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  1. Testes in vitro e in vivo com o Coração Artificial Auxiliar (CAA: um novo modelo de coração artificial totalmente implantável e heterotópico In vitro and in vivo tests with the Auxiliary Total Artificial Heart (ATAH: a new device of a totally implantable and heterotopic artificial heart

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    Aron ANDRADE

    1999-04-01

    Full Text Available Um novo modelo de coração artificial está sendo desenvolvido e testado em nossos laboratórios, o Coração Artificial Auxiliar (CAA. Este dispositivo foi projetado com dimensões reduzidas para ser implantado em paralelo ao coração natural do paciente, dentro da cavidade torácica direita de forma heterotópica. Foram realizados testes in vitro, em um circuito simulador do sistema circulatório humano, para verificação do desempenho hidrodinâmico do CAA. Os resultados mostraram que o CAA pode fornecer um fluxo de até 5,8 L/min, com uma pré-carga de 20 mmHg e uma pós-carga de 100 mmHg. A freqüência de batimento do CAA e, consequentemente, o débito cardíaco são dependentes da pré-carga do ventrículo esquerdo, funcionamento semelhante ao coração natural (Lei de Frank Starling. Testes in vivo animal estão sendo realizados para avaliar os resultados obtidos com os testes in vitro e para verificar o comportamento do CAA em ambiente e condições fisiológicas difíceis de serem simuladas. Os testes in vivo estão sendo também importantes para o desenvolvimento de técnicas cirúrgicas e treinamento dos cirurgiões cardiovasculares envolvidos no projeto. Até o momento, dois estudos agudos in vivo foram realizados, com o CAA funcionando por 5h, implantado na cavidade torácica direta de carneiros adultos (50 ± 5 kg. Os resultados destes estudos in vivo demonstraram que o funcionamento do CAA é sincronizado ao coração natural, sendo possível estudar o comportamento do CAA quando, gradativamente, o coração natural teve sua contratilidade reduzida até sua parada total.A miniaturized artificial heart is being developed in the authors laboratories, the Auxiliary Total Artificial Heart (ATAH. This device is an electromechanically driven ATAH using a brushless direct current (DC motor fixed in a center aluminum piece. This pusher plate type ATAH is controlled based on Frank-Starling's law. The beating frequency is regulated

  2. Influence of different auxiliary agents of biomechanical preparation in the filling of "artificially prepared" lateral canals Influência de diferentes agentes auxiliares do preparo biomecânico na obturação de canais laterais artificiais

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    Daniela Ribeiro da Silva

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the influence of some auxiliary agents of biomechanical preparation of the root canal on the filling of artificial lateral canals in extracted human teeth. A total of eighty single-rooted teeth were employed, which were submitted to preparation of three artificial lateral canals in one of the proximal aspects at the cervical, middle and apical thirds, besides one in the buccal aspect. The main canals were prepared by Profile 0.4 rotary instruments through the crown-down technique and irrigated with the irrigants investigated, as follows: Group A - 1% sodium hypochlorite and final irrigation with trisodium EDTA for 5 minutes; Group B - Endogel (2% chlorhexidine gel; Group C - Endo PTC and Dakin's solution and final irrigation with Tergentol- Furacin; and Group D - File Eze. The root canals were obturated by the Tagger's hybrid technique and then radiographed for assessment of the penetration rate of the filling materials in the lateral canals. Analysis of the results demonstrated no statistically significant difference (pObjetivou-se avaliar a influência de alguns agentes auxiliares do preparo biomecânico do canal radicular, na obturação de canais laterais artificiais em dentes humanos extraídos. Foram utilizados oitenta dentes unirradiculados nos quais, previamente, foram confeccionados três canais laterais artificiais em uma das paredes proximais, nos terços cervical, médio e apical e um canal na parede vestibular. Os canais principais foram preparados com instrumentação rotatória, instrumentos Profile 0.4, pela técnica rotatória coroa- ápice e irrigados com a substância irrigadora estudada, sendo no grupo A - hipoclorito de sódio a 1% e irrigação final com EDTA trissódico por 5 minutos; grupo B - Endogel (gel de clorexidina a 2%; grupo C - Endo PTC e solução de Dakin e irrigação final com tergentol-furacin segundo a técnica de Paiva e Antoniazzi e no grupo D - File Eze

  3. CAA presented 2005 IBM Convention and inspected New Shanghai Circus

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    郭云鹏

    2005-01-01

    Invited by IBM and Non-stop Creativity Corporation, Lin Jian, secretary general and vice president of CAA, and Shao Xuemin, vice secretary general of CAA, presented 2005 IBM Convention and inspected New Shanghai Circus from June 28 to July 14, 2005. Magic Art Committee of CAA joined the IBM and became the ring 311 in 1995. 2005 IBM Convention was held in Reno, USA. 1200 magicians and magic lovers from 17 countries, including USA, Britain, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland and so on, presented the grand c...

  4. In Vitro Expansion of CAG, CAA, and Mixed CAG/CAA Repeats

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    Grzegorz Figura

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Polyglutamine diseases, including Huntington’s disease and a number of spinocerebellar ataxias, are caused by expanded CAG repeats that are located in translated sequences of individual, functionally-unrelated genes. Only mutant proteins containing polyglutamine expansions have long been thought to be pathogenic, but recent evidence has implicated mutant transcripts containing long CAG repeats in pathogenic processes. The presence of two pathogenic factors prompted us to attempt to distinguish the effects triggered by mutant protein from those caused by mutant RNA in cellular models of polyglutamine diseases. We used the SLIP (Synthesis of Long Iterative Polynucleotide method to generate plasmids expressing long CAG repeats (forming a hairpin structure, CAA-interrupted CAG repeats (forming multiple unstable hairpins or pure CAA repeats (not forming any secondary structure. We successfully modified the original SLIP protocol to generate repeats of desired length starting from constructs containing short repeat tracts. We demonstrated that the SLIP method is a time- and cost-effective approach to manipulate the lengths of expanded repeat sequences.

  5. Benchmark Solutions for Computational Aeroacoustics (CAA) Code Validation

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    Scott, James R.

    2004-01-01

    NASA has conducted a series of Computational Aeroacoustics (CAA) Workshops on Benchmark Problems to develop a set of realistic CAA problems that can be used for code validation. In the Third (1999) and Fourth (2003) Workshops, the single airfoil gust response problem, with real geometry effects, was included as one of the benchmark problems. Respondents were asked to calculate the airfoil RMS pressure and far-field acoustic intensity for different airfoil geometries and a wide range of gust frequencies. This paper presents the validated that have been obtained to the benchmark problem, and in addition, compares them with classical flat plate results. It is seen that airfoil geometry has a strong effect on the airfoil unsteady pressure, and a significant effect on the far-field acoustic intensity. Those parts of the benchmark problem that have not yet been adequately solved are identified and presented as a challenge to the CAA research community.

  6. Hybrid CFD/CAA Modeling for Liftoff Acoustic Predictions

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    Strutzenberg, Louise L.; Liever, Peter A.

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents development efforts at the NASA Marshall Space flight Center to establish a hybrid Computational Fluid Dynamics and Computational Aero-Acoustics (CFD/CAA) simulation system for launch vehicle liftoff acoustics environment analysis. Acoustic prediction engineering tools based on empirical jet acoustic strength and directivity models or scaled historical measurements are of limited value in efforts to proactively design and optimize launch vehicles and launch facility configurations for liftoff acoustics. CFD based modeling approaches are now able to capture the important details of vehicle specific plume flow environment, identifY the noise generation sources, and allow assessment of the influence of launch pad geometric details and sound mitigation measures such as water injection. However, CFD methodologies are numerically too dissipative to accurately capture the propagation of the acoustic waves in the large CFD models. The hybrid CFD/CAA approach combines the high-fidelity CFD analysis capable of identifYing the acoustic sources with a fast and efficient Boundary Element Method (BEM) that accurately propagates the acoustic field from the source locations. The BEM approach was chosen for its ability to properly account for reflections and scattering of acoustic waves from launch pad structures. The paper will present an overview of the technology components of the CFD/CAA framework and discuss plans for demonstration and validation against test data.

  7. Servicios auxiliares asociados al transporte marítimo

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    Godes Gallardo, Daniel

    2014-01-01

    En este proyecto, mi intención es profundizar en los servicios auxiliares asociados al transporte marítimo, como su título indica. En él haré referencia a todos los servicios que el transporte marítimo en sí, y más en concreto los buques, utilizan cada vez que entran a puerto.En algunos casos, estos servicios no se prestan en las instalaciones del puerto, como pueden ser los servicios exclusivospara la explotación comercial del buque. Hay que tener en cuenta que, se podría hacer un trabajo...

  8. Can brain impermeable BACE1 inhibitors serve as anti-CAA medicine?

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    Li, Jian-Ming; Huang, Li-Ling; Liu, Fei; Tang, Bei-Sha; Yan, Xiao-Xin

    2017-08-25

    Cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) is characterized by the deposition of ß-amyloid peptides (Aß) in and surrounding the wall of microvasculature in the central nervous system, together with parenchymal amyloid plaques collectively referred to as cerebral amyloidosis, which occurs in the brain commonly among the elderly and more frequently in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). CAA is associated with vascular injury and may cause devastating neurological outcomes. No therapeutic approach is available for this lesion to date. ß-Secretase 1 (BACE1) is the enzyme initiating Aß production. Brain permeable BACE1 inhibitors targeting primarily at the parenchymal plaque pathology are currently evaluated in clinical trials. This article presents findings in support of a role of BACE1 elevation in the development of CAA, in addition to plaque pathogenesis. The rationale, feasibility, benefit and strategic issues for developing BACE1 inhibitors against CAA are discussed. Brain impermeable compounds are considered preferable as they might exhibit sufficient anti-CAA efficacy without causing significant neuronal/synaptic side effects. Early pharmacological intervention to the pathogenesis of CAA is expected to provide significant protection for cerebral vascular health and hence brain health. Brain impermeable BACE1 inhibitors should be optimized and tested as potential anti-CAA therapeutics.

  9. Medios auxiliares para la carga de traíllas

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    Chinchilla, M.

    1963-06-01

    figuran el empleo de tractores auxiliares empujadores, el auxilio mutuo de tarillas y máquinas dotadas de sistemas mecánicos que eviten la penetración del material a través del previamente introducido. El empleo de tractores auxiliares empujadores implica numerosas servidumbres, además de una mayor capitalización de la maquinaria necesaria para realizar el trabajo. Las traíllas dotadas de sistemas mecánicos elevadores de la carga necesitan una potencia de arrastre para efectuar tal operación mucho menor y, por lo tanto, el promedio de potencia disponible y potencia utilizada durante el ciclo es más favorable que en las traíllas convencionales. Sin embargo, su empleo también está subordinado a diversas condiciones y características que impiden que esta solución sea la óptima para toda clase de trabajos. Pese al constante incremento de aplicación de procedimientos vibratorios en maquinaria no se ha generalizado el empleo de la vibración en la operación de carga en las traíllas, sin duda debido a los volúmenes y pesos implicados en el problema.

  10. Utilização de reagentes auxiliares na filtragem

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    Charleston de Lellis Pimenta Dias

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Esse trabalho teve como objetivo estudar o efeito de auxiliares químicos de filtragem na formação e desaguamento de tortas de produtos de finos de minérios de ferro. Foram utilizados um floculante fracamente aniônico e dois surfatantes aniônicos. Empregou-se uma montagem de laboratório que inclui uma balança interligada a um microcomputador. A tensão superficial foi medida por meio de tensiômetro, usando o método da lâmina. A adição do floculante reduziu significativamente o tempo de formação da torta, aspecto da maior relevância para a operação industrial, porém causou ligeiro aumento na umidade final da torta. A adição de surfatantes propiciou um abaixamento na tensão superficial do filtrado, entretanto não levou ao esperado abaixamento significativo da umidade final da torta.The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of chemical filter aids on the formation and dewatering of cakes of fine iron ore products. A weakly anionic flocculant and two anionic surfactants were utilized. The filtration apparatus employed includes a balance interfaced with a microcomputer. The surface tension was measured by means of a tensiometer, using the plate method. The addition of flocculant caused a significant reduction of the cake formation time, an aspect of major relevance for industrial operation, but a slight increase in the final cake moisture was observed. Both surfactants decreased the values of the surface tension, however the expected significant decrease of the final cake moisture was not achieved.

  11. Analysis of Prelamin A Biogenesis Reveals the Nucleus to be a CaaX Processing Compartment

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    Barrowman, Jemima; Hamblet, Corinne; George, Carolyn M.; Michaelis, Susan

    2008-01-01

    Proteins establish and maintain a distinct intracellular localization by means of targeting, retention, and retrieval signals, ensuring most proteins reside predominantly in one cellular location. The enzymes involved in the maturation of lamin A present a challenge to this paradigm. Lamin A is first synthesized as a 74-kDa precursor, prelamin A, with a C-terminal CaaX motif and undergoes a series of posttranslational modifications including CaaX processing (farnesylation, aaX cleavage and ca...

  12. A Hierarchically Micro-Meso-Macroporous Zeolite CaA for Methanol Conversion to Dimethyl Ether

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    Yan Wang

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available A hierarchical zeolite CaA with microporous, mesoporous and macroporous structure was hydrothermally synthesized by a ”Bond-Blocking” method using organo-functionalized mesoporous silica (MS as a silica source. The characterization by XRD, SEM/TEM and N2 adsorption/desorption techniques showed that the prepared material had well-crystalline zeolite Linde Type A (LTA topological structure, microspherical particle morphologies, and hierarchically intracrystalline micro-meso-macropores structure. With the Bond-Blocking principle, the external surface area and macro-mesoporosity of the hierarchical zeolite CaA can be adjusted by varying the organo-functionalized degree of the mesoporous silica surface. Similarly, the distribution of the micro-meso-macroporous structure in the zeolite CaA can be controlled purposely. Compared with the conventional microporous zeolite CaA, the hierarchical zeolite CaA as a catalyst in the conversion of methanol to dimethyl ether (DME, exhibited complete DME selectivity and stable catalytic activity with high methanol conversion. The catalytic performances of the hierarchical zeolite CaA results clearly from the micro-meso-macroporous structure, improving diffusion properties, favoring the access to the active surface and avoiding secondary reactions (no hydrocarbon products were detected after 3 h of reaction.

  13. Cellular antioxidant activity (CAA) assay for assessing antioxidants, foods, and dietary supplements.

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    Wolfe, Kelly L; Liu, Rui Hai

    2007-10-31

    A cellular antioxidant activity (CAA) assay for quantifying the antioxidant activity of phytochemicals, food extracts, and dietary supplements has been developed. Dichlorofluorescin is a probe that is trapped within cells and is easily oxidized to fluorescent dichlorofluorescein (DCF). The method measures the ability of compounds to prevent the formation of DCF by 2,2'-azobis(2-amidinopropane) dihydrochloride (ABAP)-generated peroxyl radicals in human hepatocarcinoma HepG2 cells. The decrease in cellular fluorescence when compared to the control cells indicates the antioxidant capacity of the compounds. The antioxidant activities of selected phytochemicals and fruit extracts were evaluated using the CAA assay, and the results were expressed in micromoles of quercetin equivalents per 100 micromol of phytochemical or micromoles of quercetin equivalents per 100 g of fresh fruit. Quercetin had the highest CAA value, followed by kaempferol, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), myricetin, and luteolin among the pure compounds tested. Among the selected fruits tested, blueberry had the highest CAA value, followed by cranberry > apple = red grape > green grape. The CAA assay is a more biologically relevant method than the popular chemistry antioxidant activity assays because it accounts for some aspects of uptake, metabolism, and location of antioxidant compounds within cells.

  14. Amputación corporal por accidente de trabajo en auxiliar de enfermería

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    Alexander Finol Muñoz; Gloria Ortega Marín; Julián Domínguez Fernández; Johanna Rivero Colina; Manuel Usero Fernández; Miguel Espejo García

    2014-01-01

    Los auxiliares de enfermería son un rango profesional expuesto a múltiples riesgos por las actividades inherentes a su trabajo, expuestos constantemente a sustancias desinfectantes que sin el uso apropiado de equipos de protección individual, puede provocar efectos adversos y lesiones en el trabajador. Caso Clínico: Mujer de 51 años de edad, auxiliar de enfermería, con antecedentes de Diabetes Mellitus tipo I y Síndrome de Túnel Carpiano. Presenta derrame accidental de líquido mientras llenab...

  15. Liderança do enfermeiro no contexto hospitalar: expectativas do pessoal auxiliar

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    Maria Auxiliadora Trevizan; Isabel Amélia Costa Mendes; Miyeko Hayashida; Cristina Maria Galvão

    1991-01-01

    Esta pesquisa focaliza a liderança como recurso fundamental para o enfermeiro que exerce funções administrativas e teve como objetivo verificar e analisar, à luz das Teorias Grid, o estilo de liderança idealizado para o enfermeiro, pelo pessoal auxiliar. A coleta de dados se processou através da aplicação do Instrumento Grid & Liderança em Enfermagem: comportamento ideal. Pela análise dos dados foi possível conluir que o pessoal auxiliar tem expectativa de ter como líder um enfermeiro que...

  16. Liderança do enfermeiro no contexto hospitalar: expectativas do pessoal auxiliar

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    Maria Auxiliadora Trevizan

    1991-03-01

    Full Text Available Esta pesquisa focaliza a liderança como recurso fundamental para o enfermeiro que exerce funções administrativas e teve como objetivo verificar e analisar, à luz das Teorias Grid, o estilo de liderança idealizado para o enfermeiro, pelo pessoal auxiliar. A coleta de dados se processou através da aplicação do Instrumento Grid & Liderança em Enfermagem: comportamento ideal. Pela análise dos dados foi possível conluir que o pessoal auxiliar tem expectativa de ter como líder um enfermeiro que adote o estilo gerencial 9,9.

  17. Intramolecular triple helix as a model for regular polyribonucleotide (CAA)(n).

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    Efimov, Alexander V; Spirin, Alexander S

    2009-10-09

    The regular (CAA)(n) polyribonucleotide, as well as the omega leader sequence containing (CAA)-rich core, have recently been shown to form cooperatively melted and compact structures. In this report, we propose a structural model for the (CAA)(n) sequence in which the polyribonucleotide chain is folded upon itself, so that it forms an intramolecular triple helix. The triple helix is stabilized by hydrogen bonding between bases thus forming coplanar triads, and by stacking interactions between the base triads. A distinctive feature of the proposed triple helix is that it does not contain the canonical double-helix elements. The difference from the known triple helices is that Watson-Crick hydrogen bond pairings do not take place in the interactions between the bases within the base triads.

  18. The caa(3) terminal oxidase of Bacillus stearothermophilus - Transient spectroscopy of electron transfer and ligand binding

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    Giuffre, A; DItri, E; Giannini, S; Brunori, M; UbbinkKok, T; Konings, WN; Antonini, G

    1996-01-01

    The thermophilic bacterium Bacillus stearothermophilus possesses a caa(3)-type terminal oxidase, which was previously purified (De Vrij, W., Heyne, R. I. HL, and Konings, W. N. (1989) Ear. J. Biochem. 178, 763-770). We have carried out extensive kinetic experiments on the purified enzyme by stopped-

  19. CAAS: an atmospheric correction algorithm for the remote sensing of complex waters

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    P. Shanmugam

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The current SeaDAS atmospheric correction algorithm relies on the computation of optical properties of aerosols based on radiative transfer combined with a near-infrared (NIR correction scheme (originally with assumptions of zero water-leaving radiance for the NIR bands and several ancillary parameters to remove atmospheric effects in remote sensing of ocean colour. The failure of this algorithm over complex waters has been reported by many recent investigations, and can be attributed to the inadequate NIR correction and constraints for deriving aerosol optical properties whose characteristics are the most difficult to evaluate because they vary rapidly with time and space. The possibility that the aerosol and sun glint contributions can be derived in the whole spectrum of ocean colour solely from a knowledge of the total and Rayleigh-corrected radiances is developed in detail within the framework of a Complex water Atmospheric correction Algorithm Scheme (CAAS that makes no use of ancillary parameters. The performance of the CAAS algorithm is demonstrated for MODIS/Aqua imageries of optically complex waters and yields physically realistic water-leaving radiance spectra that are not possible with the SeaDAS algorithm. A preliminary comparison with in-situ data for several regional waters (moderately complex to clear waters shows encouraging results, with absolute errors of the CAAS algorithm closer to those of the SeaDAS algorithm. The impact of the atmospheric correction was also examined on chlorophyll retrievals with a Case 2 water bio-optical algorithm, and it was found that the CAAS algorithm outperformed the SeaDAS algorithm in terms of producing accurate pigment estimates and recovering areas previously flagged out by the later algorithm. These findings suggest that the CAAS algorithm can be used for applications focussing in quantitative assessments of the biological and biogeochemical properties in complex waters, and can easily be

  20. Validade da formação da auxiliar odontológica em Londrina

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    Lizete Leitão de Souza

    1983-11-01

    Full Text Available The present work aimed to evaluate the importance of the training of dental auxiliaries through a specific course. The study involved a significant sample of dentists of the city of Londrina which were interviewed with the help of a questionnaire that, among some other itens, inquired about the objective of the training and the usefulness of the dental auxiliaries in Odontology. The questionnaire also collected material for the improvement of the program of a Formation Especial Course for Dental Auxiliaries of the Fundação Universidade Estadual de Londrina. The interviewed dentists seemed to agree with the fact of having dental auxiliaries in offices as well as with the formation of these auxiliaries through especiftc courses.Verificação da validade do treinamento de auxiliar odontológico em curso específico. O experimento envolveu uma amostra significativa de cirurgiões - dentistas da comunidade de Londrina que foram entrevistados mediante o emprego de um instrumento, questionário, que, entre outros itens, inquiriu sobre a validade do treinamento e utilização da auxiliar em Odontologia e coletou dados para aprimoramento do programa do Curso Especial de Formação de Auxiliar Odontológica, mantido pela Fundação Universidade Estadual de Londrina. Os Odontólogos entrevistados mostraram-se favoráveis ao emprego de pessoal auxiliar em consultório, bem como à formação destes profissionais em cursos específicos.

  1. 浅析基于CAA的CATIA二次开发%Brief Analysis on Secondary Development of CATIA Based on CAA

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    梁岱春; 张为民; 隋立江

    2012-01-01

    概括介绍了CATIA的客户化定制工具、CAA C++二次开发及其开发环境RADE,运用CAA的CATIA二次开发技术实现了CATIA产品结构树的遍历,零部件父子装配关系的提取及零部件属性信息的提取.%Tools customized for CATIA, secondary development of CATIA based on CAA and RADE is briefly introduced. By secondary development of CATIA based on CAA, traverse of product structure tree, father-child assembly relationship and extraction of attribute information are realized.

  2. Development of CAA-based CATIA%基于CAA的CATIA二次开发技术

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    张敏; 苏兰海; 王君英

    2008-01-01

    首先对CATIA二次开发的各种方法作了分析比较,研究了基于CAA(Component Application Architecture)的CATIA二次开发的基本原理,并以Windows系统和CATIA V5为操作平台,给出了具体开发实例.为CATIA的深层次开发提供了理论和实践依据.

  3. Analysis of prelamin A biogenesis reveals the nucleus to be a CaaX processing compartment.

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    Barrowman, Jemima; Hamblet, Corinne; George, Carolyn M; Michaelis, Susan

    2008-12-01

    Proteins establish and maintain a distinct intracellular localization by means of targeting, retention, and retrieval signals, ensuring most proteins reside predominantly in one cellular location. The enzymes involved in the maturation of lamin A present a challenge to this paradigm. Lamin A is first synthesized as a 74-kDa precursor, prelamin A, with a C-terminal CaaX motif and undergoes a series of posttranslational modifications including CaaX processing (farnesylation, aaX cleavage and carboxylmethylation), followed by endoproteolytic cleavage by Zmpste24. Failure to cleave prelamin A results in progeria and related premature aging disorders. Evidence suggests prelamin A is imported directly into the nucleus where it is processed. Paradoxically, the processing enzymes have been shown to reside in the cytosol (farnesyltransferase), or are ER membrane proteins (Zmpste24, Rce1, and Icmt) with their active sites facing the cytosol. Here we have reexamined the cellular site of prelamin A processing, and show that the mammalian and yeast processing enzymes Zmpste24 and Icmt exhibit a dual localization to the inner nuclear membrane, as well as the ER membrane. Our findings reveal the nucleus to be a physiologically relevant location for CaaX processing, and provide insight into the biology of a protein at the center of devastating progeroid diseases.

  4. O emprego de auxiliares de saúde em áreas de desenvolvimento: alguns conceitos

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    Nilton Tornero

    1978-11-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the author discusses the real meaning of health auxiliary according to World Health Organization criteria. Next he discusses_ the relationship between health auxiliary and primary sanitary aid models, trying to show how the right comprehension of some elements of theses models will be of the highest importance to the definition of the auxiliary's functions. Among such elements he calls attention to the relationships between health services and other services offered to the community by other organizations: the choice of the workable area as pre-requisites to the training of personnel; relationships among the primary health aid and the services of campaign, the preventive and curative medicine and general guidelines for the pacification, management and training of health manpower.No presente trabalho procura-se conceituar o que se entende por auxiliar de saúde segundo critérios da Organização Mundial de Saúde. Discute-se, a seguir, as relações existentes entre o auxiliar de saúde e os modelos de assistência sanitária primária, procurando mostrar como a compreensão correta de alguns elementos destes modelos serão de primordial importância na definição das funções dos auxiliares de saúde. Dentre tais elementos, aborda-se: as relações entre o setor saúde e outros setores da sociedade; a escolha da área programática de atuação como pré-requisito para a preparação do pessoal; relações entre assistência primária e os serviços de campanhas, a medicina preventiva e curativa, e as diretrizes gerais para a planificação, gestão e formação dos recursos humanos.

  5. Amputación corporal por accidente de trabajo en auxiliar de enfermería

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    Alexander Finol Muñoz

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Los auxiliares de enfermería son un rango profesional expuesto a múltiples riesgos por las actividades inherentes a su trabajo, expuestos constantemente a sustancias desinfectantes que sin el uso apropiado de equipos de protección individual, puede provocar efectos adversos y lesiones en el trabajador. Caso Clínico: Mujer de 51 años de edad, auxiliar de enfermería, con antecedentes de Diabetes Mellitus tipo I y Síndrome de Túnel Carpiano. Presenta derrame accidental de líquido mientras llenaba envase de Biguanid®, cayéndole en todo el cuerpo, por lo que decide cambiarse el uniforme entero, conservando calcetines y zapatos por el resto del turno. Posteriormente presenta lesiones en región dorsal de 4tº dedo de pie izquierdo, las cuales reciben tratamiento médico y seguimiento, con evolución tórpida, se evidencia edema y osteomielitis de la falange por lo que se decide amputar el dedo afectado. Una vez recuperada, fue estudiada con pruebas de provocación, evidenciando la susceptibilidad de la trabajadora a dicho desinfectante. Se propone al Instituto Nacional de Seguridad Social (INSS como accidente de trabajo y una indemnización por lesión permanente no invalidante, ambas peticiones con respuesta favorable para la trabajadora. Actualmente sigue desempeñando sus funciones como auxiliar en el hospital. El cumplimiento y vigilancia de las normas de prevención, basados en los riesgos laborales permitirá evitar este tipo de incidentes en la población laboral, evitando a largo plazo lesiones corporales, discapacidades y bajas laborales que alteran la calidad de vida del trabajador y de su entorno profesional.

  6. Cicatrização: conceitos atuais e recursos auxiliares - Parte II

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    Mandelbaum Samuel Henrique; Di Santis Érico Pampado; Mandelbaum Maria Helena Sant'Ana

    2003-01-01

    Na Parte I deste artigo, publicada na edição anterior dos Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia, foram revisados os conceitos de cicatrização e foi ressaltada a importância da atuação multidisciplinar na abordagem das feridas, compreendendo-se o paciente como um todo. Nesta Parte II são apresentados os recursos que podem auxiliar o processo de cicatrização, bem como os diversos tipos de curativos disponíveis e a sua respectiva indicação.In Part I of this article, published in the previous edition...

  7. Programas de mantenimiento de metadona con servicios auxiliares: un estudio de coste-efectividad

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    Puigdollers E.; Cots F; Brugal M.T.; Torralba L.; Domingo-Salvany A.

    2003-01-01

    Objetivo: Actualmente, los programas de mantenimiento con metadona (PMM) son la mejor alternativa de tratamiento para los adictos a opiáceos. Se pretende valorar el coste-efectividad de tres PMM que ofrecían diferentes servicios auxiliares utilizando como medida de efectividad el incremento de la calidad de vida. Métodos: Estudio de seguimiento a 12 meses de 586 pacientes que iniciaron tratamiento con metadona en los centros de atención y seguimiento municipales de Barcelona. Para medir la ev...

  8. proposta de um sistema auxiliar do diagnóstico periodontal

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    Rés, Manuel José Rodrigues e Silva

    2013-01-01

    Projeto de Pós-Graduação/Dissertação apresentado à Universidade Fernando Pessoa como parte dos requisitos para obtenção do grau de Mestre em Medicina Dentária Nos últimos anos houve um rápido desenvolvimento da Informática aplicada à Medicina Dentária, sobretudo em áreas relacionadas ao exame do paciente, ao diagnóstico e ao plano de tratamento. O objectivo deste projecto, foi apresentar uma proposta do Sistema Auxiliar ao Diagnóstico Periodontal, em conformidade com a ficha periodonta...

  9. Processo de enfermagem: reflexões de auxiliares e técnicos

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    Vanessa Kenne Longaray; Miriam de Abreu Almeida; Paula de Cezaro

    2008-01-01

    El Proceso de Enfermería consiste en un instrumento tecnológico empleado para favorecer el cuidado. El presente estudio trata de una investigación cualitativa, exploratoria y descriptiva, realizada en el primer semestre de 2006, con el objetivo de conocer las reflexiones de técnicos y auxiliares sobre el Proceso de Enfermería realizado en el Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre - RS. De la investigación participaron 11 sujetos pertenecientes a distintos servicios. Para la obtención de las inf...

  10. Desenvolvimento de um chatbot para auxiliar o ensino de espanhol como língua estrangeira

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    Neste artigo propõe-se a criação de um chatbot para auxiliar o ensino de língua estrangeira. São citadas algumas das tecnologias disponíveis para fazê-lo e opta-se por usar a linguagem AIML e um módulo escrito na linguagem Python (PyAIML), capaz de interpretar etiquetas AIML, para criar um chatbot simples. O artigo explica como criar um pequeno programa em Python para funcionar como chatbot. Comenta-se como realizar a integração entre o chatbot e o sintetizador de voz Festival e são indicadas...

  11. The CaaX specificities of Arabidopsis protein prenyltransferases explain era1 and ggb phenotypes

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    Huizinga David H

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Protein prenylation is a common post-translational modification in metazoans, protozoans, fungi, and plants. This modification, which mediates protein-membrane and protein-protein interactions, is characterized by the covalent attachment of a fifteen-carbon farnesyl or twenty-carbon geranylgeranyl group to the cysteine residue of a carboxyl terminal CaaX motif. In Arabidopsis, era1 mutants lacking protein farnesyltransferase exhibit enlarged meristems, supernumerary floral organs, an enhanced response to abscisic acid (ABA, and drought tolerance. In contrast, ggb mutants lacking protein geranylgeranyltransferase type 1 exhibit subtle changes in ABA and auxin responsiveness, but develop normally. Results We have expressed recombinant Arabidopsis protein farnesyltransferase (PFT and protein geranylgeranyltransferase type 1 (PGGT1 in E. coli and characterized purified enzymes with respect to kinetic constants and substrate specificities. Our results indicate that, whereas PFT exhibits little specificity for the terminal amino acid of the CaaX motif, PGGT1 exclusively prenylates CaaX proteins with a leucine in the terminal position. Moreover, we found that different substrates exhibit similar Km but different kcat values in the presence of PFT and PGGT1, indicating that substrate specificities are determined primarily by reactivity rather than binding affinity. Conclusions The data presented here potentially explain the relatively strong phenotype of era1 mutants and weak phenotype of ggb mutants. Specifically, the substrate specificities of PFT and PGGT1 suggest that PFT can compensate for loss of PGGT1 in ggb mutants more effectively than PGGT1 can compensate for loss of PFT in era1 mutants. Moreover, our results indicate that PFT and PGGT1 substrate specificities are primarily due to differences in catalysis, rather than differences in substrate binding.

  12. PolyQ repeat expansions in ATXN2 associated with ALS are CAA interrupted repeats.

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    Zhenming Yu

    Full Text Available Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS is a devastating, rapidly progressive disease leading to paralysis and death. Recently, intermediate length polyglutamine (polyQ repeats of 27-33 in ATAXIN-2 (ATXN2, encoding the ATXN2 protein, were found to increase risk for ALS. In ATXN2, polyQ expansions of ≥ 34, which are pure CAG repeat expansions, cause spinocerebellar ataxia type 2. However, similar length expansions that are interrupted with other codons, can present atypically with parkinsonism, suggesting that configuration of the repeat sequence plays an important role in disease manifestation in ATXN2 polyQ expansion diseases. Here we determined whether the expansions in ATXN2 associated with ALS were pure or interrupted CAG repeats, and defined single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs rs695871 and rs695872 in exon 1 of the gene, to assess haplotype association. We found that the expanded repeat alleles of 40 ALS patients and 9 long-repeat length controls were all interrupted, bearing 1-3 CAA codons within the CAG repeat. 21/21 expanded ALS chromosomes with 3CAA interruptions arose from one haplotype (GT, while 18/19 expanded ALS chromosomes with <3CAA interruptions arose from a different haplotype (CC. Moreover, age of disease onset was significantly earlier in patients bearing 3 interruptions vs fewer, and was distinct between haplotypes. These results indicate that CAG repeat expansions in ATXN2 associated with ALS are uniformly interrupted repeats and that the nature of the repeat sequence and haplotype, as well as length of polyQ repeat, may play a role in the neurological effect conferred by expansions in ATXN2.

  13. Antioxidant activity of puha (Sonchus oleraceus L.) as assessed by the cellular antioxidant activity (CAA) assay.

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    McDowell, Arlene; Thompson, Scott; Stark, Mirjam; Ou, Zong-Quan; Gould, Kevin S

    2011-12-01

    There is considerable interest in antioxidant dietary components that can be protective against degenerative diseases in humans. Puha (Sonchus oleraceus L.) is a rich source of polyphenols, and exhibits strong antioxidant activity as measured by the 2,2-diphenylpicrylhydrazyl (DPPH) assay. However, the potential of puha to protect against degenerative diseases requires that low molecular weight antioxidants (LMWA) are absorbed by, and active in, human cells. The cellular antioxidant activity (CAA) assay was used to investigate the antioxidant activity of puha leaf extracts. Preparation methods of freezing and freeze-drying reduced the total polyphenolic content compared with fresh puha, but did not affect the LMWA potential as determined by the DPPH assay. The IC(50) values were 0.012 ± 0.003 mg/mL and 0.010 ± 0.005 mg/mL for freeze-dried and fresh puha leaves, respectively. Using the CAA assay, it was shown that LMWAs from foliar extracts of puha were effectively absorbed into HepG2 cells, and exerted antioxidant activity at levels comparable to those of extracts from blueberry fruits, the much-touted antioxidant superfood. Methylene blue staining of HepG2 cells indicated that puha extracts were not cytotoxic at concentrations below 100 mg DW/mL. The data indicate the potential of puha as a nutraceutical supplement for human health.

  14. Consumo de sustancias psicoactivas en auxiliares de enfermería

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    Johanna Londoño Restrepo

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: El consumo de drogas trae consecuencias adversas en todos los ámbitos y se considera un problema de salud pública. El objetivo fue determinar la prevalencia de consumo de sustancias psicoactivas en auxiliares de enfermería. Materiales y Métodos: Estudio descriptivo, transversal, muestra probabilística constituida por 110 auxiliares de enfermería que trabajaban en una institución de salud. La información se recolectó a través de una encuesta que contenía variables demográficas y de consumo, se aplicaron los test de CAGE y de Fagerström. Se calcularon medidas de tendencia central y de dispersión para variables cuantitativas y frecuencias absolutas y relativas para las cualitativas, se realizó análisis bivariado, que estableció la diferencia de proporciones de consumo en vida de sustancias psicoactivas por algunas variables sociodemográficas. Resultados: La mediana de edad fue de 29 años, el 81.8% eran mujeres, el 60% estaban solteras. La sustancia más consumida fue el alcohol con 62.7%, seguido por bebidas energizantes con 28.2% y tabaco 19.1%. Discusión: Igual que en otros estudios las sustancias más consumidas fueron el alcohol y el tabaco, los que más consumieron fueron los hombres. Los motivos para el consumo fueron socializar. Más de la cuarta parte consumieron bebidas energizantes para aumentar el estado de alerta. La prevalencia del consumo de alcohol en vida es menor que la reportada en población general colombiana. Conclusiones: El consumo de sustancias legales e ilegales excepto los sedantes fue menor a las reportadas en población general y semejante a otros estudios en personal de salud. Cómo citar este artículo: Londoño J, Álvarez ML. Consumo de sustancias psicoactivas en auxiliares de enfermería. Rev Cuid. 2017; 8(2: 1591-8. http://dx.doi.org/10.15649/cuidarte.v8i2.378

  15. A flexible matrix-based human exposure assessment framework suitable for LCA and CAA

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    Jolliet, Olivier; Ernstoff, Alexi; Huang, Lei

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    of near-and far-field pathways and helps to understand the contribution of individual pathways to overall human exposure in various product application contexts. When combined with toxicity information this approach is a resourceful way to inform LCA and CAA and minimize human exposure to toxic chemicals......Humans can be exposed to chemicals via near-field exposure pathways (e.g. through consumer product use) and far-field exposure pathways (e.g. through environmental emissions along product life cycles). Pathways are often complex where chemicals can transfer directly from products to humans during...... use or exchange between near-and far-field compartments until sub -fractions reach humans via inhalation, ingestion or dermal uptake. Currently, however, multimedia exposure models mainly focus on far-field exposure pathways. Metrics and modeling approaches used in far-field, emission-based models...

  16. Rocky Flats CAAS System Recalibrated, Retested, and Analyzed to Install in the Criticality Experiments Facility at the Nevada Test Site

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    Kim, S; Heinrichs, D; Biswas, D; Huang, S; Dulik, G; Scorby, J; Boussoufi, M; Liu, B; Wilson, R

    2009-05-27

    Neutron detectors and control panels transferred from the Rocky Flats Plant (RFP) were recalibrated and retested for redeployment to the CEF. Testing and calibration were successful with no failure to any equipment. Detector sensitivity was tested at a TRIGA reactor, and the response to thermal neutron flux was satisfactory. MCNP calculated minimum fission yield ({approx} 2 x 10{sup 15} fissions) was applied to determine the thermal flux at selected detector positions at the CEF. Thermal flux levels were greater than 6.39 x 10{sup 6} (n/cm{sup 2}-sec), which was about four orders of magnitude greater than the minimum alarm flux. Calculations of detector survivable distances indicate that, to be out of lethal area, a detector needs to be placed greater than 15 ft away from a maximum credible source. MCNP calculated flux/dose results were independently verified by COG. CAAS calibration and the testing confirmed that the RFP CAAS system is performing its functions as expected. New criteria for the CAAS detector placement and 12-rad zone boundaries at the CEF are established. All of the CAAS related documents and hardware have been transferred from LLNL to NSTec for installation at the CEF high bay areas.

  17. Synthesis and biology of the rigidified glutamate analogue, trans-2-carboxyazetidine-3-acetic acid (t-CAA)

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    Kozikowski, AP; Liao, Y; Tuckmantel, W; Wang, SM; Pshenichkin, S; Surin, A; Thomsen, C; Wroblewski, JT

    1996-01-01

    Chemical approaches to the (-)- and (+)-trans-2-carboxyazetidine-3-acetic acids (-)-1 and (+)-1, and their homologues (-)-2 and (+)-2, compounds that represent rigidified analogues of glutamate (glu), are reported together with the complete biological characterization of(+)-1 (t-CAA) at the known gl

  18. Amine-Appended Hierarchical Ca-A Zeolite for Enhancing CO2 /CH4 Selectivity of Mixed-Matrix Membranes.

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    Nguyen, Tien Hoa; Gong, Heqing; Lee, Siew Siang; Bae, Tae-Hyun

    2016-10-18

    An amine-appended hierarchical Ca-A zeolite that can selectively capture CO2 was synthesized and incorporated into inexpensive membrane polymers, in particular polyethylene oxide and Matrimid, to design mixed-matrix membranes with high CO2 /CH4 selectivities. Binary mixture permeation testing reveals that amine-appended mesoporous Ca-A is highly effective in improving CO2 /CH4 selectivity of polymeric membranes. In particular, the CO2 /CH4 selectivity of the polyethylene oxide membrane increases from 15 to 23 by incorporating 20 wt % amine-appended Ca-A zeolite. Furthermore, the formation of filler/polymer interfacial defects, which is typically found in glassy polymer-zeolite pairs, is inhibited owing to the interaction between the amine groups on the external surface of zeolites and polymer chains. Our results suggest that the amine-appended hierarchial Ca-A, which was utilized in membrane fabrication for the first time, is a good filler material for fabricating a CO2 -selective mixed-matrix membrane with defect-free morphology.

  19. A ESCOLA DE AUXILIARES DE ENFERMAGEM DE NATAL E O HOSPITAL UNIVERSITÁRIO ONOFRE LOPES

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    DJAILSON JOSÉ DELGADO CARLOS

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Estudio con enfoque histórico y cualitativo, con el objetivo de analizar la historia de la Escuela de Enfermería de Natal y su relación con el Hospital Universitario Onofre Lopes. La investigación empírica se pautó a partir de documentos como: informes, actas, cartas, reglamentos, estatutos, Leyes, Decretos y entrevistas con personas que tienen claros recuerdos de esa historia. Se deduce que la inserción de la Escuela en el Hospital transformó lenta y progresivamente el equipo de Enfermería de la institución, a medida que incorporaba profesionales capacitados por ella. Esa valoración se acentuó, después que la Universidad do Rio Grande do Norte se tornó órgano federativo, en 1960, y la directora de la Escuela se hizo cargo también de la dirección de la Enfermería del Hospital. Esa dupla función y dupla responsabilidad convergieron y favorecieron la intensificación de la capacitación de los ayudantes en auxiliares y técnicos de Enfermería.

  20. SOS Móvel: sistema para auxiliar pessoas na solicitação de socorro

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    Suellem Stephanne Fernandes Queiroz

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    Full Text Available Devido aos índices elevados de acidentes, incidentes e ocorrências, qualquer um está vulnerável e pode necessitar de informações sobre centros de saúde mais próximos para o socorro. Na busca de reduzir o alto índice de ocorrências fatais em acidentes e incidentes quaisquer, medidas tecnológicas passaram a ser empregadas para contatar rapidamente o socorro. O SOS móvel é um sistema para auxiliar pessoas na solicitação de socorro. O sistema faz reconhecimento de atividades, utiliza sensores móveis com sensibilidade ao contexto e um agente inteligente para detecção de situações de risco e disparo de solicitações de socorro automáticas. O sistema é composto por uma parte web e uma móvel. O aplicativo móvel é utilizado ativamente pelo usuário, enquanto que a interface web é utilizada pelos familiares ou gestores da saúde que podem monitorar o usuário e visualizar sua localização e alertas. Os experimentos com o SOS Móvel foram realizados em um ambiente de simulações e permitiram concluir que esse apresentou desempenho satisfatório ao detectar riscos e fazer o envio de solicitações de socorro automaticamente.

  1. Atribuicoes do enfermeiro na unidade basica de saude: percepcoes e expectativas dos auxiliares de enfermagem

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    Candida Elizabete dos Santos Soares

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available O presente estudo teve por objetivo verificar as percepções e expectativas dos Auxiliares de Enfermagem (AE que trabalham em Unidades Básicas de Saúde (UBS de uma região do Município de São Paulo, sobre as atribuições do enfermeiro. Estudo qualitativo que utilizou a metodologia do Discurso do Sujeito Coletivo. Foi realizado em três UBS, com 20 AE. Os dados foram coletados por meio de entrevistas, realizadas em 2007. Constatou-se que para os AE entrevistados as atribuições do enfermeiro estavam associadas às atitudes pessoais no cotidiano do trabalho, que o enfermeiro era prestador da assistência direta, que tinha o papel de orientador e coordenador, bem como excesso de atribuições. As expectativas dos entrevistados foram: participação do enfermeiro no atendimento direto ao usuário, competência para coordenar a equipe e avaliar as necessidades dos usuários. Conhecer as atribuições do enfermeiro é importante para responder apropriadamente às necessidades da coletividade.

  2. A acetamida de pirrolidona como medicação auxiliar no tratamento da paralisia cerebral

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    Francisca Salete Pinheiro Chagas Ribeiro

    1976-06-01

    Full Text Available Vinte crianças, com diagnóstico de paralisia cerebral (PC e sob tratamento clássico, fisioterápico e pedagógico, receberam piracetam (acetamida de pirrolidona como medicação auxiliar. O objetivo foi melhorar os problemas de espasticidade, apredizagem, neurolabilidade, visando a um rendimento melhor do tratamento global da PC. O grupo medicado foi comparado com um grupo controle de 20 crianças que só eram objeto do tratamento habitual. A comparação mostrou resultados favoráveis no grupo medicado. A droga foi administrada na dose de 80 mg/kg/dia durante 10 semanas. Os critérios de avaliação dos resultados foram psicológicos, clínico, fisioterápico e pedagógico. A droga foi administrada em nova forma de apresentação: solução, para uso oral, a 6%.

  3. Processo de enfermagem: reflexões de auxiliares e técnicos

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    Vanessa Kenne Longaray

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available El Proceso de Enfermería consiste en un instrumento tecnológico empleado para favorecer el cuidado. El presente estudio trata de una investigación cualitativa, exploratoria y descriptiva, realizada en el primer semestre de 2006, con el objetivo de conocer las reflexiones de técnicos y auxiliares sobre el Proceso de Enfermería realizado en el Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre - RS. De la investigación participaron 11 sujetos pertenecientes a distintos servicios. Para la obtención de las informaciones y el análisis temático de Bardin, se utilizó la entrevista parcialmente estructurada. En el análisis fueron identificadas cinco categorías, a saber: 1 amplía la visión y organiza el cuidado; 2 aproxima el equipo de enfermería; 3 favorece la continuidad de los cuidados; 4 fallas en la comunicación entre el equipo de enfermería; 5 necesidad de revaluar la prescripción de los cuidados de enfermería. Ante lo expuesto, se sugiere fomentar la educación en el servicio para el equipo de enfermería, teniendo como foco el Proceso de Enfermería y dando énfasis a la comunicación.

  4. 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

  5. O exame de suplência para qualificação profissional de auxiliares de enfermagem em Minas Gerais

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    Mara José Moraes Antunes

    1995-09-01

    Full Text Available Estudo analítico-descritivo da demanda e dos índices de aprovação do exame de suplência da Secretaria de Estado de Educação de Minas Gerais para qualificação profissional de auxiliar de enfermagem e das características da clientela que se submete ao exame.

  6. Employing Computer Assisted Assessment (CAA to facilitate formative assessment in the State Secondary School: a case study

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    Effimia Karagianni

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Based on theories of assessment as well as on the pedagogical and administrative advantages Computer Assisted Assessment (CAA has to offer in foreign language learning, the study presented in this paper examines how computers can facilitate the formative assessment of EFL learners and enhance their feeling of responsibility towards monitoring their progress. The subjects of the study were twenty five 14-year-old students attending the third class of a State Gymnasium in Greece. The instruments utilized were questionnaires on motivation and learning styles, three quizzes designed with the software Hot Potatoes, a self–assessment questionnaire and an evaluation questionnaire showing the subjects’ attitudes towards the experience of using computers for assessing purposes. After reviewing formative assessment, CAA and how these two can be combined, the paper focuses on the description of the three class quizzes used in the study. Ιnformation from the questionnaires filled in by students combined with the results of the quizzes, shows how computers can be used to provide continuous ongoing measurement of students’ progress needed for formative assessment. The results are also used to show how students and teachers can benefit from formative CAA and the extent to which such kind of assessment could be applicable in the Greek state school reality.

  7. Estelas ibéricas con lanzas y tropas auxiliares en el nordeste peninsular

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    Riera Vargas, Roger

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The discovery, on the NE of the Iberian Peninsula, of several Late Iron Age Iberian stelae, sharing very similar decorations among each other, claims for a more detailed study. This paper clearly wants to undertake so. As to the motifs, groups of vertical lances sculped on the stone at one or several horizontal levels have been traced, perhaps linked with another group of stelae generally located in Lower Aragón (North Central Spain. Traditionally, such stelae have been related to the funerary warrior cult. However, according to their location, chronology and associated settlements, I think they might function as landmarks for the Iberian auxiliary troops moving to Southern Gaul between the end of Second and the early First centuries BC.El hallazgo de varias estelas ibéricas en el nordeste peninsular con unos motivos decorativos muy similares entre ellas, sugiere un estudio de conjunto. Dicha decoración se caracteriza especialmente por la presencia de lanzas verticales dispuestas paralelamente en una o varias franjas horizontales, y poseen evidentes signos de relación con el grupo de estelas del Bajo Aragón. Tradicionalmente se ha asociado estos monumentos con el mundo funerario de carácter guerrero. Sin embargo, en base a su disposición, cronología y yacimientos asociados, se propone una vinculación con el movimiento de tropas auxiliares hispanas hacia el sur de la Galia entre finales del s. II e inicios del s. I a.n.e.

  8. Programas de mantenimiento de metadona con servicios auxiliares: un estudio de coste-efectividad

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    Puigdollers E.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Actualmente, los programas de mantenimiento con metadona (PMM son la mejor alternativa de tratamiento para los adictos a opiáceos. Se pretende valorar el coste-efectividad de tres PMM que ofrecían diferentes servicios auxiliares utilizando como medida de efectividad el incremento de la calidad de vida. Métodos: Estudio de seguimiento a 12 meses de 586 pacientes que iniciaron tratamiento con metadona en los centros de atención y seguimiento municipales de Barcelona. Para medir la evolución de la calidad de vida se utilizó el Perfil de Salud de Nottingham (PSN. Se calcularon los costes unitarios estándar y el coste total por paciente a partir de los registros de actividad. Los datos sociodemográficos, de salud y toxicológicos se obtuvieron a través de una entrevista semiestructurada. El análisis coste-efectividad se realizó mediante dos modelos multivariados con idénticas variables de ajuste. Resultados: Cuanto mayor es la intensidad de programa, más elevado es el coste. Los modelos ajustados detectaron un aumento significativo de la calidad de vida (mejora de un 8% en el PSN y de los costes (17% entre el programa de intensidad baja y el de intensidad media. Conclusiones: El programa de media intensidad demostró la mejor relación coste-efectividad pero, dadas las limitaciones del estudio, es difícil ser taxativo en la generalización de sus resultados.

  9. Características de profesionales y auxiliares de enfermería del Huila. 2010 Características dos profissionais e auxiliares de enfermagem de Huila. 2010 Characteristics of Professionals and Nursing Assistants from Huila. 2010

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    Dolly Arias

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: describir y analizar las características sociodemográficas y laborales de los profesionales y auxiliares de enfermería que laboran en el Huila. Metodología: Estudio descriptivo, de corte transversal, muestra conformada por 308 enfermeras (os y 1025 auxiliares de enfermería distribuidos en los 37 municipios del departamento. Se utilizó el método directo y un cuestionario autodiligenciado. La información se procesó con Epi Info 6.04 D y Excel 2000. Resultados: características sociodemográficas: la mayoría son mujeres, ubicados en los estratos 1, 2, 3, residen desde hace más de diez años en Huila. Los profesionales están concentrados en la capital del departamento y en los municipios más habitados; 70 % egresó de la Universidad Surcolombiana, 27 % tiene posgrado y menos del 20 % se especializó en el componente disciplinar. Las auxiliares de enfermería, terminaron en escuelas de Neiva. Caracterización laboral: cerca del 60 % se dedica a la atención curativa; menos del 35 % trabajan en empresas sociales del Estado (ESE de primer nivel. El 33 % de los profesionales son empleados de planta y dos terceras partes tienen menos de cinco años de vinculación a la empresa actual, el 29,6 % de auxiliares de enfermería son empleados de planta. Más del 60 % de profesionales devengan, en promedio, $1.600.000 y solo el 2,6 % recibe más de $3.090.000; el 73,4 % de auxiliares ganan entre uno y dos salarios mínimos.Objetivo: descrever e analisar as características sociodemográficas e de trabalho dos profissionais e auxiliares de enfermagem que trabalham em Huila. Metodologia: Estudo descritivo de corte transversal com uma amostra conformada por 308 enfermeiras(os e 1025 auxiliares de enfermagem distribuídos nos 37 municípios do departamento. Utilizou-se um método direto e um questionário de autopreenchimento. A informação foi processada com Epi Info 6.04 D e Excel 2000. Resultados: características sociodemográficas: a

  10. 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…

  11. Estrés laboral en auxiliares de enfermería, Medellín-Colombia, 2011: Estrés laboral en auxiliares de enfermería

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    Yaison Giraldo Girald

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Identificar la presencia de estrés laboral en auxiliares de enfermería que trabajan en salas de hospitalización de adultos y las condiciones institucionales que lo configuran. Metodología: Estudio cualitativo de caso colectivo que parte de la determinación de características comunes o no entre los datos obtenidos de los casos individuales para su posterior análisis. Participaron seis casos: cinco mujeres y un hombre, auxiliares de enfermería con menos de 10 años de experiencia laboral en salas de hospitalización de adultos. Se utilizó la entrevista semiestructurada y se aplicó el consentimiento informado. Resultados: Las condiciones que provocaron el estrés fueron la Jornada laboral con tiempos reales de 13 ó 14 horas seguidas, sin espacios para la alimentación y el descanso, y actividades adicionales que no se encuentran dentro de las funciones normatizadas pero que son delegadas por otros profesionales de la salud y que se vuelven una carga más para ellas, tales como el transporte de pacientes, apoyo durante transfusiones sanguíneas, limpieza del carro de medicamentos y el estar ahí dando cuidado permanente a los pacientes. Como aminorante del estrés aparecen las relaciones entre el equipo de trabajo. Conclusión: Se identifica la presencia del estrés laboral en las auxiliares de enfermería que trabajan en salas de hospitalización de adultos. Las condiciones descritas limitan el tiempo para el cuidado de los pacientes y el cuidado de sí mismas y alteran su condición física, psicológica y emocional, factores que se relacionan con el estrés laboral. Salud UIS 2013; 45 (1: 23-31

  12. Cicatrização: conceitos atuais e recursos auxiliares - Parte II Cicatrization: current concepts and auxiliary resources - Part II

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    2003-01-01

    Na Parte I deste artigo, publicada na edição anterior dos Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia, foram revisados os conceitos de cicatrização e foi ressaltada a importância da atuação multidisciplinar na abordagem das feridas, compreendendo-se o paciente como um todo. Nesta Parte II são apresentados os recursos que podem auxiliar o processo de cicatrização, bem como os diversos tipos de curativos disponíveis e a sua respectiva indicação.In Part I of this article, published in the previous edition...

  13. El futuro de la industria y los servicios auxiliares de la agricultura de Almería

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    David Uclés Aguilera

    2004-01-01

    Una reflexión sobre las estrategias que para el desarrollo futuro tienen las empresas integrantes del cluster de actividades auxiliares de la agricultura intensiva de Almería. En el artículo se analizan las características básicas de estas empresas, su grado de internacionalizació y, finalmente, se aportan recomendaciones sobre el desarrollofuturo del mismo. A reflection on the strategies that the future development stops has the companies of cluster of auxiliary activities of the intensive a...

  14. Eventos adversos relacionados a medicamentos: percepção de técnicos e auxiliares de enfermagem

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    Valéria Lamb Corbellini

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available O processo de administração de medicamentos está relacionado a um índice elevado de eventos adversos e têm sido foco de investimento das instituições. Este estudo prepôs-se a conhecer a percepção de técnicos e auxiliares de enfermagem sobre eventos adversos relacionados a medicamentos. Foi realizada uma pesquisa qualitativa com dez profissionais técnicos e auxiliares de enfermagem de uma unidade de internação clínico-cirúrgica, em um hospital universitário da cidade de Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil. Os resultados evidenciaram que os fatores mais comumente envolvidos em erros de medicação são a sobrecarga de trabalho, a identificação incorreta do paciente, além de outros fatores associados. Conclui-se que há necessidade de se desenvolverem ações para favorecer uma mudança de cultura que garanta a segurança do paciente nas instituições hospitalares.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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...

  20. 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 ...

  1. Los progresos recientes del material auxiliar en la perforación de galerías

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    Vié, Georges

    1964-10-01

    Full Text Available In civil engineering the drilling of underground galleries is a common occurrence, especially in hydroelectric projects and also in the construction of railways and roads. In planning a project, one of the main questions is how to carry it out not only in the quickest time, but also in the cheapest possible manner. Hence the choice of the right equipment is of paramount importance, especially so in underground excavations, where the excavation itself is more costly. At present there is quite a variety of equipment for this type of work, for in addition to its widespread application by the civil engineer, the mining industry has developed its use in a very extensive manner. Every day new developments and improvements are available to the user of such equipment, which make possible the undertaking of more ambitious and difficult tasks. Thus the choice of the best possible machinery is not an easy matter, for in this type of underground work the mechanical aids are decisive in their usefulness. Before selecting an item of machinery it is necessary to know precisely its performance, and the task that it is required to do. The author describes a number of machines now in use in France, which he thinks may serve as a first step in selecting the right equipment. No attempt has been made at making an exhaustive analysis of the problem: it is merely intended to provide some guidance to potential users of underground drilling equipment.Es muy frecuente, en los trabajos de ingeniería civil, tener que recurrir a la perforación de galerías, principalmente en las obras hidráulicas, así como también en la construcción de ferrocarriles y carreteras en terrenos de relieve acusado. En todo trabajo subterráneo, que resulta, en general, bastante más caro que en el exterior, el problema dominante que ha de afrontarse consiste, no ya en la elección del método constructivo a adoptar, sino también en la del material auxiliar que debe emplearse en estas

  2. A fita de vídeo como recurso auxiliar em Educação Física

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    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho pretende analisar a utilização de fitas de vídeo como recurso auxiliar nas aulas de Educação Física (EF e na formação de professores, atuando como um coadjuvante no processo educativo e como veiculador de valores numa perspectiva crítica de EF. PALAVRAS-CHAVE: Fitas de vídeo, Educação Física, esportes. This paper aims to analyse the use of videotapes as an auxiliary resource in physical education classes and in teacher’s formation. Videotapes could act as a helper in the educational process as well as in the act of transmitting values in a critical perspective of physical education. KEYWORDS: Videotapes, physical education, sports.

  3. 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....

  4. 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......-containing sweeteners. The purpose of this review is to summarize the current evidence on the effect of artificial sweeteners on body weight, appetite, and risk markers for diabetes and CVD in humans....

  5. Artificial Blood

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    Umit Yasar

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The problems and additional cost factor involved in collecting and storing human blood, as well as the pending worldwide shortages are the main driving forces in the development of blood substitutes. Studies on artificial blood basically aim to develop oxygen carrying compounds, produce stem cell-based erythrocyte cells in vitro and, implement the functions and movements of natural hemoglobin molecules found in erythrocyte cells through artificial erythrocyte cells. Consequently, major areas of research in artificial blood studies are haemoglobin-based oxygen carriers, perfluorochemicals, respirocytes and stem cells. Even though these artificial erythrocyte cells do not qualify as perfect red blood cell substitutes yet, they have many potential clinical and non clinical uses. Studies are being carried out on the elimination of side effects of blood substitutes and extensive clinical trials are being conducted to test their safety and efficacy. Artificial blood substitutes could only be used clinically for patient management following clinical trials and approvals, and will be the ultimate global solution to the problems associated with donor scarcity, blood collection and transfusion-mediated diseases. [Archives Medical Review Journal 2012; 21(2.000: 95-108

  6. A historical overview of the development of manganese (Mn) pharmacokinetic data under Section 211(b) of the Clean Air Act (CAA)

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    Abstract for Manganese 2016A historical overview of the development of manganese (Mn) pharmacokinetic data under Section 211(b) of the Clean Air Act (CAA)William K BoyesBackground. In the 1990’s, the use of methylcyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl (MMT) as an octane-enh...

  7. The Second Development of CATIA Software Based on CAA and Examples%基于CATIA/CAA的文字输入的二次开发

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    徐太花

    2013-01-01

    With the 2-dimension and 3-dimension as the research object, this article introduces the CATIA second development of the developing tool of CATIA V5--CAA( Component Application Architecture). It expounds the constitutes, architectures and principles of the CAA. It also presents the basic approach of the second development of CATIA software based on CAA.On the basis of the contents above, it provides a method to generate texts in different types based on their different requirements. This method makes up the disadvantage of CATIA that inputting text can' t be accepted by CATIA. At the same time it offers some contents that the deeper development of CATIA can refer to.%以CATIA二、三维文字输入为研究对象,介绍CATIA V5的CAA(Component Application Architecture)二次开发技术,阐述CAA的组成、架构、原理,提出基于CAA的CATIA二次开发的基本方法,并在此基础上开发根据不同需求,生成不同格式文字的方法,有效弥补了CATIA不能直接输入文字的缺点,也为CATIA的后续开发提供了借鉴.

  8. A historical overview of the development of manganese (Mn) pharmacokinetic data under Section 211(b) of the Clean Air Act (CAA)

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    Abstract for Manganese 2016A historical overview of the development of manganese (Mn) pharmacokinetic data under Section 211(b) of the Clean Air Act (CAA)William K BoyesBackground. In the 1990’s, the use of methylcyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl (MMT) as an octane-enh...

  9. Artificial Intelligence

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    Warwick, Kevin

    2011-01-01

    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

  10. Artificial Consciousness or Artificial Intelligence

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    Spanache Florin

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Artificial intelligence is a tool designed by people for the gratification of their own creative ego, so we can not confuse conscience with intelligence and not even intelligence in its human representation with conscience. They are all different concepts and they have different uses. Philosophically, there are differences between autonomous people and automatic artificial intelligence. This is the difference between intelligence and artificial intelligence, autonomous versus automatic. But conscience is above these differences because it is neither conditioned by the self-preservation of autonomy, because a conscience is something that you use to help your neighbor, nor automatic, because one’s conscience is tested by situations which are not similar or subject to routine. So, artificial intelligence is only in science-fiction literature similar to an autonomous conscience-endowed being. In real life, religion with its notions of redemption, sin, expiation, confession and communion will not have any meaning for a machine which cannot make a mistake on its own.

  11. Artificial ribonucleases.

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    Morrow, J R

    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

  12. Cicatrização: conceitos atuais e recursos auxiliares - Parte II Cicatrization: current concepts and auxiliary resources - Part II

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    Samuel Henrique Mandelbaum

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available Na Parte I deste artigo, publicada na edição anterior dos Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia, foram revisados os conceitos de cicatrização e foi ressaltada a importância da atuação multidisciplinar na abordagem das feridas, compreendendo-se o paciente como um todo. Nesta Parte II são apresentados os recursos que podem auxiliar o processo de cicatrização, bem como os diversos tipos de curativos disponíveis e a sua respectiva indicação.In Part I of this article, published in the previous edition of the Brazilian Annals of Dermatology, the cicatrization concepts were revised and the importance of the multidisciplinary approach was emphasized in the management of wounds as well as considering the global aspects of the patient. In Part II, we present the resources that can aid the cicatrization process, as well as the various types of curatives available and their respective indication.

  13. Cicatrização: conceitos atuais e recursos auxiliares - Parte I Cicatrization: current concepts and auxiliary resources - Part I

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    Samuel Henrique Mandelbaum

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available - O estudo da cicatrização da pele envolve uma enorme gama de eventos e de situações especiais. Exige conhecimentos básicos de anatomia, histologia, bioquímica, imunologia, farmacologia, entre outras ciências. O artigo faz revisão dos conceitos de cicatrização, em seus diversos aspectos, e ressalta a importância da atuação multidisciplinar na abordagem das feridas, bem como a percepção do paciente como um todo. São abordados os aspectos econômicos que representam as feridas agudas e crônicas. Apresenta ainda os recursos que podem auxiliar o processo de cicatrização, bem como os diversos tipos de curativos disponíveis.The study of cicatrization of the skin involves an enormous gamut of events and special situations. It requires a basic knowledge of anatomy, histology, biochemistry, immunology, pharmacology and many other sciences. This article offers a revision of the concepts of cicatrization, in its diverse aspects, and underscores the importance of a team with practitioners from various fields for the wound management as well as a global perception of the patient. The economic aspects of acute and chronic wounds are considered. Furthermore, the resources which can be used to aid the healing process and the various types of curatives available are also presented.

  14. 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.

  15. Artificial blood.

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    1983-01-01

    #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...

  16. 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.

  17. A participação do pessoal auxiliar odontológico na promoção da saúde bucal

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    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available No Estado de São Paulo, embora inúmeros sistemas municipais de saúde venham empregando pessoal auxiliar odontológico, existe pouca informação disponível sobre a contribuição dada por esses trabalhadores a essas ações. O objetivo desta investigação foi analisar a participação desse pessoal na promoção da saúde bucal. Um questionário foi respondido por 245 (75,4% dos 325 auxiliares e técnicos em higiene dental empregados em cinco municípios. Os resultados indicaram que a participação em atividades de promoção da saúde bucal é relativa e varia conforme o município em estudo. Em alguns municípios, o pessoal auxiliar odontológico vem dedicando sua jornada de trabalho mais para promoção da saúde bucal do que para ações de assistência odontológica individual, contribuindo, deste modo, para a transformação das práticas da Odontologia em saúde coletiva e do sistema de saúde em construção no Brasil.

  18. Técnica de sutura en plicatura abdominal que prescinde de un ayudante Plicatura em abdominoplastia que elimina um auxiliar Plication in abdominoplasty that excuses aid

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    F.A.M. Cido Carvalho

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available La plicatura en la abdominoplastia es una de las técnicas indicada para corregir la flacidez de la región muscular del abdomen. Requiere un tiempo quirúrgico importante y de la ayuda de un cirujano auxiliar. Presentamos una variante de sutura en X, con nylon 2.0, que evita la necesidad de un ayudante quirúrgico.A plicatura nas abdominoplastias é uma dessas técnicas e tem sido indicado para corrigir a flacidez da região musculofascial. Demanda tempo cirúrgico substancial e de um cirurgião auxiliar. É demonstrada uma variação de sutura em X, com nylon 2.0, que dispensa o cirurgião auxiliarPlication in abdominoplasty is an indicated technique to correct muscular flaccidity of the musculofascial system in abdominal region. It demands surgical time and helping from an aid surgeon. We present a technical variation in X plication suture, with nylon 2.0 that does not require an auxiliary surgeon.

  19. Phenothiazine-based CaaX competitive inhibitors of human farnesyltransferase bearing a cysteine, methionine, serine or valine moiety as a new family of antitumoral compounds.

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    Dumitriu, Gina-Mirabela; Bîcu, Elena; Belei, Dalila; Rigo, Benoît; Dubois, Joëlle; Farce, Amaury; Ghinet, Alina

    2015-10-15

    A new family of CaaX competitive inhibitors of human farnesyltransferase based on phenothiazine and carbazole skeleton bearing a l-cysteine, l-methionine, l-serine or l-valine moiety was designed, synthesized and biologically evaluated. Phenothiazine derivatives proved to be more active than carbazole-based compounds. Phenothiazine 1b with cysteine residue was the most promising inhibitor of human farnesyltransferase in the current study.

  20. Artificial Gravity

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    Clément, Gilles

    2007-01-01

    Protecting the health, safety, and performance of exploration-class mission crews against the physiological deconditioning resulting from long-term weightlessness during transit and long-term reduced gravity during surface operations will require effective, multi-system countermeasures. Artificial gravity, which would replace terrestrial gravity with inertial forces generated by rotating the transit vehicle or by short-radius human centrifuge devices within the transit vehicle or surface habitat, has long been considered a potential solution. However, despite its attractiveness as an efficient

  1. Artificial rheotaxis.

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    Palacci, Jérémie; Sacanna, Stefano; Abramian, Anaïs; Barral, Jérémie; Hanson, Kasey; Grosberg, Alexander Y; Pine, David J; Chaikin, Paul M

    2015-05-01

    Motility is a basic feature of living microorganisms, and how it works is often determined by environmental cues. Recent efforts have focused on developing artificial systems that can mimic microorganisms, in particular their self-propulsion. We report on the design and characterization of synthetic self-propelled particles that migrate upstream, known as positive rheotaxis. This phenomenon results from a purely physical mechanism involving the interplay between the polarity of the particles and their alignment by a viscous torque. We show quantitative agreement between experimental data and a simple model of an overdamped Brownian pendulum. The model notably predicts the existence of a stagnation point in a diverging flow. We take advantage of this property to demonstrate that our active particles can sense and predictably organize in an imposed flow. Our colloidal system represents an important step toward the realization of biomimetic microsystems with the ability to sense and respond to environmental changes.

  2. Metodología para la autoevaluación de la variable profesores y personal auxiliar en universidades médicas

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    Mabel Rocha Vázquez

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Fundamento: El Ministerio de Educación Superior ha prestado gran importancia al control del trabajo que desempeñan las instituciones de educación superior, como vía fundamental para lograr un mejoramiento continuo de la calidad. La acreditación es el resultado de la aplicación de un sistema de evaluación interna y externa, dirigido a reconocer públicamente que una institución o programa reúne determinados requisitos de calidad. Objetivo: Exponer una metodología para la autoevaluación de la variable profesores y personal auxiliar, en el contexto de las universidades de Ciencias Médicas. Métodos: Investigación de desarrollo, con diseño cualitativo, enfocada hacia la variable profesores y personal auxiliar, realizada en la Facultad de Ciencias Médicas de la Universidad de Ciencias Médicas de Cienfuegos. Se utilizó el criterio de expertos para validar la metodología. Se valoró el nivel de competencia de los expertos mediante la determinación del coeficiente K. Resultados: La metodología propuesta quedó estructurada en dos etapas: la primera, organizativa, donde se determinan áreas y sujetos clave, tareas a desarrollar, diseño de capacitación y cronograma; y la segunda, etapa de implementación. Conclusión: La metodología propuesta ofrece el camino para autoevaluar la variable profesores y personal auxiliar con un enfoque sistémico y en sistema. Fue perfeccionada partiendo de su implementación en la práctica y validada según criterio de expertos.

  3. Methodology for carrying out energy diagnosis in auxiliaries systems in thermal electrical central stations; Metodologia para realizar un diagnostico energetico en sistemas auxiliares de centrales termoelectricas

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    Nebradt Garcia, Jesus [Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Mexico, D. F. (Mexico); Rojas Hidalgo, Ismael; Huante Perez, Liborio [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca (Mexico)

    1998-12-31

    One of the potential areas for energy saving in Central Electric Power Plants are the auxiliaries system, so as to based in a preliminary energy diagnosis and considering that energy saving measures would be taken, going from the instrumentation, operational changes in equipment, as well as in using velocity variators in motors, it turns out to be that the energy consumption of auxiliaries at 75% load in a 150 MW thermal power plant varies from 3% to 4% and for the case of a 350 MW power plant the energy consumption of the auxiliaries represents 2 to 3.5%. Nowadays this consumption are above 6%. Considering that the country has 40 units with capacities varying from 150 to 350 MW, the economical and the fuel saving would be substantial. This paper will present a summary of the methodology to be used to carry out this type of projects. [Espanol] Una de las areas potenciales de ahorro de energia en centrales termoelectricas son los sistemas auxiliares, de tal manera que basados en un diagnostico energetico preliminar y considerando que se aplicarian las medidas de ahorro de energia que van desde la instrumentacion, cambios operativos en equipos, asi como el uso de variadores de velocidad en motores, se tienen que los consumos de auxiliares para un 75% de carga en una central termoelectrica de 150 MW varian desde un 3% hasta un 4% y para el caso de una central termoelectrica de 350 MW, el consumo de auxiliares representa del 2 al 3.5%. Hoy en dia dichos consumos estan por encima del 6%. Si consideramos que el pais cuenta con 40 unidades que varian desde 150 MW hasta 350 MW, entonces los ahorros economicos y de combustible serian impactantes. La presente ponencia mostrara un resumen de la metodologia a emplear para la realizacion de este tipo de proyectos.

  4. Soldados para la Independencia. Algunas notas sobre las características del cuerpo de oficiales del Ejército Auxiliar del Perú

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    Morea, Alejandro

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    La formación de una junta de gobierno en Buenos Aires en mayo de 1810 marcó el inicio del proceso revolucionario en el virreinato del Río de la Plata. Para hacer frente a las disidencias internas y a los ejércitos que buscaron defender la posición de la monarquía en estos territorios, el nuevo gobierno conformó distintas fuerzas militares. El Ejército Auxiliar del Perú fue una de las principales armas con las que contaron las nuevas autoridades instaladas en Buenos Aires para hacer frente a l...

  5. El Proceso de profesionalización del Ejército Auxiliar del Perú durante las guerras de independencia

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    Alejandro Morea

    2011-01-01

    La formación de una Junta provisional de gobierno en la ciudad de Buenos Aires en mayo de 1810 fue el inicio del proceso que culminó con la Independencia de los territorios que conformaban el Virreinato del Río de la Plata de la corona española. El Ejército Auxiliar del Perú fue una de las principales herramientas con las que contaron las nuevas autoridades para hacer frente a un fenómeno que se mostró como inevitable: la guerra. La historiografía argentina ha señalado que tras las derrotas e...

  6. Acupuntura y masaje: auxiliar en el tratamiento de pacientes con hipertension y diabetes en el Ejido Cuitláhuac de Tacotalpa

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    Cornelio Montejo, Gustavo Alonso; González-Quirarte, Gloria Esthela; Olán Vázquez, Cristina Zuleima; Pardo Sánchez, Danhel; González Quirarte, Nora Hilda

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    Introducción.En enfermería ha destacado la inclusión de medicina tradicional y alternativa como disciplina para prevenir, diagnosticar, tratar y rehabilitar al paciente con técnicas de masaje y acupuntura. En la revista Salud Mundial la OMS enlista enfermedades que pueden ser tratadas con dicha medicina, disminuyendo las repercusiones de patologías que ocupan los primeros lugares de morbimortalidad en México. Objetivo.Conocer si la acupuntura y el masaje son tratamientos alternativos auxiliar...

  7. Estudio del comportamiento a flexión de perfiles tubulares de acero utilizados en protecciones colectivas y medios auxiliares de edificación

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    2011-01-01

    Habitualmente se utilizan perfiles tubulares de acero en los elementos que componen las protecciones colectivas (PC) y los medios auxiliares de edificación (MAE). La evaluación analítica de PC y MAE exige conocer el comportamiento de los elementos que forman estas estructuras. Tanto el Eurocódigo 3 (EC3) como el Código Técnico de la Edificación (CTE) establecen una clasificación de secciones basada en su esbeltez. La clase de sección indica el tipo de análisis a utilizar y las posib...

  8. Control de calidad de un lote de emulgel con kanamicina, utilizado como un auxiliar en el tratamiento de micetomas por Actinomadura madurae

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    Alejandro Palma R.; Alejandra Hernández L.; Imelda Mejía B.; Laura Castrillón R.; Carmen Padilla D.; Blanca Lilia Cejudo U.

    2005-01-01

    la kanamicina es un antibiótico aminoglicósido que ha sido utilizado con éxito en el tratamiento de actinomicetomas causados por Actinomadura madurae por la vía intramuscular, en pacientes que no han respondido al tratamiento convencional con trimetroprim-sulfametoxazol. Se ha elaborado un emulgel con sulfato de kanamicina que puede emplearse con facilidad y reduce los efectos secundarios de la kanamicina debido a su acción local, y se puede utilizar como un auxiliar en el tratamiento. En est...

  9. Integración de un centro de transformación de servicios auxiliares de turbinas en una central térmica

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    Maestro Juárez, Daniel

    2009-01-01

    La ampliación de la capacidad de generación de una central térmica mediante la integración de nuevas turbinas de gas lleva asociada la realización de múltiples proyectos interdisciplinares de menor entidad que el de la propia integración de las turbinas, que dan soporte al proyecto de ampliación de la central. Dentro de estos proyectos de menor entidad, el problema de garantizar el suministro eléctrico de los servicios auxiliares de las turbinas requiere de un estudio específico debido a su e...

  10. Evaluación de Recuperación de Energía en Equipos de una Planta de Servicios Auxiliares

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    Pedro Quinto Diez; Juan Gabriel Barbosa Saldaña; Claudia del Carmen Gutiérrez Torres; José Alfredo Jiménez Bernal

    2008-01-01

    En este artículo se presenta la evaluación del uso de la energía en una Planta de Servicios Auxiliares, aplicando el método exergético y se demuestra que se hace mal uso de la misma. Se calculó que la efi ciencia exergética de la planta es del 44.27 % y que el 97.65% de la destrucción de exergía se concentra en siete equipos, que son: tres generadores de vapor, dos turbogeneradores, un deaereador y una bomba hidráulica.

  11. Programas de mantenimiento de metadona con servicios auxiliares: un estudio de coste-efectividad Methadone maintenance programs with supplementary services: a cost-effectiveness study

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    E. Puigdollers; F. Cotsas; Brugal, M. T.; L. Torralba; Domingo-Salvany, A.

    2003-01-01

    Objetivo: Actualmente, los programas de mantenimiento con metadona (PMM) son la mejor alternativa de tratamiento para los adictos a opiáceos. Se pretende valorar el coste-efectividad de tres PMM que ofrecían diferentes servicios auxiliares utilizando como medida de efectividad el incremento de la calidad de vida. Métodos: Estudio de seguimiento a 12 meses de 586 pacientes que iniciaron tratamiento con metadona en los centros de atención y seguimiento municipales de Barcelona. Para medir la ev...

  12. Reforma de la instalación eléctrica de una nave industrial destinada al aparcamiento de autocaravanas y servicios auxiliares

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    Armendáriz Zabalza, Andrés

    2016-01-01

    Este proyecto fin de carrera tiene por objeto el estudio, diseño y cálculo de la reforma de la instalación eléctrica en baja tensión de una nave industrial que va a dedicarse a un nuevo negocio consistente en el guarderío de vehículos tipo autocaravana. También se prestarán algunos servicios auxiliares para los clientes del negocio, consistentes en dotarles de una zona para realizar tareas básicas de mantenimiento de forma autónoma y tomas de corriente individuales en cada parcela para carga ...

  13. Cualificación de equipos auxiliares de producción de una planta químico-farmacéutica

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    Rodiera i Forroll, Francesc

    2008-01-01

    Este proyecto se basó en la cualificación de los equipos auxiliares de producción de la planta químico-farmacéutica que Boehringer Ingelheim tiene en Malgrat de Mar (Barcelona) con el fin de establecer una evidencia documental, mediante la ejecución de pruebas, de que los equipos y sus componentes poseen los atributos requeridos para obtener un producto con una calidad determinada de forma consistente y continuada. Para ello se elaboró toda la documentación necesaria para la co...

  14. Mini-implantes ortodônticos como auxiliares da fase de retração anterior Orthodontic mini-implants assisting the anterior retraction phase

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    Carlo Marassi; Cesar Marassi

    2008-01-01

    INTRODUÇÃO: os mini-implantes ortodônticos se estabeleceram como um importante método de ancoragem e vêm auxiliando os ortodontistas nas várias etapas do tratamento ortodôntico, eliminando, em grande parte, a necessidade de colaboração dos pacientes e tornando os resultados mais previsíveis. OBJETIVO: este artigo descreve os principais aspectos do uso dos mini-implantes como auxiliares da fase de retração anterior, trazendo considerações sobre suas indicações, quantidade de movimentação dos d...

  15. O auxiliar e o técnico de enfermagem: categorias profissionais diferentes e trabalhos equivalentes El auxiliar de enfermería y el técnico de enfermería: profesionales de categorías diferentes y trabajos equivalentes Nursing auxiliaries and nursing technicians: different professional categories and equivalent jobs

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    Marina Peduzzi

    2004-08-01

    Full Text Available Pesquisa qualitativa, com o objetivo de identificar e analisar as diferenças entre o trabalho desenvolvido por auxiliares e técnicos de enfermagem. Utiliza o referencial teórico do trabalho em saúde e em enfermagem e a teoria do agir comunicativo. As informações foram coletadas através de entrevista em três hospitais, junto a auxiliares de enfermagem, técnicos de enfermagem, enfermeiros e médicos, totalizando 32 depoimentos. Os resultados mostram que os auxiliares e técnicos realizam um amplo espectro de ações, tanto as usuais para essas categorias quanto atividades de avaliação de pacientes e procedimentos complexos. Todos os relatos evidenciam a ausência de diferença entre o trabalho realizado por auxiliares e técnicos de enfermagem, o que permite questionar a pertinência dessa divisão do trabalho.Investigación cualitativa que tiene como finalidad identificar y analizar las diferencias que existen entre el trabajo realizado por auxiliares y por técnicos de enfermería. Utiliza el referencial teórico del trabajo en salud y en enfermería y la teoria del actuar comunicativo. Las informaciones fueron recopiladas a través de entrevistas realizadas en tres hospitales, a auxiliares de enfermería, técnicos de enfermería, enfermeros y médicos, reuniendo un total de 32 declaraciones. Los resultados mostraron que auxiliares y técnicos realizan un amplio espectro de acciones, tanto las usuales para dichas categorías como las actividades de evaluación de pacientes y procedimientos más complejos. Todos los relatos demostraron la ausencia de diferencia entre el trabajo realizado por auxiliares y por los técnicos de enfermería, lo que permite cuestionar la pertinencia de esa división del trabajoThis is a qualitative study with the purpose of identifying and analyzing the differences between the work developed by nursing auxiliaries and nursing technicians. It relies on the theoretical framework concerning health care and

  16. 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.

  17. ATXN2 with intermediate-length CAG/CAA repeats does not seem to be a risk factor in hereditary spastic paraplegia

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    Nielsen, Troels Tolstrup; Svenstrup, Kirsten; Budtz-Jørgensen, Esben

    2012-01-01

    degeneration with motor neuron disease (FTD-MND), since TDP-43 positive inclusions have recently been found in an HSP subtype, and TDP-43 are found in abundance in pathological inclusions of both ALS and FTD-MND. Furthermore, ataxin-2 (encoded by the gene ATXN2), a polyglutamine containing protein elongated...... in spinocerebellar ataxia type 2, has been shown to be a modulator of TDP-43 induced toxicity in ALS animal and cell models. Finally, it has been shown that ATXN2 with non-pathogenic intermediate-length CAG/CAA repeat elongations (encoding the polyglutamine tract) is a genetic risk factor of ALS. Considering...

  18. El Proceso de profesionalización del Ejército Auxiliar del Perú durante las guerras de independencia

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    Alejandro Morea

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available La formación de una Junta provisional de gobierno en la ciudad de Buenos Aires en mayo de 1810 fue el inicio del proceso que culminó con la Independencia de los territorios que conformaban el Virreinato del Río de la Plata de la corona española. El Ejército Auxiliar del Perú fue una de las principales herramientas con las que contaron las nuevas autoridades para hacer frente a un fenómeno que se mostró como inevitable: la guerra. La historiografía argentina ha señalado que tras las derrotas experimentadas en el Alto Perú y en el Paraguay, los ejércitos fueron sometidos a un proceso de profesionalización. El presente artículo pretende abordar cómo fue vivido dicho proceso en el Ejército Auxiliar del Perú, tratando de visualizar las distintas iniciativas así como los límites experimentados.

  19. Análisis del trabajo en equipo entre enfermeras y auxiliares de enfermería, según los distintos modelos de organización de enfermería

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    Moreno Fernández, María Teresa

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    Objetivo: Conocer cómo afectan los distintos modelos de organización de enfermería al trabajo en equipo entre enfermeras1 y auxiliares de enfermería. Materiales y métodos: Revisión bibliográfica y cuestionario de opinión sobre cómo la organización de las distintas unidades afecta al trabajo en equipo entre enfermeras y auxiliares de enfermería. Las entrevistas se realizaron en distintas unidades de un hospital comarcal que tenían distintas formas de organizar a los profesion...

  20. Levels of H-ras codon 61 CAA to AAA mutation: response to 4-ABP-treatment and Pms2-deficiency.

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    Parsons, Barbara L; Delongchamp, Robert R; Beland, Frederick A; Heflich, Robert H

    2006-01-01

    DNA mismatch repair (MMR) deficiencies result in increased frequencies of spontaneous mutation and tumor formation. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that a chemically-induced mutational response would be greater in a mouse with an MMR-deficiency than in the MMR-proficient mouse models commonly used to assay for chemical carcinogenicity. To accomplish this, the induction of H-ras codon 61 CAA-->AAA mutation was examined in Pms2 knockout mice (Pms2-/-, C57BL/6 background) and sibling wild-type mice (Pms2+/+). Groups of five or six neonatal male mice were treated with 0.3 micromol 4-aminobiphenyl (4-ABP) or the vehicle control, dimethylsulfoxide. Eight months after treatment, liver DNAs were isolated and analysed for levels of H-ras codon 61 CAA-->AAA mutation using allele-specific competitive blocker-PCR. In Pms2-proficient and Pms2-deficient mice, 4-ABP treatment caused an increase in mutant fraction (MF) from 1.65x10(-5) to 2.91x10(-5) and from 3.40x10(-5) to 4.70x10(-5), respectively. Pooling data from 4-ABP-treated and control mice, the approximately 2-fold increase in MF observed in Pms2-deficient as compared with Pms2-proficient mice was statistically significant (P=0.0207) and consistent with what has been reported previously in terms of induction of G:C-->T:A mutation in a Pms2-deficient background. Pooling data from both genotypes, the increase in H-ras MF in 4-ABP-treated mice, as compared with control mice, did not reach the 95% confidence level of statistical significance (P=0.0606). The 4-ABP treatment caused a 1.76-fold and 1.38-fold increase in average H-ras MF in Pms2-proficient and Pms2-deficient mice, respectively. Furthermore, the levels of induced mutation in Pms2-proficient and Pms2-deficient mice were nearly identical (1.26x10(-5) and 1.30x10(-5), respectively). We conclude that Pms2-deficiency does not result in an amplification of the H-ras codon 61 CAA-->AAA mutational response induced by 4-ABP.

  1. A prática do auxiliar de enfermagem do programa saúde da família La práctica del auxiliar de enfermería del programa salud de la familia The practice of nursing auxiliaries in the family health program

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    Helena Eri Shimizu

    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho tem como objetivo conhecer a prática do auxiliar de enfermagem que atua no Programa Saúde da Família, identificando suas atividades cotidianas, bem como facilidades e dificuldades encontradas no seu trabalho. Optou-se pela abordagem qualitativa, utilizando-se a técnica de grupo focal, com participação de 34 auxiliares de enfermagem do Distrito Federal. Constatou-se que os auxiliares desenvolvem uma série de atividades, tanto de caráter individual como coletivo, com forte influência do modelo clínico de atenção e diferentes graus de complexidade, tais como: cadastramento das famílias, avaliação clínica sumária, atividades de grupo, procedimentos técnicos, visitas domiciliares, vigilância sanitária e epidemiológica. Os profissionais relatam que encontram facilidade na formação de vínculo com a clientela, porém se queixam da escassez de cursos de educação continuada, indefinição quanto as suas reais atribuições e falta de coordenação local. Conclui-se que o programa precisa redimensionar o papel desse profissional, resgatando sua função educativa junto à comunidade.La finalidad de este trabajo es conocer la práctica del auxiliar de enfermería que actúa en el Programa Salud de la Familia, identificando sus actividades cotidianas, así como facilidades y dificultades encontradas en su trabajo. Fue adoptada una aproximación cualitativa, utilizándose la técnica de grupo focal, con participación de 34 auxiliares de enfermería del Districto Federal, Brasil. Se constata que los auxiliares desarrollan una serie de actividades, tanto en carácter personal como en colectivo, con fuerte influencia del modelo clínico de atención y diferentes grados de complejidad, tales como: catastro de las familias, evaluación clínica sumaria, actividades de grupo, procedimientos técnicos, visitas domiciliares, vigilancia sanitaria y epidemiológica. Los profesionales dicen que encuentran facilidad en la formaci

  2. Atuação do auxiliar de enfermagem na Estratégia Saúde da Família Actuación del auxiliar de enfermería en la estrategia: Salud de la Familia Nursing assistant performance in the Family Health strategy

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    Márcia Niituma Ogata

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Analisar a compreensão dos auxiliares de enfermagem sobre suas atividades cotidianas nas Equipes de Saúde da Família e identificar facilidades e dificuldades encontradas por estes profissionais no desenvolvimento dessas atividades. MÉTODOS: Trata-se de um estudo exploratório, descritivo de abordagem qualitativa realizado com 17 auxiliares de enfermagem de Unidades de Saúde da Família. Utilizou-se a técnica da entrevista, e os dados foram submetidos à análise de conteúdo. RESULTADOS: As atividades desses profissionais estão pautadas na lógica do procedimento, sendo o vínculo com o usuário uma facilidade e a grande demanda uma dificuldade enfrentada pelos trabalhadores. CONCLUSÃO: A forma de trabalho do auxiliar de enfermagem reforça o modelo assistencial curativo, apontando para a necessidade do reordenamento das práticas direcionadas à integralidade da atenção.OBJETIVOS: Analizar la compresión de los auxiliares de enfermería sobre sus actividades cotidianas en los Equipos de Salud de la Familia e identificar facilidades y dificultades encontradas por estos profesionales en el desarrollo de esas actividades. MÉTODOS: Se trata de un estudio exploratorio, descriptivo de abordaje cualitativo realizado con 17 auxiliares de enfermería de Unidades de Salud de la Familia. Se utilizó la técnica de la entrevista y los datos fueron sometidos al análisis de contenido. RESULTADOS: Las actividades de estos profesionales están pautadas por la lógica del procedimiento, siendo el vínculo con el usuario una facilidad e la gran demanda una dificultad enfrentada por los trabajadores. CONCLUSIÓN: La forma de trabajo del auxiliar de enfermería refuerza el modelo asistencial curativo, lo que indica la necesidad de reordenar las prácticas dirigidas a la integralidad de la atención.OBJECTIVES: To analyze the compression of nursing assistants on daily activities within Health Teams Family and to identify facilities and

  3. Trends in Artificial Intelligence.

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    Hayes, Patrick

    1978-01-01

    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)

  4. Perfil sócio-econômico-cultural do estudante de auxiliar de enfermagem de São Paulo-SP

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    Regiane Martins Porfírio

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    Full Text Available Os autores apresentam alguns importantes aspectos sócio-culturais e econômicos de alunos de oito (8 Escolas de Auxiliares de Enfermagem da cidade de São Paulo, obtidos através da aplicação de questionários a uma amostra de 317 alunos, que estavam cursando a disciplina Introdução à Enfermagem. Os dados obtidos possibilitaram identificar informações relativas à posição social, escolaridade e situação econômica. Pretende-se que, a partir dos achados, futuramente possam ser definidas estratégias de ensino, teóricas e práticas.

  5. 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.

  6. 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...

  7. Overcoming Geometry-Induced Stiffness with IMplicit-Explicit (IMEX) Runge-Kutta Algorithms on Unstructured Grids with Applications to CEM, CFD, and CAA

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    Kanevsky, Alex

    2004-01-01

    My goal is to develop and implement efficient, accurate, and robust Implicit-Explicit Runge-Kutta (IMEX RK) methods [9] for overcoming geometry-induced stiffness with applications to computational electromagnetics (CEM), computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and computational aeroacoustics (CAA). IMEX algorithms solve the non-stiff portions of the domain using explicit methods, and isolate and solve the more expensive stiff portions using implicit methods. Current algorithms in CEM can only simulate purely harmonic (up to lOGHz plane wave) EM scattering by fighter aircraft, which are assumed to be pure metallic shells, and cannot handle the inclusion of coatings, penetration into and radiation out of the aircraft. Efficient MEX RK methods could potentially increase current CEM capabilities by 1-2 orders of magnitude, allowing scientists and engineers to attack more challenging and realistic problems.

  8. Artificial cognition architectures

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    Crowder, James A; Friess, Shelli A

    2013-01-01

    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

  9. Perfil dos profissionais auxiliares da odontologia e suas implicações no mercado de trabalho = Dental auxiliary profile and your implications in the job market

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    Queluz, Dagmar de Paula

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available O presente estudo tem como propósito, avaliar o perfil dos profissionais auxiliares da Odontologia (Atendente de Consultório Dentário e Técnico em Higiene Dental e suas implicações no mercado de trabalho: segundo as características demográficas e profissionais (formação e atribuições desempenhadas. A coleta de dados foi feita a partir de aplicação de 380 questionários aos participantes dos cursos nas diferentes localidades, nos anos de 2000 e 2001, para pessoal auxiliar odontológico (ACD e THD. Os resultados foram analisados estatisticamente e demonstram que os participantes são, na maioria: jovens, do sexo feminino, solteiros e com segundo grau completo. A maioria dos participantes: é ACD, não está registrada em carteira de trabalho, foi treinada pelo CD, trabalha em consultório odontológico privado. Uma minoria dos participantes: apresenta habilitação específica para a função que desempenha, está inscrita no CRO. Os dados inferem que os THDs são subutilizados no serviço, já que um número, relativamente reduzido, realiza grande parte das atividades para as quais se encontram legalmente habilitados, enquanto os ACDs, extrapolam nas atividades desempenhadas. Desta maneira podemos afirmar que se trata de um mercado de trabalho em ascensão. A obrigatoriedade de habilitação e registro no Conselho Profissional elevará os padrões dessas categorias, permitindo que a entrada para o mercado de trabalho seja através de pessoal qualificado, garantindo proteção dos interesses do público e se seguir essa tendência, esse fato também permitirá que o salário seja colocado num patamar mais elevado

  10. Índices de calidad ambiental de aguas del Arroyo Caañabe mediante tests microbiológicos y ecotoxicológico

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    Tomás López Arias

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available El Arroyo Caañabe, es un curso de agua que corre a través de los Departamentos Central y Paraguarí (República del Paraguay. Las descargas de origen agropecuario, urbano e industrial contaminan sus aguas. En este trabajo se evalúa la calidad del arroyo mediante sus características fisicoquímicas, ecotoxicológicas, microbiológicas y se la comparan con la legislación vigente. Se colectaron muestras en los meses de Julio y Setiembre del año 2014. Se estudiaron tres sitios denominados S1, ubicado en aguas arriba de la Ciudad de Carapegua; S2 en la intersección del arroyo con la Ruta 1, y S3, en la zona límite de las ciudades de Carapegua y Nueva Italia. Se realizaron ensayos de toxicidad aguda con Daphnia magna, Lactuca sativa, y alevines de Danio rerio; además de ensayos crónicos en Tetradesmus wisconsinenesis, D. rerio y Allium cepa. Se evaluaron los grupos y especies microbianos siguientes: aerobios mesófilos, enterobacterias, coliformes totales, coliformes fecales, E. coli, Pseudomona aeruginosa, mohos y levaduras; además se determinaron índices de calidad y de contaminación. Los resultados indican que las aguas del arroyo presentaron características de clase II y de clase III según el padrón establecido por la Secretaría del Ambiente del Paraguay. El índice de calidad de agua (ICA arrojó valores comprendidos entre 52 y 62 lo que otorga la clasificación de "regular"; mientras que el índice de contaminación trófica (ICOTRO presentó valores entre 0,12 y 0.26, indicando "eutrofización". Los recuentos de coliformes fueron superiores en el segundo muestreo, aunque dentro lo establecido por la norma. La presencia de P. aeruginosa en los tres puntos constituye un riesgo para la salud. Ensayos ecotoxicológicos agudos mostraron que las aguas presentan escasos efectos letales, no obstante los ensayos crónicos en A. cepa y el test de micronúcleos en D. rerio indican potenciales efectos citotóxicos y genotóxicos de las

  11. Evaluación de la proyección y desempeño como estudiantes aspirantes a patrulleros de la escuela de carabineros Eduardo Cuevas a partir de su diagnóstico socio-cultural y de formación académica y su relación con la prestación del servicio militar como auxiliares de policía y auxiliares de policía bachiller

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    Deisy Johana Mosquera Arias

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    Full Text Available La Policía Nacional de Colombia permite a los jóvenes la prestación del servicio militar como Auxiliares de Policía o Auxiliares de Policía Bachiller teniendo como función principal un servicio social y de defensa pública. En este proceso, los auxiliares son capacitados en áreas como formación policial, formación jurídica y formación humanística. Esta capacitación permite desarrollar algunas competencias importantes para su desempeño dentro de la institución y motiva frecuentemente a su incorporación dentro de la institución policial como estudiantes aspirantes al grado de Patrullero. Por lo anterior, la presente investigación tuvo como objetivo determinar aspectos de proyección profesional y desempeño académico de los estudiantes de la Escuela de Formación de Patrulleros Eduardo Cuevas García (ESECU, asociándolos con la prestación del servicio militar en la institución policial. Para esto, se realizó una investigación de tipo exploratorio y descriptivo, en la cual se estructuraron dos instrumentos de recolección de información (Encuesta orientados a tres grupos: Auxiliares de Policía (n=53 y Auxiliares Bachilleres (n= 105 adscritos a la Metropolitana de Policía de Villavicencio y estudiantes en formación para Patrulleros de la ESECU que previamente prestaron servicio militar en la Policía (n=114. Se estableció un grupo control conformado por estudiantes que no prestaron el servicio militar (n=100. Para asociar el desempeño académico con la prestación del servicio militar en la institución policial, se agruparon los estudiantes en tres categorías de acuerdo al promedio académico general obtenido (escala de 0 a 5 en el primer semestre del proceso de formación, así: G1: ≥ 4.1; G2: 4.0 a 3.9 y G3: ≤ 3.8. Como resultados principales se observó un bajo nivel de escolaridad en los Auxiliares de Policía con respecto a los Auxiliares de Policía Bachilleres, no encontrándose diferencias marcadas en la

  12. Impacto de la Inteligencia Artificial en el quehacer jurídico

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    Carlos Alberto Peña Orozco

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Resumen:La inteligencia artificial moderna nace como desarrollo de las ciencias computacionales tratando de duplicar los procesos cognitivos y de pensamiento de los seres humanos en computadoras y a través de software. Desde su creación, se han forjado colaboraciones de esta disciplina a otras ramas delsaber, por ejemplo con la medicina, las ingenierías, y demás. Así, el Derecho también ha establecido vínculos con esta disciplina, toda vez que se han desarrollado aplicaciones y software que pueden tanto auxiliar procesos, como operar frente a situaciones jurídicas determinadas

  13. Artificial life and life artificialization in Tron

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    Carolina Dantas Figueiredo

    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.

  14. Determinantes del absentismo laboral según enfoque sociológico. Caso: empresa auxiliar automoción española

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    Carlos Ferro-Soto

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    Full Text Available El absentismo laboral es una de las conductas de abandono que más pérdidas ocasiona en casi todas las organizaciones del mundo. La identificación de sus causas permitirá incidir sobre el origen del problema, evitando sus consecuencias negativas. Así, este estudio persigue identificar los determinantes del comportamiento absentista desde un prisma sociológico. La investigación se ha basado en datos de una empresa auxiliar del sector del automóvil en España. Según la naturaleza de las variables, se ha recurrido a técnicas estadísticas paramétricas (ANOVA y no paramétricas (test-t. El principal hallazgo ha sido identificar un foco absentista cuyo perfil responde a una persona de sexo femenino, no cualificada, encargada directamente de la fabricación de productos, realizando tareas estrictamente programadas sujetas a control de métodos y tiempos, que acostumbran a ser rutinarias y repetitivas, y dentro de un proceso de producción complejo. Se concluye que variables de corte sociológico como son el sexo, la categoría laboral y las condiciones estructurales del puesto de trabajo pueden ser factores determinantes del absentismo laboral.

  15. Formação para o ensino agrícola nos Centros de treinamento de Professores e de auxiliares rurais (1952-1963

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    Iraíde Marques de Freitas Barreiro

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    Full Text Available Este artículo analiza la enseñanza agrícola propuesta y desarrollada por la Campaña Nacional de Educación Rural (1952-1963 en los Centros de Entrenamientos de Profesores y Auxiliares Rurales. Se analizan los programas de enseñanza de esos cursos publicados en el volumen espacial, número 10, editado por la Campaña en 1961/1962. La enseñanza agrícola componía la educación rural y tenía como objetivo formar profesoras rurales y ampliar conocimientos del hombre del campo para estabilizarlo en su medio. Esa formación buscó suplir la falta de profesores rurales, de conocimientos agrícolas, higiene rural, fuertemente orientada por la “educación de las costumbres”, de como portarse a la mesa y la valoración del ocio racional, así como campañas de registro civil y casamientos, campaña de los árboles, incentivo para elegir representantes de los directorios como forma de educación para la ciudadanía. La ausencia de profesoras rurales y los bajos sueldos denunciados desnudan las prácticas de desvalorización docente de nuestros gobernantes.

  16. Como os Podcasts podem Auxiliar a Competência Auditiva no Âmbito Ensino-Aprendizagem de Espanhol como Segunda Língua?

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    Juliana da Silva Fernandes

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    Full Text Available Este artigo apresenta a tecnologia do podcast como ferramenta educativa e tem por objetivo demonstrar seus benefícios à comunidade acadêmica. Introduz a idéia do desenvolvimento da compreensão auditiva através das potencialidades desse recurso para o ensino de línguas estrangeiras. De fácil utilização, os programas estão disponíveis na internet e podem ser copiados para o próprio computador ou para tocadores de mp3, facilitando o conhecimento das diferentes variantes do idioma. A pesquisa bibliográfica elaborada se concentrou nas questões específicas do ensino-aprendizagem de espanhol, no debate entre tecnologia e educação e no uso didático do podcast. Por fim, a conclusão obtida é que, numa perspectiva não-crítica, a tecnologia pode auxiliar o desenvolvimento das competências comunicativas do estudante de espanhol como segunda língua.

  17. Aplicación de un sistema de transmisión auxiliar al equipo de movimiento de tierras para aumentar su productividad

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    Henn, John I.

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    Full Text Available The productivity of the mobile industrial equipment can be increased applying an auxiliary transmission system on the nondrive wheels, especially when the traction conditions are limited or variable. To increase the traction effort and steering stability this system has been applied on the front wheels of the John Deere power graders, using hydraulic drive and electronic control. This system could be applied on other mobile industrial equipment types.

    La productividad del equipo industrial móvil se puede aumentar aplicando un sistema de transmisión auxiliar a las ruedas no motrices, sobre todo cuando las condiciones de tracción son limitadas o variables. A fin de aumentar el esfuerzo de tracción y la estabilidad direccional se ha aplicado este sistema a las ruedas delanteras de las motoniveladoras John Deere con el uso de accionamiento hidráulico y control electrónico. Este sistema podría aplicarse a otros tipos de equipo industrial móvil.

  18. 音色柔润的大功率数字功放——Cary CPA-1/CAA-1前后级

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    马龙辉

    2007-01-01

    Cary是广为人知的音响品牌,它是世界一流的电子管机品牌之一,独特的音色和丰富的音乐表现力赢得业界的赞许。20世纪90年代初,Cary在中国已深受发烧友的青睐,10多年来,Cary在高级胆机行列里始终榜上有名。而在进入21世纪后,Cary开始向现代音响技术进军,以飞快的速度进入了家庭影院及数字音响领域,先后推出的CD303、DVD7、DVD8均在世界权威媒体上获奖,如今这组CPA-1/CAA-1前后级则是Cary的半数字化分体放大器,其特点是小体积、大功率、高性价比。

  19. As representações dos técnicos e auxiliares de enfermagem acerca do trabalho em equipe na Unidade de Terapia Intensiva Las representaciones de técnicos y auxiliares de enfermería sobre trabajos en equipo en Unidades de Cuidados Intensivos The representations of nursing auxiliaries and technicians about team work at an Intensive-Care Unit

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    Helena Eri Shimizu

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    Full Text Available Este estudo tem por objetivos explicitar e analisar as representações dos técnicos e auxiliares de enfermagem acerca do trabalho em equipe em UTI. Foi utilizada a abordagem qualitativa e, como referencial teórico metodológico, a Teoria das Representações Sociais. O material empírico constou de entrevistas com quatro técnicos e doze auxiliares de enfermagem que atuam nas UTIs de Clínica Médica, Cirúrgica e Pediátrica. Na análise dos dados, foi utilizada a técnica de análise de conteúdo, na modalidade de análise temática. Os resultados evidenciaram que os trabalhadores de enfermagem mantêm interação conflituosa, indicando a necessidade de adoção de modelos de gerenciamento de pessoal mais eficientes que contemplem a gestão de conflitos entre as equipes de enfermagem.La finalidad de este trabajo es explicar y analizar las representaciones de técnicos y auxiliares de enfermería sobre trabajo en equipo en unidades de cuidados intensivos. Fue utilizado el abordaje cualitativo y, como referencia teórica-metodológica, la Teoría de las Representaciones Sociales. El material empírico fue formado por entrevistas con cuatro técnicos y doce auxiliares de enfermería que actúan en unidades de cuidados intensivos en Clínica Médica, Quirúrgica y Pediátrica. Los datos fueron analizados utilizando la técnica de análisis de contenido, en la modalidad de análisis temática. Los resultados mostraron que la interacción entre los mencionados trabajadores es conflictiva, indicando que es necesario adoptar modelos más eficaces de administración de personal que contemplen la administración de conflictos entre los equipos de enfermería.This study aims to explain and analyze the representations of nursing auxiliaries and technicians about team work at an intensive-care unit. The qualitative approach was used and the Theory of Social Representations was adopted as a theoretical-methodological reference framework. The empirical

  20. 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.

  1. Energy saving in the auxiliaries consumption for circulation water pumps optimizing the thermal regime; Ahorro en el consumo de auxiliares por bombas de agua de circulacion optimando el regimen termico

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    Orozco Martinez, Roni [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca (Mexico)

    1998-12-31

    A methodology is proposed that should be followed in any thermal electric power plant to determine the load value at which a unit requires a second circulation water pump without affecting the thermal regime and avoiding an excessive auxiliaries consumption in partial loads. In applying this method the power plant would have an energy saving equivalent to the auxiliaries consumption during an hour, when the unit as operating at full load. [Espanol] Se propone una metodologia que debe seguirse en cualquier central termoelectrica para determinar el valor de la carga en la cual una unidad requiere de la segunda bomba de agua de circulacion sin afectar el regimen termico y evitadose un excesivo consumo de auxiliares en cargas parciales. Al aplicar este metodo la central tendria un ahorro de energia equivalente al consumo de auxiliares durante una hora cuando la unidad esta generando su maxima carga.

  2. La Preparación de las auxiliares pedagógicas para la enseñanza de la educación doméstica en escolares ciegos

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    Liliam Almaguer Fernández

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Se plantea que La educación cubana dirige todos sus esfuerzos a favor de la atención educativa de los escolares, en particular aquellos con Necesidades Educativas Especiales Sensoriales visuales. Tales propósitos solo se harán realidad si las auxiliares pedagógicas son las encargadas de la continuación del proceso docente educativo en los escolares ciegos con la preparación requerida. A partir de las insuficiencias generales y particulares de las auxiliares pedagógicas dirigidas hacia la educación doméstica se diseñan Talleres Metodológicos relacionados con los contenidos teóricos en los que se sustenta esta temática lo cual favorece la preparación del escolar ciego para su vida adulta e independiente.

  3. O emprego de auxiliares de saúde em áreas em desenvolvimento: breve histórico Use of auxiliary public health personnel in developing areas: a brief historical approach

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    Nilton Tornero

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    Full Text Available A utilização de auxiliares de saúde como uma medida que pode melhorar a cobertura sanitária principalmente dos países ditos em desenvolvimento, foi analisada sob o ponto de vista histórico, com a finalidade de mostrar que as razões pelas quais os auxiliares de saúde são introduzidos nos diversos países são diferentes e não direcionados pelos mesmos propósitos. Procurou-se discutir, sucintamente, alguns exemplos ilustrativos. Na URSS os auxiliares de saúde ("feldshers" existem como parte integrante da atenção sanitária, desde o século XVIII; hostilizados inicialmente pela Revolução Socialista, foram considerados a seguir como o alicerce do sistema sanitário. Na África e Ásia foram julgados como um dos produtos do colonialismo europeu. Na China - experiência recente em grande escala - acompanharam as mudanças radicais ocorridas naquele país. Se o emprego dos auxiliares é recomendado principalmente para os países em desenvolvimento, o que se verificou é que na prática 83,1% das escolas de nível secundário catalogadas estão em países desenvolvidos, detendo o maior número de alunos.A study of the use of auxiliary public health personnel in some developing countries areas of the world concludes that the factors which prescribe this practice vary according to the politics dominant at the time.

  4. 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

  5. A busca da graduação em enfermagem como opção dos técnicos e auxiliares de enfermagem La búsqueda del pre grado en enfermería como opción de los técnicos y auxiliares de enfermería Undergratuate nursing education as an option for nursing technicians and assistants

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    Neuma Vital Julca Medina

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo teve como objetivo apreender os motivos que levam técnicos e auxiliares de enfermagem a buscarem a graduação nesta profissão. Realizado em um hospital escola, na cidade de São Paulo, sob a perspectiva da pesquisa qualitativa e como metodologia, a História Oral Temática e a Análise Categorial Temática. Deste trabalho participaram onze colaboradores: três técnicas de enfermagem e oito auxiliares de enfermagem.Este estudio tuvo como objetivo, conocer los motivos que influenciaron al técnico y auxiliar de enfermería a graduarse, a nivel superior, en su misma profesión. Fue realizado en un hospital docente de la ciudad de San Pablo, bajo la perspectiva de la investigación cualitativa y como metodología, la historia oral temática y el análisis de categoría temática. Paticiparon once colaboradores, siendo tres técnicos de enfermería y ocho auxiliares de enfermería.The aim of this study was to understand the reasons that lead both nursing technicians and assistants to enter undergraduate nursing programs. This study was carried out in a teaching hospital in the city of Sao Paulo, under a qualitative research perspective, and the methodologies adopted were the Thematic Oral History and the Thematic Categorical Analysis. There were eleven participants: three nursing technicians and eight nursing assistants.

  6. Contabilidade artificial: alem da informação contábil

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    Deise Franco

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available A contabilidade hoje visa fornecer informações precisas para a organização valendo-se de tecnologia computacional de software, utilizando sistemas de informação buscando a informação elaborada. Um dos tipos mais utilizados são os sistemas especialistas, que consiste em armazenar os conhecimentos que um contador especialista possui em determinada área da contabilidade para que possa ser utilizado pelos mais diversos usuários, para que possa utilizar esses conhecimentos no software em prol de seus interesses - "contabilidade artificial" onde o computador tende a "pensar" como o contador. Como todo sistema o SE também está norteado por: limitação - a não aceitação como verdade absoluta; desvantagem - a informação fornecida não é integral, limita-se a resumos de resultados esperados; e vantagem - como ferramenta auxiliar ao contador na otimização de seu tempo em busca de novos conhecimentos. A contabilidade artificial para os contadores é uma colaboradora "inteligente" na rotina e tomada de decisão, e em momento algum um contador artificial inteligente e independente.

  7. Propuesta de plan de acciones para alcanzar la carbono-neutralidad en la Cruz Roja Costarricense del Comité Auxiliar en San Vito

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    Jairo Gómez-Céspedes

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    Full Text Available Dentro del contexto de la Estrategia Carbono Neutralidad de Costa Rica, en este estudio se llevó a cabo un inventario de gases efecto invernadero (GEI,se analizaron los requisitos e hicieron recomendaciones necesarias para que el Comité Auxiliar de San Vito de Coto Brus de la Cruz Roja Costarricense diagnostique su posibilidad de convertirse en una organización carbono neutral. Se recopiló información sobre opciones de certificación C-Neutral a nivel nacional. Se tomaron en cuenta las certificaciones INTE/ISO 14064:2006 e INTE/ISO 12-01-06:2011 como referencia para la elaboración del inventario GEI y las recomendaciones para implementación del sistema de gestión de C-Neutro, respectivamente. El inventario se realizó tomando como año base la operación del comité en el 2014. Como resultado del inventario se identificaron las fuentes de GEI y se cuantificó su emisión, según los factores nacionales e internacionales; el total de emisiones se cuantificó en 77,4 toneladas de carbono equivalente (tCO2e, provenientes principalmente de fuentes de combustión de hidrocarburos (flotilla vehicular. También se elaboró un plantilla con las ecuaciones estequiométricas para futuras mediciones de GEI y una matriz de cumplimiento de requisitos y recomendaciones para la eventual certificación del sistema de C-Neutro, de manera que funcione para cualquiera de los comités de Cruz Roja en Costa Rica.

  8. O papel da imagem mental no raciocínio operatório: auxiliar ou estruturante? Effects of mental imagery on operatoire reasoning: auxiliary or structuring effects?

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    Magali Bovet

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo é examinar em crianças de 6 e 7 anos o efeito de uma aprendizagem figural sobre a resolução de problemas numéricos e geométricos compreendidos habitualmente na idade de 10 ou 11 anos. A hipótese geral é de que a imagem mental - ou o conhecimento figural - tem a função de estruturar o raciocínio operatório, enquanto Piaget e Inhelder sugeriram que ela só teria o papel de auxiliar. Os resultados mostram que um progresso considerável acontece durante e após a fase de aprendizagem quando as crianças têm representações corretas. Esse não é o caso quando suas imagens mentais estão erradas. Assim, a representação por imagem é um modo figural de base para o tratamento da informação que parece ser necessário ao desenvolvimento do raciocínio operatório. O papel estruturante da imagem mental é discutido.The goal of this study is to determine the effect of training in figural representations of numerical and geometrical transformations. Subjects were 6 and 7 years old, and the problem used is usually grasped at 10 or 11 years. The general hypothesis is that mental imagery, or figurative knowledge, structures "operatoire" reasoning and is not merely an auxiliary process, as Piaget and Inhelder suggested. Results show that children made important progress during and after the training phase if and when they formed correct visual images. By contrast, children whose imagery was poorly elaborated did not progress. As expected, visual imagery seems to play a necessary and structuring role for the development of "operatoire" reasoning.

  9. A acetamida de pirrolidona como medicação auxiliar no tratamento da paralisia cerebral Pyrrolidone acetamide as an auxiliary drug in the treatment of cerebral palsy

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    Francisca Salete Pinheiro Chagas Ribeiro

    1976-06-01

    Full Text Available Vinte crianças, com diagnóstico de paralisia cerebral (PC e sob tratamento clássico, fisioterápico e pedagógico, receberam piracetam (acetamida de pirrolidona como medicação auxiliar. O objetivo foi melhorar os problemas de espasticidade, apredizagem, neurolabilidade, visando a um rendimento melhor do tratamento global da PC. O grupo medicado foi comparado com um grupo controle de 20 crianças que só eram objeto do tratamento habitual. A comparação mostrou resultados favoráveis no grupo medicado. A droga foi administrada na dose de 80 mg/kg/dia durante 10 semanas. Os critérios de avaliação dos resultados foram psicológicos, clínico, fisioterápico e pedagógico. A droga foi administrada em nova forma de apresentação: solução, para uso oral, a 6%.Twenty children, with the diagnosis of cerebral palsy (CP and under classical, physiotherapeutical and pedagogical, treatment, received piracetam (pyrrolidine acetamide as an auxiliary drug. The goal was to better spasticity, learning and nervous instability problems aiming at better results of over-all treatment of CP. The group that received the drug has been compared to a control group of 20 children treated by the customary treatment only. The comparison showed favourable results for the medicated group. The drug was administered in the dose of 80 mg/kg/day during 10 weeks. The criteria for evaluation have been psychological, clinical, physiotherapeutical and pedagogical. The drug has been given in a new form of presentation: 6% solution for oral use.

  10. 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.

  11. Artificial Neural Networks

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    Chung-Ming Kuan

    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.

  12. Intelligence: Real or artificial?

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    Schlinger, Henry D

    1992-01-01

    Throughout the history of the artificial intelligence movement, researchers have strived to create computers that could simulate general human intelligence. This paper argues that workers in artificial intelligence have failed to achieve this goal because they adopted the wrong model of human behavior and intelligence, namely a cognitive essentialist model with origins in the traditional philosophies of natural intelligence. An analysis of the word “intelligence” suggests that it originally r...

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Desgaste físico e mental de auxiliares de enfermagem: uma análise sob o enfoque gerencial Desgaste físico y mental de auxiliares de enfermería: un análisis bajo el enfoque gerencial Mental and physical stress of auxiliary nurses: analysis of management

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    Moema Miranda de Siqueira

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    Full Text Available Buscando melhor compreender o trabalho em organizações de saúde. Foi realizada uma pesquisa em hospitais gerais contemplando alguns grupos ocupacionais. Supõe-se que a atividade de lidar com dor, sofrimento e morte interfere na organização, gestão, condições de trabalho e que de maneira geral, expõe os trabalhadores dessas organizações a um desgaste físico e mental intenso. Percebeu-se, no entanto, que tanto as organizações quanto os próprios grupos ocupacionais têm ainda pouca consciência sobre estes problemas, desenvolvendo poucas formas de regulação ou atenuação dos conflitos daí decorrentes. O artigo apresenta uma análise específica sobre o grupo de auxiliares de enfermagem e sugere, a título de conclusivo, algumas medidas que podem melhorar essa situação.Buscando comprender mejor el trabajo en organizaciones de salud, fue realizada una investigación en hospitales generales contemplando algunos grupos ocupacionales. Se supone que una actividad ligada a dolor, sufrimiento y muerte interfiere en la organización, gestión, condiciones de trabajo y que de manera general, expone a los trabajadores de esas organizaciones a un desgaste físico y mental intenso. Se notó también, que tanto las organizaciones como los propios grupos ocupacionales aún tienen escasa conciencia sobre estos problemas, desenvolviendo pocas formas de regulación o atenuación de los conflictos decorrentes. El artículo presenta un análisis específico sobre el grupo de auxiliares de enfermería y sugiere, a título de conclusión medidas que pueden mejorar esa situación.Seeking a better understanding of job stress, auxiliary nurses were evaluated in General Hospitals Belo Horizonte. The emotional stress which accompanies auxiliary nurses caring for the sick and easing physical and mental suffering affects their own mental state and physical health. Elements that cause suffering and diseases can be attenuated or intensified depending on

  17. Elementos auxiliares de construcción en la arquitectura gótica. El pilar «major» de la catedral de Tortosa

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    Full Text Available Gothic construction wouldn’t have been possible without the use of auxiliary resources which could handle the efforts of the structure during the raising process. In the cathedral of Tortosa case, the ‘libros de obra’ refers to a big pillar used during the building of the apse, which is named ‘pilar major’. The logic of the construction, and also the knowledge about the building phases, has let to deduce the role and the location of this element. Complementarily, it have been verified by graphical methods that the equilibrium of the apse is not possible before the presbitery is closed, without an element of buttressing. The study of the subsoil by means of a georadar has let to identify a solid mass on the center of the apse, where the ‘pilar major’ would be situated. It probably could be the foundation for its construction.La construcción gótica no habría sido posible sin la utilización de medios auxiliares que soportaran los empujes de la estructura durante el proceso de montaje. En el caso de la catedral gótica de Tortosa, los libros de obra hacen referencia a un gran pilar utilizado durante la construcción del ábside, al que se refieren como pilar major. La lógica constructiva, junto con el conocimiento sobre las fases de ejecución, han permitido deducir el funcionamiento y ubicación de este elemento. De manera complementaria, se ha verificado gráficamente que el equilibrio del ábside no es posible antes del cierre del presbiterio sin un elemento de contrarresto. El estudio del subsuelo por medio de un georadar ha permitido identificar una masa sólida situada en el centro del ábside, que coincide con la ubicación del pilar major y que habría servido como base de cimentación para su construcción.

  18. Mini-implantes ortodônticos como auxiliares da fase de retração anterior Orthodontic mini-implants assisting the anterior retraction phase

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    Carlo Marassi

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: os mini-implantes ortodônticos se estabeleceram como um importante método de ancoragem e vêm auxiliando os ortodontistas nas várias etapas do tratamento ortodôntico, eliminando, em grande parte, a necessidade de colaboração dos pacientes e tornando os resultados mais previsíveis. OBJETIVO: este artigo descreve os principais aspectos do uso dos mini-implantes como auxiliares da fase de retração anterior, trazendo considerações sobre suas indicações, quantidade de movimentação dos dentes anteriores, os vetores de força de retração, o controle vertical, o posicionamento dos mini-implantes, os tipos de apoio na região anterior e a força a ser utilizada. São citados os sítios de instalação mais usados para a retração anterior e abordados fatores que deverão ser controlados durante o fechamento de espaço. Por fim, são citadas algumas considerações clínicas sobre o uso dos mini-implantes nessa importante fase do tratamento ortodôntico.INTRODUCTION: The use of orthodontic mini-implants has settled as an important anchorage method and is aiding the orthodontists in the several stages of the treatment, largely eliminating the need of patients' compliance, and turning the results more predictable. AIM: This article describes the main aspects of the use of mini-implants as auxiliaries on the retraction phase of the anterior teeth, bringing considerations about their indications, amount of movement of the anterior teeth, the vectors of retraction force, the vertical control and evaluation of the incisors vestibulolingual tipping, the positioning of the mini-implants, the support types in the anterior area and the force to be applied. The placement sites best used for the anterior retraction are mentioned, and the factors that should be controlled during the space closure are approached. Lastly, some clinical considerations on the use of mini-implants in such important phase of the orthodontic treatment are

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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...

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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...

  6. Artificial Photosynthesis: Hybrid Systems.

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    Ni, Yan; Hollmann, Frank

    Oxidoreductases are promising catalysts for organic synthesis. To sustain their catalytic cycles they require efficient supply with redox equivalents. Today classical biomimetic approaches utilizing natural electron supply chains prevail but artificial regeneration approaches bear the promise of simpler and more robust reaction schemes. Utilizing visible light can accelerate such artificial electron transport chains and even enable thermodynamically unfeasible reactions such as the use of water as reductant.This contribution critically summarizes the current state of the art in photoredoxbiocatalysis (i.e. light-driven biocatalytic oxidation and reduction reactions).

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Artificial intelligence in cardiology.

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    Bonderman, Diana

    2017-10-04

    Decision-making is complex in modern medicine and should ideally be based on available data, structured knowledge and proper interpretation in the context of an individual patient. Automated algorithms, also termed artificial intelligence that are able to extract meaningful patterns from data collections and build decisions upon identified patterns may be useful assistants in clinical decision-making processes. In this article, artificial intelligence-based studies in clinical cardiology are reviewed. The text also touches on the ethical issues and speculates on the future roles of automated algorithms versus clinicians in cardiology and medicine in general.

  10. INDÍGENAS COMO TRABALHADORES DE ENFERMAGEM: A PARTICIPAÇÃO DE TÉCNICOS E AUXILIARES NOS SERVIÇOS DE ATENÇÃO À SAÚDE INDÍGENA

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    Eliana Elisabeth Diehl

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available El estudio analizó la participación del técnico y auxiliar indígena de enfermería en los servicios de salud de la Tierra Indígena Xapecó, Santa Catarina, Brasil, con énfasis en la formación y actividades realizadas. La recolección de datos (por observación participante y entrevistas y análisis siguió el método etnográfico. Participaron en las entrevistas 16 informantes clave, entre los auxiliares y técnicos, profesores en los cursos de formación, enfermeros del equipo y los usuarios del servicio. Los cursos de formación tuvieron poco o ningún énfasis en el conocimiento y en las prácticas locales de salud. Los indígenas con formación de auxiliar o técnicos en enfermería realizaban actividades similares a las realizadas por profesionales no indígenas en la misma categoría. Sin embargo, los indígenas asumían la función de facilitadores e interlocutores entre el equipo y la comunidad. En este contexto, la formación de estos trabajadores y las actividades realizadas refuerzan el modelo clínico curativo, lo que dificulta la articulación con el conocimiento local y las prácticas de salud indígena, base de la Política Nacional de Atención de Salud a los Pueblos Indígenas.

  11. COMPETÊNCIAS DE AUXILIARES E TÉCNICOS DE SAÚDE BUCAL E O VÍNCULO COM O SISTEMA ÚNICO DE SAÚDE

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    Cristine Maria Warmling

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    Full Text Available Resumo O estudo teve por objetivo descrever o perfil sociodemográfico, de trabalho e formação de auxiliares e técnicos em saúde bucal com atuação no estado do Rio Grande do Sul. Foram analisadas as informações relatadas por 255 auxiliares e técnicos de saúde bucal que participaram do Congresso Rio-Grandense de Odontologia realizado em 2010 e 2012. A pesquisa utilizou-se de um questionário escrito, estruturado e autoaplicável, organizado em três blocos temáticos com as seguintes categorias: identificação (sexo, idade, estado civil, estado/cidade, renda, habilitação, vínculo e inscrição conselho/sindicato, formação (estabelecimento, duração, incentivo/dificuldades de atualização/formação e processo de trabalho (competências e atribuições profissionais. Os resultados encontrados demonstraram que diferenças no processo de trabalho entre os auxiliares e técnicos de saúde bucal determinadas pelo vínculo de trabalho com o Sistema Único de Saúde estavam concentradas nas atribuições das competências de promoção e prevenção de saúde. Também se verificou que as atribuições das competências de organização do ambiente de trabalho e de atendimento clínico de saúde bucal conferem maior identidade ao trabalho desses profissionais, independentemente do vínculo. O estudo alerta para a sobreposição das competências e atribuições realizadas pelos auxiliares e técnicos de saúde bucal.

  12. La ideología de los actores en la participación en la tecnología en quince empresas del sector 'auxiliar' del automóvil

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    2005-01-01

    A partir de la existencia de unos determinados niveles de participación en la tecnología, alcanzados por los trabajadores y representantes sindicales de quince empresas del sector «auxiliar» del automóvil de Cataluña, un análisis de la «cultura global» de cada una de esas empresas ¿esta última, deducida de la «agregación» de la cultura directiva y sindical existentes en esas empresas¿ permitió comprobar que tales niveles de participación estaban altamente relacionados con el tipo de concepcio...

  13. Percepción de los profesionales de enfermería y auxiliares de enfermería sobre cultura de seguridad del paciente en el área quirúrgica

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    Bernalte-Martí, Vicente; Orts Cortés, María Isabel; Maciá Soler, Loreto

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    Objetivos: Evaluar las percepciones, opiniones y conductas que tienen enfermeros y auxiliares de enfermería sobre seguridad del paciente en el servicio quirúrgico de un hospital público del Sistema Nacional de Salud español. Describir fortalezas y debilidades/oportunidades de mejora según criterios de la Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality y conocer el número de incidentes de seguridad notificados. Método: Estudio observacional, transversal, llevado a cabo utilizando la versión español...

  14. Acetilación del almidón de Arracacia xanthorrhiza y evaluación de su aplicación como posible auxiliar farmacéutico

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    Carrascal Sánchez, Juan José

    2013-01-01

    Se modificó el almidón de arracacha (Arracacia xanthorrhiza, variedad amarilla) mediante acetilación con anhídrido acético a diferentes niveles variando el volumen adicionado. Se evaluaron algunas de sus propiedades funcionales, utilizando almidón de maíz como referencia, con el fin de sugerir su posible uso como auxiliar farmacéutico. Los resultados indicaron que la solubilidad en agua fría aumentó y se presentó una menor tendencia a la retrogradación, medida como porcentaje de transmitanc...

  15. 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...

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Artificial recharge of groundwater

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    The Task Committee on Guidelines for Artificial Recharge of Groundwater, of the American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE) Irrigation and Drainage Division, sponsored an International Symposium on Artificial Recharge of Groundwater at the Inn-at-the-Park Hotel in Anaheim, Calif., August 23-27, 1988. Cosponsors were the U.S. Geological Survey, California Department of Water Resources, University of California Water Resources Center, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, with cooperation from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, International Association of Hydrological Sciences, American Water Resources Association, U.S. Agency for International Development, World Bank, United Nations Department of Technical Cooperation for Development, and a number of local and state organizations.Because of the worldwide interest in artificial recharge and the need to develop efficient recharge facilities, the Anaheim symposium brought together an interdisciplinary group of engineers and scientists to provide a forum for many professional disciplines to exchange experiences and findings related to various types of artificial recharge; learn from both successful and unsuccessful case histories; promote technology transfer between the various disciplines; provide an education resource for communication with those who are not water scientists, such as planners, lawyers, regulators, and the public in general; and indicate directions by which cities or other entities can save funds by having reasonable technical guidelines for implementation of a recharge project.

  1. 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.

  2. 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....

  3. Programas de mantenimiento de metadona con servicios auxiliares: un estudio de coste-efectividad Methadone maintenance programs with supplementary services: a cost-effectiveness study

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    E. Puigdollers

    2003-04-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Actualmente, los programas de mantenimiento con metadona (PMM son la mejor alternativa de tratamiento para los adictos a opiáceos. Se pretende valorar el coste-efectividad de tres PMM que ofrecían diferentes servicios auxiliares utilizando como medida de efectividad el incremento de la calidad de vida. Métodos: Estudio de seguimiento a 12 meses de 586 pacientes que iniciaron tratamiento con metadona en los centros de atención y seguimiento municipales de Barcelona. Para medir la evolución de la calidad de vida se utilizó el Perfil de Salud de Nottingham (PSN. Se calcularon los costes unitarios estándar y el coste total por paciente a partir de los registros de actividad. Los datos sociodemográficos, de salud y toxicológicos se obtuvieron a través de una entrevista semiestructurada. El análisis coste-efectividad se realizó mediante dos modelos multivariados con idénticas variables de ajuste. Resultados: Cuanto mayor es la intensidad de programa, más elevado es el coste. Los modelos ajustados detectaron un aumento significativo de la calidad de vida (mejora de un 8% en el PSN y de los costes (17% entre el programa de intensidad baja y el de intensidad media. Conclusiones: El programa de media intensidad demostró la mejor relación coste-efectividad pero, dadas las limitaciones del estudio, es difícil ser taxativo en la generalización de sus resultados.Objective: Methadone maintenance programs (MMP currently offer the best treatment for opioid-addicted patients. The aim of this study was to examine the cost-effectiveness of three MMPs that offered varying levels of supplementary services. Health-related quality of life was used as a measure of effectiveness. Methods: A 12-month follow-up study of 586 patients beginning methadone treatment in Drug Care Centers in Barcelona was performed. The Nottingham Health Profile was used to measure quality of life. Standard unit costs and total cost per patient were calculated from

  4. Variáveis auxiliares para o mapeamento da rede de drenagem: correlação espacial entre nascentes, unidades de relevo e litotipos na bacia hidrográfica do rio Benevente-ES

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    Tony Vinicius Moreira Sampaio

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Processos de mapeamento da rede de drenagem têm limitações metodológicas que resultam em imprecisões e restringem seu uso em estudos ambientais. Tais problemas demandam extensos levantamentos de campo e a busca de variáveis auxiliares que otimizem esses trabalhos, permitindo a análise da acurácia dos ma- pas produzidos. Esta pesquisa mediu a correlação entre nascentes, litotipos e uni- dades de revelo, caracterizadas pelo índice de concentração da rugosidade (ICR na bacia hidrográfica do rio Benevente-ES, concentrando-se nas operações de álgebra de mapa e na aplicação de técnicas de estatística espacial. Os proce- dimentos adotados identificaram as classes de ICR e litotipos que apresentam maior e menor correlação com a distribuição espacial das nascentes, indicando seu potencial de uso como variáveis auxiliares para a verificação da acurácia das bases cartográficas.

  5. Guerra y política en el Río de la Plata: el caso del Ejército Auxiliar del Perú (1810-1811

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    Macchi, Virginia

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available En el presente trabajo se analizará la relación entre guerra y política en el Río de la Plata a partir del caso del Ejército Auxiliar del Perú durante la primera campaña (1810-1811. Para ello se rastreará, a través de la oficialidad de dicho ejército, los principales conflictos y cómo se hicieron presentes ciertos principios políticos que definieron los motivos de la lucha.In this paper we analyze the relation-ship between war and politics in the Rio de la Plata from the case of the ‘Ejército Auxiliar del Perú' during the first campaign (1810-1811. In order to fill our objective, we will track, through the officers of the army, the main conflicts and how certain political princi-ples defined the reasons for the struggle.

  6. Wide Band Artificial Pulsar

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    Parsons, Zackary

    2017-01-01

    The Wide Band Artificial Pulsar (WBAP) is an instrument verification device designed and built by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, West Virgina. The site currently operates the Green Bank Ultimate Pulsar Processing Instrument (GUPPI) and the Versatile Green Bank Astronomical Spectrometer (VEGAS) digital backends for their radio telescopes. The commissioning and continued support for these sophisticated backends has demonstrated a need for a device capable of producing an accurate artificial pulsar signal. The WBAP is designed to provide a very close approximation to an actual pulsar signal. This presentation is intended to provide an overview of the current hardware and software implementations and to also share the current results from testing using the WBAP.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. Artificial Neural Network

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    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.

  10. 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. .

  11. 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)

  12. ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION IN BOVINE

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    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

  13. Aplicabilidade do diagrama de Andrade como método auxiliar no diagnóstico e planejamento ortodôntico, no estudo comparativo de indivíduos de oclusão normal e má oclusão de classe I de Angle

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    Cato, Cidney Hiroaki [UNESP

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    Esta pesquisa tem como objetivo principal avaliar a aplicabilidade do Diagrama de Andrade em indivíduos de oclusão normal como método auxiliar no diagnóstico e planejamento ortodônticos. Este trabalho complementa estudos anteriores realizados em amostras de indivíduos de má oclusão de Classe I e Classe II, de Angle, onde o diagrama de Andrade se mostrou eficiente auxiliar para o diagnóstico e planejamento ortodôntico, servindo de parâmetro para quantificar a expansão necessária para os arcos ...

  14. Análise comparativa entre métodos de carregamento de cargas e análise postural de auxiliares de enfermagem Comparison between lifting loads and postural analysis of nursing auxiliaries

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    Eduardo Concepción Batiz

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Os auxiliares de enfermagem estão expostos a cargas de trabalho prejudiciais à saúde devido a vários fatores, dentre eles o peso a ser manipulado, as posturas assumidas e as condições físicas do ambiente hospitalar. O objetivo deste artigo é apresentar os resultados da aplicação de três métodos, dois relacionados com carregamento de carga e outro de análise postural, a fim de verificar a existência de riscos de problemas dorsolombares em auxiliares de enfermagem na manipulação e carregamento de pacientes. Para atingir o objetivo do trabalho, foi aplicado o Método NIOSH, o "Guia Técnico para Avaliação e Prevenção dos Riscos Relativos à Manipulação Manual de Cargas" e o método REBA. Os resultados mostraram a existência de sintomas de fatiga e dores no corpo, principalmente na região lombar, dorsal e cervical dos auxiliares de enfermagem e que o peso manipulado está acima do valor recomendado pelos dois métodos aplicados, caracterizando alto risco dorsolombar.Nursing auxiliaries are exposed to harmful workloads due to several factors, such as: the weight to be manipulated, the postures assumed and the physical conditions of hospitals. The aim of this paper was to present the results of the application of three methods - two related to lifting and another to postural analysis - to verify the existence of risks of lumbar back problems in nursing auxiliaries when manipulating and lifting patients. The NIOSH method and the "Technical Guide for Evaluation and Prevention of Relative Risks to Manual Manipulation of Loads" were used to analyze the manipulation of loads, while the Reba method was used for the postural analysis of these professionals. In general, results show symptoms of fatigue and body aches, especially in the lumbar, dorsal and cervical areas. It was demonstrated that the manipulated weight is above the recommended value, characterizing high risk to the lumbar back. Some procedures are proposed in order to

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. Uncertainty in artificial intelligence

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    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.

  18. Polymer artificial muscles

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    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.

  19. Artificial intelligence: Human effects

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    Yazdani, M.; Narayanan, A.

    1984-01-01

    This book presents an up-to-date study of the interaction between the fast-growing discipline of artificial intelligence and other human endeavors. The volume explores the scope and limitations of computing, and presents a history of the debate on the possibility of machines achieving intelligence. The authors offer a state-of-the-art survey of Al, concentrating on the ''mind'' (language understanding) and the ''body'' (robotics) of intelligent computing systems.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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....

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. [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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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 successf......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...

  9. 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.

  10. Participación de los trabajadores en la tecnología: un enfoque sociocultural de la participación en empresas del sector "auxiliar" del automóvil de Cataluña, La

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    La participación de los trabajadores en la gestión de la tecnología es un fenómeno sociolaboral escasamente desarrollado. El análisis empírico de quince empresas del sector "auxiliar" del automóvil de Cataluña, mediante estudios de caso, ha permitido constatar que los niveles de participación de los trabajadores o/y de sus representantes en el proceso de innovación tecnológica son muy limitados, pues sólo en una de las empresas, el grado y la extensión de ese tipo de participación alcanzó su ...

  11. Trastornos musculoesqueléticos en personal auxiliar de enfermería del Centro Polivalente de Recursos para Personas Mayores "Mixta" de Gijón - C.P.R.P.M. Mixta

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    Manuel Fernández González

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    Full Text Available La elaboración de la Guía de Detección, Prevención e Intervención en Patologías Musculoesqueléticas ha puesto de relieve el desconocimiento que, hasta el momento, se tenía en el Centro Polivalente de Recursos para Personas Mayores Mixta de Gijón (CPR Mixta acerca de la incidencia de trastornos musculoesqueléticos (TME entre los trabajadores auxiliares de enfermería que desempeñan su labor profesional en este centro. Con el fin de realizar una breve y modesta aproximación a la situación actual de los TME entre los profesionales del CPR Mixta se ha llevado a cabo un cuestionario que, sin ser exhaustivo, pretende configurar el panorama actual y abrir la puerta a futuras investigaciones o estudios de las diversas categorías profesionales.

  12. Proposta educativa com enfoque ergonômico para auxiliar na prevenção de lesões músculo-esqueléticas na equipe de enfermagem

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    Neusa Maria Costa Alexandre

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    Full Text Available Os trabalhadores de enfermagem estão sujeitos a lesões na coluna vertebral, atribuídas a condições ergonômicas e posturais inadequadas. Com o objetivo de auxiliar na redução dessas lesões, elaborou-se uma proposta educativa específica para o pessoal de enfermagem, cujo planejamento e tópicos constam do presente estudo. A estratégia foi realizada a partir da análise do ambiente de trabalho e das atividades desenvolvidas por esse pessoal, abordando temas relativos à anatomia e biomecânica da coluna vertebral, orientações gerais de postura, aspectos ergonômicos específicos do trabalho da enfermagem e considerações sobre movimentação e transporte de pacientes.

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Circunstâncias de oficialização do curso de auxiliar de enfermagem no Brasil: estudando as entrelinhas da Lei 775/49 La oficialización del curso de auxiliar de enfermería en Brasil: estudiando las entrelíneas de la Ley 775/49 Circumstances surrounding the accreditation of the nursing auxiliary training in Brazil: studying the details of Law 775/49

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    Regina Maria dos Santos

    2002-07-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho tem como objetivo discutir as circunstâncias que determinaram a inclusão do curso de auxiliar de enfermagem na Lei nº 775/49. Para tanto buscou-se compreender o cenário brasileiro e a política de saúde hospitalocêntrica consolidada no Governo Dutra e as condições dos hospitais à época. São fontes primárias leis e decretos sobre a enfermagem entre 1945 e 1949, documentos do CD/EEAN/UFRJ e depoimentos de enfermeiras sobre a questão. Os primeiros documentos analisados mostram a insuficiência de pessoal de enfermagem existente e o conflito entre o desejo das enfermeiras em manter o alto nível de sua formação e a responsabilidade de suprir a demanda do País. A Lei oficializou um curso que já existia informalmente, atendendo a pressões externas e internas à categoria. Espera-se contribuir para o entendimento da questão no campo da Enfermagem e seus reflexos na abertura de cursos de auxiliar de enfermagem nos estados.Este trabajo tiene como objeto discutir las circunstancias en que ocurrió la inclusión del curso de Auxiliar de Enfermería en la Ley nº 775/49 y nuestro objetivo es discutir esas circunstancias. Para tanto se ha buscado comprender dentro del contexto brasileño la política de educación y de salud que fue consolidada en el Gobierno Dutra basada en una práctica hospitalocéntrica y las condiciones de los hospitales de la época. Los datos primarios han sido sacados de leyes y decretos sobre enfermería desde 1945 a 1949, documentos del Centro de Documentación/EEAN/UFRJ y testimonios de enfermeras sobre la cuestión. Los documentos analizados muestran déficit de personal de enfermería y un conflicto entre el deseo de las enfermeras de mantener el alto nivel de su formación y la responsabilidad en suplir la demanda del país. La Ley ha oficializado un curso que ya estaba establecido, atendiendo a presiones externas e internas a la categoría. Lo que se intenta es contribuir para el entendimiento

  16. Perfil dos futuros auxiliares de enfermagem da cidade de Campinas, SP, em 1995: motivos, expectativas e dificuldades relacionadas ao curso Perfil de los futuros auxiliares de enfermería en la ciudad de Campinas, SP, en 1995: motivos, expectativas y obstáculos relacionados al curso Profile of future auxiliary nurses in the city of Campinas, SP, in 1995: reasons, expectation and difficulties related to the course

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    Rosely Moralez de Figueiredo

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    Full Text Available O presente trabalho tem por objetivo caracterizar o perfil dos estudantes dos cursos de auxiliar de enfermagem da cidade de Campinas. As características predominantes foram: faixa etária 18 e 30 anos, maioria do sexo feminino, solteira e religião católica. A maior parte da população estudada não trabalha na área de enfermagem, sendo a principal motivação para iniciar o curso a possibilidade de ajudar outras pessoas. Como dificuldades estão o ter que voltar a estudar, conciliar os horários de estudo com outras atividades e pagar o curso.El presente trabajo tiene como objetivo caracterizar el perfil de los estudiantes de los cursos de auxiliar de enfermería en la ciudad de Campinas. Las características que predominaron fueron: una faja etaria entre 18 y 30 años, mayoría del sexo femenino, soltera y de religión católica. La mayor parte de la población estudiada no trabaja en el área de enfermería, siendo el principal motivación para iniciar el curso la posibilidad de ayudar otros. Como obstáculos se encontraron: el hecho de tener que volver a estudiar, conciliar los horarios de estudio con otras actividades y, finalmente pagar el curso.The present study aims to characterize the profile of people studying in auxiliary nurse courses at the city of Campinas. The predominantly characteristics were: ages between 18 and 30 years old, majority female, single and catholic. The major part of the studied population does not work in nursing area, being the mainly motivation to begin the course the possibility of helping other people. Their difficulties were returning to school, conciliating the study schedule with other activities and paving the course.

  17. 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.

  18. 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...

  19. 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.

  20. 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…

  1. 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,…

  2. 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...

  3. 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.…

  4. Artificial insemination in marsupials.

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    Rodger, John C; Paris, Damien B B P; Czarny, Natasha A; Harris, Merrilee S; Molinia, Frank C; Taggart, David A; Allen, Camryn D; Johnston, Stephen D

    2009-01-01

    Assisted breeding technology (ART), including artificial insemination (AI), has the potential to advance the conservation and welfare of marsupials. Many of the challenges facing AI and ART for marsupials are shared with other wild species. However, the marsupial mode of reproduction and development also poses unique challenges and opportunities. For the vast majority of marsupials, there is a dearth of knowledge regarding basic reproductive biology to guide an AI strategy. For threatened or endangered species, only the most basic reproductive information is available in most cases, if at all. Artificial insemination has been used to produce viable young in two marsupial species, the koala and tammar wallaby. However, in these species the timing of ovulation can be predicted with considerably more confidence than in any other marsupial. In a limited number of other marsupials, such precise timing of ovulation has only been achieved using hormonal treatment leading to conception but not live young. A unique marsupial ART strategy which has been shown to have promise is cross-fostering; the transfer of pouch young of a threatened species to the pouches of foster mothers of a common related species as a means to increase productivity. For the foreseeable future, except for a few highly iconic or well studied species, there is unlikely to be sufficient reproductive information on which to base AI. However, if more generic approaches can be developed; such as ICSI (to generate embryos) and female synchronization (to provide oocyte donors or embryo recipients), then the prospects for broader application of AI/ART to marsupials are promising.

  5. 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...

  6. Conservative smoothing versus artificial viscosity

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    Guenther, C.; Hicks, D.L. [Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, MI (United States); Swegle, J.W. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States). Solid and Structural Mechanics Dept.

    1994-08-01

    This report was stimulated by some recent investigations of S.P.H. (Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics method). Solid dynamics computations with S.P.H. show symptoms of instabilities which are not eliminated by artificial viscosities. Both analysis and experiment indicate that conservative smoothing eliminates the instabilities in S.P.H. computations which artificial viscosities cannot. Questions were raised as to whether conservative smoothing might smear solutions more than artificial viscosity. Conservative smoothing, properly used, can produce more accurate solutions than the von Neumann-Richtmyer-Landshoff artificial viscosity which has been the standard for many years. The authors illustrate this using the vNR scheme on a test problem with known exact solution involving a shock collision in an ideal gas. They show that the norms of the errors with conservative smoothing are significantly smaller than the norms of the errors with artificial viscosity.

  7. 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...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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

  10. VOLTAGE COMPENSATION USING ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORK

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    VOLTAGE COMPENSATION USING ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORK: A CASE STUDY OF RUMUOLA DISTRIBUTION NETWORK. ... The artificial neural networks controller engaged to controlling the dynamic voltage ... Article Metrics.

  11. [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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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.

  19. BioArtificial polymers

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    Szałata, Kamila; Gumi, Tania

    2017-07-01

    Nowadays, the polymer science has impact in practically all life areas. Countless benefits coming from the usage of materials with high mechanical and chemical resistance, variety of functionalities and potentiality of modification drive to the development of new application fields. Novel approaches of combining these synthetic substances with biomolecules lead to obtain multifunctional hybrid conjugates which merge the bioactivity of natural component with outstanding properties of artificial polymer. Over the decades, an immense progress in bioartificial composites domain allowed to reach a high level of knowledge in terms of natural-like systems engineering, leading to diverse strategies of biomolecule immobilization. Together with different available options, including covalent and noncovalent attachment, come various challenges, related mainly with maintaining the biological activity of fixed molecules. Even though the amount of applications that achieve commercial status is still not substantial, and is expanding continuously in the disciplines like "smart materials," biosensors, delivery systems, nanoreactors and many others. A huge number of remarkable developments reported in the literature present a potential of bioartificial conjugates as a fabrics with highly controllable structure and multiple functionalities, serving as a powerful nanotechnological tool. This novel approach brings closer biologists, chemists and engineers, who sharing their effort and complementing the knowledge can revolutionize the field of bioartificial polymer science.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Fuel-Powered Artificial Muscles

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    Von Howard Ebron; Zhiwei Yang; Daniel J. Seyer; Mikhail E. Kozlov; Jiyoung Oh; Hui Xie; Joselito Razal; Lee J. Hall; John P. Ferraris; Alan G. MacDiarmid; Ray H. Baughman

    2006-01-01

    ... long inactivity during battery recharge. To help solve these problems, we demonstrated two types of artificial muscles that convert the chemical energy of high-energy-density fuels to mechanical energy...

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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...

  7. The handbook of artificial intelligence

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    Barr, Avron

    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

  8. The handbook of artificial intelligence

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    Barr, Avron J

    1981-01-01

    The Handbook of Artificial Intelligence, Volume I focuses on the progress in artificial intelligence (AI) and its increasing applications, including parsing, grammars, and search methods.The book first elaborates on AI, AI handbook and literature, problem representation, search methods, and sample search programs. The text then ponders on representation of knowledge, including survey of representation techniques and representation schemes. The manuscript explores understanding natural languages, as well as machine translation, grammars, parsing, test generation, and natural language processing

  9. 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

  10. Dimensão relacional da atividade de cuidado e condições de trabalho de auxiliares de enfermagem em uma unidade neonatal The relational dimension of the care activity and the working conditions in a neonatal unit

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    Full Text Available Este artigo analisa as condições de trabalho de auxiliares de enfermagem que atuam em Unidade Neonatal, considerando a dimensão relacional da atividade de cuidado. Tendo como principais referências epistemológicas a concepção canguilhemiana de saúde e a perspectiva ergológica, a pesquisa se pautou em abordagens clínicas do trabalhar, incluindo métodos diretos (observações, indiretos (conversas e encontros sobre o trabalho com as auxiliares e análise de documentos relativos às normas antecedentes desse trabalho. Analisou-se fundamentalmente a produção linguageira dos coletivos. Entre os resultados encontrados, destacam-se: o desenvolvimento dessa atividade de cuidado implica intensa mobilização das trabalhadoras; a possibilidade de não atender às mães que chegam para ter seus bebês parece ser mais nocivo à saúde dessas profissionais do que trabalhar com um número excessivo de pacientes. Concluiu-se que as condições precárias de trabalho são potencialmente produtoras de sofrimento patogênico, uma vez que a realização prazerosa e bem-sucedida dessa atividade é dificultada.This paper focuses on the working conditions of nursing technicians of Neonatal Units, considering the relational dimension of the care activity. Having as main epistemological references Canguilhem's concept of health of and the Ergological perspective, the research was based on the clinical approaches of work, including the following methods: direct (observations and indirect (talks and meetings about work with the technicians; analysis of documents on the previous norms concerning this work. The analysis dealt basically with the groups' language production. Some results can be highlighted: the development of this care activity implies intense mobilization of workers; the possibility of not assisting the mothers who arrive to have their babies seems to be more noxious to these technicians than to work with an overload of patients; the precarious

  11. 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

  12. Monitoramento da colonização pelo Staphylococcus aureus em alunos de um curso de auxiliar de enfermagem durante a formação profissional Monitoreo de la colonización por Staphylococcus aureus en alumnos de un curso de auxiliar de enfermería durante su formación Monitoring the colonization by Staphylococcus aureus in students from a nursing auxiliary program during the professional formation

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    Branca Maria de Oliveira Santos

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Tendo em vista o nosso objetivo de conhecer o quadro de colonização pelo Staphylococcus aureus em alunos de um curso de Auxiliar de Enfermagem, durante a formação profissional, realizamos a coleta de material da cavidade nasal (N e mãos direita (Md e esquerda (Me de 42 alunos, em diferentes momentos da formação, relacionando as taxas com as atividades desenvolvidas durante a programação do curso. Os resultados evidenciaram uma oscilação nas taxas de colonização nos diferentes momentos e a possibilidade de transmissão recíproca do agente entre os alunos e os receptores dos cuidados prestados, considerando o tipo de contato mantido entre eles.Considerando nuestro objetivo de conocer el cuadro de colonización por Staphylococcus aureus en alumnos de un curso de auxiliar de enfermería durante su formación, realizamos la colecta de material de la cavidad nasal (N, manos derecha (Md e izquierda (Me de 42 alumnos, en diferentes momentos de su formación, relacionando las tasas con las actividades desarrolladas durante la programación del curso. Los resultados evidenciaron una oscilación en las tasas de colonización en los diferentes momentos y la posibilidad de transmisión mutua del agente entre los alumnos y los receptores de los cuidados, considerando el tipo de contacto mantenido entre ellos.Considering our goal of understanding the colonization by Staphylococcus aureus in students from a nursing auxiliary program, during their professional formation, we collected material from the nasal cavity (N, right (Md and left (Mehands from 42 students on different moments of their formation relating the levels of colonization to the activities developed during the program. Results showed an oscillation in the colonization rate in different moments and the possibility of agent reciprocal transmission between the students and the taken care receptors, considering the type of contact.

  13. Representações sociais da relação auxiliar de enfermagem-usuário no contexto do Programa Saúde da Família Representaciones sociales de la relación auxiliar de enfermería-usuario en el contexto del Programa de Salud de la Familia Social representations of the relationship between the nursing assistant and the user in the Health Program context

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    Maria do Carmo Eulálio

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Os profissionais da enfermagem têm se responsabilizado pela "arte" de cuidar, sendo eles os que dedicam a maior parte do seu tempo ao usuário. Neste estudo, objetivou-se compreender a relação entre auxiliar de enfermagem e usuário através das representações sociais do ato de tocar, construídas por esses profissionais no contexto do Programa Saúde da Família (PSF. Trata-se de uma pesquisa quali-quantitativa com 25 profissionais. Os instrumentos utilizados foram: associação livre de palavras, entrevista e questionário. Evidenciou-se que o toque representa possibilidades de aproximação entre profissional-usuário, expressando-se na prática cotidiana, pois auxilia na cura do usuário e humaniza a relação.Los profesionales de la enfermería tienen se responsabilizado por la "arte" de cuidar, siendo los que dedican la mayor parte de su tiempo al usuario. El objetivo de este trabajo es comprender la relación entre auxiliar de enfermería-usuario por las representaciones sociales del acto de tocar construidas por esos profesionales en el Programa Salud de la Familia. Se trata de una investigación cuali-cuantitativa con 25 profesionales. Los instrumentos utilizados fueron: asociación libre de palabras, entrevista y cuestionario. Se evidenció que el toque representa posibilidades de aproximación entre profesional-usuario, expresándose en la práctica cotidiana, pues posibilita la cura del usuario y humaniza la relación.Nursing professionals have themselves held liable for the "art" of take care of the users and are the ones who dedicate the major part of their time to them. The aim of this study is to understand the relationship between the nursing assistant and the user expressed by the social representations of the touch act by these professionals in the Family Health Program (PSF context. The qualitative-quantitative research involved 25 nursing assistants. The instruments utilized were: free word association, interview, and

  14. Las deserciones en el Ejército Auxiliar del Perú durante las Guerras de Independencia en el Río de la Plata, 1810-1820. Una aproximación cualitativa.

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    Alejandro Hernán Morea

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    Full Text Available Los sucesos de mayo iniciaron el proceso revolucionario que iba a culminar con la declaración de Independencia del Virreinato del Río de la Plata de la corona española. En este contexto, el Ejército Auxiliar del Perú, se transformó en uno de los principales instrumentos con los que contó la elite revolucionaria para consolidarse en el poder. El presente trabajo pretende abordar uno de los fenómenos más recurrentes dentro del ejército, las deserciones, a partir de las memorias y autobiografías de aquellos que se desempeñaron como oficiales en dicho ejército entre 1811 y 1820.   The events of May started the revolutionary process that culminated with the independence of the River Plate Viceroyalty from the Spanish Crown. In this context, the Auxiliary Army of Peru turned into one of the most important instruments that the revolutionary elite had to consolidate their power. This work aims to analyze one of the most recurrent problems inside the Army; namely desertion, from the memories and autobiographies of the officers of this Army between 1811 and 1820.

  15. El legado de la guerra. La carrera política de los oficiales del Ejército Auxiliar del Perú: Abraham González y el gobierno de Tucumán (1816-1821

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    Full Text Available El proceso revolucionario en el Río de la Plata y las llamadas guerras de independencia que tuvieron lugar a raíz de él, transformaron los ejércitos, las milicias y sobre todo a los hombres que integraron las distintas fuerzas militares conformadas por los gobiernos revolucionarios en actores principales del proceso. El protagonismo de algunos de ellos se extendió más allá de los campos de batalla, por lo que lograron construir importantes carreras políticas o convertirse en funcionarios de gobierno durante la revolución y el período de las autonomías provinciales. Este fue el caso de muchos de los que conformaron la oficialidad del Ejército Auxiliar del Perú. Aquellos militares, como Abraham González, que logró ser gobernador de Tucumán en 1821, supieron construir carreras políticas exitosas gracias al liderazgo entre sus compañeros de armas, pero sobre todo debido a las redes de relaciones construidas en el interior del ejército y con las elites de las sociedades en las que se insertaban.

  16. Influencia del Burnout, la calidad de vida y los factores socioeconómicos en las estrategias de afrontamiento utilizadas por los profesionales y auxiliares de enfermería

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    Full Text Available El propósito de este estudio fue evaluar la influencia del síndrome de Burnout y la calidad de vida, así como las variables socioeconómicas, en los estilos de afrontamiento utilizados por 71 trabajadores de la salud (52,1% enfermeros y 47,9% auxiliares de enfermería. Se aplicó el cuestionario de salud (SF-36, el cuestionario de afrontamiento al estrés (CAE y el Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI. De acuerdo con los resultados, la presencia de Burnout fue baja (77,5% sin Burnout, la calidad vida estuvo reducida en las dimensiones de vitalidad, dolor corporal y salud general, y las estrategias más utilizadas fueron la focalización en la solución de problemas y la reevalución positiva. El incremento en la calidad de vida, la reducción en la severidad de los síntomas de Burnout, pertenecer al género femenino, tener menor edad y ser enfermera son predictores significativos (regresión cúbica del incremento en el uso de todas las estrategias de afrontamiento, especialmente la focalización en la solución de problemas y la reevaluación positiva.

  17. Severe and rapidly progressing cognitive phenotype in a SCA17-family with only marginally expanded CAG/CAA repeats in the TATA-box binding protein gene: A case report

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The autosomal dominant spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs confine a group of rare and heterogeneous disorders, which present with progressive ataxia and numerous other features e.g. peripheral neuropathy, macular degeneration and cognitive impairment, and a subset of these disorders is caused by CAG-repeat expansions in their respective genes. The diagnosing of the SCAs is often difficult due to the phenotypic overlap among several of the subtypes and with other neurodegenerative disorders e.g. Huntington’s disease. Case presentation We report a family in which the proband had rapidly progressing cognitive decline and only subtle cerebellar symptoms from age 42. Sequencing of the TATA-box binding protein gene revealed a modest elongation of the CAG/CAA-repeat of only two repeats above the non-pathogenic threshold of 41, confirming a diagnosis of SCA17. Normally, repeats within this range show reduced penetrance and result in a milder disease course with slower progression and later age of onset. Thus, this case presented with an unusual phenotype. Conclusions The current case highlights the diagnostic challenge of neurodegenerative disorders and the need for a thorough clinical and paraclinical examination of patients presenting with rapid cognitive decline to make a precise diagnosis on which further genetic counseling and initiation of treatment modalities can be based.

  18. Artificial gametes from stem cells.

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    Moreno, Inmaculada; Míguez-Forjan, Jose Manuel; Simón, Carlos

    2015-06-01

    The generation of artificial gametes is a real challenge for the scientific community today. In vitro development of human eggs and sperm will pave the way for the understanding of the complex process of human gametogenesis and will provide with human gametes for the study of infertility and the onset of some inherited disorders. However, the great promise of artificial gametes resides in their future application on reproductive treatments for all these people wishing to have genetically related children and for which gamete donation is now their unique option of parenthood. This is the case of infertile patients devoid of suitable gametes, same sex couples, singles and those fertile couples in a high risk of transmitting serious diseases to their progeny. In the search of the best method to obtain artificial gametes, many researchers have successfully obtained human germ cell-like cells from stem cells at different stages of differentiation. In the near future, this field will evolve to new methods providing not only viable but also functional and safe artificial germ cells. These artificial sperm and eggs should be able to recapitulate all the genetic and epigenetic processes needed for the correct gametogenesis, fertilization and embryogenesis leading to the birth of a healthy and fertile newborn.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. [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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Fecundación artificial

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    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...

  5. Training Applications of Artificial Intelligence.

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    1987-03-23

    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

  6. 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.

  7. Artificial intelligence techniques in Prolog

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    Shoham, Yoav

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    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

  8. Capacitação de técnicos/auxiliares de enfermagem: repercussão nos registros de enfermagem relacionados ao atendimento pré-hospitalar móvel Capacitación de técnicos y auxiliares de enfermería en la atención pre-hospitalaria móvil: repercusiones en los registros de enfermería Training of nursing technicians/assistants in mobile pre-hospital healthcare: results from nursing records

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    OBJETIVO: Avaliar o impacto de um curso de capacitação na melhoria dos registros realizados por técnicos/auxiliares de enfermagem no atendimento pré-hospitalar a crianças menores de cinco anos com dificuldade respiratória. MÉTODOS: Estudo prospectivo exploratório, realizado no Serviço de Atendimento Móvel de Urgências - Recife. Foram incluídas as fichas de atendimentos realizados por Unidades de Suporte Básico a crianças menores de cinco anos com quadro de dificuldade respiratória, totalizand...

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Making Artificial Seawater More Natural

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    @@ 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Desempenho operacional de trator com tração dianteira auxiliar na subsolagem de um inceptisol Performance of a front wheel drive tractor in the subsoiling operation in an inceptisol

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    Neyton de Oliveira Miranda

    2000-04-01

    Full Text Available Na subsolagem de um solo da ordem dos Inceptisol (Cambissolos usando um trator com tração dianteira auxiliar, foram comparados pneus de duas idades, duas rotações do motor e duas marchas, além do uso ou não do bloqueio do diferencial. Mediram-se velocidade de deslocamento, patinagem das rodas traseiras, tempo operacional teórico e consumo de combustível por hora e por área trabalhada. O uso do bloqueio do diferencial não influiu significativamente em nenhum parâmetro estudado e o de pneus novos resultou em desempenho do trator superior em relação aos pneus desgastados, para todos os parâmetros estudados. A rotação do motor de 1.800 rpm reduziu a patinagem e o consumo de combustível por hora e por área trabalhada em relação a 2.000 rpm, enquanto o uso da quarta marcha reduziu o tempo operacional teórico e o consumo de combustível por área trabalhada em relação à terceira marcha.In the subsoiling operation in an Inceptisol with a front wheel drive tractor, worn and new tyres, two engine speeds, two gear ratios and the use or not of the differential lock, were compared. Travel speed, rear wheel slip, theoretical field time, and fuel consumption per hour as well as per worked area were measured. The differential lock did not influence significantly any studied parameter. New tires were superior to worn ones for all parameters. Engine speed of 1800 rpm reduced wheel slip, fuel consumption per hour and per hectare compared with 2000 rpm. Fourth gear reduced the theoretical field time and fuel consumption per hectare compared to third gear.

  17. La participación de los trabajadores en la tecnología. El caso de la industria auxiliar del automóvil en Cataluña

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    Albalate, Joaquín Juan

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available The participation of workers in the managing of technological innovation process is not a common phenomenon in developed countries. The empirical analysis of the Catalonian industry of automotive components confirms that the levels of participation of workers in this process are very low. In this article, the results of such a research are presented, showing the importance of the ideological and cultural conceptions of managers, as well as workers, as explaining factors. In base of the empirical information accumulated through the exploratory research, the author proposes a typology of firms according to how they deal the problem of the participation of workers in the technological innovation process.

    La participación de los trabajadores en la gestión de la tecnología es un fenómeno sociolaboral poco desarrollado. El análisis del sector auxiliar del automóvil en Cataluña ha permitido constatar que los niveles de participación de los trabajadores y/o sus representantes en el proceso de innovación tecnológica son muy limitados. En este artículo se presentan los resultados más relevantes de la citada investigación, mostrando, mediante estudios de casos, la importancia de las concepciones ideológico-culturales tanto de los directivos de las empresas como de los trabajadores y sus representantes, a la hora de explicar los bajos niveles de participación de éstos en la gestión de la tecnología. A partir de la información recogida, y de acuerdo con el carácter exploratorio de la investigación, el autor propone una tipología de empresas en función del modo diferente con el que tratan este asunto.

  18. "Artificial But Better Than Nothing".

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    Blaschke, Sarah; O'Callaghan, Clare C; Schofield, Penelope

    2017-04-01

    To investigate patient, staff, and carer responses to an environmental intervention in an oncology clinic waiting room and evaluate the acceptability of artificial plant materials. Design Postintervention: Cross-sectional survey study. Oncology outpatient clinic waiting room located in a metropolitan comprehensive cancer center in Australia. Observer ratings of perceived qualities and effects of lifelike (fake) plants while spending time in the waiting room. Convenience sample ( N = 143) consisted of 73 cancer patients, 13 staff, 52 carers, and 5 "others" aged between 24 and 89 years ( M = 56, SD = 14.5). Artificial plant arrangements, hanging installations, two movable green walls, and one rock garden on wheels placed throughout the outpatients' clinic waiting room. Eighty-one percent (115/142) of respondents noticed the green features when first entering the waiting room and 67% (90/134) noticed they were artificial. Eighty-one percent (115/142) indicated "like/like a lot" when reporting their first reaction to the green features. Forty-eight percent (68/143) were positively affected and 23% (33/143) were very positively affected. Eighty-one percent (110/135) agreed/strongly agreed that "The greenery brightens the waiting room," 62% (80/130) agreed/strongly agreed that they "prefer living plants," and 76% (101/133) agreed/strongly agreed that "'lifelike' plants are better than no plants." Comments included mostly positive appraisals and occasional adverse reactions to artificial plants. No significant differences were found between patients', staff, and carers' reactions. The environmental intervention positively impacted patients', staff, and carers' perceptions of the oncology waiting room environment. Patients, staff, and carers mostly accepted artificial plants as an alternative design solution to real plants.

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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...

  1. Non-Nutritive Sweeters (Artificial Sweeteners)

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    ... Workplace Food and Beverage Toolkit Non-Nutritive Sweeteners (Artificial Sweeteners) Updated:Mar 18,2014 Got a sweet tooth? Here’s the scoop on artificial sweeteners or “non-nutritive sweeteners” as we call them. ...

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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…

  5. Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Economic Theory

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    Tshilidzi Marwala

    2015-01-01

    Artificial intelligence has impacted many aspects of human life. This paper studies the impact of artificial intelligence on economic theory. In particular we study the impact of artificial intelligence on the theory of bounded rationality, efficient market hypothesis and prospect theory.

  6. A dimensão política do processo de formação de pessoal auxiliar: a enfermagem rumo ao SUS La dimensión política del proceso de formación del personal auxiliar: la enfermeria rumbo al SUS (Sistema Único de Salud The political dimension of auxiliary personnel education: nursing and the Unified Health System (SUS

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    Alva Helena de Almeida

    2002-10-01

    Full Text Available A mudança de administração no município de São Paulo em 1989 inovou a gestão dos serviços de saúde, objetivando a implementação do Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS e tendo como uma estratégia fundamental a qualificação dos trabalhadores. Este artigo objetiva analisar a incorporação dos princípios do SUS aos cursos de formação de auxiliares de enfermagem. Partindo dos conceitos que nutriram a Reforma Sanitária e a construção dos princípios do SUS, o caminho metodológico empreendido utilizou entrevistas com os coordenadores do programa. A análise permitiu reconhecer que a política e as práticas da gestão municipal estavam comprometidas com o SUS; priorizou-se a qualificação dos trabalhadores da saúde que não haviam tido oportunidade; adotou-se uma pedagogia voltada à "transformação" dos agentes; os coordenadores motivaram-se a desenvolver a qualificação, reconhecendo o processo como uma ferramenta de implementação do SUS; os coordenadores do nível regional apreenderam a dimensão técnica do processo, isolada da política.El cambio de administración en el Municipio de São Paulo, en 1989, innovó la gestión de los servicios de salud, buscando la implementación del Sistema Único de Salud, (SUS teniendo como estrategia fundamental la cualificación de los trabajadores. Este artículo analizó la incorporación de los principios del SUS en la formación de auxiliares de enfermería. Se realizaron entrevistas con los coordinadores del programa y su análisis permitió reconocer que: las políticas y prácticas de la gestión municipal estaban comprometidas con el SUS; se priorizó la cualificación de los trabajadores de la salud que no habían tenido oportunidad; fue adoptada una pedagogía orientada hacia la "transformación" de los agentes; los coordinadores se motivaron para desarrollar esa cualificación, reconociendo el proceso como una herramienta para implementar el SUS; los coordinadores regionales

  7. O estresse e a enfermagem: a percepção das auxiliares de enfermagem de uma instituição pública El estrés y la enfermería: la percepción de auxiliares de enfermería de una institución publica Stress and nursing: the nursing's auxiliaries perception of a public institution

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    Thelma Spindola

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Estudo descritivo em abordagem qualitativa que teve como objetivo identificar como as auxiliares de enfermagem relacionam o estresse às suas atividades diárias. Foram investigadas 15 trabalhadoras de um hospital público no município do Rio de Janeiro. A análise temática dos resultados evidenciou que o estresse é percebido como um distúrbio emocional que acarreta desequilíbrio da saúde mental, ocasionando irritação, mau humor e incapacidade para o trabalho. Não se julgam estressadas, embora algumas refiram esta sensação em certas ocasiões. Acreditam que a atividade laboral pode contribuir para o estresse pelas condições e características do trabalho que realizam. Podemos concluir que embora definam o estresse como um distúrbio e atuem em condições desfavoráveis, nem todas percebem a influência destes fatores no seu equilíbrio emocional, sendo importante que se valorize a saúde mental dos trabalhadores, especialmente os profissionais de enfermagem, que necessitam estar bem física e mentalmente para interagirem com a clientela auxiliando-os.Estudio descriptivo, con abordaje cualitativo, que tuvo como objeto identificar como las auxiliares de enfermería relacionan el estrés a sus actividades diarias. Fueron investigadas 15 trabajadoras de un hospital público del municipio de Rio de Janeiro. El análisis temático de los resultados reveló que el estrés es percibido como un disturbio emocional que causa un desequilibrio en la salud mental, provocando irritación, mal humor, e incapacidad para el trabajo. Estas profesionales no se consideran estresadas, aunque algunas mencionen estas sensaciones en ciertas ocasiones. Ellas creen que la actividad laboral puede contribuir para el estrés, debido a las condiciones y características del trabajo que realizan. Podemos concluir aunque definan el estrés como un disturbio y actúen en condiciones desfavorables, no son todas las que perciben la influencia de estos factores en su

  8. Auxiliares e Técnicos de enfermagem e controle de infecção hospitalar em centro cirúrgico: mitos e verdades Auxiliares y técnicos de enfermería y control de infección hospitalaria en centro quirúrgico: mitos y verdades Nursing auxiliaries and technicians and hospital infection control in surgical centers: myths and truths

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    Sônia Regina Melon Kunzle

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo analítico descritivo objetivou detectar conceitos que traduzem mitos e verdades relativos à infecção hospitalar entre auxiliares e técnicos de enfermagem no centro cirúrgico de três hospitais. O instrumento para coleta de dados possui 28 afirmações (15 verdadeiras e 13 falsas contemplando fatores relacionados ao paciente, equipe cirúrgica, ambiente, procedimentos. As afirmações contêm escala em três pontos (concordo, tenho dúvida, discordo. Obtivemos respostas adequadas em 72% e não adequadas em 28%, indicando o satisfatório conhecimento da enfermagem perioperatória relacionadas ao controle infecção hospitalar . Nos itens uso de pro-pé, alianças e outros objetos, pêlo como patógeno, escovação das mãos, uso de avental e campo cirúrgico umedecidos, cirurgia infectada e rotina de limpeza, doenças ocupacionais, infecção hospitalar, infecção sítio cirúrgico e tempo operatório, pudemos detectar mitos e rituais referentes ao controle de infecção, que estão relacionados sobretudo à cultura de quem os praticam, perpetuando resistência a mudanças.Este estudio analítico descriptivo tuvo como objetivo detectar conceptos que traduzcan mitos y verdades relativas a la infección hospitalaria entre auxiliares y técnicos de enfermería en el centro quirúrgico de tres hospitales. El instrumento de recolección de datos contenía 28 afirmaciones (15 verdaderas y 13 falsas que contemplaba factores relacionados al paciente, equipo quirúrgico, ambiente, procedimientos. Las afirmaciones contienen escala en tres puntos (concuerdo, tengo duda, desacuerdo. Obtuvimos respuestas adecuadas en el 72% y no adecuadas en el 28%, indicando el conocimiento satisfactorio de la enfermería perioperatoria relacionadas al control de la infección hospitalaria. En los items uso de botas quirúrgicas, anillos y otros objetos, pelo como patógeno, cepillado de las manos, uso del mandil y campo quirúrgico humedecidos, cirug

  9. Solar fuels via artificial photosynthesis.

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    Gust, Devens; Moore, Thomas A; Moore, Ana L

    2009-12-21

    Because sunlight is diffuse and intermittent, substantial use of solar energy to meet humanity's needs will probably require energy storage in dense, transportable media via chemical bonds. Practical, cost effective technologies for conversion of sunlight directly into useful fuels do not currently exist, and will require new basic science. Photosynthesis provides a blueprint for solar energy storage in fuels. Indeed, all of the fossil-fuel-based energy consumed today derives from sunlight harvested by photosynthetic organisms. Artificial photosynthesis research applies the fundamental scientific principles of the natural process to the design of solar energy conversion systems. These constructs use different materials, and researchers tune them to produce energy efficiently and in forms useful to humans. Fuel production via natural or artificial photosynthesis requires three main components. First, antenna/reaction center complexes absorb sunlight and convert the excitation energy to electrochemical energy (redox equivalents). Then, a water oxidation complex uses this redox potential to catalyze conversion of water to hydrogen ions, electrons stored as reducing equivalents, and oxygen. A second catalytic system uses the reducing equivalents to make fuels such as carbohydrates, lipids, or hydrogen gas. In this Account, we review a few general approaches to artificial photosynthetic fuel production that may be useful for eventually overcoming the energy problem. A variety of research groups have prepared artificial reaction center molecules. These systems contain a chromophore, such as a porphyrin, covalently linked to one or more electron acceptors, such as fullerenes or quinones, and secondary electron donors. Following the excitation of the chromophore, photoinduced electron transfer generates a primary charge-separated state. Electron transfer chains spatially separate the redox equivalents and reduce electronic coupling, slowing recombination of the charge

  10. CAA Annual Report Fiscal Year 1998.

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    Peacekeeping Operations DCSOPS BAT CAPER Brilliant Anti-Tank Munition’s Capability at DCSOPS RAMCA-1 Roles and Missions Capabilities Analysis DCSOPS...MODS SAWVAS SCSC-M DACS DCSOPS ST BARBARA 91 SWA 2000 DCSOPS TARO 91 TRADOC TD90 THAADS-SWA AMC TPUG DCSOPS TRETOAD+ DCSOPS TS DCSLOG

  11. A CAA Primer for Practicing Engineers

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    is slightly dispersed . The cause is temporal discretization. For comparison purpose, Fig. 3.5c shows the computed waveform using the LDD Runge-Kutta...amplification factor and the amplification factor when Runge-Kutta scheme was used. They called their scheme low- dissipation low- dispersion ( LDD ) Runge...2.5.1 Single Time Step Method : Runge-Kutta Scheme 2.5.2 Four-Level DRP Scheme 3. NUMERICAL DISPERSION AND DISSIPATION OF HIGH-ORDER

  12. 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

  13. 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.

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    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.

  14. Artificial intelligence and computer vision

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    Li, Yujie

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    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.

  15. Bioengineering of Artificial Lymphoid Organs

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

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    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...

  16. Artificial color perception using microwaves

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    Choudhury, Debesh

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    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.

  17. Towards photovoltaic powered artificial retina

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    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

  18. A Definition of Artificial Intelligence

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    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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. New twist on artificial muscles

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    Haines, Carter S.; Li, Na; Spinks, Geoffrey M.; Aliev, Ali E.; Di, Jiangtao; Baughman, Ray H.

    2016-01-01

    Lightweight artificial muscle fibers that can match the large tensile stroke of natural muscles have been elusive. In particular, low stroke, limited cycle life, and inefficient energy conversion have combined with high cost and hysteretic performance to restrict practical use. In recent years, a new class of artificial muscles, based on highly twisted fibers, has emerged that can deliver more than 2,000 J/kg of specific work during muscle contraction, compared with just 40 J/kg for natural muscle. Thermally actuated muscles made from ordinary polymer fibers can deliver long-life, hysteresis-free tensile strokes of more than 30% and torsional actuation capable of spinning a paddle at speeds of more than 100,000 rpm. In this perspective, we explore the mechanisms and potential applications of present twisted fiber muscles and the future opportunities and challenges for developing twisted muscles having improved cycle rates, efficiencies, and functionality. We also demonstrate artificial muscle sewing threads and textiles and coiled structures that exhibit nearly unlimited actuation strokes. In addition to robotics and prosthetics, future applications include smart textiles that change breathability in response to temperature and moisture and window shutters that automatically open and close to conserve energy. PMID:27671626

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Fecundación Artificial

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    Ochoa. Fidel

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    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

  9. Aderência a medidas de proteção individual contra a hepatite B entre cirurgiões-dentistas e auxiliares de consultório dentário Adherence to personal protection against hepatitis B among dentists and dental assistants

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    Leila Posenato Garcia

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: O vírus da hepatite B é um risco ocupacional reconhecido na odontologia. Além de aderir às precauções padrão, todos os profissionais da odontologia devem se proteger através da vacinação contra a hepatite B e confirmação da imunidade. Este estudo verificou a aderência às medidas de proteção individual contra a hepatite B, incluindo a vacinação e o uso de equipamentos de proteção individual, entre cirurgiões-dentistas e auxiliares de consultório dentário do município de Florianópolis, localizado no sul do Brasil. MÉTODOS: Neste estudo transversal, os dados foram coletados através de questionários auto-aplicáveis. Foram obtidas respostas de 289 cirurgiões-dentistas e 104 auxiliares. RESULTADOS: A prevalência da vacinação completa contra a hepatite B foi 73,4% entre os dentistas e 39,4% entre os auxiliares. Apenas 32,1% e 21,9% deles, respectivamente, monitoraram a resposta vacinal. A vacinação completa foi positivamente associada com o ano de formatura a partir de 1997 (RP = 1,16; IC95% = 1,01-1,33 e atuação predominantemente em especialidade cirúrgica (RP = 1,24; IC95% = 1,02-1,51 entre os dentistas e com a realização de curso de formação entre os auxiliares (RP = 1,96; IC95% = 1,23-3,14. O uso constante de luvas, máscara e ��culos de proteção foi mais elevado entre os dentistas do que entre os auxiliares. CONCLUSÃO: São indicadas campanhas visando a vacinação daqueles que não o fizeram ou não completaram o esquema vacinal e informações sobre a necessidade do monitoramento da resposta vacinal. Medidas educativas são recomendadas para elevar a aderência às medidas de proteção pessoal, voltadas especialmente aos auxiliares.OBJECTIVE: The Hepatitis B virus poses arecognized occupational risk to dental careworkers. All dental care workers must beprotected through immunization, withcompletion of vaccine series, and monitoring of vaccine response. This study examined the adherence

  10. 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...

  11. Naturaleza jurídica del consejo profesional nacional de ingeniería –COPNIA- y el ejercicio de la inspección y vigilancia de la ingeniería, sus profesiones afines y sus profesiones auxiliares a la luz de la Constitución Política de 1991

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    Baquero Rozo, César Efrén

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    Al no existir norma positiva que defina la naturaleza jurídica del Consejo Profesional Nacional de Ingeniería –COPNIA-, el presente trabajo propone que esta entidad pública es un Órgano Autónomo e Independiente en virtud de lo establecido en el artículo 113 de la Constitución Política, que ejerce función administrativa para el cumplimiento de su misión, la inspección vigilancia y control de la ingeniería, profesiones afines y profesiones auxiliares, mediante la potestad sancionadora ...

  12. As representações sociais dos trabalhadores de enfermagem não enfermeiros (técnicos e auxiliares de enfermagem sobre o trabalho em Unidade de Terapia Intensiva em um hospital-escola Las representaciones sociales del personal no enfermero (técnicos y auxiliares de enfermería sobre el trabajo en un Centro de Terapia Intensiva en un hospital ecuela Social representations of ICU auxiliary nursing personnel from a teaching hospital about their practice

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    Helena Eri Shimizu

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo tem como objetivos conhecer as representações sociais dos trabalhadores de enfermagem não enfermeiros acerca do trabalho na UTI, os modos de expressão do sofrimento e prazer e as formas de enfrentamento do sofrimento ligados a esse trabalho. Adota como referencial teórico-metodológico a Teoria das Representações Sociais. Os dados são obtidos por meio de entrevistas semi-estruturadas e analisados com a técnica de análise de conteúdo, especificamente, a análise de enunciação. As representações evidenciam que, para suportarem a dor, o sofrimento e a morte do paciente, utilizam-se de diversos mecanismos individuais de defesa, classicamente descritos pela Psicopatologia e pela Psicanálise.El objetivo de este estudio es conocer las representaciones sociales del personal no enfermero sobre el trabajo en el Centro de Terapia Intensiva, los modos de expresión del sufrimiento y el placer y las formas de el sufrimiento relacionados a esse trabajo. Adopta como referencia teórica-meodológica la Teoria de las Representaciones Sociales. Los datos fueron obtenidos mediante entrevistas semiestructuradas y analizados com la técnica del análisis de contenido, más exactamente, el análisis de enunciación. Las representaciones demuestran que, para soportar el dolor, el sufrimiento y la muerte del paciente, los técnicos y auxiliares de enfermeria se valen de diversos mecanismos individuales de defensa, clásicamente descritos por la psicopatología y psicoanálisis.The study identifies and analyses social representations of Intensive Care Unit (ICU nursing staff about their work and how they express feelings of sorrow and pleasure associated to their job. The theoretical and methodological reference used by this study was the Theory of Social Representations. Interviews were carried out with auxiliary nursing personnel (licensed practical nurse and nurse technician. The data were analyzed by analysis-of-content technique, in

  13. FPGA controlled artificial vascular system

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    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.

  14. Sistema auxiliar de bombeamento de solução nutritiva em cultivos hidropônicos de hortaliças Auxiliary pumping of nutrient solution for hydroponic culture of vegetables

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    Full Text Available O sistema de hidroponia mais utilizado consiste em cultivar plantas em calhas ou outros contentores por onde circula a solução nutritiva de forma intermitente. Este processo exige disponibilidade permanente de energia elétrica para o bombeamento de solução nutritiva, podendo ocorrer grandes perdas no caso de falhas prolongadas no fornecimento elétrico. Foram avaliados dois sistemas auxiliares de bombeamento. Em um deles, a circulação da solução é feita por força de ar comprimido que, por controle de nível com bóia elétrica e acionamento de válvulas pneumáticas, permite realizar diversos ciclos de circulação da solução nutritiva com o ar acumulado no cilindro do compressor. O outro sistema consiste em um conjunto de motobombas que funcionam com energia de 12 volts, acumulada em baterias abastecidas por carregador. O sistema para testes foi composto por um compressor de 1 cv com cilindro de ar de aproximadamente 45 L e dois reservatórios de solução, sendo o inferior com capacidade de 60 L, que permite a pressurização. Especificamente para o compressor utilizado obteve-se em média, quatro ciclos de transferência de solução por cada carga do compressor cheio e desligado. O volume total de solução movimentada por cada carga do compressor foi de 200 L, o que corresponde à movimentação de aproximadamente 5 L de solução por litro de ar comprimido. O outro sistema consiste de três motobombas de 12 volts, modelo 500 gph com capacidade de recalque de 1890 L h-1 e consumo de 2,5 ampér h-1, acionadas por uma bateria automotiva. O conjunto funcionou, em média, durante 3 horas e 20 minutos para cada carga da bateria. O volume de solução movimentado foi de aproximadamente 500 L h-1. Com os parâmetros obtidos é possível dimensionar os sistemas de bombeamento auxiliar de acordo com o volume de solução a ser movimentado e com o intervalo de segurança que for conveniente, pois existem no mercado inúmeros modelos de

  15. Formal Definition of Artificial Intelligence

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    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 ...

  16. Logical Foundations Of Artificial Intelligence

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    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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. Artificial intelligence: Principles and applications

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    Yazdani, M.

    1986-01-01

    Following the Japanese announcement that they intend to devise, make, and market, in the 1990s, computers incorporating a level of intelligence, a vast amount of energy and expense has been diverted at the field of Artificial Intelligence. Workers for the past 25 years in this discipline have tried to reproduce human behavior on computers and this book presents their achievements and the problems. Subjects include: computer vision, speech processing, robotics, natural language processing expert systems and machine learning. The book also attempts to show the general principles behind the various applications and finally attempts to show their implications for other human endeavors such as philosophy, psychology, and the development of modern society.

  2. 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.

  3. Neuroscience-Inspired Artificial Intelligence.

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    Hassabis, Demis; Kumaran, Dharshan; Summerfield, Christopher; Botvinick, Matthew

    2017-07-19

    The fields of neuroscience and artificial intelligence (AI) have a long and intertwined history. In more recent times, however, communication and collaboration between the two fields has become less commonplace. In this article, we argue that better understanding biological brains could play a vital role in building intelligent machines. We survey historical interactions between the AI and neuroscience fields and emphasize current advances in AI that have been inspired by the study of neural computation in humans and other animals. We conclude by highlighting shared themes that may be key for advancing future research in both fields. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  4. Cybersecurity in Artificial Pancreas Experiments.

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    O'Keeffe, Derek T; Maraka, Spyridoula; Basu, Ananda; Keith-Hynes, Patrick; Kudva, Yogish C

    2015-09-01

    Medical devices have transformed modern health care, and ongoing experimental medical technology trials (such as the artificial pancreas) have the potential to significantly improve the treatment of several chronic conditions, including diabetes mellitus. However, we suggest that, to date, the essential concept of cybersecurity has not been adequately addressed in this field. This article discusses several key issues of cybersecurity in medical devices and proposes some solutions. In addition, it outlines the current requirements and efforts of regulatory agencies to increase awareness of this topic and to improve cybersecurity.

  5. Meta-Learning Evolutionary Artificial Neural Networks

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    Abraham, Ajith

    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...

  6. 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.

  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 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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...

  12. Artificial kinesthetic systems for telerehabilitation.

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    De Rossi, D; Lorussi, F; Scilingo, E P; Carpi, F; Tognetti, A; Tesconi, M

    2004-01-01

    Artificial sensory motor systems are now under development in a truly wearable form using an innovative technology based on electroactive polymers. The integration of electroactive polymeric materials into wearable garments endorses them with strain sensing and mechanical actuation properties. The methodology underlying the design of haptic garments has necessarily to rely on knowledge of biological perceptual and motor processes which is, however, scattered and fragmented. Notwithstanding, the combined use of new polymeric electroactive materials in the form of fibers and fabrics with emerging concepts of biomimetic nature in sensor data analysis, pseudomuscular actuator control and biomechanical design may not only provide new avenues toward the realization of truly wearable kinesthetic and haptic interfaces, but also clues and instruments to better comprehend human manipulative and gestual functions. In this talk the conception, early stage implementation and preliminary testing of a fabric-based wearable interface endowed with spatially redundant strain sensing and distributed actuation are illustrated with reference to a wearable upper limb artificial kinesthesia system, intended to be used in telerehabilitation of post stroke patient.

  13. 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.

  14. Computational Hemodynamics Involving Artificial Devices

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    Kwak, Dochan; Kiris, Cetin; Feiereisen, William (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    This paper reports the progress being made towards developing complete blood flow simulation capability in human, especially, in the presence of artificial devices such as valves and ventricular assist devices. Devices modeling poses unique challenges different from computing the blood flow in natural hearts and arteries. There are many elements needed such as flow solvers, geometry modeling including flexible walls, moving boundary procedures and physiological characterization of blood. As a first step, computational technology developed for aerospace applications was extended in the recent past to the analysis and development of mechanical devices. The blood flow in these devices is practically incompressible and Newtonian, and thus various incompressible Navier-Stokes solution procedures can be selected depending on the choice of formulations, variables and numerical schemes. Two primitive variable formulations used are discussed as well as the overset grid approach to handle complex moving geometry. This procedure has been applied to several artificial devices. Among these, recent progress made in developing DeBakey axial flow blood pump will be presented from computational point of view. Computational and clinical issues will be discussed in detail as well as additional work needed.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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. Copyright © 2015, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  18. Artificial pigs in space: using artificial intelligence and artificial life techniques to design animal housing.

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    Stricklin, W R; de Bourcier, P; Zhou, J Z; Gonyou, H W

    1998-10-01

    Computer simulations have been used by us since the early 1970s to gain an understanding of the spacing and movement patterns of confined animals. The work has progressed from the early stages, in which we used randomly positioned points, to current investigations of animats (computer-simulated animals), which show low levels of learning via artificial neural networks. We have determined that 1) pens of equal floor area but of different shape result in different spatial and movement patterns for randomly positioned and moving animats; 2) when group size increases under constant density, freedom of movement approaches an asymptote at approximately six animats; 3) matching the number of animats with the number of corners results in optimal freedom of movement for small groups of animats; and 4) perimeter positioning occurs in groups of animats that maximize their distance to first- and second-nearest neighbors. Recently, we developed animats that move, compete for social dominance, and are motivated to obtain resources (food, resting sites, etc.). We are currently developing an animat that learns its behavior from the spatial and movement data collected on live pigs. The animat model is then used to pretest pen designs, followed by new pig spatial data fed into the animat model, resulting in a new pen design to be tested, and the steps are repeated. We believe that methodologies from artificial-life and artificial intelligence can contribute to the understanding of basic animal behavior principles, as well as to the solving of problems in production agriculture in areas such as animal housing design.

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

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    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.

  1. Capacitação de técnicos/auxiliares de enfermagem: repercussão nos registros de enfermagem relacionados ao atendimento pré-hospitalar móvel Capacitación de técnicos y auxiliares de enfermería en la atención pre-hospitalaria móvil: repercusiones en los registros de enfermería Training of nursing technicians/assistants in mobile pre-hospital healthcare: results from nursing records

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar o impacto de um curso de capacitação na melhoria dos registros realizados por técnicos/auxiliares de enfermagem no atendimento pré-hospitalar a crianças menores de cinco anos com dificuldade respiratória. MÉTODOS: Estudo prospectivo exploratório, realizado no Serviço de Atendimento Móvel de Urgências - Recife. Foram incluídas as fichas de atendimentos realizados por Unidades de Suporte Básico a crianças menores de cinco anos com quadro de dificuldade respiratória, totalizando 148 ocorrências em 2006, antes do curso de capacitação e 113 em 2007/2008 após a capacitação de técnicos/auxiliares de enfermagem. RESULTADOS: Observou-se mudança significativa na qualidade da informação registrada, passando os sinais de gravidade respiratória a serem avaliados com maior freqüência, como o uso da musculatura acessória, batimento de asa de nariz, agitação, retração xifóide e sibilos expiratórios (pOBJETIVO: Evaluar el impacto de un curso de capacitación para la mejoría de los registros realizados por técnicos/auxiliares de enfermería en la atención pre hospitalaria a niños menores de cinco años con dificultad respiratoria. MÉTODOS: Se trata de un estudio prospectivo exploratorio, realizado en el Servicio de Atención Móvil de Urgencias - Recife. Fueron incluídas las fichas de atención realizadas por Unidades de Soporte Básico a niños menores de cinco años con cuadro de dificuldad respiratoria, con un total de 148 ocurrencias en el 2006, antes del curso de capacitación y 113 en 2007/2008 después de la capacitación de técnicos/auxiliares de enfermería. RESULTADOS: Se observó un cambio significativo en la calidad de la información registrada, pasando las señales de gravedad respiratoria a ser evaluados con mayor frecuencia, como el uso de la musculatura accesoria, aleteo nasal, agitación, retracción xifoide y sibilancias expiratorias (pOBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of a program for

  2. 77 FR 71746 - Artificially Sweetened Fruit Jelly and Artificially Sweetened Fruit Preserves and Jams; Proposed...

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    ... artificial sweeteners to add sweetness to fruit spread products so that they are not inferior in their.... Moreover, other safe and suitable artificial sweeteners that might be developed in the future could be used.... Enactment of NLEA and the development of newer artificial sweeteners, thus, renders the standards...

  3. Diseño y análisis de dos tipologías estructurales para su utilización como estructuras auxiliares en el diseño de jardines

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    Vargas, J. M.

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available In gardening and more particularly in the design of gardens and urban parks, nowadays exits the necessity to introduce useful auxiliary structures for the shelter of the users to the solar radiation, at certain moments of the day. During long time, joints of classic roof garden have reproduced in all our landscaped zones, that otherwise have been revealed like excessively expensive and not very functional elements. In the present article we are tried to expose the possibility of executing modern and functional sets with a minimum cost and a very brief period of execution. We are analyzed a set of roof garden designed to be constructed within the Campus of the University of Almeria, with the intention to demonstrate that respecting the norm on construction, novel solutions in which diverse uses are integrated, often noncompatible under other conceptions, can be obtained, with a contained cost. Inside this group two modules are distinguished, one more classic, rectangular, with a confi guration that allows a structural operation balanced that are translated in the use of metallic profi les of little size, and other more novel, octogonal, but that under the same previous premises, it has been solved through a deep analysis to establish the most suitable geometry, to determine its behavior, calculation, determine the proportions and resolution of the problems of execution and assembly.En jardinería en general y más en particular en el diseño de jardines y parques urbanos, se plantea la necesidad de introducir estructuras auxiliares útiles para el cobijo de sus usuarios frente a la radiación solar en determinados momentos del día. Durante mucho tiempo, se han reproducido conjuntos apergolados clásicos en todas nuestras zonas ajardinadas, que en caso contrario se han revelado como elementos excesivamente caros y poco funcionales. En el presente artículo se pretende exponer la posibilidad de ejecutar conjuntos vanguardistas y funcionales con un

  4. Tele-education and competencies assessment to Brazilian's auxiliary nurse A Tele-educação e a avaliação de competências profissionais da auxiliar de enfermagem no Brasil

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    Claudia Maria da Silva Marques

    2007-12-01

    estrategia de optimización de los procedimientos de eva-luación para uso en larga escala en Brasil, además de se mostrar un potente medio de educación permanente.Este trabalho apresenta a experiência brasileira na organização de metodologias e estratégias de avaliação de competências profissionais do auxiliar de enfermagem. O processo avaliativo proposto pelo Ministério da Saúde inclui, além de outras etapas, a criação do ambiente virtual de avaliação, que tem como premissa a avaliação formativa e à distância. Dentro da proposta metodológica de avaliação de competências profissionais na perspectiva crítico-emancipatória, foi desenvolvido um ambiente de tele-educação, com a criação de softwares, do homem virtual e do cybertutor de avaliação. Os módulos de avaliação consideraram as competências nas dimensões do saber-saber, saber-fazer e saber-ser, baseado em perfil profissional das praticas hospitalares e de unidades básicas de saúde. O instrumento mostrou ser uma importante estratégia de otimização dos procedimentos de avaliação para uso em larga escala no Brasil, além de um instrumento importante para educação permanente.

  5. Dosis elevada en el dosímetro personal de una auxiliar de enfermería en Electrofisiología A high dose in the personal dosage meter of nursing assistant in Electrophysiology field

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    Raquel Barquero Sanz

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available En una sala de Electrofisiología del Servicio de Cardiología en donde se efectúan procedimientos guiados con rayos X de ablación con radiofrecuencia y de implantes de desfibrilador biventricular, se registraron dosis mensuales anormalmente elevadas en el dosímetro personal de solapa de una auxiliar de enfermería que trabaja en la misma, con valores de dosis equivalente personal, Hp(10, de 125 mSv y de dosis equivalente personal superficial, Hp(0.07 de 128.1 mSv. Ante la ansiedad producida en la trabajadora al conocer las lecturas de su dosímetro, y dado que no se dispone de precedentes investigados en la instalación, se ha realizado un estudio para dilucidar si la dosis registrada ha podido ser recibida por la trabajadora o si solo ha sido recibida por el dosímetro. Se hacen medidas con un monitor ambiental en condiciones simuladas de los procedimientos, para estimar las dosis reales que pueda recibir el personal de la sala. Se comparan estos valores con los del rendimiento del equipo de RX en haz directo medidos durante la revisión anual de control de calidad del mismo, concluyéndose que ha sido el dosímetro, y no la trabajadora, el que se ha expuesto a radiación directa, siendo la situación más probable la de que dicho dosímetro cayó sobre el tubo de RX, normalmente orientado hacia el techo, un tiempo del orden de 1 minuto. Paralelamente a estas estimaciones dosimétricas, el Servicio de Prevención de Riesgos Laborales realizó la vigilancia de la salud, concluyendo que la trabajadora no tenía ningún indicio de haber recibido dosis de la magnitud registrada por su dosímetro.In a room of electrophysiology from the cardiology service where procedures are made guided with X-Rays of ablation with radiofrequency and from implants ventricular defibrillation; there were registered monthly doses usually high in the same personal dosimeter flap of a nursing assistant who works there with values of equivalent personal doses, Hp (10

  6. Uma contribuição para aquisição de segunda língua: auxiliares e pronomes partitivos em Italiano e Francês A contribution to second language acquisition: auxiliaries and partitive pronouns in Italian and French

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    Carlos Mioto

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo objetiva construir uma ponte entre lingüística teórica, em particular teorias de cunho gerativista, e lingüística aplicada, em especial a pedagogia de ensino de segunda língua aplicada ao ensino de italiano e ao francês para falantes nativos de português (e espanhol. Nossa sugestão é que o conhecimento teórico gerativista do fenômeno da inacusatividade nos permite esclarecer aspectos do processo de aquisição de segunda língua. Como mostraremos, esse conhecimento pode auxiliar alunos de italiano e francês na compreensão das regras que regem seja a seleção de verbos auxiliares nos tempos ativos seja a distribuição do pronome partitivo nestas línguas.This paper aims at building a bridge between theoretical linguistics, especially generative grammar, and applied linguistics, focusing on second language pedagogy as applied to the teaching of Italian and French to Portuguese- (and Spanish speaking students. Our claim is that the generative theory's understanding of the unaccusativity phenomenon can shed light on some aspects of second language acquisition. As will be shown, this would allow students of Italian and French to internalize and comprehend the rules that govern selection of auxiliary verbs in active tenses, as well as of the distribution of partitive pronouns.

  7. 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.

  8. Ion specificities of artificial macromolecules.

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    Liu, Lvdan; Kou, Ran; Liu, Guangming

    2016-12-21

    Artificial macromolecules are well-defined synthetic polymers, with a relatively simple structure as compared to naturally occurring macromolecules. This review focuses on the ion specificities of artifical macromolecules. Ion specificities are influenced by solvent-mediated indirect ion-macromolecule interactions and also by direct ion-macromolecule interactions. In aqueous solutions, the role of water-mediated indirect ion-macromolecule interactions will be discussed. The addition of organic solvents to aqueous solutions significantly changes the ion specificities due to the formation of water-organic solvent complexes. For direct ion-macromolecule interactions, we will discuss specific ion-pairing interactions for charged macromolecules and specific ion-neutral site interactions for uncharged macromolecules. When the medium conditions change from dilute solutions to crowded environments, the ion specificities can be modified by either the volume exclusion effect, the variation of dielectric constant, or the interactions between ions, macromolecules, and crowding agents.

  9. 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.

  10. Artificial intelligence and science education

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    Good, Ron

    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.

  11. 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.

  12. Artificial Wombs and Abortion Rights.

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    Cohen, I Glenn

    2017-07-01

    In a study published in late April in Nature Communications, the authors were able to sustain 105- to 115-day-old premature lamb fetuses-whose level of development was comparable to that of a twenty-three-week-old human fetus-for four weeks in an artificial womb, enabling the lambs to develop in a way that paralleled age-matched controls. The oldest lamb of the set, more than a year old at the time the paper came out, appeared completely normal. This kind of research brings us one step closer to providing excellent quality of life for premature newborns, but it also portends major legal and ethical questions, especially for abortion rights in America. © 2017 The Hastings Center.

  13. 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...

  14. 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.

  15. 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…

  16. 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.

  17. Artificial cells based on biodegradable polymersomes

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    Meng, Fenghua

    2003-01-01

    The aim of the research that is described in this thesis is to develop biodegradable, biocompatible polymersomes that can serve as a basis for artificial cells. These artificial cells should be able to be delivered to the circulation, interact with specific sites where they perform their function, a

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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...

  3. The Artificial Intelligence Applications to Learning Programme.

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    Williams, Noel

    1992-01-01

    Explains the Artificial Intelligence Applications to Learning Programme, which was developed in the United Kingdom to explore and accelerate the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in learning in both the educational and industrial sectors. Highlights include program evaluation, marketing, ownership of information, consortia, and cost…

  4. 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…

  5. Artificial astrocytes improve neural network performance.

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    Porto-Pazos, Ana B; Veiguela, Noha; Mesejo, Pablo; Navarrete, Marta; Alvarellos, Alberto; Ibáñez, Oscar; Pazos, Alejandro; Araque, Alfonso

    2011-04-19

    Compelling evidence indicates the existence of bidirectional communication between astrocytes and neurons. Astrocytes, a type of glial cells classically considered to be passive supportive cells, have been recently demonstrated to be actively involved in the processing and regulation of synaptic information, suggesting that brain function arises from the activity of neuron-glia networks. However, the actual impact of astrocytes in neural network function is largely unknown and its application in artificial intelligence remains untested. We have investigated the consequences of including artificial astrocytes, which present the biologically defined properties involved in astrocyte-neuron communication, on artificial neural network performance. Using connectionist systems and evolutionary algorithms, we have compared the performance of artificial neural networks (NN) and artificial neuron-glia networks (NGN) to solve classification problems. We show that the degree of success of NGN is superior to NN. Analysis of performances of NN with different number of neurons or different architectures indicate that the effects of NGN cannot be accounted for an increased number of network elements, but rather they are specifically due to astrocytes. Furthermore, the relative efficacy of NGN vs. NN increases as the complexity of the network increases. These results indicate that artificial astrocytes improve neural network performance, and established the concept of Artificial Neuron-Glia Networks, which represents a novel concept in Artificial Intelligence with implications in computational science as well as in the understanding of brain function.

  6. On the Design of Artificial Stock Markets

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    K. Boer-Sorban (Katalin); A. de Bruin (Arie); U. Kaymak (Uzay)

    2005-01-01

    textabstractArtificial stock markets are designed with the aim to study and understand market dynamics by representing (part of) real stock markets. Since there is a large variety of real stock markets with several partially observable elements and hidden processes, artificial markets differ

  7. 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)

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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…

  11. 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

  12. A DISTRIBUTED SMART HOME ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SYSTEM

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    Lynggaard, Per

    2013-01-01

    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......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...... 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...

  13. 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.

  14. 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...

  15. 7 CFR 51.2542 - U.S. Artificially Opened.

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    2010-01-01

    ... 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. From natural to artificial photosynthesis.

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    Barber, James; Tran, Phong D

    2013-04-06

    Demand for energy is projected to increase at least twofold by mid-century relative to the present global consumption because of predicted population and economic growth. This demand could be met, in principle, from fossil energy resources, particularly coal. However, the cumulative nature of carbon dioxide (CO(2)) emissions demands that stabilizing the atmospheric CO(2) levels to just twice their pre-anthropogenic values by mid-century will be extremely challenging, requiring invention, development and deployment of schemes for carbon-neutral energy production on a scale commensurate with, or larger than, the entire present-day energy supply from all sources combined. Among renewable and exploitable energy resources, nuclear fusion energy or solar energy are by far the largest. However, in both cases, technological breakthroughs are required with nuclear fusion being very difficult, if not impossible on the scale required. On the other hand, 1 h of sunlight falling on our planet is equivalent to all the energy consumed by humans in an entire year. If solar energy is to be a major primary energy source, then it must be stored and despatched on demand to the end user. An especially attractive approach is to store solar energy in the form of chemical bonds as occurs in natural photosynthesis. However, a technology is needed which has a year-round average conversion efficiency significantly higher than currently available by natural photosynthesis so as to reduce land-area requirements and to be independent of food production. Therefore, the scientific challenge is to construct an 'artificial leaf' able to efficiently capture and convert solar energy and then store it in the form of chemical bonds of a high-energy density fuel such as hydrogen while at the same time producing oxygen from water. Realistically, the efficiency target for such a technology must be 10 per cent or better. Here, we review the molecular details of the energy capturing reactions of natural

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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).

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. What Is Artificial about Life?

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    Alessandro Giuliani

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The announcement of “Artificial Life” by the Craig Venter group, and the media stir that arose from the news, provoked thoughts about the current technologies in contemporary science and the cultural tension of such projections on the media. The increasingly blurred boundaries between specialist and generalist media, while promising a wider appreciation of scientific discovery, potentially allow unrealistic, ideological claims to dictate scientific research. This is particularly evident in biology, where the pervading paradigm is still dominated by a physically naïve reductionism in which the only relevant causative layer is the molecular one. The reductionist hypothesis is that everything one observes is the result of an underlying molecular mechanism almost independent of the context in which it operates. Molecular mechanisms are often necessarily studied in isolation and therefore operate in unnatural conditions. The mechanistic view of biological regulation implies that we think of genes as intelligent agents. Here we try to critically analyze the motivations behind the spread of such unrealistic simplifications.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. Inteligencia artificial en la gestion financiera empresarial

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    Del Carmen Sosa Sierra, Maria

    2007-01-01

    Este articulo se enfoca en la revision de las principales tecnicas que aborda la Inteligencia Artificial, con sus diferentes paradigmas, y son relevantes los sistemas expertos, las redes neuronales...

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Artificial Intelligence and Public Healthcare Service Innovation

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    Sun, Tara Qian; Medaglia, Rony

    Public healthcare ecosystems are complex networks of diverse actors that are subject to pressures to innovate, also a result of technological advancements. Artificial Intelligence (AI), in particular, has the potential to transform the way hospitals, doctors, patients, government agencies...

  4. Kant, Xunzi and the Artificiality of Manners

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    BERNINGER, Anja

    2017-01-01

    .... Their approaches are sometimes criticized on the grounds that manners are artificial. I compare Xunzi’s and Kant’s responses to this claim, and discuss the relevance of both positions for the development of a theory of manners...

  5. Design of artificial human joints & organs

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    Pal, Subrata

    2013-01-01

    This book covers the design science and methodology of artificial joints and organs.  It presents the mechanical characterization of the hard and soft tissues as well as the viscoelastic properties of the tissue.

  6. 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...

  7. 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.

  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. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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....

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

    2000-09-15

    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)

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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...

  6. 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.

  7. USE OF ARTIFICIAL LIGHT IN MUSHROOM CULTIVATION

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    2013-12-01

    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.

  8. 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...

  9. History of Artificial Gravity. Chapter 3

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    Clement, Gilles; Bukley, Angie; Paloski, William

    2006-01-01

    This chapter reviews the past and current projects on artificial gravity during space missions. The idea of a rotating wheel-like space station providing artificial gravity goes back in the writings of Tsiolkovsky, Noordung, and Wernher von Braun. Its most famous fictional representation is in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, which also depicts spin-generated artificial gravity aboard a space station and a spaceship bound for Jupiter. The O Neill-type space colony provides another classic illustration of this technique. A more realistic approach to rotating the space station is to provide astronauts with a smaller centrifuge contained within a spacecraft. The astronauts would go into it for a workout, and get their gravity therapeutic dose for a certain period of time, daily or a few times a week. This simpler concept is current being tested during ground-based studies in several laboratories around the world.

  10. Artificial agents, good care, and modernity.

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    Coeckelbergh, Mark

    2015-08-01

    When is it ethically acceptable to use artificial agents in health care? This article articulates some criteria for good care and then discusses whether machines as artificial agents that take over care tasks meet these criteria. Particular attention is paid to intuitions about the meaning of 'care', 'agency', and 'taking over', but also to the care process as a labour process in a modern organizational and financial-economic context. It is argued that while there is in principle no objection to using machines in medicine and health care, the idea of them functioning and appearing as 'artificial agents' is problematic and attends us to problems in human care which were already present before visions of machine care entered the stage. It is recommended that the discussion about care machines be connected to a broader discussion about the impact of technology on human relations in the context of modernity.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. Artificial photosynthesis for solar water-splitting

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    Tachibana, Yasuhiro; Vayssieres, Lionel; Durrant, James R.

    2012-08-01

    Hydrogen generated from solar-driven water-splitting has the potential to be a clean, sustainable and abundant energy source. Inspired by natural photosynthesis, artificial solar water-splitting devices are now being designed and tested. Recent developments based on molecular and/or nanostructure designs have led to advances in our understanding of light-induced charge separation and subsequent catalytic water oxidation and reduction reactions. Here we review some of the recent progress towards developing artificial photosynthetic devices, together with their analogies to biological photosynthesis, including technologies that focus on the development of visible-light active hetero-nanostructures and require an understanding of the underlying interfacial carrier dynamics. Finally, we propose a vision for a future sustainable hydrogen fuel community based on artificial photosynthesis.

  14. 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.

  15. Kant, Xunzi and the Artificiality of Manners

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    Anja BERNINGER

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Both Chinese and Western philosophers have argued for the ethical importance of manners. Their approaches are sometimes criticized on the grounds that manners are artificial. I compare Xunzi’s and Kant’s responses to this claim, and discuss the relevance of both positions for the development of a theory of manners. I show that there is no single artificiality claim, but rather four different claims: the claim that polite behavior lacks spontaneity, the claim that it is insincere, the claim that it goes against human nature, and the claim that it is arbitrary. While Kant is mainly concerned with the insincerity claim, Xunzi focusses on the claim that manners are arbitrary rules. Because of their different understandings of the function of manners both authors only provide a partial answer to the artificiality claim. To arrive at a full account of manners both perspectives must be combined.

  16. Artificial knowing gender and the thinking machine

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    Adam, Alison

    1998-01-01

    Artificial Knowing challenges the masculine slant in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) view of the world. Alison Adam admirably fills the large gap in science and technology studies by showing us that gender bias is inscribed in AI-based computer systems. Her treatment of feminist epistemology, focusing on the ideas of the knowing subject, the nature of knowledge, rationality and language, are bound to make a significant and powerful contribution to AI studies. Drawing from theories by Donna Haraway and Sherry Turkle, and using tools of feminist epistemology, Adam provides a sustained critique of AI which interestingly re-enforces many of the traditional criticisms of the AI project. Artificial Knowing is an esential read for those interested in gender studies, science and technology studies, and philosophical debates in AI.

  17. 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.

  18. Artificial tears potpourri: a literature review

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    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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  1. Natural and artificial spectral edges in exoplanets

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    Lingam, Manasvi; Loeb, Abraham

    2017-09-01

    Technological civilizations may rely upon large-scale photovoltaic arrays to harness energy from their host star. Photovoltaic materials, such as silicon, possess distinctive spectral features, including an 'artificial edge' that is characteristically shifted in wavelength shortwards of the 'red edge' of vegetation. Future observations of reflected light from exoplanets would be able to detect both natural and artificial edges photometrically, if a significant fraction of the planet's surface is covered by vegetation or photovoltaic arrays, respectively. The stellar energy thus tapped can be utilized for terraforming activities by transferring heat and light from the day side to the night side on tidally locked exoplanets, thereby producing detectable artefacts.

  2. 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.

  3. The Artificial Gametes and the Immaculate Conception

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    Antonio SANDU

    2016-06-01

    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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  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 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Comparison of artificial inoculation methods for studying ...

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    divya

    2013-05-01

    May 1, 2013 ... Establishment of disease by artificial inoculation is essential for studies of various aspects of plant pathology. Keeping this in mind .... three to four days under cool white fluorescent light (2,000 lux) followed by 2 days ... and placed in growth chambers at 25°C and 70% relative humidity. The Petri plates were ...

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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…

  14. 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.

  15. 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)

  16. 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.

  17. Assessment on problems associated with artificial insemination ...

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    cattle owners, 3 artificial insemination technicians and 8 animal health profes- sionals. The result of ... total agricultural GDP and 16 to 17% of national foreign currency earnings. (Fitaweke ... Cattle breeding in Ethiopia are mostly uncontrolled making genetic improve- ment difficult ... with total human population of 14,648.

  18. 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

  19. 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)

  20. 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.

  1. [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.

  2. 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.

  3. Negative Refractive Index in Artificial Metamaterials

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    Grigorenko, A. N.

    2006-01-01

    We discuss optical constants in artificial metamaterials showing negative magnetic permeability and electric permittivity. Using effective field theory, we calculate effective permeability of nanofabricated media composed of pairs of identical gold nano-pillars with magnetic response in the visible spectrum.

  4. Individual strategies in artificial grammar learning

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    Visser, I.; Raijmakers, M.E.J.; Pothos, E.M.

    2009-01-01

    Artificial grammar learning (AGL) has been used extensively to study theories of learning, but compelling conclusions cannot be drawn without an analysis of individual strategies. We describe a new statistical method for doing so, based on the increasingly popular framework of latent variable

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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…

  8. 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.

  9. Requirements for an artificial intervertebral disc

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    Eijkelkamp, MF; van Donkelaar, CC; Veldhuizen, AG; van Horn, [No Value; Huyghe, JM; Verkerke, GJ

    Intervertebral disc degeneration is an important social and economic problem. Presently available artificial intervertebral discs (AIDs) are insufficient and the main surgical intervention is still spinal fusion. The objective of the present study is to present a list of requirements for the

  10. Magnetic skyrmion-based artificial neuron device

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    Li, Sai; Kang, Wang; Huang, Yangqi; Zhang, Xichao; Zhou, Yan; Zhao, Weisheng

    2017-08-01

    Neuromorphic computing, inspired by the biological nervous system, has attracted considerable attention. Intensive research has been conducted in this field for developing artificial synapses and neurons, attempting to mimic the behaviors of biological synapses and neurons, which are two basic elements of a human brain. Recently, magnetic skyrmions have been investigated as promising candidates in neuromorphic computing design owing to their topologically protected particle-like behaviors, nanoscale size and low driving current density. In one of our previous studies, a skyrmion-based artificial synapse was proposed, with which both short-term plasticity and long-term potentiation functions have been demonstrated. In this work, we further report on a skyrmion-based artificial neuron by exploiting the tunable current-driven skyrmion motion dynamics, mimicking the leaky-integrate-fire function of a biological neuron. With a simple single-device implementation, this proposed artificial neuron may enable us to build a dense and energy-efficient spiking neuromorphic computing system.

  11. A metal ion regulated artificial metalloenzyme

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    Bersellini, Manuela; Roelfes, Gerard

    2017-01-01

    Regulation of enzyme activity is essential in living cells. The rapidly increasing number of designer enzymes with new-to-nature activities makes it necessary to develop novel strategies for controlling their catalytic activity. Here we present the development of a metal ion regulated artificial met

  12. 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...

  13. The Nexus between Artificial Intelligence and Economics

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    van de Gevel, A.J.W.; Noussair, C.N.

    2012-01-01

    This book is organized as follows. Section 2 introduces the notion of the Singularity, a stage in development in which technological progress and economic growth increase at a near-infinite rate. Section 3 describes what artificial intelligence is and how it has been applied. Section 4 considers

  14. Artificial night lighting inhibits feeding in moths

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    Langevelde, Van Frank; Grunsven, Van Roy H.A.; Veenendaal, Elmar M.; Fijen, Thijs P.M.

    2017-01-01

    One major, yet poorly studied, change in the environment is nocturnal light pollution, which strongly alters habitats of nocturnally active species. Artificial night lighting is often considered as driving force behind rapid moth population declines in severely illuminated countries. To understand

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. Swimming dynamics of bidirectional artificial flagella

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    Namdeo, S.; Khaderi, S. N.; Onck, P. R.

    2013-01-01

    We study magnetic artificial flagella whose swimming speed and direction can be controlled using light and magnetic field as external triggers. The dependence of the swimming velocity on the system parameters (e. g., length, stiffness, fluid viscosity, and magnetic field) is explored using a

  19. Acute appendicitis diagnosis using artificial neural networks.

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    Park, Sung Yun; Kim, Sung Min

    2015-01-01

    Artificial neural networks is one of pattern analyzer method which are rapidly applied on a bio-medical field. The aim of this research was to propose an appendicitis diagnosis system using artificial neural networks (ANNs). Data from 801 patients of the university hospital in Dongguk were used to construct artificial neural networks for diagnosing appendicitis and acute appendicitis. A radial basis function neural network structure (RBF), a multilayer neural network structure (MLNN), and a probabilistic neural network structure (PNN) were used for artificial neural network models. The Alvarado clinical scoring system was used for comparison with the ANNs. The accuracy of the RBF, PNN, MLNN, and Alvarado was 99.80%, 99.41%, 97.84%, and 72.19%, respectively. The area under ROC (receiver operating characteristic) curve of RBF, PNN, MLNN, and Alvarado was 0.998, 0.993, 0.985, and 0.633, respectively. The proposed models using ANNs for diagnosing appendicitis showed good performances, and were significantly better than the Alvarado clinical scoring system (p < 0.001). With cooperation among facilities, the accuracy for diagnosing this serious health condition can be improved.

  20. Eye Movements in Implicit Artificial Grammar Learning

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    Silva, Susana; Inácio, Filomena; Folia, Vasiliki; Petersson, Karl Magnus

    2017-01-01

    Artificial grammar learning (AGL) has been probed with forced-choice behavioral tests (active tests). Recent attempts to probe the outcomes of learning (implicitly acquired knowledge) with eye-movement responses (passive tests) have shown null results. However, these latter studies have not tested for sensitivity effects, for example, increased…

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  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. 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.

  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. 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…

  8. Artificial Intelligence, Computational Thinking, and Mathematics Education

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    Gadanidis, George

    2017-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI), computational thinking (CT), and mathematics education (ME) for young students (K-8). Specifically, it focuses on three key elements that are common to AI, CT and ME: agency, modeling of phenomena and abstracting concepts beyond specific instances.…

  9. Artificial Intelligence Applications to Fire Management

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    Don J. Latham

    1987-01-01

    Artificial intelligence could be used in Forest Service fire management and land-use planning to a larger degree than is now done. Robots, for example, could be programmed to monitor for fire and insect activity, to keep track of wildlife, and to do elementary thinking about the environment. Catching up with the fast-changing technology is imperative.

  10. Educação permanente com os auxiliares de enfermagem da Estratégia Saúde da Família em Sobral, Ceará Continuing education with nursing assistants from the Family Health Strategy in Sobral, Ceará

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    Aldiania Carlos Balbino

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available A proposta da Política Nacional de Educação Permanente em Saúde (PNEPS é a formação e o desenvolvimento dos trabalhadores para o Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS. A partir desse pressuposto, o objetivo deste estudo foi analisar a percepção dos auxiliares de enfermagem sobre o processo de Educação Permanente (EP que vem sendo realizado pela Escola de Formação em Saúde da Família Visconde de Sabóia (EFSFVS em Sobral, Ceará, Brasil. Desenvolveu-se um estudo exploratório-descritivo de natureza qualitativa com dez auxiliares de enfermagem que participaram pelo menos uma vez das atividades de EP desenvolvidas pela Coordenação de EP de Sobral. Os dados foram coletados por meio da técnica de grupo focal, e os resultados, analisados a partir do discurso do sujeito coletivo. Os resultados evidenciaram que houve mudanças na prática dos auxiliares de enfermagem após a inserção destes nas atividades de EP através do apoderamento e aperfeiçoamento de competências (habilidades, atitudes e conhecimentos. Destarte, faz-se necessária a permanência desses trabalhadores no processo de EP, assim como de avaliação sistemática nesse processo, para que se alcance uma prática profissional eficiente e transformadora, pelo aprender constante, qualificando a atenção à saúde.The proposal set forth by the National Policy on Continuing Education in Health (PNEPS is to train and develop workers for the Unified Health System (SUS. Based on this assumption, the purpose of this study was to analyze the perceptions nursing assistants have about the Continuing Education (CE process being carried out by the Visconde de Sabóia School for Education in Family Health (EFSFVS, in Sobral, state of Ceará, Brazil. A qualitative descriptive-exploratory study was undertaken involving ten nursing assistants who participated at least once in the CE activities undertaken by the Sobral CE Coordination. Data were collected through focus group techniques, and

  11. Cotton genotypes selection through artificial neural networks.

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    Júnior, E G Silva; Cardoso, D B O; Reis, M C; Nascimento, A F O; Bortolin, D I; Martins, M R; Sousa, L B

    2017-09-27

    Breeding programs currently use statistical analysis to assist in the identification of superior genotypes at various stages of a cultivar's development. Differently from these analyses, the computational intelligence approach has been little explored in genetic improvement of cotton. Thus, this study was carried out with the objective of presenting the use of artificial neural networks as auxiliary tools in the improvement of the cotton to improve fiber quality. To demonstrate the applicability of this approach, this research was carried out using the evaluation data of 40 genotypes. In order to classify the genotypes for fiber quality, the artificial neural networks were trained with replicate data of 20 genotypes of cotton evaluated in the harvests of 2013/14 and 2014/15, regarding fiber length, uniformity of length, fiber strength, micronaire index, elongation, short fiber index, maturity index, reflectance degree, and fiber quality index. This quality index was estimated by means of a weighted average on the determined score (1 to 5) of each characteristic of the HVI evaluated, according to its industry standards. The artificial neural networks presented a high capacity of correct classification of the 20 selected genotypes based on the fiber quality index, so that when using fiber length associated with the short fiber index, fiber maturation, and micronaire index, the artificial neural networks presented better results than using only fiber length and previous associations. It was also observed that to submit data of means of new genotypes to the neural networks trained with data of repetition, provides better results of classification of the genotypes. When observing the results obtained in the present study, it was verified that the artificial neural networks present great potential to be used in the different stages of a genetic improvement program of the cotton, aiming at the improvement of the fiber quality of the future cultivars.

  12. Predicting Water Levels at Kainji Dam Using Artificial Neural Networks

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    Predicting Water Levels at Kainji Dam Using Artificial Neural Networks. ... The aim of this study is to develop artificial neural network models for predicting water levels at Kainji Dam, which supplies water to Nigeria's largest ... Article Metrics.

  13. 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.

  14. 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 ...

  15. Artificial light at night inhibits mating in a geometrid moth

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    van Geffen, Koert G.; van Eck, Emiel; de Boer, Rens A.; van Grunsven, Roy H. A.; Salis, Lucia; Berendse, Frank; Veenendaal, Elmar M.

    Levels of artificial night lighting are increasing rapidly worldwide, subjecting nocturnal organisms to a major change in their environment. Many moth species are strongly attracted to sources of artificial night lighting, with potentially severe, yet poorly studied, consequences for development,

  16. Profile of students registered in nursing auxiliary and technician courses of the Nursing Worker Professionalization Project (PROFAE in Rio de Janeiro - Brazil Perfil de los alumnos que ingresaron a los cursos para auxiliar y técnico de enfermería del Proyecto de Profesionalización de los Trabajadores del Área de Enfermería (PROFAE en Rio de Janeiro - Brasil Perfil dos alunos ingressos nos cursos de auxiliar e técnico de enfermagem do Projeto de Profissionalização dos Trabalhadores da Área de Enfermagem (PROFAE no Rio de Janeiro - Brasil

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    Beatriz Guitton Renaud Baptista de Oliveira

    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper aims to present a profile of students registered in the Professional Training Courses for Nursing Auxiliaries and Complementation Courses for Nursing Technicians of the Nursing Worker Professionalization Project - PROFAE. This quantitative study was carried out in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 2004 to January 2005, through the application of 1,400 questionnaires. Data analysis used descriptive statistics, with simple frequencies and percentages. After tabulation, data were divided in the following categories: sociodemographic data, educational background, family profile, habits, professional activity, salary range, expectations about PROFAE and nursing, difficulties to participate in the project and the teaching-learning process. Students/workers graduated from the PROFAE program tend to improve the quality of hospital and outpatient care, contributing to labor market dynamics in the health sector.Este trabajo busca presentar el perfil de los alumnos que ingresaron a los cursos de Calificación Profesional para Auxiliar de Enfermería y complementación para Técnico de Enfermería del Proyecto de Profesionalización de los trabajadores del Área de Enfermería. Esta es una investigación cuantitativa, desarrollada en el Estado de Rio de Janeiro, en el período de agosto del 2004 a enero del 2005, con aplicación de 1.400 cuestionarios. Los datos fueron tratados con estadística descriptiva, bajo la forma de frecuencia simple y porcentaje. Después de tabular los datos, fueron divididos en las siguientes categorías: datos sociodemográficos, formación escolar, perfil familiar, hábitos, actuación profesional, piso salarial, expectativas acerca de PROFAE y de la enfermería, dificultades para participar del Proyecto y proceso de enseñanza-aprendizaje. Los alumnos/trabajadores formados por el PROFAE tienden a mejorar la calidad de la atención hospitalaria y ambulatoria, contribuyendo con la dinámica del mercado

  17. 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.

  18. 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. 

  19. 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.

  20. USO DA ULTRA-SONOGRAFIA EM FÊMEAS SUÍNAS SUBMETIDAS A ACASALAMENTO NATURAL OU INSEMINAÇÃO ARTIFICIAL

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    MARTINS, José Reinaldo

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Nucleus Animalium, v.1, n.1, maio 2009The reproductive performance is of great importance in the economic efficiency of pig activity.Within this context, the modern pig farming has great advances in reproductive highlighting the use of artificialinsemination, natural mating, and even controlled the early diagnosis of pregnancy by ultrasound. This studyaimed to use ultrasound in the diagnosis of pregnancy of sows, determining the best period for its implementation,and evaluate the reproductive efficiency in the use of artificial insemination and natural mating. Were carried outultrasound scans in both transabdominais antimere of each animal. The minimum period of gestation of sows fordiagnosis performed by ultrasound was 20 days, showing to be a quick look, high accuracy and can be used as an auxiliary method to improve reproductive efficiency in this species.O desempenho reprodutivo tem grande importância na eficiência econômica da atividade suinícola.Dentro desse contexto, a suinocultura moderna conta com grandes avanços na área reprodutiva destacando-se ouso da inseminação artificial, acasalamentos naturais controlados e até mesmo o diagnóstico precoce de gestaçãoatravés da ultra-sonografia. O presente trabalho teve como objetivo utilizar a ultra-sonografia no diagnósticode gestação de fêmeas suínas, determinando o melhor período para sua aplicação, e ainda avaliar a eficiênciareprodutiva na utilização da inseminação artificial e acasalamento natural. Foram realizados exames ultrasonográficostransabdominais em ambos os antímeros de cada animal. O tempo mínimo de gestação das fêmeassuínas para diagnóstico realizado por ultra-sonografia foi de 20 dias, mostrando ser um exame rápido, de altaacurácia, podendo ser utilizado como método auxiliar para melhorar a eficiência reprodutiva nesta espécie.

  1. 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...

  2. 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 §...

  3. [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.

  4. 21 CFR 150.161 - Artificially sweetened fruit preserves and jams.

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    2010-04-01

    ... an artificial sweetening ingredient as specified in paragraph (c) of this section, and with or... pectin, carrageenan, or salts of carrageenan standardized with nutritive sweetener, no nutritive... artificially sweetened fruit preserves or artificially sweetened fruit jam. (c) The artificial...

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Artificial living crystals in confined environment.

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    Yang, Wen; Misko, Vyacheslav R; Tempere, Jacques; Kong, Minghui; Peeters, Francois M

    2017-06-01

    Similar to the spontaneous formation of colonies of bacteria, flocks of birds, or schools of fish, "living crystals" can be formed by artificial self-propelled particles such as Janus colloids. Unlike usual solids, these "crystals" are far from thermodynamic equilibrium. They fluctuate in time forming a crystalline structure, breaking apart and re-forming again. We propose a method to stabilize living crystals by applying a weak confinement potential that does not suppress the ability of the particles to perform self-propelled motion, but it stabilizes the structure and shape of the dynamical clusters. This gives rise to such configurations of living crystals as "living shells" formed by Janus colloids. Moreover, the shape of the stable living clusters can be controlled by tuning the potential strength. Our proposal can be verified experimentally with either artificial microswimmers such as Janus colloids, or with living active matter.

  10. 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.

  11. Upper Hybrid Effects in Artificial Ionization

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    Papadopoulos, K.; Eliasson, B. E.

    2014-12-01

    A most fascinating result of recent ionospheric experiments has been the discovery of artificial ionization by Pedersen et al. (GRL, 37, L02106, 2010). The Artificial Ionospheric Layers (AIL) were the result of F-region O-mode HF irradiation using the HAARP ionospheric heater operating at 3.6 MW power. As demonstrated by Eliasson et al. (JGR, 117, A10321, 2012) the physics controlling the observed phenomenon and its threshold can be summarized as: " Collisional ionization due to high energy (~ 20 eV) electron tails generated by the interaction of strong Langmuir turbulence with plasma heated at the upper hybrid resonance and transported at the reflection height". The objective of the current presentation is to explore the role of the upper hybrid heating in the formation of AIL and its implications to future experiments involving HF heaters operating in middle and equatorial latitudes.

  12. 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...

  13. Artificial Structural Color Pixels: A Review

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    Zhao, Yuqian; Zhao, Yong; Hu, Sheng; Lv, Jiangtao; Ying, Yu; Gervinskas, Gediminas; Si, Guangyuan

    2017-01-01

    Inspired by natural photonic structures (Morpho butterfly, for instance), researchers have demonstrated varying artificial color display devices using different designs. Photonic-crystal/plasmonic color filters have drawn increasing attention most recently. In this review article, we show the developing trend of artificial structural color pixels from photonic crystals to plasmonic nanostructures. Such devices normally utilize the distinctive optical features of photonic/plasmon resonance, resulting in high compatibility with current display and imaging technologies. Moreover, dynamical color filtering devices are highly desirable because tunable optical components are critical for developing new optical platforms which can be integrated or combined with other existing imaging and display techniques. Thus, extensive promising potential applications have been triggered and enabled including more abundant functionalities in integrated optics and nanophotonics. PMID:28805736

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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...... failure" which is main concentration of the current research and "liquefaction failure". Shear failures along shear planes occur when the shear stress along the sliding surfaces exceed the effective shear strength. These slides have been referred to as landslide. An expert system based on artificial...

  20. 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...