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  1. El poeta insular: Carlos Obregón Borrero

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    Gilberto Abril Rojas

    1980-06-01

    Full Text Available Carlos Obregón Borrero configura una abrupta geografía, en la historia "interior" del hombre. Espíritu contrahecho, azorado en el filo abismal de una sociedad plagada de vicisitudes, de profundos jeroglíficos y de inciertas respuestas. Su paso por la tierra es sencillamente un silencio estrepitoso, una tortura violentando la carne del verbo, un grito que hiere hasta el lenguaje. Junto a Jorge Gaitán Durán y junto a Eduardo Cote Lamus con su paso acallado y huidizo, Colombia siente reverberar la sangre en sus entrañas... fluorescencia de la muerte en el misterio de la vida.

  2. Significados en torno a la indemnización y la restitución en víctimas del conflicto armado en el municipio de San Carlos

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    Villa Gómez, Juan David

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Resumen. Se resultados de las indagaciones sobre la valoración que las mismas víctimas del conflicto armado, del municipio de San Carlos Antioquia (Colombia, hacen de la implementación de la Ley 1448 (Ley de Victimas; dicho proceso de investigación, evidenció entre otros hallazgos, la contradicción entre el discurso oficial y el relato de las víctimas en relación a los procesos de reparación, discursos contradictorios respecto a la transición, el estado de vulneración e insatisfacción de necesidades básicas de las personas victimizadas así como una alta confusión en la implementación de la Ley. Estos resultados, entre otros, permiten afirmar que, la reparación hoy, dista mucho de ser un proceso que aporte a la reconstrucción del tejido social, a la paz y la reconciliación. Abstract. The results of the inquiries on the valuation that the very victims make of the armed conflict, in the Municipality of San Carlos, Antioquia, Colombia of the implementation of the 1448 Law (Law of victims; such a process of research, made evident among other findings, the contradiction between the official discourse and the story of the victims in relation to the processes of repair, contradictory speeches regarding the transition, the state of infringement and dissatisfaction of victimized people’s basic needs, as well as a high confusion in the implementation of the Law. These findings, among others, allow to affirm that, repair today, is very far from being a process that contributes to the reconstruction of the social fabric, to peace, and reconciliation.

  3. Significados en torno a la reparación, la ayuda humanitaria, la indemnización y la restitución en víctimas del conflicto armado en el municipio de San Carlos

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    Juan David Villa Gómez

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Se presentan los primeros resultados de las indagaciones sobre la valoración que las mismas víctimas del conflicto armado, del municipio de San Carlos Antioquia (Colombia, hacen de la implementación de la Ley 1448 (Ley de Victimas; dicho proceso de investigación, en esta primera entrega, evidenció entre otros hallazgos, la contradicción entre el discurso oficial y el relato de las víctimas en relación a los procesos de reparación, discursos contradictorios respecto a la transición, el estado de vulneración e insatisfacción de necesidades básicas de las personas victimizadas así como una alta confusión en la implementación de la Ley. Estos resultados, entre otros, permiten afirmar que, la reparación hoy, dista mucho de ser un proceso que aporte a la reconstrucción del tejido social, a la paz y la reconciliación. The first results of the inquiries on the valuation made by the very victims of the armed conflict, in the municipality of San Carlos Antioquia (Colombia are shown in this paper, which are part of the implementation of the 1448 Law (Law of Victims; such a research process of, in this first installment, evidenced among other findings, the contradiction between the official discourse and the story of the victims in relation to the reparation processes, contradictory speeches regarding the transition, the state of infringement and dissatisfaction of victimized people’s basic needs, as well as a high confusion as for the implementation of the Law. These findings, among others, allow to affirm that reparation today, is far from being a process that contributes to the reconstruction of the social fabric, to peace, and reconciliation.

  4. Análisis de los factores de protección a la infancia, de algunas familias en situación de vulnerabilidad, de la Institución Educativa Luis Carlos Galán Sarmiento del Municipio de Itagüí

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    Londoño Cardona, Magda Yamile; Castillo Colón, Gabriel Moisés

    2012-01-01

    Ubicación en Biblioteca USB Medellín (San Benito): CD-2618t .-- Grupo de Investigación Interdisciplinario de Estudios Pedagógicos (GIDEP).-- Línea de Investigación: Infancia.-- Área: Infancia.-- Tema: Políticas públicas El proyecto consiste en un análisis acerca de los factores de protección que subyacen en las dinámicas de algunas familias de la comunidad de la Institución Educativa Luis Carlos Galán Sarmiento del municipio de Itagüí en el departamento de Antioquia, Colombia. En sus voces...

  5. Healthy Municipios in Latin America.

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    Restrepo, H E; Llanos, G; Contreras, A; Rocabado, F; Gross, S; Suárez, J; González, J

    1995-09-01

    This article describes the Healthy Municipios movement in Latin America and gives examples of some PAHO projects that could become demonstration projects. The Healthy Municipios movement was established in the early 1990s. The movement aims to promote healthy municipalities according to objectives set forth in the 1987 Ottawa Charter on Health Promotion, the 1992 Declaration of Bogota, and the 1993 Caribbean Health Promotion Charter. The movement is a joint effort of government, the health sector, and the community in promoting health locally. Key features of the movement are its creativity, variety, political strength, and adaptation to local conditions. Technical cooperation serves the purpose of facilitating information exchange and promotes the use of modern techniques of analysis and scientific and technical information. All projects shared the following common features: initiation by the local community with strong political commitment, intersectoral organizational structure, widespread community mobilization and participation, problem solving activities, and a recognizable leader. Pioneering projects include the Comprehensive Project for Cienfuegos, Cuba; the Health Manizales, Colombia; the Network in Mexico; Baruta and El Hatillo, Venezuela; Valdivia, Chile; and San Carlos Canton, Costa Rica. It is concluded that these projects and most others aim to assure equity. These efforts are important for placing health on the political agenda and implementing healthy policies. The Valdivia project, for example, serves a population of about 120,000 in the urban city of Valdivia, the semi-urban area, and rural areas. The project was officially sanctioned by the President of Chile on World Health Day in 1993. Progress was reported in mass communication and school-based programs. Attention was directed also to prevention of risk factors for noncommunicable diseases and to the problem of traffic accidents.

  6. Insular species swarm goes underground

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    P. S. Reboleira, Ana Sofia; Enghoff, Henrik

    2014-01-01

    Two new species of the genus Cylindroiulus Verhoeff, 1894, C. julesvernei and C. oromii, are described from the subterranean ecosystem of Madeira Island, Portugal. Species are illustrated with photographs and diagrammatic drawings. The new species belong to the Cylindroiulus madeirae......-group, an insular species swarm distributed in the archipelagos of Madeira and the Canary Islands. We discuss the differences between the new species and their relatives and present information on the subterranean environment of Madeira. An updated overview of the subterranean biodiversity of millipedes...

  7. Food related processes in the insular cortex

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    Sabine eFrank

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available The insular cortex is a multimodal brain region with regional cytoarchitectonic differences indicating various functional specializations. As a multisensory neural node, the insular cortex integrates perception, emotion, interoceptive awareness, cognition, and gustation. Regarding the latter, predominantly the anterior part of the insular cortex is regarded as the primary taste cortex.In this review, we will specifically focus on the involvement of the insula in food processing and on multimodal integration of food-related items. Influencing factors of insular activation elicited by various foods range from calorie-content to the internal physiologic state, body mass index or eating behavior. Sensory perception of food-related stimuli including seeing, smelling, and tasting elicits increased activation in the anterior and mid-dorsal part of the insular cortex. Apart from the pure sensory gustatory processing, there is also a strong association with the rewarding/hedonic aspects of food items, which is reflected in higher insular activity and stronger connections to other reward-related areas. Interestingly, the processing of food items has been found to elicit different insular activation in lean compared to obese subjects and in patients suffering from an eating disorder (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa. The knowledge of functional differences in the insular cortex opens up the opportunity for possible noninvasive treatment approaches for obesity and eating disorders. To target brain functions directly, real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging neurofeedback offers a state-of-the-art tool to learn to control the anterior insular cortex activity voluntarily. First evidence indicates that obese adults have an enhanced ability to regulate the anterior insular cortex.

  8. Extreme insular dwarfism evolved in a mammoth.

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    Herridge, Victoria L; Lister, Adrian M

    2012-08-22

    The insular dwarfism seen in Pleistocene elephants has come to epitomize the island rule; yet our understanding of this phenomenon is hampered by poor taxonomy. For Mediterranean dwarf elephants, where the most extreme cases of insular dwarfism are observed, a key systematic question remains unresolved: are all taxa phyletic dwarfs of a single mainland species Palaeoloxodon antiquus (straight-tusked elephant), or are some referable to Mammuthus (mammoths)? Ancient DNA and geochronological evidence have been used to support a Mammuthus origin for the Cretan 'Palaeoloxodon' creticus, but these studies have been shown to be flawed. On the basis of existing collections and recent field discoveries, we present new, morphological evidence for the taxonomic status of 'P'. creticus, and show that it is indeed a mammoth, most probably derived from Early Pleistocene Mammuthus meridionalis or possibly Late Pliocene Mammuthus rumanus. We also show that Mammuthus creticus is smaller than other known insular dwarf mammoths, and is similar in size to the smallest dwarf Palaeoloxodon species from Sicily and Malta, making it the smallest mammoth species known to have existed. These findings indicate that extreme insular dwarfism has evolved to a similar degree independently in two elephant lineages.

  9. Actividades físicas recreativas culturales para ocupar el tiempo libre del adulto mayor en edades comprendidas entre 56 y 76 años del cdr numero 5 de la zona 28 de la circunscripción 28 del Consejo Popular Carlos Manuel del Municipio Pinar del Río

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    Vidal E. Arencibia Llanes

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available La investigación realizada tiene como objetivo la propuesta de un Plan de actividades físicas recreativas culturales en función de la ocupación del tiempo libre del adulto mayor entre del CDR número 5 de la zona 28 de la Circunscripción 28 del Consejo popular Carlos Manuel del municipio Pinar del Río. La  misma se inició desde el 2007 a partir de las necesidades de la comunidad de  realizar  actividades  físicas  recreativas  culturales  para  la  ocupación  del tiempo libre, a través del  diagnóstico se constató el nivel de ofertas recreativas que se le brindaban, las que evidenciaban que eran limitadas y con escasa frecuencia,  por  lo  que  nos  dimos  a  la  tarea  de  confeccionar  una  plan  de actividades con características físicas recreativas culturales, a partir de las realizadas anteriormente que respondieran a sus gustos, edades y preferencias. Se selecciona a la comunidad comprendida entre 56-76 años como el mejor de los escenarios donde se desarrolla los problemas sociales, pero también el lugar donde se expande la subjetividad humana en su máxima expresión en la búsqueda de soluciones a los problemas. Este plan de actividades que se propone contribuye al aprovechamiento del tiempo libre  orientado lo que trae beneficios para elevar la calidad de vida propiciando un mejoramiento de las relaciones interpersonales y del sentido de pertenencia de estas personas por su territorio. Cuestiones estas que fueron detectadas durante la aplicación de los diferentes instrumentos de investigación como observación, encuestas, entrevistas, así como la utilización de técnicas estadísticas y participativas.

  10. Propuesta de un conjunto de Actividades Recreativas para la ocupación del tiempo libre en los adolescentes en la edad comprendida de 12 a 15 años de la Circunscripción 18. Consejo Popular Carlos Manuel de Céspedes” del municipio Pinar del Río

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    Elisa Isabel Vázquez Molina

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Nuestro trabajo se realizó con el fin de desarrollar actividades que estuvieran en correspondencia con las características de la población seleccionada, en los adolescentes en edad comprendida de 12 a 15 años de la ESBU Julio A. Mella del Consejo Popular Carlos Manuel de Céspedes del municipio de Pinar del Río La necesidad de proporcionar una generación saludable, físicamente, multilateral y armónicamente desarrollada resulta cada vez más una exigencia de nuestra sociedad. Cada día la Cultura Física y sus distintas salidas como la Educación Física, Deporte y Recreación se convierten en una necesidad de cada individuo y de toda humanidad. Con independencia a estos logros es evidente que las actividades de la Recreación Física de una planificación que responda a los intereses recreativos implican una forma de recreación activo, que tiene como finalidad el desarrollo multifacético de los niños, jóvenes y adultos Es evidente que muchas de las actividades recreativas que realizan, son los jóvenes los que las llevan a cabo, aunque existen irregularidades que limitan las opciones que se brindan para el disfrute de la juventud, la realidad exige que existía una buena planificación partiendo de las posibilidades reales para el desarrollo óptimo de sus programas recreativos, de ahí que las bases del desarrollo social estén encaminados a satisfacer las necesidades cada vez más crecientes de la población. La planificación y programación de estas actividades dependen en gran medida de aspectos tan importantes como: la edad de los participantes, los gustos e intereses, así como la cultura requerida para su realización. La programación y oferta de las actividades recreativas debe ser de la preferencia de la sociedad a fin de que responda a los intereses comunes individuales, lo cual tributa a la conservación del carácter motivacional y recreativo de las actividades estando en correspondencia con la zona de residencia

  11. Vocabular Clarity and Insular Scandinavian: A response

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    Enger, Hans-Olav

    2017-01-01

    In his article “Testing Vocabular Clarity in insular Scandinavian”, Haukur Þorgeirsson (HT) discusses the analysis of Faroese noun inflection presented in Enger (2013a). It is rewarding to see that the NBP/VC motivates careful consideration of alternative analyses and additional facts. HT raises valid questions and interesting challenges, including issues that were not dealt with in sufficient detail by Enger (2013a); yet I cannot agree with his main conclusions. Given space limitations, this...

  12. Insular threat associations within taxa worldwide.

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    Leclerc, Camille; Courchamp, Franck; Bellard, Céline

    2018-04-23

    The global loss of biodiversity can be attributed to numerous threats. While pioneer studies have investigated their relative importance, the majority of those studies are restricted to specific geographic regions and/or taxonomic groups and only consider a small subset of threats, generally in isolation despite their frequent interaction. Here, we investigated 11 major threats responsible for species decline on islands worldwide. We applied an innovative method of network analyses to disentangle the associations of multiple threats on vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants in 15 insular regions. Biological invasions, wildlife exploitation, and cultivation, either alone or in association, were found to be the three most important drivers of species extinction and decline on islands. Specifically, wildlife exploitation and cultivation are largely associated with the decline of threatened plants and terrestrial vertebrates, whereas biological invasions mostly threaten invertebrates and freshwater fish. Furthermore, biodiversity in the Indian Ocean and near the Asian coasts is mostly affected by wildlife exploitation and cultivation compared to biological invasions in the Pacific and Atlantic insular regions. We highlighted specific associations of threats at different scales, showing that the analysis of each threat in isolation might be inadequate for developing effective conservation policies and managements.

  13. Attenuated sensitivity to the emotions of others by insular lesion

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    Yuri eTerasawa

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The insular cortex has been considered to be the neural base of visceral sensation for many years. Previous studies in psychology and cognitive neuroscience have accumulated evidence indicating that interoception is an essential factor in the subjective feeling of emotion. Recent neuroimaging studies have demonstrated that anterior insular cortex activation is associated with accessing interoceptive information and underpinning the subjective experience of emotional state.Only a small number of studies have focused on the influence of insular damage on emotion processing and interoceptive awareness. Moreover, disparate hypotheses have been proposed for the alteration of emotion processing by insular lesions. Some studies show that insular lesions yield an inability for understanding and representing disgust exclusively, but other studies suggest that such lesions modulate arousal and valence judgments for both positive and negative emotions.In this study, we examined the alteration in emotion recognition in three right insular and adjacent area damaged cases with well-preserved higher cognitive function. Participants performed an experimental task using morphed photos that ranged between neutral and emotional facial expressions (i.e., anger, sadness, disgust, and happiness. Recognition rates of particular emotions were calculated to measure emotional sensitivity. In addition, they performed heartbeat perception task for measuring interoceptive accuracy. The cases identified emotions that have high arousal level (e.g., anger as less aroused emotions (e.g., sadness and a case showed remarkably low interoceptive accuracy. The current results show that insular lesions lead to attenuated emotional sensitivity across emotions, rather than category-specific impairments such as to disgust. Despite the small number of cases, our findings suggest that the insular cortex modulates recognition of emotional saliency and mediates interoceptive and emotional

  14. Orosensory and Homeostatic Functions of the Insular Taste Cortex.

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    de Araujo, Ivan E; Geha, Paul; Small, Dana M

    2012-03-01

    The gustatory aspect of the insular cortex is part of the brain circuit that controls ingestive behaviors based on chemosensory inputs. However, the sensory properties of foods are not restricted to taste and should also include salient features such as odor, texture, temperature, and appearance. Therefore, it is reasonable to hypothesize that specialized circuits within the central taste pathways must be involved in representing several other oral sensory modalities in addition to taste. In this review, we evaluate current evidence indicating that the insular gustatory cortex functions as an integrative circuit, with taste-responsive regions also showing heightened sensitivity to olfactory, somatosensory, and even visual stimulation. We also review evidence for modulation of taste-responsive insular areas by changes in physiological state, with taste-elicited neuronal responses varying according to the nutritional state of the organism. We then examine experimental support for a functional map within the insular cortex that might reflect the various sensory and homeostatic roles associated with this region. Finally, we evaluate the potential role of the taste insular cortex in weight-gain susceptibility. Taken together, the current experimental evidence favors the view that the insular gustatory cortex functions as an orosensory integrative system that not only enables the formation of complex flavor representations but also mediates their modulation by the internal state of the body, playing therefore a central role in food intake regulation.

  15. The Role of the Insular Cortex in Retaliation.

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    Franziska Emmerling

    Full Text Available The insular cortex has consistently been associated with various aspects of emotion regulation and social interaction, including anger processing and overt aggression. Aggression research distinguishes proactive or instrumental aggression from retaliation, i.e. aggression in response to provocation. Here, we investigated the specific role of the insular cortex during retaliation, employing a controlled behavioral aggression paradigm implementing different levels of provocation. Fifteen healthy male volunteers underwent whole brain functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI to identify brain regions involved in interaction with either a provoking or a non-provoking opponent. FMRI group analyses were complemented by examining the parametric modulations of brain activity related to the individual level of displayed aggression. These analyses identified a hemispheric lateralization as well as an anatomical segregation of insular cortex with specifically the left posterior part being involved in retaliation. The left-lateralization of insular activity during retaliation is in accordance with evidence from electro-physiological studies, suggesting left-lateralized fronto-cortical dominance during anger processing and aggressive acts. The posterior localization of insular activity, on the other hand, suggests a spatial segregation within insular cortex with particularly the posterior part being involved in the processing of emotions that trigger intense bodily sensations and immediate action tendencies.

  16. Insular subdivisions functional connectivity dysfunction within major depressive disorder.

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    Peng, Xiaolong; Lin, Pan; Wu, Xiaoping; Gong, Ruxue; Yang, Rui; Wang, Jue

    2018-02-01

    Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a mental disorder characterized by cognitive and affective deficits. Previous studies suggested that insula is a crucial node of the salience network for initiating network switching, and dysfunctional connection to this region may be related to the mechanism of MDD. In this study, we systematically investigated and quantified the altered functional connectivity (FC) of the specific insular subdivisions and its relationship to psychopathology of MDD. Resting-state FC of insular subdivisions, including bilateral ventral/dorsal anterior insula and posterior insula, were estimated in 19 MDD patients and 19 healthy controls. Abnormal FC was quantified between groups. Additionally, we investigated the relationships between insular connectivity and depressive symptom severity. MDD patients demonstrated aberrant FC for insular subdivisions to superior temporal sulcus, inferior prefrontal gyrus, amygdala and posterior parietal cortex. Moreover, depression symptoms (Hamilton Depression Rating Scale and Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale scorers) were associated with the FC values of insular subdivisions. First, the sample size of our current study is relatively small, which may affect the statistic power. Second, using standardized insular subdivision seeds for FC analyses may neglect subtle natural differences in size and location of functional area across individuals and may thus affect connectivity maps. Abnormal FC of insular subdivisions to default network and central executive network may represent impaired intrinsic networks switching which may affect the underlying emotional and sensory disturbances in MDD. And our findings can help to understand the pathophysiology and underlying neural mechanisms of MDD. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Insular cortex activity and the evocation of laughter.

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    Wattendorf, Elise; Westermann, Birgit; Lotze, Martin; Fiedler, Klaus; Celio, Marco R

    2016-06-01

    The insular cortex is fundamentally involved in the processing of interoceptive information. It has been postulated that the integrative monitoring of the bodily responses to environmental stimuli is crucial for the recognition and experience of emotions. Because emotional arousal is known to be closely coupled to functions of the anterior insula, we suspected laughter to be associated primarily with neuronal activity in this region. An anatomically constrained re-analysis of our imaging data pertaining to ticklish laughter, to inhibited ticklish laughter, and to voluntary laughter revealed regional differences in the levels of neuronal activity in the posterior and mid-/anterior portions of the insula. Ticklish laughter was associated specifically with right ventral anterior insular activity, which was not detected under the other two conditions. Hence, apparently, only laughter that is evoked as an emotional response bears the signature of autonomic arousal in the insular cortex. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  18. 19 CFR 7.2 - Insular possessions of the United States other than Puerto Rico.

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    2010-04-01

    ... than Puerto Rico. 7.2 Section 7.2 Customs Duties U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, DEPARTMENT OF... NAVAL STATION § 7.2 Insular possessions of the United States other than Puerto Rico. (a) Insular possessions of the United States other than Puerto Rico are also American territory but, because those insular...

  19. Depth study of insular shelf electric sounding Adelaida anomaly (Rivera)

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    Cicalese, H.

    1983-01-01

    In the framework of the Uranium prospecting programme, the DINAMIGE geophysical equipment have made a study. It was about the depth of insular shelf electric sounding on the anomalies zone of Adelaida. This equipment carried out a study of the following subjects: geographical location, geologic framework, geophysical intervention, developed works, methods and material and results

  20. Insular Cortex Is Involved in Consolidation of Object Recognition Memory

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    Bermudez-Rattoni, Federico; Okuda, Shoki; Roozendaal, Benno; McGaugh, James L.

    2005-01-01

    Extensive evidence indicates that the insular cortex (IC), also termed gustatory cortex, is critically involved in conditioned taste aversion and taste recognition memory. Although most studies of the involvement of the IC in memory have investigated taste, there is some evidence that the IC is involved in memory that is not based on taste. In…

  1. Second Surgery in Insular Low-Grade Gliomas

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    Tamara Ius

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Given the technical difficulties, a limited number of works have been published on insular gliomas surgery and risk factors for tumor recurrence (TR are poorly documented. Objective. The aim of the study was to determine TR in adult patients with initial diagnosis of insular Low-Grade Gliomas (LGGs that subsequently underwent second surgery. Methods. A consecutive series of 53 patients with insular LGGs was retrospectively reviewed; 23 patients had two operations for TR. Results. At the time of second surgery, almost half of the patients had experienced progression into high-grade gliomas (HGGs. Univariate analysis showed that TR is influenced by the following: extent of resection (EOR (P<0.002, ΔVT2T1 value (P<0.001, histological diagnosis of oligodendroglioma (P=0.017, and mutation of IDH1 (P=0.022. The multivariate analysis showed that EOR at first surgery was the independent predictor for TR (P<0.001. Conclusions. In patients with insular LGG the EOR at first surgery represents the major predictive factor for TR. At time of TR, more than 50% of cases had progressed in HGG, raising the question of the oncological management after the first surgery.

  2. Body size evolution in insular speckled rattlesnakes (Viperidae: Crotalus mitchellii.

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    Jesse M Meik

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Speckled rattlesnakes (Crotalus mitchellii inhabit multiple islands off the coast of Baja California, Mexico. Two of the 14 known insular populations have been recognized as subspecies based primarily on body size divergence from putative mainland ancestral populations; however, a survey of body size variation from other islands occupied by these snakes has not been previously reported. We examined body size variation between island and mainland speckled rattlesnakes, and the relationship between body size and various island physical variables among 12 island populations. We also examined relative head size among giant, dwarfed, and mainland speckled rattlesnakes to determine whether allometric differences conformed to predictions of gape size (and indirectly body size evolving in response to shifts in prey size.Insular speckled rattlesnakes show considerable variation in body size when compared to mainland source subspecies. In addition to previously known instances of gigantism on Angel de la Guarda and dwarfism on El Muerto, various degrees of body size decrease have occurred frequently in this taxon, with dwarfed rattlesnakes occurring mostly on small, recently isolated, land-bridge islands. Regression models using the Akaike information criterion (AIC showed that mean SVL of insular populations was most strongly correlated with island area, suggesting the influence of selection for different body size optima for islands of different size. Allometric differences in head size of giant and dwarf rattlesnakes revealed patterns consistent with shifts to larger and smaller prey, respectively.Our data provide the first example of a clear relationship between body size and island area in a squamate reptile species; among vertebrates this pattern has been previously documented in few insular mammals. This finding suggests that selection for body size is influenced by changes in community dynamics that are related to graded differences in area over

  3. Women in the Dictionary of Danish Insular Dialects

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    Hovmark, Henrik

    Women in the Dictionary of Danish Insular Dialects In this presentation, I discuss the representation of female domains in the Dictionary of Danish Insular Dialects (DID; Ømålsordbogen ), an historical dictionary giving thorough descriptions of the dialects on the Danish isles 1750-1945. First...... volume appeared in 1992 but data collection and structure of the dictionary date back to the 1920s. It has been pointed out that the language, thoughts and domains of women until recently have been strongly neglected in for instance literary studies and history – and that the representations have been...... characterised by stereotypical images. This point has also been made as regards dictionaries (Hageberg 1990, choice of vocabulary; Mattisson 2006, data and examples). As for DID, however, female domains (‘food’, ‘clothes’, ‘milk’ etc.) are thoroughly registered in the collections and described in the dictionary...

  4. Tobacco dependence, the insular cortex and the hypocretin connection

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    Kenny, Paul J.

    2010-01-01

    Tobacco use is a major cause of disease and premature death in the United States. Nicotine is considered the key component of tobacco responsible for addiction in human smokers. Accumulating evidence supports an important role for the hypocretin (orexin) neuropeptide system in regulating the reinforcing properties of most major drugs of abuse, including nicotine. Here, data showing that nicotine activates hypocretin-producing neurons in the lateral hypothalamus, and that disruption of hypocretin transmission decreases nicotine self-administration behavior in rats will be reviewed. Recent findings suggesting that plasma hypocretin levels may be related to the magnitude of cigarette craving in abstinent smokers will be discussed. Finally, data suggesting that hypocretin transmission in the insular cortex may play an important role in regulating nicotine self-administration behavior in rats will be reviewed. This latter finding may provide mechanistic insight into the apparent disruption of tobacco addiction reported in human smokers with stroke-associated damage to the insular cortex. PMID:20816891

  5. Activation of the insular cortex during dynamic exercise in humans

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    Williamson, James; Nobrega, A C; McColl, R

    1997-01-01

    role as a site for regulation of autonomic activity. 2. Eight subjects were studied during voluntary active cycling and passively induced cycling. Additionally, four of the subjects underwent passive movement combined with electrical stimulation of the legs. 3. Increases in regional cerebral blood flow...... during active, but not passive cycling. There were no significant changes in rCBF for the right insula. Also, the magnitude of rCBF increase for leg primary motor areas was significantly greater for both active cycling and passive cycling combined with electrical stimulation compared with passive cycling...... alone. 5. These findings provide the first evidence of insular activation during dynamic exercise in humans, suggesting that the left insular cortex may serve as a site for cortical regulation of cardiac autonomic (parasympathetic) activity. Additionally, findings during passive cycling with electrical...

  6. EARLY MIOCENE INSULAR VERTEBRATES FROM LAERRU (SARDINIA, ITALY: PRELIMINARY NOTE

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    DANIEL ZOBOLI

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available A new vertebrate assemblage was discovered in an Early  Miocene lacustrine deposit near the village of Laerru (northern Sardinia, Italy. The assemblage is composed by mammals, reptiles and a bird. The mammals are represented by three ruminants (cf. Sardomeryx oschiriensis, Pecora indet. small size and Pecora indet. very small size and one dormouse (Peridyromys aff. murinus while reptiles are represented by turtles (Trionychidae? and crocodiles (cf. Diplocynodon sp.. A bird bone fragment is also reported and referred to Palaeortyx cf. brevipes (Galliformes. The assemblage can be related to the “Oschiri fauna”, one of the oldest endemic insular fauna known in the Mediterranean. The age of the Laerru vertebrates is early-middle Burdigalian, between 18.8 and 18.3 Ma, corresponding to the mammal unit of the main land MN3. The predominance of ruminants confirms the good capacity of these mammals to colonize insular environments.

  7. The insular taste cortex contributes to odor quality coding

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    Maria G Veldhuizen

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    Full Text Available Despite distinct peripheral and central pathways, stimulation of both the olfactory and the gustatory systems may give rise to the sensation of sweetness. Whether there is a common central mechanism producing sweet quality sensations or two discrete mechanisms associated independently with gustatory and olfactory stimuli is currently unknown. Here we used fMRI to determine whether odor sweetness is represented in the piriform olfactory cortex, which is thought to code odor quality, or in the insular taste cortex, which is thought to code taste quality. Fifteen participants sampled two concentrations of a pure sweet taste (sucrose, two sweet food odors (chocolate and strawberry, and two sweet floral odors (lilac and rose. Replicating prior work we found that olfactory stimulation activated the piriform, orbitofrontal and insular cortices. Of these regions, only the insula also responded to sweet taste. More importantly, the magnitude of the response to the food odors, but not to the non-food odors, in this region of insula was positively correlated with odor sweetness rating. These findings demonstrate that insular taste cortex contributes to odor quality coding by representing the taste-like aspects of food odors. Since the effect was specific to the food odors, and only food odors are experienced with taste, we suggest this common central mechanism develops as a function of experiencing flavors.

  8. Insular epilepsy: similarities to temporal lobe epilepsy case report Epilepsia insular: similaridades à epilepsia do lobo temporal - relato de caso

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    ARTHUR CUKIERT

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    Full Text Available Insular epilepsy has been rarely reported and its clinical and electrographic features are poorly understood. The electrographic study of the insula is difficult since it is hidden from the brain surface by the frontal and temporal lobe. A 48 years-old woman started having simple partial autonomic and complex partial seizures with automatisms and ictal left arm paresis 8 years prior to admission. Seizure's frequency was 1 per week. Pre-operative EEG showed a right temporal lobe focus. Neuropsychological testing disclosed right fronto-temporal dysfunction. MRI showed a right anterior insular cavernous angioma. Intraoperative ECoG obtained after spliting of the sylvian fissure showed independent spiking from the insula and temporal lobe and insular spikes that spread to the temporal lobe. The cavernous angioma and the surrounding gliotic tissue were removed and the temporal lobe was left in place. Post-resection ECoG still disclosed independent temporal and insular spiking with a lower frequency. The patient has been seizure-free since surgery. Insular epilepsy may share many clinical and electroencephalographic features with temporal lobe epilepsy.A epilepsia insular tem sido raramente relatada e suas características clínicas e eletrencefalográficas são pobremente conhecidas. O estudo eletrográfico da ínsula é difícil já que ela se encontra recoberta pelos lobos frontal e temporal. Uma paciente, de 48 anos, começou a ter crises parciais simples autonômicas e crises parciais complexas com automatismos e paresia crítica de membro superior esquerdo 8 anos antes desta internação. A frequência de crises era de 1/semana . O EEG pré-operatório mostrou foco temporal direito. Testagem neuropsicológica demonstrou disfunção fronto-temporal direita. RMN demonstrou cavernoma insular anterior direito. A eletrocorticografia intraoperatória obtida após a abertura da fissura sylviana demonstrou a presença de espículas independentes na

  9. Cardioembolism and Involvement of the Insular Cortex in Patients with Ischemic Stroke.

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    Jihoon Kang

    Full Text Available To evaluate whether topographical characteristics of insular involvement in ischemic stroke are associated with cardioembolism.A consecutive series of patients hospitalized for ischemic stroke within 7 days of symptom onset were identified. Based on diffusion-weighted imaging, we included those who had ischemic lesions in the middle cerebral artery (MCA territory. Each patient was assigned to one of two groups based on the presence or absence of insular involvement. The primary outcome was the frequency of cardioembolism, which was compared based on insular involvement. Of 1,311 patients with ischemic stroke in the MCA territory, 112 had insular involvement (8.5%. The frequency of cardioembolism in patients with insular involvement (52.7% was significantly higher than that in patients without insular involvement (30.4%, P < 0.001. Although insular involvement was associated with a severe baseline National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score (13 vs. 4, it did not independently affect the 3-month functional outcome.In cases of stroke in the MCA territory, involvement of the insular cortex may be associated with a risk of cardioembolism.

  10. Phylogeny and adaptation shape the teeth of insular mice.

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    Ledevin, Ronan; Chevret, Pascale; Ganem, Guila; Britton-Davidian, Janice; Hardouin, Emilie A; Chapuis, Jean-Louis; Pisanu, Benoit; da Luz Mathias, Maria; Schlager, Stefan; Auffray, Jean-Christophe; Renaud, Sabrina

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    By accompanying human travels since prehistorical times, the house mouse dispersed widely throughout the world, and colonized many islands. The origin of the travellers determined the phylogenetic source of the insular mice, which encountered diverse ecological and environmental conditions on the various islands. Insular mice are thus an exceptional model to disentangle the relative role of phylogeny, ecology and climate in evolution. Molar shape is known to vary according to phylogeny and to respond to adaptation. Using for the first time a three-dimensional geometric morphometric approach, compared with a classical two-dimensional quantification, the relative effects of size variation, phylogeny, climate and ecology were investigated on molar shape diversity across a variety of islands. Phylogeny emerged as the factor of prime importance in shaping the molar. Changes in competition level, mostly driven by the presence or absence of the wood mouse on the different islands, appeared as the second most important effect. Climate and size differences accounted for slight shape variation. This evidences a balanced role of random differentiation related to history of colonization, and of adaptation possibly related to resource exploitation. © 2016 The Author(s).

  11. Carlos Romero

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    Full Text Available Entrevista (en español Presentación Carlos Romero, politólogo, es profesor-investigador en el Instituto de Estudios Políticos de la Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas y Políticas de la Universidad Central de Venezuela, en donde se ha desempeñado como coordinador del Doctorado, subdirector y director del Centro de Estudios de Postgrado. Cuenta con ocho libros publicados sobre temas de análisis político y relaciones internacionales, siendo uno de los últimos Jugando con el globo. La política exter...

  12. The association of insular stroke with lesion volume

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    Nishanth Kodumuri

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    Full Text Available The insula has been implicated in many sequelae of stroke. It is the area most commonly infarcted in people with post-stroke arrhythmias, loss of thermal sensation, hospital acquired pneumonia, and apraxia of speech. We hypothesized that some of these results reflect the fact that: (1 ischemic strokes that involve the insula are larger than strokes that exclude the insula (and therefore are associated with more common and persistent deficits; and (2 insular involvement is a marker of middle cerebral artery (MCA occlusion. We analyzed MRI scans of 861 patients with acute ischemic hemispheric strokes unselected for functional deficits, and compared infarcts involving the insula to infarcts not involving the insula using t-tests for continuous variables and chi square tests for dichotomous variables. Mean infarct volume was larger for infarcts including the insula (n = 232 versus excluding the insula (n = 629: 65.8 ± 78.8 versus 10.2 ± 15.9 cm3 (p < 0.00001. Even when we removed lacunar infarcts, mean volume of non-lacunar infarcts that included insula (n = 775 were larger than non-lacunar infarcts (n = 227 that excluded insula: 67.0 cm3 ± 79.2 versus 11.5 cm3 ± 16.7 (p < 0.00001. Of infarcts in the 90th percentile for volume, 87% included the insula (χ2 = 181.8; p < 0.00001. Furthermore, 79.0% infarcts due to MCA occlusion included the insula; 78.5% of infarcts without MCA occlusion excluded the insula (χ2 = 93.1; p < 0.0001. The association between insular damage and acute or chronic sequelae likely often reflects the fact that insular infarct is a marker of large infarcts caused by occlusion of the MCA more than a specific role of the insula in a range of functions. Particularly in acute stroke, some deficits may also be due to ischemia of the MCA or ICA territory caused by large vessel occlusion.

  13. GLOBAL AND INSULAR DIMENSIONS: SPACE IN SARDINIA BLUES

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    Ana Maria Chiarini

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    Full Text Available The aim of this work is to focus attention on the dimension of space in Sardinia Blues (Publisher Bompiani, 2008, by Flavio Soriga. This is justified by the centrality of space throughout the novel and by the title itself. The island of Sardinia is not just a mere setting, but it is most importantly the articulating and conducting thread for all the themes related to the characters’ self-identity and existential issues. The regional Sardinian space, perceived as stereotyped and folkloristic, and the global space, seen as a source of both desire and fear, are problematized by the three young self-proclaimed “pirates of the island” in their long hours of idleness. It is our intention to highlight the conflicts of this marginal insular condition, heavily contaminated by an inevitable process of change, in Soriga’s simultaneously innovative and nostalgic fragmented text, filled with songs’ extracts and languages hybrids.

  14. Differential effects of insular and ventromedial prefrontal cortex lesions on risky decision-making.

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    Clark, L; Bechara, A; Damasio, H; Aitken, M R F; Sahakian, B J; Robbins, T W

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    The ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) and insular cortex are implicated in distributed neural circuitry that supports emotional decision-making. Previous studies of patients with vmPFC lesions have focused primarily on decision-making under uncertainty, when outcome probabilities are ambiguous (e.g. the Iowa Gambling Task). It remains unclear whether vmPFC is also necessary for decision-making under risk, when outcome probabilities are explicit. It is not known whether the effect of insular damage is analogous to the effect of vmPFC damage, or whether these regions contribute differentially to choice behaviour. Four groups of participants were compared on the Cambridge Gamble Task, a well-characterized measure of risky decision-making where outcome probabilities are presented explicitly, thus minimizing additional learning and working memory demands. Patients with focal, stable lesions to the vmPFC (n = 20) and the insular cortex (n = 13) were compared against healthy subjects (n = 41) and a group of lesion controls (n = 12) with damage predominantly affecting the dorsal and lateral frontal cortex. The vmPFC and insular cortex patients showed selective and distinctive disruptions of betting behaviour. VmPFC damage was associated with increased betting regardless of the odds of winning, consistent with a role of vmPFC in biasing healthy individuals towards conservative options under risk. In contrast, patients with insular cortex lesions failed to adjust their bets by the odds of winning, consistent with a role of the insular cortex in signalling the probability of aversive outcomes. The insular group attained a lower point score on the task and experienced more 'bankruptcies'. There were no group differences in probability judgement. These data confirm the necessary role of the vmPFC and insular regions in decision-making under risk. Poor decision-making in clinical populations can arise via multiple routes, with functionally dissociable effects of vmPFC and

  15. Altered insular activation and increased insular functional connectivity during sad and happy face processing in adolescent major depressive disorder.

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    Henje Blom, Eva; Connolly, Colm G; Ho, Tiffany C; LeWinn, Kaja Z; Mobayed, Nisreen; Han, Laura; Paulus, Martin P; Wu, Jing; Simmons, Alan N; Yang, Tony T

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    Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a leading cause of disability worldwide and occurs commonly first during adolescence. The insular cortex (IC) plays an important role in integrating emotion processing with interoception and has been implicated recently in the pathophysiology of adult and adolescent MDD. However, no studies have yet specifically examined the IC in adolescent MDD during processing of faces in the sad-happy continuum. Thus, the aim of the present study is to investigate the IC during sad and happy face processing in adolescents with MDD compared to healthy controls (HCL). Thirty-one adolescents (22 female) with MDD and 36 (23 female) HCL underwent a well-validated emotional processing fMRI paradigm that included sad and happy face stimuli. The MDD group showed significantly less differential activation of the anterior/middle insular cortex (AMIC) in response to sad versus happy faces compared to the HCL group. AMIC also showed greater functional connectivity with right fusiform gyrus, left middle frontal gyrus, and right amygdala/parahippocampal gyrus in the MDD compared to HCL group. Moreover, differential activation to sad and happy faces in AMIC correlated negatively with depression severity within the MDD group. Small age-range and cross-sectional nature precluded assessment of development of the AMIC in adolescent depression. Given the role of the IC in integrating bodily stimuli with conscious cognitive and emotional processes, our findings of aberrant AMIC function in adolescent MDD provide a neuroscientific rationale for targeting the AMIC in the development of new treatment modalities. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Municipio Mariño Estado Nueva Esparta

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    María Medina

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    Full Text Available Se caracteriza la gastronomía típica margariteña como atractivo turístico del Municipio Mariño, sus componentes: restaurantes, autores, platos y promoción. Para formular recomendaciones que permitan su aprovechamiento. Los fundamentos teóricos se basan en el área turismo y gastronomía, y su importancia para la actividad. La metodología es descriptiva y su diseño es de campo. Como conclusión se tiene que la situación actual de la gastronomía típica margariteña como atractivo turístico del municipio se caracteriza por la falta de información y promoción, la cual no se está aprovechando como atractivo turístico debido a la falta de conocimiento sobre la gastronomía típica margariteña y donde además en los restaurantes del municipio se están modificando las recetas originales.

  17. 76 FR 66035 - Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Application for Insular Watch and Jewelry...

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    ... DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Application for Insular Watch and Jewelry Program Benefits AGENCY: International Trade Administration. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce...

  18. La proyección colonial de Chile a la Patagonia Insular en el siglo XVIII

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    In this article, the geopolitical consequences of the shipwreck of the English frigate Wager and the landfall of the ship Anna into the coasts of the Western Insular Patagonia in 1741 are presented, which were part of the fleet of George Anson. The news reporting the English presence in the deserted and unknown insular and coastal territory southernmost Chiloé, and which had disseminated towards the end of the continent, promoted the deployment of different actions tending to make presence no...

  19. Insular cortex involvement in declarative memory deficits in patients with post-traumatic stress disorder

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    Li Lingjiang

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Neuroimaging studies have proved that hippocampus relate to the deficient of memory in patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD. Many studies in healthy subjects also shown that insular cortex (IC be involved in the declarative memory. This study was designed to investigate whether insular cortex is involved in declarative memory deficits in patients with PTSD. Methods Twelve subjects with PTSD and 12 subjects without PTSD victims underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic resonance imaging. All subjects performed encoding and retrieval memory tasks during the fMRI session. Voxel-based morphometry method was used to analyze gray-matter volume, and the Statistical Parametric Mapping (SPM2 was used to analyze activated brain areas when performing tasks. Results Grey matter volume was significantly reduced bilaterally in the insular cortex of PTSD subjects than non-PTSD. PTSD group also had lower level of activation in insular cortex when performing word encoding and retrieval tasks than non-PTSD group. Conclusion The study provides evidence on structural and function abnormalities of the insular cortex in patients with PTSD. Reduced grey-matter volume in insular cortex may be associated with declarative memory deficits in patients with PTSD.

  20. THE GARGANO TERRE ROSSE INSULAR FAUNAS: AN OVERVIEW

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    FEDERICO MASINI

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    Full Text Available After forty years from its discovery, the history of the field surveys and of the researches on the fossiliferous deposits on Gargano is briefly reported. The Gargano fauna belongs to the Abruzzo-Apulian Palaeobioprovince (including also Scontrone and Palena, Abruzzo. The fossil assemblage comprehends all the classes of terrestrial vertebrates: Reptilia, Amphibia, Aves and Mammalia. The faunal composition is unbalanced and presents the features of a typical insular endemic fauna. The bulk of the assemblage is composed of small mammals and birds. Based on literature, we report the most characteristic features, phylogenetic relationships, and evolutionary remarks on a list of mammals, focusing particularly on the adaptations of the most endemic taxa. Moreover, a biochronological scheme of the major faunal events is proposed and illustrated. Although still imperfect, the scheme is the first synopsis of all the biochronological and taxonomical information on mammals so far available. Eventually, the hypotheses on the origin and modes of colonisation are summarized and shortly discussed. From this overview the Gargano fauna is indeed of great interest for studies of evolution and biogeography. Nonetheless, there are persistent uncertainties on its age and origin, as well as on the age of infilling of the karstic fissure system of this unique fossiliferous locality. 

  1. Posterior insular cortex - a site of vestibular-somatosensory interaction?

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    Baier, Bernhard; Zu Eulenburg, Peter; Best, Christoph; Geber, Christian; Müller-Forell, Wibke; Birklein, Frank; Dieterich, Marianne

    2013-09-01

    Background In previous imaging studies the insular cortex (IC) has been identified as an essential part of the processing of a wide spectrum of perception and sensorimotor integration. Yet, there are no systematic lesion studies in a sufficient number of patients examining whether processing of vestibular and the interaction of somatosensory and vestibular signals take place in the IC. Methods We investigated acute stroke patients with lesions affecting the IC in order to fill this gap. In detail, we explored signs of a vestibular tone imbalance such as the deviation of the subjective visual vertical (SVV). We applied voxel-lesion behaviour mapping analysis in 27 patients with acute unilateral stroke. Results Our data demonstrate that patients with lesions of the posterior IC have an abnormal tilt of SVV. Furthermore, re-analysing data of 20 patients from a previous study, we found a positive correlation between thermal perception contralateral to the stroke and the severity of the SVV tilt. Conclusions We conclude that the IC is a sensory brain region where different modalities might interact.

  2. Distribution and biology of Indo-Pacific insular hypogeal shrimps

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    Maciolek, J.A.

    1983-01-01

    Ten species of caridean shrimps, representing nine genera in five families, have been found in exposures of the marine water table at 28 islands from Hawaii to the western Indian Ocean. Synthesis of literature information and personal observations indicate that, as a group, these shrimps are characterized by red body pigment, reduced but pigmented eyes, euryhalinity, a proclivity for interstitial seawater in limestone or lava rock, generalized food requirements, and probable pre-Pleistocene origins. The shrimps have not been found in waters cooler than about 20°C.Species are often solitary, but as many as five are known to coexist. Six of the species have widely scattered populations, some as far apart as Hawaii and the Red Sea. Passive oceanic dispersal is endorsed as a general explanation for such apparently disjunct distributions. On the basis of an assumed primary habitat requirement of interstitial marine water, which could include that in shallow submerged rock as well as that in emergent (insular) rock, I hypothesize a much more cosmopolitan distribution of these shrimps in the Indo-Pacific Tropical Zone.

  3. Calidad del servicio de taxis del municipio Maracaibo

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    Joheni A. Urdaneta G.

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available El presente trabajo tiene como objetivo describir la calidad del servicio de los taxis en el municipio Maracaibo, ya que los mismos forman parte del sistema de transporte urbano de la ciudad, y es un servicio público fundamental para la convivencia de la sociedad; para lograr este objetivo se realizó una adaptación del modelo SERVPERF, diseñando un instrumento tipo cuestionario, con 32 ítems en 6 dimensiones, adecuado a las características propias del servicio de taxi, con la finalidad de confirmar que los ítems de los instrumentos se correspondían con las dimensiones adaptadas se aplicó la técnica de análisis factorial resultando un nuevo instrumento con 24 ítems en 3 dimensiones. Se utilizó la escala de Likert con tres (3 alternativas de respuesta. La investigación es de tipo descriptiva y aplicada, bajo diseño no experimental de tipo transeccional descriptiva y de campo. La población quedó conformada por los usuarios de las líneas de taxis del municipio Maracaibo. Se aplicó muestreo aleatorio por conglomerado. La confiabilidad del instrumento se midió a través del coeficiente alfa de Cronbach resultando de 0,82 lo cual se considera aceptable. Los resultados revelan que la calidad del servicio de taxis del municipio Maracaibo es mediana por lo tanto este servicio es susceptible a mejoras, las cuales son necesarias para elevar la calidad de vida de los marabinos. Este resultado se obtuvo con el instrumento originalmente adaptado de 32 ítems y con el cuestionario resultante del análisis factorial, de 24 ítems; esto confirma lo apropiado de esta técnica, ya que se redujo el número de ítems y de las dimensiones originalmente adaptadas y no se encontraron diferencias significativas en los resultados con ambos instrumentos; de esta manera se puede medir la calidad del servicio de taxis en el municipio Maracaibo a través de las dimensiones: confiabilidad del servicio, socialización y responsabilidad.

  4. Régimen presupuestal de los municipios en Colombia

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    Aleksey Herrera Robles

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    Full Text Available Aunque la Constitución faculta a los municipios para la expedición de las normas orgánicas en materia de presupuesto, la ley limitó el ejercicio de tal potestad al establecer que debían aplicarse las normas del estatuto nacional adaptándolas a los procedimientos propios de esas entidades territoriales. El artículo además de plantear la pérdida de la autonomía municipal, sintetiza los distintos procesos presupuestales que van desde la preparación del proyecto hasta su ejecución y control.

  5. Insular Area energy vulnerability, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands. Technical Appendix 1

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    Stern, M.; Willard, E.E.; Efferding, S.

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    This report was prepared in response to Section 1406 of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (P.L. 192-486). The Act directed the Department of Energy (DOE) to ''conduct a study of the implications of the unique vulnerabilities of the insular areas to an oil supply disruption,'' and to ''outline how the insular areas shall gain access to vital oil supplies during times of national emergency.'' The Act defines the insular areas to be the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in the Caribbean, and Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), and Palau in the Pacific. This report is the analysis of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. In the study, ''unique vulnerabilities'' were defined as susceptibility to: (1) more frequent or more likely interruptions of oil supplies compared to the mainland, and/or (2) disproportionately larger or more likely economic losses in the event of an oil supply disruption. In order to asses unique vulnerabilities, the study examined in the insular areas' experience during past global disruptions of oil supplies and during local emergencies caused by natural disasters. The effects of several possible future global disruptions and local emergencies were also analyzed. Analyses were based on historical data, simulations using energy and economic models, and interviews with officials in the insular governments and the energy industry

  6. Insular Area energy vulnerability, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands. Technical Appendix 1

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    Stern, M.; Willard, E.E.; Efferding, S. [Ensys Energy & Systems, Inc., Flemington, NJ (United States)

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    This report was prepared in response to Section 1406 of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (P.L. 192-486). The Act directed the Department of Energy (DOE) to ``conduct a study of the implications of the unique vulnerabilities of the insular areas to an oil supply disruption,`` and to ``outline how the insular areas shall gain access to vital oil supplies during times of national emergency.`` The Act defines the insular areas to be the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in the Caribbean, and Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), and Palau in the Pacific. This report is the analysis of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. In the study, ``unique vulnerabilities`` were defined as susceptibility to: (1) more frequent or more likely interruptions of oil supplies compared to the mainland, and/or (2) disproportionately larger or more likely economic losses in the event of an oil supply disruption. In order to asses unique vulnerabilities, the study examined in the insular areas` experience during past global disruptions of oil supplies and during local emergencies caused by natural disasters. The effects of several possible future global disruptions and local emergencies were also analyzed. Analyses were based on historical data, simulations using energy and economic models, and interviews with officials in the insular governments and the energy industry.

  7. municipio Antolín del Campo. Estado Nueva Esparta

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    Rebeca Morales A.

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Se caracteriza la situación actual de la Gastronomía Típica Margariteña como atractivo turístico del Municipio Antolín del Campo. Se determinan los elementos que la componen, se inventariaron los productos de la Gastronomía Típica Margariteña ofertados por los restaurantes del municipio y se identificó el tipo de promoción, se obtuvo la opinión de turistas y propietarios de los restaurantes, respecto a esta gastronomía como Atractivo Turístico. El estudio es descriptivo. Como conclusión se obtuvo que: la gastronomía Típica Margariteña no es resaltada como elemento del folklore margariteño, es ofrecida como una opción más en el menú no como plato principal, los restaurantes que ofrecen gastronomía Típica Margariteña no utilizan ningún tipo de promoción para la misma.

  8. Calidad del servicio de internet en el municipio Maracaibo

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    María Cristina Useche

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo central del trabajo es determinar la calidad de servicio que ofrecen las operadoras habilitadas en el sector de telecomunicaciones en Venezuela para prestar el servicio de Internet en el municipio Maracaibo. El mismo se basó en un tipo de investigación descriptivo- transaccional, abordando el objeto de estudio desde las perspectivas de Zeithaml y Bitner (2002, Pride y Ferrel (1997, Lovelock (1997, Cobra (2000 y Parasuraman, Zeithaml y Berry (2002. Se aplicó el muestreo aleatorio estratificado proporcional conformado por 400 clientes en ese municipio, a la cual se aplicó un cuestionario estructurado para recopilar información necesaria para abordar el objeto de estudio. Los resultados indicaron tendencias favorables a nivel de las percepciones sobre la tangibilidad, confiabilidad, responsabilidad, seguridad y empatía; pero las expectativas encontradas fueron más altas que las percepciones, sin embargo, los rangos no fueron de mayor incidencia, lo cual indica que la calidad del servicio al cliente en las empresas evaluadas se ubica en niveles favorables. A pesar de ello, al no haber cobertura total de las expectativas de los usuarios, la calidad del servicio debe mejorar a fin de garantizar excelencia a los requerimientos, logrando la satisfacción plena de los clientes sobre la prestación del servicio de Internet en Maracaibo.

  9. Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, and Left-Right Confusion from a Left Posterior Peri-Insular Infarct

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    S. Bhattacharyya

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    Full Text Available The Gerstmann syndrome of dyscalculia, dysgraphia, left-right confusion, and finger agnosia is generally attributed to lesions near the angular gyrus of the dominant hemisphere. A 68-year-old right-handed woman presented with sudden difficulty completing a Sudoku grid and was found to have dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and left-right confusion. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI showed a focus of abnormal reduced diffusivity in the left posterior insula and temporoparietal operculum consistent with acute infarct. Gerstmann syndrome from an insular or peri-insular lesion has not been described in the literature previously. Pathological and functional imaging studies show connections between left posterior insular region and inferior parietal lobe. We postulate that the insula and operculum lesion disrupted key functional networks resulting in a pseudoparietal presentation.

  10. Scheduling Model for Renewable Energy Sources Integration in an Insular Power System

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    Gerardo J. Osório

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    Full Text Available Insular power systems represent an asset and an excellent starting point for the development and analysis of innovative tools and technologies. The integration of renewable energy resources that has taken place in several islands in the south of Europe, particularly in Portugal, has brought more uncertainty to production management. In this work, an innovative scheduling model is proposed, which considers the integration of wind and solar resources in an insular power system in Portugal, with a strong conventional generation basis. This study aims to show the benefits of increasing the integration of renewable energy resources in this insular power system, and the objectives are related to minimizing the time for which conventional generation is in operation, maximizing profits, reducing production costs, and consequently, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

  11. Dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and left-right confusion from a left posterior peri-insular infarct.

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    Bhattacharyya, S; Cai, X; Klein, J P

    2014-01-01

    The Gerstmann syndrome of dyscalculia, dysgraphia, left-right confusion, and finger agnosia is generally attributed to lesions near the angular gyrus of the dominant hemisphere. A 68-year-old right-handed woman presented with sudden difficulty completing a Sudoku grid and was found to have dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and left-right confusion. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed a focus of abnormal reduced diffusivity in the left posterior insula and temporoparietal operculum consistent with acute infarct. Gerstmann syndrome from an insular or peri-insular lesion has not been described in the literature previously. Pathological and functional imaging studies show connections between left posterior insular region and inferior parietal lobe. We postulate that the insula and operculum lesion disrupted key functional networks resulting in a pseudoparietal presentation.

  12. Calodium (Capillaria hepaticum (Nematoda, Capillariidae in insular small rodent populations

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    Bugmyrin Sergey

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The data on the distribution of the nematode Calodium hepaticum (Bancroft 1893 Moravec 1982 (syn.: Capillaria hepatica, Hepaticola hepatica on the islands of Kizhi Archipelago are reported (N 62°00'; E 35°12'. Samples were collected on 18 islands and the mainland part of the Kizhi skerries region in the period from August 2005 till 2014. The method of partial helminthological dissection was applied to 346 specimens of rodents belonging to two species – the bank vole Myodes glareolus Schreber 1780 (301 spm. and the field vole Microtus agrestis Linnaeus 1761 (45 spm.. The prevalence and the abundance index of nematode were 16.6% and 1.1 in M. glareolus and 11.1%; 0.3 in M. agrestis, respectively. The highest prevalence and abundance of C. hepaticum were detected in mature voles. No sex-related differences were found. C. hepaticum was present in 12 of 19 sampling sites. On the islands where the sample number (host individuals was over 15, the highest prevalence and abundance values were 57% and 5.8 spm., respectively. Significant positive coefficients of correlation (Spearman’s and Pearson’s ones between nematode numbers and characteristics of the island were found in the pair «Prevalence – degree of isolation» (0.48 and 0.49. Single-factor analysis of variance showed that the size of the island had some effect on the nematode invasion prevalence and abundance. However, no significant regression relationship between the prevalence and abundance of nematodes and characteristics of an island was revealed by multivariate regression analysis (multiple regression: the coefficient of determination of the regression equation R2 < 0.3, and the regression coefficients were insignificant The reasons for high abundance of C. hepaticum in northern insular ecosystems are discussed. Possible key factors for the stable vitality of the parasite populations are: 1 favourable hydrothermal conditions of the soil in the shore (littoral zone; 2 the

  13. Diagnostico y plan estratégico sector turismo en el municipio de El Colegio- Cundinamarca

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    Hernández Ospina, Paola Andrea; Gutierrez Sandoval, Maira Yesenia

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    La presente investigación se realizó en el Municipio de El Colegio-Cundinamarca, gracias al convenio suscrito entre la Universidad del Rosario y la Gobernación de Cundinamarca; que buscando mejorar el desarrollo económico y calidad de vida de los municipios del departamento creó el proyecto “Municipio Saludable Y Polo De Desarrollo Local”. Luego de realizar un diagnóstico con base en información secundaria se evidencia la falta de planificación, organización y promoción del sector turismo ...

  14. Estrategias de negocios de las farmacias del municipio Maracaibo

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    Giancarlo Salazar

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    Full Text Available El propósito fundamental de este estudio fue analizar las estrategias de negocios aplicadas por las farmacias ubicadas en el municipio Maracaibo, bajo los preceptos teóricos de Thompson y Strickland (2003 y Villalba (2000. La investigación se tipificó como descriptiva. La población estuvo conformada por los encargados de las 219 farmacias, a quienes se les aplicó una encuesta mediante un cuestionario contentivo de 16 preguntas, escala tipo Likert y selección múltiple. El instrumento fue validado y la confiabilidad del mismo fue de 0.96. Se concluyó que las farmacias sí aplican el monitoreo de la competencia, además establecen ventajas competitivas y acciones estratégicas específicas; pero necesitan seguir mejorando su posición competitiva y diversificando sus estrategias para poder sobrevivir ante los cambios del mercado.

  15. Prevalencia de la violencia intrafamiliar en el municipio de Barrancabermeja

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    Armando Aguilera Torrado

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    Full Text Available El trabajo presenta los resultados de la investigación sobre prevalencia de la violencia intrafamiliar, desarrollada en el primer semestre del 2010 en el municipio de Barrancabermeja (Santander. El estudio fue transversal de tipo descriptivo, y se desarrolló bajo los parámetros de los estudios epidemiológicos. Los resultados de la investigación muestran que la prevalencia de la violencia intrafamiliar en Barrancabermeja es del 54%. El tipo de violencia que más han sufrido los barranqueños en sus hogares es la física, en un 45%, seguida por la violencia psicológica, con un 44%, y finalmente la violencia sexual, en un 11%.

  16. Estudio de la anurofauna del municipio de Ibagué

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    M. H. Bernal

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    Full Text Available Colombia es considerada, en el mundo, el país más rico en especies de anfibios (Lynch, 1998. De las 4.300 especies registradas en el planeta, Colombia presenta 583 (Ruiz et al., 1996. Esto refleja la gran riqueza que el país tiene respecto a la diversidad  no sólo de anfibios, sino también de otros grupos de animales y plantas. Entre los anfibios el mayor número de especies se encuentra en el orden Anura, los comúnmente conocidos como ranas y sapos, le sigue el orden Urodela (salamandras y por ultimo esta el Apoda (cecilias. En Colombia se han reportado 540 especies de anuros, pertenecientes a 56 géneros y 9 familias (Ruiz et 01., 1996. Por otra parte, entre las regiones de Colombia con mayor aporte a la diversidad de anuros esta la Cordillera Central. Estimulados por esta riqueza de anuros y dada las amplias zonas del país aún desconocidas a nivel de inventarios, entre ellas el municipio de Ibagué, el cual por su posición geográfica en la Cordillera Central y por su variedad de niveles altitudinales, ecosistemas y el hábitat para el albergue de los anuros, se llevó a cabo el presente estudio, con el propósito de reconocer el aporte de este municipio a la diversidad descrita con respecto a la Cordillera Central ya Colombia.

  17. Microsurgery Resection of Intrinsic Insular Tumors via Transsylvian Surgical Approach in 12 Cases

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    Wang, Peng; Wu, Ming-can; Chen, Shi-jie; Xu, Xian-ping; Yang, Yong; Cai, Jie

    2012-01-01

    To investigate the clinical characteristics, operative methods, and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) in the resection of intrinsic insular gliomas via transsylvian approach. From June 2008 to June 2010, 12 patients with intrinsic insular gliomas were treated via transsylvian microsurgical approach, with preoperative magnetic resonance imaging diffusion tensor imaging (MR DTI) evaluation. The data of these patients were retrospectively analyzed. All patients had astrocytoma, including 8 patients of Grades I to II, 2 patients of Grades III to IV, and 2 patients of mixed glial tumors. The insular tumors were completely removed in 9 patients, whereas they were only partially removed from 3 patients. No death was related to the operations. Two patients had transient aphasia, 2 experienced worsened hemiplegia on opposite sides of their bodies, and 2 had mild hemiplegia and language function disturbance. Most of the insular gliomas are of low grade. By evaluating the damage of the corticospinal tract through DTI and using ultrasonography to locate the tumors during operation, microsurgery treatment removes the lesions as much as possible, protects the surrounding areas, reduces the mobility rate, and improves the postoperative quality of life

  18. Involvement of the insular cortex in regulating glucocorticoid effects on memory consolidation of inhibitory avoidance training

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    Fornari, Raquel V.; Wichmann, Romy; Atucha, Erika; Desprez, Tifany; Eggens-Meijer, Ellie; Roozendaal, Benno

    2012-01-01

    Glucocorticoids are known to enhance the consolidation of memory of emotionally arousing experiences by acting upon a network of interconnected brain regions. Although animal studies typically do not consider the insular cortex (IC) to be part of this network, the present findings indicate that the

  19. Loss of long-term depression in the insular cortex after tail amputation in adult mice.

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    Liu, Ming-Gang; Zhuo, Min

    2014-01-08

    The insular cortex (IC) is an important forebrain structure involved in pain perception and taste memory formation. Using a 64-channel multi-electrode array system, we recently identified and characterized two major forms of synaptic plasticity in the adult mouse IC: long-term potentiation (LTP) and long-term depression (LTD). In this study, we investigate injury-related metaplastic changes in insular synaptic plasticity after distal tail amputation. We found that tail amputation in adult mice produced a selective loss of low frequency stimulation-induced LTD in the IC, without affecting (RS)-3,5-dihydroxyphenylglycine (DHPG)-evoked LTD. The impaired insular LTD could be pharmacologically rescued by priming the IC slices with a lower dose of DHPG application, a form of metaplasticity which involves activation of protein kinase C but not protein kinase A or calcium/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II. These findings provide important insights into the synaptic mechanisms of cortical changes after peripheral amputation and suggest that restoration of insular LTD may represent a novel therapeutic strategy against the synaptic dysfunctions underlying the pathophysiology of phantom pain.

  20. Depth study of insular shelf electric sounding in the Puntas de Abrojal anomaly

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    Cicalese, H.

    1983-01-01

    In the framework of the Uranium prospecting Programme, a geophysics team composed by BRGM and DINAMIGE workers were carried out an study about of insular shelf electric sounding on the Puntas de Abrojal area.A geographical location, geologic framework, geophysical survey and methods, materials and results were given

  1. Depth study of insular shelf electric sounding in the Las Mercedes anomaly (Tacuarembo)

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    Cicalese, H.

    1983-01-01

    In the framework of Uranium prospecting Programme the geophysics team composed by BRGM and DINAMIGE workers were carried out an study about insular shelf electric sounding on the Mercedes area.They were studied the following topics: geographical location, geologic framework, methods, materials and some results

  2. Towards grid parity in insular energy systems: The case of photovoltaics (PV) in Cyprus

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    Fokaides, Paris A.; Kylili, Angeliki

    2014-01-01

    Grid parity is defined as the threshold at which a grid-connected renewable energy sources (RES) system supplies electricity to the end user at the same price as grid-supplied electricity. Predictions from the 2006 time-frame expected retail grid parity for solar in the 2016 to 2020 era, but due to rapid downward pricing changes, more recent calculations have forced dramatic reductions in time scale, and the suggestion that solar has already reached grid parity in a wide variety of locations. This study presents aspects of achieving grid parity in insular energy systems, based on a case study applied in Cyprus. The analysis presents the variation of the manufacturing cost, the selling price of the produced energy, and the performance of the solar panels to examine the conditions of accomplishing grid parity event. It is also concluded that grid parity may be easier achieved in insular energy systems due to the higher cost of primary energy. - Highlights: • This study presents aspects of achieving grid parity in insular energy systems, based on a case study applied in Cyprus. • The impact of the manufacturing cost and the feed in tariff on accomplishing grid parity event is analysed. • A sensitivity analysis is conducted to define the parameters that strongly affect the goal of grid parity. • It is concluded that grid parity may be easier achieved in insular energy systems due to the higher cost of primary energy

  3. Zoogeography of primates in insular Southeast Asia: species-area relationships and the effects of taxonomy

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    Nijman, V.; Meijaard, E.

    2008-01-01

    Given its complex zoogeography and large number of islands insular Southeast Asia makes an excellent subject for studying the interrelationships of species richness, island area and isolation. The islands are merely highpoints of an immense shallow continental shelf which during Pleistocene glacial

  4. The biogeography of threatened insular iguanas and opportunities for invasive vertebrate management

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    Tershy, Bernie R.; Newton, Kelly M.; Spatz, Dena R.; Swinnerton, Kirsty; Iverson, John B.; Fisher, Robert N.; Harlow, Peter S.; Holmes, Nick D.; Croll, Donald A.; Iverson, J.B.; Grant, T. D.; Knapp, C. R.; Pasachnik, S. A.

    2016-01-01

    Iguanas are a particularly threatened group of reptiles, with 61% of species at risk of extinction. Primary threats to iguanas include habitat loss, direct and indirect impacts by invasive vertebrates, overexploitation, and human disturbance. As conspicuous, charismatic vertebrates, iguanas also represent excellent flagships for biodiversity conservation. To assist planning for invasive vertebrate management and thus benefit threatened iguana recovery, we identified all islands with known extant or extirpated populations of Critically Endangered and Endangered insular iguana taxa as recognized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. For each island, we determined total area, sovereignty, the presence of invasive alien vertebrates, and human population. For the 23 taxa of threatened insular iguanas we identified 230 populations, of which iguanas were extant on 185 islands and extirpated from 45 islands. Twenty-one iguana taxa (91% of all threatened insular iguana taxa) occurred on at least one island with invasive vertebrates present; 16 taxa had 100% of their population(s) on islands with invasive vertebrates present. Rodents, cats, ungulates, and dogs were the most common invasive vertebrates. We discuss biosecurity, eradication, and control of invasive vertebrates to benefit iguana recovery: (1) on islands already free of invasive vertebrates; (2) on islands with high iguana endemicity; and (3) for species and subspecies with small total populations occurring across multiple small islands. Our analyses provide an important first step toward understanding how invasive vertebrate management can be planned effectively to benefit threatened insular iguanas.

  5. Paleo relief study of insular shelf electric sounding in Amarillo level basin Rivera distric in Uruguay

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    Perrin, J.

    1983-01-01

    In the framework of the Uranium project the geophysical team composed by BRGM and DINAMIGE members have carried out a study of insular shelf morphology. It was a sedimentary basin level in the middle of the Isla Cristalina. The following topics were developed: geographical location, geologic framework, developed works and materials, methods and results

  6. Long-term monitoring of an insular population of Barbary Falcon ...

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    Territory spacing and breeding rates of an insular population (north-western Tenerife, Canary Islands) of Barbary Falcon Falco peregrinus pelegrinoides was studied from 1993 to 2008. The population increased constantly since the outset, from two pairs in 1993 to 12 in 2008. Mean density was 5.48 pairs per 100 km2 and ...

  7. Probabilistic tractography recovers a rostrocaudal trajectory of connectivity variability in the human insular cortex

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    Cerliani, Leonardo; Thomas, Rajat M.; Jbabdi, Saad; Siero, Jeroen C. W.; Nanetti, Luca; Crippa, Alessandro; Gazzola, Valeria; D'Arceuil, Helen; Keysers, Christian

    The insular cortex of macaques has a wide spectrum of anatomical connections whose distribution is related to its heterogeneous cytoarchitecture. Although there is evidence of a similar cytoarchitectural arrangement in humans, the anatomical connectivity of the insula in the human brain has not yet

  8. Gender differences in functional connectivities between insular subdivisions and selective pain-related brain structures.

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    Dai, Yu-Jie; Zhang, Xin; Yang, Yang; Nan, Hai-Yan; Yu, Ying; Sun, Qian; Yan, Lin-Feng; Hu, Bo; Zhang, Jin; Qiu, Zi-Yu; Gao, Yi; Cui, Guang-Bin; Chen, Bi-Liang; Wang, Wen

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    The incidence of pain disorders in women is higher than in men, making gender differences in pain a research focus. The human insular cortex is an important brain hub structure for pain processing and is divided into several subdivisions, serving different functions in pain perception. Here we aimed to examine the gender differences of the functional connectivities (FCs) between the twelve insular subdivisions and selected pain-related brain structures in healthy adults. Twenty-six healthy males and 11 age-matched healthy females were recruited in this cross-sectional study. FCs between the 12 insular subdivisions (as 12 regions of interest (ROIs)) and the whole brain (ROI-whole brain level) or 64 selected pain-related brain regions (64 ROIs, ROI-ROI level) were measured between the males and females. Significant gender differences in the FCs of the insular subdivisions were revealed: (1) The FCs between the dorsal dysgranular insula (dId) and other brain regions were significantly increased in males using two different techniques (ROI-whole brain and ROI-ROI analyses); (2) Based on the ROI-whole brain analysis, the FC increases in 4 FC-pairs were observed in males, including the left dId - the right median cingulate and paracingulate/ right posterior cingulate gyrus/ right precuneus, the left dId - the right median cingulate and paracingulate, the left dId - the left angular as well as the left dId - the left middle frontal gyrus; (3) According to the ROI-ROI analysis, increased FC between the left dId and the right rostral anterior cingulate cortex was investigated in males. In summary, the gender differences in the FCs of the insular subdivisions with pain-related brain regions were revealed in the current study, offering neuroimaging evidence for gender differences in pain processing. ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT02820974 . Registered 28 June 2016.

  9. Altered Functional Connectivity of Insular Subregions in Alzheimer’s Disease

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    Xingyun Liu

    2018-04-01

    Full Text Available Recent researches have demonstrated that the insula is the crucial hub of the human brain networks and most vulnerable region of Alzheimer’s disease (AD. However, little is known about the changes of functional connectivity of insular subregions in the AD patients. In this study, we collected resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI data including 32 AD patients and 38 healthy controls (HCs. By defining three subregions of insula, we mapped whole-brain resting-state functional connectivity (RSFC and identified several distinct RSFC patterns of the insular subregions: For positive connectivity, three cognitive-related RSFC patterns were identified within insula that suggest anterior-to-posterior functional subdivisions: (1 an dorsal anterior zone of the insula that exhibits RSFC with executive control network (ECN; (2 a ventral anterior zone of insula, exhibits functional connectivity with the salience network (SN; (3 a posterior zone along the insula exhibits functional connectivity with the sensorimotor network (SMN. In addition, we found significant negative connectivities between the each insular subregion and several special default mode network (DMN regions. Compared with controls, the AD patients demonstrated distinct disruption of positive RSFCs in the different network (ECN and SMN, suggesting the impairment of the functional integrity. There were no differences of the positive RSFCs in the SN between the two groups. On the other hand, several DMN regions showed increased negative RSFCs to the sub-region of insula in the AD patients, indicating compensatory plasticity. Furthermore, these abnormal insular subregions RSFCs are closely correlated with cognitive performances in the AD patients. Our findings suggested that different insular subregions presented distinct RSFC patterns with various functional networks, which are differently affected in the AD patients.

  10. Exploring Monte Carlo methods

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    2012-01-01

    Exploring Monte Carlo Methods is a basic text that describes the numerical methods that have come to be known as "Monte Carlo." The book treats the subject generically through the first eight chapters and, thus, should be of use to anyone who wants to learn to use Monte Carlo. The next two chapters focus on applications in nuclear engineering, which are illustrative of uses in other fields. Five appendices are included, which provide useful information on probability distributions, general-purpose Monte Carlo codes for radiation transport, and other matters. The famous "Buffon's needle proble

  11. Monte Carlo methods

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    Bardenet Rémi

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Bayesian inference often requires integrating some function with respect to a posterior distribution. Monte Carlo methods are sampling algorithms that allow to compute these integrals numerically when they are not analytically tractable. We review here the basic principles and the most common Monte Carlo algorithms, among which rejection sampling, importance sampling and Monte Carlo Markov chain (MCMC methods. We give intuition on the theoretical justification of the algorithms as well as practical advice, trying to relate both. We discuss the application of Monte Carlo in experimental physics, and point to landmarks in the literature for the curious reader.

  12. Monte Carlo: Basics

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    Murthy, K. P. N.

    2001-01-01

    An introduction to the basics of Monte Carlo is given. The topics covered include, sample space, events, probabilities, random variables, mean, variance, covariance, characteristic function, chebyshev inequality, law of large numbers, central limit theorem (stable distribution, Levy distribution), random numbers (generation and testing), random sampling techniques (inversion, rejection, sampling from a Gaussian, Metropolis sampling), analogue Monte Carlo and Importance sampling (exponential b...

  13. Reporte de las serpientes del municipio de Tamalameque, Cesar - Colombia

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    Oscar Ruiz P.

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo. Identificar preliminarmente los ofidios del municipio de Tamalameque, departamento del Cesar-Colombia. Materiales y métodos. Entre enero y mayo de 2009, mediante búsqueda libre y captura manual se efectuaron muestreos de serpientes, con dos muestreos por mes y un esfuerzo de captura de cuatro horas/hombres. Resultados. Se reporta para esta localidad la presencia de tres familias de serpientes, distribuidas en 12 géneros y 13 especies; La familia Colubridae fue la mejor representada con el 76.93% de las especies reportadas, seguida de la familia Boidae 15.38% y Anomalepidae 7.69%. Conclusiones. Los resultados permiten deducir que la familia Colúbridae es un componente herpetológico importante para la Ciénaga del Cristo y que las amenazas antropicas para los ofidios en esta localidad son la destrucción de hábitat y falta de conocimiento ecológico y etológico por parte de los pobladores

  14. The Anterior Insular Cortex→Central Amygdala Glutamatergic Pathway Is Critical to Relapse after Contingency Management.

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    Venniro, Marco; Caprioli, Daniele; Zhang, Michelle; Whitaker, Leslie R; Zhang, Shiliang; Warren, Brandon L; Cifani, Carlo; Marchant, Nathan J; Yizhar, Ofer; Bossert, Jennifer M; Chiamulera, Cristiano; Morales, Marisela; Shaham, Yavin

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    Despite decades of research on neurobiological mechanisms of psychostimulant addiction, the only effective treatment for many addicts is contingency management, a behavioral treatment that uses alternative non-drug reward to maintain abstinence. However, when contingency management is discontinued, most addicts relapse to drug use. The brain mechanisms underlying relapse after cessation of contingency management are largely unknown, and, until recently, an animal model of this human condition did not exist. Here we used a novel rat model, in which the availability of a mutually exclusive palatable food maintains prolonged voluntary abstinence from intravenous methamphetamine self-administration, to demonstrate that the activation of monosynaptic glutamatergic projections from anterior insular cortex to central amygdala is critical to relapse after the cessation of contingency management. We identified the anterior insular cortex-to-central amygdala projection as a new addiction- and motivation-related projection and a potential target for relapse prevention. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  15. Probabilistic Tractography Recovers a Rostrocaudal Trajectory of Connectivity Variability in the Human Insular Cortex

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    Cerliani, Leonardo; Thomas, Rajat M; Jbabdi, Saad; Siero, Jeroen CW; Nanetti, Luca; Crippa, Alessandro; Gazzola, Valeria; D'Arceuil, Helen; Keysers, Christian

    2012-01-01

    The insular cortex of macaques has a wide spectrum of anatomical connections whose distribution is related to its heterogeneous cytoarchitecture. Although there is evidence of a similar cytoarchitectural arrangement in humans, the anatomical connectivity of the insula in the human brain has not yet been investigated in vivo. In the present work, we used in vivo probabilistic white-matter tractography and Laplacian eigenmaps (LE) to study the variation of connectivity patterns across insular territories in humans. In each subject and hemisphere, we recovered a rostrocaudal trajectory of connectivity variation ranging from the anterior dorsal and ventral insula to the dorsal caudal part of the long insular gyri. LE suggested that regional transitions among tractography patterns in the insula occur more gradually than in other brain regions. In particular, the change in tractography patterns was more gradual in the insula than in the medial premotor region, where a sharp transition between different tractography patterns was found. The recovered trajectory of connectivity variation in the insula suggests a relation between connectivity and cytoarchitecture in humans resembling that previously found in macaques: tractography seeds from the anterior insula were mainly found in limbic and paralimbic regions and in anterior parts of the inferior frontal gyrus, while seeds from caudal insular territories mostly reached parietal and posterior temporal cortices. Regions in the putative dysgranular insula displayed more heterogeneous connectivity patterns, with regional differences related to the proximity with either putative granular or agranular regions. Hum Brain Mapp 33:2005–2034, 2012. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:21761507

  16. La proyección colonial de Chile a la Patagonia Insular en el siglo XVIII

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    Full Text Available In this article, the geopolitical consequences of the shipwreck of the English frigate Wager and the landfall of the ship Anna into the coasts of the Western Insular Patagonia in 1741 are presented, which were part of the fleet of George Anson. The news reporting the English presence in the deserted and unknown insular and coastal territory southernmost Chiloé, and which had disseminated towards the end of the continent, promoted the deployment of different actions tending to make presence noted, such as military and missionary expeditions, fort establishment and area patrols. None of the latter implied a permanent settlement or effective incorporation of such border, although they indeed involved the creation of a «mobile frontier» for Chiloé and the development of a Western Patagonia image.

    Este artículo presenta las consecuencias geopolíticas del naufragio de la fragata inglesa Wager y la recalada de otro barco, el Anna, que formaban parte de la flota de George Anson, en las costas de la Patagonia Occidental Insular en 1741. La noticia de la presencia inglesa en el despoblado y desconocido territorio insular y bordemarino al sur de Chiloé, y que se proyectaba al fin del continente, generó el despliegue de acciones tendentes a marcar presencia, como expediciones militares y misionales, la fundación de un fuerte y el patrullaje por la zona. Nada de esto se tradujo en un asentamiento permanente o incorporación efectiva de dicha frontera, pero si en la conformación de una «frontera móvil» de Chiloé, y la construcción de una imagen de la Patagonia Occidental.

  17. Sex Differences in Insular Cortex Gyri Responses to the Valsalva Maneuver

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    Macey, Paul M.; Rieken, Nicholas S.; Kumar, Rajesh; Ogren, Jennifer A.; Middlekauff, Holly R.; Wu, Paula; Woo, Mary A.; Harper, Ronald M.

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    Sex differences in autonomic regulation may underlie cardiovascular disease variations between females and males. One key autonomic brain region is the insular cortex, which typically consists of five main gyri in each hemisphere, and shows a topographical organization of autonomic function across those gyri. The present study aims to identify possible sex differences in organization of autonomic function in the insula. We studied brain functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) responses t...

  18. Smart and sustainable power systems operations, planning, and economics of insular electricity grids

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    The smart grid initiative, integrating advanced sensing technologies, intelligent control methods, and bi-directional communications into the contemporary electricity grid, offers excellent opportunities for energy efficiency improvements and better integration of distributed generation, coexisting with centralized generation units within an active network. A large share of the installed capacity for recent renewable energy sources already comprises insular electricity grids, since the latter are preferable due to their high potential for renewables. However, the increasing share of

  19. MORSE Monte Carlo code

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    The MORSE code is a large general-use multigroup Monte Carlo code system. Although no claims can be made regarding its superiority in either theoretical details or Monte Carlo techniques, MORSE has been, since its inception at ORNL in the late 1960s, the most widely used Monte Carlo radiation transport code. The principal reason for this popularity is that MORSE is relatively easy to use, independent of any installation or distribution center, and it can be easily customized to fit almost any specific need. Features of the MORSE code are described

  20. Ontogeny of neuro-insular complexes and islets innervation in the human pancreas.

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    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The ontogeny of the neuro-insular complexes (NIC and the islets innervation in human pancreas has not been studied in detail. Our aim was to describe the developmental dynamics and distribution of the nervous system structures in the endocrine part of human pancreas. We used doublestaining with antibodies specific to pan-neural markers (neuron-specific enolase (NSE and S100 protein and to hormones of pancreatic endocrine cells. NSE and S100-positive nerves and ganglia were identified in the human fetal pancreas from gestation week (gw 10 onwards. Later the density of S100 and NSE-positive fibers increased. In adults this network was sparse. The islets innervation started to form from gw 14. NSE-containing endocrine cells were identified from gw 12 onwards. Additionally, S100-positive cells were detected both in the periphery and within some of the islets starting at gw 14. The analysis of islets innervation has shown that the fetal pancreas contained neuro-insular complexes and the number of these complexes was reduced in adults. The highest density of neuro-insular complexes is detected during middle and late fetal periods, when the mosaic islets, typical for adults, form. The close integration between the developing pancreatic islets and the nervous system structures may play an important role not only in the hormone secretion, but also in the islets morphogenesis.

  1. Role of insular cortex in visceral hypersensitivity model in rats subjected to chronic stress.

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    Yi, LiSha; Sun, HuiHui; Ge, Chao; Chen, Ying; Peng, HaiXia; Jiang, YuanXi; Wu, Ping; Tang, YinHan; Meng, QingWei; Xu, ShuChang

    2014-12-30

    Abnormal processing of visceral sensation at the level of the central nervous system has been proven to be important in the pathophysiologic mechanisms of stress related functional gastrointestinal disorders. However, the specific mechanism is still not clear. The insular cortex (IC) was considered as one important visceral sensory area. Moreover, the IC has been shown to be involved in various neuropsychiatric diseases such as panic disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder. However, whether the IC is important in psychological stress related visceral hypersensitivity has not been studied yet. In our study, through destruction of the bilateral IC, we explored whether the IC played a critical role in the formation of visceral hypersensitivity induced by chronic stress on rats. Chronic partial restraint stress was used to establish viscerally hypersensitive rat model. Bilateral IC lesions were generated by N-methyl-D-day (door) aspartate. After a recovery period of 7 days, 14-day consecutive restraint stress was performed. The visceromotor response to colorectal distension was monitored by recording electromyogram to measure rats׳ visceral sensitivity. We found that bilateral insular cortex lesion could markedly inhibit the formation of visceral hypersensitivity induced by chronic stress. The insular cortex plays a critical role in the pathophysiology of stress-related visceral hypersensitivity.

  2. Successful Insular Glioma Removal in a Deaf Signer Patient During an Awake Craniotomy Procedure.

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    Metellus, Philippe; Boussen, Salah; Guye, Maxime; Trebuchon, Agnes

    2017-02-01

    Resection of tumors located within the insula of the dominant hemisphere represents a technical challenge because of the complex anatomy, including the surrounding vasculature, and the relationship to functional (motor and language) structures. We report here the case of a successful resection of a left insular glioma in a native deaf signer during an awake craniotomy. The patient, a congenitally deaf right-handed patient who is a native user of sign language, presented with a seizure 1 week before he was referred to our department. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a left heterogeneous insular tumor enhanced after intravenous gadolinium infusion. Because of its deep and dominant hemisphere location, an awake craniotomy was decided. The patient was evaluated intraoperatively using object naming, text reading, and sign repetition tasks. An isolated inferior frontal gyrus site evoked repeated object naming errors. A transopercular parietal approach was performed and allowed the successful removal of the tumor under direct electric stimulation and electrocorticography. To our knowledge, this is the first report of successful removal of a left insular tumor without any functional sequelae in a native deaf signer using intraoperative direct cerebral stimulation during an awake craniotomy. The methodology used also provides the first evidence of the actual anatomo-functional organization of language in deaf signers. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Insular neural system controls decision-making in healthy and methamphetamine-treated rats.

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    Mizoguchi, Hiroyuki; Katahira, Kentaro; Inutsuka, Ayumu; Fukumoto, Kazuya; Nakamura, Akihiro; Wang, Tian; Nagai, Taku; Sato, Jun; Sawada, Makoto; Ohira, Hideki; Yamanaka, Akihiro; Yamada, Kiyofumi

    2015-07-21

    Patients suffering from neuropsychiatric disorders such as substance-related and addictive disorders exhibit altered decision-making patterns, which may be associated with their behavioral abnormalities. However, the neuronal mechanisms underlying such impairments are largely unknown. Using a gambling test, we demonstrated that methamphetamine (METH)-treated rats chose a high-risk/high-reward option more frequently and assigned higher value to high returns than control rats, suggestive of changes in decision-making choice strategy. Immunohistochemical analysis following the gambling test revealed aberrant activation of the insular cortex (INS) and nucleus accumbens in METH-treated animals. Pharmacological studies, together with in vivo microdialysis, showed that the insular neural system played a crucial role in decision-making. Moreover, manipulation of INS activation using designer receptor exclusively activated by designer drug technology resulted in alterations to decision-making. Our findings suggest that the INS is a critical region involved in decision-making and that insular neural dysfunction results in risk-taking behaviors associated with altered decision-making.

  4. Delay discounting mediates the association between posterior insular cortex volume and social media addiction symptoms.

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    Turel, Ofir; He, Qinghua; Brevers, Damien; Bechara, Antoine

    2018-04-25

    Addiction-like symptoms in relation to excessive and compulsive social media use are common in the general population. Because they can lead to various adverse effects, there is a growing need to understand the brain systems and processes that are involved in potential social media addiction. We focus on the morphology of the posterior subdivision of the insular cortex (i.e., the insula), because it has been shown to be instrumental to supporting the maintenance of substance addictions and problematic behaviors. Assuming that social media addiction shares neural similarities with more established ones and consistent with evidence from the neuroeconomics domain, we further examine one possible reason for this association-namely that insular morphology influences one's delay discounting and that this delay discounting contributes to exaggerated preference for immediate social media rewards and consequent addiction-like symptoms. Based on voxel-based morphometry techniques applied to MRI scans of 32 social media users, we show that the gray matter volumes of the bilateral posterior insula are negatively associated with social media addiction symptoms. We further show that this association is mediated by delay discounting. This provides initial evidence that insular morphology can be associated with potential social media addiction, in part, through its contribution to poor foresight and impulsivity as captured by delay discounting.

  5. Morbilidad oculta por parasitismo intestinal en Lagunita, municipio Girardot, Venezuela

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    Yanelis Núñez Gómez

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó un estudio epidemiológico descriptivo de corte transversal, con el objetivo de determinar la morbilidad oculta por parasitismo intestinal en Lagunita, municipio Girardot, Venezuela; en el período de enero a octubre de 2009. El universo fue de 286 niños, lo que se corresponde con la población total del grupo de edad de menores de 15 años. De estos se seleccionaron por muestreo aleatorio simple 43 pacientes, a los que se les aplicó un cuestionario y se confeccionó una guía de observación, para describir los factores epidemiológicos que influyen en la infestación por parasitismo intestinal. Además, se les realizaron análisis de las heces fecales seriadas para el diagnóstico del parasitismo. El método estadístico fue el cálculo de las frecuencias absolutas y relativas. A través del estudio de las heces fecales seriadas se obtuvo que 27 pacientes tenían parasitosis intestinal, para una morbilidad de 62,79%, con una mayor incidencia en los niños de cinco a nueve años de edad. El sexo femenino fue el más afectado. Los factores epidemiológicos que más influyeron fueron: los malos hábitos higiénicos personales, el entorno desfavorable y el consumo de agua no potable; existió relación entre el nivel socioeconómico, los factores epidemiológicos y la morbilidad por parasitismo intestinal. Predominó la parasitosis por Entamoeba Histolytica, con 11 casos, para un 40,74%. La diarrea, las molestias abdominales y la pérdida de apetito constituyeron los principales síntomas

  6. Nuevos discursos sobre las ciudades, los municipios y las mujeres

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    Ana María Goetschel

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Escritora y activista feminista. Estudió Literatura y Periodismo en la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú y se gradúo de Magíster en Política Social por la Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. Por espacio de más de dos décadas se desempeña como profesora en el Diploma de Estudios de Género de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú y como consultora de proyectos de desarrollo en las áreas de planificación, evaluación institucional y enfoque de género para diversas agencias internacionales de cooperación en Perú y otros países de América Latina. Es Investigadora asociada y miembro del Consejo Directivo del Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales (CEPES. Maruja Barrig acredita un vasto trabajo de investigación sobre empleo femenino, desarrollo local y organizaciones de mujeres. En una reciente conferencia “Nuevos discursos sobre las ciudades, los municipios y las mujeres” , esta investigadora peruana hizo un balance sobre las formas en que el género ha sido incorporado en las prácticas de desarrollo y las consecuencias que conlleva este tipo de intervención para el avance de la agenda del feminismo crítico. Sobre este y otros temas relacionados con su trayectoria intelectual y la acción del movimiento de mujeres en el contexto político actual de las sociedades latinoamericanas, dialogamos con Maruja Barrig.

  7. en el empoderamiento comunitario en el municipio de Muqui, Brasil

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    Altair Toledo-Machado

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available El desarrollo de la estrategia del mejoramiento participativo, en las comunidades de pequeños agricultores ubicados en el municipio de Muqui, en el Estado de Espírito Santo, Brasil, influyó en la autosostenibilidad de la producción de semilla y en la obtención de variedades de maíz mejor adaptadas a sus sistemas de manejo Los agricultores de esta región vienen desarrollando, desde 1993, trabajos en el campo comunitario de semillas. A partir de 2001, como estrategias del mejoramiento participativo fueron desarrollados trabajos referentes al rescate de variedades locales y mejoradas de maíz, y ensayos de evaluación de variedades. Diez variedades fueron utilizadas en este trabajo: Sol da Manhã , Eldorado, BR 106, BR 473, BR 451, Saracura, Caiano de Sobrália, Palha Rôxa de Santa Catarina, Caiano de Espírito Santo y Fortaleza. Con excepción de las variedades BR 106, BR 473, BR 451 y Saracura, que fueron seleccionadas de forma convencional, las demás fueron seleccionadas con base en fitomejoramiento participativo. Fueron realizados tres ciclos de selección en cada una de esas variedades y las mismas fueron evaluadas en los años agrícolas de 2002/2003, 2003/2004 y 2004/2005, en ensayos en bloques al azar, con tres repeticiones y manejo orgánico. Las actividades de mejoramiento, en las comunidades de Muqui, fueran realizadas enfatizando la variedad Fortaleza, se empleó el esquema de selección masal estratificada. Los campos de semillas comunitarias se incrementaron, tanto en productividad como en la mayor participación de los agricultores, además de la participación en los ensayos y los campos de mejoramiento

  8. Variational Monte Carlo Technique

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    Home; Journals; Resonance – Journal of Science Education; Volume 19; Issue 8. Variational Monte Carlo Technique: Ground State Energies of Quantum Mechanical Systems. Sukanta Deb. General Article Volume 19 Issue 8 August 2014 pp 713-739 ...

  9. Evaluación y cartografiado del peligro por deslizamientos en el municipio de Moa

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    Yexenia Viltres-Milán

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available La ocurrencia de deslizamientos en el municipio de Moa genera situaciones de amenaza a la industria, las comunidades, las actividades socio-económicas y al medio ambiente. El presente trabajo tuvo el propósito de evaluar y cartografiar, aplicando los Sistemas de Información Geográfica (SIG, el peligro por deslizamiento en el municipio. Como basamento metodológico se utilizó la guía para el estudio de peligro, vulnerabilidad y riesgo por deslizamientos del terreno, elaborada por el Grupo Nacional de Gestión de Riesgos, del año 2012. El resultado fue el mapa de peligrosidad total por deslizamiento del municipio de Moa, a escala 1: 100 000, el cual constituye una herramienta más de gestión y reducción del riesgo en el ordenamiento territorial

  10. Diagnóstico Territorial Integral del municipio de Ciudad Darío

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    Laurent Dietsch

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available EN ESTE ARTÍCULO SE PRESENTA EL “DIAGNÓSTICO TERRITORIAL INTEGRAL de Ciudad Darío” realizado como trabajo de fin de curso de la Maestría en Desarrollo Rural de la Universidad Centroamericana. Este estudio ha buscado contribuir a la formulación de propuestas de intervención de los actores sociales del municipio de Ciudad Darío sobre los procesos estratégicos de desarrollo del territorio. Se realizó unazonificación integral del municipio, identificándose cuatro zonas: una zona alta, campesina de agricultura de subsistencia; una zona de laderas secas; una planicie seca de latifundio ganadero; y finalmente, una zona de llanos y vegas fértiles de riego semi-intensivo. Posteriormente, se identificaron y clasificaron por capital (ambiental, económico, social-humano y político-institucional y nivel territorial, los principales procesos de cambio que afectan o podrían afectar al municipio. Su análisis permitió caracterizar las principales oportunidades y amenazas para el desarrollo del territorio y, al relacionarlo con las fortalezas y debilidades identificadas en la zonificación, evidenciar los principales factores que podrían incidir en el municipio y sus principales retos. Para enfrentar estos retos, se identificaron tres ejes estratégicos: la reducción de los niveles de inseguridad alimentaria y vulnerabilidad ambiental del municipio; el fomento integral de las cadenas de producción de hortalizas; y la prevención de riesgos sociales. Para cada uno de estos ejes se ha definido un conjunto de acciones ordenadas por capital y nivel territorial, orientadas a incidir sobre los principales procesos de cambio identificados. Finalmente, se definieron ejes estratégicos transversales enfocados al desarrollo de capacidades de incidir sobre los procesos claves de desarrollo del municipio.

  11. Monte Carlo codes and Monte Carlo simulator program

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    Higuchi, Kenji; Asai, Kiyoshi; Suganuma, Masayuki.

    1990-03-01

    Four typical Monte Carlo codes KENO-IV, MORSE, MCNP and VIM have been vectorized on VP-100 at Computing Center, JAERI. The problems in vector processing of Monte Carlo codes on vector processors have become clear through the work. As the result, it is recognized that these are difficulties to obtain good performance in vector processing of Monte Carlo codes. A Monte Carlo computing machine, which processes the Monte Carlo codes with high performances is being developed at our Computing Center since 1987. The concept of Monte Carlo computing machine and its performance have been investigated and estimated by using a software simulator. In this report the problems in vectorization of Monte Carlo codes, Monte Carlo pipelines proposed to mitigate these difficulties and the results of the performance estimation of the Monte Carlo computing machine by the simulator are described. (author)

  12. Vectorized Monte Carlo

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    Brown, F.B.

    1981-01-01

    Examination of the global algorithms and local kernels of conventional general-purpose Monte Carlo codes shows that multigroup Monte Carlo methods have sufficient structure to permit efficient vectorization. A structured multigroup Monte Carlo algorithm for vector computers is developed in which many particle events are treated at once on a cell-by-cell basis. Vectorization of kernels for tracking and variance reduction is described, and a new method for discrete sampling is developed to facilitate the vectorization of collision analysis. To demonstrate the potential of the new method, a vectorized Monte Carlo code for multigroup radiation transport analysis was developed. This code incorporates many features of conventional general-purpose production codes, including general geometry, splitting and Russian roulette, survival biasing, variance estimation via batching, a number of cutoffs, and generalized tallies of collision, tracklength, and surface crossing estimators with response functions. Predictions of vectorized performance characteristics for the CYBER-205 were made using emulated coding and a dynamic model of vector instruction timing. Computation rates were examined for a variety of test problems to determine sensitivities to batch size and vector lengths. Significant speedups are predicted for even a few hundred particles per batch, and asymptotic speedups by about 40 over equivalent Amdahl 470V/8 scalar codes arepredicted for a few thousand particles per batch. The principal conclusion is that vectorization of a general-purpose multigroup Monte Carlo code is well worth the significant effort required for stylized coding and major algorithmic changes

  13. CERN honours Carlo Rubbia

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    Carlo Rubbia turned 75 on March 31, and CERN held a symposium to mark his birthday and pay tribute to his impressive contribution to both CERN and science. Carlo Rubbia, 4th from right, together with the speakers at the symposium.On 7 April CERN hosted a celebration marking Carlo Rubbia’s 75th birthday and 25 years since he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics. "Today we will celebrate 100 years of Carlo Rubbia" joked CERN’s Director-General, Rolf Heuer in his opening speech, "75 years of his age and 25 years of the Nobel Prize." Rubbia received the Nobel Prize along with Simon van der Meer for contributions to the discovery of the W and Z bosons, carriers of the weak interaction. During the symposium, which was held in the Main Auditorium, several eminent speakers gave lectures on areas of science to which Carlo Rubbia made decisive contributions. Among those who spoke were Michel Spiro, Director of the French National Insti...

  14. ASIC1a regulates insular long-term depression and is required for the extinction of conditioned taste aversion.

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    Li, Wei-Guang; Liu, Ming-Gang; Deng, Shining; Liu, Yan-Mei; Shang, Lin; Ding, Jing; Hsu, Tsan-Ting; Jiang, Qin; Li, Ying; Li, Fei; Zhu, Michael Xi; Xu, Tian-Le

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    Acid-sensing ion channel 1a (ASIC1a) has been shown to play important roles in synaptic plasticity, learning and memory. Here we identify a crucial role for ASIC1a in long-term depression (LTD) at mouse insular synapses. Genetic ablation and pharmacological inhibition of ASIC1a reduced the induction probability of LTD without affecting that of long-term potentiation in the insular cortex. The disruption of ASIC1a also attenuated the extinction of established taste aversion memory without altering the initial associative taste learning or its long-term retention. Extinction of taste aversive memory led to the reduced insular synaptic efficacy, which precluded further LTD induction. The impaired LTD and extinction learning in ASIC1a null mice were restored by virus-mediated expression of wild-type ASIC1a, but not its ion-impermeable mutant, in the insular cortices. Our data demonstrate the involvement of an ASIC1a-mediated insular synaptic depression mechanism in extinction learning, which raises the possibility of targeting ASIC1a to manage adaptive behaviours.

  15. Desigualdades en la mortalidad por enfermedades cardiovasculares en los municipios del Eje Cafetero, 2009-2011

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    Dora Cardona

    2015-09-01

    Conclusiones. Se carece de indicadores de desigualdad desagregados a nivel de municipio. Los sugeridos con este propósito se calculan para el nivel nacional y departamental, lo que no favorece la caracterización de las desigualdades sociales en salud a nivel territorial.

  16. Propuesta de un modelo integral de competitividad economica para las empresas del municipio de Nuevo Laredo

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    Hernandez F.

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Esta investigación está orientada a la solución del problema de lograr el crecimiento,la competitividad y la internacionalización de las empresas locales mediante el aprovechamiento efectivo de la propuesta del Modelo Integral de Competitividad Económica (MICE, en las Empresas y Organizaciones del Municipio de Nuevo Laredo.

  17. Desistimiento fiscal, incertidumbre y propiedad social en los municipios de México

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    Luis Augusto Chávez Maza

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available en este artículo se examinarán algunos factores que explican el desistimiento de los municipios mexicanos de recaudar el impuesto predial. Con base en un análisis eco - nométrico con datos en panel, la evidencia señala que los municipios con alta presencia de propiedad comunal son proclives a desistir, en relación con aquéllos donde predo - mina la privada o la ejidal. La propiedad comunal es com - partida por un grupo de personas, quienes en asamblea designan derechos de posesión por un periodo incierto. Así, el municipio no tiene legitimidad para cobrar un im - puesto a la propiedad, pues no es autoridad para asignar o retirar derechos. Y si la distribución de la tierra entre los co - muneros se realiza sin consultar al municipio, resulta com - plicado identificar al contribuyente y el monto que debe pagar. La evidencia señala, de manera complementaria, que el desistimiento funge como instrumento de política con - tracíclica y para ganar elecciones.

  18. The effects of feral cats on insular wildlife: the Club-Med syndrome

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    Hess, Steve C.; Danner, Raymond M.; Timm, R.M.

    2012-01-01

    Domestic cats have been introduced to many of the world‘s islands where they have been particularly devastating to insular wildlife which, in most cases, evolved in the absence of terrestrial predatory mammals and feline diseases. We review the effects of predation, feline diseases, and the life history characteristics of feral cats and their prey that have contributed to the extirpation and extinction of many insular vertebrate species. The protozoan Toxoplasma gondii is a persistent land-based zoonotic pathogen hosted by cats that is known to cause mortality in several insular bird species. It also enters marine environments in cat feces where it can cause the mortality of marine mammals. Feral cats remain widespread on islands throughout the world and are frequently subsidized in colonies which caretakers often assert have little negative effect on native wildlife. However, population genetics, home range, and movement studies all suggest that there are no locations on smaller islands where these cats cannot penetrate within two generations. While the details of past vertebrate extinctions were rarely documented during contemporary time, a strong line of evidence is emerging that the removal of feral cats from islands can rapidly facilitate the recolonization of extirpated species, particularly seabirds. Islands offer unique, mostly self-contained ecosystems in which to conduct controlled studies of the effects of feral cats on wildlife, having implications for continental systems. The response of terrestrial wildlife such as passerine birds, small mammals, and herptiles still needs more thorough long-term monitoring and documentation after the removal of feral cats.

  19. A entrada de sal num espaço insular: Ilha da Madeira (1750-1832

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    Filipe dos Santos

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this paper is to study the input of salt, from 1750 to 1832, in an insular space: the island of Madeira. The perception of this supply trade will be based, primarily, in a documental source of the municipality of Funchal (where is the only port of Madeira with conection with the exterior: the books of Registo dos Navios entrados no Funchal e despachos da Casa da Saúde. Through a quantitative approach, the topics of analysis are: conjunctural movements of importation; position of Madeira as a scale for salt in the Atlantic; areas of origin; duration of trips; types of ships carriers of salt.

  20. Insular species swarm goes underground: two new troglobiont Cylindroiulus millipedes from Madeira (Diplopoda: Julidae).

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    Reboleira, Ana Sofia P S; Enghoff, Henrik

    2014-04-04

    Two new species of the genus Cylindroiulus Verhoeff, 1894, C. julesvernei and C. oromii, are described from the subterranean ecosystem of Madeira Island, Portugal. Species are illustrated with photographs and diagrammatic drawings. The new species belong to the Cylindroiulus madeirae-group, an insular species swarm distributed in the archipelagos of Madeira and the Canary Islands. We discuss the differences between the new species and their relatives and present information on the subterranean environment of Madeira. An updated overview of the subterranean biodiversity of millipedes in Macaronesia is also provided.

  1. Mutism and auditory agnosia due to bilateral insular damage--role of the insula in human communication.

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    Habib, M; Daquin, G; Milandre, L; Royere, M L; Rey, M; Lanteri, A; Salamon, G; Khalil, R

    1995-03-01

    We report a case of transient mutism and persistent auditory agnosia due to two successive ischemic infarcts mainly involving the insular cortex on both hemispheres. During the 'mutic' period, which lasted about 1 month, the patient did not respond to any auditory stimuli and made no effort to communicate. On follow-up examinations, language competences had re-appeared almost intact, but a massive auditory agnosia for non-verbal sounds was observed. From close inspection of lesion site, as determined with brain resonance imaging, and from a study of auditory evoked potentials, it is concluded that bilateral insular damage was crucial to both expressive and receptive components of the syndrome. The role of the insula in verbal and non-verbal communication is discussed in the light of anatomical descriptions of the pattern of connectivity of the insular cortex.

  2. Carlo Caso (1940 - 2007)

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    Carlo Caso (1940 - 2007) Our friend and colleague Carlo Caso passed away on July 7th, after several months of courageous fight against cancer. Carlo spent most of his scientific career at CERN, taking an active part in the experimental programme of the laboratory. His long and fruitful involvement in particle physics started in the sixties, in the Genoa group led by G. Tomasini. He then made several experiments using the CERN liquid hydrogen bubble chambers -first the 2000HBC and later BEBC- to study various facets of the production and decay of meson and baryon resonances. He later made his own group and joined the NA27 Collaboration to exploit the EHS Spectrometer with a rapid cycling bubble chamber as vertex detector. Amongst their many achievements, they were the first to measure, with excellent precision, the lifetime of the charmed D mesons. At the start of the LEP era, Carlo and his group moved to the DELPHI experiment, participating in the construction and running of the HPC electromagnetic c...

  3. Variational Monte Carlo Technique

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    on the development of nuclear weapons in Los Alamos ..... cantly improved the paper. ... Carlo simulations of solids, Reviews of Modern Physics, Vol.73, pp.33– ... The computer algorithms are usually based on a random seed that starts the ...

  4. Markov Chain Monte Carlo

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    Home; Journals; Resonance – Journal of Science Education; Volume 7; Issue 3. Markov Chain Monte Carlo - Examples. Arnab Chakraborty. General Article Volume 7 Issue 3 March 2002 pp 25-34. Fulltext. Click here to view fulltext PDF. Permanent link: https://www.ias.ac.in/article/fulltext/reso/007/03/0025-0034. Keywords.

  5. Riqueza de especies de mosquitos, distribución y sitios de cría en el municipio Boyeros

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    Valdés Miró, Vivian; Reyes Arencibia, Mayra; Marquetti Fernández, María del Carmen; González Broche, Raúl

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    Introducción: la identificación de las especies de mosquitos en cada municipio en Cuba forma parte del Programa de Control de Aedes aegypti y Aedes albopictus, lo cual representa un factor importante en la aparición de eventos epidemiológicos o zoonóticos que involucren estos insectos. Objetivo: conocer la riqueza de especies de mosquitos y su distribución en el municipio Boyeros. Métodos: el trabajo se desarrolló en el municipio Boyeros, La Habana en el período 1982-2011. Las muestras de mos...

  6. Susceptibility to infection and immune response in insular and continental populations of Egyptian vulture: implications for conservation.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: A generalized decline in populations of Old World avian scavengers is occurring on a global scale. The main cause of the observed crisis in continental populations of these birds should be looked for in the interaction between two factors -- changes in livestock management, including the increased use of pharmaceutical products, and disease. Insular vertebrates seem to be especially susceptible to diseases induced by the arrival of exotic pathogens, a process often favored by human activities, and sedentary and highly dense insular scavengers populations may be thus especially exposed to infection by such pathogens. Here, we compare pathogen prevalence and immune response in insular and continental populations of the globally endangered Egyptian vulture under similar livestock management scenarios, but with different ecological and evolutionary perspectives. METHODS/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Adult, immature, and fledgling vultures from the Canary Islands and the Iberian Peninsula were sampled to determine a the prevalence of seven pathogen taxa and b their immunocompetence, as measured by monitoring techniques (white blood cells counts and immunoglobulins. In the Canarian population, pathogen prevalence was higher and, in addition, an association among pathogens was apparent, contrary to the situation detected in continental populations. Despite that, insular fledglings showed lower leukocyte profiles than continental birds and Canarian fledglings infected by Chlamydophila psittaci showed poorer cellular immune response. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: A combination of environmental and ecological factors may contribute to explain the high susceptibility to infection found in insular vultures. The scenario described here may be similar in other insular systems where populations of carrion-eaters are in strong decline and are seriously threatened. Higher susceptibility to infection may be a further factor contributing decisively to the extinction

  7. Monte Carlo and Quasi-Monte Carlo Sampling

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    2009-01-01

    Presents essential tools for using quasi-Monte Carlo sampling in practice. This book focuses on issues related to Monte Carlo methods - uniform and non-uniform random number generation, variance reduction techniques. It covers several aspects of quasi-Monte Carlo methods.

  8. ASIC1a regulates insular long-term depression and is required for the extinction of conditioned taste aversion

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    Li, Wei-Guang; Liu, Ming-Gang; Deng, Shining; Liu, Yan-Mei; Shang, Lin; Ding, Jing; Hsu, Tsan-Ting; Jiang, Qin; Li, Ying; Li, Fei; Zhu, Michael Xi; Xu, Tian-Le

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    Acid-sensing ion channel 1a (ASIC1a) has been shown to play important roles in synaptic plasticity, learning and memory. Here we identify a crucial role for ASIC1a in long-term depression (LTD) at mouse insular synapses. Genetic ablation and pharmacological inhibition of ASIC1a reduced the induction probability of LTD without affecting that of long-term potentiation in the insular cortex. The disruption of ASIC1a also attenuated the extinction of established taste aversion memory without alte...

  9. Long-term aversive taste memory requires insular and amygdala protein degradation.

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    Rodriguez-Ortiz, Carlos J; Balderas, Israela; Saucedo-Alquicira, Fernando; Cruz-Castañeda, Paulina; Bermudez-Rattoni, Federico

    2011-03-01

    Some reports have shown that the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) is necessary to degrade repressor factors to produce new proteins essential to memory consolidation. Furthermore, recent evidence suggests that memory updating also relies on protein degradation through the UPS. To evaluate whether degradation of proteins is part of the cellular events needed for long-term storage of taste aversion, we injected lactacystin--an UPS inhibitor--into the amygdala and/or insular cortex 30 min before the first or second training trials. The results revealed that degradation of proteins in either the amygdala or insular cortex suffices for long-term stabilization of first-time encounter taste aversion. On the other hand, lactacystin applied in the insula, but not in the amygdala, before the second training prevented long-term storage of updated information. Our results support that degradation of proteins by means of the UPS is required every time taste aversion is to be stored in long-term memory. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Translating EU renewable energy policy for insular energy systems: Reunion Island's quest for energy autonomy

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    Matthew Sawatzky

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available Recognition of the negative impacts of climate change has led to agreement on the need to decarbonise energy systems through the employment of renewable energy. With many national and transnational policies in place, the options available to insular energy systems (IES differ from those of interconnected areas due to fragility in their production and distribution networks. Based on the concepts of policy mobility and translation, this study examines the interplay of EU renewable energy policy and insular governance processes aimed at achieving energy autonomy through renewable energy development. Reunion Island, a French Overseas Department and Region, is used as a case study to examine local energy governance processes, aspects that shape regional translation of national and EU policy, and the potential effects that create structures and pathways of energy transition. The study shows that Reunion Island’s regional Energy Governance Committee has significant application potential as a governance tool in other IES and small islands within the EU, but that renewable energy development is restricted due to national policy measures and path dependent governance structural constraints.

  11. High antipredatory efficiency of insular lizards: a warning signal of excessive specimen collection?

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    Miguel Delibes

    Full Text Available We live-captured lizards on islands in the Gulf of California and the Baja California peninsula mainland, and compared their ability to escape predation. Contrary to expectations, endemic lizard species from uninhabited islands fled from humans earlier and more efficiently than those from peninsular mainland areas. In fact, 58.2% (n=146 of the lizards we tried to capture on the various islands escaped successfully, while this percentage was only 14.4% (n=160 on the peninsular mainland. Separate evidence (e.g., proportion of regenerated tails, low human population at the collection areas, etc. challenges several potential explanations for the higher antipredatory efficiency of insular lizards (e.g., more predation pressure on islands, habituation to humans on the peninsula, etc.. Instead, we suggest that the ability of insular lizards to avoid predators may be related to harvesting by humans, perhaps due to the value of endemic species as rare taxonomic entities. If this hypothesis is correct, predation-related behavioral changes in rare species could provide early warning signals of their over-exploitation, thus encouraging the adoption of conservation measures.

  12. Functional role for suppression of the insular-striatal circuit in modulating interoceptive effects of alcohol.

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    Jaramillo, Anel A; Agan, Verda E; Makhijani, Viren H; Pedroza, Stephen; McElligott, Zoe A; Besheer, Joyce

    2017-09-27

    The insular cortex (IC) is a region proposed to modulate, in part, interoceptive states and motivated behavior. Interestingly, IC dysfunction and deficits in interoceptive processing are often found among individuals with substance-use disorders. Furthermore, the IC projects to the nucleus accumbens core (AcbC), a region known to modulate the discriminative stimulus/interoceptive effects of alcohol and other drug-related behaviors. Therefore, the goal of the present work was to investigate the possible role of the IC ➔ AcbC circuit in modulating the interoceptive effects of alcohol. Thus, we utilized a chemogenetic technique (hM4D i designer receptor activation by designer drugs) to silence neuronal activity in the IC of rats trained to discriminate alcohol (1 g/kg, IG) versus water using an operant or Pavlovian alcohol discrimination procedure. Chemogenetic silencing of the IC or IC ➔ AcbC neuronal projections resulted in potentiated sensitivity to the interoceptive effects of alcohol in both the operant and Pavlovian tasks. Together, these data provide critical evidence for the nature of the complex IC circuitry and, specifically, suppression of the insular-striatal circuit in modulating behavior under a drug stimulus control. © 2017 Society for the Study of Addiction.

  13. Bayesian Monte Carlo method

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    Rajabalinejad, M.

    2010-01-01

    To reduce cost of Monte Carlo (MC) simulations for time-consuming processes, Bayesian Monte Carlo (BMC) is introduced in this paper. The BMC method reduces number of realizations in MC according to the desired accuracy level. BMC also provides a possibility of considering more priors. In other words, different priors can be integrated into one model by using BMC to further reduce cost of simulations. This study suggests speeding up the simulation process by considering the logical dependence of neighboring points as prior information. This information is used in the BMC method to produce a predictive tool through the simulation process. The general methodology and algorithm of BMC method are presented in this paper. The BMC method is applied to the simplified break water model as well as the finite element model of 17th Street Canal in New Orleans, and the results are compared with the MC and Dynamic Bounds methods.

  14. Monte Carlo principles and applications

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    Raeside, D E [Oklahoma Univ., Oklahoma City (USA). Health Sciences Center

    1976-03-01

    The principles underlying the use of Monte Carlo methods are explained, for readers who may not be familiar with the approach. The generation of random numbers is discussed, and the connection between Monte Carlo methods and random numbers is indicated. Outlines of two well established Monte Carlo sampling techniques are given, together with examples illustrating their use. The general techniques for improving the efficiency of Monte Carlo calculations are considered. The literature relevant to the applications of Monte Carlo calculations in medical physics is reviewed.

  15. Contributon Monte Carlo

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    Dubi, A.; Gerstl, S.A.W.

    1979-05-01

    The contributon Monte Carlo method is based on a new recipe to calculate target responses by means of volume integral of the contributon current in a region between the source and the detector. A comprehensive description of the method, its implementation in the general-purpose MCNP code, and results of the method for realistic nonhomogeneous, energy-dependent problems are presented. 23 figures, 10 tables

  16. Carlos Vesga Duarte

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    Pedro Medina Avendaño

    1981-01-01

    Full Text Available Carlos Vega Duarte tenía la sencillez de los seres elementales y puros. Su corazón era limpio como oro de aluvión. Su trato directo y coloquial ponía de relieve a un santandereano sin contaminaciones que amaba el fulgor de las armas y se encandilaba con el destello de las frases perfectas

  17. Fundamentals of Monte Carlo

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    Wollaber, Allan Benton

    2016-01-01

    This is a powerpoint presentation which serves as lecture material for the Parallel Computing summer school. It goes over the fundamentals of the Monte Carlo calculation method. The material is presented according to the following outline: Introduction (background, a simple example: estimating @@), Why does this even work? (The Law of Large Numbers, The Central Limit Theorem), How to sample (inverse transform sampling, rejection), and An example from particle transport.

  18. Microcanonical Monte Carlo

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    Creutz, M.

    1986-01-01

    The author discusses a recently developed algorithm for simulating statistical systems. The procedure interpolates between molecular dynamics methods and canonical Monte Carlo. The primary advantages are extremely fast simulations of discrete systems such as the Ising model and a relative insensitivity to random number quality. A variation of the algorithm gives rise to a deterministic dynamics for Ising spins. This model may be useful for high speed simulation of non-equilibrium phenomena

  19. Fundamentals of Monte Carlo

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    Wollaber, Allan Benton [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2016-06-16

    This is a powerpoint presentation which serves as lecture material for the Parallel Computing summer school. It goes over the fundamentals of the Monte Carlo calculation method. The material is presented according to the following outline: Introduction (background, a simple example: estimating π), Why does this even work? (The Law of Large Numbers, The Central Limit Theorem), How to sample (inverse transform sampling, rejection), and An example from particle transport.

  20. CERN honours Carlo Rubbia

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    2009-01-01

    On 7 April CERN will be holding a symposium to mark the 75th birthday of Carlo Rubbia, who shared the 1984 Nobel Prize for Physics with Simon van der Meer for contributions to the discovery of the W and Z bosons, carriers of the weak interaction. Following a presentation by Rolf Heuer, lectures will be given by eminent speakers on areas of science to which Carlo Rubbia has made decisive contributions. Michel Spiro, Director of the French National Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics (IN2P3) of the CNRS, Lyn Evans, sLHC Project Leader, and Alan Astbury of the TRIUMF Laboratory will talk about the physics of the weak interaction and the discovery of the W and Z bosons. Former CERN Director-General Herwig Schopper will lecture on CERN’s accelerators from LEP to the LHC. Giovanni Bignami, former President of the Italian Space Agency and Professor at the IUSS School for Advanced Studies in Pavia will speak about his work with Carlo Rubbia. Finally, Hans Joachim Sch...

  1. CERN honours Carlo Rubbia

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    2009-01-01

    On 7 April CERN will be holding a symposium to mark the 75th birthday of Carlo Rubbia, who shared the 1984 Nobel Prize for Physics with Simon van der Meer for contributions to the discovery of the W and Z bosons, carriers of the weak interaction. Following a presentation by Rolf Heuer, lectures will be given by eminent speakers on areas of science to which Carlo Rubbia has made decisive contributions. Michel Spiro, Director of the French National Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics (IN2P3) of the CNRS, Lyn Evans, sLHC Project Leader, and Alan Astbury of the TRIUMF Laboratory will talk about the physics of the weak interaction and the discovery of the W and Z bosons. Former CERN Director-General Herwig Schopper will lecture on CERN’s accelerators from LEP to the LHC. Giovanni Bignami, former President of the Italian Space Agency, will speak about his work with Carlo Rubbia. Finally, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Research and Sven Kul...

  2. Who Writes Carlos Bulosan?

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    Charlie Samuya Veric

    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available The importance of Carlos Bulosan in Filipino and Filipino-American radical history and literature is indisputable. His eminence spans the pacific, and he is known, diversely, as a radical poet, fictionist, novelist, and labor organizer. Author of the canonical America Iis the Hearts, Bulosan is celebrated for chronicling the conditions in America in his time, such as racism and unemployment. In the history of criticism on Bulosan's life and work, however, there is an undeclared general consensus that views Bulosan and his work as coherent permanent texts of radicalism and anti-imperialism. Central to the existence of such a tradition of critical reception are the generations of critics who, in more ways than one, control the discourse on and of Carlos Bulosan. This essay inquires into the sphere of the critical reception that orders, for our time and for the time ahead, the reading and interpretation of Bulosan. What eye and seeing, the essay asks, determine the perception of Bulosan as the angel of radicalism? What is obscured in constructing Bulosan as an immutable figure of the political? What light does the reader conceive when the personal is brought into the open and situated against the political? the essay explores the answers to these questions in Bulosan's loving letters to various friends, strangers, and white American women. The presence of these interrogations, the essay believes, will secure ultimately the continuing importance of Carlos Bulosan to radical literature and history.

  3. Monte Carlo alpha calculation

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    Brockway, D.; Soran, P.; Whalen, P.

    1985-01-01

    A Monte Carlo algorithm to efficiently calculate static alpha eigenvalues, N = ne/sup ..cap alpha..t/, for supercritical systems has been developed and tested. A direct Monte Carlo approach to calculating a static alpha is to simply follow the buildup in time of neutrons in a supercritical system and evaluate the logarithmic derivative of the neutron population with respect to time. This procedure is expensive, and the solution is very noisy and almost useless for a system near critical. The modified approach is to convert the time-dependent problem to a static ..cap alpha../sup -/eigenvalue problem and regress ..cap alpha.. on solutions of a/sup -/ k/sup -/eigenvalue problem. In practice, this procedure is much more efficient than the direct calculation, and produces much more accurate results. Because the Monte Carlo codes are intrinsically three-dimensional and use elaborate continuous-energy cross sections, this technique is now used as a standard for evaluating other calculational techniques in odd geometries or with group cross sections.

  4. Awake craniotomy versus craniotomy under general anesthesia for the surgical treatment of insular glioma: choices and outcomes

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    Gravesteijn, B.Y. (B. Y.); Keizer, M.E. (M. E.); A. Vincent (Audrey); J.W. Schouten (Joost); R.J. Stolker (Robert); M. Klimek (Markus)

    2017-01-01

    textabstractObjective: To investigate differences in outcomes in patients who underwent surgery for insular glioma using an awake craniotomy (AC) vs. a craniotomy under general anesthesia (GA). Methods: Data from patients treated at our hospital between 2005 and 2015 were analyzed retrospectively.

  5. Impacto de la concentración parcelaria en el paisaje de un municipio del sur de Salamanca, en una zona de espacios naturales protegidos

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    García Rodríguez, María del Pilar

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this paper is to analyse the impacts caused by the concentration of land holdings on the landscape of Escurial de la Sierra, a village located in the south of the province of Salamanca (Spain. This village is part of the Biosphere Reserve of the Francia and Bejar mountain ranges (UNESCO 2006 due to the importance of its vegetation/flora, fauna and landscape. In order to observe the effect of the concentrations, several satellite images taken before and after the concentration process have been compared. The creation of 8 metre wide tracks by cutting trees and flattening the land has caused the disappearance of many hectares of forests which were either mature or in a process of regeneration. The fencing of the new parcels of land is causing the fragmentation and insularity of the land, resulting in a major impact on the metapoblational dynamics of the rich invertebrate land fauna.

    [es] El objetivo del trabajo es analizar el impacto que la concentración parcelaria ha provocado en el paisaje del municipio de Escurial de la Sierra situado en el sur de la provincia de Salamanca (España. Se encuadra dentro de la Reserva de la Biosfera de las Sierras de Francia y Béjar (UNESCO 2006 con valores florísticos, faunísticos y paisajísticos muy importantes. Para ver los efectos de la concentración se comparan imágenes de satélite anteriores y posteriores a ella. La creación de pistas con desbroce y aplanamiento de hasta 8 m de anchura ha provocado la desaparición de numerosas hectáreas de bosque maduro o en recuperación. El vallado al que se están sometiendo las nuevas parcelas provoca una fragmentación e insularización del territorio con el consiguiente impacto sobre los sistemas de dinámica metapoblacional de la rica fauna de vertebrados terrestres. [fr] L’objectif de l’étude est d’analyser l’impact que la concentration parcellerait a provoqué dans le paysage de la municipalité d’Escurial de la

  6. ACERCAMIENTO A MODALIDADES DE PARTICIPACIÓN CIUDADANA Y CONFLICTOS AMBIENTALES EN EL MUNICIPIO DE SABANETA

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    María Teresa Castrillón Alzate; Carolina Montes Rojas; Jorge Eduardo Vásquez Santamaría

    2011-01-01

    Iniciando con una contexualización de la investigación, el texto presenta una conceptualización general de ambiente, participación, ciudadanía y las instituciones como categorías investigativas, para posteriormente detallar los resultados obtenidos a través de la primera encuesta cerrada aplicada a noventa personas en el municipio de Sabaneta sobre mecanismos de participación y conflictos en materia ambiental.

  7. Insular ecosystems of the southeastern United States—A regional synthesis to support biodiversity conservation in a changing climate

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    Cartwright, Jennifer M.; Wolfe, William J.

    2016-08-11

    In the southeastern United States, insular ecosystems—such as rock outcrops, depression wetlands, high-elevation balds, flood-scoured riparian corridors, and insular prairies and barrens—occupy a small fraction of land area but constitute an important source of regional and global biodiversity, including concentrations of rare and endemic plant taxa. Maintenance of this biodiversity depends upon regimes of abiotic stress and disturbance, incorporating factors such as soil surface temperature, widely fluctuating hydrologic conditions, fires, flood scouring, and episodic droughts that may be subject to alteration by climate change. Over several decades, numerous localized, site-level investigations have yielded important information about the floristics, physical environments, and ecological dynamics of these insular ecosystems; however, the literature from these investigations has generally remained fragmented. This report consists of literature syntheses for eight categories of insular ecosystems of the southeastern United States, concerning (1) physical geography, (2) ecological determinants of community structures including vegetation dynamics and regimes of abiotic stress and disturbance, (3) contributions to regional and global biodiversity, (4) historical and current anthropogenic threats and conservation approaches, and (5) key knowledge gaps relevant to conservation, particularly in terms of climate-change effects on biodiversity. This regional synthesis was undertaken to discern patterns across ecosystems, identify knowledge gaps, and lay the groundwork for future analyses of climate-change vulnerability. Findings from this synthesis indicate that, despite their importance to regional and global biodiversity, insular ecosystems of the southeastern United States have been subjected to a variety of direct and indirect human alterations. In many cases, important questions remain concerning key determinants of ecosystem function. In particular, few

  8. Índice de vulnerabilidad de los hogares en el municipio de Pasto, Colombia, 2012

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    Arsenio Hidalgo-Troya

    Full Text Available El objetivo del estudio fue medir la tasa de vulnerabilidad de las familias en el municipio de Pasto, Colombia. En una muestra de 270 familias de todos los estratos socioeconómicos, 239 en áreas urbanas y 31 en las zonas rurales, se realizó una investigación de carácter confidencial, utilizando el índice de vulnerabilidad, consistente en cinco dimensiones: demográfica, social, económica, ambiental y geográfica, así como previsión y prevención. Las familias estrato 1 y 2, así como los hogares del centro, oeste, noroeste y nordeste del área urbana del municipio, presentaron alta vulnerabilidad, incluso más que aquellas en áreas rurales. Un 50% de las familias estaban localizadas dentro de baja vulnerabilidad y un 42% estaban en nivel medio. Las familias más pobres fueron las más vulnerables, sin embargo, las familias pobres también eran vulnerables en el municipio de Pasto.

  9. Roles de los Centros Universitarios Municipales (CUM en el desarrollo local de los municipios cubanos

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    Carlos A. Hernández M.

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Se conceptualiza en el aporte de la Educación Superior al Desarrollo Local en los municipios, cómo se inserta en el proceso, las amenazas a su participación y las oportunidades generadas por su inclusión. Se analiza la situación actual y perspectiva y las Estrategias a seguir por la Educación Superior en los municipios. Se define como se trabaja la seguridad alimentaria en función del Desarrollo Local, la superación de Postgrado en el CUM, la formación y superación de los cuadros, la participación en proyectos pertinentes en energía, medio ambiente, servicios a la población, industrias locales y problemas socio - comunitarios y la formación vocacional y articulación pertinente con la Enseñanza Técnico Profesional. Por último se hace una propuesta de Indicadores y herramientas para medir el impacto de la Gestión del Conocimiento y la Innovación dentro del Programa de Desarrollo Local dividida en 2 grupos: Indicadores de funcionamiento interno del CUM e Indicadores de funcionamiento del CUM hacia el Desarrollo Local del Municipio.

  10. La movilidad y la distribución del ingreso en los municipios de Coahuila

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    Luis Gutiérrez Flores

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se analiza la dinámica en la distribución del ingreso de los municipios del estado de Coahuila, de 1970 a 2000. Para esto se utilizan herramientas de creciente aceptación, como alternativas para estudiar la dinámica en las desigualdades regionales: las cadenas de Markov y las funciones de densidad. En este caso, el análisis se desagrega hasta el municipio, con el objetivo de conocer cómo interactúan dichas unidades económicas entre sí, un contexto que tendría que enriquecer la literatura del tema, aún escasa en comparación con los trabajos que emplean metodologías predominantes, como la ecuación clásica de convergencia. Los resultados indican que en los municipios hay una inmovilidad relativa en términos de ingresos, es decir, que no hay cambios importantes en su distribución, la cual, a la vez, se encuentra polarizada.

  11. Factores latentes del desarrollo en los municipios de la Región de Murcia.

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    José Alberto Hermoso Gutiérrez

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Un concepto de gran importancia dentro de la Economía lo constituye el desarrollo de una población, y en particular, el desarrollo económico-comercial de poblaciones. En nuestro caso, nos centraremos en los municipios de la Comunidad Autónoma de la Región de Murcia, con el fin de analizar las analogías y diferencias existentes entre ellos. En este trabajo, determinaremos factores latentes del desarrollo de los municipios de la Región de Murcia, a través de un conjunto de variables de carácter económico-comercial observadas sobre dichas poblaciones. Asimismo, analizaremos si existen diferencias de tipo económico-comercial, entre grupos homogéneos para el desarrollo, de municipios de la Comunidad Autónoma de la Región de Murcia y obtendremos una representación gráfica del posicionamiento relativo de éstos, aplicando el Análisis Canónico de Poblaciones.

  12. Introductions do not compensate for functional and phylogenetic losses following extinctions in insular bird assemblages.

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    Sobral, Fernando L; Lees, Alexander C; Cianciaruso, Marcus V

    2016-09-01

    The ratio of species extinctions to introductions has been comparable for many insular assemblages, suggesting that introductions could have 'compensated' for extinctions. However, the capacity for introduced species to replace ecological roles and evolutionary history lost following extinction is unclear. We investigated changes in bird functional and phylogenetic diversity in the wake of extinctions and introductions across a sample of 32 islands worldwide. We found that extinct and introduced species have comparable functional and phylogenetic alpha diversity. However, this was distributed at different positions in functional space and in the phylogeny, indicating a 'false compensation'. Introduced and extinct species did not have equivalent functional roles nor belong to similar lineages. This makes it unlikely that novel island biotas composed of introduced taxa will be able to maintain ecological roles and represent the evolutionary histories of pre-disturbance assemblages and highlights the importance of evaluating changes in alpha and beta diversity concurrently. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd/CNRS.

  13. ["Entero-insular axis" and regulation of blood sugar and insulin levels following oral glucose loading].

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    Kuznetsov, B G

    1978-11-01

    The mineral water Essentuki 17 administered per so with glucose exerted a modifying effect on the regulation of glycaemia and insulinaemia in intact rats. This effect undergoes a few phases of changing and disappears by the 30th day. Under conditions of this adaptation, the glycaemia regulation is somewhat worsening. After i.v. administration of glucose during this period the regulation of glycaemia and insulinaemia remains unaltered. This suggests that the mineral water exerts its biological effect, mainly, on the entero-insular axis system (Unger and Eisentraut, 1969) and that the modifying effect is due not to a concrete complex of the mineral water electrolytes but rather to the unspecific factor of "perturbation" in the enteral medium.

  14. Suppressive responses by visual food cues in postprandial activities of insular cortex as revealed by magnetoencephalography.

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    Yoshikawa, Takahiro; Tanaka, Masaaki; Ishii, Akira; Watanabe, Yasuyoshi

    2014-06-03

    'Hara-Hachibu' in Japanese means a subjective sense by which we stop eating just before the motivation to eat is completely lost, a similar concept to caloric restriction (CR). Insular cortex is a critical platform which integrates sensory information into decision-making processes in eating behavior. We compared the responses of insular cortex, as assessed by magnetoencephalography (MEG), immediately after presentation of food images in the Fasting condition with those in the 'Hara-Hachibu' condition. Eleven healthy, right-handed males [age, 27.2±9.6 years; body mass index, 22.6±2.1kg/m(2) (mean±SD)] were enrolled in a randomized, two-crossover experiment (Fasting and 'Hara-Hachibu' conditions). Before the MEG recordings in the 'Hara-Hachibu' condition, the participants consumed rice balls as much as they judged themselves to have consumed shortly before reaching satiety. During the MEG recordings, they viewed food pictures projected on a screen. The intensities of MEG responses to viewing food pictures were significantly lower in the 'Hara-Hachibu' condition than those in the Fasting condition (Pvisual food stimuli in the 'Hara-Hachibu' condition was positively associated with the factor-3 (food tasted) (r=0.693, P=0.018) and aggregated scores (r=0.659, P=0.027) of the Power of Food Scale, a self-report measure of hedonic hunger. These findings may help to elucidate the neural basis of variability of appetite phenotypes under the condition of CR among individuals, and to develop possible strategies for the maintenance of adequate CR in daily life. Copyright © 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Parental Praise Correlates with Posterior Insular Cortex Gray Matter Volume in Children and Adolescents.

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    Izumi Matsudaira

    Full Text Available A positive parenting style affects psychological and cognitive development in children. Neuroimaging studies revealed that a positive parenting style influenced brain structure in children. Parental praise is a concrete behavior observed in positive parenting. Although previous psychological studies revealed a positive effect of parental praise on children, little is known about the relationship between parental praise and brain structure in children. Thus, the purpose of the present study was to determine whether there was a correlation between the parental attitude towards praising their child and gray matter volume in the children (116 boys and 109 girls; mean age, 10.6 years old. We examined the correlation between regional gray matter volume and parental praise using voxel-based morphometry (VBM following magnetic resonance imaging (MRI. In addition, to confirm the positive effects of parental praise, we analyzed the correlation between the frequency of parental praise and personality traits in children. We showed that the parental attitude towards praising their child was significantly and positively correlated with the gray matter volume of the left posterior insular cortex in children. Moreover, we found a significant positive correlation between parental attitude towards praising their child and the personality traits of conscientiousness and openness to experience in the children. Prior studies said that gray matter volume in the posterior insula was correlated with empathy, and the functional connectivity between this area and the amygdala was associated with emotional regulation. Furthermore, the posterior insula relates to auditory function, and therefore, was likely involved in the processing of parental praise. Considering the possibility of experience-dependent plasticity, frequent parental praise would lead to increased posterior insular gray matter volume in children. Our study is the first to elucidate the relationship between

  16. Hospital acquired pneumonia is linked to right hemispheric peri-insular stroke.

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    André Kemmling

    Full Text Available Hospital acquired pneumonia (HAP is a major complication of stroke. We sought to determine associations between infarction of specific brain regions and HAP.215 consecutive acute stroke patients with HAP (2003-2009 were carefully matched with 215 non-pneumonia controls by gender, then NIHSS, then age. Admission imaging and binary masks of infarction were registered to MNI-152 space. Regional atlas and voxel-based log-odds were calculated to assess the relationship between infarct location and the likelihood of HAP. An independently validated penalized conditional logistic regression model was used to identify HAP associated imaging regions.The HAP and control patients were well matched by gender (100%, age (95% within 5-years, NIHSS (98% within 1-point, infarct size, dysphagia, and six other clinical variables. Right hemispheric infarcts were more frequent in patients with HAP versus controls (43.3% vs. 34.0%, p = 0.054, whereas left hemispheric infarcts were more frequent in controls (56.7% vs. 44.7%, p = 0.012; there was no significant difference between groups in the rate of brainstem strokes (p = 1.0. Of the 10 most infarcted regions, only right insular cortex volume was different in HAP versus controls (20 vs. 12 ml, p = 0.02. In univariate analyses, the highest log-odds regions for pneumonia were right hemisphere, cerebellum, and brainstem. The best performing multivariate model selected 7 brain regions of infarction and 2 infarct volume-based variables independently associated with HAP.HAP is associated with right hemispheric peri-insular stroke. These associations may be related to autonomic modulation of immune mechanisms, supporting recent hypotheses of stroke mediated immune suppression.

  17. Corticotrigeminal Projections from the Insular Cortex to the Trigeminal Caudal Subnucleus Regulate Orofacial Pain after Nerve Injury via Extracellular Signal-Regulated Kinase Activation in Insular Cortex Neurons.

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    Wang, Jian; Li, Zhi-Hua; Feng, Ban; Zhang, Ting; Zhang, Han; Li, Hui; Chen, Tao; Cui, Jing; Zang, Wei-Dong; Li, Yun-Qing

    2015-01-01

    Cortical neuroplasticity alterations are implicated in the pathophysiology of chronic orofacial pain. However, the relationship between critical cortex excitability and orofacial pain maintenance has not been fully elucidated. We recently demonstrated a top-down corticospinal descending pain modulation pathway from the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) to the spinal dorsal horn that could directly regulate nociceptive transmission. Thus, we aimed to investigate possible corticotrigeminal connections that directly influence orofacial nociception in rats. Infraorbital nerve chronic constriction injury (IoN-CCI) induced significant orofacial nociceptive behaviors as well as pain-related negative emotions such as anxiety/depression in rats. By combining retrograde and anterograde tract tracing, we found powerful evidence that the trigeminal caudal subnucleus (Vc), especially the superficial laminae (I/II), received direct descending projections from granular and dysgranular parts of the insular cortex (IC). Extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), an important signaling molecule involved in neuroplasticity, was significantly activated in the IC following IoN-CCI. Moreover, in IC slices from IoN-CCI rats, U0126, an inhibitor of ERK activation, decreased both the amplitude and the frequency of spontaneous excitatory postsynaptic currents (sEPSCs) and reduced the paired-pulse ratio (PPR) of Vc-projecting neurons. Additionally, U0126 also reduced the number of action potentials in the Vc-projecting neurons. Finally, intra-IC infusion of U0126 obviously decreased Fos expression in the Vc, accompanied by the alleviation of both nociceptive behavior and negative emotions. Thus, the corticotrigeminal descending pathway from the IC to the Vc could directly regulate orofacial pain, and ERK deactivation in the IC could effectively alleviate neuropathic pain as well as pain-related negative emotions in IoN-CCI rats, probably through this top-down pathway. These findings may help

  18. El reconocimiento de los bienes de dominio público: El caso de los municipios portugueses

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    Full Text Available Objeto: Este trabajo tiene por objetivos analizar el mencionado en el POCAL (1999, en las NICSP del IPSASB y en diversas opiniones doctrinales con respecto al reconocimiento de los bienes de dominio público (BDP, así como verificar si existen problemas inherentes al reconocimiento de los BDP en Portugal, superables con la adopción de las NICSP. Diseño/metodología/Enfoque: Para este estudio, fue efectuada una revisión de literatura, de la posición del POCAL (1999, de las NICSP del IPSASB, y de la perspectiva doctrinal, con respecto al reconocimiento de los bienes de dominio público. Además, se realizó un estudio de la evolución de los valores de los bienes de dominio público, de los años 2006 a 2013, del total de los 308 municipios portugueses, para concluir acerca de la existencia de dificultades en el reconocimiento de estos activos y de la necesidad de adoptar los normativos internacionales. Aportaciones y Resultados: En algunos municipios portugueses, el proceso de inventario aún no está concluido, existiendo dificultades con respecto al reconocimiento de los BDP. Dichas dificultades resultan de que el POCAL (1999 no presenta los requisitos para el reconocimiento de los activos; problema superado en la NICSP nº 17 del IPSASB (2006b, que refiere esos requisitos. Adoptar un nuevo Sistema de Normalización Contable aplicable a la Administración Pública (SNC-AP, basado en las NICSP, puede ser la solución para dichas cuestiones, introduciendo criterios a considerar en el reconocimiento de los activos, que aseguren la comparabilidad de la información y de los valores del patrimonio de los municipios portugueses. Limitaciones: La inexistencia de criterios de reconocimiento a seguir por los municipios trae limitaciones al nivel de la comparabilidad de los valores de los diferentes componentes del activo presentados por los varios municipios. Valor añadido: Este trabajo nos enseña que, en Portugal, aún existen problemas con

  19. Isolated insular strokes and plasma MR-proANP levels are associated with newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation: a pilot study.

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    Full Text Available In this study, we assessed the relationship of insular strokes and plasma MR-proANP levels with newly diagnosed atrial fibrillation (NDAF.This study is based on a prospective acute stroke cohort (http://www.clinicaltrials.gov, NCT00390962. Patient eligibility was dependent on the diagnosis of acute ischemic stroke, absence of previous stroke based on past medical history and MRI, no history of AF and congestive heart failure (cohort A and, additionally, no stroke lesion size ≥ 20 mL (sub-cohort A*. AF, the primary endpoint, was detected on 24-hour electrocardiography and/or echocardiography. Involvement of the insula was assessed by two experienced readers on MRI blinded to clinical data. MR-proANP levels were obtained through a novel sandwich immunoassay. Logistic-regression-models were fitted to estimate odds ratios for the association of insular strokes and MR-proANP with NDAF. The discriminatory accuracy of insular strokes and MR-proANP was assessed by a model-wise comparison of the area under the receiver-operating-characteristics-curve (AUC with known predictors of AF.104 (cohort A and 83 (cohort A* patients fulfilled above-mentioned criteria. Patients with isolated insular strokes had a 10.7-fold higher odds of NDAF than patients with a small ischemic stroke at any other location. The AUC of multivariate logistic regression models for the prediction of NDAF improved significantly when adding stroke location and MR-proANP levels. Moreover, MR-proANP levels remained significantly elevated throughout the acute hospitalization period in patients with NDAF compared to those without.Isolated insular strokes and plasma MR-proANP levels on admission are independent predictors of NDAF and significantly improve the prediction accuracy of identifying patients with NDAF compared to known predictors including age, the NIHSS and lesion size. To accelerate accurate diagnosis and enhance secondary prevention in acute stroke, higher levels of MR

  20. Building and Applying "Insularity Theory": Review on Knapp's Prehistoric and Protohistoric Cyprus, 2008.

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    Katsarou-Tzeveleki, Stella

    listing of external factors (colonization, invasions) originating in the Near East and the Aegean as sequential narrative history, and the descriptive, systemic analysis of 'materiality, production, trade, migration and colonization which have for long been the cornerstones of Cypriot archaeology' (p. 11). In contrast, he turns his attention towards the internal processes within the island society of Bronze Age Cyprus, which shape its insularity and give it a distinctive identity at this specific period, processes that lead to contextual history and formative tradition. 'To study how any society changes, at any time, it is crucial first to look at internal rather than external factors' (p. 1). Defining the concept of insularity is his aim; therefore, he begins with a number of very apposite rhetorical questions (p. 13) and identifies several individual parameters (connectivity, islandscape, social identity, ethnicity, migration, acculturation, hybridization) to which he assigns collective and individual meanings. The eight chapters that follow may be assigned, broadly, to three general units: in the first of these (ch. 1-2), Knapp offers a synthesis of these parameters in the form of a 'theory of insularity'. In the second (ch. 3-7) he formulates his revised narrative of the prehistory and social identity of the island, which involves a presentation of social and economic, rather than stylistic categories, on the basis of the parameters laid down in his theoretical scheme. Finally, in the third unit (ch. 8), he records his overall conclusions, the new cognitive experiences and concerns that have emerged from the application of his theory, both to Cyprus and to insular archaeology in the Mediterranean and on a world scale. Knapp's synthesis of the theory of insularity in the first unit is a major contribution to Mediterranean archaeology, and makes this book a seminal work. Continuing and broadening Broodbank's (2000) reasoning about the Cyclades, Knapp, with Cyprus as his

  1. Monte Carlo Methods in Physics

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    1997-01-01

    Method of Monte Carlo integration is reviewed briefly and some of its applications in physics are explained. A numerical experiment on random generators used in the monte Carlo techniques is carried out to show the behavior of the randomness of various methods in generating them. To account for the weight function involved in the Monte Carlo, the metropolis method is used. From the results of the experiment, one can see that there is no regular patterns of the numbers generated, showing that the program generators are reasonably good, while the experimental results, shows a statistical distribution obeying statistical distribution law. Further some applications of the Monte Carlo methods in physics are given. The choice of physical problems are such that the models have available solutions either in exact or approximate values, in which comparisons can be mode, with the calculations using the Monte Carlo method. Comparison show that for the models to be considered, good agreement have been obtained

  2. Effects of insularity on digestion: living on islands induces shifts in physiological and morphological traits in island reptiles

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    Sagonas, Kostas; Pafilis, Panayiotis; Valakos, Efstratios D.

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    Living on islands entails numerous challenges for animals, among which resource scarcity stands out. In order to survive, animals have to optimize energy acquisition. We examined the impact of insularity on digestion comparing a series of physiological and morphological traits of adult males between insular and mainland populations of the Balkan green lizard. Island lizards had longer gastrointestinal tracts and gut passage times and higher digestive efficiencies. The dissection of the hindgut revealed an unexpected finding, the presence of cecal valves that were more frequent in island lizards. Thanks to all above islanders retain food for longer periods and thus maximize energy income and increase the amount of the extracted nutrients. That way, they secure energy income from the limited, in time and quantity, food resources of the islands.

  3. SEROPREVALENCIA DE LA LEPTOSPIROSIS CANINA DE TRES MUNICIPIOS DEL DEPARTAMENTO DEL TOLIMA-COLOMBIA

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    Full Text Available Objetivo. Determinar la seroprevalencia de Leptospira spp. y los serovares dominantes, en caninos de tres municipios del departamento del Tolima, Colombia. Materiales y métodos. Se realizó un estudio epidemiológico trasversal con 900 caninos localizados en 62 barrios de los tres municipios, de los cuales se obtuvieron muestras de sangre durante los meses de junio, julio y agosto de 2007, que fueron procesadas utilizando la prueba de microaglutinación (MAT. En la prueba se incluyeron 5 serovares: hardjo, pomona, grippotyphosa, canicola, icterohaemorrhagiae y bratislava. La prueba se interpretó como positiva por la presencia de una aglutinación ³50 % de las leptospiras con uno o más serovares, en una dilución del suero ³100. Resultados. La seroprevalencia de leptospirosis en la población canina fue del 20.2%. La mayor dominancia fue para los serovares grippotyphosa (82.4% y pomona (8.2%, observándose una baja reactividad ante canicola e icterohaemorrhagiae, 0.5 y 2.2% respectivamente. Se presentaron coaglutinaciones en el 4.3% de los sueros. La seropositividad presentó diferencias estadísticamente significativas cuando se compararon los resultados por sexo y edad (p=0.038. Conclusiones. Los resultados sugieren que los caninos pueden ser posibles reservorios de la leptospirosis en los tres municipios evaluados, siendo necesario realizar estudios que permitan el aislamiento y tipificación de los serovares prevalentes en las zonas endémicas para orientar las medidas de prevención que eviten el riesgo de transmisión de la enfermedad a la población humana.

  4. Insular networks for emotional processing and social cognition: comparison of two case reports with either cortical or subcortical involvement.

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    Couto, Blas; Sedeño, Lucas; Sposato, Luciano A; Sigman, Mariano; Riccio, Patricia M; Salles, Alejo; Lopez, Vladimir; Schroeder, Johannes; Manes, Facundo; Ibanez, Agustin

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    The processing of the emotion of disgust is attributed to the insular cortex (IC), which is also responsible for social emotions and higher-cognitive functions. We distinguish the role of the IC from its connections in regard to these functions through the assessment of emotions and social cognition in a double case report. These subjects were very rare cases that included a focal IC lesion and a subcortical focal stroke affecting the connections of the IC with frontotemporal areas. Both patients and a sample of 10 matched controls underwent neuropsychological and affective screening questionnaires, a battery of multimodal basic emotion recognition tests, an emotional inference disambiguation task using social contextual clues, an empathy task and a theory of mind task. The insular lesion (IL) patient showed no impairments in emotion recognition and social emotions and presented with a pattern of delayed reaction times (RTs) in a subset of both groups of tasks. The subcortical lesion (SL) patient was impaired in multimodal aversive emotion recognition, including disgust, and exhibited delayed RTs and a heterogeneous pattern of impairments in subtasks of empathy and in the contextual inference of emotions. Our results suggest that IC related networks, and not the IC itself, are related to negative emotional processing and social emotions. We discuss these results with respect to theoretical approaches of insular involvement in emotional and social processing and propose that IC connectivity with frontotemporal and subcortical regions might be relevant for contextual emotional processing and social cognition. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Comportamientos Sexuales de Adolescentes y Jóvenes de Sectores Populares del Municipio de Sincelejo, Sucre

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    Anaya Lazo, Leydys Isabel

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    En esta investigación me propuse conocer los comportamientos sexuales de los y las adolescentes y jóvenes que viven en sectores populares del municipio de Sincelejo, - en la Comuna 1-, Departamento de Sucre. Logré un acercamiento a la población joven, al conocimiento y análisis de sus vivencias sexuales y situaciones de riesgo. El trabajo de campo fue realizado durante el año 2006 - 2007 periodo que me permitió considerar un universo de 2.300 adolescentes y jóvenes con una muestra de 210 p...

  6. Flora medicinal en San Nicolás, municipio de Malinalco, Estado de México

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    White-Olascoaga, Laura; Juan-Pérez, José Isabel; Chávez-Mejía, Cristina; Gutiérrez-Cedillo, Jesús Gastón

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    Se determinaron aspectos sobre el hábitat, uso y función de los recursos vegetales utilizados en la medicina tradicional, en la comunidad de San Nicolás, municipio de Malinalco, ubicada al sur del Estado de México. De enero de 2010 a enero de 2011 se aplicaron entrevistas a 30 hombres y mujeres, de entre 20 y 60 años de edad. La observación directa y participativa permitió verificar la función y manejo de las plantas. Se registraron 165 especies correspondientes a 147 géneros y 70 familias de...

  7. Accidentes domésticos en ancianos. Municipio Libertador. Mérida. 1993 - 1996.

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    Rojas Márquez, Reina; Salinas, Pedro José

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    Editorial. ¡Ya tenemos símbolo, ícono o logotipo!. Now we have symbol, icono or logo!. Salinas, Pedro José Accidentes domésticos en ancianos. Municipio Libertador. Mérida. 1993-1996. Domestics accidents in elderly people. Libertador County of Mérida State. 1993-1996. Salinas, Pedro José Rojas Márquez, Reina Estrés y síntomas en personal de salud del Hospital Universitario de Los Andes. Stress and symptoms in health staff of the Hospital Universitario de Los Andes. Méri...

  8. Indicadores de gestión administrativa, de obras y proyectos de los municipios del Ecuador

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    154 hojas : ilustraciones, 29 x 21 cm + CD-ROM 0731 Es una guía metodológica que permite el desarrollo y aplicación de indicadores de gestión en las áreas relevantes de los Municipios del Ecuador. Las áreas relevantes importantes de los Gobiernos Municipales, forman parte de la estructura orgánica institucional y están localizadas en los tres niveles; estratégico, táctico y operativo, cuyo cumplimiento de objetivos y metas, será medido y evaluado con los indicadores de gestión establecidos...

  9. Ciénaga (Magdalena, una región administrativa o municipio de enclave

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    Luis Humberto Hernández

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available El análisis sobre las regiones de enclave, el caso del municipio de Ciénaga, en el Magdalena, nos permitió concluir que su proceso de modernización estuvo determinado por la presencia de la empresa multinacional bananera United Fruit Company. La multinacional bananera fue la que introdujo en la región el trabajo asalariado moderno, dislocando las formas serviles y premodernas existentes. Al atraer la mano de obra servil regional, que utilizaban las haciendas ganaderas, y convertirla en mano de obra asalariada, fundamentó sus procesos socioeconómicos y político administrativo modernos.

  10. Caracterización de la infertilidad en el municipio Pinar del Río

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    Fernández Borbón, Hugo; Valle Rivera, Tania; Fernández Ramos, Idania; Ramírez Pérez, Noelvis

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    Introducción: la infertilidad de la pareja se ha reconocido como un problema médico-social de la salud reproductiva en el nivel mundial. Cuba no está exenta de ello. Objetivo: caracterizar la infertilidad en el municipio Pinar del Río. Método: se realizó un estudio retrospectivo longitudinal y descriptivo de 118 parejas infértiles que asistieron a la consulta municipal, durante el periodo comprendido 2010 - 2012 en Pinar del Río. Para ello se analizó variables como la edad, tiempo y tipo de i...

  11. Prevalencia de obesidad en adultos del municipio de Soledad (Atlántico, Colombia), 2010

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    Edgar Navarro Lechuga; Rusvelt Vargas Moranth

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    Objetivo: Determinar la prevalencia de obesidad en adultos del municipio de Soledad (Atlántico, Colombia) según diferentes consensos de clasificación. Materiales y métodos: Estudio descriptivo, transversal. Se calculó una muestra de 790 individuos (N=103731; prevalencia esperada: 22%; error: 3%; nivel de confianza: 95%). Previo consentimiento informado, se aplicó una encuesta sobre factores de riesgo cardiovascular, y a los individuos también se les tomó el peso, la talla y el perímetro de ci...

  12. Representaciones sociales del embarazo, construidas por las adolescentes embarazadas del municipio La Tebaida 2014

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    Patiño Hurtado, Anny Vanessa

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    Objetivo general: Interpretar las representaciones sociales sobre el embarazo, construidas por las adolescentes gestantes del municipio la Tebaida 2014. Metodología: Estudio cualitativo interpretativo. Aborda conocimientos, actitudes, prácticas, fuentes de información y la identificación del nodo central y sistema periférico sobre las que se construyen las representaciones sociales. Se aplicaron 31 encuestas a las adolescentes de las 84 que pertenecían al curso sicoprofiláctico, un grupo ...

  13. Brote de rabia humana transmitida por gato en el municipio de Santander de Quilichao, Colombia, 2008

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    Paez, Andrés; Polo, Luis; Heredia, Damaris; Nuñez, Constanza; Rodriguez, Milena; Agudelo, Carlos; Parra, Edgar; Paredes, Andrea; Moreno, Teresa; Rey, Gloria

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    Objetivos En marzo de 2008 ocurrió en el municipio de Santander de Quilichao- Cauca, Colombia, un brote de rabia de origen silvestre con 2 víctimas humanas. El presente artículo apunta a describir las técnicas diagnósticas de laboratorio, las acciones de investigación de campo y control de foco empleadas, y su significado epidemiológico e implicaciones en salud pública. Métodos La rabia se diagnosticó por inmunofluorescencia directa, prueba biológica en ratón, histopatología e inmunohistoquím...

  14. Gasto no obligatorio de los municipios. Una muestra de ayuntamientos valencianos

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    Margareto Layunta, Leonardo

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    El Ayuntamiento es la institución de Gobierno que mayores presiones recibe, al ser la más accesible para los ciudadanos, como instancia de poder más próxima y los municipios, por su parte, intentan responder a esa presión financiando una serie de gastos que no recogen como obligatorios ni la Ley Reguladora de las Bases del Régimen Local (LBRL), aprobada en 2005 , ni el resto de leyes que abordan esta cuestión. La legislación vigente establece cuáles son las obligaciones que deben atende...

  15. Chihuahuan desert flora of La Calera, Municipio de Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico

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    Ana Lilia Reina-Guerrero; Thomas R. Van Devender

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    A total of 555 plant collections were made on 20 trips in 2002-2008 to La Calera area in the Sierra Anibácachi, Municipio de Agua Prieta, 11.3 km south of the Arizona border (31°13’59”N 109°37’53”W, elevation range from 1220 m to 1539 m) in northeastern Sonora. Chihuahuan desertscrub on limestone substrates is dominated by creosotebush (Larrrea divaricata), Chihuahuan...

  16. The avian fossil record in Insular Southeast Asia and its implications for avian biogeography and palaeoecology

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    Hanneke J.M. Meijer

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    Full Text Available Excavations and studies of existing collections during the last decades have significantly increased the abundance as well as the diversity of the avian fossil record for Insular Southeast Asia. The avian fossil record covers the Eocene through the Holocene, with the majority of bird fossils Pleistocene in age. Fossil bird skeletal remains represent at least 63 species in 54 genera and 27 families, and two ichnospecies are represented by fossil footprints. Birds of prey, owls and swiftlets are common elements. Extinctions seem to have been few, suggesting continuity of avian lineages since at least the Late Pleistocene, although some shifts in species ranges have occurred in response to climatic change. Similarities between the Late Pleistocene avifaunas of Flores and Java suggest a dispersal route across southern Sundaland. Late Pleistocene assemblages of Niah Cave (Borneo and Liang Bua (Flores support the rainforest refugium hypothesis in Southeast Asia as they indicate the persistence of forest cover, at least locally, throughout the Late Pleistocene and Holocene.

  17. [Performance of entero-insular axis in an athletic population: diet and exercise influence].

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    Rodriguez, Carmen; Quezada-Feijoo, Maribel; Toro, Carmen; Barón-Esquivias, Gonzalo; Segura, Eduardo; Mangas, Alipio; Toro, Rocio

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    The relationship between physical exercise and appetite regulation can lead to improved competitive performance of athletes. Mediators of the entero-insular axis generate neurohumoral signals that influence on the appetite regulation and energy homeostasis. Determine the influence of diet and prolonged exercise on intestinal peptide, ghrelin, resistin, leptin, and incretins (GLP-1 and GIP) in an athlete population. It is a prospective intervention study, conducted from October 2012 to March 2013. 32 healthy semiprofessional rugby players, aged 13-39 years were included. Anthropometric measurements and blood samples were taken at time 0 and after six months of study. Athletes were randomized to a protein diet (PD) or Mediterranean diet (MD) and plasma levels of intestinal peptide, ghrelin, resistin, leptin, and incretins were calculated. In the PD group, GLP-1 and GIP plasmatic levels showed a significant decrease (p <0.03; p <0.01 respectively). GLP-1 and ghrelin plasmatic concentration demonstrated a significant decrease (p <0.03 respectively) in those who experienced gain of muscle mass (MM). Finally, the athletes related to the PD who showed increased total weight and muscle mass presented significantly decreased GLP-1 concentration (p <0.03 and p<0.002, respectively). GLP-1 plasmatic concentration was decreased, with the PD suggesting to be more beneficial for the athletes in order to avoid hypoglycemia. Furthermore, muscle mass and total weight gain, linked to the PD, could enhance athletic performance in certain sport modalities. Copyright AULA MEDICA EDICIONES 2014. Published by AULA MEDICA. All rights reserved.

  18. Ontogeny of neuro-insular complexes and islets innervation in the human pancreas.

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    Proshchina, Alexandra E; Krivova, Yulia S; Barabanov, Valeriy M; Saveliev, Sergey V

    2014-01-01

    The ontogeny of the neuro-insular complexes (NIC) and the islets innervation in human pancreas has not been studied in detail. Our aim was to describe the developmental dynamics and distribution of the nervous system structures in the endocrine part of human pancreas. We used double-staining with antibodies specific to pan-neural markers [neuron-specific enolase (NSE) and S100 protein] and to hormones of pancreatic endocrine cells. NSE and S100-positive nerves and ganglia were identified in the human fetal pancreas from gestation week (gw) 10 onward. Later the density of S100 and NSE-positive fibers increased. In adults, this network was sparse. The islets innervation started to form from gw 14. NSE-containing endocrine cells were identified from gw 12 onward. Additionally, S100-positive cells were detected both in the periphery and within some of the islets starting at gw 14. The analysis of islets innervation has shown that the fetal pancreas contained NIC and the number of these complexes was reduced in adults. The highest density of NIC is detected during middle and late fetal periods, when the mosaic islets, typical for adults, form. The close integration between the developing pancreatic islets and the nervous system structures may play an important role not only in the hormone secretion, but also in the islets morphogenesis.

  19. Posterior insular cortex – a site of vestibular–somatosensory interaction?

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    Baier, Bernhard; zu Eulenburg, Peter; Best, Christoph; Geber, Christian; Müller-Forell, Wibke; Birklein, Frank; Dieterich, Marianne

    2013-01-01

    Background In previous imaging studies the insular cortex (IC) has been identified as an essential part of the processing of a wide spectrum of perception and sensorimotor integration. Yet, there are no systematic lesion studies in a sufficient number of patients examining whether processing of vestibular and the interaction of somatosensory and vestibular signals take place in the IC. Methods We investigated acute stroke patients with lesions affecting the IC in order to fill this gap. In detail, we explored signs of a vestibular tone imbalance such as the deviation of the subjective visual vertical (SVV). We applied voxel-lesion behaviour mapping analysis in 27 patients with acute unilateral stroke. Results Our data demonstrate that patients with lesions of the posterior IC have an abnormal tilt of SVV. Furthermore, re-analysing data of 20 patients from a previous study, we found a positive correlation between thermal perception contralateral to the stroke and the severity of the SVV tilt. Conclusions We conclude that the IC is a sensory brain region where different modalities might interact. PMID:24392273

  20. Gray matter volume of the anterior insular cortex and social networking.

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    Spagna, Alfredo; Dufford, Alexander J; Wu, Qiong; Wu, Tingting; Zheng, Weihao; Coons, Edgar E; Hof, Patrick R; Hu, Bin; Wu, Yanhong; Fan, Jin

    2018-05-01

    In human life, social context requires the engagement in complex interactions among individuals as the dynamics of social networks. The evolution of the brain as the neurological basis of the mind must be crucial in supporting social networking. Although the relationship between social networking and the amygdala, a small but core region for emotion processing, has been reported, other structures supporting sophisticated social interactions must be involved and need to be identified. In this study, we examined the relationship between morphology of the anterior insular cortex (AIC), a structure involved in basic and high-level cognition, and social networking. Two independent cohorts of individuals (New York group n = 50, Beijing group n = 100) were recruited. Structural magnetic resonance images were acquired and the social network index (SNI), a composite measure summarizing an individual's network diversity, size, and complexity, was measured. The association between morphological features of the AIC, in addition to amygdala, and the SNI was examined. Positive correlations between the measures of the volume as well as sulcal depth of the AIC and the SNI were found in both groups, while a significant positive correlation between the volume of the amygdala and the SNI was only found in the New York group. The converging results from the two groups suggest that the AIC supports network-level social interactions. © 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  1. Insular activation during reward anticipation reflects duration of illness in abstinent pathological gamblers

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    Kosuke eTsurumi

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Pathological gambling (PG is a chronic mental disorder characterized by a difficulty restraining gambling behavior despite negative consequences. Although brain abnormalities in patients with substance use disorders are caused by repetitive drug use and recover partly with drug abstinence, the relationship between brain activity and duration of illness or abstinence of gambling behavior in PG patients remains unclear. Here, using functional magnetic resonance imaging, we compared the brain activity of 23 PG patients recruited from a treatment facility with 27 demographically-matched healthy control subjects during reward anticipation, and examined the correlations between brain activity and duration of illness or abstinence in PG patients. During reward anticipation, PG patients showed decreased activity compared to healthy controls in a broad range of the reward system regions, including the insula cortex. In PG patients, activation in the left insula showed a significant negative correlation with illness duration. Our findings suggest that insular activation during reward anticipation may serve as a marker of progression of pathological gambling.

  2. Household waste compositional analysis variation from insular communities in the framework of waste prevention strategy plans

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    Zorpas, Antonis A.; Lasaridi, Katia; Voukkali, Irene; Loizia, Pantelitsa; Chroni, Christina

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    Highlights: • Waste framework directive has set clear waste prevention procedures. • Household Compositional analysis. • Waste management plans. • Zero waste approach. • Waste generation. - Abstract: Waste management planning requires reliable data regarding waste generation, affecting factors on waste generation and forecasts of waste quantities based on facts. In order to decrease the environmental impacts of waste management the choice of prevention plan as well as the treatment method must be based on the features of the waste that are produced in a specific area. Factors such as culture, economic development, climate, and energy sources have an impact on waste composition; composition influences the need of collecting waste more or less frequently of waste collection and disposition. The research question was to discover the main barriers concerning the compositional analysis in Insular Communities under warm climate conditions and the findings from this study enabled the main contents of a waste management plan to be established. These included advice to residents on waste minimisation, liaison with stakeholders and the expansion of kerbside recycling schemes

  3. Spatial sedimentary distribution, seasonality and the characteristics of organic matter on Fernando de Noronha insular shelf

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    Roberto Lima Barcellos

    Full Text Available Abstract The present study was conducted in the Fernando de Noronha archipelago (4°S/32°W. The objective is the evaluation of the spatial distribution and seasonal variations in the sediments and sedimentary organic matter in the northern insular shelf of Fernando de Noronha ("Mar de Dentro". Nineteen surface sediment samples were collected between December 2013, July 2014 and November 2014. The studied methods included analysis of the grain size, coarse fraction, morphoscopy, total organic matter content, calcium carbonate, organic carbon, total nitrogen, sedimentary phosphorus (organic, inorganic and total, elemental ratios (C/N, C/P and stable isotopic ratios (δ13C-δ15N. The results allowed to infer that there is no seasonal variation in sediment distribution. Whereas, the shelf sediments present a calcareous sandy sedimentary cover (CaCO3≈ 88.3%, predominantly of well-sorted fine sands, with low organic matter content (TOM3.0%; TN>0.4% of mixed origin (δ13C= -24.5 to -23.0%PDB, which were related to anthropogenic impacts and the biotic and abiotic local processes.

  4. Household waste compositional analysis variation from insular communities in the framework of waste prevention strategy plans

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    Zorpas, Antonis A., E-mail: antonis.zorpas@ouc.ac.cy [Cyprus Open University, Faculty of Pure and Applied Science, Environmental Conservation and Management, P.O. Box 12794, 2252 Latsia, Nicosia (Cyprus); Lasaridi, Katia, E-mail: klasaridi@hua.gr [Harokopio University, Department of Geography, 70 El. Venizelou, 176 71 Athens, Kallithea (Greece); Voukkali, Irene [Institute of Environmental Technology and Sustainable Development, ENVITECH LTD, Department of Research and Development, P.O. Box 34073, 5309 (Cyprus); Loizia, Pantelitsa, E-mail: irenevoukkali@envitech.org [Institute of Environmental Technology and Sustainable Development, ENVITECH LTD, Department of Research and Development, P.O. Box 34073, 5309 (Cyprus); Chroni, Christina [Harokopio University, Department of Geography, 70 El. Venizelou, 176 71 Athens, Kallithea (Greece)

    2015-04-15

    Highlights: • Waste framework directive has set clear waste prevention procedures. • Household Compositional analysis. • Waste management plans. • Zero waste approach. • Waste generation. - Abstract: Waste management planning requires reliable data regarding waste generation, affecting factors on waste generation and forecasts of waste quantities based on facts. In order to decrease the environmental impacts of waste management the choice of prevention plan as well as the treatment method must be based on the features of the waste that are produced in a specific area. Factors such as culture, economic development, climate, and energy sources have an impact on waste composition; composition influences the need of collecting waste more or less frequently of waste collection and disposition. The research question was to discover the main barriers concerning the compositional analysis in Insular Communities under warm climate conditions and the findings from this study enabled the main contents of a waste management plan to be established. These included advice to residents on waste minimisation, liaison with stakeholders and the expansion of kerbside recycling schemes.

  5. Modelo ambiental y financiero para la recolección y manejo de las basuras en el Municipio de Buenaventura

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    Riascos Chepote, Myriam Dolores; Torres Riascos, José Audberto

    2007-01-01

    Con el desarrollo de este proyecto se pretende desarrollar un modelo económico financiero y ambiental que permita mejorar e3l proceso de recolección delas basuras y su disposición final en el municipio de Buenaventura, En ese sentido este trabajo se inicia con una descripción del problema, en donde se plantean las dificultades que ha tenido el municipio en su proceso de recolección de basuras y la forma en que esta afecta el resto de actividades económicas del mismo. En una segunda inst...

  6. Sustentabilidad en la gestión ecoeficiente de los residuos urbanos (GERU): caso de municipios españoles

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    Villavicencio, Guillermo Díaz; Didonet, Simone Regina; Gutiérrez, Isidro Marín

    2014-01-01

    Este artículo analiza los factores exógenos que influencianla Gestión Ecoeficiente de Residuos Urbanos (GERU) desde una perspectiva cualitativa, a través de entrevistas en profundidad a responsables políticos y personal administrativo sobre temas de desarrollo sostenible, ecoeficiencia y sustentabilidad. Las entrevistas se realizaron en el municipio de Sant Cugat, en España. La razón de elegir el municipio señalado, es porque presenta un alto grado de ecoeficiencia según una muestra analizada...

  7. El cólera morbus en cinco municipios del Estado de México, en 1850

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    María del Pilar Iracheta

    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available El artículo pretende hacer un análisis sobre los efectos del cólera morbus en cinco municipios del Estado de México (Toluca, Temoaya, Calimaya, Otzolotepec y Capulhuac durante los meses de junio y julio de 1850, aunque la enfermedad se manifestó hasta noviembre de ese año. Asimismo, se trata de señalar algunos elementos que permitieron la propagación del cólera. También se trata de medir los efectos de la enfermedad en los municipios referidos, tomando como base los factores como la edad y el sexo.

  8. El cólera morbus en cinco municipios del Estado de México, en 1850

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    María del Pilar Iracheta; Hilda Lagunas

    1998-01-01

    El artículo pretende hacer un análisis sobre los efectos del cólera morbus en cinco municipios del Estado de México (Toluca, Temoaya, Calimaya, Otzolotepec y Capulhuac) durante los meses de junio y julio de 1850, aunque la enfermedad se manifestó hasta noviembre de ese año. Asimismo, se trata de señalar algunos elementos que permitieron la propagación del cólera. También se trata de medir los efectos de la enfermedad en los municipios referidos, tomando como base...

  9. El cólera morbus en cinco municipios del Estado de México, en 1850

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    María del Pilar Iracheta

    1998-01-01

    El artículo pretende hacer un análisis sobre los efectos del cólera morbus en cinco municipios del Estado de México (Toluca, Temoaya, Calimaya, Otzolotepec y Capulhuac) durante los meses de junio y julio de 1850, aunque la enfermedad se manifestó hasta noviembre de ese año. Asimismo, se trata de señalar algunos elementos que permitieron la propagación del cólera. También se trata de medir los efectos de la enfermedad en los municipios referidos, tomando como base los factores como la edad y e...

  10. Lectures on Monte Carlo methods

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    Madras, Neal

    2001-01-01

    Monte Carlo methods form an experimental branch of mathematics that employs simulations driven by random number generators. These methods are often used when others fail, since they are much less sensitive to the "curse of dimensionality", which plagues deterministic methods in problems with a large number of variables. Monte Carlo methods are used in many fields: mathematics, statistics, physics, chemistry, finance, computer science, and biology, for instance. This book is an introduction to Monte Carlo methods for anyone who would like to use these methods to study various kinds of mathemati

  11. Segregación socioeconómica de colombianos en el municipio Maracaibo

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    Carlos A. Áñez G.

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo del presente artículo es determinar el grado de segregación de los colombianos residenciados en las dieciocho parroquias del municipio Maracaibo. Dicho estudio está basado en las referencias estadísticas disponibles para el 2001 elaboradas por el Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas (INE del estado Zulia. Mediante la propuesta metodológica de segregación residencial, se establecen las condiciones socioeconómicas de estos inmigrantes dentro de la estructura urbana en la cual se insertan, a partir de sus niveles de segregación, aislamiento, interacción y concentración. El análisis relaciona comparativamente el grado de segregación de los colombianos con respecto al contexto de pobreza dentro del municipio, medido según el número de pobres estimados por el INE-Zulia. Se concluye sobre la situación de los ciudadanos colombianos y de los pobres en Maracaibo, en el sentido de especificar su nivel de integración social.

  12. Modelo de gestión deportiva para el municipio de Quibdó

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    Yamileth Carmen Moreno Polo

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The lack of clear public sport policies and poor resource management in the Municipality of Quibdo has led to a proposal for a sport management model. For this, a theoretical review and a diagnosis of the features was conducted on existing management models in Colombia n context that have shown an outstanding management throughout history. Based on these theoretical and practical elements, a Sports Management Model for the Municipality of Quibdo is proposed. La falta de políticas públicas claras en materia deportiva y la inadecuada gestión de los recursos en el municipio de Quibdó llevan a proponer un modelo de gestión deportiva. Para esto, se parte de una revisión teórica y un diagnóstico de características de los modelos de gestión existentes en el ámbito colombiano que han mostrado una destacada gestión a lo largo de la historia. Con fundamento en estos elementos teórico-prácticos, se propone un Modelo de Gestión Deportiva para el municipio de Quibdó.

  13. Modelamiento de material particulado emitidos por coquización. Municipio de Samaca, Boyacá

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    Alfredo Ramos Moreno

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available El modelamiento de la dispersión de los contaminantes en la atmósfera es una herramienta que permite realizar predicciones a escalas urbanas y regionales de la calidad del aire en este caso para sólidos totales en suspensión (PST y material particulado (MP10 provenientes de la zona productora de coque del municipio de Samacá compuesta por las veredas Loma Redonda, La Chorrera y Salamanca. Para el modelamiento se tuvo en cuenta el modelo de dispersión Gaussiana a través del software AERMOD. Para la evaluación de los contaminantes, se analizaron dos ambientes de modelación: urbano y rural. Se determinaron las concentraciones de PST y MP10 (μg/m3 durante 18 días por medio de monitoreo a través de dos estaciones ubicadas en el hospital del municipio y en la vereda salamanca encontrando que superan los límites permisibles (100 y 50 μg/m3 fijados en la Resolución 610 de 2010 del MAVDT. Se analizó la información meteorológica y topográfica complementada con el inventario de fuentes de emisión como información de entrada para el proceso de modelamiento de contaminantes atmosférica emitida por coquización.

  14. Competitividad de la industria de la confección del Municipio Maracaibo – Estado Zulia

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    Mariher Morales

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available En el presente artículo se analiza el nivel de competitividad de la industria de la confección del municipio Maracaibo del estado Zulia, utilizando como base el instrumental teórico desarrollado por Michael Porter. La investigación es de carácter descriptivo, teniendo como principal fuente de información un estudio de campo. Entre los resultados de la investigación resaltan que la industria de la confección del municipio Maracaibo presenta un bajo nivel competitivo, evidenciando una capacidad ociosa del 50%, un alto grado de atomización e informalidad en su estructura, un bajo nivel tecnológico e insuficiencia de mano de obra especializada, así como una orientación al mercado interno. A esto se agregan dificultades asociadas con el contrabando, problemas con el financiamiento y las materias primas, entre otras. Se sugiere a los empresarios para lograr un posicionamiento en el mercado a largo plazo, desarrollar la estrategia genérica de enfoque de diferenciación con minimización de los costos, esto para aprovechar las características del consumidor maracaibero basadas en el apego a la moda y exigencias de calidad a precios justos.

  15. Advanced Multilevel Monte Carlo Methods

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    Jasra, Ajay; Law, Kody; Suciu, Carina

    2017-01-01

    This article reviews the application of advanced Monte Carlo techniques in the context of Multilevel Monte Carlo (MLMC). MLMC is a strategy employed to compute expectations which can be biased in some sense, for instance, by using the discretization of a associated probability law. The MLMC approach works with a hierarchy of biased approximations which become progressively more accurate and more expensive. Using a telescoping representation of the most accurate approximation, the method is able to reduce the computational cost for a given level of error versus i.i.d. sampling from this latter approximation. All of these ideas originated for cases where exact sampling from couples in the hierarchy is possible. This article considers the case where such exact sampling is not currently possible. We consider Markov chain Monte Carlo and sequential Monte Carlo methods which have been introduced in the literature and we describe different strategies which facilitate the application of MLMC within these methods.

  16. Advanced Multilevel Monte Carlo Methods

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    Jasra, Ajay

    2017-04-24

    This article reviews the application of advanced Monte Carlo techniques in the context of Multilevel Monte Carlo (MLMC). MLMC is a strategy employed to compute expectations which can be biased in some sense, for instance, by using the discretization of a associated probability law. The MLMC approach works with a hierarchy of biased approximations which become progressively more accurate and more expensive. Using a telescoping representation of the most accurate approximation, the method is able to reduce the computational cost for a given level of error versus i.i.d. sampling from this latter approximation. All of these ideas originated for cases where exact sampling from couples in the hierarchy is possible. This article considers the case where such exact sampling is not currently possible. We consider Markov chain Monte Carlo and sequential Monte Carlo methods which have been introduced in the literature and we describe different strategies which facilitate the application of MLMC within these methods.

  17. TARC: Carlo Rubbia's Energy Amplifier

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    1997-01-01

    Transmutation by Adiabatic Resonance Crossing (TARC) is Carlo Rubbia's energy amplifier. This CERN experiment demonstrated that long-lived fission fragments, such as 99-TC, can be efficiently destroyed.

  18. Monte Carlo simulation for IRRMA

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    Gardner, R.P.; Liu Lianyan

    2000-01-01

    Monte Carlo simulation is fast becoming a standard approach for many radiation applications that were previously treated almost entirely by experimental techniques. This is certainly true for Industrial Radiation and Radioisotope Measurement Applications - IRRMA. The reasons for this include: (1) the increased cost and inadequacy of experimentation for design and interpretation purposes; (2) the availability of low cost, large memory, and fast personal computers; and (3) the general availability of general purpose Monte Carlo codes that are increasingly user-friendly, efficient, and accurate. This paper discusses the history and present status of Monte Carlo simulation for IRRMA including the general purpose (GP) and specific purpose (SP) Monte Carlo codes and future needs - primarily from the experience of the authors

  19. Adjoint electron Monte Carlo calculations

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    Jordan, T.M.

    1986-01-01

    Adjoint Monte Carlo is the most efficient method for accurate analysis of space systems exposed to natural and artificially enhanced electron environments. Recent adjoint calculations for isotropic electron environments include: comparative data for experimental measurements on electronics boxes; benchmark problem solutions for comparing total dose prediction methodologies; preliminary assessment of sectoring methods used during space system design; and total dose predictions on an electronics package. Adjoint Monte Carlo, forward Monte Carlo, and experiment are in excellent agreement for electron sources that simulate space environments. For electron space environments, adjoint Monte Carlo is clearly superior to forward Monte Carlo, requiring one to two orders of magnitude less computer time for relatively simple geometries. The solid-angle sectoring approximations used for routine design calculations can err by more than a factor of 2 on dose in simple shield geometries. For critical space systems exposed to severe electron environments, these potential sectoring errors demand the establishment of large design margins and/or verification of shield design by adjoint Monte Carlo/experiment

  20. Monte Carlo theory and practice

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    James, F.

    1987-01-01

    Historically, the first large-scale calculations to make use of the Monte Carlo method were studies of neutron scattering and absorption, random processes for which it is quite natural to employ random numbers. Such calculations, a subset of Monte Carlo calculations, are known as direct simulation, since the 'hypothetical population' of the narrower definition above corresponds directly to the real population being studied. The Monte Carlo method may be applied wherever it is possible to establish equivalence between the desired result and the expected behaviour of a stochastic system. The problem to be solved may already be of a probabilistic or statistical nature, in which case its Monte Carlo formulation will usually be a straightforward simulation, or it may be of a deterministic or analytic nature, in which case an appropriate Monte Carlo formulation may require some imagination and may appear contrived or artificial. In any case, the suitability of the method chosen will depend on its mathematical properties and not on its superficial resemblance to the problem to be solved. The authors show how Monte Carlo techniques may be compared with other methods of solution of the same physical problem

  1. Desarrollo de una red telemática para proveer acceso a Internet al municipio de Casariche

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    Gálvez Paniagua, Francisco

    2014-01-01

    Desarrollo de una red telemática para proveer acceso a Internet al municipio de Casariche. Desenvolupament d'una xarxa telemàtica per proveir accés a internet al municipi de Casariche. Bachelor thesis for the Telecommunication Technologies program on Telematics.

  2. Diferencias en la recaudación del impuesto predial en la zona fronteriza: evidencia en los municipios de Chihuahua

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    Jorge Ibarra Salazar

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Basándonos en el estudio de Ibarra y Sotres (2009, en este artículo aportamos evidencia adicional que relaciona las características de la región frontera norte y el marco institucional con la recaudación del impuesto predial. Estimamos una serie de especificaciones econométricas usando una base de datos de panel para los 67 municipios de Chihuahua correspondiente a 2002-2006. Nuestra hipótesis central es que la dinámica económica y demográfica en la zona fronteriza de Chihuahua ha originado una mayor demanda de servicios e infraestructura en los municipios fronterizos de ese estado, lo que los ha motivado a diferenciar su marco institucional para obtener mayores recursos por concepto de impuesto predial en comparación con los municipios no fronterizos. Esto es posible dado que la reforma constitucional de 1999 al Artículo 115 posibilita a los municipios modificar el marco institucional fiscal para enfrentar sus propias peculiaridades.

  3. Modulation of the storage of social recognition memory by neurotransmitter systems in the insular cortex.

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    Cavalcante, Lorena E S; Zinn, Carolina G; Schmidt, Scheila D; Saenger, Bruna F; Ferreira, Flávia F; Furini, Cristiane R G; Myskiw, Jociane C; Izquierdo, Ivan

    2017-09-15

    The insular cortex (IC) receives projections from prefrontal, entorhinal and cingulate cortex, olfactory bulb and basal nuclei and has reciprocal connections with the amygdala and entorhinal cortex. These connections suggest a possible involvement in memory processes; this has been borne out by data on several behaviors. Social recognition memory (SRM) is essential to form social groups and to establish hierarchies and social and affective ties. Despite its importance, knowledge about the brain structures and the neurotransmitter mechanisms involved in its processing is still scarce. Here we study the participation of NMDA-glutamatergic, D1/D5-dopaminergic, H2-histaminergic, β-adrenergic and 5-HT 1A -serotoninergic receptors of the IC in the consolidation of SRM. Male Wistar rats received intra-IC infusions of substances acting on these receptors immediately after the sample phase of a social discrimination task and 24h later were exposed to a 5-min retention test. The intra-IC infusion of antagonists of D1/D5, β-adrenergic or 5-HT 1A receptors immediately after the sample phase impaired the consolidation of SRM. These effects were blocked by the concomitant intra-IC infusion of agonists of these receptors. Antagonists and agonists of NMDA and H2 receptors had no effect on SRM. The results suggest that the dopaminergic D1/D5, β-adrenergic and serotonergic 5-HT 1A receptors in the IC, but not glutamatergic NMDA and the histaminergic H2 receptors, participate in the consolidation of SRM in the IC. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Role of the agranular insular cortex in contextual control over cocaine-seeking behavior in rats.

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    Arguello, Amy A; Wang, Rong; Lyons, Carey M; Higginbotham, Jessica A; Hodges, Matthew A; Fuchs, Rita A

    2017-08-01

    Environmental stimulus control over drug relapse requires the retrieval of context-response-cocaine associations, maintained in long-term memory through active reconsolidation processes. Identifying the neural substrates of these phenomena is important from a drug addiction treatment perspective. The present study evaluated whether the agranular insular cortex (AI) plays a role in drug context-induced cocaine-seeking behavior and cocaine memory reconsolidation. Rats were trained to lever press for cocaine infusions in a distinctive context, followed by extinction training in a different context. Rats in experiment 1 received bilateral microinfusions of vehicle or a GABA agonist cocktail (baclofen and muscimol (BM)) into the AI or the overlying somatosensory cortex (SSJ, anatomical control region) immediately before a test of drug-seeking behavior (i.e., non-reinforced lever presses) in the previously cocaine-paired context. The effects of these manipulations on locomotor activity were also assessed in a novel context. Rats in experiment 2 received vehicle or BM into the AI after a 15-min reexposure to the cocaine-paired context, intended to reactivate context-response-cocaine memories and initiate their reconsolidation. The effects of these manipulations on drug context-induced cocaine-seeking behavior were assessed 72 h later. BM-induced pharmacological inactivation of the AI, but not the SSJ, attenuated drug context-induced reinstatement of cocaine-seeking behavior without altering locomotor activity. Conversely, AI inactivation after memory reactivation failed to impair subsequent drug-seeking behavior and thus cocaine memory reconsolidation. These findings suggest that the AI is a critical element of the neural circuitry that mediates contextual control over cocaine-seeking behavior.

  5. Marinospirillum insulare sp. nov., a novel halophilic helical bacterium isolated from kusaya gravy.

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    Satomi, M; Kimura, B; Hayashi, M; Okuzumi, M; Fujii, T

    2004-01-01

    A novel species that belongs to the genus Marinospirillum is described on the basis of phenotypic characteristics, phylogenetic analysis of 16S rRNA and gyrB gene sequences and DNA-DNA hybridization. Four strains of helical, halophilic, Gram-negative, heterotrophic bacteria were isolated from kusaya gravy, which is fermented brine that is used for the production of traditional dried fish in the Izu Islands of Japan. All of the new isolates were motile by means of bipolar tuft flagella, of small cell size, coccoid-body-forming and aerophilic; it was concluded that they belong to the same bacterial species, based on DNA-DNA hybridization values (>70% DNA relatedness). DNA G+C contents of the new strains were 42-43 mol% and they had isoprenoid quinone Q-8 as the major component. Phylogenetic analysis of 16S rRNA gene sequences indicated that the new isolates were members of the genus Marinospirillum; sequence similarity of the new isolates to Marinospirillum minutulum, Marinospirillum megaterium and Marinospirillum alkaliphilum was 98.5, 98.2 and 95.2%, respectively. Phylogenetic analysis based on the gyrB gene indicated that the new isolates had enough phylogenetic distance from M. minutulum and M. megaterium to be regarded as different species, with 84.7 and 78.7% sequence similarity, respectively. DNA-DNA hybridization showed that the new isolates had <36% DNA relatedness to M. minutulum and M. megaterium, supporting the phylogenetic conclusion. Thus, a novel species is proposed: Marinospirillum insulare sp. nov. (type strain, KT=LMG 21802T=NBRC 100033T).

  6. Bidirectional modulation of taste aversion extinction by insular cortex LTP and LTD.

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    Rodríguez-Durán, Luis F; Martínez-Moreno, Araceli; Escobar, Martha L

    2017-07-01

    The history of activity of a given neuron has been proposed to bidirectionally influence its future response to synaptic inputs. In particular, induction of synaptic plasticity expressions such as long-term potentiation (LTP) and long-term depression (LTD) modifies the performance of several behavioral tasks. Our previous studies in the insular cortex (IC), a neocortical region that has been related to acquisition and retention of conditioned taste aversion (CTA), have demonstrated that induction of LTP in the basolateral amygdaloid nucleus (Bla)-IC pathway before CTA training enhances the retention of this task. In addition, we reported that CTA training triggers a persistent impairment in the ability to induce in vivo LTP in the IC. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether LTD can be induced in the Bla-IC projection in vivo, as well as, whether the extinction of CTA is bidirectionally modified by previous synaptic plasticity induction in this pathway. Thus, rats received 900 train pulses (five 250μs pulses at 250Hz) delivered at 1Hz in the Bla-IC projection in order to induce LTD or 10 trains of 100Hz/1s with an intertrain interval of 20s in order to induce LTP. Seven days after surgery, rats were trained in the CTA task including the extinction trials. Our results show that the Bla-IC pathway is able to express in vivo LTD in an N-Methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor-dependent manner. Induction of LTD in the Bla-IC projection previous to CTA training facilitates the extinction of this task. Conversely, LTP induction enhances CTA retention. The present results show the bidirectional modulation of CTA extinction in response to IC-LTP and LTD, providing evidence of the homeostatic adaptation of taste learning. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. CaMKII Requirement for in Vivo Insular Cortex LTP Maintenance and CTA Memory Persistence

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    Yectivani Juárez-Muñoz

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available Calcium-calmodulin/dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII plays an essential role in LTP induction, but since it has the capacity to remain persistently activated even after the decay of external stimuli it has been proposed that it can also be necessary for LTP maintenance and therefore for memory persistence. It has been shown that basolateral amygdaloid nucleus (Bla stimulation induces long-term potentiation (LTP in the insular cortex (IC, a neocortical region implicated in the acquisition and retention of conditioned taste aversion (CTA. Our previous studies have demonstrated that induction of LTP in the Bla-IC pathway before CTA training increased the retention of this task. Although it is known that IC-LTP induction and CTA consolidation share similar molecular mechanisms, little is known about the molecular actors that underlie their maintenance. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the role of CaMKII in the maintenance of in vivo Bla-IC LTP as well as in the persistence of CTA long-term memory (LTM. Our results show that acute microinfusion of myr-CaMKIINtide, a selective inhibitor of CaMKII, in the IC of adult rats during the late-phase of in vivo Bla-IC LTP blocked its maintenance. Moreover, the intracortical inhibition of CaMKII 24 h after CTA acquisition impairs CTA-LTM persistence. Together these results indicate that CaMKII is a central key component for the maintenance of neocortical synaptic plasticity as well as for persistence of CTA-LTM.

  8. Disconnection of basolateral amygdala and insular cortex disrupts conditioned approach in Pavlovian lever autoshaping.

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    Nasser, Helen M; Lafferty, Danielle S; Lesser, Ellen N; Bacharach, Sam Z; Calu, Donna J

    2018-01-01

    Previously established individual differences in appetitive approach and devaluation sensitivity observed in goal- and sign-trackers may be attributed to differences in the acquisition, modification, or use of associative information in basolateral amygdala (BLA) pathways. Here, we sought to determine the extent to which communication of associative information between BLA and anterior portions of insular cortex (IC) supports ongoing Pavlovian conditioned approach behaviors in sign- and goal-tracking rats, in the absence of manipulations to outcome value. We hypothesized that the BLA mediates goal-, but not sign- tracking approach through interactions with the IC, a brain region involved in supporting flexible behavior. We first trained rats in Pavlovian lever autoshaping to determine their sign- or goal-tracking tendency. During alternating test sessions, we gave unilateral intracranial injections of vehicle or a cocktail of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptor agonists, baclofen and muscimol, unilaterally into the BLA and contralaterally or ipsilaterally into the IC prior to reinforced lever autoshaping sessions. Consistent with our hypothesis we found that contralateral inactivation of BLA and IC increased the latency to approach the food cup and decreased the number of food cup contacts in goal-trackers. While contralateral inactivation of BLA and IC did not affect the total number of lever contacts in sign-trackers, this manipulation increased the latency to approach the lever. Ipsilateral inactivation of BLA and IC did not impact approach behaviors in Pavlovian lever autoshaping. These findings, contrary to our hypothesis, suggest that communication between BLA and IC maintains a representation of initially learned appetitive associations that commonly support the initiation of Pavlovian conditioned approach behavior regardless of whether it is directed at the cue or the location of reward delivery. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Solar irradiance assessment in insular areas using Himawari-8 satellite images

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    Liandrat, O.; Cros, S.; Turpin, M.; Pineau, J. F.

    2016-12-01

    The high amount of surface solar irradiance (SSI) in the tropics is an advantage for a profitable PV production. It will allow many tropical islands to pursue their economic growth with a clean, affordable and locally produced energy. However, the local meteorological conditions induce a very high variability which is problematic for a safe and gainful injection into the power grid. This issue is even more critical in non-interconnected territories where network stability is an absolute necessity. Therefore, the injection of PV power is legally limited in some European oversea territories. In this context, intraday irradiance forecasting (several hours ahead) is particularly useful to mitigate the production variability by reducing the cost of power storage management. At this time scale, cloud cover evolves with a stochastic behaviour not properly represented in numerical weather prediction (NWP) models. Analysing cloud motion using images from geostationary meteorological satellites is a well-known alternative to forecasting SSI up to 6 hours ahead with a better accuracy than NWP models. In this study, we present and apply our satellite-based solar irradiance forecasting methods over two measurement sites located in the field of view of the satellite Himawari-8: Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) and New Caledonia (France). In particular, we converted 4 months of images from Himawari-8 visible channel into cloud index maps. Then, we applied an algorithm computing a cloud motion vector field from a short sequence of consecutive images. Comparisons between forecasted SSI at 1 hour of time horizon and collocated pyranometric measurements show a relative RMSE between 20 and 27%. Error sources related to the tropic insular context (coastal area heterogeneity, sub-pixel scale orographic cloud appearance, convective situation…) are discussed at every implementation step for the different methods.

  10. Metabolic activity in the insular cortex and hypothalamus predicts hot flashes: an FDG-PET study.

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    Joffe, Hadine; Deckersbach, Thilo; Lin, Nancy U; Makris, Nikos; Skaar, Todd C; Rauch, Scott L; Dougherty, Darin D; Hall, Janet E

    2012-09-01

    Hot flashes are a common side effect of adjuvant endocrine therapies (AET; leuprolide, tamoxifen, aromatase inhibitors) that reduce quality of life and treatment adherence in breast cancer patients. Because hot flashes affect only some women, preexisting neurobiological traits might predispose to their development. Previous studies have implicated the insula during the perception of hot flashes and the hypothalamus in thermoregulatory dysfunction. The aim of the study was to understand whether neurobiological factors predict hot flashes. [18F]-Fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) brain scans coregistered with structural magnetic resonance imaging were used to determine whether metabolic activity in the insula and hypothalamic thermoregulatory and estrogen-feedback regions measured before and in response to AET predict hot flashes. Findings were correlated with CYP2D6 genotype because of CYP2D6 polymorphism associations with tamoxifen-induced hot flashes. We measured regional cerebral metabolic rate of glucose uptake (rCMRglu) in the insula and hypothalamus on FDG-PET. Of 18 women without hot flashes who began AET, new-onset hot flashes were reported by 10 (55.6%) and were detected objectively in nine (50%) participants. Prior to the use of all AET, rCMRglu in the insula (P ≤ 0.01) and hypothalamic thermoregulatory (P = 0.045) and estrogen-feedback (P = 0.007) regions was lower in women who reported developing hot flashes. In response to AET, rCMRglu was further reduced in the insula in women developing hot flashes (P ≤ 0.02). Insular and hypothalamic rCMRglu levels were lower in intermediate than extensive CYP2D6 metabolizers. Trait neurobiological characteristics predict hot flashes. Genetic variability in CYP2D6 may underlie the neurobiological predisposition to hot flashes induced by AET.

  11. From carbon sink to carbon source: extensive peat oxidation in insular Southeast Asia since 1990

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    Miettinen, Jukka; Hooijer, Aljosja; Vernimmen, Ronald; Liew, Soo Chin; Page, Susan E.

    2017-02-01

    Tropical peatlands of the western part of insular Southeast Asia have experienced extensive land cover changes since 1990. Typically involving drainage, these land cover changes have resulted in increased peat oxidation in the upper peat profile. In this paper we provide current (2015) and cumulative carbon emissions estimates since 1990 from peat oxidation in Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo, utilizing newly published peatland land cover information and the recently agreed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) peat oxidation emission values for tropical peatland areas. Our results highlight the change of one of the Earth’s most efficient long-term carbon sinks to a short-term emission source, with cumulative carbon emissions since 1990 estimated to have been in the order of 2.5 Gt C. Current (2015) levels of emissions are estimated at around 146 Mt C yr-1, with a range of 132-159 Mt C yr-1 depending on the selection of emissions factors for different land cover types. 44% (or 64 Mt C yr-1) of the emissions come from industrial plantations (mainly oil palm and Acacia pulpwood), followed by 34% (49 Mt C yr-1) of emissions from small-holder areas. Thus, altogether 78% of current peat oxidation emissions come from managed land cover types. Although based on the latest information, these estimates may still include considerable, yet currently unquantifiable, uncertainties (e.g. due to uncertainties in the extent of peatlands and drainage networks) which need to be focused on in future research. In comparison, fire induced carbon dioxide emissions over the past ten years for the entire equatorial Southeast Asia region have been estimated to average 122 Mt C yr-1 (www.globalfiredata.org/_index.html). The results emphasise that whilst reducing emissions from peat fires is important, urgent efforts are also needed to mitigate the constantly high level of emissions arising from peat drainage, regardless of fire occurrence.

  12. Antinociceptive tolerance to NSAIDs in the agranular insular cortex is mediated by opioid mechanism

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    Pirkulashvili N

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    Full Text Available Natia Pirkulashvili,1 Nana Tsiklauri,1 Marina Nebieridze,2 Merab G Tsagareli1 1Laboratory of Pain and Analgesia, 2Laboratory of Brain Metabolism, Beritashvili Center for Experimental Biomedicine, Tbilisi, Georgia Abstract: Several lines of investigations have shown that in some brain areas, in particular, in the midbrain periaqueductal gray matter, rostral ventromedial medulla, central nucleus of amygdala, nucleus raphe magnus, and dorsal hippocampus, microinjections of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs induce antinociception with distinct development of tolerance. The agranular insular cortex (AIC is a small region of the cerebral cortex located on the lateral area of the rat’s cerebral hemisphere that is involved in the perception and response to pain. In the present study, we investigated the development of tolerance to the analgesic effects of NSAIDs diclofenac, ketorolac, and xefocam microinjected into the AIC in rats. Male Wistar rats receiving NSAIDs into the AIC were tested for antinociception by tail-flick and hot plate tests. Treatment with each NSAID significantly enhanced the tail-flick and hot plate latencies on the first day, followed by a progressive decrease in the analgesic effect over a 4-day period, ie, they developed tolerance. Pretreatment with an opioid antagonist naloxone completely prevented, and posttreatment naloxone abolished, the analgesic effects of the three NSAIDs in both behavioral assays. These findings support the notion that the development of tolerance to the antinociceptive effects of NSAIDs is mediated via an endogenous opioid system possibly involving descending pain modulatory systems. Keywords: antinociception, endogenous opioids, descending modulation, nociception, non­opioid tolerance

  13. Reduced spontaneous neuronal activity in the insular cortex and thalamus in healthy adults with insomnia symptoms.

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    Liu, Chun-Hong; Liu, Cun-Zhi; Zhang, Jihui; Yuan, Zhen; Tang, Li-Rong; Tie, Chang-Le; Fan, Jin; Liu, Qing-Quan

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    Poor sleep and insomnia have been recognized to be strongly correlated with the development of depression. The exploration of the basic mechanism of sleep disturbance could provide the basis for improved understanding and treatment of insomnia and prevention of depression. In this study, 31 subjects with insomnia symptoms as measured by the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HAMD-17) and 71 age- and gender-matched subjects without insomnia symptoms were recruited to participate in a clinical trial. Using resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI), we examined the alterations in spontaneous brain activity between the two groups. Correlations between the fractional amplitude of low frequency fluctuations (fALFF) and clinical measurements (e.g., insomnia severity and Hamilton Depression Rating Scale [HAMD] scores) were also tested in all subjects. Compared to healthy participants without insomnia symptoms, participants with insomnia symptoms showed a decreased fALFF in the left ventral anterior insula, bilateral posterior insula, left thalamus, and pons but an increased fALFF in the bilateral middle occipital gyrus and right precentral gyrus. More specifically, a significant, negative correlation of fALFF in the left thalamus with early morning awakening scores and HAMD scores in the overall sample was identified. These results suggest that insomnia symptoms are associated with altered spontaneous activity in the brain regions of several important functional networks, including the insular cortex of the salience and the thalamus of the hyperarousal network. The altered fALFF in the left thalamus supports the "hyperarousal theory" of insomnia symptoms, which could serve as a biomarker for insomnia. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Differential structural and resting state connectivity between insular subdivisions and other pain-related brain regions.

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    Wiech, K; Jbabdi, S; Lin, C S; Andersson, J; Tracey, I

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    Functional neuroimaging studies suggest that the anterior, mid, and posterior division of the insula subserve different functions in the perception of pain. The anterior insula (AI) has predominantly been associated with cognitive-affective aspects of pain, while the mid and posterior divisions have been implicated in sensory-discriminative processing. We examined whether this functional segregation is paralleled by differences in (1) structural and (2) resting state connectivity and (3) in correlations with pain-relevant psychological traits. Analyses were restricted to the 3 insular subdivisions and other pain-related brain regions. Both type of analyses revealed largely overlapping results. The AI division was predominantly connected to the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex (structural and resting state connectivity) and orbitofrontal cortex (structural connectivity). In contrast, the posterior insula showed strong connections to the primary somatosensory cortex (SI; structural connectivity) and secondary somatosensory cortex (SII; structural and resting state connectivity). The mid insula displayed a hybrid connectivity pattern with strong connections with the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex, SII (structural and resting state connectivity) and SI (structural connectivity). Moreover, resting state connectivity revealed strong connectivity of all 3 subdivisions with the thalamus. On the behavioural level, AI structural connectivity was related to the individual degree of pain vigilance and awareness that showed a positive correlation with AI-amygdala connectivity and a negative correlation with AI-rostral anterior cingulate cortex connectivity. In sum, our findings show a differential structural and resting state connectivity for the anterior, mid, and posterior insula with other pain-relevant brain regions, which might at least partly explain their different functional profiles in pain processing. Copyright © 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All

  15. El Caribe Insular: entre la realidad y la subversión epistémica

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    Felix Valdés García

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    Full Text Available El Caribe Insular: entre la realidad y la subversión epistémica Resumen La realidad del Caribe, su ser real, su onto, dado en el complejo proceso de su historia y su estar siendo, genera formas, modos de aprehensión, conceptos que distan de aquellos establecidos por el pensamiento occidental. A lo largo del siglo XX se han formulado nociones como negritud, choteo, creolization, frontera imperial, condenados de la tierra, discurso antillano, antillanidad, poética de la relación, transcultura­ción, y conceptos-metáforas como “caliban”–, los cuales constituyen una expresión teórico-filosófica de la realidad, de la existencia caribeña. Un caso notable tratado en el texto es el surgimiento del Grupo Nuevo Mundo (New World Group, el cual ante la creación de nuevos Estados nación tras la independencia de la corona inglesa constatan su insatisfacción por el saber y las herramientas teóricas metropolitanas vigentes y tras considerar que “pensaban para actuar” propusieron desarrollar un “pensamiento independiente” (Independent thought y a enunciar nociones como ‘decolonización epistémica’, ‘soberanía epistémica’, ‘caribeñización epistémica’ o a estudiar al Caribe como un sistema de plantación. La subversión epistémica llegaba esta vez en el Caribe anglófono de la mano de activos intelectuales, quienes con finalidad práctica y compromiso con su mundo, pensaban para transformar. Palabras clave: Caribe, decolonización epistémica, Grupo Nuevo Mundo, Pensamiento crítico O Caribe Insular: entre a realidade e a subversão epistêmica Resumo A realidade do Caribe, o seu verdadeiro eu, seu onto, dado o complexo processo de sua história e de seu "estar sendo",  gera formas, modos de apreensão, conceitos que estão longe dos estabelecidos pelo pensamento ocidental. Ao longo do século XX tem-se formulado noções como negritude, choteo, crioulização, fronteira imperial, condenados da terra, discurso

  16. The problem of the use the hybrid and photovoltaic systems in insular zones with climatic siversity in Madeira; A problematica da utilizacao de sistemas fotovoltaicos e hibridos em zonas insulares de diversidade climatica-ILHA da Madeira

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    Magro, J. C. E.

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    Project PAUER contemplates the evaluation and utilization of renewable energy in insular zones with climatic diversity, situated on the Archipelago of Madeira. The project has three main areas of intervention: prospecting and evaluating energetic resources; creation of data bases of climatic data for application in energetic studies and other areas; the installation of twenty autonomous photovoltaic or hybrid systems in isolated localities. This communication presents some data from meteorological observations made up until the present date, following appropriate statistical analysis. Characteristics of some installed photovoltaic and hybrid systems as well as some of the principal problems encountered in the field are also given. (Author)

  17. Detección de Aedes albopictus (Skuse (Diptera: Culicidae en el municipio de Istmina, Chocó, Colombia

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    José Joaquín Carvajal

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    Full Text Available Introducción. Aedes albopictus se encuentra ampliamente distribuido en el mundo. Su introducción en las Américas ocurrió en 1985 y se le considera vector potencial de los virus del dengue y uno de los principales vectores del virus del chikungunya. En Colombia, su primer reporte fue en Leticia, Amazonas, en 1998, seguido de Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca, en 2001, Barrancabermeja, Santander, en 2010 y Medellín, Antioquia, en 2011. La especie se ha reportado en diez departamentos del país. Objetivo. Notificar el hallazgo de A. albopictus en el municipio de Istmina, Chocó, y dar cuenta de su importancia en salud pública. Materiales y métodos. En enero de 2015 se inspeccionaron criaderos de los barrios de San Agustín, Santa Genoveva y Subestación del municipio de Istmina para la detección de formas inmaduras de Aedes spp. Las larvas recolectadas fueron identificadas en la Unidad de Entomología del Laboratorio de Salud Pública Departamental de Chocó y confirmadas en el Laboratorio de Entomología de la Red Nacional de Laboratorios del Instituto Nacional de Salud en Bogotá. Resultados. Se encontraron doce larvas de A. albopictus en criaderos ubicados en los barrios Subestación y San Agustín en el municipio de Istmina. Conclusión. La detección de A. albopictus en el municipio de Istmina resalta la importancia del fortalecimiento de las estrategias de vigilancia entomológica continua a nivel municipal y departamental en el país, y especialmente en Istmina y los municipios aledaños.

  18. INCIDENCIA DE TUBERCULOSIS EN EL MUNICIPIO MARIANAO. CIUDAD DE LA HABANA, CUBA (1990–2000

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    Jorgelina D\\u0092fana

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    Full Text Available Fundamento: Para la eliminación de la tuberculosis es necesario vigilar su incidencia a nivel local, por ser éste el de acceso de los enfermos a los servicios de salud. El objetivo de este trabajo es describir la distribución y la tendencia de las tasas de incidencia, por áreas de salud y por grupos de edades, de la tuberculosis en el municipio Marianao, de Ciudad de la Habana, durante los periodos 1990-1994 y 1995-2000. Métodos: La serie temporal de las tasas de incidencia de 1990- 1994 y 1995-2000 se analizó mediante una técnica de alisamiento exponencial con dos parámetros. Se estimó el porcentaje total y promedio anual de variación. Se hizo la estratificación de las áreas de salud. Resultados: En 1990-1994 la tasa aumentó de 11,1 a 25,8 por 105 habitantes, (33% incremento anual, siendo más notable en las áreas de los Policlínicos Finlay y Portuondo (incremento anual promedio de 112,7% y 36,2% respectivamente. Tomando en cuenta que en 1995 se realizó un refuerzo del programa de control, de 1995 al 2000 las tasas descendieron en 47,6% en el municipio; las áreas de Finlay y Portuondo disminuyeron sus tasas en 79,9% y 39,7% respectivamente, mientras que en el área del Policlínico González Coro se incrementó un 58,3% y el 27 de noviembre no mostró variación importante. El grupo de 60 años de edad y más fue en el que predominó el aumento, con un 49,8% del total y sólo hubo un caso en menores de 15 años en el periodo. Durante el mismo, sólo se diagnosticaron seis casos de tuberculosis/ Virus de le inmunodeficiencia humana. El área 27 de noviembre resultó la única ubicada en el nivel insatisfactorio, según la estratificación realizada. Conclusiones: La tendencia de la tuberculosis en el municipio Marianao durante el periodo estudiado fue inicialmente ascendente y luego descendente. La enfermedad predominó en las personas adultas mayores.

  19. Incidencia de tuberculosis en el municipio Marianao: Ciudad de la Habana, Cuba (1990-2000

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    D'fana Valdés Jorgelina

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    Full Text Available Fundamento: Para la eliminación de la tuberculosis es necesario vigilar su incidencia a nivel local, por ser éste el de acceso de los enfermos a los servicios de salud. El objetivo de este trabajo es describir la distribución y la tendencia de las tasas de incidencia, por áreas de salud y por grupos de edades, de la tuberculosis en el municipio Marianao, de Ciudad de la Habana, durante los periodos 1990-1994 y 1995-2000. Métodos: La serie temporal de las tasas de incidencia de 1990-1994 y 1995-2000 se analizó mediante una técnica de alisamiento exponencial con dos parámetros. Se estimó el porcentaje total y promedio anual de variación. Se hizo la estratificación de las áreas de salud. Resultados: En 1990-1994 la tasa aumentó de 11,1 a 25,8 por 105 habitantes, (33% incremento anual, siendo más notable en las áreas de los Policlínicos Finlay y Portuondo (incremento anual promedio de 112,7% y 36,2% respectivamente. Tomando en cuenta que en 1995 se realizó un refuerzo del programa de control, de 1995 al 2000 las tasas descendieron en 47,6% en el municipio; las áreas de Finlay y Portuondo disminuyeron sus tasas en 79,9% y 39,7% respectivamente, mientras que en el área del Policlínico González Coro se incrementó un 58,3% y el 27 de noviembre no mostró variación importante. El grupo de 60 años de edad y más fue en el que predominó el aumento, con un 49,8% del total y sólo hubo un caso en menores de 15 años en el periodo. Durante el mismo, sólo se diagnosticaron seis casos de tuberculosis/ Virus de le inmunodeficiencia humana. El área 27 de noviembre resultó la única ubicada en el nivel insatisfactorio, según la estratificación realizada. Conclusiones: La tendencia de la tuberculosis en el municipio Marianao durante el periodo estudiado fue inicialmente ascendente y luego descendente. La enfermedad predominó en las personas adultas mayores.

  20. Desarrollo de procesos productivos de quesos madurados en tres municipios del departamento de Caldas

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    Miguel H. Mazzeo Meneses

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    Full Text Available En respuesta a la necesidad de dar valor agregado a la leche producida en los municipios de Salamina, Aranzazu y Viterbo, del departamento de Caldas, se formuló un proyecto con el objetivo general de desarrollar quesos madurados con destino a los mercados nacional e internacional. Para ello, inicialmente se realizó un estudio de caracterización físico-química de la leche cruda proveniente de esos municipios, encontrándose que los estándares de calidad como densidad (1.030-1.033 g/l, extracto seco total (11.30%, y extracto seco desengrasado (8,30% de la leche de los dos primeros se hallan en el rango considerado normal para la elaboración de quesos. Posteriormente, se desarrollaron los procesos productivos de los quesos Cammembert, Cheddar, Emmental, Gruyere y Gouda, en la Unidad Tecnológica de alimentos, de la Universidad de Caldas, bajo un diseño experimental de pre-experimento con una sola medición y utilizando las técnicas validadas actualmente para su elaboración; di- chos procesos fueron analizados con las características sensoriales y la evolución de los fenómenos de maduración (cambios de proteólisis y lipólisis. Entre los resultados obtenidos se destaca la estandarización de los procesos para quesos Cammem- bert, Cheddar y Gouda, que alcanzaron las mayores preferencias sensoriales y una maduración óptima verificada mediante pa- rámetros como grado de acidez, grado de maduración, acidez, porcentaje de proteína y humedad. De esta manera se pudo comprobar que es factible desarrollar algunos quesos madurados con leches procedentes de los municipios del norte de Caldas y transferir los resultados a sus centros de acopio para darle un mayor valor agregado a la producción de leche cruda a nivel semiindustrial.

  1. Learning Touch Preferences with a Tactile Robot Using Dopamine Modulated STDP in a Model of Insular Cortex

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    Ting-Shuo eChou

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Neurorobots enable researchers to study how behaviors are produced by neural mechanisms in an uncertain, noisy, real-world environment. To investigate how the somatosensory system processes noisy, real-world touch inputs, we introduce a neurorobot called CARL-SJR, which has a full-body tactile sensory area. The design of CARL-SJR is such that it encourages people to communicate with it through gentle touch. CARL-SJR provides feedback to users by displaying bright colors on its surface. In the present study, we show that CARL-SJR is capable of learning associations between conditioned stimuli (CS; a color pattern on its surface and unconditioned stimuli (US; a preferred touch pattern by applying a spiking neural network (SNN with neurobiologically inspired plasticity. Specifically, we modeled the primary somatosensory cortex, prefrontal cortex, striatum, and the insular cortex, which is important for hedonic touch, to process noisy data generated directly from CARL-SJR’s tactile sensory area. To facilitate learning, we applied dopamine-modulated Spike Timing Dependent Plasticity (STDP to our simulated prefrontal cortex, striatum and insular cortex. To cope with noisy, varying inputs, the SNN was tuned to produce traveling waves of activity that carried spatiotemporal information. Despite the noisy tactile sensors, spike trains, and variations in subject hand swipes, the learning was quite robust. Further, the plasticity (i.e., STDP in primary somatosensory cortex and insular cortex in the incremental pathway of dopaminergic reward system allowed us to control CARL-SJR’s preference for touch direction without heavily pre-processed inputs. The emerged behaviors we found in this model match animal’s behaviors wherein they prefer touch in particular areas and directions. Thus, the results in this paper could serve as an explanation on the underlying neural mechanisms for developing tactile preferences and hedonic touch.

  2. Modulation of functionally localized right insular cortex activity using real-time fMRI-based neurofeedback

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    Brian D Berman

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available The capacity for subjects to learn to volitionally control localized brain activity using neurofeedback is actively being investigated. We aimed to investigate the ability of healthy volunteers to quickly learn to use visual feedback during real-time functional MRI (rtfMRI to modulate brain activity within their anterior right insular cortex (RIC localized during a blink suppression task, an approach of possible interest in the use of rtfMRI to reduce urges. The RIC region of interest (RIC-ROI was functionally localized using a blink suppression task, and BOLD signal changes within RIC-ROI used to create a constantly updating display fed back to the subject in the scanner. Subjects were instructed to use emotional imagery to try and increase activity within RIC-ROI during four feedback training runs (FB1–FB4. A ‘control’ run (CNTRL before training and a ‘transfer’ run (XSFR after training were performed without feedback to assess for baseline abilities and learning effects. Fourteen participants completed all neurofeedback training runs. At the group level, increased BOLD activity was seen in the anterior RIC during all the FB runs, but a significant increase in the functionally defined RIC-ROI was only attained during FB2. In atlas-defined insular cortex ROIs, significant increases were seen bilaterally during the CNTRL, FB1, FB2, and FB4 runs. Increased activity within the insular cortices did not show lateralization. Training did, however, result in a significant increase in functional connectivity between the RIC-ROI and the medial frontal gyrus when comparing FB4 to FB1. Since neurofeedback training did not lead to an increase in BOLD signal across all feedback runs, we suggest that learning to control one’s brain activity in this fashion may require longer or repeated rtfMRI training sessions.

  3. Comments on the Updated Tetrapartite Pallium Model in the Mouse and Chick, Featuring a Homologous Claustro-Insular Complex.

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    Puelles, Luis

    2017-01-01

    This essay reviews step by step the conceptual changes of the updated tetrapartite pallium model from its tripartite and early tetrapartite antecedents. The crucial observations in mouse material are explained first in the context of assumptions, tentative interpretations, and literature data. Errors and the solutions offered to resolve them are made explicit. Next, attention is centered on the lateral pallium sector of the updated model, whose definition is novel in incorporating a claustro-insular complex distinct from both olfactory centers (ventral pallium) and the isocortex (dorsal pallium). The general validity of the model is postulated at least for tetrapods. Genoarchitectonic studies performed to check the presence of a claustro-insular field homolog in the avian brain are reviewed next. These studies have indeed revealed the existence of such a complex in the avian mesopallium (though stratified outside-in rather than inside-out as in mammals), and there are indications that the same pattern may be found in reptiles as well. Peculiar pallio-pallial tangential migratory phenomena are apparently shared as well between mice and chicks. The issue of whether the avian mesopallium has connections that are similar to the known connections of the mammalian claustro-insular complex is considered next. Accrued data are consistent with similar connections for the avian insula homolog, but they are judged to be insufficient to reach definitive conclusions about the avian claustrum. An aside discusses that conserved connections are not a necessary feature of field-homologous neural centers. Finally, the present scenario on the evolution of the pallium of sauropsids and mammals is briefly visited, as highlighted by the updated tetrapartite model and present results. © 2017 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  4. Gastronomía típica Margariteña como atractivo turístico del Municipio Mariño Estado Nueva Esparta

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    Medina, María

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available The typical margariteñan gastronomy, its elements: restaurants, authors, dishes and promotion as a tourism attraction at the Municipio Mariño is characterized. Recommendations for its improvement are presented. Tourism and gastronomy are the theoretical grounds and its importance for the tourism industry. A descriptive and field methodology was used. Today, there is a lack of information, promo-tion and improvement of the typical margariteñan gastronomy as a tourism attraction at the Municipio Mariño due to the lack of its knowledge in addition to the modification that restaurants of the Municipio are doing with the original recipes, are concluded

  5. Multilevel sequential Monte Carlo samplers

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    Beskos, Alexandros; Jasra, Ajay; Law, Kody; Tempone, Raul; Zhou, Yan

    2016-01-01

    In this article we consider the approximation of expectations w.r.t. probability distributions associated to the solution of partial differential equations (PDEs); this scenario appears routinely in Bayesian inverse problems. In practice, one often has to solve the associated PDE numerically, using, for instance finite element methods which depend on the step-size level . hL. In addition, the expectation cannot be computed analytically and one often resorts to Monte Carlo methods. In the context of this problem, it is known that the introduction of the multilevel Monte Carlo (MLMC) method can reduce the amount of computational effort to estimate expectations, for a given level of error. This is achieved via a telescoping identity associated to a Monte Carlo approximation of a sequence of probability distributions with discretization levels . ∞>h0>h1⋯>hL. In many practical problems of interest, one cannot achieve an i.i.d. sampling of the associated sequence and a sequential Monte Carlo (SMC) version of the MLMC method is introduced to deal with this problem. It is shown that under appropriate assumptions, the attractive property of a reduction of the amount of computational effort to estimate expectations, for a given level of error, can be maintained within the SMC context. That is, relative to exact sampling and Monte Carlo for the distribution at the finest level . hL. The approach is numerically illustrated on a Bayesian inverse problem. © 2016 Elsevier B.V.

  6. Multilevel sequential Monte Carlo samplers

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    Beskos, Alexandros

    2016-08-29

    In this article we consider the approximation of expectations w.r.t. probability distributions associated to the solution of partial differential equations (PDEs); this scenario appears routinely in Bayesian inverse problems. In practice, one often has to solve the associated PDE numerically, using, for instance finite element methods which depend on the step-size level . hL. In addition, the expectation cannot be computed analytically and one often resorts to Monte Carlo methods. In the context of this problem, it is known that the introduction of the multilevel Monte Carlo (MLMC) method can reduce the amount of computational effort to estimate expectations, for a given level of error. This is achieved via a telescoping identity associated to a Monte Carlo approximation of a sequence of probability distributions with discretization levels . ∞>h0>h1⋯>hL. In many practical problems of interest, one cannot achieve an i.i.d. sampling of the associated sequence and a sequential Monte Carlo (SMC) version of the MLMC method is introduced to deal with this problem. It is shown that under appropriate assumptions, the attractive property of a reduction of the amount of computational effort to estimate expectations, for a given level of error, can be maintained within the SMC context. That is, relative to exact sampling and Monte Carlo for the distribution at the finest level . hL. The approach is numerically illustrated on a Bayesian inverse problem. © 2016 Elsevier B.V.

  7. TURISMO ENOLÓGICO EN ALICANTE: LA RUTA DEL VINO EN EL MUNICIPIO DE PINOSO

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    Rosario Andreu Guerrero

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available En los últimos años, España está apostando fuertemente por el turismo enológico que brinda, además, grandes oportunidades para el desarrollo económico de las regiones. En este trabajo se describe la apuesta de la provincia de Alicante para la creación de la Ruta del Vino, centrando el interés en el municipio impulsor, Pinoso. Tras describir las ventajas del enoturismo para complementar y desestacionalizar la oferta turística de la provincia de Alicante, se analiza el grado de implantación, detectando medidas necesarias para aprovechar al máximo las oportunidades que este turismo puede ofrecer.

  8. Análisis espacial de la fecundidad adolescente en municipios de Chiapas

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    Gerardo Núñez Medina

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    Full Text Available Se analiza la distribución espacial de la fecundidad de adolescentes entre 10 y 19 años y algunos de sus determinantes en Chiapas en 2015. La importancia de esta investigación radica en tres factores: 1 Chiapas es el estado con mayor proporción de población joven-adolescente en el país; 2 es la tercera entidad con el mayor número de embarazos adolescentes, y 3 85 de sus 118 municipios fueron catalogados por CONAPO como de alta y muy alta marginación, lo que hace evidente que la entidad presenta importantes problemas de segregación económica, social y espacial.

  9. El presupuesto público en la gestión eficiente de los municipios

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    Carlos Arturo Gómez R.

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo plantea la necesidad de realizar un cambio en el proceso del presupuesto público colombiano, de manera que permita llevar a la práctica los planes de desarrollo elaborados con la participación ciudadana, pasando de un sistema rígido donde se estimula el gasto a un sistema orientado a resultados que tenga en cuenta los objetivos definidos y el impacto social de cada partida asignada. De esta manera, los municipios colombianos, enmarcados en el proceso de descentralización que se ha venido desarrollando en el país, pueden contar con una herramienta de gestión pública que busque la eficiencia y la eficacia, dinamizando el desarrollo social mediante la optimización de costos y gastos, aumentos en la productividad y el mejoramiento de los procesos.

  10. Trabajo infantil, pobreza y desarrollo local en el municipio de Buenaventura. Un estudio de caso

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    Oscar Jehiny Larrahondo Ramos

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente texto es el resultado del estudio denominado “Trabajo infantil y factores de vulnerabilidad en Buenaventura”, el cual describe y perfila algunas consideraciones sobre el trabajo infantil y su relación con la pobreza y el Desarrollo Local en el municipio de Buenaventura en el año 2010, a partir de cinco espacios de interrelación laboral en los que se presenta la problemática. Aquí, se muestran algunas definiciones conceptuales pertinentes sobre el Trabajo Infantil y la Pobreza, al igual que una serie de hallazgos, al mismo tiempo que un conjunto de recomendaciones o conclusiones al respecto.

  11. Insular artefacts from Viking-Age burials from mid-Norway. A review of contact between Trøndelag and Britain and Ireland

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    Aina Margrethe Heen-Pettersen

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available This article presents a detailed overview of the Insular artefacts found in Viking-Age burials from the Trøndelag region of mid-Norway, most of which have not previously been published in English. The archaeological evidence indicates that contact between Trøndelag and the British Isles was well established at an early stage of the Viking Age. The main evidence for contact comes from the 9th century, when a number of significant patterns can be discerned. Some local concentrations of Insular goods show the continuing importance of some pre-Viking centres, while other areas suggest co-operation between several neighbouring families in order to equip and provision overseas expeditions. Later, the datable Insular artefacts indicate significant changes in the nature of contact. North Sea trading towards the end of the Viking Age appears to be affected by increasing centralisation of power in Trøndelag during the 10th century.

  12. Balanced scorecard en las empresas mixtas petroleras del municipio Maracaibo del estado Zulia

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    Alvaro Finali

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available La presente investigación, tuvo como objetivo identificar las perspectivas basadas en el enfoque del Balanced Scorecard en las empresas mixtas petroleras del municipio Maracaibo del estado Zulia. El sustento teórico utilizado para el estudio, se enmarcó en los aportes realizados por Caycho (2010, Kaplan y Norton, (2004, López (2001, Muñiz y Monfort (2005, Niven (2003, Pérez (2003, Rampersad (2005, Solano et al (2002, entre otros. El presente estudio es de tipo descriptivo, de campo, no experimental, transaccional. La población estuvo conformada en total por cuarenta (40 sujetos entre gerentes y supervisores. Se utilizó como técnica la encuesta, la cual sirvió como mecanismo para evaluar la opinión de la población, a través de un cuestionario estructurado elaborado especialmente para la variable Balanced Scorecard, constituido por cincuenta items, bajo la escala de respuestas tipo Likert, validado por cinco expertos, con un coeficiente Alpha Cronbach que arrojó una confiabilidad de (0,99. Se evidencia cómo en las empresas mixtas petroleras del municipio Maracaibo del estado Zulia, se miden a través de las perspectivas del Balanced Scorecard (BSC algunas veces con el indicador financiera y casi siempre evalúan las del cliente, proceso interno, aprendizaje y crecimiento en la organización, mostrando una tendencia positiva en busca de mejorar su sistema de gestión, para lo cual se recomendó cuidar que todas las perspectivas (financiera, clientes, procesos internos y aprendizaje organizacional, con el fin de que el Sistema Balanceado de Indicadores (SBI produzca la serie de resultados favorables en la administración de la empresas objetos de estudio, ya que para lograrlo es necesario implementar la metodología, monitoreo y análisis constante de los indicadores obtenidos.

  13. Calidad de vida en adultos mayores del hogar de ancianos del municipio Cruces

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    Full Text Available Introducción: el proceso de envejecimiento es un hecho relevante para todos los sistemas de salud en el mundo debido a la transición demográfica. Cuba no está exenta de esta realidad, por lo que la calidad de vida del adulto mayor es un tema de gran importancia. Objetivo: caracterizar la calidad de vida percibida en los adultos mayores del Hogar de Ancianos del municipio Cruces. Métodos: se realizó un estudio observacional descriptivo de corte transversal durante el periodo de febrero de 2012 a febrero de 2013. El universo estuvo constituido por los 28 ancianos que viven en el hogar de ancianos del municipio Cruces. La información se obtuvo con la aplicación de la Escala M.G.H. Se aplicaron técnicas estadísticas. Resultados: de forma general los ancianos perciben baja calidad de vida, independientemente de las variables sociodemográficas (edad, sexo y nivel de escolaridad. La dimensión de resultados más bajos fue la satisfacción por la vida. El 82 % de los adultos mayores perciben una baja calidad de vida en relación con la misma, seguida por la dimensión socioeconómica. Conclusiones: casi todos los ancianos de la investigación perciben una baja calidad de vida, debido al predominio de estados de displacer y pobres vínculos o mala calidad en las relaciones con sus familiares.

  14. ESTUDIO SEROLÓGICO DE BRUCELOSIS CANINA EN DOS ALBERGUES DEL MUNICIPIO DE ENVIGADO, COLOMBIA (2011

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    Full Text Available El objetivo de este estudio fue buscar la presencia de anticuerpos de brucelosis en la población de dos albergues caninos del municipio de Envigado (Antioquia, Colombia y a tal fin se seleccionaron 54 perros. Se tomaron muestras sanguíneas en 10 machos y 44 hembras que fueron procesadas bajo la técnica de inmunocromatografía para Brucella canis. No hubo diferencia estadística entre albergues en los parámetros ‘sexo’ y ‘raza’ de cada grupo de estudio y tampoco se encontró evidencia serológica de la presencia de brucelosis canina en el grupo de animales muestreados. Los resultados indican que, aunque los animales permanecieron en calidad de abandono durante un período de su vida, su condición feral no era permanente debido a que en el momento del estudio se encontraban en albergues. Las políticas intensivas de recolección se orientan más a la atención de mascotas abandonadas que a aquellos animales ferales (los cuales, con mayor frecuencia, pueden ser portadores de la enfermedad. El tipo de población in - cluida en el estudio, sumado a la práctica estricta de esterilización inmediata dentro del albergue —que a su vez impide los apareamientos entre individuos—, pueden incidir en la reducción la propagación de la enfermedad en el municipio.

  15. Strategije drevesnega preiskovanja Monte Carlo

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    Po preboju pri igri go so metode drevesnega preiskovanja Monte Carlo (ang. Monte Carlo tree search – MCTS) sprožile bliskovit napredek agentov za igranje iger: raziskovalna skupnost je od takrat razvila veliko variant in izboljšav algoritma MCTS ter s tem zagotovila napredek umetne inteligence ne samo pri igrah, ampak tudi v številnih drugih domenah. Čeprav metode MCTS združujejo splošnost naključnega vzorčenja z natančnostjo drevesnega preiskovanja, imajo lahko v praksi težave s počasno konv...

  16. Both Hypo-Connectivity and Hyper-Connectivity of the Insular Subregions Associated With Severity in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

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    Jinping Xu

    2018-04-01

    Full Text Available Some studies identified hypo-connectivity, while others showed hyper-connectivity of the insula in the autism spectrum disorders (ASD. These contradictory findings leave open the question of whether and to what extent functional connectivity of the insula is altered and how functional connectivity of the insula is associated with the severity of ASD. A newly emerging insular atlas that comprises multiple functionally differentiated subregions provides a new framework to interpret the functional significance of insular findings and uncover the mechanisms underlying the severity of ASD. Using the new insular atlas, the present study aimed to investigate the distinct functional connectivity of the insular subregions and their associations with ASD severity in a cohort of 49 children with ASD and 33 typically developing (TD subjects. We found that compared with TD group, the ASD group showed different connectivity patterns in the left ventral agranular insula, right ventral dysgranular and granular insula, and dorsal dysgranular insula, characterized by significant hyper-connectivity and/or hypo-connectivity with special brain regions. Furthermore, both the hypo-connectivity and hyper-connectivity patterns of the insular subregions were significantly associated with the severity of ASD symptoms. Our research demonstrated distinct functional connectivity patterns of the insular subregions and emphasized the importance of the subdivisions within the insula to the potential impact of functional difference in children with ASD. Moreover, these results might help us to better understand the mechanisms underlying the symptoms in children with ASD and might elucidate potential biomarkers for clinical applications.

  17. Gustatory imagery reveals functional connectivity from the prefrontal to insular cortices traced with magnetoencephalography.

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    Kobayashi, Masayuki; Sasabe, Tetsuya; Shigihara, Yoshihito; Tanaka, Masaaki; Watanabe, Yasuyoshi

    2011-01-01

    Our experience and prejudice concerning food play an important role in modulating gustatory information processing; gustatory memory stored in the central nervous system influences gustatory information arising from the peripheral nervous system. We have elucidated the mechanism of the "top-down" modulation of taste perception in humans using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and demonstrated that gustatory imagery is mediated by the prefrontal (PFC) and insular cortices (IC). However, the temporal order of activation of these brain regions during gustatory imagery is still an open issue. To explore the source of "top-down" signals during gustatory imagery tasks, we analyzed the temporal activation patterns of activated regions in the cerebral cortex using another non-invasive brain imaging technique, magnetoencephalography (MEG). Gustatory imagery tasks were presented by words (Letter G-V) or pictures (Picture G-V) of foods/beverages, and participants were requested to recall their taste. In the Letter G-V session, 7/9 (77.8%) participants showed activation in the IC with a latency of 401.7±34.7 ms (n = 7) from the onset of word exhibition. In 5/7 (71.4%) participants who exhibited IC activation, the PFC was activated prior to the IC at a latency of 315.2±56.5 ms (n = 5), which was significantly shorter than the latency to the IC activation. In the Picture G-V session, the IC was activated in 6/9 (66.7%) participants, and only 1/9 (11.1%) participants showed activation in the PFC. There was no significant dominance between the right and left IC or PFC during gustatory imagery. These results support those from our previous fMRI study in that the Letter G-V session rather than the Picture G-V session effectively activates the PFC and IC and strengthen the hypothesis that the PFC mediates "top-down" control of retrieving gustatory information from the storage of long-term memories and in turn activates the IC.

  18. Gustatory imagery reveals functional connectivity from the prefrontal to insular cortices traced with magnetoencephalography.

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    Masayuki Kobayashi

    Full Text Available Our experience and prejudice concerning food play an important role in modulating gustatory information processing; gustatory memory stored in the central nervous system influences gustatory information arising from the peripheral nervous system. We have elucidated the mechanism of the "top-down" modulation of taste perception in humans using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI and demonstrated that gustatory imagery is mediated by the prefrontal (PFC and insular cortices (IC. However, the temporal order of activation of these brain regions during gustatory imagery is still an open issue. To explore the source of "top-down" signals during gustatory imagery tasks, we analyzed the temporal activation patterns of activated regions in the cerebral cortex using another non-invasive brain imaging technique, magnetoencephalography (MEG. Gustatory imagery tasks were presented by words (Letter G-V or pictures (Picture G-V of foods/beverages, and participants were requested to recall their taste. In the Letter G-V session, 7/9 (77.8% participants showed activation in the IC with a latency of 401.7±34.7 ms (n = 7 from the onset of word exhibition. In 5/7 (71.4% participants who exhibited IC activation, the PFC was activated prior to the IC at a latency of 315.2±56.5 ms (n = 5, which was significantly shorter than the latency to the IC activation. In the Picture G-V session, the IC was activated in 6/9 (66.7% participants, and only 1/9 (11.1% participants showed activation in the PFC. There was no significant dominance between the right and left IC or PFC during gustatory imagery. These results support those from our previous fMRI study in that the Letter G-V session rather than the Picture G-V session effectively activates the PFC and IC and strengthen the hypothesis that the PFC mediates "top-down" control of retrieving gustatory information from the storage of long-term memories and in turn activates the IC.

  19. Rapid and repeated origin of insular gigantism and dwarfism in Australian tiger snakes.

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    Keogh, J Scott; Scott, Ian A W; Hayes, Christine

    2005-01-01

    It is a well-known phenomenon that islands can support populations of gigantic or dwarf forms of mainland conspecifics, but the variety of explanatory hypotheses for this phenomenon have been difficult to disentangle. The highly venomous Australian tiger snakes (genus Notechis) represent a well-known and extreme example of insular body size variation. They are of special interest because there are multiple populations of dwarfs and giants and the age of the islands and thus the age of the tiger snake populations are known from detailed sea level studies. Most are 5000-7000 years old and all are less than 10,000 years old. Here we discriminate between two competing hypotheses with a molecular phylogeography dataset comprising approximately 4800 bp of mtDNA and demonstrate that populations of island dwarfs and giants have evolved five times independently. In each case the closest relatives of the giant or dwarf populations are mainland tiger snakes, and in four of the five cases, the closest relatives are also the most geographically proximate mainland tiger snakes. Moreover, these body size shifts have evolved extremely rapidly and this is reflected in the genetic divergence between island body size variants and mainland snakes. Within south eastern Australia, where populations of island giants, populations of island dwarfs, and mainland tiger snakes all occur, the maximum genetic divergence is only 0.38%. Dwarf tiger snakes are restricted to prey items that are much smaller than the prey items of mainland tiger snakes and giant tiger snakes are restricted to seasonally available prey items that are up three times larger than the prey items of mainland tiger snakes. We support the hypotheses that these body size shifts are due to strong selection imposed by the size of available prey items, rather than shared evolutionary history, and our results are consistent with the notion that adaptive plasticity also has played an important role in body size shifts. We suggest

  20. Intersectional gene flow between insular endemics of Ilex (Aquifoliaceae) on the Bonin Islands and the Ryukyu Islands.

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    Setoguchi, H; Watanabe, I

    2000-06-01

    Hybridization and introgression play important roles in plant evolution, and their occurrence on the oceanic islands provides good examples of plant speciation and diversification. Restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLPs) and trnL (UAA) 3'exon-trnF (GAA) intergenic spacer (IGS) sequences of chloroplast DNA (cpDNA), and the sequences of internal transcribed spacer (ITS) of nuclear ribosomal DNA were examined to investigate the occurrence of gene transfer in Ilex species on the Bonin Islands and the Ryukyu Islands in Japan. A gene phylogeny for the plastid genome is in agreement with the morphologically based taxonomy, whereas the nuclear genome phylogeny clusters putatively unrelated endemics both on the Bonin and the Ryukyu Islands. Intersectional hybridization and nuclear gene flow were independently observed in insular endemics of Ilex on both sets of islands without evidence of plastid introgression. Gene flow observed in these island systems can be explained by ecological features of insular endemics, i.e., limits of distribution range or sympatric distribution in a small land area.

  1. Factores asociados a la hospitalización por procesos sensibles a cuidados ambulatorios en los municipios

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    Márquez-Calderón S.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos: Describir la variabilidad en las tasas de hospitalización por procesos sensibles a cuidados ambulatorios (PSCA entre municipios del área de referencia de un hospital de tercer nivel, y determinar la influencia de las características de la atención primaria, los factores socioeconómicos, el nivel de salud de la población y la accesibilidad geográfica al hospital. Método: Se realizó un estudio ecológico en 34 municipios del área del Hospital Virgen de las Nieves (Granada, abarcando todas las hospitalizaciones por PSCA de 1997 a 1999. Las tasas de hospitalización se calcularon por separado para varones y mujeres y se estandarizaron por el método indirecto según la edad. Se exploraron como variables independientes las siguientes: características de la atención primaria (tipo de modelo y centro, socioeconómicas (desempleo, renta, comercios, tamaño del municipio, de salud (mortalidad y accesibilidad (crona: minutos desde el municipio al hospital. Se realizó un análisis de regresión lineal múltiple. Resultados: El 9,8% de los ingresos ocurridos en el hospital fueron por PSCA. La tasa media anual fue de 10 ingresos por 1.000 habitantes, siendo superior en varones y en los mayores de 74 años. En el 56% de los municipios las razones de hospitalización estandarizadas no fueron estadísticamente diferentes de 1, en un 26% fueron menores y en un 18%, mayores. Un 62% de la variabilidad en las tasas de los varones se explicó por la crona al hospital, el tamaño del municipio, la interacción entre ambas variables y la mortalidad. Las tasas en mujeres se explicaron en un 18% por la crona y la tasa de desempleo. Conclusiones: La variabilidad de las tasas de hospitalización por PSCA no se asoció a las características de la atención primaria en el ámbito geográfico estudiado. La mayor accesibilidad en tiempo al hospital fue la única variable asociada a mayores tasas en varones y mujeres. Las tasas en mujeres fueron

  2. Is Monte Carlo embarrassingly parallel?

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    Hoogenboom, J. E. [Delft Univ. of Technology, Mekelweg 15, 2629 JB Delft (Netherlands); Delft Nuclear Consultancy, IJsselzoom 2, 2902 LB Capelle aan den IJssel (Netherlands)

    2012-07-01

    Monte Carlo is often stated as being embarrassingly parallel. However, running a Monte Carlo calculation, especially a reactor criticality calculation, in parallel using tens of processors shows a serious limitation in speedup and the execution time may even increase beyond a certain number of processors. In this paper the main causes of the loss of efficiency when using many processors are analyzed using a simple Monte Carlo program for criticality. The basic mechanism for parallel execution is MPI. One of the bottlenecks turn out to be the rendez-vous points in the parallel calculation used for synchronization and exchange of data between processors. This happens at least at the end of each cycle for fission source generation in order to collect the full fission source distribution for the next cycle and to estimate the effective multiplication factor, which is not only part of the requested results, but also input to the next cycle for population control. Basic improvements to overcome this limitation are suggested and tested. Also other time losses in the parallel calculation are identified. Moreover, the threading mechanism, which allows the parallel execution of tasks based on shared memory using OpenMP, is analyzed in detail. Recommendations are given to get the maximum efficiency out of a parallel Monte Carlo calculation. (authors)

  3. Is Monte Carlo embarrassingly parallel?

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    Hoogenboom, J. E.

    2012-01-01

    Monte Carlo is often stated as being embarrassingly parallel. However, running a Monte Carlo calculation, especially a reactor criticality calculation, in parallel using tens of processors shows a serious limitation in speedup and the execution time may even increase beyond a certain number of processors. In this paper the main causes of the loss of efficiency when using many processors are analyzed using a simple Monte Carlo program for criticality. The basic mechanism for parallel execution is MPI. One of the bottlenecks turn out to be the rendez-vous points in the parallel calculation used for synchronization and exchange of data between processors. This happens at least at the end of each cycle for fission source generation in order to collect the full fission source distribution for the next cycle and to estimate the effective multiplication factor, which is not only part of the requested results, but also input to the next cycle for population control. Basic improvements to overcome this limitation are suggested and tested. Also other time losses in the parallel calculation are identified. Moreover, the threading mechanism, which allows the parallel execution of tasks based on shared memory using OpenMP, is analyzed in detail. Recommendations are given to get the maximum efficiency out of a parallel Monte Carlo calculation. (authors)

  4. Exact Monte Carlo for molecules

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    Lester, W.A. Jr.; Reynolds, P.J.

    1985-03-01

    A brief summary of the fixed-node quantum Monte Carlo method is presented. Results obtained for binding energies, the classical barrier height for H + H 2 , and the singlet-triplet splitting in methylene are presented and discussed. 17 refs

  5. Monte Carlo - Advances and Challenges

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    Brown, Forrest B.; Mosteller, Russell D.; Martin, William R.

    2008-01-01

    Abstract only, full text follows: With ever-faster computers and mature Monte Carlo production codes, there has been tremendous growth in the application of Monte Carlo methods to the analysis of reactor physics and reactor systems. In the past, Monte Carlo methods were used primarily for calculating k eff of a critical system. More recently, Monte Carlo methods have been increasingly used for determining reactor power distributions and many design parameters, such as β eff , l eff , τ, reactivity coefficients, Doppler defect, dominance ratio, etc. These advanced applications of Monte Carlo methods are now becoming common, not just feasible, but bring new challenges to both developers and users: Convergence of 3D power distributions must be assured; confidence interval bias must be eliminated; iterated fission probabilities are required, rather than single-generation probabilities; temperature effects including Doppler and feedback must be represented; isotopic depletion and fission product buildup must be modeled. This workshop focuses on recent advances in Monte Carlo methods and their application to reactor physics problems, and on the resulting challenges faced by code developers and users. The workshop is partly tutorial, partly a review of the current state-of-the-art, and partly a discussion of future work that is needed. It should benefit both novice and expert Monte Carlo developers and users. In each of the topic areas, we provide an overview of needs, perspective on past and current methods, a review of recent work, and discussion of further research and capabilities that are required. Electronic copies of all workshop presentations and material will be available. The workshop is structured as 2 morning and 2 afternoon segments: - Criticality Calculations I - convergence diagnostics, acceleration methods, confidence intervals, and the iterated fission probability, - Criticality Calculations II - reactor kinetics parameters, dominance ratio, temperature

  6. El gobierno al interior del municipio mexicano: reflexiones en torno a su diseño institucional

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    Alberto Arellano Ríos

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se reflexiona, debate y discute el diseño interno del gobierno municipal en México. Para ello se problematizan y contextualizan los alcances y limitaciones del diseño institucional del municipio mexicano, terminada la primera década del siglo xxi. Después se analizan algunos casos de municipios mexicanos e internacionales en los que se descentralizan y desconcentran decisiones, y se fomenta la participación y deliberación en temas de gobierno y asuntos públicos locales. Así se esboza el funcionamiento de las juntas municipales, los distritos municipales, el presupuesto participativo y las juntas de administración local, con objetivo de poner en la mesa de discusión la necesidad de crear, analizar o diseñar mecanismos intramunicipales de gobierno local.

  7. Finanzas públicas y desigualdad fiscal en los municipios de Boyacá, 1985-2010

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    Plinio Atanael Guerrero Guerrero

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available La desigualdad de los ingresos fiscales per cápita de los municipios y provincias del departamento de Boyacá y su evolución, es analizada utilizando tres indicadores (Gini, Theil y coeficiente sigma, para acercarse a la explicación de la contribución del proceso de descentralización fiscal en la reducción de las disparidades intermunicipales y provinciales. De los resultados obtenidos, se deduce que en materia fiscal hay un proceso de convergencia, además, al contrastarlos con indicadores como el NBI, el porcentaje de población en situación de pobreza y el Gini de gastos por municipio, en 1993 y 2005, estos últimos presentan disminuciones importantes que en cierta forma corroboran la mejora en los indicadores de equidad.

  8. (U) Introduction to Monte Carlo Methods

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    Hungerford, Aimee L. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2017-03-20

    Monte Carlo methods are very valuable for representing solutions to particle transport problems. Here we describe a “cook book” approach to handling the terms in a transport equation using Monte Carlo methods. Focus is on the mechanics of a numerical Monte Carlo code, rather than the mathematical foundations of the method.

  9. Informe sobre una epidemia en el municipio de Guachucal en el departamento de Nariño

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    Benjamín Mera Samaniego

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    Full Text Available Tengo el honor de informar a ustedes el resultado de una visita al corregimiento de Muellamués, motivada por el telegrama fechado el 2 de mayo del Jefe de Sanidad del Ministerio de Trabajo, Higiene y P. S. pidiéndome trasladarme a Muellamués, Municipio de Guachucal con el fin de atender enfermos sospechosos de fiebre tifoidea.

  10. Eficiencia y productividad de la calidad educativa en municipios del departamento de Bolívar - Colombia

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    Francisco Javier Maza-Ávila

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Realizar un análisis del crecimiento de la productividad y el cambio en eficiencia de la calidad educativa en 24 municipios del departamento de Bolívar Colombia, para el periodo 2007-2010. Métodos: Aplicación del Análisis Envolvente de Datos -DEAe Índice de Malmquist para medir la eficiencia y la evolución temporal de la productividad de la calidad educativa de 24 municipios del departamento de Bolívar (Colombia, a partir de la información del número de alumnos cuya calificación en el examen Saber 11 (en adelante ICFES fue Medio, Superior y Muy Superior (instituciones educativas oficiales, el número de docentes con escalafón mayor a grado 6 -o grado 2 del nuevo escalafón- y la inversión en educación en los últimos tres años, suministrada por el Departamento Nacional de Planeación. Resultados: Los resultados muestran que, en materia de calidad, no más del 8% de los municipios analizados se ubica en la frontera eficiente y en cuanto a la productividad, se observa una caída continuada, periodo tras periodo, ocasionada por el deterioro de la eficiencia. Conclusiones: Los recursos destinados para incrementar la calidad educativa en los 24 municipios del departamento de Bolívar analizados durante el periodo 2007-2010 no han sido utilizados de forma eficiente. Así mismo, se ha observado un deterioro de la productividad, como consecuencia de esta mala asignación de recursos.

  11. New insights on .i.Paludotona./i., an insular endemic lagomorph (Mammalia) from the Tusco-Sardinian Palaeoprovince (Italy, Turolian, Late Miocene)

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    Angelone, Ch.; Čermák, Stanislav; Rook, L.

    2017-01-01

    Roč. 123, č. 3 (2017), s. 455-473 ISSN 0035-6883 Institutional support: RVO:67985831 Keywords : Paludotona minor n. sp. * Paludotona etruria * taxonomy * evolution * insular endemism * palaeobiogeography * MN11–12 Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy OBOR OECD: Paleontology Impact factor: 0.851, year: 2016 https://riviste.unimi.it/index.php/RIPS/article/view/9082

  12. Medicaid and CHIP: Opportunities Exist to Improve U.S. Insular Area Demographic Data That Could Be Used to Help Determine Federal Funding. GAO-09-558R

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    Kohn, Linda T.

    2009-01-01

    The five largest insular areas of the United States--American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands--receive federal funding through Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), joint federal-state programs that finance health care for certain low-income…

  13. 19 CFR 7.3 - Duty-free treatment of goods imported from insular possessions of the United States other than...

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    ... INSULAR POSSESSIONS AND GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL STATION § 7.3 Duty-free treatment of goods imported from...) The goods became a new and different article of commerce as a result of production or manufacture... possession or the United States results from the original commercial transaction between the importer and the...

  14. Memory Trace Reactivation and Behavioral Response during Retrieval Are Differentially Modulated by Amygdalar Glutamate Receptors Activity: Interaction between Amygdala and Insular Cortex

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    Osorio-Gómez, Daniel; Guzmán-Ramos, Kioko; Bermúdez-Rattoni, Federico

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    The insular cortex (IC) is required for conditioned taste aversion (CTA) retrieval. However, it remains unknown which cortical neurotransmitters levels are modified upon CTA retrieval. Using in vivo microdialysis, we observed that there were clear elevations in extracellular glutamate, norepinephrine, and dopamine in and around the center of the…

  15. Effects of Prolonged Exposure to Hypobaric Hypoxia on Oxidative Stress, Inflammation and Gluco-Insular Regulation: The Not-So-Sweet Price for Good Regulation

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    Siervo, Mario; Riley, Heather L.; Fernandez, Bernadette O.; Leckstrom, Carl A.; Martin, Daniel S.; Mitchell, Kay; Levett, Denny Z. H.; Montgomery, Hugh E.; Mythen, Monty G.; Grocott, Michael P. W.; Feelisch, Martin; Ahuja, V.; Aref-Adib, G.; Burnham, R.; Chisholm, A.; Clarke, K.; Coates, D.; Coates, M.; Cook, D.; Cox, M.; Dhillon, S.; Dougall, C.; Doyle, P.; Duncan, P.; Edsell, M.; Edwards, L.; Evans, L.; Gardiner, P.; Grocott, M.; Gunning, P.; Hart, N.; Harrington, J.; Harvey, J.; Holloway, C.; Howard, D.; Hurlbut, D.; Imray, C.; Ince, C.; Jonas, M.; van der Kaaij, J.; Khosravi, M.; Kolfschoten, N.; Levett, D.; Luery, H.; Luks, A.; Martin, D.; McMorrow, R.; Meale, P.; Mitchell, K.; Montgomery, H.

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    Objectives: The mechanisms by which low oxygen availability are associated with the development of insulin resistance remain obscure. We thus investigated the relationship between such gluco-insular derangements in response to sustained (hypobaric) hypoxemia, and changes in biomarkers of oxidative

  16. Parasitismo intestinal en niños de círculos infantiles en un municipio

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    Full Text Available Introducción: el parasitismo intestinal representa un importante problema de salud mundial por su alta prevalencia y distribución universal. Constituye una importante causa de morbilidad y mortalidad en lactantes y niños de todo el orbe. Objetivo: identificar la prevalencia de las principales especies parasitarias intestinales en círculos infantiles del municipio La Palma. Método: se realizó un estudio observacional descriptivo transversal, durante los meses de octubre y noviembre 2012, en el que se estudiaron 495 niños asistentes a los seis círculos infantiles del municipio La Palma. Fueron recolectadas por cada niño, 3 muestras fecales frescas, en días alternos, las que se procesaron con los métodos coproparasitológicos de examen directo y técnica de concentración de Ritchie- Willis. Resultados: el 48,3% de la muestra estaba parasitada, con una mayor prevalencia en el quinto año de vida (58,8%, predominó el sexo masculino (54,8%. Las especies más frecuentes fueron Giardia lamblia (38,1%, Entamoeba histolytica (30,1% y Enterobius vermicularis (19,2%. El poliparasitismo se apreció (12,2% de los niños, la asociación de parásitos muestra a Giardia lamblia en tres combinaciones. Junto al Enterobius vermicularis (37,2 %, con Entamoeba histolytica/E dispar (33,3 % y los tres a la vez (29,4%. Conclusiones: aproximadamente la mitad de los niños estudiados se encontraban parasitados, estos resultados fueron más frecuentes a partir del cuarto año de vida, con una mayor prevalencia en el sexo masculino en todas las especies parasitarias, predominado las infecciones por protozoarios, con mayor frecuencia Giardia lamblia y asociaciones de parásitos en varios casos.

  17. Condiciones higiénico-sanitarias de comedores escolares del municipio de Oviedo

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    Arias Díaz Cristina

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    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: Conocer las condiciones higiénico-sanitarias en las que se encuentran los comedores escolares del municipio de Oviedo, mediante la realización de una inspección higiénico-sanitaria en estas instalaciones. MÉTODO: Se ha realizado un estudio epidemiológico descriptivo transversal en 24 colegios del municipio de Oviedo, 9 concertados y 15 públicos, según información procedente del Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia (MEC. Se ha llevado a cabo una inspección con un protocolo basado en la Reglamentación Técnico-Sanitaria de Comedores Colectivos. Las variables son las condiciones higiénico-sanitarias de los locales (cocinas, comedores y servicios higiénicos, del utillaje, condiciones del personal y de las materias primas y alimentos. Se han considerado condiciones inadecuadas o deficiencias cuando no se cumplen los criterios del protocolo. RESULTADOS: Las deficiencias encontradas en la mayoría de los comedores escolares inspeccionados han sido la falta de protección en los elementos de iluminación, de malla antiinsectos en ventanas y lavamanos de accionamiento no manual, toallas de papel de un solo uso y jabón líquido tanto en cocinas como en servicios higiénicos. Se han comparado estadísticamente las variables del estudio entre colegios públicos y concertados, para ello se ha realizado un Test de T de Student obteniéndose diferencias significativas, entre ambos tipos de colegios, solo en el estado de las cocinas y en el total de los ítems. CONCLUSIONES: La mayoría de las anomalías encontradas, tanto en colegios públicos como en concertados, son de carácter estructural y de las instalaciones, originadas por el desconocimiento de la legislación vigente. Se cree conveniente impartir formación en Educación Sanitaria, dada la actitud positiva mostrada por los responsables de los centros educativos.

  18. Isotopic depletion with Monte Carlo

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    Martin, W.R.; Rathkopf, J.A.

    1996-06-01

    This work considers a method to deplete isotopes during a time- dependent Monte Carlo simulation of an evolving system. The method is based on explicitly combining a conventional estimator for the scalar flux with the analytical solutions to the isotopic depletion equations. There are no auxiliary calculations; the method is an integral part of the Monte Carlo calculation. The method eliminates negative densities and reduces the variance in the estimates for the isotope densities, compared to existing methods. Moreover, existing methods are shown to be special cases of the general method described in this work, as they can be derived by combining a high variance estimator for the scalar flux with a low-order approximation to the analytical solution to the depletion equation

  19. Monte Carlo Methods in ICF

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    Zimmerman, George B.

    Monte Carlo methods appropriate to simulate the transport of x-rays, neutrons, ions and electrons in Inertial Confinement Fusion targets are described and analyzed. The Implicit Monte Carlo method of x-ray transport handles symmetry within indirect drive ICF hohlraums well, but can be improved 50X in efficiency by angular biasing the x-rays towards the fuel capsule. Accurate simulation of thermonuclear burn and burn diagnostics involves detailed particle source spectra, charged particle ranges, inflight reaction kinematics, corrections for bulk and thermal Doppler effects and variance reduction to obtain adequate statistics for rare events. It is found that the effects of angular Coulomb scattering must be included in models of charged particle transport through heterogeneous materials.

  20. Monte Carlo methods in ICF

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    Zimmerman, G.B.

    1997-01-01

    Monte Carlo methods appropriate to simulate the transport of x-rays, neutrons, ions and electrons in Inertial Confinement Fusion targets are described and analyzed. The Implicit Monte Carlo method of x-ray transport handles symmetry within indirect drive ICF hohlraums well, but can be improved 50X in efficiency by angular biasing the x-rays towards the fuel capsule. Accurate simulation of thermonuclear burn and burn diagnostics involves detailed particle source spectra, charged particle ranges, inflight reaction kinematics, corrections for bulk and thermal Doppler effects and variance reduction to obtain adequate statistics for rare events. It is found that the effects of angular Coulomb scattering must be included in models of charged particle transport through heterogeneous materials. copyright 1997 American Institute of Physics

  1. Monte Carlo methods in ICF

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    Zimmerman, George B.

    1997-01-01

    Monte Carlo methods appropriate to simulate the transport of x-rays, neutrons, ions and electrons in Inertial Confinement Fusion targets are described and analyzed. The Implicit Monte Carlo method of x-ray transport handles symmetry within indirect drive ICF hohlraums well, but can be improved 50X in efficiency by angular biasing the x-rays towards the fuel capsule. Accurate simulation of thermonuclear burn and burn diagnostics involves detailed particle source spectra, charged particle ranges, inflight reaction kinematics, corrections for bulk and thermal Doppler effects and variance reduction to obtain adequate statistics for rare events. It is found that the effects of angular Coulomb scattering must be included in models of charged particle transport through heterogeneous materials

  2. Shell model Monte Carlo methods

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    Koonin, S.E.; Dean, D.J.; Langanke, K.

    1997-01-01

    We review quantum Monte Carlo methods for dealing with large shell model problems. These methods reduce the imaginary-time many-body evolution operator to a coherent superposition of one-body evolutions in fluctuating one-body fields; the resultant path integral is evaluated stochastically. We first discuss the motivation, formalism, and implementation of such Shell Model Monte Carlo (SMMC) methods. There then follows a sampler of results and insights obtained from a number of applications. These include the ground state and thermal properties of pf-shell nuclei, the thermal and rotational behavior of rare-earth and γ-soft nuclei, and the calculation of double beta-decay matrix elements. Finally, prospects for further progress in such calculations are discussed. (orig.)

  3. A contribution Monte Carlo method

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    Aboughantous, C.H.

    1994-01-01

    A Contribution Monte Carlo method is developed and successfully applied to a sample deep-penetration shielding problem. The random walk is simulated in most of its parts as in conventional Monte Carlo methods. The probability density functions (pdf's) are expressed in terms of spherical harmonics and are continuous functions in direction cosine and azimuthal angle variables as well as in position coordinates; the energy is discretized in the multigroup approximation. The transport pdf is an unusual exponential kernel strongly dependent on the incident and emergent directions and energies and on the position of the collision site. The method produces the same results obtained with the deterministic method with a very small standard deviation, with as little as 1,000 Contribution particles in both analog and nonabsorption biasing modes and with only a few minutes CPU time

  4. Shell model Monte Carlo methods

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    Koonin, S.E.

    1996-01-01

    We review quantum Monte Carlo methods for dealing with large shell model problems. These methods reduce the imaginary-time many-body evolution operator to a coherent superposition of one-body evolutions in fluctuating one-body fields; resultant path integral is evaluated stochastically. We first discuss the motivation, formalism, and implementation of such Shell Model Monte Carlo methods. There then follows a sampler of results and insights obtained from a number of applications. These include the ground state and thermal properties of pf-shell nuclei, thermal behavior of γ-soft nuclei, and calculation of double beta-decay matrix elements. Finally, prospects for further progress in such calculations are discussed. 87 refs

  5. Parallel Monte Carlo reactor neutronics

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    Blomquist, R.N.; Brown, F.B.

    1994-01-01

    The issues affecting implementation of parallel algorithms for large-scale engineering Monte Carlo neutron transport simulations are discussed. For nuclear reactor calculations, these include load balancing, recoding effort, reproducibility, domain decomposition techniques, I/O minimization, and strategies for different parallel architectures. Two codes were parallelized and tested for performance. The architectures employed include SIMD, MIMD-distributed memory, and workstation network with uneven interactive load. Speedups linear with the number of nodes were achieved

  6. Elements of Monte Carlo techniques

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    Nagarajan, P.S.

    2000-01-01

    The Monte Carlo method is essentially mimicking the real world physical processes at the microscopic level. With the incredible increase in computing speeds and ever decreasing computing costs, there is widespread use of the method for practical problems. The method is used in calculating algorithm-generated sequences known as pseudo random sequence (prs)., probability density function (pdf), test for randomness, extension to multidimensional integration etc

  7. Adaptive Multilevel Monte Carlo Simulation

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    Hoel, H

    2011-08-23

    This work generalizes a multilevel forward Euler Monte Carlo method introduced in Michael B. Giles. (Michael Giles. Oper. Res. 56(3):607–617, 2008.) for the approximation of expected values depending on the solution to an Itô stochastic differential equation. The work (Michael Giles. Oper. Res. 56(3):607– 617, 2008.) proposed and analyzed a forward Euler multilevelMonte Carlo method based on a hierarchy of uniform time discretizations and control variates to reduce the computational effort required by a standard, single level, Forward Euler Monte Carlo method. This work introduces an adaptive hierarchy of non uniform time discretizations, generated by an adaptive algorithmintroduced in (AnnaDzougoutov et al. Raùl Tempone. Adaptive Monte Carlo algorithms for stopped diffusion. In Multiscale methods in science and engineering, volume 44 of Lect. Notes Comput. Sci. Eng., pages 59–88. Springer, Berlin, 2005; Kyoung-Sook Moon et al. Stoch. Anal. Appl. 23(3):511–558, 2005; Kyoung-Sook Moon et al. An adaptive algorithm for ordinary, stochastic and partial differential equations. In Recent advances in adaptive computation, volume 383 of Contemp. Math., pages 325–343. Amer. Math. Soc., Providence, RI, 2005.). This form of the adaptive algorithm generates stochastic, path dependent, time steps and is based on a posteriori error expansions first developed in (Anders Szepessy et al. Comm. Pure Appl. Math. 54(10):1169– 1214, 2001). Our numerical results for a stopped diffusion problem, exhibit savings in the computational cost to achieve an accuracy of ϑ(TOL),from(TOL−3), from using a single level version of the adaptive algorithm to ϑ(((TOL−1)log(TOL))2).

  8. Geometrical splitting in Monte Carlo

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    Dubi, A.; Elperin, T.; Dudziak, D.J.

    1982-01-01

    A statistical model is presented by which a direct statistical approach yielded an analytic expression for the second moment, the variance ratio, and the benefit function in a model of an n surface-splitting Monte Carlo game. In addition to the insight into the dependence of the second moment on the splitting parameters the main importance of the expressions developed lies in their potential to become a basis for in-code optimization of splitting through a general algorithm. Refs

  9. Extending canonical Monte Carlo methods

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    Velazquez, L; Curilef, S

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, we discuss the implications of a recently obtained equilibrium fluctuation-dissipation relation for the extension of the available Monte Carlo methods on the basis of the consideration of the Gibbs canonical ensemble to account for the existence of an anomalous regime with negative heat capacities C α with α≈0.2 for the particular case of the 2D ten-state Potts model

  10. Non statistical Monte-Carlo

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    Mercier, B.

    1985-04-01

    We have shown that the transport equation can be solved with particles, like the Monte-Carlo method, but without random numbers. In the Monte-Carlo method, particles are created from the source, and are followed from collision to collision until either they are absorbed or they leave the spatial domain. In our method, particles are created from the original source, with a variable weight taking into account both collision and absorption. These particles are followed until they leave the spatial domain, and we use them to determine a first collision source. Another set of particles is then created from this first collision source, and tracked to determine a second collision source, and so on. This process introduces an approximation which does not exist in the Monte-Carlo method. However, we have analyzed the effect of this approximation, and shown that it can be limited. Our method is deterministic, gives reproducible results. Furthermore, when extra accuracy is needed in some region, it is easier to get more particles to go there. It has the same kind of applications: rather problems where streaming is dominant than collision dominated problems

  11. BREM5 electroweak Monte Carlo

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    Kennedy, D.C. II.

    1987-01-01

    This is an update on the progress of the BREMMUS Monte Carlo simulator, particularly in its current incarnation, BREM5. The present report is intended only as a follow-up to the Mark II/Granlibakken proceedings, and those proceedings should be consulted for a complete description of the capabilities and goals of the BREMMUS program. The new BREM5 program improves on the previous version of BREMMUS, BREM2, in a number of important ways. In BREM2, the internal loop (oblique) corrections were not treated in consistent fashion, a deficiency that led to renormalization scheme-dependence; i.e., physical results, such as cross sections, were dependent on the method used to eliminate infinities from the theory. Of course, this problem cannot be tolerated in a Monte Carlo designed for experimental use. BREM5 incorporates a new way of treating the oblique corrections, as explained in the Granlibakken proceedings, that guarantees renormalization scheme-independence and dramatically simplifies the organization and calculation of radiative corrections. This technique is to be presented in full detail in a forthcoming paper. BREM5 is, at this point, the only Monte Carlo to contain the entire set of one-loop corrections to electroweak four-fermion processes and renormalization scheme-independence. 3 figures

  12. Statistical implications in Monte Carlo depletions - 051

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    Zhiwen, Xu; Rhodes, J.; Smith, K.

    2010-01-01

    As a result of steady advances of computer power, continuous-energy Monte Carlo depletion analysis is attracting considerable attention for reactor burnup calculations. The typical Monte Carlo analysis is set up as a combination of a Monte Carlo neutron transport solver and a fuel burnup solver. Note that the burnup solver is a deterministic module. The statistical errors in Monte Carlo solutions are introduced into nuclide number densities and propagated along fuel burnup. This paper is towards the understanding of the statistical implications in Monte Carlo depletions, including both statistical bias and statistical variations in depleted fuel number densities. The deterministic Studsvik lattice physics code, CASMO-5, is modified to model the Monte Carlo depletion. The statistical bias in depleted number densities is found to be negligible compared to its statistical variations, which, in turn, demonstrates the correctness of the Monte Carlo depletion method. Meanwhile, the statistical variation in number densities generally increases with burnup. Several possible ways of reducing the statistical errors are discussed: 1) to increase the number of individual Monte Carlo histories; 2) to increase the number of time steps; 3) to run additional independent Monte Carlo depletion cases. Finally, a new Monte Carlo depletion methodology, called the batch depletion method, is proposed, which consists of performing a set of independent Monte Carlo depletions and is thus capable of estimating the overall statistical errors including both the local statistical error and the propagated statistical error. (authors)

  13. The oldest gibbon fossil (Hylobatidae) from insular Southeast Asia: evidence from Trinil, (East Java, Indonesia), Lower/Middle Pleistocene.

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    Ingicco, Thomas; de Vos, John; Huffman, O Frank

    2014-01-01

    A fossil femur excavated by Eugène Dubois between 1891-1900 in the Lower/Middle Pleistocene bonebed of the Trinil site (Java, Indonesia) was recognised by us as that of a Hylobatidae. The specimen, Trinil 5703 of the Dubois Collection (Leiden, The Netherlands), has the same distinctive form of fossilization that is seen in many of the bonebed fossils from Trinil in the collection. Anatomical comparison of Trinil 5703 to a sample of carnivore and primate femora, supported by morphometric analyses, lead to the attribution of the fossil to gibbon. Trinil 5703 therefore provides the oldest insular record of this clade, one of the oldest known Hylobatidae fossils from Southeast Asia. Because living Hylobatidae only inhabit evergreen rain forests, the paleoenvironment within the river drainage in the greater Trinil area evidently included forests of this kind during the Lower/Middle Pleistocene as revealed here.

  14. ESTADO FITOSANITARIO DE UNA POBLACION DE ZINGIBERALES. VEREDA SAN PEDRITO- MUNICIPIO DE TIMBIO - CAUCA

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    Full Text Available En la vereda San Pedrito, Municipio de Timbío, departamento del Cauca, se observó el estado fitosanitario con respecto a enfermedades fúngicas presentes en 12 especies y 3 variedades de zingiberales. Después de observar en campo las sintomatologías, se tomaron muestras del material vegetal y se cultivaron en el laboratorio, donde se logró identificar enfermedades ocasionadas principalmente por los hongos Fusarium oxysporum, Colletotrichum sp., Alternaria sp., Dipliodia sp., Pestalotia sp., Mycosphaerella musicola, Cordana musicola, Sclerotinia sp., Helminthosporium sp., Nigrospora sp., Cercospora sp., Monilia sp., Rhizoctonia sp.; también se desarrollaron diagramas estándares de severidad para evaluar el ataque causando por los patógenos, determinando el área de las hojas e inflorescencias en cm2 y severidades del 1%, 5%, 10%, 25% y 50%, que corresponden a los grados 1, 3, 5, 7 y 9; encontrando que los hongos fitopatógenos que presentaron mayor severidad (grado 9 fueron Alternaria sp. y Nigrospora sp., en la variedad H. griggsiana y la severidad más baja (grado 5 fue ocasionada por Fusarium oxysporum, afectando tanto las inflorescencias como el follaje en las variedades Strelitzia reginae y Etlingera.

  15. La gobernabilidad metropolitana de Santiago: la dispar relación de poder de los municipios

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    ARTURO ORELLANA

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available En ausencia de un gobierno metropolitano, las grandes ciudades que sostienen la problemática de una gestión multinivel, es decir, donde se sobrepone la acción del gobierno central, regional y de un conjunto significativo de municipios, generan un escenario complejo para la gobernabilidad en pro de un desarrollo urbano y territorial equilibrado. Desde esta perspectiva, la gran disparidad en la configuración socioterritorial que muestra el Área Metropolitana de Santiago constituye un reflejo de la estructura de poder sobre el espacio metropolitano, donde las comunas del cono oriente muestran un mejor posicionamiento para orientar las acciones públicas y privadas a favor del interés público de su población residenteIn the absence of metropolitan level government, large cities retain the problems associated with multilevel management whereby the activities of central government, regional government and numerous municipal governments overlap, generating in turn a complex scenario for governance in favour of balanced urban and regional development. From this perspective, the significant disparity in socio-spatial configuration within the Santiago Metropolitan Area reflects the structure of power within this metropolitan space, whereby municipalities in the eastern cone are better able to shape public and private actions in support of the public interests of their resident populations.

  16. Lo que pueden hacer las mujeres por el desarrollo de su municipio

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    Isabel Siria Castillo

    2001-02-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo es un ensayo sobre la revalorización del espacio local y la participación de las mujeres en éste, a partir de la década de los 80. Dicha revalorización es consecuencia de una serie de procesos que confluyen y se potencian al encontrarse en el municipio, región o provincia. Estos procesos son la democratización política, descentralización política-administrativa, crisis del modelo de desarrollo, necesidad de buscar nuevas vías de participación ciudadana y la evolución de los movimientos sociales. El presente artículo busca la motivación para aplicar la variable "Género" en las políticas municipales, a través de exposición de algunas experiencias en Latinoamérica.

  17. Satisfacción de clientes externos de las empresas aseguradoras en el municipio Maracaibo

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    Gerardo E. Romero

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available El trabajo que se presenta en el artículo tuvo como propósito determinar el nivel de satisfacción de los clientes externos respecto al servicio brindado por las empresas aseguradoras en el Municipio Maracaibo. Los objetivos específicos buscaban identificar los componentes de calidad que determinan la satisfacción de los clientes externos de las empresas aseguradoras e identificar los factores que influyen en su comportamiento de compra; por último, se determinaron los rasgos básicos de los elementos que dan como resultado la satisfacción del cliente. Los resultados arrojaron que los niveles de satisfacción de los clientes externos de las empresas aseguradoras pueden considerarse moderado, al presentar rangos bajos en algunos aspectos de la calidad de los servicios específicamente, lo concerniente a la confiabilidad, respuesta y tangibilidad y dentro de sus mejores fortalezas, estuvieron los aspectos de la seguridad y la empatía

  18. PARTICIPACIÓN LABORAL DE LAS MUJERES EN EL MUNICIPIO DE POPAYÁN (COLOMBIA

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    ALEJANDRA MILLER RESTREPO

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    Full Text Available El presente artículo busca indagar por la participación laboral de las mujeres –especialmente en situación de pobreza– en el municipio de Popayán (Colombia entre los años 2007–2011. Para tal efecto, se realizó un análisis de la información suministrada por la Gran Encuesta Integrada de Hogares (GEIH y por un taller participativo realizado con 90 mujeres desempleadas y en situación de pobreza a nivel local. Con estos datos se realizaron análisis econométricos a largo plazo a través del Filtro de Hodrick-Prescott, un análisis de cointegración de Johansen y un Test de Causalidad de Granger, para determinar la inserción laboral femenina y su relación con los ciclos económicos de Popayán. Los resultados muestran entre otras cosas, que en todos los indicadores laborales tradicio - nalmente utilizados, las mujeres se encuentran siempre en desventaja frente a los hombres, situación que se acentúa en mujeres bajo condición de pobreza. Adicionalmente, se encuentra que las mu - jeres buscan emplearse cuando el ciclo económico es recesivo y no lo hacen cuando es expansivo.

  19. Altered Insular and Occipital Responses to Simulated Vertical Self-Motion in Patients with Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness

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    Roberta Riccelli

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available BackgroundPersistent postural-perceptual dizziness (PPPD is a common functional vestibular disorder characterized by persistent symptoms of non-vertiginous dizziness and unsteadiness that are exacerbated by upright posture, self-motion, and exposure to complex or moving visual stimuli. Recent physiologic and neuroimaging data suggest that greater reliance on visual cues for postural control (as opposed to vestibular cues—a phenomenon termed visual dependence and dysfunction in central visuo-vestibular networks may be important pathophysiologic mechanisms underlying PPPD. Dysfunctions are thought to involve insular regions that encode recognition of the visual effects of motion in the gravitational field.MethodsWe tested for altered activity in vestibular and visual cortices during self-motion simulation obtained via a visual virtual-reality rollercoaster stimulation using functional magnetic resonance imaging in 15 patients with PPPD and 15 healthy controls (HCs. We compared between groups differences in brain responses to simulated displacements in vertical vs horizontal directions and correlated the difference in directional responses with dizziness handicap in patients with PPPD.ResultsHCs showed increased activity in the anterior bank of the central insular sulcus during vertical relative to horizontal motion, which was not seen in patients with PPPD. However, for the same comparison, dizziness handicap correlated positively with activity in the visual cortex (V1, V2, and V3 in patients with PPPD.ConclusionWe provide novel insight into the pathophysiologic mechanisms underlying PPPD, including functional alterations in brain processes that affect balance control and reweighting of space-motion inputs to favor visual cues. For patients with PPPD, difficulties using visual data to discern the effects of gravity on self-motion may adversely affect balance control, particularly for individuals who simultaneously rely too heavily on visual

  20. Application of Awake Craniotomy and Intraoperative Brain Mapping for Surgical Resection of Insular Gliomas of the Dominant Hemisphere.

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    Alimohamadi, Maysam; Shirani, Mohammad; Shariat Moharari, Reza; Pour-Rashidi, Ahmad; Ketabchi, Mehdi; Khajavi, Mohammadreza; Arami, Mohamadali; Amirjamshidi, Abbas

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    Radical resection of dominant insular gliomas is difficult because of their close vicinity with internal capsule, basal ganglia, and speech centers. Brain mapping techniques can be used to maximize the extent of tumor removal and to minimize postoperative morbidities by precise localization of eloquent cortical and subcortical areas. Patients with newly diagnosed gliomas of dominant insula were enrolled. The exclusion criteria were severe cognitive disturbances, communication difficulty, age greater than 75 years, severe obesity, difficult airways for intubation and severe cardiopulmonary diseases. All were evaluated preoperatively with contrast-enhanced brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional brain MRI, and diffusion tensor tractography of language and motor systems. All underwent awake craniotomy with the same anesthesiology protocol. Intraoperative monitoring included continuous motor-evoked potential, electromyography, electrocorticography, direct electrical stimulation of cortex, and subcortical tracts. The patients were followed with serial neurologic examination and imaging. Ten patients were enrolled (4 men, 6 women) with a mean age of 43.6 years. Seven patients suffered from low-grade glioma, and 3 patients had high-grade glioma. The most common clinical presentation was seizure followed by speech disturbance, hemiparesis, and memory loss. Extent of tumor resection ranged from 73% to 100%. No mortality or new major postoperative neurologic deficit was encountered. Seizure control improved in three fourths of patients with medical refractory epilepsy. In one patient with speech disorder at presentation, the speech problem became worse after surgery. Brain mapping during awake craniotomy helps to maximize extent of tumor resection while preserving neurologic function in patients with dominant insular lobe glioma. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  1. Particulate matter pollution from aviation-related activity at a small airport of the Aegean Sea Insular Region.

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    Psanis, C; Triantafyllou, E; Giamarelou, M; Manousakas, M; Eleftheriadis, K; Biskos, G

    2017-10-15

    The unprecedented growth in aviation during the last years has resulted in a notable increase of local air pollution related to airports. The impacts of aviation on air quality can be extremely high particularly around airports serving remote insular regions with pristine atmospheric environments. Here we report measurements that show how the atmospheric aerosol is affected by the activity at a small airport in a remote region. More specifically, we provide measurements performed at the airport of Mytilene, Greece, a regional yet international airport that serves the entire island of Lesvos; the third largest island of the country. The measurements show that the activity during landing, taxiing and take-off of the aircrafts accounted for up to a 10-fold increase in particulate matter (PM) mass concentration in the vicinity of the airport. The number concentration of particles having diameters from 10 to 500nm also increased from ca. 4×10 2 to 8×10 5 particlescm -3 , while the mean particle diameter decreased to 20nm when aircrafts were present at the airport. Elemental analysis on particle samples collected simultaneously at the airport and at a remote site 3km away, showed that the former were significantly influenced by combustion sources, and specifically from the engines of the aircrafts. Our results show that despite their small size, local airports serving remote insular regions should be considered as important air pollution hotspots, raising concerns for the exposure of the people working and leaving in their vicinities to hazardous pollutants. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Cuartel San Carlos. Yacimiento veterano

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    Mariana Flores

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available El Cuartel San Carlos es un monumento histórico nacional (1986 de finales del siglo XVIII (1785-1790, caracterizado por sufrir diversas adversidades en su construcción y soportar los terremotos de 1812 y 1900. En el año 2006, el organismo encargado de su custodia, el Instituto de Patrimonio Cultural del Ministerio de Cultura, ejecutó tres etapas de exploración arqueológica, que abarcaron las áreas Traspatio, Patio Central y las Naves Este y Oeste de la edificación. Este trabajo reseña el análisis de la documentación arqueológica obtenida en el sitio, a partir de la realización de dicho proyecto, denominado EACUSAC (Estudio Arqueológico del Cuartel San Carlos, que representa además, la tercera campaña realizada en el sitio. La importancia de este yacimiento histórico, radica en su participación en los acontecimientos que propiciaron conflictos de poder durante el surgimiento de la República y en los sucesos políticos del siglo XX. De igual manera, se encontró en el sitio una amplia muestra de materiales arqueológicos que reseñan un estilo de vida cotidiana militar, así como las dinámicas sociales internas ocurridas en el San Carlos, como lugar estratégico para la defensa de los diferentes regímenes que atravesó el país, desde la época del imperialismo español hasta nuestros días.

  3. Carlos Battilana: Profesor, Gestor, Amigo

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    José Pacheco

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    Full Text Available El Comité Editorial de Anales ha perdido a uno de sus miembros más connotados. Brillante docente de nuestra Facultad, Carlos Alberto Battilana Guanilo (1945-2009 supo transmitir los conocimientos y atraer la atención de sus auditorios, de jóvenes estudiantes o de contemporáneos ya no tan jóvenes. Interesó a sus alumnos en la senda de la capacitación permanente y en la investigación. Por otro lado, comprometió a médicos distinguidos a conformar y liderar grupos con interés en la ciencia-amistad. Su vocación docente lo vinculó a facultades de medicina y academias y sociedades científicas, en donde coordinó cursos y congresos de grato recuerdo. Su producción científica la dedicó a la nefrología, inmunología, cáncer, costos en el tratamiento médico. Su capacidad gestora y de liderazgo presente desde su época de estudiante, le permitió llegar a ser director regional de un laboratorio farmacéutico de mucho prestigio, organizar una facultad de medicina y luego tener el cargo de decano de la facultad de ciencias de la salud de dicha universidad privada. Carlos fue elemento importante para que Anales alcanzara un sitial de privilegio entre las revistas biomédicas peruanas. En la semblanza que publicamos tratamos de resumir apretadamente la trayectoria de Carlos Battilana, semanas después de su partida sin retorno.

  4. Monte Carlo Particle Lists: MCPL

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    Kittelmann, Thomas; Klinkby, Esben Bryndt; Bergbäck Knudsen, Erik

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    A binary format with lists of particle state information, for interchanging particles between various Monte Carlo simulation applications, is presented. Portable C code for file manipulation is made available to the scientific community, along with converters and plugins for several popular...... simulation packages. Program summary: Program Title: MCPL. Program Files doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.17632/cby92vsv5g.1 Licensing provisions: CC0 for core MCPL, see LICENSE file for details. Programming language: C and C++ External routines/libraries: Geant4, MCNP, McStas, McXtrace Nature of problem: Saving...

  5. Luis Carlos López

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    Rafael Maya

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    Full Text Available Entre los poetasa del Centenario tuvo Luis Carlos López mucha popularidad en el extranjero, desde la publicación de su primer libro. Creo que su obra llamó la atención de filósofos como Unamuno y, si no estoy equivocado, Darío se refirió a ella en términos elogiosos. En Colombia ha sido encomiada hiperbólicamente por algunos, a tiemp que otros no le conceden mayor mérito.

  6. Faunistic patterns of leaf beetles (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae) within elevational and temporal gradients in Sierra de San Carlos, Mexico

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    Sánchez-Reyes, Uriel Jeshua; Niño-Maldonado, Santiago; Barrientos-Lozano, Ludivina; Clark, Shawn M.; Jones, Robert W.

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    Abstract The study of biodiversity of Chrysomelidae in Mexico and its variation within ecological gradients has increased recently, although important areas in the country remain to be explored. We conducted a faunistic inventory and analyzed the elevational and temporal variation of leaf beetle communities in the Sierra de San Carlos, in the state of Tamaulipas, in northeastern Mexico. This is an area with high to extreme priority for conservation, and due to its insular geographical position and to the vegetational communities present, it must be considered as a sky island. We selected seven sample sites distributed in different elevations within three localities, and comprising different vegetational communities. At each site, we randomly delimited 12 sample plots of 400 m2 where sampling was conducted by entomological sweep netting and collecting directly by hand. Sampling was conducted monthly at each plot, for a total of 1,008 samples between February 2013 and January 2014. By the end of the study, we had obtained a total of 3,081 specimens belonging to six subfamilies, 65 genera, and 113 species, with Trichaltica scabricula (Crotch, 1873) being recorded for first time in Mexico. Species richness was less than the values observed at other studies conducted in the same region, which is attributed to differences in the number of plant species and to the insular location of Sierra de San Carlos; however, the higher diversity values suggest a higher quality of natural resources and vegetational communities. No consistent pattern of leaf beetle communities was correlated with elevation, although higher values of species richness and diversity were obtained at the highest elevation site. The seasonal gradient showed that the rainy season is most favorable for leaf beetle communities. We found that species composition was different between sites and months, and also that there exists a significant association between the abundance obtained at each site and

  7. Monte Carlo techniques in radiation therapy

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    Verhaegen, Frank

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    Modern cancer treatment relies on Monte Carlo simulations to help radiotherapists and clinical physicists better understand and compute radiation dose from imaging devices as well as exploit four-dimensional imaging data. With Monte Carlo-based treatment planning tools now available from commercial vendors, a complete transition to Monte Carlo-based dose calculation methods in radiotherapy could likely take place in the next decade. Monte Carlo Techniques in Radiation Therapy explores the use of Monte Carlo methods for modeling various features of internal and external radiation sources, including light ion beams. The book-the first of its kind-addresses applications of the Monte Carlo particle transport simulation technique in radiation therapy, mainly focusing on external beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy. It presents the mathematical and technical aspects of the methods in particle transport simulations. The book also discusses the modeling of medical linacs and other irradiation devices; issues specific...

  8. Análisis de la Administración Financiera de Los Municipios de Guayaquil, Quito y Cuenca Durante el Periodo 2010 – 2015 en Base a Los Indicadores Financieros Establecidos Para Municipios

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    Espol; Perez Mustafa, Maria Auxiliadora; Viscarra Zambrano, Valeria Victoria

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    La ciudad de guayaquil, quito y cuenca son consideradas las tres ciudades principales del ecuador, es por esta razón que la muy ilustre municipalidad de guayaquil, el municipio del distrito metropolitano de quito y la ilustre municipalidad de cuenca, como sus gobiernos municipales respectivos y según las competencias asignadas en la ley, necesitan contar con una adecuada administración financiera en la que su estructura de ingresos y gastos les permita la sostenibilidad de los diferentes proy...

  9. Mean field simulation for Monte Carlo integration

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    Del Moral, Pierre

    2013-01-01

    In the last three decades, there has been a dramatic increase in the use of interacting particle methods as a powerful tool in real-world applications of Monte Carlo simulation in computational physics, population biology, computer sciences, and statistical machine learning. Ideally suited to parallel and distributed computation, these advanced particle algorithms include nonlinear interacting jump diffusions; quantum, diffusion, and resampled Monte Carlo methods; Feynman-Kac particle models; genetic and evolutionary algorithms; sequential Monte Carlo methods; adaptive and interacting Marko

  10. Municipios por la salud: Proyecto provincial de Ciudad de la Habana

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    Ana María Chalgub Moreno

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    Full Text Available Los conceptos de Promoción de Salud no son nuevos para los que enfocan la salud como parte de una totalidad y no como un componente aislado, es "proporcionar a los pueblos los medios necesarios para mejorar la salud y ejercer un mayor control sobre ella". Los proyectos de Municipios por la Salud, integran la acción de Promoción y Prevención, pilares fundamentales en el modelo de Atención Primaria en Cuba para el desarrollo de salud ambiental, enfermedades no trasmisibles, trasmisibles y otros daños de la salud. En los municipios donde el gobierno solicita la implantación de estos proyectos, realizará la capacitación en Promoción de Salud a los miembros del Consejo de Administración Municipal, Consejos de Salud Municipales y Populares, personal implicado en el proyecto y a los promotores de la población que se han involucrado en el movimiento; se realizará el análisis de la Situación de Salud con participación comunitaria y determinación de prioridades, utilizando el Método de Hanlon, se caracterizará por todos los organismos, incluyendo salud, el lugar donde se va a trabajar; se confeccionará el proyecto y los subproyectos que saldrán a partir del análisis con la comunidad, se realizará evaluación inicial por medio de encuestas o grupos focales, realizándose monitoreo sistemático para evaluar su marcha. El impacto de estos proyectos se medirá a corto, mediano y largo plazo.The conepts of health promotion are not new for those who consider health as a whole and not as an isolated component. It means to -give peoples the necessary means to improve health and to have a better control of its-. The projects of the municipalites for health are part of the action of Promotion and Prevention, which are the fundamental milestones in the model of Primary Care in Cuba for the development of environmental health, communicable and non- communicable diseases and other health damages. In the municipalities where the goverment thinks

  11. Monte Carlo surface flux tallies

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    Favorite, Jeffrey A.

    2010-01-01

    Particle fluxes on surfaces are difficult to calculate with Monte Carlo codes because the score requires a division by the surface-crossing angle cosine, and grazing angles lead to inaccuracies. We revisit the standard practice of dividing by half of a cosine 'cutoff' for particles whose surface-crossing cosines are below the cutoff. The theory behind this approximation is sound, but the application of the theory to all possible situations does not account for two implicit assumptions: (1) the grazing band must be symmetric about 0, and (2) a single linear expansion for the angular flux must be applied in the entire grazing band. These assumptions are violated in common circumstances; for example, for separate in-going and out-going flux tallies on internal surfaces, and for out-going flux tallies on external surfaces. In some situations, dividing by two-thirds of the cosine cutoff is more appropriate. If users were able to control both the cosine cutoff and the substitute value, they could use these parameters to make accurate surface flux tallies. The procedure is demonstrated in a test problem in which Monte Carlo surface fluxes in cosine bins are converted to angular fluxes and compared with the results of a discrete ordinates calculation.

  12. NCCOS Assessment: Underwater Video for Ground Validation and Accuracy Assessment of Benthic Habitat Maps of the Insular Shelf South of St. Thomas and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, 2010-03-20 to 2017-02-10

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The presence and absence of the four substrate and four biological cover types were documented at 1,353 locations on the insular shelf south of St. Thomas and St....

  13. El municipio y la provincia en la Constitución de 1812

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    Javier García Fernández

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available El modelo local establecido por la Constitución de Cádiz de 1812 comportó un cambio revolucionario que resquebrajó la organización administrativa del Antiguo Régimen, insertando los órganos de gobierno del municipio y de la provincia en la estructura del Estado. La Constitución gaditana alteró la base social y política de España que gravitaba sobre unas entidades locales que estaban liberándose del feudalismo, y reguló profusamente el régimen local. Después de su aprobación, las Cortes Generales y Extraordinarias mostraron gran activismo local desembocado en la Instrucción para el gobierno económico- político de las provincias de 23 de junio de 1813, que se puede considerar la primera Ley de Régimen Local de la España contemporánea. The local model established by the Constitution of Cadiz of 1812 tolerated a revolutionary change that cracked the administrative organization of the Old Regime, inserting the control systems of the municipality and the province in the structure of the State. The Cadiz Constitution altered the social and political base of Spain that weighed on local organizations that were being freed of the feudalism, and regulated the local regime profusely. After their approval, General and Extraordinary Cortes showed great local activism ended at the Instruction for the economic-political government of the provinces of 23 of June of 1813, that can be considered the first Law of Local Regime of contemporary Spain.

  14. Determinacion de periodos fundamentales del suelo mediante vibraciones ambientales en el municipio de Humacao, Puerto Rico

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    Cintron Aponte, Rommel

    La tecnica de Nakamura ha sido utilizada a nivel mundial para determinar periodos fundamentales del suelo. La tecnica consiste en calcular y graficar cocientes espectrales H/V de vibraciones ambientales registradas sobre el suelo. Mediciones de vibraciones ambientales fueron tomadas en 151 lugares dentro del municipio de Humacao, localizado al este de Puerto Rico. Los datos se procesaron utilizando espectros de Fourier y espectros de potencia. La tecnica fue validada al compararla con los resultados de cocientes espectrales H/V de registros de sismos debiles y tambien con una modelacion numerica realizada con datos de un ensayo "downhole". Las graficas de los cocientes espectrales H/V fueron divididas en casos y grupos, los cuales dependen de la facilidad para identificar el periodo fundamental pico y amplitudes en frecuencias menores de 1 Hz, respectivamente. Los resultados obtenidos con ambos espectros fueron comparados y se concluye que los mismos se complementan para proveer resultados mas confiables. Se crearon mapas de periodos fundamentales, factores de amplitud, isoperiodos y clasificacion sismica de sitio. Los mapas de isoperiodos fueron realizados en las zonas mas pobladas sobre depositos de suelo. El mapa de periodos fundamentales del suelo mostro buena correlacion con la geologia local. El mapa de clasificacion sismica derivado de periodos de sitio fue comparado con el mapa de clasificacion sismica derivado de barrenos geotecnicos. El mapa de clasificacion obtenido de periodos puede sobreestimar un poco algunas clasificaciones del suelo. Sin embargo, este mapa puede proveer un estimado aproximado de la velocidad de onda de corte promedio del suelo hasta una profundidad de 100 pies (30 metros).

  15. Talento humano y trabajo en equipo del personal directivo de las universidades del municipio Maracaibo

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    Maribel Medina Fuenmayor

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available El propósito de esta investigación fue determinar la relación entre talento humano y trabajo en equipo del personal directivo de las universidades del Municipio Maracaibo, sobre la base de los enfoques teóricos de Alles (2005, Dolan et al. (2003, Gubman (2000, Hayes (2002, Jericó (2001, entre otros. La investigación se tipificó como correlacional, no experimental y transversal, utilizando una población de 31 sujetos pertenecientes a la planta directiva de administración de las referidas universidades públicas y privadas. La técnica de recolección de datos fue la observación mediante encuesta, para lo cual se diseñaron dos (2 instrumentos de recolección de datos, estructurados con cinco alternativas de respuestas bajo una escala de actitud tipo Likert, utilizando una validez de contenido por el criterio de 10 expertos, utilizando además el análisis discriminante de ítems, lo cual permitió mayor certeza en sus diseños. La confiabilidad fue calculada por el coeficiente Alfa de Cronbach, el cual arrojó un valor de 0.99 para talento humano y 0.91 para trabajo en equipo, siendo altamente consistentes. Los resultados se analizaron mediante estadística descriptiva con frecuencias absolutas y porcentuales, soportadas con medidas de tendencia central, haciendo uso además de la estadística inferencial con pruebas no paramétricas. Como conclusión, se observó una correlación con dirección positiva y magnitud fuerte entre las variables con un índice rho de Spearman de 0.88, lo que sugiere que bajo las actuales condiciones de este estudio existe una fuerte concomitancia entre las variables.

  16. Prevalencia de la hipertensión arterial en una comunidad del municipio Cárdenas

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    José Adolfo Casteñanos Arias

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    Full Text Available Se realizó un estudio sobre la hipertensión arterial mediante una muestra simple aleatoria a 208 pacientes mayores de 15 años de una comunidad del municipio Cárdenas, provincia de Matanzas en los meses de enero de 1995 a febrero de 1996. Se analizaron diferentes variantes como sexo, edad, antecedentes familiares de enfermedad hipertensiva, comportamiento de la tensión arterial sistólica y diastólica de acuerdo con diferentes grupos de edades, uso del tratamiento hipertensivo y control de la hipertensión arterial; así como hallazgos electrocardiográficos más importantes en pacientes hipertensos. Se encontró el 29,8 % de prevalencia y 12,9 % de incidencia. No existieron diferencias notables en hipertensos de los dos sexos, pero sí aumentó ésta a medida que aumentaba la edad, controlándose sólo el 8,5 % de ellos.A study on arterial hypertension was carried out using a simple random sample of 208 patients over 15 years of age from a community of the Cardenas municipality, Matanzas province, during the months from January 1995 through February of 1996. Different variables were analyzed such as sex, age, family antecedents of hypertension, behavior of systolic and diastolic arterial tension according to different age groups, use of hypertension treatment and arterial hypertension control, as well as the most important electrocardiographic findings in hypertension patients. It was found a 29.8 % of prevalence and a 12.9 % of incidence. There were no marked differences in hypertension patients of both sexes, but there was an increase of differences when analyzing the age factor, being controlled only the 8.5 % of the cases.

  17. PROSPECTIVA FINANCIERA DE LOS SISTEMAS AGROFORESTALES DE EL FORTÍN, MUNICIPIO DE ATZALAN, VER.

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    José Luis Romo-Lozano

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available La agroforestería es una antigua práctica de uso del suelo que ha cambiado en la comunidad de El Fortín, municipio de Atzalan, Ver., debido a que la gran diversidad de componentes que existía se simplificó en monocultivos de café, cítricos y plátano. Esto trajo como consecuencia la sobreexplotación de los recursos naturales, el incremento de la pobreza y la migración. Ante esta problemática se planteó la presente investigación para estudiar los Sistemas Agroforestales (SAF existentes en la zona de estudio, bajo la Metodología de Diagnóstico y Diseño (D & D, proponer modificaciones y hacer nuevas propuestas de diseños agroforestales. Como resultado se propusieron tres sistemas agroforestales donde se sugiere un mejor manejo. Las especies consideradas son: melina (Gmelina arborea, pimienta bola (Pimienta dioica, guanábana (Annona muricata, cocolmeca (Smilax aristolochiaefolia e iquimite (Erythrina poeppigiana, además de pasto insurgente (Brachiaria decumbens. Dichos cambios se respaldaron con las evaluaciones financieras ex post y ex ante realizadas a todos los sistemas estudiados para un periodo de 20 años, a fin de mostrar que estos sistemas pueden proporcionar más ingresos económicos para aminorar la pobreza y la migración y conservar más los recursos naturales en la zona de estudio. Los sistemas agroforestales (agrosilvícolas y silvopastoriles ex ante superaron por más del 80 % a los ingresos netos que se obtuvieron por los ex post.

  18. El municipio como escenario protagónico de las actuales transformaciones agropecuarias en Cuba

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    Full Text Available En este trabajo se revisa brevemente la literatura que sirve de sustento al análisis de los aspectos relacionados con la evolución de las transformaciones territoriales y agrarias en Cuba. Se hace referencia al papel del Estado en la implementación de estrategias de apoyo a los procesos de desarrollo en el campo cubano, en un contexto internacional que en ocasiones favorece, y en otras limita, el desempeño de la estructura agropecuaria y del medio rural de la nación. También se examinan las potencialidades del municipio como escenario estratégico para impulsar alternativas sostenibles de producción agropecuaria que garanticen entre otros aspectos la seguridad alimentaria, la generación de empleos y el uso racional de los recursos naturales, a partir de la articulación del sector agropecuario con la gestión del gobierno local. Todo esto ocurre en un contexto de transformaciones descentralizadas y en el que coexisten diferentes tipos de productores, organizados también de manera diversa. Se visualiza que el modelo de desarrollo agroproductivo y rural integrado, con visión territorial, se encuentra en despegue y experimentación, y que la flexibilidad y diversidad con que se dé el proceso permitirá ajustar el modelo y adaptarlo a las características de los territorios y a los diferentes actores, acorde con la estrategia nacional de desarrollo.

  19. ALTERNATIVA DE CORREDOR ECOLÓGICO EN LA ZONA NORORIENTAL DEL MUNICIPIO DE MEDELLÍN

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    VILLA GRAJALES ANA MARÍA

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    Full Text Available El presente trabajo se realizó con el objetivo de establecer una alternativa de corredor ecológico de conexión estructural en las comunas 1, 2, 3 y 4 de la zona nor-oriental del municipio de Medellín, orientada a la  protección del suelo verde existente y a la toma de decisiones en cuanto a la generación de nuevo suelo, utilizando las métricas del paisaje y herramientas geoinformaticas. Se utilizó un área de 400 m² como Unidad Mínima Cartografiable (UMC, encontrándose 296 ha (19,4% de áreas verdes respecto a las 1.527 ha de área de estudio, predominando la cobertura de pasto con 95,4 ha, mientras que la zona arbolada, con un área de 26,1 ha, mostró el mayor aislamiento (99,1 m, y el rastrojo alto con 48,7 ha presentó la mayor agregación (16,4 m. Se priorizaron ocho (8 fragmentos para la conservación, seleccionados a través del Índice de Calidad del Fragmento (ICF, sumando en total 26 ha. El corredor se estableció con un ancho de 80 m, arrojando un área total de 73,2 ha, asociada, en su mayoría, a retiros de quebradas.

  20. Prevalencia de obesidad en adultos del municipio de Soledad (Atlántico, Colombia, 2010

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    Edgar Navarro Lechuga

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Determinar la prevalencia de obesidad en adultos del municipio de Soledad (Atlántico, Colombia según diferentes consensos de clasificación. Materiales y métodos: Estudio descriptivo, transversal. Se calculó una muestra de 790 individuos (N=103731; prevalencia esperada: 22%; error: 3%; nivel de confianza: 95%. Previo consentimiento informado, se aplicó una encuesta sobre factores de riesgo cardiovascular, y a los individuos también se les tomó el peso, la talla y el perímetro de cintura. Como criterios de obesidad se tuvieron en cuenta: índice de masa corporal >29,9Kg/m2, perímetros de cintura > = 102cm (ATP III y 90cm (IDF en hombres, y 88cm (ATP III y 80cm (IDF en mujeres, según consensos internacionales. Resultados: Prevalencia de obesidad: autorreferida: 53,2%, por índice de masa corporal: 24,6%, abdominal: 72,3% (International Diabetes Federation y 45,2% (Adult Treatment Panel III. Porcentajes de obesidad significativamente mayores en mujeres (p<0,05. Se encontró asociación estadística entre obesidad e hipertensión, tanto en hombres como en mujeres. Conclusión: Se encontró una prevalencia de obesidad mayor empleando los criterios de la International Diabetes Federation. La población estudiada está expuesta a factores de riesgo que pueden potenciar el efecto negativo de la obesidad sobre su estado de salud.

  1. Impacto de la discapacidad en la vereda los Teres del municipio de los Santos, Santander - 2012

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    Martha Patricia Cabrales Guzmán

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: analizar el impacto de discapacidad en la vereda los Teres del municipio de los Santos, Santander en el año 2012, desde la Teoría de los Sistemas. Metodología: Estudio transversal descriptivo. Se incluyeron 11 Personas en Situación de Discapacidad (PSD de la Vereda Los Teres. Se aplicó una encuesta mediante entrevista a las PSD o un familiar por 3 estudiantes de último año de fisioterapia. Se recolectaron variables relacionadas con el microsistema persona-famiilia, mesosistema y exosistema. Se calcularon medidas de tendencia central y de dispersión para variables cuantitativas y frecuencias absolutas y relativas para las variables cualitativas. Resultados: el 45,5% de las personas no tenía nivel educativo alguno, el 81,8% se encontraba afiliada a salud, el 100% no asistía a ningún establecimiento de rehabilitación, el 81,8% refirió que el trato de la familia no ha cambiado después de adquirir la discapacidad y el 90,9% no se encontraban trabajando actualmente. En cuanto a la exclusión, el 90,9% de las PSD estaban excluidos en el ámbito de salud. Conclusión: El subsistema más afectado para las PSD de la vereda los Teres fue el exosistema y el menos afectado el microsistema persona-familia.

  2. Eventos adversos temporalmente asociados a VAMENGOC- BC®. Municipio La Lisa, 1998-1999

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    Iván Edelberto Cuevas

    2000-12-01

    Full Text Available Con el objetivo de describir la frecuencia de eventos temporalmente asociados a la vacuna cubana VAMENGOC- BC®, se realizó un estudio observacional de tipo descriptivo, cuyo universo estuvo constituido por los lactantes en las edades comprendidas de tres (3549 y cinco meses (3832 de edad de las áreas de salud del Municipio La Lisa en Ciudad de La Habana. Hubo un 3,21% de niños con eventos adversos, con una mayor frecuencia después de la primera dosis; sin diferencias apreciables por sexo. La clasificación fue de un 52% de tipo sistémico, locales un 19% y no solicitados un 29%. La mayor parte de los niños afectados fue en las primeras 72 horas posteriores a la vacunación, y desaparecieron antes de 72 horas desde su comienzo. Las manifestaciones más frecuentes fueron fiebre (predominó entre todos los eventos adversos con 1,53 casos por 100 vacunados; la induración (0,31 por 100 vacunados, eritema (0,30 por 100 vacunados y el dolor (0,136 por 100 vacunados en el sitio de administración de la vacuna; irritabilidad (0,244 por 100 vacunados y pérdida de apetito (0,311 por 100 vacunados. Los eventos no solicitados más frecuentes fueron la Enfermedad Respiratoria Aguda (0,637 por 100 vacunados, la Enfermedad Diarreica Aguda (0,311 por 100 vacunados y la Otitis Media (0,176 por 100 vacunados. Los eventos adversos serios fueron infrecuentes. No hubo fallecidos y todos los casos se recuperaron en menos de diez días, sin secuelas, discapacidades ni minusvalías

  3. Riesgo familiar total en familias con personas mayores, municipio de Funza (Cundinamarca, Colombia

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    Vilma Florisa Velásquez Gutiérrez

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Caracterizar las familias con personas mayores en el municipio de Funza (Cundinamarca desde el enfoque de Riesgo Familiar Total. Materiales y métodos: Estudio descriptivo transversal con abordaje cuantitativo. Muestra de 71 familias seleccionadas por conveniencia. Se utilizó el instrumento de Riesgo Familiar Total RFT 7-70 (1. Resultados: Los resultados indican que la mitad de las familias son extensas, distribuidas en extensas modificadas (46.5% y extensas (2.8%, con riesgo familiar total alto (47.9%, influido principalmente por las subcategorías "morbilidad en la familia" y "ambiente socioeconómico". Estos son los coeficientes de correlación entre las subcategorías del instrumento RFT 7-70: estilos de vida familiar con ambiente psicoafectivo (0.566, prácticas de salud con morbilidad familiar (.402, estilos de vida familiar con ambiente físico de vivienda (.388, servicios de salud con ambiente físico de la vivienda (.362 y con la morbilidad (.361. Discusión y conclusiones: En las familias colombianas clasificadas en los estratos socioeconómicos uno a tres, los riesgos familiares son asociados con las características de los miembros, la morbimortalidad, el medio ambiente (socioeconómicos, de la vivienda, psicoafectivo, estilo y prácticas de salud y la accesibilidad, disponibilidad y aceptación de los servicios de salud. Todas las familias del estudio tienen riesgo, por tanto requieren atención en salud en todos los niveles de cuidado. Son prioritarias las familias de alto riesgo producto de las precarias condiciones económicas, sociales, educacionales y de salud. El RFT es útil para delinear aspectos de investigación y la práctica.

  4. Monte Carlo simulations of neutron scattering instruments

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    Aestrand, Per-Olof; Copenhagen Univ.; Lefmann, K.; Nielsen, K.

    2001-01-01

    A Monte Carlo simulation is an important computational tool used in many areas of science and engineering. The use of Monte Carlo techniques for simulating neutron scattering instruments is discussed. The basic ideas, techniques and approximations are presented. Since the construction of a neutron scattering instrument is very expensive, Monte Carlo software used for design of instruments have to be validated and tested extensively. The McStas software was designed with these aspects in mind and some of the basic principles of the McStas software will be discussed. Finally, some future prospects are discussed for using Monte Carlo simulations in optimizing neutron scattering experiments. (R.P.)

  5. On the use of stochastic approximation Monte Carlo for Monte Carlo integration

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    Liang, Faming

    2009-01-01

    The stochastic approximation Monte Carlo (SAMC) algorithm has recently been proposed as a dynamic optimization algorithm in the literature. In this paper, we show in theory that the samples generated by SAMC can be used for Monte Carlo integration

  6. Geoprocesamiento aplicado al analisis del uso de la tierra en el municipio de San Pedro de Ycuamandyyú , Paraguay

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    Oscar Agustín Figueredo Torres

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available El municipio de San Pedro de Ycuamandyyú está ubicado en el noroeste de la región oriental del Paraguay. Los objetivos de este trabajo constituyen la elaboración y el análisis del mapa del uso de la tierra para la planificación de actividades forestales en la zona, para los cuales se utilizaron técnicas de cartografía, sensores remotos y (SIG Sistemas de Informaciones Geográficas, que posibilitaron el análisis de informaciones provenientes de imágenes satelitales LANDSAT TM 5, de cartas topográficas y de (GPS Sistema de Posicionamiento Global, que permitió el procesamiento de datos en el programa Idrisi 2.0 para la confección de un mapa que posibilitó el análisis sobre la situación del uso de la tierra en el municipio. Se distinguió categorías predominantes como praderas altas o campos naturales, uso agropecuario y praderas bajas o bañados, siendo la cobertura forestal con valor inferior al 25%. Se concluyó que el municipio presenta bastantes áreas de campos naturales y uso agropecuario que podrían utilizarse para actividades de reforestación, sea con especies nativas o exóticas de rápido crecimiento con la finalidad de obtener valores de cobertura forestal en equilibrio con las demás categorías de uso de la tierra.

  7. Geoprocesamiento aplicado al analisis del uso de la tierra en el municipio de San Pedro de Ycuamandyyú, Paraguay.

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    Oscar Agustín Torres Figueredo

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available El municipio de San Pedro de Ycuamandyyú está ubicado en el noroeste de la región oriental del Paraguay. Los objetivos de este trabajo constituyen la elaboración y el análisis del mapa del uso de la tierra para la planificación de actividades forestales en la zona, para los cuales se utilizaron técnicas de cartografía, sensores remotos y (SIG Sistemas de Informaciones Geográficas, que posibilitaron el análisis de informaciones provenientes de imágenes satelitales LANDSAT TM 5, de cartas topográficas y de (GPS Sistema de Posicionamiento Global, que permitió el procesamiento de datos en el programa Idrisi 2.0 para la confección de un mapa que posibilitó el análisis sobre la situación del uso de la tierra en el municipio. Se distinguió categorías predominantes como praderas altas o campos naturales, uso agropecuario y praderas bajas o bañados, siendo la cobertura forestal con valor inferior al 25%. Se concluyó que el municipio presenta bastantes áreas de campos naturales y uso agropecuario que podrían utilizarse para actividades de reforestación, sea con especies nativas o exóticas de rápido crecimiento con la finalidad de obtener valores de cobertura forestal en equilibrio con las demás categorías de uso de la tierra.

  8. Iniciativa para fortalecer la atención materna e infantil en un grupo de municipios en Colombia

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    Pablo Montoya

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: presentar los resultados de una iniciativa conjunta para mejorar la calidad de la atención en salud materna e infantil en 36 municipios colombianos. Metodología: se incluyen los principales resultados de una iniciativa en salud pública implementada entre 2012 y 2015 en 36 municipios. Su enfoque fue sistémico e incluyó cuatro componentes: 1 elaboración y seguimiento de planes de mejoramiento continuo de la calidad de los servicios de salud materno-infantil basados en necesidades locales, involucrando actores clave municipales/departamentales; 2 evaluación indirecta de la calidad de los servicios con revisión de historias clínicas; 3 capacitación, asistencia técnica y acompañamiento, y 4 retroalimentación periódica de resultados a las instituciones del sistema de salud. Resultados: esta iniciativa estimuló el mejoramiento de la calidad de atención en salud del binomio madrehijo en los municipios participantes y posiblemente incidió en la reducción de la razón de mortalidad materna en algunos territorios. Se documentan aciertos y problemas en la gestión de los servicios de salud de las instituciones participantes. Discusión: a pesar de las diferencias territoriales y múltiples factores internos y externos que inciden en la calidad de los servicios, el enfoque propuesto puede implementarse en territorios con contextos diversos. Los cambios, positivos en la mayoría de territorios, evidenciaron que el éxito y la sostenibilidad de las acciones son posibles aún en entornos complejos, pero se requiere aplicar con rigor la metodología propuesta y creatividad para formular soluciones locales.

  9. GEOPROCESAMIENTO APLICADO AL ANALISIS DEL USO DE LA TIERRA EN EL MUNICIPIO DE SAN PEDRO DE YCUAMANDYYÚ, PARAGUAY

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    Oscar Agustín Torres Figueredo

    2002-10-01

    Full Text Available El municipio de San Pedro de Ycuamandyyú está ubicado en el noroeste de la región oriental del Paraguay. Los objetivos de este trabajo constituyen la elaboración y el análisis del mapa del uso de la tierra para la planificación de actividades forestales en la zona, para los cuales se utilizaron técnicas de cartografía, sensores remotos y (SIG Sistemas de Informaciones Geográficas, que posibilitaron el análisis de informaciones provenientes de imágenes satelitales LANDSAT TM 5, de cartas topográficas y de (GPS Sistema de Posicionamiento Global, que permitió el procesamiento de datos en el programa Idrisi 2.0 para la confección de un mapa que posibilitó el análisis sobre la situación del uso de la tierra en el municipio. Se distinguió categorías predominantes como praderas altas o campos naturales, uso agropecuario y praderas bajas o bañados, siendo la cobertura forestal con valor inferior al 25%. Se concluyó que el municipio presenta bastantes áreas de campos naturales y uso agropecuario que podrían utilizarse para actividades de reforestación, sea con especies nativas o exóticas de rápido crecimiento con la finalidad de obtener valores de cobertura forestal en equilibrio con las demás categorías de uso de la tierra.

  10. Iglesia y participación comunitaria en salud: el caso del Municipio San Francisco del estado Zulia, Venezuela

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    José Guillermo García

    2002-01-01

    Este trabajo tiene por objeto identificar en forma comparada los factores que condicionan la participación de las comunidades Betulio González y 24 de Julio del municipio San Francisco del estado Zulia en el subprograma de Medicina Natural que promociona la Iglesia Católica. Bajo un esquema conceptual que combina principios de las teorías: Elección Racional, Movilización de Recursos, Privación Relativa, Identidades Colectivas y Capital Social, se plantea la hipótesis que la par...

  11. Competencias y éxito gerencial en empresas de servicios públicos, municipios de Riohacha y Maicao, Guajira, Colombia

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    Magdaniel Socarras, Yina; Sánchez González, José; Ucrós Brito, Marlenis

    2016-01-01

    El objetivo del presente artículo es analizar las competencias para el éxito gerencial en empresas de servicios públicos, municipios de Riohacha y Maicao, departamento de La Guajira, Colombia. El estudio se sustenta en los trabajos de Hellriegel, Koontz (2013), entre otros. El mismo se enmarcó en una investigación descriptiva, bajo el enfoque cuantitativo. Los resultados evidencian que los gerentes poseen competencias básicas y administrativas para alcanzar el éxito gerencial en las empresas ...

  12. La literacidad en el área urbana del municipio de San Andrés de Tumaco

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    Zárate Pinto, Germán Camilo

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    El propósito de la investigación es tener un acercamiento a la literacidad del municipio de San Andrés de Tumaco, en la que se identifiquen rasgos propios, usos y valoraciones de las prácticas y eventos letrados. Por el carácter cognitivo y cultural de la propuesta se utilizaron estrategias de recolección de información propias de la investigación cualitativa ajustadas a los Nuevos Estudios de la Literacidad. Los instrumentos utilizados fueron la observación y la entrevista semiestructurada q...

  13. Incidencia de la explotación minera en la disputa territorial en el municipio de Segovia. 2002-2010

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    Matallana Rubio, Camilo Andrés

    2015-01-01

    El interés de la presente investigación está sostenido en analizar la estructuración de la política pública minero-energética, los instrumentos utilizados para su posterior implementación en el municipio de Segovia, Antioquia, y la incidencia que tiene en las tensiones de los actores que tienen presencia en este lugar. Se utiliza la Acumulación por Desposesión para la interpretación de los hechos ocurridos en Segovia, donde se procede a evidenciar que la imposición o inclusión ...

  14. Evolución espacio-temporal en la ordenación territorial del municipio de Blanca (Murcia)

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    José Molina Ruiz; Mª Luz Tudela Serrano

    2010-01-01

    El territorio es una realidad compleja, frágil y vulnerable cuyos elementos tangibles e intangibles, patrimoniales y comunes, naturales y culturales, son considerados valiosos. Los cambios en las estructuras económicas de los municipios enfocados a una economía de servicios basada en el turismo residencial deben poner especial énfasis en todo lo relacionado con el paisaje y su gestión, evitando una evolución distinta del territorio y un resultado paisajístico también diferente. El diseño de u...

  15. "Aprovechamiento de los Recursos Naturales y Culturales en el Municipio de Santiago Chazumba, Oaxaca para el Desarrollo Local"

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    Velasco Velasco, Jorge Luis

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    A partir de la confluencia de una población que conserva un sólido tejido social y prácticas colectivas heredadas de su condición étnica, la existencia de propiedad social de la tierra y la peculiaridades que impone el formar parte de la Reserva de la Biósfera Tehuacán-Cuicatlán, se presenta un modelo de aprovechamiento de los recursos naturales y culturales en el municipio de Chazumba, Oaxaca que espera generar recursos complementarios para conservar el estilo de vida, la cultura y la biodiv...

  16. Crecimiento urbano (1965-2005) y sellado antropogénico del suelo en el municipio de Alacant

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    Valera Lozano, Antonio; Añó Vidal, Carlos; Sánchez Díaz, Juan

    2011-01-01

    En la Comunitat Valenciana el cambio en los usos del suelo provocado por la urbanización acelerada ha sido especialmente intenso en los centros metropolitanos costeros; llanos litorales que acogen los suelos con mayor capacidad de uso agrícola y que concentran la mayor parte de la población y las actividades económicas. En este trabajo se analiza la dinámica espacio-temporal de los usos urbanos durante la segunda mitad del siglo XX en el municipio de Alacant, perteneciente al entorno metro...

  17. Conocimientos y prácticas en salud sexual y reproductiva de adolescentes escolares en un municipio colombiano

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    Rengifo reina, Herney Alonso; Cordoba Espinal, Alexandra; Serrano Rodriguez, Mayerlin

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    Objetivo Identificar los conocimientos y prácticas en salud sexual y reproductiva de adolescentes del municipio de Miranda - Cauca en Colombia.Métodos Se realizó un estudio observacional descriptivo de corte transversal. La muestra fue de 406 adolescentes. Se exploraron variables en tres áreas o categorías: sociodemográficas, de conocimiento y de prácticas. Resultados Se presentaron conocimientos en niveles altos y muy alto, donde     90,5 % (362) de adolescentes habían recibido información s...

  18. Sistemas agro y silvopastoriles en El Limón, municipio de Paso de Ovejas, Veracruz, México

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    Bautista Tolentino, Marcelo

    2012-01-01

    La caracterización de los sistemas agroforestales es una buena herramienta que en su momento proporciona elementos de análisis para la toma de decisiones en sistemas de uso del suelo. El objetivo de la investigación fue caracterizar los sistemas agroforestales de acuerdo a sus componentes (agrícola, forestal y pecuario) y al principal uso de las especies arbóreas en la comunidad El Limón, municipio de Paso de Ovejas, Veracruz. Además evaluar la producción de biomasa vegetal y composición quím...

  19. Determinantes sociales de la mortalidad infantil en municipios de bajo índice de desarrollo humano en México

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    Duarte-Gómez, María Beatriz; Núñez-Urquiza, Rosa María; Restrepo-Restrepo, José Alonso; Richardson-López-Collada, Vesta Louise

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    Introducción: Se realizó un estudio con el objetivo de identificar determinantes sociales de mortalidad infantil en zonas rurales en México, y recomendar estrategias para disminuir esta mortalidad. Métodos: Se tomó una muestra por conveniencia de 16 municipios de bajo índice de desarrollo humano. Se identificaron fallecimientos de menores de un año de edad a través de registros oficiales y de entrevistas con autoridades civiles, personal de salud y líderes comunitarios. También se realizar...

  20. Demanda actual y potencial de la carne de conejo en el Municipio de Texcoco, Estado de México.

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    Rosas Peralta, Natividad

    2013-01-01

    La carne de conejo es un alimento sano para el consumo humano por su alto contenido proteico, bajo porcentaje de grasa y colesterol, es de fácil digestión, reducida en calorías, rica en vitaminas B y en minerales. El objetivo del presente estudio fue estimar la demanda actual y potencial de la carne de conejo en el municipio de Texcoco, estado de México. Se realizó un estudio por muestreo probabilístico en 105 hogares. Se estimó un modelo binario probit, en el cual, el consumo de carne de con...

  1. La deserción escolar en la educación rural, Municipio de El Fuerte, Sinaloa.

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    2014-01-01

    El objetivo de la investigación fue analizar las causas y consecuencias -de tipo personal, económico y social- que provocan la deserción escolar de estudiantes de preparatoria, caso Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa (UAS) en el municipio El Fuerte. La pesquisa se efectuó en la Unidad Académica San Blas y sus extensiones La Constancia y Las Higueras de Los Natoches en 2013. Se trabajó con metodología de enfoque mixto analizando datos cualitativos y cuantitativos a través de observación directa, ...

  2. Determinantes sociales de la mortalidad infantil en municipios de bajo índice de desarrollo humano en México

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    Duarte-Gómez, María Beatriz; Núñez-Urquiza, Rosa María; Restrepo-Restrepo, José Alonso; López-Collada, Vesta Louise Richardson

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    ResumenINTRODUCCIÓN: Se realizó un estudio con el objetivo de identificar determinantes sociales de mortalidad infantil en zonas rurales en México, y recomendar estrategias para disminuir esta mortalidad.MÉTODOS: Se tomó una muestra por conveniencia de 16 municipios de bajo índice de desarrollo humano. Se identificaron fallecimientos de menores de un año de edad a través de registros oficiales y de entrevistas con autoridades civiles, personal de salud y líderes comunitarios. También se reali...

  3. Costos de los servicios prestados por los hoteles tres estrellas del municipio Libertador del estado Mérida

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    Marysela Coromoto Morillo Moreno; Salvador Miguelangelo Casas Bálsamo

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    A objeto de describir el proceso de determinación de costos de los servicios prestados por los hoteles turísticos de tres estrellas del municipio Libertador del estado Mérida, de cara a la optimización de dicho proceso, se diseñó una investigación no experimental, en la cual se recolectaron datos a través de un guión de observación y la aplicación de una encuesta a los gerentes y administradores de dichos establecimientos. Los resultados indican que los hoteles ofrecen diversas opciones de al...

  4. Asociación entre variables reproductivas y anticuerpos anti Neospora caninum en bovinos lecheros de un municipio de Colombia

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    Martín Orlando Pulido Medellín; Adriana María Díaz Anaya; Roy José Andrade Becerra

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    El objetivo fue determinar el porcentaje de vacas seropositivas a Neospora caninum y la identificación de las variables reproductivas que se encuentran relacionadas con la presencia de anticuerpos contra este protozoo. Se tomaron 1,000 muestras de sangre a hembras bovinas del municipio de Sotaquirá, Boyacá, las cuales fueron evaluadas por medio de ELISA indirecta. Se determinó una seroprevalencia de Neospora caninum del 45 %; las variables reproductivas asociadas con la positividad de N. cani...

  5. Factores de riesgo asociados al suicidio en el municipio Sancti Spíritus en el quinquenio 2005-2009

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    Yurien Negrín Calvo; Jorge Luis Toledo Prado; José Andrés Cabrales Escobar; Emilio Carpio Muñoz; Amparo Muro García; Esther Oria Barreto

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    Fundamento: el suicidio se ha mantenido entre las diez primeras causas de muerte en Cuba, sin que aún estén establecidas sus determinantes. Objetivo: identificar los factores de riesgo que se asocian con el suicidio consumado en personas mayores de 19 años. Métodos: se diseñó un estudio de casos y testigos con 81 casos y 162 testigos mayores de 19 años del municipio de Sancti Spíritus, durante el quinquenio 2005-2009. Las variables incluidas en el estudio fueron: edad en años cumplidos, sexo,...

  6. De Barbados a Samoa: repaso de los principales hitos de los pequeños estados insulares en desarrollo desde 1994 hasta 2004

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    Mario José Gallego

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    Full Text Available Los pequeños Estados insulares en desarrollo precisaban de una voz común que se pudo escuchar por primera vez en Barbados, en 1994, durante la primera Conferencia celebrada para tratar los asuntos propios de estos espacios vulnerables por su tamaño y condición insular. El despegue posterior de este grupo de Estados en la arena internacional hasta la recientemente celebrada tercera Conferencia, en septiembre de 2014 en Samoa, es el tema central del artículo. El repaso a los diferentes momentos clave sucedidos durante estas dos décadas permite constatar los asuntos prioritarios para este grupo de países en cada contexto y sus avances hacia la completa institucionalización de sus asuntos por parte de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas.

  7. José Lezama Lima e a busca da identidade insular: Uma reflexão sobre a fronteira imagínaria.

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    Vilma L. da Fonseca

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    Full Text Available O estudo das ilhas já foi, pioneiramente, interesse dos cientistas naturais e dos geógrafos, passando para o campo dos estudos antropológicos e históricos devido à sua especificidade espacial. Cada área de conhecimento buscou compreender espécies de seres vivos e seu comportamento no mundo insular por um lado protegido pelas fronteiras limitadas da água e por outro, ameaçado pela restrição de seu habitat. Através da literatura de um homem insular, José Lezama Lima, buscamos fazer algumas análises de sua convivência com o espaço da ilha e sua identidade cultural.

  8. San Carlos: Un modelo de conexión social en medio de la violencia

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    Héctor Fabio Guerrero Berrío

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available El presente ensayo analiza la dinámica que ha tenido el conflicto armado en el municipio de San Carlos, Antioquía, durante la última década del siglo XX hasta la actualidad. Específicamente, analiza los daños morales, psicológicos y políticos que han generado las masacres de las veredas El Chocó y Dos Quebradas, así como las acciones de resistencia social que ha realizado la comunidad para la construcción de una nueva realidad a pesar de la violencia. Lo anterior sugiere la importancia de comprender el ejercicio de reflexión ética y de la memoria que han realizado las víctimas para configurar lo que, de acuerdo a la óptica de Iris Young, se denominaría un modelo de conexión social, y que les ha permitido asumir responsabilidades colectivas  para hacer frente a las injusticias estructurales que han padecido.

  9. Deciphering shallow paleomagnetic inclinations: 1. Implications from correlation of Albian volcanic rocks along the Insular/Intermontane Superterrane boundary in the southern Canadian Cordillera

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    Haskin, M. L.; Enkin, R. J.; Mahoney, J. B.; Mustard, P. S.; Baker, J.

    2003-04-01

    Geologic and paleomagnetic data lead to two contradictory hypotheses regarding the paleoposition of the Insular and Intermontane Superterranes that presently constitute the western Canadian Cordillera. Paleomagnetic data from the Insular and Intermontane superterranes suggest a southerly origin coinciding with the latitude of Mexico and the northwest United States, respectively, during the mid-Cretaceous. Geologic evidence points to a northerly origin for these same tectonic entities during this period; both models cannot be correct. Geologic and paleomagnetic data from the Empire Valley-Churn Creek area in south central British Columbia (51.5°N, 122.5°W) are critical to resolving these contradictory hypotheses. Late Cretaceous rocks correlated to the Insular Superterrane with large paleomagnetic displacements unconformably overlie mid-Cretaceous rocks correlative to the Spences Bridge Group of the Intermontane Superterrane. We provide paleomagnetic evidence of this correlation based on similar magnetic properties, opaque mineral assemblages, demagnetization behavior, fold test results, mean inclinations, clockwise vertical axes rotations, and statistically indistinguishable paleomagnetic poles and displacement estimates. This correlation and the observed geologic relationships in the Empire Valley-Churn Creek area indicate that the Insular and Intermontane Superterranes were linked by the mid-Cretaceous. Sites from the two previous Spences Bridge Group studies are combined with their correlatives in the Empire Valley-Churn Creek area to give 81 sites that yield a paleomagnetic pole of 60.5°N, 304.5°E, dp = 3.7°, dm = 5.5° which corresponds to 1050 ± 450 km of displacement from the south. This new displacement estimate suggests that the Spences Bridge arc formed at the latitude of southern Oregon during the mid-Cretaceous.

  10. Mepraia spinolai in the Southeastern Pacific Ocean Coast (Chile - First insular record and feeding pattern on the Pan de Azúcar Island

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    Sagua Franco Hernán

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available In a field collection performed at Pan de Azúcar Island in Northern Chile, 95 specimens representing all instars of Mepraia spinolai were collected. The intestinal contents of 55 specimens were examined for Trypanosoma cruzi infection and were found to be negative. This is the first record of an insular habitat for M. spinolai, where the insects had fed mainly on seabirds (78%, some on marine mammals (5%, and some on reptiles (7%.

  11. Specific and differential activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase cascades by unfamiliar taste in the insular cortex of the behaving rat.

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    Berman, D E; Hazvi, S; Rosenblum, K; Seger, R; Dudai, Y

    1998-12-01

    Rats were given to drink an unfamiliar taste solution under conditions that result in long-term memory of that taste. The insular cortex, which contains the taste cortex, was then removed and assayed for activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascades by using antibodies to the activated forms of various MAPKs. Extracellular responsive kinase 1-2 (ERK1-2) in the cortical homogenate was significantly activated within taste solution, without alteration in the total level of the ERK1-2 proteins. The activity subsided to basal levels within ERK1-2 was not activated when the taste was made familiar. The effect of the unfamiliar taste was specific to the insular cortex. Jun N-terminal kinase 1-2 (JNK1-2) was activated by drinking the taste but with a delayed time course, whereas the activity of Akt kinase and p38MAPK remained unchanged. Elk-1, a member of the ternary complex factor and an ERK/JNK downstream substrate, was activated with a time course similar to that of ERK1-2. Microinjection of a reversible inhibitor of MAPK/ERK kinase into the insular cortex shortly before exposure to the novel taste in a conditioned taste aversion training paradigm attenuated long-term taste aversion memory without significantly affecting short-term memory or the sensory, motor, and motivational faculties required to express long-term taste aversion memory. It was concluded that ERK and JNK are specifically and differentially activated in the insular cortex after exposure to a novel taste, and that this activation is required for consolidation of long-term taste memory.

  12. Enfermedad y síntomas respiratorios en niños de cinco municipios carboníferos del Cesar, Colombia

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    Quiroz-Arcentales, Leonardo; Hernández-Flórez, Luis J.; Agudelo Calderón, Carlos A.; Medina, Katalina; Robledo-Martínez, Rocío; Osorio-García, Samuel D.

    2013-01-01

    Objetivos Establecer la prevalencia de síntomas respiratorios y enfermedad respiratoria en niños menores de 12 años de municipios de influencia de la zona carbonífera del departamento del Cesar y posibles factores asociados. Métodos Estudio transversal en 1 627 niños menores de 10 años habitantes de municipios carboneros del Cesar expuestos a diferentes niveles de MP10 en los años 2008-2010, en quienes se midieron enfermedades y síntomas respiratorios relacionados con exposición a PM10, busca...

  13. Enfermedad y síntomas respiratorios en niños de cinco municipios carboníferos del cesar, colombia

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    Quiroz, Leonardo; Hernández Flórez, Luis Jorge; Agudelo, Carlos; Medina, Katalina; Robledo, Rocío; Osorio García, Samuel David

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    Objetivos Establecer la prevalencia de síntomas respiratorios y enfermedad respiratoria en niños menores de 12 años de municipios de influencia de la zona carbonífera del departamento del Cesar y posibles factores asociados.Métodos Estudio transversal en 1 627 niños menores de 10 años habitantes de municipios carboneros del Cesar expuestos a diferentes niveles de MP10 en los años 2008-2010, en quienes se midieron enfermedades y síntomas respiratorios relacionados con exposición a PM10, buscan...

  14. Gobierno electrónico: diagnóstico de eficiencia en municipios del programa MuNet II – Caso Panamá

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    Cortés-Sánchez, Julián David; Cardona, Diego Fernando; Wong, Maribel.

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    Este documento tiene el objetivo de presentar los resultados del diagnóstico de eficiencia en 26 municipios de Panamá durante la implementación del Programa de Gobierno Electrónico de la Organización de los Estados Americanos –oea– denominado Municipios Eficientes y Transparentes –MuNet–. Este diagnóstico se efectuó en los gobiernos municipales para obtener una visión general sobre factores relacionados con el manejo financiero y administrativo, las compras y obras públicas, la prestación de ...

  15. Mezcla de promoción para la comercialización de municipios turísticos. Estudio de caso en el municipio Gibara del destino Holguín/Cuba. Un acercamiento desde La Habana Vieja

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    Litzandra Guerrero Arias

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    Full Text Available El presente texto constituye un estudio de caso sobre Gibara, uno de los municipios de la provincia Holguín, de Cuba, que cuenta con numerosos y atractivos recursos insuficientemente explotados. Desde el punto de vista teórico se apoya en el Marketing Turístico como una opción ineludible para alcanzar importantes niveles de preferencia entre los consumidores y tiene como objetivo diseñar la mezcla de promoción comercial para Gibara como municipio turístico. Dentro de la investigación se utilizaron procedimientos lógicos del conocimiento científico, el enfoque teórico sistémico estructural, métodos empíricos relacionados con instrumentos sicosociales de búsqueda de información y la modelación como método teórico. Como resultado se obtuvo la propuesta metodológica para el diseño de la mezcla y se aplicaron de forma práctica el diseño de dos de sus instrumentos: el Programa de Publicidad y el Programa de Relaciones Públicas. Este estudio podría tributar al crecimiento del territorio como destino, pero también podría ser aplicable a otras localidades con potencialidades para el desarrollo del turismo.

  16. Mezcla de promoción para la comercialización de municipios turísticos. Estudio de caso en el municipio Gibara del destino Holguín/Cuba. Un acercamiento desde La Habana Vieja

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    Litzandra Guerrero Arias

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    Full Text Available El presente texto constituye un estudio de caso sobre Gibara, uno de los municipios de la provincia Holguín, de Cuba, que cuenta con numerosos y atractivos recursos insuficientemente explotados. Desde el punto de vista teórico se apoya en el Marketing Turístico como una opción ineludible para alcanzar importantes niveles de preferencia entre los consumidores y tiene como objetivo diseñar la mezcla de promoción comercial para Gibara como municipio turístico. Dentro de la investigación se utilizaron procedimientos lógicos del conocimiento científico, el enfoque teórico sistémico estructural, métodos empíricos relacionados con instrumentos sicosociales de búsqueda de información y la modelación como método teórico. Como resultado se obtuvo la propuesta metodológica para el diseño de la mezcla y se aplicaron de forma práctica el diseño de dos de sus instrumentos: el Programa de Publicidad y el Programa de Relaciones Públicas. Este estudio podría tributar al crecimiento del territorio como destino, pero también podría ser aplicable a otras localidades con potencialidades para el desarrollo del turismo.

  17. General Monte Carlo code MONK

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    Moore, J.G.

    1974-01-01

    The Monte Carlo code MONK is a general program written to provide a high degree of flexibility to the user. MONK is distinguished by its detailed representation of nuclear data in point form i.e., the cross-section is tabulated at specific energies instead of the more usual group representation. The nuclear data are unadjusted in the point form but recently the code has been modified to accept adjusted group data as used in fast and thermal reactor applications. The various geometrical handling capabilities and importance sampling techniques are described. In addition to the nuclear data aspects, the following features are also described; geometrical handling routines, tracking cycles, neutron source and output facilities. 12 references. (U.S.)

  18. Monte Carlo lattice program KIM

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    Cupini, E.; De Matteis, A.; Simonini, R.

    1980-01-01

    The Monte Carlo program KIM solves the steady-state linear neutron transport equation for a fixed-source problem or, by successive fixed-source runs, for the eigenvalue problem, in a two-dimensional thermal reactor lattice. Fluxes and reaction rates are the main quantities computed by the program, from which power distribution and few-group averaged cross sections are derived. The simulation ranges from 10 MeV to zero and includes anisotropic and inelastic scattering in the fast energy region, the epithermal Doppler broadening of the resonances of some nuclides, and the thermalization phenomenon by taking into account the thermal velocity distribution of some molecules. Besides the well known combinatorial geometry, the program allows complex configurations to be represented by a discrete set of points, an approach greatly improving calculation speed

  19. Monte Carlo simulation of experiments

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    Opat, G.I.

    1977-07-01

    An outline of the technique of computer simulation of particle physics experiments by the Monte Carlo method is presented. Useful special purpose subprograms are listed and described. At each stage the discussion is made concrete by direct reference to the programs SIMUL8 and its variant MONTE-PION, written to assist in the analysis of the radiative decay experiments μ + → e + ν sub(e) antiνγ and π + → e + ν sub(e)γ, respectively. These experiments were based on the use of two large sodium iodide crystals, TINA and MINA, as e and γ detectors. Instructions for the use of SIMUL8 and MONTE-PION are given. (author)

  20. Distortion of time interval reproduction in an epileptic patient with a focal lesion in the right anterior insular/inferior frontal cortices.

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    Monfort, Vincent; Pfeuty, Micha; Klein, Madelyne; Collé, Steffie; Brissart, Hélène; Jonas, Jacques; Maillard, Louis

    2014-11-01

    This case report on an epileptic patient suffering from a focal lesion at the junction of the right anterior insular cortex (AIC) and the adjacent inferior frontal cortex (IFC) provides the first evidence that damage to this brain region impairs temporal performance in a visual time reproduction task in which participants had to reproduce the presentation duration (3, 5 and 7s) of emotionally-neutral and -negative pictures. Strikingly, as compared to a group of healthy subjects, the AIC/IFC case considerably overestimated reproduction times despite normal variability. The effect was obtained in all duration and emotion conditions. Such a distortion in time reproduction was not observed in four other epileptic patients without insular or inferior frontal damage. Importantly, the absolute extent of temporal over-reproduction increased in proportion to the magnitude of the target durations, which concurs with the scalar property of interval timing, and points to an impairment of time-specific rather than of non temporal (such as motor) mechanisms. Our data suggest that the disability in temporal reproduction of the AIC/IFC case would result from a distorted memory representation of the encoded duration, occurring during the process of storage and/or of recovery from memory and leading to a deviation of the temporal judgment during the reproduction task. These findings support the recent proposal that the anterior insular/inferior frontal cortices would be involved in time interval representation. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Advanced Computational Methods for Monte Carlo Calculations

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    Brown, Forrest B. [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2018-01-12

    This course is intended for graduate students who already have a basic understanding of Monte Carlo methods. It focuses on advanced topics that may be needed for thesis research, for developing new state-of-the-art methods, or for working with modern production Monte Carlo codes.

  2. Nested Sampling with Constrained Hamiltonian Monte Carlo

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    Betancourt, M. J.

    2010-01-01

    Nested sampling is a powerful approach to Bayesian inference ultimately limited by the computationally demanding task of sampling from a heavily constrained probability distribution. An effective algorithm in its own right, Hamiltonian Monte Carlo is readily adapted to efficiently sample from any smooth, constrained distribution. Utilizing this constrained Hamiltonian Monte Carlo, I introduce a general implementation of the nested sampling algorithm.

  3. Monte Carlo Treatment Planning for Advanced Radiotherapy

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    This Ph.d. project describes the development of a workflow for Monte Carlo Treatment Planning for clinical radiotherapy plans. The workflow may be utilized to perform an independent dose verification of treatment plans. Modern radiotherapy treatment delivery is often conducted by dynamically...... modulating the intensity of the field during the irradiation. The workflow described has the potential to fully model the dynamic delivery, including gantry rotation during irradiation, of modern radiotherapy. Three corner stones of Monte Carlo Treatment Planning are identified: Building, commissioning...... and validation of a Monte Carlo model of a medical linear accelerator (i), converting a CT scan of a patient to a Monte Carlo compliant phantom (ii) and translating the treatment plan parameters (including beam energy, angles of incidence, collimator settings etc) to a Monte Carlo input file (iii). A protocol...

  4. The MC21 Monte Carlo Transport Code

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    Sutton TM; Donovan TJ; Trumbull TH; Dobreff PS; Caro E; Griesheimer DP; Tyburski LJ; Carpenter DC; Joo H

    2007-01-01

    MC21 is a new Monte Carlo neutron and photon transport code currently under joint development at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory and the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory. MC21 is the Monte Carlo transport kernel of the broader Common Monte Carlo Design Tool (CMCDT), which is also currently under development. The vision for CMCDT is to provide an automated, computer-aided modeling and post-processing environment integrated with a Monte Carlo solver that is optimized for reactor analysis. CMCDT represents a strategy to push the Monte Carlo method beyond its traditional role as a benchmarking tool or ''tool of last resort'' and into a dominant design role. This paper describes various aspects of the code, including the neutron physics and nuclear data treatments, the geometry representation, and the tally and depletion capabilities

  5. Monte Carlo simulation in nuclear medicine

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    Morel, Ch.

    2007-01-01

    The Monte Carlo method allows for simulating random processes by using series of pseudo-random numbers. It became an important tool in nuclear medicine to assist in the design of new medical imaging devices, optimise their use and analyse their data. Presently, the sophistication of the simulation tools allows the introduction of Monte Carlo predictions in data correction and image reconstruction processes. The availability to simulate time dependent processes opens up new horizons for Monte Carlo simulation in nuclear medicine. In a near future, these developments will allow to tackle simultaneously imaging and dosimetry issues and soon, case system Monte Carlo simulations may become part of the nuclear medicine diagnostic process. This paper describes some Monte Carlo method basics and the sampling methods that were developed for it. It gives a referenced list of different simulation software used in nuclear medicine and enumerates some of their present and prospective applications. (author)

  6. Costos de los servicios prestados por los hoteles tres estrellas del municipio Libertador del estado Mérida

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    Marysela Coromoto Morillo Moreno

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A objeto de describir el proceso de determinación de costos de los servicios prestados por los hoteles turísticos de tres estrellas del municipio Libertador del estado Mérida, de cara a la optimización de dicho proceso, se diseñó una investigación no experimental, en la cual se recolectaron datos a través de un guión de observación y la aplicación de una encuesta a los gerentes y administradores de dichos establecimientos. Los resultados indican que los hoteles ofrecen diversas opciones de alojamiento, además de diversos servicios (restaurantes, salones para eventos y lavanderías, los cuales poseen tarifas separadas. Por otra parte, el 72% de los hoteles tres estrellas del municipio mencionado calculan el costo total de todos los servicios que prestan, lo cual evidencia la existencia de un sistema de acumulación de costos inadecuado que imposibilita la disposición de información exacta y precisa acerca del costo de cada uno de los servicios prestados, lo que a su vez limita la toma de decisiones y la correcta operatividad empresarial. En este sentido, se sugiere la identificación de los objetos de costos en centros funcionales y operativos, así como métodos de asignación para el cálculo del costo de cada servicio

  7. Prevalencia de anticuerpos para Trypanosoma cruzi en caninos de dos municipios endémicos de Boyacá

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    Diego Manrique Abril

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo. evaluar la prevalencia de anticuerpos anti Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi en una muestra de caninos domésticos residentes en dos municipios endémicos. Materiales y métodos. Se tomaron muestras séricas de 20 caninos procedentes de hogares donde residen mujeres gestantes seropositivas y 40 perros habitantes de hogares de mujeres gestantes seronegativas en Miraflores y Moniquira, Boyacá. El análisis se realizó mediante prueba diagnóstica rápida dipstick de InBios. Resultados. Se encontró prevalencia del 16.7% en Moniquirá y del 13.3% Miraflores respectivamente con una prevalencia general del 15% en los dos municipios. Se halló riesgo 3 veces mayor de que ocurra la infección en caninos, en los hogares donde residen gestantes seropositivas; además la infestación por pulgas y garrapatas en el animal, hábitat cercano a la vivienda, se relacionan con mayor seropositividad en el canino. Conclusiones. La raza, el sexo, la presencia de aves en la casa y al examen clínico general son considerados factores pronósticos en en la infección por Trypanosoma cruzi en caninos. Como factores protectores se identificó la desparasitación y vacunación de los animales.

  8. Agenda pública local. Los casos de los municipios de El Carmen de Viboral y Turbo, Antioquia-Colombia

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    Olga Lucía Zapata Cortés

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    Full Text Available La conformación de la agenda gubernamental en los municipios de El Carmen de Viboral y Turbo recorrió caminos diferentes. En el primer caso, se propuso una Asamblea Municipal como espacio de participación en el marco de la formulación del Plan de Desarrollo; en el segundo caso, se prefirió la contratación de un consultor externo para la elaboración del Plan de Desarrollo y hubo escasa participación ciudadana. Mediante un estudio de caso, apoyado en el análisis documental y el enfoque de corrientes múltiples para el estudio de la agenda pública, se observan formas diferenciadas de conformar la agenda, así como de aprovechar la participación de las comunidades en este proceso. También se observa que a pesar de las capacidades y fortalezas que trae consigo la presencia de la universidad pública en estos municipios, la incidencia de la Universidad de Antioquia en la configuración de la agenda local es escasa.

  9. CARACTERIZACIÓN EN LA CADENA INFORMAL DE LA LECHE CRUDA EN EL MUNICIPIO DE POPAYÁN

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    Full Text Available La leche cruda, por sus componentes nutricionales se puede considerar un alimento completo; sin embargo, su estado líquido y el manejo dado, puede convertir al producto en un sustrato ideal para el desarrollo de microorganismos y transmisión de enfermedades. El objetivo de este trabajo fue determinar algunas características de los actores que hacen parte de la cadena de leche cruda en el Municipio de Popayán, a partir de las cuales se comprobó el cumplimiento o no, de las recomendaciones técnicas establecidas por la normatividad vigente, para cada eslabón. Para llevar a cabo este proceso, se encuestó a cada uno de los actores de la cadena láctea en Popayán y municipios cercanos, para posteriormente proceder a su análisis. Se obtuvo información de 2.305 actores, de los cuales 2.014 fueron consumidores (hogares, 195 correspondieron a productores, 60 a procesadoras artesanales (9 de empresas legalmente constituidas y 51 sin registro mercantil y 36 fueron actores del eslabón de acopio y distribución (25 ruteros y 11 distribuidores. Los resultados relacionados con las normas técnicas, obtenidos en cada eslabón, permitieron determinar que el 100% de los actores, no cumplen todas las recomendaciones técnicas, por lo cual son considerados actores informales.

  10. Cumplimiento del tratamiento antihipertensivo por pacientes hipertensos dispensarizados en dos municipios de Ciudad de La Habana: FAREP2

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    Germán Vergel Rivera

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    Full Text Available El tratamiento adecuado para la hipertensión arterial es imprescindible para disminuir las complicaciones que de ella se derivan. El grado de cumplimiento del tratamiento medicamentoso indicado, así como posibles factores que incidan en él y la relación entre su cumplimiento y el control de la presión arterial, fueron los objetivos de este trabajo realizado con 756 pacientes hipertensos dispensarizados en consultorios de médicos de la familia de los municipios 10 de Octubre y Guanabacoa en Ciudad de La Habana. En 10 de Octubre, los pacientes resultaron ser más cumplidores del tratamiento medicamentoso que en el municipio Guanabacoa. La edad, el sexo y la escolaridad no influyeron significativamente en ello, aunque, se observó un mayor cumplimiento por los pacientes mayores de 65 años. La falta de información y disciplina de la población fueron las causas principales del no cumplimiento. El tratamiento antihipertensivo utilizado parece ser eficaz para controlar la hipertensión arterial.

  11. El empadronamiento de la población extranjera en los municipios andaluces de 1998 a 2010

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    Enrique Ortega Rivera

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    Full Text Available En este artículo se analiza la evolución del empadronamiento de la población extranjera en los municipios andaluces desde 1998 hasta 2010, así como sus patrones temporales y espaciales. A partir de los datos sobre altas padronales de las Estadísticas de Variaciones Residenciales (INE, se demuestra que su evolución se ha visto jalonada por significativos cambios legislativos y eco- nómicos como han sido la Regularización de 2000, la Normalización de 2005, la entrada de Ru- manía en la Unión Europea; y finalmente, la crisis económica a partir del segundo semestre de 2008. A partir del análisis territorial del empadronamiento se da cuenta del efecto diferencial de estos cambios en el ámbito geográfico andaluz, estableciéndose diversas tipologías de municipios reflejo de la evolución de las altas, sus características y las pautas de localización espacial de los extranjeros.

  12. Evasive mating behaviour by female nurse sharks, Ginglymostoma cirratum (Bonnaterre, 1788, in an equatorial insular breeding ground

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Mating events and aggregations of vulnerable nurse sharks Ginglymostoma cirratum were recorded in the insular protected area of Fernando de Noronha (FEN, Brazil, between April and August 2015. Female sharks were observed clustering in groups of up to 14 individuals in shallow water adjacent to the shore. Several evasive mating behaviours in the presence of males were noticed, including shoreward movement, positioning ventral side up at the sea surface with emerged pectoral and pelvic fins, body rolling and caudal fin thrashing. Fresh bite marks indicative of male courtship and coupling attempts were visible in female's pectoral and caudal fins. Altogether, the observed behaviours match previous reports of non-cooperative female nurse sharks during mating opportunities. An extended mating season coupled with a persistent use of inshore habitats result in nurse sharks being particularly vulnerable to human pressure during a most sensitive stage of their life cycle. The effective conservation of nurse shark populations from the western South Atlantic may thus depend on the protection of critical habitats where this species aggregates to reproduce. Explicitly addressing environmental requirements by vulnerable species in local management strategies is indispensable to ensure that human pressure, including ecotourism development, does not collide with stipulated conservation aims.

  13. Dynamics of avian haemosporidian assemblages through millennial time scales inferred from insular biotas of the West Indies.

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    Soares, Leticia; Latta, Steven C; Ricklefs, Robert E

    2017-06-20

    Although introduced hemosporidian (malaria) parasites (Apicomplexa: Haemosporida) have hastened the extinction of endemic bird species in the Hawaiian Islands and perhaps elsewhere, little is known about the temporal dynamics of endemic malaria parasite populations. Haemosporidian parasites do not leave informative fossils, and records of population change are lacking beyond a few decades. Here, we take advantage of the isolation of West Indian land-bridge islands by rising postglacial sea levels to estimate rates of change in hemosporidian parasite assemblages over a millennial time frame. Several pairs of West Indian islands have been connected and separated by falling and rising sea levels associated with the advance and retreat of Pleistocene continental glaciers. We use island isolation following postglacial sea-level rise, ca. 2.5 ka, to characterize long-term change in insular assemblages of hemosporidian parasites. We find that assemblages on formerly connected islands are as differentiated as assemblages on islands that have never been connected, and both are more differentiated than local assemblages sampled up to two decades apart. Differentiation of parasite assemblages between formerly connected islands reflects variation in the prevalence of shared hemosporidian lineages, whereas differentiation between islands isolated by millions of years reflects replacement of hemosporidian lineages infecting similar assemblages of avian host species.

  14. Sodium butyrate into the insular cortex during conditioned taste-aversion acquisition delays aversive taste memory extinction.

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    Núñez-Jaramillo, Luis; Reyes-López, Julian; Miranda, María Isabel

    2014-04-16

    Histone acetylation is one mechanism that promotes gene expression, and it increases during learning of various tasks. Specifically, novel taste consumption produces an increased acetylation of histone lysine residues in the insular cortex (IC), where protein synthesis is crucial during memory consolidation of conditioned taste aversion (CTA). However, the role of this elevated histone acetylation during CTA learning has not been examined directly. Thus, the present study investigated the effects of sodium butyrate (NaBu), a histone deacetylase inhibitor, injected into the IC during CTA acquisition. Male Wistar rats, IC bilaterally implanted, were injected 60 min before saccharine presentation, with a total volume of 0.5 µl of NaBu solution (100, 500, and 10 µg/0.5 µl) or saline; 30 min later animals were injected intraperitoneally with lithium chloride, a malaise-inducing drug. The next day, CTA retrieval was tested. No effects of NaBu were observed during acquisition or retrieval, but during extinction trials, a significant delay in aversive memory extinction was observed in the group injected with the lowest NaBu dose. This result indicates that NaBu in the IC strengthens CTA and delays aversive memory extinction, and suggests that histone acetylation could increase long-term taste-aversive memory strength.

  15. Acute infusion of brain-derived neurotrophic factor in the insular cortex promotes conditioned taste aversion extinction.

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    Rodríguez-Serrano, Luis M; Ramírez-León, Betsabee; Rodríguez-Durán, Luis F; Escobar, Martha L

    2014-12-01

    Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has emerged as one of the most potent molecular mediators not only for synaptic plasticity, but also for the behavioral organism-environment interactions. Our previous studies in the insular cortex (IC), a neocortical region that has been related with acquisition and retention of conditioned taste aversion (CTA), have demonstrated that intracortical microinfusion of BDNF induces a lasting potentiation of synaptic efficacy in the basolateral amygdaloid nucleus (Bla)-IC projection and enhances the retention of CTA memory of adult rats in vivo. The aim of the present study was to analyze whether acute BDNF-infusion in the IC modifies the extinction of CTA. Accordingly, animals were trained in the CTA task and received bilateral IC microinfusions of BDNF before extinction training. Our results showed that taste aversion was significantly reduced in BDNF rats from the first extinction trial. Additionally, we found that the effect of BDNF on taste aversion did not require extinction training. Finally we showed that the BDNF effect does not degrade the original taste aversion memory trace. These results emphasize that BDNF activity underlies memory extinction in neocortical areas and support the idea that BDNF is a key regulator and mediator of long-term synaptic modifications. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Insular identity and urban contexts: representations of the local in the construction of an image of Palma (Mallorca, Balearic Islands

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    Mercè Picornell

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available This article analyses the relationship between island and city in the configuration of an insular identity. The hypothesis addresses the special visibility that, in the case of small islands, results from the confrontation between two relevant singularities – the city and the island – in the symbolic conceptualization of territory. The opposition between island contexts and urban spaces is thus considered in terms of the local/global and rural/urban binaries. These are analysed in contemporary cultural representations of the relationship between the island of Mallorca and its historical and administrative capital, Palma. Since the 1960s, Mallorca has become a mass tourism destination with a considerable demographic impact, especially in the capital, which is the island’s gateway for both tourism and immigration. This paper considers geographical, literary and media discourses along with particular mass-consumption cultural products to argue that Palma is represented as a predatory ‘monster’ devouring the island’s ‘local’ identity. It is argued that different types of neo-ruralism have emerged and reinforced the opposition between the island and the city. This opposition underlies a process of counter-acculturation that delineates and strengthens Mallorcan self-representation in a context defined by an increasingly diverse population as a result of tourism and migratory flows.

  17. Time and decision making: differential contribution of the posterior insular cortex and the striatum during a delay discounting task.

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    Wittmann, Marc; Leland, David S; Paulus, Martin P

    2007-06-01

    Delay discounting refers to the fact that an immediate reward is valued more than the same reward if it occurs some time in the future. To examine the neural substrates underlying this process, we studied 13 healthy volunteers who repeatedly had to decide between an immediate and parametrically varied delayed hypothetical reward using a delay discounting task during event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging. Subject's preference judgments resulted in different discounting slopes for shorter ( or =1 year) delays. Neural activation associated with the shorter delays relative to the longer delays was associated with increased activation in the head of the left caudate nucleus and putamen. When individuals selected the delayed relative to the immediate reward, a strong activation was found in bilateral posterior insular cortex. Several brain areas including the left caudate nucleus showed a correlation between the behaviorally determined discounting and brain activation for the contrast of intervals with delays or =1 year. These results suggest that (1) the posterior insula, which is a critical component of the decision-making neural network, is involved in delaying gratification and (2) the degree of neural activation in the striatum, which plays a fundamental role in reward prediction and in time estimation, may code for the time delay.

  18. Experience of the Canary Islands in the development of insular 100% RES systems and micro-grids

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    Piernavieja, Gonzalo; Suarez, Salvador; Henriquez, Daniel [Instituto Tecnologico de Canarias (Canary Islands Institute of Technology - ITC), Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (Spain). RandD Div.

    2010-07-01

    Given the mentioned circumstances, conventional energy planning in the Canary Islands is a very complex task. The Regional Energy Plan PECAN (2007-2015) tries to correct the existing critical situation setting, among others, the ambitious goal of >25% electricity from RES (mostly wind) for 2015. In parallel to this conventional energy planning, outstanding initiatives in the distributed generation field are underway. ITC vision is that the Canarian Archipelago, given its particular characteristics (insular systems of different sizes, abundant RES potential -different sources-, important natural and biodiversity heritage, etc.), are a laboratory for testing and demonstrating new energy technologies in real conditions, as well as their commercial implementation. These new technologies include energy storage (particularly for excess RES that cannot be absorbed by the grids), development of 100% energy self- sufficiency models (with exclusive use of RES) and micro-/minigrids with high RES penetration and RES forecasting, including advanced ICTs and sustainable mobility concepts (e.g. V2G technologies). Given the high conventional generation costs and the relatively low RES costs (wind electricity production cost is less than 0.03 Euro/kWh), the Canary Islands could in the short term achieve grid parity, and in this sense pioneer the change to a RES based energy system. Models tested on the islands could be exported or extrapolated to our islands, regions of developing countries and even other regions in continental Europe. (orig.)

  19. Population structure and genetic variability of mainland and insular populations of the Neotropical water rat, Nectomys squamipes (Rodentia, Sigmodontinae

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    Francisca C. Almeida

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Seven microsatellite loci were used to investigate the genetic variability and structure of six mainland and two island populations of the Neotropical water rat Nectomys squamipes, a South American semi-aquatic rodent species with a wide distribution. High levels of variability were found within mainland populations while island populations were less variable but the more differentiated in respect to allele number and frequency. The time of biological divergence between mainland and island populations coincided with geological data. A significant geographic structure was found in mainland populations (theta = 0.099; rho = 0.086 although the degree of differentiation was relatively low in respect to the distance between surveyed localities (24 to 740 km. Genetic and geographic distances were not positively correlated as previously found with random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD markers. Significant but low genetic differentiation in the mainland and lack of isolation by distance can be explained by large population size and/or recent population expansion. Additionally, the agreement between the age of geologic events (sea level fluctuations and divergence times for insular populations points to a good reference for molecular clock calibration to associate recent environmental changes and the distribution pattern of small mammals in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest.

  20. The insular cortex: relationship to skin conductance responses to facial expression of emotion in temporal lobe epilepsy.

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    Banks, Sarah J; Bellerose, Jenny; Douglas, Danielle; Jones-Gotman, Marilyn

    2014-03-01

    The insula plays an important role both in emotion processing and in the generation of epileptic seizures. In the current study we examined thickness of insular cortices and bilateral skin conductance responses (SCR) in healthy subjects in addition to a small number of patients with temporal lobe epilepsy. SCR measures arousal and is used to assess non-conscious responses to emotional stimuli. We used two emotion tasks, one explicitly about emotion and the other implicit. The explicit task required judgments about emotions being expressed in photographs of faces, while the implicit one required judgments about the age of the people in the photographs. Patients and healthy differed in labeling neutral faces, but not other emotions. They also differed in their SCR to emotions, though the profile depended on which hand the recordings were from. Finally, we found relationships between the thickness of the insula and SCR to each task: in the healthy group the thickness of the left insula was related to SCR to the emotion-labeling task; in the patient group it was between the thickness of the right insula and SCR in the age-labeling task. These patterns were evident only for the right hand recordings, thus underscoring the importance of bilateral recordings.

  1. In favor of general probability distributions: lateral prefrontal and insular cortices respond to stimulus inherent, but irrelevant differences.

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    Mestres-Missé, Anna; Trampel, Robert; Turner, Robert; Kotz, Sonja A

    2016-04-01

    A key aspect of optimal behavior is the ability to predict what will come next. To achieve this, we must have a fairly good idea of the probability of occurrence of possible outcomes. This is based both on prior knowledge about a particular or similar situation and on immediately relevant new information. One question that arises is: when considering converging prior probability and external evidence, is the most probable outcome selected or does the brain represent degrees of uncertainty, even highly improbable ones? Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, the current study explored these possibilities by contrasting words that differ in their probability of occurrence, namely, unbalanced ambiguous words and unambiguous words. Unbalanced ambiguous words have a strong frequency-based bias towards one meaning, while unambiguous words have only one meaning. The current results reveal larger activation in lateral prefrontal and insular cortices in response to dominant ambiguous compared to unambiguous words even when prior and contextual information biases one interpretation only. These results suggest a probability distribution, whereby all outcomes and their associated probabilities of occurrence--even if very low--are represented and maintained.

  2. The extreme insular adaptation of Garganornis ballmanni Meijer, 2014: a giant Anseriformes of the Neogene of the Mediterranean Basin

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    Meijer, Hanneke J. M.; Rossi, Maria Adelaide; Göhlich, Ursula B.

    2017-01-01

    New skeletal elements of the recently described endemic giant anseriform Garganornis ballmanni Meijer, 2014 are presented, coming from the type-area of the Gargano and from Scontrone, southern and central Italy, respectively. The new remains represent the first bird remains found at Scontrone so far, and another shared element between these two localities, both part of the Apulia-Abruzzi Palaeobioprovince. The presence of a very reduced carpometacarpus confirms its flightlessness, only previously supposed on the basis of the very large size, while the morphologies of tarsometatarsus and posterior phalanges clearly indicate the adaptation of G. ballmanni to a terrestrial, non-aquatic, lifestyle. Its very large body size is similar to that observed in different, heavily modified, insular waterfowl and has been normally interpreted as the response to the absence of terrestrial predators and a protection from the aerial ones. The presence of a carpal knob in the proximal carpometacarpus also indicates a fighting behaviour for this large terrestrial bird species. PMID:28280574

  3. Flora medicinal en San Nicolás, municipio de Malinalco, Estado de México

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    Laura White-Olascoaga

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Se determinaron aspectos sobre el hábitat, uso y función de los recursos vegetales utilizados en la medicina tradicional, en la comunidad de San Nicolás, municipio de Malinalco, ubicada al sur del Estado de México. De enero de 2010 a enero de 2011 se aplicaron entrevistas a 30 hombres y mujeres, de entre 20 y 60 años de edad. La observación directa y participativa permitió verifi car la función y manejo de las plantas. Se registraron 165 especies correspondientes a 147 géneros y 70 familias de plantas vasculares. Las especies utilizadas en la medicina tradicional se agruparon en 13 clases o categorías de acuerdo con el tipo de enfermedad en que se utilizan. Las categorías de plantas medicinales que mostraron las mayores frecuencias de utilización se relacionan con el tratamiento de enfermedades del aparato digestivo, aparato respiratorio, enfermedades asociadas con la nutrición y sistema endócrino, además de las referidas como síndromes de filiación cultural.Las plantas medicinales se presentaron en dos diferentes hábitat; 45.4% son especies pertenecientes a la flora viaria y el 54.5% prosperan en agroecosistemas familiares, llamados localmente huertos o solares. Aproximadamente un tercio de las especies eran cultivadas y el resto silvestres. Tres cuartos de las especies presentan una distribución natural en América, y las demás han sido introducidas de ultramar. Los datos muestran que el mayor número de especies utilizadas para fines medicinales se encuentran en los huertos. Esto implica nuevos retos debido a que los huertos familiares tradicionales están siendo utilizados para fines diversos, como la construcción de viviendas o establecimientos comerciales, ocasionando pérdida de germoplasma in situ y en consecuencia pérdida de la biodiversidad en este territorio del subtrópico mexicano.

  4. Caracterización de la infertilidad en el municipio Pinar del Río

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    Hugo Fernández Borbón

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: la infertilidad de la pareja se ha reconocido como un problema médico-social de la salud reproductiva en el nivel mundial. Cuba no está exenta de ello. Objetivo: caracterizar la infertilidad en el municipio Pinar del Río. Método: se realizó un estudio retrospectivo longitudinal y descriptivo de 118 parejas infértiles que asistieron a la consulta municipal, durante el periodo comprendido 2010 - 2012 en Pinar del Río. Para ello se analizó variables como la edad, tiempo y tipo de infertilidad, causas e infecciones relacionadas con estas. Los datos obtenidos se agruparon en tablas simples y para su análisis se utilizaron los métodos de la estadística descriptiva, y las variables cualitativas se resumieron según frecuencias absolutas y relativas porcentuales, además para la edad se calculó la media del grupo y su desviación estándar. Resultados: del total de 118 parejas estudiadas, se logró 28 embarazos para un tasa de 23,7 %, predominó la infertilidad secundaria, sobre todo de causa femenina 56 pacientes (47,5% seguida de la mixta. El mayor número de pacientes atendidas, fue entre 20 y 34 años, lo que representó 80,5 % del total de la muestra. Más de la mitad 55,1 % tenían al menos un aborto y el 35,6 % no tenían hijos. La causa etiológica más frecuente resultó la infección genital en las féminas y de ellas la Cándida spp., Con un 37,9 %, le siguió la oligoastenozoospermia 21,6 % como causa infertilidad masculina más atendida. Conclusiones: se concluye que; la infertilidad en las parejas estudiadas se encontró fundamentalmente en edades optimas para la reproducción, predominó la infertilidad secundaria, el antecedente de aborto e infecciones genitales siguen siendo pilar importante en las féminas y la oligoastenozoospermia la causa fundamental de infertilidad masculina en esta investigación.

  5. Evaluación de la concentración de mercurio en arroz (Oryza sativa crudo y cocido procedente del municipio de San Marcos- Sucre y zona aurífera del municipio de Ayapel - Córdoba

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    Marcela P. Argumedo G.

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: Los metales se encuentran en todos los alimentos, siendo de mayor preocupación la presencia de metales tóxicos como el mercurio, debido a los efectos adversos que causa en la salud del hombre, lo que lo ha convertido en un grave problema de salud pública. Objetivo: Evaluar la concentración de mercurio en arroz (Oryza sativa crudo y cocido procedente del municipio de San Marcos - Sucre y zona aurífera del municipio de Ayapel - Córdoba. Metodología: El presente estudio es de tipo exploratorio y experimental. La toma de muestras fue realizada en tiempo de recolección del arroz (septiembre y se tomaron tres repeticiones de cada tipo o variedad de arroz (Fedearroz 2000 - LD 473. La cocción del alimento fue realizada en el laboratorio en condiciones similares a las utilizadas por habitantes de las comunidades donde fueron recolectadas las muestras. Para los análisis de relación estadística entre los tratamientos de cocción y la concentración de mercurio total en muestras, fue realizado un análisis de correlación simple. La determinación de diferencias estadísticamente significativas entre las muestras de arroz crudo y cocido fue realizada mediante un t-test y Anova. Resultados: Se presentaron concentraciones bajas de mercurio total y metilmercurio en las muestras de arroz crudo y cocido. Además, fue detectado que el proceso de cocción del alimento disminuye las concentraciones de HgT, en los diferentes tratamientos de tiempo de cocción. Conclusiones: Los habitantes de los municipios en estudio están expuestos a concentraciones mínimas de mercurio que podrían ser perjudiciales para su salud, debido a la alta ingesta de este cereal en la dieta de las comunidades.

  6. Los municipios de la "otra Colombia" en la política de descentralización: Balance de la situación y propuestas

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    Alberto Maldonado

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available En este documento se presenta un breve análisis del lugar que han ocupado los municipios pequeños y atrasados -los de la "Otra Colombia" en las políticas de descentralización y ordenamiento territorial durante las dos últimas décadas, analizar la situación actual y formular recomendaciones para una política de apoyo a este grupo de municipios, con énfasis en aquellos que presentan serios problemas de cultivos ilícitos y violencia. La idea central que orienta el documento es la necesidad de elaborar una política explícita de apoyo a los municipios pequeños y atrasados del país, con énfasis en aquellos afectados en especial por cultivos ilícitos y altos niveles de violencia, que se enmarque en los lineamientos generales de la descentralización pero que reconozca las particularidades de este conjunto de unidades territoriales. El documento desarrolla las siguientes partes: antecedentes de las políticas de descentralización y caracterización de los municipios de la «Otra Colombia»; los objetivos de la descentralización y el ordenamiento territorial; los instrumentos; los avances y resultados alcanzados; los factores explicativos de dichos avances y resultados; y los lineamientos de política.

  7. Proyecto de mejora y acondicionamiento como apeadero multimodal de la parcela ARI-T03 y de varios viales en el municipio de San Fernando (Cádiz)

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    2014-01-01

    El objeto del presente Proyecto es definir las obras necesarias para la correcta ejecución de las obras de mejora y acondicionamiento como apeadero multimodal de la parcela ARI-T03 y de varios viales, en el municipio de San Fernando (Cádiz).

  8. Monte Carlo Codes Invited Session

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    Trama, J.C.; Malvagi, F.; Brown, F.

    2013-01-01

    This document lists 22 Monte Carlo codes used in radiation transport applications throughout the world. For each code the names of the organization and country and/or place are given. We have the following computer codes. 1) ARCHER, USA, RPI; 2) COG11, USA, LLNL; 3) DIANE, France, CEA/DAM Bruyeres; 4) FLUKA, Italy and CERN, INFN and CERN; 5) GEANT4, International GEANT4 collaboration; 6) KENO and MONACO (SCALE), USA, ORNL; 7) MC21, USA, KAPL and Bettis; 8) MCATK, USA, LANL; 9) MCCARD, South Korea, Seoul National University; 10) MCNP6, USA, LANL; 11) MCU, Russia, Kurchatov Institute; 12) MONK and MCBEND, United Kingdom, AMEC; 13) MORET5, France, IRSN Fontenay-aux-Roses; 14) MVP2, Japan, JAEA; 15) OPENMC, USA, MIT; 16) PENELOPE, Spain, Barcelona University; 17) PHITS, Japan, JAEA; 18) PRIZMA, Russia, VNIITF; 19) RMC, China, Tsinghua University; 20) SERPENT, Finland, VTT; 21) SUPERMONTECARLO, China, CAS INEST FDS Team Hefei; and 22) TRIPOLI-4, France, CEA Saclay

  9. Advanced computers and Monte Carlo

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    Jordan, T.L.

    1979-01-01

    High-performance parallelism that is currently available is synchronous in nature. It is manifested in such architectures as Burroughs ILLIAC-IV, CDC STAR-100, TI ASC, CRI CRAY-1, ICL DAP, and many special-purpose array processors designed for signal processing. This form of parallelism has apparently not been of significant value to many important Monte Carlo calculations. Nevertheless, there is much asynchronous parallelism in many of these calculations. A model of a production code that requires up to 20 hours per problem on a CDC 7600 is studied for suitability on some asynchronous architectures that are on the drawing board. The code is described and some of its properties and resource requirements ae identified to compare with corresponding properties and resource requirements are identified to compare with corresponding properties and resource requirements are identified to compare with corresponding properties and resources of some asynchronous multiprocessor architectures. Arguments are made for programer aids and special syntax to identify and support important asynchronous parallelism. 2 figures, 5 tables

  10. Adaptive Markov Chain Monte Carlo

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    Jadoon, Khan

    2016-08-08

    A substantial interpretation of electromagnetic induction (EMI) measurements requires quantifying optimal model parameters and uncertainty of a nonlinear inverse problem. For this purpose, an adaptive Bayesian Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) algorithm is used to assess multi-orientation and multi-offset EMI measurements in an agriculture field with non-saline and saline soil. In the MCMC simulations, posterior distribution was computed using Bayes rule. The electromagnetic forward model based on the full solution of Maxwell\\'s equations was used to simulate the apparent electrical conductivity measured with the configurations of EMI instrument, the CMD mini-Explorer. The model parameters and uncertainty for the three-layered earth model are investigated by using synthetic data. Our results show that in the scenario of non-saline soil, the parameters of layer thickness are not well estimated as compared to layers electrical conductivity because layer thicknesses in the model exhibits a low sensitivity to the EMI measurements, and is hence difficult to resolve. Application of the proposed MCMC based inversion to the field measurements in a drip irrigation system demonstrate that the parameters of the model can be well estimated for the saline soil as compared to the non-saline soil, and provide useful insight about parameter uncertainty for the assessment of the model outputs.

  11. Importance iteration in MORSE Monte Carlo calculations

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    Kloosterman, J.L.; Hoogenboom, J.E.

    1994-01-01

    An expression to calculate point values (the expected detector response of a particle emerging from a collision or the source) is derived and implemented in the MORSE-SGC/S Monte Carlo code. It is outlined how these point values can be smoothed as a function of energy and as a function of the optical thickness between the detector and the source. The smoothed point values are subsequently used to calculate the biasing parameters of the Monte Carlo runs to follow. The method is illustrated by an example that shows that the obtained biasing parameters lead to a more efficient Monte Carlo calculation

  12. Monte Carlo approaches to light nuclei

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    1990-01-01

    Significant progress has been made recently in the application of Monte Carlo methods to the study of light nuclei. We review new Green's function Monte Carlo results for the alpha particle, Variational Monte Carlo studies of 16 O, and methods for low-energy scattering and transitions. Through these calculations, a coherent picture of the structure and electromagnetic properties of light nuclei has arisen. In particular, we examine the effect of the three-nucleon interaction and the importance of exchange currents in a variety of experimentally measured properties, including form factors and capture cross sections. 29 refs., 7 figs

  13. Monte Carlo approaches to light nuclei

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    Carlson, J.

    1990-01-01

    Significant progress has been made recently in the application of Monte Carlo methods to the study of light nuclei. We review new Green's function Monte Carlo results for the alpha particle, Variational Monte Carlo studies of {sup 16}O, and methods for low-energy scattering and transitions. Through these calculations, a coherent picture of the structure and electromagnetic properties of light nuclei has arisen. In particular, we examine the effect of the three-nucleon interaction and the importance of exchange currents in a variety of experimentally measured properties, including form factors and capture cross sections. 29 refs., 7 figs.

  14. Importance iteration in MORSE Monte Carlo calculations

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    Kloosterman, J.L.; Hoogenboom, J.E.

    1994-02-01

    An expression to calculate point values (the expected detector response of a particle emerging from a collision or the source) is derived and implemented in the MORSE-SGC/S Monte Carlo code. It is outlined how these point values can be smoothed as a function of energy and as a function of the optical thickness between the detector and the source. The smoothed point values are subsequently used to calculate the biasing parameters of the Monte Carlo runs to follow. The method is illustrated by an example, which shows that the obtained biasing parameters lead to a more efficient Monte Carlo calculation. (orig.)

  15. Monte carlo simulation for soot dynamics

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    Zhou, Kun

    2012-01-01

    A new Monte Carlo method termed Comb-like frame Monte Carlo is developed to simulate the soot dynamics. Detailed stochastic error analysis is provided. Comb-like frame Monte Carlo is coupled with the gas phase solver Chemkin II to simulate soot formation in a 1-D premixed burner stabilized flame. The simulated soot number density, volume fraction, and particle size distribution all agree well with the measurement available in literature. The origin of the bimodal distribution of particle size distribution is revealed with quantitative proof.

  16. Distribución y tendencia de la tuberculosis por grupos de edades y por municipios en Ciudad de la Habana, Cuba (1986-1998

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    Borroto Gutiérrez Susana

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Fundamento: La provincia Ciudad de la Habana, capital de Cuba y con la mayor densidad poblacional, aporta alrededor del 27% de los casos nuevos de tuberculosis. El presente artículo propone describir la distribución y tendencia de las tasas de incidencia de tuberculosis (1986-1998 por municipios y edades en la provincia Ciudad de la Habana. Método: Se calcularon las tasas y el porcentaje de variación total de las tasas, así como el promedio anual de variación en dos etapas y entre ellas (1986-93 y 1994-98. Las tendencias se calcularon mediante regresión lineal simple. Resultados: De 1986 a 1993 la tasa de incidencia provincial ascendió un 6%. De 1994 a 1998 decreció en 7.3%. Los 3 municipios con mayor densidad poblacional mostraron mayor incremento en las tasas. De los 15 municipios sólo en el de La Lisa disminuyeron las tasas durante todo el período. Las tasas por edades fueron similares en todos los municipios, más altas en sujetos ³65 años. El 0.6% de los casos notificados correspondían a personas menores de 15 años. Las tasas de tuberculosis infantil fueron muy bajas en el período estudiado. Conclusiones: Las diferencias en los municipios requieren de acciones diferenciadas para lograr mayor impacto y repercusión en el país. El descenso de las tasas observado en los últimos 3 años denota el control de la epidemia y la recuperación del programa nacional de control de la tuberculosis.

  17. 11th International Conference on Monte Carlo and Quasi-Monte Carlo Methods in Scientific Computing

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    2016-01-01

    This book presents the refereed proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Monte Carlo and Quasi-Monte Carlo Methods in Scientific Computing that was held at the University of Leuven (Belgium) in April 2014. These biennial conferences are major events for Monte Carlo and quasi-Monte Carlo researchers. The proceedings include articles based on invited lectures as well as carefully selected contributed papers on all theoretical aspects and applications of Monte Carlo and quasi-Monte Carlo methods. Offering information on the latest developments in these very active areas, this book is an excellent reference resource for theoreticians and practitioners interested in solving high-dimensional computational problems, arising, in particular, in finance, statistics and computer graphics.

  18. Quantum Monte Carlo approaches for correlated systems

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    Becca, Federico

    2017-01-01

    Over the past several decades, computational approaches to studying strongly-interacting systems have become increasingly varied and sophisticated. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to state-of-the-art quantum Monte Carlo techniques relevant for applications in correlated systems. Providing a clear overview of variational wave functions, and featuring a detailed presentation of stochastic samplings including Markov chains and Langevin dynamics, which are developed into a discussion of Monte Carlo methods. The variational technique is described, from foundations to a detailed description of its algorithms. Further topics discussed include optimisation techniques, real-time dynamics and projection methods, including Green's function, reptation and auxiliary-field Monte Carlo, from basic definitions to advanced algorithms for efficient codes, and the book concludes with recent developments on the continuum space. Quantum Monte Carlo Approaches for Correlated Systems provides an extensive reference ...

  19. Monte Carlo simulations for plasma physics

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    Okamoto, M.; Murakami, S.; Nakajima, N.; Wang, W.X.

    2000-07-01

    Plasma behaviours are very complicated and the analyses are generally difficult. However, when the collisional processes play an important role in the plasma behaviour, the Monte Carlo method is often employed as a useful tool. For examples, in neutral particle injection heating (NBI heating), electron or ion cyclotron heating, and alpha heating, Coulomb collisions slow down high energetic particles and pitch angle scatter them. These processes are often studied by the Monte Carlo technique and good agreements can be obtained with the experimental results. Recently, Monte Carlo Method has been developed to study fast particle transports associated with heating and generating the radial electric field. Further it is applied to investigating the neoclassical transport in the plasma with steep gradients of density and temperatures which is beyong the conventional neoclassical theory. In this report, we briefly summarize the researches done by the present authors utilizing the Monte Carlo method. (author)

  20. Frontiers of quantum Monte Carlo workshop: preface

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    1985-01-01

    The introductory remarks, table of contents, and list of attendees are presented from the proceedings of the conference, Frontiers of Quantum Monte Carlo, which appeared in the Journal of Statistical Physics

  1. Monte Carlo code development in Los Alamos

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    Carter, L.L.; Cashwell, E.D.; Everett, C.J.; Forest, C.A.; Schrandt, R.G.; Taylor, W.M.; Thompson, W.L.; Turner, G.D.

    1974-01-01

    The present status of Monte Carlo code development at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory is discussed. A brief summary is given of several of the most important neutron, photon, and electron transport codes. 17 references. (U.S.)

  2. "Shaakal" Carlos kaebas arreteerija kohtusse / Margo Pajuste

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    2006-01-01

    Ilmunud ka: Postimees : na russkom jazõke 3. juuli lk. 11. Vangistatud kurikuulus terrorist "Shaakal" Carlos alustas kohtuasja oma kunagise vahistaja vastu. Ta süüdistab Prantsusmaa luureteenistuse endist juhti inimröövis

  3. Experience with the Monte Carlo Method

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    Hussein, E M.A. [Department of Mechanical Engineering University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, N.B., (Canada)

    2007-06-15

    Monte Carlo simulation of radiation transport provides a powerful research and design tool that resembles in many aspects laboratory experiments. Moreover, Monte Carlo simulations can provide an insight not attainable in the laboratory. However, the Monte Carlo method has its limitations, which if not taken into account can result in misleading conclusions. This paper will present the experience of this author, over almost three decades, in the use of the Monte Carlo method for a variety of applications. Examples will be shown on how the method was used to explore new ideas, as a parametric study and design optimization tool, and to analyze experimental data. The consequences of not accounting in detail for detector response and the scattering of radiation by surrounding structures are two of the examples that will be presented to demonstrate the pitfall of condensed.

  4. Experience with the Monte Carlo Method

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    Hussein, E.M.A.

    2007-01-01

    Monte Carlo simulation of radiation transport provides a powerful research and design tool that resembles in many aspects laboratory experiments. Moreover, Monte Carlo simulations can provide an insight not attainable in the laboratory. However, the Monte Carlo method has its limitations, which if not taken into account can result in misleading conclusions. This paper will present the experience of this author, over almost three decades, in the use of the Monte Carlo method for a variety of applications. Examples will be shown on how the method was used to explore new ideas, as a parametric study and design optimization tool, and to analyze experimental data. The consequences of not accounting in detail for detector response and the scattering of radiation by surrounding structures are two of the examples that will be presented to demonstrate the pitfall of condensed

  5. Monte Carlo Transport for Electron Thermal Transport

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    Chenhall, Jeffrey; Cao, Duc; Moses, Gregory

    2015-11-01

    The iSNB (implicit Schurtz Nicolai Busquet multigroup electron thermal transport method of Cao et al. is adapted into a Monte Carlo transport method in order to better model the effects of non-local behavior. The end goal is a hybrid transport-diffusion method that combines Monte Carlo Transport with a discrete diffusion Monte Carlo (DDMC). The hybrid method will combine the efficiency of a diffusion method in short mean free path regions with the accuracy of a transport method in long mean free path regions. The Monte Carlo nature of the approach allows the algorithm to be massively parallelized. Work to date on the method will be presented. This work was supported by Sandia National Laboratory - Albuquerque and the University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics.

  6. A continuation multilevel Monte Carlo algorithm

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    Collier, Nathan; Haji Ali, Abdul Lateef; Nobile, Fabio; von Schwerin, Erik; Tempone, Raul

    2014-01-01

    We propose a novel Continuation Multi Level Monte Carlo (CMLMC) algorithm for weak approximation of stochastic models. The CMLMC algorithm solves the given approximation problem for a sequence of decreasing tolerances, ending when the required error

  7. Simulation and the Monte Carlo method

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    Rubinstein, Reuven Y

    2016-01-01

    Simulation and the Monte Carlo Method, Third Edition reflects the latest developments in the field and presents a fully updated and comprehensive account of the major topics that have emerged in Monte Carlo simulation since the publication of the classic First Edition over more than a quarter of a century ago. While maintaining its accessible and intuitive approach, this revised edition features a wealth of up-to-date information that facilitates a deeper understanding of problem solving across a wide array of subject areas, such as engineering, statistics, computer science, mathematics, and the physical and life sciences. The book begins with a modernized introduction that addresses the basic concepts of probability, Markov processes, and convex optimization. Subsequent chapters discuss the dramatic changes that have occurred in the field of the Monte Carlo method, with coverage of many modern topics including: Markov Chain Monte Carlo, variance reduction techniques such as the transform likelihood ratio...

  8. Hybrid Monte Carlo methods in computational finance

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    Leitao Rodriguez, A.

    2017-01-01

    Monte Carlo methods are highly appreciated and intensively employed in computational finance in the context of financial derivatives valuation or risk management. The method offers valuable advantages like flexibility, easy interpretation and straightforward implementation. Furthermore, the

  9. População, grupos étnico-raciais e economia cafeeira: São Carlos, 1907 Población, grupos étnico-raciales y economía cafetera: São Carlos, 1907 Population, ethnic groups and the coffee industry: São Carlos, Brazil, 1907

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    Oswaldo Mário Serra Truzzi

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Em São Carlos, a formação de uma população estabelecida iniciou-se ainda na primeira metade do século XIX, com as primeiras fazendas mantidas a braço escravo. Em 1884, com a chegada da ferrovia, o município inseriu-se definitivamente na vigorosa economia cafeeira paulista. São Carlos acompanhou assim a transição de uma economia tocada por trabalho escravo para outra em que predominavam colonos livres, de origem europeia, sobretudo italiana. Menos de duas décadas após a abolição do cativeiro, a composição racial da população alterou-se significativamente, graças ao grande afluxo de imigrantes e, provavelmente também, ainda que em menor grau, à saída de ex-escravos do município. Esse aporte diversificado traduziu-se no levantamento censitário realizado no município em 1907, que abrangeu a compilação de informações variadas referentes a 38.642 indivíduos que então o habitavam. Este trabalho busca analisar e discutir as características demográficas e a inserção social de diferentes grupos étnico-raciais presentes na população de São Carlos nessa época. Sua relevância deriva também da ausência de levantamentos populacionais no período em questão, dadas as conhecidas deficiências do censo de 1890 e 1900 e o longo período de 34 anos de intermitência entre o levantamento populacional da província de São Paulo de 1886 e o censo nacional de 1920, este mais confiável, porém omisso quanto à cor dos indivíduos.En São Carlos, la formación de una población establecida se inició aún en la primera mitad del siglo XIX, con las primeras haciendas mantenidas por el trabajo esclavo. En 1884, con la llegada de la ferrovía, el municipio se insertó definitivamente en la vigorosa economía cafetera paulista. São Carlos acompañó así la transición de una economía tocada por el trabajo esclavo a otra en la que predominaban los colonos libres de origen europeo, sobre todo italiano. Menos de dos d

  10. Extinction of aversive taste memory homeostatically prevents the maintenance of in vivo insular cortex LTP: Calcineurin participation.

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    Rivera-Olvera, Alejandro; Nelson-Mora, Janikua; Gonsebatt, María E; Escobar, Martha L

    2018-04-06

    Accumulating evidence indicates that homeostatic plasticity mechanisms dynamically adjust synaptic strength to promote stability that is crucial for memory storage. Our previous studies have shown that prior training in conditioned taste aversion (CTA) prevents the subsequent induction of long-term potentiation (LTP) in the projection from the basolateral nucleus of the amygdala (Bla) to the insular cortex (IC) in vivo. We have also reported that induction of LTP in the Bla-IC pathway modifies the CTA extinction. Memoryextinction involves the formation of a new associativememorythat inhibits a previously conditioned association. The aim of the present study was to analyze the effect of CTA extinction on the ability to induce subsequent LTP in the Bla-IC projection in vivo. Thus, 48 h after CTA extinction animals received high frequency stimulation in order to induce IC-LTP. Our results show that extinction training allows the induction but not the maintenance of IC-LTP. In addition, with the purpose of exploring part of the mechanisms involved in this process and since a body of evidence suggests that protein phosphatase calcineurin (CaN) is involved in the extinction of some behavioral tasks, we analyzed the participation of this phosphatase. The present results show that extinction training increases the CaN expression in the IC, as well as that the inhibition of this phosphatase reverts the effects of the CTA-extinction on the IC-LTP. These findings reveal that CTA extinction promotes a homeostatic regulation of subsequent IC synaptic plasticity maintenance through increases in CaN levels. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. PKMζ inhibition prevents the metaplastic change induced by conditioned taste aversion on insular cortex long-term potentiation in vivo.

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    Ángeles-Durán, Sandybel; Ramos-Languren, Laura E; Escobar, Martha L

    2012-01-01

    The activity history of a given neuron or pathway has been suggested to influence its future responses to synaptic inputs. In particular, training in several learning tasks produces a metaplastic change, that is, a change in the ability to induce subsequent synaptic plasticity. Experimental evidence shows that the maintenance of long term memory and long-term potentiation (LTP) requires the persistent action of the atypical protein kinase Cisoform, protein kinase M ζ (PKM ζ ). Recent work has demonstrated that the inactivation of PKM ζ in the insular cortex (IC) abolishes conditioned taste aversion (CTA) long term memory. Our previous studies in the IC have demonstrated that the induction of LTP in the basolateral amygdaloid nucleus (Bla)-IC projection previous to CTA training enhances the retention of this task. Moreover, recently, we have observed that CTA training blocks the subsequent induction of LTP in the Bla-IC projection. The aim of the present study was to investigate the participation of PKM ζon the CTA-dependent modification of the ability to induce subsequent LTP in the Bla-IC projection in vivo . Thus, we have delivered high-frequency stimulation in the Bla-IC projection in order to induce in vivo IC-LTP in the rats that underwent or did not have an impairment of CTA retention due to the intracortical administration of the selective PKM ζ pseudosubstrate inhibitory peptide, ZIP. Our results show that the microinfusion of ZIP into the IC of the behaving rats impairs long-term memory of CTA and prevents its effects on IC-LTP. These results indicate that PKM ζ is a key component of the cellular mechanisms necessary for the persistence of lasting memory traces as well as for those underlying metaplastic changes in neocortex, contributing to the persistence of aversive memories.

  12. Memory of conditioned taste aversion is erased by inhibition of PI3K in the insular cortex.

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    Slouzkey, Ilana; Rosenblum, Kobi; Maroun, Mouna

    2013-06-01

    The conditioned taste aversion (CTA) paradigm, in which association between a novel taste and visceral malaise is formed, gives a unique experimental setting to examine the mechanisms underlying memory acquisition and extinction processes. AKT is a main kinase of the phosphoinositide 3-kinase cascade (PI3K) and has been implicated in long-term memory. We have recently reported that blockade of PI3K in the basolateral amygdala (BLA) before retrieval of fear memory was associated with long-term reduction in fear responses, suggesting a possible role of PI3K inhibition in fear erasure. In this study, we aimed to elucidate whether PI3K has a similar role in the insular cortex (IC), which has a crucial role in CTA acquisition, consolidation, maintenance, and extinction. To that end, we (1) monitored AKT phosphorylation in the IC following CTA acquisition and extinction and (2) inhibited PI3K by local microinjection of the PI3K inhibitor LY294002 at different stages of CTA acquisition and extinction. Our results show that while AKT phosphorylation is increased following CTA learning, it is decreased following CTA extinction. Inhibition of AKT phosphorylation in the IC before or after the first CTA retrieval test resulted in reduction in the aversion index. This reduction in aversion is due to the erasure of the original CTA trace memory, as re-application of the unconditioned stimulus (lithium chloride) did not induce the recovery of aversion in LY294002-treated animals. Our present data add new evidence to suggest that PI3K is engaged in consolidation of aversive memories, as its inhibition is associated with erasure of CTA memory.

  13. Comparison of anterior cingulate versus insular cortex as targets for real-time fMRI regulation during pain stimulation

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    Kirsten eEmmert

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (rt-fMRI neurofeedback allows learning voluntary control over specific brain areas by means of operant conditioning and has been shown to decrease pain perception. To further increase the effect of rt-fMRI neurofeedback on pain, we directly compared two different target regions of the pain network i.e. the anterior insular cortex (AIC and the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC.Participants for this prospective study were randomly assigned to two age-matched groups of 14 participants each (7 females per group for AIC and ACC feedback. First, a functional localizer using block-design heat pain stimulation was performed to define the pain-sensitive target region within the AIC or ACC. Second, subjects were asked to down-regulate the feedback signal in four neurofeedback runs during identical pain stimulation. Data analysis included task-related and functional connectivity analysis.At the behavioral level, pain ratings significantly decreased during feedback versus localizer runs, but there was no difference between AIC and ACC groups. Concerning neuroimaging, ACC and AIC showed consistent involvement of the caudate nucleus for subjects that learned down-regulation (17/28 in both task-related and functional connectivity analysis. The functional connectivity towards the caudate nucleus is stronger for the ACC while the AIC is more heavily connected to the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex.Consequently, the ACC and AIC are suitable targets for real-time fMRI neurofeedback during pain perception as they both affect the caudate nucleus, although functional connectivity indicates that the direct connection seems to be stronger with the ACC. Additionally, the caudate, an important area involved in pain perception and suppression, could be a rt-fMRI target itself. Future studies are needed to identify parameters characterizing successful regulators and to assess the effect of repeated rt-fMRI neurofeedback on pain

  14. Upregulation of orexin/hypocretin expression in aged rats: Effects on feeding latency and neurotransmission in the insular cortex.

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    Hagar, Janel M; Macht, Victoria A; Wilson, Steven P; Fadel, James R

    2017-05-14

    Aging is associated with changes in numerous homeostatic functions, such as food intake, that are thought to be mediated by the hypothalamus. Orexin/hypocretin neurons of the hypothalamus regulate several physiological functions, including feeding, sleep and wakefulness. Evidence from both clinical and animal studies supports the notion that aging is associated with loss or dysregulation of the orexin system. Here, we used virus-mediated gene transfer to manipulate expression of orexin peptides in young and aged rats and examined behavioral and neurochemical correlates of food intake in these animals. Aged rats showed slower feeding latencies when presented with palatable food compared to young control rats, and these deficits were ameliorated by upregulation of orexin expression. Similarly, young animals treated with a virus designed to decrease preproorexin expression showed longer feeding latencies reminiscent of aged control rats. Feeding was also associated with increased acetylcholine, glutamate and GABA efflux in insular cortex of young control animals. Orexin upregulation did not restore deficits in feeding-elicited release of these neurotransmitters in aged rats, but did enhance basal neurotransmitter levels which may have contributed to the behavioral correlates of these genetic manipulations. These studies demonstrate that age-related deficits in behavioral and neurochemical measures of feeding are likely to be mediated, in part, by the orexin system. Because these same neurotransmitter systems have been shown to underlie orexin effects on cognition, treatments which increase orexin function may have potential for improving both physiological and cognitive manifestations of certain age-related disorders. Copyright © 2017 IBRO. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Noradrenergic Activation of the Basolateral Amygdala Enhances Object Recognition Memory and Induces Chromatin Remodeling in the Insular Cortex

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    Hassiba eBeldjoud

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available It is well established that arousal-induced memory enhancement requires noradrenergic activation of the basolateral complex of the amygdala (BLA and modulatory influences on information storage processes in its many target regions. While this concept is well accepted, the molecular basis of such BLA effects on neural plasticity changes within other brain regions remains to be elucidated. The present study investigated whether noradrenergic activation of the BLA after object recognition training induces chromatin remodeling through histone post-translational modifications in the insular cortex (IC, a brain region that is importantly involved in object recognition memory. Male Sprague–Dawley rats were trained on an object recognition task, followed immediately by bilateral microinfusions of norepinephrine (1.0 µg or saline administered into the BLA. Saline-treated control rats exhibited poor 24-h retention, whereas norepinephrine treatment induced robust 24-h object recognition memory. Most importantly, this memory-enhancing dose of norepinephrine induced a global reduction in the acetylation levels of histone H3 at lysine 14, H2B and H4 in the IC 1 h later, whereas it had no effect on the phosphorylation of histone H3 at serine 10 or tri-methylation of histone H3 at lysine 27. Norepinephrine administered into the BLA of non-trained control rats did not induce any changes in the histone marks investigated in this study. These findings indicate that noradrenergic activation of the BLA induces training-specific effects on chromatin remodeling mechanisms, and presumably gene transcription, in its target regions, which may contribute to the understanding of the molecular mechanisms of stress and emotional arousal effects on memory consolidation.

  16. Spatio-temporal trends in the predation of large gulls by peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus in an insular breeding population

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    Sutton Luke J.

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available Individual diet specialization occurs in many populations of generalist predators, with specific individuals developing specialist strategies in their feeding behaviour. Intraspecific resource partitioning is hypothesised to be common amongst species in higher trophic levels where competition for resources is intense, and a key driver in breeding success and community structure. Though well-studied in other predators, there is sparse data on ecological specialization in raptors, which are important drivers of community and trophic structure. In this study, the breeding season diet of an insular population of peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus was determined from indirect analysis of prey remains collected over three years. An unexpected result was the high proportion of large gulls (Laridae, of the genus Larus, in the diet of two breeding pairs of peregrines. Large gulls made up 18.44% by frequency of total prey recorded and 30.81% by biomass. Herring gulls (Larus argentatus were the most common large gull prey, with immatures most frequent (67.95% compared to adults (19.23%. Overall, most gulls predated were immatures (80.77%. Frequency of predation varied between breeding pairs and months, but was consistent over the three years. Most gulls were taken in April (37.17%, followed by May (19.23%, with a smaller peak of immature herring gulls taken in August and September. The pattern of regular predation by peregrines on large gulls is a new observation with important implications for understanding individual diet specialization in raptors, and its effect on bird populations and community structure.

  17. LCG Monte-Carlo Data Base

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    Bartalini, P.; Kryukov, A.; Selyuzhenkov, Ilya V.; Sherstnev, A.; Vologdin, A.

    2004-01-01

    We present the Monte-Carlo events Data Base (MCDB) project and its development plans. MCDB facilitates communication between authors of Monte-Carlo generators and experimental users. It also provides a convenient book-keeping and an easy access to generator level samples. The first release of MCDB is now operational for the CMS collaboration. In this paper we review the main ideas behind MCDB and discuss future plans to develop this Data Base further within the CERN LCG framework.

  18. Multilevel Monte Carlo in Approximate Bayesian Computation

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    Jasra, Ajay

    2017-02-13

    In the following article we consider approximate Bayesian computation (ABC) inference. We introduce a method for numerically approximating ABC posteriors using the multilevel Monte Carlo (MLMC). A sequential Monte Carlo version of the approach is developed and it is shown under some assumptions that for a given level of mean square error, this method for ABC has a lower cost than i.i.d. sampling from the most accurate ABC approximation. Several numerical examples are given.

  19. Monte Carlo method applied to medical physics

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    Oliveira, C.; Goncalves, I.F.; Chaves, A.; Lopes, M.C.; Teixeira, N.; Matos, B.; Goncalves, I.C.; Ramalho, A.; Salgado, J.

    2000-01-01

    The main application of the Monte Carlo method to medical physics is dose calculation. This paper shows some results of two dose calculation studies and two other different applications: optimisation of neutron field for Boron Neutron Capture Therapy and optimization of a filter for a beam tube for several purposes. The time necessary for Monte Carlo calculations - the highest boundary for its intensive utilisation - is being over-passed with faster and cheaper computers. (author)

  20. El Complejo de Cambio en Suelos del Municipio de Marinilla [Antioquia] según el Método de Brown

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    Galiano S. Francisco

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    Full Text Available Se estudió el complejo de cambio en suelos aluviales recientes, terrazas medias y terrazas altas del Municipio de Marinilla por el método rápido de Brown. El grado de saturación, bajo en todos ellos, se acentúa en los suelos de las terrazas más antiguas y nos indica el bajo nivel de fertilidad de estos suelos. La extracción del hidrógeno de cambio con acetato cálcico coincide con la que efectúa el acetato amónico, excepto para los suelos más ricos en materia orgánica con los que proporciona resultados más altos la solución extractora de acetato cálcico.

  1. Impacto de las cartas de servicio en los empleados del área deportiva de mancomunidades de municipios de Extremadura

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    Alberto Bl\\u00E1zquez Manzano

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    Full Text Available El objetivo del estudio fue conocer el impacto de las cartas de servicios para los empleados del área deportiva de mancomunidades de municipios extremeñas. Participaron 114 dinamizadores deportivos y 29 gerentes. Se analizaron los beneficiarios, dificultad en elaboración, aplicación y utilidad de las cartas de servicios; así como la concordancia entre la opinión de empleados sobre elementos y finalidades que deben centrar las acciones de calidad y lo expresado en dicho documento. Los resultados reflejan alineamiento relativo en la opinión de empleados entre sí y alta divergencia con el perfil de los indicadores que recogen las cartas de servicios. La utilidad del documento tiene alta valoración, mientras que el beneficio para destinatarios, dificultad de elaboración y aplicación, es media.

  2. Diagnóstico de competitividad del sector productor de arracacha. Caso municipio de Boyacá (Colombia 2014

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    Diana Lizeth Rojas Cruz

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    Full Text Available El presente artículo analiza las condiciones de competitividad del sector productor de arracacha en el municipio de Boyacá y su influencia en dicho territorio. Para ello, se emplean los modelos “cinco fuerzas” y “diamante de competitividad” desarrollados por el profesor Michael Porter. Los resultados obtenidos permitieron establecer un diagnóstico cualitativo sobre la situación actual y las perspectivas de la cadena, dilucidándose factores clave que deben intervenirse en pro de propuestas generadoras de valor y oportunidades encaminadas a la construcción de alternativas en el área agroindustrial, que faciliten el acceso a nuevos mercados y provean, tanto crecimiento sostenible para la región, como mejor calidad de vida para los agricultores.

  3. Caracterización de precipitaciones diarias en el municipio de Ciego de Ávila, Cuba

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    Brown Manrique, Oscar; Díaz Ruiz, Reinier; Gallardo Ballat, Yurisbel; Valero Freyre, Jorge

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    La investigación analizó una serie de 30 años de precipitaciones diarias del municipio Ciego de Ávila en el periodo 1983-2012. Se consideraron 43 800 datos correspondientes a los pluviómetros CA-87; CA-102; CA-722 y CA-894. Los resultados demostraron que la pluviometría anual es de 1243,5 mm y los mayores valores se presentan en junio y septiembre con 228,9 mm y 221,3 mm respectivamente. El tipo de lluvia predominante es la inferior a 50 mm en 24 horas las cuales suceden en 86 días en el año....

  4. Tuberculosis notificada en cuatro municipios de la capital cubana Tuberculosis reported in four municipalities of the Cuban capital

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    Tamine Jordán Severo

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCCIÓN: La detección de casos es la actividad fundamental de pesquisa que se realiza en Cuba y una de las estrategias fundamentales para lograr la eliminación de la tuberculosis como problema de salud pública. OBJETIVO: Describir algunas características encontradas en los casos de tuberculosis notificados en los municipios Boyeros, 10 de Octubre, Arroyo Naranjo y Cotorro, en el 2008. MÉTODOS: Se realizó un estudio descriptivo de los casos de tuberculosis notificados en el 2008, en cuatro municipios del sur de la capital del país. Estas personas fueron visitadas en sus hogares y se entrevistaron, utilizando un cuestionario adicional validado previamente. Se creó una base de datos y se procesó en Epi Info 2002. RESULTADOS: Se notificaron 59 casos de tuberculosis en estos cuatro municipios, los que mostraron tasas de incidencia de la enfermedad entre 6,2 y 10,1/100 000 habitantes. El 72,9 % de los casos se encontró entre 15 y 59 años y el 78 % fue del sexo masculino; el 86,4 % tuvo tuberculosis pulmonar y el 13,6 % falleció. El 91,5 % perteneció a grupos de riesgo, de estos fundamentalmente ancianos, alcohólicos y exreclusos. El 100 % de los fallecidos pertenecía a grupos de riesgo. CONCLUSIONES: Los cuatro municipios mostraron tasas de incidencia > 5/ 100 000 habitantes y todos excepto Arroyo Naranjo estuvieron por encima de la tasa nacional; predominó el grupo de edades de 15 a 59 años, el sexo masculino y la tuberculosis pulmonar con baciloscopia positiva, pertenecientes en su mayoría a grupos vulnerables importantes, en los cuales ocurrió la totalidad de los fallecidos.INTRODUCTION: The case detection is the fundamental activity of screening carried out in Cuba and one of the essential strategies to achieve the eradication of tuberculosis as a problem of public health. OBJECTIVE: To describe some characteristics found in the cases of tuberculosis reported in 2008 at the Boyeros, 10 de Octubre, Arroyo Naranjo and

  5. Percepción del riesgo de inundaciones en municipios litorales alicantinos: ¿aumento de la vulnerabilidad?

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    Antonio M. Rico Amorós

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Durante las dos últimas décadas, el litoral alicantino ha registrado un fuerte incremento de la vulnerabilidad a los fenómenos de inundación como consecuencia del aumento a la exposición física a los mismos, propiciada por la expansión de nuevas áreas residenciales urbano-turísticas. En este artículo, se analiza la percepción social de las inundaciones, valorando las variables de resistencia y resiliencia frente a este riesgo natural. Para ello, se ofrecen los resultados de las encuestas de percepción llevadas a cabo a la población permanente y estacional afectada por las inundaciones en municipios litorales alicantinos.

  6. Atlas digital: uma contribuicao para o sistema de informacoes do municipio de Sao Joao de Meriti – RJ

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    Ricardo Araujo Mathias

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Um Atlas Digital é um atlas que pode ser acessado atraves de um computador, sendo possivel a utilizacao de uma variada gama de temas, formatos e escalas. Neste trabalho apresenta-se um prototipo de Atlas Digital como colaboracao ao Sistema de Informacao Municipal – SIM, para o municipio de Sao João de Meriti, RJ. O SIM tem como meta os servicos municipais, sendo as suas informacoes fundamentais para a melhoria da gestao das prefeituras. A pesquisa foi direcionada para o tema da habitabilidade, que consiste num conjunto de condicoes voltadas para a criacao de um habitat saudavel, conseguinte foram trabalhados os subtemas: infraestrutura de abastecimento de agua, esgoto, coleta de lixo, saude e educacao.

  7. Tendencias organizativas y tipos de poder en doce líderes del municipio de San Gil, Santander

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    Wilmer Hernández-Velandia

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo da a conocer los resultados de la investigación basada en la recuperación etnográfica de los discursos de doce líderes sociales, culturales y de partidos políticos en el municipio de San Gil, Santander, en el marco de las Elecciones Legislativas de 2010 en Colombia. Se logran distinguir dos propuestas así: se identifican dos tendencias organizativas, una partidista y otra de autonomía social, cada una con interpretaciones distintas sobre problemas, propuestas de solución, roles y conceptos base; de otro lado, se deducen dos tipos de poder, uno representativo y otro diversificante, explicando la manera como éstos se fortalecen o debilitan en una u otra tendencia organizativa.

  8. Programa de detección precoz de la Diabetes Tipo 2 en el Cabildo Insular de Tenerife.

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    Carlos Manuel Reyes González

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available La Promoción de la Salud en el Lugar de Trabajo se ha convertido en un pilar fundamental para el personal sanitario del Servicio de Prevención Propio del Excmo. Cabildo Insular de Tenerife como instrumento para capacitar a los empleados en el cuidado de su salud. Para ello, y vistos los datos epidemiológicos de la Diabetes Mellitus en Canarias, donde se estima que la prevalencia es del 6,5% en la población de 30 - 64 años, se elaboró y ejecutó el programa denominado. Día Mundial de la Diabetes: ¿Sabes si tienes azúcar?, con el lema “Más vale Pre-venir que No-venir”. Éste consistió en la medición de la glucemia capilar, la realización del Test de Findrisk (que valora el riesgo de padecer diabetes tipo 2 a lo largo de la vida y en la entrega de información sobre prevención y tratamiento de la diabetes, todo ello con el objetivo de dar a conocer y sensibilizar sobre esta “epidemia” a todos los empleados y de detectar sujetos con cifras alteradas de glucosa en sangre para su posterior derivación y control y realizar un seguimiento en nuestras consultas de aquellos empleados que obtuvieron en el Test un resultado de riesgo alto o muy alto. Objetivos principales: Dar a conocer la diabetes a los empleados del Cabildo Insular de Tenerife. Sensibilizar de la magnitud del problema de salud pública que supone la diabetes en Canarias. Sensibilizar sobre la importancia de la educación para la salud como instrumento de prevención y de detección precoz de la diabetes. Comparar los datos obtenidos de glucemia alterada en las analíticas de los reconocimientos médicos de vigilancia de la salud frente a los datos obtenidos en el Programa de Día Mundial de la Diabetes. Detección precoz de la Diabetes tipo 2 mediante: - La derivación a Atención Primaria de Salud de aquellos empleados con cifras alteradas de glucosa para estudio y tratamiento, si procede y seguimiento de los mismos por parte del personal sanitario del servicio de

  9. Municipio, identidad cultural y comunidades indígenas. El caso huarpe en el noreste de Mendoza

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    Leticia Saldi

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available En el presente artículo analizamos cómo funcionarios de la Municipalidad de Lavalle representan e interpelan a las comunidades indígenas huarpe situadas en el área no irrigada del noreste de Mendoza, área situada en el departamento de Lavalle. Éste se encuentra dividido socioterritorialmente en dos espacios. Uno irrigado, caracterizado como área de progreso, de producción agrícola y de herencia europea y el otro no irrigado, representado como área de atraso, de producción ganadera y de herencia precolonial. A partir de un análisis etnográfico, analizamos cómo el municipio gestiona local y cotidianamente la diversidad étnica, cultural, económica y política. Concluimos que las formas con que los funcionarios interpelan a las comunidades indígenas y a sus integrantes son en base a un doble movimiento, uno de reconocimiento explícito y el otro de individualización, invisibilización y deslegitimación hacia las mismas. Al invisibilizar a las comunidades como sujetos colectivos, funcionarios municipales intentan dar una identidad común que incorpore a los espacios irrigados y no irrigados y a sus poblaciones como pertenecientes a un mismo territorio, el departamental, a la vez que mantenga la jerarquización entre ambos. Al realizar este movimiento, el municipio se erige como el unificador y contenedor de ambos espacios y de los distintos grupos socio-étnicos que los integran.

  10. Inventario preliminar de las especies de la familia Orquidaceae en La Vereda La Granja del municipio de Sasaima, Cundinamarca, Colombia

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    Juan Camilo Ordóñez B.

    2005-07-01

    Full Text Available La familia Orquidaceae tiene la mayor diversidad del reino vegetal, presenta variaciones en cuanto al hábitat, floración, polinización, entre otros aspectos. Colombia registra aproximadamente 3.500 especies en 250 géneros, representando el 10% de la diversidad de la vegetación mundial. Este trabajo presenta un inventario preliminar, sobre las orquidáceas de la Vereda “La Granja” del municipio de Sasaima, Cundinamarca, Colombia. El muestreo se realizó en transectos desde la zona urbana municipal, por la carretera que conduce al municipio de la Vega, hasta “La Ye” ubicada a 500 m del río Gualiva, abarcando un total de 10 km. El trabajo en campo incluyó una ficha morfotaxonómica de caracterización, destacando: descripción del hábitat y especie, condiciones ambientales, épocas de floración, abundancia y huéspedes en caso de epifitismos. La identificación de géneros se basó en las claves de Gentry y Valdivieso, y la de especies se hizo por comparación de muestras y fotografías con la publicación de Villegas. Se registraron 41 especies agrupadas en 27 géneros, de estos se destaca Epidendrum. El 56% de las especies son poco comunes, y solo el 7,3% muy abundantes. El hábitat más común es el Epífito. La época de mayor floración se encuentra entre abril-marzo.

  11. Model-based analyses reveal insular population diversification and cryptic frog species in the Ischnocnema parva complex in the Atlantic forest of Brazil.

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    Gehara, Marcelo; Barth, Adriane; Oliveira, Eliana Faria de; Costa, Marco Antonio; Haddad, Célio Fernando Baptista; Vences, Miguel

    2017-07-01

    The Atlantic Forest (AF) of Brazil has long been recognized as a biodiversity conservation hotspot. Despite decades of studies the species inventory of this biome continues to increase with the discovery of cryptic diversity and the description of new species. Different diversification mechanisms have been proposed to explain the diversity in the region, including models of forest dynamics, barriers to gene flow and dispersal. Also, sea level change is thought to have influenced coastal diversification and isolated populations on continental islands. However, the timing and mode of diversification of insular populations in the AF region were rarely investigated. Here, we analyze the phylogeography and species diversity of the small-sized direct-developing frog Ischnocnema parva. These frogs are independent from water bodies but dependent on forest cover and high humidity, and provide good models to understand forest dynamics and insular diversification. Our analysis was based on DNA sequences for one mitochondrial and four nuclear genes of 71 samples from 18 localities including two islands, São Sebastião, municipality of Ilhabela, and Mar Virado, municipality of Ubatuba, both in the state of São Paulo. We use molecular taxonomic methods to show that I. parva is composed of six independently evolving lineages, with the nominal I. parva likely endemic to the type locality. The time-calibrated species tree shows that these lineages have diverged in the Pliocene and Pleistocene, suggesting the persistence of micro-refuges of forest in the AF. For the two insular populations we used approximate Bayesian computation to test different diversification hypotheses. Our findings support isolation with migration for São Sebastião population, with ∼1Mya divergence time, and isolation without migration for Mar Virado population, with ∼13Kya divergence time, suggesting a combination of different processes for diversification on AF islands. Copyright © 2017. Published

  12. Epileptic seizure propagation from the second somatic sensory area to the fronto-medial region, by insular redistribution. A case report and a connectome description

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    Full Text Available Introduction. The seizure propagation phenomenon by inducing remote symptoms brings several difficulties in finding the seizure onset and delineating the epileptic network which should be taken into consideration in epilepsy surgery. By demonstrating a difficult (MRI negative epilepsy surgery case explored with invasive presurgical evaluation we highlight the importance to recognise the secondary sensory area and to explore the the parieto-opercular-insular-medial frontal network in certain cases. A further conclusion is the consideration of the redistributory role of the insula as a special structure in the cerebral connectome, having a role in epileptic network organisation.

  13. Abnormal Resting-State Functional Connectivity of Insular Subregions and Disrupted Correlation with Working Memory in Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

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    Zhao, Qihua; Li, Hui; Yu, Xiaoyan; Huang, Fang; Wang, Yanfei; Liu, Lu; Cao, Qingjiu; Qian, Qiujin; Zang, Yufeng; Sun, Li; Wang, Yufeng

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    Executive function (EF) deficits are major impairments in adults with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Previous studies have shown that the insula is involved in cognitive and EFs. However, the insula is highly heterogeneous in function, and few studies have focused on functional networks which related to specific insular subregions in adults with ADHD. We explored the functional networks of the insular subregions [anterior insula (AI), mid-insula (MI), and posterior insula (PI)]. Furthermore, their correlations with self-ratings of ecological EFs, including inhibition, shifting, and working memory were investigated. Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging data in 28 adults with ADHD and 30 matched healthy controls (HCs) were analyzed. The seed-based resting-state functional connectivity (RSFC) of the insular subregions was evaluated. We also investigated their associations with the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function-Adult Version (BRIEF-A) inhibition, working memory, and shifting factor scores. Compared with HCs, adults with ADHD showed altered RSFC of the AI, with the precuneus, precentral gyrus, and inferior temporal gyrus extended to the middle temporal gyrus, lingual gyrus, and superior occipital gyrus, respectively. There were no significant differences in RSFC of the MI and PI between the two groups. Within the HC group, working memory scores were associated with the RSFC of AI with precuneus and temporal gyrus. However, there was no correlation between these variables in the ADHD group. The study evaluated RSFC patterns of the insular subregions in adults with ADHD for the first time. Altered RSFC of the AI which is a crucial region of salience network (SN) and part of regions in default mode network (DMN), were detected in adults with ADHD in both results with and without global signal regression (GSR), suggesting that disrupted SN-DMN functional connectivity may be involved in EF impairments in adults with ADHD

  14. Neurons in the posterior insular cortex are responsive to gustatory stimulation of the pharyngolarynx, baroreceptor and chemoreceptor stimulation, and tail pinch in rats.

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    Hanamori, T; Kunitake, T; Kato, K; Kannan, H

    1998-02-23

    Extracellular unit responses to gustatory stimulation of the pharyngolaryngeal region, baroreceptor and chemoreceptor stimulation, and tail pinch were recorded from the insular cortex of anesthetized and paralyzed rats. Of the 32 neurons identified, 28 responded to at least one of the nine stimuli used in the present study. Of the 32 neurons, 11 showed an excitatory response to tail pinch, 13 showed an inhibitory response, and the remaining eight had no response. Of the 32 neurons, eight responded to baroreceptor stimulation by an intravenous (i.v.) injection of methoxamine hydrochloride (Mex), four were excitatory and four were inhibitory. Thirteen neurons were excited and six neurons were inhibited by an arterial chemoreceptor stimulation by an i.v. injection of sodium cyanide (NaCN). Twenty-two neurons were responsive to at least one of the gustatory stimuli (deionized water, 1.0 M NaCl, 30 mM HCl, 30 mM quinine HCl, and 1.0 M sucrose); five to 11 excitatory neurons and three to seven inhibitory neurons for each stimulus. A large number of the neurons (25/32) received converging inputs from more than one stimulus among the nine stimuli used in the present study. Most neurons (23/32) received converging inputs from different modalities (gustatory, visceral, and tail pinch). The neurons responded were located in the insular cortex between 2.0 mm anterior and 0.2 mm posterior to the anterior edge of the joining of the anterior commissure (AC); the mean location was 1.2 mm (n=28) anterior to the AC. This indicates that most of the neurons identified in the present study seem to be located in the region posterior to the taste area and anterior to the visceral area in the insular cortex. These results indicate that the insular cortex neurons distributing between the taste area and the visceral area receive convergent inputs from gustatory, baroreceptor, chemoreceptor, and nociceptive organs. Copyright 1998 Elsevier Science B.V.

  15. Successful vectorization - reactor physics Monte Carlo code

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    Martin, W.R.

    1989-01-01

    Most particle transport Monte Carlo codes in use today are based on the ''history-based'' algorithm, wherein one particle history at a time is simulated. Unfortunately, the ''history-based'' approach (present in all Monte Carlo codes until recent years) is inherently scalar and cannot be vectorized. In particular, the history-based algorithm cannot take advantage of vector architectures, which characterize the largest and fastest computers at the current time, vector supercomputers such as the Cray X/MP or IBM 3090/600. However, substantial progress has been made in recent years in developing and implementing a vectorized Monte Carlo algorithm. This algorithm follows portions of many particle histories at the same time and forms the basis for all successful vectorized Monte Carlo codes that are in use today. This paper describes the basic vectorized algorithm along with descriptions of several variations that have been developed by different researchers for specific applications. These applications have been mainly in the areas of neutron transport in nuclear reactor and shielding analysis and photon transport in fusion plasmas. The relative merits of the various approach schemes will be discussed and the present status of known vectorization efforts will be summarized along with available timing results, including results from the successful vectorization of 3-D general geometry, continuous energy Monte Carlo. (orig.)

  16. Intracellular calcium chelation and pharmacological SERCA inhibition of Ca2+ pump in the insular cortex differentially affect taste aversive memory formation and retrieval.

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    Miranda, María Isabel; González-Cedillo, Francisco J; Díaz-Muñoz, Mauricio

    2011-09-01

    Variation in intracellular calcium concentration regulates the induction of long-term synaptic plasticity and is associated with a variety of memory/retrieval and learning paradigms. Accordingly, impaired calcium mobilization from internal deposits affects synaptic plasticity and cognition in the aged brain. During taste memory formation several proteins are modulated directly or indirectly by calcium, and recent evidence suggests the importance of calcium buffering and the role of intracellular calcium deposits during cognitive processes. Thus, the main goal of this research was to study the consequence of hampering changes in cytoplasmic calcium and inhibiting SERCA activity by BAPTA-AM and thapsigargin treatments, respectively, in the insular cortex during different stages of taste memory formation. Using conditioned taste aversion (CTA), we found differential effects of BAPTA-AM and thapsigargin infusions before and after gustatory stimulation, as well as during taste aversive memory consolidation; BAPTA-AM, but not thapsigargin, attenuates acquisition and/or consolidation of CTA, but neither compound affects taste aversive memory retrieval. These results point to the importance of intracellular calcium dynamics in the insular cortex during different stages of taste aversive memory formation. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Nematode assemblages of some insular and continental lizard hosts of the genus Mabuya Fitzinger (Reptilia, Scincidae along the eastern Brazilian coast

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    Carlos Frederico D. Rocha

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Nematode assemblages associated to three species of lizards of the genus Mabuya Fitzinger, 1826 [M. agilis (Raddi, 1823, M. caissara Rebouças-spieker, 1974 and M. macrorhyncha Hoge, 1946] from three mainland sites and three island sites along the eastern Brazilian coast were analyzed. A total of six nematode species were recorded, with total nematode richness varying from one to four and overall nematode prevalences varying from 6.7% to 90.5% among host populations. Number of nematode species per host individual (including all hosts, infected and uninfected varied among host populations from 0.07 to 1.05, but most infected lizards in all six host populations harbored a single nematode species. Both insular and continental populations of Mabuya spp. exhibited generally poor nematode assemblages, and no clear tendency for insular host populations to have more depauperate nematode faunas and/or lower infection rates compared to mainland ones (or vice versa was evident on the basis of the present data.

  18. Yours in Revolution: Retrofitting Carlos the Jackal

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    Full Text Available This paper explores the representation of ‘Carlos the Jackal’, the one-time ‘World’s Most Wanted Man’ and ‘International Face of Terror’ – primarily in cin-ema but also encompassing other forms of popular culture and aspects of Cold War policy-making. At the centre of the analysis is Olivier Assayas’s Carlos (2010, a transnational, five and a half hour film (first screened as a TV mini-series about the life and times of the infamous militant. Concentrating on the var-ious ways in which Assayas expresses a critical preoccupation with names and faces through complex formal composition, the project examines the play of ab-straction and embodiment that emerges from the narrativisation of terrorist vio-lence. Lastly, it seeks to engage with the hidden implications of Carlos in terms of the intertwined trajectories of formal experimentation and revolutionary politics.

  19. Monte Carlo strategies in scientific computing

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    Liu, Jun S

    2008-01-01

    This paperback edition is a reprint of the 2001 Springer edition This book provides a self-contained and up-to-date treatment of the Monte Carlo method and develops a common framework under which various Monte Carlo techniques can be "standardized" and compared Given the interdisciplinary nature of the topics and a moderate prerequisite for the reader, this book should be of interest to a broad audience of quantitative researchers such as computational biologists, computer scientists, econometricians, engineers, probabilists, and statisticians It can also be used as the textbook for a graduate-level course on Monte Carlo methods Many problems discussed in the alter chapters can be potential thesis topics for masters’ or PhD students in statistics or computer science departments Jun Liu is Professor of Statistics at Harvard University, with a courtesy Professor appointment at Harvard Biostatistics Department Professor Liu was the recipient of the 2002 COPSS Presidents' Award, the most prestigious one for sta...

  20. Random Numbers and Monte Carlo Methods

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    Scherer, Philipp O. J.

    Many-body problems often involve the calculation of integrals of very high dimension which cannot be treated by standard methods. For the calculation of thermodynamic averages Monte Carlo methods are very useful which sample the integration volume at randomly chosen points. After summarizing some basic statistics, we discuss algorithms for the generation of pseudo-random numbers with given probability distribution which are essential for all Monte Carlo methods. We show how the efficiency of Monte Carlo integration can be improved by sampling preferentially the important configurations. Finally the famous Metropolis algorithm is applied to classical many-particle systems. Computer experiments visualize the central limit theorem and apply the Metropolis method to the traveling salesman problem.

  1. Off-diagonal expansion quantum Monte Carlo.

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    Albash, Tameem; Wagenbreth, Gene; Hen, Itay

    2017-12-01

    We propose a Monte Carlo algorithm designed to simulate quantum as well as classical systems at equilibrium, bridging the algorithmic gap between quantum and classical thermal simulation algorithms. The method is based on a decomposition of the quantum partition function that can be viewed as a series expansion about its classical part. We argue that the algorithm not only provides a theoretical advancement in the field of quantum Monte Carlo simulations, but is optimally suited to tackle quantum many-body systems that exhibit a range of behaviors from "fully quantum" to "fully classical," in contrast to many existing methods. We demonstrate the advantages, sometimes by orders of magnitude, of the technique by comparing it against existing state-of-the-art schemes such as path integral quantum Monte Carlo and stochastic series expansion. We also illustrate how our method allows for the unification of quantum and classical thermal parallel tempering techniques into a single algorithm and discuss its practical significance.

  2. Reflections on early Monte Carlo calculations

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    Spanier, J.

    1992-01-01

    Monte Carlo methods for solving various particle transport problems developed in parallel with the evolution of increasingly sophisticated computer programs implementing diffusion theory and low-order moments calculations. In these early years, Monte Carlo calculations and high-order approximations to the transport equation were seen as too expensive to use routinely for nuclear design but served as invaluable aids and supplements to design with less expensive tools. The earliest Monte Carlo programs were quite literal; i.e., neutron and other particle random walk histories were simulated by sampling from the probability laws inherent in the physical system without distoration. Use of such analogue sampling schemes resulted in a good deal of time being spent in examining the possibility of lowering the statistical uncertainties in the sample estimates by replacing simple, and intuitively obvious, random variables by those with identical means but lower variances

  3. Monte Carlo simulation of Markov unreliability models

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    Lewis, E.E.; Boehm, F.

    1984-01-01

    A Monte Carlo method is formulated for the evaluation of the unrealibility of complex systems with known component failure and repair rates. The formulation is in terms of a Markov process allowing dependences between components to be modeled and computational efficiencies to be achieved in the Monte Carlo simulation. Two variance reduction techniques, forced transition and failure biasing, are employed to increase computational efficiency of the random walk procedure. For an example problem these result in improved computational efficiency by more than three orders of magnitudes over analog Monte Carlo. The method is generalized to treat problems with distributed failure and repair rate data, and a batching technique is introduced and shown to result in substantial increases in computational efficiency for an example problem. A method for separating the variance due to the data uncertainty from that due to the finite number of random walks is presented. (orig.)

  4. Shell model the Monte Carlo way

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    Ormand, W.E.

    1995-01-01

    The formalism for the auxiliary-field Monte Carlo approach to the nuclear shell model is presented. The method is based on a linearization of the two-body part of the Hamiltonian in an imaginary-time propagator using the Hubbard-Stratonovich transformation. The foundation of the method, as applied to the nuclear many-body problem, is discussed. Topics presented in detail include: (1) the density-density formulation of the method, (2) computation of the overlaps, (3) the sign of the Monte Carlo weight function, (4) techniques for performing Monte Carlo sampling, and (5) the reconstruction of response functions from an imaginary-time auto-correlation function using MaxEnt techniques. Results obtained using schematic interactions, which have no sign problem, are presented to demonstrate the feasibility of the method, while an extrapolation method for realistic Hamiltonians is presented. In addition, applications at finite temperature are outlined

  5. Shell model the Monte Carlo way

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    Ormand, W.E.

    1995-03-01

    The formalism for the auxiliary-field Monte Carlo approach to the nuclear shell model is presented. The method is based on a linearization of the two-body part of the Hamiltonian in an imaginary-time propagator using the Hubbard-Stratonovich transformation. The foundation of the method, as applied to the nuclear many-body problem, is discussed. Topics presented in detail include: (1) the density-density formulation of the method, (2) computation of the overlaps, (3) the sign of the Monte Carlo weight function, (4) techniques for performing Monte Carlo sampling, and (5) the reconstruction of response functions from an imaginary-time auto-correlation function using MaxEnt techniques. Results obtained using schematic interactions, which have no sign problem, are presented to demonstrate the feasibility of the method, while an extrapolation method for realistic Hamiltonians is presented. In addition, applications at finite temperature are outlined.

  6. SPQR: a Monte Carlo reactor kinetics code

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    Cramer, S.N.; Dodds, H.L.

    1980-02-01

    The SPQR Monte Carlo code has been developed to analyze fast reactor core accident problems where conventional methods are considered inadequate. The code is based on the adiabatic approximation of the quasi-static method. This initial version contains no automatic material motion or feedback. An existing Monte Carlo code is used to calculate the shape functions and the integral quantities needed in the kinetics module. Several sample problems have been devised and analyzed. Due to the large statistical uncertainty associated with the calculation of reactivity in accident simulations, the results, especially at later times, differ greatly from deterministic methods. It was also found that in large uncoupled systems, the Monte Carlo method has difficulty in handling asymmetric perturbations

  7. Current and future applications of Monte Carlo

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    Zaidi, H.

    2003-01-01

    Full text: The use of radionuclides in medicine has a long history and encompasses a large area of applications including diagnosis and radiation treatment of cancer patients using either external or radionuclide radiotherapy. The 'Monte Carlo method'describes a very broad area of science, in which many processes, physical systems, and phenomena are simulated by statistical methods employing random numbers. The general idea of Monte Carlo analysis is to create a model, which is as similar as possible to the real physical system of interest, and to create interactions within that system based on known probabilities of occurrence, with random sampling of the probability density functions (pdfs). As the number of individual events (called 'histories') is increased, the quality of the reported average behavior of the system improves, meaning that the statistical uncertainty decreases. The use of the Monte Carlo method to simulate radiation transport has become the most accurate means of predicting absorbed dose distributions and other quantities of interest in the radiation treatment of cancer patients using either external or radionuclide radiotherapy. The same trend has occurred for the estimation of the absorbed dose in diagnostic procedures using radionuclides as well as the assessment of image quality and quantitative accuracy of radionuclide imaging. As a consequence of this generalized use, many questions are being raised primarily about the need and potential of Monte Carlo techniques, but also about how accurate it really is, what would it take to apply it clinically and make it available widely to the nuclear medicine community at large. Many of these questions will be answered when Monte Carlo techniques are implemented and used for more routine calculations and for in-depth investigations. In this paper, the conceptual role of the Monte Carlo method is briefly introduced and followed by a survey of its different applications in diagnostic and therapeutic

  8. Monte Carlo method for array criticality calculations

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    Dickinson, D.; Whitesides, G.E.

    1976-01-01

    The Monte Carlo method for solving neutron transport problems consists of mathematically tracing paths of individual neutrons collision by collision until they are lost by absorption or leakage. The fate of the neutron after each collision is determined by the probability distribution functions that are formed from the neutron cross-section data. These distributions are sampled statistically to establish the successive steps in the neutron's path. The resulting data, accumulated from following a large number of batches, are analyzed to give estimates of k/sub eff/ and other collision-related quantities. The use of electronic computers to produce the simulated neutron histories, initiated at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, made the use of the Monte Carlo method practical for many applications. In analog Monte Carlo simulation, the calculation follows the physical events of neutron scattering, absorption, and leakage. To increase calculational efficiency, modifications such as the use of statistical weights are introduced. The Monte Carlo method permits the use of a three-dimensional geometry description and a detailed cross-section representation. Some of the problems in using the method are the selection of the spatial distribution for the initial batch, the preparation of the geometry description for complex units, and the calculation of error estimates for region-dependent quantities such as fluxes. The Monte Carlo method is especially appropriate for criticality safety calculations since it permits an accurate representation of interacting units of fissile material. Dissimilar units, units of complex shape, moderators between units, and reflected arrays may be calculated. Monte Carlo results must be correlated with relevant experimental data, and caution must be used to ensure that a representative set of neutron histories is produced

  9. Notas para la catalogación como municipios turísticos en el interior de la región de Murcia

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    Mercedes Millán Escriche

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo hace un ejercicio de síntesis de los antecedentes legislativos sobre turismo y, de igual modo, de la Ley de Turismo de la Región de Murcia, poniendo especial atención en los aspectos que se refieren a la localización espacial de esta actividad y, sobre todo, en la nueva figura del Municipio Turístico y en los requisitos exigibles a las poblaciones que pretendan obtener esa calificación. En este sentido se analizan aquellas fuentes que permitan realizar una evaluación de la oferta turística de interior a escala municipal, tanto desde un punto de vista cuantitativo como cualitativo, para establecer una primera aproximación de las poblaciones de la Región de Murcia que pueden ser los futuros Municipios Turísticos.

  10. Efectos de espacio sobre costos de provisión local. Un modelo de ecualización por bloques para los municipios bolivianos

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    Barrios Suvelza, Franz Xavier

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    Full Text Available Bolivia experimentó una importante transformación territorial después de que se aprobó la Ley de Participación Popular en 1994. Los efectos benéficos de tal reforma estuvieron acompañados de una serie de efectos contraproducentes, entre ellos los que se derivan del modelo de transferencias centrales hacia los municipios. Este artículo propone un nuevo modelo de transferencias que complementa el actual ¿sistema de dotación fiscal a municipios según el principio per cápita¿ con uno de ¿ecualización fiscal intermunicipal por bloques¿.

  11. Evaluación de anemia ferropénica en la primera infancia del Municipio de Sonsón-Antioquia, 2007

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    Objetivo: Determinar la prevalencia de anemia por deficiencia de hierro en niños de la primera infancia del municipio de Sonsón – Antioquia, en el año 2007. Metodología: Se realizó un estudio descriptivo transversal en 391 niños de 0 a 84 meses de edad del Municipio de Sonsón, Antioquia. Se estudiaron los parámetros de hemoglobina y ferritina sérica utilizando puntos de corte de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS). Se calcularon las medidas de frecuencia y de resumen y los intervalos de...

  12. Caracterización de germoplasma de cebollín (Allium cepa var. Aggregatum, en el municipio de Gibara, provincia de Holguín

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    Hubert Rodríguez García

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Se colectaron y estudiaron 18 accesiones de cebollín (Allium cepa var Aggregatum entre los productores del municipio Gibara se plantaron en las fincas de los productores de la CCS Mario Muñoz Gibara. El estudio se realizo en el período comprendido de enero del 2005 a diciembre del 2006, con el objetivo de realizar una caracterización del germoplasma para determinar las variedades existentes en del municipio. Entre los principales resultados obtenidos se identificaron dos variedades en el agroecosistema: Bola Roja de bulbos de color rojo violáceo, redondos globoso y pungencia fuerte y la variedad Amarillo Largo de bulbos amarillo naranja, fusiformes-oblongos y de pungencia media.

  13. Monte Carlo simulation applied to alpha spectrometry

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    Baccouche, S.; Gharbi, F.; Trabelsi, A.

    2007-01-01

    Alpha particle spectrometry is a widely-used analytical method, in particular when we deal with pure alpha emitting radionuclides. Monte Carlo simulation is an adequate tool to investigate the influence of various phenomena on this analytical method. We performed an investigation of those phenomena using the simulation code GEANT of CERN. The results concerning the geometrical detection efficiency in different measurement geometries agree with analytical calculations. This work confirms that Monte Carlo simulation of solid angle of detection is a very useful tool to determine with very good accuracy the detection efficiency.

  14. Simplified monte carlo simulation for Beijing spectrometer

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    Wang Taijie; Wang Shuqin; Yan Wuguang; Huang Yinzhi; Huang Deqiang; Lang Pengfei

    1986-01-01

    The Monte Carlo method based on the functionization of the performance of detectors and the transformation of values of kinematical variables into ''measured'' ones by means of smearing has been used to program the Monte Carlo simulation of the performance of the Beijing Spectrometer (BES) in FORTRAN language named BESMC. It can be used to investigate the multiplicity, the particle type, and the distribution of four-momentum of the final states of electron-positron collision, and also the response of the BES to these final states. Thus, it provides a measure to examine whether the overall design of the BES is reasonable and to decide the physical topics of the BES

  15. Self-learning Monte Carlo (dynamical biasing)

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    Matthes, W.

    1981-01-01

    In many applications the histories of a normal Monte Carlo game rarely reach the target region. An approximate knowledge of the importance (with respect to the target) may be used to guide the particles more frequently into the target region. A Monte Carlo method is presented in which each history contributes to update the importance field such that eventually most target histories are sampled. It is a self-learning method in the sense that the procedure itself: (a) learns which histories are important (reach the target) and increases their probability; (b) reduces the probabilities of unimportant histories; (c) concentrates gradually on the more important target histories. (U.K.)

  16. Burnup calculations using Monte Carlo method

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    Ghosh, Biplab; Degweker, S.B.

    2009-01-01

    In the recent years, interest in burnup calculations using Monte Carlo methods has gained momentum. Previous burn up codes have used multigroup transport theory based calculations followed by diffusion theory based core calculations for the neutronic portion of codes. The transport theory methods invariably make approximations with regard to treatment of the energy and angle variables involved in scattering, besides approximations related to geometry simplification. Cell homogenisation to produce diffusion, theory parameters adds to these approximations. Moreover, while diffusion theory works for most reactors, it does not produce accurate results in systems that have strong gradients, strong absorbers or large voids. Also, diffusion theory codes are geometry limited (rectangular, hexagonal, cylindrical, and spherical coordinates). Monte Carlo methods are ideal to solve very heterogeneous reactors and/or lattices/assemblies in which considerable burnable poisons are used. The key feature of this approach is that Monte Carlo methods permit essentially 'exact' modeling of all geometrical detail, without resort to ene and spatial homogenization of neutron cross sections. Monte Carlo method would also be better for in Accelerator Driven Systems (ADS) which could have strong gradients due to the external source and a sub-critical assembly. To meet the demand for an accurate burnup code, we have developed a Monte Carlo burnup calculation code system in which Monte Carlo neutron transport code is coupled with a versatile code (McBurn) for calculating the buildup and decay of nuclides in nuclear materials. McBurn is developed from scratch by the authors. In this article we will discuss our effort in developing the continuous energy Monte Carlo burn-up code, McBurn. McBurn is intended for entire reactor core as well as for unit cells and assemblies. Generally, McBurn can do burnup of any geometrical system which can be handled by the underlying Monte Carlo transport code

  17. Improvements for Monte Carlo burnup calculation

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    Shenglong, Q.; Dong, Y.; Danrong, S.; Wei, L., E-mail: qiangshenglong@tsinghua.org.cn, E-mail: d.yao@npic.ac.cn, E-mail: songdr@npic.ac.cn, E-mail: luwei@npic.ac.cn [Nuclear Power Inst. of China, Cheng Du, Si Chuan (China)

    2015-07-01

    Monte Carlo burnup calculation is development trend of reactor physics, there would be a lot of work to be done for engineering applications. Based on Monte Carlo burnup code MOI, non-fuel burnup calculation methods and critical search suggestions will be mentioned in this paper. For non-fuel burnup, mixed burnup mode will improve the accuracy of burnup calculation and efficiency. For critical search of control rod position, a new method called ABN based on ABA which used by MC21 will be proposed for the first time in this paper. (author)

  18. A keff calculation method by Monte Carlo

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    Shen, H; Wang, K.

    2008-01-01

    The effective multiplication factor (k eff ) is defined as the ratio between the number of neutrons in successive generations, which definition is adopted by most Monte Carlo codes (e.g. MCNP). Also, it can be thought of as the ratio of the generation rate of neutrons by the sum of the leakage rate and the absorption rate, which should exclude the effect of the neutron reaction such as (n, 2n) and (n, 3n). This article discusses the Monte Carlo method for k eff calculation based on the second definition. A new code has been developed and the results are presented. (author)

  19. Monte Carlo electron/photon transport

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    Mack, J.M.; Morel, J.E.; Hughes, H.G.

    1985-01-01

    A review of nonplasma coupled electron/photon transport using Monte Carlo method is presented. Remarks are mainly restricted to linerarized formalisms at electron energies from 1 keV to 1000 MeV. Applications involving pulse-height estimation, transport in external magnetic fields, and optical Cerenkov production are discussed to underscore the importance of this branch of computational physics. Advances in electron multigroup cross-section generation is reported, and its impact on future code development assessed. Progress toward the transformation of MCNP into a generalized neutral/charged-particle Monte Carlo code is described. 48 refs

  20. Monte Carlo simulation of neutron scattering instruments

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    Seeger, P.A.

    1995-01-01

    A library of Monte Carlo subroutines has been developed for the purpose of design of neutron scattering instruments. Using small-angle scattering as an example, the philosophy and structure of the library are described and the programs are used to compare instruments at continuous wave (CW) and long-pulse spallation source (LPSS) neutron facilities. The Monte Carlo results give a count-rate gain of a factor between 2 and 4 using time-of-flight analysis. This is comparable to scaling arguments based on the ratio of wavelength bandwidth to resolution width

  1. Monte Carlo applications to radiation shielding problems

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    Subbaiah, K.V.

    2009-01-01

    Monte Carlo methods are a class of computational algorithms that rely on repeated random sampling of physical and mathematical systems to compute their results. However, basic concepts of MC are both simple and straightforward and can be learned by using a personal computer. Uses of Monte Carlo methods require large amounts of random numbers, and it was their use that spurred the development of pseudorandom number generators, which were far quicker to use than the tables of random numbers which had been previously used for statistical sampling. In Monte Carlo simulation of radiation transport, the history (track) of a particle is viewed as a random sequence of free flights that end with an interaction event where the particle changes its direction of movement, loses energy and, occasionally, produces secondary particles. The Monte Carlo simulation of a given experimental arrangement (e.g., an electron beam, coming from an accelerator and impinging on a water phantom) consists of the numerical generation of random histories. To simulate these histories we need an interaction model, i.e., a set of differential cross sections (DCS) for the relevant interaction mechanisms. The DCSs determine the probability distribution functions (pdf) of the random variables that characterize a track; 1) free path between successive interaction events, 2) type of interaction taking place and 3) energy loss and angular deflection in a particular event (and initial state of emitted secondary particles, if any). Once these pdfs are known, random histories can be generated by using appropriate sampling methods. If the number of generated histories is large enough, quantitative information on the transport process may be obtained by simply averaging over the simulated histories. The Monte Carlo method yields the same information as the solution of the Boltzmann transport equation, with the same interaction model, but is easier to implement. In particular, the simulation of radiation

  2. Simulation of transport equations with Monte Carlo

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    1975-09-01

    The main purpose of the report is to explain the relation between the transport equation and the Monte Carlo game used for its solution. The introduction of artificial particles carrying a weight provides one with high flexibility in constructing many different games for the solution of the same equation. This flexibility opens a way to construct a Monte Carlo game for the solution of the adjoint transport equation. Emphasis is laid mostly on giving a clear understanding of what to do and not on the details of how to do a specific game

  3. Monte Carlo dose distributions for radiosurgery

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    Perucha, M.; Leal, A.; Rincon, M.; Carrasco, E.

    2001-01-01

    The precision of Radiosurgery Treatment planning systems is limited by the approximations of their algorithms and by their dosimetrical input data. This fact is especially important in small fields. However, the Monte Carlo methods is an accurate alternative as it considers every aspect of particle transport. In this work an acoustic neurinoma is studied by comparing the dose distribution of both a planning system and Monte Carlo. Relative shifts have been measured and furthermore, Dose-Volume Histograms have been calculated for target and adjacent organs at risk. (orig.)

  4. Insularity and communion

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    1997-01-01

    The great comic classic of middle-English literature is the Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer, written in the last part of the fourteenth century. A party of men and women set out together on horse-back from an inn in London to make the pilgrimage to the shrine of St. Thomas Becket. By a happy coincidence their route will bring them past the very spot where we are gathered today. They are a mixed group: some of them are presented to us as virtuous characters, like the Clerk of Oxford and t...

  5. Formulación participativa del presupuesto en el municipio Caroní: comparación con la experiencia de Porto Alegre

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    María Pilar GARCÍA-GUADILLA

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available RESUMEN: El presente artículo evalúa la experiencia de descentralización local que se lleva a cabo desde 1990 hasta la fecha en el Municipio Caroní de Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela. Focalizándose en la elaboración del presupuesto participativo, se identifican los alcances y limitaciones de algunas prácticas de democracia participativa tales como la participación ciudadana en la gestión local. Finalmente, se hace una comparación con la experiencia de elaboración del presupuesto en forma participativa del municipio de Porto Alegre (Brasil estableciéndose las semejanzas y diferencias entre ambos procesos en lo que se refiere a los siguientes aspectos: la apertura de nuevos espacios de participación, el acceso a la información, la satisfacción de las demandas sociales en consonancia con los criterios de equidad y eficiencia, la existencia y utilización de mecanismos de control de la gestión y la posibilidad de trascender desde la participación local hacia la cultura política de ciudadanos o ciudadanía activa.ABSTRACT: This article evaluates the experience with local decentralization of the Municipio Caroní, in Venezuela since 1990 from the point of view of participatory democracy. It analyzes the decision making process around the elaboration of the socalled "Participatory Budgeting" and compares it with the case of the Municipio Porto Alegre in Brazil in order to draw some conclussión about: the opening of new spaces for participation, access to vital information, residente" satisfacction of their demands according to the criteria of efficiency and equity, mechanisms of control over the representatives and the possibility to trascend from a culture of local participatión to a citizens and active culture.

  6. El territorio y su relación con las ventajas comparativas y competitivas en el municipio de La Unión, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

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    Magdalida Murgueitio

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available En el marco del proyecto de investigación denominado “Marketing Territorial, una alternativa para la competitividad y posicionamiento regional en los municipios de La Unión, Zarzal y Cartago durante el periodo 2012-2013” el objetivo principal es identificar las alternativas que promuevan la competitividad y el posicionamiento regional en los municipios de La Unión, Zarzal y Cartago, en el Valle del Cauca. La problemática se aborda con la triangulación de métodos, datos e investigadores. Se obtienen datos con diferentes técnicas e instrumentos como la observación no participante, la opinión de los habitantes, entrevistas semiestructuradas a funcionarios públicos y recopilación de datos estadísticos de los municipios en diferentes rubros; además del análisis de un equipo de investigadores de disciplinas como la Economía, la Contaduría, la Administración, la Ingeniería de Sistemas y la Educación. Los resultados indican que el aprovechamiento de las ventajas comparativas que el territorio brinda, así como la educación, la infraestructura y el apoyo administrativo del gobierno departamen - tal juegan un papel importante en la potencialización de las ventajas competitivas del municipio. Se concluye que el marketing territorial es una herramienta para impulsar la competitividad, la cual se potencializa cuando existe la voluntad política de invertir en ella y de gestionarla.

  7. Posibilidades de reducción de los residuos sólidos (no peligrosos) en el Municipio de Barbosa : un estudio de caso

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    Mejía Ríos, Luis Santiago

    2007-01-01

    Este trabajo muestra los diferentes mecanismo utilizados en la actualidad para disminuir la cantidad de residuos sólidos en el municipio de Barbosa, explicando desde el problema de las externalidades que se generan en el sitio de disposición final y el medio ambiente, pasando por el desarrollo del manejo integral de estos desechos y formas en las cuales se puede contribuir al mejoramiento de esta situación que cada vez sigue creciendo.

  8. Educación y municipio: la importancia de los servicios municipales de educación [Education and town: the importance of municipal services education

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    José Luis Muñoz Moreno

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Resumen: La presente aportación repara su objeto de análisis en la implicación de los municipios en la educación y desde los Ayuntamientos. En concreto, se focaliza en la importancia que adquieren los Servicios Municipales de Educación ante el reto y el desafío que representa el desarrollo educativo de los municipios. El desarrollo de este trabajo profundiza en la necesidad de una mayor autonomía institucional de los Ayuntamientos para intervenir en la educación, la conveniencia de organizar y gestionar la educación en los municipios desde los Servicios Municipales de Educación y la incorporación de la lógica de la evaluación en la actuación educativa desempeñada por los mismos. Avanzar hacia el desarrollo educativo de los municipios, desde los Servicios Municipales de Educación, va a suponer poner en marcha actuaciones educativas amplias, transversales e innovadoras y sostenidas sobre los principios de corresponsabilidad, inclusión y aprendizaje a lo largo de toda la vida. Abstract: The present contribution repairs your analyzed the involvement of municipalities in education and from the municipalities. Specifically, it focuses on the importance acquired by the Municipal Education to the challenge and the challenge of the educational development of the municipalities. The development of this paper explores the need for greater institutional autonomy of the municipalities to intervene in education, the desirability of organizing and managing education in the municipalities from the Municipal Education and incorporating logic evaluation the educational activities performed by them. Moving towards the educational development of the municipalities, from the Municipal Education Services, will involve implementing comprehensive educational performances, and innovative and sustained cross on the principles of shared responsibility, inclusion and learning throughout life.

  9. Modelo de desarrollo productivo para los pequeños y medianos productores de papa del municipio de Sesquilé en la vereda Rancherías

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    Duque Gómez, Andrés; Restrepo Palacio, Juliana

    2012-01-01

    Este es un proyecto que se viene desarrollando hace unos años conjuntamente entre la Universidad del Rosario y la Gobernación de Cundinamarca, en donde se busca principalmente la mejora en la productividad de los campesinos de la región, específicamente el municipio de Sesquilé, vereda Ranchería, de manera que puedan mejorar su calidad de vida.

  10. La educación ambiental: la escasa percepción social del problema de los residuos urbanos en el municipio de Alicante

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    Rocío Díez Ros

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available En el trabajo se exponen los resultados de una encuesta de opinión realizada a los vecinos del municipio de Alicante acerca de sus Residuos Urbanos. De las respuestas obtenidas es posible inferir una escasa percepción social de los problemas medioambientales generados por una gestión inadecuada de estos residuos. En este sentido, se proponen acciones de Educación Ambiental para mejorar esta situación.

  11. EL PAPEL DE LOS MUNICIPIOS COLOMBIANOS EN LA PLANEACION Y GESTION DEL DESARROLLO LOCAL: SUS FUNDAMENTOS TEORICO-CONCEPTUALES

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    Oscar Hernan Muñoz

    2001-07-01

    formas de autopedagogía colectiva” que lleven a los agentes a desarrollar una conciencia colectiva de su territorio y de su porvenir. En Colombia, el ordenamiento constitucional y el enfoque del Desarrollo Local Endógeno, les confieren a los municipios un papel preponderante en la planeación y gestión del desarrollo local; es decir, que el municipio debe ser, por excelencia, el espacio propicio para la formulación y ejecución de una verdadera política social, que brinde respuestas oportunas y concretas a las necesidades y expectativas de la comunidad local. Dentro de este contexto, las administraciones locales deben articular de una manera clara y coherente todas las acciones dirigidas específicamente a la promoción del desarrollo social del municipio, concertando con las entidades privadas locales las políticas, programas e instrumentos de empleo.

  12. Fast sequential Monte Carlo methods for counting and optimization

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    Rubinstein, Reuven Y; Vaisman, Radislav

    2013-01-01

    A comprehensive account of the theory and application of Monte Carlo methods Based on years of research in efficient Monte Carlo methods for estimation of rare-event probabilities, counting problems, and combinatorial optimization, Fast Sequential Monte Carlo Methods for Counting and Optimization is a complete illustration of fast sequential Monte Carlo techniques. The book provides an accessible overview of current work in the field of Monte Carlo methods, specifically sequential Monte Carlo techniques, for solving abstract counting and optimization problems. Written by authorities in the

  13. Caracterización de Atención Primaria de salud en tres municipios de Minas Gerais, Brasil: Un analisis de los casos

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    Luciano José ARANTES

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo tuvo como objetivo estudiar la forma en que la atención primaria de salud se caracteriza en tres municipios de Minas Gerais, Brasil. Hemos tratado de comprender el contexto local, la estructura y la gestión de la atención primaria en los municipios pesquisados. Las técnicas utilizadas para la colecta de datos fueron la investigación documental y la entrevista con los gestores locales. Los datos obtenidos fueron analizados de acuerdo con la legislación brasileña para el desarrollo de la atención primaria. Se identificó que los municipios asumen la atención primaria de salud de manera distinta. La característica de la política y del gobierno local fue considerada un punto que parece permear tanto en el contexto del desarrollo de la atención primaria como su forma de estructuración y gestión.

  14. DISEÑO DE UNA PROPUESTA DE MARKETING ECOTURÍSTICO PARA EL MUNICIPIO DE LA PLAYA DE BELÉN COMO DESTINO TURÍSTICO

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    Luis Alfonso Sánchez Borja

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available El proyecto tiene como objetivo diseñar una propuesta de Marketing Ecoturístico para el Municipio de la Playa de Belén en el departamento de Norte de Santander, Colombia; se presentan los aspectos generales del Municipio, tales como; ubicación geográfica, topografía, aspectos étnicos y culturales. Seguidamente describe el análisis DOFA, la metodología y conceptos utilizados de mayor interés que aportan al desarrollo de la investigación con el fin de realizar un diagnóstico turístico sobre los componentes de intangibilidad turística, superestructura, infraestructura, planta turística, atractivos y descripción cultural de la comunidad de la Playa de Belén. Los resultados obtenidos se reflejan a través del análisis de mercado mediante encuesta aplicada a la comunidad, operadores y turistas, se analiza la situación actual, se diseña el plan de marketing creando unos objetivos, estrategias y recomendaciones de proyección para el municipio.

  15. La tributación ambiental como respuesta a los desafíos ecológicos de los municipios argentinos: principales dificultades

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    Rodolfo Salassa Boix

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Teniendo en cuenta que los municipios argentinos padecen diferentes problemáticas ambientales, que son el nivel de gobierno más idóneo para promover la protección del medio ambiente y que el Derecho tributario ofrece un gran aporte en esta materia, el objeto de este trabajo estriba en analizar dos de las principales dificultades normativos que, a nuestro juicio, enfrentan los municipios a la hora de dictar medidas tributarias ambientales. Una vez sorteadas estas dificultades se allanará el camino para poder recurrir a la Tributación Ambiental como una alternativa jurídica más para los municipios a la hora de enfrentar los problemas ecológicos que les aquejan. A raíz de ello, y sin pretender agotar todas las posibles dificultades jurídicas que presenta esta temática, el desarrollo del trabajo gira en torno a dos tipos de obstáculos. Uno de carácter sustancial, que hace a la falta de conocimiento sobre la naturaleza jurídica de las medidas tributarias ambientales y otro de carácter formal, que hace a la competencia tributaria que tienen estos entes locales para regular tales medidas.

  16. El patrimonio gastronómico del municipio de Toluca: el caso del pulque y las pulquerías (1841-1920

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    Edgar Rojas Rivas

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Se hace un esbozo de algunos elementos históricos del pulque y las pulquerías del municipio de Toluca en el periodo de 1841-1920, particularmente sobre la producción, comercialización y consumo. El método utilizado fue la microhistoria con información obtenida del Archivo Histórico del Municipio de Toluca y fuentes bibliohemerográficas. Los resultados muestran una producción significativa del pulque, la existencia de un gran número de establecimientos que lo expendían, la importancia del rol de la mujer en la comercialización y cómo el ferrocarril contribuyó a la distribución de la bebida. Se concluye que este patrimonio gastronómico fue importante para el municipio y que el consumo de la bebida era generalizado entre toda la población.

  17. Conocimientos sobre implantes dentales en estomatólogos de los municipios de Centro Habana, Habana del Este y Habana Vieja

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    Eneida García López

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó una investigación descriptiva transversal, con el objetivo de evaluar el nivel de conocimiento sobre implantes dentales de los estomatólogos generales básico e integrales de los municipios, Habana del Este, Centro Habana y Habana Vieja. El Ministerio de Salud Pública tiene especial interés en la implementación y generalización de las técnicas de implantología dental a nivel de los municipios por lo que esta temática se convierte en tema de necesario dominio para los estomatólogos, pues necesitan orientar, tratar y remitir a sus pacientes. Para medir los conocimientos fue aplicada una encuesta que constaba de diez preguntas, y se utilizó los criterios de conocen y desconocen, para evaluar las respuestas según su calidad. El nivel de conocimientos se clasificó en adecuado cuando la encuesta tuvo un 70 % o más de respuestas con el criterio de conocen. El nivel de conocimientos fue no adecuado para los grupos de estudios y para los municipios.

  18. La problemática del manejo de los residuos sólidos en seis municipios del sur de Zacatecas

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    Full Text Available los objetivos de la presente investigación son determinar la cantidad de residuos sólidos generados en seis municipios del estado de Zacatecas, México, y comparar su composición porcentual en peso y volumen. Los resultados muestran la complejidad para el tratamiento y la disposición final de residuos sólidos en los municipios rurales y urbanos, debido a los grandes volúmenes generados y a los cambios en los patrones de consumo, que revelan la necesidad de emprender proyectos enfocados a su reducción, reciclaje, reutilización y valorización energética en los municipios analizados, además pueden servir para evaluar el inicio de acciones conjuntas entre ciudadanos y autoridades municipales para su tratamiento y disposición final. Esta investigación pretende contribuir al entendimiento de los problemas asociados a la disposición final de residuos en el estado de Zacatecas.

  19. Estructura de autocorrelación espacial de la actividad comercial en los municipios de la Región de Murcia.

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    Juana María Vivo Molina

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo, se realiza una aproximación al estudio de la dependencia entre variable económica y localización espacial aplicando la metodología de la Teoría de las Variables Regionalizadas (TVR. En particular, nos centraremos en la localización de actividades económico-comerciales de los municipios de la Comunidad Autónoma de la Región de Murcia (CARM. Aplicando métodos estadísticos para la reducción de datos que nos permiten eliminar información redundante, detectamos estructuras latentes en el desarrollo económico-comercial dentro de los municipios de la CARM. La metodología TVR nos permite constatar la presencia de correlación espacial, considerando los municipios de la Región de Murcia georeferenciados dentro del plano topográfico, en las estructuras latentes detectadas.

  20. Specialized Monte Carlo codes versus general-purpose Monte Carlo codes

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    Moskvin, Vadim; DesRosiers, Colleen; Papiez, Lech; Lu, Xiaoyi

    2002-01-01

    The possibilities of Monte Carlo modeling for dose calculations and optimization treatment are quite limited in radiation oncology applications. The main reason is that the Monte Carlo technique for dose calculations is time consuming while treatment planning may require hundreds of possible cases of dose simulations to be evaluated for dose optimization. The second reason is that general-purpose codes widely used in practice, require an experienced user to customize them for calculations. This paper discusses the concept of Monte Carlo code design that can avoid the main problems that are preventing wide spread use of this simulation technique in medical physics. (authors)

  1. On the use of stochastic approximation Monte Carlo for Monte Carlo integration

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    Liang, Faming

    2009-03-01

    The stochastic approximation Monte Carlo (SAMC) algorithm has recently been proposed as a dynamic optimization algorithm in the literature. In this paper, we show in theory that the samples generated by SAMC can be used for Monte Carlo integration via a dynamically weighted estimator by calling some results from the literature of nonhomogeneous Markov chains. Our numerical results indicate that SAMC can yield significant savings over conventional Monte Carlo algorithms, such as the Metropolis-Hastings algorithm, for the problems for which the energy landscape is rugged. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. La relación entre sociedad política y sociedad civil en los municipios ecuatorianos

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    Full Text Available L'article s'attache à analyser, de façon critique, la loi qui régit l'organisation des municipalités. Il vise à montrer que les deux instances, juntes paroissiales ou cabildos ouverts, ne permettent pas véritablement une participation démocratique, les unes car elles se révèlent corporatistes et clientélistes, les autres parce qu'ils sont le lieu des compromis entre les classes politiques locales et l'Etat. Quant à la participation des usagers aux directions des entreprises locales, elle s'avère un leurre. En fait, les municipalités sont plutôt un agent de l'Etat centralisateur et une expression des groupes dominants. El artículo intenta analizar, de manera crítica, la ley que rige la organización de los municipios. Para ello, tiene el propósito de mostrar que las dos instancias, las juntas parroquiales o los cabildos ampliados, no permiten una verdadera participación democrática, pues las primeras se revelan corporatistas y clientelistas, y los otros representan el compromiso institucional entre las clases políticas locales y el Estado. En cuanto a la participación de los usuarios en los directorios de las empresas municipales, ésta es sólo una ilusión. En realidad, los municipios cumplen más bien el doble papel de intermediarios del Estado centralizador y de expresión de las clases dominantes locales. The article attempts to critically analyzing the law of the organization of municipalities. To this end, it intends to show that in neither of the instances (the parochial juntas or the extended cabildos is truly democratic participation permitted. The former is shown to be corporatist and clientelist, and the latter as representing the institutional compromise between the local political classes and the State. Concerning the participation of the citizens in the directories of the local enterprises, this is only an illusion. Actually, the municipalities play a double role as intermediaries of the centralizing State and

  3. La dinámica de la sustentabilidad fiscal en los municipios urbanos de la Provincia de Mendoza

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    Raúl Molina

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available La finalidad del trabajo es revisar el comportamiento fiscal comparado de los departamentos urbanos que forman parte del “Gran Mendoza” (Capital, Guaymallén, Godoy Cruz y Las Heras, así como analizar distintos indicadores de sustentabilidad fiscal y su aplicación a la situación actual y futura de los mismos. A partir del análisis de la deuda pública consolidada y su relación con los resultados financieros de los respectivos municipios, se analizan las perspectivas de solvencia de cada uno de ellos, para determinar, en su caso, los esfuerzos fiscales necesarios para retomar la senda de la sustentabilidad. Sin duda, la efectividad de la política presupuestaria y tributaria, y el nivel del gasto público, repercuten claramente en los resultados de la gestión, pero hay también otros aspectos, como la selección de formas alternativas para financiar el gasto público y el manejo del endeudamiento, que impactan en los resultados financieros de los municipios. Clasificación JEL: H7.Palabras clave: Finanzas Públicas Intergubernamentales; Estados sub-nacionales; Solvencia fiscal; Sustentabilidad; Déficits. The dynamics of fiscal sustainability in the urban municipalities of the Province of MendozaAbstractThe purpose of this paper is to review the fiscal performance compared to urban municipalities of “Gran Mendoza” (Capital, Guaymallén, Godoy Cruz and Las Heras and to analyze different indicators of fiscal sustainability and its application to the current and future situation of them. From the analysis of the consolidated public debt and its relationship to the financial performance of the respective municipalities, the prospects solvency of each of them are analyzed to determine the necessary fiscal efforts to resume the path of sustainability. Certainly the effectiveness of budgetaryl and tax policy, and the level of public spending clearly affect the results of management, but there are also other aspects such as the selection

  4. Diagnóstico de enfermedades parasitarias en abejas africanizadas Apis mellifera en el municipio de Marsella, Risaralda, Colombia

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    Boris Daniel Velásquez Gutiérrez

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Las enfermedades parasitarias que afectan a las abejas melíferas causan importantes pérdidas económicas a la actividad apícola (Martínez et al., 2011, ya que los daños provocados por dichas parasitosis van desde la reducción en la producción de miel (Cornejo et al., 1974, hasta la pérdida total de las colmenas (De Jong, 1997. El objetivo de este estudio fue determinar la presencia y los niveles de infestación de las enfermedades parasitarias en abejas Apis mellifera de colmenas productoras de miel, ubicadas en el municipio de Marsella, Risaralda, Colombia. Para el diagnóstico se siguieron las recomendaciones del manual de las pruebas de diagnóstico y de las vacunas para los animales terrestres de la Organización Mundial de Sanidad Animal, en su capítulo de enfermedades apícolas (OIE 2008. Se analizaron mediante técnicas de microscopia, 85 muestras de abejas adultas, pertenecientes a 18 apicultores del municipio. Se determinó una alta prevalencia de Varroasis (100% y presencia de nosemiosis (6%; para el caso de acariosis todas las muestras fueron negativas. Un  75,29% (n=64 de las muestras positivas a Varroa, presento un nivel de infestación leve (≤ 3%, un 14,11% (n=12 presento un nivel moderado de infestación (entre 3 a 5 %, mientras que un 11% presento un nivel fuerte de infestación (superior a 5%.Las prácticas de manejo inadecuadas empleadas por los apicultores, tienen una fuerte relación con los niveles de infestación de los parásitos Varroa, presentando coeficientes de correlación positiva (r=0,64. Igualmente se determinó que los altos niveles de prevalencia e infestación de estos parásitos no afectaron el desarrollo productivo de las colmenas.

  5. Factores de éxito emprendedor en dos municipios de la montaña de Guerrero, México

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    Juan Morales-Jiménez

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available El Objetivo del trabajo fue identificar la motivación para el emprendimiento y los factores del éxito competitivo de los emprendedores de pequeños negocios que se ubican en la Montaña de Guerrero, México. Se aplicó un cuestionario con preguntas cerradas, con una escala de tipo Likert, con variables de los factores económicos, psicológicos, sociales y culturales para identificar diferencias de emprendimiento y del éxito competitivo. Estas diferencias fueron medidas con base en la importancia que el dueño le asignó a las acciones de desarrollo del negocio. Con la prueba de U de Mann-Whitney se evaluó estadísticamente si había diferencias en el éxito competitivo entre los municipios de Huamuxtitlán y Metlatónoc. Los resultados indicaron que la mayoría de los emprendedores son jóvenes y en su mayoría son mujeres, quienes inician la microempresa con ahorros propios y predomina en su operación la informalidad. El factor económico de motivación para emprender una microempresa o negocio fue la mejora en el ingreso. El principal factor psicológico fue la confianza en el éxito del negocio, siendo importante la motivación del o la conyugue. El factor social fue el desempleo y el factor espacial fue la buena ubicación del negocio. Al comparar entre municipios, se encontró diferencia estadística significativa entre ellos (p ≤ 0.001 para todos los factores evaluados. El análisis de regresión logística binaria indicó que las variables de mayor peso para la consolidación o éxito de las empresas de los emprendedores de la Montaña de Guerrero son la edad, la escolaridad y el lugar donde estén ubicados.

  6. Parallel processing Monte Carlo radiation transport codes

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    McKinney, G.W.

    1994-01-01

    Issues related to distributed-memory multiprocessing as applied to Monte Carlo radiation transport are discussed. Measurements of communication overhead are presented for the radiation transport code MCNP which employs the communication software package PVM, and average efficiency curves are provided for a homogeneous virtual machine

  7. Monte Carlo determination of heteroepitaxial misfit structures

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    Baker, J.; Lindgård, Per-Anker

    1996-01-01

    We use Monte Carlo simulations to determine the structure of KBr overlayers on a NaCl(001) substrate, a system with large (17%) heteroepitaxial misfit. The equilibrium relaxation structure is determined for films of 2-6 ML, for which extensive helium-atom scattering data exist for comparison...

  8. Juan Carlos D'Olivo: A portrait

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    Aguilar-Arévalo, Alexis A.

    2013-06-01

    This report attempts to give a brief bibliographical sketch of the academic life of Juan Carlos D'Olivo, researcher and teacher at the Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares of UNAM, devoted to advancing the fields of High Energy Physics and Astroparticle Physics in Mexico and Latin America.

  9. The Monte Carlo applied for calculation dose

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    Peixoto, J.E.

    1988-01-01

    The Monte Carlo method is showed for the calculation of absorbed dose. The trajectory of the photon is traced simulating sucessive interaction between the photon and the substance that consist the human body simulator. The energy deposition in each interaction of the simulator organ or tissue per photon is also calculated. (C.G.C.) [pt

  10. Monte Carlo code for neutron radiography

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    Milczarek, Jacek J.; Trzcinski, Andrzej; El-Ghany El Abd, Abd; Czachor, Andrzej

    2005-01-01

    The concise Monte Carlo code, MSX, for simulation of neutron radiography images of non-uniform objects is presented. The possibility of modeling the images of objects with continuous spatial distribution of specific isotopes is included. The code can be used for assessment of the scattered neutron component in neutron radiograms

  11. Monte Carlo code for neutron radiography

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    Milczarek, Jacek J. [Institute of Atomic Energy, Swierk, 05-400 Otwock (Poland)]. E-mail: jjmilcz@cyf.gov.pl; Trzcinski, Andrzej [Institute for Nuclear Studies, Swierk, 05-400 Otwock (Poland); El-Ghany El Abd, Abd [Institute of Atomic Energy, Swierk, 05-400 Otwock (Poland); Nuclear Research Center, PC 13759, Cairo (Egypt); Czachor, Andrzej [Institute of Atomic Energy, Swierk, 05-400 Otwock (Poland)

    2005-04-21

    The concise Monte Carlo code, MSX, for simulation of neutron radiography images of non-uniform objects is presented. The possibility of modeling the images of objects with continuous spatial distribution of specific isotopes is included. The code can be used for assessment of the scattered neutron component in neutron radiograms.

  12. Monte Carlo method in neutron activation analysis

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    Majerle, M.; Krasa, A.; Svoboda, O.; Wagner, V.; Adam, J.; Peetermans, S.; Slama, O.; Stegajlov, V.I.; Tsupko-Sitnikov, V.M.

    2009-01-01

    Neutron activation detectors are a useful technique for the neutron flux measurements in spallation experiments. The study of the usefulness and the accuracy of this method at similar experiments was performed with the help of Monte Carlo codes MCNPX and FLUKA

  13. Atomistic Monte Carlo simulation of lipid membranes

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    Wüstner, Daniel; Sklenar, Heinz

    2014-01-01

    Biological membranes are complex assemblies of many different molecules of which analysis demands a variety of experimental and computational approaches. In this article, we explain challenges and advantages of atomistic Monte Carlo (MC) simulation of lipid membranes. We provide an introduction...... of local-move MC methods in combination with molecular dynamics simulations, for example, for studying multi-component lipid membranes containing cholesterol....

  14. Computer system for Monte Carlo experimentation

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    Grier, D.A.

    1986-01-01

    A new computer system for Monte Carlo Experimentation is presented. The new system speeds and simplifies the process of coding and preparing a Monte Carlo Experiment; it also encourages the proper design of Monte Carlo Experiments, and the careful analysis of the experimental results. A new functional language is the core of this system. Monte Carlo Experiments, and their experimental designs, are programmed in this new language; those programs are compiled into Fortran output. The Fortran output is then compiled and executed. The experimental results are analyzed with a standard statistics package such as Si, Isp, or Minitab or with a user-supplied program. Both the experimental results and the experimental design may be directly loaded into the workspace of those packages. The new functional language frees programmers from many of the details of programming an experiment. Experimental designs such as factorial, fractional factorial, or latin square are easily described by the control structures and expressions of the language. Specific mathematical modes are generated by the routines of the language

  15. Scalable Domain Decomposed Monte Carlo Particle Transport

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    O' Brien, Matthew Joseph [Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States)

    2013-12-05

    In this dissertation, we present the parallel algorithms necessary to run domain decomposed Monte Carlo particle transport on large numbers of processors (millions of processors). Previous algorithms were not scalable, and the parallel overhead became more computationally costly than the numerical simulation.

  16. Monte Carlo methods beyond detailed balance

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    2015-01-01

    Monte Carlo algorithms are nearly always based on the concept of detailed balance and ergodicity. In this paper we focus on algorithms that do not satisfy detailed balance. We introduce a general method for designing non-detailed balance algorithms, starting from a conventional algorithm satisfying

  17. Monte Carlo studies of ZEPLIN III

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    Dawson, J; Davidge, D C R; Gillespie, J R; Howard, A S; Jones, W G; Joshi, M; Lebedenko, V N; Sumner, T J; Quenby, J J

    2002-01-01

    A Monte Carlo simulation of a two-phase xenon dark matter detector, ZEPLIN III, has been achieved. Results from the analysis of a simulated data set are presented, showing primary and secondary signal distributions from low energy gamma ray events.

  18. Biases in Monte Carlo eigenvalue calculations

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    Gelbard, E.M.

    1992-12-01

    The Monte Carlo method has been used for many years to analyze the neutronics of nuclear reactors. In fact, as the power of computers has increased the importance of Monte Carlo in neutronics has also increased, until today this method plays a central role in reactor analysis and design. Monte Carlo is used in neutronics for two somewhat different purposes, i.e., (a) to compute the distribution of neutrons in a given medium when the neutron source-density is specified, and (b) to compute the neutron distribution in a self-sustaining chain reaction, in which case the source is determined as the eigenvector of a certain linear operator. In (b), then, the source is not given, but must be computed. In the first case (the ``fixed-source`` case) the Monte Carlo calculation is unbiased. That is to say that, if the calculation is repeated (``replicated``) over and over, with independent random number sequences for each replica, then averages over all replicas will approach the correct neutron distribution as the number of replicas goes to infinity. Unfortunately, the computation is not unbiased in the second case, which we discuss here.

  19. Biases in Monte Carlo eigenvalue calculations

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    Gelbard, E.M.

    1992-01-01

    The Monte Carlo method has been used for many years to analyze the neutronics of nuclear reactors. In fact, as the power of computers has increased the importance of Monte Carlo in neutronics has also increased, until today this method plays a central role in reactor analysis and design. Monte Carlo is used in neutronics for two somewhat different purposes, i.e., (a) to compute the distribution of neutrons in a given medium when the neutron source-density is specified, and (b) to compute the neutron distribution in a self-sustaining chain reaction, in which case the source is determined as the eigenvector of a certain linear operator. In (b), then, the source is not given, but must be computed. In the first case (the fixed-source'' case) the Monte Carlo calculation is unbiased. That is to say that, if the calculation is repeated ( replicated'') over and over, with independent random number sequences for each replica, then averages over all replicas will approach the correct neutron distribution as the number of replicas goes to infinity. Unfortunately, the computation is not unbiased in the second case, which we discuss here.

  20. Dynamic bounds coupled with Monte Carlo simulations

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    Rajabalinejad, M., E-mail: M.Rajabalinejad@tudelft.n [Faculty of Civil Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft (Netherlands); Meester, L.E. [Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics, Delft University of Technology, Delft (Netherlands); Gelder, P.H.A.J.M. van; Vrijling, J.K. [Faculty of Civil Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft (Netherlands)

    2011-02-15

    For the reliability analysis of engineering structures a variety of methods is known, of which Monte Carlo (MC) simulation is widely considered to be among the most robust and most generally applicable. To reduce simulation cost of the MC method, variance reduction methods are applied. This paper describes a method to reduce the simulation cost even further, while retaining the accuracy of Monte Carlo, by taking into account widely present monotonicity. For models exhibiting monotonic (decreasing or increasing) behavior, dynamic bounds (DB) are defined, which in a coupled Monte Carlo simulation are updated dynamically, resulting in a failure probability estimate, as well as a strict (non-probabilistic) upper and lower bounds. Accurate results are obtained at a much lower cost than an equivalent ordinary Monte Carlo simulation. In a two-dimensional and a four-dimensional numerical example, the cost reduction factors are 130 and 9, respectively, where the relative error is smaller than 5%. At higher accuracy levels, this factor increases, though this effect is expected to be smaller with increasing dimension. To show the application of DB method to real world problems, it is applied to a complex finite element model of a flood wall in New Orleans.

  1. Dynamic bounds coupled with Monte Carlo simulations

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    Rajabali Nejad, Mohammadreza; Meester, L.E.; van Gelder, P.H.A.J.M.; Vrijling, J.K.

    2011-01-01

    For the reliability analysis of engineering structures a variety of methods is known, of which Monte Carlo (MC) simulation is widely considered to be among the most robust and most generally applicable. To reduce simulation cost of the MC method, variance reduction methods are applied. This paper

  2. Design and analysis of Monte Carlo experiments

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    Kleijnen, Jack P.C.; Gentle, J.E.; Haerdle, W.; Mori, Y.

    2012-01-01

    By definition, computer simulation or Monte Carlo models are not solved by mathematical analysis (such as differential calculus), but are used for numerical experimentation. The goal of these experiments is to answer questions about the real world; i.e., the experimenters may use their models to

  3. Some problems on Monte Carlo method development

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    Pei Lucheng

    1992-01-01

    This is a short paper on some problems of Monte Carlo method development. The content consists of deep-penetration problems, unbounded estimate problems, limitation of Mdtropolis' method, dependency problem in Metropolis' method, random error interference problems and random equations, intellectualisation and vectorization problems of general software

  4. Monte Carlo simulations in theoretical physic

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    Billoire, A.

    1991-01-01

    After a presentation of the MONTE CARLO method principle, the method is applied, first to the critical exponents calculations in the three dimensions ISING model, and secondly to the discrete quantum chromodynamic with calculation times in function of computer power. 28 refs., 4 tabs

  5. Monte Carlo method for random surfaces

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    Berg, B.

    1985-01-01

    Previously two of the authors proposed a Monte Carlo method for sampling statistical ensembles of random walks and surfaces with a Boltzmann probabilistic weight. In the present paper we work out the details for several models of random surfaces, defined on d-dimensional hypercubic lattices. (orig.)

  6. Monte Carlo simulation of the microcanonical ensemble

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    Creutz, M.

    1984-01-01

    We consider simulating statistical systems with a random walk on a constant energy surface. This combines features of deterministic molecular dynamics techniques and conventional Monte Carlo simulations. For discrete systems the method can be programmed to run an order of magnitude faster than other approaches. It does not require high quality random numbers and may also be useful for nonequilibrium studies. 10 references

  7. Variance Reduction Techniques in Monte Carlo Methods

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    Kleijnen, Jack P.C.; Ridder, A.A.N.; Rubinstein, R.Y.

    2010-01-01

    Monte Carlo methods are simulation algorithms to estimate a numerical quantity in a statistical model of a real system. These algorithms are executed by computer programs. Variance reduction techniques (VRT) are needed, even though computer speed has been increasing dramatically, ever since the

  8. Gian-Carlos Rota and Combinatorial Math.

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    Kolata, Gina Bari

    1979-01-01

    Presents the first of a series of occasional articles about mathematics as seen through the eyes of its prominent scholars. In an interview with Gian-Carlos Rota of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology he discusses how combinatorial mathematics began as a field and its future. (HM)

  9. Coded aperture optimization using Monte Carlo simulations

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    Martineau, A.; Rocchisani, J.M.; Moretti, J.L.

    2010-01-01

    Coded apertures using Uniformly Redundant Arrays (URA) have been unsuccessfully evaluated for two-dimensional and three-dimensional imaging in Nuclear Medicine. The images reconstructed from coded projections contain artifacts and suffer from poor spatial resolution in the longitudinal direction. We introduce a Maximum-Likelihood Expectation-Maximization (MLEM) algorithm for three-dimensional coded aperture imaging which uses a projection matrix calculated by Monte Carlo simulations. The aim of the algorithm is to reduce artifacts and improve the three-dimensional spatial resolution in the reconstructed images. Firstly, we present the validation of GATE (Geant4 Application for Emission Tomography) for Monte Carlo simulations of a coded mask installed on a clinical gamma camera. The coded mask modelling was validated by comparison between experimental and simulated data in terms of energy spectra, sensitivity and spatial resolution. In the second part of the study, we use the validated model to calculate the projection matrix with Monte Carlo simulations. A three-dimensional thyroid phantom study was performed to compare the performance of the three-dimensional MLEM reconstruction with conventional correlation method. The results indicate that the artifacts are reduced and three-dimensional spatial resolution is improved with the Monte Carlo-based MLEM reconstruction.

  10. Biases in Monte Carlo eigenvalue calculations

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    Gelbard, E.M.

    1992-01-01

    The Monte Carlo method has been used for many years to analyze the neutronics of nuclear reactors. In fact, as the power of computers has increased the importance of Monte Carlo in neutronics has also increased, until today this method plays a central role in reactor analysis and design. Monte Carlo is used in neutronics for two somewhat different purposes, i.e., (a) to compute the distribution of neutrons in a given medium when the neutron source-density is specified, and (b) to compute the neutron distribution in a self-sustaining chain reaction, in which case the source is determined as the eigenvector of a certain linear operator. In (b), then, the source is not given, but must be computed. In the first case (the ''fixed-source'' case) the Monte Carlo calculation is unbiased. That is to say that, if the calculation is repeated (''replicated'') over and over, with independent random number sequences for each replica, then averages over all replicas will approach the correct neutron distribution as the number of replicas goes to infinity. Unfortunately, the computation is not unbiased in the second case, which we discuss here

  11. Monte Carlo studies of uranium calorimetry

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    Brau, J.; Hargis, H.J.; Gabriel, T.A.; Bishop, B.L.

    1985-01-01

    Detailed Monte Carlo calculations of uranium calorimetry are presented which reveal a significant difference in the responses of liquid argon and plastic scintillator in uranium calorimeters. Due to saturation effects, neutrons from the uranium are found to contribute only weakly to the liquid argon signal. Electromagnetic sampling inefficiencies are significant and contribute substantially to compensation in both systems. 17 references

  12. Uncertainty analysis in Monte Carlo criticality computations

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    Qi Ao

    2011-01-01

    Highlights: ► Two types of uncertainty methods for k eff Monte Carlo computations are examined. ► Sampling method has the least restrictions on perturbation but computing resources. ► Analytical method is limited to small perturbation on material properties. ► Practicality relies on efficiency, multiparameter applicability and data availability. - Abstract: Uncertainty analysis is imperative for nuclear criticality risk assessments when using Monte Carlo neutron transport methods to predict the effective neutron multiplication factor (k eff ) for fissionable material systems. For the validation of Monte Carlo codes for criticality computations against benchmark experiments, code accuracy and precision are measured by both the computational bias and uncertainty in the bias. The uncertainty in the bias accounts for known or quantified experimental, computational and model uncertainties. For the application of Monte Carlo codes for criticality analysis of fissionable material systems, an administrative margin of subcriticality must be imposed to provide additional assurance of subcriticality for any unknown or unquantified uncertainties. Because of a substantial impact of the administrative margin of subcriticality on economics and safety of nuclear fuel cycle operations, recently increasing interests in reducing the administrative margin of subcriticality make the uncertainty analysis in criticality safety computations more risk-significant. This paper provides an overview of two most popular k eff uncertainty analysis methods for Monte Carlo criticality computations: (1) sampling-based methods, and (2) analytical methods. Examples are given to demonstrate their usage in the k eff uncertainty analysis due to uncertainties in both neutronic and non-neutronic parameters of fissionable material systems.

  13. Propuesta\tde Acciones Físicas Recreativas para\tlos los pacientes aquejados de xeroderma pigmentario “Xp” en el Municipio Santa Clara

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    María Josefa Alfonso Guirado

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available La atención a grupos con necesidades educativas especiales constituye un logro de la revolución cubana que empeña grandes esfuerzos para elevar la calidad de vida de estos sectores de la población. . En este caso se encuentran los pacientes afectados por el Xeroderma Pigmentario (XP que es una enfermedad genética provocada por la excesiva sensibilidad a los efectos de las radiaciones ultravioletas cuyas características principales son la presencia de manchas en forma de pecas, así como por oscurecimiento y la resequedad de la piel. Los pacientes pertenecientes al municipio de Santa Clara constituyen la población de la presente investigación que tiene como objetivos: diagnosticar el nivel de participación de los pacientes XP del municipio de Santa Clara en las actividades de la recreación física, diseñar un plan de acciones físico – recreativas para estimular la participación de los pacientes XP del municipio de Santa Clara en las actividades de recreación física y valorar el plan de acciones físico – recreativas a través del criterio de especialistas, para dar solución al siguiente problema científico: ¿Cómo incrementar la participación de los pacientes aquejados de Xeroderma Pigmentario del municipio de Santa Clara en las actividades de recreación física? La base metodológica material utilizada para dar cumplimiento a los objetivos de la investigación está constituida por los siguientes métodos, se utilizo del nivel teórico el estudio de documentos y del nivel empírico-experimental: la encuesta, la entrevista y el criterio de especialistas. El proceso investigativo permitió conocer los motivos por los cuales los pacientes XP del municipio de Santa Clara no participan frecuentemente en las actividades de la recreación física y corroboró que los mismos presentan un marcado interés por las actividades recreativas de carácter físico.

  14. Depth study of insular shelf electric sounding in the Las Mercedes anomaly (Tacuarembo)[Geochemical prospection of Uranium in Uruguay]; Estudio de la profundidad del zocalo por sondeos electricos en la Anomalia de Las Mercedes (Tacuarembo)

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    Cicalese, H

    1983-07-01

    In the framework of Uranium prospecting Programme the geophysics team composed by BRGM and DINAMIGE workers were carried out an study about insular shelf electric sounding on the Mercedes area.They were studied the following topics: geographical location, geologic framework, methods, materials and some results.

  15. Depth study of insular shelf electric sounding Adelaida anomaly (Rivera)[Geochemical prospection of Uranium in Uruguay]; Estudio de la profundidad del zocalo por sondeos electricos Anomalia Adelaida (Rivera)

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    Cicalese, H

    1983-07-01

    In the framework of the Uranium prospecting programme, the DINAMIGE geophysical equipment have made a study. It was about the depth of insular shelf electric sounding on the anomalies zone of Adelaida. This equipment carried out a study of the following subjects: geographical location, geologic framework, geophysical intervention, developed works, methods and material and results.

  16. Depth study of insular shelf electric sounding in the Puntas de Abrojal anomaly[Study of Uranium geochemical prospection in Uruguay]; Estudio de la profundidad del zocalo por sondeos electricos en la Anomalia Puntas de Abrojal

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    Cicalese, H

    1983-07-01

    In the framework of the Uranium prospecting Programme, a geophysics team composed by BRGM and DINAMIGE workers were carried out an study about of insular shelf electric sounding on the Puntas de Abrojal area.A geographical location, geologic framework, geophysical survey and methods, materials and results were given.

  17. Pore-scale uncertainty quantification with multilevel Monte Carlo

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    Icardi, Matteo; Hoel, Haakon; Long, Quan; Tempone, Raul

    2014-01-01

    . Since there are no generic ways to parametrize the randomness in the porescale structures, Monte Carlo techniques are the most accessible to compute statistics. We propose a multilevel Monte Carlo (MLMC) technique to reduce the computational cost

  18. Prospect on general software of Monte Carlo method

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    Pei Lucheng

    1992-01-01

    This is a short paper on the prospect of Monte Carlo general software. The content consists of cluster sampling method, zero variance technique, self-improved method, and vectorized Monte Carlo method

  19. Bayesian phylogeny analysis via stochastic approximation Monte Carlo

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    Cheon, Sooyoung; Liang, Faming

    2009-01-01

    in simulating from the posterior distribution of phylogenetic trees, rendering the inference ineffective. In this paper, we apply an advanced Monte Carlo algorithm, the stochastic approximation Monte Carlo algorithm, to Bayesian phylogeny analysis. Our method

  20. ESTRUCTURA DE LA PROPIEDAD Y EVOLUCIÓN DE CULTIVOS EN UN MUNICIPIO DEL ALTO VINALOPÓ: SAX, 1761-1850

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    Remedios Belando Carbonell

    1987-01-01

    Full Text Available El término municipal de Sax, situado en la comarca del Alto Vinalopó, al NE de la provincia de Alicante, formó parte hasta 1836 del Reino de Murcia y, por tanto, de la Corona de Castilla. Este hecho, unido a su condición de municipio de realengo, en los lindes de una zona con predominio de régimen señorial, le confieren unas características propias y diferenciadas; se trata aquí de ponerlas de manifiesto en aquellos aspectos de Geografía Agraria relativos a la propiedad del su el o y a sus aprovechamientos. Para ello se parte del estudio de estas variables en los años centrales del siglo XVIII, aprovechando una fuente de gran valo r , el Catastro de Ensenada, para posteriorment e seguir su evolución comparando con otros documentos similares de mediados del siglo XIX. Así pues, estructura de la propiedad, distribución de cultivos, su localización en relación con las condiciones edafológicas y, finalmente, las técnicas empleadas en las labores agrícolas, constituyen los puntos básicos de este trabajo.

  1. Macrofactores determinantes de la infestación por Aedes aegypti en centros laborales del municipio de Santiago de Cuba

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    Lino Robert Larrea Aguilera

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Se efectuó un estudio analítico, de casos y controles, de 116 centros laborales del municipio de Santiago de Cuba, durante junio del 2011, para identificar los macrofactores determinantes en los índices de infestación por Aedes aegypti en tanques bajos y elevados, cisternas y otros depósitos de agua sin condiciones de hermeticidad, que se convierten en focos generadores del mosquito. Para ello se seleccionaron 48 instituciones con criaderos (casos y 96 sin estos (2 controles por caso, además de los macrofactores: comportamiento de los trabajadores y la comunidad, agentes medioambientales y organizacionales de la entidad laboral y del Programa Nacional para la Erradicación del Mosquito Aedes aegypti. En la serie los resultados se validaron mediante la oportunidad relativa, el riesgo atribuible en expuesto porcentual y la diferencia de medias, lo cual permitió concluir que el control adecuado de los tanques bajos y elevados no protegidos, el funcionamiento del autofocal laboral, la limpieza y desobstrucción de los tragantes y drenes, de los solares yermos o terrenos enyerbados, así como la elevación de la calidad del trabajo de los operarios A, lograrían reducir la infestación en los centros laborales

  2. Trastorno por déficit de atención e hiperactividad en escolares del municipio de Puerto Padre

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    Liliana Almaguer Brito

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available El diagnóstico del trastorno por déficit de atención e hiperactividad resulta complejo. Existen dificultades para la identificación de este trastorno en el municipio de Puerto Padre, provincia de Las Tunas, Cuba. Motivados por esa deficiencia, se decidió realizar un estudio de tipo descriptivo transversal. Para desarrollar el mismo se aplicaron cuestionarios a una muestra probabilística, estratificada por escuelas y sexos, de 314 alumnos de primer y segundo grado, con el fin de caracterizar el trastorno por déficit de atención e hiperactividad. Se aplicaron dos instrumentos, uno al total de la muestra, que tamiza el trastorno, y otro para confirmar el diagnóstico. Se obtiene una prevalencia del trastorno por déficit de atención e hiperactividad de un 5,4%, lo cual se encuentra dentro de los parámetros mundiales. Se clasifica el trastorno en subtipos: desatento (17,65%, hiperactivo impulsivo (29,41% y combinado (52,4%. La hiperactividad-impulsividad predominó en las hembras (40,0% contra 14,3% y la desatención en los varones (28,6% vs. 10,0%, el combinado resultó similar en ambos sexos

  3. Los riesgos naturales y su percepción en el municipio de Mazarrón (Murcia

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    Daniel Moreno Muñoz

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Se estudian los riesgos naturales que afectan al municipio de Mazarrón (inundaciones, sequías, sismicidad, olas de frío, olas de calor, tormentas y deslizamientos, y se analiza, mediante 150 encuestas (a diferentes grupos con distinto nivel de formación, la percepción del riesgo que tiene la población, cuáles son los riesgos que conocen, cómo creen que pueden afectar al territorio, si se sienten seguros, y que recuerdos tienen los ciudadanos que vivieron el desastre de la rambla de Las Moreras en 1989. Destacan las inundaciones como uno de los riesgos más importantes y la distinta percepción que de los riesgos tienen los ciudadanos, por su nivel de formación y ocupación. Desde la administración pública se debe velar por una correcta gestión del territorio.

  4. Gestión integral de la industria cauchera en el municipio de San José del Guaviare, Colombia

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    Grace Andrea Montoya-Rojas

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available En el artículo se plasman los logros de un ejercicio investigativo mediante una innovación espacial aplicada de manera integral a la industria del Caucho. De esta forma, se promueve una planificación holística en el municipio de San José del Guaviare, Colombia, donde hay actividades de colonización en la región selvática y, además, se encuentran comunidades indígenas y variedad de resguardos. La gestión integral de la agroindustria del Caucho, uno de los medios de susbsistencia de los habitantes, es prácticamente ausente. El proyecto cuenta con un diagnostico general de la zona, mediante el cual se obtienen modelaciones SIG con el fin de establecer las áreas potenciales para la producción de neumáticos en la agroindustria de Caucho. Se ilustra desde la gestión integral sectorial, las áreas capaces de soportar el proyecto de manera productiva y lograr al mismo tiempo, un desarrollo armónico entre el territorio municipal y el proyecto.

  5. LA ACTUACIÓN DEL INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE COLONIZACIÓN EN EL MUNICIPIO DE HELLÍN (ALBACETE

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    Gregorio Canales Martínez

    1993-01-01

    Full Text Available A mediados de la década de los cincuenta de la centuria actual, el Estado declara el Canal de Riegos de Hellín, en la provincia de Albacete, de alto interés nacional para la colonización agrícola. Para la puesta en riego se contó con una concesión de caudales del río Mundo de 1.000 l/s, así como del alumbramiento de aguas hipogeas. Con ello se pretendía paliar la crisis económica por la que atrave- saba el municipio hellinero, derivada de la ruina de la tradicional industria textil ligada al aprovechamiento del esparto. A partir de entonces se inicia una importante transformación del espacio mediante la distribución de 1.755 ha a unos doscientos colonos, que se agrupan en tres poblados rurales de nueva construcción: Nava de Campana, Mingogil y Cañada de Agra. El desarrollo y los pormenores de esta labor colonizadora son abordados en esta monografía.

  6. Prevalencia de anemia infecciosa equina en caballos de tracción en el municipio de Florencia (Caquetá

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    Beatriz Elena Patiño-Quiroz

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available En el estudio se evaluó la prevalecía de anemia infecciosa equina (AIE en los caballos de tracción en el municipio de Florencia, buscando relación por sexo, edad, condición corporal y distribución por comunas. Para ello se recolectaron 128 muestras de sangre de equinos (103 machos y 25 hembras que asistieron a 4 brigadas de salud animal realizadas por el semillero de investigación en equinos “SIEQUUS”, de la Universidad de la Amazonia, durante el periodo comprendido entre mayo de 2014 y diciembre de 2015. Las muestras fueron analizadas en laboratorio con la prueba de inmunodifusión en agar gel. Se realizó análisis estadístico descriptivo y una prueba Chí cuadrado (P10 fue del 14.29 %, y en los animales entre 5 y 10 años fue considerablemente mayor, el 33.33 %. Las condiciones ambientales y socioeconómicas facilitan la transmisión del virus entre los caballos del mismo gremio y con cualquier sistema de manejo y producción equina de la zona, lo que generaría pérdidas económicas y de semovientes de importancia para el sector equino.

  7. La discapacidad en niños hasta los seis años de edad del municipio Majibacoa

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    Nadia Rosa Hechavarría Almaguer

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available La discapacidad infantil constituye un gran problema de salud a nivel mundial; conocer sus características permite mejorar su asistencia. Se realizó un estudio descriptivo de corte transversal, en una muestra de 84 niños diagnosticados con discapacidad transitoria y/o permanente, con el objetivo de caracterizar la discapacidad en niños hasta seis años de edad en el municipio de Majibacoa. Se aplicó un cuestionario a los padres y se realizó un examen físico detallado a los niños, la discapacidad fue definida mediante la clasificación internacional de las funciones, tomando para el estudio las funciones corporales. El mayor porciento ocurrió en el momento del nacimiento, encontrándose una superior incidencia en el grupo de los menores de un año, la diferencia de sexo no fue significativa. Los factores de riesgo en la etapa perinatal se encontraron como los de mayor repercusión. Las discapacidades físico-motoras fueron las más frecuentes, presentándose el retardo en el desarrollo psicomotor como la mayor limitación. Gran parte de la muestra procedió de la zona rural, de la cual un número considerable no asistió a los servicios de rehabilitación

  8. Evaluación del control de pacientes hipertensos dispensarizados en dos municipios de Ciudad de La Habana

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    Míriam Cires Pujol

    1995-08-01

    Full Text Available Se entrevistaron 756 hipertensos, dispensarizados en 54 consultorios del médico de la familia, de los municipios 10 de Octubre y Guanabacoa, con el propósito de evaluar el control de la enfermedad a este nivel y precisar los factores que influyen cuando no se logra normalizar las cifras tensionales de estos pacientes. Los datos se analizaron con el estadígrafo chi-cuadrado. Se encontró sólo un 16,4 % controlado y un 11,3 % parcialmente controlado. Sólo la hiperlipidemia influyó significativamente en el grupo no controlado (p < 0,05. Predominó el tratamiento no farmacológico incorrecto, significativo en el grupo no controlado (p < 0,05. El 80,2 % consumía medicamentos (56 % cumplidores, no controlados. Se concluye que las conductas terapéuticas influyen en la falta de control de la tensión arterial, si se trabaja para modificar dichas conductas junto con los factores de riesgo, se podrá incrementar el número de pacientes controlados

  9. DISEÑO DE UN SISTEMA INTEGRADO DE PRODUCCIÓN AGROPECUARIA EN EL MUNICIPIO DE POPAYÁN (CAUCA

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    LEADITH ALEXANDRA GUTIÉRREZ V

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Se diseñó un sistema integrado de producción agropecuaria desde los principios de la agroecología en la granja la Colina ubicada en la Vereda Cajete, Municipio de Popayán, como contribución al proceso de certificación del programa agroambiental de la Universidad Autónoma Intercultural Indígena (UAIIN. Este proceso se llevó a cabo mediante levantamiento topográfico, análisis físico-químico de suelos, químico y microbiológico de aguas, evaluación de sustentabilidad mediante indicadores del sistema productivo actual y propuesta de ruta de transición, proyectando el sistema hacia la sustentabilidad, y contribuyendo en los procesos de capacitación a las comunidades que integran la UAIIN en la conservación de los recursos y recuperación de especies propias.

  10. Leishmania (Leishmania mexicana en el corregimiento de San Matías, municipio de Gómez Plata, Antioquia, Colombia

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    Diana Sierra

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available Introducción. La leishmaniaisis es una enfermedad encontrada en focos naturales de infección donde están presentes insectos vectores y mamíferos reservorios deLeishmania. Objetivo. Registrar por primera vez la presencia de Leishmania (Leishmania mexicana Biagi, 1953, en el corregimiento de San Matías, municipio de Gómez Plata, departamento de Antioquia. Materiales y métodos. La especie fue aislada de un paciente con leishmaniasis cutánea localizada e identificada por la técnica de Inmunofluorescencia utilizando anticuerpos monoclonales específicos de especie y electroforesis de enzimas . Resultados y conclusión. Su perfil isoenzimático similar al de las cepas de referencia L. (L. mexicana (MNCY/BZ/62/M379 y L. (L. mexicana (MHOM/BE/82/BEL21, permitió concluír que la especie aislada del paciente es L. (L. mexicana.

  11. Análisis de la seguridad alimentaria en los hogares el municipio de Xochiapulco Puebla, México

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    Guadalupe Selene Zárate Guevara

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este estudio es conocer el grado de seguridad alimentaria que presentan los hogares del municipio de Xochiapulco, Puebla, teniendo como variables de estudio la disponibilidad y suficiencia alimentaria, el acceso físico y económico a los alimentos y la equidad y carencia por acceso a los alimen- tos. El estudio se desarrolló con un muestreo aleatorio simple con unidad de análisis el hogar rural. Los resultados muestran que el 54% de las familias no tiene acceso económi- co a los alimentos y el 64% sí accede mediante la agricultura familiar, con la producción de maíz, frijol y hortalizas; con un déficit de cuatro meses al año, no obstante cubren una suficiencia alimentaria de 1,979 kcal, lo cual es insuficiente en comparación al consumo óptimo de 2,415 kcal.

  12. Análisis de convergencia económica en el interior de Chiapas: municipios, regiones e inconsistencias aparentes

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    Jorge Alberto LÓPEZ ARÉVALO

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available A partir de los datos de ingreso per cápita anual estimados por el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD en la elaboración del índice de desarrollo humano municipal en México, se comprueba que, en el interior de Chiapas durante el periodo 2000- 2005, se dio un proceso de fuerte convergencia a nivel municipal al tiempo que no hubo convergencia regional. Para explicar esta aparente inconsistencia, se reexamina el artículo «Regression towards mediocrity in hereditary stature» publicado por Galton en 1886, concluyendo que el nivel de agrupación de los datos (municipal o regional condiciona los resultados del análisis de convergencia, ya que la agrupación de los municipios en regiones origina pérdidas de información que pueden generar fenómenos de «regresión hacia la media» o justo lo contrario, como es el caso. En Chiapas, la convergencia municipal habría dado lugar a la convergencia dentro de las regiones, pero no entre regiones.

  13. Asociación entre variables reproductivas y anticuerpos anti Neospora caninum en bovinos lecheros de un municipio de Colombia

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    Martín Orlando Pulido Medellín

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo fue determinar el porcentaje de vacas seropositivas a Neospora caninum y la identificación de las variables reproductivas que se encuentran relacionadas con la presencia de anticuerpos contra este protozoo. Se tomaron 1,000 muestras de sangre a hembras bovinas del municipio de Sotaquirá, Boyacá, las cuales fueron evaluadas por medio de ELISA indirecta. Se determinó una seroprevalencia de Neospora caninum del 45 %; las variables reproductivas asociadas con la positividad de N. caninum fueron: la presencia de distocia en el parto, el intervalo de edad (3-4 años y la raza de los bovinos (Holstein, mientras que las variables de presencia de aborto, inseminación artificial, muerte embrionaria, repetición de celo, presentación de terneros débiles al nacer y monta directa con toro, no presentaron relación con la positividad de los bovinos. Los resultados de este estudio muestran la presencia de anticuerpos contra Neospora caninum en animales de producción lechera, siendo esta prevalencia encontrada una muestra del riesgo potencial que representa esta enfermedad sobre el estado reproductivo dentro de los hatos.

  14. Municipio y mercado en el Aragón Moderno : el abasto de pescado en Zaragoza (siglos XVI-XVII

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    José Antonio Mateos Royo

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Estudio relativo a la política desarrollada por el Concejo de Zaragoza sobre el comercio de pescado durante los siglos XVI y XVII. La prosperidad económica de la ciudad y del municipio permitieron crear durante el siglo xvi condiciones favorables para asegurar a los habitantes de Zaragoza un suministro suficiente a un precio asequible. Sin embargo, el declive económico y el creciente endeudamiento municipal forzarán durante el siglo xvii a aumentar los impuestos sobre las transacciones y reducir la protección al consumidor.This paper studies municipal politics carried out by the Zaragoza city council concerning the first trade during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Economic prosperity in the city and council allowed to create during the sixteenth century favourable conditions in order to get a sufficient supply and a reasonable price for the population. However, economic decline and raising municipal indebtedness during the seventeenth century led to an increase of market taxation and a reduction of consumers' protection.

  15. Democracia y participación ciudadana en los municipios: ¿Un mercado político de trastos?

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    FERNANDO AGUIAR

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available A menudo se ha querido ver el ámbito municipal como el más idóneo, por razones de escala, para llevar a la práctica experiencias de participación ciudadana que impliquen la democratización de la democracia representativa. A nuestro modo de ver, la escala no es, sin embargo, la única traba a que se enfrentan dichos procesos democratizadores. Existen constricciones estructurales, relacionadas con la naturaleza de los sistemas democráticos de competencia entre partidos, que determinan las preferencias de los actores sociales de forma tal que la democratización de la democracia representativa local por la vía de la participación ciudadana se hace compleja. A esta conclusión se llega al analizar, con el instrumental de la teoría de juegos, el sistema de interacción de los actores del modelo (gobierno municipal y asociaciones locales. Este sistema de interacción parece tener, además, una serie de características que guardan cierta semejanza con lo que en economía se conoce como un mercado de trastos. El modelo abstracto se aplica al estudio de dos casos concretos: el de las experiencias de participación ciudadana en los municipios de Córdoba y Málaga entre 1979 y 1995.

  16. Alteraciones espirométricas en pacientes asmáticos del municipio Majibacoa, 2009-2013

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    Mailin Molina Leyva

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó un estudio descriptivo, con el objetivo de identificar alteraciones espirométricas en pacientes asmáticos del municipio Majibacoa, en el período comprendido desde enero del 2009 a enero del 2013. La muestra se integró por cincuenta pacientes asmáticos con más de 20 años de evolución de la enfermedad. Se les realizó previo consentimiento informado y una prueba espirométrica. Predominó el sexo femenino y las edades comprendidas entre 35 y 54 años. Prevalecieron los pacientes en la categoría de asma persistente severa. El volumen espiratorio forzado del primer segundo se comportó patológico en el mayor por ciento de los pacientes y la capacidad vital forzada mostró alteración en un menor número de pacientes. El patrón espirométrico obstructivo fue el más frecuente en los pacientes estudiados

  17. Applications of Monte Carlo method in Medical Physics

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    Diez Rios, A.; Labajos, M.

    1989-01-01

    The basic ideas of Monte Carlo techniques are presented. Random numbers and their generation by congruential methods, which underlie Monte Carlo calculations are shown. Monte Carlo techniques to solve integrals are discussed. The evaluation of a simple monodimensional integral with a known answer, by means of two different Monte Carlo approaches are discussed. The basic principles to simualate on a computer photon histories reduce variance and the current applications in Medical Physics are commented. (Author)

  18. Monte Carlo computation in the applied research of nuclear technology

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    Xu Shuyan; Liu Baojie; Li Qin

    2007-01-01

    This article briefly introduces Monte Carlo Methods and their properties. It narrates the Monte Carlo methods with emphasis in their applications to several domains of nuclear technology. Monte Carlo simulation methods and several commonly used computer software to implement them are also introduced. The proposed methods are demonstrated by a real example. (authors)

  19. Modelo de intervención de Terapia Ocupacional Comunitaria con Personas Mayores en el Municipio de Alcobendas

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    Viedma, María José de

    2014-01-01

    V Jornadas de actualización en terapia ocupacional: Formación continuada en terapia ocupacional, celebradas en la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos campus de Alcorcón en 2014. Fisioterapia, Terapia Ocupacional, Rehabilitación y Medicina Física

  20. An integrative taxonomic review of the agamid genus Bronchocela (Kuhl, 1820) from Peninsular Malaysia with descriptions of new montane and insular endemics.

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    Grismer, L Lee; Wood, P L; Lee, Cheol Haeng; Quah, Evan S H; Anuar, Shahrul; Ngadi, Ehwan; Sites, Jack W

    2015-04-20

    An integrative taxonomic analysis is used to identify and describe two new species of the agamid genus Bronchocela (Kuhl) from Peninsular Malaysia: an upland species B. shenlong sp. nov. from Bukit Larut, Perak in the Bintang Mountain Range and Parit Falls, Cameron Highlands, Pahang in the Titiwangsa Mountain Range and an insular species, B. rayaensis sp. nov., from Pulau Langkawi, Kedah off the northwest coast on the border with Thailand. Both species are diagnosed from each other and all other species of Bronchocela on the basis of body shape, scale morphology, and color pattern. The analysis also demonstrates the remarkable genetic similarity of B. cristatella (Kuhl) throughout 1120 km of its range from northern Peninsular Malaysia to western Borneo despite its highly variable coloration and pattern. The two new species are appended to a rapidly growing list of newly described lizard species (60 to date) from Peninsular Malaysia tallied within the last decade.