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  1. The correlation between accelerated and field corrosion tests performed in carbon steel and weathering steel coupons, coated and non-coated; Correlacao entre ensaios acelerados e ensaios de campo em corpos-de-provas de aco carbono e aco patinavel, sem e com revestimento

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    Antunes, Renato Altobelli

    2002-07-01

    The performance of four different organic coating systems applied to carbon and weathering steel coupons has been assessed in this investigation. applied on the surface of carbon steel and weathering steel coupons. The coupons have been evaluated using five different tests, three field tests and two accelerated tests. The field tests were carried out at three atmospheric stations, located at COSIPA in Cubatao-SP, at Alto da Serra in Cubatao-SP and at Paula Souza in Sao Paulo city. The accelerated tests consisted of (a) exposure to alternate cycles of ultraviolet radiation/condensation combined with salt spray cycles (UVCON combined with Salt Spray) and of (b) exposure to alternate cycles of ultraviolet radiation/condensation combined with the Prohesion test. The performance of the coatings was assessed by visual observation and photographs, using a method based on ASTM D-610, ASTM D-714 and ASTM-1654 standards to rank them. The oxide phases formed on the surfaces of the non-coated specimens of carbon and weathering steels, exposed to the same tests performed with the coated specimens, were identified using three different techniques: X-ray diffraction, Raman microscopy and Moessbauer spectroscopy. In the field tests, the specimens have been exposed for 1, 2, 3, 6 and 9 months. In the accelerated ones, the results were obtained after 1340 hours (4 cycles) test. The main component identified in all the specimens collected from the field tests and from the UVCON combined with the Prohesion test was lepidocrocite ({gamma}-FeOOH). Goethite ({alpha}-FeOOH ) and magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) were identified as the other two main phases present in ali the specimens. In the UVCON combined with Salt Spray test, the dominant phase was magnetite, followed by goethite and lepidocrocite. The morphology of the rust formed on the specimens was examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Structures corresponding to goethite and lepidocrocited were recognized on ali specimens

  2. Pioneer ACO PUF

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Pioneer ACO PUF - To address the increasing number of requests for Pioneer ACO data, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has created a standard...

  3. Infliximab reduces cardiac output in rheumatoid arthritis patients without heart failure Infliximabe reduz débito cardíaco em pacientes com artrite reumatoide sem insuficiência cardíaca

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    Rodrigo Cardoso Santos

    2012-12-01

    insuficiência cardíaca em pacientes submetidos a tratamento crônico tenha sido descrito, os efeitos cardiovasculares agudos da infusão desta droga em pacientes com AR sem insuficiência cardíaca são desconhecidos. MÉTODOS: Pacientes com AR e ecocardiogramas normais e sem antecedentes de insuficiência cardíaca foram avaliados durante o período de infusão de infliximabe (3-5mg/kg, de 2 horas, utilizando um sistema de monitoramento hemodinâmico não invasivo batimento-a-batimento (Portapres. As variáveis avaliadas foram: volume sistólico (VS, pressão arterial sistólica, diastólica e média (PAS, PAD e PAM, respectivamente, débito cardíaco (DC, frequência cardíaca (FC e resistência vascular periférica total (RVPT. Todos os voluntários também receberam infusão de soro fisiológico (SF como estudo controle. Estatísticas foram avaliadas usando o teste de Tuckey. Os valores estão expressos em média ± desvio-padrão. RESULTADOS: Catorze pacientes (6M/8F, com idade média de 47,2 ± 8,8 anos, foram avaliados. Reduções significativas no débito cardíaco e volume sistólico foram encontradas após a infusão do infliximabe (7,04 ± 2,3 a 6,12 ± 2,1 L/min e 91 ± 29,0 a 83 ± 28,8 mL/batimento, respectivamente. Embora não estatisticamente significante, detectaram-se aumentos progressivos na PAS, PAD e RVPT durante a infusão. A infusão controle de SF não causou mudanças hemodinâmicas significativas nos pacientes estudados. Não foram observados efeitos adversos no período de infusão. CONCLUSÃO: A administração de infliximabe reduz agudamente o débito cardíaco devido a redução no volume sistólico em pacientes com AR sem insuficiência cardíaca. Nossos resultados mostram que, apesar do efeito inotrópico negativo, o infliximabe elevou a pressão arterial, provavelmente devido ao aumento na RVPT.

  4. Pioneer ACO Model

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The Pioneer ACO Model is designed for health care organizations and providers that are already experienced in coordinating care for patients across care settings....

  5. Comparação entre a medida contínua do débito cardíaco e por termodiluição em bolus durante a revascularização miocárdica sem circulação extracorpórea

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    Kim Sílvia M.

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: A cirurgia de revascularização miocárdica sem o uso de circulação extracorpórea (CEC relaciona-se a importantes alterações hemodinâmicas bruscas, que podem não ser prontamente detectadas pela medida contínua de débito cardíaco. Este estudo compara resultados obtidos pela medida do índice cardíaco com o cateter de artéria pulmonar com filamento térmico (Baxter Edwards Critical Care, Irvine, CA com o método padrão por termodiluição com solução, durante a anastomose coronariana distal. MÉTODO: Dez pacientes submetidos à cirurgia de revascularização miocárdica sem CEC foram monitorizados com o cateter de artéria pulmonar com filamento térmico. As medidas de índice cardíaco foram obtidas em quatro momentos: no início da anestesia, enquanto o tórax ainda estava fechado (M1, após a esternotomia (M2, após a estabilização do coração com o aparelho octopus (M3 e ao final da anastomose coronariana distal (M4. RESULTADOS: Houve diminuição significativa (p < 0,05 do índice cardíaco durante a anastomose coronariana, detectada pela medida com termodiluição com bolus de solução. O índice cardíaco variou de 2,8 ± 0,7 para 2,3 ± 0,8 l.min.m-2 no início da anastomose e 2,5 ± 0,8 l.min.m-2 ao final da mesma. Essa variação não foi detectada pela medida contínua (de 3 ± 0,6 para 3,2 ± 0,5 e 3,1 ± 0,6 l.min.m-2 durante a anastomose coronariana. CONCLUSÕES: A medida de débito cardíaco contínuo utilizando o cateter de artéria pulmonar com filamento térmico apresentou atraso na detecção das alterações hemodinâmicas agudas relacionadas à mudança do posicionamento do coração na cirurgia de revascularização miocárdica sem CEC.

  6. Revascularização do miocárdio sem circulação extracorpórea com uso de shunt intracardíaco: 12 anos de experiência

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    Luiz Antônio RIVETTI

    1997-07-01

    Full Text Available Os autores apresentam a experiência com a técnica desenvolvida em 1983, na Faculdade de Ciências Médicas da Santa Casa de São Paulo, que consiste em substituir a circulação extracorpórea nas operações de revascularização do miocárdio, por uma derivação (shunt, introduzida na luz da coronária. Este shunt consiste em um pequeno tubo de silicone, flexível, transparente, com diâmetros variando de 1 a 3 mm, que permanece na luz do vaso durante a feitura da anastomose entre o enxerto e a coronária. Esta técnica oferece mais segurança ao paciente, por dispensar o uso da circulação extracorpórea e, conseqüentemente, os seus malefícios, além de evitar isquemia do miocárdio durante a anastomose e mantendo um campo cirúrgico sem sangue, facilitando, assim, a realização da anastomose. De 1983 a 1995, foram operados 419 pacientes, tendo sido realizados 671 enxertos, dos quais 153 com a artéria torácica interna para as coronárias das faces anterior e inferior do coração. A mortalidade hospitalar foi de 1,43%, com 1,67% de incidência de infarto do miocárdio no intra-operatório. A técnica mostrou ser segura, sem complicações graves durante o seu emprego. Os pacientes evoluíram bem no pós-operatório imediato, necessitando menor tempo de intubação, menor permanência na UTI ou internação. Em um grupo inicial estudou-se a qualidade das anastomoses, através da cinecoronariografia pós-operatória em um período médio de 24 meses, mostrando uma taxa de enxertos pérvios de 84%. A técnica mostrou ser simples, segura e econômica, além dos benefícios ao paciente, por ser menos agressiva. Com o advento da cirurgia minimamente invasiva, esta técnica traz a contribuição definitiva para maior segurança dos pacientes.An analysis was made of the results in a group of 419 patients that underwent myocardial revascularization without cardiopulmonary bypass, by means of a technique using a temporary intraluminal shunt

  7. Feocromocitoma cardíaco

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    Gustavo L. Knop

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Los feocromocitomas cardíacos primarios (FCP son sumamente infrecuentes. Hasta el presente son menos de 50 los casos comunicados en el mundo. Presentamos el caso de un tumor intrapericárdico, que resultó ser un feocromocitoma primario, en una mujer de mediana edad, cuyo signo principal fue hipertensión arterial severa (HTAs. Los estudios diagnósticos por imágenes corroboraron la presencia de un tumor intrapericárdico como único hallazgo y los estudios bioquímicos de catecolaminas y sus metabolitos excretados por orina reafirmaron el diagnóstico etiológico. El tumor fue resecado quirúrgicamente sin complicaciones mediante cirugía cardíaca convencional con circulación extracorpórea (CEC y paro cardíaco con cardioplejía. Siete meses después de la operación, la paciente se encuentra asintomática y normotensa.

  8. Including Language Access into Medicaid ACO Design.

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    Gershon, Rachel; Morris, Lisa; Ferguson, Warren

    2016-09-01

    Quality health care relies upon communication in a patient's preferred language. Language access in health care occurs when individuals are: (1) Welcomed by providers regardless of language ability; and (2) Offered quality language services as part of their care. Federal law generally requires access to health care and quality language services for deaf and Limited English Proficient (LEP) patients in health care settings, but these patients still find it hard to access health care and quality language services.Meanwhile, several states are implementing Medicaid Accountable Care Organization (ACO) initiatives to reduce health care costs and improve health care quality. Alternative payment methods used in these initiatives can give Accountable Care Organizations more flexibility to design linguistically accessible care, but they can also put ACOs at increased financial risk for the cost of care. If these new payment methods do not account for differences in patient language needs, ACO initiatives could have the unintended consequence of rewarding ACOs who do not reach out to deaf and LEP communities or offer quality language services.We reviewed public documents related to Medicaid ACO initiatives in six states. Some of these documents address language access. More could be done, however, to pay for language access efforts. This article describes Medicaid ACO initiatives and explores how different payment tools could be leveraged to reward ACOs for increased access to care and quality language services. We find that a combination of payment tools might be helpful to encourage both access and quality. PMID:27587453

  9. Tratamento da luxação paralítica do quadril na paralisia cerebral tetraparética espástica com osteotomia do fêmur e do ilíaco sem abertura da cápsula articular (capsuloplastia Hip dislocation treatment in cerebral palsy patients with spastic quadriplegia with femoral and pelvic osteotomies, without opening of the joint capsule (capsuloplasty

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    Fernando Farcetta Junior

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Mostrar o planejamento pré-operatório, e os resultados do tratamento cirúrgico da luxação paralítica do quadril em pacientes com paralisia cerebral. A técnica utilizada foi a osteotomia derrotatória e varizante do fêmur proximal, associada à osteotomia do ilíaco tipo Dega, sem abertura da cápsula articular. MÉTODOS: Realizamos um estudo retrospectivo de 10 quadris em oito pacientes com paralisia cerebral tipo tetraparesia espástico, submetidos a tratamento cirúrgico entre 2003 e 2005 com a mesma técnica cirúrgica. Foram avaliados parâmetros clínicos e radiográficos pré e pós-operatórios, bem como o planejamento pré-operatório com uso do intensificador de imagem. Os parâmetros clínicos analisados foram: dor, dificuldade de higiene e dificuldade de posicionamento. Os parâmetros radiológicos foram os índices de Reimers, índice acetabular e ângulo cervicodiafisário. Estes resultados foram submetidos a análise estatística. RESULTADOS: Obtivemos bons resultados com esta técnica. Com um seguimento médio de três anos, todos os quadris estavam reduzidos na última consulta, com alto grau de satisfação dos familiares, em relação ao tratamento. Além disso, mostramos que o planejamento pré-operatório com uso do intensificador de imagem nos permite a redução e estabilização desses quadris sem a necessidade de capsuloplastia. CONCLUSÃO: Os autores concluíram que no tratamento da luxação do quadril dos pacientes com paralisia cerebral tetraparéticos espásticos com o planejamento pré-operatório, não é necessária a capsuloplastia para estabilização da articulação coxofemoral.OBJECTIVES: To show the preoperative planning and the results of surgical treatment for paralytic hip dislocation in children with cerebral palsy. The techniques used were proximal femoral varus derotation osteotomy and Dega osteotomy without opening of the joint capsule. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of

  10. Recent results of the ACO storage ring

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    A permanent magnet undulator has been built and installed on the ACO Storage Ring. The undulator design, the spontaneous emission and gain of the system, as well as the laser induced bunch lengthening of the electron bunch, are presented. A low-loss optical cavity has been also recently built and operated on the ring. Its performance and the degradation problems of the mirrors are discussed. Amplification of the spontaneous emission stored in the optical cavity has been observed. Also, preliminary results on the operation of an optical klystron are reported and interpreted

  11. ALOHA Cabled Observatory (ACO): Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP): Velocity

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The University of Hawaii's ALOHA ("A Long-term Oligotrophic Habitat Assessment") Cabled Observatory (ACO) is located 100 km north of the island of Oahu, Hawaii (22...

  12. ALOHA Cabled Observatory (ACO): Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP): Temperature

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The University of Hawaii's ALOHA ("A Long-term Oligotrophic Habitat Assessment") Cabled Observatory (ACO) is located 100 km north of the island of Oahu, Hawaii (22...

  13. ACO-AFSA Algorithm in Function Optimization and Its Application

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    Wang Shi Gang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available ACO and AFSA as two kinds of new intelligent bionic algorithm, has better robustness, and the design method is simple and easy to understand. At present, in many engineering fields, they have been a pivotal position, but there are some defects in solving function optimization problems. Because of the lack of pheromone in the initial stage of ACO, the speed of the solution is relatively slow, and AFSA has the advantages of strong global convergence ability and fast speed. In this paper, based on the advantages and disadvantages of ACO and AFSA, two kinds of algorithms are integrated, and the advantage is enhanced, a better optimization algorithm is put forward: ACO-AFSA. The initial solution and improved state transition probabilities are obtained by AFSA, and the basic ACO is improved, the congestion degree of AFSA is introduced in the algorithm, makes most of ants’ initial optimization will not be randomly selected at a strong crowding restrictions. Experimental results show that the new algorithm can get the optimal solution with less number of iterations, which greatly saves computation time, and has higher accuracy and better convergence performance. Engineering, computing the shortest distance between the surface and plane of the problem has also been good results, the experimental results are satisfactory.

  14. Current Status of the ACO Cluster Redshift Compilation

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    Andernach, H; Tago, Erik

    1997-01-01

    We present an update of our compilation of measured redshifts of galaxy clusters in the all-sky Abell catalog. In the last 7 years the number of ACO clusters with measured z has doubled to now ~2100, but still ~56% of these are based on only 1 or 2 measured member galaxies. Our October 1997 version gives 2247 redshifts (including components or line-of-sight superpositions) for 2114 distinct A- and S-clusters. Velocity dispersions are listed for 536 different ACO clusters (613 subclusters) and the median is 695 km/s. We mention some applications of our compilation for determining the large-scale structure of the nearby Universe.

  15. Improving Network Performance using ACO Based Redundant Link Avoidance Algorithm

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    B. Chandra Mohan

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available In the wide spread internet, response time and pocket loss are inappropriate due to network traffic, as a result the network efficiency becomes worst and the system provides poor Quality of Service (QoS. An optimal routing protocol, especially multipath may avoid such traffic in the network. But existing routing protocols, both single path and multi path, concentrates only on finding the routes based on any one or some set of metrics, that not always suitable for dynamic, cloud natured network environment. Ant Colony Optimization (ACO based multipath routing protocol was suggested as an alternate to this problem by many researchers. The multipath ACO also provides same set of link(s for the source to destination, so that traffic merging again becomes a critical problem. This paper proposes an optimal solution to avoid the problem of traffic merging in the network by removing redundant link in the route. The Proposed algorithm, called 'Redundant Link Avoidance (RLA algorithm', is an ACO based multi path routing methodology, avoiding copious link in the suggested routes of ACO multipath protocol.

  16. Redshifts and Distribution of ACO Clusters of Galaxies

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    Andernach, H; Einasto, M; Einasto, J; Jaaniste, J

    2004-01-01

    The June 2004 version of our compilation of measured redshifts for clusters in the Abell-ACO catalogue lists redshifts for 3715 clusters/subclusters in 3033 distinct (2396 A- and 637 S-) clusters, 67% of these with N_z>=3 galaxies measured. We provide velocity dispersions (sigma_V) for 1875 (sub)clusters towards 1353 unique ACO clusters. The median sigma_V is 650 km/s for A-(sub)clusters and 575 km/s for S-(sub)clusters, and sigma_V clearly increases with both, N_z and richness, and also, somewhat surprising, with later Bautz-Morgan type of the clusters. We show examples of supercluster properties based on these data.

  17. An ACO approach for the Parallel Machines Scheduling Problem

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    Gatica, Claudia R.; Esquivel, Susana Cecilia; Leguizamón, Guillermo

    2008-01-01

    The parallel machines scheduling problem (Pm) comprises the allocation of jobs on the system’s resources, i.e., a group of machines in parallel. The basic model consists of m identical machines and n jobs. The jobs are assigned according to resource availability following some allocation rule. In this work, we apply the Ant Colony Optimization (ACO) metaheuristic which includes in the construction solution process different specific heuristic to solve Pm for the minimization Maximum Tardiness...

  18. ACO in e-Learning: Towards an adaptive learning path

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    Pushpa. M

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Today we are in an era where drastic advancements in networking and information technology are in action. The learning process has also taken these advancements, as a result of which e-learning came to thescene. Personalization in e-learning will improve the performance of the system. Recent researches are concentrating on providing adaptability to the learning management systems, depending upon the varying user needs and contexts. Adaptability can be provided at different levels .Providing an adaptive learning path according to the context of the learners’ is an important issue. An optimal adaptive learning path will help the learners in reducing the cognitive overload and disorientation, and thereby improving the efficiency of the Learning Management System (LMS. Ant Colony Optimization (ACO is a widely accepted technique since it provides an adaptive learning path to the learners. Meta-heuristic which is used in intelligent tutoring systems provides the learning path in an adaptive way. The most interesting feature of ACO is its adaptation and robustness in an environment where the learning materials and learners are changing frequently. In this paper we can have a look through the existing ACO approaches towards providing an adaptive learning path and an introduction towards an enhanced attribute ant for making the e-learning system more adaptive.

  19. SEM microcharacterization of semiconductors

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    Holt, D B

    1989-01-01

    Applications of SEM techniques of microcharacterization have proliferated to cover every type of material and virtually every branch of science and technology. This book emphasizes the fundamental physical principles. The first section deals with the foundation of microcharacterization in electron beam instruments and the second deals with the interpretation of the information obtained in the main operating modes of a scanning electron microscope.

  20. Space Experiment Module (SEM)

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    Brodell, Charles L.

    1999-01-01

    The Space Experiment Module (SEM) Program is an education initiative sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Shuttle Small Payloads Project. The program provides nationwide educational access to space for Kindergarten through University level students. The SEM program focuses on the science of zero-gravity and microgravity. Within the program, NASA provides small containers or "modules" for students to fly experiments on the Space Shuttle. The experiments are created, designed, built, and implemented by students with teacher and/or mentor guidance. Student experiment modules are flown in a "carrier" which resides in the cargo bay of the Space Shuttle. The carrier supplies power to, and the means to control and collect data from each experiment.

  1. Dolor mandibular de origen cardíaco

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    MR Sáez Yuguero; A Bermejo Fenoll; JL Calvo Guirado; E. Álvarez Martínez

    2003-01-01

    En las complejas estructuras anatómicas orofaciales, asientan muchos procesos dolorosos. Las algias orofaciales más comunes tienen su origen a nivel dental, periodontal o en estructuras musculoesqueleticas. Sin embargo, el paciente puede manifestar dolor en esta región, bien en dientes o estructuras musculoesqueleticas, y la fuente originaria localizarse a distancia. A este tipo de dolor se le llama dolor heterotópico. Una posible fuente de dolor heterotópico es el dolor de origen cardíaco. E...

  2. MODELO ACO PARA LA RECOLECCIÓN DE RESIDUOS POR CONTENEDORES ACO MODEL APPLIED TO THE WASTE COLLECTION BY CONTAINERS

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    Eduardo Salazar Hornig

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available ACO es una metaheurística inspirada en el comportamiento de las colonias de hormigas para solucionar problemas de optimización combinatoria, por medio de la utilización de agentes computacionales simples que trabajan de manera cooperativa y se comunican mediante rastros de feromona artificiales. En este trabajo se presenta un modelo para resolver el Problema de Recolección de Residuos Domiciliarios por Contenedores, el que aplica un concepto de secuencias parciales de recolección que deben ser unidas para minimizar la distancia total de recolección. El problema de unir las secuencias parciales se representa como un TSP, el que es resuelto mediante un algoritmo ACO. En base a recomendaciones de la literatura, se calibran experimentalmente los parámetros del algoritmo y se recomiendan rangos de valores que representan buenos rendimientos promedio. El modelo se aplica a un sector de recolección de la comuna de San Pedro de la Paz, Chile, obteniéndose rutas de recolección que reducen la distancia total recorrida respecto de la actual ruta utilizada y de la solución obtenida con otro modelo desarrollado previamente.ACO is a metaheuristic inspired in the behavior of natural ant colonies to solve combinatorial optimization problems, based on simple agents that work cooperatively communicating by artificial pheromone trails. In this paper a model to solve the municipal waste collection problem by containers is presented, which applies a concept of partial collection sequences that must be joined to minimize the total collection distance. The problem to join the partial collection sequences is represented as a TSP, which is solved by an ACO algorithm. Based on the literature, algorithm parameters are experimentally calibrated and range of variations that represents good average solutions are recommended. The model is applied to a waste collection sector of the San Pedro de la Paz commune in Chile, obtaining recollection routes with less total

  3. Report on the 10th International Conference of the Asian Clinical Oncology Society (ACOS 2012).

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    Kim, Yeul Hong; Yang, Han-Kwang; Kim, Tae Won; Lee, Jung Shin; Seong, Jinsil; Lee, Woo Yong; Ahn, Yong Chan; Lim, Ho Yeong; Won, Jong-Ho; Park, Kyong Hwa; Cho, Kyung Sam

    2013-04-01

    The 10th International Conference of the Asian Clinical Oncology Society (ACOS 2012) in conjunction with the 38th Annual Meeting of the Korean Cancer Association, was held on June 13 to 15 (3 days) 2012 at COEX Convention and Exhibition Center in Seoul, Korea. ACOS has a 20-year history starting from the first conference in Osaka, Japan, which was chaired by Prof. Tetsuo Taguchi and the ACOS conferences have since been conducted in Asian countries every 2 years. Under the theme of "Work Together to Make a Difference for Cancer Therapy in Asia", the 10th ACOS was prepared to discuss various subjects through a high-quality academic program, exhibition, and social events. The ACOS 2012 Committee was composed of the ACOS Organizing Committee, Honorary Advisors, Local Advisors, and ACOS 2012 Organizing Committee. The comprehensive academic program had a total of 92 sessions (3 Plenary Lectures, 1 Award Lectures, 1 Memorial Lectures, 9 Special Lectures, 15 Symposia, 1 Debate & Summary Sessions, 1 Case Conferences, 19 Educational Lectures, 1 Research & Development Session, 18 Satellite Symposia, 9 Meet the Professors, 14 Oral Presentations) and a total 292 presentations were delivered throughout the entire program. Amongst Free Papers, 462 research papers (110 oral presentations and 352 poster presentations) were selected to be presented. This conference was the largest of all ACOS conferences in its scale with around 1,500 participants from 30 countries. Furthermore, despite strict new financial policies and requirements governing fundraising alongside global economic stagnation, a total of 14 companies participated as sponsors and an additional 35 companies purchased 76 exhibition booths. Lastly, the conference social events provided attendees with a variety of opportunities to experience and enjoy Korea's rich culture and traditions during the Opening Ceremony, Welcome Reception, Invitee Dinner, Banquet, and Closing Ceremony. Overall, ACOS 2012 reinforced and promoted

  4. Hospitals Participating In ACOs Tend To Be Large And Urban, Allowing Access To Capital And Data.

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    Colla, Carrie H; Lewis, Valerie A; Tierney, Emily; Muhlestein, David B

    2016-03-01

    Relationships between physicians and hospitals have changed considerably over the past decade, as hospitals and physician groups have integrated and new public and private payment policies have created financial interdependence. The extent to which accountable care organizations (ACOs) involve hospitals in their operations may prove to be vitally important, because managing hospital care is a key part of improving health care quality and lowering cost growth. Using primary data on ACO composition and capabilities paired with hospital characteristics, we found that 20 percent of US hospitals were part of an ACO in 2014. Hospitals that were in urban areas, were nonprofit, or had a smaller share of Medicare patients were more likely to participate in ACOs, compared to hospitals that were in more rural areas, were for-profit or government owned, or had a larger share of Medicare patients, respectively. Qualitative data identified the following advantages of including a hospital in an ACO: the availability of start-up capital, advanced data sharing, and engagement of providers across the care continuum. Although the 63 percent of ACOs that included hospitals offered more comprehensive services compared to ACOs without hospitals, we found no differences between the two groups in their ability to manage hospital-related aspects of patient care.

  5. Physicians' Participation In ACOs Is Lower In Places With Vulnerable Populations Than In More Affluent Communities.

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    Yasaitis, Laura C; Pajerowski, William; Polsky, Daniel; Werner, Rachel M

    2016-08-01

    Early evidence suggested that accountable care organizations (ACOs) could improve health care quality while constraining costs, and ACOs are expanding throughout the United States. However, if disadvantaged patients have unequal access to physicians who participate in ACOs, that expansion may exacerbate health care disparities. We examined the relationship between physicians' participation in both Medicare and commercial ACOs across the country and the sociodemographic characteristics of their likely patient populations. Physicians' participation in ACOs varied widely across hospital referral regions, from nearly 0 percent to over 85 percent. After we adjusted for individual physician and practice characteristics, we found that physicians who practiced in ZIP Code Tabulation Areas where a higher percentage of the population was black, living in poverty, uninsured, or disabled or had less than a high school education-compared to other areas-had significantly lower rates of ACO participation than other physicians. Our findings suggest that vulnerable populations' access to physicians participating in ACOs may not be as great as access for other groups, which could exacerbate existing disparities in health care quality. PMID:27503961

  6. Layered ACO-OFDM for intensity-modulated direct-detection optical wireless transmission.

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    Wang, Qi; Qian, Chen; Guo, Xuhan; Wang, Zhaocheng; Cunningham, David G; White, Ian H

    2015-05-01

    Layered asymmetrically clipped optical orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (ACO-OFDM) with high spectral efficiency is proposed in this paper for optical wireless transmission employing intensity modulation with direct detection. In contrast to the conventional ACO-OFDM, which only utilizes odd subcarriers for modulation, leading to an obvious spectral efficiency loss, in layered ACO-OFDM, the subcarriers are divided into different layers and modulated by different kinds of ACO-OFDM, which are combined for simultaneous transmission. In this way, more subcarriers are used for data transmission and the spectral efficiency is improved. An iterative receiver is also proposed for layered ACO-OFDM, where the negative clipping distortion of each layer is subtracted once it is detected so that the signals from different layers can be recovered. Theoretical analysis shows that the proposed scheme can improve the spectral efficiency by up to 2 times compared with conventional ACO-OFDM approaches with the same modulation order. Meanwhile, simulation results confirm a considerable signal-to-noise ratio gain over ACO-OFDM at the same spectral efficiency. PMID:25969323

  7. MOEA/D-ACO: a multiobjective evolutionary algorithm using decomposition and AntColony.

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    Ke, Liangjun; Zhang, Qingfu; Battiti, Roberto

    2013-12-01

    Combining ant colony optimization (ACO) and the multiobjective evolutionary algorithm (EA) based on decomposition (MOEA/D), this paper proposes a multiobjective EA, i.e., MOEA/D-ACO. Following other MOEA/D-like algorithms, MOEA/D-ACO decomposes a multiobjective optimization problem into a number of single-objective optimization problems. Each ant (i.e., agent) is responsible for solving one subproblem. All the ants are divided into a few groups, and each ant has several neighboring ants. An ant group maintains a pheromone matrix, and an individual ant has a heuristic information matrix. During the search, each ant also records the best solution found so far for its subproblem. To construct a new solution, an ant combines information from its group's pheromone matrix, its own heuristic information matrix, and its current solution. An ant checks the new solutions constructed by itself and its neighbors, and updates its current solution if it has found a better one in terms of its own objective. Extensive experiments have been conducted in this paper to study and compare MOEA/D-ACO with other algorithms on two sets of test problems. On the multiobjective 0-1 knapsack problem,MOEA/D-ACO outperforms the MOEA/D with conventional genetic operators and local search on all the nine test instances. We also demonstrate that the heuristic information matrices in MOEA/D-ACO are crucial to the good performance of MOEA/D-ACO for the knapsack problem. On the biobjective traveling salesman problem, MOEA/D-ACO performs much better than the BicriterionAnt on all the 12 test instances. We also evaluate the effects of grouping, neighborhood, and the location information of current solutions on the performance of MOEA/D-ACO. The work in this paper shows that reactive search optimization scheme, i.e., the "learning while optimizing" principle, is effective in improving multiobjective optimization algorithms. PMID:23757576

  8. Methodology to Optimize Manufacturing Time for a CNC Using a High Performance Implementation of ACO

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    Oscar Montiel-Ross

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, an efficient methodology to generate optimal and/or quasi‐optimal sequences of G commands to minimize the manufacturing time is presented. Our solution starts from original G codes provided by application CAD/CAM software. Here, first we tackled the problem of reducing the time of the travel path for drilling of an industrial robotic manufacturing machine. The methodology can be easily implemented for free distribution or commercial CAD/CAM software without achieving any modification to it. Several experiments that demonstrate how this proposal can help to outperform solutions provided by application software are presented, consistent improvements around 62% were obtained. Moreover, for optimizing the time along the travel path, we present a high performance implementation of Ant Colonies (ACO known as Parallel ACO (P‐ACO that allows achieving the optimization task efficiently by speeding up the original ACO. A Graphical User Interface that integrates the whole process is shown.

  9. The Impact Of Medicare ACOs On Improving Integration And Coordination Of Physical And Behavioral Health Care.

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    Fullerton, Catherine A; Henke, Rachel M; Crable, Erica; Hohlbauch, Andriana; Cummings, Nicholas

    2016-07-01

    The accountable care organization (ACO) model holds the promise of reducing costs and improving the quality of care by realigning payment incentives to focus on health outcomes instead of service volume. One key to managing the total cost of care is improving care coordination for and treatment of people with behavioral health disorders. We examined qualitative data from ninety organizations participating in Medicare ACO demonstration programs from 2012 through 2015 to determine whether and how they focused on behavioral health care. These ACOs had mixed degrees of engagement in improving behavioral health care for their populations. The biggest challenges included a lack of behavioral health care providers, data availability, and sustainable financing models. Nonetheless, we found substantial interest in integrating behavioral health care into primary care across a majority of the ACOs. PMID:27385242

  10. An ACO model for a non-stationary formulation of the single elevator problem

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    Molina, Silvia; Leguizamón, Mario Guillermo; Alba Torres, Enrique

    2007-01-01

    The Ant Colony Optimization (ACO) metaheuristic is a bio-inspired approach for hard combinatorial optimization problems for stationary and non-stationary environments. In the ACO metaheuristic, a colony of artificial ants cooperate for finding high quality solutions in a reasonable time. An interesting example of a non-stationary combinatorial optimization problem is the Multiple Elevators Problem (MEP) which consists in finding a sequence of movements for each elevator to perform in a buildi...

  11. Dolor mandibular de origen cardíaco

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    MR Sáez Yuguero

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available En las complejas estructuras anatómicas orofaciales, asientan muchos procesos dolorosos. Las algias orofaciales más comunes tienen su origen a nivel dental, periodontal o en estructuras musculoesqueleticas. Sin embargo, el paciente puede manifestar dolor en esta región, bien en dientes o estructuras musculoesqueleticas, y la fuente originaria localizarse a distancia. A este tipo de dolor se le llama dolor heterotópico. Una posible fuente de dolor heterotópico es el dolor de origen cardíaco. Este articulo presenta un caso clínico en el que el dolor mandibular bilateral fue el síntoma inicial de una cardiopatía isquémica que fue erróneamente etiquetada de artrosis de la articulación temporomandibular.In the complex orofacial anatomic structures, many painful processes are felt. The most common orofacial pains have their origin at dental or periodontal level, or in muscle -skeletical structures. However, the patient can have pain in this area- either in teeth or muscle-eskeletical structures- and the originating source can be located at a distance. This type of pain is called heterotopic pain. A possible source of heterotopic pain is the pain of cardiac origin. This paper presents a clinical case in which the bilateral mandibular pain is the initial symptom of an ischemic cardiopathy that was erroneously labeled as temporomandibular arthrosis.

  12. CACONET: Ant Colony Optimization (ACO) Based Clustering Algorithm for VANET.

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    Aadil, Farhan; Bajwa, Khalid Bashir; Khan, Salabat; Chaudary, Nadeem Majeed; Akram, Adeel

    2016-01-01

    A vehicular ad hoc network (VANET) is a wirelessly connected network of vehicular nodes. A number of techniques, such as message ferrying, data aggregation, and vehicular node clustering aim to improve communication efficiency in VANETs. Cluster heads (CHs), selected in the process of clustering, manage inter-cluster and intra-cluster communication. The lifetime of clusters and number of CHs determines the efficiency of network. In this paper a Clustering algorithm based on Ant Colony Optimization (ACO) for VANETs (CACONET) is proposed. CACONET forms optimized clusters for robust communication. CACONET is compared empirically with state-of-the-art baseline techniques like Multi-Objective Particle Swarm Optimization (MOPSO) and Comprehensive Learning Particle Swarm Optimization (CLPSO). Experiments varying the grid size of the network, the transmission range of nodes, and number of nodes in the network were performed to evaluate the comparative effectiveness of these algorithms. For optimized clustering, the parameters considered are the transmission range, direction and speed of the nodes. The results indicate that CACONET significantly outperforms MOPSO and CLPSO. PMID:27149517

  13. SEM in applied marketing research

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    Sørensen, Bjarne Taulo; Tudoran, Ana Alina

    In this paper we discuss two SEM approaches: an exploratory structural equation modelling based on a more liberalised and inductive philosophy versus the classical SEM based on the traditional hypothetical-deductive approach. We apply these two modelling techniques to data from a consumer survey...

  14. RNA interference of 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase (ACO1 and ACO2) genes expression prolongs the shelf life of Eksotika (Carica papaya L.) papaya fruit.

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    Sekeli, Rogayah; Abdullah, Janna Ong; Namasivayam, Parameswari; Muda, Pauziah; Abu Bakar, Umi Kalsom; Yeong, Wee Chien; Pillai, Vilasini

    2014-06-19

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of using RNA interference in down regulating the expression of 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase gene in Eksotika papaya. One-month old embryogenic calli were separately transformed with Agrobacterium strain LBA 4404 harbouring the three different RNAi pOpOff2 constructs bearing the 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase gene. A total of 176 putative transformed lines were produced from 15,000 calli transformed, selected, then regenerated on medium supplemented with kanamycin. Integration and expression of the targeted gene in putatively transformed lines were verified by PCR and real-time RT-PCR. Confined field evaluation of a total of 31 putative transgenic lines planted showed a knockdown expression of the targeted ACO1 and ACO2 genes in 13 lines, which required more than 8 days to achieve the full yellow colour (Index 6). Fruits harvested from lines pRNAiACO2 L2-9 and pRNAiACO1 L2 exhibited about 20 and 14 days extended post-harvest shelf life to reach Index 6, respectively. The total soluble solids contents of the fruits ranged from 11 to 14° Brix, a range similar to fruits from non-transformed, wild type seed-derived plants.

  15. RNA Interference of 1-Aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic Acid Oxidase (ACO1 and ACO2 Genes Expression Prolongs the Shelf Life of Eksotika (Carica papaya L. Papaya Fruit

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    Rogayah Sekeli

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    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of using RNA interference in down regulating the expression of 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase gene in Eksotika papaya. One-month old embryogenic calli were separately transformed with Agrobacterium strain LBA 4404 harbouring the three different RNAi pOpOff2 constructs bearing the 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase gene. A total of 176 putative transformed lines were produced from 15,000 calli transformed, selected, then regenerated on medium supplemented with kanamycin. Integration and expression of the targeted gene in putatively transformed lines were verified by PCR and real-time RT-PCR. Confined field evaluation of a total of 31 putative transgenic lines planted showed a knockdown expression of the targeted ACO1 and ACO2 genes in 13 lines, which required more than 8 days to achieve the full yellow colour (Index 6. Fruits harvested from lines pRNAiACO2 L2-9 and pRNAiACO1 L2 exhibited about 20 and 14 days extended post-harvest shelf life to reach Index 6, respectively. The total soluble solids contents of the fruits ranged from 11 to 14° Brix, a range similar to fruits from non-transformed, wild type seed-derived plants.

  16. MGA trajectory planning with an ACO-inspired algorithm

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    Ceriotti, Matteo; Vasile, Massimiliano

    2010-11-01

    Given a set of celestial bodies, the problem of finding an optimal sequence of swing-bys, deep space manoeuvres (DSM) and transfer arcs connecting the elements of the set is combinatorial in nature. The number of possible paths grows exponentially with the number of celestial bodies. Therefore, the design of an optimal multiple gravity assist (MGA) trajectory is a NP-hard mixed combinatorial-continuous problem. Its automated solution would greatly improve the design of future space missions, allowing the assessment of a large number of alternative mission options in a short time. This work proposes to formulate the complete automated design of a multiple gravity assist trajectory as an autonomous planning and scheduling problem. The resulting scheduled plan will provide the optimal planetary sequence and a good estimation of the set of associated optimal trajectories. The trajectory model consists of a sequence of celestial bodies connected by two-dimensional transfer arcs containing one DSM. For each transfer arc, the position of the planet and the spacecraft, at the time of arrival, are matched by varying the pericentre of the preceding swing-by, or the magnitude of the launch excess velocity, for the first arc. For each departure date, this model generates a full tree of possible transfers from the departure to the destination planet. Each leaf of the tree represents a planetary encounter and a possible way to reach that planet. An algorithm inspired by ant colony optimization (ACO) is devised to explore the space of possible plans. The ants explore the tree from departure to destination adding one node at the time: every time an ant is at a node, a probability function is used to select a feasible direction. This approach to automatic trajectory planning is applied to the design of optimal transfers to Saturn and among the Galilean moons of Jupiter. Solutions are compared to those found through more traditional genetic-algorithm techniques.

  17. Transplante cardíaco humano: experiência inicial Human cardiac transplant: initial experience

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    Noedir A. G Stolf

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    Full Text Available No Instituto do Coração, de março de 1985 a fevereiro de 1986,11 pacientes foram submetidos a transplante cardíaco ortotópico. Eram todos do sexo masculino, com idade variando de 39 a 54 anos; 6 com cardiopatia isquémica, 4 com cardiomiopatia dilatada e um com cardiomiopatia chagásica. Foi realizado estudo hemodinâmico através de catéter de Swan-Ganz, no pré-operatório, no pós-operatório, após estabilização na unidade de recuperação, e trinta ou mais dias após o transplante. Os dados mostram melhora progressiva em relação ao índice cardíaco, pressão em artéria pulmonar, pressão de capilar pulmonar, resistência vascular pulmonar e resistência vascular sistêmica. Três dos 11 pacientes apresentaram disfunção renal transitória no pós-operatório imediato e que regrediram até o 15º dia, enquanto que 2 pacientes apresentaram aumento moderado da creatinina plasmática. Apenas 3 pacientes não apresentaram qualquer episódio de rejeição; nos demais, esses episódios foram um diagnóstico histológico sem repercussões clínicas. Complicações infecciosas ocorreram em 9 pacientes e foram de fácil controle clínico. No pós-operatório tardio, a hipertensão esteve presente em 8 pacientes, sendo mais acentuada em 2 deles. Não houve óbitos, nesta série de pacientes; todos estão assintomáticos e os 6 primeiros estão trabalhando.At the Instituto do Cora��ão, University of São Paulo Medical School, 11 patients were submitted to heart transplantation from march 1985 up to february 1986. All were male, with ages of 39-59 years, 6 with coronary heart disease, 4 with dilated cardiomyopathy and 1 with Chagas cardiomyopathy. The patients were studied hemodynamically with a Swan-Ganz catheter pre-operatively, at the arrival in the intensive care unit, in the first postoperative day and 30 or more days after the transplant. The data showed that there was a progressive increase of cardiac index and decreases of

  18. Tamponamento cardíaco em dois recém-nascidos causado por cateter umbilical Cardiac tamponade caused by central venous catheter in two newborns

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    Andrey José Monteiro

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Tamponamento cardíaco secundário ao uso de cateter venoso central é uma complicação rara, porém potencialmente tratável, quando identificada a tempo. Nós relatamos dois casos de tamponamento cardíaco, diagnosticados por ecocardiograma transtorácico, seguido de pericardiocentese de urgência e drenagem pericárdica cirúrgica como complicação de cateterização venosa umbilical. Em um caso, a ponta do cateter estava adequadamente localizada e, no outro caso, não. Em ambos os casos, solução hiperosmolar estava sendo infundida. Apesar de situação incomum, esta deve ser sempre considerada em neonato, evoluindo com choque cardiogênico sem causa aparente.Cardiac tamponade secondary to the use of central venous catheter is a rare complication; however, it is potentially reversible when it is caught in time. We report two cases of cardiac tamponade that was diagnosed using a transthoracic echocardiography, followed by urgent pericardiocentesis and surgical pericardial drainage as a complication from umbilical venous catheterization. In one case, the tip of the catheter was properly placed, and in the other case, it was not. In both cases, a hyperosmolar solution was being injected. Although it may be an uncommon situation, it should be always considered as a possibility in a newborn who develops cardiogenic shock without an apparent cause.

  19. Regulation of Propylene and 1-Methylcyclopropene on Expressions of ACS and ACO Genes in Persimmon Fruits

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    LIU Le; RAO Jing-ping; CHANG Xiao-xiao; YI Shun-chao

    2009-01-01

    The regulation of postharvest treatment with propylene and 1-MCP on ethylene release rate and expressions of 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid synthase (ACS) and 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase (ACO) genes in Fuping Janshi persimmon (Diospyros kaki L.) fruit were investigated. Fruits were treated with propylene and 1-MCP, then stored at 20℃, ethylene release rate of the treated fruits was measured at regular intervals and RNA was extracted for Northern blotting analysis. The results suggested that treatment with propylene accelerated the expressions of ACS and ACO genes and then enhanced the ethylene biosynthesis, while treatment with 1-MCP inhibited the expressions of two genes and their ethylene biosynthesis. Furthermore, different effects on expressions caused by treatments with propylene and 1-MCP existed in various fruit tissues, the inhibitory effect on ACS and ACO genes by 1-MCP was the strongest in pericarp, followed by pulp and core tissues, in the area near fruit stalk, the inhibitory effect was the weakest. While the enhanced effect on ACS and ACO genes by propylene increased from pulp, core, and pericarp to the area near fruit stalk. Expression of each member of ACS and ACO families in various tissues was also completely different, in control and propylene treatment, DKACS3 gene just expressed in the area near fruit stalk and did not express in other tissues, but DKACS2 gene expressed in four tissues by treatment with propylene.

  20. Asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease overlap syndrome (ACOS): current literature review

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    Papaiwannou, Antonis; Porpodis, Konstantinos; Spyratos, Dionysios; Kioumis, Ioannis; Pitsiou, Georgia; Pataka, Athanasia; Tsakiridis, Kosmas; Arikas, Stamatis; Mpakas, Andreas; Tsiouda, Theodora; Katsikogiannis, Nikolaos; Kougioumtzi, Ioanna; Machairiotis, Nikolaos; Siminelakis, Stavros; Kolettas, Alexander; Kessis, George; Beleveslis, Thomas; Zarogoulidis, Konstantinos

    2014-01-01

    Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are chronic diseases, very common in general population. These obstructive airway illnesses are manifested with chronic inflammation affecting the whole respiratory tract. Obstruction is usually intermittent and reversible in asthma, but is progressive and irreversible in COPD. Asthma and COPD may overlap and converge, especially in older people [overlap syndrome—asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease overlap syndrome (ACOS)]. Although ACOS accounts approximately 15-25% of the obstructive airway diseases, is not well recognised because of the structure of clinical trials. COPD studies exclude asthma patients and asthma studies exclude COPD patients, respectively. It is crucial to define asthma, COPD and overlap syndrome (ACOS), as notable clinical entities, which they share common pathologic and functional features, but they are characterized from differences in lung function, acute exacerbations, quality of life, hospital impact and mortality. PMID:24672688

  1. Relative Study of CGS with ACO and BCO Swarm Intelligence Techniques

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    T.Hashni

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Swarm intelligence is the collective-level, problem-solving behavior of groups of relatively simple agents.Local interactions among agents, either direct or indirect through the environment, are fundamental for theemergence of swarm intelligence. Ant Colony Optimization (ACO is a swarm based meta-heuristic method that isinspired by the behavior of real ant colonies. Bee Colony Optimization (BCO meta-heuristic belongs to the groupof Swarm Intelligence techniques. Consultant Guided Search (CGS is a new hybrid meta heuristic, which combinesnew ideas with concepts found in Ant colony Optimization (ACO, Bee Colony Optimization (BCO technique. Thispaper presents comparative study of CGS, ACO, BCO techniques and the flexibility of CGS.

  2. Secondary emission monitor (SEM) grids.

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    Patrice Loïez

    2002-01-01

    A great variety of Secondary Emission Monitors (SEM) are used all over the PS Complex. At other accelerators they are also called wire-grids, harps, etc. They are used to measure beam density profiles (from which beam size and emittance can be derived) in single-pass locations (not on circulating beams). Top left: two individual wire-planes. Top right: a combination of a horizontal and a vertical wire plane. Bottom left: a ribbon grid in its frame, with connecting wires. Bottom right: a SEM-grid with its insertion/retraction mechanism.

  3. An improved adaptive ACO meta heuristic for scheduling multimedia traffic across the 802.11e EDCA

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    Ditze, Michael; Becker, Markus

    2008-01-01

    This paper presents an adaptive near-optimal scheduler for multimedia traffic for the 802.11e Enhanced Distributed Channel Access (EDCA) medium access control scheme. The scheduler exploits the ant colony optimization (ACO) meta heuristic to tackle the challenge of packet scheduling. ACO is a biologically inspired algorithm that is known to find near-optimal solutions for combinatorial optimization problems. Thus, we expect that ACO scheduling produces more efficient schedules than comparable deterministic scheduling approaches at the expenses of a computational overhead it introduces. We compare ACO scheduling relevant deterministic scheduling approaches, and in particular the MLLF scheduler that is specifically designed for the needs of compressed multimedia applications. The purpose of the evaluation is twofold. It allows to draw conclusions on the feasibility of ACO scheduling for multimedia traffic while it serves as a benchmark to determine to what extent deterministic schedulers fall short of a near-optimal solution.

  4. SEM: A Cultural Change Agent

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    Barnes, Bradley; Bourke, Brian

    2015-01-01

    The authors advance the concept that institutional culture is a purposeful framework by which to view SEM's utility, particularly as a cultural change agent. Through the connection of seemingly independent functions of performance and behavior, implications emerge that deepen the understanding of the influence of culture on performance outcomes…

  5. Postharvest Analysis of Lowland Transgenic Tomato Fruits Harboring hpRNAi-ACO1 Construct

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    Bita Behboodian

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The plant hormone, ethylene, is an important regulator which involved in regulating fruit ripening and flower senescence. In this study, RNA interference (RNAi technology was employed to silence the genes involved in ethylene biosynthetic pathway. This was achieved by blocking the expression of specific gene encoding the ACC oxidase. Initially, cDNA corresponding to ACO1 of lowland tomato cultivar (MT1, which has high identity with ACO1 of Solanum lycopersicum in GenBank, was cloned through RT-PCR. Using a partial coding region of ACO1, one hpRNAi transformation vector was constructed and expressed ectopically under the 35S promoter. Results showed that transgenic lines harboring the hpRNA-ACO1 construct had lower ethylene production and a longer shelf life of 32 days as compared to 10 days for wild-type fruits. Changes in cell wall degrading enzyme activities were also investigated in cases where the transgenic fruits exhibited reduced rates of firmness loss, which can be associated with a decrease in pectin methylesterase (PME and polygalacturonase (PG activities. However, no significant change was detected in both transgenic and wild-type fruits in terms of β-galactosidase (β-Gal activity and levels of total soluble solid, titratable acid and ascorbic acid.

  6. International Conference on SEMS 2012

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    Liu, Chuang; Scientific explanation and methodology of science; SEMS 2012

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    This volume contains the contributed papers of invitees to SEMS 2012 who have also given talks at the conference. The invitees are experts in philosophy of science and technology from Asia (besides China), Australia, Europe, Latin America, North America, as well as from within China. The papers in this volume represent the latest work of each researcher in his or her expertise; and as a result, they give a good representation of the cutting-edge researches in diverse areas in different parts of the world.

  7. Endovascular repair of an aorto-iliac aneurysm succeeded by kidney transplantation Tratamento endovascular de aneurisma aorto-ilíaco sucedido por transplante renal

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    Marcelo Bellini Dalio

    2010-09-01

    posicionamento da endoprótese, sem migração ou endoleak. O reparo endovascular do aneurisma aortoilíaco em paciente com insuficiência renal terminal em hemodiálise mostrou-se exequível, seguro e eficaz, e não comprometeu o sucesso do transplante renal posterior.

  8. Tamponamento cardíaco tardio traumático: análise de cinco casos Traumatic late cardiac tamponade: analysis of five cases

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    FERNANDO LUIZ WESTPHAL

    2000-09-01

    Full Text Available São analisados cinco casos de tamponamento cardíaco tardio traumático. Os pacientes eram masculinos, idade média de 26,2 anos, vítimas de ferimento por arma branca em região precordial, área de Ziedler, sendo admitidos em centro de referência para trauma. Foram classificados pelo índice fisiológico de Ivatury para trauma cardíaco e inicialmente tratados por pleurotomia intercostal e reposição volêmica, com estabilização do quadro hemodinâmico e respiratório. Os pacientes foram readmitidos após intervalo de oito a 24 dias (mediana de 20 dias, agora no serviço de cirurgia torácica de um hospital de referência terciária, com sinais de tamponamento cardíaco. Os exames diagnósticos confirmaram derrame pericárdico com espessamento pericárdico associado a encarceramento de base pulmonar esquerdo em quatro casos, os quais foram abordados por toracotomia póstero-lateral, com realização de pericardiectomia parcial e descorticação pulmonar. Um paciente evoluiu com pericardite purulenta, comprovada por exames complementares, e foi submetido à drenagem pericárdica subxifóidea. Ocorreu arritmia pós-operatória em um paciente; os demais evoluíram sem complicações pós-operatórias ou recidiva do tamponamento.Five traumatic late cardiac tamponade cases were analyzed. All patients were male, mean age was 26.2, victims of thoracic penetrating stabbing wound in the precordial region, Ziedler area, admitted to a trauma reference center. They were classified by the Ivatury physiological index for cardiac trauma. The first treatment approach was intercostal pleurectomy and volemic resuscitation followed by hemodynamic and respiratory recovery. Patients with cardiac tamponade symptoms were re-admitted within an interval from eight to twenty four days (mean 20 days in a thoracic surgery service of a tertiary reference hospital. Diagnostic exams confirmed thickening and pericardial effusion associated with a left pulmonary base

  9. Update Strength in EDAs and ACO: How to Avoid Genetic Drift

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    Sudholt, Dirk; Witt, Carsten

    2016-01-01

    , there is a general trade-off: too strong updates can lead to genetic drift and poor performance. We demonstrate this trade-off for the cGA and a simple MMAS ACO algorithm on the OneMax function. More precisely, we obtain lower bounds on the expected runtime of Ω(K√n + nlogn) and Ω(√n/ρ + nlogn), respectively......We provide a rigorous runtime analysis concerning the update strength, a vital parameter in probabilistic model-building GAs such as the step size 1/K in the compact Genetic Algorithm (cGA) and the evaporation factor ρ in ACO. While a large update strength is desirable for exploitation...

  10. A Novel Framework Based on ACO and PSO for RNA Secondary Structure Prediction

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    Gang Wang

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    Full Text Available Prediction of RNA structure is a useful process for creating new drugs and understanding genetic diseases. In this paper, we proposed a particle swarm optimization (PSO and ant colony optimization (ACO based framework (PAF for RNA secondary structure prediction. PAF consists of crucial stem searching (CSS and global sequence building (GSB. In CSS, a modified ACO (MACO is used to search the crucial stems, and then a set of stems are generated. In GSB, we used a modified PSO (MPSO to construct all the stems in one sequence. We evaluated the performance of PAF on ten sequences, which have length from 122 to 1494. We also compared the performance of PAF with the results obtained from six existing well-known methods, SARNA-Predict, RnaPredict, ACRNA, PSOfold, IPSO, and mfold. The comparison results show that PAF could not only predict structures with higher accuracy rate but also find crucial stems.

  11. New data association technique based on ACO with directional information considered

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    2008-01-01

    Due to the advantages of ant colony optimization (ACO) in solving complex problems, a new data association algorithm based on ACO in a cluttered environment called DACDA is proposed. In the proposed method, the concept for tour and the length of tour are redefined. Additionally, the directional information is incorporated into the proposed method because it is one of the most important factors that affects the performance of data association. Kalraan filter is employed to estimate target states. Computer simulation results show that the proposed method could carry out data association in an acceptable CPU time, and the correct data association rate is higher than that obtained by the data association (DA) algorithm not combined with directional information.

  12. Experimental evaluation of a R134a/CO2 cascade refrigeration plant

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    Sanz Kock, Carlos; Llopis Doménech, Rodrigo; Sánchez García-Vacas, Daniel; Cabello López, Ramón; Torrella Alcaraz, Enrique

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    We present the experimental evaluation of a R134a/CO2 cascade refrigeration plant designed for low evaporation temperature in commercial refrigeration applications. The test bench incorporates two single- stage vapour compression cycles driven by semi hermetic compressors coupled thermally through two brazed plate cascade heat exchangers working in parallel and controlled by electronic expansion valves. The experimental evaluation (45 steady-states) covers evaporating temperatures from -40 to...

  13. Relative Study of CGS with ACO and BCO Swarm Intelligence Techniques

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    T.Hashni; T Amudha

    2012-01-01

    Swarm intelligence is the collective-level, problem-solving behavior of groups of relatively simple agents.Local interactions among agents, either direct or indirect through the environment, are fundamental for theemergence of swarm intelligence. Ant Colony Optimization (ACO) is a swarm based meta-heuristic method that isinspired by the behavior of real ant colonies. Bee Colony Optimization (BCO) meta-heuristic belongs to the groupof Swarm Intelligence techniques. Consultant Guided Search (CG...

  14. Ant Colony Optimization ACO For The Traveling Salesman Problem TSP Using Partitioning

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    Alok Bajpai; Raghav Yadav

    2015-01-01

    Abstract An ant colony optimization is a technique which was introduced in 1990s and which can be applied to a variety of discrete combinatorial optimization problem and to continuous optimization. The ACO algorithm is simulated with the foraging behavior of the real ants to find the incremental solution constructions and to realize a pheromone laying-and-following mechanism. This pheromone is the indirect communication among the ants. In this paper we introduces the partitioning technique ba...

  15. Tailoring Systems Engineering Processes in a Conceptual Design Environment: A Case Study at NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center's ACO

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    Mulqueen, John; Maples, C. Dauphne; Fabisinski, Leo, III

    2012-01-01

    This paper provides an overview of Systems Engineering as it is applied in a conceptual design space systems department at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Marshall Spaceflight Center (MSFC) Advanced Concepts Office (ACO). Engineering work performed in the NASA MFSC's ACO is targeted toward the Exploratory Research and Concepts Development life cycle stages, as defined in the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) System Engineering Handbook. This paper addresses three ACO Systems Engineering tools that correspond to three INCOSE Technical Processes: Stakeholder Requirements Definition, Requirements Analysis, and Integration, as well as one Project Process Risk Management. These processes are used to facilitate, streamline, and manage systems engineering processes tailored for the earliest two life cycle stages, which is the environment in which ACO engineers work. The role of systems engineers and systems engineering as performed in ACO is explored in this paper. The need for tailoring Systems Engineering processes, tools, and products in the ever-changing engineering services ACO provides to its customers is addressed.

  16. Solving optimum operation of single pump unit problem with ant colony optimization (ACO) algorithm

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    For pumping stations, the effective scheduling of daily pump operations from solutions to the optimum design operation problem is one of the greatest potential areas for energy cost-savings, there are some difficulties in solving this problem with traditional optimization methods due to the multimodality of the solution region. In this case, an ACO model for optimum operation of pumping unit is proposed and the solution method by ants searching is presented by rationally setting the object function and constrained conditions. A weighted directed graph was constructed and feasible solutions may be found by iteratively searching of artificial ants, and then the optimal solution can be obtained by applying the rule of state transition and the pheromone updating. An example calculation was conducted and the minimum cost was found as 4.9979. The result of ant colony algorithm was compared with the result from dynamic programming or evolutionary solving method in commercial software under the same discrete condition. The result of ACO is better and the computing time is shorter which indicates that ACO algorithm can provide a high application value to the field of optimal operation of pumping stations and related fields.

  17. Predicting coal ash fusion temperature based on its chemical composition using ACO-BP neural network

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    Coal ash fusion temperature is important to boiler designers and operators of power plants. Fusion temperature is determined by the chemical composition of coal ash, however, their relationships are not precisely known. A novel neural network, ACO-BP neural network, is used to model coal ash fusion temperature based on its chemical composition. Ant colony optimization (ACO) is an ecological system algorithm, which draws its inspiration from the foraging behavior of real ants. A three-layer network is designed with 10 hidden nodes. The oxide contents consist of the inputs of the network and the fusion temperature is the output. Data on 80 typical Chinese coal ash samples were used for training and testing. Results show that ACO-BP neural network can obtain better performance compared with empirical formulas and BP neural network. The well-trained neural network can be used as a useful tool to predict coal ash fusion temperature according to the oxide contents of the coal ash

  18. De la Locura de doble forma a la Psicosis maníaco-depresiva.

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    Full Text Available Sin entrar en polémicas sobre a quién atribuir la primera descripción de lo que actualmente llamamos Psicosis maníaco-depresiva, es decir, sin tomar partido por Baillarger o J.-P. Falret, lo cierto es que a mediados del pasado siglo los alienistas franceses orquestaron un saber nosológico en el que se reunían en una única categoría dos manifestaciones extremas del humor: la manía y la melancolía. Tras las descripciones fundacionales de Baillarger y de Falret, fechadas ambas en el mismo año, 1854, se abrió un espacio nosológico opuesto al terreno de los delirios crónicos: las psicosis del humor frente a las psicosis de la razón, o bien psicosis maníaco-depresiva frente a esquizofrenia-paranoia. De la última cosecha del nosógrafo por excelencia, Emil Kraepelin, proviene la descripción clínica más completa y matizada de la locura maníaco-depresiva (das manisch-depressive Irresein. Dos años después, en 1915, S. Freud mostró en Duelo y Melancolía la infraestructura metapsicológica de la manía y de la melancolía.

  19. Physical approach of seismic electromagnetic signals (SEMS)

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    Huang, Qinghua

    2010-05-01

    Numerous seismic electromagnetic signals (SEMS) have been reported independently and even been applied to short-term prediction of earthquakes, still SEMS are on great debates. The main concerns include the physical generation mechanism of SEMS. Thus, the study on physics of SEMS is important for understanding SEMS phenomena and strengthening the applications of SEMS. As a potential physical approach, we present an integrated working scheme, which take into account the interaction among observation, methodology and physical model. The main approach includes the following key problems: how to perform a reliable and appropriate observation; how to reveal weak SEMS signals from noisy background; how to develop physical models based on theoretical analyses and/or laboratory experiments for SEMS. This study is supported by the National R&D Special Fund for Public Welfare Industry (200808069) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (40974038, 40774028, 40821062).

  20. Taponamiento cardíaco por hipotiroidismo: descripción de 2 casos

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    José Rafael Rojas-Solano

    2005-07-01

    Full Text Available Rara vez el derrame pericárdico en el hipotiroidismo evoluciona al taponamiento cardíaco, complicación que es mortal si no se diagnostica y trata a tiempo. En este artículo describimos dos singulares casos y discutimos aspectos importantes de la fisiopatología, diagnóstico y manejo de esta enfermedad.Pericardial effusion in hypothyroidism seldom evolves to cardiac tamponade, a fatal complication if diagnosis and treatment are delayed. In this article, we describe 2 singular cases and discuss important facts about the pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of this disease.

  1. Transplante cardíaco em amiloidose primária Heart transplantation in primary amyloidosis

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    José Francisco Baumgratz

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available A amiloidose cardíaca é doença altamente limitante da sobrevida, por morte súbita na maioria dos pacientes. Pela agressão contra outros órgãos, particularmente rins e sistema nervoso central, o transplante cardíaco tem sido opção questionável, face à escassez de órgãos. O objetivo é relatar a evolução, com sobrevivência de 7 anos, da paciente após transplante cardíaco por amiloidose, em boas condições. Um ano após o transplante cardíaco, houve indicação de transplante renal, também pela agressão da doença. Esta paciente contrasta com outros três pacientes de nosso serviço que foram a óbito, ainda na fase de avaliação. Apesar de sua natureza multisistêmica, a amiloidose cardíaca pode, em pacientes selecionados, justificar o transplante cardíaco, pela gravidade do seu potencial evolutivo após o início dos sintomasCardiac amyloidosis is a disease with a gloom life expectance after the beginning of the symptomatic phase, usually with sudden death as the final event. The aggression to other organs, although, can make heart transplantation a disputable form of treatment taking into consideration the shortage of donor organs. The aim is to report the evolution with a survival of seven years after heart transplantation and in very fair condition of a patient with amyloidosis. One year after the heart transplantation, there was indication of renal transplantation also from the aggression from the disease. This patient compares' favorable with three other patients also from our service, who died early after de diagnosis. Even considering the multi systemic nature of amyloidosis, we can accept that in peculiar patients justified the heart transplantation, taking in the consideration the very bad prognosis of the disease

  2. Domainwise Web Page Optimization Based On Clustered Query Sessions Using Hybrid Of Trust And ACO For Effective Information Retrieval

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    Dr. Suruchi Chawla

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract In this paper hybrid of Ant Colony OptimizationACO and trust has been used for domainwise web page optimization in clustered query sessions for effective Information retrieval. The trust of the web page identifies its degree of relevance in satisfying specific information need of the user. The trusted web pages when optimized using pheromone updates in ACO will identify the trusted colonies of web pages which will be relevant to users information need in a given domain. Hence in this paper the hybrid of Trust and ACO has been used on clustered query sessions for identifying more and more relevant number of documents in a given domain in order to better satisfy the information need of the user. Experiment was conducted on the data set of web query sessions to test the effectiveness of the proposed approach in selected three domains Academics Entertainment and Sports and the results confirm the improvement in the precision of search results.

  3. A novel phylogeny and morphological reconstruction of the PIN genes and first phylogeny of the ACC-oxidases (ACOs

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    Ronald Matthew Clouse

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The PIN and ACO gene families present interesting questions about the evolution of plant physiology, including testing hypotheses about the ecological drivers of their diversification and whether unrelated genes have been recruited for similar functions. The PIN-formed proteins contribute to the polar transport of auxin, a hormone which regulates plant growth and development. PIN loci are categorized into groups according to their protein length and structure, as well as subcellular localization. An interesting question with PIN genes is the nature of the ancestral form and location. ACOs are members of a superfamily of oxygenases and oxidases that catalyze the last step of ethylene synthesis, which regulates many aspects of the plant life cycle. We used publicly available PIN and ACO sequences to conduct phylogenetic analyses. Third codon positions of these genes in monocots have a high GC content, which could be historical but is more likely due to a mutational bias. Thus we developed methods to extract phylogenetic information from nucleotide sequences while avoiding this convergent feature. One method consisted in using only A-T transformations, and another used only the first and second codon positions for serine, which can only take A or T and G or C, respectively. We also conducted tree-searches for both gene families using unaligned amino acid sequences and dynamic homology. PIN genes appear to have diversified earlier than ACOs, with monocot and dicot copies more mixed in the phylogeny. However, gymnosperm PINs appear to be derived and not closely related to those from primitive plants. We find strong support for a long PIN gene ancestor with short forms subsequently evolving one or more times. ACO genes appear to have diversified mostly since the dicot-monocot split, as most genes cluster into a small number of monocot and dicot clades when the tree is rooted by genes from mosses. Gymnosperm ACOs were recovered as closely related and

  4. A novel phylogeny and morphological reconstruction of the PIN genes and first phylogeny of the ACC-oxidases (ACOs).

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    Clouse, Ronald M; Carraro, Nicola

    2014-01-01

    The PIN and ACO gene families present interesting questions about the evolution of plant physiology, including testing hypotheses about the ecological drivers of their diversification and whether unrelated genes have been recruited for similar functions. The PIN-formed proteins contribute to the polar transport of auxin, a hormone which regulates plant growth and development. PIN loci are categorized into groups according to their protein length and structure, as well as subcellular localization. An interesting question with PIN genes is the nature of the ancestral form and location. ACOs are members of a superfamily of oxygenases and oxidases that catalyze the last step of ethylene synthesis, which regulates many aspects of the plant life cycle. We used publicly available PIN and ACO sequences to conduct phylogenetic analyses. Third codon positions of these genes in monocots have a high GC content, which could be historical but is more likely due to a mutational bias. Thus, we developed methods to extract phylogenetic information from nucleotide sequences while avoiding this convergent feature. One method consisted in using only A-T transformations, and another used only the first and second codon positions for serine, which can only take A or T and G or C, respectively. We also conducted tree-searches for both gene families using unaligned amino acid sequences and dynamic homology. PIN genes appear to have diversified earlier than ACOs, with monocot and dicot copies more mixed in the phylogeny. However, gymnosperm PINs appear to be derived and not closely related to those from primitive plants. We find strong support for a long PIN gene ancestor with short forms subsequently evolving one or more times. ACO genes appear to have diversified mostly since the dicot-monocot split, as most genes cluster into a small number of monocot and dicot clades when the tree is rooted by genes from mosses. Gymnosperm ACOs were recovered as closely related and derived.

  5. A novel phylogeny and morphological reconstruction of the PIN genes and first phylogeny of the ACC-oxidases (ACOs).

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    Clouse, Ronald M; Carraro, Nicola

    2014-01-01

    The PIN and ACO gene families present interesting questions about the evolution of plant physiology, including testing hypotheses about the ecological drivers of their diversification and whether unrelated genes have been recruited for similar functions. The PIN-formed proteins contribute to the polar transport of auxin, a hormone which regulates plant growth and development. PIN loci are categorized into groups according to their protein length and structure, as well as subcellular localization. An interesting question with PIN genes is the nature of the ancestral form and location. ACOs are members of a superfamily of oxygenases and oxidases that catalyze the last step of ethylene synthesis, which regulates many aspects of the plant life cycle. We used publicly available PIN and ACO sequences to conduct phylogenetic analyses. Third codon positions of these genes in monocots have a high GC content, which could be historical but is more likely due to a mutational bias. Thus, we developed methods to extract phylogenetic information from nucleotide sequences while avoiding this convergent feature. One method consisted in using only A-T transformations, and another used only the first and second codon positions for serine, which can only take A or T and G or C, respectively. We also conducted tree-searches for both gene families using unaligned amino acid sequences and dynamic homology. PIN genes appear to have diversified earlier than ACOs, with monocot and dicot copies more mixed in the phylogeny. However, gymnosperm PINs appear to be derived and not closely related to those from primitive plants. We find strong support for a long PIN gene ancestor with short forms subsequently evolving one or more times. ACO genes appear to have diversified mostly since the dicot-monocot split, as most genes cluster into a small number of monocot and dicot clades when the tree is rooted by genes from mosses. Gymnosperm ACOs were recovered as closely related and derived. PMID

  6. Segmented Foil SEM Grids at Fermilab

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    Kopp, Sacha E; Childress, Sam; Ford, R; Harris, Debbie; Indurthy, Dharmaraj; Kendziora, Cary; Moore, Craig D; Pavlovich, Zarko; Proga, Marek; Tassotto, Gianni; Zwaska, Robert M

    2005-01-01

    We present recent beam data from a new design of a profile monitor for proton beams at Fermilab. The monitors, consisting of grids of segmented Ti foils 5micrometers thick, are secondary-electron emission monitors (SEM's). We review data on the device's precision on beam centroid position, beam width, and on beam loss associated with the SEM material placed in the beam.

  7. Arquivos e Web Semântica

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    Ramalho, José Carlos

    2014-01-01

    Apresentação efetuada em "Arquivos e Web semântica : ciclo de reflexões e debates”, Coimbra, 2014 Nesta palestra abordou-se a aplicação das tecnologias da Web Semântica no contexto dos arquivos

  8. Studies on Pumice Lightweight Aggregate Concrete with Quarry Dust Using Mathematical Modeling Aid of ACO Techniques

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    J. Rex

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The lightweight aggregate is an aggregate that weighs less than the usual rock aggregate and the quarry dust is a rock particle used in the concrete for the experimentation. The significant intention of the proposed technique is to frame a mathematical modeling with the aid of the optimization techniques. The mathematical modeling is done by minimizing the cost and time consumed in the case of extension of the real time experiment. The proposed mathematical modeling is utilized to predict four output parameters such as compressive strength (Mpa, split tensile strength (Mpa, flexural strength (Mpa, and deflection (in mm. Here, the modeling is carried out with three different optimization techniques like genetic algorithm (GA, particle swarm optimization (PSO, and ant colony optimization (ACO with 80% of data from experiment utilized for the training and the remaining 20% for the validation. Finally, while testing, the error value is minimized and the performance obtained in the ACO for the parameters such as compressive strength, split tensile strength, flexural strength, and deflection is 91%, 98%, 87%, and 94% of predicted values, respectively, in the mathematical modeling.

  9. Marcadores cardíacos na medicina veterinária Cardiac markers in veterinary medicine

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    Letícia Andreza Yonezawa

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Os marcadores cardíacos são utilizados com o intuito de auxiliar no diagnóstico clínico de animais com doença cardíaca com maior acurácia e em menor tempo possível, possibilitando o estabelecimento do prognóstico e a terapia precocemente. Entretanto, em medicina veterinária, no Brasil, sua aplicabilidade ainda é, em geral, restrita a pesquisas. Esta revisão tem como objetivo abordar os principais marcadores cardíacos para que futuramente estes possam se tornar índices essenciais na avaliação cardíaca.Cardiac markers have been used in order to assist clinical diagnosis of animals with heart disease, more accurately, enabling the establishment of earlier prognosis and therapy. However, in Brazilian veterinary medicine, these markers are generally still restricted to researches. This review aims to approach the major cardiac markers, which further may become essential indexes in heart assessment.

  10. Optimization of Vibration Reduction Ability of Ladder Tracks by FEM Coupled with ACO

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    Hao Jin

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Ladder track, which has drawn increased attention in scientific communities, is an effective method for reducing vibrations from underground railways. In order to optimize the vibration reduction ability of ladder track, a new method, that is, the finite element method (FEM coupled with ant colony optimization (ACO, has been proposed in this paper. We describe how to build the FEM model verified by the vibration tests in the Track Vibration Abatement and Control Laboratory and how to couple the FEM with ACO. The density and elasticity modulus of the sleeper pad are optimized using this method. After optimization, the vibration acceleration level of the supporting platform in the 1–200 Hz range was reduced from 102.8 dB to 94.4 dB. The optimized density of the sleeper pad is 620 kg/m3, and the optimized elasticity modulus of the sleeper pad is 6.25 × 106 N/m2.

  11. Application of GA, PSO, and ACO Algorithms to Path Planning of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

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    Mohammad Pourmahmood Aghababa; Mohammad Hossein Amrollahi; Mehdi Borjkhani

    2012-01-01

    In this paper,an underwater vehicle was modeled with six dimensional nonlinear equations of motion,controlled by DC motors in all degrees of freedom.Near-optimal trajectories in an energetic environment for underwater vehicles were computed using a numerical solution of a nonlinear optimal control problem (NOCP).An energy performance index as a cost function,which should be minimized,was defined.The resulting problem was a two-point boundary value problem (TPBVP).A genetic algorithm (GA),particle swarm optimization (PSO),and ant colony optimization (ACO) algorithms were applied to solve the resulting TPBVP.Applying an Euler-Lagrange equation to the NOCE a conjugate gradient penalty method was also adopted to solve the TPBVP.The problem of energetic environments,involving some energy sources,was discussed.Some near-optimal paths were found using a GA,PSO,and ACO algorithms.Finally,the problem of collision avoidance in an energetic environment was also taken into account.

  12. Sarcoidosis cardíaca: trasplante cardíaco y recidiva de la enfermedad

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    César A. Belziti

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available RESUMENLa sarcoidosis cardíaca es una enfermedad granulomatosa multisistémica de causa desconocida.El compromiso aislado del corazón es poco frecuente y el pronóstico se correlacionacon el grado de afectación de este órgano. El tratamiento inmunosupresor y el trasplantecardíaco han demostrado que prolongan la sobrevida; no obstante, existen comunicacionesde recidiva de la enfermedad en el órgano implantado. En esta presentación se describe uncaso de recidiva de sarcoidosis cardíaca en un paciente con miocardiopatía dilatada coninsuficiencia cardíaca avanzada, sometido a un trasplante cardíaco y en quien el diagnósticode sarcoidosis cardíaca se estableció por el estudio anatomopatológico del corazón explantado.La evolución clínica fue favorable a pesar de la recidiva de la sarcoidosis en el órgano implantado.REV ARGENT CARDIOL 2010;78:358-360.

  13. NHETS - Estudo de Necrópsias de Pacientes Submetidos a Transplante Cardíaco

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    Thiago Ninck Valette

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Fundamento: Discordâncias entre diagnóstico pre e post-mortem são relatadas na literatura, podendo variar de 4,1 a 49,8% dentre os casos encaminhados para exame necroscópico, com importante repercussão no tratamento dos pacientes. Objetivo: Analisar pacientes com óbito após o transplante cardíaco e confrontar os diagnósticos pre e post-mortem. Métodos: Por meio da revisão de prontuários, foram analisados dados clínicos, presença de comorbidades, esquema de imunossupressão, exames laboratoriais, causa clínica do óbito e causa do óbito à necrópsia. Foram confrontadas, então, a causa clínica e a causa necroscópica do óbito de cada paciente. Resultados: Foram analisados 48 óbitos submetidos à necrópsia no período de 2000 a 2010; 29 (60,4% tiveram diagnósticos clínico e necroscópico concordantes, 16 (33,3% tiveram diagnósticos discordantes e três (6,3% tiveram diagnóstico não esclarecido. Entre os discordantes, 15 (31,3% apresentaram possível impacto na sobrevida e um (2,1% não apresentou impacto na sobrevida. O principal diagnóstico clínico feito equivocadamente foi o de infecção, com cinco casos (26,7% dos discordantes, seguido por rejeição hiperaguda, com quatro casos (20% dos discordantes, e tromboembolismo pulmonar, com três casos (13,3% dos discordantes. Conclusão: Discordâncias entre o diagnóstico clínico e achados da necrópsia são comumente encontradas no transplante cardíaco. Novas estratégias no aperfeiçoamento do diagnóstico clínico devem ser introduzidas, considerando-se os resultados da necrópsia para melhoria do tratamento da insuficiência cardíaca por meio do transplante cardíaco.

  14. SEM probe of IC radiation sensitivity

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    Gauthier, M. K.; Stanley, A. G.

    1979-01-01

    Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) used to irradiate single integrated circuit (IC) subcomponent to test for radiation sensitivity can localize area of IC less than .03 by .03 mm for determination of exact location of radiation sensitive section.

  15. Herramientas de wikis semánticos

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    Feijóo Fraga, Alejandro

    2012-01-01

    Este trabajo pretende hacer un análisis sobre la web semántica, centrándose en los wikis semánticos, definiendo qué son, cómo trabajan, estableciendo las situaciones en las que son necesarios..., y concluyendo con un estado del arte de las herramientas que se nos ofrecen y analizando una de ellas. Aquest treball pretén fer una anàlisi sobre la web semàntica, centrant-se en els wikis semàntics, definint què són, com treballen, establint les situacions en què són necessaris..., i concloent a...

  16. Anastomose cavo-pulmonar total sem uso de material protético

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Demonstrar a viabilidade na feitura de túnel cava inferior-cava superior com retalho da parede atrial direita, evitando o emprego de material protético. Casuística e Métodos: Foram operados 2 pacientes nos quais se empregou a técnica de anastomose cavo-pulmonar total, sem uso de material protético. O primeiro caso, A.L.M., masc, 4 anos, 15 kg, era portador de atresia tricúspide (EP, com comunicação interventricular (CIV restritiva. O segundo caso, M.E.N.O., fem, 15 anos, 47 kg, tinha doença de Ebstein. O controle pós-operatório dos pacientes foi feito com ecocardiograma e cateterismo cardíaco. As operações foram realizadas com o emprego de circulação extracorpórea (CEC, e cardioplegia sangüínea como método de proteção miocárdica. A canulação das cavas foi o mais distal possível. A tunelização foi realizada com retalho de tecido atrial direito, suturado ao septo interatrial, deixando-se o seio coronariano e a comunicação interatrial (CIA para a esquerda. Resultados: Ambos os pacientes evoluíram, sem complicações, na UTI. O primeiro apresentou derrame pleural discreto à direita, e o segundo mantém-se em estimulação artificial (VVI,R. Conclusões: A tunelização intra-atrial para anastomose cavo-pulmonar total pode ser realizada sem o uso de material protético, evitando-se os riscos advindos do seu emprego (calcificação, retração, embolização.

  17. METROLOGICAL PERFORMANCE OF SEM 3D TECHNIQUES

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    Marinello, Francesco; Carmignato, Simone; Savio, Enrico;

    2008-01-01

    This paper addresses the metrological performance of three-dimensional measurements performed with Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEMs) using reconstruction of surface topography through stereo-photogrammetry. Reconstruction is based on the model function introduced by Piazzesi adapted for eucent...... condition are studied, in order to define a strategy to optimise the measurements taking account of the critical factors in SEM 3D reconstruction. Investigations were performed on a novel sample, specifically developed and implemented for the tests....

  18. Segmented foil SEM grids at Fermilab

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    Kopp, S.; Indurthy, D.; Pavlovic, Z.; Proga, M.; Zwaska, R.; /Texas U.; Baller, B.; Childress, S.; Ford, R.; Harris, D.; Kendziora, C.; Moore, Craig D.; Tassotto, G.; /Fermilab

    2005-05-01

    We present recent beam data from a new design of a profile monitor for proton beams at Fermilab. The monitors, consisting of grids of segmented Ti foils 5{micro}m thick, are secondary-electron emission monitors (SEM's) We review data on the device's precision on beam centroid position, beam width, and on beam loss associated with the SEM material placed in the beam.

  19. Transplante cardíaco humano: experiência inicial Human cardiac transplant: initial experience

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    Noedir A. G Stolf; Edimar Bocchi; Pedro C. P Lemos; Fábio Biscegli Jatene; Pablo M. A. Pomerantzeff; Lourdes Higushi; Jorge Kalil; Alfredo I. FIORELLI; José Otávio C Auler Júnior; Giovanni Bellotti; Lélio A Silva; Fúlvio Pileggi; Adib D Jatene

    1986-01-01

    No Instituto do Coração, de março de 1985 a fevereiro de 1986,11 pacientes foram submetidos a transplante cardíaco ortotópico. Eram todos do sexo masculino, com idade variando de 39 a 54 anos; 6 com cardiopatia isquémica, 4 com cardiomiopatia dilatada e um com cardiomiopatia chagásica. Foi realizado estudo hemodinâmico através de catéter de Swan-Ganz, no pré-operatório, no pós-operatório, após estabilização na unidade de recuperação, e trinta ou mais dias após o transplante. Os dados mostram ...

  20. Experimental evaluation of a R134a/CO2 cascade refrigeration plant

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    We present the experimental evaluation of a R134a/CO2 cascade refrigeration plant designed for low evaporation temperature in commercial refrigeration applications. The test bench incorporates two single-stage vapour compression cycles driven by semi hermetic compressors coupled thermally through two brazed plate cascade heat exchangers working in parallel and controlled by electronic expansion valves. The experimental evaluation (45 steady-states) covers evaporating temperatures from −40 to −30 °C and condensing from 30 to 50 °C. In each steady-state, we conducted a sweep of the condensing temperature of the low temperature cycle with speed variation of the high temperature compressor. Here, the energy performance of the plant is analysed, focussing on the compressors' performance, temperature difference in the cascade heat exchanger, cooling capacity, COP and compressors discharge temperatures. - Highlights: • The experimental evaluation of a R134a/CO2 cascade refrigeration plant is presented. • Temperature difference in cascade heat exchanger varied from 3.3 to 5.3 °C. • Variation of intermediate level produced maximum COP variations of 6%. • Cooling capacity ranged from 4.5 kW (−40 and 40 °C) to 7.5 kW (−30 and 30 °C). • COP ranged from 1.05 (−40 and 40 °C) to 1.65 (−30 and 30 °C)

  1. Experiência com transplante cardíaco heterotópico em pacientes com resistência pulmonar elevada: seguimento tardio Experiencia con trasplante cardíaco heterotópico en pacientes con resistencia pulmonar elevada: seguimiento tardío Experience with heterotopic heart transplantation in patients with elevated pulmonary vascular resistance: late follow-up

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    Jose Henrique Andrade Vila

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: Nos últimos anos o numero de artigos sobre transplante cardíaco heterotópico tem sido escasso na literatura, inclusive internacional, e em particular do seguimento de longo prazo destes pacientes, o que levou ao presente relato. OBJETIVO: Relatar a experiência clínica inicial e evolução tardia de quatro pacientes submetidos a transplante cardíaco heterotópico, sua indicação e principais complicações. MÉTODOS: As cirurgias ocorreram entre 1992 e 2001, sendo que a indicação de transplante heterotópico, em todas, foi pela RVP, variável de 4,8UW a 6.5UW, com gradiente transpulmonar acima de 15mmHg. No 3º paciente, foi realizada uma anastomose direta entre as artérias pulmonares sem emprego de tubo protético e, no coração nativo, foi realizada uma valvoplastia mitral e aneurismectomia de ventrículo esquerdo (VE. O esquema imunossupressor imediato foi duplo com ciclosporina e azatioprina nos três primeiros pacientes e ciclosporina e micofenolato mofetil no 4º paciente. RESULTADOS: Um óbito imediato por falência do enxerto, um óbito após dois anos e meio por endocardite em trombo intraventricular no coração nativo, e um terceiro óbito seis anos após o transplante, por complicações pós-operatórias de cirurgia na valva aórtica do coração nativo. O remanescente, 15 anos após o transplante, encontra-se bem, em classe funcional II (NYHA, seis anos após a oclusão cirúrgica da valva aórtica do coração nativo. CONCLUSÃO: O transplante cardíaco heterotópico é um procedimento com resultado inferior ao transplante cardíaco ortotópico, por apresentarem maior RVP. Os trombos intraventriculares no coração nativo, que exigem anticoagulação prolongada, bem como as complicações de válvula aórtica, também no coração nativo, podem exigir tratamento cirúrgico. Entretanto, em um paciente, a sobrevida de 15 anos mostrou a eficácia de longo prazo desse tipo de alternativa, para pacientes

  2. Oxford CyberSEM: remote microscopy

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    The Internet has enabled researchers to communicate over vast geographical distances, sharing ideas and documents. e-Science, underpinned by Grid and Web Services, has enabled electronic communications to the next level where, in addition to document sharing, researchers can increasingly control high precision scientific instruments over the network. The Oxford CyberSEM project developed a simple Java applet via which samples placed in a JEOL 5510LV Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) can be manipulated and examined collaboratively over the Internet. Designed with schoolchildren in mind, CyberSEM does not require any additional hardware or software other than a generic Java-enabled web browser. This paper reflects on both the technical and social challenges in designing real-time systems for controlling scientific equipments in collaborative environments. Furthermore, it proposes potential deployment beyond the classroom setting.

  3. A novel method for "Wet" SEM.

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    Barshack, Iris; Kopolovic, Juri; Chowers, Yehuda; Gileadi, Opher; Vainshtein, Anya; Zik, Ory; Behar, Vered

    2004-01-01

    Progress in the processing of wet tissues, without the need of fixation and complex preparation procedures, may facilitate the microscopic examination of tissues and cells. Microscopic examination of tissues is a central tool in clinical diagnosis as well as in diverse areas of research. The authors present the application of Wet SEM, a technology for imaging fully hydrated samples at atmospheric pressure in a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The technique is based on 2 principles. First, samples are imaged in sealed specimen capsules and are separated from the evacuated interior of the electron microscope by a thin, electron-transparent partition membrane that is strong enough to sustain a 1-atm pressure difference. Second, imaging is done in a SEM, based on detection of backscattered electrons, which penetrate a few microns into the specimen and thus give information on the cellular level.

  4. FIB-SEM tomography in biology.

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    Kizilyaprak, Caroline; Bittermann, Anne Greet; Daraspe, Jean; Humbel, Bruno M

    2014-01-01

    Three-dimensional information is much easier to understand than a set of two-dimensional images. Therefore a layman is thrilled by the pseudo-3D image taken in a scanning electron microscope (SEM) while, when seeing a transmission electron micrograph, his imagination is challenged. First approaches to gain insight in the third dimension were to make serial microtome sections of a region of interest (ROI) and then building a model of the object. Serial microtome sectioning is a tedious and skill-demanding work and therefore seldom done. In the last two decades with the increase of computer power, sophisticated display options, and the development of new instruments, an SEM with a built-in microtome as well as a focused ion beam scanning electron microscope (FIB-SEM), serial sectioning, and 3D analysis has become far easier and faster.Due to the relief like topology of the microtome trimmed block face of resin-embedded tissue, the ROI can be searched in the secondary electron mode, and at the selected spot, the ROI is prepared with the ion beam for 3D analysis. For FIB-SEM tomography, a thin slice is removed with the ion beam and the newly exposed face is imaged with the electron beam, usually by recording the backscattered electrons. The process, also called "slice and view," is repeated until the desired volume is imaged.As FIB-SEM allows 3D imaging of biological fine structure at high resolution of only small volumes, it is crucial to perform slice and view at carefully selected spots. Finding the region of interest is therefore a prerequisite for meaningful imaging. Thin layer plastification of biofilms offers direct access to the original sample surface and allows the selection of an ROI for site-specific FIB-SEM tomography just by its pronounced topographic features.

  5. Does Sexually Explicit Media (SEM) Affect Me?

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    Hald, Gert Martin; Træen, Bente; Noor, Syed W;

    2015-01-01

    and understanding of one’s sexual orientation.First-person effects refer to self-perceived and self-reported effects of SEM consumptionas experienced by the consumer. In addition, the study examined and provided athorough validation of the psychometric properties of the seven-item PornographyConsumption Effect......Using a self-selected online sample of 448 Norwegian men who have sex with men(MSM) and a cross-sectional design, the present study investigated first-person effectsof sexually explicit media (SEM) consumption on sexual knowledge, enjoyment of andinterest in sex, attitudes towards sex...

  6. The Marker Gene ACO of Fruits Preservation%果树果实保鲜力强弱标记基因ACO

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    张太奎; 纵丹; 朱芳明; 贺笑; 刘惠民; 张汉尧

    2015-01-01

    果树果实的成熟期与保鲜是影响其经济价值的重要因素,ACC氧化酶是植物乙烯合成途径中的重要酶,催化ACC合成乙烯,进而催化果实的成熟.研究ACC氧化酶基因(ACO)对标记和提高果实的保鲜力具有重要意义.本研究对中华猕猴桃(Actinidia chinensis)、美味猕猴桃(Actinidia deliciosa)、杏(Prunus armeniaca)、葡萄(Vitis vinifera)、苹果(Malus domestica)、西洋梨(Pyrus communis)、沙梨(Pyrus pyrifolia)、桃(Prunus persica)、梅(Prunus mume)、大蕉(Musa ABB)10种果树的ACO基因进行氨基酸序列、蛋白质理化性质及结构、系统发育等生物信息学进行分析,并对这10种果树进行聚类.结果表明:(1)苹果较梅更耐储藏,桃与杏保鲜能力相当,西洋梨和沙梨保鲜力相当,中华猕猴桃和美味猕猴桃保鲜力相当;(2) ACO基因可用于同科物种间保鲜能力的选择,这可能与ACO基因编码氨基酸序列18位点处变异、2OG-Fell Oxy基因家族的高度保守和ACO的多元作用机制有关;(3) ACO的作用机制为在游离核糖体上合成稳定的亲水性蛋白质后,不经蛋白转运,直接在细胞膜内表面氧化ACC合成乙烯,受基因型和外界刺激的多重影响.因此,果树ACO基因可用于属间物种间果实保鲜能力的选择,是一个重要的功能基因.

  7. Building a SEM Analytics Reporting Portfolio

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    Goff, Jay W.; Williams, Brian G.; Kilgore, Wendy

    2016-01-01

    Effective strategic enrollment management (SEM) efforts require vast amounts of internal and external data to ensure that meaningful reporting and analysis systems can assist managers in decision making. A wide range of information is integral for leading effective and efficient student recruitment and retention programs. This article is designed…

  8. Taponamiento cardíaco secundario a carcinoma papilar esclerosante difuso de tiroides

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    Verónica Riva

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available El carcinoma papilar, variante esclerosante difusa, corresponde al 2% de todos los carcinomas papilares de la tiroides. Se caracteriza por comprometer de manera difusa y bilateral a la glándula tiroides. Clínicamente se manifiesta con metástasis ganglionares y pulmonares, afectando predominantemente a mujeres jóvenes. Se describe un caso de taponamiento cardíaco como presentación inicial de un carcinoma papilar de tiroides variante esclerosante difusa. Una mujer de 32 años concurrió al servicio de emergencias médicas refiriendo epigastralgia y tos seca. Durante el examen físico se constató hipotensión arterial, taquicardia y ruidos cardíacos disminuidos. Se realizó un ecocardiograma, observándose derrame pericárdico. Por medio de una pericardiocentesis se obtuvo líquido pericárdico, cuyo análisis mostró células neoplásicas. Durante la evolución la paciente presentó recurrencia del derrame pericárdico por lo que se realizó una ventana pleuropericárdica, detectándose durante la cirugía una lesión nodular subpleural, la cual fue biopsiada e informada posteriormente como una metástasis de carcinoma papilar vinculable a origen tiroideo. Se realizó una tiroidectomía total con linfadenectomía cervical bilateral. El diagnóstico final fue carcinoma papilar, variante esclerosante difusa. Esta variante infiltra el tejido conectivo de los espacios interfoliculares, simulando una tiroiditis y se caracteriza por una permeación vascular temprana. En oposición a la variante clásica, la esclerosante difusa presenta mayor agresividad y mayor tasa de recurrencia. El carcinoma papilar de tiroides debe tenerse presente como diagnóstico diferencial en nuestro medio, en todas aquellas lesiones neoplásicas papilares metastásicas, más aún si se trata de mujeres jóvenes.

  9. 基于多蚁群的并行ACO算法%Parallel ACO Algorithm Based on Multiple Ant Colony

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    夏鸿斌; 须文波; 刘渊

    2009-01-01

    This paper proposes and implements a new approach to parallel Ant Colony Optimization(ACO) algorithms by changing the behavior of ACO. In view of the shortcomings for ant algorithms' stagnant, by improving selection strategies, a new selection and search strategies with parallel adaptive mechanisms are implemented, so as to strengthen its global search capability, and the method of data parallel is used to reduce communication time between processors and get a better solution. The performance of the proposed parallel algorithm, applied to the Traveling Salesman Problem(TSP), is investigated and evaluated with respect to solution quality and computational effort. Experimental results demonstrate that the proposed algorithm outperforms the sequential ant colony system as well as the existing parallel ACO algorithms.%通过改变蚁群优化(ACO)算法行为,提出一种新的ACO并行化策略--并行多蚁群ACO算法.针对蚁群算法存在停滞现象的缺点,改进选择策略,实现具有自适应并行机制的选择和搜索策略,以加强其全局搜索能力.并行处理采用数据并行的手段,能减少处理器间的通信时间并获得更好的解.以对称TSP测试集为对象进行比较实验,结果表明,该算法相对于串行算法及现有的并行算法具有一定的优势.

  10. No ROI in ACO. Risk, expense of Medicare program has most for-profit groups shying away.

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    Kutscher, Beth

    2012-04-23

    For-profit healthcare companies aren't beating down the door to get in on Medicare ACOs. Several of the big chains say there is too much uncertainty about the experiment, and they're waiting to see how the program evolves. One company on the sideline is Capella Healthcare. Chairman and CEO Daniel Slipkovich, left, says there is a potential for high patient dropout rates and risks in population management. PMID:22571000

  11. Eight reasons payer interoperability and data sharing are essential in ACOs. Interoperability standards could be a prerequisite to measuring care.

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    Mookencherry, Shefali

    2012-01-01

    It makes strategic and business sense for payers and providers to collaborate on how to take substantial cost out of the healthcare delivery system. Acting independently, neither medical groups, hospitals nor health plans have the optimal mix of resources and incentives to significantly reduce costs. Payers have core assets such as marketing, claims data, claims processing, reimbursement systems and capital. It would be cost prohibitive for all but the largest providers to develop these capabilities in order to compete directly with insurers. Likewise, medical groups and hospitals are positioned to foster financial interdependence among providers and coordinate the continuum of patient illnesses and care settings. Payers and providers should commit to reasonable clinical and cost goals, and share resources to minimize expenses and financial risks. It is in the interest of payers to work closely with providers on risk-management strategies because insurers need synergy with ACOs to remain cost competitive. It is in the interest of ACOs to work collaboratively with payers early on to develop reasonable and effective performance benchmarks. Hence, it is essential to have payer interoperability and data sharing integrated in an ACO model. PMID:22352172

  12. The Norma cluster (ACO3627): II. The near infrared K_s-band luminosity function

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    Skelton, R E; Kraan-Korteweg, R C

    2009-01-01

    A deep K_s-band photometric catalogue of galaxies at the core of the rich, nearby Norma cluster (ACO3627) is presented. The survey covers about 45 by 45 square arcmin (slightly less than 1/3 Abell radius), which corresponds to approx. 0.8 Mpc^2 at the adopted distance (v_cmb/H0) of 70 Mpc of this cluster. The survey is estimated to be complete to a magnitude of M_Ks <~ -19.5 mag. This extends into the dwarf regime, 6 magnitudes below M_Ks*. The catalogue contains 390 objects, 235 of which are classified as likely or definite galaxies and 155 as candidate galaxies. The Ks-band luminosity function (LF) is constructed from the photometric sample, using a spectroscopic subsample to correct for fore- and background contamination. We fit a Schechter function with a characteristic magnitude of M_Ks* = -25.39 \\pm 0.80 mag and faint-end slope of alpha = -1.26 \\pm 0.10 to the data. The shape of the LF is similar to those found in previous determinations of the cluster LF, in both optical and near infrared. The Schec...

  13. The cluster lens ACO 1703: redshift contrast and the inner profile

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    Saha, Prasenjit

    2008-01-01

    ACO 1703 is a cluster recently found to have a variety of strongly lensed objects: there is a quintuply-imaged system at z=0.888 and several other lensed objects from z=2.2 to 3.0 (the cluster itself is at z=0.28). It is not difficult to model the lens, as previous work has already done. However, lens models are generically non-unique. We generate ensembles of models to explore the non-uniqueness. When the full range of source redshifts is included, all models are close to \\rho \\propto r^{-1} out to 200 kpc. But if the quint is omitted, both shallower and steeper models (e.g., \\rho \\propto r^{-2}) are possible. The reason is that the redshift contrast between the quint and the other sources gives a good measurement of the enclosed mass at two different radii, thus providing a good estimate of the mass profile in between. This result supports universal profiles and explains why single-model approaches can give conflicting results. The mass map itself is elongated in the NW-SE direction, like the galaxy distrib...

  14. ACO-zeotype iron aluminum phosphates with variable Al/Fe ratios controlled by F⁻ ions.

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    Wang, Yanyan; Li, Yi; Wang, Lei; Zhang, Jingzhe; Yan, Yan; Li, Jiyang; Yu, Jihong; Wang, Jincheng; Xu, Ruren

    2011-03-01

    Three new iron aluminum phosphates |(C(2)H(10)N(2))(4)|[Fe(8 - x)Al(x)F(x)(H(2)O)(2 - x)(PO(4))(8)]·2H(2)O (χ = 1.64, 1.33, 0.80) with ACO-zeotype structures denoted as FeAPO-CJ66(a), FeAPO-CJ66(b), and FeAPO-CJ66(c), respectively, have been synthesized in the fluoride ion system. Their framework structures are made of double 4-ring (D4R) building units formed by the alternating connection of Fe(Al)O(4)F(O) trigonal bipyramids and PO(4) tetrahedra, which possess 3D intersecting 8-ring channels running along the [001], [010], and [100] directions. Fluoride ions or water molecules reside in the center of D4Rs, and diprotonated ethylenediamine cations and water molecules are occluded in the free space of channels to stabilize the whole structure. Notably, the Al/Fe ratios in the frameworks can be effectively controlled from 1/3.9 to 1/5.0 to 1/9.0 by adjusting the amounts of phosphoric acid and hydrofluoric acid added to the initial reaction mixture. Mössbauer and magnetic measurements show that the Fe ions in the compounds are bivalent and undergo antiferromagnetic ordering at room temperature.

  15. Task Scheduling problem in distributed systems considering communication cost and precedence by population-based ACO

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    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available With regard to the fact of the rapid growth of distributed systems and their large spectrum of usage of proposing and representing controlling solutions and optimization of task execution procedures is one of the most important issues. Task scheduling in distributed systems has determining role in improving efficiency in applications such as communication, routing, production plans and project management. The most important issues of good schedule are minimizing makespan and average of waiting time. However, the recent and previous effort usually focused on minimizing makespan. This article presents and analyze a new method based on Ant Colony Optimization (ACO algorithm with considerations to precedence and communication cost for task scheduling problem. In the mentioned method in addition to optimization of finish time, average of waiting time and number of needed processors are also optimized. In this method, by using of a new heuristic list, an algorithm based on ant colony is proposed. The results obtained in comparison with the latest similar models of random search algorithms, proves the higher efficiency of algorithm.

  16. 向日葵ACC氧化酶基因(HaACO1)的克隆及表达分析%Cloning and Expression Analysis of ACC Oxidase Gene (HaACO1) from Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.)

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    孙瑞芬; 张艳芳; 郭树春; 于海峰; 李素萍; 乔慧蕾; 聂惠; 安玉麟

    2015-01-01

    目的:克隆向日葵中的ACC氧化酶基因(HaACO1),并对其进行生物信息学分析及盐胁迫表达分析,为理解向日葵ACC氧化酶生理功能并加强对ACO基因的利用奠定基础.方法:以前期从盐胁迫的内葵杂4号根中获得的ACC氧化酶基因片段4-4-7TDF(KM823963)为基础,通过RT-PCR和5'/3' RACE技术克隆ACO基因的全长cDNA序列,利用生物信息学软件对获得的eDNA序列及编码的蛋白质序列进行分析.同时采用PCR方法克隆基因组DNA(genemic DNA,gDNA)序列,并对其进行结构分析.利用实时荧光定量PCR分析NaCl胁迫下向日葵根、下胚轴、叶中HaACO1的表达量和不同NaCl浓度及不同胁迫时间下根中HaACO1的表达量.结果:HaACO1的cDNA序列全长为1 135bp,其开放阅读框为942bp,编码313个氨基酸.预测其分子质量和等电点分别为35.84kDa和5.13,基因登录号为KP966508.HaACO1与已报道的多种植物的ACO基因核苷酸序列及其推导的氨基酸序列有较高的相似性,分别为76% ~ 83%和77% ~88%.gDNA起始密码子至终止密码子序列长1 018bp,包含2个外显子和1个内含子,基因登录号为KP988289.实时荧光定量PCR分析表明向日葵HaACO1在不同器官及不同NaCl浓度、不同时间诱导下存在特异性表达差异.结论:获得的向日葵HaACO1是植物ACO家族成员之一,该基因应答盐胁迫具有独特的表达模式.

  17. Seafloor earthquake measurement system, SEMS IV

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    Platzbecker, M.R.; Ehasz, J.P.; Franco, R.J.

    1997-07-01

    Staff of the Telemetry Technology Development Department (2664) have, in support of the U.S. Interior Department Mineral Management Services (MMS), developed and deployed the Seafloor Earthquake Measurement System IV (SEMS IV). The result of this development project is a series of three fully operational seafloor seismic monitor systems located at offshore platforms: Eureka, Grace, and Irene. The instrument probes are embedded from three to seven feet into the seafloor and hardwired to seismic data recorders installed top side at the offshore platforms. The probes and underwater cables were designed to survive the seafloor environment with an operation life of five years. The units have been operational for two years and have produced recordings of several minor earthquakes in that time. Sandia Labs will transfer operation of SEMS IV to MMS contractors in the coming months. 29 figs., 25 tabs.

  18. SEM investigation of heart tissue samples

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    Saunders, R; Amoroso, M [Physics Department, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago)

    2010-07-01

    We used the scanning electron microscope to examine the cardiac tissue of a cow (Bos taurus), a pig (Sus scrofa), and a human (Homo sapiens). 1mm{sup 3} blocks of left ventricular tissue were prepared for SEM scanning by fixing in 96% ethanol followed by critical point drying (cryofixation), then sputter-coating with gold. The typical ridged structure of the myofibrils was observed for all the species. In addition crystal like structures were found in one of the samples of the heart tissue of the pig. These structures were investigated further using an EDVAC x-ray analysis attachment to the SEM. Elemental x-ray analysis showed highest peaks occurred for gold, followed by carbon, oxygen, magnesium and potassium. As the samples were coated with gold for conductivity, this highest peak is expected. Much lower peaks at carbon, oxygen, magnesium and potassium suggest that a cystallized salt such as a carbonate was present in the tissue before sacrifice.

  19. SEM investigation of heart tissue samples

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    We used the scanning electron microscope to examine the cardiac tissue of a cow (Bos taurus), a pig (Sus scrofa), and a human (Homo sapiens). 1mm3 blocks of left ventricular tissue were prepared for SEM scanning by fixing in 96% ethanol followed by critical point drying (cryofixation), then sputter-coating with gold. The typical ridged structure of the myofibrils was observed for all the species. In addition crystal like structures were found in one of the samples of the heart tissue of the pig. These structures were investigated further using an EDVAC x-ray analysis attachment to the SEM. Elemental x-ray analysis showed highest peaks occurred for gold, followed by carbon, oxygen, magnesium and potassium. As the samples were coated with gold for conductivity, this highest peak is expected. Much lower peaks at carbon, oxygen, magnesium and potassium suggest that a cystallized salt such as a carbonate was present in the tissue before sacrifice.

  20. Viewing Integrated-Circuit Interconnections By SEM

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    Lawton, Russel A.; Gauldin, Robert E.; Ruiz, Ronald P.

    1990-01-01

    Back-scattering of energetic electrons reveals hidden metal layers. Experiment shows that with suitable operating adjustments, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) used to look for defects in aluminum interconnections in integrated circuits. Enables monitoring, in situ, of changes in defects caused by changes in temperature. Gives truer picture of defects, as etching can change stress field of metal-and-passivation pattern, causing changes in defects.

  1. REGISTRO DE PARO CARDÍACO EN EL ADULTO Registries of outer hospital cardiac arrest in Bogotta-Colombia

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    Ricardo Navarro Vargas

    2005-07-01

    Full Text Available En nuestro país no hay un registro estandarizado de los eventos cardíacos que requieren reanimación cerebro-cardio-pulmonar (RCCP siguiendo los lineamientos "Utstein". El propósito de este estudio fue determinar la calidad de los registros extrahospitalarios de paro cardíaco en el adulto, en Bogotá-Colombia. Entre enero y marzo de 2005 se realizó un análisis retrospectivo de los casos que correspondieron a paro cardíaco en el adulto atendidos por el "Centro Regulador de Urgencias del Distrito (CRU". El estudio reveló un registro deficiente de los eventos que requirieron RCCP realizados a nivel prehospitalario, e identificó al trauma como causa de paro cardíaco en 22% de los casos, una cifra particularmente elevada si se compara con los reportes mundiales, que oscilan entre 5% y 8%. Recomienda la estandarización del registro de paro cardíaco en el adulto, para lo cual se sugiere utilizar el formato de registro que sigue los lineamientos "Utstein".There is not a standardized registry form of cardiac events requiring cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR in our country such as the Utstein style. The purpose of this study was to determine the quality of the registries of out-ofhospital cardiac arrests in Bogotá-Colombia. A retrospective survey of registries of cardiac events assisted by a regulatory center "Centro Regulador de Urgencias del Distrito (CRU" was conducted, between January and March, 2005. The study reveals a poor registry of outof-hospital cardiac arrest in Bogotá-Colombia, and identifies trauma as the cause of cardiac arrest in 22% of cases, a particularly high figure compared with 5-8% registered worldwide. Recommend the standardization of the registry form of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and suggest to use the "uniform reporting of data following cardiac arrest - the Utstein style". The registry forms are shown in appendix 1-2. Suggestions are welcome.

  2. Curvelet based offline analysis of SEM images.

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    Full Text Available Manual offline analysis, of a scanning electron microscopy (SEM image, is a time consuming process and requires continuous human intervention and efforts. This paper presents an image processing based method for automated offline analyses of SEM images. To this end, our strategy relies on a two-stage process, viz. texture analysis and quantification. The method involves a preprocessing step, aimed at the noise removal, in order to avoid false edges. For texture analysis, the proposed method employs a state of the art Curvelet transform followed by segmentation through a combination of entropy filtering, thresholding and mathematical morphology (MM. The quantification is carried out by the application of a box-counting algorithm, for fractal dimension (FD calculations, with the ultimate goal of measuring the parameters, like surface area and perimeter. The perimeter is estimated indirectly by counting the boundary boxes of the filled shapes. The proposed method, when applied to a representative set of SEM images, not only showed better results in image segmentation but also exhibited a good accuracy in the calculation of surface area and perimeter. The proposed method outperforms the well-known Watershed segmentation algorithm.

  3. Multi-signal FIB/SEM tomography

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    Giannuzzi, Lucille A.

    2012-06-01

    Focused ion beam (FIB) milling coupled with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) on the same platform enables 3D microstructural analysis of structures using FIB for serial sectioning and SEM for imaging. Since FIB milling is a destructive technique, the acquisition of multiple signals from each slice is desirable. The feasibility of collecting both an inlens backscattered electron (BSE) signal and an inlens secondary electron (SE) simultaneously from a single scan of the electron beam from each FIB slice is demonstrated. The simultaneous acquisition of two different SE signals from two different detectors (inlens vs. Everhart-Thornley (ET) detector) is also possible. Obtaining multiple signals from each FIB slice with one scan increases the acquisition throughput. In addition, optimization of microstructural and morphological information from the target is achieved using multi-signals. Examples of multi-signal FIB/SEM tomography from a dental implant will be provided where both material contrast from the bone/ceramic coating/Ti substrate phases and porosity in the ceramic coating will be characterized.

  4. Qualidade de vida de pacientes submetidos ao transplante cardíaco: aplicação da escala Whoqol-Bref Calidad de vida de pacientes sometidos a transplante cardíaco: aplicación de la escala Whoqol-Bref Quality of life of patients that had a heart transplant: application of Whoqol-Bref scale

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    Maria Isis Freire de Aguiar; Deisiana Rios Farias; Mabel Leite Pinheiro; Emília Soares Chaves; Isaura Letícia Tavares Palmeira Rolim; Paulo César de Almeida

    2011-01-01

    FUNDAMENTO: O sucesso do transplante cardíaco significa garantir a sobrevida dos pacientes com cardiopatia e permitir-lhes desenvolver suas atividades diárias. O transplante cardíaco apresenta-se como a primeira opção de tratamento na falência cardíaca, representando um aumento de sobrevida e qualidade de vida dos transplantados. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a qualidade de vida de pacientes submetidos ao transplante cardíaco através da aplicação de uma escala padronizada (Whoqol-Bref). MÉTODOS: Estudo e...

  5. Tumores cardíacos: 10 anos de experiência

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    Antônio Augusto MIANA

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Avaliar a experiência cirúrgica do grupo no tratamento dos tumores cardíacos durante o período de janeiro de 1985 a dezembro de 1994. Casuística e Métodos: De um total de 2268 cirurgias cardíacas com circulação extracorpórea realizadas neste período de 10 anos, 6 foram para extirpação de tumores intracavitários, perfazendo 0,26% dos casos. Destes, 3 eram mixomas de átrio esquerdo, 1 fibroelastoma papilar de valva mitral, 1 rabdomioma de ventrículo esquerdo e 1 fibroma de ventrículo esquerdo. A forma clínica de apresentação foi embolia sistêmica (3 casos ou insuficiência cardíaca (3 casos. O diagnóstico foi ecocardiográfico (5 casos e angiográfico (6 casos. Resultados: Todos os pacientes tiveram evolução imediata favorável, exceto 1 deles, com mixoma de átrio equerdo, que evoluiu com mediastinite e septicemia, vindo a falecer e constituindo o único óbito hospitalar. O seguimento pós-operatório tardio, obtido em 4 pacientes (15 a 111 meses - média 49 ± 36,8 meses, não detectou qualquer recidiva, encontrando-se todos em classe funcional I (NYHA. Conclusões: Os autores concluem que os tumores cardíacos são bastante raros, de fácil diagnóstico desde que considerados, na grande maioria benignos e que cursam favoravelmente com a extirpação cirúrgica.Purpose: To review the surgical experience of our group in the treatment of primary cardiac tumors, during a 10 year period beginning January 1985 till December 1994. Material and Methods: From a total of 2268 cardiac surgeries with the aid of extracorporeal circulation performed during this 10 year period, there were 6 cases of intracavitary tumor resection, an incidence of 0.26%. Three were myxomas of the left atrium, 1 papillary fibroelastoma of the mitral valve, 1 rhabdomyoma of the left ventricule and 1 fibroma of the left ventricle. Three patients presented systemic embolism and the other three congestive heart failure. The diagnosis was confirmed

  6. Changes in oxidative stress in transgenic RNAi ACO1 tomato fruit during ripening

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    Eglous, Najat Mohamed; Ali, Zainon Mohd; Hassan, Maizom; Zainal, Zamri

    2013-11-01

    Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum L.) is the second most cultivated vegetable in the world and widely used as a system for studying the role of ethylene during fruit ripening. Our objective was to study the oxidative stress and antioxidative metabolism during ripening of non transgenic tomato and transgenic line-21 tomato which reduced ethylene. The line-21 of transgenic tomato plants (RNAi ACO1) had lower ethylene production and longer shelf-life more than 32 days as compared to the wild-type fruits which have very short shelf-life. In this study, tomato fruit were divided into five different stages (MG: mature green 5%, B: breaker 25%, T: turning 50%, O: orange75%, RR: red ripe100%). The activity of lipoxygenase (LOX) and lipid peroxidation (MDA) were measured to assess changes in oxidative stress. The LOX activity and MDA content decreased significantly obtaining 2.6-fold and 1.2-fold, respectively, as compared to the wild type fruit. However, superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT) activities were increased to 1.9 and 1.2 folds from the mature green to the fully ripe stage in transgenic tomatoes. Furthermore, the wild type tomato increases 1.3 in SOD and 1.6 in CAT activities. The overall results indicate that the wild type tomato fruit showed a faster rate of ripening, parallel to decline in the rate of enzymatic antioxidative systems as compared to the transgenic line-21 tomato fruit. In addition, the results show that the antioxidant capacity is improved during the ripening process and is accompanied by an increase in the oxidative stress.

  7. O ciberativismo sem bússola

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    Francisco Rüdiger

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Questiona-se no texto se uma abordagem que, no essencial, relata a trajetória do chamado ciberativismo de acordo com seus próprios termos se justifica academicamente ou, em vez disso, se mantém prisioneira de uma mitologia que o fenômeno, em si mesmo, já construiu e, por isso, autoriza seus sujeitos a dispensarem sem prejuízo eventual contribuição de origem universitária.

  8. Tools to measure CD-SEM performance

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    Kim, Jihoon; Jalhadi, Kiran; Deo, Sachin; Lee, Soo-Young; Joy, David

    2006-03-01

    It is important to be able to quantify the imaging performance of CD-SEMs for such purposes as verifying the specification, rechecking after a routine maintenance, or for tool matching. To perform tests such as these it is necessary to have both appropriate software for image analysis and suitable test samples. A package of 2-D Fourier transform and analysis software, designed as a plug-in for the shareware IMAGE-Java program, has been developed and is freely available on line. The requirement for a reproducible and well characterized sample has been met by using direct-write electron beam lithography to fabricate suitable Fresnel zone plate structures.

  9. SEMS vs cSEMS in duodenal and small bowel obstruction: High risk of migration in the covered stent group

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    Waidmann, Oliver; Trojan, Jörg; Friedrich-Rust, Mireen; Sarrazin, Christoph; Bechstein, Wolf Otto; Ulrich, Frank; Zeuzem, Stefan; Albert, Jörg Gerhard

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    Aim: To compare clinical success and complications of uncovered self-expanding metal stents (SEMS) vs covered SEMS (cSEMS) in obstruction of the small bowel. Methods: Technical success, complications and outcome of endoscopic SEMS or cSEMS placement in tumor related obstruction of the duodenum or jejunum were retrospectively assessed. The primary end points were rates of stent migration and overgrowth. Secondary end points were the effect of concomitant biliary drainage on migration rate a...

  10. SmartPATH: An Efficient Hybrid ACO-GA Algorithm for Solving the Global Path Planning Problem of Mobile Robots

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    Imen Châari

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Path planning is a fundamental optimization problem that is crucial for the navigation of a mobile robot. Among the vast array of optimization approaches, we focus in this paper on Ant Colony Optimization (ACO and Genetic Algorithms (GA for solving the global path planning problem in a static environment, considering their effectiveness in solving such a problem. Our objective is to design an efficient hybrid algorithm that takes profit of the advantages of both ACO and GA approaches for the sake of maximizing the chance to find the optimal path even under real-time constraints. In this paper, we present smartPATH, a new hybrid ACO-GA algorithm that relies on the combination of an improved ACO algorithm (IACO for efficient and fast path selection, and a modified crossover operator to reduce the risk of falling into a local minimum. We demonstrate through extensive simulations that smartPATH outperforms classical ACO (CACO, GA algorithms. It also outperforms the Dijkstra exact method in solving the path planning problem for large graph environments. It improves the solution quality up to 57% in comparison with CACO and reduces the execution time up to 83% as compared to Dijkstra for large and dense graphs. In addition, the experimental results on a real robot shows that smartPATH finds the optimal path with a probability up to 80% with a small gap not exceeding 1m in 98%.

  11. Sedação com sufentanil e clonidina em pacientes submetidos a cateterismo cardíaco

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    Anita Perpetua Carvalho Rocha

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: A sedação para a realização de cateterismo cardíaco tem sido alvo de preocupação. Benzodiazepínicos, agonistas alfa-2 adrenérgicos e opioides são utilizados para esse fim, entretanto, cada um destes medicamentos possui vantagens e desvantagens. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a eficácia do sufentanil e da clonidina como sedativos em pacientes submetidos a cateterismo cardíaco, observando o impacto dos mesmos sobre os parâmetros hemodinâmicos e respiratórios, a presença de efeitos colaterais, além da satisfação do paciente e do hemodinamicista com o exame. MÉTODOS: Trata-se de um ensaio clínico prospectivo, duplo-cego, randomizado e controlado, que envolveu 60 pacientes que receberam 0,1 µg/kg de sufentanil ou 0,5 µg/kg de clonidina antes da realização do cateterismo cardíaco. O escore de sedação segundo a escala de Ramsay, a necessidade de utilização de midazolam, os efeitos colaterais, os parâmetros hemodinâmicos e respiratórios foram registrados, sendo os dados analisados em 06 diferentes momentos. RESULTADOS: O comportamento da pressão arterial, da frequência cardíaca e da frequência respiratória foi semelhante nos dois grupos, entretanto, no momento 2, os pacientes do grupo sufentanil (Grupo S apresentaram menor escore de sedação segundo a escala de Ramsay, e a saturação periférica da oxihemoglobina foi menor que o grupo clonidina (Grupo C no momento 6. Os pacientes do Grupo S apresentaram maior incidência de náusea e vômito pós-operatório que os pacientes do Grupo C. A satisfação dos pacientes foi maior no grupo clonidina. Os hemodinamicistas mostraram-se satisfeitos nos dois grupos. CONCLUSÃO: O sufentanil e a clonidina foram efetivos como sedativos em pacientes submetidos a cateterismo cardíaco.

  12. XML i Web Semàntica

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    Abarca Corrales, Felix

    2005-01-01

    En aquest treball es realitza una descripció dels llenguatges que constitueixen la base de la construcció de la Web Semàntica: l'XML, l'RDF i l'OWL. En concret, es realitza un estudi de la base de dades lèxica WordNet. Finalment, es presenta el disseny i la implementació d'una ontologia per representar les relacions lèxiques dels mots del català. A partir d'aquesta ontologia es crea una petita base de dades basada en la temàtica dels animals de companyia. Aquest cas pràctic permet extreure co...

  13. Solar variability observed with GMS/SEM

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    Nagai, Tsugunobu

    1987-06-01

    Daily averaged data on energetic protons, alpha particles, and electrons obtained between 1978-1986 with different channels of SEM aboard the Geostationary Meteorological Satellite 'Himawari' are presented and discussed. Most solar particle events (SPEs), observed in the P2-P6 and A1-A5 channels, show a gradual rise and a further gradual decay of the particle fluxes, although some SREs displayed a sharp rise and a gradual decay. SPEs, which occurred frequently in the 1978-1979 and 1981-1982 periods, were less frequent after 1983; however, there occurred several large and energetic SREs between 1983 and 1986. Therefore, the long-term trend in the high-energy particle ejection from the sun is quite different from that in the sunspot number. The fluxes from the EL and P1 channel response, largely due to energetic particles trapped in the earth's magnetic field, show substorm-induced variations, the characteristics of which depend highly on local time.

  14. Sem analysis zirconia-ceramic adhesion interface

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    CARDELLI, P.; VERTUCCI, V.; MONTANI, M.; ARCURI, C.

    2015-01-01

    SUMMARY Objectives Modern dentistry increasingly tends to use materials aesthetically acceptable and biomimetic. Among these are zirconia and ceramics for several years, a combination that now has becoming synonym of aesthetic; however, what could be the real link between these two materials and especially its nature, remains a controversial topic debated in the literature. The aim of our study was to “underline” the type of bonding that could exist between these materials. Materials and methods To investigate the nature of this bond we used a SEM microscopy (Zeiss SUPRA 25). Different bilaminar specimens: “white” zirconia Zircodent® and ceramic “Noritake®”, after being tested with loading test in bending (three-point-bending) and FEM analysis, were analyzed by SEM. Fragments’ analysis in closeness of the fracture’s point has allowed us to be able to “see” if at large magnifications between these two materials, and without the use of linear, could exist a lasting bond and the possible type of failure that could incur. Results From our analysis of the specimens’ fragments analyzed after test Equipment, it is difficult to highlight a clear margin and no-adhesion zones between the two materials, although the analysis involving fragments adjacent to the fracture that has taken place at the time of Mechanical test Equipment. Conclusions According to our analysis and with all the clarification of the case, we can assume that you can obtain a long and lasting bond between the zirconia and ceramics. Agree to the data present in the literature, we can say that the type of bond varies according to the type of specimens and of course also the type of failure. In samples where the superstructure envelops the ceramic framework Zirconium we are in the presence of a cohesive failure, otherwise in a presence of adhesive failure. PMID:27555905

  15. Nondestructive SEM for surface and subsurface wafer imaging

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    Propst, Roy H.; Bagnell, C. Robert; Cole, Edward I., Jr.; Davies, Brian G.; Dibianca, Frank A.; Johnson, Darryl G.; Oxford, William V.; Smith, Craig A.

    1987-01-01

    The scanning electron microscope (SEM) is considered as a tool for both failure analysis as well as device characterization. A survey is made of various operational SEM modes and their applicability to image processing methods on semiconductor devices.

  16. The luminal surface of thyroid cysts in SEM

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    Zelander, T; Kirkeby, S

    1978-01-01

    Four of the five kinds of cells constituting the walls of thyroid cysts can be identified in the SEM. These are cuboidal cells, mucous cells, cells with large granules and ciliated cells. A correlation between SEM and TEM observations is attempted.......Four of the five kinds of cells constituting the walls of thyroid cysts can be identified in the SEM. These are cuboidal cells, mucous cells, cells with large granules and ciliated cells. A correlation between SEM and TEM observations is attempted....

  17. Drenagem anômala total das veias pulmonares: terapêutica cirúrgica dos tipos anatômicos infracardíaco e misto

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    Atik Fernando Antibas

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Estudar a evolução hospitalar em portadores de drenagem anômala total de veias pulmonares (DATVP, nas formas infracardíaca e mista, submetidos a tratamento cirúrgico. MÉTODOS: De 65 pacientes operados com o diagnóstico isolado de DATVP, de dezembro/1993 a março/2002, foram selecionados, retrospectivamente, 7 (10,8% pacientes das formas mista e infradiafragmática, sendo 5 (71,4% do sexo masculino, idades variando de 5 dias a 19 (média de 7 meses, com diagnóstico clínico feito pelo ecocardiograma bidimensional. Quatro (57,1% pacientes apresentavam formas mistas, em um, obstrutiva intrínseca, com estenose discreta da veia inferior esquerda. Os restantes três (42,9% apresentavam a forma infradiafragmática obstrutiva, extrínseca ao nível do diafragma. Todas as operações foram realizadas através de esternotomia mediana, sob circulação extracorpórea hipotérmica com parada circulatória total em 2 casos. RESULTADOS: Óbito hospitalar ocorreu em 1 paciente com DATVP infradiafragmática com conexão da veia vertical inferior com a veia porta. A causa mortis foi relacionada à falência de múltiplos órgãos e sistemas. O pós-operatório foi caracterizado pela presença de baixo débito cardíaco e hipertensão pulmonar em 4 (57,1% pacientes. CONCLUSÃO: O resultado da correção cirúrgica desta anomalia está associado à morbidade e mortalidade aceitáveis, na dependência do encaminhamento e tratamento cirúrgico precoces, sem progressão do quadro de hipertensão vascular pulmonar.

  18. In-situ tensile testing of propellant samples within SEM

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    Benedetto, G.L. di; Ramshorst, M.C.J. van; Duvalois, W.; Hooijmeijer, P.A.; Heijden, A.E.D.M. van der; Klerk, W.P.C. de

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    A tensile module system placed within a FEI NovaNanoSEM 650 Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) was utilized in this work to conduct in-situ tensile testing of propellant material samples. This tensile module system allows for real-time in-situ SEM analysis of the samples to determine the failure mec

  19. Wiki semánticas basadas en Folksonomics

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    Torres, Diego

    2009-01-01

    Sumario: La web y el conocimiento. Web semántica. Wikis semánticas. Construcción colaborativa de conocimiento. Información personal en una wiki semántica. P-SWOOKI. Evaluación. Trabajo a futuro y conclusiones.

  20. Interacciones entre dispositivos cardíacos implantables y modalidades fisioterapéuticas: ¿Mito o realidad?

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    Genevieve C. Digby

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available La fisioterapia se ha transformado en una especialidad que claramente incide en la calidad de vida de nuestros pacientes. En poblaciones añosas, el uso de fisioterapia incluye múltiples modalidades para un alto número de distintas enfermedades. Varios informes sobre posibles interacciones negativas entre las distintas modalidades de fisioterapia y los dispositivos cardíacos implantables (marcapasos y cardiodesfibriladores han sido publicados en los últimos aňos. A pesar de ello, existe muy poca evidencia y guías precisas para identificar cuáles son las modalidades de fisioterapia seguras a utilizar en esta población de pacientes. En la siguiente revisión, nos propusimos resumir las interacciones documentadas entre fisioterapia y dispositivos cardíacos implantables (DCI, discutir el estándar actual de estas prácticas e identificar las principales consideraciones que existen desde la perspectiva de un servicio de electrofisiología cardíaca, para el tratamiento adecuado en estos pacientes. Finalmente, abogamos por fortalecer la colaboración entre fisioterapeutas y electrofisiólogos, con el fin de asegurar una óptima y segura atención de este grupo de pacientes.

  1. Aplicações do ecocardiograma intracardíaco no laboratório de eletrofisiologia

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    Eduardo B. Saad

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available O ecocardiograma intracardíaco (EIC proporciona uma visualização detalhada das estruturas cardíacas, combinada a informações hemodinâmicas, permitindo posicionamento acurado e em tempo real do posicionamento dos cateteres, redução do tempo de exposição à fluoroscopia, e a monitorização de complicações agudas durante o procedimento eletrofisiológico (ex. formação de trombos, derrame pericárdico, tamponamento cardíaco. Por isso, a sua utilização tem sido crescente, principalmente na ablação da fibrilação atrial e das arritmias ventriculares. Na ablação de fibrilação atrial demonstra grande utilidade por fornecer dados anatômicos do átrio esquerdo e veias pulmonares, auxiliar nas punções transeptais, localizar o óstio e antro das veias pulmonares, monitorizar a lesão tecidual durante a aplicação de radiofrequência (RF, prevenir injúria esofágica através da monitorização das lesões por RF na parede posterior do átrio esquerdo e avaliar o fluxo das veias pulmonares.

  2. Manejo de las dislipidemias en pacientes cardíacos trasplantados. Hallazgos sobre nuevos factores de riesgo

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    Walter Masson

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available En pacientes cardíacos trasplantados, el desarrollo de enfermedad vascular coronaria es una complicación frecuente y la dislipidemia es uno de los predictores más importantes. Los inmunosupresores predisponen a las dislipidemias y dificultan la utilización de hipolipemiantes. En este grupo particular de pacientes se recomienda alcanzar las metas terapéuticas de prevención secundaria. Las estatinas son los hipolipemiantes de elección. No existen recomendaciones claras sobre nuevos factores de riesgo, como la homocisteína y la lipoproteína (a [Lp(a].Con el objetivo de conocer el perfil lipídico, la prevalencia de homocisteinemia y de Lp(a elevadas, el cumplimiento de las metas terapéuticas y la tolerancia a la medicación, se incluyeron en el estudio 23 pacientes cardíacos trasplantados. Los resultados mostraron que el cumplimiento de las metas lipídicas fue aceptable y que el 65% recibía tratamiento hipolipemiante. El uso de estatinas fue seguro. Se encontró una prevalencia alta de homocisteína y Lp(a elevadas. Su implicación en la modificación del tratamiento se desconoce.

  3. Transient absorption spectroscopy in biology using the Super-ACO storage ring FEL and the synchrotron radiation combination

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    Renault, E; De Ninno, G; Garzella, D; Hirsch, M; Nahon, L; Nutarelli, D

    2001-01-01

    The Super-ACO storage ring FEL, covering the UV range down to 300 nm with a high average power (300 mW at 350 nm) together with a high stability and long lifetime, is a unique tool for the performance of users applications. We present here the first pump-probe two color experiments on biological species using a storage ring FEL coupled to the synchrotron radiation. The intense UV pulse of the Super-ACO FEL is used to prepare a high initial concentration of chromophores in their first singlet electronic excited state. The nearby bending magnet synchrotron radiation provides, on the other hand a pulsed, white light continuum (UV-IR), naturally synchronized with the FEL pulses and used to probe the photochemical subsequent events and the associated transient species. We have demonstrated the feasibility with a dye molecule (POPOP) observing a two-color effect, signature of excited state absorption and a temporal signature with Acridine. Applications on various chromophores of biological interest are carried out,...

  4. Trasplante cardíaco y de médula ósea en un paciente

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    CÉSAR BELZITI

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available RESUMENLa amiloidosis es una enfermedad infiltrativa sistémica que compromete al corazón y representauna causa importante de miocardiopatía restrictiva.Se describe el caso de un paciente masculino de 35 años con insuficiencia cardíaca avanzadasecundaria a miocardiopatía infiltrativa por depósito amiloide. Durante su evaluación serealizó diagnóstico de neoplasia de células plasmáticas. Debido a la rápida progresión de lossíntomas, el deterioro de la función ventricular y la incapacidad para tolerar el tratamientoadecuado para su enfermedad hematológica, se realizó trasplante cardíaco seguido de trasplanteautólogo de médula ósea sin complicaciones. La presentación de este caso constituyela primera comunicación en nuestro país de trasplante cardíaco seguido de trasplante demédula ósea como tratamiento de la amiloidosis cardíaca.REV ARGENT CARDIOL 2009;77;309-311.

  5. Acute Care of At-Risk Newborns (ACoRN): quantitative and qualitative educational evaluation of the program in a region of China

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    Singhal Nalini; Lockyer Jocelyn; Fidler Herta; Aziz Khalid; McMillan Douglas; Qiu Xiangming; Ma Xiaolu; Du Lizhong; Lee Shoo K

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    Abstract Background The Acute Care of at-Risk Newborns (ACoRN) program was developed in Canada for trained health care providers for the identification and management of newborns who are at-risk and/or become unwell in the first few hours or days after birth. The ACoRN process follows an 8-step framework that enables the evaluation and management of babies irrespective of the experience or expertise of the caregiving individual or team. This study assesses the applicability of the program to ...

  6. Imunocitomonitorização em pacientes transplantados cardíacos Immunocytomonitorization in patients submitted to cardiac transplantation

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    Ricardo Manrique

    1990-04-01

    Full Text Available A técnica de Imunocitomonitorização (CIM - Cytologrcal and Immunologic Monitoring, fundamenta-se na avaliação de mudanças nas subpopulações de linfócitos e seus precursores celulares, durante o processo rejeição aguda. O método avalia a ativação precoce pela contagem do número de: linfócitos ativados, linfoblastos e prolinfócitos (aqui chamados em conjunto de linfócitos ativos, quando esses se apresentam acima do limite superior normal. Utilizamos essa técnica para seguimento e controle da atividade da imunologia celular em 9 pacientes transplantados cardíacos. Também foram submetidos ao CIM para verificar a faixa de normalidade de ativação linfocítica 20 voluntários normais e cinco pacientes candidatos ao transplante cardíaco. Ambos os grupos não tinham antecedentes de quadro de infecção ou alteração imunológica. Para obtenção do controle positivo, testamos 10 pacientes com infecção bacteriana ou virai, previamente diagnosticados por exames bacterianos e/ou sorológicos. Foram observados valores de 1,8% de linfócitos ativos nos indivíduos normais e 3,2% nos candidatos ao transplante cardíaco. Dos 63 testes realizados nos transplantados cardíacos, quatro deles se mostraram positivos, onde três desses tratavam-se de casos de infecção e um confirmado como processo de rejeição aguda em evolução. O tempo médio necessário para a realização da CIM foi de aproximadamente duas horas. A técnica utiliza mostrou-se valiosa no reconhecimento imunológico dos pacientes transplantados cardíacos, pela sua sensibilidade diagnostica, baixo custo e rapidez.The immunocytomonitorization technique (CIM - Cytological and Immunologic Monitoring is based on assessment of changes in the subpopulations of lyphocyte and their precursor cells, while under the acute rejection. The method assesses the precocious activation by counting the number of the lymphocytes normal and actives, lymphoblasts and prolymphocytes (here

  7. EPA Region 2 SEMS_CERCLIS Sites All [R2] and SEMS_CERCLIS Sites NPL [R2] GIS Layers

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — The Region 2 SEMS_CERCLIS Sites All [R2] GIS layer contains unique Superfund Enterprise Management System (SEMS) site records. These records have the following...

  8. Semântica e lexicografia

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    Julio Casares

    2001-01-01

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    A Semântica e a Lexicografia se interpenetram mutuamente porque a Lexicografia não se limita a recolher as palavras do léxico, mas procura descrever a significação dos vocábulos e seus usos. O lexicógrafo também se ocupa de evolução dos sentidos das palavras para estabelecer a escala das acepções de um signo lexical. Casares conceitua acepção e discute o problema da discriminação das acepções e da sua ordenação no caso de palavras polissêmicas. Outra Questão delicada para o lexicógrafo é o reconhecimento e a identificação correta dos valores metafóricos. O autor usa como exemplo ilustrativo o verbete lat. ordo > esp. orden (port. ordem, signo polissêmico. Traça gráficos da ma-, lha de significações na semântica evolutiva dessa palavra, do étimo original latino ao espanhol moderno. Casares também trata do problema da lematização, ou seja, a decisão técnica de escolher como entrada de um dicionário, uma ou outra forma vocabular, o que envolve controvérsias permanentes em meio aos lexicólogos sobre as lexias (palavras complexas e como e quando se dá a categorização lexical de um polinómio vocabular. Esse problema é ampliado por causa da tradição caótica de muitas grafias, particularmente no caso de "locuções vocabulares". Advoga as vantagens e as virtudes de um dicionário que tivesse um índice de freqüência do uso de cada palavra, ou de cada acepção de um vocábulo.

  9. Analysis list: sem-4 [Chip-atlas[Archive

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  10. Intelligent Search Method Based ACO Techniques for a Multistage Decision Problem EDP/LFP

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    Mostefa RAHLI

    2006-07-01

    the algorithm getting to him a rate preferably more or less justifiable. In operational research, this subject is known under the name of CPO [14] (combinatory problem optimization.The choice of a numerical method to use for a merged case study and calculation of the LFP/Fitting/EDP what is [7, 8, 9, 10, 18, 19, 20] (in theoretical form of a problem compensates the final decision to adopt and a strategy of optimal production (which is a practical problem form and the final task most wanted.Each method is imposed by:· The algorithm complexity.· In an application gathering all calculations, the number of uses of method compared to the total number of later issues.· The maximum number of iterations for a given use.· The maximum iterations count allowed for this algorithm kind.· The limitations of the algorithm such as: applicability of a method (algorithm adapted or not to the problem; does the problem constrained or not; problem dimension or order N (N ≤ Nmax; the algorithm stability.It's well-known that for an approached calculation method, the propagation of errors strongly conditions the need of making its adequate choice and if it can be adopted compared to others for the same area.More is the number of the elementary operations is large more the final result misses precision and especially if the finality of the study is a responsible decision to make and a satisfaction of constraints and multiple conditions. Our study proposes an inference based solution (AI with the use of ACO technique (Ant colony Optimization2.

  11. Expression Study of LeGAPDH, LeACO1, LeACS1A, and LeACS2 in Tomato Fruit (Solanum lycopersicum

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    Pijar Riza Anugerah

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Tomato is a climacteric fruit, which is characterized by ripening-related increase of respiration and elevated ethylene synthesis. Ethylene is the key hormone in ripening process of climacteric fruits. The objective of this research is to study the expression of three ethylene synthesis genes: LeACO1, LeACS1A, LeACS2, and a housekeeping gene LeGAPDH in ripening tomato fruit. Specific primers have been designed to amplify complementary DNA fragment of LeGAPDH (143 bp, LeACO1 (240 bp, LeACS1A (169 bp, and LeACS2 (148 bp using polymerase chain reaction. Nucleotide BLAST results of the complementary DNA fragments show high similarity with LeGAPDH (NM_001247874.1, LeACO1 (NM_001247095.1, LeACS1A(NM_001246993.1, LeACS2 (NM_001247249.1, respectively. Expression study showed that LeACO1, LeACS1A, LeACS2, and LeGAPDH genes were expressed in ripening tomato fruit. Isolation methods, reference sequences, and primers used in this study can be used in future experiments to study expression of genes responsible for ethylene synthesis using quantitative polymerase chain reaction and to design better strategy for controlling fruit ripening in agroindustry.

  12. Meta-heurística ACO (Ant Colony Optimization) para la resolución de problemas en líneas de producción

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    Bautista Valhondo, Joaquín; Bretón Blas, Javier; Fernández Ros, José Antonio; De la Rosa Herrero, Marcela

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    La meta-heurística ACO (Ant Colony Optimization) es un procedimiento heurístico para la resolución de problemas de optimización discreta basado en el comportamiento de las hormigas. Sus principales características son: (1) la utilización de

  13. Hybridisations Of Simulated Annealing And Modified Simplex Algorithms On A Path Of Steepest Ascent With Multi-Response For Optimal Parameter Settings Of ACO

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    Luangpaiboon, P.

    2009-10-01

    Many entrepreneurs face to extreme conditions for instances; costs, quality, sales and services. Moreover, technology has always been intertwined with our demands. Then almost manufacturers or assembling lines adopt it and come out with more complicated process inevitably. At this stage, products and service improvement need to be shifted from competitors with sustainability. So, a simulated process optimisation is an alternative way for solving huge and complex problems. Metaheuristics are sequential processes that perform exploration and exploitation in the solution space aiming to efficiently find near optimal solutions with natural intelligence as a source of inspiration. One of the most well-known metaheuristics is called Ant Colony Optimisation, ACO. This paper is conducted to give an aid in complicatedness of using ACO in terms of its parameters: number of iterations, ants and moves. Proper levels of these parameters are analysed on eight noisy continuous non-linear continuous response surfaces. Considering the solution space in a specified region, some surfaces contain global optimum and multiple local optimums and some are with a curved ridge. ACO parameters are determined through hybridisations of Modified Simplex and Simulated Annealing methods on the path of Steepest Ascent, SAM. SAM was introduced to recommend preferable levels of ACO parameters via statistically significant regression analysis and Taguchi's signal to noise ratio. Other performance achievements include minimax and mean squared error measures. A series of computational experiments using each algorithm were conducted. Experimental results were analysed in terms of mean, design points and best so far solutions. It was found that results obtained from a hybridisation with stochastic procedures of Simulated Annealing method were better than that using Modified Simplex algorithm. However, the average execution time of experimental runs and number of design points using hybridisations were

  14. Certeza diagnóstica en la mortalidad de una población de pacientes con trasplante cardíaco

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    Marcos Amuchástegui

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available RESUMENIntroducciónA pesar de que la morbimortalidad en el trasplante cardíaco ha sido motivo de extensoanálisis, la mayoría de los estudios y registros de mortalidad en pacientes trasplantados sebasan sobre datos clínicos. En la bibliografía existen comunicaciones aisladas de autopsiasen pacientes con trasplante cardíaco.ObjetivoDeterminar la importancia de la realización de estudios anatomopatológicos para el diagnósticode causa de muerte en un programa de trasplante cardíaco.Material y métodosSe incluyeron todos los pacientes con trasplante cardíaco fallecidos entre enero 1990 y enero2005. El diagnóstico definitivo de la causa de muerte fue corroborado por autopsia obiopsia de órgano sólido. Las causas de muerte evaluadas fueron falla precoz del injerto,rechazo celular, infección, enfermedad vascular del injerto, neoplasia y otros.ResultadosDurante el período en estudio 73 pacientes fueron sometidos a trasplante cardíaco; de ellos,fallecieron 31. Se obtuvieron 12 autopsias y 7 biopsias de órgano sólido que certificaron lacausa de muerte (61%. La causa de muerte más frecuente fue el rechazo celular mayor degrado III. En el 12,9%, la anatomía patológica difirió de la sospecha clínica de la causa demuerte.ConclusiónLa información clinicopatológica derivada de estudios post mortem es un indicador de nuestrarealidad asistencial y se constituye en un pilar fundamental para el conocimiento y elmanejo futuro de los pacientes trasplantados, por lo que consideramos que la realización deautopsias en estos pacientes es de vital importancia.REV ARGENT CARDIOL 2008;76:292-294.

  15. Certeza diagnóstica en la mortalidad de una población de pacientes con trasplante cardíaco

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    Marcos Amuchástegui (h,

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Introducción A pesar de que la morbimortalidad en el trasplante cardíaco ha sido motivo de extenso análisis, la mayoría de los estudios y registros de mortalidad en pacientes trasplantados se basan sobre datos clínicos. En la bibliografía existen comunicaciones aisladas de autopsias en pacientes con trasplante cardíaco.Objetivo Determinar la importancia de la realización de estudios anatomopatológicos para el diagnóstico de causa de muerte en un programa de trasplante cardíaco.Material y métodosSe incluyeron todos los pacientes con trasplante cardíaco fallecidos entre enero 1990 y enero 2005. El diagnóstico definitivo de la causa de muerte fue corroborado por autopsia o biopsia de órgano sólido. Las causas de muerte evaluadas fueron falla precoz del injerto, rechazo celular, infección, enfermedad vascular del injerto, neoplasia y otros.ResultadosDurante el período en estudio 73 pacientes fueron sometidos a trasplante cardíaco; de ellos, fallecieron 31. Se obtuvieron 12 autopsias y 7 biopsias de órgano sólido que certificaron la causa de muerte (61%. La causa de muerte más frecuente fue el rechazo celular mayor de grado III. En el 12,9%, la anatomía patológica difirió de la sospecha clínica de la causa de muerte.ConclusiónLa información clinicopatológica derivada de estudios post mortem es un indicador de nuestra realidad asistencial y se constituye en un pilar fundamental para el conocimiento y el manejo futuro de los pacientes trasplantados, por lo que consideramos que la realización de autopsias en estos pacientes es de vital importancia.

  16. Transitividade dos verbos alternantes: uma proposta semântica

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    Larissa CIRÍACO

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    Full Text Available Este artigo traz uma proposta semântica para se classificar os verbos alternantes quanto a sua transitividade. Parte-se de uma análise das propriedades semântico-lexicais acarretadas pelos verbos causativos do Português Brasileiro, assumindo-se ser a transitivi­dade um fenômeno de interface entre a sintaxe e a semântica lexical. A proposta mostra não só a propriedade semântica relevante para a transitividade, mas também os processos gerais responsáveis pelas alternâncias verbais.

  17. Structural Equations and Causal Explanations: Some Challenges for Causal SEM

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    Markus, Keith A.

    2010-01-01

    One common application of structural equation modeling (SEM) involves expressing and empirically investigating causal explanations. Nonetheless, several aspects of causal explanation that have an impact on behavioral science methodology remain poorly understood. It remains unclear whether applications of SEM should attempt to provide complete…

  18. The influence of environment temperature on SEM image quality

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    As the structure dimension goes down to the nano-scale, it often requires a scanning electron microscope (SEM) to provide image magnification up to 100 000  ×. However, SEM images at such a high magnification usually suffer from high resolution value and low signal-to-noise ratio, which results in low quality of the SEM image. In this paper, the quality of the SEM image is improved by optimizing the environment temperature. The experimental results indicate that at 100 000  ×, the quality of the SEM image is influenced by the environment temperature, whereas at 50 000  × it is not. At 100 000  × the best SEM image quality can be achieved from the environment temperature ranging 292 from 294 K, and the SEM image quality evaluated by the double stimulus continuous quality scale method can increase from grade 1 to grade 5. It is expected that this image quality improving method can be used in routine measurements with ordinary SEMs to get high quality images by optimizing the environment temperature. (paper)

  19. Web semántica y servicios web semanticos

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    Marquez Solis, Santiago

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    Des d'aquest TFC volem estudiar l'evolució de la Web actual cap a la Web Semàntica. Desde este TFC queremos estudiar la evolución de la Web actual hacia la Web Semántica. From this Final Degree Project we want to study the evolution of the current Web to the Semantic Web.

  20. R404A/CO_2复叠式制冷系统的熵分析%Entropy Analysis of R404A/CO_2 Cascade Refrigeration System

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    赖艳华; 王庆为; 吕明新; 董震; 潘继红

    2012-01-01

    为了研究R404A/CO_2复叠式制冷系统的性能,对其进行了热力学分析。采用理论计算和熵产最小法分析蒸发温度T_e、冷凝温度T_k、冷凝蒸发器的传热温差△T等参数对该系统的性能、部件及整个系统的熵产的影响。结果表明,给定T_e、T_k和△T时,在最佳低温级冷凝温度下,系统COP取得最大值,系统总熵产取得最小值;高温级节流阀和压缩机、冷凝蒸发器和低温级压缩机的熵产约占总熵产的80%。%In order to study the performance of R404A/CO_2 cascade refrigeration system,thermodynamic analysis is applied to this system.Theoretical calculation and entropy generation minimization method were adopted to get the influence of some important operating and design parameters on the performance of the system and entropy generations of each component and the whole system,such as the evaporating temperature T_e,the condensing temperature T_k and the temperature difference AT in the cascade-condenser.The results indicate that there are a maximum coefficient of performance and a minimum total entropy generation of the system at the optimal condensing temperature of the cascade-condenser when T_e,T_k and△T are constant.The total entropy generations of the throttling device and the compressor of the R404A circuit,the cascade-condenser and the compressor of CO_2 circuit are 80%of the total entropy generation of the whole system.

  1. Achados oftalmológicos em pacientes que receberam transplante cardíaco Ophthalmologic findings in cardiac transplant recipients

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    Cecília Sales Pires

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar os achados oculares, pelo exame oftalmológico, em indivíduos que receberam transplante cardíaco, buscando especialmente investigar possíveis alterações na camada de fibras nervosas da retina com polarímetro de varredura a laser. MÉTODOS: Foram estudados 15 indivíduos que receberam transplante cardíaco no período de setembro de 2003 a julho de 2004. Todos foram submetidos a exame que constava de acuidade visual para longe (AVL, biomicroscopia, tonometria e fundoscopia. Onze pacientes foram submetidos ao analisador de fibras nervosas GDx. Doze eram do sexo masculino e a média da idade foi de 55,0 ± 13,5 anos. O tempo decorrido desde o transplante variou de 3 a 74 meses, com média de 29,7 ± 20,8 meses. RESULTADOS: A AVL com melhor correção foi igual ou melhor do que 20/40 em todos os pacientes. Em um deles observou-se a presença de catarata subcapsular posterior; em outro, nubéculas na córnea secundárias a quadro de herpes zoster. À fundoscopia pôde-se observar lesão cicatrizada sugestiva de retinocoroidite em um paciente. As alterações observadas à biomicroscopia e à fundoscopia eram esperadas devido à imunossupressão subseqüente ao transplante. Ao GDx observou-se perda de fibras da camada de fibras nervosas da retina superior em 12 dos 22 olhos avaliados. CONCLUSÃO: Os resultados apóiam a suposição de que antes ou durante o transplante cardíaco tenha havido diminuição no aporte de oxigênio à circulação retiniana, levando a perda parcial de fibras da retina.PURPOSE: To evaluate findings of ophthalmologic examinations in cardiac transplant recipients, searching especially for changes in the retinal nerve fiber layer by means of Scanning Laser Polarimetry. METHODS: Fifteen cardiac transplant recipients were examined from September 2003 to July 2004. All of them underwent ophthalmologic examination, which consisted of visual acuity (VA, biomicroscopy, tonometry and fundoscopy. Fiber layer

  2. Modificações técnicas no transplante cardíaco ortotópico Technic modifications to the cardiac orthotopic transplantation

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    José Teles de Mendonça

    1994-09-01

    Full Text Available Apresentamos algumas modificações na técnica convencional de implante de coração nos transplantes cardíacos ortotópicos. As modificações propostas consistem basicamente em: 1 ressecar, durante a cardiectomia, o máximo do coração doente deixando apenas tecido suficiente para permitir a sutura do novo coração, durante o implante; 2 abrir o átrio direito do coração doador, a partir da veia cava inferior, próximo e paralelamente ao septo interatrial até a parte mais alta, quando a incisão deve ser bruscamente direcionada para a aurícula direita; 3 iniciar o implante pelo tronco pulmonar e 4 suturar os átrios conjuntamente, em um só plano, ao nível do septo. Estas modificações técnicas foram utilizadas em todos os pacientes transplantados nas três Instituições e apresentam como vantagens: 1 perfeito alinhamento do tronco pulmonar, evitando-se acotovelamentos e torções e 2 cavidades atriais menores, sem suturas salientando paradentro dos átrios e, conseqüentemente, menores oportunidades de fenômenos tromboembólicos ou contrações assincrônicas dos átrios (doador-receptor que, além de favorecer a formação de trombos, podem interferir na suficiência das valvas atrioventriculares. O método é facilmente reproduzível e pode ser recomendado para os transplantes ortotópicos de coração.OBJECTIVE: To present a number of modifications to the conventional heart implant technique in orthotopic cardiac transplants. METHODS: The proposed modifications consist basically of the following: 1 resecting as much of the disease heart as possible during the cardiectomy, leaving only sufficient tissue to enable the new heart to be sutured during the implant; 2 opening the right atrium of the donor heart from the inferior vena cava, close and parallel to the interatrial septum as far as the highest part, where the incision should be sharply directed towards the right atrial apendix; 3 initiating the implant through the

  3. El calcio en los miocitos cardíacos y su papel en las miocardiopatías.

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    Guido Ulate Montero

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available El papel que desempeña el calcio en los miocitos cardíacos abarca un gran número de funciones, desde su rol en el acoplamiento excitación-ccontracción hasta su papel de segundo mensajero en las diversas vías de señalización, algunas de las cuales se activan en procesos que afectan la integridad del tejido miocárdico y que tienen que ver con el crecimiento y la apoptosis de los miocitos y que al final, son los que determinan la evolución de la mayoría de las cardiomiopatías. En esta revisión se abordan los mecanismos fisiológicos en las células de músculo cardíaco en los que este ión juega un papel determinante y los cambios que se presentan en ciertas cardiopatías como la miocardiopatía arritmogénica del ventrículo derecho, las miocardiopatías asociadas a alteraciones en el receptor de rianodina y la miocardiopatía dilatada. Se revisa también la farmacodinamia de los agentes inotrópicos positivos que actúan sensibilizando los miofilamentos del sarcómero al calcio.The rol played by calcium in cardiomyocytes includes a great number of functions like the excitation-contraction coupling as well as a second messenger in diverse signaling pathways. Some of these pathways are activated in processes that affect the cardiac tissue integrity and also participate in cell growth and apoptosis, determining the poor prognosis that characterize the majority of the cardiomyopathies. In this review,the mechanisms inside the cardiomyocytes in which participates calcium and the pathophysiological changes observed in some cardiac diseases like arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia, idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, and others, are described. The action mechanism of positive inotropic drugs that act as sarcomere myofilaments sensitizers is also reviewed.

  4. Valvoplastia mitral percutânea complicada com tamponamento cardíaco em paciente gestante Percutaneous mitral valvuloplasty complicated by cardiac tamponade in a pregnant patient

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    Luís Seca

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available A ocorrência de Hemopericárdio com Tamponamento Cardíaco é uma complicação da Valvoplastia Mitral Percutânea por balão (VMB, que apesar de pouco freqüente, pode ter graves conseqüências materno-fetais. Este artigo descreve o caso de um tamponamento cardíaco após VMB em uma mulher de 28 anos, com estenose mitral reumática severa na 20ª semana de gravidez.The occurrence of hemopericardium with cardiac tamponade is a complication of percutaneous balloon mitral valvuloplasty (BMV which, although uncommon, may have severe maternal and fetal consequences. This article describes a case of cardiac tamponade following BMV in a 28-year-old woman with severe rheumatic mitral stenosis in the 20th week of gestation.

  5. SEM-EBSP能知道些什么

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    2003-01-01

    @@ 1 SEM-EBSP是什么 所谓SEM-EBSP是指采用在扫描电子显微镜(SEM)镜体中的反射电子菊池线衍射的结晶方位分析.被称为菊池图形的衍射图形可因结晶的稍许倾斜而大大地改变其位置,因此,通过解析菊池图形就能正确地知道结晶方位.

  6. Improvement of geometrical measurements from 3D-SEM reconstructions

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    Carli, Lorenzo; De Chiffre, Leonardo; Horsewell, Andy;

    2009-01-01

    The quantification of 3D geometry at the nanometric scale is a major metrological challenge. In this work geometrical measurements on cylindrical items obtained with a 3D-SEM were investigated. Two items were measured: a wire gauge having a 0.25 mm nominal diameter and a hypodermic needle having...... that the diameter estimation performed using the 3D-SEM leads to an overestimation of approx. 7% compared to the reference values obtained using a 1-D length measuring machine. Standard deviation of SEM measurements performed on the wire gauge is approx. 1.5 times lower than the one performed on the hypodermic...

  7. Volumetric fractions determination in different M-42 steel carbides, without the use of quantitative metallography; Determinacao das fracoes volumetricas dos diferentes carbonetos de um aco M-42, sem metalografia quantitativa

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    Freitas, Welerson Romaniello de [Centro Tecnologico (CETEC), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Ferreira, Osmar da Luz; Santos, Dagoberto Brandao [Minas Gerais Univ., Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Escola de Engenharia

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    The volume fractions of different carbides present in M-42 steel were determined using a mathematical analytical procedure. This method is based on mass conservation, without application of the classical quantitative metallography techniques. The data were obtained by electron probe micro-analysis and mass fraction calculation. (author) 5 refs., 2 figs., 8 tabs.

  8. Acute Care of At-Risk Newborns (ACoRN: quantitative and qualitative educational evaluation of the program in a region of China

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    Singhal Nalini

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The Acute Care of at-Risk Newborns (ACoRN program was developed in Canada for trained health care providers for the identification and management of newborns who are at-risk and/or become unwell in the first few hours or days after birth. The ACoRN process follows an 8-step framework that enables the evaluation and management of babies irrespective of the experience or expertise of the caregiving individual or team. This study assesses the applicability of the program to Chinese pediatric practitioners. Methods Course content and educational materials were translated from English into Chinese by bilingual neonatal practitioners. Confidence and knowledge questionnaires were developed and reviewed for face and content validity by a team of ACoRN instructors. Bilingual Chinese instructors were trained at the tertiary perinatal centre in Hangzhou Zhejiang to deliver the course at 15 level II county hospitals. Participants completed pre- and post-course confidence and knowledge questionnaires and provided feedback through post-course focus groups. Results 216 physicians and nurses were trained. Confidence and knowledge relating to neonatal stabilization improved significantly following the courses. Participants rated course utility and function between 4.2 and 4.6/5 on all items. Pre/post measures of confidence were significantly correlated with post course knowledge. Focus group data supported the perceived value of the program and recommended course adjustments to include pre-course reading, and increased content related to simulation, communication skills, and management of respiratory illness and jaundice. Conclusions ACoRN, a Canadian educational program, appears to be well received by Chinese health care providers and results in improved knowledge and confidence. International program adaptation for use by health care professionals requires structured and systematic evaluation to ensure that the program meets the needs of

  9. L’intelligence collective dans un contexte de développement professionnel continu : ACoPé, l’exemple d’une communauté de pratique

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    Pichon, Aude; Morel, Alexandre; Gassie, Brigitte; Vandenkoornhuyse, Christine; Delalande, Pascaline

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    Cooperating with a view to furthering professional development, taking decisions and functioning interoperatively within a community implies working with participants committed to fostering strong relationships, reflective practice, and reaching shared understanding.The collaboration between the ACoPé educational advisors takes place within this context itself part of the wider framework of a higher education environment with intersectoral, interprofessional, interdisciplinary and inter-regio...

  10. Quantitative approach on SEM images of microstructure of clay soils

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    施斌; 李生林; M.Tolkachev

    1995-01-01

    The working principles of Videolab Image Processing System (VIPS), the examining methods of orientation of microstructural units of clay soils and analysing results on SEM images of some typical microstructures of clay soils using the VIPS are introduced.

  11. Role of scanning electron microscope )SEM) in metal failure analysis

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    Scanning electron microscope (SEM) is a scientific instrument that uses a beam of highly energetic electrons to examine the surface and phase distribution of specimens on a micro scale through the live imaging of secondary electrons (SE) and back-scattered electrons (BSE) images. One of the main activities of SEM Laboratory at MINT is for failure analysis on metal part and components. The capability of SEM is excellent for determining the root cause of metal failures such as ductility or brittleness, stress corrosion, fatigue and other types of failures. Most of our customers that request for failure analysis are from local petrochemical plants, manufacturers of automotive components, pipeline maintenance personnel and engineers who involved in the development of metal parts and component. This paper intends to discuss some of the technical concepts in failure analysis associated with SEM. (Author)

  12. semPLS: Structural Equation Modeling Using Partial Least Squares

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    Armin Monecke

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Structural equation models (SEM are very popular in many disciplines. The partial least squares (PLS approach to SEM offers an alternative to covariance-based SEM, which is especially suited for situations when data is not normally distributed. PLS path modelling is referred to as soft-modeling-technique with minimum demands regarding mea- surement scales, sample sizes and residual distributions. The semPLS package provides the capability to estimate PLS path models within the R programming environment. Different setups for the estimation of factor scores can be used. Furthermore it contains modular methods for computation of bootstrap confidence intervals, model parameters and several quality indices. Various plot functions help to evaluate the model. The well known mobile phone dataset from marketing research is used to demonstrate the features of the package.

  13. DETECTION OF DELAMINATION IN A COMPOSITE PLATE BY SEM

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    A numerical method of integration of Green's functi ons of strip element method (SEM) is proposed. The response of ultrasonic sourc e generated by a transducer on the surface of a multi-ply composite plate conta ining a delamination is analyzed by the use of SEM. The numerical results show that the scanning features of the ultrasonic waves may be used to identify the d elamination inside the composite plate .

  14. Swarm Intelligence Based Ant Colony Optimization (ACO Approach for Maximizing the Lifetime of Heterogeneous Wireless Sensor Networks

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    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper attempts to undertake the study of maximizing the lifetime of Heterogeneous wireless sensor networks (WSNs. In wireless sensor networks, sensor nodes are typically power-constrained with limited lifetime, and thus it is necessary to know how long the network sustains its networking operations. Heterogeneous WSNs consists of different sensor devices with different capabilities. We can enhance the quality of monitoring in wireless sensor networks by increasing the coverage area. One of major issue in WSNs is finding maximum number of connected coverage. This paper proposed a Swarm Intelligence, Ant Colony Optimization (ACO based approach. Ant colony optimization algorithm provides a natural and intrinsic way of exploration of search space of coverage area. Ants communicate with their nest- mates using chemical scents known as pheromones, Based on Pheromone trail between sensor devices the shortest path is found. The methodology is based on finding the maximum number of connected covers that satisfy both sensing coverage and network connectivity. By finding the coverage area and sensing range, the network lifetime maximized and reduces the energy consumption

  15. The Norma Cluster (ACO 3627): I. A Dynamical Analysis of the Most Massive Cluster in the Great Attractor

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    Woudt, P A; Lucey, J; Fairall, A P; Moore, S A W

    2007-01-01

    A detailed dynamical analysis of the nearby rich Norma cluster (ACO 3627) is presented. From radial velocities of 296 cluster members, we find a mean velocity of 4871 +/- 54 km/s and a velocity dispersion of 925 km/s. The mean velocity of the E/S0 population (4979 +/- 85 km/s) is offset with respect to that of the S/Irr population (4812 +/- 70 km/s) by `Delta' v = 164 km/s in the cluster rest frame. This offset increases towards the core of the cluster. The E/S0 population is free of any detectable substructure and appears relaxed. Its shape is clearly elongated with a position angle that is aligned along the dominant large-scale structures in this region, the so-called Norma wall. The central cD galaxy has a very large peculiar velocity of 561 km/s which is most probably related to an ongoing merger at the core of the cluster. The spiral/irregular galaxies reveal a large amount of substructure; two dynamically distinct subgroups within the overall spiral-population have been identified, located along the Nor...

  16. Qualidade de vida de pacientes submetidos ao transplante cardíaco: aplicação da escala Whoqol-Bref

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    Maria Isis Freire de Aguiar

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: O sucesso do transplante cardíaco significa garantir a sobrevida dos pacientes com cardiopatia e permitir-lhes desenvolver suas atividades diárias. O transplante cardíaco apresenta-se como a primeira opção de tratamento na falência cardíaca, representando um aumento de sobrevida e qualidade de vida dos transplantados. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a qualidade de vida de pacientes submetidos ao transplante cardíaco através da aplicação de uma escala padronizada (Whoqol-Bref. MÉTODOS: Estudo exploratório descritivo de abordagem quantitativa, realizado com 55 pacientes submetidos ao transplante cardíaco, em um período entre o terceiro e o 103º mês, que realizam acompanhamento na Unidade de Transplante e Insuficiência Cardíaca em um Hospital de Referência em Cardiologia na cidade de Fortaleza, CE. Os dados foram coletados no período de fevereiro a abril de 2009, por meio da aplicação de um questionário padronizado pela Organização Mundial da Saúde e utilização de dados constantes nos prontuários. RESULTADOS: Com relação ao domínio físico, 62,8% e 58,3% dos pacientes, dos sexos masculino e feminino, respectivamente, estão satisfeitos. No domínio psicológico, dentre pacientes do sexo masculino, 65,1% apresentam satisfação quanto à qualidade de vida e, no sexo feminino, 58,3% encontram-se satisfeitas. No domínio das relações sociais, observou-se que, no sexo masculino, 53,5% estão muito satisfeitos, e apresentou-se um nível de satisfação de 100% no sexo feminino. No domínio do meio ambiente, 65,1% do sexo masculino encontram-se satisfeitos, e no sexo feminino, 83,3% estão satisfeitas. CONCLUSÃO: O transplante cardíaco teve bastante influência na qualidade de vida dos pacientes transplantados, pois os resultados mostram-se estatisticamente significantes no pós-transplante.

  17. FIB-SEM cathodoluminescence tomography: practical and theoretical considerations.

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    De Winter, D A M; Lebbink, M N; Wiggers De Vries, D F; Post, J A; Drury, M R

    2011-09-01

    Focused ion beam-scanning electron microscope (FIB-SEM) tomography is a powerful application in obtaining three-dimensional (3D) information. The FIB creates a cross section and subsequently removes thin slices. The SEM takes images using secondary or backscattered electrons, or maps every slice using X-rays and/or electron backscatter diffraction patterns. The objective of this study is to assess the possibilities of combining FIB-SEM tomography with cathodoluminescence (CL) imaging. The intensity of CL emission is related to variations in defect or impurity concentrations. A potential problem with FIB-SEM CL tomography is that ion milling may change the defect state of the material and the CL emission. In addition the conventional tilted sample geometry used in FIB-SEM tomography is not compatible with conventional CL detectors. Here we examine the influence of the FIB on CL emission in natural diamond and the feasibility of FIB-SEM CL tomography. A systematic investigation establishes that the ion beam influences CL emission of diamond, with a dependency on both the ion beam and electron beam acceleration voltage. CL emission in natural diamond is enhanced particularly at low ion beam and electron beam voltages. This enhancement of the CL emission can be partly explained by an increase in surface defects induced by ion milling. CL emission enhancement could be used to improve the CL image quality. To conduct FIB-SEM CL tomography, a recently developed novel specimen geometry is adopted to enable sequential ion milling and CL imaging on an untilted sample. We show that CL imaging can be manually combined with FIB-SEM tomography with a modified protocol for 3D microstructure reconstruction. In principle, automated FIB-SEM CL tomography should be feasible, provided that dedicated CL detectors are developed that allow subsequent milling and CL imaging without manual intervention, as the current CL detector needs to be manually retracted before a slice can be milled

  18. R404A/CO_2复叠式制冷系统的火用分析%Exergy analysis of the R404A/CO_2 cascade refrigeration system

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    赖艳华; 王庆为; 吕明新; 邵长波; 孔德曼

    2011-01-01

    In order to decrease the energy consumption of the R404A/CO2 cascade refrigeration system,exergy analysis was applied to this system.An exergy analysis method was adopted to obtain the influence of the design and operating parameters on the coefficient of performance ε,the exergy destruction X and the exergetic efficiency ηe of this system.The design and operating parameters include the evaporating temperature Te,the condensing temperature Tk and the temperature difference ΔT in the cascade-condenser.The results indicate that there were a maximum ε,ηe and a minimum Xtot at the same optimal condensing temperature of the cascade-condenser T4opt when Te,Tk and ΔT were constant in the system.It is helpful to reduce X and improve ηe and ε through increasing Te,decreasing Tk and ΔT.The total exergy destructions of the throttling device and the compressor of the R404A circuit,the cascade-condenser and the compressor of the CO2 circuit were 80% of the total exergy destruction of the system.A Multiple linear regression analysis was employed in term of Te,Tk and ΔT to develop mathematics expressions for t4opt,εmaxand ηe,max.%为了降低R404A/CO2复叠式制冷系统的能耗,对该系统进行了能量分析。通过火用分析方法分析系统设计与运行参数对系统性能系数ε、各组成部件及整个系统的火用损X和火用效率ηe的影响。结果表明,在一定蒸发温度Te、冷凝温度Tk和冷凝蒸发器的传热温差ΔT条件下,在相同最佳T4opt时,Xtot取得最小值,ε和ηe取得最大值;为了有利于减小X、提高ηe和ε,应尽量升高Te、降低Tk和ΔT;高温级膨胀阀、压缩机、冷凝蒸发器和低温级压缩机的火用损约占总火用损的80%。对数据进行多重线性回归分析,得到以Te、Tk和ΔT为自变量的t4opt、εmax和ηe,max关系式。

  19. An electron moiré method for a common SEM

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    Y.M.Xing; S.Kishimoto; Y.R.Zhao

    2006-01-01

    In the electron moiré method,a high-frequency grating is used to measure microscopic deformation,which promises significant potential applications for the method in the microscopic analysis of materials.However,a special beam scanning control device is required to produce a grating and generate a moiré fringe pattern for the scanning electron microscope (SEM).Because only a few SEMs used in the material science studies are equipped with this device,the use of the electron moiré method is limited.In this study,an electron moiré method for a common SEM without the beam control device is presented.A grating based on a multi-scanning concept is fabricated in any observing mode.A real-time moiré pattern can also be generated in the SEM or an optical filtering system.Without the beam control device being a prerequisite,the electron moiré method can be more widely used.The experimental results from three different types of SEMS show that high quality gratings with uniform lines and less pitch error can be fabricated by this method,and moiré patterns can also be correctly generated.

  20. 3DSEM++: Adaptive and intelligent 3D SEM surface reconstruction.

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    Tafti, Ahmad P; Holz, Jessica D; Baghaie, Ahmadreza; Owen, Heather A; He, Max M; Yu, Zeyun

    2016-08-01

    Structural analysis of microscopic objects is a longstanding topic in several scientific disciplines, such as biological, mechanical, and materials sciences. The scanning electron microscope (SEM), as a promising imaging equipment has been around for decades to determine the surface properties (e.g., compositions or geometries) of specimens by achieving increased magnification, contrast, and resolution greater than one nanometer. Whereas SEM micrographs still remain two-dimensional (2D), many research and educational questions truly require knowledge and facts about their three-dimensional (3D) structures. 3D surface reconstruction from SEM images leads to remarkable understanding of microscopic surfaces, allowing informative and qualitative visualization of the samples being investigated. In this contribution, we integrate several computational technologies including machine learning, contrario methodology, and epipolar geometry to design and develop a novel and efficient method called 3DSEM++ for multi-view 3D SEM surface reconstruction in an adaptive and intelligent fashion. The experiments which have been performed on real and synthetic data assert the approach is able to reach a significant precision to both SEM extrinsic calibration and its 3D surface modeling.

  1. Recent advances in 3D SEM surface reconstruction.

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    Tafti, Ahmad P; Kirkpatrick, Andrew B; Alavi, Zahrasadat; Owen, Heather A; Yu, Zeyun

    2015-11-01

    The scanning electron microscope (SEM), as one of the most commonly used instruments in biology and material sciences, employs electrons instead of light to determine the surface properties of specimens. However, the SEM micrographs still remain 2D images. To effectively measure and visualize the surface attributes, we need to restore the 3D shape model from the SEM images. 3D surface reconstruction is a longstanding topic in microscopy vision as it offers quantitative and visual information for a variety of applications consisting medicine, pharmacology, chemistry, and mechanics. In this paper, we attempt to explain the expanding body of the work in this area, including a discussion of recent techniques and algorithms. With the present work, we also enhance the reliability, accuracy, and speed of 3D SEM surface reconstruction by designing and developing an optimized multi-view framework. We then consider several real-world experiments as well as synthetic data to examine the qualitative and quantitative attributes of our proposed framework. Furthermore, we present a taxonomy of 3D SEM surface reconstruction approaches and address several challenging issues as part of our future work.

  2. 3DSEM++: Adaptive and intelligent 3D SEM surface reconstruction.

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    Tafti, Ahmad P; Holz, Jessica D; Baghaie, Ahmadreza; Owen, Heather A; He, Max M; Yu, Zeyun

    2016-08-01

    Structural analysis of microscopic objects is a longstanding topic in several scientific disciplines, such as biological, mechanical, and materials sciences. The scanning electron microscope (SEM), as a promising imaging equipment has been around for decades to determine the surface properties (e.g., compositions or geometries) of specimens by achieving increased magnification, contrast, and resolution greater than one nanometer. Whereas SEM micrographs still remain two-dimensional (2D), many research and educational questions truly require knowledge and facts about their three-dimensional (3D) structures. 3D surface reconstruction from SEM images leads to remarkable understanding of microscopic surfaces, allowing informative and qualitative visualization of the samples being investigated. In this contribution, we integrate several computational technologies including machine learning, contrario methodology, and epipolar geometry to design and develop a novel and efficient method called 3DSEM++ for multi-view 3D SEM surface reconstruction in an adaptive and intelligent fashion. The experiments which have been performed on real and synthetic data assert the approach is able to reach a significant precision to both SEM extrinsic calibration and its 3D surface modeling. PMID:27200484

  3. Utilidade do Ultrassom intracardíaco no isolamento de veias pulmonares usando cateter-balão a laser Utilidad del ultrasonido intracardíaco en el aislamiento de venas pulmonares usando catéter-balón láser Utility of intracardiac ultrasound imaging to guide pulmonary vein ablation using laser balloon catheter

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    Luiz Leite

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: O isolamento das veias pulmonares (IVP tem sido usado como endpoint para a ablação da fibrilação atrial (FA com cateter balão. OBJETIVO: Determinar a utilidade do ultrassom intracardíaco (USIC para guiar o IVP, usando cateter balão a laser. MÉTODOS: 59 VP foram ablacionadas em 27 cães. Imagens de Doppler foram usadas para identificar os vazamentos do fluxo sanguíneo entre a VP e o balão. Após cada liberação de energia, o cateter de mapeamento circular foi reposicionado para verificar se o isolamento tinha sido obtido. A posição de vazamento foi então correlacionada com a posição do gap no estudo patológico. A análise de regressão logística multivariada foi realizada. RESULTADOS: Cinquenta e nove VP foram submetidas à ablação. O tempo médio de energia liberada foi de 279±177 seg., o diâmetro médio do balão era de 23±3 mm, e o comprimento médio do balão era 25±4 mm. O isolamento completo foi obtido em 38/59 (64%, e foi significantemente mais comum sem vazamento: [30/38 (79% versus 8/23 (35%, pFUNDAMENTO: Se usó el aislamiento de las venas pulmonares (AVP como endpoint para la ablación de la fibrilación atrial (FA con catéter-balón. OBJETIVO: Determinar la utilidad del ultrasonido intracardíaco (USIC para guiar el AVP, usando catéter-balón láser. MÉTODOS: Se ablacionaron 59 VP en 27 perros. Se usaron imágenes de Doppler para identificar los derrames del flujo sanguíneo entre la VP y el balón. Tras cada liberación de energía, se reposicionó el catéter de mapeamiento circular para verificar si se obtuvo el aislamiento. Se correlaccionó, entonces, la posición del derrame con la posición del gap en el estudio patológico. Se realizó el análisis de regresión logística multivariada. RESULTADOS: Se sometieron 59 VP a la ablación. El tiempo promedio de energía liberada fue de 279±177 seg., el diámetro promedio del balón era de 23±3 mm, y la largura promedio del balón era 25±4 mm

  4. Correlation between electrical properties and thermodynamic stability of ACoO3-δ perovskites (A= La, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd)

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    For perovskites with the general formula ACoO3-δ (A = La, Pr, Nd, Sm, and Gd) the influence of the A-site cation on the electrical conductivity, electronic structure, thermodynamic stability, and oxygen stoichiometry was studied. The perovskite oxide powders were produced by a combined citric acid and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid complexing method. Ceramic specimens sintered at 1100 deg. C in air were single-phase perovskites. With increasing temperature, the electrical conductivity shows three discrete regimes. All compositions show semiconductivity up to a transition temperature of ∼300 deg. C-450 deg. C and then behave like metallic conductors. The activation energies for the semiconductivity, as well as the transition temperatures to the metallic-like conduction, decrease monotonically with increasing pseudocubic lattice parameters, i.e., with increasing ionic radii of the A cation. This behavior correlates with decreasing oxygen nonstoichiometry and increased thermodynamic stability. The highest conductivity and the lowest activation energy of 0.66 eV were found for LaCoO3-δ, which also had the lowest semiconductor-metal transition temperature at 269 deg. C, the lowest oxygen nonstoichiometry of δ= 0.008, and the highest Gibbs free energy change for the decomposition reaction of 42.37 kJ/mol at 850 deg. C. GdCoO3-δ had the highest oxygen nonstoichiometry with δ0.032, a high activation energy of 1.19 eV for the semiconductivity with a high transition temperature at 452 deg. C, and the lowest Gibbs free energy change of 26.54 kJ/mol at 850 deg. C. X-ray absorption spectroscopy data imply an increasing Co low-spin character with decreasing cation radius from La to Gd, while an increase in temperature increases the number of holes or Co 3d bandwidth. This correlates well with the electrical conductivity data.

  5. Transplante cardíaco no Instituto Dante Pazzanese de Cardiologia: análise da sobrevida

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    ASSEF Marco Aurélio Salles

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available CASUÍSTICA E MÉTODOS: Foram analisados, retrospectivamente, 80 transplantes cardíacos realizados no Instituto Dante Pazzanese de Cardiologia (IDPC no período de novembro de 1991 a agosto de 2000. Houve predomínio do sexo masculino em 70% dos casos e a idade variou de 7 a 69 anos, com média de 44,8 anos. Doze (15% pacientes se encontravam em prioridade, em uso de drogas inotrópicas endovenosas no momento do transplante. As etiologias determinantes da insuficiência cardíaca congestiva grave foram: miocardiopatia dilatada idiopática em 37,5%, miocardiopatia isquêmica em 33,75%, miocardiopatia chagásica em 17,5% e outras causas em 11,25%. Foram realizados 78 transplantes ortotópicos e 2 heterotópicos. A técnica empregada foi bicaval/bipulmonar em 63,75%, atrial em 27,5%, bicaval/unipulmonar em 6,25% e heterotópico em 2,5%. A mortalidade hospitalar (30 dias foi de 18,75%. RESULTADOS: A sobrevida para o transplante ortotópico em um ano foi de 72,7%, em cinco anos 61,5% e em sete anos 56,4%. A sobrevida após o transplante foi correlacionada com as variáveis idade, causa de óbito e sexo do doador, e pelo transplante ter sido ou não a primeira cirurgia cardíaca do paciente.

  6. Aneurisma ilíaco associado a fístula arteriovenosa Iliac aneurysm associated with arteriovenous fistula

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    Daniel Mendes Pinto

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available A ruptura dos aneurismas aorto-ilíacos para a veia ilíaca ou veia cava é uma complicação pouco comum. A hipertensão venosa leva a vários sinais e sintomas, o que dificulta o diagnóstico pré-operatório, tais como edema do membro inferior, dispnéia, hematúria, sinais de insuficiência renal ou cardíaca. Sopro abdominal é a chave do diagnóstico clínico, associado à massa pulsátil e dor abdominal. O reconhecimento da fístula arteriovenosa no pré-operatório é importante para o planejamento cirúrgico. Relatamos um caso de aneurisma da artéria ilíaca comum e interna direita associado a fístula para veia ilíaca comum, cursando, inicialmente, com edema do membro inferior direito e dispnéia, o que levou ao diagnóstico incorreto de trombose venosa profunda.Rupture of aortoiliac aneurysms into the iliac vein or vena cava is an uncommon complication. Many signs and symptoms develop as a result of venous hypertension, which makes preoperative diagnosis difficult, such as leg edema, dyspnea, hematuria, signs of renal or cardiac insufficiency. Abdominal bruit, associated with pulsatile mass and abdominal pain, is the key for clinical diagnosis. Preoperative recognition of arteriovenous fistula is important for surgical planning. We report a case of right internal and common iliac artery aneurysm associated with fistula into the common iliac vein. Initial symptoms were right leg edema and dyspnea, which induced to the incorrect diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis.

  7. Efeito da suplementação com vitamina E sobre os metabolismos oxidativo e cardíaco em equinos submetidos a exercício de alta intensidade

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    L.A. Yonezawa

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available A suplementação antioxidante visa prevenir os danos oxidativos induzidos pelo exercício físico em diversos tecidos, como o miocárdio. Nesse contexto, este estudo objetivou avaliar os marcadores cardíacos e a lipoperoxidação em equinos no teste de exercício de rápida aceleração e curta duração (TRA, em esteira de alta velocidade, antes e após a suplementação com vitamina E. Para tanto, foram utilizados 10 equinos sem treinamento, que realizaram o primeiro TRA (TRA1 com carga de trabalho fundamentada no consumo máximo de oxigênio individual (VO2max e que induziu a concentração de lactato maior que 4mmol/L, sendo considerado predominantemente anaeróbico. Em seguida, os equinos receberam vitamina E (dl-alfa-tocoferol na dose de 1.000UI/dia, por via oral, durante 52 dias, e, posteriormente, realizaram um segundo TRA (TRA2 com o mesmo protocolo de TRA1. As amostras de sangue foram colhidas nos momentos antes do exercício, imediatamente após o término do teste e em 1h, 3h, 6h, 12h e 24h subsequentes. Determinou-se o malondialdeído (MDA plasmático como índice de lipoperoxidação, e as concentrações séricas de troponina I cardíaca (cTnI, isoenzima MB da creatinoquinase (CK-MB e mioglobina, como marcadores cardíacos. Como efeito do exercício, observou-se aumento discreto de MDA, de cTnI e de CK-MB, sendo significativo apenas para CK-MB. A suplementação foi capaz de amenizar a produção das espécies reativas de oxigênio, evidenciada pela menor concentração de MDA em TRA2, em 24h, além de causar um efeito protetor no miocárdio, devido ao menor valor de cTnI em 6h no TRA2 em relação ao TRA1. Não houve grandes alterações na concentração de mioglobina. Concluiu-se que o exercício de alta intensidade promoveu estresse no miocárdio nos equinos avaliados, bem como houve efeito benéfico da vitamina E na proteção miocárdica e sobre a lipoperoxidação.

  8. DSS1/Sem1, a multifunctional and intrinsically disordered protein

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    Kragelund, Birthe Brandt; Schenstrøm, Signe Marie; Rebula, Caio A.;

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    DSS1/Sem1 is a versatile intrinsically disordered protein. Besides being a bona fide subunit of the 26S proteasome, DSS1 associates with other protein complexes, including BRCA2-RPA, involved in homologous recombination; the Csn12-Thp3 complex, involved in RNA splicing; the integrator, involved...... in transcription; and the TREX-2 complex, involved in nuclear export of mRNA and transcription elongation. As a subunit of the proteasome, DSS1 functions both in complex assembly and possibly as a ubiquitin receptor. Here, we summarise structural and functional aspects of DSS1/Sem1 with particular emphasis on its...... multifunctional and disordered properties. We suggest that DSS1/Sem1 can act as a polyanionic adhesive to prevent nonproductive interactions during construction of protein assemblies, uniquely employing different structures when associating with the diverse multisubunit complexes....

  9. Critical factors in SEM 3D stereo microscopy

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    Marinello, F.; Bariano, P.; Savio, E.;

    2008-01-01

    This work addresses dimensional measurements performed with the scanning electron microscope (SEM) using 3D reconstruction of surface topography through stereo-photogrammetry. The paper presents both theoretical and experimental investigations, on the effects of instrumental variables and measure......This work addresses dimensional measurements performed with the scanning electron microscope (SEM) using 3D reconstruction of surface topography through stereo-photogrammetry. The paper presents both theoretical and experimental investigations, on the effects of instrumental variables...... factors are recognized: the first one is related to the measurement operation and the instrument set-up; the second concerns the quality of scanned images and represents the major criticality in the application of SEMs for 3D characterizations....

  10. Viver com ou sem abrigo: etnografia de lugares vagos

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    Silva, Susana Pereira da,1962-

    2011-01-01

    A presente investigação tem como objectivo analisar os processos de socialização e de aprendizagem de pessoas adultas a viver em situação de sem-abrigo, em Lisboa. O conceito adoptado tem por base a Tipologia Europeia sobre Sem-abrigo e Exclusão Habitacional – ETHOS – que estabelece que sem-abrigo é uma categoria conceptual que engloba duas situações: pessoas que vivem na rua ou em espaços exteriores; e pessoas que pernoitam num centro de alojamento temporário. Recorre-se à noção de lugar vag...

  11. Enriquecimento do EPG usando semântica

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    Ferreira, David Miguel Vicente

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    Web Semântica e um conceito que permite chegar ao conhecimento ao invés da informação através da rede. Através da Web Semântica _e possível de uma forma mais intuitiva agrupar conteúdos. No cenário televisivo, e possível agrupar todos os conteúdos, criando métodos (ou formas) de recomendação para o telespectador. Embora algumas ferramentas semânticas ainda não se encontrem suficientemente maduras, dificultando a confiança nestes serviços, este trabalho tentou utilizar os ...

  12. Automated SEM-EDS GSR Analysis for Turkish Ammunitions

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    In this work, Automated Scanning Electron Microscopy with Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometry (SEM-EDS) was used to characterize 7.65 and 9mm cartridges Turkish ammunition. All samples were analyzed in a SEM Jeol JSM-5600LV equipped BSE detector and a Link ISIS 300 (EDS). A working distance of 20mm, an accelerating voltage of 20 keV and gunshot residue software was used in all analysis. Automated search resulted in a high number of particles analyzed containing gunshot residues (GSR) unique elements (PbBaSb). The obtained data about the definition of characteristic GSR particles was concordant with other studies on this topic

  13. Desarrollo de una web semántica

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    Heras Pastor, Fabio de

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    Amb aquest projecte es vol solucionar aquesta manca d'accés a la informació i sobretot disposar d'un sistema que relacioni "tot amb tot", és a dir, muntar un sistema únic per documentar xarxa (física) independentment de l'element que es vulgui documentar. La idea és basar el projecte de documentació en una web semàntica basada en wiki semàntica amb un motor de cerca MediaWiki. Con este proyecto se quiere solventar esa carencia de acceso a la información y sobretodo disponer de un siste...

  14. A Data-Driven Approach to SEM Development at a Two-Year College

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    Pirius, Landon K.

    2014-01-01

    This article explores implementation of strategic enrollment management (SEM) at a two-year college and why SEM is critical to the long-term viability of an institution. This article also outlines the five initial steps needed to implement SEM, including identifying SEM leadership, building a SEM committee, developing a common understanding of…

  15. SEM Investigation of Superheater Deposits from Biomass-Fired Boilers

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    Jensen, Peter Arendt; Frandsen, Flemming; Hansen, Jørn;

    2004-01-01

    , mature superheater deposit samples were extracted from two straw-fired boilers, Masnedø and Ensted, with fuel inputs of 33 MWth and 100 MWth, respectively. SEM (scanning electron microscopy) images and EDX (energy dispersive X-ray) analyses were performed on the deposit samples. Different strategies...

  16. Comparing SVARs and SEMs : Two models of the UK economy

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    Jacobs, J.P.A.M.; Wallis, K.F.

    2005-01-01

    The structural vector autoregression (SVAR) and simultaneous equation macroeconometric model (SEM) styles of empirical macroeconomic modelling are compared and contrasted, with reference to two models of the UK economy, namely the long-run structural VAR model of Garratt, Lee, Pesaran and Shin and t

  17. A New Methodology to Analyze Instabilities in SEM Imaging

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    Mansilla, Catalina; Ocelik, Vaclav; De Hosson, Jeff T. M.

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    This paper presents a statistical method to analyze instabilities that can be introduced during imaging in scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The method is based on the correlation of digital images and it can be used at different length scales. It consists of the evaluation of three different appr

  18. DynSem: A DSL for Dynamic Semantics Specification

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    Vergu, V.; Neron, P.; Visser, E.

    2015-01-01

    The formal definition the semantics of a programming language and its implementation are typically separately defined, with the risk of divergence such that properties of the formal semantics are not properties of the implementation. In this paper, we present DynSem, a domain-specific language for t

  19. Lo prometeico de la naturaleza dionisíaco-apolínea en la forma de sentir y pensar de la poesía de Goethe

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    Albanese Pastene, Francisco; Leal Riquelme, Rubén

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    Utilizando el pensamiento expuesto la obra El Origen de la Tragedia, de Friedrich Nietzsche, en particular lo relacionado con los dioses Apolo y Dionisios, se analizan los componentes dionisíacos y apolíneos en la evolución de lo prometeico en la obras poéticas Prometeo, Límites de lo humano, Lo divino y Uno y todo, de Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Using the ideas articulated in Friedrich Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy, especially those related to the gods Apollo and Dionysus...

  20. Contribuição de decavanadato para os efeitos IN VIVO e IN VITRO de vanadato no músculo cardíaco

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    Tese dout., Biologia - Fisiologia Animal, Universidade do Algarve, 2007 No presente estudo aborda-se a contribuição da espécie decamérica de vanadato nos efeitos tóxicos in vivo e in vitro de vanadato. Após administração intravenosa de decavanadato em Sparus aurata, o vanadato decamérico induz respostas nos marcadores de stresse oxidativo do tecido cardíaco distintas das promovidas pelo monovanadato, evidenciando a importância de considerar a contribuição dos diferentes olig...

  1. Significados dos episódios maníacos para pacientes com transtorno bipolar em remissão: um estudo qualitativo

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    Luiz Carlos Pereira Bin

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo Discutir os significados da vivência de episódios maníacos para pacientes com transtorno bipolar (TAB. Métodos Trata-se de uma pesquisa qualitativa, feita por meio de entrevistas semidirigidas em profundidade, em uma amostra fechada pelo critério de saturação com oito pacientes com TAB em remissão. A técnica de tratamento de dados foi feita por meio da análise de conteúdo das entrevistas transcritas na íntegra e categorização. Os resultados foram submetidos à validação externa, no Laboratório de Pesquisa Clínico-Qualitativa do Departamento de Psicologia Médica e Psiquiatria da Unicamp, composto por 37 pesquisadores do método, entre eles mestrandos, doutorandos, pós-doutorados e pesquisadores seniores. Resultados Foram identificadas três categorias – Ambivalência e vergonha: pensar ou não pensar sobre os episódios maníacos; Organizando sentimentos pessoais: a remissão como um momento de autoconsciência; Episódios maníacos estruturando relações interpessoais versus projeções da angústia. Conclusão Os achados da presente pesquisa contribuem para a maior compreensão dos quadros maníacos no TAB, que podem auxiliar nas reflexões acerca da relação profissional-paciente, para elaborar estratégias para aderência e para as medidas terapêuticas e preventivas da recorrência dos episódios. Podem auxiliar a equipe de saúde envolvida no acompanhamento desses casos e também os pesquisadores na investigação da contribuição dos significados aqui discutidos nos fenômenos de aderência ao tratamento e de um melhor prognóstico.

  2. QUINOA (CHENOPODIUM QUINOA WILLD): DIGESTIBILIDADE IN VITRO, DESENVOLVIMENTO E ANÁLISE SENSORIAL DE PREPARAÇÕES DESTINADAS A PACIENTES CELÍACOS

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    L. I. A. CASTRO; C. M. V. REAL; I. S. C. PIRES; C. V. PIRES; N. A.V.D. PINTO; Miranda, L. S.; B. C. ROSA; P. A. DIAS

    2008-01-01

    A quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd) é um pseudocereal isento de glúten, oriundo dos Andes, onde tem sido cultivado há milhares de anos. O objetivo deste trabalho foi desenvolver e avaliar sensorialmente algumas preparações contendo quinoa em grãos, flocos e farinha, destinadas ao paciente celíaco, e determinar a digestibilidade in vitro de sua proteína, submetida ou ...

  3. A successful pregnancy following SEM fine tuning of hormonal priming

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    Adams, Susan M; Murphy, Christopher R

    2001-01-01

    Background Manipulation of the uterine epithelium utilising standard dose exogenous oestrogen (E2) and progesterone (P4) has been shown to achieve a mature secretory morphological response. However, in an in vitro fertilisation (IVF) setting, frozen embryo transfer (ET) has had a low success rate. We propose that in patients with previously failed ET attempts, the uterine epithelium can be directly visualised by biopsy and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and that with an individualised fine tuning of the hormone supplementation regime, based on the SEM examination of sequential uterine biopsies, it is possible to provide a uterine environment conducive to successful ET. Methods A 47 year old women was chosen for endometrial biopsy, histopathological dating and endometrial observation utilising SEM to determine the integrity of her secretory uterine epithelium because of her age and several previously failed attempts at frozen ET. Exogenous E2 and P4 supplementation was administered in modified doses according to the SEM result, in consecutive cycles until the epithelial response appeared satisfactory for potential implantation. Results This case study demonstrates the dramatic change in epithelial characteristics that can be achieved as a response to these altered doses of E2 and P4. The uterine morphology changed from a hypotrophic to a mature, receptive epithelium such that ET resulted in the birth of healthy twin boys. Conclusion The comparison between the consecutive biopsies in direct response to the SEM analysis and tailored modification of E2 and P4 dose clearly demonstrates, in this case, the effectiveness of individual morphological monitoring to maximise the successful outcome of ET. PMID:11667953

  4. Expanding the Conversation about SEM: Advancing SEM Efforts to Improve Student Learning and Persistence--Part I

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    Yale, Amanda

    2010-01-01

    It's now nearly ten years since the author started participating in and presenting at national conferences related to strategic enrollment management (SEM). Having entered this profession with nearly 20 years of experience in transitional initiatives related to the first-year experience and academic advisement services, she has perceived an…

  5. Expanding the Conversation about SEM: Advancing SEM Efforts to Improve Student Learning and Persistence--Part II

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    Yale, Amanda

    2010-01-01

    The first article in this two-part series focused on the need for enrollment management conceptual and organizational models to focus more intentionally and purposefully on efforts related to improving student learning, success, and persistence. Time and again, SEM is viewed from a conventional lens comprising marketing, recruitment and …

  6. Espectro óculo-aurículo-vertebral em pacientes com defeitos cardíacos congênitos

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    Rafael Fabiano Machado Rosa

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: Há poucos estudos avaliando a frequência do espectro óculo-aurículo-vertebral (EOAV nos pacientes com defeitos cardíacos congênitos (DCC. OBJETIVO: Verificar a frequência do EOAV em uma amostra de pacientes com malformações cardíacas graves. MÉTODOS: Avaliamos uma coorte prospectiva de pacientes com DCC, admitidos em uma unidade de terapia intensiva (UTI cardiopediátrica no Brasil. O diagnóstico de EOAV foi feito com base em dados clínicos, considerando critérios padrões. Os pacientes que preenchiam esses critérios foram submetidos ao cariótipo de alta resolução com bandamento GTG e hibridização fluorescente in situ para a microdeleção 22q11.2. O teste exato de Fisher (P < 0,05 foi usado para as análises estatísticas. RESULTADOS: Durante o período de avaliação, 330 pacientes foram hospitalizados pela primeira vez na UTI, mas trinta deles não participaram deste estudo. Dos 300 pacientes que constituíram a amostragem final, o EOAV foi verificado em três casos (1%. Todos apresentaram estudos citogenéticos normais. CONCLUSÃO: O EOAV parece ser uma condição frequente em pacientes com DCC. Contudo, não podemos excluir a possibilidade de que a frequência de EOAV encontrada em nosso estudo possa ter sido subestimada devido à baixa taxa de detecção pré-natal de DCC e ao acesso limitado dos pacientes ao tratamento médico apropriado em nosso meio. Estudos prospectivos futuros com critérios clínicos bem definidos e pacientes com defeitos leves e graves serão importantes para avaliar o papel do EOAV na população em geral de indivíduos com malformações cardíacas.

  7. FIB/SEM and SEM/EDS microstructural analysis of metal-ceramic and zirconia-ceramic interfaces.

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    Massimi, F; Merlati, G; Sebastiani, M; Battaini, P; Menghini, P; Bemporad, E

    2011-01-01

    Recently introduced FIB/SEM analysis in microscopy seems to provide a high-resolution characterization of the samples by 3D (FIB) cross-sectioning and (SEM) high resolution imaging. The aim of this study was to apply the FIB/SEM and SEM/EDS analysis to the interfaces of a metal-ceramic vs. two zirconia-ceramic systems. Plate samples of three different prosthetic systems were prepared in the dental lab following the manufacturers' instructions, where metal-ceramic was the result of a ceramic veneering (porcelain-fused-to-metal) and the two zirconia-ceramic systems were produced by the dedicated CAD-CAM procedures of the zirconia cores (both with final sintering) and then veneered by layered or heat pressed ceramics. In a FIB/SEM equipment (also called DualBeam), a thin layer of platinum (1 μm) was deposited on samples surface crossing the interfaces, in order to protect them during milling. Then, increasingly deeper trenches were milled by a focused ion beam, first using a relatively higher and later using a lower ion current (from 9 nA to 0.28 nA, 30KV). Finally, FEG-SEM (5KV) micrographs (1000-50,000X) were acquired. In a SEM the analysis of the morphology and internal microstructure was performed by 13KV secondary and backscattered electrons signals (in all the samples). The compositional maps were then performed by EDS probe only in the metal-ceramic system (20kV). Despite the presence of many voids in all the ceramic layers, it was possible to identify: (1) the grain structures of the metallic and zirconia substrates, (2) the thin oxide layer at the metal-ceramic interface and its interactions with the first ceramic layer (wash technique), (3) the roughness of the two different zirconia cores and their interactions with the ceramic interface, where the presence of zirconia grains in the ceramic layer was reported in two system possibly due to sandblasting before ceramic firing. PMID:22709611

  8. FIB/SEM and SEM/EDS microstructural analysis of metal-ceramic and zirconia-ceramic interfaces.

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    Massimi, F; Merlati, G; Sebastiani, M; Battaini, P; Menghini, P; Bemporad, E

    2012-01-10

    Recently introduced FIB/SEM analysis in microscopy seems to provide a high-resolution characterization of the samples by 3D (FIB) cross-sectioning and (SEM) high resolution imaging. The aim of this study was to apply the FIB/SEM and SEM/EDS analysis to the interfaces of a metal-ceramic vs. two zirconia-ceramic systems. Plate samples of three different prosthetic systems were prepared in the dental lab following the manufacturers' instructions, where metal-ceramic was the result of a ceramic veneering (porcelain-fused-to-metal) and the two zirconia-ceramic systems were produced by the dedicated CAD-CAM procedures of the zirconia cores (both with final sintering) and then veneered by layered or heat pressed ceramics. In a FIB/SEM equipment (also called DualBeam), a thin layer of platinum (1 μm) was deposited on samples surface crossing the interfaces, in order to protect them during milling. Then, increasingly deeper trenches were milled by a focused ion beam, first using a relatively higher and later using a lower ion current (from 9 nA to 0.28 nA, 30KV). Finally, FEG-SEM (5KV) micrographs (1000-50,000X) were acquired. In a SEM the analysis of the morphology and internal microstructure was performed by 13KV secondary and backscattered electrons signals (in all the samples). The compositional maps were then performed by EDS probe only in the metal-ceramic system (20kV). Despite the presence of many voids in all the ceramic layers, it was possible to identify: (1) the grain structures of the metallic and zirconia substrates, (2) the thin oxide layer at the metal-ceramic interface and its interactions with the first ceramic layer (wash technique), (3) the roughness of the two different zirconia cores and their interactions with the ceramic interface, where the presence of zirconia grains in the ceramic layer was reported in two system possibly due to sandblasting before ceramic firing.

  9. Three dimensional rock microstructures: insights from FIB-SEM tomography

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    Drury, Martyn; Pennock, Gill; de Winter, Matthijs

    2016-04-01

    Most studies of rock microstructures investigate two-dimensional sections or thin slices of three dimensional grain structures. With advances of X-ray and electron tomography methods the 3-D microstructure can be(relatively) routinely investigated on scales from a few microns to cm. 3D studies are needed to investigate the connectivity of microstructures and to test the assumptions we use to calculate 3D properties from 2D sections. We have used FIB-SEM tomography to study the topology of melts in synthetic olivine rocks, 3D crystal growth microstructures, pore networks and subgrain structures. The technique uses a focused ion beam to make serial sections with a spacing of tens to hundreds of nanometers. Each section is then imaged or mapped using the electron beam. The 3D geometry of grains and subgrains can be investigated using orientation contrast or EBSD mapping. FIB-SEM tomography of rocks and minerals can be limited by charging of the uncoated surfaces exposed by the ion beam. The newest generation of FIB-SEMs have much improved low voltage imaging capability allowing high resolution charge free imaging. Low kV FIB-SEM tomography is now widely used to study the connectivity of pore networks. In-situ fluids can also be studied using cryo-FIB-SEM on frozen samples, although special freezing techniques are needed to avoid artifacts produced by ice crystallization. FIB-SEM tomography is complementary, in terms of spatial resolution and sampled volume, to TEM tomography and X-ray tomography, and the combination of these methods can cover a wide range of scales. Our studies on melt topology in synthetic olivine rocks with a high melt content show that many grain boundaries are wetted by nanometre scale melt layers that are too thin to resolve by X-ray tomography. A variety of melt layer geometries occur consistent with several mechanisms of melt layer formation. The nature of melt geometries along triple line junctions and quadruple points can be resolved

  10. Characterization of transcriptional profiles of MA-ACS1 and MA-ACO1 genes in response to ethylene, auxin, wounding, cold and different photoperiods during ripening in banana fruit.

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    Choudhury, Swarup Roy; Roy, Sujit; Sengupta, Dibyendu N

    2008-12-01

    The ripening-specific genes MA-ACS1 (Musa acuminata ACC synthase1) and MA-ACO1 (M. acuminata ACC oxidase 1) are regulated in response to a wide variety of factors. Here, we have studied the differential transcript accumulation pattern and protein levels of MA-ACS1 and MA-ACO1 genes in response to ethylene, auxin, wounding and low temperature in preclimacteric banana fruit. We have shown that exogenous application of ethylene and auxin induced the expression of MA-ACS1, while MA-ACO1 showed marginal expression following ethylene treatment in preclimacteric stage. Auxin did not induce MA-ACO1 expression. Thus, auxin-treated banana fruits showed lower ethylene production rate as compared to ethylene-treated fruits. Conversely, wounding and cold treatment down-regulated the expression of both the genes and thus inhibited ethylene production. Furthermore, we have detected a GCC-box putative ethylene-responsive element (ERE)- and an auxin-responsive element (ARE)-specific DNA-binding activity in the banana pulp and studied the ethylene and auxin responsive characteristics of the GCC-box and ARE (TGTCTC) containing synthetic promoter fragments. In addition, we have detected an enhanced ethylene production rate and expression level of MA-ACS1 and MA-ACO1 genes along with a strong GCC-box-specific DNA-binding activity following exposure to constant dark period for 8d at the preclimacteric stage. Together, our study provides interesting information about the regulation of expression of MA-ACS1 and MA-ACO1 genes in response to various factors during ripening in banana fruit, which may have physiological relevance concerning ethylene biosynthesis during post-harvest conditions.

  11. Advance Payment ACO Model

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The Advance Payment Model is designed for physician-based and rural providers who have come together voluntarily to give coordinated high quality care to the...

  12. ACO - Ant Colony Optimization

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    Žumer, Viljem; Brest, Janez; Pešl, Ivan

    2015-01-01

    Ant colony optimization is a relatively new approach to solving NP-Hard problems. It is based on the behavior of real ants, which always find the shortest path between their nest and a food source. Such behavior can be transferred into the discrcte world, were real ants are replaced by simple agents. Such simple agents are placed into the environment where different combinatorial problems can be solved In this paper we describe an artificial ant colony capable of solving the travelling salesm...

  13. Rapid Evaluation of Particle Properties using Inverse SEM Simulations

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    Bekar, Kursat B. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Miller, Thomas Martin [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Patton, Bruce W. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Weber, Charles F. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2016-01-01

    This report is the final deliverable of a 3 year project whose purpose was to investigate the possibility of using simulations of X-ray spectra generated inside a scanning electron microscope (SEM) as a means to perform quantitative analysis of the sample imaged in the SEM via an inverse analysis methodology. Using the nine point Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) typically used by the US Department of Defense (DOD) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), this concept is now at a TRL of 3. In other words, this work has proven the feasibility of this concept and is ready to be further investigated to address some of the issues highlighted by this initial proof of concept.

  14. Payload isolation and stabilization by a Suspended Experiment Mount (SEM)

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    Bailey, Wayne L.; Desanctis, Carmine E.; Nicaise, Placide D.; Schultz, David N.

    1992-01-01

    Many Space Shuttle and Space Station payloads can benefit from isolation from crew or attitude control system disturbances. Preliminary studies have been performed for a Suspended Experiment Mount (SEM) system that will provide isolation from accelerations and stabilize the viewing direction of a payload. The concept consists of a flexible suspension system and payload-mounted control moment gyros. The suspension system, which is rigidly locked for ascent and descent, isolates the payload from high frequency disturbances. The control moment gyros stabilize the payload orientation. The SEM will be useful for payloads that require a lower-g environment than a manned vehicle can provide, such as materials processing, and for payloads that require stabilization of pointing direction, but not large angle slewing, such as nadir-viewing earth observation or solar viewing payloads.

  15. Potassium determinations using SEM, FAAS and XRF: some experimental notes

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    Liritzis, I.; et al.

    The calibration of Scanning Electron Microscopy coupled with Energy Dispersive X- Rays Spec-trometry (SEM-EDS) for elemental quantitative analysis is an important task for characterization, provenance and absolute dating purposes. In particular the potassium determination is an im-portant contributor to dose rate assessments in luminescence and Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) dating. Here a SEM-EDX is calibrated on different archaeological and geoarchaeological materials against standard laboratory samples as well as measured by micro X-Rays Fluorescence (μXRF) and flame atomic absorption spectroscopy (FAAS) techniques. A common linear relationship is obtained for most elements and certain rock types used and two clear linear regressions for two types of rocks; one for granite, diorite, microgranite and sediments and another ceramic sherds, soils, marble schists, breccia. Such linear regressions become readily available for a future fast, efficient and accu-rate way of potassium determination.

  16. Nanomechanical characterization of human hair using nanoindentation and SEM

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    Wei Guohua [Nanotribology Laboratory for Information Storage and MEMS/NEMS (NLIM), Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210 (United States); Bhushan, Bharat [Nanotribology Laboratory for Information Storage and MEMS/NEMS (NLIM), Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210 (United States)]. E-mail: bhushan.2@osu.edu; Torgerson, Peter M. [Procter and Gamble Company, Sharon Woods Technical Center, Cincinnati, OH 45241 (United States)

    2005-11-15

    Human hair is a nanocomposite biological fiber with well-characterized microstructures. Nanomechanical characterization of human hair can help to evaluate the effect of cosmetic products on hair surface, can provide a better understanding of the physicochemical properties of a wide variety of composite biological systems, and can provide the dermatologists with some useful markers for the diagnosis of hair disorders. The paper presents systematic studies of nanomechanical properties of human hair including hardness, elastic modulus and creep, using the nanoindentation technique. The samples include Caucasian, Asian and African hair at virgin, chemo-mechanically damaged and treated conditions. Hair morphology was studied using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Indentation experiments were performed on both the surface and cross-section of the hair, and the indents were studied using SEM. The nanomechanical properties of hair as a function of hair composition, microstructure, ethnicity, damage and treatment are discussed.

  17. Dynamics and performance of the free electron laser at Super-Aco with a harmonic RF cavity set on 500 MHz

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    This work is dedicated to the development of the potentialities of the free electron laser that has been installed on the storage ring Super-Aco at Orsay university. We have studied the dynamics of the electron beam inside a harmonic RF cavity set on 500 MHz. The impact of the geometric characteristics of the optical cavity on the transverse overlapping between laser radiation and the electron beam has been studied in details. An important part of the work has been the assessment of the optical characterization of the dielectric multi-layer mirrors of the cavity. For that purpose a complete system has been designed to assess the changes in optical properties of mirrors during laser operation. Another important part of this work was the study of the interaction process between laser radiation and the electron bunch leading to saturation. This interaction process has been simulated through a new model and some predictions given by this model have been successfully confronted to experimental data. The installation of the harmonic RF cavity has led to a significant increase of the laser radiation gain and the value of the mean power of the laser radiation has reached 300 mW. An interesting application of this technique is the generation of high energy gamma photons through Compton backscattering. A collimated 35 MeV-energy photon beam has been produced at Super-Aco with a rate of 5.106 photons per second. (A.C.)

  18. Análisis de la calidad del registro de paro cardíaco en casos de responsabilidad médico legal en médicos generales, 1999-2007

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    Barragán, Gabriel; Navarro Vargas, José Ricardo; Marulanda, Nathalie; Eslava Schmalbach, Javier Hernando

    2010-01-01

    Antecedentes. El registro del paro cardíaco es una actividad que se debe acompañar en la reanimación cerebro cardio pulmonar. En Colombia no existe un formato de registro oficial de paro cardiorrespiratorio, lo que dificulta la investigación en reanimación y la conducción de los procesos de responsabilidad médica que se deriven de esta atención. Objetivo. Analizar la calidad del registro de paro cardíaco en casos de responsabilidad médico legal iniciada a médicos generales que tuvieron as...

  19. GASTO CARDÍACO MATERNO COMO PREDICTOR DEL SÍNDROME DE PREECLAMPSIA-ECLAMPSIA / Maternal cardiac output as a predictor of preeclampsia-eclampsia syndrome

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    Luis A. Díaz Moreno

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Resumen Introducción y objetivos: La hipertensión es la complicación médica más común del embarazo, y puede dejar secuelas permanentes como: alteraciones neurológicas, hepáticas, hematológicas o renales. Cada tres minutos muere una mujer debido a la preeclampsia. Durante el embarazo el gasto cardíaco sufre un incremento de hasta 40 %. Este incremento es secundario al aumento de aproximadamente 30 % del volumen sistólico. El objetivo de la investigación fue predecir la aparición del síndrome de preeclampsia-eclampsia mediante la identificación de alteraciones del gasto cardíaco. Método: Se realizó un estudio observacional, descriptivo, longitudinal y analítico, de cohorte prospectiva, donde se determinó, por ecocardiografía, el gasto cardíaco en 31 embarazadas, entre las semanas 11 y 13,6 de gestación como único valor; y mediante seguimiento prenatal, se observó la aparición o no del síndrome de Preeclampsia-Eclampsia. Resultados: Se logró el seguimiento de 31 embarazadas a las que se le midió el gasto cardíaco, y se encontró una prevalecía de la enfermedad de 12,9 % con un 64,5 % de pacientes correctamente diagnosticados, con una sensibilidad de 75 %, con valor predictivo positivo de 23 %, especificidad de 62 % y valor predictivo negativo de 94%, con un riesgo relativo de 4,1 (intervalo de confianza 95 %, 0,48-35,6. Conclusiones: Es posible establecer la medición de gasto cardíaco como estudio de escrutinio para predecir la aparición del síndrome de Preeclampsia desde el control prenatal, y contribuir así a la disminución de la muerte materna. / Abstract Introduction and Objectives: Hypertension is the most common medical complication of pregnancy, and it can leave permanent sequelae such as neurological, hepatic, hematological or renal disorders. Every three minutes a woman dies due to preeclampsia. During pregnancy, cardiac output suffers an increase of 40%. This increase is secondary to an increase of

  20. XML y web semántica : Bases de datos en el contexto de la web semántica

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    Rincón Cinca, Joaquín

    2012-01-01

    Este trabajo define qué es una base de datos semántica, qué ventajas ofrece, cómo se utiliza y en qué tipo de proyectos o sistemas tiene sentido usarla. Además, en él se estudia en detalle una de ellas, OWLIM 1, de la empresa Ontotext, para evaluar la dificultad de usarla, su rendimiento y sus capacidades específicas. Aquest treball defineix què és una base de dades semàntica, quins avantatges ofereix, com s'utilitza i en quin tipus de projectes o sistemes té sentit usar-la. A més, en ell ...

  1. Characterization and expression profiles of MaACS and MaACO genes from mulberry (Morus alba L.)%桑树MaACS和MaACO基因的鉴定和表达模式研究

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    Chang-ying LIU; Shu-mei HAN; Cheng LU; Mao-de YU; Rui-hua LÜ; Jun LI; Ai-chun ZHAO; Xi-ling WANG; Umuhoza DIANE; Xiao-hong WANG; Chuan-hong WANG; Ya-sheng YU

    2014-01-01

    1-Aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid synthase (ACS) and 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase (ACO) are encoded by multigene families and are involved in fruit ripening by catalyzing the production of ethylene throughout the development of fruit. However, there are no reports on ACS or ACO genes in mulberry, partly because of the limited molecular research background. In this study, we have obtained five ACS gene sequences and two ACO gene sequences from Morus Genome Database. Sequence alignment and phylogenetic analysis of MaACO1 and MaACO2 showed that their amino acids are conserved compared with ACO proteins from other species. MaACS1 and MaACS2 are type I, MaACS3 and MaACS4 are type II, and MaACS5 is type III, with different C-terminal se-quences. Quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) expression analysis showed that the transcripts of MaACS genes were strongly expressed in fruit, and more weakly in other tissues. The expression of MaACO1 and MaACO2 showed different patterns in various mulberry tissues. MaACS and MaACO genes demon-strated two patterns throughout the development of mulberry fruit, and both of them were strongly up-regulated by abscisic acid (ABA) and ethephon.%研究目的:分离和鉴定桑树中参与乙烯生物合成的酶的编码基因MaACS 和MaACO,研究其表达模式。创新要点:基于最新公布的桑树基因组数据库数据,获得5个MaACS 基因和2个MaACO 基因,对其进行了生物信息分析,同时鉴定了其在不同桑树组织中、不同发育时期桑椹中和不同激素作用下的表达模式。研究方法:通过生物信息学方法筛选和鉴定基因,利用荧光定量逆转录聚合酶链式反应(qRT-PCR)分析基因的表达量。重要结论:MaACS 和MaACO 基因在根、茎、叶等不同组织中呈现出不同的表达模式,在桑椹发育过程中呈现出两种表达模式,其表达量被脱落酸和乙烯利上调。

  2. SEM-EDS技术与口红的检测%SEM-EDS Technique and Examination of Lipsticks

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    黄娟娟

    2001-01-01

    采用SEM-EDS技术对不同品牌的口红进行检验,需选择出较为合适的实验条件.通过对30种不同种类、厂家、牌号口红的实验研究表明,采用该法可以达到较好的鉴别效果,较好地满足实际办案的需要.

  3. Qualidade de vida de pacientes submetidos ao transplante cardíaco: aplicação da escala Whoqol-Bref Calidad de vida de pacientes sometidos a transplante cardíaco: aplicación de la escala Whoqol-Bref Quality of life of patients that had a heart transplant: application of Whoqol-Bref scale

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    Maria Isis Freire de Aguiar

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: O sucesso do transplante cardíaco significa garantir a sobrevida dos pacientes com cardiopatia e permitir-lhes desenvolver suas atividades diárias. O transplante cardíaco apresenta-se como a primeira opção de tratamento na falência cardíaca, representando um aumento de sobrevida e qualidade de vida dos transplantados. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a qualidade de vida de pacientes submetidos ao transplante cardíaco através da aplicação de uma escala padronizada (Whoqol-Bref. MÉTODOS: Estudo exploratório descritivo de abordagem quantitativa, realizado com 55 pacientes submetidos ao transplante cardíaco, em um período entre o terceiro e o 103º mês, que realizam acompanhamento na Unidade de Transplante e Insuficiência Cardíaca em um Hospital de Referência em Cardiologia na cidade de Fortaleza, CE. Os dados foram coletados no período de fevereiro a abril de 2009, por meio da aplicação de um questionário padronizado pela Organização Mundial da Saúde e utilização de dados constantes nos prontuários. RESULTADOS: Com relação ao domínio físico, 62,8% e 58,3% dos pacientes, dos sexos masculino e feminino, respectivamente, estão satisfeitos. No domínio psicológico, dentre pacientes do sexo masculino, 65,1% apresentam satisfação quanto à qualidade de vida e, no sexo feminino, 58,3% encontram-se satisfeitas. No domínio das relações sociais, observou-se que, no sexo masculino, 53,5% estão muito satisfeitos, e apresentou-se um nível de satisfação de 100% no sexo feminino. No domínio do meio ambiente, 65,1% do sexo masculino encontram-se satisfeitos, e no sexo feminino, 83,3% estão satisfeitas. CONCLUSÃO: O transplante cardíaco teve bastante influência na qualidade de vida dos pacientes transplantados, pois os resultados mostram-se estatisticamente significantes no pós-transplante.FUNDAMENTO: El éxito del transplante cardíaco significa garantizar la sobrevida de los pacientes con cardiopatía y permitirles

  4. Consistent evaluation of ACOS-GOSAT, BESD-SCIAMACHY, CarbonTracker, and MACC through comparisons to TCCON

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    Kulawik, Susan; Wunch, Debra; O'Dell, Christopher; Frankenberg, Christian; Reuter, Maximilian; Oda, Tomohiro; Chevallier, Frederic; Sherlock, Vanessa; Buchwitz, Michael; Osterman, Greg; Miller, Charles E.; Wennberg, Paul O.; Griffith, David; Morino, Isamu; Dubey, Manvendra K.; Deutscher, Nicholas M.; Notholt, Justus; Hase, Frank; Warneke, Thorsten; Sussmann, Ralf; Robinson, John; Strong, Kimberly; Schneider, Matthias; De Mazière, Martine; Shiomi, Kei; Feist, Dietrich G.; Iraci, Laura T.; Wolf, Joyce

    2016-02-01

    Consistent validation of satellite CO2 estimates is a prerequisite for using multiple satellite CO2 measurements for joint flux inversion, and for establishing an accurate long-term atmospheric CO2 data record. Harmonizing satellite CO2 measurements is particularly important since the differences in instruments, observing geometries, sampling strategies, etc. imbue different measurement characteristics in the various satellite CO2 data products. We focus on validating model and satellite observation attributes that impact flux estimates and CO2 assimilation, including accurate error estimates, correlated and random errors, overall biases, biases by season and latitude, the impact of coincidence criteria, validation of seasonal cycle phase and amplitude, yearly growth, and daily variability. We evaluate dry-air mole fraction (XCO2) for Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite (GOSAT) (Atmospheric CO2 Observations from Space, ACOS b3.5) and SCanning Imaging Absorption spectroMeter for Atmospheric CHartographY (SCIAMACHY) (Bremen Optimal Estimation DOAS, BESD v2.00.08) as well as the CarbonTracker (CT2013b) simulated CO2 mole fraction fields and the Monitoring Atmospheric Composition and Climate (MACC) CO2 inversion system (v13.1) and compare these to Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON) observations (GGG2012/2014). We find standard deviations of 0.9, 0.9, 1.7, and 2.1 ppm vs. TCCON for CT2013b, MACC, GOSAT, and SCIAMACHY, respectively, with the single observation errors 1.9 and 0.9 times the predicted errors for GOSAT and SCIAMACHY, respectively. We quantify how satellite error drops with data averaging by interpreting according to error2 = a2 + b2/n (with n being the number of observations averaged, a the systematic (correlated) errors, and b the random (uncorrelated) errors). a and b are estimated by satellites, coincidence criteria, and hemisphere. Biases at individual stations have year-to-year variability of ˜ 0.3 ppm, with biases larger than the TCCON

  5. Tratamento cirúrgico em dois tempos do aneurisma toracoabdominal roto com prótese intraluminal sem sutura

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    Rodrigo de Castro BERNARDES

    1998-10-01

    Full Text Available O tratamento cirúrgico dos aneurismas toracoabominais exige toracofreno laparotomia, períodos prolongados de pinçamento aórtico com isquemia visceral, sangramento abundante de difícil controle, complicações pulmonares, renais, neurológicas e distúrbios de coagulação com morbimortalidade muitas vezes proibitiva para pacientes de idade avançada, ou portadores de distúrbios respiratórios, renais ou cardíacos prévios. A rotura aumenta em muito a já elevada taxa de morbimortalidade. Crawford (1-3 e Borst (4 descreveram operação em dois tempos para tratamento de aneurisma que atinge mais de um segmento da aorta, com bons resultados. O objetivo de nosso trabalho é mostrar a técnica cirúrgica em dois tempos, empregando prótese intraluminal sem sutura (5, 6. Esta técnica nos proporciona uma operação menos agressiva por abordar somente o segmento roto da aorta, portanto apenas uma cavidade é manipulada (tórax ou abdome. A anastomose com prótese intraluminal reduz em muito o tempo de pinçamento da aorta e, conseqüentemente, a isquemia visceral, diminuindo, também, o sangramento. A redução da agressividade cirúrgica sobre estes pacientes já gravemente enfermos nos proporcionou bons resultados cirúrgicos.The surgical management of thoracoabdominal aneurysms requires thoracophrenic laparotomy, prolonged periods of aortic clamping with visceral ischemia, profuse bleeding leading to a difficult postoperative course with pulmonary, renal, neurological complications, coagulation disturbances and others. All this resulting in an elevated morbidity/mortality very often contraindicating it for the very elderly or those with prior respiratory, renal or cardiac symptoms. Rupture of this aneurysm greatly increases the already high rate of morbidity/mortality. Crawford and Borst have described a two-stage surgery with good results, for aneurysms that affect more than one segment of aorta. The objective of our report is to demonstrate

  6. Portal de turismo orientado à Web semântica

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    Nóbrega, Luís Filipe Barros da

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    O presente trabalho propõe um portal de turismo destinado a apresentar aos seus utilizadores ideias e sugestões acerca de destinos e roteiros turísticos para viajar e conhecer. Inspirado na Web 2.0 são adicionados mecanismos colaborativos para que os utilizadores possam partilhar a sua opinião com a restante comunidade, incentivando a sua voz crítica. São analisadas, comparativamente, duas facções da Web Semântica - Uppercase e Lowercase - no sentido de saber qual a que poderá servir me...

  7. Observation and Analysis of Gypsum Particleboard using SEM

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    FENG Qian; DENG Yuhe; KIM Hyunjoong; LEI Wen; SUN Zhiwu; JIA Yonggang; XUAN Lin; KIM Sumin

    2007-01-01

    The microstructures of gypsum board and gypsum particleboard were observed by SEM. The effects of retarder and waterproof agent on the shape and the average dimension of the gypsum crystal were discussed. The mechanism was investigated as well. Four typical instances, i e, the gypsum crystal shape, the gypsum combined with particles on the particles surface, the gypsum combined with particles on the wood cross section and the gypsum combined with particles inside the wood cell cavity were selected and observed.Furthermore, the agglomeration and cementation mechanism between gypsum and particle were studied.

  8. Transplante experimental cardíaco heterotópico e cutâneo em camundongos Experimental heterotopic cardiac and cutaneous transplantation in mice

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    Patrícia Sestrheim

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Estudo experimental com o objetivo de desenvolver e avaliar a viabilidade das técnicas de transplante experimental cardíaco heterotópico abdominal vascularizado e cutâneo em camundongos, criando um instrumento para investigação da eficácia de soluções de preservação, novas drogas imunossupressoras, agentes biológicos, terapia gênica e indução de tolerância imunológica. MÉTODO: Para este estudo, as técnicas utilizadas foram descritas previamente por Corry et al. e Billingham et al. RESULTADOS: O tempo cirúrgico total para a realização dos transplantes cardíacos (n=20 foi, em média, 60,3±6,3 minutos e para os transplantes cutâneos (n=20, 17,75±0,71 minutos. A média de sobrevida dos aloenxertos cutâneos (n=34 e cardíacos (n=24 foi, respectivamente, 7 e 11 dias, enquanto que os isoenxertos sobreviveram por mais de 100 dias. CONCLUSÕES: Ambas as técnicas se caracterizaram pela fácil reprodutibilidade dos modelos experimentais. As diferenças entre as técnicas não se limitaram às peculiaridades metodológicas ou ao tempo de sobrevida e vascularização, mas principalmente à sua imunogenicidade e suscetibilidade à rejeição.OBJECTIVE: This is an experimental study which aims at developing and evaluating the feasibility of experimental techniques of vascularized and cutaneous abdominal heterotopic heart transplant in mice, creating an instrument of investigation for the effectiveness of prservation solutions, new immunosuppressive drugs, biological agents, genetic therapy and induction of immunological tolerance. METHOD: The techniques used in this work were previously described by Corry et al. and Billingham et al. RESULTS: The total surgical time to perform the cardiac transplants (n=20 was on average 60.3+6.3 minutes and the time of cutaneous transplants (n= 20 17.75+0.71 minutes. The average survival of the cutaneous allografts (n=34 and cardiac (n=24 allografts was 7 and 11 days, respectively, while

  9. Cardiac beta-receptors in experimental Chagas' disease Receptores beta cardíacos na doença de Chagas experimental

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    Julio E. Enders

    1995-02-01

    Full Text Available Experimental Chagas' disease (45 to 90 days post-infection showed serious cardiac alterations in the contractility and in the pharmacological response to beta adrenergic receptors in normal and T. cruzi infected mice (post-acute phase. Chagasic infection did not change the beta receptors density (78.591 ± 3.125 fmol/mg protein and 73.647 ± 2.194 fmol/mg protein for controls but their affinity was significantly diminished (Kd = 7.299 ± 0.426 nM and Kd = 3.759 ± 0.212 nM for the control p Estudaram-se os receptores beta cardíacos de camundongos infectados pelo Trypanosoma cruzi na fase pós-aguda da doença de Chagas para estabelecer em que medida os mesmos contribuem a gerar respostas anômalas às catecolaminas observadas nestes miocardios. Utilizara-se 3-H/DHA para a marcação dos receptores beta cardíacos dos camundongos normais e dos infectados na fase pós-aguda (45 a 90 dias pós-infecção. O número dos sítios de fixação foi similar nos dois grupos, 78.591 ± 3.125 fmol/mg. Proteína nos chagásicos e 73.647 ± 2.194 fmol/mg. Proteína no grupo controle. Em vez disso, a afinidade verificou-se significativamente diminuida no grupo chagásico (Kd = 7.299 ± 0.426 nM respeito do controle (Kd = 3.759 ± 0.212 nM p < 0.001. Os resultados obtidos demonstram que as modificações observadas na estimulação adrenérgica do miocárdio chagásico se correlacionam com a menor afinidade dos receptores beta cardíacos e que estas alterações exerceriam uma parte determinante para as consequências funcionais que são detectadas na fase crônica.

  10. Do estigma da psicose maníaco-depressiva ao incentivo ao tratamento do transtorno bipolar: a evolução da abordagem em dois veículos midiáticos nos últimos 40 anos

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    Daniel Montanini

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Investigar a evolução ao longo dos últimos 40 anos da assimilação midiática do transtorno bipolar. MÉTODOS: Foram pesquisadas referências sobre os termos "transtorno bipolar" e "maníaco-depressivo" na revista Veja e no jornal The New York Times e analisada uma amostra de 40 textos de cada veículo. Os textos foram divididos em dois grupos, o primeiro reunindo aqueles datados dos anos entre 1970 e 1999 e o segundo, 2000 a 2009. RESULTADOS: Entre os anos de 1970 e 1999 é mais utilizado o termo "maníaco-depressivo", porém na década de 2000-2009 a expressão "transtorno bipolar" predomina amplamente. Além disso, artigos mais antigos, que utilizam principalmente o termo "maníaco-depressivo", tendem a ser mais estigmatizantes e com menor pretensão informativa. Já artigos mais recentes, em que a expressão "transtorno bipolar" é mais utilizada, tendem a incentivar a busca de tratamento. CONCLUSÃO: Sugere-se que a abordagem midiática do transtorno bipolar, comparada ao tratamento recebido pela psicose maníaco-depressiva, é marcada pela maior assimilação do referencial biomédico.

  11. Transplante cardíaco em Campo Grande - MS. Redução significativa de lesão coronária pós transplante: relato de caso

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    Marcos Vinícius R. P. CALDAS

    1997-04-01

    Full Text Available No Serviço de Cirurgia Cardíaca da Santa Casa de Campo Grande/MS - foi realizado, em 23 de setembro de 1994, um transplante cardíaco ortotópico no paciente C.A.D., 27 anos, portador de miocardiopatia dilatada idiopática, o qual transcorreu sem anormalidades. O paciente recebeu alta da UTI com 7 dias e alta hospitalar no 40º dia de pós-operatório, recebendo ciclosporina, azatioprina e prednisona para manutenção do enxerto, captopril, furosemida e aspirina. Apresentou no 1º ano de seguimento 2 episódios de rejeição, leve e moderada, sendo modificada a posologia dos imunossupressores. Em setembro de 1995, nos exames de seguimento, foi detectada, na coronariografia, lesão obstrutiva de 50% em artéria coronária direita. Decidiu-se modificar a terapêutica do paciente, iniciando diltiazen substituindo o captopril, e associando-se complexo vitamínico (betacaroteno, C e E mais selênio, na tentativa de evitar progressão da lesão obstrutiva. Foi também realizada orientação dietética por nutricionista. Após 12 meses com a nova terapêutica, a coronariografia mostrou redução significativa da lesão obstrutiva em artéria coronária direita. Durante todo o período de seguimento o paciente apresentou níveis normais no lipidograma. Hoje o paciente encontra-se no terceiro ano de seguimento, assintomático e tendo suas atividades habituais sem intercorrências.The Cardiac Surgery Service of Campo Grande, Santa Casa/MS performed on September 23 rd, 1994 an orthotopic cardiac transplantation in a 27 year-old man with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, which elapsed without abnormalities. The patient left the ICU in 7 days and was discharged at 40 th postoperative day, receiving cyclosporine, azathioprine and prednisone for graft support; captopril, furosemide and aspirin. Presented at one year follow-up, 2 rejection episodes, mil and moderate, when the immunesupressivet herapy dose was modified. On September 1995, at follow up, an

  12. 改进的牵引移动的蚁群算法在2D HP 模型中的应用%APPLYING IMPROVED PULL MOVES ACO IN 2D HP MODEL

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    高翔; 杨惠; 张成文

    2015-01-01

    Protein folding problem is to predict a protein’s conformation from its amino acid sequence,it is one of the most prominent problems in bioinformatics.In this paper we mainly study two-dimensional (2D)hydrophobic-polar (HP)lattice model,which is a representative simplified model widely used for simulating the protein folding problem,and apply the ant colony optimisation (ACO)to solving the 2D HP protein folding problem.Besides,we introduce an improved pull moves method to local search mechanism,to improve protein’s conformation it is an effective method.Experimental results show that the improved ACO with pull moves (ACO +)can obtain lower-energy conformations than ACO for several longer amino acid sequences,this demonstrates that our ACO + algorithm is a effective method to predict the structure of protein.%蛋白质折叠问题就是从氨基酸序列中预测蛋白质的构象,该问题是生物信息学的一个突出问题。主要研究二维 HP 格点模型,它是用于模拟蛋白质折叠问题的一个具有代表性的简化模型,并且将蚁群算法用于求解该二维 HP 蛋白质的折叠问题。此外,在局部搜索机制中引入一种改进的牵引移动方法,这是一个提高蛋白质构象的有效方法。实验结果表明,针对较长的氨基酸序列,改进的带牵引移动的蚁群算法(ACO +)比 ACO 能够获得更低能量的构象,证明了所提出的改进蚁群算法是预测蛋白质结构的有效方法。

  13. Quantitative X-ray projection microscopy using an SEM

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    Full text: We outline a new approach to X-ray projection microscopy using an X-ray Ultra Microscope (XuM). The XuM is hosted on a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and enables exploitation of phase contrast to boost the quality and information content of images. These developments have been made possible by the combination of a high-brightness field-emission-gun (FEG) based SEM, direct detection CCD technology, specialized X-ray sources and new phase retrieval algorithms. Using the X-Ray Ultra Microscope in our laboratory we have been able to obtain spatial resolution of better than 0.2 μm and have demonstrated novel features such as: i) phase-contrast enhanced visibility of significant image features (e.g. edges and boundaries), ii) energy-resolved imaging to simultaneously produce multiple quasi-monochromatic images using broad-band polychromatic illumination, iii) implementation of micro-tomography, iv) rapid and robust phase/amplitude-retrieval algorithms to enable new quantitative modes of microscopic imaging. Widespread applications are envisaged in fields such as materials science, biological and biomedical research and microelectronics device inspection. Some illustrative examples will be presented

  14. Bioimpedância transtorácica comparada à ressonância magnética na avaliação do débito cardíaco

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    Humberto Villacorta Junior

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: A ressonância magnética cardíaca é considerada o método padrão-ouro para o cálculo de volumes cardíacos. A bioimpedância transtorácica cardíaca avalia o débito cardíaco. Não há trabalhos que validem essa medida comparada à ressonância. OBJETIVO: Avaliar o desempenho da bioimpedância transtorácica cardíaca no cálculo do débito cardíaco, índice cardíaco e volume sistólico, utilizando a ressonância como padrão-ouro. MÉTODOS: Avaliados 31 pacientes, com média de idade de 56,7 ± 18 anos, sendo 18 (58% do sexo masculino. Foram excluídos os pacientes cuja indicação para a ressonância magnética cardíaca incluía avaliação sob estresse farmacológico. A correlação entre os métodos foi avaliada pelo coeficiente de Pearson, e a dispersão das diferenças absolutas em relação à média foi demonstrada pelo método de Bland-Altman. A concordância entre os métodos foi realizada pelo coeficiente de correlação intraclasses. RESULTADOS: A média do débito cardíaco pela bioimpedância transtorácica cardíaca e pela ressonância foi, respectivamente, 5,16 ± 0,9 e 5,13 ± 0,9 L/min. Observou-se boa correlação entre os métodos para o débito cardíaco (r = 0,79; p = 0,0001, índice cardíaco (r = 0,74; p = 0,0001 e volume sistólico (r = 0,88; p = 0,0001. A avaliação pelo gráfico de Bland-Altman mostrou pequena dispersão das diferenças em relação à média, com baixa amplitude dos intervalos de concordância. Houve boa concordância entre os dois métodos quando avaliados pelo coeficiente de correlação intraclasses, com coeficientes para débito cardíaco, índice cardíaco e volume sistólico de 0,78, 0,73 e 0,88, respectivamente (p < 0,0001 para todas as comparações. CONCLUSÃO: A bioimpedância transtorácica cardíaca mostrou-se acurada no cálculo do débito cardíaco quando comparada à ressonância magnética cardíaca.

  15. Diferenciador semántico: bipolaridad del espacio semántico, un problema de medida del significado

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    Álvarez C., Ramiro

    2012-01-01

    En relación con el supuesto de bipolaridad y su aspecto recíprocamente antagónico, Osgood y otros (1957) han ligado su modelo de espacio semántico a la teoría del aprendizaje. Plantean la hipótesis de que cierto estimulo externo, o signo, desencadena un proceso mediacional interno (nn) el cual se constituye en emisor de estímulos (rm 15m). Este es el rm mediacional que contendría el significado del signo. La teoría de mediación la relacionan con el supuesto de bipolaridad en los siguientes té...

  16. Comparing the detection of iron-based pottery pigment on a carbon-coated sherd by SEM-EDS and by Micro-XRF-SEM.

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    Pendleton, Michael W; Washburn, Dorothy K; Ellis, E Ann; Pendleton, Bonnie B

    2014-03-01

    The same sherd was analyzed using a scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) and a micro X-ray fluorescence tube attached to a scanning electron microscope (Micro-XRF-SEM) to compare the effectiveness of elemental detection of iron-based pigment. To enhance SEM-EDS mapping, the sherd was carbon coated. The carbon coating was not required to produce Micro-XRF-SEM maps but was applied to maintain an unbiased comparison between the systems. The Micro-XRF-SEM analysis was capable of lower limits of detection than that of the SEM-EDS system, and therefore the Micro-XRF-SEM system could produce elemental maps of elements not easily detected by SEM-EDS mapping systems. Because SEM-EDS and Micro-XRF-SEM have been used for imaging and chemical analysis of biological samples, this comparison of the detection systems should be useful to biologists, especially those involved in bone or tooth (hard tissue) analysis.

  17. Comparing the detection of iron-based pottery pigment on a carbon-coated sherd by SEM-EDS and by Micro-XRF-SEM.

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    Pendleton, Michael W; Washburn, Dorothy K; Ellis, E Ann; Pendleton, Bonnie B

    2014-03-01

    The same sherd was analyzed using a scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) and a micro X-ray fluorescence tube attached to a scanning electron microscope (Micro-XRF-SEM) to compare the effectiveness of elemental detection of iron-based pigment. To enhance SEM-EDS mapping, the sherd was carbon coated. The carbon coating was not required to produce Micro-XRF-SEM maps but was applied to maintain an unbiased comparison between the systems. The Micro-XRF-SEM analysis was capable of lower limits of detection than that of the SEM-EDS system, and therefore the Micro-XRF-SEM system could produce elemental maps of elements not easily detected by SEM-EDS mapping systems. Because SEM-EDS and Micro-XRF-SEM have been used for imaging and chemical analysis of biological samples, this comparison of the detection systems should be useful to biologists, especially those involved in bone or tooth (hard tissue) analysis. PMID:24600333

  18. Confección de diagramas termodinámicos asociados a la mixtura amoníaco-agua en la fase líquido-vapor

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    Napoleão, Diovana Aparecida dos Santos; Silveira, Jose Luz; Reto, Alonso Bernabé Aguirre

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    El objetivo de este trabajo es determinar la entalpía y la entropía relacionadas a un sistema de refrigeración por absorción, empleando mixturas de amoníaco y agua. El conocimiento de la termodinámica de mezclas, así como la utilización de los diagramas de entalpía-concentración y entropía-concentración son fundamentales para comprender el funcionamiento de los sistemas de refrigeración por absorción. Para proyectos industriales que signifiquen análisis energéticos y exergéticos, si...

  19. Efecto de la incorporación de fibras dietéticas en la calidad de panes para celíacos

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    Díaz Malmierca, Álvaro

    2013-01-01

    La investigación en la elaboración de panes sin gluten está muy avanzada, siendo el déficit en micronutrientes de estos productos uno de los problemas sobre el que se está centrando la investigación. Uno de los nutrientes más deficitarios, y que más problemas causa sobre la salud de los pacientes celíacos es la fibra dietética. En este estudio se ha investigado el efecto que produce la adición de un 10% de diferentes fibras sobre las características de los panes, la influencia ...

  20. Investigação de lipofuscina em miócitos cardíacos de camundongos após tratamento com oxamniquine

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    Maria Luiza Silveira Mello

    1984-10-01

    Full Text Available A fluorescencia natural devida à presença de corpos de lipofuscina foi pesquisada em miócitos cardíacos de camundongos adultos jovens tratados com oxamniquine. O objetivo foi buscar uma evidência de indução de envelhecimento celular precoce, com base em dados prévios de acentuação poliploidia, promovida pela droga. Comparando o miocárdio dos camundongos tratados com animais contrôle jovens e velhos, não foi observada a presença de lipofuscina nos seus miócitos. Isto possivelmente se deva a um não comprometimento da eficiência das lipases lisossomiais apesar da acentuação do fenômeno de poliploidização induzida pela droga.

  1. A method for colocating satellite XCO2 data to ground-based data and its application to ACOS-GOSAT and TCCON

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    H. Nguyen

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Satellite measurements are often compared with higher-precision ground-based measurements as part of validation efforts. The satellite soundings are rarely perfectly coincident in space and time with the ground-based measurements, so a colocation methodology is needed to aggregate "nearby" soundings into what the instrument would have seen at the location and time of interest. We are particularly interested in validation efforts for satellite-retrieved total column carbon dioxide (XCO2, where XCO2 data from Greenhouse Gas Observing Satellite (GOSAT retrievals (ACOS, NIES, RemoteC, PPDF, etc. or SCanning Imaging Absorption SpectroMeter for Atmospheric CHartographY (SCHIACHY are often colocated and compared to ground-based column XCO2 measurement from Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON. Current colocation methodologies for comparing satellite measurements of total column dry-air mole fractions of CO2 (XCO2 with ground-based measurements typically involve locating and averaging the satellite measurements within some latitudinal, longitudinal, and temporal window. We examine a geostatistical colocation methodology that takes a weighted average of satellite observations depending on the "distance" of each observation from a ground-based location of interest. The "distance" function that we use is a modified Euclidian distance with respect to latitude, longitude, time, and mid-tropospheric temperature at 700 hPa. We apply this methodology to XCO2 retrieved from Greenhouse Gas Observing Satellite (GOSAT spectra by the ACOS team, cross-validate the results to TCCON XCO2 ground-based data, and present some comparison between our methodology and standard existing colocation methods showing that in general geostatistical colocation produces smaller mean-squared error.

  2. Cerebral physiology and preservation during cardiac arrest Fisiología y preservación cerebral durante el paro cardíaco: vulnerabilidad del cerebro

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    Luis M. Gómez

    1991-03-01

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    Cerebral physiology during cardiac arrest is discussed with particular Interest on selective neuronal damage. Previous concepts on brain tolerance to hypoxia are analyzed and new information about brain function prognosis after cardiac arrest is presented. Therapeutic alternatives for brain preservation are discussed with emphasis on the lack of effectiveness of barbiturates, the results of research with other drugs and the future role that blockers of excitatory neurotransmission may have as elements of cerebral preservation.

    Se hace una aproximación a la fisiología cerebral durante el paro cardíaco, destacando el concepto de darlo neuronal selectivo. Se presentan elementos que permiten modificar concepciones antiguas sobre la tolerancia del cerebro a la hipoxia severa. Además, se hace un nuevo planteamiento sobre el pronóstico cerebral luego de un paro cardíaco y se esbozan las alternativas terapéuticas utilizadas hasta la fecha para la preservación cerebral. Se hace énfasis en la inefectividad de los barbitúricos, en la investigación sobre la terapia con otras drogas y en el futuro abierto hacia los bloqueadores de los neurotransmisores excitadores, como elementos terapéuticos para la preservación cerebral.

  3. Hydroxyapatite coating on stainless steel by biomimetic method; Recobrimento de hidroxiapatita em acos inoxidaveis austeniticos pelo metodo biomimetico

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    Dias, V.M.; Maia Filho, A.L.M.; Silva, G.; Sousa, E. de; Cardoso, K.R., E-mail: katiarc@univap.b [Universidade do Vale do Paraiba (IPD/UNIVAP), Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento

    2010-07-01

    Austenitic stainless steels are widely used in implants due to their high mechanical strength and corrosion, however, are not able to connect to bone tissue and were classified as bioinert. The calcium phosphate ceramics such as hydroxyapatite (HA) are bioactive materials and create strong chemical bonds with bone tissue, but its brittleness and low fracture toughness render its use in conditions of high mechanical stress. The coating of steel with the bioactive ceramics such as HA, combines the properties of interest of both materials, accelerating bone formation around the implant. In this study, austenitic stainless steel samples were coated with apatite using the biomimetic method. The effect of three different surface conditions of steel and the immersion time in the SBF solution on the coating was evaluated. The samples were characterized by SEM, EDS and X-ray diffraction. (author)

  4. X-ray and SEM studies on zirconia powders

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    L. Pająk

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The microstructure characterization of commercially available zirconia powders was the purpose of this paper. Different methods of structure analysis were applied owing to the complex, multiphase structure of studied materials.Design/methodology/approach: The X-ray diffraction (XRD and scanning electron microscopy (SEM investigations were performed on three commercial zirconia ceramic materials: Amdry 204 NS (ZrO2  8 wt.% of Y2O3, Metco C8  YZ (ZrO2  8 wt.% of Y2O3 and Metco 202 (ZrO2  20 wt.% of Y2O3. The Rietveld method appeared to be very useful in the verification of the qualitative phase composition and in the determination of phase abundance. Hill and Howard procedure was applied for quantitative phase analysis. The parameters of the individual diffraction line profiles were determined by PRO-FIT Toraya procedure. The powder morphology was analyzed by SEM method.Findings: In the Amdry sample comparable contents of two phases: monoclinic (44.1 wt.% and cubic (55.9 wt.% was stated by XRD analysis. The presence of Y2O3 phase besides of monoclinic, tetragonal and cubic ZrO2 ones were stated for both Metco samples. The tetragonal phase (55.2 wt.% was found to be the main component of the Metco C8-YZ sample whereas the content of Y2O3 is the lowest (2.7 wt.%. On the other hand cubic phase (68.2 wt.% was the main component of the Metco 202 sample and the content of Y2O3 is again the lowest (4.5 wt.%. The SEM images of all the samples reveal the spherical shape of powder particles. The morphology of both Metco samples is quite similar. For Metco 202 sample the hierarchical type structure of powder particle is observed; the greater particles contain smaller ones. The shell of particles is composed of distinct patches. On the other hand the structure of spherical particles of Amdry sample is of branched, rather dense skeleton type. From X-ray diffraction data it can be concluded that the crystallite size of all involved phases

  5. SEM analysis of ion implanted SiC

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    Malherbe, Johan B., E-mail: johan.malherbe@up.ac.za [Department of Physics, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002 (South Africa); Berg, N.G. van der; Botha, A.J.; Friedland, E.; Hlatshwayo, T.T.; Kuhudzai, R.J. [Department of Physics, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002 (South Africa); Wendler, E.; Wesch, W. [Institut für Festkörperphysik, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, 07743 Jena (Germany); Chakraborty, P. [Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, 1/AF Bidhannagar, Kolkata 700 064 (India); Silveira, E.F. da [Physics Department, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

    2013-11-15

    SiC is a material used in two future energy production technologies, firstly as a photovoltaic layer to harness the UV spectrum in high efficient power solar cells, and secondly as a diffusion barrier material for radioactive fission products in the fuel elements of the next generation of nuclear power plants. For both applications, there is an interest in the implantation of reactive and non-reactive ions into SiC and their effects on the properties of the SiC. In this study 360 keV Ag{sup +}, I{sup +} and Xe{sup +} ions were separately implanted into 6H–SiC and in polycrystalline SiC at various substrate temperatures. The implanted samples were also annealed in vacuum at temperatures ranging from 900 °C to 1600 °C for various times. In recent years, there had been significant advances in scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with the introduction of an in-lens detector combined with field emission electron guns. This allows defects in solids, such as radiation damage created by the implanted ions, to be detected with SEM. Cross-sectional SEM images of 6H–SiC wafers implanted with 360 keV Ag{sup +} ions at room temperature and at 600 °C and then vacuum annealed at different temperatures revealed the implanted layers and their thicknesses. A similar result is shown of 360 keV I{sup +} ions implanted at 600 °C into 6H–SiC and annealed at 1600 °C. The 6H–SiC is not amorphized but remained crystalline when implanting at 600 °C. There are differences in the microstructure of 6H–SiC implanted with silver at the two temperatures as well as with reactive iodine ions. Voids (bubbles) are created in the implanted layers into which the precipitation of silver and iodine can occur after annealing of the samples. The crystallinity of the substrate via implantation temperature caused differences in the distribution and size of the voids. Implantation of xenon ions in polycrystalline SiC at 350 °C does not amorphize the substrate as is the case with room

  6. Aplicació de la Web Semàntica : Anotació semàntica de pàgines Web

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    Aquest treball, basant-se en una aplicació concreta d'aquest concepte de web semàntic anomenada anotació semàntica de pàgines web, presenta els conceptes i els elements propis, com ara les ontologies i els llenguatges semàntics, i també un cas pràctic de disseny i desenvolupament d'una ontologia i una anotació semàntica de les pàgines d'un web a partir de l'ontologia creada. Este trabajo, basándose en una aplicación del concepto de web semántico denominada anotación semántica de páginas we...

  7. Focused Ion Beam (FIB) combined with SEM (FIB/SEM) and TEM: Advanced tools for nano-analysis in Geosciences

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    Wirth, R.; Morales, L. G.

    2011-12-01

    Focused ion beam (FIB) techniques have been successfully applied to the preparation of site-specific electron transparent membranes for transmission electron microscopy (TEM) investigations in Geosciences since several years. For example, systematic TEM studies of nano-inclusions in diamond foils prepared with FIB have improved our knowledge on diamond formation. However, FIB is not exclusively used for sample preparation for TEM application because it has been proved that one and the same TEM foil can also be used for Synchrotron IR, Synchrotron X-Ray fluorescence (XRF), scanning transmission X-Ray microscopy (STXM) and NanoSIMS analysis. In addition, FIB milling turned out to be very useful for sample preparation of Brillouin scattering experiments and has a strong potential for preparation of highly-polished, micrometer-scale samples. However, a real break through in FIB application was achieved combining a Ga-ion source of the FIB with an electron source of a scanning electron microscope (SEM) in one single instrument. The combination of FIB/SEM renders access to the third dimension of the sample possible. A cavity normal to the sample surface is sputtered with Ga-ions and this newly created inner surface is imaged with the electron beam. Alternating slicing and viewing along these cavities allow the acquisition of a sequence of images that allows the observation in 3 dimensions. Recently, this technique has been successfully applied to image the structure of grain or phase boundaries in metamorphic rocks as well as micro- and nanoporosity in shales, but its applicability goes far beyond these few examples. Combining slicing and viewing with X-Ray and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analysis can provide 3D elemental mapping and 3D crystallographic orientation mapping of crystalline materials. Combined FIB/SEM devices also facilitate the preparation of substantially thinner and cleaner TEM foils (approximately 30 nm) because electron beam imaging

  8. Mechanical and SEM analysis of artificial comet nucleus samples

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    Thiel, K.; Kochan, H.; Roessler, K.; Gruen, E.; Schwehm, G.; Hellmann, H.; Hsiung, P.; Koelzer, G.

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    Since 1987 experiments dealing with comet nucleus phenomena have been carried out in the DFVLR space simulation chambers. The main objective of these experiments is a better understanding of thermal behavior, surface phenomena and especially the gas dust interaction. As a function of different sample compositions and exposure to solar irradiation (xenon-bulbs) crusts of different hardness and thickness were measured. The measuring device consists of a motor driven pressure foot (5 mm diameter), which is pressed into the sample. The applied compressive force is electronically monitored. The microstructure of the crust and dust residuals is investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques. Stress-depth profiles of an unirradiated and an irradiated model comet are given.

  9. Espacialização semântica

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    Hugo Mari

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo desse texto é discutir a questão da espacialização nalinguagem, destacando, de modo especial, sua dimensão semântica.Com base nesse objetivo, o texto discute algumas dimensõeshistóricas sobre a análise do significado, mostrando como elaspodem ser integradas na perspectiva da corporificação. De modoespecífico, o texto apresenta uma análise preliminar da estruturaçãoda espacialização nos verbos SAIR e ENTRAR, bem como dasconsequências geradas sobre esses verbos na ressignificação de outrositens lexicais.

  10. AFM, SEM and TEM Studies on Porous Anodic Alumina

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    Zhu YuanYuan

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Porous anodic alumina (PAA has been intensively studied in past decade due to its applications for fabricating nanostructured materials. Since PAA’s pore diameter, thickness and shape vary too much, a systematical study on the methods of morphology characterization is meaningful and essential for its proper development and utilization. In this paper, we present detailed AFM, SEM and TEM studies on PAA and its evolvements with abundant microstructures, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each method. The sample preparation, testing skills and morphology analysis are discussed, especially on the differentiation during characterizing complex cross-sections and ultrasmall nanopores. The versatility of PAAs is also demonstrated by the diversity of PAAs’ microstructure.

  11. Cultivo sem solo do morangueiro Strawberry soilless cultivation

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    Gustavo Giménez

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available O morangueiro é uma cultura importante em vários países, principalmente nos Estados Unidos e na Europa, por suas características sensoriais, propriedades nutritivas e por sua rentabilidade. O cultivo comercial sem solo de morangueiro está bem desenvolvido na Europa, onde tem permitido um aumento da produtividade e qualidade da produção assim como a ampliação da oferta do produto ao longo do ano. Predomina o sistema aberto, em sacolas ou vasos com diferentes tipos de substratos, utilizando-se densidades de 8 a 12plantas m-2. As produtividades obtidas estão entre 5 e 10kg m-2. Para isolar as plantas do solo e facilitar o manejo da cultura, os vasos ou sacolas são suspensos a uma altura entre 0,8 e 1m da superfície do solo. A composição da solução nutritiva é variável, refletindo as diferentes condições produtivas. As mudas são produzidas principalmente em bandejas com substrato, a partir de pontas de estolões obtidas da multiplicação de plantas matrizes provenientes da propagação in vitro. No Brasil, o cultivo sem solo de morangueiro é ainda incipiente e os resultados produtivos e econômicos têm sido insatisfatórios, principalmente por falta de informações de pesquisas capazes de indicar sistemas apropriados de cultivo para as condições locais. É necessário desenvolver sistemas sustentáveis, preferencialmente fechados, combinando alta produtividade e elevada eficiência de utilização da água e dos nutrientes. No presente trabalho, são revisados os principais aspectos da produção em sistemas de cultivo sem solo de mudas e fruta de morangueiro. São descritos a produção de mudas, os sistemas e as soluções nutritivas empregadas em diferentes países. Ao final, são feitas inferências sobre a possibilidade de adoção e geração do sistema de cultivo sem solo apropriado para as condições brasileiras.Strawberry is a very important crop in Europe and USA due to its nutritional and sensorial

  12. Monitoring method for automated CD-SEM recipes

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    Maeda, Tatsuya; Iwama, Satoru; Nishihara, Makoto; Berger, Daniel; Berger, Andrew; Ueda, Kazuhiro; Kenichi, Takenouchi; Iizumi, Takashi

    2005-05-01

    A prototype of a digital video storage system (CD-watcher) has been developed and attached to a Hitachi S-9380 CD-SEM. The storage system has several modes that are selectable depending on the phenomenon of interest. The system can store video images of duration from a few seconds to a few weeks depending on resolution, sampling rate, and hard disc drive capacity. The system was used to analyze apparent focusing problems that occurred during the execution of automated recipes. Intermittent focusing problems had been an issue on a particular tool for a period of approximately three months. By reviewing saved images, the original diagnosis of the problem appeared to be auto focus. Two days after installation, the CD-watcher system was able to record the errors making it possible to determine the root cause by checking the stored video files. After analysis of the stored video files, it was apparent that the problem consisted of three types of errors. The ability to record and store video files reduced the time to isolate the problem and prevented incorrect diagnosis. The system was also used to explain a complex phenomenon that occurred during the observation a particular layer. Because it is sometimes difficult to accurately describe, and to have others easily understand, certain phenomena in a written report, the video storage system can be used in place of manual annotation. In this report, we describe the CD-watcher system, test results after installing the system on a Hitachi S9380 CD-SEM, and potential applications of the system.

  13. Photomask Dimensional Metrology in the SEM: Has Anything Really Changed?

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    Postek, Michael T., Jr.; Vladar, Andras E.; Bennett, Marylyn H.

    2002-12-01

    Photomask dimensional metrology in the scanning electron microscope (SEM) has not evolved as rapidly as the metrology of resists and integrated circuit features on wafers. This has been due partly to the 4x (or 5x) reduction in the optical steppers and scanners used in the lithography process, and partly for the lesser need to account for the real three-dimensionality of the mask structures. So, where photomasks are concerned, many of the issues challenging wafer dimensional metrology at 1x are reduced by a factor of 4 or 5 and thus could be temporarily swept aside. This is rapidly changing with the introduction of advanced masks with optical proximity correction and phase shifting features used in 100 nm and smaller circuit generations. Fortunately, photomask metrology generally benefits from the advances made for wafer metrology, but there are still unique issues to be solved in this form of dimensional metrology. It is likely that no single metrology method or tool will ever provide all necessary answers. As with other types of metrology, resolution, sensitivity and linearity in the three-dimensional measurements of the shape of the lines and phase shifting features in general (width, height and wall angles) and the departures from the desired shape (surface and edge roughness, etc.) are the key parameters. Different methods and tools differ in their ability to collect averaged and localized signals with an acceptable speed, but in any case, application of this thorough knowledge of the physics of the given metrology is essential to extract the needed information. This paper will discuss the topics of precision, accuracy and traceability in the SEM metrology of photomasks. Current and possible new techniques utilized in the measurements of photomasks including charge suppression and highly accurate modeling for electron beam metrology will also be explored to answer the question "Has anything really changed?"

  14. Perfil dos pacientes na Lista Única de Espera para transplante cardíaco no estado do Ceará Perfil de los pacientes en la lista única de espera para transplante cardíaco en el estado de Ceará Profile of patients in the Unified Waiting List for heart transplantation in state of Ceará

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    Francisca Elisângela Teixeira Lima

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    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: Os transplantes de órgãos têm aumentado consideravelmente nos últimos anos em razão da evolução tecnológica e da sensibilização da sociedade para doação de órgãos. OBJETIVO: Descrever as características dos pacientes da Lista Única de Espera para transplante cardíaco; identificar as principais cardiopatias; e verificar o tempo médio de permanência do paciente na Lista até a realização da cirurgia. MÉTODOS: Trata-se de um estudo descritivo, documental e retrospectivo, com abordagem quantitativa, desenvolvido na Central de Transplante do Estado do Ceará, com 156 pacientes incluídos na Lista Única de Espera do ano de 1999 a 2006. Os dados foram organizados em figuras. RESULTADOS: Foram encontrados: 81% do sexo masculino; 22,4% adultos jovens (20 a 40 anos e 56,4% adultos de meia-idade (40 a 64 anos, com uma média de 36 anos; 79% procedentes de Fortaleza-CE; 91% tinham miocardiopatia como causa do transplante cardíaco. Dentre esses pacientes 102 (69% foram transplantados; 37 (25% evoluíram para óbito antes do transplante e 8 (6% foram excluídos por melhora ou piora do quadro clínico. CONCLUSÃO: Os pacientes da Lista Única de Espera para transplante cardíaco no Estado do Ceará, no período de 1999 a 2006, eram do sexo masculino (80%, com faixa etária variando de 1 a 71 anos, com predomínio da miocardiopatia dilatada (53,4%, e o tempo médio de espera foi de 136 dias até o dia do transplante cardíaco.FUNDAMENTO: Los transplantes de órganos han aumentado considerablemente en los últimos años, en razón de la evolución tecnológica y de la sensibilización de la sociedad para la donación de órganos. OBJETIVO: Describir las características de los pacientes de la Lista Única de Espera para transplante cardíaco; identificar las principales cardiopatías; y verificar el tiempo medio de permanencia del paciente en la Lista hasta la realización de la cirugía. MÉTODOS: Se trata de un estudio

  15. Prevalence of nursing diagnosis of decreased cardiac output and the predictive value of defining characteristics in patients under evaluation for heart transplant Prevalencia del diagnóstico de enfermería de disminución del gasto cardíaco y valor predictivo de las características definidoras en pacientes en fase de evaluación para trasplante cardíaco Prevalência do diagnóstico de enfermagem de débito cardíaco diminuído e valor preditivo das características definidoras em pacientes em avaliação para transplante cardíaco

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    Full Text Available The purposes of the study were to identify the prevalence of defining characteristics (DC of decreased cardiac output (DCO in patients with cardiac insufficiency under evaluation for heart transplantation, and to ascertain the likelihood of defining characteristics being predictive factors for the existence of reduction in cardiac output. Data was obtained by retrospective documental analysis of the clinical records of right-sided heart catheterizations in 38 patients between 2004 and 2009. The results showed that 71.1% of the patients had decreased cardiac output (measured by cardiac index. The majority of the NANDA-International defining characteristics for DCO were more frequent in individuals with reduced cardiac index levels. The study emphasizes the odds ratio (OR for increased Systemic Vascular Resistance of OR=4.533, of the third heart sound with OR=3.429 and the reduced ejection fraction with OR=2.850. By obtaining the predictive values for the defining characteristics the study identifies them as diagnostic indicators of decreased cardiac output.El estudio tiene como objetivos identificar la prevalencia de las características definitorias de la disminución del gasto cardíaco (DGC en pacientes con insuficiencia cardíaca (IC en evaluación para el trasplante de corazón y ver la probabilidad de las características definitorias sean factores predictivos de la existencia de una disminución del gasto cardíaco. Los datos se obtuvieron mediante el análisis documental retrospectivo de historias clínicas de cateterismo cordiaco derecho en 38 pacientes con insuficiencia cardíaca en la evaluación para el trasplante de corazón entre 2004 y 2009. Los resultados mostraron que el 71% de los pacientes habían reducido el gasto cardíaco (medido por el índice cardíaco. La mayoría de las características definitorias de la NANDA-International para el DGC fueron más frecuentes en individuos con índice cardíaco reducido. Los aspectos m

  16. Multiple-Group Analysis Using the sem Package in the R System

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    Evermann, Joerg

    2010-01-01

    Multiple-group analysis in covariance-based structural equation modeling (SEM) is an important technique to ensure the invariance of latent construct measurements and the validity of theoretical models across different subpopulations. However, not all SEM software packages provide multiple-group analysis capabilities. The sem package for the R…

  17. Automated SEM Modal Analysis Applied to the Diogenites

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    Bowman, L. E.; Spilde, M. N.; Papike, James J.

    1996-01-01

    Analysis of volume proportions of minerals, or modal analysis, is routinely accomplished by point counting on an optical microscope, but the process, particularly on brecciated samples such as the diogenite meteorites, is tedious and prone to error by misidentification of very small fragments, which may make up a significant volume of the sample. Precise volume percentage data can be gathered on a scanning electron microscope (SEM) utilizing digital imaging and an energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS). This form of automated phase analysis reduces error, and at the same time provides more information than could be gathered using simple point counting alone, such as particle morphology statistics and chemical analyses. We have previously studied major, minor, and trace-element chemistry of orthopyroxene from a suite of diogenites. This abstract describes the method applied to determine the modes on this same suite of meteorites and the results of that research. The modal abundances thus determined add additional information on the petrogenesis of the diogenites. In addition, low-abundance phases such as spinels were located for further analysis by this method.

  18. stainless steel by SEM-XRD and image analysis

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    Robinson Constanzo-R.

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    Full Text Available El objetivo de este trabajo fue realizar un análisis cualitativ o de la distribución de un electrodepósito de cobre en el inter ior de electrodos porosos (EP de acero inoxidable y carbono grafito. Para ello, se reali zaron pruebas de electrodepositación de cobre a nivel de labora torio, con un posterior análisis de cortes de muestras de acero y grafito vía Microscopía Estereoscópica, Microscopía SEM-DRX y Análisis de Imagen, los cuales mostraron que el cobre no se deposita en forma uniforme al interior del electrodo. En el electrodo de acero, la penetra ción del depósito en el espesor fue alrededor de 50%, mientras que para el grafito a lrededor de 90%. En forma general, se observó un aumento de la cantidad de depósito hacia el extremo frente al ánodo y con sitios de difer ente crecimiento en depósito de cobre. Esto demuestra una distr ibución de corriente y potencial, función de parámetros físicos de electrodo y de la s características fisicoquímicas e hidrodinámicos del electroli to.

  19. FIB/SEM cell sectioning for intracellular metal granules characterization

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    Milani, Marziale; Brundu, Claudia; Santisi, Grazia; Savoia, Claudio; Tatti, Francesco

    2009-05-01

    Focused Ion Beams (FIBs) provide a cross-sectioning tool for submicron dissection of cells and subcellular structures. In combination with Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), FIB provides complementary morphological information, that can be further completed by EDX (Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy). This study focus onto intracellular microstructures, particularly onto metal granules (typically Zn, Cu and Fe) and on the possibility of sectioning digestive gland cells of the terrestrial isopod P. scaber making the granules available for a compositional analysis with EDX. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of metal granules size, amount and distribution are performed. Information is made available of the cellular storing pattern and, indirectly, metal metabolism. The extension to human level is of utmost interest since some pathologies of relevance are metal related. Apart from the common metal-overload-diseases (hereditary hemochromatosis, Wilson's and Menkes disease) it has been demonstrated that metal in excess can influence carcinogenesis in liver, kidney and breast. Therefore protocols will be established for the observation of mammal cells to improve our knowledge about the intracellular metal amount and distribution both in healthy cells and in those affected by primary or secondary metal overload or depletion.

  20. Simulation of FIB-SEM images for analysis of porous microstructures.

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    Prill, Torben; Schladitz, Katja

    2013-01-01

    Focused ion beam nanotomography-scanning electron microscopy tomography yields high-quality three-dimensional images of materials microstructures at the nanometer scale combining serial sectioning using a focused ion beam with SEM. However, FIB-SEM tomography of highly porous media leads to shine-through artifacts preventing automatic segmentation of the solid component. We simulate the SEM process in order to generate synthetic FIB-SEM image data for developing and validating segmentation methods. Monte-Carlo techniques yield accurate results, but are too slow for the simulation of FIB-SEM tomography requiring hundreds of SEM images for one dataset alone. Nevertheless, a quasi-analytic description of the specimen and various acceleration techniques, including a track compression algorithm and an acceleration for the simulation of secondary electrons, cut down the computing time by orders of magnitude, allowing for the first time to simulate FIB-SEM tomography.

  1. Expression of ACO1, ERS1 and ERF1 genes in harvested bananas in relation to heat-induced defense against Colletotrichum musae.

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    Zhu, Xiangfei; Wang, Aiping; Zhu, Shijiang; Zhang, Lubin

    2011-09-15

    The aim of this study was to investigate the connection between heat-induced ethylene signal changes and enhanced disease resistance. Heat enhanced ripening and elevated MaACO1 expression in naturally ripened bananas (NRB), while it delayed ripening and reduced MaACO1expression in the ethephon-treated bananas (ETB). However, in both cases, heat reduced lesion sizes infected by Colletotrichum musae. This indicates that heat-induced disease resistance in bananas was independent of ripening rate. The expression of MaERS1 gene was inhibited by heat treatment in both NRB and ETB, implying that heat as a physical signal could be sensed by banana fruits through the inhibition of ethylene receptor gene expression. The intensity of MaERF1 transcript signals was elevated in heated bananas, suggesting that the enhanced accumulation of MaERF1 transcript following heat treatment could play an important role in activation of the defense system. In ETB, inhibition of JA biosynthesis by application of IBU down-regulated the expression of MaERF and significantly weakened disease resistance, suggesting involvement of endogenous JA in induction of the gene expression, which was reconfirmed by the fact that exposure to exogenous MeJA following the combination of heat plus IBU treatment restored part of the gene expression. On the other hand, in NRB, application of IBU elevated level of MaERF1 expression at 24h and enhanced disease resistance, suggesting that, when banana was not exposed to ethephon, the expression of MaERF1 gene was not JA dependent, which was verified by the fact that MeJA application did not enhance MaERF1 gene expression. In conclusion, heat-induced disease resistance in harvested bananas could involve down-regulation of MaERS1 expression and up-regulation of MaERF1 expression and JA pathway could be involved in heat activation of the defense system in bananas exposed to ethephon.

  2. Energy-Balance Adaptive Routing Algorithm Based on ACO%基于蚁群优化的能量均衡自适应路由算法

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    杨大鹏

    2013-01-01

    The routing algorithm based ACO (Ant Colony Optimization) has good performance in WSNs (Wire⁃less Sensor Networks),for its several advantages,such as positive feedback,distributed computing,robustness and parallelism. But the algorithm also costs a lot in exploring optimization. Based on ACO’s characteristics and lim⁃itation of energy in WSNs, an ACO based energy-balance adaptive routing algorithm was proposed. A new phero⁃mone update operator was designed to integrate energy consumption and hops into routing choice. Energy level⁃ing elements of network was introduced in the operator. During routing maintenance, the new algorithm took adaptive routing maintenance mechanism based on sense ants. Simulation results showed that the proposed algo⁃rithm obviously reduced the energy consumption and prolonged the lifetime of WSNs.%  基于蚁群优化的WSNs路由算法具有蚁群优化自组织性、正反馈性和并行性的特点,在构造无线传感器网络中的最优路由时有很好的性能。但是蚁群优化构造最优解时带来的网络开销十分可观,不适合在路由维护阶段反复使用蚁群优化重构路由。考虑到蚁群优化的上述特点,同时针对无线传感器网络能量受限的特点,提出了一种基于蚁群优化的能量均衡自适应路由算法。该算法使用了新的信息素更新算子,算子中包含了网络能量水平因子,能够均衡网络能量消耗。在路由维护阶段,该算法使用了新的基于侦测蚂蚁的自适应路由维护机制,很好地降低了网络开销。

  3. Hemorrhage in cerebral metastasis from angiosarcoma of the heart: case report Hemorragia em metástase cerebral de angiossarcoma cardíaco: relato de caso

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    Pasquale Gallo

    2001-09-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this article is to describe the clinical and pathological features of metastatic angiosarcoma in the central nervous system. Only a few cases of cerebral metastasis from angiosarcoma of the heart have been recorded in the literature; particulary related to intracerebral hemorrhage. A case of secondary cerebral angiosarcoma of the heart in a 33 years old man is presented. The initial symptoms were headache, vomiting, lethargy and aphasia. There was a mass in the left temporal lobe with hemorrhage and edema on the computerized tomography (CT. After 24 hours the neurological status worsened and another CT scan showed rebleeding on the tumor area. He underwent an emergency craniotomy but died two days after. Considering the longer survival of sarcoma patients with new modalities of treatment, the incidence of brain metastasis may increase, demanding a bether preventive and more aggressive approach. Besides, due to the hemorrhagic nature of such lesions, we suggest the imediate surgery to prevent a fast and lethal evolution because rebleeding.O propósito deste artigo é descrever os achados clínicos e patológicos das metástases de angiossarcoma no sistema nervoso central. Apenas poucos casos de metástases cerebrais de angiossarcoma cardíaco foram relatados na literatura, menos ainda relacionados a hemorragia intracerebral. Relatamos o caso de um tumor cerebral secundário a angiossarcoma cardíaco em um paciente masculino de 33 anos. Os sintomas iniciais foram: cefaléia, vômitos, letargia e afasia. A tomografia computadorizada mostrou massa no lobo temporal esquerdo associada a hemorragia e edema. Após 24 horas houve piora do estado neurológico e nova tomografia demonstrou ressangramento no leito tumoral. Foi submetido a uma craniotomia de urgência mas faleceu dois dias após. Considerando a longa sobrevida dos pacientes com sarcoma devido às novas modalidades terapêuticas, poderá aumentar a incidência de met

  4. Improved spectrum simulation for validating SEM-EDS analysis

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    Statham, P.; Penman, C.; Duncumb, P.

    2016-02-01

    X-ray microanalysis by SEM-EDS requires corrections for the many physical processes that affect emitted intensity for elements present in the material. These corrections will only be accurate provided a number of conditions are satisfied and it is essential that the correct elements are identified. As analysis is pushed to achieve results on smaller features and more challenging samples it becomes increasingly difficult to determine if all conditions are upheld and whether the analysis results are valid. If a theoretical simulated spectrum based on the measured analysis result is compared with the measured spectrum, any marked differences will indicate problems with the analysis and can prevent serious mistakes in interpretation. To achieve the necessary accuracy a previous theoretical model has been enhanced to incorporate new line intensity measurements, differential absorption and excitation of emission lines, including the effect of Coster-Kronig transitions and an improved treatment of bremsstrahlung for compounds. The efficiency characteristic has been measured for a large area SDD detector and data acquired from an extensive set of standard materials at both 5 kV and 20 kV. The parameterized model has been adjusted to fit measured characteristic intensities and both background shape and intensity at the same beam current. Examples are given to demonstrate how an overlay of an accurate theoretical simulation can expose some non-obvious mistakes and provide some expert guidance towards a valid analysis result. A new formula for calculating the effective mean atomic number for compounds has also been derived that is appropriate and should help improve accuracy in techniques that calculate the bremsstrahlung or use a bremsstrahlung measurement for calibration.

  5. SEM investigation of Er:YAG laser apical preparation

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    Bǎlǎbuc, Cosmin; Todea, Carmen; Locovei, Cosmin; RǎduÅ£ǎ, Aurel

    2016-03-01

    Endodontic surgery involves the incision and flap elevation, the access to the root tip, its resection, the cavity retrograde preparation and filling it with biocompatible material that provides a good seal of the apex[1]. Apicoectomy is compulsory in endodontic surgery. The final stage involves the root retropreparation and the carrying out of the retrograde obturation. In order to perform the retrograde preparation the endodontist can use various tools such as lowspeed conventional handpieces, sonic and ultrasonic equipment. The ideal depth of the preparation should be 3 mm, exceeding this value may affect the long-term success of the obturation [2]. Resection at the depth of 3 mm reduces apical ramifications by 98% and lateral root canals by 93%. The ultrasonic retropreparation has numerous advantages compared to the dental drill. Firstly, the cavity will be in the axis of the tooth which implies a minimum destruction of the root canal morphology. The preparations are precise, and the cutting pattern is perpendicular to the long axis of the root, the advantage being the reduction in the number of dentinal tubules exposed at the resected area [3]. Therefore, the retrograde filling is the procedure when an inert and non-toxic material is compacted in the apically created cavity.[4,5]. The Er:YAG laser is the most common wavelength indicated for dental hard tissue preparation. Its natural selectivity offers a significant advantage compared to the conventional hard tissue preparation [6-9].The purpose of this in vitro study was to investigate the quality of Er:YAG laser apical third preparation using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), in comparison with the conventional ultrasonic method.

  6. Desarrollo de una escala de auto-reporte para medición de síntomas maníacos

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    Karol Barrios

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Resumen Antecedentes. No existen instrumentos de auto-reporte en español para medir síntomas de trastorno bipolar. La perspectiva del paciente puede dar información complementaria de utilidad para el diagnóstico y manejo de la enfermedad. Objetivo. Desarrollar una escala de auto-reporte para medir síntomas maníacos, a partir de la escala EMUN. Materiales y métodos. Los ítems de la escala EMUN se transformaron a un lenguaje en primera persona por parte de dos psiquiatras. Esta versión preliminar en primera persona fue analizada en un estudio piloto y ajustada de acuerdo con los resultados de la evaluación. Se realizó un segundo estudio piloto con 20 pacientes con enfermedad bipolar, aplicando la versión ajustada. Resultados. Se generó una escala con 26 ítems que incorporan síntomas del episodio mixto. La escala mide tres dimensiones de importancia clínica en salud mental: frecuencia, intensidad y grado de desadaptación producido por los síntomas. Conclusión. El instrumento desarrollado puede ser de utilidad en áreas de investigación y en escenarios clínicos para intervenciones psicoeducativas y seguimiento del paciente.

  7. The Norma cluster (ACO3627) -- III. The Distance and Peculiar Velocity via the Near-Infrared Ks-band Fundamental Plane

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    Mutabazi, T; Woudt, P A; Lucey, J R; Jarrett, T H; Bilicki, M; Schroder, A C; Moore, S A W

    2014-01-01

    While Norma (ACO3627) is the richest cluster in the Great Attractor (GA) region, its role in the local dynamics is poorly understood. The Norma cluster has a mean redshift (z_CMB) of 0.0165 and has been proposed as the "core" of the GA. We have used the Ks-band Fundamental Plane (FP) to measure Norma cluster's distance with respect to the Coma cluster. We report FP photometry parameters (effective radii and surface brightnesses), derived from ESO NTT SOFI images, and velocity dispersions, from AAT 2dF spectroscopy, for 31 early-type galaxies in the cluster. For the Coma cluster we use 2MASS images and SDSS velocity dispersion measurements for 121 early-type galaxies to generate the calibrating FP dataset. For the combined Norma-Coma sample we measure FP coefficients of a=1.465+/-0.059 and b=0.326+/-0.020. We find an rms scatter, in log(sigma) of 0.08 dex which corresponds to a distance uncertainty of 28% per galaxy. The zero point offset between Norma's and Coma's FPs is 0.154+\\-0.014 dex. Assuming that the C...

  8. A Transition from Localized to Strongly Correlated Electron Behavior and Mixed Valence Driven by Physical or Chemical Pressure in ACo2As2 (A = Eu and Ca)

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    Tan, Xiaoyan; Fabbris, Gilberto; Haskel, Daniel; Yaroslavtsev, Alexander A.; Cao, H.; Thompson, Corey M.; Kovnir, Kirill; Menushenkov, Alexey P.; Chernikov, Roman V.; Garlea, V. Ovidiu; Shatruk, Michael

    2016-03-02

    We demonstrate that the action of physical pressure, chemical compression, or aliovalent substitution in ACo(2)As(2) (A = Eu and Ca) has a general consequence of causing these antiferromagnetic materials to become ferromagnets. In all cases, the mixed valence triggered at the electropositive A site results in the increase of the Co 3d density of states at the Fermi level. Remarkably, the dramatic alteration of magnetic behavior results from the very minor (<0.15 eleetron) change in the population of the 3d orbitals. The mixed valence state of En observed in the high-pressure (HP) form of EuCo2As2 exhibits a remarkable stability, achieving the average oxidation state of +2.25 at 12.6 GPa. In the case of CaCo2As2, substituting even 10% of Eu or La into the Ca site causes ferromagnetic ordering of Co moments. Similar to HP-EuCo2As2, the itinerant 3d ferromagnetism emerges from electronic doping into the Co layer because of chemical compression of Eu sites in Ca0.9Eu0.1Co1.91As2 or direct electron doping in Ca0.85La0.15Co1.89As2. The results reported herein demonstrate the general possibility of amplifying minor localized electronic effects to achieve major changes in material's properties via involvement of strongly correlated electrons.

  9. Electrospun poly(bisphenol A-co-4-nitrophthalic anhydride-co-1,3-phenylenediamine fibers: Preparation and potential for use in filtration applications

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    Patcharaporn Thitiwongsawet

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Poly(bisphenol A-co-4-nitrophthalic anhydride-co-1,3-phenylenediamine (PEI fibers were successfully prepared byelectrospinning from PEI solutions in dichloromethane (DCM, 1,2-dichloroethane (DCE, N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP andcertain mixtures between NMP and N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF. Electrospinnability of PEI solutions in NMP was greaterthan that in DCM and DCE. The addition of DMF with NMP for the preparation of PEI solutions helped improve electrospinnabilityof the PEI solutions. The effect of solution concentration on morphological appearance and/or size of the obtainedproducts was investigated. At low concentrations of the PEI solutions, discrete beads and/or beaded fibers was formed.Smooth fibers were obtained at the highest concentration investigated, i.e., 20% (w/v. The size of the obtained fibers wasfound to be an increasing function with the solution concentration or, to be exact, the solution viscosity. The water fluxesthrough the electrospun fiber mats prepared from 20% (w/v PEI solutions in 75/25 and 50/50 NMP/DMF mixtures wereinvestigated in comparison with the films prepared by phase immersion-precipitation technique. The fiber mats exhibitedmuch greater fluxes of water than the films, which implied their potential for uses as filtration membranes.

  10. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate rapidly remodels PAP85-120, SEM1(45-107, and SEM2(49-107 seminal amyloid fibrils

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    Laura M. Castellano

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Semen harbors amyloid fibrils formed by proteolytic fragments of prostatic acid phosphatase (PAP248-286 and PAP85-120 and semenogelins (SEM1 and SEM2 that potently enhance HIV infectivity. Amyloid but not soluble forms of these peptides enhance HIV infection. Thus, agents that remodel these amyloid fibrils could prevent HIV transmission. Here, we confirm that the green tea polyphenol, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG, slowly remodels fibrils formed by PAP248-286 termed SEVI (semen derived enhancer of viral infection and also exerts a direct anti-viral effect. We elucidate for the first time that EGCG remodels PAP85-120, SEM1(45-107, and SEM2(49-107 fibrils more rapidly than SEVI fibrils. We establish EGCG as the first small molecule that can remodel all four classes of seminal amyloid. The combined anti-amyloid and anti-viral properties of EGCG could have utility in preventing HIV transmission.

  11. Reprocessamento de cateteres cardíacos: uma revisão Reuse of cardiac catheters: a review

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    Silma Maria Cunha Pinheiro Ribeiro

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available Os cateteres de hemodinâmica são amplamente reprocessados, principalmente em países em desenvolvimento, onde os custos da utilização desses insumos são altos. A literatura científica aponta a ausência de processos validados de limpeza e esterilização e é unânime a afirmação de que o reprocessamento provoca alterações na integridade física, química e funcional desses materiais. Dentro desse contexto, questionam-se quais as evidências publicadas sobre os danos provocados pelo reprocessamento dos cateteres de hemodinâmica? O objetivo é identificar as evidências científicas em relação aos efeitos do reprocessamento dos cateteres, do ponto de vista mecânico, físico, químico e biológico. Foi realizada uma pesquisa na base de dados Medline/Pubmed e LILACS, sem restrições de tempo, em inglês, português e espanhol, usando vocabulário controlado e não-controlado. Um total de 21 publicações foi analisado. Os artigos analisados apontam a ocorrência de alterações físicas, mecânicas e químicas. A limpeza e a esterilização dos cateteres não foi eficiente, tendo sido identificada a presença de debris e microrganismos ao final do processo. Vale ressaltar a importância dessas informações para a tomada de decisão em relação ao reprocessamento e reuso de cateteres de hemodinâmica.Hemodynamic catheters are widely reused mainly in developing countries where the cost of new devices is very high. Scientific publications point to an absence of validated cleaning and sterilization processes and there is a consensus that reusing these devices causes physical, chemical and funcional damage. So what is the evidence related to the use of this kind of catheter? The objective of this study is to identify the scientific evidence related to the effects of reprocessing. A search for publications in English, Portuguese and Spanish was performed in Medline/Pubmed and LILACS using Medical Subject Headings (MeSH terms and free

  12. The Antiphagocytic Activity of SeM of Streptococcus equi Requires Capsule.

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    Timoney, John F; Suther, Pranav; Velineni, Sridhar; Artiushin, Sergey C

    2014-01-01

    Resistance to phagocytosis is a crucial virulence property of Streptococcus equi (Streptococcus equi subsp. equi; Se), the cause of equine strangles. The contribution and interdependence of capsule and SeM to killing in equine blood and neutrophils were investigated in naturally occurring strains of Se. Strains CF32, SF463 were capsule and SeM positive, strains Lex90, Lex93 were capsule negative and SeM positive and strains Se19, Se1-8 were capsule positive and SeM deficient. Phagocytosis and killing of Se19, Se1-8, Lex90 and Lex93 in equine blood and by neutrophils suspended in serum were significantly (P ≤ 0.02) greater compared to CF32 and SF463. The results indicate capsule and SeM are both required for resistance to phagocytosis and killing and that the anti-phagocytic property of SeM is greatly reduced in the absence of capsule.

  13. Application of SEM and EDX in studying biomineralization in plant tissues.

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    He, Honghua; Kirilak, Yaowanuj

    2014-01-01

    This chapter describes protocols using formalin-acetic acid-alcohol (FAA) to fix plant tissues for studying biomineralization by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and qualitative energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDX). Specimen preparation protocols for SEM and EDX mainly include fixation, dehydration, critical point drying (CPD), mounting, and coating. Gold-coated specimens are used for SEM imaging, while gold- and carbon-coated specimens are prepared for qualitative X-ray microanalyses separately to obtain complementary information on the elemental compositions of biominerals. During the specimen preparation procedure for SEM, some biominerals may be dislodged or scattered, making it difficult to determine their accurate locations, and light microscopy is used to complement SEM studies. Specimen preparation protocols for light microscopy generally include fixation, dehydration, infiltration and embedding with resin, microtome sectioning, and staining. In addition, microwave processing methods are adopted here to speed up the specimen preparation process for both SEM and light microscopy.

  14. A SEM study of the reindeer sinus worm (Linguatula arctica

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    Sven Nikander

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Pentastomids are a group of peculiar parasitic arthropods, often referred to as tongue worms due to the resemblance of some species to a tongue. Linguatula arctica is the sinus worm of the reindeer (Rangifer tarandus, being the only pentastomid to have a direct life cycle and an ungulate as a definite host. Here, the surface structures and internal anatomy of adult L. arctica are described as seen by scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Sinus worms were collected in the winter 1991-92 in Finnish Lapland. Paranasal cavities of about 80 reindeer were examined and 30 sinus worms were found. The sinus worms had typical Linguatula sp. morphology, being paddle-shaped, transparent, pale yellow, dorsoventrally flattened and pseudosegmented with a long tapering end. Present at the anteroventral part of the cephalothorax was an oral opening with a large, conspicuous, head-like papillar structure. Bilaterally, on both sides of this opening, was a pair of strong curved hooks. The cephalothorax and abdomen had a segmented appearance, as they showed distinct annulation. There was a small cup-shaped sensory organ present at the lateral margin on each annula. The posterior edge of each annula was roughened by tiny spines projecting backwards. Throughout the cuticular surface, small, circular depressions that represented the apical portion of chloride cells. The genital opening of the male was located medioventrally between the tips of the posterior pair of hooks, and that of the female posteroventrally and subterminally. In both sexes, the genital opening was bilaterally flanked by papillar (in males or leaf-like (in females structures. One copulating couple was present, with the male attached to the posteroventral part of the female with its anteroventral hooks and papillae. Several structures typical of arthropods and other pentastomids were identified. Because SEM allows only surfaces to be studied, the morphology and especially the sense organs of L. arctica

  15. Using digital colour to increase the realistic appearance of SEM micrographs of bloodstains.

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    Hortolà, Policarp

    2010-10-01

    Although in the scientific-research literature the micrographs from scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) are usually displayed in greyscale, the potential of colour resources provided by the SEM-coupled image-acquiring systems and, subsidiarily, by image-manipulation free softwares deserves be explored as a tool for colouring SEM micrographs of bloodstains. After acquiring greyscale SEM micrographs of a (dark red to the naked eye) human blood smear on grey chert, they were manually obtained in red tone using both the SEM-coupled image-acquiring system and an image-manipulation free software, as well as they were automatically generated in thermal tone using the SEM-coupled system. Red images obtained by the SEM-coupled system demonstrated lower visual-discrimination capability than the other coloured images, whereas those in red generated by the free software rendered better magnitude of scopic information than the red images generated by the SEM-coupled system. Thermal-tone images, although were further from the real sample colour than the red ones, not only increased their realistic appearance over the greyscale images, but also yielded the best visual-discrimination capability among all the coloured SEM micrographs, and fairly enhanced the relief effect of the SEM micrographs over both the greyscale and the red images. The application of digital colour by means of the facilities provided by an SEM-coupled image-acquiring system or, when required, by an image-manipulation free software provides a user-friendly, quick and inexpensive way of obtaining coloured SEM micrographs of bloodstains, avoiding to do sophisticated, time-consuming colouring procedures. Although this work was focused on bloodstains, well probably other monochromatic or quasi-monochromatic samples are also susceptible of increasing their realistic appearance by colouring them using the simple methods utilized in this study.

  16. FIB-SEM investigation of trapped intermetallic particles in anodic oxide films on AA1050 aluminium

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    Jariyaboon, Manthana; Møller, Per; Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal E.;

    2011-01-01

    using focused ion beam-scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM), SEM, and EDX. Findings - The intermetallic particles in the substrate material consisted of Fe or both Fe and Si with two different structures: irregular and round shaped. FIB-SEM cross-sectioned images revealed that the irregular....../Si ratio of the intermetallic particles decreased after anodizing. Originality/value - This paper shows that dual beam FIB-SEM seems to be an easy, less time consuming and useful method to characterize the cross-sectioned intermetallic particles incorporated in anodic film on aluminium....

  17. Comparison of SEM and VPSEM imaging techniques with respect to Streptococcus mutans biofilm topography.

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    Weber, Kathryn; Delben, Juliana; Bromage, Timothy G; Duarte, Simone

    2014-01-01

    The study compared images of mature Streptococcus mutans biofilms captured at increasing magnification to determine which microscopy method is most acceptable for imaging the biofilm topography and the extracellular polymeric substance (EPS). In vitro S. mutans biofilms were imaged using (1) scanning electron microscopy (SEM), which requires a dehydration process; (2) SEM and ruthenium red (SEM-RR), which has been shown to support the EPS of biofilms during the SEM dehydration; and (3) variable pressure scanning electron microscopy (VPSEM), which does not require the intensive dehydration process of SEM. The dehydration process and high chamber vacuum of both SEM techniques devastated the biofilm EPS, removed supporting structures, and caused cracking on the biofilm surface. The VPSEM offered the most comprehensive representation of the S. mutans biofilm morphology. VPSEM provides similar contrast and focus as the SEM, but the procedure is far less time-consuming, and the use of hazardous chemicals associated with SEM dehydration protocol is avoided with the VPSEM. The inaccurate representations of the biofilm EPS in SEM experimentation is a possible source of inaccurate data and impediments in the study of S. mutans biofilms.

  18. Comparativa entre dues BD semàntiques : OWLIM-Lite i Virtuoso

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    Olascoaga Figuerola, Pello

    2013-01-01

    L'objectiu fonamental d'aquest treball és estudiar els conceptes bàsics de la web semàntica mitjançant l'estudi de dos sistemes de gestió de bases de dades (SGBD) utilitzats en el context de la web semàntica, OWLIM-Lite i Virtuoso, que ens permetran dissenyar i implementar una ontologia. El objetivo fundamental de este trabajo es estudiar los conceptos básicos de la web semántica mediante el estudio de dos sistemas de gestión de bases de datos (SGBD) utilizados en el contexto de la web sem...

  19. Taponamiento cardíaco secundario a carcinoma papilar esclerosante difuso de tiroides Metastatic cardiac tamponade as initial manifestation of papillary thyroid carcinoma

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    Verónica Riva

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available El carcinoma papilar, variante esclerosante difusa, corresponde al 2% de todos los carcinomas papilares de la tiroides. Se caracteriza por comprometer de manera difusa y bilateral a la glándula tiroides. Clínicamente se manifiesta con metástasis ganglionares y pulmonares, afectando predominantemente a mujeres jóvenes. Se describe un caso de taponamiento cardíaco como presentación inicial de un carcinoma papilar de tiroides variante esclerosante difusa. Una mujer de 32 años concurrió al servicio de emergencias médicas refiriendo epigastralgia y tos seca. Durante el examen físico se constató hipotensión arterial, taquicardia y ruidos cardíacos disminuidos. Se realizó un ecocardiograma, observándose derrame pericárdico. Por medio de una pericardiocentesis se obtuvo líquido pericárdico, cuyo análisis mostró células neoplásicas. Durante la evolución la paciente presentó recurrencia del derrame pericárdico por lo que se realizó una ventana pleuropericárdica, detectándose durante la cirugía una lesión nodular subpleural, la cual fue biopsiada e informada posteriormente como una metástasis de carcinoma papilar vinculable a origen tiroideo. Se realizó una tiroidectomía total con linfadenectomía cervical bilateral. El diagnóstico final fue carcinoma papilar, variante esclerosante difusa. Esta variante infiltra el tejido conectivo de los espacios interfoliculares, simulando una tiroiditis y se caracteriza por una permeación vascular temprana. En oposición a la variante clásica, la esclerosante difusa presenta mayor agresividad y mayor tasa de recurrencia. El carcinoma papilar de tiroides debe tenerse presente como diagnóstico diferencial en nuestro medio, en todas aquellas lesiones neoplásicas papilares metastásicas, más aún si se trata de mujeres jóvenes.Papillary carcinoma, diffuse sclerosing variant corresponds to 2% of all papillary thyroid carcinomas. It is usually diffuse and bilateral, affecting the entire

  20. Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM) in Self-Financed Higher Education of Hong Kong: Evaluation and Measurement

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    Ng, Peggy; Galbraith, Craig

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to examine how the dimensions of strategic enrolment management (SEM) tie to the success metrics in the area of enrolment, retention and graduation from senior and programme management perspectives of a self-financed institution in Hong Kong. The literature on SEM has demonstrated that managing enrolment is a global…

  1. Some Esoteric Aspects of SEM that Its Practitioners Should Want to Know

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    Rozeboom, William W.

    2009-01-01

    The topic of this article is the interpretation of structural equation modeling (SEM) solutions. Its purpose is to augment structural modeling's metatheoretic resources while enhancing awareness of how problematic is the causal significance of SEM-parameter solutions. Part I focuses on the nonuniqueness and consequent dubious interpretability of…

  2. Separation of image-distortion sources and magnetic-field measurement in scanning electron microscope (SEM).

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    Płuska, Mariusz; Czerwinski, Andrzej; Ratajczak, Jacek; Katcki, Jerzy; Oskwarek, Lukasz; Rak, Remigiusz

    2009-01-01

    The electron-microscope image distortion generated by electromagnetic interference (EMI) is an important problem for accurate imaging in scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Available commercial solutions to this problem utilize sophisticated hardware for EMI detection and compensation. Their efficiency depends on the complexity of distortions influence on SEM system. Selection of a proper method for reduction of the distortions is crucial. The current investigations allowed for a separation of the distortions impact on several components of SEM system. A sum of signals from distortion sources causes wavy deformations of specimen shapes in SEM images. The separation of various reasons of the distortion is based on measurements of the periodic deformations of the images for different electron beam energies and working distances between the microscope final aperture and the specimen. Using the SEM images, a direct influence of alternating magnetic field on the electron beam was distinguished. Distortions of electric signals in the scanning block of SEM were also separated. The presented method separates the direct magnetic field influence on the electron beam below the SEM final aperture (in the chamber) from its influence above this aperture (in the electron column). It also allows for the measurement of magnetic field present inside the SEM chamber. The current investigations gave practical guidelines for selecting the most efficient solution for reduction of the distortions.

  3. Reticle defect sizing of optical proximity correction defects using SEM imaging and image analysis techniques

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    Zurbrick, Larry S.; Wang, Lantian; Konicek, Paul; Laird, Ellen R.

    2000-07-01

    Sizing of programmed defects on optical proximity correction (OPC) feature sis addressed using high resolution scanning electron microscope (SEM) images and image analysis techniques. A comparison and analysis of different sizing methods is made. This paper addresses the issues of OPC defect definition and discusses the experimental measurement results obtained by SEM in combination with image analysis techniques.

  4. Surgery on spinal epidural metastases (SEM) in renal cell carcinoma : a plea for a new paradigm

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    Bakker, Nicolaas A.; Coppes, Maarten H.; Vergeer, Rob A.; Kuijlen, Jos M. A.; Groen, Rob J. M.

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Prediction models for outcome of decompressive surgical resection of spinal epidural metastases (SEM) have in common that they have been developed for all types of SEM, irrespective of the type of primary tumor. It is our experience in clinical practice, however, that these model

  5. Shocked quartz in the SEM: Distinction between amorphous and healed PDFs

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    Hamers, M.F.; Pennock, G.M.; Drury, M.R.

    2012-01-01

    Combined SEM techniques show that different CL signatures of PDFs are related to fresh and healed microstructures of PDFs and host quartz. This is confirmed by TEM results. A combination of SEM techniques can give the same type of information as TEM

  6. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) Procedure for HE Powders on a LEO 438VP System

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    Zaka, Fowzia [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States). Energetic Materials Center

    2016-03-21

    This method describes the characterization of HE powders by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). HE particles are dispersed onto an aluminum standard SEM specimen mount. Electron micrographs are collected at various magnifications (150 to 10,000 X) depending on HE particle size.

  7. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) Procedure for HE Powders on a LEO 438VP System

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    Zaka, Fowzia [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States). Energetic Materials Center

    2016-03-08

    This method describes the characterization of HE powders by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). HE particles are dispersed onto an aluminum standard SEM specimen mount. Electron micrographs are collected at various magnifications (150 to 10,000 X) depending on HE particle size.

  8. Perspectivas da evolução clínica de pacientes com cardiomiopatia chagásica listados em prioridade para o transplante cardíaco Clinical perspectives of patients with Chagas cardiomyopathy listed as high priority for heart transplantation

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    Luiz Felipe P. Moreira

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: O choque cardiogênico é responsável por elevados índices de mortalidade na fila de espera para o transplante cardíaco. Na cardiomiopatia chagásica, a alta incidência de disfunção biventricular pode contribuir com a gravidade desta complicação. MÉTODO: Foram estudados 141 pacientes indicados em caráter de prioridade para o transplante. Destes pacientes, 46 eram portadores de cardiomiopatia chagásica e 95 de outras cardiomiopatias. O choque cardiogênico foi tratado farmacologicamente e com o implante ocasional do balão intra-aórtico. Em cinco pacientes chagásicos, foi realizado o implante de dispositivo paracorpóreo de assistência ventricular esquerda. RESULTADOS: Num período médio de 2,8 meses, 58 (41,1% dos 141 pacientes foram transplantados, 73 (51,7% faleceram e 10 foram retirados da fila. A mortalidade entre os pacientes chagásicos e não chagásicos foi de 45,6% e 54,7%, respectivamente. No entanto, a expectativa média de vida, sem a realização do transplante cardíaco, dos pacientes chagásicos foi de apenas 1,5 meses, sendo observado risco relativo de mortalidade de 1,6 para estes pacientes em relação aos não chagásicos (pINTRODUCTION: Heart failure is responsible for high mortality rates of patients on heart transplantation waiting lists. In Chagas cardiomyopathy, the presence of biventricular dysfunction increases the severity of this situation. METHOD: One hundred and forty-one patients suffering from cardiogenic shock, listed as high priority for heart transplantation, were studied. Forty-six patients presented with Chagas cardiomyopathy and 95 with other cardiomyopathies. Heart failure was treated using intravenous inotropic drugs and intra-aortic balloon pump implantation. Five patients with Chagas disease underwent paracorporeal left ventricular assist device implantation. RESULTS: During a mean follow-up of 2.8 months, 58 (41.1% of the 141 patients were transplanted, while 73 (53.7% died

  9. Quantitative roughness characterization and 3D reconstruction of electrode surface using cyclic voltammetry and SEM image

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    Dhillon, Shweta; Kant, Rama, E-mail: rkant@chemistry.du.ac.in

    2013-10-01

    Area measurements from cyclic voltammetry (CV) and image from scanning electron microscopy (SEM) are used to characterize electrode statistical morphology, 3D surface reconstruction and its electroactivity. SEM images of single phased materials correspond to two-dimensional (2D) projections of 3D structures, leading to an incomplete characterization. Lack of third dimension information in SEM image is circumvented using equivalence between denoised SEM image and CV area measurements. This CV-SEM method can be used to estimate power spectral density (PSD), width, gradient, finite fractal nature of roughness and local morphology of the electrode. We show that the surface morphological statistical property like distribution function of gradient can be related to local electro-activity. Electrode surface gradient micrographs generated here can provide map of electro-activity sites. Finally, the densely and uniformly packed small gradient over the Pt-surface is the determining criterion for high intrinsic electrode activity.

  10. GAGG:ce single crystalline films: New perspective scintillators for electron detection in SEM.

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    Bok, Jan; Lalinský, Ondřej; Hanuš, Martin; Onderišinová, Zuzana; Kelar, Jakub; Kučera, Miroslav

    2016-04-01

    Single crystal scintillators are frequently used for electron detection in scanning electron microscopy (SEM). We report gadolinium aluminum gallium garnet (GAGG:Ce) single crystalline films as a new perspective scintillators for the SEM. For the first time, the epitaxial garnet films were used in a practical application: the GAGG:Ce scintillator was incorporated into a SEM scintillation electron detector and it showed improved image quality. In order to prove the GAGG:Ce quality accurately, the scintillation properties were examined using electron beam excitation and compared with frequently used scintillators in the SEM. The results demonstrate excellent emission efficiency of the GAGG:Ce single crystalline films together with their very fast scintillation decay useful for demanding SEM applications.

  11. From patterns to causal understanding: Structural equation modeling (SEM) in soil ecology

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    Eisenhauer, Nico; Powell, Jeff R; Grace, James B.; Bowker, Matthew A.

    2015-01-01

    In this perspectives paper we highlight a heretofore underused statistical method in soil ecological research, structural equation modeling (SEM). SEM is commonly used in the general ecological literature to develop causal understanding from observational data, but has been more slowly adopted by soil ecologists. We provide some basic information on the many advantages and possibilities associated with using SEM and provide some examples of how SEM can be used by soil ecologists to shift focus from describing patterns to developing causal understanding and inspiring new types of experimental tests. SEM is a promising tool to aid the growth of soil ecology as a discipline, particularly by supporting research that is increasingly hypothesis-driven and interdisciplinary, thus shining light into the black box of interactions belowground.

  12. Estudio del soporte de semántica en gestores de contenidos

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    Carrión García, Alfredo

    2014-01-01

    Uno de los aspectos más importantes de cara a progresar hacia la Web Semántica es convertir el contenido web nuevo y el existente, expres´andolo en lenguaje natural, en su equivalente semántico. El marcado semántico de documentos Web es el primer paso hacia la adaptación del contenido a la Web Semántica y por tanto, los formatos de marcado son una de las herramientas consideradas como fundamentales en el diseño de la Web Semántica, ya que no sólo permiten acceder a la información sino que ...

  13. Tillandsia stricta Sol (Bromeliaceae) leaves as monitors of airborne particulate matter-A comparative SEM methods evaluation: Unveiling an accurate and odd HP-SEM method.

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    de Oliveira, Martha Lima; de Melo, Edésio José Tenório; Miguens, Flávio Costa

    2016-09-01

    Airborne particulate matter (PM) has been included among the most important air pollutants by governmental environment agencies and academy researchers. The use of terrestrial plants for monitoring PM has been widely accepted, particularly when it is coupled with SEM/EDS. Herein, Tillandsia stricta leaves were used as monitors of PM, focusing on a comparative evaluation of Environmental SEM (ESEM) and High-Pressure SEM (HPSEM). In addition, specimens air-dried at formaldehyde atmosphere (AD/FA) were introduced as an SEM procedure. Hydrated specimen observation by ESEM was the best way to get information from T. stricta leaves. If any artifacts were introduced by AD/FA, they were indiscernible from those caused by CPD. Leaf anatomy was always well preserved. PM density was determined on adaxial and abaxial leaf epidermis for each of the SEM proceedings. When compared with ESEM, particle extraction varied from 0 to 20% in air-dried leaves while 23-78% of particles deposited on leaves surfaces were extracted by CPD procedures. ESEM was obviously the best choice over other methods but morphological artifacts increased in function of operation time while HPSEM operation time was without limit. AD/FA avoided the shrinkage observed in the air-dried leaves and particle extraction was low when compared with CPD. Structural and particle density results suggest AD/FA as an important methodological approach to air pollution biomonitoring that can be widely used in all electron microscopy labs. Otherwise, previous PM assessments using terrestrial plants as biomonitors and performed by conventional SEM could have underestimated airborne particulate matter concentration. PMID:27357408

  14. Tillandsia stricta Sol (Bromeliaceae) leaves as monitors of airborne particulate matter-A comparative SEM methods evaluation: Unveiling an accurate and odd HP-SEM method.

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    de Oliveira, Martha Lima; de Melo, Edésio José Tenório; Miguens, Flávio Costa

    2016-09-01

    Airborne particulate matter (PM) has been included among the most important air pollutants by governmental environment agencies and academy researchers. The use of terrestrial plants for monitoring PM has been widely accepted, particularly when it is coupled with SEM/EDS. Herein, Tillandsia stricta leaves were used as monitors of PM, focusing on a comparative evaluation of Environmental SEM (ESEM) and High-Pressure SEM (HPSEM). In addition, specimens air-dried at formaldehyde atmosphere (AD/FA) were introduced as an SEM procedure. Hydrated specimen observation by ESEM was the best way to get information from T. stricta leaves. If any artifacts were introduced by AD/FA, they were indiscernible from those caused by CPD. Leaf anatomy was always well preserved. PM density was determined on adaxial and abaxial leaf epidermis for each of the SEM proceedings. When compared with ESEM, particle extraction varied from 0 to 20% in air-dried leaves while 23-78% of particles deposited on leaves surfaces were extracted by CPD procedures. ESEM was obviously the best choice over other methods but morphological artifacts increased in function of operation time while HPSEM operation time was without limit. AD/FA avoided the shrinkage observed in the air-dried leaves and particle extraction was low when compared with CPD. Structural and particle density results suggest AD/FA as an important methodological approach to air pollution biomonitoring that can be widely used in all electron microscopy labs. Otherwise, previous PM assessments using terrestrial plants as biomonitors and performed by conventional SEM could have underestimated airborne particulate matter concentration.

  15. Correção simultânea de defeito congênito intracardíaco e pectus excavatum Simultaneous repair of congenital heart defect and pectus excavatum

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    João Roberto Breda

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Relatamos tratamento simultâneo de pectus excavatum e defeito congênito intracardíaco representado por comunicação interatrial ostium secundum. Paciente do sexo masculino, 8 anos de idade, com diagnóstico clínico e ecocardiográfico de comunicação interatrial, associada à deformidade da parede torácica tipo pectus excavatum. Foi encaminhado para operação com correção simultânea do defeito congênito intracardíaco associado ao reparo do pectus. O tratamento operatório simultâneo do pectus excavatum e defeitos congênitos intracardíacos torna difícil o acesso ao coração. Foi feita a correção simultânea dessas alterações, com satisfatório resultado, sobretudo estético, para o paciente.The author describes the simultaneous treatment of pectus excavatum and congenital intracardiac defect (atrial septal defect represented by the interatrial foramen secundum. An 8-year-old boy, with clinical and echocardiography diagnosis of atrial septal defect associated with pectus excavatum was referred to a simultaneous surgical treatment of both abnormalities. The simultaneous surgical treatment of both pectus excavatum and congenital intracardiac defects make it difficult to access the heart. In this case, the simultaneous surgical treatment of atrial septal defect and pectus excavatum was a valuable alternative to surgical repair of both abnormalities, mainly due to its cosmetic outcome.

  16. Improved ACO for protein structure prediction using 2D HP lattice model%改进的蚁群算法及其在2DHP模型中的应用

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    周方; 廖波

    2009-01-01

    For improve the quality of solution to a Protein folding problem, ant colony optimization (ACO) is adopted to solve the protein folding simulations problem. Eliminate and clone based on the existing ACO is introduced. This ACO is applied in 2DHP model. At the same time, the ant colony will converge to local classic result easily when searching, and this process will infect the quality of the result. Avoiding the result converge to the local classic result, involving max-rain ant colony. Choose some HP sequence for the ex-periment. And experiment proved that the improvement have higher efficiency than the older one when the two arithmetic got the same optimal solution.%为了提高蛋白质折叠问题解的质量,采用蚁群算法对蛋白质的折叠问题进行研究,并且在现有的蚁群算法的基础上成功引入了淘汰和克隆机制,使其具有更好的运算效率,并成功应用到2DHP模型中.在蚁群对最优值进行搜索的过程中,容易出现局部最优点,导致影响解的质量.为了避免计算结果收敛到局部最优点,引入了一种最大最小蚁群策略.选择测试序列进行实验,实验结果表明,该算法在保证解的质量的同时,还具有较高的效率.

  17. Focused ion beam (FIB)/scanning electron microscopy (SEM) in tissue structural research.

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    Leser, Vladka; Milani, Marziale; Tatti, Francesco; Tkalec, Ziva Pipan; Strus, Jasna; Drobne, Damjana

    2010-10-01

    The focused ion beam (FIB) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) are commonly used in material sciences for imaging and analysis of materials. Over the last decade, the combined FIB/SEM system has proven to be also applicable in the life sciences. We have examined the potential of the focused ion beam/scanning electron microscope system for the investigation of biological tissues of the model organism Porcellio scaber (Crustacea: Isopoda). Tissue from digestive glands was prepared as for conventional SEM or as for transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The samples were transferred into FIB/SEM for FIB milling and an imaging operation. FIB-milled regions were secondary electron imaged, back-scattered electron imaged, or energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analyzed. Our results demonstrated that FIB/SEM enables simultaneous investigation of sample gross morphology, cell surface characteristics, and subsurface structures. The same FIB-exposed regions were analyzed by EDX to provide basic compositional data. When samples were prepared as for TEM, the information obtained with FIB/SEM is comparable, though at limited magnification, to that obtained from TEM. A combination of imaging, micro-manipulation, and compositional analysis appears of particular interest in the investigation of epithelial tissues, which are subjected to various endogenous and exogenous conditions affecting their structure and function. The FIB/SEM is a promising tool for an overall examination of epithelial tissue under normal, stressed, or pathological conditions.

  18. A brief discussion about image quality and SEM methods for quantitative fractography of polymer composites.

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    Hein, L R O; Campos, K A; Caltabiano, P C R O; Kostov, K G

    2013-01-01

    The methodology for fracture analysis of polymeric composites with scanning electron microscopes (SEM) is still under discussion. Many authors prefer to use sputter coating with a conductive material instead of applying low-voltage (LV) or variable-pressure (VP) methods, which preserves the original surfaces. The present work examines the effects of sputter coating with 25 nm of gold on the topography of carbon-epoxy composites fracture surfaces, using an atomic force microscope. Also, the influence of SEM imaging parameters on fractal measurements is evaluated for the VP-SEM and LV-SEM methods. It was observed that topographic measurements were not significantly affected by the gold coating at tested scale. Moreover, changes on SEM setup leads to nonlinear outcome on texture parameters, such as fractal dimension and entropy values. For VP-SEM or LV-SEM, fractal dimension and entropy values did not present any evident relation with image quality parameters, but the resolution must be optimized with imaging setup, accompanied by charge neutralization.

  19. Sobre la estructura semántica de las palabras autosemánticas

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    Morales Ascencio Bernardo

    1993-06-01

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    A partir de los conceptos de semema o estructura semémica y de los conceptos tradicionales de afijos y los accidentes gramaticales se plantea una supuesta estructura semántica profunda de la palabra, análoga a la de la oración en el modelo de la gramática de casos. Con base en este supuesto se reinterpretan algunas funciones semánticas de los afijos (particularmente de los sufijos, entre otras, como formas de la expresión de la modalidad léxica; se plantea una correlación entre rasgos semánticos específicos y las relaciones semánticas de caso. Por último se deducen algunas consideraciones pertinentes y se demuestra un isomorfismo entre la estructura profunda de la oración y la supuesta estructura semántica profunda de las palabras auto  semánticas.

  20. Do estigma da psicose maníaco-depressiva ao incentivo ao tratamento do transtorno bipolar: a evolução da abordagem em dois veículos midiáticos nos últimos 40 anos

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    Daniel Montanini; Cláudio E. M. Banzato

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    OBJETIVO: Investigar a evolução ao longo dos últimos 40 anos da assimilação midiática do transtorno bipolar. MÉTODOS: Foram pesquisadas referências sobre os termos "transtorno bipolar" e "maníaco-depressivo" na revista Veja e no jornal The New York Times e analisada uma amostra de 40 textos de cada veículo. Os textos foram divididos em dois grupos, o primeiro reunindo aqueles datados dos anos entre 1970 e 1999 e o segundo, 2000 a 2009. RESULTADOS: Entre os anos de 1970 e 1999 é mais utilizado...

  1. Respostas cardiorrespiratórias durante exercício em portadores de transplante cardíaco. Análise ergoespirométrica comparativa com indivíduos normais

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    Salles Ana Fátima; Oliveira Fº Japy Angelini; Barros Neto Turíbio Leite de; Almeida Dirceu Rodrigues; Carvalho Antonio Carlos de Camargo; Juliano Yara; Buffolo Ênio; Martinez Fº Eulógio Emílio

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    OBJETIVO: Avaliar as respostas cardiorrespiratórias dos portadores de transplante cardíaco (TxC). MÉTODOS: Submeteram-se a testes ergoespirométricos 9 portadores de TxC (GI), pareados por sexo, idade, peso e altura, com 9 indivíduos sedentários, aparentemente sadios (GII). Os pacientes eram do sexo masculino, com idade de 48±12 anos, com TFI (NYHA) após 23±21 meses TxC. Faziam uso regular de ciclosporina, azatioprina, prednisona, dipiridamol e anti-hipertensivos. Os testes foram limitados por...

  2. Diversity of seM in Streptococcus equi subsp. equi isolated from strangles outbreaks.

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    Libardoni, Felipe; Vielmo, Andréia; Farias, Luana; Matter, Letícia Beatriz; Pötter, Luciana; Spilki, Fernando Rosado; de Vargas, Agueda Castagna

    2013-03-23

    Strangles is the main upper respiratory tract disease of horses. There are currently no studies on the changes in alleles of the M protein gene (seM) in Brazilian isolates of Streptococcus equi ssp. equi (S. equi). This study aimed to analyze and differentiate molecularly S. equi isolates from equine clinical specimens from southern Brazil, between 1994 and 2010. seM alleles were analyzed in 47 isolates of S. equi obtained from clinical cases of strangles (15 Thoroughbred horses, 29 Crioulo breed horses and three Brasileiro de Hipismo--BH). seM alleles characterization was performed by comparing variable region sequences of the seM gene. The alleles were also phylogenetically grouped by Neighbor-joining analysis, which demonstrated the geographic distribution of those in properties from southern Brazil. Fifteen alleles of the gene seM were found among the 47 S. equi isolates analyzed. Among these, only one allele (seM-61), which was identified in seven isolates (14.9%), was found in the database PubMLST-seM. Within the new alleles, allele seM-115 was the most prevalent, having been found in 13 isolates (27.7%), followed by allele seM-117 in 10 isolates (21.3%). In the Brazilian horse population studied, there is greater diversity of M protein alleles in S. equi isolates compared to worldwide data deposited in PubMLST-seM. Among the 15 seM alleles identified, only one allele sequence was previously published. The alleles identification is important to control the disease by guiding selection of strains for the manufacture of commercial and autogenous vaccines.

  3. Avaliação hemodinâmica intra-operatória na cirurgia de revascularização miocárdica sem auxílio da circulação extracorpórea

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    LIMA Ricardo Carvalho

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar o comportamento hemodinâmico do coração na revascularização do miocárdio sem a utilização da circulação extracorpórea, através da cateterização da artéria pulmonar com cateter de San-Ganz. MATERIAL E MÉTODOS: No período de agosto de 1991 a junho de 1999, foram operados 616 pacientes portadores de angina do peito, que foram submetidos a revascularização do miocárdio sem a utilização da circulação extracorpórea. Em 18 pacientes foram estudados os parâmetros hemodinâmicos intra-operatórios. RESULTADOS: A freqüência cardíaca manteve-se elevada durante todos os momentos de posicionamento do coração (p=0,0007. O débito cardíaco ao longo do procedimento apresentou variação mínima nos diversos momentos de posicionamento do coração e exposição das artérias coronárias. Entretanto, com o coração na posição normal final, observou-se um aumento importante do débito cardíaco (p=0,010. A pressão arterial média apresentou-se diminuída em todos os momentos do procedimento de exposição das artérias coronárias (p=0,022. A pressão arterial pulmonar apresentou-se diminuída durante todos os momentos de mobilização (NS. A pressão capilar pulmonar oscilou bastante durante a exposição das coronárias (NS. A pressão venosa central comportou-se de maneira mais variada durante a exposição das artérias (NS. A resistência vascular sistêmica apresentou-se diminuída durante todo o procedimento (p=0,0001. A resistência vascular pulmonar apresentou-se diminuída em todos os momentos do procedimento (p=0,002. O "stroke volume" apresentou-se inalterado durante a anastomose da interventricular anterior e só se observaram diferenças estatísticas na coronária direita (p=0,002 e artéria circunflexa (p=0,0006 e seus ramos. O índice cardíaco apresentou-se diminuído durante o procedimento (p=0,0011. CONCLUSÕES: A A técnica presente permite a mobilização máxima do coração sem indu

  4. The gigapixel image concept for graphic SEM documentation. Applications in archeological use-wear studies.

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    Vergès, Josep M; Morales, Juan I

    2014-10-01

    In this paper, we propose a specific procedure to create gigapixel-like images from SEM (scanning electron microscope) micrographs. This methodology allows intensive SEM observations to be made for those disciplines that require of large surfaces to be analyzed at different scales once the SEM sessions have been completed (e.g., stone tools use-wear studies). This is also a very useful resource for academic purposes or as a support for collaborative studies, thus reducing the number of live observation sessions and the associated expense.

  5. Dimensional verification of high aspect micro structures using FIB-SEM

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    Zhang, Yang; Hansen, Hans Nørgaard

    2013-01-01

    Micro-structured surfaces are increasingly used for advanced functionality. In particular, micro-structured polymer parts are interesting due to the manufacturing via injection moulding. A micro-structured nickel surface was characterized by focussed ion beam-scanning electron microscope (FIB-SEM....... A cross sectioned sample was prepared for conventional SEM in order to inspect the geometry of the holes, but the cutting angle used when making the cross section had a significant influence on the obtained results. Via FIB-SEM, the process was recorded by images when slicing the sample layer by layer...

  6. The SEM description of interaction of a transient electromagnetic wave with an object

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    Pearson, L. W.; Wilton, D. R.

    1980-01-01

    The singularity expansion method (SEM), proposed as a means for determining and representing the transient surface current density induced on a scatterer by a transient electromagnetic wave is described. The resulting mathematical description of the transient surface current on the object is discussed. The data required to represent the electromagnetic scattering properties of a given object are examined. Experimental methods which were developed for the determination of the SEM description are discussed. The feasibility of characterizing the surface current induced on aircraft flying in proximity to a lightning stroke by way of SEM is examined.

  7. Assessing the utility of FIB-SEM images for shale digital rock physics

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    Kelly, Shaina; El-Sobky, Hesham; Torres-Verdín, Carlos; Balhoff, Matthew T.

    2016-09-01

    Shales and other unconventional or low permeability (tight) reservoirs house vast quantities of hydrocarbons, often demonstrate considerable water uptake, and are potential repositories for fluid sequestration. The pore-scale topology and fluid transport mechanisms within these nanoporous sedimentary rocks remain to be fully understood. Image-informed pore-scale models are useful tools for studying porous media: a debated question in shale pore-scale petrophysics is whether there is a representative elementary volume (REV) for shale models? Furthermore, if an REV exists, how does it differ among petrophysical properties? We obtain three dimensional (3D) models of the topology of microscale shale volumes from image analysis of focused ion beam-scanning electron microscope (FIB-SEM) image stacks and investigate the utility of these models as a potential REV for shale. The scope of data used in this work includes multiple local groups of neighboring FIB-SEM images of different microscale sizes, corresponding core-scale (milli- and centimeters) laboratory data, and, for comparison, series of two-dimensional (2D) cross sections from broad ion beam SEM images (BIB-SEM), which capture a larger microscale field of view than the FIB-SEM images; this array of data is larger than the majority of investigations with FIB-SEM-derived microscale models of shale. Properties such as porosity, organic matter content, and pore connectivity are extracted from each model. Assessments of permeability with single phase, pressure-driven flow simulations are performed in the connected pore space of the models using the lattice-Boltzmann method. Calculated petrophysical properties are compared to those of neighboring FIB-SEM images and to core-scale measurements of the sample associated with the FIB-SEM sites. Results indicate that FIB-SEM images below ∼5000 μm3 volume (the largest volume analyzed) are not a suitable REV for shale permeability and pore-scale networks; i.e. field of view

  8. A saúde mental dos sem abrigo: comunidades de inserção

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    Carrinho, Paula Cristina Moreira

    2012-01-01

    Pretendemos com este estudo caracterizar os sem abrigo, as suas redes e relações sociais, bem como os modelos de intervenção, de forma a que se possa ter um maior conhecimento acerca desta problemática. Para a consecução destes propósitos, foram delineados os seguintes objectivos: caracterizar a população sem abrigo em termos de variáveis sócio-demográficas; identificar a sua rede social de apoio; caracterizar as dimensões sociais associadas à vinculação adulta nos sem abrigo; caracterizar...

  9. Web semántica: RDF y SGBD que lo soportan

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    Castelló Avilleira, Ana Beatriz

    2005-01-01

    En aquest treball es fa una breu introducció a la web semàntica i el seu estat actual. S'analitzen els llenguatges que hi ha a la base del munt de recomanacions del World Wide Web Consortium (XML, XML Schema, RDF i RDF Schema) i s'examinen diferents sistemes de gestió de bases de dades que donen suport a les metadades, que són la base de la web semàntica. En este trabajo se realiza una breve introducción a la web semántica y su estado actual. Se analizan los lenguajes que se encuentran en ...

  10. SEM TEKOA NÃO HÁ TEKO – SEM TERRA NÃO HÁ CULTURA”: ESTUDO E DESENVOLVIMENTO AUTO-SUSTENTÁVEL

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    ALDO LITAIFF

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: This article reports the results of the “Sem tekoa não há teko, sem terra não há cultura: estudo e desenvolvimento auto-sustentável de comunidades indígenas guarani” project. It was carried out by UNISUL (University of the South of Santa Catarina and byUFSC (Federal University of Santa Catarina from March, 2002 through December, 2007, and aimed at promoting economic modes appropriate for the ethnodevelopment and auto sustainability of the guarani land at the coast of the state of Santa Catarina, a measure compatible with teko, that is, the way of beeing, the guarani culture.RESUMO: A finalidade deste artigo é relatar os resultados do projeto “Sem tekoa não há teko, sem terra não há cultura: estudo e desenvolvimento auto-sustentável de comunidades indígenas guarani”. Executado conjuntamente pela UFSC (Universidade Federal de SantaCatarina e Unisul (Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina, entre março de 2002 e dezembro de 2007, o projeto visava como objetivo geral, incentivar formas econômicas apropriadas aoetnodesenvolvimento e à auto-sustentabilidade de terras indígenas guarani localizadas no litoral do Estado de Santa Catarina, medida compatível com “teko”, ou seja, modo de ser ou cultura guarani.

  11. Transplante cardíaco (TC: a experiência do portador da doença de Chagas Trasplante cardíaco (TC: la experiencia del portador de la enfermedad de Chagas Heart transplantation: the experience of patients with Chagas disease

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    Maria Lúcia Araújo Sadala

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available O sucesso do transplante cardíaco com portadores da doença de Chagas está condicionado a cuidados especiais durante todas as fases do transplante, com necessidade de acompanhamento específico e rigoroso pela equipe de saúde. Os receptores devem estar conscientes da permanência do Trypanossoma no organismo, e das possibilidades de reativação da infecção após o transplante. Portanto, seu conhecimento dessa condição, e a sua participação ativa no próprio tratamento, têm importância fundamental. O objetivo do estudo foi investigar a experiência do transplante cardíaco vivenciada por pacientes portadores da doença de Chagas, para buscar compreender os significados que eles atribuem a esta experiência. Os procedimentos metodológicos abrangeram: a seleção dos pacientes; as entrevistas; a análise dos dados, indicando as unidades de significado e a análise individual; a busca de convergências dos discursos; e análise hermenêutica das convergências. Da análise dos dados emergiram os seguintes temas: o tempo vivido pelo receptor, portador da Doença de Chagas; a concepção do TC apresentado pelo portador de Chagas; o cuidado na trajetória do TC.El éxito del trasplante cardíaco con portadores de la enfermedad de Chagas está condicionado a cuidados especiales durante todas las fases del trasplante, con necesidad de acompañamiento específico y riguroso por el equipo de salud. Los receptores deben estar conscientes de la permanencia del Tripanosoma en el organismo y de las posibilidades de reactivación de la infección después del trasplante. Por lo tanto, su conocimiento sobre esa condición y su participación activa en el propio tratamiento es de fundamental importancia. El objetivo del estudio fue investigar la experiencia del trasplante cardíaco experimentada por pacientes portadores de la enfermedad de Chagas, para comprender los significados que ellos atribuyen a esta experiencia. Los procedimientos metodol

  12. Débito cardíaco diminuído: revisão sistemática das características definidoras Débito cardíaco disminuído: revisión sistemática de las características definidoras Decreased cardiac output: a systematic review of the defining characteristics

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    Vanessa de Souza

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Caracterizar os artrigos científicos relacionados ao diagnóstico de enfermagem débito cardíaco diminuído. Verificar os artigos que descrevem o comportamento das características definidoras deste diagnóstico, identificando aquelas que ocorrem com maior frequência. MÉTODOS: Trata-se de uma revisão sistemática realizada nas bases de dados: Lilacs, SciELO, Embase, Medline, Pubmed e Cochrane, no período de 1985 a 2008. RESULTADOS: Foram selecionados 13 artigos, identificando 50 características definidoras, sendo dez com maior frequência: alteração da frequência/ritmo cardíaco, dispneia, labilidade da pressão arterial, estertores, oligúria anúria, edema, pele fria, fadiga/fraqueza, diminuição dos pulsos periféricos e diminuição da perfusão periférica. CONCLUSÃO: A temática vem sendo pouco explorada. Constatou-se a importância do exame físico, a utilização de técnicas menos invasivas e a necessidade de rever as características definidoras propostas a fim de proporcionar clareza e objetividade na identificação desse diagnóstico de enfermagemOBJETIVOS: Caracterizar los artículos científicos relacionados al diagnóstico de enfermería débito cardíaco disminuído. Verificar los artículos que describen el comportamiento de las características definidoras de este diagnóstico, identificando aquellas que ocurren con mayor frecuencia. MÉTODOS: Se trata de una revisión sistemática realizada en las bases de datos: Lilacs, SciELO, Embase, Medline, Pubmed y Cochrane, en el período de 1985 al 2008. RESULTADOS: Fueron seleccionados 13 artículos, identificando 50 características definidoras, siendo diez con mayor frecuencia: alteración de la frecuencia/ritmo cardíaco, disnea, labilidad de la presión arterial, estertores, oliguria anuria, edema, piel fría, fatiga/debilidad, disminución de los pulsos periféricos y disminución de la perfusión periférica. CONCLUSIÓN: La temática viene siendo poco

  13. Estado, iglesia y sociedad en la Monarquía Hispana de Carlos IV. Las apreciaciones de un embajador austríaco en Madrid

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    Álvarez Gutiérrez, Luis

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available This writing deals with an historiographical analysis of the contents of the diplomatic dispatches sent to Vienna by the imperial ambassador, John Frederick count of Kageneck, accredited at the Court of Charles IV. They concern to the first seven years of that reign (1789-1795. Provide issues, appreciations, and commentaries about the conditions of the contemporaneous Hispanic kingdom in the matter of institutional, administrative, political, economic, social, religious, military affairs, international relations and geostrategical interests. The Austrian diplomat pays much attention to the consequences of the French revolution in Spain; to the measures adopted by the Spanish authorities against the spread of the subversive ideas, as much in the metropolis, as in the overseas dominions, with special reference to the outstanding rôle played by the clergy, as the ideological and moral bulwark against the impetuous attacks of the French revolutionary activity; to the attitude of Spain with regard to the purpose of forming an international coalition against the revolutionary France; and to the later access of Spain in the war against the France of the Convention (1793-1795.

    Este trabajo propone un análisis historiográfico del contenido de los despachos diplomáticos enviados a Viena por el embajador imperial, Juan Federico de Kageneck, acreditado ante la Corte de Carlos IV. Corresponden a los siete primeros años de aquel reinado (1789-1795. Proporcionan datos, apreciaciones y comentarios sobre el estado de la monarquía hispana de la época en sus aspectos institucionales, administrativos, políticos, económicos, sociales, religiosos, militares, relaciones internacionales, e intereses geoestratégicos. El diplomático austríaco dedica atención preferente a las repercusiones de la Revolución francesa en España; a las medidas adoptadas por las autoridades españolas para contrarrestar la difusión de las ideas subversivas, tanto en la

  14. Osteoma osteoide no osso ilíaco: relato de dois casos Osteoid osteoma in the iliac bone: report on two cases

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    Elmano de Araújo Loures

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available O osteoma osteoide é um tumor benigno do osso que se apresenta geralmente com dor noturna em adultos jovens, aliviada por repouso e salicilatos. Pode acometer qualquer osso, mas sua ocorrência no ilíaco é infrequente. Os autores descrevem dois casos de osteoma osteoide intramedular, localizado junto à articulação sacroilíaca, com sintomas que simulavam dor ciática e cujo diagnóstico se deu de forma tardia, apesar de o exame radiológico inicial mostrar lesão esclerótica em ambos os casos. O diagnóstico foi ratificado por tomografia computadorizada e o tratamento proposto foi a ressecção em bloco da lesão, com excisão do nidus. O diagnóstico definitivo foi confirmado pelo exame histopatológico. No seguimento de longo prazo, ambos estão assintomáticos e observou-se completa remodelação óssea no sítio cirúrgico. Os autores enfatizam as características típicas do tumor, a localização não usual, o diagnóstico diferencial e o tratamento.Osteoid osteoma is a benign bone tumor that generally presents with nighttime pain among young adults and is relieved by rest and salicylates. It can affect any bone, but occurrences in the iliac are unusual. The authors describe two cases of intramedullary osteoid osteoma next to the sacroiliac joint, with symptoms that simulated sciatic pain. The cases were diagnosed late, although the initial radiographs showed sclerotic lesions in both cases. The diagnosis was confirmed by means of CT scan and the nidus was excised surgically through en bloc resection. The definitive diagnosis was given by means of histopathological examination. Over long-term follow-up, both cases remained asymptomatic and complete bone remodeling at the surgical site was observed. The authors highlight the typical characteristics of the tumor, the unusual location, the differential diagnosis and the treatment.

  15. La iluminación agustiniana como explicación de los contenidos de la mente: Agustín en Casicíaco

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    Óscar Velásquez

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    Full Text Available Se examina en este trabajo la teoría agustiniana de la iluminación del período de Casicíaco. Lo temprano de su manifestación revela su carácter más filosófico que teológico. Proteo es figura de la verdad que se resiste a darse a conocer, pero que mediante la auctoritas (Cristo y la ratio puede ser hallada, como se muestra en Contra Académicos. De este modo, en Soliloquios, la ratio se presenta como mediadora entre el alma y Dios. Se utiliza aquí la oración como método de introspección e investigación filosófica. Se concluye que la iluminación abarca tanto la verdad objetiva como al receptor de esa verdad, la mente; y que esa misma mente en que las verdades eternas son reconocidas debe ser inmortal, como aquellas lo son: así, la senda que conduce al conocimiento de Dios, pasa por el conocimiento de nosotros mismosAugustine's Theory of Illumination from the Cassisiacum period is examined in this work. The early appearance of the theory reveals its character as of a more philosophical than theological kind. Proteus is a figure of the truth resisting discovery, but which can be found through auctoritas (Christ and ratio as it is shown in Contra Académicos. Thus ratio shows itself in Soliloquia as mediating between the soul and God. Prayer as a method of introspection and philosophical research is used. The author concludes that illumination includes as much the objective truth as the receiver of that truth-the mind; and that this same mind, in which the eternal truths are recognized, must be immortal, as they themselves are. In this way, the path which leads to the knowledge of God passes through the knowledge of our very selves

  16. SEM-668-G2(日东科技)

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    SEM-668-G2比SEM-668在视觉技术上更加精湛,采用美国AGILENT(安提伦)LASER 5519A及HP的双重频率技术,加强运动;隹确性。在智能化印刷头上,SEM-668-G2印刷质量更加均匀、稳定,操作界面更加简易、更加人性化。在综合性能上更加卓越,保证实现现代化的生产效率。产品体具性能如下:SEM-668-G2视觉全自动印刷机

  17. Development of Focused Ion Beam technique for high speed steel 3D-SEM artefact fabrication

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    Carli, Lorenzo; MacDonald, A. Nicole; De Chiffre, Leonardo;

    2009-01-01

    The work describes preliminary manufacture by grinding, followed by machining on a Focused Ion Beam (FIB), of a high speed steel step artefact for 3D-SEM calibration. The FIB is coupled with a SEM in the so called dual beam instrument. The milling capabilities of FIB were checked from a qualitative...... point of view, using the dual beam SEM imaging, and quantitatively using a reference stylus instrument, to establish traceability. A triangular section having a depth of about 10 μm was machined, where the 50 μm curvature radius due to grinding was reduced to about 2 μm by FIB milling...... as it was estimated using the dual beam SEM....

  18. Mathematical model of the seismic electromagnetic signals (SEMS) in non crystalline substances

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    Dennis, L. C. C.; Yahya, N.; Daud, H.; Shafie, A. [Electromagnetic cluster, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, 31750 Tronoh, Perak (Malaysia)

    2012-09-26

    The mathematical model of seismic electromagnetic waves in non crystalline substances is developed and the solutions are discussed to show the possibility of improving the electromagnetic waves especially the electric field. The shear stress of the medium in fourth order tensor gives the equation of motion. Analytic methods are selected for the solutions written in Hansen vector form. From the simulated SEMS, the frequency of seismic waves has significant effects to the SEMS propagating characteristics. EM waves transform into SEMS or energized seismic waves. Traveling distance increases once the frequency of the seismic waves increases from 100% to 1000%. SEMS with greater seismic frequency will give seismic alike waves but greater energy is embedded by EM waves and hence further distance the waves travel.

  19. Wet SEM: a novel method for rapid diagnosis of brain tumors.

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    Barshack, Iris; Polak-Charcon, Sylvia; Behar, Vered; Vainshtein, Anya; Zik, Ory; Ofek, Efrat; Hadani, Moshe; Kopolovic, Juri; Nass, Dvora

    2004-01-01

    The authors present the application of wet SEM for histopathological assessment, a technology for imaging fully hydrated samples at atmospheric pressure in a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Both transmission and scanning electron microscopy techniques usually require long and complex sample preparation of the tissues. In marked contrast, a rapid preparation of tissues is described for evaluation by SEM imaging. The wet SEM technology successfully demonstrated both histological and ultrastructural features of several CNS tumors: Rosette formation and intracytoplasmic lumens were observed in ependymoma; numerous fibrillary processes in fibrillary astrocytoma; and focal rosette formation with no intracytoplasmic lumens in medulloblastoma. Application of this method simultaneously with frozen section may improve rapid intraoperative diagnosis of these intracranial tumors.

  20. Studies of Self-assembled Monolayers Formed by Imidazoline on Iron Surface by SEM and SECM

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    Xiu Yu LIU; Shen Hao CHEN; Shuai MIAO; Su Xiang WU; Li Xia SHEN; Yuan Xing CAI; Hong Yan ZHAI

    2006-01-01

    The self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of imidazoline (IM) on the iron surface were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and scanning electrochemical microscopy(SECM). The results showed that SAMs were an effective inhibition film for iron.

  1. Baixas doses de óxido nítrico na seleção dos pacientes candidatos a transplante cardíaco com hipertensão pulmonar Low doses of nitric oxide in the selection of candidates to heart transplantation with pulmonary hypertension

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    Juan Alberto Cosquillo MEJIA

    2001-03-01

    Full Text Available A disfunção do ventrículo direito no pós-operatório do transplante cardíaco é uma complicação freqüente com morbimortalidade elevada. A avaliação hemodinâmica pulmonar dos candidatos precisa, às vezes, do emprego de prova farmacológica com o uso de drogas endovenosas vasodilatadoras tipo nitroprussiato de sódio (NTPNa, visando reduzir os níveis de pressão e resistência vascular pulmonar (RVP elevados a níveis compatíveis com os protocolos de inclusão dos Programas de Transplante Cardíaco. Valores de RVP acima de 6 unidades Wood sem droga vasodilatadora, ou acima de 2,5 com a utilização destas, excluem os pacientes do Programa. Entre janeiro de 1997 e janeiro de 2000 foram submetidos a cateterismo direito, 40 pacientes candidatos a transplante. A maioria homens, com idade mé (±12 anos. As etiologias mais encontradas foram miocardiopatia dilatada idiopática (59% e miocardiopatia isquêmica (25%. Todos em CF IV da NYHA, com fração de ejeção média do ventrículo esquerdo de 0,21 (± 0,03. A monitorização do débito cardíaco (DC, pressão da artéria pulmonar (PAP e RVP foi feita pelo método contínuo, utilizando para isto cateter de artéria pulmonar especial. Em 5 pacientes a prova farmacológica foi interrompida devido aos efeitos sistêmicos do NTPNa com queda da PAM, RVP e DC. Todos foram submetidos a inalação de óxido nítrico (NO por máscara, a uma dose de 20 ppm durante 10 minutos. Em 3, a RVP reduziu de 7,8 (±0,88 para 2,4 (±0,36 unidades Wood, e eles foram incluídos no Programa de Transplante. Nos outros 2, apesar de doses de NO de 20,30 e 40 ppm, a redução foi de 8,4 (±2,12 para 4,9 (±0,42 unidades Wood, ou seja, insuficiente para serem incluídos nos Programas de Transplante. Não tivemos óbitos, nem complicações durante os procedimentos. O NO inalatório na avaliação hemodinâmica dos candidatos a TC -- pelo seu efeito vasodilatador seletivo -- permite identificar aqueles com hiper

  2. Why semicarbazide (SEM) is not an appropriate marker for the usage of nitrofurazone on agricultural animals.

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    Stadler, Richard H; Verzegnassi, Ludovica; Seefelder, Walburga; Racault, Lucie

    2015-01-01

    A comprehensive global database on semicarbazide (SEM) in foodstuffs and food ingredients is presented, with over 4000 data collected in foods such as seafood (crustaceans, fish powders), meat (beef, chicken powders), dairy products (e.g. raw milk, milk powders, whey, sweet buttermilk powder, caseinate, yoghurt, cheese), honey and other ingredients. The results provide evidence that the presence of SEM in certain dairy ingredients (whey, milk protein concentrates) is a by-product of chemical reactions taking place during the manufacturing process. Of the dairy ingredients tested (c. 2000 samples), 5.3% showed traces of SEM > 0.5 µg/kg. The highest incidence of SEM-positive samples in the dairy category were whey (powders, liquid) and milk protein concentrates (35% positive), with up to 13 µg/kg measured in a whey powder. Sweet buttermilk powder and caseinate followed, with 27% and 9.3% positives, respectively. SEM was not detected in raw milk, or in yoghurt or cheese. Of the crustacean products (shrimp and prawn powders) tested, 44% were positive for SEM, the highest value measured at 284 µg/kg. Fish powders revealed an unexpectedly high incidence of positive samples (25%); in this case, fraudulent addition of shellfish shells or carry-over during processing cannot be excluded. Overall, the data provide new insights into the occurrence of SEM (for dairy products and fish powders), substantially strengthening the arguments that SEM in certain food categories is not a conclusive marker of the use of the illegal antibiotic nitrofurazone.

  3. SemLAV: Querying Deep Web and Linked Open Data with SPARQL

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    Folz, Pauline; Montoya, Gabriela; Skaf-Molli, Hala; Molli, Pascal; Vidal, Maria-Esther

    2014-01-01

    International audience SemLAV allows to execute SPARQL queries against the Deep Web and Linked Open Data data sources. It implements the mediator-wrapper architecture based on view definitions over remote data sources. SPARQL queries are expressed using a mediator schema vocabulary, and SemLAV selects relevant data sources and rank them. The ranking strat-egy is designed to deliver results quickly based only on view definitions, i.e., no statistics, nor probing on sources are required. In ...

  4. Provenance analysis by single-quartz-grain SEM-CL/optical microscopy.

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    BERNET, Matthias; Basset, Kari

    2005-01-01

    Matthias Bernet est affilié au LGCA depuis 2006. The integration of panchromatic scanning electron microscopycathodoluminescence (SEM-CL) with optical microscopy analysis on single quartz grains is a new technique to interpret provenance of quartz-rich sediments. The combination of information gained from SEM-CL on textural features and CL response with information from optical microscopy allows distinction of different quartz types much more easily then with conventional microscopy or col...

  5. Bases de datos en el contexto de la web semántica

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    Fernández-Santa Cruz Jiménez, Raúl Alejandro

    2013-01-01

    Comparativa sobre sistemas de gestión de bases de datos orientados a la web semántica, tanto nativos como habilitados para esta función. Comparativa sobre sistemes de gestió de bases de dades orientats a la web semàntica, tant nadius com habilitats per a aquesta funció. Bachelor thesis for the Computer science program on Semantic Web.

  6. Feature evaluation of complex hysteresis smoothing and its practical applications to noisy SEM images.

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    Suzuki, Kazuhiko; Oho, Eisaku

    2013-01-01

    Quality of a scanning electron microscopy (SEM) image is strongly influenced by noise. This is a fundamental drawback of the SEM instrument. Complex hysteresis smoothing (CHS) has been previously developed for noise removal of SEM images. This noise removal is performed by monitoring and processing properly the amplitude of the SEM signal. As it stands now, CHS may not be so utilized, though it has several advantages for SEM. For example, the resolution of image processed by CHS is basically equal to that of the original image. In order to find wide application of the CHS method in microscopy, the feature of CHS, which has not been so clarified until now is evaluated correctly. As the application of the result obtained by the feature evaluation, cursor width (CW), which is the sole processing parameter of CHS, is determined more properly using standard deviation of noise Nσ. In addition, disadvantage that CHS cannot remove the noise with excessively large amplitude is improved by a certain postprocessing. CHS is successfully applicable to SEM images with various noise amplitudes.

  7. Performance of SEM scintillation detector evaluated by modulation transfer function and detective quantum efficiency function.

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    Bok, Jan; Schauer, Petr

    2014-01-01

    In the paper, the SEM detector is evaluated by the modulation transfer function (MTF) which expresses the detector's influence on the SEM image contrast. This is a novel approach, since the MTF was used previously to describe only the area imaging detectors, or whole imaging systems. The measurement technique and calculation of the MTF for the SEM detector are presented. In addition, the measurement and calculation of the detective quantum efficiency (DQE) as a function of the spatial frequency for the SEM detector are described. In this technique, the time modulated e-beam is used in order to create well-defined input signal for the detector. The MTF and DQE measurements are demonstrated on the Everhart-Thornley scintillation detector. This detector was alternated using the YAG:Ce, YAP:Ce, and CRY18 single-crystal scintillators. The presented MTF and DQE characteristics show good imaging properties of the detectors with the YAP:Ce or CRY18 scintillator, especially for a specific type of the e-beam scan. The results demonstrate the great benefit of the description of SEM detectors using the MTF and DQE. In addition, point-by-point and continual-sweep e-beam scans in SEM were discussed and their influence on the image quality was revealed using the MTF.

  8. Raman-in-SEM, a multimodal and multiscale analytical tool: performance for materials and expertise.

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    Wille, Guillaume; Bourrat, Xavier; Maubec, Nicolas; Lahfid, Abdeltif

    2014-12-01

    The availability of Raman spectroscopy in a powerful analytical scanning electron microscope (SEM) allows morphological, elemental, chemical, physical and electronic analysis without moving the sample between instruments. This paper documents the metrological performance of the SEMSCA commercial Raman interface operated in a low vacuum SEM. It provides multiscale and multimodal analyses as Raman/EDS, Raman/cathodoluminescence or Raman/STEM (STEM: scanning transmission electron microscopy) as well as Raman spectroscopy on nanomaterials. Since Raman spectroscopy in a SEM can be influenced by several SEM-related phenomena, this paper firstly presents a comparison of this new tool with a conventional micro-Raman spectrometer. Then, some possible artefacts are documented, which are due to the impact of electron beam-induced contamination or cathodoluminescence contribution to the Raman spectra, especially with geological samples. These effects are easily overcome by changing or adapting the Raman spectrometer and the SEM settings and methodology. The deletion of the adverse effect of cathodoluminescence is solved by using a SEM beam shutter during Raman acquisition. In contrast, this interface provides the ability to record the cathodoluminescence (CL) spectrum of a phase. In a second part, this study highlights the interest and efficiency of the coupling in characterizing micrometric phases at the same point. This multimodal approach is illustrated with various issues encountered in geosciences.

  9. Performance of SEM scintillation detector evaluated by modulation transfer function and detective quantum efficiency function.

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    Bok, Jan; Schauer, Petr

    2014-01-01

    In the paper, the SEM detector is evaluated by the modulation transfer function (MTF) which expresses the detector's influence on the SEM image contrast. This is a novel approach, since the MTF was used previously to describe only the area imaging detectors, or whole imaging systems. The measurement technique and calculation of the MTF for the SEM detector are presented. In addition, the measurement and calculation of the detective quantum efficiency (DQE) as a function of the spatial frequency for the SEM detector are described. In this technique, the time modulated e-beam is used in order to create well-defined input signal for the detector. The MTF and DQE measurements are demonstrated on the Everhart-Thornley scintillation detector. This detector was alternated using the YAG:Ce, YAP:Ce, and CRY18 single-crystal scintillators. The presented MTF and DQE characteristics show good imaging properties of the detectors with the YAP:Ce or CRY18 scintillator, especially for a specific type of the e-beam scan. The results demonstrate the great benefit of the description of SEM detectors using the MTF and DQE. In addition, point-by-point and continual-sweep e-beam scans in SEM were discussed and their influence on the image quality was revealed using the MTF. PMID:24323770

  10. ACO based routing for MANETs

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    Arif, Mohammad

    2012-01-01

    Mobile ad hoc network (MANET) is a collection of wireless mobile nodes. It dynamically forms a temporary network without using any pre existing network infrastructure or centralized administration i.e. with minimal prior planning. All nodes have routing capabilities and forward data packets to other nodes in multi-hop fashion. As the network is dynamic, the network topology continuously experiences alterations during deployment. The biggest challenge in MANETs is to find a path between communicating nodes. The considerations of the MANET environment and the nature of the mobile nodes create further complications which results in the need to develop special routing algorithms to meet these challenges. Swarm intelligence, a bio-inspired technique, which has proven to be very adaptable in other problem domains, has been applied to the MANET routing problem as it forms a good fit to the problem. In ant societies the activities of the individuals are not regulated by any explicit form of centralized control but ar...

  11. ACO Based Routing for MANETs

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    Mohammad Arif

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    Full Text Available Mobile ad hoc network (MANET is a collection of wireless mobile nodes. It dynamically forms atemporary network without using any pre existing network infrastructure or centralized administrationi.e. with minimal prior planning. All nodes have routing capabilities and forward data packets to othernodes in multi-hop fashion. As the network is dynamic, the network topology continuously experiencesalterations during deployment. The biggest challenge in MANETs is to find a path betweencommunicating nodes. The considerations of the MANET environment and the nature of the mobile nodescreate further complications which results in the need to develop special routing algorithms to meet thesechallenges. Swarm intelligence, a bio-inspired technique, which has proven to be very adaptable in otherproblem domains, has been applied to the MANET routing problem as it forms a good fit to the problem.In ant societies the activities of the individuals are not regulated by any explicit form of centralizedcontrol but are the result of self-organizing dynamics driven by local interactions and communicationsamong a number of relatively simple individuals. This unique characteristic has made ant societies anattractive and inspiring model for building new algorithms and new multi-agent systems. In this paper,we have studied and reviewed Ant Colony based routing algorithms and its variants. Finally, aperformance evaluation of the original ARA and the EARA is carried out with respect to each other.

  12. Aneurisma de aorta abdominal justa-renal: correção endovascular combinada com derivação ilíaco-renal direita para criar colo proximal adequado Juxtarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm: combined endovascular and open repair with right iliorenal bypass to create adequate proximal neck

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    Full Text Available Homem de 78 anos de idade, portador de múltiplas morbidades clínicas deu entrada na emergência com um aneurisma de aorta abdominal justa-renal em condições hemodinâmicas estáveis. A tomografia computadorizada caracterizou aneurisma de 6 cm de diâmetro, e a distância do colo proximal do aneurisma era de 5 mm em relação à artéria renal direita e 28 mm à esquerda. Em virtude das condições clínicas do paciente, optou-se pelo reparo endovascular, mas previamente fez-se uma derivação ilíaco-renal direita com enxerto de politetrafluoretileno, via retroperitoneal para se criar um colo proximal adequado. Após quatro dias, o aneurisma de aorta abdominal foi corrigido colocando-se uma endoprótese Excluder® sem intercorrências. O seguimento pós-operatório evidenciou boa perfusão do rim esquerdo e ausência de migração ou endoleak da endoprótese. Este caso ilustra a combinação de técnicas para tornar possível o reparo de aneurisma de aorta abdominal justa-renal em pacientes de alto risco cirúrgico e anatomia desfavorável.A 78-year-old man with a juxtarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm and several comorbid conditions was admitted at the emergency room in hemodynamically stable conditions. Computed tomography revealed an aneurysm measuring 6 cm in diameter beginning 28 mm below the left renal artery and 5 mm below the right renal artery. Because of the patient's clinical status, a bypass from the right iliac artery to the right renal artery was performed through a retroperitoneal approach using a polytetrafluoroethylene vascular graft. Four days later, an endovascular aneurysm repair was successfully performed using an Excluder® stent-graft. Postoperative follow-up showed good left renal perfusion and no migration or endoleak. This case illustrates the effectiveness of combining open and endovascular techniques to repair juxtarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm in high-risk patients with unfavorable anatomy.

  13. Cardiopatia chagásica crônica causando insuficiência cardíaca congestiva na infância: estudo clínico e histopatológico de um caso, com ênfase para as lesões dos sistemas excito-condutor e nervoso autônomo intracardíaco

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    Ademir Rocha

    1993-12-01

    Full Text Available Descreve-se caso de cardiopatia chagásica em menino de nove anos, natural e procedente do sulde Goiás, que desenvolveu insuficiência cardíaca congestiva quatro meses antes do óbito. As reações sorológicaspara doença de Chagas eram reagentes, epositivo o xenodiagnóstico. Os eletrocardiogramas mostraram taquicardia sinusal, extra-sístoles ventriculares e supraventriculares, hemibloqueio anterior esquerdo, bloqueio completo do ramo direito e sinais de sobrecarga de câmaras. O exame ecocardiográfico evidenciou dilatação de câmaras com hipocontratilidade difusa. O quadro se agravou progressivamente, complicando-se por vários episódios pneumônicos, o último dos quais provocou o óbito. A necrópsia, verificou-se, no coração, inflama ção crônica dos três folhetos, com miocardite crônica fibrosante predominando no septo interventricular e no ventrículo esquerdo. As estruturas componentes do sistema excito-condutor mostraram processoflogístico crônico, essencialmente exsudativo, ora discreto, ora moderado. No sistema nervoso autônomo intracardíaco constataram-se focos esparsos de discreta periganglionite crônica, e raros fenômenos degenerativos dos neurônios sem despopulação neuronal.A case of decompensated chagasic cardiopathy in a nine-year-old boy from the south of the State of Goiás, is described. He developed congestive heart failure four months before death. The sorological reaction for Chagas ' disease and the xenodiagnosis were positive. Electrocardiograms showed sinusal tachycardia, ventricular and supraventricular extrasystoles, left anterior hemiblock, complete right bundle branch block and signs of chambers overload. The echocardiogram demonstraded chamber dilatation with diffuse hypocontractility. He presented a downhill course complicated with several pneumonic episodes, the last one just before death. At necropsy, the heart, exhibited a chronicpancarditis with fibrosing chronic myocarditis involving

  14. Spectroscopy, thermal and structural studies of new Zn II coordination polymer, [Zn 3(μ-bpa) 4.5(AcO) 3](ClO 4) 3·4.26H 2O

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    Amiri, Maryam Ghoreishi; Morsali, Ali; Hunter, Allen D.; Zeller, Matthias

    2007-11-01

    Three Zn II coordination polymers with acetate and perchlorate anions, [Zn 3(μ-bpa) 4.5(AcO) 3](ClO 4) 3·4.26H 2O ( 1), [Zn 2(μ-bpe) 3(AcO) 2](ClO 4) 2 ( 2) and [Zn 2(bpe)(AcO) 4] ( 3), bpa = 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethane and bpe = 1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethene, have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, IR, 1H NMR, and 13C NMR spectroscopies, and the structure of compound 1 was determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The thermal stabilities of compounds 1- 3 were studied by thermal gravimetric (TG) and differential thermal analyses (DTA). The structural studies of compound 1 show that the structure may be considered as a three-dimensional coordination polymer of zinc(II) with large voids filled with disordered water molecules. The stability of the porous networks after removal of the guest water molecules is confirmed by X-ray powder diffraction.

  15. ANÁLISIS DE LA CALIDAD DEL REGISTRO DE PARO CARDÍACO EN CASOS DE RESPONSABILIDAD MÉDICO LEGAL EN MÉDICOS GENERALES, 1999-2007 Quality of cardiac arrest records in cases of medical responsibility, 1999-2007

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    Gabriel Barragán; José Ricardo Navarro; Nathalie Marulanda; Javier Eslava Schmalbach

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    Antecedentes. El registro del paro cardíaco es una actividad que se debe acompañar en la reanimación cerebro cardio pulmonar. En Colombia no existe un formato de registro oficial de paro cardiorrespiratorio, lo que dificulta la investigación en reanimación y la conducción de los procesos de responsabilidad médica que se deriven de esta atención. Objetivo. Analizar la calidad del registro de paro cardíaco en casos de responsabilidad médico legal iniciada a médicos generales que tuvieron asesor...

  16. Analog and numerical modeling on the propagation of seismic electromagnetic signals (SEMS)

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    Huang, Q.; Lin, Y.; Wang, Q.

    2010-12-01

    Study on propagation of seismic electromagnetic signals (SEMS) plays an important role in understanding earthquake-related electromagnetic phenomena. Some laboratory analog experiments based on a geographical scaling model and a waveguide model were developed to simulate the propagation of SEMS. These experimental results showed that the geographical effect such as the distribution of ocean and land may lead to some aspect of the selectivity phenomenon. Some analytical and numerical works based on a conductive channel model were also presented as an explanation of the selectivity phenomenon. However, whether or not such conclusion holds for a more realistic 3D model deserves further investigation. In this paper, we simulate the propagation characteristics of SEMS in some typical 3-D models using COMSOL Multiphysics, a software of finite element method (FEM). After some validation tests of the above FEM software, we investigated the possible effects on the propagation characteristics of SEMS from the model parameters. Then, we considered a model with a conductive fault buried in a three-layered media, and an electric dipole source located close to the center of the fault. The simulation results indicated that the amplification effect of a conductive channel, which has been adopted as a possible explanation of some SEMS observations, can be expected only at a much lower frequency. We also simulated the possible ocean effect on the propagation of SEMS. As a case study, we modeled the Greek archipelago, in which numerious SEMS have been reported. The numerical results showed a decayed pattern of SEMS at a frequency lower than the cut-off frequency, and a rippled propagation pattern at a frequency higher than the cut-off frequency. These results are consistent with the previous analog experimental results. Further examples of analog and numerical simulations are investigated. The numerical simulations combined with the analog experiments may provide possible explanation

  17. The study of high-sensitivity metrology method by using CD-SEM

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    Ueda, K.; Koshihara, S.; Mizuno, T.; Miura, A.

    2011-03-01

    The earliest semiconductor device manufacturing employed optical microscopes for measurement and control of the manufacturing process. The introduction of the Critical Dimension Scanning Electron Microscope (CD-SEM) in 1984 provided a tremendous increase in capability for process monitoring and has been the standard for in-line metrology for over 25 years. The advantages of the CD-SEM are highly accurate and stable measurement reproducibility at very specific locations throughout the device. The evolution of the CD-SEM in Metrology has included improved resolution, development of advanced measurement and pattern recognition algorithms, all required by performance improvement demands from the market. Current conventional metrology using the in-line CD-SEM involves measuring about ten points per wafer (one point per one chip). at a magnification of over x150k(Field of View is about 1μm2). In contrast, the area of measurement pattern on chip is much larger than the area of CD-SEM measurement (mm2 : (on chip) versus μm2 : (CD-SEM measurement)). This would mean that the result of the CD-SEM measurement is influenced by local pattern variation. The very stringent requirements placed on in-line Metrology for the last couple of technology nodes has produced an additional metrology methodology, beyond the CD-SEM, that involves large area measurements with very high precision for the most critical levels. We will refer to this methodology as "Macro Area Measurements". We investigated the applicability of using a CD-SEM Macro Area Measurement methodology in this paper. The areas investigated focused on the following points: 1) Determining the optimum CD-SEM sampling plan for a macro area measurement. 2) Optimization of the measurement parameters. 3) Optimization of the measurement condition. 4) Verification of Macro Area Measurement with an FEM (Focus Exposure Matrix) wafer. In the results, we are able to validate a new methodology that we called "Macro Area Measurement

  18. A combined SEM, CV and EIS study of multi-layered porous ceramic reactors for flue gas purification

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    He, Zeming; Andersen, Kjeld Bøhm; Nygaard, Frederik Berg;

    2013-01-01

    The effect of sintering temperature of 12-layered porous ceramic reactors (comprising 5 cells) was studied using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The difference in microstructures of the reactors was evaluated by SEM...

  19. SEM Leadership

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    Pollock, Kevin

    2012-01-01

    Expectations of higher education leaders are high, varied, and numerous. Leaders are expected not only to be visionary, decisive, and articulate, but also to share information, purposes, commitments, and struggles. Effective leaders must know and understand their faculty and staff; insist on realism; set clear goals and priorities; follow through;…

  20. Recent improvement of a FIB-SEM serial-sectioning method for precise 3D image reconstruction - application of the orthogonally-arranged FIB-SEM.

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    Hara, Toru

    2014-11-01

    IntroductionWe installed the first "orthogonally-arranged" FIB-SEM in 2011. The most characteristic point of this instrument is that the FIB and SEM columns are perpendicularly mounted; this is specially designed to obtain a serial-sectioning dataset more accurately and precisely with higher contrast and higher spatial resolution compare to other current FIB-SEMs [1]. Since the installation in 2011, we have developed the hardware and methodology of the serial-sectioning based on this orthogonal FIB-SEM. In order to develop this technique, we have widely opened this instrument to every researcher of all fields. In the presentation, I would like to introduce some of application results that are obtained by users of this instrument. The characteristic points of the orthogonal systemFigure 1 shows a difference between the standard and the orthogonal FIB-SEM systems: In the standard system, shown in Fig.1(a), optical axes of a FIB and a SEM crosses around 60deg., while in the orthogonal system (Fig.1(b)), they are perpendicular to each other. The standard arrangement (a) is certainly suitable for TEM lamellae preparation etc. because the FIB and the SEM can see the same position simultaneously. However, for a serial-sectioning, it is not to say the best arrangement. One of the reasons is that the sliced plane by the FIB is not perpendicular to the electron beam so that the background contrast is not uniform and observed plane is distorted. On the other hand, in case of the orthogonally-arranged system,(b), these problems are resolved. In addition, spatial resolution can keep high enough even in a low accelerating voltage (e.g. 500V) because a working distance is set very small, 2mm. From these special design, we can obtain the serial-sectioning dataset from rather wide area (∼100um) with high spatial resolution (Max. 2×2×2nm). As this system has many kinds of detectors: SE, ET, Backscatter Electron(Energy-selective), EDS, EBSD, STEM(BF&ADF), with Ar+ ion-gun and a

  1. The importance of scanning electron microscopy (sem in taxonomy and morphology of Chironomidae (Diptera

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    Andrzej Kownacki

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The paper reports on the value of scanning electron microscopy (SEM in the taxonomy and morphology of Chironomidae. This method has been relatively rarely used in Chironomidae studies. Our studies suggest that the SEM method provides a lot of new information. For example, the plastron plate of the thoracic horn of Macropelopia nebulosa (Meigen under light microscopy is visible as points, while under SEM we have found that it consists of a reticular structure with holes. By using SEM a more precise picture of the body structure of Chironomidae can be revealed. It allows researchers to explain inconsistencies in the existing descriptions of species. Another advantage of the SEM method is obtaining spatial images of the body and organs of Chironomidae. However, the SEM method also has some limitations. The main problem is dirt or debris (e.g. algae, mud, secretions, mucus, bacteria, etc., which often settles on the external surface of structures, especially those which are uneven or covered with hair. The dirt should be removed after collection of chironomid material because if left in place it can become chemically fixed to various surfaces. It unnecessarily remains at the surface and final microscopic images may contain artifacts that obscure chironomid structures being investigated. In this way many details of the surface are thus unreadable. The results reported here indicate that SEM examination helps us to identify new morphological features and details that will facilitate the identification of species of Chironomidae and may help to clarify the function of various parts of the body. Fast development of electron microscope technique allows us to learn more about structure of different organisms.

  2. Musculoskeletal (MSK) and Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) in General Practice (GP): A Novel GP-based MSK and SEM Clinic for Managing Musculoskeletal symptoms in a GP.

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    Heron, Neil

    2015-01-01

    Musculoskeletal (MSK) complaints are common within primary care (1) (2) (3) but some General Practitioners (GPs)/family physicians do not feel comfortable managing these symptoms (3), preferring to refer onto hospital specialists or Integrated Clinical Assessment and Treatment Services (ICATs). Long waiting times for hospital outpatient reviews are a major cause of patient inconvenience and complaints (4). We therefore aimed to establish a GP-ran MSK and sport and exercise medicine (SEM) clinic based within a Belfast GP surgery that would contribute to a sustainable improvement in managing these common conditions within primary care as well as reducing waiting times for patients with these conditions to see a specialist. This shift from hospital-based to community-based management is in-keeping with recent policy changes within the UK health-system, including Transforming Your Care within Northern Ireland (NI) (5). The GP-ran MSK and SEM clinic was held monthly within a Belfast GP practice, staffed by one GP with a specialist interest in MSK and SEM conditions and its performance was reviewed over a three month period. Parameters audited included cases seen, orthopaedic and x-ray referral rates and secondary care referrals comparing the GP practice's performance to the same time period in the previous year as well as patient satisfaction questionnaires.

  3. Automatic search for fMRI connectivity mapping: an alternative to Granger causality testing using formal equivalences among SEM path modeling, VAR, and unified SEM.

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    Gates, Kathleen M; Molenaar, Peter C M; Hillary, Frank G; Ram, Nilam; Rovine, Michael J

    2010-04-15

    Modeling the relationships among brain regions of interest (ROIs) carries unique potential to explicate how the brain orchestrates information processing. However, hurdles arise when using functional MRI data. Variation in ROI activity contains sequential dependencies and shared influences on synchronized activation. Consequently, both lagged and contemporaneous relationships must be considered for unbiased statistical parameter estimation. Identifying these relationships using a data-driven approach could guide theory-building regarding integrated processing. The present paper demonstrates how the unified SEM attends to both lagged and contemporaneous influences on ROI activity. Additionally, this paper offers an approach akin to Granger causality testing, Lagrange multiplier testing, for statistically identifying directional influence among ROIs and employs this approach using an automatic search procedure to arrive at the optimal model. Rationale for this equivalence is offered by explicating the formal relationships among path modeling, vector autoregression, and unified SEM. When applied to simulated data, biases in estimates which do not consider both lagged and contemporaneous paths become apparent. Finally, the use of unified SEM with the automatic search procedure is applied to an empirical data example.

  4. Experimental investigation on 3D-SEM reconstructions of a wire gauge using stereo-pair technique

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    Carli, Lorenzo; Genta, G.; Cantatore, Angela;

    2011-01-01

    In this work an experimental investigation is addressed concerning 3D-SEM reconstructions obtained from the so-called stereo-pair technique. Three-dimensional topography of an object can be derived from two SEM images acquired from two different angles, through item rotation by means of the SEM s...... resorting to factorial experimentation and statistical analysis of results....

  5. Consulta de enfermagem ao cliente transplantado cardíaco: impacto das ações educativas em saúde Consulta de Enfermería al cliente trasplantado cardíaco: impacto de las acciones en salud Appointment with nurses for transplanted heart clients: impact of educative health actions

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    Zélia Maria de Sousa Araújo Santos

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available O estudo teve como objetivo avaliar o impacto das ações educativas em saúde, na consulta de Enfermagem com 18 clientes transplantados cardíacos, embasado na Teoria de Orem. Foi realizado em uma Unidade de Transplante e Insuficiência Cardíaca de uma Instituição Pública de Saúde de Fortaleza - Ce. Os dados foram coletados através da consulta de Enfermagem. Identificou-se 14 diagnósticos de enfermagem na primeira consulta e 7 na última. Constatou-se que, os clientes desenvolveram habilidades para o autocuidado, com a implementação das ações educativas em saúde, tornando-os agentes de autocuidado, com o alcance de um bom nível de saúde e bem-estar. Por outro lado, despertou no enfermeiro, um direcionamento sistemático e eficaz no acompanhamento ambulatorial a esta clientela.El estudio tiene como objetivo, evaluar el impacto de las acciones educativas en salud, en la consulta de Enfermería con 18 cliente trasplantados cardíacos, basado en la teoría de Orem. Se realizó en una Unidad de Trasplante e Insuficiencia Cardiaca de una Institución Pública de Fortaleza-Ce. Se colectaron los datos a través de consulta de enfermería. Se identificaron 14 diagnósticos en la primera consulta y 7 en la última. Hubo la constatación de que, los clientes desarrollaron habilidades para el autocuidado, con la implementación de las acciones educativas en salud, volviéndose agentes de autocuidado, con el alcance de un buen nivel de salud y bienestar. Por otro lado, estimuló en el enfermero, una dirección sistemática y eficaz en el acompañamiento ambulatorial a esta clientela.The study was aimed at evaluating the impact of educative health actions on nursing appointments with 18 transplanted heart clients, based on Orem's Theory. It was conducted in a Heart Transplant and Insufficiency Unit of a Public Health Institution in Fortaleza - CE. The data were collected by way of nursing appointments. 14 nursing diagnoses were identified in

  6. Espectro óculo-aurículo-vertebral em pacientes com defeitos cardíacos congênitos Espectro óculo-aurículo-vertebral en pacientes con defectos cardíacos congénitos Oculo-auriculo-vertebral spectrum in patients with congenital heart defects

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    Rafael Fabiano Machado Rosa

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    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: Há poucos estudos avaliando a frequência do espectro óculo-aurículo-vertebral (EOAV nos pacientes com defeitos cardíacos congênitos (DCC. OBJETIVO: Verificar a frequência do EOAV em uma amostra de pacientes com malformações cardíacas graves. MÉTODOS: Avaliamos uma coorte prospectiva de pacientes com DCC, admitidos em uma unidade de terapia intensiva (UTI cardiopediátrica no Brasil. O diagnóstico de EOAV foi feito com base em dados clínicos, considerando critérios padrões. Os pacientes que preenchiam esses critérios foram submetidos ao cariótipo de alta resolução com bandamento GTG e hibridização fluorescente in situ para a microdeleção 22q11.2. O teste exato de Fisher (P FUNDAMENTO: Hay pocos estudios evaluando la frecuencia del espectro óculo-aurículo-vertebral (EOAV en los pacientes con defectos cardíacos congénitos (DCC. OBJETIVO: Verificar la frecuencia del EOAV en una muestra de pacientes con malformaciones cardíacas graves. MÉTODOS: Evaluamos una cohorte prospectiva de pacientes con DCC, admitidos en una unidad de terapia intensiva (UTI cardiopediátrica en el Brasil. El diagnóstico de EOAV fue hecho con base en datos clínicos, considerando criterios estándares. Los pacientes que llenaban esos criterios fueron sometidos al cariotipo con bandeamiento GTG en alta resolución e Hibridización fluorescente in situ para la microdelección 22q11.2. El Test Exacto de Fisher (P BACKGROUND: There have been few studies evaluating the frequency of oculo-auriculo-vertebral spectrum (OAVS in patients with congenital heart defects (CHDs. OBJECTIVE: To verify the frequency of OAVS in a sample of patients with major heart malformations. METHODS: We evaluated a prospective cohort of patients with CHD admitted in a pediatric cardiac intensive care unit (ICU in Brazil. The diagnosis of OAVS was made based on the clinical data, considering standard criteria. The patients that met these criteria were submitted to

  7. BIB-SEM of representative area clay structures paving towards an alternative model of porosity

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    Desbois, G.; Urai, J. L.; Houben, M.; Hemes, S.; Klaver, J.

    2012-04-01

    A major contribution to understanding the sealing capacity, coupled flow, capillary processes and associated deformation in clay-rich geomaterials is based on detailed investigation of the rock microstructures. However, the direct characterization of pores in representative elementary area (REA) and below µm-scale resolution remains challenging. To investigate directly the mm- to nm-scale porosity, SEM is certainly the most direct approach, but it is limited by the poor quality of the investigated surfaces. The recent development of ion milling tools (BIB and FIB; Desbois et al, 2009, 2011; Heath et al., 2011; Keller et al., 2011) and cryo-SEM allows respectively producing exceptional high quality polished cross-sections suitable for high resolution porosity SEM-imaging at nm-scale and investigating samples under wet conditions by cryogenic stabilization. This contribution focuses mainly on the SEM description of pore microstructures in 2D BIB-polished cross-sections of Boom (Mol site, Belgium) and Opalinus (Mont Terri, Switzerland) clays down to the SEM resolution. Pores detected in images are statistically analyzed to perform porosity quantification in REA. On the one hand, BIB-SEM results allow retrieving MIP measurements obtained from larger sample volumes. On the other hand, the BIB-SEM approach allows characterizing porosity-homogeneous and -predictable islands, which form the elementary components of an alternative concept of porosity/permeability model based on pore microstructures. Desbois G., Urai J.L. and Kukla P.A. (2009) Morphology of the pore space in claystones - evidence from BIB/FIB ion beam sectioning and cryo-SEM observations. E-Earth, 4, 15-22. Desbois G., Urai J.L., Kukla P.A., Konstanty J. and Baerle C. (2011). High-resolution 3D fabric and porosity model in a tight gas sandstone reservoir: a new approach to investigate microstructures from mm- to nm-scale combining argon beam cross-sectioning and SEM imaging . Journal of Petroleum Science

  8. Cardiac lesions in patients with lethal central nervous system trauma Daño cardíaco en pacientes con trauma mortal del sistema nervioso central

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    María E. Cardona

    1991-03-01

    ño cardíaco comprobado por el estudio anatomopatológico, la fracción MB resultó por encima del valor normal. En 6 pacientes (40% se encontraron lesiones cardíacas; las más comunes fueron las hemorragias subendocárdicas. Se llama la atención hacia la importancia de las lesiones cardíacas ya que los pacientes que fallecen por traumatismo craneoencefálico son donadores potenciales de órganos para trasplante.

  9. A Study of Electron Damage Effects During Low Voltage SEM Metrology

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    Bhattacharya, Pradeep K.; Jones, Susan K.; Reisman, Arnold

    1989-07-01

    Critical dimension metrology, the measurement of the dimensions of features on an integrated circuit, is a vital part of device fabrication technology. As the feature size requirements of ULSI devices continue to decrease below the practical limits of optical metrology, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) inspection and measurement will be utilized on a more routine basis during device fabrication. In semiconductor fabrication applications, metrology techniques are typically used for groundrule verification, in-line inspection of critical layers after photoresist development and after etch, pattern definition and sidewall profile of critical patterns, and determination of etch undercut. With the introduction of submicron design rules, the more established techniques of optical metrology I are inadequate and are rapidly being supplanted by metrology performed on the SEM2. The recent availability of SEM tools which can be operated in a low accelerating voltage mode for inspection of uncleaved device wafers without conductive coatings enables implementation of SEM metrology in a manufacturing environment. Much work is being undertaken to understand the parameters involved in measurement accuracy and precision. However, since radiation exposure to devices occurs during SEM metrology, there is also cause for concern that there could be resultant degradation of the electrical properties of the devices. Degradation has been generally related to generation of fixed positive charge, neutral electron traps, and fixed negative charge in the Si02 due to exposure to ionizing radiation.

  10. Refinement of Monte Carlo simulations of electron-specimen interaction in low-voltage SEM

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    Kieft, Erik; Bosch, Eric [Philips Research Laboratories Eindhoven, High Tech Campus 34, 5656 AE Eindhoven (Netherlands)

    2008-11-07

    A Monte Carlo tool is presented for the simulation of secondary electron (SE) emission in a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The tool is based on the Geant4 platform of CERN. The modularity of this platform makes it comparatively easy to add and test individual physical models. Our aim has been to develop a flexible and generally applicable tool, while at the same time including a good description of low-energy (<50 eV) interactions of electrons with matter. To this end we have combined Mott cross-sections with phonon-scattering based cross-sections for the elastic scattering of electrons, and we have adopted a dielectric function theory approach for inelastic scattering and generation of SEs. A detailed model of the electromagnetic fields from an actual SEM column has been included in the tool for ray tracing of secondary and backscattered electrons. Our models have been validated against experimental results through comparison of the simulation results with experimental yields, SE spectra and SEM images. It is demonstrated that the resulting simulation package is capable of quantitatively predicting experimental SEM images and is an important tool in building a deeper understanding of SEM imaging.

  11. Soft tissue digestion of Paradiplozoon vaalense for SEM of sclerites and simultaneous molecular analysis.

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    Dos Santos, Q M; Avenant-Oldewage, A

    2015-02-01

    Classification of most monogeneans is primarily based on size, shape, and arrangement of haptoral sclerites. These structures are often obscured or misinterpreted when studied using light microscopy, leading to confusion regarding defining characters. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) has predominantly been used to study haptoral sclerites in smaller monogeneans, focusing on hooks and anchors. In the Diplozoidae, SEM has not been used to study haptoral sclerites. Using new and modified techniques, the sclerites of diplozoids collected in South Africa were successfully studied using SEM. The digestion buffer from a DNA extraction kit was used to digest the surrounding tissue, and Poly-L-lysine-coated and concavity slides were employed to limit the movement and loss of sclerites, with the latter being more user-friendly. In addition to the success of visualizing the sclerites using SEM, the digested tissue from as little as half of the haptor provided viable genetic material for molecular characterization. From the results presented here, the study of the sclerites of larger monogeneans using SEM, including those bearing clamps, is a viable possibility for future research. Also, this method may be beneficial for the study of other, non-haptoral sclerites, such as cirri in other families of monogeneans. During this study, Labeo capensis was noted as a valid host of Paradiplozoon vaalense in a region of the Vaal River where the type host, Labeo umbratus, appears to be absent.

  12. In-situ SEM microchip setup for electrochemical experiments with water based solutions.

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    Jensen, E; Købler, C; Jensen, P S; Mølhave, K

    2013-06-01

    Studying electrochemical (EC) processes with electron microscopes offers the possibility of achieving much higher resolution imaging of nanoscale processes in real time than with optical microscopes. We have developed a vacuum sealed liquid sample electrochemical cell with electron transparent windows, microelectrodes and an electrochemical reference electrode. The system, called the EC-SEM Cell, is used to study electrochemical reactions in liquid with a standard scanning electron microscope (SEM). The central component is a microfabricated chip with a thin (50 nm) Si-rich silicon nitride (SiNx) window with lithographically defined platinum microelectrodes. We show here the design principles of the EC-SEM system, its detailed construction and how it has been used to perform a range of EC experiments, two of which are presented here. It is shown that the EC-SEM Cell can survive extended in-situ EC experiments. Before the EC experiments we characterized the beam current being deposited in the liquid as this will affect the experiments. The first EC experiment shows the influence of the electron-beam (e-beam) on a nickel solution by inducing electroless nickel deposition on the window when increasing the current density from the e-beam. The second experiment shows electrolysis in EC-SEM Cell, induced by the built-in electrodes.

  13. Llenguatges de consulta en l'àmbit de la Web Semàntica : Cas d'estudi SPARQL

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    2007-01-01

    Aquest projecte s'emmarca dintre la idea de la Web Semàntica. A la primera part introdueix progressivament al tema de la Web Semàntica fins arribar a establir la necessitat de tenir SGBDs. La segon part explota algun dels SGBDs estudiats per realitzar una aplicació web que permeti mostrar alguna aplicació de la Web Semàntica. Este proyecto se enmarca dentro de la idea de la Web Semántica. En la primera parte introduce progresivamente al tema de la Web Semántica hasta llegar a establecer la...

  14. Monte Carlo simulation of CD-SEM images for linewidth and critical dimension metrology.

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    Li, Y G; Zhang, P; Ding, Z J

    2013-01-01

    In semiconductor industry, strict critical dimension control by using a critical dimension scanning electron microscope (CD-SEM) is an extremely urgent task in near-term years. A Monte Carlo simulation model for study of CD-SEM image has been established, which is based on using Mott's cross section for electron elastic scattering and the full Penn dielectric function formalism for electron inelastic scattering and the associated secondary electron (SE) production. In this work, a systematic calculation of CD-SEM line-scan profiles and 2D images of trapezoidal Si lines has been performed by taking into account different experimental factors including electron beam condition (primary energy, probe size), line geometry (width, height, foot/corner rounding, sidewall angle, and roughness), material properties, and SE signal detection. The influences of these factors to the critical dimension metrology are investigated, leading to build a future comprehensive model-based library. PMID:22887037

  15. Application of the SEM to the measurement of solar cell parameters

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    Weizer, V. G.; Andrews, C. W.

    1977-01-01

    A pair of techniques are described which make use of the SEM to measure, respectively, the minority carrier diffusion length and the metallurgical junction depth in silicon solar cells. The former technique permits the measurement of the true bulk diffusion length through the application of highly doped field layers to the back surfaces of the cells being investigated. The technique yields an absolute value of the diffusion length from a knowledge of the collected fraction of the injected carriers and the cell thickness. It is shown that the secondary emission contrast observed in the SEM on a reverse-biased diode can depict the location of the metallurgical junction if the diode has been prepared with the proper beveled geometry. The SEM provides the required contrast and the option of high magnification, permitting the measurement of extremely shallow junction depths.

  16. Application of Replica Technique and SEM in Accuracy Measurement of Ceramic Crowns

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    Trifkovic, B.; Budak, I.; Todorovic, A.; Hodolic, J.; Puskar, T.; Jevremovic, D.; Vukelic, D.

    2012-01-01

    The paper presents a comparative study of the measuring values of the marginal gap related to the ceramic crowns made by dental CAD/CAM system using the replica technique and SEM. The study was conducted using three experimental groups, which consisted of ceramic crowns manufactured by the Cerec CAD/CAM system. The scanning procedure was carried out using three specialized dental 3D digitization systems from the Cerec family - two types of extraoral optical scanning systems and an intraoral optical scanner. Measurements of the marginal gap were carried out using the replica technique and SEM. The comparison of aggregate values of the marginal gap using the replica technique showed a statistically significant difference between the systems. The measured values of marginal gaps of ceramic crowns using the replica technique were significantly lower compared to those measured by SEM. The results indicate that the choice of technique for measuring the accuracy of ceramic crowns influences the final results of investigation.

  17. Recuperación de información en la Web Semántica

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    Vallet Weadon, David Jordi; Fernández Sánchez, Miriam; Castells, Pablo

    2005-01-01

    Artículo FINALISTA del I Premio Novática La búsqueda semántica ha sido una de las motivaciones principales de la Web Semántica desde sus inicios. En este artículo proponemos un modelo para la explotación de bases de conocimiento orientadas a ontologías para mejorar la búsqueda en grandes repositorios documentales. El modelo de recuperación se basa en una adaptación del modelo vectorial clásico, con un método para la asignación de pesos a la anotación semántica de documentos, y un algori...

  18. Co-evolución entre la Web Social y la Web Semántica

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    Torres, Diego

    2014-01-01

    La Web Social y la Web Semántica han impactado en la forma en que la creación de conocimiento se ha llevado a cabo en la Web. La Web Social promociona la participación de los usuarios para crear y editar contenido y conocimiento en la Web. La proliferación de contenido y la necesidad de tener una administración automatizada de esta información disparó la aparición de la Web Semántica. Actualmente, la Web Social y la Web Semántica conviven y comparten un mismo tema: un mejor manejo del conocim...

  19. XML y web semántica : Comparativa entre OWLIM y Virtuoso

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    Jaén Ruiz-Rozas, Cristina

    2013-01-01

    En este trabajo se ha tratado de explicar de manera sencilla qué es la web semántica y cuáles son sus objetivos. Después se ha realizado una aproximación a los antecedentes de la web semántica y por último se ha hecho una descripción de sus componentes, de su arquitectura y del estado actual de la misma. In this work it has explained, in a simple way, what semantic web main goals are. En aquest treball s'ha tractat d'explicar de manera senzilla què és la web semàntica i quins són els se...

  20. Magatzems de dades en el context de la web semàntica

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    Mañá Aragay, Mònica

    2012-01-01

    L'objecte del projecte és estudiar en profunditat els sistemes gestors de bases de dates en l'àmbit de la web semàntica. Aquests sistemes són gestors de bases de dades especialitzats en l'emmagatzematge i tractament de dades semàntiques, tot tenint en compte les peculiaritats d'aquestes. Per tal d'aprofundir en la matèria, el projecte es divideix en dues parts principals. En la primera es recerca l'estat de l'art, fent un estudi comparatiu entre els magatzems semàntics més coneguts en l'actua...

  1. Combined AC-STEM and FIB-SEM Characterization of Shale

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    Dewers, T. A.; Heath, J. E.; Kotula, P.; Yoon, H.; Gardner, P.

    2013-12-01

    We examine shale samples with state-of-the-art aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (AC-STEM) and focused ion beam-scanning electron (FIB-SEM) microscopy. Three-dimensional reconstruction of pore space incorporates electron tomography using the AC-TEM and serial sectioning by FIB-SEM. Chemical analysis by X-ray energy dispersive microscopy reveals composition of pore-lining phases at ~ 1 nm resolution. Our methods reveal the left tail of the pore size distribution that FIB-SEM techniques typically do not capture (pore sizes response. The impact of these small pores on fluid and coupled tracer transport is examined by computation fluid dynamics using 3D pore reconstructions. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  2. Feature Extraction of Stored-grain Insects Based on Ant Colony Optimization and Support Vector Machine Algorithm%基于ACO-SVM的粮虫特征提取研究

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    胡玉霞; 张红涛; 罗康; 张恒源

    2012-01-01

    [目的]研究基于ACO-SVM的粮虫特征提取,探讨粮虫特征提取的可行性.[方法]通过分析储粮害虫图像识别系统中的1个关键环节——特征提取,提出把支持向量机(Support vector machine,简称SVM)算法中交叉验证训练模型的识别率作为储粮害虫特征提取评价准则的1个重要因子,将蚁群优化算法(Ant Colony Optimization,简称ACO)应用于粮虫特征的自动提取.[结果]该算法从粮虫的17维形态学特征中自动提取出面积、周长等7个特征的最优特征子空间,采用参数优化之后的SVM分类器对90个粮虫样本进行分类,识别率达到95%以上.[结论]该研究表明蚁群优化算法在粮虫特征提取中的应用是可行的.%[Objective] The aim was to study the feature extraction of stored-grain insects based on ant colony optimization and support vector machine algorithm, and to explore the feasibility of the feature extraction of stored-grain insects. [ Method ] Through the analysis of feature extraction in the image recognition of the stored-grain insects, the recognition accuracy of the cross-validation training model in support vector machine( SVM ) algorithm was taken as an important factor of the evaluation principle of feature extraction of stored-grain insects. The ant colony optimization (ACO) algorithm was applied to the automatic feature extraction of stored-grain insects. [Result] The algorithm extracted the optimal feature subspace of seven features from the 17 morphological features, including area and perimeter. The ninety image samples of the stored-grain insects were automatically recognized by the optimized SVM classifier, and the recognition accuracy was over 95%. [ Conclusion] The experiment showed that the application of ant colony optimization to the feature extraction of grain insects was practical and feasible.

  3. SEM studies of the structure of the gels prepared from untreated and radiation modified potato starch

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    Potato starch was irradiated with a 60Co gamma rays using doses of 5, 10, 20 and 30 kGy. Gels containing ca. 9.1% of starch were prepared by heating the starch suspensions in the heating chamber stabilized at 100 °C. Four procedures were applied for preparation of the samples in regard to SEM studies and the ability to observe the radiation effect by SEM was assessed for each method. Differences were observed between the SEM images recorded for the non-irradiated samples prepared using all the methods, and those irradiated. Images of the non-irradiated gels indicate generally a honey-comb structure, while smooth areas but with oriented fractures has appeared after irradiation. Modification of gel structure corresponds to the applied dose. The results were related to the process of gel formation (as observed by means of the hot stage microscope) to decrease in swelling power of the irradiated starch and to decreased viscosity of the resulting gels. It can be concluded that the differences in structural properties of gels shown by SEM result probably due to the better homogenization of the gels formed after radiation induced degradation. - Highlights: • Four procedures of the preservation of starch gels for SEM studies were applied. • The ability to observe the radiation effect by SEM was assessed for each method. • Dose dependent changes in the gel structure were discovered. • It was related to decrease in the swelling power and decreased viscosity of the gels. • A hot-stage microscope was applied in order to follow the gelatinization process

  4. Analiza GSR čestica upotrebom elektronskog mikroskopa (SEM/EDX)

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    Mršić, Gordan; Žugaj, Saša

    2008-01-01

    Razvojem znanosti i globalnim tehnološkim napretkom upotreba suvremenih uređaja u forenzici postala je neizbježna i svakodnevna. Primjena pretražnog (skenirajućeg) elektronskog mikroskopa (SEM-a) najvažnije je unapređenje na polju forenzičkog ispitivanja vatrenog oružja od pronalaska velikog forenzičkog komparativnog mikroskopa. Analiza tragova pucanja (GSR čestica) s skenirajućim elektronskim mikroskopom i energodisperzivnim detektorom X-zraka (SEM/EDX), jedna je od najpouzdanijih metoda. An...

  5. SEM analysis of ionizing radiation effects in linear integrated circuits. [Scanning Electron Microscope

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    Stanley, A. G.; Gauthier, M. K.

    1977-01-01

    A successful diagnostic technique was developed using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) as a precision tool to determine ionization effects in integrated circuits. Previous SEM methods radiated the entire semiconductor chip or major areas. The large area exposure methods do not reveal the exact components which are sensitive to radiation. To locate these sensitive components a new method was developed, which consisted in successively irradiating selected components on the device chip with equal doses of electrons /10 to the 6th rad (Si)/, while the whole device was subjected to representative bias conditions. A suitable device parameter was measured in situ after each successive irradiation with the beam off.

  6. Marginal adaptation of a low-shrinkage silorane-based composite: A SEM-analysis

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    Schmidt, Malene; Bindslev, Preben Hørsted; Poulsen, Sven;

    2012-01-01

    shrinkage, has been marketed. Objective. To investigate whether reduced polymerization shrinkage improves the marginal adaptation of composite restorations. Material and methods. A total of 156 scanning electron microscopy (SEM) pictures (78 baseline, 78 follow-up) of the occlusal part of Class II......-casts of the restorations were used for SEM pictures at x 16 magnification. Pictures from baseline and follow-up (398 days, SD 29 days) were randomized and the examiner was blinded to the material and the age of the restoration. Stereologic measurements were used to calculate the length and the width of the marginal...

  7. Weighted statistics for unevenly spaced SEM-grids on Linac4 line.

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    Granemann Souza, E; Lombardi, A; Comblin, J-F

    2013-01-01

    A beam profile may be measured in several ways [1]. Independent of the method chosen, the agreement between the simulation and measurements need to be accurate enough to minimize errors. In order to improve this comparison, we introduce new beam size estimators based in weighted statistics. We show that, for the situations in which the SEM-grid wires are unevenly spaced, the weighted standard deviation reveal us as an efficient alternative for determine the beam rms size. These theoretical predictions, implemented in the java application Linac4 SEM-grids 1.0, are than compared with measurements of the Linac4 line showing the pros and cons together with Gaussian fittings.

  8. STEM mode in the SEM for the analysis of cellular sections prepared by ultramicrotome sectioning

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    Hondow, N.; Harrington, J.; Brydson, R.; Brown, A.

    2012-07-01

    The use of the dual imaging capabilities of a scanning electron microscope fitted with a transmitted electron detector is highlighted in the analysis of samples with importance in the field of nanotoxicology. Cellular uptake of nanomaterials is often examined by transmission electron microscopy of thin sections prepared by ultramicrotome sectioning. Examination by SEM allows for the detection of artefacts caused by sample preparation (eg. nanomaterial pull-out) and the complementary STEM mode permits study of the interaction between nanomaterials and cells. Thin sections of two nanomaterials of importance in nanotoxicology (cadmium selenide quantum dots and single walled carbon nanotubes) are examined using STEM mode in the SEM.

  9. STEM mode in the SEM for the analysis of cellular sections prepared by ultramicrotome sectioning

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    The use of the dual imaging capabilities of a scanning electron microscope fitted with a transmitted electron detector is highlighted in the analysis of samples with importance in the field of nanotoxicology. Cellular uptake of nanomaterials is often examined by transmission electron microscopy of thin sections prepared by ultramicrotome sectioning. Examination by SEM allows for the detection of artefacts caused by sample preparation (eg. nanomaterial pull-out) and the complementary STEM mode permits study of the interaction between nanomaterials and cells. Thin sections of two nanomaterials of importance in nanotoxicology (cadmium selenide quantum dots and single walled carbon nanotubes) are examined using STEM mode in the SEM.

  10. BIB-SEM of Representative Area Clay Structures: Insights and Challenges

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    BIB polishing in combination with SEM imaging is used to study the pore microstructures and -fabrics in clay-rich host-rocks on 2D mm2 flat and undamaged CS with resolutions down to a few nanometers in REA. BIB-SEM approach allows both qualitative and quantitative investigations of porosity and targeting for nano-FIB tomography. These results in the characterization of porosity-homogeneous and -predictable islands, which form the elementary components of an alternative concept of porosity/permeability model based on pore microstructures. (authors)

  11. Studies of beam heating of proton beam profile monitor SEM's

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    Pavlovich, Zarko; Osiecki, Thomas H.; Kopp, Sacha E.; /Texas U.

    2005-05-01

    The authors present calculations of the expected temperature rise of proton beam profile monitors due to beam heating. The profile monitors are secondary emission monitors (SEM's) to be made of Titanium foils. The heating is studied to understand whether there is any loss of tension or alignment of such devices. Additionally, calculations of thermally-induced dynamic stress are presented. Ti foil is compared to other materials and also to wire SEM's. The calculations were initially performed for the NuMI beam, where the per-pulse intensity is quite high; for completeness the calculations are also performed for other beam energies and intensities.

  12. Combined ion micro probe and SEM analysis of strongly non uniform deposits in fusion devices

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    Bykov, I.; Bergsåker, H.; Petersson, P. [Division of Fusion Plasma Physics, Association EURATOM-VR, Royal Institute of Technology KTH (Sweden); Likonen, J. [Association EURATOM-TEKES, VTT, PO Box 1000, 02044 VTT, Espoo (Finland); Possnert, G. [Tandem Laboratory, Association EURATOM-VR, Uppsala Universitet, Box 256, Uppsala 75105 (Sweden); Widdowson, A. [CCFE, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon OX14 3DB (United Kingdom)

    2015-01-01

    Conventional ion beam analysis (IBA) of deposited layers from fusion devices may have insufficient accuracy due to strongly uneven appearance of the layers. Surface roughness and spatial variation of the matrix composition make interpretation of broad beam spectra complex and non obvious. We discuss complications of applied IBA arising for fusion-relevant surfaces and demonstrate how quantification can be improved by employing micro IBA methods. The analysis is bound to pre-defined regions on the sample surface and can be extended by employing beams of several types, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and stereo SEM techniques.

  13. Comparison of critical dimension measurements of a mask inspection system with a CD-SEM

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    Heumann, Jan P.; Ullrich, Albrecht; Utzny, Clemens S.; Meusemann, Stefan; Kromer, Frank; Whittey, John M.; Garcia, Edgardo; Wagner, Mark; Schmidt, Norbert J.

    2012-11-01

    Critical dimension uniformity (CDU) is an important parameter for photomask and wafer manufacturing. In order to reduce long-range CD variation, compensation techniques for mask writers and scanners have been developed. Both techniques require mask CD measurements with high spatial sampling. Scanning electron microscopes (SEMs), which provide CD measurements at very high precision, cannot in practice provide the required spatial sampling due to their low speed. In contrast mask inspection systems, some of which have the ability to perform optical CD measurements with very high sampling frequencies, are an interesting alternative. In this paper we evaluate the CDU measurement results with those of a CD-SEM.

  14. The SemSearchXplorer - exploring semantic search results with semantic visualizations

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    Ullmann, Thomas Daniel; Uren, Victoria; Nikolov, Andriy

    2009-01-01

    SemSearchXplorer is a toolkit for the exploration of semantic data. The goal is to lower user barriers to access information in semantic data repositories. Therefore SemSearchXplorer supports the user in three respects: (1) it supports querying of the semantic data with a keyword based approach, so the users do not need to learn a semantic query language, (2) it helps users find relevant results both by using semantic enriched information about the results and semantic filter options to narro...

  15. La Web Semántica Como Herramienta para el Apoyo a la Docencia

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    Mora, Higinio; Azorin-Lopez, Jorge; Jimeno-Morenilla, Antonio; Sanchez-Romero, Jose-Luis; Pujol, Francisco A.; García Rodríguez, José; Serra Pérez, José Antonio; Morell Giménez, Vicente; Rives Pérez, Manuel Francisco; Saval Calvo, Marcelo; Garcia-Garcia, Alberto; Orts Escolano, Sergio

    2015-01-01

    La web semántica consiste en un nuevo paradigma web para acceder, buscar, compartir y gestionar información a través de la combinación de tecnologías y de estructuras de gestión del conocimiento. El concepto de web semántica proporciona herramientas para el almacenamiento, intercambio y consulta de esta información mediante el desarrollo y la inclusión de metadatos y ontologías del cuerpo de conocimiento. La estructura de los datos que proporciona permite que sea consultada automáticamente po...

  16. Impacto de la información semántica en la usabilidad web

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    Vera, Pablo Martín; Giulianelli, Daniel Alberto; Rodríguez, Rocío Andrea

    2011-01-01

    El presente trabajo muestra una iniciativa para promover y aprovechar el uso de la información semántica en los sitios web desde el punto de vista de la usabilidad del usuario. Permitiéndoles realizar acciones de forma más natural de acuerdo al contenido de la página que esté visitando. Además se aborda el tema de la complejidad que existe actualmente para incorporar la información semántica en los sitios y se presentan alternativas a los complejos formatos como OWL y RDF.

  17. Drupal 7: Web Semántica al alcance de todos.

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    Pastor Sánchez, Juan Antonio

    2011-01-01

    Se ofrece una visión de Drupal 7 como una framework de desarrollo de aplicaciones para la Web Semántica. Para ello se describen los aspectos más relevantes de las tecnologías asociadas a la Web Semántica y la dinámica para definir en Drupal Tipos de Contenidos que se mapean con elementos de vocabularios RDF, así como la inclusión de código RDFa.

  18. Anotación semántica de Web Feature Services

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    Vilches-Blázquez, LM.; Saquicela, V.; Corcho, Oscar

    2011-01-01

    Los servicios WFS permiten recuperar información geográfica de features. La anotación semántica de estos servicios proporciona beneficios en tareas relacionadas con el descubrimiento, composición y mediación de servicios. La principal contribución de este trabajo consiste en proponer un proceso para la automatización de la anotación semántica de servicios WFS. Para estas anotaciones se utilizan diversos recursos, tales como: ontologías y conjuntos de datos presentes en la nube de Linked Data...

  19. Sealing Capability and SEM Observation of the Implant-Abutment Interface

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    Fabio C. Lorenzoni

    2011-01-01

    water were collected at previously determinate times. The absorbance was measured with a spectrophotometer, and the data were analyzed by Two-way ANOVA (<.05 and Tukey's test. Marginal fit was determined using SEM. Leakage was observed for both groups at all times and was significantly higher at 144 hrs. SEM analysis depicted gaps in the implant-abutment interface of both groups. Gaps in the implant-abutment interface were observed along with leakage increased at the 144 hrs evaluation period.

  20. Semantic Technologies in Learning and Teaching (SemTech) - JISC Report

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    Tiropanis, Thanassis; Davis, Hugh; Millard, David; Weal, Mark; White, Su; Wills, Gary

    2009-01-01

    This report presents and discusses the findings of the SemTech (Semantic Technologies for Learning and Teaching) project that was funded by JISC and commenced its activities in September 2008. SemTech addressed the following questions: • What are semantic technologies? • Which tools that make use of semantic technologies are, or could be, relevant to education? • What is the actual use of semantic tools and services in UK HE and FE? • What is the value of such tools in the context of learning...

  1. 石英SEM-CL微结构及其在岩石学中的应用%SEM-CL Analysis of Quartz and Its Application in Petrology

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    李艳青; 佘振兵; 马昌前

    2011-01-01

    Recent applications of Scanning Electron Microscope-Cathodo Luminescene (SEM-CL) technique in petrology are summarized. Observations of quartz using CL detectors attached to SEM with high magnification and resolution have shown various microstructures, such as dark streaks, patches, healed fractures, zoning, shears, planar features, etc., which are invisible under traditional petrographic microcopes. These microstructures are diagnostic for detrital quartz of different origins. Quartz in hydrothermal and magmatic rocks reveals penetration, recrystalization and dissolution textures, indicating multi-generation growths and modifications and physicochemical conditions under which they are formed. Therefore, the new technique applies to studies of sedimentary provenance, petrogenesis, and magnatic and mineralization processes.%综述了国外扫描电镜一阴极发光(SEM-CL)成像技术在岩石学研究中的应用实例.采用阴极发光探测器和扫描电镜结合的方法对石英等矿物进行观察,可以在高放大倍数和高分辨率下获得其他方法所无法揭示的丰富的微结构信息,如暗条痕和斑块、愈合裂纹、环带、复杂剪切纹、面状结构等,这些不同的微结构成为不同类型岩石中所特有的特征,因此,对沉积岩物源示踪具有较重要的参考价值.宕浆岩及热液石英中所显示的穿播结构、溶解结构、重结晶结构反映矿物多期生长和改造过程,指示岩石形成的物理和化学条件,为岩石成因探讨、岩浆演化以及成矿过程等方面的研究提供重要依据.同时,SEM-CL图像可以清晰地揭示沉积岩中石英胶结物的生长过程,从而为沉积岩的成岩历史提供了重要信息.

  2. Eritema nodoso como forma de reativação da doença de Chagas em transplantado cardíaco Erythema nodoso in reactivation of Chagas' disease after cardiac transplantation

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    Solange Corrêa Garcia Pires d'Ávila

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available O presente caso ilustra uma forma de eritema nodoso, cujo agente foi o Trypanosoma cruzi em paciente chagásica submetida a transplante cardíaco. O diagnóstico foi firmado através do exame histopatológico de biópsia da lesão cutânea e estudo imunohistoquímico. O tratamento com nifurtimox promoveu regressão total das lesões.We report a patient with Chagas' disease that presented Trypanosoma cruzi reactivation after cardiac transplantation and immunodepression, characterized by skin lesions of erythema nodosum. This is an unusual presentation of Chagas' disease.

  3. Percepção dos indivíduos celíacos acerca da contaminação dos cosméticos com glúten

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    Ivanilde Miciele da Silva Santos; Diogo Guedes Peixoto; Emília Patrícia de Oliveira Costa Brito

    2015-01-01

    A exclusão do glúten na dieta por toda a vida é o único tratamento com eficácia inquestionável para a doença celíaca (DC), o qual mesmo em pequenas quantidades pode ser prejudicial à saúde. Recentes discussões na comunidade científica sugerem que, além da dieta, devem ser excluídos também medicamentos, produtos de higiene e cosméticos que possam conter traços de glúten. Assim, este trabalho visou verificar o grau de conhecimento dos celíacos acerca da provável influência dos cosméticos no agr...

  4. Taponamiento cardíaco tras cambio de catéter venoso central, sobre guía, para nutrición parenteral total: ¿Lo podemos evitar?

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    C. González Fernández

    2003-02-01

    Full Text Available La cateterización de venas centrales es un proceso rutinario, sobre todo en enfermos graves. Es una técnica en la que están descritas múltiples complicaciones, afortunadamente no muy frecuentes, y en relación con la pericia del que la realiza. El taponamiento cardíaco es una de estas infrecuentes complicaciones, con muy elevada mortalidad. Describimos un caso en el que por sospecha, diagnóstico precoz y tratamiento inmediato se siguió de éxito en las maniobras de recuperación del enfermo. Asimismo, se revisa la literatura y se analizan los posibles mecanismos de estos episodios.

  5. Preliminary study on polymorphism of ACO gene in six varieties of sweet cherry ( Prunus avium )%6个甜樱桃品种ACO基因多态性的检测

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    王廿; 张开春; 王晶; 张晓明; 闫国华

    2012-01-01

    乙烯在植物果实成熟过程中起着重要的作用,ACC合酶(1-aminocyclop ropane-1-carboxylic acid synthase,ACS)和ACC氧化酶(1-aminocyclop ropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase,ACO)是植物乙烯生物合成途径的限速酶。通过DNA序列分析,以不同果实成熟期的6个甜樱桃品种(Prunus avium L.)为材料,检测ACO基因的多态性。获得甜樱桃ACO基因约1kh,与桃(Ppersica)ACO基因(GenBank登录号:AF532976)序列的同源性达96%,其预测的氨基酸序列与桃、梅(Pmume)、美洲李(Parmeniaca)和欧洲李(Pdomestica)等ACO的氨基酸序列同源性超过95%。该片段包括4个外显子和4个内含子,内含子符合GT—AT规律。用DNAMAN进行多序列比对分别在内含子2和内含子4内发现2个多态性简单重复序列(AT)n。内含子2有3种片段:即(AT)6、(AT)7和(AT)8;内含子4有2种片段,即(AT)5和(AT)6,组合后共得到4种ACO单倍型。研究在甜樱桃ACO基因座上发现2个SSR标记,为进一步研究4CD基因多态性与果实成熟期相关性奠定基础。%Ethylene plays an important role in ripening of plants. ACC synthease ( 1-aminocyclop ropane- 1-carboxylic acid synthase, ACS) and ACC oxidase (1-aminocyclop ropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase, ACO) are rate-limiting enzymes in ethylene biosynthesis in plants. DNA sequence analysis was applied to detect the polymorphism of A CO gene in 6 sweet cherry varieties (Prunus avium L.) of different maturity time. The DNA sequences of partial A CO gene about 1 kb were obtained from sweet cherry (P. avium). The identity of these DNA sequences was 96% with A CO of peach (P. persica). The identity of predicted amino acid sequences was 95% with the amino acid sequence of ACO in P. persica, Prunus mume, Prunus armeniaca, and Prunus domestica. These fragments contained four extrons and four introns which has GT-AG sequence. Two SSR markers

  6. Diagnóstico pré-natal de rabdomioma cardíaco fetal pela ultrassonografia: relato de caso Prenatal sonographic diagnosis of fetal cardiac rhabdomyoma: a case report

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    Hélio Antonio Guimarães Filho

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Os tumores cardíacos constituem condição rara, com incidência entre 0,17 e 28/10.000 na população geral. Os rabdomiomas são os tumores mais frequentes no período pré-natal. Este trabalho tem como objetivo relatar o caso de um feto com 31 semanas de gestação que apresentava tumoração intracardíaca de grandes dimensões, com graves repercussões clínicas.Cardiac tumors constitute a rare condition, affecting 0.17-28/10,000 of the general population. Rhabdomyomas represent the most frequently found type of tumor in the prenatal period. The present report describes the case of a 31-week fetus presenting with a large intracardiac tumor with severe clinical repercussions.

  7. Interacciones entre dispositivos cardíacos implantables y modalidades fisioterapéuticas: ¿Mito o realidad? Cardiac implantable devices and physiotherapy practices interaction: Myth or real?

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    Genevieve C. Digby

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available La fisioterapia se ha transformado en una especialidad que claramente incide en la calidad de vida de nuestros pacientes. En poblaciones añosas, el uso de fisioterapia incluye múltiples modalidades para un alto número de distintas enfermedades. Varios informes sobre posibles interacciones negativas entre las distintas modalidades de fisioterapia y los dispositivos cardíacos implantables (marcapasos y cardiodesfibriladores han sido publicados en los últimos aňos. A pesar de ello, existe muy poca evidencia y guías precisas para identificar cuáles son las modalidades de fisioterapia seguras a utilizar en esta población de pacientes. En la siguiente revisión, nos propusimos resumir las interacciones documentadas entre fisioterapia y dispositivos cardíacos implantables (DCI, discutir el estándar actual de estas prácticas e identificar las principales consideraciones que existen desde la perspectiva de un servicio de electrofisiología cardíaca, para el tratamiento adecuado en estos pacientes. Finalmente, abogamos por fortalecer la colaboración entre fisioterapeutas y electrofisiólogos, con el fin de asegurar una óptima y segura atención de este grupo de pacientes.Several reports of negative interactions between physiotherapy practices and cardiac rhythm devices (CRDs have been described in the literature. In spite of this, there is very little evidence to suggest the extent to which it is safe to use physiotherapy practices in this patient population. Here we summarize the documented interactions between physiotherapy and CRDs, discuss the current standard of practice for treating CRD patients, and outline the main considerations that exist from the arrhythmia service perspective in terms of patient and device factors. Finally, we advocate for a stronger cooperation between physiotherapists and the electrophysiology service team in order to safely and effectively deliver optimal physiotherapy care to CRD patients.

  8. Latent vs. Observed Variables : Analysis of Irrigation Water Efficiency Using SEM and SUR

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    Tang, Jianjun; Folmer, Henk

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    In this paper we compare conceptualising single factor technical and allocative efficiency as indicators of a single latent variable, or as separate observed variables. In the former case, the impacts on both efficiency types are analysed by means of structural equationmodeling (SEM), in the latter

  9. Characterisation of early medieval frescoes by μ-PIXE, SEM and Raman spectroscopy

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    We have studied the VIII-IX century frescoes of the Longobard temple of Cividale del Friuli in Italy with noninvasive sampling and, for the first time in such a context, with high chemical and spatial sensitivity techniques (PIXE, SEM and Raman). Results demonstrate richness of manufacturing details and integrate in a substantial way the historic and artistic framework of this early medieval monument

  10. Mapping the Complex Morphology of Cell Interactions with Nanowire Substrates Using FIB-SEM

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    Wierzbicki, Rafal; Købler, Carsten; Jensen, Mikkel Ravn Boye;

    2013-01-01

    substrates made from silicon black (Nanograss) with low- and high nanowire density. After culturing for 72 hours the cells were fixed, heavy metal stained, embedded in resin, and processed with FIB-SEM block face imaging without removing the substrate. The sample preparation procedure, image acquisition...

  11. Why Isn't Talent Development on the IEP? SEM and the Twice Exceptional Learner

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    Baum, Susan; Novak, Cynthia

    2010-01-01

    Why isn't talent development included on the Individual Educational Plan of 2E students? Twice exceptional students have unique issues that respond especially well to a talent development approach especially within the context of the Schoolwide Enrichment Model. Through case studies and a review of successful projects using SEM with at risk…

  12. Hacia una visión generativista de la semántica lexical

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    Morales A. Bernardo

    1992-06-01

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    Uno de los objetivos de la teoría semántica de una lengua natural es dar información satisfactoria sobre el significado de las formas lingüísticas. Consideramos que de éstas, las de mayor  importancia significativa son la palabra, la oración y el texto. La palabra, porque en virtud de su compleja estructura semántica y psicológica funciona como el principal medio para la abstracción y conformación de los conceptos destinados para la comunicación; la oración, porque es la unidad de la lengua viva que expresa relaciones de conceptos; el texto, porque es la explicitación del pensamiento en la interacción humana. Las semánticas lexical, oracional y textual son los tres grandes capítulos de la semántica lingüística.


  13. Human cardiac telocytes: 3D imaging by FIB-SEM tomography.

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    Cretoiu, D; Hummel, E; Zimmermann, H; Gherghiceanu, M; Popescu, L M

    2014-11-01

    Telocyte (TC) is a newly identified type of cell in the cardiac interstitium (www.telocytes.com). TCs are described by classical transmission electron microscopy as cells with very thin and long telopodes (Tps; cellular prolongations) having podoms (dilations) and podomers (very thin segments). TCs' three-dimensional (3D) morphology is still unknown. Cardiac TCs seem to be particularly involved in long and short distance intercellular signalling and, therefore, their 3D architecture is important for understanding their spatial connections. Using focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM) we show, for the first time, the whole ultrastructural anatomy of cardiac TCs. 3D reconstruction of cardiac TCs by FIB-SEM tomography confirms that they have long, narrow but flattened (ribbon-like) telopodes, with humps generated by the podoms. FIB-SEM tomography also confirms the network made by TCs in the cardiac interstitium through adherens junctions. This study provides the first FIB-SEM tomography of a human cell type.

  14. Are the evidences of forensic entomology preserved in ethanol suitable for SEM studies?

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    López-Esclapez, Raquel; García, María-Dolores; Arnaldos, María-Isabel; Presa, Juan José; Ubero-Pascal, Nicolás

    2014-07-01

    In forensic practice, the use of arthropod evidences to estimate the postmortem interval is a very good approach when the elapsed time from death is long, but it requires the correct identification of the specimens. This is a crucial step, not always easy to achieve, in particular when dealing with immature specimens. In this case, scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) can be useful, but the techniques used to preserve specimens in forensic practice are usually different from those used to prepare specimens for SEM studies. To determine whether forensic evidences preserving techniques are also compatible with SEM analysis, we have compared specimens of all the immature stages of Calliphora vicina Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830 (Diptera, Calliphoridae) preserved in 70% ethanol, with others prepared with aldehydic fixative techniques that are more appropriate for SEM studies. At the same time, two drying techniques have also been compared with both fixative techniques, the critical point drying and air-drying following with hexamethyldisilizane treatment (HMDS). Our results indicate that there are not basis against recommending the use of ethanol to preserve forensic entomological evidences and that both drying methods appear to offer good results for second and third instar larvae, although HMDS behaves better with eggs and pupae.

  15. The Great War and Remembrance in Jose Leon Machado's "Memoria das Estrelas sem Brilho"

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    Azevedo, Milton M.

    2011-01-01

    This article analyzes Jose Leon Machado's novel, "Memoria das Estrelas sem Brilho," as a multilayered historical novel in which a war story provides a background for comments on aspects of early twentieth-century Portuguese society, such as male bonding, religion, sexual mores, and social stratification. (Contains 11 notes.)

  16. Morphological modelling of three-phase microstructures of anode layers using SEM images.

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    Abdallah, Bassam; Willot, François; Jeulin, Dominique

    2016-07-01

    A general method is proposed to model 3D microstructures representative of three-phases anode layers used in fuel cells. The models are based on SEM images of cells with varying morphologies. The materials are first characterized using three morphological measurements: (cross-)covariances, granulometry and linear erosion. They are measured on segmented SEM images, for each of the three phases. Second, a generic model for three-phases materials is proposed. The model is based on two independent underlying random sets which are otherwise arbitrary. The validity of this model is verified using the cross-covariance functions of the various phases. In a third step, several types of Boolean random sets and plurigaussian models are considered for the unknown underlying random sets. Overall, good agreement is found between the SEM images and three-phases models based on plurigaussian random sets, for all morphological measurements considered in the present work: covariances, granulometry and linear erosion. The spatial distribution and shapes of the phases produced by the plurigaussian model are visually very close to the real material. Furthermore, the proposed models require no numerical optimization and are straightforward to generate using the covariance functions measured on the SEM images.

  17. Does your SEM really tell the truth? How would you know? Part 2.

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    Postek, Michael T; Vladár, András E; Purushotham, Kavuri P

    2014-01-01

    The scanning electron microscope (SEM) has gone through a tremendous evolution to become indispensable for many and diverse scientific and industrial applications. The improvements have significantly enriched and augmented the overall SEM performance and have made the instrument far easier to operate. But, the ease of operation also might lead, through operator complacency, to poor results. In addition, the user friendliness has seemingly reduced the need for thorough operator training for using these complex instruments. One might then conclude that the SEM is just a very expensive digital camera or another peripheral device for a computer. Hence, a person using the instrument may be lulled into thinking that all of the potential pitfalls have been eliminated and they believe everything they see on the micrograph is always correct. But, this may not be the case. An earlier paper (Part 1), discussed some of the potential issues related to signal generation in the SEM, instrument calibration, electron beam interactions and the need for physics-based modeling to understand the actual image formation mechanisms. All these were summed together in a discussion of how these issues effect measurements made with the instrument. This second paper discusses another major issue confronting the microscopist: electron-beam-induced specimen contamination. Over the years, NIST has done a great deal of research into the issue of sample contamination and its removal and elimination and some of this work is reviewed and discussed here.

  18. 3D reconstruction of SEM images by use of optical photogrammetry software.

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    Eulitz, Mona; Reiss, Gebhard

    2015-08-01

    Reconstruction of the three-dimensional (3D) surface of an object to be examined is widely used for structure analysis in science and many biological questions require information about their true 3D structure. For Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) there has been no efficient non-destructive solution for reconstruction of the surface morphology to date. The well-known method of recording stereo pair images generates a 3D stereoscope reconstruction of a section, but not of the complete sample surface. We present a simple and non-destructive method of 3D surface reconstruction from SEM samples based on the principles of optical close range photogrammetry. In optical close range photogrammetry a series of overlapping photos is used to generate a 3D model of the surface of an object. We adapted this method to the special SEM requirements. Instead of moving a detector around the object, the object itself was rotated. A series of overlapping photos was stitched and converted into a 3D model using the software commonly used for optical photogrammetry. A rabbit kidney glomerulus was used to demonstrate the workflow of this adaption. The reconstruction produced a realistic and high-resolution 3D mesh model of the glomerular surface. The study showed that SEM micrographs are suitable for 3D reconstruction by optical photogrammetry. This new approach is a simple and useful method of 3D surface reconstruction and suitable for various applications in research and teaching.

  19. Does your SEM really tell the truth?--How would you know? Part 1.

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    Postek, Michael T; Vladár, András E

    2013-01-01

    The scanning electron microscope (SEM) has gone through a tremendous evolution to become a critical tool for many and diverse scientific and industrial applications. The high resolution of the SEM is especially suited for both qualitative and quantitative applications especially for nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing. Quantitatively, measurement, or metrology is one of the main uses. It is likely that one of the first questions asked before even the first scanning electron micrograph was ever recorded was: "… how big is that?" The quality of that answer has improved a great deal over the past few years especially since today these instruments are being used as a primary measurement tool on semiconductor processing lines to monitor the manufacturing processes. The well-articulated needs of semiconductor production prompted a rapid evolution of the instrument and its capabilities. Over the past 20 years or so, instrument manufacturers, through substantial semiconductor industry investment of research and development (R&D) money, have vastly improved the performance of these instruments. All users have benefited from this investment, especially where quantitative measurements with an SEM are concerned. But, how good are these data? This article discusses some of the most important aspects and larger issues associated with imaging and measurements with the SEM that every user should know, and understand before any critical quantitative work is attempted.

  20. Maximum Likelihood Dynamic Factor Modeling for Arbitrary "N" and "T" Using SEM

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    Voelkle, Manuel C.; Oud, Johan H. L.; von Oertzen, Timo; Lindenberger, Ulman

    2012-01-01

    This article has 3 objectives that build on each other. First, we demonstrate how to obtain maximum likelihood estimates for dynamic factor models (the direct autoregressive factor score model) with arbitrary "T" and "N" by means of structural equation modeling (SEM) and compare the approach to existing methods. Second, we go beyond standard time…

  1. Prescriptive Statements and Educational Practice: What Can Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) Offer?

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    Martin, Andrew J.

    2011-01-01

    Longitudinal structural equation modeling (SEM) can be a basis for making prescriptive statements on educational practice and offers yields over "traditional" statistical techniques under the general linear model. The extent to which prescriptive statements can be made will rely on the appropriate accommodation of key elements of research design,…

  2. Abstracting and reasoning over ship trajectories and web data with the Simple Event Model (SEM)

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    W.R. van Hage; V. Malaisé; G.K.D. de Vries; A.Th. Schreiber; M.W. van Someren

    2012-01-01

    Bridging the gap between low-level features and semantics is a problem commonly acknowledged in the Multimedia community. Event modeling can fill this gap by representing knowledge about the data at different level of abstraction. In this paper we present the Simple Event Model (SEM) and its applica

  3. Combining ship trajectories and semantics with the simple event model (SEM)

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    W.R. van Hage; V. Malaisé; G. de Vries; G. Schreiber; M. van Someren

    2009-01-01

    Bridging the gap between low-level features and semantics is a problem commonly acknowledged in the Multimedia community. Event modeling can fill the gap. In this paper we present the Simple Event Model (SEM) and its application in a Maritime Safety and Security use case about Situational Awareness.

  4. Evolucionismo, integración sociocognitiva y cambio semántico

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    Augusto Soares da Silva

    2014-03-01

    propagación son esencialmente sociales. Conocer qué factores cognitivos interactúan con los sociales en el proceso de cambio semántico y lingüístico en general es todavía un reto importante en el enfoque evolutivo del cambio lingüístico.

  5. Internetový marketing se zaměřením na SEO a SEM

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    HANUŠOVÁ, Kateřina

    2008-01-01

    The thesis defines and describes tools of Internet marketing. Within the frame of these tools it describes search engine marketing and website search engine optimization in detail. This information is presented in context of real e-shop and it focuses on SEO and SEM tools in real use.

  6. 3D SEM for surface topography quantification - a case study on dental surfaces

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    Glon, F.; Flys, O.; Lööf, P.-J.; Rosén, B.-G.

    2014-03-01

    3D analysis of surface topography is becoming a more used tool for industry and research. New ISO standards are being launched to assist in quantifying engineering surfaces. The traditional optical measuring instrumentation used for 3D surface characterization has been optical interferometers and confocal based instrumentation. However, the resolution here is limited in the lateral dimension to the wavelength of visible light to about 500 nm. The great advantage using the SEM for topography measurements is the high flexibility to zoom from low magnifications and locating interesting areas to high magnification of down to nanometer large surface features within seconds. This paper presents surface characterization of dental implant micro topography. 3D topography data was created from SEM images using commercial photogrammetric software. A coherence scanning interferometer was used for reference measurements to compare with the 3D SEM measurements on relocated areas. As a result of this study, measurements emphasizes that the correlation between the accepted CSI measurements and the new technology represented by photogrammetry based on SEM images for many areal characterization parameters are around or less than 20%. The importance of selecting sampling and parameter sensitivity to varying sampling is high-lighted. Future work includes a broader study of limitations of the photogrammetry technique on certified micro-geometries and more application surfaces at different scales.

  7. 78 FR 50079 - Information Collection Activities: Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS); Proposed...

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    ... Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement [Docket ID BSEE-2013-0005; OMB Control Number 1014-0017: 134E1700D2 EEEE500000 ET1SF0000.DAQ000] Information Collection Activities: Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS); Proposed Collection; Comment Request Correction In notice document...

  8. MORPHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF HUMAN LENS CAPSULES - A COMPARATIVE LM, SEM AND TEM EXAMINATION

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    JONGEBLOED, WL; KALICHARAN, D; LOS, LI; VANDERVEEN, G; WORST, JGF

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    Lens capsules of patients of advanced age, obtained after extracapsular cataract surgery, were carefully prepared for a combined LM, TEM and SEM investigation, after preliminary washing and mounting onto a holder in a buffer solution. After pre-fixation with GA, samples were postfixed for LM/TEM and

  9. Subjective Values of Quality of Life Dimensions in Elderly People. A SEM Preference Model Approach

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    Elosua, Paula

    2011-01-01

    This article proposes a Thurstonian model in the framework of Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) to assess preferences among quality of life dimensions for the elderly. Data were gathered by a paired comparison design in a sample comprised of 323 people aged from 65 to 94 years old. Five dimensions of quality of life were evaluated: Health,…

  10. Marginal integrity and microleakage of direct and indirect composite inlays: SEM and stereomicroscopic evaluation.

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    Soares, Carlos José; Celiberto, Leonardo; Dechichi, Paula; Fonseca, Rodrigo Borges; Martins, Luis Roberto Marcondes

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    The aim of this study was to evaluate the microleakage of direct and indirect composite inlays by stereomicroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Thirty bovine incisors were ground to obtain an incisal platform, simulating the occlusal surface of a human molar. Each tooth received two 8 degrees proximal cavities with cervical finishing line prepared in dentine or enamel. One of the cavities was filled with Filtek Z250/Single Bond, using the direct technique, and the other was filled with with Solidex/Rely X ARC/Single Bond, using the indirect technique. The samples were stored in water at 37 degrees C for 24 hours and placed in a 50% silver nitrate solution for 6 hours in a dark container. Next, the samples were washed under running water, immersed in a developing solution and exposed to fluorescent light for 12 hours. The teeth were then severed and evaluated for dye penetration by stereomicroscopy and SEM. There were no significant differences between the direct and indirect techniques for the cervical finishing line in enamel, but for the finishing line in dentin, the indirect technique allowed less microleakage than the direct technique. SEM analysis showed leakage similar to that observed by stereomicroscopic analysis. The use of stereomicroscopic and SEM evaluations improves microleakage analysis. PMID:16491259

  11. The Application of SEM to Behavioral Research in Oncology: Past Accomplishments and Future Opportunities

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    Schnoll, Robert A.; Fang, Carolyn Y.; Manne, Sharon L.

    2004-01-01

    The past decade has seen a tremendous growth in the use of structural equation modeling (SEM) to address research questions in 2 subfields of behavioral science: cancer prevention and control (e.g., determinants of cancer screening adherence) and behavioral oncology (e.g., determinants of psychosocial adjustment among cancer patients or…

  12. Lessons Learned from My Students: The Impact of SEM Teaching and Learning on Affective Development

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    Hebert, Thomas P.

    2010-01-01

    Through reflection on his years as an enrichment teacher in Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) programs, the author describes significant ways the social and emotional development of his students was shaped by their involvement in enriched teaching and learning. Through portraits of his students engaged in Type II and Type III enrichment, the…

  13. Aexia sem agrafia: estudo clínico-tomográfico

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    Amauri Batista da Silva

    1986-09-01

    Full Text Available Os autores apresentam os achados clínicos e tomográficos de dois casos de alexia sem agrafia e fazem revisão da literatura. Os dois pacientes tiveram infarto extenso em território da artéria cerebral posterior esquerda, desenvolvendo severa alexia, sem agrafia, com distúrbios do campo visual à direita, sem anomia para cores, um deles manifestando transitórias dificuldades mnésicas verbais. Nos dois casos a evolução foi muito boa com regressão total da alexia, constatada 17 meses depois no primeiro caso e três meses após no segundo caso. São feitas considerações sobre as causas e os prováveis mecanismos das alexias, sobretudo da alexia sem agrafia, e a sugestão de que todos os pacientes com alterações hemianópticas à direita por oclusão da artéria cerebral posterior esquerda sejam bem estudados neurologicamente a fim de que essa síndrome possa ser detectada pois, apesar de rara, é possível que muitos casos passem desapercebidos por falta de mais acurada investigação semiótica.

  14. FIB-SEM imaging of carbon nanotubes in mouse lung tissue.

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    Købler, Carsten; Saber, Anne Thoustrup; Jacobsen, Nicklas Raun; Wallin, Håkan; Vogel, Ulla; Qvortrup, Klaus; Mølhave, Kristian

    2014-06-01

    Ultrastructural characterisation is important for understanding carbon nanotube (CNT) toxicity and how the CNTs interact with cells and tissues. The standard method for this involves using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). However, in particular, the sample preparation, using a microtome to cut thin sample sections for TEM, can be challenging for investigation of regions with agglomerations of large and stiff CNTs because the CNTs cut with difficulty. As a consequence, the sectioning diamond knife may be damaged and the uncut CNTs are left protruding from the embedded block surface excluding them from TEM analysis. To provide an alternative to ultramicrotomy and subsequent TEM imaging, we studied focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM) of CNTs in the lungs of mice, and we evaluated the applicability of the method compared to TEM. FIB-SEM can provide serial section volume imaging not easily obtained with TEM, but it is time-consuming to locate CNTs in the tissue. We demonstrate that protruding CNTs after ultramicrotomy can be used to locate the region of interest, and we present FIB-SEM images of CNTs in lung tissue. FIB-SEM imaging was applied to lung tissue from mice which had been intratracheally instilled with two different multiwalled CNTs; one being short and thin, and the other longer and thicker. FIB-SEM was found to be most suitable for detection of the large CNTs (Ø ca. 70 nm), and to be well suited for studying CNT agglomerates in biological samples which is challenging using standard TEM techniques.

  15. High resolution SEM imaging of gold nanoparticles in cells and tissues.

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    Goldstein, A; Soroka, Y; Frušić-Zlotkin, M; Popov, I; Kohen, R

    2014-12-01

    The growing demand of gold nanoparticles in medical applications increases the need for simple and efficient characterization methods of the interaction between the nanoparticles and biological systems. Due to its nanometre resolution, modern scanning electron microscopy (SEM) offers straightforward visualization of metallic nanoparticles down to a few nanometre size, almost without any special preparation step. However, visualization of biological materials in SEM requires complicated preparation procedure, which is typically finished by metal coating needed to decrease charging artefacts and quick radiation damage of biomaterials in the course of SEM imaging. The finest conductive metal coating available is usually composed of a few nanometre size clusters, which are almost identical to the metal nanoparticles employed in medical applications. Therefore, SEM monitoring of metal nanoparticles within cells and tissues is incompatible with the conventional preparation methods. In this work, we show that charging artefacts related to non-conductive biological specimen can be successfully eliminated by placing the uncoated biological sample on a conductive substrate. By growing the cells on glass pre-coated with a chromium layer, we were able to observe the uptake of 10 nm gold nanoparticles inside uncoated and unstained macrophages and keratinocytes cells. Imaging in back scattered electrons allowed observation of gold nanoparticles located inside the cells, while imaging in secondary electron gave information on gold nanoparticles located on the surface of the cells. By mounting a skin cross-section on an improved conductive holder, consisting of a silicon substrate coated with copper, we were able to observe penetration of gold nanoparticles of only 5 nm size through the skin barrier in an uncoated skin tissue. The described method offers a convenient modification in preparation procedure for biological samples to be analyzed in SEM. The method provides high

  16. AxiSEM and instaseis: Fast simulation of global wavefields across the frequency band

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    Nissen-Meyer, T.; van Driel, M.; Krischer, L.; Stähler, S. C.; Hosseini, K.; Leng, K.

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    We present our seismic modeling methods AxiSEM and instaseis. These methods exploit recent developments in high-performance computing and suitable numerical methods for seismic wave propagation, while operating efficiently across the vast observable frequency spectrum of global waves in sparse yet realistic structures. AxiSEM (www.axisem.info and geodynamics.org) relies upon axisymmetric (including spherically symmetric) models, thereby satisfying a large fraction of observable data. The benefit of this method lies in the resultant dimensional collapse to two numerical dimensions, whereby the third azimuthal dimension is tackled analytically. For high-frequency wave propagation, this leads to 3-4 orders of magnitude speedup in computational cost compared to 3D domain discretizations. AxiSEM is highly scalable and accommodates efficient implementations of viscoelasticity and anisotropy. We will present benchmarks, data comparisons, a diverse range of applications from inner-core anisotropy to noise modeling and lowermost mantle structures, and wavefields for sensitivity kernels. We also touch upon ongoing efforts for linking computational cost to structural complexity in the vein of Occam's razor, eventually allowing for an adaptive rendition of 1D, 2D and 3D structures at optimally low computational cost, as well as 1D/3D hybrid approaches. Instaseis (www.instaseis.net) is a methodology to extract full, broadband and accurate waveforms instantaneously from wavefield databases computed with AxiSEM. This "once-and-for-all solution" relies on reciprocity and requires only two AxiSEM simulations to construct the databases, while allowing for arbitrary parameter changes (e.g. source, processing, structure) instantaneously with modest computational cost and storage requirements. The instaseis python package is integrated with ObsPy, contains a graphical user interface, and can be used for source inversion, noise simulations, finite-fault modeling, waveform tomography

  17. Ecocardiografia por Doppler tecidual no diagnóstico de rejeição após transplante cardíaco Ecocardiografía con Doppler tisular en el diagnóstico de rechazo después de transplante cardíaco Tissue doppler echocardiography in the diagnosis of heart transplantation rejection

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    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: A biópsia endomiocárdica (BEM é o método padrão-ouro para o diagnóstico de rejeição celular (RC após transplante cardíaco (TC. OBJETIVO: Testar a hipótese de que o exame de imagem por Doppler tecidual (IDT pode detectar RC > 3A e agregar informação diagnóstica, comparado ao Doppler convencional. MÉTODOS: Cinquenta e quatro pacientes com TC foram submetidos à BEM e estudo ecocardiográfico através de IDT em até 24 horas. Comparamos os pacientes com TC e RC > 3A com pacientes com TC e RC 3A em 39/129 (30,2% das BEM. O melhor preditor isolado para o diagnóstico de RC foi a a'LAT, com sensibilidade de 76,3%, especificidade de 73,8% (p = 0,001. Na análise multivariada, a a'LAT (p = 0,001, a'SEP (p = 0,002, relação e'/a' LAT (p = 0,006, relação e'Mitral/ e'LAT (p = 0,014, SINF (p = 0,009 foram preditores de RC > 3A. Obtivemos um escore com sensibilidade de 88,2%, acurácia de 79,6%, e valor preditivo negativo de 92,9% para diagnosticar RC > 3A. O Doppler convencional (fluxo mitral e pulmonar venoso não foi relevante para predizer a RC > 3A. CONCLUSÃO: O estudo de IDT agregou informação diagnóstica para predizer RC > 3A quando comparado ao Doppler convencional. O modelo baseado em IDT pode ser tornar um método em potencial para detectar RC > 3A após TC.FUNDAMENTO: La biopsia endomiocárdica (BEM es el método gold standard para el diagnóstico de rechazo celular (RC después de transplante cardíaco (TC. OBJETIVO: Testear la hipótesis de que el examen de imagen con Doppler tisular (IDT puede detectar RC > 3A y agregar información diagnóstica, comparado al Doppler convencional. MÉTODOS: Cincuenta y cuatro pacientes con TC fueron sometidos a BEM y estudio ecocardiográfico a través de IDT en hasta 24 horas. Comparamos los pacientes con TC y RC > 3A con pacientes con TC y RC 3A en 39/129 (30,2% de las BEM. El mejor predictor aislado para el diagnóstico de RC fue la a'LAT, con sensibilidad de 76

  18. Disseny d'ontologia i anàlisi comparatiu de bases de dades semàntiques

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    Martín Sandoval, Sergi

    2013-01-01

    Introducció als conceptes bàsics de la web semàntica, disseny d'una ontologia original i anàlisi comparatiu de dos magatzems de dades semàntics: VirtuosoDB i OWLIM. Introducción a los conceptos básicos de la web semántica, diseño de una ontología original y análisis comparativo de dos almacenes de datos semánticos: VirtuosoDB y OWLIM. Bachelor thesis for the Computer Science program on Semantic Web.

  19. X-ray diffraction, FTIR, UV-VIS and SEM studies on chromium (III) complexes

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    Five Chromium (III) complexes have been prepared using Schiff base ligands which derived from benzoin and five different amino acids (H2N-R). Samples were characterized by XRD, FTIR, UV-VIS and SEM method. X-Ray diffraction pattern analyzed that all chromium (III) complexes have hexagonal structure and crystalline, in nature, using Bruker D8 Advance instrument. Using VERTAX 70, FTIR spectroscopy reveals that Samples have (C=N), (C-O), (M-N) and (M-O) bonds in the range of 4000-400cm−1. UV-VIS spectroscopy give information that samples absorb the visible light which is in the range of 380-780nm. For this, Lambda 960 spectrometer used. SEM is designed for studying of the solid objects, using JEOL JSM 5600 instrument

  20. OpenCV-Based Nanomanipulation Information Extraction and the Probe Operation in SEM

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    Dongjie Li

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Aimed at the established telenanomanipulation system, the method of extracting location information and the strategies of probe operation were studied in this paper. First, the machine learning algorithm of OpenCV was used to extract location information from SEM images. Thus nanowires and probe in SEM images can be automatically tracked and the region of interest (ROI can be marked quickly. Then the location of nanowire and probe can be extracted from the ROI. To study the probe operation strategy, the Van der Waals force between probe and a nanowire was computed; thus relevant operating parameters can be obtained. With these operating parameters, the nanowire in 3D virtual environment can be preoperated and an optimal path of the probe can be obtained. The actual probe runs automatically under the telenanomanipulation system's control. Finally, experiments were carried out to verify the above methods, and results show the designed methods have achieved the expected effect.

  1. SEM observation of gibbsite precipitation with seeds from sodium aluminate solutions promoted by ultrasound

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    陈国辉; 陈启元; 尹周澜; 张平民

    2003-01-01

    The microstructure of gibbsite precipitated with seeds from sodium aluminate solution was studied using SEM. The results show that there are a lot of fine secondary nuclei with diameter less than 1 μm and the surfaces of seeds precipitated by low frequency ultrasound are very irregular. The new nuclei are pseudo-hexagonal slices with nanometer grade in thickness. At higher precipitation temperature, such as 75 ℃, SEM micrographs show that there exist something like colloid on joints of different small granules which have agglomerated to a large particle. It is suggested that the formation of such hexagonal crystalline units is promoted by low frequency ultrasound, while the colloids on the surface may be produced by imcompletely crystallization of the growth units.

  2. Inconmensurabilidad semántica y progreso científico

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    Vázquez, Juan

    1997-08-01

    Full Text Available Not available.En la primera parte del trabajo se hace una presentación de las nociones de «inconmensurabilidad», tal como han sido formuladas por Feyerabend y Kuhn; y en la segunda parte, después de analizar los presupuestos semánticos con los que indudablemente han ido asociadas, se presenta un modelo alternativo de análisis semántico de la ‘inconmensurabilidad’, que permite desligarla de las nociones de «incomunicabilidad» e «incomparabilidad» interteóricas. Con ese propósito se hace uso de una doble noción de objeto formulada por C. S. Peirce, en sus Collected Papers, y por E. Husserl, en el parágrafo 131 de las Ideas.

  3. Morphology of Poly lactide/Polycaprolactone (PLA/PCL) Nano composite by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)

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    In this study, Octadecylamine Modified Montmorillonites (ODAMMT) were used to prepare Poly lactide/ Polycaprolactone (PLA/ PCL) nano composites. PLA and PCL mix in 90:10 ratios, using an internal mixer by melt blending technique. The other sample was blend with Natrium Montmorillonite (NaMMT) and Octadecylamine Modified Montmorillonite (ODA-MMT) to produce PLA/ PCL-NaMMT and PLA/ PCL ODAMMT. To characterize the polymer nano composites, X-ray diffraction (XRD), FTIR and SEM analysis were conducted. Comparison of morphology were made up between PLA/ PCL, PLA/ PCL with presence of 7 % of Na-MMT and 7 % ODA-MMT respectively based on SEM micrograph by calculate the number-average diameter. (author)

  4. Hacia una visión generativista de la semántica lexical

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    Morales A. Bernardo

    2010-01-01

    Uno de los objetivos de la teoría semántica de una lengua natural es dar información satisfactoria sobre el significado de las formas lingüísticas. Consideramos que de éstas, las de mayor  importancia significativa son la palabra, la oración y el texto. La palabra, porque en virtud de su compleja estructura semántica y psicológica funciona como el principal medio para la abstracción y conformación de los conceptos destinados para la comunicación; la oración, porque es la unidad de la...

  5. Cryo-FIB SEM for Characterization of the Structure of Fish Oil Emulsions

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    Jensen, Louise Helene Søgaard; Horn, Anna Frisenfeldt; Jacobsen, Charlotte;

    2011-01-01

    layers. The emulsion fractures are random and impossible to control when using freeze-fracture cryo-SEM. We have previously shown that some types of emulsifiers tend to break along the interface layer, while others cause the fractures to be perpendicular to the interface layer [3]. To control the field...... of view more specifically and to ensure the access to the desired part of the sample, we propose now the use of cryo-FIB SEM. This method allows us to access the interface layers as needed, see figure 1. Emulsions with high oil content, i.e. 70%, and relatively large oil droplets, i.e. μm range, have been...

  6. A Data Matrix Method for Improving the Quantification of Element Percentages of SEM/EDX Analysis

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    Lane, John

    2009-01-01

    A simple 2D M N matrix involving sample preparation enables the microanalyst to peer below the noise floor of element percentages reported by the SEM/EDX (scanning electron microscopy/ energy dispersive x-ray) analysis, thus yielding more meaningful data. Using the example of a 2 3 sample set, there are M = 2 concentration levels of the original mix under test: 10 percent ilmenite (90 percent silica) and 20 percent ilmenite (80 percent silica). For each of these M samples, N = 3 separate SEM/EDX samples were drawn. In this test, ilmenite is the element of interest. By plotting the linear trend of the M sample s known concentration versus the average of the N samples, a much higher resolution of elemental analysis can be performed. The resulting trend also shows how the noise is affecting the data, and at what point (of smaller concentrations) is it impractical to try to extract any further useful data.

  7. Multi-scale characterization by FIB-SEM/TEM/3DAP.

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    Ohkubo, T; Sepehri-Amin, H; Sasaki, T T; Hono, K

    2014-11-01

    In order to improve properties of functional materials, it is important to understand the relation between the structure and the properties since the structure has large effect to the properties. This can be done by using multi-scale microstructure analysis from macro-scale to nano and atomic scale. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) equipped with focused ion beam (FIB), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and 3D atom probe (3DAP) are complementary analysis tools making it possible to know the structure and the chemistry from micron to atomic resolution. SEM gives us overall microstructural and chemical information by various kinds of detectors such as secondary electron, backscattered electron, EDS and EBSD detectors. Also, it is possible to analyze 3D structure and chemistry via FIB serial sectioning. In addition, using TEM we can focus on desired region to get more complementary information from HRTEM/STEM/Lorentz images, SAED/NBD patterns and EDS/EELS to see the detail micro or nano-structure and chemistry. Especially, combination of probe Cs corrector and split EDS detectors with large detector size enable us to analyze the atomic scale elemental distribution. Furthermore, if the specimen has a complicated 3D nanostructure, or we need to analyze light elements such as hydrogen, lithium or boron, 3DAP can be used as the only technique which can visualize and analyze distribution of all constituent atoms of our materials within a few hundreds nm area. Hence, site-specific sample preparation using FIB/SEM is necessary to get desired information from region of interest. Therefore, this complementary analysis combination works very well to understand the detail of materials.In this presentation, we will show the analysis results obtained from some of functional materials by Carl Zeiss CrossBeam 1540EsB FIB/SEM, FEI Tecnai G(2) F30, Titan G2 80-200 TEMs and locally build laser assisted 3DAP. As the one of the example, result of multi-scale characterization for

  8. Macromolecular 3D SEM reconstruction strategies: Signal to noise ratio and resolution

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    Three-dimensional scanning electron microscopy generates quantitative volumetric structural data from SEM images of macromolecules. This technique provides a quick and easy way to define the quaternary structure and handedness of protein complexes. Here, we apply a variety of preparation and imaging methods to filamentous actin in order to explore the relationship between resolution, signal-to-noise ratio, structural preservation and dataset size. This information can be used to define successful imaging strategies for different applications. - Highlights: • F-actin SEM datasets were collected using 8 different preparation/ imaging techniques. • Datasets were reconstructed by back projection and compared/analyzed • 3DSEM actin reconstructions can be produced with <100 views of the asymmetric unit. • Negatively stained macromolecules can be reconstructed by 3DSEM to ∼3 nm resolution

  9. X-ray diffraction, FTIR, UV-VIS and SEM studies on chromium (III) complexes

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    Mishra, Ashutosh; Dwivedi, Jagrati, E-mail: hemu.dwi@gmail.com; Shukla, Kritika [School of Physics, Devi Ahilya University, Khandwa Road, Indore-452001 (India)

    2015-06-24

    Five Chromium (III) complexes have been prepared using Schiff base ligands which derived from benzoin and five different amino acids (H{sub 2}N-R). Samples were characterized by XRD, FTIR, UV-VIS and SEM method. X-Ray diffraction pattern analyzed that all chromium (III) complexes have hexagonal structure and crystalline, in nature, using Bruker D8 Advance instrument. Using VERTAX 70, FTIR spectroscopy reveals that Samples have (C=N), (C-O), (M-N) and (M-O) bonds in the range of 4000-400cm{sup −1}. UV-VIS spectroscopy give information that samples absorb the visible light which is in the range of 380-780nm. For this, Lambda 960 spectrometer used. SEM is designed for studying of the solid objects, using JEOL JSM 5600 instrument.

  10. Photoacoustic and SEM analysis of fracture bone callus to different consolidation times

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    Lomelí Mejia, P. A.; Urriolagoitia, G.; Jiménez Pérez, J. L.; Cruz Orea, A.; Lecona Butron, H.; Villegas Castrejón, H.

    2005-06-01

    The Photoacoustic Spectroscopy (PA) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) were used to perform a study of fractured bone callus to different consolidation times. From these techniques we obtained optical absorption spectra and pictures of male rat fractured bones at different consolidation times. From these spectra it was possible to observe the presence of p-Nitrophenylphosphatase, characteristic phosphatase in rat fractured bones through their absorption peaks which were compared with characteristic reported peaks in the literature for this phosphatase. In this study we showed that p-Nitrophenylphosphatase could be considered as an indicator of the repair process of bone fractures. Through the complementary SEM analysis it was possible to obtain different pictures as the callus grows in the time.

  11. Taxonomic and ecological significance of seed micromorphology in Himalayan begonias: sem analysis

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    Seed morphology plays an important role for the taxonomic purposes, but in spite of the importance and stability of seed characters in systematics, very little work has been done on seed morphology of Begonia. The seeds of Begonia are small and not differentiated easily with the naked eye. In fact, they are so small that observation of many of their taxonomically important features is possible only with a scanning electron microscope (SEM). In this paper, the external morphology of the seeds of 23 Nepalese Begonia species, belonging to five sections (Diploclinium, Monopteron, Platycentrum, Putzeysia and Sphenanthera) was studied with SEM techniques. It has been revealed that the differences in seed characteristics were not sufficient to use for sectional delimitation of Nepalese Begonia, but helped to separate the Begonia at species level. (author)

  12. Consideraciones sobre la adquisición del adjetivo y su semántica

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    Millán Garrido, Mª del Rosario

    1988-01-01

    Con este trabajo se intenta profundizar en el adjetivo con un criterio semántico pero al ser difícil deslindarlo de sus estudios léxico y sintáctico, no vamos a excluir de él estos aspectos que se expondrán de forma breve y que nos ayudarán a sacar conclusiones más completas. Aunque la semántica ha ocupado la parte central de la investigación, ha tenido como apoyo el análisis léxico, reflejado en las gráficas, y un estudio sintáctico** previo.

  13. Vivências e sentimentos de profissionais de enfermagem nos cuidados ao paciente sem vida

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    Taíse Kuhn

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo teve como objetivo conhecer as vivências e sentimentos de dez profissionais da Enfermagem em relação ao paciente sem vida, em um hospital privado da região metropolitana de Porto Alegre-RS. Utilizou-se abordagem qualitativa, descritiva, exploratória, com dados coletados em julho de 2009, por meio de entrevista, com questionário semiestruturado. Os resultados foram agrupados nas categorias: sentimentos em relação à morte do paciente, reações à morte e preparo do corpo. Concluiu-se que as vivências mais marcantes foram aquelas relacionadas ao primeiro contato com a morte, à presença de vínculos emocionais com pacientes e familiares, e à idade dos pacientes no momento do óbito, sendo estes dois últimos considerados elementos dificultadores dos cuidados oferecidos ao paciente sem vida.

  14. SEM and AFM images of pyrite surfaces after bioleaching by the indigenous Thiobacillus thiooxidans.

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    Liu, H-L; Chen, B-Y; Lan, Y-W; Cheng, Y-C

    2003-09-01

    The bioleaching mechanism of pyrite by the indigenous Thiobacillus thiooxidans was examined with the aid of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) images of the pyrite surface. The presence of pyrite eliminated the lag phase during growth of this microorganism. This was due to the stimulatory effect on cell growth of the slight amount of Cu2+ that had leached from the pyrite. Zn2+ was found to be much more readily solubilized than Cu2+. The efficiency of bioleaching was four times higher than that of chemical leaching. SEM images provided evidence of direct cell attachment onto the pyrite surface, thereby enhancing the bioleaching rate. Furthermore, extracellular polymeric substances (EPSs) were found on the pyrite surface after 4 days of oxidation. AFM images showed that the pyrite surface area positively correlated with the oxidation rate. A combination of direct and indirect mechanism is probably responsible for the oxidation of pyrite by T. thiooxidans.

  15. Lenguajes de modelado de reglas de negocio y la web semántica

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    Amaolo, Marcelo Paulo

    2007-01-01

    En los últimos años, el World Wide Web Con-sortium (W3C) ha desplegado esfuerzos hacia una estandarización de la Web Semántica, con el objetivo de diseñar estándares técnicos que permitan la inclusión de metadatos en la Web, para proveer la representación de los datos con semántica suficiente para permitir la automatización de procesos que manipulan información. Estos estándares principalmente se han focalizado en la representación de la información que puedar ser leída e interpretada por de ...

  16. Histórico de navegação da web semântica

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    Sousa, José Nuno Pinto de

    2012-01-01

    O presente trabalho propõe a integração de elementos da Web Semântica no histórico de um navegador web usando para o efeito uma extensão ao navegador. Os elementos semânticos presentes nas páginas web, na forma de atributos especificados pelo RDFa, contêm informação que é normalmente descartada durante a navegação web. O protótipo apresentado tira partido desta informação, fornecendo ao utilizador ferramentas de pesquisa de histórico mais precisas e completas do que as já existentes no navega...

  17. Visualización en la web semántica

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    Martig, Sergio R.; Castro, Silvia Mabel

    2004-01-01

    Estamos en la puerta de una nueva generación de la Web. Si bien la Web fue diseñada originalmente para que la información en la misma sea para consumo humano, se pretende que la nueva generación de la Web, denominada Web Semántica, provea datos que sean procesables por las máquinas. Esto permitirá un gran rango de servicios inteligentes, agentes de búsqueda, filtros de información, etc; éste es un proceso al que Berners-Lee describe como “Bringing the Web to its full potential”. La Web Sem...

  18. 3D-SEM Metrology for Coordinate Measurements at the Nanometer Scale

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    Carli, Lorenzo

    for geometrical reconstructions is discussed through an experimental example, together with point cloud stitching methodology and the currently used algorithms for feature extraction. Theoretical basis of stereo-pair technique, based on two SEM images obtained by tilting the SEM stage of a desired amount, leading...... cloud processing and feature extraction, instrument setting parameters and image quality. Moreover, a comparison of the results obtained trough a theoretical and an experimental uncertainty evaluation of stereo-pair technique has been performed. All these effects have been quantified through a series...... to be addressed concerning uncertainty evaluation have been discussed. Most recent developments in the field of micro and nano-metrology, in terms of measuring machines and techniques, are described pointing out advantages and limitations. The importance of multi-sensor and multi-orientation strategy...

  19. Nanomanufacturing concerns about measurements made in the SEM part IV: charging and its mitigation

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    Postek, Michael T.; Vladár, András. E.

    2015-08-01

    This is the fourth part of a series of tutorial papers discussing various causes of measurement uncertainty in scanned particle beam instruments, and some of the solutions researched and developed at NIST and other research institutions. Scanned particle beam instruments especially the scanning electron microscope (SEM) have gone through tremendous evolution to become indispensable tools for many and diverse scientifi c and industrial applications. These improvements have signifi cantly enhanced their performance and made them far easier to operate. But, the ease of operation has also fostered operator complacency. In addition, the user-friendliness has reduced the apparent need for extensive operator training. Unfortunately, this has led to the idea that the SEM is just another expensive "digital camera" or another peripheral device connected to a computer and that all of the problems in obtaining good quality images and data have been solved. Hence, one using these instruments may be lulled into thinking that all of the potential pitfalls have been fully eliminated and believing that, everything one sees on the micrograph is always correct. But, as described in this and the earlier papers, this may not be the case. Care must always be taken when reliable quantitative data are being sought. The fi rst paper in this series discussed some of the issues related to signal generation in the SEM, including instrument calibration, electron beam-sample interactions and the need for physics-based modeling to understand the actual image formation mechanisms to properly interpret SEM images. The second paper has discussed another major issue confronting the microscopist: specimen contamination and methods to eliminate it. The third paper discussed mechanical vibration and stage drift and some useful solutions to mitigate the problems caused by them, and here, in this the fourth contribution, the issues related to specimen "charging" and its mitigation are discussed relative

  20. 3-D Analysis of Graphite Nodules in Ductile Cast Iron Using FIB-SEM

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    D'Angelo, Luca; Jespersen, Freja N.; MacDonald, A. Nicole;

    Ductile cast iron samples were analysed in a Focused Ion Beam Scanning Electron Microscope, FIB-SEM. The focussed ion beam was used to carefully remove layers of the graphite nodules to reveal internal structures in the nodules. The sample preparation and milling procedure for sectioning graphite...... inside the nodules, their orientation in relation to the graphite and the chemistry of the inclusions is analysed and described. Formation of the structures during solidification and subsequent cooling to room temperature is discussed....

  1. Trace element content in urban tree leaves and SEM-EDAX characterization of deposited particles

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    Tomašević Milica; Aničić Mira

    2010-01-01

    Leaves of common deciduous trees: Aesculus hippocastanum and Tilia spp. from three parks within the urban area of Belgrade (Serbia) were studied as biomonitors of trace elements (V, Cr, Fe, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Cd, and Pb) air pollution. Using a scanning SEM-EDAX, the size, size distribution, morphology and chemical composition of individual particles were examined on adaxial and abaxial surfaces of the leaves. Morphological and chemical composition indicated that the most abundant particles...

  2. GammaSem Proceedings. A Nordic seminar for users of gamma spectrometry

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    The project GammaSem was proposed to the NKS in 2008. The aim of the project was to arrange two seminars for users of gamma spectrometry, in 2009 and 2010. The seminars were meant to provide a forum for discussions and sharing of information on practical issues concerning gamma spectrometry and initiate a network of gamma spectrometry users in the Nordic countries. Such a Nordic network should strengthen the collaboration between laboratories and improve all participants' competence in practical gamma spectrometry. Both seminars' focus was practical challenges met by the users themselves, rather than theoretical matters. Scientists and users of gamma spectrometry from all five Nordic countries were invited to the seminar, as well as scientist from the Baltic countries. A total of 65 people signed up for GammaSem 2010; representing 30 different universities, commercial companies, research institutes and authorities. The working group concept as presented at last year's GammaSem, has not worked out as intended. The reason for this is probably because most of the laboratories that signed up to join the working groups, signed up because they wanted to learn more about the different subjects. In combination with the fact that no funding was made available for the working groups, it was difficult to establish goals on what to achieve. None of the working groups applied for funding from the NKS (or elsewhere) to establish separate projects. There is a big need for more cooperation and for training within the field of gamma spectrometry. This fact has been proved through these two seminars, both by the many different topics that have been discussed, but also by the huge interest for participating in the suggested series of workshop. The GammaSem seminars have thus provided a much welcomed starting point for a broader Nordic collaboration. (Author)

  3. The secondary transfer of gunshot residue: an experimental investigation carried out with SEM-EDX analysis

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    French, J.; Morgan, R.; Davy, J.

    2014-01-01

    Gunshot residue (GSR) is produced when a firearm is discharged and is routinely used in the forensic reconstruction of incidents involving firearms. SEM-EDX with automated detection and analysis software was used to investigate the extent of GSR secondary transfer following the discharge of a firearm. A series of experiments, which mimicked real-world scenarios, was set up to explore these under-researched mechanisms. The findings demonstrate that relatively large amounts of GSR can be transf...

  4. Study of SEM induced current and voltage contrast modes to assess semiconductor reliability

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    Beall, J. R.

    1976-01-01

    The purpose of the scanning electron microscopy study was to review the failure history of existing integrated circuit technologies to identify predominant failure mechanisms, and to evaluate the feasibility of their detection using SEM application techniques. The study investigated the effects of E-beam irradiation damage and contamination deposition rates; developed the necessary methods for applying the techniques to the detection of latent defects and weaknesses in integrated circuits; and made recommendations for applying the techniques.

  5. SEM visualization of glycosylated surface molecules using lectin-coated microspheres

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    Duke, J.; Janer, L.; Campbell, M.

    1985-01-01

    There are several techniques currently used to localize glycosylated surface molecules by scanning electron microscopy (Grinnell, 1980; Molday, 1976; Linthicum and Sell, 1975; Nicolson, 1974; Lo Buglio, et al, 1972). A simple and rapid method, using a modification of Grinnell's technique is reported here. Essentially, microspheres coated with Concavalin A are used to bind to glycosylated regions of the palatal shelf epithelium and are visualized in the scanning electron microscope (SEM).

  6. Quantitative Analysis of Micro-porosity of Eco-material by Using SEM Technique

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    ZHANG Ji-ru; LIU Yuan-zhi; LIU Zu-de

    2004-01-01

    Microstructure of the eco-material combining vegetation recovery with slope protection is important for determining plant-growing properties.Several techniques for analyzing the eco-material microstructure are presented,including the freeze-cut-drying method of preparing samples for scanning electronic microscopy (SEM),the SEM image processing technique and quantifying analysis method of the SEM images,and etc.The aggregates and pores in SEM images are identified using the different mathematics operators,and their effects are compared.The areas of aggregates and pores are obtained using the operator of morphology,and the influences of different thresholds in image segmentation are also discussed.The results show that the method,in which the variation of non-maximum grey-level gradient is limited,improves the effect of edge detections due to a weak distinction existing at the edge between the aggregates and pores in image.The determination of the threshold should combine the image characteristic with filling operation,so as to assure the precision of the image analysis,in which the contact-segmentation is the simplest and most effective method.The results also show that the pore areas in eco-materials are generally larger than those in the correlative soils,and their increment is large as soil fabric being fine.These differences are related to admixture of expansive perliticThe operator of morphology provides a new method for the image analysis of other porous material microstructure such as soils and concretes.

  7. Evaluation of surface alterations in different retreatment nickel-titanium files: AFM and SEM study.

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    Can Sağlam, Baran; Görgül, Güliz

    2015-05-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the surface changes of nickel titanium (Ni-Ti) rotary retreatment files after three and five uses. Furthermore, the effects of 2% sodium hypochlorite and chloroform solutions and sterilization procedures on the NiTi rotary retreatment surfaces were investigated. ProTaper Retreatment files, R-endo files, and Mtwo retreatment files were used for this study. The palatinal roots of maxillary molar teeth were obturated with gutta percha and Ah26. Retreatment procedures were performed with these retreatment file systems. The surface changes of untreated NiTi rotary files that were used three and five times, immersed in NaOCl and chloroform and subjected to sterilization procedures were investigated with atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The RMS values, three dimensional images and SEM images at various magnifications were obtained. RMS values showed that all three NiTi rotary retreatment file systems showed significant deteriorations after three and five uses. Cracks, damages and spiral construction deteriorations were detected in the SEM images after three and five uses. Furthermore, the Mtwo 15 file was broken off after five uses. AFM data indicated that 2% NaOCl caused significant surface deteriorations on NiTi rotary files and both AFM and SEM evaluation showed that chloroform solution and sterilization procedures did not cause significant surface deteriorations. In conclusion, ProTaper retreatment, R-endo, and Mtwo retreatment files showed surface damages depending on retreatment procedures. Clinicians have to consider that retreatment files always have a tendency to break off after the third time they have been used.

  8. Transformational Leadership Style and Job Satisfaction Relationship: A Study of Structural Equation Modeling (SEM)

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    W. A. Wan Omar; Fauzi Hussin

    2013-01-01

    The objective of the study was to empirically investigate the relationships between transformational leadership style proxied by charismatic or inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation, and individualized consideration with job satisfaction. 100 respondents from an academic institution in Malaysia had voluntarily participated in the study. The data was analyzed by means of confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) using SPSS Amos software. The revised structural equation modeling (SEM) for...

  9. SEM study of ultrastructural changes in branchial architecture of Ctenopharyngodon idella (Cuvier & Valenciennes) exposed to chlorpyrifos

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    Kaur Mandeep; Jindal Rajinder

    2016-01-01

    We evaluated structural modifications in the branchial architecture of grass carp, Ctenopharyngodon idella, chronically exposed to chlorpyrifos (an organophosphate) using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Static renewal tests were conducted for 96 h to determine the LC50 of chlorpyrifos to the fish. Physicochemical analysis of water was done using standard methods. To assess the effect of chronic toxicity, fish were exposed to two sublethal concentrations...

  10. SEM/EDS analysis for problem solving in the food industry

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    Niemeyer, Wayne D.

    2015-10-01

    For forensic investigation in the food industry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) in conjunction with energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS) is a powerful, often non-destructive, instrumental analysis tool to provide information about: • Identification of inorganic (and some organic) materials found as foreign contaminants in food products returned by consumers or detected during quality control inspections in the production facilities • Identification of wear particles found in production lines • Distribution of materials within a matrix • Corrosion and failure analysis of production equipment The identification of materials by SEM/EDS is accomplished through a combination of morphology by SEM imaging and the elemental composition of the material by EDS. Typically, the EDS analysis provides a qualitative spectrum showing the elements present in the sample. Further analysis can be done to quantify the detected elements in order to further refine the material identification. Metal alloys can often be differentiated even within the same family such as 300 Series stainless steels. Glass types can be identified by the elemental composition where the detected elements are quantified as the oxides of each element. In this way, for example, common window glass is distinguishable from insulation glass used in many ovens. Wear particles or fragments from breakage can find their way into food products. SEM/EDS analysis of the materials is an important resource to utilize when trying to determine the original source. Suspected source materials can then be sampled for comparative analysis. EDS X-ray mapping is another tool that is available to provide information about the distribution of materials within a matrix. For example, the distribution of inorganic ingredients in a dried food helps to provide information about the grind and blend of the materials.

  11. Morphological analysis of polymers on hair fibers by SEM and AFM

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    Valéria Fernandes Monteiro; Aline Martins Duboc Natal; Luís Edmundo Bastos Soledade; Elson Longo

    2003-01-01

    The polyquaternium 7® polymer is widely used in cosmetic formulations. Morphologic alterations in hair fibers were observed after the application of the polyquaternium 7® polymer, using SEM and AFM. Continuous applications of this product indicated that it accumulates on the fibers, improving the aspect of the hair surface. Quantitative analysis of the images obtained by AFM was undertaken. The data obtained for the hair surface roughness indicates that the fibers treated with the polymer pre...

  12. GammaSem Proceedings. A Nordic seminar for users of gamma spectrometry

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    Straalberg, E. (ed.) (Institute for Energy Technolgy (Norway)); Berg, K. (National Institute of Radiation Protection (Denmark)); Dowdall, M. (Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (Norway)) (and others)

    2010-11-15

    The project GammaSem was proposed to the NKS in 2008. The aim of the project was to arrange two seminars for users of gamma spectrometry, in 2009 and 2010. The seminars were meant to provide a forum for discussions and sharing of information on practical issues concerning gamma spectrometry and initiate a network of gamma spectrometry users in the Nordic countries. Such a Nordic network should strengthen the collaboration between laboratories and improve all participants' competence in practical gamma spectrometry. Both seminars' focus was practical challenges met by the users themselves, rather than theoretical matters. Scientists and users of gamma spectrometry from all five Nordic countries were invited to the seminar, as well as scientist from the Baltic countries. A total of 65 people signed up for GammaSem 2010; representing 30 different universities, commercial companies, research institutes and authorities. The working group concept as presented at last year's GammaSem, has not worked out as intended. The reason for this is probably because most of the laboratories that signed up to join the working groups, signed up because they wanted to learn more about the different subjects. In combination with the fact that no funding was made available for the working groups, it was difficult to establish goals on what to achieve. None of the working groups applied for funding from the NKS (or elsewhere) to establish separate projects. There is a big need for more cooperation and for training within the field of gamma spectrometry. This fact has been proved through these two seminars, both by the many different topics that have been discussed, but also by the huge interest for participating in the suggested series of workshop. The GammaSem seminars have thus provided a much welcomed starting point for a broader Nordic collaboration. (Author)

  13. Optical Microscopy and SEM Study of Pyrolytic Carbon Deposits from Coke Ovens

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    Barranco, Richelieu; Patrick, John W.; Snape, Colin E.; Wu, Tao; Poultney, Ruth M.; Barriocanal Rueda, Carmen; Díez Díaz-Estébanez, M.ª Antonia

    2007-01-01

    The presence of pyrolytic carbon deposits can cause a number of serious problems in the operation of a coke oven. The main objective of the investigation was to study the nature and characteristics of pyrolytic carbon deposits in industrial coke ovens, with particular emphasis on the nature of the carbon deposited adjacent to the oven walls. Study of the carbon deposits by optical microscopy and SEM showed a variable concentration of carbon entities as well as differences in packing density.

  14. SEM OBSERVATION OF THE CRAZING FOR POLYPHENYLQUINOXALINE FILMS DURING IN SITU STRETCHING

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    Wan-jun Liu; Jing-shu Shen; Feng-cai Lu; Mao Xu

    1999-01-01

    The crazing of polyphenylquinoxaline (PPQ-E) films during in situ stretching has been observed by SEM. The crazing phenomena and craze morphology of PPQ-E films were interpreted. The strain values at critical crazing and yielding and the craze stability of PPQ-E samples depend on the thermal-dealing condition for the samples. From the point of view of cohesional entanglements and energy absorbed by samples, the experiment results were explained.

  15. The effects of various irrigating solutions on intra-radicular dentinal surface: An SEM analysis

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    Karunakaran, J. V.; S.Senthil Kumar; Mohan Kumar; Chandrasekhar, S.; Namitha, D.

    2012-01-01

    Aim: The action of irrigant solutions on intra- radicular dentinal surface were evaluated in an in vitro setting using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and it was observed that sodium hypochlorite and MTAD produced the cleanest surface and that none of the irrigants were able to produce an ideal preparation of the dentinal surface when used individually. The primary objective of endodontic therapy is to achieve a clean, optimal environment in root canals to avoid unsuccessful treatment ou...

  16. Ontologías y Web Semántica 2005. Resumen del taller

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    Corcho, Oscar; A. GÓMEZ-PÉREZ; Fernández López, Mariano; Ramos Gargantilla, JA.

    2006-01-01

    En este artículo se resumen los resultados obtenidos en el taller “Ontologías y Web Semántica 2005”, que fue celebrado el día 14 de noviembre de 2005 en Santiago de Compostela, en el contexto de la Conferencia de la Asociación Española para la Inteligencia Artificial (CAEPIA2005).

  17. Observation of a fused dual-fiber sensor head tips by SEM

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    Xiaoxu Wang; Junxiu Lin; Dehe Wang

    2006-01-01

    The shape and microstructure of the fiber-optic liquid-level sensor head, which was made of two fusionspliced multimode optical fibers, were experimentally studied by using scanning electron microscope (SEM)technology in order to optimize the performance characteristic of the fiber sensor head. The parabolic profile of the sensor head was found to be better and having length-width ratio from 1.2:1 to 1.3:1. Some other useful possibilities were proposed.

  18. Characterization of technical surfaces with a coupled SEM-EDA-image analyzer system

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    A coupled system of SEM-EDA and quantitative image analysis was used to determine the local distribution of the elements Al, Mg, Ni and Cr on a limiter surface exposed to the fusion plasma. The example of a graphite limiter surface covered with droplets of INCONEL 600 was used to show how the droplet volume distribution can be automatically determined with an image from the scanning electron microscope together with the IBAS II image analysis system. (Author)

  19. 协同抑制番茄ACO1对果实成熟及病程相关蛋白基因表达的影响%The Influence of Co-suppressing Tomato 1-Aminocyclopropane-1-Carboxylic Acid Oxidase I on the Expression of Fruit Ripening-Related and Pathogenesis-Related Protein Genes

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    胡宗利; 陈国平; 吕丽娟; 陈绪清; GRIERSON Donald

    2007-01-01

    [目的]探讨协同抑制番茄ACO1基因对果实成熟和病程相关蛋白基因表达、内源乙烯生物合成及果实耐贮性的影响.[方法]采用PCR或RT-PCR方法克隆了番茄ACC氧化酶1、ACC氧化酶3、EBF1、PR1、PR5以及NP24基因片段,并以此制备探针,以协同抑制ACO1的转基因番茄和野生型番茄为研究对象,进行Northern杂交,同时测定了伤害叶片和果实的乙烯释放量,并进行了果实贮藏试验等.[结果]Northern杂交结果表明,番茄ACO1基因表达被抑制后,与果实成熟相关基因LeACO3和LeEBF1,以及病程相关蛋白基因LePR1、LePR5 和LeNP24的表达量急剧降低.乙烯释放量测定试验和果实贮藏试验结果表明,协同抑制LeACO1番茄完整和受伤叶片以及完整果实内源乙烯释放量相对于野生型番茄大大减少,成熟果实贮藏时间延长.[结论]协同抑制番茄ACO1基因表达的同时,与果实成熟相关基因和病程相关蛋白基因的表达也不同程度地受到抑制,而且其内源乙烯生物合成减少,果实耐贮性增强.

  20. Um Analisador Semântico Inferencialista de Sentenças em Linguagem Natural

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    Vladia Pinheiro

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo descreve um raciocinador semântico para entendimento de linguagem natural que implementa um algoritmo que raciocina sobre o conteúdo inferencial de conceitos e padrões de sentenças – o Analisador Semântico Inferencialista (SIA. O SIA implementa um raciocínio material e holístico sobre a rede de potenciais inferências em que os conceitos de uma língua podem participar, considerando como os conceitos estão relacionados na sentença, de acordo com padrões de estruturas sintáticas. A medida de relacionamento inferencial e o processo de raciocínio do SIA são descritos. O SIA é usado como raciocinador semântico em um sistema de extração de informações sobre crimes – WikiCrimesIE. Os resultados obtidos e uma análise comparativa são apresentados e discutidos, servindo para a identificação de vantagens e oportunidades de melhoria para o SIA.

  1. Fuzzy Control and Connected Region Marking Algorithm-Based SEM Nanomanipulation

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    Dongjie Li

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The interactive nanomanipulation platform is established based on fuzzy control and connected region marking (CRM algorithm in SEM. The 3D virtual nanomanipulation model is developed to make up the insufficiency of the 2D SEM image information, which provides the operator with depth and real-time visual feedback information to guide the manipulation. The haptic device Omega3 is used as the master to control the 3D motion of the nanopositioner in master-slave mode and offer the force sensing to the operator controlled with fuzzy control algorithm. Aiming at sensing of force feedback during the nanomanipulation, the collision detection method of the virtual nanomanipulation model and the force rending model are studied to realize the force feedback of nanomanipulation. The CRM algorithm is introduced to process the SEM image which provides effective position data of the objects for updating the virtual environment (VE, and relevant issues such as calibration and update rate of VE are also discussed. Finally, the performance of the platform is validated by the ZnO nanowire manipulation experiments.

  2. FIB-SEM tomography of human skin telocytes and their extracellular vesicles.

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    Cretoiu, Dragos; Gherghiceanu, Mihaela; Hummel, Eric; Zimmermann, Hans; Simionescu, Olga; Popescu, Laurentiu M

    2015-04-01

    We have shown in 2012 the existence of telocytes (TCs) in human dermis. TCs were described by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) as interstitial cells located in non-epithelial spaces (stroma) of many organs (see www.telocytes.com). TCs have very long prolongations (tens to hundreds micrometers) named Telopodes (Tps). These Tps have a special conformation with dilated portions named podoms (containing mitochondria, endoplasmic reticulum and caveolae) and very thin segments (below resolving power of light microscopy), called podomers. To show the real 3D architecture of TC network, we used the most advanced available electron microscope technology: focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM) tomography. Generally, 3D reconstruction of dermal TCs by FIB-SEM tomography revealed the existence of Tps with various conformations: (i) long, flattened irregular veils (ribbon-like segments) with knobs, corresponding to podoms, and (ii) tubular structures (podomers) with uneven calibre because of irregular dilations (knobs) - the podoms. FIB-SEM tomography also showed numerous extracellular vesicles (diameter 438.6 ± 149.1 nm, n = 30) released by a human dermal TC. Our data might be useful for understanding the role(s) of TCs in intercellular signalling and communication, as well as for comprehension of pathologies like scleroderma, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, etc.

  3. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) as an approach for nanoparticle detection inside cells.

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    Havrdova, M; Polakova, K; Skopalik, J; Vujtek, M; Mokdad, A; Homolkova, M; Tucek, J; Nebesarova, J; Zboril, R

    2014-12-01

    When developing new nanoparticles for bio-applications, it is important to fully characterize the nanoparticle's behavior in biological systems. The most common techniques employed for mapping nanoparticles inside cells include transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). These techniques entail passing an electron beam through a thin specimen. STEM or TEM imaging is often used for the detection of nanoparticles inside cellular organelles. However, lengthy sample preparation is required (i.e., fixation, dehydration, drying, resin embedding, and cutting). In the present work, a new matrix (FTO glass) for biological samples was used and characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) to generate images comparable to those obtained by TEM. Using FE-SEM, nanoparticle images were acquired inside endo/lysosomes without disruption of the cellular shape. Furthermore, the initial steps of nanoparticle incorporation into the cells were captured. In addition, the conductive FTO glass endowed the sample with high stability under the required accelerating voltage. Owing to these features of the sample, further analyses could be performed (material contrast and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS)), which confirmed the presence of nanoparticles inside the cells. The results showed that FE-SEM can enable detailed characterization of nanoparticles in endosomes without the need for contrast staining or metal coating of the sample. Images showing the intracellular distribution of nanoparticles together with cellular morphology can give important information on the biocompatibility and demonstrate the potential of nanoparticle utilization in medicine.

  4. Tin amalgam mirrors: investigation by XRF, SEM-EDS, XRD and EPMA-WDS mapping

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    Arizio, E.; Orsega, E. F.; Sommariva, G.; Falcone, R.

    2013-06-01

    Ancient mirrors were constituted by a tin-mercury amalgam layer superimposed to a glass sheet. This was the only one method used until the nineteenth century, when the wet silvering process was invented. The tin amalgam is a binary alloy of tin and mercury constituted by two different phases: a mercury-rich liquid phase and a tin-rich solid phase. The amalgam alteration produces mercury loss and a general growth of the solid crystalline phase. In addition, tin dioxide and monoxide are formed with a consequent decrease of the amalgam adhesion to the glass. These degradation phenomena led to reduction or disappearance of the mirror reflective power. The aim of this study was the characterization of the amalgam layers of eight mirror samples dating during the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. The samples were analyzed by X-ray diffraction and by a Scanning Electron Microscope with an Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (SEM-EDS), and for the first time on this type of alloy by X-ray Fluorescence and EPMA-WDS (Electron Probe Micro Analysis with Wavelength Dispersive Spectrometry) elemental mapping. The contents of tin, mercury, and some trace elements in the amalgam layers have been determined. The investigation of the superficial patterns of the amalgam by SEM, EPMA-WDS mapping, and SEM-EDS allowed a first understanding of some morphologies and processes of the degradation of the amalgam layer.

  5. Comparative sem evaluation of three solvents used in endodontic retreatment: an ex vivo study

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    Miriam F. Zaccaro Scelza

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available This study compared, by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, the efficacy of three solvents on the removal of filling materials from dentinal tubules during endodontic retreatment. Forty human maxillary canines with straight canals were prepared according to a crown-down technique and enlarged to a#30 apical file size, before obturation with gutta-percha and a zinc-oxide-eugenol based sealer. The samples were stored for 3 months before being randomly assigned to four groups: chloroform (n=10, orange oil (n=10, eucalyptol (n=10 and control (n=10. Solvents were applied to a reservoir created on the coronal root third using Gates Glidden drills. The total time for retreatment using the solvents was 5 minutes per tooth. Following retreatment the roots were split longitudinally for SEM evaluation. SEM images were digitized, analyzed using Image ProPlus 4.5 software, and the number of dentinal tubules free of filling material from the middle and apical thirds was recorded. No significant difference was found among the solvent groups regarding the number of dentinal tubules free of root filling remnants in the middle and apical root thirds (p>0.05. However, the control group had fewer dentinal tubules free of filling material (p<0.05. Under the tested conditions, it may be concluded that there was no significant difference among the solvents used to obtain dentinal tubules free of filling material remnants.

  6. 3D nanostructure reconstruction based on the SEM imaging principle, and applications

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    This paper addresses a novel 3D reconstruction method for nanostructures based on the scanning electron microscopy (SEM) imaging principle. In this method, the shape from shading (SFS) technique is employed, to analyze the gray-scale information of a single top-view SEM image which contains all the visible surface information, and finally to reconstruct the 3D surface morphology. It offers not only unobstructed observation from various angles but also the exact physical dimensions of nanostructures. A convenient and commercially available tool (NanoViewer) is developed based on this method for nanostructure analysis and characterization of properties. The reconstruction result coincides well with the SEM nanostructure image and is verified in different ways. With the extracted structure information, subsequent research of the nanostructure can be carried out, such as roughness analysis, optimizing properties by structure improvement and performance simulation with a reconstruction model. Efficient, practical and non-destructive, the method will become a powerful tool for nanostructure surface observation and characterization. (paper)

  7. Generation of large field SEM image by panorama composition technology for nano-order measurement

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    Semiconductor manufacturing has a pressing need for a method to accurately evaluate the global shape deformation of a photomask pattern. We thus propose a novel composition technique for a large field panorama image of scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The proposed method optimises the arrangement of segmented imaging regions (SIRs), which are components of a panorama image, on the basis of the design data of the photomask pattern layout. The quantity of the line pattern segment, which is a clue to the connection in an overlapping region between adjoining SIRs and the connectability of any two SIRs, is evaluated. As a result of the optimisation, it is guaranteed that all SIR images can be connected theoretically. For 30 evaluation points, the maximum connection error of the SIR images was 1.5 nm in a simulation using pseudo-SEM images. The maximum total measurement error, which includes the connection error and CD measurement error from the panorama image, is estimated at 2.5 nm. This error was equivalent to about 1.4% of the photomask line width (target: 3%). The experiments using real SEM images demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method. It was visually confirmed that a large field, high-resolution and seamless panorama image can be generated. (paper)

  8. Modelling and analysis of FMS productivity variables by ISM, SEM and GTMA approach

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    Jain, Vineet; Raj, Tilak

    2014-09-01

    Productivity has often been cited as a key factor in a flexible manufacturing system (FMS) performance, and actions to increase it are said to improve profitability and the wage earning capacity of employees. Improving productivity is seen as a key issue for survival and success in the long term of a manufacturing system. The purpose of this paper is to make a model and analysis of the productivity variables of FMS. This study was performed by different approaches viz. interpretive structural modelling (ISM), structural equation modelling (SEM), graph theory and matrix approach (GTMA) and a cross-sectional survey within manufacturing firms in India. ISM has been used to develop a model of productivity variables, and then it has been analyzed. Exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) are powerful statistical techniques. CFA is carried by SEM. EFA is applied to extract the factors in FMS by the statistical package for social sciences (SPSS 20) software and confirming these factors by CFA through analysis of moment structures (AMOS 20) software. The twenty productivity variables are identified through literature and four factors extracted, which involves the productivity of FMS. The four factors are people, quality, machine and flexibility. SEM using AMOS 20 was used to perform the first order four-factor structures. GTMA is a multiple attribute decision making (MADM) methodology used to find intensity/quantification of productivity variables in an organization. The FMS productivity index has purposed to intensify the factors which affect FMS.

  9. On-line Scanned Probe Microscopy Transparently Integrated with DualBeam SEM/FIB Systems

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    Ignatov, Andrey; Komissar, Anatoly; Lewis, Aaron

    2013-03-01

    A multifunctional scanning probe microscope (SPM) will be described that transparently integrates with a DualBeam SEM/FIB System. This is done without perturbing any of the capabilities of the Dual Beam in terms of detectors, gas injectors, analyzers etc while allowing for a completely exposed probe tip to be imaged online even with immersion objectives at working distances as short as 4 mm. In addition, the completely free motion of the rotation axis of the stage is maintained with the probe tip at the eucentric point, this makes it possible to orient the sample in any direction on any structure The X and Y scan range of the atomic force microscopic (AFM) imaging achieves 35 microns with rough motion over 10 millimeters. This permits the SPM to tilt into position perpendicular to the SEM or FIB or under an angle for rapid and accurate placement of the probe tip at or on structures such as biopolymeric materials that are nanometric in X, Y and Z extent. Thus, not only can a structure's nanometric height be accurately profiled but this can be accomplished with the on-line excellence of SEM for X, Y metrology. Furthermore, electron and ion beam sensitive samples can be imaged and characterized by AFM at high resolution.

  10. Syngine: On-Demand Synthetic Seismograms from the IRIS DMC based on AxiSEM & Instaseis

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    van Driel, Martin; Hutko, Alex; Krischer, Lion; Trabant, Chad; Stähler, Simon; Nissen-Meyer, Tarje

    2016-04-01

    This presentation highlights the IRIS DMC's Synthetics Engine (Syngine), a new on-demand synthetic seismogram service (ds.iris.edu/ds/products/syngine/) that complements the time series data IRIS has traditionally distributed. The synthetics are accessible using a web service for user specified source-receiver combinations and a variety of Earth models. Syngine is designed to be extremely fast, making it feasible to request large numbers of source-receiver combinations. This capability supports studying variations in source properties, Earth models or temporal changes in instrument responses. We have computed a set of global-scale databases of Green's functions using the spectral-element method AxiSEM (www.axisem.info , see also abstract EGU2016-9008) for selected well known spherically symmetric Earth models (PREM, IASP91, AK135f...) with anisotropy and attenuation. Fine-scale models have resolution from 1 to about 100 sec periods with durations of 60 minutes; lower resolution models extend to a few hours duration. Behind the scenes, the web service runs Instaseis (www.instaseis.net), a system that rapidly calculates broadband synthetic seismograms from the pre-calculated Green's functions. Receivers may be specified at arbitrary coordinates or using real network and station codes, which are resolved using metadata at the DMC. The service also provides optional, on-demand processing methods, including convolution with a specified moment tensor (specified explicitly or by GCMT ID) and one of a few source-time functions with variable duration. The interface is designed to be callable by scripts and to support automated processing workflows. The DMC also provides a user-friendly command line Fetch script to download selections of synthetics. This new resource provides a powerful tool in multiple research areas where synthetic seismograms are useful. Regarding the Instaseis/AxiSEM functionality, one only needs to perform two forward calculations with AxiSEM for a

  11. AxiSEM: Exploiting structural complexity for efficient wave propagation across the scales

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    Nissen-Meyer, Tarje; van Driel, Martin; Leng, Kuangdai; Stähler, Simon; Krischer, Lion; Hosseini, Kasra

    2016-04-01

    Our open-source seismic modeling method AxiSEM (www.axisem.info) is presented a backbone for numerous further extensions, including accurate and efficient wave propagation in 3D Earth models, a database mode (www.instaseis.net), local domains, hybrid methods, and waveform sensitivity kernels for tomography. Our general mantra is to enable wave propagation across the observable frequency spectrum in a most efficient manner by adapting the methodology directly to the level of structural complexity, in the vein of Occam's razor. The basic AxiSEM approach relies upon axisymmetric (including spherically symmetric) models, thereby satisfying a large fraction of observable data. The benefit of this method stems from the resultant dimensional collapse to two numerical dimensions, whereby the third azimuthal dimension is tackled analytically. For high-frequency wave propagation, this leads to 3-4 orders of magnitude speedup in computational cost compared to 3D domain discretizations. AxiSEM is highly scalable anywhere between laptops and supercomputers, and includes novel, optimized implementations of viscoelasticity and anisotropy. We present benchmarks, data comparisons, a range of unique applications from inner-core anisotropy to noise modeling and lowermost mantle structures. 1D structures are exploited by instaseis, a methodology to extract full, broadband and accurate waveforms instantaneously from wavefield databases computed with AxiSEM. A webservice built on instaseis ("syngine") has been launched at IRIS (see abstract EGU2016-8190) to generate on-demand synthetics up to 1Hz for prominent Earth models. 3D structures are tackled by our recent extension AxiSEM3D: We expand the wavefield in the azimuthal dimension in Fourier series, leading to a drastic computational cost speedup compared to classic 3D methods (up to a factor of 100), especially in the high-frequency regime. We will show benchmarks for typical global tomographic models and sketch our approach to

  12. The ITZ in concrete with natural and recycled aggregates: Study of microstructures based on image and SEM analysis

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    Bonifazi, G.; Capobianco, G.; Serranti, S.; Eggimann, M.; Wagner, E.; Di Maio, F.; Lotfi, S.

    2015-01-01

    Aim of this work was to investigate the microstructure of the Interfacial Transition Zone (ITZ) between cement paste and aggregate in concrete utilizing Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) in order to identify possible effects on the ITZ related to different recipes and production parameters. SEM is

  13. Débito cardíaco e fração de ejeção fetal por meio do spatio-temporal image correlation (STIC: comparação entre fetos masculinos e femininos Fetal cardiac output and ejection fraction by spatio-temporal image correlation (STIC: comparison between male and female fetuses

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    Christiane Simioni

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Comparar do débito cardíaco (DC e a fração de ejeção (FE do coração de fetos masculinos e femininos obtidos por meio da ultrassonografia tridimensional, utilizando o spatio-temporal image correlation (STIC. MÉTODOS: Realizou-se um estudo de corte transversal com 216 fetos normais, entre 20 a 34 semanas de gestação, sendo 108 masculinos e 108 femininos. Os volumes ventriculares no final da sístole e diástole foram obtidos por meio do STIC, sendo as avaliações volumétricas realizadas pelo virtual organ computer-aided analysis (VOCAL com rotação de 30º. Para o cálculo do DC utilizou-se a fórmula: DC= volume sistólico/frequência cardíaca fetal, enquanto que para a FE utilizou-se a fórmula: FE= volume sistólico/volume diastólico final. O DC (combinado, feminino e masculino e a FE (masculina e feminina foram comparadas utilizando-se o teste t não pareado e ANCOVA. Foram criados gráficos de dispersão com os percentis 5, 50 e 95. RESULTADOS: A média do DC combinado, DC direito, DC esquerdo, FE direita e FE esquerda, para feminino e masculino, foram 240,07 mL/min; 122,67 mL/min; 123,40 mL/min; 72,84%; 67,22%; 270,56 mL/min; 139,22 mL/min; 131,34 mL/min; 70,73% e 64,76%, respectivamente; sem diferença estatística (P> 0,05. CONCLUSÕES: O DC e a FE fetal obtidos por meio da ultrassonografia tridimensional (STIC não apresentaram diferença significativa em relação ao gênero.OBJECTIVE: To compare the cardiac output (CO and ejection fraction (EF of the heart of male and female fetuses obtained by 3D-ultrasonography using spatio-temporal image correlation (STIC. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study with 216 normal fetuses, between 20 and 34 weeks of gestation, 108 male and 108 female. Ventricular volumes at the end of systole and diastole were obtained by STIC, and the volumetric assessments performed by the virtual organ computer-aided analysis (VOCAL rotated 30º. To calculate the DC used the formula

  14. Avaliação ecocardiográfica do desenvolvimento cardíaco de cavalos atletas: comparação entre atividades físicas distintas

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    Carolina C.M. Bonomo

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available A capacidade aeróbica dos equinos atletas pode ser explicada, em partes, pelo seu desenvolvimento cardíaco associado ao treinamento físico. O exame ecocardiográfico de equinos atletas permite a visualização destas alterações e da função cardíaca destes animais. Buscou-se avaliar ecocardiograficamente equinos de diferentes modalidades esportivas, para verificar se o tipo de atividade física desempenhada por cada grupo de animais promove diferenças estruturais ou funcionais cardíacas. 196 equinos foram submetidos à avaliação ecocardiográfica em repouso, sendo divididos em três grupos: grupo Polo, 44 equinos participantes de provas de Polo; grupo QM, 49 equinos da raça Quarto de Milha, participantes de provas de baliza e tambor, e grupo PSI, 103 equinos da raça Puro Sangue Inglês participantes de provas de corridas. Foram avaliados os seguintes índices cardíacos: SIV, DIVE e PLVE em sístole e diástole, AE em sístole, Ao em diástole, relação AE:Ao, FEj, VEj, VSFVE, VDFVE, FS%, E-S, TEVE, DC e FC. Os animais do grupo PSI apresentaram os maiores volumes de ventrículo esquerdo, tendo apresentado proporcionalmente menor eficiência quando analisado o VEj. Os animais do grupo Polo e QM apresentaram melhores valores quando analisadas as variáveis de função cardíaca. A atividade física mais intensa desempenhada pelos animais do grupo QM e Polo permitiu melhor desenvolvimento funcional do coração destes animais, tendo o grupo PSI, apresentado valores que sugerem que sua capacidade aeróbica ainda pode ser melhor explorada através de melhor orientação de seu treinamento físico.

  15. Efeitos do propofol sobre o sistema de condução cardíaca Efectos del propofol sobre el sistema de conducción cardíaco Effects of propofol on the cardiac conduction system

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    Paulo Warpechowski

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: Alguns estudos têm demonstrado que o uso do propofol é, algumas vezes, associado a bradiarritmias ou reversão de arritmias para ritmo sinusal. Essa propriedade do propofol sugere interferência no Sistema de Condução Cardíaco (SCC. CONTEÚDO: Realizou-se revisão com base nos principais artigos contemporâneos que englobam o uso do propofol na presença de arritmias cardía cas. Os autores discorrem sobre os mecanismos fisiopatológicos das taquiarritmias supraventriculares (TSV e as eventuais interferências causadas pelo propofol sobre o SCC. CONCLUSÕES: Os estudos realizados até então parecem indicar que, provavelmente, o propofol interfere nas TSV automáticas (pelo menos em crianças, mas não nas taquiarritmias em que o mecanismo seja de reentrada.JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: Algunos estudios han demostrado que el uso del propofol es algunas veces, asociado a bradiarritmias o a reversión de arritmias para ritmo sinusal. Esa propiedad del propofol nos sugiere una interferencia en el Sistema de Conducción Cardíaco (SCC. CONTENIDO: Se realizó una revisión en base a los principales artículos contemporáneos que engloban el uso del propofol cuando ocurren arritmias cardíacas. Los autores nos hablan sobre los mecanismos fisiopatológicos de las taquiarritmias supraventriculares y las eventuales interferencias causadas por el propofol sobre el SCC. CONCLUSIÓN: Los estudios realizados hasta ahora parecen indicar que probablemente, el propofol interfiere en las TSV automáticas (por lo menos en niños, pero no en las taquiarritmias en que el mecanismo sea de reentrada.BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Some studies have demonstrated that the use of propofol is occasionally associated with bradyarrhythmias or reversion of arrhythmias to sinus rhythm. This property of propofol suggests interference with the Cardiac Conduction System (CCS. CONTENTS: A review of the main contemporary articles on the use of propofol in

  16. Estudo comparativo entre cirurgia de revascularização miocárdica com e sem circulação extracorpórea em mulheres Comparative study between on-pump and off-pump coronary artery bypass graft in women

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    Michel Pompeu Barros de Oliveira Sá

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Tem sido bem documentado que mulheres têm taxas de morbimortalidade mais altas que homens submetidos à cirurgia de revascularização miocárdica (CRM. Em vista desta evidência, é necessário saber se há benefício da CRM sem circulação extracorpórea (CEC em comparação à CRM com CEC. OBJETIVOS: Comparar desfechos de morbimortalidade entre CRM sem CEC e CRM com CEC. MÉTODOS: Estudo retrospectivo. Nossa investigação analisa comparativamente o perfil clínico, 13 complicações relativas ao procedimento e mortalidade de uma população de 941 mulheres submetidas à CRM (549 sem CEC e 392 com CEC em dois hospitais, no período de janeiro de 2000 a dezembro de 2005. RESULTADOS: A taxa de mortalidade em mulheres submetidas à CRM sem CEC é menor que mulheres submetidas à CRM com CEC, entretanto, a diferença não é estatisticamente significativa (3,1% vs. 5,3%; P=0,134. As taxas de complicações analisadas (choque hemorrágico, neurológicas, respiratórias, insuficiência renal aguda, síndrome da angústia respiratória do adulto, septicemia, pneumonia, fibrilação atrial foram menores (diferença estatisticamente significativa em mulheres do grupo CRM sem CEC em comparação ao grupo CRM com CEC, com exceção das complicações baixo débito cardíaco e infecção de ferida operatória. CONCLUSÕES: As evidências sugerem que CRM sem CEC pode beneficiar as mulheres em comparação com CRM com CEC, pois parece reduzir as taxas de morbimortalidade. Dez das 13 complicações investigadas demonstraram uma significativa vantagem das mulheres submetidas à CRM sem CEC em relação àquelas submetidas à CRM com CEC.BACKGROUND: It has been well documented that women have higher morbidity and mortality rates than men following coronary artery bypass graft (CABG surgery. In view of this evidence, it is necessary to know if there is benefit to off-pump CABG surgery in women in comparison to on-pump CABG. OBJECTIVES: Compare

  17. Baixas doses de óxido nítrico na seleção dos pacientes candidatos a transplante cardíaco com hipertensão pulmonar Low doses of nitric oxide in the selection of candidates to heart transplantation with pulmonary hypertension

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    MEJIA Juan Alberto Cosquillo; Valdester Cavalcante PINTO Jr; BARROSO Haroldo Brasil; de Mesquita, Fernando Antônio; Waldomiro CARVALHO Jr.; CASTELO BRANCO José Matos Brito; SOUZA Flávio José Rocha; Maria Corina Amaral VIANA; SOUSA Patrícia Lopes; João David SOUSA NETO

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    A disfunção do ventrículo direito no pós-operatório do transplante cardíaco é uma complicação freqüente com morbimortalidade elevada. A avaliação hemodinâmica pulmonar dos candidatos precisa, às vezes, do emprego de prova farmacológica com o uso de drogas endovenosas vasodilatadoras tipo nitroprussiato de sódio (NTPNa), visando reduzir os níveis de pressão e resistência vascular pulmonar (RVP) elevados a níveis compatíveis com os protocolos de inclusão dos Programas de Transplante Cardíaco. V...

  18. Prevalência de transtornos psiquiátricos em portadores de prótese valvar mecânica com e sem febre reumática

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    Regina Ponce da Silva

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Valvulopatias cardíacas, causadas por febre reumática e outras etiologias, podem levar ao implante de prótese valvar mecânica e anticoagulação oral obrigatória. Comorbidade psiquiátrica pode reduzir a adesão à anticoagulação. Esse estudo teve como objetivo avaliar a prevalência de transtornos psiquiátricos em pacientes com prótese valvar mecânica. MÉTODOS: Foram avaliados 193 portadores de prótese valvar mecânica, sendo 135 com cardiopatia reumática, tendo sido utilizada a Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview, versão 5.0.0, para investigação quanto à presença de transtornos psiquiátricos. RESULTADOS: Foram encontrados os seguintes transtornos psiquiátricos nos pacientes avaliados: transtornos de ansiedade generalizada (16,6%, agorafobia (11,9%, fobia social (10,4%, depressão (9,8%, distimia (4,1% atual e 1% no passado, transtorno obsessivo-compulsivo (3,6%, pânico - vida inteira (1,6%, dependência ou abuso de substâncias (2%, dependência ou abuso de álcool (1%, episódio hipomaníaco (0,5% atual e 0,5% no passado, bulimia (0,5%. O risco de suicídio detectado foi de 13,4%. Ao ser comparada a prevalência dos transtornos no grupo com e sem cardiopatia reumática, não foi encontrada diferença estatisticamente significativa. CONCLUSÃO: Foi encontrada elevada comorbidade de transtornos psiquiátricos, principalmente transtornos ansiosos e depressão, sendo também elevado o risco de suicídio nessa população.

  19. Massa alimentícia sem glúten com elevado teor proteico obtida por processo convencional Gluten-free pasta with high protein content obtained by conventional processing

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    Marcio Schmiele

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    Full Text Available Indivíduos celíacos necessitam de dieta sem glúten como, por exemplo, massas alimentícias de arroz. No entanto, esse cereal apresenta o menor teor de proteínas, em relação aos demais cereais, e deficiência em características tecnológicas de cozimento e textura para as massas alimentícias. O objetivo deste trabalho foi desenvolver massa de farinha de arroz com alto teor de proteína através de Delineamento Composto Central Rotacional de três variáveis independentes, sendo: X1 - isolado proteico de soja (IPS - 0-20%; X2 - albumina de ovo modificada e desidratada (ALB - 0-15%; e X3 - farinha de arroz pré-gelatinizada (FAG - 0-30%. As massas foram analisadas quanto a tempo de cozimento (TC, perda de sólidos na água de cozimento (PS, aumento de peso (AP, firmeza e adesividade. Verificou-se que a adição de IPS, ALB e FAG influenciou significativamente (PCeliac individuals require a gluten free diet, which includes products such as rice pasta. However, this cereal has lower protein content, when compared with other cereals, and poor cooking and texture technological characteristics for pasta. The aim of this research was the development of rice pasta with high protein content through a Central and Rotational Composite Design with three independent variables, as follows: X1 - isolated soy protein (ISP - 0-20 %; X2 - modified and dehydrated egg albumin (ALB - 0-15 %; and X3 - pre-gelatinized rice flour (GRF - 0-30%. The pasta samples were analyzed for cooking time (CT, solid loss in cooking water (SL, weight gain (WG, firmness and adhesiveness. It was verified that ISP, ALB and GRF significantly influenced (P<0.10 CT, SL and firmness, with values between 300 and 525s, 2.22 and 9.84% and 4.82 and 11.13N, respectively. The optimum point was obtained with the addition of 17% ISP, 15% ALB and 15% GRF, indicating a product with excellent cooking and texture properties to include in the diet of celiacs.

  20. Mechatronic Development and Vision Feedback Control of a Nanorobotics Manipulation System inside SEM for Nanodevice Assembly.

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    Yang, Zhan; Wang, Yaqiong; Yang, Bin; Li, Guanghui; Chen, Tao; Nakajima, Masahiro; Sun, Lining; Fukuda, Toshio

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    Carbon nanotubes (CNT) have been developed in recent decades for nanodevices such as nanoradios, nanogenerators, carbon nanotube field effect transistors (CNTFETs) and so on, indicating that the application of CNTs for nanoscale electronics may play a key role in the development of nanotechnology. Nanorobotics manipulation systems are a promising method for nanodevice construction and assembly. For the purpose of constructing three-dimensional CNTFETs, a nanorobotics manipulation system with 16 DOFs was developed for nanomanipulation of nanometer-scale objects inside the specimen chamber of a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Nanorobotics manipulators are assembled into four units with four DOFs (X-Y-Z-θ) individually. The rotational one is actuated by a picomotor. That means a manipulator has four DOFs including three linear motions in the X, Y, Z directions and a 360-degree rotational one (X-Y-Z-θ stage, θ is along the direction rotating with X or Y axis). Manipulators are actuated by picomotors with better than 30 nm linear resolution and <1 micro-rad rotary resolution. Four vertically installed AFM cantilevers (the axis of the cantilever tip is vertical to the axis of electronic beam of SEM) served as the end-effectors to facilitate the real-time observation of the operations. A series of kinematic derivations of these four manipulators based on the Denavit-Hartenberg (D-H) notation were established. The common working space of the end-effectors is 2.78 mm by 4.39 mm by 6 mm. The manipulation strategy and vision feedback control for multi-manipulators operating inside the SEM chamber were been discussed. Finally, application of the designed nanorobotics manipulation system by successfully testing of the pickup-and-place manipulation of an individual CNT onto four probes was described. The experimental results have shown that carbon nanotubes can be successfully picked up with this nanorobotics manipulation system. PMID:27649180

  1. Measurement invariance via multigroup SEM: Issues and solutions with chi-square-difference tests.

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    Yuan, Ke-Hai; Chan, Wai

    2016-09-01

    Multigroup structural equation modeling (SEM) plays a key role in studying measurement invariance and in group comparison. When population covariance matrices are deemed not equal across groups, the next step to substantiate measurement invariance is to see whether the sample covariance matrices in all the groups can be adequately fitted by the same factor model, called configural invariance. After configural invariance is established, cross-group equalities of factor loadings, error variances, and factor variances-covariances are then examined in sequence. With mean structures, cross-group equalities of intercepts and factor means are also examined. The established rule is that if the statistic at the current model is not significant at the level of .05, one then moves on to testing the next more restricted model using a chi-square-difference statistic. This article argues that such an established rule is unable to control either Type I or Type II errors. Analysis, an example, and Monte Carlo results show why and how chi-square-difference tests are easily misused. The fundamental issue is that chi-square-difference tests are developed under the assumption that the base model is sufficiently close to the population, and a nonsignificant chi-square statistic tells little about how good the model is. To overcome this issue, this article further proposes that null hypothesis testing in multigroup SEM be replaced by equivalence testing, which allows researchers to effectively control the size of misspecification before moving on to testing a more restricted model. R code is also provided to facilitate the applications of equivalence testing for multigroup SEM. (PsycINFO Database Record

  2. Mechatronic Development and Vision Feedback Control of a Nanorobotics Manipulation System inside SEM for Nanodevice Assembly.

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    Yang, Zhan; Wang, Yaqiong; Yang, Bin; Li, Guanghui; Chen, Tao; Nakajima, Masahiro; Sun, Lining; Fukuda, Toshio

    2016-09-14

    Carbon nanotubes (CNT) have been developed in recent decades for nanodevices such as nanoradios, nanogenerators, carbon nanotube field effect transistors (CNTFETs) and so on, indicating that the application of CNTs for nanoscale electronics may play a key role in the development of nanotechnology. Nanorobotics manipulation systems are a promising method for nanodevice construction and assembly. For the purpose of constructing three-dimensional CNTFETs, a nanorobotics manipulation system with 16 DOFs was developed for nanomanipulation of nanometer-scale objects inside the specimen chamber of a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Nanorobotics manipulators are assembled into four units with four DOFs (X-Y-Z-θ) individually. The rotational one is actuated by a picomotor. That means a manipulator has four DOFs including three linear motions in the X, Y, Z directions and a 360-degree rotational one (X-Y-Z-θ stage, θ is along the direction rotating with X or Y axis). Manipulators are actuated by picomotors with better than 30 nm linear resolution and SEM) served as the end-effectors to facilitate the real-time observation of the operations. A series of kinematic derivations of these four manipulators based on the Denavit-Hartenberg (D-H) notation were established. The common working space of the end-effectors is 2.78 mm by 4.39 mm by 6 mm. The manipulation strategy and vision feedback control for multi-manipulators operating inside the SEM chamber were been discussed. Finally, application of the designed nanorobotics manipulation system by successfully testing of the pickup-and-place manipulation of an individual CNT onto four probes was described. The experimental results have shown that carbon nanotubes can be successfully picked up with this nanorobotics manipulation system.

  3. Nanosecond pulsed laser ablation of Ge investigated by employing photoacoustic deflection technique and SEM analysis

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    Yaseen, Nazish; Bashir, Shazia; Shabbir, Muhammad Kaif; Jalil, Sohail Abdul; Akram, Mahreen; Hayat, Asma; Mahmood, Khaliq; Haq, Faizan-ul; Ahmad, Riaz; Hussain, Tousif

    2016-06-01

    Nanosecond pulsed laser ablation phenomena of single crystal Ge (100) has been investigated by employing photoacoustic deflection as well as SEM analysis techniques. Nd: YAG laser (1064 nm, 10 ns, 1-10 Hz) at various laser fluences ranging from 0.2 to 11 J cm-2 is employed as pump beam to ablate Ge targets. In order to evaluate in-situe ablation threshold fluence of Ge by photoacoustic deflection technique, Continuous Wave (CW) He-Ne laser (632 nm, power 10 mW) is employed as a probe beam. It travels parallel to the target surface at a distance of 3 mm and after passing through Ge plasma it causes deflection due to density gradient of acoustic waves. The deflected signal is detected by photodiode and is recorded by oscilloscope. The threshold fluence of Ge, the velocity of ablated species and the amplitude of the deflected signal are evaluated. The threshold fluence of Ge comes out to be 0.5 J cm-2 and is comparable with the analytical value. In order to compare the estimated value of threshold with ex-situe measurements, the quantitative analysis of laser irradiated Ge is performed by using SEM analysis. For this purpose Ge is exposed to single and multiple shots of 5, 10, 50 and 100 at various laser fluences ranging from 0.2 to 11 J cm-2. The threshold fluence for single and multiple shots as well as incubation coefficients are evaluated. It is observed that the value of incubation co-efficient decreases with increasing number of pulses and is therefore responsible for lowering the threshold fluence of Ge. SEM analysis also reveals the growth of various features such as porous structures, non-uniform ripples and blisters on the laser irradiated Ge. It is observed that both the fluence as well as number of laser shots plays a significant role for the growth of these structures.

  4. To Evaluate the Efficacy of an Innovative Irrigant on Smear Layer Removal – SEM Analysis

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    Sukumaran, Vridhachalam Ganapathy; Subbiya, Arunajatesan

    2016-01-01

    Introduction The goal of endodontic therapy is to completely eliminate the microorganisms and the smear layer from the root canal in order to provide a good seal of the root filling materials. Aim The aim of this study was to find a viable alternative irrigant, which is easily available with less erosion and clinically acceptable smear layer removal by comparing the efficacy of EDTA and commercially available super-oxidized water, named Oxum, as a final rinse on smear layer removal and erosion in relation to coronal, middle and apical thirds of radicular dentin using Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) analysis. Materials and Methods Freshly extracted 30 human lower second premolar teeth with straight roots and type I canal anatomy were selected. The root canals were cleaned and shaped using Universal Protaper Rotary System. Irrigation was performed with 1 ml of 2.5% of NaOCl solution after each instrument change. The final irrigation (5 ml) sequence was as follows: Group I- 17% EDTA, Group II – OXUM, and Group III - 0.9% saline (control) for one minute. Then, the root canals were finally irrigated with 5ml of distilled water to remove any precipitate. The roots were then gently split into two halves using a chisel and subjected to SEM analysis. Results The SEM photomicrographs were evaluated by two independent examiners and Mann Whitney results showed that there was no statistically significant difference between the two examiners. Non-parametric statistical analysis of all experimental groups showed significant difference between coronal, middle and apical third for smear layer removal with p-value<0.05. For erosion, in group II (oxum) showed statistically significant difference between coronal, middle and apical third and it showed significantly less dentine erosion when compared to EDTA. Conclusion Within the limitations of the present study, Oxum the commercially available super-oxidized water proved to be equally effective in smear layer removal with less

  5. Analysis of Balance Scorecards Model Performance and Perspective Strategy Synergized by SEM

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    Waluyo Minto

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The performance assessment analysis after the economic crisis by using Balanced Scorecard (BSC method becomes a powerful and effective tool and can provide an integrated view of the performance of an organization. This strategy led to the Indonesian economy being stretched positively after the economic crisis. Taking effective decisions is not spared from combining four BSC perspectives and strategies that focus on a system with different behavior or steps. This paper combines two methods of BSC with structural equation modeling (SEM because they have the same concept, which is a causal relationship, where the research model concept SEM variables use BSC variable. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the influence of variables that synergized between balanced scorecard with SEM as a means of strategic planning in the future. This study used primary data with a large enough sample to meet the maximum likelihood estimation by assessment scale of seven semantic points. This research model is a combination of one and two step models. The next step is to test the measurement model, structural equation modeling, and modification models. The test results indicated that the model has multi colinearities. Therefore, the model is converted into one step model. The test results after being modified into a model of the goodness of fit indices showed a good score. All BSC variables have direct significant influence, including the perspective of strategic goals and sustainable competitive advantage. The implication of the simulation model of goodness of fit-modification results are DF = 227, Chi-square =276.550, P =0.058, CMIN/DF = 1.150, GFI = 0.831, AGFI = 0.791, CFI = 0.972, TLI = 0.965 and RMSEA = 0.039.

  6. Tumor suppressor protein SMAR1 modulates the roughness of cell surface: combined AFM and SEM study

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    Mamgain Hitesh

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Imaging tools such as scanning electron microscope (SEM and atomic force microscope (AFM can be used to produce high-resolution topographic images of biomedical specimens and hence are well suited for imaging alterations in cell morphology. We have studied the correlation of SMAR1 expression with cell surface smoothness in cell lines as well as in different grades of human breast cancer and mouse tumor sections. Methods We validated knockdown and overexpression of SMAR1 using RT-PCR as well as Western blotting in human embryonic kidney (HEK 293, human breast cancer (MCF-7 and mouse melanoma (B16F1 cell lines. The samples were then processed for cell surface roughness studies using atomic force microscopy (AFM and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The same samples were used for microarray analysis as well. Tumors sections from control and SMAR1 treated mice as well as tissues sections from different grades of human breast cancer on poly L-lysine coated slides were used for AFM and SEM studies. Results Tumor sections from mice injected with melanoma cells showed pronounced surface roughness. In contrast, tumor sections obtained from nude mice that were first injected with melanoma cells followed by repeated injections of SMAR1-P44 peptide, exhibited relatively smoother surface profile. Interestingly, human breast cancer tissue sections that showed reduced SMAR1 expression exhibited increased surface roughness compared to the adjacent normal breast tissue. Our AFM data establishes that treatment of cells with SMAR1-P44 results into increase in cytoskeletal volume that is supported by comparative gene expression data showing an increase in the expression of specific cytoskeletal proteins compared to the control cells. Altogether, these findings indicate that tumor suppressor function of SMAR1 might be exhibited through smoothening of cell surface by regulating expression of cell surface proteins. Conclusion Tumor suppressor

  7. Mechatronic Development and Vision Feedback Control of a Nanorobotics Manipulation System inside SEM for Nanodevice Assembly

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    Zhan Yang

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    Full Text Available Carbon nanotubes (CNT have been developed in recent decades for nanodevices such as nanoradios, nanogenerators, carbon nanotube field effect transistors (CNTFETs and so on, indicating that the application of CNTs for nanoscale electronics may play a key role in the development of nanotechnology. Nanorobotics manipulation systems are a promising method for nanodevice construction and assembly. For the purpose of constructing three-dimensional CNTFETs, a nanorobotics manipulation system with 16 DOFs was developed for nanomanipulation of nanometer-scale objects inside the specimen chamber of a scanning electron microscope (SEM. Nanorobotics manipulators are assembled into four units with four DOFs (X-Y-Z-θ individually. The rotational one is actuated by a picomotor. That means a manipulator has four DOFs including three linear motions in the X, Y, Z directions and a 360-degree rotational one (X-Y-Z-θ stage, θ is along the direction rotating with X or Y axis. Manipulators are actuated by picomotors with better than 30 nm linear resolution and <1 micro-rad rotary resolution. Four vertically installed AFM cantilevers (the axis of the cantilever tip is vertical to the axis of electronic beam of SEM served as the end-effectors to facilitate the real-time observation of the operations. A series of kinematic derivations of these four manipulators based on the Denavit-Hartenberg (D-H notation were established. The common working space of the end-effectors is 2.78 mm by 4.39 mm by 6 mm. The manipulation strategy and vision feedback control for multi-manipulators operating inside the SEM chamber were been discussed. Finally, application of the designed nanorobotics manipulation system by successfully testing of the pickup-and-place manipulation of an individual CNT onto four probes was described. The experimental results have shown that carbon nanotubes can be successfully picked up with this nanorobotics manipulation system.

  8. Cardiac markers: profile in rats experimentally infected with Toxocara canis Marcadores cardíacos: perfil em ratos infectados experimentalmente com Toxocara canis

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    Cecília Braga Laposy

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    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to evaluate the profile of the enzymes creatine kinase (CK, creatine kinase MB (CK-MB and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH in Wistar rats infected with 250 (GI, n = 24 or 1000 (GII, n = 24 Toxocara canis eggs. Animals were evaluated on days 7, 15, 30, 60, 120 and 180 post-infection (DPI. Only the GI rats showed an increase in CK and CK-MB, at 15 and 30 DPI, respectively. Anti-Toxocara spp. antibodies were detected by ELISA in infected animals. Despite of the presence of eosinophilic infiltrate in the heart of three infected animals, none larva was recovered from the organ neither by acid digestion nor by Baermann procedure. Eosinophilia was observed in both groups but there was no significant difference in the eosinophil counts between GI and GII (p = 0.2239. It is possible to consider that cardiac lesion is an eventual finding in murine model for toxocariasis.O objetivo do presente estudo foi avaliar o perfil das enzimas creatinoquinase (CK, creatinoquinase-MB (CK-MB e lactato desidrogenase (LDH em ratos Wistar infectados com 250 (GI, n = 24 ou 1000 (GII, n = 24 ovos de Toxocara canis. Os animais foram avaliados nos dias 7, 15, 30, 60, 120 e 180 pós-infecção (DPI. Observou-se que apenas os animais do GI apresentaram aumento da atividade de CK e CK-MB aos 15 e 30 DPI, respectivamente. Anticorpos anti-T. canis foram detectados por ELISA nos animais infectados. Apesar da presença de infiltrado eosinofílico em três animais infectados, nenhuma larva foi recuperada do coração pela digestão ácida ou pela técnica de Baermann. Eosinofilia foi observada em todos os momentos em GI e GII, sem diferença significativa entre os grupos (p = 0,2239. Pode-se considerar que as lesões cardíacas foram um achado eventual no modelo murino para toxocaríase.

  9. Fast Dating of Yongzheng Copper Coins in Tsing Empire by SEM-EDS

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    Lei Jun-feng; Zhu Zhi-hong; Zeng Li-bo; Tong Hua; Hu Ji-ming

    2004-01-01

    Twenty Yongzheng copper coins were fast dating by X-ray energy dispersive spectrometer with scanning electron microscope (SEM-EDS) according to official ingredient. The 20 coins were classified in two groups according to the results. Group 1 represents the coins minted before AD 1 728 and group 2 represents the coins minted after AD 1 728. At concentration range (0.00%-5.13%), the distribution of lead is not homogeneous in the coins, and the largest diameter of lead inclusion is less than 15 μm. The official fineness degrade is supported.

  10. Perfil psicomotor em crianças com e sem autismo: um estudo comparativo

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    Coelho, Ana Paula Mendes Augusto

    2011-01-01

    O presente artigo “Perfil Psicomotor em Crianças com e sem Autismo - Um estudo comparativo” pretende diferenciar os perfis psicomotores de duas crianças: uma com autismo e outra com um desenvolvimento normativo e verificar a importância do conceito de psicomotricidade na avaliação da progressão das suas aprendizagens. A metodologia utilizada para a elaboração deste trabalho é o estudo de caso comparativo (Yin, 2001). Os instrumentos utilizados para a recolha de dados foram a BPM, (Fonseca, 20...

  11. Using ICP-OES and SEM-EDX in biosorption studies

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    Michalak, Izabela; Chojnacka, Katarzyna; Marycz, Krzysztof

    2010-01-01

    We have compared the analytical results obtained by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES) and by scanning electron microscopy with an energy dispersive X-ray analytical system (SEM-EDX) in order to explore the mechanism of metal ions biosorption by biomass using two independent methods. The marine macroalga Enteromorpha sp. was enriched with Cu(II), Mn(II), Zn(II), and Co(II) ions via biosorption, and the biosorption capacity of alga determined from the solution a...

  12. Observation of the effect of cleaning the smear layer and tubule plugs with SEM

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    YU Dan-ni; DONG Ya-li

    2001-01-01

    To clean out the smear layer on teeth surface, and protect the teeth medulla, the experiment applied the study observing the cleanup of six groups of surface smear layer of dental caries and the tubule plugs reserving effect after using of different cavity cleansers with the help of SEM. The result implied that both the acidic preparations and chelator could clean out the smear layer on.teeth surface in some way, but the later one could also reserve partial tubule plugs, which reduce the stimulation to the teeth medulla. So the chelator is better cleansers in clinical use.

  13. Semântica gramatical: a significação dos pronomes

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    Nildemir Ferreira de Carvalho

    2001-01-01

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    O estudo analisa a significação das particulas pronominais entre as quais se incluem os determinantes, os pronomes substantivos e os advérbios pronominais. Para esta análise se adota o critério dos traços constrativos (Chomsky, 2. Os resultados do trabalho mostram que as categorias semânticas dos pronomes (lato sensu se associam, de uma forma ou de outra, às nações de DEFINIDADE e PESSOA DO DISCURSO.

  14. Axiología y semántica en André Martinet

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    Walter, Henriette

    2010-01-01

    La autora sintetiza el desarrollo del concepto de axiologie en la evolución del pensamiento científico de André Martinet, como análisis del significado en una lengua particular frente a la concepción de la semántica como el estudio del significado en general. El artículo se complementa con la muestra práctica de la elaboración de un análisis axiológico sobre ciertos campos significativos en francés.

  15. In situ SEM thermal fatigue of Al/graphite metal matrix composites

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    Zong, G. S.; Rabenberg, L.; Marcus, H. L.

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    Several thermal fatigue-induced failure mechanisms are deduced for unidirectional graphite-reinforced 6061 Al-alloy MMCs subjected to in situ thermal cycling. These thermal cycling conditions are representative of MMC service cycles in aerospace environments, where thermal fatigue is primarily associated with changes in the stress states near the interfaces due to coefficient of thermal expansion mismatch between fiber and matrix. This in situ SEM thermal-cycling study clarified such factors affecting MMCs' thermal fatigue as local fiber content and distribution, void volume, fiber stiffness, thermal excursion magnitude, and number of thermal cycles. MMC microfailure modes in thermal fatigue have been deduced.

  16. Validation of cell-free culture using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and gene expression studies.

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    Yang, R; Elankumaran, Y; Hijjawi, N; Ryan, U

    2015-06-01

    A cell-free culture system for Cryptosporidium parvum was analysed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to characterise life cycle stages and compare gene expression in cell-free culture and cell culture using HCT-8 cells. Cryptosporidium parvum samples were harvested at 2 h, 8 h, 14 h, 26 h, 50 h, 74 h, 98 h, 122 h and 170 h, chemically fixed and specimens were observed using a Zeiss 1555 scanning electron microscope. The presence of sporozoites, trophozoites and type I merozoites were identified by SEM. Gene expression in cell culture and cell-free culture was studied using reverse transcriptase quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) of the sporozoite surface antigen protein (cp15), the glycoprotein 900 (gp900), the Cryptosporidium oocyst wall protein (COWP) and 18S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) genes in both cell free and conventional cell culture. In cell culture, cp15 expression peaked at 74 h, gp900 expression peaked at 74 h and 98 h and COWP expression peaked at 50 h. In cell-free culture, CP15 expression peaked at 98 h, gp900 expression peaked at 74 h and COWP expression peaked at 122 h. The present study is the first to compare gene expression of C. parvum in cell culture and cell-free culture and to characterise life cycle stages of C. parvum in cell-free culture using SEM. Findings from this study showed that gene expression patterns in cell culture and cell-free culture were similar but in cell-free culture, gene expression was delayed for CP15 and COWP in cell free culture compared with the cell culture system and was lower. Although three life cycle stageswere conclusively identified, improvements in SEM methodology should lead to the detection of more life cycle stages.

  17. SEM Characterization of Extinguished Grains from Plasma-Ignited M30 Charges

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    Kinkennon, A.; Birk, A.; DelGuercio, M.; Kaste, P.; Lieb, R.; Newberry, J.; Pesce-Rodriguez, R.; Schroeder, M.

    2000-01-01

    M30 propellant grains that had been ignited in interrupted closed bomb experiments were characterize by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Previous chemical analysis of extinguished grains had given no indications of plasma-propellant chemical interactions that could explain the increased burning rates that had been previously observed in full-pressure closed bomb experiments. (This does not mean that there is no unique chemistry occurring with plasma ignition. It may occur very early in the ignition event and then become obscured by the burning chemistry.) In this work, SEM was used to look at grain morphologies to determine if there were increases in the surface areas of the plasma-ignited grains which would contribute to the apparent increase in the burning rate. Charges were made using 30 propellant grains (approximately 32 grams) stacked in two tiers and in two concentric circles around a plastic straw. Each grain was notched so that, when the grains were expelled from the bomb during extinguishment, it could be determined in which tier and which circle each grain was originally packed. Charges were ignited in a closed bomb by either a nickel wire/Mylar-capillary plasma or black powder. The bomb contained a blowout disk that ruptured when the pressure reached 35 MPa, and the propellant was vented into a collection chamber packed with polyurethane foam. SEM analysis of the grains fired with a conventional black powder igniter showed no signs of unusual burning characteristics. The surfaces seemed to be evenly burned on the exteriors of the grains and in the perforations. Grains that had been subjected to plasma ignition, however, had pits, gouges, chasms, and cracks in the surfaces. The sides of the grains closest to the plasma had the greatest amount of damage, but even surfaces facing the outer wall of the bomb had small pits. The perforations contained gouges and abnormally burned regions (wormholes) that extended into the web. The SEM photos indicated that

  18. Recent Optical and SEM Characterization of Genesis Solar Wind Concentrator Diamond on Silicon Collector

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    Allton, Judith H.; Rodriquez, M. C.; Burkett, P. J.; Ross, D. K.; Gonzalez, C. P.; McNamara, K. M.

    2013-01-01

    One of the 4 Genesis solar wind concentrator collectors was a silicon substrate coated with diamond-like carbon (DLC) in which to capture solar wind. This material was designed for analysis of solar nitrogen and noble gases [1, 2]. This particular collector fractured during landing, but about 80% of the surface was recovered, including a large piece which was subdivided in 2012 [3, 4, 5]. The optical and SEM imaging and analysis described below supports the subdivision and allocation of the diamond-on-silicon (DOS) concentrator collector.

  19. SEM, EDS, PL and absorbance study of CdTe thin films grown by CSS method

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    Hernandez-Torres, M.E.; Silva-Gonzalez, R.; Gracia-Jimenez, J.M. [Instituto de Fisica, BUAP, Apdo. Postal J-48, San Manuel, 72570 Puebla, Pue. (Mexico); Casarrubias-Segura, G. [CIE- UNAM, 62580 Temixco, Morelos (Mexico)

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    Oxygen-doped CdTe films were grown on conducting glass substrates by the close spaced sublimation (CSS) method and characterized using SEM, EDS, photoluminescence (PL) and absorbance. A significant change in the polycrystalline morphology is observed when the oxygen proportion is increased in the deposition atmosphere. The EDS analysis showed that all samples are nonstoichiometric with excess Te. The PL spectra show emission bands associated with Te vacancies (V{sub Te}), whose intensities decrease as the oxygen proportion in the CSS chamber is increased. The oxygen impurities occupy Te vacancies and modify the surfaces states, improving the nonradiative process. (author)

  20. Entorno para la inteligencia de negocio basada en tecnologías semánticas

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    Esteban Gil, Ángel

    2015-01-01

    Objetivos: La Inteligencia de Negocio (IN) requiere de la integración de diversas fuentes de datos que se suelen encontrar en las organizaciones y en sus entornos. El conocimiento generado por estas organizaciones se encuentra distribuido en sistemas heterogéneos o está en formatos en los que es prácticamente imposible su clasificación (imágenes, vídeos, etc.). En esta tesis se proponen metodologías y herramientas para generar una solución de Inteligencia de Negocio basada en tecnologías semá...

  1. Modelado semántico y ubicuo del comercio electrónico mediante Web Services

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    Peláez López, Juan Carlos; Mata Díaz, Jorge

    2003-01-01

    La demanda de interoperabilidad semántica y ubicuidad tecnológica en aplicaciones de comercio electrónico tiene un crecimiento exponencial. Añadir propiedades inteligentes a la Web actual, ya es una realidad a través del desarrollo e implementación de Web Services basados en estándares de fácil gestión y cada vez más estables, cumpliendo con los requerimientos básicos de Calidad de Servicio (QoS). Este trabajo presenta un análisis de la tecnología de los Web Service...

  2. Memoria Semántica y Autorregulación en Buenos y Malos Lectores

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    Rueda-Roja, Zulma Julieta

    2013-01-01

    La comprensión lectora hace parte del quehacer diario de un individuo en cualquier cultura reflejándose en el desempeño académico de los niños. Este estudio tiene como objetivo estudiar la relación de la lectura con la memoria semántica y la autorregulación como funciones ejecutivas o procesos neuropsicológicos superiores, en niños de cuarto primaria, analizando patrones que aporten a la comprensión de diferencias entre las habilidades lectoras de los niños con diferentes niveles de rendimien...

  3. Application of SEM/EDS to environmental geochemistry of heavy metals

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    Mateja Gosar

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Heavy metals represent a ubiquitous constituent of the near-surface environment, present in widely varyingconcentrations that typically have little impact on human behaviour and health. However, the mining of metals anduse of these metals in industrial processes has produced significant anthropogenic inputs of metals to both localand global environments. As such, a rigorous overview of the current accumulation of heavy metals and knowledgeof mineralogy of heavy metal-bearing phases is important for understanding their stability, solubility, mobility,bioavailability and toxicity. These data are of fundamental importance for environmental risk assessment and evaluationof future scenarios. Since conventional geochemical analyses provide limited information, other analyticalmethods have to be utilized for the characterisation of heavy metal-bearing phases. Significant analytical methodfor identification and characterisation of heavy metals in environmental media is a scanning electron microscopecoupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (SEM/EDS, an apparatus for qualitative and semi-quantitative chemical analysis at microne level, newly introduced to Geological Survey of Slovenia. Use of SEM/EDS was already introduced to environmental studies world-wide. In Slovenia, SEM/EDS analyses of environmental media werefirstly carried out on the Meža River stream sediments and snow deposits from Ljubljana urban area.Heavy metal-bearing phases in the Meža River stream sediments were apportioned to three source areas: Mežica mining/smelting area (geogenic-technogenic origin, Ravne ironworks area (technogenic origin and the Meža River catchment area (geogenic origin, which corresponds to data obtained by conventional geochemical and multivariate statistical methods. Airborne particles, identified in urban snow deposits, were interpreted as geogenic particles, represented by fragments of heavy metal-bearing minerals, and technogenic particles that

  4. An evaluation testing technique of single event effect using Beam Blanking SEM

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    Aoki, J.; Hada, T.; Pesce, A.; Akutsu, T.; Matsuda, S. [National Space Development Agency of Japan, Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan). Tsukuba Space Center; Igarashi, T.; Baba, S.

    1997-03-01

    Beam Blanking SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) testing technique has been applied to CMOS SRAM devices to evaluate the occurence of soft errors on memory cells. Cross-section versus beam current and LET curves derived from BBSEM and heavy ion testing technique, respectively, have been compared. A linear relation between BBSEM current and heavy ion LET has been found. The purpose of this study was to demonstrate that the application of focused pulsed electron beam could be a reliable, convenient and inexpensive tool to investigate the effects of heavy ions and high energy particles on memory devices for space application. (author)

  5. Los verbos denominales de cambio de estado experiencial: consideraciones sintáctico-semánticas

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    Lavale Ortiz, Ruth María

    2013-01-01

    El propósito de este artículo es analizar un conjunto de verbos denominales con significado causativo que hemos denominado experiencia/es. Concretamente, nos proponemos estudiar sus rasgos léxico-semánticos, su clasificación en tipos, su comportamiento sintáctico y su relación con otros conceptos como la localización y la posesión. El corpus de verbos denominales lo hemos extraído del Diccionario de la lengua española (DRAE 2001). Puesto que el diccionario académico no establece en gran parte...

  6. In-situ SEM and Stereomicroscope Study Delamination Evolution of Glass Fabric Reinforced Polycarbonate Composite

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    WANG Jun-bo; LI Ying-ming; XUE Ji-wen; SUN Yong-qi; ZHENG Shui-rong; SUN Man-lin

    2002-01-01

    The main objective of this study is to investigate the dynamic processes of the interlaminar fracture of the glass woven fabric reinforced polycarbonate composites through in- situ observation of specimen under mode I loading by SEM and stereomicroscope. The results show that the evolution processes of interlaminar damage consist of micro-crack initiation, growth and coalescence and advance forward of the main crack tip. The mode of crack propagation in fabric composite observed here seem to be the propagation along interface, interface change and fabric separation.

  7. Aplicación de un algoritmo ACO al problema de taller de flujo de permutación con tiempos de preparación dependientes de la secuencia y minimización de makespan An ant colony algorithm for the permutation flowshop with sequence dependent setup times and makespan minimization

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    Eduardo Salazar Hornig

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se estudió el problema de secuenciamiento de trabajos en el taller de flujo de permutación con tiempos de preparación dependientes de la secuencia y minimización de makespan. Para ello se propuso un algoritmo de optimización mediante colonia de hormigas (ACO, llevando el problema original a una estructura semejante al problema del vendedor viajero TSP (Traveling Salesman Problem asimétrico, utilizado para su evaluación problemas propuestos en la literatura y se compara con una adaptación de la heurística NEH (Nawaz-Enscore-Ham. Posteriormente se aplica una búsqueda en vecindad a la solución obtenida tanto por ACO como NEH.This paper studied the permutation flowshop with sequence dependent setup times and makespan minimization. An ant colony algorithm which turns the original problem into an asymmetric TSP (Traveling Salesman Problem structure is presented, and applied to problems proposed in the literature and is compared with an adaptation of the NEH heuristic. Subsequently a neighborhood search was applied to the solution obtained by the ACO algorithm and the NEH heuristic.

  8. Automated transmission-mode scanning electron microscopy (tSEM) for large volume analysis at nanoscale resolution.

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    Kuwajima, Masaaki; Mendenhall, John M; Lindsey, Laurence F; Harris, Kristen M

    2013-01-01

    Transmission-mode scanning electron microscopy (tSEM) on a field emission SEM platform was developed for efficient and cost-effective imaging of circuit-scale volumes from brain at nanoscale resolution. Image area was maximized while optimizing the resolution and dynamic range necessary for discriminating key subcellular structures, such as small axonal, dendritic and glial processes, synapses, smooth endoplasmic reticulum, vesicles, microtubules, polyribosomes, and endosomes which are critical for neuronal function. Individual image fields from the tSEM system were up to 4,295 µm(2) (65.54 µm per side) at 2 nm pixel size, contrasting with image fields from a modern transmission electron microscope (TEM) system, which were only 66.59 µm(2) (8.160 µm per side) at the same pixel size. The tSEM produced outstanding images and had reduced distortion and drift relative to TEM. Automated stage and scan control in tSEM easily provided unattended serial section imaging and montaging. Lens and scan properties on both TEM and SEM platforms revealed no significant nonlinear distortions within a central field of ∼100 µm(2) and produced near-perfect image registration across serial sections using the computational elastic alignment tool in Fiji/TrakEM2 software, and reliable geometric measurements from RECONSTRUCT™ or Fiji/TrakEM2 software. Axial resolution limits the analysis of small structures contained within a section (∼45 nm). Since this new tSEM is non-destructive, objects within a section can be explored at finer axial resolution in TEM tomography with current methods. Future development of tSEM tomography promises thinner axial resolution producing nearly isotropic voxels and should provide within-section analyses of structures without changing platforms. Brain was the test system given our interest in synaptic connectivity and plasticity; however, the new tSEM system is readily applicable to other biological systems. PMID:23555711

  9. Automated transmission-mode scanning electron microscopy (tSEM for large volume analysis at nanoscale resolution.

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    Masaaki Kuwajima

    Full Text Available Transmission-mode scanning electron microscopy (tSEM on a field emission SEM platform was developed for efficient and cost-effective imaging of circuit-scale volumes from brain at nanoscale resolution. Image area was maximized while optimizing the resolution and dynamic range necessary for discriminating key subcellular structures, such as small axonal, dendritic and glial processes, synapses, smooth endoplasmic reticulum, vesicles, microtubules, polyribosomes, and endosomes which are critical for neuronal function. Individual image fields from the tSEM system were up to 4,295 µm(2 (65.54 µm per side at 2 nm pixel size, contrasting with image fields from a modern transmission electron microscope (TEM system, which were only 66.59 µm(2 (8.160 µm per side at the same pixel size. The tSEM produced outstanding images and had reduced distortion and drift relative to TEM. Automated stage and scan control in tSEM easily provided unattended serial section imaging and montaging. Lens and scan properties on both TEM and SEM platforms revealed no significant nonlinear distortions within a central field of ∼100 µm(2 and produced near-perfect image registration across serial sections using the computational elastic alignment tool in Fiji/TrakEM2 software, and reliable geometric measurements from RECONSTRUCT™ or Fiji/TrakEM2 software. Axial resolution limits the analysis of small structures contained within a section (∼45 nm. Since this new tSEM is non-destructive, objects within a section can be explored at finer axial resolution in TEM tomography with current methods. Future development of tSEM tomography promises thinner axial resolution producing nearly isotropic voxels and should provide within-section analyses of structures without changing platforms. Brain was the test system given our interest in synaptic connectivity and plasticity; however, the new tSEM system is readily applicable to other biological systems.

  10. Fully covered self-expandable metal stents (SEMS, partially covered SEMS and self-expandable plastic stents for the treatment of benign esophageal ruptures and anastomotic leaks

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    van Boeckel Petra GA

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Benign esophageal ruptures and anastomotic leaks are life-threatening conditions that are often treated surgically. Recently, placement of partially and fully covered metal or plastic stents has emerged as a minimally invasive treatment option. We aimed to determine the clinical effectiveness of covered stent placement for the treatment of esophageal ruptures and anastomotic leaks with special emphasis on different stent designs. Methods Consecutive patients who underwent placement of a fully covered self-expandable metal stent (FSEMS, a partially covered SEMS (PSEMS or a self-expanding plastic stent (SEPS for a benign esophageal rupture or anastomotic leak after upper gastrointestinal surgery in the period 2007-2010 were included. Data on patient demographics, type of lesion, stent placement and removal, clinical success and complications were collected Results A total of 52 patients received 83 esophageal stents (61 PSEMS, 15 FSEMS, 7 SEPS for an anastomotic leak (n = 32, iatrogenic rupture (n = 13, Boerhaave's syndrome (n = 4 or other cause (n = 3. Endoscopic stent removal was successful in all but eight patients treated with a PSEMS due to tissue ingrowth. Clinical success was achieved in 34 (76%, intention-to-treat: 65% patients (PSEMS: 73%, FSEMS: 83%, SEPS: 83% after a median of 1 (range 1-5 stent and a median stenting time of 39 (range 7-120 days. In total, 33 complications in 24 (46% patients occurred (tissue in- or overgrowth (n = 8, stent migration (n = 10, ruptured stent cover (all Ultraflex; n = 6, food obstruction (n = 3, severe pain (n = 2, esophageal rupture (n = 2, hemorrhage (n = 2. One (2% patient died of a stent-related cause. Conclusions Covered stents placed for a period of 5-6 weeks may well be an alternative to surgery for treating benign esophageal ruptures or anastomotic leaks. As efficacy between PSEMS, FSEMS and SEPS is not different, stent choice should depend on expected risks of stent migration

  11. GA-ACO for solving flexible job shop scheduling problem%求解柔性作业车间调度问题的遗传-蚁群算法

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    陈成; 邢立宁

    2011-01-01

    为更有效地求解柔性作业车间调度问题,提出了一种遗传一蚁群算法,该算法采用遗传算法解决机器分配问题,采用蚁群算法解决工序排序问题.存算法的求解过程中,不断从前期优化中挖掘、学习知识,并采用已获得的知识指导后续优化过程.通过标准实例测试,验证了所提算法的有效性.%To solve flexible job shop scheduling problem effectively, a hybrid approach which combined Genetic Algorithm(GA)with Ant Colony Optimization(ACO)was proposed. GA was applied to tackle machine assignment problem, while AC() was employed to deal with operation sequencing problem. In the solution process, knowledge was continuously learned from previous optimization process and then adopted to guide subsequent optimization. Effectiveness of the proposed algorithm was validated through an experiment.

  12. 3D imaging of cells and tissues by focused ion beam/scanning electron microscopy (FIB/SEM).

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    Drobne, Damjana

    2013-01-01

    Integration of a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and focused ion beam (FIB) technology into a single FIB/SEM system permits use of the FIB as a nano-scalpel to reveal site-specific subsurface microstructures which can be examined in great detail by SEM. The FIB/SEM technology is widely used in the semiconductor industry and material sciences, and recently its use in the life sciences has been initiated. Samples for FIB/SEM investigation can be either embedded in a plastic matrix, the traditional means of preparation of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) specimens, or simply dried as in samples prepared for SEM imaging. Currently, FIB/SEM is used in the life sciences for (a) preparation by the lift-out technique of lamella for TEM analysis, (b) tomography of samples embedded in a matrix, and (c) in situ site-specific FIB milling and SEM imaging using a wide range of magnifications. Site-specific milling and imaging has attracted wide interest as a technique in structural research of single eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, small animals, and different animal tissue, but it still remains to be explored more thoroughly. In the past, preparation of samples for site-specific milling and imaging by FIB/SEM has typically adopted the embedding techniques used for TEM samples, and which have been very well described in the literature. Sample preparation protocols for the use of dried samples in FIB/SEM have been less well investigated. The aim of this chapter is to encourage application of FIB/SEM on dried biological samples. A detailed description of conventional dried sample preparation and FIB/SEM investigation of dried biological samples is presented. The important steps are described and illustrated, and direct comparison between embedded and dried samples of same tissues is provided. The ability to discover links between gross morphology of the tissue or organ, surface characteristics of any selected region, and intracellular structural details on the nanometer

  13. Contribución desde la neuropsicología al estudio de la memoria semántica

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    Leticia Vivas; Ricardo García García

    2010-01-01

    La memoria semántica ha sido estudiada desdediversos campos. Los primeros modelos surgierondesde la psicología cognitiva de la mano de la divisiónpropuesta por Tulving entre memoria semánticay episódica. En los últimos treinta años se hanproducido desarrollos en paralelo en los camposde la psicolingüística, la psicología cognitiva y laneuropsicología cognitiva. El presente trabajo sepropone revisar los aportes que han surgido desdela neuropsicología al estudio de la memoria semántica,así como...

  14. Microstructure of ferrospheres in fly ashes: SEM, EDX and ESEM analysis

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    Qing-feng XUE; Sheng-gao LU

    2008-01-01

    Ferrospheres in fly ashes from a coal-fired power plant were extracted by a magnetic separation technique and their microstructure was studied by scanning electron microscopy(SEM),energy dispersive X-ray analysis(EDX)and environmental scanning electron microscopy(ESEM).Ferrospheres in fly ashes show significant iron enrichment compared to their respective fly ashes.Iron oxides in ferrospheres mainly occur as minerals magnetite(Fe3O4)and hematite(α-Fe2O3),which are derived mainly from the decomposition and oxidation of iron-bearing minerals in coal during combustion.EDX data indicate that ferrospheres also contain Si,S,Al and Ca resulting from quartz,mullite,anhydrite and amorphous materials.A large percentage of ferrospheres are commonly 5~50 μm in size.The microstructure of ferrospheres includes smooth,polygonal,dendritic,granular and molten drop characteristics.SEM coupled with EDX provided fast and accurate results of the microstructure and chemical composition of ferrospheres,and helped us to assess environmental issues related to the disposal and utilization of fly ashes.

  15. Cupula-receptor cell relationships with evidence provided by SEM microdissection.

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    Barber, V C; Emerson, C J

    1979-01-01

    Ampullae from the inner ear of the skate, Raja ocellata, were examined by SEM to further elucidate the relationships of the sensory hairs of the receptor cells to the overlying cupula. Specimens were prepared by a variety of methods and were fractured to visualize these relationships. Critical point drying resulted in good cellular and sensory hair preservation, but the cupulae were grossly shrunken. Freeze-dried cupulae, in contrast, more closely approximated the in vivo condition. Although tissues suffered freezing damage, sensory hair bundles were readily discerned. In both critical point dried and freeze-dried ampullae, the peripheral hair cell bundles and the kinocilia of most of the central hair cells, extended across the subcupular space and contacted the cupular material. Some of the specimens were further investigated by dissection in the SEM, the process being viewed in real time stereo. Microdissection confirmed that most kinocilia were attached to the cupula. When the cupula was displaced, sensory hair bundles remained attached to it and broke preferentially at their base from the receptor cells.

  16. Using ICP-OES and SEM-EDX in biosorption studies

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    We have compared the analytical results obtained by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES) and by scanning electron microscopy with an energy dispersive X-ray analytical system (SEM-EDX) in order to explore the mechanism of metal ions biosorption by biomass using two independent methods. The marine macroalga Enteromorpha sp. was enriched with Cu(II), Mn(II), Zn(II), and Co(II) ions via biosorption, and the biosorption capacity of alga determined from the solution and biomass composition before and after biosorption process was compared. The first technique was used to analyze the composition of the natural and metal-loaded biomass, and additionally the composition of the solution before and after biosorption. The second technique was used to obtain a picture of the surface of natural and metal ion-loaded macroalgae, to map the elements on the cell wall of dry biomass, and to determine their concentration before and after biosorption. ICP-OES showed a better precision and lower detection limit than EDX, but SEM-EDX gave more information regarding the sample composition of Enteromorpha sp. Both techniques confirmed that biosorption is a surface phenomenon, in which alkali and alkaline earth metal ions were exchanged by metal ions from aqueous solution. (author)

  17. Effect of two bleaching agents on enamel morphology: a SEM study

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    Ghavam M.

    2005-05-01

    Full Text Available Statement of Problem: Bleaching materials are able to change the surface morphology as well as mineral and organic content of tooth structure. Considering that bleaching is done for aesthetic purpose, awareness of the possible effect of these materials on hard tissue is important, because it may affect the restorative treatments. Purpose: The aim of this study was comparing the effect of two bleaching materials, Kimia and Ultradent both containing 35% H2O2, on tooth enamel by SEM. Materials and Methods: Five intact central incisors were cut into three sections vertically and each part was randomly divided into three groups. Group 1 (control, without any bleaching. Group 2, bleached with Kimia 35% H2O2. Group 3, bleached with Ultradent 35% H2O2. Each tooth served as its own control. Then the samples were observed by SEM with 250 and 500 magnifications. Results: In the control group some scratches and small white grains were observed which seems to be the result of mastication trauma and pumice powder. In the other groups, morphologic changes like increased surface roughness, deepening of cracks, rod exposure and presence of new cracks were observed. The two experimental materials did not differ in these regards. Conclusion: It seems that both studied materials have limited destructive effects on tooth enamel which seems to be of no clinical importance.

  18. Identification of possible sources of particulate matter in the personal cloud using SEM/EDX

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    Conner, Teri L.; Williams, Ronald W.

    2004-10-01

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) conducted the Baltimore Particulate Matter (PM) Epidemiology-Exposure Study of the Elderly during the summer of 1998. The study design included PM2.5 samples obtained from elderly (65+ years of age) retirement facility residents using personal exposure sampling devices. These sampling devices were also used to obtain PM2.5 samples at fixed locations within the personal monitoring subjects' apartments. Selected personal and apartment samples were examined using scanning electron microscopy with individual-particle X-ray analysis (SEM/EDX), providing a qualitative assessment of the chemical and physical characteristics of geological and trace element particles collected within these micro-environments at the retirement facility. This information was used to identify possible indoor source particles. The manual surveys of the personal samples revealed that some particles larger than 2.5 μm reached the filter surface. Using SEM/EDX, several particle types with possible indoor origins were identified. The Al-Zr-Cl particle is likely to have originated from a personal antiperspirant product. Particles with a talc or alumino-silicate composition point to cosmetics as a possible source. Large cadmium-containing particles were also found, which may indicate the use of art pigments or ceramic glazes, or emissions from television screen phosphors. A greater variety of particles was observed in a personal sample compared with its corresponding fixed-location apartment sample.

  19. Tratamento da forma mucosa de leishmaniose sem resposta a glucantime, com anfotericina B liposomal

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    Raimunda Nonata Ribeiro Sampaio

    1997-04-01

    Full Text Available Tratamos com ambisome (2 a 5g totais de dose seis pacientes com leishmaniose mucosa sem resposta a tratamento com glucantime (20mg SbV/kg/dia. A dose diária usada foi 2 a 3mg/kg/dia, aplicada por um mínimo de 20 dias. Após 26 a 38 meses de acompanhamento, cinco pacientes estão clinicamente curados. Um recidivou aos 6 meses. Não foram observados efeitos colaterais além de cefaléia, após a injeção. O ambisome constitue uma opção terapêutica para os pacientes com leishmaniose mucosa sem resposta aos antimoniais.We treated six patients with mucosal leishmaniasis who failed to respond to glucantime (20mg/kg/day with ambisome (2-5 grams total dose. The daily dose was 2-3mg/kg/day given for a minimum of 20 days. After 26-38 months of follow up, five patients were clinically cured. One relapsed after six months. No side effects of therapy were observed apart from headache after injection. Ambisome is a therapeutic option for patients with mucosal leishmaniasis unresponsive to antimonials.

  20. Compositional and technological features of glazed pottery from Aosta Valley (Italy): a SEM-EDS investigation.

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    Gulmini, Monica; Appolonia, Lorenzo; Framarin, Patrizia; Mirti, Piero

    2006-11-01

    Twelve finds from archaeological excavations carried out in the Aosta region (Italy) were studied by scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy-dispersive X-ray detection (SEM-EDS). The archaeological samples were shards of glazed pottery dating from the fourth to the seventh century AD. Analysis of ceramic bodies revealed a general homogeneity in composition among the studied samples and the use of a noncalcareous clay for their manufacture; however, two shards stand out due to their high iron contents. Glazes proved to be high-lead products with more than 70% PbO in all of the samples investigated but one. For the latter, a composition poorer in lead and richer in silicon, aluminium and iron was found. SEM observation of the contact region between body and glaze suggests that the vitreous coatings were mostly obtained by applying the glazing components onto the unfired clay body; moreover, a comparison between clay and glaze compositions suggests the use of a lead compound mixed with a silica-rich material, not a lead compound by itself. PMID:17028850