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  1. Teaching mathematics online in the European Area of Higher Education: an instructor's point of view

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    Juan, Angel A.; Steegmann, Cristina; Huertas, Antonia; Martinez, M. Jesus; Simosa, J.

    2011-03-01

    This article first discusses how information technologies are changing the way knowledge is delivered at universities worldwide. Then, the article reviews some of the most popular learning management systems available today and some of the most useful online resources in the areas of Mathematics and Statistics. After that, some long-term experiences regarding the teaching of online courses in those areas at the Open University of Catalonia are discussed. Finally, the article presents the results of a large-scale survey performed in Spain that aims to reflect instructors' opinions and feelings about potential benefits and challenges of teaching mathematics online, as well as the role of emergent technologies in the context of the European Area of Higher Education. Therefore, this article contributes to the existing literature as an additional reference point, one based on our long-term experience in a large-scale online environment, for discussions involving mathematical e-learning.

  2. Tracking Point of View in Narrative

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    Wiebe, J M

    1994-01-01

    Third-person fictional narrative text is composed not only of passages that objectively narrate events, but also of passages that present characters' thoughts, perceptions, and inner states. Such passages take a character's ``psychological point of view''. A language understander must determine the current psychological point of view in order to distinguish the beliefs of the characters from the facts of the story, to correctly attribute beliefs and other attitudes to their sources, and to understand the discourse relations among sentences. Tracking the psychological point of view is not a trivial problem, because many sentences are not explicitly marked for point of view, and whether the point of view of a sentence is objective or that of a character (and if the latter, which character it is) often depends on the context in which the sentence appears. Tracking the psychological point of view is the problem addressed in this work. The approach is to seek, by extensive examinations of naturally-occurring narra...

  3. Analysis of Ankara urban area from human bioclimatologic point of view

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    Necla Türkoğlu

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the Physiological Equivalent Temperatures (PET of different land patterns in the Ankara urban area has been analyzed. The spatial distribution and temporal variation of the thermal perceptions and the grades of thermal stress caused by the thermal conditions have been determined for 00:00, 03:00, 06:00, 09:00, 12:00, 15:00, 18:00 and 21:00 hours during the December and July of 2010. The effects of physiographic features such as elevation, aspect, slope, and especially land use, on the PETs have also been examined. According to the analysis which is carried out by using PET thermal perception index, in the research area the thermal comfort values varies around from -6 to -11°C in winter and from 13°C to 50°C in summer. In both periods the open spaces (grasslands of the city forests have the maximum PET values during the day. Either in December and in July the urban area (city center has and cool island during the day and has a heat island during the night.

  4. Critical point of view: a Wikipedia reader

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    Lovink, G.; Tkacz, N.

    2011-01-01

    For millions of internet users around the globe, the search for new knowledge begins with Wikipedia. The encyclopedia’s rapid rise, novel organization, and freely offered content have been marveled at and denounced by a host of commentators. Critical Point of View moves beyond unflagging praise, wel

  5. Evaluation from Richard Rorty's Point of View

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    Morteza Nouri

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Communitarianism is one of the main critics of moral-political theory of liberalism. According to communitarians, liberalism presupposes an image of human identity which does not do justice to the collective ties between human being. It ignores altruist duties and common loyalties to traditional, historical values by inappropriately insisting on priority of justice from an individualist point of view, culminating in advent of ignoble, egoist characters unfamiliar with collective values. In this essay, firstly, I would elaborate these critiques and then try to answer them from Richard Rorty's point of view. Though Rorty agrees with the communitarians' claim that community makes a constitutive contribution to the identity of individuals, he believes that the pragmatist pole of contemporary liberalism is not subject to the communitarian objections. He tries to show that 20th century political liberalism, best formulated by John Dewy and John Rawls, is immune to communitarian critiques because of its consistency with historicism and ethnocentrism.

  6. The Software Point of View

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    Bentvelsen, Stan

    Physics was meant to be the topic of the LUND workshop, but it was software that dominated throughout the week. ATLAS' new software proves a tough nut to crack. Many presented physics analyses were repetitions of the Physics TDR, using (or trying to use) the new software. The main purpose was to demonstrate that results were invariant with new software. Hard to prove since the 'new software' is not yet completed. Nevertheless the so far existing sofware is massively experimented with throughout the entire ATLAS community. So what does this "new software" really mean? The answer depends strongly on the person who deals with this question. The scope varies between "migrating from Fortran77 to C++" and "learn Object Oriented approach" to "implementing services and algorithms in Athena" or "feeding detector description in FADS". Clearly the new software primarily involves migrating from the old Fortran code to C++ with its object oriententation paradigm. Occasionaly there was a hint that this migration is not c...

  7. Features of Point Clouds Synthesized from Multi-View ALOS/PRISM Data and Comparisons with LiDAR Data in Forested Areas

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    Ni, Wenjian; Ranson, Kenneth Jon; Zhang, Zhiyu; Sun, Guoqing

    2014-01-01

    LiDAR waveform data from airborne LiDAR scanners (ALS) e.g. the Land Vegetation and Ice Sensor (LVIS) havebeen successfully used for estimation of forest height and biomass at local scales and have become the preferredremote sensing dataset. However, regional and global applications are limited by the cost of the airborne LiDARdata acquisition and there are no available spaceborne LiDAR systems. Some researchers have demonstrated thepotential for mapping forest height using aerial or spaceborne stereo imagery with very high spatial resolutions.For stereo imageswith global coverage but coarse resolution newanalysis methods need to be used. Unlike mostresearch based on digital surface models, this study concentrated on analyzing the features of point cloud datagenerated from stereo imagery. The synthesizing of point cloud data from multi-view stereo imagery increasedthe point density of the data. The point cloud data over forested areas were analyzed and compared to small footprintLiDAR data and large-footprint LiDAR waveform data. The results showed that the synthesized point clouddata from ALOSPRISM triplets produce vertical distributions similar to LiDAR data and detected the verticalstructure of sparse and non-closed forests at 30mresolution. For dense forest canopies, the canopy could be capturedbut the ground surface could not be seen, so surface elevations from other sourceswould be needed to calculatethe height of the canopy. A canopy height map with 30 m pixels was produced by subtracting nationalelevation dataset (NED) fromthe averaged elevation of synthesized point clouds,which exhibited spatial featuresof roads, forest edges and patches. The linear regression showed that the canopy height map had a good correlationwith RH50 of LVIS data with a slope of 1.04 and R2 of 0.74 indicating that the canopy height derived fromPRISM triplets can be used to estimate forest biomass at 30 m resolution.

  8. INSPIRE from the JRC Point of View

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    Vlado Cetl

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper summarises some recent developments in INSPIRE implementation from the JRC (Joint Research Centre point of view. The INSPIRE process started around 11 years ago and today, clear results and benefits can be seen. Spatial data are more accessible and shared more frequently between countries and at the European level. In addition to this, efficient, unified coordination and collaboration between different stakeholders and participants has been achieved, which is another great success. The JRC, as a scientific think-tank of the European Commission, has played a very important role in this process from the very beginning. This role is in line with its mission, which is to provide customer-driven scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of European Union (EU policies. The JRC acts as the overall technical coordinator of INSPIRE, but it also carries out the activities necessary to support the coherent implementation of INSPIRE, by helping member states in the implementation process. Experiences drawn from collaboration and negotiation in each country and at the European level will be of great importance in the revision of the INSPIRE Directive, which is envisaged for 2014. Keywords: spatial data infrastructure (SDI; INSPIRE; development; Joint Research Centre (JRC

  9. A dynamical point of view of Quantum Information: Wigner measures

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    Baraviera, A; Lopes, A O; Cunha, M Terra

    2011-01-01

    We analyze a known version of the discrete Wigner function and some connections with Quantum Iterated Funcion Systems. This paper is a follow up of "A dynamical point of view of Quantum Information: entropy and pressure" by the same authors.

  10. Economic and market feasibility analysis, by the point of view of gas and electrical companies, for replacement of the electric powered showers by the natural gas powered showers in ABC Paulista area; Analise da viabilidade economica e do mercado, do ponto de vista das concessionarias de gas e de energia eletrica, pela substituicao de chuveiros eletricos por gas natural, na area do ABC paulista

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    Callari, Roberto [PETROBRAS S.A., Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Rosim, Sidney Olivieri [Rosim e Papaleo Consultoria e Participacoes Ltda. (Brazil)

    2008-07-01

    The possibility of an exchange of energy for heating residential water should be seen, by the point of view of the concessionaires, as a single market and exclusionary, in which the development of new customers by the concessionaire of electric energy directly involves the development of these non-customers for the distributor of natural gas. The study shows that, under the terms of concession of electricity, the loss of any part of the markets, current and expansion would be attractive only if the natural gas concessionaire could pass part of their earnings with customers users of electric showers that change their profile to the gas heaters, for electrical distribution. Under the terms of the concession to natural gas, the condition of massive investments replacement of electric showers and absorption of growth and expansion entrant with customers, increase the turnover to allow the search of a mechanism for transferring part of that revenue to absorb also customers of electricity. Thus, both the concessionaire of electricity preserve their revenue and, in turn, the concessionaire of natural gas would have an effective gain of revenue for the absorption of the customers of electric showers. (author.

  11. STUDY REGARDING THE QUALITY OF THE TRUE AND FAIR VIEW SUPPLIED BY THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FROM FINANCIAL AUDITOR’S POINT OF VIEW

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    Matis Dumitru

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available The concept of “true and fair view” is a very subjective one , which didn’t find yet the definition general accepted and in this way we can’t say that there are relevant instruments for measuring the level of the fidelity reflected in the financial statements. The financial audit plays an important role for delimitating the true and fair view supplied by the financial statements and despite the fact that the financial auditors are consciences that there isn’t a mathematical formula or other kind of formula through which could be possible to measure the level of the fidelity and the true and fair view of the financial statement, they consider that they have the possibility to identify the situations in which the financial statements didn’t present the reality true and fair, using the professional though to determine the level of the financial statements to give a true and fair view We have made an empirical survey which permits us to analyze the quality of the true and fair view supplied by the financial statements from the point of view of the financial auditor, without having the pretentious of using all the significant aspects.

  12. Games, Montage and the First Person Point of View

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    Nitsche, Michael

    2005-01-01

    Games, Montage and the First Person Point of View By Michael Nitsche LCC – Georgia Tech Executive Abstract Montage of moving images is an effect present in games. To investigate this effect we look at the use of the first person point of view (POV) in montage elements controlled by the player. The focus of the analysis lies on montage that combines gameplay and visualization. The interactive control that generates a reference between player and player-character ...

  13. The Point-of-View in Feature Writing.

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    Scruton, Judson

    1979-01-01

    Discusses Tom Wolfe's point of view techniques and uses excerpts from two feature articles to demonstrate the basic point of view question for feature writers: how close do they want to get to their subjects? (GT)

  14. Whose point-of-view is it anyway?

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    Garvey, Gregory P.

    2011-03-01

    Shared virtual worlds such as Second Life privilege a single point-of-view, namely that of the user. When logged into Second Life a user sees the virtual world from a default viewpoint, which is from slightly above and behind the user's avatar (the user's alter ego 'in-world.') This point-of-view is as if the user were viewing his or her avatar using a camera floating a few feet behind it. In fact it is possible to set the view to as if you were seeing the world through the eyes of your avatar or you can even move the camera completely independent of your avatar. A change in point-of-view, means, more than just a different camera point-of-view. The practice of using multiple avatars requires a transformation of identity and personality. When a user 'enacts' the identity of a particular avatar, their 'real' personality is masked by the assumed personality. The technology of virtual worlds permits both a change of point-of -view and also facilitates a change in identity. Does this cause any psychological distress? Or is the ability to be someone else and see a world (a game, a virtual world) through a different set of eyes somehow liberating and even beneficial?

  15. Saturn Trojans: a dynamical point of view

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    Hou, X. Y.; Scheeres, D. J.; Liu, L.

    2014-01-01

    Different from the usual approach in the inertial frame, the stability problem of fictitious Saturn Trojans is studied in the synodic frame in this paper. First, some numerical facts are shown to allow us to simplify the force model. Then, motion equations centred at the geometrical triangular libration points for the planar S-JS model are derived. Using these equations, the resonance mechanism that causes the instability is studied. We confirm the opinion that the secular resonances and the near-commensurability between the libration frequency and the great inequality are the reasons to cause the instability of motions close to the triangular libration point. By studying the survivability of the long period family and the short period family in the S-JSUN model, the planar stable region far away from the triangular libration point is studied. By frequency analysis of the orbits in the stable region, we are able to find two secular resonances associated with the boundary of the stable region. Three-dimensional motion is also discussed, by starting with the survivability of the vertical period family in the S-JSUN model. The secular resonance that causes the orbit inclination restriction on the Trojans is qualitatively discussed. Lastly, the effects of planetary migrations are briefly studied. With the contribution in this paper, a global picture of the dynamics around the triangular libration points in the Sun-Saturn system perturbed by Jupiter is presented.

  16. Suicide from a Holistic Point of View

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    Søren Ventegodt

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Suicide has been honoured and respected in the eastern culture, especially in Japan with the famous tradition of Hara-kiri, or seppuku, while in most western societies suicide has been seen negatively and many contemporary physicians tend to consider suicide the most self-destructive and evil thing a human being can do and something that should be avoided at all cost. Religions also have different viewpoints on suicide, but from a philosophical point of view we believe that considering the choice of life and dead to be extremely relevant for a good living. The choice of life and dead is real, since responsibility for life is necessary in order to live life and even the best physician cannot keep a patient alive, who deep inside wants to die. In this chapter, we present parts of a story of a young girl who had experienced child sexual abuse. In holistic existential therapy, it is our experience, when the patient is well supported in the confrontation of the fundamental questions related to assuming responsibility for the coherence, that this confrontation will almost always lead to a big YES to life. Without confronting the fundamental question of “to be or not to be”, life can never be chosen 100% and thus never be lived fully.

  17. Local or district heating by natural gas: Which is better from energetic, environmental and economic point of views?

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    Lazzarin, R.; Noro, M. [Department of Management and Engineering, University of Padova, Stradella S. Nicola, 3-36100 Vicenza (Italy)

    2006-02-01

    Generally, a CHP plant coupled with district heating is considered more efficient than traditional local heating systems from an economic and environmental point of view. This is certainly true for municipal waste CHP plants, but for plants fuelled by natural gas the important developments of the last years regarding both boilers (premixed and modulating burners, condensing boilers, etc.) and mechanical vapour compression and absorption heat pumps can change the traditional view. At the same time also district heating plants improved. Therefore it is worth to analyse the whole matter comparing advantages and disadvantages of the different alternatives, with a wide difference between them. The paper reports on the analysis of major district heating natural gas based technologies (vapour and gas turbines, internal combustion engine, combined cycles); the cost of heat and power produced in these plants is compared to the cost of producing the same quantity of electrical energy by a reference GTCC-Gas Turbine Combined Cycle (actually the most efficient technology for pure electrical production) and the cost of heat production by modern local heating technologies using natural gas as fuel (condensing boilers, electrical, gas engine and absorption heat pumps). Regarding energy efficiency and emissions, modern local heating turns out to be more efficient than district heating for most CHP technologies. However, the same does not happen from an economic point of view, because in Italy natural gas used by cogeneration plants is subjected to a much lower taxation than local heating technologies. (author)

  18. Habitability from a microbial point of view

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    Westall, Frances; Loizeau, Damien; Foucher, Frédéric; Bost, Nicolas; Bertrand, Marylène; Vago, Jorge; Kminek, Gerhard

    2014-05-01

    We examine here the definition of habitability from the point of view of primitive, anaerobic microorganisms noting that the conditions of habitability are different for the appearance of life, for established life, and for life in dormant mode [1]. Habitability in this sense is clearly distinguished from the 'prebiotic world' that precedes the appearance of life. The differences in the conditions of habitability necessary for life to appear, for life to flourish and for dormant life entrain differences in spatial and temporal scales of habitability. For the origin of life, the ingredients carbon molecules, water, nutrients and energy need to be present on time scales applicable for the origin of life (105 to a few 106 y ?), necessitating the spatial scales of a minimum of ~100 km. Established life can take advantage of short-lived habitats (hours, days) to much longer lived ones on spatial scales of 100s μm to cm-m, whereas dormant life can survive (but not metabolise) in extreme environments for very long periods (perhaps up to millions of years) at microbial spatial scales (100s μm - mms). Thus, it is not necessary for the whole of a planet of satellite to be habitable. But the degree of continued habitability will have a strong influence on the possibility of organisms to evolve. For a planet such as Mars, for instance, microbial habitability was (perhaps still is) at different times and in different places. Habitable conditions conducive to the appearance of life, established life and possibly even dormant life could co-exist at different locations. Reference: [1] F. Westall, D. Loizeau, F. Foucher, N. Bost, M. Bertrand, J. Vago, & G. Kminek, Astrobiology 13:9, 887-897 (2013).

  19. The poetic nature of non-religious Spirituality: A point of view by Jean Paul Sartre

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    Alex Villas Boas

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available This article proposes to examine some theories of non-religious spirituality in light of the growing phenomenon of those individuals who declared themselves as having "no religion" by Brazilian religious census conducted in 2010 by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE. The intention here is to identify how the poetic question presents itself as the fundamental element of these proposals about spirituality for authors, since beauty is part of the spiritual quest, as in: Viktor Frankl and existential religiosity grounded in the search for meaning in life; Marià Corbí and his non-religious or secular spirituality; Robert Solomon and his spirituality for skeptics, and André Comte-Sponville and his atheistic spirituality, or spirituality without God. From there, we then present the perception of spirituality in the poetry of the thought of Jean Paul Sartre, primarily in his work “what is Literature?”

  20. Symbol in Point View of Ambiguity

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    Dr. M. R. Yousefi

    Full Text Available Symbol from the perspective of rhetorical word, is phrase or sentence that apparent meaning, also inspires to reader a wide range of semantic.Since exploring the complex social and political ideas in the most mysticalway and indirectreflectionsocial and political thoughts symbolically is easier, so the symbol and symbolism especially in Persian literatureespeciallyin the realm of Persian poetry, has a special appearance.In addition to the factors mentioned in the contemporary literature, according familiar in literature and the emergence of particular schools interest toambiguoussymbolization has spreadfurther, especially the symbol has all the features of art ambiguity in the poem and it isone the major factors causing uncertainty.Thus, the precise definitions and symbols of contemporary poetry could be dominant in the unwinding ambiguous symbol detection of cryptic allusions and metaphors that matches the cursor symbol to help readers.In the literature, especially language poetry, the inability of language toreflecting obscure mystical ideas, avoid to directexpression of political and social concerns of the reader in the course of participate to creation ambiguous literary works is the main motivation towards symbol and symbolization.According widespread use of symbol and its different of species can be viewed from different perspectives.The creation of ambiguity is the main purposes of using symbols (especially in poetry, so many poets have tried to achieve this goal have to formation of similar symbols and the explanation and resolution of this issue can open new window for understanding the poetry in front of an audience.In this paper examines the ambiguity of symbols in terms of its precise boundaries are reviewed. Ambiguity is one of the important processes and also is the key Iranian poetry; its means is today poetry. In such poetry ambiguity is a need to explore the new world from a different perspective, or explore this complex world

  1. Naval gunnery from user's point of view

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    Capt. A.H.F. Hunt

    1952-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper pointed out that although Internal Ballistics forms only one part of the whole problem, if this subject were neglected, the guns would not fire straight nor to the correct range, and however skilful the men and however complicated the fire control machinery, it would not be possible to hit the target. The scientific study of Internal Ballistics was therefore, of the greatest importance

  2. Efficiency of guns from the technical point of view

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    G. Baranski

    1953-01-01

    Full Text Available From the engineering point of view, a gun or machine gun is a heat engine very similar to a Diesel or petrol engine. It has to do work when-operated by a soldier. A fuel is burnt, namely the propellant, and certain power (energy per unit time is obtained, namely the kinetic energy of the projectile for each interval of rounds fired.

  3. Research of the Rock Art from the point of view of geography: the neolithic painting of the Mediterranean area of the Iberian Peninsula

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    Cruz Berrocal, María

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available The rock art of the Mediterranean Arch (which includes what are conventionally called Levantine Rock Art, Schematic Rock Art and Macroschematic Rock Art, among other styles, designated as part of the Human Heritage in 1997, is studied from the point of view of the Archaeology of Landscape. The information sources used were field work, cartographic analysis and analysis in GIS, besides two Rock Art Archives: the UNESCO Document and the Corpus of Levantine Cave Painting (Corpus de Pintura Rupestre Levantina. The initial hypothesis was that this rock art was involved in the process of neolithisation of the Eastern part of Iberia, of which it is a symptom and a result, and it must be understood as an element of landscape construction. If this is true, it would have a concrete distribution in the form of locational patterns. Through statistical procedures and heuristical approaches, it has been demonstrated that there is a structure of the neolithic landscape, defined by rock art, which is possible to interpret functional and economically.

    Se estudia el arte rupestre del Arco Mediterráneo (que incluye a los convencionalmente conocidos como Arte Levantino, Arte Esquemático y Arte Macroesquemático, entre otros estilos, nombrado Patrimonio de la Humanidad en 1998, desde el punto de vista de su localización. Las fuentes de información utilizadas fueron trabajo de campo, revisión cartográfica y análisis en Sistema de Información Geográfica, además de dos archivos de arte rupestre: el Expediente UNESCO y el Corpus de Pintura Rupestre Levantina. La hipótesis inicial fue que este arte rupestre se imbrica en el proceso de neolitización del Levante peninsular, del que es síntoma y resultado, y debe entenderse como un elemento de construcción paisajística, de lo que se deduce que ha de presentar una distribución determinable en forma de patrones locacionales. Por medio tanto de contrastes y descripciones estadísticas como de

  4. Editorial - Wikipedia popularity from a citation analysis point of view

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    Alireza Noruzi

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to provide an overview of the citation rate of Wikipedia since its launch in 2004. It is worth noting that since its inception Wikipedia, the free international multi-lingual encyclopedia, has been subject to criticism (Fasoldt, 2004; Orlowski, 2005; Lipczynska, 2005. Wikipedia as a popular web resource appears in response to every keyword search on Google. One way to test the popularity of a web resource is to use citation analysis method to predict to what extend it is cited by scientific papers. This study tries to identify and quantify the number of citations to Wikipedia in the papers indexed by the ISI Web of Science, studying the citation behavior of authors who have published papers in journals indexed by this database. Another simple search was conducted in order to analyze the number of citations to Britannica in the Cited Work=(Britannica* AND Cited Year=(2004-2009. The result showed that Britannica was cited only 10 times by 10 different subject areas and only in English language documents. The data show that Wikipedia is cited 26 times more than Britannica. Although, the credibility and reliability of content of Wikipedia as an authoritative reference source was widely criticized (e.g., Lih, 2004; Andrew et al., 2005; Korfiatis, Poulos, & Bokos, 2006, it is cited more than Britannica. The significance of Wikipedia from a citation analysis point of view goes well beyond open access and enhanced opportunities for citation.

  5. Food Safety. Commodity Science Point of View

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    Romuald I. Zalewski; Skawinska, Eulalia

    2006-01-01

    The paper addresses "food safety" and 'food quality' from the position of commodity and food science rather than economy. The various descriptions of both terms in literature are reviewed in connection with customer/supplier ability to evaluate food safety and quality by examination of various characteristics. Food safety has been described as opposite to food risk. Differences in perception of food risk by customer, producer/supplier and official agencies are discussed in this paper. The obj...

  6. Ecstasy from a physiological point of view

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    Kaj Björkqvist

    1982-01-01

    The biological study of man is one of today's most rapidly advancing sciences. There is no reason for not utilizing these methodologies of research and the knowledge already gained when studying ecstasy and other similar religious phenomena. Drugs have been used in all parts of the world as an ecstasy technique. Since mental states and physiological correlates always accompany each other, it is obvious that the human mind can be affected by external means, for instance by drugs. But the oppos...

  7. The Oblique Basis Method from an Engineering Point of View

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    Gueorguiev, V. G.

    2012-12-01

    The oblique basis method is reviewed from engineering point of view related to vibration and control theory. Examples are used to demonstrate and relate the oblique basis in nuclear physics to the equivalent mathematical problems in vibration theory. The mathematical techniques, such as principal coordinates and root locus, used by vibration and control theory engineers are shown to be relevant to the Richardson - Gaudin pairing-like problems in nuclear physics.

  8. The Oblique Basis Method from an Engineering Point of View

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    Gueorguiev, V. G.

    2012-01-01

    The oblique basis method is reviewed from engineering point of view related to vibration and control theory. Examples are used to demonstrate and relate the oblique basis in nuclear physics to the equivalent mathematical problems in vibration theory. The mathematical techniques, such as principal coordinates and root locus, used by vibration and control theory engineers are shown to be relevant to the Richardson - Gaudin pairing-like problems in nuclear physics.

  9. Ecstasy from a physiological point of view

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    Kaj Björkqvist

    1982-01-01

    Full Text Available The biological study of man is one of today's most rapidly advancing sciences. There is no reason for not utilizing these methodologies of research and the knowledge already gained when studying ecstasy and other similar religious phenomena. Drugs have been used in all parts of the world as an ecstasy technique. Since mental states and physiological correlates always accompany each other, it is obvious that the human mind can be affected by external means, for instance by drugs. But the opposite is also true; mental changes affect the body, as they do in the case of psychosomatic diseases. Ecstasy is often described as an extremely joyful experience; this pleasure must necessarily also have a physiological basis. It is of course too early to say anything for certain, but the discovery of pleasure centres in the brain might offer an explanation. It is not far-fetched to suggest that when a person experiences euphoric ecstasy, it might, in some way or other, be connected with a cerebral pleasure center. Can it be, for example, that religious ecstasy is attained only by some mechanism triggering off changes in the balance of the transmitter substances? Or is it reached only via a change in the hormonal balance, or only by a slowing down of the brain waves, or is a pleasure centre activated? When a person is using an ecstasy technique, he usually does so within a religious tradition. When he reaches an experience, a traditional interpretation of it already exists.

  10. Disability and the Moral Point of View.

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    Hyland, Terry

    1987-01-01

    Discussions of disability should be within a clearly-defined moral framework if the disabled person's rights are to be translated into society's duty to the disabled. An ethical system based on modern versions of utilitarianism is suggested as a moral framework, supplemented by prescriptions based on social justice and respect. (Author/CB)

  11. Growing old: a psychoanalyst's point of view.

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    Quinodoz, Danielle

    2009-08-01

    With the help of clinical examples, the author shows that psychoanalysis or psychotherapy after the age of 70 can be a fascinating experience, one that enables patients to reconstruct their internal history in such a way that their final years can be given their rightful place in the overall journey through life. Often it will be a matter of going beyond the conflict between paralysing time with the illusion of keeping death at bay and taking the transient nature of life into account in order to perceive its true flavour. We can grow old passively, juxtaposing different periods of our life without linking them together, thereby creating the illusion of time without end; or we can grow old actively, integrating the different phases of our life into a coherent historical narrative. This representation of time leaves the door open for experiences which the author calls 'small seconds of eternity'. We can all experience such moments when we are deeply moved - joyfully or painfully - by something, so that we perceive another quality of time that goes beyond its chronological dimension without all the same negating it. Helping elderly people to identify these seconds of eternity and catch hold of them can be an invaluable experience for them. Perhaps we need to see our life unfold through the chronology of its different phases in order to discover, second by second, how to express on an everyday basis something of which we have had an inkling in some second of eternity.

  12. [The meninges, an anatomical point of view].

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    Sakka, L; Chazal, J

    2005-03-01

    The meninges correspond to an anatomical concept. For the morphologist, the microscopic organization, the hypothetical presence of a subdural space, the nature of the interface between the deep meningeal layer and the nervous parenchyma in the perivascular spaces are the central issues. For the clinician, dynamic aspects of cerebrospinal fluid flow, secretion, and resorption are essential factors with practical consequences in terms of disease and patient management. Comparative anatomy, embryology, and organogenesis provide an interesting perspective for the descriptive and functional anatomy of the meninges. Usually considered as protective membranes, the meninges play a prominent role in the development and maintenance of the central nervous system. The meninges are in constant evolution, from their formation to senescence. The meninges present three layers in children and adults: the dura mater, the arachnoid and the pia mater. The cerebrospinal fluid is secreted by the choroid plexuses, flows through the ventricles and the subarachnoid space, and is absorbed by arachnoid granulations. Other sites of secretion and resorption are suggested by comparative anatomy and human embryology and organogenesis.

  13. Cognitive Therapys from Rumi’s Point of View

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    Mehmet AK

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Psychotherapy is a general name of interventions used to resolve emotional conflicts, support and sustain the improvement of mental health. Relationship is one of the most important factors of regenerative effect in psychotherapy. Understanding the client is crucial to help the client understand the psychotherapy and psychotherapist. Thus, in order to be effective in psychotherapeutic interventions, it is neccessary to use the language by considering the client’s believes, culture, religion and background. Comprehending and using of psychotherapy only from the Western point of view could reduce the efficacy of psychotherapy. Although, it is common that people working in mental health area learn and use the techniques of authorities lived in West, our culture is considerably wealthy of thoughts and aspects that can be used in psychotherapy. Raised on the lands that have extremely rich cultural heritage, as psychotherapists, we think that it is our responsibility to integrate modern psychotherapy with cultural heritage when learning, practicing and teaching the practice of psychotherapy. In this article, it is aimed to increase the awareness of being able to use the philosophy of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi whose masterpieces involve psychotherapeutic elements yet are not well understood and who has been an inspration to the trends in psychotherapy which are currently described as third generation trends

  14. Reading from a Superintendent's Point of View.

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    Love, Ruth B.

    Interest is invariably the source of successful learning. When people, of any age, want to learn, they learn. When they are preached at, lectured, put in settings where they fail and are made to feel stupid, they reject the whole system of education. To reverse that message, teachers of reading must use a variety of techniques such as providing…

  15. Carcinogenesis--a new point of view.

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    Gevorkyan, L; Gambashidze, K

    2014-04-01

    Presented article suggests the novel hypothesis of carcinogenesis, where the key moment for all types (biological, physical, chemical) of carcinogenesis has been discussed. For confirmation of the hypothesis thorough theoretical analysis of the mechanisms of malignant transformation of cells after influence of any type of carcinogens and results of experiments have been presented. Hypothesis highlights are formulated as follows: 1) Covalent bond disorders between S+-methionine and Fe3+ atoms in cytochrome; 2) Electron transport chain blockade with certain ligand after its penetration in cytochrome pocket with further formation of 6th coordination bond between ligand and Fe atom (in one case increase in mitochondrial pH precede-, and in other, it follows electron transport chain blockade in cytochromes); 3) Fe3+ reduction up to Fe2+ leading to blockade of aerobic glycolysis; 4) Decrease in enzyme (Е1-TDP, oxidases etc.) activity due to mitochondrial pH alterations; 5) Production of S-adenosylmethionine owing to lipoic acid amide leading to accumulation of homocysteine in cytoplasm with further penetration in cell nucleus producing DNA mutations; 6) Fe2+ wash-out from cytochrome and its deposition in ferritin.

  16. Pharmaceutical Point of View on Parenteral Nutrition

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    M. Stawny

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Parenteral nutrition—a form of administering nutrients, electrolytes, trace elements, vitamins, and water—is a widely used mode of therapy applied in many diseases, in patients of different ages both at home and in hospital. The success of nutritional therapy depends chiefly on proper determination of the patient’s energetic and electrolytic needs as well as preparation and administration of a safe nutritional mixture. As a parenterally administered drug, it is expected to be microbiologically and physicochemically stable, with all of the components compatible with each other. It is very difficult to obtain a stable nutritional mixture due to the fact that it is a complex, two-phase drug. Also, the risk of incompatibility between mixture components and packaging should be taken into consideration and possibly eliminated. Since parenteral nutrition is a part of therapy, simultaneous use of drugs may cause pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic interactions as well as those with the pharmaceutical phase. The aim of this paper is to discuss such aspects of parenteral nutrition as mixture stability, methodology, and methods for determining the stability of nutritional mixtures and drugs added to them.

  17. Perioperative medicine. The surgeons point of view

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    Kehlet, H

    2001-01-01

    A satisfactory postoperative outcome goes through the control of several factors, to ensure well-being and free-pain state. A multi-disciplinary effort is necessary to achieve this goal, and the adjustment of postoperative surgical care is as important as the supply of anesthesiological techniques....

  18. Myeloid Sarcoma: The Clinician's Point of View

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    M. Malagola

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Myeloid Sarcoma may occur in patients with an acute or chronic myeloproliferative disorder as well as de novo, with no apparent sign or symptom of concomitant haematological disease. The patients are preferentially young male and the site of disease localization may vary from central nervous system to pleura and thorax, with a common involvement of the reticuloendothelial system. The disease often shows chromosomal rearrangements, involving chromosomes 7, 8 and 3 and sometimes a complex karyotype (more than 3 abnormalities is detected at diagnosis. The prognosis of this disease is dismal and only high-dose chemotherapy with autologous or allogeneic stem cells transplantation (auto or allo-SCT may be potentially curative. In the absence of definitive elements that can define the prognosis of extra-medullary localization of “standard risk” AML, Clinicians should pursue the collection of data from different Centres and design of homogeneous treatment strategies, that could integrate standard chemotherapy with specific approaches, such as radiotherapy, transplant procedures or, in selected cases (such as those displaying molecular abnormalities involving protein tyrosine-kinases, molecularly targeted therapies.

  19. [Ancient tattooing from today's point of view].

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    Zimmermann, R; Zimmermann, K

    1981-06-01

    Both literary and arachaeological evidence indicates that, up to now, ancient tattoos can be traced with certainty in painting only among Thracians. A comparison with modern tattoos reveals differences of motivation and motifs, whereas localization, technique, and removal show similarities. The illustrations demonstrate some tattoos typical for Thracians on Greek vases.

  20. The temperatures of Giordano Bruno crater observed by the Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment: Application of an effective field of view model for a point-based data set

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    Williams, J.-P.; Sefton-Nash, E.; Paige, D. A.

    2016-07-01

    Point based planetary datasets are typically stored as discrete records that represent an infinitesimal location on the target body. Instrumental effects and spacecraft motion during integration time can cause single points to inadequately represent the total area on the target that contributes to an observation. Production of mapped data products from these data for scientific analysis proceeds by binning points onto rectangular grids. Empty bins occur where data coverage is insufficient relative to grid resolution, a common problem at high latitudes in cylindrical projections, and remedial interpolation can lead to high uncertainty areas and artifacts in maps. To address such issues and make better use of available data, we present a method to calculate the ground-projected effective field of view (EFOV) for point-based datasets, using knowledge of instrumental characteristics and observation geometry. We apply this approach to data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment, a visible to far-infrared multispectral radiometer which acquires radiometric measurements of reflected visible and emitted infrared radiation of the Moon in 9 spectral channels between 0.35 and 400 μm. Analysis of gridded radiance from crater Giordano Bruno, a 22 km diameter rayed crater, is used to demonstrate our gridding procedure. Diviner data, with such processing, reveals details of the surface that are seen in the high-resolution LRO Camera NAC images. Brightness temperatures and anisothermality observed in Diviner's IR channels show the thermophysical properties of the crater ejecta to be very heterogeneous indicative of minimal mechanical disruption by micrometeoroid impacts consistent with a very young (<10 Ma) formation age as the lunar surface becomes rapidly homogenized over time. This heterogeneity has implications for crater-count studies as regions of high anisothermality are characterized by large blocks of material and lower crater

  1. View Dependent Sequential Point Trees

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    Wen-Cheng Wang; Feng Wei; En-Hua Wu

    2006-01-01

    Sequential point trees provide the state-of-the-art technique for rendering point models, by re-arranging hierarchical points sequentially according to geometric errors running on GPU for fast rendering. This paper presents a view dependent method to augment sequential point trees by embedding the hierarchical tree structures in the sequential list of hierarchical points. By the method, two kinds of indices are constructed to facilitate the points rendering in an order mostly from near to far and from coarse to fine. As a result, invisible points can be culled view-dependently in high efficiency for hardware acceleration, and at the same time, the advantage of sequential point trees could be still fully taken. Therefore, the new method can run much faster than the conventional sequential point trees, and the acceleration can be highly promoted particularly when the objects possess complex occlusion relationship and viewed closely because invisible points would be in a high percentage of the points at finer levels.

  2. The Detached Point of View in The Great Gatsby

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    冯德平

    2008-01-01

    The Great Gatsby is Fitzgerald's finest novel, which was published in 1925, and Eliot considered it "to be the first step that America has taken since Henry James". It is a sensitive and symbolic treatment of themes of contemporary life related with irony and pathos to the legendry of "American dream". In this novel, Fitzgerald used many techniques: the controlled and detached point of view, the crafted structure and symbolism, all these distinguish The Great Gatsby from the style of his earlier works.However, in this paper I want to present my ideas of the detached point of view in The Great Gatsby. During my presentation, I have quoted some materials from critics to support my arguments. In the conclusion part, I also repeat my own opinion: the detached point of view, made The Great Gatsby the "small" masterpiece of American literature.

  3. STUDY REGARDING THE QUALITY OF THE TRUE AND FAIR VIEW SUPPLIED BY THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FROM FINANCIAL AUDITOR'S POINT OF VIEW

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    Matis Dumitru; Bota Avram Florin

    2008-01-01

    The concept of “true and fair view” is a very subjective one , which didn’t find yet the definition general accepted and in this way we can’t say that there are relevant instruments for measuring the level of the fidelity reflected in the financial statements. The financial audit plays an important role for delimitating the true and fair view supplied by the financial statements and despite the fact that the financial auditors are consciences that there isn’t a mathematical formula or other k...

  4. A Gestalt Point of View on Facilitating Growth in Counseling

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    Harman, Robert L.

    1975-01-01

    If counselors are to be facilitators of client growth, it would seem essentail that they become familiar with the concept of growth and ways to facilitate it. The author defines growth from a gestalt therapy point of view and provides techniques and examples of ways to facilitate client growth. (Author)

  5. Humanism Factors and Islam Viewpoint from Motahri's Point of View

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    Yousefi, Zargham; Yousefy, Alireza; Keshtiaray, Narges

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this research is to criticize liberal humanism based on Islam viewpoint emphasizing Motahri's point of view. In this paper, the researchers tried to identify liberalism humanism factors with analytical look in order to present a new categorization called "main factor of liberal humanism". Then, each factor was studied and…

  6. Point of View Speech (A Speech Assignment in Critical Thinking).

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    Brydges, Michael E.

    This paper delineates an exercise where students are encouraged to give their point of view to a quotation received (the activity is an adaptation from the Impromptu Speaking event in Competitive Forensics). The paper states that students are to explain the meaning of a quotation (topic themes may be from ecology, education, environment, life,…

  7. Mathematical Definitions of Point, Line and Area Symbols in Cartography

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    WEI Wenzhan; ZHONG Yexun; PENG Yueying; ZHENG Hongbo

    2003-01-01

    The line cartographic symbol located on the boundary and the point cartographic symbol located by single point are the main body and stress of the map. The cartographic symbols are divided into point, line and area symbol in cartography and traditional educational books, but up to now there is only qualitative description about the three kinds of symbols, there are not the mathematical definitions of point, line and area symbols. This paper tries to solve the problem. The authors propose the mathematical definition about point,line and area cartographic symbol according to the theory of topology and expound their dependence relation.

  8. Service Retail Results Assessment from the Consumer's Point of View

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    Francisco-Maffezzolli, Eliane Cristine; Prado, Paulo Henrique Muller

    2013-01-01

    This study aims at assessing the connection between financial results and non-financial assessments from the consumer’s point of view, considering Brazil’s cellular phone context. According to consumer relationship theory, higher profits are to be expected from satisfied customers, from those who tend towards long-term use of company services. Therefore, non-financial assessments such as satisfaction, commitment, trust and loyalty were correlated to financial results, according to consumption...

  9. Logistics engineering education from the point of view environment

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    Bányai, Ágota

    2010-05-01

    -the-art, reliable, automated mechatronics-material flow system with its single control engineering system provides the academic staff with up-to-date research facilities, and enables the students to study sophisticated equipment and systems that could also operate under industrial conditions, thus offering knowledge that can be efficiently utilised in the industry after graduation. The laboratory measurements of the programme in logistics engineering are performed in this laboratory, and they are supplemented by the theoretical and practical measurements in the ‘Robotic Technology Assembly Laboratory', the ‘Power Electronics Laboratory', the ‘Mechatronics Laboratory', the ‘CAD/CAM Laboratory' and the ‘Acoustics and Product Laboratory'. The bodies of knowledge connected with environment protection and sustainable development can be grouped around three large topic areas. In environmental economics the objective is to present the corporate-organisational aspects of environmental management. Putting environmental management in the focal point, the objective of the programme is to impart knowledge that can be utilised in practice which can be used to shift the relation between the organisation and its environment in the direction of sustainability. The tools include environmental controlling, environmental marketing and various solutions of environmental performance evaluation. The second large topic area is globalization and its logistic aspects. In the field of global logistics the following knowledge carries special weight: logistic challenges in a globalised world; the concept of global logistics, its conditions and effects; delayed manufacture, assembly, packaging; the economic investigation of delayed assembly; globalised purchase and distribution in logistics; the logistic features of the globalised production supply/distribution chain; meta-logistics systems; logistics-related EU harmonisation issues; the effect of e-commerce on the global logistic system; logistic

  10. [Evaluation of view points in forest park based on landscape sensitivity].

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    Zhou, Rui; Li, Yue-hui; Hu, Yuan-man; Liu, Miao

    2008-11-01

    Based on topographical characteristics, five factors including comparative slope, comparative distance, mutual visibility, vision probability, and striking degree were chosen to assess the landscape sensitivity of major view points in Houshi National Forest Park. Spatial analysis in GIS was used for exploring the theory and method of landscape sensitivity of view points. The results showed that in the Park, there were totally 23 view points, but none of them reached up to class I. Among the 23 points, 10 were of class II , accounting for 43.5% of the total, 8 were of class III, accounting for 34.8%, and 5 were of classes IV and V, accounting for 21.7%. Around the view points of class II, the landscape should be strictly protected to maintain their natural feature; around the view points of class III, human-made landscape points should be developed according to the natural landscape feature, and wide tourism roads and small-size buildings could be constructed but the style of the buildings should be harmonious with surrounding nature landscape; while around the view points of classes IV and V, large-size multifunctional items and roads could be built to perfect the natural landscape. Through the multi-perspective and quantitative evaluation of landscape sensitivity, this study enriched the theory of landscape visual assessment and landscape apperception, and provided scientific base and direction for the planning and management of forest parks and other tourism areas.

  11. Mapping availability of sea view for potential building development areas.

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    Alphan, Hakan; Sonmez, Fizyon

    2015-07-01

    Scenic attraction can be regarded as one of the most important factors for recreation- and/or tourism-oriented landscape planning and management processes. Sea view is generally one of the most predominant scenery components of coastal landscapes. Therefore, presence and degree of its availability contribute to scenic attraction of residential development sites. This attribute of the environment can be quantified by GIS-based visibility analyses that rely on multiple viewshed calculations, during which observation and/or target locations are taken as variables. The main aim of this paper is to analyze availability of sea view for currently undeveloped (i.e., non-built-up) areas in an urbanized coast in the Mediterranean region of Turkey. Four study sites (sites 1-4) of varying geomorphological and built-up features, located approximately 40 km south of the city of Mersin, were taken into consideration. Multiple viewshed analyses were performed using a high-resolution terrain model and 541, 533, 540, and 532 observation points for the sites, 1, 2, 3, and 4, respectively. Impact of topography and built-up features on sea visibility was discussed in the light of visibility information classified as percentage visibility of the sea surface available from each of the sites.

  12. Point of view filming and the elicitation interview.

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    Skinner, Jonathan; Gormley, Gerard J

    2016-08-01

    Face-to-face interviews are a fundamental research tool in qualitative research. Whilst this form of data collection can provide many valuable insights, it can often fall short of providing a complete picture of a research subject's experiences. Point of view (PoV) interviewing is an elicitation technique used in the social sciences as a means of enriching data obtained from research interviews. Recording research subjects' first person perspectives, for example by wearing digital video glasses, can afford deeper insights into their experiences. PoV interviewing can promote making visible the unverbalizable and does not rely as much on memory as the traditional interview. The use of such relatively inexpensive technology is gaining interest in health profession educational research and pedagogy, such as dynamic simulation-based learning and research activities. In this interview, Dr Gerry Gormley (a medical education researcher) talks to Dr Jonathan Skinner (an anthropologist with an interest in PoV interviewing), exploring some of the many crossover implications with PoV interviewing for medical education research and practice.

  13. Autism in the air: using Point of View Video Priming and Natural Environment Teaching to help children with autism travel by plane

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    Ruddy, Lisa; Booth, Nichola; Gaw, MaryRose; Liao, Yini; Dounavi, Katerina; Dillenburger, Karola

    2015-01-01

    This paper describes a study that used video materials and visits to an airport to prepare children on the autism spectrum for travel by plane. Twenty parents and carers took part in the study with children aged from 3 to 16 years. The authors explain that the methods they used were based on Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) research; a video modeling technique called Point-Of-View Video-priming and during visits to an airport they used procedures known as Natural Environment Teaching. The fin...

  14. Ideology, governance and consequences from a collector's point of view

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    Wayne G. Sayles

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available This article is a condensed version of the background paper created for an Ancient Coin Collectors Guild (ACCG presentation at the 2010 CBA, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, and Newcastle University conference in Newcastle, England. It presents a view shared by many American collectors and independent scholars. The ACCG, a member of the International Numismatic Council, is a registered non-profit organisation within the United States but enjoys the active support of members worldwide.

  15. 75 FR 27119 - ViewPoint Financial Group, Inc., Plano, Texas; Approval of Conversion Application

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    2010-05-13

    ... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Office of Thrift Supervision ViewPoint Financial Group, Inc., Plano, Texas; Approval of Conversion... application of ViewPoint MHC and ViewPoint Bank, Plano, Texas, to convert to the stock form of...

  16. Reflections on the artist interview and the conservator's point of view by example of Ger van Elk

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    Stigter, S.; Beerkens, L.; 't Hoen, P.; Hummelen, IJ.; van Saaze, V.; Scholte, T.; Stigter, S.

    2012-01-01

    Ger van Elk is regarded as a conceptual artist, although the relationship between the material execution and the concept contributes significantly to the final work of art. He creates painterly or sculptural artworks and installations in which photography, film and video are incorporated in an uncon

  17. Reparative Dentinogenesis Induced by Mineral Trioxide Aggregate: A Review from the Biological and Physicochemical Points of View

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    Takashi Okiji

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper aims to review the biological and physicochemical properties of mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA with respect to its ability to induce reparative dentinogenesis, which involves complex cellular and molecular events leading to hard-tissue repair by newly differentiated odontoblast-like cells. Compared with that of calcium hydroxide-based materials, MTA is more efficient at inducing reparative dentinogenesis in vivo. The available literature suggests that the action of MTA is attributable to the natural wound healing process of exposed pulps, although MTA can stimulate hard-tissue-forming cells to induce matrix formation and mineralization in vitro. Physicochemical analyses have revealed that MTA not only acts as a “calcium hydroxide-releasing” material, but also interacts with phosphate-containing fluids to form apatite precipitates. MTA also shows better sealing ability and structural stability, but less potent antimicrobial activity compared with that of calcium hydroxide. The clinical outcome of direct pulp capping and pulpotomy with MTA appears quite favorable, although the number of controled prospective studies is still limited. Attempts are being conducted to improve the properties of MTA by the addition of setting accelerators and the development of new calcium silicate-based materials.

  18. Preferences for descriptors of hypnosis: the international point of view.

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    Munson, Samantha O; Trenkle, Bernhard; Gallawa, Rhonda

    2015-01-01

    Despite the apparently definitive findings of the Christensen (2005) survey of published members of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH), disagreement about which term best describes the capacity to experience hypnosis and theoretical preference has continued. SCEH, although international, represents primarily North Americans. Preferences of international clinicians and researchers were inadequately represented, so the authors surveyed preferences from attendees of the International Congress of the International Society of Hypnosis in 2012 in Bremen, Germany. The term trance, translated as trance capacity or trance ability for this study, was overwhelmingly preferred over the other options. Hypnosis was recognized as an identifiable state by 88.46% of respondents, whereas only 11.54% viewed it as a sociocognitive phenomenon (role-play, expectancy, etc.).

  19. Etiology of cicatricial alopecias: a basic science point of view.

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    McElwee, Kevin J

    2008-01-01

    This article presents a short summary of our current knowledge of cicatricial alopecia disease pathogenesis and the hypothetical disease mechanisms that may be involved in scarring alopecia development. Several forms of scarring alopecia likely involve targeted cytotoxic action against hair follicle cells mediated by a folliculocentric inflammation. However, the specific nature of the inflammatory interference in hair follicle growth is open to question. A popular hypothesis of lymphocyte-mediated scarring alopecia development involves autoimmune targeting of hair follicle-specific self-antigens, although there is no direct evidence in support of such a view. Alternative hypotheses focus on defects in sebaceous gland function, destruction of hair follicle stem cells, and interference in the communication between hair follicle mesenchyme and epithelium. Many questions arise from these hypotheses, and addressing them with a systematic research approach may enable significant advances in understanding cicatricial alopecia etiology.

  20. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF EATING FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF EXPERIMENTAL, SOCIAL, AND APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY

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    Sakai Nobuyuki

    2014-01-01

    In this article, eating behavior is discussed from the point of view of various areas of psychology. First, tasting food and the perception of food palatability are discussed from the viewpoints of sensory and perceptual psychology and of physiological psychology. Second, the phenomenology of some social-psychological effects on eating behavior are introduced – for example, communication at the table, sociocultural variations in food liking/disliking, and emotional changes after eating. Third...

  1. A internação de adolescentes pela lente dos tribunais Adolescent internment by the court's point of view

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    Maria Auxiliadora Minahim

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Desde sua entrada em vigor, o Estatuto da Criança e do Adolescente sofre sistemáticas críticas no debate público não havendo, entretanto, no campo da doutrina especializada e da jurisprudência efetivos esforços para uma compreensão do alcance da lei e de seus princípios sobretudo quando o tema é a imposição de medidas de internação a adolescentes autores de infração penal. Este texto procura demonstrar a feição homogênea e estável da jurisprudência brasileira nos Tribunais Estaduais nessa matéria à luz dos principais argumentos utilizados como fundamentação das decisões em sede recursal. Alguns resultados da pesquisa "Responsabilidade e garantias ao adolescente autor de ato infracional: uma proposta de revisão do ECA em seus 18 anos de vigência" apoiada pela Secretaria de Assuntos Legislativos do Ministério da Justiça, ilustram as dificuldades de mplementação dos preceitos legais, possibilitando refletir se é a textura aberta da lei o que vem favorecendo a persistência de argumentos extrajurídicos e ideológicos em sua interpretação.Since its approval, The Child and Adolescent Act has been attacked for several critics in the public debate. However neither the specialized dogmatic nor jurisprudence have presented effective efforts to the comprehension of the law or its principles, especially related to internment measures applied to young offenders. the text shows the homogeneous appearance of the brazilian jurisprudence into the State Courts, according to the most used arguments by the decisions. some results from the "Responsibility and Guarantees to young offender: a revision proposal for the child and adolescent act in 18 years of existence" research illustrate these difficulties to implement the legislation, avoiding the consideration regarding the open texture of the law as a possible cause for the persistence of extralegal and ideological arguments on its interpretation.

  2. Reflections on Cosmology: an Outsider's Point of View

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    Toloza, Adolfo

    2012-01-01

    Some of the assumptions of cosmology, as based on the simplest version of General Relativity, are discussed. It is argued that by slight modi?cations of standard gravitation theory, our notion of the sources of gravity {the right hand side of Einstein's equations{, could be something radically di?erent from what is usually expected. One example is exhibited to prove the point, and some consequences are discussed.

  3. Rock massif observation from underground coal gasification point of view

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    T. Sasvári

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available The Underground coal gasification (UCG of the coal seams is determined by suitable geological structure of the area. The assumption of the qualitative changes of the rock massif can be also enabled by application of geophysical methods (electric resisting methods and geoelectric tomography. This article shows the example of evaluating possibilities of realization of the underground coal gasification in the area of the Upper Nitra Coal Basin in Cíge¾ and Nováky deposits, and recommend the needs of cooperation among geological, geotechnical and geophysical researchers.

  4. COMPANY TRAINING FROM THE EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS POINT OF VIEW

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    STAŇKOVÁ, Dana Maria

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The paper concentrates on the topic of efficiency and effectiveness of company training. This work has set research goals that were solved using the interrogation method, questionnaire technique and free interview. Goal No. 1 was to investigate the situation in the company training from the motivation aspect and stimulating education system requirements. Goal No. 2 was to determine the use of educational methods, forms of training from the point of view of their efficiency. Goal No. 3 was to investigate into the attitude toward company training evaluation and exploitation of the individual levels of educational process efficiency evaluation. As a resource for the training efficiency evaluation the authors used Kirkpatrick’s 4-level Learning Evaluation Model extended with the ROI method. The research group consisted of a HR managers / managers from the SME sectors, b participants of these companies’ training programmes. The most important requirements for an efficient stimulating educational system involve the conformity with the needs and goals of the company, linking with the performance system and accord with the needs of an individual. The research has shown that in certain educational methods and forms there occurs conformity between the frequency of their usage in practice and apprehension of their efficiency, e.g. the controlled discussion method and the direct group education form. In others, such as the practical example method and individual consultation form, their usage in practice is minimal, but there is a high apprehension rate of their efficiency. The efficiency evaluation is implemented mostly only on the 1st and 2nd level (the reaction level and learning level. However, in a responsible approach to the efficient use of financial means invested into the training process also a shift of evaluation on the 3rd and 4th level (transfer to the work-place level and business result level and ROI are necessary.

  5. Strategic allocation of flight plans: an evolutionary point of view

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    Gurtner, Gérald

    2016-01-01

    We consider the simplified model of strategic allocation of trajectories in the airspace presented in a previous publication. Two types of companies, characterized by different cost functions, compete for allocation of trajectories in the airspace. We study how the equilibrium state of the model depends on the traffic demand and number of airports. We show that in a mixed population environment the equilibrium solution is not the optimal at the global level, but rather than it tends to have a larger fraction of companies who prefer to delay the departure time rather taking a longer routes. Finally we study the evolutionary dynamics investigating the fluctuations of airline types around the equilibrium and the speed of convergence toward it in finite populations. We find that the equilibrium point is shifted by the presence of noise and is reached more slowly.

  6. Are motorways rational from slime mould's point of view?

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    Adamatzky, Andrew; Alonso-Sanz, Ramon; van Dessel, Wesley; Ibrahim, Zuwairie; Ilachinski, Andrew; Jones, Jeff; Kayem, Anne V D M; Martinez, Genaro J; de Oliveira, Pedro; Prokopenko, Mikhail; Schubert, Theresa; Sloot, Peter; Strano, Emanuele; Yang, Xin-She

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    We analyse the results of our experimental laboratory approximation of motorways networks with slime mould Physarum polycephalum. Motorway networks of fourteen geographical areas are considered: Australia, Africa, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Iberia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, The Netherlands, UK, USA. For each geographical entity we represented major urban areas by oat flakes and inoculated the slime mould in a capital. After slime mould spanned all urban areas with a network of its protoplasmic tubes we extracted a generalised Physarum graph from the network and compared the graphs with an abstract motorway graph using most common measures. The measures employed are the number of independent cycles, cohesion, shortest paths lengths, diameter, the Harary index and the Randic index. We obtained a series of intriguing results, and found that the slime mould approximates best of all the motorway graphs of Belgium, Canada and China, and that for all entities studied the best match between Physarum and ...

  7. Resident training in pathology: From resident's point of view

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    Kemal KÖSEMEHMETOĞLU

    2008-01-01

    qualified staff and increases the burden on residents may be reassigned to medical secretary or pathology assistants; therefore energy of residents can be saved for educational activities. Optimization of physical working conditions, assortment of training programs, rotation in lacking subjects and consultations will enhance the quality of the education of the resident. Feedback assessment of trainer and trainee is an essential part of a training program.In conclusion, an ideal resident from the resident's point of view is the person who is endowed with medical and pathological knowledge, orderly interrelates with staff, professionally communicates with clinicians, manages a laboratory and is trained hard to achieve all the above mentioned competencies.

  8. Vertical view of Apollo 16 landing site located Descartes area lunar nearside

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    1971-01-01

    A vertical view of the Apollo 16 landing site located in the Descartes area lunar nearside. The overlay indicates the location of the proposed touchdown point for the Apollo 16 Lunar Module. Descartes is located west of the Sea of Nectar and southwest of the Sea of Tranquility. This photograph was taken with a 500mm lens camera from lunar orbit by the Apollo 14 crew.

  9. Aerial view of the West Area complex

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    The SPS lies below ground beyond the top of the picture, and the proton beam from it enters the large West Hall from the right. All hadronic beams but one were concentrated in this hall. The neutrino beam from the underground target Passes through BEBC in the tall structure left of centre. The light-coloured building further left houses the neutrino counter experiments WA1 and WA18, and at the left end of the line, in the small block near the edge of the picture sits Gargamelle on a pedestal, since the beam is rising at an angle of about 2 deg. From right to left: West Hall - Bld 180; BEBC - Bld 191; Neutrino - Bld 182; Gargamelle - Bld 185.

  10. Honey bee: a consumer’s point of view

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    Zavodna Lucie Sara

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available This article concerns the way bee products are perceived by customers. It is mainly focused on honey, which is considered the main output product of beekeeping. Beekeeping is a very popular activity in the Czech Republic. Based on current data there are over 48 thousand people engaged in beekeeping in the Czech Republic. Hand in hand with the increasing number of beekeepers the popularity of bee products - especially honey - among Czech consumers is also growing. Recently, the consumption of honey in the Czech Republic has been slightly increasing. A big problem today is that honey sold in Czech supermarkets is frequently falsified. At the same time, it is increasingly popular to buy honey directly from beekeepers. The aim of this research was to describe the situation about the honey market in the Czech Republic, and also to examine the relationship between consumers on the one hand, and honey/beekeepers on the other. We have also considered customer's trust in organic honey and honey sold in supermarket chains. Results show that consumers view bee products as generally healthy and prefer to buy bee products from a beekeeper because of greater convenience as locally sourced honey is perceived to be of higher quality. The majority of consumers agree with paying a higher price for a product of higher quality. The article confirmed the hypothesis that most people think that bee products sold by a beekeeper are healthier than those bought at ordinary shops.

  11. String point of view for heavy-light mesons

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    Dong, Yubing; Matsuki, Takayuki

    2016-01-01

    An approximate rotational symmetry of a heavy-light meson is viewed from a string picture. Using a simple string configuration, we derive a formula, $(M-m_c)^2=\\pi\\sigma L$, whose coefficient of the r.h.s. is just 1/2 of that of a light meson with two light quarks. A numerical plot is obtained for $D$ mesons of experimental data as well as several theoretical models, which shows good agreement with this formula.

  12. Habitat--Offshore of Point Reyes Map Map Area, California

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This part of DS 781 presents data for the habitat map of the seafloor of the Offshore of Point Reyes map area, California. The vector data file is included in...

  13. Folds--Offshore of Tomales Point Map Area, California

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This part of DS 781 presents data for folds for the geologic and geomorphic map of the Offshore of Tomales Point map area, California. The vector data file is...

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This part of DS 781 presents data for faults for the geologic and geomorphic map of the Offshore of Tomales Point map area, California. The vector data file is...

  15. Folds--Offshore of Point Reyes Map Area, California

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  16. Faults--Offshore of Salt Point Map Area, California

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This part of DS 781 presents data for faults for the geologic and geomorphic map of the Offshore of Salt Point map area, California. The vector data file is...

  17. Contours Offshore of Point Reyes Map Map Area, California

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This part of DS 781 presents data for the bathymetric contours for several seafloor maps of the Offshore of Point Reyes map area, California. The vector data file is...

  18. Bathymetry Offshore of Point Reyes Map Map Area, California

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This part of DS 781 presents data for the bathymetry and shaded-relief maps of the Offshore of Point Reyes map area, California. Raster data file is included in...

  19. Faults--Offshore of Point Reyes Map Area, California

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  1. Bathymetry--Offshore of Salt Point Map Area, California

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This part of DS 781 presents data for the bathymetry and shaded-relief maps of the Offshore of Salt Point map area, California. Raster data file is included in...

  2. Bathymetry Hillshade Offshore of Point Reyes Map Map Area, California

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This part of DS 781 presents data for the bathymetry and shaded-relief maps of the Offshore of Point Reyes map area, California. Raster data file is included in...

  3. Bathymetry Hillshade--Offshore of Salt Point Map Area, California

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This part of DS 781 presents data for the bathymetry and shaded-relief maps of the Offshore of Salt Point map area, California. Raster data file is included in...

  4. Contours--Offshore of Salt Point Map Area, California

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This part of DS 781 presents data for the bathymetric contours for several seafloor maps of the Offshore of Salt Point map area, California. The vector data file is...

  5. Folds--Offshore of Salt Point Map Area, California

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This part of DS 781 presents data for folds for the geologic and geomorphic map of the Offshore of Salt Point map area, California. The vector data file is included...

  6. An Evaluation of the Second Intermediate Saudi English Language Textbook from the Teachers' Point of View

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    BinObaid, Reem

    2016-01-01

    The study evaluates the quality of the second intermediate grade English language textbook for Saudi girls' schools "from the teachers point of view" which was introduced at the intermediate stage by the Ministry of Education in 2004. This research project evaluates a new textbook that is considered to be the foundation stone in the…

  7. [Demographic information in crisis: one point of view].

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    Morelos, J B

    1990-01-01

    This work argues that doubts concerning the reliability of demographic information in Mexico from censuses and other sources should prompt a search for ways of improving existing data rather than developing new data sources and measurement techniques. The example of labor force data is used to illustrate the achievements of past data collection efforts and to suggest a framework for reconciling statistics from diverse sources and exploiting existing sources more fully. From a practical perspective, it would be difficult to identify a nontraditional source of information, statistical procedure, or conceptual framework for collection of labor force and other demographic data that has not been tried somewhere, at some time. Economists and other social scientists who have analyzed the adequacy of existing data sources have pointed to the financial implications of extensive alterations in them and have suggested new questions to be added to censuses and surveys to fill gaps in information. Studies based on census data have been particularly effective in furthering understanding of the supply of labor in Mexico and the factors affecting behavior of the economically active population. Economic surveys have contributed to analysis of employment in the different sectors and the characteristics of workers in different types of establishments and activities. Surveys, both specialized and multipurpose, have also contributed to knowledge of employment and the labor market, especially in urban areas and in aspects related to migration. To classify the different potential sources of labor force data, 2 tables are presented. The 1st lists continuous, periodic, and sporadic sources of data produced in the public, social, and private sectors. The listing of different data sources suggests the rich potential for combining findings from different sources, e.g., correlating deaths occurring in a certain time period to working age adults with information derived from the census to

  8. Response to the Point of View of Gregory B. Pauly, David M. Hillis, and David C. Cannatella, by the Anuran Subcommittee of the SSAR/HL/ASIH Scientific and Standard English Names List

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    Frost, Darrel R.; McDiarmid, Roy W.; Mendelson, Joseph R.

    2009-01-01

    The Point of View by Gregory Pauly, David Hillis, and David Cannatella misrepresents the motives and activities of the anuran subcommittee of the Scientific and Standard English Names Committee, contains a number of misleading statements, omits evidence and references to critical literature that have already rejected or superseded their positions, and cloaks the limitations of their nomenclatural approach in ambiguous language. Their Point of View is not about promoting transparency in the process of constructing the English Names list, assuring that its taxonomy is adequately reviewed, or promoting nomenclatural stability in any global sense. Rather, their Point of View focuses in large part on a single publication, The Amphibian Tree of Life, which is formally unrelated to the Standard English Names List, and promotes an approach to nomenclature mistakenly asserted by them to be compatible with both the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature and one of its competitors, the PhyloCode.

  9. [Improvements in patient education from the didactical point of view].

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    Feicke, J; Spörhase, U

    2012-10-01

    The findings of empirical educational research and the theoretical and experiential knowledge of general didactics and specific didactics of relevant subjects are not adequately considered in the conception and implementation of patient education. The aim of this work is to screen the results of existing research about the quality of instruction, to deduce quality criteria for patient education and to discuss their benefits for the existing practice. The research on the quality of instruction was systematically investigated for this purpose. Subsequently, the 3 empirically validated quality features: "clear structure", "participant-oriented social climate" and "cognitive activation with particular attention to domain-specific components of teaching" we identified were transferred to patient education and concretized by including the theoretical and experiential knowledge of didactics. In the process several domains (conception of manuals, train-the-trainer seminars) were identified in which the quality characteristics can be tied in. The findings of empirical educational research are able to complement the existing measures for quality assurance in the area of patient education. For this purpose the identification and specification together with the possible integration of the 3 quality criteria in the area of patient education are a first step.

  10. Computer Crime and the Law from an Islamic Point of View

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    Al-A`Ali, Mansoor

    Information technology is facing waves of laws guarding the interest of people using the Web technology. These laws were derived from the common laws and legislations applied in general crimes. One of these laws is the law of the state is Texas in the United States in 1985. In a world which has more than one billion Muslims, it is time to consider proposing a law that is in line with their teachings. Several calls were also raised in the Islamic countries to establish a law suitable to handle computer crimes which matches the Islamic Shar'iah law. The main question to ask here is how can the Islamic law which was established in the seventh century handle crimes resulting from the use or abuse of the new technology and provide suitable laws for the protection of its computer users. To answer this question our research has analyzed the Adellah () (Shar'iah Evidences of Quraan, Hadith and Imams sayings) that match Texas computer crime law items to verify the outlook of Islam in computer crime. We set out to prove that computer crime with its high technology is not entirely a new type of crime that needs a new Islamic theory and thus is already covered by the general Islamic Shar'iah laws. Based on the available computer crime laws and our understanding of the Quranic verses, we propose to tackle this very difficult area by proposing a computer crime law from an Islamic point of view. We believe this research is the first of its kind and will open the discussion in this important area with the exception of one study which addresses the e-commerce from an Islamic view point.

  11. Dental ethics in a larger context: one point of view.

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    Baumrind, Sheldon

    2007-01-01

    Since the end of World War II, the practice of dentistry has been largely transformed from a "calling" into a cog in the ever-expanding "Healthcare Industry". In the process, the distinction between professional ethics and the ethics of commerce has been attenuated and, to a large extent, lost. Today's dentist is faced with an inherent conflict between the pledge of the health professional to hold the patient's interests primary (and above all, to do no harm), and the self-protective commercial principle of caveat emptor. Pressures towards commercialism come from the government and the insurance industry, the increasingly unfavorable ratio between professional fees and the cost of production, and the high cost of dental education. Viewed simplistically, much of dentistry today has an outward form resembling commodity production. Recognizing the substantial forces tending to attenuate ethical standards in our profession may aid us in resisting their encroachments.

  12. The possible existence of Hs in nature from a geochemical point of view

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    Ivanov, A V

    2006-01-01

    A hypothesis of the existence of a long-lived isotope 271Hs in natural molybdenites and osmirides is considered from a geochemical point of view. It is shown that the presence of Hs in these minerals can be explained only by making an additional ad hoc assumption on the existence of an isobaric pair of 271Bh-271Hs. This assumption could be tested by mass-spectrometric measurements of U, Pb, Kr, Xe, and Zr isotopic shifts.

  13. Marriage and Sexuality from a Psychiatric Point of View

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    Ali Bozkurt

    Full Text Available Sexuality, taking on a shape in the interaction of psychological, social, and biological variables, may lose its functionality with the blockage of these components. Sexual dysfunction may be handled as if it is only a symptom being based on the decay of marital relationship in the content of therapy, and sexual dysfunction may be neglected by family and marriage therapists from time to time. Contrarily, sex therapists may show the tendency to handle the problem in aspect of only sexuality. In the relationships of all spouses, thought and emotional intimacy should not be neglected whatever sexual problem they may have. Factors determining happiness such as physical attractiveness, impressiveness, positive and negative attitudes, marriage age, children, socioeconomic conditions, common intentions, and hobbies, sexual life, have attracted the attention of investigators for long time. Most important element among these factors seems to be sexuality. In recent years, researchers have begun to consider interaction between sexuality and marriage much more. Marital life includes food, shelter, togetherness, satisfaction originated from positive marital relationships, sharing role to cause of sexual maturation, acceptance of social role, and responsibility, individual entrepreneurship, and supporting to creativity. Marriage, consisting of spouses completing each other in these fields, is the headstone of social development and maturation. It has been suggested that there is a role of sexual dysfunction in protecting the balance of marital relationships. According to this suggestion, these disorders may prevent any damage to self and conserve the border of ego. Moreover, we may suggest that sexual dysfunction breaks the marital relationship, removes the protective effect on marital balance if we consider the beneficial effects of sexuality in points of intimacy in thought and emotional fields. Sexuality can be only experienced with healthy personality

  14. [Acts of violence from point of view of the criminologist].

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    Ferracuti, F; Newman, G

    1975-01-01

    Assaultive offences continue to occupy a major share of the interest of criminologists and of the attention of the public. They are defined by the use, or the threat of use of force on a victim by an offender. The paper reviews basic definitions, methods of measuring assaultive crime, and recent phenomenological patterning. Different socio-economic variables are discussed, such as age and sex, urbanization and social class, race, victim-offender relationships, family factors. A brief analysis is presented of child abuse. Various theories have been presented, with different interpretative and explanatory focuses. They are summarized by the Authors under the following headings: a) Barrier theories b) Theories of inevitability c) "Bad influence" theories d) Culture theories. A few cross-cultural examples are given, from existing studies. The postulates of cultural theories are presented, with suggestions for further research.

  15. Communicating Science Broadly: An NSF Point of View

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    Leinen, M. S.

    2006-12-01

    In the view of NSF, communicating about both the process of doing science and about scientific results are of paramount importance. But those of us in the agency are not the ones who do the science or generate the results. Thus, our policy is to encourage the community we fund to communicate their results as broadly as possible. Why does NSF feel so strongly about communicating scientific results? First, science only moves forward when there is free and open debate about scientific results through public mechanisms in which there is an opportunity for thorough analysis (e.g. scientific literature, professional meetings and workshops). Second, the research we support is done for the good of the public and should be communicated to the public. Third, scientific results are critical to many important decision-making processes and policy-making processes. Democracies thrive when an informed public is engaged, so communicating science broadly to the lay public is important. Why does NSF feel so strongly about communicating about the process of science? Science is a habit of mind; an orderly process for testing ideas. But many do not understand how science is done, the difference between fact and conjecture, why speculation, hypotheses and theory are critical to progress, or why the culture of constructive criticism is essential to progress. Without this context, science can be misunderstood as magic, opinion, or argument. Thus the efforts that we fund to enhance scientific education and outreach are critical to having discourse about scientific results.

  16. [Osteocytes and the pathways of mechanical homeostasis optimization from the point of view of functional osteology].

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    Avrunin, A S; Tikhilov, R M; Parshin, L K; Mel'nikov, B E

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this work was to determine, on the basis of the results of authors' own research and literature data, the main pathways of osteocyte (OC) influence on the mechanical homeostasis of the skeleton. The following pathways of reorganization of the architecture of bone structures are postulated: at the ultrastructural level without direct cell participation, through the bone matrix synthesis by osteoblasts and OC, through bone matrix resorption by osteoclasts and OC, the latter being able to resorb the surrounding mineral and organic matrix both separately, and conjointly. This reorganization results in local changes of the mechanical characteristics of bones due to changes in: porosity of interstitial spaces, transport ability of the lacunar-canalicular system, porosity of the area of osteoblastic-osteoclastic remodeling, modeling of bone structures. From the point of view of adaptation theory it is highly significant that the subtle local control of bone structures is able to induce changes in the parameters of the mechanical environment, which, on the one hand, would correspond to OC metabolic requirements and, on the other hand, would support the parameters of body mineral homeostasis.

  17. A rotating Michelson interferometer from the co-rotating point of view

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    Maraner, Paolo

    2016-06-01

    The phase shift induced by a uniform rotation in a Michelson interferometer is re-derived in the geometrical framework of the coordinate-free formalism of general relativity from the co-rotating point of view. The effect is second order in the ratio of the interferometer's speed to the speed of light and further suppressed by the ratio of the length of the interferometer's arms to the radius of rotation. The relation of the effect to gravitational time dilation is discussed.

  18. Institutional system response mechanism towards corruption: a point of view

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    Ciprian Tudurachi

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available In Romania, a lot of practices proper to corruption became widely common and are integrated in a real national bureaucratic culture. Romanian citizens seem to accept and tolerate informal payments in order to obtain the desired or the necessary services. Public officials are doing well, impersonal and they don’t realize they affect social welfare. That’s why fight against corruption must involve complex actions performed on many areas. Such action must be focused on measures that reduce the opportunities for corruption and increase the probability of detection and punish the offences.

  19. Evaluation of Economic Education from Graduates’ Point of View

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    Hana Řezanková

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The labour market expects graduates with certain levels of competences, which reflect the quality of education. In this paper we present the results of the analyses of selected indicators concerning of the education quality obtained on the basis of answers of graduates of the University of Economics, Prague. The graduates were addressed four or five years after graduation within large REFLEX surveys realized in 2006 and 2010. We compare competence levels acquired by graduates with competence levels required by employers; both types of levels were evaluated by graduates. We investigate dependency, agreement and similarity of acquired and requiredcompetence levels by different coefficients and we compare their values in the 2006 and 2010 surveys.

  20. The narcissism and death of Yukio Mishima--from the object relational point of view.

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    Ushijima, S

    1987-12-01

    The author discussed the life and work of Yukio Mishima from the object relational point of view. First, he described his brief life history, pointing out the four big identity crises in his life as his fierce struggles against the suicidal wishes were likely to enlarge within himself. Then, he suggested that Mishima had been in the state of part object relationship throughout his life. Thirdly, the important role of the body or bodies in his fantastic and real life was discussed as a manifestation of not merely autoerotic activities but also disturbances of the core of identity. Finally, the fragility of the intermediate area of experience which was thought to have eventually led him to the last action, the seppuku, was examined.

  1. The Statistical point of view of Quality: the Lean Six Sigma methodology.

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    Bertolaccini, Luca; Viti, Andrea; Terzi, Alberto

    2015-04-01

    Six Sigma and Lean are two quality improvement methodologies. The Lean Six Sigma methodology is applicable to repetitive procedures. Therefore, the use of this methodology in the health-care arena has focused mainly on areas of business operations, throughput, and case management and has focused on efficiency outcomes. After the revision of methodology, the paper presents a brief clinical example of the use of Lean Six Sigma as a quality improvement method in the reduction of the complications during and after lobectomies. Using Lean Six Sigma methodology, the multidisciplinary teams could identify multiple modifiable points across the surgical process. These process improvements could be applied to different surgical specialties and could result in a measurement, from statistical point of view, of the surgical quality.

  2. Different Points of View Concerning the Didactic Transposition

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    Késia Caroline Ramires Neves

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available The present article treats the concept of Didactic Transposition, taking as reference the work of Yves Chevallard, La transposición didáctica: del saber sabio al saber enseñado (2005. We compared the adduction of the concept in several works, such as thesis, dissertations and articles, and discussed the multiple impressions concerning the process of didactic transposition. These papers show that the conceptualizations are not well defined, entailing dubiousness and discussions. Some differences accrue from different areas of science, distinct of mathematics, others are inherent on the original ideas in Chevallard (2005, paper that served as bibliographical reference for the majority of the studied works.

  3. Industrial safety of pressure vessels - structural integrity point of view

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    Sedmak Aleksandar

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents different aspects of pressure vessel safety in the scope of industrial safety, focused to the chemical industry. Quality assurance, including application of PED97/23 has been analysed first, followed shortly by the risk assessment and in details by the structural integrity approach, which has been illustrated with three case studies. One important conclusion, following such an approach, is that so-called water proof testing can actually jeopardize integrity of a pressure vessel instead of proving it. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. TR 174004 i br. TR 33044

  4. Status of Bay of Bengal: An Ecological Point of View

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    Pai IK

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available The marine resources are a major source of food, a reservoir of minerals, major suppliers of oxygen, regulator of climate. It is also an ultimate dumping ground for the mounting burden of human waste material. Due to unchecked anthropogenic activity in recent years, the physico-chemical and biological status of the marine environments have changed significantly. This has resulted in the changing environmental scenario of the world. The Bay of Bengal, is one of the largest Bay in the world known to receive large flow of sediments from several rivers and other water bodies from India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Indonesia etc., Many of these rivers bring along with them, a large quantity of effluents from cities / towns located on either side of these rivers, thus making the Bay nutrient rich. This Bay also plays a major role in determining the climatic conditions of India and other South East Asian countries. Thus its ecology is of paramount interest. Further, the Bay is also known for its oligotrophic nature as well low productivity, thus resulting in high diversity of flora and fauna. The ecological status of the Bay has a direct bearing on the lifescape of the Bay, and therefore, a study was undertaken to understand abiotic and biotic factors with special reference to zooplankton. Based on the observations, the study recommends certain appropriate measures to be taken to conserve the ecology of one of the largest Bay in the world.

  5. Weighted Projective Spaces from the toric point of view with computational applications

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    Rossi, Michele

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of the present paper is threefold. First: giving a survey on weighted projective spaces by the toric point of view, which seems to be missing in the literature. Second: providing characterizations of fans and polytopes giving (polarized, in case) weighted projective spaces, so inaugurating a kind of \\emph{recognition process} of toric data like fans and polytopes. Third: building a mathematical framework for an algorithmic and computational approach to wps's, actually realized in [19,20].

  6. The EUVE point of view of AD Leo

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    Sanz-Forcada, J

    2002-01-01

    All the Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer (EUVE) observations of AD Leo, totalling 1.1 Ms of exposure time, have been employed to analyze the corona of this single M dwarf. The light curves show a well defined quiescent stage, and a distribution of amplitude of variability following a power law with a ~-2.4 index. The flaring behavior exhibits much similarity with other M active stars like FK Aqr or YY Gem, and flares behave differently from late type active giants and subgiants. The Emission Measure Distribution (EMD) of the summed spectrum, as well as that of quiescent and flaring stages, were obtained using a line-based method. The average EMD is dominated by material at log T(K)~6.9, with a second peak around log T(K)~6.3, and a large increase in the amount of material with log T(K)>~7.1 during flares, material almost absent during quiescence. The results are interpreted as the combination of three families of loops with maximum temperatures at log T(K)~6.3, ~6.9 and somewhere beyond log T(K)>~7.1. A value of ...

  7. Greenhouse effect from the point of view of radiative transfer

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    Barcza, Szabolcs

    2016-01-01

    Radiative power balance of a planet in the solar system is delineated. The terrestrial powers are transformed to average global flux in an effective atmospheric column (EAC) approximation, its components are delineated. The estimated and measured secular changes of the average global flux are compared to the fluxes derived from the Stefan-Boltzmann law using the observed global annual temperatures in the decades between 1880 and 2010. The conclusion of this procedure is that the radiative contribution of the greenhouse gas ${\\rm CO}_2$ is some $21\\pm 7$~\\% to the observed global warming from the end of the XIXth century excluding the feedback mechanisms playing determining role in the climate system. Stationary radiative flux transfer is treated in an air column as a function of the column density of the absorbent. Upper and lower limit of radiative forcing is given by assuming true absorption and coherent scatter of the monochromatic radiation. An integral formula is given for the outgoing long wave radiatio...

  8. Convenient Airports: Point of View of the Passengers

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    Magri, Adival Aparecido, Jr.; Alves, Claudio Jorge Pinto

    2003-01-01

    The competition among airlines or among airports aiming at to increase the demand for its services has been more and more incited. Knowledge the perception of the users for the offered services means to meet the customer's needs and expectations in order either to keep the customer, and therefore keep a significant advantage over competitors. The passenger of the air transportation wants rapidity, security and convenience. Convenience can be translated by comfort that the passenger wants for the price that he can pay. In this paper had been identified. as a result of a survey achieved in six Brazilian airports during 2002, the best indicators in the passenger's perception. These indicators among any others were listed m the handbook of Airports Council International (ACI). Distinctive perceptions were observed among passengers with different travel motivations. This survey had been carried through in the airports of Brasilia, Porto Alegre, Salvador. Fortaleza, Curitiba and Bel6m. Considering this survey we can identified the most attractive airport among them. This work is a way to help improve quality of service, in particular, m these six airports of the Brazilian network. The results should be published and made available to all the parties concerned (airport authority, airlines and service providers) and should lead to corrective action when the passenger is not satisfied with the service.

  9. [Nasal obstruction and mouth breathing: the ENT's point of view].

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    Leboulanger, Nicolas

    2013-06-01

    Obstructive diseases of children's upper airways are frequent, mostly caused by tonsils and adenoids hypertrophy. A nasal septum deviation or a lower turbinate hypertrophy may also cause a significant obstruction. Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy must be performed in case of clinical obstruction, sometimes documented by a sleep study. A tonsils' hypertrophy without significant obstruction and clinical symptoms is not an indication of adenotonsillectomy, even in case of snoring or if an orthodontic treatment is planned.

  10. Dark matter as seen from the physical point of view

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    Krasnoholovets, Vlodymyr

    2016-01-01

    It is shown that the Newton's law of universal gravitation can be derived from first submicroscopic principles inherent in the very nature of real space that is constituted as a tessellattice of primary topological balls. The submicroscopic concept determines the notion of mass in the tessellattice and introduces excitations of space, which appear at the motion of particles (mass particles are determined as local deformations of the tessellattice). These excitations are associated with carriers of the field of inertia. In the universe the gravitation is induced by standing inerton waves of mass objects, which oscillate around the objects with the speed of light. An overlapping of these standing inerton waves generates an elastic interaction between masses bringing them to a formation of clusters in which masses are characterised by both the Newtonian and elastic interaction. It is this elastic interaction that cancels the necessity of introduction of mystical dark matter. At the same time, inertons, carriers ...

  11. Forensic dentistry--identification from the dentist's point of view.

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    Dostálová, T; Eliásová, H; Seydlová, M; Pilin, A; Hippmann, R; Simková, H; Danis, I; Zvárová, J; Nagy, M

    2008-01-01

    The paper deals with an identification of missing persons based on a dental documentation. The procedure of the identification is presented in two case reports with a new possibility of electronic imaging called Dental Cross in comparison with classical dental documentation, which is officially used for identification of the missing persons by Interpol.

  12. The Consequences of Interdependence: A Policy Point of View

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    zardous Material21 It is a common act of governments to regulate the packaging , shipping, labeling and handling of these materials. Since such materials...esrda fzir shnri- of terburdemil !nd - a further promocion of tradie. T2he export of the dcomestic .... - cost of such programs would in principle be

  13. THINKING ABOUT RANDOM EVENTS FROM A LOGICAL POINT OF VIEW

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    Full Text Available The purpose of this essay is to identify a meaningful property of random events by using a theorem introduced in an unconventional symbolic language, which we shall call ℒu. More precisely, we attempt to show that every random event must occur at least once. The method, which we use, consists in defining, by means of sentences of the language ℒu, the concept of random event, after showing that some statements about the structural proprieties of the sentences of ℒu can be translated into sentences of the language ℒu itself. Thanks to this peculiar feature of ℒu, we achieve an important gain in facilitating the identification of the propriety looked for. In fact, it is easier to deal with sentences of a formal system, free of concealed assumptions and possibly misleading associations of meaning, than with true and false statements.

  14. Foundationalism and Coherentism From a Contextualist Point of View

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    Blome-Tillmann, Michael

    2003-01-01

    Here is the picture classical foundationalism draws of empirical justification: Our system of beliefs is structured like a pyramid, it consists of a broad foundation of perceptual beliefs, i.e. beliefs reporting the contents of our perceptual states, and a superstructure of worldly beliefs, i.e. beliefs reporting what is going on in the world around us. The beliefs building the foundation, the perceptual beliefs, are to be justified noninferentially, by direct appeal t...

  15. Radiation mutagenesis from molecular and genetic points of view

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    Chen, D.J.C.; Park, M.S.; Okinaka, R.T.; Jaberaboansari, A.

    1993-01-01

    An important biological effect of ionizing radiation on living organisms is mutation induction. Mutation is also a primary event in the etiology of cancer. The chain events, from induction of DNA damage by ionizing radiation to processing of these damages by the cellular repair/replication machinery, that lead to mutation are not well understood. The development of quantitative methods for measuring mutation-induction, such as the HPRT system, in cultured mammalian cells has provided an estimate of the mutagenic effects of x- and [gamma]-rays as wen as of high LET radiation in both rodent and human cells. A major conclusion from these mutagenesis data is that high LET radiation induces mutations more efficiently than g-rays. Molecular analysis of mutations induced by sparsely ionizing radiation have detected major structural alterations at the gene level. Our molecular results based on analysis of human HPRT deficient mutants induced by [gamma]-rays, [alpha]-particles and high energy charged particles indicate that higher LET radiation induce more total and large deletion mutations than [gamma]-rays. Utilizing molecular techniques including polymerase chain reaction (PCR), Single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP), denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) and Direct DNA sequencing, mutational spectra induced by ionizing radiation have been compared in different cell systems. Attempts have also been made to determine the mutagenic potential and the nature of mutation induced by low dose rate [gamma]-rays. Defective repair, in the form of either a diminished capability for repair or inaccurate repair, can lead to increased risk of heritable mutations from radiation exposure. Therefore, the effects of DNA repair deficiency on the mutation induction in mammalian cells is reviewed.

  16. Radiation mutagenesis from molecular and genetic points of view

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    Chen, D.J.C.; Park, M.S.; Okinaka, R.T.; Jaberaboansari, A.

    1993-02-01

    An important biological effect of ionizing radiation on living organisms is mutation induction. Mutation is also a primary event in the etiology of cancer. The chain events, from induction of DNA damage by ionizing radiation to processing of these damages by the cellular repair/replication machinery, that lead to mutation are not well understood. The development of quantitative methods for measuring mutation-induction, such as the HPRT system, in cultured mammalian cells has provided an estimate of the mutagenic effects of x- and {gamma}-rays as wen as of high LET radiation in both rodent and human cells. A major conclusion from these mutagenesis data is that high LET radiation induces mutations more efficiently than g-rays. Molecular analysis of mutations induced by sparsely ionizing radiation have detected major structural alterations at the gene level. Our molecular results based on analysis of human HPRT deficient mutants induced by {gamma}-rays, {alpha}-particles and high energy charged particles indicate that higher LET radiation induce more total and large deletion mutations than {gamma}-rays. Utilizing molecular techniques including polymerase chain reaction (PCR), Single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP), denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) and Direct DNA sequencing, mutational spectra induced by ionizing radiation have been compared in different cell systems. Attempts have also been made to determine the mutagenic potential and the nature of mutation induced by low dose rate {gamma}-rays. Defective repair, in the form of either a diminished capability for repair or inaccurate repair, can lead to increased risk of heritable mutations from radiation exposure. Therefore, the effects of DNA repair deficiency on the mutation induction in mammalian cells is reviewed.

  17. Ego in Lacan’s and Husserl's Point of View

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Husserl - at least in his third intellectual career - was convinced that subject is placed at the heart of philosophy and philosophy is nothing but egology. This Cartesian character makes Husserl one of the greatest figures of modern thought. But in contemporary period, this central ego and, accompanied with that, the modern thought have been challenged by poststructuralists. Because of their focus on psychoanalysis and their priority to other poststructuralist writings, Lacan's argumeats are significant. In this article, at first, we proceed with the Lacan's central idea against the Cartesian subject, and then by explaining Husserl's thoughts we will see what his defence is. Husserl, by phenomenological reduction of natural attitude inherent in natural sciences (among them psychoanalysis, places phenomenology in a different dimension and prefers it to other sciences. The process of raising empirical ego to transcendental ego supports such defence.

  18. Going Pro: Point of View Cameras in Adventure Sports Research

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    French, Graham

    2016-01-01

    The role of the adventure sports coach was first identified by Collins and Collins (2012) who suggested that the sports coaching process is significantly different in an adventurous context. Whilst there is a growing body of literature surrounding coaching pedagogy (Hay, Dickens, Crudginton, & Engstrom, 2012), investigation of coaching…

  19. Problems of University Education in Lithuania: Student Point of View

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    Lamanauskas, Vincentas; Augiene, Dalia; Makarskaite-Petkeviciene, Rita

    2012-01-01

    The problems of university education though retain a complex character still become more and more pressing issues for a number of reasons. Labour market dynamics and a changing society require flexible, innovative and creative possibilities of lifelong learning. Higher education institutions are not limited to primary professional training of…

  20. Accelerator driven systems from the radiological safety point of view

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    P K Sarkar; Maitreyee Nandy

    2007-02-01

    In the proposed accelerator driven systems (ADS) the possible use of several milliamperes of protons of about 1 GeV incident on high mass targets like the molten lead–bismuth eutectic is anticipated to pose radiological problems that have so far not been encountered by the radiation protection community. Spallation reaction products like high energy gammas, neutrons, muons, pions and several radiotoxic nuclides including Po-210 complicate the situation. In the present paper, we discuss radiation safety measures like bulk shielding, containment of radiation leakage through ducts and penetration and induced activity in the structure to protect radiation workers as well as estimation of sky-shine, soil and ground water activation, release of toxic gases to the environment to protect public as per the stipulations of the regulatory authorities. We recommend the application of the probabilistic safety analysis technique by assessing the probability and criticality of different hazard-initiating events using HAZOP and FMECA.

  1. Accelerator driven sytems from the radiological safety point of view

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    Sarkar, P. K.; Nandy, Maitreyee

    2007-02-01

    In the proposed accelerator driven systems (ADS) the possible use of several milliamperes of protons of about 1 GeV incident on high mass targets like the molten lead--bismuth eutectic is anticipated to pose radiological problems that have so far not been encountered by the radiation protection community. Spallation reaction products like high energy gammas, neutrons, muons, pions and several radiotoxic nuclides including Po-210 complicate the situation. In the present paper, we discuss radiation safety measures like bulk shielding, containment of radiation leakage through ducts and penetration and induced activity in the structure to protect radiation workers as well as estimation of sky-shine, soil and ground water activation, release of toxic gases to the environment to protect public as per the stipulations of the regulatory authorities. We recommend the application of the probabilistic safety analysis technique by assessing the probability and criticality of different hazard-initiating events using HAZOP and FMECA.

  2. [Cervical spine instability: point of view of the anesthesiologist].

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    Poveda Jaramillo, R; Paredes Sanín, P; Carvajal, H; Carrasquilla, R; Murillo Deluquez, M

    2014-01-01

    The experience in airway management permits the anesthesiologist to participate in cases of cervical spine instability in the operating room when the patient is subjected to surgical procedures, or in cases of difficulty to access or keep the airway open in emergencies. This article reviews the epidemiology, definition, etiology, diagnostic criteria, methods of approach to airway management, and current recommendations on handling cervical instability in different scenarios. There is no approach to the airway that ensures complete immobility of the cervical spine, but there are methods that are better adapted to specific contexts; at the end, the reader will be able to identify the virtues and defects of the various options that the anesthesiologists have to address the airway in cases of cervical instability.

  3. Semi-automatic extraction of sectional view from point clouds - The case of Ottmarsheim's abbey-church

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    Landes, T.; Bidino, S.; Guild, R.

    2014-06-01

    Today, elevations or sectional views of buildings are often produced from terrestrial laser scanning. However, due to the amount of data to process and because usually 2D maps are required by customers, the 3D point cloud is often degraded into 2D slices. In a sectional view, not only the portions of the objet which are intersected by the cutting plane but also edges and contours of other parts of the object which are visible behind the cutting plane are represented. To avoid the tedious manual drawing, the aim of this work is to propose a semi-automatic approach for creating sectional views by point cloud processing. The extraction of sectional views requires in a first step the segmentation of the point cloud into planar and non-planar entities. Since in cultural heritage buildings, arches, vaults, columns can be found, the position and the direction of the sectional view must be taken into account before contours extraction. Indeed, the edges of surfaces of revolution depend on the chosen view. The developed extraction approach is detailed based on point clouds acquired inside and outside churches. The resulting sectional view has been evaluated in a qualitative and quantitative way by comparing it with a reference sectional view made by hand. A mean deviation of 3 cm between both sections proves that the proposed approach is promising. Regarding the processing time, despite a few manual corrections, it has saved 40% of the time required for manual drawing.

  4. Diabetic foot syndrome--dermatological point of view.

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    Troskot, Nina; Duvancić, Tomislav; Kolić, Maja

    2013-03-01

    Patients with diabetes mellitus often suffer from diabetic foot syndrome, a condition leading to foot ulceration or even amputation of lower extremity. Peripheral neuropathy combined with repetitive trauma to the foot and peripheral vascular disease are the main etiological factors in the development of foot ulcers. Other major contributive factors include the effects of callus, increased plantar pressures, and local infections. Patient education concerning their disease has a central role in the prevention of foot ulcers. Ordinary preventive measures taken by the patient include regular self-inspections, appropriate daily hygiene of the feet, appropriate footwear to reduce plantar pressures, and medical pedicure performed by a pedicurist experienced in diabetic foot patients. The importance of callus in diabetic patients has been shown in several studies by high predictability of subsequent ulcer development in patients with plantar calluses. For removing callus, urea based preparations are considered to be the treatment of choice. In case of local bacterial and fungal diabetic foot infections, systemic antibiotic and systemic antimycotic therapy is indicated, respectively. Wound dressings of various types are the mainstay in the treatment of chronic foot ulcers with avoidance of occlusive dressings in infected ulcers. Since the vast majority of ulcers and amputations can be prevented in diabetic patients, proper diagnosis and multidisciplinary approach are essential.

  5. Phylogenic points of view on the sexuality of cormophytes

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    Michael Favre-Duchartre

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available 1 Unisexuality is spreading from gametes, through gametophytes, to sporangia and sporaphytes, individual hermaphradite plants finally becoming the ground for sex separation with cross fertilization processes; 2 male and female gametogeneses are abbreviated down to the production of 3- and 4-cell gametophytes respectively; 3 inter-archegonial double fertilizations are found elsewhere than in angiosperms; 4 in the embryo sacs of the latter the disparity of female structures linked with disyncihronic post-fertilization developments might explain the differences between the endosiperm and the embryo.

  6. Piaget's Nominal Realism from a Linguistic Point of View.

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    Ephratt, Michal

    1991-01-01

    A study of children's acquisition of synonymy as a sense-property during the second childhood period (as defined by Piaget) suggests that, contrary to psychologists' claims, nominal realism is a linguistic phenomenon that should be studied as such. (75 references) (Author/CB)

  7. Dietary glycaemic index from an epidemiological point of view

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    Feskens, E.J.M.; Du, H.

    2006-01-01

    The concept of glycaemic index (GI) was developed 25 years ago by Jenkins and co-workers in 1981 and first studied to help diabetic patients with blood glucose control. In 1997 two epidemiological studies were published showing that high GI food consumption is associated with an increased risk of ty

  8. Ways for Romanian Holding Refreshment – a Point of View

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    Andrea Feher

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The current situation of the most Romanian holdings does not allow the performance of a high-quality and competitive agricultural production on the internal market and on the external market as well and the provision of a decent standard of living for farmers. The overtaking of this situation supposes the conversion of the country-like family holdings into modern trading family holdings, able to induce technological progress and to valorise the natural, labour and material resources available in our country. The activity content for the formation of such holdings is represented by the enhancement of their economic capacity and of their competitional power, in concordance with the requirements of future agriculture and of Romania’s integration in the EU structures. The accomplishment of such an objective implies actions and measures of agricultural policy, correlated to each other and sustainable, which should combine the private economic interest with the national one.

  9. Implementation of POPBL Seen From the Administational Point of View

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    Moesby, Egon

    2004-01-01

    Based Learning carried out in teams. Once then, when a decision is made to change the educational model towards POPBL, the executives, academic directors, teachers and the supporting staff face the challenge of actually plan it, implement it, make it work and create a steady state situation. The author...

  10. Pathogenetic determinants in Kawasaki disease: the haematological point of view.

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    Del Principe, Domenico; Pietraforte, Donatella; Gambardella, Lucrezia; Marchesi, Alessandra; Tarissi de Jacobis, Isabella; Villani, Alberto; Malorni, Walter; Straface, Elisabetta

    2017-04-01

    Kawasaki disease is a multisystemic vasculitis that can result in coronary artery lesions. It predominantly affects young children and is characterized by prolonged fever, diffuse mucosal inflammation, indurative oedema of the hands and feet, a polymorphous skin rash and non-suppurative lymphadenopathy. Coronary artery involvement is the most important complication of Kawasaki disease and may cause significant coronary stenosis resulting in ischemic heart disease. The introduction of intravenous immunoglobulin decreases the incidence of coronary artery lesions to less than 5%. The etiopathogenesis of this disease remains unclear. Several lines of evidence suggest that an interplay between a microbial infection and a genetic predisposition could take place in the development of the disease. In this review, we summarize the state of the art of pathogenetic mechanisms of Kawasaki disease underscoring the relevance of haematological features as a novel field of investigation.

  11. Comparison of mode-coupling theory with molecular dynamics simulations from a unified point of view.

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    Narumi, Takayuki; Tokuyama, Michio

    2011-08-01

    We study the tagged-particle dynamics by solving equations of the mode-coupling theory (MCT). The numerical solutions are compared with results obtained by the molecular dynamics (MD) simulations from a unified point of view proposed by Tokuyama [Phys. Rev. E 80, 031503 (2009)]. We propose a way of comparison in which the reduced long-time self-diffusion coefficient is used to characterize states of the system. The comparison reveals that the tagged-particle dynamics calculated from MCT qualitatively deviates from that obtained by MD. Our results suggest that the deviation originates from the starting equation of MCT.

  12. [Pain in children: a pediatrician's point of view].

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    Bernard, J L; Lautraite, C; Reyes, P; Portas, M

    2001-01-01

    The interest in the topic of pain in children is increasing within the paediatric community after a long period of misrecognition, often under-valuation, sometimes negligent or even denial. A lack of knowledge concerning pharmacology and toxicity of antalgic drugs and poorly adapted galenic presentations induced delay and complications in their use in children. The recent progress is supported by a better semiology, development of adequate pain scales, availability of adapted drugs, an effort at education of caregivers and public sensitization. In primary care the objective is to lead the practitioner to identify and consider pain in his/her preventive and curative strategies. In hospitals efforts are needed to improve the use of protocols and evaluations, the systematic practice of preventive analgesia and the quality of interprofessional cooperation within care teams. Managed care organizations are today an effective system to promote these practices.

  13. Pernicious anemia: new insights from a gastroenterological point of view.

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    Lahner, Edith; Annibale, Bruno

    2009-11-07

    Pernicious anemia (PA) is a macrocytic anemia that is caused by vitamin B(12) deficiency, as a result of intrinsic factor deficiency. PA is associated with atrophic body gastritis (ABG), whose diagnosis is based on histological confirmation of gastric body atrophy. Serological markers that suggest oxyntic mucosa damage are increased fasting gastrin and decreased pepsinogen I. Without performing Schilling's test, intrinsic factor deficiency may not be proven, and intrinsic factor and parietal cell antibodies are useful surrogate markers of PA, with 73% sensitivity and 100% specificity. PA is mainly considered a disease of the elderly, but younger patients represent about 15% of patients. PA patients may seek medical advice due to symptoms related to anemia, such as weakness and asthenia. Less commonly, the disease is suspected to be caused by dyspepsia. PA is frequently associated with autoimmune thyroid disease (40%) and other autoimmune disorders, such as diabetes mellitus (10%), as part of the autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome. PA is the end-stage of ABG. Long-standing Helicobacter pylori infection probably plays a role in many patients with PA, in whom the active infectious process has been gradually replaced by an autoimmune disease that terminates in a burned-out infection and the irreversible destruction of the gastric body mucosa. Human leucocyte antigen-DR genotypes suggest a role for genetic susceptibility in PA. PA patients should be managed by cobalamin replacement treatment and monitoring for onset of iron deficiency. Moreover, they should be advised about possible gastrointestinal long-term consequences, such as gastric cancer and carcinoids.

  14. Pernicious anemia: New insights from a gastroenterological point of view

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    Edith Lahner; Bruno Annibale

    2009-01-01

    Pernicious anemia (PA) is a macrocytic anemia that is caused by vitamin B_(12) deficiency, as a result of intrinsic factor deficiency. PA is associated with atrophic body gastritis (ABG), whose diagnosis is based on histological confirmation of gastric body atrophy. Serological markers that suggest oxyntic mucosa damage are increased fasting gastrin and decreased pepsinogen Ⅰ. Without performing Schilling's test,intrinsic factor deficiency may not be proven, and intrinsic factor and parietal cell antibodies are useful surrogate markers of PA, with 73% sensitivity and 100% specificity. PA is mainly considered a disease of the elderly, but younger patients represent about 15% of patients. PA patients may seek medical advice due to symptoms related to anemia, such as weakness and asthenia. Less commonly, the disease is suspected to be caused by dyspepsia. PA is frequently associated with autoimmune thyroid disease (40%) and other autoimmune disorders, such as diabetes mellitus (10%), as part of the autoimmune polyendocrine syndrome. PA is the end-stage of ABG. Longstanding Helicobacter pylori infection probably plays a role in many patients with PA, in whom the active infectious process has been gradually replaced by an autoimmune disease that terminates in a burned-out infection and the irreversible destruction of the gastric body mucosa. Human leucocyte antigen-DR genotypes suggest a role for genetic susceptibility in PA. PA patients should be managed by cobalamin replacement treatment and monitoring for onset of iron deficiency. Moreover, they should be advised about possible gastrointestinal long-term consequences, such as gastric cancer and carcinoids.

  15. Siquieros accidental painting technique: a fluid mechanics point of view

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    2012-01-01

    This is an entry for the Gallery of Fluid Motion of the 65th Annual Meeting of the APS-DFD (fluid dynamics video). This video shows an analysis of the 'accidental painting' technique developed by D.A. Siqueiros, a famous Mexican muralist. We reproduced the technique that he used: pouring layers of paint of different colors on top of each other. We found that the layers mix, creating aesthetically pleasing patterns, as a result of a Rayleigh-Taylor instability. Due to the pigments used to give paints their color, they can have different densities. When poured on top of each other, if the top layer is denser than the lower one, the viscous gravity current undergoes unstable as it spread radially. We photograph the process and produced slowed-down video to visualize the process.

  16. Pernicious anemia: New insights from a gastroenterological point of view

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    Lahner, Edith; Annibale, Bruno

    2009-01-01

    Pernicious anemia (PA) is a macrocytic anemia that is caused by vitamin B12 deficiency, as a result of intrinsic factor deficiency. PA is associated with atrophic body gastritis (ABG), whose diagnosis is based on histological confirmation of gastric body atrophy. Serological markers that suggest oxyntic mucosa damage are increased fasting gastrin and decreased pepsinogen I. Without performing Schilling’s test, intrinsic factor deficiency may not be proven, and intrinsic factor and parietal ce...

  17. A dynamical point of view of Quantum Information: entropy and pressure

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    Baraviera, A; Lopes, A O; Cunha, M Terra

    2011-01-01

    Quantum Information is a new area of research which has been growing rapidly since last decade. This topic is very close to potential applications to the so called Quantum Computer. In our point of view it makes sense to develop a more "dynamical point of view" of this theory. We want to consider the concepts of entropy and pressure for "stationary systems" acting on density matrices which generalize the usual ones in Ergodic Theory (in the sense of the Thermodynamic Formalism of R. Bowen, Y. Sinai and D. Ruelle). We consider the operator $\\mathcal{L}$ acting on density matrices $\\rho\\in \\mathcal{M}_N$ over a finite $N$-dimensional complex Hilbert space $\\mathcal{L}(\\rho):=\\sum_{i=1}^k tr(W_i\\rho W_i^*)V_i\\rho V_i^*,$ where $W_i$ and $V_i$, $i=1,2,...k$ are operators in this Hilbert space. $\\mathcal{L}$ is not a linear operator. In some sense this operator is a version of an Iterated Function System (IFS). Namely, the $V_i\\,(.)\\,V_i^*=:F_i(.)$, $i=1,2,...,k$, play the role of the inverse branches (acting on t...

  18. Diverticulitis: new insights on the traditional point of view.

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    Moubax, K; Urbain, D

    2015-01-01

    Diverticulosis of the colon is a common disease with an increasing incidence in Western countries. Recent literature has shown some changes in the traditional approach of this disease. The theory that diverticulosis is caused by a reduced intake of dietary fibre, is doubtful. There might be some chemical and histological overlap between diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel disease. High quality clinical study found no effect for antibiotics in acute, uncomplicated diverticulitis. Cyclic administration of mesalazine and rifaximin result in reduced symptoms of diverticular disease. For the treatment of diverticular abscesses, percutaneous drainage shows promising results. Recurrence of acute diverticulitis is rare and most serious complications are linked to the first episode. Recent evidence does not support the traditional recommendation for elective surgery after two episodes of acute diverticulitis any more. This review summarizes the last evidence in diverticular disease and diverticulitis.

  19. Communicating radio astronomy with the public: Another point of view

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    Varano, S.

    2008-06-01

    Radio waves cannot be sensed directly, but they are used in daily life by almost everybody. Even so, the majority of the general public do not even know that celestial bodies emit radio waves. Presenting invisible radiation to a general audience with little or no background knowledge in physics is a difficult task. In addition, much important technology now commonplace in many other scientific fields was pioneered by radio observatories in their efforts to detect and process radio signals from the Universe. Radio astronomy outreach does not have such a well-established background as optical astronomy outreach. In order to make radio astronomy accessible to the public, it is necessary either to add more scientific detail or to find a different way of communicating. In this paper we present examples from our work at the Visitor Centre "Marcello Ceccarelli", which is part of the Medicina Radio Observatory, operated by the Institute of Radio Astronomy (IRA) in Bologna, which in turn is part of the National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF).

  20. Steroids in teleost fishes: A functional point of view.

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    Tokarz, Janina; Möller, Gabriele; Hrabě de Angelis, Martin; Adamski, Jerzy

    2015-11-01

    Steroid hormones are involved in the regulation of a variety of processes like embryonic development, sex differentiation, metabolism, immune responses, circadian rhythms, stress response, and reproduction in vertebrates. Teleost fishes and humans show a remarkable conservation in many developmental and physiological aspects, including the endocrine system in general and the steroid hormone related processes in particular. This review provides an overview of the current knowledge about steroid hormone biosynthesis and the steroid hormone receptors in teleost fishes and compares the findings to the human system. The impact of the duplicated genome in teleost fishes on steroid hormone biosynthesis and perception is addressed. Additionally, important processes in fish physiology regulated by steroid hormones, which are most dissimilar to humans, are described. We also give a short overview on the influence of anthropogenic endocrine disrupting compounds on steroid hormone signaling and the resulting adverse physiological effects for teleost fishes. By this approach, we show that the steroidogenesis, hormone receptors, and function of the steroid hormones are reasonably well understood when summarizing the available data of all teleost species analyzed to date. However, on the level of a single species or a certain fish-specific aspect of physiology, further research is needed.

  1. The controversial nuclear matrix: a balanced point of view.

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    Martelli, A M; Falcieri, E; Zweyer, M; Bortul, R; Tabellini, G; Cappellini, A; Cocco, L; Manzoli, L

    2002-10-01

    The nuclear matrix is defined as the residual framework after the removal of the nuclear envelope, chromatin, and soluble components by sequential extractions. According to several investigators the nuclear matrix provides the structural basis for intranuclear order. However, the existence itself and the nature of this structure is still uncertain. Although the techniques used for the visualization of the nuclear matrix have improved over the years, it is still unclear to what extent the isolated nuclear matrix corresponds to an in vivo existing structure. Therefore, considerable skepticism continues to surround the nuclear matrix fraction as an accurate representation of the situation in living cells. Here, we summarize the experimental evidence in favor of, or against, the presence of a diffuse nucleoskeleton as a facilitating organizational nonchromatin structure of the nucleus.

  2. Against the "placebo effect": a personal point of view.

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    Moerman, Daniel E

    2013-04-01

    The author reviews 10 of his favorite studies which are said to be about the "placebo effect," but which, instead, show the significance of meaning in a medical context. "Placebos," he argues, are inert substances which can't do anything. Yet it's clear that after the administration of such drugs, things do happen. The one (and maybe only) clear thing here is that whatever happens is not due to the placebo (that is what "inert" means). But placebos can be of various colors and forms which can convey compelling meaning to patients. They often represent medical treatment in compelling ways; they can be metonymic representations of the entire medical experience (a metonym is a representation where a part of something comes to represent it all, as in "counting noses," where the nose represents the whole person, or a "White House statement" where the White House represents the Executive Branch of the US Government; here, the pill represents the whole medical experience). More precisely, they can be metonymic simulacra (a simulacrum is a sort of artificial object, like a statue rather than a man, or a placebo rather than an aspirin). Such objects are well known for their powerful abilities to contain and convey meaning; for example, a European cathedral ordinarily is constructed of thousands of metonymic simulacra, from the rose window to the altar. In this context, a placebo can repeatedly remind the patient of the medical encounter, its shadings and comforts. Placebos can convey the physicians innermost feelings about medication and treatment; and the clinician can by her simple presence enhance the effectiveness of a medical procedure (and a clinician is hardly a placebo, hardly inert). Inert placebos can help us see the human dimensions of medical treatment; but calling these things "placebo effects" dramatically distorts our understanding of such treatments, by focusing on the inert, and avoiding the meaningful. Think "meaning response," not "placebo effect."

  3. Wall charge and potential from a microscopic point of view

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    Bronold, F X; Heinisch, R L; Marbach, J

    2012-01-01

    Macroscopic objects floating in an ionized gas (plasma walls) accumulate electrons more efficiently than ions because the influx of electrons outruns the influx of ions. The floating potential acquired by plasma walls is thus negative with respect to the plasma potential. Until now plasma walls are typically treated as perfect absorbers for electrons and ions, irrespective of the microphysics at the surface responsible for charge deposition and extraction. This crude description, sufficient for present day technological plasmas, will run into problems in solid-state based gas discharges where, with continuing miniaturization, the wall becomes an integral part of the plasma device and the charge transfer across it has to be modelled more precisely. The purpose of this paper is to review our work, where we questioned the perfect absorber model and initiated a microscopic description of the charge transfer across plasma walls, put it into perspective, and indicate directions for future research.

  4. Moral Luck from Bernard Williams’ Point of View

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    Zahra Khazai ; Fatemeh Tamaddon

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Moral luck is an important issue in meta- ethics. Its conflict to principle of control make challenges to moral moral assessment, moral judgment and moral responsibility. Bernard Williams is the first philosopher who uses the expression "moral luck" and tries to show that the contradiction between “moral” and “luck” is not so serious. Against Kantian’s idea and also our intuitions Williams doesn’t believe that morality is immune of luck and that unlike other values, is accessible to all people. If moral value is accessible to all, according to his idea, it should be not only immune of luck but also supreme. Giving some examples, Williams by concepts like justification, regret and retrospective, shows that morality hasn’t these characteristics. Dividing moral luck into four types: resultant, circumstantial, constitutive and causal, Thomas Nagel puts Williams' moral luck under the first type and criticizes it. This study seeks to explain Bernard Williams’ viewpoint on moral luck. At first it clears types of moral luck, principle of control and its contradiction with moral luck, then after explaining Williams’ account of moral luck criticizes it. Nagel’s criticisms and others show that although they accept the existence of moral luck and also their account is compatible to williams’ but they deny williams’ success in defending of this phenomenon. Finally, despite of all critiques, it seems that Williams’ failure in defense of moral luck didn’t decrease the importance of this matter, but made some stronger ideas were appeared by Thomas Nagel in this regard.

  5. Gastrointestinal autonomic nerve tumors:A surgical point of view

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    Anton Stift; Josef Friedl; Michael Gnant; Friedrich Herbst; Raimund Jakesz; Etienne Wenzl

    2004-01-01

    AIM: Gastrointestinal autonomic nerve tumors are uncommon stromal tumors of the intestinal tract. Their histological appearance is similar to that of other gastrointestinal stromal tumors. We report two cases and performed an analysis of the literature by comparing our findings with the available case reports in the medical literature.METHODS: Two patients were admitted with abdominal tumor masses. One occurred in the stomach with large multiple liver metastases and the second originated in Meckel's diverticulum. The latter site has never been reported previously. Both patients underwent surgery. In one patient gastrectomy, right liver resection and colon transversum resection were performed to achieve aggressive tumor debulking. In the other patient the tumor bearing diverticulum was removed.RESULTS: Postoperative recovery of both patients was uneventful. Histological examination, immunohistochemical analysis and electron microscopy revealed the diagnosis of a gastrointestinal autonomic nerve tumor. The patient with the tumor in Meckel's diverticulum died 6 mo after surgery because of pneumonia. The patient with liver metastases have been alive 13 years after initial tumor diagnosis and 7 years after surgery with no evidence of tumor progression. In light of our results, we performed a thorough comparison with available literature reports.CONCLUSION: Radical surgical resection of gastrointestinal autonomic nerve tumors seems to be the only available curative approach to date, and long term survival is possible even in large metastasized tumors.ACKNOWLEDGMENTWe thank Christine Brostjan, PhD for critical review of the manuscript.

  6. Esophageal cancer management controversies: Radiation oncology point of view

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    Patricia; Tai; Edward; Yu

    2014-01-01

    Esophageal cancer treatment has evolved from single modality to trimodality therapy.There are some controversies of the role,target volumes and dose of radiotherapy(RT)in the literature over decades.The present review focuses primarily on RT as part of the treatment modalities,and highlight on the RT volume and its dose in the management of esophageal cancer.The randomized adjuvant chemoradiation(CRT)trial,intergroup trial(INT 0116)enrolled 559 patients with resected adenocarcinoma of the stomach or gastroesophageal junction.They were randomly assigned to surgery plus postoperative CRT or surgery alone.Analyses show robust treatment benefit of adjuvant CRT in most subsets for postoperative CRT.The Chemoradiotherapy for Oesophageal Cancer Followed by Surgery Study(CROSS)used a lower RT dose of41.4 Gray in 23 fractions with newer chemotherapeutic agents carboplatin and paclitaxel to achieve an excellent result.Target volume of external beam radiation therapy and its coverage have been in debate for years among radiation oncologists.Pre-operative and postoperative target volumes are designed to optimize for disease control.Esophageal brachytherapy is effective in the palliation of dysphagia,but should not be given concomitantly with chemotherapy or external beam RT.The role of brachytherapy in multimodality management requires further investigation.On-going studies of multidisciplinary treatment in locally advanced cancer include:ZTOG1201 trial(a phaseⅡtrial of neoadjuvant and adjuvant CRT)and QUINTETT(a phaseⅢtrial of neoadjuvant vs adjuvant therapy with quality of life analysis).These trials hopefully will shed more light on the future management of esophageal cancer.

  7. Multi-View Point Clouds Registration without Feature Extraction for Use in Reverse Engineering of CAD Models

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    Huang Xiaoping; Xiong Youlun

    2001-01-01

    For reverse engineering a CAD model, it is necessary to integrate measured points from several views of an object into a common reference frame. Given a rough initial alignment of point cloud in different views with point-normal method, further refinement is achieved by using an improved iterative closest point (ICP) algorithm. Compared with other methods used for multi-view registration, this approach is automatic because no geometric feature, such as line, plane or sphere needs to be extracted from the original point cloud manually. A good initial alignment can be acquired automatically and the registration accuracy and efficiency is proven better than the normal point-point ICP algorithm both experimentally and theoretically.

  8. Ethics in Sport: Socio - Political Point of View

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    Robert C. S CHNEIDER

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Sport is a natural medium for bringing together people of different backgrounds throughout the world. If grounded in ethics and if participants follow the rules and cooperate, sport can be a conduit for world harmony (Sport great for human bonding, 2010.A s international relationships are developed through sport, those relationships can help support larger global endeavors in pursuit of a better world. If international sport based relationships are grounded in Mill’s utilitarianism that calls for actions re sulting in the most long - term happiness for the most amount of people (Mill, 1863/1969 those relationships are well positioned to transition to the domain of governmental politics, where meaningful attempts to resolve large world issues can be addressed, under the same utilitarian premise. In pursuit of a better world, identifying common groundamong the many differences held by people throughout the world is a magnanimous challenge. Beauchamp’s (1982 practical suggestion that common sense, habits, and pas t experience are most helpful when attempting to select actions that will determine long - term happiness. Moving beyond sport and transferring the application of Beauchamp’s practical utilitarian approach to larger global conflicts, can help guide governmen ts as they engage in the necessary politics, to move toward improving global problems in the interest of world harmony.

  9. [From malaria parasite point of view--Plasmodium falciparum evolution].

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    Zerka, Agata; Kaczmarek, Radosław; Jaśkiewicz, Ewa

    2015-12-31

    Malaria is caused by infection with protozoan parasites belonging to the genus Plasmodium, which have arguably exerted the greatest selection pressure on humans in the history of our species. Besides humans, different Plasmodium parasites infect a wide range of animal hosts, from marine invertebrates to primates. On the other hand, individual Plasmodium species show high host specificity. The extraordinary evolution of Plasmodium probably began when a free-living red algae turned parasitic, and culminated with its ability to thrive inside a human red blood cell. Studies on the African apes generated new data on the evolution of malaria parasites in general and the deadliest human-specific species, Plasmodium falciparum, in particular. Initially, it was hypothesized that P. falciparum descended from the chimpanzee malaria parasite P. reichenowi, after the human and the chimp lineage diverged about 6 million years ago. However, a recently identified new species infecting gorillas, unexpectedly showed similarity to P. falciparum and was therefore named P. praefalciparum. That finding spurred an alternative hypothesis, which proposes that P. falciparum descended from its gorilla rather than chimp counterpart. In addition, the gorilla-to-human host shift may have occurred more recently (about 10 thousand years ago) than the theoretical P. falciparum-P. reichenowi split. One of the key aims of the studies on Plasmodium evolution is to elucidate the mechanisms that allow the incessant host shifting and retaining the host specificity, especially in the case of human-specific species. Thorough understanding of these phenomena will be necessary to design effective malaria treatment and prevention strategies.

  10. INVESTIGATION OF SOLAR ABSORPTANCE OF BUILDING EXTERNAL SURFACES FROM HEAT FLUX POINT OF VIEW

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    Meral ÖZEL

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available In this study, solar absorptance of external surfaces of buildings has been numerically investigated from the heat gain and losses point of view. For this purpose, external surface solar absorptance was icreased from 0 to 1with an ratio of 0.1 and, for the summer and winter conditions, heat fluxs was calculated by considering orientations of the wall and its roof for brick and concrete structure materials. Besides, external surface absorptance was assumed as 0.2, 0.5 and 0.9, respectively. Than, heat gain and losses were calculated to insulation thickness increasing on the outdoor surface of wall. Results obtained were presented as graphics

  11. Evaluation of Underwater Contamination by Explosives and Metals at Point Amour Labrador and in the Halifax Harbour Area

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    2004-06-01

    à Pointe Amour, au Labrador, où le HMS Raleigh sombra en 1922. Des munitions non éclatées s’y trouvaient et on a procédé à la détonation in situ de...potentielle par les explosifs ou les métaux. La première étude a été menée à Pointe Amour, au Labrador, où le HMS Raleigh sombra en 1922. Des munitions

  12. Ontogeny and Phylogeny from an Epigenetic Point of View.

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    Lovtrup, Soren

    1984-01-01

    The correlation between ontogeny and phylogeny is analyzed through the discussion of four theories on the reality, history, epigenetic, and ecological aspects of the mechanism of evolution. Also discussed are historical and creative aspects of evolution and three epigenetic mechanisms instantiated in the case of the amphibian embryo. (Author/RH)

  13. Franchsing form of brand use: looking from the point of view of marketing of innovations

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    S.M. Makhnusha

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available In this article the author analyses franchising form of brand use from the point of view of marketing of innovations, in peculiar defines place, role and particularities of franchising in the process of marketing of innovation on its way from the manufacturer to the consumer. Survey of the contemporary state and problems of franchising in Ukraine is conducted.

  14. Child supplementary feeding from primiparas’ point of view

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    Mirna Albuquerque Frota; Ana Thamiris Tomaz Sousa; Cíntia Freitas Casimiro; Ivna Silva Andrade; Vanessa Gomes Silveira

    2013-01-01

    Objective: To investigate mothers’ knowledge of infant feeding. Methods: Descriptive study with a qualitative approach, developed in a Primary Health Unit located in the city of Maranguape-CE, with 14 first-time mothers of children aged 6 to 24 months, who were receiving complementary feeding and were resident in the District of Tabatinga between the months of July and October 2009, through participant observation and semi-structured interview. After reading, careful description of the interv...

  15. Child supplementary feeding from primiparas’ point of view

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    Mirna Albuquerque Frota; Ana Thamiris Tomaz Sousa; Cíntia Freitas Casimiro; Ivna Silva Andrade; Vanessa Gomes Silveira

    2013-01-01

    Objective: To investigate mothers’ knowledge of infant feeding. Methods: Descriptive study with a qualitative approach, developed in a Primary Health Unit located in the city of Maranguape-CE, with 14 first-time mothers of children aged 6 to 24 months, who were receiving complementary feeding and were resident in the District of Tabatinga between the months of July and October 2009, through participant observation and semi-structured interview. After reading, careful description of the int...

  16. ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT. POINTS OF VIEW AND ACTIONS

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The current situation of the environment is a direct consequence of history, especially of economic history. The article analyzes the relationship between economy and environment, in order to determine the main causes that led to the ecological crisis. The article argues that despite the close relationship between environment and economy, the economy did not take into account the environmental protection, until there appeared serious environmental impacts. Including the environment in economic thinking led, first, to the application of conventional techniques to economy to try to solve problems. The article also examines some priorities for improving the relationship between economy and environment conducive to move towards a model of sustainable development. The conclusion is that sustainable development is the goal to be achieved. In search of sustainability, companies should play an important role, as in all phases of the life cycle of their products, there are environmental risks and, therefore, they are a major source of environmental degradation of the planet.

  17. Epilepsy through the ages: An artistic point of view.

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    Ladino, Lady Diana; Rizvi, Syed; Téllez-Zenteno, Jose Francisco

    2016-04-01

    The historical allure of epilepsy transcends academic circles and serves as fascinating critique of the state of the times-its values, judgments, mythos, and people. Immortalized and laid bare in artistic renderings of epilepsy are societal truths, at times both disparately grandiose and grotesque. During the middle ages and Renaissance, the European discourse on epilepsy assumed religious fervor. Epilepsy was considered a demonic machination and its cure an act of divine intercession. A similar theme is found in the artistic depiction of epilepsy from the Inca and Aztec civilizations of that time. After the 19th century drew to a close, the ascendency of empiricism coincided with waning creative interest in epilepsy, with few paintings or pieces to capture insightful perspectives on the illness. In this paper, we review the relationship between art and epilepsy and present two contemporary paintings that convey current western perceptions. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled "Epilepsy, Art, and Creativity".

  18. [Collective versus selective contracts from a legal point of view].

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    Schirmer, Horst Dieter

    2006-01-01

    The historically proven organisational model of service relations between sickness funds and healthcare providers are collective contracts. A collective contract as a standards treaty ("Normenvertrag") is particularly pronounced concerning the panel doctor law ("Vertragsarztrecht") defining medical care on the basis of the principle of benefits in kind governing benefit claims of the insured in case of illness. The collective contract is a suitable instrument for ensuring both consistent and exhaustive provision of care and for organising the conditions of care, especially the quality and reimbursement of professional medical services. For several years the legislator has been "experimenting" with parallel contract design patterns such as the contract of integrated care in the form of selective contracts between health insurances or their associations and healthcare providers or groups of healthcare providers. More recently, allowances for conclusion of such contracts have been supposed to lead to competition between the contractual systems. It is doubtful whether this "push-start" will contribute to overcoming the systematic legal disadvantages of selective contracting as an organisational model for the provision of healthcare services to the insured.

  19. Design for vunerable community: the oppressed point of view

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    Judice, Andrea; Judice, Marcelo; Koskinen, Ilpo

    2016-01-01

    This paper described the path of Vila Rosario project that had its roots in empathic design, but finally built on Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed. The study was conducted in 2005-2008 in Vila Rosario about 20 km north of downtown Rio de Janeiro. It focused on the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis. The paper describes our design approach, process, drivers, many design outcomes, and our tests. It ends with a discussion of the implications of our approach to design.

  20. Plant Sucrose Transporters from a Biophysical Point of View

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    Dietmar Geiger

    2011-01-01

    T The majority of higher plants use sucrose as their main mobile carbohydrate. Proton-driven sucrose transporters play a crucial role in cell-to-cell and long-distance distribution of sucrose throughout the plant. A very negative plant membrane potential and the ability of sucrose transporters to accumulate sucrose concentrations of more than 1 M indicate that plants evolved transporters with unique structural and functional features. The knowledge about the transport mechanism and structural/functional domains of these nano-machines is, however, still fragmentary. In this review,the current knowledge about the biophysical properties of plant sucrose transporters is summarized and discussed.

  1. From astrochemistry to prebiotic chemistry an astrobiological point of view

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    Danger, G.; Duvernay, F.; Borget, F.; Theule, P.; Chiavassa, T.; Le Sergeant d'Hendecourt, L.; Pascal, R.

    2013-09-01

    Most of the organic matter present in the Universe is formed and evolves in dense molecular clouds. During the evolution of interstellar grains, it undergoes many chemical changes (ion bombardment, UV irradiations, and thermal effect) to yield a highly complex organic matrix. The interstellar grains then form agglomerates found in small objects including the original organic matter (in comets and/or asteroids). Next to endogenously formed organic matter, these small objects can serve as reservoirs of organic matter for the development of prebiotic chemistry on the surface of Earth-like planets. This kind of chemistry only developed in environments enabling the development of chemical networks continuously fed with matter and energy with a high enough potential. This is the prelude to the emergence of biosystems as it has indeed been the case on the Earth.

  2. Electromechanics vs. Mechatronics –Points of View

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    Andrei Andras

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available Mechatronics–this emerging boundary subject is largely disputed among scientific, business, and engineering collectivities both in the plane of methods and applications, and in the plane of concepts and approaches. From ideas which consider it as a make-up form of electromechanics or deny its scientific emerging character, until apologizing concepts declaring it as a philosophy of intelligent machines engineering of 21st century, a few dozen of concepts and opinions exist in formal and no formal debates among interested collectivities. The paper deals with an overview of these ideas, with pro and contra augments emerged from a particular topic- equipment for mining industry, the latest beneficiary of the topic.

  3. Different Points of View Concerning the Didactic Transposition

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    2011-01-01

    The present article treats the concept of Didactic Transposition, taking as reference the work of Yves Chevallard, La transposición didáctica: del saber sabio al saber enseñado (2005). We compared the adduction of the concept in several works, such as thesis, dissertations and articles, and discussed the multiple impressions concerning the process of didactic transposition. These papers show that the conceptualizations are not well defined, entailing dubiousness and discussions. Some differen...

  4. QED in external fields, a functional point of view

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    Alexandre, Jean

    2001-01-01

    A functional partial differential equation is set for the proper graphs generating functional of QED in external electromagnetic fields. This equation leads to the evolution of the proper graphs with the external field amplitude and the external field gauge dependence of the complete fermion propagator and vertex is derived non-perturbativally.

  5. Microscopic dynamics in liquid metals: The experimental point of view

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    Scopigno, Tullio; Ruocco, Giancarlo; Sette, Francesco

    2005-07-01

    The experimental results relevant for the understanding of the microscopic dynamics in liquid metals are reviewed, with special regard to the ones achieved in the last two decades. Inelastic neutron scattering played a major role since the development of neutron facilities in the 1960s. The last ten years, however, saw the development of third generation radiation sources, which opened the possibility of performing inelastic scattering with x rays, thus disclosing previously unaccessible energy-momentum regions. The purely coherent response of x rays, moreover, combined with the mixed coherent or incoherent response typical of neutron scattering, provides enormous potentialities to disentangle aspects related to the collectivity of motion from the single-particle dynamics. If the last 20years saw major experimental developments, on the theoretical side fresh ideas came up to the side of the most traditional and established theories. Beside the raw experimental results therefore models and theoretical approaches are reviewed for the description of microscopic dynamics over different length scales, from the hydrodynamic region down to the single-particle regime, walking the perilous and sometimes uncharted path of the generalized hydrodynamics extension. Approaches peculiar of conductive systems, based on the ionic plasma theory, are also considered, as well as kinetic and mode coupling theory applied to hard-sphere systems, which turn out to mimic with remarkable detail the atomic dynamics of liquid metals. Finally, cutting edge issues and open problems, such as the ultimate origin of the anomalous acoustic dispersion or the relevance of transport properties of a conductive system in ruling the ionic dynamic structure factor, are discussed.

  6. Investment portfolio management from cybernetic point of view

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    Marchev, Angel, Jr.; Marchev, Angel

    2013-12-01

    The theory of investment portfolios is a well defined component of financial science. While sound in principle, it faces some setbacks in its real-world implementation. In this paper the authors propose a reformulation of the investment portfolio problem as a cybernetic system where the Investor is the controlling system and the portfolio is the controlled system. Also the portfolio controlling process should be dissected in several ordered phases, so that each phase is represented as a subsystem within the structure of the controlling system Investor.

  7. IFMIF specifications from the users point of view

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    Garin, P. [CEA, IFMIF/EVEDA Project Team, Rokkasho (Japan); Diegele, E. [F4E, Barcelona (Spain); Heidinger, R. [F4E, Garching (Germany); Ibarra, A., E-mail: angel.ibarra@ciemat.es [CIEMAT, Avda. Complutense 22, Madrid 28040 (Spain); Jitsukawa, S.; Kimura, H. [JAEA, Tokai (Japan); JAEA, Rokkasho (Japan); Moeslang, A. [KIT, Karlsruhe (Germany); Muroga, T. [NIFS, Toki (Japan); Nishitani, T. [JAEA, IFMIF/EVEDA Project Team, Rokkasho (Japan); Poitevin, Y. [F4E, Barcelona (Spain); Sugimoto, M. [JAEA, IFMIF/EVEDA Project Team, Rokkasho (Japan); Zmitko, M. [F4E, Barcelona (Spain)

    2011-10-15

    This paper summarizes the proposals and findings of the IFMIF Specification Working Group established to update the users requirements and top level specifications for the facility. Special attention is given to the different roadmaps of fusion pathway towards power plants, of materials R and D and of facilities and their interactions. The materials development and validation activities on structural materials, blanket functional materials and non-metallic materials are analyzed and specific objectives and requirements to be implemented in IFMIF are proposed. Emphasis is made in additional potential validation activities that can be developed in IFMIF for ITER TBM qualification as well as for DEMO-oriented mock-up testing.

  8. The observation from an ethnosemiotical point of view. Some remarks

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    Paola Donatiello

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this paper is to discuss the idea of collection with an interdisciplinary approach, between ethnosemiotics, semiotics, anthropology, art and science. The work is divided into three parts: the first part attempts to introduct two James Clifford’s concepts, collection and ethnographic surrealism. The second part shows how visual semiotics and ehtnosemiotics can be combined in order to analyse the meaning of the phenomenon of wunderkammern. The third part contains some outlines about the notions ‘semiotic gaze’ and ‘observation’ between semiotics, ethnosemiotics and ethno-anthropology.

  9. Islam's Point of View on Women's Education in Saudi Arabia.

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    Al-Hariri, Rafeda

    1987-01-01

    Shows links between Islamic doctrine and girls' education in Saudi Arabia providing examples of ways in which the Islamic attitude towards women and social life is applied to educational policy. Summarizes educational opportunities available for girls and women and notes milestones in the 26-year history of girls' education. (JHZ)

  10. The Cunningham Fellowship : three international points of view

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    Flake, D; Verhoeven, A; Robu, I

    2001-01-01

    The Medical Library Association Cunningham Fellowship Program provides funds for one medical librarian per year from outside the United States or Canada to work and learn in United States or Canadian medical libraries for a period of 4 months. An overview of the Cunningham Fellowship is presented fr

  11. A POINT OF VIEW ON PSYCHOLOGY AS A SCIENCE

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    Full Text Available This paper begins with two questions: Is Psychology a profession? Is Psychology a science? The answerto the first one is that it should not be a profession; to the second, that we are still far from becoming ascience. On the basis of 19 statements, a series of queries and doubts on the scientific status of contemporaryPsychology are suggested. It is proposed that Psychology must necessarily consider neurosciencesand ethology as sources of knowledge; that philosophical reflection allowing conceptual definitionsmust be a priority; that the abusive glorification of experimental method has to come to an end becausethe tool cannot solve the conceptual difficulties; that the traditional emphasis on the factual dimension ofresearch and the minute attention to the theoretical and conceptual dimensions are detrimental to Psychology;and that it is urgent to create new research methods allowing access to the most refined forms ofhuman behavior, such as art.

  12. Friction laws from dimensional-analysis point of view

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    Hatano, Takahiro

    2015-01-01

    Friction laws, which are a key to the understanding of the diversity of earthquakes, are considered theoretically. Using dimensional analysis, the logarithmic dependence of the friction coefficient on the slip velocity and the state variable is derived without any knowledge of the underlying physical processes on the frictional surface. This is based on a simple assumption that the friction coefficient is expressed as the difference from a reference state. Therefore, the functional form of the rate and state dependent friction law itself does not necessarily mean that thermal activation processes dominate friction. It is also shown that, if there are two (or more) state variables having the same dimension, we need not assume the logarithmic dependence on the state variables.

  13. View-based encoding of actions in mirror neurons of area f5 in macaque premotor cortex.

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    Caggiano, Vittorio; Fogassi, Leonardo; Rizzolatti, Giacomo; Pomper, Joern K; Thier, Peter; Giese, Martin A; Casile, Antonino

    2011-01-25

    Converging experimental evidence indicates that mirror neurons in the monkey premotor area F5 encode the goals of observed motor acts [1-3]. However, it is unknown whether they also contribute to encoding the perspective from which the motor acts of others are seen. In order to address this issue, we recorded the visual responses of mirror neurons of monkey area F5 by using a novel experimental paradigm based on the presentation of movies showing grasping motor acts from different visual perspectives. We found that the majority of the tested mirror neurons (74%) exhibited view-dependent activity with responses tuned to specific points of view. A minority of the tested mirror neurons (26%) exhibited view-independent responses. We conclude that view-independent mirror neurons encode action goals irrespective of the details of the observed motor acts, whereas the view-dependent ones might either form an intermediate step in the formation of view independence or contribute to a modulation of view-dependent representations in higher-level visual areas, potentially linking the goals of observed motor acts with their pictorial aspects.

  14. Learning from management videos: the producers' point of view.

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    Gillies, D A; Child, D A

    1990-01-01

    Desiring to use videotapes to teach nursing management and failing to find commercially available tapes on needed topics, the authors produced their own tapes on using a decision tree, negotiating a labor contract, leading a quality circle discussion, defending a budget request, conducting an evaluation conference, and leading a brainstorming session. Having identified the underlying principles for each topic, they wrote scripts for 15 minute vignettes dramatizing a nurse manager's use of each technique. They directed nursing and theater students' portrayals of the characters for each vignette. The edited videotapes of managerial interventions proved to be effective models for nurses enrolled in basic management courses. The scriptwriter, director, camera operator, and student actors all acquired an in-depth understanding of the videotaped managerial interventions through their research and prerehearsal conferences.

  15. Optoelectronic Organic MaterialsFrom Synthetic Point of View

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    LUH Tien-Yau

    2001-01-01

    @@ Most organic materials for optoelectronic applications are conjugated organic system. The burgeoning synthetic methodologies using organometallic catalysts or reagents have provided a powerful arsenal to design and synthesize new conjugated organic materials. It is particularly noteworthy that carbon-carbon bond formation involving a Csp2 or Csp at the reaction center can readily be achieved. For examples, cross-coupling reactions (e.g. Kumada-Corriu reaction, Stille reaction, and Suzuki reaction) are extremely powerful for the synthesis of Csp2-Csp2 single bond. Sonogashira reaction, on the other hand, serves as a useful entry for the preparation of alkynylarenes or conjugated enynes. Heck reaction furnishes a coupling between an aryl halide and an alkene. Alternatively, olefination reactions provides a practical route for the synthesis of carbon-carbon double bond. In the past decade, we have uncovered four new kinds of transformations staring from the dithioacetal functionality (Scheme).1,2 Three of them have been employed in the synthesis of conjugated small molecules as well as conjugated oligomers/polymers. Their syntheses, photophysical as well as electroluminescent properties will briefly be discussed.

  16. Optoelectronic Organic MaterialsFrom Synthetic Point of View

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    LUH; Tien-Yau

    2001-01-01

    Most organic materials for optoelectronic applications are conjugated organic system. The burgeoning synthetic methodologies using organometallic catalysts or reagents have provided a powerful arsenal to design and synthesize new conjugated organic materials. It is particularly noteworthy that carbon-carbon bond formation involving a Csp2 or Csp at the reaction center can readily be achieved. For examples, cross-coupling reactions (e.g. Kumada-Corriu reaction, Stille reaction, and Suzuki reaction) are extremely powerful for the synthesis of Csp2-Csp2 single bond. Sonogashira reaction, on the other hand, serves as a useful entry for the preparation of alkynylarenes or conjugated enynes. Heck reaction furnishes a coupling between an aryl halide and an alkene. Alternatively, olefination reactions provides a practical route for the synthesis of carbon-carbon double bond. In the past decade, we have uncovered four new kinds of transformations staring from the dithioacetal functionality (Scheme).1,2 Three of them have been employed in the synthesis of conjugated small molecules as well as conjugated oligomers/polymers. Their syntheses, photophysical as well as electroluminescent properties will briefly be discussed.  ……

  17. Individual Counseling with the Rehabilitation Client: A Point of View.

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    Matheny, Kenneth B.

    A model for individual counseling with the rehabilitation client is presented. The model consists of five stages: (1) exploration, (2) contract, (3) action, (4) evaluation, and (5) termination. The counselor assumes three roles: (1) alter ego, to help the client understand his needs; (2) interventionist, to procure services and employment for the…

  18. Point of View: Taking a Cue from Neuroscience

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    Miele, Eleanor A.

    2015-01-01

    This column shares reflections or thoughtful opinions on issues of broad interest to the community. This article encourages teachers to use emerging scientific evidence to change classroom culture--accept the evidence from neuroscience and find ways to make classrooms less stressful and more successful.

  19. Social Theory and Narrative Research: A Point of View

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    Denison, Jim

    2016-01-01

    In this short essay, I explore in a narrative style the following question: do narrative analyses of sport and exercise need to engage more fully with social theory in order to become more forceful in their arguments? More specifically, to have real impact, and to achieve what we are especially trained to do as qualitative social scientists,…

  20. Polyacetal-New Developments from an Industrial Point of View

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    2007-01-01

    1 Results Polyacetal (Polyoxymethylene,POM) is one of the big five Engineering Thermoplastics (ETP) which are beside POM,polyamides,polycarbonates,polyesters and polyphenyleneethers.Due to a balanced property profile (hardness/stiffness and toughness combined with good chemical,thermal and electrical properties) as well as excellent processing behaviour,polyacetals are widely used across all industry segments.Although the large-scale manufacturing processes are well-known and broadly published and paten...

  1. Flood Management and Protection from the Social Point of View: Case Study from Ukraine

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    Manukalo, V.; Gerasymenko, H.

    2012-12-01

    Defining Issue According to the statistics presented by the Ministry of Emergencies of Ukraine, river floods have imposed the most severe damages to the sectors of economy and the human communities in Ukraine. But, an adaptability and a vulnerability of Ukrainian society to floods are still poorly understood. Results Presentation In the response to increasing flood losses in the country between 1998 and 2008, the State Hydrometeorological Service of Ukraine, which is subordinate to the Ministry of Emergencies, in the cooperation with the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine have carried out the research study focusing on public views on the problem of river floods for Ukraine. Aims of this study were: a) exploring the main sources of information on water-related hazards and the level of knowledge useful in a flood crisis situation in different groups of peoples; b) learning what the various population groups think of the most significant causes and consequences of flood damages and the role of various central/governmental/ and local authorities in an elaboration and implementation of mitigation measures. Public attitudes towards various prevention and mitigation strategies, as well as sources of emerging conflict were also revealed. The results of study have given a possibility to compare points of view of population groups which: a) living in the low- and high- flood risk areas; b) living in the urban and rural areas; c) having the different levels of education. The responses from 2550 residents have been analyzed and summarized. Among the most important findings of this study can be indicated following: a) on the one hand, the level of knowledge of some aspects of flood problem (impact of climate variation and change, adaptation measures) of the general public should be improved, on the other hand, the most of peoples understand that floods are the significant economical and ecological problem; b) views of the public on the problem differ very much with regard

  2. An approach for analyzing the ensemble mean from a dynamic point of view

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    Pengfei, Wang

    2014-01-01

    Simultaneous ensemble mean equations (LEMEs) for the Lorenz model are obtained, enabling us to analyze the properties of the ensemble mean from a dynamical point of view. The qualitative analysis for the two-sample and n-sample LEMEs show the locations and number of stable points are different from the Lorenz equations (LEs), and the results are validated by numerical experiments. The analysis for the eigenmatrix of the stable points of LEMEs indicates that the stability of these stable points is similar to the LEs'. The eigenmatrix for non-stable points can be obtained too, but the eigenvalues depend not only on the value of the mean variable but also the other n-1 sample equation's variable, and thus for these points there may be different stabilities compared to the LEs'. The divergence of the LEMEs' flow has a negative value, which is the same as the LEs', and thus the trajectory in phase space approaches zero and the trajectory will be attracted to a low-level dimensional curved surface, i.e., the LEMEs ...

  3. POINT/CounterPOINT: The View from the Trenches of Education Policy Research

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    Ballou, Dale; Springer, Matthew G.; McCaffrey, Daniel F.; Lockwood, J. R.; Stecher, Brian M.; Hamilton, Laura; Pepper, Matthew

    2012-01-01

    The Project on Incentives in Teaching (POINT) was a three-year study testing the hypothesis that rewarding teachers for improved student scores on standardized tests would cause scores to rise. Results, as described in Springer et al. (2010b), did not confirm this hypothesis. In this article we provide additional information on the POINT study…

  4. [Epidemiology and laboratory: a different point or view of public health in Chile].

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    García M, Julio; Heitmann G, Ingrid

    2008-06-01

    The authors present an abridged history from their personal point of view of public health dealing with communicable diseases in Chile, in reference to an article previously published in Revista Chilena de Infectología. They do not agree with the mainly critical view of the author. They recognize that although there is a lot to be done on this matter, Chile has been a pioneer in Latin America in many policies relating to the control of these infections, having been recognized by international organisms. The relationship between the National Institute of Public Health, the Ministry of Health and the Laboratory Network, has strongly contributed along the years to concrete sanitary achievements in the field of transmissible diseases which are a pride for our country.

  5. Some Considerations on Six Degrees of Separation from A Theoretical Point of View

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    Toyota, Norihito

    2008-01-01

    In this article we discuss six degrees of separation, which has been proposed by Milgram, from a theoretical point of view. Simply if one has $k$ friends, the number $N$ of indirect friends goes up to $\\sim k^d$ in $d$ degrees of separation. So it would easily come up to population of whole world. That, however, is unacceptable. Mainly because of nonzero clustering coefficient $C$, $N$ does not become $\\sim k^d$. In this article, we first discuss relations between six degrees of separation and the clustering coefficient in the small world network proposed by Watt and Strogatz\\cite{Watt1},\\cite{Watt2}. Especially, conditions that $(N)>$ (population of U.S.A or of the whole world) arises in the WS model is explored by theoretical and numerical points of view. Secondly we introduce an index that represents velocity of propagation to the number of friends and obtain an analytical formula for it as a function of $C$, $K$, which is an average degree over all nodes, and some parameter $P$ concerned with network topo...

  6. [Teaching learning process on the nursing laboratory: students' points of view].

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    Gomes, Cleide Oliveira; Germano, Raimunda Medeiros

    2007-09-01

    The study identifies nursing laboratory contributions to the teaching/learning process from graduate students' point of view, and analyzes its importance to developing abilities. As an investigation procedure, focal group meetings were undertaken, and students were identified by flower names to assure their anonymity. Analysis used the qualitative method, and its theoretical main source were essays from authors who study the teaching/learning process in the Nursing laboratory and emphasize humanization of the teaching practice. Results show the importance of the Nursing laboratory to facilitate the teaching/learning process, recognizing that the Laboratory is a place of excellence to develop abilities.

  7. A "Map" of Common Points of View in the Discourse about Drug Addicts: An Exploratory Study

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    Kovalev M.A.,

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Drug use continues to be one of the key public health problems, so it is particularly relevant to develop effective prevention programs targeted at different groups of young people. In this case, any preventive measure must necessarily rely on the results of empirical research. The article presents the results of the preparatory phase of the study of social representations about drug addicts, made in the framework of the theory of social representations (in the framework of the Geneva School ideas developed by V. Doisy and colleagues. The aim of the study was to identify the "map" of the common points of view in the discourse about drug addicts. The sample consisted of 308 people (195 men and 112 women, and one respondent did not state his gender, aged 16 to 47 years (median age is 25 years. The results provide empirical support for the hypothesis of the authors of the "map" of common points of view in the discourse about drug addicts.

  8. Competence as a Key Concept of Educational Theory: A Semiotic Point of View

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    Pikkarainen, Eetu

    2014-01-01

    In this article, the concept of competence is studied from the point of view of the semiotics of education. It will be claimed that it is a central key concept when we are trying to analyse the meaning of education. Educational action can be reasonably understood as an insecure and complicatedly mediated trial to affect another person's…

  9. Neutral or National Point of View? A Comparison of Srebrenica Articles across Wikipedia's Language Versions

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    Rogers, R.; Sendijarevic, E.

    2012-01-01

    Wikipedia puts forward that each article gains more quality over time as the process of consensus building results in a neutral point of view. In this study we analyze the same article across different Wikipedia language versions, comparing the article titles, templates, tables of contents, particul

  10. Seafloor character--Offshore of Point Reyes Map Area, California

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This part of DS 781 presents the seafloor-character map Offshore of Point Reyes, California (raster data file is included in "SFC_PointReyes.zip," which is...

  11. Hedonic Consumption From Simmel, Veblen And Sombart’s Point Of View: Negotium And Otium

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    Pelin Hürmeriç; Ece Balaban

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Together with the modern capitalism, instead of satisfying needs, consumption became the need itself. Individuals who are transformed from being homo sapiens to homo consumens, are living in a hyperreality and headed towards pleasure and psychological satisfaction. In this hyperreality, individuals’ existance is strongly related with consumption. Simmel, Veblen and Sombart, they all underline the fact that consumption becomes individuals’ center of life, their main aim is to reach to an utopia by satisfying the needs which will never be satisfied completely. In this study, the roles of the concepts negotium and otium are analyzed together with the point, the luxury concept and hedonic consumption reached todayfrom Veblen, Simmel and Sombart’s theoretical point of view

  12. The distribution of the burden of taxation from the point of view of equity

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    Mateusz Langer

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The goal of this paper is to clarify the basic point of view of equity from a perspective of modern finance theory. The author strives to determine whether, and if so, what role does the equity at distribution of the burden of taxation in the state. In particular, research has shown in a broader context the basic approach to get the point of equity, and innovative conceptuality as a reflex of the values and postulates of law. The material in this article is an interdisciplinary investigation of equity as a quite important and complex issue of theory, philosophy and practice of law.

  13. Spectral analysis of growing graphs a quantum probability point of view

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    Obata, Nobuaki

    2017-01-01

    This book is designed as a concise introduction to the recent achievements on spectral analysis of graphs or networks from the point of view of quantum (or non-commutative) probability theory. The main topics are spectral distributions of the adjacency matrices of finite or infinite graphs and their limit distributions for growing graphs. The main vehicle is quantum probability, an algebraic extension of the traditional probability theory, which provides a new framework for the analysis of adjacency matrices revealing their non-commutative nature. For example, the method of quantum decomposition makes it possible to study spectral distributions by means of interacting Fock spaces or equivalently by orthogonal polynomials. Various concepts of independence in quantum probability and corresponding central limit theorems are used for the asymptotic study of spectral distributions for product graphs. This book is written for researchers, teachers, and students interested in graph spectra, their (asymptotic) spectr...

  14. An Overview on Perception and Its Principles from Avicenna's Point of View

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    Soltani, Ali Reza

    2015-01-01

    The main purpose this paper attempts to reach is to recognize principles of perception, its dimensions and types from Avicenna's point of view. This study is a qualitative study conducted using descriptive-analytical methods. Resources are first reviewed and principles of perception along with its process are extracted from his perspective.…

  15. Consider the Source: Feminism and Point of View in Karen Hesse's "Stowaway" and "Witness."

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    Glenn, Wendy J.

    2003-01-01

    Notes how Karen Hesse strays from her typical pattern of exploring gender issues to provide a look at patriarchal culture from within, in one case, and from multiple points of view in the other, ultimately strengthening the feminist pulse that beats within her earlier works. Concludes that in "Stowaway" and "Witness," the voice of a boy and the…

  16. Acceptance, Usability and Usefulness of WebLab-Deusto from the Students Point of View

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    Jaime Irurzun

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available In the engineering curriculum, remote labs are becoming a popular learning tool. The advantages of these laboratories and the different deployments have been analyzed many times, but in this paper we want to show the results of the students’ opinion about WebLab-Deusto as a learning tool. This work is focused on the subjects Programmable Logic (PL in the third year of Electronics Engineering and in Electronics Design (ED of the fifth year of the same degree. The paper presents the results of the surveys done by students since 2004. This survey consists of fifteen questions and its main objective is to measure the acceptance, usability and usefulness of the remote laboratory developed at University of Deusto from the students point of view.

  17. Retention of Highly Skilled Workers in Science and Technology: Distant Regional Employers’ Point of View

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    Catherine Beaudry

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available This exploratory research focuses on the retention of highly skilled workers in science and technology (HSWST in the distant regions of Canada.  Indeed, the human resource shortage forces them to seek more stability in their employment relationships. Our first objective is to analyze the point of view of distant regional employers regarding their retention capacity of HSWST and the reasons behind voluntary turnover in this group of workers. Our second objective is to analyze the retention strategies and practices implemented by these employers. This study uses a qualitative approach, which is to say the case study of businesses hiring HSWST in the Lower St. Lawrence Region of Canada. Results show that employers generally think they have good retention capacity. Employers believe that departures are chiefly due to personal reasons or working conditions. In addition, employers generally have no formal or planned strategies or practices with respect to retention.

  18. Acquisition of the syntax–discourse interface: The expression of point of view

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    Lillo-Martin, Diane; de Quadros, Ronice Müller

    2011-01-01

    This study examines the proposal that the syntax–discourse interface is particularly vulnerable, and therefore components of this interface are acquired later than those of the syntax–semantics interface. The proposal is examined using data from the native language acquisition of markers of point of view in American Sign Language and Brazilian Sign Language, known as constructed action (CA). CA was observed in the spontaneous production of two case studies from as early as 1 year, 7 months of age, with the correct eye-gaze, facial expression, and manner of movement. However, the children sometimes failed to indicate the referent whose point of view was being expressed, and were not skilled at maintaining point of view marking across discourse. The results are interpreted as providing support for the vulnerability of the syntax–discourse interface, and for the interpretation of this vulnerability in connection with children’s relatively poor ability to assume an identical discourse context with their interlocutor. PMID:21528016

  19. How smart do biomaterials need to be? A translational science and clinical point of view.

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    Holzapfel, Boris Michael; Reichert, Johannes Christian; Schantz, Jan-Thorsten; Gbureck, Uwe; Rackwitz, Lars; Nöth, Ulrich; Jakob, Franz; Rudert, Maximilian; Groll, Jürgen; Hutmacher, Dietmar Werner

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    Over the last 4 decades innovations in biomaterials and medical technology have had a sustainable impact on the development of biopolymers, titanium/stainless steel and ceramics utilized in medical devices and implants. This progress was primarily driven by issues of biocompatibility and demands for enhanced mechanical performance of permanent and non-permanent implants as well as medical devices and artificial organs. In the 21st century, the biomaterials community aims to develop advanced medical devices and implants, to establish techniques to meet these requirements, and to facilitate the treatment of older as well as younger patient cohorts. The major advances in the last 10 years from a cellular and molecular knowledge point of view provided the scientific foundation for the development of third-generation biomaterials. With the introduction of new concepts in molecular biology in the 2000s and specifically advances in genomics and proteomics, a differentiated understanding of biocompatibility slowly evolved. These cell biological discoveries significantly affected the way of biomaterials design and use. At the same time both clinical demands and patient expectations continued to grow. Therefore, the development of cutting-edge treatment strategies that alleviate or at least delay the need of implants could open up new vistas. This represents the main challenge for the biomaterials community in the 21st century. As a result, the present decade has seen the emergence of the fourth generation of biomaterials, the so-called smart or biomimetic materials. A key challenge in designing smart biomaterials is to capture the degree of complexity needed to mimic the extracellular matrix (ECM) of natural tissue. We are still a long way from recreating the molecular architecture of the ECM one to one and the dynamic mechanisms by which information is revealed in the ECM proteins in response to challenges within the host environment. This special issue on smart

  20. Parental presence in the dental operatory-parent's point of view.

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    Arathi, R; Ashwini, R

    1999-12-01

    Parental presence in the dental operatory is considered a controversial issue and majority of dentists prefer mothers not to be present in the operatory while the child receives dental care. Very few studies have focussed on the parental' point of view. The present study was carried out to find out the attitudes of parents towards being present determine in the operatory during dental procedure and also to determine if willingness to be present was influenced by variables like age, sex, order of the child among siblings and previous dental behavior. Data was collected from 1350 parents using a questionnaire designed by the authors. In the present study, 78.3% of parents expressed their willingness to be present with the child during dental procedures. The study also showed that parents of younger children were more likely to be willing to be present in the operatory and as age advanced, the percentage of parents willing to be present in the operatory decreased.

  1. American Samoa ESI: CASSPT (Coral Areas of Special Significance - Points)

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This data set contains sensitive biological resource data for "Coral Areas of Special Significance" in American Samoa. Coral Areas of Special Significance were...

  2. On Financing of Urban Transition viewed from the Oresund Area

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    Haldrup, Karin; Snällfot, David

    2014-01-01

    implementation is largely dependent on private sector joining in, since transitioning the building stock is to be financed by the market. This paper explores strategies to meet this agenda in the Oresund area. A particular focus is on the refurbishment of multi-family housing relative to these set goals....... The paper concludes by suggesting to revisit current strategies in the Oresund area to reflect market constraints and to promote more coherent ways to achieve the set goals.......The “urban transition” agenda is as a conglomerate of ambitions derived from international policy documents and as applied in the Oresund area. Encompassing locally set goals for (i) climate change mitigation; (ii) energy efficiency; and (iii) human wellbeing in the built environment. Its...

  3. A Study of Point of View and Character in Preparation for Oral Performance of Cuttings from "The Optimist's Daughter."

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    Snow, Nancy Hill

    In the process of perfecting oral performances of selected scenes from Eudora Welty's "The Optimist's Daughter," it is important to study point of view and character as they pertain to the play. Four aspects should be considered to understand the point of view: (1) the character's story, (2) the position from which the narrator speaks,…

  4. Tolerancias y resistencias: el aborto desde la perspectiva de las parteras tradicionales de un área rural de México Tolerance and resistance: abortion from the point of view of traditional midwives in a rural area of Mexico

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    Julia Blanco-Muñoz

    1999-08-01

    formou-se um grupo focal com a participação de 16 parteiras. RESULTADOS: Encontrou-se uma atitude de não aceitação do aborto, induzido ou espontâneo. As mulheres que abortam são chamadas de "porcas", "imundas" ou "cadelas" e as parteiras mostram-se titubeantes em atendê-las. No entanto, é comum a prática da "regulação da menstruação" entre as mulheres da comunidade, ou seja, utilizam substâncias que induzem a menstruação quando a mesma está atrasada. CONCLUSÕES: O conhecimento de significados populares em torno do aborto é imprescindível para a construção de estratégias que reforcem os vínculos entre serviços institucionais de saúde e as parteiras tradicionais e para melhorar a qualidade da assistência às mulheres.OBJECTIVE: An evaluation of the perception, resources and practices regarding abortion of traditional midwives in a rural area in the municipality of Yecapixtla, state of Morelos, located in the central region of Mexico. METHODS: A qualitative methodology consisting of a detailed interview, focal groups and participating observation, was used. The subjects investigated were socio-cultural aspects, reproduction, sexuality and health related to abortion. Nine midwives were interviewed and a focal group was formed in which 16 midwives participated. RESULTS: The results demonstrated a profound rejection of abortion whether inducted or spontaneous. The former was considered a major sin and the latter a serious failure of a woman´s reproductive function. Women who abort are called "pigs", "hogs" or "bitches" and the midwives are reluctant to attend them. However, a common practice among the women in the community is to "regulate the menstruation", that is, to use substances that provoke menstruation when this is delayed. This specific practice is not considered abortive by these women. CONCLUSION: Local popular beliefs about abortion are indispensible for the construction of effective strategies, which when provided by the institutional

  5. Farmer cooperatives in the food economy of Western Europe: an analysis from the Marketing point of view

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    Meulenberg, M.T.G.

    1979-01-01

    This paper is concerned with an analysis of farmer cooperatives in Western Europe from the marketing point of view. The analysis is restricted to marketing and processing cooperatives. First some basic characteristics of farmer cooperatives are discussed from a systems point of view. Afterwards chan

  6. The Effect of Instruction Point of View on Self-Efficacy for Performing Breast Self-Exams

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    Aikman, Shelley N.; Doyle-Portillo, Susann; Verhaeghen, Paul; Simmons, Nicole

    2017-01-01

    Background: Self-efficacy is an important predictor of performing health behaviors. Purpose: We invoked varying points of view (none, first person, third person) in standard instructions for breast self-exams (BSEs) to examine whether point of view taken would impact self-efficacy for and behavioral intentions regarding BSE. Methods: One hundred…

  7. Digital games from teachers’ point of view. A didactic experience in Catalan Primary classrooms

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    José Luis EGUIA-GÓMEZ

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available This article presents a didactic experience for applying a digital game in Catalan classrooms of grades fifth and sixth of Primary Education. It explains and analyzes the effects of its implementation on the educational practice, taking the teachers’ viewpoint who participated in the experience. The paper is based on the digital game called Miquel Crusafont, a digital game supported by Generalitat de Catalunya. The study tries to understand the sense that such methodological innovation made for the selected group of eleven primary school teachers –of ages 24 to 52–. Interviews were done in order to see the teacher’s behaviours and to know their point of view. The results pointed that the teachers appreciated the potentiality of the digital game to develop diverse Math skills and encourage some collaborative learning activities. They also identified difficulties that obstructed the use of a digital game in classrooms: lack of time in the curriculum and some games in the market are not appropriate to teach or they do not have a user’s guide showing all the potentiality of the game.

  8. Assessing the Accuracy of Georeferenced Point Clouds Produced via Multi-View Stereopsis from Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV Imagery

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    Arko Lucieer

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Sensor miniaturisation, improved battery technology and the availability of low-cost yet advanced Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV have provided new opportunities for environmental remote sensing. The UAV provides a platform for close-range aerial photography. Detailed imagery captured from micro-UAV can produce dense point clouds using multi-view stereopsis (MVS techniques combining photogrammetry and computer vision. This study applies MVS techniques to imagery acquired from a multi-rotor micro-UAV of a natural coastal site in southeastern Tasmania, Australia. A very dense point cloud ( < 1–3 cm point spacing is produced in an arbitrary coordinate system using full resolution imagery, whereas other studies usually downsample the original imagery. The point cloud is sparse in areas of complex vegetation and where surfaces have a homogeneous texture. Ground control points collected with Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS are identified and used for georeferencing via a Helmert transformation. This study compared georeferenced point clouds to a Total Station survey in order to assess and quantify their geometric accuracy. The results indicate that a georeferenced point cloud accurate to 25–40 mm can be obtained from imagery acquired from 50 m. UAV-based image capture provides the spatial and temporal resolution required to map and monitor natural landscapes. This paper assesses the accuracy of the generated point clouds based on field survey points. Based on our key findings we conclude that sub-decimetre terrain change (in this case coastal erosion can be monitored.

  9. Synonymy of medical terminology from the point of view of comparative linguistics.

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    Polackova, G

    2001-01-01

    The aim of the paper is to look at the medical terminology in three different languages--English, Russian and Slovak and to estimate the trends of synonym formation as well as their emphasizes role in communication. The author that the problem of synonymy is peculiar especially to clinical medicine terminology, i.e. it relates only to a small extent anatomical nomenclature. According to motivative signs of terms, synonyms are divided into 2 groups: equivalent and interpretative synonyms. In keeping with criteria determined by basic characteristics of a term in medical terminology there are often preferred international expressions. In recent years a great number of English expressions have entered into medical terminology due to the fact that English had became a language of international communication. From the practical point view undoubtedly, it is a positive tendency, because it facilitates international communication. In this respect Russian orthography is considered to be an exception, since Cyrillic alphabet often makes international communication more complicated. (Ref. 10.).

  10. Fifty years of Yang-Mills Theories: a phenomenological point of view

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    2005-01-01

    On the occasion of the celebration of the first half-century of Yang--Mills theories, I am contributing a personal recollection of how the subject, in its early times, confronted physical reality, that is, its "phenomenology". There is nothing original in this work, except, perhaps, my own points of view. But I hope that the older practitioners of the field will find here grounds for nostalgia, or good reasons to disagree with me. Younger addicts may learn that history does not resemble at all what is reflected in current textbooks: it was orders of magnitude more fascinating.

  11. Manipulating flow separation: sensitivity of stagnation points, separatrix angles and recirculation area to steady actuation

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    Boujo, Edouard

    2014-01-01

    A variational technique is used to derive analytical expressions for the sensitivity of several geometric indicators of flow separation to steady actuation. Considering the boundary layer flow above a wall-mounted bump, the six following representative quantities are considered: the locations of the separation point and reattachment point connected by the separatrix, the separation angles at these stagnation points, the backflow area and the recirculation area. For each geometric quantity, linear sensitivity analysis allows us to identify regions which are the most sensitive to volume forcing and wall blowing/suction. Validations against full non-linear Navier-Stokes calculations show excellent agreement for small-amplitude control for all considered indicators. With very resemblant sensitivity maps, the reattachment point, the backflow and recirculation areas are seen to be easily manipulated. In contrast, the upstream separation point and the separatrix angles are seen to remain extremely robust with respec...

  12. An Evaluation of the Second Intermediate Saudi English Language Textbook from the Teachers' Point of View

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    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available The study evaluates the quality of the second intermediate grade English language textbook for Saudi girls' schools "from the teachers point of view" which was introduced at the intermediate stage by the Ministry of Education in 2004. This research project evaluates a new textbook that is considered to be the foundation stone in the English language program in Saudi Arabia. A survey questionnaire was used in this study to elicit the perspectives of 50 English language teachers and the population is about 220 teachers in Riyadh Educational Zone about the textbook in question. The questionnaire consisted of 23 items grouped under 5 main categories that are listed as: CB objectives, content, language style, skills, technical aspect and appearance of the CB. The data was subjected to analysis through descriptive statistics. The analysis of the results used several statistical methods which are as follows: Cronbach's alpha, means, percentage, chi square and standard deviations. The findings were generally in favor of the textbook except for the language style and some other sub-items. Out of 23 items in the questionnaire, only 4 items had arithmetic means less than 3.50 (the average. The category that had the highest mean was the one on technical aspects, while the category that had the lowest mean was the one on language style. Keywords:  Evaluation, textbook, content, curriculum and syllabus, goals and objectives, materials evaluation

  13. 28 June 2012 - Members of the European Brain Council led by President Mary Baker visiting the LHC tunnel at Point 5 with Technology Department Group Leader L. Bottura and CMS experimental area with Run Coordinator M. Chamizo-Llatas.

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    28 June 2012 - Members of the European Brain Council led by President Mary Baker visiting the LHC tunnel at Point 5 with Technology Department Group Leader L. Bottura and CMS experimental area with Run Coordinator M. Chamizo-Llatas.

  14. Method for The Removal of Piumbum(II Ion from Aqueous Solutions by Corn Cobas A Natural Adsorbent and from The View Point Thermodynamics

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    Gholamali Haghdoost

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Corn cob as a low-cost adsorbent were used in the present work for the removal of toxic heavy metal Pb2+ from aqueous solutions. Bath experiments were used to determine the best adsorption conditions. The equilibrium adsorption level was determined as a function of solution pH, temperature(T, contact time(tc, initial adsorbate concentration, and adsorbent dosage. Effective removal of metal ions was demonstrated at pH values of 6. Metal adsorption onto Corn cobwas evaluated by Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms. Results indicate that the Langmuir isotherm model is the most suitable one for the adsorption process using Corn cob(R2=0.9742, thus indicating the applicability of monolayer coverage of Pb(II ion on Corn cob surface.The relationship between thermodynamic parameters was used to predict the absorption process. According to Thermodynamic analysis, the process endothermic and natural (ΔHo=-16.2 Jmol-1 and ΔSo =- 59.71 Jmol-1 K-1.

  15. COMPARISON OF TWO VARIANTS OF A KATA TECHNIQUE (UNSU: THE NEUROMECHANICAL POINT OF VIEW

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    Francesco Felici

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to characterize from a neuromechanical point of view a jump performed within the sequence of Kata Unsu in International top level karateka. A modified jumping technique was proposed to improve the already acquired technique. The neuromechanical evaluation, paralleled by a refereeing judgment, was then used to compare modified and classic technique to test if the modification could lead to a better performance capacity, e.g. a higher score during an official competition. To this purpose, four high ranked karateka were recruited and instructed to perform the two jumps. Surface electromyographic signals were recorded in a bipolar mode from the vastus lateralis, rectus femoris, biceps femoris, gluteus maximus, and gastrocnemious muscles of both lower limbs. Mechanical data were collected by means of a stereophotogrammetric system and force platforms. Performance was associated to parameters characterizing the initial conditions of the aerial phase and to the CoM maximal height. The most critical elements having a negative influence on the arbitral evaluation were associated to quantitative error indicators. 3D reconstruction of the movement and videos were used to obtain the referee scores. The Unsu jump was divided into five phases (preparation, take off, ascending flight, descending flight, and landing and the critical elements were highlighted. When comparing the techniques, no difference was found in the pattern of sEMG activation of the throwing leg muscles, while the push leg showed an earlier activation of RF and GA muscles at the beginning of the modified technique. The only significant improvement associated with the modified technique was evidenced at the beginning of the aerial phase, while there was no significant improvement of the referee score. Nevertheless, the proposed neuromechanical analysis, finalized to correlate technique features with the core performance indicators, is new in the field and is a

  16. Teaching methods in primary education from the teacher’s point of view

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    Skutil Martin

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper is based on the current research project aimed at finding the use of teaching methods in primary education. The aim of this paper is to analyse and describe the current situation based on the results of the quantitative survey. The primary outcome introduced in this paper is to describe the current situation in the Czech Republic from the teacher’s point of view and to analyse strengths and weaknesses of different teaching methods in educational practice. The fundamental research method was participant observation. The paper represents the first part of a wider research which is focused on all participants (teachers, pupils, parents of the educational process.

  17. Automated Generation of Digital Terrain Model using Point Clouds of Digital Surface Model in Forest Area

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    Yoshikazu Kamiya

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available At present, most of the digital data acquisition methods generate Digital Surface Model (DSM and not a Digital Elevation Model (DEM. Conversion from DSM to DEM still has some drawbacks, especially the removing of off terrain point clouds and subsequently the generation of DEM within these spaces even though the methods are automated. In this paper it was intended to overcome this issue by attempting to project off terrain point clouds to the terrain in forest areas using Artificial Neural Networks (ANN instead of removing them and then filling gaps by interpolation. Five sites were tested and accuracies assessed. They all give almost the same results. In conclusion, the ANN has ability to obtain the DEM by projecting the DSM point clouds and greater accuracies of DEMs were obtained. If the size of the hollow areas resulting from the removal of DSM point clouds are larger the accuracies are reduced.

  18. Concept of Collaboration from the Islamic Perspective: The View Points for Health Providers.

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    Irajpour, Alireza; Ghaljaei, Fereshteh; Alavi, Mousa

    2015-10-01

    Collaboration involves direct and open communication and respect for different perspectives. In particular, religious literature has many references to collaboration. This study is a report of knowledge synthesis based on qualitative systematic review by content analysis. The study surveys the concept of collaboration from the Islamic point of view and intends to answer the question, 'Does the Quran deal with the use of collaboration in human activities?' This study was conducted using electronic documents from websites related to Islamic and Quran sciences, such as Howzah.net, Nashriat.ir, Tebyan.net and Google Scholar from 1950 until 2013 by focusing on the keywords, collaboration and Islam, and then retrieving the Islamic document (Quran and Hadith). The language in which the search was conducted was English and Persian. Nearly, 28 articles and 72 books related to this topic were found and after applying the search criteria, only 13% of the references were found to be applicable. In the Quran, collaboration is equivalent to Taavon, and Muslims are requested to collaborate in their affairs and never collaborate with each other for illegal affairs. Islam asserts that everyone requires social relationship in their life. God has enacted mutual rights for people and meeting these requirements is only possible through collaboration and respecting mutual rights.

  19. COMPETITIVENESS - GROWTH FACTOR. POINT OF VIEW ON THE SITUATION IN ROMANIA

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    Pitorac Ruxandra Ioana

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper considers the issue of competitiveness of national economy, making specific reference to the economic situation of Romania in the year 2010. The diversity of views on approaches to competitiveness in the literature requires consultation of reports prepared by prestigious international forums and organizations, using relevant indicators and economic variables.

  20. Science and scientists from the children point of view, an overlook from drawings

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    D'Addezio, Giuliana; Marsili, Antonella; Rubbia, Giuliana; Carosi, Alessandro

    2013-04-01

    The Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) is currently the largest European scientific institution dealing with Earth Sciences research and real-time surveillance, early warning, and forecast activities in geophysics and volcanology. The Laboratorio Didattica e Divulgazione Scientifica of INGV organizes every year educational and outreach activities with schools of different levels and with general public to convey scientific knowledge and to promote the Research on Earth Science, focusing on volcanic and seismic hazard. Among the most successful initiatives is the creation of a calendar designed for the schools and realized based on a competition devoted to children of primary school. The intent is to provide a pleasant stimulus for discussion for teachers and students. Schools participate with enthusiasm by sending drawings made by children on a specified theme, different each year, chosen among geophysics and earth sciences arguments. For 2011, the theme was selected also with the aims to investigate on the image the young generations have of the Research and on its potential and future prospective. The title was "Scienziato anche io! La Scienza e gli scienziati visti dai bambini" (I'm a scientist too! Science and scientists from the children point of view), with the purpose of give a shape to the image children have of the world of science, its potential and the figure of the scientists. We asked the children to realized a draw suggesting some possible arguments between: 1. How do you imagine a scientist? How do you imagine the daily activities of a researcher? 2. What is the invention you consider the most important among all those you know? 3. What would you invent? The 986 drawings realized by 6 up to 10 years old boys and girls from 48 schools distributed throughout the Italian territory, report us a generally positive picture of the work of scientists and also highlight a great level of confidence in the potential of science, capable to

  1. An Accuracy Assessment of Georeferenced Point Clouds Produced via Multi-View Stereo Techniques Applied to Imagery Acquired via Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

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    Harwin, S.; Lucieer, A.

    2012-08-01

    Low-cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are becoming viable environmental remote sensing tools. Sensor and battery technology is expanding the data capture opportunities. The UAV, as a close range remote sensing platform, can capture high resolution photography on-demand. This imagery can be used to produce dense point clouds using multi-view stereopsis techniques (MVS) combining computer vision and photogrammetry. This study examines point clouds produced using MVS techniques applied to UAV and terrestrial photography. A multi-rotor micro UAV acquired aerial imagery from a altitude of approximately 30-40 m. The point clouds produced are extremely dense (study area, a 70 m section of sheltered coastline in southeast Tasmania. Areas with little surface texture were not well captured, similarly, areas with complex geometry such as grass tussocks and woody scrub were not well mapped. The process fails to penetrate vegetation, but extracts very detailed terrain in unvegetated areas. Initially the point clouds are in an arbitrary coordinate system and need to be georeferenced. A Helmert transformation is applied based on matching ground control points (GCPs) identified in the point clouds to GCPs surveying with differential GPS. These point clouds can be used, alongside laser scanning and more traditional techniques, to provide very detailed and precise representations of a range of landscapes at key moments. There are many potential applications for the UAV-MVS technique, including coastal erosion and accretion monitoring, mine surveying and other environmental monitoring applications. For the generated point clouds to be used in spatial applications they need to be converted to surface models that reduce dataset size without loosing too much detail. Triangulated meshes are one option, another is Poisson Surface Reconstruction. This latter option makes use of point normal data and produces a surface representation at greater detail than previously obtainable. This

  2. Dta points used in assessment of coal in the southern Piceance basin study area (psptg)

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This is a shapefile and point coverage of 627 data points used in the assessment of coal in the southern Piceance Basin study area. Information in this file includes...

  3. Multi-scale dynamical behavior of spatially distributed systems: a deterministic point of view

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    Mangiarotti, S.; Le Jean, F.; Drapeau, L.; Huc, M.

    2015-12-01

    Physical and biophysical systems are spatially distributed systems. Their behavior can be observed or modelled spatially at various resolutions. In this work, a deterministic point of view is adopted to analyze multi-scale behavior taking a set of ordinary differential equation (ODE) as elementary part of the system.To perform analyses, scenes of study are thus generated based on ensembles of identical elementary ODE systems. Without any loss of generality, their dynamics is chosen chaotic in order to ensure sensitivity to initial conditions, that is, one fundamental property of atmosphere under instable conditions [1]. The Rössler system [2] is used for this purpose for both its topological and algebraic simplicity [3,4].Two cases are thus considered: the chaotic oscillators composing the scene of study are taken either independent, or in phase synchronization. Scale behaviors are analyzed considering the scene of study as aggregations (basically obtained by spatially averaging the signal) or as associations (obtained by concatenating the time series). The global modeling technique is used to perform the numerical analyses [5].One important result of this work is that, under phase synchronization, a scene of aggregated dynamics can be approximated by the elementary system composing the scene, but modifying its parameterization [6]. This is shown based on numerical analyses. It is then demonstrated analytically and generalized to a larger class of ODE systems. Preliminary applications to cereal crops observed from satellite are also presented.[1] Lorenz, Deterministic nonperiodic flow. J. Atmos. Sci., 20, 130-141 (1963).[2] Rössler, An equation for continuous chaos, Phys. Lett. A, 57, 397-398 (1976).[3] Gouesbet & Letellier, Global vector-field reconstruction by using a multivariate polynomial L2 approximation on nets, Phys. Rev. E 49, 4955-4972 (1994).[4] Letellier, Roulin & Rössler, Inequivalent topologies of chaos in simple equations, Chaos, Solitons

  4. Impacts and Adaptation: From the Points of View of Financial Management System in Enterprise Groups

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    2002-01-01

    The integration of international economy dominated wi th the financial market leads to fierce competition. This requires firms impleme nt modern corporate financial mechanism. From the view of the current situation of financial management in China, we demonstrates the differences in financial m anagement between Chinese enterprises and international companies by describing detailed case studies of typical large enterprises in China. To transform the enterprise management mechanism, the enterprise fi...

  5. Saccade-related activity in areas 18 and 21a of cats freely viewing complex scenes.

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    Moeller, Gudrun U; Kayser, Christoph; König, Peter

    2007-03-26

    Although saccadic eye movements can radically change the retinal image, perceptually their impact is surprisingly small. Here, we investigate possible neuronal correlates of saccadic suppression in cats freely viewing natural stimuli. By comparing changes attributable to saccadic events with passive stimulus changes, we find that during saccades: (i) evoked and induced activity is reduced in areas 18 and 21a by equal amounts, (ii) the variability of neuronal activity with stimulus category is abolished in both areas, and (iii) the high-power transient induced by stimulus change is not observed. These results present electrophysiological evidence for saccadic suppression at the level of primary and higher visual cortex under natural conditions.

  6. Saya Mau Bu! or Aku Mau Bu!? from the Teachers and Students Point of View

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    Ienneke Indra Dewi

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Article describes a research which purpose was to find out whether there was a shift in the use of aku and saya from the children and teenagers points of view as well as their teacherss. The shift of those expressions was based on the factors of concept, family education,, and the influence of media i.e. television. The objects of this research were 140 elementary and high school students as well as their teachers. Questionnaires were distributed to them. The results showed that there was a shift from the expression saya to aku in the students and teachers perception. However, when tested using statistics, the differences in the shift and in the perception between students and teachers concerning this matter were not significant.

  7. The contrast between Chinese and Japanese culture and language From the sociolinguistics point of view Introduction

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    刘英

    2009-01-01

    China and Japan are both Asian countries,which have the similar customs and ceremonies.From ancient time,china has had great impact on Japan,including the architectures,culture and customs.But later,Japan learns more from the western counties,especially from America.With the development of globalization,the contacts between countries are becoming more and more frequent.In order to achieve Success in diplomacy,we should learn more the rites about these countries.This paper mainly discusses the study of contrast between Chinese and Japanese relative tides from the sociolinguistic point of view,because there are close relationship between language and culture.

  8. Implications of Harvest on the Boundaries of Protected Areas for Large Carnivore Viewing Opportunities.

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    Bridget L Borg

    Full Text Available The desire to see free ranging large carnivores in their natural habitat is a driver of tourism in protected areas around the globe. However, large carnivores are wide-ranging and subject to human-caused mortality outside protected area boundaries. The impact of harvest (trapping or hunting on wildlife viewing opportunities has been the subject of intense debate and speculation, but quantitative analyses have been lacking. We examined the effect of legal harvest of wolves (Canis lupus along the boundaries of two North American National Parks, Denali (DNPP and Yellowstone (YNP, on wolf viewing opportunities within the parks during peak tourist season. We used data on wolf sightings, pack sizes, den site locations, and harvest adjacent to DNPP from 1997-2013 and YNP from 2008-2013 to evaluate the relationship between harvest and wolf viewing opportunities. Although sightings were largely driven by wolf population size and proximity of den sites to roads, sightings in both parks were significantly reduced by harvest. Sightings in YNP increased by 45% following years with no harvest of a wolf from a pack, and sightings in DNPP were more than twice as likely during a period with a harvest buffer zone than in years without the buffer. These findings show that harvest of wolves adjacent to protected areas can reduce sightings within those areas despite minimal impacts on the size of protected wolf populations. Consumptive use of carnivores adjacent to protected areas may therefore reduce their potential for non-consumptive use, and these tradeoffs should be considered when developing regional wildlife management policies.

  9. Implications of Harvest on the Boundaries of Protected Areas for Large Carnivore Viewing Opportunities.

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    Borg, Bridget L; Arthur, Stephen M; Bromen, Nicholas A; Cassidy, Kira A; McIntyre, Rick; Smith, Douglas W; Prugh, Laura R

    2016-01-01

    The desire to see free ranging large carnivores in their natural habitat is a driver of tourism in protected areas around the globe. However, large carnivores are wide-ranging and subject to human-caused mortality outside protected area boundaries. The impact of harvest (trapping or hunting) on wildlife viewing opportunities has been the subject of intense debate and speculation, but quantitative analyses have been lacking. We examined the effect of legal harvest of wolves (Canis lupus) along the boundaries of two North American National Parks, Denali (DNPP) and Yellowstone (YNP), on wolf viewing opportunities within the parks during peak tourist season. We used data on wolf sightings, pack sizes, den site locations, and harvest adjacent to DNPP from 1997-2013 and YNP from 2008-2013 to evaluate the relationship between harvest and wolf viewing opportunities. Although sightings were largely driven by wolf population size and proximity of den sites to roads, sightings in both parks were significantly reduced by harvest. Sightings in YNP increased by 45% following years with no harvest of a wolf from a pack, and sightings in DNPP were more than twice as likely during a period with a harvest buffer zone than in years without the buffer. These findings show that harvest of wolves adjacent to protected areas can reduce sightings within those areas despite minimal impacts on the size of protected wolf populations. Consumptive use of carnivores adjacent to protected areas may therefore reduce their potential for non-consumptive use, and these tradeoffs should be considered when developing regional wildlife management policies.

  10. BANDUNG JENGKI FROM HERITAGE POINT OF VIEW: DOCUMENTATION AND PRELIMINARY SEARCH ON SIGNIFICANCE

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    WULANDARI Ratri

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Jengki architecture is one of Indonesian post-colonial architecture style popular in 1950 to 1970. Most study of Jengki was done in Jakarta, Semarang, and Malang. In Bandung, there is no written record of Jengki identification or documentation found. This paper tries to recognize and document Jengki typology in Bandung as a preliminary study on its presences, and its variant, in the city. It also tries to look at this typology from heritage point of view, whether there is significance in accordance to heritage criteria. Using site survey and Google street view, data were collected and elaborated in table to recognize Jengki traits in a suspected building. Building’s significances were then reviewed using criteria mentioned in local legislation.  It is found that not all suspected Jengki building contain all Jengki traits rather more late modern Indonesian character.  Private buildings were assessed to have less heritage value, while public building retains more. Deeper study and documentation on Jengki in Bandung are still needed to legitimate Jengki as heritage since there is no study ever done previously on this issue

  11. Large Historical Tsunamigenic Earthquakes in Italy: The Neglected Tsunami Research Point of View

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    Armigliato, A.; Tinti, S.; Pagnoni, G.; Zaniboni, F.

    2015-12-01

    It is known that tsunamis are rather rare events, especially when compared to earthquakes, and the Italian coasts are no exception. Nonetheless, a striking evidence is that 6 out of 10 earthquakes occurred in the last thousand years in Italy, and having equivalent moment magnitude equal or larger than 7 where accompanied by destructive or heavily damaging tsunamis. If we extend the lower limit of the equivalent moment magnitude down to 6.5 the percentage decreases (around 40%), but is still significant. Famous events like those occurred on 30 July 1627 in Gargano, on 11 January 1693 in eastern Sicily, and on 28 December 1908 in the Messina Straits are part of this list: they were all characterized by maximum run-ups of several meters (13 m for the 1908 tsunami), significant maximum inundation distances, and large (although not precisely quantifiable) numbers of victims. Further evidences provided in the last decade by paleo-tsunami deposit analyses help to better characterize the tsunami impact and confirm that none of the cited events can be reduced to local or secondary effects. Proper analysis and simulation of available tsunami data would then appear as an obvious part of the correct definition of the sources responsible for the largest Italian tsunamigenic earthquakes, in a process in which different datasets analyzed by different disciplines must be reconciled rather than put into contrast with each other. Unfortunately, macroseismic, seismic and geological/geomorphological observations and data typically are assigned much heavier weights, and in-land faults are often assigned larger credit than the offshore ones, even when evidence is provided by tsunami simulations that they are not at all capable of justifying the observed tsunami effects. Tsunami generation is imputed a-priori to only supposed, and sometimes even non-existing, submarine landslides. We try to summarize the tsunami research point of view on the largest Italian historical tsunamigenic

  12. Developing a Land Suitability Index for Agricultural uses in Dry Lands from Geologic Point of View Using GIS - a Case Study from Jordan

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    Mohammmad Al Farajat; Alsharifa Hind Mohammad; Abdullah Diabat; Hassan Al Ibraheem

    2015-01-01

    DOI:10.17014/ijog.2.2.63-76In the context of the study, a Multi-criteria evaluation (MCE) in GIS was used in developing suitability index to optimize suitable lands for agricultural uses and seasonal farming in dry lands from geologic point of view. This study was performed in the areas between Mafraq and Zarqa Cities in Jordan which are classified as arid lands. The study aims at protecting groundwater from pollution, reducing soil salting, reducing irrigation water loss caused by evaporatio...

  13. REGIONAL DISPARITIES IN SLOVAK REPUBLIC AT NUTS 3 LEVEL FROM DIRECT FOREIGN INVESTMENTS POINT OF VIEW

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    Radoslav Koziak

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Slovak Republic, likewise other member states of the European Union, has beenexperiencing problems with the inter-regional differences for long time. These aremanifested in different forms (economic, social, environmental and others. Diversemacroeconomic regional indicators are used to express and quantificate the inter-regionaldifferences. Among traditionally used and by experts acknowledged quantities ofmeasurement of the inter-regional differences belong for example a gross domestic product(from diverse viewpoint and specification, labor market indicators, e.g. employment andunemployment rates, demographic development indicators, indicators assessingenvironment condition or standard of life, as well as the indicators quantifying theinvestments condition and development (domestic or foreign that flow into the objectterritory since we consider them an important factor and precondition of growth anddevelopment of the state as a whole, as well as its individual regions.The present contribution deals with an issue of the inter-regional differences formulationand measurement in the Slovak Republic on a NUTS 3 regions examination level (from anuniform system of the territorial units classification viewpoint, it means the autonomousdistricts (from a territorial-administrative order of Slovak Republic viewpoint, from directforeign investments‘ point of view.In the contribution there are theoretically defined basic concepts with which we operate,a specified methodological procedure for the inter-regional differences formulation andmeasurement, a direct foreign investments condition analysis from 1997 to 2007(development of the direct foreign investments during above period in all autonomousdistricts were subjected to a statistical examination as well as statistical testing that willreveal a convergence (meaning a moderation/decrease or a divergence (meaninga deepening of the inter-regional disparities on the NUTS 3 level. In addition to anabsolute

  14. Comparison of the most common HRV computation algorithms from the systems designer point of view.

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    Manis, G

    2009-01-01

    In this paper we examine the most commonly used algorithms for the computation of heart rate variability as well as some other interesting approaches. The aim of the paper is to study the problem from a different point of view, that of the systems designer. The selected algorithms are compared to each other through experimental analysis and theoretical study. The comparison criteria are efficiency, complexity, size of the object code, memory requirements, power consumption, parallel complexity and speedup achieved, ability to response in real time, simplicity of the interface and implementation in hardware. The motivation is strong since heart rate variability is an interesting problem which finds application not only in conventional computing systems, but also in small, even wearable devices implemented using embedded systems technology or directly in hardware. The computation of heart rate variability for a set of signal recordings and the classification achieved for these signals with each examined method are also presented. Signals have been recorded from young and elderly subjects and the examined methods are used to classify them into these two distinct groups.

  15. The Improvement Project in Postponement of Bankruptcy Process: An Evaluation from the Business Point of View

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    Mahmut Ozdevecioglu

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available It is inevitable for the capital companies and cooperatives in Turkey to go bankrupt in case the assets of the company are insufficient to meet the obligations. However, the law enacted in 2004 has enabled the bankruptcy to be postponed. The company requesting the adjournment of bankruptcy should not only fulfill the legal requirements but also present the court a convincing and serious improvement project. The main objective of this study is to discuss how to prepare such a plan from the point of view of business manager. The improvement project is a financial project based on objective and solid data which contains precautionary measures envisaged to rescue the company. In general the project should incorporate financial and administrative measures. Financial measures include direct and indirect cash inflows from sources like finding new partners, selling personal assets of existing partners and focusing on high profit margin products to ensure that the assets can cover the liabilities. The administrative measures in the field of accounting, finance and human resources contribute to the healing process indirectly. This paper explains the financial and administrative measures in detail.

  16. Education as a Value: Students, Teachers and Parents Point of View

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    Valdas Pruskus

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available In this article based upon empiric empirical experimental research, we disclose point of view from students, teachers and parents side. Highlighting school and parents influence to students attitude to education importance. Disclosing different views on education between 10th and 12th grade students. Students view on modern youths values shows that they don’t really care about education (10th grade – 7%, 12th grade – 9%. The most valuable thing is money (10th gr. – 23%, 12th gr. – 32%, and independence (10th gr. – 23%, 12th gr. – 33%. This shows us that material fulfillment, as they think, leads to successful future. So in this case “fast” money and independence becomes a successful life standard. However answer to question what is most important to them personally education is most reachable value (10th gr. – 58%, 12th gr. – 49%. This shows us that youth is not ready (psychologically prepared to open up their true values. In the other hand that shows us lack of openness in our relationship. Personally highest rates goes to education (10th gr. – 58%, 12th gr. – 49%; communication and collaboration (10th gr. – 52%, 12th gr. – 45%, self esteem (10th gr. – 48%, 12th gr. – 49%, honesty (10th gr. – 41%, 12th gr. – 37%. In conclusion we can say that social relationship and collaboration helps to achieve goals, in this case – education. Most of students are looking forward to achieve higher education (10th gr. – 43%, 12th gr. – 46%. Planning to study in Lithuania (10th gr. – 44%, 12th gr. – 50%. Students planning to go for postgraduate studies (10th gr. – 18%, 12th gr. – 25%. This shows us that not only 12th grade students, but also 10th grade students understand higher education importance. It is not a surprise that amount of postgraduate students is growing each year. Achievement of higher education students are linking with opportunity to make more money (10th gr. – 26%, 12th gr. – 32%; getting

  17. Ground-water geology of the Bruneau-Grand View area, Owyhee County, Idaho

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    Littleton, Robert Thomas; Crosthwaite, E.G.

    1957-01-01

    The Bruneau-Grand View area is part of an artesian basin in northern Owyhee County, Idaho. The area described in this report comprises about 600 square miles, largely of undeveloped public domain, much of which is open, or may be opened, for desert-entry filing. Many irrigation-entry applications to the Federal Government are pending, and information about ground-water geology is needed by local citizens and well drillers, by Federal agencies that have custody of the land, and by local and State agencies that administer water rights. The areal geology and ground-water conditions in the Bruneau-Grand View area seemingly typify several basins in southwestern Idaho, and this study is a step toward definition and analysis of regional problems in ground-water geology and the occurrence and availability of ground water for irrigation or other large-scale uses. Owyhee County is subdivided physiographically into a plateau area, the Owyhee uplift, and the Snake River valley. The Bruneau-Grand View area is largely within the Snake River valley. The climate is arid and irrigation is essential for stable agricultural development. Nearly all usable indigenous surface water in the area is appropriated, including freshet flow in the Bruneau River, which is used for power generation at the C. J. Strike Dam. However, with storage facilities additional land could be irrigated, and some land may be irrigated with Snake River water if suitable reclamation projects are constructed. Sedimentary and igneous rocks exposed in the area range in age from Miocene to Recent. The igneous rocks include silicic and basic intrusive and extrusive bodies, and the sedimentary rocks are compacted stream and lake sediments. The rocks contain economically important artesian aquifers; the principal ones are volcanic rocks in which ground water is imperfectly confined beneath sediments of the Idaho formation, thus forming a leaky artesian system. The altitude of the piezometric surface of the artesian

  18. Quantifying and Mapping the Digital Divide from an Internet Point of View

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    Cottrell, R.Les; /SLAC; Khan, Shahryar; /NUST, Rawalpindi; Williams, Jerrod; /SLAC; Mehdi, Akbar; Kalim, Umar; Ali, Arshad; /NUST, Rawalpindi

    2008-09-18

    Quantitative knowledge of the magnitude, extent and trends of the Digital Divide are critical to understand and identify the regions most in need of help, to make rational decisions on how to address the problems and to make cases for executives, funding agencies and politicians. We report on a project (PingER) to measure the Digital Divide from the point of view of Internet performance. The PingER project has been measuring Internet performance since 1995 and with the increased emphasis on measuring and tracking the Digital Divide, it now covers over 700 hosts in over 150 countries that between them contain over 99% of the world's Internet connected population. In this paper we will describe the how PingER works, it deployment, the data analysis, and presentation. We also introduce a new PingER visualization tool (ViPER) that provides a more appealing interactive visualization of the PingER data and also works on mobile PDAs. We will also show results from PingER that illustrate the magnitude, extent and trends for the Digital Divide, and also compare PingER results with some human development and technology indices.

  19. Feedback is good or bad? Medical residents’ points of view on feedback in clinical education

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    LEILA BAZRAFKAN

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Feedback is very important in education and can help quality in the training process and orient the trainees in clinical contexts. This study aimed to assess the residents’ points of view about feedback in clinical education at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. Methods: The sample of this study included 170 medical residents attending medical workshops in Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. The residents filled a valid and reliable questionnaire containing 21 items on their perceptions of the feedback they got throughout the workshops. The data were analyzed using SPSS version 14. Results: The study revealed that residents, generally, have a positive perception of feedback in their training. The highest score belonged to the items such as “feedback was applicable to future work”, “feedback corrected my behavior”, “feedback worked as a motivation for education” and “feedback was specific in one subject”. Residents who had a negative feedback experience also increased their efforts to learn. The Surgery residents acquired the highest scores while radiology residents got the lowest. The difference between these groups was statistically significant (P = 0.000. Conclusion: The highest mean score belonged to internal medicine residents. This shows that residents believe that obstetrics & gynecology ward is a ward in which the formative assessment is much more powerful in comparison to the other three major wards. The surgery ward received the lowest score for formative assessment and this shows that the feedback in surgery ward is very low.

  20. EPA Region 1 Environmentally Sensitive Areas (Points)

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — This coverage represents point equivalents of environmentally sensitive areas in EPA New England. This coverage represents polygon equivalents of environmentally...

  1. LEDs in automotive lighting and signaling: a customer point of view

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    Berlitz, Stephan; Heider, Christian

    2007-09-01

    The development of brand specific front and tail lights in cooperation with the stylists is the assignment of automobile lighting. Highest car safety, attractive styling, differentiation in the traffic situation and environment friendliness are the project limits. LED technology has the potential to extend these limits. The LED technology will have to improve, but it is also enhanced by new sensor technologies that introduce new functionalities. The implementation of a possible roadmap depends on right technologies at the right time. For new styling ideas and functional innovations further steps in lighting technology are necessary. The document will show a car makers view on possible innovation ideas.

  2. Orientation of airborne laser scanning point clouds with multi-view, multi-scale image blocks.

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    Rönnholm, Petri; Hyyppä, Hannu; Hyyppä, Juha; Haggrén, Henrik

    2009-01-01

    Comprehensive 3D modeling of our environment requires integration of terrestrial and airborne data, which is collected, preferably, using laser scanning and photogrammetric methods. However, integration of these multi-source data requires accurate relative orientations. In this article, two methods for solving relative orientation problems are presented. The first method includes registration by minimizing the distances between of an airborne laser point cloud and a 3D model. The 3D model was derived from photogrammetric measurements and terrestrial laser scanning points. The first method was used as a reference and for validation. Having completed registration in the object space, the relative orientation between images and laser point cloud is known. The second method utilizes an interactive orientation method between a multi-scale image block and a laser point cloud. The multi-scale image block includes both aerial and terrestrial images. Experiments with the multi-scale image block revealed that the accuracy of a relative orientation increased when more images were included in the block. The orientations of the first and second methods were compared. The comparison showed that correct rotations were the most difficult to detect accurately by using the interactive method. Because the interactive method forces laser scanning data to fit with the images, inaccurate rotations cause corresponding shifts to image positions. However, in a test case, in which the orientation differences included only shifts, the interactive method could solve the relative orientation of an aerial image and airborne laser scanning data repeatedly within a couple of centimeters.

  3. Attention estimation by simultaneous analysis of viewer and view

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    Tawari, Ashish; Møgelmose, Andreas; Martin, Sujitha

    2014-01-01

    This paper introduces a system for estimating the attention of a driver wearing a first person view camera using salient objects to improve gaze estimation. A challenging data set of pedestrians crossing intersections has been captured using Google Glass worn by a driver. A challenge unique...... to first person view from cars is that the interior of the car can take up a large part of the image. The proposed system automatically filters out the dashboard of the car, along with other parts of the instrumentation. The remaining area is used as a region of interest for a pedestrian detector. Two...

  4. [The experiments with laboratory animals from a bioethical point of view--history, modern time, perspectives].

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    Kopaladze, R A

    2004-01-01

    The origin of laboratory animal science was called forth by violent development of experimental biology and medicine in the XIX century on the one hand, and on the other hand by the necessity to have standard healthy animals for experiments with strictly definite biological characteristics. With this aim in view management technology and animal use in experiments have been constantly improved. "Laboratory animal" notion has been formed by the end of the XIX century. At the beginning of laboratory animal science development ethical problems were not as urgent as they are now. It is established that the three Rs bioethical conception of W.M.S. Russel and R.L. Burch (1959) has influence on modern state and perspectives of the development of animal experimental methods. It is shown that the existence of laboratory animal protection laws and the reflection in them of compulsory ethical review of scientific project and statistics of used laboratory animals is absolutely necessary.

  5. Suppression of torsades de pointes by atropine.

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    Tan, H L; Wilde, A A; Peters, R J

    1998-01-01

    A 67 year old woman with a history of chronic atrial fibrillation presented with asthma cardiale. She took no medication and there was no family history of long QT syndrome. She was treated with furosemide, nitroprusside, acenocoumarol, and digoxin. Two days later excessively prolonged RR intervals, which were terminated by escape beats with a right bundle branch block morphology, suggested impending total AV block. There was also severe QT (0.48 s) and QTc (0.56) interval prolongation with bizarre inverted TU waves and multifocal premature ventricular complexes within the U waves. The patient experienced angina pectoris followed by episodes of torsades de pointes, which were interpreted as the result of bradycardia, and the bradycardia as the result of high grade AV block induced by increased vagal tone caused by ischaemia in the presence of digoxin intoxication (serum digoxin was 2.5 micrograms/l). Subsequent atropine infusion sped up the ventricular rate and shortened the QT (0.39) and QTc (0.51) intervals. Digoxin was replaced by metoprolol to control ventricular rate and angina pectoris. Within days, QT and QTc intervals became normal and the U waves disappeared. Neither torsades de pointes nor angina pectoris recurred. Based on a review of the literature, it is suggested that the electrophysiological mechanism of this effect is not only an increase of the heart rate, but also a direct action of muscarinic receptor antagonism on Purkinje cells and ventricular refractoriness.

  6. Future ISON development from points of view of scientific and applied researches

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    Molotov, Igor; Agapov, Vladimir; Akim, Efraim

    International scientific optical network (ISON) project achieved all initially formulated goals. ISON is the world-wide system providing periodical monitoring of space objects in GEO region across the globe. New level of quality of GEO research is achieved. For the first time our knowledge of true GEO population of objects brighter than 15.5m is almost complete. ISON provides the discovering and tracking of faint deep space debris. Large amount of data on long time intervals is obtained for few hundred fragments including ones having high area-to-mass ratio. About 1115000 measurements in 120000 tracks are collected and processed at KIAM database in 2009 that allowed to maintain the orbits of 1467 GEO objects including 892 spacecraft, 250 upper stages and AKMs and 325 fragments and objects of undetermined type. ISON administrative, software and engineering groups are formed to support current project activities. 20 new telescopes were produced as a part of this work. At the same time ISON is involved into new scientific and applied projects which are formulating new tasks and needing further ISON development. Part of ISON is involved into Roscosmos project aimed on search and prediction of possible collisions between operational spacecraft and other space objects. Therefore it is required that periodicity of object monitoring and measurement precision would be improved. It is necessary to involve new observatories to minimize the weather dependence as well as dedicated telescopes to provide additional tracking of potentially dangerous objects. The goal of HEO object population studying requires development of dedicated telescopes with wider field of view for monitoring of larger areas of the sky. KIAM, as the ISON project leader, is responsible also for development of the new model of the small object population (in first turn for high orbits) that requires involvement of additional large aperture telescopes to verify the model. In addition, dedicated ISON subsystem

  7. The conception of disability under discussion: the point of view of Occupational Therapy professors

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    Luciana Ramos Baleotti

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The way one conceives disabled people seems to influence the actions directed toward them. Occupational therapists constitute a part of health professionals that direct their actions based on a comprehensive view of disability. The aim of this study was to identify and analyze the conception of disability from the standpoint of occupational therapists. Fifteen university teachers of Occupational Therapy undergraduate courses participated in this study: seven from public universities and eight from private institutions, located in mid-sized municipalities in the state of São Paulo. The data were collected by means of a scale denominated “Escala de Avaliação da Concepção de Deficiência” (Rating Scale for Conception of Disability. The results show that the subjects tend to follow interactional, social conceptions of disability. This study yields contributions to understand the conception of disability held by teachers of Occupational Therapy. This conception certainly guides their teaching performance and affects the training of future professionals.

  8. BackscatterA [8210]--Offshore of Salt Point Map Area, California

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This part of DS 781 presents data for the acoustic-backscatter map of the Offshore of Salt Point map area, California. Backscatter data are provided as separate...

  9. BackscatterA [8101]--Offshore of Point Reyes Map Map Area, California

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This part of DS 781 presents data for the acoustic-backscatter map of the Offshore of Point Reyes map area, California. Backscatter data are provided as separate...

  10. BackscatterC [7125]--Offshore of Point Reyes Map Map Area, California

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This part of DS 781 presents data for the acoustic-backscatter map of the Offshore of Point Reyes map area, California. Backscatter data are provided as separate...

  11. Geology and geomorphology--Offshore of Point Reyes Map Map Area, California

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This part of DS 781 presents data for the geologic and geomorphic map of the Offshore of Point Reyes map area, California. The vector data file is included in...

  12. BackscatterB [Swath]--Offshore of Salt Point Map Area, California

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This part of DS 781 presents data for the acoustic-backscatter map of the Offshore of Salt Point map area, California. Backscatter data are provided as separate...

  13. Geology and geomorphology--Offshore of Tomales Point Map Area, California

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This part of DS 781 presents data for the geologic and geomorphic map of the Offshore of Tomales Point map area, California. The vector data file is included in...

  14. Geology and geomorphology--Offshore of Salt Point Map Area, California

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This part of DS 781 presents data for the geologic and geomorphic map of the Offshore of Salt Point map area, California. The vector data file is included in...

  15. BackscatterB [Swath]--Offshore of Point Reyes Map Map Area, California

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This part of DS 781 presents data for the acoustic-backscatter map of the Offshore of Point Reyes map area, California. Backscatter data are provided as separate...

  16. BackscatterC [7125]--Offshore of Salt Point Map Area, California

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This part of DS 781 presents data for the acoustic-backscatter map of the Offshore of Salt Point map area, California. Backscatter data are provided as separate...

  17. Address Points - COUNTY_ADDRESS_POINTS_IDHS_IN: Address Points Maintained by County Agencies in Indiana (Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Point Shapefile)

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — COUNTY_ADDRESS_POINTS_IDHS_IN is a point shapefile that contains address points maintained by county agencies in Indiana, provided by personnel of Indiana Department...

  18. Understanding the Effectiveness of Rubrics from the Students' Point of View

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    Soiferman, L. Karen

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of the study was to gain an understanding of how students viewed the marking rubrics that they were expected to follow in the course ARTS 1110 Introduction to University. The research questions were "Can first-year students taking the Arts 1110 Introduction to University course articulate their understanding of the marking rubric?…

  19. A radiation belt disturbance study from the space weather point of view

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    Rochel, S.; Boscher, D.; Benacquista, R.; Roussel, J. F.

    2016-11-01

    The radiation belts are a key region located close to the Earth, where the satellites travel. They are located in the centre of the magnetosphere and constitute a region sensitive to the variations of magnetosphere activity. The magnetosphere is in equilibrium in the solar wind. If the solar wind parameters change, then, the magnetospheric balance is upset. Using several processes, particles and energy from the solar wind can enter it, disturbing the magnetosphere and the radiation belts. In this paper, the am index has been used to define a new parameter named Cm, which is indicative of the energy level in the magnetosphere. The impact of CIRs (Corotating Interaction region) and of CMEs (Coronal Mass Ejection) on the magnetosphere has been studied from the Cm point of view, as well as the reaction of the radiation belts to a solar wind disturbance. The results show that the Cm parameter provides a new perspective in space weather studies as it clearly shows that the energy level can be higher for a CIR than for a CME. It also demonstrates that the events with several solar wind structures are much more effective to increase the energy level in the magnetosphere than single ones. Finally, Cm correlates better with the radiation belts fluxes, showing again that Cm is a good indicator of the inner magnetosphere activity. Nevertheless, the energy level in the radiation belts is maximised and the energy level in this population cannot go above a given value which depends on the altitude. The particles coming from the plasmasheet also push the particles from the highest altitudes to the lower ones, allowing the slot filling for Cm> .

  20. Understanding the health care business model: the financial analysts' point of view.

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    Bukh, Per Nikolaj; Nielsen, Christian

    2010-01-01

    This study focuses on how financial analysts understand the strategy of a health care company and which elements, from such a strategy perspective, they perceive as constituting the cornerstone of a health care company's business model. The empirical part of this study is based on semi-structured interviews with analysts following a large health care company listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange. The authors analyse how the financial analysts view strategy and value creation within the framework of a business model. Further, the authors analyze whether the characteristics emerging from a comprehensive literature review are reflected in the financial analysts' perceptions of which information is decision-relevant and important to communicate to the financial markets. Among the conclusions of the study is the importance of distinguishing between the health care companies' business model and the model by which the payment of revenues are allocated between end users and reimbursing organizations.

  1. Orientation of Airborne Laser Scanning Point Clouds with Multi-View, Multi-Scale Image Blocks

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    Henrik Haggrén

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Comprehensive 3D modeling of our environment requires integration of terrestrial and airborne data, which is collected, preferably, using laser scanning and photogrammetric methods. However, integration of these multi-source data requires accurate relative orientations. In this article, two methods for solving relative orientation problems are presented. The first method includes registration by minimizing the distances between of an airborne laser point cloud and a 3D model. The 3D model was derived from photogrammetric measurements and terrestrial laser scanning points. The first method was used as a reference and for validation. Having completed registration in the object space, the relative orientation between images and laser point cloud is known. The second method utilizes an interactive orientation method between a multi-scale image block and a laser point cloud. The multi-scale image block includes both aerial and terrestrial images. Experiments with the multi-scale image block revealed that the accuracy of a relative orientation increased when more images were included in the block. The orientations of the first and second methods were compared. The comparison showed that correct rotations were the most difficult to detect accurately by using the interactive method. Because the interactive method forces laser scanning data to fit with the images, inaccurate rotations cause corresponding shifts to image positions. However, in a test case, in which the orientation differences included only shifts, the interactive method could solve the relative orientation of an aerial image and airborne laser scanning data repeatedly within a couple of centimeters.

  2. Area law for fixed points of rapidly mixing dissipative quantum systems

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    Brandão, Fernando G. S. L. [Quantum Architectures and Computation Group, Microsoft Research, Redmond, Washington 98052 (United States); Department of Computer Science, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT (United Kingdom); Cubitt, Toby S. [Department of Computer Science, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT (United Kingdom); DAMTP, University of Cambridge, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Lucia, Angelo, E-mail: anlucia@ucm.es [Departamento de Análisis Matemático, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid (Spain); Michalakis, Spyridon [Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, Caltech, California 91125 (United States); Perez-Garcia, David [Departamento de Análisis Matemático, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid (Spain); IMI, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid (Spain); ICMAT, C/Nicolás Cabrera, Campus de Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2015-10-15

    We prove an area law with a logarithmic correction for the mutual information for fixed points of local dissipative quantum system satisfying a rapid mixing condition, under either of the following assumptions: the fixed point is pure or the system is frustration free.

  3. Science and Scientific Curiosity in Pre-school—The teacher's point of view

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    Spektor-Levy, Ornit; Kesner Baruch, Yael; Mevarech, Zemira

    2013-09-01

    Nowadays, early science education is well-accepted by researchers, education professionals and policy makers. Overall, teachers' attitudes and conceptions toward the science subject domain and science education influence their ways of teaching and engagement. However, there is a lack of research regarding factors that affect this engagement in pre-school years. The main assumption of this study is that teachers' attitudes regarding science in pre-school can shape children's engagement in science and develop their scientific curiosity. Therefore, the main objectives of this study are to investigate the attitudes of pre-school teachers toward engaging in science and to explore their views about the nature of curiosity: who is a curious child and how can a child's natural curiosity be fostered? An extensive survey was conducted among 146 pre-school teachers by employing both qualitative and quantitative approaches. Results indicate that most of the participants believe that scientific education should begin in early childhood; very young children can investigate and take part in a process of inquiry; and scientific activities in pre-school can influence children's long-term attitudes toward science. Despite these views, most participants felt they did not possess sufficient scientific knowledge. Furthermore, participants expressed diverse opinions when asked to identify what constitutes curiosity, how the curious child can be identified and how a child's curiosity can be fostered. The research findings carry significant implications regarding how to implement scientific activities in pre-school, and how to encourage pre-school teachers to engage children in scientific activities in a way that will nurture their natural curiosity.

  4. Constructivisms from a genetic point of view: a critical classification of current tendencies.

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    Sánchez, José Carlos; Loredo, José Carlos

    2009-12-01

    In this paper, we propose a critical classification of contemporary constructivist orientations. Our fundamental theoretical reference is the notion of genesis, understood as the construction of reality in a way that is neither relativist nor positivist-realist. We identify a nucleus of classic, genetic constructivism that revolves around the ideas of Baldwin, Piaget and Vygotsky and discuss two tendencies that distort the spirit of that nucleus: objectivism and subjectivism. Objectivism rules out the psychological, constructive activity of the subject, subordinating (or just reducing) it to objective structures either from nature (like genetic endowment or neural functioning), or from culture (like language or social practices). Subjectivism completely detaches the objectivity of knowledge from its construction on the part of the subject, reducing it to the mere product of individual interest, view, or irrationality. Thus, subjectivism is the non-constructive way to conceive the subject. Then, we attempt to show the dialectics that exists between these two tendencies and the scope of our criteria by analysing a representative (non exhaustive) group of authors who are defined as constructivists or who bring important elements to the debate about constructivism.

  5. Breast Imaging in Evaluation of Breast Cancer: Radiologist’s Point of View

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    Nahid Sedighi

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available In every breast imaging, the radiologist confronts these questions:"n1. Finding the lesion"n2. Is the lesion real?"n3. Where the pathology lies"n4. What the lesion is "n5. What should be done about it?"nThe major objective in breast imaging is the detection of breast cancers at a small size and early stage in an effort to reduce mortality."nSome conditions limit evaluation of breast cancer imaging."nWhen additional mammographic views or ultrasound are unable to triangulate the location of a lesion, computed tomography can be very helpful for locating lesions three dimensionally. MRI with and without contrast is the other modality for evaluation of problematic cases or ambiguous findings in other modalities."nImplants present a problem for breast imaging in that they may prevent optimal visualization of the tissues."nA focal asymmetric density may merely represent an island of breast tissue. DCIS, with or without calcification, and metastatic axillary lymph nodes in a normal mammogram are some of the problematic cases of breast cancer."nThis presentation is expected to include real cases of breast cancer with the above-mentioned problems or unusual manifestations, which are resolved by a combination of different imaging modalities.    

  6. Defining optimal DEM resolutions and point densities for modelling hydrologically sensitive areas in agricultural catchments dominated by microtopography

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    Thomas, I. A.; Jordan, P.; Shine, O.; Fenton, O.; Mellander, P.-E.; Dunlop, P.; Murphy, P. N. C.

    2017-02-01

    Defining critical source areas (CSAs) of diffuse pollution in agricultural catchments depends upon the accurate delineation of hydrologically sensitive areas (HSAs) at highest risk of generating surface runoff pathways. In topographically complex landscapes, this delineation is constrained by digital elevation model (DEM) resolution and the influence of microtopographic features. To address this, optimal DEM resolutions and point densities for spatially modelling HSAs were investigated, for onward use in delineating CSAs. The surface runoff framework was modelled using the Topographic Wetness Index (TWI) and maps were derived from 0.25 m LiDAR DEMs (40 bare-earth points m-2), resampled 1 m and 2 m LiDAR DEMs, and a radar generated 5 m DEM. Furthermore, the resampled 1 m and 2 m LiDAR DEMs were regenerated with reduced bare-earth point densities (5, 2, 1, 0.5, 0.25 and 0.125 points m-2) to analyse effects on elevation accuracy and important microtopographic features. Results were compared to surface runoff field observations in two 10 km2 agricultural catchments for evaluation. Analysis showed that the accuracy of modelled HSAs using different thresholds (5%, 10% and 15% of the catchment area with the highest TWI values) was much higher using LiDAR data compared to the 5 m DEM (70-100% and 10-84%, respectively). This was attributed to the DEM capturing microtopographic features such as hedgerow banks, roads, tramlines and open agricultural drains, which acted as topographic barriers or channels that diverted runoff away from the hillslope scale flow direction. Furthermore, the identification of 'breakthrough' and 'delivery' points along runoff pathways where runoff and mobilised pollutants could be potentially transported between fields or delivered to the drainage channel network was much higher using LiDAR data compared to the 5 m DEM (75-100% and 0-100%, respectively). Optimal DEM resolutions of 1-2 m were identified for modelling HSAs, which balanced the need

  7. Evaluation of stochastic algorithms for financial mathematics problems from point of view of energy-efficiency

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    Atanassov, E.; Dimitrov, D., E-mail: d.slavov@bas.bg, E-mail: emanouil@parallel.bas.bg, E-mail: gurov@bas.bg; Gurov, T. [Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, BAS, Acad. G. Bonchev str., bl. 25A, 1113 Sofia (Bulgaria)

    2015-10-28

    The recent developments in the area of high-performance computing are driven not only by the desire for ever higher performance but also by the rising costs of electricity. The use of various types of accelerators like GPUs, Intel Xeon Phi has become mainstream and many algorithms and applications have been ported to make use of them where available. In Financial Mathematics the question of optimal use of computational resources should also take into account the limitations on space, because in many use cases the servers are deployed close to the exchanges. In this work we evaluate various algorithms for option pricing that we have implemented for different target architectures in terms of their energy and space efficiency. Since it has been established that low-discrepancy sequences may be better than pseudorandom numbers for these types of algorithms, we also test the Sobol and Halton sequences. We present the raw results, the computed metrics and conclusions from our tests.

  8. Re-Reconsidering Research on Learning from Media: Comments on Richard E. Clark's "Point of View" Column on Serious Games

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    Parker, J. R.; Becker, Katrin; Sawyer, Ben

    2008-01-01

    Everything old is new again. In a recent "Point of View" editorial commentary in "Educational Technology," Richard E. Clark revisits the now-famous media-effects debate with a focus on serious games. Clark argues that serious games have little to offer that improves upon traditional methods. This article responds to those claims. While Clark's…

  9. Effect of viewing distance on 3D fatigue caused by viewing mobile 3D content

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    Mun, Sungchul; Lee, Dong-Su; Park, Min-Chul; Yano, Sumio

    2013-05-01

    With an advent of autostereoscopic display technique and increased needs for smart phones, there has been a significant growth in mobile TV markets. The rapid growth in technical, economical, and social aspects has encouraged 3D TV manufacturers to apply 3D rendering technology to mobile devices so that people have more opportunities to come into contact with many 3D content anytime and anywhere. Even if the mobile 3D technology leads to the current market growth, there is an important thing to consider for consistent development and growth in the display market. To put it briefly, human factors linked to mobile 3D viewing should be taken into consideration before developing mobile 3D technology. Many studies have investigated whether mobile 3D viewing causes undesirable biomedical effects such as motion sickness and visual fatigue, but few have examined main factors adversely affecting human health. Viewing distance is considered one of the main factors to establish optimized viewing environments from a viewer's point of view. Thus, in an effort to determine human-friendly viewing environments, this study aims to investigate the effect of viewing distance on human visual system when exposing to mobile 3D environments. Recording and analyzing brainwaves before and after watching mobile 3D content, we explore how viewing distance affects viewing experience from physiological and psychological perspectives. Results obtained in this study are expected to provide viewing guidelines for viewers, help ensure viewers against undesirable 3D effects, and lead to make gradual progress towards a human-friendly mobile 3D viewing.

  10. An analysis of seismic risk from a tourism point of view.

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    Mäntyniemi, Päivi

    2012-07-01

    Global awareness of natural calamities increased after the destructive Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004, largely because many foreigners lost their lives, especially in Thailand. This paper explores how best to communicate the seismic risk posed by different travel destinations to crisis management personnel in tourists' home countries. The analysis of seismic risk should be straightforward enough for non-specialists, yet powerful enough to identify the travel destinations that are most at risk. The output for each location is a point in 3D space composed of the natural and built-up environment and local tourism. The tourism-specific factors can be tailored according to the tourists' nationality. The necessary information can be collected from various directories and statistics, much of it available over the Internet. The output helps to illustrate the overall seismic risk conditions of different travel destinations, allows for comparison across destinations, and identifies the places that are most at risk.

  11. Modification of QUICK scheme by skew points

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    Mirzaei, M.; Mohammadi, R.; Malekzadeh, M. [K.N. Toosi Univ. of Technology, Aerospace Engineering Dept., Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)]. E-mail: Mirzaei@kntu.ac.ir

    2005-07-01

    This paper presents a new method for convective flux approximation based on inclusions of skew points. The scheme uses the truncated terms of QUICK scheme and with the aid of an equation extracted from momentum equations, the skew points will appear in the convective flux formula. The results show that the presented scheme has better accuracy than the other schemes. Diffusion fluxes are approximated using power law scheme and for evaluation of the performance of the presented method several test cases were carried out and the results are compared with the results of other numerical works and experimental data. (author)

  12. Virtual-reality distraction and cold-pressor pain tolerance: does avatar point of view matter?

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    Dahlquist, Lynnda M; Herbert, Linda J; Weiss, Karen E; Jimeno, Monica

    2010-10-01

    This study tested the effects of distraction using virtual-reality (VR) technology on acute pain tolerance in young adults. Forty-one undergraduate students, aged 18-23 years, used a VR head-mounted display helmet, steering wheel, and foot pedal to play an auto racing video game while undergoing exposure to very cold water (cold pressor set at 1 °C). Two different game views were tested that were hypothesized to affect the degree to which participants felt "present" in the virtual environment: a first-person view, in which the participant saw the virtual environment through the eyes of the game character being manipulated; and a third-person view, in which the participant viewed the game character from a distance. The length of time participants tolerated the cold-water exposure (pain tolerance) under each distraction condition was compared to a baseline (no distraction) trial. Subjects also rated the degree to which they felt "present" in the virtual environment after each distraction trial. Results demonstrated that participants had significantly higher pain tolerance during both VR-distraction conditions relative to baseline (no distraction) trials. Although participants reported a greater sense of presence during the first-person condition than the third-person condition, pain-tolerance scores associated with the two distraction conditions did not differ. The types of VR applications in which presence may be more or less important are discussed.

  13. Public Access Points, Our current file was compiled from our parcel mapping & locating on records & maps, areas of public access. Areas have been reviewed by the DNR, Published in 2011, Not Applicable scale, Chippewa County.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Public Access Points dataset, published at Not Applicable scale, was produced all or in part from Field Survey/GPS information as of 2011. It is described as...

  14. The Bloch-vector space for N-level systems -- the spherical-coordinate point of view --

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    Kimura, G

    2003-01-01

    The Bloch-vector spaces for $N$-level systems are investigated from the spherical-coordinate point of view. We find that the maximum radius in each direction, which is due to the construction of the Bloch-vector space, is determined by the minimum eigenvalue of the corresponding observable (generator of SU(N)). As one of the applications of this, we reveal the dual properties of the structure of the Bloch-vector space; if one of the direction of the Bloch vector reaches the large ball (pure state), the opposite direction can only reach the small ball, and vice versa. This also leads us to the new representation of quantum states which generalize the Bloch vector.

  15. Sediment Surface Areas, Organic Content, and Metal Fractionation of Point Mugu Sediments

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    Becerra, C. A.; Wong, N.; Khachikian, C. S.

    2002-12-01

    Point Mugu contains one of the largest coastal wetlands ecosystems in California, which includes a Naval Air station, several sewage oxidation ponds and a partly dredged lagoon. Remediation efforts include investigating the feasibility of using the present sewage pond sludge to restore a dredged area in the lagoon. A problem with this approach is the potential release and subsequent environmental impact of the toxic substances from the sludge. Contaminants may become unavailable once sorbed onto particles. In general, this process is a direct function of surface area and organic carbon sorbed onto the sediment. The goal of the current investigation is to provide insight into the biological availability of a suite of metal contaminants in Pt. Mugu marsh sediments by studying changes in the physical and chemical properties of the sediments at horizontal and vertical spatial scales. The surface area and organic carbon for eight cores were measured as well as the first three sequential extraction of a host of metals. We have found that a direct correlation exists between surface area and the organic content of sediments as a function of depth. Surface area and the amount of organic carbon decreases with depth, which could result in higher availability of metals with increasing depth into the sediments.

  16. [Demented patients' rights in institutions--the relatives' point of view].

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    Teeri, S; Välimäki, M; Katajisto, J

    1998-01-01

    The aim of this study was to describe the views of demented patients' relatives concerning the fulfillment of patients' rights in institutions. The Act on Patients' Rights and Status of March 1st, 1993, served as the basis for this study. Of the Act, the patients' rights to good care and treatment, to information and to self-determination were discussed. The data were collected from six medical wards for long-term patients at a hospital and from an old people's home by using a questionnaire. Ninety relatives of demented patients participated in the study, the response rate being 60%. The data were analyzed statistically. The relatives stated that the right to good care and treatment was realized best. The right to information was fulfilled quite well according to the respondents. The fact that the staff would not give information on their own initiative was regarded as lack of information. The right to self-determination was realized most poorly; 44% of the respondents could not say whether their relatives were able to affect the care with their opinions and wishes, and 59% could not answer whether the patient could reject the care. On the contrary, the respondents preferred their own right to influence decision-making concerning the care. Pensioners who answered the inquiry were more satisfied with the fulfillment of the patients' rights than others when the three rights were discussed. However, children as relatives were more dissatisfied than other relatives with the fulfillment of the right to information and self-determination.

  17. A multi-scale point of view on the structure-property relationships of A15 superconductors

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    Yanlong Ding; Min Pan; Shuiquan Deng; Yong Zhao

    2014-01-01

    Nb3Sn and other A15 members have been widely applied in nuclear power, nuclear magnetic reso-nance, and high-energy particle accelerators for their high critical current density (Jc) and upper critical field (Bc2). There have been comprehensive and intensive studies on the applications, the fundamental lattice dynamic and electronic properties, etc., of A15 superconductors. Various reviews on the preparations, structures, and properties have already been written in the last few years. Nevertheless, on account of the large amount of existing facts and views, a coherent view on the relations between the structures and properties has not appeared to unify the facts. This article sketches a multi-scale point of view on the relations between the multi-scale structures and the corresponding properties.

  18. Considerations on private human access to space from an institutional point of view

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    Hufenbach, Bernhard

    2013-12-01

    Private human access to space as discussed in this article addresses two market segments: suborbital flight and crew flights to Low Earth Orbit. The role of entrepreneurs, the technical complexity, the customers, the market conditions as well as the time to market in these two segments differ significantly. Space agencies take currently a very different approach towards private human access to space in both segments. Analysing the outcome of broader inter-agency deliberations on the future of human spaceflight and exploration, performed e.g. in the framework of the International Space Exploration Coordination Group, enables to derive some common general views on this topic. Various documents developed by inter-agency working groups recognise the general strategic importance for enabling private human access to space for ensuring a sustainable future of human spaceflight, although the specific definition of private human access and approaches vary. ESA has performed some reflections on this subject throughout the last 5 years. While it gained through these reflections a good understanding on the opportunities and implications resulting from the development of capabilities and markets for Private Human Access, limited concrete activities have been initiated in relation to this topic as of today.

  19. Target Audience of Live Opera Transmissions to Cinema Theatres from the Marketing Point of View

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    Radek Tahal

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Opera has a famous history and even the present-day repertoire in opera houses mostly consists of classical and well-known works. Marketers are trying to find new ways that would enable opera lovers all over the world to enjoy top quality performances. One of the most successful models is real-time transmissions of operas to geographically remote cinemas. Cinemas from all around the world participate in the project. In this paper, the authors analyze the spectators´ profile and point out differences between North America and the Czech Republic, focusing on transmissions of performances by the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The authors submit a detailed analysis of the socio-demographic characteristics of the spectators and the attendance frequency. Special attention is paid to the marketing profile of Czech spectators, based on primary data gathered in the research. The paper is a combination of research report and business case study. The study reveals that female visitors prevail. Elderly people are also represented in high percentages. The spectators are characterized by refined taste in their lifestyles and familiarity with modern technology.

  20. Problems, challenges and future of plant disease management:from an ecological point of view

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    HE Dun-chun; ZHAN Jia-sui; XIE Lian-hui

    2016-01-01

    Plant disease management faces ever-growing chalenges due to: (i) increasing demands for total, safe and diverse foods to support the booming global population and its improving living standards; (i) reducing production potential in agriculture due to competition for land in fertile areas and exhaustion of marginal arable lands; (ii) deteriorating ecology of agro-ecosystems and depletion of natural resources; and (iv) increased risk of disease epidemics resulting from agricultural intensiifcation and monocultures. Future plant disease management should aim to strengthen food security for a stable society while simultaneously safeguarding the health of associated ecosystems and reducing dependency on natural resources. To achieve these multiple functionalities, sustainable plant disease management should place emphases on rational adaptation of resistance, avoidance, elimination and remediation strategies individualy and colectively, guided by traits of speciifc host-pathogen associations using evolutionary ecology principles to create environmental (biotic and abiotic) conditions favorable for host growth and development while adverse to pathogen reproduction and evolution.

  1. Robust seasonal cycle of Arctic sea ice area through tipping point in amplitude

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    Ditlevsen, Peter D

    2012-01-01

    The variation in the Arctic sea ice is dominated by the seasonal cycle with little inter-annual correlation. Though the mean sea ice area has decreased steadily in the period of satellite observations, a dramatic transition in the dynamics was initiated with the record low September ice area in 2007. The change is much more pronounced in the amplitude of the seasonal cycle than in the annual mean ice area. The shape of the seasonal cycle is surprisingly constant for the whole observational record despite the general decline. A simple explanation, independent of the increased greenhouse warming, for the shape of the seasonal cycle is offered. Thus the dramatic climate change in arctic ice area is seen in the amplitude of the cycle and to a lesser extend the annual mean and the summer ice extend. The reason why the climate change is most pronounced in the amplitude is related to the rapid reduction in perennial ice and thus a thinning of the ice. The analysis shows that a tipping point for the arctic ice area w...

  2. On a new fixed point of the renormalization group operator for area-preserving maps

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    Fuchss, K. [Department of Physics and Institute for Fusion Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712 (United States); Wurm, A. [Department of Physical and Biological Sciences, Western New England College, Springfield, MA 01119 (United States); Morrison, P.J. [Department of Physics and Institute for Fusion Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712 (United States)]. E-mail: morrison@physics.utexas.edu

    2007-07-02

    The breakup of the shearless invariant torus with winding number {omega}=2-1 is studied numerically using Greene's residue criterion in the standard nontwist map. The residue behavior and parameter scaling at the breakup suggests the existence of a new fixed point of the renormalization group operator (RGO) for area-preserving maps. The unstable eigenvalues of the RGO at this fixed point and the critical scaling exponents of the torus at breakup are computed.

  3. The repulsive nature of naked singularities from the point of view of quantum mechanics

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    Batic, D.; Chin, D. [University of West Indies, Department of Mathematics, Kingston 6 (Jamaica); Nowakowski, M. [Universidad de los Andes, Departamento de Fisica, Cra. 1E No. 18A-10, Bogota (Colombia)

    2011-04-15

    We use the Dirac equation coupled to a background metric to examine what happens to quantum-mechanical observables like the probability density and the radial current in the vicinity of a naked singularity of the Reissner-Nordstroem type. We find that the wave function of the Dirac particle is regular in the point of the singularity. We show that the probability density is exactly zero at the singularity reflecting quantum-mechanically the repulsive nature of the naked singularity. Furthermore, the surface integral of the radial current over a sphere in the vicinity of the naked singularity turns out to be also zero. (orig.)

  4. Exploring Rural Area Teachers Perception of an Interactive PowerPoint

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    Yuh-Tyng Chen

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to construct a cost-effective and time-efficient presentation tool-an interactive PowerPoint for rural school teachers, the interactive PowerPoint, by integrating multimedia and modularity concepts into the PowerPoint. In this study, the interactive PowerPoint was designed for rural school teachers who had encountered the shortage of educational sources. An empirical study was conducted to examine the effects of teachers cognitive attitude of learning. The result...

  5. Cross-modal plasticity in sensory deprived animal models: From the thalamocortical development point of view.

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    Mezzera, Cecilia; López-Bendito, Guillermina

    2016-09-01

    Over recent decades, our understanding of the plasticity of the central nervous system has expanded enormously. Accordingly, it is now widely accepted that the brain can adapt to changes by reorganizing its circuitry, both in response to external stimuli and experience, as well as through intrinsic mechanisms. A clear example of this is the activation of a deprived sensory area and the expansion of spared sensory cortical regions in individuals who suffered peripheral sensory loss. Despite the efforts to understand these neuroplastic changes, the mechanisms underlying such adaptive remodeling remains poorly understood. Progress in understanding these events may be hindered by the highly varied data obtained from the distinct experimental paradigms analyzed, which include different animal models and neuronal systems, as well as studies into the onset of sensory loss. Here, we will establish the current state-of-the-art describing the principal observations made according to the time of sensory deprivation with respect to the development of the thalamocortical connectivity. We will review the experimental data obtained from animal models where sensory deprivation has been induced either before or after thalamocortical axons reach and invade their target cortical areas. The anatomical and functional effects of sensory loss on the primary sensory areas of the cortex will be presented. Indeed, we consider that the comparative approach of this review is a necessary step in order to help deciphering the processes that underlie sensory neuroplasticity, for which studies in animal models have been indispensable. Understanding these mechanisms will then help to develop restorative strategies and prostheses that will overcome the functional loss.

  6. Measurements on pointing error and field of view of Cimel-318 Sun photometers in the scope of AERONET

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    B. Torres

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Sensitivity studies indicate that among the diverse error sources of ground-based sky radiometer observations, the pointing error plays an important role in the correct retrieval of aerosol properties. The accurate pointing is specially critical for the characterization of desert dust aerosol. The present work relies on the analysis of two new measurement procedures (cross and matrix specifically designed for the evaluation of the pointing error in the standard instrument of the Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET, the Cimel CE-318 Sun photometer. The first part of the analysis contains a preliminary study whose results conclude on the need of a Sun movement correction for an accurate evaluation of the pointing error from both new measurements. Once this correction is applied, both measurements show equivalent results with differences under 0.01° in the pointing error estimations. The second part of the analysis includes the incorporation of the cross procedure in the AERONET routine measurement protocol in order to monitor the pointing error in field instruments. The pointing error was evaluated using the data collected for more than a year, in 7 Sun photometers belonging to AERONET sites. The registered pointing error values were generally smaller than 0.1°, though in some instruments values up to 0.3° have been observed. Moreover, the pointing error analysis shows that this measurement can be useful to detect mechanical problems in the robots or dirtiness in the 4-quadrant detector used to track the Sun. Specifically, these mechanical faults can be detected due to the stable behavior of the values over time and vs. the solar zenith angle. Finally, the matrix procedure can be used to derive the value of the solid view angle of the instruments. The methodology has been implemented and applied for the characterization of 5 Sun photometers. To validate the method, a comparison with solid angles obtained from the vicarious calibration method was

  7. The Casimir Effect from the Point of View of Algebraic Quantum Field Theory

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    Dappiaggi, Claudio; Nosari, Gabriele; Pinamonti, Nicola

    2016-06-01

    We consider a region of Minkowski spacetime bounded either by one or by two parallel, infinitely extended plates orthogonal to a spatial direction and a real Klein-Gordon field satisfying Dirichlet boundary conditions. We quantize these two systems within the algebraic approach to quantum field theory using the so-called functional formalism. As a first step we construct a suitable unital ∗-algebra of observables whose generating functionals are characterized by a labelling space which is at the same time optimal and separating and fulfils the F-locality property. Subsequently we give a definition for these systems of Hadamard states and we investigate explicit examples. In the case of a single plate, it turns out that one can build algebraic states via a pull-back of those on the whole Minkowski spacetime, moreover inheriting from them the Hadamard property. When we consider instead two plates, algebraic states can be put in correspondence with those on flat spacetime via the so-called method of images, which we translate to the algebraic setting. For a massless scalar field we show that this procedure works perfectly for a large class of quasi-free states including the Poincaré vacuum and KMS states. Eventually Wick polynomials are introduced. Contrary to the Minkowski case, the extended algebras, built in globally hyperbolic subregions can be collected in a global counterpart only after a suitable deformation which is expressed locally in terms of a *-isomorphism. As a last step, we construct explicitly the two-point function and the regularized energy density, showing, moreover, that the outcome is consistent with the standard results of the Casimir effect.

  8. Globalisation from the point of view of a large company; Globalisierung aus Sicht eines Grossunternehmers

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    Beermann, W. [Gesamtverband des Deutsches Steinkohlenbergbaus, Essen (Germany)

    2005-09-01

    The current RAG has undergone a fundamental change over the last four decades. Originally formed as a mining group, global but also national effects repeatedly necessitated reorientation of the company until it became the global chemical and energy group in its present form to ensure a permanent future. The fact that its original roots were not forgotten could prove to be a lucky chance in view of the current - again global - trends on the energy raw material markets with regard to the security of the power supply and the supply of indigenous steel production with coking coal and not least of all with regard to the export opportunities for the highly developed mining and power generation technologies. (orig.)

  9. Clowning in Health Care Settings: The Point of View of Adults

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    Alberto Dionigi

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Within the past decade, there has been a surge of interest in investigating the effects of clown intervention in a large variety of clinical settings. Many studies have focused on the effects of clown intervention on children. However, few studies have investigated clowning effects on adults. This paper presents an overview of the concept of medical clowning followed by a literature review conducted on the empirical studies drawn from three data bases (PubMed, PsycINFO, and Google Scholar, with the aim of mapping and discussing the evidence of clowning effects on non-children, namely adults. The following areas were investigated: Adult and elderly patients (mainly those with dementia, observers of clowning, namely non-hospitalized adults who are at the hospital as relatives of patients or health-care staff, and finally clowns themselves. The main results are that 1 clown intervention induces positive emotions, thereby enhancing the patient’s well-being, reduces psychological symptoms and emotional reactivity, and prompts a decrease in negative emotions, such as anxiety and stress; 2 clown doctors are also well-perceived by relatives and healthcare staff and their presence appears to be useful in creating a lighter atmosphere in the health setting; 3 few pilot studies have been conducted on clown doctors and this lacuna represents a subject for future research.

  10. Clowning in Health Care Settings: The Point of View of Adults.

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    Dionigi, Alberto; Canestrari, Carla

    2016-08-01

    Within the past decade, there has been a surge of interest in investigating the effects of clown intervention in a large variety of clinical settings. Many studies have focused on the effects of clown intervention on children. However, few studies have investigated clowning effects on adults. This paper presents an overview of the concept of medical clowning followed by a literature review conducted on the empirical studies drawn from three data bases (PubMed, PsycINFO, and Google Scholar), with the aim of mapping and discussing the evidence of clowning effects on non-children, namely adults. The following areas were investigated: Adult and elderly patients (mainly those with dementia), observers of clowning, namely non-hospitalized adults who are at the hospital as relatives of patients or health-care staff, and finally clowns themselves. The main results are that 1) clown intervention induces positive emotions, thereby enhancing the patient's well-being, reduces psychological symptoms and emotional reactivity, and prompts a decrease in negative emotions, such as anxiety and stress; 2) clown doctors are also well-perceived by relatives and healthcare staff and their presence appears to be useful in creating a lighter atmosphere in the health setting; 3) few pilot studies have been conducted on clown doctors and this lacuna represents a subject for future research.

  11. Clowning in Health Care Settings: The Point of View of Adults

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    Dionigi, Alberto; Canestrari, Carla

    2016-01-01

    Within the past decade, there has been a surge of interest in investigating the effects of clown intervention in a large variety of clinical settings. Many studies have focused on the effects of clown intervention on children. However, few studies have investigated clowning effects on adults. This paper presents an overview of the concept of medical clowning followed by a literature review conducted on the empirical studies drawn from three data bases (PubMed, PsycINFO, and Google Scholar), with the aim of mapping and discussing the evidence of clowning effects on non-children, namely adults. The following areas were investigated: Adult and elderly patients (mainly those with dementia), observers of clowning, namely non-hospitalized adults who are at the hospital as relatives of patients or health-care staff, and finally clowns themselves. The main results are that 1) clown intervention induces positive emotions, thereby enhancing the patient’s well-being, reduces psychological symptoms and emotional reactivity, and prompts a decrease in negative emotions, such as anxiety and stress; 2) clown doctors are also well-perceived by relatives and healthcare staff and their presence appears to be useful in creating a lighter atmosphere in the health setting; 3) few pilot studies have been conducted on clown doctors and this lacuna represents a subject for future research. PMID:27547261

  12. The point of view of a heat exchangers manufacturer; Le point de vue d`un fabricant d`echangeurs

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    Bailly, A.; Jurkowski, R.; Meziani, M.

    1996-12-31

    This paper reports on a comparative study of the thermal performances of a RKM 200 refrigerating machinery tested with the R22, R134a, R404A and R407C refrigerants. The aim of this study was to compare the thermal performances of new fluids in identical functioning conditions and to analyze the behaviour of the two-phase exchange coefficient with respect to the mass velocity and to the heat flux. (J.S.)

  13. BENEFICIARIES VIEW POINT AND FACTORS INFLUENCING IN DUCED ABORTIONS IN A RURAL COMMUNITY OF WEST BENGAL.

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    Debabrata

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Study of induced abortion in India by considering t he complete birth history of women is lacking. Induced abortion is associated wi th high mortality and morbidity in India. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of the study were to find out the In duced abortions ratio and to identify certain characteristics like perception, hea lth care seeking behavior and the motivational factors for such an act. METHODS: An exploratory type of investigation (a retrospective case series study was carried out amo ng 46 acceptors of induced abortion in a rural community of west Bengal, between September, 1 1 to February 12. RESULTS: The ratio of induced abortions was 20.62 per year per 1000 women o f reproductive age group. 89% belongs to Hindu and 93% of them were married. Unplanned preg nancy (43.47% and financial problem (21.73 % were the main reasons for acceptance of in duced abortions. About 71 % of induced abortions were carried out by qualified person in h ospital set up. CONCLUSION: Eventually induced abortions are increasing universally and se veral traditional methods are also found to be life threatening. So exploration of induced abort ions is important aspect and explores the point for entry of further research.

  14. Recent Advances in Optimal Design of Structures from a Reliability Point of View

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    Thoft-Christensen, Palle; Sørensen, John Dalsgaard

    1987-01-01

    Structural optimisation and structural reliability theory are considered. Both of these areas have developed during the last two decades from being of purely theoretical interest to areas useful in practical design. The main elements of structural reliability theory are described in the second......-Christensen and Baker[4] and Madsen et al.[5]. Next a heuristic method, the so-called ß-unzipping method[6] is mentioned. This method can be used to estimate the reliability of a structural system if some modelling assumptions are fulfilled. In the third section some elements of structural optimisation theory...

  15. CO-AUTHORING SCIENTIFIC PAPERS IN MANAGEMENT: INTERNATIONAL ACADEMICS’ POINTS OF VIEW

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    Manuel Aníbal Silva Portugal Vasconcelos Ferreira

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Responding to institutional pressure to publish more papers, and in respected journals, management academics are seeking to increase their productivity by establishing co-authoring ties that speed up the process, from the initial stages of defining the research question to publication in a journal. Understanding the motives, benefits and hazards of co-authorship, especially using the experiences of highly reputed scholars, may help improve the efficiency and quality of research efforts. In this paper, we examine the responses to six questions sent to thirteen prolific international researchers, by email. In essence, we sought to understand such aspects as: the origins of co-authoring ties, the importance of having co-authors, the pitfalls of and methods for coordinating co-authorships, and what constitutes a contribution that warrants co-authorship. Results show that (1 international researchers evaluate their co-authorships positively, (2 many co-authorships emerge from prior supervision or personal proximity, more so than ties to the same institution, (3 the ordering of names is defined a priori and managed actively, (4 the benefits sought after are mainly specialization and complementary competences, (5 co-authorship is given based on actual contribution, albeit there are many forms of contribution, and (6 the pressure to publish, and an increasing difficulty of publishing in the top journals are the drivers of co-authorship. The analyses point to important insights for young Brazilian scholars.

  16. The point of view of thermal equipment users; Le point de vue des gestionnaires d`equipements thermiques

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    Barroyer, P. [Compagnie Generale de Chauffe, 59 - Saint Andre Lez Lille (France)

    1997-12-31

    The influence of new pollution regulations in France on the operation of thermal equipment for central heating systems or industrial heat process systems, is examined. The main French regulations concerning air pollution control and energy rational consumption are reviewed, and their effects on the design, equipment, operation and costs of heat plants are discussed: impacts of the decree on upgrading and disposal of fossil fuel ashes, the decree on special protection zone (large cities), the clean air law, the compulsory declaration for classified combustion plants and limit air pollution emission levels

  17. Point by Point: Adding up Motivation

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    Marchionda, Denise

    2010-01-01

    Students often view their course grades as a mysterious equation of teacher-given grades, teacher-given grace, and some other ethereal components based on luck. However, giving students the power to earn points based on numerous daily/weekly assignments and attendance makes the grading process objective and personal, freeing the instructor to…

  18. From a Philosophical point of view, can the Budism Be An Anti-Sacrificial Science?

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    Francisco Felizol Marques

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Both on Buddhist tradition and René Girard´s thought ignorance and desire are on the basis of suffering and violence. The Buddhist tradition puts/takes ignorance, that nothing exists in and by itself, avydia as the cause of all sufferings because it generates a chain of desire / aversion that leads us to an imprisonment where we move from desiring an object to another. Girard´s perspective founds violence´s origin on the ignorance of our mimetic desire. The subject ignores that, far from being free, autonomous and differentiated, as the "romantic lie" prays, he only desires and wants by imitating a model. Neither the subject nor the object, which the subject freely thinks to desire, exist free for themselves. While this model prevails, he will react more and more violently to the claims of the subject; and even if the subject overtakes its model, he will greedily seek another and another model, always doomed to deception. If we add to this the proximity of the two anti-sacrificial perspectives, displayed on the descriptive closeness of the samsara´s wheel and the circular and sacrificial time of a pagan society, we find between Girard and the buddhist tradition enough common points for their mutual understanding.

  19. Unifying diseases from a genetic point of view: the example of the genetic theory of infectious diseases.

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    Darrason, Marie

    2013-08-01

    In the contemporary biomedical literature, every disease is considered genetic. This extension of the concept of genetic disease is usually interpreted either in a trivial or genocentrist sense, but it is never taken seriously as the expression of a genetic theory of disease. However, a group of French researchers defend the idea of a genetic theory of infectious diseases. By identifying four common genetic mechanisms (Mendelian predisposition to multiple infections, Mendelian predisposition to one infection, and major gene and polygenic predispositions), they attempt to unify infectious diseases from a genetic point of view. In this article, I analyze this explicit example of a genetic theory, which relies on mechanisms and is applied only to a specific category of diseases, what we call "a regional genetic theory." I have three aims: to prove that a genetic theory of disease can be devoid of genocentrism, to consider the possibility of a genetic theory applied to every disease, and to introduce two hypotheses about the form that such a genetic theory could take by distinguishing between a genetic theory of diseases and a genetic theory of Disease. Finally, I suggest that network medicine could be an interesting framework for a genetic theory of Disease.

  20. [Theses on critical gerontology from a social science point of view].

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    Köster, D

    2012-10-01

    This contribution formulates several key statements concerning a critical gerontology and is intended as a starting point for further thought and discussion from the perspective of critical social sciences. In terms of scientific theory, it follows a concept of normative universalism, distinguishing itself from a mere "science of order", which would be restricted to social self-observation. The assumptions focus on dealing with the social construct of age(ing) under the conditions of modern capitalist societies and on putting age(ing) into context with neo-liberal economic and social politics. This contribution explains some aspects of restructuring the German welfare state into an "activating state", a process accompanied by the casualisation of many older people's life circumstances. Moreover, some cultural perspectives of self-determined life in old age are demonstrated, which invariably should also be seen as a learning task. In this way, the complex interactions between gerontology and social and political practice in terms of praxeological and critical research are covered in their totality. At the same time, critical gerontology is oriented towards what is humanly possible and attempts to identify restrictions to a fulfilling life in old age and to suggest perspectives of how such restrictions can be overcome. The aim is to reflect on our own professional behaviour, to make it more compatible theoretically with critical scientific discourses on ageing and thus contribute to the emancipation of older people from discourses of dominance.

  1. Neuropathological aspects of conservative treatment of scoliosis. A theoretical view point.

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    Czupryna, Krzysztof; Nowotny-Czupryna, Olga; Nowotny, Janusz

    2012-01-01

    An upright body posture cannot be maintained passively for reasons including a high location of the centre of gravity (COG) and a small support area. Proper alignment of body parts is maintained automatically, tending towards a pattern encoded in the CNS. A particularly important role in posture regulation is played by the short muscles of the back, which respond to being stretched with a contraction. During the early phase of scoliosis, the CNS automatically corrects abnormalities, but over time habituation occurs and the CNS treats them as something normal. Any attempt to restore proper body alignment is treated as an error and CNS automatically restores this abnormal pattern. With a prolonged deviation in body part alignment, CNS treats it as a defect and runs compensatory mechanisms to restore the balance of the body as a whole. Balance is ensured by postural compensation, but this does not restore proper body part alignment. In the treatment of scoliosis, it is important both to slow down progression and to prevent the development of abnormal postural habits, which are part of a vicious circle even without progression. Secondary prevention is therefore needed in all patients. Passive observation limits the possibilities for prevention and contradicts the principle of early implementation of rehabilitation. Depending on the size of the angle of curvature, recommended treatments of scoliosis comprise observation, corset bracing, and surgery. Physiotherapy is often treated as an unconventional and ineffective treatment. Often, the biggest problem is transferring the resulting correction to automatic maintenance of a correct posture in the vertical position. The aim of this paper was to discuss the conservative treatment of scoliosis with regard to difficulties maintaining the correct alignment of the body parts in the vertical position that accompany scoliosis.

  2. Soluble Urokinase Receptors in Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis: A Review on the Scientific Point of View

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    Andreas Kronbichler

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS is one of the primary glomerular disorders in both children and adults which can progress to end-stage renal failure. Although there are genetic and secondary causes, circulating factors have also been regarded as an important factor in the pathogenesis of FSGS, because about 40% of the patients with FSGS have recurrence after renal transplantation. Soluble urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR is a soluble form of uPAR, which is a membrane-bound protein linked to GPI in various immunologically active cells, including podocytes. It has recently been suggested as a potential circulating factor in FSGS by in vitro podocyte experiments, in vivo mice models, and human studies. However, there have also been controversies on this issue, because subsequent studies showed conflicting results. suPAR levels were also increased in patients with other glomerular diseases and were inversely correlated with estimated glomerular filtration rate. Nevertheless, there has been no balanced review on this issue. In this review, we compare the conflicting data on the involvement of suPAR in the pathogenesis of FSGS and shed light on interpretation by taking into account many points and the potential variables and confounders influencing serum suPAR levels.

  3. Approach to Neurometabolic Diseases from a Pediatric Neurological Point of View

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    Parvaneh KARIMZADEH

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available How to Cite This Article: Karimzadeh P. Approach to Neurometabolic Diseases from a Pediatric Neurological Point of View. Iran J Child Neurol. 2015 Winter;9(1: 1-16. AbstractObjectiveNeurometabolic disorders are an important group of diseases that mostly arepresented in newborns and infants.Neurological manifestations are the prominent signs and symptoms in this groupof diseases. Seizures are a common sign and are often refractory to antiepileptic drugs in untreated neurometabolic patients.The onset of symptoms for neurometabolic disorders appears after an interval ofnormal or near normal growth and development.Additionally, affected childrenmay fare well until a catabolic crisis occurs.Patients with neurometabolic disorders during metabolic decompensation havesevere clinical presentation, which include poor feeding, vomiting, lethargy,seizures, and loss of consciousness.This symptom is often fatal but severe neurological insult and regression inneurodevelopmental milestones can result as a prominent sign in patients whosurvived.Acute symptoms should be immediately treated regardless of the cause.A number of patients with neurometabolic disorders respond favorably and, insome instances, dramatically respond to treatment.Early detection and early intervention is invaluable in some patients to preventcatabolism and normal or near normal neurodevelopmental milestones.This paper discusses neurometabolic disorders, approaches to this group ofdiseases (from the view of a pediatric neurologist, clinical and neurologicalmanifestations, neuroimaging and electroencephalography findings, earlydetection, and early treatment. ReferencesFiliano JJ. Neurometabolic Disease in the Newborn. ClinPerinatol 33, 2006, 411-479.Van Karnebeek CDM, Stockler S. Treatable inborn errors of metabolism causing intellectual disability: A systematic literature review. Molecular Genetics and Metabolism, 105, 2012, 369-381.Abdel-Salam GMH, Abdel-Kader AA, Effat L, Gouda A

  4. A bibliography on sketches from the computer science point of view

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    Permwall, Oskar

    1991-01-01

    A Sketch is a categorical tool for presenting theories. This is a commented bibliography on sketches and their use within some areas of computer science. References to work on sketches not primarily related to computer science are also provided.

  5. Execution of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (1994 in the Construction Industry from Contractors’ Point of View

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    Awang H.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Construction is one of the highest contributing industries to occupational accidents by sector in Malaysia. Statistics have been drawn from year to year that show an increasing number of cases of accidents by industry sector. While it is impossible to completely eliminate all accidents, with a proper and effective safety and health policy or rules set by top management, especially contractors, the rate of accidents on construction sites can be reduced. The main objective of this study is to analyse the degree of application of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 (OSHA 1994 in the construction industry and to identify the contributing factors leading to a lack of execution of OSHA 1994 on construction sites with a primary focus on contractors’ point of view. Five on-going construction projects in Perak were selected as case studies and site inspections were conducted. The results showed that none of the contractors have fully implemented the rules and regulations provided by the government. Within this report, some recommendations are made towards enhancing the safety and health issues on construction sites.

  6. Improvement of logistics education from the point of view environmental management

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    Bányai, Á.

    2009-04-01

    cooperation of the higher education institutes and companies of the three counties. This publication was supported by the National Office for Research and Technology within the frame of Pázmány Péter programme. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Office for Research and Technology. Literature: [1] J. Cselényi, Gy. Fischer, J. Murvai, B. Mang: Typical models of the recycling logistics of worn out product. Proceedings of XIV. International Conference on Material Handling and Warehousing in Belgrade, 1996. pp. 138-143. [2] R. Knoth, M. Hoffmann, B. Kopacek, P. Kopacek: A logistic concept to improve the re-usability of electric and electronic equipment, Electronics and the Environment, 2001. Proceedings of the 2001 IEEE International Symposium. 2001. pp. 115 - 118. [3] L. Cser, B. Mang: Cleaner Technologies and Recycling in Hungary. Proceedings of Int. Workshop on Environmental Conscious Manufacturing in Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, 1997. pp. 48-56.

  7. The cell monolayer trajectory from the system state point of view.

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    Stys, Dalibor; Vanek, Jan; Nahlik, Tomas; Urban, Jan; Cisar, Petr

    2011-10-01

    Time-lapse microscopic movies are being increasingly utilized for understanding the derivation of cell states and predicting cell future. Often, fluorescence and other types of labeling are not available or desirable, and cell state-definitions based on observable structures must be used. We present the methodology for cell behavior recognition and prediction based on the short term cell recurrent behavior analysis. This approach has theoretical justification in non-linear dynamics theory. The methodology is based on the general stochastic systems theory which allows us to define the cell states, trajectory and the system itself. We introduce the usage of a novel image content descriptor based on information contribution (gain) by each image point for the cell state characterization as the first step. The linkage between the method and the general system theory is presented as a general frame for cell behavior interpretation. We also discuss extended cell description, system theory and methodology for future development. This methodology may be used for many practical purposes, ranging from advanced, medically relevant, precise cell culture diagnostics to very utilitarian cell recognition in a noisy or uneven image background. In addition, the results are theoretically justified.

  8. The point of view from thermal equipment managers; Le point de vue des gestionnaires d`equipements thermiques

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    Barroyeur, P. [Compagnie General de Chauffe, 59 - Saint Andre Lez Lille (France)

    1997-12-31

    The new French regulations on air pollution and classified installations have increased the technical and economical constraints of thermal equipment managers in the domain of collective space heating and industrial heating. The aim of this paper is to precise the impact of these regulations in particular, on the valorization and elimination of fossil fuel ashes, and on the design, operation and maintenance of combustion installations (maximum acceptable limits of pollutant emissions). (J.S.)

  9. Pornographic information of Internet views detection method based on the connected areas

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    Wang, Huibai; Fan, Ajie

    2017-01-01

    Nowadays online porn video broadcasting and downloading is very popular. In view of the widespread phenomenon of Internet pornography, this paper proposed a new method of pornographic video detection based on connected areas. Firstly, decode the video into a serious of static images and detect skin color on the extracted key frames. If the area of skin color reaches a certain threshold, use the AdaBoost algorithm to detect the human face. Judge the connectivity of the human face and the large area of skin color to determine whether detect the sensitive area finally. The experimental results show that the method can effectively remove the non-pornographic videos contain human who wear less. This method can improve the efficiency and reduce the workload of detection.

  10. NMSSM Inflation and Domain Walls from a Tri-critical Point of View

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    2016-01-01

    In this paper we want to study the conditions in which we could bring a universe filled with different $Z_3$ vacua created during the Next to Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model (NMSSM) electroweak symmetry breaking at $\\textit{O} (10)^2$ GeV and a three dimensional three states diluted Potts model together in the same universality class. Then we use Cardy-Jacobsen conjecture to prove that there might be a tri-critical point in the NMSSM electroweak epoch of early universe. We prove that due to the existence of this point there would be no cosmological domain wall problem. Moreover, at this point the heat capacity and correlation length diverge which lead to a huge amount of energy release at constant temperature and a new mechanism for cosmological structure formation. Also, the entropy decrease after the tri-critical phase transition could explain the problem of low initial entropy in early universe. Finally, we combine Cardy-Jacobsen and Yaffe-Svetitsky conjectures to show that there might be a tri-criti...

  11. STUDYING OF THE STORY CALLED “DERDĐYOK ILE ZÜLFÜSĐYAH” BY TARIK DURSUN K FROM POINT OF VIEW POSTMODERNISM / TARIK DURSUN K.’NIN “DERDĐYOK ĐLE ZÜLFÜSĐYAH” ADLI ÖYKÜSÜNÜN POSTMODERNĐZM AÇISINDAN INCELENMESI

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    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available This study claims that the story called “Derdiyok ile Zülfüsiyah” byTarık Dursun K., has a postmodern text structure and the story has beenstudied according to thesis of postmodernism. The analysis includes fictiveand meta-fictive features, plural point of view and eclecticism idea,intertextuallity connection and style structures of the text.

  12. Unioned layer for the Point of Rocks-Black Butte coal assessment area, Green River Basin, Wyoming (porbbfing.shp)

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This ArcView shapefile contains a polygon representation of the spatial query layer for the Point of Rocks-Black Butte coalfield, Greater Green River Basin, Wyoming....

  13. A preliminary view on adsorption of organics on ice at temperatures close to melting point

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    Kong, Xiangrui; Waldner, Astrid; Orlando, Fabrizio; Artiglia, Luca; Ammann, Markus; Bartels-Rausch, Thorsten

    2016-04-01

    -level spectroscopies to reveal the behaviour of adsorption and dissociation on ice. Additionally, pure ice and amine doped ice will be compared for their surface structure change at different temperatures, which will indicate the differences of surface disordering caused by different factors. For instance, we will have a chance to know better if impurities will cause local disordering, i.e. forming hydration shell, which challenges the traditional picture of a homogenous disordered doped ice surface. The findings of this study could not only improve our understanding of how acidic organics adsorb to ice, and of their chemical properties on ice, but also have potentials to know better the behaviour of pure ice at temperatures approaching to the melting point.

  14. Seeking the Self-consciousness of Black Woman from the Point of View of“Womanism”in Everyday Use

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    2012-01-01

      Alice Walker is one of the prominent American writers in American women’ s literature and black literature in 1950s-1960s. The short story Everyday Use was published early in her writing career. She displays the differences in the behav⁃iors and minds of the mother and her two daughters during the process of seeking the self-consciousness of black woman from the point of view of“ womanism”. This paper attempts to explore the awakening of their heritage and self-consciousness in or⁃der to deepen the understanding and thoughts on the theme of the text.

  15. Life-Cycle Cost-Benefit (LCCB) Analysis of Bridges from a User and Social Point of View

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    Thoft-Christensen, Palle

    2009-01-01

    During the last two decades, important progress has been made in the life-cycle cost-benefit (LCCB) analysis of structures, especially offshore platforms, bridges and nuclear installations. Due to the large uncertainties related to the deterioration, maintenance, and benefits of such structures...... is to present and discuss some of these problems from a user and social point of view. A brief presentation of a preliminary study of the importance of including benefits in life-cycle cost-benefit analysis in management systems for bridges is shown. Benefits may be positive as well as negative from the user...

  16. Methodology development for implementation of quality management system within SME from the products lifecycle point of view

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    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper is focused on the latest development of ISO 9000 family quality standards, Quality Management Systems (QMS and how these relate with each phase of product lifecycle, within initial number of 50 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs from Czech Republic. This paper also aims to analyze the problems encountered by quality managers when implementing QMS, in particular the ISO 9000 series standards, and tries to find answers to these problems, all in connection with the final product and its lifecycle. The product lifecycle is analyzed from three points of view, which the author considers are the most important for quality managers, i.e. serviceability, IT/IS and total costs.The final purpose and objective of the research is to develop a methodology, based on the results from the empirical study, which can form a base for future ISO 9000 standards improvement and thus when applied will help the quality managers, by reducing the delays of implementation and thus increasing the quality of the product, in a faster and more productive way, in order to fulfill the continuously changing requirements of the customers and of the market

  17. A CONTRASTIVE NATURE OF STATE POWER (ABOUT K. MARX AND M. VEBER’S POINTS OF VIEW

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    Valeriy G. SIDOROV

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The article deals with an analysis of K. Marx and M. Veber’s points of view on the nature of state power. According to K. Marx, the state power is factor intensifying the authority of the economically leading class, which in the capitalist society is bourgeoisie. That’s why in the process of a proletariat revolution it is necessary to replace the old forms of the power with the new ones, which will be able to uproot the sins and evils of the capitalist society. The state power becomes an effective way of socio-political reformation of the society, when the governing of the people is performed by the people. As for M. Veber, he considered component of the political structure, which is able to function only when “a legitimate violence” is present, that is, the subordination of one part of the society to the other. Hence, a different evaluation of the thinkers of such elements of the political structure as political figures, parties, state officers is observed.

  18. QUALITY ASPECTS OF AERIAL DIGITAL ORTHOPHOTOS, THE PRODUCERS POINT OF VIEW

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    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The paper gives an overview on the problems occurring during commercial digital orthophoto (DOP production. There is a wide variety in requirements on orthophotos. It is no problem to produce good orthophotos in small areas, whereas production of good and homogeneous orthophotos in large areas remains a challenge. Therefore, we discuss large area orthophotos based on regular areal flight with regular flight parameters and nadir images, not on large numbers of images creating orthophotos based on various oblique images. The focus of the paper is to optimize the process of line production of orthophotos to achieve the best results under minimum usage of resources. Beside improvements in commercial software, the improvement in process design can help to achieve this objectives. It is necessary the attach importance to the different quality aspects to invest the limited resources at the most profitable process step. The requirements on orthophotos can be grouped into three categories: geometric, radiometric and aesthetic requirements. The main intention is to generate correct and well interpretable orthoimages, putting attention to geometry and radiometry. Many requirements cause enormous expenditures in flight time, number of images and amount of interactive editing work. Among the geometric aspects, the accuracy is the prominent factor. The geometric quality of the underlying digital terrain model (DTM is of outstanding importance. Depending on the used focal length during acquisition and overlap, geometric errors in the DTM are directly represented in the orthophoto. Particularly at manmade surface break lines, even horizontal DTM errors occur striking in the orthophotos. A special consideration is to put on objects outside the DTM surface. While buildings may be represented in a good manner in a digital surface models (DSM to generate so called “true orthophotos”, there is no way to represent vegetation, cables, poles etc. in an appropriate

  19. Quality Aspects of Aerial Digital Orthophotos, the Producers Point of View

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    Wiedemann, A.; Beckmann, S.

    2016-06-01

    The paper gives an overview on the problems occurring during commercial digital orthophoto (DOP) production. There is a wide variety in requirements on orthophotos. It is no problem to produce good orthophotos in small areas, whereas production of good and homogeneous orthophotos in large areas remains a challenge. Therefore, we discuss large area orthophotos based on regular areal flight with regular flight parameters and nadir images, not on large numbers of images creating orthophotos based on various oblique images. The focus of the paper is to optimize the process of line production of orthophotos to achieve the best results under minimum usage of resources. Beside improvements in commercial software, the improvement in process design can help to achieve this objectives. It is necessary the attach importance to the different quality aspects to invest the limited resources at the most profitable process step. The requirements on orthophotos can be grouped into three categories: geometric, radiometric and aesthetic requirements. The main intention is to generate correct and well interpretable orthoimages, putting attention to geometry and radiometry. Many requirements cause enormous expenditures in flight time, number of images and amount of interactive editing work. Among the geometric aspects, the accuracy is the prominent factor. The geometric quality of the underlying digital terrain model (DTM) is of outstanding importance. Depending on the used focal length during acquisition and overlap, geometric errors in the DTM are directly represented in the orthophoto. Particularly at manmade surface break lines, even horizontal DTM errors occur striking in the orthophotos. A special consideration is to put on objects outside the DTM surface. While buildings may be represented in a good manner in a digital surface models (DSM) to generate so called "true orthophotos", there is no way to represent vegetation, cables, poles etc. in an appropriate manner in any DSM

  20. Point of view of Poland and other member states on the CAP 2014-2020

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    Andrzej Czyżewski

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the paper is topresent theopinions of MemberStates with regard tothe future ofthe Common Agricultural Policyafter 2013, as compared to the proposal of the European Commission.In this context,there is an attempt to defineareasof possiblecompromise onthe CAPchangesin the financial perspective2014-2020. The publication allowsthe readerto forma review of the likelyreform ofagricultural policy andits consequencesfor Polish agriculture. Possiblechanges inthe CAPwill address:a new system ofdirect payments, with their “greening”, extensionof market interventioninstrumentsforrisk management,as well as widerand more flexiblesupport for rural development. From the standpoint of the interests of Polish agriculture the following questions must be assessed positively: maintaining the current level of funding of the CAP and its distribution into two pillars; progressive alignment of direct payments and recognition of the area of agricultural land as a fundamental criterion for the allocation of payments, as well as support for small farms and young farmers.

  1. Information technology in university-level mathematics teaching and learning: a mathematician's point of view

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    Alexandre Borovik

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Although mathematicians frequently use specialist software in direct teaching ofmathematics, as a means of delivery e-learning technologies have so far been lesswidely used. We (mathematicians insist that teaching methods should be subjectspecificand content-driven, not delivery-driven. We oppose generic approaches toteaching, including excessively generalist, content-free, one-size-fits-allpromotion of information and communications technology. This stance is fullyexpressed, for example, in the recent Teaching Position Statement from the LondonMathematical Society (2010 and is supported by a recent report from the NationalUnion of Students (2010, 5: “Not every area of study needed or was compatiblewith e-learning, and so to assume it would grant blanket advantages was notaccurate”. This paper is an attempt to explain mathematicians' selectivity in use ofinformation and communications technology and its guiding principles. The paperis addressed to our non-mathematician colleagues and is not intended to be a surveyof the existing software and courseware for mathematics teaching – the corpus ofexisting solutions is enormous and its discussion inevitably involves hardcoremathematics.

  2. Reducing Respondents’ Burden in the Czech Statistical Office from Respondents’ Point of View

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    Ivo Makalouš

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Respondents of statistical surveys are usually divided into two groups — institutions and households. Respondents of business and institutional statistics area should provide the Czech Statistical Office annually with approximately 1 100 000 statistical forms. Respondents from households should give interviews in about 350 000cases. Respondents’ willingness to cooperate depends significantly on their perceptions of responsibility towards state, as well as on common social and economic situation. Since 2005 the Czech Statistical Office has strongly focused on the project called Redesign of Statistical Information System. Reducing respondents’ burden is one of the main priorities of this project. We describemethodological and technological experience mainly from the field of data collection as well as current situation and next steps to be taken in the area of correspondence and remote data collection that prevails in business statistics.

  3. The science of conventional and water-cooled monopolar lumbar radiofrequency rhizotomy: an electrical engineering point of view.

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    Ball, Richard D

    2014-01-01

    Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a safe and effective pain therapy used to create sensory dysfunction in appropriate nerves via thermal damage. While commonly viewed as a simple process, RF heating is actually quite complex from an electrical engineering standpoint, and it is difficult for the non-electrical engineer to achieve a thorough understanding of the events that occur. RFA is highly influenced by the configuration and properties of the peri-electrode tissues. To rationally discuss the science of RFA requires that examples be procedure-specific, and lumbar RFA is the procedure selected for this review. Adequate heating of the lumbar medial branch has many potential failure points, and the underlying science is discussed with recommendations to reduce the frequency of failure in heating target tissues. Important technical details of the procedure that are not generally appreciated are discussed, and the status quo is challenged on several aspects of accepted technique. The rationale underlying electrode placement and the limitations of RF heating are, for the most part, commonly misunderstood, and there may even need to be significant changes in how lumbar radiofrequency rhizotomy (RFR) is performed. A new paradigm for heating target tissue may be of value. Foremost in developing best practices for this procedure is avoiding pitfalls. Good RF heating and medial branch lesioning are the rewards for understanding how the process functions, attention to detail, and meticulous attention to electrode positioning.

  4. Endocytic Trafficking of Membrane-Bound Cargo: A Flotillin Point of View

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    Melanie Meister

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available The ubiquitous and highly conserved flotillin proteins, flotillin-1 and flotillin-2, have been shown to be involved in various cellular processes such as cell adhesion, signal transduction through receptor tyrosine kinases as well as in cellular trafficking pathways. Due to the fact that flotillins are acylated and form hetero-oligomers, they constitutively associate with cholesterol-enriched lipid microdomains. In recent years, such microdomains have been appreciated as platforms that participate in endocytosis and other cellular trafficking steps. This review summarizes the current findings on the role of flotillins in membrane-bound cargo endocytosis and endosomal trafficking events. We will discuss the proposed function of flotillins in endocytosis in the light of recent findings that point towards a role for flotillins in a step that precedes the actual endocytic uptake of cargo molecules. Recent findings have also revealed that flotillins may be important for endosomal sorting and recycling of specific cargo molecules. In addition to these aspects, the cellular trafficking pathway of flotillins themselves as potential cargo in the context of growth factor signaling will be discussed.

  5. Chandra view of the dynamically young cluster of galaxies A1367 II. point sources

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    Sun, M

    2002-01-01

    A 40 ks \\emph{Chandra} ACIS-S observation of the dynamically young cluster A1367 yields new insights on X-ray emission from cluster member galaxies. We detect 59 point-like sources in the ACIS field, of which 8 are identified with known cluster member galaxies. Thus in total 10 member galaxies are detected in X-rays when three galaxies discussed in paper I (Sun & Murray 2002; NGC 3860 is discussed in both papers) are included. The superior spatial resolution and good spectroscopy capability of \\chandra allow us to constrain the emission nature of these galaxies. Central nuclei, thermal halos and stellar components are revealed in their spectra. Four new low luminosity nuclei (LLAGN) are found, including an absorbed one (NGC 3861). This discovery makes the LLAGN/AGN content in this part of A1367 very high ($\\sim$ 20%). Thermal halos with temperatures around 0.5 - 0.8 keV are revealed in the spectra of two elliptical galaxies NGC 3842 and NGC 3837, which suggests that galactic coronae can survive in cluster...

  6. ANALYSIS OF VARIANTS THERMOMODERNIZATION OF A DWELLING HOUSE FROM A POINT OF VIEW OF OPTIMAL ENERGETIC DEMANDS

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    Gabriela Rutkowska

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Energy is the basic element and building block of the world – it is pervasive. In comparison to other European countries, Poland allots still too much quantites of energy for heating of buildings which mostly had been built without concern for ecological and economical aspect of heat consumption. Therefore more and more investors decide to thermomodernize their buildings because of the energy savings and increase of the comfort of use of the building. The paper presents the analysis of thermomodernisation variants of an existing dwelling house from the point of view of the optimal adjustment for energetic supply. There was defined the optimal thickness of insulation for a vertical baffle and roof for various configurations of layers. The calculations of cost-effectiveness were carried out for the investment with the use of the NPV index for various thicknesses of the insulation, including the case without insulation

  7. The Measels-Mumps-Rubella Vaccination from a health political and economical point of view

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    Habl, Claudia

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Measels, Mumps and Rubella (MMR are highly contagious infectious diseases which may lead to severe complications. These diseases are vaccine-preventable. The present Health Technology Assessment report (report on technological consequences, HTA report was commissioned by the German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information (DIMDI and addresses various aspects of the MMR vaccination, the key question being how the MMR immunisation coverage rate can be increased in Germany. Objectives: The objectives of this report were to describe the benefits of the MMR vaccination for Germany and to analyse how the desired MMR immunisation coverage of >95% can be achieved. Methods: A systematic literature search was performed in 29 literature data bases. Particularly for epidemiological data and information on vaccination programs, this systematic search was supplemented by an extensive hand search, written and oral enquiries, as well as interviews with experts. A total of 200 texts were used to prepare this report. Results: At 92.5% (as of 2004 based on the whole of Germany, the current immunisation coverage for measles in children is above the weighted EC-15-average of 90.67%. Statements can only be made regarding the probability of illness for measles, as no data is available for mumps and rubella. With 2.8 infections (per 100,000 residents in 2006, Germany has not achieved the WHO target. Of cases submitted to the laboratory, only 32% were validated by diagnostic laboratory findings and 45% confirmed clinical-epidemiologically. There are only few economic analyses of vaccination programs in Germany. In international publications, mainly measels are validated economically. An analysis of the cost of measles for Germany shows potential cost savings. Unfortunately, no complete economic evaluation (cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit, or cost-utility analyses for MMR vaccination has been performed for Germany. Analyses conducted in the US

  8. Transmutation of All German Transuranium under Nuclear Phase Out Conditions - Is This Feasible from Neutronic Point of View?

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    Bruno Merk

    Full Text Available The German government has decided for the nuclear phase out, but a decision on a strategy for the management of the highly radioactive waste is not defined yet. Partitioning and Transmutation (P&T could be considered as a technological option for the management of highly radioactive waste, therefore a wide study has been conducted. In the study group objectives for P&T and the boundary conditions of the phase out have been discussed. The fulfillment of the given objectives is analyzed from neutronics point of view using simulations of a molten salt reactor with fast neutron spectrum. It is shown that the efficient transmutation of all existing transuranium isotopes would be possible from neutronic point of view in a time frame of about 60 years. For this task three reactors of a mostly new technology would have to be developed and a twofold life cycle consisting of a transmuter operation and a deep burn phase would be required. A basic insight for the optimization of the time duration of the deep burn phase is given. Further on, a detailed balance of different isotopic inventories is given to allow a deeper understanding of the processes during transmutation in the molten salt fast reactor. The effect of modeling and simulation is investigated based on three different modeling strategies and two different code versions.

  9. Transmutation of All German Transuranium under Nuclear Phase Out Conditions – Is This Feasible from Neutronic Point of View?

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    Merk, Bruno; Litskevich, Dzianis

    2015-01-01

    The German government has decided for the nuclear phase out, but a decision on a strategy for the management of the highly radioactive waste is not defined yet. Partitioning and Transmutation (P&T) could be considered as a technological option for the management of highly radioactive waste, therefore a wide study has been conducted. In the study group objectives for P&T and the boundary conditions of the phase out have been discussed. The fulfillment of the given objectives is analyzed from neutronics point of view using simulations of a molten salt reactor with fast neutron spectrum. It is shown that the efficient transmutation of all existing transuranium isotopes would be possible from neutronic point of view in a time frame of about 60 years. For this task three reactors of a mostly new technology would have to be developed and a twofold life cycle consisting of a transmuter operation and a deep burn phase would be required. A basic insight for the optimization of the time duration of the deep burn phase is given. Further on, a detailed balance of different isotopic inventories is given to allow a deeper understanding of the processes during transmutation in the molten salt fast reactor. The effect of modeling and simulation is investigated based on three different modeling strategies and two different code versions. PMID:26717509

  10. Fundamental study on long-term stability of rock from the macroscopic point of view

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    Okubo, Seisuke [Tokyo Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Engineering

    1998-03-01

    In 1994, this project was started. A pneumatic creep testing machine was modified. Inada granite was purchased, and the preliminary tests were carried out. In 1995, a specimen of Tage tuff under water-saturated condition had been loaded in uniaxial condition in the pneumatic creep testing machine. The uniaxial compression and tension tests, and the short-term creep test of Inada granite were also carried out in the servo-controlled testing machines to obtain the complete stress-strain curves. In 1996, creep, compression and tension tests were carried out. Two types of pressure maintenance equipment (hydraulic and pneumatic types) were developed. In 1997, creep, compression and tension tests etc. were again carried out on the basis of the results heretofore. The experimental results of long-term creep testing of Tage tuff are, and of middle-term creep testing of Inada granite, are described. Two types of pressure maintenance equipment were developed and examined in 1996. One was hydraulic type and another was pneumatic type. The hydraulic type equipment modified for long-term creep testing especially in the measurement system to ensure durability and stability was found to be precise and reliable. The results of triaxial compression test are described. In 1997, a specimen was unloaded and re-loaded through a uniaxial tension test to obtain behaviour more precisely. A constitutive equation of variable compliance type was discussed based on the experimental results. Though the equation has relatively simple form, it can be applied beyond the strength failure point up to the post-failure region. The constitutive equation was implemented in two and three dimensional FEM programs. Preliminary evaluation of equipment and materials for pore-pressure controlled testing was described. (J.P.N.)

  11. Anthropology from a Kantian point of view: toward a cosmopolitan conception of human nature.

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    Louden, Robert B

    2008-12-01

    Anthropology was a new field of study when Kant first began lecturing on it in 1772, and Kant himself was the first academic to teach regular courses in this area. As is well known, his own approach to anthropology is self-described as 'pragmatic', and Kant's pragmatic anthropology differs markedly from the anthropologies that other early contributors to the new discipline were advocating. In this essay I focus on a fundamental feature of Kant's anthropology that has been under-appreciated in previous discussions; namely, the particular conception of human nature that he believes anthropology, when pursued properly, leads to. I call this conception a cosmopolitan conception of human nature. In addition to establishing the central importance of this idea for Kant's project in anthropology, I also try in this essay to unravel some of its ambiguities and tensions as well as to highlight its underlying moral motives. The cosmopolitan conception of human nature that is central to Kant's anthropology is a further indication of the significance of his anthropology for ethics.

  12. Evaluation of the Patients, Doctors and Nurses View Points about Patient Bill of Rights in Rasht Public Hospitals

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    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Background & Objective: With the aim to clarify the rights of the patients on the basis of medical ethic norms, Patient Bill of Rights in five categories was developed in Iran for the first time, during 2002. The main objective of this study was to determine the views of patients, physicians and nurses about this aspect of medical ethics and its necessary to comply in Rasht public hospitals. Materials &Methods: In this cross-sectional study the data were collected by filling a reliable and validated questionnaire consisting of demographic part and 25 specific questions about the rights of patients, these questions were answered By 185 patients, 22 nurses and 14 doctors. Each of the criteria necessary to use was measured by the Likert scale from zero (completely disagree to five (fully agree. SPSS software 16 and one way ANOVA tests were used for data analysis. Result: The results showed that all groups were agreeing with the necessity to have a bill and consider the patient's rights during treatment (P<0.05. But the most controversial point were related to the rights of patient to have access to their information and the right to choose and decide (P<0.05. However, 68.2 percent of physicians, 80.05 percent of nurses, and 93 percent of patients were agreed with the Bill of Rights. Conclusion: Although all the groups were agreed with the patient's Bill of rights (P<0.05, It seems it is necessary to reconsider the issue of providing the necessary information to the patient and give attention to their choices and decisions by the medical health service providers.

  13. Study of solar activity phenomenon from the point of view of the general systems theory

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    Chepurnoj, V.

    Solar activity is considered as a statistical system with memory. In this case, the 'input' action into a system under consideration is identified with planetary tidal effects, the Laplacian tide of the first type, while the 'output' of the system is connected with spline-flattened values of annual average Wolf numbers. It is proposed that the functional dependence of flattened values of annual average Wolf numbers is determined from the annual average values of the Laplacian tide of the first type. This dependence is given by the differential equation of a linear oscillator with variable parameters and a delayed feedback.

  14. Octreotide scintigraphy: practical aspects. Point of view of the nuclear medicine technologist; Scintigraphie a l'OctreoScan: aspects pratiques. Le point de vue du manipulateur

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    Bretaudeau, C.; Davy, G. [CHU La Miletrie, Service de Medecine Nucleaire, 86 - Poitiers (France)

    2009-11-15

    Evaluation of neuroendocrine tumors extent comprises a somatostatin receptor scintigraphy with OctreoScan. This examination begins with the radiopharmaceutical preparation and its quality control (dose, visual appearance, radiochemical purity, ph). The radiopharmaceutical is administered intravenously at a slow rate with respect of the contra-indications and recommendations. The patient's good respect of low residue diet and digestive preparations is essential for a good imaging quality. In addition, the technologist's psychological role (particularly for people suffering from claustrophobia) and adequate procedures must be taken into account. Several days are necessary to perform the examination that comprises whole body and planar (thoracic and abdominal) views, combined SPECT-CT imaging. This hybrid modality using fused images allows a good anatomical localisation of focal areas of increased uptake even in case of faint uptake. Some false-positive can be avoided (colonic stasis, gall bladder). SPECT-CT contribution to the diagnosis is certain. (authors)

  15. A bicategory of reduced orbifolds from the point of view of differential geometry

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    Tommasini, Matteo

    2016-10-01

    We describe a bicategory (R ed O rb) of reduced orbifolds in the framework of classical differential geometry (i.e. without any explicit reference to the notions of Lie groupoids or differentiable stacks, but only using orbifold atlases, local lifts and changes of charts). In order to construct such a bicategory, we firstly define a 2-category (R ed A tl) whose objects are reduced orbifold atlases (on any paracompact, second countable, Hausdorff topological space). The definition of morphisms is obtained as a slight modification of a definition by A. Pohl, while the definitions of 2-morphisms and compositions of them are new in this setup. Using the bicalculus of fractions described by D. Pronk, we are able to construct the bicategory (R ed O rb) from the 2-category (R ed A tl) . We prove that (R ed O rb) is equivalent to the bicategory of reduced orbifolds described in terms of proper, effective, étale Lie groupoids by D. Pronk and I. Moerdijk and to the well-known 2-category of reduced orbifolds constructed from a suitable class of differentiable Deligne-Mumford stacks.

  16. Usefulness and perceived usefulness of Decision Support Systems (DSSs in participatory forest planning: the final users’ point of view

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    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In recent decades, the focus of forestry Decision Support Systems (DSSs has expanded to consider the social dimension of forestry and to support participatory decision-making. A large number of models and tools have become available to solve forest management planning problems. The Usefulness of a DSS depends on the range of tools that it incorporates, and many researches have been developed to evaluate DSSs using Usefulness as parameter. The assessment of Usefulness concerns the effectiveness of a DSS. Furthermore, most assessments take into account the degree of Perceived Usefulness, which is considered an indicator of the impact a system has on job performance. The present study focuses on the analysis of final users’ point of view on the Usefulness and Perceived Usefulness of DSSs in participatory forest planning. The research investigates how forest users’ characteristics and context influence their views on the potentialities of DSSs to enhance both the various phases of the participatory planning process (Usefulness and job performance (Perceived Usefulness. The study is based on quantitative data collected through two questionnaires e-mailed to a sample of 150 DSSs end users. The questionnaires focused on Usefulness and on Perceived Usefulness topics, respectively. Results indicate that special attention must be given to motivating respondents with a clear explanation of the survey objectives when e-mailing questionnaires. Moreover, results show that, in general, respondents consider DSSs useful at each step of the participatory process, despite differences emerge among steps. The research also shows that respondents’ Perceived Usefulness of DSSs was higher before actually engaging with DSSs. Furthermore, the results highlight differences in Perceived Usefulness to improve job performance, suggesting that the use of DSSs may actually improve job performance more than expected. Specifically, results indicate that improving the

  17. Study of the Chemical Space of Selected Bacteriostatic Sulfonamides from an Information Theory Point of View.

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    López-Rosa, Sheila; Molina-Espíritu, Moyocoyani; Esquivel, Rodolfo O; Soriano-Correa, Catalina; Dehesa, Jésus S

    2016-12-05

    The relative structural location of a selected group of 27 sulfonamide-like molecules in a chemical space defined by three information theory quantities (Shannon entropy, Fisher information, and disequilibrium) is discussed. This group is composed of 15 active bacteriostatic molecules, 11 theoretically designed ones, and para-aminobenzoic acid. This endeavor allows molecules that share common chemical properties through the molecular backbone, but with significant differences in the identity of the chemical substituents, which might result in bacteriostatic activity, to be structurally classified and characterized. This is performed by quantifying the structural changes on the electron density distribution due to different functional groups and number of electrons. The macroscopic molecular features are described by means of the entropy-like notions of spatial electronic delocalization, order, and uniformity. Hence, an information theory three-dimensional space (IT-3D) emerges that allows molecules with common properties to be gathered. This space witnesses the biological activity of the sulfonamides. Some structural aspects and information theory properties can be associated, as a result of the IT-3D chemical space, with the bacteriostatic activity of these molecules. Most interesting is that the active bacteriostatic molecules are more similar to para-aminobenzoic acid than to the theoretically designed analogues.

  18. Point of care investigations in pediatric care to improve health care in rural areas.

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    Walia, Kamini

    2013-07-01

    The good quality laboratory services in developing countries are often limited to major urban centers. As a result, many commercially available high-quality diagnostic tests for infectious diseases are neither accessible nor affordable to patients in the rural areas. Health facilities in rural areas are compromised and this limits the usability and performance of the best medical diagnostic technologies in rural areas as they are designed for air-conditioned laboratories, refrigerated storage of chemicals, a constant supply of calibrators and reagents, stable electrical power, highly trained personnel and rapid transportation of samples. The advent of new technologies have allowed miniaturization and integration of complex functions, which has made it possible for sophisticated diagnostic tools to move out of the developed-world laboratory in the form of a "point of care"(POC) tests. Many diagnostic tests are being developed using these platforms. However, the challenge is to develop diagnostics which are inexpensive, rugged and well suited to the medical and social contexts of the developing world and do not compromise on accuracy and reliability. The already available POC tests which are reliable and affordable, like for HIV infection, malaria, syphilis, and some neglected tropical diseases, and POC tests being developed for other diseases if correctly used and effectively regulated after rigorous evaluation, have the potential to make a difference in clinical management and improve surveillance. In order to use these tests effectively they would need to be supported by technically competent manpower, availability of good-quality reagents, and healthcare providers who value and are able to interpret laboratory results to guide treatment; and a system for timely communication between the laboratory and the healthcare provider. Strengthening the laboratories at the rural level can enable utilization of these diagnostics for improving the diagnosis and management of

  19. A Proposed Area for Study of Accessory Section and Point of Terrestrial Permian-Triassic Boundary

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    2002-01-01

    After the establishment of the global stratotype section and point (GSSP) of the PermianTriassic boundary (PTB), the definition of the accessory section and point (ASP) of the terrestrial Permian-Triassic boundary (TPTB) is now on the agenda. However, all good TPTB sections so far known have the following shortcomings: (1) the exact TPTB horizon is difficult to define paleontologically with high-resolution, and (2) accurate correlation between marine and terrestrial PTBs is hard to attain. In order to enhance the understanding of the nature of the global life crisis in both the marine and terrestrial environments across the Paleozoic-Mesozoic transition, these shortcomings need to be addressed. In western Guizhou and eastern Yunnan, Southwest China, some fossiliferous PTB sections which include marine, paralic and terrestrial are well-developed, allowing bed-to-bed correlation of the PTB sequences.Fortunately, the marine PTB sequence in this area is almost the same as found at the Meishan Section,where the GSSP of the PTB is located, which may provide a reliable auxiliary marker for high-resolution demarcation of the TPTB. These features found in western Guizhou and eastern Yunnan make this area a good place to study the ASP of the TPTB, so we propose to study the ASP of the TPTB in this area.

  20. Analysis of Geosynchronous Satellite-air Bistatic SAR Clutter Characteristics from the Point of View of Ground Moving Target Indication

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    Zhang Dan-dan

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Under the geometry of geosynchronous satellite-air bistatic SAR where the geosynchronous satellite is the transmitter and aerostat is the receiver, in order to suppress clutter and detect slowly moving target using Space Time Adaptive Processing (STAP, it is necessary to analyze the clutter characteristics. From the point of view of ground moving target indication, the theory model of the clutter characteristics under the geometry of geosynchronous satellite-space bistatic SAR is analyzed and established in this paper; especially, the range-dependence characteristics of the angle-Doppler curve of the clutter is analyzed. Finally, the simulation verifies correctness of the analysis. The theory model and the conclusion in this paper indicates the clutter characteristics of the new geosynchronous satellite-air bistatic SAR mode, and provide theory basis for the selection and research of ground moving target indication method under this mode.

  1. The Use and Abuse of Part-Time Faculty: The Part-Timers' Point of View.

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    Wilson, Wendy L.

    Problems faced by part-time faculty members are identified, and suggestions to avoid mistreatment of these teachers are offered. Disadvantages of part-time teaching include the lack of equitable pay and benefits. Since most institutions have a standard pay rate for part-timers, it is suggested that teaching excellence be recognized by creating…

  2. Recycling of quarry waste as part of sustainable aggregate production: Norwegian and Italian point of view

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    Antonella Dino, Giovanna; Willy Danielsen, Svein; Chiappino, Claudia; Primavori, Piero; Engelsen, Christian John

    2016-04-01

    Resource preservation is one of the main challenges in Europe, together with waste management and recycling; recently several researchers are interested in the recovering of critical raw materials and secondary raw materials from landfill. Aggregate supply, even if it is not "critical" sensus stricto (s.s.), is one of the European priorities (low value but high volume needs). On the other side, the management of quarry waste , mainly from dimension stones, but also as fines from aggregate crushing, is still a matter of concern. Such materials are managed in different ways both locally and nationwide, and often they are landfilled, because of an unclear legislation and a general lack of data. Most of time the local authorities adopt the maximum precaution principle or the enterprises find it little profitable to recover them, so that the sustainable recycling of such material is not valued. Several studies have shown, depending on the material specific characteristics, the viability of recycling quarry waste into new raw materials used in glass and ceramic industries, precast concrete production, infrastructures etc. (Loudes et al. 2012, Dino&Marian 2015, Bozzola et al 2012, Dino et al. 2012, etc.). Thus, aggregate production may be one of the profitable ways to use quarry waste and is falling under the priority of EU (aggregate supply). Positive economic and environmental effects are likely to be achieved by systematic recycling of quarry waste planned by industries (industrial planning) and public authorities (national and local planning of aggregate exploitation). Today, the recycling level varies to a great extent and systematic recovery is not common among European Countries. In Italy and Norway no significant incentives on recycling or systematic approaches for local aggregate exploitation exist. The environmental consequences can be overexploitation of the natural resources, land take for the landfills, environmental contamination and landscape alteration by

  3. Psychocardiology: the spectrum of stress in the genesis of heart disease: a point of view

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    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Horst J Koch Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, HELIOS Clinic Aue – Academic Hospital of the Technical University Dresden, Aue, Germany Abstract: Psychiatric disease, particularly depression and stress disorders, worsens the outcome of cardiovascular disease by about a factor of two to three. Conversely, heart disease can also cause or aggravate affective disorders in the person concerned. Although this mind–heart interaction has been known since the 1930s, many questions about the underlying mutual pathophysiology remain. Apart from psychological stress models, inflammatory or psychoimmunology processes and metabolic or endocrinological mechanisms may be involved, as might lifestyle and drug treatments. Takotsubo, or broken-heart cardiomyopathy, which frequently occurs in response to stressful events, and post-myocardial infarction depression may serve as paradigms in seeking to understand the pathological basis of the mind–heart relationship. Keywords: broken-heart cardiomyopathy, takotsubo, post-infarction depression, mind–heart interaction, pathophysiology

  4. Designing and evaluating sports footwear from the point of view of the manufacturers, specialists and wearers - an analysis

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    Sebastião Iberes Lopes Melo

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available The aims of this research work are: a to analyse the sports footwear, giving emphasis to its development, technical criteria and making, the opinion of the sportperson as an important element in parameter definition for the manufacturing and aspects concerning problems of the feet; b to verify the tecnical evolution the point of view of the manufacturers, specialists and researches; c identify the criteria adopted by wearers in their choice and evaluation. Data information was obtained from literature and bibliographical research (On-line systems, Comut, Sibradid and Internet in Portuguese, English and French. Through content analysis technique the following information was obtained: a concern on the design and manufacture of the sports footwear goes back to 19th century. Sports footwear has been moulded according to the charactectistics of type of sports, taking into consideration the rules of the games, the suggestion of specilists, the examination of the footwear and the type of injuries endured; b evaluation is an old practice, going back to the time of the footwear’s design and manufacturing. In a set of tests the first criterion was always the prevention of lesions. Five and ten criteria were adopted in 1977 and in 1980, respectively. Durability was included, enhancing consumerism; c for a host of reason the Brazilian consumer is a good of the footwear. This fact is indicative of his/her education as a consumer; d definition of parameters is urgent. They are an integral part of laws on quality control and production and propaganda material for the consumer’s orientation.

  5. Multi-view Dense Match for Forest Area

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    Tao, W.

    2014-11-01

    LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) is widely used in forestry applications to obtain information about tree density, composition, change, etc. An advantage of LIDAR is its ability to get this information in a 3D structure. However, the density of LIDAR data is low, the acquisition of LIDAR data is often very expensive, and it is difficult to be utilised in small areas. In this article we eavluate different methods by using multi-view to acquire high resolution images of the forest. Using the dense match method a dense point cloud can be generated. Our analysis shows that this method can provide a good alternative to using LIDAR in situations such as these.

  6. Challenges to lexicography in the digital era: the point of view of the function theory

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    Tarp, Sven

    2016-01-01

    It is becoming trivial to state that lexicography is passing through a profound transition from the printed to the digital media. It is, however, anything but trivial to discuss and analyze the challenges posed by this transition which has been triggered by the introduction of the new computer an...... is global and seems irreversible. Most digital dictionaries are now published online, i.e. in the clouds, and can be accessed almost anywhere by means of a variety of devices like laptops, tablets, iPads and smart phones....

  7. Downsizing from the point of view of merging model (preliminary discussion)

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    Kontorovich, Victor M

    2015-01-01

    In four-particle scattering processes with transfer of mass, unlike mergers in which mass can only increase, mass of the most massive galaxies may be reduced. Elementary model describing such process is considered. In this way, it is supposed to explain observed phenomenon of downsizing when increasing of characteristic mass the heaviest galaxies over cosmological time replaces by its reduction.

  8. The Structure of the Solar Core: an Observer's Point of View

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    Since the beginning of helioseismology, most of the internal and dynamics structure of the Sun has been revealed or so we thought. The last island where our powerful tools start to fail is the solar core, where nuclear reactions take place. With the advent of SOHO and GONG, we have now a quality of helioseismic data without precedence that should enable us to understand better the physics of the deepest solar regions. This goal can be partially achieved by measuring low-degree rotational splitting of p-modes, and by detecting the elusive g-modes. In a first part, I will review the fitting techniques that are being used for inferring the rotational splittings of low-degree p-modes. I will particularly focus on Fourier spectra fitting developped by Schou (1992) and refined by Appourchaux et al (1998). I will show how one can visualize from the data, the leakage matrix and how one can clean the data from the mode leakages. I will give examples of systematic errors introduced by the leakage matrix and by modes of aliasing degrees. I will also compare the Fourier spectra fitting technique to others techniques that use power spectra. I will give some recent results from SOHO and GONG. In a second part, I will report on the progress of the Phoebus group for detecting g-modes. The Phoebus group is composed of team members of BiSON, VIRGO and SOI/MDI. I will summarize some of the techniques we used for finding g-modes, and how one can use those for finding low-order low-frequency p-modes. I will, most probably, not report on g-mode detection but most likely stress that the future ahead of us is brighter than ever.

  9. Clowning in Health Care Settings: The Point of View of Adults

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    Alberto Dionigi; Carla Canestrari

    2016-01-01

    Within the past decade, there has been a surge of interest in investigating the effects of clown intervention in a large variety of clinical settings. Many studies have focused on the effects of clown intervention on children. However, few studies have investigated clowning effects on adults. This paper presents an overview of the concept of medical clowning followed by a literature review conducted on the empirical studies drawn from three data bases (PubMed, PsycINFO, and Google Scholar), w...

  10. Perspectives on ambulatory anesthesia: the patient’s point of view

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Herman Sehmbi, Jean Wong, David T WongDepartment of Anesthesia, Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, CanadaAbstract: Recent advances in anesthetic and surgical techniques have led to tremendous growth of ambulatory surgery. With patients with many co-morbid conditions undergoing complex procedures in an ambulatory setting, the challenges in providing ambulatory surgery and anesthesia are immense. In recent years, the paradigm has shifted from a health-care provider focus involving process compliance and clinical outcomes, to a patient-centered strategy that includes patients’ perspectives of desired outcomes. Improving preoperative patient education while reducing unnecessary testing, improving postoperative pain management, and reducing postoperative nausea and vomiting may help enhance patient satisfaction. The functional status of most patients is reduced postoperatively, and thus the pattern of recovery is an area of ongoing research. Standardized and validated psychometric questionnaires such as Quality of Recovery-40 and Postoperative Quality of Recovery Scale are potential tools to assess this. Patient satisfaction has been identified as an important outcome measure and dedicated tools to assess this in various clinical settings are needed. Identification of key aspects of ambulatory surgery deemed important from patients’ perspectives, and implementation of validated outcome questionnaires, are important in improving patient centered care and patient satisfaction.Keywords: ambulatory, patient, satisfaction, anesthesia, outcomes, questionnaire, perspectives

  11. Characterization of the upper Arve watershed at Chamonix (French Northern Alp) from an integrated glacial-snow-hydrometeorological point of view

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    Isabella, Zin; Delphine, Six; Thomas, Condom; Catherine, Coulaud; Michel, Esteves; Olivier, Laarman; Matthieu, Lafaysse; Thierry, Lebel; Grégoire, Lecourt; Samuel, Morin; Charles, Obled; Antoine, Rabatel; Jesus, Revuelto; Alessandra, Viani; Christian, Vincent; Vincent, Vionnet; Frederic, Gottardi

    2016-04-01

    The upper Arve watershed (205 km²) is characterized by a high elevational gradient (altitude ranges from 1000 to 4810m asl), a significant glaciated area (about 33% of the total area) and a strong contrast between the bordering Mont Blanc and Aiguilles Rouges massifs in terms of land use , surface conditions and meteorological forcing. While the rainfall regime in the valley is relatively stable during the year, the thermal regime shows strong diurnal and seasonal variability. The hydrological regime of the main stream and its tributaries is dominated by snow and glacier melt, with high flow rates in summer and low flow rates in wintertime, when snowfalls accumulate on the ground. Water transfers from a compartment to another are particularly rapid, with flash floods having lag times of about 4 to 6 hours and significant sediment transport associated with liquid flow rates. Since 2014, a project involving local communities, stackeholders and researchers and aiming at understanding the flood generation processes and their evolution with climatic and environmental changes has been started. The project aims at characterizing the catchment behaviour from an integrated glacial-snow-hydrometeorological point of view and to develop a flood forecasting system for anticipate as much as possible a possible crisis and improve its management. As a part of this project and in the continuity of existing long-term measures in the valley (particularly within the GLACIOCLIM research observing system and the operational Météo-France frameworks) a new instrumentation network has been implemented in order to observe simultaneously the different components of the water cycle (atmospheric, hydrological, snow and glaciological variables) and their spatial, temporal and altitudinal gradients. We will present the instrumental network and the measurement strategy, as well as an analysis of the data collected during the 2014 and 2015 summers, which are quite contrasted from a

  12. Topological phases of one-dimensional fermions: An entanglement point of view

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    Turner, Ari M.; Pollmann, Frank; Berg, Erez

    2011-02-01

    The effect of interactions on topological insulators and superconductors remains, to a large extent, an open problem. Here, we describe a framework for classifying phases of one-dimensional interacting fermions, focusing on spinless fermions with time-reversal symmetry and particle number parity conservation, using concepts of entanglement. In agreement with an example presented by L. Fidkowski and A. Kitaev [Phys. Rev. BPRBMDO1098-012110.1103/PhysRevB.81.134509 81, 134509 (2010)], we find that in the presence of interactions there are only eight distinct phases which obey a Z8 group structure. This is in contrast to the Z classification in the noninteracting case. Each of these eight phases is characterized by a unique set of bulk invariants, related to the transformation laws of its entanglement (Schmidt) eigenstates under symmetry operations, and has a characteristic degeneracy of its entanglement levels. If translational symmetry is present, the number of distinct phases increases to 16.

  13. Panoramic view of concession contracts for blocks including inactive areas with marginal accumulation; Visao panoramica dos contratos de concessao de blocos contendo areas inativas com acumulacaoes marginais

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    Araujo Filho, Walter Baere de

    2009-07-01

    A general view of the concession contracts of oil and gas in small and mature fields is presented. The article's purpose is to help with the interpretation of these agreements, describing procedures and indicating critical areas. (author)

  14. Optimization of timetable supplement from a passenger based socio-economic point of view

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    Thorhauge, Mikkel

    amount of timetable supplement. Too little timetable supplement will result in many delays, while too high timetable supplement will result in a (too) high planned travel time which will affect every departure whether or not the train is delayed. At present timetable supplement is chosen based...... on experience or estimates. Through a mathematical optimization it is possible to find the optimal timetable supplement. A way to do so is by using the passenger delay model in a socio-economic analysis as done by (Thorhauge & Piester, 2010). A case study of an upgrade of Sydbanen between Ringsted and Rødby has...... been conducted using the passenger delay model and the methods are described in this article. The case study has shown that the optimum timetable supplement is between 6-9 % depending on the scenario. By optimizing the timetable supplement it is possible to achieve a surplus of 250-500 mio. DKK during...

  15. [The life of Joseph Haydn from a medical point of view (author's transl)].

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    Franken, F H

    1976-06-25

    Joseph Haydn (1732 to 1809) had hardly been troubled by any illness of note, apart from a chronic nasal polyp until 1799. During the composition of the oratoria "The Seasons" (1799 to 1801), the signs of cerebral arteriosclerosis with cardiac insufficiency made their appearance. Haydn's creative strength subsequently declined rapidly and he was virtually unable to compose any more after he had finished "The Seasons" until his death in 1809. The plan to compose a third oratoria "The Last Judgement" ended abortively. Haydn himself suffered acutely from the inactivity imposed on him by the illness, as documented by various sources. Hadyn remained fully conscious right up to the time of his death, which presumably resulted from cardiac failure. Haydn's grave was ransacked only a few days after the funeral and his skull was snatched. It has been finally restored to his resting place in Eisenstadt only as recently as 1954 after a protracted and devious journey.

  16. A Child Development Point of View: Excerpts from the Writings of James L. Hymes, Jr.

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    Hymes, James L., Jr.

    1998-01-01

    Discusses concerns of child development as a field of study, meeting a child's educational needs in developmentally appropriate ways, and encouraging children's growth by meeting their needs through basic decency. Notes that children's development proceeds most efficiently when teachers and caregivers observe children's natural development,…

  17. Optimal Replacement Policy of Jet Engine Modules from the Aircarrier's Point of View

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    Anita Domitrović

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available A mathematical model for optimising preventive maintenanceof aircraft jet engine was developed by dynamic programming.Replacement planning for jet engine modules is regardedas a multistage decision process, while optimum modulereplacement is considered as a problem of equipment replacement.The goal of the optimal replacement policy of jet enginemodules is a defined series of decisions resulting in minimummaintenance costs. The model was programmed inC++ programming language and tested by using CFM56 jetengine data. The optimum maintenance strategy costs werecompared to costs of simpler experience-based maintenancestrategies. The results of the comparison j usti.JY further developmentand usage of the model in order to achieve significant costreduction for airline carriers.

  18. The first Step of Evolution from the View Point of chemical Catalysis

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    Parmon, V.; Snytnikov, V.

    A kinetic analysis of the steady state replication of molecules Xi due to consumption a "food" R via simple autocatalytic processes likekiktiR + Xi2Xi ,XiP,k -i and its more complicated analogs demonstrates inevitability of arising an irreversible and thus progressive evolution of autocatalyst molecules Xi , if only the autocatalysts can undergo a chemical mutation and the concentration of "food" R can fall below a critical valueRcri = k ti / k t . The natural selection of simple autocatalysts mimics a protolife and occurs in only one direction toward minimizing the value of Rcri which is improved through the mutation. The driving force of this selection is the long-term existence of a deficiency in "food" R. No doubt, this ability of simple autocatalytic systems to an irreversible progressive evolution is a total analogy of the existence of a primitive biological memory. This evidences in the possibility of starting a progressive prebiotic evolution even in the absence of special evolution information carriers like RNA or DNA molecules. One of the most plausible candidates for the first protolife autocatalytic reaction is the well-known "formosa" reaction of autocatalytic polymerization of formaldehyde into a variety of C3 -C6 monosaccharides in water solution catalyzed by the dissolved omnipresent calcium cations. Note, that formaldehyde was also a typical constituent of the Protoearth atmosphere. Mutation of saccharides is very easy and can be exemplified by any chemical modification of saccharide molecules, e.g., by nitrogen- or phosphate-containing derivatives, with the formation and progressive selection of initial biological building blocks. One may expect that the natural selection in abiogenous formosa systems could serve as a trigger of evolution mechanism. Also, formosa systems themselves may be a real precursor of appearance of the first and most primitive, but operating RNA molecules that resulted later in the first biological systems. Thus, the RNA or

  19. Developing a Land Suitability Index for Agricultural uses in Dry Lands from Geologic Point of View Using GIS - a Case Study from Jordan

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    Mohammmad Al Farajat

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available DOI:10.17014/ijog.2.2.63-76In the context of the study, a Multi-criteria evaluation (MCE in GIS was used in developing suitability index to optimize suitable lands for agricultural uses and seasonal farming in dry lands from geologic point of view. This study was performed in the areas between Mafraq and Zarqa Cities in Jordan which are classified as arid lands. The study aims at protecting groundwater from pollution, reducing soil salting, reducing irrigation water loss caused by evaporation, and increasing crop productivity. The geo-environmental parameters of the named area including geology, groundwater depths, soil depths and textures, climatic conditions, topographic settings, and groundwater vulnerability conditions were mapped and converted into layers with special rates, given weights, and then modeled using the multi criteria evaluation (MCE option, using Decision Making Modeling in IDRISI (GIS software to reach at the best choice of lands for agricultural activities, and also to determine which of these lands are suitable for summer farming and which are suitable for winter farming.

  20. [Understanding the person with schizophrenia from the point of view of Merleau-Ponty].

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    Maia, R M; Jorge, M S

    2001-01-01

    Schizophrenia is a precocious dementia (dementia praecox), essentially characterized by affective symptoms, which are manifested through the isolation of the schizophrenic from the real world, as a way of protecting oneself from the surrounding hostilities. Based on the perspective of Merleau Ponty, the objective of the present research is to understand the schizophrenic person by revealing his/her position towards the world and towards him/herself as well as his/her perception of the society he/she is living in. Data were collected through guided interviews with five patients from two private hospitals. A phenomenological framework, based on the hermeneutic circle, was used to analyze the data. Results showed references to their body, time, world and people related to them outlining an interlink between these references, based on the perception of those who are close or not at the moment.

  1. Suppression of torsades de pointes by atropine

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    1998-01-01

    A 67 year old woman with a history of chronic atrial fibrillation presented with asthma cardiale. She took no medication and there was no family history of long QT syndrome. She was treated with furosemide, nitroprusside, acenocoumarol, and digoxin. Two days later excessively prolonged RR intervals, which were terminated by escape beats with a right bundle branch block morphology, suggested impending total AV block. There was also severe QT (0.48 s) and QTc (0.56) interval prolongation with b...

  2. Current state and problems of noble hardwoods plants: the Regions’ point of view

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    Calvo E

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper illustrates the current state of noble hardwoods plants established in Italy since early ’90s, with the aim of describing the extension, distribution and quality of wood production obtained. Based on both results of this investigation and advices issued by administrative Regions, several considerations are discussed aimed to identify new directions for research and extension activities, as well as to support appropriate managing practices, in the light of the absence of an integrated system among the noble hardwoods productions, the agricultural sector and the timber market.

  3. CERN's Merit Appraisal and Recognition System from the point of view of the supervisor

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    2013-01-01

    The required training consists of 2 parts : This presentation explaining “CERN’s merit recognition system”, followed by a session of questions/answers – duration : 2 hours A training session on “How to get, as a supervisor, the most out of the annual interview” – duration : 1 day. This hands-on training focuses on how to set smart work and development objectives, how to give feedback and how to run the annual interview in a constructive way.

  4. Comparative study of the radial and tangential shearer cutting picks from an energetic point of view

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    Marian, I.; Elczner, G.; Kovacs, I.; Koronka, F.

    1984-11-01

    After having calculated and established the deformation energies of radial and tangential shearer cutting picks by laboratory test, it is concluded that in the conditions specific for the lignite operations in Romania the tangential type of picks, among many other advantages, ensure important energy savings. The tests were aimed at improving the parameters and construction of the shearer cutting picks and at increasing their cutting efficiency. 4 references.

  5. Normalizability analysis of the generalized quantum electrodynamics from the causal point of view

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    Bufalo, R; Soto, D E

    2015-01-01

    The causal perturbation theory is an axiomatic perturbative theory of the S-matrix. This formalism has as its essence the following axioms: causality, Lorentz invariance and asymptotic conditions. Any other property must be showed via the inductive method order-by-order and, of course, it depends on the particular physical model. In this work we shall study the normalizability of the generalized quantum electrodynamics in the framework of the causal approach. Furthermore, we analyse the implication of the gauge invariance onto the model and obtain the respective Ward-Takahashi-Fradkin identities.

  6. A Survey of the Origin and Evolution of Religion from the Points of View Edward Tylor and James Frazer

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    Alireza khajegir

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available As a universal human phenomenon, religion is rooted in human nature, and human beings instinctively require a superior and supreme power. Besides this internal need for religion, attention to the meaning, function, and interpretation of religion has always been prevalent in the history of human thought from West to East, and scholars have always tried to comment on and analyze this fundamental issue of human life .  From among the approaches that arose about the interpretation and explanation of religion, rationalism tendency—influenced by evolution—has stood up because in the establishment of religion, rationalism takes its genesis and evolution as manifestations of the evolution of human thought, and it takes the development and evolution of religion as equal. This approach considers religion as answer to the need of the cognitive need of human beings. In this anthropological approach, religion is the product of primitive human beings’ effort to identify objects and events in the surrounding environment. As a results, as the man’s knowledge of the world around him increases, the need for religion decreases .  Anthropologist like Edward Tylor and James Frazer have taken this view to the origin and evolution of religion. They emphasize on principles such as the bodily and cognitive unity of the mind, the survival principal, and the evolutionary intellectual pattern of human beings in order to interpret religion stages from animism and magic till monism and monotheism, which will eventually decline during the development of science .  Taylor regards anthropology as the best scientific method to achieve a universal theory to understand the origin of religion. Based on its psychological unity, religion in all times and places—despite its diversity—is a unique phenomenon and has an exclusive identity because the very existence of commonalities in all practices and customs of the people of the world is indicative of the basic

  7. Multiple organ failure in the newborn: the point of view of the pathologist

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    Clara Gerosa

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available One of the most severe events occurring in critically ill patients admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU center is represented by the multiple organ failure (MOF, a systemic inflammatory response leading to a progressive organ dysfunction and mortality in newborns. MOF may occur in newborns primarily affected by multiple single organ diseases, including respiratory distress syndrome neonatal sepsis with acute kidney injury, post-asphyxial hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and pandemic influenza A (H1N1 infection. In a previous article from our group, based on the histological examination of all organs at autopsy of newborns affected by MOF, all organs studied did not escape to be damaged, including thymus and pancreas normally not mentioned in the literature of MOF. The aim of this article is to review the most important pathological changes pathologists should look for in every case of MOF occurring in the perinatal period, with particular attention to systemic endothelial changes occurring in blood vessels in all organs and sytems. On the basis of our experience, matching data during the last phases of the clinicopathological diagnosis represents a useful method, much more productive as compared to the method based on giving pathological answers to the clinical questions prospected before autopsy. As for the pathological features observed in neonatal MOF, one of them deserves a particular attention: the vascular lesions, and in particular the multiple changes occurring during MOF development in endothelial cells, ending with the loss of the endothelial barrier, probably the most relevant histological lesion followed by the insurgence of interstitial edema and disseminated intravascular coagulation. Small vessels should be observed at high power, with particular attention to the size and shape of endothelial nuclei, in order to evidence endothelial swelling, probably the initial modification of the endothelial cells leading to their

  8. Rural extension in Uruguay: problems and approaches from the point of view of their extensionists

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    Fernando Landini

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Understanding the problems faced by rural extension in Uruguay as well as the conceptions used by the development agents to conduct their practices constitutes a contribution to both, the Uruguayan rural development policies and the wider space of the MERCOSUR. A quali-quantitative research was conducted, during which 32 Uruguayan extensionists replied to a questionnaire. Replies underwent content and statistic analysis. Results suggest that the Uruguayan rural extensionists posses a complex conception of their practice, which articulates productive and social dimensions and relates to a critical and participatory way of understanding rural extension. Nevertheless, a diffusionist conception of rural extension is also present in some cases. Finally, problems related to group dynamics are highlighted.

  9. Evolutionary Implications of Metal Binding Features in Different Species’ Prion Protein: An Inorganic Point of View

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    Diego La Mendola

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Prion disorders are a group of fatal neurodegenerative conditions of mammals. The key molecular event in the pathogenesis of such diseases is the conformational conversion of prion protein, PrPC, into a misfolded form rich in β-sheet structure, PrPSc, but the detailed mechanistic aspects of prion protein conversion remain enigmatic. There is uncertainty on the precise physiological function of PrPC in healthy individuals. Several evidences support the notion of its role in copper homeostasis. PrPC binds Cu2+ mainly through a domain composed by four to five repeats of eight amino acids. In addition to mammals, PrP homologues have also been identified in birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. The globular domain of protein is retained in the different species, suggesting that the protein carries out an essential common function. However, the comparison of amino acid sequences indicates that prion protein has evolved differently in each vertebrate class. The primary sequences are strongly conserved in each group, but these exhibit a low similarity with those of mammals. The N-terminal domain of different prions shows tandem amino acid repeats with an increasing amount of histidine residues going from amphibians to mammals. The difference in the sequence affects the number of copper binding sites, the affinity and the coordination environment of metal ions, suggesting that the involvement of prion in metal homeostasis may be a specific characteristic of mammalian prion protein. In this review, we describe the similarities and the differences in the metal binding of different species’ prion protein, as revealed by studies carried out on the entire protein and related peptide fragments.

  10. Electric vehicles from the point of view of an energy utility; Elektrofahrzeuge aus Sicht eines Energieversorgers

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    Corpataux, M.

    2008-07-01

    This presentation made at the Swiss 2008 research conference on traffic by Marcel Corpataux from the Elektra Baselland utility (EBL) takes a look at the utility's activities in the renewable energies sector and the need for balancing energy supply and demand. Various methods on the demand side are briefly looked at and the use of 'vehicle-to-grid' concepts that use hybrid vehicles as storage facilities for electrical power are commented on. The chances offered to electricity utilities by using hybrid vehicles as buffer storage for electrical power are discussed.

  11. Outbreak of Legionella disease in Murcia, at July 2001. The environmental health point of view

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    C. Gutiérrez Molina

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available The measures of intervention adopted for the study and control of the outbreak are exposed. 126 systems with risk were found (45 of them high risk: 70 water cooling towers or similar, 35 decorative fountains, 1 building site with earth movement and 20 air-water closed systems, distributed by risk criteria.Immediately were stopped: decorative fountains, washing down of streets, spray irrigation in parks and the building site.486 inspections and 1040 sample taking were executed, the cleaning and disinfection of water cooling towers and similar systems were ordered and closing if necessary.Afterwards, fills were replaced in water cooling tower which tested Lp positive.After the investigation of 339 systems, 57 (16.9% tested Lp positive culture, 23 (6.8 % water cooling towers and 31 (9.1 % drinking water taps.Distribution by serotypes: LpS1 (62’3%, serotypes 2-14 (36’68%.LpS1Olda Olda (21’74% was the most abundant followed by LpS1 Pontiac Philadelphia Lugano (18’84%, in contrast to LpS1 Pontiac Philadelphia Glasgow (1’45%, found only in one case although isolated in the 18 samples of patients.Culture and PCR were available in 355 cases, resulting in 30,8% sensitivity (confidence interval 95%, 25,1 and specificity 99,4±0,8.There are a big percentage of samples positives to Lp Sg1 and between them prevail Lp Pontiac Philadelphia, basically Lugano kind.The first disinfection doesn ́t eradicate all the contamination. The finding of 14 Lp positive systems after cleaning and disinfection process, with previous negative cultures, suggests a high analytical results variability and/or an inefficient first cleaning and disinfections of the system.The previous conclusions and the low sensitivity of the PCR test must be considered in future cases.

  12. A look at transport theory from the point of view of linear algebra

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    Faber, V.; Manteuffel, T.A.

    1988-01-01

    We show that the notion of ''preconditioning'' from linear algebra can provide a framework for the discussion of algorithms for the numerical solution of the transport equation. In this context we show that the conjugate gradient method yields substantial savings over the Neumann series solution of the standard integral formulation of the transport equation for optically thick regimes. Further, we show that the diffusion synthetic acceleration (DSA) algorithm is the Neumann series solution of the standard integral formulation of the transport equation preconditioning by the Green's function of a diffusion operator. The preconditioned conjugate gradient method, using DSA as a preconditioner, again yields substantial savings. 12 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs.

  13. CLIMATE CHANGE AND VULNERABILITY OF THE ARCTIC ELDERLY: AN ASSESSMENT FROM HUMAN RIGHTS POINT OF VIEW

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    Shahnaj Begum

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available There are increasing challenges among the elderly in the Arctic region. Global warming due to climate change is one of the major reasons for these challenges. Because of climate change temperature in the region increases, which results in rapid melting of sea ice causing various environmental, social, cultural and economic problems. Population in the region suffers from these problems where elderly people are the most vulnerable. Climate change has already affected the elderly lives in different ways, such as, by physical, social, political, cultural and psychological ways. These have serious consequences in terms of human rights of this vulnerable group of people. However, the elderly people’s human rights issues have not been adequately researched in the context of this region. The goal of this paper is to present elderly related human rights issues, particularly the rights that are affected due to climate change in this specific region.

  14. Spin glass models from the point of view of spin distributions

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    Panchenko, Dmitry

    2010-01-01

    In many spin glass models, due to the symmetry between sites, any limiting joint distribution of spins under the annealed Gibbs measure admits the Aldous-Hoover representation encoded by a function $\\sigma: [0,1]^4\\to\\{-1,+1\\}$ and one can think of this function as a generic functional order parameter of the model. In a class of diluted models and in the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model, we introduce novel perturbations of the Hamiltonians that yield certain invariance and self-consistency equations for this generic functional order parameter and we use these invariance properties to obtain representations for the free energy in terms of $\\sigma$. In the setting of the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model the self-consistency equations imply that the joint distribution of spins is determined by the joint distributions of the overlaps and we give an explicit formula for $\\sigma$ under the Parisi ultrametricity hypothesis. In addition, we discuss some connections with the Ghirlanda-Guerra identities and stochastic stabil...

  15. The fundamental principles of the physical protection, the group of six point of view

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    Claeys, M.; Carnas, L.; Robeyns, G. [Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (Belgium); Rommevaux, G. [Controle des Matieres Nucleaires, CMN (France); Venot, R. [CEA Fontenay-aux-Roses, 92 (France). Inst. de Protection et de Surete Nucleaire; Fechner, J.B. [Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (Germany); Hagemann, A. [Gesellschaft fuer Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS) mbH, Cologne (Germany); Fontaneda Gonzalez, A. [Nuclear Energy Div., Directorate General of Energy, Policy and Mines Ministry of Economy (Spain); Gimenez Gonzalez, S. [Nuclear Safety Council (Spain); Isaksson, S.G. [Swedish Nuclear Power Inspectorate (Sweden); Wager, K. [Dept. of Trade and Industry (United Kingdom); Price, C. [Office for Civil Nuclear Security (United Kingdom)

    2001-07-01

    This paper presents the joint experience of the Group of Six in the field of physical protection against the theft or unauthorized removal of nuclear material and against the sabotage of nuclear material and nuclear facilities, which emerged from the joint discussion. Several fundamental principles stem from this experience. Of course the particular terms and conditions of the implementation of these principles are specific to each country. (authors)

  16. Comparative study of iron-containing haematinics from the point of view of their magnetic properties

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    Gutierrez, Lucia [Department de Ciencia y Tecnologia de Materiales y Fluidos, CPS, Universidad de Zaragoza, 50018 Zaragoza (Spain)]. E-mail: lucia@unizar.es; Lazaro, Francisco J. [Department de Ciencia y Tecnologia de Materiales y Fluidos, CPS, Universidad de Zaragoza, 50018 Zaragoza (Spain); Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragon, Universidad de Zaragoza, 50009 Zaragoza (Spain)

    2007-09-15

    The dynamic magnetic susceptibility of several haematinics in which iron is present as antiferromagnetic salts or iron oxyhydroxide nanoparticles has been measured. Among other parameters, the temperature dependence of the AC susceptibility of each compound acts as a fingerprint that informs about microstructural aspects of the presence of iron. The physicochemical characterisation of these compounds is of great relevance with respect to their bioavailability in the treatment of iron deficiency anaemia.

  17. Medication for older people - aspects of rational therapy from the general practitioner's point of view

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    Vass, M; Hendriksen, C

    2005-01-01

    people and to consider different approaches when evaluating evidence of risk and benefit for the individual. Old people are facing a considerable risk of adverse drug reactions and recent initiatives, including the Continuous Medical Educational Efforts Programme, address issues of inappropriate...... state that a number of pharmacological regimens for older people are outperformed by non-pharmacological treatment alternatives involving competent individualised counselling and public provision of easy (transportation) possibilities for joining centres offering staff and equipment for physical......This paper discusses GP perspectives on the principles underlying rational pharmacotherapy for older people. The rising use of prescription medicine forces the GP to balance the benefit of evidence group-based appropriate drug use against the problems arising when medication is given to older...

  18. Testing for characterization of the materials from radiological point of view

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    Bercea, Sorin; Iliescu, Elena; Dudu, Dorin; Iancso, Georgeta

    2013-12-01

    The nuclear techniques and materials are now used in a large number of applications, both in medicine and industry. Due to this fact, new materials are needed in order to assure the radiological protection of the personnel involved in these activities. But, finally, all these materials have to be tested for some specific parameters, in order to prove that they are adequate for the purposed for which they were created. One of the important parameters of the materials used for the radiological protection is the attenuation coefficient. The attenuation coefficient of the ionizing radiation composed by particles without electrical charge (X,γ-ray and neutron) is the most important parameter for the materials used for the shielding of these ionizing radiation. This paper deals with the experimental methods developed for the determination of the attenuation of fast and thermal neutrons. These experimental methods, involved the use of Am-Be source and U-120 Cyclotron of IFIN-HH. For the tests which were done at the U-120 Cyclotron, a number of experiments had to be performed, in order to establish the irradiation geometry and the dose equivalent rates in front of and behind the material samples. The experimental results obtained for samples of several materials, confirmed the methods as adequate for the aim of the test.

  19. [The death of Tordenskiold--from a medical point of view].

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    Hagelsten, J O

    1991-03-20

    The Norwegian/Danish naval hero, Peter Wessel, peerage name Tordenskiold (1690-1720), had a most brilliant career. Enrolled as cadet in 1710, and was appointed admiral in 1718 after many glorious victories during the Great Northern War (1700-21). He died in a rapier duel in Germany. Until now it has been suggested that he bled to death within a couple of minutes, stabbed only once by a rapier. However, present medical knowledge, and descriptions of the clinical picture by several eyewitnesses, suggest that the main cause of death was rather a tension pneumothorax. In 1952, two Danish physicians have succeeded in deciphering a primitive "autopsy" description that had been almost overlooked. They used a special technique and perceived that it was written in a mixture of gothic and latin letters. Tordenskiold has lain since 1819 in a marble sarchophagus in the Danish Naval Church in Copenhagen, but still without the blessing of the Church, because duels were forbidden. Many had imagined that the blessing would be given at the celebration to mark The 300-year anniversary of his birth, held in Copenhagen in 1990 in the presence of her Majesty, Queen Margrethe--but this did not happen.

  20. The classification of wind shears from the point of view of aerodynamics and flight mechanics

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    Seidler, Fritz; Hensel, Gunter

    1987-01-01

    A study of international statistical data shows that in about three quarters of all serious accidents which occurred with jet propelled airliners wind shear was either one of the main causes of the accident or represented a major contributory cause. Wind shear related problems are examined. The necessity of a use of different concepts, definitions, and divisions is explained, and the concepts and definitions required for the division of wind and wind shear into different categories is discussed. A description of the context between meteorological and aerodynamics-flight mechanics concepts, definitions, and divisions is also provided. Attention is given to wind and wind components, general characteristics of wind shear and the meteorological terms, the basic types of wind shear for aerodynamics-flight mechanics investigations, special types of wind shear for aerodynamics-flight mechanics investigations, and possibilities regarding a change of the wind component.

  1. Review of some phenomena in sport psychology from the point of view of the athlete's experience

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    Maja Smrdu

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Although many quantitative studies have been carried out on various aspects of sport, it seems our understanding of them has not advanced considerably. Because of that there has been a greater acceptance of qualitative methods and with that also the value of employing phenomenological approaches in the academic discipline of sport psychology has increased in recent years. Phenomenological psychology can allow us to look more closely to athletes’ experiences and therefore plays a mediating role between applied and theoretical aspects of sport psychology. We find its special importance at phenomena connected to peak performance and different stages of consciousness.

  2. Women's health from a woman's point of view: a review of the literature.

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    Lempert, L B

    1986-01-01

    The literature on the current health problems of women is reviewed, clarifying the conditions and updating present knowledge of women's health within the context of medical and social research. Both medical professionals and women have begun to address women's health issues with 4 major issues receiving particular emphasis: the charge that physicians fail to take women's complaints seriously; the allegation that the population of women is being drugged; the accusation that women experience excessive surgical procedures; and the notion that sexism is inherent in American medical education. Focus on these issues is not the answer. Women, individually and collectively, need to clarify issues of women's health within the context of modern research and understanding. The literature is reviewed in the categories of prepubescent females, adolescence and the young woman, women's reproductive lives, life styles of the middle years, external and internal abuse, and aged women. The estimated annual occurrence of 60,000-100,000 cases of incest and/or sexual abuse among prepubescent females makes it a women's health issue of serious dimension. The victims are overwhelmingly female with a ratio of 10 females to 1 male child. Appetite disorders, known as patharexia, are a major public health problem of female adolescents. After depression, they represent the most common emotional illness among young girls and women. Anorexia nervosa, bulimarexia, and bulimia all are characterized by body image and distortion and the victim's obsessive desire to be thin. A more conforming, but still inappropriately adapted, response to social expectations for women is teen pregnancy. Teenagers who decide to have their babies often are those with the fewest options. Voluntary childlessness, late age childbirth, and issues of reproductive freedom are having social, political, and economic impact on the lives of all women. The prevailing social context of sexism and inequality contributes to the

  3. Definition of high-performance membranes - from the clinical point of view.

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    Saito, Akira

    2011-01-01

    Global knowledge of the molecular target of uremic toxins (UTs) was significantly different in the 1980s than it is now. In 1971, Babb et al. hypothesized that UTs such as neurotoxin existed in mid-sized molecules ranging from 300 to 3,000 Da. In the 1980s, larger molecular weight substances > 5,000 Da were targeted for removal, as well as small and medium size toxins in Japan, while urea was considered a surrogate marker of UTs, and Kt/V for urea was used as a measure of dialysis dose in the USA. In Japan, albumin-bound toxins in addition to low-molecular-weight proteins were targeted for removal as glomerular filtration in the normal kidney. As binding capacity of albumin is significantly lowered and, on the other hand, the α-helical content of albumin also lowered in uremic patients because of binding of UTs to albumin, a small amount of albumin should be removed to stimulate the synthesis of new albumin. KF101 C-2 (EVAL) used as a high-performance dialysis membrane (HPM) at the first step, in which approximately 7 g of albumin is removed per dialysis session. It resulted in lowered plasma albumin levels in hemodialysis patients, although accumulated levels of low-molecular-weight proteins were significantly lowered. Therefore, the Japanese Society of Dialysis Therapy has recommended limitation of albumin removal to < 3 g/session by the second generation of HPMs. Many different HPMs have been developed since the Japanese Society of HPM was first organized in 1985. Approximately 98% of the dialyzers used in Japan employ HPMs. New technology is required to suppress fouling on the surface and in the pores of HPMs. This would maintain permeation of inflammatory cytokines during dialysis sessions.

  4. Humour Theories and the Archetype of the Trickster in Folklore: An Analytical Psychology Point of View

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    Ana Stefanova

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Humour theories describe different parts of humour as a phenomenon, obtained on the personal and community level, so difficult to be explained. The analytical psychology of Carl Gustav Jung may help in the explanation of why the search for the “Holy Grail of Humour” is as if trying to catch a shadow. The archetype of the trickster in folklore may help us describe some common and different parts of the universal phenomenon of humour and the specific ethno-psychological traits.The paper presents an overview of basic humour theories, supported by analytical psychology comments, the archetype of the trickster in Bulgarian and Russian folklore, in the folklore of Native American tribes, Kalevala and Edda (Snorri Sturluson with an attempt to explain how the traits of this “hero” provide a list of the components making something humorous for different people and what are the common traits that can be described as universal.This overview could help trace the humour phenomenon from the universal, through the community, to the individual level trying to find how important this is in searching for its characteristics.

  5. [Safety of food additives from a German and European point of view].

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    Gürtler, R

    2010-06-01

    There are about 300 food additives permitted in the EU for which a re-evaluation program was initiated recently. Occasionally, it is speculated that the use of single food additives might be of safety concern. First results of the re-evaluation could give an impression on how such concerns were taken into account by responsible authorities, such as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). For some of the food additives, the lowest dose resulting in adverse effects was lower in recent studies compared to previous studies. Thus, the acceptable daily intake (ADI) derived applying the common uncertainty factor was lower than the ADI derived using data from previous studies. Therefore, it has to be considered whether the conditions of use need to be modified for these food additives.

  6. An Overview: Treatment of Lung Cancer on Researcher Point of View

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    Javeria Amin

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Cancers is defined as the uncontrolled cell divisions. Cell does not grow maturely and destined to uncontrolled cell growth. When these cells of lungs grow uncontrolled it is called lung cancer. Nowadays mortality rate due to lung cancer is increasing day by day. Many treatment and diagnoses are now a day’s available to deal with lung cancer. Here we disused different method for diagnosis the common types of lung cancer Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Small Cell Lung Cancer, Small Cell Lung Cancer Limited Stage, Small Cell Lung Cancer - Extensive Stage, Lung Adenocarcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma,Bronchioloalveolar carcinoma (BAC, Metastatic lung cancer.

  7. An Overview: Treatment of Lung Cancer on Researcher Point of View

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    Javeria Amin

    2015-01-01

    Cancers is defined as the uncontrolled cell divisions. Cell does not grow maturely and destined to uncontrolled cell growth. When these cells of lungs grow uncontrolled it is called lung cancer. Nowadays mortality rate due to lung cancer is increasing day by day. Many treatment and diagnoses are now a day’s available to deal with lung cancer. Here we disused different method for diagnosis the common types of lung cancer Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Small Cell Lung Cancer, Small Cell Lung Cance...

  8. Analysis of the building constructions from the point of view of possible freeze-thaw deterioration

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    Maděra, Jiří; Černý, Robert

    2016-07-01

    A mathematical model for the calculation of the amount of frozen water in the porous building materials is presented in this paper. The model is based on the analysis of temperature and moisture content fields in the investigated material together with its pore size distribution function and is primarily designed for the relative assessment of building constructions. The newly formulated model is applied on several wall assemblies made of traditional structural materials and their hygrothermal performance is analyzed in terms of possible frost induced damage. Based on the model outputs some future objectives are drawn.

  9. Sociobiology and political ideology: Comments on the radical point of view

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    Falger, V.S.E.

    1984-01-01

    Political abuse of scientific research is a real danger in many domains of science. The case of sociobiology in particular needs extra alertness, by its scientific users as well as by its critics. Dissociation from any political exploitation of selected sociobiological hypotheses is an important int

  10. Fish Farm Inspections and Sampling Procedures: The Mediterranean Point of View

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    Vendramin, Niccolò

    2012-01-01

    by peculiar health/disease management issues. First of all there are to be considered the hatcheries, this kind of farm are caracterised by having an extremely high level of technology and control of the water that; in these system biosecurity measures are generally high and the water quality parameters...

  11. Dengue Vaccines: A Perspective from the Point of View of Intellectual Property

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    Claudimar Pereira da Veiga

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Dengue is a serious infectious disease and a growing public health problem in many tropical and sub-tropical countries. To control this neglected tropical disease (NTD, vaccines are likely to be the most cost-effective solution. This study analyzed dengue vaccines from both a historical and longitudinal perspective by using patent data, evaluating the geographic and time coverage of innovations, the primary patent holders, the network of cooperation and partnership for vaccine research and development (R & D, the flow of knowledge and the technological domain involved. This study can be seen as an example of the use of patent information to inform policy discussions, strategic research planning, and technology transfer. The results show that 93% of patents were granted since 2000, the majority belonging to the United States and Europe, although the share of patents from developing countries has increased. Unlike another NTDs, there is great participation of private companies in R & D of dengue vaccines and partnerships and collaboration between public and private companies. Finally, in this study, the main holders showed high knowledge absorption and generated capabilities. Therefore, this issue suggests that to overcome the difficulty of translational R & D it is necessary to stimulate the generation of knowledge and relevant scientific research, to enable the productive sector to have the capacity to absorb knowledge, to turn it into innovation, and to articulate partnerships and collaboration.

  12. Understanding the stability of pyrolysis tars from biomass in a view point of free radicals.

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    He, Wenjing; Liu, Qingya; Shi, Lei; Liu, Zhenyu; Ci, Donghui; Lievens, Caroline; Guo, Xiaofen; Liu, Muxin

    2014-03-01

    Fast pyrolysis of biomass has attracted increasing attention worldwide to produce bio-tars that can be upgraded into liquid fuels and chemicals. However, the bio-tars are usually poor in quality and stability and are difficult to be upgraded. To better understand the nature of the bio-tars, this work reveals radical concentration of tars derived from pyrolysis of two kinds of biomass. The tars were obtained by condensing the pyrolysis volatiles in 3s. It shows that the tars contain large amounts of radicals, at a level of 10(16)spins/g, and are able to generate more radicals at temperatures of 573K or higher, reaching a level of 10(19)spins/g at 673K in less than 30min. The radical generation in the tar samples is attributed to the formation of THF insoluble matters (coke), which also contain radicals. The radical concentrations of the aqueous liquids obtained in pyrolysis are also studied.

  13. Dengue Vaccines: A Perspective from the Point of View of Intellectual Property

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    Pereira da Veiga, Claudimar; Pereira da Veiga, Cássia Rita; Del Corso, Jansen Maia; Vieira da Silva, Wesley

    2015-01-01

    Dengue is a serious infectious disease and a growing public health problem in many tropical and sub-tropical countries. To control this neglected tropical disease (NTD), vaccines are likely to be the most cost-effective solution. This study analyzed dengue vaccines from both a historical and longitudinal perspective by using patent data, evaluating the geographic and time coverage of innovations, the primary patent holders, the network of cooperation and partnership for vaccine research and development (R & D), the flow of knowledge and the technological domain involved. This study can be seen as an example of the use of patent information to inform policy discussions, strategic research planning, and technology transfer. The results show that 93% of patents were granted since 2000, the majority belonging to the United States and Europe, although the share of patents from developing countries has increased. Unlike another NTDs, there is great participation of private companies in R & D of dengue vaccines and partnerships and collaboration between public and private companies. Finally, in this study, the main holders showed high knowledge absorption and generated capabilities. Therefore, this issue suggests that to overcome the difficulty of translational R & D it is necessary to stimulate the generation of knowledge and relevant scientific research, to enable the productive sector to have the capacity to absorb knowledge, to turn it into innovation, and to articulate partnerships and collaboration. PMID:26274968

  14. [The problem of health state assessment from the point of view of adaptational reactions theory].

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    Radchenko, O M

    2004-01-01

    Human health condition can be estimated only using adaptive responses theory. We include overactivation responses and incomplete adaptation in addition to stress reactions in the distress-group. Quiet and raised activation reactions were included into the eustress-group. All health spectrum should be divided in three groups. For health persons: 1) physiologic standard = safe health level = eustress reactions of high reactivity level 2) prenosological conditions = eustress reactions of low reactivity level, orientation, 3) premorbid conditions = adaptation mechanism breaking = distress reaction. For patients: 1) auspicious course of the disease = complete remission = eustress reactions of high reactivity level, 2) indefinite course of the disease = partial remission = eustress reactions of low reactivity level, orientation, 3) severe course of the disease = absence of remission = unfavorable prognosis = distress reaction.

  15. At the end of the life cycle of carbon nanotubes : an ecotoxicological point of view

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    Simon,Anne

    2014-01-01

    The increasing production and application of carbon nanotubes (CNT), might enhance the presence of this nanomaterial in the aquatic environment, and hence, the exposure of aquatic organisms. Triclocarban (TCC) is a high-production-volume chemical that is widely used as an antimicrobial compound and is known for its toxicity, endocrine disruption, bioaccumulation potential, and environmental persistence. CNT may interact with and further influence the fate and transport of other pollutants suc...

  16. Appreciation of Hardy's Poem "Neutral Tones" from the Point of View of Functional Analysis

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    Chen, Hong-qin

    2008-01-01

    According to the theory of Systemic-Functional Linguistics (SFL), language cannot be disassociated from meaning. Function and semantics, as SFL suggests, are considered as the basis of human language and communicative activity. In order to reveal the inseparability of language and semantic, this paper aims to analyze and appreciate Hardy's poem…

  17. Contribution of Dance Studies from the Point of View of Religious Dance Teachers in Formal Education

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    Perlshtein, Talia

    2016-01-01

    This article examines perceptions of observant dance teachers on aspects related to their professional world. The study included 119 teachers, graduates of the dance department at an academic- religious college of education in Israel. The data was collected through a structure questionnaire developed specifically for the study and through…

  18. Measurement of degassed cation conductivity from the point of view of an independent consultant

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    Heijboer, Rob; Butter, Leo; Deelen, Marga van; Vos, Frank de [Process and Cooling Water Group, KEMA Nederland B.V., Arnhem (Netherlands)

    2009-07-01

    It is a known and widely accepted fact that Cation Conductivity (CC) is one of the key parameters to monitor the quality of the water/steam cycle. However, the presence of CO{sub 2} in the cycle also contributes to the CC value but on the other hand is not such a threat to the integrity of the cycle and is more a nuisance. Kema, as an independent consultant, investigated reasons for CO{sub 2} ingress. The results demonstrate the reliable CO{sub 2} surveillance will considerably contribute to optimisation of the water-steam cycle. (orig.)

  19. Deep storage of radioactive waste from a geological point of view

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    Venzlaff, Helmut [Federal Institute for Geo-Sciences and Raw Materials, Hannover (Germany)

    2015-08-15

    For a deep storage of radioactive waste geologists gave their preference to salt prior to other rock complexes such as clay or granite. Major deposits from pure rock salt are particularly suitable to safely seal radioactive wastes from the biosphere because due to their plasticity they are free from fissures in which liquids and gases could circulate and because their thermal conductivity is higher than of other rocks. The geological stability of salt domes can be shown by their geological evolution. Thus the salt dome in Gorleben was formed 100 million years ago and is older than the Atlantic, the Alps or the ascent of the low mountain range. During this long period it survived ocean floods, mountain formations, earthquakes, volcanism and ice ages without considerably changing its shape. There are no geological reasons, why it should not remain stable during the next million years.

  20. Newtonian approach for the Kepler-Coulomb problem from the point of view of velocity space

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    Núñez-Yépez, H N; González-Villanueva, A; Romero, R P M; Salas-Brito, A L

    1998-01-01

    The hodograph of the Kepler-Coulomb problem, that is, the path traced by its velocity vector, is shown to be a circle and then it is used to investigate other properties of the motion. We obtain the configuration space orbits of the problem starting from initial conditions given using nothing more than the methods of synthetic geometry so close to Newton's approach. The method works with elliptic, parabolic and hyperbolic orbits; it can even be used to derive Rutherford's relation from which the scattering cross section can be easily evaluated. We think our discussion is both interesting and useful inasmuch as it serves to relate the initial conditions with the corresponding trajectories in a purely geometrical way uncovering in the process some seldom discussed interesting connections.

  1. The treatment of facial palsy from the point of view of physical and rehabilitation medicine.

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    Shafshak, T S

    2006-03-01

    There are evidences to support recommending the early intake of prednisone (in its appropriate dose of 1 mg/kg body weight for up to 70 or 80 mg/day) or the combined use of prednisone and acyclovir (or valacyclovir) within 72 h following the onset of paralysis in order to improve the outcome of Bell's palsy (BP). Although there may be a controversy about the role of physiotherapy in BP or facial palsy, it seemed that local superficial heat therapy, massage, exercises, electrical stimulation and biofeedback training have a place in the treatment of lower motor facial palsy. However, each modality has its indications. Moreover, some rehabilitative surgical methods might be of benefit for some patients with traumatic facial injuries or long standing paralysis without recovery, but early surgery in BP is usually not recommended. However, few may recommend early surgery in BP when there is 90-100% facial nerve degeneration. The efficacy of acupuncture, magnetic pellets and other modalities of physiotherapy needs further investigation. The general principles and the different opinions in treating and rehabilitating facial palsy are discussed and the need for further research in this field is suggested.

  2. On a Heuristic Point of View About Inertial Deconfinement of Quarks

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    Stefan, V. Alexander

    2009-05-01

    I propose a novel heuristic method for the deconfinement of quarks. It proceeds in two phases. Firstly, a frozen hydrogen pellet is inertially confined by the ultra-intense lasers up to a solid state density. Secondly, a solid state nano-pellet is ``punched'' by a femtosecond TeV-photon beam created in the beat wave driven free electron laser (BW-FEL), leading to the ``rapture'' (in a ``karate chop'' model) of the ``MIT Bag'' before the asymptotically free quarks move apart. The threshold ``rapture force'' of the TeV photon is 10^8N. M. Gell-Mann. The Quark and the Jaguar: Adventures in the Simple and the Complex (New York, NY: W.H. Freeman and Co., 1994) [cf. M. Gell-Mann, The Garden of Live Flowers in: V. Stefan (Editor), Physics and Society. Essays Honoring Victor Frederick Weisskopf (Springer, 1998), pp. 109-121]. V. Alexander Stefan. Beat Wave Driven Free Electron Laser (S-U-Press, 2002, La Jolla, CA)[cf. V. Stefan et. al., Bull. Am. Phys. Soc. 32, No. 9, 1713 (1987)] J. I. Friedman and H. Kendall, Viki, in: V. Stefan (Editor), Physics and Society. Essays Honoring Victor Frederick Weisskopf (Springer, 1998), pp. 103-108].

  3. Malfunctions of robotic system in surgery: role and responsibility of surgeon in legal point of view

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    Ferrarese Alessia

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Robotic surgery (RS technology has undergone rapid growth in the surgical field since its approval. In clinical practice, failure of robotic procedures mainly results from a surgeon’s inability or to a device malfunction. We reviewed the literature to estimate the impact of this second circumstance in RS and its consequent legal implications. According to data from the literature, device malfunction is rare. We believe it is necessary to complement surgical training with a technical understanding of RS devices.

  4. [Shortage of patient rights--from the point of view of attorneys].

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    Wartensleben, Herbert

    2010-01-01

    In the public health care sector physicians may apply only those methods that are generally accepted. The result is a lack of confidence. Medical science becomes reduced to natural science. Practical experience will be eliminated.

  5. Mammographic density and factors determining it from the point of view of high oncological risks

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    D. A. Vasilyev

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available There is now extensive proof that high percentage of mammographic density (MD is an independent risk factor for breast cance.r Taking this into account, the research data are summarized with regard to relation of MD to anthropometric, as well as hormonal, genetic and genotoxic factors. There is a negative correlation between MD and such risk factors as age, number of deliveries, BMI and waist-hip ratio. Most inves- tigations show a direct connection between MD and prolactin level or insulin-like growth factor in blood, mostly in premenopaus al women. Relations of MD with blood estrogens, testosterone, sex hormone binding globulin prove to be too diverse to be taken in account of. It is pos- sible that the action of hormones, especially estrogens, is mediated through their metabolites catecholestrogens and / or reactive oxygen spe- cies. There is certain evidence that a genetic component plays a role in MD. It refers to COMT Val158Met, IGF-I rs6220 A> G and UGT1A1 in premenopausal women, and to ESR1 (XbaI и PvuII in menopausal cases.Although it is obvious that the risk of breast cancer related to MD is brought about by many factors, there is a necessity for studying addi- tional criteria modifying the process, as well as for searching means for preventing it.

  6. Transmission of zoonoses in xenotransplantation: Porcine endogenous retroviruses from an immunological and molecular point of view

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    Suji M Prabha

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objectives: Pigs offer an unlimited source of xenografts for humans. The use of transplants from animal origin offers a potential solution to the limited supply of human organs and tissues. However, like many other mammalian species, pigs harbor porcine endogenous retrovirus (PERV, which are encoded in their genomic DNA and are assumed to have been integrated into the porcine germ line more than 7.6 × 106 years ago and showing that the age correlates with the time of separation between pigs and peccaries 7.4 × 106 years ago. The ability of the PERV to infect human cells in vitro has heightened safety concerns regarding the transmission of PERV to pig xenograft recipients. In this study, we detected PERV-AC recombinant virus in porcine genomic DNA that may have resulted from exogenous viral recombination. Infectious risk in xenotransplantation will be defined by the activity of PERV loci in vivo. We identified unique Haemophilus aegyptius III HaeIII gag restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP profiles resulting from single nucleotide polymorphisms; these were found only in animals that produced human tropic PERV. Materials and Methods: Porcine tissues were analyzed using validated assays specific for PERV: polymerase chain reaction (PCR (for PERV DNA, RT-PCR (for PERV RNA, cell culture, RFLP analysis, and sequence analysis. Conclusions and Interpretation : These findings have demonstrated that the presence of both DNA and RNA forms of porcine endogenous retrovirus in porcine tissues needs to be carefully considered when the infectious disease potential of xenotransplantation is being assessed.

  7. The Quality of Life in Chronic Pancreatitis: The Endoscopist's Point of View

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    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Due to its therapeutic properties, endoscopy can influence the quality of life (QoL of patients suffering from chronic pancreatitis (CP. Pancreatic ductal decompression represents the most frequent endoscopic procedure in patients with painful CP and it can be considered as a first-line treatment for improving the clinical condition. Endoscopy can limit surgery to unsuccessful or relapse cases. The best candidates for endoscopic treatment are patients with cephalic obstruction of the main pancreatic duct (MPD by stone(s and/or stricture(s with upstream dilation (type IV or, respectively, type V according to the Brussels or the Cambridge ERCP classification [1, 2]. These patients had pain as a consequence of an elevated intraductal pressure. Combined techniques are usually employed to remove stones and/or to dilate a stenosis, such as a pancreatic sphincterotomy, mechanic lithotripsy, extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL and pancreatic stent(s. Endoscopy has the potential of improving the QoL in patients with CP since it can decrease or entirely eliminate pancreatic pain and MPD dilation, two variables capable of impairing physical and mental domains [3, 4, 5]. In the Pezzilli et al. study [3], pain was the unique clinical variable able to significantly impair all physical and mental domains in a SF-36 questionnaire administered to 190 consecutive patients with proven CP.

  8. 邓小平理论的逻辑起点研究之我见%My Views on Research About Logical Starting Points of Deng Xiaoping Theory

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    2015-01-01

    There are many different views on logical starting point of Deng Xiaoping’s theory,such as the theory of the essence of socialism,the theory of the primary stage of socialism and the theory of truth standard.The paper pointed out that a single logical starting point is difficult to govern Deng Xi-aoping theory that involves various areas.We should find different logical starting points for various areas respectively.%关于邓小平理论的逻辑起点,有多种不同的观点,比如:社会主义的本质论、社会主义的初级阶段论、真理标准论。其实,一个单一的逻辑起点是很难统摄邓小平理论所涉及到的方方面面的,我们应该分别为邓小平理论所涉及到的不同方面找出不同的逻辑起点。

  9. The Liver Biopsy in Modern Clinical Practice: A Pediatric Point-of-View

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    Ovchinsky, Nadia; Moreira, Roger K; Lefkowitch, Jay H.; Lavine, Joel E.

    2012-01-01

    Liver biopsy remains the foundation of evaluation and management of liver disease in children, although the role of the liver biopsy is changing with development of alternative methods of diagnosis and advancement of hepatic imaging techniques. The indications for liver biopsy are evolving as current knowledge of etiologies, noninvasive biomarker alternatives and treatment options in pediatric liver disease are expanding. The procedure can often be complicated in children by technical difficu...

  10. Evaluation of the Voorhof II building refurbishment: A dynamic behaviour view-point

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    Oosterhout, G.P.C. van

    1997-01-01

    The paper discusses the effectiveness of stiffening an existing building to improve the dynamic behaviour. The evaluation was part of a Ph.D. studies on the wind-induced dynamic behaviour of tall buildings. Sensitivity analyses by means of a computer model suggested that stiffening tall buildings ma

  11. Difference, Visual Narration, and "Point of View" in "My Name is Red"

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    Cicekoglu, Feride

    2003-01-01

    This paper focuses on the difference between Eastern and Western ways of visual narration, taking as its frame of reference the novel "My Name is Red," by Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, winner of the 2003 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. This book is particularly important in terms of visual narration because it highlights the…

  12. RESEARCH OF APPROACHES TO INCREASE THE EFFICIENCY OF FUNCTIONING OF RAILWAY TRANSPORT SUBDIVISIONS FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

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    O. I. Kharchenko

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. Modern transport systems are not stable and can not stand up to the destabilizing factors. Global track record in the economic and commercial management systems is the use of the concept of sustainable development. It is necessary on the basis of analysis of literary sources to define the directions of efficiency increase of functioning of railway transport subdivisions from the point of view of sustainable development. Methodology. To achieve the purpose the features of the use of sustainable development conception and its realization were investigated at a management of the complex systems. The existent models were also analyzed in the field of efficiency increase of functioning of railway transport subdivisions. Findings. On the basis of literary sources analysis, keeping up the conceptual essence of the sustainable development, the main directions of efficiency increase of subdivisions functioning were selected. They take into account the basic requirements of steady development and should be considered as a complex. Originality. New directions to consider the efficiency increase issues from position of sustainable development were offered by the author. Three components of conceptions of sustainable development (economic, ecological and social should be examined in a balanced way. Thus, the above mentioned theoretical studies can promote the forming of new economy model corresponding to the purposes and principles of sustainable development. Practical value. The conducted analysis development confirms the necessity of researches on perspective directions of development of railway transport subdivisions, which are marked by the guidance of Ukrzaliznytsia. It enables to select basic directions for further research in the area of efficiency increase.

  13. [The adopted child and his problems. Pedo-psychiatric point of view].

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    Schachter, M

    1980-12-01

    After a survey of the recent pedopsychiatric literature concerning the difficulties exhibited by young adoptees, we describe our own experience with 35 adopted children. The subjects were divided in two groups: a) the first group of 26 cases (74%) concerning clinical disturbances with no evident relation to the situation derived by the adoption; b) the second group of 9 cases (26%) concerning: 1. four cases ou rebellious behaviour against the adopters et 2. fives cases of camouflaged rejection of the adoptees by their adopters. These 9 cases are given with details; the characteristics of the other 26 cases are summarized. Our pedopsychiatric experience has shown that adoption was a failure in 26% of the cases related in the present study.

  14. A New Theory on the Evaluation of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture Mechanisms from the Latest Medical Scientific Point of View.

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    Inanç, Betül Battaloğlu

    2015-01-01

    Acupuncture is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine involving the insertion of needles through the skin at specific points on the body to achieve therapeutic effects and is an ancient Chinese art of healing. Using ancient scientific principles, acupuncture treats illnesses by bringing a person's body into harmony and regulating the balance of Yin and Yang. Balancing Yin and Yang is one basic principle of Chinese medicine, and balancing methods for combination of meridians and acupoints have been described throughout the history of Chinese medicine. Clinical observations and principal research on acupuncture focus on the adjustment of the Zang-Fu organ and have shown that the adjustment by acupuncture relied largely on the effective components in different organs. What does this effectiveness mean? In fact, is acupuncture a treatment that shows its effects with signals to the autocrine, paracrine and endocrine pathways? What role does embryology play in this area? Furthermore, molecular biology has opened avenues to newer methods for the study of embryology and to enhance our understanding of growth and development. Can evaluation of acupuncture with these branches of science be more scientific? We discuss this interesting topic in this original article. After all this time, it is reasonable that different therapeutic techniques and approaches are developed for acupuncture.

  15. Hierarchical Higher Order Crf for the Classification of Airborne LIDAR Point Clouds in Urban Areas

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    Niemeyer, J.; Rottensteiner, F.; Soergel, U.; Heipke, C.

    2016-06-01

    We propose a novel hierarchical approach for the classification of airborne 3D lidar points. Spatial and semantic context is incorporated via a two-layer Conditional Random Field (CRF). The first layer operates on a point level and utilises higher order cliques. Segments are generated from the labelling obtained in this way. They are the entities of the second layer, which incorporates larger scale context. The classification result of the segments is introduced as an energy term for the next iteration of the point-based layer. This framework iterates and mutually propagates context to improve the classification results. Potentially wrong decisions can be revised at later stages. The output is a labelled point cloud as well as segments roughly corresponding to object instances. Moreover, we present two new contextual features for the segment classification: the distance and the orientation of a segment with respect to the closest road. It is shown that the classification benefits from these features. In our experiments the hierarchical framework improve the overall accuracies by 2.3% on a point-based level and by 3.0% on a segment-based level, respectively, compared to a purely point-based classification.

  16. Distinction is All; NTIS From a Technical Librarian's Point-of-View.

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    Moore, Lorna; And Others

    Difficulties encountered by users of the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) idexing and abstracting services are: (1) coverage too broad for a single index, (2) duplication of material indexed or distributed elsewhere, (3) multiple number series, (4) inconsistency of bibliographic entries and (5) coverage unpredictable. The difficulties…

  17. Considering Horn’s Parallel Analysis from a Random Matrix Theory Point of View

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    Saccenti, Edoardo; Timmerman, Marieke E.

    2017-01-01

    Horn’s parallel analysis is a widely used method for assessing the number of principal components and common factors. We discuss the theoretical foundations of parallel analysis for principal components based on a covariance matrix by making use of arguments from random matrix theory. In particular,

  18. Considering Horn’s Parallel Analysis from a Random Matrix Theory Point of View

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    Saccenti, Edoardo; Timmerman, Marieke E.

    2016-01-01

    Horn’s parallel analysis is a widely used method for assessing the number of principal components and common factors. We discuss the theoretical foundations of parallel analysis for principal components based on a covariance matrix by making use of arguments from random matrix theory. In particular,

  19. Testicular germ cell tumors and related research from a historical point of view

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    Damjanov, Ivan; Albrechtsen, Nicolai Jacob Wewer

    2013-01-01

    In this brief overview of the history of testicular germ cell tumors, we touch upon the key events and personalities that have contributed to our current understanding of germ cell tumors in general, and those of the testis in particular. The intricacies of human germ cell tumor pathology...... and histogenesis have been elucidated in part by contributions in the field of experimental pathology and developmental biology. Correlation between clinical oncologic findings, pathology and experimental studies of germ cell tumors and related topics ushered the era of cellular and genetic engineering that have...

  20. Quantum chromodynamics, antiferromagnets and XY models from a unified point of view

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    Hofmann, Christoph P.

    2017-03-01

    Antiferromagnets and quantum XY magnets in three space dimensions are described by an effective Lagrangian that exhibits the same structure as the effective Lagrangian of quantum chromodynamics with two light flavors. These systems all share a spontaneously broken internal symmetry O (N) → O (N - 1). Although the respective scales differ by many orders of magnitude, the general structure of the low-temperature expansion of the partition function is the same. In the nonabelian case (N ≥ 3), logarithmic terms of the form T8 ln ⁡ T emerge at three-loop order, while for N = 2 the series only involves powers of T2. The manifestation of the Goldstone boson interaction in the pressure, order parameter, and susceptibility is explored in presence of an external field.

  1. Quantum Chromodynamics, Antiferromagnets and XY Models from a Unified Point of View

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    Hofmann, Christoph P

    2016-01-01

    Antiferromagnets and quantum XY magnets in three space dimensions are described by an effective Lagrangian that exhibits the same structure as the effective Lagrangian of quantum chromodynamics with two light flavors. These systems all share a spontaneously broken internal symmetry O($N$) $\\to$ O($N$-1). Although the respective scales differ by many orders of magnitude, the general structure of the low-temperature expansion of the partition function is the same. In the nonabelian case, logarithmic terms of the form $T^8 \\ln T$ emerge at three-loop order, while for $N$=2 the series only involves powers of $T^2$. The manifestation of the Goldstone boson interaction in the pressure, order parameter, and susceptibility is explored in presence of an external field.

  2. Modeling Visual Information Processing in Brain: A Computer Vision Point of View and Approach

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    Diamant, Emanuel

    2007-01-01

    We live in the Information Age, and information has become a critically important component of our life. The success of the Internet made huge amounts of it easily available and accessible to everyone. To keep the flow of this information manageable, means for its faultless circulation and effective handling have become urgently required. Considerable research efforts are dedicated today to address this necessity, but they are seriously hampered by the lack of a common agreement about "What is information?" In particular, what is "visual information" - human's primary input from the surrounding world. The problem is further aggravated by a long-lasting stance borrowed from the biological vision research that assumes human-like information processing as an enigmatic mix of perceptual and cognitive vision faculties. I am trying to find a remedy for this bizarre situation. Relying on a new definition of "information", which can be derived from Kolmogorov's compexity theory and Chaitin's notion of algorithmic inf...

  3. Science and Scientific Curiosity in Pre-School--The Teacher's Point of View

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    Spektor-Levy, Ornit; Baruch, Yael Kesner; Mevarech, Zemira

    2013-01-01

    Nowadays, early science education is well-accepted by researchers, education professionals and policy makers. Overall, teachers' attitudes and conceptions toward the science subject domain and science education influence their ways of teaching and engagement. However, there is a lack of research regarding factors that affect this engagement in…

  4. A Comparative Analysis of Point-of-View Modeling for Industrial and Technology Education Courses

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    Katsioloudis, Petros J.; Fantz, Todd D.; Jones, Millie

    2013-01-01

    Enrollment in technology education at the college level has been declining, so it is becoming essential for technology teacher educators to investigate ways to increase the enrollment in their programs. Technology teacher educators are exploring the extent to which distance-learning technologies such as video modeling can be used by industrial and…

  5. DIAGONAL POINT BY POINT SURFACE DEVELOPMENT METHOD BASED ON NURBS SURFACE FOR BLANK SHAPE ESTIMATION OF COVER PANEL

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    Guo Yuqin; Li Fuzhu; Jiang Hong; Wang Xiaochun

    2005-01-01

    According to the characteristics of a complex cover panel, its geometry shape is described by the NURBS surface with great description capability. With the reference to the surface classification determined by Gauss curvature, the proportion of the mid-surface area between before and after being developed is derived from the displacement variation of the mid-surface in the normal vector direction of the sheet metal during the sheet metal forming process. Hereby, based on the curve development theory in differential geometry, a novel diagonal point by point surface development method is put forward to estimate a complex cover panel's blank contour efficiently. By comparing the sample's development result of diagonal point by point surface development method with that of available one-step method, the validity of the proposed surface development method is verified.

  6. The still point of the turning world? Building on Balint: A personal view.

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    Elder, Andrew

    2015-01-01

    In this article, I will respond to the conference title "Building on Balint" by briefly considering some of the inherent obstacles to Balint work, before describing the current state of play in the UK. I will argue that Balint work might benefit from exploring its relationship with attachment theory more fully. In particular, I emphasize an important new role for Balint groups within contemporary health-care organizations-one that enhances a feeling of emotional security for the professional within the organization and also benefits the teamwork and morale of the organization itself. I will give an example of a Balint group in a health-care organization for vulnerable doctors and finish by giving a report on the development of Balint groups for medical students in the UK.

  7. A computer scientist point of view on Hilbert's differential theorem of zeros

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    2007-01-01

    What is a solution of a system of polynomial differential equations ? This paper provides an original presentation of well-known theorems, with a computer scientist flavor, relying on an improved normal form algorithm.

  8. The humanization of the assistance in Intensive Care Unit from the patients’ point of view

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    Juliana Maria de Sousa Pinto; Sides Fragoso da Silva; Andrezza Paz Sampaio; Milena Sampaio Magalhães

    2008-01-01

    Objective: To analyse the perceptions of patients in post-operative of cardiac surgery regarding the humanization of the assistance in the period of internment at Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the rendered assistance and services of health professionals. Methods: The study presents a qualitative approach and was held with ten patients of both sexes, who had been interned for over 24 hours in ICU of a public hospital in Fortaleza-CE, during the period of August to October, 2006. A semi structu...

  9. [The diabetic foot--state of the art from the orthopedic point of view].

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    Schaefer, D

    1999-07-08

    A 15-30% rate of amputation of diabetic feet suggests that efforts have to be directed towards improvement of preventive measure including instruction of patients and relatives concerning foot wear. So called foot rules have been established. If surgery is indicated, an angiological and neurological assessment should be performed preoperatively. An ulcer should undergo debridement, plantar pressure release with a full contact cast and antibiotic therapy, if infected. The goal of treatment of Charcot's disease is prevention of deformity. Usually orthoses are sufficient, in irreducible deformities an arthrodesis should be considered. There is no doubt that the interdisciplinary approach improves the treatment of the diabetic foot.

  10. Ca-carbonates precipitation and limestone genesis — the microbiogeologist point of view

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    Castanier, Sabine; Le Métayer-Levrel, Gaële; Perthuisot, Jean-Pierre

    1999-07-01

    Experiments show that the production of carbonate particles by heterotrophic bacteria follows different ways. In heterotrophy, the passive carbonatogenesis is generated by modifications of the medium that lead to the accumulation of carbonate and bicarbonate ions and to the precipitation of solid particles. It is induced by several metabolic pathways of the nitrogen cycle (ammonification of amino-acids, degradation of urea and uric acid, dissimilatory reduction of nitrates) and of the sulphur cycle (dissimilatory reduction of sulphates). The active carbonatogenesis is independent of the mentioned metabolic pathways. The carbonate particles are produced by ionic exchanges through the cell membrane following still poorly known mechanisms. In autotrophy, non-methylotrophic methanogenesis and cyanobacterial photosynthesis also may contribute to the precipitation of carbonates (autotrophic carbonates). As carbonatogenesis is neither restricted to particular taxonomic groups of bacteria nor to specific environments, it has been an ubiquitous phenomenon since Precambrian times. Carbonatogenesis is the response of heterotrophic bacterial communities to an enrichment of the milieu in organic matter. After a phase of latency, there is an exponential increase of bacterial numbers together with the accumulation of metabolic end-products. These induce a pH increase and an accumulation of carbonate and hydrogenocarbonate ions in the medium. This phase ends into a steady state when most part of the initial enrichment is consumed and there is a balance between death and growth in bacterial populations. Particulate carbonatogenesis occurs during the exponential phase and ends more or less after the beginning of the steady state. The active carbonatogenesis seems to start first and to be followed by the passive one which induces the growth of initially produced particles. In eutrophic conditions, the first solid products are patches that appear on the surface of the bacterial bodies

  11. Hepatitis B: global scientific development from a critical point of view.

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    Schmidt, S; Bundschuh, M; Scutaru, C; Klingelhoefer, D; Groneberg, D A; Gerber, A

    2014-11-01

    Hepatitis B is the tenth leading cause of death worldwide. Countries with high endemicity, such as China and Taiwan show high scientific productivity in this field and dominate the top ten list of the most productive authors worldwide, providing four of them. This is remarkable, as the USA and Europe usually maintain leading positions, not only regarding country-specific scientific productivity, but also top ten ranking of most productive and most cited authors in other important medical sectors. So far, a scientometric analysis of the topic 'hepatitis B' has not been generated despite an increased need for it in times of modified evaluation criteria for academic personnel and a subsequent tendency to co-authorship and author self-citation. In this study, scientometric methods and large-scale data analysis were used to evaluate quality and quantity of scientific research dealing with the topic 'hepatitis B' and to contribute to distinguish relevant research output. Data were gained from Pubmed and ISI-Web. In the time span of 1971-2011, 49 166 items were published by 250 countries, of which the USA have been the most productive supplier with 28% of all publications, followed in considerable distance by Germany, China, the United Kingdom, Japan, France, Italy and Taiwan, respectively. The USA have established their position as centre of international cooperation. Their cooperation with China proves to be the most productive one. The most prolific journals in the field of hepatitis b were 'Hepatology', the 'Journal of Hepatology' and the 'Journal of Medical Virology'. h-index, citation rate and impact factor, commonly used for assessment of scientific quality, were determined and discussed critically with regard to distortion by bias of self-citation and co-authorship.

  12. Sentinel Lymph Node in Breast Cancer: Review Article from a Pathologist's Point of View.

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    Apple, Sophia K

    2016-03-01

    Breast cancer staging, in particular N-stage changed most significantly due to the advanced technique of sentinel lymph node biopsy two decades ago. Pathologists have more thoroughly examined and scrutinized sentinel lymph node and found increased number of small volume metastases. While pathologists use the strict criteria from the Tumor Lymph Node Metastasis (TNM) Classification, studies have shown poor reproducibility in the application of American Joint Committee on Cancer and International Union Against Cancer/TNM guidelines for sentinel lymph node classification in breast cancer. In this review article, a brief history of TNM with a focus on N-stage is described, followed by innate problems with the guidelines, and why pathologists may have difficulties in assessing lymph node metastases uniformly. Finally, clinical significance of isolated tumor cells, micrometastasis, and macrometastasis is described by reviewing historical retrospective data and significant prospective clinical trials.

  13. Hidden points of view in cross-cultural psychotherapy and ethnography.

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    Krause, Inga-Britt

    2006-06-01

    This article examines the challenges posed by cross-cultural psychotherapy in a creolized world, and the way this intersects with issues faced by the ethnographer. It proposes 'the relational subject,' implicit in systemic psychotherapy and social anthropology, as a framework for an understanding of communication. In cross-cultural psychotherapy, this assumption is central to non-discriminatory and equitable treatment. Drawing on Bateson's ethnographic work, the article connects 'the relational subject' to what Bateson, following Whitehead, called 'the fallacy of misplaced concreteness' and later referred to as 'context.' The article examines the choices of 'context' first in ethnography and systemic psychotherapy and then in Bateson's own analysis of the Naven ritual. It is suggested that cross-cultural psychotherapy is psychotherapy in which the therapist keeps in mind, both her own and her client's contexts. This means an assessment of process (performative aspects) as well as content (semiotic aspects) and attention to 'moments' rather than longer sequences in the therapy.

  14. A POINT OF VIEW ON THE LOGIC MODELLING OF THE FINANCIAL NETWORK

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    Mihail DIMITRIU

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    Full Text Available The identification and solving of the different problems that confront us presently, particularly due to the process of globalization, requires a more complex approach of the financial domain. We hereby undertake to bring clarifications and proposals for a more profound approach of the analytical aspects of the network-type models. We thus identify the elements of a financial network which bestow upon it its character if specificity, such as knots, instruments, operations, interconnections, interactions, determinants and flows. We also identify some defining characteristics of the financial network, such as its credibility, representativeness, complexity, efficacy, extensiveness, intensiveness, connectivity, integrability and establishment. Finally, we describe a mechanism of transformation of the financial flows within a network knot, using the concept of interface. We mention that, to a significant extent, the present paper was expounded at the International Conference Financial and Monetary Economics FME 2013 for Financial and Monetary Research, 25 October 2013.

  15. Importance of bone scintigraphy in children from a surgical and orthopedic point of view

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    Martinez, A.D.; Carro, G.A.

    Sixty children with Legg-Perthes disease (19), bone tumor (27), osteogenesis imperfecta (7), osteomyelitis (5) and transient synovitis (2) were studied using sup(99m)Tc labeled diphosphonate. A number of benign or malign bone diseases of children need early detection in order to institute the best form - the fine form - of treatment. We recommend the bone scintigraphy in the initial screening of children with signs and symptoms of bone pathology.

  16. Team work from the point of view of the Reggio Emilia pedagogical approach

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    Polak, Alenka

    2009-01-01

    Team work of education professionals in the kindergarten includes team planning, team pursuing of activities and team evaluation of work, in the scope of which pedagogical and other education professionals in the kindergarten carefully monitor, document and systematically reflect in writing the work process and pursuing the activities. In the kindergarden a team is organized on the basis of positive co-dependence and with aview to adopt and reach common objectives, which an educat...

  17. A Contribution for the Understanding of Meals Consumption in Restaurants under a Sociological Point of View

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    Paula, Nilma Morcef de; Dencker, Ada de Freitas Maneti

    2007-01-01

    Meals consumed in restaurants assume an increasingly important role due to lifestyle changes. This research compares the results from a study carried out with a group of under-graduate students from a university in The United Kingdom with results from another study with post-graduate students in Brazil, both of which refer to the identification of the most marking aspects of an unforgettable meal. The application of qualitative methodology intends to be the first step towards defining the cat...

  18. Algorithm of compression data Karhunen Loeve and some points of view

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    Petre Bucur

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper refers to the utility of the algorithm of data compression for purposes other than this. It is approached the problem of the similarity between groups of data, objects or anything else that may be represented. It can be used anywhere where needed to compare the results between them or to use a database of an object in order to design another similar one.

  19. An Analysis of Air Pollution in Makkah - a View Point of Source Identification

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    Turki M. Habeebullah

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Makkah is one of the busiest cities in Saudi Arabia and remains busy all year around, especially during the season of Hajj and the month of Ramadan when millions of people visit this city. This emphasizes the importance of clean air and of understanding the sources of various air pollutants, which is vital for the management and advanced modeling of air pollution. This study intends to identify the major sources of air pollutants in Makkah, near the Holy Mosque (Al-Haram using a graphical approach. Air pollutants considered in this study are nitrogen oxides (NOx, nitrogen dioxide (NO2, nitric oxide (NO, carbon monoxide (CO, sulphur dioxide (SO2, ozone (O3 and particulate matter with aero-dynamic diameter of 10 um or less (PM10. Polar plots, time variation plots and correlation analysis are used to analyse the data and identify the major sources of emissions. Most of the pollutants demonstrate high concentrations during the morning traffic peak hours, suggesting road traffic as the main source of emission. The main sources of pollutant emissions identified in Makkahwere road traffic, re-suspended and windblown dust and sand particles. Further investigation on detailedsource apportionment is required, which is part of the ongoing project.

  20. Sonora’s trading system: A vision from its evolution point of view

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    Carmen O. Bocanegra Gastelum

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Commerce is one of the oldest activities in the history of man. Although this began with the exchange of goods for the daily survival, with the course of the centuries has reached a high degree of expressed complexity, among other things, in the type and establishments in which it takes supply-demand process. The objective of the present article focus on the analysis of the different stages by which the commerce in Sonora has passed, with particular emphasis in the last quarter of century, period in which the commercial competition has experienced deep transformation related to the size, origin and conformation of the establishment, the induction of consumption forms, the space distribution and the bonds between local and global exchange.

  1. Liver biopsy in modern clinical practice: a pediatric point-of-view.

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    Ovchinsky, Nadia; Moreira, Roger K; Lefkowitch, Jay H; Lavine, Joel E

    2012-07-01

    Liver biopsy remains the foundation of evaluation and management of liver disease in children, although the role of the liver biopsy is changing with development of alternative methods of diagnosis and advancement of hepatic imaging techniques. The indications for liver biopsy are evolving as current knowledge of etiologies, noninvasive biomarker alternatives, and treatment options in pediatric liver disease are expanding. The procedure can often be complicated in children by technical difficulties, cost, and smaller specimen size. Communication and partnership of clinicians with pathologists experienced in pediatric liver diseases are essential. DNA sequencing, novel imaging modalities, noninvasive biomarkers of fibrosis and apoptosis, proteomics, and genome-wide association studies offer potential alternative methods for evaluation of liver disease in children. This review presents specific indications, considerations, methods, complications, contraindications, and alternatives for pediatric liver biopsy.

  2. The Lax-Oleinik semi-group: a Hamiltonian point of view

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    Bernard, Patrick

    2012-01-01

    The Weak KAM theory was developed by Fathi in order to study the dynamics of convex Hamiltonian systems. It somehow makes a bridge between viscosity solutions of the Hamilton-Jacobi equation and Mather invariant sets of Hamiltonian systems, although this was fully understood only a posteriori. These theories converge under the hypothesis of convexity, and the richness of applications mostly comes from this remarkable convergence. In the present course, we provide an elementary exposition of some of the basic concepts of weak KAM theory. In a companion lecture, Albert Fathi exposes the aspects of his theory which are more directly related to viscosity solutions. Here on the contrary, we focus on dynamical applications, even if we also discuss some viscosity aspects to underline the connections with Fathi's lecture. The fundamental reference on Weak KAM theory is the still unpublished book of Albert Fathi \\textit{Weak KAM theorem in Lagrangian dynamics}. Although we do not offer new results, our exposition is o...

  3. PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF APIXABAN USE IN CLINICAL PRACTICE: VIEW POINT OF CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGIST

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Apixaban is a "new" oral anticoagulant, direct Xa factor inhibitor with a good evidence base of the efficacy in the prevention of ischemic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. The article is devoted to apixaban use in clinical practice: examination before apixaban administration, clinical situation when laboratory control and monitoring are needed, drugs interactions (at the level of CYP3A4, P-gp, management of patients with bleeding because of apixaban therapy (including antidotes application, perioperative management of patients receiving apixaban.

  4. PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF APIXABAN USE IN CLINICAL PRACTICE: VIEW POINT OF CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGIST

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    D. A. Sychev

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Apixaban is a "new" oral anticoagulant, direct Xa factor inhibitor with a good evidence base of the efficacy in the prevention of ischemic stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. The article is devoted to apixaban use in clinical practice: examination before apixaban administration, clinical situation when laboratory control and monitoring are needed, drugs interactions (at the level of CYP3A4, P-gp, management of patients with bleeding because of apixaban therapy (including antidotes application, perioperative management of patients receiving apixaban.

  5. THE DIRECT REGISTRATION OF LIDAR POINT CLOUDS AND HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGE BASED ON LINEAR FEATURE BY INTRODUCING AN UNKNOWN PARAMETER

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    Y. Chunjing

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available The registration between optical images and point clouds is the first task when the combination of these two datasets is concerned. Due to the discrete nature of the point clouds, and the 2D-3D transformation in particular, a tie points based registration strategy which is commonly adopted in image-to-image registration is hard to be used directly in this scenario. A derived collinear equation describing the map relationship between an image point and a ground point is used as the mathematical model for registration, with the point in the LiDAR space expressed by its parametric form. such a map relation can be viewed as the mathematical model which registers the image pixels to point clouds. This model is not only suitable for a single image registration but also applicable to multiple consecutive images. We also studied scale problem in image and point clouds registration, with scale problem is defined by the optimal corresponding between the image resolution and the density of point clouds. Test dataset includes the DMC images and point clouds acquired by the Leica ALS50 II over an area in Henan Prov., China. Main contributions of the paper includes: [1] an derived collinear equation is introduced by which a ground point is expressed by its parametric form, which makes it possible to replace point feature by linear feature, hence avoiding the problem that it is almost impossible to find a point in the point clouds which is accurately corresponds to a point in the image space; [2] least square method is used to calculate the registration transformation parameters and the unknown parameter λ in the same time;[3] scale problem is analyzed semi-quantitatively and to the authors’ best knowledge, it is the first time in literature that clearly defines the scale problem and carries out semi-quantitative analysis in the context of LiDAR data processing.

  6. Ship ballast tanks a review from microbial corrosion and electrochemical point of view

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

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    Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) is the term used for the phenomenon in which corrosion is initiated and/or accelerated by the activities of microorganisms. MIC is a very serious problem for the ship industry as it reduces structural lifetime in combination with safety risks for crewmemb

  7. Point of View: The Importance of Teaching Neuroscience Research at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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    This column shares reflections or thoughtful opinions on issues of broad interest to the community. This month's issue discusses the importance of the insights that are gained through neuroscience research.

  8. Interactions of Mitochondria/Metabolism and Calcium Regulation in Alzheimer's Disease: A Calcinist Point of View.

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    Gibson, Gary E; Thakkar, Ankita

    2017-02-08

    Decades of research suggest that alterations in calcium are central to the pathophysiology of Alzheimer's Disease (AD). Highly reproducible changes in calcium dynamics occur in cells from patients with both genetic and non-genetic forms of AD relative to controls. The most robust change is an exaggerated release of calcium from internal stores. Detailed analysis of these changes in animal and cell models of the AD-causing presenilin mutations reveal robust changes in ryanodine receptors, inositol tris-phosphate receptors, calcium leak channels and store activated calcium entry. Similar anomalies in calcium result when AD-like changes in mitochondrial enzymes or oxidative stress are induced experimentally. The calcium abnormalities can be directly linked to the altered tau phosphorylation, amyloid precursor protein processing and synaptic dysfunction that are defining features of AD. A better understanding of these changes is required before using calcium abnormalities as therapeutic targets.

  9. Lymphatics of the Mediastinum, Esophagus and Lungs: Thoracic Surgeon's Point of View

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    Ciprian Bolca

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    The anatomy of the thoracic lymphatic system is very complex and not completely known yet. Thoracic malignancies, especially lung and esophageal cancers, are rapidly increasing as incidence. A good knowledge of the thoracic lymphatic system is very important in staging, diagnosis and treatment of these malignancies. The complete lymphadenectomy has a crucial role in both to achieve a correct postoperative stage and a complete resection of pathologic tissue. The article is a glimpse on the lym...

  10. The remote past and near future of electrocardiology: view-point of a biomedical engineer.

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    Titomir, L I

    2000-01-01

    The major steps of advancement in electrocardiology over a period exceeding one century of its existence are briefly summarized, and some considerations concerning the most promising trends of its current and future progress are presented. (Tab. 2, Fig. 2, Ref. 39.)

  11. Pathogenesis of Testicular Germ Cell Tumors from a Developmental Point of View

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    K. Biermann (Katharina)

    2010-01-01

    textabstractCurrent classification systems of human germ cell tumors (GCTs) are based on histological composition. In the group of nonseminomas, different variants of teratoma (somatic differentiation), yolk sac tumor and choriocarcinoma (extra-embryonic differentiation), are recognized, as well as

  12. Self-organization of chaos in mythology from a scientific point of view

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    Melker, Alexander I.

    2007-04-01

    In this contribution ancient Greek myths describing world's creation are analyzed as if they were a scientific paper. The 'paper' divided into the following parts: initial and boundary conditions, self-organization of chaos, world lines of self-organization, conclusion. It is shown that the self-organization of chaos consists of several stages during which two motive forces (attractive and repulsive) are generated, and totally disordered chaos transforms into partially ordered. It is found that there are five world lines of self-organization: water, light, cosmos-weather, water-fire, and State evolution.

  13. The physique of young males in east Africa from the biosocial point of view.

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    Rebacz, Ewa

    2006-06-01

    The aim of this study is to show the correlation between the physique of Africans from Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan and the conditions of their biosocial environment. All the young men examined were from Kenya (N=423), Tanzania (N= 153) and Sudan (N=154) aged 18 to 30. Based on the taken measurements (height, weight, sitting height, physiognomic leg length and chest, waist, hip, left thigh and left arm circumferences) the following indices were calculated: Body Mass Index (BMI), Rohrer's index and skelic index. The birth date, the number of children per ménage (in family), and the birth sequence of the examined subject were inquired. The measurement results were elaborated (worked out) statistically in accordance with commonly accepted standards. All the information contained in the collected material within the analysed countries was compared. On the basis of the measured traits and calculated indices it was found that the morphological constitution of the men from Sudan differed. Typical for this group are the largest stature length and the lowest weight and waist measurements. Kenyans are similar to Tanzanians, although the latter have higher weight, hip and thigh measurements and lower chest circumference. The characteristics of the examined Africans' morphological structure were analysed in comparison with the data available in literature and relating to the number of children in family, population density, illiteracy and the growth of income and of the HIV/AIDS problem.

  14. A Rare Case Report of Thoracic Ectopia Cordis: An Obstetrician's Point of View in Multidisciplinary Approach.

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    Ramasauskaite, Diana; Snieckuviene, Vilija; Zitkute, Viktorija; Vankeviciene, Ramune; Lauzikiene, Dalia; Drasutiene, Grazina

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    Ectopia cordis is a rare congenital anomaly associated with the heart positioned outside of the thoracic cavity either partially or completely. It can be associated with other congenital abnormalities. Overall, the prognosis for infants with ectopia cordis is very poor but depends greatly on the type and severity of ectopia cordis and intracardiac and associated malformations. We present one case of a fetus with prenatally diagnosed thoracic ectopia cordis with intracardiac defects and omphalocele, all the abnormalities seen in pentalogy of Cantrell except a diaphragmatic defect. Considering poor prognosis for fetus, conservative management of prenatal care has been chosen. At the 42nd gestational week, during the active stage of labor, due to fetal distress, cesarean section was performed at a tertiary level hospital. The condition of the infant was impairing rapidly and the newborn succumbed within 24 hours. We discuss the perinatal care concerning this rare anomaly.

  15. [Management of tuberculosis (TB) cases from view points of public health].

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    Satoh, Ken; Motomiya, Masakichi

    2011-08-01

    Tuberculosis control law was enacted in 1951 and has been the basis for the management of TB cases over the long post-war period. This law has legalized the use of public founds for the treatment of TB patients for the first time and has provided the authentic basis for mandatory hospitalization, routine health examination, vaccination, notification and registration of TB cases. However, this law was abrogated in 2001 and was joined to the comprehensive infectious diseases control law, in order to facilitate a prophylactic measure against TB infection and to protect human rights of TB patients. Concurrently the medical care system and the formalities connected to hospitalization treatment of TB patients were reviewed. The purpose of the present overview is to explain how TB cases are managed under the newly-enacted law.

  16. Entropy production and thermodynamics of nonequilibrium stationary states: a point of view.

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    Gallavotti, Giovanni

    2004-09-01

    Entropy might be a not well defined concept if the system can undergo transformations involving stationary nonequilibria. It might be analogous to the heat content (once called "caloric") in transformations that are not isochoric (i.e., which involve mechanical work): it could be just a quantity that can be transferred or created, like heat in equilibrium. The text first reviews the philosophy behind a recently proposed definition of entropy production in nonequilibrium stationary systems. A detailed technical attempt at defining the entropy of a stationary states via their variational properties follows: the unsatisfactory aspects of the results add arguments in favor of the nonexistence of a function of state to be identified with entropy; at the same time new aspects and properties of the phase space contraction emerge.

  17. Protein restriction in hepatic encephalopathy is appropriate for selected patients: a point of view.

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    Nguyen, Douglas L; Morgan, Timothy

    2014-09-01

    Since the late nineteenth century, protein restriction has been shown to improve hepatic encephalopathy. However, malnutrition has been described in up to 60 % of cirrhotic patients and is associated with increased mortality. Furthermore, emerging clinical evidence has revealed that a large proportion of cirrhotic patients may tolerate normal protein intake. However, approximately one third of cirrhotic patients with hepatic encephalopathy may need a short course of protein restriction, in addition to maximum medical therapy, to ameliorate the clinical course of their hepatic encephalopathy. For patients with chronic hepatic encephalopathy who are protein-sensitive, modifying their sources of nitrogen by using more vegetable protein, less animal protein, and branched-chain amino acids may improve their encephalopathy without further loss of lean body mass. In conclusion, among cirrhotics with hepatic encephalopathy, modulation of normal protein intake must take into account the patient's hepatic reserve, severity of hepatic encephalopathy, and current nutritional status.

  18. Integration of Environmental Aspects in Tourism Higher Education: the Hotel Managers’ Point of View

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    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Our environment and our society is continually dynamic. Courses such as hotel management, hygiene, food and beverage, front office are essential for the tourism sector. Besides, concern for environmental issues is one of the key components of higher education for tourism. This study presents a critical review of environmental aspects in higher education for tourism in Turkey. Because the demand for vocational schools (two-year colleges is more than that for faculties, there are more vocational schools than four-year faculties in Turkey. Their curriculum was researched and determined to lessons about the environment. In the scope of this study; a questionnaire was conducted on managers of blue flag hotels to learn their opinion about the sector. According to these reviews, the importance of environmental education in higher education was emphasized.

  19. The essence, characteristics and limitation of post-colonialism: from Karl Marx's point of view

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    Following postmodemism,post-colonialism reflects modernity from a new perspective-the cultural perspective.Post-colonialism interprets colonialism contained in modernity,deconstructs orientalism and cultural hegemonism,and turns western reflection of modernity into an inquiry about the global relationship between the East and the West.Post-colonialism brings forward a new theoretical domain,that is,the colonizational relationship between the East and the West in the process of modernization.This interpretation expresses a strong tendency of anti-western centrality and shares some ideas with Marxism.This article discusses the essence,characteristics,and limitation of post-colonialism from the viewpoint of Marxism,expecting to further the study of post-colonialism and its relationship with Marxism.

  20. Insights into the early evolution of animal calcium signaling machinery: a unicellular point of view.

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    Cai, Xinjiang; Wang, Xiangbing; Patel, Sandip; Clapham, David E

    2015-03-01

    The basic principles of Ca(2+) regulation emerged early in prokaryotes. Ca(2+) signaling acquired more extensive and varied functions when life evolved into multicellular eukaryotes with intracellular organelles. Animals, fungi and plants display differences in the mechanisms that control cytosolic Ca(2+) concentrations. The aim of this review is to examine recent findings from comparative genomics of Ca(2+) signaling molecules in close unicellular relatives of animals and in common unicellular ancestors of animals and fungi. Also discussed are the evolution and origins of the sperm-specific CatSper channel complex, cation/Ca(2+) exchangers and four-domain voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels. Newly identified evolutionary evidence suggests that the distinct Ca(2+) signaling machineries in animals, plants and fungi likely originated from an ancient Ca(2+) signaling machinery prior to early eukaryotic radiation.

  1. Modern Coding Theory: The Statistical Mechanics and Computer Science Point of View

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    Montanari, Andrea

    2007-01-01

    These are the notes for a set of lectures delivered by the two authors at the Les Houches Summer School on `Complex Systems' in July 2006. They provide an introduction to the basic concepts in modern (probabilistic) coding theory, highlighting connections with statistical mechanics. We also stress common concepts with other disciplines dealing with similar problems that can be generically referred to as `large graphical models'. While most of the lectures are devoted to the classical channel coding problem over simple memoryless channels, we present a discussion of more complex channel models. We conclude with an overview of the main open challenges in the field.

  2. On the Use of Rpas in National Mapping - the Eurosdr Point of View

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    Cramer, M.; Bovet, S.; Gültlinger, M.; Honkavaara, E.; McGill, A.; Rijsdijk, M.; Tabor, M.; Tournadre, V.

    2013-08-01

    Following the latest developments in Remotely Piloted Airborne Systems (RPAS) industry and attending some of the most prominent fairs related to the field of geomatics one easily recognizes that it is RPAS, which is strongly pushed into the civilian market. It really is of interest, if official authorities like National Mapping Agencies (NMAs) are starting to implement the RPASs technology within their specific data acquisition processes - to establish alternatives to their traditional manned photogrammetric survey flights. The European Spatial Data Research organization (EuroSDR), representing European NMAs and research organizations of currently 17 European states, is following UAV developments since end of 2004, where an ongoing activity was created, to continuously update their members on the developments in this technology. As systems consolidated, new impetus was given to more deeply explore the potential RPAS for national mapping. Today first national mapping agencies have already used RPAS based data for first experiments in mapping. Several NMAs are discussing on the future role of this technology within their agencies. This report will try to give an overview on the current situation on the use of RPAS in European mapping agencies. Based on the input from some selected NMAs, their expectations on RPAS technology, the fields of use they foresee in their countryspecific surroundings and - exemplarily - first experiences with this type of technology will be presented. Even though the use of RPAS in NMAs is still new, substantial technical and operational benefits become obvious already. With that, the paper will try to give a state-of-the-art report on the current activities and overall acceptance of RPAS technology in European photogrammetric mapping.

  3. Understanding the development of internal competencies from an environmental point of view

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    Madsen, Svend Ole; Andersen, Povl Erik Rostgård

    2000-01-01

    Companies currently aim to develop their competence profile through continuous develop-ment processes. Due to the limited resources of SME´s they are particularly dependent on being able to exploit the possibilities in the environment in order to maintain competitiveness. This paper presents...... a framework, which seeks to describe, how the development of compe-tences takes place through an interaction between market demands and supplier contributions. The purpose of the paper is to give an understanding of and an insight in this process. The paper is based on a single case study with an SME in a low...

  4. Environmental Risk Factors in Psoriasis: The Point of View of the Nutritionist

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    Luigi Barrea

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Psoriasis is a common, chronic, immune-mediated skin disease with systemic pro-inflammatory activation, where both environmental and genetic factors contribute to its pathogenesis. Among the risk factors for psoriasis, evidence is accumulating that nutrition plays a major role, per se, in psoriasis pathogenesis. In particular, body weight, nutrition, and diet may exacerbate the clinical manifestations, or even trigger the disease. Understanding the epidemiological relationship between obesity and psoriasis is also important for delineating the risk profile for the obesity-related comorbidities commonly found among psoriatic patients. Moreover, obesity can affect both drug’s pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Additionally, the overall beneficial effects on the obesity-associated comorbidities, clinical recommendations to reduce weight and to adopt a healthy lifestyle could improve the psoriasis severity, particularly in those patients with moderate to severe disease, thus exerting additional therapeutic effects in the conventional treatment in obese patients with psoriasis. Education regarding modifiable environmental factors is essential in the treatment of this disease and represents one of the primary interventions that can affect the prognosis of patients with psoriasis. The goal is to make psoriatic patients and health care providers aware of beneficial dietary interventions. The aim of this review is to assess the relevance of the environmental factors as modifiable risk factors in psoriasis pathogenesis, with particular regard to the involvement of obesity and nutrition in the management of psoriasis, providing also specific nutrition recommendations.

  5. Environmental Risk Factors in Psoriasis: The Point of View of the Nutritionist

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    Barrea, Luigi; Nappi, Francesca; Di Somma, Carolina; Savanelli, Maria Cristina; Falco, Andrea; Balato, Anna; Balato, Nicola; Savastano, Silvia

    2016-01-01

    Psoriasis is a common, chronic, immune-mediated skin disease with systemic pro-inflammatory activation, where both environmental and genetic factors contribute to its pathogenesis. Among the risk factors for psoriasis, evidence is accumulating that nutrition plays a major role, per se, in psoriasis pathogenesis. In particular, body weight, nutrition, and diet may exacerbate the clinical manifestations, or even trigger the disease. Understanding the epidemiological relationship between obesity and psoriasis is also important for delineating the risk profile for the obesity-related comorbidities commonly found among psoriatic patients. Moreover, obesity can affect both drug’s pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Additionally, the overall beneficial effects on the obesity-associated comorbidities, clinical recommendations to reduce weight and to adopt a healthy lifestyle could improve the psoriasis severity, particularly in those patients with moderate to severe disease, thus exerting additional therapeutic effects in the conventional treatment in obese patients with psoriasis. Education regarding modifiable environmental factors is essential in the treatment of this disease and represents one of the primary interventions that can affect the prognosis of patients with psoriasis. The goal is to make psoriatic patients and health care providers aware of beneficial dietary interventions. The aim of this review is to assess the relevance of the environmental factors as modifiable risk factors in psoriasis pathogenesis, with particular regard to the involvement of obesity and nutrition in the management of psoriasis, providing also specific nutrition recommendations. PMID:27455297

  6. Changes of Women’s Social Position-From Language Point of View

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    QIU Nan

    2016-01-01

    Since the ancient times, in the history of Chinese and western civilization, human society has always centered on a man, a woman has been in a weak position. This deep-rooted idea is not only shown in political, economical or cultural affairs, but also in languages. However, with the development of societies and Women’s Movements throughout the world, importance and changes are given to women’s position, these changes has also reflected in the language. This article attempts to analyze the characteristics of the female language form female address, vocabulary in both China and English-speaking countries, as well as the changes of women's position in the reflection of language.

  7. Parenting adolescents with cystic fibrosis: an interpretive description of the adolescent point of view

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    Bregnballe, Vibeke; Schiøtz, Peter Oluf; Lomborg, Kirsten

    2011-01-01

    , we conducted a secondaryanalysis of the interview data. Results: The adolescents wanted their parents educated about the adolescent experience. They wanted their parents to learn a pedagogical parenting style, to learn to trust the adolescents, and to learn to gradually transfer responsibility......Background: Decreases in disease-related physiological and quality of life parameters are often seen in adolescents with cystic fibrosis. The aim of this study was to identify the types of parental support that adolescents with cystic fibrosis find helpful in terms of preventing these decreases...... for the adolescents’ medical treatment. Conclusion: Parenting an adolescent with cystic fibrosis is a challenge, and the adolescents felt that their parents need to learn skills to help the adolescents better manage their disease. These findings indicate that health professionals may need to educate parents about...

  8. A new coding technique of digital hologram video based on view-point MCTF

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    Seo, Young-Ho; Choi, Hyun-Jun; Yoo, Ji-Sang; Kim, Dong-Wook

    2006-10-01

    In this paper, we proposed a new coding technique of digital hologram video using 3D scanning method and video compression technique. The proposed coding consists of capturing a digital hologram to separate into RGB color space components, localization by segmenting the fringe pattern, frequency transform using M×N (segment size) 2D DCT (2 Dimensional Discrete Cosine Transform) for extracting redundancy, 3D scan of segment to form a video sequence, motion compensated temporal filtering (MCTF) and modified video coding which uses H.264/AVC. The compressed digital hologram was reconstructed by both computer program and optic system. The proposed algorithm showed better properties after reconstruction with higher compression ratios than the previous researches.

  9. Evaluating space station applications of automation and robotics technologies from a human productivity point of view

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    Bard, J. F.

    1986-01-01

    The role that automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence will play in Space Station operations is now beginning to take shape. Although there is only limited data on the precise nature of the payoffs that these technologies are likely to afford there is a general consensus that, at a minimum, the following benefits will be realized: increased responsiveness to innovation, lower operating costs, and reduction of exposure to hazards. Nevertheless, the question arises as to how much automation can be justified with the technical and economic constraints of the program? The purpose of this paper is to present a methodology which can be used to evaluate and rank different approaches to automating the functions and tasks planned for the Space Station. Special attention is given to the impact of advanced automation on human productivity. The methodology employed is based on the Analytic Hierarchy Process. This permits the introduction of individual judgements to resolve the confict that normally arises when incomparable criteria underly the selection process. Because of the large number of factors involved in the model, the overall problem is decomposed into four subproblems individually focusing on human productivity, economics, design, and operations, respectively. The results from each are then combined to yield the final rankings. To demonstrate the methodology, an example is developed based on the selection of an on-orbit assembly system. Five alternatives for performing this task are identified, ranging from an astronaut working in space, to a dexterous manipulator with sensory feedback. Computational results are presented along with their implications. A final parametric analysis shows that the outcome is locally insensitive to all but complete reversals in preference.

  10. PROSPECT OF MEDICAL GENETICS IN CHINA FROM A HISTORICAL POINT OF VIEW

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    Wilson H. Y. Lo

    2008-01-01

    @@ The history of medical genetics is briefly reviewed. It is evident that medical genetics with its inseparable part, clinical genetics, started out as a clinical science from the very beginning. Its robust development in the developed countries is the result of a close interaction between the basic sciences and clinical genetics. In China, however, clinical genetics has not received due emphasis and medical genetics is still not recognized as one of the medical specialties. This is in marked contrast to the situation in the West. It is high time to acknowledge that medical genetics is a medical specialty and to promote clinical genetics service in qualified hospitals in our country.

  11. Traditional Chinese Medicine from a macro point of view-application of system theory

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    LI Zhen

    2011-01-01

    System concept is the core(essence) of TCM. Base on system concept, we will much easier to learn TCM text book and successful clinical cases of 5000 years experience. It is the key to improve effective rate. As an individual treatment approach, this complementary medicine of conventional medicine play more and more important role in our modem life. TCM treatment should be involved not only in our early stage but also in our daily life. This can reduce national medical cost and improve residents' health condition significantly.

  12. INDUSTRY-UNIVERSITY COLLABORATION FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF COMPANIES AS RESEARCH CUSTOMERS

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    Gerstlberger, Wolfgang; Kesting, Tobias

    into the actual experiences and perceived benefits of companies cooperating with universities and other external research institutions concerning particularly innovation-related support like product or prototype development, we conducted a transnational empirical survey in 2009. It addressed companies from...... provide the core for a proposed segmentation framework concept for universities as suppliers on research markets. Following this idea, combined with the theoretical framework of market segmentation and transferring the customer segmentation approach to research markets, our paper gives concrete managerial...

  13. The Ultrastructure of Wood from a Solubility Parameter Point of View

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    Hansen, C.M.; Bjørkmann, Anders

    1998-01-01

    In later years scientists have taken increased interest in understanding wood ultrastructure, but with limited emphasis on close molecular relationships of its polymers. This aspect is examined from the Hansen solubility parameter concept and from the requirement that contacts between wood polymers...... strive to reduce the free energy. Polymer segments with matching solubility parameters tend to locate near each other. Wood polymers have larger solubility parameters than the test solvents used to the test solvents used to characterize them, but the use of model compounds and group contribution methods...... yields consistent solubility parameters for the key wood components. Lignin and cellulose are not compatible. Cellulose regions and backbones of hemicelluloses are compatible to a degree. Some hemicellulose segments with hydroxylated side groups are expected to orient themselves towards cellulosic...

  14. The Anthropocene and the Anthroscape: point of view and activities of the WG-LD, IUSS

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    Kapur, S.; Zdruli, P.; Faz, A.; Pagliai, M.; Eswaran, H.

    2009-07-01

    The Anthropocene is the epoch when impact of human activities on ecosystems has exceeded that resulting from natural forces while the term. Anthroscape designates a new contextual approach of integrated land management. Different workshops relate to those concepts have taken place, held in Adana, Marrakech, Alexandria and Bari, and have shown anthroscapes from the anthropocene in Mediterranean environments. The Working Group LDD since the first meeting in 1996 at Adana, Turkey to the last one held, in Bari, in 2008 has been very active dealing with the main problems related to Anthropocene and Anthroscape. (Author) 1 refs.

  15. Quantum Gravity from the Point of View of Locally Covariant Quantum Field Theory

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    Brunetti, Romeo; Fredenhagen, Klaus; Rejzner, Katarzyna

    2016-08-01

    We construct perturbative quantum gravity in a generally covariant way. In particular our construction is background independent. It is based on the locally covariant approach to quantum field theory and the renormalized Batalin-Vilkovisky formalism. We do not touch the problem of nonrenormalizability and interpret the theory as an effective theory at large length scales.

  16. Plasma membrane protein trafficking in plant-microbe interactions: a plant cell point of view

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    Nathalie eLeborgne-Castel

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In order to ensure their physiological and cellular functions, plasma membrane (PM proteins must be properly conveyed from their site of synthesis, i.e. the endoplasmic reticulum, to their final destination, the PM, through the secretory pathway. PM protein homeostasis also relies on recycling and/or degradation, two processes that are initiated by endocytosis. Vesicular membrane trafficking events to and from the PM have been shown to be altered when plant cells are exposed to mutualistic or pathogenic microbes. In this review, we will describe the fine-tune regulation of such alterations, and their consequence in PM protein activity. We will consider the formation of intracellular perimicrobial compartments, the PM protein trafficking machinery of the host, and the delivery or retrieval of signaling and transport proteins such as pattern-recognition receptors, producers of reactive oxygen species, and sugar transporters.

  17. Object-Based Coregistration of Terrestrial Photogrammetric and ALS Point Clouds in Forested Areas

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    Polewski, P.; Erickson, A.; Yao, W.; Coops, N.; Krzystek, P.; Stilla, U.

    2016-06-01

    Airborne Laser Scanning (ALS) and terrestrial photogrammetry are methods applicable for mapping forested environments. While ground-based techniques provide valuable information about the forest understory, the measured point clouds are normally expressed in a local coordinate system, whose transformation into a georeferenced system requires additional effort. In contrast, ALS point clouds are usually georeferenced, yet the point density near the ground may be poor under dense overstory conditions. In this work, we propose to combine the strengths of the two data sources by co-registering the respective point clouds, thus enriching the georeferenced ALS point cloud with detailed understory information in a fully automatic manner. Due to markedly different sensor characteristics, coregistration methods which expect a high geometric similarity between keypoints are not suitable in this setting. Instead, our method focuses on the object (tree stem) level. We first calculate approximate stem positions in the terrestrial and ALS point clouds and construct, for each stem, a descriptor which quantifies the 2D and vertical distances to other stem centers (at ground height). Then, the similarities between all descriptor pairs from the two point clouds are calculated, and standard graph maximum matching techniques are employed to compute corresponding stem pairs (tiepoints). Finally, the tiepoint subset yielding the optimal rigid transformation between the terrestrial and ALS coordinate systems is determined. We test our method on simulated tree positions and a plot situated in the northern interior of the Coast Range in western Oregon, USA, using ALS data (76 x 121 m2) and a photogrammetric point cloud (33 x 35 m2) derived from terrestrial photographs taken with a handheld camera. Results on both simulated and real data show that the proposed stem descriptors are discriminative enough to derive good correspondences. Specifically, for the real plot data, 24

  18. Drug-related perinatal damage from the pathological point of view

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    Daniela Fanni

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Drug dosage in the perinatal period represents a continuous challenge for the neonatologist because of interindividual variability of drug metabolism. The human liver plays a central role in the uptake, transport, metabolism and excretion of the vast majority of xenobiotics and drugs. The protein products of human CYP3A account for the largest portion of CYP450 proteins in human liver. At least 50% of currently used drugs in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs are substrates of CYP3A4 including antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals, immunomodulators, benzodiazepines, proton pump inhibitors, steroid hormones and acetaminophen. The variable CYP3A4 and CYP3A7 expression recently reported in neonatal liver suggests the existence of a marked interindividual variability in drug metabolism during the intrauterine and neonatal lives and, as a consequence, the need of an individualized tailored therapeutic approach in NICUs. The increased risk for adverse effects reported for some drugs in neonates could be related to pharmacokinetic peculiarities of the newborn liver. The fetal and neonatal liver in infants undergoing drug-induced liver injury (DILI is always characterized by the overlapping between developmental and pathological changes, the differential diagnosis between these changes representing often a challenge for the pathologist. Data here reported clearly evidence the peculiarity of the histological examination of the newborn liver, as compared to the adult liver. In conclusion, the role of the pathologist in the interpretation of liver reactions to drugs may be relevant, only when supported by the dialogue with neonatologists. A deep knowledge of the events taking place during liver development at different gestational ages is necessary for a dedicated neonatal pathologist, in order to avoid misinterpretation of the histological changes related to liver development, giving them a pathological significance. Proceedings of the International

  19. Hydrogen as Future Energy Carrier: The ENEA Point of View on Technology and Application Prospects

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    Marina Ronchetti

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Hydrogen and fuel cells should reduce costs and increase reliability and durability to compete in the energy market. A considerable long term effort is necessary for research, development and demonstration of adequate solutions; important programs in this sense are carried out in the main industrialized countries, with the involvement of many industries, research structures and stakeholders. In such framework a relevant role is played in Italy by ENEA (Italian Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Environment. In the paper the main aspects related to the possible hydrogen role in the future society are addressed, according to ENEA perspectives.

  20. Constructing regular ultrafilters from a model-theoretic point of view

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    Malliaris, M

    2012-01-01

    This paper contributes to the set-theoretic side of understanding Keisler's order. We consider properties of ultrafilters which affect saturation of unstable theories: the lower cofinality $\\lcf(\\aleph_0, \\de)$ of $\\aleph_0$ modulo $\\de$, saturation of the minimum unstable theory (the random graph), flexibility, goodness, goodness for equality, and realization of symmetric cuts. We work in ZFC except when noted, as several constructions appeal to complete ultrafilters thus assume a measurable cardinal. The main results are as follows. First, we investigate the strength of flexibility, detected by non-low theories. Assuming $\\kappa > \\aleph_0$ is measurable, we construct a regular ultrafilter on $\\lambda \\geq 2^\\kappa$ which is flexible (thus: ok) but not good, and which moreover has large $\\lcf(\\aleph_0)$ but does not even saturate models of the random graph. We prove that there is a loss of saturation in regular ultrapowers of unstable theories, and give a new proof that there is a loss of saturation in ultr...

  1. Pollen-food syndromes associated with weed pollinosis: an update from the molecular point of view.

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    Egger, M; Mutschlechner, S; Wopfner, N; Gadermaier, G; Briza, P; Ferreira, F

    2006-04-01

    Pollinosis patients often display adverse reactions upon the ingestion of plant-derived foods as a result of immunoglobulin E (IgE) cross-reactive structures shared by pollen and food allergen sources. The symptoms of such pollen-food syndromes (PFS) or class 2 food allergies range from local oral allergy syndrome to severe systemic anaphylaxis. Two clinical syndromes, the celery-mugwort-spice syndrome and the mugwort-mustard-allergy syndrome have been described in association with weed pollinosis. However, other associations between weed pollinosis and hypersensitivity to certain kinds of food have also been observed, like the mugwort-peach, the ragweed-melon-banana, the plantain-melon, the pellitory-pistachio, the goosefoot-fruit, the Russian thistle-saffron, and the hop-celery association. The number of allergen sources involved, the allergens, and influencing factors including geography, diet, and food preparation contribute to the high clinical complexity of PFS. So far, known causative cross-reactive allergens include profilins, lipid transfer proteins, and high-molecular weight allergens and/or glycoallergens. The current usage of nonstandardized allergen extracts poses additional problems for both diagnosis and therapy of PFS patients. Further identification and characterization of involved allergens is inescapable for better understanding of PFS and vaccine development. Panels of recombinant allergens and/or hypo-allergens are promising tools to improve both PFS diagnostics and therapy.

  2. Point of view. Maize for biogas production in Thuringia; Standpunkt. Maisanbau fuer die Biogaserzeugung in Thueringen

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    Reinhold, Gerd; Peyker, Walter; Zorn, Wilfried; Strauss, Christoph; Struempfel, Juergen; Vetter, Armin; Degner, Joachim

    2011-04-15

    In Thuringia the maize represents with a current size of the cultivation of less than 10% and a cultivation concentration of less than 20% in every county an enrichment of crop rotation. The recycling of the digestate in the farm results due to higher C-reduction stability of the fermentation products to any deterioration of the C balance and soil fertility. Especially in Thuringia farming regions with very low livestock the introduction of biogas plants introduces to a higher diversity of agricultural production and dispersal of crop rotation. Practiced by the combination of locally adapted biogas plants with animal husbandry (milk production = use manure, pig = heat utilization) positive economic and environmental effects can be achieved for the Thuringian farmers. [German] In Thueringen stellt der Mais bei einem gegenwaertigen Anbauumfang von unter 10 % und einer Anbaukonzentration von unter 20 % in jedem Landkreis eine Bereicherung der Fruchtfolge dar. Die Verwertung der Gaerreste im Betrieb fuehrt infolge hoeherer C-Abbaustabilitaet der Gaerprodukte zu keiner Verschlechterung der C-Bilanz und der Bodenfruchtbarkeit. Besonders in Thueringer Ackerbauregionen mit sehr geringem Tierbesatz traegt die Einfuehrung von Biogasanlagen zu einer hoeheren Vielfalt der landwirtschaftlichen Produktion und Auflockerung der Fruchtfolgen bei. Durch die praktizierte Kombination von standortangepassten Biogasanlagen mit der Tierhaltung (Milcherzeugung = Guellenutzung, Schweinehaltung = Waermenutzung) werden fuer die Thueringer Landwirte positive oekonomische und oekologische Effekte erzielt.

  3. Corrosion at Nuclear Power Plant from Mössbauer Spectroscopy Point of View

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    Slugeň, V.; Lipka, J.; Dekan, J.; Tóth, I.; Smieško, I.

    2010-07-01

    Steam generators of four VVER-440 units at nuclear power plants V-1 and V-2 in Jaslovske Bohunice (Slovakia) were gradually changed by new original "Bohunice" design in the 1994-1998 period. Corrosion processes before and after these design and material changes in Bohunice secondary circuit were studied using Mössbauer spectroscopy during the last 25 years. Innovations in the feed water pipeline design as well as material composition improvements were evaluated positively. Mössbauer spectroscopy studies of phase composition of corrosion products were performed on real specimens scrapped from water pipelines or in the form of filters deposits. The corrosion of new feed water pipelines system (from austenitic steel) in combination to innovated operation regimes goes dominantly to magnetite. The hematite presence is mostly on the internal surface of steam generator body and its concentration increases towards the top of the body. In the results interpretation it is necessary to consider also erosion as well as scope and type of maintenance activities. The long-term study of phase composition of corrosion products at VVER reactors is one of precondition for the safe operation over the projected NPP lifetime. Keywords: Enter Keywords here. Text should remain 10-pt.

  4. [The health of preschool children: bonds between the formal definition of the point of view of the parents].

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    Dufour, Sarah; Bouchard, Camil

    2004-01-01

    Thirty fathers of preschoolers living in disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods described their conceptions of children's mental health. Interviews were submitted to a qualitative content analysis. These fathers hold two opposing views: the first centres on learning to comply with norms and social integration; the other is based on encouraging the child's expression of individuality and autonomy. The second conception is similar to formal definitions of children's mental health proposed by professionals, while the first bears little relation to these definitions. The results raise important questions about the effectiveness of messages promoting children's mental health and well-being to this significant audience.

  5. Dynamical Gauge Fields on Optical Lattices: A Lattice Gauge Theorist Point of View

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    Meurice, Yannick

    2011-01-01

    Dynamical gauge fields are essential to capture the short and large distance behavior of gauge theories (confinement, mass gap, chiral symmetry breaking, asymptotic freedom). I propose two possible strategies to use optical lattices to mimic simulations performed in lattice gauge theory. I discuss how new developments in optical lattices could be used to generate local invariance and link composite operators with adjoint quantum numbers that could play a role similar to the link variables used in lattice gauge theory. This is a slightly expanded version of a poster presented at the KITP Conference: Frontiers of Ultracold Atoms and Molecules (Oct 11-15, 2010) that I plan to turn into a more comprehensive tutorial that could be used by members of the optical lattice and lattice gauge theory communities. Suggestions are welcome.

  6. Main post-accident management stakes: IRSN's point of view

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    Andre Oudiz [Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire (France)

    2006-07-01

    Full text of publication follows: Off site management of a radiological crisis covers two phases which need to be clearly distinguished even if there are links between them: emergency phase and recovery phase (also called late or post-accident phase). The presentation will deal with the latter, rather neglected up until recently, but conveying special attention from now on in France and at the international level. It is clear now that the long term management of a radiological or nuclear crisis cannot be reduced to merely site decontamination. Actually, environmental decontamination considerations would be only one amongst other essential economical, social, health, psychological, cultural, and symbolical concerns. This is why off site management of a radiological crisis requires innovative governance, in order to challenge such a complexity. This need for challenge led IRSN to have on the go technical developments and new governance modes reflection. 1) Technical developments: they deal with implementing an organisation, a set of methods, a platform of technical tools which would allow the stakeholders to carry out efficiently their mission during the recovery phase. For example, countermeasures for agricultural and urban rehabilitation are developed within the framework of the 6. PCRDT EURANOS programme. Teams from several countries are involved in common elaboration of rehabilitation strategies based on the best available knowledge. Besides this, simple operational decision aiding tools for the stakeholders (local administration, elected representatives, professional agricultural groups, etc.) are currently developed by IRSN within the framework of the nuclear post-accident exercises. IRSN is also involved in doctrinal reflections about the respective roles of radioactive measurements in the environment and radiological consequences calculation during emergency and recovery phases. Criteria for emergency countermeasures withdrawal are also currently under

  7. PPARs and HCV-Related Hepatocarcinoma: A Mitochondrial Point of View

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    Francesca Agriesti

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Hepatitis-C-virus-related infective diseases are worldwide spread pathologies affecting primarily liver. The infection is often asymptomatic, but when chronically persisting can lead to liver scarring and ultimately to cirrhosis, which is generally apparent after decades. In some cases, cirrhosis will progress to develop liver failure, liver cancer, or life-threatening esophageal and gastric varices. HCV-infected cells undergo profound metabolic dysregulation whose mechanisms are yet not well understood. An emerging feature in the pathogenesis of the HCV-related disease is the setting of a pro-oxidative condition caused by dysfunctions of mitochondria which proved to be targets of viral proteins. This causes deregulation of mitochondria-dependent catabolic pathway including fatty acid oxidation. Nuclear receptors and their ligands are fundamental regulators of the liver metabolic homeostasis, which are disrupted following HCV infection. In this contest, specific attention has been focused on the peroxisome proliferator activated receptors given their role in controlling liver lipid metabolism and the availability of specific pharmacological drugs of potential therapeutic utilization. However, the reported role of PPARs in HCV infection provides conflicting results likely due to different species-specific contests. In this paper we summarize the current knowledge on this issue and offer a reconciling model based on mitochondria-related features.

  8. [Hidden allergens in processed food : An update from the consumer's point of view].

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    Schnadt, Sabine; Pfaff, Sylvia

    2016-07-01

    Despite improved allergen labelling and careful avoidance strategies, hidden allergens in food remain a substantial risk for unintended reactions for consumers with food allergies. New data from a survey of the German Allergy and Asthma Association (Deutscher Allergie- und Asthmabund - DAAB) shows a slight decrease in the number of consumers that report allergic reactions to prepacked food. Still, 75 % (compared to 85 % in 2008) have experienced at least one allergic reaction after eating a prepacked food. In more than half of the cases, the reaction was classified as severe (with airway and/or cardiovascular symptoms such as respiratory distress, loss of blood pressure or anaphylactic shock). Again, more than 40 % (2008: 47 %, 2015: 42 %) reported that no information on the presence of the food allergens had been present on the label either as ingredients or as precautionary allergen labelling (PAL). Different possibilities are discussed under which food allergens may not be recognized or recognizable by consumers with food allergies, such as allergen labelling that is not easy to understand, unexpected occurrence of allergens as well as recipe changes in known foods. Examples are given as well as proposals for the improvement of the situation in order to better meet the goals of food information regulations to enable consumers with food allergies to make "informed choices which are safe for them" (Quote Regulation (EU) 1169/2011 - Reason 24).

  9. Designing DOKK1 from a child’s point of view

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    Geert Jensen, Birgitte; Borup Lynggaard, Aviaja

    2013-01-01

    fun for families in the library? • How can play help to promote interaction and communication? The students worked with the space in Dokk1 as the “third place”, which is identified by Oldenburg (1999) as “great good places”, being public places on neutral ground where people can gather and interact...... of space and design. The workshop also showed that the “third place” is achieved today in existing places around the city, such as in shops and banks. Therefore, several of the solutions showed that there is need to create a residence that can accommodate the versatility and give space for user...... the children’s aspiration to create small and private spaces, as the shelves can be moved and thus act as space makers. The storage of the books provides a platform where new activities can take place. Tumble took offset from the pupils’ request towards being able to perform multiple activities in DOKK1...

  10. A PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANTS AND MANAGERS’ POINT OF VIEW ON ELABORATING AND GROUNDING THE ACCOUNTING POLICIES

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    LUCIAN CERNUŞCA

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The following study is meant to present the professional accountants’ perception opposite to the managers’ one regarding elaborating and substantiating the accounting policies in nowadays conditions, of harmonizing the Romanian accounting system with the European and international referential. The research method used is the inquiry (survey and the research instrument is the questionnaire. As the objective was achieved, a series of research hypothesis were put in places, which were later tested with the help of the „Square Chi” method. The hereby study aims to bring awareness to the ones involved in the accounting by highlighting the importance which every single company should consider when the accounting policies and strategies are set up.

  11. Realtime Knowledge Management (RKM): From an International Space Station (ISS) Point of View

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    Robinson, Peter I.; McDermott, William; Alena, Richard L.

    2004-01-01

    We are developing automated methods to provide realtime access to spacecraft domain knowledge relevant a spacecraft's current operational state. The method is based upon analyzing state-transition signatures in the telemetry stream. A key insight is that documentation relevant to a specific failure mode or operational state is related to the structure and function of spacecraft systems. This means that diagnostic dependency and state models can provide a roadmap for effective documentation navigation and presentation. Diagnostic models consume the telemetry and derive a high-level state description of the spacecraft. Each potential spacecraft state description is matched against the predictions of models that were developed from information found in the pages and sections in the relevant International Space Station (ISS) documentation and reference materials. By annotating each model fragment with the domain knowledge sources from which it was derived we can develop a system that automatically selects those documents representing the domain knowledge encapsulated by the models that compute the current spacecraft state. In this manner, when the spacecraft state changes, the relevant documentation context and presentation will also change.

  12. Transcendence, religion and spirituality in medicine: Medical students' point of view.

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    Rassoulian, Anahita; Seidman, Charles; Löffler-Stastka, Henriette

    2016-09-01

    To explore how medical students-the doctors of tomorrow-reflect upon meeting the spiritual needs of their patients, and whether they have reflected on their own religious or spiritual beliefs, or not. The study also investigates to what extent the students feel comfortable with addressing spiritual issues in their patient care, and whether they feel this is beyond their role as medical doctors.A self-administered questionnaire was developed. The survey was administered in teaching classes at the medical university of Vienna. One thousand four hundred (836 women and 564 men) students responded, laying the foundation for a thorough statistical analysis.59.5% of the students had reflected on their own belief concepts, 21.9% consider themselves religious, and 20.1% see themselves as spiritual individuals. 75.6% of the students agreed with the statement that religious conviction/spirituality might have an effect on how cancer patients cope. 85.9% would consider talking with their patients about religious/spiritual issues if patients wish to do so. 86.3% would involve chaplains if they feel it is necessary.The results of this study suggest that future doctors want to see the patient in a wider scope than the bio-psycho-social one, by including the meta-dimension of transcendence.

  13. Considering Horn's Parallel Analysis from a Random Matrix Theory Point of View.

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    Saccenti, Edoardo; Timmerman, Marieke E

    2017-03-01

    Horn's parallel analysis is a widely used method for assessing the number of principal components and common factors. We discuss the theoretical foundations of parallel analysis for principal components based on a covariance matrix by making use of arguments from random matrix theory. In particular, we show that (i) for the first component, parallel analysis is an inferential method equivalent to the Tracy-Widom test, (ii) its use to test high-order eigenvalues is equivalent to the use of the joint distribution of the eigenvalues, and thus should be discouraged, and (iii) a formal test for higher-order components can be obtained based on a Tracy-Widom approximation. We illustrate the performance of the two testing procedures using simulated data generated under both a principal component model and a common factors model. For the principal component model, the Tracy-Widom test performs consistently in all conditions, while parallel analysis shows unpredictable behavior for higher-order components. For the common factor model, including major and minor factors, both procedures are heuristic approaches, with variable performance. We conclude that the Tracy-Widom procedure is preferred over parallel analysis for statistically testing the number of principal components based on a covariance matrix.

  14. Drug residues in animal tissues and their regulatory significance--the Canadian point of view.

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    Campbell, D J

    1978-09-01

    Today it is almost impossible to produce food of animal origin which is free from traces of drugs or chemicals. In Canada the problem of drug residues is controlled by a method of assessment of human safety which involves many factors. The toxicity of the drug in laboratory animals or, if possible, in man, is established and a no-effect dose is then estimated. These studies require oral administration of the drug and include acute, subacute, and teratogenicity studies. Depending on these results, chronic reproductive or carcinogenicity studies may be required before a no-effect dose can be estimated. Residue studies must encompass data on metabolism, pharmacokinetics, and depletion studies in edible tissues and for products such as milk and eggs. For veterinary drug residues, we must consider the target food animal with its particular metabolism, tissue disposition, and excretion patterns. The analytical method for residue detection must be acceptable and its sensitivity limits suitable for the drug and its major metabolites.

  15. Hereditary coproporphyria from clinician’s point of view: A case report

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    Savić Željka

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Acute hepatic porphyrias can mimic a range of unrelated diseases and conditions that may occur independently of porphyria and trigger their initial manifestations and further attacks. Case Report. A 46-year-old female patient was subjected to cholecystectomy for biliary colic. Histopathological analysis revealed acute purulent exacerbation of chronic cholecystitis. On the 8th day post surgery, the patient was rehospitalized for nausea, abdominal pain, weakness and faintness, poor general condition, hypertension, tachycardia, apathy and profuse sweating. Laboratory findings revealed hyponatremia, hypokalemia, and metabolic alkalosis. Exploratory laparotomy did not detect a pathomorphological substrate. The patient was transferred to surgery department of the tertiary care institution. Due to metabolic imbalance, she was transferred to the Department of Endocrinology with signs of paleness, profuse sweating, tachycardia, and tachydyspnoea. The cardiologist performed echocardiography. The patient was diagnosed to have acute left ventricular failure and sub-acute myocardial infarction and transferred to the Department of Cardiology. Coronarography findings were normal. Cramps and pain in the legs with sensory loss, general weakness, apathy and mental confusion suggested acute hepatic porphyria. Thus, hereditary coproporphyria was diagnosed in the second month of illness. The treatment was continued at the Department of Gastroenterology. Clinical manifestations included polyneuropathy, flaccid paraparesis and acute brain syndrome, precordial oppressions and tachycardia. Haem arginate and hypertonic glucose were applied. The condition of the patient gradually improved. Conclusion. Porphyrias should always be taken into consideration in doubtful, frequently dramatic clinical pictures characterized by neurovisceral symptoms and precipitating factors of acute porphyria attacks must never be neglected.

  16. [Networking and integrated disease management. Advantages and disadvantages from the medical point of view].

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    Hänsch, H; Fleck, E

    2005-07-01

    At the moment the terms "networking", "cost reduction" and "integrated disease management" are frequently discussed in all branches of the German health care system. Unfortunately there are different interpretations of these terms. "Integrated disease management" in the meaning of communication between clinical and outpatient health care has al ready existed for years now. Traditional ways of communication lead to information loss. Losing information is a reason for low cost effectiveness and a prolonged healing process directly harming the patient. A computer network may prevent information loss and may in crease the performance of data transfer. Different sides have al ready started networking, and it is now necessary to bundle the interests. This necessity has been recognized by the German legislative. To lead this project to success it is important to know and to fulfil some medical criteria. Defining and describing these conditions is the topic of this paper. Our special intent is to show that digital technique is necessary to improve cooperation among physicians.

  17. [Importance of displacement ventilation for operations and small surgical procedures from the infection preventive point of view].

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    Kramer, A; Külpmann, R; Wille, F; Christiansen, B; Exner, M; Kohlmann, T; Heidecke, C D; Lippert, H; Oldhafer, K; Schilling, M; Below, H; Harnoss, J C; Assadian, O

    2010-02-01

    Surgical teams need to breathe air that is conducive to their health. An adequate exchange of air ensures oxygen supply, the ventilation of humidity, smells, toxic substances, especially narcotic gases and surgical smoke, pathogens and particles. With regard to the infection risk, DIN 1946 / 4 -differentiates between operation theaters with the highest demand for clean air (operation room class I a), operation theatres with a high demand (operation room class I b) and rooms within the operation theatres without special requirements, meaning that the microbial load in the air is close to or equal to that of normal in-room air quality (room class II). For an operation room class I a, ventilation that displaces the used air is necessary, while a regular ventilation is sufficient for operation room class I b. Because of ambiguous -results in previous studies, the necessity to define a -class I a for operation rooms is being questioned. Therefore, this review focuses on the analysis of the existing publications with respect to this -question. The result of this analysis indicates that so far there is only one surgical procedure, the -implantation of hip endoprosthetics, for which a preventive effect on SSI of a class I a ventilation (displacement of the used air) is documented. One recent study, reviewed critically here, -showed opposite results, but lacks methodological clarity. Thus, it is concluded that evidence for the requirement of operation room classes can only be derived from risk assessment (infection risk by surgical intervention, extent of possible damages), but not from epidemiological studies. Risk assessment must be based on the following criteria: size and depth of the operation field, -duration of the procedure, vascular perfusion of the wound, implantation of alloplastic material and general risk of the patient for an infection. From an infection preventive point of view, no class I a "displacement ventilation" is necessary for small surgical

  18. Screening from the epidemiological point of view; Screening aus epidemiologischer Sicht

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    Becker, N. [Abteilung Klinische Epidemiologie, Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Heidelberg (Germany)

    2002-08-01

    The scope of screening is to identify disease in a clinically inapparent stage in order to treat more effectively. However, the required application of a test to large subsets of the population implies risks which cannot be ignored. Thus, the introduction of a test for use in screening without previously established evidence of a benefit which exceeds potential harm by far cannot be justified. With regard to cancer, evidence of effectiveness has been proven for screening on cervical (Papsmear), breast (mammography) and colorectal (faecal occult blood test) cancer. The routine application of a screening procedure which has been proven effective provides the benefit in terms of mortality reduction seen in the trials only if the entire screening chain, from the test over potentially required assessment to treatment, is offered with highest quality and is under permanent quality control. (orig.) [German] Screening verfolgt das Ziel, Krankheit in einer klinisch inapparenten Fruehform zu erkennen und dadurch einer effektiveren Behandlung zuzufuehren. Die damit verbundene Anwendung eines Tests auf eine grosse Zahl von Personen ist allerdings zwangslaeufig mit nicht vernachlaessigbaren Risiken verbunden. Die Einfuehrung eines Tests zu Screeningzwecken ohne vorherigen zweifelsfreien wissenschaftlichen Nachweis eines die moeglichen Risiken bei weitem uebersteigenden Nutzens ist daher nicht zu rechtfertigen. Bezueglich boesartiger Neubildungen wurde ein derartiger Effektivitaetsnachweis bisher fuer Screening bei Gebaermutterhalskrebs (Pap-Abstrich), Brustkrebs (Mammographie) und kolorektale Tumoren (Okkultbluttest) erbracht. Der Routineeinsatz eines als effektiv nachgewiesenen Screeningverfahrens erbringt jedoch nur dann den in den jeweiligen Studien gefundenen Nutzen (Senkung der Sterblichkeit an der betreffenden Krankheit), wenn die gesamte Screeningkette, beginnend vom eigentlichen Test ueber eventuell erforderliche Folgeuntersuchungen bis zur Therapie, mit hoechster

  19. Long-range interactions in the ozone molecule: spectroscopic and dynamical points of view

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    Lepers, Maxence; Dulieu, Olivier

    2012-01-01

    Using the multipolar expansion of the electrostatic energy, we have characterized the asymptotic interactions between an oxygen atom O$(^3P)$ and an oxygen molecule O$_2(^3\\Sigma_g^-)$, both in their electronic ground state. We have calculated the interaction energy induced by the permanent electric quadrupoles of O and O$_2$ and the van der Waals energy. On one hand we determined the 27 electronic potential energy surfaces including spin-orbit connected to the O$(^3P)$ + O$_2(^3\\Sigma_g^-)$ dissociation limit of the O--O$_2$ complex. On the other hand we computed the potential energy curves characterizing the interaction between O$(^3P)$ and a O$_2(^3\\Sigma_g^-)$ molecule in its lowest vibrational level and in a low rotational level. Such curves are found adiabatic to a good approximation, namely they are only weakly coupled to each other. These results represent a first step for modeling the spectroscopy of ozone bound levels close to the dissociation limit, as well as the low energy collisions between O an...

  20. East Asian Monsoon and paleoclimatic data analysis: a vegetation point of view

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    J. Guiot

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available First we review several syntheses of paleodata (pollen, lake-levels showing the climate variations in China and Mongolia from the last glacial maximum to Present and in particular the precipitation increase at mid Holocene related to enhanced monsoon. All these results concur to a much enhanced monsoon on most of China during the first half of the Holocene. Second we present, in some details, a temporal study of a core (Lake Bayanchagan, Inner Mongolia located in an arid region at the edge of the present East Asian Monsoon (EAM influence and then sensitive to climatic change. This study involves pollen data together with other macro-remains and stable isotope curve to obtain a robust climate reconstruction. This study shows a long wet period between 11 000 and 5000 years BP divided in two parts, a warmer one from 11 000 and 8000 (marked by large evapotranspiration and a cooler one more favourable to forest expansion. Third, we present a spatial study based on pollen data only and covering all China and Mongolia at 6000 years BP, but using a mechanistic modelling approach, in an inverse mode. It has the advantage to take into account environmental context different from the present one (lower atmospheric CO2, different seasonality. This study shows temperature generally cooler than present one in southern China, but a significant warming was found over Mongolia, and a slightly higher in northeast China. Precipitation was generally higher than today in southern, northeast China, and northern Mongolia, but lower or similar to today in northwest China and north China. Enhanced EAM was then found in the southern half of China and in northeast China.