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  1. Speedy Mic's Photograph

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    2007-12-01

    Using observations from ESO's VLT, astronomers were able for the first time to reconstruct the site of a flare on a solar-like star located 150 light years away. The study of this young star, nicknamed 'Speedy Mic' because of its fast rotation, will help scientists better understand the youth of our Sun. ESO PR Photo 53/07 ESO PR Photo 53/07 Mapping Spots on Speedy Mic The astronomers [1] observed the star BO Microscopii [2] during two consecutive nights in October 2006, simultaneously with the UVES spectrograph on ESO's Very Large Telescope and ESA's XMM-Newton X-ray satellite. Using a technique called 'Doppler imaging' [3], the astronomers reconstructed images of the surface of the star, detecting the presence of several spots. A few are near the visible pole, while most spots are asymmetrically distributed at mid-latitudes. "The image we could secure of Speedy Mic is, given its distance, a real achievement, that allows us to localise for the first time ever the source of a flare and its surrounding," says Uwe Wolter, lead author of the paper relating the discovery. The X-ray observations indeed identified several flares, which are sudden and vast releases of energy. For one of them, the astronomers could pinpoint its origin on the surface of the star. The flare, lasting about 4 hours, was a hundred times more energetic than a large solar flare and considerably larger than solar coronal loops. The surprising finding, the team says, was the location of the flare. Contrary to our Sun, the site of the observed flare does not correspond to the detected spots [4]. "Interestingly, the flare occurs on a rather inconspicuous portion of the star's surface, away from the main concentration of activity in terms of dark spots," explains Wolter. Speedy Mic is a very young star: with an age of only about 30 million years, it is roughly 150 times younger than the Sun. "It is very likely that our young Sun was a fast rotator as well," says Wolter. "Studying Speedy Mic is thus

  2. Wild-Type and Non-Wild-Type Mycobacterium tuberculosis MIC Distributions for the Novel Fluoroquinolone Antofloxacin Compared with Those for Ofloxacin, Levofloxacin, and Moxifloxacin.

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    Yu, Xia; Wang, Guirong; Chen, Suting; Wei, Guomei; Shang, Yuanyuan; Dong, Lingling; Schön, Thomas; Moradigaravand, Danesh; Parkhill, Julian; Peacock, Sharon J; Köser, Claudio U; Huang, Hairong

    2016-09-01

    Antofloxacin (AFX) is a novel fluoroquinolone that has been approved in China for the treatment of infections caused by a variety of bacterial species. We investigated whether it could be repurposed for the treatment of tuberculosis by studying its in vitro activity. We determined the wild-type and non-wild-type MIC ranges for AFX as well as ofloxacin (OFX), levofloxacin (LFX), and moxifloxacin (MFX), using the microplate alamarBlue assay, of 126 clinical Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains from Beijing, China, of which 48 were OFX resistant on the basis of drug susceptibility testing on Löwenstein-Jensen medium. The MIC distributions were correlated with mutations in the quinolone resistance-determining regions of gyrA (Rv0006) and gyrB (Rv0005). Pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) data for AFX were retrieved from the literature. AFX showed lower MIC levels than OFX but higher MIC levels than LFX and MFX on the basis of the tentative epidemiological cutoff values (ECOFFs) determined in this study. All strains with non-wild-type MICs for AFX harbored known resistance mutations that also resulted in non-wild-type MICs for LFX and MFX. Moreover, our data suggested that the current critical concentration of OFX for Löwenstein-Jensen medium that was recently revised by the World Health Organization might be too high, resulting in the misclassification of phenotypically non-wild-type strains with known resistance mutations as wild type. On the basis of our exploratory PK/PD calculations, the current dose of AFX is unlikely to be optimal for the treatment of tuberculosis, but higher doses could be effective. PMID:27324769

  3. Anchor-based English-Chinese Bilingual Chunk Alignment Model

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    WU We-lin; CHENG Chang-sheng; XU Liang-xian; LU Ru-zhan

    2005-01-01

    Chunk alignment for the bilingual corpus is the base of Example-based Machine Translation. An anchor-based English-Chinese bilingual chunk alignment model and the corresponding algorithm of alignment are presented in this paper. It can effectively overcome the sparse data problem due to the limited size of the bilingual corpus. In this model, the chunk segmentation disambiguation is delayed to the alignment process, and hence the accuracy of chunk segmentation is improved. The experimental results demonstrate the feasibility and viability of this model.

  4. Multicenter study of isavuconazole MIC distributions and epidemiological cutoff values for the Cryptococcus neoformans-Cryptococcus gattii species complex using the CLSI M27-A3 broth microdilution method

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    Espinel-Ingroff, A.; Chowdhary, A.; Gonzalez, G.M.; Guinea, J.; Hagen, F.; Meis, J.F.G.M.; Thompson, G.R.; Turnidge, J.

    2015-01-01

    Epidemiological cutoff values (ECVs) of isavuconazole are not available for Cryptococcus spp. The isavuconazole ECVs based on wild-type (WT) MIC distributions for 438 Cryptococcus neoformans nongenotyped isolates, 870 isolates of genotype VNI, and 406 Cryptococcus gattii isolates from six laboratori

  5. Determination of MIC distribution of arbekacin, cefminox, fosfomycin, biapenem and other antibiotics against gram-negative clinical isolates in South India: a prospective study.

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    Sangeetha Rajenderan

    Full Text Available To determine the in vitro activity of antibiotics, including arbekacin, cefminox, fosfomycin and biapenem which are all still unavailable in India, against Gram-negative clinical isolates.We prospectively collected and tested all consecutive isolates of Escherichia coli, Klebsiella spp., Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acinetobacter spp. from blood, urine and sputum samples between March and November 2012. The minimum inhibition concentration (MIC of 16 antibiotics was determined by the broth micro-dilution method.Overall 925 isolates were included; 211 E. coli, 207 Klebsiella spp., 153 P. aeruginosa, and 354 Acinetobacter spp. The MIC50 and MIC90 were high for cefminox, biapenem and arbekacin for all pathogens but interpretative criteria were not available. The MIC50 was categorized as susceptible for a couple of antibiotics, including piperacillin/tazobactam, carbapenems and amikacin, for E. coli, Klebsiella spp. and P. aeruginosa. However, for Acinetobacter spp., the MIC50 was categorized as susceptible only for colistin. On the other hand, fosfomycin was the only antibiotic that inhibited 90% of E. coli and Klebsiella spp. isolates, while 90% of P. aeruginosa isolates were inhibited only by colistin. Finally, 90% of Acinetobacter spp. isolates were not inhibited by any antibiotic tested.Fosfomycin and colistin might be promising antibiotics for the treatment of infections due to E. coli or Klebsiella spp. and P. aeruginosa, respectively, in India; however, clinical trials should first corroborate the in vitro findings. The activity of tigecycline should be evaluated, as this is commonly used as last-resort option for the treatment of multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter infections.

  6. Determination of MIC distribution and epidemiological cutoff values for bedaquiline and delamanid in Mycobacterium tuberculosis using the MGIT 960 system equipped with TB eXiST.

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    Keller, Peter M; Hömke, Rico; Ritter, Claudia; Valsesia, Giorgia; Bloemberg, Guido V; Böttger, Erik C

    2015-07-01

    Bedaquiline (Sirturo) and delamanid (Deltyba) have recently been approved by the regulatory authorities for treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Antimicrobial susceptibility testing is not established for either substance. On the basis of the use of the MGIT 960 system equipped with EpiCenter/TB eXiST, we determined a mean bedaquiline MIC for wild-type strains of 0.65 mg/liter (median, 0.4 mg/liter) and an epidemiological cutoff (ECOFF) of 1.6 mg/liter; for delamanid, a mean wild-type drug MIC of 0.013 mg/liter (median, 0.01 mg/liter) and an ECOFF of 0.04 mg/liter were determined. PMID:25941226

  7. Determination of MIC Distribution and Epidemiological Cutoff Values for Bedaquiline and Delamanid in Mycobacterium tuberculosis Using the MGIT 960 System Equipped with TB eXiST

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    Peter M Keller; Hömke, Rico; Ritter, Claudia; Valsesia, Giorgia; Bloemberg, Guido V.; Böttger, Erik C.

    2015-01-01

    Bedaquiline (Sirturo) and delamanid (Deltyba) have recently been approved by the regulatory authorities for treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Antimicrobial susceptibility testing is not established for either substance. On the basis of the use of the MGIT 960 system equipped with EpiCenter/TB eXiST, we determined a mean bedaquiline MIC for wild-type strains of 0.65 mg/liter (median, 0.4 mg/liter) and an epidemiological cutoff (ECOFF) of 1.6 mg/liter; for delamanid, a mea...

  8. The frequent occurrence of MIC

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    Graff, Matthias [Gesellschaft fuer Technische Mikrobiologie und Hygieneueberwachung - Dr. Graff und Partner, Stadtweg 9, D-38176 Wendeburg (Germany); Neubert, Volkmar [Institut fuer Materialpruefung und Werkstofftechnik Dr. Doelling und Dr. Neubert GmbH, Freiberger Strasse 1, D-38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld (Germany)

    2004-07-01

    Microbial induced corrosion (MIC) is not as rare as many materials scientist and corrosion practitioners do believe. It is not an exotic and scarce event, but can be found frequently in many fields of corrosion research, provided that it is looked for. The reason for the relatively few descriptions of MIC cases seems to be the fact, that the microbiological approach is not widely known and applied in the world of materials science. MIC is not so much a corrosion mechanism on its own, but it enhances the corrosion rates of the 'normal' mechanisms to such an extent, that in some cases 'incredible' fast corrosion progress can be observed. The reason is the microorganisms' function as bio-catalysts: Chemical reactions, which are very slow under normal chemical conditions can be highly accelerated by living organisms. Besides that, several microorganisms do produce very corrosive substances which in natural environments do not occur without the activity of microorganisms, e. g. sulfuric or nitric acid. We want to point out, that it can be very worthy to take microbial induced corrosion into account. MIC is not the general answer for all unsolved corrosion problems, but to think about it helps in many corrosion cases as the authors had to experience. The initial indication for the presence of MIC are markedly increased corrosion rates. In the following, some of our 'lessons' are presented as short case studies: Two of them deal with steel corrosion characterized by increased corrosion rates. The third example presents corrosion damage of aluminium structures, where from a technical point of view corrosion was not expected, least of all microbial induced corrosion. (authors)

  9. Anchor-Based Methods for Judgmentally Estimating Item Difficulty Parameters. LSAC Research Report Series.

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    Hambleton, Ronald K.; Sireci, Stephen G.; Swaminathan, H.; Xing, Dehui; Rizavi, Saba

    The purposes of this research study were to develop and field test anchor-based judgmental methods for enabling test specialists to estimate item difficulty statistics. The study consisted of three related field tests. In each, researchers worked with six Law School Admission Test (LSAT) test specialists and one or more of the LSAT subtests. The…

  10. Experiences on MIC monitoring by electrochemical techniques

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    Cristiani, P.; Perboni, G.; Hilbert, Lisbeth Rischel;

    2002-01-01

    Some results of practical experiences on the performances of electrochemical and electric MIC monitoring techniques, coming from the discussion in the Brite-Euram thematic network "MIC of industrial materials", are presented in this paper.......Some results of practical experiences on the performances of electrochemical and electric MIC monitoring techniques, coming from the discussion in the Brite-Euram thematic network "MIC of industrial materials", are presented in this paper....

  11. MicNeSs: genotyping microsatellite loci from a collection of (NGS) reads.

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    Suez, Marie; Behdenna, Abdelkader; Brouillet, Sophie; Graça, Paula; Higuet, Dominique; Achaz, Guillaume

    2016-03-01

    Microsatellites are widely used in population genetics to uncover recent evolutionary events. They are typically genotyped using capillary sequencer, which capacity is usually limited to 9, at most 12 loci for each run, and which analysis is a tedious task that is performed by hand. With the rise of next-generation sequencing (NGS), a much larger number of loci and individuals are available from sequencing: for example, on a single run of a GS Junior, 28 loci from 96 individuals are sequenced with a 30X cover. We have developed an algorithm to automatically and efficiently genotype microsatellites from a collection of reads sorted by individual (e.g. specific PCR amplifications of a locus or a collection of reads that encompass a locus of interest). As the sequencing and the PCR amplification introduce artefactual insertions or deletions, the set of reads from a single microsatellite allele shows several length variants. The algorithm infers, without alignment, the true unknown allele(s) of each individual from the observed distributions of microsatellites length of all individuals. MicNeSs, a python implementation of the algorithm, can be used to genotype any microsatellite locus from any organism and has been tested on 454 pyrosequencing data of several loci from fruit flies (a model species) and red deers (a nonmodel species). Without any parallelization, it automatically genotypes 22 loci from 441 individuals in 11 hours on a standard computer. The comparison of MicNeSs inferences to the standard method shows an excellent agreement, with some differences illustrating the pros and cons of both methods.

  12. Correlation study between sensitive ratio percentage of MIC distribution ofPseudomonas aeruginosa to antibacterials and defined daily doses%铜绿假单胞菌MIC分布敏感百分数与抗菌药物使用频度相关性研究

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    刘颖; 毛璐; 吕艳伟; 李锦; 吴俊; 张会英

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨铜绿假单胞菌对三类常用抗菌药物的敏感率(S%)、最低抑菌浓度分布敏感百分数(S%MIC)与药物使用频度(DDDs)之间的关系,评价DDDs对S%、S%MIC的先期影响,为抗菌药物早期调控提供参考.方法:采用回顾性分析方法,利用美国BD公司 BD EpiCenter System微生物分析软件记录2008 – 2014年哌拉西林/他唑巴坦、美罗培南及左氧氟沙星的药敏试验结果;利用我院药库统计系统收集和计算抗菌药物使用相关数据,利用SPSS13.0统计软件对相关数据进行统计学分析.结果:2008 – 2014年间铜绿假单胞菌共计1492例,为革兰阴性感染菌首位.哌拉西林/他唑巴坦组:2008 – 2014年间该类药的DDDs呈下降趋势,2008 – 2012年、2008 – 2013年及2008 – 2014年间MIC 4 μg·mL-1组S%MIC均与DDDs负相关,16 μg·mL-1组S%MIC均与DDDs正相关,S%与DDDs均无显著相关性.美罗培南组:2008 – 2014年间碳青霉烯类的DDDs呈上升趋势,美罗培南MIC 1 μg·mL-1组S%MIC与DDDs负相关;2008 – 2012年、2018 – 2013年及2008 – 2014年间MIC 16 μg·mL-1组S%MIC均与DDDs正相关;S%与DDDs在2008 – 2012年间无显著相关性,2008 – 2013年及2008 – 2014年间为负相关.左氧氟沙星组:2008 – 2014年间该药的DDDs呈下降趋势,MIC 1 μg·mL-1组S%MIC与DDDs负相关,S%与DDDs无显著相关性.结论:无论DDDs呈上升或下降趋势,其与铜绿假单胞菌常用抗生素S%MIC相关性总是强于S%,可作为抗菌药物调控的早期预警指标.%Objective:To evaluate the impact of defined daily doses (DDDs) of 3 common used antibacterials on sensitive rate (S%) and sensitive ratio percentage of minimum inhibitory concentration distribution (S%MIC) of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa), in order to provide evidence for early regulation of antibacterials.Methods:Results of drug sensitive test including piperacillin/tazobactam (TZP), meropenem, levolfoxacin from 2008 to 2014 were recorded by

  13. NICHD Microscopy and Imaging Core (MIC)

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — The NICHD Microscopy and Imaging Core (MIC) is designed as a multi-user research facility providing training and instrumentation for high resolution microscopy and...

  14. B-MIC: An Ultrafast Three-Level Parallel Sequence Aligner Using MIC.

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    Cui, Yingbo; Liao, Xiangke; Zhu, Xiaoqian; Wang, Bingqiang; Peng, Shaoliang

    2016-03-01

    Sequence alignment is the central process for sequence analysis, where mapping raw sequencing data to reference genome. The large amount of data generated by NGS is far beyond the process capabilities of existing alignment tools. Consequently, sequence alignment becomes the bottleneck of sequence analysis. Intensive computing power is required to address this challenge. Intel recently announced the MIC coprocessor, which can provide massive computing power. The Tianhe-2 is the world's fastest supercomputer now equipped with three MIC coprocessors each compute node. A key feature of sequence alignment is that different reads are independent. Considering this property, we proposed a MIC-oriented three-level parallelization strategy to speed up BWA, a widely used sequence alignment tool, and developed our ultrafast parallel sequence aligner: B-MIC. B-MIC contains three levels of parallelization: firstly, parallelization of data IO and reads alignment by a three-stage parallel pipeline; secondly, parallelization enabled by MIC coprocessor technology; thirdly, inter-node parallelization implemented by MPI. In this paper, we demonstrate that B-MIC outperforms BWA by a combination of those techniques using Inspur NF5280M server and the Tianhe-2 supercomputer. To the best of our knowledge, B-MIC is the first sequence alignment tool to run on Intel MIC and it can achieve more than fivefold speedup over the original BWA while maintaining the alignment precision.

  15. The triple system AT Mic AB + AU Mic in the β Pictoris association

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    Messina, Sergio; Leto, Giuseppe; Pagano, Isabella

    2016-09-01

    Equal-mass stars in young open clusters and loose associations exhibit a wide spread of rotation periods, which likely originates from differences in the initial rotation periods and in the primordial disc lifetimes. We want to explore if the gravitational effects by nearby companions may play an additional role in producing the observed rotation period spread, as well as, the role that magnetic activity may also play. We measure the photometric rotation periods of components of multiple stellar systems and look for correlations of the period differences among the components to their reciprocal distances. In this paper, we analyzed the triple system AU Mic + AT Mic A&B in the 25± 3-Myr β Pictoris association. We have retrieved from the literature the rotation period of AU Mic ({P} = 4.85 d) and measured from photometric archival data the rotation periods of both components of AT Mic ({P} = 1.19 d and {P} = 0.78 d) for the first time. Moreover, we detected a high rate of flare events from AT Mic. Whereas the distant component AU Mic has evolved rotationally as a single star, the A and B components of AT Mic, separated by ˜ 27 AU, exhibit a rotation rate a factor 5 larger than AU Mic. Moreover, the A and B components, despite have about equal mass, show a significant difference (˜ 40 %) between their rotation periods. A possible explanation is that the gravitational forces between the A and B components of AT Mic (that are a factor ˜ 7.3× 106 more intense than those between AU Mic and AT Mic) have enhanced the dispersal of the AT Mic primordial disc, shortening its lifetime and the disc-locking phase duration, making the component A and B of AT Mic to rotate faster than the more distant AU Mic. We suspect that a different level of magnetic activity between the A and B components of AT Mic may be the additional parameter responsible for the difference between their rotation periods.

  16. An Anchor-Based Pedestrian Navigation Approach Using Only Inertial Sensors.

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    Gu, Yang; Song, Qian; Li, Yanghuan; Ma, Ming; Zhou, Zhimin

    2016-01-01

    In inertial-based pedestrian navigation, anchors can effectively compensate the positioning errors originating from deviations of Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs), by putting constraints on pedestrians' motions. However, these anchors often need to be deployed beforehand, which can greatly increase system complexity, rendering it unsuitable for emergency response missions. In this paper, we propose an anchor-based pedestrian navigation approach without any additional sensors. The anchors are defined as the intersection points of perpendicular corridors and are considered characteristics of building structures. In contrast to these real anchors, virtual anchors are extracted from the pedestrian's trajectory and are considered as observations of real anchors, which can accordingly be regarded as inferred building structure characteristics. Then a Rao-Blackwellized particle filter (RBPF) is used to solve the joint estimation of positions (trajectory) and maps (anchors) problem. Compared with other building structure-based methods, our method has two advantages. The assumption on building structure is minimum and valid in most cases. Even if the assumption does not stand, the method will not lead to positioning failure. Several real-scenario experiments are conducted to validate the effectiveness and robustness of the proposed method. PMID:26959031

  17. MIC16 gene represents a potential novel genetic marker for population genetic studies of Toxoplasma gondii

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    Liu, Wen-Ge; Xu, Xiao-Pei; Chen, Jia; Xu, Qian-Ming; Luo, Si-Long; Zhu, Xing-Quan

    2016-01-01

    Background The zoonotic agent Toxoplasma gondii is distributed world-wide, and can infect a broad range of hosts including humans. Microneme protein 16 of T. gondii (TgMIC16) is responsible for binding to aldolase, and is associated with rhomboid cleavage and presence of trafficking signals during invasion. However, little is known of the TgMIC16 sequence diversity among T. gondii isolates from different hosts and geographical locations. Results In this study, we examined sequence variation i...

  18. Application Research on Nondestructive Testing Technology for Quality of Anchor Based on Elastic Wave Reflection Method

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    Xiao, G.; Zhou, L.

    2014-12-01

    Anchor technology has been widely used to reinforce slopes, underground caverns, deep excavations and the foundation of dams. It has attracted more and more attention of research worldwide on how to find a comfortable method to test the quality of anchoring systems. According to the characteristics of anchor systems, we set up the kinetic equations and mathematical models, then solved the models using ANSYS / LS-DYNA program. We found that the simulated mathematical models perfectly match the experimental data. By changing one of the parameters or the input conditions in the model, we were able to understand the characteristic response of excitation energy, excitation length, structural defects, rock quality, and different data acquisition methods. For short anchor systems (grouting density. The obtained values were consistent with the actual experimental data. We also demonstrated that the kinetic energy of the collected waves from the bottom of the anchor had very close relationship with the grouting density and the position of the structural defects. For long anchors (> 60 m), mostly cable anchors, since little research could be followed, we started our research from designing the instrument, writing the program for data acquisition and analysis. We designed and developed novel sensors and preamplifiers. We used vertical stack technology to effectively enhance the weak signals from the deeper interfaces. In data processing, in addition to the traditional filter method, we also explored the current technology of signal processing such as true amplitude recovery and deconvolution, which enabled us to obtain improved signal to noise ratio and sensing precision. Through the above mentioned systematical studies, we developed a reliable nondestructive test method for both short and long anchors based on elastic wave reflection. This research is funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 41202223)

  19. The triple system AT Mic AB + AU Mic in the beta Pictoris Association

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    Messina, Sergio; Pagano, Isabella

    2016-01-01

    Equal-mass stars in young open clusters and loose associations exhibit a wide spread of rotation periods, which likely originates from differences in the initial rotation periods and in the primordial disc lifetimes. We want to explore if the gravitational effects by nearby companions may play an additional role in producing the observed rotation period spread. We measure the photometric rotation periods of components of multiple stellar systems and look for correlations of the period differences among the components to their reciprocal distances. In this paper, we analysed the triple system AU Mic + AT Mic A&B in the 25-Myr beta Pictoris Association. We have retrieved from the literature the rotation period of AU Mic (P = 4.85d) and measured from photometric archival data the rotation periods of both components of AT Mic (P = 1.19d and P = 0.78d) for the first time. Moreover, we detected a high rate of flare events from AT Mic. Whereas the distant component AU Mic has evolved rotationally as a single sta...

  20. Vancomycin, teicoplanin, daptomycin, and linezolid MIC creep in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is associated with clonality

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    Hsieh, Yu-Chia; Lin, Yu-Chun; Huang, Yhu-Chering

    2016-01-01

    Abstract The purpose of this study is to evaluate the susceptibility trend of vancomycin, teicoplanin, daptomycin, and linezolid against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) blood isolates of different clones over an 11-year period. From 2000 to 2010, all bloodstream MRSA isolates from Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan were prospectively collected. Three periods, namely 2000 to 2001, 2004 to 2005, and 2010, were included and 124 MRSA isolates were selected from each period. Minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) were determined by E-test. All the isolates were molecularly characterized. MRSA molecular epidemiology evolved from 1 predominant pulsotype (type A) to 5 major pulsotypes of 3 clonal complexes (CC). Vancomycin, teicoplanin, and daptomycin MICs creep were observed, particularly for pulsotype A-CC 239-staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCCmec) III though its prevalence dramatically decreased since 2004 to 2005. Throughout the study period, the overall vancomycin modal MIC was stable at 1.5 mg/L, but teicoplanin and linezolid modal MIC increased to 2 and 2 mg/L, respectively. Isolates with teicoplanin and linezolid ≧ 2 ug/mL belonged to multiple clones. Pulsotype F-ST5-SCCmec II with a high rate of teicoplanin MIC ≧ 2 ug/mL continued clonal spread. Teicoplanin MIC had a high correlation with linezolid MIC. Molecular epidemiology MRSA bloodstream isolates in northern Taiwan evolved from 2000 throughout 2010, which was subsequently associated with the changing distribution of antibiotic MICs. While vancomycin MIC level remained unchanged, teicoplanin, daptomycin, and linezolid MIC levels increased. The impact of these changes on clinical treatment response deserves further investigations. PMID:27741120

  1. Initial Results from the CRRES/MICS Empirical Model of Ion Plasma in the Inner Magnetosphere

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    Claudepierre, Seth; Roeder, James; Chen, Margaret; Lemon, Colby; Guild, Timothy

    2013-04-01

    We present initial results from a recently developed empirical model of low energy ion plasma (~1-300 keV/e) in the inner magnetosphere. This model is constructed from data taken by the Magnetospheric Ion Composition Spectrometer (MICS) on-board the Combined Release and Radiation Effects Satellite (CRRES). The model has been constructed in a similar fashion to the Roeder et al., [2005] CAMMICE/MICS model, which used NASA Polar satellite data. The orbital differences between CRRES (GTO) and Polar (highly-inclined polar orbit) result in each spacecraft sampling different portions of the ion pitch-angle distributions. Such models can be used to estimate the average flux for major ion species (e.g. H+, He+, He++, O+) along any orbit in the inner magnetosphere. To construct this new model, CRRES/MICS ion fluxes were computed and sorted into bins of magnetic coordinates L, MLT, MLAT, equatorial pitch-angle and activity indices. Preliminary comparisons are made between the CAMMICE/MICS and CRRES/MICS models, highlighting the strengths and limitations of both. We also consider the average O+ ion flux deduced from the model in various spatial and activity ranges and qualitatively compare with what is to be expected from O+ ion transport and loss processes.

  2. Mic Flocks in the Cloud: Harnessing Mobile Ubiquitous Sensor Networks

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    Garces, M. A.; Christe, A.

    2015-12-01

    Smartphones provide a commercial, off-the-shelf solution to capture, store, analyze, and distribute infrasound using on-board or external microphones (mics) as well as on-board barometers. Free iOS infrasound apps can be readily downloaded from the Apple App Store, and Android versions are in progress. Infrasound propagates for great distances, has low sample rates, and provides a tractable pilot study scenario for open distributed sensor networks at regional and global scales using one of the most ubiquitous sensors on Earth - microphones. Data collection is no longer limited to selected vendors at exclusive prices: anybody on Earth can record and stream infrasound, and the diversity of recording systems and environments is rapidly expanding. Global deployment may be fast and easy (www.redvox.io), but comes with the cost of increasing data volume, velocity, variety, and complexity. Flocking - the collective motion of mobile agents - is a natural human response to threats or events of interest. Anticipating, modeling and harnessing flocking sensor topologies will be necessary for adaptive array and network processing. The increasing data quantity and complexity will exceed the processing capacity of human analysts and most research servers. We anticipate practical real-time applications will require the on-demand adaptive scalability and resources of the Cloud. Cloud architectures for such heterogeneous sensor networks will consider eventual integration into the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).

  3. Mechanical mechanism analysis of tension type anchor based on shear displacement method

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    XIAO Shu-jun; CHEN Chang-fu

    2008-01-01

    Based on the fact that the shear stress along anchorage segment is neither linearly nor uniformly distributed, the load transfer mechanism of the tension type anchor was studied and the mechanical characteristic of anchorage segment was analyzed. Shear stress-strain relationship of soil surrounding anchorage body was simplified into three-folding-lines model consisting of elastic phase, elasto-plastic phase and residual phase considering its softening eharaeteristic. Meanwhile, shear displacement method that has been extensively used in the analysis of pile foundation was introduced. Based on elasto-plastic theory, the distributions of displacement, shear stress and axial force along the anchorage segment of tension type anchor were obtained, and the formula for calculating the elastic limit load was also developed accordingly. Finally, an example was given to discuss the variation of stress and displacement in the anchorage segment with the loads exerted on the anchor, and a program was worked out to calculate the anchor maximum bearing capacity. The influence of some parameters on the anchor bearing capacity was discussed, and effective anchorage length was obtained simultaneously. The results show that the shear stress first increases and then decreases and finally trends to theresidual strength with increase of distance from bottom of the anchorage body, the displacement increases all the time with theincrease of distance from bottom of the anchorage body, and the increase of velocity gradually becomes greater.

  4. Cephalosporin MIC creep among gonococci: time for a pharmacodynamic rethink?

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    Chisholm, S.A.; Mouton, J.W.; Lewis, D.A.; Nichols, T.; Ison, C.A.; Livermore, D.M.

    2010-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Gonorrhoea has been among the easiest infections to cure with antibiotics. Nevertheless, emerging resistance has driven repeated treatment shifts. Decreased cephalosporin susceptibility is now being reported. We examined cephalosporin MIC trends for Neisseria gonorrhoeae in the UK and un

  5. Development of biological coal gasification (MicGAS Process)

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    1992-07-28

    This report describes progress on three fronts of the project. First in studies to elucidate optimal growing conditions for the consortia of coal degraders employed indicates that best growth occurs with 0. 2% w/v Shefton T. Secondly in comparing the biodegradative properties of the coal degraders, isolates identified as Mic-1 and Mic-4 were the best performers. And lastly bioreactors studies in batch mode are related.

  6. Operational measures for the mitigation of MIC [microbiologically influenced corrosion

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    Although entitled Operational Measure, this section of the workshop encompasses aspects of mitigating MIC by controlling the hydraulic characteristics of a system. In order for operational considerations outside of the chemical treatment program to be effective, the system must be designed, constructed or modified, and maintained with MIC in mind. Since other papers in these proceedings discuss in detail the proper selection of materials, chemical treatments and detection of monitoring techniques, this paper is limited to quidelines for mitigating MIC and its effects by the mechanical design, maintenance and operation of the system. The key concept behind this philosophy is the synergistic relationships among microbes and among microbes and larger biofouling organisms. If the slime formers or other marine organisms can be prevented from attaching to the components, conducive environments for attack by other species is avoided

  7. The BinaMIcS project: binarity and magnetism

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    Neiner, C.; Alecian, E.

    2013-02-01

    We present the BinaMIcS project, its goals and the first BinaMIcS spectropolarimetric observations obtained with Narval at TBL and ESPaDOnS at CFHT: dedicated time-series for targeted hot and cool close double-line spectroscopic (SB2) binaries and a survey of hot close SB2 binaries. The very first results are also presented. In particular, our first survey observations seem to show a lack of magnetic fields in hot close binaries compared to single stars.

  8. The BinaMIcS project: binarity and magnetism

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    Neiner, C.; Alecian, E.; collaboration, the BinaMIcS

    2013-01-01

    We present the BinaMIcS project, its goals and the first BinaMIcS spectropolarimetric observations obtained with Narval at TBL and ESPaDOnS at CFHT: dedicated time-series for targeted hot and cool close double-line spectroscopic (SB2) binaries and a survey of hot close SB2 binaries. The very first results are also presented. In particular, our first survey observations seem to show a lack of magnetic fields in hot close binaries compared to single stars.

  9. Deep Spitzer 24mic COSMOS imaging -- I. The evolution of luminous dusty galaxies - Confronting the models

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    Le Floc'h, E; Ilbert, O; Riguccini, L; Frayer, D; Salvato, M; Surace, J; Arnouts, S; Feruglio, C; Rodighiero, G; Capak, P; Kartaltepe, J; Heinis, S; Sheth, K; Yan, L; McCracken, H; Thompson, D; Sanders, D; Scoville, N; Koekemoer, A

    2009-01-01

    We present the first results obtained from the identification of ~30,000 sources in the 24mic observations of the COSMOS field at S24>~80muJy. Using accurate photo-z's and extrapolations of the counts at faint fluxes we resolve with unprecedented detail the build-up of the mid-IR background across cosmic ages. We find that ~50% and ~80% of the 24mic background intensity originate from galaxies at z~2) contribute only marginally to the CIB. Assuming flux-limited selections at optical wavelengths, we also find that the fraction of i-band sources with 24mic detection strongly increases up to z~2 as a consequence of the rapid evolution that star-forming galaxies have undergone with lookback time. Nonetheless this rising trend shows a clear break at z~1.3, probably due to k-correction effects implied by the complexity of SEDs in the mid-IR. Finally, we compare our results with the predictions from different models of galaxy formation. We note that semi-analytical formalisms fail to reproduce the redshift distribut...

  10. Gradient Plate for Hicomb Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC Test

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Bakground and objectives: "The comb antibiotic sensitivity test" is a quick,reliable and cost effective method to determine the susceptibility of bacteriato different antibiotics. The purpose of this study is to design a plate that iseasy and quick to use, and enable to be interpreted easily without the need formeasurement of the margins with a ruler.Material and Methods: First, Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institutedata about the maximum growth inhibitory haloes formed with antibioticsand various micro-organisms were statistically examined and determinedthat the most (99.7% zone of inhibition growth is formed in the range of 42mm. Accordingly, the obtained number (42 mm and conventional plate size(100 mm used for testing sensitivity were punched into Solid workssoftware which was used to determine the best place of strip and shoulderplates. After that the efficacy this media were examined by determination ofMIC Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumonia, non-graded andgraded plate shoulders were searched and compared.Results: Has been placed two combs MIC in a plate in this method anddidn’t create growth inhibitory haloes interferences. Obtained MIC forNitrofurantoin( 10 μg/ml , Amikacin(0.5 μg/ml, Gentamicin(1 μg/ml , andAmoxicillin (0.5 μg/ml against S.aureus , MIC Nalidicsic Acid, Amikcin,Gentamicin and Nitrofurantoin against K.pneumonia was 0.1, 0.5, 0.5 and 10μg/ml ,respectively.Conclusion:The comparison between this new innovative method andstandard methods (Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute - CLSI shows thatthere a marked reduction in the interference of antibiotic therapy and willalso reduce time of interpretation.Key words: Plate, Antibiogram Comb, MIC, Antibiotics, Drug resistance

  11. Mic13 Is Essential for Formation of Crista Junctions in Mammalian Cells

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    Anand, Ruchika; Strecker, Valentina; Urbach, Jennifer; Wittig, Ilka; Reichert, Andreas S.

    2016-01-01

    Mitochondrial cristae are connected to the inner boundary membrane via crista junctions which are implicated in the regulation of oxidative phosphorylation, apoptosis, and import of lipids and proteins. The MICOS complex determines formation of crista junctions. We performed complexome profiling and identified Mic13, also termed Qil1, as a subunit of the MICOS complex. We show that MIC13 is an inner membrane protein physically interacting with MIC60, a central subunit of the MICOS complex. Using the CRISPR/Cas method we generated the first cell line deleted for MIC13. These knockout cells show a complete loss of crista junctions demonstrating that MIC13 is strictly required for the formation of crista junctions. MIC13 is required for the assembly of MIC10, MIC26, and MIC27 into the MICOS complex. However, it is not needed for the formation of the MIC60/MIC19/MIC25 subcomplex suggesting that the latter is not sufficient for crista junction formation. MIC13 is also dispensable for assembly of respiratory chain complexes and for maintaining mitochondrial network morphology. Still, lack of MIC13 resulted in a moderate reduction of mitochondrial respiration. In summary, we show that MIC13 has a fundamental role in crista junction formation and that assembly of respiratory chain supercomplexes is independent of mitochondrial cristae shape. PMID:27479602

  12. Aprender a narrar con el cómic

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    Prado Aragonés, Josefina

    1995-01-01

    Proponemos la utilización del cómic en el aula como recurso didáctico para iniciar a nuestros alumnos en la lectura crítica de la imagen y en el conocimiento del género narrativo. Uno de los medios de comunicación más atractivo para niños y jóvenes y más característico de la cultura contemporánea, denominada «cultura de la imagen», es el cómic. Con este nombre genérico denominamos una serie de publicaciones: tebeos, tiras, historietas gráficas; cuyo tema, inicialmente cómico, pronto se divers...

  13. El cómic feminista: un poco de historia

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    Díez Balda, María Antonia

    2011-01-01

    [ES] El cómic es un medio de comunicación popular en el que la narración se resuelve con viñetas dibujadas acompañadas de globos y textos breves. Se editan en serie en tiras o páginas de los periódicos o en cuadernillos independientes y se utilizan para la narración de una anécdota, un chiste o un relato. Los cómics son de fácil lectura, asequibles para todos los públicos, por eso son importantes en la educación infantil, en la transmisión de estereotipos de género y en la propaganda polít...

  14. First experiences with the Intel MIC architecture at LRZ

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    Weinberg, Volker; Allalen, Momme

    2013-01-01

    With the rapidly growing demand for computing power new accelerator based architectures have entered the world of high performance computing since around 5 years. In particular GPGPUs have recently become very popular, however programming GPGPUs using programming languages like CUDA or OpenCL is cumbersome and error-prone. Trying to overcome these difficulties, Intel developed their own Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture which can be programmed using standard parallel programming techniq...

  15. ENVIRONMENTAL BENIGN MITIGATION OF MICROBIOLOGICALLY INFLUENCED CORROSION (MIC)

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    The overall program objective is to develop and evaluate environmental benign agents or products that are effective in the prevention, inhibition, and mitigation of microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) in the internal surfaces of metallic natural gas pipelines. The goal is one or more environmental benign, a.k.a. ''green'' products that can be applied to maintain the structure and dependability of the natural gas infrastructure. The technical approach for this quarter has been to evaluate a number of real world pipeline sources for microbial communities or consortia that form biofilms under laboratory simulations of pipelines. The microorganisms will be identified using classical and molecular microbiological tools and there activities under pipeline simulating conditions will be studied. The quarter saw the collection of the first samples from the industry for isolation of the microorganisms, as well as the design and construction of the laboratory-scale pipeline simulators. Methods development for MIC and biofilm microbial isolations and identification, and laboratory design and construction of pipeline simulators were the only activities. At this stage of the study (first quarter), only preliminary results are available

  16. ENVIRONMENTAL BENIGN MITIGATION OF MICROBIOLOGICALLY INFLUENCED CORROSION (MIC)

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    J.R. Paterek; G. Husmillo; V. Trbovic

    2003-01-01

    The overall program objective is to develop and evaluate environmental benign agents or products that are effective in the prevention, inhibition, and mitigation of microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) in the internal surfaces of metallic natural gas pipelines. The goal is one or more environmental benign, a.k.a. ''green'' products that can be applied to maintain the structure and dependability of the natural gas infrastructure. The technical approach for this quarter were isolation and cultivation of MIC-causing microorganisms from corroded pipeline samples, optimizing parameters in the laboratory-scale corrosion test loop system and testing the effective concentrations of Capsicum sp. extracts to verify the extent of corrosion on metal coupons by batch culture method. A total of 22 strains from the group of heterotrophic, acid producing, denitrifying and sulfate reducing bacteria were isolated from the gas pipeline samples obtained from Northern Indiana Public Service Company in Trenton, Indiana. They were purified and will be sent out for identification. Bacterial strains of interest were used in antimicrobial screenings and test loop experiments. Parameters for the laboratory-scale test loop system such as gas and culture medium flow rate; temperature; inoculation period; and length of incubation were established. Batch culture corrosion study against Desulfovibrio vulgaris showed that one (S{sub 1}M) out of the four Capsicum sp. extracts tested was effective in controlling the corrosion rate in metal coupons by 33.33% when compared to the untreated group.

  17. ENVIRONMENTAL BENIGN MITIGATION OF MICROBIOLOGICALLY INFLUENCED CORROSION (MIC)

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    J.R. Paterek

    2002-03-01

    The overall program objective is to develop and evaluate environmental benign agents or products that are effective in the prevention, inhibition, and mitigation of microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) in the internal surfaces of metallic natural gas pipelines. The goal is one or more environmental benign, a.k.a. ''green'' products that can be applied to maintain the structure and dependability of the natural gas infrastructure. The technical approach for this quarter has been to evaluate a number of real world pipeline sources for microbial communities or consortia that form biofilms under laboratory simulations of pipelines. The microorganisms will be identified using classical and molecular microbiological tools and there activities under pipeline simulating conditions will be studied. The quarter saw the collection of the first samples from the industry for isolation of the microorganisms, as well as the design and construction of the laboratory-scale pipeline simulators. Methods development for MIC and biofilm microbial isolations and identification, and laboratory design and construction of pipeline simulators were the only activities. At this stage of the study (first quarter), only preliminary results are available.

  18. ENVIRONMENTALLY BENIGN MITIGATION OF MICROBIOLOGICALLY INFLUENCED CORROSION (MIC)

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    J. Robert Paterek; Gemma Husmillo

    2002-07-01

    The overall program objective is to develop and evaluate environmental benign agents or products that are effective in the prevention, inhibition, and mitigation of microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) in the internal surfaces of metallic natural gas pipelines. The goal is one or more environmental benign, a.k.a. ''green'' products that can be applied to maintain the structure and dependability of the natural gas infrastructure. Capsicum sp. extracts and pure compounds were screened for their antimicrobial activity against MIC causing bacteria. Studies on the ability of these compounds to dissociate biofilm from the substratum were conducted using microtiter plate assays. Tests using laboratory scale pipeline simulators continued. Preliminary results showed that the natural extracts possess strong antimicrobial activity being comparable to or even better than the pure compounds tested against strains of sulfate reducers. Their minimum inhibitory concentrations had been determined. It was also found that they possess bactericidal properties at minimal concentrations. Biofilm dissociation activity as assessed by microtiter plate assays demonstrated varying degrees of differences between the treated and untreated group with the superior performance of the extracts over pure compounds. Such is an indication of the possible benefits that could be obtained from these natural products. Confirmatory experiments are underway.

  19. SUBKLONING DAN ISOLASI GEN PENYANDI MIKRONEMA 3 (MIC-3) Toxoplasma gondii ISOLAT LOKAL

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    Diana Indrasanti; Aris Haryanto; Wayan T. Artama

    2011-01-01

    Microneme protein (MIC) is one of proteins that belongs to excretory-secretory antigens (ESAs) of Toxoplasma gondii. Microneme 3 protein (MIC-3) is the protein that plays an important role in the invasion proccess during cell infection as a mediator attachment parasite to the host cell. The aim of this research is to clone mic3 (gene encoding for MIC-3) of T. gondii from local isolate using recombinant DNA technology by cloning mic3 in an expression vector. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) from T....

  20. ENVIRONMENTALLY BENIGN MITIGATION OF MICROBIOLOGICALLY INFLUENCED CORROSION (MIC)

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    J. Robert Paterek; Gemma Husmillo; Amrutha Daram; Vesna Trbovic; Teri Storino

    2003-04-01

    The overall program objective is to develop and evaluate environmentally benign agents or products that are effective in the prevention, inhibition, and mitigation of microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) in the internal surfaces of metallic natural gas pipelines. The goal is to develop one or more environmentally benign (a.k.a. ''green'') products that can be applied to maintain the structure and dependability of the natural gas infrastructure. The technical approach for this quarter includes the application of new methods of Capsicum sp. (pepper) extraction by soxhlet method and analysis of a new set of extracts by thin layer chromatography (TLC) and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC); isolation and cultivation of MIC-causing microorganisms from corroded pipeline samples; and evaluation of antimicrobial activities of the old set of pepper extracts in comparison with major components of known biocides and corrosion inhibitors. Twelve new extracts from three varieties of Capsicum sp. (Serrano, Habanero, and Chile de Arbol) were obtained by soxhlet extraction using 4 different solvents. Results of TLC done on these extracts showed the presence of capsaicin and some phenolic compounds, while that of HPLC detected capsaicin and dihydrocapsaicin peaks. More tests will be done to determine specific components. Additional isolates from the group of heterotrophic, acid-producing, denitrifying and sulfate-reducing bacteria were obtained from the pipeline samples submitted by gas companies. Isolates of interest will be used in subsequent antimicrobial testing and test-loop simulation system experiments. Results of antimicrobial screening of Capsicum sp. extracts and components of known commercial biocides showed comparable activities when tested against two strains of sulfate-reducing bacteria.

  1. Determination of MICs of Aminocandin for Candida spp. and Filamentous Fungi▿

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    Isham, N.; Ghannoum, M. A.

    2006-01-01

    Candida and Aspergillus spp., as well as other filamentous molds, have increasingly been reported as the causes of severe invasive fungal infections. We evaluated the new echinocandin aminocandin (AMN) for its antifungal activities against a range of fungal pathogens by determination of the MICs for the organisms. The MICs of the comparator drugs amphotericin B, caspofungin, micafungin, and voriconazole were also determined. The MICs of AMN for 25 strains each of non-Candida albicans Candida ...

  2. Comparison of Neisseria gonorrhoeae MICs obtained by Etest and agar dilution for ceftriaxone, cefpodoxime, cefixime and azithromycin.

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    Gose, Severin; Kong, Carol J; Lee, Yer; Samuel, Michael C; Bauer, Heidi M; Dixon, Paula; Soge, Olusegun O; Lei, John; Pandori, Mark

    2013-12-01

    We evaluated Neisseria gonorrhoeae Etest minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) relative to agar dilution MICs for 664 urethral isolates for ceftriaxone (CRO) and azithromycin (AZM), 351 isolates for cefpodoxime (CPD) and 315 isolates for cefixime (CFM). Etest accurately determined CPD, CFM and AZM MICs, but resulted in higher CRO MICs.

  3. Prevention for possible microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) in RHLWE flush water system

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    Hsu, T.C.; Jenkins, C.F.

    1995-07-10

    This report is in response to the request to provide a recommendation for the prevention of possible microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) for the RHLWE (Replacement High-Level Waste Evaporator) flush water (FW) system. The recent occurrences of MIC at DWPF prompted HLWE to evaluate the possibility of MIC occurring in this 304L stainless steel RHLWE flush water system. Concern was heightened by the fact that the well water used and the other conditions at H-Tank Farm are similar to those at DWPF. However, only one known leak has occurred in the existing 304L evaporator flush water systems in either tank farm (in 1H system), and no MIC Corrosion has been confirmed in the tank farm area. The design of the RHLWE flush water system (completed long before the occurrence of MIC at DWPF) was modeled after the existing evaporator flush water systems and did not specifically include MIC prevention considerations. Therefore, MIC prevention was not specifically considered during the design phase of this flush water system. The system is presently being installed. After an extensive evaluation, a task team concluded that the best biocide to prevent the occurrence of MIC would be NaOH at fairly low concentration. Sodium hydroxide (NaOH) is optimal in this application, because of its effectiveness, low cost, and familiarity to the Operations personnel (see Appendix A). However, it is the opinion of the task group that application should be withheld until MIC corrosion is demonstrated in the system.

  4. High-performance computing on the Intel Xeon Phi how to fully exploit MIC architectures

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    Wang, Endong; Shen, Bo; Zhang, Guangyong; Lu, Xiaowei; Wu, Qing; Wang, Yajuan

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this book is to explain to high-performance computing (HPC) developers how to utilize the Intel® Xeon Phi™ series products efficiently. To that end, it introduces some computing grammar, programming technology and optimization methods for using many-integrated-core (MIC) platforms and also offers tips and tricks for actual use, based on the authors' first-hand optimization experience.The material is organized in three sections. The first section, "Basics of MIC", introduces the fundamentals of MIC architecture and programming, including the specific Intel MIC programming environment

  5. Coherent Photon Mapping on the Intel MIC Architecture

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    Chun-Meng Kang; Lu Wang; Pei Wang; Yan-Ning Xu; Xiang-Xu Meng

    2015-01-01

    Photon mapping is a global illumination algorithm which is composed of two steps: photon tracing and photon searching. During photon searching step, each shading point needs to search the photon-tree to find k-neighbouring photons for reflected radiance estimation. As the number of shading points and the size of photon-tree are dramatically large, the photon searching step is time consuming. We propose a parallel photon searching algorithm by using radiance estimation approach for coherent shading points on the Intelr Many Integrated Core (MIC) Architecture. In order to efficiently use single instruction multiple data (SIMD) units, shading points are clustered by similarity first (every cluster contains 16 shading-points), and an initial neighbouring scope is searched from the photon-tree for each cluster. Then we use 16-wide SIMD units by performing k-NN searching from the initial neighbouring scope for those 16 shading-points in a cluster in parallel. We use the method to simulate some global illumination scenes on Intelr Xeonr processors and Intelr Xeonr PhiTM coprocessors. The comparison results with existing photon mapping techniques indicate that our method gives significant improvement in speed with the same accuracy.

  6. ENVIRONMENTAL BENIGN MITIGATION OF MICROBIOLOGICALLY INFLUENCED CORROSION (MIC)

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    J.R. Paterek; G. Husmillo

    2002-11-01

    The overall program objective is to develop and evaluate environmental benign agents or products that are effective in the prevention, inhibition, and mitigation of microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) in the internal surfaces of metallic natural gas pipelines. The goal is one or more environmental benign, a.k.a. ''green'' products that can be applied to maintain the structure and dependability of the natural gas infrastructure. The technical approach for this quarter were monitoring the development of Desulfovibrio species biofilm using the continuous flow cell system, evaluation of pepper compounds by microtiter plate assay for mitigating and inhibiting biofilm formation, and testing the effective concentrations to verify the extent of corrosion on metal coupons. Biofilm formation of Desulfovibrio vulgaris and D. desulfuricans was monitored and documented over a 7-day period. The use of a continuous flow cell system proved to be efficient and non-destructive in studying biofilm growth. Live/Dead BacLight was an efficient stain to determine cell viability. The extracts showed 9-25% biofilm formation inhibition against the two organisms, and 18-19% activity in detaching the already formed biofilm. Preliminary data were obtained on the extent of corrosion of metal coupons when treated with pepper extracts as against the untreated ones. Confirmatory tests are underway. A presentation was prepared and give at the US DOE NETL meeting on gas and petroleum infrastructure. The presentation is include as an addition to this report.

  7. What Is the Appropriate Meropenem MIC for Screening of Carbapenemase-Producing Enterobacteriaceae in Low-Prevalence Settings?

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    Fattouh, Ramzi; Tijet, Nathalie; McGeer, Allison; Poutanen, Susan M; Melano, Roberto G; Patel, Samir N

    2016-03-01

    Infection with carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) has been shown to cause significant illness among hospitalized patients. Given the paucity of treatment options, there is a critical need to stop the spread of CPE. However, screening for the presence of CPE in laboratory settings has been challenging. In order to assess the effectiveness of current CPE detection guidelines, we analyzed the meropenem MIC distribution for a large set of clinical Enterobacteriaceae isolates. A total of 1,022 isolates submitted to the Public Health Ontario Laboratories (PHOL) from January 2011 to March 2014 were examined. Only isolates displaying a meropenem or ertapenem MIC of ≥ 0.25 or ≥ 1 μg/ml, respectively, were included. Carbapenemase-positive isolates were identified by multiplex PCR. We identified 189 isolates positive for carbapenemases, which primarily comprised NDM, KPC, and OXA-48-like carbapenemases, and these isolates were largely Klebsiella spp., Escherichia coli, and Enterobacter spp. Interestingly, 14 to 20% of these isolates displayed meropenem MICs within the susceptible range on the basis of CLSI and EUCAST breakpoint interpretive criteria. While the majority of meropenem-susceptible CPE isolates were observed to be E. coli, meropenem susceptibility was not exclusive to any one species/genus or carbapenemase type. Application of CLSI screening recommendations captured only 86% of carbapenemase-producing isolates, whereas application of EUCAST recommendations detected 98.4% of CPE isolates. In a region with a low carbapenemase prevalence, meropenem-based screening approaches require a cutoff MIC near the epidemiological wild-type threshold in order to achieve nearly optimal CPE identification. PMID:26711746

  8. ENVIRONMENTALLY BENIGN MITIGATION OF MICROBIOLOGICALLY INFLUENCED CORROSION (MIC)

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    John J. Kilbane II; William Bogan

    2004-01-31

    The overall program objective is to develop and evaluate environmentally benign agents or products that are effective in the prevention, inhibition, and mitigation of microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) in the internal surfaces of metallic natural gas pipelines. The goal is to develop one or more environmentally benign (a.k.a. ''green'') products that can be applied to maintain the structure and dependability of the natural gas infrastructure. The technical approach for this quarter included the fractionation of extracts prepared from several varieties of pepper plants, and using several solvents, by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). A preliminary determination of antimicrobial activities of the new extracts and fractions using a growth inhibition assay, and evaluation of the extracts ability to inhibit biofilm formation was also performed. The analysis of multiple extracts of pepper plants and fractions of extracts of pepper plants obtained by HPLC illustrated that these extracts and fractions are extremely complex mixtures of chemicals. Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry was used to identify the chemical constituents of these extracts and fractions to the greatest degree possible. Analysis of the chemical composition of various extracts of pepper plants has illustrated the complexity of the chemical mixtures present, and while additional work will be performed to further characterize the extracts to identify bioactive compounds the focus of efforts should now shift to an evaluation of the ability of extracts to inhibit corrosion in mixed culture biofilms, and in pure cultures of bacterial types which are known or believed to be important in corrosion.

  9. Determination Of Appropriate Antibiotic In Bacterial Meningitis Of Children Based On MIC

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    Noorbakhsh S

    2005-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: Bacterial meningitis is one of the most serious infections in infants and children. Three organisms include S.Pneumo;N.mening;H.Influ are the most common cause of meningitis in children between 2M-14y age.Etest is a new method for determination the MIC of some antimicrobial drugs in agarose .This method is useful for some organisms like as S .Pneumo; N.mening; H.Influ;sensitive Streptococcus and anaerobic ;aerobic gram negative. Materials and Methods: In this descriptive cross sectional study; In 57 suspected meningitis children ; organisms isolated from blood; CSF or other sterile boy fluid after culturing and antibiogram;. .MIC of someorganisms detected by Etest method. Results: Streptococcuswas the most prevalent ( 70% and S.pneumon( 90% of all Streptococcus; H.infl 2%;N.mening 4%and L.monocyt 6%(more than expected;Gram negative (Ecoli; Klebsiella; entrobacter and psudomona 18%. There was significant difference (P =0.01in type of organisms between age groups. S.pneumonia was more frequent in children > 2 year ;N.meningitis in>4yr old .Site of isolation :blood; CSF (35.8*;28.3%other sterile site 18.4%;concomitant positive culture in two site:17%.Mean age in Streptococcus was significantly different with Listeria (p=0.05; N.meningitis (p=0.04;H.influ (p=0.04;.but no difference with Staphylococcus;Klebsiella and E.coli Two type of H.inf were sensitive to Ampici or chloram ;both of them were sensitive to ceftiaxon. GBS were sensitive to PNC or Ampici Strep.nonAnonBnon- Cotrimoxazol>32mic/ml /PNC >256mic/ml/ Vanco>256mic/ml Strep.D: Cotrimoxazol>0.062mg/ml/ /PNC >0.016mic/ml/Imipenem>0.032mic/ml. Strep Pneumonia: All fo them were sensitive except 3 cases /Cotrimoxazol>2ic/ml /PNC =0.01mic/ml/Vanco>0.125mic/ m Vanco>0. 25mic/ ml/.Cotrimoxazol>2ic/ml / PNC =0.01mg/ml Vanco>0.125mic/ ml / Cotrimoxazol>2mic/ml /MIC-PNC >0.016mic/ml Therefore high dose of PNC is adequate for S.pneu ;because of Interm resistance to PNC All 3 N.menin were

  10. ENVIROMENTALLY BENIGN MITIGATION OF MICROBIOLOGICALLY INFLUENCED CORROSION (MIC)

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    J. Robert Paterek; Gemma Husmillo; Amrutha Daram; Vesna Trbovic

    2003-10-31

    The overall program objective is to develop and evaluate environmentally benign agents or products that are effective in the prevention, inhibition, and mitigation of microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) in the internal surfaces of metallic natural gas pipelines. The goal is to develop one or more environmentally benign (a.k.a. ''green'') products that can be applied to maintain the structure and dependability of the natural gas infrastructure. The technical approach for this quarter includes the application of the method of fractionation of the extracts by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC); determination of antimicrobial activities of the new extracts and fractions using a growth inhibition assay, and evaluation of the extracts' ability to inhibit biofilm formation. We initiated the delivery system for these new biocides in the test cell and in mixtures of foam components and biocides/anti-biofilms. A total of 51 fractions collected by HPLC from crude extracts that were obtained from three varieties of Capsicum sp. (Serrano, Habanero, Chile de Arbol) were subjected to growth inhibition tests against two SRB strains, D. vulgaris and D. desulfuricans. Five fractions showed growth inhibition against both strains while seven inhibited D. desulfuricans only. The crude extracts did not show growth inhibition on both strains but were proven to be potent in preventing the formation of biofilm. Growth inhibition tests of the same set of crude extracts against Comamonas denitrificans did not show positive results. The fractions will be subjected to biofilm inhibition and dissociation assay as well. The delivery system to be evaluated first was foam. The ''foam pig'' components of surfactants and water were tested with the biocide addition. The first chemical and physical parameters to be tested were pH and surfactants. Tests using the fractionated pepper extracts are progressing rapidly. Gas chromatographic analysis

  11. Determination of pyrazinamide MICs for Mycobacterium tuberculosis at different pHs by the radiometric method.

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    Salfinger, M; Heifets, L. B.

    1988-01-01

    The MICs of pyrazinamide (PZA) were determined for Mycobacterium tuberculosis cultivated under different pH conditions in 7H12 liquid medium. Mycobacterial growth was monitored by the radiometric method (BACTEC system; Johnston Laboratories, Inc., Towson, Md.). We observed a predictable eightfold difference between the MICs determined at pH 5.5 and those determined at pH 5.95. The highest MICs for 21 susceptible strains were 50.0 micrograms/ml at pH 5.5 and 400 micrograms/ml at pH 5.95. This ...

  12. TGF-b superfamily cytokine MIC-1/GDF15 is a physiological appetite and body weight regulator.

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    Full Text Available The TGF-b superfamily cytokine MIC-1/GDF15 circulates in all humans and when overproduced in cancer leads to anorexia/cachexia, by direct action on brain feeding centres. In these studies we have examined the role of physiologically relevant levels of MIC-1/GDF15 in the regulation of appetite, body weight and basal metabolic rate. MIC-1/GDF15 gene knockout mice (MIC-1(-/- weighed more and had increased adiposity, which was associated with increased spontaneous food intake. Female MIC-1(-/- mice exhibited some additional alterations in reduced basal energy expenditure and physical activity, possibly owing to the associated decrease in total lean mass. Further, infusion of human recombinant MIC-1/GDF15 sufficient to raise serum levels in MIC-1(-/- mice to within the normal human range reduced body weight and food intake. Taken together, our findings suggest that MIC-1/GDF15 is involved in the physiological regulation of appetite and energy storage.

  13. Guidelines for destructive examination of potential MIC [microbiologically influenced corrosion]-related failures

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    Microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) is recognized as a major cause of pitting corrosion failures in natural waters. In order to alleviate the problem, it is important to establish the exact cause of corrosion. If there is a possibility that the failure is due to MIC, a particularly careful failure analysis must be conducted. MIC can be misdiagnosed as attack due to conventional chloride crevice/pitting corrosion unless specialized techniques are used. Certain techniques generally must be employed, including a careful visual examination, is situ bacterial sampling of residual water, bacterial analysis for corrosion products, radiographic examinations, and metallographic examinations. Other techniques may be necessary, or may be very helpful in the analysis, including culture growth, scanning electron microscopy, and ultrasonic examinations. Metallographic examinations can reveal MIC characteristics such as selective pitting of one phase in duplex stainless steel weldments. The methods of failure analysis and their importance are addressed, including each of the steps in the nondestructive examinations and destructive analyses

  14. Epidemiological cut-off values for Flavobacterium psychrophilum MIC data generated by a standard test protocol

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    Smith, P.; Endris, R.; Kronvall, G.;

    2016-01-01

    Epidemiological cut-off values were developed for application to antibiotic susceptibility data for Flavobacterium psychrophilum generated by standard CLSI test protocols. The MIC values for ten antibiotic agents against Flavobacterium psychrophilum were determined in two laboratories. For five...

  15. Influence of Water Pollution on MIC of Stainless Steel 304L

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    2002-01-01

    The influence of water pollution and welding defects on MIC (microbiologically influenced corrosion) was studied. The open circuit potential (OCP) was measured during MIC test. It was found that OCP shifted to a higher level when the system was inoculated with bacteria while the OCP of those samples in water without bacteria was kept at a low level. The OCP decreased dramatically when MIC started in polluted water. Combination of weld defect-heat tint, polluted water and adding bacteria causes MIC happen at high rate. Some elements inside the tubercle were analyzed with EDXA. The pits and biofilm were observed with SEM. Microbiological analysis revealed the difference of bacteria between corroded and uncorroded samples.

  16. 基于参考点的大规模本体分块与映射%Anchor-based large-scale ontologies partitioning and mapping

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    赖雅; 王润梅; 徐德智

    2013-01-01

    In order to solve the problem of low precision and low recall of large-scale ontology partitioning and mapping, this paper proposed a new anchor-based large-scale ontology partitioning and mapping method. This method used anchors to guide partitioning, and partitioned the two ontologies at the same time, which called co-clustering. Firstly,it preprocessed the two ontologies in order to normalize the entities' s name and turn them into tree structure, then used some simple methods to find anchors. At last, the anchors acted cluster centers to cluster the concepts in both ontology trees, and found block mappings at the same time. Theoretical analysis and experimental results show that this method both solves the large-scale ontologeis mapping problem and achieves good precision and recall.%针对大规模本体映射中存在查全率和查准率不高的问题,提出了一种新的基于参考点的大规模本体分块与映射的方法.该方法的主要思想是用参考点来指导分块,并同时对待映射的两个大规模本体同时分块,即联合分块.首先对大规模本体进行预处理,将本体中的实体名称归一化并将其表示成本体树的形式,然后采用一些简便的方法找到参考点,最后以参考点为聚类中心对两个本体树的概念进行聚类,并同时实现块映射.理论分析和实验结果表明,该方法能够有效地解决大规模本体映射问题,并能获得较好的查全率和查准率.

  17. Correlation of the MIC and dose/MIC ratio of fluconazole to the therapeutic response of patients with mucosal candidiasis and candidemia.

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    Rodriguez-Tudela, J.L.; Almirante, B.; Rodriguez-Pardo, D.; Laguna, F.; Donnelly, J.P.; Mouton, J.W.; Pahissa, A.; Cuenca-Estrella, M.

    2007-01-01

    We report on the correlation of the outcomes for two cohorts of patients who had been treated for candidemia (126 episodes) or oropharyngeal candidiasis (110 episodes) with various doses of fluconazole and the MIC of fluconazole obtained by using the EUCAST standard for fermentative yeasts. Of 145 e

  18. Susceptibility testing of slowly growing mycobacteria by a microdilution MIC method with 7H9 broth.

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    Wallace, R J; Nash, D R; Steele, L C; Steingrube, V

    1986-01-01

    Based on previous success with rapidly growing mycobacteria, a microdilution MIC system was devised for slowly growing mycobacterial species using 7H9 broth. Test drugs included isoniazid, rifampin, ethambutol, streptomycin, clofazamine, and sulfamethoxazole. Sixty isolates of four mycobacterial species, including Mycobacterium tuberculosis, from patients who had never received drug therapy were evaluated in the system, as well as 25 drug-resistant isolates and 11 control strains. MICs were r...

  19. In Vitro Selection of Neisseria gonorrhoeae Mutants with Elevated MIC Values and Increased Resistance to Cephalosporins

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    Johnson, S. R.; Grad, Yonatan Hagai; Ganakammal, S. R.; Burroughs, M; Frace, M.; Lipsitch, Marc; Weil, R.; Trees, D.

    2014-01-01

    Strains of Neisseria gonorrhoeae with mosaic penA genes bearing novel point mutations in penA have been isolated from ceftriaxone treatment failures. Such isolates exhibit significantly higher MIC values to third-generation cephalosporins. Here we report the in vitro isolation of two mutants with elevated MICs to cephalosporins. The first possesses a point mutation in the transpeptidase region of the mosaic penA gene, and the second contains an insertion mutation in pilQ.

  20. In Vitro selection of Neisseria gonorrhoeae mutants with elevated MIC values and increased resistance to cephalosporins.

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    Johnson, Steven R; Grad, Yonatan; Ganakammal, Satishkumar Ranganathan; Burroughs, Mark; Frace, Mike; Lipsitch, Marc; Weil, Ryan; Trees, David

    2014-11-01

    Strains of Neisseria gonorrhoeae with mosaic penA genes bearing novel point mutations in penA have been isolated from ceftriaxone treatment failures. Such isolates exhibit significantly higher MIC values to third-generation cephalosporins. Here we report the in vitro isolation of two mutants with elevated MICs to cephalosporins. The first possesses a point mutation in the transpeptidase region of the mosaic penA gene, and the second contains an insertion mutation in pilQ. PMID:25199775

  1. In Vitro selection of Neisseria gonorrhoeae mutants with elevated MIC values and increased resistance to cephalosporins.

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    Johnson, Steven R; Grad, Yonatan; Ganakammal, Satishkumar Ranganathan; Burroughs, Mark; Frace, Mike; Lipsitch, Marc; Weil, Ryan; Trees, David

    2014-11-01

    Strains of Neisseria gonorrhoeae with mosaic penA genes bearing novel point mutations in penA have been isolated from ceftriaxone treatment failures. Such isolates exhibit significantly higher MIC values to third-generation cephalosporins. Here we report the in vitro isolation of two mutants with elevated MICs to cephalosporins. The first possesses a point mutation in the transpeptidase region of the mosaic penA gene, and the second contains an insertion mutation in pilQ.

  2. Development of biological coal gasification (MicGAS Process). Eighth quarterly report

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    1992-07-28

    This report describes progress on three fronts of the project. First in studies to elucidate optimal growing conditions for the consortia of coal degraders employed indicates that best growth occurs with 0. 2% w/v Shefton T. Secondly in comparing the biodegradative properties of the coal degraders, isolates identified as Mic-1 and Mic-4 were the best performers. And lastly bioreactors studies in batch mode are related.

  3. Differences in vancomycin MIC among MRSA isolates by agar dilution and E test method

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    K Tandel

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the correlation between vancomycin minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC obtained by the E test technique and the Clinical And Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI agar dilution method was evaluated. A total of 53 Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA strains were tested by both the methods in the present study. MICs of vancomycin obtained by the E test method were consistently higher (+0.5 to 2 log2 dilutions than those obtained by the agar dilution method. Out of 53 MRSA isolates, 49 isolates showed higher MIC results by E test than by agar dilution method. Three isolates showed same MIC result by both methods. Since many studies have demonstrated increased clinical failure with MRSA isolates for which vancomycin MICs are increased (>1 μg/ml but still within the susceptibility range (≤ 2 μg/ml, our findings suggest the requirement to re-look into the breakpoints for vancomycin for determining sensitivity of MRSA isolates. Guidelines should also specify the method to be used for determining the MIC.

  4. Microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) of metal welds. Kinzoku yosetsubu no biseibutsu fushoku

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    Kikuchi, Y.; Matsuda, F. (Osaka Univ., Osaka (Japan). Welding Research Inst.)

    1993-06-20

    There is a microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) as one of the relations between the microorganism (bacteria) and the metal engineering. The corrosion accidents, which have been regarded as caused by MIC, have recently occurred in the petrochemical industry, gas industry, energy plant and so forth, and consequently the damage of structures has become to be the circumstances which were not negligible. It has been understood that the welds have a close relation out of the causes. The MIC advances with a very high speed under an existence of the microorganisms when the environmental conditions are satisfied, and even a value of about 0.57 nm/S (18 mm/year) is presumed in an example of SUS304 steel welds. In spite of defects, which were originally caused by the corrosion, there is a possibility that they were judged by mistake as caused by the weld imperfection. The MIC has a close relation with the plural disciplines such as the microbiology, material engineering, corrosion engineering, welding engineering, joining engineering and so forth. In this paper, the cases of MIC in the stainless steel welds, the kind of microorganisms which cause the MIC and the countermeasures agsinst them are outlined. 9 refs., 6 figs.

  5. Eimeria tenella microneme protein EtMIC3: identification, localisation and role in host cell infection.

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    Labbé, M; de Venevelles, P; Girard-Misguich, F; Bourdieu, C; Guillaume, A; Péry, P

    2005-03-01

    The gene coding for Eimeria tenella protein EtMIC3 was cloned by screening a sporozoite cDNA library with two independent monoclonal antibodies raised against the oocyst stage. The deduced sequence of EtMIC3 is 988 amino acids long. The protein presents seven repeats in tandem, with four highly conserved internal repeats and three more divergent external repeats. Each repeat is characterised by a tyrosine kinase phosphorylation site, WRCY, and a reminiscent motif of the thrombospondin1 (TSP1)-type I domain, CXXXCG. The protein EtMIC3 is localised at the apex of free parasite stages. It is not detected in the early intracellular parasite stage but is synthesised in mature schizonts. Secretion of the protein is induced when sporozoites are incubated in complete medium at 41 degrees C. Strangely enough, the two independent mAb that allow cloning of EtMIC3 interfere with parasitic growth in different ways. One is able to inhibit parasite invasion whereas the other inhibits development. Expression and localisation of the protein EtMIC3 are consistent with a protein involved in the invasion process as is expected for a microneme protein.

  6. El cómic en España: 1977-2007

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    Pablo Vergara Díaz

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo pretende repasar las tres últimas décadas del cómic en España. El estudio se realiza valorando la evolución de la industria del cómic, desde sus inicios durante la dictadura y su expansión con la llegada de la democracia hasta la época actual de dificultades y cambios. El auge del cómic se observa en su relevancia creciente dentro de la prensa, en la aceptación de un público que va madurando con el paso del tiempo y, sobre todo, en las ventas de una industria que tiene que adaptarse a nuevas situaciones.

  7. En el umbral. El cómic español contemporáneo

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    García, Santiago

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available These days, when we talk about contemporary Spanish comics, or comics produced primarily in Spain for the Spanish market, we have to contemplate two main trends: the graphic novel and the humor comics. The fall of the traditional industry opened the door to the realization of authoral ambitions that previous generations of artists couldn’t fulfil.

    En la actualidad, cuando hablamos de cómic español contemporáneo, es decir, cuando nos referimos a cómics producidos en España y para el mercado español en primer lugar, tenemos que tener en cuenta dos corrientes principalmente: la novela gráfica y el cómic de humor. La caída de la industria tradicional ha abierto el camino para que se cumplan las aspiraciones autorales que durante décadas tuvieron muchos dibujantes españoles.

  8. Dynamic Ni gettered by PSG from S-MIC poly-Si and its TFTs

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    Meng Zhi-Guo; Li Yang; Wu Chun-Ya; Zhao Shu-Yun; Li Juan; Man Wong; Hoi Sing-Kwok; Xiong Shao-Zhen

    2008-01-01

    A dynamic phosphor-silicate glass (PSG) gettering method is proposed in which the processes of the gettering of Ni by PSG and the crystallizing of á-Si into poly-Si by Ni take place simultaneously. The effects of PSG gettering process on the performances of solution-based metal induced crystallized (S-MIC) poly-Si materials and their thin film transistors (TFTs) are discussed. The crystallization rate is much reduced due to the fact that the Ni as a medium source of crystallization is extracted by the PSG during crystallization at the same time. The boundary between two neighbouriug grains in S-MIC poly-Si with PSG looks blurrier than without PSG. Compared with the TFTs made from S-MIC poly-Si without PSG gettering, the TFTs made with PSG gettering has a reduced gate induced leakage current.

  9. Poisson mechanics for perturbed MIC-Kepler problems at both positive and negative energies

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    Iwai, Toshihiro; Matsumoto, Shogo

    2012-09-01

    The MIC-Kepler problem, an extension of the Kepler problem, is known to admit the symmetry group SU(2) × SU(2) or SL(2, {C}), according to whether the energy is negative or positive. In general, each of the co-adjoint orbits of a Lie group carries the canonical symplectic form called the KKS form, and a Hamiltonian dynamical system is defined on it if a suitable Hamiltonian is given. Perturbed MIC-Kepler problems can be treated in this setting if a perturbed Hamiltonian in normal form is determined according to whether the energy is negative or positive. Since the co-adjoint orbit in question can be viewed as a symplectic leaf of the associated Lie algebra \\mathfrak {su}(2)\\oplus \\mathfrak {su}(2) or \\mathfrak {sl}(2, {C}) according to whether the energy is negative or positive, the perturbed MIC-Kepler problems in normal form can be described in the Poisson mechanics defined on respective symmetry Lie algebras. Thus, the equations of motion for perturbed systems can be described in the form of Poisson brackets for both cases of \\mathfrak {su}(2)\\oplus \\mathfrak {su}(2) and \\mathfrak {sl}(2, {C}) on an equal footing. It will be shown further how two parameters assigning a co-adjoint orbit of SU(2) × SU(2) or SL(2, {C}) are related to the parameters contained in the MIC-Kepler problem. The perturbation of the MIC-Kepler problem to be treated in this article is rather restricted to that caused by the presence of weak constant electric and magnetic fields orthogonal to each other. When regularized, the perturbed Hamiltonians at both positive and negative energies are put in the Birkhoff-Gustavson normal form and thereby the flows generated by the perturbed Hamiltonians are studied in Poisson mechanics in terms of variables associated with constants of motion for the MIC-Kepler problem.

  10. The "Binarity and Magnetic Interactions in various classes of Stars" (BinaMIcS) project

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    Neiner, C.; Morin, J.; Alecian, E.; collaboration, the BinaMIcS

    2015-01-01

    The "Binarity and Magnetic Interactions in various classes of stars" (BinaMIcS) project is based on two large programs of spectropolarimetric observations with ESPaDOnS at CFHT and Narval at TBL. Three samples of spectroscopic binaries with two spectra (SB2) are observed: known cool magnetic binaries, the few known hot magnetic binaries, and a survey sample of hot binaries to search for additional hot magnetic binaries. The goal of BinaMIcS is to understand the complex interplay between stell...

  11. Anti-MIC2 as a tool in examination of testicular biopsies

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    Visfeldt, J; Cortes, D; Thorup, J M;

    1999-01-01

    is recommended in order to evaluate future fertility potential. The spermatogonia are identified on histological sections and the number per tubular transverse section is compared with normal values for age. The patient is at 33-100% risk of subsequent infertility when the number of spermatogonia per...... palpable testes which had been cultured in vitro for 7, 14 or 21 days. In all cases the immunohistochemical method with DAKO antibody to the MIC2 gene product was helpful for identification of Sertoli cells and germ cells, and we therefore recommend the use of anti-MIC2 in all testicular biopsies where it...

  12. Coneixements previs i rendiment acadèmic a la Universitat

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    García Gay, Lourdes

    1999-01-01

    CONEIXEMENTS PREVIS I RENDIMENT ACADÈMIC A LA UNIVERSITATAdoptant el model del constructivisme, la tesi es proposa com a objectiu esbrinar quina és la base acadèmica de l'alumnat en arribar als estudis universitaris de Fisioteràpia i comprovar si aquesta base influeix en el rendiment acadèmic durant el primer curs de la carrera.La tesi està estructurada en dues parts. En la fonamentació teòrica cal considerar el context en què se situa la tesi (canvi del sistema educatiu, renovació de les PAA...

  13. Identification of host proteins, Spata3 and Dkk2, interacting with Toxoplasma gondii micronemal protein MIC3.

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    Wang, Yifan; Fang, Rui; Yuan, Yuan; Pan, Ming; Hu, Min; Zhou, Yanqin; Shen, Bang; Zhao, Junlong

    2016-07-01

    As an obligate intracellular protozoan, Toxoplasma gondii is a successful pathogen infecting a variety of animals, including humans. As an adhesin involving in host invasion, the micronemal protein MIC3 plays important roles in host cell attachment, as well as modulation of host EGFR signaling cascade. However, the specific host proteins that interact with MIC3 are unknown and the identification of such proteins will increase our understanding of how MIC3 exerts its functions. This study was designed to identify host proteins interacting with MIC3 by yeast two-hybrid screens. Using MIC3 as bait, a library expressing mouse proteins was screened, uncovering eight mouse proteins that showed positive interactions with MIC3. Two of which, spermatogenesis-associated protein 3 (Spata3) and dickkopf-related protein 2 (Dkk2), were further confirmed to interact with MIC3 by additional protein-protein interaction tests. The results also revealed that the tandem repeat EGF domains of MIC3 were critical in mediating the interactions with the identified host proteins. This is the first study to show that MIC3 interacts with host proteins that are involved in reproduction, growth, and development. The results will provide a clearer understanding of the functions of adhesion-associated micronemal proteins in T. gondii.

  14. MILLIMETER EMISSION STRUCTURE IN THE FIRST ALMA IMAGE OF THE AU Mic DEBRIS DISK

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    MacGregor, Meredith A.; Wilner, David J.; Rosenfeld, Katherine A.; Andrews, Sean M.; Matthews, Brenda; Hughes, A. Meredith; Booth, Mark; Chiang, Eugene; Graham, James R.; Kalas, Paul; Kennedy, Grant; Sibthorpe, Bruce

    2013-01-01

    We present 1.3 mm ALMA Cycle 0 observations of the edge-on debris disk around the nearby, similar to 10 Myr old, M-type star AU Mic. These observations obtain 0 ''.6 (6 AU) resolution and reveal two distinct emission components: (1) the previously known dust belt that extends to a radius of 40 AU an

  15. EIS study of MIC in three different zones derived from ship ballast tank model system

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    Heyer, A.; Mol, J.M.C.; D'Souza, F.; Wit, J.H.W. de; Ferrari, G.

    2011-01-01

    Microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) is a well known phenomenon in aquatic environments [1]. The presence of a biofilm on metal surface often establishes new electrochemical reaction pathways, or promotes reactions which are not normally favored in the absence of microorganisms, resulting in

  16. Sin City: cuando el cine se rinde a los pies del cómic

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    Echazarreta Soler, Carmen

    2006-01-01

    Proposta didàctica que se situa entre els llenguatges del còmic i del cinema per a promoure la reflexió sobre la cerca de noves formes de narrar. El fil conductor és Sin City i es proposen, també, 10 activitats per als alumnes

  17. Correlation of MIC value and disk inhibition zone diameters in clinical Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1 isolates

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    Bruin, J.P. de; Diederen, B.M.; Ijzerman, E.P.; Boer, J.W. den; Mouton, J.W.

    2013-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: Routine use of disk diffusion tests for detecting antibiotic resistance in Legionella pneumophila has not been described. The goal of this study was to determine the correlation of MIC values and inhibition zone diameter (MDcorr) in clinical L. pneumophila isolates. METHODS: Inhibition z

  18. Molecular Evolution of Clustered MIC-3 (Meloidogyne Induced Cotton -3) Multigene Family of Gossypium Species

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    Uniqueness, content, localization, and defense-related features of the root-knot nematode resistance-associated MIC-3 multigene cluster in the genus Gossypium are all of interest for molecular evolutionary studies of duplicate genes in allopolyploids. Here we report molecular evolutionary rates of t...

  19. MICs of Oxazolidinones for Rhodococcus equi Strains Isolated from Humans and Animals

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    Bowersock, Terry L.; Salmon, Sarah A.; Portis, Ellen S.; Prescott, John F.; Robison, Denise A.; Ford, Charles W.; Watts, Jeffrey L.

    2000-01-01

    Eperezolid and linezolid are representatives of a new class of orally active, synthetic antimicrobial agents. The in vitro activity values (MICs) of linezolid, eperezolid, and comparator antibiotics against 102 strains of Rhodococcus equi isolated from humans and animals were determined. Linezolid was more active than eperezolid against the strains tested; premafloxacin was the most active comparator antibiotic.

  20. Algebraic Treatment of the MIC-Kepler System in Spherical Coordinates

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    M. T. Chefrour

    2007-01-01

    @@ The MIC-Kepler system is studied via the Milshtein-Strakhovenko variant of the so(2,1) Lie algebra. Green's function is constructed in spherical coordinates, with the help of the Kustaanheimo-Stiefel variables and the generators of the SO(2,1) group. The energy spectrum and the normalized wavefunctions of the bound states are obtained.

  1. Study of MIC impact in a full-scale ship ballast tank

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    Heyer, A.; Mol, J.M.C.; D'Souza, F.; Wit, J.H.W. de; Ferrari, G.

    2012-01-01

    Microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) of steel is a serious problem in the marine environment and many industries, such as the shipping industry. While electrochemical measurements such as impedance have been used in corrosion monitoring for several years, the true capabilities of the techniq

  2. Assessing the Accuracy of High Resolution Digital Surface Models Computed by PhotoScan® and MicMac® in Sub-Optimal Survey Conditions

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    Marion Jaud

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available For monitoring purposes and in the context of geomorphological research, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV appear to be a promising solution to provide multi-temporal Digital Surface Models (DSMs and orthophotographs. There are a variety of photogrammetric software tools available for UAV-based data. The objective of this study is to investigate the level of accuracy that can be achieved using two of these software tools: Agisoft PhotoScan® Pro and an open-source alternative, IGN© MicMac®, in sub-optimal survey conditions (rugged terrain, with a large variety of morphological features covering a range of roughness sizes, poor GPS reception. A set of UAV images has been taken by a hexacopter drone above the Rivière des Remparts, a river on Reunion Island. This site was chosen for its challenging survey conditions: the topography of the study area (i involved constraints on the flight plan; (ii implied errors on some GPS measurements; (iii prevented an optimal distribution of the Ground Control Points (GCPs and; (iv was very complex to reconstruct. Several image processing tests are performed with different scenarios in order to analyze the sensitivity of each software package to different parameters (image quality, numbers of GCPs, etc.. When computing the horizontal and vertical errors within a control region on a set of ground reference targets, both methods provide rather similar results. A precision up to 3–4 cm is achievable with these software packages. The DSM quality is also assessed over the entire study area comparing PhotoScan DSM and MicMac DSM with a Terrestrial Laser Scanner (TLS point cloud. PhotoScan and MicMac DSM are also compared at the scale of particular features. Both software packages provide satisfying results: PhotoScan is more straightforward to use but its source code is not open; MicMac is recommended for experimented users as it is more flexible.

  3. Macrophage inhibitory cytokine-1 (MIC-1/GDF15 gene deletion promotes cancer growth in TRAMP prostate cancer prone mice.

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    Yasmin Husaini

    Full Text Available The divergent TGF-β superfamily member, macrophage inhibitory cytokine-1 (MIC-1/GDF15, is overexpressed by most cancers, including prostate cancer (PCa. Whilst its circulating levels are linked to cancer outcome, the role MIC-1/GDF15 plays in cancer development and progression is incompletely understood. To investigate its effect on PCa development and spread, we have used TRAMP prostate cancer prone mice bearing a germline deletion of MIC-1/GDF15 (TRAMPMIC-/-. On average TRAMPMIC-/- mice died about 5 weeks earlier and had larger prostatic tumors compared with TRAMP mice that were wild type for MIC-1/GDF15 (TRAMPMIC+/+. Additionally, at the time of death or ethical end point, even when adjusted for lifespan, there were no significant differences in the number of mice with metastases between the TRAMPMIC+/+ and TRAMPMIC-/- groups. However, consistent with our previous data, more than twice as many TRAMP mice overexpressing MIC-1/GDF15 (TRAMPfmsmic-1 had metastases than TRAMPMIC+/+ mice (p<0.0001. We conclude that germ line gene deletion of MIC-1/GDF15 leads to increased local tumor growth resulting in decreased survival consistent with an overall protective role for MIC-1/GDF15 in early primary tumor development. However, in advancing disease, as we have previously noted, MIC-1/GDF15 overexpression may promote local invasion and metastatic spread.

  4. Discrepancy in Vancomycin AUC/MIC Ratio Targeted Attainment Based upon the Susceptibility Testing in Staphylococcus aureus

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    Seenae Eum

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available This study demonstrated a statistically significant difference in vancomycin minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC for Staphylococcus aureus between a common automated system (Vitek 2 and the E-test method in patients with S. aureus bloodstream infections. At an area under the serum concentration time curve (AUC threshold of 400 mg∙h/L, we would have reached the current Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA/American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP/Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP guideline suggested AUC/MIC target in almost 100% of patients while using the Vitek 2 MIC data; however, we could only generate 40% target attainment while using E-test MIC data (p < 0.0001. An AUC of 450 mg∙h/L or greater was required to achieve 100% target attainment using either Vitek 2 or E-test MIC results.

  5. The "Binarity and Magnetic Interactions in various classes of stars" (BinaMIcS) project

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    Neiner, C.; Morin, J.; Alecian, E.

    2015-12-01

    The "Binarity and Magnetic Interactions in various classes of stars" (BinaMIcS) project is based on two large programs of spectropolarimetric observations with ESPaDOnS at CFHT and Narval at TBL. Three samples of spectroscopic binaries with two spectra (SB2) are observed: known cool magnetic binaries, the few known hot magnetic binaries, and a survey sample of hot binaries to search for additional hot magnetic binaries. The goal of BinaMIcS is to understand the complex interplay between stellar magnetism and binarity. To this aim, we will characterise and model the magnetic fields, magnetospheric structure and coupling of both components of hot and cool close binary systems over a significant range of evolutionary stages, to confront current theories and trigger new ones. First results already provided interesting clues, e.g. about the origin of magnetism in hot stars.

  6. The "Binarity and Magnetic Interactions in various classes of Stars" (BinaMIcS) project

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    Neiner, C; Alecian, E

    2015-01-01

    The "Binarity and Magnetic Interactions in various classes of stars" (BinaMIcS) project is based on two large programs of spectropolarimetric observations with ESPaDOnS at CFHT and Narval at TBL. Three samples of spectroscopic binaries with two spectra (SB2) are observed: known cool magnetic binaries, the few known hot magnetic binaries, and a survey sample of hot binaries to search for additional hot magnetic binaries. The goal of BinaMIcS is to understand the complex interplay between stellar magnetism and binarity. To this aim, we will characterise and model the magnetic fields, magnetospheric structure and coupling of both components of hot and cool close binary systems over a significant range of evolutionary stages, to confront current theories and trigger new ones. First results already provided interesting clues, e.g. about the origin of magnetism in hot stars.

  7. Localizing Plages on BO Mic, First steps towards chromospheric Doppler imaging

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    Wolter, U

    2005-01-01

    We have obtained a densely sampled time series of CaII H&K line profiles of the ultrafast rotating K-dwarf star BO Mic. Taken at high resolution, the spectra reveal pronounced variations of the emission core profiles. We interpret these variations as signs of concentrated chromospherically active regions, in analogy to solar plages. We further interpret the variations as partly due to the rapid growth and decay of plages, while other variations appear to be caused by plages moved over the visible stellar disk by rotation. The equivalent width of the Ca K core emission changes approximately in anti-phase to the photospheric brightness, suggesting an association of the chromospheric plage regions with pronounced dark photospheric spots. We believe that further analysis of the presented spectral time series will lead to a chromospheric Doppler image of BO mic.

  8. Correlation between beta-lactamase production and MIC values against penicillin with coagulase negative staphylococci.

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    Narayani T

    1989-07-01

    Full Text Available Two hundred strains of coagulase negative staphylococci (CNS isolated from various clinical specimens (116 and healthy hospital personnel (84 were investigated for the production of beta-lactamases by means of three iodometric techniques and correlated with the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC values of penicillin-G by agar dilution technique and disc diffusion technique. One hundred and fifty (75.0% of the 200 strains tested produced beta-lactamases. Seventy two per cent of the CNS were found to be beta-lactamase positive by the starch paper technique which was the most sensitive one in our study. The MIC values of penicillin against CNS ranged from less than or equal to 1.25 to greater than or equal to 2000 units. The present study indicated the higher prevalence of beta-lactamase producers with increased penicillin resistance among CNS strains isolated from healthy carriers and hospitalised patients.

  9. Life science applications and research potential of the TwinMic spectromicroscopy station at ELETTRA

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    Since its opening to the users in late 2007, the TwinMic beamline at the Elettra synchrotron has been attracting the interest of a broad life science community. The recent development and implementation of a low energy x-ray fluorescence detection mode have increased the capability and the versatility of the scanning mode of the TwinMic microscope. Now using simultaneously the x-ray transmission and emission detection systems one can perform elemental, absorption and phase contrast imaging that provides complementary chemical and morphological information for the sample under investigation. The recent achievements in the performance of the instrument using combined acquisition modes for characterization of nano and micro-structured biomaterials will be illustrated with selected exemplary results

  10. Department of Energy: MICS (Mathematical Information, and Computational Sciences Division). High performance computing and communications program

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    1996-06-01

    This document is intended to serve two purposes. Its first purpose is that of a program status report of the considerable progress that the Department of Energy (DOE) has made since 1993, the time of the last such report (DOE/ER-0536, {open_quotes}The DOE Program in HPCC{close_quotes}), toward achieving the goals of the High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC) Program. The second purpose is that of a summary report of the many research programs administered by the Mathematical, Information, and Computational Sciences (MICS) Division of the Office of Energy Research under the auspices of the HPCC Program and to provide, wherever relevant, easy access to pertinent information about MICS-Division activities via universal resource locators (URLs) on the World Wide Web (WWW). The information pointed to by the URL is updated frequently, and the interested reader is urged to access the WWW for the latest information.

  11. Movement and Interaction in Semantic GRIDs : Dynamic Service Generation for Agents in the MIC* Deployment Environment

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    Gouaich, Abdelkader; Cerri, Stefano A.

    2004-01-01

    We present in this position paper the foundations of the MIC* model and deployment environment as they have emerged in the last years, relate them to current evolutions on semantic GRID dynamic service generation, as reflected by OGSA/I and, more recently, by WSRF, and propose an integrated view with the previously proposed STROBE model for communicating agents leading to a quite simple yet very promising architecture that may include Human agents in the loop, uninspectable as most artificial...

  12. El cómic español desde 1995

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    Díaz de Guereñu, Juan Manuel

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available In the last fifteen years comic has changed dramatically in Spain. The small size of the comics industry in the Spanish market doesn’t allow comic creators to turn his job into a profession, but the medium has attained prestige, critical attention on the cultural spaces and a place in the bookstores. Those changes are the consequence of some significant facts of the period: after the extinction of former comic magazines, comic books substituted them as the first format for comics edition, and a number of critical fanzines and self-edited fanzines and magazines were published by the authors themselves. Newborn and independent smallpress, more focused on the aesthetic values than on the economic profits of comics edition, have defined the new author comic, often printed in the format of books and associated to the “graphic novel” label.

    En los últimos quince años, el cómic ha cambiado mucho en España. Aunque el escaso peso de la industria del cómic no permite a los autores vivir como profesionales, el medio ha ganado prestigio, atención crítica en las páginas culturales y un lugar en las librerías. Dichos cambios son consecuencia de algunos hechos significativos del periodo: tras la desaparición de las revistas, las sustituyeron cuadernillos o comic-books como soporte fundamental del cómic, y proliferaron revistas críticas de aficionados y fanzines o revistas autoeditadas por los autores. Nuevas editoriales, pequeñas e independientes, más atentas a los valores estéticos que a los comerciales, han definido el nuevo cómic de autor, a menudo identificado con el formato libro y la etiqueta “novela gráfica”.

  13. Correlation between beta-lactamase production and MIC values against penicillin with coagulase negative staphylococci.

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    Narayani T; Shanmugam J; Naseema K; Bhattacharya R; Shyamkrishnan K

    1989-01-01

    Two hundred strains of coagulase negative staphylococci (CNS) isolated from various clinical specimens (116) and healthy hospital personnel (84) were investigated for the production of beta-lactamases by means of three iodometric techniques and correlated with the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) values of penicillin-G by agar dilution technique and disc diffusion technique. One hundred and fifty (75.0%) of the 200 strains tested produced beta-lactamases. Seventy two per cent of ...

  14. A low power MICS band phase-locked loop for high resolution retinal prosthesis.

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    Yang, Jiawei; Skafidas, Efstratios

    2013-08-01

    Ultra low power dissipation is essential in retinal prosthesis and many other biomedical implants. Extensive research has been undertaken in designing low power biomedical transceivers, however to date, most effort has been focused on low frequency inductive links. For higher frequency, more robust and more complex applications, such as Medical Implant Communication Service (MICS) band multichannel transceivers, power consumption remains high. This paper explores the design of micro-power data links at 400 MHz for a high resolution retinal prosthesis. By taking advantage of advanced small geometry CMOS technology and precise transistor-level modeling, we successfully utilized subthreshold FET operation, which has been historically limited to low frequency circuits due to the inadequate transistor operating speed in and near weak inversion; we have implemented a low power MICS transceiver. Particularly, a low power, MICS band multichannel phase-locked loop (PLL) that employs a subthreshold voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) and digital synchronous dividers has been implemented on a 65-nm CMOS. A design methodology is presented in detail with the demonstration of EKV model parameters extraction. This PLL provides 600- mVpp quadrature oscillations and exhibits a phase noise of -102 dBc/Hz at 200-kHz offset, while only consuming 430- μW from a 1-V supply. The VCO has a gain (KVCO) of 12 MHz/V and is designed to operate in the near-weak inversion region and consumes 220- μA DC current. The designed PLL has a core area of 0.54 mm(2). It satisfies all specifications of MICS band operation with the advantage of significant reduction in power which is crucial for high resolution retinal prosthesis.

  15. Development of Biological Coal Gasification (MicGAS Process). Topical report, July 1991--February 1993

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    Srivastava, K.C.

    1993-06-01

    Laboratory and bench scale reactor research carried out during the report period confirms the feasibility of biomethanation of Texas lignite (TxL) and some other low-rank coals to methane by specifically developed unique anaerobic microbial consortia. The data obtained demonstrates specificity of a particular microbial consortium to a given lignite. Development of a suitable microbial consortium is the key to the success of the process. The Mic-1 consortium was developed to tolerate higher coal loadings of 1 and 5% TxL in comparison to initial loadings of 0.01% and 0.1% TxL. Moreover, the reaction period was reduced from 60 days to 14 to 21 days. The cost of the culture medium for bioconversion was reduced by studying the effect of different growth factors on the biomethanation capability of Mic-1 consortium. Four different bench scale bioreactor configurations, namely Rotating Biological Contactor (RBC), Upflow Fluidized Bed Reactor (UFBR), Trickle Bed Reactor (TBR), and Continuously Stirred Tank Reactor (CSTR) were evaluated for scale up studies. Preliminary results indicated highest biomethanation of TxL by the Mic-1 consortium in the CSTR, and lowest in the trickle bed reactor. However, highest methane production and process efficiency were obtained in the RBC.

  16. Determination of halogens and sulfur in high-purity polyimide by IC after digestion by MIC.

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    Krzyzaniak, Sindy R; Santos, Rafael F; Dalla Nora, Flavia M; Cruz, Sandra M; Flores, Erico M M; Mello, Paola A

    2016-09-01

    In this work, a method for sample preparation of high-purity polyimide was proposed for halogens and sulfur determination by ion chromatography (IC) with conductivity detection and, alternatively, by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). A relatively high polyimide mass (600mg) was completely digested by microwave-induced combustion (MIC) using 20bar of O2 and 50mmolL(-1) NH4OH as absorbing solution. These conditions allowed final solutions with low carbon content (<10mgL(-1)) and suitable pH for analysis by both IC and ICP-MS. The accuracy was evaluated using a certified reference material of polymer for Cl, Br and S and spike recovery experiments for all analytes. No statistical difference (t-test, 95% of confidence level) was observed between the results obtained for Cl, Br and S by IC after MIC and the certified values. In addition, spike recoveries obtained for F, Cl, Br, I and S ranged from 94% to 101%. The proposed method was suitable for polyimide decomposition for further determination of halogens and sulfur by IC and by ICP-MS (Br and I only). Taking into account the lack of methods and the difficulty of bringing this material into solution, MIC can be considered as a suitable alternative for the decomposition of polyimide for routine quality control of halogens and sulfur using IC or ICP-MS. PMID:27343595

  17. Precision of vancomycin and daptomycin MICs for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and effect of subculture and storage.

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    Charlton, Carmen L; Hindler, Janet A; Turnidge, John; Humphries, Romney M

    2014-11-01

    The reproducibility of vancomycin and daptomycin MICs, measured by broth microdilution (BMD) and Etest, was prospectively assessed for 10 methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolates from the blood samples from patients on vancomycin therapy. The isolates were tested at the time of isolation from blood and following 5, 10, and 20 subcultures and at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months of storage at -70 °C. The MICs were determined by Etest and BMD using two different manufacturers (BBL and Difco) of cation-adjusted Mueller-Hinton broth (CA-MHB), and using three different drug powders: vancomycin from Sigma, vancomycin from Novation, and daptomycin from Cubist. The antimicrobial concentrations tested were 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0 μg/ml. Two isolates were vancomycin intermediate and daptomycin nonsusceptible, and two isolates had reduced susceptibility to vancomycin (BMD MIC, 1.5 or 2.0 μg/ml). The vancomycin MICs were significantly higher in the BBL CA-MHB than those in the Difco CA-MHB, and with Sigma versus Novation vancomycin powder. The daptomycin MICs were also significantly higher in the BBL CA-MHB. The Etest MICs were significantly higher than those obtained by BMD for vancomycin but not for daptomycin. The average precision of the vancomycin BMD MICs when analyzing 20 results was ± 1.10-fold log2 dilutions, and it was ± 1.67-fold for daptomycin (10 results). The average precision for Etest was ± 1.11-fold for vancomycin and ± 1.16-fold for daptomycin. No significant change in MICs was noted following 5, 10, or 20 subcultures or at up to 6 months of frozen storage. However, the vancomycin MICs alone were significantly lower (0.74-fold) following 12 months of frozen storage. From these data, despite variations in CA-MHB and antimicrobial powder, the MIC result precision was <0.5 log2 dilutions in a single laboratory, suggesting that testing interdilution MICs (e.g., MICs between serial 2-fold dilutions) is a possibility. A

  18. 关于Stn∪ I=1 mi-C4的优美性%On the Gracefulness of Graph St∪n i=1 mi-C4

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    李长春; 韩兆红; 张国阳

    2007-01-01

    本文就星形树与m-C4并图的优美性进行探讨,证明了当m≥2这类图StpUm-C4是优美图.并对星形树St与n∪ i=1 mi-C4并图Stn∪ i=1 mi-C4的优美性进行探讨.证明了当max mi≥3 i=1,2…,n这类图Stn∪ i=1 mi-C4是优美图.

  19. Macrophage inhibitory cytokine-1 (MIC-1/GDF15 slows cancer development but increases metastases in TRAMP prostate cancer prone mice.

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    Full Text Available Macrophage inhibitory cytokine-1 (MIC-1/GDF15, a divergent member of the TGF-β superfamily, is over-expressed by many common cancers including those of the prostate (PCa and its expression is linked to cancer outcome. We have evaluated the effect of MIC-1/GDF15 overexpression on PCa development and spread in the TRAMP transgenic model of spontaneous prostate cancer. TRAMP mice were crossed with MIC-1/GDF15 overexpressing mice (MIC-1(fms to produce syngeneic TRAMP(fmsmic-1 mice. Survival rate, prostate tumor size, histopathological grades and extent of distant organ metastases were compared. Metastasis of TC1-T5, an androgen independent TRAMP cell line that lacks MIC-1/GDF15 expression, was compared by injecting intravenously into MIC-1(fms and syngeneic C57BL/6 mice. Whilst TRAMP(fmsmic-1 survived on average 7.4 weeks longer, had significantly smaller genitourinary (GU tumors and lower PCa histopathological grades than TRAMP mice, more of these mice developed distant organ metastases. Additionally, a higher number of TC1-T5 lung tumor colonies were observed in MIC-1(fms mice than syngeneic WT C57BL/6 mice. Our studies strongly suggest that MIC-1/GDF15 has complex actions on tumor behavior: it limits local tumor growth but may with advancing disease, promote metastases. As MIC-1/GDF15 is induced by all cancer treatments and metastasis is the major cause of cancer treatment failure and cancer deaths, these results, if applicable to humans, may have a direct impact on patient care.

  20. Thread-Level Parallelization and Optimization of NWChem for the Intel MIC Architecture

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    Shan, Hongzhang; Williams, Samuel; Jong, Wibe de; Oliker, Leonid

    2014-10-10

    In the multicore era it was possible to exploit the increase in on-chip parallelism by simply running multiple MPI processes per chip. Unfortunately, manycore processors' greatly increased thread- and data-level parallelism coupled with a reduced memory capacity demand an altogether different approach. In this paper we explore augmenting two NWChem modules, triples correction of the CCSD(T) and Fock matrix construction, with OpenMP in order that they might run efficiently on future manycore architectures. As the next NERSC machine will be a self-hosted Intel MIC (Xeon Phi) based supercomputer, we leverage an existing MIC testbed at NERSC to evaluate our experiments. In order to proxy the fact that future MIC machines will not have a host processor, we run all of our experiments in tt native mode. We found that while straightforward application of OpenMP to the deep loop nests associated with the tensor contractions of CCSD(T) was sufficient in attaining high performance, significant effort was required to safely and efficiently thread the TEXAS integral package when constructing the Fock matrix. Ultimately, our new MPI OpenMP hybrid implementations attain up to 65x better performance for the triples part of the CCSD(T) due in large part to the fact that the limited on-card memory limits the existing MPI implementation to a single process per card. Additionally, we obtain up to 1.6x better performance on Fock matrix constructions when compared with the best MPI implementations running multiple processes per card.

  1. Development of biological coal gasification (MicGAS process). Final report, May 1, 1990--May 31, 1995

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    1998-12-31

    ARCTECH has developed a novel process (MicGAS) for direct, anaerobic biomethanation of coals. Biomethanation potential of coals of different ranks (Anthracite, bitumious, sub-bitumious, and lignites of different types), by various microbial consortia, was investigated. Studies on biogasification of Texas Lignite (TxL) were conducted with a proprietary microbial consortium, Mic-1, isolated from hind guts of soil eating termites (Zootermopsis and Nasutitermes sp.) and further improved at ARCTECH. Various microbial populations of the Mic-1 consortium carry out the multi-step MicGAS Process. First, the primary coal degraders, or hydrolytic microbes, degrade the coal to high molecular weight (MW) compounds. Then acedogens ferment the high MW compounds to low MW volatile fatty acids. The volatile fatty acids are converted to acetate by acetogens, and the methanogens complete the biomethanation by converting acetate and CO{sub 2} to methane.

  2. What is the 'minimum inhibitory concentration' (MIC) of pexiganan acting on Escherichia coli? - A cautionary case study

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    Jepson, Alys K; Ryan, Lloyd; Ryadnov, Maxim G; Poon, Wilson C K

    2016-01-01

    We measured the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of the antimicrobial peptide pexiganan acting on Escherichia coli, and report an intrinsic variability in such measurements. These results led to a detailed study of the effect of pexiganan on the growth curve of E. coli, using a plate reader and manual plating (i.e. time-kill curves). The measured growth curves, together with single-cell observations and peptide depletion assays, suggested that addition of a sub-MIC concentration of pexiganan to a population of this bacterium killed a fraction of the cells, reducing peptide activity during the process, while leaving the remaining cells unaffected. This pharmacodynamic hypothesis suggests a considerable inoculum effect, which we quantified. Our results cast doubt on the use of the MIC as 'a measure of the concentration needed for peptide action' and show how 'coarse-grained' studies at the population level give vital information for the correct planning and interpretation of MIC measurements.

  3. THE CHIRONOMIDAE ASSEMBLAGES IN SOMESUL MIC RIVER (ROMANIA) DURING 1996 AND 1997

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    Maria-Monica Tudorancea; C. Tudorancea

    2001-01-01

    The communities of Chironomidae larvae in the Gilau – Gherla sector of the Somesul Mic River (Transylvania, Romania) were studied during 1996 and 1997 in order to compare their species composition and to see if their component species could be good indicators for water quality deterioration. A total of 102 species were recorded, out of which 12 are new records for the Romanian fauna. Four of these species are known only from East Asia and from the North America. Some species such as Chironomu...

  4. Initial steps in the microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) of metallic surfaces in a natural marine environment

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    Immersion of various metal samples in polluted seawater from Tenerife Harbor was followed by microbial attachment as an intermediate step in fouling development. The purpose of this research was to determine the initial steps in MIC by identifying the different microbial species attached to the respective metal or alloy. Image analysis was used to determine the morphologic changes in the metal surfaces. The corrosion products were determined by X-ray diffraction. The open circuit potentials were measured periodically and their variation with time used to assess the electrochemical behavior in the aforementioned marine environment

  5. Mic Check: How the 99% Pitched a Movement from Occupy Wall Street to Occupy Cal

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    Bintliff, Jacob

    2012-01-01

    The University of California, Berkeley, became a site of the Occupy Movement in fall 2011. On November 9, the university found itself in the company of financial hubs, civic centers, and parks and plazas the world over when Sproul Plaza was re-appropriated by the sleeping bags and “mic checks” that came to symbolize the disenfranchised majority, "the 99%." Occupy Cal was immediately subject to a brutal suppression of student protest by the police, as both students and the university administr...

  6. Gestión y TPV mostrador de tienda de cómics Riutori

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    Navarro Rivas, Isabel; Serrano Morcillo, Roberto

    2015-01-01

    Riutori es una tienda de cómics y merchandising que abrió sus puertas por primera vez en diciembre de 2005. Después de todo este tiempo llevando su gestión con diversas herramientas y queriendo evolucionar hacia el eCommerce, constató la necesidad de centralización de sus datos y en la mejora general de la gestión del comercio queriendo crear un ERP que se ajustara a su modelo de negocio que dista un poco de los que gestionan los software actuales del mercado. Los requisitos principales qu...

  7. Determination Of Appropriate Antibiotic In Bacterial Meningitis Of Children Based On MIC

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    Noorbakhsh S; SA Siadati; Rimaz S; Mamishi S.; Haghi Ashtiani T

    2005-01-01

    Background: Bacterial meningitis is one of the most serious infections in infants and children. Three organisms include S.Pneumo;N.mening;H.Influ are the most common cause of meningitis in children between 2M-14y age.Etest is a new method for determination the MIC of some antimicrobial drugs in agarose .This method is useful for some organisms like as S .Pneumo; N.mening; H.Influ;sensitive Streptococcus and anaerobic ;aerobic gram negative. Materials and Methods: In this descriptive cross sec...

  8. Supervisió i control de reactors químics

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    Colomer Llamas, David

    2015-01-01

    En el present projecte es pot veure des de zero l’automatització d’un procés de producció que consta de 4 reactors químics CSTR disposats en sèrie. La simulació de les respostes del procés es porta a terme amb el software Matlab SIMULINK, el control es realitza amb el software RSLogix 5000 de Rockwell i el sistema SCADA amb el software System Platform 2014 R2 de Wonderware. Finalment s’integren les 3 parts mitjançant comunicació OPC i es comprova tot el funcionament com si e...

  9. Construction and expression of the eukaryotic expressed plasmid of MIC3 gene from Toxoplasma gondii in IBRS-2 cells

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    Tao JIANG; Donglin ZHANG; Hao NIE; Baoan YAO; Junlong ZHAO

    2008-01-01

    The sequence encoding MIC3 was obtained by amplification from genomic DNA of Toxoplasma gondii RH strain and cloned into the vector pMD18-T. The tar-get gene was subcloned into the eukaryotic vector pcDNA3.1 after the identification of pMD18-T-MIC3 by enzyme digesting, PCR amplification and sequencing. Then the target recombinant plasmids pcMIC3 were transfected into IBRS-2 cells, and the positive cells con-taining pcMIC3 plasmids were obtained under the selec-tion of G418. The expressed proteins from the positive cells were detected by SDS-PAGE, Western blot and ELISA. The results showed that the DNA sequence iden-tity was 99.9% between amplified MIC3 and that from GenBank. The molecular weight of the recombinant MIC3 protein with good immuno-activity was about 39.2 ku. These available data would lay the foundation for further studies on DNA vaccine against Toxoplasma gondii.

  10. The coronal structure of Speedy Mic - I: A densely packed prominence system beyond co-rotation

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    Dunstone, N J; Cameron, A C; Jardine, M

    2006-01-01

    We present new observations of the prominence system on the K3 dwarf Speedy Mic (BO Mic, HD 197890). Using an improved technique to track the absorption features in H_alpha we find a very active prominence system with approximately ten prominences on the observable hemisphere per rotation. From a total of 25 prominences we find an average axial distance of 2.85+/-0.54 R_* which is twice the co-rotation radius above the stellar surface. We discuss the consequences of these observations on the nature of the supporting magnetic structures. Two consecutive nights, with complete phase coverage, combined with a further night after a three night gap allow us to study the evolution of the prominence system on two different timescales. Several of the prominences have counterparts at similar phases on consecutive nights. During this interval many prominences show evidence for evolution in their heights and phases of observation. Five nights (13 rotation cycles) later we recover many prominences at approximately the sam...

  11. Non-destructive on-line monitoring of MIC (microbially influenced corrosion)

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    White, D.C. (Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (USA) Tennessee Univ., Knoxville, TN (USA)); Nivens, D.E.; Mittelman, M.W. (Tennessee Univ., Knoxville, TN (USA). Inst. for Applied Microbiology); Chambers, J.Q. (Tennessee Univ., Knoxville, TN (USA). Dept. of Chemistry); King, J.M.H. (Tennessee Univ., Knoxville, TN (USA). Center for Environmental Biotechnology); Sayler, G.S. (Tennessee Univ., Knoxville, TN

    1990-01-01

    The formation of microbial biofilms on metal surfaces with the subsequent increase in heat transfer resistance and the induction of microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) is being increasingly recognized as an extremely important economic and safety problem for industrial water systems. The development of sufficiently rugged and accurate monitoring devices by which biofilm formation and activity of microbial biofilms can be monitored non-destructively, directly in water systems is the goal of this research. This on-line systems would allow the effective utilization of minimal levels of biocides and inhibitors as well as permit in situ testing of materials for MIC resistance. Several non-destructive technologies such as the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM), the attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transforming infrared spectrometer (ATR-FT/IR), and a genetically engineered bacterium containing the lux gene cassette in which its bioluminescence can be used to define its presence on coupons are on-line devices which accurately measure biofilm formation. Corrosion activity can be estimated by electrochemical impedance. 12 refs., 8 figs.

  12. Memory characteristics of poly-Si using MIC as an active layer on glass substrates

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    In this paper the electrical properties of nonvolatile memory (NVM) using multi-stack gate insulators of oxide-nitride-oxynitride (ONOn) and an active layer of low temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) were investigated. From hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si : H), the LTPS thin film with a high crystalline fraction of 96% and a low surface roughness of 1.28 nm was fabricated by metal induced crystallization (MIC) with annealing conditions of 650 0C for 5 h on glass substrates. The LTPS thin film transistor or the NVM had a field effect mobility of (μFE) 10 cm2 V-1 s-1 and a threshold voltage (VTH) of -3.5 V. The results demonstrated that the NVM had a memory window of 1.6 V with a programming and erasing (P/E) voltage of -14 V and 14 V in 1 ms. Moreover, retention properties of the memory were shown to exceed 80% after 10 years. Therefore, the LTPS fabricated by MIC has become a potential material for NVM application which is employed for the system integration of panel displays.

  13. Memory characteristics of poly-Si using MIC as an active layer on glass substrates

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    Nguyen, Thanh Nga; Jung, Sungwook; Nguyen, Van Duy; Yi, Junsin, E-mail: yi@yurim.skku.ac.k [School of Information and Communication Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, Kyouggi 440-746 (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-03-17

    In this paper the electrical properties of nonvolatile memory (NVM) using multi-stack gate insulators of oxide-nitride-oxynitride (ONOn) and an active layer of low temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) were investigated. From hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si : H), the LTPS thin film with a high crystalline fraction of 96% and a low surface roughness of 1.28 nm was fabricated by metal induced crystallization (MIC) with annealing conditions of 650 {sup 0}C for 5 h on glass substrates. The LTPS thin film transistor or the NVM had a field effect mobility of ({mu}{sub FE}) 10 cm{sup 2} V{sup -1} s{sup -1} and a threshold voltage (V{sub TH}) of -3.5 V. The results demonstrated that the NVM had a memory window of 1.6 V with a programming and erasing (P/E) voltage of -14 V and 14 V in 1 ms. Moreover, retention properties of the memory were shown to exceed 80% after 10 years. Therefore, the LTPS fabricated by MIC has become a potential material for NVM application which is employed for the system integration of panel displays.

  14. Optimizing zonal advection of the Advanced Research WRF (ARW) dynamics for Intel MIC

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    Mielikainen, Jarno; Huang, Bormin; Huang, Allen H.

    2014-10-01

    The Weather Research and Forecast (WRF) model is the most widely used community weather forecast and research model in the world. There are two distinct varieties of WRF. The Advanced Research WRF (ARW) is an experimental, advanced research version featuring very high resolution. The WRF Nonhydrostatic Mesoscale Model (WRF-NMM) has been designed for forecasting operations. WRF consists of dynamics code and several physics modules. The WRF-ARW core is based on an Eulerian solver for the fully compressible nonhydrostatic equations. In the paper, we will use Intel Intel Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture to substantially increase the performance of a zonal advection subroutine for optimization. It is of the most time consuming routines in the ARW dynamics core. Advection advances the explicit perturbation horizontal momentum equations by adding in the large-timestep tendency along with the small timestep pressure gradient tendency. We will describe the challenges we met during the development of a high-speed dynamics code subroutine for MIC architecture. Furthermore, lessons learned from the code optimization process will be discussed. The results show that the optimizations improved performance of the original code on Xeon Phi 5110P by a factor of 2.4x.

  15. Study of a new type anode of OLED by MIC poly-Si

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    Li, Yang; Meng, Zhiguo; Wu, Chunya; Man, Wong; Hoi, Kwok Sing; Xiong, Shaozhen

    2007-11-01

    In this paper, a boron-doped poly-Si crystallized by solution-based metal induced (S-MIC) as the anode of organic light emitting diode (OLED) was studied. The semi-transparent and semi-reflective anode of OLED systemized with the high reflectivity of Al cathode could form a micro-cavity structure with a low Q to improve the efficiency. The maximum luminance efficiency of red OLED made by Alq3: DCJTB (1.5wt %)( 30nm) with the poly-Si anode is 2.66cd/A, higher than that of the OLED with the ITO anodes by 30%. In order to improve the device performance, some key to optimize the character of MIC poly-Si thin film are analyzed theoretically. A new kind of TFT/OLED coupling structure in AMOLED was proposed, in which the pixel electrode of OLED was made by the same poly-Si thin film with its driver TFT's drain electrode. So that this coupling structure will simplify the AMOLED processes flow.

  16. 柔嫩艾美耳球虫EtMIC2的酵母表面展示%Yeast surface display of Eimeria tenella EtMIC2

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    孙慧; 刘卿; 张杰; 陈佩佩; 王龙江; 王甜甜; 王方昆; 李宏梅; 肖一红

    2014-01-01

    利用酿酒酵母表面展示系统展示柔嫩艾美耳球虫微线蛋白基因EtMIC2,为下一步研制活载体疫苗奠定基础.参照GenBank中柔嫩艾美耳球虫EtMIC2基因序列设计引物,以柔嫩艾美耳球虫的RNA为模板,利用RT-PCR扩增得到预期长度的产物,双酶切连接到酿酒酵母表面展示的载体pCTCON2,转化大肠杆菌TOP10,提取阳性质粒转化酿酒酵母菌株EBY100,诱导表达后,用抗EtMIC2蛋白质特异性抗体,做间接免疫荧光(IFA)检测EtMIC2蛋白的表达.结果显示,EtMIC2成功展示到酵母细胞表面,测得最佳诱导时间为48 h.

  17. Application of open-source photogrammetric software MicMac for monitoring surface deformation in laboratory models

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    Galland, Olivier; Bertelsen, Hâvard S.; Guldstrand, Frank; Girod, Luc; Johannessen, Rikke F.; Bjugger, Fanny; Burchardt, Steffi; Mair, Karen

    2016-04-01

    Quantifying deformation is essential in modern laboratory models of geological systems. This paper presents a new laboratory monitoring method through the implementation of the open-source software MicMac, which efficiently implements photogrammetry in Structure-from-Motion algorithms. Critical evaluation is provided using results from two example laboratory geodesy scenarios: magma emplacement and strike-slip faulting. MicMac automatically processes images from synchronized cameras to compute time series of digital elevation models (DEMs) and orthorectified images of model surfaces. MicMac also implements digital image correlation to produce high-resolution displacements maps. The resolution of DEMs and displacement maps corresponds to the pixel size of the processed images. Using 24 MP cameras, the precision of DEMs and displacements is ~0.05 mm on a 40 × 40 cm surface. Processing displacement maps with Matlab® scripts allows automatic fracture mapping on the monitored surfaces. MicMac also offers the possibility to integrate 3-D models of excavated structures with the corresponding surface deformation data. The high resolution and high precision of MicMac results and the ability to generate virtual 3-D models of complex structures make it a very promising tool for quantitative monitoring in laboratory models of geological systems.

  18. High MICs for Vancomycin and Daptomycin and Complicated Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections with Methicillin-Sensitive Staphylococcus aureus

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    Viedma, Esther; Chaves, Fernando; Lalueza, Antonio; Fortún, Jesús; Loza, Elena; Pujol, Miquel; Ardanuy, Carmen; Morales, Isabel; de Cueto, Marina; Resino-Foz, Elena; Morales-Cartagena, Alejandra; Rico, Alicia; Romero, María P.; Orellana, María Ángeles; López-Medrano, Francisco; Fernández-Ruiz, Mario; Aguado, José María

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    We investigated the prognostic role of high MICs for antistaphylococcal agents in patients with methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus catheter-related bloodstream infection (MSSA CRBSI). We prospectively reviewed 83 episodes from 5 centers in Spain during April 2011–June 2014 that had optimized clinical management and analyzed the relationship between E-test MICs for vancomycin, daptomycin, oxacillin, and linezolid and development of complicated bacteremia by using multivariate analysis. Complicated MSSA CRBSI occurred in 26 (31.3%) patients; MICs for vancomycin and daptomycin were higher in these patients (optimal cutoff values for predictive accuracy = 1.5 μg/mL and 0.5 μg/mL). High MICs for vancomycin (hazard ratio 2.4, 95% CI 1.2–5.5) and daptomycin (hazard ratio 2.4, 95% CI 1.1–5.9) were independent risk factors for development of complicated MSSA CRBSI. Our data suggest that patients with MSSA CRBSI caused by strains that have high MICs for vancomycin or daptomycin are at increased risk for complications. PMID:27192097

  19. THE CHIRONOMIDAE ASSEMBLAGES IN SOMESUL MIC RIVER (ROMANIA DURING 1996 AND 1997

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    Maria-Monica Tudorancea

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available The communities of Chironomidae larvae in the Gilau – Gherla sector of the Somesul Mic River (Transylvania, Romania were studied during 1996 and 1997 in order to compare their species composition and to see if their component species could be good indicators for water quality deterioration. A total of 102 species were recorded, out of which 12 are new records for the Romanian fauna. Four of these species are known only from East Asia and from the North America. Some species such as Chironomus thumi, Microcricotopus bicolor, Dicrotendipes nervosus and Dicrotendipes notatus occurred in organically enriched waters. Other species, such as Cricotopus algarum, Cricotopus bicinctus, Cricotopus tremulus and Cricotopus trifasciatus occurred in both clean and organically polluted water which indicate they are not good bioindicators for water quality deterioration.

  20. El turisme gastronòmic : autenticitat i desenvolupament local en zones rurals

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    Fusté Forné, Francesc

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    Un dels turismes especialitzats que està assolint major importància en l’actualitat és el turisme gastronòmic. L’activitat agrícola i ramadera tradicional en l’àmbit del turisme rural està veient com la pràctica turística li guanya terreny, i en aquest sentit la gastronomia representa la integració dels trets característics del paisatge, tant natural com cultural, d’una destinació. No obstant, l’autenticitat pròpia de cada territori ha de fer front a una globalització cada vegada més ferotge,...

  1. ABUNDANCE AND SEASONAL DYNAMICS OF MAYFLY COMMUNITIES (INSECTA: EPHEMEROPTERA FROM SOMESUL MIC RIVER (ROMANIA

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    Milca Petrovici

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available The collecting of quantitative benthos samples in 1996-1997, at three sampling sites on the Someşul Mic River, allowed the identification of 12 species of 5 families. The highest diversity was found upstream Cluj-Napoca, and it had decreased downstream town, the mayfly being absent downstream Gherla. Baëtis lutheri along with Baëtis vernus, were the dominant species upstream the town. Baëtis vernus was the only species present downstream Cluj Napoca, in every season. The presence of that species, with very low densities, and being the only identified species in some seasons, reflect a high depreciation of the water quality by the city of Cluj-Napoca. This species although known as very pollution tolerant, absent in the benthos of the river after crossing Gherla industrial town.

  2. El Moviment Olímpic i el món acadèmic

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    Puig Brandes, Núria

    2011-01-01

    Núria Puig, responsable de Relacions amb les Universitats del CIO, aborda al seu article “El Moviment Olímpic i el món acadèmic” l’important paper que des de la Grècia antiga, però també als orígens del Moviment Olímpic modern, ha tingut el món acadèmic, i més endavant se centra en el paper dels centres d’estudis olímpics a diferents universitats del món i del Centre d’Estudis Olímpics del CIO amb els seus diferents serveis. Núria Puig, responsable de relaciones con las universidades del C...

  3. Comparison of the MIC 2000 enteric media with API 20 E and conventional methods for identification of Enterobacteriaceae.

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    Courcol, R J; Husson, M O; Izard, D E; Martin, G R

    1982-09-01

    By using MIC 2000 Enteric Identification Media the identification of Enterobacteriaceae was evaluated. 421 strains of Enterobacteriaceae belonging to 23 taxa were identified by MIC 2000, and the conventional method API 20 E, respectively. The results obtained are almost identical, i.e. 96.2% and 96.7%. Besides, the results showed no statistical difference between the two miniaturized systems (p greater than 0.1). The MIC 2000 Enteric Media are capable of identifying the majority of Enterobacteriaceae with a reasonable degree of reliability. This system appears to be efficient and flexible. It is convenient to determine the minimal inhibitory concentration of the tested strain on the same microplate. PMID:6758421

  4. Minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC determination of disinfectant and/or sterilizing agents

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    Priscila Gava Mazzola

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Due to the growing number of outbreaks of infection in hospital and nurseries, it becomes essential to set up a sanitation program that indicates that the appropriate chemical agent was chosen for application in the most effective way. Validating the effectiveness of decontamination and disinfection is an important and often challenging task. In order to study and compare the behavior of selected microorganisms, they were submitted to minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC. The MIC intervals, which reduced bacteria populations over 6 log10, were: 59 to 156 mg/L of quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs; 63 to 10000 mg/L of chlorhexidine; 1375 to 3250 mg/L of glutaraldehyde; 39 to 246 mg/L of formaldehyde; 43750 to 87500 mg/L of ethanol; 1250 to 6250 mg/L of iodine in polyvinyl-pyrolidone complexes, 150 to 4491 mg/L of chlorine-releasing-agents (CRAs and 469 to 2500 mg/L of hydrogen peroxide. Chlorhexidine showed non inhibitory activity over germinating spores. A. calcoaceticus showed resistance to the majority of the agents tested, followed by E. cloacae and S. marcescens.Devido ao número crescente de surtos de infecção hospitalar, torna-se proeminente o estabelecimento de um programa de sanitização que liste os agentes químicos a serem empregados e o modo de aplicação mais efetivo. Validação da eficácia de descontaminação é uma tarefa ao mesmo tempo importante e desafiadora. Para estudar e comparar o comportamento dos microrganismos selecionados foram realizados ensaios de concentração inibitória mínima (CIM. A CIM capaz de reduzir o bioburden inicial (>6 log10 foi: 59 - 156 mg/L de quartenários de amônia; 63 - 10000 mg/L de clorexidina, 1375 - 3250 mg/mL de glutaraldeído, 39 - 246 mg/L de formaldeído, 43750 - 87500 mg/L de etanol 1250 - 6250 mg/L de PVPI, 150 - 4491 mg/L de compostos liberadores de cloro e 469 -2500 mg/L de peróxido de hidrogênio.

  5. Antimicrobial Activity of Serbian Propolis Evaluated by Means of MIC, HPTLC, Bioautography and Chemometrics.

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    Ristivojević, Petar; Dimkić, Ivica; Trifković, Jelena; Berić, Tanja; Vovk, Irena; Milojković-Opsenica, Dušanka; Stanković, Slaviša

    2016-01-01

    New information has come to light about the biological activity of propolis and the quality of natural products which requires a rapid and reliable assessment method such as High Performance Thin-Layer Chromatography (HPTLC) fingerprinting. This study investigates chromatographic and chemometric approaches for determining the antimicrobial activity of propolis of Serbian origin against various bacterial species. A linear multivariate calibration technique, using Partial Least Squares, was used to extract the relevant information from the chromatographic fingerprints, i.e. to indicate peaks which represent phenolic compounds that are potentially responsible for the antimicrobial capacity of the samples. In addition, direct bioautography was performed to localize the antibacterial activity on chromatograms. The biological activity of the propolis samples against various bacterial species was determined by a minimum inhibitory concentration assay, confirming their affiliation with the European poplar type of propolis and revealing the existence of two types (blue and orange) according to botanical origin. The strongest antibacterial activity was exhibited by sample 26 against Staphylococcus aureus, with a MIC value of 0.5 mg/mL, and Listeria monocytogenes, with a MIC as low as 0.1 mg/mL, which was also the lowest effective concentration observed in our study. Generally, the orange type of propolis shows higher antimicrobial activity compared to the blue type. PLS modelling was performed on the HPTLC data set and the resulting models might qualitatively indicate compounds that play an important role in the activity exhibited by the propolis samples. The most relevant peaks influencing the antimicrobial activity of propolis against all bacterial strains were phenolic compounds at RF values of 0.37, 0.40, 0.45, 0.51, 0.60 and 0.70. The knowledge gained through this study could be important for attributing the antimicrobial activity of propolis to specific chemical

  6. In vitro activity of ertapenem versus ceftriaxone against Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolates with highly diverse ceftriaxone MIC values and effects of ceftriaxone resistance determinants: ertapenem for treatment of gonorrhea?

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    Unemo, Magnus; Golparian, Daniel; Limnios, Athena; Whiley, David; Ohnishi, Makoto; Lahra, Monica M; Tapsall, John W

    2012-07-01

    Clinical resistance to the currently recommended extended-spectrum cephalosporins (ESCs), the last remaining treatment options for gonorrhea, is being reported. Gonorrhea may become untreatable, and new treatment options are crucial. We investigated the in vitro activity of ertapenem, relative to ceftriaxone, against N. gonorrhoeae isolates and the effects of ESC resistance determinants on ertapenem. MICs were determined using agar dilution technique or Etest for international reference strains (n = 17) and clinical N. gonorrhoeae isolates (n = 257), which included the two extensively drug-resistant (XDR) strains H041 and F89 and additional isolates with high ESC MICs, clinical ESC resistance, and other types of clinical high-level and multidrug resistance (MDR). Genetic resistance determinants for ESCs (penA, mtrR, and penB) were sequenced. In general, the MICs of ertapenem (MIC(50) = 0.032 μg/ml; MIC(90) = 0.064 μg/ml) paralleled those of ceftriaxone (MIC(50) = 0.032 μg/ml; MIC(90) = 0.125 μg/ml). The ESC resistance determinants mainly increased the ertapenem MIC and ceftriaxone MIC at similar levels. However, the MIC ranges for ertapenem (0.002 to 0.125 μg/ml) and ceftriaxone (ceftriaxone-resistant isolates (MIC = 0.5 to 4 μg/ml) had ertapenem MICs of 0.016 to 0.064 μg/ml. Accordingly, ertapenem had in vitro advantages over ceftriaxone for isolates with ceftriaxone resistance. These in vitro results suggest that ertapenem might be an effective treatment option for gonorrhea, particularly for the currently identified ESC-resistant cases and possibly in a dual antimicrobial therapy regimen. However, further knowledge regarding the genetic determinants (and their evolution) conferring resistance to both antimicrobials, and clear correlates between genetic and phenotypic laboratory parameters and clinical treatment outcomes, is essential.

  7. Postantibiotic Effect and Postantibiotic Sub-MIC Effect of Levofloxacin Compared to Those of Ofloxacin, Ciprofloxacin, Erythromycin, Azithromycin, and Clarithromycin against 20 Pneumococci

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    Spangler, Sheila K.; Lin, Gengrong; Jacobs, Michael R.; Appelbaum, Peter C.

    1998-01-01

    The postantibiotic effect (PAE) (10 times the MIC of quinolones, 5 times the MIC of macrolides) and postantibiotic sub-MIC effect (PAE-SME) at 0.125, 0.25, and 0.5 times the MIC were determined for levofloxacin, ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin, erythromycin, azithromycin, and clarithromycin against 20 pneumococci. Quinolone PAEs ranged between 0.5 and 6.5 h, and macrolide PAEs ranged between 1 and 6 h. Measurable PAE-SMEs (in hours) at the three concentrations were 1 to 5, 1 to 8, and 1 to 8, respec...

  8. Postantibiotic effect and postantibiotic sub-MIC effect of levofloxacin compared to those of ofloxacin, ciprofloxacin, erythromycin, azithromycin, and clarithromycin against 20 pneumococci.

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    Spangler, S K; Lin, G; Jacobs, M R; Appelbaum, P C

    1998-05-01

    The postantibiotic effect (PAE) (10 times the MIC of quinolones, 5 times the MIC of macrolides) and postantibiotic sub-MIC effect (PAE-SME) at 0.125, 0.25, and 0.5 times the MIC were determined for levofloxacin, ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin, erythromycin, azithromycin, and clarithromycin against 20 pneumococci. Quinolone PAEs ranged between 0.5 and 6.5 h, and macrolide PAEs ranged between 1 and 6 h. Measurable PAE-SMEs (in hours) at the three concentrations were 1 to 5, 1 to 8, and 1 to 8, respectively, for quinolones and 1 to 8, 1 to 8, and 1 to 6, respectively, for macrolides. PMID:9593160

  9. Microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) analyses of the BNGS-B vacuum building. Report No. 92-185-K. [BNGS (Bruce Nuclear Generating Station)

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    Jain, D.K.

    1992-01-01

    Microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) has been found to play a significant role in causing corrosion, especially in those industries which use natural waters. The most significant of the organisms found to cause corrosion are the sulphate-reducing bacteria (SRB), particularly with anoxic deposits or stagnant weirs. In May 1992, the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station B Vacuum Building was inspected for MIC after being in service for 10 years. This report provides results for both on-site MIC inspection and for microbiological analysis of sediments, water, and slime deposits for evidence of MIC bacteria.

  10. β-Aescin at subinhibitory concentration (sub-MIC) enhances susceptibility of Candida glabrata clinical isolates to nystatin.

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    Franiczek, Roman; Gleńsk, Michał; Krzyżanowska, Barbara; Włodarczyk, Maciej

    2015-11-01

    Aescin (escin) derived from the seeds of horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum L.) is a natural mixture of triterpene saponins exhibiting a wide variety of pharmacological properties, including antiinflammatory, analgesic, and antipyretic activities. However, data concerning antifungal activities of these compounds are limited. This study aims to evaluate the in vitro antifungal susceptibility of Candida glabrata clinical isolates to α-aescin sodium, β-aescin crystalline and β-aescin sodium using the disk diffusion (DD) and broth microdilution (BMD) methods. Moreover, the influence of subinhibitory concentration (0.5×MIC) of β-aescins on the nystatin MIC was also studied. In general, the results obtained by the DD assay correlated well with those obtained by the BMD method. Both β-aescins effectively inhibited the growth of all 24 strains tested. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) values ranging from 8 to 32 μg/ml for β-aescin crystalline, whereas those of β-aescin sodium were slightly lower and ranged from 4 to 16 μg/ml. In contrast, α-aescin sodium was found to be completely ineffective against the strains studied. MIC values of nystatin were reduced 2-16-fold and 2-4-fold in the presence of subinhibitory concentration of β-aescin crystalline and β-aescin sodium, respectively. Results of the present study may suggest the additive interaction between β-aescin and nystatin. PMID:26092104

  11. Introducció a l'ús del simulador de processos químics CHEMCAD 5.2.0

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    Gómez Siurana, Amparo; Font Escamilla, Alicia; Menargues Irles, Sergio

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    Es tracta d'un manual on s'explica, mitjançant l'ajuda d'exemples resolts, l'ús del simulador comercial de processos químics Chemcad 5.2.0. Secretariat de Promoció del Valencià, Universitat d'Alacant; Conselleria de Cultura, Educació i Ciència; CAM

  12. Synthesis of 1-Substituted Isoquinolines by Heterocyclization of TosMIC Derivatives: Total Synthesis of Cassiarin A.

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    Gutiérrez, Sara; Coppola, Anna; Sucunza, David; Burgos, Carolina; Vaquero, Juan J

    2016-07-15

    A new method for the synthesis of 1-substituted isoquinolines by a heterocyclization that involves α-benzyl TosMIC derivatives and different electrophiles has been developed. This methodology has been successfully applied to a total synthesis of cassiarin A, an alkaloid with potent antiplasmodial activity against Plasmodium falciparum. PMID:27351205

  13. Chelsea Boys: paradigmas sexuales de un cómic queer

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    Rafael Manuel Mérida Jiménez

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Más allá del barrio neoyorquino que da título a este serie de volúmenes –aunque en diálogo tanto con su realidad como con sus representaciones anteriores, como Rear Window, dónde se presenta ya como espacio sexualizado–; y más allá del estereotipo gay que la misma expresión representa, Chelsea Boys aparece como un espacio de ruptura de clichés. En el contexto del cómic gay norteamericano que se repasa en este artículo, constituye una propuesta plural, donde la universalidad de las situaciones que representa superan tanto el localismo como la rigidez estereotípica de algunas creaciones anteriores. En él emerge una comunidad queer a través de cuya representación se plantean cuestiones cruciales en y para la/s realidad/es gays.

  14. Dust Dynamics and Surface Brightness Profiles of Debris Disks: The Case of AU Mic

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    Strubbe, L E; Strubbe, Linda E.; Chiang, Eugene I.

    2005-01-01

    AU Microscopii is a 12-Myr-old M dwarf that harbors an optically thin disk of dust. Within a projected distance b from the star of 43 AU--in the "inner disk"--the scattered-light surface brightness falls as b^-g, where g = 1-2. In the "outer disk," the brightness drops more steeply, with g = 4-5. We devise a theory to explain the entire profile, including the break. Our theory asserts that the AU Mic disk is in steady state and makes no recourse either to unequilibrated cataclysms or to preserved primordial conditions. We posit a ring of parent bodies on circular orbits near 43 AU: the "birth circle." At the birth circle, grains are produced by colliding parent bodies. Grains are removed by the star's wind and radiation, and by destructive grain-grain collisions. Grains having sizes just large enough to remain bound to the star occupy highly eccentric orbits and dominate scattering of starlight in the outer disk. We prove that for large stellocentric radius r, their surface density S scales as r^-5/2. Eccentr...

  15. Extension of the AMBER molecular dynamics software to Intel's Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture

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    Needham, Perri J.; Bhuiyan, Ashraf; Walker, Ross C.

    2016-04-01

    We present an implementation of explicit solvent particle mesh Ewald (PME) classical molecular dynamics (MD) within the PMEMD molecular dynamics engine, that forms part of the AMBER v14 MD software package, that makes use of Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors by offloading portions of the PME direct summation and neighbor list build to the coprocessor. We refer to this implementation as pmemd MIC offload and in this paper present the technical details of the algorithm, including basic models for MPI and OpenMP configuration, and analyze the resultant performance. The algorithm provides the best performance improvement for large systems (>400,000 atoms), achieving a ∼35% performance improvement for satellite tobacco mosaic virus (1,067,095 atoms) when 2 Intel E5-2697 v2 processors (2 ×12 cores, 30M cache, 2.7 GHz) are coupled to an Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor (Model 7120P-1.238/1.333 GHz, 61 cores). The implementation utilizes a two-fold decomposition strategy: spatial decomposition using an MPI library and thread-based decomposition using OpenMP. We also present compiler optimization settings that improve the performance on Intel Xeon processors, while retaining simulation accuracy.

  16. MILLIMETER EMISSION STRUCTURE IN THE FIRST ALMA IMAGE OF THE AU Mic DEBRIS DISK

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    MacGregor, Meredith A.; Wilner, David J.; Rosenfeld, Katherine A.; Andrews, Sean M. [Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States); Matthews, Brenda; Booth, Mark [Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, 5072 West Saanich Road, Victoria, BC V9E 2E7 (Canada); Hughes, A. Meredith; Chiang, Eugene; Graham, James R.; Kalas, Paul [Department of Astronomy, 601 Campbell Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Kennedy, Grant [Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0HA (United Kingdom); Sibthorpe, Bruce [SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, NL-9747 AD Groningen (Netherlands)

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    We present 1.3 mm ALMA Cycle 0 observations of the edge-on debris disk around the nearby, {approx}10 Myr old, M-type star AU Mic. These observations obtain 0.''6 (6 AU) resolution and reveal two distinct emission components: (1) the previously known dust belt that extends to a radius of 40 AU and (2) a newly recognized central peak that remains unresolved. The cold dust belt of mass {approx}1 M{sub Moon} is resolved in the radial direction with a rising emission profile that peaks sharply at the location of the outer edge of the 'birth ring' of planetesimals hypothesized to explain the midplane scattered light gradients. No significant asymmetries are discerned in the structure or position of this dust belt. The central peak identified in the ALMA image is {approx}6 times brighter than the stellar photosphere, which indicates an additional emission process in the inner regions of the system. Emission from a stellar corona or activity may contribute, but the observations show no signs of temporal variations characteristic of radio-wave flares. We suggest that this central component may be dominated by dust emission from an inner planetesimal belt of mass {approx}0.01 M{sub Moon}, consistent with a lack of emission shortward of 25 {mu}m and a location {approx}<3 AU from the star. Future millimeter observations can test this assertion, as an inner dust belt should be readily separated from the central star at higher angular resolution.

  17. MIX: a mosaic Asian anthropogenic emission inventory for the MICS-Asia and the HTAP projects

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    M. Li

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available An anthropogenic emission inventory for Asia is developed for the years 2008 and 2010 to support the Model Inter-Comparison Study for Asia (MICS-Asia and the Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution (TF HTAP projects by a mosaic of up-to-date regional emission inventories. Emissions are estimated for all major anthropogenic sources in 30 countries and regions in Asia. We conducted detailed comparisons of different regional emission inventories and incorporated the best-available ones for each region into the mosaic inventory at a uniform spatial and temporal resolution. We estimate the total Asian emissions of ten species in 2010 as follows: 51.3 Tg SO2, 52.1 Tg NOx, 336.6 Tg CO, 67.0 Tg NMVOC (non-methane volatile organic compounds, 28.8 Tg NH3, 31.7 Tg PM10, 22.7 Tg PM2.5, 3.5 Tg BC, 8.3 Tg OC and 17.3 Pg CO2. Emissions from China and India dominate the emissions of Asia for most of the species. We also estimated Asian emissions in 2006 using the same methodology of MIX. The relative change rates of Asian emissions for the period of 2006–2010 are estimated as follows: −8.0 % for SO2, +19 % for NOx, +4 % for CO, +15 % for NMVOC, +2 % for NH3, −3 % for PM10, −2 % for PM2.5, +6 % for BC, +2 % for OC and +20 % for CO2. Model-ready speciated NMVOC emissions for SAPRC-99 and CB05 mechanisms were developed following a profile-assignment approach. Monthly gridded emissions at a spatial resolution of 0.25° × 0.25° are developed and can be accessed from http://www.meicmodel.org/dataset-mix.

  18. Serum levels of human MIC-1/GDF15 vary in a diurnal pattern, do not display a profile suggestive of a satiety factor and are related to BMI

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    Tsai, Vicky Wang-Wei; Macia, Laurence; Feinle-Bisset, Christine;

    2015-01-01

    The TGF-b superfamily cytokine MIC-1/GDF15 circulates in the blood of healthy humans. Its levels rise substantially in cancer and other diseases and this may sometimes lead to development of an anorexia/cachexia syndrome. This is mediated by a direct action of MIC-1/GDF15 on feeding centres...

  19. Potentials of plasma NGAL and MIC-1 as biomarker(s in the diagnosis of lethal pancreatic cancer.

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    Sukhwinder Kaur

    Full Text Available Pancreatic cancer (PC is lethal malignancy with very high mortality rate. Absence of sensitive and specific marker(s is one of the major factors for poor prognosis of PC patients. In pilot studies using small set of patients, secreted acute phase proteins neutrophil gelatinase associated lipocalin (NGAL and TGF-β family member macrophage inhibitory cytokine-1 (MIC-1 are proposed as most potential biomarkers specifically elevated in the blood of PC patients. However, their performance as diagnostic markers for PC, particularly in pre-treatment patients, remains unknown. In order to evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of NGAL and MIC-1, their levels were measured in plasma samples from patients with pre-treatment PC patients (n = 91 and compared it with those in healthy control (HC individuals (n = 24 and patients with chronic pancreatitis (CP, n = 23. The diagnostic performance of these two proteins was further compared with that of CA19-9, a tumor marker commonly used to follow PC progression. The levels of all three biomarkers were significantly higher in PC compared to HCs. The mean (± standard deviation, SD plasma NGAL, CA19-9 and MIC-1 levels in PC patients was 111.1 ng/mL (2.2, 219.2 U/mL (7.8 and 4.5 ng/mL (4.1, respectively. In comparing resectable PC to healthy patients, all three biomarkers were found to have comparable sensitivities (between 64%-81% but CA19-9 and NGAL had a higher specificity (92% and 88%, respectively. For distinguishing resectable PC from CP patients, CA19-9 and MIC-1 were most specific (74% and 78% respectively. CA19-9 at an optimal cut-off of 54.1 U/ml is highly specific in differentiating resectable (stage 1/2 pancreatic cancer patients from controls in comparison to its clinical cut-off (37.1 U/ml. Notably, the addition of MIC-1 to CA19-9 significantly improved the ability to distinguish resectable PC cases from CP (p = 0.029. Overall, MIC-1 in combination with CA19-9 improved the diagnostic

  20. Cómo, cuándo y por qué hicimos un cómic bollo

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    Gema Arquero (Project Manager

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo traza un recorrido por distintos aspectos que desempeñaron un papel destacado en la génesis del cómic Salidas de Emergencia. Sus autoras explican la importancia que su situación personal y el contexto político de la España de 2005 tuvieron en la decisión de iniciar su proyecto creativo, situándonos a la vez en las coordenadas culturales en que éste se inscribe. Con ello, también se lleva a cabo un repaso por distintos productos culturales de temática lésbica, con el que se ponen en evidencia las particularidades de este cómic.

  1. Rapid, Low-Technology MIC Determination with Clinical Mycobacterium tuberculosis Isolates by Using the Microplate Alamar Blue Assay

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    Franzblau, Scott G.; Witzig, Richard S.; McLaughlin, James C.; Torres, Patricia; Madico, Guillermo; Hernandez, Antonio; Degnan, Michelle T.; Cook, Mary B.; Quenzer, Virginia K.; Ferguson, Robert M.; Gilman, Robert H.

    1998-01-01

    A colorimetric, microplate-based Alamar Blue assay (MABA) method was used to determine the MICs of isoniazid (INH), rifampin, streptomycin (SM), and ethambutol (EMB) for 34 Peruvian Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates (including both pansensitive and multidrug-resistant strains) and the H37Rv strain by using bacterial suspensions prepared directly from solid media. Results for all isolates were available within 8 days. Discordant results were observed on initial tests for 3 of 16 INH-suscepti...

  2. The BinaMIcS project: understanding the origin of magnetic fields in massive stars through close binary systems

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    Alecian, E.; Neiner, C.; Wade, G. A.; Mathis, S.; Bohlender, D.; Cébron, D; Folsom, C.; Grunhut, J.; Bouquin, J. -B. Le; Petit, V.; Sana, H.; Tkachenko, A.; ud-Doula, A.; collaboration, the BinaMIcS

    2014-01-01

    It is now well established that a fraction of the massive (M>8 Msun) star population hosts strong, organised magnetic fields, most likely of fossil origin. The details of the generation and evolution of these fields are still poorly understood. The BinaMIcS project takes an important step towards the understanding of the interplay between binarity and magnetism during the stellar formation and evolution, and in particular the genesis of fossil fields, by studying the magnetic properties of cl...

  3. Development of Doxycycline MIC and Disk Diffusion Interpretive Breakpoints and Revision of Tetracycline Breakpoints for Streptococcus pneumoniae

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    Dallas, Steven D.; McGee, Lesley; Limbago, Brandi; Patel, Jean B; McElmeel, M. Leticia; Fulcher, Letitia C.; Lonsway, David R.; Jorgensen, James H.

    2013-01-01

    A study was performed to derive susceptibility testing interpretive breakpoints for doxycycline with Streptococcus pneumoniae and to reassess breakpoints for tetracycline using the requirements defined in Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) document M23-A3. Tetracycline and doxycycline MICs and disk diffusion zone sizes were determined on 189 isolates selected from the 2009-2010 CDC Active Bacterial Core surveillance strain collection according to the testing methods described ...

  4. Chlorhexidine resistance in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or just an elevated MIC? An in vitro and in vivo assessment.

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    Cookson, B D; Bolton, M C; Platt, J H

    1991-01-01

    Chlorhexidine (Hibiscrub; ICI) is generally accepted to be effective as an antiseptic hand wash for methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA), but there is dispute whether the chlorhexidine MIC for methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) strains is higher than that for MSSA strains and, indeed, whether it is relevant. In addition, the link between resistance to chlorhexidine, gentamicin, and "nucleic acid-binding" compounds (NAB; which code, in particular, for propamidine isethionat...

  5. Postantibiotic Effect and Postantibiotic Sub-MIC Effect of Quinupristin-Dalfopristin against Gram-Positive and -Negative Organisms

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    Pankuch, Glenn A.; Jacobs, Michael R.; Appelbaum, Peter C.

    1998-01-01

    Quinupristin-dalfopristin produced postantibiotic effects (PAEs) and postantibiotic sub-MIC effects of >2 h against 18 gram-positive cocci. Mean pneumococcal and staphylococcal PAEs were 2.8 and 4.7 h, respectively, with shorter PAEs for constitutively than inducibly macrolide-resistant staphylococci. Mean PAEs for vancomycin-susceptible and -resistant Enterococcus faecium were 8.5 and 2.6 h, respectively.

  6. LiF Reduces MICs of Antibiotics against Clinical Isolates of Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Bacteria

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Antibiotic resistance is an ever-growing problem yet the development of new antibiotics has slowed to a trickle, giving rise to the use of combination therapy to eradicate infections. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the combined inhibitory effect of lithium fluoride (LiF and commonly used antimicrobials on the growth of the following bacteria: Enterococcus faecalis, Staphyloccoccus aureus, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter baumannii, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Serratia marcescens, and Streptococcus pneumoniae. The in vitro activities of ceftazidime, sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim, streptomycin, erythromycin, amoxicillin, and ciprofloxacin, doxycycline, alone or combined with LiF were performed by microdilution method. MICs were determined visually following 18–20 h of incubation at 37°C. We observed reduced MICs of antibiotics associated with LiF ranging from two-fold to sixteen-fold. The strongest decreases of MICs observed were for streptomycin and erythromycin associated with LiF against Acinetobacter baumannii and Streptococcus pneumoniae. An eight-fold reduction was recorded for streptomycin against S. pneumoniae whereas an eight-fold and a sixteen-fold reduction were obtained for erythromycin against A. baumannii and S. pneumoniae. This suggests that LiF exhibits a synergistic effect with a wide range of antibiotics and is indicative of its potential as an adjuvant in antibiotic therapy.

  7. Discovery and characterization of the first non-coding RNA that regulates gene expression,micF RNA:A historical perspective

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    Nicholas; Delihas

    2015-01-01

    The first evidence that RNA can function as a regulator of gene expression came from experiments with prokaryotes in the 1980 s. It was shown that Escherichia coli micF isan independent gene,has its own promoter,and encodes a small non-coding RNA that base pairs with and inhibits translation of a target messenger RNA in response to environmental stress conditions. The mic F RNA was isolated,sequenced and shown to be a primary transcript. In vitro experiments showed binding to the target ompF mR NA. Secondary structure probing revealed an imperfect micF RNA/ompF RNA duplex interaction and the presence of a non-canonical base pair. Several transcription factors,including OmpR,regulate micF transcription in response to environmental factors. micF has also been found in other bacterial species,however,recently Gerhart Wagner and J?rg Vogel showed pleiotropic effects and found micF inhibits expression of multiple target mR NAs; importantly,one is the global regulatory gene lrp. In addition,micF RNA was found to interact with its targets in different ways; it either inhibits ribosome binding or induces degradation of the message. Thus the concept and initial experimental evidence that RNA can regulate gene expression was born with prokaryotes.

  8. The anorectic actions of the TGFβ cytokine MIC-1/GDF15 require an intact brainstem area postrema and nucleus of the solitary tract.

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    Vicky Wang-Wei Tsai

    Full Text Available Macrophage inhibitory cytokine-1 (MIC-1/GDF15 modulates food intake and body weight under physiological and pathological conditions by acting on the hypothalamus and brainstem. When overexpressed in disease, such as in advanced cancer, elevated serum MIC-1/GDF15 levels lead to an anorexia/cachexia syndrome. To gain a better understanding of its actions in the brainstem we studied MIC-1/GDF15 induced neuronal activation identified by induction of Fos protein. Intraperitoneal injection of human MIC-1/GDF15 in mice activated brainstem neurons in the area postrema (AP and the medial (m portion of the nucleus of the solitary tract (NTS, which did not stain with tyrosine hydroxylase (TH. To determine the importance of these brainstem nuclei in the anorexigenic effect of MIC-1/GDF15, we ablated the AP alone or the AP and the NTS. The latter combined lesion completely reversed the anorexigenic effects of MIC-1/GDF15. Altogether, this study identified neurons in the AP and/or NTS, as being critical for the regulation of food intake and body weight by MIC-1/GDF15.

  9. Macrophage Inhibitory Cytokine-1 (MIC-1 as A Biomarker for Diagnosis 
and Prognosis of Stage I-II Non-small Cell Lung Cancer

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    Yuning LIU

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Background and objective Increased macrophage inhibitory cytokine-1 (MIC-1, member of transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β superfamily, was found in patients serum with epithelial tumors. Therefore, our aim was to delineate the diagnostic and prognostic value of serum MIC-1 in patients with stage I-II non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC. Methods A total of 152 consecutive patients with stage I–II NSCLC were prospectively enrolled and underwent follow up after total resection of tumor. Serum MIC-1 level was detected in lung cancer patients by ELISA, 48 benign pulmonary disease patients and 105 healthy controls, and was correlated with clinical features and prognosis of patients. Results The level of MIC-1 of NSCLC patients was significantly higher than that of controls (P<0.001 and benign pulmonary disease patients (P<0.001. A threshold of 1,000 pg/mL could be used to diagnose early-stage NSCLC with 70.4% sensitivity and 99.0% specificity. The level of MIC-1 was associated with elder age (P=0.001, female (P=0.03 and T2 (P=0.022. A threshold of 1,465 pg/mL could identify patients with early poor outcome with 72.2% sensitivity and 66.1% specificity. The overall 3-year survival rate in patients with high level of MIC-1 (≥1,465 pg/mL was significantly lower than that of patients with low MIC-1 level (77.6% vs 94.8%. Multivariable Cox regression revealed that a high level of MIC-1 was an independent risk factor for compromised overall survival (HR=3.37, 95%CI: 1.09-10.42, P=0.035. Conclusion High level of serum MIC-1 could be served as a potential biomarker for diagnosis and poorer outcome in patients with early-stage NSCLC.

  10. Association between the AUC0-24/MIC Ratio of Vancomycin and Its Clinical Effectiveness: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

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    Full Text Available A target AUC0-24/MIC ratio of 400 has been associated with its clinical success when treating Staphylococcus aureus infections but is not currently supported by state-of-the-art evidence-based research.This current systematic review aimed to evaluate the available evidence for the association between the AUC0-24/MIC ratio of vancomycin and its clinical effectiveness on hospitalized patients and to confirm the existing target value of 400.PubMed, Embase, Web of Sciences, the Cochrane Library and two Chinese literature databases (CNKI, CBM were systematically searched. Manual searching was also applied. Both RCTs and observational studies comparing the clinical outcomes of high AUC0-24/MIC groups versus low AUC0-24/MIC groups were eligible. Two reviewers independently extracted the data. The primary outcomes were mortality and infection treatment failure. Risk ratios (RRs with 95% confidence intervals (95%CIs were calculated.No RCTs were retrieved. Nine cohort studies were included in the meta-analysis. Mortality rates were significantly lower in high AUC0-24/MIC groups (RR = 0.47, 95%CI = 0.31-0.70, p<0.001. The rates of infection treatment failure were also significantly lower in high AUC/MIC groups and were consistent after correcting for heterogeneity (RR = 0.39, 95%CI = 0.28-0.55, p = 0.001. Subgroup analyses showed that results were consistent whether MIC values were determined by broth microdilution (BMD method or Etest method. In studies using the BMD method, breakpoints of AUC0-24/MIC all fell within 85% to 115% of 400.This meta-analysis demonstrated that achieving a high AUC0-24/MIC of vancomycin could significantly decrease mortality rates by 53% and rates of infection treatment failure by 61%, with 400 being a reasonable target.

  11. Birds on a wire: empirical studies of flocking dyna-mics in linear aggregates

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    Schwartz, Elliott; Fulton, Andrew; Rosenthal, Lee; Kane, Suzanne Amador

    2014-03-01

    The dynamics of avian flocking is difficult to study because of the transient, highly mobile and unpredictable nature of bird flocks. However, birds often form clusters when perched on wires and fences, offering a stable platform for studying the formation, internal structure and dynamics of these approximately one-dimensional flocks. Previous studies have examined the distribution of the distances between birds perched on wires, but not the time-dependence of this behavior. We present results from a video study of cliff swallows (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) perched on power lines in Sierra Valley, California. Phenomena studied include how the interbird distance distribution varies as a function of time, what factors influence the addition of further birds to an existing cluster, how the distribution evolves in response to perturbations, and typical timescales for the observed behaviors.

  12. Microbial induced corrosion (MIC) on DHP copper by Desulfovibrio desulfuricans and Bacillus megaterium strains in media simulating heater waters

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    The complexity and diversity of microbial populations in water heating systems of steam generators make it necessary to study the magnitude of the metabolic activity of bacteria and biofilm development that may lead to degradation of metal components through microbial induced corrosion (MIC). Electrolytes simulating the conditions found in heater water networks were used to induce biofilm formation on DHP copper coupons by Desulfovibrio desulfuricans DSMZ and Bacillus megaterium C10, a commercial strain and an isolate from these waters, respectively. In order to enhance their action, industrial waters enriched with the minimum nutrient content such as sodium lactate and sodium sulphite for the DSMZ strain and glucose, proteose peptone and starch for the C10 strain were employed. Biofilm formation was studied under controlled temperature, time, shaking, pH and concentrations of the media used in this study. Then, the samples were electrochemically tested in an artificial solution of sea water as control medium, based on the hypothesis that the action of an aggressive biofilm/electrolyte medium generates damaged and non-damaged areas on the metal surface, and assuming that the sea water trial can detect the latter. Hence, a higher anodic current was associated with a lower degradation of the metal surface by the action of one of the media under study. All these trials were performed along with bacterial count, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS). Furthermore, it was possible to identify under which conditions MIC on DHP copper occurred and complex mechanisms from retention of cations to diffusion processes at the biofilm/tested media interface level were proposed. Surface corrosion by MIC took place on DHP copper; therefore, greater control on the treatment of industrial waters is highly desirable. (author)

  13. Microbial induced corrosion (MIC) on DHP copper by Desulfovibrio desulfuricans and Bacillus megaterium strains in media simulating heater waters

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    Zumelzu, E.; Cabezas, C.; Schoebitz, R.; Ugarte, R.; Rodriguez, E.D.; Rios, J. [Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia (Chile)

    2003-01-01

    The complexity and diversity of microbial populations in water heating systems of steam generators make it necessary to study the magnitude of the metabolic activity of bacteria and biofilm development that may lead to degradation of metal components through microbial induced corrosion (MIC). Electrolytes simulating the conditions found in heater water networks were used to induce biofilm formation on DHP copper coupons by Desulfovibrio desulfuricans DSMZ and Bacillus megaterium C10, a commercial strain and an isolate from these waters, respectively. In order to enhance their action, industrial waters enriched with the minimum nutrient content such as sodium lactate and sodium sulphite for the DSMZ strain and glucose, proteose peptone and starch for the C10 strain were employed. Biofilm formation was studied under controlled temperature, time, shaking, pH and concentrations of the media used in this study. Then, the samples were electrochemically tested in an artificial solution of sea water as control medium, based on the hypothesis that the action of an aggressive biofilm/electrolyte medium generates damaged and non-damaged areas on the metal surface, and assuming that the sea water trial can detect the latter. Hence, a higher anodic current was associated with a lower degradation of the metal surface by the action of one of the media under study. All these trials were performed along with bacterial count, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS). Furthermore, it was possible to identify under which conditions MIC on DHP copper occurred and complex mechanisms from retention of cations to diffusion processes at the biofilm/tested media interface level were proposed. Surface corrosion by MIC took place on DHP copper; therefore, greater control on the treatment of industrial waters is highly desirable. (author)

  14. La vida imaginaria del científico. El caso del cómic 'The Manhattan Projects'

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    Sáez de Adana Herrero, Francisco

    2014-01-01

    Aquest article analitza The Manhattan Projects, sèrie de còmics que explica una història alternativa sobre el final de la Segona Guerra Mundial en què el Projecte Manhattan amaga altres activitats més relacionades amb la ciència-ficció. Aquest treball analitza la translació del concepte de vida imaginària encunyat per Marcel Schwob a la història de la ciència en el segle XX.

  15. Comparative Bacteriological Efficacy of Pharmacokinetically Enhanced Amoxicillin-Clavulanate against Streptococcus pneumoniae with Elevated Amoxicillin MICs and Haemophilus influenzae

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    Berry, Valerie; Hoover, Jennifer; Singley, Christine; Woodnutt, Gary

    2005-01-01

    A new pharmacokinetically enhanced formulation of amoxicillin-clavulanate (2,000 mg of amoxicillin/125 mg of clavulanate twice a day; ratio 16:1) has been designed, with sustained-release technology, to allow coverage of bacterial strains with amoxicillin-clavulanic acid MICs of at least 4/2 μg/ml. The bacteriological efficacy of amoxicillin-clavulanate, 2,000/125 mg twice a day, ratio 16:1, was compared in a rat model of respiratory tract infection versus four other amoxicillin-clavulanate f...

  16. A new MIC1-MAG1 recombinant chimeric antigen can be used instead of the Toxoplasma gondii lysate antigen in serodiagnosis of human toxoplasmosis.

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    Holec-Gąsior, Lucyna; Ferra, Bartłomiej; Drapała, Dorota; Lautenbach, Dariusz; Kur, Józef

    2012-01-01

    This study presents an evaluation of the MIC1 (microneme protein 1)-MAG1 (matrix antigen 1) Toxoplasma gondii recombinant chimeric antigen for the serodiagnosis of human toxoplasmosis for the first time. The recombinant MIC1-MAG1 antigen was obtained as a fusion protein containing His tags at the N- and C-terminal ends using an Escherichia coli expression system. After purification by metal affinity chromatography, the chimeric protein was tested for usefulness in an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for the detection of anti-T. gondii immunoglobulin G (IgG). One hundred ten sera from patients at different stages of infection and 40 sera from seronegative patients were examined. The results obtained for the MIC1-MAG1 chimeric antigen were compared with those of IgG ELISAs using a Toxoplasma lysate antigen (TLA), a combination of recombinant antigens (rMIC1ex2-rMAG1) and single recombinant proteins (rMIC1ex2 and rMAG1). The sensitivity of the IgG ELISA calculated from all of the positive serum samples was similar for the MIC1-MAG1 chimeric antigen (90.8%) and the TLA (91.8%), whereas the sensitivities of the other antigenic samples used were definitely lower, at 69.1% for the mixture of antigens, 75.5% for the rMIC1ex2, and 60% for rMAG1. This study demonstrates that the MIC1-MAG1 recombinant chimeric antigen can be used instead of the TLA in the serodiagnosis of human toxoplasmosis.

  17. The relationship between inhibition of bacterial adhesion to a solid surface by sub-MICs of antibiotics and subsequent development of a biofilm

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    Cerca, Nuno; Martins, Silvia; Pier, Gerald B.; Oliveira, Rosário; Azeredo, Joana

    2005-01-01

    Many studies have demonstrated that subminimal inhibitory concentrations (sub-MICs) of antibiotics can inhibit initial microbial adherence to medical device surfaces. It has been suggested that, by inhibiting initial adhesion, biofilm formation might be prevented. However, since initial adherence and subsequent biofilm formation may be two distinct phenomena, conclusions regarding the effects of sub-MIC antibiotics on initial adhesion cannot be extrapolated to biofilm formation. In t...

  18. Rapid, low-technology MIC determination with clinical Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates by using the microplate Alamar Blue assay.

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    Franzblau, S G; Witzig, R S; McLaughlin, J C; Torres, P; Madico, G; Hernandez, A; Degnan, M T; Cook, M B; Quenzer, V K; Ferguson, R M; Gilman, R H

    1998-02-01

    A colorimetric, microplate-based Alamar Blue assay (MABA) method was used to determine the MICs of isoniazid (INH), rifampin, streptomycin (SM), and ethambutol (EMB) for 34 Peruvian Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates (including both pansensitive and multidrug-resistant strains) and the H37Rv strain by using bacterial suspensions prepared directly from solid media. Results for all isolates were available within 8 days. Discordant results were observed on initial tests for 3 of 16 INH-susceptible isolates, 5 of 31 EMB-susceptible isolates, and 2 of 4 SM-resistant isolates (by the BACTEC 460 system). The overall agreements between the MICs obtained by MABA and the results obtained with the BACTEC 460 system were 87.9% for initial results and 93.6% after retesting 12 of 17 samples with discrepant results. Interpretation of MABA endpoints improved with technical experience. The MABA is a simple, rapid, low-cost, appropriate technology which does not require expensive instrumentation and which makes use of a nontoxic, temperature-stable reagent. PMID:9466742

  19. The BinaMIcS project: understanding the origin of magnetic fields in massive stars through close binary systems

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    Alecian, E; Wade, G A; Mathis, S; Bohlender, D; Cébron, D; Folsom, C; Grunhut, J; Bouquin, J -B Le; Petit, V; Sana, H; Tkachenko, A; ud-Doula, A

    2014-01-01

    It is now well established that a fraction of the massive (M>8 Msun) star population hosts strong, organised magnetic fields, most likely of fossil origin. The details of the generation and evolution of these fields are still poorly understood. The BinaMIcS project takes an important step towards the understanding of the interplay between binarity and magnetism during the stellar formation and evolution, and in particular the genesis of fossil fields, by studying the magnetic properties of close binary systems. The components of such systems are most likely formed together, at the same time and in the same environment, and can therefore help us to disentangle the role of initial conditions on the magnetic properties of the massive stars from other competing effects such as age or rotation. We present here the main scientific objectives of the BinaMIcS project, as well as preliminary results from the first year of observations from the associated ESPaDOnS and Narval spectropolarimetric surveys.

  20. The BinaMIcS project: understanding the origin of magnetic fields in massive stars through close binary systems

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    Alecian, E.; Neiner, C.; Wade, G. A.; Mathis, S.; Bohlender, D.; Cébron, D.; Folsom, C.; Grunhut, J.; Le Bouquin, J.-B.; Petit, V.; Sana, H.; Tkachenko, A.; ud-Doula, A.

    2015-01-01

    It is now well established that a fraction of the massive (M > 8 M ⊙) star population hosts strong, organised magnetic fields, most likely of fossil origin. The details of the generation and evolution of these fields are still poorly understood. The BinaMIcS project takes an important step towards the understanding of the interplay between binarity and magnetism during the stellar formation and evolution, and in particular the genesis of fossil fields, by studying the magnetic properties of close binary systems. The components of such systems are most likely formed together, at the same time and in the same environment, and can therefore help us to disentangle the role of initial conditions on the magnetic properties of the massive stars from other competing effects such as age or rotation. We present here the main scientific objectives of the BinaMIcS project, as well as preliminary results from the first year of observations from the associated ESPaDOnS and Narval spectropolarimetric surveys.

  1. GPU/MIC Acceleration of the LHC High Level Trigger to Extend the Physics Reach at the LHC

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    Halyo, Valerie [Princeton Univ., NJ (United States); Tully, Christopher [Princeton Univ., NJ (United States)

    2015-04-14

    The quest for rare new physics phenomena leads the PI [3] to propose evaluation of coprocessors based on Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) and the Intel Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture for integration into the trigger system at LHC. This will require development of a new massively parallel implementation of the well known Combinatorial Track Finder which uses the Kalman Filter to accelerate processing of data from the silicon pixel and microstrip detectors and reconstruct the trajectory of all charged particles down to momentums of 100 MeV. It is expected to run at least one order of magnitude faster than an equivalent algorithm on a quad core CPU for extreme pileup scenarios of 100 interactions per bunch crossing. The new tracking algorithms will be developed and optimized separately on the GPU and Intel MIC and then evaluated against each other for performance and power efficiency. The results will be used to project the cost of the proposed hardware architectures for the HLT server farm, taking into account the long term projections of the main vendors in the market (AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA) over the next 10 years. Extensive experience and familiarity of the PI with the LHC tracker and trigger requirements led to the development of a complementary tracking algorithm that is described in [arxiv: 1305.4855], [arxiv: 1309.6275] and preliminary results accepted to JINST.

  2. Evaluation of Oxacillin and Cefoxitin Disk and MIC Breakpoints for Prediction of Methicillin Resistance in Human and Veterinary Isolates of Staphylococcus intermedius Group.

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    Wu, M T; Burnham, C-A D; Westblade, L F; Dien Bard, J; Lawhon, S D; Wallace, M A; Stanley, T; Burd, E; Hindler, J; Humphries, R M

    2016-03-01

    Staphylococcus pseudintermedius is a coagulase-positive species that colonizes the nares and anal mucosa of healthy dogs and cats. Human infections with S. pseudintermedius range in severity from bite wounds and rhinosinusitis to endocarditis; historically, these infections were thought to be uncommon, but new laboratory methods suggest that their true incidence is underreported. Oxacillin and cefoxitin disk and MIC tests were evaluated for the detection of mecA- or mecC-mediated methicillin resistance in 115 human and animal isolates of the Staphylococcus intermedius group (SIG), including 111 Staphylococcus pseudintermediusand 4 Staphylococcus delphini isolates, 37 of which were mecA positive. The disk and MIC breakpoints evaluated included the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) M100-S25 Staphylococcus aureus/Staphylococcus lugdunensis oxacillin MIC breakpoints and cefoxitin disk and MIC breakpoints, the CLSI M100-S25 coagulase-negative Staphylococcus (CoNS) oxacillin MIC breakpoint and cefoxitin disk breakpoint, the CLSI VET01-S2 S. pseudintermedius oxacillin MIC and disk breakpoints, and the European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (EUCAST) S. pseudintermedius cefoxitin disk breakpoint. The oxacillin results interpreted by the VET01-S2 (disk and MIC) and M100-S25 CoNS (MIC) breakpoints agreed with the results of mecA/mecC PCR for all isolates, with the exception of one false-resistant result (1.3% of mecA/mecC PCR-negative isolates). In contrast, cefoxitin tests performed poorly, ranging from 3 to 89% false susceptibility (very major errors) and 0 to 48% false resistance (major errors). BD Phoenix, bioMérieux Vitek 2, and Beckman Coulter MicroScan commercial automated susceptibility test panel oxacillin MIC results were also evaluated and demonstrated >95% categorical agreement with mecA/mecC PCR results if interpreted by using the M100-S25 CoNS breakpoint. The Alere penicillin-binding protein 2a test accurately detected all

  3. Evaluation of Oxacillin and Cefoxitin Disk and MIC Breakpoints for Prediction of Methicillin Resistance in Human and Veterinary Isolates of Staphylococcus intermedius Group.

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    Wu, M T; Burnham, C-A D; Westblade, L F; Dien Bard, J; Lawhon, S D; Wallace, M A; Stanley, T; Burd, E; Hindler, J; Humphries, R M

    2016-03-01

    Staphylococcus pseudintermedius is a coagulase-positive species that colonizes the nares and anal mucosa of healthy dogs and cats. Human infections with S. pseudintermedius range in severity from bite wounds and rhinosinusitis to endocarditis; historically, these infections were thought to be uncommon, but new laboratory methods suggest that their true incidence is underreported. Oxacillin and cefoxitin disk and MIC tests were evaluated for the detection of mecA- or mecC-mediated methicillin resistance in 115 human and animal isolates of the Staphylococcus intermedius group (SIG), including 111 Staphylococcus pseudintermediusand 4 Staphylococcus delphini isolates, 37 of which were mecA positive. The disk and MIC breakpoints evaluated included the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) M100-S25 Staphylococcus aureus/Staphylococcus lugdunensis oxacillin MIC breakpoints and cefoxitin disk and MIC breakpoints, the CLSI M100-S25 coagulase-negative Staphylococcus (CoNS) oxacillin MIC breakpoint and cefoxitin disk breakpoint, the CLSI VET01-S2 S. pseudintermedius oxacillin MIC and disk breakpoints, and the European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (EUCAST) S. pseudintermedius cefoxitin disk breakpoint. The oxacillin results interpreted by the VET01-S2 (disk and MIC) and M100-S25 CoNS (MIC) breakpoints agreed with the results of mecA/mecC PCR for all isolates, with the exception of one false-resistant result (1.3% of mecA/mecC PCR-negative isolates). In contrast, cefoxitin tests performed poorly, ranging from 3 to 89% false susceptibility (very major errors) and 0 to 48% false resistance (major errors). BD Phoenix, bioMérieux Vitek 2, and Beckman Coulter MicroScan commercial automated susceptibility test panel oxacillin MIC results were also evaluated and demonstrated >95% categorical agreement with mecA/mecC PCR results if interpreted by using the M100-S25 CoNS breakpoint. The Alere penicillin-binding protein 2a test accurately detected all

  4. Mastite micótica em ruminantes causada por leveduras Mycotic mastitis in ruminants caused by yeasts

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    Andréia Spanamberg

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available A ocorrência de casos esporádicos de mastite causados por microrganismos de origem ambiental pode ser considerada como emergente e as leveduras, os fungos leveduriformes e os filamentosos são alguns dos principais agentes envolvidos. Em relação à mastite micótica, as leveduras são freqüentemente causas de infecções da glândula mamária em animais produtores de leite. A maior parte dos casos ocorre sob a forma de surtos localizados e/ou após tratamento com antimicrobianos. Os principais gêneros envolvidos são Candida e Cryptococcus, além de outros como Geotrichum, Pichia e Trichosporon. O objetivo do trabalho é revisar os aspectos gerais sobre a mastite micótica causada por leveduras e fungos leveduriformes, tais como etiologia, causas predisponentes, patogenicidade, diagnóstico, tratamento e profilaxia por meio de uma abordagem cronológica dos primeiros relatos, mas com enfoque principal nos resultados descritos recentemente na literatura veterinária nacional e internacional. O controle da mastite micótica é fundamentado em métodos preventivos, como adequado manejo da ordenha, correta higienização dos equipamentos e das instalações, com a finalidade de reduzir o número de animais acometidos, além de garantir a qualidade e a inocuidade dos produtos lácteos.The veterinary literature registers sporadic cases of infections caused by environmental microorganisms in which the main agents involved are yeasts, yeasts-like and filamentous fungi. In relation to dairy animals, the yeasts are more frequently incriminated as the aetiological agents of mycotic mastitis. Most cases occur under the form of localized outbreaks and / or after treatment with antimicrobial agents. The main genera involved in mastitis are Candida and Cryptococcus, besides others such as Geotrichum, Pichia and Trichosporon. The purpose of this review is to point out the main aspects of mastitis caused by yeasts and yeast-like fungi, such as etiology

  5. 3D-Spiral Small Antenna Design and Realization for Biomedical Telemetry in the MICS band

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    A. K. Skrivervik

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available This work presents the design and realization procedure of small implantable antenna for biotelemetry applications. The radiator occupies a volume smaller than 3 cm3 (without its biocompatible insulation, is well matched within the Medical Implanted Communications System band and shows an adequate gain (-28.5 dB while introduced in the appropriate equivalent body medium. The latter is a homogeneous phantom with muscle dielectric properties. A prototype has been manufactured and measurements agree with theoretical predictions. Particular attention is paid to the building requirements such as the presence of glue. Specific Absorption Rate (SAR distribution has been computed evaluating the maximum power deliverable to the antenna in order to respect the regulated SAR limitation.

  6. Experimental approaches to identify small RNAs and their diverse roles in bacteria--what we have learnt in one decade of MicA research.

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    Van Puyvelde, Sandra; Vanderleyden, Jozef; De Keersmaecker, Sigrid C J

    2015-10-01

    Nowadays the identification of small RNAs (sRNAs) and characterization of their role within regulatory networks takes a prominent place in deciphering complex bacterial phenotypes. Compared to the study of other components of bacterial cells, this is a relatively new but fast-growing research field. Although reports on new sRNAs appear regularly, some sRNAs are already subject of research for a longer time. One of such sRNAs is MicA, a sRNA best described for its role in outer membrane remodeling, but probably having a much broader function than anticipated. An overview of what we have learnt from MicA led to the conclusion that even for this well-described sRNA, we still do not have the overall picture. More general, the story of MicA might become an experimental lead for unraveling the many sRNAs with unknown functions. In this review, three important topics in the sRNA field are covered, exemplified from the perspective of MicA: (i) identification of new sRNAs, (ii) target identification and unraveling the biological function, (iii) structural analysis. The complex mechanisms of action of MicA deliver some original insights in the sRNA field which includes the existence of dimer formation or simultaneous cis and trans regulation, and might further inspire the understanding of the function of other sRNAs.

  7. Mathematical model for the growth of P. aeruginosa and four mutator strains in sub-MIC concentration of Ciprofloxacin

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    Philipsen, Kirsten Riber; Christiansen, Lasse Engbo; Madsen, Henrik;

    growing under sub-MIC Ciprofloxacin concentration (0.1 μg/ml), in order to describe the growth pattern under the presence of antibiotic. Data available for the modelling process is bioscreen measurements of the bacterial content as a function of time for each bacteria strain growing in LB media...... parameters are estimated from data using a Maximum Likelihood approach. We introduce a new expression for multiple substrate dependent growth in LB media, which is identified by a method first introducing the growth as a random walk in the model. From the bioscreen measurement we found a change in the growth...... pattern under the presence of Ciprofloxacin. In most cases the presence of Ciprofloxacin resulted in a longer lag phase, a period of growth followed by a transition phase and then a second period of growth. We have developed a new mathematical model using a multi substrate approach, which will be able...

  8. La rentabilidad del cómic en la enseñanza de la cultura en E/LE

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    Jaume Brines Gandía

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente trabajo trata sobre el uso del cómic como recurso didáctico en la clase de E/LE para enseñar cultura. Aunque la cultura en la clase de E/LE muchas veces pasa desapercibida, constituye un excelente instrumento para la enseñanza de la lengua extranjera y, sobre todo, para que el futuro aprendiente sepa cómo, cuándo y de qué modo usar la lengua. Antes de desarrollar la presente experiencia práctica, es necesario que tratemos el término cultura y las distintas acepciones que supone.

  9. Performance of a 100V Half-Bridge MOSFET Driver, Type MIC4103, Over a Wide Temperature Range

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    Patterson, Richard L.; Hammoud, Ahmad

    2011-01-01

    The operation of a high frequency, high voltage MOSFET (metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors) driver was investigated over a wide temperature regime that extended beyond its specified range. The Micrel MIC4103 is a 100V, non-inverting, dual driver that is designed to independently drive both high-side and low-side N-channel MOSFETs. It features fast propagation delay times and can drive 1000 pF load with 10ns rise times and 6 ns fall times [1]. The device consumes very little power, has supply under-voltage protection, and is rated for a -40 C to +125 C junction temperature range. The floating high-side driver of the chip can sustain boost voltages up to 100 V. Table I shows some of the device manufacturer s specification.

  10. El aprendizaje del lenguaje visual en 6º de Primaria a través del cómic

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    Domínguez-Fernández, Elvira

    2014-01-01

    El estilo de vida actual, basado en el estímulo visual, demanda un mayor énfasis en la educación de los estudiantes de Primaria para la lectura de imágenes, con el objetivo de formar sujetos con juicio crítico y habilidad para la interpretación y creación de mensajes visuales. Para alcanzar tal objetivo, el siguiente documento propone la introducción del cómic en el aula de 6º curso de Educación Primaria como recurso didáctico para la adquisición y mejora de los códigos comunicativos a nivel ...

  11. Application of the Vertex Exchange Method to estimate a semi-parametric mixture model for the MIC density of Escherichia coli isolates tested for susceptibility against ampicillin.

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    Jaspers, Stijn; Verbeke, Geert; Böhning, Dankmar; Aerts, Marc

    2016-01-01

    In the last decades, considerable attention has been paid to the collection of antimicrobial resistance data, with the aim of monitoring non-wild-type isolates. This monitoring is performed based on minimum inhibition concentration (MIC) values, which are collected through dilution experiments. We present a semi-parametric mixture model to estimate the entire MIC density on the continuous scale. The parametric first component is extended with a non-parametric second component and a new back-fitting algorithm, based on the Vertex Exchange Method, is proposed. Our data example shows how to estimate the MIC density for Escherichia coli tested for ampicillin and how to use this estimate for model-based classification. A simulation study was performed, showing the promising behavior of the new method, both in terms of density estimation as well as classification.

  12. Construction of eukaryotic expression plasmid of gene MIC3 of Toxoplasma Gondii and its expression in BHK cells%弓形虫MIC3基因真核表达质粒的构建及其在BHK细胞中的表达

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    唐莉娜; 刘涛; 黄雨婷; 徐丽娜; 卢丽丹

    2012-01-01

    目的 构建弓形虫微线体蛋白( MIC3)的真核表达质粒,为进一步研究MIC3蛋白的功能奠定基础.方法 PCR法扩增弓形虫MIC3目的基因,将纯化的目的基因插入到真核表达质粒PCDNA3.0,并转入DH5α 宿主菌中,在含有青霉素的SOB平板上筛选阳性重组子,采用酶切和PCR扩增法对重组质粒进行鉴定;应用HifectinⅡ真核细胞转染试剂将弓形虫PCDNA-MIC3真核表达质粒转染幼地鼠肾细胞(BHK),表达产物用SDS-PAGE进一步确认,ELISA法检测表达蛋白的免疫原性.结果 重组质粒PCDNA-MIC3经单双酶切及PCR扩增都得到以原插入片段MIC3基因1120 bp大小相同的片段,PCDNA-MIC3能在BHK细胞中高效表达,表达产物能被弓形虫特异性血清所识别.结论 成功构建了弓形虫MIC3基因真核表达质粒PCDNA-MIC3.%Objective To construct eukaryotic expression piasmid of microneme protein MIC3 of Toxoplasma gondii, and so as to lay a foundation for further sturdy on function of protein MIC3. Methods To amplify target gene of Toxoplasma gondii by PCR, insert purified target gene into eukaryotic expression piasmid PCDNA3. 0 and then transfer into host bacteria DH5α, screen positive recombinant on SOB plate that contains penicillin, then carry out identification on the re-combinant plasmid by enzyme digestion and method of PCR amplification, and transfect the constructed eukaryotic expression piasmid of Toxoplasma gondii PCDNA-MIC3 into BHK cells, and further verify the expression product with SDS-PAGE, and test the immunogenicity of expression protein using ELISA, Results For recombinant piasmid PCDNA-MIC3, either by single or double enzyme digestion or PCR amplification, fragment that equals the size of the originally inserted fragment of gene MIC3 1 120 bp were obtained. Toxoplasma gondii PCDNA-MIC3 had high expression in BHK cells, and the expression product could be identified by specific serum of Toxoplasma gondi. Conclusion Eukaryotic expression

  13. Rotational modulation and flares on RS CVn and BY Dra-type stars. I - Photometry and spot models for BY Dra, AU Mic, AR Lac, II Peg and V 711 Tau (= HR 1099)

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    Rodono, M.; Cutispoto, G.; Pazzani, V.; Catalano, S.; Byrne, P. B.

    1986-01-01

    Multicolor wide-band photometry of five active stars is presented. The observations were carried out at several places before, during and after the period of IUE observations for the purpose of determining the location, sizes, and evolution of photospheric spots at the time when chromospheric, transition region, and coronal activity data were obtained from UV and radio observations. II Peg, BY Dra, and AU Mic show fairly stable quasi-sinusoidal light curves, while AR Lac and V 711 Tau show double-peaked light curves. For V 711 Tau, a remarkable evolution of the spotted area extent and/or longitude distribution is found. Small, but definite color variations that are consistent with the cool spot hypothesis have also been detected for BY Dra, II Peg and V 711 Tau.

  14. Spectrophotometric Determination of Microamounts of Uranium previous Extraction with TBP-MIC; Determinacion Espectrofotometrica de Microcantidades de Uranio previa extraccin con Metilisobutilcetona-Fosfato de Tributilo

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    Vera Palomino, J.; Palomares Delgado, F.; Petrement, J.; Fernandez Cellini, R.

    1962-07-01

    Selective extraction of uranium in nitric acid medium with a mixture of Tbp-MIC (1:10) has been achieved. Aluminium nitrate was used as salting agent. Complexing agents were added in order to avoid extraction of impurities. Extraction conditions have been studied so that extraction is almost practically complete in a single run. (Author) 19 refs.

  15. Evaluation of immune protective efficacies of Eimeria tenella EtMic1 polypeptides with different domain recombination displayed on yeast surface.

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    Chen, Peipei; Lv, Junfeng; Zhang, Jie; Sun, Hui; Chen, Zhengtao; Li, Hongmei; Wang, Fangkun; Zhao, Xiaomin

    2015-08-01

    In the present study, three different live oral vaccines using the EBY100/pCTCON-2 yeast surface display system with different Eimeria tenella microneme-1 (EtMic1) protein domain recombination were constructed and their protective efficacies against homologous challenge were compared by evaluating the body weight gains, relative growth rate, cecal lesion scores, oocyst output, oocyst decrease ratio, anti-coccidial index, the serum antibody levels and the proliferation ability of blood lymphocytes. The results indicated that all the three constructed live oral vaccines expressing different EtMic1 polypeptides provided excellent protection against homologous challenge by significantly increasing weight gains, reducing cecal lesions, achieving a high ACI, elevating specific antibody response and splenocyte proliferation ability compared with controls. The yeasts displaying the EtMic1 polypeptide-III (expressed TSP-2, TSP-3 and TSP-4 domains) provided better protection against challenge than the yeasts displaying either the EtMic1 polypeptide-I (expressed I-domain, TSP-1 and TSP-2) or polypeptide-II (expressed I-domain and all the five TSP domains) did. Considering the exclusion of antibiotic resistant gene in the system, the strain EBY100 of Saccharomyces cerevisiae may be a better choice for coccidian antigen delivery. PMID:25956946

  16. XML In Vitro Comparison of MIC Crude Extracts of Active Actinomycetes Isolated with Terbinafine, Griseofulvin Ketoconazole and Fluconazole against Microsporum Canis, Microsporum Gypseum and Trichophyton Mentagrophytes

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    Keikha, N. (MSc

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    Full Text Available Background and Objective: Dermatophytes are the fungi that have the ability to attack the keratinized tissues such as the skin, hair and nails. Infections caused by these organisms are named dermatophytosis. We aimed to compare Minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC of Crude extracts of Active Actinomycete Isolates with Terbinafine, Griseofulvin, Ketoconazole and Fluconazole Drugs against Microsporum Canis, Microsporum gypseum and Trichophyton mentagrophytes. Material and Methods: In this experimental study, in order to find MIC by actionmycete, 100 isolates were studied and then crude extracts of the active actinomycete isolates were prepared in sterile conditions. Finally, the crude extracts obtained at different concentrations were used to obtain the MIC of Microsporum Canis, Microsporum gypseum and Trichophyton mentagrophytes. Moreover, various concentrations of the drugs such as terbinafine, griseofulvin, ketoconazole and fluconazole in solvent Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO were prepared and their growth inhibitory effect was evaluated and then compared with the results obtained from the crude extract of active actinomycete isolates. Results: the crude extracts obtained from active Actioiomycetes isolates and the drugs such as terbinafine, griseofulvin, ketoconazole and fluconazole, in a dose-dependent manner, could inhibit the growth of Microsporum Canis, Microsporum gypseum and Trichophyton Mentagrophytes. Conclusion: compared to MIC of Crude extract of active actinomycete isolates, Terbinafine has a significant effect on the growth inhibition in all of the fungal Dermatophytes and then griseofulvin, ketoconazole and fluconazole are in the next rank, respectively.

  17. Un acercamiento didáctico a la primera mitad del s. XX a través de los cómics

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    Becerra Romero, Daniel; Jorge Godoy, Soraya

    2014-01-01

    El cómic ha sido un recurso didáctico que, aunque conocido, se ha utilizado poco en el mundo de la enseñanza, sobre todo si tenemos en cuenta sus posibilidades. En el presente artículo nos hemos planteado un acercamiento a la Historia Contemporánea

  18. El cómic en la enseñanza del español como lengua extranjera

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    Jorge Catalá Carrasco

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available La experiencia práctica que voy a relatar pretende mostrar las posibilidades que el cómic tiene, como producto cultural, dentro de las clases de español para extranjeros. Mi relación con las clases de español como lengua extranjera (E/LE se ciñe a estudiantes universitarios de un nivel avanzado, esto es, aquellos que han cursado las clases básicas de gramática y quieren profundizar en la lengua y la cultura hispánicas. Dentro de este marco es donde encuadro la presente experiencia. Los estudiantes con los que he trabajado provienen, en su mayoría, de The University of Georgia en los EE.UU. y cursan un semestre en Valencia (España para perfeccionar el idioma. Mi relación profesional con esta universidad norteamericana data de hace más de 4 años, primero como profesor asistente de español en los EE.UU. y luego como coordinador y profesor dentro del programa académico UGA en España, en Valencia.

  19. La intertextualidad en el cine de Álex de la Iglesia:El caso del cómic

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    Neftalí Pérez Franco

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo repasa la influencia del tebeo en las películas del director vasco, Alex de la Iglesia, cuyas primeras obras artísticas se deben a su condición de joven autor de historietas. El cine de este cineasta está marcado por claras reminiscencias provenientes de las viñetas: los superhéroes patéticos de Acción mutante se mueven por un contexto futurista muy del cómic de ciencia ficción; el humor estereotipado y los personajes grotescos del tebeo de la editorial Bruguera inundan todas sus comedias; o también son destacables los diversos homenajes narrativos o estéticos a la escuela franco-belga de Hergé y Goscinny. Esta fuerte influencia recorre toda su filmografía desde la mencionada ópera prima Acción mutante, hasta Crimen Ferpecto, pasando por títulos como El día de la bestia, Perdita Durango, Muertos de risa o La comunidad, hasta convertirse en un autor abanderado del fenómeno freak que marca tendencia en el cine español.

  20. Plasma MIC-1 and PAPP-a levels are decreased among women presenting to an early pregnancy assessment unit, have fetal viability confirmed but later miscarry.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: We have recently shown first trimester Macrophage inhibitory cytokine-1 (MIC-1 and Pregnancy Associated Plasma Protein-A (PAPP-A serum concentrations are depressed among asymptomatic women destined to miscarry. Here we examined whether plasma levels of MIC-1 and PAPP-A are depressed among women presenting to an Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU, noted to have a confirmed viable fetus, but subsequently miscarry. METHODS: We performed a prospective cohort study, recruiting 462 women in the first trimester presenting to EPAU and had fetal viability confirmed by ultrasound. We obtained plasma samples on the same day and measured MIC-1, PAPP-A and human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG, grouping the cohort according to whether they later miscarried or not. To correct for changes in analyte levels across gestation, we expressed the data as Multiples of the normal Median (MoMs. RESULTS: We recruited 462 participants presenting to EPAU at 5-12 weeks gestation. Most (80% presented with symptoms of threatened miscarriage (e.g. abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding. 34 (7.4% subsequently miscarried. Median plasma MIC-1 levels among those who miscarried were 50% of those with ongoing pregnancies (Miscarriage cohort MoM 0.50 (25(th-75(th centiles: 0.29-1.33 vs ongoing pregnancies MoM 1.00 (0.65-1.38; p=0.0025. Median plasma PAPP-A MoMs among those who miscarried was 0.57 (0.00-1.12, significantly lower than those with ongoing pregnancies (MoMs 1.00 (0.59-1.59; p=0.036. Plasma hCG levels were also significantly depressed among those who miscarried compared to those with ongoing pregnancies. However, the performance of MIC-1 as a diagnostic marker to predict miscarriage in this cohort was modest, and not improved with the addition of hCG. CONCLUSION: MIC-1 and PAPP-A levels are significantly depressed in women presenting to EPAU with ultrasound evidence of fetal viability, but later miscarry. While they are unlikely to be useful as predictive biomarkers

  1. Genetic Diversity and mRNA Expression of Porcine MHC Class I Chain-Related 2 (SLA-MIC2) Gene and Development of a High-Resolution Typing Method.

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    Dadi, Hailu; Le, MinhThong; Dinka, Hunduma; Nguyen, DinhTruong; Choi, Hojun; Cho, Hyesun; Choi, Minkyeung; Kim, Jin-Hoi; Park, Jin-Ki; Soundrarajan, Nagasundarapandian; Park, Chankyu

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    The genetic structure and function of MHC class I chain-related (MIC) genes in the pig genome have not been well characterized, and show discordance in available data. Therefore, we have experimentally characterized the exon-intron structure and functional copy expression pattern of the pig MIC gene, SLA-MIC2. We have also studied the genetic diversity of SLA-MIC2 from seven different breeds using a high-resolution genomic sequence-based typing (GSBT) method. Our results showed that the SLA-MIC2 gene has a similar molecular organization as the human and cattle orthologs, and is expressed in only a few tissues including the small intestine, lung, and heart. A total of fifteen SLA-MIC2 alleles were identified from typing 145 animals, ten of which were previously unreported. Our analysis showed that the previously reported and tentatively named SLA-MIC2*05, 07, and 01 alleles occurred most frequently. The observed heterozygosity varied from 0.26 to 0.73 among breeds. The number of alleles of the SLA-MIC2 gene in pigs is somewhat lower compared to the number of alleles of the porcine MHC class I and II genes; however, the level of heterozygosity was similar. Our results indicate the comprehensiveness of using genomic DNA-based typing for the systemic study of the SLA-MIC2 gene. The method developed for this study, as well as the detailed information that was obtained, could serve as fundamental tools for understanding the influence of the SLA-MIC2 gene on porcine immune responses.

  2. Nuevo Orden Mundial. Narraciones sobre el poder y superhéroes en el cómic mainstream estadounidense de Stormwatch a Black Summer (1996-2008)

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    Hernández Cano, Eduardo

    2009-01-01

    Los cómics de superhéroes han sido estudiados por la crítica, sobre todo, como artefactos mitológicos de implicaciones morales y filosóficas. Pero desde finales de los noventa una parte importante del cómic de superhéroes mainstream se ha convertido en una narrativa simbólica sobre el poder en el mundo contemporáneo, alimentándose del discurso y los acontecimientos políticos, textualizando de manera sutil, política y moralmente provocadora, acontecimientos reales como el nuevo terrorismo y la...

  3. An investigation of microbial diversity in crude oil & seawater injection systems and microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) of linepipe steels under different exposure conditions

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    AlAbbas, Faisal Mohammed

    During oil and gas operations, pipeline networks are subjected to different corrosion deterioration mechanisms that result from the interaction between the fluid process and the linepipe steel. Among these mechanisms is microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) that results from accelerated deterioration caused by different indigenous microorganisms that naturally reside in the hydrocarbon and associated seawater injection systems. The focus of this research is to obtain comprehensive understanding of MIC. This work has explored the most essential elements (identifications, implications and mitigations) required to fully understand MIC. Advanced molecular-based techniques, including sequencing of 16S rRNA genes via 454 pyrosequencing methodologies, were deployed to provide in-depth understanding of the microbial diversity associated with crude oil and seawater injection systems and their relevant impact on MIC. Key microbes including sulfate reducing bacteria (SRB) and iron reducing bacteria (IRB) were cultivated from sour oil well field samples. The microbes' phylotypes were identified in the laboratory to gain more thorough understanding of how they impact microbial corrosion. Electrochemical and advanced surface analytical techniques were used for corrosion evaluations of linepipe carbon steels (API 5L X52 and X80) under different exposure conditions. On the identification front, 454 pyrosequencing of both 16S rRNA genes indicated that the microbial communities in the corrosion products obtained from the sour oil pipeline, sweet crude pipeline and seawater pipeline were dominated by bacteria, though archaeal sequences (predominately Methanobacteriaceae and Methanomicrobiaceae) were also identified in the sweet and sour crude oil samples, respectively. The dominant bacterial phylotypes in the sour crude sample included members of the Thermoanaerobacterales, Synergistales, and Syntrophobacterales. In the sweet crude sample, the dominant phylotypes included

  4. Disidencia sexual en el cómic alemán contemporáneo: el caso de Ralf König

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    Saxe, Facundo

    2016-01-01

    Este trabajo aborda la representación de la sexualidad disidente en el cómic alemán contemporáneo. Se analiza la obra del autor alemán Ralf König desde una perspectiva propia de los estudios queer y la disidencia de sexo-género. A través de un recorrido crítico se conceptualiza la figura del autor en su campo cultural y su proyección vinculada a las sexualidades disidentes en Europa y a la tradición del cómic en Alemania. Como caso paradigmático se realiza un análisis textual d...

  5. Mentor Graphics推出MicReD工业化的1500A功率循环测试设备

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    日前,Mentor Graphics公司宣布推出全新MicReD Industrial Power Tester1500A(工业化的1500A功率循环测试设备),用于电力电子器件的功率循环测试和热特性测试,以模拟和测量电力电子器件寿命期内的表现。

  6. Correlation between Ratio of Serum Doxycycline Concentration to MIC and Rapid Decline of Antibody Levels during Treatment of Q Fever Endocarditis

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    Rolain, Jean-Marc; Boulos, Areen; Mallet, Marie-Noëlle; Raoult, Didier

    2005-01-01

    Endocarditis is the major clinical manifestation of chronic Q fever. Although doxycycline along with hydroxychloroquine remains the mainstay of medical therapy for Q fever endocarditis, there are wide variations in the rapidity of the patient's decline of antibody levels during such therapy. We undertook a retrospective examination of whether there was any correlation between the ratio of serum concentration to MIC of doxycycline and response to treatment in patients with Q fever endocarditis...

  7. Flares on dMe stars: IUE and optical observations of At Mic, and comparison of far-ultraviolet stellar and solar flares

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    The paper concerns observations of a large flare event on the dMe star At Mic, detected by the International Ultraviolet Explorer. The far-ultraviolet spectra of the flare is compared with those of other stellar flares, and also with a large solar flare recorded by the Skylab mission in 1973. The quiescent-phase optical and ultraviolet spectrum of the same dMe flare star is discussed. (U.K.)

  8. Differential association of fluconazole dose and dose/MIC ratio with mortality in patients with Candida albicans and non-albicans bloodstream infection.

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    Brosh-Nissimov, T; Ben-Ami, R

    2015-11-01

    Targeting fluconazole therapy to achieve predefined pharmacodynamic goals has been suggested as a means of optimizing the treatment of patients with candidaemia. However, data regarding species-specific dosing targets are inconclusive. We retrospectively analysed a cohort of 75 adult patients with Candida bloodstream infection (BSI) who received initial treatment with fluconazole for ≥48 h (36 Candida albicans and 39 non-albicans Candida (NAC)). Fluconazole dose, the dose/MIC ratio and the 24-h area under the concentration-time curve (AUC24)/MIC ratio were determined for each patient, and classification and regression tree analysis was used to determine breakpoints for significant interactions with 30-day survival. Both fluconazole exposure parameters and patient-related and disease-related variables were assessed in univariable and multivariable survival models. The crude 30-day mortality rate was 32% (44% and 21% for C. albicans and NAC, respectively). An average fluconazole dose of >200 mg/day, a dose/MIC ratio of >400 and an AUC24/MIC ratio of >400 were associated with a higher 30-day survival rate and better microbiological response in patients with C. albicans BSI but not in those with NAC BSI. Baseline chronic kidney disease was a risk factor for fluconazole underdosing and mortality. Severity of sepsis (Sequential Organ Failure Assessment score) was the only significant predictor of death in patients with NAC BSI. We conclude that, although pharmacodynamic target-directed fluconazole dosing may help to optimize outcomes for patients with C. albicans BSI, additional studies are needed to define the role of fluconazole in the treatment of NAC BSI.

  9. Differential association of fluconazole dose and dose/MIC ratio with mortality in patients with Candida albicans and non-albicans bloodstream infection.

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    Brosh-Nissimov, T; Ben-Ami, R

    2015-11-01

    Targeting fluconazole therapy to achieve predefined pharmacodynamic goals has been suggested as a means of optimizing the treatment of patients with candidaemia. However, data regarding species-specific dosing targets are inconclusive. We retrospectively analysed a cohort of 75 adult patients with Candida bloodstream infection (BSI) who received initial treatment with fluconazole for ≥48 h (36 Candida albicans and 39 non-albicans Candida (NAC)). Fluconazole dose, the dose/MIC ratio and the 24-h area under the concentration-time curve (AUC24)/MIC ratio were determined for each patient, and classification and regression tree analysis was used to determine breakpoints for significant interactions with 30-day survival. Both fluconazole exposure parameters and patient-related and disease-related variables were assessed in univariable and multivariable survival models. The crude 30-day mortality rate was 32% (44% and 21% for C. albicans and NAC, respectively). An average fluconazole dose of >200 mg/day, a dose/MIC ratio of >400 and an AUC24/MIC ratio of >400 were associated with a higher 30-day survival rate and better microbiological response in patients with C. albicans BSI but not in those with NAC BSI. Baseline chronic kidney disease was a risk factor for fluconazole underdosing and mortality. Severity of sepsis (Sequential Organ Failure Assessment score) was the only significant predictor of death in patients with NAC BSI. We conclude that, although pharmacodynamic target-directed fluconazole dosing may help to optimize outcomes for patients with C. albicans BSI, additional studies are needed to define the role of fluconazole in the treatment of NAC BSI. PMID:26183300

  10. Phased array ultrasonic technology (PAUT) contribution to detection and sizing of microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) of service water systems and shutdown coolers heat exchangers in OPG CANDU stations

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    Three PAUT techniques [linear scan - longitudinal waves, sector scan -longitudinal waves and sector scan-transverse waves] were developed and validated to assess the MIC attack in service water systems (SWS) and shutdown coolers heat-exchangers (SDC-HX) of Darlington and Pickering CANDU stations. PAUT employs linear array probes with a frequency between 4-12 MHz, depending on surface conditions, component geometry and MIC size/category to be detected. Examples from lab validation and field trials are presented. Based on field trials results, the techniques were optimized and new cal blocks were manufactured. It was demonstrated for mid-length pipes and for SDC-HX, the PAUT is the best technique compared with D-meter conventional UT and with guided waves. The expected field accuracy is about 0.5 mm (0.020) for large MIC attack. The ligament evaluation is technically achievable for colonies / pin holes located 2 mm under the outer surface. Improvements were identified and implemented for the next outages. (author)

  11. Bacterial Species-Specific Activity of a Fluoroquinolone against Two Closely Related Pasteurellaceae with Similar MICs: Differential In Vitro Inoculum Effects and In Vivo Efficacies

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    Lhermie, Guillaume; El Garch, Farid; Toutain, Pierre-Louis; Ferran, Aude A.; Bousquet-Mélou, Alain

    2015-01-01

    We investigated the antimicrobial activity of a fluoroquinolone against two genetically close bacterial species belonging to the Pasteurellaceae family. Time-kill experiments were used to measure the in vitro activity of marbofloxacin against two strains of Mannheimia haemolytica and Pasteurella multocida with similar MICs. We observed that marbofloxacin was equally potent against 105 CFU/mL inocula M. haemolytica and P. multocida. However, an inoculum effect was observed with P. multocida, meaning that marbofloxacin activity was decreased against a 108 CFU/mL inoculum, whereas no inoculum effect was observed with M. haemolytica. Marbofloxacin activity was also tested in a lung infection model with immunocompromised mice intratracheally infected with 109 CFU of each bacteria. At the same dose, the clinical and bacteriological outcomes were much better for mice infected with M. haemolytica than for those infected with P. multocida. Moreover, bacteriological eradication was obtained with a lower marbofloxacin dose for mice infected with M. haemolytica. Our results suggest that the differential in vivo marbofloxacin efficacy observed with the two bacterial species of similar MIC could be explained by a differential inoculum effect. Consequently, MICs determined on 105 CFU inocula were not predictive of the differences in antibiotic efficacies against high bacterial inocula of closely related bacterial strains. These results could stimulate further investigations on bacterial species-specific antibiotic doses in a clinical setting. PMID:26506096

  12. Bacterial Species-Specific Activity of a Fluoroquinolone against Two Closely Related Pasteurellaceae with Similar MICs: Differential In Vitro Inoculum Effects and In Vivo Efficacies.

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    Guillaume Lhermie

    Full Text Available We investigated the antimicrobial activity of a fluoroquinolone against two genetically close bacterial species belonging to the Pasteurellaceae family. Time-kill experiments were used to measure the in vitro activity of marbofloxacin against two strains of Mannheimia haemolytica and Pasteurella multocida with similar MICs. We observed that marbofloxacin was equally potent against 105 CFU/mL inocula M. haemolytica and P. multocida. However, an inoculum effect was observed with P. multocida, meaning that marbofloxacin activity was decreased against a 108 CFU/mL inoculum, whereas no inoculum effect was observed with M. haemolytica. Marbofloxacin activity was also tested in a lung infection model with immunocompromised mice intratracheally infected with 109 CFU of each bacteria. At the same dose, the clinical and bacteriological outcomes were much better for mice infected with M. haemolytica than for those infected with P. multocida. Moreover, bacteriological eradication was obtained with a lower marbofloxacin dose for mice infected with M. haemolytica. Our results suggest that the differential in vivo marbofloxacin efficacy observed with the two bacterial species of similar MIC could be explained by a differential inoculum effect. Consequently, MICs determined on 105 CFU inocula were not predictive of the differences in antibiotic efficacies against high bacterial inocula of closely related bacterial strains. These results could stimulate further investigations on bacterial species-specific antibiotic doses in a clinical setting.

  13. Doppler imaging an X-ray flare on the ultrafast rotator BO Mic - A contemporaneous multiwavelength study using XMM-Newton and VLT

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    Wolter, U; Schmitt, J H M M; Ness, J U

    2007-01-01

    We present an analysis of contemporaneous photospheric, chromospheric and coronal structures on the highly active K-dwarf star BO Mic (Speedy Mic). We localize a moderate flare in the stellar atmosphere and study its energetics, size and thermal behaviour. The analysis is based on strictly simultaneous X-ray, UV- and optical observations carried out by XMM-Newton and the VLT. We use Doppler imaging and related methods for the localization of features. Based on X-ray spectroscopy we study the the coronal plasma in and outside the flare. The flare emits in X-rays and UV, but is not detected in white light; it is located at intermediate latitude between an extended spot group and the weakly spotted pole. We estimate its height below 0.4 stellar radii making it clearly distinct in longitude and height from the prominences found about two stellar radii above the surface. While BO Mic's photospheric brightness is modulated due to extended starspots, neither the chromospheric nor the X-ray emission show a pronounced...

  14. New recombinant chimeric antigens, P35-MAG1, MIC1-ROP1, and MAG1-ROP1, for the serodiagnosis of human toxoplasmosis.

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    Drapała, Dorota; Holec-Gąsior, Lucyna; Kur, Józef

    2015-05-01

    The aim of the study was to evaluate the usefulness of 3 chimeric Toxoplasma gondii antigens, P35-MAG1, MIC1-ROP1 and MAG1-ROP1, in the serodiagnosis of an acute toxoplasmosis in humans. Proteins were produced as fusion proteins containing His tags ends and then further purified by metal affinity chromatography. Their application for the diagnosis of recently acquired T. gondii infection was tested in IgG and IgM enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs). At 100%, 77.3%, and 86.4%, respectively, the reactivity of the IgG ELISA using P35-MAG1, MIC1-ROP1, and MAG1-ROP1 for sera from patients where acute toxoplasmosis was suspected was significantly higher than for the samples from people with a chronic infection, at 26.2%, 36.1%, and 32.8%, respectively. Moreover, P35-MAG1, MIC1-ROP1, and MAG1-ROP1 detected IgM antibodies with a reactivity at 81.8%, 72.7%, and 59.1%, respectively. The results presented in the article show that, particularly, P35-MAG1 may be useful in the preliminary detection of recent T. gondii infection.

  15. Chulos y novios en viñetas. Cómo dedicarse al cómic (gay y no morir en el intento

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    Sebas Martín (autor de cómics

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Vivir del cómic es, de por sí, un imposible, pero las dificultades se acrecientan si el objetivo de un autor es dedicarse al cómic gay. En este artículo de cariz autobiográfico, se relatan los obstáculos y los éxitos que han marcado la trayectoria profesional de su autor, desde sus inicios, en los años 80, como creador de un fanzine, hasta la proliferación de proyectos que marcan los 2000. Con todo, se traza un recorrido por el panorama cultural e ideológico de la España de las últimas décadas, a través del cual asistimos a la lenta pero constante superación de los prejuicios que aún hoy rodean tanto el género del cómic como el mundo gay.

  16. Phased array ultrasonic technology (PAUT) contribution to detection and sizing of microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) of service water systems and shutdown coolers heat exchangers in OPG CANDU stations

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    Ciorau, P.; Pullia, L.; Hazelton, T., E-mail: peter.ciorau@opg.com, E-mail: lou.pullia@opg.com, E-mail: trek.hazelton@opg.com [Ontario Power Generation, Toronto, Ontario (Canada); Daks, W. [CAD WIRE, Markham, Ontario (Canada)

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    Three PAUT techniques [linear scan - longitudinal waves, sector scan -longitudinal waves and sector scan-transverse waves] were developed and validated to assess the MIC attack in service water systems (SWS) and shutdown coolers heat-exchangers (SDC-HX) of Darlington and Pickering CANDU stations. PAUT employs linear array probes with a frequency between 4-12 MHz, depending on surface conditions, component geometry and MIC size/category to be detected. Examples from lab validation and field trials are presented. Based on field trials results, the techniques were optimized and new cal blocks were manufactured. It was demonstrated for mid-length pipes and for SDC-HX, the PAUT is the best technique compared with D-meter conventional UT and with guided waves. The expected field accuracy is about 0.5 mm (0.020{sup )} for large MIC attack. The ligament evaluation is technically achievable for colonies / pin holes located 2 mm under the outer surface. Improvements were identified and implemented for the next outages. (author)

  17. mics : investigación de conceptos y de términos paleontológicos, y uso como recurso didáctico en la Educación Primaria

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    Gonçalves, Rosilene; Machado, Deusana Maria

    2005-01-01

    Este trabajo investiga el modo en que los cómics, como recurso didáctico, tratan los contenidos paleontológicos. Tras un sistemático análisis, resultó evidente que esos conceptos están presentes en los cómics con aciertos pero también con muchos errores y equivocaciones, que no pueden ser ignorados. Los maestros deberían estar atentos a los cómics y usarlos en su práctica educativa.

  18. Morphological and sedimentological evidences of repeated avulsions of Someşu Mic River (Romania), associated to salt tectonics

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    Persoiu, I.; Radoane, M.

    2009-04-01

    Over the last decades, the Holocene evolution of the rivers became an important topic for the scientific community. Whereas most of these studies emphasized the role of climate in the rivers' evolution, little attention has been paid to tectonics, especially at small scale. Here we present a model of Holocene river evolution from the Transylvanian Basin (Romania), where salt tectonics plays an important role. Someşul Mic River (105 km long, 20 mc/s) is located in the NW part of the Transylvanian Basin, Romania. It has a dranage basin of 3773 km2 and the catchment's area is located in the Apuseni Mountains. The river has a well-developed floodplain, with a length of 75 km (calculated along its axis) and an average width of 2 km. In the upper sector, the river flows on red clays, sandstones and limestone of Eocene and Oligocene age (disposed in monoclinal strata), while in the lower sector, the bedrock consists of marls and volcanic tuffs of Miocene age, affected by diapiric alignments. The sedimentary structure of the floodplain is simple, with coarse Lateglacial gravels at the bottom and more fine Holocene sediments (pebble, sand, clay and silt) in its upper part; but some deviations from this general model, attributed to active tectonics, are observed along the river (e.g., absence of the coarser complex, variable proportion of the two complexes, etc). The main characteristic of the river is the high degree of alternation of channel types, from sinuous, meandering and even braided, to anabranched reaches. In order to decipher which mechanism is responsible for the development of the floodplain, we have analyzed in detail a section of the river, using a combination of high-resolution topographic surveys, electrical imaging, core drilling and granulometric analyses. In the investigated area, the river flows on Miocene marls partly covered by sediments, having a sinuous reach, with 2-3 m high banks. To the east, a diapiric syncline stretches parallel to the valley

  19. An investigation of microbial diversity in crude oil & seawater injection systems and microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) of linepipe steels under different exposure conditions

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    AlAbbas, Faisal Mohammed

    During oil and gas operations, pipeline networks are subjected to different corrosion deterioration mechanisms that result from the interaction between the fluid process and the linepipe steel. Among these mechanisms is microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) that results from accelerated deterioration caused by different indigenous microorganisms that naturally reside in the hydrocarbon and associated seawater injection systems. The focus of this research is to obtain comprehensive understanding of MIC. This work has explored the most essential elements (identifications, implications and mitigations) required to fully understand MIC. Advanced molecular-based techniques, including sequencing of 16S rRNA genes via 454 pyrosequencing methodologies, were deployed to provide in-depth understanding of the microbial diversity associated with crude oil and seawater injection systems and their relevant impact on MIC. Key microbes including sulfate reducing bacteria (SRB) and iron reducing bacteria (IRB) were cultivated from sour oil well field samples. The microbes' phylotypes were identified in the laboratory to gain more thorough understanding of how they impact microbial corrosion. Electrochemical and advanced surface analytical techniques were used for corrosion evaluations of linepipe carbon steels (API 5L X52 and X80) under different exposure conditions. On the identification front, 454 pyrosequencing of both 16S rRNA genes indicated that the microbial communities in the corrosion products obtained from the sour oil pipeline, sweet crude pipeline and seawater pipeline were dominated by bacteria, though archaeal sequences (predominately Methanobacteriaceae and Methanomicrobiaceae) were also identified in the sweet and sour crude oil samples, respectively. The dominant bacterial phylotypes in the sour crude sample included members of the Thermoanaerobacterales, Synergistales, and Syntrophobacterales. In the sweet crude sample, the dominant phylotypes included

  20. Pathobiological implications of the expression of EGFR, pAkt, NF-κB and MIC-1 in prostate cancer stem cells and their progenies.

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    Murielle Mimeault

    Full Text Available The progression of prostate cancers (PCs to locally invasive, androgen-independent and metastatic disease states is generally associated with treatment resistance and disease relapse. The present study was undertaken to establish the possibility of using a combination of specific oncogenic products, including epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR, pAkt, nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-κB and macrophage inhibitory cytokine-1 (MIC-1 as biomarkers and therapeutic targets for optimizing the management of patients with localized PC at earlier disease stages. The immunohistochemical and immunofluorescence data have revealed that the expression levels of EGFR, Ser(473-pAkt, NF-κB p65 and MIC-1 proteins were significantly enhanced in the same subset of 76 cases of prostatic adenocarcinoma specimens during the disease progression and these biomarkers were expressed in a small subpopulation of CD133(+ PC cells and the bulk tumor mass of CD133(- PC cells. Importantly, all of these biomarkers were also overexpressed in 80-100% of 30 PC metastasis bone tissue specimens. Moreover, the results have indicated that the EGF-EGFR signaling pathway can provide critical functions for the self-renewal of side population (SP cells endowed with stem cell-like features from highly invasive WPE1-NB26 cells. Of therapeutic interest, the targeting of EGFR, pAkt, NF-κB or MIC-1 was also effective at suppressing the basal and EGF-promoted prostasphere formation by SP WPE1-NB26 cells, inducing disintegration of SP cell-derived prostaspheres and decreasing the viability of SP and non-SP WPE1-NB26 cell fractions. Also, the targeting of these oncogenic products induced the caspase-dependent apoptosis in chemoresistant SP WPE1-NB26 cells and enhanced their sensibility to the cytotoxic effects induced by docetaxel. These findings suggest that the combined use of EGFR, pAkt, NF-κB and/or MIC-1 may represent promising strategies for improving the accuracy of current diagnostic and

  1. Metronidazole and clarithromycin resistance in Helicobacter pylori determined by measuring MICs of antimicrobial agents in color indicator egg yolk agar in a miniwell format. The Gastrointestinal Physiology Working Group of Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia and the Johns Hopkins University.

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    Vasquez, A; Valdez, Y; Gilman, R H; McDonald, J J; Westblom, T U; Berg, D; Mayta, H; Gutierrez, V

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    Resistance of Helicobacter pylori to metronidazole often causes failure of commonly used combination drug treatment regimens. We determined the MICs of metronidazole and clarithromycin against 18 H. pylori strains from Peru using tetrazolium egg yolk (TEY) agar. The MIC results obtained by agar dilution with petri dishes were compared with the results found through a miniwell format. The results of the two protocols for measuring drug susceptibility differed by no more than 1 dilution in all cases. On TEY agar, bright-red H. pylori colonies were easy to identify against a yellow background. Sixty-one percent (11 of 18) of the strains were resistant to metronidazole (MIC, > or = 4 micrograms/ml) and 50% (9 of 18) were resistant to clarithromycin (MIC, > or = 0.125 micrograms/ml), whereas none (0 of 5) of the strains tested were resistant to tetracycline (MIC, > or = 1 micrograms/ml). Thus, the prevalence of metronidazole and clarithromycin resistance in Peru is higher than that in developed regions of the world. The miniwell plate with TEY agar allows easy H. pylori colony identification, requires about one-third less of the costly medium necessary for petri dish assaying, conserves space, and yields MICs equivalent to those with agar dilution in petri dishes.

  2. SOLUTION FOR ICHTHYOFAUNA MIGRATION UPSTREAM- DOWNSTREAM OF THE TWO SPILLWAYS LOCATED NEAR MANASTUR DAM ON THE SOMESUL MIC RIVER IN THE CLUJ NAPOCA CITY (ROMÂNIA

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    Razvan VOICU

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Longitudinal connectivity represent the way in which organisms move the energy and material exchanges located throughout the water. Fragmentation the longitudinal connectivity of watercourses caused by dams or other hydrotechnical constructions represent a major impact on sediment transport, hydrological regime, downstream moving and biota migration. The hydromorphological elements (river continuity, as well as chemical, biological, physicochemical elements characterize the ecological status of rivers.Migratory fish species: nase (Chondrostoma nasus - protected by Bern Convention - Appendix III and barbel (Barbus barbus - rare species, protected Habitats Directive (Annex V, annex 4A of Low nr.462 and Red List of RBDD are blocked but the Hydrotechnical constructions (discharge sills, dams etc located across the watercourse Somes Mic River. One of the important think of this system is the gravitational fall of water. This solution will lead to the restoration of the longitudinal connection of the Someşul Mic River in the Manastur neighborhood. România is part of the European Union and it has the obligation to implement the provisions of the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC, transposed into Romanian legislation by the Water Law 107/1996 as supplemented and amended (Act 310/2004. This engineering solution for fish fauna migration upstream – downstream of the spillways supports the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC, transposed into Romanian legislation by the Water Law 107/1996 as supplemented and amended (Act 310/2004.

  3. Liberalismo vs. neo-fascismo: perspectiva sociosemiótica y análisis político del cómic Guerra Civil

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    Liber Daniel Cuñarro Conde

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available La presente investigación analiza desde una perspectiva sociosemiótica y política algunos de los aspectos más relevantes del cómic Guerra Civil de Marvel como expresión de los eventos del 11 de septiembre de 2001 en los Estados Unidos de América. Dicho texto se examina desde los enfoques postulados por Greimas (1966 y Eco (1993. A tal efecto se ha seleccionado un corpus concreto, constituido por los siete ejemplares que representan la historia principal de la serie titulada Civil War, en su lenguaje original. Para lograr la comprensión del programa narrativo del cómic, este estudio proporciona el antetexto y la información pertinente para hacer posible una interpretación de los elementos políticos e ideológicos de la Guerra Civil de Marvel, su relación con la representación alegórica de los hechos históricos y su textualización como expresión simbólica de la sociedad contemporánea.

  4. Distribution and antifungal susceptibility of Candida species causing nosocomial candiduria.

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    Ozhak-Baysan, Betil; Ogunc, Dilara; Colak, Dilek; Ongut, Gozde; Donmez, Levent; Vural, Tumer; Gunseren, Filiz

    2012-07-01

    The aim of the study was to investigate the distribution of Candida species isolated from urine specimens of hospitalized patients in Akdeniz University Hospital, Antalya, Turkey, as well as their susceptibilities to antifungal agents. A total of 100 patients who had nosocomial candiduria between March 2003 and May 2004 at the facility were included in the study. Organisms were identified by conventional methods and the use of API ID 32C strips. Susceptibilities of the isolates to amphotericin B were determined by Etest, whereas the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) values of these same strains to fluconazole, voriconazole and caspofungin were assessed using the broth microdilution method. The most common species recovered was C. albicans 44% of all yeasts, followed by C. tropicalis (20%), C. glabrata (18%), C. krusei (6%), C. famata (5%), C. parapsilosis (4%), C. kefyr (2%) and C. guilliermondii (1%). A total of nine (9%) of the isolates, including five C. krusei and four C. glabrata isolates were susceptible dose-dependent (SDD) to fluconazole. In constrast, only two C. glabrata and one C. krusei isolates were resistant to this antifungal. The voriconazole MICs for all Candida isolates were ≤0.5 μg/ml, except for one C. glabrata isolate with a MIC value of 2 μg/ml. Among all isolates, 94% were susceptible to amphotericin B with MIC values of Candida urinary tract infections.

  5. DEVELOPMENT OF THE CONCEPT OF THE BIMODAL DISTRIBUTION OF PARTICLES: A PERSONAL HISTORY

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    The author was hired by EPA in 1971 to head the new Aerosol Research Section (ARS), the first EPA unit devoted to research on atmospheric aerosols. At that time the existing paradigm was that the atmospheric aerosol distribution was monomodal , the mass mean diameter was one mic...

  6. Autoras contemporáneas en la historieta española. Revisión de la etiqueta ‘cómic femenino’

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    Cortijo, Adela

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available This article, whose title is so generic, does not intend to be an exhaustive and historiographic list of women authoring contemporary Spanish comics. A priori, the deficiencies of the global label “woman comic” are questioned and the representative work of a group of draftswomen and scriptwriters is shown, since the 1980 decade (Madriz, El Cairo and El Víbora to nowadays publications: Laura Pérez-Vernetti, Ana Juan, Ana Miralles, Sonia Pulido and Clara- Tanit. These authors are linked by a generational bond and offer a series of sights, paintstrokes, subjects and diverse plastic styles. The woman production phenomenon is observed along with its reception in ad hoc-collections published by some publishing houses through retrospectives, symposium and exhibitions which are still alerting about the so needed visibility. At the same time, both the atraction and the tendency towards the drawing art and equally the links between comic made by women and the concept related to the author comic, literature and egotistic tales are studied too.

    Este artículo, de título tan genérico, no pretende ser un listado exhaustivo e historiográfico de autoras de historieta contemporánea española. En esta aproximación se cuestionan a priori las deficiencias de la etiqueta global de “cómic femenino”, y se muestra el trabajo representativo de una serie de dibujantes y guionistas mujeres, desde los años ochenta (desde Madriz, El Cairo y El Víbora hasta la actualidad: Laura Pérez-Vernetti, Ana Juan, Ana Miralles, Sonia Pulido y Clara-Tanit. Autoras que se hilvanan en un hilo generacional y que ofrecen una explosión de miradas, de trazos, temas y estilos plásticos distintos. Se observa el fenómeno de la producción femenina y su recepción a través de colecciones ad hoc de algunas casas de edición, de retrospectivas, coloquios y exposiciones, que siguen alertando de la necesidad de una visibilidad

  7. MIC-SVM: Designing A Highly Efficient Support Vector Machine For Advanced Modern Multi-Core and Many-Core Architectures

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    You, Yang; Song, Shuaiwen; Fu, Haohuan; Marquez, Andres; Mehri Dehanavi, Maryam; Barker, Kevin J.; Cameron, Kirk; Randles, Amanda; Yang, Guangwen

    2014-08-16

    Support Vector Machine (SVM) has been widely used in data-mining and Big Data applications as modern commercial databases start to attach an increasing importance to the analytic capabilities. In recent years, SVM was adapted to the field of High Performance Computing for power/performance prediction, auto-tuning, and runtime scheduling. However, even at the risk of losing prediction accuracy due to insufficient runtime information, researchers can only afford to apply offline model training to avoid significant runtime training overhead. To address the challenges above, we designed and implemented MICSVM, a highly efficient parallel SVM for x86 based multi-core and many core architectures, such as the Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs and Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor (MIC).

  8. Cálcul estructural d'un Observatori Astronómic situat a La Palma (Canàries), segons Normativa ENV 1993-1-1

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    Lacroizette i Mañas, Xavier

    2004-01-01

    Premi al millor Projecte de Fi de Carrera presentat durant el curs 2004-2005 en l'àmbit de Construcció que atorga el GREMI DE CONSTRUCTORS D'OBRES El present Projecte de Fi de Carrera està dedicat al disseny i càlcul estructural d’un dels complexes que composen l’Observatori Astronòmic del "Roque de los Muchachos", situat a la illa de la Palma (Canàries). Els diferents càlculs de la estructura metàl·lica s’han realitzat segons la normativa experimental europea ENV 1993-1-1, més coneg...

  9. Hybrid MPI/OpenMP First Principles Materials Science Codes for Intel Xeon Phi (MIC) based HPC: The Petascale and Beyond

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    Canning, Andrew; Deslippe, Jack; Chelikowsky, James; Louie, Steven G.

    2015-03-01

    Exploiting the full potential of present petascale and future exascale supercomputers based on many core chips requires a high level of threading on the node as well as reduced communications between the nodes to scale to large node counts. We will present results for a variety of first principles materials science codes (Berkeley-GW, PARATEC, PARSEC) on Intel Xeon Phi (MIC) based supercomputers for algorithms using hybrid OpenMP/MPI parallelism to obtain both efficiently threaded single chip performance and parallel scaling to large node counts. Support provided through the SciDAC program funded by U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, ASCR and BES under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231 at LBNL and Award No. DESC0008877 at UT, Austin.

  10. Comparison of disc and MIC reduction methods with polymerase chain reaction for the detection of metallo-β-lactamase in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    S Buchunde

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The present study was undertaken to evaluate the screening antibiotic, confirmatory phenotypic test and agent against PCR as gold standard and to detect the prevalent MBL gene. Materials and Methods: Three hundred and twenty-six Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates were screened for resistance to Imipenem (IPM, Meropemem (MEM and Ceftazidime (CAZ by disc diffusion. Isolates resistant to any of these were considered screen test-positive for MBL and were subjected to Double disc synergy test (DDST and Disc potentiation test (DPT: Using IPM, MEM and CAZ alone and with EDTA, Minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC reduction [four-fold or more reduction in MIC of IPM and MEM in presence of chelators: EDTA and 1,10-phenanthroline (EPI/EPM: EDTA-phenanthroline- Imipenem/Meropenem Broth Microdilution method] and polymerase chain reaction (PCR for blaIMP and blaVIM . Results: Screen test-positives by MEM and CAZ were 19.3% as against 17.8% by IPM. MEMDDST, DPT and EPM confirmed 100% screen-test positives as against 93.7% by CAZ DDST and DPT-2, 76.2% by CAZ DPT-1, 88.9% by IPM DDST, 85.7% by IPM DPT-1 and 92.1% by EPI. IPMand CAZ DDST together confirmed 100% while IPM and CAZ DPT-2 confirmed 96.8%. All 63 screen-test positives showed the presence of blaVIM . Conclusions: MEM was found to be the best screening and confirmatory agent for MBL detection and blaVIM was found to be the prevalent MBL gene in this part of the country.

  11. Occupy Wall Street as Immanent Critique: Why IR Theory Needs a ‘Mic Check!’

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    Nicholas J. Kiersey

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The recent movements that have emerged across the world to ‘occupy’ various public spaces present an immanent critique of the contemporary arrangements of global politics – one that theorists of International Relations (IR and International Political Economy(IPE should reflect on with some urgency. Emerging from a complex intertext including, but by no means limited to, anarchist and neo-Marxist frameworks, the movement has called for a recognition and appraisal of the ‘communism of everyday life’. Resonating with arguments made in Hardt and Negri’s Commonwealth (2009, as well as David Graeber's Debt: The First 5000 Years (2011, the movements appear to wish to draw attention to a dominant capitalist ontology which denies the highly distributed and social nature of the way in which real value production takes place today. In this context, they argue, the burden of debt that the 99% must endure merely to maintain a dignified standard of living bespeaks the erosion of any semblance of democracy in the allocation of social wealth...

  12. Determination Of Prevalence Of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Infections Through Measurement Of Mics Of S. Aureus Isolates Imam Hospital (November 2001 To January 2003

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    M. Mohraz

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    Full Text Available Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA is a predominantly nosocomial pathogen which its prevalence has increased worldwide over the past three decades."nMaterials and Methods: This is a descriptive cross-sectional study. The following study is designed for determination of prevalence of MRSA infection through measurement of MICs of S. aureus isolates in Imam Khomeini Hospital (a teaching hospital from November 2001 to January 2003. A total number of 402 specimens were isolated and specified as S. aureus by Imam Khomeini microbiology lab. Demographic and clinical data and results of MIC were analysed by Epilnfo 6 software."nResults: During the study, staphylococcus aureus was isolated from 402 patients that 187 (46.5% of isolates were MRSA and 215 (53.5% were MSSA. Of 402 patients, 254 (63.2% were male and 148 (36.8% were female. The difference of the prevalence of MRSA between males and females was not statistically significant (p= 0.09. The difference in mean age in MRSA and MSSA groups was not statistically significant (p= 0.55. In the age group of < 1 month, the prevalence of MRSA infection was significantly higher than other groups (P= 0.01."nConclusion: In this study, the prevalence of MRSA infection was increased, statistically significant in the presence of such factors as sepsis, longer duration of hospitalization, hospital- acquired infection, history of invasive procedure, history of antimicrobials used in the past 3 months and type of administered antimicrobial (s, history of hospitalization in the preceding year, certain underlying diseases, type of admission ward, type of infection, type of specimen and type of administered antimicrobials for treatment. Surprisingly, the prevalence of MRSA infection in IV drug user group was low that was statistically significant (p< 0.0001. In this study, there was no statistically significant difference in outcome between MRSA infected and MSSA infected patients. Based on results of

  13. Brief Report: The Identity Style Inventory (ISI-3) and the Utrecht-Management of Identity Commitments Scale (U-MICS)--Factor Structure, Reliability, and Convergent Validity in French-Speaking University Students

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    Zimmermann, Gregoire; Mahaim, Elodie Biermann; Mantzouranis, Gregory; Genoud, Philippe A.; Crocetti, Elisabetta

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the factor structure and the reliability of the French versions of the Identity Style Inventory (ISI-3) and the Utrecht-Management of Identity Commitments Scale (U-MICS) in a sample of college students (N = 457, 18-25 years old). Confirmatory factor analyses confirmed the hypothesized three-factor solution…

  14. El problema de las concepciones alternativas en la actualidad (parte III). Utilización didáctica de los errores conceptuales que aparecen en cómics, prensa, novelas y libros de texto

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    2006-01-01

    La existencia de graves errores conceptuales en artículos de prensa, novelas, cómics e incluso libros de texto está relacionada con el origen y persistencia de determinadas ideas alternativas. Cabe plantearse si no podrían utilizarse estos mismos medios para contribuir al tratamiento y el cambio de tales ideas.

  15. Laboratory investigation of the microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) resistance of a novel Cu-bearing 2205 duplex stainless steel in the presence of an aerobic marine Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm.

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    Xia, Jin; Yang, Chunguang; Xu, Dake; Sun, Da; Nan, Li; Sun, Ziqing; Li, Qi; Gu, Tingyue; Yang, Ke

    2015-01-01

    The microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) resistance of a novel Cu-bearing 2205 duplex stainless steel (2205 Cu-DSS) against an aerobic marine Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm was investigated. The electrochemical test results showed that Rp increased and icorr decreased sharply after long-term immersion in the inoculation medium, suggesting that 2205 Cu-DSS possessed excellent MIC resistance to the P. aeruginosa biofilm. Fluorescence microscope images showed that 2205 Cu-DSS possessed a strong antibacterial ability, and its antibacterial efficiency after one and seven days was 7.75% and 96.92%, respectively. The pit morphology comparison after 14 days between 2205 DSS and 2205 Cu-DSS demonstrated that the latter showed a considerably reduced maximum MIC pit depth compared with the former (1.44 μm vs 9.50 μm). The experimental results suggest that inhibition of the biofilm was caused by the copper ions released from the 2205 Cu-DSS, leading to its effective mitigation of MIC by P. aeruginosa. PMID:26194639

  16. Sub-MICs of Mentha piperita essential oil and menthol inhibits AHL mediated quorum sensing and biofilm of Gram-negative bacteria.

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    Husain, Fohad M; Ahmad, Iqbal; Khan, Mohammad S; Ahmad, Ejaz; Tahseen, Qudisa; Khan, Mohd Shahnawaz; Alshabib, Nasser A

    2015-01-01

    Bacterial quorum sensing (QS) is a density dependent communication system that regulates the expression of certain genes including production of virulence factors in many pathogens. Bioactive plant extract/compounds inhibiting QS regulated gene expression may be a potential candidate as antipathogenic drug. In this study anti-QS activity of peppermint (Mentha piperita) oil was first tested using the Chromobacterium violaceum CVO26 biosensor. Further, the findings of the present investigation revealed that peppermint oil (PMO) at sub-Minimum Inhibitory Concentrations (sub-MICs) strongly interfered with acyl homoserine lactone (AHL) regulated virulence factors and biofilm formation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Aeromonas hydrophila. The result of molecular docking analysis attributed the QS inhibitory activity exhibited by PMO to menthol. Assessment of ability of menthol to interfere with QS systems of various Gram-negative pathogens comprising diverse AHL molecules revealed that it reduced the AHL dependent production of violacein, virulence factors, and biofilm formation indicating broad-spectrum anti-QS activity. Using two Escherichia coli biosensors, MG4/pKDT17 and pEAL08-2, we also confirmed that menthol inhibited both the las and pqs QS systems. Further, findings of the in vivo studies with menthol on nematode model Caenorhabditis elegans showed significantly enhanced survival of the nematode. Our data identified menthol as a novel broad spectrum QS inhibitor. PMID:26029178

  17. Increasing the impact of medical image computing using community-based open-access hackathons: The NA-MIC and 3D Slicer experience.

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    Kapur, Tina; Pieper, Steve; Fedorov, Andriy; Fillion-Robin, J-C; Halle, Michael; O'Donnell, Lauren; Lasso, Andras; Ungi, Tamas; Pinter, Csaba; Finet, Julien; Pujol, Sonia; Jagadeesan, Jayender; Tokuda, Junichi; Norton, Isaiah; Estepar, Raul San Jose; Gering, David; Aerts, Hugo J W L; Jakab, Marianna; Hata, Nobuhiko; Ibanez, Luiz; Blezek, Daniel; Miller, Jim; Aylward, Stephen; Grimson, W Eric L; Fichtinger, Gabor; Wells, William M; Lorensen, William E; Schroeder, Will; Kikinis, Ron

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    The National Alliance for Medical Image Computing (NA-MIC) was launched in 2004 with the goal of investigating and developing an open source software infrastructure for the extraction of information and knowledge from medical images using computational methods. Several leading research and engineering groups participated in this effort that was funded by the US National Institutes of Health through a variety of infrastructure grants. This effort transformed 3D Slicer from an internal, Boston-based, academic research software application into a professionally maintained, robust, open source platform with an international leadership and developer and user communities. Critical improvements to the widely used underlying open source libraries and tools-VTK, ITK, CMake, CDash, DCMTK-were an additional consequence of this effort. This project has contributed to close to a thousand peer-reviewed publications and a growing portfolio of US and international funded efforts expanding the use of these tools in new medical computing applications every year. In this editorial, we discuss what we believe are gaps in the way medical image computing is pursued today; how a well-executed research platform can enable discovery, innovation and reproducible science ("Open Science"); and how our quest to build such a software platform has evolved into a productive and rewarding social engineering exercise in building an open-access community with a shared vision.

  18. Increasing the impact of medical image computing using community-based open-access hackathons: The NA-MIC and 3D Slicer experience.

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    Kapur, Tina; Pieper, Steve; Fedorov, Andriy; Fillion-Robin, J-C; Halle, Michael; O'Donnell, Lauren; Lasso, Andras; Ungi, Tamas; Pinter, Csaba; Finet, Julien; Pujol, Sonia; Jagadeesan, Jayender; Tokuda, Junichi; Norton, Isaiah; Estepar, Raul San Jose; Gering, David; Aerts, Hugo J W L; Jakab, Marianna; Hata, Nobuhiko; Ibanez, Luiz; Blezek, Daniel; Miller, Jim; Aylward, Stephen; Grimson, W Eric L; Fichtinger, Gabor; Wells, William M; Lorensen, William E; Schroeder, Will; Kikinis, Ron

    2016-10-01

    The National Alliance for Medical Image Computing (NA-MIC) was launched in 2004 with the goal of investigating and developing an open source software infrastructure for the extraction of information and knowledge from medical images using computational methods. Several leading research and engineering groups participated in this effort that was funded by the US National Institutes of Health through a variety of infrastructure grants. This effort transformed 3D Slicer from an internal, Boston-based, academic research software application into a professionally maintained, robust, open source platform with an international leadership and developer and user communities. Critical improvements to the widely used underlying open source libraries and tools-VTK, ITK, CMake, CDash, DCMTK-were an additional consequence of this effort. This project has contributed to close to a thousand peer-reviewed publications and a growing portfolio of US and international funded efforts expanding the use of these tools in new medical computing applications every year. In this editorial, we discuss what we believe are gaps in the way medical image computing is pursued today; how a well-executed research platform can enable discovery, innovation and reproducible science ("Open Science"); and how our quest to build such a software platform has evolved into a productive and rewarding social engineering exercise in building an open-access community with a shared vision. PMID:27498015

  19. Sub-MICs of Mentha piperita essential oil and menthol inhibits AHL mediated quorum sensing and biofilm of Gram negative bacteria

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    Fohad Mabood Husain

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Bacterial quorum sensing (QS is a density dependent communication system that regulates the expression of certain genes including production of virulence factors in many pathogens. Bioactive plant extract/compounds inhibiting QS regulated gene expression may be a potential candidate as antipathogenic drug. In this study anti-QS activity of peppermint (Mentha piperita oil was first tested using the Chromobacterium violaceum CVO26 biosensor. Further, the findings of the present investigation revealed that peppermint oil at sub-MICs strongly interfered with acyl homoserine lactone (AHL regulated virulence factors and biofilm formation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Aeromonas hydrophila. The result of molecular docking analysis attributed the quorum sensing inhibitory activity exhibited by peppermint oil to menthol. Assessment of ability of menthol to interfere with quorum sensing systems of various Gram-negative pathogens comprising diverse AHL molecules revealed that it reduced the AHL dependent production of violacein, virulence factors and biofilm formation indicating broad-spectrum anti-QS activity. Using two E. coli biosensors, MG4/pKDT17 and pEAL08-2, we also confirmed that menthol inhibited both the las and pqs quorum sensing systems. Further, findings of the in vivo studies with menthol on nematode model Caenorhabditis elegans showed significantly enhanced survival of the nematode. Our data identified menthol as a novel broad spectrum quorum sensing inhibitor.

  20. Sub-MICs of Mentha piperita essential oil and menthol inhibits AHL mediated quorum sensing and biofilm of Gram-negative bacteria.

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    Husain, Fohad M; Ahmad, Iqbal; Khan, Mohammad S; Ahmad, Ejaz; Tahseen, Qudisa; Khan, Mohd Shahnawaz; Alshabib, Nasser A

    2015-01-01

    Bacterial quorum sensing (QS) is a density dependent communication system that regulates the expression of certain genes including production of virulence factors in many pathogens. Bioactive plant extract/compounds inhibiting QS regulated gene expression may be a potential candidate as antipathogenic drug. In this study anti-QS activity of peppermint (Mentha piperita) oil was first tested using the Chromobacterium violaceum CVO26 biosensor. Further, the findings of the present investigation revealed that peppermint oil (PMO) at sub-Minimum Inhibitory Concentrations (sub-MICs) strongly interfered with acyl homoserine lactone (AHL) regulated virulence factors and biofilm formation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Aeromonas hydrophila. The result of molecular docking analysis attributed the QS inhibitory activity exhibited by PMO to menthol. Assessment of ability of menthol to interfere with QS systems of various Gram-negative pathogens comprising diverse AHL molecules revealed that it reduced the AHL dependent production of violacein, virulence factors, and biofilm formation indicating broad-spectrum anti-QS activity. Using two Escherichia coli biosensors, MG4/pKDT17 and pEAL08-2, we also confirmed that menthol inhibited both the las and pqs QS systems. Further, findings of the in vivo studies with menthol on nematode model Caenorhabditis elegans showed significantly enhanced survival of the nematode. Our data identified menthol as a novel broad spectrum QS inhibitor.

  1. Mic Check/Reality Check

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    Wanda Vrasti

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Over the past couple of months history has been unfolding with dizzying speed. The #occupy model of leaderless, demandless direct action, which in the beginning no one with only a slim understanding of how capitalism works thought could become anything more than a facile if charming jab at anti-corporate activism, has gone viral. Every morning we wake up to new reports about ‘occupying X’, where X can be anything from cities, campuses, boardrooms, buildings, highways, and public events, all the way to academic disciplines. What originally seemed like a romantic fantasy about temporary autonomous zones now feels like history. And no one likes to find themselves on thewrong side of history, especially not intellectuals, let alone intellectuals in the business of explaining global politics.

  2. mic porno gay

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    Salvador, Antonio

    2011-01-01

    Si la historieta pornográfica ha sido, durante años, marginada por los eruditos, la pornografía gay ha sufrido una marginación aún mayor de la que, no obstante, va saliendo desde hace algunos años. En las siguientes páginas se ofrece un selección bibliográfica comentada tanto de historietas como de obras teóricas con la intención de orientar a quienes tengan interés en iniciarse en el estudio de dicho tema..

  3. Distributed localization for anchor-free sensor networks

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    Cui Xunxue; Shan Zhiguan; Liu Jianjun

    2008-01-01

    Geographic location of nodes is very useful in a sensor network. Previous localization algorithms assume that there exist some anchor nodes in this kind of network, and then other nodes are estimated to create their coordinates. Once there are not anchors to be deployed, those localization algorithms will be invalidated. Many papers in this field focus on anchor-based solutions. The use of anchors introduces many limitations, since anchors require external equipments such as global position system, cause additional power consumption. A novel positioning algorithm is proposed to use a virtual coordinate system based on a new concept-virtual anchor. It is executed in a distributed fashion according to the connectivity of a node and the measured distances to its neighbors. Both the adjacent member information and the ranging distance result are combined to generate the estimated position of a network, one of which is independently adopted for localization previously. At the position refinement stage the intermediate estimation of a node begins to be evaluated on its reliability for position mutation; thus the positioning optimization process of the whole network is avoided falling into a local optimal solution. Simulation results prove that the algorithm can resolve the distributed localization problem for anchor-free sensor networks, and is superior to previous methods in terms of its positioning capability under a variety of circumstances.

  4. La industria del cómic en España: radiografía de ¿un mito o una realidad?

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    Pons, Álvaro M.

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available In spite of the importance of figures referred to published titles, or number of copies printed, which help to set publishing strategies and to really know the comic situation in Spain, there are no liable data. We are giving in this article, some enlightening data along with some explanations related to the evolution of the market from 2001 to 2009. The different titles are grouped considering the place they come from (Europe, Asia, United States…, along with their format (album, book, magazine, comic-book…. Using all this information, we can deduce evolution lines, tendencies, futures perspectives in an industry that, despite its precariousness, is facing an increasing number of copies sold and a progressive settlement in the Spanish publishing world.

    A pesar de la importancia que revestiría para establecer estrategias editoriales y para un mejor conocimiento de la situación del cómic en España, no existen cifras fiables sobre títulos publicados y cifras de tiradas. En este artículo se proporcionan algunos datos aclaradores al respecto. Se ofrece una evolución de nuestro mercado desde 2001 a 2009. Se agrupan los diversos títulos por lugar de procedencia (Europa, Asia, Estados Unidos…, así como por formatos (álbum, libro, revista, comic-book…. De todo ello se desprenden líneas evolutivas, tendencias y perspectivas de futuro de una industria que, a pesar de su precariedad, conoce un aumento de las ventas y un progresivo asentamiento en el panorama de la edición española.

  5. Antimicrobial evaluation of new metallic complexes with xylitol active against P. aeruginosa and C. albicans: MIC determination, post-agent effect and Zn-uptake.

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    Santi, E; Facchin, G; Faccio, R; Barroso, R P; Costa-Filho, A J; Borthagaray, G; Torre, M H

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    Xylitol (xylH5) is metabolized via the pentose pathway in humans, but it is unsuitable as an energy source for many microorganisms where it produces a xylitol-induced growth inhibition and disturbance in protein synthesis. For this reason, xylitol is used in the prophylaxis of several infections. In the search of better antimicrobial agents, new copper and zinc complexes with xylitol were synthesized and characterized by analytical and spectrosco pic methods: Na2[Cu3(xylH−4)2]·NaCl·4.5H2O (Cu-xyl) and [Zn4(xylH−4)2(H2O)2]·NaCl·3H2O (Zn-xyl). Both copper and zinc complexes presented higher MIC against Pseudomona aeruginosa than the free xylitol while two different behaviors were found against Candida albicans depending on the complex. The growth curves showed that Cu-xyl presented lower activity than the free ligand during all the studied period. In the case of Znxyl the growth curves showed that the inhibition of the microorganism growth in the first stage was equivalent to that of xylitol but in the second stage (after 18 h) Zn-xyl inhibited more. Besides, the PAE (post agent effect)obtained for Zn-xyl and xyl showed that the recovery from the damage of microbial cells had a delay of 14 and 13 h respectively. This behavior could be useful in prophylaxis treatments for infectious diseases where it is important that the antimicrobial effect lasts longer. With the aim to understand the microbiological activities the analysis of the particle size, lipophilicity and Zn uptake was performed. PMID:26619097

  6. Different condylar displacements between centric relation and maximum intercuspation before and after orthodontic intervention%正畸干预前后 MIC-CR 位髁突位移变化

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    韩旭; 邵玉婷; 孙钦凤; 郭泾

    2015-01-01

    Objective To investigate the effects of orthodontic intervention on maximum intercuspation (MIC)-centric relation (CR)condylar displacement of patients with or without temporomandibular disorders (TMD).Methods A total of 31 orthodontic patients aged 16 to 45 years were selected and divided into the TMD group (n =15)and non-TMD group (n =16).Records of MIC and CR of these patients taken before and after orthodontic intervention were compared.Results The two groups had different MIC-CR displacement before and after treatment.There were more changes in the TMD group,and the changes were mostly favorable.The MIC-CR condylar displacement was correlated with the symptom checklist (SCL)score.Conclusion Orthodontic intervention has effect on condylar position of pa-tients,especially for those with TMD.Orthodontists,therefore,need to understand and pay attention to the effect of malocclusion on TMD and limitations of measurement of condylar displacement (MCD)in the diagnosis.%目的:旨在探讨正畸干预对最大牙尖交错位(MIC)-正中关系位(CR)髁突位移量的影响。方法选取16~45岁门诊正畸患者31例,其中非颞下颌关节紊乱病(TMD)组16例(NTMD 组),TMD 组15例,在正畸干预前后分别取 MIC 与 CR 位记录。分析两组患者正畸干预前后正中牙合位与正中关系位的髁突位置差异。结果正畸干预前 TMD 组与 NTMD 组 MIC-CR 之间髁突位移(MCD)量存在差异,正畸干预后两组 MIC-CR 位移量减小,TMD组较为显著,且多为有利变化,TMD 组正畸干预前后 MIC-CR 髁突位移量与 TMD 症状自评量表得分呈相关性。结论正畸干预在一定程度上对错牙合畸形患者的髁突位置产生影响,对于 TMD 患者尤甚。因此,正畸医生要认识并注意到错牙合畸形对 TMD 产生和发展的作用,并正确认识 MCD 在诊断中的局限性。

  7. Incorporação ao solo de substrato contendo micélio e conídios de Pochonia chlamydosporia para o manejo de Meloidogyne javanica

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    Rosangela Dallemole-Giaretta

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Os clamidósporos são os principais propágulos utilizados como fonte de inóculo de Pochonia chlamydosporia em experimentos envolvendo o biocontrole do nematoide das galhas. O presente trabalho teve por objetivo avaliar o controle de Meloidogyne javanica em tomateiro por meio da aplicação ao solo de grãos de arroz colonizados pelo fungo contendo apenas micélio e conídio, sem a presença de clamidósporos. O isolado de P. chlamydosporia Pc-10 foi cultivado por 15 dias a 26°C em arroz previamente esterilizado em forno microondas. Dois experimentos foram conduzidos simultaneamente em casa de vegetação. No experimento 1, vasos de 2L de capacidade foram preenchidos com mistura solo:areia (1:1, v:v, contendo 3g kg-1 de solo de grãos de arroz colonizados pelo antagonista. No experimento 2, o fungo foi adicionado ao solo de vasos de 0,5L nas doses de 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 ou 30g kg-1 de solo. Em seguida, o substrato de cada vaso foi infestado com 4.000 ovos de M. javanica e, após 15 dias, uma plântula de tomate foi transplantada. No experimento 1, a aplicação do fungo ao solo reduziu o número de galhas e de ovos do nematoide em 40% e 72,83%, respectivamente. No experimento 2, houve redução do número de ovos a partir de doses de 5g kg 1 de solo e no número de galhas, principalmente, nas doses de 25 e 30g kg-1 de solo. Conclui-se que P. chlamydosporia Pc-10 controlou M. javanica em tomateiro, mesmo quando aplicado ao solo na forma de grãos de arroz colonizados e sem a presença de clamidósporos.

  8. 携带兔斯氏艾美耳球虫MIC-5基因减毒鼠伤寒沙门菌活疫苗的安全性、稳定性与免疫原性%Safety, stability and immunogenicity of attenuated Salmonella typhimurium carrying MIC-5 gene of Eimeria stieda

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    孟庆玲; 乔军; 才学鹏; 闫鸿斌; 田广孚; 骆学农

    2011-01-01

    对携带兔斯氏艾美耳球虫微线蛋白-5基因(MIC-5)真核表达质粒asd-pBMIC-5-IL-15的减毒鼠伤寒沙门菌X4550(X4550/asd-pBMIC-5-IL-15)进行了安全性、稳定性与免疫原性试验.结果显示,重组菌在109CFU剂量以下对家兔安全;连续培养30代重组菌,重组表达质粒可稳定存在于X4550内,具有良好的遗传稳定性;用重组菌2次免疫动物后,既能诱导机体产生抗兔斯氏艾美耳球虫抗体,也能显著增强淋巴细胞增殖水平,抗球虫指数为164.4.试验表明,减毒沙门菌介导的兔球虫调节型DNA疫苗具有良好的安全性、稳定性和免疫原性.%The security,stability and immunogenicity trials of recombinant Salmonella typhimurium X4550 carrying rabbit's Eimeria stiedai MIC-5 gene expression plasmid asd-pBMIC-5-IL-15 (X4550/asd-pBMIO5-IL-15) was assayed in this study. The results showed that the 109 CFU inoculation dose was safe in the experimental rabbits. The recombinant plasmid existed stably in X4550 after 30 passages, which displayed a good genetic stability. After two immunizations in rabbits, the recombinant Salmonella typhimurium induced the specific antibodies against rabbit Eimeria stiedai and significantly improved the level of lymphocyte proliferation. The anti-coccidia index reached 164. 4. The results indicated that the regulation DNA vaccine mediated by Salmonella had a good security,stability and immunogenicity against rabbit Eimeria stiedai.

  9. L’herbari de l’Institut Botànic de Barcelona com una eina per la conservació dels tàxons endèmics i amenaçats de Catalunya

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    Gavioli, L.

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The herbarium of the Botanic Institute of Barcelona (BC is the largest collection of plants of Catalonia and the second of Spain due to its volume, and it is representative of the flora of the western Mediterranean region. It includes, apart from the general collection, other historical collections (from 17th to early 20th century. The main objectives of this study were to evaluate if the endemic and threatened taxa of Catalonia are represented in the herbarium. We also provide chronological and geographical information of herborization intensity, as well as altitudinal, chorological, chronological, phenological and over-collection risk new data. We analyzed the general collection and part of informatized historical herbaria (Cadevall, Hieraciotheca Gallica et Hispanica, Institució Catalana d’Història Natural, Salvador, Societat Botànica Barcelonesa and Trèmols [volumes I-XXI]. Specimens collected from Catalonia have been found to represent 82.24% of the 304 endemic and threatened taxa. The areas with more herborization pressure were Ribes Valley, Montserrat, Port Massif, Cardó Mountains, Montseny and Montsec Mountains. The new chorological data provided expands the distribution of Berberis vulgaris L. subsp. seroi O. Bolòs & Vigo and Stachys maritima Gouan. New altitudinal and phenological data are provided for nine and 40 taxa, respectively.

    El herbario del Instituto Botánico de Barcelona (BC es la colección de plantas más importante de Cataluña y la segunda de España y es representativo de la flora de la región mediterránea occidental. Incluye la colección general y otras colecciones históricas (desde el siglo XVII hasta principios del XX. Los objetivos principales de este trabajo han sido evaluar la representatividad de los táxones endémicos y amenazados de Cataluña en el herbario así como aportar información de tipo cronológico y geográfico de intensidad de recolección y

  10. 万古霉素MIC值与MRSA菌血症患者病死率的关系%Relationship of vancomycin MIC and mortality in patients with MRSA bacteremia

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    尉景娟; 丁秀荣; 马立艳; 孙伟

    2015-01-01

    Objective To study the relationship of vancomycin MIC in the range of sensitive and mortality in patients with MRSA bactere-mia,and to provide the reference of drug use to treat MRSA bacteraemia for clinicians. Methods All patients with an Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infection who were hospitalized in our hospital in China from January 2011 to June 2014 were included into this study. Stain identifica-tion and antimicrobial susceptibilities of Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA were determined using VITEK-II automatic microbial analysis system. Results There was no significant difference in attributable mortality or 30-day mortality among high-MIC group( MIC=2 μg/ml),middle-MIC group(MIC=1 μg/ml)and low-MIC group(MIC≤0. 5 μg/ml). By Logistic regression analysis,renal insufficiency and pneumonia were found to be associated with attributable 30-day mortality. Conclusion Our study suggests that a high vancomycin MIC in a range are not associ-ated with mortality,but patients with renal insufficiency and patients with pneumonia are predictors of all-cause 30-day mortality.%目的:研究在敏感范围内的万古霉素最低抑菌浓度( MIC)值与金黄色葡萄球菌菌血症患者病死率的关系,为临床医生用药提供参考。方法收集2011年1月至2014年6月分离自住院患者血培养阳性的金黄色葡萄球菌,对金黄色葡萄球菌及耐甲氧西林金黄色葡萄球菌( MRSA)用VITEK-II全自动微生物分析系统进行鉴定及药敏检测,并对患者的临床资料进行回顾性分析。结果根据万古霉素MIC值为2μg/ml、1μg/ml和≤0.5μg/ml将患者分为高MIC组、中MIC组和低MIC组,金黄色葡萄球菌相关病死率在三组中无显著差异,MRSA相关病死率在三组中也无显著差异。逻辑回归分析结果显示,出现肾功能不全或肺炎对金黄色葡萄球菌菌血症及MRSA菌血症患者的病死率的影响有统计学意义。结论在敏感范围内万

  11. Ecological assessment of water quality in relation to hydrogeology in a shallow urban aquifer: Somesul Mic River aquifer (North-Western, Romania)

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    Iepure, Sanda; Marin, Constantin; Fekete, Alexandru; Rajka, Geza; Brad, Traian; Samsudean, Cristian

    2014-05-01

    The River Basin Management Plan is the main instrument for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/CE), one of its main requirements being the evaluation and quantification of human impacts on aquatic environments including the groundwater or groundwater dependent ecosystems. The Someş-Tisa basin is the largest hydrographical basin in NW Romania (22,380 km2), containing 15 Quaternary detrital groundwater bodies prone to intensive agricultural and urban industrial use. So far, no studies have addressed the groundwater fauna assemblages and their ecological response to human disturbances and aquifer contamination. Here we investigate a Quaternary shallow detrital aquifer (urban-industrial and agricultural contaminants, aiming to evaluate the sensitivity and structural patterns of groundwater crustaceans communities to aquifer contamination with trace metals (Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cd, Mo, Pb), As, Se and nitrates. We conducted a survey in seven monitoring boreholes (1-8 m beneath the surface) through the Quaternary porrous aquifer of the Somesul Mic River on a 10 km long longitudinal transect. Hydrologic and geologic variables (rainfall amount, drainage network density, aquifer and drainage elevation, transmisivity and aquifer porosity) were extracted from previous works and Pearson correlations were calculated for paired variables. Water and faunal sampling was performed on a seasonal basis at one pristine and six impacted sites during 2013. Invertebrates were sampled with a submersible pump by extracting a volume of 50-100 l of water and filtering through a 63 microns planktonic net. Subsequently, 2 l of water was extracted after pumping for compositional analyses of major constituents, trace elements (by ICP-MS) and nutrients. The results of water geochemical analyses indicate a significant pollutant charge of groundwater with Mn (max. 29.26 μg/l), Ni (16.55 μg/l), Fe (509.74 μg/l), As (3.87 μg/l), Se (5.07 μg/l), sulphates (549.9

  12. Producción orgánica de tomate mediante la aplicación de humus de lombriz y EcoMic® en condiciones de casa de cultivo

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    Reinaldo Cun G.

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available El trabajo se desarrolló con el objetivo de comparar el efecto de los biofertilizantes EcoMic® y el humus de lombriz, aplicados al tomate (var. HA 3019 cultivado en condiciones protegidas sobre un suelo Ferralítico Rojo compactado. El estudio se realizó en áreas del Centro de Capacitación y Producción (CCP de la Asociación Cubana de Trabajadores Agrícolas y Forestales (ACTAF durante el invierno del 2005. Los tratamientos consistieron en : (T1, aplicar humus de lombriz (2 kg/m2, antes del trasplante y EcoMic® (1 kg/m2 después del transplante; (T2, aplicar humus de lombriz (2 kg/m2 antes del trasplante y la misma dosis a los 10 días después del trasplante. El rendimiento obtenido en el tratamiento T1 fue mayor (8,4 kg/m2 al T2 (5,01 kg/m2 . La mayor cantidad de frutos con mejor calidad se alcanzó en el tratamiento donde se incluyo el EcoMic® (T1. Desde el punto de vista económico el mayor beneficio neto (8 368 pesos y la mayor relación Beneficio/Costo (1,88, se obtuvo en el tratamiento 1 .La aplicación de estos productos indicó que es factible obtener rendimientos aceptables de tomate sin la utilización de fertilizantes químicos, lo que contribuye a la no contaminación del medio ambiente.

  13. Distributed computing

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    Van Renesse, R

    1991-01-01

    This series will start with an introduction to distributed computing systems. Distributed computing paradigms will be presented followed by a discussion on how several important contemporary distributed operating systems use these paradigms. Topics will include processing paradigms, storage paradigms, scalability and robustness. Throughout the course everything will be illustrated by modern distributed systems notably the Amoeba distributed operating system of the Free University in Amsterdam and the Plan 9 operating system of AT&T Bell Laboratories. Plan 9 is partly designed and implemented by Ken Thompson, the main person behind the successful UNIX operating system.

  14. La gestió del temps periescolar com a estratègia d’aprenentatge en la millora dels resultats acadèmics en l’educació secundària obligatòria

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    Barberá Cebolla, Juan Pedro

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    Són moltes les variables i els condicionants implicats en l’aprenentatge responsables d’un adequat o inadequat rendiment acadèmic es considera que la gestió del temps d’aprenentatge periescolar es constitueix en sí mateixa en una variable que pot explicar en gran mesura els entrebancs que se li poden presentar a l’alumnat al llarg de la vida d’aprenentatge escolar. Estudiar comporta de forma generalitzada dedicar certa quantitat de temps el que requereix d’una dosi d’habilitats i estratègies ...

  15. 浅谈对微课、慕课、翻转课堂、混合式学习的认识%Brief Talk about the Knowledge of Mic-Class, MOOC, Flipped Class and Mixed Learning

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    张维敏

    2016-01-01

    文章针对当前出现的一些主流热门的教学方法,介绍了微课、慕课、翻转课堂、混合式学习的概念,并阐述了它们之间的关系。%The article not only introduces the theories of mic-class, MOOC, flipped class and mixed learning, but also claims their relationship in allusion to the popular teaching methods nowadays.

  16. Análisis de las construcciones narrativas del espacio y del tiempo en los cómics de los escolares de tercer ciclo de enseñanza primaria

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    Segovia Aguilar, Blas

    2009-01-01

    El objeto de estudio de la presente tesis es el análisis de las peculiaridades discursivas de los cómics realizados por el alumnado de tercer ciclo de Enseñanza Primaria, con la intención de comprender los procesos, habilidades y estrategias que los niños de 10 a 12 años utilizan cuando narran con imágenes y palabras. La creación de este tipo de textos supone el dominio, por parte de sus autores, de habilidades relacionadas con la construcción narrativa - el espacio y el tiempo-, con el leng...

  17. Statistical distributions

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    Forbes, Catherine; Hastings, Nicholas; Peacock, Brian J.

    2010-01-01

    A new edition of the trusted guide on commonly used statistical distributions Fully updated to reflect the latest developments on the topic, Statistical Distributions, Fourth Edition continues to serve as an authoritative guide on the application of statistical methods to research across various disciplines. The book provides a concise presentation of popular statistical distributions along with the necessary knowledge for their successful use in data modeling and analysis. Following a basic introduction, forty popular distributions are outlined in individual chapters that are complete with re

  18. Estimation of the wild-type minimum inhibitory concentration value distribution.

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    Jaspers, Stijn; Aerts, Marc; Verbeke, Geert; Beloeil, Pierre-Alexandre

    2014-01-30

    Antimicrobial resistance has become one of the main public health burdens of the last decades, and monitoring the development and spread of non-wild-type isolates has therefore gained increased interest. Monitoring is performed based on the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) values, which are collected through the application of dilution experiments. In order to account for the unobserved population heterogeneity of wild-type and non-wild-type isolates, mixture models are extremely useful. Instead of estimating the entire mixture globally, it was our major aim to provide an estimate for the wild-type first component only. The characteristics of this first component are not expected to change over time, once the wild-type population has been confidently identified for a given antimicrobial. With this purpose, we developed a new method based on the multinomial distribution, and we carry out a simulation study to study the properties of the new estimator. Because the new approach fits within the likelihood framework, we can compare distinct distributional assumptions in order to determine the most suitable distribution for the wild-type population. We determine the optimal parameters based on the AIC criterion, and attention is also paid to the model-averaged approach using the Akaike weights. The latter is thought to be very suitable to derive specific characteristics of the wild-type distribution and to determine limits for the wild-type MIC range. In this way, the new method provides an elegant means to compare distinct distributional assumptions and to quantify the wild-type MIC distribution of specific antibiotic-bacterium combinations.

  19. Distribution center

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    2004-01-01

    Distribution center is a logistics link fulfill physical distribution as its main functionGenerally speaking, it's a large and hiahly automated center destined to receive goods from various plants and suppliers,take orders,fill them efficiently,and deliver goods to customers as quickly as possible.

  20. El comportament informacional en l’elaboració de treballs acadèmics: un estudi longitudinal als alumnes dels ensenyaments de ciències de la salut de la Fundació Universitària del Bages

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    Serra i Ferrer, Montserrat

    2015-01-01

    INTRODUCCIÓ I JUSTIFICACIÓ L'aparició d'internet ha canviat la manera com els estudiants cerquen i gestionen la informació a l'hora de realitzar els treballs acadèmics i això ha propiciat la disminució de la qualitat i la pràctica de mals hàbits com el plagi. Per altra banda, amb l'entrada a l'EEES, hi ha un a sèrie d'aspectes de la competència informacional que cal assolir al llarg dels estudis i que han de proporcionar als alumnes les eines perquè puguin trobar, interpretar i finalment ...

  1. Dret internacional dels drets humans en períodes de crisi: criteris d"aplicació de les obligacions jurídiques internacionals en matèria de drets econòmics, socials i culturals

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    Bonet Pérez, Jordi

    2013-01-01

    L"objecte de l"article és oferir una panoràmica dels criteris d"aplicació de les obligacions jurídiques internacionals en matèria de drets econòmics, socials i culturals (DESC) en períodes de crisi. L"estudi analitza les dificultats per considerar una crisi econòmica com una situació excepcional que amenaci la vida de la nació i permeti derogar o suspendre certs drets humans; també clarificar en quina mesura és possible derogar o suspendre els DESC. La pràctica internacional, judicial i quasi...

  2. Fuel distribution

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    Tison, R.R.; Baker, N.R.; Blazek, C.F.

    1979-07-01

    Distribution of fuel is considered from a supply point to the secondary conversion sites and ultimate end users. All distribution is intracity with the maximum distance between the supply point and end-use site generally considered to be 15 mi. The fuels discussed are: coal or coal-like solids, methanol, No. 2 fuel oil, No. 6 fuel oil, high-Btu gas, medium-Btu gas, and low-Btu gas. Although the fuel state, i.e., gas, liquid, etc., can have a major impact on the distribution system, the source of these fuels (e.g., naturally-occurring or coal-derived) does not. Single-source, single-termination point and single-source, multi-termination point systems for liquid, gaseous, and solid fuel distribution are considered. Transport modes and the fuels associated with each mode are: by truck - coal, methanol, No. 2 fuel oil, and No. 6 fuel oil; and by pipeline - coal, methane, No. 2 fuel oil, No. 6 oil, high-Btu gas, medium-Btu gas, and low-Btu gas. Data provided for each distribution system include component makeup and initial costs.

  3. Distributed creativity

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    Glaveanu, Vlad Petre

    This book challenges the standard view that creativity comes only from within an individual by arguing that creativity also exists ‘outside’ of the mind or more precisely, that the human mind extends through the means of action into the world. The notion of ‘distributed creativity’ is not commonly...... used within the literature and yet it has the potential to revolutionise the way we think about creativity, from how we define and measure it to what we can practically do to foster and develop creativity. Drawing on cultural psychology, ecological psychology and advances in cognitive science, this...... book offers a basic framework for the study of distributed creativity that considers three main dimensions of creative work: sociality, materiality and temporality. Starting from the premise that creativity is distributed between people, between people and objects and across time, the book reviews...

  4. Spatial distribution

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    Borregaard, Michael Krabbe; Hendrichsen, Ditte Katrine; Nachman, Gøsta Støger

    2008-01-01

    , depending on the nature of intraspecific interactions between them: while the individuals of some species repel each other and partition the available area, others form groups of varying size, determined by the fitness of each group member. The spatial distribution pattern of individuals again strongly...

  5. Uplift Capacity of Shallow Anchors Based on the Generalized Nonlinear Failure Criterion

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    Zou Jin-feng

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The shape of rapture surface for shallow anchors was presented and the effects of parameters on the shape of rapture surface were analyzed. Based on the generalized nonlinear failure criterion and the limit equilibrium principle, an approach, which takes into account the shape of rapture surface, dip angle of shallow anchors, and varieties of rock and soil mass, is proposed. The effects of different parameters on ultimate uplift force of shallow anchors are discussed. In order to validate the practicability of the proposed formula, a comparison between the theoretical solutions and local test results is conducted. The agreement shows that the proposed formula is effective. The results of the proposed approach show that the ultimate uplift capacity of shallow anchor increases nonlinearly with the shape coefficient linearly increasing. The values of ultimate uplift force local test are in the range of the results of the proposed method with shape coefficient from 0 to 1.

  6. 微量MIC检测判断结核分枝杆菌药敏的方法学研究%Methodological research of MIC microtiter susceptibility testing for Mycobacterium tuberculosis

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    王洁; 陆俊梅; 黄晓辰; 丁元生; 胡忠义; 崔振玲

    2010-01-01

    目的 建立用微量MIC值判断结核分枝杆菌药物敏感性的方法 ,并进行初步临床应用评价.方法 采用液体培养基MIC测定技术,在96孔U型板中进行检测,以60株已知药敏结果 的本院菌株库保存菌株作为试验菌株, 根据Bactec MGIT结果采用ROC曲线分析建立微量MIC药敏判断界值,最后用80株连续时间段内收集的结核分枝杆菌临床分离株对微量MIC药敏判断界值进行验证和修正.结果 微量MIC药敏法的最佳接种菌量为10~(-3)mg/ml数量级,7~10 d即可报告结果 ,链霉素、异烟肼、利福平、乙胺丁醇、氧氟沙星、阿米卡星和卷曲霉素的最佳判断界值分别为2、0.25、1、2、1、4和4 μg/ml,其敏感度分别为93.5%、97.7%、93.5%、84.4%、95.8%、91.7%和88.9%, 特异度分别为95.6%、94.6%、100.0%、93.8%、92.9%、95.6%和91.5%.其准确性分别达95.0%、96.3%、97.5%、90.0%、93.8%、95.0%和91.3%. 结论 微量MIC药敏检测方法 具有快速、准确、低成本和操作简单的优点,具有良好的推广应用前景,适合在我国各级结核病专业收治机构使用.%Objective To establish of MIC in microtiter as drug susceptibility testing for Mycobacterium tuberculosis(microwell-MIC-test)and evaluate clinical application of this method in Mycobacterium tuberculosis.Methods 60 Mycobacterium tuberculosis clinical isolates which were stored in Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital and whose drug susceptibility status of Bactec MGIT was known were as control.MICs of these 60 Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains were detected in liquid culture in 96-well plate.According to the results of Bactec MGIT.the best cut-off value were chosen by ROC analysis.The drug susceptibility of 80 Mycobacterium tuberculosis clinical isolate strains which were collected continuously from tuberculosis patients in our hospital were detected by Microwell-MIC-test.Bactec MGIT method was used at the sanle time to evaluate and amend the cut-off valne

  7. Quasihomogeneous distributions

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    von Grudzinski, O

    1991-01-01

    This is a systematic exposition of the basics of the theory of quasihomogeneous (in particular, homogeneous) functions and distributions (generalized functions). A major theme is the method of taking quasihomogeneous averages. It serves as the central tool for the study of the solvability of quasihomogeneous multiplication equations and of quasihomogeneous partial differential equations with constant coefficients. Necessary and sufficient conditions for solvability are given. Several examples are treated in detail, among them the heat and the Schrödinger equation. The final chapter is devoted to quasihomogeneous wave front sets and their application to the description of singularities of quasihomogeneous distributions, in particular to quasihomogeneous fundamental solutions of the heat and of the Schrödinger equation.

  8. MAIL DISTRIBUTION

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    2002-01-01

    Following discussions with the mail contractor and Mail Service personnel, an agreement has been reached which permits deliveries to each distribution point to be maintained, while still achieving a large proportion of the planned budget reduction in 2002. As a result, the service will revert to its previous level throughout the Laboratory as rapidly as possible. Outgoing mail will be collected from a single collection point at the end of each corridor. Further discussions are currently in progress between ST, SPL and AS divisions on the possibility of an integrated distribution service for internal mail, stores items and small parcels, which could lead to additional savings from 2003 onwards, without affecting service levels. J. Ferguson AS Division

  9. Indução de resistência em feijoeiro a mancha angular por extratos de micélio de Pycnoporus sanguineus Resistance induction in bean plants against angular leaf spot by extracts from Pycnoporus sanguineus mycelium

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    Clair Aparecida Viecelli

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available O feijoeiro (Phaseolus vulgaris L. está entre as principais culturas da agricultura nacional e pode ser afetada por várias doenças, como a mancha angular causada por Pseudocercospora griseola. Com o objetivo de desenvolver métodos alternativos ao químico para o controle desta doença, verificou-se o potencial de extratos de micélio de Pycnoporus sanguineus para atividade antimicrobiana in vitro contra P. griseola e para indução de resistência e ativação de enzimas de defesa em feijoeiro, como peroxidase, polifenoloxidase e β-1,3-glucanase, além de sua influência nos teores de proteínas e clorofilas. Os experimentos in vitro e em casa de vegetação foram constituídos pelos extratos de micélio de P. sanguineus e dos controles água, acibenzolar-S-metil (ASM: 75 mg i.a./L e fungicida azoxystrobin (40 mg i.a./L. In vitro o extrato de micélio apresentou efeito sobre o crescimento micelial, a esporulação e a germinação de esporos de P. griseola. In vivo a severidade foi reduzida em 93% e 50% em casa de vegetação e a campo respectivamente, em relação ao controle água. A atividade das enzimas peroxidase e polifenoloxidase e os teores de proteínas e clorofilas foram maiores nas plantas tratadas com o extrato. Estes resultados indicam a eficiência de P. sanguineus para o controle alternativo da mancha angular do feijoeiro.Angular leaf spot, caused by the fungus Pseudocercospora griseola, is a major disease of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L. in Brazil. The objective of this research was to develop an alternative method for controlling this disease based on an aqueous extract of Pycnoporus sanguineus mycelium. It was evaluated the antimicrobial activity of the aqueous extract against P. griseola as well as its activity of resistance induction against angular leaf spot. The role of the plant defense enzymes peroxidase, polyphenol oxidase and β-1,3-glucanase, and the proteins and chlorophyll content was investigated. The

  10. Produção de micélio externo por fungos micorrízicos arbusculares e crescimento da soja em função de doses de fósforo

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    Full Text Available Em uma associação entre duas espécies de fungos micorrízicos arbusculares (FMAs (Glomus intraradices ou Gigaspora margarita e soja (Glycine max L. Merrill cv. IAC-8, avaliaram-se a produção de massa de material seco da parte aérea (MSPA, a massa de material seco de vagens (MSV, a colonização radicular, a concentração de N, P, K, Ca, Mg, S, Cu, Fe, Mn e Zn na parte aérea e vagens, além das estimativas do comprimento de micélio externo ativo (MEA e micélio externo total (MET. As plantas receberam cinco doses de fósforo (0, 25, 50, 100 e 200 mg kg-1 e as avaliações foram feitas em quatro épocas (15, 30, 60 e 90 dias. A inoculação da soja com G. margarita resultou em redução transitória de crescimento aos 60 dias, enquanto aumentos na MSPA devidos à inoculação com os FMAs foram mais evidentes aos 90 dias. A colonização radicular, a produção de MEA e de MET apresentaram relação negativa com o incremento das doses de P nos tratamentos com FMAs. A menor produção de MEA e a fase de crescimento lento mais prolongada observadas no tratamento com G. margarita podem ter colaborado para a redução do crescimento das plantas aos 60 dias. O comprimento de MEA produzido por G. intraradices aumentou com o tempo e diminuiu com o aumento das doses de P. Esses efeitos foram menos evidentes para G. margarita. As concentrações de Fe e Mn nas vagens aos 90 dias foram menores nos tratamentos inoculados com FMAs nas menores doses de P, nas quais foi observada maior colonização radicular.

  11. Distribution switchgear

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    Stewart, Stan

    2004-01-01

    Switchgear plays a fundamental role within the power supply industry. It is required to isolate faulty equipment, divide large networks into sections for repair purposes, reconfigure networks in order to restore power supplies and control other equipment.This book begins with the general principles of the Switchgear function and leads on to discuss topics such as interruption techniques, fault level calculations, switching transients and electrical insulation; making this an invaluable reference source. Solutions to practical problems associated with Distribution Switchgear are also included.

  12. Distributed Saturation

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    Chung, Ming-Ying; Ciardo, Gianfranco; Siminiceanu, Radu I.

    2007-01-01

    The Saturation algorithm for symbolic state-space generation, has been a recent break-through in the exhaustive veri cation of complex systems, in particular globally-asyn- chronous/locally-synchronous systems. The algorithm uses a very compact Multiway Decision Diagram (MDD) encoding for states and the fastest symbolic exploration algo- rithm to date. The distributed version of Saturation uses the overall memory available on a network of workstations (NOW) to efficiently spread the memory load during the highly irregular exploration. A crucial factor in limiting the memory consumption during the symbolic state-space generation is the ability to perform garbage collection to free up the memory occupied by dead nodes. However, garbage collection over a NOW requires a nontrivial communication overhead. In addition, operation cache policies become critical while analyzing large-scale systems using the symbolic approach. In this technical report, we develop a garbage collection scheme and several operation cache policies to help on solving extremely complex systems. Experiments show that our schemes improve the performance of the original distributed implementation, SmArTNow, in terms of time and memory efficiency.

  13. Damage Distributions

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    Lützen, Marie

    2001-01-01

    The purpose of Task 2.2 of the HARDER project is according to the work package description: For various structural configurations of the struck ship and using the results of Task 2.1, the probability distributions for the damage location and size will be derived. The format will be similar to the...... damage statistics and bow height statistics for vessels in the world fleet. The proposals for the p-, r-, and v-factors have been compared to factors from current regulation by examples.......The purpose of Task 2.2 of the HARDER project is according to the work package description: For various structural configurations of the struck ship and using the results of Task 2.1, the probability distributions for the damage location and size will be derived. The format will be similar to the p...... between the damage location, the damage sizes and the main particulars of the struck vessel. From the numerical simulation and the analyse of the damage statistics it is found that the current formulation from the IMO SLF 43/3/2 can be used as basis for determination of the p-, r-, and v...

  14. Una aproximació polièdrica al concepte microeconòmic A Polyhedral Approach to the Microeconomic Concept Una aproximación poliédrica al concepto microeconómico

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    Penélope Hernández

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Una aproximació polièdrica al concepte microeconòmicA Polyhedral Approach to the Microeconomic ConceptEste artículo propone un enfoque tridimensional de cualquier concepto en Microeconomía y analiza las implicaciones de esta multidimensionalidad en el proceso de aprendizaje-enseñanza de la microeconomía en educación universitaria. Las tres facetas del aprendizaje presentadas son la experiencial-vivencial, la gráfico-geométrica y la matemático-formal. En cada una de ellas el lenguaje utilizado es diferente y el paso entre las tres facetas conforman el camino apropiado para la adquisición profunda del concepto microeconómico a estudio. Se incorpora además dos casos donde se ilustra el método de la aproximación poliédrica de dos conceptos microeconómicos estándar en los programas de Introducción de la Microeconomía y Microeconomía Intermedia.

  15. Study of vancomycin MIC variance in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus from lower respiratory tract%万古霉素对下呼吸道分离的耐甲氧西林金黄色葡萄球菌MIC漂移的研究

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    梁晶晶; 吴本权; 朱家馨; 周宇麒; 张天托

    2011-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To study the vancomycin MIC variance in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from lower respiratory tract from 2003 to 2006 in The Third Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University. METHODS MIC of vancomycin in MRSA was determined by agar dilution method. The data of the vancomycin MIC variance was analyzed by SPSS 10. 0. RESULTS The number of MRSA isolated were 24 in 2003 and 139 in 2006. The MIC value to vancomycin of MRSA from 2003 to 2006 did not shift. The percentage of MRSA isolates with a vancomycin MIC of 1. 0 μg/ml (62. 5% - 85. 0%) was significantly higher than that of 0. 5 μg/ml (15. 0% - 37. 5%). CONCLUSION The high percentage of strains with vancomycin MIC in the 1 μg/ml may be the reason of vancomycin treatment failure.%目的 监测医院2003-2006年下呼吸道分离的耐甲氧西林金黄色葡萄球菌(MRSA)对万古霉素的敏感性变化,为临床抗感染治疗提供依据.方法 采用琼脂稀释法测定连续4年下呼吸道分离的MRSA对万古霉素的MIC变化,用SPSS 10.0软件统计分析MRSA对万古霉素MIC有无漂移发生.结果 2003-2006年下呼吸道分离的MRSA依次为:24、40、52、139株,万古霉素MIC在这4年未发生漂移,万古霉素对MRSA MIC为1.0 μg/ml的占62.5%~85.0%,MIC为0.5μg/ml的在15.0%~37.5%.结论 高比例的MIC 1.0 μg/ml菌株可能是造成万古霉素疗效欠佳的原因.

  16. EIS Response of MIC on Carbon Steel

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    Hilbert, Lisbeth Rischel; Maahn, Ernst

    1998-01-01

    Abstract Microbially influenced corrosion of carbon steel under sulphate reducing (sulphide-producing) bacterial activity (SRB) results in the formation of both ferrous sulphides as well as biofilm on the metal surface. The electrochemical characteristics of the ferrous sulphide/steel interface...... diffusion and high interfacial capacitance appear. These effects are strongly enhanced in the biologically active environment as compared to the sterile solutions possibly due to an enhanced porosity in the biofilm/ferrous sulphide surface layers. The effect of these features is that EIS may be used...

  17. Why MIC matters? Microbiologists vs. clinicians

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    Corrado Girmenia

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Several mechanisms of resistance may interfere with the patients’ healing from a fungal infection. However, in premature children fungi are generally susceptible to antifungal agents, except in case of vertical transmission from the mother. In vitro sensitivity tests have been recently harmonized between American and European standards, after years of unhomogeneity: to date, the interpretation of epidemiological cut-off of wild-type population and clinical cut-off are common, and are often updated. Sensitivity tests are difficult to perform, but luckily new commercial tests approvedby FDA are available. Sometimes, knowing the intrinsic sensitivities and resistances of every fungal species and subspecies may be enough in the clinical practice, since few resistances are acquired.http://dx.doi.org/rhc.v4i1S.863

  18. Product Distributions for Distributed Optimization. Chapter 1

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    Bieniawski, Stefan R.; Wolpert, David H.

    2004-01-01

    With connections to bounded rational game theory, information theory and statistical mechanics, Product Distribution (PD) theory provides a new framework for performing distributed optimization. Furthermore, PD theory extends and formalizes Collective Intelligence, thus connecting distributed optimization to distributed Reinforcement Learning (FU). This paper provides an overview of PD theory and details an algorithm for performing optimization derived from it. The approach is demonstrated on two unconstrained optimization problems, one with discrete variables and one with continuous variables. To highlight the connections between PD theory and distributed FU, the results are compared with those obtained using distributed reinforcement learning inspired optimization approaches. The inter-relationship of the techniques is discussed.

  19. Distributed Computing: An Overview

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    Md. Firoj Ali

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Decrease in hardware costs and advances in computer networking technologies have led to increased interest in the use of large-scale parallel and distributed computing systems. Distributed computing systems offer the potential for improved performance and resource sharing. In this paper we have made an overview on distributed computing. In this paper we studied the difference between parallel and distributed computing, terminologies used in distributed computing, task allocation in distributed computing and performance parameters in distributed computing system, parallel distributed algorithm models, and advantages of distributed computing and scope of distributed computing.

  20. Bivariate discrete Linnik distribution

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    Davis Antony Mundassery

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Christoph and Schreiber (1998a studied the discrete analogue of positive Linnik distribution and obtained its characterizations using survival function. In this paper, we introduce a bivariate form of the discrete Linnik distribution and study its distributional properties. Characterizations of the bivariate distribution are obtained using compounding schemes. Autoregressive processes are developed with marginals follow the bivariate discrete Linnik distribution.

  1. Probability distribution relationships

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    Yousry Abdelkader

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we are interesting to show the most famous distributions and their relations to the other distributions in collected diagrams. Four diagrams are sketched as networks. The first one is concerned to the continuous distributions and their relations. The second one presents the discrete distributions. The third diagram is depicted the famous limiting distributions. Finally, the Balakrishnan skew-normal density and its relationship with the other distributions are shown in the fourth diagram.

  2. Frequency-Rank Distributions

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    Brookes, Bertram C.; Griffiths, Jose M.

    1978-01-01

    Frequency, rank, and frequency rank distributions are defined. Extensive discussion on several aspects of frequency rank distributions includes the Poisson process as a means of exploring the stability of ranks; the correlation of frequency rank distributions; and the transfer coefficient, a new measure in frequency rank distribution. (MBR)

  3. Extended Poisson Exponential Distribution

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    Anum Fatima

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available A new mixture of Modified Exponential (ME and Poisson distribution has been introduced in this paper. Taking the Maximum of Modified Exponential random variable when the sample size follows a zero truncated Poisson distribution we have derived the new distribution, named as Extended Poisson Exponential distribution. This distribution possesses increasing and decreasing failure rates. The Poisson-Exponential, Modified Exponential and Exponential distributions are special cases of this distribution. We have also investigated some mathematical properties of the distribution along with Information entropies and Order statistics of the distribution. The estimation of parameters has been obtained using the Maximum Likelihood Estimation procedure. Finally we have illustrated a real data application of our distribution.

  4. STIS MAMA Fold Distribution

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    Wheeler, Thomas

    2013-10-01

    The performance of MAMA microchannel plates can be monitored using a MAMA fold distribution procedure. The fold distribution provides a measurement of the distribution of charge cloud sizes incident upon the anode giving some measure of change in the pulse-height distribution of the MCP and, therefore, MCP gain. This proposal executes the same steps as the STIS MAMA Fold Distribution, Proposal 13149, as Cycle 20.

  5. Distributed Data Management and Distributed File Systems

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    Girone, Maria

    2015-01-01

    The LHC program has been successful in part due to the globally distributed computing resources used for collecting, serving, processing, and analyzing the large LHC datasets. The introduction of distributed computing early in the LHC program spawned the development of new technologies and techniques to synchronize information and data between physically separated computing centers. Two of the most challenges services are the distributed file systems and the distributed data management systems. In this paper I will discuss how we have evolved from local site services to more globally independent services in the areas of distributed file systems and data management and how these capabilities may continue to evolve into the future. I will address the design choices, the motivations, and the future evolution of the computing systems used for High Energy Physics.

  6. Greening File Distribution: Centralized or Distributed?

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    Verma, Kshitiz; Anta, Antonio Fernández; Rumín, Rubén Cuevas; Azcorra, Arturo

    2011-01-01

    Despite file-distribution applications are responsible for a major portion of the current Internet traffic, so far little effort has been dedicated to study file distribution from the point of view of energy efficiency. In this paper, we present a first approach at the problem of energy efficiency for file distribution. Specifically, we first demonstrate that the general problem of minimizing energy consumption in file distribution in heterogeneous settings is NP-hard. For homogeneous settings, we derive tight lower bounds on energy consumption, and we design a family of algorithms that achieve these bounds. Our results prove that collaborative p2p schemes achieve up to 50% energy savings with respect to the best available centralized file distribution scheme. Through simulation, we demonstrate that in more realistic cases (e.g., considering network congestion, and link variability across hosts) we validate this observation, since our collaborative algorithms always achieve significant energy savings with res...

  7. Influence of sub-MIC andrographolide alone or in combination with erythromycin on biofilm formation of Staphylococcus epidermidis : a preliminary study%亚抑菌浓度的穿心莲内酯及与红霉素联用影响表皮葡萄球菌生物膜形成的初步研究

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    官妍; 刘丽; 李春; 周华娜; 石晶金; 王艳; 云云

    2013-01-01

    Objective To observe the effect of sub-MIC andrographolide alone or in combination with erythromycin on the biofilm formation of Staphylococcus epidermidis.Methods Minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of andrographolide and erythromycin against S.epidermidis were determined by serial dilution method; the effect of andrographolide combined with erythromycin against planktonic S.epidermidis was evaluated by checkerboard method.S.epidermidis biofilms were constructed in vitro.XTT reduction assay was used to evaluate the influences of sub-MIC andrographolide alone or in combination with erythromycin on metabolism and adhension of S.epidermidis biofilm; scanning electronic microscope (SEM) was applied to observe the morphological and the structural changes of the biofilms after using the drugs.Results The MIC of andrographolide to planktonic S.epidermidis was greater than 1000 mg/L; while the FIC of andrographolide in combination with erythromycin to planktonic S.epidermidis was greater than 2.The sub-MIC andrographolide had an inhibitory effect on adhesion and bacterial metabolism of S.epidermidis,while andrographolide in combination with erythromycin had synergistic effect on the adhension,and an antagonistic effect on planktonic S.epidermidis and bacterial metabolism.Conclusion Sub-MIC andrographolide had inhibitory effect on both the adhesion and bacterial metabolism of S.epidermidis biofilm.Combination of the two agents showed antagonistic effects on planktonic S.epidermidis and bacterial metabolism,prompting that for S.epidermidis infection,doctors should avoid using the two agents simultaneously during the clinical treatment.%目的 观察亚抑菌浓度(亚-MIC)穿心莲内酯及其与红霉素联用对表皮葡萄球菌生物膜形成的影响.方法 连续稀释法测定穿心莲内酯和红霉素对表皮葡萄球菌的MIC;棋盘格法测定穿心莲内酯和红霉素联用对表皮葡萄球菌悬浮菌的作用;体外构建表皮葡萄球菌生物

  8. Distributed Verification and Hardness of Distributed Approximation

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    Sarma, Atish Das; Kor, Liah; Korman, Amos; Nanongkai, Danupon; Pandurangan, Gopal; Peleg, David; Wattenhofer, Roger

    2010-01-01

    We study the {\\em verification} problem in distributed networks, stated as follows. Let $H$ be a subgraph of a network $G$ where each vertex of $G$ knows which edges incident on it are in $H$. We would like to verify whether $H$ has some properties, e.g., if it is a tree or if it is connected. We would like to perform this verification in a decentralized fashion via a distributed algorithm. The time complexity of verification is measured as the number of rounds of distributed communication. In this paper we initiate a systematic study of distributed verification, and give almost tight lower bounds on the running time of distributed verification algorithms for many fundamental problems such as connectivity, spanning connected subgraph, and $s-t$ cut verification. We then show applications of these results in deriving strong unconditional time lower bounds on the {\\em hardness of distributed approximation} for many classical optimization problems including minimum spanning tree, shortest paths, and minimum cut....

  9. Factorisations of distributive laws

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    Kraehmer, Ulrich; Slevin, Paul

    2014-01-01

    Recently, Boehm and Stefan constructed duplicial (paracyclic) objects from distributive laws between (co)monads. Here we define the category of factorisations of a distributive law, show that it acts on this construction, and give some explicit examples.

  10. Hyperfinite Representation of Distributions

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    J Sousa Pinto; R F Hoskins

    2000-11-01

    Hyperfinite representation of distributions is studied following the method introduced by Kinoshita [2, 3], although we use a different approach much in the vein of [4]. Products and Fourier transforms of representatives of distributions are also analysed.

  11. Ticks: Geographic Distribution

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    ... abroad Borrelia miyamotoi Borrelia mayonii Geographic distribution of ticks that bite humans Recommend on Facebook Tweet Share ... and may be difficult to identify. American dog tick ( Dermacentor variabilis ) Where found: Widely distributed east of ...

  12. Distributed Robotics Education

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    LUND, Henrik Hautop; Pagliarini, Luigi

    2011-01-01

    Distributed robotics takes many forms, for instance, multirobots, modular robots, and self-reconfigurable robots. The understanding and development of such advanced robotic systems demand extensive knowledge in engineering and computer science. In this paper, we describe the concept of a distributed educational system as a valuable tool for introducing students to interactive parallel and distributed processing programming as the foundation for distributed robotics and human-robot interaction...

  13. Ambiguous Proximity Distribution

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    Wang, Quanquan; Li, Yongping

    2014-01-01

    Proximity Distribution Kernel is an effective method for bag-of-featues based image representation. In this paper, we investigate the soft assignment of visual words to image features for proximity distribution. Visual word contribution function is proposed to model ambiguous proximity distributions. Three ambiguous proximity distributions is developed by three ambiguous contribution functions. The experiments are conducted on both classification and retrieval of medical image data sets. The ...

  14. Asymmetric Parton Distributions

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    Radyushkin, A V

    1997-01-01

    Applications of perturbative QCD to hard exclusive electroproduction processes in the Bjorken limit at small invariant momentum transfer t bring in a new type of parton distributions which have hybrid properties, resembling both the parton distribution functions and the distribution amplitudes. Their t-dependence is analogous to that of hadronic form factors. We discuss general properties of these new parton distributions, their relation to usual parton densities and the evolution equations which they satisfy.

  15. Leadership for Distributed Teams

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    De Rooij, J.P.G.

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this dissertation was to study the little examined, yet important issue of leadership for distributed teams. Distributed teams are defined as: “teams of which members are geographically distributed and are therefore working predominantly via mediated communication means on an interdepende

  16. An Improved Profile-Based Location Caching with Fixed Local Anchor Based on Group Deregistration for Wireless Networks

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    Md. Kowsar Hossain

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Profile-Based Location Caching with Fixed Local Anchor (PCFLA Strategy helps to reduce the total location management cost by reducing the frequent access at HLR in wireless mobile network.The HLR is informed each time, whenever an MT moves from one LSTP region to another LSTP region. The old FLA and old VLR know about that by registration cancellation message from HLR. Then the oldFLA and old VLR delete the MT’s profile and old FLA sends a registration cancellation acknowledgement message to HLR. These cancellation messages for each LSTP movement create load onthe HLR as well as on the network. In this paper, Group Deregistration (GD is used in PCFLA to redauce these loads by minimizing the signaling cost and location management cost. The analytical modeling and experimental results demonstrate that our proposed method reduces the overall cost than PCFLA.

  17. Extreme value distributions

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    Ahsanullah, Mohammad

    2016-01-01

    The aim of the book is to give a through account of the basic theory of extreme value distributions. The book cover a wide range of materials available to date. The central ideas and results of extreme value distributions are presented. The book rwill be useful o applied statisticians as well statisticians interrested to work in the area of extreme value distributions.vmonograph presents the central ideas and results of extreme value distributions.The monograph gives self-contained of theory and applications of extreme value distributions.

  18. DISTRIBUTED QUERY OPTIMIZATION

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    Nicoleta IACOB

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available The need for the distributed systems has been determined by the type of business developed by companies with offices geographically distributed where the specific organizational structure promotes a decentralized business model. This paper describes the techniques and concepts of system architecture for distributed database management systems, followed by the presentation of implementation phases involved when dealing with the distributed queries across distributed systems. The goal of query optimization is to determine the most efficient way to execute a query in a distributed environment, by obtaining a lower system response time and also by minimizing the query execution time. For this, we will analyze the factors that influence the ways to execute a query and we will also review the available strategies to optimize the distributed query execution.

  19. Predictable return distributions

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    Pedersen, Thomas Quistgaard

    This paper provides detailed insights into predictability of the entire stock and bond return distribution through the use of quantile regression. This allows us to examine speci…c parts of the return distribution such as the tails or the center, and for a suf…ciently …ne grid of quantiles we can...... predictable as a function of economic state variables. The results are, however, very different for stocks and bonds. The state variables primarily predict only location shifts in the stock return distribution, while they also predict changes in higher-order moments in the bond return distribution. Out......-of-sample analyses show that the relative accuracy of the state variables in predicting future returns varies across the distribution. A portfolio study shows that an investor with power utility can obtain economic gains by applying the empirical return distribution in portfolio decisions instead of imposing an...

  20. Distributed generation systems model

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    Barklund, C.R.

    1994-12-31

    A slide presentation is given on a distributed generation systems model developed at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, and its application to a situation within the Idaho Power Company`s service territory. The objectives of the work were to develop a screening model for distributed generation alternatives, to develop a better understanding of distributed generation as a utility resource, and to further INEL`s understanding of utility concerns in implementing technological change.

  1. Leadership for Distributed Teams

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    De Rooij, J.P.G.

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this dissertation was to study the little examined, yet important issue of leadership for distributed teams. Distributed teams are defined as: “teams of which members are geographically distributed and are therefore working predominantly via mediated communication means on an interdependent task and in realizing a joint goal” (adapted from Bell & Kozlowski, 2002 and Dubé & Paré, 2004). Chapter 1 first presents the outline of the dissertation. Next, several characteristics of distri...

  2. Energy of generalized distributions

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    González-Dávila, J.C.

    2015-01-01

    We consider the energy of smooth generalized distributions and also of singular foliations on compact Riemannian manifolds for which the set of their singularities consists of a finite number of isolated points and of pairwise disjoint closed submanifolds. We derive a lower bound for the energy of all $q$-dimensional almost regular distributions, for each $q< \\dim M,$ and find several examples of foliations which minimize the energy functional over certain sets of smooth generalized distribut...

  3. Electric distribution systems

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    Sallam, A A

    2010-01-01

    "Electricity distribution is the penultimate stage in the delivery of electricity to end users. The only book that deals with the key topics of interest to distribution system engineers, Electric Distribution Systems presents a comprehensive treatment of the subject with an emphasis on both the practical and academic points of view. Reviewing traditional and cutting-edge topics, the text is useful to practicing engineers working with utility companies and industry, undergraduate graduate and students, and faculty members who wish to increase their skills in distribution system automation and monitoring."--

  4. Sorting a distribution theory

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    Mahmoud, Hosam M

    2011-01-01

    A cutting-edge look at the emerging distributional theory of sorting Research on distributions associated with sorting algorithms has grown dramatically over the last few decades, spawning many exact and limiting distributions of complexity measures for many sorting algorithms. Yet much of this information has been scattered in disparate and highly specialized sources throughout the literature. In Sorting: A Distribution Theory, leading authority Hosam Mahmoud compiles, consolidates, and clarifies the large volume of available research, providing a much-needed, comprehensive treatment of the

  5. Advanced air distribution

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    Melikov, Arsen Krikor

    2011-01-01

    The aim of total volume air distribution (TVAD) involves achieving uniform temperature and velocity in the occupied zone and environment designed for an average occupant. The supply of large amounts of clean and cool air are needed to maintain temperature and pollution concentration at acceptable....... Ventilation in hospitals is essential to decrease the risk of airborne cross-infection. At present, mixing air distribution at a minimum of 12 ach is used in infection wards. Advanced air distribution has the potential to aid in achieving healthy, comfortable and productive indoor environments at levels...... higher than what can be achieved today with the commonly used total volume air distribution principles....

  6. Learning Poisson Binomial Distributions

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    Daskalakis, Constantinos; Diakonikolas, Ilias; Servedio, Rocco A

    2015-01-01

    We consider a basic problem in unsupervised learning: learning an unknown Poisson binomial distribution. A Poisson binomial distribution (PBD) over TeX is the distribution of a sum of TeX independent Bernoulli random variables which may have arbitrary, potentially non-equal, expectations. These distributions were first studied by Poisson (Recherches sur la Probabilitè des jugements en matié criminelle et en matiére civile. Bachelier, Paris, 1837) and are a natural TeX -parameter generalizatio...

  7. Distributed Energy Technology Laboratory

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — The Distributed Energy Technologies Laboratory (DETL) is an extension of the power electronics testing capabilities of the Photovoltaic System Evaluation Laboratory...

  8. Distributed Structure Searchable Toxicity

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — The Distributed Structure Searchable Toxicity (DSSTox) online resource provides high quality chemical structures and annotations in association with toxicity data....

  9. Distribution system state estimation

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    Wang, Haibin

    With the development of automation in distribution systems, distribution SCADA and many other automated meters have been installed on distribution systems. Also Distribution Management System (DMS) have been further developed and more sophisticated. It is possible and useful to apply state estimation techniques to distribution systems. However, distribution systems have many features that are different from the transmission systems. Thus, the state estimation technology used in the transmission systems can not be directly used in the distribution systems. This project's goal was to develop a state estimation algorithm suitable for distribution systems. Because of the limited number of real-time measurements in the distribution systems, the state estimator can not acquire enough real-time measurements for convergence, so pseudo-measurements are necessary for a distribution system state estimator. A load estimation procedure is proposed which can provide estimates of real-time customer load profiles, which can be treated as the pseudo-measurements for state estimator. The algorithm utilizes a newly installed AMR system to calculate more accurate load estimations. A branch-current-based three-phase state estimation algorithm is developed and tested. This method chooses the magnitude and phase angle of the branch current as the state variable, and thus makes the formulation of the Jacobian matrix less complicated. The algorithm decouples the three phases, which is computationally efficient. Additionally, the algorithm is less sensitive to the line parameters than the node-voltage-based algorithms. The algorithm has been tested on three IEEE radial test feeders, both the accuracy and the convergence speed. Due to economical constraints, the number of real-time measurements that can be installed on the distribution systems is limited. So it is important to decide what kinds of measurement devices to install and where to install them. Some rules of meter placement based

  10. Advanced Distribution Management System

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    Avazov, Artur R.; Sobinova, Liubov A.

    2016-02-01

    This article describes the advisability of using advanced distribution management systems in the electricity distribution networks area and considers premises of implementing ADMS within the Smart Grid era. Also, it gives the big picture of ADMS and discusses the ADMS advantages and functionalities.

  11. Software distribution using xnetlib

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    Dongarra, J.J. [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (US). Dept. of Computer Science]|[Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (US); Rowan, T.H. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (US); Wade, R.C. [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (US). Dept. of Computer Science

    1993-06-01

    Xnetlib is a new tool for software distribution. Whereas its predecessor netlib uses e-mail as the user interface to its large collection of public-domain mathematical software, xnetlib uses an X Window interface and socket-based communication. Xnetlib makes it easy to search through a large distributed collection of software and to retrieve requested software in seconds.

  12. Distribution of prime numbers

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    Ouannas, Moussa

    2011-01-01

    In this paper I present the distribution of prime numbers which was treated in many researches by studying the function of Riemann; because it has a remarkable property; its non trivial zeros are prime numbers; but in this work I will show that we can find the distribution of prime numbers on remaining in natural numbers only.

  13. Groundwater and Distribution Workbook.

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    Ekman, John E.

    Presented is a student manual designed for the Wisconsin Vocational, Technical and Adult Education Groundwater and Distribution Training Course. This program introduces waterworks operators-in-training to basic skills and knowledge required for the operation of a groundwater distribution waterworks facility. Arranged according to the general order…

  14. Cache Oblivious Distribution Sweeping

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    Brodal, G.S.; Fagerberg, R.

    2002-01-01

    We adapt the distribution sweeping method to the cache oblivious model. Distribution sweeping is the name used for a general approach for divide-and-conquer algorithms where the combination of solved subproblems can be viewed as a merging process of streams. We demonstrate by a series of algorith...

  15. Epicentral distribution in 2004

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    2005-01-01

    @@ For showing the epicentral distribution in and near China as well as all over the world, two epicentral maps for the earthquakes occurred last year are published annually in the 6-th issue each year. Figures 1 and 2 represent the epicentral distributions in and near China and all over the world in 2004, respectively.

  16. Epicentral distribution in 2007

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    2008-01-01

    @@ For showing the epicentral distribution in and near China as well as all over the world, two epicentral maps for the earthquakes occurred last year are published annually in the 6-th issue each year. Figures 1 and 2 represent the epicentral distributions in and near China and all over the World in 2007, Respectively.

  17. Epicentral distribution in 2006

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    CHEN Pei-shan

    2007-01-01

    @@ For showing the epicentral distribution in and near China as well as all over the world, two epicentral maps for the earthquakes occurred last year are published annually in the 6-th issue each year. Figures 1 and 2 represent the epicentral distributions in and near China and all over the world in 2006, respectively.

  18. Epicentral distribution in 2005

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    CHEN Pei-shan

    2006-01-01

    @@ For showing the epicentral distribution in and near China as well as all over the world, two epicentral maps for the earthquakes occurred last year are published annually in the 6-th issue each year. Figures 1 and 2 represent the epicentral distributions in and near China and all over the world in 2005, respectively.

  19. Smart Distribution Systems

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    Yazhou Jiang

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available The increasing importance of system reliability and resilience is changing the way distribution systems are planned and operated. To achieve a distribution system self-healing against power outages, emerging technologies and devices, such as remote-controlled switches (RCSs and smart meters, are being deployed. The higher level of automation is transforming traditional distribution systems into the smart distribution systems (SDSs of the future. The availability of data and remote control capability in SDSs provides distribution operators with an opportunity to optimize system operation and control. In this paper, the development of SDSs and resulting benefits of enhanced system capabilities are discussed. A comprehensive survey is conducted on the state-of-the-art applications of RCSs and smart meters in SDSs. Specifically, a new method, called Temporal Causal Diagram (TCD, is used to incorporate outage notifications from smart meters for enhanced outage management. To fully utilize the fast operation of RCSs, the spanning tree search algorithm is used to develop service restoration strategies. Optimal placement of RCSs and the resulting enhancement of system reliability are discussed. Distribution system resilience with respect to extreme events is presented. Test cases are used to demonstrate the benefit of SDSs. Active management of distributed generators (DGs is introduced. Future research in a smart distribution environment is proposed.

  20. Distributed Robotics Education

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    Lund, Henrik Hautop; Pagliarini, Luigi

    2011-01-01

    of a distributed educational system as a valuable tool for introducing students to interactive parallel and distributed processing programming as the foundation for distributed robotics and human-robot interaction development. This is done by providing an educational tool that enables problem representation...... to be changed, related to multirobot control and human-robot interaction control from virtual to physical representation. The proposed system is valuable for bringing a vast number of issues into education – such as parallel programming, distribution, communication protocols, master dependency, connectivity......, topology, island modeling software behavioral models, adaptive interactivity, feedback, and user interaction. We show how the proposed system can be considered a tool for easy, fast, flexible hands-on exploration of these distributed robotic issues. Through examples, we show how to implement interactive...

  1. Distributed Control Diffusion

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    Schultz, Ulrik Pagh

    2007-01-01

    . Programming a modular, self-reconfigurable robot is however a complicated task: the robot is essentially a real-time, distributed embedded system, where control and communication paths often are tightly coupled to the current physical configuration of the robot. To facilitate the task of programming modular......, self-reconfigurable robots, we present the concept of distributed control diffusion: distributed queries are used to identify modules that play a specific role in the robot, and behaviors that implement specific control strategies are diffused throughout the robot based on these role assignments....... This approach allows the programmer to dynamically distribute behaviors throughout a robot and moreover provides a partial abstraction over the concrete physical shape of the robot. We have implemented a prototype of a distributed control diffusion system for the ATRON modular, self-reconfigurable robot...

  2. Distributed programming using AGAPIA

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    Ciprian I. Paduraru

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available As distributed applications became more commonplace and more sophisticated, new programming languages and models for distributed programming were created. The main scope of most of these languages was to simplify the process of development by a providing a higher expressivity. This paper presents another programming language for distributed computing named AGAPIA. Its main purpose is to provide an increased expressiveness while keeping the performance close to a core programming language. To demonstrate its capabilities the paper shows the implementations of some well-known patterns specific to distribute programming along with a comparison to the corresponding MPI implementation. A complete application is presented by combining a few patterns. By taking advantage of the transparent communication model and high level statements and patterns intended to simplify the development process, the implementation of distributed programs become modular, easier to write, in clear and closer to the original solution formulation.

  3. Reliability for Laplace distributions

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    Nadarajah Saralees

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available In the area of stress-strength models there has been a large amount of work as regards estimation of the reliability R=Pr( X 2 < X 1 when X 1 and X 2 are independent random variables belonging to the same univariate family of distributions. The algebraic form for R=Pr( X 2 < X 1 has been worked out for the majority of the well-known distributions in the standard forms. However, there are still many other distributions (including generalizations of the well-known distributions for which the form of R has not been derived. In this paper, we consider several Laplace distributions and derive the corresponding forms for the reliability R . The calculations involve the use of special functions.

  4. Serotype distribution and antimicrobial susceptibilities of Streptococcus agalactiae isolated from infected cultured tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) in Thailand: Nine-year perspective.

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    Dangwetngam, Machalin; Suanyuk, Naraid; Kong, Fanrong; Phromkunthong, Wutiporn

    2016-03-01

    Streptococcus agalactiae (group B Streptococcus, GBS) infection remains a major problem associated with high mortality of cultured tilapia worldwide. The present study reports the serotype distribution and antimicrobial susceptibilities of GBS isolated from infected tilapia cultured in Thailand. One hundred and forty-four GBS isolates were identified by biochemical, serological and molecular analyses. Of these 144 GBS isolates, 126 were serotype Ia and 18 were serotype III. Antimicrobial susceptibilities of the 144 GBS isolates were determined by the disc diffusion method. Most GBS isolates were susceptible to lincomycin, norfloxacin, oxytetracycline, ampicillin, erythromycin and chloramphenicol, but resistant to oxolinic acid, gentamicin, sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim. However, 17 isolates displayed an oxytetracycline-resistant phenotype and harboured the tet(M) gene. The broth microdilution method was used to determine the minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of 17 oxytetracycline-resistant GBS isolates, and then minimal bactericidal concentrations (MBCs) of these isolates were evaluated. Oxytetracyline-resistant isolates were found to be susceptible to ampicillin, lincomycin, norfloxacin, erythromycin and chloramphenicol, with the MIC and MBC ranging from ≤ 0.125 to 0.5 μg ml- 1 and ≤ 0.125 to 2 μg ml- 1, respectively. Moreover, all 17 oxytetracycline-resistant isolates demonstrated resistance to trimethoprim, oxolinic acid, gentamicin, sulfamethoxazole and oxytetracycline, with the MIC and MBC ranging from 16 to ≥ 128 μg ml- 1 and ≥ 128 μg ml- 1, respectively. These findings are useful information for antibiotic usage in fish aquaculture. PMID:26701807

  5. Distributed High Efficiency Renewable Power Systems With Modules in Series Connection%新能源发电串联分布式高能效变换系统

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    吴红飞; 孙凯; 邢岩

    2012-01-01

    针对光伏组件、热电发电机等新能源发电模块输出电压低的特点,以系统发电功率最大化为控制目标,研究模块串联分布式新能源发电系统中的高能效模块集成变换器拓扑及其控制策略.分析不同变换器类型对系统性能和发电设备输出特性的影响;综合考虑变换器变换效率和最大功率跟踪效率,提出引入直通工作模式实现变换器全电压范围最大功率输出的控制策略和实现方法;并提出具有直通模式的改进型升降压变换器拓扑,详细分析工作模式和设计实现.搭建由13个250W模块组成的串联分布式实验系统,验证了理论分析的正确性.%The renewable power module, such as the thermoelectric generator and PV panel, features low output voltage and low power. Aiming at maximum output power, a high energy efficiency module-integrated-converter (MIC) and its control strategy for series connected distributed (SCD) renewable power system were proposed. The system structure and characteristics of the SCD renewable power system were analyzed in detail. The influence of the MIC's topologies on the renewable source and SCD power system was presented. Considering both the conversion efficiency and maximum power point tracking efficiency of the MIC, by employing a direct-connection mode, maximum output power over full output voltage range of the MIC was achieved. A high efficiency, high reliable MIC for SCD photovoltaic grid-connected power system was proposed and analyzed in detail. A SCD power system composed of 13 250W modules were built and tested. Experimental results were given to verify the analysis.

  6. Electric power distribution handbook

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    Short, Thomas Allen

    2003-01-01

    Of the ...big three... components of the electricity infrastructure, distribution typically gets the least attention, and no thorough, up-to-date treatment of the subject has been published in years. Filling that void, the Electric Power Distribution Handbook provides comprehensive information on the electrical aspects of power distribution systems. It is an unparalleled source for the background information, hard-to-find tables, graphs, methods, and statistics that power engineers need, and includes tips and solutions for problem solving and improving performance. In short, this handbook giv

  7. Agile distributed software development

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    Persson, John Stouby; Mathiassen, Lars; Aaen, Ivan

    2012-01-01

    While face-to-face interaction is fundamental in agile software development, distributed environments must rely extensively on mediated interactions. Practicing agile principles in distributed environments therefore poses particular control challenges related to balancing fixed vs. evolving quality...... requirements and people vs. process-based collaboration. To investigate these challenges, we conducted an in-depth case study of a successful agile distributed software project with participants from a Russian firm and a Danish firm. Applying Kirsch’s elements of control framework, we offer an analysis of how...

  8. Distributed System Contract Monitoring

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    D, Adrian Francalanza Ph; D, Gordon Pace Ph; 10.4204/EPTCS.68.4

    2011-01-01

    The use of behavioural contracts, to specify, regulate and verify systems, is particularly relevant to runtime monitoring of distributed systems. System distribution poses major challenges to contract monitoring, from monitoring-induced information leaks to computation load balancing, communication overheads and fault-tolerance. We present mDPi, a location-aware process calculus, for reasoning about monitoring of distributed systems. We define a family of Labelled Transition Systems for this calculus, which allow formal reasoning about different monitoring strategies at different levels of abstractions. We also illustrate the expressivity of the calculus by showing how contracts in a simple contract language can be synthesised into different mDPi monitors.

  9. Annular Flow Distribution test

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    This report documents the Babcock and Wilcox (B ampersand W) Annular Flow Distribution testing for the Savannah River Laboratory (SRL). The objective of the Annular Flow Distribution Test Program is to characterize the flow distribution between annular coolant channels for the Mark-22 fuel assembly with the bottom fitting insert (BFI) in place. Flow rate measurements for each annular channel were obtained by establishing ''hydraulic similarity'' between an instrumented fuel assembly with the BFI removed and a ''reference'' fuel assembly with the BFI installed. Empirical correlations of annular flow rates were generated for a range of boundary conditions

  10. Simulating distributed systems

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    Newman, H B

    2001-01-01

    The simulation framework developed within the "Models of Networked Analysis at Regional Centers" (MONARC) project as a design and optimization tool for large scale distributed systems is presented. The goals are to provide a realistic simulation of distributed computing systems, customized for specific physics data processing tasks and to offer a flexible and dynamic environment to evaluate the performance of a range of possible distributed computing architectures. A detailed simulation of a large system, the CMS High Level Trigger (HLT) production farm, is also presented. (3 refs).

  11. Electric power distribution handbook

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    Short, Thomas Allen

    2014-01-01

    Of the ""big three"" components of electrical infrastructure, distribution typically gets the least attention. In fact, a thorough, up-to-date treatment of the subject hasn't been published in years, yet deregulation and technical changes have increased the need for better information. Filling this void, the Electric Power Distribution Handbook delivers comprehensive, cutting-edge coverage of the electrical aspects of power distribution systems. The first few chapters of this pragmatic guidebook focus on equipment-oriented information and applications such as choosing transformer connections,

  12. Nonforward Parton Distributions

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    Radyushkin, A V

    1997-01-01

    Applications of perturbative QCD to deeply virtual Compton scattering and hard exclusive electroproduction processes require a generalization of usual parton distributions for the case when long-distance information is accumulated in nonforward matrix elements of quark and gluon light-cone operators. We describe two types of nonperturbative functions parametrizing such matrix elements: double distributions F(x,y;t) and nonforward distribution functions F_\\zeta (X;t), discuss their spectral properties, evolution equations which they satisfy, basic uses and general aspects of factorization for hard exclusive processes.

  13. Spotted Seal Distribution Map

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This dataset contains GIS layers that depict the known spatial distributions (i.e., ranges) and reported breeding areas of spotted seals (Phoca largha). It was...

  14. Ribbon Seal Distribution Map

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This dataset contains GIS layers that depict the known spatial distributions (i.e., ranges) and reported breeding areas of ribbon seals (Histriophoca fasciata). It...

  15. White Dwarf Mass Distribution

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    Kepler, S O; Romero, Alejandra Daniela; Ourique, Gustavo; Pelisoli, Ingrid

    2016-01-01

    We present the mass distribution for all S/N > 15 pure DA white dwarfs detected in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey up to Data Release 12, fitted with Koester models for ML2/alpha=0.8, and with Teff > 10 000 K, and for DBs with S/N >10, fitted with ML2/alpha=1.25, for Teff > 16 000 K. These mass distributions are for log g > 6.5 stars, i.e., excluding the Extremely Low Mass white dwarfs. We also present the mass distributions corrected by volume with the 1/Vmax approach, for stars brighter than g=19. Both distributions have a maximum at M=0.624 Msun but very distinct shapes. From the estimated z-distances, we deduce a disk scale height of 300 pc. We also present 10 probable halo white dwarfs, from their galactic U, V, W velocities.

  16. Ringed Seal Distribution Map

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This dataset contains GIS layers that depict the known spatial distributions (i.e., ranges) of the five subspecies of ringed seals (Phoca hispida). It was produced...

  17. ATLAS Distributed Computing Automation

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    Schovancova, J; The ATLAS collaboration; Borrego, C; Campana, S; Di Girolamo, A; Elmsheuser, J; Hejbal, J; Kouba, T; Legger, F; Magradze, E; Medrano Llamas, R; Negri, G; Rinaldi, L; Sciacca, G; Serfon, C; Van Der Ster, D C

    2012-01-01

    The ATLAS Experiment benefits from computing resources distributed worldwide at more than 100 WLCG sites. The ATLAS Grid sites provide over 100k CPU job slots, over 100 PB of storage space on disk or tape. Monitoring of status of such a complex infrastructure is essential. The ATLAS Grid infrastructure is monitored 24/7 by two teams of shifters distributed world-wide, by the ATLAS Distributed Computing experts, and by site administrators. In this paper we summarize automation efforts performed within the ATLAS Distributed Computing team in order to reduce manpower costs and improve the reliability of the system. Different aspects of the automation process are described: from the ATLAS Grid site topology provided by the ATLAS Grid Information System, via automatic site testing by the HammerCloud, to automatic exclusion from production or analysis activities.

  18. Financing Distributed Generation

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    This paper introduces the engineer who is undertaking distributed generation projects to a wide range of financing options. Distributed generation systems (such as internal combustion engines, small gas turbines, fuel cells and photovoltaics) all require an initial investment, which is recovered over time through revenues or savings. An understanding of the cost of capital and financing structures helps the engineer develop realistic expectations and not be offended by the common requirements of financing organizations. This paper discusses several mechanisms for financing distributed generation projects: appropriations; debt (commercial bank loan); mortgage; home equity loan; limited partnership; vendor financing; general obligation bond; revenue bond; lease; Energy Savings Performance Contract; utility programs; chauffage (end-use purchase); and grants. The paper also discusses financial strategies for businesses focusing on distributed generation: venture capital; informal investors (''business angels''); bank and debt financing; and the stock market

  19. Combustion of Fractal Distributions

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    Sotolongo, Oscar; Lopez, Enrique

    1994-01-01

    The advantages of introducing a fractal viewpoint in the field of combustion is emphasized. It is shown that the condition for perfect combustion of a collection of drops is the self-similarity of the distribution.

  20. Robust Distributed Online Prediction

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    Dekel, Ofer; Shamir, Ohad; Xiao, Lin

    2010-01-01

    The standard model of online prediction deals with serial processing of inputs by a single processor. However, in large-scale online prediction problems, where inputs arrive at a high rate, an increasingly common necessity is to distribute the computation across several processors. A non-trivial challenge is to design distributed algorithms for online prediction, which maintain good regret guarantees. In \\cite{DMB}, we presented the DMB algorithm, which is a generic framework to convert any serial gradient-based online prediction algorithm into a distributed algorithm. Moreover, its regret guarantee is asymptotically optimal for smooth convex loss functions and stochastic inputs. On the flip side, it is fragile to many types of failures that are common in distributed environments. In this companion paper, we present variants of the DMB algorithm, which are resilient to many types of network failures, and tolerant to varying performance of the computing nodes.

  1. Bearded Seal Distribution Map

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This dataset contains GIS layers that depict the known spatial distributions (i.e., ranges) of the two subspecies of bearded seals (Erignathus barbatus). It was...

  2. DOLIB: Distributed Object Library

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    D`Azevedo, E.F.; Romine, C.H.

    1994-10-01

    This report describes the use and implementation of DOLIB (Distributed Object Library), a library of routines that emulates global or virtual shared memory on Intel multiprocessor systems. Access to a distributed global array is through explicit calls to gather and scatter. Advantages of using DOLIB include: dynamic allocation and freeing of huge (gigabyte) distributed arrays, both C and FORTRAN callable interfaces, and the ability to mix shared-memory and message-passing programming models for ease of use and optimal performance. DOLIB is independent of language and compiler extensions and requires no special operating system support. DOLIB also supports automatic caching of read-only data for high performance. The virtual shared memory support provided in DOLIB is well suited for implementing Lagrangian particle tracking techniques. We have also used DOLIB to create DONIO (Distributed Object Network I/O Library), which obtains over a 10-fold improvement in disk I/O performance on the Intel Paragon.

  3. Generic Distributed Simulation Architecture

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    Booker, C.P.

    1999-05-14

    A Generic Distributed Simulation Architecture is described that allows a simulation to be automatically distributed over a heterogeneous network of computers and executed with very little human direction. A prototype Framework is presented that implements the elements of the Architecture and demonstrates the feasibility of the concepts. It provides a basis for a future, improved Framework that will support legacy models. Because the Framework is implemented in Java, it may be installed on almost any modern computer system.

  4. Polygamy of distributed entanglement

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    Buscemi, Francesco; Gour, Gilad; Kim, Jeong San

    2009-07-01

    While quantum entanglement is known to be monogamous (i.e., shared entanglement is restricted in multipartite settings), here we show that distributed entanglement (or the potential for entanglement) is by nature polygamous. By establishing the concept of one-way unlocalizable entanglement (UE) and investigating its properties, we provide a polygamy inequality of distributed entanglement in tripartite quantum systems of arbitrary dimension. We also provide a polygamy inequality in multiqubit systems and several trade-offs between UE and other correlation measures.

  5. MRS parton distributions

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    Martin, A.D.; Stirling, W.J. [Durham Univ. (United Kingdom). Dept. of Physics; Roberts, R.G.

    1993-11-01

    The MRS parton distribution analysis is described. The latest sets are shown to give an excellent description of a wide range of deep-inelastic and other hard scattering data. Two important theoretical issues - the behaviour of the distributions at small x and the flavour structure of the quark sea - are discussed in detail. A comparison with the new structure function data from the HERA storage ring is made, and the outlook for the future is discussed. (Author).

  6. Agile & Distributed Project Management

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    Pries-Heje, Jan; Pries-Heje, Lene

    2011-01-01

    Scrum has gained surprising momentum as an agile IS project management approach. An obvious question is why Scrum is so useful? To answer that question we carried out a longitudinal study of a distributed project using Scrum. We analyzed the data using coding and categorisation and three carefully...... and coordination mechanisms by allowing both local and global articulation of work in the project. That is why Scrum is especially useful for distributed IS project management and teamwork....

  7. Consistency in Distributed Systems

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    Kemme, Bettina; Ramalingam, Ganesan; Schiper, André; Shapiro, Marc; Vaswani, Kapil

    2013-01-01

    International audience; In distributed systems, there exists a fundamental trade-off between data consistency, availability, and the ability to tolerate failures. This trade-off has significant implications on the design of the entire distributed computing infrastructure such as storage systems, compilers and runtimes, application development frameworks and programming languages. Unfortunately, it also has significant, and poorly understood, implications for the designers and developers of en...

  8. Distributed operating systems

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    Mullender, Sape J.

    1987-01-01

    In the past five years, distributed operating systems research has gone through a consolidation phase. On a large number of design issues there is now considerable consensus between different research groups. In this paper, an overview of recent research in distributed systems is given. In turn, the paper discusses overall system structure, protection issues, file system designs, problems and solutions for fault tolerance and a mechanism that is rapidly becoming very important for efficient d...

  9. Sparse distributed memory

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    Kanerva, Pentti

    1988-01-01

    Theoretical models of the human brain and proposed neural-network computers are developed analytically. Chapters are devoted to the mathematical foundations, background material from computer science, the theory of idealized neurons, neurons as address decoders, and the search of memory for the best match. Consideration is given to sparse memory, distributed storage, the storage and retrieval of sequences, the construction of distributed memory, and the organization of an autonomous learning system.

  10. Logistic distribution management

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    Knytlová, Michaela

    2013-01-01

    Diploma work "Logistics distribution management" consists of two main parts: the literature review and a practical part. The literature review mostly contains information about the overall logistics, business logistics and distribution. It also contains the possibilities of using marketing, business management, and macroeconomic data while implementing a strategic business logistic plan of how to enter the new market with the existing range of production. In the literature revi...

  11. Intelligent distributed computing

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    Thampi, Sabu

    2015-01-01

    This book contains a selection of refereed and revised papers of the Intelligent Distributed Computing Track originally presented at the third International Symposium on Intelligent Informatics (ISI-2014), September 24-27, 2014, Delhi, India.  The papers selected for this Track cover several Distributed Computing and related topics including Peer-to-Peer Networks, Cloud Computing, Mobile Clouds, Wireless Sensor Networks, and their applications.

  12. Moment Distributions of Phase Type

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    Bladt, Mogens; Nielsen, Bo Friis

    -type distributions. We construct representations for moment distributions based on a general matrix-exponential distribution which turns out to be a generalization of the moment distributions based on exponential distributions. For moment distributions based on phase{type distributions we find an appropriate...... alternative representation in terms of sub{intensity matrices. Finally we are able to nd explicit expressions for both the Lorenz curve and the Gini index....

  13. Distributed security in closed distributed systems

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    Hernandez, Alejandro Mario

    The goal of the present thesis is to discuss, argue and conclude about ways to provide security to the information travelling around computer systems consisting of several known locations. When developing software systems, security of the information managed by these plays an important role...... systems. We achieve the goal of showing how this can be done, though we restrict ourselves to closed systems and with a limited set of enforceable security policies. In this setting, our approach proves to be efficient. Finally, we achieve all this by bringing together several fields of Computer Science....... These include aspect orientation, model checking and static analysis, and of course some ingredients of logics and formal methods as well. All this is in an attempt to approach a software engineering problem, such as security in distributed systems. This shows how the full field of Computer Science can benefit...

  14. Distributed Self Management for Distributed Security Systems

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    Hilker, Michael

    2008-01-01

    Distributed system as e.g. artificial immune systems, complex adaptive systems, or multi-agent systems are widely used in Computer Science, e.g. for network security, optimisations, or simulations. In these systems, small entities move through the network and perform certain tasks. At some time, the entities move to another place and require therefore information where to move is most profitable. Common used systems do not provide any information or use a centralised approach where a center delegates the entities. This article discusses whether small information about the neighbours enhances the performance of the overall system or not. Therefore, two information-protocols are introduced and analysed. In addition, the protocols are implemented and tested using the artificial immune system SANA that protects a network against intrusions.

  15. The isotopic distribution conundrum.

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    Valkenborg, Dirk; Mertens, Inge; Lemière, Filip; Witters, Erwin; Burzykowski, Tomasz

    2012-01-01

    Although access to high-resolution mass spectrometry (MS), especially in the field of biomolecular MS, is becoming readily available due to recent advances in MS technology, the accompanied information on isotopic distribution in high-resolution spectra is not used at its full potential, mainly because of lack of knowledge and/or awareness. In this review, we give an insight into the practical problems related to calculating the isotopic distribution for large biomolecules, and present an overview of methods for the calculation of the isotopic distribution. We discuss the key events that triggered the development of various algorithms and explain the rationale of how and why the various isotopic-distribution calculations were performed. The review is focused around the developmental stages as briefly outlined below, starting with the first observation of an isotopic distribution. The observations of Beynon in the field of organic MS that chlorine appeared in a mass spectrum as two variants with odds 3:1 lie at the basis of the first wave of algorithms for the calculation of the isotopic distribution, based on the atomic composition of a molecule. From here on, we explain why more complex biomolecules such as peptides exhibit a highly complex isotope pattern when assayed by MS, and we discuss how combinatorial difficulties complicate the calculation of the isotopic distribution on computers. For this purpose, we highlight three methods, which were introduced in the 1980s. These are the stepwise procedure introduced by Kubinyi, the polynomial expansion from Brownawell and Fillippo, and the multinomial expansion from Yergey. The next development was instigated by Rockwood, who suggested to decompose the isotopic distribution in terms of their nucleon count instead of the exact mass. In this respect, we could claim that the term "aggregated" isotopic distribution is more appropriate. Due to the simplification of the isotopic distribution to its aggregated counterpart

  16. An Extended Pareto Distribution

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    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available For the first time, a new continuous distribution, called the generalized beta exponentiated Pareto type I (GBEP [McDonald exponentiated Pareto] distribution, is defined and investigated. The new distribution contains as special sub-models some well-known and not known distributions, such as the generalized beta Pareto (GBP [McDonald Pareto], the Kumaraswamy exponentiated Pareto (KEP, Kumaraswamy Pareto (KP, beta exponentiated Pareto (BEP, beta Pareto (BP, exponentiated Pareto (EP and Pareto, among several others. Various structural properties of the new distribution are derived, including explicit expressions for the moments, moment generating function, incomplete moments, quantile function, mean deviations and Rényi entropy. Lorenz, Bonferroni and Zenga curves are derived. The method of maximum likelihood is proposed for estimating the model parameters. We obtain the observed information matrix. The usefulness of the new model is illustrated by means of two real data sets. We hope that this generalization may attract wider applications in reliability, biology and lifetime data analysis.

  17. Distributed processor systems

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    In recent years, there has been a growing tendency in high-energy physics and in other fields to solve computational problems by distributing tasks among the resources of inter-coupled processing devices and associated system elements. This trend has gained further momentum more recently with the increased availability of low-cost processors and with the development of the means of data distribution. In two lectures, the broad question of distributed computing systems is examined and the historical development of such systems reviewed. An attempt is made to examine the reasons for the existence of these systems and to discern the main trends for the future. The components of distributed systems are discussed in some detail and particular emphasis is placed on the importance of standards and conventions in certain key system components. The ideas and principles of distributed systems are discussed in general terms, but these are illustrated by a number of concrete examples drawn from the context of the high-energy physics environment. (Auth.)

  18. Learning Poisson Binomial Distributions

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    Daskalakis, Constantinos; Servedio, R

    2011-01-01

    We consider a basic problem in unsupervised learning: learning an unknown \\emph{Poisson Binomial Distribution} over $\\{0,1,...,n\\}$. A Poisson Binomial Distribution (PBD) is a sum $X = X_1 + ... + X_n$ of $n$ independent Bernoulli random variables which may have arbitrary expectations. We work in a framework where the learner is given access to independent draws from the distribution and must (with high probability) output a hypothesis distribution which has total variation distance at most $\\eps$ from the unknown target PBD. As our main result we give a highly efficient algorithm which learns to $\\eps$-accuracy using $\\tilde{O}(1/\\eps^3)$ samples independent of $n$. The running time of the algorithm is \\emph{quasilinear} in the size of its input data, i.e. $\\tilde{O}(\\log(n)/\\eps^3)$ bit-operations (observe that each draw from the distribution is a $\\log(n)$-bit string). This is nearly optimal since any algorithm must use $\\Omega(1/\\eps^2)$ samples. We also give positive and negative results for some extensi...

  19. Distributed replica dynamics

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    Zhang, Liang; Chill, Samuel T.; Henkelman, Graeme

    2015-11-01

    A distributed replica dynamics (DRD) method is proposed to calculate rare-event molecular dynamics using distributed computational resources. Similar to Voter's parallel replica dynamics (PRD) method, the dynamics of independent replicas of the system are calculated on different computational clients. In DRD, each replica runs molecular dynamics from an initial state for a fixed simulation time and then reports information about the trajectory back to the server. A simulation clock on the server accumulates the simulation time of each replica until one reports a transition to a new state. Subsequent calculations are initiated from within this new state and the process is repeated to follow the state-to-state evolution of the system. DRD is designed to work with asynchronous and distributed computing resources in which the clients may not be able to communicate with each other. Additionally, clients can be added or removed from the simulation at any point in the calculation. Even with heterogeneous computing clients, we prove that the DRD method reproduces the correct probability distribution of escape times. We also show this correspondence numerically; molecular dynamics simulations of Al(100) adatom diffusion using PRD and DRD give consistent exponential distributions of escape times. Finally, we discuss guidelines for choosing the optimal number of replicas and replica trajectory length for the DRD method.

  20. Antimycobacterial activity evaluation and MIC determination of liophilizated hydroalcoholic extracts of Bixa orellana L., Bixaceae Avaliação da atividade antimicobacteriana e a determinação da CIM de extratos hidroalcoólicos liofilizados de Bixa orellana L., Bixaceae

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    Renata B. Silva

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Bixa orellana is used in popular medicine against several diseases. Extracts of its fruit, root and leaf presented antimicrobial activity, while seed extract showed negative results. This study aimed at verifying the antimycobacterial activity of B. orellanalyophilized hydroalcoholic extracts over Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and determine the Minimum Inhibitory Concentration against five bacteria. Antimycobacterial activity was determined by diffusion technique, while MIC was assessed by diffusion and colorimetric analysis. MICs were 0.3, 0.5 and 0.2 mg/mL respectively, for leaf, root and stem extracts, against M. tuberculosis. Stem's extract showed 1.2 mg/mL for B. cereus, 1.53 mg/mL for S. aureusand S. typhimurium, 4.50 mg/mL for P. aeruginosaand 8.01 mg/mL for P. mirabillis.Leaf extracts showed 0.66 mg/mL for P. aeruginosa, 0.94 mg/mL for P. mirabillis, 1.88 mg/mL for S. aureus, 3.95 mg/mL for B. cereusand 8.37 mg/mL for S. typhimurium. Root's extracts showed 0.25 mg/mL for P. aeruginosa,0.31 mg/mL for S. aureus, 0.62 mg/mL for S. typhimuriumand 3.00 mg/mL for B. cereusand P. mirabillis. Leaf and stem extracts showed antimycobacterial activity. MICs were lower in colorimetric analysis than in agar diffusion. Extracts revealed bacteriostatic activity against the five bacterial.Bixa orellana é usada na medicina popular em várias doenças. Extratos do fruto, raiz e folhas apresentaram atividade antimicrobiana, enquanto extratos do caule mostraram resultados negativos. Este estudo teve por objetivo verificar a atividade antimicobacteriana de extratos hidroalcoólicos liofilizados de B. orellanafrente Mycobacterium tuberculosis e determinar a Concentração Inibitória Mínima para cinco bactérias. A atividade antimicobacteriana foi determinada por difusão e a CIM por difusão e análise colorimétrica. As CIM foram 0,3, 0,5 e 0,2 mg/mL para os extratos de folhas, raiz e caule frente M. tuberculosis. Os extratos de caule demonstraram CIM de 1

  1. Distributed Wind Market Applications

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    Forsyth, T.; Baring-Gould, I.

    2007-11-01

    Distributed wind energy systems provide clean, renewable power for on-site use and help relieve pressure on the power grid while providing jobs and contributing to energy security for homes, farms, schools, factories, private and public facilities, distribution utilities, and remote locations. America pioneered small wind technology in the 1920s, and it is the only renewable energy industry segment that the United States still dominates in technology, manufacturing, and world market share. The series of analyses covered by this report were conducted to assess some of the most likely ways that advanced wind turbines could be utilized apart from large, central station power systems. Each chapter represents a final report on specific market segments written by leading experts in this field. As such, this document does not speak with one voice but rather a compendium of different perspectives, which are documented from a variety of people in the U.S. distributed wind field.

  2. Distributed Web Service Repository

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    Piotr Nawrocki

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The increasing availability and popularity of computer systems has resulted in a demand for new, language- and platform-independent ways of data exchange. That demand has in turn led to a significant growth in the importance of systems based on Web services. Alongside the growing number of systems accessible via Web services came the need for specialized data repositories that could offer effective means of searching of available services. The development of mobile systems and wireless data transmission technologies has allowed the use of distributed devices and computer systems on a greater scale. The accelerating growth of distributed systems might be a good reason to consider the development of distributed Web service repositories with built-in mechanisms for data migration and synchronization.

  3. A distribution network review

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    Fairbairn, R.J.; Maunder, D.; Kenyon, P.

    1999-07-01

    This report summarises the findings of a study reviewing the distribution network in England, Scotland and Wales to evaluate its ability to accommodate more embedded generation from both fossil fuel and renewable energy sources. The background to the study is traced, and descriptions of the existing electricity supply system, the licence conditions relating to embedded generation, and the effects of the Review of Electricity Trading Arrangements are given. The ability of the UK distribution networks to accept embedded generation is examined, and technical benefits/drawbacks arising from embedded generation, and the potential for uptake of embedded generation technologies are considered. The distribution network capacity and the potential uptake of embedded generation are compared, and possible solutions to overcome obstacles are suggested. (UK)

  4. Electricity Distribution Effectiveness

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    Waldemar Szpyra

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper discusses the basic concepts of cost accounting in the power industry and selected ways of assessing the effectiveness of electricity distribution. The results of effectiveness analysis of MV/LV distribution transformer replacement are presented, and unit costs of energy transmission through various medium-voltage line types are compared. The calculation results confirm the viability of replacing transformers manufactured before 1975. Replacing transformers manufactured after 1975 – only to reduce energy losses – is not economically justified. Increasing use of a PAS type line for energy transmission in local distribution networks is reasonable. Cabling these networks under the current calculation rules of discounts for excessive power outages is not viable, even in areas particularly exposed to catastrophic wire icing.

  5. Distributed System Contract Monitoring

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    Adrian Francalanza Ph.D

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The use of behavioural contracts, to specify, regulate and verify systems, is particularly relevant to runtime monitoring of distributed systems. System distribution poses major challenges to contract monitoring, from monitoring-induced information leaks to computation load balancing, communication overheads and fault-tolerance. We present mDPi, a location-aware process calculus, for reasoning about monitoring of distributed systems. We define a family of Labelled Transition Systems for this calculus, which allow formal reasoning about different monitoring strategies at different levels of abstractions. We also illustrate the expressivity of the calculus by showing how contracts in a simple contract language can be synthesised into different mDPi monitors.

  6. High voltage distributed amplifier

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    Willems, D.; Bahl, I.; Wirsing, K.

    1991-12-01

    A high-voltage distributed amplifier implemented in GaAs MMIC technology has demonstrated good circuit performance over at least two octave bandwidth. This technique allows for very broadband amplifier operation with good efficiency in satellite, active-aperture radar, and battery-powered systems. Also, by increasing the number of FETs, the amplifier can be designed to match different voltage rails. The circuit does require a small amount of additional chip size over conventional distributed amplifiers but does not require power dividers or additional matching networks. This circuit configuration should find great use in broadband power amplifier design.

  7. Market Sentiments Distribution Law

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    Jorge Reyes-Molina

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The Stock Exchange is basically ruled by the extreme market sentiments of euphoria and fear. The type of sentiment is given by the color of the candlestick (white = bullish sentiments, black = bearish sentiments, meanwhile the intensity of the sentiment is given by the size of it. In this paper you will see that the intensity of any sentiment is astonishingly distributed in a robust, systematic and universal way, according to a law of exponential decay, the conclusion of which is supported by the analysis of the Lyapunov exponent, the information entropy and the frequency distribution of candlestick size.

  8. Definition of distributed generation

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    Today, power systems in many countries are restructured and deregulated and it is expected the small scale generators or Distributed Generations (DG), such as Micro turbines, PV, fuel cells, wind turbines and so on will play important role in power system. So it is necessary to be well defined and described. Generally, DGs are defined as electric power generators that are connected to distribution networks or on the customer side of networks. This paper presents a definition of DGs with considering some important aspects, and after that introduces some different type of DGs

  9. New parton distributions

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    Martin, A.D.; Stirling, W.J. (Dept. of Physics, Univ. Durham (United Kingdom)); Roberts, R.G. (Rutherford Appleton Lab., Chilton (United Kingdom))

    1992-12-01

    Recent measurements of the structure functions for deep inelastic scattering made by the NMC and the CCFR collaboration provide new information on parton distribution, particularly in the 0.01<[chi]<0.1 interval. We describe (next-to-leading order) determinations of parton distributions which incorporate these new data together with other deep-inelastic and related data, and which allow the possibility of flavour dependence of the light quark sea (i.e. anti u[ne]anti d) as implied by the Gottfried sum rule. We discuss extrapolations to small [chi]. (orig.).

  10. Distributed User Interfaces

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    Gallud, Jose A; Penichet, Victor M R

    2011-01-01

    The recent advances in display technologies and mobile devices is having an important effect on the way users interact with all kinds of devices (computers, mobile devices, laptops, tablets, and so on). These are opening up new possibilities for interaction, including the distribution of the UI (User Interface) amongst different devices, and implies that the UI can be split and composed, moved, copied or cloned among devices running the same or different operating systems. These new ways of manipulating the UI are considered under the emerging topic of Distributed User Interfaces (DUIs). DUIs

  11. Distributed photovoltaic grid transformers

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    Shertukde, Hemchandra Madhusudan

    2014-01-01

    The demand for alternative energy sources fuels the need for electric power and controls engineers to possess a practical understanding of transformers suitable for solar energy. Meeting that need, Distributed Photovoltaic Grid Transformers begins by explaining the basic theory behind transformers in the solar power arena, and then progresses to describe the development, manufacture, and sale of distributed photovoltaic (PV) grid transformers, which help boost the electric DC voltage (generally at 30 volts) harnessed by a PV panel to a higher level (generally at 115 volts or higher) once it is

  12. Theory of distributions

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    Georgiev, Svetlin G

    2015-01-01

    This book explains many fundamental ideas on the theory of distributions. The theory of partial differential equations is one of the synthetic branches of analysis that combines ideas and methods from different fields of mathematics, ranging from functional analysis and harmonic analysis to differential geometry and topology. This presents specific difficulties to those studying this field. This book, which consists of 10 chapters, is suitable for upper undergraduate/graduate students and mathematicians seeking an accessible introduction to some aspects of the theory of distributions. It can also be used for one-semester course.

  13. Liquidity, welfare and distribution

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    Martín Gil Samuel

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available This work presents a dynamic general equilibrium model where wealth distribution is endogenous. I provide channels of causality that suggest a complex relationship between financial markets and the real activity which breaks down the classical dichotomy. As a consequence, the Friedman rule does not hold. In terms of the current events taking place in the world economy, this paper provides a rationale to advert against the perils of an economy satiated with liquidity. Efficiency and distribution cannot thus be considered as separate attributes once we account for the interactions between financial markets and the economic performance.

  14. THERMAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM EXPERIMENT

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    KRAJEWSKI,R.F.; ANDREWS,J.W.; WEI,G.

    1999-09-01

    A laboratory experiment has been conducted which tests for the effects of distribution system purging on system Delivery Effectiveness (DE) as defined in ASHRAE 152P. The experiment is described in its configuration, instrumentation, and data acquisition system. Data gathered in the experiment is given and discussed. The results show that purging of the distribution system alone does not offer any improvement of the system DE. Additional supporting tests were conducted regarding experimental simulations of buffer zones and bare pipe and are also discussed.

  15. Managing Distributed Software Projects

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    Persson, John Stouby

    and coordination in a successful, distributed software project between a Russian and a Danish company. The case study’s control aspects were investigated, drawing on Kirsch’s (2004) elements of control framework, to analyze how control is enacted in the project. This analysis showed that informal measurement...... showed that multimodal communication can facilitate collective minding in distributed software projects and can positively impact performance. In providing an approach for investigating the impact of multimodal communication practices on virtual team performance, we can further understand and support...

  16. FMCG companies specific distribution channels

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    Ioana Barin

    2009-01-01

    Distribution includes all activities undertaken by the producer, alone or in cooperation, since the end of the final finished products or services until they are in possession of consumers. The distribution consists of the following major components: distribution channels or marketing channels, which together form a distribution network; logistics o rphysical distribution. In order to effective achieve, distribution of goods requires an amount of activities and operational processes related t...

  17. A Distributed Tier-1

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    Fischer, Lars; Grønager, Michael; Kleist, Josva;

    2008-01-01

    The Tier-1 facility operated by the Nordic DataGrid Facility (NDGF) differs significantly from other Tier-1s in several aspects: firstly, it is not located at one or a few premises, but instead is distributed throughout the Nordic countries; secondly, it is not under the governance of a single or...

  18. A MULTIVARIATE WEIBULL DISTRIBUTION

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    Cheng Lee

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available A multivariate survival function of Weibull Distribution is developed by expanding the theorem by Lu and Bhattacharyya. From the survival function, the probability density function, the cumulative probability function, the determinant of the Jacobian Matrix, and the general moment are derived.

  19. The proton's gluon distribution

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    Donnachie, A.; Landshoff, P.V.(DAMTP, Cambridge University, United Kingdom)

    2002-01-01

    The gluon distribution is dominated by the hard pomeron at small $x$ and all $Q^2$, with no soft-pomeron contribution. This describes well not only the DGLAP evolution of the hard-pomeron part of $F_2(x,Q^2)$, but also charm photoproduction and electroproduction, and the longitudinal structure function, all calculated in leading-order pQCD.

  20. Industrial power distribution

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    Sorrells, M.A.

    1990-01-01

    This paper is a broad overview of industrial power distribution. Primary focus will be on selection of the various low voltage components to achieve the end product. Emphasis will be on the use of national standards to ensure a safe and well designed installation.

  1. Parton distributions updated

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    Martin, A.D.; Stirling, W.J. [Durham Univ. (United Kingdom). Dept. of Physics; Roberts, R.G.

    1992-11-01

    We refine our recent determination of parton distributions with the inclusion of the new published sets of precise muon and neutrino deep inelastic data. Deuteron screening effects are incorporated. The tt-bar cross section at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL) pp-bar collider is calculated. (author).

  2. Deciding bisimilarities on distributions

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    Eisentraut, Christian; Hermanns, Holger; Krämer, Julia;

    2013-01-01

    Probabilistic automata (PA) are a prominent compositional concurrency model. As a way to justify property-preserving abstractions, in the last years, bisimulation relations over probability distributions have been proposed both in the strong and the weak setting. Different to the usual bisimulati...

  3. Factor Determining Income Distribution

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    J. Tinbergen (Jan)

    1972-01-01

    textabstractSince the phrase income distribution covers a large number of different concepts, it is necessary to define these and to indicate the choice made in this article. Income for a given recipient may cover lists of items which are not always the same. Apart from popular misunderstandings abo

  4. Momentum distributions: An overview

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    Sokol, P. E.; Silver, R. N.; Clark, J. W.

    There have been several excellent reviews of momentum-distribution research in particular subject areas of physics such as electronic systems and nuclear systems. However, it is the commonality of interests, difficulties, and prospects across all of physics, along with certain pivotal advances, which led to the organization of an interdisciplinary Workshop on Momentum Distributions held at Argonne National Laboratory on 24 and 26 October 1988. The purpose of this overview is to explain why scientists with such diverse backgrounds were brought together at this meeting, to introduce and discuss the common elements of momentum-distribution studies, and to establish a common language. We hope to facilitate an appreciation of the more specialized articles which follow in these proceedings. We begin by summarizing the general properties of momentum distributions. Differences and similarities of atomic, electronic, and nuclear many-body systems are examined, in terms of characteristic lengths and energies, relative importance of exchange, and the nature of the two-particle interactions. We continue with a brief commentary on the microscopic methods used to calculate n(p) from first principles.

  5. A Distributed Magnetometer Network

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    Scoville, John; Freund, Friedemann

    2014-01-01

    Various possiblities for a distributed magnetometer network are considered. We discuss strategies such as croudsourcing smartphone magnetometer data, the use of trees as magnetometers, and performing interferometry using magnetometer arrays to synthesize the magnetometers into the world's largest telescope. Geophysical and other applications of such a network are discussed.

  6. Distributed analysis in ATLAS

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    Dewhurst, A.; Legger, F.

    2015-12-01

    The ATLAS experiment accumulated more than 140 PB of data during the first run of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. The analysis of such an amount of data is a challenging task for the distributed physics community. The Distributed Analysis (DA) system of the ATLAS experiment is an established and stable component of the ATLAS distributed computing operations. About half a million user jobs are running daily on DA resources, submitted by more than 1500 ATLAS physicists. The reliability of the DA system during the first run of the LHC and the following shutdown period has been high thanks to the continuous automatic validation of the distributed analysis sites and the user support provided by a dedicated team of expert shifters. During the LHC shutdown, the ATLAS computing model has undergone several changes to improve the analysis workflows, including the re-design of the production system, a new analysis data format and event model, and the development of common reduction and analysis frameworks. We report on the impact such changes have on the DA infrastructure, describe the new DA components, and include recent performance measurements.

  7. Distributed analysis in ATLAS

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    Legger, Federica; The ATLAS collaboration

    2015-01-01

    The ATLAS experiment accumulated more than 140 PB of data during the first run of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. The analysis of such an amount of data for the distributed physics community is a challenging task. The Distributed Analysis (DA) system of the ATLAS experiment is an established and stable component of the ATLAS distributed computing operations. About half a million user jobs are daily running on DA resources, submitted by more than 1500 ATLAS physicists. The reliability of the DA system during the first run of the LHC and the following shutdown period has been high thanks to the continuous automatic validation of the distributed analysis sites and the user support provided by a dedicated team of expert shifters. During the LHC shutdown, the ATLAS computing model has undergone several changes to improve the analysis workflows, including the re-design of the production system, a new analysis data format and event model, and the development of common reduction and analysis frameworks. We r...

  8. Polarized parton distributions

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    de Florian, D.; Epele, L.N.; Fanchiotti, H.; Garcia Canal, C.A.; Sassot, R. (Laboratorio de Fisica Teorica, Departamento de Fisica, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, C.C. 67-1900 La Plata (Argentina))

    1995-01-01

    We analyze spin-dependent parton distributions consistent with the most recent measurements of the spin-dependent deep inelastic scattering structure functions and obtained in the framework of the spin dilution model. Predictions for the doubly polarized proton-proton Drell-Yan asymmetry, for the high [ital p][sub [ital T

  9. A distribution management system

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    Jaerventausta, P.; Verho, P.; Kaerenlampi, M.; Pitkaenen, M. [Tampere Univ. of Technology (Finland); Partanen, J. [Lappeenranta Univ. of Technology (Finland)

    1998-08-01

    The development of new distribution automation applications is considerably wide nowadays. One of the most interesting areas is the development of a distribution management system (DMS) as an expansion to the traditional SCADA system. At the power transmission level such a system is called an energy management system (EMS). The idea of these expansions is to provide supporting tools for control center operators in system analysis and operation planning. Nowadays the SCADA is the main computer system (and often the only) in the control center. However, the information displayed by the SCADA is often inadequate, and several tasks cannot be solved by a conventional SCADA system. A need for new computer applications in control center arises from the insufficiency of the SCADA and some other trends. The latter means that the overall importance of the distribution networks is increasing. The slowing down of load-growth has often made network reinforcements unprofitable. Thus the existing network must be operated more efficiently. At the same time larger distribution areas are for economical reasons being monitored at one control center and the size of the operation staff is decreasing. The quality of supply requirements are also becoming stricter. The needed data for new applications is mainly available in some existing systems. Thus the computer systems of utilities must be integrated. The main data source for the new applications in the control center are the AM/FM/GIS (i.e. the network database system), the SCADA, and the customer information system (CIS). The new functions can be embedded in some existing computer system. This means a strong dependency on the vendor of the existing system. An alternative strategy is to develop an independent system which is integrated with other computer systems using well-defined interfaces. The latter approach makes it possible to use the new applications in various computer environments, having only a weak dependency on the

  10. Multiagent distributed watershed management

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    Giuliani, M.; Castelletti, A.; Amigoni, F.; Cai, X.

    2012-04-01

    Deregulation and democratization of water along with increasing environmental awareness are challenging integrated water resources planning and management worldwide. The traditional centralized approach to water management, as described in much of water resources literature, is often unfeasible in most of the modern social and institutional contexts. Thus it should be reconsidered from a more realistic and distributed perspective, in order to account for the presence of multiple and often independent Decision Makers (DMs) and many conflicting stakeholders. Game theory based approaches are often used to study these situations of conflict (Madani, 2010), but they are limited to a descriptive perspective. Multiagent systems (see Wooldridge, 2009), instead, seem to be a more suitable paradigm because they naturally allow to represent a set of self-interested agents (DMs and/or stakeholders) acting in a distributed decision process at the agent level, resulting in a promising compromise alternative between the ideal centralized solution and the actual uncoordinated practices. Casting a water management problem in a multiagent framework allows to exploit the techniques and methods that are already available in this field for solving distributed optimization problems. In particular, in Distributed Constraint Satisfaction Problems (DCSP, see Yokoo et al., 2000), each agent controls some variables according to his own utility function but has to satisfy inter-agent constraints; while in Distributed Constraint Optimization Problems (DCOP, see Modi et al., 2005), the problem is generalized by introducing a global objective function to be optimized that requires a coordination mechanism between the agents. In this work, we apply a DCSP-DCOP based approach to model a steady state hypothetical watershed management problem (Yang et al., 2009), involving several active human agents (i.e. agents who make decisions) and reactive ecological agents (i.e. agents representing

  11. Summer Steelhead Distribution [ds341

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    California Department of Resources — Summer Steelhead Distribution October 2009 Version This dataset depicts observation-based stream-level geographic distribution of anadromous summer-run steelhead...

  12. Distribution management system

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    Verho, P.; Kaerenlampi, M.; Pitkaenen, M.; Jaerventausta, P.; Partanen, J.

    1997-12-31

    This report comprises a general description of the results obtained in the research projects `Information system applications of a distribution control center`, `Event analysis in primary substation`, and `Distribution management system` of the EDISON research program during the years of 1993 - 1997. The different domains of the project are presented in more detail in other reports. An operational state analysis of a distribution network has been made from the control center point of view and the functions which can not be solved by a conventional SCADA system are determined. The basis for new computer applications is shown to be integration of the computer systems. The main result of the work is a distribution management system (DMS), which is an autonomous system integrated to the existing information systems, SCADA and AM/FM/GIS. The system uses a large number of modelling and computation methods and provides an extensive group of advanced functions to support the distribution network monitoring, fault management, operations planning and optimization. The development platform of the system consists of a Visual C++ programming environment, Windows NT operating system and PC. During the development the DMS has been tested in a pilot utility and it is nowadays in practical use in several Finnish utilities. The use of a DMS improves the quality and economy of power supply in many ways; the outage times can, in particular, be reduced using the system. Based on the achieved experiences some parts of the DMS reached the commercialization phase, too. Initially the commercial products were developed by a software company, Versoft Oy. At present the research results are the basis of a worldwide software product supplied by ABB Transmit Co. (orig.) EDISON Research Programme. 28 refs.

  13. Modeling of magnitude distributions by the generalized truncated exponential distribution

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    Raschke, Mathias

    2014-01-01

    The probability distribution of the magnitude can be modeled by an exponential distribution according to the Gutenberg-Richter relation. Two alternatives are the truncated exponential distribution (TED) and the cut-off exponential distribution (CED). The TED is frequently used in seismic hazard analysis although it has a weak point: When two TEDs with equal parameters excepting the upper bound magnitude are mixed, then the resulting distribution is not a TED. Inversely, it is also not possible to split a TED of a seismic region in TEDs of sub-regions with equal parameters excepting the upper bound magnitude. This weakness is a principal problem as seismic regions are constructed scientific objects and not natural units. We overcome it by the generalization of the above-mentioned exponential distributions: the generalized truncated exponential distribution (GTED). Therein, identical exponential distributions are mixed by the probability distribution of the correct cut-off points. This distribution model is fle...

  14. Open mic: Introduction to the CERN Study Group

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    2016-01-01

    Mozilla Study Groups are knowledge- and skill-sharing meet-ups for people to get help with their research or work on open-science projects. A CERN chapter was launched recently and you are invited to participate!

  15. Gradient Plate for Hicomb Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) Test

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    Fatemi Motlagh M; Varham H; Mansori N

    2011-01-01

    Bakground and objectives: "The comb antibiotic sensitivity test" is a quick,reliable and cost effective method to determine the susceptibility of bacteriato different antibiotics. The purpose of this study is to design a plate that iseasy and quick to use, and enable to be interpreted easily without the need formeasurement of the margins with a ruler.Material and Methods: First, Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institutedata about the maximum growth inhibitory haloes formed with antibioticsa...

  16. Estudi aerodinàmic d’un bobsleigh

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    Saguer i Parra, Sergi

    2004-01-01

    L’objectiu d’aquest projecte és partir d’una configuració actual d’un bobsleigh que compleixi la normativa vigent i assolir una configuració que presenti una resistència a l’avanç inferior a l’original i aporti un major nivell de seguretat als ocupants. El flux que seguirà el desenvolupament del projecte serà el següent: • Disseny mitjançant SolidWorks dels models inicials i de les possibles solucions. • Estudi teòric amb eines de flux potencial dels models proposats. • Estu...

  17. MIC Leak Disaster and Environmental Contamination: Time to Act Now

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    Brajendra Mishra, Nalok Banerjee

    2014-01-01

    Conclusion: Fear of contamination and resultant ill health is so far un-substantiated. However, further study should be conducted to link toxicant present in water/soil, pathways to reach food chain and ultimately human body and with their present health status. Soil remediation should be under taken on war footing.

  18. MIC polar discriminators and multifunction modules in EW systems

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    Chelli, R.; Gasperini, S.; Quaglia, A.

    In the design of modern airborne and shipborne electronic warfare (EW) systems, problems arise with respect to weight, size, cost and repeatability demands. The approaches used to obtain solutions to those problems frequently involve the use of new structures, based on the development of integrated microwave subsystem and multifunction modules. The two most useful configurations are related to strip-line and microstrip designs. A Polar Frequency Discriminator (PFD) is a subsystem which relates its output angle with an input frequency. This subsystem includes a power splitter, a delay line, and a Polar Phase Discriminator (PPD) with four detectors. A PPD which includes three 3-dB hybrid couplers, and a power splitter is considered. Attention is given to the development of suitable PFDs, and the design of a mcirostrip broadband multifunction component. The component is used for a Built-In Test Equipment (BITE) in a ship-borne system.

  19. Pelasgos y Micénicos en Tesalia

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    García Ramón, J. L.

    2009-01-01

    Hay en las primeras etapas de la historia de Grecia una serie de problemas de todo tipo para cuya solución los testimonios de los autores antiguos no sólo no han sido de excesiva utilidad, sino que más bien han contribuido a complicar que a explicar las cosas. Baste recordar en este sentido el difuso significado que en la tradición antigua tiene el término «eolio», auténtico cajón de sastre en el que entraba toda estirpe o dialecto griego no clasificable como jonio, ático o dorio; la fidelida...

  20. Frequency distribution of coliforms in water distribution systems.

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    Christian, R R; Pipes, W O

    1983-01-01

    Nine small water distribution systems were sampled intensively to determine the patterns of dispersion of coliforms. The frequency distributions of confirmed coliform counts were compatible with either the negative-binomial or the lognormal distribution. They were not compatible with either the Poisson or Poisson-plus-added zeroes distribution. The implications of the use of the lognormal distributional model were further evaluated because of its previous use in water quality studies. The geo...

  1. Light Meson Distribution Amplitudes

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    Arthur, R; Brommel, D; Donnellan, M A; Flynn, J M; Juttner, A; de Lima, H Pedroso; Rae, T D; Sachrajda, C T; Samways, B

    2010-01-01

    We calculated the first two moments of the light-cone distribution amplitudes for the pseudoscalar mesons ($\\pi$ and $K$) and the longitudinally polarised vector mesons ($\\rho$, $K^*$ and $\\phi$) as part of the UKQCD and RBC collaborations' $N_f=2+1$ domain-wall fermion phenomenology programme. These quantities were obtained with a good precision and, in particular, the expected effects of $SU(3)$-flavour symmetry breaking were observed. Operators were renormalised non-perturbatively and extrapolations to the physical point were made, guided by leading order chiral perturbation theory. The main results presented are for two volumes, $16^3\\times 32$ and $24^3\\times 64$, with a common lattice spacing. Preliminary results for a lattice with a finer lattice spacing, $32^3\\times64$, are discussed and a first look is taken at the use of twisted boundary conditions to extract distribution amplitudes.

  2. Managing Distributed Knowledge Systems

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    Sørensen, Brian Vejrum; Gelbuda, Modestas

    2005-01-01

    The article argues that the growth of de novo knowledge-based organization depends on managing and coordinating increasingly growing and, therefore, distributed knowledge. Moreover, the growth in knowledge is often accompanied by an increasing organizational complexity, which is a result of integ......The article argues that the growth of de novo knowledge-based organization depends on managing and coordinating increasingly growing and, therefore, distributed knowledge. Moreover, the growth in knowledge is often accompanied by an increasing organizational complexity, which is a result...... of integrating new people, building new units and adding activities to the existing organization. It is argued that knowledge is not a stable capacity that belongs to any actor alone, but that it is rather an ongoing social accomplishment, which is created and recreated as actors engage in mutual activities...

  3. Distribution load estimation (DLE)

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    Seppaelae, A.; Lehtonen, M. [VTT Energy, Espoo (Finland)

    1998-08-01

    The load research has produced customer class load models to convert the customers` annual energy consumption to hourly load values. The reliability of load models applied from a nation-wide sample is limited in any specific network because many local circumstances are different from utility to utility and time to time. Therefore there is a need to find improvements to the load models or, in general, improvements to the load estimates. In Distribution Load Estimation (DLE) the measurements from the network are utilized to improve the customer class load models. The results of DLE will be new load models that better correspond to the loading of the distribution network but are still close to the original load models obtained by load research. The principal data flow of DLE is presented

  4. Distributed Project Work

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    Borch, Ole; Kirkegaard, B.; Knudsen, Morten;

    1998-01-01

    Project work has been used for many years at Aalborg University to improve learning of theory and methods given in courses. In a closed environment where the students are forming a group in a single room, the interaction behaviour is more or less given from the natural life. Group work...... in a distributed fashion over the Internet needs more attention to the interaction protocol since the physical group room is not existing. The purpose in this paper is to develop a method for online project work by using the product: Basic Support for Cooperative Work (BSCV). An analysis of a well-proven protocol...... to be very precises and with success used on the second test group. Distributed project work is coming pretty soon and with little improvement in server tools, projects in different topics with a large and inhomogeneous profile of users are realistic....

  5. Benford distributions in NMR

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    Bhole, Gaurav; Mahesh, T S

    2014-01-01

    Benford's Law is an empirical law which predicts the frequency of significant digits in databases corresponding to various phenomena, natural or artificial. Although counter intuitive at the first sight, it predicts a higher occurrence of digit 1, and decreasing occurrences to other larger digits. Here we report the Benford analysis of various NMR databases and draw several interesting inferences. We observe that, in general, NMR signals follow Benford distribution in time-domain as well as in frequency domain. Our survey included NMR signals of various nuclear species in a wide variety of molecules in different phases, namely liquid, liquid-crystalline, and solid. We also studied the dependence of Benford distribution on NMR parameters such as signal to noise ratio, number of scans, pulse angles, and apodization. In this process we also find that, under certain circumstances, the Benford analysis can distinguish a genuine spectrum from a visually identical simulated spectrum. Further we find that chemical-sh...

  6. On Distribution Preserving Quantization

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    Li, Minyue; Kleijn, W Bastiaan

    2011-01-01

    Upon compressing perceptually relevant signals, conventional quantization generally results in unnatural outcomes at low rates. We propose distribution preserving quantization (DPQ) to solve this problem. DPQ is a new quantization concept that confines the probability space of the reconstruction to be identical to that of the source. A distinctive feature of DPQ is that it facilitates a seamless transition between signal synthesis and quantization. A theoretical analysis of DPQ leads to a distribution preserving rate-distortion function (DP-RDF), which serves as a lower bound on the rate of any DPQ scheme, under a constraint on distortion. In general situations, the DP-RDF approaches the classic rate-distortion function for the same source and distortion measure, in the limit of an increasing rate. A practical DPQ scheme based on a multivariate transformation is also proposed. This scheme asymptotically achieves the DP-RDF for i.i.d. Gaussian sources and the mean squared error.

  7. Distributed Language and Dialogism

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    Steffensen, Sune Vork

    2015-01-01

    (2009, 2013). First, the article discusses a central principle in Distributed Language, “the principle of non-locality,” and Linell’s interpretation of it; more generally, this is a discussion of contrasting views on “the locus of language” and derived methodological issues. Second, the article...... addresses Linell’s critique of Distributed Language as rooted in biosemiotics and in theories of organism-environment systems. It is argued that Linell’s sense-based approach entails an individualist view of how conspecific Others acquire their status as prominent parts of the sense-maker’s environment...... approaches is that they give priority to different aspects of this critique. As such, they draw the same picture, but with different figure-ground constellations. The two approaches are not to be seen as antagonistic or competitive but, rather, complementary in that they engender “alternative truths” about...

  8. Distributed Visualization Project

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    Craig, Douglas; Conroy, Michael; Kickbusch, Tracey; Mazone, Rebecca

    2016-01-01

    Distributed Visualization allows anyone, anywhere to see any simulation at any time. Development focuses on algorithms, software, data formats, data systems and processes to enable sharing simulation-based information across temporal and spatial boundaries without requiring stakeholders to possess highly-specialized and very expensive display systems. It also introduces abstraction between the native and shared data, which allows teams to share results without giving away proprietary or sensitive data. The initial implementation of this capability is the Distributed Observer Network (DON) version 3.1. DON 3.1 is available for public release in the NASA Software Store (https://software.nasa.gov/software/KSC-13775) and works with version 3.0 of the Model Process Control specification (an XML Simulation Data Representation and Communication Language) to display complex graphical information and associated Meta-Data.

  9. DIRAC distributed computing services

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    DIRAC Project provides a general-purpose framework for building distributed computing systems. It is used now in several HEP and astrophysics experiments as well as for user communities in other scientific domains. There is a large interest from smaller user communities to have a simple tool like DIRAC for accessing grid and other types of distributed computing resources. However, small experiments cannot afford to install and maintain dedicated services. Therefore, several grid infrastructure projects are providing DIRAC services for their respective user communities. These services are used for user tutorials as well as to help porting the applications to the grid for a practical day-to-day work. The services are giving access typically to several grid infrastructures as well as to standalone computing clusters accessible by the target user communities. In the paper we will present the experience of running DIRAC services provided by the France-Grilles NGI and other national grid infrastructure projects.

  10. Contracts in distributed systems

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    Massimo Bartoletti; Emilio Tuosto; Roberto Zunino

    2011-01-01

    We present a parametric calculus for contract-based computing in distributed systems. By abstracting from the actual contract language, our calculus generalises both the contracts-as-processes and contracts-as-formulae paradigms. The calculus features primitives for advertising contracts, for reaching agreements, and for querying the fulfilment of contracts. Coordination among principals happens via multi-party sessions, which are created once agreements are reached. We present two instances ...

  11. Quantum Message Distribution

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    LUO Ming-Xing; CHEN Xiu-Bo; DENG Yun; Yang Yi-Xian

    2013-01-01

    The semiquantum techniques have been explored recently to bridge the classical communications and the quantum communications.In this paper,we present one scheme to distribute the messages from one quantum participate to one weak quantum participate who can only measure the quantum states.It is proved to be robust by combining the classical coding encryption,quantum coding and other quantum techniques.

  12. Fission fragment angular distributions

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    Recently a Letter appeared (Phys. Rev. Lett., 522, 414(1984)) claiming that the usual expression for describing the angula distribution of fission fragments from compound nuclear decay is not a necessarily valid limit of a more general expression. In this comment we wish to point out that the two expressions arise from distinctly different models, and that the new expression as used in the cited reference is internally inconsistent

  13. Distributed Authorization in Vanadium

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    Taly, Ankur; Shankar, Asim

    2016-01-01

    In this tutorial, we present an authorization model for distributed systems that operate with limited internet connectivity. Reliable internet access remains a luxury for a majority of the world's population. Even for those who can afford it, a dependence on internet connectivity may lead to sub-optimal user experiences. With a focus on decentralized deployment, we present an authorization model that is suitable for scenarios where devices right next to each other (such as a sensor or a frien...

  14. The generalized distributive law

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    Aji, Srinivas M.; McEliece, Robert J.

    2000-01-01

    We discuss a general message passing algorithm, which we call the generalized distributive law (GDL). The GDL is a synthesis of the work of many authors in information theory, digital communications, signal processing, statistics, and artificial intelligence. It includes as special cases the Baum-Welch algorithm, the fast Fourier transform (FFT) on any finite Abelian group, the Gallager-Tanner-Wiberg decoding algorithm, Viterbi's algorithm, the BCJR algorithm, Pearl's “belief propagation” alg...

  15. Air Distribution in Rooms

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    Nielsen, Peter V.

    The research on air distribution in rooms is often done as full-size investigations, scale-model investigations or by Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). New activities have taken place within all three areas and this paper draws comparisons between the different methods. The outcome of the l......EA sponsored research "Air Flow Pattern within Buildings" is used for comparisons in some parts of the paper because various types of experiments and many countries are involved....

  16. Learning transformed product distributions

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    Daskalakis, Constantinos; Diakonikolas, Ilias; Servedio, Rocco A.

    2011-01-01

    We consider the problem of learning an unknown product distribution $X$ over $\\{0,1\\}^n$ using samples $f(X)$ where $f$ is a \\emph{known} transformation function. Each choice of a transformation function $f$ specifies a learning problem in this framework. Information-theoretic arguments show that for every transformation function $f$ the corresponding learning problem can be solved to accuracy $\\eps$, using $\\tilde{O}(n/\\eps^2)$ examples, by a generic algorithm whose running time may be expon...

  17. Distributed Computing Economics

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    Gray, Jim

    2004-01-01

    Computing economics are changing. Today there is rough price parity between (1) one database access, (2) ten bytes of network traffic, (3) 100,000 instructions, (4) 10 bytes of disk storage, and (5) a megabyte of disk bandwidth. This has implications for how one structures Internet-scale distributed computing: one puts computing as close to the data as possible in order to avoid expensive network traffic.

  18. Electric power distribution reliability

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    Brown, Richard E

    2002-01-01

    Balancing theory, practical knowledge, and real-world applications, this reference consolidates all pertinent topics related to power distribution reliability into one comprehensive volume. Exploring pressing issues in creating and analyzing reliability models, the author highlights the most effective techniques to achieve maximum performance at lowest cost. With over 300 tables, figures, and equations, the book discusses service interruptions caused by equipment malfunction, animals, trees, severe weather, natural disasters, and human error and evaluates strategies to improve reliability and

  19. Protection in Distributed Generation

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    Comech, M.Paz; Garcia-Gracia, Miguel; Borroy, Samuel; Villen, M.Teresa

    2010-01-01

    The expectable great penetration of dispersed generators in distribution systems can lead to conflicts with the current protection schemes, since they were designed to work in a different scenario and under different conditions. Most of the problems described in this chapter would be solved with the implementation of communication schemes and providing the power system with some "intelligence". In this line, the standard IEC61850 and new developments like Smart Grids are expected to bring new...

  20. Bilateral matrix-exponential distributions

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    Bladt, Mogens; Esparza, Luz Judith R; Nielsen, Bo Friis

    2012-01-01

    In this article we define the classes of bilateral and multivariate bilateral matrix-exponential distributions. These distributions have support on the entire real space and have rational moment-generating functions. These distributions extend the class of bilateral phasetype distributions of [1]...

  1. Distributed Priority Synthesis

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    Harald Ruess

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Given a set of interacting components with non-deterministic variable update and given safety requirements, the goal of priority synthesis is to restrict, by means of priorities, the set of possible interactions in such a way as to guarantee the given safety conditions for all possible runs. In distributed priority synthesis we are interested in obtaining local sets of priorities, which are deployed in terms of local component controllers sharing intended next moves between components in local neighborhoods only. These possible communication paths between local controllers are specified by means of a communication architecture. We formally define the problem of distributed priority synthesis in terms of a multi-player safety game between players for (angelically selecting the next transition of the components and an environment for (demonically updating uncontrollable variables. We analyze the complexity of the problem, and propose several optimizations including a solution-space exploration based on a diagnosis method using a nested extension of the usual attractor computation in games together with a reduction to corresponding SAT problems. When diagnosis fails, the method proposes potential candidates to guide the exploration. These optimized algorithms for solving distributed priority synthesis problems have been integrated into the VissBIP framework. An experimental validation of this implementation is performed using a range of case studies including scheduling in multicore processors and modular robotics.

  2. Economic theory of distributism

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    Đurković Miša

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available this paper, the economic theory of distributism has been analyzed. In the first place, the author explains that the distributism is a social thought which emerged in the Anglo-American world as the development of social teachings in the Roman Catholic Church. Although it has not received the status the main schools in modern economic thought have, distrubutism persists as a specific direction of socio-economic thinking. The paper particularly investigates the ideas of classical distibutism. The author focuses on two basic books by Gilbert Chesterton and two most important economic books by Hilaire Belloc. These authors have insisted on the problem of society moving towards the so-called servile state in which a small number of capitalists rule over mass of proletarians who are gradually coming under slavery status, which is sanctioned by the law. For the purpose of remedying this tendency and collectivism, they proposed a series of measures for a repeated broad distribution of ownership over the means of production. Finally, there is an overview of this idea and its development throughout the twentieth century, finishing with contemporary distributists like John Medaille and Alan Carlson. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. 179014

  3. A distribution management system

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    Verho, P.; Jaerventausta, P.; Kaerenlampi, M.; Paulasaari, H. [Tampere Univ. of Technology (Finland); Partanen, J. [Lappeenranta Univ. of Technology (Finland)

    1996-12-31

    The development of new distribution automation applications is considerably wide nowadays. One of the most interesting areas is the development of a distribution management system (DMS) as an expansion of the traditional SCADA system. At the power transmission level such a system is called an energy management system (EMS). The idea of these expansions is to provide supporting tools for control center operators in system analysis and operation planning. The needed data for new applications is mainly available in some existing systems. Thus the computer systems of utilities must be integrated. The main data source for the new applications in the control center are the AM/FM/GIS (i.e. the network database system), the SCADA, and the customer information system (CIS). The new functions can be embedded in some existing computer system. This means a strong dependency on the vendor of the existing system. An alternative strategy is to develop an independent system which is integrated with other computer systems using well-defined interfaces. The latter approach makes it possible to use the new applications in various computer environments, having only a weak dependency on the vendors of the other systems. In the research project this alternative is preferred and used in developing an independent distribution management system

  4. Multivariate Matrix-Exponential Distributions

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    Bladt, Mogens; Nielsen, Bo Friis

    2010-01-01

    In this article we consider the distributions of non-negative random vectors with a joint rational Laplace transform, i.e., a fraction between two multi-dimensional polynomials. These distributions are in the univariate case known as matrix-exponential distributions, since their densities can be...... written as linear combinations of the elements in the exponential of a matrix. For this reason we shall refer to multivariate distributions with rational Laplace transform as multivariate matrix-exponential distributions (MVME). The marginal distributions of an MVME are univariate matrix......-exponential distributions. We prove a characterization that states that a distribution is an MVME distribution if and only if all non-negative, non-null linear combinations of the coordinates have a univariate matrix-exponential distribution. This theorem is analog to a well-known characterization theorem for the...

  5. GASIFICATION FOR DISTRIBUTED GENERATION

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    Ronald C. Timpe; Michael D. Mann; Darren D. Schmidt

    2000-05-01

    A recent emphasis in gasification technology development has been directed toward reduced-scale gasifier systems for distributed generation at remote sites. The domestic distributed power generation market over the next decade is expected to be 5-6 gigawatts per year. The global increase is expected at 20 gigawatts over the next decade. The economics of gasification for distributed power generation are significantly improved when fuel transport is minimized. Until recently, gasification technology has been synonymous with coal conversion. Presently, however, interest centers on providing clean-burning fuel to remote sites that are not necessarily near coal supplies but have sufficient alternative carbonaceous material to feed a small gasifier. Gasifiers up to 50 MW are of current interest, with emphasis on those of 5-MW generating capacity. Internal combustion engines offer a more robust system for utilizing the fuel gas, while fuel cells and microturbines offer higher electric conversion efficiencies. The initial focus of this multiyear effort was on internal combustion engines and microturbines as more realistic near-term options for distributed generation. In this project, we studied emerging gasification technologies that can provide gas from regionally available feedstock as fuel to power generators under 30 MW in a distributed generation setting. Larger-scale gasification, primarily coal-fed, has been used commercially for more than 50 years to produce clean synthesis gas for the refining, chemical, and power industries. Commercial-scale gasification activities are under way at 113 sites in 22 countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia, according to the Gasification Technologies Council. Gasification studies were carried out on alfalfa, black liquor (a high-sodium waste from the pulp industry), cow manure, and willow on the laboratory scale and on alfalfa, black liquor, and willow on the bench scale. Initial parametric tests

  6. THE DISTRIBUTIONAL DIMENSION OF FRACTALS

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    2007-01-01

    In the book [1] H.Triebel introduces the distributional dimension of fractals in and distributional dimension, respectively. Thus we might say that the distributional dimension is an analytical definition for Hausdorff dimension. Therefore we can study Hausdorff dimension through the distributional dimension analytically.By discussing the distributional dimension, this paper intends to set up a criterion for estimating the upper and lower bounds of Hausdorff dimension analytically. Examples illustrating the criterion are included in the end.

  7. A new Markov Binomial distribution.

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    Omey, Edward; Minkova, Leda D.

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, we introduce a two state homogeneous Markov chain and define a geometric distribution related to this Markov chain. We define also the negative binomial distribution similar to the classical case and call it NB related to interrupted Markov chain. The new binomial distribution is related to the interrupted Markov chain. Some characterization properties of the Geometric distributions are given. Recursion formulas and probability mass functions for the NB distribution and the new...

  8. Optimizing queries in distributed systems

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    Ion LUNGU

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available This research presents the main elements of query optimizations in distributed systems. First, data architecture according with system level architecture in a distributed environment is presented. Then the architecture of a distributed database management system (DDBMS is described on conceptual level followed by the presentation of the distributed query execution steps on these information systems. The research ends with presentation of some aspects of distributed database query optimization and strategies used for that.

  9. Contracts in distributed systems

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    Bartoletti, Massimo; Zunino, Roberto; 10.4204/EPTCS.59.11

    2011-01-01

    We present a parametric calculus for contract-based computing in distributed systems. By abstracting from the actual contract language, our calculus generalises both the contracts-as-processes and contracts-as-formulae paradigms. The calculus features primitives for advertising contracts, for reaching agreements, and for querying the fulfilment of contracts. Coordination among principals happens via multi-party sessions, which are created once agreements are reached. We present two instances of our calculus, by modelling contracts as (i) processes in a variant of CCS, and (ii) as formulae in a logic. With the help of a few examples, we discuss the primitives of our calculus, as well as some possible variants.

  10. DEM - distribution energy management

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    Seppaelae, A.; Kekkonen, V.; Koreneff, G. [VTT Energy, Espoo (Finland)] [and others

    1998-08-01

    The electricity market was de-regulated in Finland at the end of 1995 and the customers can now freely choose their power suppliers. The national grid and local distribution network operators are now separated from the energy business. The network operators transmit the electric power to the customers on equal terms regardless from whom the power is purchased. The Finnish national grid is owned by one company Finnish Power Grid PLC (Fingrid). The major shareholders of Fingrid are the state of Finland, two major power companies and institutional investors. In addition there are about 100 local distribution utilities operating the local 110 kV, 20 kV and 0.4 kV networks. The distribution utilities are mostly owned by the municipalities and towns. In each network one energy supplier is always responsible for the hourly energy balance in the network (a `host`) and it also has the obligation to provide public energy prices accessible to any customer in the network`s area. The Finnish regulating authorities nominate such a supplier who has a dominant market share in the network`s area as the supplier responsible for the network`s energy balance. A regulating authority, called the Electricity Market Centre, ensures that the market is operating properly. The transmission prices and public energy prices are under the Electricity Market Centre`s control. For domestic and other small customers the cost of hourly metering (ca. 1000 US$) would be prohibitive and therefore the use of conventional energy metering and load models is under consideration by the authorities. Small customer trade with the load models (instead of the hourly energy recording) is scheduled to start in the first half of 1998. In this presentation, the problems of energy management from the standpoint of the energy trading and distributing companies in the new situation are first discussed. The topics covered are: the hourly load data management, the forecasting and estimation of hourly energy demands

  11. Uniform distribution of sequences

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    Kuipers, L

    2006-01-01

    The theory of uniform distribution began with Hermann Weyl's celebrated paper of 1916. In later decades, the theory moved beyond its roots in diophantine approximations to provide common ground for topics as diverse as number theory, probability theory, functional analysis, and topological algebra. This book summarizes the theory's development from its beginnings to the mid-1970s, with comprehensive coverage of both methods and their underlying principles.A practical introduction for students of number theory and analysis as well as a reference for researchers in the field, this book covers un

  12. Distributed Project Work

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    Borch, Ole; Kirkegaard, B.; Knudsen, Morten;

    1998-01-01

    Project work has been used for many years at Aalborg University to improve learning of theory and methods given in courses. In a closed environment where the students are forming a group in a single room, the interaction behaviour is more or less given from the natural life. Group work in a distr...... to be very precises and with success used on the second test group. Distributed project work is coming pretty soon and with little improvement in server tools, projects in different topics with a large and inhomogeneous profile of users are realistic....

  13. Approximation of distributed delays

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    Lu, Hao; Eberard, Damien; Simon, Jean-Pierre

    2010-01-01

    We address in this paper the approximation problem of distributed delays. Such elements are convolution operators with kernel having bounded support, and appear in the control of time-delay systems. From the rich literature on this topic, we propose a general methodology to achieve such an approximation. For this, we enclose the approximation problem in the graph topology, and work with the norm defined over the convolution Banach algebra. The class of rational approximates is described, and a constructive approximation is proposed. Analysis in time and frequency domains is provided. This methodology is illustrated on the stabilization control problem, for which simulations results show the effectiveness of the proposed methodology.

  14. Distribution load estimation - DLE

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    Seppaelae, A. [VTT Energy, Espoo (Finland)

    1996-12-31

    The load research project has produced statistical information in the form of load models to convert the figures of annual energy consumption to hourly load values. The reliability of load models is limited to a certain network because many local circumstances are different from utility to utility and time to time. Therefore there is a need to make improvements in the load models. Distribution load estimation (DLE) is the method developed here to improve load estimates from the load models. The method is also quite cheap to apply as it utilises information that is already available in SCADA systems

  15. On Distributed Embedded Systems

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    Arvindra Sehmi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Thinking of distributed embedded systems (DES—let alone the more general area of embedded computing—as a unified topic is difficult. Nevertheless, it is a vastly important topic and potentially represents a revolution in information technology (IT. DES is driven by the increasing capabilities and ever-declining costs of computing and communications devices, resulting in networked systems of embedded computers whose functional components are nearly invisible to end users. Systems have the potential to alter radically the way in which people interact with their environment by linking a range of devices and sensors that will allow information to be collected, shared, and processed in unprecedented ways.

  16. Distributed multiple description coding

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    Bai, Huihui; Zhao, Yao

    2011-01-01

    This book examines distributed video coding (DVC) and multiple description coding (MDC), two novel techniques designed to address the problems of conventional image and video compression coding. Covering all fundamental concepts and core technologies, the chapters can also be read as independent and self-sufficient, describing each methodology in sufficient detail to enable readers to repeat the corresponding experiments easily. Topics and features: provides a broad overview of DVC and MDC, from the basic principles to the latest research; covers sub-sampling based MDC, quantization based MDC,

  17. FMCG companies specific distribution channels

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    Ioana Barin

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Distribution includes all activities undertaken by the producer, alone or in cooperation, since the end of the final finished products or services until they are in possession of consumers. The distribution consists of the following major components: distribution channels or marketing channels, which together form a distribution network; logistics o rphysical distribution. In order to effective achieve, distribution of goods requires an amount of activities and operational processes related to transit of goods from producer to consumer, the best conditions, using existing distribution channels and logistics system. One of the essential functions of a distribution is performing acts of sale, through which, with the actual movement of goods, their change of ownership takes place, that the successive transfer of ownership from producer to consumer. This is an itinerary in the economic cycle of goods, called the distribution channel.

  18. Efficient Distributed Medium Access

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    Shah, Devavrat; Tetali, Prasad

    2011-01-01

    Consider a wireless network of n nodes represented by a graph G=(V, E) where an edge (i,j) models the fact that transmissions of i and j interfere with each other, i.e. simultaneous transmissions of i and j become unsuccessful. Hence it is required that at each time instance a set of non-interfering nodes (corresponding to an independent set in G) access the wireless medium. To utilize wireless resources efficiently, it is required to arbitrate the access of medium among interfering nodes properly. Moreover, to be of practical use, such a mechanism is required to be totally distributed as well as simple. As the main result of this paper, we provide such a medium access algorithm. It is randomized, totally distributed and simple: each node attempts to access medium at each time with probability that is a function of its local information. We establish efficiency of the algorithm by showing that the corresponding network Markov chain is positive recurrent as long as the demand imposed on the network can be supp...

  19. Optimizing electrical distribution systems

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    Electrical utility distribution systems are in the middle of an unprecedented technological revolution in planning, design, maintenance and operation. The prime movers of the revolution are the major economic shifts that affect decision making. The major economic influence on the revolution is the cost of losses (technical and nontechnical). The vehicle of the revolution is the computer, which enables decision makers to examine alternatives in greater depth and detail than their predecessors could. The more important elements of the technological revolution are: system planning, computers, load forecasting, analytical systems (primary systems, transformers and secondary systems), system losses and coming technology. The paper is directed towards the rather unique problems encountered by engineers of utilities in developing countries - problems that are being solved through high technology, such as the recent World Bank-financed engineering computer system for Sri Lanka. This system includes a DEC computer, digitizer, plotter and engineering software to model the distribution system via a digitizer, analyse the system and plot single-line diagrams. (author). 1 ref., 4 tabs., 6 figs

  20. Automated Gas Distribution System

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    Starke, Allen; Clark, Henry

    2012-10-01

    The cyclotron of Texas A&M University is one of the few and prized cyclotrons in the country. Behind the scenes of the cyclotron is a confusing, and dangerous setup of the ion sources that supplies the cyclotron with particles for acceleration. To use this machine there is a time consuming, and even wasteful step by step process of switching gases, purging, and other important features that must be done manually to keep the system functioning properly, while also trying to maintain the safety of the working environment. Developing a new gas distribution system to the ion source prevents many of the problems generated by the older manually setup process. This developed system can be controlled manually in an easier fashion than before, but like most of the technology and machines in the cyclotron now, is mainly operated based on software programming developed through graphical coding environment Labview. The automated gas distribution system provides multi-ports for a selection of different gases to decrease the amount of gas wasted through switching gases, and a port for the vacuum to decrease the amount of time spent purging the manifold. The Labview software makes the operation of the cyclotron and ion sources easier, and safer for anyone to use.

  1. Models of distributive justice.

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    Wolff, Jonathan

    2007-01-01

    Philosophical disagreement about justice rages over at least two questions. The most immediate is a substantial question, concerning the conditions under which particular distributive arrangements can be said to be just or unjust. The second, deeper, question concerns the nature of justice itself. What is justice? Here we can distinguish three views. First, justice as mutual advantage sees justice as essentially a matter of the outcome of a bargain. There are times when two parties can both be better off by making some sort of agreement. Justice, on this view, concerns the distribution of the benefits and burdens of the agreement. Second, justice as reciprocity takes a different approach, looking not at bargaining but at the idea of a fair return or just price, attempting to capture the idea of justice as equal exchange. Finally justice as impartiality sees justice as 'taking the other person's point of view' asking 'how would you like it if it happened to you?' Each model has significantly different consequences for the question of when issues of justice arise and how they should be settled. It is interesting to consider whether any of these models of justice could regulate behaviour between non-human animals.

  2. Bounding species distribution models

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    Thomas J. STOHLGREN; Catherine S. JARNEVICH; Wayne E. ESAIAS; Jeffrey T. MORISETTE

    2011-01-01

    Species distribution models are increasing in popularity for mapping suitable habitat for species of management concern.Many investigators now recognize that extrapolations of these models with geographic information systems (GIS) might be sensitive to the environmental bounds of the data used in their development,yet there is no recommended best practice for “clamping” model extrapolations.We relied on two commonly used modeling approaches:classification and regression tree (CART) and maximum entropy (Maxent) models,and we tested a simple alteration of the model extrapolations,bounding extrapolations to the maximum and minimum values of primary environmental predictors,to provide a more realistic map of suitable habitat of hybridized Africanized honey bees in the southwestern United States.Findings suggest that multiple models of bounding,and the most conservative bounding of species distribution models,like those presented here,should probably replace the unbounded or loosely bounded techniques currently used [Current Zoology 57 (5):642-647,2011].

  3. The double gluon distribution from the single gluon distribution

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    Golec-Biernat, Krzysztof; Serino, Mirko; Snyder, Zachary; Stasto, Anna

    2016-01-01

    Using momentum sum rule for evolution equations for Double Parton Distribution Functions (DPDFs) in the leading logarithmic approximation, we find that the double gluon distribution function can be uniquely constrained via the single gluon distribution function. We also study numerically its evolution with a hard scale and show that an approximately factorized ansatz into the product of two single gluon distributions performs quite well at small values of $x$ but is always violated for larger values, as expected.

  4. 不同食源微生物生物被膜形成特征及亚致死浓度消毒剂对菌体成膜的影响%Different Patterns of Biofilm Formation and Effect of Sub-MIC Disinfectant on Biofiim Formation of Foodbore Pathogens

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    黄宝威; 张宏梅; 刘学禄; 谢丽斯

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this study is to investigate the biofilm formation of four kinds of different bacteria in vitro under different culture conditions and the effect of sub-MIC disinfectant on biofilm formation. For thisbiofilm formation were tested by microtiter-plate method under the different nutrient conditionstemperature and pHas well as different concentration of quaternary ammonium compoundsthe results demonstrated that biofilm formation was identified widely among food pathogens. Furthermorehigh temperatureslow concentration of glucose and sodium chloride increased the production of biofilm. From the above resultsa conclusion could be made: Biofilm formation was influenced by many factors. Control of the production of biofilm was important for food safety in the food processing.%研究4种细菌在体外不同培养条件下形成生物膜的能力,并探索了亚致死质量浓度消毒剂对细菌生物成膜的影响.在不同营养物质浓度和培养条件下以及不同质量浓度的季铵盐下,以微孔板法检测菌体成膜性.高温、低浓度的葡萄糖和NaCl促进菌体形成生物膜,高质量浓度葡萄糖和NaC1、较高的培养温度,成膜受到抑制.菌体成膜受到多种因素的影响,合理控制食源微生物生物被膜的形成,是促进食品安全和卫生的重要手段.

  5. Inclusões fluidas crepitadas, fluidos hipersalinos e aquo-carbônicos em quartzo associado a rochas micáceas no Granito Xinguara - Terreno Granito-Greenstone de Rio Maria, PA Decrepitated fluid inclusions, aqueous-carbonic and hypersaline fluids in quartz associated to micaceous rocks in the Xinguara Granite - Rio Maria Granite - Greenstone terrain, Pará, Brazil

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    Marcelo Leopoldo Weber

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available As rochas micáceas encontradas no Granito Xinguara, terreno Granito-Greenstone de Rio Maria, Pará, são compostas por muscovita e clorita com níveis de quartzo intercalados, que formam uma xistosidade bem desenvolvida. Essa xistosidade é cortada por veios de quartzo. Ambas as gerações de quartzo apresentam os mesmos tipos de inclusões fluidas em halos ou trilhas secundárias de composições variadas entre aquosas, aquo-carbônicas e saturadas em torno de grandes inclusões primárias crepitadas ou em trilhas transgranulares secundárias. A grande variação de temperaturas de homogeneização, a alta salinidade, as evidências de estrangulamento e a existência das inclusões crepitadas permitem supor forte influência de alterações pós-formacionais e reequilíbrio relacionados à intrusão do granito. Essas rochas foliadas são, portanto, enclaves metassedimentares afetados por fluidos graníticos hipersalinos aquo-carbônicos.The micaceous rocks occurring in the Xinguara Granite, Rio Maria Granite-Greenstone terrain, Pará State, Brazil, are composed of muscovite and chlorite with quartz levels intercalated forming a well developed schistosity. This schistosity is cut by quartz veins. Both quartz generations show the same aqueous, aqueous-carbonic and halite-bearing fluid inclusions either in secondary inclusions halos and trails surrounding decrepitated primary fluid inclusions or in transgranular secondary trails. A wide variation of homogenization temperatures, high salinity, necking down and the decrepitated inclusions existence indicates strong influence of post-formational alteration and reequilibration linked to the granite intrusion. These foliated rocks are metasedimentary enclaves affected by late hypersaline aqueous-carbonic granitic fluids.

  6. InGaP/GaAs HBT X波段混合集成功率合成放大器的研制%An InGaP/GaAs HBT MIC Power Amplifier with Power Combining at the X-Band

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    陈延湖; 申华军; 王显泰; 陈高鹏; 刘新宇; 袁东风; 王祖强

    2008-01-01

    A MIC power amplifier with power combining based on InGaP/GaAs HBT is developed and measured for the application of the latest high power amplifier stage of the X-band.A novel InGaP/GaAs HBT power transistor with an on-chip RC stabilization network is used as the power combing cell to improve the stability of the circuit.A compact microstripe line parallel matching network is used to divide and combine the power.By biasing the amplifier at class AB:Vcc =7V,Ic=230mA,a maximum CW stabile output power of 28.9dBm and a power combine efficiency of 80%are achieved at 8.1GHz.%研制了面向X波段应用的InGaP/GaAs HBT混合集成功率合成放大器模块.电路采用一种新颖的具有片上RC稳定网络的InGaP/GaAs HBT功率管作为功率合成单元以提高电路的稳定性,并采用紧凑的微带线并联匹配网络进行功率分配和合成.在8.1GHz,偏置为Vcc=7V,Ic=230mA的AB类工作条件下,连续波最大输出功率为28.9dBm,功率合成效率达到80%.

  7. Loss Allocation in a Distribution System with Distributed Generation Units

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    Lund, Torsten; Nielsen, Arne Hejde; Sørensen, Poul Ejnar

    2007-01-01

    In Denmark, a large part of the electricity is produced by wind turbines and combined heat and power plants (CHPs). Most of them are connected to the network through distribution systems. This paper presents a new algorithm for allocation of the losses in a distribution system with distributed...... in Brønderslev in Northern Jutland, including measurement data, has been studied....

  8. Communication Facilities for Distributed Systems

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    V. Barladeanu

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available The design of physical networks and communication protocols in Distributed Systems can have a direct impact on system efficiency and reliability. This paper tries to identify efficient mechanisms and paradigms for communication in distributed systems.

  9. Distributed mobility management - framework & analysis

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    Liebsch, M.; Seite, P.; Karagiannis, G.

    2013-01-01

    Mobile operators consider the distribution of mobility anchors to enable offloading some traffic from their core network. The Distributed Mobility Management (DMM) Working Group is investigating the impact of decentralized mobility management to existing protocol solutions, while taking into account

  10. Distributed Wind Energy in Idaho

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    Gardner, John [Boise State Univ., ID (United States); Johnson, Kathryn [Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States); Haynes, Todd [Boise State Univ., ID (United States); Seifert, Gary [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    2009-01-31

    This project is a research and development program aimed at furthering distributed wind technology. In particular, this project addresses some of the barriers to distributed wind energy utilization in Idaho.

  11. Distributed charging of electrical assets

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    Ghosh, Soumyadip; Phan, Dung; Sharma, Mayank; Wu, Chai Wah; Xiong, Jinjun

    2016-02-16

    The present disclosure relates generally to the field of distributed charging of electrical assets. In various examples, distributed charging of electrical assets may be implemented in the form of systems, methods and/or algorithms.

  12. Distributed Private Heavy Hitters

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    Hsu, Justin; Roth, Aaron

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, we give efficient algorithms and lower bounds for solving the heavy hitters problem while preserving differential privacy in the fully distributed local model. In this model, there are n parties, each of which possesses a single element from a universe of size N. The heavy hitters problem is to find the identity of the most common element shared amongst the n parties. In the local model, there is no trusted database administrator, and so the algorithm must interact with each of the $n$ parties separately, using a differentially private protocol. We give tight information-theoretic upper and lower bounds on the accuracy to which this problem can be solved in the local model (giving a separation between the local model and the more common centralized model of privacy), as well as computationally efficient algorithms even in the case where the data universe N may be exponentially large.

  13. Distributed road assessment system

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    Beer, N. Reginald; Paglieroni, David W

    2014-03-25

    A system that detects damage on or below the surface of a paved structure or pavement is provided. A distributed road assessment system includes road assessment pods and a road assessment server. Each road assessment pod includes a ground-penetrating radar antenna array and a detection system that detects road damage from the return signals as the vehicle on which the pod is mounted travels down a road. Each road assessment pod transmits to the road assessment server occurrence information describing each occurrence of road damage that is newly detected on a current scan of a road. The road assessment server maintains a road damage database of occurrence information describing the previously detected occurrences of road damage. After the road assessment server receives occurrence information for newly detected occurrences of road damage for a portion of a road, the road assessment server determines which newly detected occurrences correspond to which previously detected occurrences of road damage.

  14. Carotenoid Distribution in Nature.

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    Alcaíno, Jennifer; Baeza, Marcelo; Cifuentes, Víctor

    2016-01-01

    Carotenoids are naturally occurring red, orange and yellow pigments that are synthesized by plants and some microorganisms and fulfill many important physiological functions. This chapter describes the distribution of carotenoid in microorganisms, including bacteria, archaea, microalgae, filamentous fungi and yeasts. We will also focus on their functional aspects and applications, such as their nutritional value, their benefits for human and animal health and their potential protection against free radicals. The central metabolic pathway leading to the synthesis of carotenoids is described as the three following principal steps: (i) the synthesis of isopentenyl pyrophosphate and the formation of dimethylallyl pyrophosphate, (ii) the synthesis of geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate and (iii) the synthesis of carotenoids per se, highlighting the differences that have been found in several carotenogenic organisms and providing an evolutionary perspective. Finally, as an example, the synthesis of the xanthophyll astaxanthin is discussed. PMID:27485217

  15. Power distribution arrangement

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    2010-01-01

    An arrangement and a method for distributing power supplied by a power source to two or more of loads (e.g., electrical vehicular systems) is disclosed, where a representation of the power taken by a particular one of the loads from the source is measured. The measured representation of the amount...... of power taken from the source by the particular one of the loads is compared to a threshold to provide an overload signal in the event the representation exceeds the threshold. Control signals dependant on the occurring of the overload signal are provided such that the control signal decreases the output...... power of the power circuit in case the overload signal occurs...

  16. Contracts in distributed systems

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    Massimo Bartoletti

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available We present a parametric calculus for contract-based computing in distributed systems. By abstracting from the actual contract language, our calculus generalises both the contracts-as-processes and contracts-as-formulae paradigms. The calculus features primitives for advertising contracts, for reaching agreements, and for querying the fulfilment of contracts. Coordination among principals happens via multi-party sessions, which are created once agreements are reached. We present two instances of our calculus, by modelling contracts as (i processes in a variant of CCS, and (ii as formulae in a logic. With the help of a few examples, we discuss the primitives of our calculus, as well as some possible variants.

  17. Evaluating the Normal Distribution

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    George Marsaglia

    2004-07-01

    Full Text Available This article provides a little table-free C function that evaluates the normal distribution with absolute error less than 8 x 10 -16 . A small extension provides relative error near the limit available in double precision: 14 to 16 digits, the limits determined mainly by the computer's ability to evaluate exp(-t for large t. Results are compared with those provided by calls to erf or erfc functions, the best of which compare favorably, others do not, and all appear to be much more complicated than need be to get either absolute accuracy less than 10-15 or relative accuracy to the exp(-limited 14 to 16 digits. Also provided: A short history of the error function erf and its intended use, as well as, in the "browse files" attachment, various erf or erfc versions used for comparison.

  18. Distributed usability evaluation

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    Christensen, Lars; Frøkjær, Erik

    2010-01-01

    , providing access to an evaluator (usability expert) and to product developers or managers who want to review the incidents and analyse them. DUE supports evaluation in the development stages from running prototypes and onwards. A case study of the use of DUE in a corporate environment is presented....... The study indicates that the DUE technique is effective in terms of low bias, high efficiency, and clear communication of usability issues among users, evaluators and developers. Further, DUE is supporting long-term evaluations making possible empirical studies of learnability.......We present DUE (Distributed Usability Evaluation), a technique for collecting and evaluating usability data. The DUE infrastructure involves a client-server network. A client-based tool resides on the workstation of each user, providing a screen video recording, microphone input of voice commentary...

  19. Nuclear Parton Distribution Functions

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    I. Schienbein, J.Y. Yu, C. Keppel, J.G. Morfin, F. Olness, J.F. Owens

    2009-06-01

    We study nuclear effects of charged current deep inelastic neutrino-iron scattering in the framework of a {chi}{sup 2} analysis of parton distribution functions (PDFs). We extract a set of iron PDFs which are used to compute x{sub Bj}-dependent and Q{sup 2}-dependent nuclear correction factors for iron structure functions which are required in global analyses of free nucleon PDFs. We compare our results with nuclear correction factors from neutrino-nucleus scattering models and correction factors for charged-lepton--iron scattering. We find that, except for very high x{sub Bj}, our correction factors differ in both shape and magnitude from the correction factors of the models and charged-lepton scattering.

  20. Husimi distribution for nucleon tomography

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    Hatta Yoshitaka

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We define the QCD Husimi distribution as the phase space distribution of partons inside the nucleon. Compared to the more well-known Wigner distribution, the Husimi distribution is better behaved and positive. It thus allows for a probabilistic interpretation and can be used to define the ‘entropy’ of the nucleon as a measure of complexity of the partonic structure. A possible connection to the Color Glass Condensate approach at small-x is also discussed.

  1. The Saguaro distributed operating system

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    Andrews, Gregory R.; Schlichting, Richard D.

    1989-05-01

    The progress achieved over the final year of the Saguaro distributed operating system project is presented. The primary achievements were in related research, including SR distributed programming language, the MLP system for constructing distributed mixed-language programs, the Psync interprocess communication mechanism, a configurable operating system kernal called the x-kernal, and the development of language mechanisms for performing failure handling in distributed programming languages.

  2. Interpreting spotted dolphin age distributions

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    Barlow, Jay; Hohn, Aleta A.

    1984-01-01

    Previous work has determined the age distribution from a sample of spotted dolphins (Stenella attenuata) killed in the eastern Pacific tuna purse-seine fishery. In this paper we examine the usefulness of this age distribution for estimating natural mortality rates. The observed age distribution has a deficiency of individuals from 5-15 years and cannot represent a stable age distribution. Sampling bias and errors in age interpretation are examined as possible causes of the "dip" in the obs...

  3. Distributed terascale volume visualization using distributed shared virtual memory

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    Beyer, Johanna

    2011-10-01

    Table 1 illustrates the impact of different distribution unit sizes, different screen resolutions, and numbers of GPU nodes. We use two and four GPUs (NVIDIA Quadro 5000 with 2.5 GB memory) and a mouse cortex EM dataset (see Figure 2) of resolution 21,494 x 25,790 x 1,850 = 955GB. The size of the virtual distribution units significantly influences the data distribution between nodes. Small distribution units result in a high depth complexity for compositing. Large distribution units lead to a low utilization of GPUs, because in the worst case only a single distribution unit will be in view, which is rendered by only a single node. The choice of an optimal distribution unit size depends on three major factors: the output screen resolution, the block cache size on each node, and the number of nodes. Currently, we are working on optimizing the compositing step and network communication between nodes. © 2011 IEEE.

  4. An intermediate distribution between Gaussian and Cauchy distributions

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    Liu, Tong; Dai, Wu-Sheng; Xie, Mi

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, we construct an intermediate distribution linking the Gaussian and the Cauchy distribution. We provide the probability density function and the corresponding characteristic function of the intermediate distribution. Because many kinds of distributions have no moment, we introduce weighted moments. Specifically, we consider weighted moments under two types of weighted functions: the cut-off function and the exponential function. Through these two types of weighted functions, we can obtain weighted moments for almost all distributions. We consider an application of the probability density function of the intermediate distribution on the spectral line broadening in laser theory. Moreover, we utilize the intermediate distribution to the problem of the stock market return in quantitative finance.

  5. Quark Helicity and Transversity Distributions

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    Hwang, Dae Sung

    2016-01-01

    The quark transversity distribution inside nucleon is less understood than the quark unpolarized and helicity distributions inside nucleon. In particular, it is important to know clearly why the quark helicity and transversity distributions are different. We investigate the origin of their discrepancy.

  6. The Weibull distribution a handbook

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    Rinne, Horst

    2008-01-01

    The Most Comprehensive Book on the SubjectChronicles the Development of the Weibull Distribution in Statistical Theory and Applied StatisticsExploring one of the most important distributions in statistics, The Weibull Distribution: A Handbook focuses on its origin, statistical properties, and related distributions. The book also presents various approaches to estimate the parameters of the Weibull distribution under all possible situations of sampling data as well as approaches to parameter and goodness-of-fit testing.Describes the Statistical Methods, Concepts, Theories, and Applications of T

  7. Distributed visualization framework architecture

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    Mishchenko, Oleg; Raman, Sundaresan; Crawfis, Roger

    2010-01-01

    An architecture for distributed and collaborative visualization is presented. The design goals of the system are to create a lightweight, easy to use and extensible framework for reasearch in scientific visualization. The system provides both single user and collaborative distributed environment. System architecture employs a client-server model. Visualization projects can be synchronously accessed and modified from different client machines. We present a set of visualization use cases that illustrate the flexibility of our system. The framework provides a rich set of reusable components for creating new applications. These components make heavy use of leading design patterns. All components are based on the functionality of a small set of interfaces. This allows new components to be integrated seamlessly with little to no effort. All user input and higher-level control functionality interface with proxy objects supporting a concrete implementation of these interfaces. These light-weight objects can be easily streamed across the web and even integrated with smart clients running on a user's cell phone. The back-end is supported by concrete implementations wherever needed (for instance for rendering). A middle-tier manages any communication and synchronization with the proxy objects. In addition to the data components, we have developed several first-class GUI components for visualization. These include a layer compositor editor, a programmable shader editor, a material editor and various drawable editors. These GUI components interact strictly with the interfaces. Access to the various entities in the system is provided by an AssetManager. The asset manager keeps track of all of the registered proxies and responds to queries on the overall system. This allows all user components to be populated automatically. Hence if a new component is added that supports the IMaterial interface, any instances of this can be used in the various GUI components that work with this

  8. Practical quasi parton distribution functions

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    Ishikawa, Tomomi; Qiu, Jian-Wei; Yoshida, Shinsuke

    2016-01-01

    A completely new strategy to calculate parton distribution functions on the lattice has recently been proposed. In this method, lattice calculable observables, called quasi distributions, are related to normal distributions. The quasi distributions are known to contain power-law UV divergences arise from a Wilson line in the non-local operator, while the normal distributions only have logatithmic UV divergences. We propose possible method to subtract the power divegence to make the matching of the quasi with the normal distributions well-defined. We also demonstrate the matching of the quasi quark distribution between continuum and lattice implementing the power divergence subtraction. The matching calculations are carried out by one-loop perturbation.

  9. Distributed Merge Trees

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    Morozov, Dmitriy; Weber, Gunther

    2013-01-08

    Improved simulations and sensors are producing datasets whose increasing complexity exhausts our ability to visualize and comprehend them directly. To cope with this problem, we can detect and extract significant features in the data and use them as the basis for subsequent analysis. Topological methods are valuable in this context because they provide robust and general feature definitions. As the growth of serial computational power has stalled, data analysis is becoming increasingly dependent on massively parallel machines. To satisfy the computational demand created by complex datasets, algorithms need to effectively utilize these computer architectures. The main strength of topological methods, their emphasis on global information, turns into an obstacle during parallelization. We present two approaches to alleviate this problem. We develop a distributed representation of the merge tree that avoids computing the global tree on a single processor and lets us parallelize subsequent queries. To account for the increasing number of cores per processor, we develop a new data structure that lets us take advantage of multiple shared-memory cores to parallelize the work on a single node. Finally, we present experiments that illustrate the strengths of our approach as well as help identify future challenges.

  10. Distributed Deliberative Recommender Systems

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    Recio-García, Juan A.; Díaz-Agudo, Belén; González-Sanz, Sergio; Sanchez, Lara Quijano

    Case-Based Reasoning (CBR) is one of most successful applied AI technologies of recent years. Although many CBR systems reason locally on a previous experience base to solve new problems, in this paper we focus on distributed retrieval processes working on a network of collaborating CBR systems. In such systems, each node in a network of CBR agents collaborates, arguments and counterarguments its local results with other nodes to improve the performance of the system's global response. We describe D2ISCO: a framework to design and implement deliberative and collaborative CBR systems that is integrated as a part of jcolibritwo an established framework in the CBR community. We apply D2ISCO to one particular simplified type of CBR systems: recommender systems. We perform a first case study for a collaborative music recommender system and present the results of an experiment of the accuracy of the system results using a fuzzy version of the argumentation system AMAL and a network topology based on a social network. Besides individual recommendation we also discuss how D2ISCO can be used to improve recommendations to groups and we present a second case of study based on the movie recommendation domain with heterogeneous groups according to the group personality composition and a group topology based on a social network.

  11. LHCb Distributed Conditions Database

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    Clemencic, Marco

    2007-01-01

    The LHCb Conditions Database project provides the necessary tools to handle non-event time-varying data. The main users of conditions are reconstruction and analysis processes, which are running on the Grid. To allow efficient access to the data, we need to use a synchronized replica of the content of the database located at the same site as the event data file, i.e. the LHCb Tier1. The replica to be accessed is selected from information stored on LFC (LCG File Catalog) and managed with the interface provided by the LCG developed library CORAL. The plan to limit the submission of jobs to those sites where the required conditions are available will also be presented. LHCb applications are using the Conditions Database framework on a production basis since March 2007. We have been able to collect statistics on the performance and effectiveness of both the LCB library COOL (the library providing conditions handling functionalities) and the distribution framework itself. Stress tests on the CNAF hosted replica o...

  12. Distributed control of PV strings with module integrated converters in presence of a central MPPT

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    Sera, Dezso; Mathe, Laszlo; Blaabjerg, Frede

    2014-01-01

    in that the MIC should ensure the string voltage stability and MPP operation in presence of other MICs and ‘plain’ panels. It must also be transparent to the main inverters' MPPT, so that it can track during normal operation. In this paper, a system layout with local MPPT without voltage control is proposed......, which is able to ensure string voltage stability and MPP tracking in presence of a central MPPT....

  13. Free 3-distributions: holonomy, Fefferman constructions and dual distributions

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    Armstrong, Stuart

    2007-01-01

    This paper analyses the parabolic geometries generated by a free 3-distribution in the tangent space of a manifold. It shows the existence of normal Fefferman constructions over CR and Lagrangian contact structures corresponding to holonomy reductions to SO(4,2) and SO(3,3), respectively. There is also a fascinating construction of a `dual' distribution when the holonomy reduces to $G_2'$. The paper concludes with some holonomy constructions for free $n$-distributions for $n>3$.

  14. DISTRIBUTION OF LOAD USING MOBILE AGENT IN DISTRIBUTED WEB SERVERS

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    VijayaKumar G. Dhas; V. Rhymend Uthariaraj

    2014-01-01

    The continuing growth of the World-Wide Web is placing increasing demands on popular Web servers. Many of the sites are now using distributed Web servers (i.e., groups of machines) to service the increasing number of client requests, as a single server cannot handle the workload. Incoming client requests must be distributed in some fashion among the machines in the distributed Web server to improve the performance. In the existing work, reducing the high message complexity is a challenge. Thi...

  15. Multicriteria Reconfiguration of Distribution Network with Distributed Generation

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    N.I. Voropai; Bat-Undraal, B.

    2012-01-01

    The paper addresses the problem of multicriteria reconfiguration of distribution network with distributed generation according to the criterion of minimum power loss under normal conditions and the criterion of power supply reliability under postemergency conditions. Efficient heuristic and multicriteria methods are used to solve the problem including advanced ant colony algorithm for minimum loss reconfiguration of distribution network, the sorting-out algorithm of cell formation for island ...

  16. Multiplicity distributions for $e^{+}e^{-}$ collisions using Weibull distribution

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    Dash, Sadhana; Sett, Priyanka

    2016-01-01

    The two parameters Weibull function is used to describe the charged particle multiplicity distribution in $e^{+}e^{-}$ collisions at the highest available energy measured by TASSO and ALEPH experiments. The Weibull distribution has wide applications in naturally evolving processes based on fragmentation and sequential branching. The Weibull model describes the multiplicity distribution very well, as particle production processes involve QCD parton fragmentation. The effective energy model of particle production was verified using Weibull parameters and the same was used to predict the multiplicity distribution in $e^{+}e^{-}$ collisions at future collider energies.

  17. Distributed Observer Network

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    Conroy, Michael; Mazzone, Rebecca; Little, William; Elfrey, Priscilla; Mann, David; Mabie, Kevin; Cuddy, Thomas; Loundermon, Mario; Spiker, Stephen; McArthur, Frank; Srey, Tate; Bonilla, Dennis

    2010-01-01

    The Distributed Observer network (DON) is a NASA-collaborative environment that leverages game technology to bring three-dimensional simulations to conventional desktop and laptop computers in order to allow teams of engineers working on design and operations, either individually or in groups, to view and collaborate on 3D representations of data generated by authoritative tools such as Delmia Envision, Pro/Engineer, or Maya. The DON takes models and telemetry from these sources and, using commercial game engine technology, displays the simulation results in a 3D visual environment. DON has been designed to enhance accessibility and user ability to observe and analyze visual simulations in real time. A variety of NASA mission segment simulations [Synergistic Engineering Environment (SEE) data, NASA Enterprise Visualization Analysis (NEVA) ground processing simulations, the DSS simulation for lunar operations, and the Johnson Space Center (JSC) TRICK tool for guidance, navigation, and control analysis] were experimented with. Desired functionalities, [i.e. Tivo-like functions, the capability to communicate textually or via Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) among team members, and the ability to write and save notes to be accessed later] were targeted. The resulting DON application was slated for early 2008 release to support simulation use for the Constellation Program and its teams. Those using the DON connect through a client that runs on their PC or Mac. This enables them to observe and analyze the simulation data as their schedule allows, and to review it as frequently as desired. DON team members can move freely within the virtual world. Preset camera points can be established, enabling team members to jump to specific views. This improves opportunities for shared analysis of options, design reviews, tests, operations, training, and evaluations, and improves prospects for verification of requirements, issues, and approaches among dispersed teams.

  18. Bio-synthesis and hydrolysis of ethyl phenylacetate and ethyl 2-phenylpropionate in organic solvent by lyophilized mycelia Biossíntese e hidrólise de fenilacetato de etila e 2-fenilpropionato de etila em solvente orgânico por meio de micélios liofilizados

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    Paolo Torre

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available To select the best biocatalysts for ethanol acylations with phenylacetic and 2-phenylpropionic acids, lyophilized mycelia of Aspergillus oryzae CBS 10207, A. oryzae MIM, Rhizopus oryzae CBS 11207, R. oryzae CBS 39134, R. oryzae CBS 26028 and R. oryzae CBS 32847 were tested in this study. The carboxylesterase activities of A. oryzae MIM and R. oryzae 11207, which revealed to be the best biocatalysts, were investigated either in 0.1 M phosphate buffer or in n-heptane to catalyze the hydrolysis or the synthesis of ethyl esters of these acids, respectively. A. oryzae proved more effective than R. oryzae, probably due to more favorable microenvironment conditions and thermodynamic scenario. The results in terms of product formation and substrate consumption versus time were used to estimate the maximum conversion yields, the equilibrium constants and the times needed to reach half maximum conversion, thus providing sufficient information about these equilibria.Micélios liofilizados de Aspergillus oryzae CBS 10207, A. oryzae MIM, Rhizopus oryzae CBS 11207, R. oryzae CBS 39134, R. oryzae CBS 26028 e R. oryzae CBS 32847 foram testados neste estudo com vista à seleção do melhor biocatalisador para efetuar a acilação de etanol com ácidos fenilacético e 2-fenilpropiônico. As atividades carboxilesterásicas de A. oryzae MIM e R. oryzae 11207, que resultaram ser os melhores biocatalisadores, foram investigadas tanto em tampão fosfato 0,1 M como em n-heptano para catalisar a hidrólise ou a síntese dos ésteres etílicos destes ácidos. A. oryzae pareceu ser mais eficaz que R. oryzae, provavelmente devido a condições micro-ambientais e a um cenário termodinâmico mais favoráveis. Os resultados obtidos em termos de formação do produto e consumo dos substratos em função do tempo foram usados para a estimativa dos rendimentos de conversão máximos, as constantes de equilíbrio e os tempos necessários para alcançar metade da conversão m

  19. Polynomial Learning of Distribution Families

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    Belkin, Mikhail

    2010-01-01

    The question of polynomial learnability of probability distributions, particularly Gaussian mixture distributions, has recently received significant attention in theoretical computer science and machine learning. However, despite major progress, the general question of polynomial learnability of Gaussian mixture distributions still remained open. The current work resolves the question of polynomial learnability for Gaussian mixtures in high dimension with an arbitrary fixed number of components. The result on learning Gaussian mixtures relies on an analysis of distributions belonging to what we call "polynomial families" in low dimension. These families are characterized by their moments being polynomial in parameters and include almost all common probability distributions as well as their mixtures and products. Using tools from real algebraic geometry, we show that parameters of any distribution belonging to such a family can be learned in polynomial time and using a polynomial number of sample points. The r...

  20. Distribution of tsunami interevent times

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    Geist, E.L.; Parsons, T.

    2008-01-01

    The distribution of tsunami interevent times is analyzed using global and site-specific (Hilo, Hawaii) tsunami catalogs. An empirical probability density distribution is determined by binning the observed interevent times during a period in which the observation rate is approximately constant. The empirical distributions for both catalogs exhibit non-Poissonian behavior in which there is an abundance of short interevent times compared to an exponential distribution. Two types of statistical distributions are used to model this clustering behavior: (1) long-term clustering described by a universal scaling law, and (2) Omori law decay of aftershocks and triggered sources. The empirical and theoretical distributions all imply an increased hazard rate after a tsunami, followed by a gradual decrease with time approaching a constant hazard rate. Examination of tsunami sources suggests that many of the short interevent times are caused by triggered earthquakes, though the triggered events are not necessarily on the same fault.

  1. Distribution Principle of Bone Tissue

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    Fan, Yifang; Fan, Yubo; Xu, Zongxiang; Li, Zhiyu

    2009-01-01

    Using the analytic and experimental techniques we present an exploratory study of the mass distribution features of the high coincidence of centre of mass of heterogeneous bone tissue in vivo and its centroid of geometry position. A geometric concept of the average distribution radius of bone issue is proposed and functional relation of this geometric distribution feature between the partition density and its relative tissue average distribution radius is observed. Based upon the mass distribution feature, our results suggest a relative distance assessment index between the center of mass of cortical bone and the bone center of mass and establish a bone strength equation. Analysing the data of human foot in vivo, we notice that the mass and geometric distribution laws have expanded the connotation of Wolff's law, which implies a leap towards the quantitative description of bone strength. We finally conclude that this will not only make a positive contribution to help assess osteoporosis, but will also provide...

  2. Parametrization of nuclear parton distributions

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    M Hirai; S Kumano; M Miyama

    2001-08-01

    Optimum nuclear parton distributions are obtained by analysing available experimental data on electron and muon deep inelastic scattering (DIS). The distributions are given at 2 = 1 GeV2 with a number of parameters, which are determined by a 2 analysis of the data. Valencequark distributions are relatively well determined at medium , but they are slightly dependent on the assumed parametrization form particularly at small . Although antiquark distributions are shadowed at small , their behavior is not obvious at medium from the 2 data. The gluon distributions could not be restricted well by the inclusive DIS data; however, the analysis tends to support the gluon shadowing at small . We provide analytical expressions and computer subroutines for calculating the nuclear parton distributions, so that other researchers could use them for applications to other high-energy nuclear reactions.

  3. Sales Distribution of Consumer Electronics

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    Hisano, Ryohei

    2010-01-01

    Using the uniform most powerful unbiased test, we observed the sales distribution of consumer electronics in Japan on a daily basis and report that it follows both a lognormal distribution and a power-law distribution and depends on the state of the market. We show that these switches occur quite often. The underlying sales dynamics found between both periods nicely matched a multiplicative process. However, even though the multiplicative term in the process displays a size-dependent relationship when a steady lognormal distribution holds, it shows a size-independent relationship when the power-law distribution holds. This difference in the underlying dynamics is responsible for the difference in the two observed distributions.

  4. Exploring Trajectories of Distributed Development

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    Slepniov, Dmitrij; Wæhrens, Brian Vejrum; Niang, Mohamed

    2014-01-01

    While some firms have successfully turned their global operations into a formidable source of competitive advantage, others have failed to do so. A lot depends on which activities are globally distributed and how they are configured and coordinated. Emerging body of literature and practice sugges...... of practices used by the companies in order to achieve control and coordination of distributed development activities. Three propositions are developed to advance our understanding of the continual search for an optimal organizational form for managing distributed development....

  5. Moment Distributions of Phase Type

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    Bladt, Mogens; Nielsen, Bo Friis

    2011-01-01

    Moment distributions of phase-type and matrix-exponential distributions are shown to remain within their respective classes. We provide a probabilistic phase-type representation for the former case and an alternative representation, with an analytically appealing form, for the latter. First order...... moment distributions are of special interest in areas like demography and economics, and we calculate explicit formulas for the Lorenz curve and Gini index used in these disciplines....

  6. Interactive Parallel and Distributed Processing

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    Lund, Henrik Hautop; Pagliarini, Luigi

    2010-01-01

    We present the concept of interactive parallel and distributed processing, and the challenges that programmers face in designing interactive parallel and distributed systems. Specifically, we introduce the challenges that are met and the decisions that need to be taken with respect...... to implement interactive parallel and distributed processing with different software behavioural models such as open loop, randomness based, rule based, user interaction based, AI and ALife based software....

  7. Extended New Generalized Lindley Distribution

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    D. S. Shibu

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we consider an extended version of new generalized Lindley distribution (NGLD. We refer to this new generalization as the extended new generalized Lindley distribution (ENGLD. A comprehensive account of the mathematical properties of the new distribution including estimation is presented. A real life data set is considered here to illustrate the relevance of the new model and compared it with other forms of Lindley models using method of moment estimation and method of maximum likelihood estimation.

  8. Exploring trajectories of distributed development

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    Slepniov, Dmitrij; Wæhrens, Brian Vejrum; Niang, Mohamed

    2013-01-01

    Some firms have turned their global operations into a formidable source of competitive advantage, whereas others hindered their agility. A lot depends on which activities are globally distributed, how they are configured and coordinated. Emerging body of literature and practice suggest that not o...... by the companies in order to achieve control and coordination of distributed development activities. Three propositions are developed to advance the understanding of the continual search for an optimal organisational form to manage distributed development....

  9. The Transmuted Inverse Exponential Distribution

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    Pelumi Oguntunde

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available This article introduces a two-parameter probability model which represents another generalization of the Inverse Exponential distribution by using the quadratic rank transmuted map. The proposed model is named Transmuted Inverse Exponential (TIE distribution and its statistical properties are systematically studied. We provide explicit expressions for its moments, moment generating function, quantile function, reliability function and hazard function. We estimate the parameters of the TIE distribution using the method of maximum likelihood estimation (MLE. The hazard function of the model has an inverted bathtub shape and we propose the usefulness of the TIE distribution in modeling breast cancer and bladder cancer data sets.

  10. On positivity of parton distributions

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    Altarelli, Guido; Ridolfi, G; Altarelli, Guido; Forte, Stefano; Ridolfi, Giovanni

    1998-01-01

    We discuss the bounds on polarized parton distributions which follow from their definition in terms of cross section asymmetries. We spell out how the bounds obtained in the naive parton model can be derived within perturbative QCD at leading order when all quark and gluon distributions are defined in terms of suitable physical processes. We specify a convenient physical definition for the polarized and unpolarized gluon distributions in terms of Higgs production from gluon fusion. We show that these bounds are modified by subleading corrections, and we determine them up to NLO. We examine the ensuing phenomenological implications, in particular in view of the determination of the polarized gluon distribution.

  11. Theoretically Optimal Distributed Anomaly Detection

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — A novel general framework for distributed anomaly detection with theoretical performance guarantees is proposed. Our algorithmic approach combines existing anomaly...

  12. Distribution system modeling and analysis

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    Kersting, William H

    2002-01-01

    For decades, distribution engineers did not have the sophisticated tools developed for analyzing transmission systems-often they had only their instincts. Things have changed, and we now have computer programs that allow engineers to simulate, analyze, and optimize distribution systems. Powerful as these programs are, however, without a real understanding of the operating characteristics of a distribution system, engineers using the programs can easily make serious errors in their designs and operating procedures.Distribution System Modeling and Analysis helps prevent those errors. It gives re

  13. SPECTRUM DISTRIBUTION OF THE SEDOND ORDER GENERALIZED DISTRIBUTED PARAMETER SYSTEMS

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    葛照强; 朱广田; 马勇镐

    2003-01-01

    Spectrum distribution of the second order generalized distributed parametersystem was discussed via the functional analysis and operator theory in Hilbert space. Thesolutions of the problem and the constructive expression of the solutions are given by thegeneralized inverse one of bounded linear operator. This is theoretically important forstudying the stabilization and asymptotic stability of the second order generalized distributedparameter system.

  14. Protection of Distribution Systems with Distributed Energy Resources

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    Bak-Jensen, Birgitte; Browne, Matthew; Calone, Roberto;

    The usage of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) in utilities around the world is expected to increase significantly. The existing distribution systems have been generally designed for unidirectional power flow, and feeders are opened and locked out for any fault within. However, in the future thi...

  15. Distributed Leadership: Friend or Foe?

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    Harris, Alma

    2013-01-01

    Distributed leadership is now widely known and variously enacted in schools and school systems. Distributed leadership implies a fundamental re-conceptualisation of leadership as practice and challenges conventional wisdom about the relationship between formal leadership and organisational performance. There has been much debate, speculation and…

  16. Water Treatment Technology - Distribution Systems.

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    Ross-Harrington, Melinda; Kincaid, G. David

    One of twelve water treatment technology units, this student manual on distribution systems provides instructional materials for six competencies. (The twelve units are designed for a continuing education training course for public water supply operators.) The competencies focus on the following areas: types of pipe for distribution systems, types…

  17. Distribution services and economic growth

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    Yi Jin; Zhixiong Zeng

    2006-01-01

    We analyze how the presence of distribution services affects an economy's long-run growth. We show that in an endogenous growth model, increases in the unit distribution requirement lower the economy''s balanced growth rate by reducing the proportion of aggregate employment allocated to the manufacturing sector. This contrasts with the neutrality result in the exogenous growth case.

  18. Easy and flexible mixture distributions

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    Fosgerau, Mogens; Mabit, Stefan L.

    2013-01-01

    We propose a method to generate flexible mixture distributions that are useful for estimating models such as the mixed logit model using simulation. The method is easy to implement, yet it can approximate essentially any mixture distribution. We test it with good results in a simulation study...

  19. Genus Distributions of Moebius Ladders

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    李德明

    2005-01-01

    The genus distribution of a graph is a polynomial whose coefficients are the partition of the number of embeddings with respect to the genera. In this paper,the genus distribution of Moebius ladders is provided which is an infinite class of 3-connected simple graphs.

  20. COS NUV MAMA Fold Distribution

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    Wheeler, Thomas

    2013-10-01

    The performance of the MAMA microchannel plate can be monitored using a MAMA fold analysis procedure. The fold analysis provides a measurement of the distribution of charge cloud sizes incident upon the anode giving some measure of changes in the pulse-height distribution of the MCP and, therefore, MCP gain. This proposal executes the same steps as Cycle 20 proposal 13128.

  1. Brine Distribution after Vacuum Saturation

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    Hedegaard, Kathrine; Andersen, Bertel Lohmann

    1999-01-01

    Experiments with the vacuum saturation method for brine in plugs of chalk showed that a homogeneous distribution of brine cannot be ensured at saturations below 20% volume. Instead of a homogeneous volume distribution the brine becomes concentrated close to the surfaces of the plugs...

  2. Radial distribution function in polymers

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    Przygocki, Wladyslaw

    1997-02-01

    Radial distribution function is a very useful tool for determination of the polymer structure. The connection between the scattered X-ray intensity and radial distribution function is presented. Some examples of RDF for polyethylene and for poly(ethylene terephtalate).

  3. Distributed generation and distribution market diversity in Europe

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    Lopes Ferreira, H., E-mail: helder.ferreira@ec.europa.eu [European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre, Institute of Energy, P.O. Box 2, 1755ZG Petten (Netherlands); Costescu, A. [European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre, Institute of Energy, P.O. Box 2, 1755ZG Petten (Netherlands); ENSM.SE (Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Saint Etienne), 158, cours Fauriel, 42023 Saint Etienne cedex 2 (France); L' Abbate, A. [RSE - Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico SpA, Power Systems Development Department, Via Rubattino, 54, 20134 Milan (Italy); Minnebo, P.; Fulli, G. [European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre, Institute of Energy, P.O. Box 2, 1755ZG Petten (Netherlands)

    2011-09-15

    The unbundling of the electricity power system will play a key role on the deployment of distributed generation (DG) in European distribution systems evolving towards Smart Grids. The present paper firstly reviews the relevant European Union (EU) regulatory framework: specific attention is paid to the concept of unbundling of power distribution sector in Europe. Afterwards, the focus is on the current state of penetration of DG technologies in the EU Member States and the corresponding interrelations with distribution features. A comparison between the unbundling of the distribution and supply markets using econometric indicators such as the Herfindahl-Hirschmann (I{sub HH}) and the Shannon-Wiener (I{sub SW}) indices is then presented. Finally, a comparative analysis between these indices and the current level of penetration of distributed generation in most EU is shown; policy recommendations conclude the paper. - Highlights: >The EU regulatory framework and the concept of unbundling are addressed. >A comparison between the unbundling of the distribution and supply markets is shown. >The Herfindahl-Hirschmann and the Shannon-Wiener econometric indices are applied. >A comparison between the indices and the penetration level of DG in EU is presented. >A comparison between the indices and the penetration level of DG in EU is presented.

  4. Distributed generation and distribution market diversity in Europe

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    The unbundling of the electricity power system will play a key role on the deployment of distributed generation (DG) in European distribution systems evolving towards Smart Grids. The present paper firstly reviews the relevant European Union (EU) regulatory framework: specific attention is paid to the concept of unbundling of power distribution sector in Europe. Afterwards, the focus is on the current state of penetration of DG technologies in the EU Member States and the corresponding interrelations with distribution features. A comparison between the unbundling of the distribution and supply markets using econometric indicators such as the Herfindahl-Hirschmann (IHH) and the Shannon-Wiener (ISW) indices is then presented. Finally, a comparative analysis between these indices and the current level of penetration of distributed generation in most EU is shown; policy recommendations conclude the paper. - Highlights: →The EU regulatory framework and the concept of unbundling are addressed. →A comparison between the unbundling of the distribution and supply markets is shown. →The Herfindahl-Hirschmann and the Shannon-Wiener econometric indices are applied. →A comparison between the indices and the penetration level of DG in EU is presented. →A comparison between the indices and the penetration level of DG in EU is presented.

  5. DISTRIBUTION OF LOAD USING MOBILE AGENT IN DISTRIBUTED WEB SERVERS

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    Vijayakumar G. Dhas

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The continuing growth of the World-Wide Web is placing increasing demands on popular Web servers. Many of the sites are now using distributed Web servers (i.e., groups of machines to service the increasing number of client requests, as a single server cannot handle the workload. Incoming client requests must be distributed in some fashion among the machines in the distributed Web server to improve the performance. In the existing work, reducing the high message complexity is a challenge. This study introduces a novel algorithm, which has low message complexity named Load Distribution by dynamically Fixing input to the server using Mobile agent (LDFM which distributes the incoming request, as it arrives from the client world, to avoid overloading of the distributed web servers. LDFM uses prefetch techniques to balance the load among the distributed web servers. Mobile agents are susceptible to failure. This issue is also addressed to bring reliability to the algorithm. The simulation results confirm that the proposed method is reliable. The relative improvement in throughput, comparing with the exiting methods is appreciable.

  6. Distribution-Specific Agnostic Boosting

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    Feldman, Vitaly

    2009-01-01

    We consider the problem of boosting the accuracy of weak learning algorithms in the agnostic learning framework of Haussler (1992) and Kearns et al. (1992). Known algorithms for this problem (Ben-David et al., 2001; Gavinsky, 2002; Kalai et al., 2008) follow the same strategy as boosting algorithms in the PAC model: the weak learner is executed on the same target function but over different distributions on the domain. We demonstrate boosting algorithms for the agnostic learning framework that only modify the distribution on the labels of the points (or, equivalently, modify the target function). This allows boosting a distribution-specific weak agnostic learner to a strong agnostic learner with respect to the same distribution. When applied to the weak agnostic parity learning algorithm of Goldreich and Levin (1989) our algorithm yields a simple PAC learning algorithm for DNF and an agnostic learning algorithm for decision trees over the uniform distribution using membership queries. These results substantia...

  7. Testing Closeness of Discrete Distributions

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    Batu, Tugkan; Rubinfeld, Ronitt; Smith, Warren D; White, Patrick

    2010-01-01

    Given samples from two distributions over an $n$-element set, we wish to test whether these distributions are statistically close. We present an algorithm which uses sublinear in $n$, specifically, $O(n^{2/3}\\epsilon^{-8/3}\\log n)$, independent samples from each distribution, runs in time linear in the sample size, makes no assumptions about the structure of the distributions, and distinguishes the cases when the distance between the distributions is small (less than $\\max\\{\\epsilon^{4/3}n^{-1/3}/32, \\epsilon n^{-1/2}/4\\}$) or large (more than $\\epsilon$) in $\\ell_1$ distance. This result can be compared to the lower bound of $\\Omega(n^{2/3}\\epsilon^{-2/3})$ for this problem given by Valiant. Our algorithm has applications to the problem of testing whether a given Markov process is rapidly mixing. We present sublinear for several variants of this problem as well.

  8. 2014 Distributed Wind Market Report

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    Orell, A; Foster, N.

    2015-08-01

    The cover of the 2014 Distributed Wind Market Report.According to the 2014 Distributed Wind Market Report, distributed wind reached a cumulative capacity of almost 1 GW (906 MW) in the United States in 2014, reflecting nearly 74,000 wind turbines deployed across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In total, 63.6 MW of new distributed wind capacity was added in 2014, representing nearly 1,700 units and $170 million in investment across 24 states. In 2014, America's distributed wind energy industry supported a growing domestic industrial base as exports from United States-based small wind turbine manufacturers accounted for nearly 80% of United States-based manufacturers' sales.

  9. The Distributed-SDF Domain

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    Cuadrado, Daniel Lázaro; Ravn, Anders Peter; Koch, Peter

    2005-01-01

    The purpose of the Distributed-SDF domain for Ptolemy II is to allow distributed simulation of SDF models. It builds on top of the existing SDF domain by extending it. From the user’s point of view, using the Distributed-SDF director is sufficient to run the distributed version. It provides options...... remotely, virtual connections (over the network) are made among them in a way that mimics the ones in the original model, making the communication between actors decentralized. One of the architectural issues is how to identify the receivers in a distributed setup. A receiver that resides locally...... have different processing times, after every schedule level, a synchronization step is introduced. When an actor is executed remotely, it is embedded in a model with a director and its inputs and outputs are connected to modified relations that make them believe they are embedded in the original model...

  10. Review on Islanding Operation of Distribution System with Distributed Generation

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    Mahat, Pukar; Chen, Zhe; Bak-Jensen, Birgitte

    2011-01-01

    The growing environmental concern and various benefits of distributed generation (DG) have resulted in significant penetration of DG in many distribution systems worldwide. One of the major expected benefits of DG is the improvement in the reliability of power supply by supplying load during power...... outage by operating in an island mode. However, there are many challenges to overcome before islanding operation of a distribution system with DG can become a viable solution in future. This paper reviews some of the major challenges with islanding operation and explores some possible solutions to...

  11. Constructions for a bivariate beta distribution

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    Olkin, Ingram; Trikalinos, Thomas A.

    2014-01-01

    The beta distribution is a basic distribution serving several purposes. It is used to model data, and also, as a more flexible version of the uniform distribution, it serves as a prior distribution for a binomial probability. The bivariate beta distribution plays a similar role for two probabilities that have a bivariate binomial distribution. We provide a new multivariate distribution with beta marginal distributions, positive probability over the unit square, and correlations over the full ...

  12. Mw7.7 2013 Balochistan Earthquake. Slip-Distribution and Deformation Field in Oblique Tectonic Context

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    Klinger, Y.; Vallage, A.; Grandin, R.; Delorme, A.; Rosu, A. M.; Pierro-Deseilligny, M.

    2014-12-01

    The Mw7.7 2013 Balochistan earthquake ruptured 200 km of the Hoshab fault, the southern end of the Chaman fault. Azimuth of the fault changes by more than 30° along rupture, from a well-oriented strike-slip fault to a more thrust prone direction. We use the MicMac optical image software to correlate pairs of Landsat images taken before and after the earthquake to access to the horizontal displacement field associated with the earthquake. We combine the horizontal displacement with radar image correlation in range and radar interferometry to derive the co-seismic slip on the fault. The combination of these different datasets actually provides the 3D displacement field. We note that although the earthquake was mainly strike-slip all along the rupture length, some vertical motion patches exist, which locations seem to be controlled by kilometric-scale variations of the fault geometry. 5 pairs of SPOT images were also correlated to derive a 2.5m pixel-size horizontal displacement field, providing unique opportunity to look at deformation in the near field and to obtain high-resolution strike-slip and normal slip-distributions. We note a significant difference, especially in the normal component, between the slip localized at depth on the fault plane and the slip localized closer to the surface, with more apparent slip at the surface. A high-resolution map of ground rupture allows us to locate the distribution of the deformation over the whole rupture length. The rupture map also highlights multiple fault geometric complexities where we could quantify details of the slip distribution. At the rupture length-scale, the local azimuth variations between segments have a large impact on the expression of the localized slip at the surface. The combination of those datasets gives an overview of the large distribution of the deformation in the near field, corresponding to the co-seismic damage zone.

  13. Power Generation and Distribution via Distributed Coordination Control

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    Kim, Byeong-Yeon; Oh, Kwang-Kyo; Ahn, Hyo-Sung

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents power coordination, power generation, and power flow control schemes for supply-demand balance in distributed grid networks. Consensus schemes using only local information are employed to generate power coordination, power generation and power flow control signals. For the supply-demand balance, it is required to determine the amount of power needed at each distributed power node. Also due to the different power generation capacities of each power node, coordination of pow...

  14. Nuclear effects on valence quark distributions and sea quark distributions

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    A method is presented to get nuclear effect functions RvA(xt) and Rsa(xt) on valence quark distributions and sea quark distributions from the data of 1-A DIS process and nuclear Drell-Yan process. Both the functions may be used to test the theoretical models explaining the nuclear effects. As a example, RvFe(xt) and RsFe(xt) of the iron nucleus were obtained by this method

  15. Islanding Operation of Distribution System with Distributed Generations

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    Mahat, Pukar; Chen, Zhe; Bak-Jensen, Birgitte

    2010-01-01

    The growing interest in distributed generations (DGs) due to environmental concern and various other reasons have resulted in significant penetration of DGs in many distribution system worldwide. DGs come with many benefits. One of the benefits is improved reliability by supplying load during power...... outage by operating in island mode. However, there are many challenges to overcome before islanding can become a viable solution in future. This paper point outs some of the major challenges with island operation and suggests some possible solutions....

  16. Distribution planning with reliability options for distributed generation

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    Trebolle, David [Union Fenosa Distribucion, C/Antonio Lopez, 19, 28026 Madrid (Spain); Gomez, Tomas; Cossent, Rafael; Frias, Pablo [Instituto de Investigacion Tecnologica, Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieria, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, C/Quintana 21, 28008 Madrid (Spain)

    2010-02-15

    The promotion of electricity generation from renewable energy sources (RES) and combined heat and power (CHP) has resulted in increasing penetration levels of distributed generation (DG). However, large-scale connection of DG involves profound changes in the operation and planning of electricity distribution networks. Distribution System Operators (DSOs) play a key role since these agents have to provide flexibility to their networks in order to integrate DG. Article 14.7 of EU Electricity Directive states that DSOs should consider DG as an alternative to new network investments. This is a challenging task, particularly under the current regulatory framework where DSOs must be legally and functionally unbundled from other activities in the electricity sector. This paper proposes a market mechanism, referred to as reliability options for distributed generation (RODG), which provides DSOs with an alternative to the investment in new distribution facilities. The mechanism proposed allocates the firm capacity required to DG embedded in the distribution network through a competitive auction. Additionally, RODG make DG partly responsible for reliability and provide DG with incentives for a more efficient operation taking into account the network conditions. (author)

  17. Distribution planning with reliability options for distributed generation

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    The promotion of electricity generation from renewable energy sources (RES) and combined heat and power (CHP) has resulted in increasing penetration levels of distributed generation (DG). However, large-scale connection of DG involves profound changes in the operation and planning of electricity distribution networks. Distribution System Operators (DSOs) play a key role since these agents have to provide flexibility to their networks in order to integrate DG. Article 14.7 of EU Electricity Directive states that DSOs should consider DG as an alternative to new network investments. This is a challenging task, particularly under the current regulatory framework where DSOs must be legally and functionally unbundled from other activities in the electricity sector. This paper proposes a market mechanism, referred to as reliability options for distributed generation (RODG), which provides DSOs with an alternative to the investment in new distribution facilities. The mechanism proposed allocates the firm capacity required to DG embedded in the distribution network through a competitive auction. Additionally, RODG make DG partly responsible for reliability and provide DG with incentives for a more efficient operation taking into account the network conditions. (author)

  18. Smooth distributions are finitely generated

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    Drager, Lance D; Park, Efton; Richardson, Ken

    2010-01-01

    A subbundle of variable dimension inside the tangent bundle of a smooth manifold is called a smooth distribution if it is the pointwise span of a family of smooth vector fields. We prove that all such distributions are finitely generated, meaning that the family may be taken to be a finite collection. Further, we show that the space of smooth sections of such distributions need not be finitely generated as a module over the smooth functions. Our results are valid in greater generality, where the tangent bundle may be replaced by an arbitrary vector bundle.

  19. ASYMPTOTIC QUANTIZATION OF PROBABILITY DISTRIBUTIONS

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    Klaus P(o)tzelberger

    2003-01-01

    We give a brief introduction to results on the asymptotics of quantization errors.The topics discussed include the quantization dimension,asymptotic distributions of sets of prototypes,asymptotically optimal quantizations,approximations and random quantizations.

  20. Compressed sensing for distributed systems

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    Coluccia, Giulio; Magli, Enrico

    2015-01-01

    This book presents a survey of the state-of-the art in the exciting and timely topic of compressed sensing for distributed systems. It has to be noted that, while compressed sensing has been studied for some time now, its distributed applications are relatively new. Remarkably, such applications are ideally suited to exploit all the benefits that compressed sensing can provide. The objective of this book is to provide the reader with a comprehensive survey of this topic, from the basic concepts to different classes of centralized and distributed reconstruction algorithms, as well as a comparison of these techniques. This book collects different contributions on these aspects. It presents the underlying theory in a complete and unified way for the first time, presenting various signal models and their use cases. It contains a theoretical part collecting latest results in rate-distortion analysis of distributed compressed sensing, as well as practical implementations of algorithms obtaining performance close to...