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  1. O ressentimento insular em «La estrella fugaz» de Carlos Victoria

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    Marina Haizenreder Ertzogue

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Resumo: O texto procura analisar o sentimento insular no conto “La estrella fugaz” de Carlos Victoria. Escritor cubano exilado em Miami, em 1980, que emigrou para os Estados Unidos no êxodo de Mariel. O conto narra o exílio de três escritores, dissidentes da Revolução cubana (1959, Reinaldo Arenas, Guillermo Rosales e Carlos Victoria, em um Miami marcado por recordações e tragédias. Também destaco a trajetória de vida de Carlos Victória, um intelectual dissidente na Cuba pósrevolucionária que produz literatura como forma de resistência e catarse.Palavras-chave: Narrativa cubana; exílio; recordações. Abstract: This paper intends to analyze the insular feeling in the story “La estrella fleeting” Carlos Victoria. Cuban writer in exile in Miami in 1980, who emigrated to the United States in the Mariel boatlift. The tale recounts the exile of three writers, dissidents of the Cuban Revolution (1959, Reinaldo Arenas, Guillermo Rosales and Carlos Victoria in Miami marked by memories and tragedies. Also I point out the life trajectory of Carlos Victoria, a dissident intellectual in post-revolutionary Cuba that produces literature as a form of resistance and catharsis.Keywords: Cuban narrative; exile; memories.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Insular species swarm goes underground

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

    2014-01-01

    -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...

  6. 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.

  7. [Insular carcinoma of the thyroid].

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    Sanz, J; Cerpa, F; Domínguez, M; Franco, C; Jadresic, A; Pérez, G; Phillippi, V

    1999-03-01

    We report 5 cases of insular carcinoma of the thyroid. Most patients were females (80%) with an age range of 28 to 75 years. Treatment consisted of total or near total thyroidectomy plus modified cervical lymph node dissection in cases with lymph node metastasis. This was followed by radioiodine therapy and external radiation therapy in patients with residual disease. None of the patients had distant metastasis. However, three patients with involvement of the perithyroid soft tissue died within 4 years of the diagnosis. The other two patients are alive without evidence of disease. This type of thyroid carcinoma has an aggresive clinical course with frequent extension to the adjacent soft tissue associated to poor outcomes.

  8. Insular Epilepsy: Semiology and Noninvasive Investigations.

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    Obaid, Sami; Zerouali, Younes; Nguyen, Dang Khoa

    2017-07-01

    In this review, authors discuss the semiology and noninvasive investigations of insular epilepsy, an underrecognized type of epilepsy, which may mimic other focal epilepsies. In line with the various functions of the insula and its widespread network of connections, insular epilepsy may feature a variety of early ictal manifestations from somatosensory, visceral, olfactory, gustatory, or vestibular manifestations. Depending on propagation pathways, insular seizures may also include altered consciousness, dystonic posturing, complex motor behaviors, and even autonomic features. Considering the variability in seizure semiology, recognition of insular epilepsy may be challenging and confirmation by noninvasive tests is warranted although few studies have assessed their value. Detection of an insular lesion on MRI greatly facilitates the diagnosis. Scalp EEG findings in frontocentral and/or temporal derivations will generally allow lateralization of the seizure focus. Ictal single-photon computed tomography has moderate sensitivity, whereas positron emission tomography has lower sensitivity. Among newer techniques, magnetoencephalography is highly beneficial, whereas proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy currently has limited value.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. Propuesta de un Conjunto de ejercicios para controlar los niveles de tensión arterial en los pacientes de 36-56 años de edad hipertensos del Consultorio #18 del Consejo Popular “Carlos Manuel de Céspedes del Municipio de Pinar Del Río

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    Antonio de Jesús Valdés Valdés

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available El trabajo titulado Propuesta de un conjunto de ejercicios para controlar los niveles de tensión arterial en  los pacientes de 36-56 años de edad hipertensos del consultorio médico #18 del consejo popular “Carlos Manuel de Céspedes” del municipio Pinar del Río, trata uno de los aspectos más importantes dentro de la Cultura Física Terapéutica y Profiláctica ya que nos brinda la posibilidad de rehabilitar a una serie de personas que presentan una de las enfermedades cardiovasculares que inciden con mayor fuerza sobre la población mundial y en nuestro país principalmente que es la hipertensión arterial (HTA, hoy en día muy asociada a los hábitos de vida inadecuados, con el objetivo de controlar las cifras de tensión de los pacientes que la padecen mediante una serie de ejercicios físicos y respiratorios atendiendo a las particularidades de cada uno y el grado de su enfermedad y los factores de riesgo nos apoyamos en los beneficios que les pueden traer dicho conjunto.  Se tomó como muestra 24 pacientes de un total de 24.  Se utilizaron los métodos teóricos como Histórico-Lógico Análisis – Síntesis Análisis Documental y entre los Métodos Empíricos, entrevista, encuesta, observación, medición, Método Matemático- Estadístico. Por otra parte se utilizaron  un conjunto de ejercicios físicos y respiratorios como parte  fundamental  de  nuestro  trabajo.  Con  la  aplicación  de  los  ejercicios propuestos se evidenció la mejoría de dichos pacientes, además se brinda en este trabajo una serie de recomendaciones necesarias para llevar a cabo la aplicación de estos ejercicios atendiendo a las particularidades de los pacientes y con el objetivo de que se lleve a otros consejos populares que presenten situaciones similares a esta.

  12. 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...

  13. 38 CFR 3.40 - Philippine and Insular Forces.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 38 Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Philippine and Insular... ADJUDICATION Pension, Compensation, and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation General § 3.40 Philippine and Insular Forces. (a) Regular Philippine Scouts. Service in the Philippine Scouts (except that described in...

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

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

    1997-01-01

    1. The insular cortex has been implicated as a region of cortical cardiovascular control, yet its role during exercise remains undefined. The purpose of the present investigation was to determine whether the insular cortex was activated during volitional dynamic exercise and to evaluate further i...

  15. 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.

  16. Anterior insular cortex is necessary for empathetic pain perception.

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    Gu, Xiaosi; Gao, Zhixian; Wang, Xingchao; Liu, Xun; Knight, Robert T; Hof, Patrick R; Fan, Jin

    2012-09-01

    Empathy refers to the ability to perceive and share another person's affective state. Much neuroimaging evidence suggests that observing others' suffering and pain elicits activations of the anterior insular and the anterior cingulate cortices associated with subjective empathetic responses in the observer. However, these observations do not provide causal evidence for the respective roles of anterior insular and anterior cingulate cortices in empathetic pain. Therefore, whether these regions are 'necessary' for empathetic pain remains unknown. Herein, we examined the perception of others' pain in patients with anterior insular cortex or anterior cingulate cortex lesions whose locations matched with the anterior insular cortex or anterior cingulate cortex clusters identified by a meta-analysis on neuroimaging studies of empathetic pain perception. Patients with focal anterior insular cortex lesions displayed decreased discrimination accuracy and prolonged reaction time when processing others' pain explicitly and lacked a typical interference effect of empathetic pain on the performance of a pain-irrelevant task. In contrast, these deficits were not observed in patients with anterior cingulate cortex lesions. These findings reveal that only discrete anterior insular cortex lesions, but not anterior cingulate cortex lesions, result in deficits in explicit and implicit pain perception, supporting a critical role of anterior insular cortex in empathetic pain processing. Our findings have implications for a wide range of neuropsychiatric illnesses characterized by prominent deficits in higher-level social functioning.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. COYUNTURA ECONÓMICA Y CAMBIO EN LOS USOS DEL SUELO EN LA ISLA DE LA PALMA (CANARIAS, EL EJEMPLO DEL MUNICIPIO DE TAZACORTE

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    Carlos S. Martín Fernández

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available El sector terciario y, en concreto, el turismo ha constituido el eje estructurador de la economía canaria en las últimas décadas. Un proceso que, en competencia con la agricultura, no se ha manifestado de igual forma en todas las islas. En esta línea, presentamos lo acontecido en la isla de La Palma, donde una rentable agricultura comercial, y por tanto un escaso interés de los propietarios por el cambio sectorial, ralentizó la penetración del fenómeno turístico. Para explicar este fenómeno, utilizamos el ejemplo del municipio de Tazacorte, uno de los emblemáticos enclaves plataneros insulares y, a la vez, uno de los más activos en el reciente cambio de funcionalización territorial.

  20. 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

  1. 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...

  2. Anterior insular cortex mediates bodily sensibility and social anxiety.

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    Terasawa, Yuri; Shibata, Midori; Moriguchi, Yoshiya; Umeda, Satoshi

    2013-03-01

    Studies in psychiatry and cognitive neuroscience have reported an important relationship between individual interoceptive accuracy and anxiety level. This indicates that greater attention to one's bodily state may contribute to the development of intense negative emotions and anxiety disorders. We hypothesized that reactivity in the anterior insular cortex underlies the intensity of interoceptive awareness and anxiety. To elucidate this triadic mechanism, we conducted functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and mediation analyses to examine the relationship between emotional disposition and activation in the anterior insular cortex while participants evaluated their own emotional and bodily states. Our results indicated that right anterior insular activation was positively correlated with individual levels of social anxiety and neuroticism and negatively correlated with agreeableness and extraversion. The results of the mediation analyses revealed that activity in the right anterior insula mediated the activity of neural correlates of interoceptive sensibility and social fear. Our findings suggest that attention to interoceptive sensation affects personality traits through how we feel emotion subjectively in various situations.

  3. Insular volume reduction in patients with social anxiety disorder

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    Akiko eKawaguchi

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Despite the fact that social anxiety disorder (SAD is highly prevalent, there have been only a few structural imaging studies. Moreover, most of them reported about a volume reduction in amygdala which plays a key role in the neural function of SAD. Insula is another region of interest. Its hyperactivity in regard to processing negative emotional information or interoceptive awareness has been detected in patients with SAD. Referring to these studies, we hypothesized that insular volumes might reduce in patients with SAD and made a comparison of insular volumes between 13 patients with SAD and 18 healthy controls with matched age and gender using voxel-based morphometry. As a result, we found a significant volume reduction in insula in the SAD group. Our results suggest that the patients with SAD might have an insular volume reduction apart from amygdala. Since insula plays a critical role in the pathology of SAD, more attention should be paid not only to functional study but also morphometrical study of insula.

  4. Anterior insular cortex mediates bodily sensibility and social anxiety

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    Shibata, Midori; Moriguchi, Yoshiya; Umeda, Satoshi

    2013-01-01

    Studies in psychiatry and cognitive neuroscience have reported an important relationship between individual interoceptive accuracy and anxiety level. This indicates that greater attention to one’s bodily state may contribute to the development of intense negative emotions and anxiety disorders. We hypothesized that reactivity in the anterior insular cortex underlies the intensity of interoceptive awareness and anxiety. To elucidate this triadic mechanism, we conducted functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and mediation analyses to examine the relationship between emotional disposition and activation in the anterior insular cortex while participants evaluated their own emotional and bodily states. Our results indicated that right anterior insular activation was positively correlated with individual levels of social anxiety and neuroticism and negatively correlated with agreeableness and extraversion. The results of the mediation analyses revealed that activity in the right anterior insula mediated the activity of neural correlates of interoceptive sensibility and social fear. Our findings suggest that attention to interoceptive sensation affects personality traits through how we feel emotion subjectively in various situations. PMID:22977199

  5. The insular taste cortex contributes to odor quality coding

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    Maria G Veldhuizen

    2010-07-01

    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.

  6. 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

    1998-03-01

    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

  7. How can we explain the frontal presentation of insular lobe epilepsy? The impact of non-linear analysis of insular seizures.

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    Hagiwara, Koichi; Jung, Julien; Bouet, Romain; Abdallah, Chifaou; Guénot, Marc; Garcia-Larrea, Luis; Mauguière, François; Rheims, Sylvain; Isnard, Jean

    2017-05-01

    For a decade it has been known that the insular lobe epilepsy can mimic frontal lobe epilepsy. We aimed to clarify the pattern of functional coupling occurring during the frontal presentation. We analyzed five insular lobe epilepsy patients. Frontal semiology was predominant for three of them, whereas insular semiology was predominant for the two others. We applied the non-linear regression analysis to stereoelectroencephalography-recorded seizures. A directed functional coupling index was calculated during clonic discharge periods that were accompanied either with frontal or insular semiology. We found significant functional coupling between the insula and mesial frontal/cingulate regions, with the former being a leader region for seizures propagation. Extra-insular regions showed significantly less or even no coupling with the mesial hemispheric regions. The three patients with frontal semiology showed strong couplings with the mesial frontal as well as cingulate regions, including the medial orbitofrontal cortex, pre-SMA/SMA, and the anterior to posterior cingulate. The two patients with the insular semiology only showed couplings between the insula and cingulate regions. The frontal semiology was expressed by strong functional couplings between the insula and mesial frontal regions. The insular origin of seizure should be considered in cryptogenic mesial frontal epilepsies. Copyright © 2017 International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Insular primary glioblastomas with IDH mutations: Clinical and biological specificities.

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    Hata, Nobuhiro; Hatae, Ryusuke; Yoshimoto, Koji; Murata, Hideki; Kuga, Daisuke; Akagi, Yojiro; Sangatsuda, Yuhei; Suzuki, Satoshi O; Iwaki, Toru; Mizoguchi, Masahiro; Iihara, Koji

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    Isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) mutation is a good prognostic marker for glioblastoma (GBM). Although it is infrequent in primary tumors, it is found in most lower-grade gliomas. Thus, it is unclear whether IDH mutation is a marker for a specific phenotype of apparently primary de novo GBMs (pGBMs), or a marker for secondary tumors (sGBMs). We addressed this issue by analyzing clinical, radiographic and molecular findings in our institutional case series. Our cases included 92 pGBMs, with five cases of IDH1 mutations at R132 and no IDH2 mutations. The median overall survival of these five patients was 29 months (range: 4 to >40 months), which is considered good prognoses. Clinical and radiographic characteristics were distinct from IDH-wildtype (IDH-wt) pGBMs. IDH-mutant (IDH-mut) tumors consistently involved insular lesions and were subdivided into: (i) the two cases of elderly patients with long clinical histories and features implying multistep tumor development; and (ii) the three cases of younger patients with diffusely swelling insular tumors, slight contrast enhancement and no necrosis. Genetic and expression analyses of IDH-mut pGBMs were similar to those of sGBMs, suggesting that they are indeed distinct from their IDH-wt counterparts. TERT promoter mutation, a genetic marker of oligodendroglial derivation, was detected in one long-surviving case, but genetic alterations in the astrocyte-sGBM pathway were generally prevalent in IDH-mut pGBMs. Our results present a unique phenotype of IDH-mut pGBMs arising from insular cortex region, the molecular backgrounds of which are similar to sGBMs. © 2017 Japanese Society of Neuropathology.

  9. Desarrollo convergente y municipios pobres en Nayarit, 1989-2004

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    Antonio R. Márquez González

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available En el marco de los efectos de la globalización económica, se analiza el comportamiento del producto interno bruto per cápita entre los 20 municipios del estado de Nayarit, para el periodo 1989-2004. La información se organizó en corte trasversal para tres fechas en el tiempo. De los resultados obtenidos del modelo de regresión no lineal, se infiere que la divergencia entre los municipios tiende a ampliarse; los más pobres se agruparon en un club, y se observa que también presentan niveles bajos de bienestar social.

  10. 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.

  11. 45 CFR 97.13 - How does an insular area apply for a consolidated grant?

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    ... CONSOLIDATION OF GRANTS TO THE INSULAR AREAS § 97.13 How does an insular area apply for a consolidated grant? (a... officer or his designee may submit a consolidated grant application at any time prior to expenditure of the funds proposed for consolidation. The application must specify the amount of funds proposed for...

  12. Left-Insular Damage, Autonomic Instability and Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy

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    Lacuey, Nuria; Zonjy, Bilal; Theerannaew, Wanchat; Loparo, Kenneth A.; Tatsuoka, Curtis; Sahadevan, Jayakumar; Lhatoo, Samden D.

    2015-01-01

    We analyzed the only two sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) cases from 320 prospectively recruited patients in the three-year Prevention and Risk Identification of SUDEP Mortality (PRISM) Project. Both patients had surgically refractory epilepsy, evidence of left insular damage following previous temporal/temporo-insular resections, and progressive changes in Heart Rate Variability (HRV) in monitored evaluations prior to death. Insular damage is known to cause autonomic dysfunction and increased mortality in acute stroke. This report suggests a possible role for the insula in the pathogenesis of SUDEP. The presence of intrinsic insular lesions or acquired insular damage in refractory epilepsy patients may be an additional risk factor for SUDEP. PMID:26797084

  13. 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.

  14. De novo artistic activity following insular-SII ischemia.

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    Thomas-Anterion, Catherine; Creac'h, Christelle; Dionet, Elsa; Borg, Céline; Extier, Chantal; Faillenot, Isabelle; Peyron, Roland

    2010-07-01

    We report here the case of a female patient who developed the following behavioural changes after a brain lesion involving the left posterior insula and SII cortices. She discovered de novo artistic capabilities for painting, with an episodic and compulsive need to paint ("hyperpainting"), but also exhibited changes in her ability to feel emotions. In addition, she had a typical neuropathic pain syndrome, including provoked pain and spontaneous pain, whose intensity was worsened when she painted with cold colours. This case-report suggests some kind of synaesthesiae, which has previously been reported for other sensory modalities. These findings suggest that a cross-talk between emotional, thermosensory, pain, and motivational functions may take place during recovery, at the level of the left insular-SII cortices. Copyright 2010. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  15. GLOBAL AND INSULAR DIMENSIONS: SPACE IN SARDINIA BLUES

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    Ana Maria Chiarini

    2010-11-01

    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.

  16. 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.

  17. Variational Monte Carlo Technique

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    RESONANCE ⎜ August 2014. GENERAL ⎜ ARTICLE. Variational Monte Carlo Technique. Ground State Energies of Quantum Mechanical Systems. Sukanta Deb. Keywords. Variational methods, Monte. Carlo techniques, harmonic os- cillators, quantum mechanical systems. Sukanta Deb is an. Assistant Professor in the.

  18. Markov Chain Monte Carlo

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    . Keywords. Gibbs sampling, Markov Chain. Monte Carlo, Bayesian inference, stationary distribution, conver- gence, image restoration. Arnab Chakraborty. We describe the mathematics behind the Markov. Chain Monte Carlo method of ...

  19. Municipio Mariño Estado Nueva Esparta

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    María Medina

    2008-01-01

    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.

  20. Beyond the tripartite cognition-emotion-interoception model of the human insular cortex.

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    Uddin, Lucina Q; Kinnison, Joshua; Pessoa, Luiz; Anderson, Michael L

    2014-01-01

    Functional MRI studies report insular activations across a wide range of tasks involving affective, sensory, and motor processing, but also during tasks of high-level perception, attention, and control. Although insular cortical activations are often reported in the literature, the diverse functional roles of this region are still not well understood. We used a meta-analytic approach to analyze the coactivation profiles of insular subdivisions-dorsal anterior, ventral anterior, and posterior insula-across fMRI studies in terms of multiple task domains including emotion, memory, attention, and reasoning. We found extensive coactivation of each insular subdivision, with substantial overlap between coactivation partners for each subdivision. Functional fingerprint analyses revealed that all subdivisions cooperated with a functionally diverse set of regions. Graph-theoretical analyses revealed that the dorsal anterior insula was a highly "central" structure in the coactivation network. Furthermore, analysis of the studies that activate the insular cortex itself showed that the right dorsal anterior insula was a particularly "diverse" structure in that it was likely to be active across multiple task domains. These results highlight the nuanced functional profiles of insular subdivisions and are consistent with recent work suggesting that the dorsal anterior insula can be considered a critical functional hub in the human brain.

  1. THE GARGANO TERRE ROSSE INSULAR FAUNAS: AN OVERVIEW

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    FEDERICO MASINI

    2010-11-01

    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. 

  2. Electrical Stimulations of the Human Insula: Their Contribution to the Ictal Semiology of Insular Seizures.

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    Mazzola, Laure; Mauguière, François; Isnard, Jean

    2017-07-01

    Stereotactic stimulations of the insular cortex through intracranial electrodes aim at characterizing the semiology of insular seizures. These stimulations, carried out in the context of Stereo-Electro-Encephalography (SEEG) during presurgical monitoring of epilepsy, reproduce the ictal symptoms observed during the development of insular seizures. The authors reviewed the results of insular stimulations performed in 222 patients admitted between 1997 and 2015 for presurgical SEEG exploration of atypical temporal or perisylvian epilepsy. Stimulations (50 Hz, trains of 5 seconds, pulses of 0.5 ms, intensity 0.2-3.5 mA) were carried out using transopercular electrodes implanted orthogonal to midsagittal plane. Out of a total of 669 stimulations, 550 were clinically eloquent in the absence of any postdischarge (237 and 313, respectively, in the right and left insulae). Somatosensory responses (61% of evoked sensations) including pain and visceral sensations (14.9%) were the most frequent, followed by auditory sensations (8%), vestibular illusions (7.5%), speech impairment (5%), gustatory, (2.7%), and olfactory (1%) sensations. Although these responses showed some functional segregation (in particular a privileged pain representation in the postero-superior quadrant), there was a clear spatial overlap between representations of the different modalities. Symptoms evoked by insular stimulations are multiple. None of them can be considered as absolutely specific to the insular cortex, but the occurrence in given seizure of a somatosensory symptom such as pain or of a laryngeal spasm associated with vestibular, auditory, aphasic, or olfacto-gustatory symptoms points to a discharge development in the insular cortex, which is the only cortical region where stimulations demonstrate such a multimodal representation.

  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. Exploring Monte Carlo methods

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    Dunn, William L

    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

  5. 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.

  6. Insular muscarinic signaling regulates anxiety-like behaviors in rats on the elevated plus-maze.

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    Li, Hui; Chen, Lei; Li, Peng; Wang, Xiaohong; Zhai, Haifeng

    2014-08-15

    Anxiety is one of the most prevalent neuropsychiatric disorders, and little is known about its pathogenesis. In order to investigate the neural mechanisms of this mental disorder, we used rat behavior in the elevated plus-maze as an animal model of anxiety and the insular cortex (insula) as a brain target. The microinjection of non-selective and selective M1 and M4 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor (mAChR) agonists or antagonists was used to explore whether the insular muscarinic receptor and its subtypes regulate levels of anxiety. The results showed that both non-selective and selective M1 and M4 mAChR agonists increased the time spent on exploring in the open arms, whereas antagonists decreased exploration. Our results indicate that activation of insular mAChRs could produce anxiolytic effects, whereas inhibition of insular mAChRs could increase anxiety. We concluded that the insular muscarinic system plays a role in the modulation of anxiety, and dysfunction of mAChR signaling may be involved in the mechanism of anxiogenesis. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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

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    1994-05-01

    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

  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. 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.

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

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    Gerardo J. Osório

    2018-01-01

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

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    S. Bhattacharyya

    2014-01-01

    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.

  13. Insular species of Afrotropical freshwater crabs (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura: Potamonautidae and Potamidae) with special reference to Madagascar and the Seychelles

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    Cumberlidge, N.

    2008-01-01

    The evolutionary relationships between island and mainland faunas of the 24 species of insular freshwater crabs in the Afrotropical region are reviewed in the light of phylogenetic studies. Twenty insular species of freshwater crabs are endemic, and four are also found on the neighboring mainland of

  14. Insular epilepsy etiology: clinical manifestation and management tactics for cerebral cavernous angiomas

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    2018-02-01

    Full Text Available Insular epilepsy is currently of special interest for world epileptology. Many authors including W. Penfield and H. Jasper, suggested the relation between unsuccessful temporal resection and undiagnosed epileptic focus localization in insula. Despite increased interest to insular epilepsy, the data on etiologic structure remain sparse. The current paper presents literature review of etiologic role of cavernous angiomas in the origin of insular epilepsy and dissects management tactics on a clinical example. Literature search was performed in Web of Science and «Russian Science Citation Index» databases using keywords «insular epilepsy» (in English and Russian. Using a clinical example, features of manifestation and diagnosis of insular epilepsy are discussed. The international and national data on the morphological structure, localization and features of manifestations of cerebral cavernous angiomas are given. Epilepsy caused by cavernous angiomas constitute 0.4-0.9% in the general structure of the disease, and their ratio increases in the structure of pharmacoresistant forms. Management tactics for the patients with insular epilepsy was analyzed with the use of International League Against Epilepsy guidelines on cavernoma-related epilepsy (2013. Conclusion is made that solitary seizure in epilepsy onset is an indication for magnetic resonance imaging of the brain to exclude structural pathology. High-field magnetic resonance imaging according to epilepsy program is preferable. With no pathological signs on magnetic resonance imaging scans and clinical signs of vascular pathology, magnetic resonance angiography is helpful to exclude vascular malformations. Early microsurgical removal of cavernous angioma as an etiological substrate of epilepsy decreases the risk of pharmacoresistant epilepsy.

  15. Music Intervention Leads to Increased Insular Connectivity and Improved Clinical Symptoms in Schizophrenia

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    He, Hui; Yang, Mi; Duan, Mingjun; Chen, Xi; Lai, Yongxiu; Xia, Yang; Shao, Junming; Biswal, Bharat B.; Luo, Cheng; Yao, Dezhong

    2018-01-01

    Schizophrenia is a syndrome that is typically accompanied by delusions and hallucinations that might be associated with insular pathology. Music intervention, as a complementary therapy, is commonly used to improve psychiatric symptoms in the maintenance stage of schizophrenia. In this study, we employed a longitudinal design to assess the effects of listening to Mozart music on the insular functional connectivity (FC) in patients with schizophrenia. Thirty-six schizophrenia patients were randomly divided into two equal groups as follows: the music intervention (MTSZ) group, which received a 1-month music intervention series combined with antipsychotic drugs, and the no-music intervention (UMTSZ) group, which was treated solely with antipsychotic drugs. Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans were performed at the following three timepoints: baseline, 1 month after baseline and 6 months after baseline. Nineteen healthy participants were recruited as controls. An FC analysis seeded in the insular subregions and machine learning techniques were used to examine intervention-related changes. After 1 month of listening to Mozart music, the MTSZ showed increased FC in the dorsal anterior insula (dAI) and posterior insular (PI) networks, including the dAI-ACC, PI-pre/postcentral cortices, and PI-ACC connectivity. However, these enhanced FCs had vanished in follow-up visits after 6 months. Additionally, a support vector regression on the FC of the dAI-ACC at baseline yielded a significant prediction of relative symptom remission in response to music intervention. Furthermore, the validation analyses revealed that 1 month of music intervention could facilitate improvement of the insular FC in schizophrenia. Together, these findings revealed that the insular cortex could potentially be an important region in music intervention for patients with schizophrenia, thus improving the patients' psychiatric symptoms through normalizing the salience and

  16. Music Intervention Leads to Increased Insular Connectivity and Improved Clinical Symptoms in Schizophrenia

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    Hui He

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available Schizophrenia is a syndrome that is typically accompanied by delusions and hallucinations that might be associated with insular pathology. Music intervention, as a complementary therapy, is commonly used to improve psychiatric symptoms in the maintenance stage of schizophrenia. In this study, we employed a longitudinal design to assess the effects of listening to Mozart music on the insular functional connectivity (FC in patients with schizophrenia. Thirty-six schizophrenia patients were randomly divided into two equal groups as follows: the music intervention (MTSZ group, which received a 1-month music intervention series combined with antipsychotic drugs, and the no-music intervention (UMTSZ group, which was treated solely with antipsychotic drugs. Resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI scans were performed at the following three timepoints: baseline, 1 month after baseline and 6 months after baseline. Nineteen healthy participants were recruited as controls. An FC analysis seeded in the insular subregions and machine learning techniques were used to examine intervention-related changes. After 1 month of listening to Mozart music, the MTSZ showed increased FC in the dorsal anterior insula (dAI and posterior insular (PI networks, including the dAI-ACC, PI-pre/postcentral cortices, and PI-ACC connectivity. However, these enhanced FCs had vanished in follow-up visits after 6 months. Additionally, a support vector regression on the FC of the dAI-ACC at baseline yielded a significant prediction of relative symptom remission in response to music intervention. Furthermore, the validation analyses revealed that 1 month of music intervention could facilitate improvement of the insular FC in schizophrenia. Together, these findings revealed that the insular cortex could potentially be an important region in music intervention for patients with schizophrenia, thus improving the patients' psychiatric symptoms through normalizing the

  17. Leadership Insularity: A New Measure of Connectivity Between Central Nodes in Networks

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    Arbesman, Samuel; Christakis, Nicholas A.

    2010-01-01

    We combine two foci of interest with respect to community identification and node centrality and create a novel metric termed “leadership insularity.” By determining the most highly connected nodes within each community of a network, we designate the ‘community leaders’ within the graph. In doing this, we have the basis for a novel metric that examines how connected, or disconnected, the leaders are to each other. This measure has a number of appealing measurement properties and provides a new way of understanding how network structure can affect its dynamics, especially information flow. We explore leadership insularity in a variety of networks. PMID:24648604

  18. Diet of the lizard Mabuya agilis (Sauria; Scincidae) in an insular habitat (Ilha Grande, RJ, Brazil).

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    Rocha, C F; Vrcibradic, D; Van Sluys, M

    2004-02-01

    We examined the stomach contents of 21 specimens of Mabuya agilis (Sauria; Scincidae) collected during February 2001 at the restinga habitat of Praia do Sul, in Ilha Grande, RJ, Brazil. Diet was composed of various types of small arthropods, with no plant material being eaten. Spiders were the most important items in the diet, followed by orthopterans. Apart from the absence of isopterans, the diet of Mabuya agilis from this insular area was similar to those of other conspecific mainland populations. This suggests that factors such as insularity and the absence of other small sympatric lizards may not have a significant effect on the feeding habits of the Praia do Sul population.

  19. 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

  20. 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

    2012-01-01

    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 ...

  1. MORSE Monte Carlo code

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    Cramer, S.N.

    1984-01-01

    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.

  2. MORSE Monte Carlo code

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    Cramer, S.N.

    1984-01-01

    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

  3. Estrategias de negocios de las farmacias del municipio Maracaibo

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    Giancarlo Salazar

    2008-01-01

    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.

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

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    Armando Aguilera Torrado

    2011-12-01

    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%.

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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

  7. Evidence of Genetic Differentiation for Hawaii Insular False Killer Whales (Pseudorca crassidens)

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    plausible than colonization by closely related haplotypes. The Atlantic Ocean is not well represented in this study, but the genetic differentiation...loci reveal genetic differentiation between temporally divergent migratory runs of Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). Mol. Ecol. 16: 4930...Schultz, Janet L. Thieleking and Daniel L. Webster EVIDENCE OF GENETIC DIFFERENTIATION FOR HAWAI I INSULAR FALSE KILLER WHALES ` (Pseudorca crassidens

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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.

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    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.

  10. 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

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

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    Fornari, R.V.; Wichmann, R.; Atucha Trevino, E.; Desprez, T.; Eggens-Meijer, E.; Roozendaal, B.

    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

  12. 76 FR 38370 - Western Pacific Fisheries; Approval of a Marine Conservation Plan for Pacific Insular Areas...

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    ... is, in the EEZ around the Pacific remote island areas (PRIA). The PRIA are Baker Island, Howland... National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648-XA517 Western Pacific Fisheries; Approval of a Marine Conservation Plan for Pacific Insular Areas; Western Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Fund AGENCY...

  13. 78 FR 48861 - Western Pacific Fisheries; Approval of a Marine Conservation Plan for Pacific Insular Areas...

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    ....S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) adjacent to any Pacific Insular Area other than American Samoa, Guam, or the Northern Mariana Islands, that is, in the EEZ around the Pacific remote island areas (PRIA... National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648-XC792 Western Pacific Fisheries; Approval of a...

  14. Bi-insular cortical involvement in anti-NMDA-receptor encephalitis - a case report.

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    Hegen, Harald; Uprimny, Christian; Grams, Astrid; Virgolini, Irene; Ramberger, Melanie; Beer, Ronny; Helbok, Raimund; Pfausler, Bettina; Schmutzhard, Erich

    2016-08-08

    Anti-NMDA-receptor encephalitis is an immune-mediated inflammatory disorder of the central nervous system. Brain MRI is unremarkable in at least 50% of patients and highly variable in the remaining patients with signal abnormalities in different brain regions. Only scarce reports exist on other imaging modalities. A 31-year-old woman sub-acutely developed psychosis, behavioural changes, amnesia, alternating states of agitation and mutism, fever and epileptic seizures. Clinically suspected diagnosis of anti-NMDA-receptor encephalitis was confirmed by the detection of anti-NMDA receptor antibodies in CSF and serum. During the acute phase, brain MRI abnormalities were found in both insular cortices and hippocampi, whereas F(18)-FDG-PET showed hypermetabolism bilaterally in insular and prefrontal cortex. After resection of the underlying ovarian teratoma and with multimodal immunotherapy the patient substantially improved reaching a modified Rankin Scale score of 2 after 3 months. At follow-up, both hippocampi were still affected on MRI, whereas insular cortex appeared normal; however, both regions showed prominent glucose hypometabolism. Here, we report bi-insular cortical abnormalities on MRI and F(18)-FDG-PET in a patient with anti-NMDA-receptor encephalitis during the acute phase and after clinical improvement.

  15. 19 CFR 7.2 - Insular possessions of the United States other than Puerto Rico.

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    ... no customs authority on Johnston Atoll, which is under the operational control of the Defense Nuclear... 19 Customs Duties 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Insular possessions of the United States other than Puerto Rico. 7.2 Section 7.2 Customs Duties U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, DEPARTMENT OF...

  16. 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

  17. Volumetric Analysis of Extent of Resection, Survival, and Surgical Outcomes for Insular Gliomas.

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    Eseonu, Chikezie I; ReFaey, Karim; Garcia, Oscar; Raghuraman, Gugan; Quinones-Hinojosa, Alfredo

    2017-07-01

    Insular gliomas are challenging tumors to surgically resect owing to the anatomy surrounding them. This study evaluates the role of extent of resection (EOR) and molecular markers in surgical outcome and survival for insular gliomas. Seventy-four patients who had undergone initial resection for insular glioma by the same surgeon between 2006 and 2016 were analyzed. Low-grade gliomas (LGGs) (grade II) and high-grade gliomas (HGGs) (grade III/IV) were analyzed for the prognostic role of volumetric EOR and molecular markers in patient survival outcomes. The cohort included 25 patients with LGGs (33.8%) and 49 patients with HGGs (66.2%). Median EOR was 91.7% (range, 10%-100%). New permanent postoperative deficits were found in 2.7% of patients. Patients with LGGs with ≥90% EOR had 5-year survival of 100%, and patients with <90% EOR had 5-year survival of 80%. Patients with HGGs with ≥90% EOR had 2-year survival of 83.7%, and patients with <90% EOR had 2-year survival of 43.8%. For LGGs, EOR was predictive of overall survival (P = 0.017), progression-free survival (PFS) (P = 0.039), and malignant PFS (P = 0.014), whereas 1p/19q codeletion was predictive of PFS (P = 0.014). For HGGs, EOR was predictive of overall survival (P = 0.020) and PFS (P = 0.024). Preoperative tumor volume most significantly affected EOR for insular gliomas (R 2  = 0.053, P = 0.048). Extensive resections of insular gliomas can be achieved with low morbidity and can improve overall survival and PFS. In this series of LGGs, EOR was associated with longer malignant PFS, and 1p/19q codeletion was predictive of PFS. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Monte Carlo codes and Monte Carlo simulator program

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

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    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)

  19. 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...

  20. Stertomys laticrestatus, a new glirid (dormice, Rodentia) from the insular fauna of Gargano (Prov. of Foggia, Italy)

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    Daams, R.; Freudenthal, M.

    1985-01-01

    This is one of the papers in a series of monographs on the insular mammal faunas of the Gargano Peninsula in South Italy. It deals with the description of a new genus and species of a giant dormouse, Stertomys laticrestatus.

  1. 40 CFR 33.412 - Must an Insular Area or Indian Tribal Government recipient negotiate fair share objectives?

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    ... ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY GRANTS AND OTHER FEDERAL ASSISTANCE PARTICIPATION BY DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS... this subpart regarding the negotiation of fair share objectives will not apply to an Insular Area or...

  2. The Virtual Monte Carlo

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    Hrivnacova, I; Berejnov, V V; Brun, R; Carminati, F; Fassò, A; Futo, E; Gheata, A; Caballero, I G; Morsch, Andreas

    2003-01-01

    The concept of Virtual Monte Carlo (VMC) has been developed by the ALICE Software Project to allow different Monte Carlo simulation programs to run without changing the user code, such as the geometry definition, the detector response simulation or input and output formats. Recently, the VMC classes have been integrated into the ROOT framework, and the other relevant packages have been separated from the AliRoot framework and can be used individually by any other HEP project. The general concept of the VMC and its set of base classes provided in ROOT will be presented. Existing implementations for Geant3, Geant4 and FLUKA and simple examples of usage will be described.

  3. Diet of the lizard Mabuya agilis (Sauria; Scincidae in an insular habitat (Ilha Grande, RJ, Brazil

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    Full Text Available We examined the stomach contents of 21 specimens of Mabuya agilis (Sauria; Scincidae collected during February 2001 at the restinga habitat of Praia do Sul, in Ilha Grande, RJ, Brazil. Diet was composed of various types of small arthropods, with no plant material being eaten. Spiders were the most important items in the diet, followed by orthopterans. Apart from the absence of isopterans, the diet of Mabuya agilis from this insular area was similar to those of other conspecific mainland populations. This suggests that factors such as insularity and the absence of other small sympatric lizards may not have a significant effect on the feeding habits of the Praia do Sul population.

  4. Variational Monte Carlo Technique

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    nonprobabilistic) problem [5]. ... In quantum mechanics, the MC methods are used to simulate many-particle systems us- ing random ...... D Ceperley, G V Chester and M H Kalos, Monte Carlo simulation of a many-fermion study, Physical Review Vol.

  5. 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.

  6. 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...

  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 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

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

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    Catalão, João P S

    2015-01-01

    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

  9. A cytoarchitectonic and myeloarchitectonic study of the insular cortex of the bull, Bos taurus.

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    Russo, Domenico; Paparcone, Rosa; Genovese, Angelo

    2008-01-01

    The mammalian Insula is characterised by considerable morphologic variability, however, it shows a cytoarchitectonic homogeneity within the species so far studied. Three cytoarchitectonic areas are generally recognisable in the Insula: an "agranular", a "dysgranular" and a "granular" area. The numerous functions attributed to the Insula (visceral sensory, visceral motor, somatosensorial, supplementary motor area, area speech and/or language related, etc.) have recently attracted renewed interest. Considering the involvement of the Insula in the control of gastroenteric motility and the structural and functional complexity of this region in ruminants, it seemed interesting to analyse the cyto- and myelo-architectonic arrangement of the Insula of the bull, Bos taurus. Unlike that of the other species described, all the insular Neocortex of the bull, is of the "agranular" type. The latter includes at least four variants that differ according to the organisation of the cortical layer pattern. Considering the available evidence in laboratory animals and primates of a role played by the agranular insular cortex in gastroenteric motility control, the trademark presence of a very much extended insular agranular cortex in the Insula of the bull may be related to the necessity of motor activity control of a gastroenteric complex that is extensively more developed than in the monogastric species.

  10. 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.

  11. Insular and hippocampal contributions to remembering people with an impression of bad personality

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    Shigemune, Yayoi; Nouchi, Rui; Kambara, Toshimune; Kawashima, Ryuta

    2013-01-01

    Our impressions of other people are formed mainly from the two possible factors of facial attractiveness and trustworthiness. Previous studies have shown the importance of orbitofrontal–hippocampal interactions in the better remembering of attractive faces, and psychological data have indicated that faces giving an impression of untrustworthiness are remembered more accurately than those giving an impression of trustworthiness. However, the neural mechanisms of the latter effect are largely unknown. To investigate this issue, we investigated neural activities with event-related fMRI while the female participants rated their impressions of the personalities of men in terms of trustworthiness. After the rating, memory for faces was tested to identify successful encoding activity. As expected, faces that gave bad impressions were remembered better than those that gave neutral or good impressions. In fMRI data, right insular activity reflected an increasing function of bad impressions, and bilateral hippocampal activities predicted subsequent memory success. Additionally, correlation between these insular and hippocampal regions was significant only in the encoding of faces associated with a bad impression. Better memory for faces associated with an impression of bad personality could reflect greater interaction between the avoidance-related insular region and the encoding-related hippocampal region. PMID:22349799

  12. 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.

  13. 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

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

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    Yanelis Núñez Gómez

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    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

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

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    Ana María Goetschel

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    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.

  16. Monte Carlo methods

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    Kalos, Melvin H

    2008-01-01

    This introduction to Monte Carlo methods seeks to identify and study the unifying elements that underlie their effective application. Initial chapters provide a short treatment of the probability and statistics needed as background, enabling those without experience in Monte Carlo techniques to apply these ideas to their research.The book focuses on two basic themes: The first is the importance of random walks as they occur both in natural stochastic systems and in their relationship to integral and differential equations. The second theme is that of variance reduction in general and importance sampling in particular as a technique for efficient use of the methods. Random walks are introduced with an elementary example in which the modeling of radiation transport arises directly from a schematic probabilistic description of the interaction of radiation with matter. Building on this example, the relationship between random walks and integral equations is outlined

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

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    Yexenia Viltres-Milán

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    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

  18. Carlos Vesga Duarte

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    Pedro Medina Avendaño

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    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

  19. Fundamentals of Monte Carlo

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    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. Wormhole Hamiltonian Monte Carlo

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    Copyright © 2014, Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. In machine learning and statistics, probabilistic inference involving multimodal distributions is quite difficult. This is especially true in high dimensional problems, where most existing algorithms cannot easily move from one mode to another. To address this issue, we propose a novel Bayesian inference approach based on Markov Chain Monte Carlo. Our method can effectively sample from multimodal distributions, espe...

  1. 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

  2. Cingulo-insular structural alterations associated with psychogenic symptoms, childhood abuse and PTSD in functional neurological disorders.

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    Perez, David L; Matin, Nassim; Barsky, Arthur; Costumero-Ramos, Victor; Makaretz, Sara J; Young, Sigrid S; Sepulcre, Jorge; LaFrance, W Curt; Keshavan, Matcheri S; Dickerson, Bradford C

    2017-06-01

    Adverse early-life events are predisposing factors for functional neurological disorder (FND) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Cingulo-insular regions are implicated in the biology of both conditions and are sites of stress-mediated neuroplasticity. We hypothesised that functional neurological symptoms and the magnitude of childhood abuse would be associated with overlapping anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and insular volumetric reductions, and that FND and PTSD symptoms would map onto distinct cingulo-insular areas. This within-group voxel-based morphometry study probes volumetric associations with self-report measures of functional neurological symptoms, adverse life events and PTSD symptoms in 23 mixed-gender FND patients. Separate secondary analyses were also performed in the subset of 18 women with FND to account for gender-specific effects. Across the entire cohort, there were no statistically significant volumetric associations with self-report measures of functional neurological symptom severity or childhood abuse. In women with FND, however, parallel inverse associations were observed between left anterior insular volume and functional neurological symptoms as measured by the Patient Health Questionnaire-15 and the Screening for Somatoform Symptoms Conversion Disorder subscale. Similar inverse relationships were also appreciated between childhood abuse burden and left anterior insular volume. Across all subjects, PTSD symptom severity was inversely associated with dorsal ACC volume, and the magnitude of lifetime adverse events was inversely associated with left hippocampal volume. This study reveals distinct cingulo-insular alterations for FND and PTSD symptoms and may advance our understanding of FND. Potential biological convergence between stress-related neuroplasticity, functional neurological symptoms and reduced insular volume was identified. © Article author(s) (or their employer(s) unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017

  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. 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.

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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.

  8. Reasignación de contenedores de vidrio en los municipios asturianos

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    Gabriel Villa; Sebastián Lozano; Berlarmino Adenso-Díaz

    2005-01-01

    RESUMEN Este trabajo estudia una aplicación del Análisis por Envoltura de Datos (DEA) para analizar el funcionamiento de los municipios asturianos en términos de la cantidad de vidrio reciclado. Las entradas son el número de contenedores de vidrio asignados a cada municipio, la población y el número de bares y restaurantes establecidos. Se usa una orientación de salida agregada, es decir, el modelo utilizado sólo requerirá que en la solución no se exceda el total de contenedores existentes. ...

  9. Consecuencias de la concentración parcelaria en el municipio de Medina de Pomar (Burgos)

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    Isla Peña, Samuel

    2016-01-01

    RESUMEN El ser humano vive en constante desarrollo y este no es ajeno a la tierra y el parcelario. En este trabajo busco mostrar los grandes cambios que han sucedido en el municipio de Medina de Pomar desde los años 60 hasta la actualidad. La concentración parcelaria que se ejecutó entre 1966 y 1972 tuvo una gran incidencia también en la sociedad, economía y urbanización del municipio. Fue el detonante de un cambio profundo en la estructura económica, pasando de ser prominentemente agraria a ...

  10. Mancomunidad de Municipios Costal del Sol Oriental-Axarquía

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    Carrión García, Benedicto

    2015-01-01

    El trabajo realizado parte del año de la creación de la Mancomunidad de la Costa el Sol Oriental, 1972. Esta Mancomunidad se constituye con los cinco municipios costeros de la zona oriental de MálagA. Es una mancomunidad fundamentalmente turística aunque el fin urbanístico aparece como la causa principal de su creación. Los indicios apuntan a que no fue una mancomunidad que surgiera de la inquietud de los municipios que después se mancomunaron, sino de una iniciativa estatal, y así ta...

  11. Structural basis of empathy and the domain general region in the anterior insular cortex

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    Isabella eMutschler

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Empathy is key for healthy social functioning and individual differences in empathy have strong implications for manifold domains of social behavior. Empathy comprises emotional and cognitive components, such as feeling and knowing what another person is feeling, and may also be closely linked to sensorimotor processes, which go along with the motivation and behavior to respond compassionately to another person’s feelings and to reduce another person’s pain. There is growing evidence for local plastic change in the structure of the healthy adult human brain in response to environmental demands or intrinsic factors. Here we have investigated changes in brain structure resulting from or predisposing to empathy. Structural MRI data of 101 healthy adult females was analyzed. Empathy in fictitious as well as real-life situations was assessed by using a widely used and validated self-evaluation measure. Furthermore, empathy-related structural effects were also put into the context of a functional map of the anterior insular cortex determined by activation likelihood estimate (ALE meta-analysis of previous functional imaging studies. We found that gray matter density in the left dorsal anterior insular cortex correlates with empathy and that this area overlaps with the domain general region of the anterior insula that is situated in-between functional systems involved in emotion-cognition, pain and motor tasks as determined by our meta-analysis. Thus, we propose that this insular region where we find structural differences depending on individual empathy might play a crucial role in modulating the efficiency of neural integration underlying emotional, cognitive, and sensorimotor information which is essential for global empathy.

  12. 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.

  13. Monte Carlo alpha deposition

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    Talley, T.L.; Evans, F.

    1988-01-01

    Prior work demonstrated the importance of nuclear scattering to fusion product energy deposition in hot plasmas. This suggests careful examination of nuclear physics details in burning plasma simulations. An existing Monte Carlo fast ion transport code is being expanded to be a test bed for this examination. An initial extension, the energy deposition of fast alpha particles in a hot deuterium plasma, is reported. The deposition times and deposition ranges are modified by allowing nuclear scattering. Up to 10% of the initial alpha particle energy is carried to greater ranges and times by the more mobile recoil deuterons. 4 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs

  14. 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.

  15. The preparation of anastomosis site at the insular segment of middle cerebral artery

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    Katsuno, Makoto; Tanikawa, Rokuya; Izumi, Naoto; Hashimoto, Masaaki

    2014-01-01

    Background: An anastomosis at the insular segment of the middle cerebral artery (M2) is often required in cerebral reconstruction with high- or low-flow bypass. It is necessary to create a shallow, wide, fixed, and bloodless anastomosis field to achieve a safe and quick anastomosis for low surgical morbidity. We describe a method to perform a safe and quick anastomosis. Methods: From 2009 to 2013, the technique was used in 20 procedures to create an extracranial M2 high-flow bypass. The S...

  16. Cortex Insular y su rol putativo en la configuración de trastornos Alimenticios

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    El estudio neurocientífico de los desordenes alimenticios, ha experimentado importantes avances en la ultima década, posibilitando dilucidar sustratos cerebrales asociados a la configuración de diversas patologías. El lóbulo insular ha sido escasamente estudiado, trabajos de neuroimagen recientes han permitido conocer su representación anatómica, citoarquitectónica y funcional, así como su conexión con el sistema límbico y neocortex. Su activación, ha sido implicada en diversos procesos: sens...

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Population structure and genetic diversity in insular populations of Nasutitermes takasagoensis (Isoptera: Termitidae) analyzed by AFLP markers.

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    García, Julio; Maekawa, Kiyoto; Miura, Toru; Matsumoto, Tadao

    2002-10-01

    Dispersal ability and degree of inbreeding in a population can indirectly be assessed using genetic markers. In general, it was suggested that winged termites are not able to fly distances greater than several hundred meters. Here, amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) was used to analyze genetic diversity, population substructure, and gene flow among insular populations of the termite Nasutitermes takasagoensis (Isoptera: Termitidae) in the Yaeyama Islands, Okinawa, Japan. Samples were collected from 77 nests on seven islands of the Yaeyama Group. Using three primer combinations a total of 155 bands were generated with 78 (50%) polymorphic bands. Genetic distance and G(st) values among insular populations were calculated. Relatively high genetic diversity and low values of G (st), suggest there is moderate subpopulation structure. Based on these results, we discussed two possibilities; first, winged termites are able to fly over distances of several kilometers, and second, these results were obtained because insular populations share a recent common origin.

  1. High Antipredatory Efficiency of Insular Lizards: A Warning Signal of Excessive Specimen Collection?

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    Delibes, Miguel; Blázquez, María del Carmen; Soriano, Laura; Revilla, Eloy; Godoy, José Antonio

    2011-01-01

    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. PMID:22216244

  2. 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.

  3. Monte Carlo Methods in Physics

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    Santoso, B.

    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

  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. "There Are No Housewives on 'Star Trek'": A Reexamination of Exit Rights for the Children of Insular Fundamentalist Parents

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    McAvoy, Paula

    2012-01-01

    In this essay, Paula McAvoy addresses the problem caused by the liberal state's necessary tolerance of insular fundamentalist groups and the concern that children raised in such groups do not have a fair opportunity to evaluate their inherited beliefs. This tension comes to the fore around disagreements over schooling and requests for religious…

  6. Metropolis Methods for Quantum Monte Carlo Simulations

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    2003-01-01

    Since its first description fifty years ago, the Metropolis Monte Carlo method has been used in a variety of different ways for the simulation of continuum quantum many-body systems. This paper will consider some of the generalizations of the Metropolis algorithm employed in quantum Monte Carlo: Variational Monte Carlo, dynamical methods for projector monte carlo ({\\it i.e.} diffusion Monte Carlo with rejection), multilevel sampling in path integral Monte Carlo, the sampling of permutations, ...

  7. Spatial segregation of somato-sensory and pain activations in the human operculo-insular cortex.

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    Mazzola, Laure; Faillenot, Isabelle; Barral, Fabrice-Guy; Mauguière, François; Peyron, Roland

    2012-03-01

    The role of operculo-insular region in the processing of somato-sensory inputs, painful or not, is now well established. However, available maps from previous literature show a substantial overlap of cortical areas activated by these stimuli, and the region referred to as the "secondary somatosensory area (SII)" is widely distributed in the parietal operculum. Differentiating SII from posterior insula cortex, which is anatomically contiguous, is not easy, explaining why the "operculo-insular" label has been introduced to describe activations by somatosensory stimuli in this cortical region. Based on the recent cyto-architectural parcellation of the human insular/SII cortices (Eickhoff et al., 2006, Kurth et al., 2010), the present study investigates with functional MRI (fMRI), whether these structural subdivisions could subserve distinct aspects of discriminative somato-sensory functions, including pain. Responses to five types of stimuli applied on the left hand of 25 healthy volunteers were considered: i) tactile stimuli; ii) passive movements; iii) innocuous cold stimuli; iv) non-noxious warm and v) heat pain. Our results show different patterns of activation depending on the type of somato-sensory stimulation. The posterior part of SII (OP1 area), contralateral to stimuli, was the only sub-region activated by all type of stimuli and might therefore be considered as a common cortical target for different types of somato-sensory inputs. Proprioceptive stimulation by passive finger movements activated the posterior part of SII (OP1 sub-region) bilaterally and the contralateral median part of insula (PreCG and MSG). Innocuous cooling activated the contralateral posterior part of SII (OP1) and the dorsal posterior and median part of insula (OP2, PostCG). Pain stimuli induced the most widespread and intense activation that was bilateral in SII (OP1, OP4) and distributed to all sub-regions of contralateral insula (except OP2) and to the anterior part of the

  8. Parallelizing Monte Carlo with PMC

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    Rathkopf, J.A.; Jones, T.R.; Nessett, D.M.; Stanberry, L.C.

    1994-11-01

    PMC (Parallel Monte Carlo) is a system of generic interface routines that allows easy porting of Monte Carlo packages of large-scale physics simulation codes to Massively Parallel Processor (MPP) computers. By loading various versions of PMC, simulation code developers can configure their codes to run in several modes: serial, Monte Carlo runs on the same processor as the rest of the code; parallel, Monte Carlo runs in parallel across many processors of the MPP with the rest of the code running on other MPP processor(s); distributed, Monte Carlo runs in parallel across many processors of the MPP with the rest of the code running on a different machine. This multi-mode approach allows maintenance of a single simulation code source regardless of the target machine. PMC handles passing of messages between nodes on the MPP, passing of messages between a different machine and the MPP, distributing work between nodes, and providing independent, reproducible sequences of random numbers. Several production codes have been parallelized under the PMC system. Excellent parallel efficiency in both the distributed and parallel modes results if sufficient workload is available per processor. Experiences with a Monte Carlo photonics demonstration code and a Monte Carlo neutronics package are described

  9. 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

  10. Right insular damage decreases heartbeat awareness and alters cardio-visual effects on bodily self-consciousness.

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    Ronchi, Roberta; Bello-Ruiz, Javier; Lukowska, Marta; Herbelin, Bruno; Cabrilo, Ivan; Schaller, Karl; Blanke, Olaf

    2015-04-01

    Recent evidence suggests that multisensory integration of bodily signals involving exteroceptive and interoceptive information modulates bodily aspects of self-consciousness such as self-identification and self-location. In the so-called Full Body Illusion subjects watch a virtual body being stroked while they perceive tactile stimulation on their own body inducing illusory self-identification with the virtual body and a change in self-location towards the virtual body. In a related illusion, it has recently been shown that similar changes in self-identification and self-location can be observed when an interoceptive signal is used in association with visual stimulation of the virtual body (i.e., participants observe a virtual body illuminated in synchrony with their heartbeat). Although brain imaging and neuropsychological evidence suggest that the insular cortex is a core region for interoceptive processing (such as cardiac perception and awareness) as well as for self-consciousness, it is currently not known whether the insula mediates cardio-visual modulation of self-consciousness. Here we tested the involvement of insular cortex in heartbeat awareness and cardio-visual manipulation of bodily self-consciousness in a patient before and after resection of a selective right neoplastic insular lesion. Cardio-visual stimulation induced an abnormally enhanced state of bodily self-consciousness; in addition, cardio-visual manipulation was associated with an experienced loss of the spatial unity of the self (illusory bi-location and duplication of his body), not observed in healthy subjects. Heartbeat awareness was found to decrease after insular resection. Based on these data we propose that the insula mediates interoceptive awareness as well as cardio-visual effects on bodily self-consciousness and that insular processing of interoceptive signals is an important mechanism for the experienced unity of the self. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Wormhole Hamiltonian Monte Carlo

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    Lan, Shiwei; Streets, Jeffrey; Shahbaba, Babak

    2015-01-01

    In machine learning and statistics, probabilistic inference involving multimodal distributions is quite difficult. This is especially true in high dimensional problems, where most existing algorithms cannot easily move from one mode to another. To address this issue, we propose a novel Bayesian inference approach based on Markov Chain Monte Carlo. Our method can effectively sample from multimodal distributions, especially when the dimension is high and the modes are isolated. To this end, it exploits and modifies the Riemannian geometric properties of the target distribution to create wormholes connecting modes in order to facilitate moving between them. Further, our proposed method uses the regeneration technique in order to adapt the algorithm by identifying new modes and updating the network of wormholes without affecting the stationary distribution. To find new modes, as opposed to redis-covering those previously identified, we employ a novel mode searching algorithm that explores a residual energy function obtained by subtracting an approximate Gaussian mixture density (based on previously discovered modes) from the target density function. PMID:25861551

  14. Wormhole Hamiltonian Monte Carlo.

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    Lan, Shiwei; Streets, Jeffrey; Shahbaba, Babak

    2014-07-31

    In machine learning and statistics, probabilistic inference involving multimodal distributions is quite difficult. This is especially true in high dimensional problems, where most existing algorithms cannot easily move from one mode to another. To address this issue, we propose a novel Bayesian inference approach based on Markov Chain Monte Carlo. Our method can effectively sample from multimodal distributions, especially when the dimension is high and the modes are isolated. To this end, it exploits and modifies the Riemannian geometric properties of the target distribution to create wormholes connecting modes in order to facilitate moving between them. Further, our proposed method uses the regeneration technique in order to adapt the algorithm by identifying new modes and updating the network of wormholes without affecting the stationary distribution. To find new modes, as opposed to redis-covering those previously identified, we employ a novel mode searching algorithm that explores a residual energy function obtained by subtracting an approximate Gaussian mixture density (based on previously discovered modes) from the target density function.

  15. Pobreza rural y procampo: un análisis comparativo de dos municipios de Chihuahua

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    Benjamín Carrera Chávez

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Se evalúan los efectos de procampo , programa más reciente de la política agrícola mexicana, en la reducción de la pobreza rural de los beneficiarios en dos municipios chihuahuenses: Cuauhtémoc y Guachochi durante el periodo de 1994 a 2013. La investigación partió de información de fuentes secundarias, además de 50 cuestionarios aplicados en los municipios mencionados. Los resultados indican que el ingreso que proporcionó procampo no fue suficiente para mejorar el ingreso real de los beneficiarios en situación de pobreza, ya que dependen de actividades laborales no agrícolas. Una estrategia para reducir la pobreza rural es la búsqueda de rentabilidad en la producción agrícola.

  16. sEEG is a Safe Procedure for a Comprehensive Anatomic Exploration of the Insula: A Retrospective Study of 108 Procedures Representing 254 Transopercular Insular Electrodes.

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    Salado, Anne Laure; Koessler, Laurent; De Mijolla, Gabriel; Schmitt, Emmanuelle; Vignal, Jean-Pierre; Civit, Thierry; Tyvaert, Louise; Jonas, Jacques; Maillard, Louis Georges; Colnat-Coulbois, Sophie

    2018-01-01

    The exploration of the insula in pre-surgical evaluation of epilepsy is considered to be associated with a high vascular risk resulting in an incomplete exploration of the insular cortex. To report a retrospective observational study of insular exploration using stereoelectroencephalography (sEEG) with transopercular and parasagittal oblique intracerebral electrodes from January 2008 to January 2016. The first purpose of this study was to evaluate the surgical risks of insular cortex sEEG exploration. The second purpose was to define the ability of placing intracerebral contacts in the whole insular cortex. Ninety-nine patients underwent 108 magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided stereotactic implantations of intracerebral electrodes in the context of preoperative assessment of drug-resistant epilepsy, including at least 1 electrode placed in the insular cortex. On postoperative computed tomography images co-registered with MRI, followed by MRI segmentation and application of a transformation matrix, intracerebral contact coordinates of the insular electrodes' contacts were anatomically localized in the Talairach space. Finally, dispersion and clustering analysis was performed. There was no morbidity, in particular hemorrhagic complications, or mortality related to insular electrodes. Statistical comparison of intracerebral contact positions demonstrated that whole insula exploration is possible on the left and right sides. In addition, the clustering analysis showed the homogeneous distribution of the electrodes within the insular cortex. In the presurgical evaluation of drug-resistant epilepsy, the insular cortex can be explored safely and comprehensively using transopercular sEEG electrodes. Parasagittal oblique trajectories may also be associated to achieve an optimal exploration. Copyright © 2017 by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons

  17. Effect of Right Insular Involvement on Death and Functional Outcome After Acute Ischemic Stroke in the IST-3 Trial (Third International Stroke Trial).

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    Sposato, Luciano A; Cohen, Geoffrey; Wardlaw, Joanna M; Sandercock, Peter; Lindley, Richard I; Hachinski, Vladimir

    2016-12-01

    In patients with acute ischemic stroke, whether involvement of the insular cortex influences outcome is controversial. Much of the apparent adverse outcome may relate to such strokes usually being severe. We examined the influence of right and left insular involvement on stroke outcomes among patients from the IST-3 study (Third International Stroke Trial) who had visible ischemic stroke on neuroimaging. We used multiple logistic regression to compare outcomes of left versus right insular and noninsular strokes across strata of stroke severity, on death, proportion dead or dependent, and level of disability (ordinalized Oxford Handicap Score) at 6 months, with adjustment for the effects of age, lesion size, and presence of atrial fibrillation. Of 3035 patients recruited, 2099 had visible ischemic strokes limited to a single hemisphere on computed tomography/magnetic resonance scans. Of these, 566 and 714 had infarction of right and left insula. Six months after randomization, right insular involvement was associated with increased odds of death when compared with noninsular strokes on the left side (adjusted odds ratio, 1.83; 95% confidence interval, 1.33-2.52), whereas the adjusted odds ratio comparing mortality after insular versus noninsular strokes on the left side was not significant. Among mild/moderate strokes, outcomes for right insular involvement were worse than for left insular, but among more severe strokes, the difference in outcomes was less substantial. We found an association between right insular involvement and higher odds of death and worse functional outcome. The difference between right- and left-sided insular lesions on outcomes seemed to be most evident for mild/moderate strokes. URL: http://www.isrctn.com. Unique identifier: ISRCTN25765518. © 2016 American Heart Association, Inc.

  18. 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

    2015-04-01

    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. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. The insular cortex controls food preferences independently of taste receptor signaling

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    Albino J Oliveira-Maia

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The insular cortex (IC contains the primary sensory cortex for oral chemosensation including gustation, and its integrity is required for appropriate control of feeding behavior. However, it remains unknown whether the role of this brain area in food selection relies on the presence of peripheral taste input. Using multielectrode recordings, we found that the responses of populations of neurons in the IC of freely licking, sweet-blind Trpm5-/- mice are modulated by the rewarding postingestive effects of sucrose. FOS immunoreactivity analyses revealed that these responses are restricted to the dorsal insula. Furthermore, bilateral lesions in this area abolished taste-independent preferences for sucrose that can be conditioned in these Trpm5-/- animals while preserving their ability to detect sucrose. Overall, these findings demonstrate that even in the absence of peripheral taste input, IC regulates food choices based on postingestive signals.

  20. The insular cortex controls food preferences independently of taste receptor signaling.

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    Oliveira-Maia, Albino J; de Araujo, Ivan E; Monteiro, Clara; Workman, Virginia; Galhardo, Vasco; Nicolelis, Miguel A L

    2012-01-01

    The insular cortex (IC) contains the primary sensory cortex for oral chemosensation including gustation, and its integrity is required for appropriate control of feeding behavior. However, it remains unknown whether the role of this brain area in food selection relies on the presence of peripheral taste input. Using multielectrode recordings, we found that the responses of populations of neurons in the IC of freely licking, sweet-blind Trpm5(-/-) mice are modulated by the rewarding postingestive effects of sucrose. FOS immunoreactivity analyses revealed that these responses are restricted to the dorsal insula. Furthermore, bilateral lesions in this area abolished taste-independent preferences for sucrose that can be conditioned in these Trpm5(-/-) animals while preserving their ability to detect sucrose. Overall, these findings demonstrate that, even in the absence of peripheral taste input, IC regulates food choices based on postingestive signals.

  1. 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.

  2. INMIGRANTES Y REFUGIADOS EN UN MUNICIPIO DE LA RETAGUARDIA REPUBLICANA: ELCHE, 1936-1940

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    Salvador Palazón Ferrando

    1993-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo pretende mostrar el carácter que tuvo Elche, durante la Guerra Civil, como importante núcleo receptor de refugiados procedentes de las provincias bajo control de la República a medida que iba avanzando el frente de guerra; así como los cambios que por causa de aquélla se produjeron en la corriente inmigratoria tradicional hacia este municipio.

  3. 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

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

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    Matsudaira, Izumi; Yokota, Susumu; Hashimoto, Teruo; Takeuchi, Hikaru; Asano, Kohei; Asano, Michiko; Sassa, Yuko; Taki, Yasuyuki; Kawashima, Ryuta

    2016-01-01

    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 a specific

  5. MEG-based identification of the epileptogenic zone in occult peri-insular epilepsy.

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    Heers, Marcel; Rampp, Stefan; Stefan, Hermann; Urbach, Horst; Elger, Christian E; von Lehe, Marec; Wellmer, Jörg

    2012-03-01

    Presurgical work-ups of patients with pharmacoresistant epileptic seizures can require multiple diagnostic methods if magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) combined with video-EEG monitoring fails to show an epileptogenic lesion. Yet, the added value of available methods is not clear. In particular, only a minority of epilepsy centres apply magnetoencephalography (MEG). This study explores the potential of MEG for patients whose previous sophisticated work-ups missed deep-seated, peri-insular epileptogenic lesions. Three patients with well documented, frequent, stereotypical hypermotor seizures without clear focus hypotheses after repeated presurgical work-ups including video-EEG-monitoring, 3Tesla (3T) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), morphometric MRI analysis, PET and SPECT were referred to MEG source localisation. In two out of three patients, MEG source localisation identified very subtle morphological abnormalities formerly missed in MRI or classified as questionable pathology. In the third patient, MEG was not reliable due to insufficient detection of epileptic patterns. Here, a 1 mm × 1 mm × 1 mm 3T fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) MRI revealed a potential epileptogenic lesion. A minimal invasive work-up via lesion-focused depth electrodes confirmed the intralesional seizure onset in all patients, and histology revealed dysplastic lesions. Seizure outcomes were Engel 1a in two patients, and Engel 1d in the third. MEG can contribute to the identification of epileptogenic lesions even when multiple previous methods failed, and when the lesions are located in deep anatomical structures such as peri-insular cortex. For epilepsy centres without MEG capability, referral of patients with cryptogenic focal epilepsies to centres with MEG systems may be indicated. Copyright © 2011 British Epilepsy Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Sediment dynamics and their potential influence on insular-slope mesophotic coral ecosystems

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    Sherman, C.; Schmidt, W.; Appeldoorn, R.; Hutchinson, Y.; Ruiz, H.; Nemeth, M.; Bejarano, I.; Motta, J. J. Cruz; Xu, H.

    2016-10-01

    Although sediment dynamics exert a fundamental control on the character and distribution of reefs, data on sediment dynamics in mesophotic systems are scarce. In this study, sediment traps and benthic photo-transects were used to document spatial and temporal patterns of suspended-sediment and bed-load dynamics at two geomorphically distinct mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs) on the upper insular slope of southwest Puerto Rico. Trap accumulation rates of suspended sediment were relatively low and spatiotemporally uniform, averaging <1 mg cm-2 d-1 and never exceeding 3 mg cm-2 d-1 over the sampled period. In contrast, trap accumulation rates of downslope bed-load movement were orders of magnitude higher than suspended-sediment accumulation rates and highly variable, by orders of magnitude, both spatially and temporally. Percent sand cover within photo-transects varied over time from 10% to more than 40% providing further evidence of downslope sediment movement. In general, the more exposed, lower gradient site had higher rates of downslope sediment movement, higher sand cover and lower coral cover than the more sheltered and steep site that exhibited lower rates of downslope sediment movement, lower sand cover and higher coral cover. In most cases, trap accumulation rates of suspended sediment and bed load varied together and peaks in trap accumulation rates correspond to peaks in SWAN-modeled wave-orbital velocities, suggesting that surface waves may influence sediment dynamics even in mesophotic settings. Though variable, off-shelf transport of sediment is a continuous process occurring even during non-storm conditions. Continuous downslope sediment movement in conjunction with degree of exposure to prevailing seas and slope geomorphology are proposed to exert an important influence on the character and distribution of insular-slope MCEs.

  7. 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.

  8. The influence of climatic variation and density on the survival of an insular passerine Zosterops lateralis.

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    Sandvig, Erik M; Coulson, Tim; Kikkawa, Jiro; Clegg, Sonya M

    2017-01-01

    Understanding the influence of environmental factors on population dynamics is fundamental to many areas in biology. Survival is a key factor of population biology, as it is thought to be the predominant driver of growth in long-lived passerines, which can be influenced by both biotic and abiotic environmental conditions. We used mark-recapture methods and generalized linear mixed models to test the influence of density and climatic variation, measured at a regional and local scale (Southern Oscillation Index [SOI] and rainfall, respectively), on seasonal variation in survival rates of an insular population of Silvereyes (Zosterops lateralis chlorocephalus), during a 15-year study period, off the east coast of Australia. We found overall high survival rates for adults and juveniles (81% and 59%, respectively). Local scale climate (i.e. rainfall) and density were the principal environmental factors influencing their survival, both with a negative relationship. A significant interactive effect of density and rainfall influenced survival as they both increased. However, survival remained low when density was at it highest, independent of the amount of rainfall. Nestling survival was negatively influenced by rainfall and density, positively by SOI, and chicks that hatched later in the breeding season had higher survival rates. The regional scale climate variable (i.e. SOI) did not explain survival rates as strongly as rainfall in any age class. Our results contribute to the understanding of insular avian population dynamics and the differential effects of environmental factors across age classes. Climatic predictions expect El Niño events to increase, meaning dryer conditions in eastern Australia, potentially increasing Silvereye survival across age classes. However, the long-term effect of lower rainfall on food availability is unknown; consequently, the outcome of lower rainfall on Silvereye survival rates is uncertain.

  9. Un estudio ecológico sobre tuberculosis en un municipio de Cuba

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    Molina Serpa Ivette

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    Full Text Available Se aplica un estudio ecológico para analizar la incidencia de tuberculosis en el municipio Marianao de la provincia Ciudad de La Habana de la República de Cuba en el período 1995-2000. Se realiza una caracterización de tal incidencia, se identifican patrones de distribución espacial y se determina la relación existente entre los niveles de incidencia de tuberculosis y factores del medio ambiente socioeconómico. La unidad espacial considerada son los 29 barrios del municipio Marianao. Entre otros resultados se identifica un patrón de barrios con tasas altas en la región central del municipio. Las tasas de incidencia se hallan significativamente asociadas de forma directa con el porcentaje de familias con problemas disfuncionales y con el porcentaje de población con determinados niveles de hacinamiento, y de manera inversa con la densidad poblacional, y no se encuentran significativamente asociadas ni con los niveles de educación, ni con el estado de la vivienda predominantes en el barrio.

  10. Un estudio ecológico sobre tuberculosis en un municipio de Cuba

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    Ivette Molina Serpa

    Full Text Available Se aplica un estudio ecológico para analizar la incidencia de tuberculosis en el municipio Marianao de la provincia Ciudad de La Habana de la República de Cuba en el período 1995-2000. Se realiza una caracterización de tal incidencia, se identifican patrones de distribución espacial y se determina la relación existente entre los niveles de incidencia de tuberculosis y factores del medio ambiente socioeconómico. La unidad espacial considerada son los 29 barrios del municipio Marianao. Entre otros resultados se identifica un patrón de barrios con tasas altas en la región central del municipio. Las tasas de incidencia se hallan significativamente asociadas de forma directa con el porcentaje de familias con problemas disfuncionales y con el porcentaje de población con determinados niveles de hacinamiento, y de manera inversa con la densidad poblacional, y no se encuentran significativamente asociadas ni con los niveles de educación, ni con el estado de la vivienda predominantes en el barrio.

  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. 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.

  13. Handbook of Monte Carlo methods

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    Kroese, Dirk P; Taimre, Thomas; Botev, Zdravko I

    2011-01-01

    ... in rapid succession, the staggering number of related techniques, ideas, concepts and algorithms makes it difficult to maintain an overall picture of the Monte Carlo approach. This book attempts to encapsulate the emerging dynamics of this field of study"--

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. Carlos Chagas: biographical sketch.

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    2010-01-01

    Carlos Chagas was born on 9 July 1878 in the farm "Bon Retiro" located close to the City of Oliveira in the interior of the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He started his medical studies in 1897 at the School of Medicine of Rio de Janeiro. In the late XIX century, the works by Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch induced a change in the medical paradigm with emphasis in experimental demonstrations of the causal link between microbes and disease. During the same years in Germany appeared the pathological concept of disease, linking organic lesions with symptoms. All these innovations were adopted by the reforms of the medical schools in Brazil and influenced the scientific formation of Chagas. Chagas completed his medical studies between 1897 and 1903 and his examinations during these years were always ranked with high grades. Oswaldo Cruz accepted Chagas as a doctoral candidate and directed his thesis on "Hematological studies of Malaria" which was received with honors by the examiners. In 1903 the director appointed Chagas as research assistant at the Institute. In those years, the Institute of Manguinhos, under the direction of Oswaldo Cruz, initiated a process of institutional growth and gathered a distinguished group of Brazilian and foreign scientists. In 1907, he was requested to investigate and control a malaria outbreak in Lassance, Minas Gerais. In this moment Chagas could not have imagined that this field research was the beginning of one of the most notable medical discoveries. Chagas was, at the age of 28, a Research Assistant at the Institute of Manguinhos and was studying a new flagellate parasite isolated from triatomine insects captured in the State of Minas Gerais. Chagas made his discoveries in this order: first the causal agent, then the vector and finally the human cases. These notable discoveries were carried out by Chagas in twenty months. At the age of 33 Chagas had completed his discoveries and published the scientific articles that gave him world

  17. Adjoint electron Monte Carlo calculations

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    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

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

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    Susana Catarino Rua

    2016-02-01

    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. Multilevel sequential Monte Carlo samplers

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    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.

  1. 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.

    2015-10-01

    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.

  2. 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

  3. Major histocompatibility complex variation in insular populations of the Egyptian vulture: inferences about the roles of genetic drift and selection.

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    Agudo, Rosa; Alcaide, Miguel; Rico, Ciro; Lemus, Jesus A; Blanco, Guillermo; Hiraldo, Fernando; Donázar, Jose A

    2011-06-01

    Insular populations have attracted the attention of evolutionary biologists because of their morphological and ecological peculiarities with respect to their mainland counterparts. Founder effects and genetic drift are known to distribute neutral genetic variability in these demes. However, elucidating whether these evolutionary forces have also shaped adaptive variation is crucial to evaluate the real impact of reduced genetic variation in small populations. Genes of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) are classical examples of evolutionarily relevant loci because of their well-known role in pathogen confrontation and clearance. In this study, we aim to disentangle the partial roles of genetic drift and natural selection in the spatial distribution of MHC variation in insular populations. To this end, we integrate the study of neutral (22 microsatellites and one mtDNA locus) and MHC class II variation in one mainland (Iberia) and two insular populations (Fuerteventura and Menorca) of the endangered Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus). Overall, the distribution of the frequencies of individual MHC alleles (n=17 alleles from two class II B loci) does not significantly depart from neutral expectations, which indicates a prominent role for genetic drift over selection. However, our results point towards an interesting co-evolution of gene duplicates that maintains different pairs of divergent alleles in strong linkage disequilibrium on islands. We hypothesize that the co-evolution of genes may counteract the loss of genetic diversity in insular demes, maximize antigen recognition capabilities when gene diversity is reduced, and promote the co-segregation of the most efficient allele combinations to cope with local pathogen communities. © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  4. The 'where' and the 'when' of the BOLD response to pain in the insular cortex. Discussion on amplitudes and latencies.

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    Pomares, Florence B; Faillenot, Isabelle; Barral, Fabrice Guy; Peyron, Roland

    2013-01-01

    The operculo-insular cortex has been recently pointed out to be the main area of the pain matrix to be involved in the integration of pain intensity. This fMRI study specified the pattern of response to laser stimuli by focusing on this cortical area, by optimizing the temporal sampling and by investigating pain-related differences in the amplitudes and latencies of the BOLD responses. Canonical and temporal derivative hemodynamic response function (HRF) and finite impulse response (FIR) modeling provided consistent results. Amplitude of BOLD response discriminated painful from non-painful conditions in posterior and mid-insular cortices, bilaterally. Pain conditions were characterized by a shortened latency (as compared to non-painful conditions) in the anterior insula. In the functional organization of the insula, these results suggest a double dissociation that can be summarized as the 'where' and the 'when' of the BOLD response to pain. These results suggest that differences in the amplitude of the BOLD activity in the posterior and in the mid-insular cortices as well as shortened latency of the response in the anterior insula deal with discriminative processes related to painful conditions. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Rostral Agranular Insular Cortex Lesion with Motor Cortex Stimulation Enhances Pain Modulation Effect on Neuropathic Pain Model

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    Hyun Ho Jung

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available It is well known that the insular cortex is involved in the processing of painful input. The aim of this study was to evaluate the pain modulation role of the insular cortex during motor cortex stimulation (MCS. After inducing neuropathic pain (NP rat models by the spared nerve injury method, we made a lesion on the rostral agranular insular cortex (RAIC unilaterally and compared behaviorally determined pain threshold and latency in 2 groups: Group A (NP + MCS; n=7 and Group B (NP + RAIC lesion + MCS; n=7. Also, we simultaneously recorded neuronal activity (NP; n=9 in the thalamus of the ventral posterolateral nucleus and RAIC to evaluate electrophysiological changes from MCS. The pain threshold and tolerance latency increased in Group A with “MCS on” and in Group B with or without “MCS on.” Moreover, its increase in Group B with “MCS on” was more than that of Group B without MCS or of Group A, suggesting that MCS and RAIC lesioning are involved in pain modulation. Compared with the “MCS off” condition, the “MCS on” induced significant threshold changes in an electrophysiological study. Our data suggest that the RAIC has its own pain modulation effect, which is influenced by MCS.

  6. CB1 receptor antagonism in the granular insular cortex or somatosensory area facilitates consolidation of object recognition memory.

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    O'Brien, Lesley D; Sticht, Martin A; Mitchnick, Krista A; Limebeer, Cheryl L; Parker, Linda A; Winters, Boyer D

    2014-08-22

    Cannabinoid agonists typically impair memory, whereas CB1 receptor antagonists enhance memory performance under specific conditions. The insular cortex has been implicated in object memory consolidation. Here we show that infusions of the CB1 receptor antagonist SR141716 enhances long-term object recognition memory in rats in a dose-dependent manner (facilitation with 1.5, but not 0.75 or 3 μg/μL) when administered into the granular insular cortex; the SR141716 facilitation was seen with a memory delay of 72 h, but not when the delay was shorter (1 h), consistent with enhancement of memory consolidation. Moreover, a sub-group of rats with cannulas placed in the somatosensory area were also facilitated. These results highlight the robust potential of cannabinoid antagonists to facilitate object memory consolidation, as well as the capacity for insular and somatosensory cortices to contribute to object processing, perhaps through enhancement of tactile representation. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. 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

    2013-05-01

    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.

  8. Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods-Simple Monte Carlo

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

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    Olalla Velásquez, Edwin Gilberto

    2007-01-01

    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...

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

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    Margareto Layunta, Leonardo

    2015-01-01

    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...

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

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    Ana Lilia Reina-Guerrero; Thomas R. Van Devender

    2013-01-01

    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...

  12. Prevalencia de helmintos en la planta de aguas residuales del municipio el rosal, cundinamarca

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    Ortiz Pineda, Carolina; López Páez, Myriam Consuelo; Rivas Muñoz, Favio Aurelio

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    Objetivo Determinar la  prevalencia de huevos de helmintos en lodos, agua residual cruda y tratada, provenientes de un sistema de tratamiento de aguas residuales del municipio el Rosal, Cundinamarca.Metodología Se tomaron 30 muestras de agua residual, y 10 de lodos en la Planta El Rosal, durante 10 semanas. Las muestras de aguas y lodos se procesaron siguiendo los métodos de BAILENGER, y el método de la Norma Oficial Mexicana, respectivamente. La viabilidad de los huevos se determinó por el m...

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

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    Anaya Lazo, Leydys Isabel

    2010-01-01

    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...

  14. 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.

  15. El proceso de descentralizacion en tres municipios pequeños del Departamento de Cundinamarca

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    Alberto Maldonado Copello

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    Full Text Available Fruto de un estudio de casos, realizado durante un año, este artículo resume los elementos metodológicos del proyecto, al tiempo que presenta, a manera de resultados de la descentralización, los efectos ocurridos en cuanto a inversión, aspectos administrativos, políticos y de participación comunitaria en los municipios. Finalmente, el autor emite una serie de comentarios generales sobre el proceso que se constituye en una de las estrategias más importantes desde el punto de vista político en Colombia durante los últimos años.

  16. El envejecimiento en los municipios rurales del País Valenciano

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    Gozálvez Pérez, Vicente (geògraf)

    1987-01-01

    En términos generales, la corriente inmigratoria experimentada en el País Valenciano entre 1961-1981 no ha supuesto el rejuvenecimiento absoluto del censo total. Las personas de 65 y más años han continuado aumentando, aunque haya habido una pausa en el proceso de envejecimiento. Por otra parte, las migraciones interiores han sido muy importantes en este mismo período y han intensificado profundamente el envejecimiento de los municipios rurales valencianos.

  17. 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)

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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.

  18. 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

    2015-01-01

    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

  19. Genetic drift and rapid evolution of viviparity in insular fire salamanders (Salamandra salamandra).

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    Velo-Antón, G; Zamudio, K R; Cordero-Rivera, A

    2012-04-01

    Continental islands offer an excellent opportunity to investigate adaptive processes and to time microevolutionary changes that precede macroevolutionary events. We performed a population genetic study of the fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra), a species that displays unique intraspecific diversity of reproductive strategies, to address the microevolutionary processes leading to phenotypic and genetic differentiation of island, coastal and interior populations. We used eight microsatellite markers to estimate genetic diversity, population structure and demographic parameters in viviparous insular populations and ovoviviparous coastal and interior populations. Our results show considerable genetic differentiation (F(ST) range: 0.06-0.27), and no clear signs of gene flow among populations, except between the large and admixed interior populations. We find no support for island colonization by rafting or intentional/accidental anthropogenic introductions, indicating that rising sea levels were responsible for isolation of the island populations approximately 9000 years ago. Our study provides evidence of rapid genetic differentiation between island and coastal populations, and rapid evolution of viviparity driven by climatic selective pressures on island populations, geographic isolation with genetic drift, or a combination of these factors. Studies of these viviparous island populations in early stages of divergence help us better understand the microevolutionary processes involved in rapid phenotypic shifts.

  20. An auditory region in the primate insular cortex responding preferentially to vocal communication sounds.

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    Remedios, Ryan; Logothetis, Nikos K; Kayser, Christoph

    2009-01-28

    Human imaging studies implicate the insular cortex in processing complex sounds and vocal communication signals such as speech. In addition, lesions of the insula often manifest as deficits in sound or speech recognition (auditory agnosia) and speech production. While models of acoustic perception assign an important role to the insula, little is known about the underlying neuronal substrate. Studying a vocal primate, we identified a predominantly auditory region in the caudal insula and therein discovered a neural representation of conspecific communication sounds. When probed with natural sounds, insula neurons exhibited higher response selectivity than neurons in auditory cortex, and in contrast to these, responded preferentially to conspecific vocalizations. Importantly, insula neurons not only preferred conspecific vocalizations over a wide range of environmental sounds and other animal vocalizations, but also over acoustically manipulated versions of these, demonstrating that this preference for vocalizations arises both from spectral and temporal features of the sounds. In addition, individual insula neurons responded highly selectively to only a few vocalizations and allowed the decoding of sound identity from single-trial responses. These findings characterize the caudal insula as a selectively responding auditory region, possibly part of a processing stream involved in the representation of communication sounds. Importantly, our results provide a neural counterpart for the human imaging and lesion findings and uncover a basis for a supposed role of the insula in processing vocal communication sounds such as speech.

  1. 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.

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

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    Hanneke J.M. Meijer

    2014-03-01

    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.

  3. The von Economo neurons in fronto-insular and anterior cingulate cortex

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    Allman, John M.; Tetreault, Nicole A.; Hakeem, Atiya Y.; Manaye, Kebreten F.; Semendeferi, Katerina; Erwin, Joseph M.; Park, Soyoung; Goubert, Virginie; Hof, Patrick R.

    2011-01-01

    The von Economo neurons (VENs) are large bipolar neurons located in fronto-insular cortex (FI) and anterior limbic area (LA) in great apes and humans but not in other primates. Our stereological counts of VENs in FI and LA show them to be more numerous in humans than in apes. In humans, small numbers of VENs appear the 36th week post conception, with numbers increasing during the first eight months after birth. There are significantly more VENs in the right hemisphere in postnatal brains; this may be related to asymmetries in the autonomic nervous system. VENs are also present in elephants and whales and may be a specialization related to very large brain size. The large size and simple dendritic structure of these projection neurons suggest that they rapidly send basic information from FI and LA to other parts of the brain, while slower neighboring pyramids send more detailed information. Selective destruction of VENs in early stages of fronto-temporal dementia implies that they are involved in empathy, social awareness, and self-control, consistent with evidence from functional imaging. PMID:21534993

  4. 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.

  5. The preparation of anastomosis site at the insular segment of middle cerebral artery.

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    Katsuno, Makoto; Tanikawa, Rokuya; Izumi, Naoto; Hashimoto, Masaaki

    2014-01-01

    An anastomosis at the insular segment of the middle cerebral artery (M2) is often required in cerebral reconstruction with high- or low-flow bypass. It is necessary to create a shallow, wide, fixed, and bloodless anastomosis field to achieve a safe and quick anastomosis for low surgical morbidity. We describe a method to perform a safe and quick anastomosis. From 2009 to 2013, the technique was used in 20 procedures to create an extracranial M2 high-flow bypass. The Sylvian fissure was dissected wide open to expose the M2. A silicon sheet was laid under M2 and the absorbable gelatin-compressed sponges were inserted between M2 and the insula cortex to lift up the M2 and fix it. The rolling surgical sheets were placed at each edge of the dissected Sylvian fissure, instead of brain spatulas. Finally, a small suction tube was placed at the Sylvian fissure and cerebrospinal fluid was continuously sucked. The postoperative patency of the bypass was evaluated by three-dimensional computed tomographic angiography (3D-CTA) in the acute and chronic stages. In all cases, the operation field acquired for the anastomosis was adequate. The average time required for the procedure was 19 min 27 s. Good patency of all high-flow grafts was confirmed by postoperative three-dimensional computed tomography angiography (3D-CTA). In our series, there were no technical complications related to the anastomosis at M2 performed according to our method.

  6. Eidorfe Moreira e o aspecto insular de Belém

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    Gutemberg Armando Diniz Guerra

    Full Text Available Resumo Eidorfe Moreira (1912-1989 escreveu um dos mais densos capítulos sobre o aspecto insular de Belém do Pará e uma das contribuições mais efetivas para os que pensam e administram essa cidade. Partindo do passado, ancorado no presente e sutil, mas firmemente indicando o seu futuro, a obra deste intelectual marca, com sua força reflexiva, todos aqueles que a ela tiveram acesso. A qualidade da linguagem, em termos de clareza e coesão, tem se traduzido em propostas como a Escola Bosque Prof. Eidorfe Moreira, que leva o seu nome, e desloca os belenenses para os espaços que se articulam com a parte continental do município, tal como guirlandas, como diria ele mesmo, e não como apêndices ou penduricalhos isolados. O objetivo deste ensaio é apresentar a visão integradora de Eidorfe Moreira sobre as ilhas neste território municipal. Tem como base metodológica a leitura e interpretação de textos desse autor e de outros que utilizaram seus escritos para formulações a respeito do mencionado espaço.

  7. Genetic drift and rapid evolution of viviparity in insular fire salamanders (Salamandra salamandra)

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    Velo-Antón, G; Zamudio, K R; Cordero-Rivera, A

    2012-01-01

    Continental islands offer an excellent opportunity to investigate adaptive processes and to time microevolutionary changes that precede macroevolutionary events. We performed a population genetic study of the fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra), a species that displays unique intraspecific diversity of reproductive strategies, to address the microevolutionary processes leading to phenotypic and genetic differentiation of island, coastal and interior populations. We used eight microsatellite markers to estimate genetic diversity, population structure and demographic parameters in viviparous insular populations and ovoviviparous coastal and interior populations. Our results show considerable genetic differentiation (FST range: 0.06–0.27), and no clear signs of gene flow among populations, except between the large and admixed interior populations. We find no support for island colonization by rafting or intentional/accidental anthropogenic introductions, indicating that rising sea levels were responsible for isolation of the island populations approximately 9000 years ago. Our study provides evidence of rapid genetic differentiation between island and coastal populations, and rapid evolution of viviparity driven by climatic selective pressures on island populations, geographic isolation with genetic drift, or a combination of these factors. Studies of these viviparous island populations in early stages of divergence help us better understand the microevolutionary processes involved in rapid phenotypic shifts. PMID:22086081

  8. Pathogen richness and abundance predict patterns of adaptive major histocompatibility complex variation in insular amphibians.

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    Wang, Supen; Liu, Conghui; Wilson, Anthony B; Zhao, Na; Li, Xianping; Zhu, Wei; Gao, Xu; Liu, Xuan; Li, Yiming

    2017-09-01

    The identification of the factors responsible for genetic variation and differentiation at adaptive loci can provide important insights into the evolutionary process and is crucial for the effective management of threatened species. We studied the impact of environmental viral richness and abundance on functional diversity and differentiation of the MHC class Ia locus in populations of the black-spotted pond frog (Pelophylax nigromaculatus), an IUCN-listed species, on 24 land-bridge islands of the Zhoushan Archipelago and three nearby mainland sites. We found a high proportion of private MHC alleles in mainland and insular populations, corresponding to 32 distinct functional supertypes, and strong positive selection on MHC antigen-binding sites in all populations. Viral pathogen diversity and abundance were reduced at island sites relative to the mainland, and islands housed distinctive viral communities. Standardized MHC diversity at island sites exceeded that found at neutral microsatellites, and the representation of key functional supertypes was positively correlated with the abundance of specific viruses in the environment (Frog virus 3 and Ambystoma tigrinum virus). These results indicate that pathogen-driven diversifying selection can play an important role in maintaining functionally important MHC variation following island isolation, highlighting the importance of considering functionally important genetic variation and host-pathogen associations in conservation planning and management. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  9. Magnetic resonance imaging-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy as treatment for intractable insular epilepsy in children.

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    Perry, M Scott; Donahue, David J; Malik, Saleem I; Keator, Cynthia G; Hernandez, Angel; Reddy, Rohit K; Perkins, Freedom F; Lee, Mark R; Clarke, Dave F

    2017-12-01

    OBJECTIVE Seizure onset within the insula is increasingly recognized as a cause of intractable epilepsy. Surgery within the insula is difficult, with considerable risks, given the rich vascular supply and location near critical cortex. MRI-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy (LiTT) provides an attractive treatment option for insular epilepsy, allowing direct ablation of abnormal tissue while sparing nearby normal cortex. Herein, the authors describe their experience using this technique in a large cohort of children undergoing treatment of intractable localization-related epilepsy of insular onset. METHODS The combined epilepsy surgery database of Cook Children's Medical Center and Dell Children's Hospital was queried for all cases of insular onset epilepsy treated with LiTT. Patients without at least 6 months of follow-up data and cases preoperatively designated as palliative were excluded. Patient demographics, presurgical evaluation, surgical plan, and outcome were collected from patient charts and described. RESULTS Twenty patients (mean age 12.8 years, range 6.1-18.6 years) underwent a total of 24 LiTT procedures; 70% of these patients had normal findings on MRI. Patients underwent a mean follow-up of 20.4 months after their last surgery (range 7-39 months), with 10 (50%) in Engel Class I, 1 (5%) in Engel Class II, 5 (25%) in Engel Class III, and 4 (20%) in Engel Class IV at last follow-up. Patients were discharged within 24 hours of the procedure in 15 (63%) cases, in 48 hours in 6 (24%) cases, and in more than 48 hours in the remaining cases. Adverse functional effects were experienced following 7 (29%) of the procedures: mild hemiparesis after 6 procedures (all patients experienced complete resolution or had minimal residual dysfunction by 6 months), and expressive language dysfunction after 1 procedure (resolved by 3 months). CONCLUSIONS To their knowledge, the authors present the largest cohort of pediatric patients undergoing insular surgery for

  10. Exact Monte Carlo for molecules

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

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    A brief summary of the fixed-node quantum Monte Carlo method is presented. Results obtained for binding energies, the classical barrier height for H + H2, and the singlet-triplet splitting in methylene are presented and discussed. 17 refs.

  11. Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods

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    time Technical Consultant to. Systat Software Asia-Pacific. (P) Ltd., in Bangalore, where the technical work for the development of the statistical software Systat takes place. His research interests have been in statistical pattern recognition and biostatistics. Keywords. Markov chain, Monte Carlo sampling, Markov chain Monte.

  12. Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods

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    Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods. 2. The Markov Chain Case. K B Athreya, Mohan Delampady and T Krishnan. K B Athreya is a Professor at. Cornell University. His research interests include mathematical analysis, probability theory and its application and statistics. He enjoys writing for Resonance. His spare time is ...

  13. Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods

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    GENERAL ! ARTICLE. Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods. 3. Statistical Concepts. K B Athreya, Mohan Delampady and T Krishnan. K B Athreya is a Professor at. Cornell University. His research interests include mathematical analysis, probability theory and its application and statistics. He enjoys writing for Resonance.

  14. Monte Carlo calculations of nuclei

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    Pieper, S.C. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States). Physics Div.

    1997-10-01

    Nuclear many-body calculations have the complication of strong spin- and isospin-dependent potentials. In these lectures the author discusses the variational and Green`s function Monte Carlo techniques that have been developed to address this complication, and presents a few results.

  15. Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods

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    ter of the 20th century, due to rapid developments in computing technology ... early part of this development saw a host of Monte ... These iterative. Monte Carlo procedures typically generate a random se- quence with the Markov property such that the Markov chain is ergodic with a limiting distribution coinciding with the ...

  16. 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)

  17. Un aporte a la gestión del ruido urbano en colombia, caso de estudio municipio de Envigado

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    Zuluaga Echeverry, Claudia Lucía

    2010-01-01

    Este trabajo de investigación presenta un análisis del impacto producido por el tráfico rodado y su composición, sobre los niveles de presión sonora encontrados en el área urbana del municipio de Envigado (Antioquia, Colombia). Diferentes parámetros acústicos (Leq (dBA), L10 (dBA) L90 (dBA)), distribuidos en el espacio y en el tiempo, fueron cuantificados en las inmediaciones de las principales vías de la zona centro del municipio. Los niveles promedio de presión sonora fueron evaluados y an...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. Plan de competitividad y desarrollo socioeconómico sostenible para el municipio de Nuquí, Chocó

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    Conto Albán, Alejandra; Parra Acevedo, Laura Melisa; Mendoza Mendoza, Diego

    2009-01-01

    Teniendo en cuenta las condiciones actuales en que vive la población del departamento del Chocó, en particular el municipio de Nuquí, se pretendió elaborar un plan de competitividad y desarrollo socio económico sostenible para el municipio. La metodología para la elaboración del documento consistió, en una primera etapa, en la recopilación de teorías relacionadas a la competitividad y al desarrollo sostenible. En una segunda etapa, y con base en las teorías revisadas, y un trabajo de campo...

  1. Matriz de marco lógico Municipio Mesitas de el Colegio para la comercialización del mango

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    Montaña Aguirre, Natalia; Martinez, Martinez

    2011-01-01

    Este documento es el la primera parte del proyecto de Municipio saludable y polo de desarrollo local en la fase de Matriz de Marco Lógico, para el municipio de Mesitas del Colegio. Busca encontrar soluciones al problema de comercialización de mango que existe en los productores de la región, a través del uso de la metodología de marco lógico. Luego de realizar un análisis profundo, se encontró, que: la falla principal, es la inexistencia de un modelo de comercialización, lo cual implic...

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Competencia Legislativa del Municipio en Materia Ambiental: El Caso de las Bolsas Plásticas

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    Wilson Antônio Steinmetz

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo se centra en el problema de la definición y los límites de las competencias legislativas del municipio en materia de ambiente. El marco regulatorio es la Constitución Federal de 1988. La referencia empírica son las leyes locales que rigen el uso de bolsas de plástico, con la finalidad y justificación de la protección del medio ambiente, y las decisiones judiciales acerca de la constitucionalidad de las leyes. Se argumenta que, si bien no existe una disposición expresa en la Constitución brasileña, el principio de subsidiariedad puede ser deducido del modelo federativo esbozado en la Constitución, por lo que es un principio clave para orientar la función legislativa del Municipio en el ámbito ambiental. Adopta una metodología analítica y sistemática, que comprende los aspectos conceptuales, normativos y empíricos del problema.

  7. 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.

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

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    Pirkulashvili N

    2017-07-01

    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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Granular insular cortex inactivation as a novel therapeutic strategy for nicotine addiction.

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    Forget, Benoit; Pushparaj, Abhiram; Le Foll, Bernard

    2010-08-01

    Nicotine is the principal component of tobacco smoke, resulting in addiction, and recent evidence suggests that damage to the insular cortex (insula) disrupts tobacco addiction in human smokers. However, the effect of an inactivation of this structure in an animal model of nicotine addiction has yet to be evaluated. To study this question, we investigated the effects of reversible inactivation of the granular insula by local injection of a gamma-aminobutyric acid agonists mixture (baclofen/muscimol) on nicotine self-administration (SA) under fixed and progressive ratio and on reinstatement of nicotine seeking induced by nicotine priming or nicotine-associated cues in rats. We also evaluated the effects of granular insula inactivation on food SA and relapse as a control. The inactivation of the granular insula decreased nicotine SA under both fixed and progressive ratios without affecting the SA of food under the same schedules of reinforcement. This inactivation also prevented the reinstatement, after extinction, of nicotine seeking induced by nicotine-associated cues or nicotine priming without modifying the reinstatement of food seeking. Our study indicates that the integrity of the granular insula is necessary for exhibiting motivation to take nicotine and to relapse to nicotine seeking but not for consuming food pellets or to relapse for food seeking. Indeed, it might be interesting to study the effect of methods that are able to modulate the activity of the insula--such as repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation or deep brain stimulation--on tobacco addiction and relapse in humans. Copyright 2010 Society of Biological Psychiatry. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. 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 IC is importantly involved in regulating glucocorticoid effects on memory consolidation of emotionally arousing inhibitory avoidance training. The specific glucocorticoid receptor (GR) agonist RU 28362 (3 or 10 ng in 0.5 μl) infused bilaterally into the IC of male Sprague-Dawley rats immediately after one-trial inhibitory avoidance training dose-dependently enhanced 48 h retention performance. Moreover, training on the inhibitory avoidance task increased neuronal activity of the IC, as assessed by an increased number of cells expressing immunoreactivity for phosphorylated extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (pERK1/2). However, systemic administration of a memory-enhancing dose of corticosterone (1 mg/kg) after inhibitory avoidance training rapidly reduced the number of pERK1/2-positive cells in the IC, suggesting that glucocorticoid administration reduces overall neuronal activity of the IC. To investigate which components of the inhibitory avoidance training experience were influenced by the intra-IC glucocorticoid administration, in the last experiment rats were trained on a modified inhibitory avoidance task in which context exposure and footshock training occur on two sequential days. RU 28362 administration into the IC enhanced later retention when infused immediately after either the context or footshock training. Thus, these findings indicate that the IC mediates glucocorticoid effects on the consolidation of memory of different components of inhibitory avoidance training and suggest that the IC might be an important element of the rodent brain network involved in emotional regulation of learning and memory.

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

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    Raquel eFornari

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available 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 IC is importantly involved in regulating glucocorticoid effects on memory consolidation of emotionally arousing inhibitory avoidance training. The specific glucocorticoid receptor agonist RU 28362 (3 or 10 ng in 0.5 l infused bilaterally into the IC of male Sprague-Dawley rats immediately after one-trial inhibitory avoidance training dose-dependently enhanced 48-h retention performance. Moreover, training on the inhibitory avoidance task increased neuronal activity of the IC, as assessed by an increased number of cells expressing immunoreactivity for phosphorylated extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (pERK1/2. However, systemic administration of a memory-enhancing dose of corticosterone (1 mg/kg after inhibitory avoidance training rapidly reduced the number of pERK1/2-positive cells in the IC, suggesting that glucocorticoid administration reduces overall neuronal activity of the IC. To investigate which components of the inhibitory avoidance training experience were influenced by the intra-IC glucocorticoid administration, in the last experiment rats were trained on a modified inhibitory avoidance task in which context exposure and footshock training occur on two sequential days. RU 28362 administration into the IC enhanced later retention when infused immediately after either the context or footshock training. Thus, these findings indicate that the IC mediates glucocorticoid effects on the consolidation of memory of different components of inhibitory avoidance training and suggest that the IC might be an important element of the rodent brain network involved in emotional regulation of learning and memory.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Histamine H3 Heteroreceptors Suppress Glutamatergic and GABAergic Synaptic Transmission in the Rat Insular Cortex

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    Hiroki Takei

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available Histamine H3 receptors are autoreceptors that regulate histamine release from histaminergic neuronal terminals. The cerebral cortex, including the insular cortex (IC, expresses abundant H3 receptors; however, the functions and mechanisms of H3 receptors remain unknown. The aim of this study was to elucidate the functional roles of H3 in synaptic transmission in layer V of the rat IC. Unitary excitatory and inhibitory postsynaptic currents (uEPSCs and uIPSCs were obtained through paired whole-cell patch-clamp recording in cerebrocortical slice preparations. The H3 receptor agonist, R-α-methylhistamine (RAMH, reduced the uEPSC amplitude obtained from pyramidal cell to pyramidal cell or GABAergic interneuron connections. Similarly, RAMH reduced the uIPSC amplitude in GABAergic interneuron to pyramidal cell connections. RAMH-induced decreases in both the uEPSC and uIPSC amplitudes were accompanied by increases in the failure rate and paired-pulse ratio. JNJ 5207852 dihydrochloride or thioperamide, H3 receptor antagonists, inhibited RAMH-induced suppression of uEPSCs and uIPSCs. Unexpectedly, thioperamide alone increased the uIPSC amplitude, suggesting that thioperamide was likely to act as an inverse agonist. Miniature EPSC or IPSC recordings support the hypothesis that the activation of H3 receptors suppresses the release of glutamate and GABA from presynaptic terminals. The colocalization of H3 receptors and glutamate decarboxylase or vesicular glutamate transport protein 1 in presynaptic axon terminals was confirmed through double pre-embedding microscopy, using a combination of pre-embedding immunogold and immunoperoxidase techniques. The suppressive regulation of H3 heteroreceptors on synaptic transmission might mediate the regulation of sensory information processes, such as gustation and visceral sensation, in the IC.

  18. 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

  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. 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. SEROPREVALENCIA Y FACTORES DE RIESGO ASOCIADOS CON Neospora caninum EN CAPRINOS DE MUNICIPIOS DEL CENTRO DE VERACRUZ

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    Javier Cruz Huerta-Peña

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo del estudio fue determinar la seroprevalencia y los factores de riesgo asociados con neosporosis caprina en cinco municipios del centro del estado de Veracruz, México, mediante un estudio polietápico y estratificado. Se incluyeron 182 animales de 26 unidades de producción (PU, con fracción de muestreo de seis animales por PU. Las PU fueron seleccionadas por conglomerados según las tablas de valores de Cannon y Roe. El diagnóstico de neosporosis fue mediante prueba de ELISA. La seroprevalencia se determinó con el programa VassarStats® y los factores de riesgo por razón de momios (OR. La seroprevalencia general fue 3.8 %, por municipios afectados 60 % y por PU 15.4 %. El municipio de Coacoatzintla fue factor de riesgo para la infección (OR = 5.95; CI95%: 1.27 – 27.94, mientras que Coatepec y Chiconquiaco, así como los sementales, fueron factores protectores (OR = 0; CI95%: 0 - 0. En conclusión, la neosporosis caprina tuvo seroprevalencia baja, pero con distribución media en los municipios y PU. Los caprinos de Coacoatzintla tuvieron 5.9 más veces riesgo de infectarse con Neospora caninum, mientras que los de Coatepec, Chiconquiaco y los sementales, fueron factores protectores.

  4. 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).

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Functional MRI responses to passive, active and observed touch in somatosensory and insular cortices of the macaque monkey.

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    Sharma, Saloni; Fiave, Prosper A; Nelissen, Koen

    2018-03-14

    Neurophysiological data obtained in primates suggests that merely observing others' actions can modulate activity in the observer's motor cortices. In humans, it has been suggested that these multimodal vicarious responses extend well beyond the motor cortices, including somatosensory and insular brain regions, that seem to yield vicarious responses when witnessing others' actions, sensations or emotions (Gazzola and Keysers, 2009). Despite the wealth of data with respect to shared action responses in the monkey motor system, whether the somatosensory and insular cortices also yield vicarious responses during observation of touch remains largely unknown. Using independent tactile and motor fMRI localizers, we first mapped the hand representations of two male monkeys' primary (SI) and secondary (SII) somatosensory cortices. In two subsequent visual experiments, we examined fMRI brain responses to 1) observing a conspecific's hand being touched or 2) observing a human hand grasping or mere touching an object or another human hand. While functionally defined 'tactile SI' and 'tactile SII' showed little involvement in representing observed touch, vicarious responses for touch were found in parietal area PFG, consistent with recent observations in humans (Chan and Baker, 2015). Interestingly, a more anterior portion of SII, and posterior insular cortex, both of which responded when monkeys performed active grasping movements, also yielded visual responses during different instances of touch observation. SIGNIFICANCE STATEMENT Common coding of one's own and others' actions, sensations and emotions seems to be widespread in the brain. While it is currently unclear to what extent human somatosensory cortices yield vicarious responses when observing touch, even less is known about the presence of similar vicarious responses in monkey somatosensory cortex. We therefore localized monkey somatosensory hand representations using fMRI and investigated whether these regions yield

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

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    Miguel H. Mazzeo Meneses

    2009-09-01

    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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

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

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    Gerardo Núñez Medina

    2018-01-01

    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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. La desnaturalización del procedimiento insaculatorio en los municipios aragoneses bajo los Austrias

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    Josep María TORRAS I RIBÉ

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available RESUMEN: Dentro de las actuaciones políticas emprendidas por Felipe II respecto al reino de Aragón con posterioridad a las "alteraciones" del año 1591, merece especial atención por su trascendencia y por sus consecuencias de largo alcance la persistente intromisión del monarca en los municipios aragoneses. El arranque de estas actuaciones debería fijarse en la elaboración de un minucioso informe jurídico realizado por el Dr. Martín Miravete de Blancas en el año 1596. Según el contenido de este documento se pretendía asegurar el control efectivo por parte de la monarquía de la elección de los oficios municipales de todas las ciudades del reino, por medio de la intervención de comisarios electores regios en la selección de los candidatos. A finales del siglo XVII la imposición de este nuevo sistema electoral se había difundido ya a la mayoría de municipios aragoneses.ABSTRACT: Among the political measures taken by Philip II concerning the kingdom of Aragon after the "upheavals" of 1591, the persistent royal interference in Aragonese town councils deserves special attention because of its importance and its far reaching consequences. The start of these interferences lies in a meticulous juridical report written by Dr. Martin Miravete de Blancas in 1596. Its goal was to give the crown real control on the lottery for municipal offices of all the townships of the kingdom, by means of the intervention of royal elector commissaries in the selection of candidates. By the late Seventeenth century this new electoral procedure had spread to a fair majority of Aragonese town councils.

  18. 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.

  19. Aprovechamiento forestal maderable en cuatro municipios del departamento de Chocó, Colombia

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    Melida Martínez Guardia

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available  Se caracterizó el aprovechamiento de los productos forestales maderables de cuatro municipiosdel departamento del Choco, Colombia, teniendo en cuenta los procesos de transformación, uso y comercialización. Para la recolección de la información, se formularon encuestas estructuradas, las cuales fueron aplicadas a los aserradores y ebanistas; paralelo a esto, se realizaron visitas al bosque donde se observaron los procesos productivos. Como resultado se obtuvo que las especies maderables más aprovechadas en los municipios de Atrato, Certegui, Istmina y Medio San Juan son: Brosimum utile, Hymenaea oblongifolia, Pseudolmedia laevigata, Cedrela odorata, Couma macrocarpa, Calophyllum longifolium y Humiriastrum procerum. Los rendimientos promedios en la cosecha del bosque son 1,72 m3 hora-1, equivalente a 412 m3  mes-1, de los cuales se obtienen bloques y trozas. El 69% de este material es comercializado con intermediario y el 31% restante es vendido a los centros de acopios locales, quienes lo transforman en 2x2, Guayacanes, 2x3, vigas, tablas y soleras. Los desperdicios generados de las labores de aprovechamiento, en casi su totalidad no son aprovechados a excepción del aserrín, del cual una parte se utiliza en labores agropecuarias y el resto es arrojado a los ríos. Producto del segundo grado de transformación a nivel local se obtienen: camas, sillas, canaletes, canoas, entre otros materiales. Las actividades de cosecha del bosque en los cuatros municipios en estudio se caracterizan porque: son realizadas con motosierra, la madera obtenida es transportada a hombro, balsas (fluvialmente y utilizando tracción animal. Referente a la relación beneficio costo, se obtuvo un valor de 6.

  20. Innovación tecnológica en las universidades privadas del municipio Maracaibo

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    Robles, Miguel

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Esta investigación tiene por finalidad analizar la variable Innovación Tecnológica en las Universidades Privadas del Municipio Maracaibo. Sustentada en las bases teóricas de Rodríguez (2006, Cabrero (2002, Pavón e Hidalgo (2001, Stanton (2005, Sancho et al. (2003, Martínez (2000, entre otros. Caracterizada por estar dentro del paradigma positivista, del tipo descriptivo, bajo un diseño de campo, no experimental y transaccional. Su población objeto estuvo conformada por cincuenta y ocho mil novecientos veintidós (58.922 sujetos entre autoridades, profesores y estudiantes pertenecientes a las cuatro (4 universidades privadas del municipio Maracaibo, representadas por una muestra de setecientos cuarenta y tres (743 sujetos. La técnica para recabar los datos fue la encuesta y el instrumento un cuestionario tipo escala dicotómico de cincuenta y un (51 reactivos para medir la variable mencionada extrayendo para el caso de este artículo nueve (09 de ellos relacionados con el tipo de innovación tecnológica, validado por diez (10 expertos y confiabilizado por el método de Kuder-Richardson con 0,9312; lo cual indicó que el mismo es altamente confiable. Determinándose cuales de ellas guardan una diferencia significativa con las otras poblaciones de estudio para finalmente generar los lineamientos teóricos en función de la Innovación Tecnológica.

  1. Desarrollo local y políticas rurales en el Municipio del Pilar

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    María Carolina Feito

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Analizamos el rol del municipio y las políticas municipales en las problemáticas de los productores hortícolas, considerando que las nuevas funciones de los gobiernos locales implican un nuevo perfil del Estado. En Pilar se reformularon estrategias de intervención en la gestión de los espacios hortícolas. Repasamos ejes del concepto de desarrollo local, el perfil del territorio y el rol de la sociedad civil y desafíos de la gestión municipal, mediante avances de una investigación que aplica metodología cualitativa con trabajo de campo etnográfico en distintos ámbitos municipales del partido. La capacidad de respuesta de las estructuras burocráticas gubernamentales locales es, por el momento, adecuada a las demandas de los productores. Se visualiza cierta coordinación y articulación entre y dentro de los organismos públicos del municipio.We analize the rol of the municipality in the problematics of horticultural productors, considering that the new functions of local governments involves a new profile of the State. InPilar, intervention strategies are reformulated in the management of the horticultural spaces. We will analize axis of the concept of local development, the territorial profile, the rol of civil society and the management of local government. We present advances of an investigation that uses qualitative methodology whit ethnographical fieldwork in several local scopes. The capacity of response of gubernamental burocratic structures is, by now, adequate to the demands of rural productors. We visualize certain coordination and articulation between and inside the public organisms of local government.

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

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    María del Carmen Corugedo Rodríguez

    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.

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

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    P. Agudelo

    2014-01-01

    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.

  4. 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

  5. Aerosol optical, microphysical and radiative properties at regional background insular sites in the western Mediterranean

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    M. Sicard

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available In the framework of the ChArMEx (the Chemistry-Aerosol Mediterranean Experiment; http://charmex.lsce.ipsl.fr/ program, the seasonal variability of the aerosol optical, microphysical and radiative properties derived from AERONET (Aerosol Robotic Network; http://aeronet.gsfc.nasa.gov/ is examined in two regional background insular sites in the western Mediterranean Basin: Ersa (Corsica Island, France and Palma de Mallorca (Mallorca Island, Spain. A third site, Alborán (Alborán Island, Spain, with only a few months of data is considered for examining possible northeast–southwest (NE–SW gradients of the aforementioned aerosol properties. The AERONET dataset is exclusively composed of level 2.0 inversion products available during the 5-year period 2011–2015. AERONET solar radiative fluxes are compared with ground- and satellite-based flux measurements. To the best of our knowledge this is the first time that AERONET fluxes are compared with measurements at the top of the atmosphere. Strong events (with an aerosol optical depth at 440 nm greater than 0.4 of long-range transport aerosols, one of the main drivers of the observed annual cycles and NE–SW gradients, are (1 mineral dust outbreaks predominant in spring and summer in the north and in summer in the south and (2 European pollution episodes predominant in autumn. A NE–SW gradient exists in the western Mediterranean Basin for the aerosol optical depth and especially its coarse-mode fraction, which all together produces a similar gradient for the aerosol direct radiative forcing. The aerosol fine mode is rather homogeneously distributed. Absorption properties are quite variable because of the many and different sources of anthropogenic particles in and around the western Mediterranean Basin: North African and European urban areas, the Iberian and Italian peninsulas, most forest fires and ship emissions. As a result, the aerosol direct forcing efficiency, more dependent to

  6. 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.

  7. Carlos Battilana: Profesor, Gestor, Amigo

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    José Pacheco

    2009-12-01

    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.

  8. Luis Carlos López

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    Rafael Maya

    1979-04-01

    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.

  9. Antitwilight II: Monte Carlo simulations.

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    Richtsmeier, Steven C; Lynch, David K; Dearborn, David S P

    2017-07-01

    For this paper, we employ the Monte Carlo scene (MCScene) radiative transfer code to elucidate the underlying physics giving rise to the structure and colors of the antitwilight, i.e., twilight opposite the Sun. MCScene calculations successfully reproduce colors and spatial features observed in videos and still photos of the antitwilight taken under clear, aerosol-free sky conditions. Through simulations, we examine the effects of solar elevation angle, Rayleigh scattering, molecular absorption, aerosol scattering, multiple scattering, and surface reflectance on the appearance of the antitwilight. We also compare MCScene calculations with predictions made by the MODTRAN radiative transfer code for a solar elevation angle of +1°.

  10. Carlos Restrepo. Un verdadero Maestro

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    Pelayo Correa

    2009-01-01

    Carlos Restrepo fue el primer profesor de Patología y un miembro ilustre del grupo de pioneros que fundaron la Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad del Valle. Estos pioneros convergieron en Cali en la década de 1950, en posesión de un espíritu renovador y creativo que emprendió con mucho éxito la labor de cambiar la cultura académica del Valle del Cauca. Ellos encontraron una sociedad apacible, que disfrutaba de la generosidad de su entorno, sin deseos de romper las tradiciones centenarias...

  11. Monte Carlo techniques in radiation therapy

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    Verhaegen, Frank

    2013-01-01

    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...

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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.)

  15. Status of Monte Carlo dose planning

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    1995-01-01

    Monte Carlo simulation will become increasing important for treatment planning for radiotherapy. The EGS4 Monte Carlo system, a general particle transport system, has been used most often for simulation tasks in radiotherapy although ETRAN/ITS and MCNP have also been used. Monte Carlo treatment planning requires that the beam characteristics such as the energy spectrum and angular distribution of particles emerging from clinical accelerators be accurately represented. An EGS4 Monte Carlo code, called BEAM, was developed by the OMEGA Project (a collaboration between the University of Wisconsin and the National Research Council of Canada) to transport particles through linear accelerator heads. This information was used as input to simulate the passage of particles through CT-based representations of phantoms or patients using both an EGS4 code (DOSXYZ) and the macro Monte Carlo (MMC) method. Monte Carlo computed 3-D electron beam dose distributions compare well to measurements obtained in simple and complex heterogeneous phantoms. The present drawback with most Monte Carlo codes is that simulation times are slower than most non-stochastic dose computation algorithms. This is especially true for photon dose planning. In the future dedicated Monte Carlo treatment planning systems like Peregrine (from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), which will be capable of computing the dose from all beam types, or the Macro Monte Carlo (MMC) system, which is an order of magnitude faster than other algorithms, may dominate the field

  16. 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

    2016-01-01

    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 m(2) 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 particular

  17. 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.

    2016-01-01

    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

  18. 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

    2017-01-01

    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…

  19. 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.; Morgan, G.; Morgan, J.; Murray, A.; Mythen, M.; Newman, S.; O'Dwyer, M.; Pate, J.; Plant, T.; Pun, M.; Richards, P.; Richardson, A.; Rodway, G.; Simpson, J.; Stroud, C.; Stroud, M.; Stygal, J.; Symons, B.; Szawarski, P.; van Tulleken, A.; van Tulleken, C.; Vercueil, A.; Wandrag, L.; Wilson, M.; Windsor, J.; Basnyat, B.; Clarke, C.; Hornbein, T.; Milledge, J.; West, J.

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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

  20. 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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    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…

  1. THE ASSOCIATION OF WELL-DIFFERENTIATED THYROID-CARCINOMA WITH INSULAR OR ANAPLASTIC THYROID-CARCINOMA - EVIDENCE FOR DEDIFFERENTIATION IN TUMOR PROGRESSION

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    van der Laan, Bernard F.A.M.; FREEMAN, JL; TSANG, RW; ASA, SL

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    The sequence of tumorigenesis in the thyroid is unclear. It has been proposed that anaplastic carcinomas of the thyroid develop by dedifferentiation in pre-existing differentiated carcinomas. We reviewed all anaplastic and insular (poorly differentiated) thyroid carcinomas in a consultation practice

  2. 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.

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    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

  3. 19 CFR 7.3 - Duty-free treatment of goods imported from insular possessions of the United States other than...

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    ... the goods: (A) Remained under the control of the customs authority of the foreign territory or country... 19 Customs Duties 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Duty-free treatment of goods imported from insular possessions of the United States other than Puerto Rico. 7.3 Section 7.3 Customs Duties U.S. CUSTOMS AND...

  4. 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.

  5. Los procesos de aprendizaje de las TIC en las instituciones educativas, rurales y urbanas, del Municipio de Arauquita

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    Andrade Paredes, Wilsen Libardo

    2015-01-01

    Esta investigación se basa en cuatro núcleos o ejes temáticos: primero, qué son las TIC y cuál es su papel en la educación; segundo, qué acceso tienen los niños y jóvenes del municipio de Arauquita a las TIC; tercero, qué usos se les dan a las TIC por parte de niños, jóvenes y docentes tanto dentro como fuera del aula; y cuarto, qué resultados arroja la aplicación de proyectos pedagógicos transversales mediados por las TIC en la institución educativa Liceo del Llano del municipio de Arauquita...

  6. Transferencias gubernamentales e inversión en capital en municipios peruanos: el caso de las rentas por recursos naturales

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    Sánchez Alcalde, Luis; Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina

    2016-01-01

    El objetivo de este artículo es evaluar el comportamiento del gasto de capital frente a las transferencias por recursos naturales en los municipios peruanos. El análisis tomó información de ingresos y gastos del Registro Nacional de Municipalidades del Perú registrado por el Instituto Nacional de Estadística e Informática para el año 2014. Se estimó una función lineal del gasto de capital aplicando el método de mínimos cuadrados ordinarios para los 1838 municipios. Los resultados muestran que...

  7. Una propuesta para desarrollar turismo rural en los municipios de Zacatecas, México: las rutas agro-culturales

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    María Eugenia González-Ávila

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available El trabajo evaluó el potencial de los municipios de Zacatecas para desarrollar turismo de Rutas Agro-Culturales (RAC en base a una serie de recursos mediante el Índice del Evaluación de Rutas Agro-Culturales (IERAC; dando por resultado la Ruta del chile (R1; Ruta del maíz (R2; Ruta ganadera (R3; Ruta láctea (R4 y Ruta frutal (R5, donde los municipios con mayor potencial para éste tipo de turismo son: Zacatecas, Fresnillo, Jerez y Sombrerete mientras que en el caso contrario están de Pinos, Moyahua y Concepción del Oro. Así, ésta propuesta permite evaluar el potencial de un sitio para desarrollar turismo RAC en base a una serie de recursos y puede ser aplicado en diferentes regiones de México u otros países.

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

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    Benjamín Mera Samaniego

    1945-01-01

    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.

  9. 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.

  10. Luis Carlos López

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    Fernando Garavito

    1981-06-01

    Full Text Available La crítica literaria de los últimos años se ha acostumbrado a ver en Guillermo Valencia la cifra de una época, a la que es necesario referirse, para bien o para mal, cuando se trata de fijar límites a la actividad poética de cualquiera otro de sus contemporáneos. Y aunque el aserto no es valedero en un todo respecto de quienes se consideran sus discípulos, porque en este caso la augusta soberbia del maestro de Popayán los coloca al margen, sí lo es, y en alto grado, cuando se trata de Luis Carlos López, quien por su tono, sus temas y su "aliento" ha pasado a ser manoseable.

  11. 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

  12. EL LENGUAJE DE CARLOS ALONSO

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    Bárbara Bustamante

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available El talento de Carlos Alonso (Argentina, 1929 ha logrado conquistar un lenguaje con estilo propio. La creación de dibujos, pinturas, pasteles y tintas, collages y grabados fijaron en el campo visual la proyección de su subjetividad. Tanto la imagen como la palabra explicitan una visión crítica de la realidad, que tensiona al espectador obligándolo a una condición reflexiva y comprometida con el mensaje; este es el aspecto más destacado por los historiadores del arte. Sin embargo, la presente investigación pretende focalizar aspectos icónicos y plásticos de su hacer.

  13. El lenguaje de Carlos Alonso

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    Bárbara Bustamante

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available El talento de Carlos Alonso (Argentina, 1929 ha logrado conquistar un lenguaje con estilo propio. La creación de dibujos, pinturas, pasteles y tintas, collages y grabados fijaron en el campo visual la proyección de su subjetividad. Tanto la imagen como la palabra explicitan una visión crítica de la realidad, que tensiona al espectador obligándolo a una condición reflexiva y comprometida con el mensaje; este es el aspecto más destacado por los historiadores del arte. Sin embargo, la presente investigación pretende focalizar aspectos icónicos y plásticos de su hacer.

  14. 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)

  15. Monte Carlo Simulation of Phase Transitions

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    村井, 信行; N., MURAI; 中京大学教養部

    1983-01-01

    In the Monte Carlo simulation of phase transition, a simple heat bath method is applied to the classical Heisenberg model in two dimensions. It reproduces the correlation length predicted by the Monte Carlo renor-malization group and also computed in the non-linear σ model

  16. 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.

  17. Functional Connectivity Differences in the Insular Sub-regions in Migraine without Aura: A Resting-State Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study

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    Zhi-bo Yu

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    Full Text Available Objective: The objective of this study was to investigate resting-state functional connectivity (FC differences in insular sub-regions during the interictal phase in patients with migraine without aura (MWoA.Methods: Forty-nine MWoA patients (MWoA group and 48 healthy individuals (healthy control group were recruited for this study. All of the subjects underwent neurological examination and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI. The MRI data were processed using Brat 1.0 software to obtain a whole-brain FC diagram and using Rest 1.8 software to obtain the FC z-score of the sub-regions of both insulas (six sub-regions on each side. Therefore, there were a total of 12 regions of interest (ROIs that were used as seed points for the statistical analysis.Results: There was abnormal FC between the insular sub-regions and multiple brain regions in the MWoA patients compared with the healthy control group, and a clear laterality was also observed. In addition, the FC z-score of certain sub-regions was negatively correlated with the disease duration.Conclusion: Different insular sub-regions are functionally associated with different regions of the brain and therefore have different functions. In MWoA, the FC between the insular sub-regions and other brain regions was mostly reduced, while a small amount was increased; additionally, the FC may be ipsilateral with a right-side advantage. Variations in the FC of insular sub-regions can be observed as an important indicator of MWoA.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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)

  1. 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.

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

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    Thomas Ingicco

    Full Text Available 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.

  3. Roles of the Different Sub-Regions of the Insular Cortex in Various Phases of the Decision-Making Process.

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    Droutman, Vita; Bechara, Antoine; Read, Stephen J

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents a coherent account of the role of the insular cortex (IC) in decision-making. We follow a conceptualization of decision-making that is very close to one previously proposed by Ernst and Paulus (2005): that the decision process is a progression of four phases: (1) re-focusing attention; (2) evaluation; (3) action; and (4) outcome processing, and we present evidence for the insula's role in all these phases. We review the existing work on insula's functional anatomy that subdivides the IC into posterior, dorsal anterior and ventral anterior regions. We re-map the results provided by the existing literature into these subdivisions wherever possible, to identify the components' role in each decision making phase. In addition, we identify a self-regulating quality of the IC focused on harm avoidance.

  4. 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

    2016-08-01

    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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. Ordenación territorial del Municipio de Tandil, Argentina: Estrategia para la sustentabilidad ambiental

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    Cecilia Erbiti

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available En el contexto de los postulados conceptuales y metodológicos de la planificación estratégica y de sustentabilidad ambiental, el objetivo de esta investigación es describir el proceso de formulación del Plan de Ordenamiento Territorial del Municipio de Tandil (POTM y analizar su potencialidad para avanzar hacia la sustentabilidad ambiental del sistema. Los resultados de la misma muestran que el POTM no sólo prioriza principios, objetivos y estrategias que materializan las diferentes manifestaciones de la sustentabilidad (económica, social, ecológica y política, sino que la totalidad del Plan se fundamenta en el concepto de desarrollo sostenible y, con ello, se establecen prioridades de actuación que posibilitarán la gestión ambiental urbana. Si bien el POTM muestra una gran potencialidad para avanzar hacia la sustentabilidad del territorio, la implementación y cumplimiento del mismo constituye un fuerte desafío para las autoridades de aplicación.

  11. 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.

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

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    SANDRA CARLINA RIVAS Z

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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.

  13. LA POLÍTICA NASA Y EL CLIENTELISMO en el municipio de Páez, Cauca

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    LUCÍA EUGENIA MENESES

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available LA CONSTITUCIÓN POLÍTICA DE 1991 HA REAFIRMADO EN LOS PAECES ALGUNAS FORMAS tradicionales de hacer política, pero produjo también cambios socioculturales en distintos ámbitos de la vida social. En el caso estudiado se resalta la manera como después de esta y a partir de las transferencias de recursos a los resguardos indígenas del municipio de Páez, empezaron a constituirse redes clientelistas que se fundamentaron en las posiciones de poder que empezaron a desempeñar algunos líderes en las organizaciones indígenas. Estas redes de clientela, sin embargo, no constituyen un sistema idéntico al que practican los partidos políticos tradicionales. En este caso se trata, quizá, de una variación o de un sistema particular que se compagina como una nueva forma del ejercicio de la política local. No obstante, el proyecto indígena Nasa subsiste todavía en la reivindicación de la identidad política étnica.

  14. 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.

  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. 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 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.)

  19. 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.

  20. Advanced computers and Monte Carlo

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    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

  1. 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....

  2. 11th International Conference on Monte Carlo and Quasi-Monte Carlo Methods in Scientific Computing

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    Nuyens, Dirk

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    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.

  3. Monte Carlo simulations for plasma physics

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

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    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)

  4. 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

  5. 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...

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

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    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

  7. Monte Carlo methods for particle transport

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    The Monte Carlo method has become the de facto standard in radiation transport. Although powerful, if not understood and used appropriately, the method can give misleading results. Monte Carlo Methods for Particle Transport teaches appropriate use of the Monte Carlo method, explaining the method's fundamental concepts as well as its limitations. Concise yet comprehensive, this well-organized text: * Introduces the particle importance equation and its use for variance reduction * Describes general and particle-transport-specific variance reduction techniques * Presents particle transport eigenvalue issues and methodologies to address these issues * Explores advanced formulations based on the author's research activities * Discusses parallel processing concepts and factors affecting parallel performance Featuring illustrative examples, mathematical derivations, computer algorithms, and homework problems, Monte Carlo Methods for Particle Transport provides nuclear engineers and scientists with a practical guide ...

  8. 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.

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    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.)

  9. 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 ...

  10. Monte Carlo Algorithms for Linear Problems

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    Dimov, Ivan

    2000-01-01

    MSC Subject Classification: 65C05, 65U05. Monte Carlo methods are a powerful tool in many fields of mathematics, physics and engineering. It is known, that these methods give statistical estimates for the functional of the solution by performing random sampling of a certain chance variable whose mathematical expectation is the desired functional. Monte Carlo methods are methods for solving problems using random variables. In the book [16] edited by Yu. A. Shreider one can find the followin...

  11. 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.

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

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    Ana María Chalgub Moreno

    1999-01-01

    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

  13. 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

  14. 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.

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

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    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).

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

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

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    Martha Patricia Cabrales Guzmán

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    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.

  20. 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.

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

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    José Adolfo Casteñanos Arias

    2000-01-01

    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.

  2. 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

    2015-05-01

    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.

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

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    Vilma L. da Fonseca

    2011-08-01

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  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. 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.

  8. 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%.

  9. 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...

  10. Aptitud relativa agrícola del municipio de Tuxpan, Nayarit, utilizando el modelo Almagra del Sistema MicroLEIS

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    José López García; Diego de la Rosa Acosta; José Irán Bojórquez Serrano

    2006-01-01

    Se realizó la evaluación de tierras para uso agrícola en la llanura fluviomarina dentro del municipio de Tuxpan, Nayarit, con base en un levantamiento de suelos semidetallado. Se evaluó la aptitud relativa agrícola, mediante la modificación del modelo Almagra del sistema MicroLEIS 4.1, el cual permite definir la aptitud relativa agrícola, de lo cual resulta el Almagra-Tuxpan, al crearse una base de datos con las condiciones específicas de esta región. Con base en el modelo Almagra...

  11. Desarrollo rural, sustentabilidad y alternativas en dos ejidos del municipio de Balancán, Tabasco, México.

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    Rodríguez Barrios, Froylán Rafael

    2014-01-01

    En los ejidos de Leona Vicario y Constitución del municipio de Balancán, Tabasco se realizó el presente estudio que describe la dinámica y sinergias de los recursos y elementos productivos utilizados por los campesinos; determinando que los sistemas productivos funcionan como una estrategia integral de sobrevivencia de las unidades de producción, y que se han mantenido porque contienen rasgos de sustentabilidad que ha permitido que las actividades en su conjunto tengan ciertos equilibrios y c...

  12. 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...

  13. Propuesta de planificación ambiental territorial del suelo suburbano del Municipio de Pereira (Risaralda), estudio de caso

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    Giraldo Valdés., Ennuer Alexander; Osorio Salgado., Luis Fernando; Tobón Zapata., Mónica Marcela; Orozco Betancourt, Jorge Iván

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    La presente investigación está motivada por la problemática relacionada con el actual modelo de ocupación del suelo suburbano del municipio de Pereira (Risaralda), y conducida bajo la premisa que dicho modelo genera impactos ambientales negativos y un deterioro progresivo de los Bienes y Servicios Ecosistémicos (ByS) del suelo rural, lo que conlleva a una pérdida de las capacidades territoriales para el mantenimiento del bienestar de la población tanto local como regional. Por ...

  14. Desarrollo de una red telemática para proveer acceso a internet al municipio de A Illa de Arousa

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    Otero López, Roberto

    2018-01-01

    El presente proyecto va a proporcionar a todos los vecinos y visitantes del municipio de A Illa de Arousa un servicio de acceso a internet gratuito. La solución prevista se basa en implementar una arquitectura de red que integra dos tecnologías de comunicación inalámbrica: WiMAX y WiFi. Se utiliza como red troncal el WiMAX que reparte la señal a los puntos de acceso y estos últimos el WiFi para dar la conexión a los usuarios finales. The present project will provide a free internet acce...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Autonomía financiera de los municipios en Colombia. Contenido, alcance y principales dificultades en el Estado unitario

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    Pulido Acuña, Cristian Francisco

    2016-01-01

    Informe final de investigación en el que se define el contenido y se delimita el alcance de la autonomía financiera en los entes municipales en Colombia. Lo anterior, partiendo del premisa del artículo 311 de la C.N., en donde el Municipio es concebido como la “entidad fundamental de la división político-administrativa del Estado (…)”, al cual se le arrogó autonomía como derecho y como garantía institucional, para destinarlo a ser la piedra angular de la organización territorial del Estado, a...

  17. La infertilidad en un área de salud del municipio Cerro Infertility in a health area of Cerro municipality

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    Amaylid Arteaga García; Ana Margarita Toledo Fernández; Cristina Villalón Aldana

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    OBJETIVOS: caracterizar el comportamiento de la infertilidad en 11 consultorios del Policlínico "Héroes de Girón" del municipio Cerro. MÉTODOS: se realizó un estudio descriptivo de corte transversal. La selección de los consultorios fue por muestreo por criterios, y los de selección fueron: que tuvieran una distribución equitativa en los Grupos Básicos de Trabajo, así como la estabilidad y conocimiento profundo del área por el personal de enfermería (quien ejecutó la investigación, previa cap...

  18. 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...

  19. 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 ...

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

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    Ruíz Ramírez, Rosalva

    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, ...

  1. Matriz de marco lógico Municipio Mesitas de El Colegio producción agrícola

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    Andrade Varón, Natalia Carolina; Corzo Ramírez, Sara Catalina

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    Debido a las condiciones en las que se encuentra el municipio de Mesitas de El Colegio en su producción agrícola, se ha realizado una investigación con el fin de encontrar los principales problemas que han impedido un excelente desarrollo en este campo, una competitividad en sus productos y unas mejores condiciones de vida para su población. El presente trabajo se desarrollará mediante la metodología de la Matriz de Marco Lógico que permitirá establecer las causas y consecuencias de los ...

  2. Desafíos socioambientales en el municipio de Guazapa y su incidencia en el desarrollo local

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    Calles Orellana, Luis Alberto; Ruiz Romero, Maritza

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    El municipio de Guazapa ha afrontado problemas de degradación socioambiental. Ante esto tanto la municipalidad como los habitantes del territorio han identificado algunos desafíos como: contrarrestar la pérdida de los suelos y su fertilidad, descontaminar el Río de Guazapa de las aguas negras y evitar el deterioro de las riveras del mismo por la explotación de minas de arena, lograr el tratamiento adecuado de los desechos sólidos y, contrarrestar la deforestación. Guazapa no ha transitado por...

  3. Tratamiento de aguas residuales con humedales artificiales en Tlapanaloya, municipio de Tequisquiac, Estado de México.

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    Avelar Roblero, Juan Uriel

    2011-01-01

    La presente tesis tiene como objeto proponer, mostrar y validar una alternativa basada en el uso y acondicionamiento de humedales artificiales, para resolver el problema de salud pública y contaminación ambiental que genera la descarga de aguas residuales. El campo de estudio y evaluación fue la cabecera municipal de Hueypoxtla, Estado de México, cuyas aguas residuales vierten directamente al cauce del Río Salado, el cual cruza por la comunidad de Tlapanaloya, municipio de Tequisquiac, Estado...

  4. Plan integral de servicio social en municipios de muy alta marginación en el estado de Oaxaca

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    Guillermo Trejo Carbajal

    2013-01-01

    El plan de servicio social implantado por la UABJO, pretende la creación de cuatro Brigadas de Servicio Social integradas por estudiantes de diversas carreras, con el fin de atender a veinte municipios de las Sierras norte y sur en condiciones de muy alta marginación. El objetivo es incidir en la mejora de niveles de salud, vivienda, economía familiar, desarrollo urbano y sustentable. Desarrollando acciones múltiples de diagnósticos de necesidades esenciales, asesorías contables, administrat...

  5. Estudio serológico de brucelosis canina en dos albergues del municipio de envigado, colombia 2011.

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    Agudelo Flórez, P.; Molina, V. M.; Arias, V.; Madrigal, E.

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    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 ser...

  6. 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...

  7. SEROPREVALENCIA Y FACTORES DE RIESGO ASOCIADOS CON Neospora caninum EN CAPRINOS DE MUNICIPIOS DEL CENTRO DE VERACRUZ

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    Javier Cruz Huerta-Peña; David Itzcoatl Martínez-Herrera; Ãlvaro Enrique de Jesús Peniche-Cardeña; Mayra Villanueva-Valencia; Sandra Guadalupe Hernández-Ruiz; José Alfredo Villagómez-Cortés; Francisco Tobías Barradas-Piña; José Francisco Morales-Ãlvarez; Ricardo Flores-Castro

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    El objetivo del estudio fue determinar la seroprevalencia y los factores de riesgo asociados con neosporosis caprina en cinco municipios del centro del estado de Veracruz, México, mediante un estudio polietápico y estratificado. Se incluyeron 182 animales de 26 unidades de producción (PU), con fracción de muestreo de seis animales por PU. Las PU fueron seleccionadas por conglomerados según las tablas de valores de Cannon y Roe. El diagnóstico de neosporosis fue mediante prueba de ELISA....

  8. 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...

  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. Bayesian statistics and Monte Carlo methods

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    Koch, K. R.

    2018-03-01

    The Bayesian approach allows an intuitive way to derive the methods of statistics. Probability is defined as a measure of the plausibility of statements or propositions. Three rules are sufficient to obtain the laws of probability. If the statements refer to the numerical values of variables, the so-called random variables, univariate and multivariate distributions follow. They lead to the point estimation by which unknown quantities, i.e. unknown parameters, are computed from measurements. The unknown parameters are random variables, they are fixed quantities in traditional statistics which is not founded on Bayes' theorem. Bayesian statistics therefore recommends itself for Monte Carlo methods, which generate random variates from given distributions. Monte Carlo methods, of course, can also be applied in traditional statistics. The unknown parameters, are introduced as functions of the measurements, and the Monte Carlo methods give the covariance matrix and the expectation of these functions. A confidence region is derived where the unknown parameters are situated with a given probability. Following a method of traditional statistics, hypotheses are tested by determining whether a value for an unknown parameter lies inside or outside the confidence region. The error propagation of a random vector by the Monte Carlo methods is presented as an application. If the random vector results from a nonlinearly transformed vector, its covariance matrix and its expectation follow from the Monte Carlo estimate. This saves a considerable amount of derivatives to be computed, and errors of the linearization are avoided. The Monte Carlo method is therefore efficient. If the functions of the measurements are given by a sum of two or more random vectors with different multivariate distributions, the resulting distribution is generally not known. TheMonte Carlo methods are then needed to obtain the covariance matrix and the expectation of the sum.

  11. Caracterización de tres modelos asociativos del cultivo de palma de aceite en el municipio de Sabana de Torres, departamento de Santander

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    Baldovino Guevara, Renato

    2011-01-01

    El presente trabajo de grado es un estudio de caso de tipo exploratorio y descriptivo de tres modelos asociativos que desarrollan proyectos en palma de aceite en el municipio de Sabana de Torres. Se propone caracterizar la estructura organizacional y el impacto socioeconómico en las familias productoras pertenecientes a las dos asociaciones (Asopalsat, Palmares El Pórtico) y la cooperativa (Coopsabana I), así como el análisis de la evolución agropecuaria del municipio y la región. Esta invest...

  12. Diversidad de micorrizas arbusculares en pasto colosuana (Bothriochloa pertusa (L) A. Camus de fincas ganaderas del municipio de Corozal-Sucre

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    Pérez C, Alexander; Botero L, Catalina; Cepero G, Maria

    2012-01-01

    RESUMENObjetivo. Caracterizar comunidades de hongos formadores de micorrizas arbusculares (HMA) en rizosfera del pasto Colosuana (Bothriochloa pertusa (L). A. Camus) en fincas ganaderas del municipio de Corozal, departamento de Sucre. Materiales y métodos. Se muestrearon 43 fincas ganaderas distribuidas en 4 zonas agroecológicas del municipio. Se realizó aislamiento de esporas del suelo, determinación del porcentaje de colonización en raíces, separación e identificación de morfotipos de HMA. ...

  13. Análisis de los cambios y la persistencia en los usos del suelo de 1958 a 2010 en el municipio de Cuautlancingo, Puebla, México

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    Tochihuitl Tepox, Alejandro; Colegio de Postgraduados, campus Puebla; Villarreal Manzo, Luis Alberto; Colegio de Postgraduados, campus Puebla; Ramírez Valverde, Benito; Colegio de Postgraduados, ampus Puebla.; Gutiérrez Domínguez, Edmundo Antonio; Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica; Almonte, Margarita Tlapa; Asociación Civil Reserva Ecológica Zapotecas.

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    Por su ubicación geográfica y por su cercanía con la ciudad de Puebla, el municipio de Cuautlancingo inicia un proceso de conurbación a partir de la década de los setenta; transformación que se acelera con el establecimiento de la zona industrial y los cambios de usos del suelo. La presente investigación tiene como objetivo analizar las dinámicas de los cambios de usos del suelo del municipio de Cuautlancingo, Puebla, en el período de 1958 a 2010. Para cumplir con el objetivo propuesto se def...

  14. 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

    2013-12-01

    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.

  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. Plasticity-Related PKMζ Signaling in the Insular Cortex Is Involved in the Modulation of Neuropathic Pain after Nerve Injury

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    Jeongsoo Han

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    Full Text Available The insular cortex (IC is associated with important functions linked with pain and emotions. According to recent reports, neural plasticity in the brain including the IC can be induced by nerve injury and may contribute to chronic pain. Continuous active kinase, protein kinase Mζ (PKMζ, has been known to maintain the long-term potentiation. This study was conducted to determine the role of PKMζ in the IC, which may be involved in the modulation of neuropathic pain. Mechanical allodynia test and immunohistochemistry (IHC of zif268, an activity-dependent transcription factor required for neuronal plasticity, were performed after nerve injury. After ζ-pseudosubstrate inhibitory peptide (ZIP, a selective inhibitor of PKMζ injection, mechanical allodynia test and immunoblotting of PKMζ, phospho-PKMζ (p-PKMζ, and GluR1 and GluR2 were observed. IHC demonstrated that zif268 expression significantly increased in the IC after nerve injury. Mechanical allodynia was significantly decreased by ZIP microinjection into the IC. The analgesic effect lasted for 12 hours. Moreover, the levels of GluR1, GluR2, and p-PKMζ were decreased after ZIP microinjection. These results suggest that peripheral nerve injury induces neural plasticity related to PKMζ and that ZIP has potential applications for relieving chronic pain.

  17. 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

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

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    André S. Afonso

    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.

  19. 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

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    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.

  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. 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.)

  2. Genetic structure of introduced populations: 120-year-old DNA footprint of historic introduction in an insular small mammal population

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    Simpson, Siobhan; Blampied, Nick; Peniche, Gabriela; Dozières, Anne; Blackett, Tiffany; Coleman, Stephen; Cornish, Nina; Groombridge, Jim J

    2013-01-01

    Wildlife populations have been introduced to new areas by people for centuries, but this human-mediated movement can disrupt natural patterns of genetic structure by altering patterns of gene flow. Insular populations are particularly prone to these influences due to limited opportunities for natural dispersal onto islands. Consequently, understanding how genetic patterns develop in island populations is important, particularly given that islands are frequently havens for protected wildlife. We examined the evolutionary origins and extent of genetic structure within the introduced island population of red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) on the Channel Island of Jersey using mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) control region sequence and nuclear microsatellite genotypes. Our findings reveal two different genetic origins and a genetic architecture reflective of the introductions 120 years ago. Genetic structure is marked within the maternally inherited mtDNA, indicating slow dispersal of female squirrels. However, nuclear markers detected only weak genetic structure, indicating substantially greater male dispersal. Data from both mitochondrial and nuclear markers support historic records that squirrels from England were introduced to the west of the island and those from mainland Europe to the east. Although some level of dispersal and introgression across the island between the two introductions is evident, there has not yet been sufficient gene flow to erase this historic genetic “footprint.” We also investigated if inbreeding has contributed to high observed levels of disease, but found no association. Genetic footprints of introductions can persist for considerable periods of time and beyond traditional timeframes of wildlife management. PMID:23532702

  3. Histaminergic modulation of cholinergic release from the nucleus basalis magnocellularis into insular cortex during taste aversive memory formation.

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    Liliana Purón-Sierra

    Full Text Available The ability of acetylcholine (ACh to alter specific functional properties of the cortex endows the cholinergic system with an important modulatory role in memory formation. For example, an increase in ACh release occurs during novel stimulus processing, indicating that ACh activity is critical during early stages of memory processing. During novel taste presentation, there is an increase in ACh release in the insular cortex (IC, a major structure for taste memory recognition. There is extensive evidence implicating the cholinergic efferents of the nucleus basalis magnocellularis (NBM in cortical activity changes during learning processes, and new evidence suggests that the histaminergic system may interact with the cholinergic system in important ways. However, there is little information as to whether changes in cholinergic activity in the IC are modulated during taste memory formation. Therefore, in the present study, we evaluated the influence of two histamine receptor subtypes, H1 in the NBM and H3 in the IC, on ACh release in the IC during conditioned taste aversion (CTA. Injection of the H3 receptor agonist R-α-methylhistamine (RAMH into the IC or of the H1 receptor antagonist pyrilamine into the NBM during CTA training impaired subsequent CTA memory, and simultaneously resulted in a reduction of ACh release in the IC. This study demonstrated that basal and cortical cholinergic pathways are finely tuned by histaminergic activity during CTA, since dual actions of histamine receptor subtypes on ACh modulation release each have a significant impact during taste memory formation.

  4. 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.)

  5. La importancia económica de los municipios en el México del siglo XXI

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    Jaime Linares Zarco

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available El desarrollo del capitalismo no se explica sin el de las ciudades, que por sí mismas constituyen una poderosa fuerza productiva al concentrar población, actividad industrial, servicios, centros educativos y de salud, áreas administrativas y políticas, además de grandes nodos de comunicaciones y transportes, a expensas del atraso regional del resto del país. El objetivo de este trabajo es analizar la estructura económica de las "células" de México, es decir, los municipios; su contribución a la generación de riqueza en cada entidad, así como su participación en el valor agregado nacional, a fin de cuantificar el grado de concentración económica. La hipótesis plantea que la enorme centralización de actividades económicas en unos cuantos municipios, si bien ha generado más empleos y producción, se ha focalizado y, por tanto, no se ha traducido en una mejoría económica para la mayoría de la población estatal, que ha engrosado las filas de la pobreza, desempleo y emigración hacia Estados Unidos.

  6. 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.

  7. Patrones de prescripción de la carbamazepina en el municipio de Camagüey

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    Yuliesky Leal Pazos

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    Full Text Available Se realizó un estudio descriptivo transversal sobre la utilización de medicamentos, tipo prescripción-indicación, con elementos de esquema terapéutico y factores que condicionan los hábitos de prescripción; con el objetivo de caracterizar los patrones de prescripción de la carbamazepina, en el municipio de Camagüey, en el período de enero a diciembre del año 2012. La población de estudio se constituyó con 304 pacientes incluidos en el registro de tarjeta de control de las farmacias principales del municipio. La información se recopiló y se plasmó en un formulario de recolección de datos. Se estudiaron las variables: edad, sexo, indicación, dosis diaria, asociaciones y nivel de atención médica de los prescriptores. La utilización del fármaco fue más frecuente en pacientes adultos del sexo femenino, entre 15 y 59 años, con el diagnóstico de epilepsia. La mayoría de los pacientes utilizaban el medicamento en dosis media y en asociaciones, siendo significativo el uso de dosis alta en los ancianos. Los médicos de la atención primaria de salud fueron los que con mayor frecuencia indicaron el medicamento

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

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    Germán Vergel Rivera

    1995-04-01

    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.

  9. EVALUACIÓN DEL GRADO DE ESPECIALIZACIÓN TURÍSTICA DE LOS MUNICIPIOS LITORALES VALENCIANOS

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    J. F. Vera Rebollo

    1990-01-01

    Full Text Available La especialización funcional alcanzada por los municipios litorales valencianos (sobre todo los de la provincia de Alicante en la actividad turística, obliga a superar la consideración sectorial -que atañe específicamente a la hostelería-, por su desconocimiento de los procesos de articulación inducidos por el desarrollo del turismo en la estructura regional. Tales procesos son el resultado de la imbricación con la promoción y construcción de conjuntos residenciales ex novo , de apartamentos en núcleos urbanos y de infraestructuras para el ocio. Se plantea la utilidad de nuevas fuentes de información para evaluar dicha especialización funcional en el territorio, a partir del desglose de los presupuestos municipales, junto con otros indicadores. Con ello, se perfila una primera clasificación de los municipios litorales, que resulta operativa para el análisis de los conflictos territoriales y para la propuesta de alternativas de ordenación.

  10. 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.

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

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    Enrique Ortega Rivera

    2013-01-01

    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. 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

  13. Planificación educativa en cuatro municipios chilenos Education planing in four chilean municipalities

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    Arturo Vallejos Romero

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available El artículo presenta una experiencia inédita de planificación educativa municipal participativa y deliberativa en cuatro municipios chilenos de la Región de Los Ríos y Los Lagos. Lo que presentamos es una práctica diferente a la centralizada, no inclusiva y tradicional, que hace hincapié en tres ámbitos, por lo general controvertidos y olvidados en la planificación local: la inclusión de otros actores (aparte de los municipales, la corresponsabilidad en las tareas propuestas y el monitoreo y evaluación compartidos de lo planificado; pilares para la generación de confianzas, una planificación aterrizada y la conformación compartida de un horizonte educacional comunal. Queremos, de fondo, enfatizar que en la toma de decisiones locales "muchos es mejor que pocos" y que estos espacios potencian una planificación austera, pero no menos compleja, de acuerdos colaborativos, que pueda permanecer en el tiempo y generar inclusión y decisiones compartidas en la educación municipal.The article presents a new experience of participative and deliberative municipal education planning in four Chilean municipalities of the Región de los Ríos and de los Lagos. What we presented is a different practice from the centralized one, non inclusive and traditional, that insists on three scopes, generally controverted and forgotten in the local planning: the inclusion of other actors (besides the municipal ones, the joint responsibility in the proposed tasks and the shared monitoring and evaluation of the planned things; pillars for the generation of confidences, for a landed planning and for the shared conformation of a communal educational horizon. We want, basically, to emphasize that in the local decision making "many are better than few" and that these spaces harness an austere planning, but not less complex, in collaborative agreements, that can remain in the long term and generate the inclusion and shared decisions in the municipal education.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.)

  16. Adiabatic optimization versus diffusion Monte Carlo methods

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    Jarret, Michael; Jordan, Stephen P.; Lackey, Brad

    2016-10-01

    Most experimental and theoretical studies of adiabatic optimization use stoquastic Hamiltonians, whose ground states are expressible using only real nonnegative amplitudes. This raises a question as to whether classical Monte Carlo methods can simulate stoquastic adiabatic algorithms with polynomial overhead. Here we analyze diffusion Monte Carlo algorithms. We argue that, based on differences between L1 and L2 normalized states, these algorithms suffer from certain obstructions preventing them from efficiently simulating stoquastic adiabatic evolution in generality. In practice however, we obtain good performance by introducing a method that we call Substochastic Monte Carlo. In fact, our simulations are good classical optimization algorithms in their own right, competitive with the best previously known heuristic solvers for MAX-k -SAT at k =2 ,3 ,4 .

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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...

  3. Simulation of transport equations with Monte Carlo

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    Matthes, W.

    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

  4. 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.)

  5. 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

  6. 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)

  7. Monte Carlo Treatment Planning for Advanced Radiotherapy

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    Cronholm, Rickard

    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...

  8. 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.)

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Use of Monte Carlo Methods in brachytherapy; Uso del metodo de Monte Carlo en braquiterapia

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    Granero Cabanero, D.

    2015-07-01

    The Monte Carlo method has become a fundamental tool for brachytherapy dosimetry mainly because no difficulties associated with experimental dosimetry. In brachytherapy the main handicap of experimental dosimetry is the high dose gradient near the present sources making small uncertainties in the positioning of the detectors lead to large uncertainties in the dose. This presentation will review mainly the procedure for calculating dose distributions around a fountain using the Monte Carlo method showing the difficulties inherent in these calculations. In addition we will briefly review other applications of the method of Monte Carlo in brachytherapy dosimetry, as its use in advanced calculation algorithms, calculating barriers or obtaining dose applicators around. (Author)

  12. 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)

  13. 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.

  14. Monte Carlo methods in AB initio quantum chemistry quantum Monte Carlo for molecules

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    Lester, William A; Reynolds, PJ

    1994-01-01

    This book presents the basic theory and application of the Monte Carlo method to the electronic structure of atoms and molecules. It assumes no previous knowledge of the subject, only a knowledge of molecular quantum mechanics at the first-year graduate level. A working knowledge of traditional ab initio quantum chemistry is helpful, but not essential.Some distinguishing features of this book are: Clear exposition of the basic theory at a level to facilitate independent study. Discussion of the various versions of the theory: diffusion Monte Carlo, Green's function Monte Carlo, and release n

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.)

  19. 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

  20. 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

  1. Workshop: Monte Carlo computational performance benchmark - Contributions

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    Hoogenboom, J.E.; Petrovic, B.; Martin, W.R.; Sutton, T.; Leppaenen, J.; Forget, B.; Romano, P.; Siegel, A.; Hoogenboom, E.; Wang, K.; Li, Z.; She, D.; Liang, J.; Xu, Q.; Qiu, Y.; Yu, J.; Sun, J.; Fan, X.; Yu, G.; Bernard, F.; Cochet, B.; Jinaphanh, A.; Jacquet, O.; Van der Marck, S.; Tramm, J.; Felker, K.; Smith, K.; Horelik, N.; Capellan, N.; Herman, B.

    2013-01-01

    This series of slides is divided into 3 parts. The first part is dedicated to the presentation of the Monte-Carlo computational performance benchmark (aims, specifications and results). This benchmark aims at performing a full-size Monte Carlo simulation of a PWR core with axial and pin-power distribution. Many different Monte Carlo codes have been used and their results have been compared in terms of computed values and processing speeds. It appears that local power values mostly agree quite well. The first part also includes the presentations of about 10 participants in which they detail their calculations. In the second part, an extension of the benchmark is proposed in order to simulate a more realistic reactor core (for instance non-uniform temperature) and to assess feedback coefficients due to change of some parameters. The third part deals with another benchmark, the BEAVRS benchmark (Benchmark for Evaluation And Validation of Reactor Simulations). BEAVRS is also a full-core PWR benchmark for Monte Carlo simulations

  2. 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...

  3. 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

  4. 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....

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. An analysis of Monte Carlo tree search

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    James, S

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Monte Carlo Tree Search (MCTS) is a family of directed search algorithms that has gained widespread attention in recent years. Despite the vast amount of research into MCTS, the effect of modifications on the algorithm, as well as the manner...

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Circadian-scale periodic bursts in theta and gamma-band coherence between hippocampus, cingulate and insular cortices

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    Robert G.K. Munn

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Previous studies have demonstrated that mean activity levels in the hippocampus oscillate on a circadian timescale, both at the single neuron and EEG level. This oscillation is also entrained by the availability of food, suggesting that the circadian modulation of hippocampal activity might comprise part of the recently discovered food-entrainable circadian oscillator (FEO. In order to determine whether the circadian oscillation in hippocampal activity is linked to activity in other brain regions, we recorded field-potential EEG from hippocampus and two cortical regions known to connect to hippocampus; the anterior cingulate cortex and the agranular insular cortex. These latter regions are involved in executive control (cingulate and gustatory feedback (insula and so are in a position where they could usefully contribute to, or benefit from, hippocampal memorial information in order to undertake task-related processing. We recorded EEG from these three regions for 20 m every hour for 58 consecutive hours in one continuous exposure to the recording environment. We found that there are regular and distinct increases in magnitude coherence between hippocampus and both cortical regions for EEG in both theta (6–12 Hz and gamma (30–48 Hz bands. These periods of increased coherence are spaced approximately one solar day apart, appear not to be specifically light-entrained, and are most apparent for gamma frequency activity. The gamma association between the two cortical regions shows the same temporal pattern of coherence peaks as the hippocampal-cortical coherences. We propose that these peaks in coherence represent the transient synchronization of temporally tagged memorial information between the hippocampus and other brain regions for which this information may be relevant. These findings suggest that the FEO involves coordinated activity across a number of brain regions and may underlie a mechanism via which an organism can store and recall

  14. 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

  15. 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.

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    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.

  16. 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.

  17. Avolition-Apathy and White Matter Connectivity in Schizophrenia: Reduced Fractional Anisotropy Between Amygdala and Insular Cortex.

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    Amodio, Antonella; Quarantelli, Mario; Mucci, Armida; Prinster, Anna; Soricelli, Andrea; Vignapiano, Annarita; Giordano, Giulia Maria; Merlotti, Eleonora; Nicita, Alessia; Galderisi, Silvana

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    The avolition/apathy domain of negative symptoms includes motivation- and pleasure-related impairments. In people with schizophrenia, structural and functional abnormalities were reported in key regions within the motivational reward system, including ventral-tegmental area (VTA), striatum (especially at the level of the nucleus accumbens, NAcc), orbitofrontal cortex (OFC), as well as amygdala (Amy) and insular cortex (IC). However, the association of the reported abnormalities with avoliton-apathy is still controversial. In the present study, we investigated white matter connectivity patterns within these regions, using a probabilistic analysis of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) data, in male subjects with schizophrenia. Thirty-five male subjects with schizophrenia (SCZ) and 17 male healthy controls (HC) matched for age, underwent DTI. SCZ were evaluated using the Schedule for Deficit Syndrome (SDS), the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS), and the MATRICS Consensus Cognitive Battery (MCCB). Probabilistic tractography was applied to investigate pathways connecting the Amy and the NAcc with the OFC and IC. Reduced fractional anisotropy (FA) was observed in left Amy-ventral anterior IC connections, in SCZ compared with controls. This abnormality was negatively correlated with avolition/apathy but not with expressive deficit scores. SCZ showed also a reduced connectivity index between right NAcc and medial OFC, as compared with controls. Finally, the left NAcc-dorsal anterior IC connectivity index was negatively correlated with working memory scores. Our results indicate that only the avolition/apathy domain of negative symptoms is related to abnormal connectivity in the motivation-related circuits. The findings also demonstrate that distinct alterations underlie cognitive impairment and avolition/apathy.

  18. Climate as a driver of tropical insular diversity: comparative phylogeography of two ecologically distinctive frogs in Puerto Rico.

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    Barker, Brittany S; Rodríguez-Robles, Javier A; Cook, Joseph A

    2015-08-01

    The effects of late Quaternary climate on distributions and evolutionary dynamics of insular species are poorly understood in most tropical archipelagoes. We used ecological niche models under past and current climate to derive hypotheses regarding how stable climatic conditions shaped genetic diversity in two ecologically distinctive frogs in Puerto Rico. Whereas the Mountain Coquí, Eleutherodactylus portoricensis , is restricted to montane forest in the Cayey and Luquillo Mountains, the Red-eyed Coquí, E. antillensis , is a habitat generalist distributed across the entire Puerto Rican Bank (Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, excluding St. Croix). To test our hypotheses, we conducted phylogeographic and population genetic analyses based on mitochondrial and nuclear loci of each species across their range in Puerto Rico. Patterns of population differentiation in E. portoricensis , but not in E. antillensis , supported our hypotheses. For E. portoricensis , these patterns include: individuals isolated by long-term unsuitable climate in the Río Grande de Loíza Basin in eastern Puerto Rico belong to different genetic clusters; past and current climate strongly predicted genetic differentiation; and Cayey and Luquillo Mountains populations split prior to the last interglacial. For E. antillensis , these patterns include: genetic clusters did not fully correspond to predicted long-term unsuitable climate; and past and current climate weakly predicted patterns of genetic differentiation. Genetic signatures in E. antillensis are consistent with a recent range expansion into western Puerto Rico, possibly resulting from climate change and anthropogenic influences. As predicted, regions with a large area of long-term suitable climate were associated with higher genetic diversity in both species, suggesting larger and more stable populations. Finally, we discussed the implications of our findings for developing evidence-based management decisions for E. portoricensis , a

  19. 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.

  20. Successful Aging among Elders Living in the Mani Continental Region vs. Insular Areas of the Mediterranean: the MEDIS Study.

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    Mariolis, Anargiros; Foscolou, Alexandra; Tyrovolas, Stefanos; Piscopo, Suzanne; Valacchi, Giuseppe; Tsakountakis, Nikos; Zeimbekis, Akis; Bountziouka, Vassiliki; Gotsis, Efthimios; Metallinos, George; Tyrovola, Dimitra; Tur, Josep-Antoni; Matalas, Antonia-Leda; Lionis, Christos; Polychronopoulos, Evangelos; Panagiotakos, Demosthenes

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    To evaluate the role of geography i.e., continental vs. insular Mediterranean, on successful aging among older inhabitants. During 2005-2014, 2693 elderly (aged 65 to 100 years) individuals from 21 Mediterranean islands in Greece, Italy and Spain as well as Cyprus, Malta, and the rural region of Mani (southeast continental region of Greece keeping old-time traditions), were voluntarily recruited. Successful aging was evaluated using a validated index composed of 10 health-related socio-lifestyle and clinical characteristics. After accounting for age, sex, body mass index (BMI), physical activity, smoking habits, MedDietScore and access to health care services, the older inhabitants of islands were found to have a higher level of the successful aging index when compared to their counterparts in Mani (Beta=0.174, pMani residents (p=0.99)). However, compared to the residents of Mani, islanders had 1.64 times higher odds (95%CI, 1.08-2.48) for having hypertension, 2.4-times higher odds (95%CI, 1.34-4.21) for having diabetes and 1.52 times higher odds (95%CI, 0.97-2.38) for having hypercholesterolemia. Engaging in physical activities and healthy dietary habits were the major determinants of healthy aging, among islanders as compared to their counterparts of continental Mani region. Elder residents of the continental Mani area enjoyed a better health status, whereas elder islanders had a higher level of successful aging; a finding which could be attributed to differences in lifestyle among elders.

  1. Genetic divergence and phylogeography in the genus Nyctalus (Mammalia, Chiroptera): implications for population history of the insular bat Nyctalus azoreum.

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    Salgueiro, P; Ruedi, M; Coelho, M M; Palmeirim, J M

    2007-06-01

    We used three mitochondrial DNA fragments with different substitution rates (ND1, Cyt b and the CR) to infer phylogenetic relationships among six species of the genus Nyctalus, and compare levels of genetic divergence between the insular, vulnerable Nyctalus azoreum and its continental counterpart to assess the origins of the Azorean bat. The larger species found throughout the Palaearctic region (N. lasiopterus, N. aviator and N. noctula) share a unique chromosome formula (2n=42) and form a monophyletic clade in our reconstructions. Nyctalus plancyi (=velutinus), a Chinese taxon with 2n=36 chromosomes, is sometimes included in N. noctula, but is genetically very divergent from the latter and deserves full species status. All Cyt b and CR haplotypes of N. azoreum are closely related and only found in the Azores archipelago, but when compared to continental sequences of N. leisleri, levels of mtDNA divergence are unusually low for mammalian species. This contrasts with the high level of differentiation that N. azoreum has attained in its morphology, ecology, and echolocation calls, suggesting a recent split followed by fast evolutionary change. The molecular data suggest that N. azoreum originated from a European population of N. leisleri, and that the colonisation of the Azores occurred at the end of the Pleistocene. The Madeiran populations of N. leisleri also appear to have a European origin, whereas those of the Canary Islands probably came from North Africa. In spite of its recent origin and low genetic divergence, the Azorean bat is well differentiated and consequently represents a unique evolutionary unit with great conservation value.

  2. Necessary, yet dissociable contributions of the insular and ventromedial prefrontal cortices to norm adaptation: computational and lesion evidence in humans.

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    Gu, Xiaosi; Wang, Xingchao; Hula, Andreas; Wang, Shiwei; Xu, Shuai; Lohrenz, Terry M; Knight, Robert T; Gao, Zhixian; Dayan, Peter; Montague, P Read

    2015-01-14

    Social norms and their enforcement are fundamental to human societies. The ability to detect deviations from norms and to adapt to norms in a changing environment is therefore important to individuals' normal social functioning. Previous neuroimaging studies have highlighted the involvement of the insular and ventromedial prefrontal (vmPFC) cortices in representing norms. However, the necessity and dissociability of their involvement remain unclear. Using model-based computational modeling and neuropsychological lesion approaches, we examined the contributions of the insula and vmPFC to norm adaptation in seven human patients with focal insula lesions and six patients with focal vmPFC lesions, in comparison with forty neurologically intact controls and six brain-damaged controls. There were three computational signals of interest as participants played a fairness game (ultimatum game): sensitivity to the fairness of offers, sensitivity to deviations from expected norms, and the speed at which people adapt to norms. Significant group differences were assessed using bootstrapping methods. Patients with insula lesions displayed abnormally low adaptation speed to norms, yet detected norm violations with greater sensitivity than controls. Patients with vmPFC lesions did not have such abnormalities, but displayed reduced sensitivity to fairness and were more likely to accept the most unfair offers. These findings provide compelling computational and lesion evidence supporting the necessary, yet dissociable roles of the insula and vmPFC in norm adaptation in humans: the insula is critical for learning to adapt when reality deviates from norm expectations, and that the vmPFC is important for valuation of fairness during social exchange. Copyright © 2015 Gu et al.

  3. Impacto social de las investigaciones en el municipio de Rodas. Estudio de caso en la carrera de Procesos Agroindustriales

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    Gladys Elena Capote León

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available RESUMEN El trabajo aborda el impacto social de las investigaciones científicas, realizadas por la carrera de Ingeniería en Procesos Agroindustriales, en el municipio de Rodas durante el período 2012-2013. Los resultados fundamentales que se obtienen se relacionan con un procedimiento conformado por tres etapas: diagnóstico, medición de impactos y evaluación de resultados. La primera etapa incluye una caracterización del municipio y clasifica las investigaciones por temáticas y organismos del territorio, de acuerdos al conjunto de instrumentos propuestos para ello. En la segunda, a través de variables (articulación de las investigaciones con la realidad, conocimiento e innovación de la puesta en práctica de los resultados e impacto de la gestión investigativa en el municipio y de un conjunto de indicadores para cada una de ellas, se mide el impacto social que las investigaciones realizadas tienen en el desarrollo del territorio. En la tercera etapa se realiza una evaluación de los resultados obtenidos de cada variable e indicadores. El procedimiento, validado por consenso de expertos, garantiza una valoración con respecto a la pertinencia, viabilidad y aplicabilidad de las mismas, lo que permite a los gobiernos locales trazar políticas científicas y de gestión en correspondencia con las necesidades y prioridades identificadas en el entorno local Social impact of research in the municipality of Rodas. Case study in the Agroindustrial Process career. ABSTRACT The paper addresses the social impact of scientific research, conducted by the Engineering Agroindustrial Processes in the municipality of Rhodes during the period 2012-2013. The main results obtained relate to a process consisting of three stages: diagnosis, impact measurement and evaluation of results. The first stage includes a description of the municipality and classified by subject and research bodies of the territory, of agreements to set it proposed instruments. In

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Riesgo cardiovascular, deterioro cognitivo y nivel de dependencia en población de 65 y más años en el municipio de Ortigueira (A Coruña)

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    Garrote Bouza, María Paz

    2016-01-01

    [Resumen] 1. RESUMEN Objetivos: Determinar el riesgo cardiovascular, deterioro cognitivo, dependencia e independencia para las actividades básicas e instrumentales de la vida diaria y recursos sociales en la población de 65 y más años del Municipio de Ortigueira. Material y Métodos Ámbito: Municipio de Ortigueira (A Coruña). Período: Enero-Junio 2005. Tipo de estudio: Observacional de prevalencia. Criterios de inclusión: Población de 65 y más años del municipio de Ortigueira...

  7. 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

  8. Cholinergic Neurotransmission in the Posterior Insular Cortex Is Altered in Preclinical Models of Neuropathic Pain: Key Role of Muscarinic M2 Receptors in Donepezil-Induced Antinociception

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    Ferrier, Jérémy; Bayet-Robert, Mathilde; Dalmann, Romain; El Guerrab, Abderrahim; Aissouni, Youssef; Graveron-Demilly, Danielle; Chalus, Maryse; Pinguet, Jérémy; Eschalier, Alain; Richard, Damien; Daulhac, Laurence; Balayssac, David

    2015-01-01

    Neuropathic pain is one of the most debilitating pain conditions, yet no therapeutic strategy has been really effective for its treatment. Hence, a better understanding of its pathophysiological mechanisms is necessary to identify new pharmacological targets. Here, we report important metabolic variations in brain areas involved in pain processing in a rat model of oxaliplatin-induced neuropathy using HRMAS 1H-NMR spectroscopy. An increased concentration of choline has been evidenced in the posterior insular cortex (pIC) of neuropathic animal, which was significantly correlated with animals' pain thresholds. The screening of 34 genes mRNA involved in the pIC cholinergic system showed an increased expression of the high-affinity choline transporter and especially the muscarinic M2 receptors, which was confirmed by Western blot analysis in oxaliplatin-treated rats and the spared nerve injury model (SNI). Furthermore, pharmacological activation of M2 receptors in the pIC using oxotremorine completely reversed oxaliplatin-induced mechanical allodynia. Consistently, systemic treatment with donepezil, a centrally active acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, prevented and reversed oxaliplatin-induced cold and mechanical allodynia as well as social interaction impairment. Intracerebral microdialysis revealed a lower level of acetylcholine in the pIC of oxaliplatin-treated rats, which was significantly increased by donepezil. Finally, the analgesic effect of donepezil was markedly reduced by a microinjection of the M2 antagonist, methoctramine, within the pIC, in both oxaliplatin-treated rats and spared nerve injury rats. These findings highlight the crucial role of cortical cholinergic neurotransmission as a critical mechanism of neuropathic pain, and suggest that targeting insular M2 receptors using central cholinomimetics could be used for neuropathic pain treatment. SIGNIFICANCE STATEMENT Our study describes a decrease in cholinergic neurotransmission in the posterior insular

  9. 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

    2013-01-01

    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.

  10. ESTRATEGIAS PARA CONSOLIDAR LA CULTURA ORGANIZATIVA, PARA LA COMPETITIVIDAD: COOPERATIVAS DE CONSUMO, MUNICIPIO LIBERTADOR DEL ESTADO CARABOBO

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    Mailyn Medina

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Las cooperativas han generado respuestas a un sin fin de necesidades de la sociedad; en virtud de ello se plantea la presente investigación, cuyo objetivo es proponer estrategias para la consolidación de la cultura organizativa, como vía competitiva, en las cooperativas de consumo en el Municipio Libertador del Estado Carabobo. Este estudio se abordará bajo una perspectiva cuantitativa. Se pudo evidenciar que en las unidades de estudios existe una débil cultura corporativa, razón fundamental para que sus niveles competitivos también sean deficientes. Se les recomienda afianzar una cultura corporativa, difundirla entre sus miembros, conformación de redes de cooperación, programas de capacitación.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

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    Diana Lizeth Rojas Cruz

    2016-07-01

    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.

  17. La emergencia del conflicto religioso en el municipio de Las Margaritas, Chiapas: el caso del ejido Justo Sierra

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    Miguel Lisbona Guillén

    2004-02-01

    Full Text Available Desde principios de los años noventa, del pasado siglo, la prensa local y nacional reflejó la incipiente conflictividad que, por supuestos motivos religiosos, se producía en el municipio de Las Margaritas (Chiapas. En las siguientes líneas exploraremos el desarrollo de uno de estos conflictos considerados, de manera inicial, como religioso, para mostrar que la explicación ceñida a esta única vía de análisis conduce a una interpretación parcial, ajena a los elementos sociológicos que inciden en el surgimiento y desarrollo de los conflictos regionales.

  18. 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.

  19. Lineamientos de adaptación al cambio climático del área insular del distrito de Cartagena de Indias.

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    El área insular que jurisdiccionalmente y por razones históricas pertenece al distrito de Cartagena de Indias, incluye los archipiélagos de Rosario y San Bernardo y las islas Fuerte y Barú, y es uno de los elementos geográficos más importantes del distrito. En ellas habitan comunidades humanas de diverso origen, algunas afrodescendientes, que han convivido en armonía con el paisaje, la biodiversidad marina y terrestre, sus playas y aguas cristalinas por años. Muchos consideramos a los ecosist...

  20. minimum thresholds of monte carlo cycles for nigerian empirical

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    Nov 3, 2012 ... Abstract. Monte Carlo simulation has proven to be an effective means of incorporating reliability analysis into the ... Monte Carlo simulation cycle of 2, 500 thresholds were enough to be used to provide sufficient repeatability for ... rameters using Monte Carlo method with the aid of. MATrixLABoratory.

  1. Capital Social y gestión de demandas ciudadanas en el Municipio San Francisco. Estado Zulia

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    Héctor Govea Hernández

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo tiene como propósito el análisis de los elementos del capital social que se encuentran presentes en la gestión de demandas ciudadanas de las asociaciones de vecinos a la Alcaldía del Municipio San Francisco del Estado Zulia.Alos fines, se concretó un estudio de campo, descriptivo-analítico. El referente empírico fueron 20 Asociaciones de vecinos distribuidas en las parroquias que lo conforman. El instrumento utilizado consistió en un cuestionario tipo estándar; se hace énfasis en la observación directa o participante, las entrevistas abiertas, y el análisis de documentos proporcionados por los informantes clave. Los hallazgos dan cuenta de: a El Capital Social de las asociaciones de vecinos del municipio, se distingue por ser medianamente positivo, pero enfrenta serias amenazas. b La confianza y los valores éticos, se encuentran orientados hacia la baja y atentan contra la acción social y gestión de demandas de las asociaciones de vecinos; c la participación como dimensión del capital social es restringida, limitada solo al voto; por lo que deslegitima la acción del gobierno local. Todo lo anterior refleja desconfianza hacia este tipo de organizaciones. e Se percibe un espacio muy limitado para la construcción de ciudadanía y la generación de mecanismos de empoderamiento ciudadano, f Se registra una inconsistencia entre el discurso, la acción y los resultados de la gestión gubernamental. Se concluye que estos rasgos se constituyen en una barrera para la legitimidad y gobernabilidad del gobierno local en cuestión.

  2. Prevalencia de Blastocystis hominis en vendedores ambulantes de comida del municipio Caroní, Estado Bolívar, Venezuela

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    Requena Ixora

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Para determinar la prevalencia de Blastocystis hominis en una muestra de vendedores ambulantes de comida, aparentemente sanos, se realizó un estudio seccional con 415 personas que acudieron al Ambulatorio Urbano tipo III "Manoa" (Municipio Caroní, Estado Bolívar, Venezuela, Programa de Higiene del Adulto, a solicitar el certificado de salud para trabajar como vendedores de comida. Una muestra de heces obtenida por evacuación espontánea fue analizada mediante la técnica de examen directo y método de concentración de Willis. Se encontraron 150 personas parasitadas (36,14%, de ellas 107 (25,78% con B. hominis. No se observó predilección por el sexo (p > 0,05, pero sí con relación a la edad, siendo las personas de 18 a 27 años las más afectados (ji² = 12,17; g.l. = 4. En el 71,02% de los casos se encontró como parásito único y en 28,98% de los casos asociados a otros parásitos, siendo el más frecuentemente asociado Giardia lamblia (2,41%. En la mayoría de las personas parasitadas (85% el protozoario se observó en un número menor de cinco células por campo. Se concluye que B. hominis es un parásito frecuente en manipuladores de alimentos del Municipio Caroní, Estado Bolívar, Venezuela.

  3. Prevalencia de Blastocystis hominis en vendedores ambulantes de comida del municipio Caroní, Estado Bolívar, Venezuela

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    Ixora Requena

    Full Text Available Para determinar la prevalencia de Blastocystis hominis en una muestra de vendedores ambulantes de comida, aparentemente sanos, se realizó un estudio seccional con 415 personas que acudieron al Ambulatorio Urbano tipo III "Manoa" (Municipio Caroní, Estado Bolívar, Venezuela, Programa de Higiene del Adulto, a solicitar el certificado de salud para trabajar como vendedores de comida. Una muestra de heces obtenida por evacuación espontánea fue analizada mediante la técnica de examen directo y método de concentración de Willis. Se encontraron 150 personas parasitadas (36,14%, de ellas 107 (25,78% con B. hominis. No se observó predilección por el sexo (p > 0,05, pero sí con relación a la edad, siendo las personas de 18 a 27 años las más afectados (ji² = 12,17; g.l. = 4. En el 71,02% de los casos se encontró como parásito único y en 28,98% de los casos asociados a otros parásitos, siendo el más frecuentemente asociado Giardia lamblia (2,41%. En la mayoría de las personas parasitadas (85% el protozoario se observó en un número menor de cinco células por campo. Se concluye que B. hominis es un parásito frecuente en manipuladores de alimentos del Municipio Caroní, Estado Bolívar, Venezuela.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Determinación de la prevalencia de cisticercosis porcina en cuatro veredas del municipio de Coyaima

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    Jaime A. Serrano

    1993-09-01

    Full Text Available Durante el periodo comprendido entre junio y diciembre de 1992, se recolectaron 117 muestras de suero de porcinos en pie provenientes de las veredas: Totarco Dinde, Totarco Piedras, Doyare La Esmeralda y Lomas de Guaguarco, del municipio de Coyaima, departamento del Tolima, con el objeto de determinar la prevalencia de cisticercosis porcina, detectando anticuerpos contra larva de Taenia soliurn, mediante ELISA. El ELISA para el serodiagnóstico de cisticercosis porcina fue estandarizado, determinándose que la concentración óptima de antigeno (extracto de larva de T. solium fue de 5 ug/ml y las diluciones óptimas de suero y de conjugado (anti- IgG porcina unida a fosfatasa alcalina fueron 1 :4.00 y 1 :3.000 respectivamente. Los parámetros de la prueba, determinados con base en muestras de porcinos con diagnóstico parasitológico comprobado y de cerdos sanos, fueron: sensibilidad 100%, especificidad: 97,14%, valor predictivo positivo: 90% y valor predictivo negativo 100%. La prevalencia de cisticercosis porcina en el municipio de Coyaimafue del 25.64% (30 muestras positivas de 117 analizadas y del 37,5%, 33,33%, 17,39% y 15,63% en Doyare La Esmeralda, Totarco Piedras, Totarco Dinde y Lomas de Guaguarco respectivamente. El ELISA del estudio es útil tanto para el serodiagnóstico de cisticercosis porcina como para estudios epidemiológicos de prevalencia de ésta, orientados a establecer un control de la parasitosis en los cerdos. La alta prevalencia de cisticercosis porcina encontrada en Coyaima hace necesaria la formulación de medidas de control.

  7. Matriz de marco lógico Municipio Mesitas de El Colegio para el diseño de Centro de Acopio para la Concentración y Procesamiento del Mango Hilacha y sus derivados “Municipio Saludable y Polo de Desarrollo Local Centro de Estudios Empresariales para la Perdurabilidad – CEEP”

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    Castaño Avila, Andres Felipe; Pacheco Rodriguez, Diego Felipe; Siachoque Diaz, Karen Tatiana

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    La elaboración de este trabajo de grado es la continuación del Proyecto de MUNICIPIO SALUDABLE Y POLO DE DESARROLLO LOCAL CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS EMPRESARIALES PARA LA PERDURABILIDAD – CEEP”, El fin de este documento es dar solución a los inconvenientes presentados a lo largo de la cadena, a través de un análisis y posterior diagnostico en el mercado del mango en el Municipio de Mesitas del Colegio, enfocándose principalmente en el planteamiento del diseño de un centro de acopio para la c (Sanche...

  8. Multilevel sequential Monte-Carlo samplers

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    Jasra, Ajay

    2016-01-05

    Multilevel Monte-Carlo methods provide a powerful computational technique for reducing the computational cost of estimating expectations for a given computational effort. They are particularly relevant for computational problems when approximate distributions are determined via a resolution parameter h, with h=0 giving the theoretical exact distribution (e.g. SDEs or inverse problems with PDEs). The method provides a benefit by coupling samples from successive resolutions, and estimating differences of successive expectations. We develop a methodology that brings Sequential Monte-Carlo (SMC) algorithms within the framework of the Multilevel idea, as SMC provides a natural set-up for coupling samples over different resolutions. We prove that the new algorithm indeed preserves the benefits of the multilevel principle, even if samples at all resolutions are now correlated.

  9. Status of Monte Carlo at Los Alamos

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    Thompson, W.L.; Cashwell, E.D.

    1980-01-01

    At Los Alamos the early work of Fermi, von Neumann, and Ulam has been developed and supplemented by many followers, notably Cashwell and Everett, and the main product today is the continuous-energy, general-purpose, generalized-geometry, time-dependent, coupled neutron-photon transport code called MCNP. The Los Alamos Monte Carlo research and development effort is concentrated in Group X-6. MCNP treats an arbitrary three-dimensional configuration of arbitrary materials in geometric cells bounded by first- and second-degree surfaces and some fourth-degree surfaces (elliptical tori). Monte Carlo has evolved into perhaps the main method for radiation transport calculations at Los Alamos. MCNP is used in every technical division at the Laboratory by over 130 users about 600 times a month accounting for nearly 200 hours of CDC-7600 time

  10. Monte Carlo simulation of gas Cerenkov detectors

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    Mack, J.M.; Jain, M.; Jordan, T.M.

    1984-01-01

    Theoretical study of selected gamma-ray and electron diagnostic necessitates coupling Cerenkov radiation to electron/photon cascades. A Cerenkov production model and its incorporation into a general geometry Monte Carlo coupled electron/photon transport code is discussed. A special optical photon ray-trace is implemented using bulk optical properties assigned to each Monte Carlo zone. Good agreement exists between experimental and calculated Cerenkov data in the case of a carbon-dioxide gas Cerenkov detector experiment. Cerenkov production and threshold data are presented for a typical carbon-dioxide gas detector that converts a 16.7 MeV photon source to Cerenkov light, which is collected by optics and detected by a photomultiplier

  11. No-compromise reptation quantum Monte Carlo

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    Yuen, W K; Farrar, Thomas J; Rothstein, Stuart M

    2007-01-01

    Since its publication, the reptation quantum Monte Carlo algorithm of Baroni and Moroni (1999 Phys. Rev. Lett. 82 4745) has been applied to several important problems in physics, but its mathematical foundations are not well understood. We show that their algorithm is not of typical Metropolis-Hastings type, and we specify conditions required for the generated Markov chain to be stationary and to converge to the intended distribution. The time-step bias may add up, and in many applications it is only the middle of a reptile that is the most important. Therefore, we propose an alternative, 'no-compromise reptation quantum Monte Carlo' to stabilize the middle of the reptile. (fast track communication)

  12. Multilevel Monte Carlo Approaches for Numerical Homogenization

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    Efendiev, Yalchin R.

    2015-10-01

    In this article, we study the application of multilevel Monte Carlo (MLMC) approaches to numerical random homogenization. Our objective is to compute the expectation of some functionals of the homogenized coefficients, or of the homogenized solutions. This is accomplished within MLMC by considering different sizes of representative volumes (RVEs). Many inexpensive computations with the smallest RVE size are combined with fewer expensive computations performed on larger RVEs. Likewise, when it comes to homogenized solutions, different levels of coarse-grid meshes are used to solve the homogenized equation. We show that, by carefully selecting the number of realizations at each level, we can achieve a speed-up in the computations in comparison to a standard Monte Carlo method. Numerical results are presented for both one-dimensional and two-dimensional test-cases that illustrate the efficiency of the approach.

  13. EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas visits SESAME

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    2015-01-01

    The European Commissioner for research, science and innovation, Carlos Moedas, visited the SESAME laboratory in Jordan on Monday 13 April. When it begins operation in 2016, SESAME, a synchrotron light source, will be the Middle East’s first major international science centre, carrying out experiments ranging from the physical sciences to environmental science and archaeology.   CERN Director-General Rolf Heuer (left) and European Commissioner Carlos Moedas with the model SESAME magnet. © European Union, 2015.   Commissioner Moedas was accompanied by a European Commission delegation led by Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General of DG Research and Innovation, as well as Rolf Heuer, CERN Director-General, Jean-Pierre Koutchouk, coordinator of the CERN-EC Support for SESAME Magnets (CESSAMag) project and Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan of Jordan, a leading advocate of science in the region. They toured the SESAME facility together with SESAME Director, Khaled Tou...

  14. Status of Monte Carlo at Los Alamos

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    Thompson, W.L.; Cashwell, E.D.; Godfrey, T.N.K.; Schrandt, R.G.; Deutsch, O.L.; Booth, T.E.

    1980-05-01

    Four papers were presented by Group X-6 on April 22, 1980, at the Oak Ridge Radiation Shielding Information Center (RSIC) Seminar-Workshop on Theory and Applications of Monte Carlo Methods. These papers are combined into one report for convenience and because they are related to each other. The first paper (by Thompson and Cashwell) is a general survey about X-6 and MCNP and is an introduction to the other three papers. It can also serve as a resume of X-6. The second paper (by Godfrey) explains some of the details of geometry specification in MCNP. The third paper (by Cashwell and Schrandt) illustrates calculating flux at a point with MCNP; in particular, the once-more-collided flux estimator is demonstrated. Finally, the fourth paper (by Thompson, Deutsch, and Booth) is a tutorial on some variance-reduction techniques. It should be required for a fledging Monte Carlo practitioner

  15. Monte Carlo Particle Transport: Algorithm and Performance Overview

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    Gentile, N.; Procassini, R.; Scott, H.

    2005-01-01

    Monte Carlo methods are frequently used for neutron and radiation transport. These methods have several advantages, such as relative ease of programming and dealing with complex meshes. Disadvantages include long run times and statistical noise. Monte Carlo photon transport calculations also often suffer from inaccuracies in matter temperature due to the lack of implicitness. In this paper we discuss the Monte Carlo algorithm as it is applied to neutron and photon transport, detail the differences between neutron and photon Monte Carlo, and give an overview of the ways the numerical method has been modified to deal with issues that arise in photon Monte Carlo simulations

  16. Introduction to the Monte Carlo methods

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    Uzhinskij, V.V.

    1993-01-01

    Codes illustrating the use of Monte Carlo methods in high energy physics such as the inverse transformation method, the ejection method, the particle propagation through the nucleus, the particle interaction with the nucleus, etc. are presented. A set of useful algorithms of random number generators is given (the binomial distribution, the Poisson distribution, β-distribution, γ-distribution and normal distribution). 5 figs., 1 tab

  17. Monte Carlo modeling of eye iris color

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    Koblova, Ekaterina V.; Bashkatov, Alexey N.; Dolotov, Leonid E.; Sinichkin, Yuri P.; Kamenskikh, Tatyana G.; Genina, Elina A.; Tuchin, Valery V.

    2007-05-01

    Based on the presented two-layer eye iris model, the iris diffuse reflectance has been calculated by Monte Carlo technique in the spectral range 400-800 nm. The diffuse reflectance spectra have been recalculated in L*a*b* color coordinate system. Obtained results demonstrated that the iris color coordinates (hue and chroma) can be used for estimation of melanin content in the range of small melanin concentrations, i.e. for estimation of melanin content in blue and green eyes.

  18. Handbook of Markov chain Monte Carlo

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    Brooks, Steve

    2011-01-01

    ""Handbook of Markov Chain Monte Carlo"" brings together the major advances that have occurred in recent years while incorporating enough introductory material for new users of MCMC. Along with thorough coverage of the theoretical foundations and algorithmic and computational methodology, this comprehensive handbook includes substantial realistic case studies from a variety of disciplines. These case studies demonstrate the application of MCMC methods and serve as a series of templates for the construction, implementation, and choice of MCMC methodology.

  19. Monte Carlo methods for shield design calculations

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    Grimstone, M.J.

    1974-01-01

    A suite of Monte Carlo codes is being developed for use on a routine basis in commercial reactor shield design. The methods adopted for this purpose include the modular construction of codes, simplified geometries, automatic variance reduction techniques, continuous energy treatment of cross section data, and albedo methods for streaming. Descriptions are given of the implementation of these methods and of their use in practical calculations. 26 references. (U.S.)

  20. Replica Exchange for Reactive Monte Carlo Simulations

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    Turner, C.H.; Brennan, J.K.; Lísal, Martin

    2007-01-01

    Roč. 111, č. 43 (2007), s. 15706-15715 ISSN 1932-7447 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA203/05/0725; GA AV ČR 1ET400720409; GA AV ČR 1ET400720507 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40720504 Keywords : monte carlo * simulation * reactive system Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry

  1. Applications of Maxent to quantum Monte Carlo

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    Silver, R.N.; Sivia, D.S.; Gubernatis, J.E. (Los Alamos National Lab., NM (USA)); Jarrell, M. (Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (USA). Dept. of Physics)

    1990-01-01

    We consider the application of maximum entropy methods to the analysis of data produced by computer simulations. The focus is the calculation of the dynamical properties of quantum many-body systems by Monte Carlo methods, which is termed the Analytical Continuation Problem.'' For the Anderson model of dilute magnetic impurities in metals, we obtain spectral functions and transport coefficients which obey Kondo Universality.'' 24 refs., 7 figs.

  2. Monte Carlo methods for preference learning

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    Viappiani, P.

    2012-01-01

    Utility elicitation is an important component of many applications, such as decision support systems and recommender systems. Such systems query the users about their preferences and give recommendations based on the system’s belief about the utility function. Critical to these applications is th...... is the acquisition of prior distribution about the utility parameters and the possibility of real time Bayesian inference. In this paper we consider Monte Carlo methods for these problems....

  3. General purpose code for Monte Carlo simulations

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    Wilcke, W.W.

    1983-01-01

    A general-purpose computer called MONTHY has been written to perform Monte Carlo simulations of physical systems. To achieve a high degree of flexibility the code is organized like a general purpose computer, operating on a vector describing the time dependent state of the system under simulation. The instruction set of the computer is defined by the user and is therefore adaptable to the particular problem studied. The organization of MONTHY allows iterative and conditional execution of operations

  4. The lund Monte Carlo for jet fragmentation

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    Sjoestrand, T.

    1982-03-01

    We present a Monte Carlo program based on the Lund model for jet fragmentation. Quark, gluon, diquark and hadron jets are considered. Special emphasis is put on the fragmentation of colour singlet jet systems, for which energy, momentum and flavour are conserved explicitly. The model for decays of unstable particles, in particular the weak decay of heavy hadrons, is described. The central part of the paper is a detailed description on how to use the FORTRAN 77 program. (Author)

  5. Carlo Rosselli e il socialismo delle autonomie

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    Calabrò, Carmelo

    2008-01-01

    L’impegno teorico di Carlo Rosselli è riconducibile alle molteplici esperienze minoritarie (almeno a livello continentale) che, negli anni ’20, mirano al superamento dell’impianto dottrinario del socialismo marxista. Tanto nella variante riformista, quanto in quella massimalista, classismo, olismo e collettivismo sono principi tendenzialmente comuni alla cultura del marxismo; principi dicotomici rispetto al liberalismo e problematici nei confronti della democrazia. Rosselli, contro questa tra...

  6. Autocorrelations in hybrid Monte Carlo simulations

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    Schaefer, Stefan; Virotta, Francesco

    2010-11-01

    Simulations of QCD suffer from severe critical slowing down towards the continuum limit. This problem is known to be prominent in the topological charge, however, all observables are affected to various degree by these slow modes in the Monte Carlo evolution. We investigate the slowing down in high statistics simulations and propose a new error analysis method, which gives a realistic estimate of the contribution of the slow modes to the errors. (orig.)

  7. Topological zero modes in Monte Carlo simulations

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    Dilger, H.

    1994-08-01

    We present an improvement of global Metropolis updating steps, the instanton hits, used in a hybrid Monte Carlo simulation of the two-flavor Schwinger model with staggered fermions. These hits are designed to change the topological sector of the gauge field. In order to match these hits to an unquenched simulation with pseudofermions, the approximate zero mode structure of the lattice Dirac operator has to be considered explicitly. (orig.)

  8. Monte Carlo simulation of Touschek effect

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    Aimin Xiao

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available We present a Monte Carlo method implementation in the code elegant for simulating Touschek scattering effects in a linac beam. The local scattering rate and the distribution of scattered electrons can be obtained from the code either for a Gaussian-distributed beam or for a general beam whose distribution function is given. In addition, scattered electrons can be tracked through the beam line and the local beam-loss rate and beam halo information recorded.

  9. Geomorphology and benthic cover of mesophotic coral ecosystems of the upper insular slope of southwest Puerto Rico

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    Sherman, C.; Nemeth, M.; Ruíz, H.; Bejarano, I.; Appeldoorn, R.; Pagán, F.; Schärer, M.; Weil, E.

    2010-06-01

    The upper insular slope of southwest Puerto Rico is defined as extending from the shelf break at ~20 m water depth down to a depth of ~160 m where there is a pronounced change in geomorphic character and the basal slope begins. The upper slope is divided into two geomorphic zones separated by a pronounced break in slope gradient at ~90 m water depth. Descending from the shelf break, these are Zone I (20-90 m) and Zone II (90-160 m). As orientation of the shelf margin changes, geomorphology of Zone I shows systematic variations consistent with changes in exposure to prevailing waves. Within Zone I, exposed southeast-facing slopes have a gentler gradient and lower relief than more sheltered southwest-facing slopes, which are steep and irregular. Mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs) are largely restricted to Zone I and concentrated on topographic highs removed from the influence of active downslope sediment transport. Accordingly, MCEs are more abundant, extensive and diverse on southwest-facing slopes where irregular topography funnels downslope sediment transport into steep narrow grooves. MCEs are more sporadic and widely spaced on southeast-facing slopes where topographic highs are more widely spaced and downslope sediment transport is spread over open, low-relief slopes inhibiting coral recruitment and growth. Relict features formed during preexisting sea levels lower than present include deep buttresses at ~45-65 m water depth and a prominent terrace at ~80 m. Based on correlations with existing reef accretion and sea-level records, it is proposed that the 80-m terrace formed during the last deglaciation ~14-15 ka and subsequently drowned during a period of rapid sea-level rise associated with meltwater pulse 1A at ~14 ka and deep buttresses at ~45-65 m formed between ~11.5 and 13.5 ka and then drowned during a period of rapid sea-level rise associated with meltwater pulse 1B at ~11.3 ka.

  10. The relationship between physical and biological habitat conditions and hermatypic coral recruits abundance within insular reefs (Colombian Caribbean).

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    Bernal-Sotelo, Katherine; Acosta, Alberto

    2012-09-01

    Little evidence exists on the dependence between the presence and abundance of juvenile hermatypic corals and the conditions of their habitats, despite that juveniles contribute with the understanding of the community structure and its reproductive success. To assess this, the abundance of nine species of juvenile corals was correlated with eight macro-habitat (location of the reef on shelf, depth) and micro-habitat (type and inclination of the substrate, exposure to light, texture and amount of sediment accumulated on bottom, potential growth area for juveniles) conditions. Sampling was conducted in four insular coral reefs in the Colombian Caribbean: two oceanic and two continental reefs (influenced by large rivers), covering a total of 600m2 and the distribution of corals on a vertical gradient. Contingency tables and coefficients (magnitude) and multiple correspondence analyses were used to evaluate the dependency ratios for each species. The results showed that Agaricia tenuifolia displayed the most robust pattern of dependence (two high and two moderate), significant for juveniles present at a high frequency in continental reefs, devoid of potential area for juvenile growth (surrounded by macroalgae), and covering horizontal substrates exposed to light. The juveniles were associated with a habitat of moderate to high bottom accumulation of extremely fine sediment. Porites astreoides presented four moderate dependencies; ocean reefs between 2-16m depths, a high frequency of juveniles on horizontal substrates, exposed to light, non-sedimented and occupied by competitors. Siderastrea siderea displayed three moderate dependences for juveniles in cryptic zones, inclined substrate and devoid of competitors. A. lamarcki, Leptoseris cucullata and A. agaricites presented two moderate dependences; these species share high abundance of juveniles in habitats with no sediment, exposed to light and occupied by competitors (except A. agaricites). The P. porites, Favia

  11. The relationship between physical and biological habitat conditions and hermatypic coral recruits abundance within insular reefs (Colombian Caribbean

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    Katherine Bernal-Sotelo

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Little evidence exists on the dependence between the presence and abundance of juvenile hermatypic corals and the conditions of their habitats, despite that juveniles contribute with the understanding of the community structure and its reproductive success. To assess this, the abundance of nine species of juvenile corals was correlated with eight macro-habitat (location of the reef on shelf, depth and micro-habitat (type and inclination of the substrate, exposure to light, texture and amount of sediment accumulated on bottom, potential growth area for juveniles conditions. Sampling was conducted in four insular coral reefs in the Colombian Caribbean: two oceanic and two continental reefs (influenced by large rivers, covering a total of 600m2 and the distribution of corals on a vertical gradient. Contingency tables and coefficients (magnitude and multiple correspondence analyses were used to evaluate the dependency ratios for each species. The results showed that Agaricia tenuifolia displayed the most robust pattern of dependence (two high and two moderate, significant for juveniles present at a high frequency in continental reefs, devoid of potential area for juvenile growth (surrounded by macroalgae, and covering horizontal substrates exposed to light. The juveniles were associated with a habitat of moderate to high bottom accumulation of extremely fine sediment. Porites astreoides presented four moderate dependencies; ocean reefs between 2-16m depths, a high frequency of juveniles on horizontal substrates, exposed to light, non-sedimented and occupied by competitors. Siderastrea siderea displayed three moderate dependences for juveniles in cryptic zones, inclined substrate and devoid of competitors. A. lamarcki, Leptoseris cucullata and A. agaricites presented two moderate dependences; these species share high abundance of juveniles in habitats with no sediment, exposed to light and occupied by competitors (except A. agaricites. The P. porites

  12. Biased Monte Carlo optimization: the basic approach

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    Campioni, Luca; Scardovelli, Ruben; Vestrucci, Paolo

    2005-01-01

    It is well-known that the Monte Carlo method is very successful in tackling several kinds of system simulations. It often happens that one has to deal with rare events, and the use of a variance reduction technique is almost mandatory, in order to have Monte Carlo efficient applications. The main issue associated with variance reduction techniques is related to the choice of the value of the biasing parameter. Actually, this task is typically left to the experience of the Monte Carlo user, who has to make many attempts before achieving an advantageous biasing. A valuable result is provided: a methodology and a practical rule addressed to establish an a priori guidance for the choice of the optimal value of the biasing parameter. This result, which has been obtained for a single component system, has the notable property of being valid for any multicomponent system. In particular, in this paper, the exponential and the uniform biases of exponentially distributed phenomena are investigated thoroughly

  13. Generalized hybrid Monte Carlo - CMFD methods for fission source convergence

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    Wolters, Emily R.; Larsen, Edward W.; Martin, William R.

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, we generalize the recently published 'CMFD-Accelerated Monte Carlo' method and present two new methods that reduce the statistical error in CMFD-Accelerated Monte Carlo. The CMFD-Accelerated Monte Carlo method uses Monte Carlo to estimate nonlinear functionals used in low-order CMFD equations for the eigenfunction and eigenvalue. The Monte Carlo fission source is then modified to match the resulting CMFD fission source in a 'feedback' procedure. The two proposed methods differ from CMFD-Accelerated Monte Carlo in the definition of the required nonlinear functionals, but they have identical CMFD equations. The proposed methods are compared with CMFD-Accelerated Monte Carlo on a high dominance ratio test problem. All hybrid methods converge the Monte Carlo fission source almost immediately, leading to a large reduction in the number of inactive cycles required. The proposed methods stabilize the fission source more efficiently than CMFD-Accelerated Monte Carlo, leading to a reduction in the number of active cycles required. Finally, as in CMFD-Accelerated Monte Carlo, the apparent variance of the eigenfunction is approximately equal to the real variance, so the real error is well-estimated from a single calculation. This is an advantage over standard Monte Carlo, in which the real error can be underestimated due to inter-cycle correlation. (author)

  14. Monte carlo methods and models in finance and insurance

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    Korn, Ralf; Kroisandt, Gerald

    2010-01-01

    Offering a unique balance between applications and calculations, Monte Carlo Methods and Models in Finance and Insurance incorporates the application background of finance and insurance with the theory and applications of Monte Carlo methods. It presents recent methods and algorithms, including the multilevel Monte Carlo method, the statistical Romberg method, and the Heath-Platen estimator, as well as recent financial and actuarial models, such as the Cheyette and dynamic mortality models. The authors separately discuss Monte Carlo techniques, stochastic process basics, and the theoretical background and intuition behind financial and actuarial mathematics, before bringing the topics together to apply the Monte Carlo methods to areas of finance and insurance. This allows for the easy identification of standard Monte Carlo tools and for a detailed focus on the main principles of financial and insurance mathematics. The book describes high-level Monte Carlo methods for standard simulation and the simulation of...

  15. Monte Carlo methods and models in finance and insurance

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    Korn, Ralf; Kroisandt, Gerald

    2010-01-01

    Offering a unique balance between applications and calculations, Monte Carlo Methods and Models in Finance and Insurance incorporates the application background of finance and insurance with the theory and applications of Monte Carlo methods. It presents recent methods and algorithms, including the multilevel Monte Carlo method, the statistical Romberg method, and the Heath-Platen estimator, as well as recent financial and actuarial models, such as the Cheyette and dynamic mortality models. The authors separately discuss Monte Carlo techniques, stochastic process basics, and the theoretical background and intuition behind financial and actuarial mathematics, before bringing the topics together to apply the Monte Carlo methods to areas of finance and insurance. This allows for the easy identification of standard Monte Carlo tools and for a detailed focus on the main principles of financial and insurance mathematics. The book describes high-level Monte Carlo methods for standard simulation and the simulation of...

  16. Estudio eco-epidemiológico de la tripanosomiasis americana en el municipio de Amalfi (Antioquia

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    J. Arboleda

    2000-02-01

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    El departamento de Antioquia no ha sido considerado endémico para la enfermedad de Chagas, sin embargo en el nordeste antioqueño, probablemente ocasionado por la tala y quema excesivas y la creciente deforestación para establecer medios de producción agrícola y ganadera, en las áreas naturales, se ha observado la aparición de insectos triatominos al interior de viviendas rurales, alimentándose de sus habitantes.

    Esta situación motivó la realización de un estudio ecoepidemiológico de Tripanosomiasis americana en nueve veredas del municipio de Amalfi con el propósito de identificar las especies de triatominos presentes en la zona, el grado de domiciliación, el índice de infección natural por Trypanosoma cruzi, los porcentajes de infección de animales domésticos (caninos y de mamíferos silvestres, la determinación de la seroprevalencia humana y finalmente la identificación de las acciones del hombre que están llevando a los triatominos a las viviendas para refugio y alimentación.

    En las veredas estudiadas se capturaron 196 triatominos, consideradas especies silvestres: Panstrongylus geniculatus (49%, P. rufotuberculatus (47% y Triatoma dispar (3%. El índice de infestación domiciliaria fue 14.53 % y las veredas con mayor infestación fueron Montebello (32.73 % y La Gardenia (27.5 %.

    Igualmente teniendo en cuenta el total de insectos infectados naturalmente por T. cruzi, fueron estas dos veredas las que obtuvieron el mayor porcentaje de infección 43.75 % y 25.0 % respectivamente.

    En viviendas de la vereda La Gardenia se hallaron huevos y ninfas de P

  17. The relationship between physical and biological habitat conditions and hermatypic coral recruits abundance within insular reefs (Colombian Caribbean

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    Katherine Bernal-Sotelo

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Little evidence exists on the dependence between the presence and abundance of juvenile hermatypic corals and the conditions of their habitats, despite that juveniles contribute with the understanding of the community structure and its reproductive success. To assess this, the abundance of nine species of juvenile corals was correlated with eight macro-habitat (location of the reef on shelf, depth and micro-habitat (type and inclination of the substrate, exposure to light, texture and amount of sediment accumulated on bottom, potential growth area for juveniles conditions. Sampling was conducted in four insular coral reefs in the Colombian Caribbean: two oceanic and two continental reefs (influenced by large rivers, covering a total of 600m2 and the distribution of corals on a vertical gradient. Contingency tables and coefficients (magnitude and multiple correspondence analyses were used to evaluate the dependency ratios for each species. The results showed that Agaricia tenuifolia displayed the most robust pattern of dependence (two high and two moderate, significant for juveniles present at a high frequency in continental reefs, devoid of potential area for juvenile growth (surrounded by macroalgae, and covering horizontal substrates exposed to light. The juveniles were associated with a habitat of moderate to high bottom accumulation of extremely fine sediment. Porites astreoides presented four moderate dependencies; ocean reefs between 2-16m depths, a high frequency of juveniles on horizontal substrates, exposed to light, non-sedimented and occupied by competitors. Siderastrea siderea displayed three moderate dependences for juveniles in cryptic zones, inclined substrate and devoid of competitors. A. lamarcki, Leptoseris cucullata and A. agaricites presented two moderate dependences; these species share high abundance of juveniles in habitats with no sediment, exposed to light and occupied by competitors (except A. agaricites. The P. porites

  18. La determinación de potencialidades agropecuarias y silvícolas en zonas de montaña: municipio Tercer Frente, Cuba

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    Adonis Ramón Puebla

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    Full Text Available La entrega en usufructo de tierras ociosas para la producción de alimentos en el municipio Tercer Frente no siempre considera las potencialidades reales del territorio, ni las regulaciones y normas ambientales vigentes para la ocupación de dichos espacios. Esta investigación parte de la obtención de mapas de cobertura vegetal, la modelación en sig de las variables y el análisis de las normas ambientales vigentes para cada uso propuesto. Se ofrece un escenario de potenciales agropecuarios y silvícolas para su adecuado aprovechamiento en función de la producción de alimentos del municipio, y se determina que el territorio, a pesar de ser montañoso en un 95%, cuenta con lugares adecuados para este desarrollo sin comprometer la protección del medio ambiente.

  19. 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...

  20. 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.

  1. La expansión metropolitana de Guadalajara en el Municipio de Tlajomulco de Zúñiga (México)

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    Cruz Solís, Heriberto; Jiménez Huerta, Edith Rosario; Palomar Anguas, María del Pilar; Corona Medina, Juan Pablo

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    Este trabajo estudia la evolución demográfica y la expansión del área metropolitana de Guadalajara. En especial muestra la presión que ejerce la ciudad central y la primera periferia sobre los municipios adyacentes de El Salto y Tlajomulco de Zúñiga (México). A través del análisis de los municipios que integran el área metropolitana, se establecen los dos patrones de crecimiento de la metrópoli. El análisis geográfico de la dinámica de la ocupación del suelo de Tlajomulco de Zúñiga resalta el...

  2. El Procede y el Piso en la incorporación del suelo de propiedad social a usos urbanos en los municipios conurbados de la ZMCM

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    Lucy Nelly Maya González

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se revisan los mecanismos de incorporación regulada del suelo de origen social1 al desarrollo urbano en el ámbito de los municipios conurbados de la Zona Metropolitana de la Ciudad de México (ZMCM. A diez años de las modificaciones al artículo 27 constitucional se explora la forma en que los programas Procede y Piso han participado en la regulación del cambio de uso de suelo de rural a urbano, los factores que han influido en que los ejidatarios hayan decidido utilizar los nuevos mecanismos de desincorporación del régimen de propiedad social y la posición de los distintos actores involucrados (ejidatarios, Sector Agrario, Corett, desarrolladores privados y municipios ante estos mecanismos.

  3. Prevalencia de desnutrición en niños tarahumaras menores de cinco años en el municipio de Guachochi, Chihuahua

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    Monárrez Joel; Martínez Homero

    2000-01-01

    OBJETIVO: Determinar la prevalencia de desnutrición en niños tarahumaras menores de cinco años en el municipio de Guachochi, Chihuahua, México. MATERIAL Y MÉTODOS: Durante el verano de 1996, fueron muestreados 450 niños, representativos de 62 comunidades, estratificadas por el tamaño de su población. La muestra representa 12.2% del total de tarahumaras del municipio. Para cada uno de los índices antropométricos peso/edad, peso/talla y talla/edad se calculó la desviación en puntaje Z de cada o...

  4. 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

    2005-12-01

    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¿.

  5. Análisis de un modelo agroforestal cafetero en el municipio de Valparaíso, Caquetá, Colombia.

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    Ismael Dussan Huaca

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    La investigación se llevó a cabo en el municipio de Valparaíso, Caquetá, Colombia, donde se encuentra establecida la  plantación de café variedad Caturra, y  variedad Castillo con características tipo especial Amazónico por sus propiedades físicas y organolépticas. En el municipio de Valparaíso no existen registros sobre cultivos de café, ya que se encuentra en una zona marginal para el cultivo de café según Fedecafé. De acuerdo con los productores en épocas pasadas se establecieron pequeños ...

  6. Insularity and communion

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    Greenwood, Hilary

    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...

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Fortalecimiento del bienestar escolar de la comunidad educativa Monseñor Alfonso de los Ríos corregimiento de Arauca municipio de Palestina Departamento de Caldas

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    Pacheco Alzate, Adriana

    2012-01-01

    Tesis (Especialista en Gerencia Educativa). Universidad Católica de Manizales, Facultad de Educación, 2012 El presente trabajo fue planeado y desarrollado en la Institución Educativa Monseñor Alfonso de los Ríos del Corregimiento de Arauca, Municipio de Palestina cuyo grupo poblacional fueron estudiantes (200), padres de familia (100), docentes (50) y directivos (4); quienes participaron activamente de dicho ejercicio, permitiéndose evidenciar entre el equipo de docentes y directivos...

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. La migración y su influencia en el desarrollo del municipio de Parácuaro, Michoacán

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    Francisco Javier Ayvar Campos

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Los problemas de pobreza, marginación, analfabetismo, inequidad y desempleo han originado que el municipio Parácuaro, Michoacán sea clasificado como de alta intensidad migratoria. No obstante, esta migración ha traído consigo un incremento paulatino del flujo de remesas; en el 2010 el 11.3% de los hogares del municipio recibió este tipo de transferencias. El objetivo de la presente investigación es determinar el impacto de la migración y las remesas en el desarrollo de Parácuaro, Michoacán. A fin de alcanzar este objetivo se diseñó y aplicó una encuesta en el municipio. El análisis de resultados arrojó que las remesas incidieron de manera significativa en la salud, la vivienda y los ingresos de los familiares de los migrantes; permitiendo así que el 89.3% de los hogares vivan con ingresos superiores a la línea de bienestar.

  15. 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.

  16. RECUPERACIÓN DEMOGRÁFICA EN LOS MUNICIPIOS RURALES DE LA «MONTAÑA DE ALICANTE». NUEVAS TENDENCIAS EN UNA POBLACIÓN FUERTEMENTE ENVEJECIDA

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    Carlos Cortés Samper

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available El éxodo rural fue el factor clave para entender el comportamiento demográfico de los municipios rurales de la «Montaña de Alicante» durante gran parte del siglo XX. Sin embargo, según los últimos recuentos de población se constata la recuperación demográfica positiva en la mayor parte de estos municipios, aunque en algunos, todavía hoy, continúan produciéndose pérdidas de población. Este doble comportamiento es significativo de los nuevos procesos que se dan actualmente en el medio rural. La revalorización de los espacios rurales ha contribuido a que aparezcan en ellos nuevas funciones, y que se consideren como idóneos para residir por la consideración de lugares tranquilos y próximos a la naturaleza, en clara oposición a los medios urbanos. Los saldos migratorios positivos son la causa de esa recuperación, pero este hecho no debe enmascarar otros problemas demográfi cos que aún perduran, como son los saldos naturales negativos, el fuerte envejecimiento y las altas tasas de dependencia. La recuperación demográfica es clave para entender el futuro del conjunto de estos municipios.

  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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    Germaín A. Castañeda Delgado

    2015-01-01

    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. Propuesta y aplicación de una metodología para estimar la e-preparación de municipios colombianos

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    Diego Chavarro

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available La conformación y consolidación de municipios digitales requiere de construcciones metodológicas que respondan a las diferentes particularidades de los territorios y sus habitantes. La mayoría de municipios colombianos pequeños desconoce la capacidad de apropiación que tienen sus habitantes de las tecnologías de la información y la comunicación - TIC. Nuestro trabajo consiste en construir una metodología para estimar la preparación electrónica (e-preparación, e-readiness de estos municipios, tanto en cuestiones técnicas como sociales. Presentamos la metodología y su aplicación en dos realidades socioculturales distintas: Castilla la Nueva (Meta y Guaduas (Cundinamarca./ The shaping and consolidation of digital municipalities require methodological constructs able to take into account the singularities of territories and their inhabitants. Many Colombian municipalities don't have an understanding of their capability to assimilate Information and telecommunication Technologies - ICT. Our work consists in constructing a methodology to estimate the e-readiness of Colombian municipalities concerning both technical and social issues. We present the methodology and its application in two different socio-cultural realities: Castilla la Nueva (Meta and Guaduas (Cundinamarca.

  20. 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.