej Jozef; Stroe, Daniel Ioan; Stan, Ana-Irina

    2014-01-01

    , and intrinsic safety of the nanophosphate LiFePO4/C lithium ion chemistry make it possible to consider this chemistry for electric vehicle applications. This paper investigates the lifetime of the nanophosphate LiFePO4/C battery chemistry when it is used for full electrical vehicles. The investigation...... is performed considering a semi-empirical calendar and cycle lifetime model, which was developed based on extended accelerated lifetime tests. Both capacity and power capability degradations during calendar and cycle life ageing are considered and quantified. Finally, the developed battery cell lifetime model...... is used to study the capacity and power capability degradation behaviour of the tested nanophosphate LiFePO4/C battery for two electric vehicle operational scenarios....

  13. Actions of a proline analogue, L-thiazolidine-4-carboxylic acid (T4C, on Trypanosoma cruzi.

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    Anahí Magdaleno

    Full Text Available It is well established that L-proline has several roles in the biology of trypanosomatids. In Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent of Chagas' disease, this amino acid is involved in energy metabolism, differentiation processes and resistance to osmotic stress. In this study, we analyzed the effects of interfering with L-proline metabolism on the viability and on other aspects of the T. cruzi life cycle using the proline analogue L- thiazolidine-4-carboxylic acid (T4C. The growth of epimastigotes was evaluated using different concentrations of T4C in standard culture conditions and at high temperature or acidic pH. We also evaluated possible interactions of this analogue with stress conditions such as those produced by nutrient starvation and oxidative stress. T4C showed a dose-response effect on epimastigote growth (IC(50 = 0.89+/-0.02 mM at 28 degrees C, and the inhibitory effect of this analogue was synergistic (p<0.05 with temperature (0.54+/-0.01 mM at 37 degrees C. T4C significantly diminished parasite survival (p<0.05 in combination with nutrient starvation and oxidative stress conditions. Pre-incubation of the parasites with L-proline resulted in a protective effect against oxidative stress, but this was not seen in the presence of the drug. Finally, the trypomastigote bursting from infected mammalian cells was evaluated and found to be inhibited by up to 56% when cells were treated with non-toxic concentrations of T4C (between 1 and 10 mM. All these data together suggest that T4C could be an interesting therapeutic drug if combined with others that affect, for example, oxidative stress. The data also support the participation of proline metabolism in the resistance to oxidative stress.

  14. Synthesis of LiFePO{sub 4}/C cathode materials through an ultrasonic-assisted rheological phase method

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    Kim, Hyun-Ju; Kim, Jeong-Min [Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute, Changwon 641-120 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Woo-Seong [Daejung EM Co., Incheon 429-450 (Korea, Republic of); Koo, Hoe-Jin [Battery R and D Association of Korea, Seoul 137-894 (Korea, Republic of); Bae, Dong-Sik [Changwon National University, Changwon 641-773 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hyun-Soo, E-mail: hskim@keri.re.kr [Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute, Changwon 641-120 (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-05-05

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: > LiFePO{sub 4}/C active material was synthesized using an ultrasonic-assisted rheological phase method. > In addition, polyvinyl butyral (PVB) was added in various concentrations to provide carbon coating on the surface of the LiFePO{sub 4} particles for enhanced electrical conductivity. > The synthesized particle had a size range of 100 {approx} 150 nm and a carbon layer of about 8 nm. > The LiFePO{sub 4}/C (5 wt% PVB) delivered an initial discharge capacity of 167.5 mAh/g at a 0.1 C rate. - Abstract: LiFePO{sub 4}/C active material was synthesized using an ultrasonic-assisted rheological phase method. In addition, polyvinyl butyral (PVB) was added in various concentrations to provide carbon coating on the surface of the LiFePO{sub 4} particles for enhanced electrical conductivity. The crystal structure, morphology, and carbon coating layer of the synthesized LiFePO{sub 4}/C was analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), respectively. The electrochemical performance of LiFePO{sub 4}/C, such as initial capacity, rate capability, cycling performance and EIS, were also evaluated. The synthesized particle had a size range of 100-150 nm and a carbon layer of about 8 nm. The LiFePO{sub 4}/C (5 wt% PVB) delivered an initial discharge capacity of 167.5 mAh/g at a 0.1 C rate. It also showed an excellent capacity retention ratio of 100% after the 50th charging/discharging. EIS results demonstrate that the charge transfer resistance of the sample decreases greatly by coating with 5 wt% PVB.

  15. DUX4c is up-regulated in FSHD. It induces the MYF5 protein and human myoblast proliferation.

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    Eugénie Ansseau

    Full Text Available Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD is a dominant disease linked to contractions of the D4Z4 repeat array in 4q35. We have previously identified a double homeobox gene (DUX4 within each D4Z4 unit that encodes a transcription factor expressed in FSHD but not control myoblasts. DUX4 and its target genes contribute to the global dysregulation of gene expression observed in FSHD. We have now characterized the homologous DUX4c gene mapped 42 kb centromeric of the D4Z4 repeat array. It encodes a 47-kDa protein with a double homeodomain identical to DUX4 but divergent in the carboxyl-terminal region. DUX4c was detected in primary myoblast extracts by Western blot with a specific antiserum, and was induced upon differentiation. The protein was increased about 2-fold in FSHD versus control myotubes but reached 2-10-fold induction in FSHD muscle biopsies. We have shown by Western blot and by a DNA-binding assay that DUX4c over-expression induced the MYF5 myogenic regulator and its DNA-binding activity. DUX4c might stabilize the MYF5 protein as we detected their interaction by co-immunoprecipitation. In keeping with the known role of Myf5 in myoblast accumulation during mouse muscle regeneration DUX4c over-expression activated proliferation of human primary myoblasts and inhibited their differentiation. Altogether, these results suggested that DUX4c could be involved in muscle regeneration and that changes in its expression could contribute to the FSHD pathology.

  16. On the possibility of the reaction (CuMoO4 + C, using the apparent activation energy method

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    A. D. Mekhtiev

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available This article discusses the calculation of the apparent activation energy (CuМоO4 + C on the DTA (Differential Thermal Analysis curve, to study and optimize the time-temperature synthesis mode, in particular, the activation energy. Activation energy allows us to investigate the elementary act of chemical interaction. Thus, we propose to use this method to calculate the interaction of Eact (CuМоO4 + C in the solid phase of hardening occurring during synthesis. These results allow us to trace how much energy is expended to start the reaction.

  17. Og4C3 circulating antigen: a marker of infection and adult worm burden in Wuchereria bancrofti filariasis.

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    Chanteau, S; Moulia-Pelat, J P; Glaziou, P; Nguyen, N L; Luquiaud, P; Plichart, C; Martin, P M; Cartel, J L

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    Og4C3 circulating filarial antigen was detected in the sera of 94.5% (259/274) of microfilaremic patients, 32% (239/751) of persons with presumption of filariasis, and 23% (11/48) of chronic filariasis patients. The antigen level was correlated with the microfilariae (Mf) density and patient age (P < .01). It remained stable in patients treated with microfilaricidal drugs. Og4C3 antigen, undetectable in Mf culture media, was demonstrated to be a rare somatic Mf antigen. It appears to be an excreted or secreted antigen from adult filaria. It could be used as a marker of infection and an indicator of adult worm burden.

  18. Synthesis of LiFePO_4/C Composite Cathode Materials Using High Surface Area Carbon as Carbon Sources

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    George; Ting-kuo; Fey; Kai-Lun; Chiang

    2007-01-01

    1 Results The pyrolyzed product of peanut shells was utilized as a carbon source to synthesize a LiFePO4/C composite.The advantages of using agricultural wastes such as peanut shells are low costs,easy processing,and environmentally benigness.Peanut shell was first treated with a porogenic agent to produce a precursor with high porosity and surface area (>2 000 m2·g-1).A small amount of precursor was mixed with LiFePO4 fine powders and heated.The optimum calcination process for synthesizing LiFePO4/C co...

  19. Peculiar features of metallurgical processes at plasma-arc spraying of coatings, made of steel wire with powder fillers B4C and B4C+ZrO2

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    Георгій Михайлович Григоренко

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available The interaction of metallurgical processes occurring in plasma-arc spraying between the steel shell and the carbide fillers of B4C and B4C cored wires with the addition of nanocrystalline ZrO2 powder has been analyzed. Iron-boron compounds alloyed with carbon are formed in ingots as a result of ferritiс coating of wire interacrion with fillers while the ferritic matrix contains boride and carboboride eutectics. Average microhardness of the carboboride compounds and the matrix is high – 17,78; 16,40 and 8,69; 9,95 GPa for the ingots with с B4C and B4C+ZrO2 respectively. The best quality coatings with low porosity (~1%, lamellar structure consisting of ferrite matrix reinforced with dispersed Fe borides, were obtained at a higher heat input (plasmatron current 240-250 A. The average amount of oxides in the coatings makes 15%. 0,5% addition of nanopowder ZrO2 accelerates dispersed iron-boron compounds forming, promotes their uniform distribution in the structure and improves coating microhardness up to 7,0 GPa. Application of the differential thermal analysis method to simulate the interaction processes between the steel shell and the filler during the heating of wire in the shielding gas makes it possible to promote formation of new phases (borides and carboborides of iron and to predict the phase composition of the coatings

  20. Focal mechanism and stress inversion in the Mendocino Triple Junction from OBS data

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    Li, D.; McGuire, J. J.; Liu, Y.

    2016-12-01

    The Mendocino Triple Junction (MTJ) is at the south end of the Cascadia subduction zone, where the North American, Gorda and Pacific Plates intersect. This region contains many active faults and experiences strong internal deformation, resulting in many small-to-intermediate size earthquakes. In 1992, A Mw7.2 thrust earthquake occurred on a shallow dipping fault parallel to the subduction interface, suggesting a relatively weak thrust fault that ruptures under the inferred trench-parallel compressive stress. This contrasts to the high strength of the subducting Gorda plate [Choy and McGarr, 2002] where most of the seismicity occurs. A Mw 5.7 rupture of the Mendocino Transform Fault that occurred just offshore on January 28, 2015 (See Gong and McGuirethis section). However, we did not identify any thrust mechanism aftershock during the following two weeks, using data acquired during the Cascadia Initiative ocean-bottom seismometers (OBS) Expedition 2012-2013, 2014-2015 as well as from the PBO and NCSN onshore networks, We obtain focal mechanisms for earthquakes near the MTJ with a cutoff magnitude of Ml 2.0. The OBS data improve both the number and resolution of the focal mechanisms compared to the onshore only catalogs. The associated azimuth distribution of selected earthquakes is suitable for resolving the focal mechanisms with the first P-arrival polarity [Hardebeck and Shear, 2002]. We also invert the principle stress orientations with the NCSN focal mechanisms from 1977 to 2016, using the method introduced by Hardebeck and Micheal, [2006]. To distinguish the spatial variation, we divide the earthquakes into three groups in depth, overlying continent, oceanic crust and oceanic mantle. We further divide each group into four subareas, based on the distance to Mendocino transform fault. Our preliminary results show that there are both vertical and lateral rotations of the principle compressive stress axes. Similar to previous studies, the orientation of