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  1. Espacio herido, tiempo acelerado, imaginario conmovido. Interrogantes sobre la postmodernidad del Sur.

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    Mabel Franzone

    2010-01-01

    Estableciendo una relación estrecha entre espacio, tiempo e imaginario, este escrito intenta tratar la gran separación Norte- Sur, acaecida con la hipermodernidad y sus consecuencias sobre la destrucción del espacio del Sur ; la cuestión de fondo encara las huellas que puede dejar en los cuerpos y en los imaginarios. Los límites impuestos se tratan en cuatro niveles : históricos, geográficos, económicos- sociales y de la representación. Para una crítica de la modernidad se han tomado parámetr...

  2. Espacio herido, tiempo acelerado, imaginario conmovido. Interrogantes sobre la postmodernidad del Sur.

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    Mabel Franzone

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Estableciendo una relación estrecha entre espacio, tiempo e imaginario, este escrito intenta tratar la gran separación Norte- Sur, acaecida con la hipermodernidad y sus consecuencias sobre la destrucción del espacio del Sur ; la cuestión de fondo encara las huellas que puede dejar en los cuerpos y en los imaginarios. Los límites impuestos se tratan en cuatro niveles : históricos, geográficos, económicos- sociales y de la representación. Para una crítica de la modernidad se han tomado parámetros de pensamiento que operan en una trama mediana, forma de pensar propia al Sur y que muestran la necesidad de una epistemología también propia al Sur, que refleje las cuestiones fundamentales y que tenga en cuenta la emancipación y la solidaridad como categorías para repensar el Sur.

  3. El Universo acelerado

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    Duque Escobar, Gonzalo

    2011-01-01

    Se ha otorgado el Nobel de Física 2011, a los estadounidenses Saul Perlmutter, Brian P. Schmidt y Adam G. Riess, por las pruebas sobre la expansión acelerada del Universo. Para Newton la evidencia de un Universo infinito, se soportaba en que, de tener límites, existiría un centro de gravedad en torno al cual estuviese colapsando. Pero hoy cuando se tienen evidencias de su origen, también se encuentran la de una expanción que la gravedad no logra contener.

  4. Curado natural y acelerado de una arcilla estabilizada con aceite sulfonado

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    Javier Camacho-Tauta

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available La efectividad en la estabilización de arcillas expansivas por medio de aceite sulfonado depende de las condiciones ambientales durante el curado. Se propone analizar especímenes de arcilla sometiéndolos a diferentes períodos de curado natural y, simultáneamente, mediante curado artificial acelerado. La relación entre el tiempo de curado natural y el tiempo equivalente de curado acelerado depende del tipo de material estudiado, las condiciones ambientales del lugar que se desean simular y los parámetros que se consiguen controlar en una cámara de envejecimiento acelerado. Para tal objetivo se llevaron a cabo ensayos de plasticidad de muestras estabilizadas con aceite sulfonado, sometidas a diferentes períodos de curado tanto en condiciones naturales como en una cámara de envejecimiento acelerado. Se obtuvo un factor de curado acelerado para el material estudiado y se encontraron diferencias entre el proceso de curado natural y el curado acelerado.

  5. Study of accelerated aging of polymeric surge arresters and insulators used in high voltage lines; Estudo sobre o envelhecimento acelerado de para-raios e isoladores polimericos usados em linhas de alta tensao

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    Oliveira Junior, Joao B. de; Castro Junior, Joao B. de; Silva, Maria Elisa S.R. e; Freitas, Roberto F.S.; Sousa, Ricardo G. de [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia Quimica. Lab. Ciencia e Tecnologia de Polimeros; Souza, Breno P.G. de [CEMIG Distribuicao S.A., Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)], e-mail: sousarg@ufmg.br

    2011-07-01

    The use of polymeric materials in the electrical system has dramatically increased in recent years, in quantity as well as in quality. However, the use of these materials has been very empirical, being necessary a more directed and well based study towards their application in energy sector, especially concerning their early deterioration. In this study, the behavior of some surge arresters and insulators, used in power lines, after suffering aging artificial weathering chamber, was investigated. The absorption spectra in the infrared (FTIR) was used as analytical technique for study of aging. Of the five samples tested, only one showed an oxidation process after 1500 hours of artificial weathering. (author)

  6. Balance de actividades de la Red Nacional de Excelencia sobre Computación Artificial y Natural (RTNAC)

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    Ferrández Vicente, José Manuel; Paz López, Félix de la

    2016-01-01

    Charlas sobre inteligencia artificial La red Nacional de Excelencia sobre Computación Artificial y Natural (RTNAC) a la que la UNED pertenece, es una plataforma de reconocido prestigio internacional que ha conseguido ser una de las redes con mayor excelencia científica. Repasamos algunas de las actividades más importantes que ha llevado a cabo el pasado año, entre las que cabe destacar la sexta edición del Congreso IWINAC, un encuentro interdisciplinario que esta edición ha presentado algu...

  7. Ensayos acelerados de resistencia del hormigón

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    Krishna Iyer, R.

    1979-09-01

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    Las normas para proyectar las estructuras de hormigón se basan, en cuanto a calidad se refiere, en los resultados del ensayo de la compresión de probetas preparadas y curadas en condiciones normalizadas, rotas a 28 días de edad. Este largo plazo causa dificultades pues sus indicaciones se conocen cuando ya han sido colocadas grandes cantidades de hormigón; esto es trágico si el resultado acusa una calidad defectuosa. Se impone utilizar métodos acelerados que permitan aplicar inmediatos correctivos en casos necesarios. Los métodos acelerados permiten, además, conocer rápidamente si la proporción proyectada alcanza las resistencias requeridas. Los autores estudian tres modos de operar, limitándose principalmente al estudio de la relación entre los resultados obtenidos para la resistencia a la compresión alcanzada por el método normalizado a 28 días y la que arrojan los ensayos acelerados, por el hormigón preparado con cemento portland ordinario.

  8. Aprendizaje en la producción de capital, crecimiento acelerado y cambio estructural

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    2008-01-01

    Con base en un modelo bisectorial de crecimiento endógeno (Rebelo
    1991), en el cual se produce un bien de consumo y un bien de capital, en este artículo se analiza el efecto de suponer aprendizaje en la práctica en el sector productor del bien de capital. El modelo modificado reproduce dos patrones del desarrollo económico de largo plazo: crecimiento acelerado y cambio estructural.

  9. Aprendizaje en la producción de capital, crecimiento acelerado y cambio estructural

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    Ortiz Carlos Humberto

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Con base en un modelo bisectorial de crecimiento endógeno (Rebelo
    1991, en el cual se produce un bien de consumo y un bien de capital, en este artículo se analiza el efecto de suponer aprendizaje en la práctica en el sector productor del bien de capital. El modelo modificado reproduce dos patrones del desarrollo económico de largo plazo: crecimiento acelerado y cambio estructural.

  10. Teste de envelhecimento acelerado em sementes de crambe (Crambe abyssinica Hochst, cultivar FMS Brilhante

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    Hugo Tiago Ribeiro Amaro

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available A utilização de sementes de alta qualidade fisiológica merece destaque na instalação de qualquer cultura, sendo necessário avaliá-las por meio dos testes de germinação e de vigor. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a eficiência do teste de envelhecimento acelerado na determinação do vigor de sementes de crambe. Foram utilizados cinco lotes de sementes de crambe, cultivar FMS Brilhante, e a qualidade inicial de cada lote foi avaliada pela determinação do teor de água, germinação, primeira contagem de germinação, emergência de plântulas e índice de velocidade de emergência. Para o teste de envelhecimento acelerado, as sementes foram submetidas a temperaturas de 41 e 43 ºC, em câmara tipo BOD, durante 48, 72 e 96 horas. No final de cada período de envelhecimento, as sementes foram colocadas para germinar, conforme método descrito para o teste de germinação. O delineamento experimental foi inteiramente casualizado, com quatro repetições por lote. O teste de envelhecimento acelerado na condição de 41 ºC, por 72 h, proporciona maior diferenciação do vigor entre os lotes de sementes de crambe, cultivar FMS Brilhante.

  11. Encuesta sobre aspectos éticos en Nutrición Artificial Domiciliaria Surveillance on fundamental principles in Home Artificial Nutrition

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    J. M. Moreno Villares

    2007-02-01

    porcentaje disminuye al 41% si precisara restricción. Conclusiones: La mayoría de los profesionales de las Unidades de Nutrición consideran que la NAD debe realizarse de forma individualizada y, una vez tomada la decisión, evaluarla periódicamente. Cuando la alimentación por sonda no se asocia a otras medidas, la mayoría consideró que se trataba de un cuidado básico. Las decisiones sobre nutrir a este tipo de enfermos se valoraron de forma uniforme en toda la muestra, con independencia de la profesión, la edad, el sexo, los años de experiencia o los valores personales.Artificial nutrition has been seen by clinicians as a medical treatment that patients or their surrogates may accept or refuse on the basis of the same considerations that guide other treatment decisions. However, public disagreement has arisen in the last times in relationship with some cases on the media. Methods: In order to know the position of the members of the Nutrition Support teams in Spain a questionnaire based on two clinical scenarios was developed. A sample was sent by E-mail to all the members of the National Society. Data are presented as percentage. Comparison between groups was done by Chi square. Results: 62 surveys were analyzed (65% physicians, 18% pharmacists; 12% nurses; 5% dietitians. 42% were 45 to 55 years old. Although a majority were working in clinical nutrition > 10 years, they considered themselves with insufficient bioethical background. In the case of Home Parenteral Nutrition -HPN- (45 yo lady with intractable ovarian cancer and intestinal obstruction, 77% agreed on HPN if the patient clinical condition was stable and she had strong family support. 75% answered that the main goal was to keep her at home as longer as possible. 92% considered that a mayor complication or a decrease in functions would contraindicate its use. 91% would review the decision periodically. In the case of Home Enteral Nutrition -HEN- (an old lady with progressive cognitive impairment needing a

  12. Intervenção ambiental na cobertura e ventilação artificial sobre índices de conforto para aves de corte Environmental intervention in roof covering and artificial ventilation on the comfort indices for broilers

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    Roberta Passini

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho objetivou avaliar manejos de cobertura e ventilação artificial sobre índices de conforto de frangos de corte. Aplicou-se, para avaliação dos índices térmicos, delineamento inteiramente casualizado, em parcela subdividida, com arranjo fatorial de tratamentos 2 x 2, sendo: dois manejos de cobertura (com e sem pintura reflexiva e dois manejos internos (com e sem ventilação artificial totalizando 4 tratamentos, avaliados durante 40 dias, tidos como repetição. Os estudos foram conduzidos no IFG - Campus Urutaí, de dezembro/2009 a janeiro/2010. Como variáveis ambientais foram coletadas as temperaturas de bulbo seco, bulbo úmido, globo negro, umidade relativa e velocidade do vento, sendo posteriormente calculados os índices térmicos: ITU, ITGU, ITE, TMR e CTR. Os dados foram analisados pelo programa computacional SISVAR por meio da análise de variância e teste de comparação de médias. Utilizou-se o Teste de Scott Knott considerando-se 5% de significância. A combinação de pintura branca na cobertura e ventilação artificial mostrou-se eficiente na melhoria do conforto térmico do ambiente estudado. A utilização de pintura ou ventilação artificial de forma isolada não foi eficiente.This study aimed to evaluate roof covering strategies and artificial ventilation on comfort indices of broilers. For the assessment of thermal indices, randomized design in split plots was used in a 2 x 2 factorial arrangement of treatments. Two management treatments of roof covering (with and without reflective paint and two internal management (with and without artificial ventilation, totalizing 4 treatments were evaluated for 40 days, taking the days as replications. The studies were conducted in IFG - Urutaí Campus from December/2009 to January/2010. As environmental variables the dry bulb temperature, wet bulb, black globe, relative humidity and wind speed were considered and then the thermal indices THI, BGHI, ETI, RMT and RTR

  13. Resposta fisiológica de sementes de palmeiras ao envelhecimento acelerado

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    Negreiros Gisele de Freitas

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a qualidade fisiológica de sementes de quatro espécies da família Palmae submetidas ao envelhecimento acelerado. Sementes recém-colhidas de cada uma das espécies foram expostas às condições de envelhecimento acelerado em câmara a 45ºC e 100% de UR, durante os períodos de 0 (controle, 12, 24, 36 e 48 horas. Sementes de Euterpe edulis e Dypsis lutescens foram sensíveis ao tratamento, sendo a germinação totalmente suprimida após 12 horas de permanência na câmara. As espécies Roystonea oleracea e Phoenix reclinata apresentaram sementes mais resistentes que as outras espécies, mas redução gradativa do vigor, de acordo com o aumento do período de exposição às condições de envelhecimento; o período de 48 horas foi crítico para determinados parâmetros de vigor avaliados.

  14. Accelerated aging of melon seeds Envelhecimento acelerado em sementes de melão

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    Salvador Barros Torres

    2003-02-01

    Full Text Available Accelerated aging is one of the most useful tests used for the evaluation of seed vigor but it is seldomly used to test melon (Cucumis melo L. seeds. The objective this research was to compare different procedures of the accelerated aging test to evaluate the physiological quality of melon seeds and the efficiency of using saturated salt solution for the control of water uptake by seeds. Five seed lots each of the hybrids AF-646 and AF-682 were tested for germination, seedling emergence, traditional accelerated aging (periods 0f 48, 72 and 96 hours, at 38 or 41°C and salt saturated accelerated aging. The accelerated aging test (traditional procedure and with salt solution for 72h and 96h, at 38 or 41°C was sensitive to detect differences in the physiological quality of the seeds. It was also observed that the seed water content after salt saturated accelerated aging was lower and more uniform, thus presenting advantagens in relation to the traditional procedure.O teste de envelhecimento acelerado é um dos mais utilizados para a avaliação do potencial fisiológico das sementes de várias espécies. Entretanto, estudos com sementes de melão ainda são escassos. Avaliou-se procedimentos para a condução do teste de envelhecimento acelerado para avaliação do potencial fisiológico de sementes de melão (Cucumis melo L., incluindo o uso de solução saturada de sal em substituição à água. Cinco lotes de sementes, dos híbridos AF-646 e AF-682, foram submetidos aos testes de germinação, emergência de plântulas em casa de vegetação e envelhecimento acelerado (períodos de 48, 72 ou 96 horas, a 38 ou 41°C, com e sem o uso de solução saturada de NaCl. O teste de envelhecimento acelerado (procedimento tradicional e com solução salina, conduzido com períodos de exposição de 72h e 96h a 38 ou 41°C, apresentou sensibilidade suficiente para detectar diferenças no potencial fisiológico de lotes de sementes de melão. A utiliza

  15. Envelhecimento acelerado em sementes de alface Accelerated aging in lettuce seeds

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    Rafael Marani Barbosa

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se adequar a metodologia do teste de envelhecimento acelerado para avaliação do potencial fisiológico de sementes de quatro lotes dos genótipos de alface 'Babá de verão', 'Tainá' e 'Vera', aplicando-se o método tradicional e com o uso de solução saturada de NaCl. Para tal, as sementes foram submetidas à determinação do teor de água, testes de germinação e vigor (primeira contagem, condutividade elétrica, emergência em bandeja, índice de velocidade de emergência incluindo o teste de envelhecimento acelerado, conduzido nos períodos de 24, 48, e 72 horas, a 41°C com e sem solução saturada de NaCl. O experimento foi conduzido em delineamento inteiramente casualizado com quatro repetições. Os procedimentos tradicional e com o uso da solução saturada de NaCl por 72 horas foram sensíveis em estratificar os lotes em níveis de vigor, além de estarem de acordo com os demais testes utilizados. Portanto, o envelhecimento acelerado de sementes de alface deve ser feito utilizando o período de 72 horas, podendo ser realizado tanto pelo método tradicional quanto pelo método da solução saturada de NaCl.The objective was to adapt the methodology of the accelerated aging test to evaluate the physiological potential of seeds of four lots of lettuce genotypes 'Babá de verão', 'Tainá' and 'Vera' applying the traditional method and using a saturated NaCl solution. So, the seeds were subjected to determination of water content, seed germination and vigor (first count, electrical conductivity, speed emergency index, emergency tray including the accelerated aging test conducted in periods of 24, 48, 72 hours at 41°C with and without saturated solution of NaCl. The experiment was conducted in a randomized design with four replications. The accelerated aging traditional and saturated solution of NaCl by 72h was more sensitive to stratify the lots in vigor levels. Therefore, accelerated aging of seeds of lettuce should be

  16. INFLUÊNCIA DO INTEMPERISMO ACELERADO NAS PROPRIEDADES COLORIMÉTRICAS DA MADEIRA DE ANGELIM PEDRA

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    Ricardo Faustino Teles

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available A fim de reduzir o custo e a duração dos testes em campo de apodrecimento para a avaliação do intemperismo, testes laboratoriais têm sido desenvolvidos para simular o intemperismo e estimar e comparar a durabilidade natural de várias espécies de madeira. Neste contexto, o objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar o efeito do intemperismo acelerado nas propriedades colorimétricas da madeira de angelim pedra (Hymenolobium petraeum. Trinta amostras foram produzidas e uma câmara climática foi utilizada para a avaliação do intemperismo acelerado. As amostras foram expostas a um ciclo de radiação, umidade e temperatura controlada de acordo com a norma ASTM G 154/2006 e avaliada de acordo com o sistema CIELab em um espectrofotocolorímetro por períodos sucessivos de 24 horas até um total de 240 horas. Observou-se que nas primeiras 24 horas de exposição ocorreu o escurecimento na superfície da madeira, diminuindo a variável luminosidade (L* com posterior estabilização deste parâmetro. Para as demais variáveis ​​que foram observados um aumento dos pigmentos vermelho (a* e amarelo (b* com posterior declínio no valor dessas variáveis. Estes resultados indicam um processo de lixiviação na superfície da madeira, modificando a cor natural da espécie de madeira durante a exposição ao intemperismo acelerado. Palavra-chave: CIELab, intemperismo, pigmentos colorimétrico, madeira tropical. INFLUENCE OF ACCELERATED WEATHERING ON THE COLORIMETRIC PROPERTIES OF ANGELIM PEDRA WOOD ABSTRACT In order to reduce cost and the field tests duration for the assessment of weathering, laboratory tests have been developed to simulate weathering and estimate and compare the natural durability of various wood species. In this context, the aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of accelerated weathering on the colorimetric properties of Hymenolobium petraeum wood. Thirty samples were produced and a climatic chamber machine was used for the

  17. Qualidade fisiológica de sementes de guanxuma em influência do envelhecimento acelerado e da luz = Influence of accelerated aging and light on the physiological quality of arrowleaf sida seeds

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    Denise Bruginski de Carvalho

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi determinar o efeito do envelhecimento acelerado e da presença da luz na qualidade fisiológica de sementes de guanxuma (Sida rhombifolia L.. Foram estudados quatro tempos de envelhecimento acelerado (0, 24, 48 e 72h e a presença ou ausência de luz no teste de germinação. O delineamento experimental adotado foi em blocos casualizados num esquema fatorial 4 x 2, com três repetições. Adotou-se o método de germinação sobre papel em caixa de plástico (Gerbox à temperatura de 25°C. Analisaram-se as variáveis porcentagem de germinação, índice de velocidade de germinação(IVG, tempo médio para germinação (TMG, velocidade média de germinação (VMG e entropia. As avaliações foram realizadas durante 63 dias após a instalação do teste. A ausência de luz favoreceu a germinação e o IVG das sementes de guanxuma. O TMG e a entropiadiminuíram e a VMG aumentou com o aumento do tempo de envelhecimento acelerado e não foram influenciados pela luz. Na presença de luz, a germinação e o IVG foram reduzidos com tempos de envelhecimento acelerado mais longos. Conclui-se que o envelhecimento acelerado de sementes de guanxuma por até 72h proporcionou aumento na qualidade fisiológica das sementes submetidas à germinação no escuro.The objective of this study was to determine the effect ofaccelerated aging and presence of light on the physiological quality of arrowleaf sida (Sida rhombifolia L. seeds. Four accelerated aging times (0, 24, 48 and 72 hours, as well as the presence or absence of light during germination test, were evaluated by using a randomizedblock design, with a 4 x 2 factorial scheme and three replications. Seeds were germinated in germination boxes (Gerbox lined with paper, at 25°C. The variables analyzed were: germination percentage, germination speed index (GSI, average germination time (AGT,average germination speed (AGS and entropy. Evaluations were made 63 days after installation

  18. CARACTERIZACIÓN MOLECULAR Y GERMINACIÓN DE SEMILLAS DE MAÍCES CRIOLLOS AZULES CON ENVEJECIMIENTO ACELERADO

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    Dagoberto Dur\\u00E1n-Hern\\u00E1ndez

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo del presente estudio fue determinar el efecto del envejecimie nto acelerado en semillas de varie dades criollas de maíz azul. En los laboratorios de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México y del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, semillas de cuatro varie dades criollas de maíz azul (Cuijingo, Cocotitlán, Puebla y Oaxaca, se sometie ron a dos tip os de envejecimie nto acelerado: calor húmedo (41°C, 72 horas y 100% h. r. y calor seco (60°C, 48 horas. Se evaluaron: protrusión radicular de 0 a 72 horas de imbibición y, a los sie te días de incubación a 25°C, plántulas normales, anormales y semillas muertas. Se obtuvo la caracterización molecular de los tratamie ntos mediante la RA PD y se construyeron los dendogramas respectivos. En plántulas normales provenie ntes de semillas sin envejecimie nto acelerado, las varie dades Oaxaca y Puebla fueron significativamente superiores. El peso seco en las plántulas disminuyó con el deterioro, sie ndo exigua con calor seco. La presencia de plántulas anormales se incrementó con ambos tip os de deterioro en el orden: Oaxaca, Puebla, Cocotitlán y Cuijingo. La diferenciación de los perfiles de bandeo entre semillas testigo y deterioradas ocurrió con la secuencia: Oaxaca (31,6%, Cocotitlán (25,8%, Puebla (19,6% y Cuijingo (18,6%. Estos valores de similitud, a los cuales se ramificaron los perfiles genómicos, se asociaron de manera inversa con el nivel de vigor de las semillas, y directamente con la presencia de anormalidades en las plántulas obtenidas.

  19. Influence of commercial copper microstructure on the artificial green patina formation processes

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    Vera, R.

    1997-12-01

    Full Text Available Commercial copper was submitted to a thermomechanical treatment in order to study its influence on the velocity of artificial green patina formation by immersion as well as on the thickness and adherence of the corrosion product formed on the underlying metal. The thermomechanical treatment enabled us to obtain samples with 9 to 60 μm grain size. These samples were submitted to an accelerated attack by immersion in an electrolytic bath in order to obtain a green patina. On the smallest grain size material it can be observed a patina with high thickness and adherence, smooth texture and homogeneous morphology. From the electrochemical assays it was established that the passivity current decreases for decreasing grain sizes. These results are consistent with the minimal porosity presented by the patina morphology which increase the protecting power. The underlying material did not present localized attack.

    El cobre comercial se sometió a tratamiento termomecánico a fin de estudiar su influencia sobre la velocidad de formación artificial de pátina verde por inmersión, así como sobre el espesor y adherencia al sustrato metálico de los productos de corrosión formados. El tratamiento termomecánico permitía la obtención de muestras de 9 a 60 μm de tamaño de grano. Estas muestras se sometieron a un ataque acelerado por inmersión en un baño electrolítico para obtener la pátina verde. Sobre el material de menor tamaño de grano se puede observar una pátina de elevado espesor y gran adherencia, textura fina y morfología homogénea. A partir de los ensayos electroquímicos se estableció que la corriente de pasivación disminuía para tamaños de grano decrecientes. Estos resultados son consecuentes con la pequeña porosidad presentada por la pátina, lo que incrementa su valor protector. El material subyacente no presentó ataque localizado.

  20. Análise dos efeitos das incertezas nas estimativas de tempos de falha de produtos via ensaios acelerados Uncertainty effect analysis on time to failure estimates through accelerated life tests

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    Maria Célia de Oliveira Papa

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available As empresas do setor industrial têm hoje o desafio de lançar rapidamente produtos mantendo, entretanto, sua confiabilidade em níveis progressivamente crescentes. O método mais usual para reunir informações sobre a confiabilidade de novos produtos é o ensaio acelerado (ALT, de onde o fabricante reúne informações sobre a vida e sobre os prazos de garantia. Um ALT requer a submissão do produto a condições de estresse para coletar seus tempos de falha, e para isso é necessário um experimento que materialize cargas de estresse nominalmente definidas. Entretanto, cargas de estresse experimentais estão sempre sujeitas a incertezas que influenciam os resultados do ensaio e a informação sobre a confiabilidade. Aqui se investiga a influência das incertezas experimentais sobre estimativas de vida de relés eletromagnéticos, obtidas usando ATLs. Os resultados mostram que, sem uma análise adequada dos dados, os efeitos das incertezas podem ser relevantes mesmo quando o teste é executado em condições adequadas de chão-de-fábrica, o que conseqüentemente influencia as estimativas de tempo de vida dos produtos.Industrial firms face today the challenge to launch new products in shorter times keeping however their reliability in increasing higher levels. The most used method for gathering reliability information for new products is the accelerated life test (ALT, from which the manufacturer can derive information about the product's life and then its warranty period. ALT requires submitting the product to stress conditions and acquiring its time to failure, for which it is necessary to set up experiments where the stress loads are physically and nominally defined. However, experimental stress loads are always subjected to uncertainties that influence the tests results and so the product's reliability. This paper investigates the influences of experimental uncertainties in life estimates of electromagnetic relays, obtained through ALTs

  1. Percursos acelerados de jovens condutores ilegais: o risco entre vida e morte, entre jogo e rito

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    Leila Sollberger Jeolás

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Com base em uma pesquisa de cunho etnográfico sobre "rachas" de carros e de motos, propomos questionar se a aceleração dos motores pode ser pensada como uma metáfora para a aceleração dos percursos fluidos, flexíveis e incertos desses jovens, próprios do contexto da "sobremodernidade". O objetivo é de compreender os significados atribuídos à experiência da velocidade e ao risco aí envolvido, a fim de analisar a relação entre condutas de risco juvenis e o papel dos ritos de passagem, conceito-chave na antropologia. Discutiremos o alcance e os limites de se compreender os "rachas", por um lado, como uma forma individualizada de ritualizar a passagem da infância à idade adulta e, por outro, como a expressão lúdica de uma forma de jogo-brinquedo. Como outras formas de culturas juvenis, os "rachas" podem ser compreendidos como linguagem de singularização e de pertencimento reforçada por valores e práticas de uma masculinidade hegemônica tradicional.This ethographic study about the "rachas" of motos and cars is grounded around the question, if and in how far the acceleration of motors could serve as a methaphor for the acceleration of fluid, flexible and undetermined par-courses of life in the context of "surmodern" societies. The objective is first to understand the significations given to the experiences of speed and of the risks implied, in order to analyse then the relationship between the youth's risk conduct and the rites of passage. We will discuss the potentialities and limits of comprehending the "rachas" on one side as an individualised form of a passage ritual and on the other side as a ludicrous expression of play and joy. Thus we could interpret the "rachas" like other varieties of youth culture as a language of singularisation and affiliation emphasized by practices of traditional hegemonic masculinity.

  2. Cultivo de células de piel humana sobre un soporte polimérico artificial y un soporte acelular derivado de vejiga porcina

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    Alejandro Astúa

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available La ingeniería de tejidos aplicada a lesiones de la piel propone constantemente métodos innovadores con el propósito de mejorar la calidad de vida de las personas con estas patologías. El objetivo de este estudio fue cultivar fibroblastos y queratinocitos humanos sobre soportes artificiales poliméricos termosensibles y membranas acelulares derivadas de vejiga porcina. Se establecieron cultivos primarios y subcultivos y, subsecuentemente, se obtuvieron epidermis diferenciadas y estratificadas a partir de queratinocitos que crecieron en cocultivo con una capa alimentadora (feeder layer de fibroblastos dérmicos humanos. Mediante microscopía óptica, se efectuaron observaciones relacionadas con el crecimiento y la diferenciación de ambos tipos celulares. Se encontró que las células epiteliales cultivadas sobre soportes termosensibles produjeron láminas epidérmicas bastante semejantes a una epidermis natural, mientras que la membrana acelular derivada de vejiga porcina resultó menos exitosa para el desarrollo de queratinocitos.

  3. ACCELERATED AGING OF OLERACEOUS SPECIES SEEDS ENVELHECIMENTO ACELERADO DE SEMENTES DE ESPÉCIES OLERÁCEAS

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    Denis Santiago da Costa

    2011-07-01

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    A qualidade da semente utilizada no processo de produção agrícola é um dos principais fatores considerados para a implantação da cultura. Este trabalho objetivou estudar o efeito do nível de vigor no desempenho de sementes de seis espécies oleráceas. Sementes comerciais de alface, berinjela, brócolis, couve-flor, rúcula e tomate foram submetidas ao envelhecimento acelerado, por 48 e 72 horas, para obtenção de lotes com três níveis de vigor. Obteve-se um lote normal e dois envelhecidos por diferentes períodos. Após a obtenção dos lotes, as sementes foram submetidas a testes de germinação, condutividade elétrica, emergência de plântulas em bandeja, comprimento e massa seca de plântulas. O efeito do envelhecimento acelerado torna-se mais acentuado com o aumento do tempo de exposição das sementes às condições de alta umidade relativa do ar e elevada temperatura. Esta exposição reduz, mais acentuadamente, a qualidade das sementes para algumas espécies, como alface, couve-flor e rúcula, que para outras, como brócolis, tomate e berinjela. Sementes de menor vigor, além de menor germinação e menor emergência, apresentam lentidão no processo de formação de mudas.

  4. Metodologia para o teste de envelhecimento acelerado em sementes de ervilha Accelerated aging test on pea seeds

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    Warley Marcos Nascimento

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available A produção de ervilha no Brasil vem utilizando sementes produzidas no próprio país. O presente trabalho teve como objetivo verificar a eficiência do teste de envelhecimento acelerado para avaliar o vigor de sementes de ervilha. Foram utilizados dez lotes de sementes de ervilha, sendo cinco da cultivar Axé (sementes rugosas, indicada para produção de grãos verdes e cinco da cultivar Mikado (sementes lisas, indicada para produção de grãos secos. Para avaliar a qualidade fisiológica inicial dos lotes foram utilizados os testes de germinação, primeira contagem e emergência de plântulas em campo. Determinou-se também o teor de água das sementes. O envelhecimento acelerado foi conduzido a 41°C por períodos de 24; 48 e 72 horas, com e sem uso de solução saturada de NaCl. O experimento foi conduzido no delineamento inteiramente casualizado. O teste de envelhecimento acelerado mostrou-se eficiente para avaliar o vigor de sementes de ervilha. Quando conduzido sem o uso de solução saturada com NaCl, verificou-se que o período de envelhecimento que permitiu melhor estratificação dos lotes de sementes foi 72 horas. Porém, a porcentagem de germinação após esse período mesmo nos lotes de maior vigor (35% para a cultivar Axé e 38% para a cultivar Mikado foi muito baixa em relação às observadas após apenas 24 horas, superior a 80% para ambas as cultivares. Quando conduzido com o uso de solução saturada de NaCl, o período de 48 horas, a 41°C, foi o mais adequado para a classificação dos lotes em diferentes níveis de vigor. Nessas condições, os lotes de maior vigor das cultivares Axé e Mikado apresentaram germinação superior a 68 e 79%, respectivamente. Os testes de germinação, primeira contagem e emergência de plântulas em campo não apresentaram isoladamente bom poder discriminatório da qualidade fisiológica inicial dos lotes de sementes. Quando seus resultados foram tomados em conjunto, porém, foi poss

  5. Inteligência artificial, tecnologias informacionais e seus possíveis impactos sobre as Ciências Sociais Artificial intelligence, informational technologies and their potential impacts on Social Sciences

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    Tom Dwyer

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo analisa algumas possibilidades de transformação das Ciências Sociais e, de maneira mais específica, na Sociologia, levantadas a partir do desenvolvimento e uso, nessas ciências, de tecnologias informacionais. Nas sociedades contemporâneas o aprofundamento do uso destas novas tecnologias pode trazer importantes conseqüências para as Ciências Sociais afetando, potencialmente, o ensino, a pesquisa e a construção de teoria. No Brasil podemos ver que um número crescente de informações é disponível em formato eletrônico, e estas podem ser analisadas para aumentar nossos conhecimentos sobre a sociedade. De fundamental importância é que o crescente recurso a tecnologias informacionais seja acompanhado por avanços na capacidade de teorização.This article examines some possibilities for change in Social Sciences and more specifically, on Sociology derived from development and use of informational technologies within that field. In contemporary societies, the growing use of those technologies may bring about important consequences for social sciences, potentially affecting teaching, research and theory building. In Brazil, there is more and more information available in electronic format, which could be analyzed to enlarge our knowledge about society. It is extremely important that the growing resorting to informational technologies is followed by advances in theorization abilities.

  6. Empleo del método electroquímico acelerado AC-DC-AC para la predicción del tiempo de vida útil de pinturas base agua

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    Bethencourt, M.

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available In this study an accelerated method for the evaluation of painted metals is proposed. Specifically, the proposed method has been applied in a study of the process of degradation of two water-based paints applied to a carbon steel surface. The technique is based on the application of cycles combining measurement of electrochemical impedance spectra, cathodic polarisation steps, and recording of the evolution of the corrosion potential of the system in function of time. The results obtained from this method are compared with those obtained from studying the evolution of the impedance spectra of both systems in function of the time of immersion, for periods of immersion of the order of 200 days.

    En este trabajo se propone un método acelerado de evaluación de metales pintados. Concretamente, el método se ha aplicado al estudio del proceso de degradación de dos pinturas de base agua aplicadas sobre un acero al carbono. El método está basado en la aplicación de ciclos en los que se combinan la medida de espectros de impedancia electroquímica, etapas de polarización catódica y el registro de la evolución del potencial de corrosión del sistema en función del tiempo. Los resultados obtenidos mediante este método se comparan con los obtenidos al estudiar la evolución de los espectros de impedancia de ambos sistemas en función del tiempo de inmersión, para periodos de inmersión del orden de 200 d.

  7. Artificial intelligence

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    Hunt, Earl B

    1975-01-01

    Artificial Intelligence provides information pertinent to the fundamental aspects of artificial intelligence. This book presents the basic mathematical and computational approaches to problems in the artificial intelligence field.Organized into four parts encompassing 16 chapters, this book begins with an overview of the various fields of artificial intelligence. This text then attempts to connect artificial intelligence problems to some of the notions of computability and abstract computing devices. Other chapters consider the general notion of computability, with focus on the interaction bet

  8. Efeito do teor inicial de água de sementes de feijão e da câmara no teste de envelhecimento acelerado

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    Scappa Neto Angelo

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available A temperatura interna das câmaras e o teor de água das sementes podem influenciar os resultados obtidos no teste de envelhecimento acelerado (EA e, consequentemente, sua interpretação. O trabalho foi desenvolvido com o objetivo de avaliar o efeito de diferentes teores iniciais de água de sementes de feijão nos resultados do teste de envelhecimento acelerado e as condições de temperatura e umidade relativa do ar no interior de duas câmaras de envelhecimento e das caixas plásticas (câmaras internas, durante a condução do teste. Utilizaram-se amostras de quatro lotes de sementes de feijão, cujo teor de água inicial foi ajustado para 8, 10 e 12%. As sementes foram submetidas ao envelhecimento em câmaras "jaquetada" de água e de germinação tipo BOD. Durante a realização do teste, foram monitorados, com um registrador de dados, os valores da temperatura e da umidade relativa do ar no interior das câmaras e das caixas plásticas, avaliados a cada 10 minutos, por sensores de cobre-constantan com bulbos seco e úmido, instalados no interior das mesmas. Verificou-se pequena variação de temperatura e umidade relativa do ar nas duas câmaras, sendo, porém, menor na "jaquetada". Em função da umidade relativa do ar na câmara "jaquetada" ter sido mais elevada, as sementes envelhecidas nessa câmara, apresentaram teor de água mais alto do que aquelas envelhecidas na BOD. Ambas as câmaras podem ser utilizadas para a realização do teste de envelhecimento acelerado de sementes de feijão.

  9. Artificial Intelligence.

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    Waltz, David L.

    1982-01-01

    Describes kinds of results achieved by computer programs in artificial intelligence. Topics discussed include heuristic searches, artificial intelligence/psychology, planning program, backward chaining, learning (focusing on Winograd's blocks to explore learning strategies), concept learning, constraint propagation, language understanding…

  10. Implementación del procedimiento acelerado de patentes (PPH en Colombia. Análisis jurídico, técnico y efectos iniciales

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    Óscar Lizarazo-Cortés

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Los Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH, o Procedimientos Acelerados de Patentes, son acuerdos entre oficinas de propiedad industrial que permiten que una solicitud de patente de invención que ha sido concedida en una oficina de primera presentación (OPP pueda seguir un proceso de examen acelerado en la oficina de segunda presentación (OSP, logrando que se reconozca el examen realizado por la OPP. Colombia firmó su primer PPH en 2012, y hasta septiembre de 2014 había firmado tres acuerdos con las oficinas de patentes de Estados Unidos (USPTO, España (OEPM y Japón (JPO. El objetivo de este artículo es contribuir al entendimiento de este mecanismo, de sus ventajas y desventajas, con base en análisis legales, técnicos y estudios de caso. El examen adelantado muestra que el PPH reduce considerablemente los tiempos de concesión de patentes y, en consecuencia, los costos para los solicitantes. Sin embargo, hasta el momento los principales beneficiarios son solicitantes extranjeros - en sentido estricto- no se evidencia duplicidad en los exámenes de patentabilidad, puesto que los estándares de cada país son diferentes, y en cambio se observa la introducción de criterios y lineamientos de patentabilidad diferentes a aquellos previstos por la normatividad aplicable en Colombia.

  11. Implementación del procedimiento acelerado de patentes (PPH en Colombia. Análisis jurídico, técnico y efectos iniciales

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    Óscar Lizarazo-Cortés

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Los Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH, o Procedimientos Acelerados de Patentes, son acuerdos entre oficinas de propiedad industrial que permiten que una solicitud de patente de invención que ha sido concedida en una oficina de primera presentación (OPP pueda seguir un proceso de examen acelerado en la oficina de segunda presentación (OSP, logrando que se reconozca el examen realizado por la OPP. Colombia firmó su primer PPH en 2012, y hasta septiembre de 2014 había firmado tres acuerdos con las oficinas de patentes de Estados Unidos (USPTO, España (OEPM y Japón (JPO. El objetivo de este artículo es contribuir al entendimiento de este mecanismo, de sus ventajas y desventajas, con base en análisis legales, técnicos y estudios de caso. El examen adelantado muestra que el PPH reduce considerablemente los tiempos de concesión de patentes y, en consecuencia, los costos para los solicitantes. Sin embargo, hasta el momento los principales beneficiarios son solicitantes extranjeros - en sentido estricto- no se evidencia duplicidad en los exámenes de patentabilidad, puesto que los estándares de cada país son diferentes, y en cambio se observa la introducción de criterios y lineamientos de patentabilidad diferentes a aquellos previstos por la normatividad aplicable en Colombia.

  12. Evaluation of the technique `wire on the screw` in laboratory accelerated essays; Evaluacion de la tecnica de `alambre sobre tornillo` en ensayos acelerados de laboratorio

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    Calderon, J.; Arroyave, C. [Grupo de Corrosion y Proteccion, Universidad de Antioquia, A.A. 1226, Medellin, Colombia (Colombia)

    1998-12-31

    The CLIMAT essay has been employed as for the micro climate corrosiveness determination as for large geographic zones, allowing the qualification of corrosiveness of the interesting sites, the maps raising, the materials evaluation and the pollution focus localization. However, its utility, this has not been deepen in the understanding of his characteristics and corrosive process that it experiments. With the purpose in order to deepen in its knowledge and evaluating the useful possibilities in an immersion-emersion accelerated essay, it was accomplishment the present work. For this, was employed spiral aluminium manometers forming a galvanized pair with copper and steel screws, which were exposed to representative dissolutions of rainwater of the rural, urban and marine environment. It was measured the electrode potential for the essays, the corrosion velocities were determined gravimetrically, it was drawing polarization curves and they were characterized the corrosion products by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Infrared spectrometry (Ftir), Scanning Electron Microscopy (Sem) and stereoscopic microscope. The results allow to conclude that must pass sometime for what galvanic action was established. The potential evolution after that initial time, is approximately the same for the two pairs, for which the main losing of mass obtained in the Al-Cu screw has to be explained with kinetic arguments offered for polarization curves. The main corrosion product is bayerite (Al(OH){sub 3}), with greater crystallinity in Cl{sup -} dissolution than in SO{sub 4} {sup (2-)} and with morphologies very influenced by environment. (Author)

  13. EFFECT OF TIMING OF ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION ON THE FERTILITY AND SEX RATIO IN NELORE HEIFERS INFLUÊNCIA DO MOMENTO DA INSEMINAÇÃO ARTIFICIAL SOBRE A FERTILIDADE E O SEXO DA CRIA DE NOVILHAS DA RAÇA NELORE

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    José Ricardo Almeida de Andrade

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of timing of artificial insemination on the fertility and calf sex ratio in Nelore heifers (n = 200 submitted a protocol of timed artificial insemination (TAI.  The heifers, distributed into five groups (GC, GT6, GT12, GT18 and GT24, presented a mean of 2.5 years old and 342 Kg of body weight. The inseminations were performed in the moments 0 (GC, 6 (GT6, 12 (GT12, 18 (GT18 and 24 (GT24 hours after the injection of GnRH. The conception rates were 87.5% (GC, 82.5% (GT6, 77.5% (GT12, 85.0% (GT18 and 77.5% (GT24. There was no statistical difference (p>0.05 in the conception rates between the five treatments. The percentage of calved males was 38.2% (GC, 48.5% (GT6, 45.2% (GT12, 55.9% (GT18 and 58.6% (GT24. The male/female ratio was 0.62 (GC, 0.94 (GT6, 0.82 (GT12, 1.27 (GT18 and 1.42 (GT24. Statistical difference was found (p<0.05 in the male/female ratio between the five treatments. The timing of artificial insemination has influence on the sex ratio, showing an increase in the proportion of calved males when the insemination is progressively delayed. Within of the measured interval of time (0-24h after GnRH, the fertility of Nelore heifers is not influenced by the moment of the artificial insemination.

    KEY WORDS: Beef cattle, management, pregnancy test, ultrasound, sexing. Objetivou-se avaliar o efeito do momento da inseminação artificial (IA sobre a fertilidade e a proporção do sexo da cria de novilhas da raça Nelore (n = 200 submetidas a protocolo de IATF. As novilhas, distribuídas em cinco tratamentos (GC, GT6, GT12, GT18 e GT24, apresentavam idade média de 2,5 anos e peso médio de 342 kg. Realizaram-se as inseminações nos momentos 0 (GC, 6 (GT6, 12 (GT12, 18 (GT18 e 24 (GT24 horas após a aplicação do GnRH. As taxas de concepção foram de 87,5% (GC, 82,5% (GT6, 77,5% (GT12, 85,0% (GT18 e de 77,5% (GT24. Não houve diferença estatística (p>0,05 entre as taxas de

  14. Metodologia alternativa para condução do teste de envelhecimento acelerado em sementes de milho Alternative methodology for the accelerated aging test for corn seeds

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    Sonia Regina Mudrovitsch de Bittencourt

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Os testes de vigor são rotineiramente empregados em programas internos de controle de qualidade por empresas sementeiras. Para tanto, é necessária a escolha de métodos eficientes que possibilitem a obtenção de respostas rápidas para a tomada de decisões relacionadas ao manuseio, descarte e comercialização dos lotes de sementes. A pesquisa objetivou verificar a redução do período de execução do teste de envelhecimento acelerado (EA em sementes de milho, empregando-se, para a avaliação do desempenho das sementes após o envelhecimento, o teste de tetrazólio - TZ (viabilidade e vigor em substituição ao de germinação (TG em 10 lotes de sementes de sete genótipos de milho, com e sem tratamento fungicida. Os dados obtidos com a metodologia proposta (EA+TZ foram comparados com os valores determinados pelo teste de envelhecimento acelerado realizado com a metodologia tradicional (EA+TG. O uso do teste de tetrazólio (vigor, associado ao teste de envelhecimento acelerado, possibilitou a obtenção de informações semelhantes às fornecidas pelo teste de germinação empregado para o mesmo fim, reduzindo de oito para três dias o tempo necessário para a obtenção dos resultados em sementes de milho.Some vigor tests are routinely used by seed industry for internal programs of seed quality control. Then, it is requested the use of efficient methods to obtain quick answers to take right decisions related to the management, discard and trade of seed lots. This research was carried out in order to study the possibility to short the period to get the accelerated aging test (AA results, using the tetrazolium test (TZ instead of germination test (GT to evaluate the seed performance after the seed aging. Tem corn seed lots were used, with and without fungicide treatment. The data obtained using the alternative method (AA+TZ were compared with those determined by the traditional one (AA+GT. There was discrimination among seed lots using

  15. Envelhecimento acelerado como teste de vigor para sementes de milho e soja Accelerated aging as test of vigor for corn and soybean seeds

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    Alek Sandro Dutra

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available A avaliação do vigor de sementes tem sido ferramenta fundamental dentro do programa de controle de qualidade, sendo o teste de envelhecimento acelerado (EA parte importante do processo. O trabalho foi desenvolvido com o objetivo de confirmar metodologia específica para avaliação do vigor de sementes, em laboratório, tendo como base o EA. Utilizou sementes de milho e soja, seis lotes para cada espécie, com padrões de qualidade (germinação comercialmente aceitas. As condições de envelhecimento préestabelecidas foram 42ºC/96h e 45ºC/72h para milho e 41ºC/48 e 72h e 42ºC/48 e 72h para soja. Para cada combinação de temperatura e período de envelhecimento, as sementes foram colocadas em caixas plásticas, sobre tela, com 40mL de água destilada, distribuídas em camada única e com base no peso das mesmas. O envelhecimento foi feito usando-se dois tipos de câmara, BOD e jaquetada de água (CJ. Foi determinado o teor de água (TA e a germinação das sementes antes e após o EA. A absorção de água pelas sementes considerando-se todas as combinações de período de exposição e temperatura, as duas câmaras e as duas formas de determinação do TA, foi maior quando as sementes foram acondicionadas em camada única em relação aquelas pesadas (massa constante, usando-se a câmara jaquetada. Para o milho, a combinação de 45ºC/72h com o acondicionamento das sementes em camada única foi o método mais eficiente para a separação dos lotes quanto ao vigor. Para soja, a combinação 42ºC/48h foi mais eficiente na separação dos lotes, não havendo interferência do método de acondicionamento das sementes, na tela. Conclui-se que a camada única e a câmara tipo BOD devem ser preferencialmente utilizadas no teste EA face aos menores custos de aquisição e manutenção da BOD, visando à separação de lotes quanto aos níveis de vigor, para milho e soja.The evaluation of the seed vigor has been a fundamental tool of quality

  16. Methodology adequation for accelerated aging test in arugula seedsAdequação da metodologia do teste de envelhecimento acelerado em sementes de rúcula

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    Charline Zaratin Alves

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The use of high vigor seed constitutes basic and fundamental. Given the increasing development os the seeds industry and the improvement of vigor tests used to differentiate subtle variations in the quality of seeds of vegetable crops, is needed. The objective was to study variations in conducting the accelerated aging test, to verify their sensitivity for identifying different vigor levels of arugula seed. Were used the cultivars Cultivada and Gigante, using five lots of seeds for each. The seeds were subjected to the determination of water content, germination, first germination, emergence of seedlings and variations in the accelerated aging test, without salt solution (traditional procedure and with salt solution in 48, 72 and 96 hours; at 38 oC, 41 oC and 45 oC. The accelerated aging test in traditional procedure is not efficient to evaluation the vigor of arugula seeds. The accelerated aging test with saline solution using the combination 41 oC for 72 hours, was sensitive to evaluated of the physiological potential of arugula seeds. A utilização de semente de alto vigor se constitui em elemento básico e fundamental para o sucesso do cultivo. Diante da crescente evolução da indústria sementeira, o aprimoramento dos testes de vigor empregados para diferenciar variações sutis na qualidade de sementes de espécies olerícolas, se faz necessário. O trabalho teve o objetivo de estudar variações na condução do teste de envelhecimento acelerado, verificando sua eficiência na identificação de diferentes níveis de vigor de lotes de sementes de rúcula. Foram utilizadas as cultivares Cultivada e Gigante, com cinco lotes de sementes cada. As sementes foram submetidas à determinação do teor de água, germinação, primeira contagem de germinação, emergência de plântulas e variações no teste de envelhecimento acelerado, sem solução salina (procedimento tradicional e com solução salina, nos períodos de 48, 72 e 96 horas; a

  17. Germination and vigor of clove basil seeds (Ocimum gratissimum L. submitted to accelerated aging/ Germinação e vigor de sementes de alfavaca-cravo (Ocimum gratissimum L. submetidas ao envelhecimento acelerado

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    Nair Mieko Takaki Bellettini

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available The present work had as objective to verify the effect of treatment with fungicide on the germination and vigor of four lots of clove basil seeds, submitted to the traditional aging and with saturated salt solution, for periods of 36, 48, 60 and 72 hours, at 42ºC. After these periods, the seeds were evaluated by the germination test, using the first count of the number of normal seedlings as vigor indicative. The vigor and the germination of the seeds decreased as increased the time of aging. In the use of saturated salt solution, the seeds water content was lower and more uniform. The fungicide treatment increased the percentage average of germination, without provoking significant modifications in the contrasts among the lots. The periods of 36 and 48 hours were efficient in evaluating of the physiologic quality of the clove basil seeds.O presente trabalho teve como objetivo verificar o efeito do período de exposição, tipos de solução e tratamento com fungicida sobre a germinação e o vigor de quatro lotes de sementes de alfavaca-cravo, submetidas ao teste de envelhecimento acelerado tradicional e com uso de solução saturada de NaCl, por períodos de 36, 48, 60 e 72 horas na temperatura de 42ºC. Após estes períodos, as sementes foram avaliadas pelo teste de germinação, utilizando-se a primeira contagem do teste de germinação como indicativo de vigor. Tanto o vigor quanto a germinação das sementes analisadas, diminuíram conforme se aumentou o tempo de envelhecimento. Na utilização de solução salina, o teor e a variabilidade de água das sementes foram menores. O tratamento fungicida aumentou a média percentual de germinação, mas não provocou modificações acentuadas nos contrastes entre os lotes. Os períodos de 36 e 48 horas foram eficientes na avaliação da qualidade fisiológica das sementes de alfavaca-cravo.

  18. Artificial blood

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    Sarkar Suman

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Artificial blood is a product made to act as a substitute for red blood cells. While true blood serves many different functions, artificial blood is designed for the sole purpose of transporting oxygen and carbon dioxide throughout the body. Depending on the type of artificial blood, it can be produced in different ways using synthetic production, chemical isolation, or recombinant biochemical technology. Development of the first blood substitutes dates back to the early 1600s, and the search for the ideal blood substitute continues. Various manufacturers have products in clinical trials; however, no truly safe and effective artificial blood product is currently marketed. It is anticipated that when an artificial blood product is available, it will have annual sales of over $7.6 billion in the United States alone.

  19. Artificial blood.

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    Sarkar, Suman

    2008-07-01

    Artificial blood is a product made to act as a substitute for red blood cells. While true blood serves many different functions, artificial blood is designed for the sole purpose of transporting oxygen and carbon dioxide throughout the body. Depending on the type of artificial blood, it can be produced in different ways using synthetic production, chemical isolation, or recombinant biochemical technology. Development of the first blood substitutes dates back to the early 1600s, and the search for the ideal blood substitute continues. Various manufacturers have products in clinical trials; however, no truly safe and effective artificial blood product is currently marketed. It is anticipated that when an artificial blood product is available, it will have annual sales of over $7.6 billion in the United States alone.

  20. ESTUDIO COMPARATIVO SOBRE LOS COSTES DE MANTENIMIENTO Y RENTABILIDAD ECONÓMICA, SOCIAL Y DEPORTIVA ENTRE CAMPOS DE FÚTBOL CON PAVIMENTOS DE CÉSPED NATURAL Y ARTIFICIAL EN EL ÁMBITO UNIVERSITARIO

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    A. Sánchez

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    En este trabajo se analizan las características de una superficie sintética, de última generación, para la práctica del fútbol. Como consecuencia de los nuevos avances tecnológicos se ha conseguido un pavimento que reproduce el juego en condiciones muy similares a las de un campo de césped natural. En el estudio se tienen en cuenta los aspectos técnicos, económicos y sociales como indicadores de referencia en la toma de decisiones para la elección del tipo de superficie. Haciéndose una valoración de las fortalezas y debilidades que supone este pavimento en función de la necesidad de gestión que se pretenda. Además, se analizan las características de los distintos elementos que conforman la superficie: tipo de fibras, longitud, densidad, etc. Así como algunas recomendaciones para su mantenimiento, marcaje y riego. Por último, en las conclusiones, se propone el césped artificial de última generación (arena-caucho integrado sobre el césped como una alternativa óptima para la práctica del fútbol con altos índices de calidad, que aumenta la rentabilidad económica y social, por cuanto el número de usos es mayor, y que en muchos casos también ofrece una mayor calidad técnica al ser difícil disponer de campos de césped natural en buenas condiciones.
    PALABRAS CLAVE: Césped artificial, rentabilidad social, deportiva y económica.

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    In this work, we analyse the characteristics of a synthetic surface, last generation surface for soccer’s practice. Due to the new technological advances, it have been obtained a flooring that reproduces the game in a very similars conditions to the ones we have in a natural grass field. In this study we have considered techniques

  1. Artificial intelligence

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    Ennals, J R

    1987-01-01

    Artificial Intelligence: State of the Art Report is a two-part report consisting of the invited papers and the analysis. The editor first gives an introduction to the invited papers before presenting each paper and the analysis, and then concludes with the list of references related to the study. The invited papers explore the various aspects of artificial intelligence. The analysis part assesses the major advances in artificial intelligence and provides a balanced analysis of the state of the art in this field. The Bibliography compiles the most important published material on the subject of

  2. Artificial urushi.

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    Kobayashi, S; Uyama, H; Ikeda, R

    2001-11-19

    A new concept for the design and laccase-catalyzed preparation of "artificial urushi" from new urushiol analogues is described. The curing proceeded under mild reaction conditions to produce the very hard cross-linked film (artificial urushi) with a high gloss surface. A new cross-linkable polyphenol was synthesized by oxidative polymerization of cardanol, a phenol derivative from cashew-nut-shell liquid, by enzyme-related catalysts. The polyphenol was readily cured to produce the film (also artificial urushi) showing excellent dynamic viscoelasticity.

  3. LAS TRANSFORMACIONES SOCIALES: UNA DISCUSIÓN SOBRE EL CUERPO, LA FIGURA ESTATAL Y LA INCLUSIÓN/EXCLUSIÓN

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    Valeria F. Falleti

    2014-01-01

    En tiempos de globalización, de crecimientos acelerados producto de las ofertas de la tecnología, de espacios y tiempos impersonales signados, más bien, por la importancia del procedimiento, por la búsqueda de la eficacia y la agilidad, que por la experiencia de los mismos, consideramos relevante realizar una reflexión sobre ciertas categorías y procesos centrales para pensar tanto aspectos sociales como relativos a la producción de subjetividad. A partir de la propuesta de Deleuze del traspa...

  4. Artificial Reefs

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — An artificial reef is a human-made underwater structure, typically built to promote marine life in areas with a generally featureless bottom, control erosion, block...

  5. Artificial Limbs

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    ... diabetes. They may cause you to need an amputation. Traumatic injuries, including from traffic accidents and military combat Cancer Birth defects If you are missing an arm or leg, an artificial limb can sometimes replace it. The device, which is ...

  6. Natural - synthetic - artificial!

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    Nielsen, Peter E

    2010-01-01

    The terms "natural," "synthetic" and "artificial" are discussed in relation to synthetic and artificial chromosomes and genomes, synthetic and artificial cells and artificial life.......The terms "natural," "synthetic" and "artificial" are discussed in relation to synthetic and artificial chromosomes and genomes, synthetic and artificial cells and artificial life....

  7. Envelhecimento acelerado e deterioração controlada em sementes de amendoim Accelerated aging and controlled deterioration of peanut seeds

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    Claudia Antonia Vieira Rossetto

    2004-08-01

    Full Text Available Pesquisas têm sido desenvolvidas visando determinar os procedimentos para a avaliação de diferenças no potencial fisiológico de lotes de sementes, com destaque aos testes de vigor. O objetivo deste trabalho foi estudar o envelhecimento acelerado e a deterioração controlada para avaliação do vigor de sementes de amendoim (Arachis hypogaea. Quatro lotes de sementes de amendoim da cultivar Tatu foram submetidos ao teste de envelhecimento acelerado, em caixas tipo gerbox, com temperatura de 42ºC ou 43ºC, por 48 horas e 72 horas, com e sem o emprego de solução saturada de NaCl, e ao teste de deterioração controlada, com teor de água de 15% e 20%, a 40ºC ou 45ºC, por 48 horas. O teor de água, a germinação e sanidade das sementes foram determinados. Pelos testes de germinação e de emergência, não houve diferença significativa de desempenho entre os quatro lotes. No teste de envelhecimento acelerado com solução salina, o período de 72 horas a 42ºC é suficiente para avaliar o potencial fisiológico das sementes. No teste de deterioração controlada, a combinação de 15% de teor de água nas sementes e 48 horas em banho maria a 45ºC é eficiente para detectar diferenças de vigor entre os lotes.Researches have been developed aiming to determine the procedures for physiological potential seeds evaluation with emphasis to vigour tests. The objective was to study the controlled deterioration and the accelerated aging in peanut (Arachis hypogaea seeds vigour. Four lots of peanut seeds were submitted to the ageing accelerated test, at 42ºC or 43ºC, for 48 hours and 72 hours, with or without the use of saturated solution of NaCl, and controlled deterioration test, with 15% and 20% water content, at 40ºC or 45ºC, for 48 hours. The evaluation of water content, germination and health test was accomplished. There was no different performance among the four lots by the germination and emergency tests. In the ageing accelerated

  8. PROTOCOLO DE KYOTO: DEBATE SOBRE AMBIENTE Y DESARROLLO EN LAS DISCUSIONES SOBRE CAMBIO CLIMÁTICO

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    Rodríguez S. Liliana

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available El comportamiento climático del planeta y sus consecuencias han propiciado debates sobre los modelos de desarrollo de los países responsables del deterioro acelerado del ambiente y de los fenómenos naturales por estos días recurrentes. Sin embargo, países como Estados Unidos, luego de firmar compromisos como la Convención sobre Cambio Climático, rehúsan adquirir las obligaciones del Protocolo de Kyoto, por temor a sufrir deterioro en sus economías. En este escenario, donde la nación responsable de la emisión de aproximadamente 36% de los gases efecto invernadero resultado de la acción humana en el planeta no se compromete a adoptar políticas restrictivas tendientes a hacer sus modelos de producción más amigables con la naturaleza a pesar de que dichas medidas empiezan a ser impuestas a otras naciones como condicionantes en las negociaciones comerciales internacionales, parece ser que la adopción del Protocolo de Kyoto para países en desarrollo como Colombia no es del todo benéfica.

  9. Impact of body condition on pregnancy rate of cows nellore under pasture in fixed time artificial insemination (tai programImpacto da condição corporal sobre a taxa de prenhez de vacas da raça nelore sob regime de pasto em programa de inseminação artificial em tempo fixo (iatf

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    Marcelle Christine Nascimento Ferreira

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    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of body condition on pregnancy rate of Nellore cows, commercial herd undergoing artificial insemination programs in fixed time (TAI. 181 cows were used multiparous Nellore, the coastal plains region of the state of Rio de Janeiro, with more than one hundred days after birth, kept on pasture and divided into two groups subjected to the same synchronization protocol for TAI (D0-2 , 0 mg of estradiol benzoate + device with 1.0 g bovine intravaginal progesterone implant removal D8-250?g of cloprostenol + + 300 IU of eCG, D9-Bz 1.0 mg. Estradiol, D10-TAI. The groups were divided according to body condition score (BCS with scale of 1-5 in Group I, n=96: BCS ? 3,0, Group II, n=85: BCS ? 2.5 ? 2.0. All females were exposed to bulls, from 24 hours to pass after TAI, remaining with them until the end of the breeding season. The overall pregnancy rate was 86.5% (83:96 and 65.9% (56:85 for group I and group II, respectively. Data were evaluated by chi-square analysis and the results show a statistically significant difference (P O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar o impacto da condição corporal sobre a taxa de prenhez de vacas Nelore, rebanho comercial, submetidas a programas de inseminação artificial em tempo fixo (IATF. Foram utilizadas 181 vacas multíparas da raça Nelore, na região das baixadas litorâneas do estado do RJ, com mais de cem dias decorridos do parto, mantidas em regime de pasto e divididas em dois grupos submetidos ao mesmo protocolo de sincronização para IATF (D0- 2,0mg de benzoato de estradiol + dispositivo intravaginal bovino com 1,0g de progesterona, D8- retirada do implante + 250?g de cloprostenol sódico+ 300 UI de eCG, D9- 1,0mg Bz. Estradiol, D10- IATF. Os grupos foram divididos segundo escore de condição corporal (ECC com escala de 1-5 em: grupo I, n=96: vacas com ECC ? 3,0 e grupo II, n=85: vacas com ECC ? 2,5 ? 2,0. Todas as fêmeas foram expostas aos touros, a partir

  10. Um Interessante Problema de Vestibular Envolvendo a Não-Conservação da Energia Mecânica em um Referencial Acelerado

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    Full Text Available Discutimos detalhadamente a solução de um problema originalmente proposto para um examevestibular, envolvendo a oscilação de um sistema massa-mola num referencial acelerado e a determinação da amplitude de oscilação a partir do instante em que cessa a aceleração do referencial.Mostramos que o valor dessa amplitude depende essencialmente da relação entre o tempo duranteo qual permanece a aceleração do referencial e o período de oscilação. Na situação limite em queo período de oscilação é muito maior do que o tempo de aceleração, o sistema aproxima-se de umsistema conservativo e a amplitude de oscilação pode ser determinada por conservação da energiamecânica. O problema apresentado constitui um interessante exercício para a discussão (em nívelmédio ou universitário de temas como forças fictícias, mudanças de coordenadas e não-conservaçãode energia mecânica em referenciais não-inerciais.

  11. Artificial Intelligence

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    if AI is outside your field, or you know something of the subject and would like to know more then Artificial Intelligence: The Basics is a brilliant primer.' - Nick Smith, Engineering and Technology Magazine November 2011 Artificial Intelligence: The Basics is a concise and cutting-edge introduction to the fast moving world of AI. The author Kevin Warwick, a pioneer in the field, examines issues of what it means to be man or machine and looks at advances in robotics which have blurred the boundaries. Topics covered include: how intelligence can be defined whether machines can 'think' sensory

  12. Artificial sweeteners

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    Raben, Anne Birgitte; Richelsen, Bjørn

    2012-01-01

    Artificial sweeteners can be a helpful tool to reduce energy intake and body weight and thereby risk for diabetes and cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Considering the prevailing diabesity (obesity and diabetes) epidemic, this can, therefore, be an important alternative to natural, calorie-containin......Artificial sweeteners can be a helpful tool to reduce energy intake and body weight and thereby risk for diabetes and cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Considering the prevailing diabesity (obesity and diabetes) epidemic, this can, therefore, be an important alternative to natural, calorie...

  13. Método acelerado de processamento de presunto cru Accelerated method of dry-cured ham processing

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    Walter Bergamin Filho

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Nos métodos tradicionais de elaboração de presunto cru usa-se o pernil suíno inteiro, diferentemente da metodologia proposta neste trabalho, que combinou desossa, adição de transglutaminase, massageamento e moldagem das peças previamente à secagem e maturação, objetivando reduzir o tempo de processamento do produto. Avaliaram-se os efeitos de dois teores de NaCl adicionados (T1 - 3,5% e T2 - 5%, sobre características físico-químicas e microbiológicas dos presuntos crus ao longo do processo, além da avaliação sensorial dos produtos finais. Os presuntos crus obtidos atenderam aos padrões físico-químicos e microbiológicos determinados na legislação brasileira e não foram encontradas diferenças significativas (p The traditional methodologies of dry-cured ham production use the entire ham, differently from the one proposed in this study that combined boning, addition of transglutaminase, and tumbling and moulding before the drying and ageing stages. The effects of two levels of added NaCl (T1 - 3.5% and T2 - 5% on the physicochemical and microbiological characteristics of dry-cured hams during the process and the sensory analyses of the final products were evaluated. The dry-cured hams met the physicochemical and microbiological standards of the Brazilian legislation, and no significant differences (p < 0.05 were found between the two treatments in the parameters evaluated during the process and in the final products, except for the weight loss, which was higher in T1 (39.74 ± 4.02% than in T2 (37.22 ± 2.96%. The shape and thickness of the dry-cured hams prepared in this research were adequate to slicing, and they had excellent appearance, typical aroma, and flavor similar to traditional dry-cured hams usually found in the Brazilian market receiving about 80% of acceptance by consumers.

  14. Efeito do chumbo sobre a fertilização artificial e incubação de ovos de jundiá cinza (Rhamdia quelen - DOI: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v30i2.4703 The effect of lead on artificial fertilization and incubation of gray jundiá (Rhamdia quelen eggs - DOI: 10.4025/actascianimsci.v30i2.4703

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    Diego Mendes Baggio

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available A poluição no meio aquático afeta o potencial reprodutivo de várias espécies de peixes. Diante disso, o presente experimento foi conduzido com o objetivo de avaliar os efeitos causados pela contaminação da água utilizada no processo de fertilização artificial e incubação inicial de ovos de jundiá cinza (Rhamdia quelen por chumbo. Foram realizados dois ensaios, os quais foram distribuídos em delineamento experimental inteiramente casualizado, compostos por seis tratamentos, com quatro e seis repetições, para o primeiro e o segundo ensaio, respectivamente. O primeiro ensaio consistiu na contaminação da água utilizada no processo de fertilização artificial, com os níveis de 0,00; 0,01; 0,02; 0,03; 0,04 e 0,05 mg de Pb.L-1, e incubação dos ovos em água limpa. O segundo ensaio utilizou os níveis de contaminação de 0,00; 0,15; 0,30; 0,45; 0,60 e 0,75 mg de Pb.L-1de água utilizada nos processos de fertilização e de incubação dos ovos. Observou-se que apenas no segundo ensaio houve efeito (p -1, a partir do qual se verificou redução das taxas de fertilização de forma linear. Conclui-se que níveis de chumbo superiores a 0,25 mg de Pb.L-1causaram efeito deletério sobre a fertilização artificial do jundiá cinza.Aquatic environmental pollution affects the reproductive potential of various species of fish. The present experiment was carried out to evaluate the effect of lead contamination of the water used in artificial fertilization and initial egg incubation of gray jundiá (Rhamdia quelen. Two assays were carried out distributed in randomly experimental designs, composed by six treatments, with four and six replications, for the first and second assays, respectively. The first assay consisted of the contamination of artificial fertilization water with 0.00; 0.01; 0.02; 0.03; 0.04 and 0.05 mg of Pb L-1 and egg incubation in pure water. The second assay consisted of the contamination of artificial fertilization

  15. Artificial ribonucleases.

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    1994-01-01

    Many inorganic and organic compounds promote the reactions catalyzed by RNase A. Both the transesterification step, where a 2',3'-cyclic phosphate is formed with concomitant cleavage of RNA, and the hydrolysis step, where the 2',3'-cyclic phosphate is converted to a phosphate monoester, may be mimicked with compounds that are readily synthesized in the laboratory. Electrophilic activation of the phosphate ester and charge neutralization are generally important means by which artificial RNases promote phosphate diester displacement reactions. Several artificial RNases operate by a bifunctional general acid/general base mechanism, as does RNase A. Provision of an intramolecular nucleophile appears to be an important pathway for metal complex promoted phosphate diester hydrolysis. In contrast to the successful design of compounds that promote the reactions catalyzed by RNase A, there are no artificial nucleases to date that will cleave the 3' P-O bond of RNA or hydrolyze an oligonucleotide of DNA. Artificial RNases based on both metal complexes and organic compounds have been described. Metal complexes may be particularly effective catalysts for both transesterification and hydrolysis reactions of phosphate diesters. Under physiological conditions (37 degrees C and neutral pH), several metal complexes catalyze the transesterification of RNA. Future work should involve the development of metal complexes which are inert to metal ion release but which maintain open coordination sites for catalytic activity. The design of compounds containing multiple amine or imidazole groups that may demonstrate bifunctional catalysis is a promising route to new artificial RNases. Further design of these compounds and careful placement of catalytic groups may yield new RNase mimics that operate under physiological conditions. The attachment of artificial RNases to recognition agents such as oligodeoxynucleotides to create new sequence-specific endoribonucleases is an exciting field of

  16. Artificial Intelligence.

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    Lawrence, David R; Palacios-González, César; Harris, John

    2016-04-01

    It seems natural to think that the same prudential and ethical reasons for mutual respect and tolerance that one has vis-à-vis other human persons would hold toward newly encountered paradigmatic but nonhuman biological persons. One also tends to think that they would have similar reasons for treating we humans as creatures that count morally in our own right. This line of thought transcends biological boundaries-namely, with regard to artificially (super)intelligent persons-but is this a safe assumption? The issue concerns ultimate moral significance: the significance possessed by human persons, persons from other planets, and hypothetical nonorganic persons in the form of artificial intelligence (AI). This article investigates why our possible relations to AI persons could be more complicated than they first might appear, given that they might possess a radically different nature to us, to the point that civilized or peaceful coexistence in a determinate geographical space could be impossible to achieve.

  17. Accelerated ageing like a vigour test to diasporas of Myracrodruon urundeuva Fr. Allem Envelhecimento acelerado como teste de vigor para diásporos de aroeira (Myracrodruon urundeuva Fr. Allem

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    Full Text Available This work established the adequate temperature and the period of exposition for the accelerated ageing test with diasporas of Myracrodruon urundeuva from an area of the Cerrado in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. Before and after the ageing, at the temperatures of 40ºC, 41ºC, 42ºC and 45ºC combined with periods of 12, 18, 24, 30 and 36 hours, the water content and germination were evaluated. For each treatment, 12g of diasporas in mini chambers with 40 mL of distilled water were submitted to the accelerated ageing test. A total of 100 diasporas, divided into four replications, in plastic boxes, on two sheets of blotting paper, in germinator at 25ºC and 8 hours of photoperiod were germinated. In all treatments the content of water of the aged diasporas was superior to 20% and this value stabilized itself between 25% and 28%, from the 18 hours of exposition. Independently of the tested periods, the ageing at the temperatures of 40ºC, 41ºC and 42ºC did not affect the germination. After the ageing at 45ºC, the germination did not differ among the periods of 12, 18 and 24 hours of exposition, but in all these periods it was inferior to the control and superior to the periods of 30 and 36 hours. In these last two periods, fungi were observed. The accelerated ageing of diasporas of Myracrodruon urundeuva should be conducted at the temperature of 45ºC, during the exposition periods of 12 to 24 hours.Este estudo objetivou determinar a temperatura e o período de exposição adequados para o teste de envelhecimento acelerado com diásporos de aroeira provenientes de uma área de Cerrado em Mato Grosso. Foram avaliados o teor de água e a germinação, antes e depois do envelhecimento, nas temperaturas de 40 ºC, 41 ºC, 42 ºC e 45 ºC, combinadas com os períodos de 12, 18, 24, 30 e 36 h. Para cada tratamento, 12 g de diásporos foram envelhecidos em minicâmaras com 40 mL de água destilada. Foram germinados 100 diásporos, divididos em

  18. Os batalhadores brasileiros e o superendividamento: considerações sobre os limites na materialização de direitos fundamentais

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    Francelize Alves Morking

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    Full Text Available O artigo versa sobre a formação da nova classe trabalhadora denominada de batalhadores brasileiros, emergente de uma camada excluída e muitas vezes invisível da sociedade que Jessé Souza denomina como ralé estrutural. A partir da emergência dos batalhadores e do acelerado processo de consumo que vem realizando, procura-se abordar aspectos relacionados ao superendividamento, os limites na materialização de direitos fundamentais e a necessidade da proteção jurídica dos consumidores.

  19. Artificial blood.

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    #Blood substitutes have been developed for almost a century. The various type of artificial blood was continuously available on the market. The theme of this report is to identify the best substitute in emergency situation for some patients and science students. The definition of best is given; thus, as the vital part of the report, the comparison between them is described and discussed. Modified hemoglobin, bovine-based hemoglobin and PFCs are three basic types. In terms of the perfor...

  20. Artificial vision.

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    Zarbin, M; Montemagno, C; Leary, J; Ritch, R

    2011-09-01

    A number treatment options are emerging for patients with retinal degenerative disease, including gene therapy, trophic factor therapy, visual cycle inhibitors (e.g., for patients with Stargardt disease and allied conditions), and cell transplantation. A radically different approach, which will augment but not replace these options, is termed neural prosthetics ("artificial vision"). Although rewiring of inner retinal circuits and inner retinal neuronal degeneration occur in association with photoreceptor degeneration in retinitis pigmentosa (RP), it is possible to create visually useful percepts by stimulating retinal ganglion cells electrically. This fact has lead to the development of techniques to induce photosensitivity in cells that are not light sensitive normally as well as to the development of the bionic retina. Advances in artificial vision continue at a robust pace. These advances are based on the use of molecular engineering and nanotechnology to render cells light-sensitive, to target ion channels to the appropriate cell type (e.g., bipolar cell) and/or cell region (e.g., dendritic tree vs. soma), and on sophisticated image processing algorithms that take advantage of our knowledge of signal processing in the retina. Combined with advances in gene therapy, pathway-based therapy, and cell-based therapy, "artificial vision" technologies create a powerful armamentarium with which ophthalmologists will be able to treat blindness in patients who have a variety of degenerative retinal diseases.

  1. Efeito do período de envelhecimento acelerado no teste de condutividade elétrica e na qualidade fisiológica de sementes de feijão = Relationships of acellerated aging time with bulk conductivity test and with physiological seed quality in common bean

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    Flávio Ferreira da Silva Binotti

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available A qualidade das sementes colocadas à disposição do produtor é de grande importância para obtenção de altas produtividades. O objetivo do trabalho foi avaliar os efeitos causados por diferentes períodos de envelhecimento artificial na lixiviação de açúcares, proteínas, aminoácidos e íons no exsudato do teste de condutividade elétrica, esuas relações com a germinação e vigor de sementes de feijão da cultivar Pérola. O trabalho foi conduzido no Laboratório da FE de análises de sementes - Unesp Campus de Ilha Solteira. O delineamento experimental foi o inteiramente casualizados, sendo que as sementes foram submetidas a oito períodos de envelhecimento acelerado (zero, 24, 48, 72, 96, 120, 144 e 168 horas. A germinação e vigor de sementes de feijão cultivar Pérola e a quantidade de lixiviados no teste da condutividade elétrica são influenciados pelo aumento do período de exposição ao envelhecimento acelerado. A partir de 72 horas há uma queda expressiva na germinação e vigor, além do elevado aumento no conteúdo de lixiviados, sendo estes constituídos em grande parte de aminoácidos, açúcares, íons de potássio e fósforo. O aumento das quantidades de lixiviados está relacionado com queda na germinação e vigor das sementes.The high quality of seed trading for producers is very important to obtain high productivity. The aim of this work was to evaluate the effects of different periods of artificial seed aging on contents of sugars, proteins, amino acids and ions, on imbibition solution of electrical conductivity test, as well as its relationships with standard germination and vigor in bean seeds at the Perola cultivar.The research was carried out at the Laboratory of Seed Analysis - Faculdade de Engenharia - Unesp - Campus de Ilha Solteira. The experimental design was in completely randomized blocks. The seeds were submitted to eight accelerated aging conditions (zero, 24, 48, 72, 96, 120, 144 and 168 hours

  2. Alterações bioquímicas e fisiológicas em sementes de milho causadas pelo ao envelhecimento acelerado Biochemical and physiological alterations in corn seeds due to accelerated aging

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    Maria Cristina Mingues Spinola

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    Full Text Available Para avaliar possíveis alterações bioquímicas (análises eletroforéticas de proteínas totais e das isoenzimas peroxidase, fosfatase ácida e malato desidrogenase e fisiológicas (germinação e vigor que ocorrem nas sementes de milho durante a permanência das mesmas nas condições recomendadas na metodologia do teste de envelhecimento acelerado (41ºC e 100% UR, foi realizada a presente pesquisa. Utilizaram-se sementes de milho, híbrido AG122, provenientes de quatro lotes. Os períodos 0, 24, 48, 72, 96 e 120 horas de permanência das sementes na incubadora (envelhecimento acelerado definiram os tratamentos. As alterações nos perfís isoenzimáticos (fosfatase ácida e peroxidase detectadas nas sementes, a partir do período 72h de envelhecimento acelerado, revelaram o provável efeito deteriorativo provocado pela exposição das sementes às condições do teste, independentemente da qualidade do lote, apesar de a maioria dos testes determinantes da qualidade fisiológica das sementes não terem sido sensíveis para detectar tal efeito.In order to evaluate biochemical (total protein, acid phosphatase, peroxidase and malate dehydrogenase electrophoresis and physiological (germination and seed vigor alterations occurring during corn seed accelerated aging (41°C and 100%UR, four corn seed lots of the double hybrid (AG122 were submitted to zero, 24, 48, 72, 96 and 120 hours of accelerated aging. The biochemical assays carried out (isozyme electrophoretical patterns of acid phosphatase e peroxidase are more sensitive than the physiological test used to monitorate corn seed physiological quality deterioration during corn seed accelerated aging.

  3. Colores comerciales para retoque pictórico de lagunas en restauración del patrimonio: evaluación de diferencias de color y cambios de solubilidad después de procesos de envejecimiento acelerado

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    Sánchez Ortiz, Alicia; Micó Boró, Sandra

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    El presente trabajo recoge la metodología, los principales resultados y las conclusiones obtenidos después de evaluar cinco marcas comerciales de colores para retoque pictórico en obras de arte: Gamblin (resina de urea-aldehído), Golden (resina acrílica), Maimeri (resina de almáciga), Maimeri (resina cetónica), RestaurArte (resina cetónica) y Winsor&Newton (goma arábiga), una vez sometidas las pinturas a un proceso de envejecimiento acelerado. Una paleta compuesta por diez colores, selecciona...

  4. Efectos de los componentes estructurales de soporte sobre el comportamiento mecánico y el rendimiento deportivo en los campos de fútbol de césped artificial

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    Sánchez Sánchez, Javier

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    La constante evolución de la 3ª Generación de campos de fútbol de césped artificial ha originado que los gestores deportivos puedan elegir entre una mayor diversidad de componentes estructurales en el diseño de la instalación. Sin embargo, la mayor parte de los estudios, centrados en el análisis de las propiedades mecánicas de este tipo de pavimentos, focalizan su interés en los componentes superficiales (fibra y relleno). La presente investigación analiza la estructura de soporte (sub-base y...

  5. Artificial Economy

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    Alexandru JIVAN

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes to eliminate, a routine in the economic thinking, claimed to be responsible for the negative essence of economic developments, from the point of view, of the ecological implications (employment in the planetary ecosystem. The methodological foundations start from the natural origins of the functionality of the human economic society according to the originary physiocrat liberalism, and from specific natural characteristics of the humankind. This paper begins with a comment-analysis of the difference between natural and artificial within the economy, and then explains some of the most serious diversions from the natural essence of economic liberalism. It shall be explained the original (heterodox interpretation of the Classical political economy (economics, by making calls to the Romanian economic thinking from aggravating past century. Highlighting the destructive impact of the economy - which, under the invoked doctrines, we call unnatural - allows an intuitive presentation of a logical extension of Marshall's market price, based on previous research. Besides the doctrinal arguments presented, the economic realities inventoried along the way (major deficiencies and effects, determined demonstrate the validity of the hypothesis of the unnatural character and therefore necessarily to be corrected, of the concept and of the mechanisms of the current economy.The results of this paper consist of original heterodox methodspresented, intuitive or developed that can be found conclusively within the key proposals for education and regulation.

  6. A diplomacia de ascensão pacífica como estratégia de política externa da China: as relações com o Vietnã e as disputas sobre as ilhas

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    A rápida ascensão da China e seu crescente poderio vêm ampliando os questionamentos sobre o que fará para atingir a proeminência que julga merecer: se continuará aceitando a ordem internacional a que se ligou e na qual desenvolveu seu caminho de crescimento acelerado, ou se vai preferir contestar essa ordem, ou alguns de seus componentes básicos. A dissertação analisa as relações da China com o Vietnã, em especial o conflito em torno das ilhas do Mar do Sul, para os chineses, ou do Mar do Les...

  7. Efeito do chumbo sobre a fertilização artificial e incubação de ovos de jundiá cinza (Rhamdia quelen = The effect of lead on artificial fertilization and incubation of gray jundiá (Rhamdia quelen eggs

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    Cleonice Cristina Hilbig

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available A poluição no meio aquático afeta o potencial reprodutivo de várias espécies de peixes. Diante disso, o presente experimento foi conduzido com o objetivo de avaliar os efeitos causados pela contaminação da água utilizada no processo de fertilização artificial e incubação inicial de ovos de jundiá cinza (Rhamdia quelen por chumbo. Foram realizados dois ensaios, os quais foram distribuídos em delineamento experimental inteiramente casualizado, compostos por seis tratamentos, com quatro e seis repetições, para o primeiro eo segundo ensaio, respectivamente. O primeiro ensaio consistiu na contaminação da água utilizada no processo de fertilização artificial, com os níveis de 0,00; 0,01; 0,02; 0,03; 0,04 e0,05 mg de PB L-1, e incubação dos ovos em água limpa. O segundo ensaio utilizou os níveis de contaminação de 0,00; 0,15; 0,30; 0,45; 0,60 e 0,75 mg de PB L -1 de água utilizada nos processos de fertilização e de incubação dos ovos. Observou-se que apenas no segundo ensaio houve efeito (p Aquatic environmental pollution affects the reproductive potential of various species of fish. The present experiment was carried out to evaluate the effect of lead contamination of the water used in artificial fertilization and initial egg incubation of gray jundiá (Rhamdia quelen. Two assays were carried out distributed inrandomly experimental designs, composed by six treatments, with four and six replications, for the first and second assays, respectively. The first assay consisted of the contamination of artificial fertilization water with 0.00; 0.01; 0.02; 0.03; 0.04 and 0.05 mg of Pb L-1 and egg incubation in pure water. The second assay consisted of the contamination of artificial fertilization water and egg incubation water with 0.00; 0.15; 0.30; 0.45; 0.60 and 0.75 mg ofPb L-1. Only the second assay was affected (p < 0.05 by the treatments, showing a “plateau” tendency until 0.25 mg of Pb L-1. A linear reduction of the

  8. Teste de envelhecimento acelerado para avaliação do potencial fisiológico de sementes de urucum Accelerated aging test to evaluate the physiologic potential of annatto seeds

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    Salvador B Torres

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Urucum (Bixa orellana L. é uma cultura de grande interesse comercial, sendo o principal produto a semente, da qual se extraem os corantes bixina e norbixina, de valor nos mercados nacional e internacional. O presente trabalho teve por objetivo estudar a metodologia do teste de envelhecimento acelerado para obtenção do potencial fisiológico de sementes de urucum, utilizando-se quatro lotes de sementes da cultivar Casca Vermelha. A avaliação inicial desses lotes consistiu na determinação do grau de umidade, germinação, primeira contagem da germinação e emergência de plântulas em casa de vegetação. O envelhecimento acelerado foi implementado a 41ºC durante 48, 72 e 96 horas, com e sem uso de solução saturada de NaCl. O experimento foi conduzido em delineamento inteiramente casualizado. Dentre os procedimentos adotados no teste de envelhecimento acelerado, o período de exposição de 72 horas a 41ºC com uso de solução saturada de NaCl, revelou-se adequado para a avaliação do potencial fisiológico de sementes de urucum.Annatto (Bixa orellana L. is a crop of great commercial interest, from whose main product, the seed, is extracted the bixina and norbixina coloring, of great interest in the national and international market. The methodology of the accelerated aging test to achieve the physiological quality of annatto seeds was evaluated. The initial quality of the seeds was obtained through the tests of moisture content, germination, germination first count and seedling emergence in greenhouse. The accelerated aging test was conducted at 41ºC during 48, 72 and 96 hours, using the traditional and NaCl saturated solution. The research was conducted in a completely randomized design. The saturated salt accelerated aging test was efficient for vigor evaluation of annatto seeds, and the period of 72 hours at 41ºC was considered as the most adequate procedure to evaluate seed vigor levels.

  9. Qualidade fisiológica de sementes de camomila [Chamomilla recutita (L. Rauschert] após envelhecimento acelerado e estresse salino Physiological quality of chamomile [Chamomilla recutita (L. Rauschert] seeds after accelerated aging and salt stress

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    D.G Rollwagen

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do trabalho foi verificar a qualidade fisiológica de sementes da camomila submetidas a diferentes tempos de envelhecimento acelerado e ao estresse salino. Os experimentos foram realizados no Laboratório de Técnica de Sementes na PUCPR em São José dos Pinhais, Paraná. Os tempos de envelhecimento acelerado foram de 0, 24, 48, 72 e 96 h e o estresse salino foi induzido por soluções de cloreto de sódio com potenciais osmóticos de 0; -0,2; -0,4; -0,6; -0,8; -1,0 MPa, ambos com quatro repetições. Foram avaliados a germinação, o índice de velocidade de germinação (IVG, o tempo médio de germinação (TMG, a velocidade media de germinação (VMG e a entropia. O delineamento experimental adotado foi o de blocos casualizados . Concluiu-se que as sementes de camomila tiveram sua qualidade fisiológica afetada após 24h de envelhecimento acelerado e sob estresse salino causado por solução de potencial osmótico de -0,6 MPaThe aim of this study was to verify the physiological quality of chamomile seeds subjected to different accelerated aging periods and salt stress. The experiments were carried out in the Laboratory of Seed Technique, PUCPR, São José dos Pinhais, Paraná State, Brazil. The accelerated aging periods were 0, 24, 48, 72 and 96 h and the salt stress was induced by sodium chloride solutions with osmotic potentials of 0, -0.2, -0.4, -0.6, -0.8, -1.0 MPa, both with four replicates. The analyzed variables were: germination, germination velocity index (GVI, average germination time (AGT, average germination velocity (AGV and entropy. Experimental design was in randomized blocks. Chamomile seeds had their physiological quality affected after 24 h of accelerated aging and under salt stress caused by the solution with osmotic potential of -0.6 MPa

  10. Utilização da nebulização e ventilação forçada sobre o desempenho e a temperatura da pele de suínos na fase de terminação Effect of nebulization and artificial ventilation on the performance and skin temperature of finishing swine

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    Luiz Euquério de Carvalho

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available O experimento foi realizado com o objetivo de avaliar os efeitos da nebulização e ventilação forçada sobre o desempenho e a temperatura da pele de suínos na fase de terminação. Utilizaram-se 137 animais (Landrace x Large White x Duroc machos castrados e fêmeas, distribuídos em um delineamento de blocos ao acaso, com dois tratamentos de oito repetições por tratamento, com média de oito animais/baia. Os tratamentos utilizados foram: T1 = sem nebulização de água e ventilação forçada e T2 = com nebulização de água e ventilação forçada. Durante o período experimental, a temperatura média observada foi de 26,32ºC (variando de 23,32 a 30,72ºC e a umidade relativa do ar média, de 64,5%. Os resultados não demonstraram diferenças significativas entre os tratamentos utilizados para as variáveis ganho de peso médio diário, consumo de ração médio diário e conversão alimentar. Entretanto, a nebulização de água associada à ventilação forçada apresentou menores valores de temperatura da pele, indicando melhor conforto aos animais. Não é necessário o uso de nebulização e ventilação forçada em instalações para suínos na fase de terminação, pois, apesar da melhoria no conforto dos animais (temperatura da pele, não trouxe benefício sobre o desempenho dos mesmos.An experiment was carried out to evaluate the effects of nebulization and artificial ventilation on the performance and skin temperature of finishing swine. Castrated males and females (n = 137; Landrace x Large White x Duroc were allotted to two treatments by using a radomized bolck design, with eight replicates: T1 = pens without either nebulization or artificial ventilation; T2 = pens with both nebulization and artificial ventilation. There was an average of eight animals per each pen. During the experimental period, average air temperature was 26.32ºC (from 23.32 to 30.72ºC and humidity, 64.5%. No signifgicant effects of treatments on

  11. Effects of gamma radiation and electron beam on samples of the Brazil nuts artificially inoculated with Aspergillus flavus; Efeitos da radiacao gama e feixe de eletrons sobre amostras de castanhas-do-Brasil inoculadas artificialmente com Aspergillus flavus

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    Coelho, Ednei Assuncao Antunes

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    The high level of contamination by aflatoxin produced by fungi in lots of Brazil nuts and the strict control by importing countries in relation to the levels of toxins in food, European Union countries decided in 2003 by the return of these lots products from Brazil. Despite the economic loss represented by contamination by toxigenic fungi in Brazil nuts, a major product of extractive Northern of Brazil, studies are still preliminary as the control of contamination aflatoxigenic fungal using methods such as gamma radiation (G.R) and mainly, electron beam (E.B). These facts motivated this research, which aimed to evaluate the effects of gamma radiation and application of electron beam in samples of Brazil nut artificially inoculated with Aspergillus flavus. This goal, we were studied 50 samples of the Brazil nut previously inoculated with spores of A. flavus and subsequently incubated at 30 °C in relative humidity controlled at 93%. After incubation, period of 15 days, the average water activity of the samples was 0.80, the samples were divided into 5 groups that received the following doses of radiation: control (0 kGy), 5 and 10 kGy 5 E.B and G.R. The mycobiota was performed by serial dilution, plated on surface using potato dextrose agar. The results demonstrated that treatment with E.B using a dose of 5 kGy and 10 kGy resulted in reduced growth of A. flavus in 74% (37/50) and 94% (47/50) of samples. The samples treated with G.R at the dose of 5 kGy and 10 kGy no fungal growth occurred in 92% (46/50) 100% (50/50) of. The study of aflatoxins showed that doses of E.B of 5 kGy and 10 kGy reduced levels of AFB1 at 53.32% and 65.66% respectively. The application of gamma rays at doses of 5 and 10 kGy reduced levels of toxins in 70.61% and 84.15% respectively. This result may be attributed to higher penetrability of gamma radiation. Sensory analysis showed greater acceptance of the judges for the samples irradiated with E.B and G.R at the dose of 10 kGy. We concluded

  12. Trends in Artificial Intelligence.

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    Discusses the foundations of artificial intelligence as a science and the types of answers that may be given to the question, "What is intelligence?" The paradigms of artificial intelligence and general systems theory are compared. (Author/VT)

  13. Artificiality in Social Sciences

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    Rennard, Jean-Philippe

    2007-01-01

    This text provides with an introduction to the modern approach of artificiality and simulation in social sciences. It presents the relationship between complexity and artificiality, before introducing the field of artificial societies which greatly benefited from the computer power fast increase, gifting social sciences with formalization and experimentation tools previously owned by "hard" sciences alone. It shows that as "a new way of doing social sciences", artificial societies should undo...

  14. Artificial life and Piaget.

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    Mueller, Ulrich; Grobman, K H.

    2003-04-01

    Artificial life provides important theoretical and methodological tools for the investigation of Piaget's developmental theory. This new method uses artificial neural networks to simulate living phenomena in a computer. A recent study by Parisi and Schlesinger suggests that artificial life might reinvigorate the Piagetian framework. We contrast artificial life with traditional cognitivist approaches, discuss the role of innateness in development, and examine the relation between physiological and psychological explanations of intelligent behaviour.

  15. Apartes desde la inteligencia artificial

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    Luis Carlos Torres Soler

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available El estudio y desarrollo de la inteligencia artificial no debe centrarse sólo en la creación de software o hardware que permita realizar procesos algorítmicos o heurísticos en el computador, de tal forma que produzcan soluciones óptimas y eficientes al resolver un problema complejo, ya sea de manejo de información o de toma de decisiones, o crear máquinas que tengan buena apariencia del ser humano; se debe, sobre todo, analizar la parte neurológica y sicológica que presenta el individuo al solucionar problemas. Además, es importante conocer la capacidad intelectual de la persona, de ahí la variedad de carreras profesionales que existen; no puede quedar por fuera de los sistemas inteligentes la concepción del amor o admiración.

  16. Testes de envelhecimento acelerado e deterioração controlada na avaliação do vigor de aquênios de girassol Accelerated aging and controlled deterioration seeds vigour tests for sunflower

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    Madelon Rodrigues Sá Braz

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    Full Text Available Os testes de vigor têm sido desenvolvidos para diferenciar os lotes de sementes devido às limitações impostas pelo teste de germinação. O objetivo do trabalho foi analisar a eficiência dos testes de envelhecimento acelerado e deterioração controlada na avaliação do vigor de lotes de aquênios de girassol. Para tanto, cinco lotes de aquênios (sementes com o pericarpo de girassol da cultivar "Catissol 01" foram submetidos à determinação do grau de umidade e à avaliação da qualidade fisiológica, empregando os testes de germinação e vigor (primeira contagem, teste de frio, condutividade elétrica, emergência de plântulas, índice de velocidade de emergência, envelhecimento acelerado pelos sistemas tradicional e com solução saturada de NaCl a 42°C por 48, 72, 96 horas e deterioração controlada com teor inicial de água de 15, 20, 25% por 48, 72, 96 horas a 42°C. Os resultados permitiram concluir que o teste de envelhecimento acelerado com solução saturada de NaCl por 96 horas foi eficiente para classificar os lotes de aquênios de girassol. As combinações de 20% de água nos aquênios por 72 horas de exposição e de 25% de água nos aquênios por 48 e 72 horas de exposição permitem classificar os lotes de aquênios de girassol.The vigour tests were developed to detect differences of seeds lots owing to limitations the germination test. This study was conducted to compare different procedures of the accelerated aging and controlled deterioration tests to evaluate sunflowers seed vigour. Five lots of sunflower achenes (seeds with pericarp cv. Catissol 01 were submitted to the water content test and to the evaluation of physiological quality using by germination and vigour test (first count, cold test, electrical conductivity, seedling emergence and speed of emergence index, accelerated aging with tradicional system and satured solution of NaCl, at 42°C for 48, 72, 96 hours and controlled deterioration with 15, 20

  17. Teste de frio e envelhecimento acelerado na avaliação de vigor de sementes de feijão-frade Evaluation of the cowpea seeds vigour through of the coldtest and accelerated aging test

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    Josiane Marlle Guiscem

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    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar o vigor de sementes de feijão-caupi ou feijão-frade por meio dos testes de frio e de envelhecimento acelerado. Utilizou-se as seguintes cultivares de feijão-frade: BRS Guariba, BR 17 Gurguéia, BRS Marataoã, Quarentão e Vinagre. O experimento foi conduzido na Universidade Estadual do Maranhão onde se utilizou para o teste de envelhecimento acelerado as temperaturas e tempo de exposição: 41ºC, 42ºC 43ºC e 45ºC durante 48 h e 42ºC durante 72 h e para o teste de frio: 10ºC, 13ºC e 15ºC com 3, 4 e 5 dias de exposição. Os resultados revelaram que o teste de envelhecimento acelerado com 43ºC/48 h e para o de frio 10º /3 dias foram os mais adequados e que os testes de envelhecimento 42ºC /48 h e de frio 10ºC/3dias se correlacionaram entre si coeficiente de correlação de 0,97%. Pelos resultados conclui-se que os testes estudados apresentaram sensibilidade para identificar diferenças no vigor de sementes de feijão-frade.Aiming to evaluate the efficiency of different methods of accelerated aging and cold test to determine the physiological quality of seed of five cultivars of cowpea: BRS Guariba, BR 17 Gurguéia, BRS Marataoã, Quarentão e Vinagre. The experiment was conducted at the laboratory of University State of Maranhão - UEMA. In the accelera-ted aging test were used the following temperature and time of exposure: 41ºC, 42°C , 43°C and 45°C for 48 hours and 42 ° C for 72 hours. In cold test were used 10ºC, 13°C and 15ºC for 3, 4 and 5 days of exposure. Tests showed that the accelerated aging test of the combination of 43ºC/48 hours and for cold test the combination 15ºC/ 5 days were the most appropriate for the evaluation of the potential of physiological cultivars of cowpea seed. The accelerated aging tests 42°C/48 hours and of cold test 15ºC/3 days were those that had greater consistency in the separation of lots of cultivars of seed cowpea because of correlation

  18. Clonación artificial de controladores basados en técnicas de inteligencia artificial

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    Javier Antonio Ballesteros

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    Full Text Available En el presente articulo se expone un avance de anteproyecto, sobre técnicas de inteligencia Artificial, su aplicación a procesos industriales y herramientas para realizar simulación. Se citan algunos trabajos en los cuales hay resultados, y que prestan un soporte lógico para continuar con el desarrollo del proyecto. Ademas, se analiza, la función que cumple el controlador el cual debe ser preciso, confiable y que a su vez reduzca costos. Por estas razones se tomó como base del proyecto un controlador que posea estas características para que se puedan aplicar técnicas de lnteligencia Artificial y poder realizar Ia colación artificial.

  19. Artificial cognition architectures

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    Crowder, James A; Friess, Shelli A

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    The goal of this book is to establish the foundation, principles, theory, and concepts that are the backbone of real, autonomous Artificial Intelligence. Presented here are some basic human intelligence concepts framed for Artificial Intelligence systems. These include concepts like Metacognition and Metamemory, along with architectural constructs for Artificial Intelligence versions of human brain functions like the prefrontal cortex. Also presented are possible hardware and software architectures that lend themselves to learning, reasoning, and self-evolution

  20. Percepção dos graduandos de enfermagem sobre o seu envelhecimento

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    Mavy Batista Dourado

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    Full Text Available RESUMO Objetivo: analisar a percepção dos graduandos de enfermagem sobre o próprio envelhecimento. Método: pesquisa de abordagem qualitativa, realizada em agosto e setembro de 2011, com 18 graduandos de enfermagem de uma Universidade pública de Salvador (Bahia. Os depoimentos foram analisados por meio da Análise de Conteúdo. Resultados: apreendeu-se o núcleo temático: Percepção do graduando de enfermagem sobre o próprio envelhecimento e, a partir deste, emergiram duas subcategorias: A O Não Pensar; B O contexto influenciando no processo. Conclusão: os graduandos revelam que o envelhecimento está intrínseco ao desenvolvimento humano, e possui o vínculo familiar, a espiritualidade e atividade física como ferramentas fundamentais para um envelhecimento ativo. Entretanto, os mesmos relatam que, o modo de vida acelerado e estressante vivido na sociedade possibilita inserir hábitos considerados inadequados, como o consumo de “fast food” e álcool, que trazem influências negativas para o próprio processo de envelhecimento.

  1. Artificial life and life artificialization in Tron

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    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Cinema constantly shows the struggle between the men and artificial intelligences. Fiction, and more specifically fiction films, lends itself to explore possibilities asking “what if?”. “What if”, in this case, is related to the eventual rebellion of artificial intelligences, theme explored in the movies Tron (1982 and Tron Legacy (2010 trat portray the conflict between programs and users. The present paper examines these films, observing particularly the possibility programs empowering. Finally, is briefly mentioned the concept of cyborg as a possibility of response to human concerns.

  2. Onion artificial muscles

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    Chen, Chien-Chun; Shih, Wen-Pin; Chang, Pei-Zen; Lai, Hsi-Mei; Chang, Shing-Yun; Huang, Pin-Chun; Jeng, Huai-An

    2015-05-01

    Artificial muscles are soft actuators with the capability of either bending or contraction/elongation subjected to external stimulation. However, there are currently no artificial muscles that can accomplish these actions simultaneously. We found that the single layered, latticed microstructure of onion epidermal cells after acid treatment became elastic and could simultaneously stretch and bend when an electric field was applied. By modulating the magnitude of the voltage, the artificial muscle made of onion epidermal cells would deflect in opposing directions while either contracting or elongating. At voltages of 0-50 V, the artificial muscle elongated and had a maximum deflection of -30 μm; at voltages of 50-1000 V, the artificial muscle contracted and deflected 1.0 mm. The maximum force response is 20 μN at 1000 V.

  3. Artificial intelligence in medicine.

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    Ramesh, A. N.; Kambhampati, C.; Monson, J. R. T.; Drew, P. J.

    2004-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Artificial intelligence is a branch of computer science capable of analysing complex medical data. Their potential to exploit meaningful relationship with in a data set can be used in the diagnosis, treatment and predicting outcome in many clinical scenarios. METHODS: Medline and internet searches were carried out using the keywords 'artificial intelligence' and 'neural networks (computer)'. Further references were obtained by cross-referencing from key articles. An overview of different artificial intelligent techniques is presented in this paper along with the review of important clinical applications. RESULTS: The proficiency of artificial intelligent techniques has been explored in almost every field of medicine. Artificial neural network was the most commonly used analytical tool whilst other artificial intelligent techniques such as fuzzy expert systems, evolutionary computation and hybrid intelligent systems have all been used in different clinical settings. DISCUSSION: Artificial intelligence techniques have the potential to be applied in almost every field of medicine. There is need for further clinical trials which are appropriately designed before these emergent techniques find application in the real clinical setting. PMID:15333167

  4. Eflorescencias y costras sobre areniscas de Villamayor. Ensayos de laboratorio

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    Madruga, F.

    1994-06-01

    Full Text Available Accelerated tests carried out in the laboratory allow us to study the crystalline material settled over the surface of the sandstones when in contact with watery solutions of different compositions. Sandstone specimens of three different textures were placed on trays containing watery solutions, putting one surface in contact with the liquid. In order to accelarate the capillary absorption, a flow of air was established over the opposite surfaces. The humidity and dryness cycles were repeated 45 times. The crystallized salts were identified by X-ray diffraction, SEM and chemical microanalysis by X-rays dispersive energy. The following results were obtained: gypsum, hexahydrite, picromerite, natrone, arcanite in saline solutions; trone, aftitalite, and presence of gypsy m in cement solutions; gypsum and syngenite in the guano solution test. These salts are analogous to those found in the superficially damaged stones of the Cathedral of Salamanca.

    Ensayos acelerados realizados en el laboratorio, permiten estudiar el material cristalino depositado sobre la superficie de areniscas cuando están en contacto con disoluciones acuosas de diferente composición. Probetas de areniscas de tres texturas diferentes se colocan sobre bandejas que contienen las disoluciones acuosas, de tal forma que una de las superficies esté en contacto con el líquido. Sobre las superficies opuestas se establece una corriente de aire que acelere la absorción capilar del líquido. Ciclos de humedad y secado se repiten 45 veces. Las sales cristalizadas se identifican por difracción de rayos-X, SEM y microanálisis químico por energía dispersiva de rayos-X. Los resultados son los siguientes; yeso, hexahidrita, picromerita, natrón y arcanita cuando se trata de disoluciones salinas; trona, aftitalita y presencia de yeso cuando la disolución es de cemento; yeso y syngenita en el ensayo con disolución de guano. Estas sales son análogas a las encontradas en las

  5. Artificial Neural Networks

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    2006-01-01

    Artificial neural networks (ANNs) constitute a class of flexible nonlinear models designed to mimic biological neural systems. In this entry, we introduce ANN using familiar econometric terminology and provide an overview of ANN modeling approach and its implementation methods.

  6. Introduction to artificial intelligence

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    Cheeseman, P.; Gevarter, W.

    1986-01-01

    This paper presents an introductory view of Artificial Intelligence (AI). In addition to defining AI, it discusses the foundations on which it rests, research in the field, and current and potential applications.

  7. The effect of high dilutions of Pulsatilla nigricans on the vigour of soybean seeds subjected to accelerated aging=O efeito de altas diluições de Pulsatilla nigricans no vigor de sementes de soja submetidas ao envelhecimento acelerado

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    Bruno Reis

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of high dilutions of Pulsatilla nigricans in dinamisations 6, 12, 18, 24 and 30 CH on the vigour of soybean seeds subjected to accelerated aging. The experiment was conducted according to a randomised design with 6 treatments and 10 replicates. The treatments consisted of dinamisations 6, 12, 18, 24 and 30 CH and a distilled-water control. After the treatments, the seeds were subjected to accelerated aging (48h at 42ºC in a growth chamber (25 ± 2ºC. The study evaluated the germination, the length of primary roots and shoots, the fresh weight of roots and shoots and the enzymatic activity of peroxidase (POX-EC1.11.1.7. The variables were analysed by ANOVA, and the means were compared using the Scott-Knott test (p = 0.05. The germination and the fresh weight of roots and shoots of the seedlings treated with Pulsatilla nigricans were higher than the water control, except that CH 30 did not significantly increase the fresh weight of shoots. The dinamisations 6, 24 and 30 CH produced a lower primary root length compared with the control. The dinamisations 12, 18 and 30 CH yielded a greater length of shoots. The total length of seedlings was reduced by the high dilutions 6 and 24 CH.O objetivo do presente trabalho foi de avaliar o efeito de altas diluições de Pulsatilla nigricans nas dinamizações 6, 12, 18, 24 e 30 CH, no vigor de sementes de soja submetidas ao envelhecimento acelerado. O experimento foi conduzido em delineamento inteiramente casualizado com 6 tratamentos e 10 repetições. Os tratamentos foram constituídos das dinamizações 6, 12, 18, 24 e 30 CH e testemunha com água destilada. Após aplicação dos tratamentos, as sementes foram submetidas ao teste de envelhecimento acelerado (48h a 42ºC, em câmara de crescimento (25 ± 2ºC. Avaliou-se a germinação, o comprimento da raiz primária e da parte aérea, massa fresca da raiz e da parte aérea e atividade enzimática da

  8. Principles of artificial intelligence

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    Nilsson, Nils J

    1980-01-01

    A classic introduction to artificial intelligence intended to bridge the gap between theory and practice, Principles of Artificial Intelligence describes fundamental AI ideas that underlie applications such as natural language processing, automatic programming, robotics, machine vision, automatic theorem proving, and intelligent data retrieval. Rather than focusing on the subject matter of the applications, the book is organized around general computational concepts involving the kinds of data structures used, the types of operations performed on the data structures, and the properties of th

  9. Physics of Artificial Gravity

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    Bukley, Angie; Paloski, William; Clement, Gilles

    2006-01-01

    This chapter discusses potential technologies for achieving artificial gravity in a space vehicle. We begin with a series of definitions and a general description of the rotational dynamics behind the forces ultimately exerted on the human body during centrifugation, such as gravity level, gravity gradient, and Coriolis force. Human factors considerations and comfort limits associated with a rotating environment are then discussed. Finally, engineering options for designing space vehicles with artificial gravity are presented.

  10. Heidegger and artificial intelligence

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    Diaz, G.

    1987-01-01

    The discipline of Artificial Intelligence, in its quest for machine intelligence, showed great promise as long as its areas of application were limited to problems of a scientific and situation neutral nature. The attempts to move beyond these problems to a full simulation of man's intelligence has faltered and slowed it progress, largely because of the inability of Artificial Intelligence to deal with human characteristic, such as feelings, goals, and desires. This dissertation takes the position that an impasse has resulted because Artificial Intelligence has never been properly defined as a science: its objects and methods have never been identified. The following study undertakes to provide such a definition, i.e., the required ground for Artificial Intelligence. The procedure and methods employed in this study are based on Heidegger's philosophy and techniques of analysis as developed in Being and Time. Results of this study show that both the discipline of Artificial Intelligence and the concerns of Heidegger in Being and Time have the same object; fundamental ontology. The application of Heidegger's conclusions concerning fundamental ontology unites the various aspects of Artificial Intelligence and provides the articulation which shows the parts of this discipline and how they are related.

  11. Impuesto sobre la renta

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    Tema 7. Esquema de presentación del tema "Impuesto sobre la renta". Incorpora datos actuales, gráficos, cuadros y tablas. Esquema de presentació del tema "Impuesto sobre la renta". Incorpora dades actuals, gràfics, quadres i taules.

  12. Impuesto sobre sociedades

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    Tema 8. Esquemas de la presentación del tema "Impuesto sobre sociedades". Incorpora datos actuales, gráficos, cuadros y tablas. Esquemes de la presentació del tema "Impuesto sobre sociedades". Incorpora dades actuals, gràfics, quadres i taules

  13. Digital signage sobre IP

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    Casademont Filella, Albert

    2012-01-01

    Projecte que versa sobre el disseny i la implementació d'un sistema de Digital Signage (Cartelleria Digital) sobre IP, creant un gestor que permeti controlar de forma remota tot un conjunt de petits dispositius connectats a pantalles que emeten continguts multimèdia com vídeos, imatges, feeds rss...

  14. Artificial vision workbench.

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    Frenger, P

    1997-01-01

    Machine vision is an important component of medical systems engineering. Inexpensive miniature solid state cameras are now available. This paper describes how these devices can be used as artificial retinas, to take snapshots and moving pictures in monochrome or color. Used in pairs, they produce a stereoscopic field of vision and enable depth perception. Macular and peripheral vision can be simulated electronically. This paper also presents the author's design of an artificial orbit for this synthetic eye. The orbit supports the eye, protects it, and provides attachment points for the ocular motion control system. Convergence and image fusion can be produced, and saccades simulated, along with the other ocular motions. The use of lenses, filters, irises and focusing mechanisms are also discussed. Typical camera-computer interfaces are described, including the use of "frame grabbers" and analog-to-digital image conversion. Software programs for eye positioning, image manipulation, feature extraction and object recognition are discussed, including the application of artificial neural networks.

  15. Artificial intelligence in nanotechnology.

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    Sacha, G M; Varona, P

    2013-11-15

    During the last decade there has been increasing use of artificial intelligence tools in nanotechnology research. In this paper we review some of these efforts in the context of interpreting scanning probe microscopy, the study of biological nanosystems, the classification of material properties at the nanoscale, theoretical approaches and simulations in nanoscience, and generally in the design of nanodevices. Current trends and future perspectives in the development of nanocomputing hardware that can boost artificial-intelligence-based applications are also discussed. Convergence between artificial intelligence and nanotechnology can shape the path for many technological developments in the field of information sciences that will rely on new computer architectures and data representations, hybrid technologies that use biological entities and nanotechnological devices, bioengineering, neuroscience and a large variety of related disciplines.

  16. Artificial muscles on heat

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    McKay, Thomas G.; Shin, Dong Ki; Percy, Steven; Knight, Chris; McGarry, Scott; Anderson, Iain A.

    2014-03-01

    Many devices and processes produce low grade waste heat. Some of these include combustion engines, electrical circuits, biological processes and industrial processes. To harvest this heat energy thermoelectric devices, using the Seebeck effect, are commonly used. However, these devices have limitations in efficiency, and usable voltage. This paper investigates the viability of a Stirling engine coupled to an artificial muscle energy harvester to efficiently convert heat energy into electrical energy. The results present the testing of the prototype generator which produced 200 μW when operating at 75°C. Pathways for improved performance are discussed which include optimising the electronic control of the artificial muscle, adjusting the mechanical properties of the artificial muscle to work optimally with the remainder of the system, good sealing, and tuning the resonance of the displacer to minimise the power required to drive it.

  17. Artificial intelligence in nanotechnology

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    Sacha, G. M.; Varona, P.

    2013-11-01

    During the last decade there has been increasing use of artificial intelligence tools in nanotechnology research. In this paper we review some of these efforts in the context of interpreting scanning probe microscopy, the study of biological nanosystems, the classification of material properties at the nanoscale, theoretical approaches and simulations in nanoscience, and generally in the design of nanodevices. Current trends and future perspectives in the development of nanocomputing hardware that can boost artificial-intelligence-based applications are also discussed. Convergence between artificial intelligence and nanotechnology can shape the path for many technological developments in the field of information sciences that will rely on new computer architectures and data representations, hybrid technologies that use biological entities and nanotechnological devices, bioengineering, neuroscience and a large variety of related disciplines.

  18. Artificial organ engineering

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    Annesini, Maria Cristina; Piemonte, Vincenzo; Turchetti, Luca

    2017-01-01

    Artificial organs may be considered as small-scale process plants, in which heat, mass and momentum transfer operations and, possibly, chemical transformations are carried out. This book proposes a novel analysis of artificial organs based on the typical bottom-up approach used in process engineering. Starting from a description of the fundamental physico-chemical phenomena involved in the process, the whole system is rebuilt as an interconnected ensemble of elemental unit operations. Each artificial organ is presented with a short introduction provided by expert clinicians. Devices commonly used in clinical practice are reviewed and their performance is assessed and compared by using a mathematical model based approach. Whilst mathematical modelling is a fundamental tool for quantitative descriptions of clinical devices, models are kept simple to remain focused on the essential features of each process. Postgraduate students and researchers in the field of chemical and biomedical engineering will find that t...

  19. Bayesian artificial intelligence

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    Korb, Kevin B

    2003-01-01

    As the power of Bayesian techniques has become more fully realized, the field of artificial intelligence has embraced Bayesian methodology and integrated it to the point where an introduction to Bayesian techniques is now a core course in many computer science programs. Unlike other books on the subject, Bayesian Artificial Intelligence keeps mathematical detail to a minimum and covers a broad range of topics. The authors integrate all of Bayesian net technology and learning Bayesian net technology and apply them both to knowledge engineering. They emphasize understanding and intuition but also provide the algorithms and technical background needed for applications. Software, exercises, and solutions are available on the authors' website.

  20. Artificial human vision.

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    Dowling, Jason

    2005-01-01

    Can vision be restored to the blind? As early as 1929 it was discovered that stimulating the visual cortex of an individual led to the perception of spots of light, known as phosphenes [1] . The aim of artificial human vision systems is to attempt to utilize the perception of phosphenes to provide a useful substitute for normal vision. Currently, four locations for electrical stimulation are being investigated; behind the retina (subretinal), in front of the retina (epiretinal), the optic nerve and the visual cortex (using intra- and surface electrodes). This review discusses artificial human vision technology and requirements, and reviews the current development projects.

  1. Spatially Resolved Artificial Chemistry

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    Fellermann, Harold

    2009-01-01

    Although spatial structures can play a crucial role in chemical systems and can drastically alter the outcome of reactions, the traditional framework of artificial chemistry is a well-stirred tank reactor with no spatial representation in mind. Advanced method development in physical chemistry has...... made a class of models accessible to the realms of artificial chemistry that represent reacting molecules in a coarse-grained fashion in continuous space. This chapter introduces the mathematical models of Brownian dynamics (BD) and dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) for molecular motion and reaction...

  2. General artificial neuron

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    Degeratu, Vasile; Schiopu, Paul; Degeratu, Stefania

    2007-05-01

    In this paper the authors present a model of artificial neuron named the general artificial neuron. Depending on application this neuron can change self number of inputs, the type of inputs (from excitatory in inhibitory or vice versa), the synaptic weights, the threshold, the type of intensifying functions. It is achieved into optoelectronic technology. Also, into optoelectronic technology a model of general McCulloch-Pitts neuron is showed. The advantages of these neurons are very high because we have to solve different applications with the same neural network, achieved from these neurons, named general neural network.

  3. Propriedades físicas e químicas de feijão comum preto, cultivar Iapar 44, após envelhecimento acelerado Physical and chemical properties of aged dry black common beans, Iapar 44 cultivar

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    Horaci Jaqueline Silva de Souza Ribeiro

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available Feijão armazenado por período longo em temperatura e umidade relativa elevadas torna-se endurecido e resistente ao cozimento devido ao desenvolvimento do defeito "difícil de cozinhar". Este trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar algumas propriedades físicas e químicas de feijão comum preto (Phaseolus vulgaris L. cultivar Iapar 44, envelhecido. O envelhecimento do feijão foi acelerado a 41ºC e 75% de UR, por 30 e 60 dias, e feijão novo mantido a 5ºC e 60% de UR foi considerado controle. Foram avaliados o tempo de cozimento, por meio do equipamento de Mattson adaptado; a composição química e o pH dos grãos; a solubilidade em água e o perfil eletroforético das proteínas. Os resultados foram submetidos à análise de variância e teste de comparação de médias de Tukey (pBeans stored for long periods at high temperature and humidity become hardened and resistant to cook. This happens due to the development of the hard-to-cook defect. The objective of this work was evaluate some physical and chemical properties of the aged dry black common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L., Iapar 44 cultivar. The aging of beans was accelerated at 41ºC and 75% RH, for 30 e 60 days; and new beans, kept at 5ºC and 60% RH was used as the control. The cooking time, determined by a Mattson-type cooker; the chemical composition and the pH of the grains; the water solubility and protein eletrophorectic profile were evaluated. The results were submitted to analyses of variance and mean comparison Tukey test (p<0.05. It was observed that the two storage periods, caused: increased time of cooking; decreased percentage of humidity, increased percentage of ash and maintained the percentages of protein, lipids and carbohydrates; decreased pH and decreased solubility and changed the protein eletrophorectic profile. These results are in accordance with the literature, which demonstrated that during aging of beans at high temperature and humidity there is acid formation

  4. Micromachined Artificial Haircell

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    Liu, Chang (Inventor); Engel, Jonathan (Inventor); Chen, Nannan (Inventor); Chen, Jack (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A micromachined artificial sensor comprises a support coupled to and movable with respect to a substrate. A polymer, high-aspect ratio cilia-like structure is disposed on and extends out-of-plane from the support. A strain detector is disposed with respect to the support to detect movement of the support.

  5. Artificial Gravity Research Plan

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    Gilbert, Charlene

    2014-01-01

    This document describes the forward working plan to identify what countermeasure resources are needed for a vehicle with an artificial gravity module (intermittent centrifugation) and what Countermeasure Resources are needed for a rotating transit vehicle (continuous centrifugation) to minimize the effects of microgravity to Mars Exploration crewmembers.

  6. Artificial Left Ventricle

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    Ranjbar, Saeed; Meybodi, Mahmood Emami

    2014-01-01

    This Artificial left ventricle is based on a simple conic assumption shape for left ventricle where its motion is made by attached compressed elastic tubes to its walls which are regarded to electrical points at each nodal .This compressed tubes are playing the role of myofibers in the myocardium of the left ventricle. These elastic tubes have helical shapes and are transacting on these helical bands dynamically. At this invention we give an algorithm of this artificial left ventricle construction that of course the effect of the blood flow in LV is observed with making beneficiary used of sensors to obtain this effecting, something like to lifegates problem. The main problem is to evaluate powers that are interacted between elastic body (left ventricle) and fluid (blood). The main goal of this invention is to show that artificial heart is not just a pump, but mechanical modeling of LV wall and its interaction with blood in it (blood movement modeling) can introduce an artificial heart closed to natural heart...

  7. Artificial intelligence and psychiatry.

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    Servan-Schreiber, D

    1986-04-01

    This paper provides a brief historical introduction to the new field of artificial intelligence and describes some applications to psychiatry. It focuses on two successful programs: a model of paranoid processes and an expert system for the pharmacological management of depressive disorders. Finally, it reviews evidence in favor of computerized psychotherapy and offers speculations on the future development of research in this area.

  8. Observations of artificial satellites

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    A. MAMMANO

    1964-06-01

    Full Text Available The following publication gives the results of photographic
    observations of artificial satellites made at Asiago during the second
    and third year of this programme. The fixed camera technique and that
    with moving film (the latter still in its experimental stage have been used.

  9. Artificial intelligence within AFSC

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    Gersh, Mark A.

    1990-01-01

    Information on artificial intelligence research in the Air Force Systems Command is given in viewgraph form. Specific research that is being conducted at the Rome Air Development Center, the Space Technology Center, the Human Resources Laboratory, the Armstrong Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory, the Armamant Laboratory, and the Wright Research and Development Center is noted.

  10. Introduction to Artificial Neural Networks

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    Larsen, Jan

    1999-01-01

    The note addresses introduction to signal analysis and classification based on artificial feed-forward neural networks.......The note addresses introduction to signal analysis and classification based on artificial feed-forward neural networks....

  11. Potencial fisiológico de sementes de brássicas com ênfase no teste de envelhecimento acelerado Physiological potential of Brassica seeds with emphasis to the accelerated aging test

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    Caroline J Costa

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho comparou diferentes testes para a avaliação do potencial fisiológico de sementes de brássicas, com ênfase no teste de envelhecimento acelerado (TEA. Foram utilizados quatro lotes de sementes de repolho, cultivar Coração de Boi, quatro de sementes de couve-brócolis, cultivar Piracicaba Precoce, e cinco de sementes de couve, cultivar Georgia. Foram realizados os testes de germinação, primeira contagem de germinação, emergência de plântulas, condutividade elétrica e envelhecimento acelerado. Neste, foram empregados três procedimentos: tradicional (água, solução saturada (40 g 100 mL-1 e solução diluída (11 g 100 mL-1 de NaCl, a 42°C, por períodos de 48, 72 e 96 horas. Foi utilizado o delineamento inteiramente casualizado, com quatro repetições e análises isoladas para cada teste. Os testes de primeira contagem de germinação e velocidade de emergência de plântulas apresentaram potencial para avaliação do potencial fisiológico de sementes de repolho e couve-brócolis. Já para sementes de couve, os testes de emergência de plântulas e condutividade elétrica foram os mais eficientes. TEA também foi eficiente na avaliação do potencial fisiológico de sementes de brássicas. Para repolho, a melhor distinção entre o potencial fisiológico das sementes através do TEA aconteceu seguindo o procedimento tradicional e empregando solução diluída de NaCl, ambos por 48 e 72 horas, e solução saturada de NaCl por 72 e 96 horas. Para couve-brócolis, todas as variações do TEA testadas foram eficientes na identificação dos lotes de semente de qualidade superior. Já para couve, os melhores resultados foram obtidos aplicando TEA na metodologia tradicional por 96 horas e solução diluída por 72 horas. Observou-se ainda que, em comparação com o uso de água, a utilização de solução salina no TEA inibiu sensivelmente o crescimento e desenvolvimento de fungos.The present work compared

  12. Artificial Enzymes, "Chemzymes"

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    Bjerre, Jeannette; Rousseau, Cyril Andre Raphaël; Pedersen, Lavinia Georgeta M;

    2008-01-01

    Enzymes have fascinated scientists since their discovery and, over some decades, one aim in organic chemistry has been the creation of molecules that mimic the active sites of enzymes and promote catalysis. Nevertheless, even today, there are relatively few examples of enzyme models...... that successfully perform Michaelis-Menten catalysis under enzymatic conditions (i.e., aqueous medium, neutral pH, ambient temperature) and for those that do, very high rate accelerations are seldomly seen. This review will provide a brief summary of the recent developments in artificial enzymes, so called...... "Chemzymes", based on cyclodextrins and other molecules. Only the chemzymes that have shown enzyme-like activity that has been quantified by different methods will be mentioned. This review will summarize the work done in the field of artificial glycosidases, oxidases, epoxidases, and esterases, as well...

  13. Artificial neural network modelling

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    Samarasinghe, Sandhya

    2016-01-01

    This book covers theoretical aspects as well as recent innovative applications of Artificial Neural networks (ANNs) in natural, environmental, biological, social, industrial and automated systems. It presents recent results of ANNs in modelling small, large and complex systems under three categories, namely, 1) Networks, Structure Optimisation, Robustness and Stochasticity 2) Advances in Modelling Biological and Environmental Systems and 3) Advances in Modelling Social and Economic Systems. The book aims at serving undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers in ANN computational modelling. .

  14. Artificial Neural Network

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    Kapil Nahar

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available An artificial neural network is an information-processing paradigm that is inspired by the way biological nervous systems, such as the brain, process information.The key element of this paradigm is the novel structure of the information processing system. It is composed of a large number of highly interconnected processing elements (neurons working in unison to solve specific problems.Ann’s, like people, learn by example.

  15. Essentials of artificial intelligence

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    Ginsberg, Matt

    1993-01-01

    Since its publication, Essentials of Artificial Intelligence has beenadopted at numerous universities and colleges offering introductory AIcourses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Based on the author'scourse at Stanford University, the book is an integrated, cohesiveintroduction to the field. The author has a fresh, entertaining writingstyle that combines clear presentations with humor and AI anecdotes. At thesame time, as an active AI researcher, he presents the materialauthoritatively and with insight that reflects a contemporary, first hand

  16. Artificial Neural Network

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    Kapil Nahar

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available An artificial neural network is an information-processing paradigm that is inspired by the way biological nervous systems, such as the brain, process information. The key element of this paradigm is the novel structure of the information processing system. It is composed of a large number of highly interconnected processing elements (neurons working in unison to solve specific problems. Ann’s, like people, learn by example.

  17. Artificial sweetener; Jinko kanmiryo

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    1999-08-01

    The patents related to the artificial sweetener that it is introduced to the public in 3 years from 1996 until 1998 are 115 cases. The sugar quality which makes an oligosaccharide and sugar alcohol the subject is greatly over 28 cases of the non-sugar quality in the one by the kind as a general tendency of these patents at 73 cases in such cases as the Aspartame. The method of manufacture patent, which included new material around other peptides, the oligosaccharide and sugar alcohol isn`t inferior to 56 cases of the formation thing patent at 43 cases, and pays attention to the thing, which is many by the method of manufacture, formation. There is most improvement of the quality of sweetness with 31 cases in badness of the aftertaste which is characteristic of the artificial sweetener and so on, and much stability including the improvement in the flavor of food by the artificial sweetener, a long time and dissolution, fluid nature and productivity and improvement of the economy such as a cost are seen with effect on a purpose. (NEDO)

  18. ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION IN BOVINE

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    A. L. M Marinho

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available This literature review aims to show the main scientific advances achieved in the area of Artificial Insemination (AI within animal reproduction and how these can improve reproductive efficiency and productive of the Brazilian cattle herd. With knowledge of the mechanisms involved in the control of reproductive physiology, in levels endocrine, cellular and molecular, it was possible the development of reproductive biotechnologies, standing out the IA, It has been used on a large scale, by allow the multiplication of animals superior genetically , increase the birthrate and be particularly effective in adjusting the breeding season in cattle. Artificial insemination has an important role in animal genetic improvement; it is the main and more viable middle of spread of genes worldwide when compared to other methods how technologies of embryos and the natural breeding. There are several advantages in using artificial insemination in herd both of cutting as milkman, as herd genetic improvement in lesser time and at a low cost through the use of semen of demonstrably superior sires for production, well as in the control and decrease of diseases which entail reproductive losses and consequently productive, by allowing the creator The crossing of zebuine females with bulls of European breeds and vice-versa, through the use of semen, increasing the number of progeny of a reproducer superior

  19. Todo sobre el neobarroco

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    Arturo Carrera

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Lo que hemos escuchado y atendido hasta aquí, hoy, ayer, sobre todo en la propuesta poética esbozada por Sergio Raimondi en su ensayo sobre Aldo Oliva, demuestra que las singularidades, su pasión, anulan subrepticiamente las nominaciones.Anoche en la televisión una orquesta sinfónica y un coro numeroso. Súbitamente, me hubiera gustado ser uno de esos intérpretes solitarios para sí, a pesar de la armonía, anónimos, a pesar del brillo sonoro… un violín, un triángulo… apenas… tres grillos… como ...

  20. Perfil sensorial e aceitação de presuntos crus produzidos por métodos tradicionais e acelerado Sensory profile and acceptance of dry-cured hams produced by traditional and accelerated methods

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    Marcela de Rezende Costa

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Existem muitos tipos de presuntos crus com perfis sensoriais particulares, em decorrência de diferentes matérias-primas e técnicas de processamento, que são apreciados por seus sabores e texturas característicos. Este trabalho objetivou caracterizar o perfil sensorial de presuntos crus através da Análise Descritiva Quantitativa e verificar a aceitação dos produtos pelo consumidor. Foram avaliados dois presuntos crus experimentais, produzidos por processo acelerado (denominados CTC 3,5 e 5,0% devido ao teor inicial de sal adicionado, e quatro produtos comercializados no Brasil, um Serrano espanhol, um Italiano e dois brasileiros (Tipo Serrano e Tipo Parma. Os produtos diferiram pelos seguintes atributos: CTC 3,5% - sabor mais ácido, menor intensidade de sabor de ranço e aroma de ranço, aparência: menor intensidade de cor vermelha e menor intensidade de suculência; CTC 5,0% - mais fibrosidade, menores intensidade e persistência de sabor e maciez; Serrano - maiores aroma de ranço, cor vermelha, intensidade e persistência de sabor e menor sabor salgado; Tipo Serrano - maior sabor de ranço e menor sabor doce; Italiano - maiores sabor salgado e maciez; Tipo Parma - sabor de carne, marmoreado e amarelo da gordura mais intensos. Todos os produtos obtiveram boa aceitação pelo consumidor. O presunto Tipo Serrano foi o mais aceito e o Serrano foi o menos aceito pelos consumidores brasileiros entrevistados. Os produtos CTC foram considerados de boa qualidade, apresentando características típicas de um presunto cru, apesar do curto período de maturação.There are many types of dry cured hams with particular sensorial profiles resulting from different raw materials and processing techniques, which are appreciated by their characteristic flavors and textures. The objectives of this paper are to characterize the sensorial profile of dry cured hams through a Quantitative Descriptive Analysis, and to verify the products acceptance by the

  1. Resumen estudios sobre tabaquismo

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    Gónzalez, M.M. (M.)

    2009-01-01

    Este documento se realizó para publicar en la página Web de la Gerencia de Atención primaria del Área III. Este documento es una recopilación de estudios sobre tabaquismo. Gerencia de Atención Primaria Área III

  2. El lenguaje bioético en la normativa y jurisprudencia sobre problemas biojurídicos

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    Eduardo Corral García

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Se analiza el impacto que sobre el Derecho español relativo a cuestiones bioéticas como la Ley sobre reproducción artificial, la Ley sobre investigación biomédica, y la Ley sobre salud sexual y reproductiva puede tener la concepción de embrión humano enunciada por el Tribunal de Justicia de la Unión Europea en su sentencia de 18 de octubre de 2011, considerándolo como todo óvulo fecundado con independencia del grado de desarrollo alcanzado.

  3. Artificial intelligence in hematology.

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    Zini, Gina

    2005-10-01

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is a computer based science which aims to simulate human brain faculties using a computational system. A brief history of this new science goes from the creation of the first artificial neuron in 1943 to the first artificial neural network application to genetic algorithms. The potential for a similar technology in medicine has immediately been identified by scientists and researchers. The possibility to store and process all medical knowledge has made this technology very attractive to assist or even surpass clinicians in reaching a diagnosis. Applications of AI in medicine include devices applied to clinical diagnosis in neurology and cardiopulmonary diseases, as well as the use of expert or knowledge-based systems in routine clinical use for diagnosis, therapeutic management and for prognostic evaluation. Biological applications include genome sequencing or DNA gene expression microarrays, modeling gene networks, analysis and clustering of gene expression data, pattern recognition in DNA and proteins, protein structure prediction. In the field of hematology the first devices based on AI have been applied to the routine laboratory data management. New tools concern the differential diagnosis in specific diseases such as anemias, thalassemias and leukemias, based on neural networks trained with data from peripheral blood analysis. A revolution in cancer diagnosis, including the diagnosis of hematological malignancies, has been the introduction of the first microarray based and bioinformatic approach for molecular diagnosis: a systematic approach based on the monitoring of simultaneous expression of thousands of genes using DNA microarray, independently of previous biological knowledge, analysed using AI devices. Using gene profiling, the traditional diagnostic pathways move from clinical to molecular based diagnostic systems.

  4. Polymer artificial muscles

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    Tissaphern Mirfakhrai

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available The various types of natural muscle are incredible material systems that enable the production of large deformations by repetitive molecular motions. Polymer artificial muscle technologies are being developed that produce similar strains and higher stresses using electrostatic forces, electrostriction, ion insertion, and molecular conformational changes. Materials used include elastomers, conducting polymers, ionically conducting polymers, and carbon nanotubes. The mechanisms, performance, and remaining challenges associated with these technologies are described. Initial applications are being developed, but further work by the materials community should help make these technologies applicable in a wide range of devices where muscle-like motion is desirable.

  5. Mechanism of artificial heart

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    Yamane, Takashi

    2016-01-01

    This book first describes medical devices in relation to regenerative medicine before turning to a more specific topic: artificial heart technologies. Not only the pump mechanisms but also the bearing, motor mechanisms, and materials are described, including expert information. Design methods are described to enhance hemocompatibility: main concerns are reduction of blood cell damage and protein break, as well as prevention of blood clotting. Regulatory science from R&D to clinical trials is also discussed to verify the safety and efficacy of the devices.

  6. Uncertainty in artificial intelligence

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    Kanal, LN

    1986-01-01

    How to deal with uncertainty is a subject of much controversy in Artificial Intelligence. This volume brings together a wide range of perspectives on uncertainty, many of the contributors being the principal proponents in the controversy.Some of the notable issues which emerge from these papers revolve around an interval-based calculus of uncertainty, the Dempster-Shafer Theory, and probability as the best numeric model for uncertainty. There remain strong dissenting opinions not only about probability but even about the utility of any numeric method in this context.

  7. Bayesian artificial intelligence

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    Korb, Kevin B

    2010-01-01

    Updated and expanded, Bayesian Artificial Intelligence, Second Edition provides a practical and accessible introduction to the main concepts, foundation, and applications of Bayesian networks. It focuses on both the causal discovery of networks and Bayesian inference procedures. Adopting a causal interpretation of Bayesian networks, the authors discuss the use of Bayesian networks for causal modeling. They also draw on their own applied research to illustrate various applications of the technology.New to the Second EditionNew chapter on Bayesian network classifiersNew section on object-oriente

  8. Artificial Intelligence in Space Platforms.

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    1984-12-01

    computer algorithms, there still appears to be a need for Artificial Inteligence techniques in the navigation area. The reason is that navigaion, in...RD-RI32 679 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN SPACE PLRTFORNSMU AIR FORCE 1/𔃼 INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PRTTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING M A WRIGHT DEC 94...i4 Preface The purpose of this study was to analyze the feasibility of implementing Artificial Intelligence techniques to increase autonomy for

  9. Trimaran Resistance Artificial Neural Network

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    2011-01-01

    11th International Conference on Fast Sea Transportation FAST 2011, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, September 2011 Trimaran Resistance Artificial Neural Network Richard...Trimaran Resistance Artificial Neural Network 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) 5d. PROJECT NUMBER 5e... Artificial Neural Network and is restricted to the center and side-hull configurations tested. The value in the parametric model is that it is able to

  10. Parallel artificial liquid membrane extraction

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    Gjelstad, Astrid; Rasmussen, Knut Einar; Parmer, Marthe Petrine

    2013-01-01

    This paper reports development of a new approach towards analytical liquid-liquid-liquid membrane extraction termed parallel artificial liquid membrane extraction. A donor plate and acceptor plate create a sandwich, in which each sample (human plasma) and acceptor solution is separated by an arti...... by an artificial liquid membrane. Parallel artificial liquid membrane extraction is a modification of hollow-fiber liquid-phase microextraction, where the hollow fibers are replaced by flat membranes in a 96-well plate format....

  11. How to teach artificial organs.

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    Zapanta, Conrad M; Borovetz, Harvey S; Lysaght, Michael J; Manning, Keefe B

    2011-01-01

    Artificial organs education is often an overlooked field for many bioengineering and biomedical engineering students. The purpose of this article is to describe three different approaches to teaching artificial organs. This article can serve as a reference for those who wish to offer a similar course at their own institutions or incorporate these ideas into existing courses. Artificial organ classes typically fulfill several ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) criteria, including those specific to bioengineering and biomedical engineering programs.

  12. [Artificial neural networks in Neurosciences].

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    Porras Chavarino, Carmen; Salinas Martínez de Lecea, José María

    2011-11-01

    This article shows that artificial neural networks are used for confirming the relationships between physiological and cognitive changes. Specifically, we explore the influence of a decrease of neurotransmitters on the behaviour of old people in recognition tasks. This artificial neural network recognizes learned patterns. When we change the threshold of activation in some units, the artificial neural network simulates the experimental results of old people in recognition tasks. However, the main contributions of this paper are the design of an artificial neural network and its operation inspired by the nervous system and the way the inputs are coded and the process of orthogonalization of patterns.

  13. Development of artificial empathy.

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    Asada, Minoru

    2015-01-01

    We have been advocating cognitive developmental robotics to obtain new insight into the development of human cognitive functions by utilizing synthetic and constructive approaches. Among the different emotional functions, empathy is difficult to model, but essential for robots to be social agents in our society. In my previous review on artificial empathy (Asada, 2014b), I proposed a conceptual model for empathy development beginning with emotional contagion to envy/schadenfreude along with self/other differentiation. In this article, the focus is on two aspects of this developmental process, emotional contagion in relation to motor mimicry, and cognitive/affective aspects of the empathy. It begins with a summary of the previous review (Asada, 2014b) and an introduction to affective developmental robotics as a part of cognitive developmental robotics focusing on the affective aspects. This is followed by a review and discussion on several approaches for two focused aspects of affective developmental robotics. Finally, future issues involved in the development of a more authentic form of artificial empathy are discussed.

  14. Creating an Artificial Muscle

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    Bohon, Katherine; Krause, Sonja

    1997-03-01

    Striated skeletal muscle responds to a nerve impulse in less than 100 ms. In the past, polymeric gels and conducting polymers have been investigated for use as artificial muscle. However, the main problem with these materials is their relatively slow response (>3 seconds). On the other hand, electrorheological (ER) fluids are materials that change from a liquid to a solid upon application of an electric field. These fluids have a response on the order of a millisecond. A novel approach to artificial muscle utilizing the fast time response of ER fluids and the elasticity of polymeric gels has been investigated. A commercial sample of a two-part poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS) dielectric gel was used. The PDMS was cured around two flexible electrodes 5 mm apart while a mixture of PDMS with solvent was cured between the electrodes. The solvents were either silicone oil or an ER fluid composed of crosslinked poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) particles in silicone oil. The mixtures investigated were 90/10, 60/40, 50/50, 40/60, 10/90 PDMS/solvent. Upon application of a 6.2 kV/cm DC electric field the gel was reversibly compressed. The time response of the gel was actuator has been created using the 60/40 PDMS/ER fluid mixture.

  15. The total artificial heart.

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    Cook, Jason A; Shah, Keyur B; Quader, Mohammed A; Cooke, Richard H; Kasirajan, Vigneshwar; Rao, Kris K; Smallfield, Melissa C; Tchoukina, Inna; Tang, Daniel G

    2015-12-01

    The total artificial heart (TAH) is a form of mechanical circulatory support in which the patient's native ventricles and valves are explanted and replaced by a pneumatically powered artificial heart. Currently, the TAH is approved for use in end-stage biventricular heart failure as a bridge to heart transplantation. However, with an increasing global burden of cardiovascular disease and congestive heart failure, the number of patients with end-stage heart failure awaiting heart transplantation now far exceeds the number of available hearts. As a result, the use of mechanical circulatory support, including the TAH and left ventricular assist device (LVAD), is growing exponentially. The LVAD is already widely used as destination therapy, and destination therapy for the TAH is under investigation. While most patients requiring mechanical circulatory support are effectively treated with LVADs, there is a subset of patients with concurrent right ventricular failure or major structural barriers to LVAD placement in whom TAH may be more appropriate. The history, indications, surgical implantation, post device management, outcomes, complications, and future direction of the TAH are discussed in this review.

  16. Etnogerontología. La posición de la Sociedad Americana de Geriatría sobre etnogeriatría.

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    Herman F. Curiel

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Las minorías de ancianos en los Estados Unidos tendrán un crecimiento acelerado en las próximas décadas. Incluyen ancianos de grupos étnicos heterogéneos como negros, hispanos, asiáticos e indígenas americanos. El Comité de Etnogeriatría de la Sociedad Americana de Geriatría, SAG, trabaja en aspectos relacionados con la salud y el bienestar de tales minorías. Se informa la Declaración de Posición en Etnogeriatría de la SAG. La SAG promueve la sensibilidad multicultural, la educación y la investigación interdisciplinaria sobre los factores étnicos que afectan el envejecimiento, la salud y la aparición de enfermedades en las personas mayores. Las minorías de ancianos tienen una alta prevalencia de cuadros clínicos patológicos en edades tempranas que afectan la funcionalidad y calidad de vida de estas personas. También hay barreras lingüísticas o culturales, pobreza, y bajo nivel educativo que disminuyen el acceso al cuidado de la salud. La SAG apoya conocer y superar esos factores que influyen sobre la salud de las minorías de ancianos en América.

  17. Aspectos ecológicos da leishmaniose tegumentar americana: 2. ecótopo artificial como abrigo de Psychodopygus intermedius e observações sobre alimentação e reprodução sob influência de fatores físicos naturais Ecological aspects of American cutaneous leishmaniasis: 2. the artificial biotope as shelter for Psychodopygus intermedius and observations about feeding and reproduction under direct influence of natural physical factors

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    Almério de Castro Gomes

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    Full Text Available As observações levadas a cabo em um galinheiro experimental mostraram que Psychodopygus intermedius tem a capacidade de nele abrigar-se. Para se chegar a este resultado, a metodologia utilizada consistiu na coleta total diurna e exame do estado de alimentação e digestão sangüínea dos Ps. intermedius como parâmetro da sua maior ou menor permanência no ecótopo estudado. Além disso, observou-se paralelamente, os tempos para o repasto sangüíneo, digestão completa, oviposição, sobrevivência e cópula sob a influência direta dos fatores físicos naturais. A importância epidemiológica dos resultados reside em novas elucidações experimentais sobre a viabilidade da transmissão da leshmaniose tegumentar ocorrer em ambiente domiciliar.Observations carried out in experimental hen-houses showed that Psycihodopygus intermedius are able to take shelter in them. The methodology consisted in making daytime catches and examining the feeding and blood digestion states, in terms of the time spent in the ecotope. The times of blood meals, complete digestion, oviposition, survival and mating under the direct influence of natural physical factors were also calculated. The epidemiological importance of the results consists in the new experimental evidence of the viability of leishmaniasis cutaneous transmission taking place within household environments.

  18. Generative Artificial Intelligence : Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence

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    van der Zant, Tijn; Kouw, Matthijs; Schomaker, Lambertus; Mueller, Vincent C.

    2013-01-01

    The closed systems of contemporary Artificial Intelligence do not seem to lead to intelligent machines in the near future. What is needed are open-ended systems with non-linear properties in order to create interesting properties for the scaffolding of an artificial mind. Using post-structuralistic

  19. Tesis sobre municipalismo libertario

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    Bookchin, Murray

    2014-01-01

    Históricamente, la teoría y la práctica social radical se han centrado sobre dos campos de la actividad social humana: el lugar de trabajo y la comunidad. A partir de la creación del Estado-nación y de la Revolución Industrial, la economía ha ido adquiriendo una posición predominante sobre la comunidad; y no sólo en la ideología capitalista, sino también en los diferentes socialismos, libertarios y autoritarios, que han ido apareciendo en el último siglo. Este cambio de posición del socialism...

  20. Escrito sobre el cuerpo

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    Antonio Malalana Ureña

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available El catálogo, en una edición bilingüe español-inglés, es una pequeña guía de la exposición Shirin Neshat. Escrito sobre el cuerpo, muestra que se integra dentro de los actos de PHOTOESPAÑA13, el festival internacional de fotografía y artes visuales. El esquema del libro es sencillo y los textos son extremadamente divulgativos. El primero de ellos, Escrito sobre el cuerpo (pp. 10-15, cuyo autor es Octavio Zaya, comisario de la exposición, resume la trayectoria de esta intelectual, que "interactúa" con la fotografía y los formatos audiovisuales, y nos presenta la argumentación narrativa de los documentos expuestos, contextualizando la obra recopilada.

  1. Inferencias sobre Grafos

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    Sira M. Allende

    2002-05-01

    Full Text Available El estudio de un juego puede ser modelado asumiendo que solo algunas partidas son observadas. Entonces el árbol del juego debe ser estimado utilizando información muestral. Similarmente ocurre al obtener información sobre el comportamiento de las decisiones tomadas por individuos muestreados sobre un árbol de decisión teórico. Al considerar una medida de probabilidad que caracterice el comportamiento de redes aleatorias se puede obtener un estimado del árbol asociado. Este problema es el analizado en este trabajo. Algunos resultados experimentales obtenidos usando Recocido Simulado ilustran el procedimiento. Su papel en el estudio de modelos económicos y de mercadeo es discutido.

  2. Efeito da cor e da presença de refúgio artificial sobre o desenvolvimento e sobrevivência de alevinos de Oreochromis niloticus (Linnaeus, 1758 - DOI: 10.4025/actascibiolsci.v26i1.1659 Effect of colour and presence of artificial haven on the development and survival of Oreochromis niloticus (Linnaeus, 1758 fry - DOI: 10.4025/actascibiolsci.v26i1.1659

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    Carmino Hayashi

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available Com o objetivo de avaliar o desenvolvimento e a sobrevivência de alevinos revertidos de tilápias do Nilo (Oreochromis niloticus, cultivados sob condições de refúgios artificiais de diferentes colorações, realizou-se o presente trabalho, durante 28 dias, utilizando 240 alevinos de tilápia do Nilo com peso inicial médio de 0,51g ± 0,11g. Os animais foram distribuídos em 24 aquários com capacidade para 50L, em um delineamento experimental inteiramente casualizado, com 6 tratamentos (sem refúgios e com refúgios nas cores branca, azul, marrom, vermelho e verde e 4 repetições. Ao final do período experimental, foram analisadas as variáveis biomassa total média, fator de condição, uniformidade do lote e de sobrevivência. Observou-se que a uniformidade de peso e comprimento e o fator de condição foram influenciados pelas cores dos tratamentos, sendo que o tratamento com refúgio azul apresentou maior uniformidade. Concluiu-se, portanto, que a presença e a coloração do refúgio influenciam em parte do desenvolvimento de tilápias do NiloThe development and survival of sexually-reverted Nile tilapias (Oreochromis niloticus fry, bred in artificial havens of different colors, are provided. Research was carried out during 28 days, with 240 fry of the Nile tilapia, initial average weight 0.51 ± 0.11g. Animals were distributed in 24 50L-aquariums, in a randomized experimental design in six treatments (haven-less and havens in white, blue, brown, red and green and four replications. At the end of the experimental period, variable total biomass, condition factor, lot uniformity and survival were analyzed. Weight and length uniformity and factor of condition were affected by the colors of the treatments. Blue treatment had the best uniformity. Factor of condition was best in treatments with brown, red, blue and white havens. Actually they differed significantly from control and green treatments. It may be concluded that presence and

  3. Avaliação da qualidade fisiológica de sementes de soja, após o processo de hidratação-desidratação e envelhecimento acelerado Soybean physiological seed quality evaluation after hydration-dehydration process and accelerated aging

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    Alessandro de Lucca e Braccini

    1999-06-01

    Full Text Available Foi conduzido um experimento com o objetivo de avaliar a qualidade fisiológica de sementes de soja (Glycine max (L. Merrill , envolvendo as variedades UFV-10, IAC-8 e Doko RC, submetidas ao processo de hidratação-desidratação, seguido por uma condição de estresse induzida pelo teste de envelhecimento acelerado. As sementes foram pré-condicionadas em PEG 6000, com potencial osmótico de -0,8 MPa, a uma temperatura de 20ºC, por quatro dias. Em seguida, as sementes foram novamente desidratadas, até atingir o conteúdo de umidade inicial, sendo então submetidas ao teste de envelhecimento acelerado pelos seguintes períodos: 0, 24, 48 e 72 horas. As sementes pré-condicionadas foram comparadas com duas testemunhas: sementes não-tratadas e sementes embebidas em água. Após cada período de envelhecimento, as sementes foram avaliadas pelo teste padrão de germinação, comprimento de plântula e biomassa seca das plântulas. Em casa de vegetação, determinaram-se o índice de velocidade de emergência e a emergência final em substrato de areia. O tratamento de hidratação-desidratação em solução de PEG 6000 melhorou o desempenho das sementes em termos de germinação e vigor. O aumento nos períodos de envelhecimento acelerado influenciou negativamente o desempenho das sementes, em todos os tratamentos avaliados. Contudo, o tratamento com PEG 6000 foi satisfatório em manter a qualidade das sementes. A embebição das sementes de soja em água desmineralizada prejudicou a qualidade fisiológica. As variedades de soja mostraram resposta diferenciada aos tratamentos de hidratação-desidratação e aos períodos de envelhecimento acelerado.A work was carried out with the purpose of evaluating the physiological quality of osmoconditioned soybean (Glycine max (L. Merrill seeds of UFV-10, IAC-8 and Doko RC varieties, in terms of response to stress induced by the accelerated aging test. Seeds were osmoconditioned in PEG 6000, with an

  4. Imagens sedutoras da modernidade urbana: reflexões sobre a construção de um novo padrão de visualidade urbana nas revistas ilustradas na década de 1950

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    Charles Monteiro

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo contém resultados parciais de pesquisa em andamento sobre a construção de uma nova visualidade urbana na década de 1950 nas revistas ilustradas brasileiras, visando problematizar a forma como esses veículos de comunicação geriram e deram a ver através da fotografia a imagem de um país em transformação e em acelerado processo de urbanização. Inicialmente, abordamse questões gerais sobre a forma de edição das revistas ilustradas e o formato das fotorreportagens para, posteriormente, apresentar-se um estudo de caso sobre a Revista do Globo nos anos 50.This paper presents partial results of an ongoing research on the creation of a new urban perception in the 1950s illustrated magazines in Brazil. It aims to cast doubt on the way these means of communication managed and worked in the image of a country at a fast pace of change and urban development process through photographs. Firstly, a wide range of matters concerning the way these magazines were edited alongside the layout of the photos in the articles are discussed. After that, a case study about the Revista do Globo in the 50s is presented.

  5. Artificial Diets for Mosquitoes

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    Kristina K. Gonzales

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Mosquito-borne diseases are responsible for more than a million human deaths every year. Modern mosquito control strategies such as sterile insect technique (SIT, release of insects carrying a dominant lethal (RIDL, population replacement strategies (PR, and Wolbachia-based strategies require the rearing of large numbers of mosquitoes in culture for continuous release over an extended period of time. Anautogenous mosquitoes require essential nutrients for egg production, which they obtain through the acquisition and digestion of a protein-rich blood meal. Therefore, mosquito mass production in laboratories and other facilities relies on vertebrate blood from live animal hosts. However, vertebrate blood is expensive to acquire and hard to store for longer times especially under field conditions. This review discusses older and recent studies that were aimed at the development of artificial diets for mosquitoes in order to replace vertebrate blood.

  6. Artificial Immune Systems (2010)

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    Greensmith, Julie; Aickelin, Uwe

    2010-01-01

    The human immune system has numerous properties that make it ripe for exploitation in the computational domain, such as robustness and fault tolerance, and many different algorithms, collectively termed Artificial Immune Systems (AIS), have been inspired by it. Two generations of AIS are currently in use, with the first generation relying on simplified immune models and the second generation utilising interdisciplinary collaboration to develop a deeper understanding of the immune system and hence produce more complex models. Both generations of algorithms have been successfully applied to a variety of problems, including anomaly detection, pattern recognition, optimisation and robotics. In this chapter an overview of AIS is presented, its evolution is discussed, and it is shown that the diversification of the field is linked to the diversity of the immune system itself, leading to a number of algorithms as opposed to one archetypal system. Two case studies are also presented to help provide insight into the m...

  7. Sucrose compared with artificial sweeteners

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    Sørensen, Lone Brinkmann; Vasilaras, Tatjana H; Astrup, Arne;

    2014-01-01

    There is a lack of appetite studies in free-living subjects supplying the habitual diet with either sucrose or artificially sweetened beverages and foods. Furthermore, the focus of artificial sweeteners has only been on the energy intake (EI) side of the energy-balance equation. The data are from...

  8. Instructional Applications of Artificial Intelligence.

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    Halff, Henry M.

    1986-01-01

    Surveys artificial intelligence and the development of computer-based tutors and speculates on the future of artificial intelligence in education. Includes discussion of the definitions of knowledge, expert systems (computer systems that solve tough technical problems), intelligent tutoring systems (ITS), and specific ITSs such as GUIDON, MYCIN,…

  9. A Primer on Artificial Intelligence.

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    Leal, Ralph A.

    A survey of literature on recent advances in the field of artificial intelligence provides a comprehensive introduction to this field for the non-technical reader. Important areas covered are: (1) definitions, (2) the brain and thinking, (3) heuristic search, and (4) programing languages used in the research of artificial intelligence. Some…

  10. Generalized Adaptive Artificial Neural Networks

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    Tawel, Raoul

    1993-01-01

    Mathematical model of supervised learning by artificial neural network provides for simultaneous adjustments of both temperatures of neurons and synaptic weights, and includes feedback as well as feedforward synaptic connections. Extension of mathematical model described in "Adaptive Neurons For Artificial Neural Networks" (NPO-17803). Dynamics of neural network represented in new model by less-restrictive continuous formalism.

  11. Artificial Ligaments: Promise or Panacea?

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    Lubell, Adele

    1987-01-01

    The Food and Drug Administration has approved a prosthetic ligament for limited use in persons with damaged anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL). This article addresses ligament repair, ACL tears, current treatment, development of the Gore-Tex artificial ligament, other artificial ligaments in process, and arguments for and against their use.…

  12. Inteligencia artificial, emoción y neurociencia

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    Mira, J.

    1999-05-01

    Full Text Available Not available.Presentamos en este trabajo un conjunto de interrelaciones entre Neurociencia y Computación desde una perspectiva metodológica común, basada en la distinción de tres niveles (fisiológico, de los símbolos y de conocimiento y dos dominios de descripción (el propio de cada nivel y el del observador externo. Se explora la potencial validez del paradigma computacional para ayudar a la explicación del funcionamiento del sistema nervioso. De forma complementaria, se razona también sobre la validez de la Neurociencia como fuente de inspiración en el campo de la Inteligencia Artificial. Finalmente, se analizan algunos de los términos básicos que, procedentes de la esfera semántica de lo emocional, han invadido recientemente el campo de la robótica y la Inteligencia Artificial.

  13. Los procesos de vinculación como una construcción interdimensional de las características de la región y su influencia sobre la creación y evolución de un clúster biotecnológico

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    Nuño-Ayala, José L.

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    La importancia del estudio teórico y empírico de los clústeres de alta tecnología como motor del desarrollo económico local y de los mecanismos y condiciones que requiere una región para poder estimular su crecimiento y maduración ha aumentado su importancia durante los últimos años por el interés de los países en crear zonas de crecimiento económico acelerado. Mientras que existe una amplia literatura en el tema, existe un debate central sobre las razones por las cuales regiones que reúnen l...

  14. Soft computing in artificial intelligence

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    Matson, Eric

    2014-01-01

    This book explores the concept of artificial intelligence based on knowledge-based algorithms. Given the current hardware and software technologies and artificial intelligence theories, we can think of how efficient to provide a solution, how best to implement a model and how successful to achieve it. This edition provides readers with the most recent progress and novel solutions in artificial intelligence. This book aims at presenting the research results and solutions of applications in relevance with artificial intelligence technologies. We propose to researchers and practitioners some methods to advance the intelligent systems and apply artificial intelligence to specific or general purpose. This book consists of 13 contributions that feature fuzzy (r, s)-minimal pre- and β-open sets, handling big coocurrence matrices, Xie-Beni-type fuzzy cluster validation, fuzzy c-regression models, combination of genetic algorithm and ant colony optimization, building expert system, fuzzy logic and neural network, ind...

  15. Beyond AI: Artificial Dreams Conference

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    Zackova, Eva; Kelemen, Jozef; Beyond Artificial Intelligence : The Disappearing Human-Machine Divide

    2015-01-01

    This book is an edited collection of chapters based on the papers presented at the conference “Beyond AI: Artificial Dreams” held in Pilsen in November 2012. The aim of the conference was to question deep-rooted ideas of artificial intelligence and cast critical reflection on methods standing at its foundations.  Artificial Dreams epitomize our controversial quest for non-biological intelligence, and therefore the contributors of this book tried to fully exploit such a controversy in their respective chapters, which resulted in an interdisciplinary dialogue between experts from engineering, natural sciences and humanities.   While pursuing the Artificial Dreams, it has become clear that it is still more and more difficult to draw a clear divide between human and machine. And therefore this book tries to portrait such an image of what lies beyond artificial intelligence: we can see the disappearing human-machine divide, a very important phenomenon of nowadays technological society, the phenomenon which i...

  16. What Is a Total Artificial Heart?

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    ... the NHLBI on Twitter. What Is a Total Artificial Heart? A total artificial heart (TAH) is a device ... outside power source. Normal Heart and CardioWest Total Artificial Heart Figure A shows the normal structure and location ...

  17. Puente sobre el Rin

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    Gortz, Wilhelm

    1961-12-01

    Full Text Available Del total de 35 proyectos presentados al concurso del puente para carretera sobre el Rin, entre Duisburg-Ruhrort y Homberg, sólo dos proposiciones de la Demag fueron consideradas: Una con tablero suspendido por vientos que parten de dos torres, y otra, con suspensión por cables flexibles que se apoyan en dos torres y anclaje en la misma estructura. Por razones netamente estéticas fue elegida la propuesta Demag de puente suspendido por cables, aunque la solución con vientos hubiera sido la más económica, teniendo en cuenta las condiciones existentes.

  18. Saber sobre la radio

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    Mata, María Cristina; Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Argentina

    1998-01-01

    La autora propone en este artículo repensar los fundamentos sobre los cuales se estructuran las asignaturas y talleres de radio en las escuelas de Comunicación Social en Latinoamérica, con el proposito de romper la escisión  entre teoría/práctica y de no violentar su complejidad: en la radio, entendida como práctica comunicativa, se juega en primer lugar una "red de vinculaciones e intercambios" en condiciones privilegiadas para la dialoguicidad. En un segundo lugar, asociado al desarrollo de...

  19. Excertos sobre o sedentarismo

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    Alexandre Palma; Murilo Mariano Vilaça; Monique Ribeiro de Assis

    2014-01-01

    O sedentarismo tem sido tratado como algo perfeitamente determinável, objetivo e, portanto, que pode ser apreendido. Por outro lado, o conceito de sedentarismo ainda permanece questionável e, por conseguinte, os instrumentos mostram-se inconsistentes. Neste sentido, o objetivo do presente estudo foi mostrar que diferentes discursos de verdade vêm concorrendo por esse conceito, o que nos motiva a pensar qual é a verdade ou, até mesmo, se há alguma verdade sobre ele. Após apresentarmos diferent...

  20. Efecto del sistema de lactancia sobre la calidad de la canal y de la carne de la cabra de Guadarrama

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    Ripoll García, Guillermo; Albertí Lasalle, Pere; A. Argüello; Alcalde Aldea, Mª Jesús; Panea Doblado, Begoña

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    La alimentación del cabrito lechal con leche artificial reduce los costes de alimentación y posibilita buenos crecimientos. Sin embargo, algunos ganaderos prefieren alimentar a los cabritos con leche natural porque creen que esto incrementa la calidad de la carne. El objetivo de este trabajo es estudiar la influencia del sistema de lactancia (natural vs artificial) sobre la canal, el color de los músculos Rectus abdominis, Longissimus thoracis y la grasa renal de los cabrito...

  1. The artificial leaf.

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    Nocera, Daniel G

    2012-05-15

    To convert the energy of sunlight into chemical energy, the leaf splits water via the photosynthetic process to produce molecular oxygen and hydrogen, which is in a form of separated protons and electrons. The primary steps of natural photosynthesis involve the absorption of sunlight and its conversion into spatially separated electron-hole pairs. The holes of this wireless current are captured by the oxygen evolving complex (OEC) of photosystem II (PSII) to oxidize water to oxygen. The electrons and protons produced as a byproduct of the OEC reaction are captured by ferrodoxin of photosystem I. With the aid of ferrodoxin-NADP(+) reductase, they are used to produce hydrogen in the form of NADPH. For a synthetic material to realize the solar energy conversion function of the leaf, the light-absorbing material must capture a solar photon to generate a wireless current that is harnessed by catalysts, which drive the four electron/hole fuel-forming water-splitting reaction under benign conditions and under 1 sun (100 mW/cm(2)) illumination. This Account describes the construction of an artificial leaf comprising earth-abundant elements by interfacing a triple junction, amorphous silicon photovoltaic with hydrogen- and oxygen-evolving catalysts made from a ternary alloy (NiMoZn) and a cobalt-phosphate cluster (Co-OEC), respectively. The latter captures the structural and functional attributes of the PSII-OEC. Similar to the PSII-OEC, the Co-OEC self-assembles upon oxidation of an earth-abundant metal ion from 2+ to 3+, may operate in natural water at room temperature, and is self-healing. The Co-OEC also activates H(2)O by a proton-coupled electron transfer mechanism in which the Co-OEC is increased by four hole equivalents akin to the S-state pumping of the Kok cycle of PSII. X-ray absorption spectroscopy studies have established that the Co-OEC is a structural relative of Mn(3)CaO(4)-Mn cubane of the PSII-OEC, where Co replaces Mn and the cubane is extended in a

  2. [Research and development of artificial retina material].

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    Hu, Ning; Yang, Jun; Peng, Chenglin; Wang, Xing; Zhang, Sijie; Zhang, Ying; Zheng, Erxin

    2008-04-01

    The application of artificial retina was introduced. The principal characteristics of artificial retina material were reviewed in particular. Moreover, the recent research development and application prospect were discussed.

  3. natural or artificial diets

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    A. O. Meyer-Willerer

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Se probaron alimentos artificiales y naturales con larva de camarón (Litopenaeus vannamei cultivados en diferentes recipientes. Estos fueron ocho frascos cónicos con 15L, ocho acuarios con 50L y como grupo control, seis tanques de fibra de vidrio con 1500L; todos con agua marina fresca y filtrada. La densidad inicial en todos los recipientes fue de 70 nauplios/L. Aquellos en frascos y acuarios recibieron ya sea dieta natural o artificial. El grupo control fue cultivado con dieta natural en los tanques grandes que utilizan los laboratorios para la producción masiva de postlarvas. El principal producto de excreción de larva de camarón es el ión amonio, que es tóxico cuando está presente en concentraciones elevadas. Se determinó diariamente con el método colorimétrico del indofenol. Los resultados muestran diferencias en la concentración del ión amonio y en la sobrevivencia de larvas entre las diferentes dietas y también entre los diferentes recipientes. En aquellos con volúmenes pequeños comparados con los grandes, se presentó mayor concentración de amonio (500 a 750µg/L, en aquellos con dietas naturales, debido a que este ión sirve de fertilizante a las algas adicionadas, necesitando efectuar recambios diarios de agua posteriores al noveno día de cultivo para mantener este ión a una concentración subletal. Se obtuvo una baja cosecha de postlarvas (menor a 15% con el alimento artificial larvario, debido a la presencia de protozoarios, alimentándose con el producto comercial precipitado en el fondo de los frascos o acuarios. Los acuarios con larvas alimentadas con dieta natural también mostraron concentraciones subletales de amonio al noveno día; sin embargo, la sobrevivencia fue cuatro veces mayor que con dietas artificiales. Los tanques control con dietas naturales presentaron tasas de sobrevivencia (70 ± 5% similares a la reportada por otros laboratorios.

  4. Artificial Neural Network Analysis System

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    2007-11-02

    Contract No. DASG60-00-M-0201 Purchase request no.: Foot in the Door-01 Title Name: Artificial Neural Network Analysis System Company: Atlantic... Artificial Neural Network Analysis System 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) Powell, Bruce C 5d. PROJECT NUMBER 5e. TASK NUMBER...34) 27-02-2001 Report Type N/A Dates Covered (from... to) ("DD MON YYYY") 28-10-2000 27-02-2001 Title and Subtitle Artificial Neural Network Analysis

  5. Bioengineering of Artificial Lymphoid Organs.

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    Nosenko, M A; Drutskaya, M S; Moisenovich, M M; Nedospasov, S A

    2016-01-01

    This review addresses the issue of bioengineering of artificial lymphoid organs.Progress in this field may help to better understand the nature of the structure-function relations that exist in immune organs. Artifical lymphoid organs may also be advantageous in the therapy or correction of immunodefficiencies, autoimmune diseases, and cancer. The structural organization, development, and function of lymphoid tissue are analyzed with a focus on the role of intercellular contacts and on the cytokine signaling pathways regulating these processes. We describe various polymeric materials, as scaffolds, for artificial tissue engineering. Finally, published studies in which artificial lymphoid organs were generated are reviewed and possible future directions in the field are discussed.

  6. Sobre historia mundial hoy

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    Vera Weiler

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Los procesos de globalización son una realidad; su enorme impacto sobre la vida humana los ha convertido en un tema recurrente sobre el que se escribe y se comenta a diario también en Colombia. Los libros que de ellos tratan, ante todo los que 10 hacen en tono crítico, baten records en la industria editorial en todo el mundo. Las expectativas que acerca del futuro abrigan cientos de millones de personas se relacionan con 10 que ellas esperan, para bien o para mal, de la globalización. Las posturas que los gobernantes ocupan al respecto en el mundo son, cuando menos de aceptación, generalmente de activa participación en pos de la globalización. Por un lado, crece la preocupación y se multiplican las protestas; por el otro, dominan los razonamientos de los especialistas en materia de maximización de los rendimientos de los capitales que presentan la globalización, al estilo que se viene imponiendo, como el camino ineludible del gobierno universal de la eficiencia. ¿Tienen que decir algo los historiadores frente a todo esto?.

  7. Sobre la tragedia griega

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    Mauricio Vélez Upegui

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Luego de caracterizar la tragedia griega clásica como expresión de un arte ciudadano que participa por igual de un carácter festivo, cierto régimen discursivo y una clara inscripción físico-espacial, el texto se demora en considerar tres aspectos fundamentales de esta forma dramática inventada por los griegos, a saber: una exposición sobre las fuentes orales míticas de las que los autores echan mano para componer la historia de cada una de las piezas que son llevadas a escena al amparo de un espíritu agonal; una explicación del funcionamiento formal de la tragedia, basado en la alternancia de partes cantadas (coro y partes recitadas (héroe; y, finalmente, una acotación sobre el sentido –interno y externo– que la acción dramática posee, en tanto elemento articulador de la trama.

  8. Artificial intelligence in medicine.

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    Hamet, Pavel; Tremblay, Johanne

    2017-04-01

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a general term that implies the use of a computer to model intelligent behavior with minimal human intervention. AI is generally accepted as having started with the invention of robots. The term derives from the Czech word robota, meaning biosynthetic machines used as forced labor. In this field, Leonardo Da Vinci's lasting heritage is today's burgeoning use of robotic-assisted surgery, named after him, for complex urologic and gynecologic procedures. Da Vinci's sketchbooks of robots helped set the stage for this innovation. AI, described as the science and engineering of making intelligent machines, was officially born in 1956. The term is applicable to a broad range of items in medicine such as robotics, medical diagnosis, medical statistics, and human biology-up to and including today's "omics". AI in medicine, which is the focus of this review, has two main branches: virtual and physical. The virtual branch includes informatics approaches from deep learning information management to control of health management systems, including electronic health records, and active guidance of physicians in their treatment decisions. The physical branch is best represented by robots used to assist the elderly patient or the attending surgeon. Also embodied in this branch are targeted nanorobots, a unique new drug delivery system. The societal and ethical complexities of these applications require further reflection, proof of their medical utility, economic value, and development of interdisciplinary strategies for their wider application.

  9. Artificial Immune Systems Tutorial

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    Aickelin, Uwe

    2008-01-01

    The biological immune system is a robust, complex, adaptive system that defends the body from foreign pathogens. It is able to categorize all cells (or molecules) within the body as self-cells or non-self cells. It does this with the help of a distributed task force that has the intelligence to take action from a local and also a global perspective using its network of chemical messengers for communication. There are two major branches of the immune system. The innate immune system is an unchanging mechanism that detects and destroys certain invading organisms, whilst the adaptive immune system responds to previously unknown foreign cells and builds a response to them that can remain in the body over a long period of time. This remarkable information processing biological system has caught the attention of computer science in recent years. A novel computational intelligence technique, inspired by immunology, has emerged, called Artificial Immune Systems. Several concepts from the immune have been extracted an...

  10. Artificial Immune Systems

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    Aickelin, Uwe

    2009-01-01

    The biological immune system is a robust, complex, adaptive system that defends the body from foreign pathogens. It is able to categorize all cells (or molecules) within the body as self-cells or non-self cells. It does this with the help of a distributed task force that has the intelligence to take action from a local and also a global perspective using its network of chemical messengers for communication. There are two major branches of the immune system. The innate immune system is an unchanging mechanism that detects and destroys certain invading organisms, whilst the adaptive immune system responds to previously unknown foreign cells and builds a response to them that can remain in the body over a long period of time. This remarkable information processing biological system has caught the attention of computer science in recent years. A novel computational intelligence technique, inspired by immunology, has emerged, called Artificial Immune Systems. Several concepts from the immune have been extracted an...

  11. Programmable artificial phototactic microswimmer

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    Dai, Baohu; Wang, Jizhuang; Xiong, Ze; Zhan, Xiaojun; Dai, Wei; Li, Chien-Cheng; Feng, Shien-Ping; Tang, Jinyao

    2016-12-01

    Phototaxis is commonly observed in motile photosynthetic microorganisms. For example, green algae are capable of swimming towards a light source (positive phototaxis) to receive more energy for photosynthesis, or away from a light source (negative phototaxis) to avoid radiation damage or to hide from predators. Recently, with the aim of applying nanoscale machinery to biomedical applications, various inorganic nanomotors based on different propulsion mechanisms have been demonstrated. The only method to control the direction of motion of these self-propelled micro/nanomotors is to incorporate a ferromagnetic material into their structure and use an external magnetic field for steering. Here, we show an artificial microswimmer that can sense and orient to the illumination direction of an external light source. Our microswimmer is a Janus nanotree containing a nanostructured photocathode and photoanode at opposite ends that release cations and anions, respectively, propelling the microswimmer by self-electrophoresis. Using chemical modifications, we can control the zeta potential of the photoanode and program the microswimmer to exhibit either positive or negative phototaxis. Finally, we show that a school of microswimmers mimics the collective phototactic behaviour of green algae in solution.

  12. Estrategia didáctica para el perfeccionamiento del proceso de enseñanza-aprendizaje acelerado del idioma inglés en los cursos básicos para profesionales de la salud

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    Sanchez Morales, Dinorah Sofia

    2008-01-01

    La necesidad de cumplir convenios de cooperación en servicios de asistencia médica en países anglófonos ha impuesto a los docentes de postgrado del ISCMVC la tarea de cambiar los paradigmas que rigen en el país para el aprendizaje del idioma inglés en profesionales de la salud. Se estableció un sistema de cursos para lograr la aceleración del aprendizaje en el adulto, sustentado metodologicamente sobre tres dimensiones específicas: la sicológica, la temporal y la espacial, proyectadas dentro ...

  13. Artificial intelligence: Deep neural reasoning

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    Jaeger, Herbert

    2016-10-01

    The human brain can solve highly abstract reasoning problems using a neural network that is entirely physical. The underlying mechanisms are only partially understood, but an artificial network provides valuable insight. See Article p.471

  14. Darwin, artificial selection, and poverty.

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    Sanchez, Luis

    2010-03-01

    This paper argues that the processes of evolutionary selection are becoming increasingly artificial, a trend that goes against the belief in a purely natural selection process claimed by Darwin's natural selection theory. Artificial selection is mentioned by Darwin, but it was ignored by Social Darwinists, and it is all but absent in neo-Darwinian thinking. This omission results in an underestimation of probable impacts of artificial selection upon assumed evolutionary processes, and has implications for the ideological uses of Darwin's language, particularly in relation to poverty and other social inequalities. The influence of artificial selection on genotypic and phenotypic adaptations arguably represents a substantial shift in the presumed path of evolution, a shift laden with both biological and political implications.

  15. Artificial Intelligence in Civil Engineering

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    Pengzhen Lu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Artificial intelligence is a branch of computer science, involved in the research, design, and application of intelligent computer. Traditional methods for modeling and optimizing complex structure systems require huge amounts of computing resources, and artificial-intelligence-based solutions can often provide valuable alternatives for efficiently solving problems in the civil engineering. This paper summarizes recently developed methods and theories in the developing direction for applications of artificial intelligence in civil engineering, including evolutionary computation, neural networks, fuzzy systems, expert system, reasoning, classification, and learning, as well as others like chaos theory, cuckoo search, firefly algorithm, knowledge-based engineering, and simulated annealing. The main research trends are also pointed out in the end. The paper provides an overview of the advances of artificial intelligence applied in civil engineering.

  16. Food analysis using artificial senses.

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    Śliwińska, Magdalena; Wiśniewska, Paulina; Dymerski, Tomasz; Namieśnik, Jacek; Wardencki, Waldemar

    2014-02-19

    Nowadays, consumers are paying great attention to the characteristics of food such as smell, taste, and appearance. This motivates scientists to imitate human senses using devices known as electronic senses. These include electronic noses, electronic tongues, and computer vision. Thanks to the utilization of various sensors and methods of signal analysis, artificial senses are widely applied in food analysis for process monitoring and determining the quality and authenticity of foods. This paper summarizes achievements in the field of artificial senses. It includes a brief history of these systems, descriptions of most commonly used sensors (conductometric, potentiometric, amperometic/voltammetric, impedimetric, colorimetric, piezoelectric), data analysis methods (for example, artificial neural network (ANN), principal component analysis (PCA), model CIE L*a*b*), and application of artificial senses to food analysis, in particular quality control, authenticity and falsification assessment, and monitoring of production processes.

  17. Evaluación del efecto de prensado en prótesis totales maxilares sobre la movilidad de los dientes artificiales, en función del tipo de inclusión Evaluation of the effect of full denture pressing on the artificial teeth mobility, in function of two type of flasking

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    H. Gennari Filho

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available El presente trabajo evaluó el movimiento de los dientes artificiales en prótesis totales maxilares, sometidas a diversas presiones durante el prensado y el efecto de este en relación al material usado en la inclusión. Treinta y seis réplicas de prótesis totales previamente confeccionadas, fueran divididas en seis grupos: Los grupos G1, G2 y G3 fueron incluidos con yeso tipo III, a una presión de 800, 1.000 y 1.250 kgf respectivamente y los grupos S1, S2 y S3 fueron incluidos con una barrera de silicona y yeso, a una presión de 800, 1.000 y 1.250 kgf, respectivamente. Las prótesis fueron medidas en puntos demarcados previamente en los segundos molares, premolares e incisivo central con el programa de computación gráfica (AutoCad 2000, después de cada etapa: encerado, polimerización y emuflado. La comparación entre estas dos fases permitió observar que: en los grupos (G1 y S1 donde se utilizó la menor presión (800 kgf ocurrieron las mayores alteraciones en el posicionamiento de los dientes artificiales y que el grupo que mostró menores alteraciones fue cuando se utilizó 1.250 kgf de presión y la inclusión fue con yeso.The present study evaluated artificial teeth movement in complete dentures, submitted to different flasking loading and the effect of these loading pressures on the material used in the flasking procedure. Thirty-six dentures were fabricated and equally divided into six groups: Groups G1, G2 and G3 were processed with type III gypsum and 800, 1000 and 1250 kgf loading pressures, respectively, and groups S1, S2 and S3 were processed with silicone barrier and 800, 1000 and 1250 kgf loading pressures, respectively. In order to evaluate the artificial teeth movement, measurements were performed from previously determined points down in the second molars tips and in the second pre-molars cusps and in the central incisor. Those points were scanned (Scan Jet 6100C - Hewlett Packard and then the measurements were

  18. Mechanical properties of artificial snow

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    Lintzén, Nina

    2013-01-01

    Mechanical properties of snow have been a subject of research since the mid-20th century. Theresearch done is based on natural snow. During the last decades the winter business industryhas been growing and also the interest for constructing buildings and artwork of snow. Suchconstructions are generally built using artificial snow, i.e. snow produced by snow guns. Up tothe present constructions of snow are designed based on knowledge by experience. Only minorscientific studies on artificial sn...

  19. What are artificial neural networks?

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    Krogh, Anders

    2008-01-01

    Artificial neural networks have been applied to problems ranging from speech recognition to prediction of protein secondary structure, classification of cancers and gene prediction. How do they work and what might they be good for? Udgivelsesdato: 2008-Feb......Artificial neural networks have been applied to problems ranging from speech recognition to prediction of protein secondary structure, classification of cancers and gene prediction. How do they work and what might they be good for? Udgivelsesdato: 2008-Feb...

  20. The handbook of artificial intelligence

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    1982-01-01

    The Handbook of Artificial Intelligence, Volume II focuses on the improvements in artificial intelligence (AI) and its increasing applications, including programming languages, intelligent CAI systems, and the employment of AI in medicine, science, and education. The book first elaborates on programming languages for AI research and applications-oriented AI research. Discussions cover scientific applications, teiresias, applications in chemistry, dependencies and assumptions, AI programming-language features, and LISP. The manuscript then examines applications-oriented AI research in medicine

  1. Medical applications of artificial intelligence

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    Agah, Arvin

    2013-01-01

    Enhanced, more reliable, and better understood than in the past, artificial intelligence (AI) systems can make providing healthcare more accurate, affordable, accessible, consistent, and efficient. However, AI technologies have not been as well integrated into medicine as predicted. In order to succeed, medical and computational scientists must develop hybrid systems that can effectively and efficiently integrate the experience of medical care professionals with capabilities of AI systems. After providing a general overview of artificial intelligence concepts, tools, and techniques, Medical Ap

  2. Artificial weathering of granite

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    Silva Hermo, B.

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available This article summarizes a series of artificial weathering tests run on granite designed to: simulate the action of weathering agents on buildings and identify the underlying mechanisms, determine the salt resistance of different types of rock; evaluate consolidation and water-repellent treatment durability; and confirm hypotheses about the origin of salts such as gypsum that are often found in granite buildings. Salt crystallization tests were also conducted, using sodium chloride, sodium sulphate, calcium sulphate and seawater solutions. One of these tests was conducted in a chamber specifically designed to simulate salt spray weathering and another in an SO2 chamber to ascertain whether granite is subject to sulphation. The test results are analyzed and discussed, along with the shortcomings of each type of trial as a method for simulating the decay observed in monuments. The effect of factors such as wet-dry conditions, type of saline solution and the position of the planes of weakness on the type of decay is also addressed.En este trabajo se hace una síntesis de varios ensayos de alteración artificial realizados con rocas graníticas. Estos ensayos tenían distintos objetivos: reproducir las formas de alteración encontradas en los edificios para llegar a conocer los mecanismos que las generan, determinar la resistencia de las diferentes rocas a la acción de las sales, evaluar la durabilidad de tratamientos de consolidación e hidrofugación y constatar hipótesis acerca del origen de algunas sales, como el yeso, que aparecen frecuentemente en edificios graníticos. En los ensayos de cristalización de sales se utilizaron disoluciones de cloruro de sodio, sulfato de sodio, sulfato de calcio y agua de mar. Uno de estos ensayos se llevó a cabo en una cámara especialmente diseñada para reproducir la alteración por aerosol marino y otro se realizó en una cámara de SO2, con el objeto de comprobar si en rocas graníticas se puede producir

  3. Excertos sobre o sedentarismo

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    Alexandre Palma

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available O sedentarismo tem sido tratado como algo perfeitamente determinável, objetivo e, portanto, que pode ser apreendido. Por outro lado, o conceito de sedentarismo ainda permanece questionável e, por conseguinte, os instrumentos mostram-se inconsistentes. Neste sentido, o objetivo do presente estudo foi mostrar que diferentes discursos de verdade vêm concorrendo por esse conceito, o que nos motiva a pensar qual é a verdade ou, até mesmo, se há alguma verdade sobre ele. Após apresentarmos diferentes possibilidades de compreender o sedentarismo, através do uso de aforismos, entendemos que postular um discurso como verdade talvez apenas signifique que as pessoas nele creem e que há uma vontade de verdade como uma vontade voltada para o poder.

  4. Sobre el Portugal ilustrado

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    Santolaya Heredero, Laura

    1992-01-01

    El mismo título invita a preguntarse, a modo de introducción, en qué consistió la Ilustración en Portugal. Me refiero a las prácticas, sin pretender entrar en un debate filosófico. Desde luego, las prácticas políticas y económicas de los Estados del XVIII poco tuvieron que ver con las ideas de los filósofos de la Ilustración. El fenómeno de la Ilustración se aprovechió de una propaganda anecdótica para hacer suponer a los lectores de libros sobre ella que en los diversos ...

  5. Sobre multifunciones Fuzzy

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    Renato César Scarparo

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se presentan y demuestran algunos resultados de D.T. Luc y C, Vargas referentes a multifunciones con dominio y blanco en espacios vectoriales topológicos de Hausdorff sobre R, como así mismo se explícita el concepto de multifunción fuzzy de acuerdo a Papageogiou, y se demuestran dos teorema de S. S. Chag, con respecto a las multifunciones fuzzy, proposiciones todas estas, que integran una línea de resultados necesarios para la demostración de desigualdades variacionales para multifunciones fuzzy, a su vez necesarias, para la extensión fuzzy de conocido teorema de Walras.

  6. Development of a totally implantable artificial larynx

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    Verkerke, GJ; Veenstra, Aalze; de Vries, MP; Schutte, HK; Busscher, HJ; Herrmann, IF; Van der Mei, HC; Rakhorst, G; Clements, MP

    1996-01-01

    Background. The consequences of a life-saving laryngectomy are still very distressing. The Eureka project "Artificial Larynx" aims at realization of an implantable artificial larynx to eliminate all drawbacks. Methods. The artificial larynx will consist of artificial vocal folds of adjustable pitch

  7. Determinación del pH de la solución de los poros de concreto después de un proceso acelerado de carbonatación

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    Eric I. Moreno

    2006-01-01

    En el concreto reforzado, el pH de la solución del poro es importante en términos de durabilidad; por ejemplo, en el caso de corrosión del refuerzo, un valor alto de pH es necesario para mantener pasivo el acero. La carbonatación de concreto inicia la corrosión del acero de refuerzo debido a la reducción del pH del agua del poro, proceso que tradicionalmente ha sido medido usando un indicador ácido-base de color que se rocía sobre una sección de concreto recién expuesto. Sin embargo, este mét...

  8. Sobre la muerte voluntaria

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    Juan Álvarez-Cienfuegos Fidalgo

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available El problema de cómo morir en nuestra sociedad se ha convertido en una inquietud para los ciudadanos y la reflexión moral. Especialmcnte por dos razones: por el desarrollo de la tecnología médica y por el hecho de que la mayor parte de los fallecimientos tienen lugar fuera del hogar, donde tradicionalmente ocurra el deceso. El presente artículo tiene como objetivo acercarse a esta cuestión. Para ello, se parte de la autonomía del ciudadano, con derecho a decidir sobre lo que considera cuál sea su manera de vivir y de morir. A tal fin, se hace una breve introducción sobre el dolor, el suicidio y la muerte, desde un punto de vista antropológico, pasando, después, a mostrar las cuestiones relacionadas con el problema de la eutanasia, donde la atención se dirigirá, ante todo, al enjuiciamiento crítico del tenso equilibrio en el que se mantienen dos principios fundamentales de la bioética: el de no maleficencia y el de autonomía del ciudadano.The problem of how to die in modern society has become a concern for both the citizen and moral reflection for two reasons in particular: due to developments in medical technology, and because most deaths occur outside the honre, where they traditionaÍlY took place. This paper addresses this issue, starting from citizen autonomy, the right to decide on what s/he considers to be his or her way of living and dying. To this end, a brief introduction considers pain, suicide and death from an anthropological viewpoint. Questions related to the problem of euthanasia are then exposed, with particular attention to, above all the critical judgement of the tense balance in which two fundamental principies of bioethics are held, the principle of non-maleficence and that of citizen autonomy.

  9. Teste de envelhecimento acelerado para avaliação do vigor de lotes de sementes de Sebastiania commersoniana (Baill. Smith & Downs (branquilho – Euphorbiaceae. Accelerated aging test to evaluation of the vigor of Sebastiania commersoniana (Baill. Smith & Downs seeds lots.

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    Sérgio Roberto Garcia dos SANTOS

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve por objetivo estabeleceruma metodologia específica para a condução doteste de envelhecimento acelerado para lotes desementes de Sebastiania commersoniana. Para tanto,foram utilizados três lotes de sementesacondicionadas em embalagens de vidro, pano eplástico, e armazenadas por seis meses, em bancadade laboratório. No teste de envelhecimento acelerado(EA, foram estudados os períodos de envelhecimentode 0, 24, 48, 72, 96 e 120 horas, a 42 e 45 ºC.O teste de EA foi conduzido pelo método gerbox.O envelhecimento das sementes foi feito emcâmaras modelo jaqueta d’água. Após cada períodode envelhecimento, as sementes foram submetidasao teste de germinação, em quatro repetições de25 sementes, avaliando a porcentagem e o índicede velocidade de germinação. O delineamentoexperimental adotado foi o inteiramente casualizado,no esquema fatorial 3 x 6, para cada temperatura.As médias entre os lotes foram comparadas peloteste Tukey a 5% de probabilidade, e o comportamentode cada lote foi analisado por regressão polinomial.O período de envelhecimento recomendado para obranquilho é de 96 horas a 45 ºC.The objective of this work was toestablish a specific methodology for the acceleratedaging test in Sebastiania commersoniana seeds.Three seed lots were used, which were packed insmall bottle container, cloth, and plastic, and storedat room temperature for six months. Severalperiods of aging were studied (0, 24, 48, 72, 96 and120 hours at 42 and 45 oC in the accelerated aging(AA test. Accelerated aging test was conducted bythe gerbox method. The aging of the seeds wasdone in water jacket model chambers. After eachperiod of aging, the seeds were submitted to thegermination test, in 4 repetitions of 25 seeds,evaluating the percentage and the speed germinationindex and comparing the results with the germinationstandard test. The adopted experimental line wasthe whole fortuitous in the factorial 3 x 6 scheme,to each

  10. Debate sobre el parto (normal).

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    Vidal Puèrtolas, Adela

    2008-01-01

    El artículo pretende una reflexión sobre la asistencia al parto, desde el punto de vista de una comadrona. A raíz de la apuesta oficial sobre el cómo para humanizar la asistencia obstétrica hospitalaria, se plantea un análisis de las implicaciones profesionales y los matices culturales que influyen sobre la vivencia de la experiencia del parto. La importancia de la psico-profilaxis en la preparación al parto como vehículo terapéutico de acercamiento a la realidad y de ...

  11. Debate internacional sobre pobreza

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    Neritza Alvarado Chacín

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo del artículo es organizar la proliferación de ideas en torno de la pobreza, a menudo dispersas, difusas y confusas en la literatura, bosquejando sistematizadamente un marco teórico referencial útil al abordaje científico de este fenómeno, en investigaciones teóricas y aplicadas, así como en la enseñanza y discusión de tales temas en el ámbito universitario. Para ello, se compendian, organizan y clasifican diversos enfoques sobre la pobreza, según los criterios presentes en los planteamientos de autores e instituciones relevantes que han contribuido a la reflexión desde distintas lecturas, teniendo en cuenta que no existe consenso en torno a una definición. La investigación es exploratoria-documental. Se aplican las técnicas del arqueo electrónico y físico de la información, el fichaje computarizado y la reducción de la misma en tablas de contenido. Se precisa el alcance de las mismas en el tiempo, según la evolución conceptual que han experimentado en el debate internacional. Se señalan algunas ventajas y desventajas de los principales enfoques, que han sido reconocidas en el mismo debate.

  12. Computational aerodynamics and artificial intelligence

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    Mehta, U. B.; Kutler, P.

    1984-01-01

    The general principles of artificial intelligence are reviewed and speculations are made concerning how knowledge based systems can accelerate the process of acquiring new knowledge in aerodynamics, how computational fluid dynamics may use expert systems, and how expert systems may speed the design and development process. In addition, the anatomy of an idealized expert system called AERODYNAMICIST is discussed. Resource requirements for using artificial intelligence in computational fluid dynamics and aerodynamics are examined. Three main conclusions are presented. First, there are two related aspects of computational aerodynamics: reasoning and calculating. Second, a substantial portion of reasoning can be achieved with artificial intelligence. It offers the opportunity of using computers as reasoning machines to set the stage for efficient calculating. Third, expert systems are likely to be new assets of institutions involved in aeronautics for various tasks of computational aerodynamics.

  13. Knitting and weaving artificial muscles

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    Maziz, Ali; Concas, Alessandro; Khaldi, Alexandre; Stålhand, Jonas; Persson, Nils-Krister; Jager, Edwin W. H.

    2017-01-01

    A need exists for artificial muscles that are silent, soft, and compliant, with performance characteristics similar to those of skeletal muscle, enabling natural interaction of assistive devices with humans. By combining one of humankind’s oldest technologies, textile processing, with electroactive polymers, we demonstrate here the feasibility of wearable, soft artificial muscles made by weaving and knitting, with tunable force and strain. These textile actuators were produced from cellulose yarns assembled into fabrics and coated with conducting polymers using a metal-free deposition. To increase the output force, we assembled yarns in parallel by weaving. The force scaled linearly with the number of yarns in the woven fabric. To amplify the strain, we knitted a stretchable fabric, exhibiting a 53-fold increase in strain. In addition, the textile construction added mechanical stability to the actuators. Textile processing permits scalable and rational production of wearable artificial muscles, and enables novel ways to design assistive devices. PMID:28138542

  14. Artificial sweeteners: safe or unsafe?

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    Qurrat-ul-Ain; Khan, Sohaib Ahmed

    2015-02-01

    Artificial sweeteners or intense sweeteners are sugar substitutes that are used as an alternative to table sugar. They are many times sweeter than natural sugar and as they contain no calories, they may be used to control weight and obesity. Extensive scientific research has demonstrated the safety of the six low-calorie sweeteners currently approved for use in foods in the U.S. and Europe (stevia, acesulfame-K, aspartame, neotame, saccharin and sucralose), if taken in acceptable quantities daily. There is some ongoing debate over whether artificial sweetener usage poses a health threat .This review article aims to cover thehealth benefits, and risks, of consuming artificial sweeteners, and discusses natural sweeteners which can be used as alternatives.

  15. [Implantation of the artificial retina].

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    Yagi, T; Hayashida, Y

    1999-05-01

    In some degenerative retinal diseases, e.g., retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration, the photoreceptors are destroyed to cause serious visual defects. Recent studies on blind human subjects revealed that a large number of ganglion cells remains intact and is capable of transmitting signals to the brain to evoke partial visual perception. This provided hope to compensate for the visual defects with retinal prostheses. The recent progress of microfabrication technique made it possible to implement the Vary Large Scale Integrated circuit, the artificial retina, which emulates a part of retinal function. The idea of implanting the artificial retina to the patients was proposed recently and experiments using animals have been put into practice. This article surveys the front line of the artificial retina implantation.

  16. Artificial heart for humanoid robot

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    Potnuru, Akshay; Wu, Lianjun; Tadesse, Yonas

    2014-03-01

    A soft robotic device inspired by the pumping action of a biological heart is presented in this study. Developing artificial heart to a humanoid robot enables us to make a better biomedical device for ultimate use in humans. As technology continues to become more advanced, the methods in which we implement high performance and biomimetic artificial organs is getting nearer each day. In this paper, we present the design and development of a soft artificial heart that can be used in a humanoid robot and simulate the functions of a human heart using shape memory alloy technology. The robotic heart is designed to pump a blood-like fluid to parts of the robot such as the face to simulate someone blushing or when someone is angry by the use of elastomeric substrates and certain features for the transport of fluids.

  17. Overview on artificial reefs in Europe

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    Gianna Fabi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Artificial reefs in Europe have been developed over the last 40 yrs. Most of these reefs have been placed in the Mediterranean Sea, but there is an increasing interest on the part of northern European countries. Fish stock enhancement and fishery management are the main purposes of reef construction in the Mediterranean Sea and on the Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula, while nature conservation/restoration, research, and recreation have been the main purposes served in the other European regions to date. Artificial reef deployment falls under some general regulations concerning the protection of the sea against pollution due to the dumping of unsuitable materials. Specific Regional Plans relating to the use of artificial reefs in the marine environment and Guidelines for reef construction have been derived from these general regulations. In spite of recent developments, national and/or regional programs for the deployment of artificial reefs and/or their inclusion in overall management plans for integrated management of coastal zones are in force only in the majority of Mediterranean countries, while only a few projects have, to date, been undertaken in the other European Regions. Moreover, there is a noteworthy lack of plans, in many countries, for the management of the reefs after their deployment.Os recifes artificiais, na Europa, foram desenvolvidos nos últimos 40 anos. A maioria desses recifes foram instalados no Mar Mediterrâneo, mas despertam um interesse crescente por parte dos paises do norte europeu. O incentivo aos estoques pesqueiros e o manejo da pesca são os principais objetivos da construção de recifes no Mar Mediterrâneo e na costa Atlântica da Península Ibérica, enquanto a preservação / recuperação da natureza, a pesquisa e a recreação tem sido os principais objetivos das demais regiões européias até hoje. A implantação de recifes artificiais está submetida a algumas regulamentações básicas quanto

  18. Agent communication and artificial institutions

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    Fornara, Nicoletta; Viganò, Francesco; Colombetti, Marco

    2011-01-01

    In this paper we propose an application-independent model for the definition of artificial institutions that can be used to define open multi-agent systems. Such a model of institutional reality makes us able also to define an objective and external semantics of a commitment-based Agent Communication Language (ACL). In particular we propose to regard an ACL as a set of conventions to act on a fragment of institutional reality, defined in the context of an artificial institution. Another c...

  19. Training Applications of Artificial Intelligence.

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    nearifest tLer,sclvCs in ELO r operatii.L costs in the life C’VclE Of the ef’uijjteft. E F re\\ lously rcntione6 ey~ arrle of usingF the 1lirefineer...Ibid., p. 35. 4. Avron Barr and Edward Feigenbaum, The Handbook of Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 1, p. 2. 5. Wissam W. Ahmed, "Theories of Artificial...Barr, Avron and Geigenbaum, Edward A. ed. The Handbook of Arti- ficial Intelligence. Vol. 1. Stanford: heuristech Press. 1981. Gevartner, William B

  20. Rewritable artificial magnetic charge ice

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    Wang, Y. -L.; Xiao, Z. -L.; Snezhko, A.; Xu, J.; Ocola, L. E.; Divan, R.; Pearson, J. E.; Crabtree, G. W.; Kwok, W. -K.

    2016-05-19

    Artificial ices enable the study of geometrical frustration by design and through direct observation. However, it has proven difficult to achieve tailored long-range ordering of their diverse configurations, limiting both fundamental and applied research directions. We designed an artificial spin structure that produces a magnetic charge ice with tunable long-range ordering of eight different configurations. We also developed a technique to precisely manipulate the local magnetic charge states and demonstrate write-read-erase multifunctionality at room temperature. This globally reconfigurable and locally writable magnetic charge ice could provide a setting for designing magnetic monopole defects, tailoring magnonics, and controlling the properties of other two-dimensional materials.

  1. Fecundación artificial

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    2013-01-01

    Por Fecundación artificial se entiende, la fecundación de una hembra sin el servicio directo del macho, es decir la introducción al aparato genital femenino, del esperma que se ha recogido por medios artificiales. Esta fecundación, practicada en debidas condiciones, tiene el mismo efecto de la fecundación natural, con las ventajas que veremos más adelante. La fecundación artificial permite explotar un reproductor a su máximum de capacidad, ya que se considera, para no hacer cálculo...

  2. Artificial intelligence techniques in Prolog

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    Shoham, Yoav

    1993-01-01

    Artificial Intelligence Techniques in Prolog introduces the reader to the use of well-established algorithmic techniques in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), with Prolog as the implementation language. The techniques considered cover general areas such as search, rule-based systems, and truth maintenance, as well as constraint satisfaction and uncertainty management. Specific application domains such as temporal reasoning, machine learning, and natural language are also discussed.Comprised of 10 chapters, this book begins with an overview of Prolog, paying particular attention to Prol

  3. Triatoma brasiliensis (Neiva,1911 (Hemiptera, Reduviidae: observações sobre seu comportamento em relação à fonte alimentar em galinheiro experimental Triatoma brasiliensis Neiva, 1911 (Hemiptera, Reduviidae: observations on dynamics of feeding behavior in an artificial ecotope

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    Vera Lúcia C. C. Rodrigues

    1995-06-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho tem a finalidade de estudar o comportamento de triatomíneos no interior de ecótopos artificiais. Para tanto, construiu-se galinheiro experimental com paredes internas formadas por blocos de barro desmontáveis, abrigando aves como fonte alimentar. O galinheiro foi subdividido em 4 áreas, duas destas separadas por telas e tijolos furados, sendo a menor o local de soltura dos triatomíneos e a maior o galinheiro propriamente dito. Dessa maneira buscou-se a coleta de informaç��es a respeito do deslocamento, sobrevida e locais de abrigo de ninfas do 4º estádio de Triatoma brasiliensis, na certeza de que os mesmos iriam se acomodar nas proximidades da fonte alimentar. As paredes do galinheiro foram desmontadas e pesquisadas mensalmente durante 6 meses e as ninfas encontradas, marcadas com diferentes cores de acordo com o mês da leitura e a posição das mesmas nas áreas. Os resultados alcançados mostraram que 88,5% das ninfas estavam engorgitadas e foram encontradas próximas ao local de repouso (poleiro da fonte alimentar. Após a primeira alimentação, não abandonavam as proximidades da fonte. Os resultados alcançados apresentam, não apenas interesse epidemiológico, como também interesse na área de controle dos vetores da doença de Chagas, tendo em vista as possíveis implicações quanto aos procedimentos na aplicação do inseticida.In order to study the behavior of triatomine bugs under artificial ecotopic conditions, an experimental, double-walled poultry coop was built. Its inside walls were made of sun-dried clay blocks which could be broken apart for better access to the insects hiding in their crevices. The coop was subdivided into two main areas of different sizes using wire netting and a wall made of perforated bricks. The chickens, the only food source available for the triatomines, were kept in the larger, rectangular area, further subdivided diagonally. The triatomines were released in the

  4. Efeito da concentração espermática e do número de inseminações artificiais sobre a fertilidade de éguas inseminadas com sêmen fresco diluído Effects of sperm concentration and number of artificial inseminations on fertility of inseminated mares with diluted fresh semen

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    F.Z. Brandão

    2003-02-01

    Full Text Available Sessenta e duas fêmeas eqüinas (tipo militar foram distribuídas, ao acaso, em dois grupos experimentais para estudar o efeito da concentração espermática (200× 10(6 e 400× 10(6 de espermatozóides progressivamente móveis/dose inseminante e do número de inseminações/ciclo (duas, três e quatro ou mais inseminações sobre a fertilidade. As éguas foram rufiadas e inseminadas às segundas, quartas e sextas-feiras, a partir de um folículo de 3,0 a 3,5cm de diâmetro, com sêmen de apenas um garanhão com fertilidade comprovada, diluído para um volume inseminante de 10ml com diluidor de mínima contaminação. As taxas de concepção ao primeiro ciclo para as concentrações de 200 e 400 milhões foram de 66,7% (20/30 e 65,5% (19/29, e as taxas de concepção/ciclo, após quatro ciclos, de 52,0% (26/50 e 57,8% (26/45, respectivamente (P>0,05. As taxas de concepção ao primeiro ciclo para os grupos com duas, três e quatro ou mais inseminações/ciclo foram, respectivamente, 72,0% (18/25, 65,2% (15/23 e 54,6% (6/11, sem que se observassem diferenças entre elas (P>0,05. Após quatro ciclos, as taxas de concepção foram de 59,0% (23/39, 52,5% (21/40 e 50,0% (8/16, respectivamente, na mesma ordem de citação (P>0,05. Com base nos resultados, recomendam-se inseminações às segundas, quartas e sextas-feiras, utilizando-se a concentração de 200×10(6 SPTZ/dose inseminante, sem que haja perda da fertilidade, independente do número de inseminações/ciclo.This work aimed to study the effects of spermatic concentrations (200× 10(6 and 400×10(6 spermatozoa/inseminated dose and number of inseminations (two, three and four or more on the fertility of 62 mares (military type. Mares were teased and inseminated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with diluted semen from only one stallion of proven fertility. The conception rates during the first cycle for the two spermatic concentrations were, respectively, 66.7%(20/30 and 65.5%(19/29 and

  5. Artificial Intelligence Assists Ultrasonic Inspection

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    Schaefer, Lloyd A.; Willenberg, James D.

    1992-01-01

    Subtle indications of flaws extracted from ultrasonic waveforms. Ultrasonic-inspection system uses artificial intelligence to help in identification of hidden flaws in electron-beam-welded castings. System involves application of flaw-classification logic to analysis of ultrasonic waveforms.

  6. Artificial neural networks in medicine

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    Keller, P.E.

    1994-07-01

    This Technology Brief provides an overview of artificial neural networks (ANN). A definition and explanation of an ANN is given and situations in which an ANN is used are described. ANN applications to medicine specifically are then explored and the areas in which it is currently being used are discussed. Included are medical diagnostic aides, biochemical analysis, medical image analysis and drug development.

  7. Thinking, Creativity, and Artificial Intelligence.

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    DeSiano, Michael; DeSiano, Salvatore

    This document provides an introduction to the relationship between the current knowledge of focused and creative thinking and artificial intelligence. A model for stages of focused and creative thinking gives: problem encounter/setting, preparation, concentration/incubation, clarification/generation and evaluation/judgment. While a computer can…

  8. Artificial penile nodules: case reports.

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    Lim, K B; Seow, C.S.; Tulip, T; Daniel, M.; Vijayasingham, S M

    1986-01-01

    An interesting cultural practice of implanting foreign bodies under the skin of the penis for enhancing sexual excitement in the man's sexual partner is described. Recognition of this is important to venereologists because of their primary concern with the genital area. The term artificial penile nodule has been suggested for the condition resulting from this practice.

  9. Artificial Video for Video Analysis

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    Gallis, Michael R.

    2010-01-01

    This paper discusses the use of video analysis software and computer-generated animations for student activities. The use of artificial video affords the opportunity for students to study phenomena for which a real video may not be easy or even possible to procure, using analysis software with which the students are already familiar. We will…

  10. Making Artificial Seawater More Natural

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    2004-01-01

    @@ Marine fish will die if placed in fresh water and they cannot live in simple salt water. Instead, they need water that contains a mixture of different ingredients, as found in natural seawater. Conventional methods of making artificial seawater have shortcomings, because the water so achieved is only composed of mineral elements and lacks organic components similar to those in natural seawater.

  11. CONSUMO Y CONSUMISMO. ALGUNOS ELEMENTOS TRAZA SOBRE ESTUDIANTES UNIVERSITARIOS EN MÉXICO

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    José David Lara González

    2009-01-01

    El consumo es un acto natural y necesario. El consumismo es un acto artificial que genera problemas que después no puede solucionar. Los sistemas de vida acomodados en diferentes modelos existenciales han sido generados sobre una plataforma que pone las cosas materiales por delante de las verdaderas realizaciones humanas. Estos sistemas posicionan los asuntos y problemas económicos como eje rector de la existencia y acuden sonadamente al consumo como una de las estrategias para mantener el es...

  12. Another Step Closer to Artificial Blood

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    ... news/fullstory_162357.html Another Step Closer to Artificial Blood Synthetic product could save lives on battlefield and ... 5, 2016 SATURDAY, Dec. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Artificial blood stored as a powder could one day revolutionize ...

  13. 21 CFR 886.3200 - Artificial eye.

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    2010-04-01

    ... OPHTHALMIC DEVICES Prosthetic Devices § 886.3200 Artificial eye. (a) Identification. An artificial eye is a... inserted in a patient's eye socket anterior to an orbital implant, or the eviscerated eyeball, for...

  14. Introduction to Concepts in Artificial Neural Networks

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    Niebur, Dagmar

    1995-01-01

    This introduction to artificial neural networks summarizes some basic concepts of computational neuroscience and the resulting models of artificial neurons. The terminology of biological and artificial neurons, biological and machine learning and neural processing is introduced. The concepts of supervised and unsupervised learning are explained with examples from the power system area. Finally, a taxonomy of different types of neurons and different classes of artificial neural networks is presented.

  15. Topological Optimization of Artificial Microstructure Strategies

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    2015-04-02

    Topographic Optimization Through Artificial Microstructure Strategies During this project as part of DARPA MCMA we aimed to develop and demonstrate...Topographic Optimization Through Artificial Microstructure Strategies Report Title During this project as part of DARPA MCMA we aimed to develop and...Artificial Microstructure Strategies (Yale and Johns Hopkins) During DARPA MCMA we aimed to develop and demonstrate a 3D microstructural

  16. Artificial Intelligence and Its Importance in Education.

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    Tilmann, Martha J.

    Artificial intelligence, or the study of ideas that enable computers to be intelligent, is discussed in terms of what it is, what it has done, what it can do, and how it may affect the teaching of tomorrow. An extensive overview of artificial intelligence examines its goals and applications and types of artificial intelligence including (1) expert…

  17. Efeito do aleitamento artificial à base de soro de queijo de leite cabra sobre as características da carcaça e da carne de cabritos "mamão" do tipo genético three cross Influence of the replacement of cow milk by goat milk cheese whey on meat composition carcass characteristics of three cross suckling kids

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    Frederico José Beserra

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available Avaliou-se a influência da substituição parcial na etapa de alimentação líquida do leite de vaca por soro de queijo de cabra (SLC sobre alguns aspectos qualitativos da carne e quantitativos da carcaça de cabritos "mamão" Three cross (½ Anglonubiana x ¼ Pardo-Alpina x ¼ Moxotó, em quatro níveis: 0% (Tratamento1; 20% (Tratamento2; 40% (Tratamento3 60% (Tratamento 4. Os pesos vivos ao abate (84 dias mostraram-se homogêneos (10,88 a 13,42kg, assim como o rendimento de carcaça (44,62 a 47,86% e a área do Longíssimus dorsi (9,55 a 10,80cm². 0 Tratamento 2 apresentou os maiores teores de tecido muscular (48,37%. A composição centesimal mostrou valores médios entre 76,78 a 77,62% de umidade; 20,39 a 21,43% de proteína; 4,86 a 6,59% de gordura e 1,06 a 1,14% de cinza. Para os minerais estudados, os valores médios variaram de 16,77 a 35,68mg/100g para o cálcio; 110,33 a 153,90mg/100g para o fósforo; 1,29 a 2,17mg/100g para o ferro; 0,72 a 1,30mg/100g para magnésio; 128,86 a 165,94mg/100g para o sódio e 404,88 a 504,73mg/100g para o potássio. Concluiu-se que os níveis de soro de leite de cabra utilizados, de uma maneira geral, não tendo influenciado de forma significativa (PIn this study, the influence of the replacement of cow milk by goat cheese whey on some quality aspects of meat and on some aspects of carcass composition of suckling kids Three cross (½ Anglonubiana x ¼ Pardo-Alpina x ¼ Moxotó was evaluated. The replacements goat cheese whey levels were: 0% (treatment 1; 20% (treatment 2; 40% (treatment 3; 60% (treatment 4. The values of live weight for all were statistically similar (10.88 to 13.42kg; the same happened to the carcass yield which ranged from 44.62 to 47.86% and to the Longissimus dorsi area (9.55 to 10.80cm². The treatment 2 showed the highest contents of muscular tissue (48.37%. Proximal composition of the meat showed mean values ranging from 76.78 to 77.62% for moisture; 20.39 to 21.43% for protein

  18. Economic reasoning and artificial intelligence.

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    Parkes, David C; Wellman, Michael P

    2015-07-17

    The field of artificial intelligence (AI) strives to build rational agents capable of perceiving the world around them and taking actions to advance specified goals. Put another way, AI researchers aim to construct a synthetic homo economicus, the mythical perfectly rational agent of neoclassical economics. We review progress toward creating this new species of machine, machina economicus, and discuss some challenges in designing AIs that can reason effectively in economic contexts. Supposing that AI succeeds in this quest, or at least comes close enough that it is useful to think about AIs in rationalistic terms, we ask how to design the rules of interaction in multi-agent systems that come to represent an economy of AIs. Theories of normative design from economics may prove more relevant for artificial agents than human agents, with AIs that better respect idealized assumptions of rationality than people, interacting through novel rules and incentive systems quite distinct from those tailored for people.

  19. Tadpole-like artificial micromotor

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    Liu, Limei; Liu, Mei; Su, Yajun; Dong, Yonggang; Zhou, Wei; Zhang, Lina; Zhang, Hui; Dong, Bin; Chi, Lifeng

    2015-01-01

    We describe a polymer-based artificial tadpole-like micromotor, which is fabricated through the electrospinning technique. By incorporating functional materials onto its surface or within its body, the resulting tadpole-like micromotor can not only move autonomously in an aqueous solution with a flexible tail, but also exhibit thermo- and magnetic responsive properties.We describe a polymer-based artificial tadpole-like micromotor, which is fabricated through the electrospinning technique. By incorporating functional materials onto its surface or within its body, the resulting tadpole-like micromotor can not only move autonomously in an aqueous solution with a flexible tail, but also exhibit thermo- and magnetic responsive properties. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental section, Fig. S1-S3 and Video S1-S4. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr06621a

  20. Torsional Carbon Nanotube Artificial Muscles

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    Foroughi, Javad; Spinks, Geoffrey M.; Wallace, Gordon G.; Oh, Jiyoung; Kozlov, Mikhail E.; Fang, Shaoli; Mirfakhrai, Tissaphern; Madden, John D. W.; Shin, Min Kyoon; Kim, Seon Jeong; Baughman, Ray H.

    2011-10-01

    Rotary motors of conventional design can be rather complex and are therefore difficult to miniaturize; previous carbon nanotube artificial muscles provide contraction and bending, but not rotation. We show that an electrolyte-filled twist-spun carbon nanotube yarn, much thinner than a human hair, functions as a torsional artificial muscle in a simple three-electrode electrochemical system, providing a reversible 15,000° rotation and 590 revolutions per minute. A hydrostatic actuation mechanism, as seen in muscular hydrostats in nature, explains the simultaneous occurrence of lengthwise contraction and torsional rotation during the yarn volume increase caused by electrochemical double-layer charge injection. The use of a torsional yarn muscle as a mixer for a fluidic chip is demonstrated.

  1. Artificial intelligence and computer vision

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    Li, Yujie

    2017-01-01

    This edited book presents essential findings in the research fields of artificial intelligence and computer vision, with a primary focus on new research ideas and results for mathematical problems involved in computer vision systems. The book provides an international forum for researchers to summarize the most recent developments and ideas in the field, with a special emphasis on the technical and observational results obtained in the past few years.

  2. Artificial color perception using microwaves

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    Choudhury, Debesh

    2013-01-01

    We report the feasibility of artificial color perception under microwave illumination using a standard microwave source and an antenna. We have sensed transmitted microwave power through color objects and have distinguished the colors by analyzing the sensed transmitted power. Experiments are carried out using a Gunn diode as the microwave source, some colored liquids as the objects and a microwave diode as the detector. Results are presented which open up an unusual but new way of perceiving colors using microwaves.

  3. Automated Scheduling Via Artificial Intelligence

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    Biefeld, Eric W.; Cooper, Lynne P.

    1991-01-01

    Artificial-intelligence software that automates scheduling developed in Operations Mission Planner (OMP) research project. Software used in both generation of new schedules and modification of existing schedules in view of changes in tasks and/or available resources. Approach based on iterative refinement. Although project focused upon scheduling of operations of scientific instruments and other equipment aboard spacecraft, also applicable to such terrestrial problems as scheduling production in factory.

  4. Artificial color perception using microwaves

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    Choudhury, Debesh; Caulfield, H. John

    2013-01-01

    We report the feasibility of artificial color perception under microwave illumination using a standard microwave source and an antenna. We have sensed transmitted microwave power through color objects and have distinguished the colors by analyzing the sensed transmitted power. Experiments are carried out using a Gunn diode as the microwave source, some colored liquids as the objects and a microwave diode as the detector. Results are presented which open up an unusual but new way of perceiving...

  5. A Definition of Artificial Intelligence

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    2012-01-01

    In this paper we offer a formal definition of Artificial Intelligence and this directly gives us an algorithm for construction of this object. Really, this algorithm is useless due to the combinatory explosion. The main innovation in our definition is that it does not include the knowledge as a part of the intelligence. So according to our definition a newly born baby also is an Intellect. Here we differs with Turing's definition which suggests that an Intellect is a person with knowledge gai...

  6. Towards photovoltaic powered artificial retina

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    2011-01-01

    The aim of this article is to provide an overview of current and future concepts in the field of retinal prostheses, and is focused on the power supply based on solar energy conversion; we introduce the possibility of using PV minimodules as power supply for a new concept of retinal prostheses: Photovoltaic Powered Artificial Retina (PVAR). Main characteristics of these PV modules are presented showing its potential for this application. Peer Reviewed

  7. Artificial Sweeteners versus Natural Sweeteners

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    Neacsu, N.A.; Madar, A.

    2014-01-01

    Carbohydrates are an important dietary nutrient which is mostly used to supply energy to the body, as well as a carbon source for synthesis of other needed chemicals. In addition, mono- and disaccharides are craved because of their sweetness. We present different types of sweeteners, which are the basic contents of foods which we consume every day and are demonstrated the positive and negative effects of natural and artificial sweeteners.

  8. Artificial Sweeteners versus Natural Sweeteners

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    Neacsu, N.A.

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Carbohydrates are an important dietary nutrient which is mostly used to supply energy to the body, as well as a carbon source for synthesis of other needed chemicals. In addition, mono- and disaccharides are craved because of their sweetness. We present different types of sweeteners, which are the basic contents of foods which we consume every day and are demonstrated the positive and negative effects of natural and artificial sweeteners.

  9. Bioengineering of Artificial Lymphoid Organs

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    Nosenko, M. A.; Drutskaya, M. S; M. M. Moisenovich; Nedospasov, S A

    2016-01-01

    This review addresses the issue of bioengineering of artificial lymphoid organs.Progress in this field may help to better understand the nature of the structure-function relations that exist in immune organs. Artifical lymphoid organs may also be advantageous in the therapy or correction of immunodefficiencies, autoimmune diseases, and cancer. The structural organization, development, and function of lymphoid tissue are analyzed with a focus on the role of intercellular contacts and on the cy...

  10. Beller Lecture: Artificial Ferroic Systems

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    Heyderman, Laura

    In artificial ferroic systems, novel functionality is engineered through the combination of structured ferroic materials and the control of the interactions between the different components. I will present two classes of these systems, beginning with hybrid mesoscopic structures incorporating two different ferromagnetic layers whose static and dynamic behaviour result from the mutual imprint of the magnetic domain configurations. Here we have demonstrated a new vortex core reversal mechanism, which occurs when it is displaced across domain boundaries with a magnetic field. I will then describe our progress on artificial spin ice, consisting of arrays of dipolar-coupled nanomagnets arranged in frustrated geometries. We have employed photoemission electron microscopy to observe the behaviour of emergent magnetic monopoles in an array of nanomagnets placed on the kagome lattice. We have also created artificial spin ice with fluctuating magnetic moments and observed the evolution of magnetic configurations with time. This has provided a means to study relaxation processes with a controlled route to the lowest-energy state. Recently, we have demonstrated with muon spin relaxation that these magnetic metamaterials can support thermodynamic phase transitions, and future directions include the incorporation of novel magnetic materials such as ultrathin magnetic films, the investigation of 3D structures, as well as the implementation of x-ray resonant magnetic scattering to study magnetic correlations in smaller nanomagnets and at faster timescales

  11. Miniature curved artificial compound eyes.

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    Floreano, Dario; Pericet-Camara, Ramon; Viollet, Stéphane; Ruffier, Franck; Brückner, Andreas; Leitel, Robert; Buss, Wolfgang; Menouni, Mohsine; Expert, Fabien; Juston, Raphaël; Dobrzynski, Michal Karol; L'Eplattenier, Geraud; Recktenwald, Fabian; Mallot, Hanspeter A; Franceschini, Nicolas

    2013-06-04

    In most animal species, vision is mediated by compound eyes, which offer lower resolution than vertebrate single-lens eyes, but significantly larger fields of view with negligible distortion and spherical aberration, as well as high temporal resolution in a tiny package. Compound eyes are ideally suited for fast panoramic motion perception. Engineering a miniature artificial compound eye is challenging because it requires accurate alignment of photoreceptive and optical components on a curved surface. Here, we describe a unique design method for biomimetic compound eyes featuring a panoramic, undistorted field of view in a very thin package. The design consists of three planar layers of separately produced arrays, namely, a microlens array, a neuromorphic photodetector array, and a flexible printed circuit board that are stacked, cut, and curved to produce a mechanically flexible imager. Following this method, we have prototyped and characterized an artificial compound eye bearing a hemispherical field of view with embedded and programmable low-power signal processing, high temporal resolution, and local adaptation to illumination. The prototyped artificial compound eye possesses several characteristics similar to the eye of the fruit fly Drosophila and other arthropod species. This design method opens up additional vistas for a broad range of applications in which wide field motion detection is at a premium, such as collision-free navigation of terrestrial and aerospace vehicles, and for the experimental testing of insect vision theories.

  12. Artificial life: The coming evolution

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    Farmer, J.D. (Los Alamos National Lab., NM (USA) Santa Fe Inst., NM (USA)); Belin, A.d' A. (Shute, Mihaly, and Weinberger, Santa Fe, NM (USA))

    1990-01-01

    Within fifty to a hundred years a new class of organisms is likely to emerge. These organisms will be artificial in the sense that they will originally be designed by humans. However, they will reproduce, and will evolve into something other than their initial form; they will be alive'' under any reasonable definition of the word. These organisms will evolve in a fundamentally different manner than contemporary biological organisms, since their reproduction will be under at least partial conscious control, giving it a Lamarckian component. The pace of evolutionary change consequently will be extremely rapid. The advent of artificial life will be the most significant historical event since the emergence of human beings. The impact on humanity and the biosphere could be enormous, larger than the industrial revolution, nuclear weapons, or environmental pollution. We must take steps now to shape the emergence of artificial organisms; they have potential to be either the ugliest terrestrial disaster, or the most beautiful creation of humanity. 22 refs., 3 figs.

  13. Artificial insemination history: hurdles and milestones.

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    Ombelet, W; Van Robays, J

    2015-01-01

    Artificial insemination with homologous (AIH) or donor semen (AID) is nowadays a very popular treatment procedure used for many subfertile women worldwide. The rationale behind artificial insemination is to increase gamete density at the site of fertilisation. The sequence of events leading to today's common use of artificial insemination traces back to scientific studies and experimentation many centuries ago. Modern techniques used in human artificial insemination programmes are mostly adapted from the work on cattle by dairy farmers wishing to improve milk production by using artificial insemination with sperm of selected bulls with well chosen genetic traits. The main reason for the renewed interest in artificial insemination in human was associated with the refinement of techniques for the preparation of washed motile spermatozoa in the early years of IVF. The history of artificial insemination is reviewed with particular interest to the most important hurdles and milestones.

  14. Fecundación Artificial

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    Ochoa. Fidel

    1939-10-01

    Full Text Available Por Fecundación artificial se entiende, la fecundación de una hembra sin el servicio directo del macho, es decir la introducción al aparato genital femenino, del esperma que se ha recogido por medios artificiales. Esta fecundación, practicada en debidas condiciones, tiene el mismo efecto de la fecundación natural, con las ventajas que veremos más adelante. La fecundación artificial permite explotar un reproductor a su máximum de capacidad, ya que se considera, para no hacer cálculos alegres, que un servicio de un caballo puede servir, diluido, por lo menos para cuatro yeguas, según los autores americanos, y para 10 a 15, según otros autores. El toro y el carnero pueden dar esperma suficiente en un servicio para fecundar de 10 a 12 hembras, según,los americanos, y según otros autores, hasta para 40. Los investigadores rusos han podido fecundar hasta 60 vacas con un solo servicio y han logrado con reproductores valiosos, fecundar 10.263 vacas por toro, a pesar de que éstos sólo han servido, durante un periodo de monta de sólo dos meses. Estos mismos han logrado fecundar artificialmente 2.733 ovejas con un solo carnero, y 1.403 con otro Los investigadores americanos han contado 22 servicios a un carnero vigoroso en un periodo de ocho horas, y durante este tiempo produjo esperma suficiente para haber fecundado 200 ovejas artificialmente. La fecundación artificial sirve para evitar la trasmisión de enfermedades que se contagian por el coito, tales como la durina, enfermedad ésta producida por un tripanosoma que por fortuna no existe entre nosotros. A las estaciones de monta llevan con frecuencia hembras afectadas de enfermedades como la vaginitis granulosa de la vaca, que se contagia al toro y de éste a otras hembras. Como el control sanitario de toda hembra llevada al servicio de un reproductor de estas estaciones de monta no siempre puede efectuarse por dificultades de distinta índole, mediante la fecundación artificial

  15. Sobre Humanismo y Medicina

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    Adolfo de Francisco Zea

    2000-12-01

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    En esta disertación sobre “Humanismo y Medicina”, título del libro que tuve ocasión de publicar hace un par de años, destacaré algunas de las relaciones que existen entre la medicina y las bellas artes, concretamente la música y la pintura. La Medicina tiene como objeto de su acción al Hombre. Definida como la ciencia y el arte de prevenir, curar o aliviar la enfermedad, no tiene como meta la simple prolongación de la vida biológica.

    Su tarea consiste en postergar la muerte, prevenir o reducir los padecimientos y las deformidades, curar las enfermedades, ampliar las capacidades biológicas y psicológicas de los seres humanos y ocuparse de los sufrimientos de las personas. Para Tristam Engelhardt, es la Medicina de las personas.

    Se concibe a la persona humana como el individuo de conciencia reflexiva normal que es a la vez miembro pleno de la comunidad, con los deberes y derechos que presuponen su pertenencia a ella. A esta acepción de carácter moral de la persona humana, que corresponde a lo que se llama persona “en sentido estricto”, se agrega la acepción social, que hace relación con aquellas personas a las que se otorgan prácticamente los mismos derechos, como es el caso de los niños, de los individuos que perdieron el carácter de personas por padecer de lesiones cerebrales o demencia, y de aquellos que nunca llegarán a serlo como los retrasados mentales profundos.

    Al sostener que no todos los seres humanos son personas “en sentido estricto”, la Bioética que expone Engelhardt impone, sin embargo, como obligación moral, tratar a estos últimos con pleno respeto y comprensión. Lo que es importante acerca de nosotros mismos como seres humanos, es el hecho real de que seamos personas; no simplemente nuestra pertenencia al género Horno sapiens como tal.

    Para Víctor Frankl, la persona humana es de carácter espiritual y en tal virtud, es diferente del organismo psicofísico cuya

  16. Acueducto pretensado sobre el Holme

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    Editorial, Equipo

    1958-04-01

    Full Text Available Breve descripción del paso de una canalización de 0,60 m de diámetro, destinada al abastecimiento de aguas, sobre el río Holme (Inglaterra. El puente formado tiene dos vigas de hormigón pretensado, cuyas armaduras se componen de barras McCall.

  17. Artificial organic networks artificial intelligence based on carbon networks

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    Ponce-Espinosa, Hiram; Molina, Arturo

    2014-01-01

    This monograph describes the synthesis and use of biologically-inspired artificial hydrocarbon networks (AHNs) for approximation models associated with machine learning and a novel computational algorithm with which to exploit them. The reader is first introduced to various kinds of algorithms designed to deal with approximation problems and then, via some conventional ideas of organic chemistry, to the creation and characterization of artificial organic networks and AHNs in particular. The advantages of using organic networks are discussed with the rules to be followed to adapt the network to its objectives. Graph theory is used as the basis of the necessary formalism. Simulated and experimental examples of the use of fuzzy logic and genetic algorithms with organic neural networks are presented and a number of modeling problems suitable for treatment by AHNs are described: ·        approximation; ·        inference; ·        clustering; ·        control; ·        class...

  18. FPGA controlled artificial vascular system

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    Laqua D.

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Monitoring the oxygen saturation of an unborn child is an invasive procedure, so far. Transabdominal fetal pulse oximetry is a promising method under research, used to estimate the oxygen saturation of a fetus noninvasively. Due to the nature of the method, the fetal information needs to be extracted from a mixed signal. To properly evaluate signal processing algorithms, a phantom modeling fetal and maternal blood circuits and tissue layers is necessary. This paper presents an improved hardware concept for an artificial vascular system, utilizing an FPGA based CompactRIO System from National Instruments. The experimental model to simulate the maternal and fetal blood pressure curve consists of two identical hydraulic circuits. Each of these circuits consists of a pre-pressure system and an artificial vascular system. Pulse curves are generated by proportional valves, separating these two systems. The dilation of the fetal and maternal artificial vessels in tissue substitutes is measured by transmissive and reflective photoplethysmography. The measurement results from the pressure sensors and the transmissive optical sensors are visualized to show the functionality of the pulse generating systems. The trigger frequency for the maternal valve was set to 1 per second, the fetal valve was actuated at 0.7 per second for validation. The reflective curve, capturing pulsations of the fetal and maternal circuit, was obtained with a high power LED (905 nm as light source. The results show that the system generates pulse curves, similar to its physiological equivalent. Further, the acquired reflective optical signal is modulated by the alternating diameter of the tubes of both circuits, allowing for tests of signal processing algorithms.

  19. Formal Definition of Artificial Intelligence

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    Dobrev, Dimiter

    2005-01-01

    * This publication is partially supported by the KT-DigiCult-Bg project. A definition of Artificial Intelligence (AI) was proposed in [1] but this definition was not absolutely formal at least because the word "Human" was used. In this paper we will formalize the definition from [1]. The biggest problem in this definition was that the level of intelligence of AI is compared to the intelligence of a human being. In order to change this we will introduce some parameters to which AI ...

  20. Advanced Artificial Intelligence Technology Testbed

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    Anken, Craig S.

    1993-01-01

    The Advanced Artificial Intelligence Technology Testbed (AAITT) is a laboratory testbed for the design, analysis, integration, evaluation, and exercising of large-scale, complex, software systems, composed of both knowledge-based and conventional components. The AAITT assists its users in the following ways: configuring various problem-solving application suites; observing and measuring the behavior of these applications and the interactions between their constituent modules; gathering and analyzing statistics about the occurrence of key events; and flexibly and quickly altering the interaction of modules within the applications for further study.

  1. Epistasis analysis using artificial intelligence.

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    Moore, Jason H; Hill, Doug P

    2015-01-01

    Here we introduce artificial intelligence (AI) methodology for detecting and characterizing epistasis in genetic association studies. The ultimate goal of our AI strategy is to analyze genome-wide genetics data as a human would using sources of expert knowledge as a guide. The methodology presented here is based on computational evolution, which is a type of genetic programming. The ability to generate interesting solutions while at the same time learning how to solve the problem at hand distinguishes computational evolution from other genetic programming approaches. We provide a general overview of this approach and then present a few examples of its application to real data.

  2. Improving designer productivity. [artificial intelligence

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    Hill, Gary C.

    1992-01-01

    Designer and design team productivity improves with skill, experience, and the tools available. The design process involves numerous trials and errors, analyses, refinements, and addition of details. Computerized tools have greatly speeded the analysis, and now new theories and methods, emerging under the label Artificial Intelligence (AI), are being used to automate skill and experience. These tools improve designer productivity by capturing experience, emulating recognized skillful designers, and making the essence of complex programs easier to grasp. This paper outlines the aircraft design process in today's technology and business climate, presenting some of the challenges ahead and some of the promising AI methods for meeting these challenges.

  3. Artificial intelligence a beginner's guide

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    Whitby, Blay

    2012-01-01

    Tomorrow begins right here as we embark on an enthralling and jargon-free journey into the world of computers and the inner recesses of the human mind. Readers encounter everything from the nanotechnology used to make insect-like robots, to computers that perform surgery, in addition to discovering the biggest controversies to dog the field of AI. Blay Whitby is a Lecturer on Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Sussex UK. He is the author of two books and numerous papers.

  4. Logical Foundations Of Artificial Intelligence

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    Angel Garrido

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available The procedures of searching solutions to problems, in Artificial Intelligence, can be brought about, in many occasions, without knowledge of the Domain, and in other situations, with knowledge of it. This last procedure is usually called Heuristic Search. In such methods the matrix techniques reveal themselves as essential. Their introduction can give us an easy and precise way in the search of solution. Our paper explains how the matrix theory appears and fruitfully participates in A I, with feasible applications to Game Theory.

  5. Influência de diferentes intervalos da inseminação artificial e do estresse do manejo da inseminação na produção e fertilidade de fêmeas avícolas Effect of intervals and stresses of artificial insemination on broiler breeder females production and fertility

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    Alexandre Pires Rosa; Fábio José Paganini; Neventon Santi Vieira; Jonivan Luiz Paloschi

    1995-01-01

    Com o objetivo de avaliar o efeito de diferentes intervalos da inseminação artificial (IA) sobre a fertilidade dos ovos e do manejo desta prática sobre a taxa de postura, peso médio dos ovos e peso corporal de fêmeas Plymouth Rock Barred, conduziram-se estes experimentos. A influência de diferentes intervalos de IA sobre a fertilidade (experimento I), foi avaliada utilizando-se 75 fêmeas com 50 semanas de idade, submetidas a três tratamentos. Sendo T1 = duas IA semanais, T2 = uma IA semanal e...

  6. [Artificial crowns influence upon edge parodontium status].

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    Zhulev, E N; Serov, A B

    2010-01-01

    With the aim of prosthetic treatment efficacy increase study of edge parodontium tissue reaction upon different types of artificial crowns was done and methods of chronic localized parodontitis prevention were developed. Changes of the main gingival fluid characteristics (amount, acidity, interleukine-1beta concentration) and indicators of microcirculation in edge parodontium of the teeth under the artificial crowns influence were disclosed. There were developed methods of chronic localized parodontitis prevention produced by artificial crowns edge.

  7. Semantic Interpretation of An Artificial Neural Network

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    ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORK .7,’ THESIS Stanley Dale Kinderknecht Captain, USAF 770 DEAT7ET77,’H IR O C 7... ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORK THESIS Stanley Dale Kinderknecht Captain, USAF AFIT/GCS/ENG/95D-07 Approved for public release; distribution unlimited The views...Government. AFIT/GCS/ENG/95D-07 SEMANTIC INTERPRETATION OF AN ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORK THESIS Presented to the Faculty of the School of Engineering of

  8. ARTIFICIAL LIVING SYSTEM AND ITS COMPLEXITY

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    2001-01-01

    In this paper the author shows some artificial living systems, whose basic life characteristics are explored, especially the differentiation in evolution from single cellular to multi-cellular organism. In addition, the author discusses diversity and evolvability also.The author gives a modified entropy function to measure the diversity. Finally, the author drops an open problem about the structure of "gene" of artificial living systems, so that we can measure the evolutionary order between the artificial living systems.

  9. Meta-Learning Evolutionary Artificial Neural Networks

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    2004-01-01

    In this paper, we present MLEANN (Meta-Learning Evolutionary Artificial Neural Network), an automatic computational framework for the adaptive optimization of artificial neural networks wherein the neural network architecture, activation function, connection weights; learning algorithm and its parameters are adapted according to the problem. We explored the performance of MLEANN and conventionally designed artificial neural networks for function approximation problems. To evaluate the compara...

  10. Progress and Challenge of Artificial Intelligence

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    Zhong-Zhi Shi; Nan-Ning Zheng

    2006-01-01

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is generally considered to be a subfield of computer science, that is concerned to attempt simulation, extension and expansion of human intelligence. Artificial intelligence has enjoyed tremendous success over the last fifty years. In this paper we only focus on visual perception, granular computing, agent computing, semantic grid. Human-level intelligence is the long-term goal of artificial intelligence. We should do joint research on basic theory and technology of intelligence by brain science, cognitive science, artificial intelligence and others. A new cross discipline intelligence science is undergoing a rapid development. Future challenges are given in final section.

  11. Artificial senses for characterization of food quality

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    HUANG Yan-bo; LAN Yu-bin; R.E. Lacey

    2004-01-01

    Food quality is of primary concern in the food industry and to the consumer. Systems that mimic human senses have been developed and applied to the characterization of food quality. The five primary senses are: vision, hearing, smell, taste and touch.In the characterization of food quality, people assess the samples sensorially and differentiate "good" from "bad" on a continuum.However, the human sensory system is subjective, with mental and physical inconsistencies, and needs time to work. Artificial senses such as machine vision, the electronic ear, electronic nose, electronic tongue, artificial mouth and even artificial the head have been developed that mimic the human senses. These artificial senses are coordinated individually or collectively by a pattern recognition technique, typically artificial neural networks, which have been developed based on studies of the mechanism of the human brain. Such a structure has been used to formulate methods for rapid characterization of food quality. This research presents and discusses individual artificial sensing systems. With the concept of multi-sensor data fusion these sensor systems can work collectively in some way. Two such fused systems, artificial mouth and artificial head, are described and discussed. It indicates that each of the individual systems has their own artificially sensing ability to differentiate food samples. It further indicates that with a more complete mimic of human intelligence the fused systems are more powerful than the individual systems in differentiation of food samples.

  12. Artificial Promoters for Metabolic Optimization

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    Jensen, Peter Ruhdal; Hammer, Karin

    1998-01-01

    In this article, we review some of the expression systems that are available for Metabolic Control Analysis and Metabolic Engineering, and examine their advantages and disadvantages in different contexts. In a recent approach, artificial promoters for modulating gene expression in micro-organisms......In this article, we review some of the expression systems that are available for Metabolic Control Analysis and Metabolic Engineering, and examine their advantages and disadvantages in different contexts. In a recent approach, artificial promoters for modulating gene expression in micro......-organisms were constructed using synthetic degenerated oligonucleotides. From this work, a promoter library was obtained for Lactococcus lactis, containing numerous individual promoters and covering a wide range of promoter activities. Importantly, the range of promoter activities was covered in small steps...... of activity change. Promoter libraries generated by this approach allow for optimization of gene expression and for experimental control analysis in a wide range of biological systems by choosing from the promoter library promoters giving, e.g., 25%, 50%, 200%, and 400% of the normal expression level...

  13. Artificial neural networks in neurosurgery.

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    Azimi, Parisa; Mohammadi, Hasan Reza; Benzel, Edward C; Shahzadi, Sohrab; Azhari, Shirzad; Montazeri, Ali

    2015-03-01

    Artificial neural networks (ANNs) effectively analyze non-linear data sets. The aimed was A review of the relevant published articles that focused on the application of ANNs as a tool for assisting clinical decision-making in neurosurgery. A literature review of all full publications in English biomedical journals (1993-2013) was undertaken. The strategy included a combination of key words 'artificial neural networks', 'prognostic', 'brain', 'tumor tracking', 'head', 'tumor', 'spine', 'classification' and 'back pain' in the title and abstract of the manuscripts using the PubMed search engine. The major findings are summarized, with a focus on the application of ANNs for diagnostic and prognostic purposes. Finally, the future of ANNs in neurosurgery is explored. A total of 1093 citations were identified and screened. In all, 57 citations were found to be relevant. Of these, 50 articles were eligible for inclusion in this review. The synthesis of the data showed several applications of ANN in neurosurgery, including: (1) diagnosis and assessment of disease progression in low back pain, brain tumours and primary epilepsy; (2) enhancing clinically relevant information extraction from radiographic images, intracranial pressure processing, low back pain and real-time tumour tracking; (3) outcome prediction in epilepsy, brain metastases, lumbar spinal stenosis, lumbar disc herniation, childhood hydrocephalus, trauma mortality, and the occurrence of symptomatic cerebral vasospasm in patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage; (4) the use in the biomechanical assessments of spinal disease. ANNs can be effectively employed for diagnosis, prognosis and outcome prediction in neurosurgery.

  14. Artificial Shortages and Strategic Pricing

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    Partha Gangopadhyay

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: We consider a monopolist who manipulates the market by artificially creating shortages that result in an increase in current price that, in turn, boosts demand for the product in subsequent periods. The approach is to develop an intertemporal model of pricing strategy for a monopolist. Approach: The postulated pricing strategy creates an incentive for producers to reduce current supply and raise current prices and sacrifice current profits in order to increase future profits. The main problem is to explain the precise mathematical conditions under which the pricing strategy will be chosen by a monopolist. Results: We derive the optimal pricing strategy to argue that the monopolist has an incentive to adopt simple market manipulation that calls forth a close examination of issues concerning deregulation. Conclusion: The paper examines two possible strategies for a typical monopolist-strategic pricing vis-a-vis a myopic pricing. The intuition is that the monopolist can manipulate the market by artificially creating shortages that result in an increase in current price that, in turn, boosts demand for the product in subsequent periods.

  15. Artificial muscle: facts and fiction.

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    Schaub, Marcus C

    2011-12-19

    Mechanical devices are sought to support insufficient or paralysed striated muscles including the failing heart. Nickel-titanium alloys (nitinol) present the following two properties: (i) super-elasticity, and (ii) the potential to assume different crystal structures depending on temperature and/or stress. Starting from the martensite state nitinol is able to resume the austenite form (state of low potential energy and high entropy) even against an external resistance. This one-way shape change is deployed in self-expanding vascular stents. Heating induces the force generating transformation from martensite to the austenite state while cooling induces relaxation back to the martensite state. This two-way shape change oscillating between the two states may be used in cyclically contracting support devices of silicon-coated nitinol wires. Such a contractile device sutured to the right atrium has been tested in vitro in a bench model and in vivo in sheep. The contraction properties of natural muscles, specifically of the myocardium, and the tight correlation with ATP production by oxidative phosphorylation in the mitochondria is briefly outlined. Force development by the nitinol device cannot be smoothly regulated as in natural muscle. Its mechanical impact is forced onto the natural muscle regardless of the actual condition with regard to metabolism and Ca2+-homeostasis. The development of artificial muscle on the basis of nitinol wires is still in its infancy. The nitinol artificial muscle will have to prove its viability in the various clinical settings.

  16. Resistencia a la corrosión atmosférica del recubrimiento Zn-10,2% Fe sobre chapa de acero. Comparación con el recubrimiento de zinc

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    Arnau, G.

    1998-05-01

    Full Text Available Zn-10.2 % Fe galvanized coating versus hot galvanized coating over carbon steel corrosion performance has been studied. Different periods of atmospheric exposures in various Valencia Community sites, and salt spray accelerated test have been done. Carbon steel test samples have been used simultaneously in order to classify exposure atmosphere corrosivity, and environmental exposure atmosphere characteristics have been analyzed. Corrosion velocity versus environmental parameters has been obtained.

    Se estudia el comportamiento a la corrosión atmosférica de un recubrimiento Zn-10,2 % Fe galvanizado en caliente, comparándolo con el comportamiento ofrecido por la chapa galvanizada, habiéndose aplicado ambos recubrimientos sobre chapa de acero de embutición. Se han realizado ensayos de exposición atmosférica en distintas atmósferas de la Comunidad Valenciana y ensayos acelerados de laboratorio en cámara de niebla salina. Se han empleado simultáneamente probetas testigo de acero con el fin de clasificar la corrosividad de las atmósferas, y se han estudiado las características medioambientales de las atmósferas donde se han llevado a cabo los ensayos. Mediante estos estudios se han obtenido las velocidades de corrosión y se han analizado en función de los parámetros ambientales.

  17. Sobre migración y rururbanidad: adaptación y transformación de la ciudad de Popayán a comienzos del siglo XXI

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    Ronald Alejandro Macuacé Otero

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available El acelerado proceso de expansión urbana es uno de los rasgos distintivos más significativos de las ciudades latinoamericanas. La transición que sufren las sociedades al pasar de un mundo dominado por las dinámicas rurales hacia otro inmerso en las urbanas en este continente suele rebasar la capacidad de adaptación de las mismas. En estas circunstancias es común encontrar en América Latina una rapidez abrumadora en los ritmos de crecimiento urbano, en especial en las últimas décadas por una parte y, de otra, una concentración bastante marcada de la población urbana en ciudades principales; se asegura que este proceso de concentración se da por igual en casi todos los países independientemente de su grado de desarrollo. En este sentido, el presente artículo se encarga de presentar los aspectos más relevantes sobre la concentración urbana de Popayán y destaca la configuración del espacio en lo que lleva corrido del presente siglo, en el cual se identifican las tendencias históricas de poblamiento, los principales flujos migratorios hacia la ciudad y algunos de los principales motivos que llevan a la población a asentarse en el área rururbana.

  18. Breve informe sobre la coca

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    Lauro Hinostroza García

    1985-12-01

    Full Text Available El presente informe se integra en la investigación dirigida por el doctor Juan Ossio, por encargo de la Organización de los Estados Americanos (O.E.A. sobre “EFECTOS SOCIALES, CULTURALES, MÉDICOS Y ECONÓMICOS DEL USO TRADICIONAL DE LA COCA EN POBLACIONES DEL ANTIPLANO Y SIERRA DEL PERÚ, EN ESPECIAL DE LAS POBLACIONES INDÍGENAS”. Expone tópicos sobre la hoja de coca en la cultura andina: criterios clasificatorios, mitos, canciones y una muestra de qatipay o seguimiento. Este último es una práctica ritual importante para el campesinado andino, orienta el presente, pasado y futuro de toda su actividad. Cada hoja, por su forma, posición y tamaño, develará los roles sociales que ha de asumir, es decir los misterios del tiempo.

  19. A Pathway to Artificial Metalloenzymes

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    Fischer, Johannes

    2015-12-01

    The advancement of catalytic systems and the application thereof has proven to be the key to overcome traditional limitations of industrial-scale synthetic processes. Converging organometallic and biocatalytic principles lead to the development of Artificial Metalloenzymes (ArMs) that comprise a synthetic metal catalyst embedded in a protein scaffold, thereby combining the reactivity of the former with the versatility of the latter. This synergistic approach introduces rationally designed building blocks for the catalytic site and the host protein to assemble enzyme-like structures that follow regio-, chemo-, enantio- and substrate-selective principles. Yet, the identification of suitable protein scaffolds has thus far been challenging. Herein we report a rationally optimized fluorescent protein host, mTFP*, that was engineered to have no intrinsic metal binding capability and, owing to its robust nature, can act as scaffold for the design of novel ArMs. We demonstrate the potential of site-specific modifications within the protein host, use protein X-Ray analysis to validate the respective scaffolds and show how artificial mutant binding sites can be introduced. Transition metal Förster Resonance Energy transfer (tmFRET) methodologies help to evaluate micromolar dissociation constants and reveal structural rearrangements upon coordination of the metal centers. In conjunction with molecular insights from X-Ray crystallographic structure determination, dynamics of the binding pocket can be inferred. The versatile subset of different binding motifs paired with transition metal catalysts create artificial metalloenzymes that provide reactivities which otherwise do not exist in nature. As a proof of concept, Diels-Alder cycloadditions highlight the potential of the present mTFP* based catalysts by stereoselectively converting azachalcone and cyclopentadiene substrates. Screens indicate an enantiomeric excess of up to 60% and provide insights into the electronic and

  20. Sobre la verdad en periodismo

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    Julio Estremadoyro Alegre

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Cuando un periodista informa sobre un desastre natural, con granpérdida de vidas, las autoridades y las fuentes de primera manodan cifras que son difundidas como verdades del suceso. Sinembargo, y la experiencia lo confirma, al día siguiente la cifraspueden haber cambiado y, por lo tanto, la verdad informativa esotra. Y así, sucesivamente, cada día habrá novedades y nuevas cifras verdaderas.

  1. The Biological Relevance of Artificial Life: Lessons from Artificial Intelligence

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    Colombano, Silvano

    2000-01-01

    There is no fundamental reason why A-life couldn't simply be a branch of computer science that deals with algorithms that are inspired by, or emulate biological phenomena. However, if these are the limits we place on this field, we miss the opportunity to help advance Theoretical Biology and to contribute to a deeper understanding of the nature of life. The history of Artificial Intelligence provides a good example, in that early interest in the nature of cognition quickly was lost to the process of building tools, such as "expert systems" that, were certainly useful, but provided little insight in the nature of cognition. Based on this lesson, I will discuss criteria for increasing the biological relevance of A-life and the probability that this field may provide a theoretical foundation for Biology.

  2. La perspectiva artificial y su influencia en el desarrollo de la fotografía: De la perspectiva artificial a la perspectiva fotográfica Artificial Perspective and its Influence in the Development of Photography: From Artificial Perspective to Photographic Perspective

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    María del Mar Ramírez Alvarado

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available La invención de la perspectiva artificial en el Renacimiento constituye uno de los hechos históricos que han determinado en mayor medida la predisposición occidental a la búsqueda de la verosimilitud en la representación artística. Las imágenes bidimensionales que permitían apreciar una tercera dimensión ilusoria construida según ciertas reglas se convirtieron, a partir de entonces, en el modelo referencial de la construcción icónica. La siguiente es una reflexión teórica que tiene como objetivos, por una parte, profundizar en los fundamentos de la perspectiva artificial, sobre todo través de la figura de León Battista Alberti. Por otra, rastrear las conexiones entre el descubrimiento de la perspectiva artificial y el interés por crear imágenes «lo más parecidas al natural» que estuvo en el origen de la fotografía.Lhe invention of artificial perspective in the Renaissance constitutes one of the historical facts that has determined, to a greater extent, the Western predisposition to look for verisimilitude in the artistic representation. Lhe two-dimensional images that allowed appreciating an illusory third dimension made according to certain rules turned into a referential model of iconic construction. Lhe following is a theoretical reflection that aims, on the one hand, to study in depth the foundations of artificial perspective, mainly through León Battista Alberti, and on the other hand, to track down the connections between the discovery of artificial perspective and the interest to create images «the most similar to the original» in the beginnings of Photography.

  3. Text Classification using Artificial Intelligence

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    Kamruzzaman, S M

    2010-01-01

    Text classification is the process of classifying documents into predefined categories based on their content. It is the automated assignment of natural language texts to predefined categories. Text classification is the primary requirement of text retrieval systems, which retrieve texts in response to a user query, and text understanding systems, which transform text in some way such as producing summaries, answering questions or extracting data. Existing supervised learning algorithms for classifying text need sufficient documents to learn accurately. This paper presents a new algorithm for text classification using artificial intelligence technique that requires fewer documents for training. Instead of using words, word relation i.e. association rules from these words is used to derive feature set from pre-classified text documents. The concept of na\\"ive Bayes classifier is then used on derived features and finally only a single concept of genetic algorithm has been added for final classification. A syste...

  4. Artificial intelligence and science education

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    Artificial intelligence (AI) is defined and related to intelligent computer-assisted instruction (ICAI) and science education. Modeling the student, the teacher, and the natural environment are discussed as important parts of ICAI and the concept of microworlds as a powerful tool for science education is presented. Optimistic predictions about ICAI are tempered with the complex, persistent problems of: 1) teaching and learning as a soft or fuzzy knowledge base, 2) natural language processing, and 3) machine learning. The importance of accurate diagnosis of a student's learning state, including misconceptions and naive theories about nature, is stressed and related to the importance of accurate diagnosis by a physician. Based on the cognitive science/AI paradigm, a revised model of the well-known Karplus/Renner learning cycle is proposed.

  5. Innovative applications of artificial intelligence

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    Schorr, Herbert; Rappaport, Alain

    Papers concerning applications of artificial intelligence are presented, covering applications in aerospace technology, banking and finance, biotechnology, emergency services, law, media planning, music, the military, operations management, personnel management, retail packaging, and manufacturing assembly and design. Specific topics include Space Shuttle telemetry monitoring, an intelligent training system for Space Shuttle flight controllers, an expert system for the diagnostics of manufacturing equipment, a logistics management system, a cooling systems design assistant, and a knowledge-based integrated circuit design critic. Additional topics include a hydraulic circuit design assistant, the use of a connector assembly specification expert system to harness detailed assembly process knowledge, a mixed initiative approach to airlift planning, naval battle management decision aids, an inventory simulation tool, a peptide synthesis expert system, and a system for planning the discharging and loading of container ships.

  6. Artificial intelligence in medical diagnosis.

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    Szolovits, P; Patil, R S; Schwartz, W B

    1988-01-01

    In an attempt to overcome limitations inherent in conventional computer-aided diagnosis, investigators have created programs that simulate expert human reasoning. Hopes that such a strategy would lead to clinically useful programs have not been fulfilled, but many of the problems impeding creation of effective artificial intelligence programs have been solved. Strategies have been developed to limit the number of hypotheses that a program must consider and to incorporate pathophysiologic reasoning. The latter innovation permits a program to analyze cases in which one disorder influences the presentation of another. Prototypes embodying such reasoning can explain their conclusions in medical terms that can be reviewed by the user. Despite these advances, further major research and developmental efforts will be necessary before expert performance by the computer becomes a reality.

  7. Web Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence in Education

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    Devedzic, Vladan

    2004-01-01

    This paper surveys important aspects of Web Intelligence (WI) in the context of Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED) research. WI explores the fundamental roles as well as practical impacts of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced Information Technology (IT) on the next generation of Web-related products, systems, services, and…

  8. The artificial pancreas : From logic to life

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    Kropff, J.

    2017-01-01

    In this thesis we investigated the efficacy of real-life use of an artificial pancreas starting with use of these systems in a hotel setting and finally 24/7 long-term use at home. We investigated the accuracy of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems that act as input for the artificial pancre

  9. 50 CFR 27.73 - Artificial lights.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 50 Wildlife and Fisheries 6 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Artificial lights. 27.73 Section 27.73 Wildlife and Fisheries UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (CONTINUED) THE... Artificial lights. No unauthorized person shall use or direct the rays of a spotlight or other...

  10. Creativity in design and artificial neural networks

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    Neocleous, C.C.; Esat, I.I. [Brunel Univ. Uxbridge (United Kingdom); Schizas, C.N. [Univ. of Cyprus, Nicosia (Cyprus)

    1996-12-31

    The creativity phase is identified as an integral part of the design phase. The characteristics of creative persons which are relevant to designing artificial neural networks manifesting aspects of creativity, are identified. Based on these identifications, a general framework of artificial neural network characteristics to implement such a goal are proposed.

  11. Artificial Intelligence--Applications in Education.

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    Poirot, James L.; Norris, Cathleen A.

    1987-01-01

    This first in a projected series of five articles discusses artificial intelligence and its impact on education. Highlights include the history of artificial intelligence and the impact of microcomputers; learning processes; human factors and interfaces; computer assisted instruction and intelligent tutoring systems; logic programing; and expert…

  12. Isolated Speech Recognition Using Artificial Neural Networks

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    2007-11-02

    In this project Artificial Neural Networks are used as research tool to accomplish Automated Speech Recognition of normal speech. A small size...the first stage of this work are satisfactory and thus the application of artificial neural networks in conjunction with cepstral analysis in isolated word recognition holds promise.

  13. Artificial Neural Networks and Instructional Technology.

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    Carlson, Patricia A.

    1991-01-01

    Artificial neural networks (ANN), part of artificial intelligence, are discussed. Such networks are fed sample cases (training sets), learn how to recognize patterns in the sample data, and use this experience in handling new cases. Two cognitive roles for ANNs (intelligent filters and spreading, associative memories) are examined. Prototypes…

  14. Airway Complications of Total Artificial Heart.

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    Pathak, Vikas; Donovan, Colin; Malhotra, Rajiv

    2017-02-01

    The total artificial heart is the mechanical device which is used as a bridge to the heart transplant in patients with biventricular failure. Due to the mechanical nature of the device, patients receiving total artificial heart (TAH) require to be on anticoagulation therapy. Hemorrhage and coagulopathy are few of the known complications of TAH.

  15. Dynamic optimization of artificial lighting in greenhouses.

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    Heuvelink, E.; Challa, H.

    1989-01-01

    A principle for dynamic optimization of artificial lighting in greenhouses is presented, where the optimization criterion is maximization of the term . To this purpose it is important to consider the break-even point for artificial lighting, which can be defined a

  16. Artificial Intelligence in Education: An Exploration.

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    Cumming, Geoff

    1998-01-01

    Gives a brief outline of the development of Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED) which includes psychology, education, cognitive science, computer science, and artificial intelligence. Highlights include learning environments; learner modeling; a situated approach to learning; and current examples of AIED research. (LRW)

  17. Biofluid lubrication for artificial joints

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    Pendleton, Alice Mae

    This research investigated biofluid lubrication related to artificial joints using tribological and rheological approaches. Biofluids studied here represent two categories of fluids, base fluids and nanostructured biofluids. Base fluids were studied through comparison of synthetic fluids (simulated body fluid and hyaluronic acid) as well as natural biofluids (from dogs, horses, and humans) in terms of viscosity and fluid shear stress. The nano-structured biofluids were formed using molecules having well-defined shapes. Understanding nano-structured biofluids leads to new ways of design and synthesis of biofluids that are beneficial for artificial joint performance. Experimental approaches were utilized in the present research. This includes basic analysis of biofluids' property, such as viscosity, fluid shear stress, and shear rate using rheological experiments. Tribological investigation and surface characterization were conducted in order to understand effects of molecular and nanostructures on fluid lubrication. Workpiece surface structure and wear mechanisms were investigated using a scanning electron microscope and a transmission electron microscope. The surface topography was examined using a profilometer. The results demonstrated that with the adding of solid additives, such as crown ether or fullerene acted as rough as the other solids in the 3-body wear systems. In addition, the fullerene supplied low friction and low wear, which designates the lubrication purpose of this particular particle system. This dissertation is constructed of six chapters. The first chapter is an introduction to body fluids, as mentioned earlier. After Chapter II, it examines the motivation and approach of the present research, Chapter III discusses the experimental approaches, including materials, experimental setup, and conditions. In Chapter IV, lubrication properties of various fluids are discussed. The tribological properties and performance nanostructured biofluids are

  18. A DISTRIBUTED SMART HOME ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SYSTEM

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    Lynggaard, Per

    2013-01-01

    A majority of the research performed today explore artificial intelligence in smart homes by using a centralized approach where a smart home server performs the necessary calculations. This approach has some disadvantages that can be overcome by shifting focus to a distributed approach where...... the artificial intelligence system is implemented as distributed as agents running parts of the artificial intelligence system. This paper presents a distributed smart home architecture that distributes artificial intelligence in smart homes and discusses the pros and cons of such a concept. The presented...... distributed model is a layered model. Each layer offers a different complexity level of the embedded distributed artificial intelligence. At the lowest layer smart objects exists, they are small cheap embedded microcontroller based smart devices that are powered by batteries. The next layer contains a more...

  19. Reinforcement Learning Based Artificial Immune Classifier

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    Mehmet Karakose

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available One of the widely used methods for classification that is a decision-making process is artificial immune systems. Artificial immune systems based on natural immunity system can be successfully applied for classification, optimization, recognition, and learning in real-world problems. In this study, a reinforcement learning based artificial immune classifier is proposed as a new approach. This approach uses reinforcement learning to find better antibody with immune operators. The proposed new approach has many contributions according to other methods in the literature such as effectiveness, less memory cell, high accuracy, speed, and data adaptability. The performance of the proposed approach is demonstrated by simulation and experimental results using real data in Matlab and FPGA. Some benchmark data and remote image data are used for experimental results. The comparative results with supervised/unsupervised based artificial immune system, negative selection classifier, and resource limited artificial immune classifier are given to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed new method.

  20. 7 CFR 51.2542 - U.S. Artificially Opened.

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    ... STANDARDS) United States Standards for Grades of Pistachio Nuts in the Shell § 51.2542 U.S. Artificially Opened. “U.S. Artificially Opened” consists of artificially opened pistachio nuts in the shell which...

  1. Sobre el Kelsen de Ferrajoli

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    Ruiz Manero, Juan

    2015-01-01

    El objeto de este trabajo es el de dar cuenta de las críticas a Kelsen contenidas en el último libro, todavía inédito, de Luigi Ferrajoli, Diritto e lógica. Dieci aporie nell'opera di Hans Kelsen, y formular algunas críticas a las tesis sostenidas en él por el propio Ferrajoli. Entre las críticas que el autor considera que cabe dirigir a este respecto a Ferrajoli, las principales afectan al carácter exclusivamente interno de la mirada ferrajoliana sobre el derecho, al carácter siempre opinabl...

  2. Manual de lecciones sobre objetos

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    2010-01-01

    Pautas para la enseñanza inicial con niños, apoyado con Objetos. Traducido por S. Bond (Profesor de la Universidad Nacional). Contiene: Desarrollo de la observación - Desarrollo de las ideas de forma - Ejercicios preliminares para enseñar a los niños a observar formas - Desarrollo de las ideas de dibujo -  de color - de número - de tamaño - de peso -  de sonido -  sobre el cuerpo humano - de lugar - morales

  3. Sobre el contenido del despertar

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    Badr, Marisa

    2013-01-01

    El presente trabajo tiene como propósito situar algunas referencias, sobre lo que Freud denomina “la perturbación” en los sueños. De este modo, intentaremos situar algunas consideraciones respecto a los sueños de angustia como principal antecedente del fracaso de la función del sueño y del principio del placer como principio rector del aparato anímico. Tomaremos como punto de partida los sueños de angustia, en “La interpretación de los sueños” de Sigmund Freud.

  4. Generalidades sobre las fibras artificiales

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    González Salcedo, Luis Octavio

    2012-01-01

    Las fibras han sido utilizadas como materia prima en la elaboración de otros productos, como telas, papel, artesanías, entre otros, y como material de refuerzo en diversas matrices cerámicas y metálicas, con el fin mejorar o ganar propiedades, en materiales compuestos denominados composites. Las fibras pueden ser clasificadas de acuerdo con su origen, en fibras naturales y fibras artificiales. Una amplia exploración sobre el uso de fibras vegetales ha sido realizada, sin embargo su uso ...

  5. Prototipo de RINA sobre Ethernet

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    Bergesio, Leonardo

    2013-01-01

    Este PFM se enmarca dentro del trabajo a realizar por el proyecto IRATI. IRATI es un proyecto STReP (Specific Targeted Research Project) financiado por la Unión Europea dentro del programa FP7 (Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development). El objetivo general de IRATI es conseguir una mayor compresión y exploración de RINA. El trabajo que se reportará en este PFM es (aproximadamente) la primera fase del diseño y desarrollo de un prototipo de RINA sobre Ethernet en e...

  6. Algunas conjeturas sobre fracciones egipcias

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    Mora, Lyda Constanza; Lima, Isaac

    2003-01-01

    A continuación se presentan algunas conjeturas sobre las fracciones, con base en el tratamiento que los Egipcios hacían en antigüedad. En la primera parte se hace una introducción a las fracciones unitarias, y la representación de fracciones con numerador dos por medio de la suma de fracciones unitarias distintas. En la segunda parte, se presentan algunas de las conjeturas halladas a partir de la determinación de regularidades presentes en adiciones entre fracciones cuya suma es una fracción ...

  7. Desarrollo de aplicaciones sobre SCTP

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    López Aragoneses, Jorge

    2009-01-01

    En el año 2000, el grupo SIGTRAN definió un nuevo protocolo de capa de transporte conocido como Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP) pensado, inicialmente, para transportar señalización telefónica SS7 sobre IP. La intención fue proveer en IP algunas de las características de confiabilidad de SS7. Por su versatilidad, más tarde, se ha propuesto utilizarlo en otras áreas. Para tal fin, se ha realizado este proyecto fin de carrera, en el cual se estudiarán las características del protocol...

  8. The Ultimate Future of Artificial Life: Towards Artificial Cosmogenesis

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    Vidal, Clement

    2008-01-01

    This philosophical paper tries to tackle the question of what could be the ultimate future of ALife from a cosmic viewpoint. We first argue that the natural direction of ALife is a simulation of an entire universe. Two new challenges naturally arise. The first is to simulate open-ended evolution at all levels in a single simulation; i.e. not only in biology, but also to link it up a level below (physical evolution) and a level above (cultural evolution). The second challenge is to probe what would happen if we would "replay the tape of the universe". Assuming that intelligent life would indeed simulate an entire universe, this leads to two tentative hypotheses. Following the soft-ALife program, some authors argued that we could be in a simulation run by an intelligent entity. Following the hard/wet-ALife program, this would lead to an artificial cosmogenesis. This last direction is argued with a careful speculative philosophical approach, emphasizing the imperative to find a solution to the heat death problem...

  9. De pobrezas y persistencias… Un estudio de caso sobre la pobreza urbana en Gran San Miguel de Tucumán (Argentina en los inicios del siglo XXI

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    Alejandra Carolina del Castillo

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available El Gran San Miguel de Tucumán, la ciudad intermedia más importante del Noroeste Argentino, atravesó un acelerado crecimiento poblacional junto a un proceso de expansión de la pobreza, que se hizo significativo durante los primeros años del siglo XXI. El devenir de la agroindustria azucarera -principal actividad económica de la provincia- y las políticas económicas de corte neoliberal implementadas en las tres últimas décadas del siglo XX incidieron, entre otros, sobre dicho proceso. En este contexto se seleccionó una de las áreas de mayor incidencia de la pobreza del aglomerado - el barrio denominado Juan Pablo II-, para indagar las características que asumen sus privaciones, los factores estructurales y la intervención del Estado en este entramado de persistencias de la pobreza. Se utilizan como fuentes de información el Censo Nacional de Población, Hogares y Viviendas de los años 2001 y 2010, y las respuestas de entrevistas semiestructuradas, realizadas a una muestra de hogares en dicho barrio. Los resultados evidencian las dificultades estructurales de la población estudiada para superar las condiciones de pobreza frente a las restricciones del mercado de trabajo y la ausencia de políticas habitacionales. El Estado se hace presente -como resultado de las críticas condiciones de vida y la demanda de sus habitantes- mediante distintos programas, que no revierten el deterioro social, sino que sólo consiguen la satisfacción de umbrales mínimos de necesidad.

  10. Artificial Intelligence Research and Development: Proc. of the 11th International Conference of the Catalan Association for Artificial Intelligence

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    Alsinet, Teresa; Puyol-Gruart, Josep; Torras, Carme

    2008-01-01

    Artificial Intelligence Research and Development. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference of the Catalan Association for Artificial Intelligence. Volume 184 Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications Peer Reviewed

  11. Artificial Organs 2015: A Year in Review.

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    Malchesky, Paul S

    2016-03-01

    In this Editor's Review, articles published in 2015 are organized by category and briefly summarized. We aim to provide a brief reflection of the currently available worldwide knowledge that is intended to advance and better human life while providing insight for continued application of technologies and methods of organ Replacement, Recovery, and Regeneration. As the official journal of The International Federation for Artificial Organs, The International Faculty for Artificial Organs, the International Society for Rotary Blood Pumps, the International Society for Pediatric Mechanical Cardiopulmonary Support, and the Vienna International Workshop on Functional Electrical Stimulation, Artificial Organs continues in the original mission of its founders "to foster communications in the field of artificial organs on an international level." Artificial Organs continues to publish developments and clinical applications of artificial organ technologies in this broad and expanding field of organ Replacement, Recovery, and Regeneration from all over the world. We take this time also to express our gratitude to our authors for providing their work to this journal. We offer our very special thanks to our reviewers who give so generously of their time and expertise to review, critique, and especially provide meaningful suggestions to the author's work whether eventually accepted or rejected. Without these excellent and dedicated reviewers, the quality expected from such a journal could not be possible. We also express our special thanks to our Publisher, John Wiley & Sons for their expert attention and support in the production and marketing of Artificial Organs. We look forward to reporting further advances in the coming years.

  12. Artificial Organs 2012: a year in review.

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    Malchesky, Paul S

    2013-03-01

    In this editor's review, articles published in 2012 are organized by category and briefly summarized. We aim to provide a brief reflection of the currently available worldwide knowledge that is intended to advance and better human life while providing insight for continued application of technologies and methods of organ replacement, recovery, and regeneration. As the official journal of the International Federation for Artificial Organs, the International Faculty for Artificial Organs, and the International Society for Rotary Blood Pumps, Artificial Organs continues in the original mission of its founders "to foster communications in the field of artificial organs on an international level." Artificial Organs continues to publish developments and clinical applications of artificial organ technologies in this broad and expanding field of organ replacement, recovery, and regeneration from all over the world. We take this time also to express our gratitude to our authors for offering their work to this journal. We offer our very special thanks to our reviewers who give so generously of time and expertise to review, critique, and especially provide such meaningful suggestions to the author's work whether eventually accepted or rejected, and especially to those whose native tongue is not English. Without these excellent and dedicated reviewers, the quality expected from such a journal could not be possible. We also express our special thanks to our publisher, Wiley Periodicals, for their expert attention and support in the production and marketing of Artificial Organs. We look forward to recording further advances in the coming years.

  13. Artificial organs 2011: a year in review.

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    Malchesky, Paul S

    2012-03-01

    In this Editor's Review, articles published in 2011 are organized by category and briefly summarized. As the official journal of The International Federation for Artificial Organs, The International Faculty for Artificial Organs, and the International Society for Rotary Blood Pumps, Artificial Organs continues in the original mission of its founders "to foster communications in the field of artificial organs on an international level."Artificial Organs continues to publish developments and clinical applications of artificial organ technologies in this broad and expanding field of organ replacement, recovery, and regeneration from all over the world. We take this time also to express our gratitude to our authors for offering their work to this journal. We offer our very special thanks to our reviewers who give so generously of time and expertise to review, critique, and especially provide meaningful suggestions to the author's work whether eventually accepted or rejected. Without these excellent and dedicated reviewers, the quality expected from such a journal would not be possible. We also express our special thanks to our Publisher, Wiley-Blackwell, for their expert attention and support in the production and marketing of Artificial Organs. In this Editor's Review, that historically has been widely well-received by our readership, we aim to provide a brief reflection of the currently available worldwide knowledge that is intended to advance and better human life while providing insight for continued application of technologies and methods of organ replacement, recovery, and regeneration. We look forward to recording further advances in the coming years.

  14. Artificial insemination in dromedary camels.

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    Skidmore, J A; Morton, K M; Billah, M

    2013-01-10

    Artificial insemination (AI) is an important technique in all domestic species to ensure rapid genetic progress. The use of AI has been reported in camelids although insemination trials are rare. This could be because of the difficulties involved in collecting as well as handling the semen due to the gelatinous nature of the seminal plasma. In addition, as all camelids are induced ovulators, the females need to be induced to ovulate before being inseminated. This paper discusses the different methods for collection of camel semen and describes how the semen concentration and morphology are analyzed. It also examines the use of different buffers for liquid storage of fresh and chilled semen, the ideal number of live sperm to inseminate and whether pregnancy rates are improved if the animal is inseminated at the tip of the uterine horn verses in the uterine body. Various methods to induce ovulation in the female camels are also described as well as the timing of insemination in relation to ovulation. Results show that collection of semen is best achieved using an artificial vagina, and the highest pregnancy rates are obtained if a minimum of 150×10(6) live spermatozoa (diluted in Green Buffer, lactose (11%), or I.N.R.A. 96) are inseminated into the body of the uterus 24h after the GnRH injection, given to the female camel to induce ovulation. Deep freezing of camel semen is proving to be a great challenge but the use of various freezing protocols, different diluents and different packaging methods (straws verses pellets) will be discussed. Preliminary results indicate that Green and Clear Buffer for Camel Semen is the best diluent to use for freezing dromedary semen and that freezing in pellets rather than straws result in higher post-thaw motility. Preservation of semen by deep-freezing is very important in camelids as it prevents the need to transport animals between farms and it extends the reproductive life span of the male, therefore further work needs to be

  15. Evaluación de estilos de enseñanza en la universidad: Estudio preliminar de las propiedades psico - métricas del Cuestionario sobre la Orientación Docente del Profesor Universitario (CODPU

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    Full Text Available Los acelerados cambios producidos en los contextos educativos de la enseñanza superior han generado mayor complejidad en el trabajo del profesorado universitario. Estos nuevos contextos nos enfrentan a un nuevo desafío: la formación especializada en la educación superior. Ahora bien, para brindar una capacitación pertinente se requiere detectar los aspectos neurálgicos que exigen una singular formación, conforme a las características particulares de cada disciplina, de los profesores que la dictan e incluso la cultura institucional a la cual pertenecen. El objetivo de este trabajo fue evaluar la validez y fiabilidad del Cuestionario sobre la Orientación Docente del Profesor Universitario (CODPU de Feixas (2006 a la hora de considerar el estilo adoptado por el profesor universitario. Dicho instrumento está compuesto por 36 ítemes referidos a aspectos de la docencia universitaria y pretende conocer los estilos de enseñanza, esto es: la orientación o el enfoque docente (preocupaciones, concepciones sobre la docencia, dinámica metodológica y evaluación del profesor universitario. El cuestionario fue administrado a una muestra de 238 docentes de universidades de gestión privada. Para evaluar la fiabilidad, se aplicó el alpha de Cronbach y se realizó un análisis factorial para estudiar la validez de constructo. Los resultados indican la existencia de una estructura bidimensional: el factor 1 está compuesto por ítemes que evalúan la orientación docente centrada en el estudiante y el factor 2, por ítemes que evalúan la orientación centrada en el docente. Respecto a la fiabilidad se obtuvo un índice de fiabilidad de .81 proporcionando un fuerte apoyo a la consistencia interna del instrumento.

  16. Modulation of autoimmunity with artificial peptides

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    La Cava, Antonio

    2010-01-01

    The loss of immune tolerance to self antigens leads to the development of autoimmune responses. Since self antigens are often multiple and/or their sequences may not be known, one approach to restore immune tolerance uses synthetic artificial peptides that interfere or compete with self peptides in the networks of cellular interactions that drive the autoimmune process. This review describes the rationale behind the use of artificial peptides in autoimmunity and their mechanisms of action. Examples of use of artificial peptides in preclinical studies and in the management of human autoimmune diseases are provided. PMID:20807590

  17. Machine Learning Optimization of Evolvable Artificial Cells

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    Caschera, F.; Rasmussen, S.; Hanczyc, M.

    2011-01-01

    An evolvable artificial cell is a chemical or biological complex system assembled in laboratory. The system is rationally designed to show life-like properties. In order to achieve an optimal design for the emergence of minimal life, a high dimensional space of possible experimental combinations...... that artificial cells requires. In addition a replication cycle of oil in water emulsions is presented. They represent the container for the artificial cells. (C) Selection and peer-review under responsibility of FET11 conference organizers and published by Elsevier B.V....

  18. Abstraction in artificial intelligence and complex systems

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    Saitta, Lorenza

    2013-01-01

    Abstraction is a fundamental mechanism underlying both human and artificial perception, representation of knowledge, reasoning and learning. This mechanism plays a crucial role in many disciplines, notably Computer Programming, Natural and Artificial Vision, Complex Systems, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Art, and Cognitive Sciences. This book first provides the reader with an overview of the notions of abstraction proposed in various disciplines by comparing both commonalities and differences.  After discussing the characterizing properties of abstraction, a formal model, the K

  19. Role of precoating in artificial vessel endothelialization

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    肖乐; 时德

    2004-01-01

    @@ As the progress of vascular surgery, artificial vessels have become the substitute for large and middle diameter vessels but have not for small diameter ones owing to thrombogenesis and occlusion within a short period of time after being applied.Artificial vessel endothelialization is one of the ideal methods to resolve such issue and has been improved continuously since Herring1 in 1978 put forward this term in the first time and utilized vascular endothelial cells (ECs) harvested from living animals to perform the test of artificial vessel endothelialization.

  20. Computed Flow Through An Artificial Heart Valve

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    Rogers, Stewart E.; Kwak, Dochan; Kiris, Cetin; Chang, I-Dee

    1994-01-01

    Report discusses computations of blood flow through prosthetic tilting disk valve. Computational procedure developed in simulation used to design better artificial hearts and valves by reducing or eliminating following adverse flow characteristics: large pressure losses, which prevent hearts from working efficiently; separated and secondary flows, which causes clotting; and high turbulent shear stresses, which damages red blood cells. Report reiterates and expands upon part of NASA technical memorandum "Computed Flow Through an Artificial Heart and Valve" (ARC-12983). Also based partly on research described in "Numerical Simulation of Flow Through an Artificial Heart" (ARC-12478).

  1. Artificial intelligence in power system optimization

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    Ongsakul, Weerakorn

    2013-01-01

    With the considerable increase of AI applications, AI is being increasingly used to solve optimization problems in engineering. In the past two decades, the applications of artificial intelligence in power systems have attracted much research. This book covers the current level of applications of artificial intelligence to the optimization problems in power systems. This book serves as a textbook for graduate students in electric power system management and is also be useful for those who are interested in using artificial intelligence in power system optimization.

  2. ARTIFICIAL TEAR SUBSTITUTES: WHICH ONE & WHEN?

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    Prashanth

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: Dry eye is a multi-factorial disease; the therapy should improve the symptoms and signs of dry eye as well as address the underlying pathophysiology of the disease. Artificial tear substitutes have been used for treating dry eye syndromes for decades and succeeded in enhancing the comfort of patients. They are currently the main therapy for dry eye and likely to remain the mainstay treatment modality. However, the currently used artificial tears have obvious limitations and its usage has to be personalized based on the patient’s need. This article briefs you on silent features in usage of artificial tears.

  3. Blanco sobre blanco sobre blanco: Oiticica / Malevich / Nietzsche

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    Sérgio Martins

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available El blanco sobre blanco, de Malevich, es una presencia fuerte en los escritos de Hélio Oiticica durante los setenta. Este artículo investiga los diferentes momentos del enlace de Oiticica con Malevich y el papel de esa noción en su pensamiento, articulándola a la referencia igualmente importante de Oiticica a John Cage y a la filosofía de Nietzsche. Así, es posible percibir tanto la centralidad del escrito para Oiticica en esta década, como la singularidad del modo de enunciación en él contenido, que puede ser descrito como aquel de un escrito manifiesto.

  4. Improving Tools in Artificial Intelligence

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    Angel Garrido

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The historical origin of the Artificial Intelligence (AI is usually established in the Dartmouth Conference, of 1956. But we can find many more arcane origins [1]. Also, we can consider, in more recent times, very great thinkers, as Janos Neumann (then, John von Neumann, arrived in USA, Norbert Wiener, Alan Mathison Turing, or Lofti Zadeh, for instance [12, 14]. Frequently AI requires Logic. But its Classical version shows too many insufficiencies. So, it was necessary to introduce more sophisticated tools, as Fuzzy Logic, Modal Logic, Non-Monotonic Logic and so on [1, 2]. Among the things that AI needs to represent are categories, objects, properties, relations between objects, situations, states, time, events, causes and effects, knowledge about knowledge, and so on. The problems in AI can be classified in two general types [3, 5], search problems and representation problems. On this last "peak", there exist different ways to reach their summit. So, we have [4] Logics, Rules, Frames, Associative Nets, Scripts, and so on, many times connected among them. We attempt, in this paper, a panoramic vision of the scope of application of such representation methods in AI. The two more disputable questions of both modern philosophy of mind and AI will be perhaps the Turing Test and the Chinese Room Argument. To elucidate these very difficult questions, see our final note.

  5. Artificial insemination in pigs today.

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    Knox, R V

    2016-01-01

    Use of artificial insemination (AI) for breeding pigs has been instrumental for facilitating global improvements in fertility, genetics, labor, and herd health. The establishment of AI centers for management of boars and production of semen has allowed for selection of boars for fertility and sperm production using in vitro and in vivo measures. Today, boars can be managed for production of 20 to 40 traditional AI doses containing 2.5 to 3.0 billion motile sperm in 75 to 100 mL of extender or 40 to 60 doses with 1.5 to 2.0 billion sperm in similar or reduced volumes for use in cervical or intrauterine AI. Regardless of the sperm dose, in liquid form, extenders are designed to sustain sperm fertility for 3 to 7 days. On farm, AI is the predominant form for commercial sow breeding and relies on manual detection of estrus with sows receiving two cervical or two intrauterine inseminations of the traditional or low sperm doses on each day detected in standing estrus. New approaches for increasing rates of genetic improvement through use of AI are aimed at methods to continue to lower the number of sperm in an AI dose and reducing the number of inseminations through use of a single, fixed-time AI after ovulation induction. Both approaches allow greater selection pressure for economically important swine traits in the sires and help extend the genetic advantages through AI on to more production farms.

  6. Exploration of Artificial Frustrated Magnets

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    Samarth, Nitin [Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States); Schiffer, Peter [Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL (United States); Crespi, Vincent [Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL (United States)

    2015-02-17

    This program encompasses experimental and theoretical studies of arrays of nanometer-scale magnets known as “artificial frustrated magnets”. These magnets are small and closely spaced, so that their behavior as a collective group is complex and reveals insights into how such collections of interacting objects behave as a group. In particular, the placement of the magnets is such that the interactions between them are “frustrated”, in that they compete with each other. These systems are analogs to a class of magnetic materials in which the lattice geometry frustrates interactions between individual atomic moments, and in which a wide range of novel physical phenomena have been recently observed. The advantage to studying the arrays is that they are both designable and resolvable: i.e., the experiments can control all aspects of the array geometry, and can also observe how individual elements of the arrays behave. This research program demonstrated a number of phenomena including the role of multiple collective interactions, the feasibility of using systems with their magnetism aligned perpendicular to the plane of the array, the importance of disorder in the arrays, and the possibility of using high temperatures to adjust the magnet orientations. All of these phenomena, and others explored in this program, add to the body of knowledge around collective magnetic behavior and magnetism in general. Aside from building scientific knowledge in an important technological area, with relevance to computing and memory, the program also gave critical support to the education of students working on the experiments.

  7. Artificial Intelligence and Information Management

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    Fukumura, Teruo

    After reviewing the recent popularization of the information transmission and processing technologies, which are supported by the progress of electronics, the authors describe that by the introduction of the opto-electronics into the information technology, the possibility of applying the artificial intelligence (AI) technique to the mechanization of the information management has emerged. It is pointed out that althuogh AI deals with problems in the mental world, its basic methodology relies upon the verification by evidence, so the experiment on computers become indispensable for the study of AI. The authors also describe that as computers operate by the program, the basic intelligence which is concerned in AI is that expressed by languages. This results in the fact that the main tool of AI is the logical proof and it involves an intrinsic limitation. To answer a question “Why do you employ AI in your problem solving”, one must have ill-structured problems and intend to conduct deep studies on the thinking and the inference, and the memory and the knowledge-representation. Finally the authors discuss the application of AI technique to the information management. The possibility of the expert-system, processing of the query, and the necessity of document knowledge-base are stated.

  8. Artificial neural network and medicine.

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    Khan, Z H; Mohapatra, S K; Khodiar, P K; Ragu Kumar, S N

    1998-07-01

    The introduction of human brain functions such as perception and cognition into the computer has been made possible by the use of Artificial Neural Network (ANN). ANN are computer models inspired by the structure and behavior of neurons. Like the brain, ANN can recognize patterns, manage data and most significantly, learn. This learning ability, not seen in other computer models simulating human intelligence, constantly improves its functional accuracy as it keeps on performing. Experience is as important for an ANN as it is for man. It is being increasingly used to supplement and even (may be) replace experts, in medicine. However, there is still scope for improvement in some areas. Its ability to classify and interpret various forms of medical data comes as a helping hand to clinical decision making in both diagnosis and treatment. Treatment planning in medicine, radiotherapy, rehabilitation, etc. is being done using ANN. Morbidity and mortality prediction by ANN in different medical situations can be very helpful for hospital management. ANN has a promising future in fundamental research, medical education and surgical robotics.

  9. Cobaloxime-based artificial hydrogenases.

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    Bacchi, Marine; Berggren, Gustav; Niklas, Jens; Veinberg, Elias; Mara, Michael W; Shelby, Megan L; Poluektov, Oleg G; Chen, Lin X; Tiede, David M; Cavazza, Christine; Field, Martin J; Fontecave, Marc; Artero, Vincent

    2014-08-01

    Cobaloximes are popular H2 evolution molecular catalysts but have so far mainly been studied in nonaqueous conditions. We show here that they are also valuable for the design of artificial hydrogenases for application in neutral aqueous solutions and report on the preparation of two well-defined biohybrid species via the binding of two cobaloxime moieties, {Co(dmgH)2} and {Co(dmgBF2)2} (dmgH2 = dimethylglyoxime), to apo Sperm-whale myoglobin (SwMb). All spectroscopic data confirm that the cobaloxime moieties are inserted within the binding pocket of the SwMb protein and are coordinated to a histidine residue in the axial position of the cobalt complex, resulting in thermodynamically stable complexes. Quantum chemical/molecular mechanical docking calculations indicated a coordination preference for His93 over the other histidine residue (His64) present in the vicinity. Interestingly, the redox activity of the cobalt centers is retained in both biohybrids, which provides them with the catalytic activity for H2 evolution in near-neutral aqueous conditions.

  10. PERCEPÇÃO AMBIENTAL DE MORADORES DO BAIRRO NOVA PARNAMIRIM EM PARNAMIRIM/RN SOBRE SANEAMENTO BÁSICO

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    Maria Cândida Cunha

    2015-02-01

    iminente no processo de urbanização e desenvolvimento de um local. O bairro de Nova Parnamirim em Parnamirim/RN se destacou nos últimos 20 anos pelo acelerado crescimento populacional, urbanístico e de infraestrutura, porém, enfrenta graves problemas relacionados ao saneamento básico, especialmente esgotamento sanitário e drenagem urbana.

  11. Natural and artificial atoms for quantum computation

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    Buluta, Iulia; Ashhab, Sahel; Nori, Franco, E-mail: fnori@riken.jp [Advanced Science Institute, RIKEN, Wako-shi, Saitama, 351-0198 (Japan)

    2011-10-15

    Remarkable progress towards realizing quantum computation has been achieved using natural and artificial atoms as qubits. This paper presents a brief overview of the current status of different types of qubits. On the one hand, natural atoms (such as neutral atoms and ions) have long coherence times, and could be stored in large arrays, providing ideal 'quantum memories'. On the other hand, artificial atoms (such as superconducting circuits or semiconductor quantum dots) have the advantage of custom-designed features and could be used as 'quantum processing units'. Natural and artificial atoms can be coupled with each other and can also be interfaced with photons for long-distance communications. Hybrid devices made of natural/artificial atoms and photons may provide the next-generation design for quantum computers.

  12. Superconducting superlattices 2: Native and artificial

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    Bozovic, I.; Pavuna, D. [eds.

    1998-12-31

    This volume is composed of 26 papers presented at the symposium. Topics covered include the following: high-{Tc} superlattices: intrinsic and artificial; low-{Tc} superlattices and multilayers; and theory.

  13. Exploring frustrated magnetism with artificial spin ice

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    Gilbert, Ian; Ilic, B. Robert

    2016-10-01

    Nanomagnet arrays known as artificial spin ice provide insight into the microscopic details of frustrated magnetism because, unlike natural frustrated magnets, the individual moments can be experimentally resolved and the lattice geometry can be easily tuned. Most studies of artificial spin ice focus on two lattice geometries, the square and the kagome lattices, due to their direct correspondence to natural spin ice materials such as Dy2Ti2O7. In this work, we review experiments on these more unusual lattice geometries and introduce a new type of nanomagnet array, artificial spin glass. Artificial spin glass is a two-dimensional array of nanomagnets with random locations and orientations and is designed to elucidate the more complex frustration found in spin glass materials.

  14. Artificial intelligence: Learning to see and act

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    Schölkopf, Bernhard

    2015-02-01

    An artificial-intelligence system uses machine learning from massive training sets to teach itself to play 49 classic computer games, demonstrating that it can adapt to a variety of tasks. See Letter p.529

  15. Plant Growth Models Using Artificial Neural Networks

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    Bubenheim, David

    1997-01-01

    In this paper, we descrive our motivation and approach to devloping models and the neural network architecture. Initial use of the artificial neural network for modeling the single plant process of transpiration is presented.

  16. Economic modeling using artificial intelligence methods

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    Marwala, Tshilidzi

    2013-01-01

    This book examines the application of artificial intelligence methods to model economic data. It addresses causality and proposes new frameworks for dealing with this issue. It also applies evolutionary computing to model evolving economic environments.

  17. Building the artificial neural network environment : Artificial Neural Networks in plane control

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    Naumetc, Daniil

    2017-01-01

    These days Artificial Neural Networks have penetrated into all digital technologies that surround us. Mostly every online service like Facebook, Google, Instagram are using Artificial Intelligence to build better service for their users. Google Self-Driving Car Project that started several years ago already have results as driverless cars already moving on the streets of California. Artificial Intelligence makes a breakthrough in Medicine as well. Such programs already successfully find disea...

  18. Recursos y enlaces sobre comunidades de aprendizaje

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    Ferrer Esteban, Gerard

    2005-01-01

    Obras y artículos sobre el proyecto Comunidades de Aprendizaje desarrollado en el Estado español. Tesis doctorales sobre comunidades de aprendizaje. Fundamentación teórica de las comunidades de aprendizaje. Sitios en Internet relacionados con las comunidades de aprendizaje y proyectos afines de desarrollo comunitario en contextos escolares.

  19. As monografias sobre plantas medicinais

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    Valdir F. Veiga Junior

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available As monografias sobre plantas medicinais ou drogas vegetais contêm informações para atender não somente aos órgãos de regulamentação, mas também às empresas industriais farmacêuticas e farmácias, e mesmo ao público consumidor. Este artigo revê as monografias da Comissão E, do American Botanical Council, ESCOP, PDR e da Organização Mundial de Saúde em suas origens, objetivos e formatos. Duas publicações recentemente organizadas pela FIOCRUZ do Rio de Janeiro e as contribuições da Farmacopéia Brasileira também são avaliadas.

  20. Puente sobre el rio Lay

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    Editorial, Equipo

    1959-11-01

    Full Text Available El puente sobre el río Lay, salva el río formando un ángulo de 69° con la dirección de éste. Situado en el término municipal de la Reorthe (Francia, sus características principales se concentran en sus tres vigas pretensadas, de 30 m de longitud, prefabricadas, siguiendo los procedimientos Preyssinet, proyectadas por la Société Technique pour l'Utilisation de la Précontrainte, que también se encargó de la redacción del proyecto general de ejecución, cuya realización se encomendó a la empresa constructora Dodin, y de los métodos empleados para la colocación de las vigas en obra.

  1. Escenarios sobre el orden internacional

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    Luis Dallanegra Pedraza

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Luego de las grandes cambios que se dieron con la caída del Muro de Berlín y la desintegración en la URSS, se analizan, desde una perspectiva realista-sistémicaestructural, los componentes que intervienen en la generación del orden mundial, qué factores intervienen y cuáles son las diferentes aspiraciones respecto de las características que debería tener. Se tiene en especial consideración la creciente heterogeneización del sistema y la manera en que actores transnacionales operan como motores del futuro orden, predominando por sobre las posibilidades del actor históricamente dominante: el Estado-Nación. Se estudian las características principales del funcionamiento del sistema internacional y el significado de su marco institucional.

  2. Historicismo: notas sobre um paradigma

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    José D’Assunção Barros

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo tem por objetivo desenvolver algumas considerações sobre o Historicismo e sua possibilidade de ser examinado como um dos paradigmas que concorrem para o estabelecimento de uma história científica no século XIX. O primeiro ponto tratado é relativo às origens do paradigma Historicista na transição do século XVIII para o século XIX. Na sequência, aproximamo-nos da apropriação conservadora do paradigma historicista no novo contexto no qual a burguesia européia está assentada no Poder, combinando-se com a consolidação dos modernos estados-nações. A especificação das características deste paradigma constituem o principal ponto de análise

  3. Constitucional sobre la justicia ordinaria

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    José Luis Cea Egaña

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available El artículo analiza el efecto vinculante y de irradiación de las sentencias del Tribunal Constitucional sobre el conjunto del ordenamiento jurídico y de sus órganos. El autor toma partido por la consideración de la ratio decidendi del fallo como vinculante junto al dictum de la sentencia respectiva. Se plantea la necesidad que la LOC del Tribunal Constitucional explicite los efectos vinculantes de los fallos respecto de los tribunales ordinarios y especiales. Finalmente analiza los efectos de la res iudicata en el ámbito del control reparador de constitucionalidad de preceptos legales en control concreto y en control abstracto.

  4. Implementation of artificial neural networks with optics

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    Yu, Francis T. S.

    1999-04-01

    Optical implementation of artificial neural nets (ANNs) with electronically addressable liquid crystal televisions (LCTVs) are presented. The major advantages of the proposed ANNs must be the low cost and the flexibility to operate. To test the performance, several artificial neural net models have been implemented in the LCTV ANNs. These models include the Hopfield, Interpattern Association, Hetero-association, and Unsupervised ANNs. System design considerations and experimental demonstrates are provided.

  5. Artificial Intelligence and Spacecraft Power Systems

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    Dugel-Whitehead, Norma R.

    1997-01-01

    This talk will present the work which has been done at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center involving the use of Artificial Intelligence to control the power system in a spacecraft. The presentation will include a brief history of power system automation, and some basic definitions of the types of artificial intelligence which have been investigated at MSFC for power system automation. A video tape of one of our autonomous power systems using co-operating expert systems, and advanced hardware will be presented.

  6. Rotating artificial gauge magnetic and electric fields

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    Lembessis, V E; Alshamari, S; Siddig, A; Aldossary, O M

    2016-01-01

    We consider the creation of artificial gauge magnetic and electric fields created when a two-level atom interacts with an optical Ferris wheel light field.These fields have the spatial structure of the optical Ferris wheel field intensity profile. If this optical field pattern is made to rotate in space then we have the creation of artificial electromagnetic fields which propagate in closed paths. The properties of such fields are presented and discussed

  7. Artificial intelligence techniques for rational decision making

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    Marwala, Tshilidzi

    2014-01-01

    Develops insights into solving complex problems in engineering, biomedical sciences, social science and economics based on artificial intelligence. Some of the problems studied are in interstate conflict, credit scoring, breast cancer diagnosis, condition monitoring, wine testing, image processing and optical character recognition. The author discusses and applies the concept of flexibly-bounded rationality which prescribes that the bounds in Nobel Laureate Herbert Simon's bounded rationality theory are flexible due to advanced signal processing techniques, Moore's Law and artificial intellig

  8. Modelling Microwave Devices Using Artificial Neural Networks

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    Andrius Katkevičius

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Artificial neural networks (ANN have recently gained attention as fast and flexible equipment for modelling and designing microwave devices. The paper reviews the opportunities to use them for undertaking the tasks on the analysis and synthesis. The article focuses on what tasks might be solved using neural networks, what challenges might rise when using artificial neural networks for carrying out tasks on microwave devices and discusses problem-solving techniques for microwave devices with intermittent characteristics.Article in Lithuanian

  9. Distance Concentration-Based Artificial Immune Algorithm

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    LIU Tao; WANG Yao-cai; WANG Zhi-jie; MENG Jiang

    2005-01-01

    The diversity, adaptation and memory of biological immune system attract much attention of researchers. Several optimal algorithms based on immune system have also been proposed up to now. The distance concentration-based artificial immune algorithm (DCAIA) is proposed to overcome defects of the classical artificial immune algorithm (CAIA) in this paper. Compared with genetic algorithm (GA) and CAIA, DCAIA is good for solving the problem of precocity,holding the diversity of antibody, and enhancing convergence rate.

  10. Artificial Life - Why Should Musicians Bother?

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    Berry, Rodney; Dahlstedt, Palle

    2003-01-01

    for artistic expression. Artists serve to prepare society for the invisible changes going on within it by producing artworks in response to the mechanisms of change. This paper discusses the authors' approaches to using concepts from artificial life in their musical works, which are basically of two kinds...... - artificial worlds producing music as an output, and interactive compositional tools using evolutionary algorithms to generate music and sound. It also provides a brief cultural context for these works....

  11. Artificial faces are harder to remember.

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    Balas, Benjamin; Pacella, Jonathan

    2015-11-01

    Observers interact with artificial faces in a range of different settings and in many cases must remember and identify computer-generated faces. In general, however, most adults have heavily biased experience favoring real faces over synthetic faces. It is well known that face recognition abilities are affected by experience such that faces belonging to "out-groups" defined by race or age are more poorly remembered and harder to discriminate from one another than faces belonging to the "in-group." Here, we examine the extent to which artificial faces form an "out-group" in this sense when other perceptual categories are matched. We rendered synthetic faces using photographs of real human faces and compared performance in a memory task and a discrimination task across real and artificial versions of the same faces. We found that real faces were easier to remember, but only slightly more discriminable than artificial faces. Artificial faces were also equally susceptible to the well-known face inversion effect, suggesting that while these patterns are still processed by the human visual system in a face-like manner, artificial appearance does compromise the efficiency of face processing.

  12. Artificial Nutritional Support Registries: systematic review Los registros de soporte nutricional artificial: revisión sistemática

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    I. Castelló-Botía

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The nutritional registries are data bases through which we obtain the information to understand the nutrition of populations. Several main nutrition societies of the world have these types of registries, outstanding the NADYA (Home artificial and Ambulatory nutrition group in Spain. The object of this study is to determine by means of a systematic review, the existent scientific production in the international data bases referred to nutritional support registries. Methods: Descriptive transversal study of the results of a critical bibliographic research done in the bioscience data bases: MEDLINE, EMBASE, The Cochrane Library, ISI (Web of Sciences, LILACS, CINHAL. Results: A total of 20 original articles related to nutritional registries were found and recovered. Eleven registries of eight countries were identified: Australia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Sweden, United Status and United Kingdom. The Price Index was of 65% and all the articles were published in the last 20 years. Conclusions: The Price Index highlights the innovativeness of this practice. The articles related to nutritional support are heterogeneous with respect to data and population, which exposes this as a limitation for a combined analysis.Introducción: Los registros nutricionales son bases de datos a través de los cuales obtenemos la información para conocer los aspectos referentes a la nutrición de las poblaciones. Este tipo de registros no son frecuentes, aunque las principales sociedades de nutrición del mundo los tienen. La mayor representación en nuestro país la tenemos a partir del grupo NADYA (Nutrición Artificial Domiciliaria y Ambulatoria. Objetivo: Determinar mediante revisión crítica la producción científica existente en las bases de datos internacionales sobre los registros de soporte nutricional artificial. Métodos: Estudio descriptivo transversal de los resultados de las búsquedas bibliográficas efectuadas en diversas bases de

  13. Primeras conclusiones sobre el culto y la iconografía de Santiago el Mayor en la ciudad de Roma

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    Vázquez Santos, Rosa

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available This article deals with the artistic and devotional topography associated with St. James the Great in the city of Rome based on a study of the churches and pilgrim hospitals under his patronage. An examination of the principal bibliographical and documental sources, especially those concerned with topography and iconography, has led to two aspects that converge: one is chronological, and has allowed us to date the foundation, disappearance, destruction or change of patronage of the churches, confirming a strong development of the cult of Saint James between the Jubilee Year 1300 and the end of the 15th century, and subsequently a rapid decline throughout the 16th century into the first decades of the 17th century; the second aspect is geographical and demonstrates the importance of the basilica of St. Peter, its relics and its pilgrims in the early development of the cult of St. James and then, later, the connection between those hospitals and churches and the pilgrimage to the main Roman basilicas. To this is added a study of the works of art, preserved or lost, relics, processions and other liturgical expressions, completing a study which aims at presenting and overall picture of the subject.

    El presente artículo ofrece una topografía artística y devocional de Santiago el Mayor en la ciudad de Roma a través del estudio de las iglesias y hospitales que estuvieron bajo su titularidad. De la consulta sistemática de las principales fuentes bibliográficas y documentales, principalmente topográficas e iconográficas, hemos obtenido dos discursos que se entrecruzan: uno cronológico que permite fechar la fundación, desaparición, derribo o cambio de titularidad de las iglesias estudiadas, confirmando un fuerte desarrollo del culto compostelano entre el Jubileo de 1300 y finales del siglo XV, así como un acelerado declive a lo largo del siglo XVI y primeras décadas del XVII; el segundo discurso, geogr

  14. Puente sobre el rio Medway

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    Freeman, Fox, Ingenieros

    1963-02-01

    have been prestressed both longitudinally and transversally. Between the two circulation roadways an elastic barrier has been placed, supported on metal posts.El puente sobre el río Medway tiene la misión de salvar dicho río en el nuevo trazado de carretera necesario para aliviar el denso tráfico estival entre Dower y Londres. Está situado en las proximidades de la ciudad de Rochester. La estructura se ha construido utilizando las vías de concurso. De todos los tipos presentados se eligió una estructura de hormigón armado. La longitud total de la obra es de 1.000 m. Los tres tramos principales de la obra salvan el río. El central es de 152 m de luz, y los dos adyacentes son de 103 m cada uno. Los accesos tienen un total de 18 tramos, que arrojan una longitud de 654 m. La anchura del puente es de 34 m, y la calzada se ha subdividido en dos direcciones de tráfico de 7,30 m cada una y, además, se han dejado dos espaldones laterales de 2,40 m de anchura. En planta se puede admitir que el puente tiene una alineación recta con una ligerísima curva, y que en el plano vertical presenta una pendiente de desagüe entre las pilas 9 y 10. Los estribos son de hormigón armado: tipo celular el del este y de hormigón en masa el del oeste. Los estribos se apoyan sobre pilotes hexagonales de hormigón armado cuya circunferencia circunscrita tiene 55 cm de radio y de 12 a 20 m de longitud. Cuando el firme se hallaba a profundidades inferiores a 6 m, los estribos se cimentaban directamente sobre el firme. Las pilas constituyen pórtico y tienen una altura variable de 9 a 30 m sobre el nivel del suelo. Los tramos de acceso forman una estructura continua simplemente apoyada. Cada tramo se compone de ocho vigas longitudinales de 30 a 41 m de longitud y de 190 toneladas cada una. Estas vigas son del tipo pretensado y prefabricado. El tramo central es del tipo cantilever, constituido por dos brazos, de 30 m de longitud, formados por vigas cajón. Cada una de estas vigas consta

  15. Desequilíbrios musculares entre flexores dorsais e plantares do tornozelo após tratamento conservador e acelerado da ruptura do tendão calcâneo Muscle imbalance between ankle dorsiflexors and plantarflexors after conservative and accelerated treatment of Achilles tendon rupture

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    Alexandre Mayer

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available A ruptura do tendão calcâneo (TC reduz a sobrecarga mecânica dos flexores plantares (FP do tornozelo. Essa alteração muda o equilíbrio natural entre os FP e flexores dorsais (FD do tornozelo. O objetivo do estudo foi avaliar as razões isocinéticas concêntricas convencionais de torque de pacientes submetidos a tratamento cirúrgico de ruptura aguda do TC após dois protocolos diferentes de reabilitação. Após procedimento cirúrgico para reconstrução do TC, a amostra foi dividida de forma intencional em dois grupos: conservador (GC, 11 homens, 41,3±7,9 anos e grupo acelerado (GA, 13 homens, 43,5±13,7 anos. O GC permaneceu com imobilização gessada no tornozelo por seis semanas (tratamento tradicional, enquanto o GA usou uma órtese robofoot em posição neutra e, após duas semanas, iniciou mobilização e apoio precoce do tornozelo, com reabilitação por seis semanas. Após 3 meses de pós-operatório, a razão do torque concêntrico máximo dos FD pelos FP do tornozelo foi avaliada por dinamômetro isocinético. As razões de torque do lado operado se mantiveram superiores às do lado saudável mesmo após 3 meses de pós-operatório (pAchilles tendon rupture reduces ankle plantarflexor (PF muscles mechanical overload. This change in the ankle joint mechanics changes the natural muscle balance between dorsiflexor (DF and PF muscles. The purpose of this study was to assess such imbalance by concentric conventional isokinetic torque ratios of patients who underwent different rehabilitation protocols after surgical repair of the Achilles tendon. After surgery, subjects were assigned to either a conservative or to an accelerated rehabilitation group. The conservative group (11 men, 41.3±7.9 years old remained with a plaster cast for 6 weeks after surgery. The accelerated group (13 men, 43.5±13,7 years old used a"robofoot" cast for 2 weeks and underwent ankle mobilization and early weight bearing for a period of 6 weeks post

  16. Impuesto sobre el Valor Añadido. Apuntes

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    Apuntes sobre las siguientes cuestiones relacionadas con el Impuesto sobre el Valor Añadido: deducciones; exportaciones e importaciones; operaciones intracomunitarias; prorrata y sectores diferenciados.

  17. Artificial organs 2010: a year in review.

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    Malchesky, Paul S

    2011-03-01

    In this Editor's Review, articles published in 2010 are organized by category and briefly summarized. As the official journal of The International Federation for Artificial Organs, The International Faculty for Artificial Organs, and the International Society for Rotary Blood Pumps, Artificial Organs continues in the original mission of its founders "to foster communications in the field of artificial organs on an international level."Artificial Organs continues to publish developments and clinical applications of artificial organ technologies in this broad and expanding field of organ Replacement, Recovery, and Regeneration from all over the world. We take this time also to express our gratitude to our authors for offering their work to this journal. We offer our very special thanks to our reviewers who give so generously of time and expertise to review, critique, and especially provide such meaningful suggestions to the author's work whether eventually accepted or rejected and especially to those whose native tongue is not English. Without these excellent and dedicated reviewers the quality expected from such a journal could not be possible. We also express our special thanks to our Publisher, Wiley-Blackwell, for their expert attention and support in the production and marketing of Artificial Organs. In this Editor's Review, that historically has been widely received by our readership, we aim to provide a brief reflection of the currently available worldwide knowledge that is intended to advance and better human life while providing insight for continued application of technologies and methods of organ Replacement, Recovery, and Regeneration. We look forward to recording further advances in the coming years.

  18. Artificial Organs 2013: a year in review.

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    Malchesky, Paul S

    2014-03-01

    In this Editor's Review, articles published in 2013 are organized by category and briefly summarized. We aim to provide a brief reflection of the currently available worldwide knowledge that is intended to advance and better human life while providing insight for continued application of technologies and methods of organ Replacement, Recovery, and Regeneration. As the official journal of The International Federation for Artificial Organs, The International Faculty for Artificial Organs, the International Society for Rotary Blood Pumps, the International Society for Pediatric Mechanical Cardiopulmonary Support, and the Vienna International Workshop on Functional Electrical Stimulation, Artificial Organs continues in the original mission of its founders "to foster communications in the field of artificial organs on an international level". Artificial Organs continues to publish developments and clinical applications of artificial organ technologies in this broad and expanding field of organ Replacement, Recovery, and Regeneration from all over the world. We take this time also to express our gratitude to our authors for offering their work to this journal. We offer our very special thanks to our reviewers who give so generously of time and expertise to review, critique, and especially provide so meaningful suggestions to the author's work whether eventually accepted or rejected and especially to those whose native tongue is not English. Without these excellent and dedicated reviewers the quality expected from such a journal could not be possible. We also express our special thanks to our Publisher, Wiley Periodicals, for their expert attention and support in the production and marketing of Artificial Organs. We look forward to recording further advances in the coming years.

  19. Puente sobre el Oosterschelde, Holanda

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    Hoving, H. T.

    1967-03-01

    Full Text Available This new bridge, forming part of the Delta project, is made of concrete, and was built by successive overhangs. Precast units were mainly used. The bridge is 5,000 m long, and is 11.85 m wide. The main spans are 95 m in length, except one, which can be opened up to sea traffic, which is 40 m long. The free height of the bridge over the sea is 15 m, which is insufficient for large ships. This required that one of the spans, in deep water, should open up, on hinges, and provide free passage to large ships. The intermediate bridge supports are of special interest. They rest on piles which go down to 38 m. They are hollow, cylindrical, of 4.35 m external diameter, and are driven into the ground in several stages, as they penetrate through the sands at the bottom of the Oosterschelde. To drive them in, an excavating device, inside the pile, was utilised, and also a dredging and suction mechanism, to clean out the bottom, and allow the piles to sink by gravity. But when external friction did not allow this to happen, the piles were weighed down with up to 500 tons of ballast. A series of three of these piles, in a row, makes up each bridge support. A cross member over the pile heads supports, in turn, the bridge deck. The bridge was built in successive sections, overhanging from each support, and then finally connected with a central portion. Use of precast units has been very extensive, so that the bridge can be justiaflably regarded as being prefabricated.Este nuevo puente, que forma parte del Plan de obras denominadas del Delta, es de hormigón y se ha construido por el procedimiento de voladizos sucesivos, utilizando, en su mayor parte, elementos prefabricados. Tiene una longitud total de 5.000 m; una anchura de 11,85 m; tramos principales de 95 m de luz, salvo uno, levadizo, que tiene 40 m. La altura libre sobre las ag^uas del mar es de 15 m, que es insuficiente para las naves de gran tonelaje; esto exigió que uno de sus tramos, en aguas

  20. Rearing the southern green stink bug using an artificial dry diet and an artificial plant

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    Panizzi, Antonio Ricardo [EMBRAPA, Londrina, PR (Brazil). Centro Nacional de Pesquisa de Soja]. E-mail: Panizzi@cnpso.embrapa.br; Parra, Jose Roberto Postali; Carvalho, Diogo Rodrigues [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Piracicaba, SP (Brazil). Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (ESALQ). Dept. Entomologia, Fitopatologia e Zoologia Agricola]. E-mail: jrpparra@carpa.ciagri.usp.br; E-mail: drcarval@carpa.ciagri.usp.br; Santos, Claudia Hirt [Universidade Federal do Parana (UFPR), Curitiba (Brazil)]. E-mail: clauhirt@yahoo.com.br

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    Laboratory and greenhouse studies were conducted with an artificial dry diet to rear nymphs, and with an artificial plant as substrate for egg laying by the southern green stink bug, Nezara viridula (L.). The artificial diet was composed of: soybean protein (15 g); potato starch (7.5 g); dextrose (7.5 g); sucrose (2.5 g); cellulose (12.5 g); vitamin mixture (niacinamide 1 g, calcium pantothenate 1 g, thiamine 0.25 g, riboflavin 0.5 g, pyridoxine 0.25 g, folic acid 0.25 g, biotin 0.02 mL, vitamin B12 1 g - added to 1,000 mL of distilled water) (5.0 mL); soybean oil (20 mL); wheat germ (17.9 g); and water (30 mL). Nymphs showed normal feeding behavior when fed on the artificial diet. Nymphal development time was longer than or similar to that of nymphs fed on soybean pods. Total nymphal mortality was low (ca. 30%), both for nymphs reared on the artificial diet, and for nymphs fed on soybean pods. At adult emergence, fresh body weights were significantly (P<0.01) less on the artificial diet than on soybean pods. Despite the lower adult survivorship and fecundity on artificial plants than on soybean plants, it was demonstrated for the first time that a model simulating a natural plant, can be used as a substrate for egg mass laying, in conjunction with the artificial diet. (author)

  1. Mechanically activated artificial cell by using microfluidics.

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    Ho, Kenneth K Y; Lee, Lap Man; Liu, Allen P

    2016-01-01

    All living organisms sense mechanical forces. Engineering mechanosensitive artificial cell through bottom-up in vitro reconstitution offers a way to understand how mixtures of macromolecules assemble and organize into a complex system that responds to forces. We use stable double emulsion droplets (aqueous/oil/aqueous) to prototype mechanosensitive artificial cells. In order to demonstrate mechanosensation in artificial cells, we develop a novel microfluidic device that is capable of trapping double emulsions into designated chambers, followed by compression and aspiration in a parallel manner. The microfluidic device is fabricated using multilayer soft lithography technology, and consists of a control layer and a deformable flow channel. Deflections of the PDMS membrane above the main microfluidic flow channels and trapping chamber array are independently regulated pneumatically by two sets of integrated microfluidic valves. We successfully compress and aspirate the double emulsions, which result in transient increase and permanent decrease in oil thickness, respectively. Finally, we demonstrate the influx of calcium ions as a response of our mechanically activated artificial cell through thinning of oil. The development of a microfluidic device to mechanically activate artificial cells creates new opportunities in force-activated synthetic biology.

  2. Mechanically activated artificial cell by using microfluidics

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    Ho, Kenneth K. Y.; Lee, Lap Man; Liu, Allen P.

    2016-01-01

    All living organisms sense mechanical forces. Engineering mechanosensitive artificial cell through bottom-up in vitro reconstitution offers a way to understand how mixtures of macromolecules assemble and organize into a complex system that responds to forces. We use stable double emulsion droplets (aqueous/oil/aqueous) to prototype mechanosensitive artificial cells. In order to demonstrate mechanosensation in artificial cells, we develop a novel microfluidic device that is capable of trapping double emulsions into designated chambers, followed by compression and aspiration in a parallel manner. The microfluidic device is fabricated using multilayer soft lithography technology, and consists of a control layer and a deformable flow channel. Deflections of the PDMS membrane above the main microfluidic flow channels and trapping chamber array are independently regulated pneumatically by two sets of integrated microfluidic valves. We successfully compress and aspirate the double emulsions, which result in transient increase and permanent decrease in oil thickness, respectively. Finally, we demonstrate the influx of calcium ions as a response of our mechanically activated artificial cell through thinning of oil. The development of a microfluidic device to mechanically activate artificial cells creates new opportunities in force-activated synthetic biology. PMID:27610921

  3. Artificial light and nocturnal activity in gammarids

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    Elizabeth K. Perkin

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Artificial light is gaining attention as a potential stressor to aquatic ecosystems. Artificial lights located near streams increase light levels experienced by stream invertebrates and we hypothesized light would depress night drift rates. We also hypothesized that the effect of light on drift rates would decrease over time as the invertebrates acclimated to the new light level over the course of one month’s exposure. These hypotheses were tested by placing Gammarus spp. in eight, 75 m × 1 m artificial flumes. One flume was exposed to strong (416 lx artificial light at night. This strong light created a gradient between 4.19 and 0.04 lx over the neighboring six artificial flumes, while a control flume was completely covered with black plastic at night. Night-time light measurements taken in the Berlin area confirm that half the flumes were at light levels experienced by urban aquatic invertebrates. Surprisingly, no light treatment affected gammarid drift rates. In contrast, physical activity measurements of in situ individually caged G. roeseli showed they increased short-term activity levels in nights of complete darkness and decreased activity levels in brightly lit flumes. Both nocturnal and diurnal drift increased, and day drift rates were unexpectadly higher than nocturnal drift.

  4. Mechanically activated artificial cell by using microfluidics

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    Ho, Kenneth K. Y.; Lee, Lap Man; Liu, Allen P.

    2016-09-01

    All living organisms sense mechanical forces. Engineering mechanosensitive artificial cell through bottom-up in vitro reconstitution offers a way to understand how mixtures of macromolecules assemble and organize into a complex system that responds to forces. We use stable double emulsion droplets (aqueous/oil/aqueous) to prototype mechanosensitive artificial cells. In order to demonstrate mechanosensation in artificial cells, we develop a novel microfluidic device that is capable of trapping double emulsions into designated chambers, followed by compression and aspiration in a parallel manner. The microfluidic device is fabricated using multilayer soft lithography technology, and consists of a control layer and a deformable flow channel. Deflections of the PDMS membrane above the main microfluidic flow channels and trapping chamber array are independently regulated pneumatically by two sets of integrated microfluidic valves. We successfully compress and aspirate the double emulsions, which result in transient increase and permanent decrease in oil thickness, respectively. Finally, we demonstrate the influx of calcium ions as a response of our mechanically activated artificial cell through thinning of oil. The development of a microfluidic device to mechanically activate artificial cells creates new opportunities in force-activated synthetic biology.

  5. PERSPECTIVAS INFANTILES SOBRE LA TERRITORIALIDAD

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    Noelia Enriz

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    Full Text Available En este trabajo nos proponemos un acercamiento a las diversas ideas infantiles sobre el territorio habitado, en el contexto particular de la población mbyá guaraní de Misiones. La fragilidad territorialidad a la que es expuesta la población indígena en Argentina se manifiestan cotidianamente en diversas áreas. La población mbyá, ha sido surcada por los límites de los estados nacionales de Paraguay, Brasil y Argentina. La sedentarización y los cercamientos de tierras en los diferentes estados, han impulsado transformaciones de las lógicas de subsistencia, de habitación y organización comunitaria. En el caso de la provincia de Misiones la acreditación burocrática de los títulos de tierras se encuentra aplazada, el estado no se compromete con la concreción de este derecho.

  6. Sobre a psicopatologia dos atos

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    Roberto Calazans

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    Full Text Available Este artigo pretende apresentar a psicopatologia dos atos a partir do esquema de Jacques Lacan sobre a angústia. Diferenciamos os acting-out, a passagem ao ato, os sintomas, as inibições e a angústia fazendo uma duplicação do esquema de Lacan levando em consideração os registros do simbólico, do real e do imaginário. Esse esquema permite uma abordagem da questão dos atos do sujeito sem cair em uma perplexidade do clínico, nem na confusão entre os atos e a ação. Permite também uma melhor orientação do clínico em relação às diversas modalidades de respostas subjetivas que não se restringem à questão sintomática, que é o campo inaugural da clínica psicanalítica desde a sua fundação por Sigmund Freud. Acreditamos contribuir, assim, para um maior esclarecimento desse esquema no ensino de Lacan e para que ele possa servir de orientação para o tratamento dos atos do sujeito na clínica.

  7. Puente colgante sobre el Lillebaelt

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    Ostenfeld, Chr.

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    Full Text Available This bridge, which was opened to traffic in October 1970 over the Lillebaelt, is the first of its kind in Denmark. It consists of a central span of 600 m, and two lateral ones of 240 m length each. The suspension cables, each 1,500 m, are the world's largest prefabricated cables. The bridge has original features, such as flaps on the main box girder, and new design of the anchorage blocks. These and other details are described in the article.Inaugurado en octubre de 1970, el puente colgante sobre el Lillebselt es el primer puente danés de este tipo. Consta de un tramo central de 600 m y dos tramos laterales de 240 m. Los cables sustentantes son, con sus 1.500 m de longitud, los mayores cables prefabricados del mundo. El puente presenta características origínales —empleo de «flaps» en la vigacajón de la superestructura, concepción nueva de los macizos de anclaje...— que, junto con el sistema de ejecución y las demás particularidades de la obra, son descritas en el artículo.

  8. Estudo multicasos sobre atividades inovativas

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    Sonia Regina Hierro Parolin

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    Full Text Available Em estudos sobre competitividade argumenta-se que as empresas necessitam de estratégias baseadas em inovações e de capacidades internas em constantes e intensas transformações, não somente nos padrões tecnológicos, mas também no encadeamento do processo de gestão das atividades inovativas, como processos dinâmicos, não lineares e diversificados, em função de múltiplos fatores dos ambientes interno e externo. Para contribuir com essas discussões, neste artigo apresenta-se um estudo multicasos em quatro indústrias de médio e grande portes, de segmentos, densidades tecnológicas e históricos com inovações diferentes entre si. Como principais resultados, salientam-se o encadeamento das atividades inovativas como parte de uma estratégia organizacional para obter resultados com inovação e a afluência de todas as pessoas, e não somente as alocadas em pesquisa e desenvolvimento, para o cumprimento dessa estratégia.

  9. INSEMINACIÓN ARTIFICIAL A TIEMPO FIJO EN VACAS BRAHMAN LACTANTES

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    Roger Salgado O

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo. Evaluar el efecto de los días de lactancia sobre la tasa de gestación con inseminación artificial a tiempo fijo (IATF. Materiales y métodos. Se utilizaron 54 vacas multíparas brahman lactantes; sincronizadas con un protocolo a base de progesterona, benzoato de estradiol, eCG y prostaglandina. Se dividieron en dos grupos: G1: vacas 110 días de lactancia (n=27. Las vacas fueron inseminadas a las 30 horas de aplicación de la segunda dosis de benzoato. Las variables se analizaron por medio de la prueba de Chi². Resultados. No se presentó efecto (p>0,05 de los tratamientos sobre los porcentajes de preñez con IATF, obteniendo 29.6% y 22.2% para los tratamientos G1 y G2 respectivamente. Conclusiones. Los días de lactancia no tuvieron efecto sobre la tasa de gestación con IATF.

  10. Efeito da qualidade das sementes sobre a formação de mudas de alface Effect of seed quality on lettuce seedlings development

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    Simone M. Franzin

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    Full Text Available Determinou-se o efeito da qualidade fisiológica das sementes sobre a formação de mudas de alface. Utilizaram-se dois lotes de sementes com diferentes níveis de qualidade inicial, das cultivares Regina e Vera, selecionados por meio dos testes de germinação, primeira contagem, envelhecimento acelerado, condutividade elétrica e emergência em "gerbox". Os efeitos dos níveis de qualidade sobre a produção de mudas foram avaliados por meio dos testes de índice de velocidade de emergência, número de folhas, altura da parte aérea, comprimento de raízes, massa úmida e seca das mudas e classificação do vigor das mudas. Utilizou-se o delineamento inteiramente casualizado, com os dados analisados pelo teste Tukey em 5% de probabilidade. Houve efeito favorável na qualidade das sementes das cultivares Regina e Vera para a formação de mudas aos 20 dias após a semeadura. Concluiu-se que sementes de alta qualidade fisiológica produzem maior percentagem de mudas vigorosas, com maior número de folhas, maior altura da parte aérea e comprimento de raízes e maior massa aos 20 dias de cultivo.The effect of the physiological quality of the seeds on lettuce seedlings was established. Two lots of lettuce seeds cv. Regina and Vera with different levels of initial quality were used. These lots were selected based upon germination tests: first score, fast aging, electrical conductivity and emergence in gerbox. The effects of the quality levels on the seedling production were evaluated through the parameters: speed rate emergence tests, number of leaves, height of the aerial part, root length, dry and wet mass of the seedlings and classification of the vitality of the seedlings. The experiment was carried out in a completely randomized design with four replications. Seed quality of the cultivars Regina and Vera have a positive effect on the formation of seedlings 20 days after sowing. High physiological quality seeds produce a higher percentage of

  11. Intensive culture of Litopenaeus vannamei without water exchange and with an artificial substrate Cultivo intensivo de Litopenaeus vannamei sin recambio de agua y con un sustrato artificial

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    Juan Manuel Audelo-Naranjo

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    Full Text Available Aiming to determine the effect of the periphyton growing on artificial substrates, juveniles (3 g initial weight and 440 g m-3 stocking biomass of the whiteleg shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei (Boone, 1931 , were grown during 32 days in eight 1 m³ cylindrical tanks with 3.7 m² of total submerged surface. Two culture treatments (with and without artificial substrate or control were tested with four replicates each. Artificial substrate (AquamatsTM provided an additional surface area of 7.2 m². The mean dissolved ammonium (NH4+ and ammonia (NH3 concentrations for the Aquamats group were 39 and 22% lower than the respective values obtained for the control cultures. The artificial substrate stimulated nutrient recycling among the biological components (shrimp, biofilm, bottom microfauna, etc. since mean shrimp biomass yield was 13% higher for the Aquamats group, and it contained a significantly higher percentage of the total nitrogen and phosphorus inputs than the control treatment. The protein content of shrimp cultured with Aquamats was 21.4% higher than that obtained for the control group, which is explained by the higher availability (and diversity of the natural food of the periphyton. In view of these results, the use of closed cultures added this artificial substrate seems a viable alternative for shrimp culture.Con el fin de verificar el efecto del perifiton presente en sustratos artificiales sobre la calidad del agua y el reciclaje de nutrientes, se cultivaron en sistemas cerrados durante 32 días juveniles de camarón blanco Litopenaeus vannamei (Boone, 1931 (peso inicial: 3 g y biomasa inicial de 440 g m-3 en ocho estanques cilíndricos de 1 m³ y 3.7 m² de superficie sumergida total. Se utilizaron dos tratamientos (con o sin sustrato artificial, cada uno con cuatro repeticiones. En las repeticiones de uno de los tratamientos se adicionaron 7.2 m² de sustrato artificial (AquamatsTM. Los niveles medios de amonio (NH4+ y de amoniaco (NH3 en

  12. Controlador automático On Line en la Planta de separación de Ni y Co en clonación artificial

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    Moner Antonio Muñoz

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available El trabajo muestra los resultados de la investigación sobre el desarrollo de sistemas de medición y control avanzados para la Planta de Separación de Ni y Co, basado en la clonación artificial de un sensor de composición química on line y el control inteligente de los parámetros asociados al transductor-analizador.

  13. Electrically tunable artificial gauge potential for polaritons

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    Lim, Hyang-Tag; Togan, Emre; Kroner, Martin; Miguel-Sanchez, Javier; Imamoğlu, Atac

    2017-01-01

    Neutral particles subject to artificial gauge potentials can behave as charged particles in magnetic fields. This fascinating premise has led to demonstrations of one-way waveguides, topologically protected edge states and Landau levels for photons. In ultracold neutral atoms, effective gauge fields have allowed the emulation of matter under strong magnetic fields leading to realization of Harper-Hofstadter and Haldane models. Here we show that application of perpendicular electric and magnetic fields effects a tunable artificial gauge potential for two-dimensional microcavity exciton polaritons. For verification, we perform interferometric measurements of the associated phase accumulated during coherent polariton transport. Since the gauge potential originates from the magnetoelectric Stark effect, it can be realized for photons strongly coupled to excitations in any polarizable medium. Together with strong polariton–polariton interactions and engineered polariton lattices, artificial gauge fields could play a key role in investigation of non-equilibrium dynamics of strongly correlated photons. PMID:28230047

  14. International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (ICANN)

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    Mladenov, Valeri; Kasabov, Nikola; Artificial Neural Networks : Methods and Applications in Bio-/Neuroinformatics

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    The book reports on the latest theories on artificial neural networks, with a special emphasis on bio-neuroinformatics methods. It includes twenty-three papers selected from among the best contributions on bio-neuroinformatics-related issues, which were presented at the International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks, held in Sofia, Bulgaria, on September 10-13, 2013 (ICANN 2013). The book covers a broad range of topics concerning the theory and applications of artificial neural networks, including recurrent neural networks, super-Turing computation and reservoir computing, double-layer vector perceptrons, nonnegative matrix factorization, bio-inspired models of cell communities, Gestalt laws, embodied theory of language understanding, saccadic gaze shifts and memory formation, and new training algorithms for Deep Boltzmann Machines, as well as dynamic neural networks and kernel machines. It also reports on new approaches to reinforcement learning, optimal control of discrete time-delay systems, new al...

  15. Bringing the artificial pancreas home: telemedicine aspects.

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    Lanzola, Giordano; Capozzi, Davide; Serina, Nadia; Magni, Lalo; Bellazzi, Riccardo

    2011-11-01

    The design and implementation of telemedicine systems able to support the artificial pancreas need careful choices to cope with technological requirements while preserving performance and decision support capabilities. This article addresses the issue of designing a general architecture for the telemedicine components of an artificial pancreas and illustrates a viable solution that is able to deal with different use cases and is amenable to support mobile-health implementations. The goal is to enforce interoperability among the components of the architecture and guarantee maximum flexibility for the ensuing implementations. Thus, the design stresses modularity and separation of concerns along with adoption of clearly defined protocols for interconnecting the necessary components. This accounts for the implementation of integrated telemedicine systems suitable as short-term monitoring devices for supporting validation of closed-loop algorithms as well as devices meant to provide a lifelong tighter control on the patient state once the artificial pancreas has become the preferred treatment for patients with diabetes.

  16. USE OF ARTIFICIAL LIGHT IN MUSHROOM CULTIVATION

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    N. L. Poyedinok

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    Full Text Available Artificial light is used in greenhouses to increase productivity and quality of agricultural and ornamental plants. Despite the awareness of the fact that light also plays important role in the life of nonhotosynthetic organisms, such as fungi, its using in their biotechnology cultivation is currently limited. Science has quite a large amount information about the influence of artificial light of different nature on morphogenesis, metabolic processes and productivity of more than 100 species of fungi, many of which are valuable producers of biologically active compounds. Themechanisms of photoreactions of various fungi, which is an integral part of a purposeful photoregulation their activity in biotechnological processes are described. The analysis of the researches and of the experience of their practical application allows predicting potential of using artificial light in mushroom growing industry, as well as in creating highly productive, environmentally clean technologies of targeted synthesis of the final product.

  17. On artificial transits feasibility and SETI

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    Arnold, L

    2005-01-01

    It is known that the shape of a planet (oblateness, rings, etc.) slightly modifies the shape of the transit light curve. The forthcoming space missions (Corot, Kepler), able to detect the transit of Earth-like planets, could a fortiori also detect the transit of artificial planet-size objects if their shape is significantly different from a natural (planetary) object. Multiple artificial objects would also produce transit light curves easily recognizable from natural transits. Artificial transits, especially of multiple objects, could be used for the transmission of clear attention-getting signals, with a sky coverage (efficiency) comparable to that of the laser pulse method. Although out of reach of current human technologies, the building of an Earth-size 1-micron thick mask would require energy and bulk material amounts already managed on Earth today. The migration of the mask toward an inner orbit and its protection against asteroids or meteoroids are also briefly discussed.

  18. The potential toxicity of artificial sweeteners.

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    Whitehouse, Christina R; Boullata, Joseph; McCauley, Linda A

    2008-06-01

    Since their discovery, the safety of artificial sweeteners has been controversial. Artificial sweeteners provide the sweetness of sugar without the calories. As public health attention has turned to reversing the obesity epidemic in the United States, more individuals of all ages are choosing to use these products. These choices may be beneficial for those who cannot tolerate sugar in their diets (e.g., diabetics). However, scientists disagree about the relationships between sweeteners and lymphomas, leukemias, cancers of the bladder and brain, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, autism, and systemic lupus. Recently these substances have received increased attention due to their effects on glucose regulation. Occupational health nurses need accurate and timely information to counsel individuals regarding the use of these substances. This article provides an overview of types of artificial sweeteners, sweetener history, chemical structure, biological fate, physiological effects, published animal and human studies, and current standards and regulations.

  19. Artificial Ground Water Recharge with Surface Water

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    Heviánková, Silvie; Marschalko, Marian; Chromíková, Jitka; Kyncl, Miroslav; Korabík, Michal

    2016-10-01

    With regard to the adverse manifestations of the recent climatic conditions, Europe as well as the world have been facing the problem of dry periods that reduce the possibility of drawing drinking water from the underground sources. The paper aims to describe artificial ground water recharge (infiltration) that may be used to restock underground sources with surface water from natural streams. Among many conditions, it aims to specify the boundary and operational conditions of the individual aspects of the artificial ground water recharge technology. The principle of artificial infiltration lies in the design of a technical system, by means of which it is possible to conduct surplus water from one place (in this case a natural stream) into another place (an infiltration basin in this case). This way, the water begins to infiltrate into the underground resources of drinking water, while the mixed water composition corresponds to the water parameters required for drinking water.

  20. Technical inventions that enabled artificial infant feeding.

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    Obladen, Michael

    2014-01-01

    Artificial feeding of infants, called hand-feeding, was unsafe well into the 19th century. This paper aims to identify technical innovations which made artificial feeding less dangerous. In rapid succession from 1844 to 1886, the vulcanization of rubber, production of rubber teats, cooling machines for large-scale ice production, techniques for milk pasteurization, evaporation and condensation, and packing in closed tins were invented or initiated. Remarkably, most of these inventions preceded the discovery of pathogenic bacteria. The producers of proprietary infant formula made immediate use of these innovations, whereas in the private household artificial feeding remained highly dangerous - mostly because of ignorance about bacteria and hygiene, and partly because the equipment for safe storage, transport, preparation and application of baby food was lacking.

  1. Complexity measurement of natural and artificial languages

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    Febres, Gerardo; Gershenson, Carlos

    2013-01-01

    We compared entropy for texts written in natural languages (English, Spanish) and artificial languages (computer software) based on a simple expression for the entropy as a function of message length and specific word diversity. Code text written in artificial languages showed higher entropy than text of similar length expressed in natural languages. Spanish texts exhibit more symbolic diversity than English ones. Results showed that algorithms based on complexity measures differentiate artificial from natural languages, and that text analysis based on complexity measures allows the unveiling of important aspects of their nature. We propose specific expressions to examine entropy related aspects of tests and estimate the values of entropy, emergence, self-organization and complexity based on specific diversity and message length.

  2. An Introduction to Artificial Prediction Markets

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    Barbu, Adrian

    2011-01-01

    Prediction markets are used in real life to predict outcomes of interest such as presidential elections. This paper presents a mathematical theory of artificial prediction markets for supervised learning of conditional probability estimators. The artificial prediction market is a novel method for fusing the prediction information of features or trained classifiers, where the fusion result is the contract price on the possible outcomes. The market can be trained online by updating the participants' budgets using training examples. Inspired by the real prediction markets, the equations that govern the market are derived from simple and reasonable assumptions. Efficient numerical algorithms are presented for solving these equations. The obtained artificial prediction market is shown to be a maximum likelihood estimator. It generalizes linear aggregation, existent in boosting and random forest, as well as logistic regression and some kernel methods. Furthermore, the market mechanism allows the aggregation of spec...

  3. Comentarios y reflexiones sobre las operaciones financieras

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    Pavón Bautista, María Mercedes

    1995-01-01

    En este trabajo se hacen comentarios y reflexiones sobre los tipos de operaciones financieras simples, operaciones financieras de constitución de capitales y operaciones financieras de amortización.

  4. Los derechos de autor sobre obtenciones vegetales

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    Rosario Silva Gilli

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Contenido: Las creaciones en la agricultura. Los derechos de autor sobre obtenciones vegetales. El Convenio Internacional para la protección de las obtenciones vegetales (París 1961 y sus revisiones de Ginebra 1972, 1978,1991 Objeto de la protección legal. Condiciones del cultivar. Alcance de la protección. La protección de obtenciones vegetales en el Mercosur. Los Derechos de autor en el Mercosur. El Protocolo de Armonización de normas sobre Propiedad Intelectual en el Mercosur. El Acuerdo de Cooperación y facilitación sobre la protección de las obtenciones vegetales en los Estados Partes del Mercosur.  Alcance de la normativa Mercosur. Los Derechos sobre cultivares en Uruguay. Los Derechos de autor como derechos humanos. ¿Derechos de autor vs. derecho de propiedad intelectual? Reflexión final

  5. Artificial tears potpourri: a literature review

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    Moshirfar M

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Majid Moshirfar,1 Kasey Pierson,2,* Kamalani Hanamaikai,3,* Luis Santiago-Caban,1 Valliammai Muthappan,1 Samuel F Passi11Department of Ophthalmology, John A Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA; 2University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, USA; 3A T Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, Mesa, AZ, USA *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: Numerous brands and types of artificial tears are available on the market for the treatment of dysfunctional tear syndrome. Past literature has focused on comparing the components of these products on patient’s clinical improvement. The wide array of products on the market presents challenges to both clinicians and patients when trying to choose between available tear replacement therapies. Different formulations affect patients based on etiology and severity of disease. In order to provide an unbiased comparison between available tear replacement therapies, we conducted a literature review of existing studies and National Institutes of Health clinical trials on commercially available, brand name artificial tears. Outcomes evaluated in each study, as well as the percent of patients showing clinical and symptomatic improvement, were analyzed. Fifty-one studies evaluating different brands of artificial tears, and their efficacy were identified. Out of the 51 studies, 18 were comparison studies testing brand name artificial tears directly against each other. Nearly all formulations of artificial tears provided significant benefit to patients with dysfunctional tear syndrome, but some proved superior to others. From the study data, a recommended treatment flowchart was derived. Keywords: dry eye, tear film, dysfunctional tear syndrome, ophthalmic lubricant, artificial tears, lipid layer, tear osmolarity, TBUT, Systane®, Refresh®, Blink®, GenTeal®, Soothe®, Lacrisert®, ocular surface inflammatory disease, Sjogren

  6. Reflexiones sobre pedagogías intensivas

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    Vizcaíno Pinilla Mercedes

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    En el presente artículo se pretende recoger los conceptos filosóficos y los principios pedagógicos que orientan las pedagogías intensivas. Como valor primordial se encuentra la acción comunicativa como el eje sobre el cual se construyen las pedagogías intensivas orienta sobre las calidades que debe tener el maestro para desarrollarlas

  7. PHYSICS UPDATE: Production of artificial snow crystals

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    Kagawa, S.; Ito, F.; Kagawa, K.

    1999-03-01

    Artificial snow crystals can be produced by a fairly simple method in a small closed cylindrical chamber made by combining an aluminium tube and a plastic tube. The chamber is set horizontally at room temperature and the end of the aluminium tube is cooled by dry ice. Water vapour is supplied by a diffusion process from the end of the plastic tube for a suitable time after cooling. The snow crystals are formed on a black sheet inside the end of the aluminium tube. The artificial snow crystals were observed at room temperature using our partial cooling method.

  8. Artificial atoms based on correlated materials

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    Mannhart, J.; Boschker, H.; Kopp, T.; Valentí, R.

    2016-08-01

    Low-dimensional electron systems fabricated from quantum matter have in recent years become available and are being explored with great intensity. This article gives an overview of the fundamental properties of such systems and summarizes the state of the field. We furthermore present and consider the concept of artificial atoms fabricated from quantum materials, anticipating remarkable scientific advances and possibly important applications of this new field of research. The surprising properties of these artificial atoms and of molecules or even of solids assembled from them are presented and discussed.

  9. Knowledge representation an approach to artificial intelligence

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    Bench-Capon, TJM

    1990-01-01

    Although many texts exist offering an introduction to artificial intelligence (AI), this book is unique in that it places an emphasis on knowledge representation (KR) concepts. It includes small-scale implementations in PROLOG to illustrate the major KR paradigms and their developments.****back cover copy:**Knowledge representation is at the heart of the artificial intelligence enterprise: anyone writing a program which seeks to work by encoding and manipulating knowledge needs to pay attention to the scheme whereby he will represent the knowledge, and to be aware of the consequences of the ch

  10. Machine learning an artificial intelligence approach

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    Banerjee, R; Bradshaw, Gary; Carbonell, Jaime Guillermo; Mitchell, Tom Michael; Michalski, Ryszard Spencer

    1983-01-01

    Machine Learning: An Artificial Intelligence Approach contains tutorial overviews and research papers representative of trends in the area of machine learning as viewed from an artificial intelligence perspective. The book is organized into six parts. Part I provides an overview of machine learning and explains why machines should learn. Part II covers important issues affecting the design of learning programs-particularly programs that learn from examples. It also describes inductive learning systems. Part III deals with learning by analogy, by experimentation, and from experience. Parts IV a

  11. The Artificial Gametes and the Immaculate Conception

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    Antonio SANDU

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    Full Text Available A very current topic in bioethical research is the impact that the technology of obtaining artificial gametes can have on society and humanity itself. One of the technologies of obtaining the artificial gametes allows the transformation of the epithelial cells (skin into totipotent stem cells (cells that can transform into any type of tissue, hence, obtaining gametes (human reproductive cells, both masculine and feminine, starting from the cells of a single donor. This article’s theme is the possible religious impact of genetic single-parenting.

  12. PERSPECTIVAS INFANTILES SOBRE LA TERRITORIALIDAD

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    NOELIA ENRIZ

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    Full Text Available In this paper we propose a different approach to children's ideas about the geographical area in the particular context of the Mbyá Guarani population, from Misiones (Argentine. The territorial fragility, that is exposed to the indigenous people in Argentina aremanifested daily in several areas. Mbyá population, has been crossed by the boundaries of national states of Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina. The sedentary and enclosures land processes in different states, have prompted changes in the logic of subsistence, housing and community organization. In Misiones province case, bureaucratic accreditation of land titles is postponed, the state is not committed to the realization of this right.RESUMEN: En este trabajo nos proponemos un acercamiento a las diversas ideas infantiles sobre el territorio habitado, en el contexto particular de la población mbyá guaraní de Misiones. La fragilidad territorialidad a la que es expuesta la población indígena en Argentina se manifiestan cotidianamente en diversas áreas. La población mbyá, ha sido surcada por los límites de los estados nacionales de Paraguay, Brasil y Argentina. La sedentarización y los cercamientos de tierras en los diferentes estados, han impulsado transformaciones de las lógicas de subsistencia, de habitación y organización comunitaria. En el caso de la provincia de Misiones la acreditación burocrática de los títulos de tierras se encuentra aplazada, el estado no se compromete con la concreción de este derecho.

  13. Consideraciones preliminares sobre la credibilidad

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    Fernando Verdugo

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    Full Text Available A modo de introducción al Seminario Interno de Profesores de la Facultad de Teología de la PUC, el autor recuerda, en primer lugar, lo que suele entenderse por "credibilidad" y, también, algunos de los criterios generales por los cuales algo o alguien adquiere la calidad de creíble (el que sea razonable, relevante o significativo, capaz de producir gozo estético, etc.. Luego, en la parte más extensa, el autor vuelve a llamar la atención sobre la necesidad de atender a los condicionamientos culturales de la fe cristiana. La fe, al igual que toda experiencia humana, está culturalmente mediada. Tomar conciencia de ese hecho y asumir las consecuencias metodológicas es indispensable para una teología que quiere poner atención a los desafíos actuales y contribuir así a la credibilidad del cristianismoThis article reprints the introductory session to the internal seminar of lecturers from the Faculty of Theology of the UC. In the first place, the author sums up what is usually understood by `credibility' and the general criteria through which something or someone gains credibility (being reasonable, relevant or significant, capable of producing aesthetic pleasure. Then the author deals at length with the need to take notice of the cultural conditionings of the Christian faith. The faith, the same as any other human experience, is culturally mediated. It is crucial for theology to become aware of this fact and come to terms with its methodological consequences, if it wants to face current challenges and so contribute to the credibility of Christianity

  14. Sobre sujeitos racionais e apaixonados

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    Dílson Ferreira da Cruz

    2009-12-01

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    Desde seu nascimento, a Retórica convive com um cisma insuperável: de um lado, Platão afirma que o orador deve buscar o bom e o verdadeiro; tem de seguir a lógica e sustentar-se com um discurso sóbrio, no qual prevalece a razão, o logos, e para o qual as coisas interessam pelo que são em si mesmas. No outro extremo da ágora está Cícero, para quem a Retórica não tem que procurar pela essência de nada, mas fazer com que a opinião do orador, seja ela verdadeira ou não, passe a ser também a do auditório. Para tanto, a lógica, tão acalentada por Platão, é de bem pouca valia, pois o orador, se quiser ter sucesso, deve levar os corações da cólera à doçura ou desta àquela. Como se vê, é uma retórica alicerçada sobre o pathos, ou, como diriam os semioticistas, no estado das almas. Este artigo se propõe a pensar essa questão utilizando o instrumental da semiótica dita tensiva com o objetivo de mostrar que, no discurso do grego, predominam as valências ligadas à extensidade, ao inteligível, às características dos objetos; ao passo que, nos ensinamentos do romano, são as valências relacionadas à intensidade, ao sensível, que se destacam.

  15. Status and headway of the clinical application of artificial ligaments

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    Tianwu Chen

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The authors first reviewed the history of clinical application of artificial ligaments. Then, the status of clinical application of artificial ligaments was detailed. Some artificial ligaments possessed comparable efficacy to, and fewer postoperative complications than, allografts and autografts in ligament reconstruction, especially for the anterior cruciate ligament. At the end, the authors focused on the development of two types of artificial ligaments: polyethylene glycol terephthalate artificial ligaments and tissue-engineered ligaments. In conclusion, owing to the advancements in surgical techniques, materials processing, and weaving methods, clinical application of some artificial ligaments so far has demonstrated good outcomes and will become a trend in the future.

  16. Side-scan sonar techniques for the characterization of physical properties of artificial benthic habitats

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    Wen-Miin Tian

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Side-scan sonar observations conducted at Mito artificial habitat site in the southwest coast off Taiwan, documented the locations of both concrete cubic blocks (more than 10,000 units and scrapped steel boats (39 units deployed previously. Based on their geographic locations, the concrete cubic artificial reefs could be grouped into 14 reef sets. About 30% of the reefs were deployed out of the promulgated site area. For the purpose of artificial habitat site identification and fishery resources management, a database structure was designed to accommodate types and positions of reefs, information of reef sets, bathymetric contours, textures of bottom sediments and geomorphological characteristics. The effectiveness of Mito artificial habitat site was evaluated to be positive after the deployment of both concrete block reefs and steel boat reefs.Observações com sonar de varredura lateral ao largo de Mito na costa sudoeste de Taiwan, revelou a localização de mais de 10.000 blocos de concreto e 39 embarcações de ferro assentados previamente como recifes artificiais. Com base nas imagens obtidas, os cubos de concreto formam 14 grupos separados. Cerca de 30% das unidades de concreto foram assentadas fora das áreas previstas. Para a identificacão correta dos recifes artificiais e manejo adequado dos recursos pesqueiros, foi organizada uma base de dados com informações sobre forma, materiais e posição, e arranjo espacial das unidades recifais, bem como dados de batimetria, natureza do sedimento do fundo e geomorfologia. A eficiência dos recifes artificiais de Mito foi avaliada positivamente após o assentamento tanto das unidades de concreto quanto das embarcações de ferro.

  17. Negative refractive index in artificial metamaterials.

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    Grigorenko, A N

    2006-08-15

    We discuss optical constants in artificial metamaterials showing negative magnetic permeability and electric permittivity and suggest a simple formula for the refractive index of a general optical medium. Using the effective-field theory, we calculate the effective permeability and the refractive index of nanofabricated media composed of pairs of identical gold nanopillars with magnetic response in the visible spectrum.

  18. Dynamic Restructuring Of Problems In Artificial Intelligence

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    Schwuttke, Ursula M.

    1992-01-01

    "Dynamic tradeoff evaluation" (DTE) denotes proposed method and procedure for restructuring problem-solving strategies in artificial intelligence to satisfy need for timely responses to changing conditions. Detects situations in which optimal problem-solving strategies cannot be pursued because of real-time constraints, and effects tradeoffs among nonoptimal strategies in such way to minimize adverse effects upon performance of system.

  19. Artificial intelligence what everyone needs to know

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    Kaplan, Jerry

    2016-01-01

    Over the coming decades, Artificial Intelligence will profoundly impact the way we work and live. Whose interests should such systems serve? What limits should we place on their use? This book is a succinct introduction to the complex social, ethical, legal, and economic issues raised by the emergence of intelligent machines.

  20. Artificial Dielectric Shields for Integrated Transmission Lines

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    Ma, Y.; Rejaei, B.; Zhuang, Y.

    2008-01-01

    We present a novel shielding method for on-chip transmission lines built on conductive silicon substrates. The shield consists of an artificial dielectric with a very high in-plane dielectric constant, built from two patterned metal layers isolated by a very thin dielectric film. Inserted below an i

  1. [Ocular injury by artificial snow spray].

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    Ben-Nissan, D; Savir, H

    1990-12-01

    We treated the eyes of 12 children, aged 2.5-16 years, which were injured by artificial snow-spray during Israel's Independence Day festivities in 1987 and 1989. There was chemical damage to the conjunctiva and cornea which took 1-3 weeks to heal.

  2. Clinical techniques of artificial insemination in dogs.

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    Makloski, Chelsea L

    2012-05-01

    This article provides an overview of the current breeding techniques used in small animal reproduction today with an emphasis on artificial insemination techniques such as transvaginal and transcervical insemination as well as surgical deposition of semen in the uterus and oviduct. Breeding management and ovulation timing will be mentioned but are discussed in further detail in another article in this issue.

  3. Migration Dynamics in Artificial Agent Societies

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    Harjot Kaur

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available An Artificial Agent Society can be defined as a collection of agents interacting with each other for some purpose and/or inhabiting a specific locality, possibly in accordance to some common norms/rules. These societies are analogous to human and ecological societies, and are an expanding and emerging field in research about social systems. Social networks, electronic markets and disaster management organizations can be viewed as such artificial (open agent societies and can be best understood as computational societies. Members of such artificial agent societies are heterogeneous intelligent software agents which are operating locally and cooperating and coordinating with each other in order to achieve goals of an agent society. These artificial agent societies have some kind of dynamics existing in them in terms of dynamics of Agent Migration, Role-Assignment, Norm- Emergence, Security and Agent-Interaction. In this paper, we have described the dynamics of agent migration process, starting from the various types of agent migration, causes or reasons for agent migration, consequences of agent migration, and an agent migration framework to model the its behavior for migration of agents between societies.

  4. Real and Artificial Differential Item Functioning

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    Andrich, David; Hagquist, Curt

    2012-01-01

    The literature in modern test theory on procedures for identifying items with differential item functioning (DIF) among two groups of persons includes the Mantel-Haenszel (MH) procedure. Generally, it is not recognized explicitly that if there is real DIF in some items which favor one group, then as an artifact of this procedure, artificial DIF…

  5. Artificial Hair Cells for Sensing Flows

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    Chen, Jack

    2007-01-01

    The purpose of this article is to present additional information about the flow-velocity sensors described briefly in the immediately preceding article. As noted therein, these sensors can be characterized as artificial hair cells that implement an approximation of the sensory principle of flow-sensing cilia of fish: A cilium is bent by an amount proportional to the flow to which it is exposed. A nerve cell at the base of the cilium senses the flow by sensing the bending of the cilium. In an artificial hair cell, the artificial cilium is a microscopic cantilever beam, and the bending of an artificial cilium is measured by means of a strain gauge at its base (see Figure 1). Figure 2 presents cross sections of a representative sensor of this type at two different stages of its fabrication process. The process consists of relatively- low-temperature metallization, polymer-deposition, microfabrication, and surface-micromachining subprocesses, including plastic-deformation magnetic assembly (PDMA), which is described below. These subprocesses are suitable for a variety of substrate materials, including silicon, some glasses, and some polymers. Moreover, because it incorporates a polymeric supporting structure, this sensor is more robust, relative to its silicon-based counterparts.

  6. Artificial ice using superconducting vortices (Conference Presentation)

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    Trastoy Quintela, Juan; Malnou, Maxime; Ulysse, Christian; Bernard, Rozenn; Bergeal, Nicolas; Faini, Giancarlo; Lesueur, Jerome; Briatico, Javier; Villegas, Javier E.

    2016-10-01

    We use magnetic flux quanta (superconducting vortices) on artificial energy landscapes (pinning arrays) to create a new type of artificial ice. This vortex ice shows unusual temperature effects that offer new possibilities in the study of ice systems. We have investigated the matching of the flux lattice to pinning arrays that present geometrical frustration. The pinning arrays are fabricated on YBCO films using masked O+ ion irradiation. The details of the magneto-resistance imply that the flux lattice organizes into a vortex ice. The absence of history-dependent effects suggests that the vortex ice is highly ordered. Due to the technique used for the artificial energy landscape fabrication, we have the ability to change the pinning array geometry using temperature as a control knob. In particular we can switch the geometrical frustration on and off, which opens the door to performing a new type of annealing absent in other artificial ice systems. * Work supported by the French ANR "MASTHER", and the Fundación Barrié (Galicia, Spain)

  7. Artificial Cilia : Mimicking Nature Through Magnetic Actuation

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    Khaderi, S. N.; Baltussen, M. G. H. M.; Anderson, P. D.; Ioan, D.; den Toonder, J.M.J.; Onck, P. R.; Murthy, SK; Khan, SA; Ugaz, VM; Zeringue, HC

    2009-01-01

    Manipulation of bio-fluids in microchannels faces many challenges in the development of lab-on-a-chip devices. We propose magnetically actuated artificial cilia which can propel fluids in microchannels. These cilia are magnetic films which can be actuated by an external magnetic field, leading to an

  8. [Artificial drainage devices--history, indications].

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    Barac, Ileana Ramona; Pop, Monica

    2012-01-01

    Glaucoma is a degenerative optic neuropathy progressive, multifactorial, which can lead to blindness. Blindness in patients with glaucoma is defined as visual field reduction below 10 degrees. Artificial drainage systems are a solution for refractory to medication, laser treatment or conventional surgery. Used by over 100 years, improved with good surgical technique and careful patient follow-up surgery, postoperative results are satisfactory.

  9. Biologically inspired robots as artificial inspectors

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    Bar-Cohen, Yoseph

    2002-06-01

    Imagine an inspector conducting an NDE on an aircraft where you notice something is different about him - he is not real but rather he is a robot. Your first reaction would probably be to say 'it's unbelievable but he looks real' just as you would react to an artificial flower that is a good imitation. This science fiction scenario could become a reality at the trend in the development of biologically inspired technologies, and terms like artificial intelligence, artificial muscles, artificial vision and numerous others are increasingly becoming common engineering tools. For many years, the trend has been to automate processes in order to increase the efficiency of performing redundant tasks where various systems have been developed to deal with specific production line requirements. Realizing that some parts are too complex or delicate to handle in small quantities with a simple automatic system, robotic mechanisms were developed. Aircraft inspection has benefitted from this evolving technology where manipulators and crawlers are developed for rapid and reliable inspection. Advancement in robotics towards making them autonomous and possibly look like human, can potentially address the need to inspect structures that are beyond the capability of today's technology with configuration that are not predetermined. The operation of these robots may take place at harsh or hazardous environments that are too dangerous for human presence. Making such robots is becoming increasingly feasible and in this paper the state of the art will be reviewed.

  10. Microfluidic manipulation with artificial/bioinspired cilia

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    den Toonder, Jaap M. J.; Onck, Patrick R.

    2013-01-01

    A recent development, inspired by nature, is the use of 'artificial cilia' to create pumping and/or mixing in microfluidic devices. Cilia are small hairs that can be found in biology and are used for (fluid) actuation and sensing. Microscopic actuators resembling cilia, actuated to move under the in

  11. Resources in Technology: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence.

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    Technology Teacher, 1987

    1987-01-01

    Introduces the concept of artificial intelligence, discusses where it is currently used, and describes an expert computer system that can be used in the technology laboratory. Included is a learning activity that describes ideas for using intelligent computers as problem-solving tools. (Author/CH)

  12. Building Artificial Vision Systems with Machine Learning

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    LeCun, Yann [New York University

    2011-02-23

    Three questions pose the next challenge for Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, and neuroscience. How do we learn perception (e.g. vision)? How do we learn representations of the perceptual world? How do we learn visual categories from just a few examples?

  13. Electronic artificial hand controlled by reconstructed digit

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    2000-01-01

    Objecive: To treat the loss of part of the forearm with a multi-dimension-freedom electronic artificial hand,which is controlled by a reconstructed finger transplanted from the second toe to the forearm stump.Methods: The female patient was 19 years old, whose right hand and wrist were crushed into pieces by machine at work and her forearm was amputated at the level of 8 cm proximal to the wrist. The second toe of her left foot was transplanted to reconstruct the digit onto the stump of her forearm. Two months after the transplantation, the patient was transferred to the rehabilitation center for further rehabilitation training, which consisted of: training for adaptation to weight bearing, testing and training of sensibility to weight. testing and training for stability of the hand, and testing and training for the controlling function of the reconstructed digit. Results: The transplanted toe survived well. After rehabilitation the reconstructed digit functioned well. In testing the performance under control mandate, the accuracy rate of the electronic artificial hand was 100%.Conclusions: A 100% accuracy rate of the electronic artificial hand can be achieved by transplantation of the toe onto the stump of the forearm. It provides a useful pathway and an example for improvement of control accuracy of a multiple-freedom electronic artificial hand and reduction of false action.

  14. Visual Feature Learning in Artificial Grammar Classification

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    Chang, Grace Y.; Knowlton, Barbara J.

    2004-01-01

    The Artificial Grammar Learning task has been used extensively to assess individuals' implicit learning capabilities. Previous work suggests that participants implicitly acquire rule-based knowledge as well as exemplar-specific knowledge in this task. This study investigated whether exemplar-specific knowledge acquired in this task is based on the…

  15. PROCEDURE FOR LOCALLY RAISING THE GROUND ARTIFICIALLY

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    Schuiling, R.D.

    1991-01-01

    Abstract of corresponding document: WO 8909251 (A1) The present invention relates to a procedure for locally raising the ground artificially, wherein an equivalent quantity of the calcite (CaCO3) present in the porous underground limestone formations is converted into gypsum (CaSO4.2H2O) by inje

  16. Psychometric Measurement Models and Artificial Neural Networks

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    Sese, Albert; Palmer, Alfonso L.; Montano, Juan J.

    2004-01-01

    The study of measurement models in psychometrics by means of dimensionality reduction techniques such as Principal Components Analysis (PCA) is a very common practice. In recent times, an upsurge of interest in the study of artificial neural networks apt to computing a principal component extraction has been observed. Despite this interest, the…

  17. CT assisted biomimetic artificial bone des

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    WANG Xian-gang; ZHANG Chao-zong; GUO Zhi-ping; TIAN Jie-mo

    2001-01-01

    @@ In the recent years, bioceramic materials have been widely used in the clinics. They are mainly fabricated as the substitution of human hard tissue, such as artificial bone and false tooth. As a medical implant, those that have similar structure to human bone have better biocompatibility and osteoinductional property. So it is necessary to design bone model close to human bone.

  18. A Starter's Guide to Artificial Intelligence.

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    McConnell, Barry A.; McConnell, Nancy J.

    1988-01-01

    Discussion of the history and development of artificial intelligence (AI) highlights a bibliography of introductory books on various aspects of AI, including AI programing; problem solving; automated reasoning; game playing; natural language; expert systems; machine learning; robotics and vision; critics of AI; and representative software. (LRW)

  19. Artificial recharge of groundwater: hydrogeology and engineering

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    Bouwer, Herman

    2002-02-01

    Artificial recharge of groundwater is achieved by putting surface water in basins, furrows, ditches, or other facilities where it infiltrates into the soil and moves downward to recharge aquifers. Artificial recharge is increasingly used for short- or long-term underground storage, where it has several advantages over surface storage, and in water reuse. Artificial recharge requires permeable surface soils. Where these are not available, trenches or shafts in the unsaturated zone can be used, or water can be directly injected into aquifers through wells. To design a system for artificial recharge of groundwater, infiltration rates of the soil must be determined and the unsaturated zone between land surface and the aquifer must be checked for adequate permeability and absence of polluted areas. The aquifer should be sufficiently transmissive to avoid excessive buildup of groundwater mounds. Knowledge of these conditions requires field investigations and, if no fatal flaws are detected, test basins to predict system performance. Water-quality issues must be evaluated, especially with respect to formation of clogging layers on basin bottoms or other infiltration surfaces, and to geochemical reactions in the aquifer. Clogging layers are managed by desilting or other pretreatment of the water, and by remedial techniques in the infiltration system, such as drying, scraping, disking, ripping, or other tillage. Recharge wells should be pumped periodically to backwash clogging layers. Electronic supplementary material to this paper can be obtained by using the Springer LINK server located at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10040-001-0182-4.

  20. Carbon dioxide fixation by artificial photosynthesis

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    Ibusuki, Takashi; Koike, Kazuhide; Ishitani, Osamu [National Inst. for Resources and Environment, AIST, MITI, Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan)

    1993-12-31

    Green plants can absorb atmospheric CO{sub 2} and transform it to sugars, carbohydrates through their photosynthetic systems, but they become the source of CO{sub 2} when they are dead. This is the reason why artificial leaves which can be alive forever should be developed to meet with global warming due to the increase of CO{sub 2} concentration. The goal of artificial photosynthesis is not to construct the same system as the photosynthetic one, but to mimic the ability of green plants to utilize solar energy to make high energy chemicals. Needless to say, the artificial photosynthetic system is desired to be as simple as possible and to be as efficient as possible. From the knowledge on photosynthesis and the results of previous investigations, the critical components of artificial photosynthetic system are understood as follows: (1) light harvesting chromophore, (2) a center for electron transfer and charge separation, (3) catalytic sites for converting small molecules like water and CO{sub 2} (mutilelectron reactions) which are schematically described.

  1. Fluid mechanics of artificial heart valves.

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    Dasi, Lakshmi P; Simon, Helene A; Sucosky, Philippe; Yoganathan, Ajit P

    2009-02-01

    1. Artificial heart valves have been in use for over five decades to replace diseased heart valves. Since the first heart valve replacement performed with a caged-ball valve, more than 50 valve designs have been developed, differing principally in valve geometry, number of leaflets and material. To date, all artificial heart valves are plagued with complications associated with haemolysis, coagulation for mechanical heart valves and leaflet tearing for tissue-based valve prosthesis. For mechanical heart valves, these complications are believed to be associated with non-physiological blood flow patterns. 2. In the present review, we provide a bird's-eye view of fluid mechanics for the major artificial heart valve types and highlight how the engineering approach has shaped this rapidly diversifying area of research. 3. Mechanical heart valve designs have evolved significantly, with the most recent designs providing relatively superior haemodynamics with very low aerodynamic resistance. However, high shearing of blood cells and platelets still pose significant design challenges and patients must undergo life-long anticoagulation therapy. Bioprosthetic or tissue valves do not require anticoagulants due to their distinct similarity to the native valve geometry and haemodynamics, but many of these valves fail structurally within the first 10-15 years of implantation. 4. These shortcomings have directed present and future research in three main directions in attempts to design superior artificial valves: (i) engineering living tissue heart valves; (ii) development of advanced computational tools; and (iii) blood experiments to establish the link between flow and blood damage.

  2. Sugar Substitutes: Artificial Sweeteners and Sugar Alcohols

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    Washburn, Carolyn; Christensen, Nedra

    2012-01-01

    Most people enjoy the sweet taste of food. Artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols can provide the sweet flavor and be beneficial for people with diabetes or those choosing to avoid sugars because they contain lower calories and carbohydrates than regular sugars. These products are also beneficial in that they do not cause tooth decay.

  3. Algorithms and architectures of artificial intelligence

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    Tyugu, E

    2007-01-01

    This book gives an overview of methods developed in artificial intelligence for search, learning, problem solving and decision-making. It gives an overview of algorithms and architectures of artificial intelligence that have reached the degree of maturity when a method can be presented as an algorithm, or when a well-defined architecture is known, e.g. in neural nets and intelligent agents. It can be used as a handbook for a wide audience of application developers who are interested in using artificial intelligence methods in their software products. Parts of the text are rather independent, so that one can look into the index and go directly to a description of a method presented in the form of an abstract algorithm or an architectural solution. The book can be used also as a textbook for a course in applied artificial intelligence. Exercises on the subject are added at the end of each chapter. Neither programming skills nor specific knowledge in computer science are expected from the reader. However, some p...

  4. Artificial neural network applications in ionospheric studies

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    L. R. Cander

    1998-06-01

    Full Text Available The ionosphere of Earth exhibits considerable spatial changes and has large temporal variability of various timescales related to the mechanisms of creation, decay and transport of space ionospheric plasma. Many techniques for modelling electron density profiles through entire ionosphere have been developed in order to solve the "age-old problem" of ionospheric physics which has not yet been fully solved. A new way to address this problem is by applying artificial intelligence methodologies to current large amounts of solar-terrestrial and ionospheric data. It is the aim of this paper to show by the most recent examples that modern development of numerical models for ionospheric monthly median long-term prediction and daily hourly short-term forecasting may proceed successfully applying the artificial neural networks. The performance of these techniques is illustrated with different artificial neural networks developed to model and predict the temporal and spatial variations of ionospheric critical frequency, f0F2 and Total Electron Content (TEC. Comparisons between results obtained by the proposed approaches and measured f0F2 and TEC data provide prospects for future applications of the artificial neural networks in ionospheric studies.

  5. Artificial Breeding Techniques of Whitmania pigra

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    Zhao; Nan; Xu; Ziliang

    2014-01-01

    The artificial breeding technology for juvenile of Whitmania pigra was introduced in the paper,including selection of sites and water quality,construction of spawning pool,hatching pool and escape proof facilities,key technology of leech selection,feeding,cocoon hatching,juvenile feeding and management.

  6. Artificial neural interfaces for bionic cardiovascular treatments.

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    Kawada, Toru; Sugimachi, Masaru

    2009-01-01

    An artificial nerve, in the broad sense, may be conceptualized as a physical and logical interface system that reestablishes the information traffic between the central nervous system and peripheral organs. Studies on artificial nerves targeting the autonomic nervous system are in progress to explore new treatment strategies for several cardiovascular diseases. In this article, we will review our research targeting the autonomic nervous system to treat cardiovascular diseases. First, we identified the rule for decoding native sympathetic nerve activity into a heart rate using transfer function analysis, and established a framework for a neurally regulated cardiac pacemaker. Second, we designed a bionic baroreflex system to restore the baroreflex buffering function using electrical stimulation of the celiac ganglion in a rat model of orthostatic hypotension. Third, based on the hypothesis that autonomic imbalance aggravates chronic heart failure, we implanted a neural interface into the right vagal nerve and demonstrated that intermittent vagal stimulation significantly improved the survival rate in rats with chronic heart failure following myocardial infarction. Although several practical problems need to be resolved, such as those relating to the development of electrodes feasible for long-term nerve activity recording, studies of artificial neural interfaces with the autonomic nervous system have great possibilities in the field of cardiovascular treatment. We expect further development of artificial neural interfaces as novel strategies to cope with cardiovascular diseases resistant to conventional therapeutics.

  7. Artificial Organs 2016: A Year in Review.

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    Hadsell, Angela T; Malchesky, Paul S

    2017-03-01

    In this Editor's Review, articles published in 2016 are organized by category and briefly summarized. We aim to provide a brief reflection of the currently available worldwide knowledge that is intended to advance and better human life while providing insight for continued application of technologies and methods of organ Replacement, Recovery, and Regeneration. As the official journal of The International Federation for Artificial Organs, The International Faculty for Artificial Organs, the International Society for Mechanical Circulatory Support, the International Society for Pediatric Mechanical Cardiopulmonary Support, and the Vienna International Workshop on Functional Electrical Stimulation, Artificial Organs continues in the original mission of its founders "to foster communications in the field of artificial organs on an international level." Artificial Organs continues to publish developments and clinical applications of artificial organ technologies in this broad and expanding field of organ Replacement, Recovery, and Regeneration from all over the world. We were pleased to publish our second Virtual Issue in April 2016 on "Tissue Engineering in Bone" by Professor Tsuyoshi Takato. Our first was published in 2011 titled "Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumping" by Dr. Ashraf Khir. Other peer-reviewed Special Issues this year included contributions from the 11th International Conference on Pediatric Mechanical Circulatory Support Systems and Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Perfusion edited by Dr. Akif Ündar and selections from the 23rd Congress of the International Society for Rotary Blood Pumps edited by Dr. Bojan Biocina. We take this time also to express our gratitude to our authors for offering their work to this journal. We offer our very special thanks to our reviewers who give so generously of time and expertise to review, critique, and especially provide meaningful suggestions to the author's work whether eventually accepted or rejected. Without these excellent and

  8. Artificial 'Voice Box' Implant Helps Cancer Patient Speak

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    ... https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_162873.html Artificial 'Voice Box' Implant Helps Cancer Patient Speak New device ... WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- An artificial "voice box" has provided long-term relief for a ...

  9. Summarization on Evaluation of Ecological Value of Artificial Forest

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    LIUTao; ZHANGHuaxing

    2005-01-01

    This paper is a summarization on evaluation of value of artificial forest. The main contents include:(i) the difference in concepts between ecological function, ecological efficiency and ecological benefits of artificial forest; (ii) the motive and several taches of economic feedback or compensation for ecological benefit; (iii)the ecological efficiencies of artificial forest and the main correlative factors which includes the ecological efficiencies of artificial forest and the main correlation factors infecting the ecological efficiency;(iv) the basic math correlations between ecological efficiencies of artificial forest and the related factors; (v)service range of the ecological efficiencies of artificial forest; and (vi) the basic principle of measurement of ecological efficiencies of artificial forest. At the end, the basic methods of main ecological efficiencies of artificial forest are expatiated.

  10. ARTIFICIAL AND NATURAL INTELLIGENCE IN ANTHROPOGENIC EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENTS

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    Sergey F. Sergeev

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present article we show the link between both artificial and natural intelligence and the system’s complexity during the life-cycle. Autopoetic’s type of living systems determines the differences between natural and artificial intelligence; artificial environments have an influence to the intelligence abilities development. We present the «diffusion intellect» concept where the diffusion intellect is considered as a synergistic unity of natural and artificial intellect in organized environments. 

  11. Computed Flow Through An Artificial Heart And Valve

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    Rogers, Stuart E.; Kwak, Dochan; Kiris, Cetin; Chang, I-Dee

    1994-01-01

    NASA technical memorandum discusses computations of flow of blood through artificial heart and through tilting-disk artificial heart valve. Represents further progress in research described in "Numerical Simulation of Flow Through an Artificial Heart" (ARC-12478). One purpose of research to exploit advanced techniques of computational fluid dynamics and capabilities of supercomputers to gain understanding of complicated internal flows of viscous, essentially incompressible fluids like blood. Another to use understanding to design better artificial hearts and valves.

  12. INFLUENCE OF ELECTROACUPUNCTURE ON ARTIFICIAL ABORTION-INDUCED SIDE EFFECTS

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    田丽颖

    2001-01-01

    In the present study, the effect of electroecupuncture (EA) of acupoints of Ren, Spleen and Stomach Meridians on artificial abortion-induced side effects was observed in 100 artificial abortion women. In comparison with 45 artificial abortion women in the control group (who had not accepted EA treatment), EA possessed significant effects in relieving abdominal pain, reducing vaginal bleeding duration, lowering infection rate and infertility rate after artificial abortion operation.

  13. Impacto psicosocial del Downsizing sobre los trabajadores

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    CRISTÓBAL JIMÉNEZ JIMÉNEZ

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente trabajo intenta ahondar en lo expuesto en un trabajo anterior sobre el downsizing como fenómeno psicosociolaboral, analizando su impacto psicosocial. En primer lugar, se exponen los diferentes niveles de comprensión de este fenómeno, para pasar al análisis de los efectos y consecuencias sobre las personas, diferenciando entre dos tipos de víctimas: a los que se van de la organización (despedidos y b los que se quedan en la organización (supervivientes, prestando especial atención a lo que se conoce ya como el "síndrome del superviviente", para lo que se aporta información sobre sus características, las variables moderadoras que intervienen y los modelos explicativos del mismo. Se termina con algunas consideraciones sobre la actualidad y relevancia de dicho síndrome sugiriendo la idea de que el fenómeno del downsizing y sus consecuencias sobre las personas nos enfrenta a lo que podríamos ya considerar como un nuevo síndrome de la Psicopatología Laboral: el síndrome del superviviente.

  14. DISERTACIÓN SOBRE JUSTICIA Y EQUIDAD

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    Sayuri P. Tamura M.

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available «Disertación sobre equidad y justicia» es básicamente una respuesta a una inquietud en particular que yo tenía sobre las distintas posiciones que existen sobre estos dos temas y cómo definir cuál es la más acertada. Hice una descripción del punto de vista de Amartya Sen –la violación de los derechos sobre la propiedad privada es justificable si evitan las hambrunas2– frente al de Robert Nozick –la propiedad privada es un derecho fundamental y como tal debe ser respetado3–, sin embargo, aunque ambos enfoques son totalmente contrarios tienen mucho sentido, por lo cual es bastante difícil decidirse por uno en particular. Fue de esta forma, enfrentando sus opiniones, que yo logré desarrollar una posición frente a estas dos perspectivas, y así dar mi opinión al DISERTACIÓN SOBRE JUSTICIA Y EQUIDAD SAYURI P. TAMURA M. Estudiante de Economía y Negocios Internacionales de la Universidad ICESI. respecto. Al final, llegué a una conclusión, que aunque no es la más original y tampoco es la única, tiene mucho sentido y seguramente de ser posible, la situación del país podría cambiar para bien.

  15. Strong Artificial Intelligence and National Security: Operational and Strategic Implications

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    2015-05-18

    FINAL 3. DATES COVERED (From - To) 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Strong Artificial Intelligence and National Security 5a...Prominent business and science leaders believe that technological advances will soon allow humankind to develop artificial intelligence (AI) that...its potential strategic pitfalls. 15. SUBJECT TERMS Artificial Intelligence 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: 17. LIMITATION OF ABSTRACT

  16. 21 CFR 145.126 - Artificially sweetened canned cherries.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 2 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Artificially sweetened canned cherries. 145.126... § 145.126 Artificially sweetened canned cherries. (a) Artificially sweetened canned cherries is the food which conforms to the definition and standard of identity prescribed for canned cherries by §...

  17. [Application of artificial neural networks in infectious diseases].

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    Xu, Jun-fang; Zhou, Xiao-nong

    2011-02-28

    With the development of information technology, artificial neural networks has been applied to many research fields. Due to the special features such as nonlinearity, self-adaptation, and parallel processing, artificial neural networks are applied in medicine and biology. This review summarizes the application of artificial neural networks in the relative factors, prediction and diagnosis of infectious diseases in recent years.

  18. Genetically Controlled Fusion, Exocytosis and Fission of Artificial Vesicles

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    Bönzli, Eva; Hadorn, Maik; De Lucrezia, Davide

    Artificial vesicles represent ideal candidates as a model for artificial cells. It was shown that artificial genetic programs and the required cellular machinery (cell-free expression systems) can be incorporated into vesicles and allow the synthesis of proteins. Vesicles were shown to fuse...

  19. Efeito de fungicidas sobre a biologia e populações de insetos associados à cultura da soja

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    Santos, Antonio Alberto dos

    2013-01-01

    Resumo: Estudou-se a influência de fungicidas utilizada no controle da ferrugemasiática- da-soja sobre parâmetros biológicos e populacionais das lagartas Anticarsia gemmatalis e Chrysodeixis includens, através da mistura dos produtos comerciais na dieta artificial, e dos percevejos Euschistus heros e Podisus nigrispinus através da aplicação tópica, administradas em 2 doses. Foram analisados o consumo e assimilação da dieta pelas lagartas, peso de pupa e tempo de desenvolvimento. A fecundidade...

  20. Sobre mastines, pekineses, ponis y caballos percherones: Esperando a la transmutación de las esencias

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    Moreno Klemming, Juan

    2012-01-01

    Existe un curioso argumento que manifiesta claramente el esencialismo del que se nutre una ampliamente difundida visión de la naturaleza, que es aquel sobre el supuesto fracaso de los criadores humanos de animales domésticos en producir nuevas especies a pesar de sus denodados esfuerzos por conseguirlo durante miles de años de selección artificial. Según dicho argumento ello indicaría a las claras lo difícil que resulta la aparición de una nueva especie y las tremendas limitaciones que encors...

  1. Impacts of Artificial Reefs on Surrounding Ecosystems

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    Manoukian, Sarine

    Artificial reefs are becoming a popular biological and management component in shallow water environments characterized by soft seabed, representing both important marine habitats and tools to manage coastal fisheries and resources. An artificial reef in the marine environment acts as an open system with exchange of material and energy, altering the physical and biological characteristics of the surrounding area. Reef stability will depend on the balance of scour, settlement, and burial resulting from ocean conditions over time. Because of the unstable nature of sediments, they require a detailed and systematic investigation. Acoustic systems like high-frequency multibeam sonar are efficient tools in monitoring the environmental evolution around artificial reefs, whereas water turbidity can limit visual dive and ROV inspections. A high-frequency multibeam echo sounder offers the potential of detecting fine-scale distribution of reef units, providing an unprecedented level of resolution, coverage, and spatial definition. How do artificial reefs change over time in relation to the coastal processes? How accurately does multibeam technology map different typologies of artificial modules of known size and shape? How do artificial reefs affect fish school behavior? What are the limitations of multibeam technology for investigating fish school distribution as well as spatial and temporal changes? This study addresses the above questions and presents results of a new approach for artificial reef seafloor mapping over time, based upon an integrated analysis of multibeam swath bathymetry data and geoscientific information (backscatter data analysis, SCUBA observations, physical oceanographic data, and previous findings on the geology and sedimentation processes, integrated with unpublished data) from Senigallia artificial reef, northwestern Adriatic Sea (Italy) and St. Petersburg Beach Reef, west-central Florida continental shelf. A new approach for observation of fish

  2. Sobre la sublimación

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    2007-01-01

    Este documento presenta un trabajo de investigación realizado sobre un concepto clave para la producción teórica y la enseñanza en psicología, como es la noción de sublimación. La investigación indaga la sublimación en el marco de la teoría psicoanalítica, con el objeto de profundizar su explicación conceptual y decidir sobre la pertinencia de tomarlo como noción clave para explicar la producción social del saber.

  3. Principios sobre semáforos

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    Valencia Alaix, Víctor Gabriel

    2000-01-01

    Debido a la ausencia de una publicación que reuniese los aspectos más relevantes sobre semáforos y en el marco académico sobre ingeniería de tránsito de los cursos de pregrado y posgrado en Vías y Transporte de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia - Sede Medellín, se ha preparado este documento como guía introductoria a dicho tema. En su preparación se han recogido los tópicos principales de varias publicaciones internacionales y nacionales, además, su desarrollo ha considerado la experi...

  4. Debate sobre estudios postcoloniales y subalternos

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    David Morris; McLean, Ian S.; Hillel Eyal; Ivette Hernández; Richard W. Slata; Betsy Campisi; Jackson, Robert H; William Patterson; Kathryn Lehman; Chad Black; Michelle Molina; Ann Twinam; Dennis Hidalgo

    2001-01-01

    A partir de los comentarios a la reseña elaborada por Ian S. Mclean sobre el libro: Cuerpos incas y el cuerpo de Cristo. El Corpus Christi en Cuzco colonial, Perú, escrito por Carolyn Dean, surge un debate sobre los Estudios Postcoloniales y Subalternos, que se desarrolló entre el 12 de agosto y el 3 de septiembre de 2001, a través de la lista de correo electrónico de H-Latam, grupo de discusión dedicado a la historia latinoamericana. En él participaron destacados especial...

  5. Jose carlos mariategui: sus articulos sobre arte

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    Henríquez, Cecilia

    2014-01-01

    En la prolífica obra que colma la corta vida del pensador latinoamericano,se encuentran profundas reflexiones sobre el arte que valela pena recordar en e1 año del centenario de su nacimiento. Los juiciosque propone sobre el arte están n1ediados por su pensamiento marxista.Aunque gran conocedor del arte de sus contemporáneos, sucompromiso socialista, cada vez mayor, reduce el espacio del análisisestilístico.Un punto de partida para observar el pensamiento estético deJosé Carlos Mariátegui es s...

  6. Impacto psicosocial del Downsizing sobre los trabajadores

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    CRISTÓBAL JIMÉNEZ JIMÉNEZ; JOSÉ LUIS SÁNCHEZ LAGUNA

    2006-01-01

    El presente trabajo intenta ahondar en lo expuesto en un trabajo anterior sobre el downsizing como fenómeno psicosociolaboral, analizando su impacto psicosocial. En primer lugar, se exponen los diferentes niveles de comprensión de este fenómeno, para pasar al análisis de los efectos y consecuencias sobre las personas, diferenciando entre dos tipos de víctimas: a) los que se van de la organización (despedidos) y b) los que se quedan en la organización (supervivientes), prestando especial atenc...

  7. Consideraciones sobre los ensayos de laboratorio

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    José Gabriel Gómez Cortés

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Texto de la conferencia dictada por el autor en el Instituto de la Construcción y del Cemento en Madrid. Eduardo Torroja, España, como asistente al IX Curso de Estudios Mayores de la Construcción sobre "LA EDIFICACION Y SU PATOLOGÍA". Se analizan aspectos sobre: los criterios para solicitar ensayos, muestreo, variabilidad de resultados y reproducibilidad de ensayos, criterios de aceptación e importancia de la retroalimentación.

  8. Generalidades sobre el 68 en la narrativa

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    Ocampo, Aurora M.

    2013-01-01

    Es mucho lo que se ha escrito sobre el movimiento estudiantil de 1968, según mis registros, cerca de un centenar de libros, además de innumerables artículos, ensayos, narraciones, poemas, teatro y reseñas a los libros como a los grandes ensayos, aparecidos en publicaciones periódicas. Por otro lado, muchos de los libros, ya sean testimoniales, de reflexión sobre lo sucedido, antologías de poesías, ensayos, cuentos, teatro y narrativa en general se han reeditado varias veces; ahora, con motivo...

  9. Control selectivo por visión artificial del brazo Robotnik

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    Marín Guillén, Alberto

    2015-01-01

    La intención directa del presente proyecto es la de adquirir conocimientos de manera autónoma sobre materias de robótica y visión artificial, materias que no se imparten como tales en el itinerario de un graduado en G.I.T.I. y que siempre me han llamado la atención e interesado. Esto culminaría con la realización de una aplicación práctica que coordine las diferentes técnicas estudiadas. Se pretende obtener la solución de un problema real en que el papel de la visión sea tanto selectivo co...

  10. Teaching artificial intelligence to read electropherograms.

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    Taylor, Duncan; Powers, David

    2016-11-01

    Electropherograms are produced in great numbers in forensic DNA laboratories as part of everyday criminal casework. Before the results of these electropherograms can be used they must be scrutinised by analysts to determine what the identified data tells us about the underlying DNA sequences and what is purely an artefact of the DNA profiling process. A technique that lends itself well to such a task of classification in the face of vast amounts of data is the use of artificial neural networks. These networks, inspired by the workings of the human brain, have been increasingly successful in analysing large datasets, performing medical diagnoses, identifying handwriting, playing games, or recognising images. In this work we demonstrate the use of an artificial neural network which we train to 'read' electropherograms and show that it can generalise to unseen profiles.

  11. Tailoring superradiance to design artificial quantum systems

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    Longo, Paolo; Keitel, Christoph H.; Evers, Jörg

    2016-03-01

    Cooperative phenomena arising due to the coupling of individual atoms via the radiation field are a cornerstone of modern quantum and optical physics. Recent experiments on x-ray quantum optics added a new twist to this line of research by exploiting superradiance in order to construct artificial quantum systems. However, so far, systematic approaches to deliberately design superradiance properties are lacking, impeding the desired implementation of more advanced quantum optical schemes. Here, we develop an analytical framework for the engineering of single-photon superradiance in extended media applicable across the entire electromagnetic spectrum, and show how it can be used to tailor the properties of an artificial quantum system. This “reverse engineering” of superradiance not only provides an avenue towards non-linear and quantum mechanical phenomena at x-ray energies, but also leads to a unified view on and a better understanding of superradiance across different physical systems.

  12. An artificial life approach to language.

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    Parisi, D

    1997-08-01

    The aim of the paper is to show that an Artificial Life approach to language tends to change the research agenda on language which has been shared by both the symbolic paradigm and classical connectionism. Artificial Life Neural Networks (ALNNs) are different from classical connectionist networks because they interact with an independent physical environment; are subject to evolutionary, developmental, and cultural change, and not only to learning; and are part of organisms that have a physical body, have a life (are born, develop, and die), and are members of genetic and sometimes, cultural populations. Using ALNNs to study language shifts the emphasis from research on linguistic forms and laboratory-like tasks to the investigation of the emergence and transmission of language, the use of language, its role in cognition, and language as a populational rather than as an individual phenomenon.

  13. Topological frustration of artificial spin ice

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    Drisko, Jasper; Marsh, Thomas; Cumings, John

    2017-01-01

    Frustrated systems, typically characterized by competing interactions that cannot all be simultaneously satisfied, display rich behaviours not found elsewhere in nature. Artificial spin ice takes a materials-by-design approach to studying frustration, where lithographically patterned bar magnets mimic the frustrated interactions in real materials but are also amenable to direct characterization. Here, we introduce controlled topological defects into square artificial spin ice lattices in the form of lattice edge dislocations and directly observe the resulting spin configurations. We find the presence of a topological defect produces extended frustration within the system caused by a domain wall with indeterminate configuration. Away from the dislocation, the magnets are locally unfrustrated, but frustration of the lattice persists due to its topology. Our results demonstrate the non-trivial nature of topological defects in a new context, with implications for many real systems in which a typical density of dislocations could fully frustrate a canonically unfrustrated system.

  14. One Decade of Universal Artificial Intelligence

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    Hutter, Marcus

    2012-01-01

    The first decade of this century has seen the nascency of the first mathematical theory of general artificial intelligence. This theory of Universal Artificial Intelligence (UAI) has made significant contributions to many theoretical, philosophical, and practical AI questions. In a series of papers culminating in book (Hutter, 2005), an exciting sound and complete mathematical model for a super intelligent agent (AIXI) has been developed and rigorously analyzed. While nowadays most AI researchers avoid discussing intelligence, the award-winning PhD thesis (Legg, 2008) provided the philosophical embedding and investigated the UAI-based universal measure of rational intelligence, which is formal, objective and non-anthropocentric. Recently, effective approximations of AIXI have been derived and experimentally investigated in JAIR paper (Veness et al. 2011). This practical breakthrough has resulted in some impressive applications, finally muting earlier critique that UAI is only a theory. For the first time, wit...

  15. Rule Extraction using Artificial Neural Networks

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    Kamruzzaman, S M

    2010-01-01

    Artificial neural networks have been successfully applied to a variety of business application problems involving classification and regression. Although backpropagation neural networks generally predict better than decision trees do for pattern classification problems, they are often regarded as black boxes, i.e., their predictions are not as interpretable as those of decision trees. In many applications, it is desirable to extract knowledge from trained neural networks so that the users can gain a better understanding of the solution. This paper presents an efficient algorithm to extract rules from artificial neural networks. We use two-phase training algorithm for backpropagation learning. In the first phase, the number of hidden nodes of the network is determined automatically in a constructive fashion by adding nodes one after another based on the performance of the network on training data. In the second phase, the number of relevant input units of the network is determined using pruning algorithm. The ...

  16. Generating artificial light curves: Revisited and updated

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    Emmanoulopoulos, D; Papadakis, I E

    2013-01-01

    The production of artificial light curves with known statistical and variability properties is of great importance in astrophysics. Consolidating the confidence levels during cross-correlation studies, understanding the artefacts induced by sampling irregularities, establishing detection limits for future observatories are just some of the applications of simulated data sets. Currently, the widely used methodology of amplitude and phase randomisation is able to produce artificial light curves which have a given underlying power spectral density (PSD) but which are strictly Gaussian distributed. This restriction is a significant limitation, since the majority of the light curves e.g. active galactic nuclei, X-ray binaries, gamma-ray bursts show strong deviations from Gaussianity exhibiting `burst-like' events in their light curves yielding long-tailed probability distribution functions (PDFs). In this study we propose a simple method which is able to precisely reproduce light curves which match both the PSD an...

  17. Reducing disorder in artificial kagome ice.

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    Daunheimer, Stephen A; Petrova, Olga; Tchernyshyov, Oleg; Cumings, John

    2011-10-14

    Artificial spin ice has become a valuable tool for understanding magnetic interactions on a microscopic level. The strength in the approach lies in the ability of a synthetic array of nanoscale magnets to mimic crystalline materials, composed of atomic magnetic moments. Unfortunately, these nanoscale magnets, patterned from metal alloys, can show substantial variation in relevant quantities such as the coercive field, with deviations up to 16%. By carefully studying the reversal process of artificial kagome ice, we can directly measure the distribution of coercivities, and, by switching from disconnected islands to a connected structure, we find that the coercivity distribution can achieve a deviation of only 3.3%. These narrow deviations should allow the observation of behavior that mimics canonical spin-ice materials more closely.

  18. Forecasting Monsoon Precipitation Using Artificial Neural Networks

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    2001-01-01

    This paper explores the application of Artificial Intelligent (AI) techniques for climate forecast. It pres ents a study on modelling the monsoon precipitation forecast by means of Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs). Using the historical data of the total amount of summer rainfall over the Delta Area of Yangtze River in China, three ANNs models have been developed to forecast the monsoon precipitation in the corre sponding area one year, five-year, and ten-year forward respectively. Performances of the models have been validated using a 'new' data set that has not been exposed to the models during the processes of model development and test. The experiment results are promising, indicating that the proposed ANNs models have good quality in terms of the accuracy, stability and generalisation ability.

  19. Visual feature learning in artificial grammar classification.

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    Chang, Grace Y; Knowlton, Barbara J

    2004-05-01

    The Artificial Grammar Learning task has been used extensively to assess individuals' implicit learning capabilities. Previous work suggests that participants implicitly acquire rule-based knowledge as well as exemplar-specific knowledge in this task. This study investigated whether exemplar-specific knowledge acquired in this task is based on the visual features of the exemplars. When a change in the font and case occurred between study and test, there was no effect on sensitivity to grammatical rules in classification judgments. However, such a change did virtually eliminate sensitivity to training frequencies of letter bigrams and trigrams (chunk strength) in classification judgments. Performance of a secondary task during study eliminated this font sensitivity and generally reduced the contribution of chunk strength knowledge. The results are consistent with the idea that perceptual fluency makes a contribution to artificial grammar judgments.

  20. Stochastic Differential Equations in Artificial Pancreas Modelling

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    Duun-Henriksen, Anne Katrine

    to assess the timing, intensity and duration of physical exercise in advance, to adjust the insulin dose accordingly. Additionally, several uncontrollable and unpredictable factors such as stress, hormonal cycles and sickness changing the metabolic state make this task even more difficult. The development...... of the insulin pump and the CGM has paved the way for a fully automatic treatment regime, the artificial pancreas. The idea is to connect the CGM with the insulin pump via a control algorithm running on e.g. the patients smart phone. The CGM observations are sent to the smart phone and based on this information...... of the system directly. The purpose of this PhD-project was to investigate the potential of SDEs in the artificial pancreas development. Especially, the emerging continuous monitoring of glucose levels makes SDEs highly applicable to this field. The current thesis aims at demonstrating and discussing...

  1. Tailoring superradiance to design artificial quantum systems.

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    Longo, Paolo; Keitel, Christoph H; Evers, Jörg

    2016-03-24

    Cooperative phenomena arising due to the coupling of individual atoms via the radiation field are a cornerstone of modern quantum and optical physics. Recent experiments on x-ray quantum optics added a new twist to this line of research by exploiting superradiance in order to construct artificial quantum systems. However, so far, systematic approaches to deliberately design superradiance properties are lacking, impeding the desired implementation of more advanced quantum optical schemes. Here, we develop an analytical framework for the engineering of single-photon superradiance in extended media applicable across the entire electromagnetic spectrum, and show how it can be used to tailor the properties of an artificial quantum system. This "reverse engineering" of superradiance not only provides an avenue towards non-linear and quantum mechanical phenomena at x-ray energies, but also leads to a unified view on and a better understanding of superradiance across different physical systems.

  2. Artificial neural networks a practical course

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    da Silva, Ivan Nunes; Andrade Flauzino, Rogerio; Liboni, Luisa Helena Bartocci; dos Reis Alves, Silas Franco

    2017-01-01

    This book provides comprehensive coverage of neural networks, their evolution, their structure, the problems they can solve, and their applications. The first half of the book looks at theoretical investigations on artificial neural networks and addresses the key architectures that are capable of implementation in various application scenarios. The second half is designed specifically for the production of solutions using artificial neural networks to solve practical problems arising from different areas of knowledge. It also describes the various implementation details that were taken into account to achieve the reported results. These aspects contribute to the maturation and improvement of experimental techniques to specify the neural network architecture that is most appropriate for a particular application scope. The book is appropriate for students in graduate and upper undergraduate courses in addition to researchers and professionals.

  3. Artificial calibration source for ALMA radio interferometer

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    Kiuchi, Hitoshi; Hills, Richard; Whyborn, Nicholas D.; Asayama, Shinichiro; Sakamoto, Seiichi; Iguchi, Satoru; Corder, Stuartt A.

    2016-07-01

    The ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) radio interferometer has some different types of antennas which have a variation of gain and leakages across the primary beam of an individual antenna. We have been developing an artificial calibration source which is used for compensation of individual difference of antennas. In a high-frequency antenna, using astronomical sources to do calibration measurement would be extremely time consuming, whereas with the artificial calibration source becomes a realistic possibility. Photonic techniques are considered to be superior to conventional techniques based on electronic devices in terms of wide bandwidth and high-frequency signals. Conversion from an optical signal to a millimeter/sub-millimeter wave signal is done by a photo-mixer.

  4. Development of programmable artificial neural networks

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    Meade, Andrew J.

    1993-01-01

    Conventionally programmed digital computers can process numbers with great speed and precision, but do not easily recognize patterns or imprecise or contradictory data. Instead of being programmed in the conventional sense, artificial neural networks are capable of self-learning through exposure to repeated examples. However, the training of an ANN can be a time consuming and unpredictable process. A general method is being developed to mate the adaptability of the ANN with the speed and precision of the digital computer. This method was successful in building feedforward networks that can approximate functions and their partial derivatives from examples in a single iteration. The general method also allows the formation of feedforward networks that can approximate the solution to nonlinear ordinary and partial differential equations to desired accuracy without the need of examples. It is believed that continued research will produce artificial neural networks that can be used with confidence in practical scientific computing and engineering applications.

  5. Artificial immune system applications in computer security

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    Tan, Ying

    2016-01-01

    This book provides state-of-the-art information on the use, design, and development of the Artificial Immune System (AIS) and AIS-based solutions to computer security issues. Artificial Immune System: Applications in Computer Security focuses on the technologies and applications of AIS in malware detection proposed in recent years by the Computational Intelligence Laboratory of Peking University (CIL@PKU). It offers a theoretical perspective as well as practical solutions for readers interested in AIS, machine learning, pattern recognition and computer security. The book begins by introducing the basic concepts, typical algorithms, important features, and some applications of AIS. The second chapter introduces malware and its detection methods, especially for immune-based malware detection approaches. Successive chapters present a variety of advanced detection approaches for malware, including Virus Detection System, K-Nearest Neighbour (KNN), RBF networ s, and Support Vector Machines (SVM), Danger theory, ...

  6. Artificial Intelligence: Engineering, Science, or Slogan?

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    Nilsson, Nils J.

    1982-01-01

    This paper presents the view that artificial intelligence (AI) is primarily concerned with propositional languages for representing knowledge and with techniques for manipulating these representations. In this respect, AI is analogous to applied in a variety of other subject areas. Typically, AI research (or should be) more concerned with the general form and properties of representational languages and methods than it is with the context being described by these languages. Notable exceptions...

  7. Artificial insemination of cranes with frozen semen

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    Gee, G.F.; Sexton, T.J.; Lewis, J.C.

    1979-01-01

    For the first time (1978) artificial insemination (AI) with frozen greater sandhill crane (Grus canadensis tabida) semen resulted in fertile eggs and chicks. During the 2 year (1977-78) study, 6 of 27 eggs produced were fertile. Three chicks hatched. Semen samples used for insemination were frozen and stored in liquid nitrogen for two months or less. Recent improvements in the laboratory indicated that a more effective sample can be prepared and greater fertility rates should be expected.

  8. Artificial Neural Networks in Stellar Astronomy

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    R. K. Gulati

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Next generation of optical spectroscopic surveys, such as the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and the 2 degree field survey, will provide large stellar databases. New tools will be required to extract useful information from these. We show the applications of artificial neural networks to stellar databases. In another application of this method, we predict spectral and luminosity classes from the catalog of spectral indices. We assess the importance of such methods for stellar populations studies.

  9. Polyethism in a colony of artificial ants

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    Marriott, Chris

    2011-01-01

    We explore self-organizing strategies for role assignment in a foraging task carried out by a colony of artificial agents. Our strategies are inspired by various mechanisms of division of labor (polyethism) observed in eusocial insects like ants, termites, or bees. Specifically we instantiate models of caste polyethism and age or temporal polyethism to evaluated the benefits to foraging in a dynamic environment. Our experiment is directly related to the exploration/exploitation trade of in machine learning.

  10. Artificial Gravity: Effects on Bone Turnover

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    Heer, M.; Zwart, S /R.; Baecker, N.; Smith, S. M.

    2007-01-01

    The impact of microgravity on the human body is a significant concern for space travelers. Since mechanical loading is a main reason for bone loss, artificial gravity might be an effective countermeasure to the effects of microgravity. In a 21-day 6 head-down tilt bed rest (HDBR) pilot study carried out by NASA, USA, the utility of artificial gravity (AG) as a countermeasure to immobilization-induced bone loss was tested. Blood and urine were collected before, during, and after bed rest for bone marker determinations. Bone mineral density was determined by DXA and pQCT before and after bed rest. Urinary excretion of bone resorption markers (n-telopeptide and helical peptide) were increased from pre-bed rest, but there was no difference between the control and the AG group. The same was true for serum c-telopeptide measurements. Bone formation markers were affected by bed rest and artificial gravity. While bone-specific alkaline phosphatase tended to be lower in the AG group during bed rest (p = 0.08), PINP, another bone formation marker, was significantly lower in AG subjects than CN before and during bed rest. PINP was lower during bed rest in both groups. For comparison, artificial gravity combined with ergometric exercise was tested in a 14-day HDBR study carried out in Japan (Iwase et al. J Grav Physiol 2004). In that study, an exercise regime combined with AG was able to significantly mitigate the bed rest-induced increase in the bone resorption marker deoxypyridinoline. While further study is required to more clearly differentiate bone and muscle effects, these initial data demonstrate the potential effectiveness of short-radius, intermittent AG as a countermeasure to the bone deconditioning that occurs during bed rest and spaceflight. Future studies will need to optimize not only the AG prescription (intensity and duration), but will likely need to include the use of exercise or other combined treatments.

  11. Rule Extraction using Artificial Neural Networks

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    2010-01-01

    Artificial neural networks have been successfully applied to a variety of business application problems involving classification and regression. Although backpropagation neural networks generally predict better than decision trees do for pattern classification problems, they are often regarded as black boxes, i.e., their predictions are not as interpretable as those of decision trees. In many applications, it is desirable to extract knowledge from trained neural networks so that the users can...

  12. The case for artificial black holes.

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    Leonhardt, Ulf; Philbin, Thomas G

    2008-08-28

    The event horizon is predicted to generate particles from the quantum vacuum, an effect that bridges three areas of physics--general relativity, quantum mechanics and thermodynamics. The quantum radiation of real black holes is too feeble to be detectable, but black-hole analogues may probe several aspects of quantum black holes. In this paper, we explain in simple terms some of the motivations behind the study of artificial black holes.

  13. Readings in artificial intelligence and software engineering

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    Rich, C.; Waters, R.C.

    1986-01-01

    Research at the intersection of artificial intelligence and software engineering is important to both AI researchers and software engineers. For AI, programming is a domain that stimulates research in knowledge representation and automated reasoning. In software engineering, AI techniques are being applied to a new generation of programming tools. This book covers a wide spectrum of work in this area. Some of the topics covered include deductive synthesis, program verification, and transformational approaches.

  14. Parallel processing for artificial intelligence 1

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    Kanal, LN; Kumar, V; Suttner, CB

    1994-01-01

    Parallel processing for AI problems is of great current interest because of its potential for alleviating the computational demands of AI procedures. The articles in this book consider parallel processing for problems in several areas of artificial intelligence: image processing, knowledge representation in semantic networks, production rules, mechanization of logic, constraint satisfaction, parsing of natural language, data filtering and data mining. The publication is divided into six sections. The first addresses parallel computing for processing and understanding images. The second discus

  15. Digital systems for artificial neural networks

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    Atlas, L.E. (Interactive Systems Design Lab., Univ. of Washington, WA (US)); Suzuki, Y. (NTT Human Interface Labs. (US))

    1989-11-01

    A tremendous flurry of research activity has developed around artificial neural systems. These systems have also been tested in many applications, often with positive results. Most of this work has taken place as digital simulations on general-purpose serial or parallel digital computers. Specialized neural network emulation systems have also been developed for more efficient learning and use. The authors discussed how dedicated digital VLSI integrated circuits offer the highest near-term future potential for this technology.

  16. The asthma epidemic and our artificial habitats

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    Maziak Wasim

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The recent increase in childhood asthma has been a puzzling one. Recent views focus on the role of infection in the education of the immune system of young children. However, this so called hygiene hypothesis fails to answer some important questions about the current trends in asthma or to account for environmental influences that bear little relation to infection. Discussion The multi-factorial nature of asthma, reflecting the different ways we tend to interact with our environment, mandates that we look at the asthma epidemic from a broader perspective. Seemingly modern affluent lifestyles are placing us increasingly in static, artificial, microenvironments very different from the conditions prevailed for most part of our evolution and shaped our organisms. Changes that occurred during the second half of the 20th century in industrialized nations with the spread of central heating/conditioning, building insulation, hygiene, TV/PC/games, manufactured food, indoor entertainment, cars, medical care, and sedentary lifestyles all seem to be depriving our children from the essential inputs needed to develop normal airway function (resistance. Asthma according to this view is a manifestation of our respiratory maladaptation to modern lifestyles, or in other words to our increasingly artificial habitats. The basis of the artificial habitat notion may lie in reduced exposure of innate immunity to a variety of environmental stimuli, infectious and non-infectious, leading to reduced formulation of regulatory cells/cytokines as well as inscribed regulatory pathways. This could contribute to a faulty checking mechanism of non-functional Th2 (and likely Th1 responses, resulting in asthma and other immuno-dysregulation disorders. Summary In this piece I discuss the artificial habitat concept, its correspondence with epidemiological data of asthma and allergy, and provide possible immunological underpinning for it from an evolutionary

  17. Artificial organs 2014: a year in review.

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    Malchesky, Paul S

    2015-03-01

    In this Editor's Review, articles published in 2014 are organized by category and briefly summarized. We aim to provide a brief reflection of the currently available worldwide knowledge that is intended to advance and better human life while providing insight for continued application of technologies and methods of organ Replacement, Recovery, and Regeneration. As the official journal of the International Federation for Artificial Organs, the International Faculty for Artificial Organs, the International Society for Rotary Blood Pumps, the International Society for Pediatric Mechanical Cardiopulmonary Support, and the Vienna International Workshop on Functional Electrical Stimulation, Artificial Organs continues in the original mission of its founders "to foster communications in the field of artificial organs on an international level." Artificial Organs continues to publish developments and clinical applications of artificial organ technologies in this broad and expanding field of organ Replacement, Recovery, and Regeneration from all over the world. We take this time also to express our gratitude to our authors for offering their work to this journal. We offer our very special thanks to our reviewers who give so generously of time and expertise to review, critique, and especially provide meaningful suggestions to the author's work whether eventually accepted or rejected. Without these excellent and dedicated reviewers, the quality expected from such a journal could not be possible. We also express our special thanks to our Publisher, John Wiley & Sons, for their expert attention and support in the production and marketing of Artificial Organs. We look forward to reporting further advances in the coming years.

  18. Modular, Hierarchical Learning By Artificial Neural Networks

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    Baldi, Pierre F.; Toomarian, Nikzad

    1996-01-01

    Modular and hierarchical approach to supervised learning by artificial neural networks leads to neural networks more structured than neural networks in which all neurons fully interconnected. These networks utilize general feedforward flow of information and sparse recurrent connections to achieve dynamical effects. The modular organization, sparsity of modular units and connections, and fact that learning is much more circumscribed are all attractive features for designing neural-network hardware. Learning streamlined by imitating some aspects of biological neural networks.

  19. Controlling Functional Group Architecture in Artificial Cells

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    2015-07-02

    further enable enzyme encapsulation to improve the efficiency of light-driven hydrogen fuel production. 5. Changes in key personnel, if applicable : -None ...Controlling Functional Group Architecture in Artificial Cells 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER W9132T-14-2-0002 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6...cycloadditions to modify reactive groups within the phospholipid membrane structure and how the nature of the reactive elements, the copper catalyst

  20. Classification of artificial (man-made) ground

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    Rosenbaum, M.S.; McMillan, A.A.; Powell, J H; Cooper, A.H.; Culshaw, M.G.; Northmore, K.J.

    2003-01-01

    The legacy inherited from anthropogenic processes needs to be addressed in order to provide reliable and up-to-date ground information relevant to development and regeneration in the urban environment. The legacy includes voids as well as anthropogenic deposits (artificial ground). Their characteristics derive from former quarrying and mining activities, industrial processes creating derelict ground, variably consolidated made ground, and contaminated groundwater and soils. All need to be sys...

  1. Recognizing blue emission in artificial aurora

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    Holma, H.; Kaila, K.; Jussila, J.; Kosch, M.; Rietveld, M.

    On 12th November 2001, during the EISCAT UK/GE artificial aurora campaign, the optical group of University of Oulu performed the optical measurements at the EISCAT site in Ramfjordmoen. That campaign was the first successful attempt of inducing blue emission in artificial aurora at high latitudes. Optical instruments were monitoring emis-sions and they included a photometer, a real speed TV camera and a digital camera. The emissions measured by the photometer are 557.7 nm (OI), 630.0 nm (OI) and 427.8 nm (N2+). The threshold energies for these emissions to arise are 2 eV, 4 eV and 19 eV, re-spectively. In the natural aurora the blue emission at around 427 nm is always highly dominated by N2+ 1NG (0,1) rotational band. However, there are two weak emissions lying under this strong emission. These bands are N2 VK(4,15) (threshold energy 6 eV) and N2 2P(1,5) (threshold 11 eV). These energies are remarkably lower and could obviously have stronger intensity in the spectrum of artificial aurora than in natural aurora that is domi-nated by harder electron bombardment. The auroral photometer of the university of Oulu has been designed for investigating natural aurora, which results some limitations regarding the artificial aurora, to the data that has been obtained. The photometer was equipped with two channels measuring two close wavelength bands around 427 nm. These channels were aimed to be used to de-termine rotational temperature from the ratio of the intensities through the channels. Now they will be used to estimate the intensities of the three overlapping emission bands instead.

  2. Anharmonic osillators energies via artificial perturbation method

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    Mustafa, O; Mustafa, Omar; Odeh, Maen

    2000-01-01

    A new pseudoperturbative (artificial in nature) methodical proposal [15] is used to solve for Schrodinger equation with a class of phenomenologically useful and methodically challenging anharmonice oscillator potentials V(q)=\\alpha_o q^2 + \\alpha q^4. The effect of the [4,5] Pade' approximant on the leading eigenenergy term is studied. Comparison with results from numerical (exact) and several eligible (approximation) methods is made.

  3. Inteligência biológica versus inteligência artificial: uma abordagem crítica Biologic intelligence versus artificial intelligence: a critical approach

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    Wilson Luiz Sanvito

    1995-09-01

    Full Text Available Após considerações iniciais sobre inteligência, um estudo comparativo entre inteligência biológica e inteligência artificial é feito. Os especialistas em Inteligência Artificial são de opinião que inteligência é simplesmente uma matéria de manipulação de símbolos físicos. Neste sentido, o objetivo da Inteligência Artificial é entender como a inteligência cerebral funciona em termos de conceitos e técnicas de engenharia. De modo diverso os filósofos da ciência acreditam que os computadores podem ter uma sintaxe, porém não têm uma semântica. No presente trabalho é ressaltado que o complexo cérebro/mente constitui um sistema monolítico, que funciona com funções emergentes em vários níveis de organização hierárquica. Esses níveis hierárquicos não são redutíveis um ao outro. Eles são, no mínimo, três (neuronal, funcional e semântico e funcionam dentro de um plano interacional. Do ponto de vista epistemológico, o complexo cérebro/mente se utiliza de mecanismos lógicos e não-lógicos para lidar com os problemas do dia-a-dia. A lógica é necessária para o processo do pensamento, porém não é suficiente. Ênfase é dada aos mecanismos não-lógicos (lógica nebulosa, heurística, raciocínio intuitivo, os quais permitem à mente desenvolver estratégias para encontrar soluções.After brief considerations about intelligence, a comparative study between biologic and artificial intelligence is made. The specialists in Artificial Intelligence found that intelligence is purely a matter of physical symbol manipulation. The enterprise of Artificial Intelligence aims to understand what we might call Brain Intelligence in terms of concepts and techniques of engineering. However the philosophers believed that computer-machine can have syntax, but can never have semantics. In other words, that they can follow rules, such as those of arithmetic or grammar, but not understand what to us are meanings of symbols

  4. Level of knowledge about information searching in health professional Nivel de conocimientos sobre búsqueda de información en profesionales de la salud

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    Oristela Mora Rodríguez

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    Background: the accelerated growing of the importance and the amount of the information do not allow accumulating and storing all the information needed. It demands the development of abilities to take them back, understand them, and place them in the adequate format in the case of those needed for its organization or for the individual. Objective: to measure the level of knowledge about information searching in health professionals. Methods: a descriptive, transversal study carried out in the library of the medicine school in Cienfuegos city from March to May 2007. It included 100 users selected at simple random. Characterization of the sample, perception of the users about the knowledge on the steps to make to perform a search, main medical web sites and how to search for the information in INFOMED, sites and data bases in which they carry out the search, knowledge of elements, sites and tools for searching were the variables analyzed. The data were obtained from a survey and processed on Microsoft Excel system. Results: only 48 % of the users master the steps to carry out a search, 46 % stated to know the main medical web sites and, 61 % of them declared to know how to make a search in INFOMED which was the most visited web site. 58 % of the users do not have the abilities for an effective information search. Conclusions: our professionals have a low level of knowledge about information searching and medical web sites.

    Fundamento: El crecimiento acelerado de la importancia y el volumen de la información, a la vez que imposibilita acumular y guardar toda la información que se necesita, exige el desarrollo de habilidades para recuperarla, comprenderla y colocar en el formato adecuado sólo aquella que es más necesaria para la organización o el individuo. Objetivo: Medir el grado de conocimiento sobre búsqueda de

  5. An integrated multivariable artificial pancreas control system.

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    Turksoy, Kamuran; Quinn, Lauretta T; Littlejohn, Elizabeth; Cinar, Ali

    2014-05-01

    The objective was to develop a closed-loop (CL) artificial pancreas (AP) control system that uses continuous measurements of glucose concentration and physiological variables, integrated with a hypoglycemia early alarm module to regulate glucose concentration and prevent hypoglycemia. Eleven open-loop (OL) and 9 CL experiments were performed. A multivariable adaptive artificial pancreas (MAAP) system was used for the first 6 CL experiments. An integrated multivariable adaptive artificial pancreas (IMAAP) system consisting of MAAP augmented with a hypoglycemia early alarm system was used during the last 3 CL experiments. Glucose values and physical activity information were measured and transferred to the controller every 10 minutes and insulin suggestions were entered to the pump manually. All experiments were designed to be close to real-life conditions. Severe hypoglycemic episodes were seen several times during the OL experiments. With the MAAP system, the occurrence of severe hypoglycemia was decreased significantly (P < .01). No hypoglycemia was seen with the IMAAP system. There was also a significant difference (P < .01) between OL and CL experiments with regard to percentage of glucose concentration (54% vs 58%) that remained within target range (70-180 mg/dl). Integration of an adaptive control and hypoglycemia early alarm system was able to keep glucose concentration values in target range in patients with type 1 diabetes. Postprandial hypoglycemia and exercise-induced hypoglycemia did not occur when this system was used. Physical activity information improved estimation of the blood glucose concentration and effectiveness of the control system.

  6. The Silent Language of an Artificial Body

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    Alina Maria Hrisca

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available This article presents some alterations of body language, due to the interventions in/on thebody. Body language has been theorized a lot in the last decades, and one of the most importantauthors we will refer to is Paul Ekman and his micro-expressions theory. Ekman tried to give auniversaldecoderof involuntary face reactions, and this is important now more than ever, becausemicro-expression are more and more diminished, due to the latest chemical and technicalinterventions in/on the body (especially the face.Using observation and some new works in thefields of both philosophy and sociology, we will analyze the effects on body-language of thesealterations ofthe body.Minimizing a lot the micro-gestures and face-expressions, as well as stressingthe functional aspect of an artificial body, body-language has a lot to suffer. It gets reduced andpeople begin toreadbodies only through their presence, not by their expressions. Standardization anda very simplified body-language and non-verbal cues are also consequences of an artificial body.Allof this makes body-language hard to express and at the same time hard todecode. This paper stressesthe effects thatan artificial body has on body-language, and also the importance of choosing a rightpath in the future interventions in/over the body.

  7. Impacts of Artificial Reefs and Diving Tourism

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    Sandra Jakšić

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Coral reefs are currently endangered throughout the world. One of the main activities responsible for this is scuba-diving. Scuba-diving on coral reefs was not problematic in the begging, but due to popularization of the new sport, more and more tourists desired to participate in the activity. Mass tourism, direct contact of the tourists with the coral reefs and unprofessional behavior underwater has a negative effect on the coral reefs. The conflict between nature preservation and economy benefits related to scuba-diving tourism resulted in the creation of artificial reefs, used both to promote marine life and as tourists attractions, thereby taking the pressure off the natural coral reefs. Ships, vehicles and other large structures can be found on the coastal sea floor in North America, Australia, Japan and Europe. The concept of artificial reefs as a scuba-diving attraction was developed in Florida. The main goal was to promote aquaculture, with the popularization of scuba-diving attractions being a secondary effect. The aim of this paper is to determine the effects of artificial reefs on scuba-diving tourism, while taking into account the questionnaire carried out among 18 divers

  8. Artificial neural networks in neutron dosimetry

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    Vega C, H.R.; Hernandez D, V.M.; Manzanares A, E.; Mercado, G.A.; Perales M, W.A.; Robles R, J.A. [Unidades Academicas de Estudios Nucleares, UAZ, A.P. 336, 98000 Zacatecas (Mexico); Gallego, E.; Lorente, A. [Depto. de Ingenieria Nuclear, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, (Spain)

    2005-07-01

    An artificial neural network has been designed to obtain the neutron doses using only the Bonner spheres spectrometer's count rates. Ambient, personal and effective neutron doses were included. 187 neutron spectra were utilized to calculate the Bonner count rates and the neutron doses. The spectra were transformed from lethargy to energy distribution and were re-binned to 31 energy groups using the MCNP 4C code. Re-binned spectra, UTA4 response matrix and fluence-to-dose coefficients were used to calculate the count rates in Bonner spheres spectrometer and the doses. Count rates were used as input and the respective doses were used as output during neural network training. Training and testing was carried out in Mat lab environment. The artificial neural network performance was evaluated using the {chi}{sup 2}- test, where the original and calculated doses were compared. The use of Artificial Neural Networks in neutron dosimetry is an alternative procedure that overcomes the drawbacks associated in this ill-conditioned problem. (Author)

  9. Teachers and artificial intelligence. The Logo connection.

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    Merbler, J B

    1990-12-01

    This article describes a three-phase program for training special education teachers to teach Logo and artificial intelligence. Logo is derived from the LISP computer language and is relatively simple to learn and use, and it is argued that these factors make it an ideal tool for classroom experimentation in basic artificial intelligence concepts. The program trains teachers to develop simple demonstrations of artificial intelligence using Logo. The material that the teachers learn to teach is suitable as an advanced level topic for intermediate- through secondary-level students enrolled in computer competency or similar courses. The material emphasizes problem-solving and thinking skills using a nonverbal expressive medium (Logo), thus it is deemed especially appropriate for hearing-impaired children. It is also sufficiently challenging for academically talented children, whether hearing or deaf. Although the notion of teachers as programmers is controversial, Logo is relatively easy to learn, has direct implications for education, and has been found to be an excellent tool for empowerment-for both teachers and children.

  10. Agency in natural and artificial systems.

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    Moreno, Alvaro; Etxeberria, Arantza

    2005-01-01

    We analyze the conditions for agency in natural and artificial systems. In the case of basic (natural) autonomous systems, self-construction and activity in the environment are two aspects of the same organization, the distinction between which is entirely conceptual: their sensorimotor activities are metabolic, realized according to the same principles and through the same material transformations as those typical of internal processes (such as energy transduction). The two aspects begin to be distinguishable in a particular evolutionary trend, related to the size increase of some groups of organisms whose adaptive abilities depend on motility. Here a specialized system develops, which, in the sensorimotor aspect, is decoupled from the metabolic basis, although it remains dependent on it in the self-constructive aspect. This decoupling reveals a complexification of the organization. In the last section of the article this approach to natural agency is used to analyze artificial systems by posing two problems: whether it is possible to artificially build an organization similar to the natural, and whether this notion of agency can be grounded on different organizing principles.

  11. Vertex micromagnetic energy in artificial square ice

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    Perrin, Yann; Canals, Benjamin; Rougemaille, Nicolas

    2016-10-01

    Artificial arrays of interacting magnetic elements provide an uncharted arena in which the physics of magnetic frustration and magnetic monopoles can be observed in real space and in real time. These systems offer the formidable opportunity to investigate a wide range of collective magnetic phenomena with a lab-on-chip approach and to explore various theoretical predictions from spin models. Here, we study artificial square ice systems numerically and use micromagnetic simulations to understand how the geometrical parameters of the individual magnetic elements affect the energy levels of an isolated square vertex. More specifically, we address the question of whether the celebrated square ice model could be made relevant for artificial square ice systems. Our work reveals that tuning the geometry alone should not allow the experimental realization of the square ice model when using nanomagnets coupled through the magnetostatic interaction. However, low-aspect ratios combined with small gaps separating neighboring magnetic elements of moderated thickness might permit approaching the ideal case where the degeneracy of the ice rule states is recovered.

  12. Porosity Log Prediction Using Artificial Neural Network

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    Dwi Saputro, Oki; Lazuardi Maulana, Zulfikar; Dzar Eljabbar Latief, Fourier

    2016-08-01

    Well logging is important in oil and gas exploration. Many physical parameters of reservoir is derived from well logging measurement. Geophysicists often use well logging to obtain reservoir properties such as porosity, water saturation and permeability. Most of the time, the measurement of the reservoir properties are considered expensive. One of method to substitute the measurement is by conducting a prediction using artificial neural network. In this paper, artificial neural network is performed to predict porosity log data from other log data. Three well from ‘yy’ field are used to conduct the prediction experiment. The log data are sonic, gamma ray, and porosity log. One of three well is used as training data for the artificial neural network which employ the Levenberg-Marquardt Backpropagation algorithm. Through several trials, we devise that the most optimal input training is sonic log data and gamma ray log data with 10 hidden layer. The prediction result in well 1 has correlation of 0.92 and mean squared error of 5.67 x10-4. Trained network apply to other well data. The result show that correlation in well 2 and well 3 is 0.872 and 0.9077 respectively. Mean squared error in well 2 and well 3 is 11 x 10-4 and 9.539 x 10-4. From the result we can conclude that sonic log and gamma ray log could be good combination for predicting porosity with neural network.

  13. Artificial recharge of humic ground water.

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    Alborzfar, M; Villumsen, A; Grøn, C

    2001-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficiency of soil in removing natural organic matter from humic ground waters using artificial recharge. The study site, in western Denmark, was a 10,000 ml football field of which 2,000 m2 served as an infiltration field. The impact of the artificial recharge was studied by monitoring the water level and the quality of the underlying shallow aquifer. The humic ground water contained mainly humic adds with an organic carbon (OC) concentration of 100 to 200 mg C L(-1). A total of 5,000 mS of humic ground water were sprinkled onto the infiltration field at an average rate of 4.25 mm h(-1). This resulted in a rise in the water table of the shallow aquifer. The organic matter concentration of the water in the shallow aquifer, however, remained below 2.7 mg C L(-1). The organic matter concentration of the pore water in the unsaturated zone was measured at the end of the experiment. The organic matter concentration of the pore water decreased from 105 mg C L(-1) at 0.5 m to 20 mg C L(-1) at 2.5 m under the infiltration field indicating that the soil removed the organic matter from the humic ground water. From these results we conclude that artificial recharge is a possible method for humic ground water treatment.

  14. Employing Artificial Intelligence To Minimise Internet Fraud

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    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Internet fraud is increasing on a daily basis with new methods for extracting funds from government, corporations, businesses in general, and persons appearing almost hourly. The increases in on-line purchasing and the constant vigilance of both seller and buyer have meant that the criminal seems to be one-step ahead at all times. To pre-empt or to stop fraud before it can happen occurs in the non-computer based daily transactions of today because of the natural intelligence of the players, both seller and buyer. Currently, even with advances in computing techniques, intelligence is not the current strength of any computing system of today, yet techniques are available which may reduce the occurrences of fraud, and are usually referred to as artificial intelligence systems.This paper provides an overview of the use of current artificial intelligence (AI techniques as a means of combating fraud.Initially the paper describes how artificial intelligence techniques are employed in systems for detecting credit card fraud (online and offline fraud and insider trading.Following this, an attempt is made to propose the using of MonITARS (Monitoring Insider Trading and Regulatory Surveillance Systems framework which use a combination of genetic algorithms, neural nets and statistical analysis in detecting insider dealing. Finally, the paper discusses future research agenda to the role of using MonITARS system.

  15. Heterogeneous information-based artificial stock market

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    Pastore, S.; Ponta, L.; Cincotti, S.

    2010-05-01

    In this paper, an information-based artificial stock market is considered. The market is populated by heterogeneous agents that are seen as nodes of a sparsely connected graph. Agents trade a risky asset in exchange for cash. Besides the amount of cash and assets owned, each agent is characterized by a sentiment. Moreover, agents share their sentiments by means of interactions that are identified by the graph. Interactions are unidirectional and are supplied with heterogeneous weights. The agent's trading decision is based on sentiment and, consequently, the stock price process depends on the propagation of information among the interacting agents, on budget constraints and on market feedback. A central market maker (clearing house mechanism) determines the price process at the intersection of the demand and supply curves. Both closed- and open-market conditions are considered. The results point out the validity of the proposed model of information exchange among agents and are helpful for understanding the role of information in real markets. Under closed market conditions, the interaction among agents' sentiments yields a price process that reproduces the main stylized facts of real markets, e.g. the fat tails of the returns distributions and the clustering of volatility. Within open-market conditions, i.e. with an external cash inflow that results in asset price inflation, also the unitary root stylized fact is reproduced by the artificial stock market. Finally, the effects of model parameters on the properties of the artificial stock market are also addressed.

  16. ARTIFICIAL FISH PROPAGATION IN KANEV RESERVOIR

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    O. B. Gurbik

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Based on the analysis of the dynamics of structural parameters of fish fauna of the Kanev reservoir, we determined the major measures for artificial fish propagation (stocking, which would allow increasing their commercial stocks and maintain biological diversity. It was found that main biological factors, which defined the conditions of existence of fish at different stages of their life cycle in the Kanev reservoir was as a whole favorable for providing sufficient efficiency of measures for stocking it with juveniles of commercially and environmentally valuable fishes. With current state of fish fauna and possibilities of fish hatcheries, the priority in the part of artificial maintenance of fish populations should be given to pike-perch, wels, and tench. An increase of amounts of commercial catches should be based first of all on full-scale stocking with silver and bighead carps, the created stock of which will be available for effective exploitation at a regime, which is protective for native fish fauna. The current bioproductive potential allows increasing the indices of the stock of commercially valuable species up to 120 kg/ha that is twice more than the actual indices for 2012-2013. Key words: fish fauna, artificial propagation, commercial stock, Kanev reservoir.

  17. Thinning in artificially regenerated young beech stands

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    Novák Jiří

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Although beech stands are usually regenerated naturally, an area of up to 5,000 ha year−1 is artificially regenerated by beech in the Czech Republic annually. Unfortunately, these stands often showed insufficient stand density and, consequently, lower quality of stems. Therefore, thinning methods developed for naturally regenerated beech stands are applicable with difficulties. The paper evaluates the data from two thinning experiments established in young artificially regenerated beech stands located in different growing conditions. In both experiments, thinning resulted in the lower amount of salvage cut in following years. Positive effect of thinning on periodic stand basal area increment and on periodic diameter increment of dominant trees was found in the beech stand located at middle elevations. On the other hand, thinning effects in mountain conditions were negligible. Thinning focusing on future stand quality cannot be commonly applied in artificially regenerated beech stands because of their worse initial quality and lower density. However, these stands show good growth and response to thinning, hence their management can be focused on maximising beech wood production.

  18. Artificial sweeteners: a systematic review of metabolic effects in youth.

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    Brown, Rebecca J; de Banate, Mary Ann; Rother, Kristina I

    2010-08-01

    Epidemiological data have demonstrated an association between artificial sweetener use and weight gain. Evidence of a causal relationship linking artificial sweetener use to weight gain and other metabolic health effects is limited. However, recent animal studies provide intriguing information that supports an active metabolic role of artificial sweeteners. This systematic review examines the current literature on artificial sweetener consumption in children and its health effects. Eighteen studies were identified. Data from large, epidemiologic studies support the existence of an association between artificially-sweetened beverage consumption and weight gain in children. Randomized controlled trials in children are very limited, and do not clearly demonstrate either beneficial or adverse metabolic effects of artificial sweeteners. Presently, there is no strong clinical evidence for causality regarding artificial sweetener use and metabolic health effects, but it is important to examine possible contributions of these common food additives to the global rise in pediatric obesity and diabetes.

  19. Building an Artificial Idiotopic Immune Model Based on Artificial Neural Network Ideology

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    Hossam Meshref

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In the literature, there were many research efforts that utilized the artificial immune networks to model their designed applications, but they were considerably complicated, and restricted to a few areas that such as computer security applications. The objective of this research is to introduce a new model for artificial immune networks that adopts features from other biological successful models to overcome its complexity such as the artificial neural networks. Common concepts between the two systems were investigated to design a simple, yet a robust, model of artificial immune networks. Three artificial neural networks learning models were available to choose from in the research design: supervised, unsupervised, and reinforcement learning models. However, it was found that the reinforcement model is the most suitable model. Research results examined network parameters, and appropriate relations between concentration ranges and their dependent parameters as well as the expected reward during network learning. In conclusion, it is recommended the use of the designed model by other researchers in different applications such as controlling robots in hazardous environment to save human lives as well as using it on image retrieval in general to help the police department identify suspects.

  20. Puente pretensado sobre el Guadarrama. Villalba

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    Páez, A.

    1958-12-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se describe y comenta la solución dada al puente de hormigón pretensado sobre el río Guadarrama, primero de los construidos mediante dovelas prefabricadas y solidarizadas después, mediante el pretensado de la armadura longitudinal.

  1. Un nuevo libro sobre Juan de Castellanos

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    Alberto Miramón

    1979-02-01

    Full Text Available El Centro de Historia del Táchira ha auspiciado la publicación, por la Editorial Kelly de Bogotá, del segundo libro que monseñor Mario Germán Romero ha escrito sobre la vida y obra, tan apasionante ambas, de don Joan de Castellanos

  2. O pensamento de Marx sobre a subjetividade

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    Eduardo F. Chagas

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available O pensamento de Karl Marx sobre a subjetividade humana é pouco conhecido e divulgado na língua portuguesa, e, no Brasil, particularmente, carece ainda de um estudo amplo, explícito e sistemático. Meu artigo pretende esboçar uma reflexão mais completa de sua filosofia sobre a subjetividade humana, insistindo não somente na crítica, mas também, e especialmente, na compreensão da referida questão, a partir de uma leitura imanente e estrutural de suas obras, no original. Vale ainda ressaltar que minha investigação se apoia na conexão entre subjetividade e objetividade, entre sujeito e objeto, inquirindo se há um determinismo da objetividade sobre a subjetividade, ou seja, se essas duas determinações são contraditórias no interior do pensamento marxiano, comprometendo, pois, as suas reflexões acerca da crítica à filosofia especulativa de Hegel e ao empirismo da economia clássica, ou se, na verdade, tal conexão é o segredo recôndito de sua filosofia sobre a subjetividade humana.

  3. Los derechos reales sobre cosa ajena

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    Panero Oria, Patricia

    2011-01-01

    Esta presentación cierra la serie de presentaciones que sa han realizado sobre los Derechos reales, según el Plan Docente seguido en la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Barcelona, y que sirven de guía para el estudio de la materia.

  4. Las fuentes cristianas sobre Jesús

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    Melero Martínez, J.M.

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available El artículo es una presentación de las fuentes históricas sobre Jesús de Nazaret: fuentes sinópticas, fuente Q, fuentes afines a la gnosis, fragmentos de evangelio con material sinóptico o joánico, evangelios judeocristianos y otras fuentes.

  5. Performance of artificial neural networks and genetical evolved artificial neural networks unfolding techniques

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    Ortiz R, J. M. [Escuela Politecnica Superior, Departamento de Electrotecnia y Electronica, Avda. Menendez Pidal s/n, Cordoba (Spain); Martinez B, M. R.; Vega C, H. R. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Estudios Nucleares, Calle Cipres No. 10, Fracc. La Penuela, 98068 Zacatecas (Mexico); Gallego D, E.; Lorente F, A. [Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Departamento de Ingenieria Nuclear, ETSI Industriales, C. Jose Gutierrez Abascal 2, 28006 Madrid (Spain); Mendez V, R.; Los Arcos M, J. M.; Guerrero A, J. E., E-mail: morvymm@yahoo.com.m [CIEMAT, Laboratorio de Metrologia de Radiaciones Ionizantes, Avda. Complutense 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2011-02-15

    With the Bonner spheres spectrometer neutron spectrum is obtained through an unfolding procedure. Monte Carlo methods, Regularization, Parametrization, Least-squares, and Maximum Entropy are some of the techniques utilized for unfolding. In the last decade methods based on Artificial Intelligence Technology have been used. Approaches based on Genetic Algorithms and Artificial Neural Networks (Ann) have been developed in order to overcome the drawbacks of previous techniques. Nevertheless the advantages of Ann still it has some drawbacks mainly in the design process of the network, vg the optimum selection of the architectural and learning Ann parameters. In recent years the use of hybrid technologies, combining Ann and genetic algorithms, has been utilized to. In this work, several Ann topologies were trained and tested using Ann and Genetically Evolved Artificial Neural Networks in the aim to unfold neutron spectra using the count rates of a Bonner sphere spectrometer. Here, a comparative study of both procedures has been carried out. (Author)

  6. Fatores associados à introdução precoce de leite artificial, Município do Rio de Janeiro, 2007 Factors associated to the introduction of artificial milk in the city of Rio de Janeiro, 2007

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    Roberta Pereira Niquini

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo objetivou analisar a associação entre introdução de leite artificial e fatores demográficos e socioeconômicos em uma amostra representativa de 1.057 mães de crianças menores de seis meses, atendidas em 27 unidades básicas de saúde no Município do Rio de Janeiro, no ano de 2007. As informações sobre características maternas e tipo de alimentação da criança foram obtidas pela aplicação de um questionário à mãe após uma consulta pediátrica. Para estimar a associação entre as variáveis maternas e a introdução de leite artificial foi utilizado um modelo de regressão logística multivariado com ponderação, efeito de desenho e controlado pela idade da criança. Os resultados apontaram que a chance de introdução de leite artificial foi significativamente maior, no nível de 5%, entre as mães com trabalho informal, menos de oito anos de estudo e sem experiência em amamentar. Verificou-se a presença de interação negativa entre situação conjugal e a idade materna. Dentre as mulheres com companheiro, as adolescentes mostraram uma chance 2,06 vezes maior (IC 95% de 1,32 a 3,21 de introduzir leite artificial quando comparadas com as adultas, enquanto entre as mulheres sem companheiro, a adolescência aparece como um fator protetor para a introdução de leite artificial (OR = 0,24, IC 95% 0,10 a 0,58. É necessária a capacitação de profissionais de saúde para oferecer orientações sobre amamentação através de uma abordagem que considere as características maternas.This article aims at examining the association between the introduction of artificial milk and socioeconomic and demographic factors in a representative sample of 1,057 mothers of children under six months users of 27 health care units in the city of Rio de Janeiro in the year 2007. Information about mother's characteristics and children's feeding practices were obtained through interviews with mothers after a pediatric appointment

  7. Reflexiones sobre la Reforma de la Seguridad Social en Salud.

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    José Felix Patiño Restrepo

    2002-08-01

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    En el contexto de la ejecución de la Ley 100 de 1993, el enfoque intelectual de los problemas de salud es reemplazado por un enfoque económico, bajo el precepto neoliberal de convertir la atención de la salud en un bien de mercado y en un negocio con ánimo de lucro.

    Ello, sin duda, es una perversión de la moral social que tiene un profundo efecto sobre la estructura ética y deontológica de la medicina, porque lleva al médico a desatender su obligación hipocrática como agente del paciente para convertirse en agente de la empresa intermediaria. Esto es perjudicial para la sociedad, por cuanto el defensor del consumidor, el único defensor, es el médico. ¿Qué le pasará a la sociedad el día en que el médico, lo mismo que el asegurador, también vea el ejercicio de su profesión no como una vocación sino como un negocio?

    En la medicina, como ciencia que es, la Era de la Razón marcó el inicio de la inteligencia médica. La inteligencia médica se entiende hoy como práctica basada en la evidencia, por una parte y, por otra, en la amplificación de la capacidad intelectual mediante la tecnología de la computación y la inteligencia artificial. El conocimiento, uno de los componentes del profesionalismo médico, constituye el único factor que realmente garantiza la calidad en la atención de la salud y es el elemento insustituible de la inteligencia médica. Todo sistema de salud debe tener como prioridad el fortalecimiento del capital intelectual de la medicina, o sea, de su bagaje de conocimiento y del estímulo de la inteligencia médica. Con este propósito debe asignar recursos, no como gastos sino como inversión.

    Inversión de altos rendimientos, no sólo científicos y sociales, sino también económicos, porque de ello depende la calidad de la atención, y la atención de alta calidad, la atención idónea, es la más económica.

    Es evidente el deterioro de la calidad en la atención de la salud

  8. High-strength mineralized collagen artificial bone

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    Qiu, Zhi-Ye; Tao, Chun-Sheng; Cui, Helen; Wang, Chang-Ming; Cui, Fu-Zhai

    2014-03-01

    Mineralized collagen (MC) is a biomimetic material that mimics natural bone matrix in terms of both chemical composition and microstructure. The biomimetic MC possesses good biocompatibility and osteogenic activity, and is capable of guiding bone regeneration as being used for bone defect repair. However, mechanical strength of existing MC artificial bone is too low to provide effective support at human load-bearing sites, so it can only be used for the repair at non-load-bearing sites, such as bone defect filling, bone graft augmentation, and so on. In the present study, a high strength MC artificial bone material was developed by using collagen as the template for the biomimetic mineralization of the calcium phosphate, and then followed by a cold compression molding process with a certain pressure. The appearance and density of the dense MC were similar to those of natural cortical bone, and the phase composition was in conformity with that of animal's cortical bone demonstrated by XRD. Mechanical properties were tested and results showed that the compressive strength was comparable to human cortical bone, while the compressive modulus was as low as human cancellous bone. Such high strength was able to provide effective mechanical support for bone defect repair at human load-bearing sites, and the low compressive modulus can help avoid stress shielding in the application of bone regeneration. Both in vitro cell experiments and in vivo implantation assay demonstrated good biocompatibility of the material, and in vivo stability evaluation indicated that this high-strength MC artificial bone could provide long-term effective mechanical support at human load-bearing sites.

  9. Biomimetic artificial sphincter muscles: status and challenges

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    Leung, Vanessa; Fattorini, Elisa; Karapetkova, Maria; Osmani, Bekim; Töpper, Tino; Weiss, Florian; Müller, Bert

    2016-04-01

    Fecal incontinence is the involuntary loss of bowel content and affects more than 12% of the adult population, including 45% of retirement home residents. Severe fecal incontinence is often treated by implanting an artificial sphincter. Currently available implants, however, have long-term reoperation rates of 95% and definitive explantation rates of 40%. These statistics show that the implants fail to reproduce the capabilities of the natural sphincter and that the development of an adaptive, biologically inspired implant is required. Dielectric elastomer actuators (DEA) are being developed as artificial muscles for a biomimetic sphincter, due to their suitable response time, reaction forces, and energy consumption. However, at present the operation voltage of DEAs is too high for artificial muscles implanted in the human body. To reduce the operating voltage to tens of volts, we are using microfabrication to reduce the thickness of the elastomer layer to the nanometer level. Two microfabrication methods are being investigated: molecular beam deposition and electrospray deposition. This communication covers the current status and a perspective on the way forward, including the long-term prospects of constructing a smart sphincter from low-voltage sensors and actuators based on nanometer-thin dielectric elastomer films. As DEA can also provide sensory feedback, a biomimetic sphincter can be designed in accordance with the geometrical and mechanical parameters of its natural counterpart. The availability of such technology will enable fast pressure adaption comparable to the natural feedback mechanism, so that tissue atrophy and erosion can be avoided while maintaining continence du ring daily activities.

  10. Mathematical problems in modeling artificial heart

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    Ahmed N. U.

    1995-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we discuss some problems arising in mathematical modeling of artificial hearts. The hydrodynamics of blood flow in an artificial heart chamber is governed by the Navier-Stokes equation, coupled with an equation of hyperbolic type subject to moving boundary conditions. The flow is induced by the motion of a diaphragm (membrane inside the heart chamber attached to a part of the boundary and driven by a compressor (pusher plate. On one side of the diaphragm is the blood and on the other side is the compressor fluid. For a complete mathematical model it is necessary to write the equation of motion of the diaphragm and all the dynamic couplings that exist between its position, velocity and the blood flow in the heart chamber. This gives rise to a system of coupled nonlinear partial differential equations; the Navier-Stokes equation being of parabolic type and the equation for the membrane being of hyperbolic type. The system is completed by introducing all the necessary static and dynamic boundary conditions. The ultimate objective is to control the flow pattern so as to minimize hemolysis (damage to red blood cells by optimal choice of geometry, and by optimal control of the membrane for a given geometry. The other clinical problems, such as compatibility of the material used in the construction of the heart chamber, and the membrane, are not considered in this paper. Also the dynamics of the valve is not considered here, though it is also an important element in the overall design of an artificial heart. We hope to model the valve dynamics in later paper.

  11. The potential of artificial intelligence toys

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    Dai, Zheng

    2008-01-01

    Artificial intelligence is moving to a next step of development and application areas. From electronic games to human-like robots, AI toy is a good choice for next step during this process. Technology-based design is fit to the development of AI toy. It can exert the advantages and explore more...... value for existing resources. It combines AI programs and common sensors to realize the function of intelligence input and output. Designers can use technology-based criteria to design and need to consider the possible issues in this new field. All of these aspects can be referenced from electronic game...

  12. Seventh Scandinavian Conference on Artificial Intelligence

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    Lund, Henrik Hautop; Mayoh, Brian Henry; Perram, John

    2001-01-01

    The book covers the seventh Scandinavian Conference on Artificial Intelligence, held at the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute for Production Technology at the University of Southern Denmark during the period 20-21 February, 2001. It continues the tradition established by SCAI of being one...... of the most important regional AI conferences in Europe, attracting high quality submissions from Scandinavia and the rest of the world, including the Baltic countries. The contents include robotics, sensor/motor intelligence, evolutionary robotics, behaviour-based systems, multi-agent systems, applications...

  13. Probabilistic machine learning and artificial intelligence.

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    Ghahramani, Zoubin

    2015-05-28

    How can a machine learn from experience? Probabilistic modelling provides a framework for understanding what learning is, and has therefore emerged as one of the principal theoretical and practical approaches for designing machines that learn from data acquired through experience. The probabilistic framework, which describes how to represent and manipulate uncertainty about models and predictions, has a central role in scientific data analysis, machine learning, robotics, cognitive science and artificial intelligence. This Review provides an introduction to this framework, and discusses some of the state-of-the-art advances in the field, namely, probabilistic programming, Bayesian optimization, data compression and automatic model discovery.

  14. The social implications of artificial intelligence.

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    Whitby, Blay

    2003-01-01

    For 18 years. I have been publishing books and papers on the subject of the social implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI). This is an area which is has been, and remains, in need of more academic attention of a serious nature than it currently receives. It will be useful to attempt a working definition of the field of AI at this stage. There is a considerable amount of disagreement as to what does and does not constitute AI and this often has important consequences for discussions of...

  15. Artificial Retina Project: Electromagnetic and Thermal Effects

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    Lazzi, Gianluca

    2014-08-29

    This award supported the investigation on electromagnetic and thermal effects associated with the artificial retina, designed in collaboration with national laboratories, universities, and private companies. Our work over the two years of support under this award has focused mainly on 1) Design of new telemetry coils for optimal power and data transfer between the implant and the external device while achieving a significant size reduction with respect to currently used coils; 2) feasibility study of the virtual electrode configuration 3) study the effect of pulse shape and duration on the stimulation efficacy.

  16. Parallel processing for artificial intelligence 2

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    Kumar, V; Suttner, CB

    1994-01-01

    With the increasing availability of parallel machines and the raising of interest in large scale and real world applications, research on parallel processing for Artificial Intelligence (AI) is gaining greater importance in the computer science environment. Many applications have been implemented and delivered but the field is still considered to be in its infancy. This book assembles diverse aspects of research in the area, providing an overview of the current state of technology. It also aims to promote further growth across the discipline. Contributions have been grouped according to their

  17. Artificial intelligence applied to process signal analysis

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    Corsberg, Dan

    1988-01-01

    Many space station processes are highly complex systems subject to sudden, major transients. In any complex process control system, a critical aspect of the human/machine interface is the analysis and display of process information. Human operators can be overwhelmed by large clusters of alarms that inhibit their ability to diagnose and respond to a disturbance. Using artificial intelligence techniques and a knowledge base approach to this problem, the power of the computer can be used to filter and analyze plant sensor data. This will provide operators with a better description of the process state. Once a process state is recognized, automatic action could be initiated and proper system response monitored.

  18. Assessing Landslide Hazard Using Artificial Neural Network

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    Farrokhzad, Farzad; Choobbasti, Asskar Janalizadeh; Barari, Amin

    2011-01-01

    neural network has been developed for use in the stability evaluation of slopes under various geological conditions and engineering requirements. The Artificial neural network model of this research uses slope characteristics as input and leads to the output in form of the probability of failure...... and factor of safety. It can be stated that the trained neural networks are capable of predicting the stability of slopes and safety factor of landslide hazard in study area with an acceptable level of confidence. Landslide hazard analysis and mapping can provide useful information for catastrophic loss...

  19. La inteligencia artificial en la actualidad

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    Morales Peña, Ruddy

    2010-01-01

    La Inteligencia Artificial (IA) ha tenido en los últimos años una implicación cada vez mayor en el área de desarrollo de software, tratando de alcanzar un sólo objetivo: “incorporar inteligencia” en agentes no vivos y que ésta sea muy similar a la de un ser humano. Ese anhelo por crear software que incorpore procesos que solamente la inteligencia humana puede realizar es un reto y se ha convertido en una actividad atractiva en la que muchos ya están dando sus primeros resultados. La inteligen...

  20. The Stellar parametrization using Artificial Neural Network

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    Giridhar, Sunetra; Kunder, Andrea; Muneer, S; Kumar, G Selva

    2012-01-01

    An update on recent methods for automated stellar parametrization is given. We present preliminary results of the ongoing program for rapid parametrization of field stars using medium resolution spectra obtained using Vainu Bappu Telescope at VBO, Kavalur, India. We have used Artificial Neural Network for estimating temperature, gravity, metallicity and absolute magnitude of the field stars. The network for each parameter is trained independently using a large number of calibrating stars. The trained network is used for estimating atmospheric parameters of unexplored field stars.