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  1. Pan-Baltic Linas Libikas - sometimes Hobbes, sometimes Calvin / Linas Libikas ; interv. Ingrid Nielsen

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    Libikas, Linas

    2004-01-01

    Coca-Cola HBC Eesti AS-i turundusjuht olukorrast Baltimaade reklaamiturul, turundusspetsialistide sagedase töökohavahetamise võimalikest põhjustest ning oma eesmärkidest ettevõtte eesotsas. Lisa: Linas Libikas

  2. Jüri Lina kui tegelikkusele osutav Patagoonia šamaan / Jüri Lina ; intervjueerinud Ingrid Peek

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    Lina, Jüri, 1949-

    2011-01-01

    2.-5. juunini Tallinnas kinos Sõprus toimuva festivali "Hallo, Kosmos!" raames 2. juunil esilinastuvast Jüri Lina filmist "Täitmatu Uroboros. Massoonide salakaval taktika", tema uuringute põhjusest. Festivali "Hallo, Kosmos!" kavast

  3. Endurance testing with Li/Na electrolyte

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    Ong, E.T.; Remick, R.J.; Sishtla, C.I. [Institute of Gas Technology, Des Plaines, IL (United States)

    1996-12-31

    The Institute of Gas Technology (IGT), under subcontract to M-C Power Corporation under DOE funding, has been operating bench-scale fuel cells to investigate the performance and endurance issues of the Li/Na electrolyte because it offers higher ionic conductivity, higher exchange current densities, lower vapor pressures, and lower cathode dissolution rates than the Li/K electrolyte. These cells have continued to show higher performance and lower decay rates than the Li/K cells since the publication of our two previous papers in 1994. In this paper, test results of two long-term 100-cm{sup 2} bench scale cells are discussed. One cell operated continuously at 160 mA/cm{sup 2} for 17,000 hours with reference gases (60H{sub 2}/20CO{sub 2}/20H{sub 2}O fuel at 75% utilization and 30CO{sub 2}/70 air oxidant humidified at room temperature at 50% utilization). The other cell operated at 160 mA/cm{sup 2} for 6900 hours at 3 atm with system gases (64H{sub 2}/16CO{sub 2}/20H{sub 2}O at 75% utilization and an M-C Power system-defined oxidant at 40% utilization). Both cells have shown the highest performance and longest endurance among IGT cells operated to date.

  4. Welcome speech by H. E. Linas Linkevicius, minister of national defence of the Republic of Lithuania / Linas Linkevicius

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    Linkevicius, Linas

    2003-01-01

    Leedu kaitseministri Linas Linkeviciuse avaettekanne Balti ja Lõuna-Kaukaasia riikide vahelisest poliitilis-sõjalisest koostööst 22.-23. septembrini 2003 Vilniuses toimunud seminaril "South Caucasus: making the best use of external assistance for stability building and for co-operation with NATO"

  5. USA kahepaiksest mängust / Jüri Lina

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    Lina, Jüri, 1949-

    2000-01-01

    Sama artikkel on ilmunud ka Eesti 2000 : sõltumatu almanahh ühiskonna ja vaimuelu küsimustes nr. 4 ja nr. 6. Autori väitel on USA muu hulgas huvitatud maakera rahvastiku drastilisest vähendamisest, seepärast ongi pärast Teist maailmasõda kunstlikult lõkkele puhutud sadu sõjalisi konflikte. Lisatud Jüri Lina lühielulugu lk. 23

  6. The importance of a lasting impression / Linas Linkevicius ; interv. Steven Paulikas

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    Linkevicius, Linas

    2003-01-01

    Leedu kaitseminister Linas Linkevicius räägib rahvusvahelistes rahuvalveoperatsioonides osalemise tähtsusest, Leedu - USA tihedast koostööst ning käimasoleva presidendiskandaali mõjust Leedu rahvusvahelisele mainele

  7. Raamat Hüpist aitab rahutuid lapsi mõista / Maret Lina ; interv. Liisi Seil

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    Lina, Maret

    2007-01-01

    Viljandi maagümnaasiumi sotsiaalpedagoog Maret Lina esitles hiljuti raamatut "Minu armas Hüpi", milles ta jagab kogemusi hüperaktiivse lapse kasvatamisest. Vestlus autoriga. Kommenteerib Eesti Lastefondi juhataja Sirje Grossmann-Loot

  8. Kinetic and sequence-structure-function analysis of known LinA variants with different hexachlorocyclohexane isomers.

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    Pooja Sharma

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Here we report specific activities of all seven naturally occurring LinA variants towards three different isomers, α, γ and δ, of a priority persistent pollutant, hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH. Sequence-structure-function differences contributing to the differences in their stereospecificity for α-, γ-, and δ-HCH and enantiospecificity for (+- and (--α -HCH are also discussed. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Enzyme kinetic studies were performed with purified LinA variants. Models of LinA2(B90A A110T, A111C, A110T/A111C and LinA1(B90A were constructed using the FoldX computer algorithm. Turnover rates (min(-1 showed that the LinAs exhibited differential substrate affinity amongst the four HCH isomers tested. α-HCH was found to be the most preferred substrate by all LinA's, followed by the γ and then δ isomer. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The kinetic observations suggest that LinA-γ1-7 is the best variant for developing an enzyme-based bioremediation technology for HCH. The majority of the sequence variation in the various linA genes that have been isolated is not neutral, but alters the enantio- and stereoselectivity of the encoded proteins.

  9. Muuseumihoone autorid : minevikuga tuleb silmitsi seista / Tsuyoshi Tane, Lina Ghotmeh, Dan Dorell ; interv. Ave Randviir

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    Tane, Tsuyoshi

    2006-01-01

    Eesti Rahva Muuseumi arhitektuurivõistluse võiduprojekti autorid Tsuyoshi Tane, Lina Ghometh ja Dan Dorell omavahelisest koostööst, võistlustööst, vastuseid kriitikale. Teistest premeeritud projektidest. Ave Randviiru kommentaar "Võidutöö teeb ajaloole psühhoanalüüsi"

  10. Nano-glass ceramic cathodes for Li+/Na+ mixed-ion batteries

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    He, Wen; Zhang, Xudong; Jin, Chao

    2017-01-01

    reactions, and the influences of molar ratio of Fe/V on the structure and electrochemical properties of NGCs. This nanoscale design offers a new possibility improved the electrochemical performances of Li+/Na+ mixed-ion batteries (LNMIBs). The NGCs-3 electrode exhibits a higher discharge capacity (145 mAh g...

  11. Biodegradation of γ-hexachlorocyclohexane by transgenic hairy root cultures of Cucurbita moschata that accumulate recombinant bacterial LinA.

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    Nanasato, Yoshihiko; Namiki, Sayuri; Oshima, Masao; Moriuchi, Ryota; Konagaya, Ken-Ichi; Seike, Nobuyasu; Otani, Takashi; Nagata, Yuji; Tsuda, Masataka; Tabei, Yutaka

    2016-09-01

    γ-HCH was successfully degraded using LinA-expressed transgenic hairy root cultures of Cucurbita moschata . Fusing an endoplasmic reticulum-targeting signal peptide to LinA was essential for stable accumulation in the hairy roots. The pesticide γ-hexachlorocyclohexane (γ-HCH) is a persistent organic pollutant (POP) that raises public health and environmental pollution concerns worldwide. Although several isolates of γ-HCH-degrading bacteria are available, inoculating them directly into γ-HCH-contaminated soil is ineffective because of the bacterial survival rate. Cucurbita species incorporate significant amounts of POPs from soils compared with other plant species. Here, we describe a novel bioremediation strategy that combines the bacterial degradation of γ-HCH and the efficient uptake of γ-HCH by Cucurbita species. We produced transgenic hairy root cultures of Cucurbita moschata that expressed recombinant bacterial linA, isolated from the bacterium Sphingobium japonicum UT26. The LinA protein was accumulated stably in the hairy root cultures by fusing an endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-targeting signal peptide to LinA. Then, we demonstrated that the cultures degraded more than 90 % of γ-HCH (1 ppm) overnight and produced the γ-HCH metabolite 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene, indicating that LinA degraded γ-HCH. These results indicate that the gene linA has high potential for phytoremediation of environmental γ-HCH.

  12. Assessment of mercury contamination in the Bílina River (Czech Republic using indicator fish

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    Kamila Kružíková

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to determine mercury content in the muscle of indicator fish and to assess mercury pollution along the Bílina River, which is one of the most important tributaries of the Elbe River. A total of eight sites were chosen on the Bílina River for sampling. Indicator fish chub (Leuciscus cephalus L, roach (Rutilus rutilus L. and brown trout (Salmo trutta m. fario L. in the total numbers of 24, 26 and 27, respectively, were sampled at four locations, since at the remaining sites fish were absent. Mercury concentrations in the muscle of sampled indicator fish were measured using cold vapour atomic absorption spectrometry on an AMA 254 analyser. The highest mercury content (0.12 ± 0.027 mg·kg-1 was found in the muscle of roach at the Ústí nad Labem site and the lowest mercury content (0.04 ± 0.008 mg·kg-1 in the muscle of brown trout from the Březenec (the first upstream site site. A significant difference (P -1 and brown trout (0.04 mg·kg-1 at the Březenec site. The priority of this study was to assess the mercury contamination of the Bílina River because this river flows through a heavy industrial activity in the region (especially production of petrochemicals, agrochemicals, sorbents, plasticizers and textile auxiliaries. Despite the fact that the Bílina is an extensively polluted river, the obtained mercury results were very low and did not exceed the limit of 0.5 mg·kg-1 set by Commission Regulation No. 1881/2006.

  13. Jüri Lina : "Rain Tolk pöördugu kiiremas korras psühhiaatri poole!" / Kadi Viljak

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    Viljak, Kadi

    2003-01-01

    Poliitikuid pilav Rain Tolki ja Ken Saani pseudodokumentaalfilm "Welcome To Estonia" : režissöör Andres Maimik. Filmis oma seisukohtadega esinev Jüri Lina on nördinud enda alatu ärakasutamise üle

  14. Lina, uma criança exemplar! Friedrich Froebel e a pedagogia dos jardins-de-infância

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    Alessandra Arce

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available This work analyses an important text written by Friedrich Froebel (1782- 1852, creator of the Kindergartens. The text, entitled "On how Lina learnt to read and write: a story for children who like to be busy", explains, in story form, the most important educational principles of Froebel. The aim of this paper is to present the ideas of the author with regard to how one ought to think and practice education for early childhood, taking the story as the starting point. The ideas of one of the pioneers of education for early childhood (children of less than six years of age are re-discussed since it is considered that his educational theory presents the seeds for current discussions in favour of constructing a Pedagogy for Child Education.

  15. Mismatch discrimination of lipidated DNA and LNA-probes (LiNAs) in hybridization-controlled liposome assembly

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    Jakobsen, Ulla; Vogel, Stefan

    2016-01-01

    Assays for mismatch discrimination and detection of single nucleotide variations by hybridization-controlled assembly of liposomes, which do not require tedious surface chemistry, are versatile for both DNA and RNA targets. We report herein a comprehensive study on different DNA and LNA (locked...... assay in the context of mismatch discrimination and SNP detection are presented. The advantages of membrane-anchored LiNA-probes compared to chemically attached probes on solid nanoparticles (e.g. gold nanoparticles) are described. Key functionalities such as non-covalent attachment of LiNA probes...... without the need for long spacers and the inherent mobility of membrane-anchored probes in lipid-bilayer membranes will be described for several different probe designs....

  16. Metabolomics of hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) transformation: ratio of LinA to LinB determines metabolic fate of HCH isomers.

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    Geueke, Birgit; Garg, Nidhi; Ghosh, Sneha; Fleischmann, Thomas; Holliger, Christof; Lal, Rup; Kohler, Hans-Peter E

    2013-04-01

    Although the production and use of technical hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) and lindane (the purified insecticidal isomer γ-HCH) are prohibited in most countries, residual concentrations still constitute an immense environmental burden. Many studies describe the mineralization of γ-HCH by bacterial strains under aerobic conditions. However, the metabolic fate of the other HCH isomers is not well known. In this study, we investigated the transformation of α-, β-, γ-, δ-, ε-HCH, and a heptachlorocyclohexane isomer in the presence of varying ratios of the two enzymes that initiate γ-HCH degradation, a dehydrochlorinase (LinA) and a haloalkane dehalogenase (LinB). Each substrate yielded a unique metabolic profile that was strongly dependent on the enzyme ratio. Comparison of these results to those of in vivo experiments with different bacterial isolates showed that HCH transformation in the tested strains was highly optimized towards productive metabolism of γ-HCH and that under these conditions other HCH-isomers were metabolized to mixtures of dehydrochlorinated and hydroxylated side-products. In view of these results, bioremediation efforts need very careful planning and toxicities of accumulating metabolites need to be evaluated. © 2012 Society for Applied Microbiology and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  17. Assessment of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon contamination of the Bílina River (Czech Republic using passive water samplers and fish biliary metabolites

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    Jana Blahová

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to assess polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH contamination on the Bílina River (the Czech Republic by measurement of three PAH biliary metabolites in fish and 16 PAHs in passive samplers. A total of sixty-one fish were collected; the indicator species were chub (Leuciscus cephalus L.; n = 25, roach (Rutilus rutilus L.; n = 17 and brown trout (Salmo trutta m. fario L.; n = 19. Three biliary PAH metabolites were measured: 1-hydroxypyrene (1-OHP, 2-naphtol, and 1-hydroxyphenanthrene, but only 1-OHP was detected in all fish. The highest median value of 32.3 ng·mg-1of 1-OHP was found at Ústí nad Labem, while the lowest median value of 27.6 ng·mg-1was found in the control site, Březenec. No significant differences (P < 0.05 among the sites were found. The highest concentration of PAH was detected in Litvínov-Záluží (172.0 ng·l-1 and the lowest concentration (7.9 ng·l-1 was detected in Březenec. A positive, but non-significant correlation (rs = 0.8 was confirmed between biliary 1-OHP and total PAH in passive samplers. These results indicate the highest pollution in the middle stretches of the Bílina River, especially at Litvínov-Záluží. We confirmed 1-OHP as the most prevalent PAH biliary metabolite in fish that could be used as a biomarker for assessment of PAH pollution of the aquatic ecosystem. The main importance of the present study is in the combination of biochemical and chemical monitoring that provides complex evaluation of aquatic environment contamination. It was the first study on the Bílina River, in which the assessment of PAH contamination in the aquatic ecosystem was realized using combination of biotic and abiotic monitoring.

  18. Assessing relationships between chemical exposure, parasite infection, fish health, and fish ecological status: a case study using chub (Leuciscus cephalus) in the Bílina River, Czech Republic.

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    Wenger, Michael; Ondracková, Markéta; Machala, Miroslav; Neca, Jirí; Hyrsl, Pavel; Simková, Andrea; Jurajda, Pavel; von der Ohe, Peter; Segner, Helmut

    2010-02-01

    Multiple stressor scenarios, as they are relevant in many watersheds, call for approaches extending beyond conventional chemical-focused approaches. The present study, investigated the fish population, represented by chub (Leuciscus cephalus), in the Bílina River (Czech Republic), which is impacted by various pollution sources and might pose a risk on the fish population. To confirm or reject this hypothesis it was examined whether there exists an association between abundance of chub and exposure to toxic chemicals as well as natural stressors, represented by parasites, and whether health-related suborganismal traits, namely, organ indices, tissue histopathology, and immune parameters, would help in revealing relationships between stressor impact and population status. Toxic pressure was assessed by the toxic unit approach, which gives an integrative estimate of toxic effect concentrations and by measuring the biomarkers cytochrome P4501A and vitellogenin, which indicate exposure to bioavailable arylhydrocarbon- or estrogen receptor ligands. Parasite pressure was estimated by determining abundance and species composition of ecto- and endoparasites of chub. Chub abundance was high upstream in the Bílina, low to zero in the middle stretches, and increased again downstream. Toxic pressure increased in the downstream direction, while parasite intensity decreased in this direction. Health status of chub did not differ clearly between up-, middle-, and downstream sites. Thus, it appears that neither toxic pressure nor parasite pressure nor their combination translates into a change of chub health status. By using varied assessment tools, this study provides evidence against a presumed causative role of toxicants impairing the fish ecological status of the Bílina River. Copyright 2009 SETAC.

  19. Structural transformation during Li/Na insertion and theoretical cyclic voltammetry of the δ-NH4V4O10 electrode: a first-principles study.

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    Sarkar, Tanmay; Kumar, Parveen; Bharadwaj, Mridula Dixit; Waghmare, Umesh

    2016-04-14

    A double layer δ-NH4V4O10, due to its high energy storage capacity and excellent rate capability, is a very promising cathode material for Li-ion and Na-ion batteries for large-scale renewable energy storage in transportation and smart grids. While it possesses better stability, and higher ionic and electronic conductivity than the most widely explored V2O5, the mechanisms of its cyclability are yet to be understood. Here, we present a theoretical cyclic voltammetry as a tool based on first-principles calculations, and uncover structural transformations that occur during Li(+)/Na(+) insertion (x) into (Lix/Nax)NH4V4O10. Structural distortions associated with single-phase and multi-phase structural changes during the insertion of Li(+)/Na(+), identified through the analysis of voltage profile and theoretical cyclic voltammetry are in agreement with the reported experimental electrochemical measurements on δ-NH4V4O10. We obtain an insight into its electronic structure with a lower band gap that is responsible for the high rate capability of (Lix/Nax) δ-NH4V4O10. The scheme of theoretical cyclic voltammetry presented here will be useful for addressing issues of cyclability and energy rate in other electrode materials.

  20. Oralidade e memória: o registro audiovisual de A história de Lélio e Lina de Guimarães Rosa

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    Eleni Ferreira de Souza Gonçalves

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho aborda as questões da memória e da oralidade na narrativa de Guimarães Rosa. Adotamos uma análise comparativa entre a novela A história de Lélio e Lina e o respectivo registro oral – em forma de documentário – feito pelos Grupos de Contadores de Histórias de Cordisburgo e do Morro da Garça, em Minas Gerais. Analisamos no texto roseano transposto para o suporte audiovisual o que se mantém em um e outro e verificamos os possíveis efeitos que causam ao leitor e ao espectador. Na transposição, se a memória do texto escrito permanece, os elementos da oralidade e da memória sertaneja adquirem outra dimensão na fala dos narradores. Referenciamo-nos no livro A memória Coletiva, de Maurice Halbwachs, e na entrevista de Guimarães Rosa a Gunter Lorenz, na qual o escritor enfatiza aspectos decisivos de sua escrita, sua relação com a língua e linguagem e sua memória em relação ao sertão.

  1. Incorporation of Co into MoS2/graphene nanocomposites: One effective way to enhance the cycling stability of Li/Na storage

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    Li, Xiaomin; Feng, Zhenxing; Zai, Jiantao; Ma, Zi-Feng; Qian, Xuefeng

    2018-01-01

    Layered transition metal dichalcogenides are promising as lithium and/or sodium storage materials for lithium and sodium (Li/Na) ion batteries. However they always exhibit limited rate capability and long-term cycling stability, due to the fact that their 2D structures are easily restacking and agglomeration during cycling process and further result poor electrochemical reversibility. Herein, hierarchical Co1/3Mo2/3S2/graphene nanocomposites without CoSx and MoS2 impurities have been synthesized via one-pot solvothermal process. The incorporation of Co into MoS2 at atomic level can not only give rise to thinner and smaller nanosheets in the nanocomposites than MoS2/graphene nanocomposites, but also significantly decrease the size of in-situ formed MoS2/CoSx nanoparticles during electrochemical conversion process, which can greatly promoting the ion diffusion and suppressing the aggregation of active materials. Furthermore, the conductivity of Co1/3Mo2/3S2/graphene nanocomposites can be enhanced from 0.46 S m-1 (MoS2/graphene) to 1.39 S m-1via changing the semiconducting MoS2 to metallic Co1/3Mo2/3S2. The simultaneously optimized electron conductivity and ions diffusion dynamics of Co1/3Mo2/3S2/graphene nanocomposites can effectively improve the reversibility of electrochemical conversion reactions. A capacity of 940 mAh g-1 and 529 mAh g-1 can be maintained at 3200th cycle (2 A g-1) in lithium-ion batteries and 200th cycle (1 A g-1) in sodium-ion batteries, respectively.

  2. Baltic Sea oil spill may be inevitable / Linas Jegelevicius

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    Jegelevicius, Linas

    2011-01-01

    23.-24. märtsil Budapestis toimunud EL-i keskkonnanõukogu konverentsil märgiti, et Läänemere maad peavad olema võimalikuks naftareostuse tekkeks valmis ja räägiti ka Jaapanis juhtunud tuumakatastroofist. EL-i keskkonnavolinik Janez Potocnik leiab, et Valgevene peaks oma Leedu piiri lähedale plaanitava tuumaelektrijaama küsimuses ka Leedu huvidega arvestama

  3. "Deti iz bezdnõ" Pavla Tshuhraja" / Lina Kornejeva

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    Kornejeva, Lina

    2003-01-01

    Pavel Tshuhrai USA televisiooni miniseriaalile tehtud dokumentaalfilm holokaustist "Sügaviku lapsed" ("Children from the Abyss"/"Deti iz bezdnõ"), mille tellis Steven Spielbergi asutatud fond "Shoa"

  4. Korostõshevi linnapea Lina Kazmirskaja : "Ukrainat on 14 aastat alla surutud ja röövitud" / Lina Kazmirskaja ; interv. Niina Voropajeva

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    Kazmirskaja, Lina

    2006-01-01

    Ilmunud ka: Severnoje Poberezhje 18. jaan. lk. 2. Ukrainas asuva Korostõshevi linnapea vastab küsimustele, mis puudutavad tema karjääri ja linnaprobleeme. Vt. samas lk. 3: Niina Voropajeva. Kohtla-Järve ja Ukraina Korostõshev hakkavad koostööd tegema

  5. Desa.lina.tion - A Supply Source of Wa.ter

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    of water you can retain is very small. We in Israel, I ..... per day at an acceptable price under oexita1in condi- tions. Another .... as to create sufficient penetration of the sun rays. This device ... customer with a steady quantity and quality of water.

  6. Kazakh ties with the European Union are being successfully developed through the Baltics / Linas Jegelevicius

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    Jegelevicius, Linas

    2011-01-01

    20.-21. aprillil 2011 Eestis riigivisiidil viibinud Kasahstani president Nursultan Nazarbajev kohtus ka riigipea Toomas Hendrik Ilvesega. Kohtumisel keskenduti majandusteemadele. Visiidi ajal allkirjastatud dokumentidest

  7. Investment climate of Lithuania and advanced ruling of investments / Linas V. Karlavicius, Birute Karlaviciene

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    Karlavicius, Linas V.

    2003-01-01

    Kaanel ajak. ilmumisaeg 2002/2003. Ülevaade välisinvesteeringute riiklikust regulatsioonist, dünaamikast, investoritest riikide lõikes ja ettevõtluskeskkonna mõjust välisinvestorite tegevusele Leedu näitel

  8. Lithuanian political novice plans massive protests throughout Europe / Juozas Dautartas ; interviewed by Linas Jegelevicius

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    Dautartas, Juozas

    2011-01-01

    Leedu keskkonnaministeeriumis töötav vastloodud Leedu roheliste partei esimees räägib, et partei plaanib korraldada Valgevenesse Leedu piiri lähedale rajatava tuumaelektrijaama vastaseid meeleavaldusi ja loodab ka parlamenti pääseda

  9. Welcome Donald Trump, Baltics! The presidency to endure? / Mark Hertling, William E. Pomeranz ; intervjueeris Linas Jegelevicius

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    Hertling, Mark

    2017-01-01

    USA Euroopa vägede endine ülem kindralleitnant Mark Hertlingi ja Kennani Instituudi asedirektor William E. Pomeranz analüüsivad Ameerika Ühendriikide uue presidendi Tonald Trumpi ametisseasumise võimalikku mõju Balti riikide julgeolekule

  10. Heated squabble over Belarus marks beginning of the year / Linas Jegelevicius

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    Jegelevicius, Linas

    2011-01-01

    Leedu ekspresident Valdas Adamkus on kritiseerinud president Dalia Grybauskaite välispoliitikat Valgevene suhtes. 3. jaanuaril toimunud presidendi ja välisminister Andronius Azubalise kohtumisel räägiti ka Valgevene presidendivalimistest ja sealsest olukorrast. Dalia Grybauskaite prognoose ja eesmärke 2011. aastaks on samuti kritiseeritud. Leedu on 2011. aastal OSCE eesistuja

  11. klanke, voëlgeluide en musiek in die digkuns van Lina Spies

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    27 Jan 2006 ... 1999: 11-23), maak Spies self ook nie melding van musiek as tema nie; sy noem die. Afrikaanse digteres se “siening van die natuur, die religie, die politiek, medekunste- naars, verwantskap, digterskap” (Spies 1999: 22). Maar die digter verklaar in 'n onder- houd (Spies 2004b) dat sy drie groot passies het: ...

  12. Hefty European dough for Lithuanian media bends journalism's core / Linas Jegelevicius

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    Jegelevicius, Linas

    2011-01-01

    Euroopa Liidu projekt, mille käigus finantseeritakse kohaliku ajakirjanduse väljaandmist aastatel 2007-2013 ei pruugi olla ajakirjaduseetikaga kooskõlas. 2009. aastal läbiviidud uuringust selgus, et iga teine Leedu elanik leiab, et kättesaadavaim EL-ile toetust avaldav infoallikas on kohalik ajakirjandus

  13. Complex phosphates in the Li(Na)3PO4-InPO4 systems

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    Potapova, A.M.; Zimina, G.V.; Smirnova, I.N.; Novoselov, A.V.; Spiridonov, F.M.; Stefanovich, S.Yu.

    2008-01-01

    Subsolidus sections in the systems Li 3 PO 4 -InPO 4 (950 deg C) and Na 3 PO 4 -InPO 4 (800, 900, and 1000 deg C) have been studied by X-ray powder diffraction. The compound Li 3 In(PO 4 ) 2 has been synthesized, and the NASICON-type solid solution Li 3(1-x) In 2+x (PO 4 ) 3 (0.67 ≤ x ≤ 0.80) has been found to exist. In the system Na 3 PO 4 -InPO 4 , the solid solution Na 3(1-x) In x/3 PO 4 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.2) and two complex phosphates exist: Na 3 In(PO 4 ) 2 and Na 3 In 2 (PO 4 ) 3 . These complex phosphates are dimorphic, with the irreversible-transition temperature equal to 675 and 820 deg C, respectively. Na 3 In(PO 4 ) 2 degrades at 920 deg C. Ionic conductivity has been measured in some phases in the system [ru

  14. Baltic States get security reaffirmation from their key ally, the US / Linas Jegelevicius

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    Jegelevicius, Linas

    2016-01-01

    Riias toimunud Balti riikide presidentide ja Ameerika Ühendriikide asepresidendi Joe Bideni kohtumisel arutleti Balti riikide julgeoleku ja julgeolekualase koostöö teemadel. Joe Biden kinnitas Ameerika Ühendriikide valmisolekut tulla võimaliku rünnaku korral Balti riike kaitsma

  15. Ex-diplomacy captain slags off the government / Povilas Gylys ; interviewed by Linas Jegelevicius

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    Gylys, Povilas

    2011-01-01

    Leedu endine välisminister ei taha poliitikasse tagasi tulla, räägib Leedu majandusest ja ei ole rahul sellega, et USA presidendi Barack Obama käest kutse saanud Leedu riigipea Dalia Grybauskaite ei sõitnud Praha kohtumisele

  16. Orthopterological notes IV Notes on Indomalayan and African Pterophyl-Linae (Tettigoniidae)

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    Jong, de C.

    1960-01-01

    The present paper contains a number of new facts concerning Indomalayan Pterophyllinae, which came to my attention after the publication of my first paper on this subfamily (De Jong, 1938 1))· Further it contains the description of new species: Cymatomera blötei and Tegrolcinia karnyi, an allotype:

  17. Detention of Star I Airline's only plane causes havoc / Linas Jegelevicius

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    Jegelevicius, Linas

    2010-01-01

    Leedu lennukompanii Star1 Airlines teatas 24. septembril, et peatab kõik oma lennud kuni 2. oktoobrini. Leedu lennuaamet uurib Star1 Airlinesi finantsseisu. Paljud reisijad on jäänud lennujaamadesse. Transpordiminister Eligijus Masiulise sõnul võidakse firmalt Euroopa Liidu reeglite rikkumise tõttu lennulitsents ära võtta

  18. Põhiväärtuste kriisist Eestis / Jüri Lina ; foto: Enn Kalve

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    Lina, Jüri, 1949-

    1991-01-01

    nõukogude korra valeliku propaganda hüvanguks töötamisest, ebamoraalsest äritegevusest, põhiväärtuste normaalstaatuse taastamise hädavalikkusest kommunistliku impeeriumi mõjuvõimu alt pääsemiseks

  19. Synchrotron-Radiation X-Ray Investigation of Li+/Na+ Intercalation into Prussian Blue Analogues

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    Yutaka Moritomo

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Prussian blue analogies (PBAs are promising cathode materials for lithium ion (LIB and sodium ion (SIB secondary batteries, reflecting their covalent and nanoporous host structure. With use of synchrotron-radiation (SR X-ray source, we investigated the structural and electronic responses of the host framework of PBAs against Li+ and Na+ intercalation by means of the X-ray powder diffraction (XRD and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS. The structural investigation reveals a robust nature of the host framework against Li+ and Na+ intercalation, which is advantageous for the stability and lifetime of the batteries. The spectroscopic investigation identifies the redox processes in respective plateaus in the discharge curves. We further compare these characteristics with those of the conventional cathode materials, such as, LiCoO2, LiFePO4, and LiMn2O4.

  20. With the black market booming, alcohol producers focus on exports / Linas Jegelevicius

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    2010-01-01

    Alkoholi salakaubanduse põhjuseks on Leedu suur aktsiisimaks. President Dalia Grybauskaite pani veto aktsiisiseaduse parandustele. Leedu suurimatest alkoholitootjatest Vilniaus Degtine ja Mineraliniai Vandenys

  1. Opinion polls show Lithuania's improving moods / Vladas Gaidys ; interviewed by Linas Jegelevicius

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    Gaidys, Vladas, 1952-

    2011-01-01

    Leedu turu-uuringute keskuse pikaaegne juht räägib leedulaste hoiakutest, avaliku arvamuse küsitlustest, parteidest, president Dalia Grybauskaitest, ekspresidentidest ja märgib, et uuringud ei ole ära ostetavad

  2. Electron transfer in keV Li+-Na*(3p) collisions: Pt.2. Molecular basis model

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    Machholm, M.; Courbin, C.

    1996-01-01

    The velocity dependence of state-to-state integral cross sections for electron transfer and excitation in Li + -Na(3s, 3p) collisions is studied in the 0.05-0.3 au velocity range using the impact parameter semi-classical method and a 28-state molecular orbital basis model including a common translation factor. The initial orbital alignment dependence of electron transfer is in fair agreement with recent experiments and with atomic orbital model calculations. The main electron transfer channel from Na*(3p) is to the Li*(2p) states. The integral cross sections from an aligned or oriented Na*(3p) state to an aligned or oriented Li*(2p) state and vice versa and the corresponding alignment and orientation parameters are presented as a function of the impact velocity. (author)

  3. "Tokkroosid üle hälli ääre kaevad..." : [luuletused] / Lina Kostenko ; tlk. Harald Rajamets

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    Kostenko, Lina

    2004-01-01

    Sisu: "Tokkroosid üle hälli ääre kaevad..." ; Kolm printsessi ; "Nüüd vaikus valvab, lumi ripsmeil särav..." ; Esiisa ; "Ei elu tunne mingit korrektuuri..." ; "Ta jalutab tänavail loojaku eel..." ; "Eks muinasjutu luigelaul vist teegi..." ; "Veel hõbe-epolettidega hongad..." ; "Said kokku kaks, noor poiss ja tütarlaps..." ; "Ühes külas kusagil Podilljas..." ; Klymene ; Menestreli lauluke ; Vaarema reibas viirastus ; "Taas helgib lumi. Längus õlul loor..." ; "Ei tunne täna sind, ei iseend..." ; Eksootika ; Võõras pulm ; Ja jälle proloog ; "Hüvasti, meriõhvad! Me teame vähe teist..." ; "Sa tulid jälle, minu nukker muusa..." ; "Ma kõnnin üksi välja õhtu eel..." ; "Mul, kunstnikul - ükskõik, kas koht mul Louvreìs..." ; "Oo, au ja kuulsus - see on mõrkjas mõnu!..." ; "Naised sünnitasid, oh õnne..." ; "Nüüd jätan ootama kõik pakilise..." ; "Kuust üsna ammu juba..." ; "Üks päkapikk vommil matsutab..." ; "Kui sügis paljaks raasib kasel raod..." ; "Ei tea, kas saan Teid näha või ei saa..." ; "Kas tõesti ütles lahti Galilei..." ; Tshumakitee ; Brueghel. "Kolgata tee" ; Rouen ; "Ma astun aeda, ta on must ja kõhn..." ; Vanaaegse romansi õilmelehed ; "Üks pirnipuu, ja eemal haljas salu..." ; Ukraina fresko ; "Jääkettais kaasi kõlistavad panged..." ; "Ürginimeste asulat ja meid..." ; Shevtshenko tagasitulek ; "Jube kaleidoskoop: taas kuskil keegi hukkus..." ; Jään vihma kuulama. Mis reibas ründeretk..."

  4. Head-count cut is necessary to boost responsibility of public authorities / Alvydas Medalinskas ; interviewed by Linas Jegelevicius

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    Medalinskas, Alvydas

    2011-01-01

    Leedu kunagise poliitilise liikumise Sajudis liige räägib liikumisest, oma poliitilisest tegevusest, leiab, et praeguse Leedu suurimad saavutused on liitumine EL-i ja NATO-ga ning ta ei usu, et Andrius Kubilius jätkab peaministrina ka pärast parlamendivalimisi

  5. The different Li/Na ion storage mechanisms of nano Sb2O3 anchored on graphene

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    Li, Hai; Qian, Kun; Qin, Xianying; Liu, Dongqing; Shi, Ruiying; Ran, Aihua; Han, Cuiping; He, Yan-Bing; Kang, Feiyu; Li, Baohua

    2018-05-01

    The antimony oxide/reduced graphene oxide (Sb2O3/rGO) nanocomposites are used as anode of Li-ion and Na-ion batteries (LIBs and NIBs). However, it is unclear about Li-ion and Na-ion storage mechanism in Sb2O3/rGO nanocomposites. Herein, the conversion-alloying mechanisms of Sb2O3/rGO anodes for Na-ion and Li-ion storage are comparatively studied with a combined in-situ XRD and quasi in-situ XPS method. The distinct behaviours are monitored during (de)lithiation and (de)sodiation with respect to crystal structure and chemical composition evolution. It is evidenced that the Na-ion can be easily transported to the inner part of the Sb2O3, where the Li-ion almost cannot reach, leading to a fully transformation during sodiation. In addition, the conversion reaction product of amorphous Na2O display their better chemical stability than amorphous Li2O during electrochemical cycles, which contribute to a stable and long cycling life of NIBs. This work gain insight into the high-capacity anodes with conversation-alloying mechanism for NIBs.

  6. Atomic scattering in the diffraction limit: electron transfer in keV Li+-Na(3s, 3p) collisions

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    Poel, Mike van der; Nielsen, C.V.; Rybaltover, M.

    2002-01-01

    We measure angle differential cross sections (DCS) in Li+ + Na --> Li + Na+ electron transfer collisions in the 2.7-24 keV energy range. We do this with a newly constructed apparatus which combines the experimental technique of cold target recoil ion momentum spectroscopy with a laser-cooled target...... of the de Broglie wavelength lambda(dB) = 150 fm at a velocity v = 0.20 au and the effective atomic diameter for electron capture 2R = 20 au. Parallel AO and MO semiclassical coupled-channel calculations of the Na(3s, 3p) --> Li(2s, 2p) state-to-state collision amplitudes have been performed, and quantum...

  7. Atomic scattering in the diffraction limit: electron transfer in keV Li+-Na(3s, 3p) collisions

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    Poel, M van der; Nielsen, C V; Rybaltover, M; Nielsen, S E; Machholm, M; Andersen, N

    2002-01-01

    We measure angle differential cross sections (DCS) in Li + + Na → Li + Na + electron transfer collisions in the 2.7-24 keV energy range. We do this with a newly constructed apparatus which combines the experimental technique of cold target recoil ion momentum spectroscopy with a laser-cooled target. This setup yields a momentum resolution of 0.12 au, an order of magnitude better angular resolution than previous measurements on this system. This enables us to clearly resolve Fraunhofer-type diffraction patterns in the angle DCS. In particular, the angular width of the ring structure is given by the ratio of the de Broglie wavelength λ dB = 150 fm at a velocity v = 0.20 au and the effective atomic diameter for electron capture 2R = 20 au. Parallel AO and MO semiclassical coupled-channel calculations of the Na(3s, 3p) → Li(2s, 2p) state-to-state collision amplitudes have been performed, and quantum scattering amplitudes are derived by the eikonal method. The resulting angle-differential electron transfer cross sections and their diffraction patterns agree with the experimental level-to-level results over most scattering angles in the energy range

  8. Electron transfer in keV Li+-Na(3s, 3p) collisions: I. Atomic basis coupled-channel calculations

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    Nielsen, S.E.; Dubois, A.

    1995-01-01

    Integral cross sections for electron capture from the ground state Na(3s) and excited states Na(3p) to Li(nlm), n = 2, 3, are calculated by the semiclassical impact-parameter method, using a two-centre atomic basis expansion. In the impact energy range 1-50 keV, results are analysed with particular emphasis on the alignment and orientation of initial and final p-states. At intermediate velocities opposite initial alignment effects are found for capture to n = 2 and n = 3 states, respectively. Orientation effects in state-to-state capture cross sections are predicted from oriented and tilted aligned initial states. (Author)

  9. Longitudinal patterns in fish and macrozoobenthos assemblages reflect degradation of water quality and physical habitat in the Bílina river basin

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    Jurajda, Pavel; Adámek, Zdeněk; Janáč, Michal; Valová, Zdenka

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 55, č. 3 (2010), s. 123-136 ISSN 1212-1819 R&D Projects: GA MŠk LC522 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60930519 Keywords : fish community * macroinvertebrates * pollution * channelization * Elbe basin Subject RIV: GL - Fishing Impact factor: 1.190, year: 2010 http://www.agriculturejournals.cz/publicFiles/17674.pdf

  10. The Embodiment of the Author’s Consciousness Through the Narrative of the Main Character in “Notes of a Ukrainian Madman” Lina Kostenko

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    Yekaterina Shabal

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available The article is devoted to the analysis of the veiled form of implementation of author’s conciseness in the political novel “Notes of a Ukrainian Madman” by L. Kostenko. It is clarified that the author’s personal vision of occurrences of the beginning of the XXI century is given through the notes and actions of the main character. The personage put down political and social reports which he got to know from various mass media that is why artistic reality is depicted in form of notes. By giving the writer’s functions to the personage the author focuses her attention on contradictions between a complicated political situation in the country and a globalized reality in general, while statement of facts and faithful events in the piece of literature gave a possibility to express the essence of nationwide problems and interests. The novel gives details of factual and social basis. This paper provides the overview of a modern novel in terms of political genre variety. There is no term “a political novel” in Ukrainian Literary Studies encyclopedias and reference books nowadays. But literary scholars (V. Klymchuk, I. Motornjuk and others prove that a political novel as a genre variety was finally formed in the XX century. “Notes of a Ukrainian Madman” by L. Kostenko is the author’s emotional response to the social realm, an attempt realize realia of today from the artistic point of view, it is a literary reflection of social and political life of the country.

  11. BOOK REVIEW: Cătălina Neculai, URBAN SPACE AND LATE TWENTIETH-CENTURY NEW YORK LITERATURE. REFORMED GEOGRAPHIES, New York: Palgrave, Macmillan

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    Ruxanda BONTILĂ

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Very much like a number of New York writers, who, back in the 1970s and 1980s, dared to tread where the sociologist, the urban geographer, or the documenter treads by professional default, and to engage head-on with the hard city of socioeconomic networks (p. 60, Catalina Neculai, through her seminal book, trespasses new territories for the philologist who she is, and in the process, she manages to make a powerful statement—namely, that written culture, just like visual arts, can telescope urban change. One must only know how to read the signs.

  12. A Special Family Series. Mario and Clara Hernandez. Clara Finds a Friend = Lina Familia Especial. Mario y Clara Hernandez. Clara Eucuentra una Amiga.

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    Cazares, Maria

    These two comic books are part of the "Very Special Family" series, created by and for Hispanic parents of children with special needs. The materials are designed to help parents deal with the emotional difficulties of raising a child with disabilities. The booklets are printed in both English and Spanish. In Part 1, "Mario and Clara Hernandez," a…

  13. Assessing relationships between chemical exposure, parasite infection, fish health, and fish ecological status: a case study using chub (Leuciscus cephalus) in the Bílina River, Czech Republic

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    Wenger, M.; Ondračková, Markéta; Machala, M.; Neča, J.; Hyršl, P.; Šimková, A.; Jurajda, Pavel; von der Ohe, P.; Segner, H.

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 29, č. 2 (2010), s. 453-466 ISSN 0730-7268 R&D Projects: GA MŠk LC522 Grant - others:6th Framework Programme EC(XE) MODELKEY (511237-GOCE) Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60930519 Keywords : multiple stressors * environmental risk assessment * exposure biomarkers * parasites * fish health Subject RIV: GJ - Animal Vermins ; Diseases, Veterinary Medicine Impact factor: 3.026, year: 2010

  14. "Stump Horizon" in the Bílina Mine (Most Basin, Czech Republic) – GC-MS, optical and electron microscopy in identification of wood biological origin

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    Havelcová, Martina; Sýkorová, Ivana; Bechtel, A.; Mach, K.; Trejtnarová, Hana; Žaloudková, Margit; Matysová, Petra; Blažek, Jaroslav; Boudová, J.; Sakala, J.

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    Roč. 107, MAR (2013), s. 62-77 ISSN 0166-5162 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA205/09/1162 Institutional support: RVO:67985891 Keywords : xylite * gelification * biomarkers Subject RIV: DD - Geochemistry Impact factor: 3.313, year: 2013 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0166516212002200

  15. In Situ Tracking Kinetic Pathways of Li+/Na+ Substitution during Ion-Exchange Synthesis of LixNa1.5-xVOPO4F0.5.

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    Park, Young-Uk; Bai, Jianming; Wang, Liping; Yoon, Gabin; Zhang, Wei; Kim, Hyungsub; Lee, Seongsu; Kim, Sung-Wook; Looney, J Patrick; Kang, Kisuk; Wang, Feng

    2017-09-13

    Ion exchange is a ubiquitous phenomenon central to wide industrial applications, ranging from traditional (bio)chemical separation to the emerging chimie douce synthesis of materials with metastable structure for batteries and other energy applications. The exchange process is complex, involving substitution and transport of different ions under non-equilibrium conditions, and thus difficult to probe, leaving a gap in mechanistic understanding of kinetic exchange pathways toward final products. Herein, we report in situ tracking kinetic pathways of Li + /Na + substitution during solvothermal ion-exchange synthesis of Li x Na 1.5-x VOPO 4 F 0.5 (0 ≤ x ≤ 1.5), a promising multi-Li polyanionic cathode for batteries. The real-time observation, corroborated by first-principles calculations, reveals a selective replacement of Na + by Li + , leading to peculiar Na + /Li + /vacancy orderings in the intermediates. Contradicting the traditional belief of facile topotactic substitution via solid solution reaction, an abrupt two-phase transformation occurs and predominantly governs the kinetics of ion exchange and transport in the 1D polyanionic framework, consequently leading to significant difference of Li stoichiometry and electrochemical properties in the exchanged products. The findings may help to pave the way for rational design of ion exchange synthesis for making new materials.

  16. Introduction Pages and Table of Contents

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    Radu E. SESTRAS

    2015-03-01

    Consumer Perception Concerning Apple Fruit Quality, Depending on Cultivars and Hedonic Scale of Evaluation - a Case Study PDF Cătălina DAN, Corina ȘERBAN, Adriana F. SESTRAŞ, Mădălina MILITARU, Paula MORARIU, Radu E. SESTRAŞ 140-149

  17. New Estonian museum - two cases / Triin Ojari

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    Ojari, Triin, 1974-

    2006-01-01

    Kumu arhitektuurist ja tähtsusest (arhitekt Pekka Vapaavouri). Eesti Rahva Muuseumi uue hoone rahvusvahelise arhitektuurikonkursi võitnud projektist "Mälestuste väli/Memory Field", autorid Dan Dorell, Tsuyoshi Tane ja Lina Ghotmeh. Aerofotod

  18. 78 FR 12070 - National Institute of Mental Health; Notice of Meeting

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    2013-02-21

    ...)--approximately \\1/2\\ mile walk. On-site parking with parking validation available. Contact Person: Ms. Lina Perez... meeting will be open to the public through a conference call phone number and webcast live on the Internet...

  19. Raamatulett / Jaanus Tamm

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    Tamm, Jaanus

    1996-01-01

    Põder, Rein. Armastuse hääl; Schmidt, Erik. Pagana eestlane!; Lina, Jüri. Skorpioni märgi all; Nesser, Hõkan, Tagasitulek; Fallada, Hans. Tookord meil isakodus; Fitzgerald, Francis Scott. Suur Gatsby

  20. Treatment responses in adult depressive patients treated with ...

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    with dexamethasone/corticotrophin-releasing hormone. Lina Zhang1*, Yanbo Chen2, ... Keywords: stress, depressive patients, hormonal response, hormonal dysregulation, sertraline, ..... interactions in depression: will cause inform cure. Mol.

  1. Subsurface Prospecting by Planetary Drones, Phase II

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Recurring slope linae (RSL), such as those in Newton Crater on Mars, methane plumes in hazardous Martian terrain, and water ice discovered during the LCROSS...

  2. Dopad globální změny klimatu na povodí Bíliny a průběh zatápění zbytkové jámy Bílina : část II. ovlivnění hydrologického cyklu Bíliny

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    Košková, Romana; Buchtele, Josef; Kos, Z.

    2005-01-01

    Roč. 53, č. 2 (2005), s. 103-112 ISSN 0042-790X R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KSK3046108; GA AV ČR KJB3060302 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2060917 Keywords : water resources management * water demand * climate change Subject RIV: DA - Hydrology ; Limnology

  3. Uses of complexone III and ion exchange resins in colorimetric determination with o-phenanthroline of Fe traces in uranium compounds; Aplicacion de la complexona III y resinas combadoras a la determinacion colorimetrica con orto-fenantro-lina de trazas de dhierro en compuesto de uranio

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    Fernandez Cellini, R; Ruiz Sanchez, F

    1956-07-01

    The determination of small quantities of iron using o-phenanthroline, assumes the elimination of some cations interference by means of pH control before the formation of a coloured complex. We have eluded that difficulty by the connected action of complexones III and ion exchange. the previous forms quelate with the iron (III) with a stability constant high enough to permit the pass of an iron solution through a cation resin column without being fixed which never occurs with the interferer cations. Mercury is the only element with a similar stability, but it has been eliminated previously. (Author) 16 refs.

  4. The Information Practices of Physical Science Librarians Differ from Those of the Scientific Community: More Research is Needed to Characterize Specific Information Seeking and Use. A Review of: Brown, Cecilia M. and Lina Ortega. “Information-Seeking Behavior of Physical Science Librarians: Does Research Inform Practice?” College & Research Libraries 66.3 (2005): 231-47.

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    Carol Perryman

    2008-01-01

    Objective - As part of a larger study exploring the information environments of physical science librarians (Ortega & Brown), the authors’ overall objective for this study is to profile physical science librarians’ information behaviours. The authors’ two-part hypothesis was that first, peer-reviewed journals would be preferred over all other sources for research dissemination, resembling the preferences of scientists, and second, that peer-to-peer consultation would predominate for practice-...

  5. The Information Practices of Physical Science Librarians Differ from Those of the Scientific Community: More Research is Needed to Characterize Specific Information Seeking and Use. A Review of: Brown, Cecilia M. and Lina Ortega. “Information-Seeking Behavior of Physical Science Librarians: Does Research Inform Practice?” College & Research Libraries 66.3 (2005: 231-47.

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    Carol Perryman

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective - As part of a larger study exploring the information environments of physical science librarians (Ortega & Brown, the authors’ overall objective for this study is to profile physical science librarians’ information behaviours. The authors’ two-part hypothesis was that first, peer-reviewed journals would be preferred over all other sources for research dissemination, resembling the preferences of scientists, and second, that peer-to-peer consultation would predominate for practice-oriented decisions.Design – Mixed methods: survey questionnaire followed by citation and content analysis.Setting – Five internationally disseminated professional association electronic mailing lists whose readership comprised those with interests in science librarianship: the American Library Association (ALA Science and Technology Section; the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIST Science and Technology Information Special Interest Group; the Special Library Association (SLA Chemistry Division and its Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Division; and the American Geological Institute Geoscience Information Society.Subjects – Seventy-two physical science librarians voluntarily responding to an online survey.Methods – A questionnaire was distributed to inquire about physical science librarians’ professional reading practices as well as their perceptions about the applicability of research to their work. Participants were asked to rank preferences among 11 resource types as sources supporting daily business, including personal communication, conference attendance, electronic mailing lists, and scholarly journals. Differences between the mean rankings of preferences were tested for significance by applying the Friedman test with p>0.0005. Journals identified most frequently were analyzed using the Institute for Scientific Information’s (ISI Web of Science index and Ulrich’s Periodical Index to measure proportions of research and nonresearch citations, as well as the general topic areas covered by the journals. Next, content analysis was performed for the years 1995, 1997, and 2000 in order to characterize research methodologies used in the previously identified journals according to a previously tested schema (Buscha &Harter. Results from this portion of the study were compared with participants’ responses about journal usage.Main Results – Librarians reported using personal communication (both face-to-face and electronic mailing lists more frequently as a means of information gathering than professional journals, Web sites, conferences, trade publications, monographs, or ‘other’ resources. Variations in responses appeared to correlate with years in the profession and in the respondents’ time in their current positions, although there are indications that theimportance of all information resources to practice and research declines over time. The relative importance of resources is alsoshown in time spent reading journal literature, less than 5 hours per week for 86% of participants. Conclusion – For the first hypothesis, the authors found that unlike scientists, survey participants did not prefer research publications as vehicles for dissemination of their research results. For the second, librarians ranked peer-reviewed journals third in preference after personal communication and electronic mailing lists as sources of information supporting daily practice, supporting the second hypothesis that respondents would emulate the information use practices of mathematicians.

  6. Sajand oodatud / Kristo Mäe

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    Mäe, Kristo

    2006-01-01

    Eesti Rahva Muuseumi uue hoone arhitektuurikonkursi võidutööst "Memory Field". Autorid: itaalia arhitekt Dan Dorell, liibanoni arhitekt Lina Ghotmeh ja jaapani arhitekt Tsuyoshi Tane. II preemia pälvis töö "Gems", autoriteks soome arhitektid Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta, Samuli Woolston, III preemia töö "Estonia is on the verge of a new millennium", autoriteks austria arhitektid Alfred Bramberger, Thomas Pucher, Heidrun Steinhauser, Martin Mathy, Christa Pucher. Krista Aru ja Karin Hallas-Murula arvamus, intervjuu Lina Ghotmet'iga

  7. Leedu trumpab Eesti rapsitehase üle / Heino Laiapea

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    Laiapea, Heino, 1951-

    2005-01-01

    Leedu ettevõte Linas ir Viza ehitab Klaipedasse Baltimaade suurima õlikultuuride seemnetöötlemise tehase, mis ületab neli korda Jõgevamaal Painkülas asuva Eesti suurima rapsitöötleja AS-i Werol Tehased senise võimsuse

  8. Library of INCA

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    Bergman, Aeron

    2013-01-01

    LIBRARY OF INCA. Åpning: 25. august 2012. (18.00 til 21.00) Utstillingsperiode: 25. august - 22. september. Utstillere: Aurora Harris, Frido Evers, Lina Persson, Per-Oskar Leu, Cary Loren, Inger Wold Lund, Hamilton Poe. Kuratorer: Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas. Visningssted: INCA - Institute for Neo Connotative Action, Detroit, USA.

  9. 75 FR 64734 - National Institute of Mental Health; Notice of Meeting

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    2010-10-20

    ... Station Hotel parking validation available. Contact Person: Ms. Lina Perez, Office of Autism Research... through a conference call phone number and webcast live on the Internet. Members of the public who... meeting. To access the webcast live on the Internet the following computer capabilities are required: (A...

  10. Journal of Genetics | Indian Academy of Sciences

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    Home; Journals; Journal of Genetics. LINA TORTORICI. Articles written in Journal of Genetics. Volume 96 Issue 4 September 2017 pp 591-597 RESEARCH ARTICLE. Full-length sequencing and identification of novel polymorphisms in the ACACA gene of Valle del Belice sheep breed · ROSALIA DI GERLANDO ...

  11. aboagye et al.2

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    14 Aboagye et al. wide variety of birds, including chickens, by piercing the quills of feathers and gnawing the epidermis. In doing so, they can spread disease and lower .... evolution. Oikos, 97: 223-228. Nordenfors, H. and Chirico, J. (2001). Evalua- tion of a sampling trap for Dermanyssus gal- linae (Acari: Dermanyssidae).

  12. Võsast võrsub kultuur = Sowing the seeds of Estonian culture / Piret Õunapuu

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    Õunapuu, Piret, 1955-

    2014-01-01

    Läbilõige Eesti Rahva Muuseumi ajaloost, uue muuseumihoone ehitamisest Raadile (arhitektuurivõistluse võidutöö nimega "Memory Field", autoriteks rahvusvaheline arhitektide kolmik Pariisist: Dan Dorell, Lina Ghotmeh ja Tsuyoshi Tane) ning selles 2016.a. avatavatest püsinäitustest

  13. Creative and Tactile Astronomy: Exploring the Universe Using All the Senses

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    Borges, Isabel; Canas, Lina; Alexander, Alison; Wiltsher, Ruth

    2015-01-01

    Creative and Tactile Astronomy is an educational project developed by English and Portuguese teachers. Isabel Borges and Lina Canas from Portugal and Alison Alexander and Ruth Wiltsher from the United Kingdom met for the first time at the 2013 Science on Stage Festival in Slubice-Oder, on the border between Germany and Poland. As a consequence of…

  14. Leedu kunst on integratsioonivõimeline / Eha Komissarov

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    Komissarov, Eha, 1947-

    2004-01-01

    Leedu kaasaegse kunsti näitus "Omas mahlas" Tallinna Kunstihoones (Evaldas Jansas, Egle Rakauskaite) ja Rotermanni soolalaos (Loreta Bilinskaite-Burke, Laura Barbshtiene & Arturas Bumshteinas (G-Lab), Jonas Gasiunas, Arunas Gudaitis, Linas Jablonskis, Dainius Lishkevicius, Mindaugas Lukoshaitis, Gintaras Makarevicius, Deimantas Narkevicius, Egle Ridikaite, Irma Stanaityte, Laura Stasiulyte, Mindaugas Shimkus, Arturas Valiauga, Rimaldas Vikshraitis, Darius Zhiura). Kuraator Anders Kreuger leedu kunstniku kuvandiloomest

  15. Tougher times for the ruling center-right / Rokas M. Tracevskis

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    Tracevskis, Rokas M.

    2010-01-01

    Viimaste sisepoliitiliste muutuste tagajärjel on Leedus praegu võimul vähemusvalitsus. Kui parlament avaldab umbusaldust Linas Karaliusele ja Aleksandr Sacharukile, kellest esimene puudus istungitelt ja teine hääletas parlamendis tema eest, võib koalitsioon saada parlamendis kaks lisakohta. Endise Leedu suursaadiku Gruusias arvamus

  16. Kunstnike elulood

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    Tallinna Rakenduskunsti triennaalil 2003 esinenud kunstnike eluloolised andmed, haridustee, näituste nimekiri, preemiad: Eija Mustonen, Ida Björs, Iris Eichenberg, Anna Katriina Tilli, Mari Relander, Claus Domine Hansen, Lene Hald, Line Gottfred Peterson, Anders Ruhwald, Audrius Janushonis, Lina Jonikiene, Jolanta Kvashyte, Eimantas Ludavicius, Aigi Orav, Remigijus Sederevicius, Adolfas Shaulys, Mari Relo-Shaulys, Mari-Liis Tammi

  17. The Role of Cumulative Genetic Defeats in NF1 Tumorigenesis

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    2000-10-01

    without LOH of the NF1 tumors’ slow and limited growth, and lack of gene. Biochem Biophys Res Comm 234:346-350. Decker H-JH, Cannizzaro LA, Mendez MJ, Leong... Caro - lina; and the 4 Department of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics, University of Florida, Gaines- Center, Durham. ville, Florida L. Messiaen

  18. 77 FR 68134 - National Institute of Mental Health; Notice of Meeting

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    ... DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute of Mental Health; Notice of Meeting Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5.... Contact Person: Ms. Lina Perez, Office of Autism Research Coordination, National Institute of Mental...

  19. 78 FR 57865 - National Institute of Mental Health; Notice of Meeting

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    ... DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute of Mental Health; Notice of Meeting Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5... Person: Ms. Lina Perez, Office of Autism Research Coordination, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH...

  20. 77 FR 43849 - National Institute of Mental Health; Notice of Meeting

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    ... DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute of Mental Health; Notice of Meeting Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5.... Contact Person: Ms. Lina Perez, Office of Autism Research Coordination, National Institute of Mental...

  1. Hiigelämblik kanali kohal ehk Kuidas ERMi uus hoone lõi kired lõkkele / Tarmo Michelson

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    2006-01-01

    Eesti Rahva muuseumi uue hoone arhitektuurikonkursi võidutööst "Memory Field" (autorid itaalia arhitekt Dan Dorell, liibanoni arhitekt Lina Ghotmeh, jaapani arhitekt Tsuyoshi Tane). Kommenteerivad Jaanus Plaat, Tõnis Lukas, Karin Hallas-Murula, Raivo Palmaru, Laine Jänes, Marika Valk

  2. A Feast Is..

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    Contributions by: Aeron Bergman, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Alejandra Salinas, Cecilia Aldarondo, David Bell, David Shrigley, Francesco Pedraglio, Harald Voetman, Ida Marie Hede, Jacob Dahl Jürgensen, Jeuno JE Kim, Jacob Lillemose, James Wilkes, Lene Asp, Linus Elmes, Lina Selander, Media Farzin, Mathias Kr...

  3. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolates from Iranian ...

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    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolates from Iranian restaurant food samples: Panton-Valentine Leukocidin, SCCmec phenotypes and antimicrobial resistance. ... TetK (80.72 %), linA (67.46 %), aadA1 (62.65 %), and msrA (55.42 %) were the most frequently identified resistance genes. SCCmec V (57.83%) ...

  4. A high density barley microsatellite consensus map with 775 SSR loci

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    Varshney, R.K.; Marcel, T.C.; Ramsay, L.; Russell, J.; Roder, M.S.; Stein, N.; Waugh, R.; Langridge, P.; Niks, R.E.; Graner, A.

    2007-01-01

    A microsatellite or simple sequence repeat (SSR) consensus map of barley was constructed by joining six independent genetic maps based on the mapping populations 'Igri x Franka', 'Steptoe x Morex', 'OWBRec x OWBDom', 'Lina x Canada Park', 'L94 x Vada' and 'SusPtrit x Vada'. Segregation data for

  5. First-Principles Study of Lithium and Sodium Atoms Intercalation in Fluorinated Graphite

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    Fengya Rao

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The structure evolution of fluorinated graphite (CFx upon the Li/Na intercalation has been studied by first-principles calculations. The Li/Na adsorption on single CF layer and intercalated into bulk CF have been calculated. The better cycling performance of Na intercalation into the CF cathode, comparing to that of Li intercalation, is attributed to the different strength and characteristics of the Li-F and Na-F interactions. The interactions between Li and F are stronger and more localized than those between Na and F. The strong and localized Coulomb attraction between Li and F atoms breaks the C−F bonds and pulls the F atoms away, and graphene sheets are formed upon Li intercalation.

  6. Tug of war between AO-hybridization and aromaticity in dictating structures of Li-doped alkali clusters

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    Alexandrova, Anastassia N.

    2012-04-01

    Hybridization of atomic orbitals is a widely appreciated phenomenon in organic chemistry. Here, we demonstrate that hybridization also can dramatically impact the shapes of small all-alkali metal clusters, and oppose σ-aromaticity in defining cluster shapes. The valence-iso-electronic LiNa4- and LiK4- clusters adopt different global minimum structures: LiNa4- is a planar C2v (1A1) species distorted from the perfect pentagon, and LiK4- is a planar square D4h (1A1g) species with Li being in the centre. This effect is rooted in the different degrees of the 2s-2p hybridization in Li in response to binding to Na versus K.

  7. Kunstieksperdid kiruvad võidukavandit / Villu Päärt

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    Päärt, Villu, 1972-

    2006-01-01

    Eesti Rahva muuseumi uue hoone arhitektuurikonkursi võidutööd: 1. preemia "Memory Field" (autorid itaalia arhitekt Dan Dorell, liibanoni arhitekt Lina Ghotmeh, jaapani arhitekt Tsuyoshi Tane); 2. preemia "Gems" (autorid soome arhitektid Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta, Samuli Woolston); 3. preemia "Estonia is on the verge of a new millenium" (autorid austria arhitektid Alfred Bramberger, Thomas Pucher, Heidrun Steinhauser, Martin Mathy, Christa Pucher). Lähemalt tööst "Memory Field"

  8. Lithuania to become Associate Member of CERN

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    Dačkus, Robertas

    2017-01-01

    On 27 June 2017, in Vilnius, Lithuania, CERN Director General, Fabiola Gianotti, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, in the presence of the President of the Republic of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė, signed the Agreement admitting Lithuania as an Associate Member of CERN. The last step for the Agreement to enter into force requires final approval by the Government of Lithuania.

  9. Kaks kodu ühe katuse all / Ado Eigi

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    Eigi, Ado, 1938-2008

    1998-01-01

    Arhitekt Maire Annuse projekteeritud, 1997. a. valminud kahekorruseline kellerdatud kaksikelamu, mille keskel on kaht poolt siduva lülina avatud trepihallid. Kummagi elamupoole keskele on projekteeritud kolme korrust läbiv santehniliste ruumide blokk. Avarast kaminaga elutoast avaneb pääs terrassile ja aeda. Keldrikorrusel on puhkeruum, saun, väike bassein. Teisel korrusel on tütarde ja vanemate toad. Tütarde tubade kardinate autor - Kati Sihver

  10. Novõi muzei na vzljotnoi polose / Villu Päärt

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    Päärt, Villu, 1972-

    2006-01-01

    Eesti Rahva Muuseumi uue hoone ideekonkursi võidutööst räägivad muuseumi endine direktor Jaanus Plaat, üks autoreid Lina Ghotmeh ja kultuuriminister Raivo Palmaru. Nimetatud kolm võidutööd autoritega. Lisaks eesti arhitektide osalemisest "Estontsam dostalas lish odna premija". Preemiasaajate hulgas olid arhitektid büroost Kosmos (Ott Kadarik, Villem Tomiste, Mihkel Tüür, Krista Saluveer, Urmas Oja)

  11. Cultural Resources Investigations of the East and West Bayou Sale Tie-In Levee, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana.

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    1998-10-01

    Mendez , and Tara Bond 1994 Archaeological Data Recovery at Ashland-Belle Helene Plantation (16AN26), Ascension Parish, Louisiana, Volume III... Caro - lina. Miller, Daniel 1987 Material Culture and Mass Consumption. Basil Blackwell, Oxford, UK. Miller, Daniel and Christopher Tilley 1984...Jones, R. Mendez , H. Franks, and T. Bond. Volume 1, pp. II- I - 1 1-40. Submitted to the Louisiana Division of Archaeology, Baton Rouge. Weinstein

  12. Relationship between lower limbs proprioception and muscular strength among adolescents with patellofemoral pain syndrome

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    Konovalčik, Šymon Vladyslav

    2016-01-01

    Relationship Between Lower Limbs Proprioception and Muscular Strength Among Adolescents with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome Physiotherapy Bachelor's Thesis The Author: Šymon Vladyslav Konovalčik Academic advisor: Lina Varnienė The aim of research work: The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between knee joint proprioception and knee extensor and flexor muscle strength, dinamic endurance and balance among adolescents with patellofemoral pain syndrome Tasks of work: 1. To assess t...

  13. The Affects of Museum Architecture: Louvre-Lens and Museu de Arte de São Paulo

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    Jakobsen, Annette Svaneklink

    2014-01-01

    and context. Inside, visitors are invited to co-create the museum experience by moving freely through the exhibited art works in a setting that seems to re-actualise an experimental exhibition space, which was originally designed by Lina Bo Bardi for Museu de Arte de São Paulo. Through on-site observations...... of art institutions to the museum experience. Keywords: Art Museum, Architecture, Affect...

  14. Materials considerations for the coupling of thermochemical hydrogen cycles to tandem mirror reactors

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    Krikorian, O.H.

    1980-01-01

    Candidate materials are discussed and initial choices made for the critical elements in a liquid Li-Na Cauldron Tandem Mirror blanket and the General Atomic Sulfur-Iodine Cycle for thermochemical hydrogen production. V and Ti alloys provide low neutron activation, good radiation damage resistance, and good chemical compatibility for the Cauldron design. Aluminide coated In-800H and siliconized SiC are materials choices for heat exchanger components in the thermochemical cycle interface

  15. Biochemistry of Microbial Degradation of Hexachlorocyclohexane and Prospects for Bioremediation

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    Lal, Rup; Pandey, Gunjan; Sharma, Pooja; Kumari, Kirti; Malhotra, Shweta; Pandey, Rinku; Raina, Vishakha; Kohler, Hans-Peter E.; Holliger, Christof; Jackson, Colin; Oakeshott, John G.

    2010-01-01

    Summary: Lindane, the γ-isomer of hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH), is a potent insecticide. Purified lindane or unpurified mixtures of this and α-, β-, and δ-isomers of HCH were widely used as commercial insecticides in the last half of the 20th century. Large dumps of unused HCH isomers now constitute a major hazard because of their long residence times in soil and high nontarget toxicities. The major pathway for the aerobic degradation of HCH isomers in soil is the Lin pathway, and variants of this pathway will degrade all four of the HCH isomers although only slowly. Sequence differences in the primary LinA and LinB enzymes in the pathway play a key role in determining their ability to degrade the different isomers. LinA is a dehydrochlorinase, but little is known of its biochemistry. LinB is a hydrolytic dechlorinase that has been heterologously expressed and crystallized, and there is some understanding of the sequence-structure-function relationships underlying its substrate specificity and kinetics, although there are also some significant anomalies. The kinetics of some LinB variants are reported to be slow even for their preferred isomers. It is important to develop a better understanding of the biochemistries of the LinA and LinB variants and to use that knowledge to build better variants, because field trials of some bioremediation strategies based on the Lin pathway have yielded promising results but would not yet achieve economic levels of remediation. PMID:20197499

  16. Comparison of phase composition, morphology and electrochemical property for Li3−xNaxV2(PO4)3 (x=0.5, 1.5 and 2.0) as lithium storage cathode materials

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    Mao, Jinli; Shao, Lianyi; Li, Peng; Lin, Xiaoting; Shui, Miao; Long, Nengbing; Shu, Jie

    2015-01-01

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted -- Highlights: •Li 3−x Na x V 2 (PO 4 ) 3 is prepared by a solid-state reaction method. •Li 2.5 Na 0.5 V 2 (PO 4 ) 3 is a three-phase mixture. •Both Li 1.5 Na 1.5 V 2 (PO 4 ) 3 and LiNa 2 V 2 (PO 4 ) 3 are two-phase composite. •Lithium ion diffusion coefficient is detected by cyclic voltammetry. •Structural change of LiNa 2 V 2 (PO 4 ) 3 is observed by in-situ XRD. -- Abstract: Three Li 3-x Na x V 2 (PO 4 ) 3 (x=0.5, 1.5 and 2.0) samples are synthesized by a traditional solid-state reaction method in this work. Their phase composition, surface morphology and electrochemical property are described and compared by using various physical/chemical methods. Phase analysis results reveal that Li 2.5 Na 0.5 V 2 (PO 4 ) 3 consists of monoclinic Li 3 V 2 (PO 4 ) 3 , rhombohedral Li 3 V 2 (PO 4 ) 3 and rhombohedral Na 3 V 2 (PO 4 ) 3. While, both Li 1.5 Na 1.5 V 2 (PO 4 ) 3 and LiNa 2 V 2 (PO 4 ) 3 are the two-phase mixture consisted of rhombohedral Li 3 V 2 (PO 4 ) 3 and rhombohedral Na 3 V 2 (PO 4 ) 3 . Electrochemical testing results reveal that LiNa 2 V 2 (PO 4 ) 3 and Li 1.5 Na 1.5 V 2 (PO 4 ) 3 can deliver the initial discharge capacities of 101.4 mAh g −1 and 108.6 mAh g −1 with a long potential plateau at 3.69 V, respectively. In contrast, Li 2.5 Na 0.5 V 2 (PO 4 ) 3 presents an initial discharge capacity of 111.7 mAh g −1 with four potential plateaus. High lithium ion diffusion coefficient in Li 2.5 Na 0.5 V 2 (PO 4 ) 3 indicates that the existence of monoclinic Li 3 V 2 (PO 4 ) 3 phase can improve the ionic conductivity and then be responsible for good electrochemical performance. Besides, in-situ X-ray diffraction observation of LiNa 2 V 2 (PO 4 ) 3 demonstrates that the phase transition is not fully reversible but quasi-reversible during the lithiation-delithiation process. The partial irreversibility of structural evolution for LiNa 2 V 2 (PO 4 ) 3 induces the capacity loss upon repeated cycles

  17. Borophane as a Benchmate of Graphene: A Potential 2D Material for Anode of Li and Na-Ion Batteries.

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    Jena, Naresh K; Araujo, Rafael B; Shukla, Vivekanand; Ahuja, Rajeev

    2017-05-17

    Borophene, single atomic-layer sheet of boron ( Science 2015 , 350 , 1513 ), is a rather new entrant into the burgeoning class of 2D materials. Borophene exhibits anisotropic metallic properties whereas its hydrogenated counterpart borophane is reported to be a gapless Dirac material lying on the same bench with the celebrated graphene. Interestingly, this transition of borophane also rendered stability to it considering the fact that borophene was synthesized under ultrahigh vacuum conditions on a metallic (Ag) substrate. On the basis of first-principles density functional theory computations, we have investigated the possibilities of borophane as a potential Li/Na-ion battery anode material. We obtained a binding energy of -2.58 (-1.08 eV) eV for Li (Na)-adatom on borophane and Bader charge analysis revealed that Li(Na) atom exists in Li + (Na + ) state. Further, on binding with Li/Na, borophane exhibited metallic properties as evidenced by the electronic band structure. We found that diffusion pathways for Li/Na on the borophane surface are anisotropic with x direction being the favorable one with a barrier of 0.27 and 0.09 eV, respectively. While assessing the Li-ion anode performance, we estimated that the maximum Li content is Li 0.445 B 2 H 2 , which gives rises to a material with a maximum theoretical specific capacity of 504 mAh/g together with an average voltage of 0.43 V versus Li/Li + . Likewise, for Na-ion the maximum theoretical capacity and average voltage were estimated to be 504 mAh/g and 0.03 V versus Na/Na + , respectively. These findings unambiguously suggest that borophane can be a potential addition to the map of Li and Na-ion anode materials and can rival some of the recently reported 2D materials including graphene.

  18. Biochemical Markers for Assessing Aquatic Contamination

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    Zdeňka Svobodová

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available Biochemical markers, specifically enzymes of the first phase of xenobiotic transformation - cytochrome P450 and ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase (EROD - were used to determine the quantities of persistent organic pollutants (POPs in fish muscle (PCB, HCB, HCH, OCS, DDT. Eight rivers were monitored (Orlice, Chrudimka, Cidlina, Jizera, Vltava, Ohře and Bílina; and the River Blanice was used as a control. The indicator species selected was the chub (Leuciscus cephalus L.. There were no significant differences in cytochrome P450 content between the locations monitored. The highest concentration of cytochrome P450 in fish liver was in the Vltava (0.241 nmol mg-1 protein, and the lowest was in the Orlice (0.120 nmol mg-1 protein. Analysis of EROD activity showed a significant difference between the Blanice and the Vltava (P< 0.05, and also between the Orlice and the Vltava (P< 0.01, the Orlice and the Bílina (P< 0.01, and the Orlice and the Ohře (P< 0.05. The highest EROD activity in fish liver was in the Vltava (576.4 pmol min-1 mg-1 protein, and the lowest was in the Orlice (63.05 pmol min-1 mg-1 protein. In individual locations, results of chemical monitoring and values of biochemical markers were compared. A significant correlation (P< 0.05 was found between biochemical markers and OCS, and PCB. Among the tributaries studied those that contaminated the Elbe most were the Vltava and the Bílina. These tributaries should not be considered the main sources of industrial contamination of the River Elbe, because the most important contamination sources were along the river Elbe itself.

  19. Effects of vildagliptin relative to sulfonylureas in Muslim patients with type 2 diabetes fasting during Ramadan: influence of age and treatment with/without metformin in the VIRTUE study

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    Hassoun, Ahmed AK; Pathan, Md Faruque; Medlej, Rita C; Alarouj, Monira; Shaltout, Inass; Chawla, Manoj S; Knap, Ditte; Vaz, Julius A

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    Ahmed AK Hassoun,1 Md Faruque Pathan,2 Rita C Medlej,3,4 Monira Alarouj,5 Inass Shaltout,6 Manoj S Chawla,7 Ditte Knap,8 Julius A Vaz9 1Dubai Diabetes Centre, Dubai, UAE; 2Department of Endocrinology, BIRDEM Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh; 3Department of Endocrinology, Hotel Dieu de France Hospital, 4Chronic Care Centre, Saint Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon; 5Dasman Diabetes Institute, Dasman, Kuwait; 6Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt; 7Lina Diabetes Care Centre, Mumbai, I...

  20. An Early Miocene bumble bee from northern Bohemia (Hymenoptera, Apidae

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    Jakub Prokop

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available A new species of fossil bumble bee (Apinae: Bombini is described and figured from Early Miocene (Burdigalian deposits of the Most Basin at the Bílina Mine, Czech Republic. Bombus trophonius sp. n., is placed within the subgenus Cullumanobombus Vogt and distinguished from the several species groups therein. The species is apparently most similar to the Nearctic B. (Cullumanobombus rufocinctus Cresson, the earliest-diverging species within the clade and the two may be related only by symplesiomorphies. The age of the fossil is in rough accordance with divergence estimations for Cullumanobombus.

  1. Heavy Ion Fusion Accelerator Research (HIFAR)

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    1991-04-01

    This report discusses the following topics: emittance variations in current-amplifying ion induction lina; transverse emittance studies of an induction accelerator of heavy ions; drift compression experiments on MBE-4 and related emittance; low emittance uniform- density C s + sources for heavy ion fusion accelerator studies; survey of alignment of MBE-4; time-of-flight dependence on the MBE-4 quadrupole voltage; high order calculation of the multiple content of three dimensional electrostatic geometries; an induction linac injector for scaled experiments; induction accelerator test module for HIF; longitudinal instability in HIF beams; and analysis of resonant longitudinal instability in a heavy ion induction linac

  2. Proceedings of The 8th Romanian National HIV/AIDS Congress and The 3rd Central European HIV Forum

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    Alexiev, Ivailo; Dimitrova, Reneta; Gancheva, Anna; Kostadinova, Asya; Stoycheva, Mariyana; Nikolova, Daniela; Elenkov, Ivaylo; Tili?can, C?t?lin; Predescu, Mioara; P?unescu, Bogdan; Streinu-Cercel, Anca; S?ndulescu, Oana; ?chiopu, Claudiu Mihai; Hristache, M?d?lina; Br?ndu?e, L?cr?mioara Aurelia

    2016-01-01

    O1 HIV-1 diversity in Bulgaria (current molecular epidemiological picture) Ivailo Alexiev, Reneta Dimitrova, Anna Gancheva, Asya Kostadinova, Mariyana Stoycheva, Daniela Nikolova, Ivaylo Elenkov O2 Knowledge, attitudes and practices of the general population on HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C in Romania C?t?lin Tili?can, Mioara Predescu, Bogdan P?unescu, Anca Streinu-Cercel, Oana S?ndulescu, Claudiu Mihai ?chiopu, M?d?lina Hristache, L?cr?mioara Aurelia Br?ndu?e, Adrian Streinu-Cercel O3 The prev...

  3. Experimental determination of effective surface area and conductivities in the porous anode of molten carbonate fuel cell

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    Yoshikawa, M.; Boden, A.; Sparr, M.; Lindbergh, G. [Central Research Institute for Electric Power Industry, Kanagawa (Japan)

    2006-07-14

    Stationary polarization curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy of a porous nickel anode in a molten carbonate fuel cell were obtained in order to determine the active surface area and conductivities with varying degree of electrolyte filling for two anode feed-gas compositions, one simulating operation with steam reformed natural gas and the other one gasified coal. The active surface area for coal gas is reduced by around 70-80% compared to the standard gas composition in the case of Li/Na carbonate. Moreover, an optimal degree of electrolyte filling was shifted toward higher filling degree in the case of operation with coal gas. In order to evaluate the experimental data a one-dimensional model was used. The reaction rate at the matrix/electrode interface is about five times higher than the average reaction rate in the whole electrode in case of 10% electrolyte filling. This result suggests that the lower limit of the filling degree of the anode should be around 15% in order to avoid non-uniform distribution of the reaction in the electrode. Therefore, in the case of applying Li/Na carbonate in the MCFC, an electrolyte distribution model taking into account the wetting properties of the electrode is required in order to set an optimal electrolyte filling degree in the electrode.

  4. Magnetostriction-driven ground-state stabilization in 2H perovskites

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    Porter, D. G.; Senn, M. S.; University of Oxford; Khalyavin, D. D.; Cortese, A.

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, the magnetic ground state of Sr_3ARuO_6, with A =(Li,Na), is studied using neutron diffraction, resonant x-ray scattering, and laboratory characterization measurements of high-quality crystals. Combining these results allows us to observe the onset of long-range magnetic order and distinguish the symmetrically allowed magnetic models, identifying in-plane antiferromagnetic moments and a small ferromagnetic component along the c axis. While the existence of magnetic domains masks the particular in-plane direction of the moments, it has been possible to elucidate the ground state using symmetry considerations. We find that due to the lack of local anisotropy, antisymmetric exchange interactions control the magnetic order, first through structural distortions that couple to in-plane antiferromagnetic moments and second through a high-order magnetoelastic coupling that lifts the degeneracy of the in-plane moments. Finally, the symmetry considerations used to rationalize the magnetic ground state are very general and will apply to many systems in this family, such as Ca_3ARuO_6, with A = (Li,Na), and Ca_3LiOsO_6 whose magnetic ground states are still not completely understood.

  5. Mnemosyne Montage, Didactic Panels and Glass Easels: Plausible Approaches

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    Cristina Pontes Bonfiglioli

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available This essay presents the hypothesis of a relationship between the thought of Lina Bo Bardi and that of Aby Warburg at specific times of their intellectual production: the unfinished organization of the Mnemosyne Atlas by Warburg, and the Didactic Panels and glass easels by Lina Bo Bardi. The paper deals with the coincidence of thought regarding the concern of both intellectuals with the use of images of our culture for the production of ambiances that would promote the encounter with the new; encourage the remembrance of imaginary; and configure art as a set of constituent images of human culture which is expressed differently by different people of the world and which is not understood as a chronology that organizes the "aesthetic progress" of humanity, necessarily based on learning about beauty and taste, which is restricted to literate and experts. The idea is to put these two thinkers of the twentieth century into the perspective of the non-aesthetic vision of art and culture that characterized their work.

  6. The role of climate in the accumulation of lithium-rich brine in the Central Andes

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    Godfrey, L.V.; Chan, L.-H.; Alonso, R.N.; Lowenstein, T.K.; McDonough, W.F.; Houston, J.; Li, J.; Bobst, A.; Jordan, T.E.

    2013-01-01

    Highlights: • δ 7 Li of waters and rocks in the Central Andes were measured. • Halite/brine partition coefficients of lithium and δ 7 Li of halite were determined. • Li-rich brines have a high component of fluids of geothermal origin. • Removal of lithium by clays is minor relative to other regions of the world. • The weathering flux of lithium and sodium decouple according to climate state. - Abstract: Lithium-rich brine within the sub-surface of the Salar del Hombre Muerto (SHM) salt pan in the Andes of northwestern Argentina has a chemical and isotopic composition which is consistent with Li derived from several sources: the modern halite saturated lagoon, Li-rich salts and brines formed recently, and dissolution of halite which precipitated from ancient saline lakes. SHM lies in the closed basin that includes part of the massive Cerro Galán caldera which is drained by the Río los Patos, which is responsible for 90% of surface runoff into the salar. The low Li isotope composition, +3.4‰, of this river is consistent with significant contributions of geothermal spring water. As water drains through the volcaniclastic deposits which cover a large proportion of the basin, Li removal, as indicated by decreasing Li/Na, occurs but without significant isotope fractionation. This indicates a mechanism of surface sorption onto smectite or ferrihydrite rather than Li incorporation into octahedral structural sites of clays. These observations suggest that conditions in this high altitude desert have limited the dilution of hydrothermal spring water as well as the formation of clay minerals, which jointly have allowed the Li resource to accumulate rapidly. Changes in climate on a multi-millennial time scale, specifically in the hydrologic budget, have resulted in solute accumulation rates that have been variable through time, and decoupled Li and Na fluxes. Inflow to the salar under modern conditions has high Li/Na (7.9 × 10 −3 by wt) with δ 7 Li

  7. Pressure-induced structural change of liquid InAs and the systematics of liquid III-V compounds

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    Hattori, T.; Tsuji, K.; Miyata, Y.; Sugahara, T.; Shimojo, F.

    2007-01-01

    To understand the pressure-induced structural changes of liquid III-V compounds systematically, the pressure dependence of l-InAs was investigated using the synchrotron x-ray diffraction and an ab initio molecular-dynamics simulation (AIMD). The x-ray diffraction experiments revealed that the liquid changes its compression behavior from a nearly uniform type to a nonuniform one around 9 GPa. Corresponding to this change, the coordination number (China), which is maintained up to 9 GPa, markedly increases from 6.0 to 7.5. The AIMD simulation revealed that this change is related to the change in the pressure dependence of all three pair correlations. In particular, a marked change is observed in the As-As correlation; in the low-pressure region, the position of the first peak in g AsAs (r), r AsAs , increases while maintaining the CN AsAs , but in the high-pressure region, the r AsAs stops increasing and the CN AsAs begins to increase. The AIMD simulation also revealed that each partial structure of l-InAs is similar to that for the pure-element liquid with the same valence electron number. Upon compression, each partial structure approaches the respective one for a heavier element in the same group. These findings suggest that the structures of liquid compounds are locally controlled by the number of the valence electrons in each ion pair and that the change in each partial structure obeys the empirical rule that the high-pressure state resembles the ambient state of a heavier element in the same group. Comparing the pressure-induced structural change of l-InAs to those of other liquid III-V compounds (GaSb and InSb) has revealed that, although the high-pressure behaviors of these three liquids are apparently different, their structural changes are systematically understood by a common structural sequence. This systematics originates from the same effect on each partial structure between increasing the atomic number and the pressurization

  8. Anthropometric Survey of the Imperial Iranian Armed Forces. Volume 2. Statistical Data

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  9. Psalmberyming in Afrikaans

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    F I J van Rensburg

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available The article maps the process by means of which the versification of the Hebrew Psalms in Afrikaans, with its goal of acceptance by the relevant clerical bodies and their ecclesiastical community as a whole, ran its course. The process is illustrated by the history of the two versifications officially commissioned and approved by the mainstream Afrikaans churches, namely those of Totius (professor J D du Toit and professor� T T Cloete, more than half a century separated in time and trend (1937 and 2001 respectively. In view of the fact that both versifiers, as well as professor Lina Spies and dr. Antjie Krog� who additionally contributed versifications of a few Psalms, are high profile poets, the evaluation of their work does not only take into account the factor of veracity (compliance with the Hebrew original, but also that of linguistic and stylistic excellence, the Psalms being regarded as poetry.

  10. A high peak power S-band switching system for the Advanced Photon Source (APS) Linear Accelerator (Linac)

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    Grelick, A. E.

    1998-01-01

    An S-band linear accelerator is the source of particles and front end of the Advanced Photon Source [1] injector. Additionally, it will be used to support a low-energy undulator test line (LEUTL) and to drive a free-electron laser (FEL). To provide maximum linac availability for all uses, an additional modulator-klystron subsystem has been built,and a waveguide-switching and distribution subsystem is now under construction. The combined subsystems provide a hot spare for any of the five S-band transmitters that power the lina cand have been given the additional function of powering an rf gun test stand whenever they are not otherwise needed. Design considerations for the waveguide-switching subsystem, topology selection, timing, control, and system protection provisions are described

  11. Widespread avian bornavirus infection in mute swans in the Northeast United States

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    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Jianhua Guo,1 Lina Covaleda,1 J Jill Heatley,1 John A Baroch,2 Ian Tizard1, Susan L Payne,11Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA; 2USDA/APHIS Wildlife Services, Fort Collins, CO, USAAbstract: Avian bornavirus (ABV matrix (M genes were detected by RT-PCR on brain tissue obtained from 192 mute swans harvested from several Northeastern states. A RT-PCR product was detected in 45 samples. Sequencing of the PCR products confirmed the presence of ABV belonging to the ‘goose’ genotype. The prevalence of positive samples ranged from 28% in Michigan to 0% in northern New York State. Two Rhode Island isolates were cultured. Their M, N, and X-P gene sequences closely matched recently published sequences from Canada geese.Keywords: avian bornavirus, proventricular dilatation disease, reverse transcription, polymerase chain reaction, mute swans

  12. Arhitektuurselt põnev, kuid muuseumina saamatu võidutöö : ERM / Rein Murula ; interv. Reet Varblane

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    Murula, Rein, 1955-

    2006-01-01

    Intervjuu Eesti Rahva Muuseumi hoone arhitektuurivõistluse žüriiliikme arhitekt Rein Murulaga. Konkursist, kaasaegsest muuseumihoonest, võidutööst "Memory Field" (autorid itaalia arhitekt Dan Dorell, liibanoni arhitekt Lina Ghotmeh, jaapani arhitekt Tsuyoshi Tane), II preemia saanud tööst "Gems" (autorid soome arhitektid Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta, Samuli Woolston), III preemia saanud tööst "Estonia is on the verge of a new millennium" (autorid austria arhitektid Alfred Bramberger, Thomas Pucher, Heidrun Steinhauser, Martin Mathy, Christa Pucher), ostupreemia pälvinud töödest "Crochet" (AB Kosmos: Ott Kadarik, Villem Tomiste, Mihkel Tüür, Krista Saluveer, Urmas Oja) ja "Lake Whisper" (autorid šveitsi arhitektid Manuel Bieler, Marco de Francesco, Antoine Robert-Grandpierre, Laurent Saurer)

  13. Following the evolution of morphology, composition and crystallography of alumina based catalysts after laser ablation: Implications for analysis by LA-ICP-AES

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    Alloncle, G. [Universite de Lyon, Lyon1, Laboratoire des Sciences Analytiques, CNRS UMR 5180, bat CPE, 43, boulevard du 11 novembre 1918, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Direction Physique et Analyses, Institut Francais du Petrole (IFP)-Lyon, BP3, F-69360 Solaize (France); Gilon, N., E-mail: gilon@univ-lyon1.fr [Universite de Lyon, Lyon1, Laboratoire des Sciences Analytiques, CNRS UMR 5180, bat CPE, 43, boulevard du 11 novembre 1918, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Legens, C.; Lienemann, C.-P.; Rebours, B.; Sorbier, L. [Direction Physique et Analyses, Institut Francais du Petrole (IFP)-Lyon, BP3, F-69360 Solaize (France); Morin, S.; Revel, R. [Direction Catalyse et Separation, Institut Francais du Petrole (IFP)-Lyon, BP3, F-69360 Solaize (France)

    2009-08-30

    Fundamental understanding of aerosol formation during laser ablation is important for the development of LA-ICP analysis of complex samples. Using a Lina Spark Atomizer{sup TM}, the application of this technique to the field of heterogeneous catalysis gave an accuracy of 5-15% while extreme values of +100% could be obtained in some cases. To improve understanding of laser ablation processes, particles generated during ablation of alumina based catalysts were collected and analysed using different microscopy and surface analysis techniques. Morphological study by scanning electron microscopy showed that most of the particles leaving the ablation cell were nanoparticle aggregates generated from vapor condensation. An XRD study of these aerosols revealed that the condensation converge on the formation of a spinel structure with large coherence domains. Elemental composition of the aerosol was also followed and exhibited differences between a catalyst containing large Mo concentration or low Pt concentration.

  14. Purificación y determinación de carbohidratos en la vicilina de canavalia ensiformis

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    Martínez, Patricia; Pabón, Marta Lucía; Gómez, Diego Armando; Albarracin, Sonia Luz

    2011-01-01

    Este estudio reporta la purificación y determinación de carbohidratos en la vici- lina de Canavalia ensiformis ( Jack bean). La vicilina se purificó por precipitación isoeléctrica a pH 6,4 y 4,8, cromatografía de intercambio iónico (DEAE-Sephadex A-50) y cromatografía de afinidad (Con A -Sepharosa 4B). La pureza de la proteína se verificó por SDS-PAGE y su identidad se confirmó por espectrometría de masas empleando la técnica de ionización MALDI (desorción-ioniz...

  15. Transgressive intimacy in the fiction of Costamagna, Fernández, Jeftanovic, Maturana and Meruane

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    Nan Zheng

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available The present work, framed primarily in the discourse of intimacy, Jacques Rancière’s theory of the aesthetic regime of art and Wendy Brow's revision of Foucault's reflecctions on Neoliberalism, examines the chilean fictions of the last two decades by Alejandra Costamagna, Nona Fernández, Andrea Jeftanovic, Andrea Maturana and Lina Meruane. The literary production of these female writers disagrees with patriarchal norms and those established by the neoliberal rationality dominated by the homo oeconomicus. This article analyzes the possibility of classifying these writers as a new literary generation of the post-dictatorship, which could be more inconvenient than benefical, since it would represent a gesture which could be establishing divisions between feminine and masculine; private and public; the sublime in art and the banality of everyday life.

  16. Nuclear magnetic resonance studies of ion motion in solid electrolytes. Annual report, June 1, 1982-March 31, 1983

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    Bjorkstam, J.L.

    1983-01-01

    An extensive investigation of a number of Li-Na beta-alumina crystals was carried out. It was found that the reaction of beta-aluminas with water involves partial substitution of M + by H 3 O + (or H + ) and carbonation at the crystal surface; i.e., reaction of a hydroxide with CO 2 . NMR spin-lattice relaxation data have been collected over the 4.2-100 0 K temperature interval at several frequencies for a number of beta-aluminas. Extensive efforts on the NMR investigation of lithium, proton, and deuteron nuclei in both normal and deuterated single crystals of lithium-iodide-monohydrate are reported. An extensive investigation of the thermodynamics and cation exchange properties of the AgI: Ag 2 O-B 2 O 3 glasses has been performed. Cation exchange techniques to produce new vitreous electrolytes were not successful

  17. Molecular dynamics simulations of a lithium/sodium carbonate mixture.

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    Ottochian, Alistar; Ricca, Chiara; Labat, Frederic; Adamo, Carlo

    2016-03-01

    The diffusion and ionic conductivity of Li x Na1-x CO3 salt mixtures were studied by means of Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations, using the Janssen and Tissen model (Janssen and Tissen, Mol Simul 5:83-98; 1990). These salts have received particular attention due to their central role in fuel cells technology, and reliable numerical methods that could perform as important interpretative tool of experimental data are thus required but still lacking. The chosen computational model nicely reproduces the main structural behaviour of the pure Li2CO3, Na2CO3 and K2CO3 carbonates, but also of their Li/K and Li/Na mixtures. However, it fails to accurately describe dynamic properties such as activation energies of diffusion and conduction processes, outlining the need to develop more accurate models for the simulation of molten salt carbonates.

  18. Structure and electrical resistivity of alkali-alkali and lithium-based liquid binary alloys

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    Mishra, A.K.; Mukherjee, K.K.

    1990-01-01

    Harmonic model potential, developed and used for simple metals is applied here to evaluate hardsphere diameters, which ensure minimum interionic pair potential for alkali-alkali (Na-K, Na-Rb, Na-Cs, K-Rb, K-Cs) and lithium-based (Li-Na, Li-Mg, Li-In, Li-Tl) liquid binary alloys as a function of composition for use in the determination of their partial structure factors. These structure factors are then used to calculate electrical resistivities of alloys considered. The computed values of electrical resistivity as a function of composition agree both, in magnitude and gradient reasonably well with experimental values in all cases except in Cs systems, where the disagreement is appreciable. (author)

  19. Endometrial carcinoma with yolk sac tumor-like differentiation and elevated serum ß-hCG: a case report and literature review

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    Full Text Available Mingliang Ji,1 Yan Lu,1 Lina Guo,2 Fengzhi Feng,1 Xirun Wan,1 Yang Xiang1 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2Department of Pathology, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Beijing, People's Republic of China Abstract: Endometrial carcinoma with a germ cell tumor component is a rare event. Here we report a uterine neoplasm with a unique combination of endometrioid adenocarcinoma and mixed germ cell malignant elements. A 28-year-old woman with abnormal vaginal bleeding, an abdominal mass, and elevated alfa-fetoprotein and beta-human chorionic gonadotropin (ß-hCG levels had a history of biopsy of an omental mass and chemotherapy in another hospital one month before her referral to our department. Histologic examination of the mass removed from the omentum revealed an endometrioid adenocarcinoma with yolk sac tumor-like differentiation. Total abdominal hysterectomy, bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, infracolic omentectomy, and removal of metastatic disease were then undertaken at our hospital. Postoperative chemotherapy was given. Eight months postoperatively, serum alfa-fetoprotein and ß-hCG rose again. Cases with primary yolk sac tumors of the endometrium or endometrial carcinoma with trophoblastic differentiation in the literature were reviewed. Keywords: endometrial carcinoma, yolk sac tumor, trophoblastic differentiation

  20. Potential and problems in ultrasound-responsive drug delivery systems

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    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Ying-Zheng Zhao,1,3 Li-Na Du,2 Cui-Tao Lu,1 Yi-Guang Jin,2 Shu-Ping Ge3 1Wenzhou Medical College, Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province, 2Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Beijing Institute of Radiation Medicine, Beijing, People’s Republic of China; 3St Christopher’s Hospital for Children/Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA Abstract: Ultrasound is an important local stimulus for triggering drug release at the target tissue. Ultrasound-responsive drug delivery systems (URDDS have become an important research focus in targeted therapy. URDDS include many different formulations, such as microbubbles, nanobubbles, nanodroplets, liposomes, emulsions, and micelles. Drugs that can be loaded into URDDS include small molecules, biomacromolecules, and inorganic substances. Fields of clinical application include anticancer therapy, treatment of ischemic myocardium, induction of an immune response, cartilage tissue engineering, transdermal drug delivery, treatment of Huntington’s disease, thrombolysis, and disruption of the blood–brain barrier. This review focuses on recent advances in URDDS, and discusses their formulations, clinical application, and problems, as well as a perspective on their potential use in the future. Keywords: ultrasound, targeted therapy, clinical application

  1. Prenatal maternal stress and wheeze in children: novel insights into epigenetic regulation.

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    Trump, Saskia; Bieg, Matthias; Gu, Zuguang; Thürmann, Loreen; Bauer, Tobias; Bauer, Mario; Ishaque, Naveed; Röder, Stefan; Gu, Lei; Herberth, Gunda; Lawerenz, Christian; Borte, Michael; Schlesner, Matthias; Plass, Christoph; Diessl, Nicolle; Eszlinger, Markus; Mücke, Oliver; Elvers, Horst-Dietrich; Wissenbach, Dirk K; von Bergen, Martin; Herrmann, Carl; Weichenhan, Dieter; Wright, Rosalind J; Lehmann, Irina; Eils, Roland

    2016-06-28

    Psychological stress during pregnancy increases the risk of childhood wheeze and asthma. However, the transmitting mechanisms remain largely unknown. Since epigenetic alterations have emerged as a link between perturbations in the prenatal environment and an increased disease risk we used whole genome bisulfite sequencing (WGBS) to analyze changes in DNA methylation in mothers and their children related to prenatal psychosocial stress and assessed its role in the development of wheeze in the child. We evaluated genomic regions altered in their methylation level due to maternal stress based of WGBS data of 10 mother-child-pairs. These data were complemented by longitudinal targeted methylation and transcriptional analyses in children from our prospective mother-child cohort LINA for whom maternal stress and wheezing information was available (n = 443). High maternal stress was associated with an increased risk for persistent wheezing in the child until the age of 5. Both mothers and children showed genome-wide alterations in DNA-methylation specifically in enhancer elements. Deregulated neuroendocrine and neurotransmitter receptor interactions were observed in stressed mothers and their children. In children but not in mothers, calcium- and Wnt-signaling required for lung maturation in the prenatal period were epigenetically deregulated and could be linked with wheezing later in children's life.

  2. Capela Santa Maria dos Anjos: uma obra alternativa

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    Edite Galote Carranza

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Celebrando cem anos de nascimento da arquiteta Lina Bo Bardi, seu trabalho continua incitando a curiosidade de pesquisadores, artistas e arquitetos de todo o mundo, devido tanto à qualidade, à subjetividade artística, às ideias, aos ideais e à filosofia de fundo como à amplitude da obra nas áreas de cenografia, design, crítica, museologia e arquitetura. Entre suas obras arquitetônicas, a Capela Santa Maria dos Anjos, de 1978, em Vargem Grande Paulista, SP, merece maior atenção. Embora possa ser considerada singela, a Capela é uma obra densa e representativa da Arquitetura Alternativa ao status quo arquitetônico paulista. Este artigo analisa a Capela e sua relação com os conceitos de nacional-popular e Te-Ato, a fé franciscana e as culturas erudita e popular, a fim de contribuir para o melhor entendimento da obra que dialoga com a cena cultural e política da época.

  3. A system and approach for total pipeline integrity management

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    Porter, Todd; Neidhardt, Dietmar [Tuboscope Pipeline Services, Houston, TX (United States); Gonzalez, Oscar [Tuboscope Mexico S.A. de C.V., Mexico, D.F. (Mexico)

    2005-07-01

    Pipeline rehabilitation and maintenance decisions are made using a wide variety of data, criteria, and expertise. The goal is to arrive at an optimal plan that considers risk and best return on Repair and Maintenance (R and M) expenditures for aging pipeline systems in both regulated and non-regulated environments. In order to achieve these goals, historical, operations, and assessment data is gathered, aligned and integrated as part of a baseline assessment. Integrity threats are identified based on operations and industry experience, and combined with potential consequences to public safety, the environment, and business to clearly delineate high risk exposure segments in the system. Integrity assessments are conducted in a prioritized manner, using the most appropriate technology and methods to address the threats. These include In Line Inspection technologies: MFL, Deformation, UT, INS (combinations thereof), Direct Assessment for EC and SCC threats, Hydro testing, and other indirect methods. From these results, decisions are made and R and M plans developed. To arrive at an optimal R and M plan, proper use of existing data, new integrity assessment data, and decision risk models is required. This paper presentation will detail the tactical aspect of an effective integrity management platform. Experience in decision support, operations priorities and execution of a rehabilitation plan using LinaView Pro{sup TM} integrity management system with risk-based integrity tools and maintenance planning will be presented. A process overview, results, and benefits will be given using these examples from operating oil and gas transmission pipelines. (author)

  4. Agricultural Rivers at Risk: Dredging Results in a Loss of Macroinvertebrates. Preliminary Observations from the Narew Catchment, Poland

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    Mateusz Grygoruk

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Ecosystem deterioration in small lowland agricultural rivers that results from river dredging entails a significant threat to the appropriate ecohydrological conditions of these water bodies, expressed as homogenization of habitats and loss of biodiversity. Our study was aimed at a comparison of abundance and taxonomic structure of bottom-dwelling macroinvertebrates in dredged and non-dredged stretches of small lowland rivers and tributaries of the middle Narew River, namely: Czaplinianka, Turośnianka, Dąb, and Ślina. The experimental setup was (1 to collect samples of the bottom material from the river stretches that either persisted in a non-modified state (dredging was not done there in the last few years or had been subjected to river dredging in the year of sampling; and (2 to analyze the abundance and taxonomic structure of macroinvertebrates in the collected samples. The study revealed that at the high level of statistical significance (from p = 0.025 to p = 0.001, the total abundance of riverbed macroinvertebrates in the dredged stretches of the rivers analyzed was approximately 70% lower than in non-dredged areas. We state that the dredging of small rivers in agricultural landscapes seriously affects their ecological status by negatively influencing the concentrations and species richness of benthic macroinvertebrates.

  5. Lithium and sodium storage on tetracyanoethylene (TCNE) and TCNE-(doped)-graphene complexes: A computational study

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    Chen, Yingqian; Manzhos, Sergei, E-mail: mpemanzh@nus.edu.sg

    2015-04-15

    Li and Na attachment to free tetracyanoethylene (TCNE) molecules and TCNE adsorbed on doped graphene is studied using density functional theory. While TCNE is adsorbed only weakly on ideal graphene, we identified a configuration in which TCNE is strongly chemisorbed on Al-doped graphene via molecule's C atom and a surface oxygen atom. Up to four (five) Li and Na atoms can be stored on both free (adsorbed) TCNE with binding energies stronger than cohesive energies of the Li and Na metals. When storing up to three atoms per molecule, it should be possible to avoid reduction of common battery electrolytes. TCNE immobilized on a conducting graphene-based substrate could therefore become an efficient anode material for organic Li and Na ion batteries. Importantly, there is no significant difference either in specific capacity (per unit mass of material excluding Li/Na) nor in voltage between Li and Na storage, which makes this kind of approach very promising for post-Li storage in general. - Highlights: • DFT study of Li, Na attachment to free TCNE and TCNE adsorbed on doped graphene. • Up to 5 Li, Na atoms bind to adsorbed TCNE stronger than Li, Na cohesive energies. • Similar specific capacity and voltage predicted for Li and Na storage. • It should be possible to avoid reduction of common battery electrolytes. • TCNE predicted to be efficient anode material for organic Li and Na ion batteries.

  6. Fruta podrida: La reivindicación de la vida y de la muerte desde un cuerpo enfermo, desechado

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    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Enfrentada a la desmemoria y al olvido, Lina Meruane recrea en la novela Fruta podrida, el drama vivido en Chile con la implementación salvaje de la economía de mercado, sistema que atacó, de manera siniestra, los campos y los cuerpos de los chilenos. En esta obra Meruane desmonta los dispositivos violentos y coercitivos sobre los cuerpos, reivindicando el derecho a la vida y a la muerte, conjetura desde la que se explora esta novela, a partir de las perspectivas teóricas de Michel Foucault y Judith Butler sobre el poder y la desigual valoración de los cuerpos. Crítica de la memoria oficial que absolvió a los culpables de la deScomposición de la sociedad chilena, Meruane se atreve a decir lo indecible desde un cuerpo enfermo que denuncia la red de poderes deshumanizantes del sistema neoliberal-dictatorial-patriarcal, red que controla el territorio y los cuerpos, haciendo de Chile un gran galpón desmemoriado.

  7. Study on the Electrochemical Property of Microporous Cobalt Phosphite[Co_11(HPO_3)_8(OH)_6

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    Lee, Dong Heon; Kang, Myunggoo; Jung, Hyun; Paek, Seung-Min

    2016-01-01

    Crystalline microporous cobalt phosphite, Co_11(HPO_3)_8(OH)_6, was prepared via facile hydrothermal route without the use of any templates or surfactants. The cobalt chloride hexahydrate (CoCl_2·6H_2O) and sodium hypophosphite monohydrate (NaH_2PO_2·H_2O) were employed as reactants, and sodium bicarbonate(NaHCO_3) was added to adjust the pH. The resultant Co_11(HPO_3)_8(OH)_6 shows dumbbell-like shape witha size of several micrometers. The obtained materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), and energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS). The Co_11(HPO_3)_8(OH)_6 is applied as electrochemical energy storage electrode material because of its unique microporous nature. Different aqueous electrolytes (LiOH, NaOH, and KOH) have been tested in order to study the effect of electrolyte cations on electrochemical behavior. To investigate the capacity and stability of Co_11(HPO_3)_8(OH)_6 electrode, cyclic voltammetry (CV), galvanostatic charge-discharge (GC), and cycle stability were performed in aqueous electrolytes with different cations at room temperature. We found that the electrochemical behavior of these materials is strongly dependent on the species of electrolyte cations (Li"+,Na"+, and K"+).

  8. Identification and antimicrobial susceptibility of Staphylococcus chromogenes isolates from intramammary infections of dairy cows.

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    Devriese, L A; Baele, M; Vaneechoutte, M; Martel, A; Haesebrouck, F

    2002-06-20

    Staphylococcus chromogenes is a highly prevalent species in subclinical mastitis with a well-established impact on somatic cell count. Few data are available on its antimicrobial susceptibility. The objective of this study was three-fold: (1) to evaluate simple identification tests by comparing them with a genomic method; (2) to determine minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of different antibiotics; (3) to search for the presence of important resistance mechanisms and resistance-determining genes.Seventy-three staphylococcal strains, all collected on different dairy farms, were tentatively identified as S. chromogenes based on their lack of hemolysis and their characteristic intermediate DNase activity. The identification of 70 strains was confirmed as S. chromogenes by tRNA intergenic spacer PCR (tRNA PCR). Three strains were identified as S. sciuri, a species that is naturally cloxacillin- and lincomycin-resistant. All 70 S. chromogenes strains were found to be normally susceptible to neomycin, gentamicin, erythromycin, enrofloxacin, and to penicillinase-stable penicillins and cephalosporins, represented in this study by cloxacillin. The latter result was confirmed by the absence of the mecA gene in each of 13 strains in which this gene was searched for. Twenty-seven (38%) strains were penicillinase producers. Three lincomycin-resistant S. chromogenes strains were found to carry the linA gene. It was concluded that S. chromogenes can be identified reliably in routine mastitis bacteriology, and that the only resistance of importance is against penicillinase-susceptible penicillins.

  9. The CPS improvements 1965-1973 An assessment

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    1974-01-01

    I n 1965 , plan s wer e mad e t o increas e th e bea m intensit y delivere d b y th e CP S b y a facto r o f te n o r more . Th e firs t stage , involvin g a ne w powe r suppl y fo r th e mai n magne t an d mor e tha n doublin g th e cycl e repe titio n rate , wa s complete d i n 1968 . I n th e secon d stage , whic h i s no w essentiall y complete , th e majo r item s wa s th e constructio n o f a n 80 0 Me V slow-cyclin g booste r injector . Man y othe r modification s wer e inclu ded . Th e Lina c curren t ha d t o b e increase d b y a n orde r o f magnitud e t o suppl y th e Booster , an d th e highe r bea m intensitie s require d a mor e powerfu l R F acceleratin g system. Besides the 800 MeV injection elements, quadru-pole lenses were installed to avoid longitudinal dilu­ tio n a t transition , an d multipole s t o counterac t insta bilities . I n addition , th e chambe r vacuu m wa s impro...

  10. Exploring the nitrogen ingestion of aphids--a new method using electrical penetration graph and (15N labelling.

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    Full Text Available Studying plant-aphid interactions is challenging as aphid feeding is a complex process hidden in the plant tissue. Here we propose a combination of two well established methods to study nutrient acquisition by aphids focusing on the uptake of isotopically labelled nitrogen ((15N. We combined the Electrical Penetration Graph (EPG technique that allows detailed recording of aphid feeding behaviour and stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS to precisely measure the uptake of nitrogen. Bird cherry-oat aphids Rhopalosiphum padi L. (Hemiptera, Aphididae fed for 24 h on barley plants (Hordeum vulgare L., cultivar Lina, Poaceae that were cultivated with a (15N enriched nutrient solution. The time aphids fed in the phloem was strongly positive correlated with their (15N uptake. All other single behavioural phases were not correlated with (15N enrichment in the aphids, which corroborates their classification as non-feeding EPG phases. In addition, phloem-feeding and (15N enrichment of aphids was divided into two groups. One group spent only short time in the phloem phase and was unsuccessful in nitrogen acquisition, while the other group displayed longer phloem-feeding phases and was successful in nitrogen acquisition. This suggests that several factors such as the right feeding site, time span of feeding and individual conditions play a role for the aphids to acquire nutrients successfully. The power of this combination of methods for studying plant-aphid interactions is discussed.

  11. Biomass derived porous nitrogen doped carbon for electrochemical devices

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    Litao Yan

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Biomass derived porous nanostructured nitrogen doped carbon (PNC has been extensively investigated as the electrode material for electrochemical catalytic reactions and rechargeable batteries. Biomass with and without containing nitrogen could be designed and optimized to prepare PNC via hydrothermal carbonization, pyrolysis, and other methods. The presence of nitrogen in carbon can provide more active sites for ion absorption, improve the electronic conductivity, increase the bonding between carbon and sulfur, and enhance the electrochemical catalytic reaction. The synthetic methods of natural biomass derived PNC, heteroatomic co- or tri-doping into biomass derived carbon and the application of biomass derived PNC in rechargeable Li/Na batteries, high energy density Li–S batteries, supercapacitors, metal-air batteries and electrochemical catalytic reaction (oxygen reduction and evolution reactions, hydrogen evolution reaction are summarized and discussed in this review. Biomass derived PNCs deliver high performance electrochemical storage properties for rechargeable batteries/supercapacitors and superior electrochemical catalytic performance toward hydrogen evolution, oxygen reduction and evolution, as promising electrodes for electrochemical devices including battery technologies, fuel cell and electrolyzer. Keywords: Biomass, Nitrogen doped carbon, Batteries, Fuel cell, Electrolyzer

  12. FireProt: Energy- and Evolution-Based Computational Design of Thermostable Multiple-Point Mutants.

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    Bednar, David; Beerens, Koen; Sebestova, Eva; Bendl, Jaroslav; Khare, Sagar; Chaloupkova, Radka; Prokop, Zbynek; Brezovsky, Jan; Baker, David; Damborsky, Jiri

    2015-11-01

    There is great interest in increasing proteins' stability to enhance their utility as biocatalysts, therapeutics, diagnostics and nanomaterials. Directed evolution is a powerful, but experimentally strenuous approach. Computational methods offer attractive alternatives. However, due to the limited reliability of predictions and potentially antagonistic effects of substitutions, only single-point mutations are usually predicted in silico, experimentally verified and then recombined in multiple-point mutants. Thus, substantial screening is still required. Here we present FireProt, a robust computational strategy for predicting highly stable multiple-point mutants that combines energy- and evolution-based approaches with smart filtering to identify additive stabilizing mutations. FireProt's reliability and applicability was demonstrated by validating its predictions against 656 mutations from the ProTherm database. We demonstrate that thermostability of the model enzymes haloalkane dehalogenase DhaA and γ-hexachlorocyclohexane dehydrochlorinase LinA can be substantially increased (ΔTm = 24°C and 21°C) by constructing and characterizing only a handful of multiple-point mutants. FireProt can be applied to any protein for which a tertiary structure and homologous sequences are available, and will facilitate the rapid development of robust proteins for biomedical and biotechnological applications.

  13. FireProt: Energy- and Evolution-Based Computational Design of Thermostable Multiple-Point Mutants.

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    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available There is great interest in increasing proteins' stability to enhance their utility as biocatalysts, therapeutics, diagnostics and nanomaterials. Directed evolution is a powerful, but experimentally strenuous approach. Computational methods offer attractive alternatives. However, due to the limited reliability of predictions and potentially antagonistic effects of substitutions, only single-point mutations are usually predicted in silico, experimentally verified and then recombined in multiple-point mutants. Thus, substantial screening is still required. Here we present FireProt, a robust computational strategy for predicting highly stable multiple-point mutants that combines energy- and evolution-based approaches with smart filtering to identify additive stabilizing mutations. FireProt's reliability and applicability was demonstrated by validating its predictions against 656 mutations from the ProTherm database. We demonstrate that thermostability of the model enzymes haloalkane dehalogenase DhaA and γ-hexachlorocyclohexane dehydrochlorinase LinA can be substantially increased (ΔTm = 24°C and 21°C by constructing and characterizing only a handful of multiple-point mutants. FireProt can be applied to any protein for which a tertiary structure and homologous sequences are available, and will facilitate the rapid development of robust proteins for biomedical and biotechnological applications.

  14. A method for screening for the risk of chronic effects of surface water pollution.

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    Soldán, Přemysl; Badurová, Jana

    2013-01-01

    The article describes a method for screening for the risk of chronic surface water pollution which was developed at the T. G. Masaryk Water Research Institute. The approach, which is based on exotoxicological analyses, can be classed as a rapid method of assessment. The degree of risk of chronic effects surface water pollution is determined from an evaluation of two major parameters-toxicity and genotoxicity. As the method utilizes relative simple procedures for sample collection, pretreatment of the sample, chemical analyses, bioassays and results assessment, this approach is suitable for widespread practical use. Extensive utilization of this approach for assessing river basins in the Czech Republic has proved its suitability for a more sophisticated detection of the biological impact of surface water pollution. This is documented in the article where the method is used in a study of the Bílina River, and in the overview of the results of the risk assessment of chronic effects of surface water pollution in selected sections of three international river basins in the Czech Republic.

  15. Excitation of Li and Na atoms in collisions with He and Ne

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    Olsen, J.Oe.; Andersen, T.; Andersen, N.

    1977-01-01

    Total emission cross sections and polarizations have been measured for the 2 2 S - 2 2 P, 2 2 P - 3 2 D and 2 2 P - 3 2 S LiI multiplets in Li - He,Ne collisions, and the 3 2 S - 3 2 P and 3 2 P - 3 2 D NaI multiplets in Na - He,Ne collisions in the 0.6 - 60 keV energy range. The excitation of the alkali resonance multiplet is found to be the dominant inelastic process for all four collision systems. The behaviour is very similar to the previously investigated Be + - He,Ne and Mg + - He,Ne systems. The results are compared with recent calculations by Manique et al based on a quasi-one electron description using various model potentials. Good agreement is found for Li - He with a simple Hartree-Fock frozen-core potential. The agreement is fair for Li,Na - He calculations with a Baylis type potential but poor for calculations based on Bottcher model potentials. For Ne as target all three potentials by far overestimate the size of the cross section. (Auth.)

  16. Multilayered ion-imprinted membranes with high selectivity towards Li+ based on the synergistic effect of 12-crown-4 and polyether sulfone

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    Lu, Jian; Qin, Yingying; Zhang, Qi; Wu, Yilin; Cui, Jiuyun; Li, Chunxiang; Wang, Liang; Yan, Yongsheng

    2018-01-01

    High-selective multilayered Li+-imprinted membranes (Li-IIMs) with enhanced hydrophilicity and stability were developed based on polyether sulfone substrate membranes. The multilayered structure was prepared with polydopamine (pDA) as the interfacial adhesion layer, SiO2 nanoparticles as the hydrophilic layer and Li+-imprinted polymers as the imprinted layer. The selective ;Li+-recognition sites; were formed using 12-crown-4 (12C4) as the adsorbing units. The optimal relative selectivity coefficients (α) of Li+/Na+ and Li+/K+ reached up to 1.85 and 2.07 with the imprinting factor (β) of 2.51, and the high permselectivity factors (γ) of Na+/Li+ (7.39) and K+/Li+ (9.86) were achieved on Li-IIMs. The Langmuir isotherm model and the pseudo-second-order kinetics model best fitted the rebinding data of Li-IIMs, as well as the rebinding capacities reached up to 90.3% of initial binding after 5 cycles of adsorption/desorption and just declined to 88.1% after another 5 cycles a month later. Therefore, the as-prepared Li-IIMs would have potential applications for the separation of lithium ions from salt lake brines.

  17. Advantages of mesh tallying in MCNPX for 3D dose calculations in radiotherapy

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    Jabbari, I.; Shahriari, M.; Aghamiri, S.M.R.; Monadi, S.

    2012-01-01

    The energy deposition mesh tally option of MCNPX Monte Carlo code is very useful for 3-Dimentional (3D) dose calculations. In this study, the 3D dose calculation was done for CT-based Monte Carlo treatment planning in which the energy deposition mesh tally were superimposed on merged voxel model. The results were compared with those of obtained from the common energy deposition (*F8) tally method for all cells of non-merged voxel model. The results of these two tallies and their respective computational times are compared, and the advantages of the proposed method are discussed. For this purpose, a graphical user interface (GUI) application was developed for reading CT slice data of patient, creating voxelized model of patient, optionally merging adjacent cells with the same material to reduce the total number of cells, reading beam configuration from commercial treatment planning system transferred in DICOM-RT format, and showing the isodose distribution on the CT images. To compare the results of Monte Carlo calculated and TiGRT planning system (LinaTech LLC, USA), treatment head of the Siemens ONCOR Impression accelerator was also simulated and the phase-space data on the scoring plane just above the Y-jaws was created and used. The results for a real prostate intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) plan showed that the proposed method was fivefold faster while the precision was almost the same. (author)

  18. Competency-structured case discussion in the morning meeting: enhancing CanMEDS integration in daily practice

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Imad Salah Hassan, Hadi Kuriry, Lina Al Ansari, Ali Al-Khathami, Mohammed Al Qahtani, Thari Al Anazi, Mahfooz Farooqui, Hamdan Al Jahdali Department of Medicine 1443, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Abstract: Outcome-focused, competency-based educational curricula have become the norm in residency training programs. The Canadian Medical Education Directives for Specialists (CanMEDS framework is one example of such a curriculum. However, models for incorporating all the competencies in everyday clinical practice have been difficult to accomplish. In this manuscript, a CanMEDS, competency-structured, acute case discussion in a regular morning meeting was undertaken. All the diagnostic and therapeutic interventions were explicitly organized and discussed under their respective CanMEDS competency headings. Post exercise, the majority of residents felt that they were more competent in all the competencies and indicated their willingness to continue having similarly structured acute case discussions in the future. Keywords: CanMEDS roles, residents, morning meeting

  19. Biochemical markers for the assessment of aquatic environment contamination

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    Havelková, Marcela; Randák, Tomáš; Blahová, Jana; Slatinská, Iveta; Svobodová, Zdeňka

    2008-01-01

    The need for assessment of aquatic ecosystem contamination and of its impact on water dwelling organisms was developed in response to rising aquatic environmental pollution. In this field study, liver enzymes of phase I and phase II of xenobiotic transformation, namely cytochrome P450, ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase, glutathione-S-transferase and tripeptide glutathione were used to assess the contamination of the aquatic environment at different rivers in the Czech Republic. The indicator species selected was the male chub (Leuciscus cephalus L.) and male brown trout (Salmo trutta fario). Chemical analyses included also the assessment of the most important inductors of previously mentioned biochemical markers. The major inductors of monitored biomarkers are industrial contaminants which belong to a large group of organic pollutants (PCB, PAH, PCDD/F, DDT, HCH, HCB and OCS), persistent in the environment. Four different groups of river basins were assessed: the River Tichá Orlice and its tributary the Kralický brook; important tributaries of the River Elbe (the rivers Orlice, Chrudimka, Cidlina, Jizera, Vltava, Ohře and Bílina); major rivers in the Czech Republic (the rivers Lužnice, Otava, Sázava, Berounka, Vltava, Labe, Ohře, Svratka, Dyje, Morava and Odra) and the River Vltava. The use of the biochemical markers together with chemical analyses seems to be an effective way to monitor the quality of aquatic environment. PMID:21218108

  20. Architecture and memory

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    Eneida de Almeida

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper investigates the links between architecture design and restoration, considering the blurry frontier that distinguishes this actions. The study holds in two contemporary architects performance: Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992 and Aldo Rossi (1931-1997. The analyses of the concrete production, presented here by a work of each architecture – Sesc Pompeia and the Teatro Del Mondo – is based on the ability of reflection on the role of the memory in architecture: not only the memory in the buildings and urban fabrics materiality, but also the memory as an active instrument inside the mental processes adopted by the projects authors. Resorting to architects writings as well as authors who analyses this interventions, they seek to reconstitute the design development path, recognizing the strategy that reinterprets past experiences in order to overcome the traditional contraposition between “old” and “new”, tutorship and innovation.

  1. Advanced Accelerator Applications in Medicine

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    Rimjiaem, Sakhorn

    2015-01-01

    besides the original purpose on development of particle acceleratora as research tools in nuclear and high-energy physics, there are large variety of accelerators used in various fileds from fundamental research to industrial usesand applications chemistry, biology and medicine. Pratical accelators used in various field of medical applications since serveral decades. Even through, a large fraction of applications is emphasized on cancer therappy, the number of accelerators used in midicine for other diagnostics and treatments has increased steady over the years. Several types of accelerated particles are used including electron, proton, neutron and ions. Presently, relativistic electron beams and radiation from linear accelerators (linas) are widely used. A combination of positron emission tomography (PRT) and radiotherapy is an example of excellent invention early detection and treat of cancer tumors. The most developments for proton and heavy ion therapy as well as a modern boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) are also great incoming effective systems. This talk will focus on developments of the accelrator systems as well as overview on biophysical properties and medical aspects of the diacnostics and treatments.

  2. An experimental study of hydroxyl in quartz using infrared spectroscopy and ion microprobe techniques

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    Rovetta, M. R.; Blacic, J. D.; Hervig, R. L.; Holloway, J. R.

    1989-05-10

    We have measured the concentrations of hydroxyl, deuterium, Al, Fe, Li,Na, K, and Rb in a natural quartz crystal before and after hydrothermaltreatment at 1.5 GPa and 800/degree/--1050 /degree/C. We employed microbeam infraredspectroscopy and ion probe techniques to avoid impurities trapped in healedcracks and fluid inclusions that might bias a normal bulk analysis.The /ital f//sub H/sub 2// of our experiments were buffered to thehematite-magnetite-(OH)fluid, nickel-nickel oxide-(OH)fluid, oriron-wustite-(OH)fluid phase assemblages. After hydrothermal treatment,the samples contained local concentrations of hydrogen or deuterium ofseveral hundred atoms/10/sup 6/ Si (the starting crystal contained 45 H/10/sup 6/ Si).We did several experiments with Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ or RbCl added to the sample chargeand found local Al enrichment where the deuterium concentration was highbut no Rb enrichment. Finally, we measured trace elements and hydroxyl in aquartz sample after plastic deformation in a talc furnace assembly; inregions of the sample containing basal and prismatic deformation lamellae(but no visible healed microcracks at 400/times/ optical magnification)hydroxyl had increased to /similar to/200 oO/10/sup 6/ Si with no increase in Al or Fe.Samples enriched in hydroxyl but not Al (including the plastically strainedsample) gave infrared spectra resembling natural amethyst crystals.

  3. Ab Initio Modeling of Structure and Properties of Single and Mixed Alkali Silicate Glasses.

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    Baral, Khagendra; Li, Aize; Ching, Wai-Yim

    2017-10-12

    A density functional theory (DFT)-based ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) has been applied to simulate models of single and mixed alkali silicate glasses with two different molar concentrations of alkali oxides. The structural environments and spatial distributions of alkali ions in the 10 simulated models with 20% and 30% of Li, Na, K and equal proportions of Li-Na and Na-K are studied in detail for subtle variations among the models. Quantum mechanical calculations of electronic structures, interatomic bonding, and mechanical and optical properties are carried out for each of the models, and the results are compared with available experimental observation and other simulations. The calculated results are in good agreement with the experimental data. We have used the novel concept of using the total bond order density (TBOD), a quantum mechanical metric, to characterize internal cohesion in these glass models. The mixed alkali effect (MAE) is visible in the bulk mechanical properties but not obvious in other physical properties studied in this paper. We show that Li doping deviates from expected trend due to the much stronger Li-O bonding than those of Na and K doping. The approach used in this study is in contrast with current studies in alkali-doped silicate glasses based only on geometric characterizations.

  4. Application of isotope-dilution laser ablation ICP-MS for direct determination of Pu concentrations in soils at pg g(-1) levels.

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    Boulyga, Sergei F; Tibi, Markus; Heumann, Klaus G

    2004-01-01

    The methods available for determination of environmental contamination by plutonium at ultra-trace levels require labor-consuming sample preparation including matrix removal and plutonium extraction in both nuclear spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. In this work, laser-ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) was applied for direct analysis of Pu in soil and sediment samples. Application of a LINA-Spark-Atomizer system (a modified laser ablation system providing high ablation rates) coupled with a sector-field ICP-MS resulted in detection limits as low as 3x10(-13) g g(-1) for Pu isotopes in soil samples containing uranium at a concentration of a few microg g(-1). The isotope dilution (ID) technique was used for quantification, which compensated for matrix effects in LA-ICP-MS. Interferences by UH+ and PbO2+ ions and by the peak tail of 238U+ ions were reduced or separated by use of dry plasma conditions and a mass resolution of 4000, respectively. No other effects affecting measurement accuracy, except sample inhomogeneity, were revealed. Comparison of results obtained for three contaminated soil samples by use of alpha-spectrometry, ICP-MS with sample decomposition, and LA-ICP-IDMS showed, in general, satisfactory agreement of the different methods. The specific activity of (239+240)Pu (9.8 +/- 3.0 mBq g(-1)) calculated from LA-ICP-IDMS analysis of SRM NIST 4357 coincided well with the certified value of 10.4 +/- 0.2 mBq g(-1). However, the precision of LA-ICP-MS for determination of plutonium in inhomogeneous samples, i.e. if "hot" particles are present, is limited. As far as we are aware this paper reports the lowest detection limits and element concentrations yet measured in direct LA-ICP-MS analysis of environmental samples.

  5. Application of isotope-dilution laser ablation ICP-MS for direct determination of Pu concentrations in soils at pg g-1 levels

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    Boulyga, Sergei F.; Tibi, Markus; Heumann, Klaus G.

    2004-01-01

    The methods available for determination of environmental contamination by plutonium at ultra-trace levels require labor-consuming sample preparation including matrix removal and plutonium extraction in both nuclear spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. In this work, laser-ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) was applied for direct analysis of Pu in soil and sediment samples. Application of a LINA-Spark-Atomizer system (a modified laser ablation system providing high ablation rates) coupled with a sector-field ICP-MS resulted in detection limits as low as 3 x 10 -13 g g -1 for Pu isotopes in soil samples containing uranium at a concentration of a few μg g -1 . The isotope dilution (ID) technique was used for quantification, which compensated for matrix effects in LA-ICP-MS. Interferences by UH + and PbO 2 + ions and by the peak tail of 238 U + ions were reduced or separated by use of dry plasma conditions and a mass resolution of 4000, respectively. No other effects affecting measurement accuracy, except sample inhomogeneity, were revealed. Comparison of results obtained for three contaminated soil samples by use of α-spectrometry, ICP-MS with sample decomposition, and LA-ICP-IDMS showed, in general, satisfactory agreement of the different methods. The specific activity of 239+240 Pu (9.8±3.0 mBq g -1 ) calculated from LA-ICP-IDMS analysis of SRM NIST 4357 coincided well with the certified value of 10.4±0.2 mBq g -1 . However, the precision of LA-ICP-MS for determination of plutonium in inhomogeneous samples, i.e. if ''hot'' particles are present, is limited. As far as we are aware this paper reports the lowest detection limits and element concentrations yet measured in direct LA-ICP-MS analysis of environmental samples. (orig.)

  6. A review and update on orphan drugs for the treatment of noninfectious uveitis

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    Full Text Available Caiyun You,1–3 Haitham F Sahawneh,1,2 Lina Ma,1,2 Buraa Kubaisi,1,2 Alexander Schmidt,1,2 C Stephen Foster1,2,4 1Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institution (MERSI, Waltham, 2Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation, Weston, MA, USA; 3Department of Ophthalmology, Tianjin Medical University General Hospital, Tianjin, People’s Republic of China; 4Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA Introduction: Uveitis, a leading cause of preventable blindness around the world, is a critically underserved disease in regard to the medications approved for use. Multiple immunomodulatory therapy (IMT drugs are appropriate for uveitis therapy but are still off-label. These IMT agents, including antimetabolites, calcineurin inhibitors, alkylating agents, and biologic agents, have been designated as “orphan drugs” and are widely used for systemic autoimmune diseases or organ transplantation.Area covered: The purpose of this paper is to comprehensively review and summarize the approved orphan drugs and biologics that are being used to treat systemic diseases and to discuss drugs that have not yet received approval as an “orphan drug for treating uveitis” by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA.Our perspective: IMT, as a steroid-sparing agent for uveitis patients, has shown promising clinical results. Refractory and recurrent uveitis requires combination IMT agents. IMT is continued for a period of 2 years while the patient is in remission before considering tapering medication. Our current goals include developing further assessments regarding the efficacy, optimal dose, and safety in efforts to achieve FDA approval for “on-label” use of current IMT agents and biologics more quickly and to facilitate insurance coverage and expand access to the products for this orphan disease. Keywords: immunomodulatory, orphan drug, steroid sparing, uveitis

  7. Spiritualiteit en poësie: Om te ontmoet en te soek

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    Full Text Available Spirituality and poetry: To meet and to seek. This article represents a commemoration lecture in honour of Professor Andries van Aarde. In the article, Lina Spies, emerita professor in the Department of Afrikaans and Dutch at the University of Stellenbosch, an eminent Afrikaans poet, recounts her spiritual journey as seeker. Spies views her emerging religiosity as the result of her encounters in real life and in poetry. The poem as encounter serves as a dynamic occurrence in which one both searches and finds. The poetry of secular poets like Pablo Neruda receives a religious dimension when they give expression to the ‘vastness of the universe’ as Neruda does in his poem La poesíe (translated as Poetry. For the literary-theoretical foundation of her argument, Spies employs the insights of Camille Paglia, professor of Humanities and Media Studies at The University of Arts in Philadelphia, as especially found in the introduction to her book, Break, blow, burn.Spies’ article focuses on the author’s spirituality as witnessed in her poems and in her translation of the diary of the Holocaust victim, Anne Frank. This spirituality is eschewed from Christian orthodoxy, on the one hand, and simultaneously influenced by the novels of the American-Jewish writer Chaim Potok, which evoked her interest in the American Jewish society and also made her conscious of the Jewishness of Jesus. The author’s spiritual journey of meeting and seeking reaches a peak in her poem Ontdaan (translated as Unsettled, on her reading of Andries van Aarde’s book Fatherless in Galilee: Jesus as child of God.

  8. Ionic liquids and derived materials for lithium and sodium batteries.

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    Yang, Qiwei; Zhang, Zhaoqiang; Sun, Xiao-Guang; Hu, Yong-Sheng; Xing, Huabin; Dai, Sheng

    2018-03-21

    The ever-growing demand for advanced energy storage devices in portable electronics, electric vehicles and large scale power grids has triggered intensive research efforts over the past decade on lithium and sodium batteries. The key to improve their electrochemical performance and enhance the service safety lies in the development of advanced electrode, electrolyte, and auxiliary materials. Ionic liquids (ILs) are liquids consisting entirely of ions near room temperature, and are characterized by many unique properties such as ultralow volatility, high ionic conductivity, good thermal stability, low flammability, a wide electrochemical window, and tunable polarity and basicity/acidity. These properties create the possibilities of designing batteries with excellent safety, high energy/power density and long-term stability, and also provide better ways to synthesize known materials. IL-derived materials, such as poly(ionic liquids), ionogels and IL-tethered nanoparticles, retain most of the characteristics of ILs while being endowed with other favourable features, and thus they have received a great deal of attention as well. This review provides a comprehensive review of the various applications of ILs and derived materials in lithium and sodium batteries including Li/Na-ion, dual-ion, Li/Na-S and Li/Na-air (O 2 ) batteries, with a particular emphasis on recent advances in the literature. Their unique characteristics enable them to serve as advanced resources, medium, or ingredient for almost all the components of batteries, including electrodes, liquid electrolytes, solid electrolytes, artificial solid-electrolyte interphases, and current collectors. Some thoughts on the emerging challenges and opportunities are also presented in this review for further development.

  9. One-Step Synthesis of Titanium Oxyhydroxy-Fluoride Rods and Research on the Electrochemical Performance for Lithium-ion Batteries and Sodium-ion Batteries.

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    Li, Biao; Gao, Zhan; Wang, Dake; Hao, Qiaoyan; Wang, Yan; Wang, Yongkun; Tang, Kaibin

    2015-12-01

    Titanium oxyhydroxy-fluoride, TiO0.9(OH)0.9F1.2 · 0.59H2O rods with a hexagonal tungsten bronze (HTB) structure, was synthesized via a facile one-step solvothermal method. The structure, morphology, and component of the products were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetry (TG), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM (HRTEM), inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES), ion chromatograph, energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) analyses, and so on. Different rod morphologies which ranged from nanoscale to submicron scale were simply obtained by adjusting reaction conditions. With one-dimension channels for Li/Na intercalation/de-intercalation, the electrochemical performance of titanium oxyhydroxy-fluoride for both lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) and sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) was also studied. Electrochemical tests revealed that, for LIBs, titanium oxyhydroxy-fluoride exhibited a stabilized reversible capacity of 200 mAh g(-1) at 25 mA g(-1) up to 120 cycles in the electrode potential range of 3.0-1.2 V and 140 mAh g(-1) at 250 mA g(-1) up to 500 cycles, especially; for SIBs, a high capacity of 100 mAh g(-1) was maintained at 25 mA g(-1) after 115 cycles in the potential range of 2.9-0.5 V.

  10. Comparative performance evaluation of a new a-Si EPID that exceeds quad high-definition resolution.

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    McConnell, Kristen A; Alexandrian, Ara; Papanikolaou, Niko; Stathakis, Sotiri

    2018-01-01

    Electronic portal imaging devices (EPIDs) are an integral part of the radiation oncology workflow for treatment setup verification. Several commercial EPID implementations are currently available, each with varying capabilities. To standardize performance evaluation, Task Group Report 58 (TG-58) and TG-142 outline specific image quality metrics to be measured. A LinaTech Image Viewing System (IVS), with the highest commercially available pixel matrix (2688x2688 pixels), was independently evaluated and compared to an Elekta iViewGT (1024x1024 pixels) and a Varian aSi-1000 (1024x768 pixels) using a PTW EPID QC Phantom. The IVS, iViewGT, and aSi-1000 were each used to acquire 20 images of the PTW QC Phantom. The QC phantom was placed on the couch and aligned at isocenter. The images were exported and analyzed using the epidSoft image quality assurance (QA) software. The reported metrics were signal linearity, isotropy of signal linearity, signal-tonoise ratio (SNR), low contrast resolution, and high-contrast resolution. These values were compared between the three EPID solutions. Computed metrics demonstrated comparable results between the EPID solutions with the IVS outperforming the aSi-1000 and iViewGT in the low and high-contrast resolution analysis. The performance of three commercial EPID solutions have been quantified, evaluated, and compared using results from the PTW QC Phantom. The IVS outperformed the other panels in low and high-contrast resolution, but to fully realize the benefits of the IVS, the selection of the monitor on which to view the high-resolution images is important to prevent down sampling and visual of resolution.

  11. Antimicrobial-Resistance Genetic Markers in Potentially Pathogenic Gram Positive Cocci Isolated from Brazilian Soft Cheese.

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    Resende, Juliana Alves; Fontes, Cláudia Oliveira; Ferreira-Machado, Alessandra Barbosa; Nascimento, Thiago César; Silva, Vânia Lúcia; Diniz, Cláudio Galuppo

    2018-02-01

    Although most Brazilian dairy products meet high technological standards, there are quality issues regarding milk production, which may reduce the final product quality. Several microbial species may contaminate milk during manufacture and handling. If antimicrobial usage remains uncontrolled in dairy cattle, the horizontal transfer of antimicrobial resistance genes in foodstuffs may be of particular concern for both food producers and dairy industry. This study focused on the evaluation of putative Gram positive cocci in Minas cheese and of antimicrobial and biocide resistance genes among the isolated bacteria. Representative samples of 7 different industrially trademarked Minas cheeses (n = 35) were processed for selective culture and isolation of Gram positive cocci. All isolated bacteria were identified by DNA sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene. Antimicrobial resistance genes were screened by PCR. Overall, 208 strains were isolated and identified as follows: Enterococcus faecalis (47.6%), Macrococcus caseolyticus (18.3%), Enterococcus faecium (11.5%), Enterococcus caseliflavus (7.7%), Staphylococcus haemolyticus (7.2%), Staphylococcus aureus (4.3%), Staphylococcus epidermidis (2.9%), and Enterococcus hirae (0.5%). The genetic markers mecA (78.0%) and smr (71.4%) were the most prevalent, but others were also detected, such as blaZ (65.2%), msrA (60.9%), msrB (46.6%), linA (54.7%), and aacA-aphD (47.6%). The occurrence of opportunist pathogenic bacteria harboring antimicrobial resistance markers in the cheese samples are of special concern, since these bacteria are not considered harmful contaminating agents according to the Brazilian sanitary regulations. However, they are potentially pathogenic bacteria and the cheese may be considered a reservoir for antimicrobial resistance genes available for horizontal transfer through the food chain, manufacturing personnel and consumers. © 2018 Institute of Food Technologists®.

  12. Thermal stability and oxidizing properties of mixed alkaline earth-alkali molten carbonates: A focus on the lithium-sodium carbonate eutectic system with magnesium additions

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    Frangini, Stefano; Scaccia, Silvera

    2013-01-01

    Highlights: • TG/DSC analysis was conducted on magnesium-containing eutectic Li/Na eutectic carbonates. • Magnesium influence on the oxygen solubility properties of carbonate was also experimentally determined at 600 °C and 650 °C. • A reproducible partial decarbonation process in premelting region caused formation of magnesium oxycarbonate-like phases. • The acidobase buffering action of magnesium oxycarbonate species could explain the high basic/oxidizing properties of such carbonate melts. • A general correlation between thermal instability in premelting region and basic/oxidizing melt properties was established. - Abstract: A comparative study on thermal behavior and oxygen solubility properties of eutectic 52/48 lithium/sodium carbonate salt containing minor additions of magnesium up to 10 mol% has been made in order to determine whether a general correlation between these two properties can be found or not. Consecutive TG/DSC heating/cooling thermal cycles carried out under alternating CO 2 and N 2 gas flows allowed to assign thermal events observed in the premelting region to a partial decarbonation process of the magnesium-alkali mixed carbonates. The observed decarbonation process at 460 °C is believed to come from initial stage of thermal decomposition of magnesium carbonate resulting in the metastable formation of magnesium oxycarbonate-like phases MgO·2MgCO 3 , in a similar manner as previously reported for lanthanum. Reversible formation and decomposition of the magnesium carbonate phase has been observed under a CO 2 gas atmosphere. The intensity of the decomposition process shows a maximum for a 3 mol% MgO addition that gives also the highest oxygen solubility, suggesting therefore that instability thermal analysis in the premelting region can be considered as providing an effective measure of the basicity/oxidizing properties of alkali carbonate melts with magnesium or, in more general terms, with cations that are strong modifiers of

  13. Suitability of selected bioindicators of atmospheric pollution in the industrialised region of Ostrava, Upper Silesia, Czech Republic.

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    Francová, Anna; Chrastný, Vladislav; Šillerová, Hana; Kocourková, Jana; Komárek, Michael

    2017-08-29

    This study is a continuation of our preceding research identifying suitable environmental samples for the tracing of atmospheric pollution in industrial areas. Three additional types of environmental samples were used to characterise contamination sources in the industrial area of Ostrava city, Czech Republic. The region is known for its extensive metallurgical and mining activities. Fingerprinting of stable Pb isotopes was applied to distinguish individual sources of anthropogenic Pb. A wide range of 206 Pb/ 207 Pb ratios was observed in the investigated samples: 206 Pb/ 207 Pb = 1.168-1.198 in mosses; 206 Pb/ 207 Pb = 1.167-1.215 in soils and 206 Pb/ 207 Pb = 1.158-1.184 in tree cores. Black and brown coal combustion, as well as metallurgical activities, is the two main sources of pollution in the area. Fossil fuel burning in industry and households seems to be a stronger source of Pb emissions than from the metallurgical industry. Concentration analyses of tree rings showed that a significant increase in As concentrations occurred between 1999 and 2016 (from 0.38 mg kg -1 to 13.8 mg kg -1 ). This shift corresponds to the use of brown coal from Bílina, Czech Republic, with an increased As concentration. The burning of low-quality fuels in households remains a problem in the area, as small ground sources have a greater influence on the air quality than do industrial sources.

  14. Pipeline integrity: ILI baseline data for QRA

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    Porter, Todd R. [Tuboscope Pipeline Services, Houston, TX (United States)]. E-mail: tporter@varco.com; Silva, Jose Augusto Pereira da [Pipeway Engenharia, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)]. E-mail: guto@pipeway.com; Marr, James [MARR and Associates, Calgary, AB (Canada)]. E-mail: jmarr@marr-associates.com

    2003-07-01

    The initial phase of a pipeline integrity management program (IMP) is conducting a baseline assessment of the pipeline system and segments as part of Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA). This gives the operator's integrity team the opportunity to identify critical areas and deficiencies in the protection, maintenance, and mitigation strategies. As a part of data gathering and integration of a wide variety of sources, in-line inspection (ILI) data is a key element. In order to move forward in the integrity program development and execution, the baseline geometry of the pipeline must be determined with accuracy and confidence. From this, all subsequent analysis and conclusions will be derived. Tuboscope Pipeline Services (TPS), in conjunction with Pipeway Engenharia of Brazil, operate ILI inertial navigation system (INS) and Caliper geometry tools, to address this integrity requirement. This INS and Caliper ILI tool data provides pipeline trajectory at centimeter level resolution and sub-metre 3D position accuracy along with internal geometry - ovality, dents, misalignment, and wrinkle/buckle characterization. Global strain can be derived from precise INS curvature measurements and departure from the initial pipeline state. Accurate pipeline elevation profile data is essential in the identification of sag/over bend sections for fluid dynamic and hydrostatic calculations. This data, along with pipeline construction, operations, direct assessment and maintenance data is integrated in LinaViewPRO{sup TM}, a pipeline data management system for decision support functions, and subsequent QRA operations. This technology provides the baseline for an informed, accurate and confident integrity management program. This paper/presentation will detail these aspects of an effective IMP, and experience will be presented, showing the benefits for liquid and gas pipeline systems. (author)

  15. Maturation of the adolescent brain

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    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Mariam Arain, Maliha Haque, Lina Johal, Puja Mathur, Wynand Nel, Afsha Rais, Ranbir Sandhu, Sushil Sharma Saint James School of Medicine, Kralendijk, Bonaire, The Netherlands Abstract: Adolescence is the developmental epoch during which children become adults – intellectually, physically, hormonally, and socially. Adolescence is a tumultuous time, full of changes and transformations. The pubertal transition to adulthood involves both gonadal and behavioral maturation. Magnetic resonance imaging studies have discovered that myelinogenesis, required for proper insulation and efficient neurocybernetics, continues from childhood and the brain's region-specific neurocircuitry remains structurally and functionally vulnerable to impulsive sex, food, and sleep habits. The maturation of the adolescent brain is also influenced by heredity, environment, and sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, which play a crucial role in myelination. Furthermore, glutamatergic neurotransmission predominates, whereas gamma-aminobutyric acid neurotransmission remains under construction, and this might be responsible for immature and impulsive behavior and neurobehavioral excitement during adolescent life. The adolescent population is highly vulnerable to driving under the influence of alcohol and social maladjustments due to an immature limbic system and prefrontal cortex. Synaptic plasticity and the release of neurotransmitters may also be influenced by environmental neurotoxins and drugs of abuse including cigarettes, caffeine, and alcohol during adolescence. Adolescents may become involved with offensive crimes, irresponsible behavior, unprotected sex, juvenile courts, or even prison. According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the major cause of death among the teenage population is due to injury and violence related to sex and substance abuse. Prenatal neglect, cigarette smoking, and alcohol consumption may also

  16. Materials considerations in accelerator targets

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    Peacock, H. B. Jr.; Iyer, N. C.; Louthan, M. R. Jr.

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    Future nuclear materials production and/or the burn-up of long lived radioisotopes may be accomplished through the capture of spallation produced neutrons in accelerators. Aluminum clad-lead and/or lead alloys has been proposed as a spallation target. Aluminum was the cladding choice because of the low neutron absorption cross section, fast radioactivity decay, high thermal conductivity, and excellent fabricability. Metallic lead and lead oxide powders were considered for the target core with the fabrication options being casting or powder metallurgy (PM). Scoping tests to evaluate gravity casting, squeeze casting, and casting and swaging processes showed that, based on fabricability and heat transfer considerations, squeeze casting was the preferred option for manufacture of targets with initial core cladding contact. Thousands of aluminum clad aluminum-lithium alloy core targets and control rods for tritium production have been fabricated by coextrusion processes and successfully irradiated in the SRS reactors. Tritium retention in, and release from, the coextruded product was modeled from experimental and operational data. The model assumed that tritium atoms, formed by the 6Li(n,a)3He reaction, were produced in solid solution in the Al-Li alloy. Because of the low solubility of hydrogen isotopes in aluminum alloys, the irradiated Al-Li rapidly became supersaturated in tritium. Newly produced tritium atoms were trapped by lithium atoms to form a lithium tritide. The effective tritium pressure required for trap or tritide stability was the equilibrium decomposition pressure of tritium over a lithium tritide-aluminum mixture. The temperature dependence of tritium release was determined by the permeability of the cladding to tritium and the local equilibrium at the trap sites. The model can be used to calculate tritium release from aluminum clad, aluminum-lithium alloy targets during postulated accelerator operational and accident conditions. This paper describes

  17. Disability assessment scale for dementia – long version (DADL-BR

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    Mariana Boaro Fernandez Canon

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: There are no functional assessment tools for elderly with dementia available in the literature that will assess all occupations. Objective: To develop a Long Version of Disability Assessment for Dementia Scale (DADL-Br, covering all occupations provided by the American Association of Occupational Therapy (AOTA and the activities that compose them and evaluate its content validity. Method: With the permission of the original version main author (DAD, Isabelle Gélinas PhD, the new items of the Long Version (DADL-Br were developed based on the classification proposed by AOTA for occupations, considering the gaps in the original instrument. We reviewed the Cultural and Conceptual Equivalence by the Expert Committee and Multidisciplinary Committee. The suggestions of the Committees were accepted and the process followed for the pre-test and author analysis. Results: The first version of the instrument received 10 new fields and 64 new items, which after seven reviews of Cultural Equivalence (average concordance 89.2%, six reviews of Conceptual Equivalence (average concordance 81.2%, tree pre-tests and analysis of the original version main author, has resulted in the development of five versions, addition of twelve items and exclusion of seven items, and the final version consists of 20 fields and 109 items, being 10 new fields and 69 new items. Conclusion: This process conferred the content validity of DADL-Br, which includes all occupations proposed by AOTA and can be a useful tool to evaluate the profile of occupational performance of elderly with dementia.

  18. Study on lithium extraction from brines based on LiMn2O4/Li1-xMn2O4 by electrochemical method

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    Zhao, Meng-Yao; Ji, Zhi-Yong; Zhang, Yong-Guang; Guo, Zhi-Yuan; Zhao, Ying-Ying; Liu, Jie; Yuan, Jun-Sheng

    2017-01-01

    Highlights: •A recovery system with LiMn 2 O 4 /Li 1-x Mn 2 O 4 as electrodes was used to extract lithium. •The influence sequence of coexisting ions on lithium extraction was Mg 2+ > Na + > Ca 2+ > K + . •The values of α Li-Na , α Li-Mg and α Li-Ca were more than 300, 70 and 110, respectively. •The specific energy consumption was between 18 and 19 W h·mol −1 . -- Abstract: Lithium rechargeable batteries have been used for lithium extraction in recent years. Here, we report on a highly selective lithium recovery system that consists of a LiMn 2 O 4 positive electrode, a Li 1-x Mn 2 O 4 negative electrode and a monovalent selective anion-exchange membrane. The effect of potential, temperature and coexisting ions on lithium extraction were investigated in this paper, and the lithium recovery system was applied to extract lithium from brine and concentrated seawater. The extraction capacity of Li + reached 34.31 mg· (1 g LiMn 2 O 4 ) −1 at 1.2 V. With higher reaction rate and lower energy consumption, 25 °C (room temperature) was considered as the appropriate temperature. The system still remained high selective for Li + even in the presence of impurity ions (K + , Na + , Mg 2+ , Ca 2+ ). With simulated brine and concentrated seawater as source solutions, the concentrations of Na + , Mg 2+ and Ca 2+ were reduced more than 300, 70 and 100 times, consuming 18–19 W h per mole of lithium recovered. And the electrodes still had high separation coefficients of Li + and Me n+ (Na + , Mg 2+ , Ca 2+ ) after five cycles although a slight drop was existing.

  19. The immobilisation of nuclear waste materials containing different alkali elements into single-phase NZP based ceramics

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    Pet'kov, V.I.; Orlova, A.I.; Trubach, I.G.; Demarin, T.; Kurazhkovskaya, V.S.

    2002-01-01

    The NZP matrix, which is based on NaZr 2 (PO 4 ) 3 , is a viable candidate for nuclear waste immobilisation. We examined the possibilities of incorporating of alkali elements into the NZP host structure, investigated the conditions of the crystalline solution formation, and determined the regions of the NZP structure compositional stability for a series of complex orthophosphates of titanium or zirconium and alkali elements A m-x A' x M 2-(m-1)/4 (PO 4 ) 3 with m = 1, 3, or 5 and 0 ≤ x ≤ m, where A and A' are mutually different alkali elements and M is Ti or Zr. The phosphates containing Li-Na, Li-K, Li-Rb, Li-Cs, Na-K, Na-Rb, Na-Cs, K-Rb, K-Cs and Rb-Cs pairs were prepared and studied by X-ray powder analysis, IR spectroscopy, simultaneous DTA-TG measurements and electron microprobe analyses. In the systems studied, wide ranges of crystalline phosphate solutions with tailored alkali metal substitutions were formed owing to the large number of sites available for substitution and high degree of flexibility in the NZP structure. It was found that introduction of the less expensive and lighter Ti in the host phase in place of the commonly used Zr permits cheaper ceramics, having in some cases larger alkali element contents, to be obtained. The phases containing alkali metals can be formed, for instance, during phosphate solidification of molten alkali chlorides with radioactive nuclides from the pyroelectrochemical technologies of nuclear fuel recycling

  20. Improvement of skin condition in striae distensae: development, characterization and clinical efficacy of a cosmetic product containing Punica granatum seed oil and Croton lechleri resin extract

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    Bogdan C

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Cătălina Bogdan,1 Sonia Iurian,2 Ioan Tomuta,2 Mirela Moldovan1 1Department of Dermatopharmacy and Cosmetics, 2Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iuliu Hatieganu, Cluj-Napoca, Romania Abstract: Striae distensae are a frequent skin condition associated with pregnancy, weight change or lack of skin elasticity. The aim of this research was to obtain a topical product containing herbal active ingredients with documented antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity (Punica granatum seed oil and Croton lechleri resin extract and demonstrate its positive effect on prevention and treatment of striae distensae. First, the cream base formulation was optimized through experimental design. Secondly, the cream containing the two active ingredients was investigated in an interventional nonrandomized clinical trial. The clinical outcome was assessed through biophysical parameters and ultrasonographic evaluation. The state of the skin was evaluated by biophysical measurements and ultrasonography at the beginning of the study and after 3 and 6 weeks. The experimental design was successfully used to set the best ranges for the technological and formulation factors to obtain a cosmetic formulation with optimal characteristics. The study of clinical efficacy on the optimal formulation revealed an increase in the dermis thickness, hydration and elasticity values in both groups after 6 weeks of cream application. The new oil-in-water cream containing P. granatum seed oil and C. lechleri resin extract can be helpful in the prevention or improving of skin changes associated with striae. Keywords: stretch marks, ultrasonography, texture analysis, design of experiments, oil-in-water emulsion

  1. Romanian Association of Balneology Conference – 2015, 28 – 31 May, Băile Tuşnad

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    MUNTEANU Constantin

    2015-05-01

    PERIODONTITIS TREATMENT 17.\tDr. Tatar Daniela Monica, Dr. Dogaru Gabriela, Dr. Ungur Rodica - INFLUENCE OF NATURAL FACTORS ON BRONCHIAL ASTHMA 18.\tIspas Alexandra, Gabriela Dogaru, Motricala Marieta - EFFECTS OF NATURAL THERAPEUTIC FACTORS IN BĂILE TUSNAD ON THE REHABILITATION OF POST-STROKE PATIENTS 19.\tMaria Daniela Crăciun - IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN CLIMAX WITH KINETOTHERAPY AND NATURAL FACTORS IN VATRA DORNEI RESORT 20.\tDenisa Muresan, Gabriela Dogaru, Motricala Marieta - EFFECTIVENESS OF NATURAL THERAPEUTIC FACTORS IN BĂILE TUSNAD FOR THE REHABILITATION OF PATIENTS WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE 21.\tGabriel Ranghiuc, Roxana Hodorogea, Asist.Dr.BioIng. Cătălina LUCA - STUDIUL TULBURĂRILOR MUSCULO-SCHELETALE UTILIZÂND ELECTROGONIOMETRIA ŞI ELECTROMIOGRAFIA 22.\tMonica Delia POP, Letitia Mihaela Morar - How do we protect ourselves of MALPRACTICE? MEDICAL MALPRACTICE - ACTUALITY, PERSPECTIVES AND SIGNIFICANTLY JURISPRUDENCE 23.\tOctavian D Olariu, Claudia Dascal, Ionut Cadar - REHABILITATION “KEY POINTS” IN ZONE V FLEXOR TENDONS INJURIES 24.\tSuceveanu Mihaela, Pop Dana, Suceveanu Paul, Sitar Tǎut Adela Viviana, Zdrenghea Dumitru, Hâncu Nicolae - EFFECTS OF CARDIOVASCULAR REHABILITATION IN PATIENTS ADMITTED TO THE “Dr Benedek Geza” Hospital of Rehabilitation IN CARDIOVASCULAR Diseases, COVASNA 25.\tCadar D Ionut, Dogaru B Gabriela - THE PHYSICAL THERAPY ROLE IN FUNCTIONAL REHABILITATION AFTER TOTAL SHOULDER ARTHROPLASTY 26.\tDr. Glogojeanu Remus Relu, Dr. Bucur Ileana, Dr. Dogaru Gabriela, Kt. Glogojeanu Olivia Daniela - THE SIGNIFICANT RISKS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF OSTEOPOROSIS IN THE AERONAUTICAL PERSONNEL. PREVENTION AND TREATMENT 27.\tTatiana Bihari, Denes Marton, Doina Moldovan - SILICONE IMPLANT ARTHROPLASTY OF THE PROXIMAL INTERPHALANGEAL JOINT (PIPJ OF FINGER V OF THE RIGHT HAND – A THERAPEUTIC VARIANT IN POSTTRAUMATIC ARTHROSIS 28.\tPop Daniela Dogaru Gabriela, Stanescu Ioana, Pop Ioana - ROLE OF MEDICAL REHABILITATION TREATMENT IN POST

  2. The 12th Edition of the Scientific Days of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases “Prof. Dr. Matei Bals” and the 12th National Infectious Diseases Conference

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    Cristian-Mihail Niculae

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    Full Text Available Table of contents A1 The outcome of patients with recurrent versus non-recurrent pneumococcal meningitis in a tertiary health-care hospital in Bucharest Cristian-Mihail Niculae, Eliza Manea, Raluca Jipa, Simona Merisor, Ruxandra Moroti, Serban Benea, Adriana Hristea A2 Influence of bacteriophages on sessile Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria Alina Cristina Neguț, Oana Săndulescu, Anca Streinu-Cercel, Dana Mărculescu, Magdalena Lorena Andrei, Veronica Ilie, Marcela Popa, Coralia Bleotu, Carmen Chifiriuc, Mircea Ioan Popa, Adrian Streinu-Cercel A3 The utility of inflammatory biomarkers in the prognostic evaluation of septic patients – past, present and future Alina Orfanu, Cristina Popescu, Anca Leuștean, Remulus Catană, Anca Negru, Alexandra Badea, Radu Orfanu, Cătălin Tilișcan, Victoria Aramă, Ştefan Sorin Aramă A4 Etiologic and clinical features of bacterial meningitis in infants Constanța-Angelica Vișan, Anca-Cristina Drăgănescu, Anuța Bilașco, Camelia Kouris, Mădălina Merișescu, Magdalena Vasile, Diana-Maria Slavu, Sabina Vintilă, Endis Osman, Alina Oprea, Sabina Sandu, Monica Luminos A5 The diagnostic and prognostic role of neutrophil to lymphocyte count ratio in sepsis Alina Orfanu, Victoria Aramă, Ştefan Sorin Aramă, Anca Leuştean, Remulus Catană, Anca Negru, Gabriel Adrian Popescu, Cristina Popescu A6 Whooping cough in a HIV positive patient Ramona Georgiana Stanculete, Ana Vaduva Enoiu, Adelina Raluca Marinescu, Voichita Lazureanu A7 Cronobacter sakazakii sepsis in varicella patient Adelina-Raluca Marinescu, Alexandru Crișan, Voichița Lăzureanu, Virgil Musta, Narcisa Nicolescu, Ruxandra Laza A8 Anaerobes an underdiagnosed cause of prosthesis joint infection Anca-Ruxandra Negru, Daniela-Ioana Munteanu, Raluca Mihăilescu, Remulus Catană, Olga Dorobăț, Alexandru Rafila, Emilia Căpraru, Marius Niculescu, Rodica Marinescu, Olivera Lupescu, Vlad Predescu, Adrian Streinu-Cercel, Victoria Aramă, Daniela

  3. Increased tissue factor, MMP-8, and D-dimer expression in diabetic patients with unstable advanced carotid atherosclerosis

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    Jerzy Krupinski

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Jerzy Krupinski1,2, Marta M Turu1,2, M Angels Font1, Nesser Ahmed3, Matthew Sullivan3, Ana Luque1,2, Francisco Rubio1, Lina Badimon2, Mark Slevin31Department of Neurology, Stroke Unit, University Hospital of Bellvitge (HUB, Fundacio IDIBELL, Barcelona, Spain; 2Cardiovascular Research Centre, IIBB/CSIC-HSCSP-UAB, Barcelona, Spain; 3School of Biology, Chemistry and Health Science, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United KingdomAbstract: Advanced atherogenesis is characterized by the presence of markers of enhanced prothrombotic capacity, attenuated fibrinolysis, and by clinical conditions associated with defective coagulation. Diabetes may be associated with enhanced lesion instability and atherosclerotic plaque rupture. Plaques obtained from 206 patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy were divided into diabetic (type 2 and nondiabetic and analyzed by Western blotting and immunohistochemistry to detect tissue factor (TF, metalloproteinases (MMP-2, -8, -9, and fibrin/fibrinogen related antigens, and in situ zymography to detect MMP activity. Plasma samples were quantified for TF procoagulant activity, C-reactive protein, fibrinogen and D-dimer. Diabetic and symptomatic patients with hypoechogenic plaques had increased plasma TF activity and D-dimer, compared with those with hyperechogenic plaques (p = 0.03, p = 0.007, respectively. Diabetic, symptomatic patients had higher plasma D-dimer levels than asymptomatic patients (p = 0.03. There was a significant correlation between intramural TF levels and D-dimer in diabetic patients with symptomatic disease (p = 0.001, r2 = 0.4. In diabetic patients, plasma fibrinogen levels were higher in patients with hypoechogenic plaques (p = 0.007. Diabetic patients with ulcerated plaques had higher plasma D-dimer and MMP-8 levels than those with fibrous plaques (p = 0.02, p = 0.01, respectively. This data suggests that currently available circulating markers may be clinically useful to select

  4. ABCC4 is required for cell proliferation and tumorigenesis in non-small cell lung cancer

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    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Xiaoting Zhao, Yinan Guo, Wentao Yue, Lina Zhang, Meng Gu, Yue Wang Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology, Beijing TB and Thoracic Tumor Research Institute/Beijing Chest Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, People's Republic of China Background: Multidrug resistance protein 4 (MRP4, also known as ATP-cassette binding protein 4 (ABCC4, is a member of the MRP/ABCC subfamily of ATP-binding cassette transporters, which are capable of pumping a wide variety of drugs out of the cell. However, little is known about the function of ABCC4 in the proliferation of lung cancer cells. Methods: ABCC4 mRNA and protein levels in lung cancer cell lines were measured by real-time polymerase chain reaction and Western blot, respectively. A lentivirus-mediated RNA interference technique was used to inhibit ABCC4 mRNA expression in A549 and 801D cells. The function of ABCC4 in cell growth was investigated by MTS and colony formation assays. The role of ABCC4 in cell cycle progression was evaluated by flow cytometry and Western blot analysis. ABCC4 mRNA levels in 30 pairs of tumors and corresponding matched adjacent normal tissues from non-small cell lung cancer patients were detected by real-time polymerase chain reaction. Results: ABCC4 was highly expressed in lung cancer cell lines. ABCC4 expression was markedly downregulated in A549 and 801D cells using the RNA interference technique. Suppression of ABCC4 expression inhibited cell growth. The percentage of cells in G1 phase was increased when ABCC4 expression was suppressed. Phosphorylation of retinoblastoma protein was weakened, originating in the downregulation of ABCC4. ABCC4 mRNA was highly expressed in lung cancer tissue and lung cancer cell lines. Conclusion: ABCC4 may play an important role in the control of A549 and 801D cell growth. ABCC4 is a potential target for lung cancer therapy. Keywords: ABCC4, cell proliferation, lung cancer, cell cycle

  5. Information, communication and education on climate change. European perspectives

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    Filho, W.L.; Mannke, F. [TuTech Innovation GmbH, Hamburg (Germany); Schmidt-Thome, P. (eds.) [Geologinen Tutkimuslaitos, Espoo (Finland)

    2007-07-01

    Project by Film and DVD (F.-M. Chambers, F.R.G. Daniell, Sally A. Brain); (l) Raising Awareness of Climate Change: Experience in Lithuania (Arunas Bukantis, Linas Kliucininkas, Egigijus Rimkus, Elena Talockaite); (m) Linking Sustainability, Education, Communication and Climate Change - Some International Approaches and Good Practice (Walter Leal Filho, Franzisko Mannke).

  6. Hybrid Arrays for Chemical Sensing

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    Kramer, Kirsten E.; Rose-Pehrsson, Susan L.; Johnson, Kevin J.; Minor, Christian P.

    In recent years, multisensory approaches to environment monitoring for chemical detection as well as other forms of situational awareness have become increasingly popular. A hybrid sensor is a multimodal system that incorporates several sensing elements and thus produces data that are multivariate in nature and may be significantly increased in complexity compared to data provided by single-sensor systems. Though a hybrid sensor is itself an array, hybrid sensors are often organized into more complex sensing systems through an assortment of network topologies. Part of the reason for the shift to hybrid sensors is due to advancements in sensor technology and computational power available for processing larger amounts of data. There is also ample evidence to support the claim that a multivariate analytical approach is generally superior to univariate measurements because it provides additional redundant and complementary information (Hall, D. L.; Linas, J., Eds., Handbook of Multisensor Data Fusion, CRC, Boca Raton, FL, 2001). However, the benefits of a multisensory approach are not automatically achieved. Interpretation of data from hybrid arrays of sensors requires the analyst to develop an application-specific methodology to optimally fuse the disparate sources of data generated by the hybrid array into useful information characterizing the sample or environment being observed. Consequently, multivariate data analysis techniques such as those employed in the field of chemometrics have become more important in analyzing sensor array data. Depending on the nature of the acquired data, a number of chemometric algorithms may prove useful in the analysis and interpretation of data from hybrid sensor arrays. It is important to note, however, that the challenges posed by the analysis of hybrid sensor array data are not unique to the field of chemical sensing. Applications in electrical and process engineering, remote sensing, medicine, and of course, artificial

  7. Application of isotope-dilution laser ablation ICP-MS for direct determination of Pu concentrations in soils at pg g{sup -1} levels

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    Boulyga, Sergei F.; Tibi, Markus; Heumann, Klaus G. [Institute of Inorganic Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Duesbergweg 10-14, 55099, Mainz (Germany)

    2004-01-01

    The methods available for determination of environmental contamination by plutonium at ultra-trace levels require labor-consuming sample preparation including matrix removal and plutonium extraction in both nuclear spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. In this work, laser-ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) was applied for direct analysis of Pu in soil and sediment samples. Application of a LINA-Spark-Atomizer system (a modified laser ablation system providing high ablation rates) coupled with a sector-field ICP-MS resulted in detection limits as low as 3 x 10{sup -13} g g{sup -1} for Pu isotopes in soil samples containing uranium at a concentration of a few {mu}g g{sup -1}. The isotope dilution (ID) technique was used for quantification, which compensated for matrix effects in LA-ICP-MS. Interferences by UH{sup +} and PbO{sub 2}{sup +} ions and by the peak tail of {sup 238}U{sup +} ions were reduced or separated by use of dry plasma conditions and a mass resolution of 4000, respectively. No other effects affecting measurement accuracy, except sample inhomogeneity, were revealed. Comparison of results obtained for three contaminated soil samples by use of {alpha}-spectrometry, ICP-MS with sample decomposition, and LA-ICP-IDMS showed, in general, satisfactory agreement of the different methods. The specific activity of {sup 239+240}Pu (9.8{+-}3.0 mBq g{sup -1}) calculated from LA-ICP-IDMS analysis of SRM NIST 4357 coincided well with the certified value of 10.4{+-}0.2 mBq g{sup -1}. However, the precision of LA-ICP-MS for determination of plutonium in inhomogeneous samples, i.e. if ''hot'' particles are present, is limited. As far as we are aware this paper reports the lowest detection limits and element concentrations yet measured in direct LA-ICP-MS analysis of environmental samples. (orig.)

  8. Direct determination of halogens in powdered geological and environmental samples using isotope dilution laser ablation ICP-MS

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    Boulyga, Sergei F.; Heumann, Klaus G.

    2005-04-01

    Laser ablation inductively coupled plasma isotope dilution mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-IDMS) with a special laser ablation system for bulk analyses (LINA-Spark(TM)-Atomiser) was applied for direct determinations of chlorine, bromine, and iodine in rock and sediment samples. Special attention was focused on possible inter-halogen fractionations and analyte/spike isotope fractionations by using LA-ICP-MS and LA-ICP-IDMS, respectively. A variation of Br/Cl and I/Cl element intensity ratios by a factor of 1.3-3 was observed when changing the nebulizer gas flow rate in the range of 0.84-1.0 L min-1 and the laser power density in the range of 2-10 GW cm-2, respectively. When using an internal standard for halogen quantification in LA-ICP-MS, this inter-element fractionation can cause systematic errors, which can be avoided by applying the isotope dilution technique. However, at high laser power densities (>5.7 GW cm-2 for iodine and >4.0 GW cm-2 for bromine and chlorine) the corresponding measured isotope ratio of the isotope-diluted sample deviates significantly from the target value. Under optimised conditions concentrations in the range of 30 [mu]g g-1-16 × 103 [mu]g g-1 for chlorine, <2-140 [mu]g g-1 for bromine, and <0.1-31 [mu]g g-1 for iodine were determined by LA-ICP-IDMS in two sediment reference materials (SRM 1646, SRM 2704) and three rock reference samples (GS-N, Granite; BX-N, Bauxite; DT-N, Disthene), which have not been certified for these halogens. The sediment results agree well within the given uncertainties with indicative values by different methods and the results of the rock samples with those obtained by negative thermal ionisation isotope dilution mass spectrometry. The detection limits of LA-ICP-IDMS are 8 [mu]g g-1 for chlorine, 1.7 [mu]g g-1 for bromine, and 0.1 [mu]g g-1 for iodine.

  9. Changes in definition lead to changes in the clinical characteristics across COPD categories according to GOLD 2017: a national cross-sectional survey in China

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    Sun LN

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Lina Sun,* Yahong Chen,* Rui Wu, Ming Lu, Wanzhen Yao Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Peking University Third Hospital, Beijing, China *These authors contributed equally to this work Purpose: To investigate how the changes of definition in assessment of Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD stratification 2017 lead to changes of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD patient clinical characteristics across categories in China.Patients and methods: COPD patients from 11 medical centers in China were stratified into old and new groups A–D twice according to the GOLD 2011 and 2017 comprehensive assessment. Demography and clinical characteristics were compared between old and new groups A–D.Results: In 1,532 COPD patients, the distribution from group A to D was 330 (21.5%, 132 (8.6%, 411 (26.8%, 659 (43.0% and 557 (36.4%, 405 (26.4%, 184 (12.0%, 386 (25.2%, respectively according to GOLD 2011 and 2017. 46.7% (500/1,070 patients in high-risk groups were regrouped to low-risk groups. Compared to the old groups A and B, the new groups A and B had a higher proportion of males, lower body mass index, higher modified Medical Research Council (mMRC grade, poor pulmonary function, more patients with chronic bronchitis, and fewer patients with coronary heart disease and hypertension disease. Compared to the old groups C and D, the new groups C and D had older patients, fewer men, better pulmonary functions, frequent acute exacerbations in the previous year, and more patients with chronic bronchitis, coronary heart disease, or diabetes mellitus. The new group D had more patients with stroke than the old group D.Conclusion: In China, GOLD 2017 shifted the overall COPD comprehensive assessments distribution to more low-risk groups. The new high-risk groups had more characteristics associated with high risk of acute exacerbation and mortality. Some of the changes in demography and clinical characteristics of

  10. Drug delivery to solid tumors: the predictive value of the multicellular tumor spheroid model for nanomedicine screening

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    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Marie Millard,1,2 Ilya Yakavets,1–3 Vladimir Zorin,3,4 Aigul Kulmukhamedova,1,2,5 Sophie Marchal,1,2 Lina Bezdetnaya1,2 1Centre de Recherche en Automatique de Nancy, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique UMR 7039, Université de Lorraine, 2Research Department, Institut de Cancérologie de Lorraine, Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy, France; 3Laboratory of Biophysics and Biotechnology, 4International Sakharov Environmental Institute, Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus; 5Department of Radiology, Medical Company Sunkar, Almaty, Kazakhstan Abstract: The increasing number of publications on the subject shows that nanomedicine is an attractive field for investigations aiming to considerably improve anticancer chemotherapy. Based on selective tumor targeting while sparing healthy tissue, carrier-mediated drug delivery has been expected to provide significant benefits to patients. However, despite reduced systemic toxicity, most nanodrugs approved for clinical use have been less effective than previously anticipated. The gap between experimental results and clinical outcomes demonstrates the necessity to perform comprehensive drug screening by using powerful preclinical models. In this context, in vitro three-dimensional models can provide key information on drug behavior inside the tumor tissue. The multicellular tumor spheroid (MCTS model closely mimics a small avascular tumor with the presence of proliferative cells surrounding quiescent cells and a necrotic core. Oxygen, pH and nutrient gradients are similar to those of solid tumor. Furthermore, extracellular matrix (ECM components and stromal cells can be embedded in the most sophisticated spheroid design. All these elements together with the physicochemical properties of nanoparticles (NPs play a key role in drug transport, and therefore, the MCTS model is appropriate to assess the ability of NP to penetrate the tumor tissue. This review presents recent developments in MCTS models for a

  11. Cognitive effects of electro-acupuncture and pregabalin in a trigeminal neuralgia rat model induced by cobra venom

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    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available Ruo-Wen Chen,1,2 Hui Liu,2 Jian-Xiong An,1,2 Xiao-Yan Qian,2 Yi-De Jiang,2 Doris K Cope,3 John P Williams,3 Rui Zhang,1 Li-Na Sun1 1Department of Anesthesiology, Weifang Medical University, Weifang City, Shandong, 2Department of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Critical Care Medicine, Aviation General Hospital of China Medical University and Beijing Institute of Translational Medicine, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China; 3Department of Anesthesiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, USA Objective: The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of electro-acupuncture (EA and pregabalin on cognition impairment induced by chronic trigeminal neuralgia (TN in rats. Design: Controlled animal study. Setting: Department of Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine and Critical Care Medicine, Aviation General Hospital of China Medical University. Subjects: Forty adult male Sprague Dawley rats. Methods: Rats were randomly divided into four groups. The TN model was induced by administration of cobra venom to the left infraorbital nerve. On postoperative day 14, either EA or pregabalin was administered, free behavioral activities were observed. Spatial learning and memory abilities were determined in the Morris water maze. The ultrastructural alterations of the Gasserian ganglion, medulla oblongata and hippocampus were examined by electron microscopy. The changes on long-term potentiation were investigated. Results: After treatment, the exploratory behavior increased and the grooming behavior decreased (P<0.05 for the EA group and pregabalin group compared with the cobra venom group; moreover, demyelination of neurons in Gasserian ganglion and medulla oblongata was reversed. The number of platform site crossings, the average percentages of time in the target quadrant and the field excitatory postsynaptic potential slopes increased (P<0.05 in the EA group compared to the cobra venom group. However, the pregabalin group

  12. Evaluation of psoriasis patients’ attitudes toward benefit–risk and therapeutic trade-offs in their choice of treatments

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    Full Text Available Lina Eliasson,1 Anthony P Bewley,2 Farhan Mughal,3 Karissa M Johnston,4 Andreas Kuznik,5 Chloe Patel,1 Andrew J Lloyd1 1Clinical Outcomes Assessment, ICON Clinical Research UK Ltd, 2Department of Dermatology, Whipps Cross University Hospital, Barts Health National Health Service Trust, London, 3Health Economics Outcomes Research, Celgene Ltd, Uxbridge, UK; 4Epidemiology, ICON Commercialisation and Outcomes, Vancouver, BC, Canada; 5Global Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Celgene Corporation, Summit, NJ, USA Objective: Treatment options for psoriasis offer trade-offs in terms of efficacy, convenience, and risk of adverse events. We evaluated patients’ preferences with respect to benefit–risk in the treatment of psoriasis. Methods: A discrete choice experiment was conducted in adults from the UK with moderate-to-severe psoriasis using an orthogonal design with 32 hypothetical choice sets. Participants were randomly assigned to one of two surveys with 16 choice sets. Patients’ preferences were investigated with respect to the following attributes: reduction in body surface area affected by psoriasis, treatment administration (frequency and mode of delivery, short-term diarrhea or nausea risk, and 10-year risk of developing melanoma or nonmelanoma skin cancer, tuberculosis, or serious infections. A mixed effects logistic regression model generated relative preferences between treatment profiles. Results: Participants (N=292 had a strong preference to avoid increased risk of melanoma or nonmelanoma skin cancer (odds ratio [OR]: 0.44 per 5% increased 10-year risk and increased risks of tuberculosis and serious infections (both ORs: 0.73 per 5% increased 10-year risk and preferred once-weekly to twice-daily tablets (OR: 0.76 and weekly (OR: 0.56 or fortnightly (OR: 0.65 injections. Participants preferred avoiding treatments that may cause diarrhea or nausea in the first 2 weeks (OR: 0.87 per 5% increase and preferred treatments that

  13. The sources and evolution of mineralising fluids in iron oxide-copper-gold systems, Norrbotten, Sweden: Constraints from Br/Cl ratios and stable Cl isotopes of fluid inclusion leachates

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    Gleeson, S. A.; Smith, M. P.

    2009-10-01

    We have analysed the halogen concentrations and chlorine stable isotope composition of fluid inclusion leachates from three spatially associated Fe-oxide ± Cu ± Au mineralising systems in Norrbotten, Sweden. Fluid inclusions in late-stage veins in Fe-oxide-apatite deposits contain saline brines and have a wide range of Br/Cl molar ratios, from 0.2 to 1.1 × 10 -3 and δ 37Cl values from -3.1‰ to -1.0‰. Leachates from saline fluid inclusions from the Greenstone and Porphyry hosted Cu-Au prospects have Br/Cl ratios that range from 0.2 to 0.5 × 10 -3 and δ 37Cl values from -5.6‰ to -1.3‰. Finally, the Cu-Au deposits hosted by the Nautanen Deformation Zone (NDZ) have Br/Cl molar ratios from 0.4 to 1.1 × 10 -3 and δ 37Cl values that range from -2.4‰ to +0.5‰, although the bulk of the data fall within 0‰ ± 0.5‰. The Br/Cl ratios of leachates are consistent with the derivation of salinity from magmatic sources or from the dissolution of halite. Most of the isotopic data from the Fe-oxide-apatite and Greenstone deposits are consistent with a mantle derived source of the chlorine, with the exception of the four samples with the most negative values. The origin of the low δ 37Cl values in these samples is unknown but we suggest that there may have been some modification of the Cl-isotope signature due to fractionation between the mineralising fluids and Cl-rich silicate assemblages found in the alteration haloes around the deposits. If such a process has occurred then a modified crustal source of the chlorine for all the samples cannot be ruled out although the amount of fractionation necessary to generate the low δ 37Cl values would be significantly larger. The source of Cl in the NDZ deposits has a crustal signature, which suggests the Cl in this system may be derived from (meta-) evaporites or from input from crustal melts such as granitic pegmatites of the Lina Suite.

  14. Perceptions of Patient Engagement Applications During Pregnancy: A Qualitative Assessment of the Patient's Perspective.

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    Goetz, Maren; Müller, Mitho; Matthies, Lina Maria; Hansen, Jenny; Doster, Anne; Szabo, Akos; Pauluschke-Fröhlich, Jan; Abele, Harald; Sohn, Christof; Wallwiener, Markus; Wallwiener, Stephanie

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    highly frequented source of information. Expectations and usability requirements for those applications are also high, thus posing a challenge to interdisciplinary service providers. Patients' attitude toward integrating apps in routine care settings was positive with a favorable influence on patient empowerment. Health care professionals should guide pregnant women toward a successful integration of these educational tools in pregnancy care. ©Maren Goetz, Mitho Müller, Lina Maria Matthies, Jenny Hansen, Anne Doster, Akos Szabo, Jan Pauluschke-Fröhlich, Harald Abele, Christof Sohn, Markus Wallwiener, Stephanie Wallwiener. Originally published in JMIR Mhealth and Uhealth (http://mhealth.jmir.org), 26.05.2017.

  15. Spin dynamics on cyclic iron wheels in high magnetic fields

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    Schnelzer, Lars

    2008-01-01

    In the present thesis the spin dynamics of cyclic spin-cluster compounds, the so called ''ferric wheels'' were studied by means of the NMR. In the iron wheels Li/Na rate at Fe 6 (tea) 6 and Cs rate at Fe 8 (tea) 8 as probes of NMR both the protons and the centrally lying alkali atoms 7 Li, 23 Na, and 133 Cs were available. For this purpose measurements in the magnetic field region up to B=20 T and at temperatures between room temperature and T=50 mK were performed. The longitudinal relaxation rate was temperature dependently studied at two field values on the lithium cluster and a frequency independent maximum of the relaxation rate at a temperature of T∼30 K resulted. Different behaviour showed the measurement on the sodium cluster. the longitudinal relaxation rate slopes linearly with the temperature and shows no maximum. The two quadrupole satellites of the 23 Na could be resolved. From the distance of the satellites to the central transition both on the field gradient of the iron ring and on the orientation of the symmetry axis to the external magnetic field could be concluded. The determined field gradient of the Na rate at Fe 6 (tea) 6 of eq=4.78(11).10 20 V/m 2 was in very good agreement with the present theoretically calculated value. The orientation of the crystal was determined to θ(c,B)=62.8 . The very low splitting of the 7 Li NMR spectrum of the lithium cluster allows to give as upper limit for the value of the field gradient eq=1.82(11).10 20 V/m 2 . From the seven lines of the cesium spectrum theoretically to be expected five were resolved. The evaluation yielded for the cesium ring a value of eq=-1.3(1).10 21 V/m 2 . The study of the field-dependent line position of the 23 Na NMR line led to the determination of the parameter of the transferred hyperfine interaction to A tHf /2π=140 kHz. For the first time on a cyclic iron cluster a level crossing could be studied by means of the central ion. The temperature dependence of the longitudinal

  16. Spin dynamics on cyclic iron wheels in high magnetic fields; Spindynamik an zyklischen Eisen-Raedern in hohen magnetischen Feldern

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    Schnelzer, Lars

    2008-02-15

    In the present thesis the spin dynamics of cyclic spin-cluster compounds, the so called ''ferric wheels'' were studied by means of the NMR. In the iron wheels Li/Na rate at Fe{sub 6}(tea){sub 6} and Cs rate at Fe{sub 8}(tea){sub 8} as probes of NMR both the protons and the centrally lying alkali atoms {sup 7}Li, {sup 23}Na, and {sup 133}Cs were available. For this purpose measurements in the magnetic field region up to B=20 T and at temperatures between room temperature and T=50 mK were performed. The longitudinal relaxation rate was temperature dependently studied at two field values on the lithium cluster and a frequency independent maximum of the relaxation rate at a temperature of T{approx}30 K resulted. Different behaviour showed the measurement on the sodium cluster. the longitudinal relaxation rate slopes linearly with the temperature and shows no maximum. The two quadrupole satellites of the {sup 23}Na could be resolved. From the distance of the satellites to the central transition both on the field gradient of the iron ring and on the orientation of the symmetry axis to the external magnetic field could be concluded. The determined field gradient of the Na rate at Fe{sub 6}(tea){sub 6} of eq=4.78(11).10{sup 20} V/m{sup 2} was in very good agreement with the present theoretically calculated value. The orientation of the crystal was determined to {theta}(c,B)=62.8 . The very low splitting of the {sup 7}Li NMR spectrum of the lithium cluster allows to give as upper limit for the value of the field gradient eq=1.82(11).10{sup 20} V/m{sup 2}. From the seven lines of the cesium spectrum theoretically to be expected five were resolved. The evaluation yielded for the cesium ring a value of eq=-1.3(1).10{sup 21} V/m{sup 2}. The study of the field-dependent line position of the {sup 23}Na NMR line led to the determination of the parameter of the transferred hyperfine interaction to A{sub tHf}/2{pi}=140 kHz. For the first time on a cyclic iron

  17. Effects of vildagliptin relative to sulfonylureas in Muslim patients with type 2 diabetes fasting during Ramadan: influence of age and treatment with/without metformin in the VIRTUE study

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    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Ahmed AK Hassoun,1 Md Faruque Pathan,2 Rita C Medlej,3,4 Monira Alarouj,5 Inass Shaltout,6 Manoj S Chawla,7 Ditte Knap,8 Julius A Vaz9 1Dubai Diabetes Centre, Dubai, UAE; 2Department of Endocrinology, BIRDEM Hospital, Dhaka, Bangladesh; 3Department of Endocrinology, Hotel Dieu de France Hospital, 4Chronic Care Centre, Saint Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon; 5Dasman Diabetes Institute, Dasman, Kuwait; 6Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt; 7Lina Diabetes Care Centre, Mumbai, India; 8Novartis Pharma AG, Basel, Switzerland; 9Novartis Healthcare Private Limited, Hyderabad, India Background: VIRTUE was a prospective, observational study assessing the effectiveness and safety of vildagliptin vs sulfonylureas (SUs (both as monotherapy and in combination with metformin in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus who fasted during Ramadan. A post hoc analysis was carried out to assess the effect of treatment with/without metformin and age (<65 years or ≥65 years. Patients and methods: Patients were recruited from the Middle East and Asia. The primary end point was proportion of patients with one or more hypoglycemic event (HE during Ramadan. Secondary end points included change from baseline in glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c, body weight, and safety. Results: Overall, 684 patients received vildagliptin and 631 received SUs. Most patients received dual therapy with metformin (n=1,148 and were aged <65 years (n=1,189. A few patients experienced one or more HE with vildagliptin vs SU monotherapy (6.5% vs 14.5% and with vildagliptin + metformin vs SUs + metformin (5.3% vs 20.6%; the latter achieved statistical significance (P<0.001 in both age subgroups (<65 years: 5.5% vs 18.4%, P<0.001; ≥65 years: 2.8% vs 30.9%, P<0.001. Vildagliptin was associated with numerically greater HbA1c and body weight reductions vs SUs, regardless of the therapy type or age. A higher proportion of SU- vs vildagliptin-treated patients experienced adverse events

  18. Frontotemporal lobar degeneration: current perspectives

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    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Lina Riedl,1 Ian R Mackenzie,2 Hans Förstl,1 Alexander Kurz,1 Janine Diehl-Schmid1 1Center for Cognitive Disorders, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany; 2Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada Abstract: The term frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD refers to a group of progressive brain diseases, which preferentially involve the frontal and temporal lobes. Depending on the primary site of atrophy, the clinical manifestation is dominated by behavior alterations or impairment of language. The onset of symptoms usually occurs before the age of 60 years, and the mean survival from diagnosis varies between 3 and 10 years. The prevalence is estimated at 15 per 100,000 in the population aged between 45 and 65 years, which is similar to the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease in this age group. There are two major clinical subtypes, behavioral-variant frontotemporal dementia and primary progressive aphasia. The neuropathology underlying the clinical syndromes is also heterogeneous. A common feature is the accumulation of certain neuronal proteins. Of these, the microtubule-associated protein tau (MAPT, the transactive response DNA-binding protein, and the fused in sarcoma protein are most important. Approximately 10% to 30% of FTLD shows an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance, with mutations in the genes for MAPT, progranulin (GRN, and in the chromosome 9 open reading frame 72 (C9orf72 accounting for more than 80% of familial cases. Although significant advances have been made in recent years regarding diagnostic criteria, clinical assessment instruments, neuropsychological tests, cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers, and brain imaging techniques, the clinical diagnosis remains a challenge. To date, there is no specific pharmacological treatment for FTLD. Some evidence has been provided for serotonin reuptake

  19. Comparison of prescriber evaluations and patient-directed self-reports in office-based practice for buprenorphine treatment of opiate-dependent individuals in France, 2002

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    Estelle Lavie

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available Estelle Lavie1, Mélina Fatséas1, Jean-Pierre Daulouède1,2, Cécile Denis1, Jacques Dubernet1, Laurent Cattan3, Marc Auriacombe11Laboratoire de psychiatrie/EA4139, INSERM IFR-99 and Faculté de médecine Victor Pachon, University Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2, Bordeaux, France; 2Bizia, Centre de soins d’addictologie, Centre Hospitalier de la Côte Basque, Bayonne, France; 3Centre médical, Noisy-le-sec, FranceAbstract: The objective of this cross-sectional evaluation study was to compare data generated through prescriber assessments, and data generated from independent direct contact with opiate-dependent patients in office-based practice to evaluate buprenorphine treatment for modality of buprenorphine absorption, benzodiazepine use, and depressive symptoms. A group of buprenorphine office-based practice prescribers was selected to participate in this study. They were asked to screen for inclusion all their patients coming for a visit from February to August 2002. Once included by their prescribing physician, patients were given a series of self-administered questionnaires to be returned directly to the research staff, independently of their prescriber. Each prescriber was given a questionnaire to complete based on their knowledge and interview of the patient. Items assessed were history of current treatment, current substance use, buprenorphine treatment related behavior (daily frequency of intake, route of administration, benzodiazepine use and existence of a major depressive episode. Prescribers and patients’ questionnaires were compared. Concordance of both assessments was assessed by kappa statistics. The sensitivity and specificity as well as the positive and negative predictive values of prescriber collected information were compared to that of their patients’. There was an overall good correlation between both data sources on the procedures for buprenorphine use especially for intravenous use of buprenorphine. There were important

  20. Effects and tolerability of betahistine in patients with vestibular vertigo: results from the Romanian contingent of the OSVaLD study

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Ovidiu Băjenaru,1 Adina Maria Roceanu,2 Silviu Albu,3 Viorel Zainea,4 Alexandru Pascu,4 Mădălina Gabriela Georgescu,4 Sebastian Cozma,5 Luigi Mărceanu,6 Dafin Fior Mureşanu7 1Department of Neurology, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 2Department of Neurology, University Hospital, Bucharest, 3IInd Department of Otolaryngology, Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, 4Institute of Phono-Audiology and ENT Functional Surgery Prof Dr Dorin Hociota, Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, 5ENT Department, University of Medicine and Pharmacy Grigore T Popa, Audiology and Vestibulogy Department, Rehabilitation Clinical Hospital, Iasi, 6Transilvania University, Faculty of Medicine, Department: Doctoral Program (PhD, Brasov, 7"RoNeuro" Institute for Neurological Research and Diagnostic Cluj-Napoca, University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Iuliu Haţieganu", Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Cluj-Napoca, Romania Background and methods: An efficacy population of 245 patients with vertigo of peripheral vestibular origin was recruited in Romania as part of a 3-month multinational, post-marketing surveillance study of open-label betahistine 48 mg/day (OSVaLD. Endpoints were changes in the Dizziness Handicap Index (primary endpoint, Medical Outcome Study Short-Form 36 (SF-36v2®, and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. Results: During treatment, the total Dizziness Handicap Index score improved by 41 points (on a 100-point scale. Statistically significant improvements of 12–14 points were recorded in all three domains of the Dizziness Handicap Index scale (P<0.0001. Betahistine therapy was also accompanied by progressive improvements in mean Hospital Anxiety and Depression anxiety and depression scores (P<0.0001 and significant improvements in both the physical and mental component summary of the SF-36v2 (P<0.0001. Betahistine was well tolerated, with only one suspected adverse drug

  1. Preparation and evaluation of microemulsion-based transdermal delivery of total flavone of rhizoma arisaematis

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Li-Na Shen,1 Yong-Tai Zhang,1 Qin Wang,2 Ling Xu,2 Nian-Ping Feng11Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2Department of Oncology, Longhua Hospital, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai, People’s Republic of ChinaAbstract: The aims of the present study were to investigate the skin permeation and cellular uptake of a microemulsion (ME containing total flavone of rhizoma arisaematis (TFRA, and to evaluate its effects on skin structure. Pseudo-ternary phase diagrams were constructed to evaluate ME regions with various surfactants and cosurfactants. Eight formulations of ­oil-in-water MEs were selected as vehicles, and in vitro skin-permeation experiments were performed to optimize the ME formulation and to evaluate its permeability, in comparison to that of an aqueous suspension. Laser scanning confocal microscopy and fluorescent-activated cell sorting were used to explore the cellular uptake of rhodamine 110-labeled ME in human epidermal keratinocytes (HaCaT and human embryonic skin fibroblasts (CCC-ESF-1. The structure of stratum corneum treated with ME was observed using a scanning electron microscope. Furthermore, skin irritation was tested to evaluate the safety of ME. ME formulated with 4% ethyl oleate (weight/weight, 18% Cremophor EL® (weight/weight, and 18% Transcutol® P, with 1% Azone to enhance permeation, showed good skin permeability. ME-associated transdermal fluxes of schaftoside and isoschaftoside, two major effective constituents of TFRA, were 3.72-fold and 5.92-fold higher, respectively, than those achieved using aqueous suspensions. In contrast, in vitro studies revealed that uptake by HaCaT and CCC-ESF-1 cells was lower with ME than with an aqueous suspension. Stratum corneum loosening and shedding was observed in nude mouse skin treated with ME, although ME produced no observable skin irritation in rabbits. These findings indicated that ME enhanced transdermal TFRA delivery effectively and showed

  2. Lack of effect of methotrexate in budesonide-refractory collagenous colitis

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    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Andreas Münch,1,* Johan Bohr,2,3,* Lina Vigren,4 Curt Tysk,2,3,* Magnus Ström1,* 1Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Health Science, Linköping University, Linköping, 2Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro University, Örebro, 3School of Health and Medical Science, Örebro University, Örebro, 4Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Clinical Science, Lund University, Malmö, Sweden *These authors are members of the Swedish Organization for the study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (SOIBD, a national organization for gastroenterologists, colorectal surgeons, and basic scientists Background: In most cases, collagenous colitis can be treated effectively with budesonide. However, some patients develop side effects or have chronic symptoms refractory to budesonide. This paper reports an open case series of patients intolerant or refractory to budesonide who were treated with methotrexate (MTX. Methods and patients: Nine patients (seven women with a median (range age of 62 (44–77 years were studied. Bowel movements were registered during 1 week prior to baseline and after 6 and 12 weeks’ treatment, enabling calculation of the mean bowel movements/day. All patients underwent colonoscopy with biopsies before inclusion to confirm diagnosis. Open treatment with MTX was given 15 mg subcutaneously weekly for 6 weeks and was increased to 25 mg for a further 6 weeks if symptoms were unresponsive to the first 6 weeks’ treatment. The endpoint was clinical remission, which was defined as a mean <3 stools/day and mean <1 watery stool/day/week at Week 12. The Short Health Scale was used at baseline and Week 12 to assess health-related quality of life. Results: Five patients fulfilled the treatment according to the protocol and four patients discontinued the study after 3–6 weeks because of adverse events. No patient achieved

  3. Motivational Interviewing and Medication Review in Coronary Heart Disease (MIMeRiC): Intervention Development and Protocol for the Process Evaluation.

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    Östbring, Malin Johansson; Eriksson, Tommy; Petersson, Göran; Hellström, Lina

    2018-01-30

    MIMeRiC RCT are known. This paper describes the framework for the design of the intervention tested in the MIMeRiC trial, development of the intervention from the pilot stage to the complete trial intervention, and the framework and methods for the process evaluation. Providing the protocol of the process evaluation allows prespecification of the processes that will be evaluated, because we hypothesize that they will determine the outcomes of the MIMeRiC trial. This protocol also constitutes a contribution to the new field of process evaluations as made explicit in health services research and clinical trials of complex interventions. ©Malin Johansson Östbring, Tommy Eriksson, Göran Petersson, Lina Hellström. Originally published in JMIR Research Protocols (http://www.researchprotocols.org), 30.01.2018.

  4. Patient Health Record Systems Scope and Functionalities: Literature Review and Future Directions.

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    Bouayad, Lina; Ialynytchev, Anna; Padmanabhan, Balaji

    2017-11-15

    system use, and costs associated with PHR data storage and analytics. ©Lina Bouayad, Anna Ialynytchev, Balaji Padmanabhan. Originally published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (http://www.jmir.org), 15.11.2017.

  5. Components and Outcomes of Internet-Based Interventions for Caregivers of Older Adults: Systematic Review.

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    Guay, Cassioppée; Auger, Claudine; Demers, Louise; Mortenson, W Ben; Miller, William C; Gélinas-Bronsard, Dominique; Ahmed, Sara

    2017-09-19

    combinations of instructions to guide behavior change and barrier identification (n=5). The design and aim of the included studies did not permit determining exactly which component and/or behavior change technique was more efficacious in producing positive outcomes in caregivers. The risk for selection bias was low for all the studies, and low to high for performance, detection, and attrition biases. In sum, Internet-based interventions that incorporate professional and social support, and provide instructions to change behavior and problem solve in an interactive manner appear to lead to positive outcomes in caregivers. Studies isolating the specific effect of components are needed to improve our understanding of the underlying mechanism of action. ©Cassioppée Guay, Claudine Auger, Louise Demers, W Ben Mortenson, William C Miller, Dominique Gélinas-Bronsard, Sara Ahmed. Originally published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (http://www.jmir.org), 19.09.2017.

  6. Antidopaminergic medication in healthy subjects provokes subjective and objective mental impairments tightly correlated with perturbation of biogenic monoamine metabolism and prolactin secretion

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    Full Text Available Tanja Veselinović,1,2 Ingo Vernaleken,1,2 Paul Cumming,3,4 Uwe Henning,5 Lina Winkler,1,2 Peter Kaleta,1,2 Michael Paulzen,1,2 Christian Luckhaus,6 Gerhard Gründer1,2,7 1Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Psychosomatics, Faculty of Medicine, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, 2Translational Brain Medicine, Jülich Aachen Research Alliance (JARA, Jülich, Germany; 3IHBI, School of Psychology and Counselling, Queensland University of Technology, 4QIMR Berghofer Institute, Brisbane, Australia; 5Neurobiochemical Research Unit, Department of Psychiatry, Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, 6LWL University Hospital Bochum, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry and Psychiatric Preventive Medicine, Ruhr University Bochum, Bochum, 7Department of Molecular Neuroimaging, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany Objectives: Off-label prescription of antipsychotics to patients without psychotic symptoms has become a routine matter for many psychiatrists and also some general practitioners. Nonetheless, little is known about the possibly detrimental effects of antidopaminergic medications on general psychopathology, subjective mental state, or a possible association with physiological parameters in nonpsychotic individuals.Methods: In this randomized, single-blinded study, groups of healthy volunteers (n=18 received low doses of reserpine, aripiprazole, haloperidol, or placebo on 7 successive days. Relevant physiological parameters (plasma prolactin, concentrations of catecholamine metabolites in plasma, and 24-hour urine and each subject’s mental state (Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale, Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression, visual analogue scale, Beck Depression Inventory II were assessed at the start and end of the trial.Results: Of the three active treatments, only reserpine caused a significant increase in some plasma- and urine-catecholamine metabolites, but all three medications evoked objective

  7. Review of Beyond the reflection: The role of the mirror paradigm in clinical practice.

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    Zelnick, Lawrence

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    Reviews the book, Beyond the reflection: The role of the mirror paradigm in clinical practice by Paulina Kernberg, Bernadette Buhl-Nielsen, and Lina Normandin (see record 2007-00911-000). This modestly presented volume overflows with insight and new ways of looking at the mirroring experience for children and adolescents. Kernberg and her collaborators present the rich history of the image, metaphor, and pervasive role of the mirror in human experience; they carefully describe the "subjective experience of wonder, admiration, and an objective dimension of truth" in the mirror paradigm (2006, p. xv). For the psychotherapist, Kernberg's work provides a rich resource; the review of past and current research and theorizing about the mirroring function of mothers and primary caregivers is thorough and up-to-date with the most recent advances in neuroscience, attachment theory, and infant research. From Freud to Lacan, from Winnicott to Stern, and from Schore to Gergely, Kernberg presents a sweeping exposition of the various images of the mirror. This volume is worthwhile if only for its presentation of this body of recent research. But there is so much more to be found here. While this is not the first time that Kernberg has presented us with her work with mirror observation and interviews (Kernberg, 1984, 1987), this volume integrates the research about early mother- child experience, and the mirroring paradigm in the psychoanalytic theories about child development, with the phenomenology of child and adolescent psychotherapy. The clinician will find a useful application of the theory to clinical practice and diagnosis that is hard to find in the literature. Beebe and Lachmann (2002) have accomplished this integration between infant research and adult treatment, but Kernberg's application of her research and the demonstrated correlation between the findings of mirror experience, attachment histories, and clinical experience is a rare and welcome addition to the

  8. Addressing the dual health epidemics of HIV and sexual abuse among children and adolescents in Kenya: uptake of HIV counseling and post-exposure prophylaxis

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    Full Text Available Carolyne Ajema,1 Charity Mbugua,2 Peter Memiah,3 Camille Wood,3 Courtney Cook,4 Ronald Kotut,2 Lina Digolo1 1Research and Strategic Information Department, LVCT Health, Nairobi, Kenya; 2Post Rape Care Department, LVCT Health, Nairobi, Kenya; 3Department of Public Health, University of West Florida, University Parkway, Pensacola, FL, USA; 4Biology Department, University of West Florida, University Parkway, Pensacola, FL, USA Purpose: Child sexual abuse and HIV are key health challenges in Kenya. In 2015, LVCT Health conducted a study aimed at assessing the quality of HIV-related services offered to child survivors of sexual violence in public health facilities.Materials and methods: A qualitative data collection approach was utilized. Qualitative data were collected through in-depth interviews with 31 providers. Quantitative methods included a retrospective review of 164 records of child survivors of rape who had accessed services 6 months prior to the commencement of the study. SPSS Version 22 was used in the descriptive analysis of the medical records. Client exit interviews and observation data were analyzed using MS Excel. In-depth interviews were analyzed using a thematic analytical approach.Results: Twenty-seven percent (n=164 survivors were documented to have received the first dose of postexposure prophylaxis (PEP. Providers did not conduct HIV pre- and posttest counseling for the survivors. There were no longitudinal follow-up mechanisms to ensure child survivors initiated on PEP adhered to the treatment plan. Less than 30% of survivors returned to the facility for PEP adherence counseling and follow-up HIV testing. Twenty providers cited capacity gaps in undertaking HIV risk assessment for child survivors. Limited availability of PEP is a barrier to HIV prevention, as most departments only offer services between 8 am and 5 pm. HIV tests were only available on weekdays before 5 pm. PEP being out of stock remains a barrier to HIV

  9. The Effectiveness of Hand Massage on Pain in Critically Ill Patients After Cardiac Surgery: A Randomized Controlled Trial Protocol.

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    Boitor, Madalina; Martorella, Géraldine; Laizner, Andréa Maria; Maheu, Christine; Gélinas, Céline

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    ://www.webcitation.org/6l8Ly5eHS). ©Madalina Boitor, Géraldine Martorella, Andréa Maria Laizner, Christine Maheu, Céline Gélinas. Originally published in JMIR Research Protocols (http://www.researchprotocols.org), 07.11.2016.

  10. Preliminary study on the development of an antistretch marks water-in-oil cream: ultrasound assessment, texture analysis, and sensory analysis

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    Full Text Available Cătălina Bogdan,1 Mirela L Moldovan,1 Ioana Manuela Man,2 Maria Crișan,2 1Department of Dermopharmacy and Cosmetics, Faculty of Pharmacy, 2Department of Histology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Iuliu Hațieganu”, Cluj-Napoca, Romania Purpose: Striae distensae represent the result of the failure of the dermis to sustain intrinsic mechanical forces. Intensive moisturization of the lesions and use of emollient oils have been recommended for the prevention and treatment of striae distensae rubra. The aim of this research was to formulate an emollient water-in-oil cosmetic cream containing argan oil, which may be helpful in the prevention or early treatment of striae distensae. Patients and methods: Sensory evaluation of the consistency, firmness, adhesiveness, oiliness, spreadability, and rapidity of penetration into the skin was evaluated by 22 volunteers using 10-point scales for each descriptor. The instrumental characterization of the cream was performed using Brookfield® CT3 Texture Analyzer. The cutaneous changes induced by the topical use of the cream were evaluated by assessing the thickness of the epidermis, hydration, and elasticity of the skin using DermaLab® Combo scanner. Results: Ultrasound measurements showed an improvement in the elasticity of the epidermis following the application of cream. The product was well tolerated and appreciated by the consumers in terms of its spreadability, penetration ability, and lack of stickiness. The values recorded for texture analysis were firmness 10.16±0.15 mJ, adhesiveness 30.94±6.87 g, consistency 1229.50±119.78 g, spreadability 481.50±39 g, and stringiness 0.56±0.09 mJ. Conclusion: A water-in-oil cream containing argan oil and emollient ingredients with appropriate physical characteristics was obtained. In vivo study of clinical efficacy revealed a positive effect on increasing the skin elasticity, suggesting that the cream may be helpful in the

  11. Evaluation of the geological, geophysical and hydrogeological conditions at Kamlunge

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    Ahlbom, K.; Albino, B.; Carlsson, L.; Danielsson, J.; Nilsson, G.; Olsson, O.; Sehlstedt, S.; Stejskal, V.; Stenberg, L.

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    The Kamlunge study site constitutes a 16 km 2 mountain plateau. The topography of the plateau is flat, the soil cover is thin, and in the western part, there is a high percentage of outcrops. The most commonly occurring rock types are gneisses and red granite (Lina granite). A rock type with granodioritic to dioritic composition also occurs. Concentrations of economically valuable minerals are so small that mining operations are not feasible in the area. The rock mass exhibits a fracture frequency of more than 4.0 fractures per metre down to a depth of 200 metres. Below 300 metres, the fracture frequency is approximately 2.0 fractures per metre. The Kamlunge study site is surrounded by regional fracture zones to the north, east and west delimiting a 16 km 2 triangular block. The regional zone to the west of the study site has a width of about 550 m. Only local fracture zones spaced 500-l 500 m. apart occur within the study site. The local fracture zones are generally steeply inclined and strike to the north-west and the north-east. At a depth of 555 m below Kamlungekoelen, a horizontal fracture zone has been encountered in 4 of the deep drill holes. This fracture zone is permeable to water but less crushed and weathered than the steeply inclined fracture zones. Moreover, horizontal fractures of large lateral extent can occur in the upper 100-200 metres. Common fracture minerals in the fracture zones are calcite, chlorite, laumontite, smectite and various types of iron oxides. The hydraulic conductivity of the rock mass decreases markedly with depth. It decreases from about 2 x 10 -9 m/s at a depth of 100 metres to about 10 -11 m/s at a depth of 500 metres. The hydraulic conductivity of the local fracture zones at Kamlunge is 7 x 10 -10 m/s at a depth of 500 m. The hydraulic conductivity decreases with depth more slowly in the fracture zones than in the rock mass. The large hydraulic gradients found on the margins of the Kamlungekoelen do not affect the groundwater

  12. Four cycles of adriamycin and cyclophosphamide followed by four cycles of docetaxel (NSABP-B27 with concomitant trastuzumab as neoadjuvant therapy for high-risk, early-stage, HER2-positive breast cancer patients

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    Full Text Available Hikmat Abdel-Razeq,1,2 Salwa S Saadeh,1 Mahmoud Abu-Nasser,1 Hazem Abdulelah,1 Lina Marie,1 Murad Salam,1 Basel Al-Haj Ali,1 Mohammad Ibrahim,1 Dalia Rimawi3 1Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Hematology and Medical Oncology, King Hussein Cancer Center, Amman, Jordan; 2School of Medicine, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan; 3Office of Scientific Affairs and Research, King Hussein Cancer Center, Amman, Jordan Background: The majority of breast cancer patients in Jordan are diagnosed at a young age and present with metastatic or locally advanced disease. The National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project Protocol B27 (NSABP-B27 (four cycles of adriamycin and cyclophosphamide [AC] followed by four cycles of docetaxel is a standard neoadjuvant regimen in our institution. In this study, we report the efficacy of adding trastuzumab to docetaxel in this regimen for high-risk human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2-positive early-stage disease. Patients and methods: Consecutive HER2-positive breast cancer patients treated with this regimen were included. Treatment was given at standard doses and schedules as reported in NSABP-B27. Trastuzumab was given with docetaxel and then continued for 1 year. Results: A total of 121 patients (mean age 45.4 years were included. The majority had high-risk features including large tumor size, positive axillary lymph nodes, and grade III disease. Three patients did not complete the planned cycles of AC due to a lack of response. Eight (6.6% patients missed at least one cycle of docetaxel. Following neoadjuvant therapy, 119 patients underwent surgery, of whom 59 (49.6% patients achieved pathological complete response. The response was higher in node-negative patients (64.0 vs 45.7%; P=0.03 and in hormone receptor-negative disease patients (69.7 vs 41.9%; P=0.018. Breast-conserving surgery was performed in 21.5% of the patients. The median disease-free survival (DFS for the whole group was not

  13. Exploring the concept of optimal functionality in old age

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    Full Text Available Samal Algilani,1,* Lina Östlund-Lagerström,1,2,* Annica Kihlgren,1 Karin Blomberg,1 Robert J Brummer,1,2 Ida Schoultz1,2 1Nutrition and Physical Activity Research Centre, 2Nutrition Gut Brain Interactions Research Centre, School of Health and Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden *These authors contributed equally to this work Background: Aging is characterized by loss of function and represents a perspective that puts the focus on the negative aspects of aging. Thus, it is fundamental to shift the focus from loss of function to maintaining good health and personal satisfaction through life; in other words, to promote optimal functionality at a level appropriate for older adults. However, it is not yet known what constitutes optimal functionality from the older adult's own perspective. Objective: To explore the concept of optimal functionality in old age from the older adult's perspective (ie, people over 65 years of age in industrialized Western countries. Methods: We undertook a scoping review and searched two electronic databases (PubMed and the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature [CINAHL] from January 2002 to July 2013 for scientific studies, using the key search term personal satisfaction. In total, 25 scientific studies were analyzed. Results: Only six of the included articles applied a qualitative methodology. By analyzing the results of these articles, three major themes were identified as cornerstones in the concept of optimal functionality at old age: 1 self-related factors (eg, mental well-being; 2 body-related factors (eg, physical well-being; and 3 external factors equal to demographic and environmental factors. Conclusion: There is a lack of qualitative studies in the current literature, and hence of what constitutes optimal functionality from the older adult's perspective. The results outlined in this review identify three cornerstones (self-related factors, body

  14. Tailored Web-Based Interventions for Pain: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

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    Martorella, Geraldine; Boitor, Madalina; Berube, Melanie; Fredericks, Suzanne; Le May, Sylvie; Gélinas, Céline

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    catastrophizing compared with active control interventions. Considering the diversity of approaches used in tailored Web-based interventions for chronic pain management, their efficacy is yet to be explored. Moreover, their contribution to acute pain management is embryonic. International prospective register of systematic reviews (PROSPERO): CRD42015027669; http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.php?ID=CRD42015027669 (Archived by WebCite at http://www. webcitation.org/6uneWAuyR). ©Geraldine Martorella, Madalina Boitor, Melanie Berube, Suzanne Fredericks, Sylvie Le May, Céline Gélinas. Originally published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (http://www.jmir.org), 10.11.2017.

  15. Li-promoted sodium zirconate as a CO{sub 2} absorbent at high temperatures; Zirconato de sodio promovido con Li como absorbente de CO{sub 2} a alta temperatura

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    Guzman Velderrain, V.; Barraza Jimenez, D.; Lardizabal Gutierrez, D.; Delgado Vigil, D.; Salinas Gutierrez, J.; Lopez Ortiz, A.; Collins-Martinez, V. [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados S. C., Chihuahua, Chihuahua (Mexico)]. E-mail: virginia.collins@cimav.edu.mx

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    In processes to produce hydrogen from fossil fuels, CO{sub 2} capture at high temperatures has played a crucial role in their conversion into energy-efficient processes. One example is steam reformer methane improved with absorption (SER), where CO{sub 2} capture at high temperatures (600 degrees Celsius) provides an energy savings of {approx_equal} 23% over conventional reformer processes (SMR). An important part of this concept is solid CO{sub 2} absorption, which must have adequate absorption capacity and rapid absorption/regeneration kinetics. Recently, synthetic CO{sub 2} absorbents have been developed that consist of mixed Li oxides. Previous studies conducted in our laboratory report that the absorption/regeneration properties of sodium zirconate (Na{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3}) are higher than Li-oxides. The objective of the present work is to increase the absorption capacity of Na{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3} at high temperatures without significantly affecting the kinetics of its absorption and regeneration, with Li promotion. The Na{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3} was synthesized by reaction in a solid state and impregnated with LiNO{sub 3} at different Li/Na ratios: 0, 0.03, 0.05, 0.1 and 0.25 (NZ, NZL3, NZL5, NZL10, NZL25). The characterization consisted of XRD and SEM. The evaluation as an absorbent was performed with TGA at 600 degrees Celsius in 80% CO{sub 2} (absorption) and 800 degrees Celsius in air (regeneration). While XRD shows only the Na{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3} structure in all the samples, the promoted samples present a signal shift with respect to Na{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3}, which is attributed to the substitution of Na atoms with Li. The TGA results indicate that the addition of Li to the Na{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3} structure does not significantly modify the absorption or regeneration kinetics. As the Li contents in the Na{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3} increase, the amount of CO{sub 2} capture increases up to a limit between 10 and 25% mol of Li. This is due to the displaced sodium presumably tending to form

  16. Reliability of an e-PRO Tool of EORTC QLQ-C30 for Measurement of Health-Related Quality of Life in Patients With Breast Cancer: Prospective Randomized Trial.

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    Wallwiener, Markus; Matthies, Lina; Simoes, Elisabeth; Keilmann, Lucia; Hartkopf, Andreas D; Sokolov, Alexander N; Walter, Christina B; Sickenberger, Nina; Wallwiener, Stephanie; Feisst, Manuel; Gass, Paul; Fasching, Peter A; Lux, Michael P; Wallwiener, Diethelm; Taran, Florin-Andrei; Rom, Joachim; Schneeweiss, Andreas; Graf, Joachim; Brucker, Sara Y

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    differences were found in 27 of 30 single items and in 14 of 15 scales, whereas a statistically significant correlation in the test of consistency was found in all 30 single items and all 15 scales. The evaluated e-PRO version of the EORTC QLQ-C30 is reliable for patients with both adjuvant and metastatic breast cancer, showing a high correlation in almost all questions (and in many scales). Thus, we conclude that the validated paper-based PRO assessment and the e-PRO tool are equally valid. However, the reliability should also be analyzed in other prospective trials to ensure that usability is reliable in all patient groups. ClinicalTrials.gov NCT03132506; https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03132506 (Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/6tRcgQuou). ©Markus Wallwiener, Lina Matthies, Elisabeth Simoes, Lucia Keilmann, Andreas D Hartkopf, Alexander N Sokolov, Christina B Walter, Nina Sickenberger, Stephanie Wallwiener, Manuel Feisst, Paul Gass, Peter A Fasching, Michael P Lux, Diethelm Wallwiener, Florin-Andrei Taran, Joachim Rom, Andreas Schneeweiss, Joachim Graf, Sara Y Brucker. Originally published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (http://www.jmir.org), 14.09.2017.

  17. Antikinių dramų pastatymai Lietuvoje | Performances of Antique Dramas in Lithuania

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    Full Text Available Performances according to antique dramas and their revamps by Lithuanian directors of 1925 to 2003 are presented in the article. Performances of Sophocles’ and Euripides’ tragedies are discussed wider. Scilicet: “Oedipus at Colonus” by Borisas Dauguvietis (1939, “Oedipus the King” by Juozas Miltinis (1977, “Electra” by Irena Kriauzaitė (1993, “Medea” by Linas Marijus Zaikauskas (1994, “Oedipus the King” by Rimas Tuminas (1998, “Antigonė” by Birutė Marcinkevičiūtė (Mar (1999 and “Oedipus the King” by Oskaras Koršunovas (2002. Scenography and direction of performances, interpretation of antique text and particularity of development of performances’ form and content are analyzed in the article.Scenography of performances changed from realistic (by B. Dauguvietis and static (by J. Miltinis portrayal of antique theatre to modern (by L. M. Zaikauskas, plastic (by R. Tuminas with vivid reflection of today’s realia (by O. Koršunovas. B. Dauguvietis has saved almost authentic form of antique performance and has rejected only from masks and cothurni. Idea of antique marble statuary playing in the tragedy of “Oedipus the King” was rendered in J. Miltinis’ performance. Role of chorus was retained in these performances; original text was not changed or shortened. Plays by I. Kriauzaitė and B. Marcinkevičiūtė were up-to-date, without antique costumes and masks, and distinguished from other plays with its minimalist direction and scenography. Chorus parts, which were acted by one actress, were shortened in “Electra”. Director and actress B. Marcinkevičiūtė herself performed all personages in tragedy and tragedy’s chorus was represented by video projection in “Antigonė”. Later performances of antique dramas were modernized not only in the meaning of form but of content, too. Greek tragedy’s text remained plot’s pattern in L. M. Zaikauskas’ and O. Koršunovas’ performances, through which

  18. Immersion freezing induced by different kinds of coal fly ash: Comparing particle generation methods and measurement techniques

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    Grawe, Sarah; Augustin-Bauditz, Stefanie; Clemen, Hans-Christian; Eriksen-Hammer, Stine; Lubitz, Jasmin; Schneider, Johannes; Stratmann, Frank; Wex, Heike

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    To date, a lot of effort has been put into the identification and characterization of atmospheric ice nucleating particles (INPs), which may influence both weather and climate. The majority of studies focuses on INPs from natural origin such as biological particles or mineral dust particles (Hoose and Möhler 2012, Murray et al. 2012). Combustion ashes, being possible sources of anthropogenic INPs, have rarely been investigated in the past. Ash particles may be emitted into the atmosphere either by the action of wind from ash deposits on the ground (bottom ash), or during the combustion process (fly ash). Two recent studies (Umo et al., 2015; Grawe et al., 2016) identified fly ash from coal combustion as the most efficient of the investigated samples (including also bottom ashes from wood and coal combustion). These results motivate the here presented study in which we investigated the immersion freezing behavior of four coal fly ash samples taken from the filters of different coal-fired power plants in Germany. A combination of two instruments was used to capture the temperature range from 0 °C to the homogeneous freezing limit at around -38 °C. Firstly, the new Leipzig Ice Nucleation Array (LINA) was used, where droplets from an ash-water suspension are pipetted onto a cooled plate. Secondly, we used the Leipzig Aerosol Cloud Interaction Simulator (LACIS; Hartmann et al., 2011), a laminar flow tube in which every droplet contains a single size-segregated ash particle. Here, it was possible to study the effect of different kinds of particle generation, i.e., atomization of an ash-water suspension, and aerosolization of dry ash material. The composition of the ash particles was investigated by means of single particle aerosol mass spectrometry and particles were sampled on filters for environmental scanning electron microscope analysis. Our measurements show that all four fly ash samples feature a similar immersion freezing behavior (ice fractions vary by a

  19. Use of multiple attributes decision-making Technique for Order Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution (TOPSIS for Ghare-Gheshlagh calcite in determination of optimum geochemical sampling sites

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    for green, white and pink calcites were varied 0.087, 0.247 and 0.997 respectively. The low amounts of Eu anomaly for green and white calcites attributed to low rock/fluid ratio (Nesbitt et al., 1990 and relatively more pH value (Cheng et al., 2013, however, increasing the Eu anomaly may be due to high rock/fluid ratio and less pH value. Ce anomalies are 0.0241, 0.0113 and 0.0131 in pink, white and green calcites respectively. The most negative Ce anomaly values show that calcite have precipitated under reduction conditions (Nesbitt et al., 1990. Discussion Recently, multiple attributes decision-making techniques help scientist to solve decision-making problems related to various controlling factors (Zhijun et al., 2013. One of these techniques is a Technique for Order Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution (TOPSIS which is a quantitative weighted method (Momenei 2006. The identified criteria are CaO abundant in solution (C1, Eu anomaly (C2, Ce anomaly (C3, Sr abundant (C4 and volume (C5. The Index-Rock matrix also includes A1, A2 and A3 alternatives; as pink, green and white calcite respectively. The weighted normalized decision matrix can be calculated by multiplying the normalized evaluation matrix with its associated weight to obtain the result. The result show that Eu anomaly, volume, Sr abundant and Ce anomaly in order have higher role to investigate the geochemical study of area. Calculation of the relative closeness to the ideal solution (Cl * for pink, green and white calcites are 0.837, 0.445 and 0.157 respectively. It can be deduced that the most preferable calcite to be sampled for investigating geochemically are pink and green calcites. References Cheng, D.L., Jiang-haob, L., Shou-pengc, Z., Lianga, L., Zhao-bina, Y., Guo-lina, G. and Tinga, L., 2013. Geochemical characteristics of calcite and dolomite in sandstone of Dongying Sinking, Shandong Province, China. Procedia Earth and Planetary Science, 7(4: 504 – 507. Eftekharnezhad, J., 1973

  20. PREFACE: Ocean and climate changes in polar and sub-polar environments: proceedings from the 2010 IODP-Canada/ECORD summer school

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    St-Onge, Guillaume; Veiga-Pires, Cristina; Solignac, Sandrine

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    /GEOTOP, Canada) Mathieu Duchesne (Geological Survey of Canada-Québec, Canada) Frédérique Eynaud (EPOC/Universite Bordeaux I, France) Pierre Francus (INRS-ETE/GEOTOP, Canada) Martin Frank (IFM-GEOMAR, Germany) Yves Gélinas (Concordia/GEOTOP, Canada) Joël Guiot (CEREGE, France) Claude Hillaire-Marcel (UQAM/GEOTOP, Canada) Patrick Lajeunesse (University Laval, Canada) Jean-François Lemieux (Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, USA) Guillaume Massé (LOCEAN/Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace, France) Matt O'Regan (Cardiff University, UK) Joseph Ortiz (Kent State University, USA) Frank Rack (University Nebraska-Lincoln, USA/ANDRILL Science Management Office) Taoufik Radi (UQAM/GEOTOP, Canada) André Rochon (ISMER-UQAR/GEOTOP, Canada) Ruediger Stein (Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany) Guillaume St-Onge (ISMER-UQAR/GEOTOP, Canada) Bjorn Sundby (ISMER-UQAR, Canada) GEOTOP logoUQAM UQAR logoINRS logo Universite de Quebec logoGeological Survey of Canada logo

  1. PREFACE: International Conference on Strongly Correlated Electron Systems (SCES 2011)

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    Littlewood, P. B.; Lonzarich, G. G.; Saxena, S. S.; Sutherland, M. L.; Sebastian, S. E.; Artacho, E.; Grosche, F. M.; Hadzibabic, Z.

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    , Kyushu G. R. Stewart, Gainesville C. Di Castro, Rome R. Osborn, Chicago H. Takagi, Tokyo M. Eremets, Mainz S. Ovchnikov, Krasnoyarsk L. Taillefer, Sherbrooke M. Fiebig, Bonn C. Panagopoulos, Singapore & Heraklion J. D. Thompson, Los Alamos Z. FiskIrvine S. Paschen, Vienna Y. Tokura, Tokyo J. Flouquet, Grenoble C. Pfleiderer, Munich K. Ueda, Tokyo P. Fulde, Dresden P. Phillips, Urbana C. M. Varma, Riverside A. Geim, Manchester D. Pines, Davis T. Vojta, Rolla J.C. Gomez-Sal, Santander T. V. Ramakrishnan, Bangalore N.L. Wang, Beijing A. Kavokin, Southampton A.K. Raychaudhuri, Calcutta T. Xiang, Beijing J. Goodenough, Austin M. Reifers, Kosice L. Yu, Beijing H. Hosono, Tokyo P. Riseborough, Philadelphia F. C. Zhang, Hong Kong S. Julian, Toronto M. L Saboungi, Orleans G. Zwicknagl, Braunschweig Operational Team Anson Cheung (co-ordinator)Hyeong Jin KimPaul Nahai-Williamson Beng Tan (co-ordinator)Jack GillettPeter Logg Cheng Liu (co-ordinator)Jo WensleyPrajakti Kalra Swee K. Goh (co-ordinator)Jonathan SilverRichard Brierley Adam HalskiLara SibleyRobert Hay Edd CavannaLeona HopeSeb Haines Felix NissenLina KlintbergSitikantha Das Gareth ConduitMarianne BauerStephen Rowley Gerie LonzarichMatt BurgessSven Friedemann Greg LeverMuhammad Ahsan ZebYang Zou Hannah PriceNick BristoweYiqian Xu Haruka TaniguchiOleksandr PoplavskyyZhuo Feng

  2. The Metabolism of Tritium-Labelled Epinephrine in Man; Metabolisme de l'Adrenaline Tritiee dans l'Organisme Humain; 041c 0435 0414 ; Metabolismo de la Adrenalina Marcada con Tritio en el Hombre

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    Labrosse, E. H.; Axelrod, J.; Kopin, I. J.; Kety, S. S. [National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD (United States)

    1962-02-15

    nuevos metabolitos. En 12 varones normales, el 92,6 {+-} 7,7% del tritio de la adrenalina-3 administrada se excreto por la orina al cabo de 54 h. Este tritio estaba repartido entre los siguientes compuestos : adrenalina sin alterar 6,8 {+-} 1,5%, metanefrina libre 5,2 {+-} 1,1%, glucuronato de metanefrina 6,0 {+-} 1,5%, sulfato de metanefrina 29,5 {+-} 9,0%, 3-metoxi-4-hidroxifenilglicol 7,1 {+-} 1,4%, acido 3,4-dihidroximandelico libre y conjugado 1,6 {+-} 0,6% y acido 3-metoxi-4-hidroximandelico 41,2 {+-} 8,4%. Como demuestran estos experimentos y otros similares, el empleo de la adrenalina tritiada permite formarse una idea mucho mas clara del metabolismo de esta importante hormona en el hombre. (author) [Russian] Predstavljaet interes issledovanie metabolizma adrenalina u cheloveka. Izuchenie metabolizma adrena- lina u zhivotnyh pokazalo vozmozhnye korni ego metabolizma, no dozy radio- aktivnosti i katehin amina byli vyshe urovnej, javljajushhihsja bezopasnymi dlja cheloveka. Rannie issledovanija metabolizma jetogo gormona u cheloveka ogranivalis' otnositel'no nizkoj udel'noj aktivnost'ju mechenogo adrjonalina. Ispol'- zovanie tritirovannogo adrenalina (7-N{sup 3}-s1)-adrenalin-s1-kilaja sol') pozvolilo provesti bolee polnoe vosstanovlenie vvodimoj raidoaktivnosti, a bolee vyso- kaja udel'naja aktivnost' (vyshe 300 {mu}c/mg) pozvolila izolirovat' i opredelit' kolichestvo novyh metabolitev. Y 12 muzhchin 92,6 {+-} 7,7% tritija v vvedennom N{sup 3}-adrenaline vyshlo v mochu cherez 54 chasa posle vvedenija tritirovannogo adrenalina. Mechennyj tritiem sostav mochi okazalsja sledujushhim: neizmenennyj adrenalin 6,8 {+-} 1,5%, svobod- nyj metanefrin (metanephrino) 5,2 {+-} 1,1%, metanefrinovyj gljukuronid (glucuronide) 6,0 {+-} 1,5 % , metanefrinovyj sul'fat 29,5 {+-}9,0%, Z-metoksi-4- gidrooksifenilglikol' 7,1 {+-} 1 , 4 % , svobodnaja i soprjazhennaja 3,4-dioksimin- dal'naja kislota 1,6 {+-} 0,6% i Z-metoksi-4-oksimindal'naja kislota 41,2 {+-} 8,4%. Podtverzhdennoe jetim

  3. Some Applications of Radioisotopes of Short Half-Life in the French Gas Industry; Quelques Applications des Radioelements a Periode Courte dans l'Industrie Gazoere Francaise; НЕКОТОРЫЕ ВИДЫ ПРИМЕНЕНИЯ КОРОТКОЖИВУЩИХ РАДИОЭЛЕМЕНТОВ ВО ФРАНЦУЗСКОЙ ГАЗОВОЙ ПРОМЫШЛЕННОСТИ; Algunas Aplicaciones de los Radioelementos de Periqdo Corto en la Industria Francesa del Gas

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    Tellier, C. [Gaz de France, Paris (France); Courtois, G.; Gasnier, M. [Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires, Saclay (France)

    1963-03-15

    que han de emplearse y el horario mas favorable para detectar los diferentes tipos de escape. (author) [Russian] V celjah obespechenija sohrannosti kauchukovyh muft v staryh gazovyh truboprovodah pribegajut k sprincevanii nekotorymi gidrokarbidami ochen' slaboj koncentracii v vide ajerozolej. Chtoby opredelit' stojkost' ajerozolej, k gidrokarbidu dobavljajut mechennyj bromom-62 bromonaftalin. Jetot indikator, sobrannyj na diskah fil'troval'noj bumagi, raspolozhennyh vdol' truboprovoda, otschitan s pomoshh'ju torcevogo schetchika. Chetyre millikjuri bromnaft lina pozvoljajut sledit' za sostojaniem gidrokarbida v trube diametrom v 15 sm na protjazhenii 7 km. Gorodskoj raspredelitel' gaza ustanavlivaet minimal'nyj kojefficient obnovlenija vozduha v zhilyh pomeshhenijah. V celjah kontrolja za jetim kojefficientom v pomeshhenii rasseivajut ksenon-133, koncentracija kotorogo izmerjaetsja s uchetom vremeni pri pomoshhi scintilljacionnogo schetchika. Schitajutsja sootvetstvujushhimi koncentracii ksenona porjadka 0,5 millikjuri/m3. Pri takom metode vosproizvodimost' rezul'tatov znachitel'no vyshe toj, kotoruju poluchajut pri primenenii obychnyh metodov. Chtoby razrabotat' promyshlennye metody obnaruzhenija utechki pri posredstve radioizotopov, principy kotoryh uzhe izvestny, v centre Sakle ulozhili na glubine 1,10 m jeksperimental'nuju trubu dlinoj v 140 m i diametrom v 25 sm. Na jetoj trube imelis' 5 jeksperimental'nyh otverstij dlja utechki s reguliruemym rashodom vody ili gaza, prichem otverstija nahodilis' v razlichnyh pochvah (pesok, mel, glina, pochva Sakle). Cel' opyta zakljuchalas' v tom, chtoby prokontrolirovat' pod davleniem germetichnost' podgotavlivaemoj dlja jekspluatacii novoj truby. V kachestve indikatora byl ispol'zovan natrij-24 v vide bikarbonata. Obnaruzhenie proizvodilos' na vnutrennej storone truby. Pri jetom byl ispol'zovan pribor, sostojashhij iz schetchika Gejgera i magnitnogo registratora. Opisyvajutsja trudnosti, kotorye vstretilis' pri ustanovke

  4. On Mixing Processes in the Sea; Processus de Melange dans la Mer; 041f 0420 041e 0414 ; Los Procesos de Mezclado en las Aguas del Mar

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    Joseph, Joachim [German Hydrographic Institute, Hamburg, Federal Republic of Germany (Germany)

    1960-07-01

    limites, la statistique peut aider a faire comprendre comment une certaine substance concentree se repand dans l'eau de mer a partir d'un certain point, a l'interieur de zones dont les rayons moyens vont de 10 a 1.500 kilometres. L'application de cette methode depend de faits lies au spectre de turbulence, qui sont encore inconnus pour bien des regions de la mer. Le memoire explique les circonstances differentes qui prevalent dans diverses parties des oceans et dans les mers secondaires ou interieures. Enfin, le memoire propose un plan pour l'intensification sur une base internationale des recherches oceanographiques. (author) [Spanish] La descarga de desechos radiactivos en Jas profundidades del mar ha dejado de ser un problema teorico para convertirse en una realidad cuya importancia ira aumentando con el correr de los anos. La mayoria de los oceanografos abrigan hondos recelos respecto de esos procedimientos de evacuacion de los desechos. Como la historia de la tecnica ensena, por mucho cuidado que se ponga al aplicar medidas precautorias es inevitable que ocurran accidentes como consecuencia de fallos tecnicos o de errores humanos. Por lo tanto, hay que hacerse a la idea de que determinadas zonas maritimas estaran mas contaminadas que otras. No es posible aun prever con exactitud cuales seran las repercusiones fisicoquimicas y biologicas de la contaminacion. En efecto, se desconocen los efectos biologicos de la radiactividad artificial de largo periodo sobre vastas zonas del oceano. Ademas, la insuficiencia de los actuales conocimientos sobre los procesos de mezclado y de dispersion en los mares no permiten forjar pronosticos. Ahora bien, este desconocimiento de las consecuencias perjudiciales que pudieran derivarse no debe inducir en absoluto a abrigar lina falsa sensacion de seguridad. Por todo ello es preciso examinar minuciosamente todas las demas posibilidades de evacuacion eficaz de Jos desechos radiactivos. Esta es la razon por la que B. Philberth ha estudiado

  5. Fission-Fragment Angular, Energy, and Mass Division Correlations for the U{sup 234} (d, Pf) Reaction; Correlation des Angles, des energies et des Masses pour les Fragments de Fission Produits par la Reaction {sup 234}U(d, pf); K 041e 0420 0420 0415 041b 042f 0426 0418 042f 041c 0415 0416 0414 0423 0420 0410 0421 041f 0420 0415 0414 0415 041b 0415 041d 0418 0415 041c 041e 0421 K 041e 041b K 041e 0412 0414 0415 041b 0415 041d 0418 042f 041f 041e 0423 0413 041b 0423 , 041f 041e 042d 041d 0415 0420 0413 0418 0418 0418 041f 041e 041c 0410 0421 0421 0415 0412 0420 0415 0417 0423 041b 042c 0422 0410 0422 0415 0420 0415 0410 K 0426 0418 0419 (d, pf) 0423 0420 0410 041d 0410 -234; Correlaciones Entre la Distribucion Angular, la Energia y la Division Masica de los Fragmentos en la Reaccion {sup 234}U (d, pf)

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    Vandenbosch, R. [University of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States); Unik, J. P.; Huizenga, J. R. [Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL (United States)

    1965-07-15

    variation de l'energie cinetique totale en fonction du rapport des masses. (author) [Spanish] Los autores han estudiado la fision del nucleo compuesto de {sup 235}U en las proximidades del umbral de fision, recurriendo a la reaccion {sup 234}U(d,pf). Emplearon un analizador de tres parametros para registrar simultaneamente las energias cineticas de los dos fragmentos de fision y la energia protonica correspondientes a cada coincidencia. La energia de excitacion a que se produce la fision queda definida por la energia cinetica.del proton liberado. La variacion de la anisotropfa angular con la energia de excitacion se caracteriza por una mayor estructuracion que la obtenida por Lamphere para el mismo nucleo, resultante del bombardeo de {sup 234}U con neutrones rapidos. Para el intervalo de energias comprendido entre la de umbral y 2 MeV por encima de esta, se han observado por lo menos ocho canales de fision en el punto de estrangulacion. Se han calculado por el metodo de Nilsson las energias de las diversas particulas, correspondientes a los nucleos deformados, para las deformaciones mas acusadas que describen con mayor aproximacion la configuracion del punto de estrangulacion. Los estados de las particulas individuales identificados por Lamphere son compatibles con los que se consideran proximos a la superficie de Fermi en el caso de deformaciones razonables del punto de estrangulacion. Este experimento se llevo a cabo con el proposito principal de encontrar una posible relacion entre la asimetria.masica y la anisotropfa angular. Los rendimientos masicos deducidos de las energias correspondientes de los fragmentos no revelan ninguna variacion de la anisotropfa en funcion de la razon masica, a diferencia de lo que ocurre en los experimentos en los que no queda fijada la energia de excitacion a que se produce la fision y en los que se ha observado lina variacion de la anisotropfa en funcion de esa razon masica. Por tanto, las mediciones de la anisotropfa no proporcionan

  6. PREFACE: Proceedings of the International School and Workshop 'Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2006' (University of Rome Tor Vergata and the Catholic University of Rome, 6 9 November 2006)

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    Bellucci, Stefano

    2007-10-01

    adsorption) aimed to enhance promonocytic cells adhesion and spatial confinement, and micro-patterning of polymer surfaces (by controlled ion irradiation on stripes of given dimensions) to obtain alignment and controlled positioning of adherent fibroblasts. The first may be important for biosensing, the latter in preparing cell-based integrated circuits, hence having an impact both in biomedicine, particularly in regenerative medicine (including tissue engineering), and in BioMEMS applications. Enrico Sabbioni (European Commission, DG JRC, Italy) introduced the topic of nanotoxicological research, emphasizing the urgent need for a safe, integrated and responsible European strategy for nanotechnology. Lina Ghibelli (University of Rome Tor Vergata) starting from the concern about possible harmful effect of nanotubes on health, which appears justified also because of the knowledge that nanotubes react with important classes of biological molecules, such as DNA and peptides, demonstrated a deep effect of multiwall carbon nanotubes on cell viability and differentiation, providing evidence that the mechanisms involved include alteration of the cell cycle, redox alterations and mitochondrial and cytoskeletal alterations. Cellular interactions with engineered nanoparticles are dependent on many variables, some inherent to the nanoparticle (size, shape, surface reactivity, degradation, agglomeration/dispersal, and charge) and some due to the inherent properties of the cells or tissues responding to the nanoparticle (cell type; cell surface interactions with the nanoparticle; whether cellular membranes have pores that allow or block passage of nanoparticles, cellular enzyme degradation of the outer protective surface revealing a toxic nanoparticle core; cellular storage of nanoparticles or degradation products (bioaccumulation), within the cell ultimately causing the cell's death). Functionalization and shorter exposure times increased biocompatibility; however, nanoparticle size and

  7. The use of oxygen-14 in the study of positron polarization in a Fermi-type transition; Emploi de l'oxygene-14 pour l'etude de la polarisation des positions dans une transition du type Fermi; Ispol'zovanie kisloroda-14 dlya issledovaniya polyarizatsii pozitronov v prevrashcheniyakh tipa Fermi; Empleo del oxigeno-14 en el estudio de la polarizacion de los positrones en una transicion de tipo Fermi

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    Schmidt, F H; Gerhart, J B; Hopkins, J C; Bichsel, H; Stroth, J [University of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States)

    1962-01-15

    ) [Spanish] El radioisotopo {sup 14}O, de periodo de semidesintegracion corto, se ha utilizado en dos experimentos destinados a determinar el grado de polarizacion de los positrones de desintegracion. En la teoria de los dos componentes de la desintegracion beta que enunciaron por primera vez Lee y Yang, la no conservacion de la paridad exige que el impulso angular del spin de los positrones se polarice en el sentido del movimiento en una cantidad proporcional a su velocidad dividida por la de la luz. La constante de proporcionalidad depende del tipo de interaccion al que se deba el proceso de desintegracion. Las propiedades del {sup 14}O de 72 segundos permiten comprobar experimentalmente algunos aspectos de esta teoria. Al desintegrarse en {sup 14}N el {sup 14}O pasa de un estado de spin cero y paridad + 1, a otro estado, excitado, de spin cero y paridad + 1. Por consiguiente, la desintegracion constituye lina transicion de tipo Fermi puro. El {sup 14}O fue obtenido mediante la reaccion {sup 14}N (p, n) O{sup 14} en el ciclotron de 60 pulgadas de la Universidad de Washington, por un sistema de flujo continuo de N{sub 2} al que se agrego O{sub 2} como gas portador. Despues de activado, el gas atraviesa unos filtros para eliminar las actividades indeseadas y para combinar el exigeno con hidrogeno. El vapor de agua activa fue condensado a la temperatura del N{sub 2} liquido sobre una varilla de cobre, para obtener una fuente continua de elevada intensidad (unos 10 mc) de {sup 14}O de 72 segundos. La energia de los positrones de desintegracion fue analizada con ayuda de un pequeno espectrometro magnetico. La polarizacion longitudinal de los positrones a la salida del espectrometro se estudio por dos metodos diferentes. En el primer metodo, los positrones inciden sobre un centelleador de material plastico en el que algunos de ellos son aniquilados en vuelo. El cuanto de aniquilacion, cuya energia es mayor, se polariza circularmente en el mismo sentido que el positron original

  8. Theoretical and Applied Aspects of Radiation D-Values for Spores of Clostridium Botulinum; Aspects Theoriques et Pratiques des Valeurs D de Rayonnement Appliquees aux Spores de Clostridium Botulinum; Teoreticheskie i prikladnye aspekty koehffitsienta izlucheniya odlya spor Clostridium Botulinum; Aspectos Teoricos y Practicos de los Valores D para Esporas del Clostridium Botulinum

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    Grecz, N. [Biophysics Laboratory, Illinois Institute Of Technology, Chicago, IL (United States)

    1966-11-15

    perhydroxy-. ' Les modifications des valeurs D{sub 10}-d'une souche donnee qui resultent de diverses conditions ambiantes peuvent etre rapportees a des effets indirects, tandis que les modifications des valeurs D{sub 10} d'une souche a l'autre dans des conditions normalisees se rapportent a la quantite et a la structure de l'ADN contenu dans le noyau des spores. A cet egard, toutes les souches de C. botulinum etudiees jusqu'ici pourraient, a titre provisoire, etre classees en trois groupes. Le groupe l comprend les souches A, B et E qui correspondent a des valeurs de D se situant aux environs de 0,13 Mrad ou au-dessous; ces spores donnent des courbes d'inactivation apres une seule irradiation et comportent, semble-t-il,- un seul chromosome a faible probabilite de restauration. Le groupe 2 comprend les souches 12885A, 62A, 77A, 9B groupees autour de D io = 0,23 Mrad; les donnees sur les cibles dont on dispose indiqueraient que ces spores possedent un chromosome de 900{mu} avec un indice de restauration de 13. Le groupe 3 comprend les souches tres resistantes 33A, 36A, 40B, 41B et 53B groupees autour de D{sup 10} = 0,33 Mrad; ici, les donnees sur les cibles dont on dispose indiqueraient que ces spores possedent deux chromosomes de 900{mu} chacun, avec un indice de restauration (N) compris entre 80 et 90, soit N = 13{sup 2}/2. (author) [Spanish] Se ha comprobado que las esporas del C. botulinum ofrecen una resistencia a las radiaciones ionizantes igual o superior a la de las esporas de otros organismos atoxicos'que estropean los.alimentos. Por esta razon, las normas de tratamiento microbiologico para la conservacion de alimentos se han relacionado siempre con la radiorresistencia de las esporas del C. botulinum. El indice de radiorresistencia es el valor D{sub 10}, definido como la dosis necesaria para inactivar un ciclo de desarrollo logaritmico (90%) de lina poblacion dada de esporas, habiendose, fijado arbitrariamente en 12 x D la dosis para la conservacion sin ' riesgos de

  9. Programa de Pós-Graduação em Geologia - Teses Defendidas 1999 - Doutorado - Instituto de Geociências - Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

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    1999-01-01

    (magmatismo do tipo EMORB. Para os charno-enderbitos semelhante padrão foi observado, porém com pequena anomalia positiva para Eu. Os dados isotópicos de Rb-Sr e Sm-Nd confirmam a semelhança das razões das rochas básicas e intermediárias investigadas de Várzea Alegre com aquelas oriundas de um reservatório mantélico enriquecido. As "idades modelo" calculadas pelo método CHUR, e relacionadas à idade da fonte, foram de cerca de 1.0 Ga, e podem ser relacionadas a um episódio de enriquecimento do manto. Nome: Benedicto Humberto Rodrigues Francisco Orientador: Lina Maria Kneip Título: O Homem e a Geo-História da Região de Saquarema Resumo: A região de Saquarema evoluiu através dos tempos, com a formação de um complexo de rochas ígneas e metamórficas Pré-Cambrianas e Eopaleozóicas que foram submetidas a esforços tectônicos regionais e locais. Intrusões magmáticas são mapeáveis nas formas de diques de rochas básicas do Cretáco/Terciário. Durante o Cenozóico material retirado das rochas intemperizadas foram carreados para partes baixas e depositados gerando as planícies. No Quaternário, ocorreram avanços e recuos do mar na região costeira. Homens povoaram a região desde pelo menos 4.520 anos antes do presente. As populações humanas coletavam, caçavam e pescavam nos diversos ecossistemas o necessário para sua subsistência. A matéria prima mineral necessária era obtida nos afloramentos rochosos, nos colúvios, nos solos e nos aluviões. Todo o material litológico originário da Geo-história constitui a litodiversidade disponível seja para os vegetais seja para os demais seres vivos, inclusive o Homem. 117 Anuário do Instituto de Geociências - UFRJ Volume 22 / 1999 Ao chegar em Saquarema o Homem se apropriou de parte do material disponível na biodiversidade e na litodiversidade e construiu os depósitos denominados sambaquis - sítios arqueológicos de grupos pescadores coletores, caçadores pré-históricos. O estudo dos sambaquis